Articles from the May 5, 2023 edition

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Robert Kraft and Meek Mill walk March of Living together

(JNS) - An unusual duo made the two-mile-plus walk from Auschwitz to Birkenau last week during the annual March of the Living in Poland: Robert Kraft, Jewish billionaire New England Patriots owner...

 
 News    May 5, 2023

Gov. DeSantis signs law cracking down on hate speech

While Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis was in Israel, he signed a bill to strengthen Florida's ability to combat antisemitism. The bill HB 269, titled "Public Nuisances," was co-sponsored by Republican...

 
 By Ben Sales    News    May 5, 2023

Netanyahu urges unity

TEL AVIV (JTA) - In an unusual politicization of Israel's Memorial Day on Tuesday, several senior Israeli government officials faced protests at ceremonies commemorating fallen soldiers. The tensions...

 
 By David Isaac    News    May 5, 2023

Majority of Israelis back judicial reform

(JNS) - The Israeli right is determined to prove that the majority of the nation supports judicial reform with a "March of the Million" rally on Thursday evening, April 27, outside the Knesset in...

 
 News    May 5, 2023

Take a stand against antisemitism, hate and bigotry

Florida has experienced a two-fold increase in antisemitic incidents in the last year alone, a disturbing trend, since history has proven that such acts undermine civil society as a whole. In response, the Holocaust Memorial Resource and Education...

 
 News    May 5, 2023

Happening at the JCC

The Art of Healing The future of healthcare, designed by Israel, May 9 at 7 p.m. Special guest Professor Itai Pessah, director of the Edmond and Lily Safra Children's Hospital at Sheba Medical Center...

 
 By Nancy Ludin    Features    May 5, 2023

Insights from The Orlando Senior Help Desk: Hospice care

Most people think they know what Hospice is, but they have many misconceptions. The foremost is that a person on Hospice care is about to die. When my mother received a terminal diagnosis, she went on Hospice care the next day. She lived for more...

 
 News    May 5, 2023

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 Lisa Keys    Life Cycles    May 5, 2023

Harry Belafonte, singer and civil rights activist who popularized 'Hava Nagila' in the US, dies at 96

(New York Jewish Week) - Barrier-smashing singer, actor and civil rights activist Harry Belafonte, who once boasted of being "the most popular Jew in America" because of his rendition of a Hebrew...

 
 News    May 5, 2023

Florida the only US state where El Al will service two cities

(JNS) — In a reflection of growing ties, Florida will soon be the only U.S. state where El Al will service two major cities, Gov Ron DeSantis said Thursday. Israel’s national carrier, which recently relocated its U.S. headquarters from New York to Ma...

 
 News    May 5, 2023

DeSantis: 'There's never been a Palestinian Arab entity'

(JNS) — Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis emphasized that there has never been a Palestinian state in the Land of Israel or elsewhere. The Republican politician was in Israel, where he keynoted the Celebrate the Faces of Israel event, a project of the J...

 
 News    May 5, 2023

600,000 supporters of judicial reform gather outside Knesset

(JNS) — Two suspects were arrested on Thursday in Tel Aviv, as anti-government protesters attacked Israel’s economy minister Nir Barkat. Meanwhile, organizers estimated 600,000 advocates of judicial reform gathered in Jerusalem. “March of the Milli...

 

Harvard insults terror victims

(JNS) — Harvard University is building ties with a Palestinian Arab university that supports terrorism, even though some of Harvard’s own students have been murdered by Palestinian terrorists. Last month, Harvard president Lawrence Bacow paid a fri...

 

Israeli judicial reform must pass

(JNS) — Israeli judicial reform must pass in order to secure Israel’s future as a democratic state. Over the past four months, the public’s trust in its officials and democratic elections has fallen due to the uncompromising campaign against the r...

 

Multiple efforts in Jewish sovereignty have self-destructed after 75 years - can Israel defy history - again?

(JTA) — Last week marked Yom Haatzmaut, our beloved Israel’s 75th birthday — the day on the Hebrew calendar when David Ben-Gurion proclaimed “the natural right of the Jewish people to be masters of their own fate” by establishing a Jewish state in...

 
 By Mitchell Bard    Opinions    May 5, 2023

1,660 Israelis dead since Palestinians' promise to end terror

(JNS) — It will be 30 years in September since a grim Yitzhak Rabin shook hands on the White House lawn with a beaming Yasser Arafat following the signing of the Declaration of Principles that marked the beginning of what many thought could be a f...

 
 By Keren Dee    Opinions    May 5, 2023

How much more pain is possible?

(JNS) — Words cannot describe the pain I feel, the silence I go through. I would do anything to go back a month to the days before the tragedy, before all of this happened, before our lives took a turn for the worse. I can’t digest that the who...

 

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 Gabe Friedman    Features    May 5, 2023

'Rough Diamonds' - drama of Antwerp's diamond district

(JTA) — A new drama on Netflix centered on a haredi Orthodox family that runs a business in Antwerp’s famed diamond district hit the platform on Friday and is drawing comparisons to the hit Israeli series “Shtisel.” “Rough Diamonds,” a joint produ...

 
 By David Isaac    News    May 5, 2023

Jewish Federations' annual conference becomes embroiled in political battles

(JNS) - While "dialogue" was a central theme of the "Israel at 75 General Assembly," the annual gathering of the Jewish Federations of North America, held this week in Tel Aviv to coincide with the...

 
 News    May 5, 2023

Judicial reform architect harassed at JFNA General Assembly

(JNS) - Member of Knesset Simcha Rothman, one of the key figures behind the government's judicial reform initiative, was continuously interrupted by hecklers during a panel discussion at the Jewish...

 
 By Noah Niederhoffer    News    May 5, 2023

Max Miller aims to be the 'loudest Republican Jewish voice for our people'

(JNS) - Rep. Max Miller (R-Ohio) has been answering 20 minutes of questions from JNS in his office in the Cannon House Office Building when he unveils a silver Star of David necklace that he says he...

 

NBA star Domantas Sabonis is converting to Judaism

(JTA via J. The Jewish News of Northern California) - When the Sacramento Kings face the Golden State Warriors in the first round of the NBA playoffs, they will be led by their Lithuanian-American -...

 
 News    May 5, 2023

Sen. Tim Scott announces committee to explore running for US president

(JNS) — Sen. Tim Scott (R-S.C.) announced an exploratory committee to run for U.S. president in 2024, the senator announced on April 12. Scott, 57, made the announcement in a video recorded on Fort Sumter in Charleston, where 162 years ago, the f...

 

Ben Stiller satirizes Adam Sandler's 'Chanukah Song' at Mark Twain Prize ceremony

(JTA) - Ben Stiller offered his own High Holiday alternative to Adam Sandler's "Chanukah Song" as his fellow Jewish comedian accepted the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor. During an awards...

 

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