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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...

 
 By Uriel Heilman    News    May 15, 2020

How the coronavirus is hitting Jewish communities worldwide

(JTA)—The impact of the coronavirus on the Jewish world is a study in contrasts. In Israel, where the total death toll as of Tuesday was 238 and the number of new daily infections below 50, the country has significantly eased its lockdown. School...

 
 By Shira Hanau    News    May 15, 2020

Deep layoffs at Jewish Federations of North America

(JTA)—The nonprofit organization leading an emergency coalition to coordinate the Jewish response to the pandemic-induced financial crisis has itself slashed its staff. Jewish Federations of North America, an umbrella group of communal fundraising...

 

Israel gears up for mass coronavirus antibody testing

(JNS)—A top Israeli health official said on Tuesday that the government is about to launch a campaign to test the population for coronavirus antibodies. Israeli Health Ministry director-general Moshe Bar Siman Tov told The New York Times that...

 

Biden pledges to resume US assistance to Palestinians

(JNS)—Former U.S. Vice President Joe Biden said on Tuesday that if elected president, he would reopen the Palestine Liberation Organization Diplomatic Mission in Washington, D.C., and restore U.S. assistance to the Palestinian Authority. The...

 
 By Marcy Oster    News    May 15, 2020

US will recognize West Bank annexation with conditions

JERUSALEM (JTA)—The United States is ready to recognize Israeli sovereignty over the Jordan Valley and other parts of the West Bank with conditions, the U.S. ambassador to Israel told an Israel newspaper. In an interview with the Israel Hayom...

 

The superheroes of the Jewish Academy of Orlando

Jewish Academy of Orlando teachers are superheroes. During Teacher Appreciation Week, teachers were celebrated with yard signs. Here is a peek of some of JAO's beloved teachers. Jewish Academy of...

 

How we are coming out of Corona

Israel is slowly emerging from the Corona crisis. As I said in a radio interview last week, Israel is the canary in the coalmine. Measures taken to arrest the spread of the coronavirus and prevent an even wider outbreak were recognized...

 
 By Israel Kasnett    News    May 15, 2020

Major upheavals due to coronavirus pose challenges for US-Israel relationship

JNS)—As the world’s attention has been focused on combating the spread of the coronavirus for the past two months, presidential primary campaign politics in the United States has been put on the backburner. Former Vice President Joe Biden has...

 

China's coronavirus cover-up and the implications for Israel

By Ariel Ben Solomon (JNS)-Growing calls for an investigation into China's handling and possible cover-up of the coronavirus outbreak have observers debating the potential implications for both...

 

Weekly roundup of world briefs

Dutch king acknowledges Jews felt ‘abandoned’ by his great-grandmother Wilhelmina By Cnaan Liphshiz AMSTERDAM (JTA)—King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands in a memorial day speech acknowledged his great-grandmother’s perceived indifference...

 

Netanyahu lauds Israel's coronavirus 'success,' announces gradual reopening of economy

(JNS)-Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Monday touted Israel's "major success" in confronting the coronavirus pandemic, and laid out the government's plan for a phased reopening of the...

 
 By Ben Sales    News    May 15, 2020

From cabins to bungalows: Some Jewish overnight camps may become socially distanced family retreats this summer

(JTA)-Every summer, JCC Ranch Camp in Colorado gives hundreds of kids an outdoorsy Jewish experience. There's hiking, mountain biking, ropes courses and horseback riding, along with the traditional...

 
 By Marcy Oster    News    May 8, 2020

Sirens wail throughout Israel at start of Memorial Day

JERUSALEM (JTA)-As they do each year, Israelis stood at attention Monday for one minute as sirens wailed throughout the country to usher in Yom Hazikaron, or Memorial Day. What happened afterward was...

 
 By Shira Hanau    News    May 8, 2020

Hebrew Free Burial Association put out a call for prayer shawls

(JTA)-Andrew Parver's phone hasn't stopped ringing since Sunday.  That's when Parver, the director of operations at the Hebrew Free Burial Association in New York City, put out a call for donations o...

 
 News    May 8, 2020

Dictor qualifies for Tax Collector race

Not even a lockdown could stop the campaign of Lynn Dictor, known by her radio listeners as Moira, a first-time candidate for Seminole County Tax Collector. Dictor, a Democrat, always intended to...

 
 News    May 8, 2020

JFS Challenge surpasses goal

Thanks to the community’s generous contributions, Jewish Family Services of Greater Orlando collected $18,742 and 4,930 lbs. of food in this year’s Restock Challenge. With every $1 and pound of food matched $0.50 by The Weiner Family and The...

 
 News    May 8, 2020

Jewish Academy reschedules Broadway-style musical for Oct. 15

Jewish Academy of Orlando originally planned to present Disney's "Alice in Wonderland" in May, however to ensure the safety of JAO's students and community, the full-scale musical production, starring...

 
 News    May 8, 2020

Marc Homburger Jacobs earns Eagle Scout rank

Marc Homburger Jacobs, son of Brad Jacobs and Eve Homburger, has just earned the rank of Eagle Scout, completing his Board of Review via video conference. Since Marc's Boy Scout Troop 641 meets at...

 
 News    May 8, 2020

Keeping things running despite the shut down

The shut down hasn’t slowed The Jewish Federation one bit. Here are a few examples of what is going on in the community: • The Jewish Academy of Orlando’s online school has been outstanding. The curriculum, the teacher interaction, and the...

 
 News    May 8, 2020

JOIN Orlando offers four amazing virtual programs

The COVID-19 isn’t slowing down JOIN Orlando’s programming as it is continuing to build its virtual offerings with four new programs to continue your Jewish journey together with them. JOIN Meaningful Moment—On Fridays, enjoy a practical and...

 
 News    May 8, 2020

Amid uproar, Stark to remain Conference of Presidents chair for another year

(JNS)—Amid an uproar from conservative members of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations over the nomination of Dianne Lob from HIAS as its next chair, the Jewish umbrella organization announced that its current chair,...

 
 News    May 8, 2020

Biden affirms he won't move embassy back to Tel Aviv

(JNS)—Former U.S. Vice President Joe Biden, the presumptive 2020 Democratic presidential nominee, reiterated on Wednesday that if elected in November, he would keep the U.S. embassy in Jerusalem. “The move shouldn’t have happened in the...

 
 News    May 8, 2020

USAID blocks coronavirus relief funding for Gaza

(JNS)—The Trump administration will not be sending U.S. coronavirus assistance to the Gaza Strip due to concerns that funds could fall into the hands of the U.S.-designated terrorist group Hamas. “The Trump administration is not supporting...

 
 News    May 8, 2020

2020 CUFI annual summit to be held virtually

(JNS)—Christians United for Israel, the nation’s largest pro-Israel organization, announced that its 2020 Washington summit will be held virtually due to the coronavirus pandemic. The announcement comes on the heels of the Washington Convention...

 

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