Articles from the April 7, 2023 edition

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 By Faygie Holt    News    April 7, 2023

DeSantis signs school-choice bill with nearly $8,000 in state funding per child

(JNS) - Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis signed a bill on Monday to establish a statewide voucher program in which every child will be eligible to receive nearly $8,000 toward schooling, tutoring or other... Full story

 

This Jewish studies professor won $60,000 on 'Jeopardy!'

(JTA) - The most notable message Melissa Klapper got during her four-night run on "Jeopardy!" didn't come because the Jewish studies scholar was unable to answer a question about Yom Kippur. It also...

 

Remembering the resistance

Yom HaZikaron laShoah, Holocaust and Heroism Remembrance Day, is most often referred to as Yom HaShoah. It is observed as Israel’s day of commemoration for the approximately six million Jews murdered in the Holocaust by Nazi Germany and its c...

 

Netanyahu delays judicial reform

(JNS) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced on Monday in a national address that he was putting a hold on the government’s judicial reform efforts in order to “provide a real opportunity for real dialogue.” “We are on the path towa...

 

Jewpernatural course promises to clear up paranormal questions

Beginning in May, Chabads in Orlando are going to offer Judaism’s most satisfying answers on dreams, astrology, demons, and ghosts in a four-week course titled Jewpernatural. Paranormal beliefs are rising fast. In 2016, 46 percent of Americans r...

 

Holocaust Survivor to speak in Longwood

On Tuesday, April 25, at 7:30 p.m., Chabad of North Orlando will be hosting Leon Melamed for a lecture and book signing at Nate's Shul,1701 Markham Woods Rd. in Longwood. "We survived. At last, I...

 

Temple Beth Shalom hosts big sale

On Sunday, May 7, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., there will be a giant plant, book and jewelry sale at Temple Beth Shalom, 40 Wellington Drive, Palm Coast. There will be annuals, perennials, herbs, orchids and home-grown Heritage tomatoes in the plant...

 

Nominations open for Heritage Human Service Award

Heritage Florida Jewish News is accepting nominations for the 2023 Heritage Human Service Award, which will be presented at the annual meeting of the Jewish Federation of Greater Orlando this summer. “For more than 30 years, individuals who have m...

 
 By Andrew Lapin    News    April 7, 2023

A Florida bill attacking 'critical theory' in higher education has the state's Jewish academics worried

(JTA) — The University of Florida has more Jewish students than any other public college in the United States — and last week, one of them reached out to a professor, fearing that it would no longer be possible to study Jewish topics there. Cit...

 
 By Philissa Cramer    News    April 7, 2023

A 'historic' day in Israel ends with a political compromise - and big questions about the future

(JTA) — Like hundreds of thousands of her fellow Israelis, Kelly Breakstone Roth’s instinct on Sunday was to take to the streets. The only wrinkle: She and her family have been in Brooklyn for the last two years, part of the diaspora of hundreds of...

 
 By Ben Lynfield    News    April 7, 2023

Right-wing demonstrators air grievances against Israel's courts

JERUSALEM (JTA) — After three months of demonstrations dominated by detractors of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s judicial overhaul plan, supporters of the proposed reform took to the streets, making their voice heard in Jerusalem and across Isr...

 

A 'resistance' coup just defeated Israeli democracy

(JNS) — After months of increasingly strident mass protests against his government’s plans to reform Israel’s out-of-control and highly partisan judicial system, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu appears to have given in to the pressure. He said...

 

Questions without answers

(JNS) — We have just seen an insurrection that shut Israel down being hailed as a “peaceful” pro-democracy movement. A movement that is proud of having used BDS/antifa tactics against their own state in order to further “de-Judaize” the country....

 

Bibi and the Golden Calf

One of the disturbing things about watching the judiciary food fight in Israel is that the supporters of the most extreme reform proposals act as though those changes were inscribed on a tablet by God that Bibi brought down from Sinai, and that all...

 

America's outrageous attack on Netanyahu's right to govern

(JNS) — Whatever one thinks about Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, any true Israeli patriot will surely react viscerally to U.S. President Joe Biden’s outrageous attack on Israel’s right to govern itself without foreign interference. On Mo...

 

What's Happening

MORNING MINYANS Chabad of North Orlando and Chabad of Altamonte Springs are holding in-person minyans. Chabad of South Orlando — Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. and 10 minutes before sunset; Saturday, 9:30 a.m.; Sunday, 8:15 a.m., 407-354-3660. C...

 
 By Ron Kampeas    News    April 7, 2023

Biden administration rebukes Israel

WASHINGTON (JTA) — A law passed by Israel’s government yesterday has sparked a strong rebuke from the Biden administration, words of caution from some of Israel’s strongest supporters in the Senate — and damage control from Israeli Prime Ministe...

 
 By Deborah Danan    News    April 7, 2023

Alarmed by their country's political direction, more Israelis are seeking to move abroad

TEL AVIV (JTA) - When Daniel Schleider and his wife, Lior, leave Israel next month, it will be for good - and with a heavy heart. "I have no doubt I will have tears in my eyes the whole flight," said...

 
 By Ron Kampeas    News    April 7, 2023

Ron DeSantis is heading to Jerusalem to talk about 'unnecessarily strained relations' between the US and Israel

(JTA) - Even though he hasn't officially declared his Republican presidential campaign (yet), Ron DeSantis has been pitching his governance of Florida as a model for running the United States -...

 

Staying active and creative keeps retired ad man young

Herb Maneloveg, who recently turned 98, is a regular attendee of the Jewish Pavilion's Shabbat services at Oakmonte Village. He has always been connected to his Jewish roots, even though he was born...

 

Insights from The Orlando Senior Help Desk: Transportation issues

Hiring a Driver The instinct for many older people is to stay at home as long as possible. Even if a person at home has visitors, he or she may still be alone most of the time, especially if he or she no longer drives. One option is to hire a...

 

Apple Matzah Kugel recipe

This recipe originally appeared on The Nosher. Apple matzah kugel is a classic Ashkenazi Passover dish. Just like many noodle kugels, this is a sweet kugel that is meant to be served with the main...

 

Iraqi Haroset Dessert Truffles recipe

This recipe originally appeared on The Nosher. These dessert truffles are play on the classic Iraqi haroset of date molasses (known also as date honey or silan) and chopped walnuts. Pressed baking...

 

Parents sue California to use special-education funding at Jewish schools

(JNS) — In what the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty calls “a special kind of chutzpah,” California denies Jewish families the opportunity to use special-education funding for children with disabilities at private, religious schools. “It takes a...

 
 By Judith Segaloff    News    April 7, 2023

How bad is the opioid crisis in Israel?

(JNS) — Harvey Milstein’s introduction to chronic pain, and to opioids, began in 2006 when he attempted to wrestle a shotgun cartridge filled with shot out of the barrel of his gun. The gun accidentally fired, shattering his left kneecap and fil...

 

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