Articles from the May 8, 2020 edition

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 By Marcy Oster    News    May 8, 2020

Sirens wail throughout Israel at start of Memorial Day

JERUSALEM (JTA)-As they do each year, Israelis stood at attention Monday for one minute as sirens wailed throughout the country to usher in Yom Hazikaron, or Memorial Day. What happened afterward was... Full story

 By Shira Hanau    News    May 8, 2020

Hebrew Free Burial Association put out a call for prayer shawls

(JTA)-Andrew Parver's phone hasn't stopped ringing since Sunday.  That's when Parver, the director of operations at the Hebrew Free Burial Association in New York City, put out a call for donations o... Full story

 News    May 8, 2020

Dictor qualifies for Tax Collector race

Not even a lockdown could stop the campaign of Lynn Dictor, known by her radio listeners as Moira, a first-time candidate for Seminole County Tax Collector. Dictor, a Democrat, always intended to... Full story

 News    May 8, 2020

JFS Challenge surpasses goal

Thanks to the community’s generous contributions, Jewish Family Services of Greater Orlando collected $18,742 and 4,930 lbs. of food in this year’s Restock Challenge. With every $1 and pound of food matched $0.50 by The Weiner Family and The... Full story

 News    May 8, 2020

Jewish Academy reschedules Broadway-style musical for Oct. 15

Jewish Academy of Orlando originally planned to present Disney's "Alice in Wonderland" in May, however to ensure the safety of JAO's students and community, the full-scale musical production, starring... Full story

 News    May 8, 2020

Marc Homburger Jacobs earns Eagle Scout rank

Marc Homburger Jacobs, son of Brad Jacobs and Eve Homburger, has just earned the rank of Eagle Scout, completing his Board of Review via video conference. Since Marc's Boy Scout Troop 641 meets at... Full story

 News    May 8, 2020

Keeping things running despite the shut down

The shut down hasn’t slowed The Jewish Federation one bit. Here are a few examples of what is going on in the community: • The Jewish Academy of Orlando’s online school has been outstanding. The curriculum, the teacher interaction, and the... Full story

 News    May 8, 2020

JOIN Orlando offers four amazing virtual programs

The COVID-19 isn’t slowing down JOIN Orlando’s programming as it is continuing to build its virtual offerings with four new programs to continue your Jewish journey together with them. JOIN Meaningful Moment—On Fridays, enjoy a practical and... Full story

 News    May 8, 2020

Amid uproar, Stark to remain Conference of Presidents chair for another year

(JNS)—Amid an uproar from conservative members of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations over the nomination of Dianne Lob from HIAS as its next chair, the Jewish umbrella organization announced that its current chair,... Full story

 News    May 8, 2020

Biden affirms he won't move embassy back to Tel Aviv

(JNS)—Former U.S. Vice President Joe Biden, the presumptive 2020 Democratic presidential nominee, reiterated on Wednesday that if elected in November, he would keep the U.S. embassy in Jerusalem. “The move shouldn’t have happened in the... Full story

 News    May 8, 2020

USAID blocks coronavirus relief funding for Gaza

(JNS)—The Trump administration will not be sending U.S. coronavirus assistance to the Gaza Strip due to concerns that funds could fall into the hands of the U.S.-designated terrorist group Hamas. “The Trump administration is not supporting... Full story

 News    May 8, 2020

2020 CUFI annual summit to be held virtually

(JNS)—Christians United for Israel, the nation’s largest pro-Israel organization, announced that its 2020 Washington summit will be held virtually due to the coronavirus pandemic. The announcement comes on the heels of the Washington Convention... Full story


Lob's hostile (but disarming) takeover

(JNS)—Apparently, the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations is sensitive to criticism. Over the past week, it received enormous—and well-deserved—flak after it announced the decision of its nominating committee to... Full story

 By Mel Pearlman    Opinions    May 8, 2020

The Hobson's choice for president

The Jewish community in America finds itself in a dilemma concerning the 2020 presidential election. On one hand, President Trump has been a strong ally and friend of Israel. He understands the necessity of Israel moving forward in consolidating its... Full story


The WHO: Another politicized UN body

(JNS)—The U.N. agency responsible for international health, the WHO, and its director-general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, have come increasingly under intense criticism for playing dangerous partisan politics. Tedros, the Ethiopian microbiologist... Full story


It's not about life vs. money

If we ask the right questions, we might get a lot closer to the answer much sooner. I am almost never offended by criticism of anything I write. For one thing, I’m acutely aware that there is usually more than one side of an issue. Second, I’m an... Full story


Mourning all victims is right; moral equivalence is not

(JNS)—Outside of Israel, it was the alternative ceremony that got the most coverage. The official commemoration of Yom Hazikaron—the country’s Memorial Day that occurs the day before celebrating the Jewish state’s Independence Day—began... Full story


Stoking the flames of anti-Semitism in New York

I’m sure that there have been no shortages of instances of “leaders” of cities throughout the world with large Jewish populations lashing out at their local Jewish community. Many of these were part and parcel of warnings, if not triggers, for... Full story


What's Happening

MORNING AND EVENING MINYANS (Please note, because of the coronavirus, all in person minyans have been canceled.) 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.... Full story

 News    May 8, 2020

US prepared to recognize Israeli law to areas of the West Bank

(JNS)-A U.S. Staate Department spokesperson said on Monday that the United States remains ready to recognize Israel's annexation of territory in the West Bank, but expects Israel to continue... Full story

 By Ed Borowsky    Features    May 8, 2020

Jews in the Land of Disney: Meet a mainstay in the Jewish community

Dr. Bernard Kahn is one of the 36 percent who call themselves native Floridians. Born in Orlando in 1951, Bernie has lived and worked in the Orlando area his entire life and has seen the growth of... Full story

 By Shira Rubin    News    May 8, 2020

Arab Israelis fear that Ramadan could bring a coronavirus surge

TEL AVIV (JTA)-On Friday, the first day of Ramadan, the Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem was virtually empty. A handful of masked worshippers kneeling on prayer rugs, distanced several feet apart from one... Full story

 By Penny D Agostino    News    May 8, 2020

Orlando Senior Help Desk coronavirus information

Margie had been wondering if there was a shelter-at-home order in her county. She didn't really use the computer very much, but her daughter had recommended she look at the Orlando Senior Help Desk's... Full story

 By Gloria Yousha    Features    May 8, 2020

Scene Around

A message from KEITH DVORCHIK, CEO of Jewish Federation... "As the wind blew and the rain fell recently, I found it symbolic of the changes we have been dealing with over the past 6 weeks. Storms... Full story

 By Shira Hanau    News    May 8, 2020

Hillel International lays off or furloughs 20 percent of staff amid coronavirus uncertainty

(JTA)—With many of its normal activities interrupted because of the coronavirus pandemic, Hillel International, the umbrella organization for centers for Jewish student life on college campuses around the world, has laid off or furloughed 30... Full story


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