2020-11-20 E-Edition

Israeli scientist at Moderna oversees push for vaccine

Vaccine heroes

As the American drug company Moderna announced that it had developed a COVID-19 vaccine that is 94.5 percent effective, Israeli scientist Tal Zaks was among the company leaders touting the good news to the media. That’s because Zaks, who earned a doctorate at Ben-Gurion University in Beersheba, is the chief medical officer at Moderna and has been involved in overseeing […]

Immigrant helps make history with Pfizer’s vaccine

Vaccine heroes

When Mikael Dolsten, the head scientist at Pfizer, heard the news that the COVID-19 vaccine that he has been helping to develop for the better part of a year was over 90 percent effective, he and his colleagues literally leapt with joy at a corporate office in Connecticut. “This may turn out to be one of the biggest medical advances […]

Pompeo visits settlements; sets policy on BDS, ‘made in Israel’

(JTA) – Mike Pompeo became the first U.S. secretary of state to visit both an Israeli settlement in the West Bank and the Golan Heights, a disputed area on Israel’s border with Syria that the Trump administration has recognized as part of Israel. At a news conference Thursday, Nov. 19, in Jerusalem with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Pompeo also […]

Benstock / Kehati

Tracy Norris Benstock, of Orlando and formerly of the Tampa Bay area, daughter of the late Dr. Gary Norris and Saundra Norris of Forest Hills, NY, and Rabbi Ronnie Kehati of Woodmere, NY, son of Rabbi Samuel and Geula Kehati of Woodmere, NY, announce their engagement. The bride-to-be is an RN/Case Manager for Cigna at Walt Disney World. She has […]

What to watch from Biden on issues Jews care about

WASHINGTON – On Joe Biden’s first day as president, he plans to launch a task force to reunite children and parents separated at the country’s southern border. It’s one of several ways Biden has vowed to reverse policies put in place by President Donald Trump, and it’s important to many American Jews for whom immigration policy carries an emotional weight. […]

Just a nosh..

Israeli agents assassinated al-Qaeda’s second-in-command, report says Two Israeli agents on a motorcycle killed the second-in-command of al-Qaeda in Tehran, the New York Times reported. Citing anonymous intelligence officials from an unidentified country or countries, the report said the killing of Abdullah Ahmed Abdullah three months ago was done at the behest of the United States. Abdullah, also known as […]


Thanksgiving will be on Thursday, Nov. 26th. It won’t be the same as Thanksgivings of past years. Our gatherings will be smaller. We may not be traveling to reunite and celebrate with family. Some of us who have been hard hit financially and/or physically by the Covid-19 pandemic, may not be able to rejoice at all. This will be the […]

Matching funds give donated dollars extra clout

Those making new or increased pledges to the Annual Campaign of the Jewish Federation of Florida’s Gulf Coast can increase the impact of their dollars pledged by Dec. 31 through a fundraising matching program initiated by Jewish Federations of North America (JFNA). JFNA is doing this because the pandemic and economic crisis has left an estimated 1.2 million Jewish adults […]

How does the other team feel?

There’s a poignant Peanuts cartoon featuring the ever-neurotic Charlie Brown and his friend Linus, of blanket fame. Linus runs over to Charlie, who happened to be holding a football at the time. Linus exclaims, “I just saw the most unbelievable football game ever played. What a comeback! The home team was behind six-to-nothing with only three seconds to play. They […]