WWW.HERITAGEFL.COM YEAR 42, NO. 10 NOVEMBER 10, 2017 21 CHESHVAN, 5778 ORLANDO, FLORIDA SINGLE COPY 75 Editorials ..................................... 4A Op-Ed .......................................... 5A Calendar ...................................... 6A Scene Around ............................. 9A Synagogue Directory ................ 11A JTA News Briefs ........................ 13A Meet the 2018 J-Serve Teen Task Force committee The 2018 J-Serve Teen Task Force has started planning this years J-Serve community service projects for 6th12th graders, beginning Sunday, April 15. The 2018 J-Serve Teen Task Force are (back row l-r), Will Zornek, 9th grade, Winter Park; Andrew Hefley, 11th grade, Seminole; Tuval Basher, 10th grade, Lake Brantley; Abby Arace, 9th grade, Lake Brantley; Dylan Sachs, 10th grade, Oviedo; (front row l-r), Fallon Harris, 8th grade, Lake Forest Prep; Frances Hoffen, 12th grade, Lake Mary; Jordan Harris, 11th grade, Winter Park; and Rose Moskowitz, 12th grade, Timbercreek. Not pictured, Noah Goldberg, 9th grade, Lyman; and Jacob Senderowitz, 11th grade, Trinity Prep. Sam Tannenbaum stands in front of White Death, a signed copy from Tony Vaccaro. By Marilyn Shapiro A body of an American solider lying peacefully in the snow in a battlefield in Belgium. A Jewish boy in Brooklyn orphaned twice by World War II. And the worldrenown photographer who connected the two. This is their story. Samuel Tannenbaum was born on July 10, 1942, in Washington, D.C. to Henry and Bertha Fiedel Tannen baum. Less than two years later, Henry was drafted into the United States Army, Bertha and Sam moved to A soldier, a Jewish boy, and a photographer the Williamsburg section of Brooklyn to be closer to their families. After training in Fort Meade, Maryland, Henry was assigned to the 331st Infantry regiment, 883rd division and was shipped to England. His rifle platoon subsequently fought in battles in France and Luxembourg, which garnered Henry several medals. Between Dec. 16, 1944, and Jan. 25, 1945, on the border of Belgium and Luxembourg, Allied and German troops were engaged in what would later be known as The Battle of the Bulge, one of World War IIs deadliest fights. On Jan. 11, Tannenbaum and his division were ambushed by German soldiers. Only one personPlatoon Sergeant Harry Shoemakersurvived. When Shoemaker escaped back to regimental headquar ters, he told the sentry, Corpo ral Tony Vaccaro, the details of the massacre. Vacarro and Shoemaker returned to the site the next morning. The two stared at the horrible carnage. If the soldiers had survived, the Germans had murdered the wounded and had stripped the corpses of their watches and other valuables. Then the Germans had rolled their tanks over the dead and dying, crushing them into grotesque, mangled shapes. Only one figure looked peaceful and untouched by death. The prone body of a lone soldier lay face down, his boots, backpack, helmet and rifle showing through the white snow that blan keted him. Vacarro pulled out his Argus C vintage camera and captured the scene. Afterwards, Vaccaro and Shoemaker cleared away the snow to discover the dead soldier was their army friend, Private Henry Tannenbaum. Henry Tannenbaum was buried in Henri-Chapelle Cemetery in Belgium with plans to bring his body home. Bertha Tannenbaum, his widow, falsely believed that the transfer would adversely affect her four-year-old son Sams war-orphan bene fits. Henrys family fought Berthas decision and won. Henrys remains were re turned to New York in 1946. The disagreement caused the widows estrangement from the Tannenbaums, isolation from her family and her grow ing mental deterioration. In her mind, Bertha believed published in April 1925, the most senior official of the Mandate underscored how international guarantees for the existence of a Jewish National Home in Palestine were achieved: The [Balfour] Declaration was endorsed at the time by several of the Allied Govern ments; it was reaffirmed by the Conference of the Princi pal Allied Powers at San Remo in 1920; it was subsequently endorsed by unanimous reso lutions of both Houses of the Congress of the United States; it was embodied in the Man date for Palestine approved by the League of Nations in 1922; it was declared, in a formal statement of policy issued by the Colonial Secretary in the same year, not to be suscep tible of change. Eleven successive British governments, Labor and Con servative, from David Lloyd George (1916-1922) through Clement Attlee (1945-1952) viewed themselves as dutybound to fulfill the Mandate for Palestine placed in the hands of Great Britain by the League of Nations. Arthur James Balfour Balfour Declaration Centenary By Eli E. Hertz One hundred years ago, on Nov. 2, 1917, the Brit ish Government issued the Balfour Declaration. This month, British Prime Minis ter Theresa May stated, we are proud of the role that we played in the creation of the State of Israel. Jewish Rights to Palestine were internationally guar anteed. In the first Report of the High Commissioner on the Administration of Pales tine (1920-1925) presented to the British secretary of state for the Colonies, By Adam Abrams JNS.org The United Nations has earmarked some $1.3 billion to fund Palestinian legal campaigns against Israel and to support the creation of an independent Palestinian state, in what experts are calling an unprecedented act singling out the Jewish state at the world body. A document that was re cently signed between the UN and the Palestinians outlines a strategic programming framework in the disputed territories from 2018-2022, and states that the UN will work to advise the Palestinian Authority on how to exploit international accountability mechanisms in order to hold Israel accountable for alleged violations of international law. The document is set to come into effect Jan. 1, 2018. The document makes no references to Palestinian violations of international law and human rights, nor does it specify that the $1.3 billion in funding should be applied to humanitarian assistance. Rather, the UN document states that the money should be used for developing programs that support Palestines path to independence. The funding of this un precedented and prejudicial aggression against a member state by the UN is clear evi dence that the international bodys goal and solution is UNs $1.3b plan against Israel for a single Palestinian state to replace Israel, Nitsana Darshan-Leitner, president of the Tel Aviv-based civil rights organization Shurat HaDinIsrael Law Center, told JNS.org. Its a new form of antiSemitic aggression and terror by other means, and it plainly violates the U.N.s own char ter, she said. Sixteen UN agencies appear as signatories in the docu ment, including the OHCHR human rights office, the UNESCO cultural body and the UNRWA refugee agency. In signing the document, the agencies pledged to hold Israel accountable for its alleged violations and to document the purported abuses while si multaneously strengthening Palestinian groups ability to advocate effectively for rights to be respected. In the document, the UN also pledged to monitor the impact of Israeli violations as well as how purported Israeli breaches of international law hinder the development of Palestine. There is no other example or precedent of the UN fund ing, training and advising one side of a conflict to pursue le gal advocacy against another Tannenbaum on page 14A UN on page 14A See our 100 years of history! Kehillah: The History of Jewish life in Orlando opens this Sunday, Nov. 12 at 3 p.m. If you miss the opening, dont worry, the exhibit will be on display through Feb. 20, 2018, at the Orange County Regional History Center.
PAGE 2A HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, NOVEMBER 10, 2017 Jewish Pavilion volun teers made sure that se nior residents of assistedliving facilities were not forgotten during Sukkot. Shown here (top) is Emily Glickstein with residents during a pet visit at Oak monte Village in Lake Mary; Nancy Price brings a shofar to Serenades by Sonata; and Atria Park of Lake Forest in Sanford built a sukkah, which they do every year. A dog, a sukkah, a shofar and a hug Michael Brodsky, Panel moderator, member of the Jew ish Chamber of Commerces Board of Directors, with his wife, Lisa. rael Public Diplomacy Forum; Ramin Asgard, a former U.S. Foreign Service officer who served as primary foreign policy adviser to Generals Da vid Petraeus and James Mattis; and Ido Sivan-Sevilla, who established a cyber-security unit for Israels Prime Minister Office. According to Bobby David owitz, president of the Jewish Chamber of Commerce, Kha lid Muneer, president of the Muslim-American Chamber, said to me that we are busi ness chambers, not religious chambers. It made me think about how powerful doing business together can be. When you do business with someone, it seems like all the differences fall away. When you focus on the common goal of doing good business, you dont see religion, you see the person. That is a powerful concept Im honored to be a part of. For more information about the Jewish Chamber of Commerce, visit http:// jewish-chamber.com or follow them on Facebook at www. facebook.com/JewishCham berOfCommerce. Jewish Chamber of Commerce partakes in historic meeting with Muslim Chamber Panel discussion members, Professor Eytan Gilboa, Ramin Asgard, and Ido Sivan-Sevilla, who established a cyber-security unit for Israels Prime Minister Office. An historic gathering took place on Tuesday, Oct. 17, as the Jewish Chamber of Com merce teamed up with the Muslim-American Chamber of Commerce of Central Florida to present a panel discussion on the subject, Forced to be Free: The Fail ure of Democratization in the Middle East. At this panel discus sion, the topics discussed included the thoughts from our panelists regarding why democracy has struggled to take hold in the Middle East, the causes of and the results of the Arab Spring uprisings, and the roles played by reli gion and technology in the Middle East, said Michael Brodsky, panel discussion moderator and member of the Jewish Chamber Board of Directors. This lunch and learn fea tured Professor Eytan Gilboa, the founding chairman and academic director of the Is Throughout the year, JFS volunteers deliver kosher meals to older and/or disabled and home-bound adults. As the program continues to expand, JFS Orlando calls upon its volunteer base to assist with the growing need. Meals will be picked up from JFS Orlando on Wednesday, Nov. 22 between 11 a.m. and noon and delivered to adults in the Orlando area. Typically, each volunteer is assigned 2-4 households and the entire process (from pick-up to final delivery) should take approxi mately 2 hours. This is a great opportu nity for families and friends to make a real impact on clients in need. They very much treasure the friendly visits and the holiday meals. If you are interested in volunteering to deliver holiday meals, please con tact Volunteer Coordinator, Amanda Benedit to sign-up at 407-644-7593 x227. JFS Orlando Thanksgiving Lake Brantleys Club LChaim, with Chabad Al tamonte Springs present the second event of an ongoing series about Standing up against hate on Monday, Nov. 13 at Lake Brantley High School, 991 Sand Lake Road, Altamonte Springs. The keynote speaker will be 94-year-old Holocaust survivor Dr. Jacob Eisenbach. He is the subject of the book Where You Go, I Go, written by Karen McCartney, about his life surviving the Third Reich as a teenager. He is now an educational speaker with a mission to end genocide. Despite his horrifying experiences at the hands of the Nazis, his message is one of hope. No matter how dark the clouds may be, there will always be a day when the sun will break through. Which means, never lose hope for a better tomorrow... That hope has been my guide, he said in an interview with the National Resilience Institute last July. The event will be held in the Cindy Berry Auditorium at 6 p.m., and is free for students and employees of SCPS, $10 for all others. Seminole County Public Schools also sponsors this event. Dr. Jacob Eisenbach Stand up against Hate this Monday evening
HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, NOVEMBER 10, 2017 PAGE 3A (JTA)Gabe Kapler, a major league outfielder for 12 seasons and a coach for Team Israel in the World Baseball Classic, was named manager of the Philadelphia Phillies. Kapler, who played for seven teams, has been the head of player development for the Los Angeles Dodgers organization since 2014. Im equal parts honored, humbled and excited by the opportunity with the Phillies, an elite franchise in a city rich in history, tradition, sports ex cellence and with amazingly passionate fans, Kapler said in a statement Monday. Kapler, 42, is Jewish and has a tattoo of a Jewish star on his left leg and another that reads Never Againa refer ence to the Holocauston his right leg. He coached the Israelis during the 2013 WBCs quali fying period and was invited to travel through Israel with the national team earlier this year. Kapler had never been to Israel before and called the visit an extraordinary life ex perience, adding that his trip to the Yad Vashem Holocaust museum there left him emo tional for several days after. In 2006, Kapler was one of four Jewish players on the Boston Red Sox roster along with Kevin Youkilis, Craig Breslow and Adam Stern. Kapler is known for his interest in sports science and sabermetrics, the empirical analysis of baseball made fa mous in the book and movie Moneyball. He will become the third-youngest manager in the league after Kevin Cash, 39, of the Tampa Bay Rays and Andy Green, 40, of the San Diego Padres. He succeeds Pete Mackanin as manager for the Phillies, who finished last in the Na tional League East this season with a 66-96 record and have not made the playoffs since 2011. Gabe Kapler is named Phillies manager By Ariel Ben Solomon JNS.org Iran is unlikely to halt its drive toward nuclear weap ons and ballistic missiles in the aftermath of President Donald Trumps recent re fusal to recertify the Islamic Republics compliance with the 2015 nuclear agreement, experts say. Trumps move empowers Congress to decide whether to reimpose sanctions that were lifted as part of the deal be tween Iran and world powers. The Iranian leadership has made aggressive statements in response to the announce ment of Americas new and tougher approach, with the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps saying Thursday it would accelerate its ballis tic missile program despite increased U.S. pressure, the semi-official Tasnim News Agency reported. Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, meanwhile, Wednesday called Trump and other senior U.S. officials mentally retarded due to their repeated miscal culations and defeats, Irans Fars News Agency reported. Iran just keeps threaten ing to do what its already been doingcontinuing its path to nuclear weapons, Emily Landau, director of the Arms Control and Regional Security Program at Tel Aviv Univer sitys Institute for National Security Studies (INSS), told JNS.org. The most it changes is the pace of progress and thats precisely the problem with the JCPOA (the nuclear deals formal name): it doesnt stop Iran. Raz Zimmtan Iran expert at two Israeli think tanks, INSS and the Forum for Regional Thinkingechoed this sentiment, saying, Under no circumstances would Iran change the [nuclear] deal. How will the nuclear deal unfold? Zimmt told JNS.org he foresees three possible sce narios playing out regarding the Iran deal. The first option is that the status quo continues, with no new sanctions enacted by the U.S. or the European Union (EU). Iran would con tinue building its economic ties with Europe, explained Zimmt, but with more dif ficulties due to the threat of possible new U.S. sanctions hanging over business deals, potentially scaring away EU businesses. UN Photo/Amanda Voisard Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif (r) and Federica Mogherini, the European Unions high representa tive for foreign affairs and security policy, at a meeting on the implementation of the Iran nuclear deal Sept. 22, 2016, in New York. Unhindered by Trump, Irans nuclear weapons quest will persist, experts say The second scenario would involve the U.S. unilaterally reimposing sanctions. The Europeans would oppose this, and most businesses on the continent would not want to risk their connections to the U.S. over Iran policy, said Zimmt. If this were to happen, the Iranians might completely withdraw from the deal, or at least take some actions in violation of the deal, he said. The third possibility would be a total collapse of the nuclear deal. The most likely scenario, Zimmt said, is the second optionwhich would mean the U.S. unilaterally imposes sanctions, but Iran would continue to do some business with the EU and therefore would not want to withdraw from the nuclear deal. The North Korean model Alaeddin Boroujerdi, chairman of the Iranian parliaments National Secu rity and Foreign Policy Com mission, hinted Oct. 16 that the Trump administrations negative attitude about the nuclear deal could encour age Iran to mimic North Koreas approachusing the cover of negotiations to develop nuclear weapons capability. The U.S. president showed by his remarks again that the U.S. government is not trust worthy and the U.S. behavior towards the nuclear deal persuades views of countries like North Korea, Boroujerdi said during a meeting with his Turkish counterpart Yousef Bayazid in Tehran, the Fars News Agency reported. Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has argued that by threatening to withdraw from the Iran nuclear deal or seeking to alter the accord, the Trump administration would dis courage other countries such as North Korea from reaching long-term agreements with the U.S. Yet Landau said, The argu ment that North Korea would not want to negotiate with the U.S. now that they see America wavering on Iran is completely bogus. North Korea has not wanted to negotiate on its nuclear program for almost 10 years now, and lets not forget how former President [Barack] Obama waited eight years for them to come to the table, she said. According to Landau, the U.S. is signaling it does not intend to leave the deal for now, but rather, it wants to strengthen the agreement and restore American deterrence vis--vis Iran. Zimmt commented, The most dangerous path Iran could take if put under more pressure would be to follow the North Korean model, adding Iran could seek to renegotiate after it achieved nuclear weapons [capability]. The immediate threat to Israel While top Israeli lead ers have long argued Irans nuclear program is the most dangerous threat Israel faces, what constitutes arguably a more immediate concern is Tehrans encroachment on the Jewish states northern border. Through proxies such as the Lebanese terror group Hezbollah, which together with Iran is supporting Presi dent Bashar al-Assads regime in the Syrian Civil War, Iran is striving to establish a land corridor from Tehran to Bei rut, reaching Israels doorstep. Prime Minister Benja min Netanyahu told Rus sian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu this week that Israel will not allow an Iranian military buildup in Syria. Texas Gov. Greg Abbott signing his states anti-BDS bill at a Jewish community center in Austin, May 2, 2017. to the fore misgivings about the measures passed in more than 20 states targeting the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement aimed at Israel. Critics say they may impinge on free speech rights and create a backlash by mak ing it seem the government is using the law to suppress one side in a political debate. A federal law prohibiting compliance with or support of a boycott of Israel is facing stumbling blocks. Opponents of the laws say the Dickinson case, and one in Kansas, where a teacher trainer who supports a boycott of Israel is refusing to sign a state contract that includes an anti-boycott clause, prove their point. In addition to being mysti fyingwhat do home repairs in Texas have to do with a country more than 7,000 miles away?this require ment is clearly unconsti tutional, Brian Hauss, an ACLU staff attorney wrote in a blog post. The ACLU, which says it takes no position on boycotts per se, is leading a campaign to stem the tide of anti-BDS laws. The First Amendment protects the right of Ameri cans to participate in political boycotts, a right explicitly recognized by the Supreme Court in a case that concerned an NAACP-organized boycott to protest white supremacy in Port Gibson, Mississippi, Hauss wrote. Defenders and sponsors of the law say that like many laws, the anti-BDS statutes are undergoing birth pains. These are new laws, theyve been passed in the last couple of years and not everyone is going to immediately under stand what theyre supposed to do, Eugene Kontorovich, a legal scholar who helped draft many of the laws, said in an interview. The Israel Project, among an array of national groups that advocated for the laws, said it was reaching out to officials on a case-by-case basis to make sure the laws are understood. Weve been in touch with legislators when issues have come up, weve spoken with attorneys and legislators in various states, said Jacob Millner, the Midwest director for The Israel Project. The controversies over Dickinson and the Kan sas case come at a critical time for a congressional bill that would extend 1970s laws State anti-BDS laws are hitting unintended targets and nobodys happy By Ron Kampeas WASHINGTON (JTA)On May 2, Israels Independence Day, Texas state Rep. Phil King stood smiling as Gov. Greg Ab bott signed Kings bill banning the state from doing business with boycotters of Israel. Anti-Israel policies are anti-Texas policies, and we will not tolerate such actions against an important ally, Abbott said of the bill that overwhelmingly passed the Legislature. Less than six months later, King had to explain why his signature pro-Israel policy was not an anti-Texas policy. City officials in Dickinson, a suburb of Houston hard hit by Hurricane Harvey, required any applicant for relief grants to verify that he or she (1) does not boycott Israel; and (2) will not boycott Israel during the term of this Agreement. The American Civil Liberties Union took notice and loudly objected. Observers noted the queasy-making optics of a pro-Israel policy standing in the way of hurricane relief. King, a Republican whose district includes Fort Worth, immediately started making calls to track down the Dick inson officials who drafted the contract. Its a complete misunder standing of the statute, he said in an interview after what had been for him a surpris ingly busy Friday, after the ACLUs objections made news. The office of Larry Taylor, a Republican who sponsored the law in the state Senate and whose district includes Dickinson, also was fielding questions about the law on Friday. If Dickinson is indeed misunderstanding the law, the case nevertheless brought targeting the Arab League boycott to those who comply with boycotts initiated by international organizations like the European Union or United Nations. The Israel Anti-Boycott Act, which has support from the American Israel Public Affairs Commit tee, also would expand the pro hibited boycotts to those that target only settlement goods. Violators who do participate in boycotts face fines and, in some cases, imprisonment. AIPAC wants broad bipar tisan backing for the bill, but only 14 of the Democratic caucuss 48 members are co-sponsoring the legisla tion. Notably, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand of New York who in the past has assidu ously courted the pro-Israel communitydropped her co-sponsorship after repre sentations from the ACLU and pro-Palestinian activists. Sen. Ben. Cardin, D-Md., the lead Democratic sponsor of the bill, said the law is sound, but he is open to some revisions to make it clearer that it does not undercut free speech. Dickinson City Manage ment assistant Bryan Milward told JTA on Friday that the city BDS on page 15A
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Box 300742 Fern Park, FL 32730 email: email@example.com Editor/Publisher Jeffrey Gaeser Editor Emeritus Associate Editor News Editor Gene Starn Kim Fischer Christine DeSouza Account Executives Kim Fischer Marci Gaeser Contributing Columnists Jim Shipley Ira Sharkansky David Bornstein Ed Ziegler Production Department David Lehman Gil Dombrosky Joyce Gore Society Editor Gloria Yousha Office Manager Paulette Alfonso By Ben Cohen JNS.org For the Palestinians, the year zero is not 1948, when the state of Israel came into being, but 1917, when Great Britain issued, in the November of that year, the Balfour Declara tionexpressing support for the establish ment of a Jewish national home in Palestine. So central is the Balfour Declaration to Palestinian political identity that the Zionist invasion is officially deemed to have begun in 1917not in 1882, when the first trickle of Jewish pioneers from Russia began arriving, nor in 1897, when the Zionist movement held its first congress in Basel, nor in the late 1920s, when thousands of German Jews fleeing the rise of Nazism chose to go to Palestine. The year 1917 is the critical date because that is when, as an anti-Zionist might say, the Zionist hand slipped effortlessly into the British imperial glove. It is a neat, simple historical proposition upon which the entire Palestinian version of events rests: an empire came to our land and gave it to foreigners, we were dispossessed, and for five generations now, we have continued to resist. Moreover, it is given official sanction in the Palestine National Covenant of 1968, in which article 6 defines Jews who were living permanently in Palestine until the beginning of the Zionist invasion as Palestiniansan invasion that is dated as 1917 in the covenants notes. As the Balfour Declarations centenary approaches on Nov. 2, this theme is much in evidence. There is now a dedicated Balfour Apology Campaign in the U.K., seeking both British government contrition and British taxpayer-funded reparations for the supposed handing of Palestine, in the words of one British Mandate-era Arab organization, into the claws of the Jews. In an interview with Ian Black of The Guardian, the prominent Palestinian academic Hanan Ashrawi positioned all of this as classic orientalist scheming, chiding Balfour for his so patronizing, so racist indifference to the Arab population of Palestine. Here, again, we see the broader discursive pattern: white settlers, visible to and cherished by their colo nial masters, black natives, demeaned and ignored by the very same. Ashrawi is not entirely wrong, insofar as Balfour did not pay much heed to Arab objec tions. Walter Laqueur, in his indispensable History of Zionism, quotes Balfour as say ing that whatever ones view of Zionism, its ultimate goal was of far profounder import than the desires of 700,000 Arabs. Neither did Balfour apparently think much of the ability of Palestines Arabs to overcome the maximal ism of their leaders, writing in 1919 thatas Laqueur puts ithe did not think Zionism would hurt the Arabs, but that of course they would never say they wanted it. Nor were they ever prepared to make peace with it. That is one reason why the elation that greeted the Balfour Declaration among Jews gradually faded over the next decade, as the Zionist halutzim (pioneers) realized that, when it came securing Jewish communities from Arab violence and winning British consent for further Jewish immigration, it was little more than a piece of paper. Balfour did not prevent serial outbreaks of violence and terror against Palestines Jews during the 1920s and 1930s. And when Britain decided to restrict, on the eve of the Holocaust, Jewish immigration to Palestine to just 75,000 individuals over five yearsout of almost 10 million Jews in Europethe 1939 White Paper outlining the new restrictions reasoned that the framers of the Mandate in which the Balfour Declaration was embodied could not have intended that Palestine should be converted into a Jewish State against the will of the Arab population of the country. You can even say that Britain ended up dis owning the Balfour Declaration, going so far as to abstain during the Nov. 29, 1947 United Nations voteon the 30th anniversary of the declarationthat legitimized the creation of a sovereign Jewish state. That none of this evidence moves those who advocate for Brit ish reparations to the Palestinians is largely explained by their overall take on the situation: the oppressed, with whom history ultimately sides, remain the indigenous Palestinians, and the oppressors, whose day of reckoning always beckons, are the British imperialists and their willing Jewish settler dupes. Perhaps the best way to understand the Balfour Declaration is to take it literally. What the British helped the Jews to create in Palestine during the mandate period fits with what one imagines a national home might look like; and its certainly not an independent state with sovereign control over its borders and its immigration policy. Indeed, while its borders were open, that national home may have felt like a state, as it saved Jewish lives and crystallized into a cohesive Jewish national society. But when these were abruptly closed, sending thousands of Jews back to their deaths in Europe, the national home was just one more British colony. Irrespective of the ongoing Palestinian circus, thats something for Jews to mull over as we reflect on our place in the world 100 years after Balfour. Ben Cohen writes a weekly column for JNS.org on Jewish affairs and Middle Eastern politics. His writings have been published in Commentary, the New York Post, Haaretz, The Wall Street Journal and many other publications. By Jonathan S. Tobin JNS.org It was a minor news story when it broke in the summer of 2016. Palestinian Authority (PA) President Mahmoud Abbas announced he was suing Great Britain over the Balfour Declaration, issued on Nov. 2, 1917. But as we prepare to observe the centennial of the docu ment this week, its important to understand that although his lawsuit was a stunt, Abbas was serious. More than that, the symbol ism of his protest tells us more about what is preventing peace between Israel and the Palestinians than any of the usual explana tions about settlements, borders, the status of Jerusalem or criticisms of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. As Elliot Jager, author of a new and timely book on the topic,The Balfour Declaration: 67 Words, 100 Years of Conflict, from Gefen Publishing House, has written, Abbass deci sion to focus on Balfour wasnt a joke. Ten decades after British Foreign Secre tary Arthur Balfour publicly expressed his governments sympathy with Jewish Zionist aspirations and its support for the estab lishment in Palestine of a national home for the Jewish people, the Palestinian Arabs are still unreconciled to the fact that this goal was realized with the establishment of the state of Israel in 1948. To Abbas and his Fatah party as well as their Hamas rivals, Balfour is the original sin of the Middle East that explains all the suffering of their people in the last century. More than that, it is, as Jagera former Jerusalem Post editor and authorwrites, the key to understanding why negotiations between Israel and the PA have remained stalemated in the more than two decades since the Oslo Accords. The 1993 Oslo Accords notwithstanding, the PLO covenantwith its denunciation of the Balfour Declarationhas never been legally amended, and for good reason. The problem Palestinian Arabs have with Israel is its existencenot settlements, occupied territory or the security barrier, writes Jager. Abbas has consistently made the point that the Palestinians wont recognize or accept Is rael as a Jewish state. That would acknowledge the legitimacy of a Jewish national home and doing so would basically end the conflict. That means the conflict remains, as Jager notes, an all or nothing (zero sum) clash. Jagers addition to the list of volumes on the declarations origin provides an easy-tounderstand guide for general readers. The British decision was based, in part, on genuine sympathy for the aspirations of a homeless people whose ties to the land was part of the bible that the English loved as well as Zion ist diplomacy. But it was also the product of a mistaken belieffueled by anti-Semitic mythsthat the Jews had the power to aid the Allied war effort at a moment when the outcome of World War I was in doubt. In truth, the Jews had no such power. It was Balfour that allowed them back onto the stage of world history and, following the Allied victory that brought Palestine under British control, gave them the opportunity to begin building a state in their ancient homeland and rectify the injustices of the past two millennia. Yet it is not so much the events of 1917 as what followed that we need to understand. Subsequent British governments not only whittled down the size of the Jewish home, but also betrayed their promise by limiting the rights of the Jews in order to appease the Arab and Muslim world. That led to a series of proposals for further dividing the land, but the Arabs refused every such offer, including the United Nations partition plan of 1947 that called for the creation of both a Jewish and an Arab state. Sharing even part of the country was unthinkable. To the Arabs, the return of the Jews was an injustice because it would mean that even a tiny sliver of the region they considered Muslim might be under the sovereignty of a dhimmia despised minority. That same spirit is why the Palestinians are still unreconciled to the consequences of Balfours promise. As Jager writes, continued Arab re jection of the Balfour Declaration one hundred years on makes any compromise leading to a genuine conflict resolution impossible. Just as the Palestinians remain in denial about the impossibility of their dream of even tually eradicating Israel, it is just as important that they come to terms with the Jews 1917 diplomatic triumph and understand why the Jews also have a right to be there. Until that happens, they will remain doomed to live in a limbo in which they can neither reverse the verdict of history nor find a way to live in peace alongside those who benefited from Balfours historic promise. Jonathan S. Tobin is opinion editor of JNS. org and a contributing writer for National Review. Follow him on Twitter at: @jona thans_tobin. How Balfour explains why the peace process failed Year zero: the Palestinians and the Balfour Declaration By Itmar Marcus Every year, the anniversary of the Balfour Declaration passes by quietly in Israel with hardly any notice. Only this year it is being noted and celebrated because it is the 100th anniversary. However this is not true of the Palestinian Authority. Ever since Palestinian Media Watch has been monitoring the PA, the date of the Balfour Declaration was among the most im portant days on the PA calendar. Each year, PA schools would have special sessions discussing Balfour. In 2011, for example, the PA organized a letter writing campaign from schoolchildren to the Queen of England to mark the 94th anniversary of the cursed Balfour promise. Why is it that Israelis, who are the direct beneficiaries of the Balfour Declaration, have been ignoring it, while for Palestinians it is so important? For Israelis the Balfour Declaration was just one step in a series of significant events that had started decades before Balfour and continued after him, all contributing to the Jewish peoples return to the Land of Israel. The first wave of immigrants started in 1882, 35 years before Balfours declaration and the first Zionist Congress was in 1897. Israelis today see the return to their land as something so normal and inevitable that no single event except for the declaration of statehood itself is regularly celebrated. But why does the PA focus on Balfour? They should be mourning the first Aliyah in 1882 or the first Zionist Congress in 1897, more than the Balfour Declaration, which was Britains response to an already active Zionist movement. For the PA, the Balfour Declaration is a nec essary component of the Palestinian narrative. The two foundations of Palestinian ideology, both fictitious, are that a Palestinian nation existed for thousands of years and that there never had been a Jewish presence in the Land of Israel. But this left one problem. The PA needed to explain to its people why millions of Jews had immigrated from Europe and all over the world, if they had no connection to the land. The PAs answer is colonialism and Balfour is the proof. According to the PAs adjusted narrative Balfour and Britains support were not one step in the growing Zionist movement, but were the beginning of all Jewish history in the land. And Jews were chosen by Britain only because the Jews were so evil that Europe was looking for a way to be rid of them. A documentary that has been broadcast five times on PA and Fatah TV since 2013 explains: Faced with the Jews schemes, Europe could not bear their character traits, monopolies, corruption... The European nations felt that they had suffered a tragedy by providing refuge for the Jews. Later the Jews obtained the Balfour Declaration, and Europe saw it as an ideal solution to get rid of them. The PA Ambassador to France Salman Al-Harfi recently echoed this: The [Balfour] Promise stemmed from the desire to solve what was called the Jewish problem in Europe... so that Europe would be rid of the problem of its Jews. Defining Israel as a European colony is a fundamental and essential component of PA myth building and has been part of the PA narrative since the early years of the PA. Already in 1998, the official PA daily presented Hitler and Balfour as trying to achieve the same goals: The difference between Hitler and Balfour was simple: the former [Hitler] did not have colonies to send the Jews so he destroyed them, whereas Balfour... [turned] Palestine into his colony and sent the Jews. Balfour is Hitler with colonies, while Hitler is Balfour without colonies. They both wanted to get rid of the Jews... Zionism was crucial to the defense of the Wests interests in the region, [by] ridding Europe of the burden of its Jews. Already in school, Palestinian children are taught to see Jews in Israel as a foreign colonial implant who Europeans wanted to be rid of. In a lesson titled Colonialism and Zionism in a PA schoolbook just published in August 2017, children learn: Zionism is defined as a colo Had there been no Balfour Declaration, the PA would have had to invent it Marcus on page 15A
HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, NOVEMBER 10, 2017 PAGE 5A By Stephen M. Flatow JNS.org While Americans have been tearing down statues that honor people who dont deserve to be honored, Pal estinian Arabs are doing exactly the opposite. A statue honoring Saddam Hussein, the notorious dictator, terror sponsor and mass murderer, was unveiled last week in the Palestinian Authority (PA) city of Qalqilya. Technically, the statue was sponsored by the Arab Lib eration Front (ALF), not the municipality of Qalqilya or the PA itself. But the PAs district governor for the Qalqilya Dis trict, Rafi Rawajba, attended the unveiling ceremony. Rawajba is a representative of the Fatah movement, which PA President Mahmoud Ab bas chairs. You can see from the photos distributed by The Associated Press that the statue is 20 feet tall, with lights so everyone can see it at night, too. And its situated smack in the middle of a major street. If the mayor or Abbas didnt want there, it would be gone in five minutes. In fact, the ALF has erected statues of Saddam in several other PA-controlled cities, too, and Abbas has not ordered them taken down, either. Thats because he was always one of Saddams biggest fans. Abbas could have written the Arabic inscription on the statue himself: Allah is great, long live the nation, Palestine and Iraq, the Lord of the eras martyrs Saddam Hussein. Just two weeks ago, the official Facebook page of Ab bass Fatah included Saddam alongside photos of other Arab heroes in a college with the slogan, From the sea of the blood of the Martyrs, we will create the State of Palestine. On the 10th anniversary of Saddams death, last Decem ber, the Fatah Facebook page featured a memorial poster hailing Saddam as a martyr (shahid). Theres even an entire Mar tyr Saddam Hussein Square, in Ramallah, the PAs capital city. I wonder if Abbas salutes it on his way to work. The ALF is a small Pales tinian terrorist group that was established in 1969 with Iraqi financial sponsorship. Remember those infamous $25,000 checks that Saddam sent to the families of Palestin ian suicide bombers? The ALF was in charge of distributing the funds. But the ALFs record goes beyond handing out rewards to terrorists. It was responsi ble, for example, for a bombing on Jerusalems Ben Yehuda Street in September 1979, in which one person was killed and 58 were maimed. Accord ing to the Israeli police, the bomb was set to detonate at a time when it would cause maximum civilian casual ties, just as hundreds of customers were leaving the shops along the mail which close at 7 p.m. and other crowds were lining up for the first show at one of the many movie houses in the vicinity. Since the whole premise of the 1993 Oslo Accords was that the Palestinian leader ship now rejects terrorism, you would think that Yasser Arafat and his then-number two man, Abbas, would have expelled terrorist groups such as the ALF (and the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, and the Democratic Front for the Liberation of the Palestine) from the PLO. No such luck. To this day, the ALF is a member in good standing of Abbass PLO. The ALF operates openly and freely in PA territory. It has never been expelled, disarmed or outlawed. Nearly 300 American sol diers died fighting Saddam in the Gulf War in 1990. Another 4,497 gave their lives fighting Saddam in the Iraq War of 2003 and its aftermath. The creation of statues and public squares in PA territory honor ing Saddam is a direct slap in the face to the U.S. and its fallen soldiers. Abbas and the PA received With Saddam statue, Abbas thumbs his nose at the US $357 million from the U.S. last year. Abbas seems to assume that the aid will continue to flow, even if he allows antiAmerican terrorists such as the ALF to be part of the PLO, and even if statues of Americas enemies, such as Saddam Hussein, are erected in PA cities. To judge by the non-reac tion of the Trump administra tion to the newest Saddam statue, it appears that Abbass assumption may well be cor rect. Stephen M. Flatow, a vice president of the Religious Zionists of America, is an attorney in New Jersey. He is the father of Alisa Flatow, who was murdered in an Iranian-sponsored Palestin ian terrorist attack in 1995. By Jonathan Rosenblum Jewish Media Resources In his keynote survey of the descent of American democ racy in the Trump era, at the recent Zionism 3.0 conference in Palo Alto, Atlantic editor Jeffrey Goldberg dwelled for some time on the prolifera tion of fake news, which he attributed, in large part, to the thousands of portals of entry of informationbe it true or falseinto the public con sciousness. Not surprisingly, he gave much higher marks for accuracy and objectivity to the old media, which while not perfect, does a pretty good job of bringing pertinent and accurate information to the public. Now, the Atlantic is an often-stimulating magazine, with much worth reading. But, as in his one-sided depic tion of the sources of threat to Americas democratic culture, Goldberg is far too easy on his colleagues in the traditional media, whose selection of what to present is often highly partisan in nature. That may seem an odd claim this week, when the left-lean ing Washington Post revealed that the Democratic National Committee and the Clinton campaign commissioned the notorious and discredited Trump dossier from Fusion GPS, a firm that itself has worked as an unregistered agent of Russia. The dossier was produced by Christopher Steele, an ex-British intel ligence official, largely based on (dis)information supplied by Russian contacts. Yet, the Washington Post and the rest of the main stream media are ignoring an equally explosive story. The latter concerns not just the relationship of Hillary Clinton and the Clinton Foundation to Russia, but also actions taken by the FBI and Justice Department that had the effect, if not necessarily the intent, of protecting the Obama administrations nar rative of a Russian reset. And it implicates former FBI director and current special prosecutor Robert Mueller. Understanding the new story requires first a review of an older one: the saga of how Rosatom, Russias state atomic energy corporation, obtained ownership of 20 percent of Americas uranium reserves, through the good of fices of the Clintons. That saga has already been chronicled in Peter Schweizers Clinton Cash and corroborated by the New York Times. It begins in 2005 when Bill Clinton traveled to Kazakhstan and convinced its dictator to grant uranium mining rights to the company of Canadian billion aire Frank Giustra. The latter expressed his appreciation with a $10,000,000 gift to the Clinton Foundation. Unfortunately for share prices of Giustras company, Vladimir Putin wanted the same uranium and was even more persuasive than Bill Clinton: Kazakhstans dicta tor rescinded Giustras rights and arrested the official who had signed the deal with him. Fortunately for Giustra, however, Hillary Clinton was by then secretary of state. On a trip to Moscow, she arranged for Rosatom to purchase 17 percent of Giustras company, Uranium One, and thereby resolved the issue of the Kazakhstan uranium rights. Putin, however, subsequently decided he wanted Rosatom to purchase control of Uranium One, and with it 20 percent of Americas uranium reserves. To do so, however, required approval of the 18-person Committee on Foreign Invest ment in the United States, an interagency body of the U.S. government, (CFIUS), on which Secretary of State Clin ton was the highest-ranking member and which included Attorney-General Eric Holder. CFIUS approval came in October 2010. Principals to the Rosatom deal, according to Newsweek, ponied up ap proximately $145 million to the Clinton Foundation or affiliates. Those donations, Clinton cash it is safe to assume, were not meant to further the Foundations eleemosynary endeavors. Only 6 percent of Clinton Foundation dona tions reached Foundation beneficiaries: The remaining 94 percent went to cover highend travel, high-visibility conferences, and the large salaries of Bill Clinton and the Clintons large staff of perma nent retainers. For those who wanted to line the Clintons pockets more directly, there were always huge speaking fees, such as the $500,000 paid to Bill Clinton by the state-connected Russian in vestment bank Renaissance Capital in June 2010, while the Rosatom purchase was still pending. Heres where the new story, By Eric Rozenman JNS.org The Trump administra tions decision to withdraw from the United Nations Edu cational, Scientific and Cul tural Organization (UNESCO) late in 2018 is one shot across the U.N.s bow. Notoriously hospitable to dictatorships, hostile to Israel and mis managed as well, UNESCO deserves the warning. But what does the U.S. do about UN member countries consistently voting against it and against Israel without even a national policy excuse for doing so? Not enough, yet. The countries in question are not adversaries like Russia or Iran, which pursue policies inimical to American inter ests. Rather, they are either beneficiaries of U.S. aid or states whose own concerns would seem to parallel those of this country, or at least not oppose them. For example, according to the American Jewish Inter national Relations Institute (AJIRI), in 2016 a half-dozen countries ranking as major beneficiaries of U.S. tourism and assistance, and lacking a policy pretext to do so, never theless voted overwhelmingly in opposition to the U.S. on 67 roll call resolutions in the UN General Assembly. They were the Caribbean states of St. Lucia, siding against the U.S. 70.3 percent of the time; Belize, 69.8 percent; Dominican Republic, 68.7; Bahamas, 68.2; Jamaica, 67.7; and Barbados, 67.2 percent in opposition. On 18 anti-Israel UN resolu tions last year opposed by the U.S.Israel being Americas major Middle East ally and only democratic government among regional pro-U.S. statesall the above tourist destinations nevertheless voted unanimously in favor except Jamaica. It backed 17 of the anti-Israel measures, abstaining on one. Five African countries that receive major U.S. foreign assistance compiled a simi lar record. AJIRI noted that Kenya, which in fiscal 2017 gladly accepted $649 million of Uncle Sams aid money, voted against Washington on 2016s 67 UN General Assem bly roll call resolutions 76.3 percent of the time. Zambia, which received $436 million, opposed the U.S. 75.9 percent of the time. Not far behind were Mo zambique, a recipient of $420 million in American foreign aid, voting against the U.S. position at a rate of 75.4 per cent; Tanzania, $611 million, 75 percent; and Ethiopia, $385 million, 71.7 percent. On those 18 specifically anti-Israel resolutions, all but Ethiopia were unanimously in favorthat is, consistently opposing American Middle East policy. Ethiopia voted yes 16 times but abstained twice. Like the six Caribbean coun tries, none of the five African states displayed the courage to vote no even once. There have been hints of a break in the U.N.s anti-Israel lockstep policy. The world bodys new secretary-general, former Portuguese Prime Minister Antonio Guterres, sounds like a believer in George Orwells observation that sometimes the first duty of intelligent men is the restatement of the obvious. In April, Guterres vowed to fight anti-Semitism and called the denial of Israels right to exist a modern form of anti-Jewish hatred. As secretary-general of the United Nations, I can say that the state of Israel needs to be treated as any other state, with exactly the same rules, he said. If so, then the UN has a long way to go. Last years 18 General Assembly condemna tions of Israel, despite the op position of the U.S., compared with six measures criticizing any of the organizations 192 other members. In February, Guterres con tradicted a noxious piece of anti-Jewish, anti-Israel revi sionism adopted late last year by UNESCO. The organization No good reason for anti-US, anti-Israel UN voting patterns had declared Jerusalems Tem ple Mount an Islamic-only shrine. The secretary-general said it was completely clear that the Temple the Romans destroyed in Jerusalem was a Jewish temple. Further, he said no one can deny the fact that Jerusalem is sacred to the three monotheistic religionsJudaism, Chris tianity and Islam. The Palestinian Authority (PA), led by President Mah moud Abbass Fatah move ment and in charge of the West Bank, demanded an apology. Persisting in its denial of Jewish history in Jerusalem and the rest of the Holy Land, the PA claimed GuterresS statement violated all legal, diplomatic and humanitarian customs. Rosenblum on page 15A Rozenman on page 15A
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Corrections In last weeks article about the Israel and India conference, to be held Nov. 12, one of the speakers, Jeff Colman, is one of AIPACs most senior lobbyists, however, he is not responsible for planning all Congressional missions to Israel. Kehillah: A History of Jewish Life in Greater Orlando exhibit at the Orange County Regional History Center will be on display from Nov. 12, 2017 through Feb. 20, 2018. Heritage apologizes for this error.
HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, NOVEMBER 10, 2017 PAGE 7A rf rntbn rrrn rfrntbr r By Andrew Tobin JERUSALEM (JTA)Fifty years since the Six-Day War, 100 years since the Balfour Declaration, 150 years since Mark Twain first visited Palestine. This has been a year of big Israel-related anniversaries. To the Jewish states most die hard Christian supporters, the barrage of milestones is not mere coincidence but rather a harbinger of prophecies being fulfilled. Every half century, many Christian Zionists believe, history makes a concerted push toward its endpoint: the return of the Messiah to Jerusalem. According to this pattern, something momen tous should happen to Israel before the end of 2017. Reading Israels modern history, there seems to be something unusual in 50-year cycles, said David Parsons, the vice president of the Inter national Christian Embassy in Jerusalem. It means we should expect something incredible to happen this year to further propel Jerusalem and Israel into its prophetic destiny. Christian Zionists, most of whom are part of the worlds 700 million-strong evangeli cal community, view them selves as the Jews partners in Gods plan. Like many Orthodox Jews, they believe that after a world war, the Mes siah will take the throne of a Jewish kingdom in Jerusalem and lead the world to peace and prosperity. As Christians, they of course expect the Messiah to be Jesus, whereas Jews are still looking for their redeemer. But Christian Zionists like to joke, Lets bring the Messiah, and then maybe somebody can ask him whether this is his first or second visit. When Israel captured east ern Jerusalem and its holy sites from Jordan in the 1967 Six-Day War, some Christians saw proof that the messi anic era was nigh. They began scouring history for signs they may have missed. Many such signs were iden tified, from blood moons to stock market crashes. What most inspired Christian Zi onists were the half-century cycles that seemed to lead up to the Six-Day War. The pro ponents of this theoryin cluding Jonathan Cahn, who discussed it in The Harbin ger, his best-selling Christian novel from 2012tied it to the biblical jubilee year, which involves the reversion of land to its original owners. So what happened 50 years before 1967? In 1917, the British defeated the Ottoman Empire and took control of Palestine. On Nov. 2, they issued the Balfour Declaration pledging to sup port the establishment of a Jewish national home in the territory. Zionists eventually drove the British out of Pal estine and, in 1948, founded the State of Israel. A half century earlier, in 1867, two visitors to Otto man Palestine separately contributed to the narrative that Palestine had gone to pot since the Jews left. British archaeologist Charles Warren conducted the first major ex cavations of the Temple Mount in the Old City of Jerusalem and found what he thought were relics of the biblical city of King David. And the American writer Twain visited the Holy Land and recorded his observations in a hugely popular travel memoir titled The Innocents Abroad, or The New Pilgrims Progress. Twain capped many pages of unflattering observations with this line: Of all the lands there are for dismal scenery, I think Palestine must be the prince. Looking back even further, Christian Zionists singled out 1517, the year the Ottomans conquered Jerusalem. It is also when Martin Luther is said to have posted his pro test manifesto against the Catholic Church, launching the Protestant Reformation. Although Christian Zion ists are apologetic about Luthers anti-Semitism, they believe that by popularizing individual Bible study as the means of relating to God, he made it possible for Christians to see the falsehood of replace ment theology. According to this doctrine, which was long a core tenant of the Catholic Church and remains influen tial, God took the title of the chosen people from the Jews and gave it to the Christians. Christian Zionists have had decades to speculate about what historic change would happen in 2017, a half century after the Six-Day War. At a conference for Christian Zion ists in Jerusalem on Thursday titled Balfour to Nikki Haley: A Century of Christian Zionist Diplomacy, a popular guess among the 100 or so evangeli cal and Jewish participants was that President Donald Trump would fulfill his cam paign promise to move the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem from Tel Aviv. But with a only two months left in the year, time is running out. Bob ODell, an American speaker at the conference and the co-founder of Root Source, a platform that allows Israeli Jews to teach Bible online to Christians, argued that the big event of 2017 may already be happening in the hearts of his fellow evangelicals. He said he has seen a surge interest in the communitys interest in Israel. Everyone has a theory, but my view is that whats happen ing at this jubilee is a growing realization that Christians are leading the nations in their support of Israel, he said. I think this is going to be the most important change of them all. In a big anniversary year for Israel, Christian Zionists are seeing signs of the Messiah Donna Jollay, the director of Christian relations for Israel 365, a fast-growing Jewish-run media company that targets evangelicals with biblically themed news and content, listed dozens of signs that Christians were shepherding Israel toward the messianic era, along with relevant Bible passages. She pointed to Trumps Jew ish grandchildren, Americas withdrawal from UNESCO over alleged anti-Israel bias (U.S. Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley is a convert to Christianity) and growing Christian investment in the Jewish state. Evangelicals from the United States alone bring about $500 million a year into Israeli tourism and charity, and support its cur rent right-wing government. Its pretty much every thing, she said. American Jews, especially the majority who are nonOrthodox and politically liberal, have traditionally been wary of evangelical support for Israel. But Josh Reinstein, the founder of the 19-mem ber Christian Allies Caucus, which seeks to promote Christian advocacy on behalf of Israel, said he has also seen a growing willingness among Jews to accept Christian help. Weve seen the results, he said, citing the anti-BDS laws in the United States and increased cooperation be tween Israel and African and Asian countries. We know these are people who stand with Israel based on faith, and theyll stick around in the long run, regardless of political or economic considerations. A portrait of Lord Arthur James Balfour with the text of the Balfour Declaration in Hebrew.
PAGE 8A HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, NOVEMBER 10, 2017 By Curt Schleier (JTA)It was very pecu liar, said Gilbert Gottfried, 62, about becoming the subject of the aptly named bio-documentary, Gilbert. The filmmaker, Neil Berke ley, came to me and said hed always dreamed about making a Gilbert Gottfried documen tary, the comedian told JTA in a telephone interview. I told him you should set your dreams higher. When they first met in Oc tober 2014, Gottfried was not enthused at the prospect of the film. He was concerned about what he called the Wizard of Oz effect that pulling back the curtain might reveal someone who disappoints. Still, he reluctantly agreed to the project. Or, perhaps more accurately, I was too much of a wimp to say no, he said. He just started following me, Gottfried added. (Film ing began in June 2015.) Hed show up at my house, sometimes before I got up. He followed me on the road and after a while it just became accepted that hed be there. The result? A revealing, fascinating film just may confirm Gottfrieds worst fear: In real life, the comedian, actor, voice-over artist and podcaster is clearly not an insensitive, flippant jokester with a famously grating, gravelly voice. Instead, Gott fried comes off as a sensitive, happily married man with two kids who lives a relatively normal, middle-class life in Manhattan. And while his neuroses comes through on occasionand, hey, whose doesnt?viewers may be most surprised to hear that his regular voice is, well, pretty regular. In Gilbert, we see the say-anything-for-a-laugh co median sitting on a bench tenderly holding hands with his wife, Dara Kravitz. We see him taking his kids, Lilly and Max, to school and joining them on a museum trip. And possibly most poignant of all, we see him accompanying his sister, Arlene Gottfrieda celebrated New York street photographerto her che motherapy treatments. (She died in August at 66.) The general consensus, as voiced by the comics inter viewed in Gilbertinclud ing Whoopi Goldberg and Bob Sagetis that much, if not all, of Gottfrieds transformation into a nice guy can be attrib uted to Kravitz. The couple first met in the late 1990s; she created a sense of order in his life. I actually live in an apartment where the furniture matches, the longtime bachelor said. And I have a collection of silverware and plates that go together. Shes also impacted his connection to Judaism. Grow ing up, Gottfried said there was no Jewish education in his homehis link to his religion was one of mostly neuroses and worry. The only time Id be in a synagogue would be at someone elses bar mitzvah or a funeral, he said. I didnt reject Judaism, I was raised [in an unreligious] way. [But] I know that if were ever rounded up again, Ill be on the train. Yet, at Kravitzs insistence, when the couple married in 2007, they did so under a chuppahone of the films charms is a clip from their wedding ceremonyand their two children attend Hebrew school. One thing she was un able to change is Gottfrieds periodic proclivity to get himself in troublelike during the infamous Hugh Hefner roast which was held just weeks after Sept. 11, 2001. In Gottfrieds notorious performancealso shown in the filmhe dares to make a joke about the attacks. There were still black clouds in the sky and I just wanted to be the first to address the elephant in the room, Gottfried told JTA. So I did a Sept. 11 joke. I bombed horribly, he added. People were booing and hissing and chairs were scraping the floor. I lost the crowd as bad as I ever have. If you told me I was standing there for 200 years I would believe it. Did Gottfried hang his head and walk offstage? Not quite. I figured Im already in the bottom level of hell, so I did The Aristocrats, he said, referring to notoriously lewd bit in which comedians, since the vaudeville era, have competed to see who could be the most crass. (The joke is so famous, in fact, that an entire film has been made about it.) In this instance, it worked for Gottfried. It was a com plete turn-around, he said. (In The Aristocrats film, comics sing his praises for doing the jokecalling him a comics comic, brave and the man who made it possible to laugh again.) Gottfried found himself at the center of controversy again in 2011, he tweeted a series of jokes about the earth quake and tsunami in Japan, just days after the disaster. It cost him one of his most lucrative commercial deals, as the voice of the Aflac duck. I dont regret the joke, he said. I regret losing the money. If youre a comedian, you cant regret jokes, he added. It was interesting to me how people to me were making it more important than it really was. On television the newscasters said the story was Comedian Gilbert Gottfried isnt a cranky loudmouth, as documentary about him shows about my comments or re marks. They never said it was a a joke, because they couldnt do a story about jokes. But theres a difference, I point out, between some improvised quip and a tweet, which is typed out and pre sumably read before it is sent out into the cosmos. Its something that had to be done, he said. Someone had to jump over the edge and show how dangerous Twitter is. By dangerous he refers to the often expletive-laden responses he sometimes gets to his tweets. Twitter makes me feel sentimental for old-time lynch mobs, he quipped. The old mobs had to at least get their hands dirty. Now, all they do is sit on the couch in their underwear to form a mob. Clearly, Gottfried has few, if any, filters, and that shows in the film. I suggest others might have been more cir cumscribed with a camera following themfor example, the comedian comes across as extremely parsimonious. Actually, make that cheap. He often travels to gigs on public transitthink Megabusand takes on the attributes of a vacuum cleaner when he gets there, inhaling every freebie in every green room and hotel room he visits. If the stock in his home is any indication, every Gottfried family members can wash their hair three times a day for the rest of their lives and there would still be hotel-size shampoo bottles left over. Gottfried attributes his thriftiness to his modest Brooklyn upbringingthink ing back, he said his home was a place where coupons were king and brand names were banished. His father and uncle owned a hardware store on a very quiet street. I hardly remember any customers, Gilbert said. So there wasnt a lot of money. The whole family lived in an apartment right above the store. And yet, Gottfrieds cheap ness played a key role in meeting Kravitz, who was then in the music industry, at a Grammys party. I have no connection to the business but I knew there would be free food there, he said. We met and started talking. Several comics in the documentary point out their amazement that Gottfried landed such an attractive, intelligent and patient wife. And, truth be told, it sur prises him as well. Its one of the great mysteries, like who was Jack the Ripper and who was responsible for the Black Dahlia, he concedes. Gilbert opened Nov. 3 in New York, Nov. 10 in Los Angeles, with other cities to follow. Bingham Bryant Gilbert Gottfried, the star of a new documentary about himself, shown with his wife Dara Kravitz. Jemal Countess/Getty Images for Tony Awards Productions Scarlett Johansson attending the 2017 Tony Awards at Radio City Music Hall in New York City, June 11, 2017. Scarlett Johansson tearing up when she learns of ances tors who died in the Warsaw Ghetto. Rozenfeld was shocked when she recognized the names of Johanssons rel atives, particularly Zlata Szlamberg, who was 15 at the time she died, and Mandil Szlamberg, who was 17. They were siblings of her grand mother Sara. Rozenfeld immediately dialed her mom, Dina, in California and her big sister, Michal, in New Jersey and told them to watch the episode. They did. And like Johans son, they welled up, but not because they discovered a relative who was a big Hol lywood star. We were overwhelmed that we had any relatives at all, Michal Rozenfeld told JTA. On the phone Michal, 42, a designer of childrens clothing who lives in Hoboken, said there was no doubt that the Szlambergs that Johansson read about on screen were her ancestors, too There arent many Szlam bergs near Warsaw, Michal said. Michal and her family grew up hearing storiesand namesfrom their grand mother. She told the entire family how she missed everybody and would like to have had family for the holidays, Michal said. We knew that they [Zlata and Mandil] existed. We knew that they died in the ghetto. However, We didnt know [for sure] that there was any other family, she added We vaguely knew there was a great-grand-uncle who moved to the United States, but we didnt have anymore information. Even before this unex pected brush with fame, the family had an interest ing history. Grandma Sara Szlamberg Klopot was the second youngest of 10 sib lings in Grojec, Poland. She was in love but it wasnt her turn to get married. So at age 16 or 17Michal isnt certainshe was sent to Palestine to stay with her sister, Miriam. The move ended the ro manceKlopots true love died in the warbut ulti mately saved her life. She married Michals grandfather, a merchant. The family lived in the Sinai, but was forced to give up its melon farm when Israel signed the peace accord with Egypt. They moved to the Dominican Republic, operating a large farm there, but returned to Israel when it was time for their children to serve in the army. The extended family is now divided between the United States and Israeland, ap parently, Hollywood. Its been an emotional few days. We couldnt sleep. We were all very happy. I dont know if it gave us closure, Michal said, but it definitely made us happy to discover that there were more of us that we thought. Though their great-grand fathers were brothers, Michal and her family have no plans to contact their A-list cousin. We dont want to impose, she said. Jewish family learns they are related to Scarlett Johansson by watching PBS show By Curt Schleier (JTA)Turns out you dont actually have to be a guest on Henry Louis Gates PBS show Finding Your Roots to, well, find your roots. Gili Rozenfeld, 29, a video editor who lives in Tel Aviv, caught a glimpse of the episode that ran Tuesday on Israeli TV showing actress
HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, NOVEMBER 10, 2017 PAGE 9A a gala dinner on Nov. 8 in New York City. The event brought together hundreds of distinguished guests and international Jewish leaders. More about fabulous nurses... OLGA GILBURD is the author of Happiness the Jewish Way. She draws on the Jewish heritage for the lessons in happiness skills that she presents in her book, in talks, and workshops. Olga lived in Russia and Ukraine before coming to the United States at 19. She holds a bachelors degree in nursing and a mas ters degree in public service. Olga climbed the corpo rate ladder from a receptionist to a director of compliance in a healthcare organization before she became an author and inspirational speaker. She was awarded 2014-2015 CO JECO BluePrint Fellowship for improving the Jewish community. Olga now lives in Brooklyn, N.Y., with her husband and two daughters. (Yeah Brooklyn!) A reminder... A history of Jewish life in Orlando will be presented at the Kehillah Exhibit on Nov. 12th from 3 to 5 p.m. in the Orange County Regional His tory Center, located at 65 E. Central Blvd., Orlando. RSVP is necessary for free admis sion. Email names of those at tending to kehillahcfl@gmail. com or call 407-298-4650. (Dont miss it!) One for the road... Sadie and Rose were sitting under hair dryers at the hairdresser having a chat. Sadie says, So nu, Rose, hows that daughter of yours? Rose replies, Shes OK thanks. She married a fantastic man. Hes got such a good job in the City that she gave up her secretarys job. She stays at home but never needs to cook, because he always takes her out, or clean the house, because he got her a maid, or worry about my 2 lovely grandchildren, because he got her a live-in nanny. Sadie then asks, And hows your son? Rose replies, His life is awful. He married a bitch from hell. She never cooks anything and makes him take her out to dinner every night. God forbid she should vacuum a carpet, so she made him get her a maid. He has to work like a dog because she refuses to get a job and she never takes care of my grandson because she made him get her a nanny. (My daughters-in-law are wonderful... not like that at all.) can be purchased at the following locations: Scene Around Scene Around By Gloria YoushaCall 407-657-9405 or email@example.com 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. Altamonte Dr. Suite 2317, Altamonte Springs & 1260 Oviedo Marketplace Blvd., Oviedo Bagel King 1472 Semoran Blvd., Casselberry Kosher Kats 744 W. 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As many of you already know, I was in Florida Hospi tal-South, for 10 days due to my needing surgery for a heart valve. I am okay now (I hope) and I want to mention the fol lowing registered nurses who went above and beyond the call of duty to care for me. (I am very grateful.) For my pre-surgery I was on the sixth floor of the mag nificent (like a hotel) Ginsburg Tower, built through dona tions from our own ALAN GINSBURG. There one of my nurses, DOREEN DEGAN, treated me like I was a family member. She was so kind and caring (prob ably realizing how scared I was) and super-friendly. After my surgery I was placed in the VCICU (a cardiac unit) for post-ops. There I was attended to by MARIBEL CASTRO, another wonderful nurse who kept me calm and well cared for. After awhile, I was sent back to the Ginsburg Towers eighth floor and was treated (and loved) by nurses MELISSA THOMP SON and JACQUELINE SOSA. What wonderful care I received! (And I will miss them.) But, although I will miss them (and they say they will miss me), I hope to remain healthy and strong and never have to return to a hospital under those circumstances again! Oy Vay...more anti-Semitism incidents... I read this recently in the World Jewish Congress Digest (WJC) and pass it along to you: The United Kingdom saw a record number of anti-Semitic incidents in the first half of 2017, according to a British watchdog group. In its report, the Community Security Trust cited a 30 per cent rise in incidents over the same period last year, with more than 100 incidents monthly, continuing an unprecedented pattern of monthly totals higher than 100 incidents for every month since April 2016. There were 767 incidents between January and June. Board of Deputies President Jonathan Arkush said that the new statistics should be of deep concern to all Jews, particularly as there have been no specific events to provoke the upsurge. Although the UK is overwhelmingly a safe home for the Jewish community and has been for years, the government, police and other authorities must read the warning signals and take whatever action is needed to secure the continued safety of the community. The most common incident was verbal abuse, followed by anti-Semitic assaults, of which there were 80. Nearly threequarters of the incidents were recorded in Greater London and Greater Manchester, the two largest Jewish communities in the UK. A great honor... Former U.S. Secretary of State General COLIN L. POW ELL accepted the WJC prestigious Theodor Herzl Award at Olga Gilburd Alan Ginsburg General Colin Powell By Paola Gavin (The Nosher via JTA)Shchi, or Russian cabbage soup, is among the more well-known soups in Russia. It is usually made with white or green cabbage, but some versions are made with other green leafy vegetables, especially spinach, sorrel or nettles. Shchi is usually served with sour cream and some black bread on the side. Unlike borscht, there are no beets in this soup. (This recipe was excerpted with permission from Hazana: Jewish Vegetarian Cooking, by Paola Gavin, published by Quadrille in October.) Ingredients: 2 tablespoons butter 1 large onion, finely chopped 2 garlic cloves, finely chopped 1 green or white cabbage, about 1 pound, finely shredded 1 medium carrot, coarsely grated 2 medium starchy potatoes, peeled and diced 4 ripe plum tomatoes, peeled, de-seeded and chopped 2 bay leaves 4 cups vegetable stock or water Salt and freshly ground black pepper 2 tablespoons finely chopped dill or parsley Sour cream for serving Directions: 1. Heat the butter in a large saucepan and add the onion and garlic. Cook over a moderate heat until the onion is translucent. 2. Add the cabbage and carrots, and continue to cook for a few minutes, stirring from time to time so the vegetables cook evenly. 3. Add the potatoes, tomatoes, bay leaves and stock; bring to the boil. Season with salt and pepper, then cover and simmer Russian Cabbage Soup Recipe for another 20-25 minutes, adding a little water if the soup seems too thick. 4. Serve hot in individual bowls garnished with dill or parsley and a dollop of sour cream. Serves 4. Acclaimed food writer Paola Gavin has previously published three books: Mediterranean Vegetarian Cooking, Italian Vegetarian Cooking and French Vegetarian Cooking. The Nosher food blog offers a dazzling array of new and classic Jewish recipes and food news, from Europe to Yemen, from challah to shakshuka and beyond. Check it out at ww wTheNosher.com.
PAGE 10A HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, NOVEMBER 10, 2017 OBITUARIES RUTH KOHN BIRMAN Ruth K. Birman, age 87, of Maitland, passed away on Oct. 28, 2017, at Hospice of the Comforter Altamonte Springs. She was born on Sept. 4, 1930, in Buffalo, New York, a daughter of the late Maurice and Anne Horwich Kohn. Ruth was married to her high school sweetheart, Gerald Birman, for 56 years when he passed away in Feb. 2016. In 1971, they relocated to the Orlando area from Den ver after he retired from the United States Air Force. Ruth spent many years working as a teaching assistant. She is survived by her daughter, Sarah Barton of Maitland; and grandchildren, Cory, Matthew (Ameera), Rachel, Michaela, Amber and Elicia. In addition to her husband, she was predeceased by her sister, Michele. A funeral service was held at Beth Shalom Memorial Chapel, Orlando, with Rabbi Arnold Siegel officiating. Interment was at Florida National Cemetery, Bushnell. In memory of Ruth Kohn Birman, the family requests contributions to the National Kidney Foundation, 30 E 33 Street, New York NY 10016, www.kidney.org/donate Local arrangements en trusted to Beth Shalom Me morial Chapel, 640 Lee Road, Orlando. 407-599-1180. BARBARA LEE HERMAN Barbara Lee Herman, age 86, of Altamonte Springs, passed away on Oct. 25, 2017, at Florida HospitalWinter Park. Born in Washington, D.C., on Jan. 15, 1931, she was the daughter of the late Carl Marx Liberman and Dorothy Ida Kolker Liberman. She attended college and was a nurse. Locally, Mrs. Herman is survived by her son, Steven M Herman of Maitland and his family. Funeral services and burial were held at Judean Memorial Gardens, Olney, Md. Local arrangements entrusted to Beth Shalom Memorial Cha pel, 640 Lee Road, Orlando. 407-599-1180. KAREN LEE LIPKIND Karen L. Lipkind, age 70, of Mount Dora, passed away on Sunday, Oct. 29, 2017, at Florida HospitalWaterman. Karen was born in Brooklyn, New York, on May 31, 1947, to the late Hyman and Rosalind Gottlieb Reiter. The family moved to Miami when she was a young child. Following high school she attended the University of South Florida, graduating with a degree in Foreign Languages. Karen then attended the University of Miami and graduated with a masters degree in Library Science. During her working career she was a statistician with the Center for Disease Control. On Aug. 12, 1973, in Miami, Karen married Harry Lipkind, her husband of more than 44 years, who survives her. In September 2010, Karen and Harry relocated to the Orlando area and joined Con gregation Beth Am. In addition to her husband, Karen is survived by her daughters, Alisa Gail Lipkind of Maryland and Joanne Mi chelle Lipkind of Maryland. She is also survived by her brother, Richard (Heidi) Re ider of Southwest Ranches, Fla.; and her sister, Elaine (James) Byrne of Winter Springs. A funeral service was held at Beth Shalom Memorial Chapel, Orlando, with Rabbi Arnold Siegel of Jewish Family Services officiating. Further services and burial were held at Judean Memorial Gardens in Olney, Maryland. Local arrangements en trusted to Beth Shalom Me morial Chapel, 640 Lee Road, Orlando, 407-599-1180. JUNE BLOOM SOLOMON June B. Solomon, age 87, of Ponce Inlet and formerly of Orlando, passed away on Thursday, Oct. 19, 2017, at Halifax Health Hospice in Port Orange. June was born in Brookline, Mass., on April 23, 1930, the daughter of the late Henry and Sylvia Rich Bloom. She was the widow of the late Herbert Bloom who passed away in 2004, and was a very successful salesperson in the time-share industry. The family relocated to the Orlando area from Boston in 1960 and affiliated with Con gregation of Reform Judaism. June is survived by her daughter, Denise Dagot of Orlando; her grandchildren, Nikki D., Dina, Nikki H., Ruthie, Mandy, Sara, Kathy and JR. She is also survived by 17 great-grandchildren and one great-great grandchild. She is also survived by her sister, Carole (Howard) Levene of Or lando; daughter-in-law, Diane Solomon; and sister-in-law, Teresa Bloom. In addition to her husband, June was prede ceased by her sons, Michael (1995) and Steven (2016) and her brother, Harvey (2013). A funeral service was held at Congregation of Reform Judaism with Rabbi Steven W. Engel officiating. Interment followed at the CRJ Cemetery, Gotha. In memory of June Bloom Solomon, the family requests contributions to Give Kids the World, 210 S Bass Road, Kissimmee FL 34746. Arrangements entrusted to Beth Shalom Memorial Cha pel, 640 Lee Road, Orlando. 407-599-1180. CECILIA ROTH WEISSBERGER Cecilia Roth Weissberger, age 79, of Ashdod, Israel, passed away on Monday, Oct. 30, 2017, at Hospice of the ComforterAltamonte Springs. She was born in Uruguay on Sept. 18, 1938, to the late Jacobo Roth and Rosalia Weissberger, and was a retired dentist. She had come to Orlando to spend time with her daughter and family. Dr. Weissberger is survived by her son, Jose Beberman of Israel; and her daughters, Claudia Beberman (Yizhar Nagar) of Apopka and Carola (Dror) Geller of Israel; and five grandchildren. She is also survived by her brother, Mauricio Roth of Miami, and was predeceased by her sister, Elsa Hertz. A graveside funeral was held at Ohev Shalom Cemetery with Rabbi David Yachnes of the Orlando Torah Academy officiating. Arrangements entrusted to Beth Shalom Memorial Chapel. 640 Lee Road, Orlando, 407-599-1180. By her daughter, Bonnie Sprung To many, Carolyn M. Sprung was a sweet, quiet woman who always had a smile on her face. Carolyn was active in her own right. She was a wonderful wife to her late husband Mickey and loving mother to her son, Bill, and daughter, Bonnie. She was born in Brooklyn, N.Y., on Dec. 10, 1936 to her parents, Beatrice and Soleman Joseph. Growing up she had a typical childhood: school, summer camp and helping out in the family business, a store called Stadium Stores Inc. Carolyn graduated from Fairleigh Dickinson College in 1956 with an AA degree in merchandising. In 1957, Carolyn met her future husband, Mickey, when he stopped by her house to pick up his then girlfriend, but asked Carolyn for her phone number as he was leaving and three months later they were married. She gave birth to Bonnie in 1958, moved out to Wantagh, Long Island and in 1963 Bill was born. While her children were young, she was a stay-at-home mom. As they got older she went back to work in sales at various Carolyn Myrna Sprung : 1936-2017 stores over the years. But all through the early years she was active in a nonprofit global Jewish organization that promotes education and training in communi ties worldwide called ORT (Organization Rehabilita tion Through Training). She held a couple of positions on the board as secretary and president. She was also on a bowling league and played Mahjong at least once a week. In 1973 Carolyn and family moved to Altamonte Springs, Florida. She continued with ORT and Mahjong for just a few more years. She also opened several businesses with her husbanda laundromat, dry cleaners, card and gift shop and a bar. Then became book keeper to Mickeys and Billys businesses. Carolyn stayed current with change, so when personal computers became the thing, she jumped right in, along with smart phones and social media. For at least 20 years she was active in helping out during elections, where she was an inspector. In 1997, Carolyn finally followed Bonnie in volunteering for the Orlando Fringe Festival, where she loved to help out in merchan dise, venue captain, the Blue venue, and work Kids Fringe. She lost her husband in 2005 and missed out on their 50th anniversary by one year and three months. During the marriage Carolyn and Mickey loved to travel, mostly tak ing road trips to many caves across the United States. For the past 12 years since Mickey has been gone, Carolyn stayed busy crocheting baby blankets for Project Linus and going to Silver Sneakers to stay in shape and keep her young. She then found Zumba, which she loved so much she went 4 to 5 times per week. In 2007, she beat breast cancer and was 10 years cancer free. But then in 2017 a new battle was at her doorstep, lung cancer. Carolyn lost this battle and not without a fight on Oct. 9th. On Oct. 15th, a beautiful Sunday morning, she was put to rest beside her husband Mickey. She will be greatly missed. She loved butterflies and anything with butter flies. See a butterfly think of Carolyn. favorite varieties delicious oranges fresh from Florida204 Handpicked fresh from the grove!Call 1-877-599-9729 to order item 453X or Visit HaleGroves.com/D19115Order Item #453X, mention Code 8SH-D915 for your $15 savings. 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HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, NOVEMBER 10, 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; firstname.lastname@example.org; services 2nd and 4th Fridays of each month at Providence Independence of Wildwood. Congregation Shalom Aleichem (R) 3501 Oak Pointe Blvd., Kissimmee, 407-9350064; www.shalomaleichem.com ; Shabbat service, 1st and 3rd Fridays of the month, 8 p.m. Congregation Shomer Ysrael (C) 5382 Hoffner Ave., Orlando, 407-227-1258, call for services and holiday schedules. Congregation Sinai (C/R) 303A N. S.R. 27, Minneola; 352-243-5353; congregationsinai.org; services: every Friday, 7:30 p.m.; Shabbat Service evert Saturday, 10 a.m. Orlando Torah Center (O) 8591 Banyan Blvd., Orlando; 347-456-6485; ShacharisShabbos 9 a.m.; Mon.Thurs. 6:45 a.m.; Sun. and Legal Holidays 8 a.m.; Mincha/Maariv Please call for times. Southwest Orlando Jewish Congregation/Ohalei Rivka (C) 11200 S. ApopkaVineland Rd., Orlando, 407-239-5444; Shabbat service, Friday, 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, 9:30 a.m. Temple Beth El (R) 579 N. Nova Rd., Ormond Beach, 386-677-2484. Temple Beth Shalom (R), P.O. Box 031233, Winter Haven, 813-324-2882. Temple Beth Shalom (C) 40 Wellington Drive, Palm Coast, 386-445-3006; Shabbat service, Friday, 8 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m. Temple Beth Sholom (C) 5995 N. Wickham Rd. Melbourne, 321-254-6333; www. mytbs.org ; Shabbat services: Friday, 7 p.m.; Saturday: 9:30 a.m. Minyan, Tuesday, 7:30 p.m.; Thursday, 10:00 a.m. Temple Beth Shalom (R) 1109 N.E. 8th Ave., Ocala, 352-629-3587; Shabbat services: Friday, 8 p.m.; Torah study: Saturday, 10:00 a.m. Temple Bnai Darom (R), 49 Banyan Course, Ocala, 352-624-0380; Friday Services 8 p.m. Temple Israel (C) 50 S. Moss Rd., Winter Springs, 407-647-3055; www.tiflorida.org ; Shabbat services: Friday, 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, 9:30 a.m.; Sunday 9:00 a.m. Temple Israel (R), 7350 Lake Andrew Drive, Melbourne, 321-631-9494. Temple Israel (C) 579 N. Nova Road, Ormond Beach, 386-252-3097; Shabbat service, Friday, 7 p.m.; Saturday: 10:30 a.m. Temple Israel of DeLand (R) 1001 E. New York Ave., DeLand, 386-736-1646; www. templeisraelofdeland.org; Friday Shabbat service, 7 p.m.; Saturday, 10:00 a.m. followed by Torah study. Temple Shalom (formerly New Jewish Congregation) (R) 13563 Country Road 101, Oxford, 352-748-1800; www.templeshalomcentralfl.org ; Shabbat services: Friday, 7 p.m.; last Saturday of the month, 9:30 a.m. Temple Shalom of Deltona (R/C) 1785 Elkcam Blvd., Deltona, 386-789-2202; www. shalomdeltona.org; Shabbat service; Saturday: 10 a.m. Temple Shir Shalom (R) Services held at Temple Israel, 50 S. Moss Rd., Winter Springs, 407-366-3556, www.templeshirshalom.org ; Shabbat services: three Fridays each month, 7:30 p.m. Traditional Congregation of Mount Dora (T) Mount Dora, 352-735-4774; www. tcomd.org; Shabbat services: Saturday, 9:30 a.m. sharp. (R) Reform (C) Conservative (O) Orthodox (Rec) Reconstructionist (T) Mehitsa Written by Paul Kaplan, Pelican Publishing Company, $24.95 Beyond the stereotype of elderly Jews visiting sunny beaches and stopping in at New York-style delis lies a rich history and Jewish cul tural tradition. The area is populated by Ashkenazi Jews, Sephardic Jews with roots in Spain or Turkey, and those from Cuba and other Latin American countries. Its this cultural mingling that makes the Jewish way of life in South Florida so unique. I realized there was a huge desire for these cultural guides, says author Paul Ka plan. I did not want to write a conventional travel book that simply listed places for read ers to go. I wanted to tell the little-known stories behind key venues like restaurants and delis with decades of history, historic synagogues, neighborhoods, and commu nity centers. In his research, Kaplan conducted many primary interviews with curators, tour guides, historians, shop owners, and rabbis to give the book more texture. I learned about unique venues I had never heard of. For example, the Holocaust Documentation Center in Fort Lauderdale showcases the tanks used to liberate concentration camps. Or Palm Beachs Cafe Cin ematique, which screen films and promotes discussions on a variety of fascinating top ics. I was interested to learn about a library at Florida Atlantic University that is reimagining old music with a modern beat and perform ing them. Kaplan also wanted to tell the little-known history of how Jews immigrated to South Florida. Now one of the nations largest Jewish communities, it all began with some of the regions first pioneers and snowbirds migrating from the north. An integral part of this story is the Cuban-Jewish experience in the regions history. A diverse group of both Ashkenazi and Sephardic Jews, Kaplan was surprised to learn that many in the first wave of Cubans to reach Florida felt unwelcomed from the larger Jewish com munity. I think South Florida receives many vacationers, says Kaplan But many (in cluding myself) dont realize that there are some fascinat ing stories to uncover. More than simply a travel guide, Jewish South Florida approaches each profiled loca Jewish South Floridaa history and guide to everything Jewish tion as an opportunity to bring to light the culture of the Jews that have made South Florida their home. Paul Kaplan earned a BA in ethics, politics, and econom ics from Yale College and an MBA from Yale School of Man agement. He enjoys traveling, having visited six continents. Kaplans fascination with travel and the history of places led him to pursue writing as an avenue through which to share cultural experiences and universal themes. His published works include busi ness, travel and social history, and biographies. Available now at Amazon, Barnes & Noble and select bookstores nationwide. Books reviews : Written by Arlo Haskell, Sand Paper Press, $24, release date Nov. 15, 2017. A little further south of Miami is the dramatic story of South Floridas oldest Jew ish community and a major addition to the history of this unique island city. Long before Miami was on the map, Key West had Floridas largest economy and an influential Jew ish community. Jews who settled here as peddlers in the 19th century joined a bilingual and progressive city that became the launch ing pad for the revolution that toppled the Spanish Empire in Cuba. As dozens of local Jews collaborated with Jose Martis rebels, they built relationships that supported thriving Jewish communities in Key West and Havana at the turn of the 20th century. During the 1920s, when anti-immigration hysteria swept the United States, Key Wests Jews resisted the immigration quotas and established the southern most terminal of the Jewish underground, smuggling Jewish aliens in small boats across the Florida Straits to safety in Key West. But these and other Jewish exploits were kept secret as Ku Klux Klan leaders infiltrated lo cal law enforcement and government. Many Jews left Key West during the 1930s and their stories were ignored or for gotten by the mythmakers that reinvented Key West as a tourist mecca. The real history of The Jews of Key West The Jews of Key West is an entertaining and authori tative account of Key Wests Jewish community from 1823-1969. Illustrated with over 100 images, it brings to life a history that had long been forgotten. rf r fntb
PAGE 12A HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, NOVEMBER 10, 2017 By Ben Sales NEW YORK (JTA)Are Jewish millennials the most religious generation? And do one-fifth of them think Jesus was God in hu man form? Yes and yes, says a new sur vey of 599 Jews born from 1984 to 1999. The survey creates a contradictory portrait of Jew ish millennials: These young adults describe themselves as religious, and practice Jewish ritual, but are unaffiliated. They value tradition and fam ily, but dont plan on marrying only Jews. They are proud to be Jewish, but dont feel that contradicts with practicing other religions Its the kind of survey that could be useful to Jewish planners but for the organiza tion that commissioned and funded it: Jews for Jesus, the evangelical group that for de cades has been trying to draw Jews toward belief in Christ. The survey was conducted by the Barna Group, a repu table polling firm special izing in religion, especially conservative Christianity, and was sent to the media with en dorsements by Jewish studies professors. But its goal was to conduct market research for Messianic Jews. And Jews for Jesus likes what it sees. It was very hopeful from our perspective, Susan Perl man, the San Francisco-based groups director of communi cations, told JTA. This was a generation that was spiritual, that is willing to engage in the subject of whether or not Jesus might be the Messiah. All we can ask for is an open mind to engage with the Bible, engage with the culture and look at the possibilities. The survey, which was published this week, is mostly composed of the standard questions: how often do you pray, how do you feel about Israel, do you date non-Jews and the like. Much of it is a millennial-focused version of the Pew Research Centers 2013 study of American Jews. They are free-thinking and flexible in their spiri tual and religious identity, yet they gravitate toward formal customs and ancient expres sions of faith, the surveys introduction reads. Often molded by intermarriage and multiculturalism, they reject rigid or traditional definitions of what it means to be Jewish, butmore than any other generationstill consider their Jewish identity to be very important to them. But it also includes a few unusual entries that Pew didnt cover, like a detailed section on belief in God and the afterlife, andno surprise herean extensive examina tion of attitudes toward Jesus. For those accustomed to thinking of millennials as reli giously uninvolved and skepti cal of traditional practices, the survey has some surprising news: Eighty percent of Jew ish millennials self-identify as religious Jews, as opposed to just a slim majority of all Jews. And nearly half say being Jewish is very important to them, higher than any other generation. That commitment to Juda ism comes through in specific practices as well. Almost a quarter of Jewish millenni als attend religious services once a week, according to the survey, and one in three prays every day. A majority says God loves people. Ari Kelman, a Jewish stud ies professor at Stanford Uni versity who was interviewed as part of the report, said the study suggests a cohort distinct from all others. Yonatan Sindel/Flash90 The Barna group conducted a study involving 599 Jews born from 1984 to 1999. These dont look like Jews I recognize, he said of mil lennials. I was not willing to just write them off entirely. Maybe these are Jews weve never seen before. We know religion is changing, we know parameters of identity are changing, so why would we expect different generations to look exactly the same? The data on Jesus might be especially surprising to Jews who, if they agree on nothing else, believe that Jews for Jesus and its messianic philoso phy are beyond the pale. The survey found that 21 percent of Jewish millennials believe Jesus was God in human form who lived among people in the 1st century. And 28 percent see him as a rabbi or spiritual leader, but not God. The openness to nonJewish practice extends be yond that: 42 percent of respondents say they celebrate Christmas. A majority says one can hold other faiths and still be Jewish. And the survey found that one-third of Jew ish millennials believe God desires a personal relationship with us. Some of the findings depart from the Pew study of four years ago. Pew found far lower rates of synagogue attendance among Jews aged 18 to 29, and a much lower percentage of respondents said religion was important to them. But Pew actually backs up some of the statistics on Christianity. It found that a third of all respondents had a Christmas tree at home, and 34 percent said belief in Jesus as the Messiah was compatible with being Jewish. (This does not mean that most Jews think those things are good, Alan Cooperman, deputy director of Pew Research Centers Re ligion and Public Life Project, said at the time. They are saying that those things do not disqualify a person from being Jewish. [But] most Jews think that belief in Jesus is disqualifying by roughly a 2-to-1 margin.) This weeks survey no doubt garnered higher percentages on those questions because it included Messianic Jews that is, members of a religious movement that combines Christian and Jewish beliefs whom Pew excluded from some questions. According to the Jews for Jesus web site, 30,000 to 125,000 Jews worldwide believe in Jesus. There are roughly 5 million to 6 million U.S. Jews. Some 58 percent of respondents in the Jews for Jesus study are children of interfaith mar riages, about 10 points more than in the Pew study, which generally used a slightly nar rower definition of Jewish. Jewish sociologist Steven M. Cohen said Pew also did not delve as deeply into mat ters of faith because theology tends to be more central to Christians than to Jews. Christians have a stronger interest in the faith aspect of religion, and being Jewish isnt only a religion, but its also an ethnicity, said Cohen, a professor at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion who consulted on the Pew study. Its also the case that faith in God for Jews is less predictive of matters of belonging. Some results of this weeks survey conformed to expecta tions of millennials as less affiliated with traditional institutions and more open to multiculturalism and plural ism. A majority of millennial Jews do not affiliate with a major denomination. Only about one in 10 see affinity to Israel as central to Judaism, though about a quarter have been on Birthright, the free 10-day trip to Israel for Jewish young adults. Nearly 40 per cent self-define as liberal and 24 percent as conservative. And only 4 percent would refrain from a serious re lationship with a non-Jew, though 70 percent are com mitted to raising their chil dren as Jewish. These sta tistics may be alarming to a Jewish establishment that has worried for decades about rising intermarriage rates. But for Jews for Jesus, which promotes its own brand of interreligious mixing, this is not a problem. I dont see it as a positive or a negative, Perlman said of intermarriage. Its a fact of life, but I think that spiritual harmony is important, so if youre a Jewish-gentile couple, you need to find spiritual harmony or you have a rocky road ahead. The survey has a margin of error of 2.5 percent. Kelman acknowledges that he had misgivings about a sur vey on Jews funded by a group that essentially wants to convert them to Christianity. The fact youre doing market research on American Jews, their potential adher ence to Jews for Jesus makes you uncomfortable, he said. But, regarding Barna, the polling firm, Kelman said: They were good social scientists with skin in the game. Most people who fund research on American Jews also come with an agenda, and Ive been in this world long enough to know that the people who fund that research dont interfere. They dont cook the books. They dont come with a pre-fixed menu of outcomes they expect to see. Jews for Jesus commissioned a study on Jewish millennialsheres what it found By Alex Traiman JNS.org Recognizing it is easier to influence those who are more prone to be natural supporters of the Jewish state than it is to sway journalists who cover the Israeli-Palestinian conflict with a perceived anti-Israel bias, the Israeli government this week offered Christian media professionals a crash course in Israel advocacy and diplomacy. More than 130 journalists from 30 countries converged in Jerusalem for Israels inau gural Christian Media Sum mit, which was sponsored by the Government Press Office and spearheaded by Minister of Jerusalem Affairs and Heri tage Zeev Elkin. Christian journalists, many of whom are ideological sup porters of Israel, collectively influence billions of potential Israel supporters around the world. Key focuses of the conference included promot ing Israel and Jerusalem as a model of religious tolerance and coexistence, as well as countering the inherent biases the Jewish state often faces in international legal forums such as the United Nations and in mainstream media. Brian Schrauger, a veteran Christian journalist report ing from Israel for the USA Radio Network and Jerusa lemJournal.net, said Israel is doing something very, very smart. Its catering to a group of journalists that dont often get attention, and its educating them. And these are by-and-large friendly journalists that generally support Israel. The journalists that are here have a larger consumer base of readers and viewers that are larger than ABC, NBC, CBS and CNN combined in the U.S. So there is a huge, huge market here, Shrauger told JNS.org. David Parsons, vice presi dent and senior international spokesman for the Interna tional Christian Embassy Jerusalem, said Christian media has a vast constitu ency, not just in the U.S. but around the world. According to Parsons, Is raels government has recog nized the value of engaging with Christian media directly to show them how to report the story better; what are the sources, what are the resources to use. Its very effective, and very importantand making sure the battle of truth is being won, Parsons told JNS.org. Israel as a beacon of religious tolerance The conference was wellattended by Israeli politicians and thought-leaders, with addresses by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and President Reuven Rivlin. Netanyahu stressed the dif ficulties that Christians face as persecuted minorities in neighboring countries across the Middle East. Israel is the one country in a vast region where Chris tians not only survive, they thrive, Netanyahu stated, noting Israel has no better friends around the world than Christian communities. Elkin said Jerusalem is the ideal place to host this sum mit, as a model for tolerance and dialogue. The importance of host ing the most influential members of the international Christian media in Jerusalem is paramount, he said. As Christianity has its roots in Judaism, these journalists have the unique opportunity to understand that the spu rious charges claiming that Jerusalem has no contextual historical attachment to Israel are utterly absurd. Correcting anti-Israel media bias Parsons said the age of objective and unbiased media coverage is a thing of the past, with most journalists choosing sides in the IsraelPalestinian conflict before they file their content. I think there is just dis honesty at a very human level, where you have reporters trying to assert that they are objective, and impartial, when in fact, they are not, he said. We are talking about people who are taking a posi tion of advocacy journalism for social justice issues. That is the way many journal ists approach this conflict: that you should always root for the oppressed, and you always view the Palestinians as oppressed, added Parsons, who noted this approach leads many journalists to even justify Palestinians use of violence against Israel, who they believe is the oppressor. Palestinian incitement A major component of the conference was geared towards explaining how main stream media have been impacted by Palestinian propaganda that includes decades of incitement against Israel by the Palestinian Au thority (PA). Itamar Marcus, founder of Palestinian Media Watcha group that monitors Ara bic-language messaging within Palestinian televi sion, print media and school textbooksgave a lengthy presentation detailing antiSemitic broadcasts by PA-run networks during the last six months. Palestinian media and schoolbooks are broadcasting messages of hatred, Marcus told JNS.org. Veteran Palestinian affairs journalist and field producer Khaled Abu Toameh seconded Marcuss message when ad dressing summit attendees, asserting that there hasnt been any attempt by the Palestinian Authority to pre pare the Palestinian people for peace with Israelto the contrary. Ironically, Palestin ian incitement intensified after the signing of the Oslo Accords. There is no peace process, Abu Toameh said. Abu Toameh advised the Christian journalists to be careful about who they select to help them produce their news content. If the person you hire to help you produce your piece is an activist for the PLO (Palestinian Libera tion Organization), that will severely affect the report, he said, adding there is more than one way of telling the story. Conference attendee Schrauger said, Its been an amazing conference. Israel has brought in its best voices to explain the narrative that exists here in the Middle East. Its a narrative that the rest of world is not hearing. Minister of Education and Diaspora Affairs Naftali Ben nett expressed his apprecia tion that so many Christian journalists accepted the Is raeli governments invitation to participate in the first-ofits-kind summit. I want to thank you for being our friends, he said, because sometimes we feel alone out there. Israeli government cultivates natural allies at its first-ever Christian media summit
HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, NOVEMBER 10, 2017 PAGE 13A Weekly roundup of world briefs from JTA Why a pro-Israel group moved its benefit to Trumps Mar-a-Lago resort (JTA)An Israel advocacy group has relocated a charity event to President Donald Trumps Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida to thank him for his support of Israel. The Truth About Israel moved its Feb. 25 benefit from a nearby resort after several charities canceled planned galas at Mar-a-Lago, The Associated Press reported. American Friends of Ma gen David Adom was among the nine groups that canceled in August. Steven Alembik, who is organizing the Truth About Israel event, told AP that he moved his benefit because the other groups canceled. The president has Israels back like no other president since the days of Ronald Reagan, Alembik said. He supports Israel, we support him. Its that simple. He told AP that he sold out all 700 tickets for the event at a cost of $750 each. Some of the groups that canceled their events cited Trumps response to the farright rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, as the reason for canceling. In other cases, groups said the venue was detracting from the message of their events. Founded by Danny Ayalon, a former Israeli ambassador to the United States, Truth About Israel among other things produces short videos defending Israeli policies and countering incitement. Israeli leaders send messages of support in wake of Texas church shooting that killed at least 26 JERUSALEM (JTA)Is raeli leaders sent messages of support to the United States in the wake of a Texas church shooting that left at least 26 people dead. Horrified by the savagery in Texas, Israeli Prime Minis ter Benjamin Netanyahu said in a statement that his office also tweeted. Our hearts are with the victims, their families and the American people. President Reuven Rivlin, on an official visit to Spain, also tweeted his concern. Terrible news coming out of #Texas. Our thoughts and prayers are with all the victims and their families, he wrote. A gunman opened fire Sunday morning at the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, a small town east of San Antonio. The congrega tion had just begun its service at 11 a.m. when the gunfire began. The gunman has been identified to several media outlets by unnamed sources as Devin Kelley, 26, from near San Antonio, according to reports. Kelley reportedly served in the Air Force, but was court-martialed in 2012 for assaulting his wife and child, and received a dishon orable discharge in 2014 for bad conduct. Kelley carried out the shooting with a militarystyle rifle and was wearing black tactical gear and a ballistic vest. He first shot at the church from outside, and then entered the small, white building and continued to shoot. He was later found dead in his car some miles from the church. It is not clear if he killed himself or died of a gunshot wound from a pursuer. No motive has been established for the attack, which was carried out about 30 miles from Kelleys home. The victims ranged in age from 5 to 72. At least 20 others were wounded. The service was being broadcast on YouTube. President Donald Trump, on an official visit to Japan, tweeted: May God be w/ the people of Sutherland Springs, Texas. The FBI & law enforce ment are on the scene. I am monitoring the situation from Japan He later made a statement in which he addressed what he called an act of evil. Americans do what we do best: we pull together. We join hands We lock arms and through the tears and the sadness, we stand strong, he said. Ivanka Trump also ad dressed the attack in a tweet: God bless the people of Sutherland Springs, TX. Our countrys hearts are breaking for the victims & their fami lies. We love & are with you! Horrified by the savagery in Texas. Our hearts are with the victims, their families and the American people. PM of Israel (@Israe liPM) November 5, 2017 Terrible news coming out of #Texas. Our thoughts and prayers are with all the victims and their families. Reuven Rivlin (@Presi dentRuvi) November 5, 2017 May God be w/ the people of Sutherland Springs, Texas. The FBI & law enforcement are on the scene. I am moni toring the situation from Japan. Donald J. Trump (@re alDonaldTrump) November 5, 2017 ...Americans do what we do best: we pull together. We join hands. We lock arms and through the tears and the sadness, we stand strong pic.twitter.com/qkCPgtKGkA Donald J. Trump (@re alDonaldTrump) November 6, 2017 God bless the people of Sutherland Springs, TX Our countrys hearts are breaking for the victims & their fami lies. We love & are with you! Ivanka Trump (@ IvankaTrump) November 5, 2017 Reform Jewish camp destroyed by California wildfires has summer 2018 home (JTA)The Union for Re form Judaisms Camp New man, which was mostly destroyed by last months Northern California forest fires, will have a temporary home for the 2018 summer camp season. The URJ announced Friday that the camp will be housed at the facilities of California State Universitys Maritime Academy, or Cal Maritime, located on the waterfront in Vallejo, a short drive from both Santa Rosa and San Francisco. What the wildfire has shown us is how strong and resilient we are as a com munity. Almost immediately, everyone rallied around us, Rabbi Erin Mason, director of URJ Camp Newman, said in a statement. The result was that in just a short amount of time, we found a beauti ful site for Camp Newmans Summer 2018. The camp, which cur rently serves about 1,400 children, has been operating for the last 70 years. The camp moved to its current site 480-acre site in 1997 and dedicated a $4 million building last year. Camp was not in session when the fires hit. Everyone living on the camp site, as well as the Torah scrolls, were removed and rescued before the camp was destroyed. Most of the buildings on the camps property were destroyed by the fire, but an entrance gate, prayer books and prayer shawls survived the flames, along with an iconic wooden Star of David on a hillside that overlooks the camp. At least 41 people were killed as the result of 15 major wildfires across California. Over 217,000 acres and 5,700 structures were destroyed. Nikki Haley: Unless UN rights council reforms, US is out WASHINGTON (JTA) The United States is ready to pull out of the UN Hu man Rights Council unless it institutes reforms, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley told an Israeli-American audience. The Human Rights Coun cil will either adopt these reforms or the United States will leave, Haley said Satur day to applause at the annual Washington conference of the Israeli American Council. Haley said U.S. proposed reforms include removing Item 7, which requires a report on Israeli actions in the West Bank each time the panel convenes. She said the United States also wanted structural changes that would keep major hu man rights abusers from joining the council; she noted the Democratic Republic of Congos recent ascension to the panel. Haley said the U.S. del egation was endeavoring to keep unpublished a list the UN Human Rights Council is compiling of companies doing business with West Bank settlements. Israel and the United States see the list as a blacklist of boycotters. She described one of the Obama administrations last actsallowing through a UN Security Council resolution condemning settlements as a betrayal of Israel. At the time of the resolu tion last December, Haley was the governor of South Carolina and said she swore that if she were confirmed as ambassador, she would always stand by Israel. As long as I was U.S. ambassador, such an act of betrayal would never happen again, she said, again earn ing loud applause. She noted that the Trump administration also has dif ferences with Israel over its settlement policy, but said it was counterproductive to have those arguments in public. Friends can have dis agreements and still be friends, she said. New Dutch play about Anne Frank doesnt mention Jews or Nazis AMSTERDAM (JTA) A play that ignores Anne Franks Jewish identity and features an unfounded as sault allegation against a Jew who hid with her is generating controversy in the Netherlands. The play, which is slated to premiere Saturday in the Netherlands, is set in modern times and mentions neither the Nazis nor why they murdered Anne Frank, the teenage diarist who wrote her famous journal while hiding in German-occupied Amster dam during the Holocaust. A dress rehearsal last week attended by several critics in cluded an invented assault by Fritz Pfeffer against Margot Frank, Anne Franks sister. Pfeffer was a real-life Jewish dentist who was in hiding with Frank and her family and died in the Holocaust. It has never been alleged that he assaulted Frank or anyone else. Esther Voet, the editor in chief of the Dutch-Jewish weekly NIW and a former leader of the CIDI watch dog on anti-Semitism, con demned the play as an unscrupulous falsification of history in a scathing op-ed published Friday. Apparently, that pesky historical context, the one about the persecution of the Jews, that had to be done away with already, she wrote of the play, which was produced by Arjen Stuurman and directed by Ilja Pfeijffer. It is titled Achter het Huis, a phrase that means behind the house, and echoes the Dutch-language name that Frank gave the secret annex where she hid. Voet also protested how Pfeijffer pressed his fat thumb on Pfeffer and made him guilty of an act of vio lence. Presto: Drama! She also wrote that it was ab jectly tasteless. The play is the latest expression of abuse of Anne Franks memory, wrote Voet, citing other such abuses, including claims that Frank was a lesbian and her likening to Palestinians. Asked last week about his addition of the assault, Pfeijffer told the Volkskrant: The diary itself contains no drama, adding: What actually happens in the secret annex, seen through the eyes of a 13-year-old, is a bit lean for a theater show. David Barnouw, author of the 2012 book The Anne Frank Phenomenon and a former researcher at the Dutch Institute for War, Holocaust and Genocide Studies, told JTA over the weekend that he did not like the play because it was over the top after seeing a dress rehearsal earlier this week. But he added that he does not agree with some of the weightier charges made by Voet. I disagree with her on some points, said Barnouw, adding that he was not opposed to artists taking far-reaching license with historical truth. The audi ence needs to decide whether this is acceptable, and no one else. In the dress rehearsal, the people in hiding speak of the Jews only as our people and of the Germans as the enemy, he said. The Volkskrant reported last week that Pfeijffer is facing a lawsuit for copyright infringement by the Anne Frank Fonds, the Switzer land-based organization set up by the late Otto Frank, Anne Franks father and sole survivor from her nuclear family, who entrusted the organization with the rights to her diary. But a spokesman for the Anne Frank Fonds told JTA his organization cannot confirm this. Whereas third parties may sue the producers of Achter het Huis, the spokesman said in reference to relatives of Pfeffer, no legal action has been initiated by the Anne Frank Fonds, which is monitoring the situation. Pfeijffer, who is also a poet, has a history of mak ing controversial statements, including about Jews. Last year, he called Leon de Winter, a well-known Dutch-Jewish novelist and playwright who wrote for the Anne Frank Fonds a 2014 the ater play about Anne Frank, a militant Jew. That charge came in a column by Pfeijffer about Winters decision to leave his former publisher over its hiring of a Belgian author, Dyab Abou Jahjah. Abou Jahjah supports Hezbollah, has called for violence against Israelis and spoke of his feel ing of victory following the 9/11 attacks. Abou Jahjah also called Antwerp, which has a large community of Ortho dox Jews, the international capital of the Zionist lobby, according to NRC. Abou Jahjah speaks out for oppressed Palestinians and that makes him an anti-Semite for de Winter, Pfeijffer wrote. He identified Abou Jahjah as a founder of the Arab European League. The now-defunct Muslim rights group a decade ago posted on its website a cari cature of Anne Frank in bed with Adolf Hitler and another caricature suggesting the Holocaust never happened, which a judge ordered re moved. In 2015, Pfeijffer published a poem in the voice of a Pal estinian man who lost his home and whose daughter was mutilated by Jews who trampled on our holy land with boots that can do no wrong because they are of Jews, because of what went on before. Connecticut Chabad wins 10-year legal fight to open Chabad House (JTA)Chabad-Lubavitch can convert a historic Vic torian home in Litchfield, Connecticut into a Chabad House, a federal court ruled in a lawsuit that was launched 10 years ago. Chabad can build a modi fied version of its original plan from 2007, Judge Janet Hall of U.S. District Court in New Haven ruled last week. Hall ordered the Litchfield Boroughs Historic District Commission to approve the revised plan. In 2007, the commission rejected the Chabad House, saying it was too large and out of character for the his toric district. The turndown spurred a federal lawsuit against the commission claiming religious discrimi nation. As part of the modification, the judge ruled that Chabad must eliminate a planned second-floor apartment for the Chabad House rabbi, Joseph Eisenbach, and his family, which includes 12 children. She said that not living in the Chabad House would not infringe on the groups religious rights. Eisenbach said in a state ment that Chabad had faced serious religious bias dur ing the decade-long legal battle, according to the lo cal newspaper, The Register Citizen. On the one hand there is great joy that after a 10year struggle we can move forward with our synagogue, the rabbi said. At the same time, I sadly witnessed the most serious religious bias from a very small percent of the Litchfield Community which destroyed 10 years of great blessings of a Syna gogue. Thankfully, they dont represent the overwhelming majority of the great citizens of our town. The building will serve as a synagogue and religious education center. It will have a kosher kitchen and office space, as well as a mikvah. A swimming pool will be used for a summer camp. Sheldon Adelson in praising his pro-Israel group takes a shot at AIPAC WASHINGTON (JTA) Sheldon Adelson, the bil lionaire casino magnate and major Jewish philanthropist, said he was the principal funder of the Israeli American Council because its support for Israel was unequivocal compared to other American Jewish groups. Adelson, speaking Sunday evening at the IACs annual meeting, was explaining why he has backed the organiza tion since its 2007 incep tionas it happens, the year he broke with the American Israel Public Affairs Commit tee over its backing for the George W. Bush administra tions Annapolis peace push. I said to myself, Self, this could be an unequivocal sup port organization for Israel, he said. Therell be no politi cal correctness, therell be no questions about whether we can keep the White House door open to us. That was an apparent reference to AIPACs policy of maintaining access to the White House, whatever ten sions there might otherwise be between an administra tion and the pro-Israel com munity. Adelson reviled the Obama presidency, fighting the ad ministration at every turn over over government spend ing, Obamacare and the Iran nuclear deal. AIPAC had a relationship with President Barack Obama that was at times tense and other times mutually supportive. It vigor ously opposed Obamas Iran policy, but encouraged his efforts to advance IsraeliPalestinian peace, as long as Israels government was on board. Adelson said he was en JTA on page 14A
PAGE 14A HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, NOVEMBER 10, 2017 H 1 A 2 L 3 V 4 A 5 A 6 S 7 H 8 I 9 B 10 E 11 M 12 A 13 A14R E A L T15H I N O16L A M J17O H N S H18T I C K N19A Z I I20D I D E21L K S A22F T E R Y23O24R E S S25P I E L S J26A27C28K P R E A C29H E R A30D I E U S31U E E32A33R34L35K36A T S37A38M39 P40A L41 R42Y E E43R E S44 D45A F46 O47C48E A N I49N50D I A N51A52L O A N S S53E54L55M A S L56O Y A L P57L U M Y M58A G I D59D60A61Y62E63L M O J64A S O N S65W O R N L66I E N O67C H O H68A W K E L 69 E T S B 70 E A D E 71 R N S T 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 Construction, Remodels, Additions, Handyman does most anything Available in Central Florida Area References AvailableRicardo Torres Handyman407-221-5482 Tannenbaum From page 1A UN From page 1A side, said Hillel Neuer, execu tive director of Geneva-based UN Watch, a group whose stated mission is to monitor the performance of the United Nations by the yardstick of its own charter. For some reason, however, when it comes to Israel, the UN development agencies cross the bright red line from humanitarian assistance to political advocacy, he said. Although the amount of funding allocated by the UN towards overtly anti-Israel initiatives is unprecedented, Shurat Hadins DarshanLeitner said the world bodys singling out of Israel and misuse of funds were no big surprise. The UN is misappropriat that Henry was still alive and working secretly for the FBI. Sams childhood was filled with his mothers shouting at the ghost of her husband, several psychotic episodes, and even an attempt to kill her son and then commit suicide. The bullet that killed my father also destroyed my mothers mind and ended my childhood, said Sam. With my father dead and my mother crazy, Samuel was forced at a young age to raise himself. He took care of household chores, did the shopping, and, through con niving, even paid the bills. When he was 13, he arranged for his own bar mitzvah, fortuitously connecting with his fathers family through a Hebrew school classmate. Upon graduating high school, he moved into his own apart ment and, supporting himself with a war-orphan scholarship and odd jobs, graduated from Brooklyn College. While Sam was in college, Bertha was evicted from her apartment and was commit ted to a state mental institu tion. The eviction resulted in the destruction of the fam ilys belonging, including all artifacts of Sams familys history. Outside of his name and the date of his death, Sam knew nothing about his father. Sam married (Bertha didnt come; she thought it was another FBI plot), had a daughter named Lisa, and divorced. Bertha met and fell in love with Sams fiance, Rachel, promising her that Henry would return in time for the wedding. Meanwhile, with the help ing, once again, its donors funds and directing them into projects that help the PLO target and attack the Jewish state, instead of for humanitarian causes, said Darshan-Leitner. After all, its the U.N.s raison detre at this point, she added. We have seen a massive increase in these baseless lawfare suits being filed without any merit in the American federal courts in the past few years. The unilateral encouragement of these frivolous harassment suits against Israelis and Jewish individuals, which are obviously being funded and fanned on by foreign bodies, is a new Palestinian strategy to try to bedevil and deter support for Israel. Darshan-Leitner under scored that the UN does not care one iota about justice for the so-called victims its pretending to assist, and that it uses Palestin ian initiatives as a vehicle for turning Israel into an international pariah. Its policies like this that display so clearly why the United States was moved to quit UNESCO, and is consid ering resigning [from] and defunding other UN agen cies, she said. Prof. Avi Bell, a member of the faculty of law at Israels Bar-Ilan University and a senior fellow at the Kohelet Policy Forum think tank, voiced similar sentiments, telling JNS.org that the U.N.s newly revealed strategic docu ment highlights the degree to which many organs of the United Nations are actively involved in diplomatic, legal and financial warfare against the state of Israel. We often fail to appreciate the degree to which the U.N, supports, or even directs, anti-Israel propaganda and political activity, said Bell. This kind of activity obvi ously violates the UN Charter by infringing upon Israeli sovereignty and denying Israel the right of sovereign equality. Bell added that these ac tions undermine interna tional institutions by sub ordinating their legal roles to a political agenda [and] corrupting them in the name of anti-Zionist ideology.... Unfortunately, the U.N.s decades-long war on Israel is nowhere near ending. of the extended family, Sam was putting together pieces of his fathers past. Henry was regarded as intelligent with a great sense of humor. He had graduated from the same grade school, high school, and college as his son. Henry worked for the Office of Price Administration and taught Sunday school at a lo cal synagogue. Henry had an inherited bleeding disorder, which probably caused the privates quick and peaceful death in Belgium on that bit ter cold January day and was passed on to his son. In 1986, three years after his mother died, Sam invited his fathers family to Lisas bat mitzvah. His first cousin, Henrys niece, gave Sam a victory mail correspondence that identified Private Henry Tannenbaums regiment. Sam now had the tool he needed to further research his fathers military history. In 1995, he and his wife, Rachel, journeyed to Seattle to attend the first meeting of the American World War II Orphan Network, (AWON), an organization composed of the Gold Star children and others classified by the Veterans Ad ministration as War Orphans. At a second AWON meeting in Washington, D.C., in 1996, Sam met several people from Luxembourg who came for the express purpose to meet and thank the children of their liberators. Sam invited several to his home. One of the guests, Renee Sclhoesser, a journalist, published the Tannenbaum story in a series of articles in a Luxembourg newspaper. Another attendee, Jim Schiltz, was also impressed with Sams search and offered to help. When he returned to Luxem bourg, Schiltz found a book of photographs of World War Two and specifically, of the 331 Regi ment in Luxembourg taken by the sentry Tony Vacarro. The picture taken on battle field in Ottre was not the only one Tony Vaccaro had taken. Michaelantonio Celestino Onofrio Vaccaro had carried his Argus C with him when he, along with thousands of other Allied soldiers, stormed the beaches at Normandy on D-Day. Tonyat first sur reptitiously and then with his superiors approvalwent on to take thousands of pictures of Allied campaigns in Nor mandy and Germany. After the war, Tony stayed in Europe through 1949 to document post-war life in Europe. When he returned to the States, Tony became a photojournalist for Life and Look magazines, photograph ing famous figures including John F. Kennedy, Frank Lloyd Wright, and Sophia Loren. Throughout his career, White Death: Photo Requiem for a Dead Soldier, Private Henry I. Tannenbaum had circled the world through multiple exhibits and books and had become the iconic im age of the Battle of the Bulge. Schiltz also found out that Tony was alive and living in New York City. In 1997, the orphan and the photographer met for the first time. Tony gave Sam a professional print of the photograph. Tonys greatest joy besides meeting Sam and his family was tak ing a picture of Henrys grave in Mount Hebron Cemetery, New York City. For Tony, that picture brought him closure after more than 50 years. In 2002, Sam and Rachel Tannenbaum and Tony Vac caro flew to Europe as guests of the grateful citizens of Lux embourg and Belgium. The Tannenbaums met with the countries war orphans. They visited the Henri-Chapelle American Cemetery where Henry was originally buried. In Ottre, Belgium, Sam and Tony placed a wreath at the AWON monument, dedicated to PVT Henry Irving Tannen baum and other members of the 83rd Infantry Division. For Sam, it was a trip of a lifetime. Fifty-seven years after Tony first shot White Death, Sam Tannenbaum and Tony Vac caro visited a beautiful treefilled spot in Ottre, Belgium. The former battlefield is now a Christmas tree farm called Salm Sapin in French. And in German? Tannenbaum means Christmas tree. Sams home in Kissimmee, Florida, is filled with artifacts from his familys history pictures, books, his fathers medals, and a replica of the bracelet Henry was wearing before it was stolen by the German soldiers. I may not have had the opportunity to tell my parents that I love them, said Sam. Through telling their story, I believe I am honoring them. And that, is, after all, what the Fifth Commandment tells us to do. Marilyn Shapiro lives in Kissimmee. She writes regu larly for the Jewish World in Schenectady, and published her book There Goes My Heart, which is available on Amazon. You may also follow her on her blog, theregoesmy heart.me. JTA From page 13A couraged to see a crowd of 2,500 at the IAC conference and took an explicit shot at AIPAC. It reminds me of the days of when AIPAC started to grow, he said. It grew from less than 2,500 people, smaller than that. This group, the IAC, wont even question whether or not we should support Israel. Marshall Wittmann, the spokesman for AIPAC, which now attracts upwards of 15,000 activists to its annual conferences, said in response, We wish the IAC success in its efforts to strengthen the U.S.-Israel relationship. Tens of thousands of Is raelis attend rally mark ing Yitzhak Rabins murder JERUSALEM (JTA)An estimated 85,000 rallied in Rabin Square in Tel Aviv to mark the 22nd anniversary of the assassination of Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin. The rally Saturday night was controversial for stress ing national unity over peace. The rally, organized by two centrist organizations: the Darkenu movement and Commanders for Israels Security, was held under the slogan We are one people, and did not include national politicians on its list of speakers. Banners and flags of the left-wing Labor and Meretz parties flew throughout the crowd, as did the banners of the anti-settlement group Peace Now and the Pales tinian human rights group BTselem. Oded Revivi, mayor of the West Bank settlement of Efrat, was booed by the some in the crowd before he started to speak. Several lawmakers from right-wing parties at tended the rally, apparently for the first time. Former IDF General Am non Reshef, the head of Commanders for Israels security, in his speech at the rally called for separation from the Palestinians into two states in order to keep Israel as a Jewish and demo cratic state. Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin was shot to death by Yigal Amir, an Orthodox Jew and right-wing extremist, on Nov. 4, 1995, as he left a peace rally in Tel Aviv. The annual rally is held in the Tel Aviv square where he was shot, which has been renamed after the late prime minister. Rally organizers were criticized for neglecting to call Rabins death a murder or mention peace in promo tional materials. Record $53.8 mil lion raised for Israeli soldiers at Beverly Hills gala (JTA)The Friends of the Israel Defense Forces raised $53.8 million at a Beverly Hills galaa record, accord ing to organizersto help Israeli soldiers in need. Some 1,200 people were in attendance at the annual event on Thursday night at the Beverly Hilton Hotel, raising funds for services such as academic scholar ships to combat veterans; financial assistance; support for Lone Soldiers throughout their service; aid for wounded veterans and the families of fallen soldiers; weeks of rest and recuperation for army units; as well as educational, cultural and recreational facilities. Billionaire Haim Saban, a national board member of Friends of the Israel Defense Forces and a major supporter, and his wife, Cheryl, chaired the event. Larry Ellison, the cofounder of Oracle and its executive chairman gave $16.6 millionthe largest single gift in FIDF history. His donation will support the construction of well-being facilities on a new training campus for coed infantry units. For 2,000 years, we were a stateless people, but now, we have a country we can call our own, Ellison said. Through all of the perilous times since Israels founding, we have called on the brave men and women of the IDF to defend our home. In my mind, there is no greater honor than supporting some of the bravest people in the world, and I thank FIDF for allowing us to celebrate and support these soldiers year after year. We should do all we can to show these heroic soldiers that they are not alone. Israeli actress and model Moran Atias emceed the event, which featured spe cial performances by Seal, The Tenors, David Foster & Friends and Gene Sim mons of KISS fame. Celeb rity guests included Arnold Schwarzenegger, Katharine McPhee, Paul Reubens and Melissa Rivers, as well as Miss Israel 2013, Yityish Titi Aynaw.
HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, NOVEMBER 10, 2017 PAGE 15A Marcus From page 4A nialist political movement... the Balfour Promise issued by Britain was a type of solution to get rid of the Jews by allocating to them the land of Palestine. The PA goes even further in its script writing. Not only did Balfour create Jew ish nationalism in the land, but he even brought about the Jewish religious connec tion to the land: There is no documentation that the Jews made the Western Wall a place of worship at any Rosenblum From page 5A Rozenman From page 5A Reforming the UN secre tariats sclerotic, chronically anti-U.S. bureaucracy will be hard enough for Guterres. broken by The Hill two weeks ago, comes in. CFIUS approval to transfer to a Russian state company 20 percent of Amer icas uranium, the essential element for Americas nuclear arsenal and the fuel for the nuclear plants that provide one fifth of the nations energy needs, could have only come at a time that Russia was not perceived as an adversary. Wittingly or unwittingly, the FBI and Department of Justice (DoJ) were complicit in preserving the Obama-era myth of a reset with Russia. As revealed by The Hill, the FBI was fully awarelong prior to the CFIUS approval of the Uranium One deal that Russia was not quite the partner for world stability that President Obama and Secretary of State Clinton were making it out to be. Starting in 2009, Vadim Mikiren, the CEO of a Mary land-based subsidiary of Rosatom, was engaged in a racketeering, extortion, and money-laundering operation with numerous American firms in the uranium in dustry. His activities were designed to line his pockets and those of senior officials in Moscow, as well as to render BDS From page 3A was applying the law correctly. Because our application also functions as a contract, it was included in there, he said. King said that was simply not the case. My understanding of what Dickinson is doing is they have private funds being dis tributed for a grant program for individuals, he said in the interview. The law has nothing to do with private funds, it has nothing to do with individuals. A reading of the law bears out Kings bafflement: It refers only to for-profit companies as the targeted boycotters, and goes to lengths to define company as not applying to an individual. It also lists six specific government entities that are required not to do business with the targeted companies: five retirement systems and the school fund. Dickinsons grant program, with funds raised from private individuals, would not qualify. A survey of other hurricaneGetting a fairer shake in the General Assembly for the U.S. and Israel must begin in Washington. A good start would be spotlighting countries like those highlighted abovethat benefit from the U.S. and Israel but rou tinely vote against them. This is work for the White House, State Department and members of Congress. Countries at fault should get friendly reminders: If you enjoy profitable re lationships with the U.S. and with Israel, benefiting from bilateral economic, technological, military and cultural ties, you ought to align UN voting patterns with your own national interests. Failure to do so should warrant a cost, like that facing UNESCO. Eric Rozenman is com munications consultant for the Washington, D.C.-based Jewish Policy Center. American firms vulnerable by enmeshing them in illegal activity. The FBI had a highly reli able informer close to Mikiren, in the form of an American lobbyist he had hired. That lobbyist provided the FBI with emails, recorded conversa tions, and information about the Russian efforts to curry favor with the Clintons to the tune of millions of dollars. By early 2010, in the estimation of Andrew McCarthy, former lead federal, prosecutor in the First World Trade bomb ing case, the FBI and Justice Department had amassed a strong case against Mikiren. Yet Attorney-General Eric Holder voted for the Rosatom purchase. Not until 2014, long after memories of the Rosatom sale had grown cold, would the Justice Department file criminal charges against Mikiren, and even then with minimal fanfare. Mikiren was allowed to plea bargain to a minimal crime of conspiracy to commit money-laundering (which carries a sentence of 0-5 years), as opposed to being charged with moneylaundering itself, each count of which carries 20 years. McCarthy points out that the plea bargain violated DoJs own prosecutorial guidelines. The papers filed in federal court in support of the plea bargain mentioned only a few of Mikirens crimes, and none before the consummation of the Rosatom sale. The head of the FBI during most of its lengthy delay in prosecuting Mikiren was none other than Special Prosecutor Robert Mueller. And the two senior attorneys who signed off on the plea bargain were Andrew Weissman, then chief of the DoJ Criminal Fraud Division and today one of Muellers chief assistants, and Rod Rosenstein, then U.S. Attorney for Maryland and today deputy attorneygeneral. Rosenstein appointed Mueller as special prosecutor. Nor were Mikirens criminal activities, as documented in The Hill, the only thing uncovered by the FBI that could have scuttled the Ro satom sale. The day before Bill Clinton was scheduled to deliver his $500,000 speech in Moscow, the FBI arrested ten Soviet operatives living on the East Coast under false identities. FBI counter-intel ligence head Frank Figliuzzi explained the timing of the ar rests: the spy ring was getting too close to a sitting cabinet memberi.e., Clinton. Rus sian spy Lidiya Guryeva, who was living in the US under the alias Cynthia Murphy, had already burrowed into the inner circle of a close Clinton supporter. Though Operation Ghost Stories was one of the biggest intelligence busts in U.S. his tory, the FBI gave it none of the expected bells and whistles celebration. And over the slow news July 4 weekend, Secre tary of State Clinton hastily arranged a spy exchange of the 10 highly-trained and young Soviet operatives for three spies held by Russia and one political prisoner. The mainstream media, apart from the conserva tive National Review and the Wall Street Journal, have almost entirely ignored The Hills expos. In the three days after it was published, it garnered no mention on any of the major broadcast networks, despite the likelihood of a congressional investigation. As a consequence, the exposs implications for former FBI director and current Special Prosecutor Robert Mueller have gone unexplored. We now know that the FBI under Muellers leadership consistently downplayed its own investigations that would have seriously dented Presi dent Obamas reset narra tive with Russia and almost certainly killed approval of the sale of 20 percent of American uranium to Rosatom. The FBI failed to act despite the testi mony of a credible informant that the Clintons were being groomed by the Russians to the tune of millions. And the FBIs information on Miki rens criminal actions may not have been forwarded to the CFIUS, a panel on which Muel lers boss, Attorney-General Eric Holder, sat. The propriety of Mueller serving as special prosecu tor has been further called into question in recent days. The appointment of a special prosecutor was largely set in motion by Muellers successor at the FBI and close friend, James Comey. Comey has admitted that he leaked an internal memo he himself prepared through a law pro fessor friend with the inten tion of triggering a call for the appointment of a special prosecutor. And he succeeded. Comeys own involvement with the Trump dossier looks worse by the day, as the evidence mounts that the FBI relied on the discredited dossier and even offered to pay Christopher Steele to carry on with his research. Comey was either unaware or for some reason chose to ignore the documents dubious provenanceop position research paid for by the Clinton campaign and produced by a firm that had done previous work for the Russian regime, which was based on information being fed the author by his Kremlin contacts. Mueller should not be investigating the behavior of his close friend and the bureau he headed until 2013. After Godlbergs speech, I sidled over and mentioned that his portrayal of Donald Trump as an imminent threat to American democracy would have been more compelling had he mentioned that his op ponent very likely betrayed na tional interests in the pursuit of Russian money. (Indeed she likely set up her own private server to avoid investigations into the actions of the Clinton Foundation when she was secretary of state.) He replied something to the effect, Oh, everyone knows Hillary is a crook, as if that were somehow a justification for neither writing nor speak ing about it. Jonathan Rosenblum is a columnist for the Jerusalem Post and Israeli director of Am Echad. time, except after the Balfour Promise, claimed official PA TV, in March this year. This message comes from the top. Mahmoud Al-Habbash (Mahmoud Abbas personal adviser on Religious Affairs) made clear... that no person besides Muslims ever used it [Western Wall] as a place of worship, throughout all of history, until the ominous Balfour Declaration in 1917. The PA needs the Balfour Declaration in 2017 as much as the Zionist movement needed it in 1917. For Zionism in 1917 it meant international recogni tion of Jews historic right as an indigenous people to return to their homeland. For the PA in 2017, it is used to deny the Jews historic right as an indigenous people in their land. An ancient Palestinian his tory is fabricated by the PA to fill the vacuum created by the erasure of actual Jewish his tory in the land. The Balfour Declaration is the document the Palestinians wave to their people to brandish this myth. In honor of the hundredth anniversary of this important document, the PA decided to make the Balfour Declaration and denial of Israels right to exist its primary messaging this year. Mahmoud Abbas is taking the lead with public statements such as: It must be emphasized that the histor ical injustice that was caused to our people, and which con tinues to accumulate, began in fact with the ominous Balfour Promise. Therefore, we call on the government of Britain to bear its historical and moral responsibility and not mark and celebrate the 100th anniversary of this invalid promise. Instead, it must submit an apology to our Palestinian people... The PA Foreign Minister Al-Malki said that Mahmoud Abbas in tends to submit a lawsuit... if Britain insists on celebrating the 100th anniversary of the ominous Balfour Promise. Fatah has called it Balfour crime of the century and the most inhuman terrorist crime... creating a Zionist illegal state Fatah Spokes man Osama Al-Qawasmi went so far as to declare that the Balfour declaration was the most horrible crime in the history of mankind. The PA has transformed the Balfour Declaration from recognition of Jewish history in the land, into the starting point of Jewish history in the land. Without Balfour the PA has no hook upon which to anchor its warped reality. Had there been no Balfour Declara tion, the PA would have had to invent it. Itamar Marcus is the di rector of Palestinian Media Watch (www.palwatch.org). afflicted local authorities in Texas by Electonic Intifada, a pro-Palestinian news site, found no other such require ment. Laws have unintended consequences and even when misapplied can backfire on their drafters intent, said Rachel Lerner, the senior vice president for community rela tions at J Street. The liberal Jewish Mideast lobby opposes BDS, but sees the anti-BDS laws as infringing on free speech. Pro-Israel groups should stick to advocacy to counter BDS and avoid legisla tive bids to stop the boycotts, says J Street. Youre pursuing a strategy thats out of your control how its implemented, Lerner said. Its like using a cudgel for an issue; its the wrong tool. Its not good for the Jews or Israel that people think that they cant have a roof over their head if they boycott Israel. The New Israel Fund, an other liberal group, said in a release that the Texas case proved the anti-BDS laws were just plain wrong. The Jewish Federations of North America will feature a session at its General Assem bly in Los Angeles next month on how to pass such laws. The session, featuring three lawmakers who put forward such bills, is still very much on, said Ethan Felson, the director of the JFNA-affiliated Israel Action Network These laws are necessary, theyre effective and they need to be enforced appropriately, he said in an interview. These are laws that take a stand against discrimination, as drafted they do not infringe on individuals liberties. (Also still on at the G.A.: a session on how best to assist Houston, post-Harvey.) The case in Kansas may be stickier to defend: The states law does include individuals who boycott Israel as targets. The state shall not enter into a contract with an indi vidual or company to acquire or dispose of services, sup plies, information technol ogy or construction unless such individual or company submits a written certifica tion that such individual or company is not currently engaged in a boycott of Israel, the measure says. The law led the state De partment of Education to send to Esther Koontz, who had completed a course on training math teachers, a form titled Certification In dividual or Company Not Cur rently Engaged in a Boycott of Israel. Koontz, inspired by her Mennonite church, was boycotting Israel and would not sign the document. The ACLU filed a lawsuit on her behalf in a federal court. Kontorovich said that in the Kansas case, it was Koontz and the ACLU who were misconstruing the statute: Koontz would still have the right to boycott Israel as an individual as long as she did not boycott it as a contrac toran unlikely scenario, he said, for someone who trains Kansas math teachers in how to improve their teach ing skills. Shes a consumer boycot ter, shes trying to bootstrap that onto the commercial boycott banned by the law in order to make a federal case, he said. Her personal and her business relationship cannot be conflated. Hauss of the ACLU, who is representing Koontz, said the Kansas Education Depart ment was enforcing exactly what the Kansas law, enacted this summer, prescribes. It seems to me that theyre enforcing the statute as writ ten, he said. These laws are meant to do precisely the thing the Supreme Court has said is prohibited, which is to suppress the right to boycott. Also seizing on the Kansas and Texas cases to illustrate the pitfalls of the laws is Jewish Voice for Peace, a group that supports BDS. Its government affairs liaison, Rabbi Joseph Berman, calls the federal bill and the Kansas law an anti-democratic attempt to silence a nonviolent movement for equality for Pal estinians and a just peace for everyone in the region. Peggy Shapiro, the Midwest director of StandWithUs, a pro-Israel group that has advocated for the laws, said that opponents were cher rypicking cases in order to make the laws look bad. The fact that people want to generalize one or two out liers, their intention is not to expose the errors but to undermine the ability to pre vent discrimination against Israel, she said. It has yet to be seen whether Dickinson and Kansas are anomalies, or whether there are other controversies in the offing. In its survey of Texas towns, Electronic Intifada found that Galveston, Austin and San Antonio extend the ban to include companies bidding to make uniforms and organize programming for 4-year-olds. Rabbi Jill Jacobs, the direc tor of Truah, a rabbinical hu man rights advocacy group, said the laws were likely to continue to backfire. She said the focus of pro-Israel advocacy should be on Israels government and its practices. The way to increase sup port for Israel is not to shut down dissent but make Israel a place we can be more proud of, and central to that is ending the occupation and making Israel a more democratic state, she said.
PAGE 16A HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, NOVEMBER 10, 2017 By Curt Schleier (JTA)By his own admis sion, Rob Reiner was not the right person to direct LBJ, a film biography of Lyndon Baines Johnson, the 36th president of the United States. I had a lot of trepidation, he said in a telephone inter view with JTA. In addition to a successful career as an actor, Reiner is one of the most bankable di rectors plying the trade today. His films run the gamut from lighthearted fare like This is Spinal Tap, The Princess Bride and When Harry Met Sally, to serious drama such as A Few Good Men and Misery. But LBJ, which opens Friday, was different because he had a personal connection to the subject. I was of draft age during the Vietnam War, and I looked at Johnson as the enemy, said Reiner, 70. I thought he could send me to my death. But he revised his views of the former presidentboth as a man and a potential movie subjectwhen he read Joey Hartstones well-researched script. Reiner said additional research, especially Doris Kearns Goodwins illuminat ing Lyndon Johnson and the American Dream and Robert Caros multi-volume Johnson bios, clinched the deal. Reiner discovered a man far more nuanced than he had imagined. Yes, Johnson expanded and prolonged the Vietnam War. But he also de livered on John F. Kennedys legacy and bullied a recalci trant Congress dominated by Dixiecrats to pass the Civil Rights and Voting Rights acts, increase funding for educa tion, and create Medicare, Medicaid and Head Start. It was like there were two presidentsone for the Viet nam War and the other with great domestic programs, the actor-director said. If it wasnt for Vietnam, hed have gone down as one of the greatest presidents of all time. I wanted to make a film that would reveal who this guy was. It wasnt just the dichotomy of Johnsons politics that Reiner wanted to capture, but the contradictions of his personality, which informed his career. What surprised me was his insecurity, Reiner said. He had this recurring nightmare where he dreamed he was paralyzed. Johnson also had a com plicated relationship with his mother in which at times he felt unloved. I thought that was interest ing, Reiner said. Also interesting was Rein ers choice for the actor to play the lead: Woody Harrelson, best known as the slowwitted Woody on Cheers and for drawling comic roles in White Men Cant Jump and Zombieland. When people heard about the film, theyd ask me who Id cast for the lead, and when I told them Woody Harrelson, theyd say get out of here, he recalled. Id say, wait until you see what he does. The prosthetics change Harrelson into a close ap proximation of LBJ, but it is Harrelsons subtle yet powerful performance that is transformative. I told him dont try to imitate Lyndon, Reiner said. Just give me his essence and that relaxed [Woody]. The film delves into a trove of compelling anecdotal info with which most non-political science majors (and majors who may have gotten Ds) are likely unfamiliar. For instance, JFK (played here very competently by Jeffrey Donovan of Burn Notice) took Lyndon as his running mate at the suggestion of his father and over the objections of brother Robert (played by Michael Stahl-David). LBJ is infused, in part, with the directors personal experiences as a political activist. Nearly two decades ago, he spearheaded a suc cessful effort to raise cigarette taxes in California and use the money to fund early child hood development programs. Subsequently, Reiner was appointed chair of the com mission to oversee the project, a post he held for seven years. Around that time, he briefly considered running for office. Reiner asked his wife and three children for their opinions and the results werehow to put this?discouraging. I only polled 40 percent in my own family, he recalled. If I couldnt carry my own family, I didnt think I should run. Nevertheless, Reiner has remained politically active in liberal causes, most recently as a founder of the Committee to Investigate Russia, which he calls a nonpartisan [orga nization] that puts the spot light on what the Russians were able to do, particularly in the last election. Reiner is not a fan of the current administration, to put it mildly. As he describes it, without changing a single frame, his film changed between the time it was first screened, when Obama was president, to its release this week with Trump in the White Housemeaning a film about a troubled presidency transformed into one about how best to govern. And, yes, his activism ab solutely has hurt his career, Reiner said. Even in liberal Hollywood, Reiners outspokenness has earned him ridiculenot unlike the incessant ribbing he took on All in the Fam ily playing the liberal Mike Meathead Stivic opposite his arch-conservative fatherin-law Archie Bunker. Theres no question that people have turned away from me, he said. You should see what some people call me on Twitter. But I have to live on this planet and be who I am. And who he is, of course, is the scion of Carl Reiner and the late Estelle Reiner from the Bronx, New York. Dad, of course, is the author/pro ducer/actor/director of such hits as TVs The Dick Van Dyke Show and the films Oh God!, Wheres Poppa? and a string of Steve Martin comedies. Mom famously ordered whatever Meg Ryan Rob Reiner on Judaism, movies and his experience home shuling was having in the legend ary When Harry Met Sally scene filmed at New Yorks Katzs Deli. My grandmother spoke Yiddish in the house, and my mother and father spoke a little Yiddish, too, said Reiner, who was a bar mitzvah. They decided to bring a teacher in to teach me Yiddish, too. I learned a little, but he also taught the history of the Jews and it was like having a little shul at home. It was home shuling, he quipped. Reiners sister-in-law is a rabbi, and well have Pass over, he said. My wifes mother lost her entire fam ily in the Holocaust and my auntmy fathers brothers wifedid also, something we always think about. Yes, all this is reflected in my work. Its my sensibility. Im a Jew. I was raised a Jew. I value honesty and integrity and knowledge and education and all those values I was raised with. Of course, Reiner was raised with another Jewish value as well: comedy. Jews are funny, he said. And theres a reason were funny. You have Cossacks. You have Hitler. You have a lot of things weighing down on you. You have to have a sense of humor or you cant survive. Electric Entertainment Rob Reiner on the set of his new film, the biopic LBJ. Celebrating Community & Continuity Exhibition of 150 years Rabbi Rudolph Adler (center) at Naval Training Center, 1974. Marvin Friedman & Howard Lefkowitz at CAP dedication, 1986. 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