💰 Gov. Ron DeSantis of Florida signed a new law that makes every student in the state eligible for taxpayer-funded vouchers to attend private schools, including religious ones. The Orthodox Union’s Teach Coalition was one of the group’s advocating for the bill. A similar bill is on the docket in Texas. (Tallahassee Democrat, Twitter, Dallas Morning News)
🛫 And speaking of DeSantis: He’s headed to Israel next month. The trip, where he is scheduled to speak to a group of 400, including 120 American Jewish philanthropists, comes as he ponders a 2024 bid for the Republican presidential nomination. (Politico)
🇬🇷 The Associated Press reports that Greek authorities arrested two Pakistani men on Tuesday for planning terrorist attacks on local Jewish sites, including at a Chabad house in Athens that includes a kosher restaurant. (JTA)
🤝 Several leading Jewish security organizations announced on Tuesday the formation of a super group called the Jewish Security Alliance, stemming from an informal partnership that led to the Nov. 2022 arrest of two armed men in Manhattan who the authorities say planned to attack Jews. (NY Jewish Week)
🇮🇱 Israel’s defense minister, Yoav Gallant, was included in a high-level security meeting yesterday despite his firing two days before. Israeli news reports say members of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s coalition are urging him to reverse his ouster of Gallant, which sparked the spontaneous mass protests and general strike on Monday that led Netanyahu to freeze his judicial-overhaul plan. (Haaretz, Times of Israel)
🙏 In-person attendance at religious services in the United States has declined slightly since 2019, according to a new survey from the Pew Research Center. Among Jews, 16% said they participated in a virtual service in the last month. (Pew, Religion News Service)
🎙️ Nick Cannon, the actor and TV host, opened up about his past antisemitic comments, calling the experience a “growth moment.” Cannon now co-hosts a podcast, 2 Hate or Not 2 Hate, with Jonathan Greenblatt, CEO of the Anti-Defamation League. (CNN)
Shiva call ➤ Emily Fisher Landau, who used insurance money from a jewelry heist at her Manhattan home to become a patron of contemporary art, died at 102. She had nine grandchildren, and was a philanthropist who established a center for treating learning disabilities at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine.
What else we’re reading ➤ A new team at the Jewish Museum of Maryland looks beyond history for inspiration … Jesuit astronomers from the Vatican’s observatory are writing their names in the heavens … Food writer Alison Roman makes a comeback — and a brisket for Passover.