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Articles from the May 1, 2020 edition

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 By Dov Lipman    News    May 1, 2020

Ins and outs of Israel's unprecedented national emergency unity government

(JNS)-Israel's 15-month political stalemate, which led to three election cycles within the course of a year, has come to a close with the signing of a unity government deal between Israeli Prime...

 
 By Brian Blum    News    May 1, 2020

Israeli startup can predict the spread of Covid-19

(ISRAEL21c)-Israelis receiving daily coronavirus check-ins via text message can thank local startup Diagnostic Robotics for developing the cutting-edge questionnaire that is tracking the spread of t...

 
 News    May 1, 2020

$80M earmarked for nonprofits

(JNS)—Seven Jewish foundations joined together to launch the Jewish Community Response and Impact Fund, which will provide more than $80 million in interest-free loans and grants as thousands of Jewish nonprofit organizations are experiencing...

 
 News    May 1, 2020

Heritage Human Service Award

Heritage Florida Jewish News is accepting nominations for the 2020 Heritage Human Service Award, which will be presented at the annual meeting of the Jewish Federation of Greater Orlando in August. “For more than 30 years, individuals who have...

 
 News    May 1, 2020

An update on The Roth Family JCC

“These are interesting times, with things changing on a daily basis and so much more that is unknown than is known,” said Keith Dvorchik, CEO of The Roth Family JCC as he shared some things the JCC is working on. Getting back to work slowly The...

 
 News    May 1, 2020

JAO students observed Yom Hashoah remotely

Jewish Academy of Orlando observed its annual Holocaust remembrance day remotely. Fourth and fifth grade students participated in a morning of music, prayer, and remembrance.  Head of School Alan...

 
 News    May 1, 2020

Whoever said there are no free lunches?

The Jewish Pavilion provided free lunches to 400 healthcare workers in Orange and Seminole counties as a way of thanking them for the wonderful care they have provided to our seniors in elder-care...

 
 News    May 1, 2020

J Street endorses Joe Biden for president

(JNS)—The American Jewish lobby group J Street last week endorsed former U.S. Vice President Joe Biden for president—the first time in its history in which the organization has formally endorsed a candidate for the White House. “At a time...

 
 By Ron Kampeas    News    May 1, 2020

CPMAJO taps as next chief Dianne Lob of HIAS

(JTA)—The nominating committee of US Jewry’s foreign policy umbrella has tapped as its next chair the immediate past chairwoman of the lead Jewish immigration advocacy group—one that has clashed repeatedly with the Trump administration. Dianne...

 
 By ISRAEL 21C    News    May 1, 2020

Scientists develop Covid-19 diagnostic test that is 10x faster

A worldwide shortage of Covid-19 testing materials is slowing down the rate of testing and increasing the rate of infection. Coming from Israel, one answer to the problem is a faster and cheaper test using materials commonly found in diagnostic...

 
 News    May 1, 2020

Jewish nonprofits receive $264 million in federal assistance

(JNS)—Jewish nonprofits have received at least $264 million in loans under the $2.1 trillion coronavirus relief package passed by Congress and enacted into law last month, according to the Jewish Federations of North America (JFNA). According to...

 

Israel's new government is centrist, and that's OK with Netanyahu

(JNS)—Israel’s yearlong government standoff is finally over, and the only real winner is Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Although there were moments when it seemed as if there was no way he could hold onto office for long, Netanyahu again...

 

ZOA calls down Biden on embracing J Street endorsement

ZOA urges Joe Biden to retract his profuse praise of extremist anti-Israel J Street and to reject J Street’s and far-left Israel-bashing socialist Senator Bernie Sanders’ endorsements. ZOA also urges Biden to retract his anti-Israel video remark...

 
 By Jason Weiner    Opinions    May 1, 2020

Toward a coronavirus vaccine: Jewish ethical questions

(JNS)—The coronavirus pandemic has given rise to some of the most complex and significant medical-ethics dilemmas in recent history, namely the question of triaging ICU care and, by extension, deciding who shall live and who shall die. As society...

 
 By Moshe Phillips    Opinions    May 1, 2020

This Yom HaZikaron: Remembering what we have all lost

Israelis and Zionists around the world marked Yom HaZikaron this year starting on the evening of April 27. Yom HaZikaron LeHalalei Ma’arakhot Israel ul’Nifge’ei Pe’ulot HaEivah, literally: Memorial Day for the Fallen Soldiers of Israel and...

 
 By Ruthie Blum    Opinions    May 1, 2020

Let us remember what the survivors are unable to forget

(JNS)—Holocaust survivors do not need annual ceremonies to remind them of the Nazi atrocities that they endured or of the family members that Adolf Hitler’s henchmen slaughtered during World War II. No, those memories are just as inked in their...

 
 By Paul Jeser    Opinions    May 1, 2020

A personal reaction to 'One World: Together at Home'

At first I was not going to watch this presentation because 1) I did not know most of the participants, and 2) the fact that it was in support of the WHO was a ‘turn off.’ However, the fact that it dealt with the Coronavirus and that it was...

 

Supporting Palestinians combat COVID-19 helps Israel too

Dear Editor: In the 17 April 2020 edition of the Heritage Florida Jewish News in the article by Stephen M. Flatow (“J Street’s line: Virus, shmirus; let’s focus on the Palestinians”) he takes J Street to task for advocating help to the...

 
 By Jackson Richman    News    May 1, 2020

American Jews feel less safe now than a decade ago

(JNS)—Nearly two-thirds of American Jews believe that they are less safe today than a decade ago, according to a new survey by the Anti-Defamation League on Jewish encounters with anti-Semitism in the United States. The survey found that 54...

 
 By Shira Hanau    News    May 1, 2020

Jewish burial societies face difficult choices

(JTA)-Sometime in March, the Chesed Shel Emes Jewish burial society in Brooklyn added a new responsibility to the sacred tasks its 700 volunteers had committed to uphold: paperwork. Bodies were...

 
 By Lior Zaltzman    Features    May 1, 2020

Netflix's 'Unorthodox' Is Yiddish, feminist and just what we need now

Back in 2012, when Deborah Feldman's memoir "Unorthodox" came out, several people recommended I read this tale about a young woman leaving the Hasidic Satmar sect. I didn't follow the advice, but I...

 
 By Gloria Yousha    Features    May 1, 2020

Scene Around

Stuck in the House... By now I'm sure I proudly mentioned that I was a Navy mom several times. I must do it again! Being stuck in the house, what put a smile on my face (almost continuously) was watch...

 
 By Myrna Ossin    Features    May 1, 2020

Slivered Almond Toffee made from leftover matzah

Passover is over, but I still will be using up my leftover Matzah meal, potato starch and other Passover items. Matzah meal is a great binder for hamburger, meatloaf, salmon cakes, and more. I make the vegetarian Lasagna, Matzana, all year. Make...

 
 By Carin M. Smilk    Features    May 1, 2020

Day 23: Weather or not?

(JNS)-What's with this weather, anyway? I mean, the majority of us have accepted our lives as indoor cats right now, but a little sun wouldn't hurt, especially in the U.S. Northeast, where as of...

 
 By Marcy Oster    News    May 1, 2020

Israeli falafel shop owner cries during TV interview and becomes a symbol of coronavirus' economic toll

JERUSALEM (JTA)—An Israeli falafel shop owner broke down in tears in a television interview on Sunday that resonated across the country as a symbolic encapsulation of the economic toll that the coronavirus is taking on small businesses. “Look at...

 

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