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Netanyahu invokes biblical precept for social distancing, says Mi Sh'Berech for Israel

In an interview with Kol B'Rama radio, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu invoked biblical precepts in order to convince religious Jews to social distance during the holiday of Simchat Torah that... Full story

 
 By Shira Hanau    News    October 16, 2020 

Orthodox Jews burn masks in protest against New York's new COVID rules

(JTA) — Protests by Orthodox Jews against New York’s crackdown on gatherings in their neighborhoods turned tense and at times violent Tuesday night as throngs of young men demonstrated in the streets of Borough Park. The late-night protest in a...

 

'Later, Gator!' - Friends and colleagues thank Robby Etzkin for his JCC service

On Oct. 5, more than 100 households gathered on Zoom for a virtual thank you party in honor of Robby Etzkin, who left his position as executive director at The Roth Family Jewish Community Center of...

 

First speaker of Chabads' 'zoom lecture series' is Holocaust survivor

Chabads of North Orlando and Greater Orlando will be hosting Holocaust survivor Dr. Jacob Eisenbach, who lived through the horrors of the Nazi occupation of Poland, a labor camp and concentration...

 

When caregiving is overwhelming, call the Orlando Senior Help Desk

The future needs of healthy and independent seniors are not on the radar of their family members until a crisis arises. An unexpected fall is often the beginning of a family member’s transition into caregiving. All of a sudden, the new caregiver...

 

There's always time for PE at JAO

Jewish Academy of Orlando kindergarteners and first graders participate in PE despite the COVID-19 pandemic. Here is a peek at what PE looks like at the Jewish Academy of Orlando. Jewish Academy of...

 
 By Shira Hanau    News    October 16, 2020 

NY governor imposes new rules on houses of worship, schools and essential businesses

(JTA) – It won’t just be schools that close in areas of New York City with many COVID-19 cases. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has announced new restrictions on houses of worship, with services in some parts of the state capped at just 10 people....

 
 By Faygie Holt    News    October 16, 2020 

Orthodox Jewish leaders decry Cuomo's 'draconian' measures to restrict worship amid virus rise

(JNS) — Professing his “respect and love” for the Orthodox Jewish community, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced major restrictions and closures in parts of the state designated as “COVID clusters,” areas that have an overwhelmingly large... Full story

 
 By Gabe Friedman    News    October 16, 2020 

Jewish poet Louise Glück wins Nobel Prize in Literature

(JTA) — Louise Glück, the American granddaughter of Hungarian Jews, was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature on Thursday. Glück, 77, was awarded “for her unmistakable poetic voice that with austere beauty makes individual existence...

 
 By Ruthie Blum    Opinions    October 16, 2020 

Amy Coney Barrett, Jewish liberals and the US Constitution

(JNS) — The apoplexy on the part of Democrats in general and Jewish liberals in particular to the appointment of Amy Coney Barrett to the U.S. Supreme Court was to be expected. Anything that President Donald Trump does drives them crazy. But the... Full story

 

Palestinians' most dangerous enemy is … archaeology

(JNS) — Pundits will tell you that the most dangerous enemies of the Palestinian Arab cause are the Gulf kingdoms that have decided to recognize Israel, or the European countries that are moving their embassies to Jerusalem, or the American...

 
 By Ari Ingel    Opinions    October 16, 2020 

New initiative helps tackle anti-Semitic content

(JNS) — In this time of social distancing and sheltering in place, people all over the world are spending more time on streaming sites than ever before. However, as users go digging for content to fill their time, they are also coming across an...

 

Donald Trump: Friend of the Jews and Israel

“The Jews have endured terrible persecution, and you know that we’ve all read it. We’ve studied it. They’ve gone through a lot and those seeking their destruction … we will seek their destruction.” President Trump said this after the...

 
 By Blimi Marcus    Opinions    October 16, 2020 

My Brooklyn Orthodox community did not take COVID-19 seriously - instead, our leaders stoked a fire that shames us all

(JTA) — This morning I am sitting at work in numb silence. What is happening in my Brooklyn neighborhood of Borough Park is painful, unacceptable and 100 percent preventable. As a healthcare professional who understands the dangers of this virus,...

 

Before writing about Israel, do some research

Dear Editor:  I read Donna Nevel’s recent “Guest Columnist” article in the Orlando Sentinel (“DeSantis’ support for Jewish people is reactionary”) with quite some interest and curiosity. A few of her comments I totally have to agree...

 

Foxman vs. Sharpton reactions to hatred

Dear Editor: Abe Foxman, a Holocaust survivor, couldn’t have been the worst director of the ADL if a white supremacist had chosen him. For years Foxman earned a $300,000 annual salary and had bodyguards and absolutely failed the American Jewish...

 

Pres. Trump is nothing like the Nazis

Dear Editor: I am appalled at the American Jews who compare President Donald J. Trump to the Nazis in Germany in the 1930s.  If only there had been man like President Trump in Germany; then over 6 million Jews — including my aunts, uncles,...

 

What's Happening

MORNING MINYANS (Please note, because of the coronavirus, all minyans have been canceled or held virtually.) 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

 

Decline COVID-19 morbidity cause for 'cautious optimism'

(JNS) — The percentage of Israelis testing positive for COVID-19 has decreased for the third day in a row, according to Israeli Health Ministry figures released on Sunday. In an interview with Channel 12 on Sunday morning, Weizmann Institute...

 

JAO students celebrate Sukkot in the Sukkah

Jewish Academy of Orlando students loved celebrating sukkot. They (safely) shook the lulav and etrog, had a snack, and made edible sukkot. The students also loved integrating STEM education into...

 

Jews in the Land of Disney: From 'Fingers Zambeeze' to cantor, Allan Robuck brings the beauty of music to the community

At eight years of age, Allan Robuck, cantor of Congregation Ohev Shalom, “didn’t have an option” about playing music. “I grew up in a musical family and my two brothers and younger sister had...

 

Principal fired for Holocaust denial to be reinstated

(JNS) — The principal of a high school in the heavily Jewish city of Boca Raton, Fla., who was fired last year after he declined to recognize that the Holocaust occurred, has been reinstated. The Palm Beach County School Board voted 4-3 on... Full story

 

Scene Around

This comes directly from the "Jerusalem Post" newspaper recently ... Its title is "The Jewish imperative of the coronavirus crisis." "The COVID-19 pandemic has created an unprecedented global crisis....

 
 By Shira Hanau    News    October 16, 2020 

NY Hasidic enclave to be shuttered

(JTA) — The county health commissioner in upstate New York’s Orange County issued an order Monday closing schools serving students from Kiryas Joel, a community made up of mostly Satmar Hasidic Jews. The village has the highest COVID positivity...

 

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