WWW.HERITAGEFL.COM YEAR 42, NO. 09 NOVEMBER 3, 2017 14 CHESHVAN, 5778 ORLANDO, FLORIDA SINGLE COPY 75 Hadassah has bras in bloom for breast cancer Breast cancer research is an organizational priority at Hadassah, all five Bloomingdales stores in Florida displayed Hadassahs decorated bras from local artists and Hadassah members to raise funds and awareness for breast cancer research, treatment and education during October Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Shown here are members from Hadassah Orlando chapter and decorated bras on display at Orlando Bloomingdales on Oct. 18, 2017 Contact Hadassah Florida to learn more about local activities supporting womens health and wellness, Hadassahs breast cancer research at Hadassah Medical Organization in Israel, and how you can attend. For more information, please contact Hadassah Florida at 877-949-1818 or visit email@example.com. By Christine DeSouza, aka Lois Lane* It all goes back to April 2014 when Jason Mendelsohn, now 48, received the heartstopping news that he had squamous cell carcinoma on his right tonsil. He was shocked. He didnt smoke, it was just a small bump on his neck. Later, his doctor confirmed that is was stage 4 HPV-related tonsil cancer. He probably contracted the HPV virus while he was in college, 25 years earlier. Before the shock had time to wear off, he had a radical tonsillectomy, neck dissec tion (42 lymph nodes re moved from his neck), seven weeks of grueling chemo, radiation and a feeding tube due to third-degree burns in his throat. But Mendelsohn was tough, so tough through SupermanHPV is on his way to conquer HPV-related cancer it all that his friends called him Superman. For many people who have overcome cancer, thats the end of the story, they go on to enjoy their cancer-free lives. But Mendelsohn was passion ate about bringing awareness to HPV-related oral cancer. He had never even heard of HPV-related oral cancer until he was diagnosed, and that is what he hopes to change. Before everyone gets pan icky remembering their own wild youth and speculating if they could have HPV-related oral cancer, Mendelsohn stated that 90 percent of everything he saw and read about oral cancer was not HPV-related. Statistically, there are more than 100 types of HPV that can infect the lining of the throat. But not all of them cause cancer, and only two strainsHPV-16 and HPV-18cause cervical cancer and head and neck cancers. Most peoples bod ies clear themselves of HPV, those diagnosed with oral cancer must test positive for HPV-16 through biopsies of the tongue, throat and tonsils. (To learn more about head and neck cancers, visit the Head and Neck Cancer Alliance, www.headandneck.org ) Still, anyone diagnosed with an oral cancer should be checked for HPV-16. A team at the University of Florida, Baylor College of Medicine and elsewhere found that 11 million U.S. men and 3 million women were actively infected with oral HPV between 2011 and 2014, according to the researchers report in the Annals of Internal Medicine. Mendelsohn knew he had to get the word out about this specific kind of cancer because it can be prevented through the Gardasil vaccina tion given to boys and girls ages 9 to 26. He encourages parents to talk with their childrens pediatricians about this vaccine. The vaccine has been avail able for girls since 2007 because of the prevalence of cervical cancer. But it wasnt until 2011 that a vaccine was introduced for boys. And still many are not aware. Appar ently, discussion of HPV with children is controversial. The reason the vaccine is given at such a young age isnt because they are sexually ac tive, explained Holly Boykin, executive director of the Head and Neck Cancer Alliance, but because the body can easily absorb the vaccine when given at this age. Mendelsohn drew his inspi ration to speak up from his sisters, Jamie Mendelsohn and Jill Theisen. Both women have suffered with Crohns disease and colitis. A completely different dis ease, however Mendelsohn stated, They are great role models. For 19 years they have been advocates for those with Crohns and colitis. His firm, the Ashar Group, supports Take Steps for Crohns and Colitis, Crohns and Colitis Foun dation of Americas largest fundraising event. (www. ashargroup.com) Jews are highly affected by Crohns and colitis and his sisters are an inspiration to people all over the country, as Men Jason Mendelsohn in his Superman t-shirt given to him by friends and a close friend, Russell Goldberg (on left), who is a partner at Withum, a CPA firm and on the board of Hillel at UCF. Jacques Wiesel One year ago, the first Bless Israel Summita gathering of Central Florida churches, synagogues, and ministries who support Israelwas held in Or lando. It was an avenue for Christians to show their love and support for Israel. Event organizer Pastor Blake Lorenz had the vision to bring Christians and Jews together to celebrate their love for Israel. Now, on Nov. 19 the second Bless Israel event, titled A Night to Bless Israel, will be held at the Christians and Jews bless Israel Steve Strang Consul General of India in Atlanta Nagesh Singh. By Christine DeSouza For the past 26 years, India and Israel have been developing a strong relation ship. While once India was an adherent to the Arab League boycott of Israel, in 1992, India announced it would establish full diplomatic relations with Israel. A few months later, the two nations signed an agree ment to increase cooperation between Indian and Israeli industries. Today, trade is booming. India is Israels ninth leading trade partner. Exports have risen from $200 million in 1992 to $4.2 billion in 2016. In the past decade alone, Israels exports to India have risen a total of about 60 percent. Jeff Colman, deputy direc tor for Policy & Government Affairs, AIPAC. Whats going on with Israel and India? When Prime Minister Ben jamin Netanyahu met Prime Minister Narendra Modi in New York in 2014, he ex pressed to The Times of Israel, We are two old peoples, some of the oldest in the nations on earth but we are also two de mocracies; were proud of our rich traditions but were also eager to seize the future. I be lieve that if we work together we can do so with benefits to both our peoples. Rosen Plaza, 9700 Interna tional Drive, Orlando, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. I was so encouraged by the Bless Israel Summit that was held in November 2016, to see Jews and Christians standing together in support of Israel, said David Moldau, a member of the Jewish com munity. Pastor Blake Lorenz put together the wonderful program and has organized one that will be even better this year. The love that perme Israel on page 15A India on page 14A HPV on page 15A Financial Issue Section B
PAGE 2A HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, NOVEMBER 3, 2017 By David Bornstein While Jews have been interwoven in a myriad of ways into the fabric of life in Central Floridafrom law to medicine, art to amusement parks, social change to social glitzno single field has felt the impact of Jewish involve ment more than the humble and all-encompassing retail shop. In the first half of the 20th century, more Jewish families in Central Florida were in retail than any other field. And during the Kehillah: A History of Jewish Life in Central Florida exhibition, visitors will get to experience the amazing role Jewish mer chants played in the business life of Greater Orlando. Through the use of an animated, interactive map of downtown Orlando, youll be able to see the hundreds of stores and their locations decade by decade, from 1900 thru the 1960s. That period of time was really the heyday of downtown Orlando as a shopping mecca. Longtime residents like Stanley Beck er, Joan Lippton Kimball and Dick Katz not only remember their own families stores but the many others that lined Orange Avenue, Church Street and Pine Street, just to name a few. Medines was the Shop Talk: A history of Jewish retail in Greater Orlando Mr. T. Cohens store ad in the Sanford Journal, November 15, 1883. La Belle Furs has been in the same downtown location since 1956. Behrs Shoe Center, owned by Sam Behr, was a fixture on Church St. for almost 50 years. Staff, family and friends of Harry Beckers Church St. store, Gales, are waiting for a parade to begin, c. 1954. Sophie (l), Samuel and Kalman (r) Kanner in their dry goods store on Orange Ave., 1905. Ad placed by Jewish merchants in the Orlando Morning Sentinel letting residents know their stores would be closed for Rosh Hashanah, 1954. place to have a power lunch. La Belle Furs was a ladys stop for a fur coat to keep warm when traveling. The Hat Box and Olekers were among the places ladies bought their hats to wear to shul and luncheons. And long before tires werent pretty, Sam and Norman Behr were keeping feet comfy with their down town shoe stores. The animated map will be accompanied by a flipbook that will give the name of the store, the owners name and address. Neil and Malka Web man scoured old Orlando city directories in their effort to include as many Jewish mer chants as they could find. The results are a stunning display of stores, many doing business for several decades. Kehillah: A History of Jew ish Life in Greater Orlando, a collaborative exhibition presented by its host insti tution, the Orange County Regional History Center, and the Greater Orlando Jewish Community. The exhibit will be on display from Nov. 20, 2017 through Feb. 12, 2018. Edward Milgrim Shown here (l-r): Mussie Bronstein, Rabbi Mendy Bronstein, Baseem Eid, Stever Silver and Sandy Grant, who, along with Daniel Layish, was instrumental in bringing Eid to Winter Park. By Christine DeSouza No one has asked the Palestinian people what they want, stated Bassem Eid at a lecture sponsored by Chabad and AIPAC last Sunday evening. Who speaks on their behalf? Hamas, the Palestinian Authority, President Abbas, Fatah and the United Nations Refu gee Works Agencyall of whom are just speaking for What do the Palestinians want? themselves and lining their pockets while keeping the Palestinian people pawns for peace. What do the people want? Palestinians on page 14A
HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, NOVEMBER 3, 2017 PAGE 3A (JTA)Kenneth L. Mar cus, an attorney who has championed the use of the 1964 federal civil rights act to investigate allegations of anti-Semitism on campus, has been appointed assistant secretary for civil rights in the Department of Education. President Donald J. Trump announced the nomination Wednesday, Oct. 26. As president and gen eral counsel of the Louis D. Brandeis Center for Human Rights Under Law, Marcus has deployed Title VI of the civil rights act in urging the Education Departments Of fice for Civil Rights to open investigations over harass ment of Jewish students at various universities. The Brandeis Center, un affiliated with the university near Boston, has also urged state legislatures and gov ernment agencies to adopt the U.S. State Departments definition of anti-Semitism, which considers demon izing, delegitimizing or applying a double standard to Israel to be forms of antiSemitism. In 2011 the Jewish Coun cil for Public Affairs, the umbrella group of Jewish community relations agen cies, endorsed the selective use of civil rights legislation to combat anti-Jewish and anti-Israel activity on college campuses. But reflecting the discomfort of some of its member bodies, it also warned that over-use of Title VI could undermine aca demic freedom and pit out side Jewish groups against both Jewish and non-Jewish students on campus. Marcus, a former staff director at the U.S. Commis sion on Civil Rights, has been critical of the Office for Civil Rights for what he called its failure to address antiSemitic incidents that mas querade as anti-Israelism. On college campuses and especially in protests brought by the anti-Israel boycotts, divestment and sanctions movementit is now widely understood that attacking Jews by name is impolitic, but one can smear Zionists with impunity, he wrote in 2010. Marcus previously served as assistant secretary of education for civil rights under President George W. Bush. He also served as the Lillie and Nathan Acker man Chair in Equality and Justice in America at the City University of New Yorks Baruch College School of Public Affairs. He is the author, in 2015, of The Definition of AntiSemitism. Trump names attorney who fights campus anti-Semitism to civil rights post (JTA)The booking agent for white nationalist Richard Spencer has filed a federal lawsuit against The Ohio State University for refus ing a request to rent space on campus for a speech by the controversial far-right figure. The lawsuit was filed Sun day, two days comes after the university informed Cameron Padgett, a graduate student at Georgia State University who handles Spencers speaking arrangements, that the re quest to rent space was denied due to the substantial risk to public safety. The University values freedom of speech, the letter from the universitys attor ney read. Nonetheless, the University has determined that it is not presently able to accommodate Mr. Padgetts request to rent space at the university due to substantial risks to public safety, as well as material and substantial disruption to the work and discipline of the university. Ohio State issued the denial a day after Spencer appeared at the University of Florida, which brought hundreds of protesters and cost the Gainesville university more than $500,000 for security for the event. Prior to the speech, the governor of Florida also declared a state of emergency in the county where the cam pus is located. Ohio State, located in Columbus, has more than 2,700 Jewish undergradu ates on campus, comprising about 6 percent of the student population. There also are about 350 Jewish graduate students on campus. The University of Cincin nati, also in Ohio, under the threat of a lawsuit, recently relented to the request to host Spencer, though no date has been set. Padgetts attorney on Fri day filed a lawsuit against Penn State University after it also turned down a request for Spencer to speak, also on the grounds of public safety. The University of Florida, home to the fifth largest Jew ish student population in the country, allowed Spencer to speak after initially declining his request, saying that as a public institution it must uphold the principles of free speech. Spencer, the founder of a white supremacist think tank, has advocated a white ethno-state that would ex clude non-whites and Jews. Ohio State sued for denying Richard Spencer a place to speak By World Israel News staff The YIVO Institute for Jew ish Research in New York on Wednesday announced the discovery of a trove of lost Jewish materials in the Lithu anian city of Vilna, thought to have been destroyed during the Holocaust. Considered by some as the most important body of material in Jewish history and culture to be unearthed in more than half a century, possibly since the discovery of the Dead Sea Scrolls, the documents include neverbefore-published literary manuscripts from some of the most famous Yiddish writers as well as numerous religious and communal works. YIVO states that this is a watershed moment for under standing the dimensions of Jewish history and marks an important new chapter in the dramatic story of Nazi looting during the Holocaust, when the Germans were seeking to destroy not just the Jewish people, but their memory and culture. In Lithuania, approximate ly 90-95 percent of the Jewish population was murdered by the Nazis. The Paper Brigades Last Charge Containing more than 170,000 pages, this trove of material was first hidden from the Nazis by the YIVO Paper Brigade during WWII and subsequently preserved for decades by the heroic efforts of Antanas Ulpis, a Lithuanian librarian, who saved the docu ments from the pulping mills and stored them in secret in the basement of St. George Church, where he worked. The Paper Brigade of Vilna, formed during WWII, was a small group of Jewish intel lectuals who took it upon themselves to save as many documents as possible from 170,000 documents thought destroyed during Holocaust uncovered Nazi destruction, in an effort to preserve the memory of Jewish culture. Ulpis risked his own life and his familys well-being to keep these documents hidden and preserve the memory of the Jewish people. The new discovery is of particular note for its wealth of manuscriptsprecious religious writings, in Hebrew and Yiddish; record books of shuls and yeshivas; mystical writings, and more. Addi tionally, the collection con tains post-war and wartime materials, such as Yiddish poetry written in the Vilna Ghetto by the famed Abraham Sutzkever. The newly discovered doc uments more than double previous finds from the base ment of St. George Church, which included books and documents found in the late 1980s and early 1990s. The materials were held in a separate room in the church and remained undocumented until now. When combined with the existing Edward Blank YIVO Vilna Collec tions, which contain one million documents, YIVO will now have saved approxi mately 1.2 million original documents from the Jewish world of Eastern Europe. Testament to Enduring Resolve of the Jewish People The discovery reminds us of the perpetual attempt at wiping out a people by erasing their memory from history, said Jonathan Brent, Execu tive Director and CEO of YIVO. These newly discovered documents will allow that memory of Eastern European Jews to live on, while enabling us to have a true accounting of the past that breaks through stereotypes and clichd ways of thinking. This newly discovered col lection... is a testament to the enduring resolve of the Jewish people. Displaying this collec tion will teach our children what happened to the Jews of the Holocaust so that we are never witnesses to such darkness in the world again, said Senator Charles Schumer. To us, the documents uncovered in this discov ery are nothing less than priceless family heirlooms, concealed like precious gems from Nazi storm troopers and Soviet grave robbers. We have a responsibility to absorb the traditions, experiences and culture within these manu scripts, poems and letters, and to remember how much more has been lost, said Dani Dayan, Consul General of Israel in New York. WINTER PARKRollins College, in partnership with Central Florida Hillel (CFH), announces the creation of a new Hillel, making Rollins the only small, liberal arts college in the state of Florida to have a full-time Hillel professional. To lead this new program, Emily M. Block, formerly the assistant director of Hillel at The University of Connecti cut, has been hired as the in augural associate director of Jewish Student Life. I am so excited to be join ing the Rollins College and the Central Florida Hillel fam ily, said Block. Im looking forward to working with the students, faculty and admin istration at Rollins College to grow and enhance the Jewish student experience both on and off campus. Reporting to the dean of religious life and working as part of the team of CFH, Block will be responsible for working with Jewish student leaders at Rollins to empower them to create a vibrant, dy namic and inclusive Jewish community at the College. In this role, Block will guide Jewish students to better un derstand their personal Jew ish journey, while advancing diversity and inclusion efforts at Rollins in partnership with faculty and Student Affairs colleagues. Emily emerged from our search as a dynamic and passionate leader capable of building relationships with Jewish students and Rollins and engaging them in mean ingful conversations, said Dean of Religious Life Katrina Jenkins. We look forward to developing new opportunities for our Jewish students. Blocks role will also en compass a unique partner ship, working with Central Florida Hillel to craft an educational vision and strat egy for Rollins Hillel that Emily M. Block Rollins College enters partnership with Central Florida Hillel will not only serve current students but also attract others around the nation. The partnership will create innovative opportunities for formal, informal, and experiential Jewish learning for students with diverse back grounds and interests that include a multiplicity of Jewish perspectives that span the spectrum from spiritual to secular. The new Rollins Hillel will also be an important part of the Rollins campus culture working in partnership with a wide array of student organizations on issues ranging from social justice to diversity, faith and civics, and will also work with her colleagues to support an inclusive and accepting com munity at Rollins College. As a part of Central Florida Hillel, Block will also be a full part of the CFH team and able to access all the necessary resources to help advance her portfolio at Rollins College. Rollins College is the perfect partner for this kind of relationship, and we are proud to be a part of this historic evolution in Rollins 132-year history of training students to embrace the world, said Aaron Weil, ex ecutive director and CEO of Central Florida Hillel.
PAGE 4A HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, NOVEMBER 3, 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: firstname.lastname@example.org 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 Joshua S. Block President Trumps first overseas trip in May 2017 coincided with a very special daythe 50th anniversary of the reunification of Jerusalem, when for the first time since the destruction of the Second Temple by Roman armies 2000 years ago, Judaisms holiest sites were finally under Jewish sovereignty. Jerusalem is a vibrant, modern, thriving city. A pilgrim site central to the history of Jews, Christians and Muslims, and open to people of all faiths. The home of the Israeli government, parliament and high court. A place interspersed with universities, museums and ancient buildings. The perfect capital. But what is missing are the embassies of the world to the State of Israel. President Trump vowed to change that. During his election campaign, he promised to relocate the U.S. embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem fairly quickly. Yet in June, he waived a 1995 law mandating the move, as every president has done before him. In an interview with former Arkansas gover nor, Mike Huckabee, Trump poured cold water on the hope of relocation again. I want to give that a shot before I even think about moving the embassy to Jerusalem, he said, referring to his efforts to revive the Israeli-Palestinian peace process. Trump seems to have fallen victim to the persistent myth that the chances for peace would be undermined by affirming Israels sovereignty in Jerusalem. Fifty years later, the Jewish people are still paying the price for the refusal of the Arabs to accept the partition plan. Responding to Trumps comment, Senator Charles Schumer, the Democratic minority leader, renewed his call for the president to move the embassy to Jerusalem. Criticizing Trumps indecisiveness, Schumer said that Moving the embassy as soon as possible would appropriately commemorate the fifti eth anniversary of Jerusalems reunification and show the world that the U.S. definitively acknowledges Jerusalem as Israels capital. Schumers position is not as controversial as critics of the move like to claim. It is a con sensus idea in Israel. And there has long been bipartisan support in the U.S. for the Jerusalem Embassy Act of 1995, which authorized the relocation of the embassy. Non-fulfillment of the law does no good to the U.S.-Israeli relationship or to prospects for Arab-Israel peace, a group of Democratic and Republican senators wrote to President Clinton in 2003, urging him not to invoke the waiver. Moving the embassy could have a positive effect on the Middle East. It would show our strongest ally, Israel, that the U.S. recognizes Jerusalem as its capital. And it would tell Israels enemies that the security of the Jewish state is non-negotiable for Washington. The Russians would understand that the Americans are reas serting power in the Middle East, a region left at the mercy of brutal dictators and religious fanatics by the previous admiration. And the Palestinians would come to realize that unilateralism will no longer be rewarded and the only acceptable path forward are genuine peace negotiations. For too long, the decision has been delayed over misplaced concerns over Palestinian in citement. Incitement against Israel has been an integral part of Palestinian discourse for generations. Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas recently said about Jews in Jerusalem: Al-Aqsa is ours and so is the Church of the Holy Sepulcher. They have no right to desecrate them with their filthy feet. We wont allow them to do so and we will do whatever we can to defend Jerusalem. It would therefore be a mistake to under stand Palestinian incitement as a reaction to a political decision. It does not require the U.S. to move its embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, for the Palestinian leadership to spew out a constant barrage of poison against the Jews. The resentment is far more deep-rooted than that, propagated by central political institu tions and celebrated on Palestinian streets. When you name public squares and women centers after terrorists, you are encouraging a culture of hatred. When you celebrate sui cide bombers as martyrs and role models for Palestinians, you are glorifying violence. When you deny Israels right to exist and deny Jews to live in their ancient homeland, you are preaching a genocidal ideology. Former U.S. peace negotiator Dennis Ross once warned that there cannot be successful negotiations if there is one environment at the peace table and another environment in the streets. The Palestinians systematic incitement in their media, an educational system that bred hatred, and the glorification of violence made Israelis feel that their real purpose was not peace, Ross said. There has been a continuous Jewish pres ence in Jerusalem for 3 millennia and Senator Charles Schumer should be congratulated for following a long tradition of bipartisan support for the relocation of the embassy to Jerusalem. Joshua S. Block is CEO and president of The Israel Project. Its time to move the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem By Stephen M. Flatow JNS.org Just when you thought things couldnt get any messier over at the Center for Jewish History, a New York Times columnist who was invited to speak at an event there has unleashed a barrage of verbal attacks on Israel. The columnist, Roger Cohen, was invited to deliver this years Leo Baeck Memorial Lecture. The Leo Baeck Institute is one of six Jewish organizations that operate from the Center for Jewish History building. I did not attend Mr. Cohens lecture Oct. 15. But in a pre-lecture interview with the Baeck Institutes newsletter, LBI News, Cohen violently lashed out at Israel. Somehow, he declared, the Jews, who were for millennia humiliated and excluded in the diaspora, now find themselves in a semi-colonial situation in which they subject the Palestinian people to much of what we once suffered. Much of what we suffered? Gas chambers? Pogroms? Ghettoes? Inquisitions? Which of these, exactly, does Cohen think Israel has used against the Palestinians? He didnt stop there. Cohen proceeded to declare, Lawlessness prevails in the settle ments. Another blatant lie. Anybody who is familiar with the Jewish communities in Judea and Samaria knows lawlessness is an absurd and outrageously false description. Those communities are legal, and the overwhelm ing majority of their residents are peaceful, law-abiding citizens. Cohen continued, The settlers vote as citizens of Israel while the millions around them cannot vote. Utterly false. Of course the Palestinian Arabs can vote, and they do votewhen Palestinian Authority (PA) Presi dent Mahmoud Abbas lets them. Just five months ago, on May 13, 2017, hundreds of thousands of supposedly disen franchised Palestinians went to 461 polling stations, and chose the members of the 391 municipal and village councils in the PAcontrolled portions of Judea and Samaria. A total of 3,489 council members were elected. But I guess Roger Cohen wasnt paying atten tion. He was too busy accusing Israel of denying Palestinians the right to vote. Of course, its not as if the Leo Baeck In stitute didnt know what it was getting into when it chose Cohen as its speaker. He has been an outspoken critic of Israel for a very long time. In his column from Feb. 10, 2014, he accused the Israelis of keep[ing] their boots on the heads of the Palestinians. In his column from Jan. 28, 2016, Cohen urged businesses around the world to take action to force Israel to cease settlement-related activi tiesin other words, to boycott Israel. And who can forget his series of articles in 2009 whitewashing anti-Semitism in Iran? I find it hard to believe that the leaders of the Leo Baeck Institute were not aware of Cohens record before they selected him as their speaker. But whether or not they knew of his attacks on Israel in the past, why did they consider it necessary to circulate his lat est attacks on Israel, in their newsletter? Why publicize and legitimize his anti-Israel tirades? A similar question was raised recently when it was revealed that another institution at the Center for Jewish History, the American Jew ish Historical Society, was planning a Balfour Declaration event featuring speakers from the anti-Zionist Jewish Voice for Peace group. I am not assuming that the controversial new president of the Center for Jewish History, David N. Myers, is to blame for the activities of either the American Jewish Historical Society or the Leo Baeck Institute. They are autonomous organizations that make their own programming and publishing decisions. Nor am I suggesting that people who attack Israel should be deprived of their right to free speech. There are, of course, plenty of platforms for people who want to denounce Israel. The question I am raising is whether mainstream Jewish community institutions should provide platforms for such attacks on the Jewish state. The leaders of the American Jewish His torical Society decided, to their credit, that the anti-Zionist Balfour program should be cancelled, since it was not consistent with their societys mission. Perhaps the folks at the Leo Baeck Institute can learn from that. The Baeck Institutes mission is to promote the study and understanding of German-Jewish history. Roger Cohens comparison of Israels behavior to that of past persecutors of the Jewsin cluding German Jews, obviouslywas a gross distortion of German-Jewish history. The publication of Cohens anti-Israel vitriol in the Baeck Institute newsletter was clearly inconsistent with the institutes mission. The institute should acknowledge its grievous error in judgment. 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. Speaker at Center for Jewish History violently denounces Israel By Laurence Morrell Have you ever asked yourself or wondered why after almost 70 years there are still Pales tinian refugee camps? Have you ever wondered why there are still Palestinian refugees? I have asked myself the same questions. Ap parently this one issue has been a constant stumbling block in finding a resolution to this horrific situation between the Palestinians and the Israeli government. So, I started to do a little research. It was easy using Google Chrome as my search engine, I was able to find a wealth of information. To begin with, you have to go back to the beginning. Duh? Too often, researchers do not do that. They only go back as far as they deem necessary to make their point. Heres what I found. The United Nations created a separate organization just for the Palestin ian refugees. It is the United Nations Relief and Works Agency or UNRWA. The UNRWA was established in 1948 and began operation in 1950 for the sole benefit of the Palestin ian refugees. In fact, it created the unique definition of a Palestinian refugee. It has contributed to the welfare and human de velopment of four generations of Palestine refugees, defined as persons whose normal place of residence was Palestine during the period 1 June 1946 to 15 May 1948, and who lost both home and means of livelihood as a result of the 1948 conflict. The descendants of Palestine refugee males, including legally adopted children, are also eligible for registra tion. It should be noted that adoption is not approved under Sharia law. This new definition of a refugee totally contradicts International Law. Descendants of refugees are not to be considered refugees, but rather the citizens of the host countries where they live. This is based upon the 1951 UN Convention Relating to the Status of Refu gees. This definition was never included when discussing the situation of non-Palestinian refugees who became refugees at the same exact period of time such as after World War II the German refugees, the Pakistani refugees, the Indian refugees, and the Chinese refugees whose totals far out number those of the Palestinian refugees. Interesting that only the Palestinian refugees have this unique definition of a refugee considering all of the millions of refugees that were created at the same time period. All of these people are no longer refugees after the same length of time of almost 70 years. Neither are they being supported by the United Nations as are the Palestinian refugees. However, there are millions of other nonPalestinian refugees in the world today who are receiving assistance that is truly needed and deserved. These refugees fall under the jurisdiction of a different refugee agency set up by the United Nationsthe United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. UNHCR was established on Dec. 14,1950. This agency deals with many more millions of refugees, employs much fewer staff than UNRWA, and has a budget that is more realistic to the number of people being assisted. UNRWA services are available to all those living in its areas of operations who meet this definition of a refugee, who are registered with the agency and who need assistance. When the agency began operations in 1950, it was responding to the needs of about 750,000 Palestine refugees. Today, some 5 million-plus Palestinian refugees are eligible for UNRWA services as a result of the uniqueness of the term Palestinian refugee to include the descendants of Palestine refugee males, in cluding legally adopted children. This number is highly suspect to begin with. First, only about 1/3 of all the so-called refugees live in the UNRWA sponsored refugee camps. These camps are still located in Lebanon, Jordan, Syria, Gaza, the West Bank and East Jerusalem. Secondly, it is to the advantage of both the UNRWA and to the refugee family to falsify collected data. For instance, deaths may not be reported, family members may be exaggerated so the family will continue to get UNRWA assistance such as food and financial aid or extra assistance. These qualifications also include the 2/3 of the Palestinian refugees not living directly in these specified refugee camps. Talk about fraud !! These are U.S. tax dollars we are talking about. How much the United States pays to support the UNRWA is a tale of woe all into itself. The U.S. State Department should be chastised from North Carolina all the way to Oregon for allowing this to continue! Lets move ahead to the next flash point in the tale of woe for the Palestinian refugees. The war of 1967 after which, Israel had taken control of Judea-Samaria aka The West Bank. Prior to the Six Day War of 1967, those Pal estinians living in Judea-Samaria were living Palestinian refugees still in campswhy after 70 years? Refugees on page 14A
HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, NOVEMBER 3, 2017 PAGE 5A Weisel on page 14A By Andrew Silow-Carroll NEW YORK (JTA)If a woman called the JTA office and said she wanted to tell her story of sexual harassment by a prominent community figure, wed have questions. Would she put her name to the accusations? Can she corroborate them? Can she provide specific dates and descriptions of when and where the alleged abuse took place? Are there other people who could confirm her story? Wed also tell her that we are going to seek comment from the other side and she should prepare herself for the response. On Monday, an author named Jennifer Listman published an essay on the selfpublishing site Medium alleg ing that the Nobel laureate and Holocaust survivor Elie Wiesel had fondled her dur ing a Jewish fundraising dinner in 1989, when she was 19. The essay appeared in the wake of serial allega tions of sexual assault and abuse against the Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein, as well as a spate of #metoo testimonies by women who had been harassed and worse by powerful men. Listmans story stood out from those testimonials ow ing to the celebrity of the accused, and the wide chasm between Wiesels public per sona and accomplishments and the sordid nature of the alleged act. Not surprisingly, her account rocketed around the web. A few Jewish sites, including the Forward, ampli fied her account, and Salon and Newsweek ran items quoting it. JTA prides itself on being a comprehensive Jewish news site, but after a long debate on Monday we decided not to run an item about Listmans accu sationsat least not then. As editor in chief, I reminded staff of the journalistic standards, outlined above, to which we would normally put accusa tions of this nature. One of our reporters started making calls, seeking comment from Listman and trying to reach others whose Facebook posts suggested they might have some relevant insight into her charges. Unable to reach Listman, we still held off on publishing. On Tuesday morning, Newsweek reporters seemed to have advanced the story in two significant ways: They interviewed her ex-husband, mentioned in Listmans ac count, who did not witness the alleged assault but remem bers his then-girlfriends re action and their conversation after. They also got a com ment from the Elie Wiesel Foundation for Humanity, which rejected Listmans ac cusation and chided News week for republishing such a specious and unsubstantiated charge. My relatively bloodless description does not capture the heated debate we had in the officea debate informed and in some ways distorted by the ways the new rules of social media and Internet publishing clash with older journalistic standards. Its noble to want to apply tra ditional reporting practices to the story, argued one col league, but the story is already out there and being widely discussed. Others suggested that ignoring Listmans essay amounted to doubting and even shaming the victim of sexual assaulta tendency that allowed alleged predators like Weinstein, Bill Cosby and Roger Ailes to go unpunished for so long. And nearly every one was uncomfortable that Wiesel, who died in 2016, isnt alive to respond to the charges. I bristle at the idea that just because something is being talked about it should be reported; that gives a lot of power to the rumor mill. It allows news outlets to make the disingenuous decision of writing not about the thing itself but the controversy, or passing along reporting that does not meet their own By Kenneth Jacobson (JTA)Here we go again: The issue of how and why the United States should en gage with the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization is back in the news. The announcement by the Trump administration that the U.S. will be pulling out of UNESCO over its biased treatment of Israel is only the latest manifestation of a fraught relationship between America and this U.N. body. Established soon after World War II as an effort to ensure the de-Nazification in Germany and the promo tion of democratic values, UNESCO took a more com plicated turn in later decades. While still doing important work in preserving cultural heritages and reinforcing the value of education, science and culture, UNESCO also entered treacherous terrain in two areas: Reflecting its huge expansion in the 1960s and 70s consisting mostly of new emerging states, it began to challenge Western notions of a free press and the inde pendence of journalism from government; and, echoing the trend in the General Assem bly and other U.N. bodies, it singled out Israel as an alleged major violator of cultural and religious sites dear to Muslims and Palestinians. This combination of be havior led the United States to take action on three occa sions. The first was in 1974, when Congress suspended appropriations to UNESCO because the U.N. body had excluded Israel from a regional working group. The second was in 1983, when the U.S. pulled out of UNESCO, saying the body has shown hostility to a free market and a free press. And in 2011, Congress again cut funding to UNESCO, citing the organizations recognition of Palestine as a member, in violation of U.S. law going back to the early 1990s, requiring cuts to any U.N. agency if the State of Palestine were accepted as a full member. The arguments about U.S. policy toward UNESCO re main pretty much what they have been for years. Those who argue for leav ing conclude that America should not be a party to an institution that engages in such egregious behavior. And if we are ever going to get UNESCO back to first principles we need to be firm, tough and consistent. The U.S. can always return as a full member, and for now can continue to provide American perspective and expertise as a nonmember observer. Pulling out is a courageous and ethical decision because UNESCO has become a the ater of the absurd and instead of preserving history, distorts it, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu tweeted in response to the U.S. an nouncement. Advocates of continuing support agree that UNESCO does disturbing things, par ticularly through resolutions passed by various commit tees, including its executive board, that condemn Israel and even, at times, seem to deny the legitimacy of Israeli historic claims to the land of Israel. Still, they argue, the organization does a lot of good work in the scientific, edu cational and cultural fields that particularly benefits less developed nations. This work includes Holocaust education and efforts to counter violent extremism. Moreover, proponents ar gue, even though the U.S. loses many votes, it should stay in and fund the body because the potential for in fluence and changing minds is far greater from inside than outside. And since most of the voting decisions are made by member-states themselves, the U.S. is best positioned to change behaviors through direct diplomacy with those countries and not through punishing UNESCO itself. Then there are questions of timing and context. UNESCOs executive board just elected a new director of the organization, turning down the original favorite, By Yosef I. Abramowitz JERUSALEM (JTA)The Jewish month that began two weeks ago, Cheshvan, has traditionally been dubbed mar, or bitter, because it alone among the months is devoid of any holidays. It is time for the Jew ish people, and the Jewish calendar, to drop mar from Cheshvan, since it is blessed with one of the most remark able and sweetest Jewish holidays: Sigd. At the end of Cheshvan for well over a thousand years, the Jewish community of Ethiopia would dress in white, climb Mount Ambover in Gondar and pray for their redemption and aliyah to Jerusalem. The miraculous airlifts and rescue of Ethiopian Jewry, and the subsequent aliyah of tens of thousands more, stands as one of the proudest moments in Jewish history and a shin ing example of what Jewish peoplehood can accomplish against great odds. Now the Ethiopian community cel ebrates Sigd en masse on the Haas Promenade, overlook ing the Old City, with prayer, music and speeches. Israeli schools are starting to cel ebrate Sigd, as should Jewish schools worldwide. Africa has gifted to the Jew ish people sweetness and hope on Cheshvan, which is also Jewish Social Action Month, when we turn outward as a community. I have accompanied Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and other Israeli leaders to Africa over the past several years, promoting not only a solar-powered vision for the continent but an enlightened Israeli policy of becoming a su perpower of goodness. Israeli water, agricultural, medical and green energy technology and investments can play a transformative role by uplift ing the dignity of hundreds of millions of people. And with a quarter of the votes in the U.N. General Assembly belonging to Africa, as well as two swing votes on the Security Council, there are diplomatic benefits to Israel as well. It is no wonder that AIPAC, the pro-Israel lobby, had for the first time an African head of statePresident Paul Kagame of Rwandaaddress 15,000 activists at its annual policy conference earlier this year. And the African Institute of the American Jewish Com mittee has not only lobbied African ambassadors to the United Nations, but also has been sponsoring them on transformative fact-finding missions to Israel. The push into Africa has deep roots in the Zionist nar rative. In Theodor Herzls day, Africa was ruled and exploited by European empires. There is still one other question arising out of the disaster of nations which remains unsolved to this day, and whose profound tragedy only a Jew can comprehend. This is the African question, Herzl wrote in his diary in 1901. Once I have witnessed the redemption of the Jews, my people, I wish also to as sist in the redemption of the Africans. While Herzl himself didnt witness the creation of the State of Israel, Golda Meir did. And when she became foreign minister, she set out in 1958 on an African tour that led to the creation of Israels famed international agency for international development, Mashav When Netanyahu declares that Israel is coming back to Africa, he is channeling Golda. And when he says that Africa is coming back to Israel, hes channeling Ethiopian Emperor Haile Selassie, the Lion of Judah, who claimed King Solomon as an ancestor. The challenges facing Af rica, and the potential for Af rican-Israeli partnerships to address them, are staggering. There are 600 million Africans without access to electricity Why we waited before publishing that story about Elie Wiesel Eager for the US to pull out of UNESCO? Not so fast Israel and Africa need each other and 300 million without ac cess to clean water. A famine sweeping East Africa affects 16 million people, including the hungry 2,000-member Abayudaya Jewish community in eastern Uganda. At the same time, Africa boasts 11 out of the 20 fastestgrowing economies on the planet, according to the World Bank, and its billionplus population will double by 2050. For this economic and humanitarian potential to be unleashed, at least two obstacles have to be over comeone-self-inflicted, the other political. The self-inflicted thorn in the side of Israeli-African rela Qatari diplomat Hamad bin Abdulaziz al-Kawari, who is known for his history of antiSemitism. Instead they chose a French diplomat, Audrey Azoulay, a former culture minister who also happens to be Jewish. While Azoulay has voiced criticism of Israel in the past, she at least offers the possibility of tempering the institutions bias against the Jewish state. While the director-general does not have the power to cancel votes, the outgoing dip lomat in that position, Irina Bokova of Bulgaria, was an outspoken critic of anti-Israel politicization at UNESCO and made great efforts behind the scenes to mitigate extreme campaigns. Should we not give Ms. Azoulay a chance to improve the situation? standards. Its not a question of wheth er we believe a story or not, but whether we tried to verify it. In jumping on unverified information and publishing it alongside hedging language, such as reportedly or claim ing, news organizations provide falsities significant exposure while also imbuing the content with credibility, media critic Craig Silverman wrote in a 2015 report for Columbias Tow Center for Digital Journalism. This is at odds with journalisms essence as a discipline of verification and its role as a trusted provider of informa tion to society. On the other hand, I didnt want JTA to be part of the persistent and... pervasive UNESCO on page 14A Africa on page 15A
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HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, NOVEMBER 3, 2017 PAGE 7A rf rntbn rrrn rfrntbr r Matanya Tausig/Flash90 Israeli soldiers rest from training in northern Israel, June 14, 2009. By Andrew Tobin JERUSALEM (JTA)The Israel Defense Forces takes pride in its status as a peo ples army. More than just a military, the IDF embraces its reputa tion as an equalizing force in Israeli society. Every soldier, rich and poor, is supposed to learn during mandatory army service what it takes to be a successful Israeli. Israel is a country known as a nation of immigrants, the army wrote on its blog several years ago. The lead ing assumption is that by integration into the IDF, as similation into Israeli society is easier. But Israels Channel 2 challenged that ideal with a TV news story aired Friday about what it said is a growing phenomenon of soldiers from privileged backgrounds sell ing their guard duty to their hard-up comrades. The re port prompted debate among Israelis over how much the army can be expected to do for its soldiers. Among developed coun tries, Israel has the highest poverty rate and the second worst income inequality be hind only the United States. Although Israels poorest communities, haredi Jews and Arabs, do not serve, those disparities are still reflected in the army, into which most Jews are conscripted after high school. In the Channel 2 story, three Israeli soldiers revealed that they perform guard duty for their fellow soldiers in ex change for money. With their names and faces concealed, they discussed working extra nights, weekends and holi days to support themselves and their financially strug gling families. Their com manders look the other way, they said, allowing them to earn more in a single shift than the army pays them per month. Gimmel, a combat sol dier on a base in southern Israel, said he began accept ing payment for extra guard duty after his commander turned down his request to work during his time off the base. He said the work allows him to send money home, but performing the national obligation of others is demeaning. What is most painful is that once again class differ ences enter the army, the place that must be be neutral and equal regarding class differences, he said. Rich people go home. People with low status stay and guard in their place. Gimmel also said the long hours compromise his effec tiveness as a soldier. You sleep an hour, maybe. Youre totally broken, he said. Everything you do, you dont do correctly. You make mistakes. While Gimmel conceded that buying and selling guard duty is not OK and should be stopped, he put the responsibility on the army for not doing enough to take care of its soldiers. In a written response to Channel 2, the IDF Spokes persons Unit said that guard duty is a military activity and buying and selling it is strictly forbidden. The army does not recognize a widespread problem, the statement said; soldiers from low-income backgrounds should take advantage of available resources. Yet the practice of buying and selling guard duty has been reported in Israel before, and in a Facebook discussion under the Channel 2 story, dozens of former soldiers said it was common during their army service, with accounts stretching back as far as the 1970s. One of the commenters, Aviv, who asked that his last name not be used, told JTA he considered picking up extra guard duty at times during his decade in the Israeli Air Force, but had enough sup port from his parents that it was not necessary. Like many commenters, Aviv expressed mixed feelings about the practice. Look, it definitely re duces the headache for the system. The soldiers who need money can do a favor for a friend and earn half their monthly salary in a Poor Israeli soldiers earn cash by taking on rich colleagues guard duty few hours, he said. On the other hand, its pretty messed up because these soldiers should get the help from the system itself. Maayan Adam, a spokes woman for Culture Minister Miri Regev and a star of the latest season of Israels version of the Survivor reality TV show, spoke out in favor of allowing soldiers to buy and sell guard duty. In a Facebook post Friday, she recalled working double shifts as a waitress to support herself in the army If her fol low soldiers had offered her money to guard for them, she said, I wouldnt have thought twice. True, this phenomenon is painful, Adam wrote. But I must admit that the soldier in me very much hopes this option will not be taken from the soldiers. Even if it sounds awful to you, its a ray of light for them. Adam said she did not have faith that the army could solve the problem, saying it does not always have so lutions for complex cases, usually poor solutions. A former army social work officer, who spoke to JTA on condition of anonymity, agreed. During her service, she said, she was often frustrated with how poorly the bureaucracy served her neediest soldiers and their families. But she still felt strongly that the army could not abandon its role as a na tional unifier. She said it had to find ways to both stop the practice of buying and selling guard duty and to make sure soldiers were not desperate. When youre wearing the uniform, you really cant tell whether the person next to you is rich or poor, she said. It would be heartbreaking to see that lost.
PAGE 8A HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, NOVEMBER 3, 2017 feet of program space for the Catholic Campus Minis try. The University of Central Florida has the third largest Jewish student population outside of the state of Israel. Harris practices in the areas of estate planning, busi ness succession planning, and tax law, representing clients in probate matters, including complex tax plan ning. He is a former legal assistant with the Eighth Judicial Circuits Probate Di vision in Gainesville, Florida, with detailed estate planning knowledge from the perspec tive of judicial proceedings. In addition, his experience includes representing clients in connection with creating and maintaining specifically tailored estate plans, various corporate matters related to closely held entities, probate and trust litigation, as well as tax controversy cases before the Internal Revenue Service and the Florida Department of Revenue. A law graduate of the University of Florida Levin College of Law, Dan holds an Estates & Trusts Practice Certificate, and the Envi ronmental & Land Use Law Certificate. He also holds an advanced law degree, LL.M. in Taxation, from the Univer sity of Miami School of Law. Dan has authored articles on taxation, published by The Florida Bar, and he has served as a judge at the National Tax Moot Court competition sponsored by The Florida Bar Tax Section. ShuffieldLowman Attorney Dan Harris joins Central Florida Hillel Board of Directors father looked up. Their eyes met, and then she began to sob uncontrollably. As my father tells it, he did not have to be a mind reader to know what his mother was thinking. Having three sons going off to war was more than she could bear. He stood up and wrapped his arms around her. Ma, he said as he hugged her, dont cry. It will be all right. Youll see. Were all coming back. But she was inconsolable. Finally, she pulled herself together. Before not too long, my dad was out the door and on his way. And so, with handshakes, hugs, a new wristwatch, a mothers tearful exchange in private, and a third Blue Star placed in the window, an American family sent its third son off to fight in World War II. Back then, my family was not so unique, for every fam ily had their own special way of sending a beloved son off to war. Across America, it happened by the millions. I am pleased to say that my fathers words to his mother came true. All three brothers (my father, Arthur, and my Uncles Sid and Dave) returned safely from the war. Three Witkov brothers went to war and three Witkov brothers returned. Of course, this was not always the case in World War II, and it is not the case in The four Witkov brothers, (l-r), the authors Uncle Lester, the youngest; and the three WWII veterans, his Uncle Dave, Uncle Sid, and his dad, Arthur. A mothers tears The authors father, Arthur, with his mother (the authors grandma) when Arthur returned to Chicago on furlough while stationed in the States before being deployed to Europe. By Harold Witkov First Person According to my 93-yearold father, Arthur, the Wit kov family had a ritual of sorts each time a son would go off to war. There would be a sendoff party of bravefaced family members, a new gift wristwatch presented by his Uncle Harry, hugs and handshakes, and a Blue Star placed in their Chicago Ashland Avenue apartment window (to show that a fam ily member was serving in the armed forces). My dads oldest brother, Sid, was the first to leave home. Next in line was brother Dave. And then it was my dads turn. For my father, departure day also meant catching a streetcar to the local induc tion center and then heading for basic training. From there would be anyones guess. Present the morning my father was to leave home were two of his uncles, including Harry (and the wristwatch), his much younger brother, Lester, and, of course, his mother. My dads father, a kosher butcher, had already left for work. He and my father had said their painful goodbyes the night before. Gathering his thoughts that morning my dad was sitting by himself in their small kitchen. His mom, seeing her opportunity to catch him alone, entered the room with watery eyes. My any of our nations wars and conflicts. Many of our best have fallen, and many have not returned whole. This Veterans Day, let us not just honor our veterans and their sacrifices, but the sacrifices and tears of their family members as well. May we always be seekers of peace, and pray that when war is necessary, G-d and righteousness will be our strength and our shield. Harold Witkov lives in Downers Grove, Illinois. ORLANDOShuffield Lowman attorney Daniel B. Harris was recently ap pointed as a board member of Central Florida Hillel. Harris has been an active supporter of Central Florida Hillel, and he currently chairs the Governance Committee in addition to being a member of the Event Committee. In 2001 the Jewish Federation of Greater Orlando established Central Florida Hillel to serve Jewish college students, and in 2013 they opened a stateof-the-art building just off of campus at the University of Central Florida. NorthView, the 600,000 square foot facil ity, was designed to not only house Hillel, but also serve as a 600 bed residence hall, and includes 20,000 square At Westchester of Winter Park, a premier Assisted Living Community providing customized care and services in a palatial environment in Winter Park, Florida. Licensed nursing staff is in the building 24 hours each day. Multiple room options at affordable room rates and care level fees. Many services are included in the room rate. The Community entrance fee is $500. 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She concludes, We should be focusing our research on how to maintain production of SIRT6 and improve the repair capacity of the DNA damage that leads to neurodegenera tive diseases. This may be the key to preventative and personalized health care. Together with supporters, AABGU is helping Ben-Gurion University of the Negev fos ter excellence in teaching, research and outreach to the communities of the Negev, sharing cutting-edge in novation from the desert for the world. Visit aabgu.org to learn more. This is a paid post. JTAs editorial team had no role in its production. and her team discovered that a specific proteinSirtuin-6 (SIRT6)is severely reduced in the brains of Alzheimers patients. SIRT6 is critical to the repair of DNA, the deterio ration of which is the begin ning of the chain that ends in neurodegenerative diseases in seniors, she explains. Dr. Toiber and her team are examining DNA damage as the cause of aging and age-related diseases. DNA in each cell breaks down due to natural causes, such as me tabolism and the usage of the DNA to produce proteins. She discovered that as a person ages, the amount of the SIRT6 protein in the brain declines. In fact, according to Dr. Toi ber, In Alzheimers patients, it is almost completely gone. The blood-brain barrier prevents us from simply be ing able to inject the protein into the brain to replenish its supply. Dr Toiber is currently working on finding a way to increase the expression of the protein into the brain. When the DNA is damaged, Dr. Toiber elaborates, it may lose important information. If a cell feels it is too dan gerous to continue with this damaged DNA, it may activate a self-destruct mechanism. If too many cells do this, the tissue with the dying cells will deteriorate, such as the brain. DNA damage is inevitable on some level by simply liv ing, with the environment causing additional damage. We repair it and continue going on. But the repairs are not perfect and some DNA remains unrepaired. As you get older, unrepaired DNA accumulates. Dr. Toiber acknowledges that healthy habits like good diet and exercise might make a difference in our DNA health. She points out that engaging in sports and even working past retirement can challenge the body in positive ways, preparing your cells to react more readily and thus be more likely able to repair themselves. Even so, you cant avoid the effects of aging entirely.
HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, NOVEMBER 3, 2017 PAGE 9A nor Kelly were raised with any religious affiliations or traditions. Peter and Kelly had much in common. They both were one of four children with similar birth years. Both of their fa thers were career diplomats, jobs that took their families around the world. Kelly and Peter first met when they were 15 and 17 respectively out side the library at their high school in Bangkok, Thailand, where both of their embassy families were stationed. Subsequently, their fathers were assigned to Seoul, Korea, where Peter and Kelly both attended college. After their graduations, Peter joined the Marines and Kelly married an Army officer. Five years and two children later, Kelly was divorced. She and Peter reconnected while both their families were liv ing in Washington, D.C. They were married in 1989. In 1990, while Peter was in Kuwait for the first Gulf War, their first child to gether was born. Tragically, Joel died when he was three months old of what was first diagnosed as Sudden Infant Death Syndrome. Authorities later determined that Joel and two other local children had succumbed to lead poisoning linked to lead in the pipes of their municipal water supply. Devastated by their sons death, Kelly and Peter began a search for answersand faith. We were looking for some thing we could give our children, said Kelly. We wanted something bigger than ourselves, something we had not had. They explored different denominations, questioning chaplains, pastors, priests, and rabbis in hopes of finding a spiritual connection. Kellys best friend, who was Jewish, knew of the Gutensohns quest. She in vited Kelly to a Friday night service at her synagogue. The first time I went, it felt like coming home, said Kelly. Like the piece of me that was lost had been found. Soon after, Kelly prepared her first Shabbat dinner for Peter and her two children, complete with blessings over the candles, the wine, the chal lah and a traditional meal. As the family grew with the birth of eight more children, Kelly learned more about Judaism, its traditions, its holidays. She taught herself and her children Hebrew. The family observed the Jewish holidays. The family attended con servative synagogues, but they were not comfortable with the strong focus on tradi tion and the literal interpreta tion of scripture. While Peter was stationed in Virginia with the Marines, however, they were involved with a group of fellow Jews who met in each others homes for Shabbat and the Jewish holidays. And they celebrated Shabbat every Friday, including the Friday before Peter came home with Torah crown from Laniers. Moved by the by crowns hidden beauty and its mysteri ous past, Kelly and two of their daughters began the process of polishing and restoring the intricate metalwork to its full shine. Family obligations filled their lives, however, and the still tarnished crown was hidden away in one of their closets for several months. Finally, in January 2017, the Gutensohns began in earnest to find a proper home for the Torah crown. Their original intent was to donate it to the Holocaust Memorial and Education Center in Orlando. On further consideration, the family de cided that the crown belonged not in an archive but part of a living, active congregation. The Gutensohns had at tended services at Congrega tion Shalom Aleichem on Pleasant Hill Road in Kissim mee. Remembering the shuls warm, inclusive atmosphere, Peter contacted Rabbi Karen Allen, who assured them that his familys generous donation would be not only accepted but also valued and cherished. On a Friday night in May 2017, just before services were to begin, Peter walked into Congregation Shalom Aleichem carrying the huge crown on his shoulders. Two weeks later, Peter brought Kelly and three of their childrenLiza, Karen, and Gabrielto services. Harry Lowenstein, a Holocaust survivor and one of the found ing members of the shul, had brought the crown home to shine it to its full glory and had placed it on the synagogues Holocaust Torah. The crown now had a home. On Yom Kippur, with Kelly and three of their children watching, Peter was given the honor of holding the Holocaust Torah during Kol Nidre. They are now active members of the synagogue, attending services, sharing the break-the-fast, helping to build the Sukkah. Their 15-year-old daughter, Karen, will be participating in Birth right Israel this December. This beautiful artifact has brought them back more deeplyindividually and as a familyto their Jewish roots and identity, said Rabbi Allen. Every Friday night when I light the Shabbat candles, I think about my grandparents and great-grandparents, said Kelly. They thought that religion was a small thing to sacrifice. Looking back over the past 150 years, I see my family members with no an chor, no roots, and no identity. They gave up more than they could ever know. Marilyn Shapiro lives in Kissimmee. Her book There Goes My Heart is available on Amazon. You may also follow her on her blog, theregoesmy heart.me. can be purchased at the following locations: Scene Around Scene Around By Gloria YoushaCall 407-657-9405 or firstname.lastname@example.org ORANGE COUNTY JCC 851 N. Maitland Ave., Maitland JCC South 11184 South Apopka-Vineland Rd., Orlando Kinneret 515 South Delaney Ave., Orlando SOJC 11200 S. Apopka Vineland Rd., Orlando Browns New York Deli 156 Lake Ave., Maitland Most Publix Supermarkets All Winn Dixie Supermarkets SEMINOLE COUNTY Heritage News 207 OBrien Rd., Fern Park Barnes and Noble Booksellers 451 E. 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Peter had come in to the antiques mall in Kissimmee, Florida, on an early spring day in 2016 to look for a silver serv ing platter for his wife, Kelly. He was a frequent visitor, often successful in his search for a specific old, beautiful object. And sometimes he bought interesting items just because. A few years earlier, Peter had found a Kiddish cup and a prayer book. Kelly had polished up the sterling silver goblet to use at their weekly Shabbat dinners. Their son Gabriel, who was six years old, had confiscated the prayer book, refusing to let any of his siblings see the treasure he kept next to his bed. Unlike the previous Judaica he had purchased at Laniers, however, Peter had a different intent for that days find. De spite its sad appearance, Peter knew that he was looking at a Torah crown, an object made to cover, protect, and honor a Torah scroll, the sacred parchments on which the first five books of the Tanakh are meticulously inscribed. Peter asked how such an object landed in an antique store in Kissimee. The own ers told Peter that the Torah crown was one of many objects stuffed into an abandoned storage locker. The identity of the original owner was unknown. Forgotten? Left behind? Abandoned as the monthly fees for the space in the storage facility had become unaffordable? No matter. After the man agement of the storage facility had made a good faith effort to find the renter without success, the unit was put up for auction and purchased by Laniers. The Torah crown, one of many objects in the unit, had sat in a corner of the store for months, gathering tarnish and dust, until it had caught Peters eye. Peter felt a sense of loss that such a piece of Judaica sat unclaimed, unused, un appreciated. He purchased the crownalong with a silver tray for Kellyand brought them to their home in St.Cloud. A tragedy early in their mar riage had led them to reclaim ing their Jewish roots that had been lost over the previous three generations. Peters Jewish great-grandfather had married a Catholic and assimi lated. Kellys great-grandpar ents had changed their names to hide their Jewishness. Peter had memories of conversa tions with his grandfather about Jewish food, and music; Kelly had early memories of lighting Shabbat candles with neighbors who were observant Jews. Otherwise, neither Peter The Torah crown
PAGE 10A HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, NOVEMBER 3, 2017 By Ben Sales NEW YORK (JTA)The Orthodox Union is founding its own division to advance women as congregational leaders, as well as to promote Jewish study and communal participation for women in Modern Orthodoxy. The announcement comes nearly nine months after the group, an umbrella asso ciation of centrist Orthodox synagogues, issued a ruling banning those synagogues from hiring women for clergy roles. The Department of Wom ens Initiatives, which will launch Nov. 1, aims to in crease womens participation in synagogues in a way the O.U. feels is consonant with Orthodox tradition. I think its important for women to hear what they can do, said Adina Shmidman, the departments incoming director. This department is really focused on the positive, and the will to continue and find opportunities for women. I think positivity and enthu siasm and uniting women through Torah study is pri mary, whether it be personal leadership opportunities or communal leadership roles. The department will have a budget in the hundreds of thousands of dollars and provide guidance, networking and funding for women who want to be professional lead ers in Orthodox synagogues. It will also promote women as congregational scholarsin-residence and encourage women to take on lay leader ship roles at synagogue. In addition, it will encourage the physical expansion of womens spaces in synagogues. Also, the department will offer high-level womens classes in Torah study, as well as programs for youth. And it will form a think tank to ana lyze programs and resources for Orthodox women. Conceived three years ago, the department is in part a response to the ascendance of women to public leader ship roles during the past few decades, O.U. leaders said. They also noted that there is a much wider range of educa tional opportunities available to Orthodox women than in the past. A synagogue with an entirely male senior staff, said O.U. President Moishe Bane, risks unintentionally sidelin ing half its membership. Its difficult to expect that when men are the primary communal leadership that theyll understand and ap preciate the roles women play and should be playing, and the needs they have, Bane said. I think theres a recognition in the Orthodox Union that the world is changing rapidly, and peoples expectations are changing rapidly. In February, the group is sued a ruling barring women from holding a title such as rabbi, or even from serv Adina Shmidman, a doctor of educational psychology and the founder of a men toring program for rabbis wives, will be the first direc tor of the Orthodox Unions new Department of Womens Initiatives. Orthodox Unions new project says women dont need to be rabbis to be leaders ing without title in a role in which she would be per forming common clergy functions such as ruling on legal matters, officiating at life-cycle events, delivering sermons from the pulpit dur ing services, leading services and serving as a synagogues primary authority. The same ruling urged an expanded role for women as teachers and pastoral coun selors, and as lay leaders and professionals. The Rabbinical Council of America, another Orthodox umbrella group, has also issued a ruling against women clergy. Four Orthodox synagogues that are O.U. members cur rently employ women in such positionsall of them graduates of Yeshivat Maha rat, a liberal Orthodox wom ens seminary in Riverdale. Women who graduate from the seminary receive the title maharat, a Hebrew acronym for Jewish legal, spiritual and Torah leader that avoids conferring the title rabbi. But earlier this year, the O.U. sent representatives to these synagogues asking the female clergy to change their titles. According to a recent sur vey, a majority of U.S. Modern Orthodox Jews either fully or somewhat agree that women should have expanded roles in the clergy. More than onethird either fully or somewhat support a woman holding a position with rabbinic authority. A solid majority says a woman can serve as president of a synagogue, a lay position. The Jewish Orthodox Feminist Alliance website currently lists over 80 women who have served as presidents of Orthodox congregations. Bane and Allen Fagin, the O.U.s executive vice president, said the departments estab lishment is not a reaction to fallout from the ban. Rather, Bane said the ban itself was a result of the departments planning process, which included an examination of Jewish legal limits on womens leadership. The department will ad vance women as teachers, professional staff and pastoral counselors. But Bane said a woman should not be the face of the synagogue. One of the most important conversations we believe needs to take place in our community is to define ap propriate job descriptions and titles for women who will serve as synagogue professionals, in roles that are consistent with Jewish law, consistent with tradition, but are extremely important within the shul, he said. Sharon Weiss-Greenberg, director of the Jewish Ortho dox Feminist Alliance, said she hoped the O.U. would make good on its promises to advance women and invest more in womens programs. Along with positive actions, she recommended that the O.U. stop actively opposing Orthodox women clergy and the congregations that em ploy them. Weiss-Greenberg spoke to JTA without knowl edge of the departments establishment, which is being first reported here. They list all these things that women can and should be doing, she said, referring to the O.U.s Jewish legal rul ing. Actions speak louder than words. Lets hear from womenwomen who are not token women, who are highly educated, passionate and invested. Shmidman is the kind of synagogue leader the O.U. hopes to develop more of. She has a doctorate in educational psychology and serves her community as the rebbetzin, or rabbis wife, of her syna gogue in the Philadelphia sub urb of Lower Merion, Pennsyl vania. In 2015, she founded the Rebbetzin to Rebbetzin Mentoring Program under the auspices of Yeshiva University, which pairs younger rabbis wives with more experienced rebbetzins who guide them on how to serve and navigate their communities. While Shmidman hopes to continue training rebbetzins, she wants to expand leader ship and learning opportuni ties for other women as well. The department will push synagogues to offer classes for women on par with what men receivesuch as a daf yomi, which that covers a page of Talmud dailyas well as weekly or monthly womens learning groups and motherdaughter study programs. But Shmidman said she also wants to move beyond formal frontal learning. She suggested, as an example, a model where participants each study texts and teach them to each other. Text study is extremely important, but classes on mind, body, soul, theres so many avenues where Torah can come through beyond text study, she said, adding that a goal will be helping Beth Shalom Memorial ChapelProudly Serving Our Community For Over 35 YearsLdor vdor ... From Generation to Generation Traditional Jewish Funerals Non-Traditional Services Interstate Shipping Pre-Arranged Funerals Shalom Assurance Plan Headstones, Grave Markers407-599-1180 W.E. Manny Adams, LFD Samuel P. (Sammy) Goldstein, Exec. Directorwww.bethshalommemorialchapel.com Women on page 12A
HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, NOVEMBER 3, 2017 PAGE 11A Orlando Weekday Morning Minyan (Conservative/Egalitarian ), services MondayFriday 7:45 a.m. (9 a.m.national holidays); 2nd floor ChapelJewish Academy of Orlando; 851 N. Maitland Ave., Maitland. For information call 407-298-4650. Celebration Jewish Congregation (R) services and holiday schedules shown at www. JewishCelebration.org ; 407-566-9792. Chabad Lubavitch of North Orlando (O) 1701 Markham Woods Road, Longwood, 407-636-5994, www.jewishorlando.com; services: Friday 7:00 p.m.; Saturday at 9:30 a.m. Chabad of Altamonte Springs (O) 414 Spring Valley Lane, Altamonte Springs, 407280-0535; www.jewishaltamonte.com Chabad of South Orlando (O) 7347 Sand Lake Road, Orlando, 407-354-3660; www. jewishorlando.com ; Shabbat services: Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. and 10 minutes before sunset; Saturday, 9:30 a.m.; Sunday, 8:15 a.m. Chabad of the Space & Treasure Coasts (O) 1190 Highway A1A, Satellite Beach, 321-777-2770. 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, 407-222-6393; 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; email@example.com; services 2nd and 4th Fridays of each month at Providence Independence of Wildwood. Congregation Shalom Aleichem (R) 3501 Oak Pointe Blvd., Kissimmee, 407-9350064; www.shalomaleichem.com ; Shabbat service, 1st and 3rd Fridays of the month, 8 p.m. Congregation Shomer Ysrael (C) 5382 Hoffner Ave., Orlando, 407-227-1258, call for services and holiday schedules. Congregation Sinai (C/R) 303A N. S.R. 27, Minneola; 352-243-5353; congregationsinai.org; services: every Friday, 7:30 p.m.; Shabbat Service evert Saturday, 10 a.m. Orlando Torah Center (O) 8591 Banyan Blvd., Orlando; 347-456-6485; ShacharisShabbos 9 a.m.; Mon.Thurs. 6:45 a.m.; Sun. and Legal Holidays 8 a.m.; Mincha/Maariv Please call for times. Southwest Orlando Jewish Congregation/Ohalei Rivka (C) 11200 S. ApopkaVineland Rd., Orlando, 407-239-5444; Shabbat service, Friday, 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, 9:30 a.m. Temple Beth El (R) 579 N. Nova Rd., Ormond Beach, 386-677-2484. Temple Beth Shalom (R), P.O. Box 031233, Winter Haven, 813-324-2882. Temple Beth Shalom (C) 40 Wellington Drive, Palm Coast, 386-445-3006; Shabbat service, Friday, 8 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m. Temple Beth Sholom (C) 5995 N. Wickham Rd. Melbourne, 321-254-6333; www. mytbs.org ; Shabbat services: Friday, 7 p.m.; Saturday: 9:30 a.m. Minyan, Tuesday, 7:30 p.m.; Thursday, 10:00 a.m. Temple Beth Shalom (R) 1109 N.E. 8th Ave., Ocala, 352-629-3587; Shabbat services: Friday, 8 p.m.; Torah study: Saturday, 10:00 a.m. Temple Bnai Darom (R), 49 Banyan Course, Ocala, 352-624-0380; Friday Services 8 p.m. Temple Israel (C) 50 S. Moss Rd., Winter Springs, 407-647-3055; www.tiflorida.org ; Shabbat services: Friday, 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, 9:30 a.m.; Sunday 9:00 a.m. Temple Israel (R), 7350 Lake Andrew Drive, Melbourne, 321-631-9494. Temple Israel (C) 579 N. Nova Road, Ormond Beach, 386-252-3097; Shabbat service, Friday, 7 p.m.; Saturday: 10:30 a.m. Temple Israel of DeLand (R) 1001 E. New York Ave., DeLand, 386-736-1646; www. templeisraelofdeland.org; Friday Shabbat service, 7 p.m.; Saturday, 10:00 a.m. followed by Torah study. Temple Shalom (formerly New Jewish Congregation) (R) 13563 Country Road 101, Oxford, 352-748-1800; www.templeshalomcentralfl.org ; Shabbat services: Friday, 7 p.m.; last Saturday of the month, 9:30 a.m. Temple Shalom of Deltona (R/C) 1785 Elkcam Blvd., Deltona, 386-789-2202; www. shalomdeltona.org; Shabbat service; Saturday: 10 a.m. Temple Shir Shalom (R) Services held at Temple Israel, 50 S. Moss Rd., Winter Springs, 407-366-3556, www.templeshirshalom.org ; Shabbat services: three Fridays each month, 7:30 p.m. Traditional Congregation of Mount Dora (T) Mount Dora, 352-735-4774; www. tcomd.org; Shabbat services: Saturday, 9:30 a.m. sharp. (R) Reform (C) Conservative (O) Orthodox (Rec) Reconstructionist (T) Mehitsa By Adam Abrams JNS.org The IDF struck three Syr ian rocket launchers Satur day after five rockets from Syria entered the Israeli Golan Heights earlier that day, and as Irans military chief inked an agreement with Damascus pledging to combat ZioAmerican schemes. Meanwhile, Russia has reportedly agreed to slightly expand a buffer zone in south ern Syria to prevent Iranian forces and the Lebanese terror group Hezbollah from operat ing near the Jewish state. The IDF located four of the five projectiles fired from Syria into Israeli territory. While all of the rockets landed in open areas and purportedly caused no injury or property damage, one of the rockets landed in close proximity to an Israeli residential community. The IDF will not tolerate any attempt to harm the sovereignty of the State of Israel and the security of its residents and views the Syrian regime as responsible for what is happening in its territory, the IDF said in a statement. The IDF officially cited spillover from the Syrian Civil War as the probable cause of the rocket fire, but added, Even if this was a spill over, it is an unusual incident and the continuation of such incidents will be met with a stronger Israeli response. It seems that the IDF does not think this was a spillover, but an intentional attack, Assaf Orion, a senior research fellow at Israels Institute for National Security Studies think tank, told JNS.org. The IDFs suspicion came largely because no reported fighting occurred in Syria near Israels border at the time, and since the five rockets fell consecutively, deep inside Israeli territory at around 5 a.m. No previ ous incidents of spillover fire from Syria have involved a consecutive volley of rockets deep into Israeli territory. The timing of the incident is considered unusual because most fighting in Syria occurs during daylight hours. Following the incident, the Syrian Foreign Ministry submitted two letters of complaint to United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, claiming Israel coordinated with terror groups in Syria, encourag ing them to fire into Israeli territory to create a pretext for an IDF strike. Israel asked terrorists to launch projectiles at its own territory, so it could justify its own attack, stated the Syrian letter. This new Israeli aggression against the outskirts of Quneitra is a new chapter in the con nection between the Israeli occupation and the armed terrorist organizations, and a desperate attempt to support those organizations. The latest Syrian rocket fire to strike Israel occurred about a week after the Is raeli military launched an attack against a Syrian anti-aircraft battery, after the battery opened fire on Israeli Air Force planes in Lebanese airspace. Saturdays rocket fire from Syria also came amid a rare visit to Damascus by Iranian military chief Maj. Gen. Mo hammad Bagheri. During his visit, Bagheri Saturday signed a memorandum of understanding with his Syr ian counterpart, Chief of Staff Gen. Ali Abdullah Ayyoub, calling to enhance the coun tries military, intelligence and technological coordina tion against Zio-American schemes. Strategically, this is a sig nal of enhanced confidence by Iran, encouraged by the emerging situation in Syria, which it sees as its victory, Orion said. At the same time, this is meant to be a deterring signal to Israel, and affect its calculus concern ing future operations in the northern theater. Operation ally, should Iran fail to deter Israel, it will need to deliver on its commitmenteither by employing its proxies, which is the Iranian strategy of choice, or by directly de ploying Iranian capabilities to Syria. Last week, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netan yahu met with Russian De fense Minister Sergei Shoigu in Jerusalem for discussions on Iran and security coordi nation in Syria. Since becoming actively involved in the Syrian Civil War in 2015, Russia has worked closely with Iran in support of President Bashar al-Assads regime, but has also established a protocol with Israel that aims to prevent friction between Moscows forces and the IDF in Syria. Iran needs to understand that Israel will not allow this, Netanyahu told Shoigu regarding Irans attempt to entrench its military in Syria, near the Israeli border. Netanyahu has intensively lobbied Russia and the Trump administration for the cre ation of a secure buffer zone between Israel and Syria, to keep Iranian forces and Hezbollah away from the Jewish state. According to reports, Israel had demanded a buffer zone in Syria of 60-80 kilometers (37-50 miles) from the coun tries border in the Golan Heights, but the Russians initially promised only to keep Iran and its allies from not coming any closer than 5 kilometers (3 miles). Yet after the Russian de fense ministers visit to Israel, as well as a phone call between Netanyahu and Russian Presi dent Vladimir Putin last week, Moscow has agreed to expand the buffer zone near the Israeli border to 10-15 kilometers (6-9 miles), the London-based Arabic newspaper Asharq AlAwsat reported. Although the reported expansion of the buffer zone falls short of Israels original demand, it may represent a small degree of progress in favor of the Jewish states security interests in Syria. The reported agreement on a buffer zone representing a middle ground between the initial Israeli and Russian po sitions is reasonable, Orion said, adding that a lot will lie in the details of interpreta tion and implementation of these understandings. Basel Awidat/Flash90 United Nations troops patrol near the Israeli-Syrian border in the Golan Heights after mortar shells landed in open fields in Israel, Oct. 21, 2017. Tension rises in Israels north as Syria, Iran team to fight Zio-American schemes
PAGE 12A HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, NOVEMBER 3, 2017 A scene from the film 1945. tion which, despite being fic tional, nonetheless describes for the first time in film the reality of what actually hap pened to us, Peter Feldmajer, a former leader of Hungarys Jewish federation, told JTA. In the film, the two silent JewsSmuel Hermann and his sonarrive on a fateful summer day: the wedding day of a son of the villages de facto mayor. Fearful that the Jewish arrivals are an expeditionary force for Jews who used to own property there, the towns leader frantically mounts cover-ups of his own crimes. A group of villagers armed with pitchforks menacingly gather around the newcomers as they pray for their dead in the villages disused Jewish cemetery. The scene is an obvious reference to the 1946 antiSemitic pogrom in the city of Miskolc, during which two Jews, including one police officer, were murdered by participants of what began as a workers demonstration and escalated into a lynching. This scene accurately and bravely represents why it was impossible for Jews to seek justice in the postwar period, said Feldmajer, whose father was a Holocaust survivor from a Hungarian village where lo cals stole his familys property. Robert Frolich, the rabbi of Budapests main synagogue, praised the filmmakers for de picting the threat of violence rather than its use, which was unusual The pogroms happened here and there, he said. But the fear of having to give back the property, the shame of what was done to Jewseven if only by not defending themthat was common, that was the rule, and this is the first film that Im aware of capturing this. This element of the Ho locaustthe neighbors, the shop owners who took every thing the Jews had and didnt want to give it backthat has remained a taboo, which this film helps break, he added. After the fall of commu nism, the Hungarian gov ernment instituted several laws that were supposed to facilitate restitution claims for property privately owned by Jews. But the procedure put in place made it difficult for many potential claimants to receive compensation, ac cording to the World Jewish Restitution Organization, cit ing the laws narrow definition of an heir along with foot drag ging by justice authorities. These problems were par tially addressed in restitution for heirless property. But it did not address the problem of in dividuals who tried but could not receive compensation for artifacts and real estate stolen from their families in Hun gary, where more than half of the prewar Jewish population of 825,000 was murdered. In parallel, over the past 15 years, Hungarys political scene took a rightward shift. Prominent politicians from Prime Minister Viktor Orbans ruling Fidesz party have in recent years been promoting or tolerating the glorification by others of the legacy of Nazi collaborators and ardent antiSemites, triggering an open row with the Jewish com munity and liberals. Among those honored with statues in Budapest alone since 2013 are Miklos Horthy, the countrys pro-Nazi wartime leader, and Gyorgy Donath and Balint Homan, two Holocaust-era politicians who prompted anti-Semitic laws. In this political climate, even productions about the Holocaust that do tackle Hungarian complicityin cluding the Hungarian film Son of Saul, which won the 2016 Oscar for best foreign language filmhave been de nounced by nationalists from the anti-Semitic Jobbik party, who urged the national film fund to withhold funding for Holocaust productions, as one party leader called them. Amid the hasty coverup efforts depicted in the filmincluding the silenc ing of remorseful accom plices45 also tackles how neighbors who used to be friendly turned on their Jew ish compatriots while under the rule of Nazis and their allies. In many instances, this was done not out of ideological hatred, but in order to survive their new circumstances or make the most out of them. At the same time, the film also acknowledges those who kept valuables for Jewish neighbors and who despised the looting by other non-Jews. Mostly it gives us an idea for the first time of how they felt, the Jews and the nonJews, in those chaotic days after World War II, Frolich said. Taboo-breaking film depicts Hungarys grim welcome to Holocaust survivors 1945 is one of the films in the Central Florida Jew ish Film Festival coming up next week. It will be shown on Sunday, Nov. 5, 11 a.m., at the Enzian Theater. By Cnaan Liphshiz (JTA)The time is just after the defeat of Nazi Ger many. Two Orthodox Jews disembark from a train at a rural station in Sovietoccupied Hungary and, after offloading a heavy bag, they begin a silent, hour-long walk to a nearby village. The purpose of their jour ney is not known. But their arrival in the village sets in motion a series of tragic and violent events, as some residents worry the visi tors will expose crimes they committed during the Nazi occupation, with potentially deadly consequences for the perpetrators. Such is the premise of the award-winning Hun garian movie 1945. The black-and-white feature, filmed last year, is one of just a handful of movies ever produced in Hungary about the theft of Jewish property during the Holo caust. In the U.S., the film will premiere Nov. 1 in New York, with a national rollout to follow. Despite being a low-cost production lacking marquee names, 1945 has found major success at international film festivals. It won awards at the San Francisco Film Critics Circle as well as at the Berlin Film Festival and the Jerusalem Film Festival. One critic called it a subtly crafted masterpiece. And while the film is fic tional, it has struck a nerve among Hungarian Jews whose families lived through the sus picion and hostility depicted in the movie. It is an important produc By Carla Steckman (Kveller via JTA)My final hike with Talia was an act of defiance and love. In July, I held her, my 23-month-old daughter, in a front carrier with extra support to prevent her head from lolling side to side. I pressed her tiny body firmly against mine in the hope that my body heat would comfort and warm her increasingly cold body. She was as weak as I had ever seen her, her body limpa result of her brains inability to function. She was 10 days away from death, yet there we were summiting another peak together. To outsiders, we were a typi cal family on a hike. Mother, father, son, two daughters and even grandma hiking together in Lake Placid, in upstate New York. We got kind smiles from strangers at our wholesome visage. You know nothing, I thought to myself. What they failed to see was the fierce determination behind my eyes to focus on joy and life as an act of resistance in the face of the cold hard reality of Tay-Sachs. This disease, for which there is no treatment or cure, is typically diagnosed once your child stops achieving milestones. The seemingly healthy child you thought you were raising is suddenly one with an expiration date. This degenerative disease gradu ally takes away all of the babys abilities: to babble, to move, even to smile. The timeline is often uncertain, but typically children die between ages 2 and 5. Our family climbed many hikes in our short time with Talia. We showed our child the majesty of nature, even as watching her decline showed us its cruelty. Looking back, I can track Talias life through the developmental stages of hiking gear she didnt prog ress to. In my mind, Talias first hike was on her due date. She was comfortably nestled into her first hiking pack, my uterus, and I hoped that a vigorous walk with my mother by my side might inspire her to sightsee the world beyond me. On that walk I said her name out loud in full for the first time. Talia Lynn Steck man, its time to make your grand entrance, I coaxed. But Talia, in her own act of defi ance, stayed put for another grueling week. Talias first real hike was a mere three days after we returned from the hospital I nestled her tiny body fac ing inward into a BabyBjorn carrier and we took her on a small walk through the wilderness near our home. Focusing on joy and life in the face of Tay-Sachs I was determined that our third child beat the record of earliest hike ex-utero that her siblings had set. I felt intense pride that day at our newly complete family, loved holding Talia close, and also felt great relief at being able to hand her off to her father for some of the heavy lifting. We tried to put Talia for ward facing in an Ergo Baby Carrier at 6 months old. Her body positioning never felt right, and her head didnt seem to be able to support itself. On these hikes, when we reached the summit and had snacks, I had to support Talias seated body with mine to prevent her from tipping over. Our photos show Talia with a content look as she attempts to suck the juice from an apple or peach, but doesnt have the strength to hold the fruit herself or the stability to sit on her own. It was the beginning of a season of questions and comparisons. At 9 months old, we tried Talia in a backpack car rier, as her siblings had done before her. Talia was now receiving physical therapy for low muscle tone, and our schedule was full of doctor appointments to understand the underlying cause. Still in denial, we tried to force her Tay-Sachs on page 15A HERITAGE Presents The CHANUKAH ISSUE Publication Date December 8, 2017 Deadline: November 29, 2017 For More Information Call 407-834-8787 people find God and Torah in all areas of their lives. One of the departments goals is to make the syna gogue a friendlier space for women, who sit separated from men during prayer and, often, Torah study. Fagin said that at some synagogues, the womens section of the sanc tuary feels isolated from the mens section and that its not always accessible. Women From page 10A Theres no question that shuls are organized in many ways around specific activity that is typically engaged in by men, often not by women, Fagin said. There were physi cal things that could be done to be more conducive to the physical participation of women in prayer. Bane acknowledged that among Jews to the right of the O.U., some of the depart ments activities may be controversial. But he said the group hopes to show that just because Jewish law is primary doesnt mean Jewish women need to be secondary. Were not suggesting that these parameters are appro priate for every community, [but] theyre appropriate for the Orthodox Union com munity, he said. Although our Jewish law is eternal and our value system is eternal, we have to be attuned to how we have to adjust our focus for the values of the time.
HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, NOVEMBER 3, 2017 PAGE 13A Weekly roundup of world briefs from JTA IDF blows up Gaza terror tunnel, killing at least 7 JERUSALEM (JTA)The Israel Defense Forces blew up a terrorist tunnel that stretched from Khan Younis in Gaza to Israel. The tunnel, which ended in Israel near the border with Gaza, is believed to have been dug after the 2014 Gaza war. At least seven Gazan Pales tinians were killed and another 11 injured in the controlled explosion, according to re ports citing the Gaza Health Ministry. Most of the dead are mem bers of the terrorist organiza tion Islamic Jihad, which has threatened retaliation. They were in the tunnel at the time of Israels planned explosion. The tunnel was under active construction at the time of its demolition. BREAKING: Moments ago, the IDF neutralized a Gazan terror tunnel inside Israel from Khan Younisa grave violation of Israeli sovereignty pic.twitter.com/WlfdrnbiZb IDF (@IDFSpokesperson) October 30, 2017 This is a blatant violation of Israeli sovereignty, a situa tion that cannot be accepted and in light of which the IDF acted, said IDF Spokesperson Brig.-Gen. Ronen Manlis. He said that the tunnel was not a threat and had been under surveillance for some time. The IDF will continue to use all the means at its dis posal, above and below ground, to thwart attempts to harm the residents of the State of Israel and to maintain the relative quiet in the area that was achieved after Operation Cast Lead. The IDF does not intend to deteriorate the situation, but we are prepared for a variety of scenarios, he said. The IDF said it holds Hamas responsible for all terror activ ity emanating from the Gaza Strip. Earlier this month a Hamas terror tunnel was discovered under a United Nations school in Gaza. The school was immediately closed and the tunnel sealed, according to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees, which runs the school, and Israeli authorities were notified. Talk about hot pastrami! Burglars steal $5,000 from kosher deli in Brooklyn NEW YORK (JTA)The burglars who robbed a kosher deli in Brooklyn werent look ing for brisket or roast beef. They left the food untouched but stole $5,000, after breaking in by way of the adjacent office of a Brooklyn state senator. They certainly werent desperate for pastrami, state Sen. Simcha Felder said on Sunday, according to The New York Post. Police said the burglary took place on Shabbat, between Friday and Saturday night. Mechys Deli, like most kosher food establishments, is closed during that time in honor of the day of rest. The thieves broke into the deli by way of a stairwell con nected to Felders office. Someone broke into the building. They broke into the office next door to ours and they broke into my office and messed up the papers in our office, Felder said. Israel will neither sup port nor oppose Catalo nian independence (JTA)Diverging with the United States and the Euro pean Union, Israel has decided it would, for the time being, neither support nor oppose Catalonian independence, an Israeli news website reported Spain on Friday requested that Israel align itself with many other Western nations in rejecting a vote declaring independence, according to the report Monday on nrg. The vote was passed earlier that day by the majority of delegates in the regional government of Catalonia, a semi-autonomous area in the kingdoms northeast. But senior Israeli diplomats decided in internal talks to neither oppose nor support the declared independence of Catalonia, which Spain says is illegal and anti-constitutional, nrg reported. Madrids efforts to keep the country united have the continued support of the U.S. government, State Depart ment spokeswoman Heather Nauert said. The United States supports the Spanish govern ments constitutional mea sures to keep Spain strong and united, she said in a statement over the weekend. According to the report, Israels neutrality is a reaction to hostility in international fo rums by Spain, which is a major funder of anti-Israel organiza tions and often has criticized Israels actions in the IsraeliArab conflict more harshly and vocally than other countries in the European Union. Additionally, support for Israel is seen as more preva lent in Catalonia than in many other regions of Spain, a federal kingdom of 17 semiautonomous regions, accord ing to the report. Supporting Catalan inde pendence would exact a price in the diplomatic arena, separat ing Israel from Western allies, according to the report. But ACOM, a pro-Israel organization based in Ma drid, in a statement Monday ,disputed the idea that an independent Catalonia would be a friend to Israel. It recalled that Barcelona, the capital of Catalonia, was one of about 50 municipalities throughout Spain that have adopted the boycott campaign against Israel as official policy. ACOM also recalled various antiSemitic expressions by Catalan politicians. ACOM also recalled that, despite disputes, Israel and Spain are friendly nations. In 2014, Spains congress voted in favor of a motion supporting Palestinian state hood. Unlike similar votes in Britain, France and Belgium, the Spanish motion of support was contingent on the comple tion of negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians. That was seen as a diplomatic victory for Israel. In recent years, the Spanish judiciary has cracked down on state bodies adopting a boycott policy against Israel, scrapping those motions as anti-constitutional and dis criminatory. Spain has the largest number of such mu nicipalities in Europe. The Federation of Jewish Communities in Spain, or FCJE, on Friday stated that it was opposed to the Catalan secessionist efforts. Britain Labour Party head Jeremy Corbyn wont attend dinner marking Balfour Decla ration centenary (JTA)Britains Labour Party downgraded its repre sentation at an event celebrat ing a milestone of Zionism, which Prime Minister Theresa May she would attend with pride. Labour leader Jeremy Cor byn, who is a strong supporter of the Palestinian cause and who last year said he regretted calling Hezbollah and Hamas his friends in a controversial 2009 statement, declined an invitation to next weeks din ner commemorating 100 years since the Balfour Declaration, which Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will at tend in London as Mays guest, The Times of London reported Sunday. In the 1917 declaration, named after then-foreign sec retary Arthur Balfour and ob tained on Nov. 2 that year after long talks with Zionist leaders, the British government vowed to help establish a national home for the Jewish people in the Land of Israel without jeopardizing the rights of other area inhabitants. We are proud of the role that we played in the creation of the State of Israel and we will certainly mark the centenary with pride, May said in the British parliament last week. I am also pleased that good trade relations and other relations that we have with Israel we are building on and enhancing. Representing Labour at the event instead of Corbyn, who did not specify his reason for not attending, will be the partys shadow foreign secre tary, Emily Thornberry. Last month she represented Labour at a Friends of Israel event in Corbyns stead. The British pro-Israel group and The Jewish News newspa per of London are organizing a conference on the Balfour Declaration slated to take place at Westminster next week with senior British and Israeli politicians, including the head of Israels Labor party, Isaac Herzog. Corbyn will not be at tending the conference either, organizers told JTA. Among those attending the conference will be Thornberry, International Development Secretary Priti Patel, former foreign secretary Sir Malcolm Rifkind, and Einat Wilf, an author and former Knesset member. Since his election to head Labour in 2015, Corbyn, a hard-left politician, has been fighting allegations that his alleged hostility toward Israel and purported tolerance to vit riol against it was encouraging expressions of anti-Semitism in his partys ranks and among his far-left supporters. The main organization of British Jewry, the Board of Deputies of British Jews, ac cused Corbyn of whitewash ing what it called Labours anti-Semitism problem under Corbyn. Corbyn has vowed to expel any Labour member caught making racist com ments, including about Jews. Dozens of Labour members were ejected from the party for this reason, but others have been readmitted, left in place or merely temporarily suspended. Meanwhile, in a column in the daily British newspaper The Telegraph on Sunday, titled My vision for Middle East peace between Israel and a new Palestinian state, Brit ish Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson praised the Balfour Declaration for its incontest able moral goal: to provide a persecuted people with a safe and secure homeland. I am proud of Britains part in creating Israel, he also wrote. He added that the call for the rights of existing nonJewish communities living on the land to be protected has not been fully realized. Dutch ex-PM slammed for using Holocaust-era word to describe Israeli arrests of Palestinians AMSTERDAM (JTA)A leader of Dutch Jews criticized a former prime minister of the Netherlands for using a word that is widely associated with the Holocaust to describe ar rests by Israel of Palestinians. Dries van Agt, a pro-Pal estinian activist who in 2012 said Jews should have gotten a piece of land in Germany in stead of Israel because World War II had nothing to do with the Middle East, used the word razzia on Twitter to describe the arrests of terror suspects last week. No one died in the arrests. Originating in Arabic, the word means invasion or raid. But according to Ronnie Eisenmann, a former leader of the Jewish Community of Amsterdam and current chairman of the pro-Israel Center for Information and Documentation on Israel, it is mostly used in the Nazi context in Dutch. According to the ENSIE Dutch-language encyclope dia, the word razzia in the Netherlands is mostly used in connection with the time of the German occupation. Eisenmann called Van Agts use of the term unacceptable and inappropriate, adding that Dutch Jews are used to this by now from Van Agt. Bart Vink, a representative of the left-leaning D66 party, which is relatively critical of Israel, also condemned Van Agts use of the word. Your language, bias, and one-sided ness are objectionable, Vink wrote to Van Agt on Twitter. Again you are harming the Palestinian cause once more. Pity, they too deserve better. Van Agt served as prime minister in the early 1980s. In 2008, he spoke at a rally in Rotterdam in which Hamas Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh delivered a speech on video via satellite. Van Agt has said that he would accept the definition of Hamas as a terrorist organiza tion only if the same definition applied to Israel. He also has called for Israeli Prime Min ister Benjamin Netanyahus arrest and trial for alleged war crimes. Van Agt has faced accusa tions of anti-Semitism since the 1970s and has consistently denied them. In 1972, while serving as justice minister, Van Agt said: I am only an Aryan, in speak ing to a journalist about his intention to bring about the release from prison of Nazi prisoners for health reasons. After the statements pub lication caused a scandal, Van Agt said that he meant to say that the release would be difficult for him to achieve because his Jewish predecessor had, according to Van Agt, tried and failed. The International Holo caust Remembrance Alliance, which is an intergovernmental body of 31 countries includ ing the Netherlands, last year adopted a definition of anti-Semitism which includes drawing comparisons of con temporary Israeli policy to those of the Nazis. Critics of this definition allege it is inaccurate and potentially limiting of free speech on the topic of Israel. Israeli embassys Peace WithoutTerror ad cam paign takes top prizes BUENOS AIRES (JTA)An ad campaign focused on peace created by the Israeli Embassy in Argentina about the 1992 bombing attack on the facil ity won two communications prizes. The PeaceWithoutTerror campaign won two Eikon Prizes for Excellence in In stitutional Communications, one for Social Marketing and one for Institutional Advertis ing. The prizes were awarded Wednesday. The ad campaign, which received extensive media at tention in bringing awareness to the 25th anniversary of the embassy attack, presented Argentinean celebrities mak ing the number 25 with their fingers, showing one hand making the V sign for peace using two fingers, and the other making a stop to terror sign using the whole hand, or five fingers. The campaign developed by Basevich Crea agency involved 64 participating celebrities; a photo exhibition in a national gallery; a book; videos screened on national television; and 20 countries that replicated the campaign. The success of the cam paign was huge in numbers and in meaning. Our aim was to approach the memory of bombing from a point of view that is the opposite of the ter ror, to spread the idea of peace as the way to challenge the ter ror, Javier Basevich, owner of Basevich Crea, told JTA. A car bomb destroyed the Buenos Aires embassy on March 17 1992, killing 29 and injuring 242. Iran is believed to be behind the bombing, as well as the deadly attack in 1994 on the AMIA Jewish community center in the same city. No perpetrators in either attack have been brought to justice. The Eikon Prize for Excel lence in Institutional Commu nications has been held since 1998 by the Imagen Magazine. The ceremony was attended by 400 professionals. The Israeli embassy was the only organization to win two prizes at the same ceremony. Ayer ganamos el oro en los #Eikon2017 en las categoras Publicidad Inst TV y #Market ingSocial por el trabajo comu nicacional de #PazSinTerror pic.twitter.com/4qH7N9BNfx Israel en Argentina (@ IsraelArgentina) October 26, 2017 Latin America and the Caribbean declared Inter-Religious Coexis tence Zone BUENOS AIRES (JTA) Thirty leaders of different religious traditions from Latin America and the Caribbean will sign the Cordoba Decla ration, identifying the region as an area of interreligious coexistence. The declaration is set to be signed Monday in the Cordoba province, located in the center of Argentina. Under the premise of not waiting forparadoxically miraculous solutions, regional organizations representing four faiths in Latin America are building something that undoubtedly constitutes pride for the entire region, said Claudio Epelman, executive director of the Latin American Jewish Congress, who also handles Vatican relations for the World Jewish Congress. The Latin American Jew ish Congress is one of four organizations that will sign the declaration. Epelman in 2014 organized a delegation of 45 business people and politiciansJews, Muslims and Catholics, and in terfaith leaders from Argentina to visit Israel, the Palestinian Authority and Jordan. The Argentine experience is an example that surprises those in other latitudes. The Declaration is proof that interreligious coexistence is possible, and helps to shield the region so that it does not import conflicts from other parts of the world, but rather exports the message that co existence is possible, Epelman told JTA. The groups that will sign the document that aims to promote joint coexistence work and the message of coexistence are the Latin American Episcopal Council; the Latin American Jewish Congress; the Latin American Council of Churches; and the Islamic Organization for Latin America and the Caribbean. The document also will be signed by representatives of these religious groups from Colombia, Chile, Guatemala, Mexico, Peru, Uruguay and Venezuela. The document will be signed in Cordoba to honor the nearly 20 years of interreligious work of COMIPAZ, the Interreligious Committee for Peace, cre ated in Cordoba by Muslim, Christian and Jewish leaders, Marcelo Polakoff, the rabbi of the Israelite Union Centre in Cordoba, told JTA. COMIPAZ is the first formal interfaith committee in Argentina. Signing the document in Cordoba also remembers and honors the ancestral coex istence between Muslims, Christians and Jews that char acterized Cordoba in medieval Andalucia, he added, referring to the homonymous city in the southern Spanish region of Andalucia. Argentinean Secretary of Human Rights and Cultural Pluralism of the Nation Clau dio Avruj is scheduled to attend the signing of the declaration at the Cordoba Cultural Center on Monday evening, as will the governor of Cordoba, Juan Schiaretti, and Ramon Mestre, the mayor of the capital city, also called Cordoba. This year the Latin America Jewish Congress, the regional chapter of WJC, organized a joint Ramadan break-fast meal with the Jewish and Palestinian Muslim commu nities in Buenos Aires, which was welcomed by Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas.
PAGE 14A HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, NOVEMBER 3, 2017 India From page 1A Modi firmly agreed. On Nov. 12, the Orlando community is invited to learn about recent strides in Israels Refugees From page 4A in lands illegally annexed into Jordan. This annexation was never recognized by any world organization including the Arab League. This area was originally to be part of the new State of Palestine (Israel) under the United Nations Partition Plan. After 1967, the Israeli government rec ognized the problems within the crowded, slum-like living conditions that the Palestin ian refugees were forced to live under the UNRWA set up. The plan of the Israeli govern Weisel From page 5A UNESCO From page 5A On a broader scale, the Trump administrations de cision comes at a time when our allies and adversaries are questioning American leader ship in the world. With all the mistakes of our foreign policy, U.S. leadership for almost 70 years has been good for the world and good for the Jew ish people. In that regard, this move may well be seen as incon culture of doubting what women say, as Leigh Gilm ore, a professor at Wellesley College, describes it. I dont think applying journalistic standards necessarily implies doubt. But I am a man and cannot appreciate what it means to be repeatedly asked to account for my feelings, or justify my complaints, or confirm the damage I feel was done to me. I think the gender divide also informed my sense of the severity of what Wiesel is alleged to have done. Listman writes that Wiesel grabbed my ass after he shoved himself between Listman and her boyfriend as they posed for a group photograph. After the photo, Wiesel ran to join the crowd at the fundraiser, and that was the last she saw of him. It sounds gross, but sistent with American values and tradition, and one more step of dismantling the unique role America has played on the world scene for decades. In sum, despite its legiti mate concerns, America will be shooting itself in the foot by leaving. Both sides make legitimate claims. This is no slam dunk. It is always encouraging to see a U.S. administration taking a strong principled position based on its rejection of institutional bias against the State of Israel. This sets a good example. If only many of our allies would be as interested in standing up for Israel when it is under unfair attack, Israel not only would be in a better place, but chances for peace would increase and the reputation and functioning of the United Nations would rise to a higher level. The most recent UNESCO vote condemning Israel for its actions in Hebron did show more nations willing to abstain or even vote no, but not nearly enough to change the outcome. The U.S. decision on UNES CO has been announced, but there is still time before it is implemented. A further dis cussion and assessment are in order even if we end up in the very same place. Ken Jacobson is deputy national director of the AntiDefamation League. represents. The Holocaust is sacrosanct and central to modern Jewish identity. Wi esel gave voice to all who died in and survived the Shoah, and prodded the conscience of the West to make sure its memory stayed alive and its lessons relevant. Maybe some people recoiled from List mans accountand want not to believe itbecause they feel to discredit Wiesel would sully Holocaust memory itself. Thats conjecture, however, and such misgivings played no part in our decision to hold off on the story. Its not my job to protect Jewish leaders or causes from their own ap parent or alleged misdeeds. Others in the Jewish media had misgivings about report ing on Listmans allegations, and few did. The Forward published an account of Listmans essay and later retracted it. Its editor, Jane Eisner, explained that the story did not meet our jour nalistic standards. I felt relieved that we held off, telling colleagues that its better to be right than early. By Tuesday, however, we decided to publish an item, mainly because Newsweeks reporting brought some outside scrutiny to what List man had written and drawn a newsworthy response from Wiesels foundation. I wish we had gotten the same responses a day before, but if Id rather be right than early, Id rather be late than wrong. The Wiesel story suggests how rules are changing faster than many of us can keep up with. The Weinstein, Fox News and Cosby scandals have changed the conversa tion about sexual abuse and seemed to have empowered, at last, the victims over the perpe trators. And social media and the unmediated nature of the web have challenged the oldfashioned ways of journalism. I still feel the old rules ap ply, and victims accusations are only strengthened when a reporter can fully corroborate them and put them in an unassailable context. Thats what The New York Times and The New Yorker did with the Weinstein storydevel oping and strengthening it over months and months and making it almost impossible for Weinstein to deny the evidence and discredit his accusers. Important exposes of sexual abuseat private schools like Horace Mann or within important Jewish organizationsalso took months if not years of hard work and shoe leather, with stunning impact. Asking the right questions isnt bullying the subjects or doubting their story. It is a necessary step in making sure their story gets told as it should be told, and heard as it should be heard. ment was to remove the refu gees from the horrid living conditions by providing them with good, new housing on their own plot of land, live in less crowded conditions with good infrastructureroads, health care, water, sewer, electricity, etc. Then to tear down the old housing within the camps to create a less dense population, improve the infrastructure and improve the living conditions. A total of 10,000 Palestinian families were relocated into these new housing villages within the area of Judea-Samaria. But wait. FOUL! cried the PLO. FOUL! cried the PA. FOUL! cried the UNRWA, and the loudest FOUL! was cried by the United Nations General Assembly. They immediately passed UNGA Resolution 31/15 on Nov. 11, 1976. Why? What was wrong? Well, apparently neither the PLO, the PA nor the UN wanted Israel to try to make a better life for the Palestin ian refugees. Why? First, it was a conflict of interest for the PLO, PA and UN. By removing the refugees out of the designated Refugee Camps the refugees would no longer qualify to be refu gees; the PLO, and PA would lose hundreds of millions of dollars received through the UNRWA. Noting that this did not sit well with many of the Palestinians, the United Nations went even further. They again passed another UNGA resolution 34/52 on Nov. 23, 1979. This time they stated that by removing the refugees from the UNRWA Refugee camps, Israel, by providing property for new housing, new homes, good infrastructure, etc., was violating the Palestinian refugees inalienable right of return. Of course the fact that there were millions of dollars at stake did not really matter. As a result, the pre viously relocated refugee families were forced to move back into the squalid refugee camps so that they could continue to be classified under UNRWA as refugees. You see, once they moved out of the refugee camps into permanent housing outside the refugee camps they were no longer refu gees. To prevent this from becoming a continuing problem for the PA, they threatened to kill anyone who would move out of the camps in to the new homes being offered by the Israeli government. You see, the plight of the poor Palestinian refugees is really a well thought out scam to keep the proverbial pot boiling to the advantage of not the Palestinian refu gees, but to the Muslims who dont want a peaceful Middle East. Yet, the charade goes on and on and on. relationship with India and network with Jewish and Indian doctors from Central Florida as the Jewish Fed eration of Greater Orlando Maimonides Medical Society and the Central Florida As sociation of Physicians from the Indian Subcontinent host a program titled The Future of the Israel-India Relationship. The free event will feature speakers Nagesh Singh, con sul general of India in Atlanta, and Jeff Colman, deputy direc tor of Policy and Government Affairs for the American Israel Public Affairs Committee. The discussion will be moderated by Dr. Terri Fine, professor of Political Science at the University of Central Florida. One of AIPACs most senior lobbyists, Colman is AIPACs specialist on budget and trade issues, and is responsible for planning all Congressional missions to Israel. The event will be held at the Rosen JCC, 1184 S. Apopka Vineland Road, Orlando from 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Beverages and light refreshments will be provided. To register, visit https:// www.eventbrite.com/e/dis cussion-the-future-of-theisrael-india-relationship-tick ets-39222890722. absent reports that this was habitual behavior, I found myself asking, does it belong in the same category as Wein steins serial and extended stalking and hostage-like encounters with women, or Ailes lengthy legacy of sexual harassment and coercion? Does Wiesels name deserve to be forever linked with this boorish moment from nearly 30 years ago? That may make me sound sexist, but I am trying to be honest here. I have seen wom en raise similar questions in discussions of Listmans essay on social media (and, for that matter, in our office). At some level, I dont think I or they are blindly defending a male or diminishing incidents of unwanted touching or trying to argue Listman out of the hurt and anger she still feels. I suspect it has more to do with the specific cause Wiesel Palestinians From page 2A The same as what most Americans want: job secu rity, a good education and healthcare for their children. No one [Palestinian] is talking about the settle ments, Eid said. His own definition of homeland is that it isnt where you were born neces sarily, but it is a place where you find dignity, justice and freedom. An analyst for Israeli TV and radio and a Palestin ian human rights activist, Gaza, 65 percent live in refu gee camps. Israel is trying to increase working permits. Currently, 150,000 Palestin ians living in the West Bank cross checkpoints daily to work in Israel; 15,000 of them are building settlement houses. Those who work in Israel average a monthly salary six times that of those who work under the Palestin ian Authority. What will help the Pal estinians? Rather than America and the European nations pouring money into Hamas and UNRWAs pockets, they should help to create industrial zones. Economic prosperity for the Palestinians can pave the way for their future. What is hurting the Pal estinians? The Boycott, Divestment and Sanction movement and UNRWA. BDS is causing more harm to the Palestinians than Israel. BDSs goal is not peace, but how to destroy Israel at the expense of the Palestin ians, stated Eid. He went on to say that the Palestinians should stand up against BDS. America and Europe give $1.6 billion to UNRWA, who publish textbooks that teach hatred. The main mission of the UN is how to create conflict, Eid said. We must control the sources of the funding of the conflict. How can we help? Let our congressmen know that we must stop funding UNRWA until they change the text books. Eid does not expect to see any kind of peace solution any time in the near future, perhaps one or two genera tions from now there might be a kind of peace, but he is not hopeful. To learn more about how to fight BDS, follow Eid on Facebook. He is also forward ing to Rabbi Mendy Bron stein a sample letter on what to say to our representatives concerning funding the UN and UNRWA. Eid has lived his entire life in East Jerusalem. He was born in Shuafat, which is under Jordanian rule and became a UNRWA refugee camp. Currently, 160,000 Palestin ians live in East Jerusalem. They carry an Israeli ID and a Jordanian passport. The ID allows them to travel all over Israel. Eid calls himself a proud Palestinian who grew up in a refugee camp and raised a large family. Of the 2 million Palestin ians living in the West Bank, 54 percent live in refugee camps. 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HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, NOVEMBER 3, 2017 PAGE 15A The Mendelsohn family (l-r) Jason, Lauren, Ryan, Adam, and Ronni. HPV From page 1A delsohn is to those undergo ing cancer treatment. Even with all the inspira tion and encouragement, one person can only do so much. Youd have to be super human to keep up. He remembered his friends and doctors who called him Superman during his treat ments, and he adopted the name SupermanHPV. I chose the name Super manHPV as I knew it would draw attention to the diag nosis, and help me spread the word about HPV-related oral cancer, he states on his blog. I wanted people to un derstand that 3 out of 4 adults by the time theyre 30 have HPV, 62 percent of freshman in college. The next step was to start his own website and Facebook page, cloaking himself in the SupermanHPV image. The site, www.SupermanHPV. com launched the first week of September and provides encouragement, inspiration and educational information to those diagnosed with HPVrelated oral cancer. SupermanHPV.com im mediately drew national attention. After visiting the website, Maggie Fox, senior writer at NBC, wrote an article about him, which has been read by over 500,000 people. www.nbcnews.com/health/ A banner at the first Bless Israel Summit. Israel From page 1A ated the room last year was inspirational. Guest speakers at this years event will be Steve Strang, CEO of Charisma Media, and Holocaust survivor Jacques Wiesel. Special music will be provided by Andy and Sarah Benedick and the LAhavat Tzion Band. I am honored to have been asked to speak, along with Jacques Wiesel, a Holocaust survivor, stated Strang, who will talk about the great heri tage of Christian Zionism. He health-news/silent-epidemiccancer-spreading-amongmen-n811466 He then appeared on NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt. On the site, Mendelsohn tells his story, writes blogs and shares other peoples testimonies of how they have recovered (often with encour agement from Mendelsohn), and they also share their own words of wisdom to encour age others with HPV-related cancer. Doors just keep opening for Mendelsohn. He has met people wherever he goes who have shared with him their own account of being diagnosed with HPVrelated oral cancer. He is currently speaking with and encouraging HPV-related oral cancer patients and survivors from Sydney, Aus tralia to New York, Florida, Nevada, Michigan, Iowa and California. Its amazing how he comes in contact with so many people through someone else. For example, while in Las Ve gas on a business trip, he just happened to ask, Is anyone familiar with the HPV vac cine? The response was No, what are you talking about? So, he shared his own story. Two weeks later, Mendelsohn received a phone call from one of the men hed been talking with. Hey, Jason, he asked, will you speak with my friend (who had just been diagnosed with HPV-related oral cancer)? Another time, he was flying home from Phoenix and he got a text from his fathers best friend, Jason, Ive joined your club He was just diagnosed with HPV-related throat can cer. He was 74. This happens over and over again, Mendelsohn said. People keep in touch with him about where they are in their treatment. He gets to the nitty gritty with them because hes been there. One man in Australia never has a good day, Mendelsohn shared. Please keep emailing me. Im very worried, wrote the Australian. I email him almost every day, Mendelsohn stated, because I had people like this who cared about me. It was because of this per sonal level of caring that he was elected to the Board of Di rectors for the Head and Neck Cancer Alliance and serves as the co-chair for the Patient Education Committee. I wish I would have known about HNCA when I was first diagnosed... as I spent countless hours searching for answers to questions I had regarding HPV-related tonsil cancer, he shared. Boykin, who also sits on the National HPV Board Round Table, knew Mendelsohn through mutual friends on the HNCA board. She asked Mendelsohn to speak at an event about HPV-related can cer in Seattle, Washington. They kept in touch and noting his enthusiasm, asked him to serve on their board. Early diagnoses is so im portant, Boykin said. You might think it is just an allergy or a toothache. It is a hor rific disease with complicated treatment plans. Jason is so positive helping those who are not sure of the process. It is a perfect fit for Men delsohn since HNCAs mission is to advance prevention, detection, treatment and rehabilitation of oral, head and neck cancers through public awareness, research, advocacy and survivorship. His story about recovery, A New Normal, was featured in the Head and Neck Cancer Al liance quarterly e-newsletter. To learn more about HPVrelated cancers, or any can cers involving the head and neck, HNCA ( www.head andneck.org ) is a wonderful resource. This organization is also the only group in the United States that gives can cer patients a $50 gas card to get to and from their treat ment appointmentslike Mendelsohn, very personal and caring. In addition to serving on HNCAs board, Mendelsohn also serves on the board of the Florida Hospital Cancer Institute as a patient advocate. While Mendelsohn was undergoing treatment, he recorded a video for his fam ilyhe and Ronni have been married 21 years and they have three awesome chil dren. It was an after death video. His goal is that he can stop another father from ever having to make a video to their children like that. *When Jason and I met for this second interview, he jokingly referred to me as his Lois Lane because it was the Heritage that first helped bring attention to HPV-related oral cancer. will also make the case why every Bible-believing Chris tian should strongly support Israel and Jews who want to make Aliyah. Last years guest speaker, Jonathan Feldstein, an Or thodox Jew who immigrated to Israel in 2004 and is a fre quent writer for the Heritage, told the story of Koby Mandel and Yosef Ishran, two Israeli teenagers who were playing peacefully together and were stoned to death by a gang of Palestinians in 2001. Its been sixteen years since that horrendous day, and I applaud the commit tee for reminding us that the boys have not been forgotten and are still in the hearts and minds of all peace loving people, Moldau shared. The proceeds from that event supported the Koby Mandel Foundation. This year, proceeds raised will support Ezra Interna tional, Return Ministries and Cyrus Foundation to relocate 30-40 impoverished and per secuted Jewish families to Is rael. So far, Ezra International has helped more than 40,000 Jews from the former Soviet Union make Aliyah. The practical application of this event will be to help relocate poor Jewish families under persecution in areas like the Crimea and Ukraine to assist them to return to Israel through Ezra Inter national, Cyrus, and Return Ministries, said Lorenz. Our goal is to raise $50,000. Steve Strang has already raised $30,000! Recognizing the impor tance of this kind of united meeting, Moldau said, I look forward to the outstanding speakers who will be coming this year. I hope our commu nity will join me at this years program and help Jews who live in countries where they are oppressed to make Aliyah to Israel. The event is free and open to the public. Donations are welcome. This is a non-proselytizing event by the Central Florida Christian community to bless Israel. For more information, visit www.facebook.com/ BlessIsrael/Summit or call 407-832-1858. Africa From page 5A tions has been the treatment of African asylum seekers in Israel. The Israeli High Court has consistently ruled against the governments treatment of the 46,000 people consid ered infiltrators, as if those fleeing Eritrea and Sudan both cruel dictatorshipsare simply economic refugees. A new strategy is needed: turning over to Mashav the Holot Detention Center to Tay-Sachs From page 12A up the ladder in our chain of hiking development. In this pack there was no question something was wrong with her. Despite being strapped down tightly, her whole body hung awkwardly to the side. This pack would never be right for her; the fear of the future truly set in. When Talia was diagnosed at 11 months old, we knew she would never hike a trail on her own two legs. The week after her diagnosis, we went on a scheduled trip to Lake Placid. On the exact same hill we would climb days before her death, we hiked as a family determined to get on with the business of living. We no longer tried to advance Talia up any developmental milestones. We were simply grateful for the time we still had together. Talia was now in a newly purchased Lille Baby toddler carrier that could provide the head support that her neck could no longer give. We climbed a challenging peak as the sky dramatically darkened with an incoming rainstorm. The wind from the storm whipped our hair around. I turned her to face inward and used my body to shield her from the elements. She laughed as she felt her body bounce up and down. I took a selfie of the two of us, knowing that these moments wouldnt last. I questioned what my face should look like. Should I look profound in my knowl edge of death? Happy in this moment of limited joy? How was it possible to experience profound joy and deep sor row simultaneously? Those questions mirrored my emotional confusion of that day, and of all of the days of Talias life. In the end I smiled, cau tiously at first and then with abandon. I smiled both at the absurdity of feeling happy in that moment and at the joy ful discovery that I was still able to smile. Looking at that photo now I see my daughter at the peak of her strength, although she was already de fined by what the disease had taken from her. I see myself, too, wild haired with a wild smile, already defined by what I would not allow this disease to take from us. Carla Steckman lives with her family in upstate New York. She blogged about Talia at www.thewarmweighto flove.wordpress.com and is train Africans in the latest Israeli water, agricultural and green energy technologies. Those who would graduate and leave voluntarily could be emissaries from Israel on how to transform Africa, and they would have the skills to begin their lives anew and prosper. Plenty of African countries would line up to woo these newly skilled Africans if they brought the blessing of Israeli know-how, technology and investments with them. Mostly political threats led to the postponement of an Africa Israel Summit with African heads of state and Israeli leaders that was sup posed to take place in Lome, Togo, at the end of October. The postponement was due to a toxic combination of political unrest in the West African state, a concerted effort by South Africa and Morocco to undermine it, and the mounting political and legal challenges that the Israeli prime minister faces at home. Even so, the pace of African-Israel engagement on many levels continues to increase, especially with Christian heads of state. The best answer to the dip lomatic pressure that caused the postponement of the Africa Israel Summit would be for Netanyahu to appoint Knesset member Avraham Neguise as Israels foreign minister Dr. Neguise, a Likud member, is the only Ethiopian member of the 20th Knesset and was seated strategically next to Sara Netanyahu when her husband wowed the Ethio pian parliament last year. Netanyahu currently holds the foreign minister portfolio. Sixty years after Golda Meirs historic mission to Africa, it is time for Israel to have an African foreign min ister. This will be met joyfully by world Jewry and the world at large, sealing Cheshvans transformed sweet status and elevating the Israeli-African story into our mainstream consciousness. Yosef I. Abramowitz serves as CEO of Energiya Global Capital, a Jerusalem-based impact investment platform, and is a founding partner of the U.S. Power Africa pro gram. He is co-author with Sharon Udasin of the forth coming Shine on! A Solar Superheros Journey to Save the World. Follow Abramow itz @KaptainSunshine. currently writing a book on her experiences of parenting through the abyss. Kveller is a thriving com munity of women and parents who convene online to share, celebrate and commiserate their experiences of raising kids through a Jewish lens. Visit Kveller.com. 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
PAGE 16A HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, NOVEMBER 3, 2017 Celebrating Community & ContinuityExhibition of 150 years RSVP necessary for Nov 12 Exhibition Opening at 3 pm Please e-mail names of those attending to firstname.lastname@example.org or call 407-298-4650Dietary Laws Observed 65 East Central Blvd. Orlando, FL Nov 12, 2017 Feb 20, 2018Courtesy of Heritage Florida Jewish NewsAbe and Zelig Wise, c. 1950.Courtesy of Daniel Wise Lester and Sonia Mandell and Hy Lake, 1980. Dr. Marshall Warren Nirenberg (right) receives the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine, 1968. Marion and Joseph Brechner, 1964.Collections of the Historical Society of Central Florida, Inc. Malcolm Bricklin, 1974.Courtesy of Barbara Bricklin Jonas 65 East Central Blvd. Orlando, FL Abe and Zelig Wise photo credit: Courtesy of Daniel Wise All in same font of the JMOF credit line. Brechner photo credit: Collections of the Historical Society of Central Florida, Inc. Bricklin photo credit: Courtesy of Barbara Bricklin Jonas (Bricklin Photo change to a Sepia tone in brownish or greenish.) Mandell and Lake photo credit: (Courtesy of ) Heritage Florida Jewish News Nirenberg credit is only one from JMOF I would put the credits for Nirenberg and Lake to the right as you have it now. Lake photo credit: Courtesy of Heritage Florida Jewish News Each photo credit for JMOF and Heritage will go on side of each photos (double line with JMOF credit) The other 3 credits can go in the tiny font under the caption titles. Need spaces in the RSVP section between Opening at 3 pm I understand the challenge since only one photo is in color and it is sooo red, but I think it looks terrific! Collections of the Jewish Museum of Florida-FIU, originated by Marcia Jo Zerivitz, LHD, Founding Executive Director