Articles from the April 24, 2020 edition

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March of the Living launches virtual remembrance project for Yom Hashoah

(JNS)-March of the Living launched a global Holocaust remembrance project for individuals to pay tribute to Holocaust survivors, victims and the fight against anti-Semitism ahead of Israel's Holocaust... Full story


Happy Pearlman Pantry Volunteer Appreciation month!

JFS Orlando can't wait to welcome back all of our volunteers once the JFS building opens back up due to COVID-19. Two of those wonderful volunteers are Robin and Marty Katz. Teamwork makes the dream... Full story

 By Marcy Oster    News    April 24, 2020

Netanyahu/Gantz ink a deal

ERUSALEM (JTA)—Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Blue and White chairman Benny Gantz signed a deal Monday to form a “national emergency government” that keeps Netanyahu as the prime minister for now. Israel has spent more than a year under... Full story


Push to work with Israel, not China

Senators Ted Cruz, R-Texas, and Chris Coons, D-Delaware, both members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, are launching a bipartisan effort to ween the U.S off of medical reliance on China and replace it, at least partially, with Israel. They... Full story


Chabad assisted during Passover, and continues to help those in need

This Passover was different than any other. For many, being unable to gather for the Seder with family, friends and community as they had planned, this was their first foray into preparing and... Full story


Devices for FaceTiming needed for our seniors

One of the dilemmas facing assisted-living facilities during this COVID-19 pandemic is that to protect their senior residents, facilitators have had to initiate complicated routines: Staff members... Full story


ShalomLearning will provide Hebrew school for free during school closures

With the coronavirus pandemic forcing the world’s students and teachers into online virtual classrooms, many Hebrew schools were left unprepared to make the transition. Education technology nonprofit ShalomLearning has been stepping up to the... Full story

 By Marcy Oster    News    April 24, 2020

Founder of 'Birthright for Moms' will represent Diaspora

JERUSALEM (JTA)-Israel will hold its annual Independence Day torch-lighting on Mount Herzl, but only with a television and digital audience because of coronavirus regulations. Among the torch-lighters... Full story


US patient receives Israeli coronavirus treatment

(JNS)—An American patient diagnosed with the coronavirus (COVID-19) has been given a treatment by Israeli-based Pluristem that, so far, has a 100 percent survival rate. The development, which occurred under the Israel’s compassionate-use program,... Full story


Israel and Trump's war on the coronavirus

(JNS)—The presidency of Donald Trump has shaped coalition talks between Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Blue and White Party chairman Benny Gantz. For weeks, the chief stumbling block holding up a unity government deal was Gantz’s... Full story


imouna: The very opposite of social distancing

(Jewish Journal via JNS)—On Thursday night, as sundown falls on the holiday of Passover, Sephardic Jews everywhere will celebrate the centuries-old tradition of Mimouna. This is the night when Jews open their doors to their neighbors, offering... Full story


Moving toward a better American future

These past few weeks have not been good for the American people or for the rest of the world. The coronavirus pandemic has wrecked havoc on not only the general health of the world’s population, but has had devastating effects on all aspects of... Full story


Xi Jinping's Wuhan virus has changed the course of history

(JNS)—Microbes are changing our lives, our economy, our culture. You should know—though it will provide no consolation—that it has ever been thus. Perhaps you assumed that the ability of pestilence to change the course of history was... well, h... Full story


We shall shake off the dust and arise

(JNS)—It is rare, at times like this, to begin the week—yet another week in the shadow of the coronavirus—on a note of joy and excitement. The crisis persists, and with it, heartrending stories of people lost, as well as of loneliness, of... Full story

 By Ron Kampeas    News    April 24, 2020

West Bank annexation would damage US-Israel alliance

WASHINGTON (JTA)—A pro-Israel group is warning Israeli leaders that reports of planned annexations of parts of the West Bank would cause “long-term damage” to the U.S.-Israel alliance. “Such a move would make a two-state solution harder—if... Full story


Jewish Academy of Orlando offers virtual Passover break activities

Jewish Academy of Orlando will offer daily activities during Passover/spring amidst the COVID-19 stay-at-home order.   Head of School Alan Rusonik said, "All of us, students, teachers and parents... Full story

 By Ashley Fisak    News    April 24, 2020

How the Jewish Pavilion and others in the community celebrated Passover in 2020

The world is going through a pandemic right now and it has changed everyone's life in one way or another. Passover is a time for the family to gather together and celebrate. It is the closeness of... Full story


Orlando's Jewish seniors turn to KCOA for Passover meals

The Kinneret Council on Aging, a nonprofit agency that provides ongoing programs and services to residents of Kinneret Apartments, provided Kosher for Passover meals to limited income Jewish seniors... Full story


Scene Around

Combat thru education... I read this recently in the World Jewish Congress Digest and pass it along to you: "The WJC, together with UNESCO and the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rig... Full story

 By Ron Kampeas    Features    April 24, 2020

Celebrity-studded Saturday Night Seder yields 1M viewers, $2.6M for charity and 4 big insights about the Jewish people

(JTA)—With its glittering assembly of stars, jokes that worked and attendees who could, well, sing, it was the Zoom Seder you wished you had. The Saturday Night Passover Seder that aired on YouTube over the weekend brought together dozens of... Full story


Passover goodie bags for senior residents in assisted living

Unfortunately, the Jewish Pavilion program directors and volunteers couldn’t celebrate Passover with area senior residents in the many assisted-living facilities this year, but they made sure the... Full story


A cotton that can kill germs and viruses on contact

(ISRAEL21c)-The constantly intensifying battle against viruses and antibiotic-resistant "superbugs" isn't only about finding stronger drugs against infection. The focus is moving to preventing infecti... Full story


French-Jewish marathoner runs the entire race on his 7-yard-long balcony

(JTA)-Elisha Nochomovitz, a 32-year-old French Jew, was to be among the 17,000 participants in the Barcelona Marathon on March 15. But the marathon, one of Europe's most popular running events, was po... Full story

 By Ron Kampeas    News    April 24, 2020

Chinese-American groups return a Jewish message of solidarity by providing protective gear to agencies

WASHINGTON (JTA)—The Jewish community’s expression of solidarity with Chinese Americans during the coronavirus pandemic has yielded an unexpected return: scads of personal protective equipment for Jewish organizations. David Bernstein, the presid... Full story

 By Penny Schwartz    News    April 24, 2020

In the Boston area, 2 Jewish chefs team up to feed kids while schools are closed

SHARON, Mass. (JTA)-When Neil Morris heard the news that his hometown schools were closing for at least two weeks due to the coronavirus pandemic, his first thought was about the kids who would lose... Full story


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