WWW.HERITAGEFL.COM YEAR 41, NO. 48 AUGUST 4, 2017 12 AV, 5777 ORLANDO, FLORIDA SINGLE COPY 75 By Andrew Friedman TPS Palestinians and Arab Members of Knesset declared victory as Israel re versed security measures at the Temple Mount, adding that their struggle for control over the compound also extends to the Western Wall. MK Taleb Abu Arar (Joint List) stressed that Jews have no rights at al-Aqsa Mosque and that the Muslims fight against Israel will continue, regardless of the cabinet decision to remove metal de tectors from the entrances to the Temple Mount compound. This is a proven fact, [even if] some people are trying to rewrite history in order to strengthen their mistaken claim to legitimacy over al-Aqsa Mosque, as well as to the occupied alBuraq Wall (theWestern Wall), which Muslims demand to be returned to our sovereignty. MK Masud Ganaim (Joint List) said the decision to remove the metal detectors, placed at the site following the murder of two policemen on July 14, was a victory for the Palestinian publics struggle and the demonstrations. It was a victory for the steadfast religious leadership and a victory for The Kotel After Temple Mount victory, Arab MKs set sights on Western Wall the political leadership in Jerusalem, Ganaim stated. Arabic social media buzzing with Triumph Ganaims declaration of victory closely matched views on the street in Palestinian cities in Judea and Samaria. One resident of a refugee camp south of Jerusalem told Tazpit Press Service (TPS) that Arabiclanguage traditional and social media were abuzz with the triumph over Israel. In general, and as I see in the Pales tinian news and social media, Palestin ians consider it as a triumph, said the Matty Stern/US Embassy Trump envoy Jared Kushner (l) and Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyah in Jerusalem June 21, 2017. By World Israel News Staff Israeli Prime Minister Ben jamin Netanyahu, in discus Netanyahu suggests land swap with Palestinians sions with the U.S. adminis tration, has agreed to land swaps with the Palestinian Authority, Channel 2 reported Thursday. The conversations were reportedly held before the current Temple Mount cri sis, which began nearly two weeks ago and has led to mas sive confrontation, violence and deadly terror attacks. Netanyahus suggestions, made during meetings with Jared Kushner and Jason Greenblatt, senior advisers to President Donald Trump, include the incorporation of towns surrounding Jerusalem into the Israeli capital in ex change for the Wadi Ara area in the north, which is mostly populated by Arabs. A White House official stressed that the ideas were raised only within the context of a final peace accord. This may have been one of many ideas discussed several weeks ago in the context of a peace agreement and not in the context of a separate an nexation, the official stated to the media. Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman has made similar recommendations in the past. On Wednesday, Netanyahu stated support for the Greater Jerusalem Law, proposed by Member of Knesset (MK) Yoav Kisch, which would include Givat Zeev to the northwest of Jerusalem as well Beitar Illit and the Etzion bloc of communities, which are situated southwest of Jeru salem, and Maaleh Adumim, to Jerusalems municipal boundariesthus creating a greater metropolitan area and, in effect, annexing those Israel communities, which serve as home to some 150,000 Israelis. The bill also proposes turn ing Arab villages in the area that lie outside the security barrier into an independent municipality within Greater Jerusalem. By Christine DeSouza Lester Mandell, a leader and pacesetter in the Jewish com munity, died on Thursday, July 27, 2017. He was 96 years old. Mr. Mandell, with contempo raries Hy Lake, Lester Zim merman and John Lowndes, is a household name in both the construction industry and the Jewish community. In fact, Mandell has worked in the construction business for more than 80 yearsstarting out in Miami building houses for 37 cents an hour. He and his wife, the former Sonia Margolis, met each oth Lester and Sonia Mandell Lester Mandell dies at 96 er in Miami at a No Names group meeting in 1947. Within six months, they married. She was the love of his life and he was her knight in shining ar mor. Together they have been instrumental in the success of many projects in the Jewish community. The couple moved here in 1958 and along with Hy Lake (who moved here from Miami as well) started his construction business in Central Florida with the Sky Lake subdivision off of Sand Lake Road in south Registration has begun for the Jewish Federation of Greater Orlandos Aug. 27 Annual Meeting, which this year has a few summer twists. The gathering on the Mai tland Jewish Community Campus, billed as the 2017 Annual Meeting & Family Fun Day, will be part indoor meeting, part outdoor fam ily celebration, culminating in the dedication of 24 new trees that will beautify the Maitland campus for genera tions to come. Emcees Jeannie Leavitt and Yeosh Bendayan will kick off the official proceedings at 11 a.m. on the 27th. The agenda for the formal meeting includes: A report on Federations 2017 accomplishments and a look ahead to JFGOs strategic vision for 2018 and beyond; Election/installation of new JFGO board members and officers; Presentation of the Heri tage Florida Jewish News Human Service Award; and The Mensch Hall of Fame tribute. At noon, everyone will head outside for a kosher lunch at The Roth Family JCC pavilion. The JCC pool will be open throughout the event for at tendees who want to cool off and soak up some summer sun after lunch. Family Fun Day at annual meeting At 1 p.m., the adults and older kids will be invited to be part of the dedication of the Campus 2020 Tree Grove on campus. The grove will feature two dozen treesLive Oaks, Southern Magnolias and Crape Myrtlesthat will be planted and named for top do nors to the Campus 2020 Debt Retirement Campaign that kicked off last year. When the grove is completed, a plaque bearing a donors name will accompany each tree. During the tree grove dedication, the younger kids in attendance will be busy with their own Wishing Tree activityas well as a few other fun surprises. The 2017 Annual Meeting & Family Fun Day will be held rain or shine. Federation has contingency plans in place in the event of bad weather. Admission is free, but advance registration is re quested so that JFGO can ensure plenty of food and supplies are on hand. Sign up online at www.jfgo. org/FunDay or call Federation Office Manager Marisa West 407-645-5933, ext. 236. Mandell on page 14A Wall on page 14A Back to School Section B
PAGE 2A HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, AUGUST 4, 2017 Do you know of an active and passionate senior over 80 who volunteers countless hours and lends their leadership skills to help organizations in our community? Then please consider nominating them for Kinnerets 8th annual 8 over 80 honorary dinner. The Kinneret Council on Aging will proudly pay tribute to eight individuals over the age of 80 who have made sig nificant contributions to the Jewish and Central Florida community on Sunday, Feb. 25, 2018. The 8 over 80 event really resonates with our mission of the Kinneret Council on Ag ing and the inspiring stories we hear about seniors who contribute to our community through leadership, activism, altruism and philanthropy, said Carol Feuerman, presi dent of the Board for the Kin neret Council on Aging. Nomination forms are available on the Kinneret Apartments website at www. kinneretapartments.com or can be obtained by calling 407-425-4537. Individuals may nominate more than one person. Kinneret accepting nominations for annual 8 over 80 Aviva Diamond (r) with her Doubles partner, Yana Gurev ich, wearing their medals. The 20th Maccabiah Games have ended, and the Central Florida Jewish community is proud to have two very talented tennis players among the USA Team who medaled. Aviva Diamond, daughter of Laura Felson of Orlando and Dr. David and Orly Diamond of Winter Park, was the Mixed Doubles and Girls Doubles winner for the U.S. Juniors Ten nis team and brought home a Bronze Medal overall in Girls Doubles with her partner Yana Gurevich of California, losing to No. 1 seed Israel. Diamond will be a sophmore this fall at Winter Park High School where she is in the IB program. She is a member of Congregation Ahavas Yisrael and Congregation Ohev Shalom. Also competing in the Maccabiah Tennis games was Lazar Lowinger. Playing in the Grand Masters (for ages 65 and up), the 82-year-old won two medals: a Gold in Doubles with his Doubles partner Dr. John Kamiren of Greenwich, Conn., and a Bronze in singles tennnis. This brings his total winnings over the past 30 years to 11 medalstwo of which are Gold. Lowinger lives in Kissimmee. Although he is a retired at torney, he will never retire from tennis, stating that hed be playing at the Games until they put him in a casket. From the Juniors to the Grands, tennis players medaled at the Maccabiah Games Lazar Lowinger (r) with Doubles partner Dr. John Kamiren sporting their Gold medals. Lazar Lowinger, wearing his Gold and Bronze medals, congratulated by his coach, Todd Rubinstein. of the tide, those bodies of water are flowing into and out of each other. From an economic stand point our waterways contrib ute nearly $562 billion to the Florida economy annually. They are also in great peril. The south Florida reef system for example, is all but dead. The fish are leaving and in their absence, the Jellyfish are swarming. Miles of beauti ful coral are now bleached out and dying due to pollution, littering and dredging. Dur ing our final dive, we brought up yards of discarded fish line that we had to cut from now lifeless coral. We found countless hooks and lures, a snorkel, and more pieces of plastic than you can imagine. It was gross. It was shame ful and a real threat to our very own lives. Our waterways deserve better than this and so do our children and hopeful generations to come. And its time we gave back. As Rabbi Rosenthal shared with us, when the Jews get involved in a cause, meaning ful change happens, and as a result of our experiences, we at Central Florida Hillel have decided to get involved. We will be kicking off the school year by hosting a reverse tashlich beach clean up the Sunday between Rosh HaShanah and Yom Kippur (location details tbd). We will also be making a concerted effort to reduce our use of plastic, increase our recycling efforts, and offer The Scubi Jew crew from Central Florida Hillel setting sail from Key largo. The story behind the Hillel under the sea photo Heritage ran this photo of Central Florida Hillels Assistant Director Sam Friedman, Director of Engagement Danielle McKinstry, and Director of Jewish Student Life Andrew Max in last weeks issue. more environmental learning opportunities for our students, including diving, snorkeling and experiencing the many wonderful aquatic opportuni ties available in central Florida so that they can learn to ap preciate the precious resources that have been entrusted to us to preserve. In Pirkei Avot we are taught that we are not obligated to complete the work, but neither are we free to desist from it (2:21). We owe it to the water, it was here before us, we owe it to ourselves, it sustains us, and we owe it to future generations to make a difference. So, as we say on Birthright, Yalla! Lets go. Special thanks to the Mau rice P. and Thelma A. Roth man Family Foundation for sponsoring Scubi Jew train ing, the Keys JCC for hosting us, and to Rabbi Ed Rosenthal of the Hillels of the Florida Suncoast for inspiring us all to be better Hillel professionals, better stewards of the sea, and better Jews. By Sam Friedman Central Florida Hillel A photo the Heritage ran last week of Hillel staff dis playing their banner under water was more than just a cool picture. These Hillel members are focused on tik kun hayamrepairing the seasand are making a stand to dive against debris. For the sea is His, He made itPsalms 95:5 Most people with a moder ate amount of biblical knowl edge can recite the opening line of the Torah without hav ing to give it much thought: In the beginning, God cre ated the heaven and the earth. Genesis 1:1 But what comes next? Now the earth was aston ishingly empty, and darkness was on the face of the deep, and the spirit of God was hovering over the face of the water. Genesis 1:2 If this is true, then be fore there were animals and humans, before there was a sun or moon or stars, even before G-d spoke light and all of creation into being, there was water. Two weeks ago, I had the opportunity to travel with Central Florida Hillels Direc tor of Engagement Danielle McKinstry, and Director of Jewish Student Life Andrew Max to Key Largo for a five day Scubi Jew retreat and training with other Florida Hillel professionals that was organized by Suncoast Hillels Excecutive Director Rabbi Ed Rosenthal. The retreat focused on tikkun hayam (repairing the seas), and in cluded open water and dive against debris certifications for all participants, as well as intensive Jewish ecological learning. What we saw and what we learned was both awesome and worrisome. The ocean is majestic and overwhelming; it provides the earth with 70 per cent of our oxygen, and covers 71 percent of its surface. Here in our own tiny corner of the planet in Florida, we are blessed with over 2,200 miles of tidal coastline and the third largest reef system in the world. We have 663 beaches, 11,000 miles of rivers and streams, 5,400 lakes, and 27 springs (more than any other state). And with every breath FOR SALE Two cemetery plots at Congregation of Reform Judaism Cemetery located at Woodlawn Memorial Park in Gotha, FL Call 1-678-778-8298 Construction, Remodels, Additions, Handyman does most anything Available in Central Florida Area References Available Ricardo Torres Handyman 407-221-5482
HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, AUGUST 4, 2017 PAGE 3A (JTA)The White House lauded Israel for dismantling metal detectors near the AlAqsa mosque in Jerusalem that had spurred violent clashes between Muslims and Israeli police, but Palestinian officials called for sustained protests. The United States ap plauds the efforts of Israel to maintain security while reducing tensions in the re gion, press secretary Sean Spicer said Tuesday after Is raels actions earlier in the day. The metal detectors were removed amid an escalation of violent protests in the West Bank and of anti-Israel rheto ric across the Muslim world. At least five Palestinians were killed in clashes. They had been installed two weeks ago earlier following the slaying of two police officers by three Arab-Israeli terrorists. The White House hailed the decision despite the dem onstrated need to enhance security at the Temple Mount/ Haram al Sharif in the wake of the murder of two Israeli police officers at the site on July 14, Spicer said. Meanwhile, in a statement Tuesday, the Fatah move ment of Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas called on Palestinians to in crease resistance and show up in vast masses for popular resistance on Friday, the Amad news site reported Wednesday. Fatahs Central Commit tee deputy secretary, Sabri Sidem, added that the Cen tral Committee confirms the commitment to the position of religious authorities not to retreat. The security devices were taken away hours after the initiation of talks on ending a diplomatic crisis between Is rael and Jordan started by the shooting death of a 17-yearold at the Israeli Embassy in Amman after he stabbed an Israeli security guard. A Jordanian bystander also was killed, by a stray shot. The teen had been delivering furniture to the embassy; Jordan said he and the guard got into an argument before the stabbing. Jordan had demanded the officer be detained and ques tioned, but Israel invoked his diplomatic immunity. Israel has agreed to pay damages to the family of the slain by stander, according to the Israel Broadcasting Corp. The guard was among 30 Israeli embassy staffers who were holed up inside the embassy building Monday following the incident but have since returned to Israel. White House hails dismantling of Temple Mount metal detectors LOS ANGELES (JTA)A famous photo of Albert Ein stein sticking out his tongue at a photographer and signed by the renowned scientist has been sold for $125,000. The Nate D. Sanders auc tion house in announcing the sale Thursday evening did not reveal the buyers identity. The Hebrew University stands to benefit from the latest sale, since Einstein be queathed his estate, including the use of his image, to the Jerusalem institution. United Press International photographer Arthur Sasse took the picture on March 14, 1951, while covering Ein steins 72nd birthday party given by his colleagues at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, New Jersey. Einstein had tired of smiling for photographers at the party, and when Sasse renewed the request, the scientist instead stuck out his tongue. UPI editors initially hesi tated to publish the irrever ent photo, but when they did Einstein was so amused, he ordered nine prints to give to close friends. The $125,000 selling price, which equaled the minimum bid level set by the Los Ange les auction house, reflected the value placed on a photo Arthur Sasse The famous photo of Albert Einstein. Iconic Einstein tongue photo brings $125,000 at auction bearing Einsteins signature. While the photo is gener ally shown cropped with only Einstein in the picture, the auctioned version represents the original, with Einstein seated between his hosts, Dr. Frank Aydelotte, head of the Institute for Advanced Study, and his wife. The 7-by-10-inch photo was on the market in 2009, when it was sold at auction for $74,324. Einsteins March 14 birth day continues to be celebrated in Princeton as Pi Day because the 3/14 date corresponds to 3.14, the first three digits of the mathematical constant pi. Einstein, who died in 1955, assisted numerous Jewish in stitutions and organizations during his lifetime, includ ing the Jewish Telegraphic Agency. In the 1930s and 40s, he helped to raise money for the global wire service, was photographed inspecting its printing press and carried on a correspondence with JTA founder Jacob Landau. Einsteins name has re tained its universal recogni tion as a synonym for supreme intelligence. The National Geographic television chan nel has just concluded airing a miniseries titled Genius, with Geoffrey Rush and Johnny Flynn as the older and younger Einstein, respectively. recalled signs in shops de claring No dogs or Jews allowedBergmann left home at 19 and moved to England, where she won the British high-jump champion ship in 1935. But when the Nazis pressured her father to bring her home, she returned to Germany to seek a position on the Olympic team. The Nazis did this to deflect allegations that they were allowing their partys race theories and policies to com promise Olympic principles, making Germany unsuitable to host the games. But shortly after her recordsetting performance at the meet in Stuttgart, at Adolf Hitler Stadium, she received a letter from Nazi officials informing her that she had not qualified. Looking back on your re cent performances, the letter said, you could not possibly have expected to be chosen for the team. Her accomplish ment was removed from the record books. Hurt and angry, she turned down the officials offer of a standing-room ticket free of charge for the Olympics Margaret Bergmann Lambert Jewish athlete barred from 1936 Berlin Olympics dies at 103 Margaret Lambert competing in 1930s Germany. track and field events. Travel expenses and hotel accom modations were not included in the offer. I never replied, she said. In 1937, Gretel Bergmann was able to obtain papers that allowed her to immigrate to the United States. She landed in New York City, where she worked as a masseuse and housemaid, and later as a physical therapist, according to the Times. In 1938, she married a fellow German refugee, Bruno Lambert, who was a sprinter. He died in 2013. Lambert continued to compete in track and field events, but for only a few more years. She won the U.S. womens high jump and shot put championships in 1937 and the high jump again in 1938. She was preparing to try out for the 1940 Olympic team when war broke out in Europe, after which she focused her attention on trying to get her parents out of Germany, which she was ultimately able to do. She is survived by two sons, Glenn and Gary, two grandchildren and a greatgrandson. (JTA)Margaret Berg mann Lambert, a high jumper who was barred from the 1936 Berlin Olympics because she was Jewish, died in New York at 103. Her niece, Doris Bergman, confirmed that Lambert died Tuesday, The New York Times reported. In June 1936, just a month before the Olympics, Lambert, then a German citizen known as Gretel Bergmann, won a meet against some of the best German high jumpers with a leap of 5 feet, 3 inchesa height tying a German record and good enough to win the gold medal. Margarethe Minnie Berg mann was born April 12, 1914, in the small town of Laupheim, in southwest Ger many, about 65 miles from the Swiss border. She excelled in the shot put, the discus and other events as well as the high jump. I was The Great Jewish Hope, she often said. With anti-Semitism on the rise in Germanyshe Marty Sklar (JTA)Marty Sklar, who served 54 years as an Imag ineer for the Walt Disney Co. and led the creative team behind the companys theme parks, attractions and resorts, has died. The company announced his death in Los Angeles Thursday night. He was 83. Sklar served as principal creative executive of Walt Disney Imagineering, turn ing the company founders ideas into reality. Everything about Marty was legendaryhis achieve ments, his spirit, his career, Disney CEO Robert Iger said in a statement. He embod ied the very best of Disney, from his bold originality to his joyful optimism and relentless drive for excel lence. He was also a powerful connection to Walt himself. No one was more passionate about Disney than Marty, and well miss his enthu siasm, his grace, and his indomitable spirit. Sklar was born in New Brunswick, New Jersey, and attended UCLA. He was the editor of the universitys Daily Bruin newspaper when he was recruited to edit a tabloid to be sold at Disneylands Main Street. Walt Disney liked his work on the tabloid, and eventu ally Sklar became Disneys lieutenant. In 2001, Sklar was recog nized as a Disney Legend the companys version of the Hall of Fameand in 2009 was honored with a window on Disneylands Main Street. Sklar was the author of the 2013 memoir Dream It! Do It! My Half-Century Creating Disneys Magic Kingdom, in which he debunked a com mon rumor that Disney was anti-Semitic. I never saw a shred of anti-Semitism in him, Sklar told the Jewish Journal of Greater Los Angeles in an interview when the book was published. Walt was from the Midwest, he wasnt used to being around Jews. And then he came out here, [where] most of the people in the entertainment business were Jews, so he was the guy out in the cornfield; he was different, and I think thats where it came from. It never came from anything he said. Not ever. In his final years at Disney, Sklar served as a company ambassador, teaching a list of Disney principles called Mickeys Commandments that he had distilled from his time with the company founder. The list included Know your audience and Take time to teachmentors are mensches. That was what I learned: Its the details that make the Disney lieutenant and chief Imagineer Marty Sklar dies at 83 Disney parks work, that at tention to detail, Sklar told the Jewish Journal. And you have to make it a complete story, which means striv ing to be accurate about whatever story youre tell ing, down to the smallest details. Sklar is survived by his wife of 60 years, Leah; son Howard and his wife, Katrii na Koski-Sklar; grandchil dren Gabriel and Hannah; daughter Leslie; and grand children Rachel and Jacob.
PAGE 4A HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, AUGUST 4, 2017 Letter from Israel Is peace possible? THE VIEWS EXPRESSED ON THIS PAGE ARE NOT NECESSARILY THE VIEWS OF HERITAGE MANAGEMENT. CENTRAL FLORIDAS INDEPENDENT JEWISH VOICE ISSN 0199-0721 Winner of 45 Press Awards HERITAGE Florida Jewish News (ISN 0199-0721) is published weekly for $37.95 per year to Florida ad dresses ($46.95 for the rest of the U.S.) by HERITAGE Central Florida Jewish News, Inc., 207 OBrien Road, Suite 101, Fern Park, FL 32730. Periodicals postage paid at Fern Park and additional mailing offices. POSTMASTER: Send address changes and other correspondence to: HERITAGE, P.O. Box 300742, Fern Park, FL 32730. PHONE NUMBER (407) 834-8787 FAX (407) 831-0507 MAILING ADDRESS P.O. Box 300742 Fern Park, FL 32730 email: email@example.com Editor/Publisher Jeffrey Gaeser Editor Emeritus Associate Editor News Editor Gene Starn Kim Fischer Christine DeSouza Account Executives Kim Fischer Marci Gaeser Contributing Columnists Jim Shipley Ira Sharkansky David Bornstein Ed Ziegler Production Department David Lehman Gil Dombrosky Joyce Gore Society Editor Gloria Yousha Office Manager Paulette Alfonso By Ben Cohen The monthly salary of approximately $3,000 that the Palestinian Authority will pay to ter rorist Omar al-Abed could be a powerful spur to a pending U.S. legislative bill that would slash aid to the PA over its martyr payments policy, a leading Middle East expert told The Algemeiner on Tuesday. This is definitely going to put wind in the sails of the Taylor Force Act, said Jonathan Schanzer, an expert on Palestinian politics at the Washington, DC-based Foundation for the Defense of Democracies (FDD) think tank. Named in memory of former U.S. Army officer Taylor Force, who was murdered in a Palestinian terrorist attack in Tel Aviv in March 2016, the act, if passed, will place severe restrictions on American aid money to the PA until it ends both incitement to terrorism and the martyr payments policy. Al-Abedwho murdered three members of the Salomon family in the West Bank community of Halamish in a knife attack on Friday night, before being shot and wounded in the midst of his stabbing frenzy by an offduty IDF soldieris now in Israeli custody. Assuming he receives the maximum sentence for his crime, he can expect up to $3,500 every month from the PAwhich calculates how much each terrorist receives by using a slid ing scale that rewards the most severe acts of terror. In addition, if any of al-Abeds relatives are jailed alongside him, or if the Israeli au thorities destroy the family home, the family can expect further payments from the PAs Martyr Fundwhose existence dates back to the founding of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) in 1964. The funds monthly paymentstotaling at least $300 million annuallyfar exceed the average monthly wage earned by Palestinian professionals, including PA civil servants. Schanzer said that supporters of the Taylor Force Act have been looking for additional momentum, in terms of cutting funds to the PA over terrorism. This only reinforces what theyve been saying for months, he added. Schanzer observed that while the pay ments to al-Abed are unlikely to win ad ditional friends in Washington, DC for PA President Mahmoud Abbas, providing finan cial support for terrorists is wildly popular in the West Bank. On the wider question of whether the PA will ever abandon the martyr payments policy, Schanzer said that some compromise was still theoretically possible. For example, the PA could transfer the responsibility for the payments to the PLO, which could certainly afford the sum, he said. That is potentially a better move, Schanzer continued. The US taxpayer would no longer be funding salaries and stipends to terrorists, and it will shift focus back to the PLO as an actor that supports terrorism. Another potential advantage for the PA, Schanzer said, is Israels reluctance to see it collapsean outcome that could force the Jewish state to resume direct administration of the West Bank. In the same vein he added, while Israelis are outraged by the martyr payments, expediency means that Israel turns a blind eye to some of the PAs more unpalat able practices. However, Israel may not be so indulgent if Abbas maintains the freeze on security cooperation between the PA and the Israeli authorities that he announced on Friday, Schanzer said. If the ban holds, the Israelis may need to reconsider the arrangement, he said. All Expert: $3K per month PA salary for Halamish killer will give momentum to Taylor Force Act By Stephen M. Flatow JNS.org The pressure has begun. The State Departments evenhanded statement regarding the Temple Mount. The U.S.-backed Middle East Quartets call for restraint. The announcement that President Donald Trumps international negotiations representative is going to the region to medi ate between Israel and the Palestinian Author ity (PA). It all adds up to one thing: American pressure on Israel to make concessions to the Palestinians. The July 14 terror attack that killed two Israeli policemen at the Temple Mount is a clear-cut case of Palestinian aggression, if ever there was oneand the Trump administration should have been clearly on Israels side from the beginning. Security cameras videotaped a terrorist bringing a backpack full of guns and knives into the Al-Aqsa Mosque. Since there were no metal detectors, he strolled right in without the slightest interference from the Islamic Waqf officials who administer the site. The security camera footage then showed the heavily armed terrorists coming out of the mosque, and beginning their murderous rampage. Once the introduction of metal detectors was announcedeven before the two slain Israeli policemen were buriedthe Palestin ians launched a campaign of wild incitement. Palestinian Authority (PA) President Mahmoud Abbas, PA-salaried Muslim preachers and other PA officials openly called on Arabs to launch days of rage. The Arab mobs have been through this drill a thousand times before. They knew what to do. And they did it. In and around Jerusalem last Friday, they tried to stone and burn Israeli police officers and soldiers to death. The Trump administration should have been President Trumpstop pressuring Israel the first to speak out against the PAs blatant incitement to violence. After all, if we are to believe news reports, an angry Trump yelled at Abbas over the issue during their May 23 meet ing in Bethlehem, saying that the Palestinian leader tricked him in an earlier meeting in Washington, D.C. You talked there about your commitment to peace, but the Israelis showed me your involvement in incitement, Trump allegedly said, according to Israels Channel 2. Well, the shock must have worn off pretty quickly, because here we aretwo months laterand Abbas and company are openly inciting the mobs while Trump says nothing. In fact, his silence is worse than nothing. Heather Nauert, the spokesperson for Trumps State Department, declared, We support the status quo and we welcome all sides continu ing their commitment to maintaining the status quo. We are encouraging both sides to not take any actions that would potentially escalate tensions. Every part of that statement is wrong. The U.S. should not support the status quo. The status quo had no metal detectors. That was the whole problemthe reason the terrorist was able to bring those weapons into the mosque, the reason two Israeli policemen are lying in their graves today, is precisely because the status quo was enabling terrorism. Upholding the status quo at this point is the same as saying that Israel should remove the detectors and permit terrorists to bring in weapons. The second part of Nauerts statement is just as bad. Calling on both sides to not take any actions that would potentially escalate tensions is to treat the aggressors and the victims as equivalent. The PA is the side guilty of escalating tensions; it is the PA that Trump should be condemning and pressuring. these decisions are for Abbas to make, because he leads both the PA and the PLO. There was little sign of a conciliatory mood on Tuesday, as Abbass Fatah faction took to social media to demand the thwarting of the Zionist plans on Jerusalems Temple Mounta reference to the placing of security cameras there, following Israels decision to remove the metal detectors installed at the entrances to the holy site earlier this month. Both Fatah and the PA have very publicly incited Palestinian violence in Jerusalem over the last week, despite Abbas pledge to US President Donald Trump in May that Palestinian children are being raised in a culture of peace. Itamar Marcusthe executive director of Israeli research organization Palestinian Media Watch (PMW)told The Algemeiner he had noticed a sharp increase in the volume of posts, speeches and videos preaching incitement since the latest Palestinian campaign began. By Ira Sharkansky An article by a former Israeli Ambassador to Greece details the breakdown in peace talks meant to reunite the Island of Cyprus, and suggests a parallel to frustrations at broker ing a peace between Israel and Palestinians. In both Cyprus and Israel, the status quo is neither war nor formal peace. There remain unresolved issues of property ownership, and families who left, and cannot return to what they used to call home. Movement between the two sections, whether on Cyprus or IsraelWest Bank has at times been easier for foreign tourists than residents of either section. The Israel-Palestinian conflict is complicated by something like half of the Palestinian territory (i.e., Gaza) being closed to all but a few able to obtain permits. Violence is more of an issue for Israel and Palestinians than for Cypriots. Various writ ings indicate that Greek-Turkish violence has not been an issue for some years on Cyprus. One commentary on the problems of reaching a formal peace is headlined, Beyond Violence. Another is The Cyprus problem: Why solve a comfortable conflict? While those headlines arent as suitable for Israel and Palestinians, they arent all that different from what could be described. All this will be tested by what may be a game changer, i.e., a terror attack close to the Temple Mount, and Israels initial response in closing the Temple Mount to Friday prayers and shut ting all the gates to the Old City. Cyprus does not only resemble Israel in its political-social context. Its also the closest country that Israeli Jews can visit without look ing over their shoulder, as in Jordan or Egypt. The island is only a half-hour flight from Tel Aviv, once passengers go through security and the plane gets in the air. Many choose a Cyprus marriage (not all of them in Cyprus, per se), meaning a secular ceremony in a city hall for those Jews and oth ers who cannot, or who do not want a religious ceremony with an Orthodox rabbi. Israelis visit resorts in both Greek and Turkish sectors of Cyprus, and cross over in Nicosea from a southern European ambiance to one that is scuzzier and more Middle Eastern. Its a great place to visit, if you know how to drive on the left. The worthies wanting a more complete ar rangement for us, with a formal signing and declared end of conflict, are no closer than the Turks and Greeks of Cyprus, and the various outsiders seeking to resolve their disputes. Israelis are aware of Donald Trumps interest in solving the problems with the Palestinians, but the issue is not on the front burner. We hear that Trump will declare the onset of negotiations programmed to last for two years, but so far there is no starting date or other details. Critics are chiding the Ameri can administration for sending highly placed son-in-law, lacking diplomatic experience, to deal with the issue. They are also noting thatagainst what are said to be Trumps personal demandsPalestinians refuse to stop funding the families of terrorists killed or jailed by Israel, and the Palestinians refusal to welcome the pro-settler US Ambassador to their capital in Ramallah. We can wonder if Trumps presidency will last long enough to declare the onset of his peace process, or another two years if the process begins. The end of Netanyahus tenure might also affect things. Both the Cyprus story and the Israel-Pales tinian story are buffered by outsiders whose own interests get in the way of accommodation. West Bank Palestinians are threatened by the Gaza-based Hamas, as well as a number of militant Islamic groups throughout the Mus lim world for whom Israel is the symbol of all that is evil. Moderate Arab governments that cooperate with Israel quietly occasionally join the fray, and express their unbending support for Palestine in all of what existed before 1967. Its not only the massive pressure of foreign populations that limit what Palestinians are likely to accept from those seeking a deal with Israel. At a much lower level are individual Palestinians and Israeli Arabs who work to scuttle any possibility of a deal. They include those in Isaweea who burned down an Israeli branch post office, the mass of Jerusalem Arabs who do not vote in municipal elections, and activists in Israeli Arab towns who object to their municipality receiving money from the Israeli government. Its not hard to find observers who lament the lack of progress, assign blame to both Israelis and Palestinians, and demand reconciliation. Lovely idea, but elusive among Israelis and Palestinians, as well as many Greeks and Turks living on Cyprus, along with overseas Greeks and Turks cheering on the side they have chosen in Cyprus. Perhaps the answer is somewhere in the history of Germany and France. They have gotten along since World War II. Could the answer be as simple as the massive destruction of lives and property associated with several periods of intense warfare? Or could it have more to do with the centrality of western Europe and the efforts of the United States as well as Europeans to overcome the tendency to warfare and revenge in an area crucial to civilization as they view it? By these measures, both Cyprus and Israel and the Palestinians are small change. They have not experienced the level of destruction of France or Germany, and they are not impor tant enough to create great efforts to impose agreement against those opposed. The ideal that seems feasible lies in the realm of detailed accommodations. Were seeing more regular delivery of electricity and water in the West Bank, as well as proposals to increase the permits to work in Israel (along with the removal of permits from family mem Cohen on page 14A Flatow on page 15A Sharkansky on page 14A
HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, AUGUST 4, 2017 PAGE 5A Letters To The Editor We are a diverse community and we welcome your letters and viewpoints. The views and opinions expressed in the opinion pieces and letters published in The Heri tage are the views of the authors, and do not necessarily reflect the views and opinions of The Heritage Florida Jewish News or its staff. The Heritage reserves the right to edit letters for clarity, content, and accuracy. And respectful of lashon hara, we will not print derogatory statements against any individual. Please limit letters to 250 words. Send letters to P.O. Box 300742, Fern Park, FL 32730. Or e-mail to news@ orlandoheritage.com. Dear Editor: Jewish identity is one of the most important qualities we can help our young to de velop. Study after study shows that as Jewish identity slips because of intermarriage, the Jewish community in the United States suffers. So too does the connection between young Americans and the state of Israel. If we hope to see a continued Jewish future including continued support of Israel, we must take positive steps to assure it. Significant research on the American Jewish community shows that Jewish day schools, (in Orlando that would be the Jewish Academy) contribute positively toward strength ening Jewish identity and assuring the transmission of Jewish values. These values include the concepts of tik kun olammaking this world better for all, tzdakahacts of righteousness, and ahavat Yisraellove for the Jewish peoplehood. These reasons alone should suffice to have the JAO bursting at the seams with children, but sadly, that is not the case. Perhaps par ents also need to consider the other advantages to a comprehensive Jewish educa tion. These include the criti cal thinking skills children develop through the study Jewish day schools should be bursting at the seams! of Torah while examining ancient texts and stories in critical ways to learn what they impart to us for our daily lives. Perhaps it is the intensive leadership skills that are ingrained in students as they involve themselves in communal activities, Jewish and secular. Or perhaps it is the enhanced brain develop ment that comes from foreign language acquisition during a childs formative years, a benefit of learning a Tier III language such as Hebrew. Over the past several years I have had the pleasure of watching the JAO enhance its educational offerings, both secular and Judaic. It is impressive to see children who are eager to learn and thrive in this Jewish educational environment. These gains are due to the dedication of Alan Rusonik, head of school of the JAO, whose clarity and vision are making a difference and to the highly professional staff of teachers who bring love and warmth along with their expertise to the JAO students. Much credit also goes to the officers and board members who have continued to sup port the school despite the financial obstacles the school has faced. As a former director (198184) of what was then the Hebrew Day School, I am thrilled to see the accom plishments and progress the school has made in the past and continues to make on a regular basis. I most strongly encourage our Jewish com munity to ensure the JAOs continuation by enrolling pupils in this most deserving institution. Rabbi Maurice S. Kaprow Winter Springs Editors Note: There are two other Jewish day schools in Central Florida not men tioned in this article, but worthy of noting: The Orlando Jewish Day School, and The Orlando Torah Academy, both located in Southwest Orlando. By Daniel Greenfield Chaya Salomon was mur dered at a Sabbath dinner with her family. The 46-year-old Jewish woman was stabbed to death alongside her 70-yearold father Yosef and her 36-year-old brother Elad. Photos show the kitchen of the Salomon house in the Israeli village of Neve Tsuf cov ered in blood. The youngest Salomon daughter had given birth to a new member of the family. The bottle of Glenfid dich on the table was never opened. Instead an Islamic terrorist burst in and stabbed the new grandfather. Tova, the new grandmother was badly wounded. Elads wife rushed the children to a safe room. The smiling terrorist was taken away. He had come armed with a Koran and a knife. I know that with Allah my dreams will come true, he had posted on Facebook. I will go to heaven. His dreams coming true have more to do with the Palestinian Authority and American taxpayers. Like all terrorists who kill Israelis, he will be receiving a salary from the PA. And the PA is funded by you and me. Abbas, the terrorist leader who is Israels peace partner in the two-state solution, touched off this atrocity. Fa tah, the organization behind the Palestinian Authority, has repeatedly called for violence. The terrorists Facebook mes sage included this plea, Put in my grave Arafats Keffiyah and the ribbon of the Al-Aqsa Bri gades. The Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigade is the military wing of Abbas Fatah movement. Another terrorist attack. More funerals. More calls for restraint by both sides. There are the formal con demnations before everyone moves on to the business of being pro-Israel. The term pro-Israel doesnt mean much. Anyone and everyone can be pro-Israel. AIPAC isnt backing the Taylor Force Act which would cut off taxpayer money to the Palestinian Authority until it stops funding these attacks. J Street, the anti-Israel group which claims to be pro-Israel and also claimed to be ap palled by the Salomon mur ders, is lobbying against the Taylor Force Act. What did this fake pro-Isra el posturing amount to when Chaya was being murdered in her own home? In previous weeks, lib eral Jewish clergy fulmi nated angrily at their more conservative counterparts in Israel over a religious controversy. Daniel Gordis, who makes an excellent living writing pro-Israel books, put forward his own version of BDS. Netanyahu and Israels consuls-general in the US should be shunned and disinvited. Americans should fly Delta and United instead of El-Al. Meetings with hospitals fund-raisers should be canceled. The hos pitals did nothing wrong, but when they start running out of money, Israelis will start to care. No doubt. I dont write to take a posi tion on this issue. Only to note that some pro-Israel figures can dig into more reserves of anger when fighting the Jewish right than over the murder of Israeli Jews. Its easier for even profes sionally pro-Israel figures to rage at Israel than at the murderers of Jews. If only they could feel a fraction of the same anger when look ing at the Salomons bloody kitchen floor. Where is Gordis call to watch Muslims die in hospitals in Ramallah to make them care? It would be deemed mon strous. Un-Jewish. Anyone proposing it would be shunned in pro-Israel circles. If Gordis has a position on cutting off aid to the PA after its murders of Israelis, I have yet to find it. So much of pro-Israel advocacy consists of mean ingless lip service. Israel is an abstraction for many of them. Chaya Salomon was Dont be pro-Israel, be pro-Sarah By Marilyn Shapiro He drew a circle that shut me outHeretic, a rebel, a thing to flout. But Love and I had the wit to win: We drew a circle that took him in! Edwin Markham According to the Biparti sanship Policy Center, our countrys history of work ing across the aisle can be traced back to as early as 1787. Our founding fathers, struggling with congressional representation regarding the populations of the colonies, reached what later was know as the Great Compromise. It was decided that our new government would exist with a proportional House of Representatives and a Senate with equal representation. Once adopted, both sides felt vindicated. At their best, and despite their differences, presidents and parties have work togeth er to use compromise for the common good of our country. Lincoln created his team of rivals because he believed that he had no right to deprive the country of its strongest minds simply because they sometimes disagreed with him. In the last 60 years, the Civil Rights Act (1964); put ting man on the moon (1977); the Endangered Species Act (1973); the Americans with Disabilities Act (1990); welfare reform (1996), and No Child Left Behind (2001) all were put into effect because of compromise. New Civil War? In the current political climate, compromise appears to be all but impossible. Lines have been drawn in the sand, pitting the Republican major ity against the Democratic minority with unprecedented rancor. Nuclear options, closed door sessions, and a proliferation of what is re garded as fake, exaggerated, and even inflammatory news have torn our country apart in ways that many of usfrom gifted historians to concerned citizencannot remember. The battle has spilled over to our personal lives, dividing family and friends. The situa tion has become so flammable that recommendations on how to get along with fam ily and friends with differing political views have become hot topics on everything from television to newspaper articles to Miss Manners. How do we deal with its aftermath when where one stands whether to the left, to the right, or in the middlewhen politics become personal? Us versus Them men tality I myself had become caught up in the us versus them mentality. In the months be fore the election, I had spent hours watching television, lis tening to podcasts, and read ing articlesusually with left leaning perspectives. Sharing all this news became my first priority, either through social media or animated, face-toface conversations. And it hurt me. I had cut off contact with a relative after a Facebook fight about the election last fall, reconcil ing only after four months of protracted tension. One of my new neighbors, knowing how I felt about the Nov. 8th out come, had purposely avoided me with little more than a smile and hello. Friends in vited me to their get-togethers but suggested I leave my poli tics at the door. As a result, I decided that I could still do what I need to dostay informed, call my legislators, volunteer to work during the next election cycle. However, as Miss Manners suggested in her June 25, 2017, column, I was no longer going discuss politics in social situations without mutual consent to do so. Troubling Inquiry While organizing a small dinner party, I realized how difficult the situation had become. One of the guests, whose leanings were unre servedly to the left, called to see if I was inviting a couple known for their strong Repub lican views. When I asked him the reason for his request, he told me that he recently had had a heated exchange with the couple regarding politics. He and his wife would feel uncomfortable attending if they were going to be there. Even though the Republi cans were not on the guest list for that evening, his request troubled me. Since the elec tions, I had heard similar com ments from other friends who had questioned my continued friendship with any of those people who didnt vote the way they had. I also observed many friends drawing lines in the sand. I came to the realiza tion that enough was enough. Guess who is coming to dinner? Can we agree to disagree? Respecting The Other I didnt have a good re sponse for my dinner guests during that phone call, but I do now. When the issue comes up, I tell people, I will be friends with whom I want. Politics will NOT be a decision in my friendship. In his book, Tip and the Gipper: When Politics Worked, Chris Matthews, the former chief of staff for House Speaker Tip ONeill and MSNBC journalist, reported that the political battles between the House Speaker and President Ronald Reagan were legendary, but they respected and even liked one another. Reagan often had both Republicans and Demo cratsincluding ONeill over for cocktails. After six, ONeill would insist, we are all friends. The only difference with me, the avowed liberal Demo a real person. She bled out on a white kitchen floor on Shabbat. And so I offer a counter proposal. Instead of being pro-Israel, lets be pro-Chaya. Pro-Israel is a meaningless metric. Obama claimed to be pro-Israel while funding the terrorist murder of Jews from the West Bank to Iran. I am 100 percent pro-Israel, Bernie Sanders insisted after pushing for an anti-Israel platform, falsely accusing Israel of kill ing 10,000 innocent people in Gaza and putting a BDS activist in charge of his Jewish outreach. If thats pro-Israel, what exactly is anti-Israel? Its easier to understand what it is to be pro-Chaya than to be pro-Israel. If you want to be pro-Chaya, dont fund Greenfield on page 15A Shapiro on page 15A
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Glass piece that might be Easy puzzle Named For by Yoni Glatt firstname.lastname@example.org MORNING AND EVENING MINYANS (Call synagogue to confirm time.) Chabad of South OrlandoMonday Friday, 8 a.m. and 10 minutes before sunset; Saturday, 9:30 a.m.; Sunday, 8:15 a.m., 407-354-3660. Congregation Ahavas YisraelMonday Friday, 7:30 a.m.; Saturday, 9:30 a.m.; Sunday, 9 a.m., 407-644-2500. Congregation Chabad Lubavitch of Greater DaytonaMonday, 8 a.m.; Thursday, 8 a.m., 904672-9300. Congregation Ohev ShalomSunday, 9 a.m., 407-298-4650. GOBOR Community Minyan at Jewish Academy of OrlandoMondayFriday, 7:45 a.m.8:30 a.m. Temple IsraelSunday, 9 a.m., 407-647-3055. FRIDAY, AUGUST 4 Ahavas YisraelKabbalat, 30 minutes before sundown Temple IsraelFourth Annual Sha-Ba-BQ, 6 p.m. at the synagogue. 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The story of The Wave: has endured for de cades and has been retold in several films and plays. This program will examine the original event as well as its impact on our understand ing of the Holocaust. Nov. 9, 6 p.m.Voices from Kristallnacht While Kristallnacht wasnt the beginning of the Nazis Final Solution, it was a crucial turning point in the development of the Holocaust. This program will examine why the events of Nov. 9-10, 1938, were important, how people un derstood them at that time, and why they still resonate on the occasion of their 79th anniversary. Dec. 7, 6 p.m. Pearl Harbor and the Final Solution: What is the Connection? The attack on Pearl Har bor is usually understood as the event that brought the U.S. into World War II. This is true, but it also had a shaping influence on the development of Nazi Ger manys anti-Jewish policies in Europe. This program will explore the connection between the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor and the development of the Final Solution. 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HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, AUGUST 4, 2017 PAGE 7A Gary Wasserman (l) strolls through a corridor on the Georgetown campus in Qatar with his students in 2012. at her aunts house during the 2006 Lebanon War. And while this didnt seem like much now, it was really all we had to offer. I felt inadequate and sad. Wassermans initial mis sionshared by Georgetown and the Qatari government was to bring an Americanstyle free exchange of thought to the deeply traditionalist Gulf state. But that expectation soon tamped down into a more limited one: that young people get a decent education and get along with folks from vastly different political cultures. Theres a liberal, mis sionary impulse that you are bringing pluralism, globaliza tion and tolerance to a part of the world that needs it, Was serman, who is now retired, told JTA this week. Within months, Wasser man wrote, his original ideal ism hatd abatedbut then, so had his own fears about being a Jew in Qatar. I began my journey both apprehensive and idealistic, he wrote. I ended it less apprehensive and also less idealistic. About the apprehension: Wasserman, the author of a popular political science textbook who had taught at Columbia and Georgetown, appalled friends and family when he decided to go to Qatar. With the memory of the 9/11 terrorist attacks still fresh, many in his circle questioned the rationality of a Jew moving to what seemed like the belly of the beast at the time. Their pleadings had an ef fect, and he consulted with a psychologist who happened to be a European Jew about how to deal with his anxieties. His sessions had a surprising denouement. Youre not crazy to be scared, Wasserman quoted the psychologist as saying in their final session. Youre crazy to go. Havent you been watching the news? These people hate Jews. Theyre anti-Semites. Ive dealt with these fkakta Nazis all my life. Stay away from them. Theyll never change. This went on for a while, Wasserman wrote. (He was being paid by the hour.) Nonetheless, in Qatar, Wasserman encountered barely any personal animos ity because of his Jewishness. In one poignant passage, he described his concerns after his identity became common knowledge on campusa staffer had let it slip. It was too easy to imagine their unspoken responses: Yknow, hes Jewish. Yeah, I could tell. Or, So thats what those horns are. Or, No wonder he flunked me, Wasserman wrote. I might have over thought this. One student later said to me, after she had graduated, that the only student discussion she recalls about my religion was A Jewish professor taught at a Catholic school in a Muslim countryheres what happened By Ron Kampeas WASHINGTON (JTA) Near the end of his first year teaching American studies at the Georgetown University campus in Qatar, Gary Was serman introduced a dozen Israelis to a dozen under graduates from across the Middle East. Then he left the room so the students could have an unfiltered discussion. The one-hour meeting was part of what Wasserman calls his liberal quest to overcome biasesgrounded, he said, in part by his Jewish upbringing. But the encounter wasnt exactly a success. Afterward, a Lebanese student came to his room, tears in her eyes. An Israeli had asked her during the encounter, You hate us, dont you? Wasserman in his forth coming book The Doha Experiment, about his gig directing the Georgetown American studies program in Qatar from 2006 to 2014, uses the incident to identify a duality that was typical of his time on campus: the quest for connections outside of ones comfort zone, on the one hand, combined with intense fears of people raised in radi cally different cultures. We were part of a univer sity that provided a place to think and talk, Wasserman said he told the Lebanese student, who had been trapped the worry that I might feel isolated and out of place. Instead, the hostility to ward Jews and Israel was expressed in more general ized settings, particularly the conspiracy theories that proliferate in Arab countries. Wasserman said his favorite anecdote in the book is the student who told him that another teacher had said that the Mossad was behind 9/11, and also that 9/11 was not a bad idea. He asked the student how both ideas could coexist in one persons head. The student looked at me for a moment, resigned that yet another nave foreigner failed to appreciate how holding two contradictory opinions at the same time was consistent with the political views permeat ing the region, Wasserman wrote. Another student, Ella, graduated at the top of the class. Shortly after, Wasser man saw an interview with Ella in a local newspaper in which she was asked for her impressions of the 2012 U.S. election. Her depressing answer, as he put it: It re ally didnt matter because the Zionists controlled the banks, the media, and both political parties and wouldnt let any thing change in America. Perhaps Wassermans most foolhardy quest was to teach the students about how the Professor on page 15A rf rntbn rrrn rfrntbr r
PAGE 8A HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, AUGUST 4, 2017 Congregation Beth Sholom of Leesburg invites the com munity to a very special warm, joyous, and festive Shabbat service on Friday, Aug. 11th at 7 p.m. This uplifting service of music and song, led by Rabbi and Cantor Karen Allen, who will be playing her keyboard, features world-class violinist Zoriy Zinger. Zinger was a soloist in the Russian Symphony Orches tra before reaching fame in America. Rabbi Allen and Zinger have collaborated in numerous venues, including three concerts at the Melon Patch Theater. The Kabbalat Shabbat takes the form of the usual Friday night service, enhanced with musical instruments and ad ditional songs. You wont want to miss this wonderful celebration of the Jewish spirit in music from Reform, Conservative, and Orthodox traditions. You will leave humming or singing tunes that you learned as a child, along with versions of prayers that you may have heard for the first time. An Oneg Shabbat with refreshments will follow the service. The synagogue is located at 315 North 13th Street in Leesburg, with the entrance on Center Street. For more information see our website at www.bethsholomflorida. org or call 352-315-0309. Violinist returns for a special Kabbalat Shabbat service Bat Mitzvah Chloe Nicole Cayado Chloe Nicole Cayado, daughter of Lauri and Michael Cayado of Lake Mary, will be called to the Torah as a bat mitzvah on Saturday, Aug. 12, 2017, at Congregation Beth Am in Longwood. Chloe is in the eighth grade at Markham Woods Middle School. Her hobbies and interests include bak ing and softball. Sharing in the familys simcha will be Chloes brothers, Jacob and Ethan; grandparents Leya and Dave Goldberg of New York and Judy and Jay Cayado of St. Petersburg, Fla. Ben A. Pruchnie/Getty Images for Sainsburys Cuisine at top-flight kosher restaurants has come a long way from the pastrami sand wiches and matzah ball soups of old. By Rachel Tepper Paley NEW YORKTuna poke nachos marinated Hawai ian style. Lightly smoked duck breasts with quinoa and turnips. Hormoneand antibiotic-free USDA prime angus steaks. The kosher restaurant scene today has come a long way from the pastrami sandwiches and matzah ball soups of old (though you can still get those, too). Now more than ever, kosher finedining options abound for observant Jewish consumers looking for a great restaurant experience. In New York, the cutting edge of the kosher world, a few innovative chefs are pio neering the way. Here are four star chefs whose creations are definitely worth a night out, a stop on your next visit to New York or a bite on your next flight. Bringing non-kosher flavor profiles to kosher cuisine: Mi chael Gershkovich of Mikes Bistro Michael Gershkovichs chef-driven eatery in Mid town Manhattan is ruled by seasonal produce and highquality ingredients. Packed most days with Jewish and non-Jewish diners, Mikes Bistro is a great restaurant that just happens to be kosher. I am so humbled when I look around, Gershkovich said with a grin amid a bus tling dining room. Gershkovich could not have imagined such a scene decades ago, when he was a bright-eyed yeshiva kid in Brooklyn. Born in Rome and raised in Flatbush in a religious household, Gersh kovichs first language was Why you might find bacon flavors next time you go to a kosher restaurant Yiddish, and he grew up ex pecting a life of study. But the seeds of an alterna tive life path were planted in his mothers kitchen. My mother made me hot meals every day, Gershkovich said. Other kids were eating peanut butter-and-jelly sand wiches; I was eating savory French toasts. Cereal with milk wasnt exactly how I started my day. I ate a warm bowl of polenta. Those early flavors instilled in him a deep, abiding love of food, and Gershkovichs tastes and willingness to experiment grew. At the Culinary Institute of America, he fell in love with all manner of non-kosher foodssuckling pig, foie gras, scallops. He traveled, working through kitchens in Californias Napa Valley and Hawaii, tasting everything along the way. But home beckoned. Al though his personal relation ship with kashrut is in flux I may be kosher one year, I may not be the nexthe knew that to truly represent his culinary ethos, any restau rant he ran would have to be kosher. Mikes Bistro is certi fied by the Orthodox Union. I think they are the best in the business, Gershkovich said of the O.U. They have respect from the entire Jew ish world. Everyone relies on their research. They arent zealots, but they are serious and strict. As for Gershkovichs per sonal need to run a kosher kitchen? My world is kosher, he said. My friends are kosher. My father is kosher. Im still a Yiddish-speaking Jew. I have Hasidism in my bones Using the skills and knowl edge of flavors gleaned from years of study in the nonkosher world, Gershkovich resolved to translate them to a kosher audience. Consider one of his newest menu items, a salad based on a classic BLT sandwich. Instead of bacon, Gershkovich crisps up veal or lamb charcuterie, giving it pancetta-like flavor and consistency. But the tomatoes are the star: perfectly sweet and flavorful, and bolstered with shaved Vidalia onions and a spicy garlic aioli. The attraction might be the fact that its a BLTa classic non-kosher flavor pro fileand yes, the bacon we use is crispy and beautiful, but in the end, its really just about appreciating the wonderfully perfectly ripe tomato, he said. I feel very blessed to be doing what Im doing. Naysayers should order the porchetta sandwich, he sug gested. Traditionally made with roast pork, Mikes Bistro treats veal like porchetta and serves it in a sandwich with sticky peach puree, another classic flavor pairing for pork. It more than stacks up against its non-kosher namesake. Envying those kosher air line meals: Isaac Sabag of Borenstein Caterers When Issac Sabag first be gan hearing the stories from friends about airline travelers jealously eyeing their fellow travelers kosher meals, his ears perked up. As the CEO of the New York-based Boren stein Caterers, Sabag oversees production of kosher meals for almost every major airline in the United States. Something curious, he sensed, was afoot. Lets say you dont eat ko sher. You get your meal, and the religious Jewish people get the kosher meal, he said, retelling a story he has heard time and again. The kosher meal looks better than the regular meal the airline serves because it comes shrinkwrapped. It looks special, with a special label. Nobody touches it, so it seems more hygienic. Those people say, How come we paid for the same ticket, but he got that and I got this? Sabag sensed a business opportunity. We are the leading and almost the biggest provider in the U.S. for kosher food, he said. Not just airlines. We also serve cruises, Amtrak and some retail businesses. But we have a lot of room to grow. Sabag sees a future market ing kosher meals to non-ko sher consumers, particularly in institutional settings where the regular meals on offer dont have the best reputa tion, such as schools, hospital cafeterias or prisons. More and more people are asking for kosher because of the trust, he said Its clean, the quality of the food is good, and so on. We just need to do more marketing. Years ago, Sabag managed one of the biggest catering companies in Israel, over seeing production of more than 100,000 meals a day for airlines and workplaces. In the course of 30 years he modernized production and storage methods, boosting business in the process. He believes Borenstein Cater ersand the future of kosher cuisinecan benefit from the same thinking. I believe in kosher food, Sabag said. I see opportunity to grow in this area. Meat on his mind: Joey Allaham of The Prime Grill Joey Allaham knows meat. Born to family of kosher butchers in Damascus, Syria, Allaham came to New York with dreams of getting away from the family business. But it wasnt long before he realized meat was his destiny. I always liked raw beef, he said, describing a predilection stretching back to early child hood. Everyone else ate it well done, but the second youd throw it in the fire, Id want to eat it. Its been that way for as long as I can remember. He started a wholesale busi ness for caterers in Brooklyn, all the while plotting to open his first restaurant. In 2000, he opened The Prime Grill, a high-end steakhouse on Madison Avenue catering to the expense-account set. A devoted clientele fol lowed. 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HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, AUGUST 4, 2017 PAGE 9A Ethel, whose deceased husband, Larry, was once mayor of Longwood, EVELYN COHEN, HILDE SANDS, DEBBIE KANTOR and yours truly met at Too Jays (where I could order matzo ball soup) and had a nice visit. (Inspite of the fact that I asked for a table with an ocean view and got a parking lot view instead.) Kudos go to our waitress, ANDI BOSTICK, who took probably more than a dozen photos of us girls at lunch. (see photo). Terrific Thursdays... On Thursday, Aug. 10th, beginning at 1:30 p.m., the JCC 39ers will present I NEED IT! (I do?) a fun time directed by ANITA WEINTRAUB. Please RSVP to Anita at 410-272-2140. (I need a face-lift. Is that what its about? Please let me know.) More Terrific Thursdays... On Aug. 17th, bring your own lunch for an interactive Say it your way discussion at 12:30 p.m. followed by Yiddish can be fun at 1:30 p.m. This takes place at the JCC, of course. Shout-Out... While dining at the Steak N Shake restaurant on Semoran Blvd (just south of Aloma Avenue) with many friends, our waiter, DEVIN CASEY, was just the best and most proficient. So was his manager, RICHARD BLOOM, just a wonderful guy who knows how to treat a diner... even some nutty ones like us! One for the road... Moshe is the owner of SHMATTERS R US LIMITED, a hugely successful chain of upmarket menswear shops. One day, Moshe calls in one of his staff and says, Bernie, when you first joined the company, you started as coffee boy. Then, within 3 weeks, I promoted you to assistant to the catering manager and 3 months later you became junior buyer. I promoted you again 6 months later to chief buyer and 2 years after that you became our general manager. Ive now decided to retire and after careful deliberation Ive decided to give you my job as chairman and managing director of the company. What do you say about that? Thats fine, says Bernie. Is that all youve got to say? asks Moshe. 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Ruth Gruber, a photo journalist and author who documented Stalins gulags, life in Nazi Germany and the plight of Jewish refugees intercepted by the British on the infamous passage of the Exodus to Palestine in 1947, died a few months ago at her home in Manhattan. She was 105. Her son, DAVID MICHAELS, confirmed her death. Ms. Gruber called herself a witness, and in an era of barbarities and war that left countless Jews displaced and stateless, she often crossed the line from journalist to human rights advocate, re porting as well as shaping events that became the headlines and historical footnotes of the 20th century. Over seven decades, she was a correspondent in Europe and the Middle East and wrote 19 books, mostly based on her own experiences. Acting for President Franklin D. Roosevelt, she escorted nearly 1,000 refugees from 19 Nazioccupied nations to a safe haven in the United States on a perilous trans-Atlantic crossing in 1944. They included the only large contingent of Jews allowed into America during World War II. As with many of her exploits, the rescue became the subject of one of her books. She was born in Brooklyn, N.Y. (like me) to Jewish immigrants from eastern Europe and led a remarkable life as a journalist, author, photographer and human rights advocate. I had two tools to fight injus tice, she said in 2001. Words and images. My typewriter and my camera. (I guess people were still using typewriters in 2001.) A fun time... Just a few weeks ago, I received a phone call from an old friend (not old in age!). ETHEL GOLDBERG, who used to live here and now lives in St. Petersburg, Fla. phoned that she would be in Orlando and could we get some of our old (again not old in age!) friends together for lunch? Great idea! And we did. Ruth Gruber later in life. Ruth Gruber on assignment. Shown here (l-r): Evelyn Cohen, Debbie Kantor, yours truly, Ethel Goldberg and Hilde Sands.
PAGE 10A HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, AUGUST 4, 2017 Tidbits from the Sandwich Generation Collecting life histories: Asking simple questions can get Olympic-sized results Nancy Bland of Winter Parks TenderCare with Emily Newman of the Orlando Senior Help Desk. the voice recorder collects the history. Afterwards, play back the recording and transcribe their story. Now, you have a first chapter of living history in the seniors own words! Ask a child or grand-child to help with the typing process to deepen the family connection. Nancy Bland of Tender Care, a Winter Park home care service, notes that collecting life stories can strengthen bonds beyond family members. She en courages caregivers to ask their senior clients questions about their life histories. Bland comments, Seniors have so much to share, and learning about what they have experienced can help caregivers anticipate and un derstand their current needs. In most cases the client opens right up, and has a lot to say. In my own case, I was hav ing lunch with my mother and sister, when my sister asked, Tell us something we dont know about your childhood. My mother went on to share a few new stories about her father. I learned that earlier in his life, my grandfather owned a community news paper (which was an aha moment for me as a writer). More interesting to you is what she next shared. My mom commented, When I was about eight years old, Jesse Owens (yes, the Olympic gold medalist and American hero), came over for dinner. Though the meal took place almost 70 years ago, my mom still remembered Mr. Owens kindness. She explained my grandfather had worked for a Chicago department store, and that Jesse Owens was one of their spokesmen. When I got home, I Googled the now-defunct store name, and there was Jesse Owens featured in an ad. Additionally, I discovered the storeowner had a history of philanthropy, and was a donor to many local causes. I searched my grandfathers job history and found a photo of him as store manager, ac cepting an award from the Urban League on behalf of the company. The picture was for sale for $9 from an historic image site. On a whim, I bought it. I had been expecting a copy, but when the envelope arrived, a somewhat bent but original photo from 1955, (with the original clipping from the Chicago Sun-Times attached to the back) was enclosed. At least 30 years had passed since I had seen a picture of my grandfather, but suddenly there he was, looking very real to me... As I took in the photo of my bespectacled grandfather, memories of The authors Grandfather Irving accepting an award in a (partial) photo from the Chicago Sun-times in 1955. By Pamela Ruben Collecting family stories not only benefits the seniorstoryteller, but can add to the richness of their relationship with their family members and caregivers, said Em ily Newman of the Orlando Senior Help Desk. I am living proof of the previous statement, as it took me almost 50 years to uncover an Olympic-sized story that brought my late maternal grandfather to life. As my Grandfather Irving passed before I was born, I never developed concrete im ages of who he was during his lifetime. I knew that he and my mother were close, and that despite being a lawyer, he sold shirts for a living. With everyone growing older, I realized there was no time like the present to learn about the past. Collecting life stories can be as easy as asking a few simple questions. Recording earlier photos and stories shared by my mother came back to mind. So, get started collecting family stories by asking the first question, you never know what kind of images youll get in return. Tidbits from the Sand wich Generation is a series of blogs by Pamela Ruben, Jewish Pavilion Marketing Director, about managing the multi-generations. Check out additional posts at www. jewishpavilion.org/blog. For no cost help for issues pertain ing to older adults contact the Orlando Senior Help Desk, a 501(c)3 nonprofit, at 407-678-9363 or visit www. orlandoseniorhelpdesk.org. these stories so they can be passed on can be done in a variety of ways. As a former writing teacher, I often rec ommend the use of a voice recorder. When spending time with a senior relative or friend, ask a simple ques tion like, Tell me about an experience during the Great Depression. Then, just let the senior talk as Celebrating Shabbat lunches at Brookdale Lake Orienta Twice-monthly Shabbat afternoons have recently turned into monthly Shabbat lunches at Brookdale Lake Orienta. Thank you to the wonderful staff at Brookdale for working diligently with the Jewish Pavilion staff and volunteers to recognize changing needs. The 4 p.m. afternoon Shabbats had been a staple event at this com munity for many years. But recent changes in the Jewish consensus, as well as the late afternoon attendance being less attended, created a restructure of the program. Pictured are Jewish Pavilion volunteers Pat Rubenstein (fourth from right) and Phil Brown (third from right) sharing this first delicious Shabbat lunch in July with the happy residents. By Josefin Dolsten NEW YORK (JTA)For many Jews, Tisha bAv is centered around mourn ing the destruction of the First and Second Temples in Jerusalem. But that in terpretation misses out on an important lesson that is made more relevant by recent events, Rabbi David Seidenberg argues. With the release of a new translation of the Book of Lamentations, the main text read on the annual fast day, the Massachusetts-based rabbi argues that Tisha bAv, which began this year on the evening of July 31, provides a powerful way to connect to the refugee experience. Heres his translation of chapter 1, verse 3, which depicts a personified Jeru salem in exile: She, Judah, was exiled, by poverty, and by (so) much hard labor She sat among the nations, not finding any rest; All her pursuers caught up with her between the confined places. Seidenberg, who runs the website NeoHasid and is the author of the book Kab balah and Ecology, released a partial translation of the Book of Lamentations in 2007, but the 2017 version is his first complete translation of the text. He was ordained at the Jewish Theological Seminary and by Rabbi Zal man Schachter-Shalomi, the late founder of the Jewish Renewal movement. JTA spoke with Seidenberg about his translation, avail able for download here, and his thoughts on Tisha bAv. JTA: You write that Tisha bAv is not primarily about mourning, but about becom ing refugees. Seidenberg: Jerusalem was a war zone [in 70 C.E.]. People were being killed in the streets. There was a siege, there was famine. Pretty much everyone was turned into a refugee, even the people that were left in Jerusalem, who werent exactly refugees, were still in the middle of a war zone and in the middle of violence. The observances we have on Tisha bAv, people think of as mourning customs. Of course we are mourning part of what it means to witness death and destruction, but the customs encompass a deeper, broader experience than just simple mourning, and thats reflected in not washing, not sitting in a chair, which is both a symbol and the experience of not having a place of rest. There are two ways to ap proach the whole experience of Tisha bAv: One is to be empathizing with the na tion, in a particularistic way, what happened to the Jews, and thats an important part of our experience. And of course the other side is to empathize with the experi ence of what was happening, which is this experience of being refugees, being in a war zone. That would call on us to empathize with a lot of people who are not Jewish and a lot of people who are suffering in the world right now. How can we reconcile these two perspectivesfo cusing both on the Jewish and the universal experi ences? The way we can empathize with an experience that is universal to human history of sufferingthe conse quences of war and exile and being refugeesis by going into our historical experi ence as Jews. In fact, you cant really do one without the other. You can be a liberal middle-class Jew who thinks that they care about refu gees and has ideas and values that motivate you to act, but without going into the particularism of what the Jewish people have experienced, you also have a limitation. People have other ways of going into that experiencepeople go and work at refugee camps, thats obviously a more direct experience. But for most Jews that arent expe riencing that directly, one of the most powerful ways to get into that universal experience deeper on a gut level is to go through the particular experiences of the Jewish people in history. Was the focus on refugees inspired by recent events? Ive thought about Tisha bAv in this way for a good 20 years, but the past few years have really brought it into very stark reality because we see so many images of refu gees. The refugee crisis isnt just affecting us because we hear news, but it has also poisoned our political process, the rhetoric against refugees, not just in the United States but in many European countries. Were living in this reality where if we dont empathize with this experience, which is a human experience, people tend to go to opposite sides and dehumanize people who are in this crisis, and to reject them. Now that Jews have the State of Israel and can visit a rebuilt Jerusalem, what is the relevance of Tisha bAv? If we accept the rabbinic understanding of what Tisha bAv is, its not that a foreign power conquered Jerusalem, its that Jerusalem under mined itself, hollowed itself out, by violating basic moral principles of what it means to have a good, fair society, so that it was already destroyed from within before it was destroyed from without. According to tradition, the First Temple was destroyed because of idolatry and mur der, and the Second Temple was destroyed because of people hating each other in their hearts, sinat hinam, which is a much subtler way of thinking of how a society gets undermined. If we want to nominate any society in which sinat hinam is an endemic, deep problem, particularly with the po larization of right and left, Israel would be at the top of a list of nominees. I dont wish to be partisan, but I think sometimes you cant help it. The right-wing parties that are in control of Israels government have put a lot of energy into anathematizing, into demonizing, people on the left. And I think theres hatred in many directions in Israel, but also the hatred against Jews from some quarters of Palestinian so ciety and the hatred against Arabs and Palestinians from some quarters in Israeli Jew ish society is lethal. Whats different in this translation? Theres a general idea of how to translate called idiomatic translation, which says that when you trans late something from one language to another, when it goes from Hebrew to Eng lish, it should sound like idi omatic English, it shouldnt sound weird or funny, it shouldnt be in the word order or syntax of Hebrew, and thats what the [Jewish Publication Societys], which is the most common transla tion, is based on. What that misses is the texture of the Hebrew, and so much of the feeling and emotional depth is in the texture, not just in the words, and so much of it is in the relationship between differ ent words, because every biblical text is commentary on other biblical texts, and when a word uses the same root theres a connection between those sources. Rab binic Judaism is based on this midrashic idea that all of the Bible is commentary on the other parts of it. This interview has been edited for length and clarity. How Tisha bAv can help us understand the refugee experience
HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, AUGUST 4, 2017 PAGE 11A Orlando Weekday Morning Minyan (Conservative/Egalitarian ), services MondayFriday 7:45 a.m. (9 a.m.national holidays); 2nd floor ChapelJewish Academy of Orlando; 851 N. Maitland Ave., Maitland. For information call 407-298-4650. Celebration Jewish Congregation (R) services and holiday schedules shown at www. JewishCelebration.org ; 407-566-9792. Chabad Lubavitch of North Orlando (O) 1701 Markham Woods Road, Longwood, 407-636-5994, www.jewishorlando.com; services: Friday 7:00 p.m.; Saturday at 9:30 a.m. Chabad of Altamonte Springs (O) 414 Spring Valley Lane, Altamonte Springs, 407280-0535; www.jewishaltamonte.com Chabad of South Orlando (O) 7347 Sand Lake Road, Orlando, 407-354-3660; www. jewishorlando.com ; Shabbat services: Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. and 10 minutes before sunset; Saturday, 9:30 a.m.; Sunday, 8:15 a.m. Chabad of the Space & Treasure Coasts (O) 1190 Highway A1A, Satellite Beach, 321-777-2770. 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Congregation Bet Chaim (R) 301 West State Road 434, Unit 319, Winter Springs, 407-830-7211; www.betchaim.org ; Shabbat services: Friday, 8 p.m. Congregation Beth Am (C) 3899 Sand Lake Road, Longwood, 407-862-3505; www. congbetham.org ; Shabbat services: Friday, 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, 9:30 a.m. Congregation Beth El (C) 2185 Meadowlane Ave., West Melbourne, 321-779-0740; Shabbat services, 1st & 3rd Friday, 8 p.m.; 2nd & 4th Saturdays, 9:30 a.m. Congregation Beth Emeth (R) 2205 Blue Sapphire Circle, Orlando, 407-855-0772; Shabbat service: monthly, 8 p.m. Congregation Beth Israel (Rec) Collins Resource Center, Suite 303, 9401 S.R. 200, Ocala, 352-237-8277; bethisraelocala.org; Shabbat service, second Friday of the month, 8 p.m. Congregation Beth Sholom (R-C) 315 North 13th St., Leesburg, 352-326-3692; www. bethsholomflorida.org ; schedule of services on website. Congregation Beth Shalom (Progressive Conservative) Orange City congregation holds services at 1308 E. 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Congregation Ohev Shalom (C) 613 Concourse Parkway South, Maitland, 407-2984650; www.ohevshalom.org ; Shabbat service, Friday, 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, 9:30 a.m. Congregation Or Chayim (Rec) Leesburg, 352-326-8745; firstname.lastname@example.org; services 2nd and 4th Fridays of each month at Providence Independence of Wildwood. Congregation Shalom Aleichem (R) 3501 Oak Pointe Blvd., Kissimmee, 407-9350064; www.shalomaleichem.com ; Shabbat service, 1st and 3rd Fridays of the month, 8 p.m. Congregation Shomer Ysrael (C) 5382 Hoffner Ave., Orlando, 407-227-1258, call for services and holiday schedules. Congregation Sinai (C/R) 303A N. S.R. 27, Minneola; 352-243-5353; congregationsinai.org; services: every Friday, 7:30 p.m.; Shabbat Service evert Saturday, 10 a.m. Orlando Torah Center (O) 8591 Banyan Blvd., Orlando; 347-456-6485; ShacharisShabbos 9 a.m.; Mon.Thurs. 6:45 a.m.; Sun. and Legal Holidays 8 a.m.; Mincha/Maariv Please call for times. Southwest Orlando Jewish Congregation/Ohalei Rivka (C) 11200 S. ApopkaVineland Rd., Orlando, 407-239-5444; Shabbat service, Friday, 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, 9:30 a.m. Temple Beth El (R) 579 N. Nova Rd., Ormond Beach, 386-677-2484. Temple Beth Shalom (R), P.O. Box 031233, Winter Haven, 813-324-2882. Temple Beth Shalom (C) 40 Wellington Drive, Palm Coast, 386-445-3006; Shabbat service, Friday, 8 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m. Temple Beth Sholom (C) 5995 N. Wickham Rd. Melbourne, 321-254-6333; www. mytbs.org ; Shabbat services: Friday, 7 p.m.; Saturday: 9:30 a.m. Minyan, Tuesday, 7:30 p.m.; Thursday, 10:00 a.m. Temple Beth Shalom (R) 1109 N.E. 8th Ave., Ocala, 352-629-3587; Shabbat services: Friday, 8 p.m.; Torah study: Saturday, 10:00 a.m. Temple Bnai Darom (R), 49 Banyan Course, Ocala, 352-624-0380; Friday Services 8 p.m. Temple Israel (C) 50 S. Moss Rd., Winter Springs, 407-647-3055; www.tiflorida.org ; Shabbat services: Friday, 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, 9:30 a.m.; Sunday 9:00 a.m. Temple Israel (R), 7350 Lake Andrew Drive, Melbourne, 321-631-9494. Temple Israel (C) 579 N. Nova Road, Ormond Beach, 386-252-3097; Shabbat service, Friday, 7 p.m.; Saturday: 10:30 a.m. Temple Israel of DeLand (R) 1001 E. New York Ave., DeLand, 386-736-1646; www. templeisraelofdeland.org; Friday Shabbat service, 7 p.m.; Saturday, 10:00 a.m. followed by Torah study. Temple Shalom (formerly New Jewish Congregation) (R) 13563 Country Road 101, Oxford, 352-748-1800; www.templeshalomcentralfl.org ; Shabbat services: Friday, 7 p.m.; last Saturday of the month, 9:30 a.m. Temple Shalom of Deltona (R/C) 1785 Elkcam Blvd., Deltona, 386-789-2202; www. shalomdeltona.org; Shabbat service; Saturday: 10 a.m. Temple Shir Shalom (R) Services held at Temple Israel, 50 S. Moss Rd., Winter Springs, 407-366-3556, www.templeshirshalom.org ; Shabbat services: three Fridays each month, 7:30 p.m. Traditional Congregation of Mount Dora (T) Mount Dora, 352-735-4774; www. tcomd.org; Shabbat services: Saturday, 9:30 a.m. sharp. (R) Reform (C) Conservative (O) Orthodox (Rec) Reconstructionist (T) Mehitsa By Ben Sales NEW YORK (JTA)Since it came out in 2013, the Pew studya landmark survey of American Jewish demographics, beliefs and practiceshas been at the center of American Jewish scrutiny and handwringing. Now its American Mus lims turn. On Wednesday, the Pew Research Center released a survey of American Muslims focusing not only on numbers and their way of life, but also on how the community has responded to the election of President Donald Trump. Comparing the two stud ies shows a Muslim sector in America that is more religious, growing faster and feels more embattled than American Jews. But both groups voted for Hillary Clinton. Heres how the Jews and Muslims of the United States stack up. There are more Jews than Muslims in America, but the Muslim population is grow ing faster. Pew found that there are about 3.3 million Muslims in the United States, a little more than 1 percent of the population. U.S. Jews, by contrast, stand at 6.3 mil lionaround 2 percent of all Americans, including a little more than 5 million Jews by religion. But Muslims, Pew found, skew younger and have higher birth rates. More than a third of U.S. Muslims are under 30, only 14 percent are over 55 and their birth rate is 2.4, slightly higher than the national aver age. Most American Jews are over 50 and their birth rate is 1.9. While the median age of U.S. Muslims is 35, the median age of U.S. Jews is 50. Americans in general have a median age of 47. These numbers explain why a 2015 Pew study found that by 2050, American Muslims will outnumber American Jews. While the Jewish population is expected to stagnate at about 5.4 mil lion, Pew predicts that in a little more than three de cades, there will be 8 million Muslims in America. The respective studies also included some data unique to each religion. While there are sharp internal divides between Shia and Sunni Muslims, Pew did not address the question of who is a Muslim as it did with Jewish Americans. The study reported de mographic data that may contradict popular American stereotypes of Muslims. Only 14 percent of Muslim immi grants are from the Middle East, while one-fifth are from South Asia. And the plurality of American Muslimsfour in 10are white. Only 13 percent of Ameri can Muslims are intermar ried. When Pew released its study of the Jews in 2013, American Jewish leaders began fretting about an inter marriage rate of 58 percent since 2000and they havent stopped. By that measure, American Muslim leaders can rest easy. Unlike the majority of American Jews, only 13 percent of American Mus lims are intermarried. And the number has declined in recent years: In 2011, the number was 16 percent. The numbers are so low that the word intermarriage doesnt even appear in the survey. But another statistic shows that American Muslims may be following their Jewish neighbors. Among Muslims born in the U.S., the inter marriage rate is nearly 20 percent. Most Jews say they dont face discrimination. Most Muslims say they do. Another reason for the difference in intermarriage rates could be the discrimina tion that Jews and Muslims each face in America. Jews, who are more likely to marry outside their group, are also more accepted in America than Muslims. In an age when Trump the candidate called for a ban on Muslim immigration, the Muslim study focused heavily on Muslim feelings of dis crimination and belonging in America. Questions were asked about Islamophobia, anti-Muslim violence, the president, terrorism, ex tremism and how Muslims feel about being Muslim and American. In brief, the study found that nearly half of Muslims have faced discrimination in the past year, and 75 percent feel Muslims face a great deal discrimination in America. But nine in 10 feel proud to John Moore/Getty Images Muslims at a prayer service celebrating Eid-al-Fitr in Stamford, Conn, June 25, 2017. American Jews vs. American Muslims: How do they compare? be American. Three-quarters of American Muslims say violence against civilians can never be justified, as opposed to 59 percent of Americans in general. In 2013, most Jews said that Jews do not face a lot of discrimination in America, and only 15 percent person ally faced discrimination in the year before the survey. But Pews Jewish study was published three years before the spike in antiSemitism that accompanied the 2016 election. A poll by the Anti-Defamation League published in April revealed starkly different numbers, showing that most Ameri cans were concerned about violence against Jews. Jews graduate college at higher rates than Muslims and earn more. The graduation rates and household incomes of Ameri can Muslims track with the rest of the country. Like Americans in general, 31 percent of Muslim Americans have graduated college. And a quarter of Muslim Americans earn more than $100,000, similar to the national aver age. But 40 percent of Muslim households earn less than $30,000eight points higher than Americans in general. Nearly six in 10 American Jews, meanwhile, have gradu ated college. And 42 percent have household incomes higher than $100,000, while only 20 percent earn less than $30,000. Muslims are far more re ligious than Jews, but both say social justice is central. American Jews and Mus lims are particularly different when it comes to religion. While nearly two-thirds of American Muslims say re ligion is very important to them, only a quarter of Jews do. A third of Jews believe in God, compared to 85 percent of Muslims who said belief in God is essential to being a Muslim. Nearly six in 10 American Muslims say fol lowing the Quran is essential to being a Muslim, compared to less than a quarter of American Jews who say the same about Jewish law. Four in 10 American Mus lims attend mosque at least once a week and eight in 10 observe the monthlong fast of Ramadan. By contrast, American on page 15A
PAGE 12A HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, AUGUST 4, 2017 Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic From left: Judd Apatow, Seth Rogen and Jonah Hill at the 25th Annual William S. Paley TV Festival at the Arclight in Hollywood, March 17, 2008. R-rated film on our own. (Our solution: Ask a responsiblelooking man in line to act as our chaperone.) The film lived up to its buzz. It was also absolutely filthy so filthy that my friend and I left feeling as if we had truly come of age. It was like a co medic bar mitzvah of sorts. After that, the release of Superbad was an event. The trailer was eagerly passed around among my friends, and we went together in one large group to see it. We were a rapt audience. In the decade since, I have never been to a movie with an audience that laughed so loudly and con tinuously. That summer, it was clear that a new comic vanguard had arrivedand Apatow, Rogen and Hill were at its forefront. Knocked Up had a budget of about $30 million and Superbad around $20 million; at the box office they raked in nearly $220 million and $170 million, respectively. Sure, the movies were financial successes. But they also became a generations comedy standard that other writers, actors and comedians yearned to emulate. Just how did a standup comic from Long IslandApatowand two chubby guys with Jewfros manage to pull it off? A partial answer is that by 2007, while the trio had yet to become household names, they already were industry veterans. Apatow had honed his skills as a producer and writer, having created the short-lived but beloved shows Freaks and Geeks and The Ben Stiller Show More sig nificantly, Apatow had already tasted mainstream success: He had directed The 40-YearOld Virgin and produced Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy. Hill had been introduced to the teenage world through goofy appearances in the col lege comedy Accepted and the wacky stoner charade Grandmas Boy. Rogen was the least known of the three; he had appeared in Apatows Freaks and Geeks and as a supporting character in The 40-Year-Old-Virgin. But the doubleheader of Knocked Up and Super bad meant that a new type of comedy had arrivedone that was brazenly crude and, laced with plenty of alcohol and marijuana, took sex jokes to realms that had never been, well, penetrated on screen. Their style was loose and comfortable, but they pushed the boundaries of what was considered ac ceptable dialogue and situa tions in an R-rated movie in wide release (see pubic salad or excrement that looks like stuffed animals). The secret ingredients in this strong cocktail? Vul nerability and fantasy. The characters in these films are flawed, relatable slackers who are honest about their faults. They nevertheless almost al ways get incredibly lucky with womenits still Hollywood, after all. Theres a scene at the end of Superbad that encapsulates this perfectly. Seth (a young version of Rogen played by Hill) admits to Jules (played by Emma Stone in her debut film) that he wished that she had gotten drunk with The summer that Judd Apatow, Seth Rogen and Jonah Hill took over mainstream comedy By Gabe Friedman NEW YORK (JTA)In history books, the summer of 2007 will go down as the official start of one of the worst financial crises in American history. It started in July, when Bear Stearns announced that two of its hedge funds had lost all their valueand from there, as we know, panic, chaos and lots of mortgage defaults ensued. But to my 15-year-old selfand to thousands of other teenage boys of my generationthe summer of 2007 will be remembered for an entirely different reason: It was a season when a few funny, schlubby Jews took over the world of mainstream comedy. First, in June, Judd Apa tows Knocked Upstar ring a fresh-faced 25-year-old Seth Rogencharmed teens and critics alike with its lov able fantasy-like portrayal of romance between a laughable stoner and an ambitious TV host. Then in August, the buddy comedy Superbadwritten by Rogen and his friend Evan Goldberg, and co-starring Jonah Hill (ne Jonah Hill Feldstein)blew the collec tive teenage mind with its ir reverently raunchy take on the awkwardness of high school. Like so many in my teenage orbit, I was an instant follower of the Apatow-Rogen-Hill re ligion. One of my most vivid memories from that time was seeing Knocked Up with a friend on its opening night. Our parents were either unavailable or uninterested in taking their offspring to a movie that promised to be full of vagina jokes, so we to had to find our way into the himsince someone as good looking as she would never get with someone as schlumpy as he. Jules reassures him that this is not the case. But Seth, already inebriated, suddenly passes out and falls forward, accidentally head-butting Jules. Even when he is given the chance he has long dreamed of, he literally falls on his face Still, the pair end up together. Although there was noth ing incredibly Jewish about this brandthey didnt mine deep-seated neuroses, nor did their scripts contain any intel lectual content of noteApa tow, Rogen and Hill wore their Jewish identities comfortably, both on screen and off. Rogen, who attended Jewish summer camp and whose parents met on a kibbutz, donned a Ha nukkah sweater in one of his recent films. Hill, who had a bar mitzvah, has commented on the Jewishness of some of his characters. (Its also worth noting that Knocked Up and Superbad featured a few choice Jewish jokes references to Matisyahu and Steven Spielbergs Munich in the former, and a miscom munication about an African Jew in the latter.) In a 2007 interview Apatow, who considers himself nonre ligious, once called some of the actors in Knocked Up the Spice Girls of Jews. Seth is a Jewish guy and all his friends are Jewish, at least the ones I cast in the movie, so I thought itd be funny that they talk about it, because its truthful to their experience, he said. I didnt set out to make any kind of statement like You can have five Jews in a movie.... But if they were all some other religion, I would have had them talking about that. I didnt want to shy away from it. I thought it was fun not to shy away from it That these young Jewish guys are proud to be Jewish and they talk about Munich and their Jewfro-style hairstyles and that its all OK. Apatow, Rogen and Hill would go on to work together in numerous other com edies, including Pineapple Express, Funny People, This is the End and more, but they never quite recap tured the immature magic of Knocked Up or Superbad. To some degree, they have all taken on more mature projectsmost notably, Hill was nominated for Academy Awards for his roles in The Wolf of Wall Street and Moneyball. In February, Superbad became available to stream on Netflixa company few had heard of back in 2007. Upon discovering this a month ago, I jumped at the chance to watch it again. Seeing the opening credits, I was instantly transported back a decade to a sprawling suburban theater where I had laughed so hard it hurt. Sit ting on my couch in Brooklyn, I almost wished that I was that hapless teen with braces and a bad haircut again. And as I thought about how much laughter the movie brought to so many people, I realized that mixed in with the feelings of nostalgia was a tinge of Jewish pride. Publication Date: September 15, 2017 Advertising Deadline: September 6, 2017 Every day that youre outside, youre exposed to dangerous, but invisible, ultraviolet (UV) sunlight. 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HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, AUGUST 4, 2017 PAGE 13A Weekly roundup of world briefs from JTA Jewish camp apologizes for flying Palestinian flag (JTA)A Jewish camp in Washington state apologized after flying a Palestinian flag as a sign of friendship and acceptance to visiting Pales tinian Muslim and Christian students. Last week, Camp Solomon Schechter hosted members of Kids 4 Peace, a group that in cludes Christian and Muslim Palestinian children. In a letter sent to parents and supporters following the visit, the camp wrote: For the sake of a teachable moment, we did raise the Palestinian flag as a sign of friendship and acceptance. It was met with uncertainty by some campers and staff, especially the Israelis [sic], but all un derstood that the message of hope for peace by flying the Israeli flag alongside helped develop empathy. Still we plan to take down all the flags for Shabbat since there is no peace and also to relieve the sadness and anger that some feel by the site [sic] of the flag. The letter also said the camp remain(s) unabashedly pro-Israel and we are celebrat ing Israel alongside our new friends. The independent camp, founded on the ideals of the Conservative movement, is not affiliated with the move ments Ramah camps or Solo mon Schechter day schools. In the letter of apology sent Sunday and posted on the camps Facebook page, the camp indicated that the Kids 4 Peace group requested the raising of a Palestinian flag alongside the U.S., Canadian and Israeli flags that are raised daily. We sincerely apologize that we upset some in our CSS and larger Jewish community by introducing the Palestin ian flag into our educational program, the apology said. Camp Solomon Schechter reiterates our unwavering support for the State of Israel as the Jewish homeland. Camp Solomon Schechter is a proud Zionist and proIsrael camp. We honor the Israeli Army and Israeli people on a daily basis at CSS. Our goal was to create a safe space for all, and begin dialogue among the next generation. The camps Facebook page was no longer available as of Monday morning. Until the Facebook page was taken off line, comments were largely negative, with many saying the camp should not have raised a flag waved in support of terrorists carrying out attacks against Jews. This kumbaya crap is mind-blowing, one com menter wrote on Facebook. Yes, IF we had Arab partners in peace, we might try more efforts like this, but we dont and youre kidding yourselves if you believe otherwise. But some applauded the camp for trying to be a positive force toward peace. The ONLY reason one would see a Palestinian flag at CSS is to further peace, love, justice, friendship and to bring Gods love into this world, the commenter wrote. Honoring Palestinian children and their identity and loving Israel and being Zionists are not mutually exclusive. The camps executive direc tor, Sam Perlin, and co-board president, Andy Kaplowitz, also issued a statement. Camp Solomon Schechter regrets raising the Palestinian flag alongside US, Canadian and Israeli flags on Thursday and Friday mornings and it is a long standing CSS custom to lower flags for Shabbat and raise them again Sunday morning, the statement said. We neglected to foresee in such actions the serious political implications and for that lapse in judgment, we are deeply sorry. Mother sues Dallas JCC alleging employee raped her 14-year-old daughter (JTA)A mother has sued the Aaron Family JCC of Dallas alleging that a fitness center employee molested and raped her then-14-year-old daughter. The lawsuit, which was filed earlier in July, also names the Jewish community centers CEO, Artie Allan, and the Jewish Community Center Association of North America, the Dallas Morning News reported. The mother and daughter are not named in the lawsuit, according to the newspaper. The suit alleges that when the mother tried to talk to Allen about the fact that the employee was harassing her daughter and rumors they may be datingbefore she knew about the molesting and rape. Allen allegedly responded that,it takes two to tango. According to the lawsuit, the assaults began in 2014, when the unnamed employee began stalking the girl, who is now an adult, when he trained her at the JCC gym. The lawsuit charged that the employee also molested, sexually assaulted, threatened and raped her at the center and off-site. The lawsuit said that two other girls told JCC staff mem bers that the employee had sexually harassed them. It said the JCC neither launched an investigation nor disciplined the employee. The newspaper reported that a former JCC employee, Randy Lee Adrian, was ar rested in August on two charges of sexual assault of a child. Adrian asked for the girls number to text her diet plans and workouts, but instead sent her explicit photos before sexually assaulting her over a span of 10 months, police told the newspaper. Police said he also threatened to kidnap and hurt her family if she told anyone about the assaults. The Dallas JCC issued a statement saying it was aware of the lawsuit, takes the mat ter seriously and will respond accordingly. The JCC is committed to understanding the full and relevant story by a thorough investigation, it said. With a pending lawsuit, the JCC has no further comment at this time. Israeli family flees home after embassy guards name made public in Jordan JERUSALEM (JTA)The family of the Israeli Embassy security guard who shot and killed two Jordanians after being stabbed has left its home after a newspaper in Jordan made the guards identity public. The identity of the guard, Ziv Moyal, 28, from a moshav in southern Israel, had been censored in Israeli reports, which identified him only by his first name and his photo blurred. On Sunday, Jordans alGhad published the photo of Moyals embassy ID, which listed his full name in Arabic. Moyals family, fearing for its safety, reportedly moved in with relatives. During the incident, which occurred on July 23, the guard shot and killed an as sailant, 17, who had entered a residential building in Am man used by the embassy to install furniture and stabbed the Israeli guard with a screw driver. The buildings owner, who according to Ynet tackled the assailant and attempted to prevent the attack, was killed after being hit by a stray bullet. Following the incident, Israel refused to hand over the guard for questioning by Jordanian authorities, citing diplomatic immunity. The embassy staff was allowed to leave Amman for Israel nearly two days later amid demonstrations and calls for the death penalty for the security guard. On Thursday, Jordans attorney general, Akram Ma saadeh, charged the guard in absentia with two counts of murder and for bearing an unlicensed weapon. Jordans King Abdullah II reacted angrily after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu welcomed Moyal back in a per sonal meeting during which he praised the guard, saying You acted well, calmly and we also had an obligation to get you out. Abdullah has said he will not allow the Israeli Embassy staff back in Jordan unless there is an investigation and a trial for Moyal. Israel an nounced Friday that it had launched an investigation, which is being overseen by Attorney General Avichai Mandelblit and State Prosecu tor Shai Nitzan. Trump to meet with US ambassador to Israel over Temple Mount crisis (JTA)President Donald Trump will meet with the U.S. ambassador to Israel, David Friedman, in Washington, D.C., to discuss the Temple Mount crisis. The meeting is scheduled for late Monday morning, Haaretz reported. An un named White House official told the Israeli newspaper that Friedman was coming to Washington this week as part of a long-planned trip. In addition to a variety of meetings, he will be meet ing with the president, Jared Kushner and Jason Green blatt tomorrow to discuss the events that transpired in the region over the past two weeks where tensions have recently lowered, the official told Haaretz. Friedman reportedly was involved in working to reduce tensions over the increased se curity measures at the Temple Mount, which ultimately were removed. The metal detectors and other measures were in stalled after a July 14 attack by three Arab-Israeli men that left two Druze-Israeli police officers dead. Greenblatt, Trumps special envoy for international rela tions, also visited Israel last week, also in a bid to help lower the tensions at the Temple Mount. Both men last week visited the shiva for three members of the Salomon family who were killed by a Palestinian assailant as they sat at their Shabbat table in the West Bank settlement of Halamish celebrating the birth of a baby boy in the family. Friedman also visited the families of the Israel Police officers killed on the Temple Mount. Australian state Labor Party votes to recognize a Palestinian state SYDNEY (JTA)The mem bers of Australias New South Wales Labor Party have voted for the recognition of a Pales tinian state following a push by former Foreign Minister Bob Carr, but in a watereddown version of its original. The resolution passed Sun day at the partys conference in Sydney failed to follow its original call for unilateral rec ognition of a Palestinian state. Carr, who also has served as Labor premier in New South Wales, proposed the resolu tion. Party members called on the next federal Labor govern ment to recognize Palestine as an independent state. Following on the heels of similar resolutions in the states of Western Australia and South Australia, the vote will present a challenge for federal Labor leader Bill Shorten, who has come under pressure to confirm his stance on the matter. The New South Wales Jew ish Board of Deputies chief executive, Vic Alhadeff, said the resolution is a much better outcome than what was originally proposed in the conference booklet, and we applaud the efforts by many within the Labor Party who worked hard to achieve a more balanced resolution. The Executive Council of Australian Jewry also issued a statement. Clearly, Israel still has many friends within the Aus tralian Labor Party, and they are to be applauded for ensur ing that Bob Carrs original motion was significantly amended before it was passed, it said. .The amendment expressly recognizes Israels right to exist within secure borders. It is disturbing that the original motion moved by a former Foreign Minister of Australia was so manifestly one-sided and unfair. Speaking Monday on the Australian Broadcast ing Corp.s RN Breakfast, Shorten said any recognition of a Palestinian state must address the concerns of both sides. Theres two issues, he said. One is the legitimate aspirations, and I stress legiti mate aspirations of Palestin ians, to have their own state and I do support that, but also the legitimate aspirations of the people of Israel to live in secure borders. Shorten reiterated his support for federal Labors long-held position of a twostate solution to the IsraelPalestinian conflict. If you support a two-state solution, ultimately that includes recognition of Pal estine, Shorten said. JNF chief executive to repay $525,000 loan from charity (JTA)The CEO of the Jew ish National Fund will imme diately repay a $525,000 loan he received from the charity. The office of New York state Attorney General Eric Schneiderman sent a letter to JNF last week calling on the organization to recover the loans made to Russell Rob inson and its chief financial officer, Mitchel Rosenzweig, by the end of the calendar year. The letter followed a July 27 story in the Forward about the loans, made in the 2015 fiscal year, which violate a state law barring charities from lending money to their officers. JNF spokesman Adam Brill told the publication New York Jewish Life over the weekend that Robinson would repay the loan by Aug. 1, to make sure there is no sense of impropriety. Brill also noted that since Robinson and Rosenzweig are executives, not officers or directors, which are limited to board members, the group believed they were entitled to receive the loans. Haaretz reported that the loans were included in JNFs tax filings for 2015 and were granted, according to the documents, to facilitate the purchase of real estate to both men. JNF told the Forward that Robinson and Rosenzweig have been repaying the loans in regular installments and are being charged interest at the prime market ratethe interest rate banks offer wellqualified borrowers. As always, JNF is in full compliance with the laws and regulations of the State of New York, and follows all legal procedures as specified by the NY Attorney General, and will respond to any requests made by the Attorney General as in the past, Brill said in a state ment to the Forward. In 2015, Robinson earned $436,000 from JNF and Rosenzweig $306,000, the Forward reported, based on the charitys 990 tax filing. The Forward article noted that JNF has grown significantly during their tenure, with assets at the end of the 2015 fiscal year that were 25 times larger than when the two joined the organization. This dog does a Nazi salute. The guy who trained him says its not a hate crime. (JTA)A Scottish man arrested for teaching his girlfriends dog to do the Nazi salute denied in court that he committed a hate crime. Mark Meechan, 29, taught the pug, named Buddha, to respond with the Nazi salute when prompted by statements such as Heil Hitler and gas the Jews. Meechan posted videos of the dog performing the trick on YouTube. He appeared in court last week after being arrested in May and charged with com mitting a hate crime and post ing a video that was grossly offensive. The original video, posted last September on his YouTube channel, Count Dankula, has been viewed more than 2.8 million times. Meechan said on the video that he trained the dog to annoy his girlfriend. My girlfriend is always ranting and raving about how cute and adorable her wee dog is, so I thought I would turn him into the least cute thing I could think of, which is a Nazi, he said. Meechan later posted a video in which he apologized for the original dog clips, say ing it was a joke and that he has no such political leanings. I am so sorry to the Jewish community for any offense I have caused them. This was never my intention and I apologize, he said in that video. Slutwalk Chicago, in re versal, will allow march ers carrying Jewish and Zionist symbols (JTA)SlutWalk Chicago will allow marchers carrying Jewish or Zionist symbols after saying earlier they would be banned. The group, part of an in ternational movement that protests rape culture, in its ban announced this month referred to a decision by the Chicago Dyke March to ask three women carrying rain bow flags featuring white Stars of David to leave. But a SlutWalk Chicago organizer told Haaretz on Sunday that the group would welcome all participants at the Aug. 12 march who wish to protest sexual violence and the attitudes of shame and blame that surround it. The organizer, identified as Red, also said the collec tive needs to make amends to the Jewish community for past actions. We are not banning any symbols or any kind of ethnic or heritage flags, Red told Haaretz following a meeting of organizers to hone their message. Those are wel come, everyone is welcome to express themselves as they see fit at SlutWalk. And we en courage people to bring signs and symbols that represent fighting sexism, patriarchy, rape culture, and that takes a lot of different forms for dif ferent people, and we support them in how they decide to show up for SlutWalk. Since a series of tweets re portedly made by the groups social media team without consulting with the collective, SlutWalk has reached out to the Jewish and Muslim com munities in Chicago to show that the event is inclusive and offers a safe space to all par ticipants, Red told Haaretz. Red said people carrying Israeli flags would not be banned. As a feminist person my self, I feel very strongly about Palestinian liberation and radical Jewish resistance, Red told Haaretz. I care very deeply about those concerns, but I do think that at Slut Walk Chicago we have some apologizing to do around the confusion with some of our tweets. Organizers of the Chicago Dyke March in June told the three women carrying Jewish Pride flags who were asked to leave that the rainbow flags with a white Star of David would be a trigger, or trau matic stimulus, for those who found them offensive. Jewish groups have de nounced the banning of the Jewish Pride flags at the lesbian march and called for an apology.
PAGE 14A HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, AUGUST 4, 2017 M 1 A 2 M 3 B 4 A 5 H 6 O 7 R 8 E 9 B 10 G 11 I 12 G 13 A14D A R I A15L O V E E16T A M17A Y I M S18M A Y I M N19E D A20M A D E U S A21C A D22E M Y G23E M B24L T E25S S A G26A27B28E M29F30A S L31E G U32R I P33A I R C34O M E D35Y36A37I L A38R T S A39R T N40R A M41E L O42D Y B43E A S E44I D S45B S B46A R N A47S P S B48I49B I S50I R I51O52S I53N I T I54A L A55U S T E56R57E58N59F L L60C H A61I M C H A I M D62E L S63H A R D A64M R A M S 65 R S A 66 S H E S R 67 A L L Y Cohen From page 4A Sharkansky From page 4A bers of Palestinians involved in violence), and proposals to extend the benefit of working in Israel to Gazans. Theres also been Israeli cooperation with the expansion of a West Bank city (Qalqilya) said to be relatively free of violence. None of these proposals or accomplished steps assure Israels security. Many are cer tain that a mass of Arabs will massacre and plunder if given the opportunity. Individual The volume is definitely much, much higher. Marcus said. We find it difficult to even decide which posts to translate, there are so many. Mandell From page 1A Wall From page 1A individual, who spoke to TPS on condition of anonymity for fear of reprisals for collabo rating by speaking to an Is raeli media outlet. The Israeli government changed its mind about the magnetometers and metal detectors after a huge popular pressure represented by the refusal of using them to get into al-Aqsa. Orlando. Their friendship went back to World War II when they served together as tech sergeants. Joined by Zimmerman, Lowndes and Jack Lazar, Mandell launched the Greater Construction Company in 1965. State Roads 436 and 434 are dotted with communities Mandell had a hand in creat ingSomerset, Sausalito Shores, Carriage Hill, Wekiva Hunt Club, The Woodlands, On Tuesday, Abbas re newed a call to the Islamist Hamas organization which rules Gaza and is committed to the physical elimination of Israelto work toward unifying the Palestinian people and turn the struggle toward Jerusa lem and Al-Aqsa Mosque, the Palestinian news agen cy Maan reported. Hamas responded that Abbas severing of relations with Israel was meaning less without the lifting of the restrictions on Gaza, stopping security coordination (with Israel), and an end to reining in the resistance to the oc cupation. confiscated my lunchbut that was nothing compared to Amman. In the holding area, guards rifled through the contents of my bag, turning on and off my camera and closely examining my audio recorderthis was in the pre-smartphone era. They opened my wallet and removed its contents, examin ing the credit cards and cash as if they could have been laced with anthrax. They told me I couldnt bring any of my equipment into the meeting except my pen and a notebook. Then they told me to drop my pants. At first I angrily refused, face flushed, voice rising. From my experience, outrage often works in Israel, espe cially with authority figures. In America, the opposite is true: Losing your cool with someone in a position of au thority, like airport security or police, can land you in big trouble. But in Israel yelling is part of the national culture and an acceptable part of negotiationa symbol that youre no frier, or sucker. Its often met with grudging respect and some kind of compromise. Not this time. So after some back and forth I finally dropped my pants. Then they told me they needed to look inside my underpants. I got real hot under the collarexcept by this time my shirt was off, too. Is this really necessary? I said furiously, my heart pumping like mad. In the back of my mind, I was thinking: Why today, of all days, did I choose to wear my tightywhities? The security officers were calm. If you dont let us look, you cant go in, they told me. I hesitated. Then, clench ing my teeth and looking at the ceiling, I pulled out the waistband. A moment later my pants were back on and I was led into a cozy office where I had a leisurely off-the-record chat with my interlocutor at the embassy. He offered me tea and sympathy, and we talked not just about IsraeliJordanian strategic ties, but the personal challenges of an embassy posting in a country where security protocol bars you from going out at night or even taking a walk around the block. Israeli Embassy staff ers in Amman are prisoners in their own embassy, which has a residential complex on site so staffers never have to leave the building. Given the occasional par oxysms of violence against Israelis in places like thisre call the mob who stormed and ransacked Israels embassy in Egypt in September 2011, the Jordanian soldier who opened fire and killed seven Israeli schoolgirls in 1997, a 2000 episode where an Israeli Embassy official was shot in Amman, or this weeks screw driver attackthose security concerns seem justified. You can certainly understand the atmosphere of high alert be hind Sundays incident. And given the indignities others have to endure at the hands of authoritiesnot least, minorities and im migrants in my own United Statesmy little episode at the embassy in Amman should be easily forgotten. But did they really need to look inside my underpants? Uriel Heilman The Star of David that JTAs Uriel Heilman found outside the University of Jordans law department in 2006 was there so visitors could step all over the Jewish and Israeli symbol on their way to class. The time Israeli security strip-searched me at their embassy in Jordan By Uriel Heilman First person (JTA)Drop your pants The order came curt and clipped, and it caught me by surprise. What?! Drop your pants, he re peated sternly. I had been subject to the indignities of Israeli security before, but never this. I was in a holding area of the Israeli Embassy in Am man, Jordan, on my way to a meeting with a senior Israeli official in the building. I had been thoroughly vetted: They knew I was a journalist, I had an appointment with a senior embassy official to talk about Israeli-Jordanian relations and the meeting had been facilitated by a high-level contact of mine at the Israeli Defense Ministry. So why was this guard now telling me he needed to look inside my underpants? I was reminded of my expe rience this week when I heard the news on Sunday that an assailant in Jordan, who had been hired to move furniture, stabbed an Israeli Embassy guard with a screwdriver before being shot dead by the guard. My visit to Jordan took place more than a decade ago, in 2006, during a relatively quiet time in the Middle East. I was in the Hashemite Kingdom to write a series of stories for JTA, and I had been making the rounds in Amman. The day before, I had vis ited the University of Jordan, where I was surprised to find a Star of David spray-painted on the steps leading to the schools Department of Sha riah Islamic Law. Only later that evening did I realize that the star was there so that visi tors could stomp on the Jewish and Israeli symbol every time they entered the building. It was a busy trip. I met with government officials and political scientists, toured gritty streets in Palestin ian refugee camps and had a secret rendezvous with a Muslim Brotherhood official in a hotel lobby. I had come to the country on my own, entering Jordan overland from Israel at the Allenby Bridge crossing in the West Bank. Traversing the border had taken much longer than I had anticipated, and by the time I got through I was late to a meeting at the Jordanian Defense Ministry. So I took a cab straight there, showing up for my meeting nearly an hour late and wheel ing the large suitcase I had brought for my trip. The ministry staff waved me right through with a smile, nobody giving my suitcaseor its contentsa second thought. But the Israeli Embassy, located in an upscale Am man neighborhood, was more like a fortress. Guards had shouted at me angrily as I tried to approach the building, and let me enter only when I explained in flu ent Hebrew who I was. I had encountered nervousness among security staff at Israeli embassies beforejust six months earlier I had expe rienced similar skittishness outside the Israeli Embassy in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, and security staff at the Israeli Mission to the United Nations in New York once inexplicably attacks and the praise of those who sacrifice themselves for the sake of Palestinealong with incessant threats from Iran and Hezbollahare all that is needed to justify continued sus picion of Muslim intents, along with high outlays on security and mandatory service. Israeli officials responded to the terror attack alongside the Temple Mount by taking some unusual steps, but also expressed their intention not to make things worse. With the tinder smoldering, the Prime Minister said that he would honor status quo agreements with Jordan and Muslim religious authorities. We could assume that there were Palestinians itching to escalate. Jordanian officials expressed criticism of Israels temporary closing of the Temple Mount, but within the parameters expected from a Muslim monarchy having a restive population. A day after the incident, Israeli media returned to focus on escalating police investigations getting closer to the Prime Minister. We might ask, if Israeli efforts at accommodation do not assure security, why bother? Advocates argue that they increase the probability of relative peace, admittedly for a future that is indefinite and may be short. And when, they might in sist, has the situation of Jews been assured? Comments welcome. Irashark@gmail.com. Peppermill and many other subdivisions. The business success en abled Mandell to give gener ously to the Jewish commu nity and also allowed Sonia to become very active in various areas within the Jewish com munity. Together, the couple garnered many awards includ ing the JNF Tree of Life award, JFGOs Giborim Award, and State of Israel Bonds honorees. Personal friend U.S. Sena tor Bill Nelson told the Or lando Sentinel, Lester was... one of Central Floridas pio neer homebuilders who did so much for his community. He leaves a great legacy of integrity in business and loyalty and love for his family and friends. The best description of Mr. Mandells life is written in his favorite song, Frank Sinatras My Way: Ive lived a life thats full; Ive traveled each and every highway. But more, much more than this, I did it my way. Lester Mandell was a great storyteller, and he has left to his wife, Sonia; sons, Robert and Richard; daughters, Alison Knapp and Aimee Lewis; eight grandchildren; five great-grandchildren and extended family, many won derful stories of his life all wrapped up in a bow, as one daughter expressed at his funeral service. Lester Mandells funeral was held last Sunday at Con gregation Ohev Shalom. It was livestreamed and can still be seen at ohevshalom.org. Another source, from a dif ferent region of Judea and Sa maria, added that many Pales tinians were angry at Jordan for agreeing to negotiate with Israel following what he called the killing of the Jordanian man at the Israeli embassy. He also said that Palestinian society has been rife with conspiracy theories over the metal detectors since the crisis first surfaced. Muslims will not share Temple Mount with Jews People saw the magne tometers as the beginning of Jewish dominance of al-Aqsa, said the second source, who also spoke on condition of anonymity. They also spread rumors about the cameras themselves, saying they would show the Muslims as fully naked and that Jews would then see Muslim women nude. Unfortunately, said the first man, who added that he enjoys close relationships with Israelis, including residents of Jewish communities in Judea and Samaria, the Israeli mes sage to Israeli society over all this is to understand the bitter truth: The Palestinians, the Arabs and Muslims will not accept the concept of sharing the Temple Mount between both Muslims and Jews.
HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, AUGUST 4, 2017 PAGE 15A American From page 11A two-thirds of American Jews attend synagogue less than once a month and only about half fasted on Yom Kippur. But there are some com monalities, too. Nearly all American Jews and Muslims say they are proud to be Jew ish and Muslim, respectively. And both groups prioritize Bacon From page 8A gourmet butchery and bakery called Prime Butcher Baker, and the pizza-and-panini joint Pizza Da Solo. Highprofile guests have included such celebrities as Madonna, Bono, Alec Baldwin, Billy Crystal, Amare Stoudemire and Evander Holyfield. After a 2012 meal at Prime at the Bentley, singer Ricky Martin told Tablet, I couldnt believe the food was kosher. It was all so good. Jos Meirelles of Le Marais Jos Meirelles never dreamed of opening up a Professor From page 7A pro-Israel lobby functioned as a curative to the overly expansive description of its influence in the 2007 book by John Mearsheimer and Ste phen Walt, The Israel Lobby. (Disclosure: This reporter and Wasserman collaborated for a period in the late 2000s on a book on the pro-Israel lobby. It found no buyers.) In my lecture, I tried to leave the class with a simple Flatow From page 4A Then it got worse. The Middle East Quartet, which had faded into obscurity, sud denly reared its ugly head. The Quartet consists of the United Nations, the European Union, Russia and the U.S. It cannot issue a statement without the cooperation and approval of the Trump administration. Greenfield From page 5A Shapiro From page 5A crat, and Tip ONeill is that I wont limit my friendships to after six oclock. As Thomas Jefferson so wisely said over her killers. And not just proChaya, but pro-Hallel. HallelYaffa Ariel was a 13-year-old girl who came home from a dance recital and was stabbed to death by a Muslim terror ist in her bedroom. Or proMichael. Rabbi Michael Mark was driving home with his wife and children when he was murdered. Or Pro-Taylor. Tay lor Force was a veteran of two wars who was stabbed to death in Tel Aviv. The Taylor Force Act that would cut off aid to the Pales tinian Authority if it continues funding terrorism is named after him. Pro-Israel can cover a multitude of sins. It devolves easily into abstractions. And then we are told that giving money to Islamic terrorists social justice. Solid majori ties of Jews (60 percent) and Muslims (69 percent) see working for justice and equality as an essential part of their religious identity. Jews are more liberal than Muslims, but a higher percentage voted for Trump. American Muslims re sponded to Trumps anti-Mus lim rhetoric on the campaign trail by voting for Clinton. Nearly 80 percent of American Muslims voted for the Demo crat, while only 8 percent backed Trump. By contrast, Clinton earned 70 percent of the Jewish vote, with Trump garnering 25 percent. But proportionally more American Jews identify as liberal than do American Muslims. While nearly half of American Jews call them selves liberal, only 30 percent of American Muslims do close to the national average. But Muslims are trending liberal on at least one issue: A majority believe homo sexuality should be accepted in society, compared to just 27 percent who felt that way a decade ago. Four-fifths of American Jews agree. kosher restaurant. Meirelles doesnt keep kosher. He isnt even Jewish. A Portuguese Catholic im migrant to New York trained at the former French Culinary Institute, Meirelles first made a name for himself as one of the forces behind Brasserie Les Halles, the long-running French restaurant once home to Anthony Bourdain. Seeing the restaurants runaway suc cess, Meirelless lawyerswho were Jewishapproached him with an idea: Why not create a kosher version of Les Halles? I was skeptical from the be ginning, Meirelles recalled. I could not use butter for the meat! We had to close Friday and Saturday! All the good stuff. But ultimately we de cided it would be a good idea. Fine-dining options for kosher patrons, his lawyers told him, were few and far between. When they had to deal with people who were kosher, they had a hard time finding a place to go for a meal, Meirelles recounted. They refused to go to kosher restaurants because from their perspective they were not good. There was a huge clientele and a good business opportunity. Le Marais opened in 1995 as a near copy of Les Halles, right down to the font on its menu. But translating classic French fare to a kosher audi ence required some creative thinking. In the beginning it was very challenging because we had a way of doing things, Meirelles said. In my mind, you finish the sauces with butter, or use some pork fat or smoked pork. I really had to work to come up with solu tions for things. Outside the kitchen, work ing with suppliers also pre sented significant challenges. In 1995, the kosher ingredi ents available to Le Marais were not good, he said. Even finding something as simple as French mustard was a headache. But he was able to work out the kinks, and diners noticed. Today, Le Marais is one of the most popular kosher restau rants in New York. Last year, the restaurant sold about 400 steaks a day, which translates to 800 pounds of beef. But competition is much steeper than it used to be. Its not like 10 years agothere are a lot of good kosher restaurants opening up, Meirelles said. Not that he minds. I think its good, he said. It forces us to be better. This article was sponsored by and produced in partner ship with the Orthodox Union, the nations largest Orthodox Jewish umbrella organiza tion, dedicated to engaging and strengthening the Jewish community, and to serving as the voice of Orthodox Judaism in North America. All four chefs featured in this story work at O.U.-certified establishments. This article was produced by JTAs native content team. point: the power of the proIsrael lobby had been inflated by supporters and opponents alike for their own reasons, he wrote. Although clearly a powerful player in foreign pol icy, AIPAC was only narrowly influential and constrained by other public and political interests. Did the students get the message? Not quite. Later in the book, Wasserman related that he often found that the students bought into myths of Jewish influ encebut with admiration, not contempt. Wasserman, alongside oth er faculty on campus, came to accept that they were not the vanguard of progressive values in Qatar. Instead, they set more modest ambitions, such as one-to-one opportu nities to lend a hand to those seeking a way out of a society that was stifling, especially to women. He wrote about a student wearing an abayathe robelike dress worn by some women in parts of the Muslim worldentering his office and asking him to write a letter recommending her for graduate studies in England. He was happy toshe had good gradesbut she could not articulate what exactly she wanted to study, making it a challenge for him to tailor the letter to specifics that would help her. I dont really want to go to graduate school, she told him, but if I stay in Doha, my family will make me get married. Going to London for grad school is acceptable to them. For me, it means I can put off getting married and not have to confront my parents. It was encounters like these that left Wasserman hopeful about bridging divides, he told JTA. The problem is you dont want encounters conducted on the basis of Jew and Mus lim, Christian and Buddhist, because it isolates one iden tity and sets up a polarity, he said. Bring Israelis over for a se mester, not just an afternoon, he said, so they would have the time to find other com monalities with their Arab and Muslim counterparts. They will share things like a harsh father or questions about devotion or career goals, he said. two hundred years ago, I never considered a difference in opinion on politics, in reli gion, in philosophy, as cause enough in withdrawing from a friend. So I will continue to have friends for dinner, no matter our political affilia tions. We will break bread. We will drink wine. We will laugh and enjoy each others company. And maybe, just maybe, once in a while we will reach across the aisle. We will discuss politics, learn what divides and unites us, and, if necessary, agree to disagree. I only wish the same for our president and the members of our United States Senate and House of Representatives. Marilyn Shapiro, for merly of Clifton Park, N.Y., is now a resident of Kissimmee, Fla. She is a columnist for jewish worldnews.com in Sche nectady, N.Y. is the pro-Israel position be cause Israeli security depends on the terrorists keeping the peace. For decades, we have been told that the two-state solution which creates a terrorist state inside Israel is actually pro-Israel. And therefore the destruction of Israel is pro-Israel. The left is adept at such Orwellian insults to reality. In the same way that bringing Muslim terrorists to America is hailed as patriotic, funding Islamic terrorists and Irans nukes become vital to Israels security. And so lets take a step back from the hall of mirrors. Lets consider instead what is pro-Sarah. Sarah will be the next victim of Islamic terrorism. Somewhere she is getting on a bus or cooking dinner for her family. And the next Muslim terrorist, lets call him Mohammed, is plotting to kill her. Mohammed has been lis tening to the calls by Fatah to kill Jews. He has seen crowds cheer the murderer of Chaya, Yosef and Elad. He has been told by the preacher on Pal estinian Authority television that if he kills a Jew, he will go to heaven. He sees Fatahs Facebook message, If I fall I will not be the first to die, and not the last to die #Rage! And he knows that he will receive $2,000 a month if he succeeds. What is the pro-Sarah policy? Is it to pour millions more into the war chest of the ter rorists so that they can pay Mohammed for her murder? Is it the continuing champion ing of the Palestinian Islamic State that Mohammed is killing for? Let us break through the intellectual abstractions be cause Sarah and Mohammed are real. In a week or two from now, Sarah will be bleeding out on the living room floor while her children scream. Or she will lie dying on the back seat of her car with blood and broken glass surrounding her head. Its happened before and it will go on happening until the pro-Israel position be comes the pro-Sarah position. Everyone or almost every one is pro-Israel in theory. As long as pro-Israel encom passes both opposing and sup porting the murder of Jews, both opposition to BDS and support for BDS, both opposi tion to terrorists and support for terrorists, then anyone can join and its meaningless. Israel is not an abstract idea. It is a nation of millions of individuals. And these indi viduals are being killed, one by one, by the genocidal impera tive of Islamic Supremacism. If Israel, its geopolitical role, its complex political and religious institutions, its his tory of thousands of years, its relationship to the Jews of the diaspora is too much to take in, it may be easier to focus on the lives of those individuals. There is a booming proIsrael industry. Much of this industry accomplishes very little. It celebrates boosterism and eschews controversy. It seeks a meaningless middle ground. It believes that Israel is morally superior because it continues to strive for peace even at the expense of Israeli terror victims. There is no pro-Sarah in dustry. But maybe there ought to be one. And in the future, if we want to determine whether someone is truly pro-Israel, we should ask whether they are pro-Sarah. Are they for doing whatever it takes to stop her from being murdered tomorrow? Because you cant be proIsrael if you arent pro-Sarah. You cant be pro-Israel if you support funding the mur derers of Israelis. You cant support both Israel and her enemies or support Sarah and her killer. Then well know who is and isnt pro-Israel. Because pro-Israel will finally mean something. Daniel Greenfield, a Shill man Journalism Fellow at the Freedom Center, is a New York writer focusing on radi cal Islam. The Quartets statement regarding the Temple Mount was to say it was very con cerned about tensions, and to call for a solution that assures public safety and the security of the site and maintains the status quo. No acknowledgement of Palestinian aggression. No condemnation of PA incite ment. And, once again, a call for the status quo. This is even worse than the State Depart ments comments, because the U.S. is in effect collabo rating with the UN, EU and Russia in pressuring Israel. Now comes the announce ment that Jason Greenblatt, Trumps international ne gotiations representative, is rushing to the Middle East to seek a mutually accept able solution to the Temple Mount controversy. You dont seek a mutually acceptable solution between a cop and a robber. You dont seek a mutually acceptable solu tion between a terrorist and his victims. The solution should not need to be acceptable to the PA, because the PA is the guilty party. Instead of remaining silent about the Palestinian riots, the Trump administra tion should be reading Abbas the riot act. The U.S. should be making it clear that it supports metal detectors on the Temple Mount, just as it supports the metal detectors that are in place at the West ern Wall, at the Vatican, at leading mosques around the world and in every American airport. The Obama administra tion was notorious for its evenhanded calls for re straint on both sides, which was always a code word for pressure on Israel to make concessions that would appease the Palestin ians. But appeasement only encouraged and emboldened Palestinian terrorism. The new administration should not repeat this mistake. Stephen M. Flatow, a vice president of the Religious Zionists of America, is an attorney in New Jersey. He is the father of Alisa Flatow, who was murdered in an Iranian-sponsored Palestin ian terrorist attack in 1995. 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PAGE 16A HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, AUGUST 4, 2017 Ben Sales West Side Judaica, which has sold Jewish books and ritual objects in the heavily Jewish neighborhood of Manhattans Upper West Side for more than eight decades, expects to close at the end of the calendar year. By Ben Sales NEW YORK (JTA)Yaakov Seltzer remembers a different world, when he would sell his customers prayer books, then hand them an invitation to his daughters wedding. When they would come in to Seltzers store to order a kippah for their new grand son, then ask him to attend the bris. Or they would stop in on a Friday afternoon with noth ing to buy, just to wish him a good Shabbat. But though the Upper West Side of Manhattan is still heav ily Jewish, the world Seltzer longs for has disappeared. And soon, so will his store, West Side Judaica, which Seltzer plans to close sometime next year. When it shutters, after 83 years in operation, the neighborhood will be bereft of a Jewish bookstore. Only one Jewish bookstore, J. Levine Books and Judaica, will remain in all of Manhattan. I miss the people I used to have come into the store every week, Seltzer said. The new generation doesnt support us. They dont know us personally because they use online [stores]. They dont feel obligated. Seltzer made the decision to close after an automatic rent increase in his lease kicked in three months ago. He said the rent, combined with declining sales due to competition from online retailers, made the business unprofitable. In the past decade, the stores sales have been cut Soon there will only be one Judaica store left in Manhattan J. Levine Books and Judaica will be the only Jewish book store left in Manhattan. by more than half. For the first time in memory, Seltzer said, last week the store had a day with less than $1,000 in revenuebarely enough to make the new rent of $24,000 a month He said he hasnt taken home a salary in three months. Its an online world, Selt zer said. Theres no way I can pay $24,000 a month in rent and compete with someone online whos selling without any of my expenses. But while the Manhattan Jewish bookstore is now an endangered species, the peril hasnt extended to indepen dent bookstores as an indus try. While competition from Amazon led to the closing of the Borders bookstore chain, and has imperiled Barnes and Noble, the number of Ameri can independent bookstores has only grown. Between 2009 and 2014, the number of independent bookstores in the United States grew 27 percent, according to The New York Times. Nor is Daniel Levine, the fourth-generation owner of J. Levines, worried about meet ing the same fate as West Side Judaica. Levines Midtown store has invested heavily in an online presence, includ ing selling goods as a third party on Amazon. Between 2007 and 2012, Levine saw his revenue rise 20 percent. Since then, he said, its grown even more. Plus, Levines relatives own his shops buildingso he said he pays half as much as Seltzer in rent. But Levine isnt celebrating his newfound monopoly over Manhattan. He and Seltzer, separated by 50 city blocks, worked more as partners than competitors. They stayed in close touch and would send each other items when a customer asked for something that was out of stock. After speaking to me, Levines first call was to check in on Seltzer, whom he calls Yanky. Its a little scary to be the only Judaica store left in Manhattan, Levine said, adding that if Amazon takes more of a toll from the Judaica business, people wont be able to physically see these things and touch them. Seltzer also shifted his business in an effort to stay afloat. He once sold 80 per cent books and 20 percent Judaica. Now its 50-50. The right side of the store looks largely like a standard-issue Jewish book shop: volumes from the Orthodox publisher ArtScroll sitting regally on the shelves next to specialty volumes on medical ethics, biblical geography and how to comfort mourners; a rack of prayer shawls in the back; a stack of framed Jewish wed ding contracts up front. But the left side is an em porium of novelties made for an Orthodox Jewish clientele with money to spend. There are greeting cards embossed with menorahs, birthday wishes in Hebrew or Wel come to your new yeshiva. Theres a line of games from Magical Mitzvah Park to Cholent, The Game! The Slow-Cooking, Fast-Moving Strategy Card Game. At the front, a mesh sports shirt with ritual fringes hangs in the window. Nearby is a lec tern used by religious Jews for prayer or study. Long, twisting shofars dangle from the ceil ing. But in many cases, Seltzer said, the variety doesnt help. Customers will photograph items with their phones and then buy online. I personally dont think its ethical to take pictures, but my employees dont want to be police, he said. Local Jewish schools and synagogues still buy from West Side Judaica, though that business has also de clined. Lisa Exler, director of Jewish studies for the non denominational Beit Rabban Day School a couple blocks away, still buys some books from Seltzer. The school orders its prayer books and Pentateuchs directly from Koren Publishers Jerusalem, an Israeli company. But Exler turns to West Side Judaica for niche items, like collections of Bible commentaries or the small, blue, right-to-left workbooks traditionally used in Jewish schools. They were super friendly, always happy to show me dif ferent books, Exler said. When she was choosing among Bible commentaries, an employee showed me theres this version and that version, this has a better binding and lasts longer. He knows his merchandise, and took the time to make sure I was getting what the students needed. Seltzer moved into the current location in the 1990s, when the Internet wasnt a threat. When he took over the store in 1980, 46 years after its founding, it was in a nearby location with 40 percent less space. Back then the rent was $1,100 a monthabout $3,250 in 2017 dollars, still 86 percent lower than the current rent. Over the years he has hired family, employing his wife, mother, brother and brotherin-law. On Wednesday after noon, three relatives talked in Yiddish as one wrapped a gift and another rang up one of the few customers in the store. Seltzer has considered moving about half a mile up Broadway, where he could pay $15,000 a month. But at 60, he doesnt have the energy for another move and the costs it involves. He will begin a go ing out of business sale soon, and will close sometime after Hanukkah, near the end of the calendar year. And after that? Seltzer isnt sure. If he gets an influx of revenue, he may change his mind, though Seltzer said he does not want to be the boy who cried wolf. More likely, he anticipates doing what most in his situation have done: Take his decades of experience and connections with publishers, and sell books and Judaica online. With the efficiency of shipping nowadays, Seltzer doesnt even think hell need to keep an inventory. You can have a big web site, and you think they have everything, he said. They have nothing. By Shannon Sarna (The Nosher via JTA) Theres a reason chicken is a bit of a Friday night staple: Before Jews came to America, red meat simply wasnt abun dantly available and therefore saved for special occasions. But also, chicken is a rela tively easy dinner to prepare, especially when you roast a whole chicken. This honey harissa and lemon chicken is as easy as any other roast chicken recipe, with a slightly sweet, slightly spicy twist. You may be asking, what the heck is harissa? Harissa is a North African pepper and chili condiment or paste that was brought to Israel by the Jews of Tunisia and Morocco, and quickly became a popular flavor ing. It can be found in dried form in the Israeli outdoor markets or as a paste in jars. Even many American supermarkets like Whole Foods, Stop & Shop, ShopRite and Trader Joes are carrying harissa (usually in the ethnic aisle with other Middle Eastern products). You can even try your hand at making your own. There are so many ways to use harissa, from these lemon potatoes with harissa mayo to a spring greens fritatta. But I recently got my hands on some N.Y. Shuk harissa, and it is so much better than trying to make your own or many of the other store-bought varieties I have tried. Its smoky, deep and not too spicy. And I have made chicken with it several Harissa honey roast chicken recipe timesto the delight of my family and friends. I like roasting a whole chicken using an upright roaster. I highly recommend investing in oneit makes such a different for a super moist bird on the inside, while still achieving that coveted crispy skin. If you want to add a rinsed and drained can of chickpeas to the bottom of your pan for the last 15 min utes, they are delicious with this chicken, but the step is completely optional. Ingredients: 1 whole chicken 2 tablespoons honey 2 tablespoons prepared harissa (such as N.Y. Shuk) zest and juice of one lemon 1 tablespoon olive oil 1/4 teaspoon salt 1/4 teaspoon black pepper Directions: 1. Mix together honey, harissa, lemon zest and lemon juice, olive oil, salt and pepper. Place chicken in a sealable plastic bag and pour in marinade. Massage the chicken until completely coated. Throw in lemon halves if desired. 2. Place in fridge and allow to marinate for 1 hour or up to 24 hours. 3. Preheat oven to 450 F. 4. Place chicken on an upright roaster or on a bak ing sheet. 5. Cook for 55-60 minutes or until a meat thermometer (stick into thickest part of chicken without touching bone) reads 165 F. 6. Allow to cool slightly. Cut into pieces and serve. Shannon Sarna is the edi tor of The Nosher. The Nosher food blog offers a dazzling array of new and classic Jewish recipes and food news, from Europe to Yemen, from challah to shakshuka and beyond. Check it out at wwwTheNosher.com.
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PAGE 2B HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, AUGUST 4, 2017 Family Shabbatons bring COS families together. management, leadership and planning lessons. The teachers and staff The teaching staff of Ohev Shalom is comprised of dedi cated professionals who in most cases have been at Ohev for 14 years or more but also value new ideas and welcome new staff members. The staff is its own community that loves learning and teaching and wants to share their love of Judaism with their students. The staff regularly meets to increase their own knowledge and plan and evaluate what they are doing to keep up with trends and learn new ways to engage students. Congregation Ohev Shalom Hebrew school welcomes students in Pre K-5th grade for their first year of Hebrew school as a nonmember. The staff and leadership under stand that joining a syna gogue is a big decision and a costly one. They believe that once families give it a try, they will be hooked. Parent participation is an important aspect of COS Hebrew school. Opportunities for parents to come and learn, celebrate and have Jewish fun with their children are offered in many ways. Parents may be invited to hear a speaker from another religion with their child, enjoy falafel together, or come to the synagogue in their pajamas for Havdallah. Family programs A variety of family programs outside of the school day are offered. Anyone who wants to connect with the Ohev Fam ily is welcome to participate in family programs. They include the Shabbat Morning Family Experience, Family Cooking and Saturday night Havdallah and dancing and holiday celebrations. This is a year of 100 blessings at Congregation Ohev Shalom Congregation Ohev Sha lom will be celebrating its 100th birthday this year. Jews are supposed to recite 100 Brachot/blessings a day. To tie the two together, the theme of how we are blessed, how we are a blessing and how we pay our blessings forward will be carried out in the activities and programs that take place during the year. This is reflected in the teach ing, how teachers, students, Madrichim and parents inter act with each other, projects and special activities that are planned. The school operates on the premise that we are all created in the image of God. As such how we behave is a reflection of God. Everything that God created has value and it is the job of humans to take care of everything that God created. Ohev Shalom welcomes interfaith families, families with same sex parents, single parents equally. The teaching staff of Ohev Shalom places great emphasis on developing relationships with their students. From that relationship comes a true un derstanding of the total child and an appreciation of their uniqueness, which results in an ability to teach in a way that meets the childs needs. When that connection is made, the learning and desire to participate follows. Class schedules Congregation Ohev Shalom Hebrew school is for grades Pk-7(Gesher Zayeen). Pk2nd (Gesher-Bet) grade meet on Sunday from 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m.; Third-7th grade (Gimel through Zayeen) meet Sun day and Wednesday from 4 p.m.-6:30 p.m.; Kitah Bet/2nd grade has the option of at tending on Wednesdays too. The goal of the curriculum is to create Jews who can lead and be comfortable in a synagogue. Therefore, To rah, Hebrew through Prayer, Holidays, Mitzvot and Middot are the core subjects. Each grade has unique themes and milestone events as well as opportunities for parents to learn with their students. The learning that takes place is mostly experiential where students become involved in their learning. All grades par ticipate in projects that fulfill the Mitzvah of Tikun Olam. Grades Dalet through Zayeen (4th-7th) have Shabbatonim where they go to a local camp with their teachers and Mad richim and celebrate Shabbat, participate in informal learn ing, and have fun together to create a community. The Madrichim program COS Hebrew school has a very popular and successful Madrichim program where Hebrew school graduates in grades 8-12 commit to being at school every week on Sun day or Wednesday and help in a classroom. They also have a monthly class with their Mad richim teacher to learn about child development, conflict The Family Shabbaton in March brings families of all ages and units together to cel ebrate Shabbat as it would be celebrated at a camp or youth group. Kibbutz Ohev Family edition brings together fami lies of preschoolers and young elementary age to do healthy kosher cooking, gardening, tikun olam and Israel activi ties. Kibbutz Ohev will meet one Wednesday a month. Shirei Shabbat with Rabbi Kay offers families of young children the opportunity to welcome Shabbat with song and dance. The first one will be Aug. 11. Mishpacha Sheli with Nina Fine is open to tod dlers and preschoolers and an adult. It meets every Tuesday at 9:30 a.m. beginning Aug. 22 and includes circle time, song, story, crafts, cooking around a Jewish theme. All of the early childhood programs at Ohev Shalom are open to non-COS members. COS Family pro grams are underwritten in part by a generous donation from Nancy and Dean Farac chio in memory of Nancys father Bart Hecht. The first day of Hebrew school is Aug. 20 at 9 a.m. with a parent brunch and schmooze at 11:30. Meet the Teacher is Aug. 13 from 1p.m. -2 p.m. with a Meet and Mingle and refreshments for families at 12:30 p.m. Prospective families are welcome and encouraged to attend. Ohev Shalom is located at 613 Concourse Pkwy S. Maitland. For more information about Ohev Shalom contact Amy Geboff, Director of Youth and Family Education educator@ ohevshalom.org or check out the website at www.ohevsha lom.org or like us on our facebook page Ohev Shalom Youth and Family. Tremendous enthusiasm and excitement permeate the Orlando Torah Academy par ent and student body as OTA is set to begin its eighth year. With the first graduating class of OTA poised to start their fi nal year of middle school, OTA now services all grade levels K-8 pre-school, elementary, and middle school. The com prehensive dual curriculum incorporated at all levels provide the students with the foundation necessary to excel in all areas of their lives. This summer, OTA began an exciting new chapter in the department of profes sional development. Several of our teachers joined with a diverse group of educators from the southeast, and spent four days at a Responsive Classroom training seminar. Responsive Classroom is an internationally recognized, cutting edge approach to education and is employed in hundreds of public and pri vate schools throughout the world. Responsive Classroom is statistically associated with greater teacher effectiveness, higher student achievement, and improved school climate. It is an evidence-based ap proach to teaching that fo cuses on engaging academics, positive community, effective management, and develop Students and teachers work together at the Orlando Torah Academy. New Responsive Classroom at Orlando Torah Academy mental awareness (www. responsiveclassroom.org/). The teachers and administra tion are enthused and excited to begin implementing this new approach as we strive to provide the best possible education to our students and meet both their academic and social-emotional needs. OTA is continuing to fuel the expansion of its STEM program, with assistance by way of its school calendar fun draiser funds generated from last years calendar provided the older students with a beau tiful, professionally painted basketball court and heavyduty playground equipment for the younger learners. This years funds will be directed to new equipment and resources for students and teachers to take OTAs STEM program to the next level. We also are proud to an nounce the addition of Rabbi Chaim Yachnes as a new staff member in our school. Whether you are a parent ex ploring options, of just want to see the magic of whats going on in Orlando Torah Academy, we invite all members of the Jewish community to call us at 407-270-4936 and schedule a tour! (If you would like a complimentary copy of OTAs beautiful school calendar, please contact the school of fice at 407-270-4936)
HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, AUGUST 4, 2017 PAGE 3B This year marks the 40th anniversary of the Jewish Academy of Orlando. Estab lished in 1977, the Jewish Academy of Orlando (formerly Hebrew Day School) was es tablished, in the words of its founders, to create a school combining a quality general studies and intensive Judaic curriculum. For the past 40 years, the Jewish Academy of Orlando has educated over 1,000 young people. Over the past four decades, its graduates have excelled in their professional careers and have become leaders in their communities due to the strong academic foundation and values edu cation received at the Jewish Academy. The students of the Jewish Academy of Or lando celebrate their Jewish identity, heritage and values while fostering a passion for learning, critical thinking and high achievement. The students are empowered to achieve academic success and to go out and change the world. True to the vision of its founders, the Jewish Academy of Orlando has a strong history rooted in academic excellence and Jewish pride. For the past 25 years, the Jewish Academy of Orlando has been a proud member of the Florida Council of Inde pendent Schools. The mission of FCIS, the largest and most prestigious accrediting body in the state of Florida, is to pro mote the highest standards for PK-12 education through its accreditation process, professional development programming, and advocacy efforts. This past February, the Jewish Academy of Or lando participated in its sixth five-year re-accreditation, receiving many accolades and Jewish Academy of Orlando is ready for the new school year special commendations. The rigorous, yearlong process, which included an intensive self-study and three-day on site visitation, validated the Academys mission and dem onstrated the many strengths of its program. Among the special com mendations received, the accreditation team said the following about the school: The students, faculty, and staff truly embody every facet of the schools mission statement. From the time you enter the front door, you are imme diately taken by the sense of warmth, comfort, and family, and it is a feeling that perme ates the entire school. The school facility is bright, fresh, and inviting. The Innovation Lab is an exciting, active learning environment. Students and teachers alike enjoy the chal lenges that await them every time they enter the room. The WJAO News Produc tion is phenomenal, and is the prototype for any and all schools who aspire to teach about the intricacies of stu dent broadcasting. The only thing more compelling than watching the morning show is watching the incredible things going on behind the scenes. The faculty and staff are the heart of the school. Any child who is lucky enough to attend JAO is truly blessed. The Jewish identity of the school is evident and resonates in all aspects of campus life. The Jewish Academy of Orlandos Board of Directors is committed to continued growth of the school, and is working hard to develop a model of success for the school in the future. The Board provides leadership and shares a common vision with the administration. We are very excited to celebrate the 40th academic year at the Jewish Academy of Orlando and to watch the school continue to grow on ward and upward! Our school year begins with a meet and greet on Aug. 14; the first day of school is Aug. 15. The school has the entire years events scheduled and is ready for a great school year! said Alan Rusonik, head of school. To further support Jewish education and your local Jew ish day school, to get involved or for any questions, please contact Alan Rusonik, head of school, at 407-647-0713. For more than 25 years, the Judaic Studies Program at UCF has enhanced Judaic knowledge, scholarship, and awareness in Central Florida. The program offers an inter disciplinary Minor in Judaic Studies and a Certificate in Judaic Studies. Judaic Studies forms an essential component of the university curriculum because the roots of western culture, civilization, and major world religions lie in ancient Jewish thought and practice, as manifested in the Hebrew Bible and subsequent writings. The Judaic Studies Program will offer seven courses in the upcoming fall semester, which begins Aug. 21. These will include Modern Israeli Hebrew, The Hebrew Bible As Literature, Modern Jewish Experience, Jewish People in Antiquity, Intro. of Modern ism Into Judaism, American Jewish History, and History of the Holocaust. Students may take Judaic Studies courses as elective or to satisfy requirements for a minor in Judaic Studies or Judaic Studies Certificate. Hebrew language courses may satisfy foreign language requirements. Members of the community may take the courses as nondegree students or may audit the courses. Modern Israeli Hebrew I This is a new course designed to initiate the student to the major language skills; listen ing, speaking, reading and writing. The emphasis is on the practical knowledge and usage of Hebrew, as used in modern Israel. The approach is all encompassing, encouraging students to listen and repeat, and converse with one another, as well as to read and write. It is open to students who have had some exposure to Hebrew but who want to gain an ability to converse freely, and to those with no prior background. No prior knowledge of Hebrew is required. This class will meet Tuesdays and Thursdays at noon 1:15 p.m. in the Teach ing Academy, room 110 and will be taught by Kenneth Hanson. Biblical Hebrew This course is a basic introduction to the Hebrew language as used in the Bible. It is designed to give the student a basic knowledge of Hebrew gram mar and to become acquainted with essential vocabulary used in biblical texts. It will familiarize the student with common biblical Hebrew words through emphasis on the roots of verbs and nouns. The core vocabulary involves some 400 roots, which will be analyzed and taught through actual texts and exercises. This course is expected to be of particular interest to any stu dents of religion, philosophy or classical studies who would like to be able to approach the Hebrew Bible/Old Testament in its original language. Stu dents will begin to appreciate many wordplays and subtle references in the biblical text that often are not apparent in English (or other) transla tions. Students will find this course helpful in developing a deeper understanding of the Hebrew Bible/Old Testament as a revolutionary work within the world of ancient Mediter ranean literature and cultures, in addition to its importance as a source of spiritual inspira tion and ethical instruction to a large portion of the worlds population. This class will meet on Tuesdays and Thurs days at 1:30 p.m.2:45 p.m. in Business Administration I, room 214 and will be taught by Sanford Olshansky. Jewish People in An tiquity VIDEO COURSE http://bit.ly/22yRVBF This course surveys the complex history of the Jews from the biblical period through GrecoRoman times. It will examine the involvement of the Jewish people with many civilizations and the evolution of Jewish history from the second mil lennium B.C.E. until the Arab conquest of Jerusalem in 638 C.E. The course encompasses the cultural, socio-political, economic, and religious de velopment of one of the oldest religions of humankind. The impact of Jewish literature, laws, ethics, and prophecy on Christianity and Islam will be discussed. This is a web-based class and will be taught by Sanford Olshansky. History of the Holocaust VIDEO COURSE http://bit. ly/1L49t3Y This course is a comprehensive study of the Holocaust, with an emphasis on the historical roots of antiSemitism. In addition to the antecedents of the Holocaust, the social, economic, and po litical unrest that marked post World War I Germany is exam ined. This study divides the Holocaust years, 1933 1945, into two distinct periods. The first, 1933 1939, encompasses the persecution of German Jews, within the context of the prevailing German legal systems, and the second, 1939 1945, marks the systematic annihilation of Jews in Europe. The scope and meaning of this event in human history is dis cussed and analyzed. This is a web-based class being taught by Julia Phillips Berger. Kabbalah Jewish Mysti cism will trace and evaluate the development of Jewish mysti cism from its earliest roots in the prophetic age of Israelite history, through the flowing of the movement called Kab balah in medieval Spain and the Land of Israel, down to various expressions of mystical thought in the pietistic move ment known as Hasidism. The course will meet on Mondays and Wednesdays at 3 p.m.-4:15 p.m. in Business Administra tion I, room 214 and is taught by Chaim Lipskier. Modern Jewish Experience will acquaint students with a variety of modern Jewish experiences as depicted in literature. This course will involve a survey of the premodern traditional life in Eastern Europe, including life in the Ghetto and the Shtetl (small Jewish town) life. This course will also deal with the emergence of the Jews into modernity along with the rise of Jewish national movement in the end of the 19th cen tury; the growth of the Zionist movement, immigration to America and to pre-state Israel (Palestine), the Holocaust, es tablishing the State of Israel, war and peace, in-gathering of the exiles, the Holocaust, and the current peace trends in the Middle East. This is a web-based class and will be taught by Julia Phillips Berger. The Hebrew Bible As Literature is a survey of the creative expression of Hebrew civilization as found in the Hebrew Bible, and its interpre tation in the Apocrypha and Pseudepigrapha, the Mishna, the Talmud, and the Midrash. This is a web-based class being taught by Moshe Pelli. Students may take the listed courses as electives or as re quired courses to satisfy require ments for a Minor in Judaic Studies: 18-20 credits of upper division courses (JST) and in cluding Hebrew courses (HBR) [as per the 2013-2014 catalog listing]. A Certificate in Judaic Studies is also available for stu dents completing 5 courses (15 credits) in Judaic Studies. The UCF foreign language require ment may be satisfied with He brew language courses. Liberal Studies students are encouraged to take a minor in Judaic Stud ies. Students who take a Minor or a Major in Religious Studies, Humanities, or Middle East Studies are encouraged to take courses in Judaic Studies. Most of our courses may be counted toward their Minors. Members of the commu nity may take Judaic Studies courses as non-degree-seeking students or may audit the courses. Registration is re quired of non-degree students; call the Registrars office at (407) 823-3100 for details. Persons 60 years of age or older who meet Florida residency requirements may register for classes without payment. Seniors should call Kent Woodford at (407) 8235148 (email@example.com. edu), to obtain registration forms in advance. Registration for degree stu dents is through Sunday, August 20, 2017. Registration for NonDegree Students and senior citizens is August 18, 2017. Classes begin August 21, 2017. For information, please call Dr. Kenneth Hanson, Director of the Judaic Studies Program, at (407) 823-5039; or: 823-5129. Judaic Studies Program, University of Central Florida, P.O. Box 161992, Orlando, FL. 32816-1992. Visit our web site at http://judaicstudies.cah. ucf.edu. UCF Judaic Studies offers seven courses this fall Academic Excellence. Jewish Pride. Nurturing Jewish Leaders of tomorrow for 40 yearsCall for a tour today! 407.647.0713or visit: www.jewishacademyorlando.org Academic Excellence. Jewish Pride. Nurturing Jewish Leaders of tomorrow for 40 yearsCall for a tour today! 407.647.0713or visit: www.jewishacademyorlando.org
PAGE 4B HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, AUGUST 4, 2017 The Chabad Hebrew School is an interactive, hands-on Hebrew School. CHS takes place on Sunday mornings and offers children the op portunity to explore their heritage in an engaging and exciting manner. Chabad Hebrew School brings Judaism to life! said Chanshy Majesky, educa tional director at Chabad Hebrew School of North Orlando. Our curriculum is designed to inspire your child with a love for our traditions. Rabbi Amram Hoffer of the Jewish Life Experience Hebrew School (aka Chabad Hebrew School of Greater Orlando), agrees. We want Judaism to be a part of your life, and rule No. 1 is kids must have fun! Hoffer and his wife, Esther (who is the educational direc tor of the Jewish Life Experi ence Hebrew School) are rela tively new to the community. Arriving here last year, they embarked on continuing the work that Rabbi Dubov and Devorah Leah Dubov began at Chabad Hebrew School of Greater Orlando. Just recently they added a new addition to their family, Bella Miriam, who is now 3 months old. Working under Rabbi Dubov, Hoffer is enthusias tic about the Hebrew School, as are the Majeskys in North Orlando and the Konikovs in South Orlando. Each lesson incorporates interactive, hands on activi ties covering a wide range of subjects. Participants will learn about Jewish practices, history, culture, Hebrew read ing and language skills. The Hebrew reading cur riculum, Aleph Champ, takes an innovative approach to teaching the skills. Modeled after the Karate system, students advance through a range of color-coded levels, motivated to excel and gradu ate each stage. Our warm and loving staff creates a comfortable and friendly environment where your child will thrive, Majesky continued. Small classes provide a personalized experience for each and every student. One of our students was recently overheard saying, I wish I could come to Hebrew School all week long! Chabad Hebrew School is open to all Jewish children regardless of background, af filiation, or financial status to experience our traditions as never before! Jewish culture, holidays, customs and rituals are presented in a stimulating and appealing style. Classes are held on Sunday mornings from 10 a.m.-noon, and is open for children ages 5 -13. Membership or affiliation is not a requirement. CHS is accepting new students for the 2017/2018 academic year at the following Chabad Hebrew School loca tions in the Greater Orlando area: Chabad Hebrew School of North Orlando, 1701 Markham Woods Road, Longwood, Contact: Chanshy Majesky, 407-488-6536, www.Jewish NorthOrlando.com/CHS Chabad Hebrew School of Greater Orlando (also called the Jewish Life Experience He brew School), 708 Lake Howell Road, Maitland, Contact: Esther Hoffer, 310-721-1746, www.ChabadOrlando.org. Chabad Hebrew School of South Orlando, 7347 W Sand Lake Road, Orlando, Contact: Chani Konikov 407-354-3660. Newest additions to the Chabad Hebrew Schools are Rabbi Amram Hoffer, Esther and baby Bella Miriam. Interactive Hebrew SchoolWho said learning cant be fun? Temple Israel and Temple Shir Shalom students explore the world through MAGAL As The Meitin Alliance for Growth And Learning enters its second year, it is expand ing its focus more than ever. MAGAL was created by Temple Shir Shalom (Reform) and Temple Israel (Conserva tive) to bring together Jew ish students from a broad spectrum of backgrounds in order to have their diversity enrich their learning. Both congregations have always been committed to a robust and solid curriculum of Jew ish knowledge, but working together brings the benefit of greater diversity of ideas simply not found in mono lithic programs. MAGAL, which means circle in Hebrew, believes very strongly that we share much in common with each other even while we retain our unique identities as individuals and congrega tions. MAGAL is taking this belief to the next level in the coming year. The students and families of MAGAL will learn about, experience and support Jewish communi ties around the world. Some will be familiar like those in Israel, Europe and much of Latin America, but there are aspects that are often overlooked in all communi ties. MAGAL will also explore the Jewish communities of Uganda, Yemen, India, Ethiopia and elsewhere. These communities have rich histories and cultures that are part of the vast tapestry of our people and reflect unique expressions of our faith and traditions. Through their food, art, music, tradi tions, teachings and other expressions of culture the students will gain a broader and deeper understanding of what it means to be part of the Jewish people. Unfortunately, many of these communities face chal lenges from hunger, oppres sion, emigration and more. MAGAL will show our stu dents and their families how to help our brothers and sisters across the world. In this way we will realize more and more how we are one people with a shared destiny. For more information about MAGAL please contact Rabbi Joshua Neely (Tem ple Israel, rabbi@tiflorida. org) or Cantor Kim Singer (Temple Shir Shalom, can firstname.lastname@example.org). There will be an open house on Wednesday, Aug. 16, from 5 p.m.6:30 p.m. at 50 S Moss Rd in Winter Springs. The first day of school is Sunday, Aug. 20, 2017, at 9 a.m. There will also be a presentation from the Jewish Community Relations Com mittee at 10:15 a.m. to help parents be better advocates for their children in the local school systems. 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HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, AUGUST 4, 2017 PAGE 5B Temple Israel and Temple Shir Shalom joined forces to create the Meitin Alliance for Growth and Learning a collaborative religious school for Conservative and Reform Jewish families. MAGAL is the Hebrew word for circle and a symbol of oneness. Come learn more about how your family can become part of our circle! Rabbi Hillel Skolnik Cantor Doug Ramsay Adult Education @ Southwest Orlando Jewish Congregation SOUTHWEST ORLANDO JEWISH CONGREGATION SOJewish Series with Rabbi Hillel Skolnik What is this Holiday Really About? The Rabbi will teach about the customs & practices for our chagim, our festive days. Rosh HaShanah Thurs, Sept 7 @ 7:30 pm Yom Kippur Wed, Sept 27 @ 7:30 pm Sukkot Thurs, Aug 17 @ 7:30 pm Chanukah Wed, Nov 29 @ 7:30 pm Purim Wed, Feb 21 @ 7:30 pm Passover Wed, March 14 @ 7:30 pm Shavuot Thurs, May 10 @ 7:30 pm The South-West Wing Youll have a chance to join Rabbi Skolnik in a Jewish exploration of the hit television show The West Wing. Oct 17, 24, 31, Nov 7 & 14 Check out our website www.sojc.org to learn more about our spectacular Shabbat Services, Religious School, Kadimah and USY youth programs, special kids programming for the high holidays and more about our adult education. Join us Aug 25, at 6 pm for a Friday Shabbat Dinner & Services.Davka Decaf and Dibbur Join Rabbi Hillel Skolnik at Panera on Sand Lake Road on the third Tuesday of each month at 9:15 am to sit down over coffee and discuss important Jewish topics and learn from each other outside of SOJC. Aug 15, Sept 22 (Special Date for 2nd day of Rosh HaShanah @SOJC), Oct 17, Nov 21, Dec 19, Jan 16, Feb 20, March 20, Apr 17, May 15Conversion ClassOnce again this Fall, SOJC will be offering a Conversion Class under the guidance of Rabbi Hillel Skolnik for those interested in converting to Judaism. Beginning Wed Evening, Aug 30, the class will meet every Wed evening that Religious School meets, beginning at 6:30 pm. Participants will learn about the foundational beliefs of Judaism, take a trip through the Hebrew Bible, explore our history, discover Jewish tradition and learn to read Hebrew. For more information contact Rabbi Skolnik directly by email email@example.com or by phone 407-239-5444. Torah Reading 101 with Cantor Doug Ramsay Join Cantor Doug Ramsay to discover the skill of Torah chant. Singing our Tanach (Hebrew Bible) is an age-old tradition with very practical roots. This step by step processes will challenge and excite the reader, but require consistent attendance and basic Hebrew reading skills. Classes meet on Monday nights at 7:30 pm on the following dates: Oct 30, Nov 6, 13, 27, Dec 4, 11Prayer 101: Ancient Words for Timeless ConcernsJoin Cantor Ramsay on a journey through the Siddur and the traditions and customs of Hebrew prayer. Discover the structure of services and expand your understanding of what prayer can do. Every session ends with learning to sing a prayer together. Classes meet on Monday nights at 7:30 PM on the following dates: Jan 22, 29, Feb. 5, 12, 26, March 5, 17
PAGE 6B HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, AUGUST 4, 2017 Students at SOJC Religious School celebrate Sukkot with the lulav and etrog. As the new school year is set to begin, the Southwest Orlando Jewish Congregation, located at 11200 S. ApopkaVineland Road (2 miles from Downtown Disney and next door to the Rosen JCC), is excited for another year with Religious School Director Idit Lotringer. Morah Idit continues to inspire our school. Together with our great teachers who love our kids, they make our children excited to learn about the Hebrew language, our Jewish faith and traditions, our love and commitment to Israel, and how to behave ethi cally and morally. Every year our children grow by leaps and bounds; it is inspiring to be a part of! said Eileen Krantz, chair of the SOJC Education committee and a parent in the school. Boasting more than 100 students in its pre-kinder garten through Hebrew High School classes, the SOJC Religious School has been leading Jewish education in South Orlando since 1991. Im very excited to get back to school! Morah Idit said. We have wonderful students, excellent teachers and there is a fantastic energy at SOJC. Students especially loved how our 3rd-7th graders started having Hebrew time accord ing to Hebrew levels, and not simply by grade. It brought a new dedication to our stu dents, which was amazing to see. And of course, families are thrilled by the class pre sentations performed about all the Jewish holidays. They are a highlight each year and everyone is already looking forward to this years special events! The school proudly employs a qualified teacher for each grade level, pre-K through seven, as well as the Hebrew High School class taught by Rabbi Hillel Skolnik in concert with JTEN (Jewish Teen Education Network). All grades (pre-K-7) meet on Sundays from 9 a.m. to noon, and third through seventh grades also meet on Wednes days from 5:30 p.m. -7:30 p.m. The Hebrew High School class with Rabbi Skolnik will only convene during the Wednes day sessions. Students in all grades learn Hebrew, Torah, Jewish holi days, customs, community, ethics and what it means to be Jewish. Students having difficulty with their Hebrew reading are identified early and are given extra attention every week. Perhaps as important as gaining Judaic knowledge, the students also have a chance to interact with other Jewish children in a caring, nurtur ing environment, said Cantor Doug Ramsay, who continues his work with the school teaching tfilah, training the students to lead the congrega tion in Shabbat services. Cantor Ramsay has been involved in SOJCs religious school daily operations since 1997. Our students develop a high level of comfort with Jewish religious practices and prayer, said Ramsay. By the time our students reach the age of bar or bat mitzvah, ev eryone in our congregational family is kvelling and visitors marvel over how our capable young people lead services, read Torah, chant Haftarot, and deliver insightful Divrei Torah. Better yet, our students continue to do these things even after their bar or bat mitzvah through our Cantori al Corps, Chalutzim, Kadima, and USY youth groups. All this is a result of the love and commitment to Judaism that they have developed during their fulfilling and rewarding religious school experience. The youth programs of SOJC continue to be strong and successful. These pro grams are filled with loads of excitement, laughs, and fun, and according to Youth Director Risa Sikora, thats what its all about! This is where you will make amazing memories and lifelong friend ships! Youll definitely want to be a part of SOJUSY! The Youth groups hold monthly events both on and off campus, run joint pro grams with other chapters, and play an active role in sub-regional and regional conventions and events. We are enormously proud of our youth programming and all that our youth accomplish. They are active in Kadima and USY, serving in leadership roles and on the sub-regional and regional levels. And the leadership roles they take on in our own congregation are even more impressive. Our students lead more of the ser vice on the morning of their bar/bat mitzvah than at any other congregation I know, said Rabbi Skolnik, who is beginning his seventh year with the congregation. Rabbi Skolnik added, It is clear that our Religious School forms the founda tion for the incredibly family friendly atmosphere that we have at SOJC. Our children cheer when we announce the start of Religious School SOJC is ready for another exciting year with Religious School Director Idit Lotringer classes and ask to participate in our services. It is an amaz ing thing to witness and a privilege to be a part of. For more information, visit our website at www.sojc.org, give us a call at 407-2395444 or e-mail Rabbi Hillel Skolnik at firstname.lastname@example.org. Registration materials can be downloaded from the web site. Registration day is Sunday, Aug. 20th from 11a.m. noon, which includes an Open House-Meet the Teachers. Classes for grades pre-K-7 begin on Sunday, Aug. 27 from 9 a.m. noon. BBYO North Florida Region attends Fall Kick Off in Clearwater Beach, Aug. 18, 2016. daism and develop their own Jewish identities. In October, there will be a brand-new convention experience for membersthe Regional Jew ish Enrichment Institute. At this convention, teens will have the opportunity to follow one of three tracks to allow them to further connect to and develop their identity. Active Leadership: All AZA and BBG programming is teen led. This allows teens to develop leadership skills that cannot be learned in a book. ...[BBYO] prides itself on fun and meaningful teen-led programming, its respon sibility to the global Jewish community, an unwavering commitment to the State of Israel, and its dedication to tikkun olamrepairing the world. Tradition: AZA and BBG have been active since 1924 and 1944 respectively. Over these 90+ years, BBYO has developed many traditions that are still carried out by teens today. The teens in North Florida are always es tablishing new traditions as a region, and its expected these new traditions will remain another 90 years. The best representation of all four core values is at International Convention. This upcoming February over Presidents Day week end, North Florida Region has the honor of being the host region for IC 2018. IC will bring over 2,600 Jewish teens representing more than 30 countries from around the world to Orlando for a five-day convention where they will have the opportunity to learn from each other, staff, and the more than 500 game changers from the community that will come to speak. IC will provide a great deal of opportunities for community members to get involved with the Jewish teens in BBYO. For more information about how to get involved, email Jayme Epstein at jep email@example.com. BBYO North Florida Region is ready for an amazing year. Are you? A new year means infinite possibilities for BBYO By Jayme Epstein Regional Director BBYO North Florida Region As summer begins to wrap up, BBYO North Florida Region is gearing up for its best year yet! Several teens from this region and the Central Florida community have recently returned from life changing experiences at BBYO Summer Programs. Some attended Chapter Lead ership Training Conference in West Virginia and Wis consin, while others attended International Leadership Training Conference at Bnai Brith Perlman Camp in Lake Como, Pennsylvania. At these 12-to-19-day programs, teens learned about their Jewish identity, how to connect their Judaism into their daily lives, and how to be effective leaders in their varying communities. Since returning from their respective programs, the teens have been hard at work planning chapter and regional events that incorporate the four core values of BBYO: Inclusion, Jewish Identity, Ac tive Leadership, and Tradition. Inclusion: BBYO and North Florida Region take active strides to make sure that all Jewish teens regardless of background, denominational affiliation, disability, gen der, sexual orientation and socio-economic status feel welcome and safe. This fall, BBYO is partnering with the Holocaust Memorial Resource and Education Center to cre ate a teen-led anti-bullying program. Jewish Identity: BBYO is committed to a pluralistic experience that encourages teens to find meaning in Ju
HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, AUGUST 4, 2017 PAGE 7B Nina Fine, an ordained can tor and long time educator, has been named education director at Congregation Beth Am in Longwood, Florida. I am really grateful for and looking forward to this oppor tunity to work at CBA, said Fine. I plan to work this year on solidifying our curriculum along with CBAs experienced teaching staff to make sure that everyone is ready for their bar or bat mitzvah. In addition, Fine will work in conjunction with the youth programming team to ensure post bnei-mitzvah youth are kept engaged with CBA, and she plans to bring more young families through family friendly programming, like her interactive Friday night services, or a mommy-and me program. Fines goals this year are many but can be summed up in three categories: 1) Bring ing joy to Judaism; 2) Creating a connection between school and shul; and 3) Hebrew, He brew and more Hebrew. We cannot be more thrilled that Nina will be leading our education program, said CBA President Kevin Colley. Not only does she have fine creden tials, more importantly she is engaging with both children and their parents. Fine, who became an or dained cantor in 2016, has previously been a parent educator, preschool teacher, mommy-and-me program leader and a family holiday programming creator. She has also been a social worker in abuse and neglect preven tion. Fine has taught first grade and tutored children in Hebrew at Congregation Ohev Shalom, as well as cre ated and led Mishpacha Sheli, a Jewish mommy-and-me program. She also led Tot Shabbat at Temple Israel. In addition, Fine is a Jewish Pavilion volunteer, leading Shabbat Services occasionally in Winter Park and Oviedo. We are so excited to have Nina as part of our school, said CBA co-Vice President for Education Rachel Shapiro. We know she will be an asset for our children and school families. Fine moved to Winter Park with her husband Tony and son Dylan from New York City three years ago and comes to CBA with a wealth of knowl edge and experience. Growing up in Chevy Chase, Maryland, Fine was educated at the Charles E. Smith Jewish Day School, B-CC High School and The George Washington University, where she gradu ated summa cum laude. She earned her masters degree in social work from the University of Pennsylvania, specializing in working with families with young children. Contact the CBA office at (407) 862-3505 or shalom@ congbetham.org for more information. New enrollees to the school who mention they read about CBA in the Heritage will receive up to a 10-percent discount on tuition. Nina Fine Meet Congregation Beth Ams new education director Rabbi Engel and student Payton enjoy a moment holding the Torah. opportunity to build endur ing friendships in a setting that inspires strong family and synagogue partnerships as we connect through Jew ish learning. The Steinmetz Family School of Chai seeks to inspire each student with a comprehensive Jewish educa tion in a caring, innovative, and vibrant community. Through engaging learning for students in grades K-6, we combine compelling He brew and Judaic studies with our fun Camp Chai specials, which include art, music, cooking, sports and drama. The teachers and staff seek to inspire students and their families to connect to their Jewish heritage while building a sense of Jewish identity that is relevant and meaningful in todays world. Within the classrooms, through family programs, and in the com munity, we hope to guide our students in understanding the richness and tradition of our religion along with the ability to make informed life decisions. An incredible activity that our students, teen helpers, and teachers engaged in as a culmination to our last school year was The Puzzle Project. The theme of this art-inspired project perfectly encapsulates our schools mission of creating a vital and close community. There are no extra pieces in the universe, says Deepak Chopra. Everyone is here because he or she has a place to fill, and every piece must fit itself into the big jigsaw puzzle (of life). Come see our puzzle wall at CRJ! Back to school special for Join in the fun at CRJs Steinmetz Family School of Chai! Steinmetzs student Anabelle shows her puzzle she created during the Puzzle Project. Please join us for a warm and spirited kick off to the school year at the Steinmetz Family School of Chai at Con gregation of Reform Judaism on Sunday, Aug. 20th at 9:30 a.m. We welcome all new and returning families and invite unaffiliated members of the community who are seeking a diverse Reform synagogue to come and have their children experience our school. How wonderful it is that in our dynamic Orlando community, CRJ offers an new membersenroll as a new student in the religious school and receive a compli mentary CRJ membership from August 2017 through December 2018! Come and be a part of the action! For more information on the Steinmetz Family School of Chai, please contact Direc tor of Education Dr. Sheryl Sacharoff at (407) 645-0444 or email at ssacharoff@crjor lando.org.
PAGE 8B HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, AUGUST 4, 2017 Dinner, Daber and Dvar will start its 4th year on Aug. 28 at Congregation Ohev Shalom. DDD offers Jewish teens in grades 8-12 formal Jewish educational experiences. DDD meets twice a month on Mondays at 6 p.m. and includes pizza dinner. This year participants will study selections from Pirkei Avot, the sayings of our fathers that are relevant to every day life and then apply their learn ing to hands on experiences including dialog with senior adults. One Monday will be the formal learning at Ohev Shalom and the second will be off site depending on the project. A third part of this program is called Kesher LAtid, con nection to the future. The program is for 11th and 12th graders and their parents to meet several times through the year with COS profession al staff members to discuss the transition from high school to after sigh school through a Jewish lens. DDD is open to all Jewish 8th -12th graders regardless of synagogue membership and is underwritten in part by a generous grant from JTEN of the Jewish Federation of Orlando. For more infor mation contact educator@ ohevshalom.org or call 407298-4650. Dinner, Daber and Dvar at Ohev Shalom is getting a makeover Over the next few weeks kindergart ners will be taking their first small step onto the school bus, and before their parents can blink, 13 years will pass and they will be stepping off and onto a college campus. By Sam Friedman Assistant Director Central Florida Hillel Hillel professionals will of ten remind each other that no parent or grandparent drops off their college freshman. No one, after 18 years of growing and nurturing and celebrating and crying, drops off their college freshmen. They dont have a Knight, or a Tar, or any other colorful mascot on a banner or in a costume they have a baby. They have their baby, and they have their baby that for the first time in 18 years will be off on his or her own. Its uncomfortable. Its exciting. And its what Jews do we go to college. Jews attend or send their children to college more than we fast on Yom Kippur, light Chanukah candles or celebrate a Passover seder. If attending college was an in dication of Jewish communal affiliation, after graduation the future of the community would be bright, and the vi brancy of Jewish life would be the envy of every other faith in the world. Over the next few weeks kindergartners will be taking their first small step onto the school bus, and before their parents can blink, 13 years will pass and they will be stepping off and onto a college campus. Hillel International esti mates that there are 400,000 Jewish college students across America today. In Florida, there are over 30,000 Jew ish college students, and in Orlando we are home to over 6,000 Jewish college students. These students are coming to I was a stranger in a foreign landExodus 2:22 us because of the incredible educational opportunities available to them at UCF, Rol lins College, Seminole State, and Valencia, and they will stay with us because of the incredible jobs available to them after graduation. As our students journey from high school graduate to college graduation and beyond, Hillel is there for them. As freshmen hesitat ing through their first steps on campus, Hillel is an out stretched hand to help them navigate life on their own. As sophmores and juniors when our students need jobs or in ternships we reach out to our colleagues at the Jewish Fed eration of Greater Orlando, the JCCs (either one), JFS, JNF, the Holocaust Center, area synagogues or any of the other amazing organiza tions in town dedicated to the Jewish community. As seniors frantically pumping the brakes trying to prevent real life we are there to pat them on the back, give them a hug, and assure them that there is life after college, its actually pretty great, and that the Jewish community will always be there for them. As a staff we have full time professionals dedicated to connecting Jewish students with each other, with their Jewish identities, and to build ing a better Jewish commu nity on all of our campuses. To the incoming college class of 2022, we are ready for you, we are here for you, and we are excited to take this journey with you. To the incoming high school class of 2036, in 13 years we will still be here and we will be just as excited to see you. Enjoy your K-12 education, join BBYO, NFTY, USY or NCSY. Go to a Jewish summer camp, Israel and any other opportunity you have to be with other Jewsthey will all make you better prepared for life after high school. To the Orlando Jewish community, the parents of our students, and our recent and not so recent alumni, we are doing amazing things with amazing young adults. Join us. P.S. If youre a parent who cried when you dropped off your baby for the first time, dont worry, they cried too even if you didnt see them. It means you did a good job. Feel free to call us and check in, we promise we wont tell them. Cantor Kim Singer spends time with on of the under 5 set who enjoys the puppet. Temple Shir Shalom is gearing up for an exciting year. An important compo nent of that is strengthen ing the sense of commu nity among our youngest members and their families. The congregations spiritual leader, Cantor Kim Singer, is behind the push to expand opportunities for families with young children to con nect with the congregation and each other, building friendships that reach beyond the walls of the synagogue. She explains, weve always had excellent programs for school-aged children, and that is enhanced now that were part of the Meitin Alli ance for Growth and Learn ing (MAGAL) with Temple Israel. But we werent doing as much for the under 5 seteither in meeting the needs of current members, or in attracting new families with very young children. That was an important focus for TSS this past year, and well be expanding it in the coming year. Cantor Kim, who has a background in professional Childrens Theater in addi tion to her cantorial training, leads monthly Tot Shabbat along with her puppet side kick, Kimbu. With a focus on song, story, danceand a little bit of prayerthe brief services serve as an introduc tion to the synagogue and a chance to experience the joy of Judaism. Even older sib lings, who have graduated to the main service, enjoy the chance to help Kimbu learn about Jewish stuff, and in crease their own knowledge and understanding at the same time. This year, after many years of offering a Young Family service on Yom Kippur after noon, Temple Shir Shalom adds a Rosh Hashana version as well. They will continue to add other programs, includ ing social activities, for this very important cohort in the coming months. For more information, email TSS at prayhappy@templeshirsha lom.org. Be sure to mention an interest in programming for young families. Taking time to focus on the under 5 set JFS Orlando offers a pro gram called KidsKonnect for children ages six to 12. It is an eight-week in-school support group for children experiencing family disrup tion resulting from divorce, death, abandonment, in carceration, homelessness, military deployment and other unique family situa tions. This program serves children regardless of race, religion, gender or economic status and is provided in select Orange County public elementary schools at no cost to participants. JFS Orlando saw a signifi cant need for at-risk children in the Orange County public schools that could benefit from a personalized coun seling program, said JFS Orlando Executive Director Eric Geboff. Our program provides a safe environment to help children with their coping and behavioral skills, thus setting them on the road to a successful academic journey. KidsKonnect is the only program of its kind in Cen tral Florida. KidsKonnect launched in 2000, and main tained essential partner ships with Orange, Osceola and Seminole County Public Schools. From 2000-2012, the program enabled JFS to successfully provide services to over 7,000 children in more than 90 schools. JFS Orlando has secured the financial funding needed to begin offering this unique program again starting in 2017. The initial funding allotment will allow JFS Or lando to offer the program on a limited basis to elementary schools in Orange County. JFS Orlando is seeking ad ditional funding to expand the program to additional schools to serve at-risk youth in the future. In collaboration with Or ange County Public Schools, children who are demon strating indicators of at-risk behavior and are known to have disrupted families are referred to the program by teachers, guidance counsel ors, social workers, SAFE coordinators or parents. The 50-minute KidsKon nect groups are facilitated by Masters level mental health practitioners trained and experienced in working with at-risk children. The goals of the program are to: 1) Help children in crease problem-solving and coping skills; 2) Promote positive expression of feelings about their family situation and resulting transition; 3) Foster positive self-esteem and resiliency in children; 4) Enhance parental ability to understand the needs of children experiencing family changes. What happens in a Kids Konnect session? A counselor assists the group members in dealing with the difficult thoughts and feelings that result from their parents divorce, separation or other family disruption. At the same time, he/she encourages the development of self-esteem, positive expression of feel ings, resilience and good coping skills. The group is a safe place for children to talk about the following themes: I am not alone How am I feeling? Learning about divorce and other family changes Feeling good about me Stepfamilies and nontra ditional families Growing and knowing together Learning about different kinds of families KidsKonnect is an out come-based program that measures the difference that activities, education, support, and overall interven tion make in the life of the children and families who participate. The outcomes are collected by administering a preand post-survey to teach ers and parents at program intake and program comple tion. The survey measures behavioral changes in the areas of coping skills, social skills, school functioning and adjustment to change. The survey also measures attitudes and feelings related to the emotional aspects of family disruption. What about the parents or guardians? Since different family situations affect everyone, it is important to recognize and deal with the issues that may occur as a result of family changes. Parents and guardians are encouraged to join in their childs healing process by participating in supportive services for adults. A packet filled with informa tion about these services and other community resources is distributed to parents of all children participating in the program. Most recent program evaluation JFS reaches out to children beyond the Jewish community To date, outcomes indi cate that over 80 percent of the 7,000 children who have participated in Kids Konnect have experienced decreased negative behaviors and improved their behavior and overall functioning in school and at home. In 2009, a research study con ducted in partnership with the University of Central Floridas School of Social Work validated the efficacy of the program and concluded that children in the program made statistically significant improvements in school at tendance, social skills and troublesome behaviors. During the 2011-2012 school year, KidsKonnect served 644 children in Cen tral Florida. KidsKonnect services were provided at 32 elementary schools and two middle schools throughout Orange and Seminole coun ties. Outcomes indicate that 89% of students participating in KidsKonnect during the 2011-2012 school year main tained or improved behaviors and overall functioning in school and at home. KidsKonnect completed one cycle in the 2012-2013 school year, serving 131 children in Central Florida. Of these children, 86 percent experienced improvements in behavior and functioning according to their teachers and parents. It should be noted that on self-report evaluation surveys, 100 per cent of participants reported increased self-esteem and 98 percent of participants reported increased problemsolving ability. Client statements I am so thankful that this program has improved my daughter on her behavior problem, schoolwork and with teachers. She has shown me that she can achieve and be successful. Thanks again. Parent of 3rd grade student, Nap Ford School, February 2011 I love this group. It has really helped me a lot. Now I can sleep better, cry less and talk to my parents about it. 6th grade student, Odyssey Middle, February 2011 Thank you for working with Mason. I could definitely see that your program was making an impact. 4th grade teacher, Bear Lake Elementary, March 2010 Kelly has always been very good at expressing her feelings to me. I think that the program has helped her to better express those feel ings to those that she may have had a hard time doing so with. Parent of 4th grade student, Walker Elementary School, May 2012 Nick can be very hard on himself and sometimes resorts to crying if he doesnt meet his own expectations. Since the class he seems to be better able to get a grip on those feelings. Parent of 1st grade student, Walker Elementary, May 2012