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 By Marcy Oster    News    May 22, 2020 

Israel sends 'a big hug' to Diaspora Jewish communities hard hit by COVID-19

JERUSALEM (JTA)-The flags of countries that are home to Jewish communities hard hit by COVID-19 were projected on the walls of the Old City of Jerusalem. The event held Tuesday night by the Diaspora...

 
 By Ben Sales    News    May 22, 2020 

Hope fading and regulations tightening, more Jewish camps set to cancel

(JTA)—At the beginning of the COVID-19 outbreak, and as recently as a couple weeks ago, some Jewish camps had hoped they could run for part of the summer. For a growing number of camps, that hope now appears to be vanishing. Two Conservative Ramah...

 
 News    May 22, 2020 

The Roth Family JCC to reopen June 1

With great excitement, The Roth Family JCC CEO, Keith Dvorchik announced that the JCC will begin a step-by-step reopening on Monday, June 1. “We extend a heartfelt thank you to everybody who was able to help support us during the past two months...

 
 News    May 22, 2020 

A community celebration during COVID-19

Lag B'Omer, a minor Jewish holiday, is traditionally celebrated with major fanfare. Parades, picnics, bonfires, music and displays of Jewish pride mark the occasion that falls 25 days after the end...

 
 News    May 22, 2020 

RAISE continues remotely with sessions and a RAISE reunion

RAISE, Recognizing Abilities & Inclusion of Special Employees, has some heartwarming and uplifting updates to share, Rachel Slavkin, RAISE director of Employment and Education, told the Heritage. First, RAISE was featured as a Community Champion on...

 
 News    May 22, 2020 

Evangelical TV host says stop GOD TV from proselytizing Jews

(TENNESSEE)-Laurie Cardoza-Moore has called on the Israeli government to ban GOD TV from broadcasting programs focused on converting Jews to Christianity. Cardoza-Moore is the founder of Proclaiming...

 
 By Marcy Oster    News    May 22, 2020 

Senate legislation would expand COVID-19 projects with Israel to lessen dependence on China

(JTA)—The Senate has introduced legislation to enhance partnerships between American and Israeli companies on COVID-19 projects, thus lessening U.S. dependence on China for life-saving medications and treatments. The bipartisan legislation was...

 
 By ISRAEL 21C    News    May 22, 2020 

Herd immunity: Israel to test 100,000 people to thwart second corona wave

Israel’s sampling of 100,000 citizens’ blood will provide insights into how widely the novel coronavirus has spread and whether Israelis have sufficient “herd immunity” against a second outbreak. “This is the most important mission: Get rea...

 
 News    May 22, 2020 

Israel to begin mass testing for virus antibodies

(JNS)—Israeli health- care providers plan to start testing the population for coronavirus antibodies this week in an attempt to discover how many Israelis have developed immunity to the virus, Israeli media reported on Sunday. Depending on the...

 
 News    May 22, 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...

 
 News    May 22, 2020 

2020 Kobrin Family Scholarship deadline extended

Due to the new US tax deadline and school closures during COVID-19, the application deadline for the 2020 Kobrin Family Scholarship has been extended to July 15. The scholarship is available to a qualified, full-time student of the Jewish faith from...

 
 News    May 22, 2020 

RosenCare COVID-19 Response Plan

Experts from the company’s RosenCare healthcare program partnered with a task force and created a comprehensive plan that applies specifically to the Rosen Hotels’ eight Orlando hotels. The COVID-19 Response Plan incorporates all...

 
 News    May 22, 2020 

Teaching the whole child during COVID-19

Jewish Academy of Orlando (JAO) continues to promote positive education remotely as part of the school's core value of teaching to the whole child. Positive education combines traditional education...

 
 News    May 22, 2020 

Celebrating graduation in 2020

Many graduating seniors will not be able to observe their graduations at graduation ceremonies this year because of the coronavirus. Heritage would like to recognize all high school graduates in the paper. If there is a graduating student in your...

 
 News    May 22, 2020 

Parking lot participation in a masked meeting of the minds

Like other nonprofits, the Jewish Pavilion has moved to virtual meetings on Zoom. However, not everything can be discussed in a stilted format. The leadership of the Friends of the Jewish Pavilion...

 
 By Natalie Sopiinsky    News    May 22, 2020 

Ten ways Israel Is fighting the coronavirus-and winning

Israeli medics have been on the front lines of the corona crisis playing an integral part of the national strategy to effectively fight the spread of infection. But the coordinated effort came...

 
 News    May 22, 2020 

Weekly roundup of world briefs

Government to bail out El Al, though harsh cuts in order (JNS)—The Israeli government plans to bail out national airline carrier El Al, granting loan guarantees for 80 percent of a $400 million loan. It was agreed on Sunday evening at a meeting at...

 
 By Ben Sales    News    May 22, 2020 

Ramah camps anticipate a total budget shortfall of $27 million this year, but don't expect to fold

(JTA)—The network of 10 Conservative Jewish Ramah camps in North America will lose approximately half of their collective annual revenue if they all need to cancel camp and refund tuition—a total...

 
 By Ben Sales    News    May 22, 2020 

Conservative Jewish youth group USY cancels summer travel programs

(JTA)—The Conservative Jewish youth group United Synagogue Youth is canceling its summer travel programs for teens, the latest in a string of canceled Jewish summer programs. The announcement comes as several Conservative Ramah summer camps are...

 
 By Ben Sales    News    May 15, 2020

It's official: Most Reform Jewish camps will cancel this summer

(JTA)-Nearly all Reform Jewish summer camps, and at least one Conservative camp, will remain closed for the 2020 summer due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, the Jewish Telegraphic Agency has...

 
 By Ben Harris    News    May 15, 2020

This 107-year-old survived the 1918 Spanish flu pandemic and COVID-19

(JTA)-After Marilee Shapiro Asher was admitted to the hospital in mid-April sick with COVID-19, her daughter got a call from the doctor telling her she ought to get down there right away. Her mother l...

 
 By Paul Shindman    News    May 15, 2020

Breakthrough in corona antibody

Israel’s biological defense research lab has discovered what they say is a “breakthrough” in finding an antidote to the coronavirus by isolating and developing an antibody that attacks the virus, defense officials said Tuesday. The Israel...

 
 By Ashley Fisak    News    May 15, 2020

Just a phone call away; How the Jewish Pavilion is continuing to stay in contact with our seniors

The Jewish Pavilion's main goal is to help our seniors stay connected to their culture. No one wants to be left behind and we have always helped our seniors by going to them. We are approaching...

 

Federation helps community cope through virtual programming

When our community and society were faced with the life-changing challenge of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Jewish Federation of Greater Orlando stepped up to fill the void brought on by the loss of our normal active lives. At the onset of the...

 

Yael Diamond commissioned as an Army 2nd Lt.

On May 1st, Yael Diamond of Winter Park received a commission as an officer in the United States Army. Due to social distancing the ceremony took place at the Orlando Veterans Memorial Park online...

 

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