WWW.HERITAGEFL.COM YEAR 42, NO. 07 OCTOBER 20, 2017 30 TISHREI, 5778 ORLANDO, FLORIDA SINGLE COPY 75 Editorials ..................................... 4A Op-Ed .......................................... 5A Calendar ...................................... 6A Scene Around ............................. 9A Synagogue Directory ................ 11A JTA News Briefs ........................ 13A By Christine DeSouza Amy Schwartz Kimlat cer tainly does and it helped her to make a tough decisionto resign as marketing director of The Roth Family JCC. Her final day will be Nov. 10. There is no doubt about it that on May 15, 2006, Kimlat brought a magic to the Maitland JCC and injected tons of motivation and inspiration into this community center. Marvin Friedman was the executive director who hired me, Kimlat recalled. He joked with me at the time that hed meet my request for a Mac computer to do my job if I agreed to stay for at least a decade. You cant say no to Marvin! This was her first job after she graduated from the Uni versity of Central Florida. It was her dream job. She had prepared: Memorizing what it took to be qualified for a marketing director at a Jewish organization while she was working in the marketing office at UCF. In her post to all her Facebook friends (more than 500 and counting) she put it this way: The JCC was my personal canvas. I feel so lucky to have had this canvas on which to paint for so long, as new brushes and colors became available to me and the rest of the world. During Amys 11+ years at The Roth Family JCC, she has had a lifetime of impact. Her talent has enabled us to Amy Schwartz Kimlat Do you believe in magic? grow and develop in new and exciting ways, said Keith Dvorchik, CEO of The Roth Family JCC. During her tenure at the JCC, she not only developed online marketing strategies for the JCC and the Richard S. Adler Early Childhood Learn ing Center, she also helped open and market the South west Orlando JCC. After the stress of three bomb threats to our JCC, she was instru mental in helping to raise more than $400,000 during a 24-hour fundraiserdouble the anticipated amountand tripling the number of inqui ries for preschool enrollment. For the third straight year, students at the Jewish Academy of Orlando are performing at least two grade levels ahead of their peers nationwide. These results are based on the average total scores in each class. The test scores, from April 2017, were taken using the nationally recognized Iowa Test of Basic Skills (commonly known as the Iowa Assessments.) The Iowa Assessment is a nationally standardized achievement test for K-12 students, allowing schools to compare their students scores to national norms in Reading, Language Arts, Mathematics, Social Studies and Science. The Iowa Assessments rank the stu dents scores by grade level equivalents. As a general guide, a score of 7.9 for a 5th grader means the student is testing on an achievement continuum at a level equivalent to a 7th grader in their ninth Compared to national norms, Jewish Academy students ahead of their peers month, or also reads they are 2 years and 9 months ahead of their current grade level. We are always thrilled to see our stu dents scores, but we are not surprised, said Alan Rusonik, who is beginning his fourth year of Head of School. Jewish Academy of Orlando has a history of ranking top in the nation. A large number of private schools Joseph Lieberman in 2000. He currently is a senior counsel at Kasowitz Benson Torres LLP. In this capacity, Lieberman applies the investigative skills he honed as United States senator and attorney general of Con necticut to represent clients in independent and internal investigations and advise them on a wide range of public policy, as well as strategic and regulatory issues. AIPAC is a bipartisan organization of U.S. citi zens committed solely to strengthening, protecting and promoting the U.S.-Israel relationship. There are many ways to get involved in your local pro-Israel community. For more information, please contact AIPACs Orlando director, Jake Shapiro, at 954-382-6110 or jashapiro@ aipac.org. For more information and to purchase your event tickets, please visit www.aipac.org/ oae. There is limited space available and tickets will be issued on a first-come, firstserved basis. Sen. Lieberman speaks at AIPAC The American Israel Public Affairs Committee is excited to announce that former U.S. Senator and vice-presidential candidate, Joseph Lieberman, will be speaking at their annual event on Nov. 7, at Congregation Ohev Shalom at 7 p.m. Lieberman served as a senator from Connecticut from 1989 to 2013, and was a vice-presidential candidate By David Bornstein An historical exhibition recounting more than 100 years of Jewish commu nity life in Central Florida couldnt take place without honoring the machers and mensches of the community. The heavy hitters. The mov ers and shakers. The deep pockets. Or, in other words, the successful individuals who have made it a priority to give back as much, if not far more than they have received. The criteria used to select these generous philanthro In 1993, Harris Rosen adopted Tangelo Park, a poor, predominately African American neighborhood not far from the I-Drive tourist corridor that made him rich, 2011. 100 Years of Jewish Philanthropy pists was simple and straight forward. Gifts to local agen cies and organizations had to be single commitments of $1 million or more. They could not be a cumulative giving record of more than $1 million. They did not have to be gifts to Jewish organizations. Any $1 million gift within the broad Central Florida community counted. Otherwise, there would be hundreds, if not thousands of individuals listed who have made charitable giving a lifetime commitment. So who are some of these amazingly generous, and at times surprising individu als and families youll come across at Kehillah: A History of Jewish Life in Greater Orlando? First try to answer these questions: 1. Who has made the larg est charitable gift in the his tory of Jewish Orlando AND Florida Hospital? 2. Who is as well known for her fashion statements as she is for her philanthropy? 3. Who has resurrected poor neighborhoods, built Jewish community centers, and donated millions to earthquake relief? 4. Who bugged Central Florida so much he not only made millions, he gave millions back to his con gregation, the University of Florida, the Dr. Phillips Center AND The Orlando Science Center? 5. Who made kids dreams come true at a village that became a world? Academy on page 15A Philanthropy on page 15A Magic on page 15A
PAGE 2A HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, OCTOBER 20, 2017 Chabad Centers of Met ro Orlando will recount 2000 years of Jewish history through the lens of six epic debates that rocked the Jew ish world and still resound powerfully today. Beginning at the end of October, at six loca tions throughout Orlando, Chabad will be offering a new six-session course from the Rohr Jewish Learning Institute (JLI), titled Great Debates in Jewish History. Please visit www.myJLI. com for location, dates and times. In commemoration of 70 years since archeologist Eleazar Sukenik purchased the first Dead Sea Scroll in November of 1957, the com munity is invited to examine Six great Jewish debates coming to Orlando and unlock the stories of these ancient manuscripts and what their texts reveal about the heated dispute between the Dead Sea Sect and the Jewish establishment. Judaism welcomes de bate and discourse, Rabbi Sholom Dubov of Chabad of Greater Orlando, told The Heritage.This JLI course invites participants to gain fascinating insight into six mega-debates that have split the Jewish community throughout our history and some of these matters continue to be debated today! Great Debates in Jewish History raises such questions as: Why were the authors of the Dead Sea Scrolls opposed to rabbinic interpretation? What motivated the rebels at Masada? And what is the Jewish perspective on taking up arms in situations where defeat is inevitable? What role does nationalism play in Judaism? Are faith and reason mutually exclusive? What motivated the antiMaimonideans in banning and even burningsome of Maimonidess works? And is religion designed to be a pri vate and personal experience, or one to be proudly paraded in the public domain? Our goal is to invite participants to seek out the rationale behind both sides of each debateeven sides they may disagree with, explained Rabbi Mendy Bronstein, of Chabad of Altamonte Springs. In doing so, we hope to unite the community around the very issues that have divided us for so long, Like all JLI programs, this course is designed to appeal to people at all levels of knowl edge, including those without any prior experience or back ground in Jewish learning. All JLI courses are open to the public, and attendees need not be affiliated with a particular synagogue, temple, or other house of worship. Interested students may visit www.myJLI.com for registration and for other course-related information. The Roth Family JCC has hired Tara Harris for the fulltime appointment of as the Sports, Fitness & Aquatics director. Harris is a longtime board member, parent, and advocate of the JCC, culminating in her 2017 win of The Roth Family JCCs Volunteer of the Year Award. For more than a decade, Harris has worked tire lessly in support of the JCCs programs, particularly in the Richard S. Adler Early Childhood Learning Center, J University after school program, Camp J, and teen programs. She has been a longtime avid user of the sports, fitness & aquatics programs, stepping in to oversee these programs on an interim basis throughout the summer. Tara has proven to be an effective manager of this department and is positioned well to continue to grow these areas. In her role, Harris will supervise the staff and con tractors involved in day-today operations of our sports, fitness and aquatics programs and will play an instrumental role in hiring and supervising new full-time and part-time staff as these areas grow. She will be stepping down from her position on the board to accept this new professional position. New fitness director comes on board at The Roth Family JCC Time for the annual Temple Israel Sisterhood bus trip On Sunday, Nov. 5, Temple Israel Sisterhood, together with friends and community members, will head south to Pompano Beach for a day of adventure and camaraderie. There will be bagels, snacks and water to nosh on, and a comedy video and movie to watch while driving down. It always makes for a very pleasant and fast ride. You can arrange to meet your south Florida family and friends at the Food Court, for additional enjoyment. First stop will be the famous Festival Flea Market where everyone can shop till they drop. The second stop will be at Glicks Kosher Market in Delray Beach. It is exciting to see the terrific variety of Kosher Foods they have available for you to take home. You can stock up on your favorite things (dont forget to bring a cooler for refrigerated items). The cost is $45 per person and gentlemen are invited as well as ladies in the com munity to go with us. The bus will leave promptly at 8 a.m. from the parking lot at the Jewish Academy (behind the JCC on Maitland Avenue). Participants should arrive 30 minutes before departure to put away coolers and get settled in your seats. Approximate return time will be 8 p.m. Call Phyllis Kamenoff at 407-389-0828 to make your reservation, if you would like to join us. Grace Vasquez A Taste for Giving is a special evening of culinary delights, one-of-a-kind entertainment, unique prize opportunities, celebrity appearances and more. The eventto be held on Sunday, Oct. 22, from 4 p.m.-7 p.m. at Full Sail Live, located at 141 University Park Dr, Winter Parkwill feature Chef Isabella Morgia Di Vicari of The Meatball Stoppe select ing ingredients inspired by items found in the Pearlman Emergency Food Pantry and transforming them into a culinary delight. Grace Vasquez from 105.9 Sunny FM will serve as the evenings emcee. Tickets are $150 per per son. For more information, contact Amanda Benedit at Amanda.benedit@jfsorlando. org or call 407-644-7593. All proceeds from the event will go to support JFS Orlando programs. JFS Orlando is a non-profit organization that provides vital, high-quality and in novative social services to people in need. For more information about the event, please visit www.atastefor giving.org. JFS Orlando hosts A Taste for Giving fundraiser Dan Naturman Great comedic entertainment at Mens Night Out Dan Naturman is a standup comedian who sounds a lot like comedian Jon Lovitz. Howie Mandel on Americas Got Talent said that if Jerry Seinfeld and Jon Lovitz had a child, it would be Naturman! He has that same brand of selfdeprecating humor, twinged with grouchiness that makes him every mans man. Thats a good reason to have him as the guest entertain ment at the first Mens Night Out event on Nov. 2. Naturmans comic content covers topics that range from Internet dating to terrorism. Thats a big stretch, but he manages to keep everyone in stitches with his repertoire that every man can identify with. He began his comedy ca reer in 2002 as a hardware store clerk in the TV show Bedford Springs. From there he launched into the talk show circuitappearing on Jimmy Kimmel Live; Last Comic Standing; Late Night with Conan OBrien; and The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson to name a few. He had Mandel and Howard Stern howling with laughter on Americas Got Talent in 2014, but was eliminated in the semi-final round. You are rock solid, have a good deliveryits a home run! said Howard Stern on the talent search show. Mens Night Out is pre sented by Congregation Ohev Shalom, Temple Israel, Con gregation of Reform Judaism, Congregation Beth Am and Southwest Orlando Jewish Congregation in conjunction with JFGO. A community driven event, it is open to all the Jewish men in the community. Besides the entertainment by Naturman, the men will enjoy a kosher prime rib din ner (or a vegetarian option) and top-shelf liquor open bar cocktail hour. Mens Night Out will be held at COS, 613 Concourse Pkwy South, Maitland. Cocktails at 6:30 p.m.; dinner at 7 p.m.; and entertainment at 8 p.m. Tickets and sponsorships are $100 and available at www. orlandojewishfed.org/mno. More information can also be found at this web site. For information Call 407-834-8787 Publication Date: November 3, 2017 Deadline: October 25, 2017 HERITAGE offers The Financial Issue This Special Issue is full of features relating
HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, OCTOBER 20, 2017 PAGE 3A Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer activism, said the time was not ripe to move the embassy. I want to give that a shot before I even think about moving the embassy to Jeru salem, Trump said, referring to his efforts to revive IsraeliPalestinian peace talks. Trump had promised while campaigning to move the em bassy, but in June he waived a 1995 law mandating the movie, as every president has done before him. The Zionist Organization of America also decried Trumps walk-back from his campaign pledge. While the ZOA under stands that President Trump has not yet made a final deci sion on the embassy move, the deferral of a decision to move the embassy in accor dance with his pre-election pledgespledges which were repeated by his spokesmen Jason Greenblatt and current Ambassador to Israel David Friedman just before the elec tion and also by spokesman Kellyanne Conway after his electionsends a message of weakness, and a message that the U.S. fears Palestin ian violent reaction, ZOAs president, Morton Klein, said in a statement Monday. Schumer renews call for embassy move after Trump puts idea on hold WASHINGTON (JTA) Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer renewed his call for President Donald Trump to move the U.S. Em bassy to Jerusalem after the president said he wanted to wait to give his relaunched peace push a chance. President Trumps recent comments suggest his inde cisiveness on the embassys relocation, Schumer, D-N.Y., said Tuesday in an email to JTA. As someone who strongly believes that Jeru salem is the undivided capital of Israel, I am calling for the U.S. Embassy in Israel to be relocated to Jerusalem. Mov ing the embassy as soon as possible would appropriately commemorate the fiftieth anniversary of Jerusalems reunification and show the world that the U.S. definitively acknowledges Jerusalem as Israels capital. Trump in an interview last week with Mike Huckabee, a former Arkansas governor turned TV personality who is known for his pro-Israel (JTA)Much of a Reform Jewish summer camp has been wiped out by forest fires sweeping across Northern California. The Union for Reform Juda isms Camp Newman, an hour north of the San Francisco Bay, has been mostly de stroyed by the fires burning in Sonoma and Napa counties, the camp posted on Facebook Tuesday evening. Camp staff have yet to be able to visit the area. Camp is not in session, and everyone living at the camp sitealong with its Torah scrollswere rescued before the fires reached the camp. At least 10 people have died in the forest fires that blazed across the area Monday. Approximately 15 fires are burning in eight counties. Some 20,000 people have evacuated their homes and 1,500 buildings have been destroyed. As many of you may have heard, since 10 p.m. last night, forest fires have been burning in Sonoma and Napa counties, the camps post read. It is with tremendous shock and sadness that we share that the majority of the buildings at our beloved Camp Newman home have been destroyed. The camp moved to the site in 1997 and dedicated a $4 million building last year, according to J., the Jewish News of Northern California. It serves 1,400 children. In a Facebook post, the camp advised area residents in need of water or power to visit a nearby Reform synagogue, Congregation Shomrei Torah. Most importantly, we take great comfort in knowing that all of our staff are safe, the post said. We are so grateful to the first responders and firefighters who attempted to save our camp buildings. We are keeping these heroic and hardworking people in our thoughts and prayers as they continue to work to protect the people and the places in our Camp Newman neighborhood, for whom we will continue to pray. Jewish camp in Northern California ravaged by forest fire (JNS.org)A global ob servance of Shabbat with hundreds of special events being held in local Jewish communities around the worldincluding new events in Togo, Mozambique and Venezuelais slated for Oct. 27-28. Locally, Sarah Gittleson of SPARK/JOIN Orlando will be hosting a Challah Bake on Thursday, Oct. 26, at the JOIN House, 109 Water Oak Lane, Altamonte Springs. (Seats are limited to 30 participants, so pre-registration is required. If the event is sold out, please put yourself on the waitlist. Register at thechallahclub. eventbrite.com) Rabbi Gabi Gittleson of JOIN is encourag ing people to create their own Shabbat experiences, using the Shabbat Project platform. Please go to Shabbat.com to read more about the project. The worldwide observance day, started by The Shabbat Project, brings Jews together to keep a single Shabbat. It began as a local South African event in 2013, initiated by South African Chief Rabbi Dr. Warren Goldstein, who proposed the idea of hosting a communal Shabbat experience. Over the past few years, it has been nothing short of thrilling and deeply inspiring to witness Jews come together across every conceivable dividelanguage, culture, ethnicity, geography, obser vance, Goldstein said in a statement. For the first time this year, the cities of Lome (Togo) and Maputo (Mozambique) are hosting Shabbat Proj ect events, as are Larnaca (Cyprus), Asuncion (Para guay) and Venezuela. They are joined by nearly 160 cities in Israel and more than 500 cities in the U.S. A combined 1 million Jews in 1,152 cities in 95 countries are expected to take part in events this year, according to the Shab bat Project. Sydney, Australia, will ush er in Shabbat at an open-air musical event overlooking the Sydney Harbour Bridge. In Brazil, Recifes Kahal Zur Israel synagoguethe oldest synagogue in the Americas, erected in 1636is opening its doors for a series of events. The South African cities of Cape Town and Johannesburg are hosting dark tisch, a Friday night celebration held in total darkness. More than 1 million Jews to take part in global Shabbat WASHINGTON, D.C. President Trump announced on Oct. 12 that the United States will withdraw from the United Nations Educational, Scientific, Cultural Organiza tion because of its anti-Israel bias. The withdrawal will take effect on Dec. 31, 2018 but the U.S. may remain involved as a nonmember observer state. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called the U.S. decision to leave UNESCO brave and moral. He said he has instructed the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to also prepare for Israels withdrawal. UNESCO has a record of fostering anti-Semitism, including the decision to in clude Palestine as a member in 2011, though Israel and its allies are far outnumbered by Arab countries and their supporters. While the U.S. stopped funding UNESCO after it voted to include Pal estine as a member, the State Department has maintained a UNESCO office at its Paris headquarters and sought to weigh in on policy behind the scenes. The withdrawal means the U.S. will halt the debt it has run-up since it stopped funding the organization in 2011 to protest the admission of the Palestinian Authority as a full member. By the end of 2017, the unpaid U.S. bill will amount to $550 million. The Trump administrations proposed budget for the next fiscal year contained no pro vision for the possibility that UNESCO funding restrictions might be lifted. UNESCO has a history of anti-Semitism and an ir rational bias against Israel, said Mat Staver, founder and chairman of Liberty Counsel, president of Christians in Defense of Israel, and founder and president of Covenant Journey. It is about time we withdrew. President Trump is sending the message that there are consequences for UNESCOs actions. Finally, we have a president who will stand with Israel and who is willing to take action, said Staver U.S. withdraws from UNESCO Keep Public Notices in Newspapers www.newsmediaalliance.org Some officials want to move notices from newspapers to government-run websites, where they may not be easily found. This is like putting the fox in charge of the hen house. rf Every day that youre outside, youre exposed to dangerous, but invisible, ultraviolet (UV) sunlight. Left unprotected, prolonged exposure to UV radiation can seriously damage the eye, leading to cataracts, skin cancer around the eyelid and other eye disorders. Protecting your eyes is important to maintaining eye health now and in the future. Shield your eyes (and your familys eyes) from harmful UV rays. Wear sunglasses with maximum UV protection. For more information, visit www.thevisioncouncil.org/consumers/sunglasses. A public service message from The Vision Council. HEALTHY EYES WEAR SUNGLASSES
PAGE 4A HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, OCTOBER 20, 2017 THE VIEWS EXPRESSED ON THIS PAGE ARE NOT NECESSARILY THE VIEWS OF HERITAGE MANAGEMENT. CENTRAL FLORIDAS INDEPENDENT JEWISH VOICE ISSN 0199-0721 Winner of 46 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 Stephen M. Flatow JNS.org The Trump administration is pressuring Israel for further delays in the construction of Jewish homes in Judea and Samaria, ac cording to apparently reliable media reports. If true, friends of Israel have good reason to be concerned. Ynet, the news site of the Israeli daily newspaper Yedioth Ahronoth, reported Sept. 25 that at the request of the Trump adminis tration, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has delayed a meeting of the government committee responsible for construction in the territories. The meeting is necessary to proceed with construction projects that are in various stages of completion. The actual delay of the meeting is not the biggest problem, assuming that the meeting is held sometime in the weeks ahead. But the principle at stake is a very big problem. The reason, according to Ynet, is that Trump administration envoys will be meeting soon with Palestinian Authority (PA) officials. In other words, the administration is falling into the old Obama-era pattern of trying to appease Palestinian leaders by demanding unilateral Israeli concessions. This administrations rhetoric on these is sues is, of course, a welcome change from that of its predecessor. Friends of Israel appreciate the fact that the Trump administration has, for example, declined to embrace Palestinian statehood as the only solution to the conflict. And clearly the administration has re frained from picking the kind of ugly public fights with Israel over Judea and Samaria construction that President Barack Obama and company were constantly provoking. But if public quarrels have simply been replaced with private pressure, thats not really much of an improvement. We all remember the Trump-Netanyahu press conference back on Feb. 15, when the president said, I would like you to hold back on settlements for a little bit. Many of us immediately asked: Why? Jewish settlements in the historic Jewish homeland are legal, peaceful, and deeply anchored in the JudeoChristian heritage that is cherished by Israelis and Americans alike. Moreover, settlements have nothing to do with the Israeli-Arab conflict. The Palestinians and other Arabs were making war on Israel long before there were any settlements. They were waging that war before the Jewish state even existed. The idea that holding back on settlements would somehow promote peace is, to put it politely, nonsense. We expected the new administration would understand those basic facts. And what exactly is a little bit? Weeks? Months? Years? How long should basic Jewish rights be held back in order to appease a PA regime that glorifies terrorists and incites its people to hatred and violence against Jews? On March 31, there was more worrisome news. The Israeli daily Haaretz reported that Netanyahu told is security cabinet that in response to the presidents requests, Israel would curb construction in Judea and Sa maria. Henceforth it would be restricted to existing settlement boundaries or adjacent to them. An unnamed White House official confirmed to Haaretz that President Donald Trump is demanding that Israel take his concerns into consideration. The official said, While the existence of settlements is not itself an impedi ment peace, further unrestrained settlement activity does not help advance peace. The White House official is wrong. Accel erated Jewish construction in the territories would, in fact, help advance peace. It would send a message to the PA that it cannot succeed in terrorizing Israel into retreat and submis sion. It would force the PA to face the fact that Israel will not agree to the mass expulsion of hundreds of thousands of Jews from Judea and Samaria. And forcing the Palestinians to face reality is the only chance for making them give up their violence and extremism, and finally make peace with Israel. The Trump administrations pressure on Israel to restrict Judea and Samaria construc tion therefore is both wrong as a matter of principle, and harmful to the possibility of achieving authentic peace. Candidate Trump was right to criticize the Obama policy of pub licly pressuring Israel; but if President Trump is continuing any of that policy behind closed doors, its just as bad. 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 Palestinian terrorist attack in 1995. New Trump pressure against settlements is worrisome By Ben Cohen JNS.org Walking through central London last week, and with a spare half hour on my hands, I decided to pay a quick visit to the National Gallery in Trafalgar Square. Inside, I spent most of my time intently studying a painting that I could not recall having seen before: The Philosopher, a 1645 canvas by the Italian painter Salvator Rosa. Rosa depicts a stern young man with flow ing black locks and undistinguished clothing holding a stone tablet that bears the Latin inscription, Aut tace aut loquere meliora silentio. In English, it means, Either be silent, or say something better than silence. Like any writer who spies a good quote, I made a note of this stoic and elegant maxim, resolving to use it when a suitable occasion arose. I didnt expect that to happen just five days after I saw the painting, still less that I would invoke it in the context of a discussion centered on disgraced Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein. But when a friend emailed me a link to a piece on Weinstein by Mark Oppenheimer, a writer for the Jewish magazine Tablet, the first thing that came into my head was Salvator Rosas maxim. This piece is an arch-example of why silence, in a philosophical sense, is sometimes necessary, and why excessive, illinformed chatter steers us toward prejudice instead of reason. Oppenheimers thesis, such as it is, states that Weinsteins unwanted sexual advances upon women were indicative ofin the de lightful phrase coined by Tablets editorsa specifically Jewy perviness. Unlike other seri al offenders against women who are non-Jews, like Roger Ailes or Bill OReilly, Weinstein is said to display a particularly Jewish, and deeply pathetic, psychosexual neurosis. Whereas the no-nonsense gentiles do their business and then carry on, Weinstein is driven by a desire to perform for his victims, by committing sexual acts while they are compelled to watch. Since Freuds time, psychologists have debated why some humans are aroused by exhibitionism, with some arguing that its ori gins are entirely sexual, while others counter that non-sexual causes need to be taken into account. I dont claim to be an expert on this literature, but Id be very surprised if any of it links this particular sexual fetish to Jewish males specifically. But none of that matters to Oppenheimer, who rests his entire case on Philip Roths 1967 novel, Portnoys Complaint. The pre-eminent text of delinquent Jewish sexual deviance, its a novel that many of us, myself included, em braced during adolescenceamid warnings from our elders, largely ridiculed, that Roths creation, Alexander Portnoy, was a gift to the anti-Semites out there. Writing as if he is the very first person to have made these sorts of connections, Op penheimer provides a pedestrian account of Portnoys kinky dalliances with women both real and imagined and then stretches them to Weinstein. His message is simply this: Jewish men who engage in sexual harassment do so because they are burdened with a power that they cant handle, and are therefore propelled into, as Oppenheimer says of Weinstein, a revenge-tinged fantasy of having risen above his outer-borough, bridge-and-tunnel Semitic origins. It is this collision of inner weakness and hunger for power that is, apparently, the Jewish element informing Weinsteins deviance. I dont propose for a moment that this highly speculative, deeply silly theory is worthy of serious consideration. But if Oppenheimer has made a singular contribution with this offer ing, it is the addition of a new caricaturethe Jewy Pervto the gallery of Jewish sexual delinquency designed and maintained by anti-Semites. A few weeks ago, I wrote in this column, in the wake of the neo-Nazi violence in Charlot tesville, about an extraordinary outburst of sex ual jealousy by white supremacist Christopher Cantwell, who railed against President Donald Trump for having given his daughter to a Jew, Jared Kushner. Oppenheimers portrait of Weinstein belongs firmly in this category of bigoted fantasy: but whereas for the Nazis, Jews (like blacks) are ruthless sexual exploiters of fair white women, in the universe of Brooklyn hipsters, Jews are motivated to do the same by a grasping, unpleasant psychic frailty. I cant quite decide which stereotype is worse, but at least Oppenheimer has now done what Cantwell will never do, by issuing an apology for his piece. To my mind, the apology doesnt make much differencethe piece remains online, and the subsequent apology makes no mention of the old-school anti-Semitism Oppenheimer so joyously revivedbut its something. The next time a prominent Jew becomes enmeshed in a public scandal about sex (or money, for that matter), perhaps he will heed Salvator Rosas maxim by keeping his mouth firmly shut. Ben Cohen writes a weekly column for JNS.org on Jewish affairs and Middle Eastern politics. His writings have been published in Commentary, the New York Post, Haaretz, The Wall Street Journal and many other publications. Weinsteins disgrace produces another nasty caricature By Andrew Silow-Carroll NEW YORK (JTA)Stephen Bannon, whose anti-globalist insurgency at Breitbart News was interrupted briefly by his tenure as chief adviser to the Leader of the Free World, has always been adamant that his right-wing news site and worldview is neither anti-Semitic nor racist. When he referred to Breitbart as a platform for the alt-right, Bannon didnt mean, he insisted, that he personally supported the white supremacists and racists who attached them selves to his populist nationalist movement. Are there some people that are anti-Semitic that are attracted? Maybe, he told Mother Jones in July 2016, a month before he was tapped to lead Donald Trumps presidential campaign. But thats just like, there are certain elements of the progressive left and the hard left that attract certain elements. Truth be told, the evidence that Breit bart News is anti-Semitic has always been weak. Bannon and Breitbart often deal in tropes that set ones anti-Semitism detectors a-tinglingmongering of global economic conspiracies, creepy talk about dangerous elitesbut stop short of singling out Jews. And they can point to the sites reliably proIsrael reporting, which is often to the right of mainstream Jewish groups on some Israel issues. Its through that framing of Breitbart that I read the lengthy expose in BuzzFeed that purports to lay bear how one of Breitbarts estwhile starsthe far-right provocateur Milo Yiannopoulossought the help and blessings of white nationalists and neo-Nazis while laundering their input and participa tion in the enterprise. Based on emails and other documents obtained by BuzzFeed, the article features correspondence between Yiannopoulos and charmers like Andrew weev Auernheimer, described as a system administrator of the neoNazi hub the Daily Stormer; Devin Saucier, who helps edit the online white nationalist magazine American Renaissance under the pseudonym Henry Wolff; and Curtis Yarvin, purveyor of the fringe anti-democratic neo reactionary movement who has argued that neither Nazism nor slavery were as bad as they have been depicted. The documents show that Yiannoplous sought input from all three men for an article he was writing that would explain the emerging alt-right to a general audience while staking Breitbarts claim as the news site most con genial to its jumble of ideas. But they werent just interview subjectsYiannopoulos and his co-author sent them drafts of the article for their approval, with the implicit understand ing that while the published version would be racially charged, it would be careful to dissociate Breitbarts version of the alt-right from the movements racist and anti-Semitic fellow travelers. Published in March 2016, the resulting article, An Establishment Conservatives Guide to the Alt-Right, was certainly racially charged: It describes the movements natural constituency as mostly white, mostly male middle-American radicals, who are unapolo getically embracing a new identity politics that prioritizes the interests of their own demographic. Yiannopolous and his co-author are care ful to distinguish the alt-rights community of the more reasonable white identitarians from the real racists and bigots The latter, they explain, represents old-school white supremacy and invokes Hitler as a role model. Members of the alt-right, by contrast, focus more on building communities and lifestyles based around their values than plotting violent revolution. Feel better about the alt-right? Theyre not Nazis and raciststhey just want to preserve their white identity in the face of mass immi gration and liberal political correctness. Or, as Yiannopoulos writes, They want to build their homogeneous communities, surebut they dont want to commit any pogroms along the way. This, mind you, is the version of the ar ticle Bannon was happy to publish, as emails between him and Yiannopolous attest. They indicate that Bannon considered Yiannopolous a protege of sorts, calling the younger man a war correspondent in Bannons assault on the establishment and engineering his rise as a Yippie-ish nemesis of feminists, Muslims, Black Lives Matter activists, women in tech and social justice warriors. Its not clear how much Bannon knewor wanted to knowabout the ways the article was vetted by the very groups he says will be washed out of the alt-right. But it appears other editors at Breitbart made sure Yianno polous and his stable of writers and sources didnt cross over from white identity politics to overt racism and anti-Semitism on its site. The documents obtained by BuzzFeed show Breitbart editor-in-chief Alex Marlow editing out of Yiannopolouss work what BuzzFeed Breitbart, racists and the dirty work of laundering the alt-right Breitbart on page 14A
HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, OCTOBER 20, 2017 PAGE 5A By Jonathan S. Tobin JNS.org Last month, former CIA officer Valerie Plame crossed a line on social media even the mainstream liberal media couldnt ignore. Plame gained fame due to her unmasking at a time when her husband was a prominent critic of the George W. Bush administrations Iraq War policy. But her status as a liberal icon took a hit when she retweeted an anti-Semitic po lemic that claimed Jews were responsible for pushing the U.S. into wars in the Middle East for Israels sake. Plame defended the piece before eventually issuing a weaselworded apology that further damaged her reputation. But the interesting aspect of this incident was the way some critics of Israel sought to disassociate their slanders of supporters of the Jewish state from the sort of antiSemitic invective Plame had promoted. The Washington Posts Molly Roberts whined that Plames open hate dis credited an otherwise reason able argument about Israel and its friends playing the puppet master on unsuspect ing Americans. While almost all of the attention devoted to antiSemitism in the weeks since the Charlottesville incident has been devoted to hate from neo-Nazis and the Ku Klux Klan, Roberts was unhappy that the attention devoted to Plame changed the narrative to one about the intolerant left and because it under mined her desire to have a debate about the outsize role Israel plays in American foreign policy. But the problem is that those who single out Israel and its supporters in this fashion inevitably traffic in age-old anti-Semitic themes that cannot be disguised as schol arship or legitimate debate. What Roberts seems to want is a rehashing of The Israel Lobby thesis promoted by authors John Mearsheimer and Stephen Walt a decade ago. They claimed Israel and its supporters, especially the AIPAC lobby, were buying the votes of members of Congress to do Israels bidding against the best interests of Ameri cans. As it happens, Walt resur faced this week with an article in The Forward in which he claimed history proved us right in the authors smears of the pro-Israel commu nity. Pointing to the growing anti-Israel sentiment on the left, Walt thinks his stand is somehow vindicated. But The Israel Lobby the sis was based on two big lies. One was that in Walt and Mearsheimers telling, the effort to impose the pro-Israel agenda on the nation was depicted as a conspiracy so vast that it contradicts the authors premise that it was a minority manipulating a majority. Since most Ameri cans support Israel and view it as a fellow democracy with common values under attack by forces that opposed those principles, the claim that the Jewish tail was wagging the American dog is absurd. Second, the nature of Walt and Mearsheimers argu ments hinged on anti-Semitic stereotypes about Jews buying influence or manipulating un suspecting gentiles. The focus on the lobby as the greatest force in U.S. politics was also a distortion that ignored the work other more powerful lobbies. Singling out Israel and its supporters in this man ner betrayed an agenda that was built on prejudice, not a defense of American interests. While Walt continues to deny the anti-Semitic nature of his work, it is telling that in his Forward article he cites, among other things, the rise of Jewish Voice for Peace, a group that engages in openly anti-Semitic and anti-Zionist incitement, as proof his stand was correct. He and Roberts ignore the reality of the conflict in which a Palestinian political culture rejects peace on any terms, while Israels destruction is the only genuine obstacle to its resolution. The context for this effort is important because while most Jews are still focused on President Donald Trumps wrongheaded comments about Charlottesville, the Democratic Party is becom ing increasingly hostile to Israel. After eight years dur ing which President Barack Obamas efforts to pressure Prime Minister Benjamin An anti-Semitic smear gets another hearing Netanyahus government only worsened the conflict with the Palestinians, and his appease ment of Iran drove Sunni Arab states into the arms of the Israelis, talk of a suppressed debate about the Jewish states disproportionate influence is ridiculous. But now that we have a president who, despite other obvious faults, isnt ob sessed with the idea of saving Israel from itself or in em powering an Iranian regime that is as much of a threat to the U.S. and the Arab states as it is to Israel, as Obama was, its unsurprising that some on the left want to revive this dishonest discussion. In the 10 years since The Israel Lobby was first pub lished, a rising tide of antiSemitism has swept across the globe, fueled in part by smears of Israel and Jews like those Walt helped spread. That is an indictment of his work, not a vindication. Those who want to besmirch Israels support ers as undermining U.S. in terests without being rightly labeled as anti-Semites are fooling no one. Jonathan S. Tobin is opin ion editor of JNS.org and a contributor to National Re view Online. Follow him on Twitter at: @jonathans_tobin. By Jonathan A. Greenblatt In recent weeks, we have once against seen a flare up around the Joint Com prehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), otherwise known as the Iran Deal, this time over whether President Trump will recertify the deal, as he is required to do every 90 days. Two years later after the signing of the JCPOA, it almost feels like we are back where we started. But we are not. Not at all. And that is the real issue. Indeed, two years later, we can argue about Iranian compliance and inspections regimes. We can dither about domestic political processes. But what we cannot argue about is the staggering loss of life in the Middle East, due to Irans belligerence. What we cannot argue with is the ascendance of a hateful, violent ideology that literally assures further violence. What we cannot argue with is the creeping normaliza tion of an abnormal regime whose values clash, not with Western values, but with hu man values. And that is what we should be talking about How do we stop Irans reign of terror in its tracks. ADL cares about how the international community engages with Iran, because of our century-old mission: to fight anti-Semitism, pro mote Jewish security, and to secure justice and fair treatment for all. In terms of loss of life, Iran is directly responsible for the prolonging of the Syrian Civ il War that killed nearly half a million people and dislodged over 11 million people, the largest refugee crisis since World War II. The unrepen tant support of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) for the brutal dicta tor Bashar Assad sustained a ruler who employed barrel bombs to murder his own citizens; who gassed doz ens of people to death in a manner that evoked Saddam Hussein; whose troops committed horrific human rights violations that spurred worldwide revulsion except in Tehran where he was hailed as hero. Just last week, a senior Ira nian parliamentary delega tion visited Damascus and praised Assad for defeat[ing] plans by the axis of America, the Zionist regime and their regional allies. It is inarguable that the Iranian regime single-hand edly propped up a ruthless autocrat who literally has ground his own country to dust. But this should not sur prise us. Iranian-backed Shiite militias in Iraq used equally ruthless tactics to murder as many as 500 American servicemen de ployed to Iraq to help rebuild a broken nation. Iranianbacked Shiite militias in Yemen have used equally rep rehensible tactics to wreak havoc on that country and spark a violent civil war. And Israeli officials be lieve that the Iranian-backed Hezbollah terror organiza tion in Lebanon has gained control over elements of the countrys military. You dont need to be a so cial scientist to see a pattern. But beyond the terror that Iran already has spread across the Middle East, it is undeniable that they prom ise to wreak even more vio lence in the years ahead. Iran continues to threaten to obliterate Israel, engages in By Rafael Medoff The Canadian government has announced that it will correct a memorial plaque at its new National Holocaust Monument, which spoke of the millions of men, women and children during the Ho locaustbut neglected to mention Jews. Unfortunately, Canadian Minister of Heritage Melanie Joly has compounded the original error, by announc ing that the new plaque will acknowledge the six mil lion Jews, as well as the five million other victims, that were murdered during the Holocaust. But there is, in fact, no historical basis for that five million figure. Still, it keeps cropping up, cited by people who apparently assume its true just because a lot of other people keep saying it is. After critics blasted the Trump administration for neglecting to mention Jews in its January 2017 statement on International Holocaust Remembrance Day, White House spokesperson Hope Hicks said that the admin istration was trying to be inclusive of all those who suffered. She then provided a link to a Huffington Post UK article titled The Holo causts Forgotten Victims: the 5 Million Non-Jewish People Killed by the Nazis. A busy White House spokesperson doesnt have time to start researching Holocaust statistics. Evi dently she assumed that a reputable news outlet would not run such an article with out basic fact-checking. Also understandable. But she was mistaken. The author of the article in question was Louise Rid ley, an assistant news editor atHuffPost UK who special izes in media, social affairs and gender, according to her tag line. In the article, Ridley described some of the groups that were persecuted, in dif fering degrees, by the Nazis, such as gays, Roma (Gypsies) and the disabled. Her list also included communists, Jehovahs Witnesses, trade unionists, and resistance fighters. She also pointed out that the Nazis murdered several thousand priests, and millions of Polish civil ians and Soviet prisoners of war. In fact, the total number of non-Jews killed by the Hitler regime far surpasses five million. But none of that was part of the Holocaust. The Germans murdered a lot of innocent people, for a variety of reasons. But the only ones who were targeted for complete annihilation, and whom the Nazis hunted down, in country after coun try, for the sole purpose of murdering them, were the Jews. The term Holocaust was coined to refer to that specific historical event. Dont blame Louise Ridley or Hope Hicks for the confu sion. It was actually Simon Wiesenthal, the famed Na zi-hunter, who was first responsible for spreading the five million figure. Confronted many years ago by Holocaust historian Yehuda Bauer, Wiesenthal said that he invented the idea of five million nonJewish victims because he thought it would help get non-Jews more interested in the Holocaust. One can understand Wiesenthals concern. But he chose the wrong way to address it. The Presidents Com mission on the Holocaust, appointed by Jimmy Carter in 1978 and chaired by Elie Wiesel, specifically warned against any attempt to dilute the Jewish nature of Beyond decertification: Stopping Irans reign of terror Why they keep leaving Jews out of the Holocaust the Holocaust in the name of misguided universalism. But the Wiesenthal for mulation appealed to White House aides who liked the idea of making the Holocaust more ecumenical, even at the price of historical accuracy. As a result, Carters October 1979 executive order estab lishing the US Holocaust Me morial Councilwhich then created the US Holocaust Memorial Museumreferred to the Holocaust as the sys tematic and State-sponsored extermination of six million Jews and some five million other peoples by the Nazis and their collaborators dur ing World War II. Professor Walter Reich, extreme anti-Americanism and anti-Israelism, refuses to surrender its belligerent bal listic missile program, is the worlds foremost spon sor of terrorism, engages in state-sponsored antiSemitism, and commits a litany of egregious human rights violations against Bahai and other vulnerable minority communities in cluding women, LGBTQ, the press, bloggers and political activists. Each one of these offenses alone should compel us to action, but collectively it should shock all of us out of our complacency. Should President Trump decide to decertify the Greenblatt on page 15A Medoff on page 15A
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HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, OCTOBER 20, 2017 PAGE 7A rf rntbn rrrn rfrntbr r ing the current president of Temple Israel, who came out to honor Kaplan, his long-time friend. Ed Danuff, president of Congregation Ohev Shalom, was also in at tendance to help celebrate. The program began with Hatikvah, played by a sevenmember music group led by Robert Kaplan, son of the honoree and a graduate of Ohevs religious school and youth groups, and frequent participant in COSs weekly Shabbat services. His group played an outstanding com bination of Klezmer and Jewish music throughout the event. Bruce Hoffen, COS Mens Club vice president of Mem bership, talked about how to help those in Puerto Rico whose lives have been ripped apart by Hurricane Maria. Desi Rotenberg, vice president of Social Action previewed a 1.8k (Chai) walkathon event in the planning stages, scheduled for Dec. 3rd that is intended to promote several causes, volunteerism and temple committees. Alan Rusonik, Head of the Jewish Academy of Or lando and a COS Mens Club Board member, presented a Midrashic learning on the meaning of the Lulav and Etrog. Rusonik then Alan Rusonik, (r) coaches Jerry Leibman on the mitzvah of Lulav and Etrog. COS Mens Club held a joyous celebration for Howard Kaplan Neal Blaher, (r) COS Mens Club co-president, presents Howard Kaplan, former co-president, a certificate of ap preciation from the Mens Club. Congregation Ohev Sha loms Mens Club celebrated the holiday of Sukkot with fun, food, music and fellow ship by holding an event titled A Celebration and So Long in the Sukkah, held on Sunday, Oct. 8, at Congregation Ohev Shalom. The family-styled event was open to all congregation members and the commu nity as a way to celebrate the holiday and to help everyone perform Gods command ment to be joyous during Sukkot. It was also a great time to give best wishes to Howard Kaplan, COS Mens Clubs past co-president and his family, as they prepare to move to Birmingham, Alabama. About 40 people came, including young people, sin gles, couples, seniors, and members of at least three different synagogues. Also in attendance were several Boy Scout leaders, includ helped people in the Sukkah shake the Lulav and Etrog, one-on-one. Those who remained indoors listened to live music and to kibbitz. A couple of the wilder la dies of Ohev Shalom came forward to dance to the Klezmer! Following Robert Ka plans rendition of the camp version of the Motzi, attendees were treated to a wonderful buffet dinner of baked salmon, kugel, veg etables, fruit, all prepared by three of Mens Club members. Dinner was fol lowed by a moving presen tation for Howard Kaplan. Bart Neuman, who shared COS Mens Club presidency with Kaplan for the last two years, recognized Kaplans well-known traits of always being positive, and truly be ing willing to do anything to help anyone. Kaplan was presented with a beautiful mezuzah made of Jerusa lem stone for the Kaplans new home in Alabama. He also received a framed cer tificate, stating: In grate ful appreciation to Howard Kaplan from his brothers at Ohev Shalom Mens Club for his many years of tireless and dedicated service. The event ended with cake and coffee dessert and more music. 205 North Street Longwood, FL 32750 www.elegantprinting.net Bring in this ad and receive 18% DiscountInvitations & AnnouncementsBrochures & Booklets Forms & Letterheads Business Cards C ustom Pri nting Direct Mail Services Envelopes 407-767-7110 NATHALIE TOLEDANO Owned And Operated By NRT LLC (407) 488-2763 CELL (407) 647-1211 EXT 3685 BUSINESS (407) 628-1210 FAX REALTOR RESIDENTIAL REAL ESTATE 400 Park Avenue South, Suite 210 Winter Park, FL 32789
PAGE 8A HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, OCTOBER 20, 2017 Bar Mitzvah Charles Edward Lehr Charles Edward Lehr, son of John T. Lehr and Katie Lehr of Winter Park, will be called to the Torah as a bar mitzvah in October 2017 at Congregation Ohev Shalom in Maitland. Charlie is in the seventh grade at Trinity Prepara tory School where he plays baseball and percussion instruments. Sharing in the familys simcha will be his sister, Hayden Lehr and grandmother, Mira Lehr. For over a decade and a half, Brundibar was the perfor mance that almost happened. A large file folder, still held by the Holocaust Memo rial Resource & Education Center, documents the his tory. In 2001, Tess Wise, the Holocaust Centers founder and then-executive director, had a big vision: she was planning to bring an Israeli childrens choir to Orlando to perform this historic opera. The contents of the folder re veal how it almost happened, and how it didnt. Emails and receipts show that the space was booked at the Bob Carr Performing Arts Center. Press releases were sent to the Orlando Sentinel. Everything seemed in order, but things fell through, mostly because of finances; Brundibar couldnt happen, not that year. It would be 16 years before Brundibar would come to the Orlando stage, but this lost dream has been realized; in partnership with Opera Orlando and Florida Sym phony Youth Orchestra, two of Orlandos cultural beacons, the Holocaust Memorial Re source & Education Center is thrilled to host a performance of this powerful childrens opera. The commemoration and performances will take place on Sunday, Nov. 5, at 2 p.m. at the Rosen Jewish Community Center at 11184 S. Apopka Vineland Rd, Or lando, FL 32836. A special talk from American composer Lori Laitman will be presented on Thursday, Nov. 2, at 6 p.m. at the Holocaust Center. Visi tors to the Thursday evening program will hear about not only the process of creating the composition, but about its significance. Executive Director of the Holocaust Center, Pam Kancher, is extraordinarily grateful for this partnership. We are thrilled to fulfill the dream of our founder and Ho locaust Survivor, Tess Wise, by bringing Brundibar to our community. We are so grateful for the significant partner ship with Opera Orlando and the Florida Symphony Youth Orchestras, without whom we would not be able to present this incredible project. Brundibar was written by Czech composer Hans Krasa for a 1939 competition whose winner would never be declared. When Germany invaded the present-day Czech Republic, Krasa was impris oned in Terezin. It was here that he decided to stage the unperformed opera, casting the camps children in the roles. The opera tells the story of two children who must raise money to buy milk for their sick mother, but are repeat edly thwarted by Brundibar, the town bully. But through teamwork and by standing up to injustice, they defeat Brundibar. Terezin was considered the model camp; when the Red Cross, concerned that the concentration camps were not the paradise of Hitlers pro paganda, visited the camp in June of 1944 they were treated to a performance of the opera. Brundibar, for those impris oned in Terezin, became a metaphor for Hitler. Maybe that was not what Krasa had intended originally, but there, performed inside the con centration camp, when the children came together with their fists raised in the air as they marched against Brundi bar in unison, the powerful metaphor was unmistakable. Even still, this proved to be too subtle for the audience of foreign dignitaries and Nazi officers who later celebrated its performance. The opera was performed 55 times by the children in the camp. For them, the music and story were a source of inspiration and hope; it was a much-needed escape from the daily fears and suffering that came with surviving in the camp. It was not the only way that children found escape. Vedem, Czech for in the lead, was the project of about a hun dred boys who lived in a single house of the camp. Featuring poetry, literary reviews, jokes, and essays, it was circulated in secret. The boys knew that its discovery would result in their death. It was never found, and miraculously, over 700 pages survived the war. In 2010, American composer Lori Laitman drew from the poetry written in the maga zine, alongside contemporary libretto written by David Mason, to create an oratorio by the same name. Sung by a youth choir, Vedem is a story of resilience, resistance, and survival. In memory of the children of Terezin, it is now a tradi tion for Brundibar to be performed by an all-youth cast. Through these perfor mances, young artists will be able to explore the themes of inclusion, perseverance, and teamwork. Robin Jensen, Music and Education Director of Opera Orlando who will be preparing the Opera Orlando Youth Company for the per formance, believes that this is an incredible way for the companys aspiring young artists to learn about these powerful lessons from history and how theyre still relevant. The performances of Brundibar and Vedem will cause our cast to imagine themselves in the same situ ation as the children impris oned in the concentration camp, explained Jensen. They will be challenged by this but Im confident that their hearts will grow while they gain a personal under standing of this once terrible reality. Were grateful to both the Holocaust Center and the Youth Orchestra for this collaboration and giving our company this opportunity. The young orchestra play ers will also be given a chance to engage with the power of the music. The FSYO Symphonic members and I are happy to be part of this project of remembrance and were honored to use our talents to keep the voices of the original performers alive, said Hanrich Claassen, FSYO Symphonic Orchestra Con ductor and Music Director. For information about sponsorships and tickets, visit holocaustedu.org. Brundibar comes to the Orlando stage in November Rosen College Career Fair lets students kick-off their futures Every square foot of UCF Rosen College of Hospital ity Managements breezeway will be filled with booths and employers when the Rosen College Career Fair kicks off on Thursday, Nov. 2, at 10 a.m. The twice a year career fair gives rookies in the hospitality industry and opportunity to join the big leagues as employ ers recruit on-site. This is a student-operated, professorsupervised event. Hopeful draft picks will come professionally dressed, with portfolios in hand to hold resumes, cover letters, busi ness cards and certificates for awards. The Career Fair is open to Rosen College students and alumni, and for some this is signing day, the moment they find their dream career with the perfect employer. Among the employers at the career fair are hoteliers like The Breakers, Marriott Corporation, Rosen Hotels & Resorts, restaurant groups like Cracker Barrel, 4Rivers Smokehouse, Landrys and Red Lobster. And lets not forget the theme parks; the Walt Disney Company, Merlin Entertainment and Universal Orlando, come to campus to recruit the best for their teams. The Rosen College Career Fair allows our students to see whats out there for them in hospitality; entertainment, event management, health care, travel and tourism, beverages and spirits, even the airlines and cruise industry often want a coveted place at this event, said Dr. Michelle Holm, the lecturer for the Career Fair class of students who conceive and execute the event. We fully prep our students so that when they get that job, long-term placement and advancement is in their future. Upon graduation, 97 percent of all Rosen College students have secured employment. The Career Fair begins at 10 a.m. and runs through 1 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 2, on the UCF Rosen College campus at 9907 Universal Blvd., Orlando, FL 32819 Career Fairs are held twice a year in the spring and fall so that graduating seniors, and other ambitious students, can plot their career moves before the semester ends. Construction, Remodels, Additions, Handyman does most anything Available in Central Florida Area References AvailableRicardo Torres Handyman407-221-5482 $4595.00 407-695-CARE (2273) West Orange Ocoee, FL 34761 Call us to receive your free Final Wishes Organizer! At Westchester of Winter Park, a premier Assisted Living Community providing customized care and services in a palatial environment in Winter Park, Florida. 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The ge netic mutations that result in higher incidence of cancer are concentrated among Ashkenazim, Jews of European descent. Ashkenazim are a more homogenous population from a genetic point of view, whereas the Sephardim are much more diverse, said Dr. EPHRAT LEVY-LAHAD, director of Medical Genetics Institute at Shaare Zedek Medical Center in Jerusalem. But there is some hope. Susceptible populations can take cer tain precautions to reduce their risks, Recent medical advance have made early detection easier, significantly lowering the fatality rates from some cancers. And scientist are working on new approaches to fight these pernicious diseases, especially in Israel, where Ashkenazi Jews make up a larger proportion of the population than in any other country. Understanding risk factors and learning about preventative measures are key to improving cancer survival rates. Heres what you need to know: Melanoma is the deadliest type of skin cancer. (What makes Jews more likely to get skin cancer than others?) Its a combination of genetics and behavior, according to Dr. HARRIET KLUGER, a cancer researcher at Yale University. On the genetics side, Ashkenazi Jews are significantly more likely to have the BRCA-2 genetic mutation that some studies have linked to higher rates of melanoma. The other factor, Israels abundant sunshine, (and Florida) exacerbates the problems of sun-sensitive Jews of European origin. Thats why Arabs and Israeli Orthodox Jews, whose more conservative dress leaves less skin exposed than does typical secular attire, have a lower incidence of the cancer. (Stay out of the sun, cover up more and have your skin tested once per year!) Breast cancer is already more common in developed, Western countries than elsewhere, likely because women who delay childbirth until later in life and have fewer children do not enjoy as much of the positive, cancer risk-reducing effects of the hormonal changes associated with childbirth. Ashkenazi Jews in particular have a significantly higher risk for breast cancer. They are about three times as likely as non-Ashkenazim to carry mutations in the BRCA-1 and BRCA-2 genes that lead to a very high chance of developing cancer. Based on family history, including on the fathers side, the chances could be even higher. (Get a mammogram at least once per year!) Of the three Jewish cancers, ovarian cancer is the deadli est. Linked to the two BRCA mutations common among Jews, ovarian cancer is both stubbornly difficult to detect early and has a very high late-stage mortality rates. (Women should be screened for the mutations by age 30, so they know their risks.) I suggest you show this article to your doctor and see what he has to say. I honestly dont have any particular knowledge on the subject of cancer and I plan to show this article to my doctor as well. It couldnt hurt! Remembering Jewish history... Sept. 30 was the birthday of Eliezer Elie Wiesel, noted Holocaust Survivor, awardwinning novelist, journalist, human rights activist, and Nobel laureate. He died at his home in Manhattan on July 2, 2016. He was active in many causes, Jewish and non-Jewish. The whole world knew what was happening in the concentration camps but did nothing, he explained. That is why I swore never to be silent whenever and wherever human beings endure suffering and humiliation. Learn and laugh... There will be a Central Florida Jewish Book Festival on Sunday, Oct. 29, from 11 a.m. until 5 p.m. at the JCC. Learn and Laugh with Jewish authors at the literary event of the year, co-presented by the Writers Block Bookstore and The Roth Family JCC. There will be complimentary babysitting at the JCC for children 2-12; advanced registration is required and is done at the time tickets are purchased. General Admis sion (open seating) is $10 per talk; VIP Reserved Seat in First 2 Rows, $50 for all three talks, plus a meet-and-greet from 2:45 p.m. 3:45 p.m. with the authors. For more information, contact ROBBY ETZKIN, executive director, by phone at 407-621-4031 or by email at robbye@ orlandojcc.org Movies at the JCC... On Sunday, Oct. 22, known as Cinema Sundays, the JCC 39ers will be showing the film The Boy in Blue, featuring Nicholas Cage and Christo pher Plummer. The movie starts at 2 p.m. in the Senior Lounge of the JCC. Refresh ments will be available. More JCC 39ers... On Monday, Oct. 23, at 1 p.m., there will be a program titled Match The Faces. Those attending are asked to bring a photo of themselves (18 years or younger). There will be prizes for correct guesses. (Although I was always a great beauty, I refuse to bring a photo... NO WAY! NO HOW!) 50 Plus FYI EXPO... The 50 Plus FYI Network, Orange County Commis sion on Aging, Seminole County Triad and Senior Resource Alliance present the 50 PLUS FYI EXPO, hosted by the City of Winter Park, on Saturday, Oct. 21, (tomorrow) from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Winter Park Com munity Center, 721 W. New England Ave, Winter Park. Folks attending will have the chance to speak with experts about services and products for seniors. The Company Players will perform, as will jazz legend JACQUELINE JONES and gui tarist FRED P. HODES. There will be food trucks and door prizes. Admission is free and parking is free. Health screen ings are free and there will be free seminars! (Wow, seniors! This sounds fantastic!) Shout-Out... DANIELLE CHASTEN, a shift manager at Panera Bread on Aloma Avenue, Winter Park, is simply the best! She makes every cus tomer feel special... so special that I plan to return to Panera Bread again and again and again and... One for the road... Izzy is sitting in shul one Shabbes morning when he falls asleep and starts to snore. The shammes quickly comes over to him, taps him softly on his shoulder and says, Please stop your snoring, Izzy, youre disturbing the others in the shul. Now look here, says Izzy, I always pay my shul subscrip tion in full so I feel I have a right to do whatever I want. Yes, I agree, replies the shammes, but your snoring is keep ing everybody else awake. Elie Wiesel Robby Etzkin Jacqueline Jones 19 annual central florida T ICK ETS ONL Y $1 1 !MENSCH & S E RIE S P A SSE S ALSO A V AIL ABLEThe festival is pr oduced by Enzian and the JCC o f G reater O rlando as part o f t he Cult u r al Festival C ircuit and is supported by United Art s of C ent ral Florida with f unds f rom the U nited Art s Campaign and by t he State of Flor ida, D epar tment of St ate, D ivision of C ultural Affairs, the Flor ida Ar ts Council, and the N ational Endowment f o r t he Ar ts. THE PICKLE RECIPEPreceded by THE CHOPNov 4 at 8 PM at Orlando Science Center1945 Nov 5 | 11 AM at EnzianONE WEEK AND A DAYNov 5 | 1:30 PM | EnzianBIG SONIANov 6 | 4:30 PM | EnzianSHELTERNov 6 | 7 PM | Enzian C O-PRE S E NTED B Y November 4th 6th, 2017
PAGE 10A HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, OCTOBER 20, 2017 Students and residents make tiny sukkahs and sing songs. A day of joy in the Sukkah at Kinneret Everyone had fun when UCF Hillel students visited residents of Kinneret on Sunday, Oct. 8, to celebrate Sukkot. It was a joy and pleasure to see how happy this made the residents, said Sharon F. Weil, KCOA director of programming and development. The students and residents built a pop-up sukkah; made tiny sukkahs; sang songs with a guitarist; and said the blessings over the etrog and lulav. All this while enjoy ing each others company, laughing and sharing stories together. Students and Kinneret residents enjoy each others company. The Trust, By Ronald H. Balson, St. Martins Press In 2013, Ronald H. Bal son debuted his first novel, Once We Were Brothers, an originally self-published title that reached great suc cess and instantly became an international best seller. Over the course of just a few years, Balson would come to publish two more novels featuring the same compelling charac terslawyer Catherine Lock hart and private investigator Liam Taggartand build a dedicated readership. Balsons fourth novel, The Trust, follows Liam Taggart as he returns to his childhood home in Ireland for his uncles funeral, only to discover his uncle was murdered. Sixteen years ago, Taggart left his native Ireland under bitter circumstances, closing the door, never planning to come back. Upon his return, he quickly learns that not only was his uncle shot to death, but hed anticipated his own murder. In an astonishing last will and testament, Uncle Fergus has left his entire estate to a secret trust, directing that no distributions be made to any person until the killer is found. Liams stay in Ireland brings him into conflict with many troublesome memories from his pastthe death of his parents, his service as an agent for the U.S. Govern ment, the events leading up to the estrangement from his family, and the sudden and tragic end to his relationship with Annie Grossman, his former fiance. As his investigation draws Liam farther into the past, he realizes he must reopen doors long ago shut and locked. He must consider disparate sources and motives as he Meet The Trust author at the Jewish Book Festival comes to recognize that dan ger only increases with each day he spends in Ireland. The killer is not finished, and oneby-one, members of the Tag gart familyincluding Liams wife and childrealize that they too are at risk. Accept ing the appointment as sole trustee of the Fergus Taggart Trust, Liam has stepped into the center of the firestorm. A fast-paced murder mys tery, The Trust is sure to keep you turning pages. Those who attend the Central Florida Jewish Book Festival at The Roth Family JCC, can meet the author, Ronald Balson and find out what inspires him for his suspenseful stories. Jointly sponsored by the JCC and the Writers Block Bookstore of Winter Park, the Festival will be held Sunday, Oct. 29 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Balsom will speak from 11 a.m. noon. The tickets are $10 per talk, with a VIP reserved ticket option of $50, which includes seating in the first two rows of all three talks, plus a meet-and-great from 2:45 p.m.-3:45 p.m., and can be purchased at www.orlandojcc. org/bookfest. By Paul Miller JNS.org Two Republican state law makers in Wisconsin last week introduced legislation to prohibit businesses from engaging in boycotts of Israel as a condition of any state contract. In recent years, more than 20 U.S. states have passed legislation condemning BDS or prohibiting government business with entities that boycott Israel, with ad ditional statesincluding Wisconsinexpected to fol low before the end of the year. Released by State Sen. Leah Vukmir and State Rep. Dale Kooyenga, the bill is currently being circulated among both chambers for co-sponsors. The measure states that it prohibits any state agency or other body in state government and any local governmental unit, including a special purpose district, from adopting a rule, ordinance, policy, or proce dure that involves the state agency or local governmental unit in a boycott of Israel or a person doing business in Israel or in a territory under Israeli jurisdiction. It also requires contracts for materials, supplies, equip ment, and services between state purchasing agents and nongovernmental entities to include a provision that the nongovernmental entity is not currently participating, or will not for the duration of the contract participate, in a prohibited boycott. Vukmir said in a statement, Boycotts of Israel must be fought because they do not just attack the Jewish state. This propaganda campaign is also the basis for newly emboldened and destructive anti-Semitic attitudes. Israel stands as the only democracy in the Middle East, offering a voice not only to the Jewish citizens of Israel, but to all citizens of Israel regardless of their age, race, sex or religion, Kooyenga said. This bill demonstrates that Wisconsin is serious about standing with Israel, as our republic has since Israels founding nearly 70 years ago. Peggy Shapiro, Midwest director of the pro-Israel education organization StandWithUs, recalled that she met wit Wisconsin Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisc almost Wisconsin the latest state to introduce anti-BDS legislation two years ago, and she was adamant about protecting IsraelWisconsins relation ship, and making sure taxpayers were not complicit in acts of anti-Semitism. oday, tandWithUs is very proud to see Wisconsin engage in a bipartisan rejec tion of anti-Semitism and discrimination against Is rael, Shapiro told the Haym Salomon Center. Joining StandWithUs and other groups to advance antiBDS legislation in Wisconsin is the self-described largest pro-Israel organization in the country, Christians United for Israel (CUFI). With the backing of its nearly 3.6 mil lion members, the groups lobbying arm, the CUFI Action Fund, said it played a significant role in bringing this issue to the forefront. CUFI members across the country are fed up with BDS and excited to act to stop it, said CUFI board member David Brog. 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HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, OCTOBER 20, 2017 PAGE 11A OBITUARY 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. Congregation Ahavas Yisrael/Chabad (O) 708 Lake Howell Rd., Maitland, 407-6442500; www.chabadorlando.org ; services: Sunday, 9 a.m.; Monday-Friday, 7:30 a.m.; Shabbat services: Friday, 6:30 p.m.; Saturday, 9:30 a.m.; Family service, 4th Friday of the month. 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. Normandy Blvd., Deltona; 386-804-8283; www.mybethshalom. com ; Shabbat services: Friday, 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. Congregation Bnai Torah (C) 403 N. Nova Rd., Ormond Beach, 32174, 386-672-1174; www.mybnaitorah.com ; Shabbat services: Friday, 8 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. Congregation Chabad Lubavitch of Greater Daytona (O) 1079 W. Granada Blvd., Ormond Beach, 386-672-9300; Shabbat services Friday, 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. Congregation of Reform Judaism (R) 928 Malone Dr., Orlando, 407-645-0444; www.crjorlando.org : Shabbat services, 7 p.m. 1st, 2nd and 3rd Fridays; 6 p.m., 4th and 5th Fridays; Saturday: 10 a.m. Congregation Mateh Chaim (R) P.O. Box 060847, Palm Bay, 32906, 321-768-6722. 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 RABBI ARTHUR GRAE Rabbi Arthur Grae of Lees burg, Fla., died suddenly after a short illness on the 2nd day of Rosh Hashanah 5778, Friday, Sept. 22, 2017. He was 80 years old. Arthur Grae received his Bachelor of Arts from Syra cuse University in English literature (honors). He earned a juris doctor from New York University School of Law, and master of Law (Labor Law) from New York University School of Law. He graduated from the National Defense Language Institute Presidio of Monterey, California, as an official Chinese-Mandarin interpreter during his army service. As an experienced lawyer in trial and appellate litigation in the New York State Supreme Court, Appellate Division, Court of Appeals, and Federal courts and the U.S. Supreme Court, he practiced labor law for 42 years representing pub lic sector labor unions, trials and appeals, and Constitution rights litigation in Federal court (Title 42, Section 1983 to declare governmental action unconstitutional as applied to clients). Rabbi Arthur was or dained a modern rabbi, in July 2010 at age 72, by the Rabbinical Seminary International, Inc of New York. He was the rabbi of Congregation Ohr Chayim in Leesburg/Wildwood, Fla., and served as volunteer hos pital chaplain at Leesburg Regional Medical Center, and at The Villages Regional Medical Center in The Vil lages, Fla. He also served as rabbi in the summer months at Beth Joseph, Tupper Lake, N.Y., near Saranac Lake. Rabbi Arthur and his wife, Elaine, attended the 2014 Chevra Kadisha conference in Miami, Fla., and completed the Gamliel Institutes Chevra Kadisha courses 1 through 4 between 2013 through 2015. His Course 3 project included a unique interview about the Glasgow (Scotland) Chevra Kadisha, including the Tahara house at Glendufhill Cemetery. Rabbi Arthur was a kind, compassionate man offering comfort to patients in the area hospitals, and good counsel to his congregants. He will be sorely missed. He was laid to rest in the Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell, Florida. He is mourned by his lov ing wife, Elaine; his son, Bill (Jackie); granddaughter, Lau ren; his step-childrenAvi Epstein (Tova), David Epstein (Kam), Diana Kay (Phillip); step-grandchildre Aaron (Amanda), Marc, Leah, Linda (Adeel), Robert, James, Evelyn and Julie; and step-greatgrandchildren, Mason and Ian Epstein and Lina Ahmad. Elaine Grae thanks Rabbi Yossi Hecht (Chabad), who conducted the graveside ser vice, and Terry Hensley and the staff of Beyers Funeral Home who were tasked with making the funeral arrange ments. By Penny Schwartz BOSTON (JTA)If New England Patriots star Julian Edelman retires from the NFL anytime soon, he clearly has a promising second career as a Jewish childrens book writer. In front of about 400 chil dren and their families Tues day night at the Newton Centre flagship of the Jewish Community Center of Greater Boston, the 31-year-old wide receiver and Super Bowl hero read a special edition of a childrens book he co-wrote last year. Unsurprisingly Edelman, who has Jewish ancestry on his fathers side and has identi fied as Jewish in recent years, was treated like a rock star. Hes a really good receiver and I hope I like his book, Ilan Sherman Kadish, one of Edelmans many young fans in attendance, said before the player spoke. The event was organized by PJ Library, the Massa chusetts-based global Jewish childrens book giveaway program supported by the Harold Grinspoon Founda tion in partnership with other philanthropists and local Jewish community organizations. Twenty-five thousand copies of Edelmans book, Flying High, a semiautobiographical story about an endearing squirrel named Jules who is determined to play football, are being mailed this week to 5-year-olds in Jewish homes across North America through the PJ Li brary program. Before Edelman read his book, the audience was shown a video with footage from his rollicking visit to Israel in 2015 (which was co-sponsored by the Combined Jewish Philan thropies of Greater Boston). The crowd cheered loudly after the video as Edelman, wearing a brace from a pre season knee injury that has kept him from playing this season, made his way onto the stage. Etan Harmelech/Harold Grinspoon Foundation One lucky fan had a fun encounter with Julian Edelman at a private reading of his book at the JCC of Greater Boston before the main event, Oct. 10, 2017. Julian Edelmans childrens book gets a Jewish makeover Edelman said onstage that the story of Israel reminded him of his own struggles to push past those who over looked him. He was picked in the seventh and final round of the 2009 draft by the Patriots and was not projected to suc ceed in the league. But he has notched over 400 career receptions, helped the team win two Super Bowls and become quarterback Tom Bradys favorite target. I fell in love with the people of Israel, Edelman said, not ing his admiration for how the small country thrives despite being surrounded by unfriendly countries. Its a theme he said he wanted to convey in a chil drens book, especially after the birth of his daughter, Lily, in November, to whom he dedicated the book. The new PJ Library edition of Flying High includes ex tra material on the front and back flaps that emphasizes the storys Jewish content and values. There is also a new reference to Theodor Herzl, the founder of modern Zionism. The dedication page includes one of Herzls most famous quotes: If you will it, it is no dream. The quote shows up in il lustrations throughout the story as its young squirrel protagonist trains hard and perseveres against his detrac torsa group of animals that includes an eagle, a buffalo and a bear who ridicule him for being too weak, slow and small. The idea for the quote came from the Israeli-born Assaf Swissa, Edelmans coauthor. Edelman told JTA after the event that while the quote was not central to the original book, it turned out to be a good fit. It definitely has meaning for me, he said of the Herzl quote. A second Flying High book is due out in November, in time for Chanukah, Swissa told JTA. Edelman has become an object of Jewish fascination since he publicly identified himself as a member of the tribe in a 2013 interview on the NFL Network. He has tweeted about Jewish Edelman on page 14A
PAGE 12A HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, OCTOBER 20, 2017 By Ron Kampeas WASHINGTON (JTA)The Supreme Court is back in session with a full bench of nine justices, so expect more momentous decisions after nearly a year of caution. Now that the high court is back to its previous equi libriumfour solid liberals, four solid conservatives and one wavering conservative expect all eyes to be focused on the waverer, Anthony Kennedy. And after a relatively quiet season, owing to the absence of a ninth justice following the death in February 2016 of Antonin Scalia, a conservative icon, Jewish groups are on alert as well. The new judge, Neil Gorsuch, appears to be comfortably slipping into Scalias slot. So far, the Federalist Soci ety would approve, said Marc Stern, the general counsel for the American Jewish Commit tee, referring to Gorsuch, who joined the court in April as its previous season, and the lead ing conservative legal group. Presidents and their staffs now more closely vet judges, Stern said, and surprises are much less likely. The judges now have known tendencies, its much more institutionalized, he said. The return to a conserva tive majority, with Kennedy an occasional swing vote, worries liberal Jewish groups and heartens right-leaning ones, mostly Orthodoxes pecially in the case of a baker who refused to sell a wedding cake to a gay couple. Civil lib erties groups are also closely watching a case of what they see as gerrymandering by the Republican-led State Legisla ture in Wisconsin. Heres a look at some of the cases and where Jewish groups are. Masterpiece Cakeshop, Ltd. v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission Jack Phillips, a Colorado baker, refused to bake a wed ding cake for Charlie Craig and David Mullins in 2012, saying that to do so would violate his religious beliefs. The couple took him to the states Civil Rights Commis sion, which ruled that he could not turn away gay couples. A state court upheld the ruling; now its at the Supreme Court. Last month, a prominent ally joined Phillips: the Trump administration. Jewish groups are filing friend-of-the-court briefs on both sides of the case, with an array of Orthodox groups siding with Phillips. The AntiDefamation League and the Reform movement are siding with the couple. ADL has already been involved with the case at the state level. In a statement to JTA, the group said it urged the court to reject arguments that religious or moral disap proval is a legitimate basis for discrimination against minority groups. The National Jewish Com mission on Law and Public Affairs, a group helmed by the father-daughter legal team of Nathan and Alyza Lewin that often represents Orthodox groups, is backing the baker. It cites in its amicus brief Talmudic prohibitions on assisting others in car rying out avodah zarah, or prohibited acts. The personal duty to avoid meaningful participation in another persons religiously prohibited behavior is, under Jewish Law, a primary obliga tion and not merely a form of secondary observance, the brief says. The Orthodox Union and Agudath Israel of America, which signed on to the Lewins brief, have also joined other separate friend-of-the-court briefs in a reflection of the importance of the case for the Orthodox. For a religious minority community, the Master piece case is a big case, said Nathan Diament, the Orthodox Unions Wash ington director. Theres a way to balance religious liberty and LGBT rights that doesnt have to end in culture wars. Oral arguments, the equiv alent of tea leaves for Supreme Court watchers, have yet to take place, so it may be too early to speculate on how the court will split. One possible clue: Kennedy wrote the deci sion in 2015 that codified gay marriage as legal. Gill v. Whitford Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg says this case, involving redistricting, is among the most important facing the court this session, and an array of Jewish civil liberties group that signed on to an amicus brief agree. The case addresses redis tricting by the Wisconsin State Legislature in 2011 that created a situation in which, the ADL said in a statement to JTA, Republicans would be able to maintain a 54-seat majority (of the 99 Assembly seats) while only garnering 48 percent of the statewide vote, while Democrats would have to get 54 percent of the vote to capture a majority of the seats. That poses a threat to American democracy, accord ing to a brief filed on behalf of a number of civil liberties groups, three of them Jewish: the ADL, the American Jewish Committee and the National Council of Jewish Women. Severe partisan gerry manders cannot be resolved by the democratic political process, because the very nature of the problem is that severe partisan gerrymanders subvert the democratic politi cal process, the amicus brief reads. Without this Courts intervention and setting of limits on severe partisan gerrymandering, our system will devolve into precisely what our Founders declared our independence from: gov ernment administered by an entrenched ruling class, rather than by the consent of the people. Stern of the AJC said a far-reaching ruling could finally crack the epidemic of gerrymandering, which has plagued Democratic-led states as well, like California and Maryland. It is the blockbuster case that will affect the nature of American democracy for the foreseeable future, he said. Court watchers say the four liberal judges will likely remove redistricting powers from the legislature, while the four solid conservatives will uphold the legislatures right to go about its business without federal interference. Oral arguments took place last week, but Kennedythe swing votedid not show his hand. International Refugee Assistance vs. Trump This case addresses Presi dent Donald Trumps two executive orders earlier this year placing a temporary ban on entry to refugees and to citizens of six Muslim major ity countries. Trump in Sep tember added Venezuela and North Koreanon-Muslim majority countriesto the travel ban. That led the court to remove the case from its schedule and ask the litigants to consider whether the case is now moot because the case for religious discrimination appears to have diminished. The government is arguing that the case is indeed no longer relevant. The plaintiffs, including HIAS, the leading immigration advocacy group in the Jewish community, say they still want their case in court, arguing that even if religious discrimination is no longer the issue, the status of refugees remains very much relevant. In an amicus brief filed before the courts removal of the case, the ADL, the Reform movement and the Jewish Council for Public Affairs, the umbrella body for Jewish public policy groups, made the protection of refugees central to their arguments against the ban, in particular citing the tragic results of European Jews being turned away before the Holocaust We turned our backs on the St. Louis, a ship with nearly 1,000 Jews fleeing Nazi Germany, condemning hundreds of them to their deaths; we passed laws that overtly excluded and discrimi nated against the Chinese; and we rounded up more than 100,000 Japanese Americans and interned them in prison camps in the 1940s, the brief says. In each instance, when we later realized that we had strayed from our principles, we were left to apologize to the people who had suffered, or to their descendants, or to the memory of those who per ished without descendants, in each case promising to learn from our mistakes and not to repeat them. Three Supreme Court cases Jews are watching closely The scene at Hagafen Cellars after fires raging in Northern California burned land, vegetation and equipment, Oct. 10, 2017 By Sue Fishkoff (J. The Jewish News of Northern California via JTA)A kosher winery in Northern California sustained widespread damage from a wildfire still raging along the southern part of the Silverado Trail in Napa County. Ernie Weir, owner of Hagafen Cellars, the North Bays only kosher winery, said Wednesday that all employees are safe and the main winery building is intact, but that the fire destroyed fencing, all of the agricultural equipment, a guest house, nearly an acre of Cabernet Sauvignon vines and all of the propertys trees. What this all will mean for vintage 2017 is yet to be determined, he wrote in an email. Weir said he is reason ably certain that the winery will be able to recover from the destruction and continue in business. The winery was founded in 1979. As wildfires continue to rip through the North Bay Area, the Jewish community is reaching out to help those most affected by the devasta tionincluding Jewish fami lies who have been evacuated, some of whom have lost their homes. There have been 17 con firmed deaths, dozens of injuries, and more than 2,000 homes and structures destroyed. The majority of the fatalities are from Sonoma County, where the city of Santa Rosa sustained heavy damage. Rabbi Mendel Wolvovsky of Chabad of Sonoma has been fielding calls from members of his community and with his wife, Altie, has been visiting those affected. They are making the rounds of nearby shelters that are housing people displaced by the blaze and handing out home-cooked meals. There are people in our community who have lost their homes, who have lost everything they have, he told J. We have been visiting with them, comforting them, seeing what they need, mak ing sure everyone has proper housing. A lot of Jews live in the Fountaingrove neighbor hood, he said, referring to an area of Santa Rosa that has been heavily damaged. Congregation Beth Ami in Santa Rosa is canceling its Kosher winery damaged as wildfires rage on in Northern California Sukkot celebration planned for Wednesday evening, and instead will hold a healing service at 6 p.m. in the synagogue. Four member families have lost their homes in the fires, accord ing to an email sent to the community. The Bnai Israel Jewish Center in Petaluma is holding a joint Simchat Torah celebra tion Thursday at 6:30 pm. with Congregation Ner Shalom of Cotati. In an email sent to the general community, Rabbi Ted Feldman of Bnai Israel noted that several Ner Shalom families have taken shelter in the Bnai Israel building, not knowing whether their homes are still standing. This is a good time to bring our communities to gether to celebrate Simchat Torah and express our yearn ings for healing in these dif ficult moments, he wrote. Even if Simchat Torah has not been on your agenda, I would propose your participa tion as an opportunity to help find each others strength as our community members struggle. The Jewish institution most affected so far by the wildfires was the Reform movements Camp Newman in Santa Rosa, where most of the build ings were reported destroyed on Monday afternoon. On Wednesday, the staff tried again to reach the property and assess the damage, but could not get near enough to tell. We couldnt get within five miles of the property, said communications director Alaina Yoakum. The fires are still very active, and the roads are blocked. This Friday night, a number of congregations in the Bay Area and Los Angeles will be holding what they are calling Camp Newman Pop-Up Shab bat services. We told the clergy we reached out to that it can be whatever they want it to be, Yoakum said. Many will sing Hashkivenu, which is about spreading a shelter of peace over us. I think thats so beautiful, a temporary shelter of peace over the community. Its a testament to the love in our community, their willingness to come together to support and help one an other. Im sure camp music will be playing this Friday in all corners of the Bay Area. Every day that youre outside, youre exposed to dangerous, but invisible, ultraviolet (UV) sunlight. 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HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, OCTOBER 20, 2017 PAGE 13A Weekly roundup of world briefs from JTA Woody Allen clarifies remarks on Harvey Weinstein: He is a sad, sick man (JTA)Filmmaker Woody Allen clarified his remarks about Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein made in an interview with the BBC. When I said I felt sad for Harvey Weinstein, I thought it was clear the meaning was because he is a sad, sick man, Allen said in a statement to Variety on Sunday night. I was surprised it was treated differently. Lest there be any ambiguity, this statement clarifies my intention and feelings. In the BBC interview published Sunday morning, Allen was quoted as saying, The whole Harvey Weinstein thing is very sad for everybody involved. Tragic for the poor women that were involved, sad for Harvey that his life is so messed up. Theres no winners in that, its just very, very sad and tragic for those poor women that had to go through that. Allen also expressed hope that the sexual harassment, sexual assault and rape accusations against Wein stein would not lead to a witch hunt atmosphere where every guy in an office who winks at a woman is sud denly having to call a lawyer to defend himself. Thats not right either. Critics of the directors initial comments included actress Rose McGowan, one of the women accusing Weinstein of sexual assault, who described Allen as a vile little worm. Allen, who like Weinstein is Jewish, in the early 1990s was accused of abusing his daughter, Dylan Farrow, dur ing a custody battle shortly after his separation from his wife, Mia Farrow. She divorced Allen after learning of his affair with her adopted daughter, Soon-Yi Previn, whom Allen married in 1997. The allegations were revived in 2013, when Dylan was 28. Allen has long denied the abuse allegations. Weinstein helped to re vive Allens career after the alleged sex abuse came to light, producing several of Allens films, including the Academy Award-winning Mighty Aphrodite. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, which awards the Oscars, ex pelled Weinstein on Saturday in an emergency meeting. It was the first time in the bodys 90-year history that it has ousted a member for unethical or potentially criminal behavior. Western Wall dig un covers ancient Roman theater JERUSALEM (JTA)An ancient Roman theater was uncovered during excava tions of the Western Wall tunnels in Jerusalem. The discovery of the 200seat theater structure from the Roman period confirms historical writings that de scribe a theater near the Temple Mount, the Israel Antiquities Authority said in a statement Monday. Excavations also uncov ered eight stone courses, or layers of cut stone, the antiquities authority said. The discoveries followed work to remove a 26-foot layer of earth under Wilsons Arch, the only intact, visible structure remaining from the Temple Mount compound of the Second Temple pe riod. The arch served as a pas sageway for visitors entering the Temple Mount compound and the Temple An aqueduct also passed over the arch. The excavations were un dertaken with the intent to date the arch, according to the antiquities authority. The structures were built following the destruction of the Second Temple in 70 C.E., when Jerusalem became the Roman colony of Aelia Capitolina. From a research perspec tive, this is a sensational find, site excavators Joe Uziel, Tehillah Lieberman and Avi Solomon said in a statement. The discovery was a real surprise. When we started excavating, our goal was to date Wilsons Arch. We did not imagine that a window would open for us onto the mystery of Jerusalems lost theater. The findings will be pre sented to the public at a conference at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem titled New Studies in the Archae ology of Jerusalem and its Environs. The Second Temple started in 530 BCE. Islamic State claims responsibility for Sinai rocket attack on Israel JERUSALEM (JTA)The Islamic State claimed respon sibility for two rockets fired from the Sinai Peninsula at southern Israeli communi ties. The terrorist groups offi cial news agency, Amaq, said Monday that the long-range rockets fired the previous night were targeting Israeli Air Force jets flying in the area, Ynet reported. There were no injuries or damage in the first attack from Sinai on Israel since May 23, when President Donald Trump was visiting the area. The fighters confronted Israeli jets that flew above the state and targeted the Eshkol compound with two Grad rockets, the statement said, according to Haaretz. Eshkol refers to the Eshkol Regional Council located near the Gaza border. The rockets triggered a Code Red alarm for Israeli communities near the border with Gaza. The Islamic State also claimed responsibility on Sunday for attacks in north ern Sinai that left six Egyp tian soldiers dead. Israel says it wont esca late tensions with Syria following retaliatory strike JERUSALEM (JTA)Is raeli airstrikes incapacitated a missile launcher deep in Syria that had fired toward Israeli military jets. The Israel Defense Forces said the incident is over and there is no intention of escalation after its Air Force struck the launcher near Damascus on Sunday, rendering it inoperable. Ac cording to the IDF, the Syrian surface-to-air missile was fired that morning during a routine flight by the jets over Lebanon. The fighter jets returned safely to their bases. The IDF said the target ing of Israeli jets required retaliation. We see the Syrian regime as responsible for all the firing carried out from its territory, which is a clear Syr ian provocation and we will not allow it, IDF spokesman Brig.Gen. Ronen Manlis said. We reserve the free dom of action, but for us the incident is over and there is no intention of escalation. Israel reportedly updated Russia, an ally of Syria, about the attack and retaliatory strike as it was taking place. Russian Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu was scheduled to arrive for a planned visit to Israel later on Monday. In the hours following the Israeli strike, the Syrian army warned of dangerous consequences for Israels repeated aggression. Syria said the planes it fired on had crossed into Syrian airspace. The IDF said the planes never left the airspace above Lebanon. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu also defended the strike on the missile launcher. Our policy is clear: If anyone attempts to harm us, we will harm them back, he said in a statement issued by his office. Today they tried to hit our airplaneswe do not accept this. The Air Force acted precisely, quickly, and destroyed what had to be destroyed. We will continue to act as needed to protect Israels security. Trump bashes Schumer for not backing his Iran moves WASHINGTON (JTA) President Donald Trump chided Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer, the senior Jewish lawmaker in Congress, for not backing his proposal to amend the Iran nuclear deal. Dem Senator Schumer hated the Iran deal made by President Obama, but now that I am involved, he is OK with it, Trump said Monday morning on Twitter. Tell that to Israel, Chuck! Schumer, D-N.Y., is a lead ing pro-Israel voice in the U.S. Senate, calling himself a guardian of Israel because of his name, which is rooted in the Hebrew for guard. On Friday evening, after Trump earlier in the day had asked Congress to ef fectively amend the 2015 nuclear deal, Schumer said on Twitter he favored preserv ing the deal. The senator also implicitly chided Trump for ignoring the counsel of top advisers who favor keeping it including Secretary of Defense James Mattis and the chairman of the Joint Military Chiefs of Staff, Gen. Joseph Dunford. The @SenateDems agree with #SecDef Mattis and General Dunford, Schumer said. We wont allow the Iran deal to be undone. In 2015, Schumer voted against the deal, which trades sanctions relief for Irans roll back of its nuclear program. But like virtually every other Democratic opponent at the time, he now adamantly supports preserving it, join ing the others in saying the pact remains the best means of building an international alliance to pressure Iran and pulling out of it would dam age U.S. credibility. In a statement to JTA following Trumps tweet at tacking him, Schumer said that there were existing tools outside the deal to pressure Iran. President Trumps own Secretary of Defense and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Generals Mattis and Dunford, both said that its in our national security in terest to keep the JCPOA in place and I agree, he said. I believe Congress, both Democrats and Republicans, will heed their recommen dation. If the President is serious about countering Iran, his first step can be to implement the tough sanc tions Congress passed in July and urge the House to pass the Hezbollah sanctions leg islation that recently passed the Senate. Trump wants Congress to mandate sanctions should Iran fail to meet conditions not covered in the deal. They include maintaining restric tions on enrichment past the deals deadlines, which begin to kick in within the next decade, and allowing more ready access for inspectors to military facilities. If Congress does not amend the agreement to Trumps liking, the president has said he will pull out of it. Other partners to the deal, includ ing close U.S. allies in Europe, oppose amending the deal, instead favoring increased pressure on Iran outside the context of the deal. Far-right party finishes second in Austrian elec tions (JTA)Jewish groups called on the head of the conservative Peoples Party in Austria to exclude the farright Freedom Party from the new government coalition after the parties finished first and second in national elections. Sebastian Kurz, the 31-year-old foreign minister and head of the center-right Austrian Peoples Party, or VP, will become Europes youngest leader. With nearly all the re sults counted as of Monday morning, OVP won with 31.6 percent of the vote, to 27.4 percent for the Freedom Party, or FPO. The center-left Social Democrats of outgoing Chancellor Christian Kern was close behind with 26.7 percent. The results appear to be a result of the refugee crisis in Europe. Kurz focused his campaign on the question of limiting migration, while the Freedom Party ran on a hardline anti-Islam platform. Austria accepted one of the highest proportions of refu gees during the 2015 crisis. The European Jewish Congress in its statement congratulating Kurz called on him to form a coalition of centrist parties and not be beholden to a party of the far right in his coalition. A party which has run on a platform of xenophobic intolerance and the target ing of immigrants must not be granted a seat at the governing table, said EJCs president, Dr. Moshe Kantor. World Jewish Congress President Ronald Lauder, the US. ambassador to Austria in 1986-87, said in a statement: It is sad and distressing that such a platform should receive more than a quarter of the vote and become the countrys second party. It is still full of xenophobes and racists and is, mildly put, very ambiguous toward Austrias Nazi past. Lauder called the election results in many respects worse than Kurt Waldheims election as president of Aus tria 30 years ago. Todays FP is far beyond acceptable democratic limits. Waldheim, also the former secretary-general of the Unit ed Nations, hid his complicity in Nazi war crimes, but it was exposed late in his career. Lauder strongly warned against including the Free dom Party in any governing coalition. Like the AfD in Germany, the National Front in France, or Jobbik in Hungary, the FP is an extremist party that panders to racists and antiSemites and whips up feelings against minorities, Lauder said It is led by a man who in his youth expressed clear sympathies for the Nazis. In its present state, the FP is not, and should not be, a party of government, he said. Some 9,000 Jews live in Austria, according to the Jewish Virtual Library figures for 2016, making them about 0.1 percent of the countrys population. Israeli driver Alon Day races to first NASCAR championship (JTA)Israeli race car driver Alon Day has won his first NASCAR championship. Day finished first in the standings in the auto racing groups European series, which ended Sunday with a race in Belgium. The Israeli was fourth in the racehe needed only to complete the first lap to take home the title after being well ahead in the rankings, The Times of Israel reported. He had finished second and third in the European series standings the past two seasons. It is such an amazing feeling! Day was quoted as saying in the Motorsport. com racing website. We were trying so hard the past three years to win this title; we won so many races but never the championship. Day, 25, who grew up in Ashdod, has done the bulk of his training on computerscreen simulators because Israel did not have a motor sport race track until this year. Israel OKs housing for Jewish neighborhood in mostly Palestinian Hebron JERUSALEM (JTA)An Israeli planning committee approved the construction of an apartment complex in a Jewish neighborhood of Hebron, a mostly Palestin ian West Bank city that has been the flashpoint in attacks against Jews. The approval on Monday by the Civil Administrations Subcommittee for Licensing is the first for new Jewish housing in the city since 2002. In Hebron, some 500 Jews live among 40,000 Palestin ians. The building will be constructed in the Beit Ro mano neighborhood, one of four Jewish neighborhoods in the city. Hebrons Palestinian mu nicipality is expected to ap peal the decision and claim ownership of the land. Peace Now claims the property was under Jewish ownership prior to 1948 and that after 1967, the Civil Administration leased the land to the Hebron Pales tinian Municipality and it remained under protected tenancy. The liberal NGO argues that should continue, even thought it was taken from the municipality in the 1980s to establish an Israeli military base. Now that there is no longer a base on the land, the group says, it should revert to the municipality. The subcommittee, a De fense Ministry panel that oversees construction activ ity in the West Bank, is set to approve hundreds more housing units throughout the West Bank during its meetings scheduled for Tues day and Wednesday. Hebron has seen a number of attacks on Jewish Israelis, most recently a rash of stab bing attempts by Palestinian teens last month and some car rammings. Ben Kingsley playing Adolf Eichmann in film about Nazis capture by Israel BUENOS AIRES, Argen tina (JTA)Academy Award winner Ben Kingsley is in Buenos Aires filming a Hollywood movie about the capture of Adolf Eichmann by Israeli agents. Kingsley, a British actor, is starring in Operation Finale, which chronicles the notorious Nazis life as Ricardo Klement living in the Argentine capital after World War II and the Mossad operation to capture him. Chris Weitz, a producer and writer known for Rogue One in the Star Wars se ries, is the director. Filming will last one more month in greater Buenos Aires area. A Mossad unit led by Peter Malkin captured Eichmann in May 1960; he was ex ecuted in Israel in 1962. Mal kin will be played by the Guatemalan-American ac tor Oscar Isaac. Matthew Orton wrote the screen play. Tony Award winner Michael Aronov will play another Mossad agent, Zvi Aharoni. Kingsley, who won an Os car for his 1982 portrayal of Mahatma Gandhi, has played Moses for TV (1995); Itzhak Stern in Schindlers List (1993); Otto Frank for Anne Frank (2001); and Simon Wiesenthal in Murderers Among Us (1989). The Man Who Captured Eichmann, a 1996 film star ring Robert Duvall, was based on the book Eichman In My Hands written by Malkin with Harry Stein. Argentina was a haven for Nazi war criminals after World War II, including Joseph Mengele and Erich Priebke. One month ago the country presented to Israel tens of thousands of docu ments from the World War II era, some of them related to Nazi war criminals.
PAGE 14A HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, OCTOBER 20, 2017 holidays, wore an Israel pin during a game in 2014 and was named one of the best Jewish football players of all Edelman From page 11A Breitbart From page 4A describes as anti-Semitic and racist ideas and jokes. There are two ways to look at the evidence in the BuzzFeed story. The more charitable is to regard Ban non, Marlow and other Bre itbart editors as gatekeepers trying to keep the loonies and bigots out of a movement they consider reasonable and well-intentioned. After all, as Bannon is known to ask, doesnt the left work hard at keeping the communists and anarchists and anti-Zionists out of its own mainstream? According to this reading, Bannon might be compared to William F. Buckley, who used his own platform at the National Review to purge the conservative movement of its anti-Semites and Birchers and other lunatics. But the more apparent portrait is of a budding media empire that seems intent on growing its own market share, and political power, by court ing some of the coarser and most hateful elements on the American rightor turning a blind eye to the staffers doing the dirty work. It shows its one-time star literally seeking the approval of the farthest of the far right, even as he and they agree that Breitbart risks too much in acknowledging their influence. That was the conclusion conservative blogger Ben Sha piro reached when he resigned from Breitbart in March 2016. Breitbart has become the alt-right go-to website, with Yiannopoulos push ing white ethno-nationalism as a legitimate response to political correctness, and the comment section turn ing into a cesspool for white supremacist meme-makers, Shapiro wrote, referencing the Establishment Conserva tives Guide. Earlier this year, Yiannopo lous resigned from Breitbart after a video emerged in which he seemed to condone pedophilia. Bannon is out of the White House and back at Breitbart, plotting what he calls a day of reckoning for the Republican establish ment. When he left, President Trump wished him well, tweeting, Fake News needs the competition! Jonathan Burstyn, a Jewish gun instructor, at an NRA convention, August 2017. By Ben Sales CHICAGO (JTA)Three days after a gunman killed 59 people in Las Vegas, a post in a Facebook group for Chi cago Jews displayed a blurry photo of survivors fleeing the bullets. Next to it was a flier advertising ChiDefense Fire arm Training with a Hebrew phrase underneath denoting that the company is closed for Shabbat. The post got a few likes and plenty of hate. One com menter called it vile and distasteful. Another wrote sarcastically that it displayed impeccable logic. Another called for it to be taken down. It appears to have since been deleted. But on the day the post ap peared, the man behind the ad stood by it. Jonathan Burstyn, an Or thodox gun safety instructor, apologized for any offense he caused but said that more than ever, Jews need to get armed. How many threats have there been on JCCs? said Burstyn, 27, referring to the waves of bomb threats against Jewish community centers and day schools this year. Is there ever an attack at an NRA convention or at a police station or at a gun store? No, because everyones heavily armed at these places. Burstyn, who goes by Yoni, grew up in this citys Orthodox Jewish commu nity and now trains members there to own, carry and fire guns. He became a certified firearms safety instructor in January and has since tutored 50 people, most of them Jew ish men, to carry concealed weapons. His trainees, he says, include a former Israeli soldier and an ex-KGB officer. Burstyns love of guns is unshaken by the shooting in Las Vegas, where the shooter stockpiled 23 firearms, as well as any of the other many mass shootings in the United States. He is fluent in National Rifle Association talking pointsfrom the good guy with a gun theory to a focus on Chicago, where strict weap ons control has failed to stem a high homicide rate. His gun advocacy also comes with a Jewish twist: Burstyn says the Second Amendment should be just as sacrosanct to Americans as Jewish law is to Orthodox Jews. In Burstyns reading, the Constitution is the American Torah and NRA President Wayne LaPierre is defender of the faith. The Torah is a timeless message, Burstyn said. Our founders who started this country knew better and en trusted us with this, just like Hashem entrusted us with the Torahnot to compare the two. Just like Orthodox Jews, we dont reform the Torah. Wayne LaPierre is expressing faith in the Constitution. The son of a volunteer policeman, Burstyn grew up around guns and shot his first rifle at age 6a very invigorating experience, he recalls. He lost interest in shooting until Illinois allowed concealed firearm carry in 2013. Burstyn obtained his license and began offering classes on Sundays. During the week he works at a nurs ing home, and on Saturdays he provides security for his synagogue. Meet the Orthodox firearms instructor who wants Jews to own guns Last week, standing at a shooting range in a baseball cap, protective glasses and earplugs, Burstyn fired his favorite everyday handgun the Smith and Wesson M&P Shieldinto the silhouette of a human body. His shots all landed within the target on the silhouettes chest. The sound of bullets popped from the booths next door. Burstyn believes gun own ership should come with rigorous training and safety. He says only well-balanced people should own guns, and his training course lasts 16 hours. It covers everything from how to breathe while shootinginhale, shoot, ex haleto the laws concerning concealed carry and how to travel with a gun. When youre carrying a gun, youre a totally different person, he said, describing the preferred temperament for gun owners. Theres no such thing as road rage. Theres no such thing as getting upset. Your mind is calm. Youre steeled, youre smooth. The best safety on a gun is the one between your earsyour mindset. While most American Jews lean left, Burstyn is not alone among Jewish gun advocates. Theres a group for them called Jews For The Preservation of Firearms Ownership. The Golani Rifle & Pistol Club serves obser vant Jews in the New YorkNew Jersey area. And Richard Feldman, a former NRA lobbyist, is now the head of the Independent Firearm Owners Association, which supports gun rights. I think its only incum bent on the Jewish people who believe in the slogan Never again, Feldman told JTA regarding gun owner ship. Just because it hasnt happened here doesnt mean it couldnt happen here. Im not saying its going to happen soon, but once you give up your right to protect yourself, you dont get it back very easily. The idea that guns could have mitigated the Holo caust has been disputed by scholars and Jewish groups including the AntiDefamation League. Rabbi Menachem Creditor, founder of Rabbis Against Gun Vio lence, noted data showing that having a gun at home increases the risk of injury. The best way to ensure Jewish safety and survival is to support measures for ev eryones safety and survival, Creditor said. That means reducing gun violence, not increasing your weapons stockpile. Burstyns gun advocacy does have limits. He supports, for example, a ban on auto matic weapons. But while he knows a gun owner probably couldnt have stopped the Las Vegas shooting, the tragedy only strengthened his resolve to remain armed. Shabbat, Yom Kippur, I always carry, he said. Of course you want to carry a gun all the time. By Jessica Halfin The strict dedication it takes to become an Olympic-caliber athlete is astounding: years of practice and discipline, rising with the sun each day and putting in grueling effort. But athletes are human beings as well as national heroes, and they also like to have a little fun from time to time. Professional Israeli swim mer Guy Barnea, 30, an Is raeli record-holder and 2008 Olympian, is out to do just that. And he wants to take you along for the ride. It all started with a nude swimming photo shoot for Barneas mens swimsuit line, Weekends At, which he created this year together with top Israeli clothing designers Ron Nadel and Dov Adar. In light of this experience, they vowed to work toward giving everyone the chance to feel what it is like to swim naked in open water without A new way to skinny-dip in style campaign, of course! But dont confuse this with a ploy to make a quick buck. Its important for me to emphasize: The goal of the project is not to make money, but to allow people to experi ence the most liberating and natural experience, writes Barnea, who stripped down in 2015 for a Yedioth Ahronoth photo shoot of nude Israeli professional athletes. Barnea even gives a little incentive in the name of the cause. Gifts for joining the campaign include anything from a free shirt to an invita tion to join Barnea and his friends on a private yacht. Donate a mere $142 and get a free swimming lesson with the Olympian himselfwith swimsuits on, we presume. All money raised for now will go toward purchasing and installing floating racks and pushing forward this social initiative on beaches across Israel. time by the American Jewish Historical Society last year. PJ Librarys founder, Jewish businessman Harold Grin spoon, and his wife, Diane Troderman, both philanthro pists, attended Tuesdays event along with their grandchil dren and other members of their family. Edelman is an amazing guy. Hes a heimische guy. Hes so real, Grinspoon told JTA, using a Yiddish term meaning friendly and down to earth. I love the [Flying High] story because its so true to who he is. displaying your bod to the whole world. Heres how it works: You pay a small fee, enter a des ignated patch of cool ocean water, discreetly disrobe under the flowing waves, and hand your swimsuit to a nice young woman who promises to watch it for you (she even hangs the skivvies nicely on a floating rack). Then you get to swim, free as a bird (er, fish) just as nature intended. Barnea sees a serious side to his project, as a social movement that encourages people to bond with nature. The campaign is meant as a first step toward creating safe spaces to skinny-dip in crowded public areas. He explains: After that photo shoot, we decided that this is just a fun experience that everyone should have the opportunity to enjoy. 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HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, OCTOBER 20, 2017 PAGE 15A Magic From page 1A Amys legacy is not just her marketing impact. Its the thousands of children who have experienced the JCCs Richard S. Adler Early Childhood Learning Center and experienced Camp J, added Dvorchik. Also during this time, she married her soul mate, Kostya The Florida Hospital Ginsburg Tower is one of many charitable contributions of Alan Ginsburg. Philanthropy From page 1A Other notable philan thropists whom youll meet include: Jeff and Rita Adler, who made the first $1 million gift to Jewish Federation of Greater Orlando for the 2000 capital cam paign to dedicate the JCC Early Childhood Learn ing Center. The Adlers have also made $1 million gifts to Congregation Ohev Shalom and are major patrons of the Dr. Academy From page 1A in various states utilize this test to measure grade-level performance. Further, the IOWA test instrument is often paired with an IQ instrument such as WISC-IV or the CogAT for entrance into gifted and talented programs and National Honor Society. We challenge every stu dent to the best of their abil ity. Differentiated learning, Rusonik explained, adjusts learning, projects, homework and classwork to meet the needs of each individual stu dent. Through differentiated learning, our teachers may increase the speed at which a student covers the material. This could include opportu nities for instruction years beyond their current grade level with advanced material. Teaching to the test is not the practice of the Jewish Academy of Orlando. We use this test for a variety of reasons, one of which is to measure our student body performance against national norms. It also serves as one of many indicators teachers use to gauge how well students have learned benchmarks at each grade level, says Rusonik. These tests also allow us to understand where we need to refine and review our accelerated curriculum. To further support Jewish education and your local Jewish day school, or for any questions, please contact Alan Rusonik, Head of School, at 407-647-0713. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts. Marion and Joe Brechner, who endowed the University of Florida with the Brech ner Center for Freedom of Information, Brechner Eminent Scholar and the Marion Brechner First Amendment Project, gifts totaling over $3 million. Jerry Roth, who has given generously to both The Roth Family JCC (named in his familys honor) and UCF. Phil and Harvey Kobrin, brothers who donated part of their grandparents Mait land grove for construction of the Jewish Community Campus. Harvey and his late wife, Nancye, donated $1 million to the MD An derson Cancer Center in Orlando, and more recently, the Kobrin Family Founda tion gave a $1 million gift to the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts. Of course this is not near ly a conclusive list. If you want to learn more about the many Jews who have helped make Greater Orlando the thriving metropolis it is today, visit Kehillah: A His tory of Jewish Life in Greater Orlando, a collaborative exhibition presented by its host institution, the Orange County Regional History Center, and the Greater Orlando Jewish Community. The exhibit will be on display from Nov. 12, 2017 through Feb. 20, 2018. Answers: 1. Alan Gins burg 2. Harriett Lake 3. Harris Rosen 4. Chuck Steinmetz 5. Henri Land wirth. Kimlat, and he is the reason she is leaving. My husband, Kostya Kim lat, is a professional magician and business speaker. He is invited to corporate and as sociation conferences around the world to reveal the secrets that make magicians the ultimate masters of percep tionso they can step into their customers and clients minds. Ive been assisting him more and more with his marketing and overall strate gic thinking since we began dating in 2014, she told the Heritage. With her talent in market ing, Amy Kimlat is a tremen dous help to him. What comes to mind are the words of the band Counting Crows, Amy hit the atmosphere, Caught herself a rockin ride out of here. Leaving the JCC will al low me to focus my mental energies on bringing his message to more people. Ill be focused on social media, client relations, and new business development, she said. Amy Kimlat shared that she will still be here in the community. Working with so many volunteers, she realized that you dont have to be an employee to make an impact. We will still be living in Orlandothis is our com munity, where our networks, friends and immediate family all live, she reassured. Im leaving the JCC professionally, but I know we will remain connected. While Im sad to lose Amy as a staff member, Im thrilled that she wants to remain an active part of The Roth Family JCC. Her DNA is a part of the JCC and now shell have a chance to have a different impact, Dvorchik stated. But for now, she will beto put it in her wordstaking this magic-carpet ride into a whole new world. Wisconsin From page 10A of a strong anti-BDS bill. We look forward to working with our partners to ensure that this bill becomes law and Wisconsin becomes Greenblatt From page 5A Medoff From page 5A former executive director of the US Holocaust Museum, has written the following: would not run such an article without basic factchecking. Also understand able. But she was mistaken. The author of the article in question was Louise Ridley, an assistant news editor at HuffPost UK who specializes in media, social affairs and gender, according to her tag line. In the article, Ridley described some of the groups that were persecuted, in dif fering degrees, by the Nazis, such as gays, Roma (Gypsies) and the disabled. Her list also included communists, Jehovahs Witnesses, trade JCPOA, the spotlight will be on Congress to take action on Iran. This will provide an important op portunity to turn atten tion to the most urgent question how do we stop Irans reign of terror in its tracks. This can and should be done while ensuring the the 23rd state to stand up to BDS. The BDS campaign against the Jewish state began in 2005, claiming to be a form of non-violent resistance against Israels so-called settler colonialism, apart heid and occupation over the Palestinian people. A study conducted last year by the anti-Semitism watchdog group AMCHA Initiative examined more than 100 public and private colleges and universities from January to June of 2016. It found that 287 antiSemitic incidents occurred at 64 schools, compared to 198 occurrences during the same period the previous year, reflecting a 45-percent increase. The study revealed a rap idly growing correlation between anti-Semitism and BDS activism. Paul Miller is president of the Haym Salomon Center news and public policy group Haym Salomon Center. Follow him on Twitter: @ pauliespoint and @salomon center. unionists, and resistance fighters. She also pointed out that the Nazis murdered several thousand priests, and millions of Polish civil ians and Soviet prisoners of war. In fact, the total number of non-Jews killed by the Hitler regime far surpasses five million. But none of that was part of the Holocaust. The Germans murdered a lot of innocent people, for a variety of reasons. But the only ones who were targeted for complete annihilation, and whom the Nazis hunted down, in country after coun try, for the sole purpose of murdering them, were the Jews. The term Holocaust was coined to refer to that specific historical event. Dont blame Louise Ridley or Hope Hicks for the confu sion. It was actually Simon Wiesenthal, the famed Nazihunter, who was first re sponsible for spreading the five million figure. Con fronted many years ago by Holocaust historian Yehuda Bauer, Wiesenthal said that he invented the idea of five million non-Jewish victims because he thought it would help get non-Jews more inter ested in the Holocaust. One can understand Wiesenthals concern. But he chose the wrong way to address it. The Presidents Com mission on the Holocaust, appointed by Jimmy Carter in 1978 and chaired by Elie Wiesel, specifically warned against any attempt to dilute the Jewish nature of the Holocaust in the name of misguided universalism. But the Wiesenthal for mulation appealed to White House aides who liked the idea of making the Holocaust more ecumenical, even at the price of historical accuracy. As a result, Carters October 1979 executive order estab lishing the US Holocaust Me morial Councilwhich then created the US Holocaust Memorial Museumreferred to the Holocaust as the sys tematic and State-sponsored extermination of six million Jews and some five million other peoples by the Nazis and their collaborators dur ing World War II. Professor Walter Reich, former executive director of the US Holocaust Museum, has written the following: And so the executive or der... officially defined the Holocaust in a way that realized Wiesels great fear that the Holocaust would be defined as an event in which eleven million people, six million Jews and 5 million non-Jews, had been killed, and that the crucial distinc tion between the planned and systematic extermination of all Jews on racial grounds, and the killing of civilian non-Jews on, say, political groundsin response to resistance, or because of acts of collective reprisal or brutalitywould be lost. Simon Wiesenthal picked a number of non-Jewish vic tims that was high enough to seem substantial, but still a little less than the number of Jewish victims. He thought that this formulation would still keep Jews as the primary focus. Evidently he didnt re alize how easy it would be for someoneeven an American or Canadian government of ficialto slide down the slip pery slope from a Holocaust of Jews and non-Jews, to a Holocaust without Jews at all. Its just not that far from a Holocaust of everybody, to a Holocaust of nobody in particular. JCPOA is fully enforced in collaboration with our allies in the international community. Steps Con gress can take include: International leadership to hold the Iranian regime responsible for its deplorable human rights record. Targeting Irans continued support for international terrorism, including arm ing and training Hezbollah. Sanctions against the IRGC are an important part of this effort. Committing to working with world leaders to enact tougher sanctions on Irans continued building and test ing of their illicit ballistic missile program. Engaging with Israel on the so-called Syrian cease fire, in order to more fully address Israels security con cerns regarding Irans grow ing presence in Syria. This does not mean taking steps that would derail the JCPOA. There are compel ling security and diplomatic reasons, wellarticulated by experts such as Amos Yadlin, that a reimposition of sanc tions and an unraveling of the deal would not only have a negative impact on Ameri cas international leadership and foreign affairs priorities, but could bring immediate threats from Iran. But there is an opportu nity now to reset the terms of this debate. We need to resist the call for war but launch a campaign for peace with Iran and call on the country to foster peace for its minorities, make peace with its neighbors, and support peace for the entire region. When Iran is prepared to take these steps, that will be a conversation worth certifying. Jonathan A. Greenblatt is CEO and National Direc tor of the Anti-Defamation League.
PAGE 16A HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, OCTOBER 20, 2017 Nicolae Botezatu, sitting, with the rest of the cast of Romanias Jewish State Theater last year. By Cnaan Liphshiz BUCHAREST, Romania (JTA)When the roof of the Jewish State Theater collapsed during a 2014 snowstorm, its director reluctantly knew it was finally time to abandon the century-old building in this capital city. Maia Morgenstern did not take the decision lightly. Following years of neglect by authorities, the Bucharest Jewish community had fought for decades to keep the storied theater afloat. The Jewish State Theater had been a major cultural institution for Central European Jews prior to the Holocaust. Later, during communism, it was the Romanian Jewish com munitys only independent institution. The ornate theater down town flooded severely follow ing the storm, destroying the wiring. It was obvious we couldnt stay, Morgenstern, a wellknown actress in Romania and the theaters director since 2012, recalled last month during an interview. So they didnt. Morgen sternwho is best known internationally for playing Mary, the mother of Jesus, in Mel Gibsons The Passion of the Christ and the theaters 20-some employees packed up the surviving sets, costumes and gear. But the story of Bucharests Jewish State Theater didnt end there. Instead, the Yiddish troupes members leveraged their forced exile to raise awareness of the need to pre serve the four-story building. How did they accomplish this? We just took the costumes and relocated across the street, Morgenstern said, ges turing toward an empty lot. For weeks on end in early 2014, the performers put on free shows once or twice a day out in the open, in the freezing cold. The actors devotion and talent did not go unnoticed. Despite bone-chilling cold, the shows attracted media and spectators. That, in turn, drew attention to the theaters uncertain future, despite vague assurances from city officials that it would reopen at some point. The increased exposure, Morgenstern said, put pres sure on officials to solve the problem of the dilapidated theater, which was founded in the eastern Romanian city of Iasi and moved into the Bucharest building in 1941. For example, the decision to perform outside the ruined theater did not sit well with the mayors office, Morgen stern said. They asked twice if we dont mind to stop perform ing, she recalled. But Morgenstern, 55, per sisted, citing her employees salaries, which are paid by the state. (Morgenstern earns about $13,000 annually, a figure she revealed earlier this year to protest low wages in Romanias cultural sector.) So if we get paid, we need to perform, she said. And if the state doesnt give us a theater, well perform in this field. It wasnt like we were protesting or anything, she added with a smile. Immediately following the collapse, city officials told the media that the building would be repaired. Behind the scenes, however, a blame game was being played: Lo cal officials and a contractor entrusted with preserving the building argued over each others responsibility and that of the theater. The sum required for re storing the theater, which was last renovated in 1956, was staggering at nearly $3 million. It made a huge dent in the municipal budget, which is so overstretched that even celebrations of Romanias national day are canceled occasionally for lack of funds. As city officials debated the problem, Morgensterns team leveraged her celebrity status and the medias interest in the colorful spectacle outside the building to pressure City Hall. This show is meant to be a warning to public opinion, but also for the authorities, said a statement announcing the open-air production in February 2014 of Mazl Tov... And Justice For All!a mu sical comedy about the role of humor in Jewish tradition featuring Yiddish and Roma nian songs. Do not let a the ater with a unique tradition and identity disappear from Europes cultural landscape because of carelessness. And disappear it didnt. Last year, the Jewish State The aterboasting a shiny new metal roof, reinforced foun dations and a new wooden floorreopened in time to host Romanias first interna tional Yiddish theater event, with troupes appearing from Canada, the United States, Israel and Germany. City officials said they had worked tirelessly from the get-go to resolve the issue. While that may be true, Marcel Draghici, the theaters longtime executive producer, believes the outdoor performances are part of the reason we reopened last year, he told JTA. Putting on a major produc tion in an empty and frozen field was certainly a challenge, added Draghici, who like most of the theaters employees is not Jewish. But, in a way, he said, it felt like we were connecting to the old history of Jewish theater, which was often performed outside in shtetls, without theater houses. The theater performs most ly in Yiddish now before a predominantly non-Jewish crowd. And while the actors take special language courses, they dont always understand the exact meaning of the words they recite on stage, several of them said. Though speaking in Yid dish can lead to thespian complications, the language barrier was a boon during the communist dictatorship of Nicolae Ceausescu, who ruled Romania with an iron fist until his overthrow and execution in 1989. Because we were talking Yiddish on stage, we could say things that werent al lowed to be said in Romania, To save Yiddish theater, these Romanian actors abandoned their home Rudi Rosenfeld, 75, a Jewish actor who has been involved in the theater since the late 1940s, told The New York Times earlier this year. The audience had headphones on and our colleagues were translating into Romanian, but they would skip the sensi tive parts. Morgenstern was among several dozen Jews who gathered at the theater and stayed there during the cha otic days of the bloody revolt against Ceausescu in which security police killed dozens of protesters. It was my second home, she said. We went there because it offered us a sense of safety. The only time that Yiddish was not permitted at the the ater was during World War II, when the pro-Nazi regime of Ion Antonescu allowed the institution to remain open, even as preparations were made for the murder of half of Romanias Jewish population of 800,000. Today, with Romanias postHolocaust Jewish population at about 10,000, non-Jews account for the majority of the thousands of people who come to the Jewish State Theater to see its productionsa var ied repertoire ranging from classics by Avrom Goldfadn and Sholem Aleichem to ir reverent satires by the Israeli cinematographer Hillel Mit telpunkt. And though they dont speak a word of Yiddish, some of the regulars prefer perfor mances in that language. I follow the subtitles in Romanian, said Elena Albu, a 23-year-old university student who comes to the theater at least twice a year. But I prefer to go to the Yiddish produc tions because its like recon necting to the rich culture this city and country lost. Celebrating Community & Continuity Exhibition of 150 years Cornerstone for Ohev Shalom synagogue, 1926. 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