Articles from the June 3, 2022 edition

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9 things you didn't know about Shavuot

Along with Passover and Sukkot, Shavuot is one of the three major Jewish pilgrimage festivals. It falls out precisely 49 days after the second day of Passover, a period of time known as the Omer,...

 

OTA celebrates 12th anniversary

As another successful school year comes to an end it's time to celebrate. It's hard to believe that it's been 12 years since the founding of Orlando Torah Academy. This has been an exceptional year...

 
 By Andrew Lapin    News    June 3, 2022

PA: IDF meant to kill journalist

(JTA) - The Palestinian Authority concluded its investigation into the killing of Al Jazeera journalist Shireen Abu Akleh by accusing Israeli soldiers of deliberately shooting her in the back, a...

 

Why kindergarten is special at the Rosen JCC

As we come to the end of the current school year, it’s time to start making plans for the new school year. Parents of little ones, who are transitioning from pre-school, need to decide if they want to move to public or private kindergarten. These...

 

JFS Orlando's Weekly Wellness Corner

Next time you’re stuck in evening traffic, take a few seconds to enjoy the pinks and purples in the sunset. It might be the most overlooked, but spiritual self-care can help you feel grateful to be...

 
 By Nancy Ludin    News    June 3, 2022

Insights from The Orlando Senior Help Desk: Aid and Attendance benefit

Wartime veterans and their surviving spouses, 65 years and older, may be entitled to a tax-free benefit called Aid and Attendance provided by the Department of Veteran Affairs. They must have served some time in active duty. The benefit is designed...

 

Heritage Human Service Award

Heritage Florida Jewish News is accepting nominations for the 2021 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...

 
 By Ron Kampeas    News    June 3, 2022

Russia bans entry to numerous US Jews, including Chabad rabbis

(JTA) — Among the many Jews on Russia’s latest list of Americans banned entry are three Chabad rabbis, in possible retaliation for Chabad’s decades-long effort to recover texts and artifacts that the Soviets took from the movement. The list of...

 
 By Ron Kampeas    News    June 3, 2022

Ambassador says call for US probe of killing isn't 'fair'

WASHINGTON (JTA) — In an unusual public broadside against dozens of Congress members, Israel’s ambassador to Washington said a letter calling for a U.S. investigation into the killing of a Palestinian American journalist was not a “fair...

 

Netanyahu declares case against him 'dead'

(JNS) — Former Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has declared the main criminal case against him “dead,” after state prosecutors were forced to alter the charge sheet, Israeli media reported last week. The state’s witness in the...

 
 By Aryeh Savir    News    June 3, 2022

Residents of Samaria community tell Bennett: Stay away

Prime Minister Naftali Bennett’s participation in an upcoming event at the community of Elkana in Samaria is sparking controversy and generating protests against his participation, with residents telling Bennett “stay away.” Bennett is planning...

 

Let's talk about the 'nakba' and who's really responsible for Palestinian suffering

(JNS) — Resolutions proposed in the U.S. House of Representatives mean nothing. They give members an opportunity to pay lip service to various causes favored by their constituents but don’t commit the government to action. They are almost always...

 
 By David Suissa    Opinions    June 3, 2022

Israel should take Abbas to International Criminal Court

(Jewish Journal via JNS) — We’re seeing again how Israel can fight so well with weapons but so badly with words. Take the death of Al Jazeera journalist Shireen Abu Akleh, which has turned into an international incident. She was fatally shot...

 
 By Mitchell Bard    Opinions    June 3, 2022

Antisemitism isn't a strong enough word

(JNS) — Supporters of the BDS movement against Israel claim they are not antisemitic. I have co/ncluded that they are correct in the sense that the word “antisemitism” is too weak to capture their depravity. It is not necessary to go into the...

 
 By Judy Gruen    Opinions    June 3, 2022

God, grades and graduation: Religion's surprising impact on academic success

A new study conclusively shows multiple benefits of a faith-based life to working-class adolescents – particularly males. As a child living in communist Russia, Ilana Horwitz knew nothing about religion. But after her family emigrated to the...

 

Life is a picture postcard

(JNS) — Whether you even know what a picture postcard is will immediately put you in a certain age bracket. Just recently, I asked a group of teenagers if they knew what a postcard was, and they had absolutely no idea. It reminded me of a video...

 

What's Happening

MORNING MINYANS (Please note, because of the coronavirus, some minyans have been canceled or held virtually.) Chabad of North Orlando and Chabad of Altamonte Springs are holding in-person minyans. Chabad of South Orlando — Monday - Friday, 8 a.m....

 
 By Ron Kampeas    News    June 3, 2022

Minnesota GOP apologizes for Soros video

(JTA) — The Minnesota Republican Party apologized for screening a video that depicted liberal Jewish billionaire George Soros as a puppet master controlling two Jewish Democrats, saying that those responsible were not aware that the imagery had...

 

What Ruth can teach us about celebrating Shavuot

In preparation for God's appearance on Mount Sinai, Moses and the Israelite people "stood at the foot of the mountain" (Exodus 19:17) waiting to see and to hear what transpires. The unusual...

 
 By Alan Zeitlin    Features    June 3, 2022

Does Netflix's 'Beauty Queen of Jerusalem' live up to the hype?

(JNS) - When Michael Aloni's agent told him about "The Beauty Queen of Jerusalem," he was a bit confused. "Since when is there a beauty pageant in Jerusalem?" Aloni recalled asking at the time, at an...

 

Menachem Kaiser wins Sami Rohr Prize for nonfiction

(JNS) - The Sami Rohr Prize for Jewish Literature, in association with the National Library of Israel, announces Menachem Kaiser, author of "Plunder: A Memoir of Family Property and Nazi...

 

Wander among the ancients at an Israeli world heritage site

(JNS) - Remnants of an ancient city, mysterious inscriptions, caves and catacombs, gorgeous scenery - all are to be found in Bet She'arim, one of Israel's most impressive UNESCO World Heritage Sites....

 
 By Alan Zeitlin    Features    June 3, 2022

A fair case for 'The Staircase?'

(JNS) - David Rudolf is one of the most heralded defense attorneys in America with numerous awards. More importantly, he says, is that he has helped fight for innocent people and tried to make sure...

 
 By Josh Hasten    Features    June 3, 2022

NBA Hall of Famer Ray Allen experiences the Holy Land

(JNS) — NBA Hall of Famer Ray Allen wrapped up a whirlwind tour of Israel this week, taking time to speak with members of the press before heading back to the United States. Allen, a two-time world champion and team USA Olympic gold medalist, was...

 

Obituary - BETH MICHELE BALOG BERGER

Beth Michele Balog Berger, formerly of Riverdale, N.Y., passed away on May 22, 2022. She was born to Paul and Estelle Balog on July 15, 1953. After graduating from the Bronx High School of Science at 16, she attended The City College of New York... Full story

 

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