WWW.HERITAGEFL.COM YEAR 42, NO. 11 NOVEMBER 17, 2017 28 CHESHVAN, 5778 ORLANDO, FLORIDA SINGLE COPY 75 Editorials ..................................... 4A Op-Ed .......................................... 5A Calendar ...................................... 6A Scene Around ............................. 9A Synagogue Directory ................ 11A JTA News Briefs ........................ 13A By Jake Suster The great wonder known as the Dead Sea is shrinking at an alarming rate. This calamity has brought Dead Sea explorer and researcher Noam Bedein to lecture halls across the U.S. with the hope of bringing awareness on what changes we may be witnessing in the coming years. On Oct. 23, Bedein spoke to the students at the University of Central Florida. The event was sponsored by the student orga nization Knights for Israel and CAMERA on Campus. Bedeins stunning photogra phy and virtual reality displays showed clearly what his thought-provoking presentation argued; water levels in the Dead Sea have reached historic lows. A photograph by Noam Bedein of salt pillars that are now above water at the Dead Sea. Illusory Beauty: Using photography to help keep the Dead Sea afloat Beginning in 2016, Bedein sought to capture the alluring scenery deep within the Dead Sea, in places one can only reach by boat. On his voyage, he was in awe as he found salt caves, chimneys, and pillars that were mostly underwater. It wasnt until his second trip five months Shirley Schoenberger What do you get when you combine a healthy dose of appreciation, a gourmet luncheon with friends, and a one-of-a-kind holiday shop ping bazaar? The answer is the Jewish Pavilions JP Connections, honoring this years dedicated volunteers, Shirley Schoenberger and Dolores Indek. Dolores Indek JP Connections to honor volunteers Shirley Schoenberger and Dolores Indek Our annual luncheon is a yearly opportunity for us to show our appreciation and to connect with our wonderful volunteers and members who support the Jewish Pavilion in so many ways, noted Pamela Ruben, marketing and com munications director for the Jewish Pavilion. This year, we celebrate two special women who have touched the hearts, and given their time to the seniors we serve in more than 70 senior living communities throughout greater Orlando. The lyrics, Who can turn the world on with their smile? may have been written for Mary Tyler Moore, but they can also can be applied to volunteer, Shirley Schoen berger, as well, commented, Nancy Ludin Jewish Pavilion executive director. Honoree Shirley Schoen berger discovered the Jewish Pavilion 4 1/2 years ago, in spired by dedicated volunteer, Gloria Newberger, who was in her 80s and coordinating a weekly happy hour and ice cream social for residents of Savannah Court in Maitland (with many residents younger than herself!). Schoenberger said she fell in love with the Pavilions mission to bring community and Jewish life to residents in assisted-living and skilled-nursing facilities. In the past few years, she has become a familiar face at the Pavilions happy hours and senior programs. Her signa ture smile lights up the room at Brookdale Island Lakes weekly Shabbat programs. Happy Hour at Savannah Court is just a little bit happier when Schoenberger attends, often with grandchildren in tow. She remarks that she has become close with many of the residents who have come to feel like adopted family. This past fall Schoenberger added leadership to her long list of volunteer skills, chairing the Pavilions Music Fest. Schoenbergers desire to give back to the community came at an early age, when she was a candy striper in her hometown of Cleveland. Later, she volunteered in the school system and joined the Junior League. After relocating to Central Florida 20 years ago, her interests changed as her three daughters grew up. A horrific car accident MAITLANDIn recogni tion of their outstanding contributions to the Holocaust Memorial Resource & Educa tion Center and the Central Florida community, the Ho locaust Center is pleased to honor Jeffrey Miller and Ted Maines at their annual Dinner of Tribute on May 10, 2018. Jeffrey Miller and Ted Maines share the Holocaust Centers commitment to creating a more just and inclusive society. They were instrumental in launching the Holocaust Centers UpStanders: Stand Up to Bullying initiative. This program is the leading bullying prevention initiative in Central Florida and has earned endorsement as a part ner with the City of Orlando in Mayor Buddy Dyers Stand Up Orlando campaign. In addition, Jeffrey Miller is an active board member and served as the Board of Direc tors president. Jeffrey and Ted were the 2016 recipients of the Association of Fundrais ing Professionals Kenneth F. Murrah, Esq. Outstanding Philanthropist Award at their annual National Philanthropy Day event. Jeffrey Miller (l) and Ted Maines HMREC Dinner of Tribute honorees Their longtime commit ment to Equality Florida was recognized in 2014 with the organizations Voices of Equality award. Speaking out at a time when calls for LGBTQ+ rights were fre quently met with violence, their stance required im mense courage. Despite the consequences, they worked to create a community that embraces and celebrates diversity. Pam Kancher, executive director of the Holocaust Center states, Jeffrey Miller and Ted Maines are a force for change in this community; they embody our mission to create a world free of hate and prejudice and are more than deserving of this prestigious honor. Past Dinner of Tribute hon orees include Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer; Harriett Lake; Harris Rosen; and Alexis and Jim Pugh, among others. The Dinner of Tribute is set for May 10, 2018 at 5:30 p.m. at the Rosen Plaza on International Drive. Tickets and sponsorships are avail able; visit holocaustedu.org for details. By Ron Kampeas WASHINGTON (JTA) Jewish and pro-Israel leaders exchanged heated remarks at a congressional hearing on how to define anti-Semitism. Tuesdays hearing of the House Judiciary Committee took up a bill that would, among other things, define as anti-Semitism language that demonizes Israel. Of the nine witnesses who addressed the committee, five said the language was neces sary to stem anti-Semitism on campuses. Four argued it infringes on freedom of speech. The witnesses at times directly addressed one an other, violating congres sional protocol. Exchanging barbs, each side questioned Its Jew vs. Jew on anti-Semitism the bona fides of the other in defining anti-Semitism. In a bizarre twist, the co-authors of the language that the bill would codify argued opposing viewpoints. Lawmakers, who also bick ered at times, marveled at the Jewish family food fight they were witnessing. Its like throwing a ball and having a scrum and seeing who wins, said Rep. Doug Collins, R-Ga. At issue is the Anti-Sem itism Awareness Act, which would codify the State Depart Jew vs. Jew on page 14A Dead Sea on page 15A JP on page 14A
PAGE 2A HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, NOVEMBER 17, 2017 Bethanne Weiss On Monday, Nov. 20, at 7 p.m., Congregation Ohev Sha lom Sisterhood will host Beth anne Weiss, aka The Asset Queen, who will demonstrate (with audience participation) simple, fun moves that will help reduce stress, pains, and improve posture for everyone. Weiss, a motivational speaker, author and ACEcertified fitness and nutri tion professional, will have everyone up and moving as she makes exercise fun and practical. RSVP to Mardi Shader at email@example.com or call 407-788-3725. Its time to move your body Celebrate Shabbat and Thanksgiving at Our Satur day Morning Service led by Rabbi Karen Allen, at 10 am on Nov. 25th. Socialize with our members at the Kiddush following the service. The synagogue is located at 315 North 13th St. in Leesburg, with the entrance on Center Street. More in formation is available on the synagogue website: http:// bethsholomflorida.org/or by calling the synagogue at 352-326-3692. Beth Sholom November schedule The season of giving back is upon us! Donate your nonper ishable food items to restock our pantry shelves during the month of November. Monetary donations are also very appre ciated, with every $1 donated turning into $6 worth of pur chasing power. Last year, JFS Orlando was able to provide food for nearly 65,000 meals to our hungry neighbors and we need your help again! Examples of nonperish able items include cereal, pancake mix, peanut butter, canned protein beans, canned vegetables, spaghetti/pasta sauce, pasta, canned fruit, soup, boxed mashed potatoes, Mac & Cheese, rice, canned tuna/chicken and snacks. Donations may be dropped off at JFS Orlandos office, 2100 Lee Road, Winter Park, from 8 a.m.-6 p.m., Monday Thursday. Businesses, clubs and or ganizations are encouraged to host a food drive. Materials and a Food Drive Planning Kit are available for all par ticipants. Contact Heather Betts for additional information, 407644-7593. JFS Orlando Fall Food Drive Rabbi Ed (second from left) and Bracha Leibowitz (second to last) of Chabad of Greater Orlando with CTeen youth. By Pamela Ruben Do you remember when the original trolleys ran in New York state? On Thurs day, Oct. 23, 90-year-old Carl from Brookdale Island Lake reflected back on when the trolley ran through the city of Buffalo, sharing his memories with his new teenager friend, Matthew. Residents, Cyndee and Al, joined the trip down memory lane, recalling a time when the milkman and the doctor came right to their door. Teens from three local Chabad centers (Chabad of North Orlando, Chabad of South Orlando, and Chabad of Greater Orlando) spent time with residents of Brook dale Island Lake senior living community, and got to know them better with a fun and informative question and answer session. CTeen youth helpers, 18-year-olds Mimi Muniz and Reba Waggoner, shared that it was interesting to see the residents take on life, and learn about history, as well as experiences that they didnt get to see (but would have enjoyed). Rabbi Yanky Majesky of Chabad of North Orlando led the roomful of teens and older adults through lively renditions of famil iar Jewish songs like Hava Nagila, accompanied by Walter Goldstein, Jewish Pavilion Intergenerational Program director. Goldstein commented, Though this 7 p.m. program was later than Chabad CTeen members befriend Pavilion seniors Brookdale Island Lake senior residents enjoy connecting with CTeen youth during a fun and informative question and answer session in partnership with the Jewish Pavilion and three local Chabads. and enjoyable for partici pants of all ages. Goldstein added, Real connections were made, and age differ ences fell away, as youth and seniors carried on back and forth conversations. The Jewish Pavilion In tergenerational Programs are sponsored in part by the Jewish Federation of Greater Orlando and the Irving Moskowitz Founda tion. Ready for the JCC annual Golf Classic are (l-r), Megan Putman, David Krinker, Marci Snyder, and Jodi Krinker. The Roth Family JCC of Greater Orlando will hold its Annual Golf Classic at the Grand Cypress Golf Club on Sunday, Dec. 3, 2017. Among this years spon sors are Fast Signs Orlando Central, Chepenik Financial, Pearson Bitman LLC, Uni versal Engineering and Halo Building Services. This years tournament will include a catered lunch as well as special games at the holes like closest to the pin and longest drive. Prizes will be awarded to lowest foursome gross score and lowest four some net score. The JCCs CEO, Keith Dvor chik, has been working dili gently to ensure a successful event. This tournament will be lots of fun with everyone having an enjoyable time, said Dvorchik. All proceeds from this event will be applied to the JCC Childrens Scholar ship Fund, so we could really use the support of our entire community. The entry fee is $200 for JCCs annual golf classic ready to tee off most, the room reverberated with energy from singing, clapping, and story-telling amongst the generations. Thank you to Rabbi Yanky Majesky of CTeen North Or lando, Rabbi Ed and Bracha Leibowitz of CTeen Greater Orlando, and Shaina Zibell of CTeen South Orlando for bringing an engaging pro gram that was interactive individual players and $750 for a foursome. Sponsorship opportunities are still avail able. Monies raised help fund essential services that the JCC provides for the community. For more information, please contact Keith Dvorchik at 407-621-4042. HERITAGE Presents The CHANUKAH ISSUE Publication Date: December 8, 2017 Deadline: November 29, 2017 For More Information Call 407-834-8787
HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, NOVEMBER 17, 2017 PAGE 3A Paul Marotta/Getty Images Mark Zuckerberg delivering a commencement speech at Harvard University in which he quoted the Mi Shebeirach prayer, May 25, 2017. and hate this week, I can only imagine the fear Muslims feel that they will be persecuted for the actions of others, Zuckerberg wrote, referring to that years terror attack in the French capital. As a Jew, my parents taught me that we must stand up against attacks on all communities. Even if an attack isnt against you today, in time attacks on freedom for anyone will hurt everyone. Zuckerberg invoked his Ju daism again after the August white supremacist rally in Charlottesville. Its a disgrace that we still need to say that neo-Nazis and white supremacists are wrongas if this is somehow not obvious, he wrote. But judging from his Face book profile (and in his case, shouldnt we?), Zuckerberg has reconnected with his Judaism not just as a national figure but as a person and a father. His post featuring a col lage of a kiddush cup, Shabbat candlesticks and homemade challah waxed about passing the cup from generation to generation. For Shabbat tonight, we gave Max a kiddush cup that has been in our family for al most 100 years, he wrote, re ferring to his eldest daughter. Her great-great-grandfather Max got it after our family immigrated here and it has been passed down through our family ever since. At the Harvard commence ment, Zuckerberg told gradu ates that he sings an adapta tion of the Mi Shebeirach the traditional Jewish prayer for the sickwhen he tucks her in at night. And it goes, May the source of strength, whos blessed the ones before us, help us find the courage to make our lives a blessing, he told the graduates in May, quoting a version of the prayer by the late Jewish songwriter Debbie Friedman and lyricist Rabbi Drorah Setel. I hope you find the courage to make your life a blessing. While the moguls new found piety may be attracting attention, he is doing what any young Jewish parent might, said Rabbi Brad Hirschfield, director of CLAL-the National Jewish Center for Learning and Leadership. Plenty of Jews lose interest in their religion, then reconnect to it after hav ing kids. There are a million people in his age cohort who are deeply proud of being Jewish and are trying to figure out what it means, Hirschfield said. You marry and partner and have a family, and its not surprising that the questions of How do I have a more meaningful life and build a better future become more important and powerful and imminent InterfaithFamily.com was especially pleased that Zuck erberg, whose wife, Priscilla Chan, is not Jewish, has posted about his familys Jewish rituals. The fact that such a superinfluential couple clearly are making Jewish choices for their family is the best news with which to start the new year, wrote Ed Case, founder of InterfaithFamily. com. Mark Zuckerberg and Priscilla Chan could really change the course of Jewish history if they got involved in efforts to engage interfaith families in Jewish life. Zuckerberg got Jewishly personal again when he asked for forgiveness at the end of Yom Kippur, the Jew ish day of repentance. His critics might say he has a lot to atone for. During the 2016 presiden tial campaign, Facebook was accused of allowing Russian hackers to post thousands of ads influencing the elec tion. And users also were al lowed to target ads based on phrases like Jew hater and how to burn Jews. (Face book COO Sheryl Sandberg, who also is Jewish, said the company would address the problem.) For those I hurt this year, I ask forgiveness and I will try to be better, he wrote Saturday night. For the ways my work was used to divide people rather than bring us together, I ask forgiveness and I will work to do better. It isnt the first time that Zuckerberg has encountered trouble because of the content published on his site. In 2015, some 20,000 Israelis filed a class-action lawsuit against Facebook for ignoring in citement to terrorism on the network and enabling terror ists to find sympathizers. The case was dismissed this year. While Zuckerberg may not have always talked publicly about his Judaism, he has sur rounded himself with people who do. His college roommate moved to Israel and became a Conservative rabbi. Sandberg has spoken frequently about how Jewish rituals helped her cope following her husbands untimely death in 2015. And his sister, Randi, is open about her Jewish observances. She says her family unplugs for a digital Shabbat each week end, and sang Jerusalem of Gold, a classic Israeli song, at the Davos World Economic Forum. Davos also occasioned the first JTA clip about Zucker berg, published in 2008. While he attended the forum that year, Israels delegation in vited him to visit the country. He has yet to accept. But after giving his daughter a kiddush cup and atoning on Yom Kippur, maybe this is the year. How Mark Zuckerberg embraced his Judaism By Ben Sales (JTA)Mark Zuckerberg wrote last December on Face book that for him, religion is very important. Looks like he meant it. The Facebook co-founder has been invoking Judaism a lot lately. In May, he quoted a Jewish prayer at Harvards commencement. Two weeks ago he posted a picture of his daughter with a family kid dush cup. And on Saturday night, he posted a public apol ogy at the end of Yom Kippur. Its quite a transformation for a public figure who once defined himself as an atheist. Although he was a member of the Jewish fraternity AEPi before he dropped out of Har vard, Zuckerberg didnt dis cuss his Judaism much before 2015. Replying to a comment last year, Zuckerberg wrote that he went through a period where I questioned things, but now I believe religion is very important. Zuckerbergs recent string of Jewish affirmations began nearly two years ago following then-presidential candidate Donald Trumps call for a ban on Muslims entering the United States. Being raised as a Jew, Zuckerberg wrote, made him sensitive to attacks on all minorities. After the Paris attacks Virginias Albermarle County was closely watched this election: It includes Charlottesville, the home to the University of Virginia and a liberal enclave in con servative central Virginia. Democrats are notoriously tough to get out in off-year elections, and Albermarle was seen as a bellwether of the partys get-out-the-vote operation. Get the vote out here, the thinking went, and Democrats have a shot. The vote got out. Northam carried the county with a 12,000-vote majority, com pared to Terry McAuliffe, the incumbent Democratic governor, who won it by 6,500 votes in 2013. We cant know why Demo cratic polling surged unless and until the countys voters are polled. But its not a stretch to conclude that the Aug. 12 march in Charlottesville by white supremacists and neo-Nazis, which culminated when a suspected one of their number rammed his car into a crowd of counterprotesters, killing one, galvanized liberal turnout. A virtual poster, in Yiddish In Mea Shearim, a haredi Orthodox neighborhood in Jerusalem, the best way to take the political pulse is by looking upat the stone walls, where densely written posters break down the issues in Yiddish. Not so much in 21st-centu ry New York City. The battle between two Orthodox Jewish candidates for the Borough Park seat on the City Council there was fought on What sApp, the messaging app. And the issues in Brooklyn were not the esoterica that often drives divisions among the fervently Orthodox in Israel. The virtual barbs in the Borough Park race, the For ward reported, were sharp and prosaic. Loyalists to Yoni Hikind, son of the veteran state lawmaker Dov Hikind, alleged, without proof, that his rival, Kalman Yeger, had ties to pro-Palestinian activ ist Linda Sarsour. Hikind, in turn, was dinged for being single. Some political traditions die hard, though: The What sApp messages, like those Mea Shearim posters, were more often than not anonymous. And in Yiddish. Yeger, handpicked by the incumbent, David Green field, who is leaving the post, trounced Hikind. The Jewish marathoner running to lead Minneapolis Jacob Frey, 36, a marathon runner, supposedly faced a hurdle in his bid to become mayor of Minneapolis because he wasnt born in Minnesota. (The native Virginian fell in love with the city a decade ago, when he ran in the Pan American Games held there.) His Jewish Democratic credentials are impeccable, however: At the College of William and Mary in Williams burg, Virginia, he befriended Ron Rapoport, a politics professor, and did the Jewish holidays with his family. Rapo ports dad was the legendary Democratic Party kingmaker, and Texan Jew, B. Rapoport. (Former President Bill Clinton delivered the eulogy at B. Rapoports funeral in 2012.) B. Rapoport recognized tal ent: He told Frey when he was still in college that the young man had the gift for politics, according to a Star Tribune profile of the city councilor. The child of ballet dancers, Frey may prove his late mentor right: He finished first in the voting on Tuesday and likely will unseat incumbent Mayor Betsy Hodges. (The election uses the preference system, in which second and third choices are tallied; the final result might not be known for days.) Frey, who was endorsed by the Star Tribune, is an attor ney and a member of the board of the Jewish Community Relations Council: Minnesota and the Dakotas. How a Jewish woman paved the way for New Jerseys first Sikh mayor Dawn Zimmer made head lines when she became mayor of Hoboken, New Jersey, in 2009: She was Jewish, and a woman, in a city on the Hud son River known for a large Italian-American community and its views of the New York City skyline. As president of the City Council, she became acting mayor when her predecessor resigned in a corruption scandal, then was elected in her own right in a special election. Five years later she made headlines again when she re vealed that the administration of Gov. Chris Christie tried to make Superstorm Sandy recovery funds contingent on her backing a real-estate project favored by the admin istration. Coming soon after reports that the governors aides blocked access to the George Washington Bridge to punish another Demo cratic mayor, Zimmers 2014 allegation prompted an FBI investigation. This year, the popular Democratic mayor surprised her constituents by opting not to run again, saying she preferred to focus on climate change. Instead, she endorsed City Councilman Ravi Bhalla. Bhalla won, becoming the states first Sikh mayor. Win McNamee/Getty Images Ralph Northam, Virginias governor-elect, greeting supporters at an election night rally in Fairfax, Nov. 7, 2017. Here are five Jewish takeaways from Election Day By Ron Kampeas WASHINGTON (JTA)The big post-Election Day headline is the stunning Democratic sweep in Virginias guberna torial and House elections, coupled with the predicted Democratic win of the gover nors mansion in New Jersey. Republicans are wondering what this says about the train that was Trumpism. In Virginia, Ed Gillespie was an establishment Republican who ran a campaign mod eled after President Donald Trumps shocking win a year ago. Gillespie focused on so cial hot-button issues like pre serving Confederate statues and the alleged proliferation of illegal immigrant gangs. And the GOP candidate lost, big-time. Democrats, meantime, are marveling at a unity they had believed was dissipating fol lowing last years contentious primaries clash between Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., and Hillary Clinton, who defeated Sanders but came up short in the general election to Trump. Sanders pick in Virginia, Tom Perriello, lost in the primaries but went all in for the estab lishment-backed winner, Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam. Both the party establishment and the leftists who buck it were hail ing the close post-primaries cooperation between Perriello and Northam as a model for the Democrats ahead of next years midterm congressional elections. No Jews won major con testsbut there are Jewish takeaways in this off-year election. Here are five: NOVA rocksthe vote Virginia over the last couple of decades seems to have tran sitioned from Republican red to Democratic blue, with the Democrats close to taking the House of Delegates in a result no one anticipated. A big reason for the flip? The professionals crowding into Northern VirginiaNOVA to initiatesattracted to the Washington suburbs because of the proliferation of jobs in government, lobbying and the high-tech sector, and to Virginias D.C. suburbs, particularly because of the high-quality schools and bucolic settings. Its enough to drive a promi nent Trump backer, Jerry Falwell Jr., to call for seces sionof northern Virginia to the District of Columbia. DC should annex NOVA and return the governance of VA to Virginians! Falwell, the president of the evangelical Liberty University in the states southwest, said on Twitter. https://twitter.com/ JerryFalwellJr/sta tus/928086512704552960 The influx of blue voters is also a result of a sharp growth in the Jewish population. (NonOrthodox Jews overwhelm ingly trend center-left and left.) Synagogues report burgeoning membership growth. Ahead of the 2012 elections, an official of the Washington-area Jewish federation told JTA that North ern Virginias Jewish popula tion grew to some 100,000 in 2010 from about 60,000 a decade earlier. Did white supremacists get out the vote?
PAGE 4A HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, NOVEMBER 17, 2017 THE VIEWS EXPRESSED ON THIS PAGE ARE NOT NECESSARILY THE VIEWS OF HERITAGE MANAGEMENT. CENTRAL FLORIDAS INDEPENDENT JEWISH VOICE ISSN 0199-0721 Winner of 46 Press Awards HERITAGE Florida Jewish News (ISN 0199-0721) is published weekly for $37.95 per year to Florida ad dresses ($46.95 for the rest of the U.S.) by HERITAGE Central Florida Jewish News, Inc., 207 OBrien Road, Suite 101, Fern Park, FL 32730. Periodicals postage paid at Fern Park and additional mailing offices. POSTMASTER: Send address changes and other correspondence to: HERITAGE, P.O. Box 300742, Fern Park, FL 32730. PHONE NUMBER (407) 834-8787 FAX (407) 831-0507 MAILING ADDRESS P.O. Box 300742 Fern Park, FL 32730 email: firstname.lastname@example.org Editor/Publisher Jeffrey Gaeser Editor Emeritus Associate Editor News Editor Gene Starn Kim Fischer Christine DeSouza Account Executives Kim Fischer Marci Gaeser Contributing Columnists Jim Shipley Ira Sharkansky David Bornstein Ed Ziegler Production Department David Lehman Gil Dombrosky Joyce Gore Society Editor Gloria Yousha Office Manager Paulette Alfonso By Andrew Silow-Carroll NEW YORK (JTA)In a famous episode of Seinfeld, Jerry is upset that his dentist, a recent convert to Judaism, is already telling Jewish jokes. He complains to the dentists former priest. I wanted to talk to you about Dr. Whatley, Jerry says. I have a suspicion that hes con verted to Judaism just for the jokes. And this offends you as a Jewish person, the priest says No, Jerry says. It offends me as a come dian. Larry David, the co-creator of Seinfeld, did a Holocaust bit on Saturday Night Live over the weekend, and a lot more Jewish persons than comedians were offended. In his opening monologue, David wonders if, as a prisoner in a concentration camp, he would have continued to hit on women. I think I would! David says, and then imagines the dialogue with a woman in the neighboring barracks. Hows it going? They treating you OK? he asks. You know if we ever get out of here, Id love to take you out for some latkes. You like latkes? What? What did I say? Is it me, or is it the whole thing? Its because Im bald, isnt it? The SNL audience was ... polite. Twitter less so. The Anti-Defamation Leagues chief executive, Jonathan Greenblatt, summed up the disapproval: He managed to be offensive, insensitive and unfunny all at same time. Quite a feat. Every audience member has every right to decide what is or isnt offensive. And there is perhaps no subject that cant be joked about. But it is always a question of intent. A Labour Party veteran in England is being ridiculed there for telling an old Holocaust joke; she was trying, she said, to give an example of a truly offensive joke. And she was right about the joke anywayits obscene because it mocks Hitlers Jewish victims and takes delight in their suffering. Normally Id say thats the test of whether a Holocaust joke should be told: Whos the butt of the joke? Both Ricky Gervais and Sarah Silver man have told jokes in which the teller seems to minimize the horrors of the Holocaust. But the audience is meant to laugh at, not with, the comic personas they have created. You are meant to understand that Gervais and Silverman are stand-ins for the self-confident morons who like to share their opinions about things they dont understand. On those grounds, Davids joke was fair game. The SNL joke wasnt about the Holo caust at allit was a joke about the male libido, as personified by the Larry David persona: glib, self-involved, wildly inappropriate. Larry David is the butt of the joke, so lustful that he cant turn it off in a death camp. The comedian Judy Gold tells a similar and to my mind, much betterjoke: If I was standing on line naked for the gas chambers ... would I hold my stomach in? Thats a one-liner about womens vanity, not the Shoah. And it succeeds where Davids fails because it is better constructed and, well, shorter: She makes her point, lets gasps turn into uncomfortable laughs, and she moves on. But David lingers on the conceit and makes you picture the scenethe barracks, the other victim, the shaved heads. The comic idea collapses under the weight of the images he is drawing. David has used the Holocaust as punchline much more effectively and humorously in the past. There was the Seinfeld episode where Jerry is caught making out with a date during Schindlers List. In Davids follow-up series, Curb Your Enthusiasm, a Holocaust survivor gets into a debate about suffering with a contestant on the reality show Survivor. Those bits succeeded where the SNL one failed because they were about something, or at least something more interesting than sex. The Seinfeld episode was puncturing pieties about Spielbergs film and reminding viewers, through black humor, that there is a difference between a Hollywood movie and the actual experience of the Holocaust. The Curb segment had a similar thrust: The faux suffering on Survivor, it suggested, had inured us to actual suffering and debased the notion of what it means to be a survivor. Both of these bits were about the Holocaust and how it is talked about. Perhaps David could have pulled off his Holocaust pick-up routine in a club, where audiences are ready for raunch and edge. The present-day SNL may feel more politically relevant than it has in a long time, but it hasnt felt particularly edgy for years. An occasional hostLouis C.K. and Dave Chappelle come to mindmay come along to shake things up, but the humor, even the political satire, tends to be safe, even tame. Perhaps David deserves kudos for squirting a little bile into the bathwater, but a Holocaust joke, especially a lame one, seemed bound to spoil the party. Id also argue that the Holocaust joke wasnt even his edgiest Jewish joke of the night. That would be the one about Harvey Weinstein in which noted a very, very disturbing pattern among the high-profile figures being accused of sexual harassment and assault: Many of them are Jews. And I have three words to say to that: Oy vey iz meer. I dont like it when Jews are in the news for notorious reasons, David continues. What I want: Einstein discovers the theory of relativity, Salk discovers a cure for polio. What I dont want: Weinstein took it out. I guess thats an admirable assertion of Jew ish pride. In the face of a lot of bad Jewish headlines that might in another era have led to anti-Semitic grumblings, David reminds us about the good Jews out there. But the idea that there is something Jewish about the wave of sex scandals has been the stuff of neo-Nazi websites (and the rare Jewish think piece), not the mainstream discussion. Well, not anymore. Thanks, Lar! What may be most interesting about Davids monologue is how completely he embraces his Jewishnessas a comedian, that is. Seinfeld was a show by Jews, but not necessarily for or about them. Davids Curb character is conflicted, to say the least, about his Jewish ness. But taking to live TV on a major comedy stage, David fully embodied the character of the Jew by broaching the two hot buttons of defensive Jewish identity: the Holocaust and anti-Semitism. Which leads us back to Jerry and Dr. Whatley in that you see the seeds of Davids defense, if he were to offer one, of his SNL performance: Jews have earned the right to tell Jewish jokes. Our DNA, our culture, our history give us a pass, even when it comes to ridiculing one another or milking our sacred cows. Thats absolutely true. But that doesnt mean you cant be offended as a comedian. Larry Davids Holocaust joke was an offense against comedy By Caroline Glick www.carolineglick.com US President Donald Trump initiated an important change in US policy toward Iran. No, in his speech de-certifying Irans compliance with the nuclear accord it struck with his predecessor Barack Obama, Trump didnt announce a new strategy for prevent ing Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons, or stemming its hegemonic rise in the Middle East, or limiting its ability to sponsor ter rorism. Trumps move was not operational. It was directional. In his address Friday, Trump changed the policy dynamics that dictate US policy on Iran. For the first time since 2009, when Obama backed the murderous regime in Tehran, spurning the millions of Iranians who rose up in the Green Revolution, Trump opened up the possibility that the US may begin to base its policies toward Iran on reality. Trump began his remarks by setting out Irans long rap sheet of aggression against America. Starting with the US embassy seizure and hostage crisis, Trump described Irans crimes and acts of war against America in greater detail than any of his predecessors ever did. Trumps dossier was interlaced with condemnations of the regimes repression of its own people. By merging Irans external aggression with its internal repression, Trump signaled a readiness to drive a wedgeor expand the wedgebetween the authoritarian theo crats that rule Iran and the largely secular, multiethnic and pro-Western people of Iran. Trump then turned his attention to Irans il licit ballistic missile program, its sponsorship of terrorism, including its links to al-Qaida, its aggression against its neighbors, its ag gressive acts against maritime traffic in the Straits of Hormuz, and its bids to destabilize and control large swaths of the Middle East through its proxies. It is notable that these remarks preceded Trumps discussion of the nuclear dealwhich was the ostensible subject of his speech. Before Trump discussed Irans breaches of the nuclear deal, he first demonstrated that contrary to the expressed views of his top advisers, it is impossible to limit a realistic discussion of the threat Iran constitutes to US national security and interests to whether or not and it what manner it is breaching the nuclear accord. This was a critical point because for the past two years, US discourse on Iran has focused solely on whether or not Iran was complying with Obamas nuclear pact. By placing the nuclear deal in the context of Irans consistent, overarching hostility and aggression, Trump made it self-evident that no US interest is served in continuing to give Iran a free pass from congressional sanctions. After accomplishing that goal, Trump turned his attention to how Iran is actually breaching the letter and spirit of the nuclear pact. Only then, almost as an afterthought, did he announce that he was decertifying Iranian compliance with the nuclear deal, setting the conditions for the renewal of congressional sanctions on Iran and opening the floodgates of congressional sanctions on Iran in retaliation for the full spectrum of its aggressive and illicit acts against the US, its interests and allies. By empowering Congress to prohibit eco nomic cooperation with Iran, Trump put the Europeans, Chinese and Russians on notice that they may soon face a choice between con ducting business with the US and conducting business with Iran. After putting them on notice, Trump dis cussed the possibility of improving Obamas nuclear accord. Among other things, he suggested expanding the inspection regime against Irans nuclear installations and cancel ing the so-called sunset clause that places an end date on the restrictions governing certain components of Irans nuclear advancement. Trumps address has the potential to serve as the foundation of a major, positive shift in US policy toward Iran. Such a shift could po tentially facilitate the achievement of Trumps goals of preventing Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons, containing its regional aggression and empowerment and defeating its terrorist proxies. Unfortunately, it is also likely, indeed, it is more likely, that his words will not be translated into policies to achieve these critical aims. Trumps decision to transfer immediate responsibility to Congress for holding Iran accountable for its hostile actions on the military and other fronts is a risky move. He has a lot of enemies, and the nuclear deal has a lot of supporters on Capitol Hill. Obama would have never been able to imple ment his nuclear deal if Senator Bob Corker, chairman of the Senate Foreign Affairs Com mittee, hadnt agreed to cast the Constitution aside and ignore Obamas constitutional duty to present the nuclear deal to the Senate for ratification as a treaty. Over the past week, Trump and Corker have been involved in an ugly public fight precipi tated by Corkers announcement that he will not be seeking reelection next year. Today Corker has nothing to restrain him from scuttling Trumps agenda. If he wishes, out of spite, Corker can block effective sanc tions from being passed. And he may do so even though the implications for his Senate colleagues would be dire and even though do ing so would render him an unofficial protector of Irans nuclear program. What is true for Corker is doubly true for the Democrats. Leading Democratic senators like Robert Menendez, Ben Cardin and Chuck Schumer, who opposed Obamas Iran deal may now feel that as opponents of the Trump administration, they are required to oppose any change to the Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act. Indeed, given the rise of radical forces in their party it is likely that they would rather give Iran a free pass for its anti-American ag gression and nuclear proliferation than work with Republicans on Capitol Hill and in the White House. Then again, by framing the issue of Irans threat to America as he did, and by transfer ring responsibility for reinstating sanctions and passing further sanctions on Iran to Congress, Trump opened up the possibility that Congress will conduct substantiverather than personaldebates on Iran. And the more substantive those debates become, the further away the US discourse will move from the mendacious assumptions of Obamas Iran policythat the Iranian regime is a responsible actor and potential US ally, and that there is nothing inherently aggressive or problematic about Irans illicit nuclear weapons program. The second major risk inherent in Trumps approach is that he will get his way; that the Europeans, Russians and Chinese and the Iranians will agree to improve the nuclear deal. The problem here is not obvious. Clearly, it is better if the deal is amended to delete the sunset clauses and expand the inspections regime. Yet even an amended, improved deal will still serve as a shield to Irans nuclear program. An improved deal wont destroy Irans centrifuges. It wont take away Irans enriched uranium. It wont destroy Irans nuclear installations. And it wont bring down the regime, which by its nature ensures all of these things will remain a menace to the US, its allies and international security as a whole. So long as the US continues to maintain a policy based on the false view that all that is necessary to destroy the threat of a nuclear armed Iran is a combination of the nuclear deal and economic sanctions, it will continue to ensure that Iran and its nuclear program remain a major threat. Distressingly, US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley, the most outspoken supporter of decertifying Iranian compliance in the Trump administration, told NBC on Sunday that the US intends to remain in the nuclear deal. To understand what must be done we must return to Trumps speech and its strategic significance. By taking a holistic view of the Iranian threatgrounded in a recognition of the in herent hostility of the regimeTrump opened up the possibility that the US and its allies can develop a holistic policy for confronting and defeating Iran and its proxies. If the Iran deal and sanctions are two components to a larger strategy rather than the entire strategy, they can be helpful. A wider strategy would target Irans re gional aggression by weakening its proxies and clients from Hezbollah and Hamas to the regimes in Iraq, Yemen, Syria and Lebanon. It would target the regime itself by empowering The risks And opportunities of Trumps Iran initiative Glick on page 15A
HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, NOVEMBER 17, 2017 PAGE 5A FROM THE EDITORS DESK Kehillah is a must for everyone to see! What an eventful day Sun day, Nov. 12, was! It was the opening of the Kehillah: A History of Jewish Life in Greater Orlando exhibit, and it is an amazing history. As a volunteer for the project, I attended the opening thank you luncheon for volunteers and sponsors. During the program, Marcia Jo Zerivitz, LHD, exhibition curator, said in the word history is the word story, and this is the living story of this Jewish community. Walking through the ex hibit is enlightening, but to walk through with descen dants of the first Jews to ar rive in Central Florida made it heartwarming. As I read about the Born steins, Shaders, Ettingers and Meitins, (forgive me if I missed some families) there stood Mardi and Ron Shader and Bernie Kahn with me. Kahn pointed out his grandfather and mother in pictures. Ron Shader was about 12 in one family portrait. Tess Wise was there, and she doesnt look that much different from the photo of her and Abe Wise when they were first married. Eva Ritt and I viewed all the artifacts about Soviet Jewsletters and passports of those this community helped free from the confines of the Soviet Union. Thats my pendant! exclaimed Ritt as she pointed to a triangle necklace on display. This opening event was like a reunion. People who hadnt seen each other in years were hugging and reminiscing. A nice surprise was to see Paul and Faye Jesser, who flew in from Los Angeles. Paul was once the executive director of the Federation and Faye, with her many talents, was a spark of life at Congregation Ohev Shalom. Also in attendance was Myrtle Rutberg with her son, Gerald. It suddenly occurred to me that she is older than the exhibit itself! Which just goes to show that 100 years isnt that long a period of time. This exhibit is priceless. The work that Roz Fuchs, Zerivitz, Lisa Schwarts, Ra chel Heimovics Braun, Sara Stern and Richard Schwartz put into it over the past three years is phenomenal. Every one must go see this history of the Jewish people here in Orlando. And I mean every oneJews and non-Jews, because it is very apparent that the Jewish pioneers of Central Florida really built this community, from the citrus industry to real estate to technology. It just makes a person proud to be called a Jew or to be associated with the Jewish people. And that is pretty precious at this time because there is so much antiSemitism in the world. I think it should be man datory that every student from first to 12th grade visit the exhibit and take hold of this history. Perhaps some of these descendants who were at the opening can be there with them? For those who cant see the entire exhibit (it probably takes about a good three hours to read everything), there is a catalog of the exhibit (and more articles and photos) avail able in the History Centers gift shop. It is $20 and wellworth the investment, and all the proceeds go to the Jewish Federation of Greater Orlando. The exhibit will be on dis play at the Orange County Regional History Center through Feb. 20, 2018. There is a public parking garage across the street and ubering is always a good idea when try ing to get around downtown. Admission is $8 for adults; $7 for seniors, students and military; $6 for children age 5-12; free for members and Florida educators. Christine DeSouza By Ira Sharkansky One of Israelis prime time evening news programs ran a series on what it called the Palestinian middle class. It featured glitzy hotels, shop ping malls, and restaurants in Ramallah and other West Bank cities, interviews with managers and patrons, details of West Bankers, Israeli Arabs, and overseas tourists sharing in what seems like the good life, and interviews with indi viduals seeing their future in Palestinian high tech Some of the extravagance portrayed was over the edge, too much for a modest Israeli to enjoy. The design of hotels and restaurants suggested the excesses of nouveau riche Jews portrayed in Goodbye Columbus, and the pink Cadillacs favored by Harlem politicians and pimps in the 1950s. The prices are a fraction for anything comparable within Israel. For that, Palestinians can thank low taxes, low rates of tax collection, and low wages. The positive side of what we saw is consistent with the ex perience of an Arab friend. We used to meet regularly at the Hebrew University swimming pool, until he transferred his swim to Ramallah. He may feel more comfortable in an Arab/Palestinian setting. And it is probably less expensive. The same friend sent me an email, including an attach ment describing the benefits to West Bankers associated with economic opportunities, which he labeled with the title of this note, i.e., Its the economy, stupid. When politics has been going nowhere, economic progress provides a great deal of what people want. Gaza is significantly less attractive than the West Bank, but there are also snippets on the Internet showing that the area is not entirely a miserable prison. It also has high-end apartments and other op portunities to live the good life, albeit with minimum international travel. Theres news of Israeli Christian Arabs, using Pales tinian passports or Jordanian documents to visit Christian sites in Lebanon. Those who object to them using Palestinian passports might also object to me, and about 100,000 others required to exit and enter Israel with Israeli passports, and enter the US with an American passport. Along with this are en counters on our walks around French Hill. Weve passed by individuals and couples, including women in shorts and fashionable jerseys, some with thoroughbred dogs, speaking with their partners in Arabic. Women in shorts and expensive dogs are part of what people describe as Israelization. Some time ago, when there was an uptick in individual knife attacks by enraged Pal estinians/Israeli Arabs, walk ers in this neighborhood, not far from Isawwea and Shuafat, showed more than the usual care as to who was near them. I was walking faster than a young couple, dressed like any Israeli Jews in jeans and shirts, holding hands and talking as if they were enjoying life and one another. As I approached, they both turned and examined me briefly, until my age and/ or something else seemed to mollify their suspicion. Then as I passed, they continued their conversation, in Arabic. More recently, when pass ing by the neighborhood primary school during the rush of kids leaving for their afternoon freedom, I passed by a well dressed woman speaking in Arabic on her cell phone. Then the boy she was meeting burst out of the gate chatting in Hebrew with his mates. A sociologist friend found that a majority of Israeli Arabs are willing to fight for their country. To be sure, the picture is mixed. Polls range widely in show ing both distrust and rejection of accommodation between Israeli Jews and Arabs, as well as attitudes in both communi ties that life is good. Israel must continue to invest heavily in its security, including a level of intel ligence that penetrates, and brings discomfort to our Arab and Palestinian neighbors. There are Israeli Arabs and Palestinians demanding a return to a time before most of them were born, and willing to end their lives in order to kill Jews. On yet another hand, are Jews who reject the idea of Its the economy, stupid sharing a country, neighbor hood, or the entire Land of Israel with Arabs. More moderate than ei ther are Arabs, including individuals who have risen to high positions in the Is raeli government, who stand silently during the singing of the national anthem, and refrain from celebrating the hundredth anniversary of the Balfour Declaration. One Arab politician par ticipates in ceremonies to remember the Holocaust, but couples this with citation of the losses experienced by his own people. Somewhere close to the equivalent may be Jews who do not want the entire Land of Israel, but who work to keep Arabs from renting or buying apartments in their building, saying that it is sure to lower the value of their own holding. There are Jews who work to keep ultra-Orthodox families out of their buildings, for the same reason. We should remember the long history of the Jewish people, never completely sovereign in a setting entirely Jewish, usually but not always getting along with their neighbors. And arguing who is a Jew? and What about mixed couples? By Ron Kampeas WASHINGTON (JTA) What is MBS? Why did Leba nons prime minister resign, and why in Saudi Arabia? Whats Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas doing in Saudi Arabia? Where is Jared Kushner in all this? And what does it all mean for Israel? Its been a busy week in the Middle East and, for a change, the two ground-shifting sto riesthey may be the same story, but well get to that dont directly involve Israel. Mohammed bin Salman (the MBS contraction is so cool, its already uncool), the recently minted Saudi crown prince, has placed a stack of his rivals under luxuri ant house arrest, and Saad Hariri, the prime minister of Lebanon, has resigned, saying the country was ungovernable as long as Iran interfered in its affairs. But of course Israel is in volved: When does something happen in the Middle East that does not eventually involve Israel? What happened, Part 1 Mohammed, 32, was named crown prince by his father, King Salman, in June. That in itself was an upheaval, as succession had been an opaque, delicate process aimed at preserving balance among the welter of descendants of the kingdoms founder, Abdulaziz. Salmans declaration that his son would succeed him rattled the extended family. Already the defense minis ter since 2015, Crown Prince Mohammed moved quickly to make clear he was in charge (his father is ailing). He placed his predecessor as crown prince under house ar rest, talked repeatedly about modernizing the kingdom and made good on a promise when his father decreed that women may drive. This weekend he rounded up another 11 princes and doz ens of other high-ranking of ficials and placed them under house arrest, many in Riyadhs Ritz Carlton. Officially, father and son were cracking down on corruption. What happened, Part 2 Guess who else was in Riyadh? Hariri, the Saudibacked prime minister of Lebanon. Former prime min ister, that is. He said he was quitting because Iran is con trolling the country through its proxy, Hezbollah, and that he feared for his life. Hezbollah controls a mili tia that dwarfs the Lebanese army in firepower, and ef fectively has had a veto on all things Lebanon for decades. And it is widely believed to be behind the 2005 killing of Hariris father, Rafik, who also was a prime minister. So why quit now? This may be the same story. Crown Prince Mohammed has, since becoming defense minister in 2015, been behind an aggressive Saudi bid to reassert dominance in the region in the face of an in creasingly assertive Iran. He is driving Saudi Arabias war with Iran-backed Houthi reb els in Yemen. Pulling Hariri out of Lebanon is a piece with a broader strategy of keeping Iran teetering. As he guides Saudi Arabia into bolder confrontations with Iran in the region, the crown prince may feel he needs to consolidate his power at home. MBS has taken a very assertive approach to Saudi foreign policy, said Tamara Cofman Wittes, a senior fel low at the Center for Middle East Policy at the Brookings Institution. Its happening simultaneously with his ef forts to consolidate internal control. So, Saudi Arabia con fronting Irangood for Israel, right? The Israeli government seems to think so. Ron Derm er, its ambassador to Washing ton, told the Israeli American Council on Monday that he was more optimistic now because I see a change in the region. Dermer was not referring What turmoil in Saudi Arabia and Lebanon means for Israel directly to the events of the weekend but to broader changes. Still, it was sig nificant that he delivered what has now become a familiar message from Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu after Hariris resignation and the Riyadh crackdown. The Arab governments are in a different place than they were five years ago, certainly 10 years or 15 years ago, be cause they see our interests as being aligned with theirs, Jewish Insider quoted Dermer as saying. Many things are happening underneath the surface, many remarkable things. Israels Channel 10 news quoted an Israeli Foreign Ministry cable to diplomats that listed pro-Saudi talking Kampeas on page 15A Sharkansky on page 15A
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Torah and exam Down 1. 12-Down did not like her Medium puzzle The Empires Strike by Yoni Glatt email@example.com MORNING AND EVENING MINYANS (Call synagogue to confirm time.) Chabad of South OrlandoMonday Friday, 8 a.m. and 10 minutes before sunset; Saturday, 9:30 a.m.; Sunday, 8:15 a.m., 407-354-3660. Congregation Ahavas YisraelMonday Friday, 7:30 a.m.; Saturday, 9:30 a.m.; Sunday, 9 a.m., 407-644-2500. Congregation Chabad Lubavitch of Greater DaytonaMonday, 8 a.m.; Thursday, 8 a.m., 904672-9300. Congregation Ohev ShalomSunday, 9 a.m., 407-298-4650. GOBOR Community Minyan at Jewish Academy of OrlandoMondayFriday, 7:45 a.m.8:30 a.m. Temple IsraelSunday, 9 a.m., 407-647-3055. FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 17 Ahavas YisraelKabbalat, 30 minutes before sundown. SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 19 Kehillah: A History of Jewish Life in Greater OrlandoOngoing exhibit at the Orange County Regional History Center, 65 E. Central Blvd., Orlando, and will continue through Feb. 20, 2018. 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HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, NOVEMBER 17, 2017 PAGE 7A no material crown. We had just broken from the King of England. Also, notice the shield is unsupported. This country can now stand on its own. At the top of that shield there is a white bar signifying congress, a unifying factor. We were coming together as one nation. In the Eagles beak you will read, E PLURIBUS UNUM meaning, from manyone. Above the Eagle, we have the 13 stars, representing the 13 original colonies, and any clouds of misunderstanding rolling away. Again, we were coming together as one. Notice what the Eagle holds in his talons. He holds an olive branch and arrows. This country wants peace, but we will never be afraid to fight to preserve peace. The Eagle always wants to face the olive branch, but in time of war, his gaze turns toward the arrows. And finally, notice the ar rangement of the 13 stars in the right-hand circle. You will see that they are arranged as the Star of David. This was ordered by George Washington who, when he asked Haym Solomon, a wealthy Philadelphia Jew and political financial broker, what he would like as a per sonal reward for his services to the Continental Army. Solo mon said he wanted nothing for himself, but he would like something for his people. The Star of David was the result. Although this story about the Star of David appears to have little basis in fact and is oft-repeated, Solomons The history of the $1 bill and who was Haym Solomon? Do you know the history of the $1 bill? And do you know who Haym Solomon was? You may be in for quite a surprise! Looking at the backside of the One Dollar bill, you will see two circles. Together, they comprise the Great Seal of the United States. The First Conti nental Congress requested that Benjamin Franklin and a group of men come up with a Seal. It took them four years to accom plish this task and another two years to get it approved. If you look at the left-hand circle, you will see a pyramid. Notice the face is lighted and the western side is dark. This country was just beginning. We had not begun to explore the west or decided what we could do for Western Civili zation. The pyramid is un capped, again signifying that we were not even close to being finished. Inside the capstone you have the all-seeing eye, an ancient symbol for divinity. It was Franklins belief that one man couldnt do it alone, but a group of men, with the help of God, could do anything. The Latin above the pyra mid, ANNUIT COEPTIS, means, God has favored our undertaking. The Latin below the pyra mid, NOVUS ORDO SECLO RUM, means, a new order has begun. At the base of the pyramid is the Roman numeral for 1776. (MDCCLXXVI) If you look at the right-hand circle, and check it carefully, you will learn that it is on every National Cemetery in the United States. It is also on the Parade of Flags Walkway at the Bush nell, Florida National Cem etery, and is the centerpiece of most heroes monuments. Slightly modified, it is the seal of the President of the United States, and it is always visible whenever he speaks, yet very few people know what these symbols mean. The Bald Eagle was selected as a symbol for victory for two reasons: First, he is not afraid of a storm; he is strong, and he is smart enough to soar above it. Secondly, he wears fundraising and personal lending helped provide over $650,000 (approximately $16,870,212.74 in 2013 dol lars ) in financing to George Washington in his war effort. His most meaningful finan cial contribution, however, came immediately prior to the final revolutionary war battle at Yorktown. In August 1781, the Conti nental Army had trapped Lieu tenant General Charles Corn wallis in the Virginian coastal town of Yorktown. Washington and the main army and Count de Rochambeau with his French army decided to march from the Hudson Highlands to Yorktown and deliver the final blow. But Washingtons war chest was completely empty, as was that of Congress. Without food, uniforms and supplies, Washingtons troops were close to mutiny. Washington determined that he needed at least $20,000 to finance the campaign. When Robert Morris, the Superintendent of Finance, told him there were no funds and no credit avail able, Washington gave him a simple but eloquent order: Send for Haym Solomon. Solomon raised $20,000, through the sale of bills of exchange. With that, and the $1,400,000 personally loaned by Robert Morris, Washington conducted the Yorktown cam paign, which proved to be the final battle of the Revolution. Solomon died a pauper a few years later. Therein lies Americas Judeo-Christian beginning. Most American children do not know any of this. 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PAGE 8A HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, NOVEMBER 17, 2017 Bat Mitzvah Morgan Ackerbaum Cox Morgan Ackerbaum Cox, the daughter of Joyce and Matthew Cox of Winter Park, will be called to the Torah as a bat mitzvah on Saturday, Nov. 18, 2017, at Congregation Ohev Shalom in Maitland. Morgan is in the seventh grade at Trinity Prepara tory School where she currently is a member of the cross-country team, having recently retired from competitive gym nastics after six year. Her hobbies and interests include cooking, art and any athletic activities. She is also a member of Kadima. Sharing in the familys simcha will be Morgans sister, Sydney; grandmothers, Viviane Ackerbaum and Susanna Cox of Orlando; aunts and uncles, Karen (Cookie), Stepha nie Griffiths of Naples, Fla., Martin and Linda Ackerbaum of Orlando, and Michael Cox of North Carolina; as well as friends and relatives from Switzerland, New York, New Jersey and Connecticut. Rok Rakun/Pacific Press/LightRocket via Getty Images Tal Flicker, shown at the Judo World Championship in Budapest in August, won gold at the Abu Dhabi Grand Slam. The organizers did not play the Israeli national anthem, so he sang it to himself. By Andrew Tobin TEL AVIV (JTA)Israels national judo team put on a tutorial in sportsmanship last week in Abu Dhabi. Despite being snubbed by opponents and officials alike, the athletes won five medals and treated the tournament and their opponents with respect. Moshe Ponte, the president of the Israel Judo Association, said the team was guided by the Japanese meaning of the word judo itself: the gentle way, or using the strength of ones opponents against them. But if you dont think that sounds like the Israeli way, youre not alone. Israels judo warriors take the gentle way in pursuit of athletic glory The medals are a finger in Abu Dhabis eye, Israels Culture and Sport Minister Miri Regev said Thursday, picking a decidedly un-judolike metaphor after the first day of the three-day Abu Dhabi Grand Slam. Israel won, she said, even though their opponents tried to hide the Israelis in the dark. Regev was referring to Abu Dhabis ban of Israeli symbols at the tournament. The Israeli flag did not appear during medal ceremonies, and the national anthem was not played for Israels gold medalist. Israel and the United Arab Emirates do not have relations. The news of Israelis rack ing up medals at the tourna mentand videos either of their opponents scurrying away during the handshakes or of one Israeli winner plain tively singing the words of Is raeli national anthem despite the banset off torrents of Israeli pride and indignation. And in Israel, it set off a debate: Should its athletes stay away from tournaments in regions where they are sure to be snubbed, or take part and try to shame (or even charm) their hosts into recognizing them? Throughout the UAW tournment, the Israeli ath letes quietly found ways to highlight their national identity. Tal Flicker, who won gold Thursday in the mens under-66 kilogram category, sang the Israeli anthem Hatikva while the International Judo Federa tions anthem played in the hall. The federations flag, not Israels, hung above him. After winning the bronze medal in the over 100-kilo gram category, Israels Or Sasson, who also won bronze at the Rio Olympics, pointed to the bare patch on his uni form where the competitors from other countries had their national flag. As you can see, I dont have the flag, he said. But my heart is always, always with the State of Israel. I hope I made you proud, and I will always continue to represent you with pride. At the end of at least two matches, athletes from Arab countries, one from Morocco and the other from the United Arab Emirates, refused the outstretched hands of the Israelis who defeated them. One of the Israelis, Tohar Butul, went on to win bronze in the mens lightweight category. Moshe Ponte, the presi dent of the Israel Judo Asso ciation, said he and his team take pride in representing Israel. But first, he said, they are athletes, which is why he agreed to go to the tournament even knowing the limitations that would be put on his team. He said Re gev, a fervent nationalist, had left the decision to him, but she chose not to accompany the team once Abu Dhabis conditions became clear. It was a hard decision, he told JTA, saying he was guided by judos gentle way philosophy. I did what was best for my athletes. Meanwhile, in Israel, some questioned Pontes decision to go to the tournament. Itzik Shaso, a columnist for Israels popular Ye diot Aharonot newspaper, on Sunday outlined the divide in public opinion between the patriots, who support boycotting the tournament, and the pragmatists, who are displeased with the conditions but welcome the chance to make a statement on the mat. According to [the patri ots], the elevator music that played instead of the anthem for gold medal-winner Tal Flicker was indeed embar rassing, and the [federation] flag on the athletes backs indeed looked like some scribblings, but if they are letting us slam some goyim on the mat without the United Nations condemning it, wouldnt it be a shame to waste the opportunity? Shaso wrote. Regev acknowledged both viewpoints when she greeted the team on its return Sun day night to Ben-Gurion Airport, where she waved the Israeli flag and sang Hatikva with the team. She said once Ponte decided to go to the tournament, she demanded he bring home medals. I fight everywhere for the flag and the anthem, said Regev, who raised eyebrows at the Cannes film festival in May when she wore a dress emblazoned with an image of Jerusalems skyline. Ponte decided to go [to the tournament], and I told him to win against all those who boycott us. Similarly, Deputy Foreign Minister Tzipi Hotovely said that her ministry had not been involved in negotia tions over the tournament given Israels lack of diplo matic relations with Abu Dhabi. But she nonetheless touted the teams partici pation as a sign of Israeli power. The judo delegation left without the involvement of the Israeli Foreign Ministry, since Israel has no diplo matic relations with Abu Dhabi, because of the rising status of Israel in the Arab world, she said in a state ment Thursday. The time has arrived that the Arab countries will understand who their friends are in the world and who are the enemies. Writing for Israels Walla! Sport website Saturday, reporter Yaniv Tuchman accused his fellow Israelis of enjoying being the victims a little too much. It is doubtful that all those who eagerly read about the exploits of our athletes could identify Tal Flicker on the street, he wrote. Its just another opportunity to rise up. To be angry. Most importantly, to be a victim. Look at how miserable we are, what we are forced to go through, what other country must face such challenges, bless this nation for how good it is. While righteous outrage may be good politics, the judo teams performance in Abu Dhabi seemed to pro duce results. On Saturday, the United Arab Emirates top judo official publicly apologized to Ponte for the refusal by his athlete to shake his Israeli competitors hand. Ponte said the same official privately promised to do what he could to make sure the team could display its flag and hear its national anthem next year Ponte said the team, over all, was treated very well by its hosts. By comparison, last time Israel competed in the Abu Dhabi Grand Slam, in 2015, Ponte said, no one even shook his hand. He at tributed the change at least in part to what happened on the mat. The team won three more medals this year than last time, and the gold forced the anthem issue. I think winning makes a difference, he said. At this point, its worse for them to discriminate against us than not. Ponte said he hoped Abu Dhabi would change its rules as promised. But he said regardless, Israel would be at the competition gathering points to qualify for the 2020 Olympic Games. In Tokyo, he said, Israeli would be able to see their flag and hear their anthem. If one of my athletes would fail to qualify for the Olympics because we re fused to come to Abu Dhabi, then youd really see people angry, he said, laughing. Israelis will see the flag and hear the anthem in Tokyo, and thats the most important thing. Maitland 9001 N. 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HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, NOVEMBER 17, 2017 PAGE 9A Join other young families as they participate in a very special mitzvah, building bears and making smiles for 60 children patients at Nemours Childrens Hospital. Each family will make at least one stuffed animal to donatejust in time for the holidays! Rabbi RICK SHERWIN, chaplain at Nemours, joins in once again to share stories and songs about friendship and acts of kindness! After making your donation bear, join in upstairs in the food court for a beary delicious activity! For further information, including how to register for the event, phone the JCC at 407-645-5933. And more about happenings in Altamonte Springs... On Sunday, Nov. 26th, the Altamonte Chapel Jazz Jam will take place from 12:30-2:30 p.m. Our own ALAN ROCK is emcee. STEVEN SMITH and his group, featuring Steve on Trom bone, will perform. The super-talented group consists of Steve, MARK McKEE on piano, GERALD STOCKTON on bass and WALT HUBBARD on drums. The Altamonte Chapel is located at 825 East SR 436, Al tamonte Springs. The phone number is 407-339-5208. And more about good music... SCOTT BERRY will be performing with TINA STEFANOS at Hannibals on Friday, November 24th from 8 until 11:30 p.m. For directions and reservations, phone 407-599-2929. A wonderful, talented lady... Of course I mean NANCY LUDIN, Jewish Pavilion CEO. She recently gave a talk to the Maitland Chamber of Commerce. As a social worker with expertise pertaining to the elderly (pertaining to me??) she taught a few techniques to deescalate a conflict. For example, when arguing, address the situation or issue, not the person (no name call ing.) Tell the person how you feel and suggest a solution. Because no name calling was involved, and no accusa tions were made, it was easy to terminate the argument before it escalated. (I could have used that advice throughout my marriage!) One for the road... 18-year-old Daniel, an up-and-coming Jewish rapper, is visiting the USA for the first time. When he gets to his hotel room, he picks up the phone and says to the operator, Id like the number for Rachel Cohen in Brooklyn, New York, please. After a short pause the operator says to Daniel, I have 8 listings for a Rachel Cohen in Brooklyn. Do you have a street name? Daniel thinks for a second, then replies, Well, most of my friends call me Danny the pisher. can be purchased at the following locations: Scene Around Scene Around By Gloria YoushaCall 407-657-9405 or firstname.lastname@example.org ORANGE COUNTY JCC 851 N. Maitland Ave., Maitland JCC South 11184 South Apopka-Vineland Rd., Orlando Kinneret 515 South Delaney Ave., Orlando SOJC 11200 S. Apopka Vineland Rd., Orlando Browns New York Deli 156 Lake Ave., Maitland Most Publix Supermarkets All Winn Dixie Supermarkets SEMINOLE COUNTY Heritage News 207 OBrien Rd., Fern Park Barnes and Noble Booksellers 451 E. 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The AclaroMeter can change the way farmers make decisions, potentially revolutionizing the global food market by helping prevent wasted products. Today, farmers use instinct or lab tests to decide when to pick fruit. Both are extremely inefficient and non-standardized methods that lead to a yearly loss of ap proximately 50% of worldwide grown fruit, the company said. With the AclaroMeter, users scan the fruit with a built-in smartphone camera and a standard portable molecular sen sor. This captures data about the fruit and its environment, including the fruits sugar, content, acidity, firmness, weight and color, as well as its GPS location and weather conditions at the time of sampling. The data is then processed by a tailormade algorithm that compares it to tens of thousands of other samples of previously inspected fruit. The scanned fruit is then graded for freshness, ripeness and quality within a few seconds. This data can help farmers decide when to pick their produce and monitors its freshness as it moves along the food chain via packaging houses to retailers and consumers. (I cant wait for Israel to come up with a device that removes all calories from food so I can eat to my hearts desire!) Remembering Jewish History... On Oct. 26, 1994, the Israel-Jordan peace treaty is signed. Jordan was the second Arab country, after Egypt, to sign a peace accord with Israel. The treaty settled relations between the two countries, adjusted land and water dis putes, and provided for broad cooperation in tourism and trade. It included a pledge that neither Jordan nor Israel would allow its territory to become a staging ground for military strikes by a third country. The Roth JCC Mitzvah... The Roth Jewish Com munity Centers 3rd Annual Family Mitzvah Day will take place on Sunday, Nov. 26th at the Build-A-Bear in the Altamonte Mall, 451 East Altamonte Drive #1369 in Altamonte Springs beginning at 12:30 p.m. Nancy Ludin Rabbi Rick Sherwin By Paula Shoyer (The Nosher via JTA)I had heard the myth of choco late cakes made with cooked quinoa and didnt quite believe they would actually be tasty. This cake is surprisingly moist and delicious. Note: This recipe is glutenand dairy-free, and Passover friendly. You can make this cake up to three days in ad vance, and it also freezes well. This recipe is excerpted with permission from Paula Shoyers cookbook The Healthy Jewish Kitchen. Ingredients: For the cake: 3/4 cup quinoa 1 1/2 cups water Cooking spray 2 tablespoons potato starch 1/3 cup orange juice (from 1 orange) 4 large eggs 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract 3/4 cup coconut oil 1 1/2 cups sugar 1 cup dark unsweetened cocoa 2 teaspoons baking powder 1/2 teaspoon salt 2 ounces bittersweet choco late Fresh raspberries, for garnish (optional) For the glaze (optional): 5 ounces bittersweet choco late 1 tablespoon sunflower or safflower oil 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract Directions: 1. Place the quinoa and wa ter into a small saucepan and bring it to a boil over medium heat. Reduce the heat to low, cover the saucepan and cook the quinoa for 15 minutes, or until all the liquid has been absorbed. Set the pan aside. The quinoa may be made 1 day in advance. 2. Preheat the oven to 350 F. Use cooking spray to grease a 12-cup bundt pan. Sprinkle the potato starch over the greased pan and then shake the pan to remove any excess starch. 3. Place the quinoa in the bowl of a food processor. Add the orange juice, eggs, vanilla, oil, sugar, cocoa, baking pow der and salt; process until the mixture is very smooth. 4. Melt the chocolate over a double boiler, or place in a medium microwave-safe bowl and put in a microwave for 45 seconds, stirring and then heating the chocolate for another 30 seconds until it is Chocolate Quinoa Cake Recipe melted. Add the chocolate to the quinoa batter and process until well mixed. Pour the batter into the prepared bundt pan and bake it for 50 minutes, or until a skewer inserted into the cake comes out clean. 5. Let the cake cool for 10 minutes, then remove it gen tly from the pan. Let the cake cool on a wire cooling rack. 6. To make the glaze: Melt the chocolate in a large microwave-safe bowl in the microwave (see above) or over a double boiler. Add the oil and vanilla and whisk well. Let the glaze sit for 5 minutes and then whisk it again. Use a silicone spatula to spread the glaze all over the cake. Serves 12. Paula Shoyer, the kosher baker, is the author of four cookbooks, most recently The Healthy Jewish Kitchen [Sterling Epicure, November]. Shoyer is a freelance writer who has competed on Food Networks Sweet Genius and appeared on television over 26 times before major Jewish holidays. The Nosher food blog offers a dazzling array of new and classic Jewish recipes and food news, from Europe to Yemen, from challah to shakshuka and beyond. Check it out at wwwTheNosher.com.
PAGE 10A HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, NOVEMBER 17, 2017 Shalom, chaverah. Lehitrah, Amy! Amy Schwartz Kimlats last day as marketing director of The Roth Family JCC was Friday, Nov. 10, and although she will no longer be in this position at the J, she will still be around as a volunteer. So the Heritage says Shalom, chaverah, Lehitrah!, which in English means Goodbye, good friend. We will see you again! Motzen, a renewable energy entrepreneur by day, set about piecing together a family tree of living relatives of Karoline Cohn and also those who perished in the Holocaust. He found clues in the Yad Vashem archives, in obituaries, in marriage and death records. One contact led to another. Motzen recently located rela tives in California who have a trove of letters, including one from the mother of Karoline to her niece in America. They are being translated. He managed to identify more than 100 cousins around the world. Among them was Barry Eisemann, 72, of Arlington, Virginia, and his extended family. A first cousin of Karoline Cohn, Eisemann hadnt even known of her exis tence until Motzen contacted him and his daughter, Mandy, in January. Motzen, who also attended the memorial ceremony, started talking about the pendant, and how the only other one known had be longed to Anne Frank, Mandy Eisemann told JTA in a call from her home in Maryland. I didnt understand why he was calling me until he revealed that he believed that my father and his sister Michele were the closest living relatives to the little girl. The triangular pendant is nearly identical to one that Anne Frank, who was also from Frankfurt, was known to have worn. From Motzen, Barry Eise mann learned that his fathers sister, Elsa, had married Rich ard Cohn, and that they had had two daughters, Karoline and GitaEisemanns first cousins. All of them died in the Holocaust. I did not even know their names before, Barry Eise mann told JTA, speaking from his home. His father, Morris (formerly Moritz) never really talked about the Holocaust and what happened to the family... He was protecting my sisters and me from knowing about the tragedy and the horror. While in Germany, Barry Eisemann will visit the town of his fathers birth, Bad Orb. And his daughter is bringing her children on the trip. I wanted them to experi ence this because its not just our family history which they should know about, but also Jewish history and world his tory, Mandy Eisemann said. I want them to understand how fortunate we are to be here. The stepping-stone event was sponsored by the Con ference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany, which funded the filming of the excavation at Sobibor and backs the Yad Vashem Archive. Following the memorial ceremony, archaeologists Haimi of Israel and his Polish colleague Wojciech Mazurek spoke at the Philanthropin Jewish school in Frankfurt, which Karoline most likely attended. Teenagers from the Anne Frank Public School at tended, and held a workshop and dialogue. We always talk about Anne Frank, but sometimes we forget that there were many other families, many other children that maybe experienced something similar and are never really mentioned, principal Nicola Gudat said in a telephone interview. We thought it would be interesting for our students to think about another girl about the same age, also living in Frankfurt, about how her life would have been. Some 1.5 million children were murdered in the Holo caust. Some people understand the magnitude, said Greg Schneider, executive vice president of the New Yorkbased Claims Conference. But the names and stories of specific people are not known, they are forgotten. We are using this one story, putting together the known pieces, and trying to say that we cant forget who An archaeologist holding a pendant discovered during excavations of the Sobibor death camp in Poland in 2016. A girls pendant found at Sobibor reunites a Jewish family spread across the globe A pendant found at an excavation of the Nazi death camp in Sobibor, Poland, was identified as belonging to Karoline Cohn, a Jewish girl from Frankfurt, Germany, who is not known to have survived the war. By Toby Axelrod BERLIN (JTA)In late 1943, the Germans were des perate to cover all traces of their death camp in Sobibor, Poland. They demolished buildings, bulldozed the evi dence, planted trees. More than 70 years later, archaeologists led by Yoram Haimi of the Israel Antiquities Authority set about excavat ing the site, uncovering gas chambers, mass gravesand, late last year, a girls silver pendant. It is engraved with a date, the place name Frank furt and the Hebrew words mazal tov. A cry from the earth, the remnant from a killing ground has opened up a tragic past to a family that knew little about it. Thanks largely to a grand son of Holocaust survivors who is an amateur genealo gist, the living relatives of the girl whose pendant it was have been identified. On Nov. 13, more than 30 relatives of the girl, Karoline Cohn, gathered in Frank furt am Main, Germany, to dedicate a stumbling stone memoriala small brass plaque with the date of her birth and place of deportation at her last known address, Thomasiusstrae 10. The memorial was installed by artist Gunter Demnig, who created the project in 1996. Since then, more than 50,000 of the memorials have been installed throughout Europe. Many of Karolines kin have never met before. They will be coming from the United States, Israel, Japan, Great Britain, Nicaragua and Hong Kong to honor the memory of someone they never knew. We had this person who was completely forgotten, even by her surrounding relatives, said the amateur genealogist, Chaim Motzen, who pieced together Karo lines family tree. He said some people he contacted did not even know they had any con nection to the Holocaust. Through this pendant, people are learning about each other and their history, and about Karoline, said Motzen, speaking from Jerusalem, where he lives. We now know the fate of Karolines cousins, aunts and uncles, many of whom were murdered in the Holocaust; people who were mostly forgotten. It wasnt easy. Soon after the pendants discovery, researchers at Israels Yad Vashem Holocaust Archive, led by Joel Zisenwine, used records to link the place name and birth date on the pen dant, July 3, 1929, to Karoline Cohn. Papers revealed that she and family were deported from Frankfurt to Minsk on Nov. 11, 1941, when the girl was 11. Karoline may have been among the 2,000 Jews sent to Sobibor in Nazi-occupied Poland in 1943. Spurred by the news of the sensational find at Sobibor, these people were and how they were murdered. In all, some 250,000 Jews were murdered at the exter mination camp in less than two years. About 10 years ago, the ar chaeologists began searching for clues in the ruins of Sobi bor. They found the remains of the hut where women were forced to undress and shaved before being gassed. They lo cated the remnants of four gas chambers, each capable of kill ing up to 100 people at a time. They found hairpins, jewelry and other small objects. Karolines pendant report edly will be kept at a Holocaust memorial in Poland. What happened to her happened for hundreds of thousands of people, Schnei der said. To me, the image is haunt ing, he added. She left us a clue along the way, and she is calling out, dont forget me. For Barry Eisemann, a whole chapter of history and a branch of his family tree have been restoreda chapter and a branch his father had withheld. 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Normandy Blvd., Deltona; 386-804-8283; www.mybethshalom. com ; Shabbat services: Friday, 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. Congregation Bnai Torah (C) 403 N. Nova Rd., Ormond Beach, 32174, 386-672-1174; www.mybnaitorah.com ; Shabbat services: Friday, 8 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. Congregation Chabad Lubavitch of Greater Daytona (O) 1079 W. Granada Blvd., Ormond Beach, 386-672-9300; Shabbat services Friday, 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. Congregation of Reform Judaism (R) 928 Malone Dr., Orlando, 407-645-0444; www.crjorlando.org : Shabbat services, 7 p.m. 1st, 2nd and 3rd Fridays; 6 p.m., 4th and 5th Fridays; Saturday: 10 a.m. Congregation Mateh Chaim (R) P.O. Box 060847, Palm Bay, 32906, 321-768-6722. Congregation Ohev Shalom (C) 613 Concourse Parkway South, Maitland, 407-2984650; www.ohevshalom.org ; Shabbat service, Friday, 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, 9:30 a.m. Congregation Or Chayim (Rec) Leesburg, 352-326-8745; email@example.com; services 2nd and 4th Fridays of each month at Providence Independence of Wildwood. Congregation Shalom Aleichem (R) 3501 Oak Pointe Blvd., Kissimmee, 407-9350064; www.shalomaleichem.com ; Shabbat service, 1st and 3rd Fridays of the month, 8 p.m. Congregation Shomer Ysrael (C) 5382 Hoffner Ave., Orlando, 407-227-1258, call for services and holiday schedules. Congregation Sinai (C/R) 303A N. S.R. 27, Minneola; 352-243-5353; congregationsinai.org; services: every Friday, 7:30 p.m.; Shabbat Service evert Saturday, 10 a.m. Orlando Torah Center (O) 8591 Banyan Blvd., Orlando; 347-456-6485; ShacharisShabbos 9 a.m.; Mon.Thurs. 6:45 a.m.; Sun. and Legal Holidays 8 a.m.; Mincha/Maariv Please call for times. Southwest Orlando Jewish Congregation/Ohalei Rivka (C) 11200 S. ApopkaVineland Rd., Orlando, 407-239-5444; Shabbat service, Friday, 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, 9:30 a.m. Temple Beth El (R) 579 N. Nova Rd., Ormond Beach, 386-677-2484. Temple Beth Shalom (R), P.O. Box 031233, Winter Haven, 813-324-2882. Temple Beth Shalom (C) 40 Wellington Drive, Palm Coast, 386-445-3006; Shabbat service, Friday, 8 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m. Temple Beth Sholom (C) 5995 N. Wickham Rd. Melbourne, 321-254-6333; www. mytbs.org ; Shabbat services: Friday, 7 p.m.; Saturday: 9:30 a.m. Minyan, Tuesday, 7:30 p.m.; Thursday, 10:00 a.m. Temple Beth Shalom (R) 1109 N.E. 8th Ave., Ocala, 352-629-3587; Shabbat services: Friday, 8 p.m.; Torah study: Saturday, 10:00 a.m. Temple Bnai Darom (R), 49 Banyan Course, Ocala, 352-624-0380; Friday Services 8 p.m. Temple Israel (C) 50 S. Moss Rd., Winter Springs, 407-647-3055; www.tiflorida.org ; Shabbat services: Friday, 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, 9:30 a.m.; Sunday 9:00 a.m. Temple Israel (R), 7350 Lake Andrew Drive, Melbourne, 321-631-9494. Temple Israel (C) 579 N. Nova Road, Ormond Beach, 386-252-3097; Shabbat service, Friday, 7 p.m.; Saturday: 10:30 a.m. Temple Israel of DeLand (R) 1001 E. New York Ave., DeLand, 386-736-1646; www. templeisraelofdeland.org; Friday Shabbat service, 7 p.m.; Saturday, 10:00 a.m. followed by Torah study. Temple Shalom (formerly New Jewish Congregation) (R) 13563 Country Road 101, Oxford, 352-748-1800; www.templeshalomcentralfl.org ; Shabbat services: Friday, 7 p.m.; last Saturday of the month, 9:30 a.m. Temple Shalom of Deltona (R/C) 1785 Elkcam Blvd., Deltona, 386-789-2202; www. shalomdeltona.org; Shabbat service; Saturday: 10 a.m. Temple Shir Shalom (R) Services held at Temple Israel, 50 S. Moss Rd., Winter Springs, 407-366-3556, www.templeshirshalom.org ; Shabbat services: three Fridays each month, 7:30 p.m. Traditional Congregation of Mount Dora (T) Mount Dora, 352-735-4774; www. tcomd.org; Shabbat services: Saturday, 9:30 a.m. sharp. (R) Reform (C) Conservative (O) Orthodox (Rec) Reconstructionist (T) Mehitsa DORIS MAZER Doris Mazer, age 90, of Or lando, passed away on Friday, Nov. 3, 2017, at Cornerstone Hospice at ORMC. A native of Brooklyn, New York, she was born on June 18, 1927, one of three daughters of the late Israel and Rebecca Brandwyne Baer. She was a high school graduate and worked in retail tourism, and was a resident of the Orlando area since 1975, relocating from Staten Island. Doris is survived by her granddaughter and greatgranddaughter, Dominique and Avery Smith of Ocoee; and a sister, Edith Brodsky of Miami. In addition to her par ents, she was predeceased by her daughters, Vivian Smith and Betsy Abbeitelo; and her sister, Leatrice Friedman. A graveside funeral service was held a Beth Israel Memo rial Park, Gotha, with Rabbi Arnold Siegel of Jewish Fam ily Services officiating. In memory of Doris Mazer, the family requests memorial contributions to Cornerstone Hospice, 52 W Underwood Street, Orlando FL 32806. Arrangements entrusted to Beth Shalom Memorial Cha pel, 640 Lee Road, Orlando. 407-599-1180. DR. BRENT WEINMAN Dr. Brent Harold Weinman, age 75, of Longwood, a local optometrist who practiced in Fern Park. Fla., for over 40 years, passed away on Nov. 3, 2017. He was born in Pittsburgh, Penn., on Aug. 15, 1942, to the late Frank and Rose Sobel Weinman. Dr. Weinman pursued his undergraduate degree at Washington and Jef ferson College and was a 1968 graduate of the Pennsylvania College of Optometry. He relocated to the Orlando area in 1969 and was a former member of Congregation of Reform Judaism. Along with a caring dedication to his patients, Dr. Weinman had an intense passion for our natural resources and wildlife preservation. A loving husband, father and grandfather, Brent is survived by his wife, Natalie; children, Eric (Rudee) and Richard (Natalie); and pre cious grandchildren, Olivia and Jack. He is also survived by his former wife, Susan. Brent Weinman will be dearly missed but will forever remain in the hearts of those who knew and loved his intel lect and free spirit. Arrangements entrusted to Beth Shalom Memorial Cha pel, 640 Lee Road, Orlando. 407-599-1180. Dr. Brent Weinman By Josefin Dolsten (JTA)On a recent Friday, Eitan Press stood in Jerusa lems Mahane Yehuda Market offering to apply balm to the beards of passers-by. Press was hoping they would get hooked on his product, an ointment that comes in a variety of Jewishthemed scents, including the popular Sukkot (myrtle, lemon, lemongrass and mint) and Havdalah (clove and cin namon). The founder of the Aleph Male beard balm company, Press estimates that he has anointed hundreds of beards since its founding in July. Ive seen how it truly makes mens beards look ma jestic and smell great, Press, who sports an impressive red beard, told JTA in a phone interview. It takes a frizzy, scraggly beard and make it look like a smooth, handsome, kingly beard. Aleph Male beard balms are made in Jerusalem using a base of coconut oil, beeswax, shea butter and Vitamin E oil. Press tries to source as many of the ingredients as possible from Israel. Two-ounce tins of the ointment, which comes in five varieties (including one unscented), cost $20 and can be shipped in Israel or to the United States. His core audience is young Jewish Hasidic hipsters, Press said, but he wants to make the product appealing to anybody who has a beard. What Im hoping to see in terms of this, in terms of the future, is a really strong Jewish lifestyle brand thats helping Jewish men and men in general engage in self-care, rethink their masculinity to more overtly positive values in terms of how they relate to women and how they relate to other men, the Jerusalem resident said. Even the nameAleph Male is a play on the alpha male trope using the Hebrew letter alephis about an alternative way of expressing masculinity. Theres sort of a narrative around not all beard balms, but a lot of the beard balms, Eitan Press (second from right) says he has anointed the beards of hundreds of men, including these Jewish pilgrims in Uman, Ukraine, Sept. 20, 2017. A Jewish-themed beard balm for hipsters and Hasids of crude masculinity, or the term that is popular today is toxic masculinity, said Press, 40. To me, the Aleph Male is really about changing the conversation using beard balm. Many beard balms are mar keted with old-time images of men as Vikings, lumberjacks, prospectors and outlaws. Press, who grew up in Demarest, New Jersey, and became observant after mov ing to Israel in 2008, says he never related to the alpha male cultural ideal. Often the alpha male is associated with dominating women, dominating men. The alpha male is on top of the pyramid and everyone is below, and really to me the Aleph Male is a man who lifts other people up, he said. In the wake of sexual ha rassment allegations against Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein earlier this month, as women were sharing stories of sexual assault and harass ment under the hashtag Beards on page 15A
PAGE 12A HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, NOVEMBER 17, 2017 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 Moscows Jewish Museum and Tolerance Center, since its opening in 2012, has tackled the subject of Jewish revolutionaries. dreds of photographs, docu ments, propaganda leaflets and artworks that comprise the exhibition. It opened last month under the title The History of One People During the Revolution. They bust some myths, including the fallacy repeated in 2013 by none other than President Vladimir Putin, who said at the museum that anti-Semitic persecution of Jews in the former Soviet Union occurred even though the first Soviet government was 80-85 percent Jewish. (In fact, it had one Jewish mem berLeon Trotsky, founder of the Red Army). But the facts also reaffirm in essence assertions like the ones made by Mark Weber, a promoter of Holocaust denial. In 2003, he wrote, Although officially Jews have never made up more than five percent of the countrys total population, they played a highly disproportionate and probably decisive role in the infant Bolshevik regime, adding this was a taboo that many historians for decades preferred to ignore. The Bolsheviks were mem bers of the radical faction that ultimately dominated other streams in the communist revolutionary movement against the czars rule. Among the items in the exhibition, which opened on Oct. 17, is a picture from 1918 of activists for the Socialist Poale Zion group flying a Hebrew-language banner in what today is Saint Petersburg. Regardless of the exact makeup of the first Soviet government, there was great and undeniable enthusiasm among basically all the ele ments that made up Russian Jewry during the revolution, said Gorin, who runs the $50 million state-of-the-art mu seum that last year won an award from UNESCO for its promotion of tolerance. Though the first Soviet governmentthe Council of Peoples Commissarswas mostly non-Jewish, Jews did occupy very prominent positions throughout the Bol shevik and communist chains of command vastly dispropor tionate to their percentage of the general population, Gorin confirmed. Jews in the top echelon of the Communist Party dur ing its early days in power included Yakov Sverdlov, its executive secretary; Grigori Zinoviev, head of the Com munist International; press commissar Karl Radek; for eign affairs commissar Maxim Litvinov; as well as Lev Kamenev and Moisei Uritsky. The observant Jews thought in 1917 that the com munists would allow them to extend Jewish life, the Zionists thought the revolution would advance their goals and there was a feeling of liberation, Gorin said. But its not like Russian Jews ever really had a choice. At a time when the Red Army had posters denouncing anti-Semitism, the monar chists fighting for the czar had posters disseminating [anti-Semitism] as a pillar of what they were fighting for, he said. The exhibition includes such posters. Gorin says the exhibit tells honestly and openly of how Jews did have an outsized role in the revolution. But it also shows that there were very good reasons for this. Similarly, were it not for the adoption of anti-Semitism by the Whitesthe enemies of the communist Reds -many Jews may well have made cause with the Whites, who were not all monarchists but included also democrats, Gorin hypothesized. Among the more evocative displays in the permanent exhibition is a video based on contemporary testimonies recounting the story of a Jewish man and his son who were captured by the monar chists. The man volunteered to confess to spying for the Bolsheviks if the monarchists spared the sons life. Both were hanged after the confession in what today is Ukraine. The revolution offered Russias Jews many oppor tunities, equal rights and education and a chance to fill the vacuum left by an elite that was forced into exile, Gorin said. But above all it was a haven from a wave of pogroms in which 150,000 Jews in present-day Ukraine were murdered in what some historians call a dress re hearsal for the Holocaust. A Jew in 1917 had two choices: revolution or exile. During the Holocaust, the alignment of many Jews with the communist cause was cited as justification for wholesale slaughter by col laborators with the Germans. They resented not only com munism but Russian domi nation in countries across Eastern and Central Europe. The Jewish role in commu nism is used by anti-Semites to justify the Holocaust. Zsolt Bayer, a co-founder of Hungarys ruling Fidesz party, last year wrote in an op-ed: Why are we surprised that the simple peasant whose determinant experience was that the Jews broke into his vil lage, beat his priest to death, threatened to convert his church into a movie theater -why do we find it shocking that twenty years later he watched without pity as the gendarmes dragged the Jews away from his village? The exhibition goes on to explore how the hopes for Jewish emancipation through communism were ultimately dashed, making some Jews prominent perpetrators of repression and turning many other Jews into victims. In the exhibition, we placed on the left a display of the many Jews that made up the NKWD, said Gorin, naming the dreaded com munist security police that was a precursor of the KGB. The NKVD was an instrument for the murder of countless people, before and under the bloodthirsty and anti-Semitic reign of terror of Soviet leader Joseph Stalin. On the right we have a display of the many Jews they killed: authors, liberals, soldiers. Gorin said the juxtaposi tion is designed to impress upon visitors that ultimately Jews are a people made up of very different individuals with different goals who, in 1917, were facing some very difficult choices. What was the Jewish role in 1917 Russian Revolution? Moscow museum gives a full picture By Cnaan Liphshiz (JTA)Of all the many loaded issues tied to the bloody history of Jews in the former Soviet Union, none is as sensitive today in that part of the world as their role in the 1917 revolution that brought the communists to power. The outsized prevalence of Jews in the ranks of the revolu tion that broke out a century ago on Nov. 7 has remained a mainstay of anti-Semitic vitriol in the area. During the Holocaust, it served as a pretext for the murder of countless Jews across Eastern Europe by self-proclaimed enemies of communism and Russia. And its still being used today to incite hatred against local Jews, including among devout Christians who were perse cuted by the anti-religious Soviet authorities. Living in religious societies that by and large feel victim ized by communism or its ef fects, many Russian-speaking Jews and their leaders have either remained silent on communism or downplayed the Jews role in it. Its a logical strategy, given the rhetoric of senior politi cians like Peter Tolstoy, the deputy speaker of the Russian parliament At a January news conference, he blamed Jews with interfering in a plan to relocate a church in Saint Pe tersburg. Tolstoy said Jews use their positions in the media and government to continue the work of ancestors who pulled down our churches in 1917. Or the anti-Semitic hate campaign leveled at a Jew ish director, Alexei Uchitel, whose studio in the same city was firebombed in September, presumably for his unfavor able depiction in a feature film of Nicholas II, the czar whose reign the revolution ended. Yet ahead of the cente nary, Russias main Jewish museumwhich since its opening in 2012 has tack led head-on the subject of revolutionary Jews in its permanent displayunveiled an exhibition that underlines unapologetically how and why Jews became central to the revolution. For many years, neither Jews nor the authorities wanted to open up the subject, which became the stuff of myths for the ultranational ists, neo-Nazis and other anti-Semites, said Boruch Gorin, chairman of Moscows Jewish Museum and Tolerance Center. But now the time has come to look at the facts. 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HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, NOVEMBER 17, 2017 PAGE 13A Weekly roundup of world briefs from JTA Brazilian students simulate Nazi human experiments for science fair RIO DE JANEIRO (JTA) Brazilian high school stu dents simulated medical experiments that the Nazis conducted on concentration camp prisoners during the Holocaust. The students at Milecimo da Silva high school in Rio De Janeiro were recently assigned to re-create a Nazi laboratory for a science fair. According to the Brazilian Israelite Confederations, the countrys umbrella Jewish group, the purpose of the ex hibition was to highlight the supposed scientific progress made by Nazi doctors work ing in concentration camps. Photos posted on Facebook show a red banner hung in the school with swastikas and white letters saying Nazi laboratory. In the darkened fake blood-stained lab, students playing doctors wear medical uniforms and swastika armbands. Oth ers pretend to be suffering patients. The Rio State Department of Education reportedly has opened an investigation to de termine whether the school promoted Nazism, which is punishable by up to five years in prison and a fine. During World War II, a number of German phy siciansnotably Josef Mengeleconducted painful and often deadly experiments on thousands of concentra tion camp prisoners without their consent. The experi ments sought to improve the performance of Nazi soldiers and advance the Nazis ra cial ideology, including the inferiority of Jews, 6 million of whom were exterminated during the Holocaust. In April, a third-grade classroom in a private school in Recife, in northeastern Brazil, was decorated with Nazi flags during a lesson on totalitarian regimes. The teacher wore a Nazi armband. The school later praised him on social media for the lesson. After facing criticism, the schools officials conceded that the tone of their post was inappropriate and took it down, but they refused to apologize for the lesson, ac cording to the local Jewish federation. Congressional bill would prevent US funding for Israels detention of Palestinian children (JTA)A Minnesota con gresswoman has introduced a bill that seeks to prevent the United States from funding Israels military detention of Palestinian children. The legislation introduced Tuesday by Rep. Betty McCol lum, a Democrat, has at least nine co-sponsors. It would require the secretary of state to certify annually that U.S. assistance to Israel has not been used in the previous year to militarily detain, inter rogate or abuse Palestinian children. The purpose of this act is to promote and protect the human rights of Palestinian children and to ensure that United States taxpayer funds shall not be used to support the military detention of Palestin ian children, the bill reads. Among the bills back ers are the co-chairs of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, Rep. Ral Grijalva, D-Ariz., and Rep. Mark Po can, D-Wis. McCollum said the bill highlights Israels system of military detention of Palestinian children and ensures the United States does not support human rights violations. Congress must not turn a blind eye to the unjust and ongoing mistreatment of Palestinian children living under Israeli occupation, she said on her website. A number of progressive and religious organizations have endorsed the legisla tion, including Churches for Middle East Peace and Jewish Voices for Peace. The latter and some of the other supporting groups back the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement against Israel. Jewish tradition teaches that each and every single person has inherent dignity and worth and must be treat ed accordingly, JVP said in a statement. This legislation recognizes and acts upon the inherent dignity and worth of Palestinian children and sends the message that the United States is committed to a future with freedom, safety, and equality for both Palestinians and Israelis. Israel processes Palestin ians who are not Israeli citizens through a military court system. A 2017 report by the Military Court Watch nonprofit that monitored the treatment of more than 450 minors in Israeli military detention between 2013 and 2016 found that last year, 60 percent of the minors ar rested reported experiencing physical violence at the hands of their detainers and 43 per cent reported verbal violence. Just 5 percent were allowed to see their parents during interrogation, and 10 percent were allowed to see a lawyer. However, the children were treated more leniently than in 2013. In response to the report, the Israeli army said it has dealt in recent years with a growing phenomenon of minors involved in West Bank offenses, including security offenses, and takes their age into consideration when enforcing the law. Israels president plays peacemaker between his government and Ameri can Jews LOS ANGELES (JTA)Re uven Rivlin played peacemak er Monday nightbetween American Jews and Israelis. Speaking at the annual General Assembly of the North American Jewish fed eration movement, Israels president sympathized with attendees complaints that Israel was ignoring their calls for religious pluralism there, but also urged patience with Israels political process. Whether we like it or not, in the only Jewish democratic state, religion and state is a political issuemaybe the most explosive one, said Rivlin, addressing some 3,000 Jewish professionals and vol unteer leaders. You know, my friends, around five Israeli governments have fallen on questions like can combat aircraft, not on-mission, land in Israel on Shabbat? Or on the question of who is a Jew? That is democracy. Rivlins address at the JW Marriott Hotel here came a few hours after the Jew ish Federations of North America issued a resolution highly critical of the Israeli government for freezing a deal on non-Orthodox prayer at the Western Wall and for its support for a bill that would give Orthodox authorities in Israel a mo nopoly on religious con versions to Judaism. Local Jewish federations raise and distribute money for Jewish causes in their communities and Israel, and usually try to avoid criticizing the latter. Leaders and allies of the Reform and Conservative movements, representing the majority of affiliated North American Jews, say these recent moves by the Israeli government are alien ating their followers and dampening Jewish support for Israel. Changing policy at the Western Wall, whose Orthodox authorities prevent types of prayer typical in nonOrthodox synagogues, has become a goal and a symbol for proponents of Jewish religious diversity in Israel. Rivlin alluded to these concerns in his 30-minute address. On the painful issue of the Kotel agreements, it causes such pain that the symbol of unity, the wall of our tears and joy, has become a symbol of division and disagree ment, he said, using the Hebrew word for the Western Wall. The challenge of build ing the relationship between us must begin with getting to know each other better. Rivlin asserted that the Western Wall agreement, frozen in June after being thrashed out in 2016 by Prime Minister Benjamin Ne tanyahus government with representatives of the fed erations, the Jewish Agency, Women of the Wall and the non-Orthodox streams, was led by our government in order to try and bridge the gap between Israel and the Diaspora. I hope that in the future we can return to the table together and reach an understanding on this important issue. The avuncular Rivlin also reminded the crowd of the traditional issues that have tended to bind Jewish fun draisers to Israel, including Israels security needs, a mutual fight against antiSemitism, and the movement to boycott Israel and U.S. support for the Jewish state. He also recounted, to warm applause, his pedigree as a member of a Jewish family that has lived in Jerusalem since 1809. But at the end of his speech he returned to the theme of frayed ties, saying he would be happy to plan a conference at his residence in Jerusalem for Jews and Israelis to work on shared goals. Lets put the arguments aside and work together, he concluded. Lets develop our mutual commitment as a value and as action. For the good of the Jewish people, for the good of the State of Israel, for the good of the whole world. In 1989 Rivlin, then a member of the Israeli Knes set, visited a Reform syna gogue in Westfield, New Jersey, and afterward shocked his hosts by calling Reform Judaism idol worship and a completely new religion without any connection to Judaism. In a news briefing before Rivlins address Monday, his spokesman said the president had changed his view regard ing the Jewish communities around the world, especially North America. In the three years since becoming Israels 10th president, during which he reached out to Reform lead ers, he started realizing the importance of the Jewish community and the need for the strong bonds between Israel and the Jewish com munity, said David Saranga. Netanyahu is scheduled to address the General Assembly via satellite on Tuesday. US security officials ar rive in Israel to discuss Syria border deal JERUSALEM (JTA)U.S. National Security Council officials arrived in Israel for talks with their Israeli counterparts. Representatives of other security agencies are also participating Tuesday in the discussions, which are focused on the recent U.S.Russia cease-fire agreement for Syria as well as on Iran. The agreement, announced in a joint U.S.-Russian state ment Saturday, calls for the reduction and ultimate elimination of foreign fight ers from southern Syria, including Iranian troops and proxies. However, it does not set a timetable. According to an Israeli official, militias would be allowed to maintain positions as close as 3 to 4 miles to some parts of the border while be ing pushed up to around 19 miles away in others, Reuters reported Monday. However, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said Tuesday that the agreement does not include a Russian commitment to ensure Iranlinked militias are pulled out of the country. Lavrov said Irans presence in Syria is legitimate, according to the Interfax news agency. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced Mon day that Israel will not be bound by the deal. I have clarified to our friends in Washington and our friends in Moscow that we will operate in Syria, including southern Syria, in accordance with our understanding and in ac cordance with our security needs, Netanyahu said, describing Israels security policy as the right com bination of firmness and responsibility. On Friday, a Western se curity official told the BBC that Iran was setting up a permanent base on a site used by the Syrian army near el-Kiswah, 8 miles south of Damascus and 30 miles from the Israeli border. Israel Defense Forces Chief of Staff Gabi Eisenkot report edly flew secretly to Brussels on Thursday to meet with Gen. Curtiss Scaparrotti, head of the U.S. Armys Euro pean Command, and discuss Iranian moves in Syria. Israel has lobbied against allowing Iran to maintain any presence in Syria. In September, Haaretz reported that Israel asked the United States and Russia to keep Iran and its proxies at least 30 miles away from the border, but the Russians agreed to only 3 miles. Netanyahu has warned that Iran plans to create a permanent presence in the country, including with na val and air force bases, and that Israel will not allow it to happen. Police investigate Israe li drone maker accused of bombing Armenia in demo JERUSALEM (JTA)Israe li police launched a criminal investigation of an Israeli drone manufacturer that allegedly tried to bomb the Armenian military on behalf of Azerbaijan during a prod uct demonstration. Hebrew media reported the existence of the probe of Aeronautics Defense Systems on Monday as an Israeli court approved a gag order on most details. Police confirmed that they were investigating the firms deal with a significant customer. In September, the Defense Ministry opened an investiga tion of Aeronautics Defense Systems after it received a complaint that the manu facturer demonstrated the use of a kamikaze drone in Azerbaijan by attacking a manned position of the Arme nian army earlier this year. According to the com plaint, the firm sent a team to Baku, the Azerbaijani capital, to demonstrate its unmanned Orbiter 1K system, which can be equipped with a small explosive and flown into an enemy target on a suicide mission. During the dem onstration, the company was asked to conduct a live-fire test against the Armenian position, the complaint said. The two Israelis operating the two Orbiter 1K drones refused to carry out the attack despite threats from their superiors, according to the complaint. Two senior members of the Aeronautics Defense Systems team then attempted to fulfill the Azer baijani request, but failed to hit their targets, the com plaint said. Azerbaijan and neighbor ing Armenia have been en gaged in a violent territorial and ethnic conflict for three decades that has escalated since last year. Under Israeli law it is illegal to carry out weapons tests on real targets without a permit, which is rarely granted. In August, the Defense Ministry froze Aeronautics Defense Systems license to export to the significant customer. Aeronautics Defense Sys tems denied the substance of the complaint at the time. The firm said it expected to make a $20 million deal over the next two years with the significant customer, according to publicly avail able details of the investiga tion. Azerbaijan is a major importer of Israeli weapons and an important ally given its border with Iran. Responding to reports of the investigation, Aeronau tics Defense Systems said it would cooperate with police. 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Admin. 2.516(b)(1)(A), Plaintiffs counsel hereby designates its primary email address for the purposes of email service as: SFGTampaService@logs.com* SHAPIRO, FISHMAN & GACH, LLP Attorneys for Plaintiff 4630 Woodland Corporate Blvd., Ste 100 Tampa, FL 33614 Telephone: (813) 880-8888 Ext. 5273 Fax: (813) 880-8800 For Email Service Only: SFGTampaService@logs.com For all other inquiries: firstname.lastname@example.org Pursuant to the Fair Debt Collections Practices Act, you be deemed a debt collector and any information obtained may be used for that purpose. 16-303498 FC01 WNI November 10, 17, 2017 L 160138 NOTICE OF DEFAULT AND INTENT TO FORECLOSE Gasdick Stanton Early, P.A. has been appointed as Trustee by WYNDHAM VACATION RESORTS, INC., F/K/A FAIRFIELD RESORTS, INC., F/K/A FAIRFIELD COMMUNITIES, INC., A DELAWARE CORPORATION for the purposes of instituting a Trustee Foreclosure and Sale under Fla. Stat. .856. The following owners are hereby of the note and mortgage for the following properties located in Volusia County, Florida: Contract Number: 641610142 SONYA R. WORMLEY and WARREN S. WORMLEY JR., 191 Crescent Ave, Ewing, NJ 08638-2239; Principal Balance: $30,242.80; Interest: $4,815.73; Late Charges: $50.00; TOTAL: $35,108.53 through 05/11/2017 (per diem: $14.30/day thereafter). A 224,000/188,713,000 undivided tenant-in-common fee simple interest in Units 620628, 720-728; Annual/allocated the Declaration) for use by the Grantee in Each year(s). Contract Number: 331509596 DAVID FAITA and CAROL FAITA, 23 Lakeside Dr, Monson, MA 01057-9728; Principal Balance: $12,644.12; Interest: $1,820.10; Late Charges: $45.00; TOTAL: $14,509.22 through 05/11/2017 (per diem: $5.37/day thereafter). A 105,000/139,685,500 undivided tenant-in-common fee simple interest in Units 2028-2033, 2128-2133, 2229, 2231, 2324, 2329, 2331; Annual/allocated 105,000 Declaration) for use by the Grantee in Each year(s). Contract Number: 331502021 STEVEN SINGLETARY, 12210 Broadstone Way, Apex, NC 27502-5745; Principal Balance: $11,077.63; Interest: $1,726.41; Late Charges: $45.00; TOTAL: $12,849.04 through 05/11/2017 (per diem: $5.46/day thereafter). A 84,000/188,713,000 undivided tenant-in-common fee simple interest in Units 620-628, 720-728; Annual/allocated the Declaration) for use by the Grantee in Each year(s). Contract Number: 2001503101 KARL FELTH, 168 Linda Cir, Ocean Springs, MS 39564-4133 and SHELBY ARMSTRONG, 168 Linda Cir, Ocean Springs, MS 395644133; Principal Balance: $4,899.11; Interest: $492.60; Late Charges: $35.00; TOTAL: $5,426.71 through 05/11/2017 (per diem: $2.08/day thereafter). A 56,000/51,309,000 undivided tenant-in-common fee simple interest in Units 1028-1033; Biennial/allocated 112,000 Declaration) for use by the Grantee in Odd year(s). Declaration of Condominium Ocean Walk II (Declaration) Book 5279, Page 541, et. seq., Public Records of Volusia County, Florida and all amendments thereof and supplements thereto, if any. The owners must pay the TOTAL listed above plus the per diem. Failure to cure the default set forth herein or take other appropriate action regarding this matter will result in the loss of ownership of the timeshare through the trustee foreclosure procedure set forth in F.S.721.856. You have the right to submit an objection form, exercising your right to object to the use of the trustee foreclosure procedure. If the shall be subject to the judicial foreclosure procedure only. The default may be cured any time before the trustees sale of your timeshare interest. If you do not object to the trustee foreclosure procedure, you will judgment even if the proceeds from the sale of your timeshare the amounts secured by the lien. Pursuant to the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act, it is required that we state the following to you: THIS IS AN ATTEMPT TO COLLECT A DEBT AND ANY INFORMATION OBTAINED WILL BE USED FOR THAT PURPOSE. By: Gasdick Stanton Early, P.A., Trustee, 1601 W. Colonial Dr., Orlando, FL, 32804 DOW II NJ NOA 1017 November 10, 17, 2017 L 159982 From page 32B
PAGE 14A HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, NOVEMBER 17, 2017 D 1 E 2 R 3 E 4 K 5 S 6 U 7 F 8 M 9 A 10 R 11 C 12 S 13 I14L A N A P15R I I16D E A L A17S S Y R I18A N S C19O B R A N20A P A L M H21A22R B23L I E24S S B25A26B27Y L O N28I A N A29R30E N A T31W A P32E33R34S I A N S A35B R36A37M38A39L D E N T E P40A41V L O V A L42I S A S S43E L E U C I D T44E E45 I46P A D S L47F48S49 R50O51M A N S52Y53D54E55L E A56Z57A R N58O59S60H E R A61U D I O B62Y63Z64A N T I N E S65T E R N I66O U T67A R T S T 68 E R S E T 69 M Z O 70 R A L S Jew vs. Jew From page 1A JP From page 1A ments definition of anti-Sem itism. The proposed addition to federal anti-discrimination statutes would apply to Title VI of the 1964 Civil Rights Act, which addresses institu tions, including universities, that receive federal funding. A version has passed in the Senate. The language, in its cur rent State Department for mulation, includes a section that defines as anti-Semitism language that demonizes Israel. It breaks down the term demonizes as [u] sing the symbols and images associated with classic antiSemitism to characterize Israel or Israelis, drawing comparisons of contempo rary Israeli policy to that of the Nazis, blaming Israel for all interreligious or political tensions. Several Jewish groups have filed Title VI complaints on behalf of Jewish students who said they faced anti-Semitic harassment and discrimina tion because of their support for Israel, or for anti-Israel language that advocates said echoed classic antiSemitism. Advocating for the pro posed language were top of ficials of the Anti-Defamation League, the American Jewish Committee, the Simon Wie senthal Center and Christians United for Israel, as well as Paul Clement, a former U.S. solicitor general. Opposing were two Jew ish studies professors, the director of PEN Americaa speech freedom umbrella and Kenneth Stern, the head 15 years prior left Schoen berger with many broken bones, two years of rehab, and an increased sense of compassion for the mobility impaired and the aged. A child of Polish Holocaust survi vors, the late Jack and Sally Rettman, Schoenberger has attended several conferences for descendants of survivors to help understand her parents experiences, and the effects on future generations. She has adopted her mothers of an outfit that combats anti-Semitism. Stern, who drafted the language in question when he worked for the American Jewish Committee in 2004, opposes codifying the lan guage into law, although he still endorses the language for its intended useas a means for diplomats to identify antiSemitism. In his testimony Stern, who directs the Justus & Karin Rosenberg Foundation, said the tough standards he would apply to a speech at the United Nations by Irans president should not apply to college freshmen. He said it would be especially cruel to young Jews still testing their boundaries within the community. Whether or not you can be an 18-year-old anti-Zionist and within the [Jewish] com munity is not a debate Con gress should decide, he said. Proponents said the bill would not inhibit speech because the definition would only be applied when assess ing whether an act banned under Title VIviolence or a bid to shut off speechwas anti-Semitic, and not to antiSemitic speech in and of itself. It wouldnt raise First Amendment problems, it would only be triggered by harassment, Clement said. That, Stern replied, was disingenuousa federal statute would naturally in hibit speech. When you prioritize a certain definition, it has the weight of having Congress behind it, he said. Barry Trachtenberg, a Jew ish studies professor at Wake Forest University in North Carolina, seemed to accuse proponents of the legislation of bad faith. They are part of a per sistent campaign to thwart scholarship, debate and activ ism critical of Israel, he said. The Simon Wiesenthal Centers Rabbi Abraham Cooper and the ADLs Jona than Greenblatt fired shots at Trachtenberg and at Pamela Nadell, the president of the As sociation for Jewish Studies, saying that academics were not in the trenches Cooper chided the committee for inviting them. Its like inviting people from the Flat Earth Society to a hearing about NASA, he said. Greenblatt suggested they were ensconced in an ivory tower. Cooper seemed visibly un comfortable crowded next to Trachtenberg at the witness table, who kept staring at him. Cooper kept emphasiz ing that the Jewish leadership in its entirety backed the bill, seeming to sideline Sterns organizational affiliation. At one point Coopers insistence that the entire Jewish com munity backed the bill drew a correction from Rep. Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y., who produced a letter from J Street U, the liberal Middle Eastern lobbys campus affiliate, opposing the bill. Some lawmakers vigor ously backed the bill. Rep. Ted Deutch, D-Fla., the Jewish lawmaker who wrote the bill with Rep. Pete Roskam, R-Ill., was infuriated by Sterns claim that the bill would victim ize freshmen searching for answers. Saying this is an effort to go after Jewish anti-Zionists is the reddest of red herrings, he said. Others from both parties seemed skeptical of the bill. The committee chairman, Rep. Bob Goodlatte, R-Va., told the AJCs Rabbi Andrew Baker, who had said the defini tion of anti-Semitism changes over time, that his reason ing would counsel against codifying. Rep. John Conyers, DMich., the committees rank ing member, said he favored including anti-Semitism among bigotries addressed by Title VI, but cautioned: We just also have to be careful not to stifle legitimate and hard-edged and even offensive debate. At times, lawmakers also took partisan shots. Rep. Louis Gohmert, R-Texas, called for protections of politically conservative Jews on campus, although it was unclear whether he thought the bill would favor or under cut such protections. Rep. David Cicilline, D-R.I., who is Jewish, described a rise in anti-Semitism he said was spurred by President Donald Trump and his supporters from the alt-right. Rep. Trent Franks, RAriz., the committees deputy chairman, who at that point had assumed the gavel after Goodlatte absented himself, was outraged that the first president to stand in front of the Western Wall and pray could be called anti-Semitic! Cicilline asked for more time to explain. No, said Franks, and banged the gavel. land department store. For 30 years the couple worked side-by-side, with Shirley as merchandise buyer and store designer, while Peter handled the financial end. Schoenberger is the devot ed mother of three daughters, Tracy Weiss (Damon), Debby Weiss (Evan), and Lisa Nel son (Matt); as the well as the grandmother of seven grand children. She noted, One of my biggest joys is bringing my two grandsons, Noah and Jared, with me on visitations. I have enjoyed watching them become comfortable and compassionate around older adults. Read about Dolores Indeks special contributions to the senior community in next weeks Heritage. Please join the Jewish Pavilion at JP Connections, honoring volunteers Dolores Indek and Shirley Schoen berger on Thursday, Nov. 30 at 11 a.m. at Maison & Jardin Event Center in Altamonte Springs. Paid-Up Member ship Luncheon (join for just $36) includes Volunteer Ap preciation Event & Holiday Shopping Bazaar. Couvert, $28 Register online at www. jewishpavilion.org or call 407678-9363. motto, Live life to the fullest, and her total engagement in community and family are her parents legacy. Schoenberger has always been a people person, from her first job with the May Company (it merged with Macys in 2005) when she was 16. She comments, I always wanted to go in retail, but wound up being an X-ray tech nician. Later, when I met my husband, Peter, two dreams came true. Peter came from a retail backgroundhis family owned Havres, a Cleve By Josefin Dolsten NEW YORK (JTA)For many home cooks, spices are an afterthought, sprinkled on a dish lacking in flavor. Israeli-born, French-edu cated chef Lior Lev Sercarz wants to change that. If you want to make good food and beverages you need to know about spices, and I would like to help you know more about it, whether youre a home cook, whether youre a professional, Ser carz, 45, told JTA recently at La Boite, the small spice and biscuit shop he opened in the Hells Kitchen neighborhood of Manhattan. Since opening La Boite in 2011, Sercarz has amassed some 50 clients, including restaurants, bakeries and breweries, as well as cheese, popcorn and chocolate mak ers. He has also published two books about spice blend ing and created a unique line of spices for Eataly, a chain of luxury Italian upscale indoor markets. Now Sercarz, who grew up in a secular family on a kibbutz in the Israeli Galilee, but also lived in Belgium and Italy during his childhood, hopes to expand his work to his native country. He is working with the Jew ish National Fund-USA to create a culinary institute in the Galilee, with hopes of opening the first part of the program in two to three years. Its an idea that was in my head for many years, Ser carz said. I always felt bad that young men and women in Israel or the region dont necessarily have where to go to learn about cooking and the culinary studies. There are a few private schools now, which is great, but not at the scale that I would want it to be. At his shop, whose walls are lined with framed vials of the seeds, fruits, roots and bark from which spices are derived, Secarz offers 70 spice blends he has cre ated for the restaurants and food-related businesses with which he works, as well as some 85 blends for the gen eral public. Spice blends include com binations such as desert rose (halva, sesame and rose petals), pierre poivre (which contains eight dif ferent peppers) and apollonia (cocoa, orange blossom and pepper). A small container of the single spices costs $9 to $30; blends go for $13 to $27 for a small container (around two ounces, depending on the spice). The idea of the blends is that theyre not meant for a particular dish or recipe, he said. We really want to have people play around with them, and what you use today for a savory preparation you can use [tomorrow] for a sweet preparation or a bever age, so one blend can really be a solution for hundreds of different recipes. Sercarz says his Israeli school, which will be lo cated in the city of Kiryat Shemona, will be unique in that it wont only offer cook ing instruction. Sure, there will be instruction in bread making, cheesemaking, beer brewing and, of course, spice mixing. But students can also learn about a variety of food-related fields such as food science and technology, agriculture, and food writing and advertising. There isnt anything like that that exists in the world. Were really aiming to be a very unique place, Sercarz said. Israels Bishulim and Danon culinary schools, both of which offer professional cooking and pastry classes, and the Culinary Institute of Israel, which offers study abroad programs for cook ing, are among the current options available in Israel. Sercarzs school will focus on the direct connection be tween agriculture and cook ing, JNF Communications Director Adam Brill told JTA in an email. JNF is currently assessing the funding needs for the school, he said. This one-of-a-kind acad emy will allow students to learn directly from the farm ers and growers who produce the ingredients they cook with. Unlike most schools where students encounter those ingredients for the first time in the kitchen, at the academy, classes can take place out in the fields where they are grown, Brill said. Sercarz knows a thing or two about cooking. He earned a degree from at the Paul Bocuse Institute in Lyon, France, whose founder is a heavyweight in the nouvelle cuisine cooking method. He later relocated to New York, where he worked with the famed chef Daniel Boulud at his flagship res taurant, Daniel. But after six years at Dan iel, Sercarz wanted to change directions. He started ex perimenting at home with spices and cookie baking, earning him praise from friends. In 2011, after three years of working with spices at home while maintaining a gig at a corporate dining hall, he decided to pursue his passion full-time, open ing La Boite. Sercarz, who lives on the Upper West Side, also sells cookies, which he flavors with nuts, chocolate, dried fruits and, naturally, spices. An eight-ounce box sells for $65. He draws inspiration from Jewish and Israeli cuisine, as well as his own fam ily background. Sercarz is three-quarters Ashkenazi, but jokes that luckily he has a Tunisian grandfather. His grandmother would in corporate the flavor of her husbands country into her European cooking. Youd find the mamaliga, the Eastern European ver sion of the Italian [polenta], with harissa in it, so a very interesting mixture of cui sines, which worked great, he recalled. Sercarz says cooks shouldnt be afraid to mix spices from different cui sines, like his grandmother. I think the fact that you werent born in India doesnt mean that you cannot do [cooking with Indian] spic esyou should, he said So you could make a meatloaf or an eggplant parmesan and add seasoning from there. I dont think youre insulting anybody. I think that the fact that your grandmother from Italy was making chicken parm a certain way, you can still honor her by continuing making chicken parm, but you can play with flavors a little bit. Israeli chef wants to shake up the way you think about spices
HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, NOVEMBER 17, 2017 PAGE 15A UCF students holding some of Noam Bedeins photographs. Bedein is kneeling in front in the blue shirt. Dead Sea From page 1A later, when he realized the majority of those same salty structures appeared to be out of the water and more visible. While climate change has helped Bedein capture the hidden beauty beneath the Dead Sea, it comes at a great cost. With the structures out of water, they fall victim to in tense dry heat, and over time, can breakdown and crumble. In his presentation, Bedein stated that scientists estimate that the sea level drops one and a half meters a year, and by 2050, the Dead Sea will be nothing more than a puddle. At UCF, Bedein filled a lec ture room with a captivating photo exhibit of his findings in the northern portion of the Dead Sea. He explained to us how climate change has left a large ecological footprint, not only on the Dead Sea, but on the Jordan River as well. A huge source of the Dead Seas water supply comes from the Jordan River, whose depth has also been reduced significantly. As a result, whats left of the Jordan River can no longer sustainably replenish the Dead Sea. To day, Israel and her neighbors in the Palestinian Authority Territories, Syria, Jordan, and even Saudi Arabia, are look ing to find viable solutions that would save the lowest point on Earth from reaching even lower depths. To help make light of a dark situation, Bedein brought out his virtual reality demonstra tion, made with the help of CNN VR Productions. Twice a month, Bedein takes tourists and Israeli citizens with him on his expedition but since he couldnt bring his audience to the Dead Sea, Bedein brought the Dead Sea to his audience. One by one, students impa tiently waited to try on the VR headset and see what its like to explore the Dead Sea. It was an experience that had us craving the real thing, and I dont doubt that many of these students will visit the sea on their next trip to the Holy Land. After speaking with stu dents across the country, Bedein believes that there is an environmental activist in all of us. By continuing to reach out to colleges as he did for the students of UCF, Bedein hopes to evoke an appreciation for the Dead Seas beauty and inspire his audience to do what they can in order to keep the Dead Sea afloat. Jake Suster is a CAMERA Fellow as well as a finance major in his third year at the University of Central Florida. Beards From page 11A #MeToo, Press shared a photo from the Aleph Male Facebook page with the caption The Aleph Male respects and honors the feminine. This is an example of toxic masculinity, and as a man what can I do to respond to that? Press remembers thinking. Part of it is educat ing men about a higher vision of what masculinity is about. Glick From page 4A the ayatollahs domestic op ponents. It would pin down Iranian forces by arming and Kampeas From page 5A Sharkansky From page 5A Now perhaps for the first time, Jews have maintained a strong nation where they are a large majority, capable of resisting pressure and enmity from countries large and small. The economy and culture suggest what Jews can do when not restrained by quotas, gentlemens agree ments, or suspicious neigh bors and employers. The notion of a bi-national points on Hariris resignation and on the kingdoms inter vention in Yemen. Jonathan Schanzer, the vice president of the Founda tion for Defense of Democ racies, said the Netanyahu government was seizing an obvious opportunity. Hariris resignation is just one more indicator of a possible regional architecture that could be built between the Sunni states and Israel, he said. If MBS succeeds in creating a modern Saudi Ara bia, one can imagine a Saudi Arabia somewhere down the line where Israel and Saudi Arabia could have open ties. Schanzer cautioned, how ever, But we are in very early days. Nimrod Novik, a former Israeli peace negotiator, said Saudi Arabias sudden sum moning of Abbas was another Press came up with the idea of making a beard balm after a trip last year to Uman, Ukraine, where tens of thou sands of Jews make a Rosh Hashanah pilgrimage to visit the grave of Rabbi Nachman, the founder of the Breslov Hasidic movement. I was in Uman and saw in the synagogue next to [the grave of] Rabbi Nachman of Breslov, there was a guy praying there, and he had this huge red beard, and I was like that guy is inside of me but Im afraid to be that guy. And then I just decided I was going to grow my beard, recalled Press, whose full-time job is running a digital marketing agency. Concerned about making sure he still maintained a pro fessional image at work, Press experimented with making a beard balm at home. The result was a hit among friends and a year later he started sell ing it. Since then he has sold some 200 cans, split evenly between customers in Israel and the United States. He also recently started selling the balm in a Tel Aviv barbershop. People arent just using Aleph Male for beards. Haredi Orthodox men are using the balm to style their sidelocks, and a woman recently told him she was using it on her split ends. Press also sells T-shirts with the Aleph Male logo, and is hoping to expand to beard oil, brushes and grooming products Besides making beards soft and pleasant-smelling, and providing a new vision for masculinity, Press hopes his beard balm can help show a different side to Judaism. A lot of people associate Judaism with this boring religion, whereas Judaism is actually a very sensual religion, he said. And when I say sensual, I mean being connected to our sensesin terms of tastes, and food, and smell and sounds, the sounds of shofar, the smell of the etrog, the smell of the Havdalah spices. Were a very physical religion, and so part of what the Aleph Male scents are about is also educating and highlighting these aspects of Jewish culture. state, as opposed to a Jewish state, is something that can increase Jewish tempers. The reality is that we al ready have a bi-national state, or maybe a multi-national state, taking account of eth nic/racial differences among the Jews, and the many people who identify as Jews but are not recognized as such by the Rabbinate. Yet none should expect Israel to give up the Judaic symbols of flag, anthem, Law of Return that favors Jews, and the verbiage in its Declaration of Independence. Arab citizens, and Arab residents of Jerusa lem who have rejected Israeli citizenship, can accept a great deal of accommodation, and better overall standards of living and politics than in any other Middle Eastern country, without aspiring to undoing history. Israels prominent minor ity lives better, and is more thoroughly integrated, for the most part, than the prominent American minority. Israeli Arabs have only one-tenth the chance of be ing incarcerated as African Americans, and Israeli Arab males, on the average, live five and one half years longer than African American males. Peace and harmony are not on the horizon. Issues of boundaries, mutual recogni tion, along with a number of detailed disputes seem insoluble. However, a lot of people, Jews and Arabs, seem to have reached a higher level of accommodation than the politicians claiming to rep resent them. We might also worry about the fragility of Palestinian society and politics. They have high levels of unemployment, corruption, and crime. But those conditions also appear in many other countries. Concerns about the future of Palestine is somewhere in the category with concerns about stability throughout the Third World, along with the escalating tensions between Spain and Catalonia, and that strange man who is President of the United States. With respect to Palestine, the best bet, along with all the appropriate worries, is that it would be stupid to overlook the advantages of economic development. Ira Sharkansky, Irashark@ gmail.com. Comments wel come. positive sign signaling Crown Prince Mohammeds moder ating tilt. Novik, who is now the Israel Fellow of the Israel Policy Forum, said it was significant that the sum mons came a week or so after a quiet visit to Saudi Arabia by Kushner, President Donald Trumps son-in-law and senior adviser. The Trump administration wants Abbas to reassert control of the Gaza Strip, which is controlled by Hamas. Saudi Arabia, working with other Sunni moderates in Egypt, the United Arab Emir ates and Jordan, is pressing Abbas to take the necessary risks by offering him a bullet proof vest, as Novik put ita change from previous years when the Saudi tendency was to offer only qualified backing for Israeli-Palestinian peace moves. I would have loved to have been a fly on the wall in Ri yadh, he said. Lets not get carried away. There are lots of risks for Israel in the recent upheaval. Daniel Shapiro, a former U.S. ambassador there who is now a fellow at the Institute for National Security Studies in Israel, said Israel should be wary of being drawn into a war with Hezbollahone that would damage Hezbollah, a key goal of Crown Prince Mohammed, but one that would cost Saudi Arabia little and Israel plenty. Israel and Saudi Arabia may be strategically aligned in seeking to contain Iran, Shapiro said, but they are not tactically aligned. He said Hezbollah may take the bait, as it suffers from a blow to its ambitions to be a Lebanese unifier. It may accelerate the con frontation Hezbollah already wants with Israel because [war with Israel] would be a unify ing event for the Lebanese, Shapiro said. And whatever Netanyahu says, a temporary tactical alliance does not mean longterm peace benefits, said two Persian Gulf scholars with the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, Simon Henderson and Lori Plotkin Boghardt. Boghardt said the Saudis may be coordinating with Israel behind the scenes, but there are not yet incentives to make the relationship open. Henderson, joining her in a conference call for reporters, said there remained plenty of disincentives, preeminently popular opinion, noting the hostile reception for Israeli athletes at a judo competition in Abu Dhabi. Thats an indication of the difficulty of selling a proIsraeli policy to these people, Henderson said. What about Jared? Kushner said his visit to Saudi Arabia was simply to advance Israeli-Palestinian peace. Accompanying him to Riyadh was Jason Greenblatt, whose mission is brokering the peace. Greenblatt con tinued on to Israel and the Palestinian areas. Iran prefers to see a con spiracy. Javad Zarif, its foreign minister, said on Twitter that Kushners visit led to Hariris bizarre resignation while abroad. That was the buzz in Wash ington as well. David Ignatius, the Wash ington Post columnist known for his deep sources in the U.S. intelligence community, wrote after the events in Ri yadh that it was probably no accident that last month, Jared Kushner, Trumps senior adviser and son-in-law, made a personal visit to Riyadh. The two princes are said to have stayed up until nearly 4 a.m. several nights, swapping stories and planning strategy. Trump may have boosted the conspiracy theories late Monday when he tweeted his support for Crown Prince Mohammeds crackdown. I have great confidence in King Salman and the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia, they know exactly what they are doing, he said on Twitter. The Brookings Institutions Wittes said that if anything, MBS was taking cues not from Kushner or anyone else in the Trump administration, but instead is filling a vacuum created from what at times has seemed to be a rudderless U.S. foreign policy. The U.S. government is not putting anything on the table, she said. In the absence of that, what youre seeing is Israel and Saudi Ara bia trying to pull the United States into the region. otherwise assisting the Iraqi Kurds to defend and maintain their control over their terri tory along the Iranian border while strengthening the ties between Iranian Kurds and Iraqi Kurds. Friday, Trump created the possibility for such a strategy. It is up to members of Con gress, and US allies like Israel and the Sunni Arab states to help Trump conceive and implement it. If they fail, the possibility Trump created will be lost, perhaps irrevocably. Originally published in The Jerusalem Post. Caroline Glick is the senior Middle East Fellow at the Center for Security Policy in Washington, DC, the deputy managing editor of The Jeru salem Post and a contributor to the Jewish World Review.
PAGE 16A HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, NOVEMBER 17, 2017 rf rntbn rrrn rfrntbr r Andrew Tobin Israelis pole dancing at the Jose Rodriguez Dance Studio in Tel Aviv, Oct. 15, 2017. nel, Sport5, by removing his shirtshowing off his buff, tattooed physiqueand per forming feats of strength and balance on the pole. Most men laugh until they see what we really do, he said. Ive been getting a lot more interest lately from straight men, who want to learn power tricks to do on the beach, like flags and backflips. Rodrigues aspires to even tually go to the Olympics, or at least send an Israeli team. One day, hopefully I can get a win for Israel. That would be the dream, he said. It is not entirely a fantasy. The Global Association of International Sports Fed eration, or GAISF, this month gave the International Pole Sport Federation observer status, provisionally recog nizing pole dance as a sport. According to a Washington Post story on the develop ment, full recognition by the organization serves as a great boost for any sport hoping to one day land in the Olympics. Other newly minted ob servers include the World Dodgeball Association and International Table Soccer Federationalso known as foosball. In announcing the picks, GAISF President Pat rick Baumann said the orga nization would do everything possible to help these sports realize their full potential and one day maybe become part of the Olympic program. Whether or not that hap pens, pole dancing is experi encing increased legitimacy in the Jewish state. Nofar Partosh, a 25-yearold law student at Tel Aviv University, says pole danc ing has become a lot more socially acceptable, allowing her to be more public about her hobbyat least partially. There are tons of studios these days, and you see stories all the time on TV or in the newspaper, she said. I still dont discuss it at school or work, just because those are more formal places. But my friends know, and my dad talks about it openly with me now. But for pole dance to truly be taken seriously and reach its full potential, Rodrigues thinks it needs to shun the kind of eroticism on display at strip clubswhich are ubiquitous but increasingly criticized in Israel. I dont want to see my girls on high heels touching their boobs, he said. Thats the stereotype we need to get away fromthat this is something for gay men and easy women. Yet even among its most avid followers, not everyone agrees with Rodrigues vision for the future of Israeli pole dancing. Neta Lee Levy, 37, who in 2009 opened the countrys first studio in Tel Aviv, teaches a variety of styles at her two Funky Pole Dance Goddess Is rael locations. Among them is exotic pole dance, which bor rows moves from strip clubs, though not the nudity. Levy says she used to be a vocal advocate for pole dance to be considered a sport, but has recently found herself pushing in the other direction. Im actually going a little back and saying, yes, its a sport, but its not just a sport, she said. Its also a form of art and fitness and community and a way to be sexy. In 2013, Ayelet Finkelstein, 30, the daughter of a religious Zionist rabbi, opened a wom en-only studio in Jerusalem that teaches exotic pole dance. Many of her students are Orthodox women and girls, she says. Although she says she turns away women who identify themselves as strippers, Fin kelstein sees sexuality as an essential part of pole dances appeal and power. I think its wonderful that pole dance is becoming so athletic and that its probably going to end up in the Olym pics, she said. To disconnect it completely from strip clubs I agree with. But I think its also fun that its sexy. Women connect and relate to that. Rodrigues acknowledges his sporty not sexy view point may also be informed by old-fashioned values, as odd as that may seem. Born and raised strictly Catholic in South Africa, he studied at the Chabad House in Johan nesburg and now identifies as Jewish. Israels haredi Orthodox-dominated Chief Rabbinate has thus far refused to convert him, which would entitle him to citizenship, but this year he was granted a work visa in recognition of his contributions to pole dancing in Israel. I feel like Ive built some thing great here, he said. I just want to stick around to see it through. The latest craze in Israel: pole dancing By Andrew Tobin TEL AVIV (JTA)As Hebrew pop music blares, a half-dozen young Israelis swing around stripper poles. Clad in skimpy spandex outfits, the men and women dance, twirl and flip above the hardwood floor. On the sunny street outside the dance studio, passers-by stop to gawk through the picture windows. Some giggle guiltily, while others snap photos with their cellphones. They could be forgiven for assuming the performance was somehow connected to the strip club located across the beachside plaza. But studio owner Jose Rodrigues says he puts his pole dancing classes on display in hope of drawing a distinction. I love it when people watch, he told JTA, laugh ing. Stare through the glass, come inside. Youll see we are doing a real sport. And over there, he added, gesturing in the direction of the notorious Pussycat strip club, theyre doing... some thing different. By bringing pole dancing out of the strip clubs and into the daylight, Rodrigues and other instructors in Israel have helped make it a national sensation and a legitimate sportor at least almost legitimate. In the Jewish state, pole dancing has come a long way in a short time: Less than a decade ago it could not be found outside strip clubs. Today there are at least 18 places to take pole dancing classes across the country. Thousands of womenalong with fewer numbers of men and childrenhave joined the trend. Rodrigues, 28, who moved to Israel from South Africa in 2012, can take some credit for pole dancings recently elevated status. A former professional ballet dancer, he has assumed a leading role in professionalizing the practice in his adopted country. In addition to his work as an instructor, Rodrigues in 2014 founded the Israel chapter of the International Pole Sport Federation, which mandates a non-erotic, gymnastics-like form of pole performance. Every year since he has or ganized the Israel Pole Sports Championship, in which members of about a dozen local studios compete. The winner qualifies for the World Pole Sport Championships, which is held every year in one of the member countries. Rodrigues also promotes an athletic image of pole dance in the media. In recent years he has appeared repeatedly in newspaper and TV stories. Earlier this month, he im pressed incredulous anchors on Israels main sports chan