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 News    May 8, 2020

NY police knew an Orthodox rabbi's Brooklyn funeral was happening-hundreds still showed up

By Shira Hanau (JTA)—The images were striking, the mayor had strong words and the backlash was swift. On Tuesday night, hundreds of Orthodox Jews gathered for a rabbi’s funeral in Brooklyn, showing apparent disregard of public social distancing gui... Full story

 News    May 8, 2020

Germany to ban Hezbollah

Arthur Stark, Chair, William Daroff, CEO, and Malcolm Hoenlein, vice chair of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations, issued the following statement: “We commend the German Interior Ministry for taking action against t... Full story



Annette Kahan Brener, age 93, of Oviedo, passed away peacefully on Thursday, April 23, 2020, at AdventHealth Hospice in Altamonte Springs. A Brooklyn, N.Y., native, she was born on Feb. 17,1927, to the late Philip and Ester Flug Kahan. Annette was a... Full story



Scott Henry Rosenfeld, age 44, of Apopka, passed away on Monday, April 27, 2020, at AdventHealth Apopka. A native of Islip, New York, Scott was born on June 30, 1975 to Madelyne Shankman Rosenfeld and the late Howard Rosenfeld. Scott was a high... Full story

 By Ron Kampeas    News    May 8, 2020

Biden plans for increased protections for Jews and others

WASHINGTON (JTA)—Former Vice President Joe Biden marked the one-year anniversary of the deadly shooting at a synagogue in Poway, California, with a proposal to add protections for Jews and other targets of hate attacks. “These are acts of ter... Full story

 News    May 8, 2020

Heritage accepting nominations for 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 m... Full story

 By Ron Kampeas    News    May 8, 2020

As the sexual assault claim against Joe Biden builds, some Jewish women wonder whether he deserves their support

WASHINGTON (JTA)-Monday was supposed to have been a good news day for Joe Biden: The venerable New York congresswoman Nita Lowey convened hundreds of women on a phone call to launch a new group,... Full story

 News    May 8, 2020

Hillel International and BBYO to offer virtual college visits for high school seniors

(JNS)—In a first-of-its-kind partnership, Hillel International, the largest Jewish campus organization, and BBYO, the Jewish teen movement, are connecting graduating high school seniors with current college students for virtual campus visits and ques... Full story

 News    May 8, 2020

Weekly roundup of world briefs

Belgian police charge 3 for commemorating Holocaust in violation of coronavirus rules By Cnaan Liphshiz (JTA)—Three men who placed a wreath at a Holocaust monument in Belgium were charged with violating the country’s emergency measures to stop the... Full story

 By Phillissa Cramer    News    May 8, 2020

Reacting to packed Orthodox funeral, New York City mayor warns 'the Jewish community' and faces swift backlash

By Philissa Cramer (JTA)—New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio drew fierce criticism late Tuesday after he singled out “the Jewish community” in a trio of tweets announcing that he had instructed his police department to fine or even arrest socia... Full story

 By Paul Socken    Features    May 8, 2020

When did elderly people like me become disposable?

TORONTO (JTA)-The coronavirus pandemic of 2020 is shaking the world in disturbing ways. As someone who is no longer young, I find one aspect of the crisis to be particularly unnerving: the attitude... Full story

 By Ruth Ebenstien    News    May 8, 2020

No time for a breather: A nurse's account of Israel's first coronavirus death and life inside a COVID-19 ward

JERUSALEM (JTA)-Nearly six weeks have passed since Arie Even, an 88-year-old Holocaust survivor, died of the coronavirus. It happened at the end of Shabbat dinner on a Friday night in March at the Sha... Full story


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