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Articles from the April 3, 2020 edition

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 By Nancy Ludin    News    April 3, 2020

Virtual help from the children

With school and religious school going virtual, this is a wonderful time for children at home to be helping seniors. The Jewish Pavilion has been in touch with the Jewish schools and requested that... Full story


Scenes of a 'remote' Jewish Academy of Orlando

Jewish Academy of Orlando students completed their first week of online learning. Students took part in all of their subjects including math, science, english language arts, PE, art, music and more.... Full story


Restock Challenge continues at JFS Orlando

Although JFS Orlando is closed to the public and is currently not accepting food donations to maintain containment during COVID-19, its services are still operational, including the Pearlman Emergency Food Pantry. The staff is doing everything in... Full story


Blue and White dissolves as option for unity government unfolds

JERUSALEM (JTA)-As his Blue and White party was on the verge of breaking up, its leader, Benny Gantz, was elected speaker of the Israeli Knesset on Thursday evening. Gantz has been tasked with... Full story

 By Phillissa Cramer    News    April 3, 2020

Coronavirus shutters 770 Eastern Parkway for the first time ever

(JTA)—As the world shut down around it, the Brooklyn headquarters of the worldwide Chabad movement carried on as usual—until late Tuesday night, when its neighborhood’s rabbinic leadership ordered synagogues closed to combat the spread of the... Full story


Israel's Teva donating potential COVID-19 treatment to US hospitals

(ISRAEL21c)—The global Israeli company Teva Pharmaceutical Industries is donating more than 6 million doses of hydroxychloroquine sulfate tablets to hospitals across the United States to meet the urgent demand for the medicine as an... Full story


A crisis for Jewish philanthropy may force unpalatable choices

(JNS)—The coronavirus pandemic is not the first deadly contagion to ravage the globe, but it is clearly the first that modern nations have sought to combat by essentially shutting down public life and much of their economies. While most of us may h... Full story


The 2020 anti-Israel Haggadah

Every spring, the Jewish community is treated to a colorful variety of new editions of the Passover Haggadah. There’s something for everybody—you can find haggadahs that focus on everything from the environment to The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel TV s... Full story


Thoughts about Passover

We can argue if it really happened, but there’s no doubt that the Exodus is a great story, with or without Hollywood stars or best selling authors. Yet it has also been associated with problems. The association of Passover and Easter brought forth... Full story


A new threat to Israel-Diaspora relations

(JNS)—Some Israeli political leaders are about to do something that would severely alienate a large portion of Diaspora Jewry. No, I’m not talking about the arguments over prayer areas at the Western Wall or the “Who is a Jew?” dispute.... Full story


Who cares about Gaza?

With the recent outbreak of the coronavirus in Gaza, all eyes are (strangely) on Israel. Let’s explore why and if that’s well founded or helpful. Some background is important. During the British occupation of the Land of Israel (1917-1948), Gaza... Full story


You don't need Zoom or Skype to say Kaddish without a minyan-here's a healthier option for the community

WALTHAM, Mass. (JTA)—Like so many others, I am feeling the spiritual loss and pain of our current inability to learn Torah and pray together in person. Many mourners are devoted to the customary recitation of Kaddish for a deceased close relative... Full story


I asked Alexa questions about Passover-here's what happened

(Kveller via JTA)—My relationship with Amazon’s Alexa is complicated. I love that she’s politically informed and shares the latest news with me, and she has really great taste in music. Since she’s come into my life, I can’t imagine not... Full story



In the March 20 issue of Heritage, the article about Brenda Fisher Wetmore, titled “A hard worker for the Jewish Pavilion,” ran a photo of Miriam Josephs, an equally hard worker for the Pavilion.... Full story


May the coronavirus passover us all

Biblical Irony: Passover seder may be delayed by the plague. Facebook meme One of Judaism’s most important holidays officially begins with the first seder on April 8. Pesach in the time of coronavirus, however, will be very different. During these... Full story

 By Ron Kampeas    News    April 3, 2020

What Jewish groups want to see in Congress' $2 trillion pandemic spending bill

WASHINGTON (JTA)—The White House has come to an agreement with Democrats and Republicans on a $2 trillion stimulus package, the biggest in U.S. history, in response to the major economic downturn triggered by the coronavirus. Congress passed the... Full story


Holocaust survivor who delivered US House prayer dies of coronavirus at 91

(JNS)-A rabbi who survived World War II and the Holocaust and in January delivered the opening prayer in the U.S. House of Representatives died on Tuesday-14 days after his 91st birthday-after... Full story

 By Carin M. Smilk    News    April 3, 2020

Day Seven: Banking on the beer distributor

(JNS)—Let’s talk business, shall we? Let’s talk about how businesses are operating in the age of corona. What is open: supermarkets, small grocers, hardware stores, office-supply stores, pet stores, pizza places, some restaurant takeout, gas... Full story

 By Emily Paster    Features    April 3, 2020

5 flours that will change your Passover desserts

On Passover, Jews are prohibited from consuming any foods made with five familiar grains: wheat, oats, rye, spelt (which is actually just an ancient form of wheat) and barley. These grains are considered hametz because of their ability to ferment... Full story

 By Deanna Schwartz    News    April 3, 2020

Forced to leave school, Jewish college students are uniting in Zoom University Hillel

This story originally appeared on Alma. At Zoom University Hillel, there are no comfy places to study or free snacks. There's no director or rabbinic intern or student board. But there are memes,... Full story


Scene Around

Curb your Enthusiasm... While watching "Curb your Enthusiam" recently, actor/producer/director/writer of the television show (and formerly producer/writer of the very successful television show... Full story


Leftover haroset? Try this chicken with thyme recipe

(The Nosher via JTA) – Haroset is one of the most important food components of the Passover seder. Its intense sweetness symbolizes the optimism in contrast to the bitter maror and salty water, which remind us of our ancestors’ suffering. Every... Full story

 By Nerys Copelovitz    News    April 3, 2020

On living in Israel and not keeping kosher for Passover

(Kveller via JTA)—So I’m just going to come right out and say it: We don’t keep kosher for Passover. I feel a bit like a party-pooping high school senior who chooses not to go to the prom revealing that. After all, we moved to Israel to bring o... Full story


Jewish mom creates book outlining coronavirus to kids

(JNS)-A Jewish mother in Maryland created an illustrated online book in a PDF format that helps parents explain to preschoolers and toddlers the school closings due to coronavirus. "My School is Close... Full story


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