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Articles from the April 10, 2020 edition

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'Thanks for all the cards,' says Jewish Pavilion

Nancy Ludin, CEO of the Jewish Pavilion, is deeply concerned about the loneliness the residents of assisted-living facilities are feeling during this time of quarantine because of COVID-19. She... Full story


JFS Orlando needs our help to be able to help those in need

"What JFS Orlando does is the essence of being Jewish," said Dick Weiner of the agency he strongly supports and firmly believes is one of the most important agencies in the community. "The essence of... Full story


Return to normal after Passover?

(JNS)—Israel must take a series of immediate steps that would enable it to end its nationwide closure and enter a new “corona routine” that would revive the economy and that could begin immediately after Passover, Interim Defense Minister... Full story


Israel ranks first worldwide in safety

The Deep Knowledge group put Israel in first place among countries around the world when it comes to promoting safety amid the coronavirus pandemic, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s media adviser announced Tuesday. The Deep Knowledge Group is... Full story

 By Anna Finer    News    April 10, 2020

RecycleJ-let's do our part to keep recycling working!

For the past several months, I have been working on "RecycleJ," a new recycling program for The Roth Family Jewish Community Center of Greater Orlando. I was prepared to introduce RecycleJ to the pres... Full story


Free lunch for healthcare workers

At the Jewish Pavilion we love our seniors, and we so appreciate all that the staff who work in elder-communities are doing to keep their residents safe and happy. Thanks to a generous donor, the... Full story


Coming Up at The Roth Family JCC via the Internet

The Roth Family JCC is announcing even more ways to stay connected and CEO Keith Dvorchik is helping the Jewish community stick together via his e-mail newsletters, which Heritage also posts for those who aren’t members of the JCC. As we come to th... Full story


UJA-Federation of New York offers additional $11 million in grants/loans to those affect by COVID-19

NEW YORK CITY—UJA-Federation of New York announced an additional $11 million in assistance to help those most affected by Covid-19 including single parents, low-income college students, and families struggling to provide dignified Jewish burials.... Full story


Israel's declining coronavirus infection rate may indicate a trend

By Maytal Yasur Beit-Or, Assaf Golan (Israel Hayom via JNS)—There has been a consistent decline in the rate of coronavirus infections in Israel since the last week in March, with infections now doubling at a rate of once every eight days compared... Full story

 By Ben Harris    News    April 10, 2020

Rabbi who recovered contributes to treatment experiment

(JTA)—Among the mysteries of the coronavirus is that some patients suffer and ultimately die from the disease while others experience the symptoms as akin to a mild cold. Rabbi Daniel Nevins is in the latter category. The dean of the rabbinical... Full story


Psychological and spiritual implications of the COVID-19 crisis

(JNS)—Israelis have been accustomed to national emergencies and tend to accommodate well to stressful changes in their daily routines. However, in contrast to past crises, the current predicament is exceptional. People across the world are... Full story


Religious freedom and the coronavirus pandemic

No group in America is more sensitive about religious freedom than the Jewish community. Although we have many differences of opinion concerning public policy issues I think it is fair to say we speak with one voice when it comes to defending... Full story

 By Ruthie Blum    Opinions    April 10, 2020

Haredi statistics show that social distancing works

(JNS)—The carry-on about the dangerous spread of COVID-19 within the haredi (ultra-Orthodox) community in Israel is understandable. While the rest of us are cooped up at home, with increasingly severe limitations on our freedom of movement,... Full story


We need Shabbat now more than ever

Two Fridays ago, on a final grocery store run before officially locking myself alone inside my Brooklyn studio apartment, I purchased a box of 72 “Standard Shabbos Candles” for the first time in my life. I had recently reclaimed the candlestick... Full story


Indifferent to human suffering?

(JNS)—A Palestinian activist’s harsh response to the first Israeli fatality from the coronavirus has sparked some controversy. It’s a tempest in a teapot, but it also contains an important lesson or two. The activist, Ms. Leen Dweik, was... Full story


An open letter to The Richard S. Adler Early Childhood Center

Dear teachers and Staff of the ECLC: For those who don’t know me, my name is Jeff Greenwald. I am the vice president of the Roth Family JCC Board, a parent of a 4-year-old in Room 3 (and 2 other boys that have since graduated), and the husband of... Full story


Day 13: No laughing matter 

(JNS)—April 1 is no laughing matter. Because back in 1992, the joke was on me. I was graduate student in New York City, almost done with my dual-degree master’s program in journalism and Near Eastern Studies. In fact, in my briefcase at the time... Full story


Join the Jewish Pavilion mask challenge

Jill Goldsmith is a home seamstress who learned to sew as a girl and continues to sew items that bring her joy and comfort. She has a small home-based business making one-of-a-kind handbags. When the... Full story

 By Ed Borowsky    Features    April 10, 2020

Spotlight on Rabbi Sholom Dubov, chief rabbi Chabad, Orlando

The prevalent thinking in 1972 was that the seventh Chabad Rebbe, Menachem Mendel Schneerson, on his 70th birthday, was going to reveal his retirement plans. Rather, he laid down a challenge. He was... Full story


Scene Around

Ode to the Coronavirus by Yours Truly... I'm going crazy in my house, I sleep each night with Mickey Mouse, One son moved home to keep me safe, I wash my hands until they chafe, Coronavirus has me... Full story


JAO students celebrate first-ever remote Passover Seder 1960's style

Jewish Academy of Orlando held is first-ever remote model Passover seder with a 1960s-theme for its students, parents and guests using Google Meet. The students told the story of Passover in a... Full story


These chocolate crepes are perfect for Passover

This recipe originally appeared on The Nosher. When it comes to Passover cooking and baking, my favorite flour is not the dreaded matzah cake meal, which can make baked goods dense and heavy. It's... Full story


Passover Hush Puppy Potato Knishes

Main ingredients 6 large Idaho potatoes, peeled and cut into chunks 4 eggs, divided 3 tablespoons potato starch 3 tablespoons Gefen Mayonnaise 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder 1 tablespoon salt pinch of white pepper 2 hot dogs, cut into 1/2-inch slices Sta... Full story


Stay positive (not COVID-19 positive though)

All of creation seems oblivious to the virus running rampant through all the countries of the world. Here is a "thumbs up" from a strawberry, encouraging us to stay positive!... Full story


2020 Kobrin Family Scholarship deadline is April 30

Applications for the Kobrin Family Scholarship are still available and due by April 30. The Kobrin family created the Kobrin Family Scholarship in 1990 to be awarded to a qualified, full-time student of the Jewish faith from Orange, Osceola or... Full story


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