Articles from the April 28, 2023 edition

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 By Alex Traiman    News    April 28, 2023

March of the Living provides a powerful opportunity for Jewish unity

(JNS) - There are no words to describe a trip to the extermination camps at Auschwitz-Birkenau. The camps are surprisingly well-preserved and are a living testament to the most heinous crime in...

 
 By Etgar Lefkovits    News    April 28, 2023

Distorted views of Holocaust on rise

(JNS) - Holocaust distortion and trivialization and banalization are on the rise around the globe, even as outright denial is relegated to the fringes of society, the head of Yad Vashem said. The rema...

 

It's a date!

(JTA) — A matchmaker who says she has successfully paired 200 Jewish couples is the star of “Jewish Matchmaking,” a Netflix series that started streaming May 3. Netflix announced the series, a spinoff of its wildly successful “Indian Matchmaking” sho...

 

RAISE is expanding and needs more volunteer job coaches

RAISE, a work and social skills training program for adults with disabilities, is excited to announce its recent partnership with the Rosen Hotels & Resorts and Joann Fabrics. Now, with more...

 

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...

 

Jewish Pavilion helps commemorate Yom HaShoah

Several modern-day celebrations take place between the holidays of Passover and Shavuot. The first that occurs is Holocaust Memorial Day or Yom Hashoah. The list of survivors diminishes with each...

 

Judicial reform talks resume in Jerusalem

(JNS) — Negotiations over the Israeli government’s judicial reform initiative resumed on Monday as coalition representatives met with counterparts from the Yesh Atid and National Unity parties at the President’s Residence in Jerusalem. Israeli Presi...

 
 By Philissa Cramer    News    April 28, 2023

Netanyahu cancels appearance at US Jewish event in Tel Aviv hours before planned protests

(JTA) — In a surprise move, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has backed out of his appearance at a major conference of U.S. Jewish leaders in Tel Aviv, just hours before a speech that was expected to draw mass protests. But in a sign that t...

 

Jewish Federations 'deeply troubled' by federal judge ruling on mifepristone

(JNS) — The Jewish Federations of North America released a short video on April 9 proclaiming its opposition to a federal judge’s ruling two days prior to overturning the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s approval of the “abortion pill” mifeprist...

 

Speaker McCarthy to lead 20 Congress members to Israel

(JNS) — U.S. Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) will lead a bipartisan congressional delegation to Israel later this month and become the second-ever House speaker to address the full Knesset, his Israeli counterpart Amir Ohana announced on Tuesday. O...

 

This is how they'll shoot down Israel's planes

(JNS) — Amid the latest wave of Palestinian Arab terrorist attacks, international condemnations of Israel and assorted other controversies, a significant recent development has received scant attention—the attempt by Palestinian Arab terrorists to...

 
 By Jim Shipley    Opinions    April 28, 2023

It started with the burning of books

There seems to be a zealous increase in the United States of the banning of certain books from both school and general libraries. From what I’ve read and researched it seems that the overwhelming reason for this is that certain conservative C...

 

The Oslo Accords - still killing people

(JNS) — We are fast approaching Sept. 13, 2023, which will mark 30 years since the Oslo Accords were signed on the White House lawn under the auspices of then-President Bill Clinton. It was one of the worst mistakes Israel has made over its 75 years...

 

Democratic poll numbers: Preview of the apocalypse?

(JNS) Gallup’s headline was attention-grabbing: “Democrats’ Sympathies in Middle East Shift to Palestinians.” The trend has been clear and seemingly inexorable since support hit its second-highest level of 58 percent in 2014 (the peak was at the tim...

 

Remembering everywhere, forever

(JNS) — My wife and I left South Africa for a trip to Israel on Tuesday. As we were going through the security checks at the El Al departure area, we suddenly heard the soft hum of a siren. There and then, in middle of the busy Johannesburg I...

 
 By Dani Dayan    Opinions    April 28, 2023

The power of the human spirit

(JNS) — The central theme of Holocaust Remembrance Day this year is “Jewish Resistance during the Holocaust: Marking 80 Years since the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising.” Resistance encompasses a wide range of actions and, contrary to popular belief, does not...

 

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 Deborah Danan    News    April 28, 2023

On display at Germany's embassy in Israel: Portraits of Holocaust survivors that seek to reclaim their stories

TEL AVIV (JTA) — The first time Gidon Lev encountered Holocaust denial was after becoming an unwitting TikTok star at the age of 86. “I was totally shocked. How could this be?” he told the Jewish Telegraphic Agency about receiving dozens of comme...

 

A 'hidden gem on the Eastern Shore' revealed

In the spring of 1959, Lawrence Golub and Roy Ans graduated from high school in Valley Stream on Long Island, N.Y., and chose colleges to attend. Golub and Ans had known each other from grade school....

 

Passover Breakfast during Chamber meeting

It may be hard to imagine but the staff at Jewish Pavilion pulled off a five-minute Seder at the Maitland Chamber Breakfast on April 13, the last day of the holiday. They used “My Very Own H...

 
 By Steven Emerson    News    April 28, 2023

A Jewish teacher fights back against CAIR's persecution

(JNS) — Ibtihaj Muhammad made history as the first hijab-clad athlete on the U.S. Olympic team. But in court papers filed late Tuesday, a New Jersey elementary school teacher says Muhammad is also a liar. In a series of October 2021 social media p...

 
 By Lilach Shoval    News    April 28, 2023

Officials know heightened tensions are here to stay

(Israel Hayom via JNS) — No matter how you look at it, the current escalation is here to stay. Even if the flare-up with Hamas in Gaza and in the north is over for now, the chances of a multi-theater conflagration fomented by Iran have risen s...

 
 By Nancy Ludin    Features    April 28, 2023

Insights from The Orlando Senior Help Desk: Home health care

Getting extra support at home can be a terrific source of relief. Agencies offer companion care such as CNA’s (certified nurse’s assistants or HHA’s Home health aides.) Normally, these individuals take a brief course on how to care for someo...

 
 By Ron Kampeas    News    April 28, 2023

Historic flooding complicates the journey home for Passover vacationers

(JTA) - Zachary Ottenstein didn't expect to bond with his dad over chess and classic rock during his trip home from Florida at the end of Passover. But when Ottenstein switched his phone on after the...

 

Ari Aster calls his new movie 'Beau Is Afraid' a 'Jewish Lord of the Rings'

(JTA) - "It's like a Jewish 'Lord of the Rings,' but he's just going to his mom's house." That's how director Ari Aster, known for his acclaimed horror movies "Hereditary" and "Midsommar," described...

 

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