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Combat thru education... I read this recently in the World Jewish Congress Digest and pass it along to you: "The WJC, together with UNESCO and the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rig...

 
 By Ron Kampeas    Features    April 24, 2020

Celebrity-studded Saturday Night Seder yields 1M viewers, $2.6M for charity and 4 big insights about the Jewish people

(JTA)—With its glittering assembly of stars, jokes that worked and attendees who could, well, sing, it was the Zoom Seder you wished you had. The Saturday Night Passover Seder that aired on YouTube over the weekend brought together dozens of...

 

A cotton that can kill germs and viruses on contact

(ISRAEL21c)-The constantly intensifying battle against viruses and antibiotic-resistant "superbugs" isn't only about finding stronger drugs against infection. The focus is moving to preventing infecti...

 

French-Jewish marathoner runs the entire race on his 7-yard-long balcony

(JTA)-Elisha Nochomovitz, a 32-year-old French Jew, was to be among the 17,000 participants in the Barcelona Marathon on March 15. But the marathon, one of Europe's most popular running events, was po...

 

A conversation with Aron Bielski, last of the Bielski brothers

By Jackson Richman (JNS)-Aron Bielski is the youngest and last living member of the Bielski brigade, which he founded along with three of his brothers. Their activities have become widely known as...

 
 By Amy Klein    Features    April 24, 2020

Marc Maron's Netflix special is prime pandemic comedy for stressed-out parents

"Watch this series!" everyone advises on social media.  "Read these books!" others exhort.  As a work-from-home mom whose preschooler's distance-learning schedule from her Jewish school requires...

 

VITAS chaplain ensures Holocaust survivor receives overdue recognition

When VITAS® Healthcare Chaplain Nicolle Grasse met Adele Laznowski Zaveduk in early January in the home she shared with her husband, the 82-year-old woman was visibly weak from a long fight...

 

Day 17: The whimsy of the wee hours

(JNS)—I don’t sleep much. I never have; a good five hours was all I ever needed to feel refreshed and go about my day. But in the past eight years, that’s dwindled down to about three hours a night (it did correlate with the birth of my fourth...

 

Jewish NFL star Mitch Schwartz embraces his inner chef during coronavirus quarantine

(JTA)-Fresh off his Super Bowl win in February, Kansas City Chiefs lineman Mitchell Schwartz took a vacation with his wife, Brooke, to St. Lucia. Little did they know that when they returned, they...

 

'Blazing Saddles' still stands as one of the great comedies-and the Mel Brooks film teaches lessons, too

Social distancing and staying inside is hard. Thankfully, accessing good things to watch during this time is not. This is the second installation of a weekly column on Jewish movies and TV shows that...

 

Why would God put this virus on his children?

This is a common question. Although I don’t believe God did this. The world is a beautiful, wonderful place. Things like this have happened throughout all of mankind. You can believe that perhaps this is in God’s plan. But God gave us each other...

 

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A word about Passover... Our shared Jewish heritage and traditions bind our global family together, especially during difficult times. And with Passover just ended, we recognize that this year's...

 

The personal impact of the corona virus

As we tread carefully through the fourth month of the corona virus pandemic, the emotional and physical devastation this plague has caused is felt acutely by so many. As our days of sheltering at home continue, it has become much more real, much mor...

 

Return to normal after Passover?

(JNS)—Israel must take a series of immediate steps that would enable it to end its nationwide closure and enter a new “corona routine” that would revive the economy and that could begin immediately after Passover, Interim Defense Minister...

 

Day 13: No laughing matter 

(JNS)—April 1 is no laughing matter. Because back in 1992, the joke was on me. I was graduate student in New York City, almost done with my dual-degree master’s program in journalism and Near Eastern Studies. In fact, in my briefcase at the time...

 
 By Ed Borowsky    Features    April 10, 2020

Spotlight on Rabbi Sholom Dubov, chief rabbi Chabad, Orlando

The prevalent thinking in 1972 was that the seventh Chabad Rebbe, Menachem Mendel Schneerson, on his 70th birthday, was going to reveal his retirement plans. Rather, he laid down a challenge. He was...

 

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Ode to the Coronavirus by Yours Truly... I'm going crazy in my house, I sleep each night with Mickey Mouse, One son moved home to keep me safe, I wash my hands until they chafe, Coronavirus has me...

 

These chocolate crepes are perfect for Passover

This recipe originally appeared on The Nosher. When it comes to Passover cooking and baking, my favorite flour is not the dreaded matzah cake meal, which can make baked goods dense and heavy. It's...

 

Passover Hush Puppy Potato Knishes

Main ingredients 6 large Idaho potatoes, peeled and cut into chunks 4 eggs, divided 3 tablespoons potato starch 3 tablespoons Gefen Mayonnaise 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder 1 tablespoon salt pinch of white pepper 2 hot dogs, cut into 1/2-inch slices Sta...

 

Stay positive (not COVID-19 positive though)

All of creation seems oblivious to the virus running rampant through all the countries of the world. Here is a "thumbs up" from a strawberry, encouraging us to stay positive!...

 

For young Jews away from their families, the coronavirus puts Passover in jeopardy

(JTA)-Randi Bergman isn't sure of her Passover plans yet, but there's a good chance she'll be spending the holiday alone.  Bergman, a 34-year-old freelance fashion writer, lives alone in what she...

 

6 Jewish coronavirus initiatives you can support from home

(JTA)-As the coronavirus continues to spread, synagogues, Jewish centers and other organizations that serve as gathering places for the community around the world have closed. But even while communiti...

 

I asked Alexa questions about Passover-here's what happened

(Kveller via JTA)—My relationship with Amazon’s Alexa is complicated. I love that she’s politically informed and shares the latest news with me, and she has really great taste in music. Since she’s come into my life, I can’t imagine not...

 

May the coronavirus passover us all

Biblical Irony: Passover seder may be delayed by the plague. Facebook meme One of Judaism’s most important holidays officially begins with the first seder on April 8. Pesach in the time of coronavirus, however, will be very different. During these...

 
 By Emily Paster    Features    April 3, 2020

5 flours that will change your Passover desserts

On Passover, Jews are prohibited from consuming any foods made with five familiar grains: wheat, oats, rye, spelt (which is actually just an ancient form of wheat) and barley. These grains are considered hametz because of their ability to ferment...

 

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