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WWW.HERITAGEFL.COM YEAR 42, NO. 12 NOVEMBER 24, 2017 6 KISLEV, 5778 ORLANDO, FLORIDA SINGLE COPY 75 Editorials ..................................... 4A Op-Ed .......................................... 5A Calendar ...................................... 6A Scene Around ............................. 9A Synagogue Directory ................ 11A JTA News Briefs ........................ 13A Fellowship Church in Win ter Springs presents Rabbi Eliezer Waldman on Tuesday evening, Nov. 28. He will be sharing the most current information regarding the Temple Mount and the worlds solidarity against Israel. Rabbi Eliezer Waldman is the founder and Rabbi Emeritus of the Nir College of Judaic Studies, a Hesder Yeshiva located in Kiryat Arba, Israel. (Kiryat Arba was the first community to be established in Biblical Israel after the 1967 war and one which Rabbi Waldman and his family helped pioneer.) Born in Israel and educated in the United States, he is a former Knesset member and a widely sought religious and political analyst. His writings have appeared in The Jewish Central Florida Hillel students turn out in force for AIPAC Students from Central Florida Hillel attend the AIPAC annual event with Senator Joe Leiberman, who graciously spent time with the students afterwards entertaining their questions and sharing stories. The event brought out over 270 Orlandoan AIPAC supporters. Pam Kancher This week, the Holocaust Center, located in Maitland, launched the first media campaign in the organiza tions 30-year history to raise awareness of its mission to combat racism, bigotry and bullying. While the Center has run ads in the past, the campaign, Make Hate History, aims to increase the Centers profile and attract new visitors and supporters. It uses provoca tive messages that highlight recent incidents across the nation, and right in our own backyard, to inspire activism. Ads will run for six months in newspapers, on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and out door boards throughout Cen tral Florida and feature bold headlines set against a bright Holocaust Center launches ad campaign to Make Hate History yellow background. They are the first wave of a multi-media effort which the organization hopes will grow to include television spots, YouTube videos and user-generated content on social media. The Center is responding to disturbing acts of hatred such as the violent protests in Charlottesville, bomb threats to Jewish community centers and increased bullying on school campuses. One needs only to turn on the TV or scroll through Face book to feel overwhelmed by the rise of hate speech and the targeting of minoritieseven in our own community, said Pam Kancher, executive direc tor of the Holocaust Center. We dont have to feel afraid or angry or defeated. We can raise our voices and make a difference. Last January, Kancher dis covered a swastika at her front door. Last fall, Lake Brantley High School in Seminole County found a rash of the Nazi symbols painted on its campus. This month, the KKK sent out recruitment flyers in nearby Flagler Beach. We want our community, and those beyond our region, to not only be aware that we are a long-standing resource and beacon, but to join us, said Mark Freid, president of the Holocaust Center board. This isnt a Jewish issue. This isnt a minority issue. This isnt a school issue. Hatred affects us all. This campaign is a call to action for everyone in this great, inclusive commu nity to continue to offer hope, healing and acceptance. In addition to the cam bono by the award-winning Orlando creative agency, Push, which also created #KeepDancingOrlando last year after its team members were deeply affected by the Pulse tragedy. According to John Ludwig, Push CEO, We are always looking to use the endless talent here at the agency to become involved in the daily conversations and concerns that affect our city and the world. To truly Make Hate History, we knew we had to join the Holocaust Center in its mission and use those same talents to drive their message home. For more information about the Holocaust Center and the campaign, go to or contact Pam Kancher, execu tive director of the Holocaust Center, 407-628-0555. paign, the Holocaust Center is launching a fundraising effort that will support com munity programming and exhibits that carry out its mission. The ads were created proJoe Wittenstein, ZL Joseph Wittenstein, ZL, (1914-2008) had a remarkable grasp of the Orlando-area his tory and an ability to recall details from most of the 20th century that proved invaluable in understanding the citys past. Wittenstein also enriched Central Florida through his wide civic and philanthropic involvement. For these rea sons and more, the Orange County Regional History Center is honoring Wittenstein posthumously with the Donald A. Cheny Award on Nov. 30 at the Center. The Donald A. Cheny Award recognizes the champions of the Central Florida com munity, who embody a love, reverence and unfailing dedi cation for the areas history. It celebrates its namesake, Judge Donald A. Cheney (1889-1983), founder of the Orange County Historical So ciety and the History Center. During the nations Bicen tennial celebration, 19751976, Wittenstein researched and wrote a history about Jewish settlers in Orange Joe Wittenstein honored County that became an es sential document in the Historical Societys research collection. It is on display during Kehillah: A History of Jewish Life in Greater Orlando through Feb. 20, 2018. The event to honor Wit tenstein will be held Nov. 30 at the History Center, 65 E. Central Blvd., from 6 p.m.7:30 p.m. RSVP to Amanda Henry, 407-836-7046. What about the Temple Mount? Press, Arutz Sheva, The Je rusalem Post and numerous other publications and blog sites. His teachings on such topics as the Biblical Festivals, Jewish Philosophy and G-ds coming redemption of the world through His People, Is rael, are always faith building and encouraging. These are extremely precarious times in the Land, so please plan on joining us to bless Rabbi Waldman in his endeavor. The meeting will be held at Fellowship Church, 5340 Red Bug Lake Road, Winter Springs, FL 32708 from 7:309 p.m. in the fel lowship hall (Oneg Room). Light refreshments will be served following the meeting. Any questions please contact the church office at 407-6991011. JERUSALEM (JTA)The Palestinian Authority has threatened to suspend com munications with the United States if moves ahead with closing the Palestine Libera tion Organizations office in Washington, D.C. Senior Palestinian nego tiator Saeb Erekat said in a statement posted on social media that the Palestinians would put on hold all our communications with this American administration. The State Department has Palestinians threaten to cut ties refused to renew permission for the PLO to operate its office in Washington, D.C., for the first time since in about three decades. The decision can be overturned if President Don ald Trump determines that the Palestinians have entered into direct and meaningful negotiations with Israel.


PAGE 2A HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, NOVEMBER 24, 2017 Gerald Biegel and Genia Kutner, with Missy. Holocaust survivors Genia Kutner and Gerald Biegel will share their stores with high school students (and anyone else) at Oviedo High School on Dec. 11. This program was originally scheduled for Sept. 12, but thanks to Hurricane Irma, it was postponed. The program, dedicated to unity, is titled One Day Starts Today, and is presented by the Jewish Student Union, JOIN Orlando and StandWithUs. JSU is an after-school club, run by teenagers, that strives to build a community where unity is the priority. Doors open at 6 p.m. and the program will begin at 6:30 p.m. Oviedo High School is lo cated at 601 King St., Oviedo. For more information, contact Daniel Nabatian at or call 516-426-8484. JSU event at Oviedo High School rescheduled for Dec. 11 of Dazzio Art Gallery in St. Petersburg, Florida. She re ceived her B. S. degree in art education from the University of New Hampshire. Her gradu ate work was completed at the Massachusetts College of Art and Boston University. Dazzio lived several years in Louisiana where she taught art and eventually became the State director of Art Educa tion. After moving to Florida, she continued to teach and paint. She has exhibited in many one-person, gallery and museum shows in both the United States and the United Kingdom. Dazzio has been painting most of her life, and her work can be found in many collections throughout the world. Her style is considered expressionistic and in most cases includes people. Dazzio has never forgotten the story of the Holocaust Survivor who spoke to her sixth-grade class. She recalls, I can still see her holding up those faded pictures of her children that had been killed, and remember how she started crying when she talked about them... She doesnt remember her name, nor has she been able to find out who she was, but as a 12-year-old schoolgirl, Dazzio made a promise: one day, she was going to honor the extraordinary woman whose story cannot be for gotten. Over the course of 10 years, this St. Petersburg, Fla.-based artist fulfilled her promise. The Profound Ef fect visually represents the testimony of this Holocaust Survivor through intense color and vivid, deeply emo tional imagery. Equal parts beautiful and haunting, this exhibit will have a profound effect on you, too. Make your reservations today to take advantage of this is a wonderful opportunity to meet the artist and hear her account of what lead her, a non-Jewish woman, to become emotionally invested in the Holocaust. The couvert is $10 per per son and full donor credit is offered to all members. This very special event is open to the public. RSVP to Nancy Greenfield at or 407-415-6892. Judith Dazzio The Profound Effect art event presented by Hadassah On Sunday, Dec. 10, 2017, The Orlando Chapter of Hadassah will host a private showing of Holocaust Art by Judith Dazzio at The Ho locaust Center in Maitland beginning at 1 p.m. Dazzio will personally pres ent and discuss her paintings followed by an afternoon tea catered by Arthurs Orlando Catering. Judith Dazzio is the owner and lead instructor at Dazzio Art Experience School of Art. She is also the proprietor The Orlando Chapter of Ha dassah is pleased to announce that author Ellen Brazer will make an exclusive appear ance for Orlando Hadassah on Tuesday, Dec. 5, at 11:30 a.m. at Congregation Ohev Shalom to present her latest work, The Wondering Jew: My Journey into Judaism. It all began with a promise: a promise I made to my father, a promise that led me on a journey into the heart and soul of Judaism. The result is this book, filled with in tensely personal stories that helped me unlock some of the complicated teachings that make Judaism such a difficult religion to understand. The reader will learn, in a very unique way, the basics of the Jewish religion: Torah, Hebrew Bible, the holidays and the traditions. You will laugh, you will cry, you will question as you are chal lenged to contemplate the mysteries of Judaism: angels and reincarnation, reward and punishment, good and evil. I hope you will join me on this journey of discovery and wonder. Brazer is an award-winning author, and the recipient of Hadassahs prestigious Myrtle Wreath Award, an award previ ously presented to the late Mia Angelou. Her book Clouds Across the Sun has been listed on Amazon under the best Holocaust related novels. And So It Was Written premiered as a bestseller under Jewish Literature on Amazon. In the past three Hadassah hosts a luncheon with author Ellen Brazer Dolores Indek enjoys dessert after her Heritage interview. By Christine DeSouza The theme for this years JP Connections should be smiles, because the lyrics Who can turn the world on with her smile? (theme song for the Mary Tyler Moore TV show) can be applied to JP honoree Shirley Schoenberger; and honoree Dolores Indeks daily goal is to put a smile on peoples faces. The annual Jewish Pavilion luncheon recognizes two vol unteers who have gone above the call of duty in volunteer work. However, it isnt a duty to either of these women but truly their hearts desire to help people. The gift of making people happy is ingrained in Indek. When she was a little girl, she would go with her grand mother to visit her greatgrandmother in a nursing home. My grandma used to go every day. Shed fill her bags with her cookies and Challah and all, and I had my dolls and stuff and shed say, What are we going to do today, Dolores? and Id say, Were going to put a smile on peoples faces. Indek likes to visit with people who never have some one visit them, and she still takes her dolls and bears that talk and sing and dance with her to visit the ones who seem to be forgotten. This is what she does at the Pavilionvisits one-on-one with people. Currently, she isnt visiting one particular person, so she is also the go-for person if anyone at the agency needs something. Heywhatever you need, Ill get it is her attitude. And when Program Director Julie Levitt calls her and tells her of someone new, she will be there with her bears to make that person smile. Although Indek does not JP Connections honoree, Dolores Indek, puts smiles on peoples faces volunteer to receive awards, she has had many awards throughout her life. When she worked at Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control, she was the first recipient of the Dolores R. Indek com munity service awardthats rightthe award was named after her. She was also the first recipient honored by Lockheed Martin Corporation with its highest community service award. Indek started at Martin as a typist and studied finance at Rollins College at night. While working her regular job, she also handled all the community service projects at the corporation. Young and old, Indek has helped them all. She was involved with Junior Achieve ment for 43 years. Working with the Orange County School System, she tutored children one-on-one in the Read to Succeed program. In dek also taught the economics of staying in school to young men in the 33rd Street Orange County jail. She inspired the young men to be successful in life, and once brought in the Olympic torch she was selected to carry for a half mile down Orange Ave. in 1996. She told them that she wasnt a popular kid in school. She was just someone no one would remember, but here she was a torch carrier for the Olympics. Saying these encouraging words is one thing, getting young men to listen is an other. Indek was smart. She asked if she could let the men teach her basketball. I love basketball, so I said to the guys, Listen, my free shot is really bad, can you give me some pointers? They taught her, and she won their confidence. Indek loves volunteering at the Jewish Pavilion, but her first love is JFS Orlandos Pearlman Emergency Pantry where she hands out bags of food on Tuesdays and babysits during classes for parents. Helping the poor and home less is a part of Indeks life. Her grandfather had a restaurant in Miami and he hired the homeless to work for him. She saw so many things as she waited tables for him. Once a family camea husband, his wife and four children. They ordered hot water and then put ketchup in the water. She went to her grandfather and said, I think those people are poor. Why do you think that? he asked. They put ketchup in their water to make soup, she replied. Give them a menu and tell them to order whatever they want, and tell them to order something to take home later. Indek never forgot that kindness. In addition to volunteer ing at Jewish Pavilion and JFS Orlando, Indek works in Congregation Ohev Shaloms gift shop on Wednesdays, and she recently viewed 100 films to help whittle the selections down to six for the Jewish Film Festival. Dolores Indek is someone to be remembered. After all, putting a smile on someones face is what it is all about. The Jewish Pavilions JP Connections luncheon honor ing these two fabulous ladies will be held Thursday, Nov. 30, at 11 a.m. at Maison & Jardin Event Center, 430 Wymore Rd. in Altamonte Springs. The paid-up membership luncheon (join for just $36) includes the Volunteer Ap preciation event and holiday shopping bazaar. Couvert is $28. Register online at www. or call 407678-9363. years Brazer has spoken to over 6,000 people at venues throughout the country. Two of her short stories ap peared in the Carnegie Melon Anthology. She has recently had the honor of being invited to join the Jewish National Fund Speakers Bureau and The Jewish Federation Speakers Bureau. Even though Brazer has written three very different kinds of books: one Holocaust related, one ancient Jewish history and one nonfiction, one thing remains constant in her books; a deep and abiding love for Israel and the Jewish people. Brazer resides in South Beach with her husband, Mel. Between them they have six children and 13 grandchil dren plus, plus, plus! She is active in the community and particularly in Jewish affairs and organizations. Join Hadassah for Lunch with Ellen Brazer on Tuesday, Dec. 5, at Congregation Ohev Shalom at 11:30 a.m. The public is welcome to attend. Reservations are required. Couvert is $14. 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HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, NOVEMBER 24, 2017 PAGE 3A Washington, D.C.The RJC released the following statement from Executive Director Matt Brooks: Today, the House Commit tee on Foreign Affairs took a big step to enhance the security of Americans and Israelis. Sponsored by Rep resentatives Doug Lamborn and Lee Zeldin, the Taylor Force Act takes the steps nec essary to cut off American taxpayer money from going to the Palestinian Authority while the PA continues to encourage and incentivize the murder and injury of Israelis and Americans. The passage of the Taylor Force Act by the House Foreign Affairs Committee now paves the way for passage of the bill by the full House of Representatives. This bill, spearheaded by Republicans in the House and Senate, is in line with our partys rock solid commitment to our great ally, Israel. The RJC is very proud to have been the first and stron gest supporter of the Taylor Force Act, and we promise to continue our dogged work to pass the bill. Statement on passing the Taylor Force Act ( complaint filed by New Jerseys Attorney General Christopher Porrino this week alleges that the New Jersey township of Mahwah has introduced laws that openly discriminate against Orthodox Jews, aimed at deterring them from moving into the area. A nine-count complaint filed on Tuesday accuses the towns public officials of us ing methods implemented by white flight suburbanites in the 1950s to keep AfricanAmericans from moving into their neighborhoods. The lawsuit centers on two laws, introduced in the town last summer, that were purportedly created to deter religious Jews from moving to Mahwah from New York. The first ordinance, which became law in July, bans out-of-state residents from utilizing the towns public parks and recreational fa cilities. The second ordinance, which did not become law, extended a prohibition on placing signs on utility polls to include any device, in an attempt to ban religiously observant Jews from using the poles to create an eruv that would enable them to carry items and push stroll ers on Shabbat. The complaint also chal lenges actions the township has taken to have an existing eruv removed, reads Por rinos complaint. The complaint, filed in Bergen County Superior Court, seeks to block the two edicts and the return of more than $3.4 million that the town received in Green Acres Grants from the state of New Jersey. Jersey town sued over laws deterring Orthodox Jews By and United with Israel Staff Mexico has reportedly an nounced that it will change its voting strategy at the United Nations (UN) and other international bodies by stopping to vote in favor of the Palestinians. According to Israels Ye dioth Ahronoth daily, Mexican Foreign Minister Luis Figari contacted Israeli Ambassador to Mexico Yoni Pelad and told him of the shift in strategy for all upcoming voting pro cedures related to the IsraeliPalestinian conflict. The report said that Mexico will change from voting in favor of the Palestinians to abstaining or voting for Is raels interests. The report comes as Mexico earlier this month sided with Israel in a UNESCO vote. In mid-September, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu made his first-ever official visit to Mexico. During his historic visit to Latin America, Prime Min ister Benjamin Netanyahu met with Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto in Mexico City and signed several agree ments that bolster the ties and cooperation between the two countries. During the same month, Israel provided humanitarian aid to the country following a powerful earthquake there. Mexico will not forget the aid it received from Israel fol lowing the earthquake that left over 300 people dead and thousand injured and displaced, Mexican Ambas sador to Israel Pablo Macedo Riba said as he greeted the IDF aid delegation upon their to Israel. Right after the earth quake, the prime minister ordered this amazing del egation be dispatched, and all of this happened during Rosh Hashana (Jewish New Year), and we appreciate it very much. With the good of your hearts, you conquered the heart of Mexico and of the Mexican People, the ambassador said as he teared up. The delegation, which consisted of nearly 70 para medics, rescue workers, and engineers, was sent out on the eve of Rosh Hashana to assist in the relief efforts in Mexico amid the destruction caused by a 7.1 quake. Mexico to stop supporting Palestinians At its 2017 National Con ference in South Florida, the Jewish National Fund announced plans to expand its Alexander Muss High School in Israel and build a state-of-the-art park in Beer Sheva. These new projects will further transform Beer Sheva as a part of JNFs goal to revitalize Southern Israel through its Blueprint Negev initiative. While Beer Sheva is Israels second largest city, twice the size of Tel Aviv, it ranks sixth in terms of population. Today, the city is in the midst of a renaissance as it becomes Israels water city in the desert. JNFs projects are changing Beer Shevas image among both residents and tourists. In fact, Beer Sheva is easily the most likely Israeli city to become known on an international scale, thanks to its public works and bustling city streets. I am so grateful to be here in Florida with Jewish Nation al Funds donors, said Beer Sheva Mayor Ruvik Danilov ich. JNF is transforming our city, and we owe everything, all of our successes, to Jewish National Fund for Russell F. Robinsons [JNFs CEO] forward-thinking strategy and Blueprint Negev initia tive to bring 500,000 people here. I can tell you its going to happen. Beer Sheva, often referred to as the capital of the Negev, is the crown jewel of Jewish National Funds Blueprint Negev initiative which aims to improve quality of life for all residents of the region and encourage a population shift away from crowded, expensive central Israel. Danilovich is working with JNF to construct a new park that will increase the quality of life for the citys residents while also attracting new residents and tourists, providing a boost to the local economy. Previously, JNF has worked with Danilovich on several projects for the city including a 15,000 seat amphitheater, new infrastructure, a bridge that crosses the Beer Sheva River, and the destination site Abrahams Well. In ad dition, the centerpiece of JNFs efforts in the city is the development of the 1,300 acres Beer Sheva River Park, a world-class $300 million urban revitalization initia tive that has turned what was once a massive junkyard into a lush greenway for pedestrians and bicyclist and, as importantly, a space for family celebrations and community festivals. Jewish National Funds National Board president, Dr. Sol Lizerbram, an nounced plans to open a new campus in Beer Sheva for AMHSI-JNF. In addition to its campus in Hod HaSha ron, located just 20 minutes outside of Tel Aviv, this new campus will make is possible for AMHSI-JNF to bring some 5,000 students annu ally to Israel to take part in a choice of six-, eight-, or 16week sessionscurrently, AMHSI-JNF has roughly 1,200 students matriculat ing annually. The campus is expected to cost between $50-60 million and will bring new jobs to the community while also enabling addition al high school students from U.S. to experience Israel in an impactful way. The addition of a Beer Sheva campus is a double victory for Alexander Muss High School in Israel, said Joseph Wolfson, President of the AMHSI-JNF Board and Jewish National Funds National Board Assistant Vice President. We remain committed to a significant and continued growth in the student body, with teens com ing to learn with us from the United States, Australia and beyond, and this new location will allow us to facilitate that increase. Furthermore, we are proud to do our part in supporting the development of Beer Sheva, a city that our parent organization, Jewish National Fund, has been dedicated to for many years. Since 1972, AMHSI-JNF has been pioneering the academic and experiential study of Israel and Jewish history at the high school level. Students are inspired to live outside their books, encounter new ideas and challenge themselves to find their own link within the chain of Jewish continuity. Studying abroad isnt just for college students, time spent abroad during high school is the perfect way to enhance students resumes and help stand out when applying to top colleges. Throughout Jewish Nation al Funds three-day National Conference in South Florida, more than 1,200 people par ticipated and heard some of the most dynamic speakers in Jewish philanthropy today share their inspiring stories to continue building on the organizations strong con nection to Israel. In addition, the gathering also welcomed 250 students from over 100 campuses to attend JNFs Col lege Summit, making this the largest gathering of college students in Jewish National Funds history. Jewish National Funds 2018 National Conference will take place in Phoenix, Ari zona, on Oct. 26-29. 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PAGE 4A HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, NOVEMBER 24, 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: Editor/Publisher Jeffrey Gaeser Editor Emeritus Associate Editor News Editor Gene Starn Kim Fischer Christine DeSouza Account Executives Kim Fischer Marci Gaeser Contributing Columnists Jim Shipley Ira Sharkansky David Bornstein Ed Ziegler Production Department David Lehman Gil Dombrosky Joyce Gore Society Editor Gloria Yousha Office Manager Paulette Alfonso By Stephen M. Flatow Senior Trump administration officials reportedly are crafting a plan for Middle East peace. Based on the details that are available so far, friends of Israel have good reason for concern. According to a front-page New York Times report on Nov. 12, the administration is prepar ing what it considers to be an ultimate deal between Israel and the Palestinian Arabs. There appear to be two phases to the plan. Phase one will consist of confidencebuilding provisions by each side. The problem is that Israel will be expected to make new concessions, while the Palestinians will be asked to do things that they already committed to do in the Oslo Accords 24 years ago. In other words, Israel will be forced to pay yet again for the same rug that it bought more than two decades ago. According to the Times, the confidencebuilding measures Israel will be pressed to take will include halting Jewish construction in most of Judea and Samaria, publicly com mitting to creation of a Palestinian state, and handing over additional parts of the territories to the Palestinian Authority. All three of those actions go way beyond what the Oslo Accords obligate Israel to do. And what confidence-building gestures will the PA be asked to undertake? Resuming full security cooperation with Israelwhich the Oslo Accords already required it to do; holding off seeking further international recognitionwhich the Oslo Accords also required it to do; and ending payments to families of Palestinian terroristswhich is likewise an Oslo obligation, since the accords prohibit the PA from doing anything to encour age or incite terrorism. Giving out financial rewards for terrorism obviously encourages terrorism. Thats just phase one of Trumps ultimate plan. Phase two is even worse. The Trump plan, according to the Times, will be built around the so-called two state solution that has been the core of peacemaking efforts for years. Just when friends of Israel were feeling hopeful about the Trump administrations refusal to publicly endorse Palestinian statehood, it appears that our hopes were misplaced. To judge by the Times article, the current administration is laboring under the same delusion as its predecessorthe idea that creating a Palestinian state is the key to achieving peace. Heres what that means. Israel would be forced back to approximately the pre-1967 linesso that the middle of the country would be just nine miles wide. Planes landing and taking off from Ben Gurion Airport would be within striking distance of any terrorist with a shoulder-launched missile, standing inside the borders of Palestine. A sovereign Palestinian state would be able to important whatever weapons it wants. It could also invite in foreign volunteersthat is, Iranian troopsand there would be nothing Israel could do about it. In addition, a Palestinian state would mean that the central part of the historic Jewish homeland will be torn away from the Jewish people. Sometimes we lose sight of the fact that cities such as Shiloh, Shechem (Nablus) and Hebron are the ones mentioned in the Torah, not Tel Aviv or Haifa. Of course, creating a Palestinian state there would mean the mass expulsion of hundreds of thousands of Jews from their homes in those regions. What would Israel get in exchange? A piece of paper with essentially the same worthless promises that the Palestinian leadership made when the Oslo agreement was signed. No wonder the PAs envoy to Washington, Husam Zomlot, was quoted in the Times as heaping praise on the Trump initiative. If the Israel-haters of the PA love the plan, you can bet that spells trouble for Israel. The fact is that American peace plans have never led to peace between Israel and the Arabs, and never will. Whats needed to make peace is for the Arab world to stop making war. When the leaders of Egypt and Jordan decided, for their own reasonsnot because of any U.S. planthat it would be in their interest to stop waging war against Israel, peace treaties soon followed. The Palestinian Arabs, however, are still addicted to the strategy of signing peace ac cords (Oslo, Gaza-Jericho, Oslo II, Wye River) while continuing to wage war. The Trump administration should focus on getting the PA to honor the agreements it has already signed. That would advance peace a lot further than circulating yet another pie-in-the-sky peace plan. Stephen M. Flatow, a vice president of the Religious Zionists of America, is an attorney in New Jersey. He is the father of Alisa Flatow, who was murdered in an Iranian-sponsored Palestinian terrorist attack in 1995. Trumps Mideast peace plan takes shapeand its not good By Ben Cohen Another week, another centennial. Follow ing the Balfour Declarations milestone, its now time to look back on the 1917 Bolshevik Revolution in Russia, where a communist insurrection in St. Petersburg, then known as Petrograd, gave birth to a state that caused untold misery to millions for almost the re mainder of the 20th century. Led by Vladimir Lenin, the Bolsheviksthe majority faction of the Russian commu nistswere a tight-knit, fiercely revolution ary group. Its core members had shared the experience of exile in grand cities like London, Zurich, New York and Paris, as well as the brutalities and loneliness of imprisonment or deportation by the Tsarist authorities. Their organizing principle of democratic central ism left little room for any dissent, as Lenins literary eviscerations of his opponents attest. Had it all remained polemical, history would have been different. In its Russian setting, though, Bolshevik rule meant famine, death and an ever-intrusive police state. To begin with, Russia was hardly a natural candidate for a Marxist revolution, given its lack of industry, and its large mass of semi-literate peasants steeped in pre-modern superstitionspar ticularly about Jews. And Jews were a big presence in the Bolshe vik Party; about one-third of its leadership, in fact. But these leaders did not act for Jewish communal interests, nor did they consider themselves particularly Jewish. It is true that Lenins nationalities policy enabled Jewish equality and a flowering of Yiddish newspapers, theater and literature, but it is equally true that he opposed any form of Jewish political selfdetermination, denouncing with equal fervor the separatism of the Zionist movement, which included Marxist factions like Poale Zion, and that of the anti-Zionist, Jewish socialist Bund. Thus Jewish hopes were betrayed. As the revolution consolidated, the Jewish section of the Bolshevik Party, known as the Yevsektsiya, enthusiastically purged Jew ish dissenters, clamped down on the Jewish religion and banned the teaching of Hebrew at a time when there were 300,000 registered Zionists among Russias Jews. In tandem, the party itself was undergoing dramatic change, expanding its membership to the point where some of the Jewish Bolsheviks began feel ing rather like the Jewish Christians in the time of St. Pauluncertain about where the revolution they had played such a decisive role in launching would take them. As the late historian Robert Wistrich observed in his fine study of Leon Trotsky, the Red Armys Jewish commander viewed the growth of the revolutions bureaucracy as the revenge of Russian backwardness on a revolution that had been isolated from the more advanced capitalist countries in Europe. Continued Wistrich, The bureaucratization of the Soviet Hopes betrayed: the Russian Revolution and the Jews state was rendered almost inevitable by such factors as crushing material want, cultural backwardness and the inherited burdens of the Russian past. Trotskys biographer, Isaac Deutscher, also noted how the incorporation of large num bers of ordinary Russians into the Bolshevik Partya good portion of them completely baffled by the finer points of Marxist theory, and often bearing crude social prejudices like anti-Semitismleft the Bolshevik Old Guard more and more isolated. But none of this ennui gave pause to the partys rapacious brutality, on full display when a rebellion of workers and sailors in the naval fortress of Kronstadt was unceremoniously crushed. The centenary of that atrocity falls in March 1921. Throughout these early revolutionary years, anti-Semitism remained a social force in the Soviet Union, and therefore ripe for use as a political instrument should the need arise. Few would doubt Lenins sincerity in taking the view that it isas one of his British fol lowers memorably put itthe nature of the capitalist trap that lies behind the stinking bait of anti-Jew propaganda. But this Leninist critique of the pogromists delusion did not By Steve Feldman, Lee Bender and Kevin Ross We were heartened to learn that a Philadel phia synagogue is offering an adult education course about anti-Semitism, a timeless scourge that every generation must combat. But why is the course seemingly prompted, as its website suggests, solely by Christian sources of Jewhatred and Augusts despicable anti-Jewish events in Charlottesvillerather than Julys equally despicable calls in two California mosques for Jews to be slaughtered, or even the continuous despicable Jew-hatred from Nation of Islam leaders? Are Jew-hatred and threats from some Mus lims in America less vile, less threatening and less problematic than the same actions from white supremacists? To some in the Jewish community: yes, apparently. In a brief description of the course on the Society Hill Synagogues website, these are among the questions posed: What is the role of Christianity and the Church in anti-Semitism? How has anti-Semitism morphed over the centuries? In the shadow of Charlottesville we must ask, to what extent does anti-Semitism threaten the Jewish people in this country? Is it confined to isolated, albeit frightening and horrific, incidents? Is it a larger threat? While acts of anti-Semitism have been and continue to be perpetrated by some Christians, there seems to be a tendency by many Jews to brush aside, downplay or even ignore Jewhatred from some Muslims motivated by ag gressive mosques or interpretations of Islam. The white supremacist rally in Charlot tesville received tremendous media coverage, with video footage of torch-bearing neo-Nazis chanting Jews will not replace us and re ports of armed goons menacing synagogue congregants. It was an example of the worst that America has to offer. But nobody who monitors Jew-hatred in America suspected that Klansmen and their ilk had moderated or disappeared. Equally virulent Jew-hatred from some seg ments of Islam is under-reported and seldom condemned. Could it be that pre-emptive ac cusations of Islamophobia have put a chill on addressing Jew-hatred from that group? Or is there a misguided belief that Jew-hatred is exclusive to Christians? Some examples from this year: The Prophet Muhammad says that the time will come, the Last Hour will not take place until the Muslims fight the Jews. We dont say if it is in Palestine or another place, said Sheikh Ammar Shahin from the pulpit of the Islamic Center of Davis, Calif., in July, ac cording to a video obtained by the Middle East Media and Research Institute. A translation from MEMRI states that Shahin prayed, Oh Allah, liberate the Al-Aqsa mosque from the filth of the Jews. Oh Allah, destroy those who The unasked question about anti-Semitism in America closed the Al-Aqsa mosque. Oh Allah, show us the black day that You inflict upon them, and the wonders of Your ability. Oh Allah, count them one by one and annihilate them down to the very last one. Do not spare any of them. That same day at the Islamic Center of Riverside, Calif., according to MEMRI, Sheikh Mahmoud Harmoush prayed, Oh Al lah, liberate the Al-Aqsa mosque and all the Muslim lands from the unjust tyrants and the occupiers. Oh Allah, destroy them, they are no match for You. Oh Allah, disperse them, and rend them asunder. Turn them into booty in the hands of the Muslims. In February, Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan said in Detroit, I want to disabuse the Jews today of the false claim that you are the chosen of God and that Israel or Palestine belongs to you. I want to disabuse you of that. I want to make it so clear. And Im going to tell you about your future. You that think you have power to frighten and dominate the peoples of the world: Im here to announce the end of your time. Asked sarcastically at an event in New Orleans in May why Farrakhan attacks Jews, the Nation of Islams Ava Muhammad replied, The only time the Jews have ever been pres ent among us is to open their outposts, their retail stores to sell us damaged, cheap goods, marked up against the price...we will be free of this bloodsucking parasite so they will no longer be able to sell us alcohol, drugs, depraved sex and every other type of low-life thing that is keeping us from a hereafter. We dont assume that these sentiments are representative of all or the majority of American Muslims. To the contrary, despite the prevalence of such views in Muslim-majority nations, we would hope that, as is the case with the vast majority of other Americans, anti-Semitism would be confined to a minority. But it is curious that one of the most influential pollsters in the country was reluctant to find out the answer to that question. The Pew Research Center had an opportu nity to shed some light on those legitimate concerns. Pew conducted a survey of Ameri can Muslims this year. It asked them many questions, but according to a copy of the questionnaire on its website, Pew did not ask about their attitudes toward Jews or Israel despite the fact that the topic is a potential flashpoint. Yet earlier in the year, in another survey, Pew did ask people of other faiths to weigh in on Muslims. Unfortunately, Jew-hatred comes from a variety of corners todayincluding among some American Muslimsand it is danger ous to focus on only one element. American Jewry must become aware of the gamut of Jew-hatred that sadly exists and be prepared to fight it regardless of the source. Steve Feldman is executive director of the Zionist Organization of Americas Greater Philadelphia chapter. Lee Bender and Kevin Ross are its co-presidents. Cohen on page 15A


HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, NOVEMBER 24, 2017 PAGE 5A By Jonathan S. Tobin One of the complaints about the organized Jew ish community is that it is silencing criticism of Israel. Left-wingers paint a dismal picture of a Jewish community in denial about Israels sins and determined to squelch debate about the peace pro cess or controversial issues like settlements. So it probably came as quite a shock to many American Jews to read what happened at Princeton University this past week when the Center for Jewish Lifeas the campus Hillel is calledcancelled a speech by Tzipi Hotovely, Israels deputy foreign minister. The Alliance for Jewish Progressivesa campus leftwing groupobjected to the presence of Hotovely, an outspoken member of the Likud party and a key figure in Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahus government. They ginned up an indict ment of her as some sort of extremist because she had dared to call out the Palestin ian Authority for its attempt to erase Jewish history and ties to Jerusalem. They claim anyone who supports the Jew ish presence across the Green Line or in parts of Jerusalem is, by definition, a racist. They were also upset that the Hillel chapter had refused to sponsor appearances by anti-Zionists or those whose presentation consisted of slanders of the IDF for its efforts to halt Palestinian terror. Yet rather than dismissing this complaint, the Princeton Hillel branch cancelled Hoto velys appearance. Princetons Hillel director, Rabbi Julie Roth, who eight years ago shut down plans to host a critic of radical Islam, defended the move by disingenuously claiming that although the event had been planned some time ago and was part of a tour of U.S. campuses, Hotovelys speech had not been properly approved. To its credit, the campus Chabad House stepped in and hosted Hotovely instead. But Roth didnt count on the storm of criticism that followed. Eric Fingerhut, the president of Hillel Interna tional, personally apologized to Hotovely for the slight and then wrote an op-ed admitting the groups error published in The Jerusalem Post. Roth was listed as a co-author, though its doubtful that she did so willingly. Lets hope other Hillel chapters heed Fingerhuts charge and never repeat this fiasco. But theres more to this than an Ivy League kerfuffle. The lesson here is that the conventional wisdom about the plight of critics of Zionism is a myth. On campuses, it is those who speak up for the Jewish state who are often the ones being shut up. The atmosphere at many, if not most institutions of higher learning is one of intense hostility to pro-Israel advocates. Part of it may be ascribed to intolerance for all who are opposed by any group that can pose as a downtrod den minority. The notion of intersectionalityin which various causes like Black Lives Matter are seen as connected with Palestinian opposition to Israels existencehas al lowed leftist demagogues to label any conservative a racist or a white supremacist. Under this banner, groups like Stu dents for Justice in Palestine, which is funded by pro-Hamas sources and which promotes the BDS movement against Israel, are welcomed and even liberals, like legal expert Alan Dershowitz, are attacked with anti-Semitic invective, simply for supporting Israel. In this way, American campuses have become beachheads for the kind of Jew-hatred that has become commonplace in Europe. In this climate in which any expression of support for Israel is slammed as racist, Jewish students are finding it increasingly difficult to openly express their identity. They look to places like Hillel houses as safe havens from verbal and sometimes even physical attacks. The no tion that Jewish institutions should be providing platforms for those like the Jewish Voice for Peace (JVP) group, which not only supports efforts to eradicate the Jewish state but also is now promoting Whos shutting down the debate on Israel? anti-Semitic blood libels, while denying a platform to a representative of the demo cratically elected government of Israel, is a product of this kind of upside-down thinking. As in the case in Israels lively democracy, where set tlements and other topics are hotly debated, there needs to be room for a discussion of the issues. But the legitimacy of the campaign to deny the right of the Jewish people to their homeland is not some thing decent people should agree to disagree about. Yet that is what many on the left are demanding as defenders of Israel are treated like pariahs and groups like JVP are laud ed. Instead of crying crocodile tears about Israel-haters being silenced, its time for Jews to face up to the way the rising tide of anti-Semitism sweep ing across the globe has spread to our shores. That is a grim reality about which we dare not be silent. Jonathan S. Tobin is opin ion editor of and a contributing writer for National Review. Follow him on Twitter at: @jona thans_tobin. By Andrew Silow-Carroll LOS ANGELES (JTA) Leaders of North Americas Jewish federation movement kicked off their annual con ference here Sunday with a tribute to the 1987 march on Washington that brought out hundreds of thousands of people in support of Soviet Jews. The film and testimonials by refuseniks were moving, but felt a little like those peren nial tributes by the New York Mets to their 1986 champion ship team: a reminder not only of what was, but whats gone. The rescue of Soviet Jews and their resettlement here and in Israel was a high point for the network of Jewish philanthropies and advocacy groups represented by the Jewish Federations of North America, whose annual Gen eral Assembly was to conclude Tuesday afternoon. As Mark Wilf, chair of the JFNAs National Holocaust Survivor Initiative, said in introducing the 30th anni versary tribute, it represented what we can accomplish when we unite. But its very success posed a dilemma to the Jewish fund raising class: In the three de cades since, organized Jewry has looked, often in vain, for a similarly galvanizing cause around which to rally. With the resettlement of the Soviet and Ethiopian Jews, there are almost no imperiled Jewish communities left to rescue. And Israel has been no help: As it has grown more prosperous, and more politically divisive among American Jews, the urgency of uniting around her, outside of wartime, has waned. A system built on fear, rescue and crisis needs a new organizing principle. Throughout this years G.A., there were reminders of what the network of 148 local federations can do when they act in concert. The movement raised and delivered $15 mil lion for victims of Hurricane Harvey in Houston in days. Speaker after speaker noted the movements support for such high-profile efforts as Birthright Israel (free trips to Israel for young people); Masa (long-term experiences in Israel for the same cohort); Moishe House (group living for, you guessed it, young people); and PJ Library (free Jewish books for families with young children). But even as they touted these successes, and a string of relatively healthy fundraising years, a note of anxiety crept into the proceedings. There were small-group breakout sessions on differentiating the umbrella philanthropies like federation in a crowded Jewish charitable marketplace and turning elusive millennials into philanthropists. And the speakers repeated emphasis on unity and the power of the collective suggested that both were, if not slipping away, then under siege. JFNA CEO Jerry Silver man was blunt in describing the challenges in his address Sunday. You see, it is not that there is no longer the desire and need for community, he said to the 3,000 delegates gathered at the JW Marriott Hotel in downtown Los An geles. It is how people define communityor how people choose to engagethat has changed. Silverman described a number of areas around which a diverse community could rally: lowering the enormous cost of Jewish day school education; helping the less fortunate; engaging young Federations rally around pluralismbut wish they didnt have to By David Gerstman Defenders of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Ac tion, as the Iran nuclear deal is known, have argued that Irans aggression was intentionally not addressed by the deal. For example this week, Federica Moghereni, the high representative of the EU for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy said, The Iran deal has been designed to address one thing only: the Iranian nuclear issue. One problem with this argument is that it isnt true. The agreement addressed a number of other issues be tween Tehran and the rest of the world, and when it did, it went easy on Iran. For example, in UN Se curity Council Resolution 1747, passed in 2007, Iran was categorically prohibited from importing or exporting arms. However, in UN Secu rity Council Resolution 2231, which endorsed the JCPOA, Iran was allowed to export weapons with prior approval from the Security Council. Before the nuclear deal, Iran was categorically prohib ited from developing ballistic missiles. However, resolution 2231 weakened the language and ended all restrictions on Irans ballistic missile devel opment after eight years. Contrary to Mogherenis assertion, the JCPOA did indeed address Irans other challenges, unfortunately it did it by loosening restrictions on Iran. The argument that the deal was only about Irans nuclear program is a dodge. That the deal would embolden Iran was predictable and, indeed, was predicted by numerous experts in 2015. For example, former State Department official Aaron David Miller wrote in a com mentary for CNN in April 2015: Sanctions relief will make the mullahs more secure and give them the resources to buck up, not tamp down, their regional aspirations... A nuclear deal will avert a crisis over the nuclear issue for now. But unless it really does change Irans behavior, weve only bought ourselves a bigger one down the road. In a similar vein the editors of The Washington Post noted in March of that year that the Obama administrations behavior during negotiations was encouraging Iranian ag gression: While the nuclear nego tiations have continued, Mr. Obama has refused to support military action against the Assad regime in Syria, in ac cord with his letters reported promise, and his administra tion has tacitly blessed an on going, Iranian-led offensive in Iraqs Sunni heartland. It took no action to stop the ouster by an Iranian-backed militia of a pro-U.S. Yemeni regime. Nor has it reacted to Irans deploy ment of thousands of Shiite fighters to southern Syria, near the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights. The nuclear deal has en couraged even more Iranian aggression: by weakening restrictions that had earlier been imposed on Tehran, by giving Iran billions, and by turning a blind eye toward Iranian aggression. Irans increasing boldness in recent weeks cannot be separated from the JCPOA no matter how much its support ers wish to. On Oct. 15, Iraqi troops backed by Iranian-backed Shiite militias attacked and captured the city of Kirkuk in the Kurdish autonomous area. The city had been in Kurdish hands since the Kurd ish Peshmerga had chased ISIS out in 2014. (Regular Iraqi troops fled instead of fighting). The capture of Kirkuk was a blow to Kurdish hopes for independence and further strengthened Irans control over Iraq. The Nuclear Deal has spurred Iranian aggression people; and, as he put it, meet ing the unfulfilled promise of Israel being the home for all Jewsregardless of religious affiliation. It was this last pointdis cussed under the rubric of pluralism in Israelthat seemed to dominate this G.A., or at least the public discussions. It proved an in spiring rallying cry and sure applause line But it is also an issue that the federation movement wishes would go away. In a nutshell, Americas non-Orthodox Jewish major ity wants Israel to be a more welcoming place for Reform, Conservative and other nonLast week, Iranian-backed Houthi rebels in Yemen fired a ballistic missile towards the King Khalid International Airport in Riyadh, marking an escalation of the Houthis against Saudi Arabia, leading to the creation of a coalition to fight Houthis and restore the internationally recognized government of Yemen. Also last week, Prime Min ister Saad Hariri of Lebanon fled to Saudi Arabia and announced his resignation, blasting Iran for controlling Lebanon through its proxy, the terrorist group Hezbollah, and suggested that his life was in danger. Hariris father had been assassinated in 2005, and an international tribunal has indicted five members of Pluralism on page 15A Aggression on page 15A


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Addressing the Jewish Fed erations of North Americas (JFNA) annual General As sembly in Los Angeles via videoconference on Tuesday, Netanyahu said that Israel had offered the aid via the Red Cross. I just saw the pictures of the destruction in Iran and Iraq from this weeks earthquake. And I saw these heartbreaking images of men and women and children buried under the rubble. So I am proud to announce to night that a few hours ago I directed that we offer the Red Cross medical assistance for the Iraqi and Iranian victims of this disaster, Netanyahu said, according to the Times of Israel. At least 530 people were killed and 7,700 more were injured when a 7.3-magni tude earthquake shook a mountainous Iranian border town in the West on Sunday, Iran turned down Israeli aid offer after earthquake triggering landslides that hin dered rescue efforts and left hundreds of houses damaged. Israel is world-renowned for the IDFs crack search and rescue unit, which re cently returned from a recov ery mission in quake-struck Mexico. Ive said many times that we have no quarrel with the people of Iran, he under scored. Our quarrel is only with the tyrannical regime that holds them hostage and threatens our destruction. But our humanity is greater than their hatred. Israel con tinues to be a light unto the nations and this is what I am proud of. And all of you can be proud of Israels morals, and Israels might. As expected, the offer was immediately rejected. This shows the true face of the Iranian regime, an offi cial in Netanyahus office said. Iran does not recognize Israel right to exist and often threatens to destroy it. In 2003, Tehran rejected a similar Israeli offer of as sistance after a quake in the southeastern Iranian city of Bam killed more than 26,000 people. In 2012, when two quakes hit the Iranian province of East Azerbaijan, killing more than 300 people and injuring 3,000, Israel did not offer assistance, citing the rejected offer. An earthquake survivor sits on debris in front of his house.


HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, NOVEMBER 24, 2017 PAGE 7A rf rntbn rrrn rfrntbr r Kehillah Branch chairs: L-R Neil Webman, Stan Roberts, Laurence Morrell. On Nov. 12, more than 400 people crowded into the second floor of the Orange Country Regional History Center for the long awaited opening of the exhibition Kehillah: A History of Jewish Life in Greater Orlando. This exhibit covers 150 years of local Jewish history, and not only shows how the Jewish community organized but also the many diverse ways Jews have contributed to the growth and enrichment of Central Florida for all of its citizens. The spirit of community was alive and well as people viewed the 500+ images and artifacts. Smiles, laughter and even some tears were shed as guests moved from theme to theme trying to take it all in. I cant believe I got choked up, but it is just so wonderful to see what our community started from and how much has been accomplished, said Barbara Chasnov. The individuals highlighted in the Blossoms theme have done so many amazing things, many that I never even knew about. The entire exhibit has been published in a catalog, available for sale in the His tory Center gift shop, along with other Kehillah specialty items. The income from the sale of the catalog and merchandise will benefit the Jewish Federation of Greater Orlando. The History Center, located at 65 E. Central Blvd., is open Monday thru Saturday 10-5 and Sunday 12-5. The Kehillah exhibit will be on display until Feb. 20, 2018. Excited crowd attends Kehillah Exhibit opening Left to right, Rachel Heimovics Braun, script editor; Sara Stern, script editor, Roz Fuch, exhibit chair; Marcia Jo Zerivitz, exhibit curator; Lisa Schwartz, IT collections database and photo editor. A family reunion: Front L-R: Julian Meitin, Debra Wittenstein, Neil Wittenstein, Bernie Kahn, Mardi Shader, David Wittenstein, Pam Wittenstein, Nancy Wittenstein, and Ron Shader. Susan and Jerry Roth found themselves on the display of philanthropists.


PAGE 8A HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, NOVEMBER 24, 2017 By Christine DeSouza When Indias Prime Min ister Narendra Modi visited Israel last July and waded in the ocean with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, that historic meeting not only paved the way for a stronger relationship between the countries, it spurred local doctors, Jewish and Indian, to have an informative, network ing event together. Drs. Amish Parikh and Daniel Layish, friends who are members of the Cen tral Florida Association of Physicians from the Indian Subcontinent and the Jewish Federation of Greater Orlando Maimonides Medical Society respectively, agreed that now was the time to bring commu nity awareness to the growing relationship between Israel and India, and build bridges for a sustainable relationship between the two countries. And why not? Both coun tries gained their indepen dence from British rule a mere year apartIndia in 1947 and Israel in 1948. Both are democracies in a sea of Arabruled countries, and were partitioned into two-states India with Pakistan; Israel with the Palestiniansand these issues are still not fully resolved for both countries. But the relationship goes deeper than historical simi larities. Being Indian isnt a nation ality, it is a way of life, said Dr. Parikhs wife, Beena. The Indian people are hard working and devoted to family. They are a peaceful people. True for Jew ish people as well. Being Jewish, or Israeli, isnt a nationality. It is a way of life, and whenever possible, they choose peace. So Layish and Parikh worked to bring together the two groups, with the organi zational talents of Dr. Jamin Brahmbhatt, who served as lead co-ordinator of the event. I wanted to see people come together who usually dont, but have a common mission to do good, said Brahmbhatt. Dr. Archana Shah had the same feelings. Modis visit made a big impact, and we physicians work closely with the Jewish physicians. Thus networking brings us closer together. Shah also said that there is already discussion of plan ning tours to each others countries. Guest speakers included two experts in relationship buildingConsul General of India in Atlanta Nagesh Consul General Nagesh Singh, Jeff Colman and Dr. Terri Susan Fine. India and Israeltwo democracies in the Middle East find common ground A group of those attending the India/Israel event. Second from left is Dr. Daniel Layish; fifth from left is Dr. Amish Parikh; seventh from left is Consul General Nagesh Singh; and sixth from right is Jeff Colman. We refrained because of our desire not to offend the sentiments of our friends in the Arab countries. India is home to 14 percent of the worlds Muslim popu lationabout 172 million Muslims. It is the worlds third largest Muslim population. Amazingly, India has no antiSemitism and no problem with homegrown terrorism. India is also a very inclusive society. Because of the lack of anti-Semitism, India is the No.1 place where IDF soldiers go to take their six-months vacation. However, until recently, India was not voting in the UN like a friend of Israel. That is changing, according to Singh. One thing that struck me was that India was aligned with the USSR during the 70s and 80s whereas Israel was on our side during the Cold War, said David Moldau who attended the meeting with his wife, Harriet. With the downfall of the USSR, the old alliances disintegrated and now the two countries are exchanging ideas and are trading partners. India moved closer to Is rael when Israel clandestinely sold weapons to India back in the 50s, said Rennert. The weapons deals are no longer done in secret. Today, India is the largest buyer of Israeli military equipment, and Israel is the second larg est defense supplier to India (after Russia). Another problem Israel is helping India solve is water management. Israel introduced the water-drip ir rigation system to India and now has 18-20 different ag ricultural centers, according to Singh. Water usage went down about 50 percent and productivity went up. Water management and conservation is something India needs because of their huge population and Israel has the best expertise in the world, stated Moldau. Colman sees all that is happening between the two countries as a double blessing. He sees no challenges, only more cooperation. On a poignant note, the group discussed the terrorist attack on the Chabad House in Mumbai in November 2008. Terrorists brutally massacred Rabbi Gabriel Holtzberg, his 5-months pregnant wife, Rivka, and two young sons. Their two-year-old son Moshe survived the attack after being rescued by his Indian nanny, Sandra Samuel. Rabbi Yosef Konikov of South Orlando Chabad spoke about this at the meeting. He and his wife Chani have six children. They named their youngest son Gabriel (Gabby) in memory of the rabbi. Moshe and his nanny moved to Israel. During his visit, Modi met and embraced the now 11-year-old Moshe. Netanyahu then invited the young boy to go with him when he visits Mumbai. Young Moshe, whose family was murdered in India, only had kind words to say to Modi. Dear Mr. Modi, I love you, he stated, and your people in India. He later expressed that he would like to be the rabbi of a Chabad House in India one day. Watch the YouTube video here com/watch?v=Ge9l-Ue4CIA. Konikov expressed the general consensus of everyone who attended the meeting, that Modis trip to Israel has taken things in a positive direction. We still have differences, but we are looking past these to see commonalities. [The two countries] have a higher purposeboth countries are working for common goals. Parikh was pleased with the meeting. It was more than fulfilling and accomplished what I hoped for. This will lead to a relationship that will extend beyond my time, he said. The feedback has been excellent and we hope to have follow-up events. Fifty Central Florida teens in grades 8 to 12 gathered Oct. 30 for Empower the Jew in You, a Community-wide Teen Education Evening organized by the Jewish Federation of Greater Orlando (JFGO). Con gregation of Reform Judaism hosted the event. This peer-lead educational program by JFGOs Jewish Teen Education Network (JTEN) was designed to pro vide insight and resources for local teens to identify and stand up to anti-Semitism. JTEN educators moderated the discussions with cur riculum created by the Fed erations Jewish Community Relations Council. The pro gram included clergy and Jewish professionals from Congregation Beth Am, Con gregation of Reform Judaism, BBYO North Florida Region, Chabad of Greater Orlando, Congregation Ohev Shalom, Temple Israel and Temple Shir Shalom. With anti-Semitism on the rise in schools, teens came away from the discussion with a better understanding of the assistance and resources available to them right now in the community and through the Federation. Jennifer Cohen, JFGOs di rector of outreach and engage ment, said it was inspiring to see all of the clergy and Jewish professionals attending the program and ready to provide help and support. Attending and participat ing in some aspect of the pro gram included, Rabbi Hillel Skolnik (Southwest Orlando Jewish Congregation), Rabbi Joshua Neely (Temple Israel), Cantor Kim Singer (Temple Shir Shalom), Amy Geboff (Congregation Ohev Shalom), Cantor Nina Fine (Congrega tion Beth Am), Jayme Epstien (BBYO North Florida Region), Dr. Sheryl Sacharoff (Congre gation of Reform Judaism), Lauren Oback (Congregation of Reform Judaism), Rabbi Steven Engel (Congregation of Reform Judaism), Cantor Jacqueline Rawiszer (Con gregation of Reform Juda ism), Rabbi Ed and Bracha Leibowitz (Chabad of Greater Orlando) and Daniel Nabatian (Jewish Student Union/JOIN Orlando). At the conclusion of the evening, teens completed a survey gauging their interest in future JTEN/Federation programming and topics that are important to them. More than 40 percent of those who attended expressed an interest in serving in a leadership role a future JTEN program. It was amazing to be in solidarity, one teen said of the Oct. 30 event. It was very helpful in understanding what it means to be a Jewish teen, and how to speak up, said another. Cohen said the Federation looks forward to using the survey results to provide deeper and more meaningful experiences for all local Jew ish teens. This was the fifth Com munity-wide Teen Educa tion event organized by the Federation. JTEN provides opportuni ties for Central Florida teens to come together for shared learning and educational experiences, regardless of synagogue affiliation. JTEN offers grants to synagogues for Jewish educational op portunities, resources and networking opportunities for Jewish educators, and grants for organized teen Israel trips made possible by the Ronald Colman Israel Scholarship Fund. To learn more, contact Jennifer Cohen at jcohen@ Federation: Empower the Jew in You Singh and Deputy Director of Policy and Government Affairs for AIPAC Jeff Colman. To keep the evening running smoothly, Dr. Terri Fine mod erated the discussion. After an Indian meal, the group of about 60 people listened intently about India. It was noted that the ratio was unbalanced with more Indians than Jews at the meeting. Brahmbhatt easily rationalized it. There are 1.3 billion Indians and only 8 million Israelis! Still, the listeners learned common interests of both countries. Today, the two countries have a thriving economic, military and strategic rela tionship. This was eye-opening! said Rabbi Michoel Rennert. It took them (India) a long time to get comfortable and stand up for Israel, but theyre getting there. The consul was excited and unreserved about Israel. These two democra cies are fighting for similar valuesto have that standard to have a free society. It did take India a long time to start supporting Israel, and the issue was addressed at the meeting. In 1947, India voted against the partitioning of Palestine and also voted against Israels admission to the United Nations in 1949. India officially recognized the State of Israel in 1950. At that time, Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru explained, Students show support for installation of Bruce Gould at JNF Central Florida Hillel brought the largest student delegation in the country with over 28 students to come and celebrate the installation of Orlandos own Bruce Gould as the new president-elect of JNF. Pictured next to Bruce is JNFs president and CEO, Russell Robinson.


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The event, co-sponsored by the Mens Clubs and Brotherhoods of Congregation Ohev Shalom, Temple Israel, Congregation Beth Am, Congregation of Re form Judaism and Southwest Orlando Jewish Congrega tion, in conjunction with the Jewish Federation of Greater Orlando, was profitable, net ting about $12,000 for local Jewish youth educational programs. The Mens Night Out com mittee all agreed that this is worth doing every year and even have a (tentative) dateNov. 8, 2018, mark it on the calendar! I had men asking if we could have this event two or three times a year, said planning committee member Bart Neuman. But they dont know we started last February to get this act together! This was a first-time happening with men in the Jewish community, said Jeff Gaeser, publisher of the Avi Abramowitz, Arnold Bierman and Alan Ginsburg enjoy the fun at Mens Night Out. Mens Night Out hit it outta the park Heritage Florida Jewish News. It should be an annual event. The comedian was funny, the food was good and I saw so many people I hadnt seen in years. One of the goals the com mittee had was to reach unaffiliated Jewish men in the community, and they were successfulabout 40 men not actively involved in a synagogue attended the event. The committee learned a lot about pulling together an event, and are going to send out follow-up surveys to all the attendees for suggestions on how to make the Mens Night Out even better next year.


PAGE 10A HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, NOVEMBER 24, 2017 when Bannon was invited but did not come. The crowd at the dinner warmly welcomed the Trump advisers, and they touted the presidents record on Israel. In his address, Friedman harshly criticized the Obama administrations Israel record while praising Trumps. In particular, he lambasted the U.N. Security Council resolution in December that condemned Israeli West Bank settlements. The United States abstained, declining to veto the measure. We came into office on the heels of perhaps the greatest betrayal of Israel by a sitting president in American his tory, Friedman said. I hope you agree with me that we have turned a page since the dark days of last December. Gone are the days when the United Nations bashes Israel with impunity. Friedman also said Trump sees eye to eye with Israels government on opposing the 2015 agreement on Irans nuclear program, which Is rael views as dangerous for its security. Referencing a terror attack this year in the West Bank, he said Trump is more sympathetic to Israeli settlements than previous administrationsthough he avoided using the word settlement. And he said Trumps peace plan, which is still being formulated, will prioritize Israeli security. The president recognizes the critical importance that Judea and Samaria never become the failed experiment that we saw in the Gaza Strip, Friedman said, using a term for the West Bank favored by Israels right. And perhaps most importantly, you will never hear the president make the case, as his prede cessor did, that there is some symmetrical relationship between, lets say, building a house in the Samarian village of Halamish and the brutal murder of a father, son and a daughter in Halamish at a Shabbat table. Speaking at a news con ference before the dinner, ZOA President Morton Klein criticized the Trump peace plan, saying that he feels negotiations are useless because the Palestinian Au thority is not interested in peace. He compared the P.A. to Nazis and slammed it for providing stipends to families of terrorists. The goal is not statehood, the goal is Israels destruc tion, Klein said. Theyre nothing but a bunch of Arab Nazis who want to murder Jews. Bannon in his speech framed Trumps Israel record as part of fighting Islamic terrorism in the Middle East. He said two of Trumps top priorities coming into the White House were moving the U.S. Embassy in Israel to Jerusalem from Tel Aviva promise Trump repeatedly made but has yet to ful filland decertifying the agreement on Irans nuclear program, which Trump did last month. He said, Destroy the phys ical caliphate of ISIS, desig nate the Muslim Brotherhood as a terrorist organization, decertify or renegotiate the Iran deal and move the em bassy to Jerusalem, Bannon said of Trump. Later, he called Trump the strongest supporter of Israel since Ronald Reagan, though Reagan as president was not unequivocally sup portive of Israel. Bannon also repeated some of his trademark phrases. He called the media the opposition party three times while gesturing at the press tables in the back of the room. Near the begin ning of the speech, he listed a string of exit poll results, state by state, from the 2016 presidential election. And he spoke in militant terms about his fight against es tablishment politicians and the global class. Were leading an insur gency movement against the Republican establishment, against the permanent global class in Washington, D.C., he said. That line did not receive applause from the mostly Jewish crowd. Stephen Bannon Stephen Bannon: Im proud to be a Christian Zionist attend the event, including Ambassador to Israel David Friedman, who also spoke, former press secretary Sean Spicer and Sebastian Gorka, a former adviser to Trump who has ties to the Hungar ian far right. I am not a moderate, Im a fighter, Bannon said. And thats why Im proud to stand with the State of Israel. Thats why Im proud to be a Christian Zionist. The ZOA, which takes hawkish positions on Israel, has been outspoken in its support of Trump, as com pared to other large Jewish organizations. Its lineup of speakers Sunday included several Republicans, includ ing Arkansas Sen. Tom Cot ton, and a couple of centrist Democrats: legal scholar Alan Dershowitz and former Sen. Joe Lieberman of Con necticut. Bannon shepherded the final months of Trumps presidential campaign and served as one of his chief advisers until August. He supports what he calls eco nomic nationalist policies, including limits on im migration and wariness of international agreements. He is the chairman of Breitbart News, a hardline right-wing publication. Speaking to the ZOA, Ban non said Trumps election victory would not have come without one other person besides Donald Trump Sheldon Adelson. In particular, he said Adelsons advice helped Trump overcome the release of the Access Hollywood tape in which Trump boast ed about sexually assaulting a woman. Sheldon Adelson didnt cut and run, Bannon said, regarding the time after the scandal broke. Sheldon Adelson had Donald Trumps back. Sheldon Adelson offered guidance and counsel and wisdom of how to get through it. He was there for Donald Trump about how to comport oneself and how to dig down deep, and it was his guidance and his wisdom that helped get us through it. Liberal Jewish groups protested Bannons appoint ment to the Trump White House last year because of Breitbarts links to the altright, a loose network that includes white supremacists. Bannon has called Breitbart the platform for the altright. But he has disavowed white supremacists on a few occasions and said he is not a white nationalist. A group of protesters from IfNotNow, a Jewish group that opposes Israels West Bank occupation, demon strated against Bannons speech outside the dinner, which took place at the Grand Hyatt. The group also protested the event last year, By Ariel Ben Solomon Earlier this year, President Donald Trump said that Iran wasviolating the spirit of its nuclear deal with the P5+1 powers. Now, it is clear that the Islamic Republic is disregarding the letter of the accord, but the international community is ignoring and denying that reality, experts say. It is mind-boggling that the violations are occurring in the open and all the parties to the agreement are pretend ing not to see it, and instead are dealing with issues that are important, but are not connected to the Joint Com prehensive Plan of Action (the nuclear deals formal name), Yigal Carmon, president and founder of the Middle East Media Research Institute, told In mid-October, Trump announced his refusal to re certify Irans compliance with the 2015 nuclear deal. Yukiya Amano, director general of the International Atomic Energy Agency, the nuclear watchdog of the United Nations, is cam paigning to counter Trumps objections to the agreement. On Nov. 7, Amano told the Financial Times that nuclear inspectors have accessed Ira nian military sites and that the agency has had access to all the locations that we needed to visit. Yet Iran itself has rejected the U.S. demand for inspectors to visit its mili tary bases. Former weapons inspector David Albright, founder and president of the Institute for Science and International Security, told that contrary to the Financial Times report, Amano said in a presentation to the Wilson Center think tank on Nov. 6 that Iran is not fully imple menting the nuclear deal. The IAEA chief made a clear distinction between Iran working to implement the deal and full implementation, saying he is pushing Tehran to do the latter. Albright said it is unclear what Amano means by full implementation, but that his comments to the Wilson Center are significant because they would be another rea son not to certify the Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act, which gives the president authority to decide every 90 days whether Iran is comply ing with the deal. Trump used that legislation as the basis for refusing to recertify the agreement last month. Amano had also insist ed last week that the Iranians are complying with the deal, saying that they are dis charging their responsibility without problem, Reuters reported. Who is correct, the IAEA head or Trump? asked MEM RIs Carmon, while noting that the IAEA had been turned by President [Barack] Obama into a political body to serve his wish to achieve the nuclear deal no matter what the cost. Carmon noted that the nuclear deal established a political body made up of all parties to the agree mentincluding Iran, Russia and Chinacalled the Joint Commission, which can over rule the IAEAs professional judgment. Amano willingly collaborated with all that, Carmon said. Carmon pointed to Irans refusal to allow inspectors to oversee Section T of the agreementnamely, that Iran is forbidden to develop capabilities of detonating a nuclear explosive device. Amano describes this re fusal to allow inspectors as a problem to be discussed by the Joint Commission, not a violation of the nuclear deal, Carmon explained. This shows the degree of collaboration between Amano, Iran and Russia, said Carmon, a former Middle East adviser to Israeli Prime Ministers Yitzhak Rabin and Yitzhak Shamir. Albright said that an Ira nian declaration on its ac tivities relating to Section T of the nuclear deal is long overdueIran may be vio lating Section T. Verifying a declaration from Iran would undoubtedly require visits to military sites where certain controlled equipment would be utilized, he said. Amano, in his interview with the Financial Times, did acknowledge that greater clarity relating to Section T will be helpful. Yet Albright said he did not hear Amano say they (inspectors) have gone to any military sites since implementation day of the nuclear deal. Unfortunately, the struc ture of the Iran deal ironically creates a disincentive for the IAEA to ask to go to military sites, since a denial by Iran would likely bring the deal down, he said. Another problem, he said, is the refusal of the IAEA to release specific compliancerelated information in its reports. Carmon and Ayelet Savyon, head of the Iran desk at MEMRI, have called attention to congressional testimony by the Obama administration State Departments coordi nator on Iran, Stephen Mull, that a shipment of 8.5 tons of enriched uranium sent from Iran to Russia has disappeared and is not being monitored by the IAEA. How can the agreement be working when this amount of uranium has disappeared? asked Carmon, adding, Theo retically, it could be that the 8.5 tons of enriched uranium were returned to Iran if no body knows where it is. And where are the inspec tions of the military bases, and how come Iran, which has been turned by the JCPOA into an exporter of heavy water, is not subjected to the protocol of other exporting countries like Canada? he said. According to MEMRIs re search, Iran is building more advanced centrifuges than what the nuclear agreement allows for, and the Islamic Republics actual heavy water quota exceeds the quantity permitted while the Iranians are storing some heavy water in Oman. Oman has become the warehouse for Irans surplus heavy water and enriched ura nium and is covering up for Irans nuclear deal violations, Carmon and Savyon wrote. According to a report by Albrights organization, Iran has modified its Arak heavy water reactor in a way that the nuclear agreement does not authorize. Deliberate distortions by Iran deal advocates such as former Secretary of State John Kerry, the Ploughshares Fund, EU foreign affairs chief Federica Mogherini and oth ers muddy the debate about the agreement, said Albright. Asked what the next step should be regarding the deal, Carmon responded, Congress should not only investigate the compliance to the deal, but also the cover-up by the IAEA. Experts: international community pretending not to see Irans nuke deal violations By Ben Sales NEW YORK (JTA)Ste phen Bannon, the former chief strategist for President Donald Trump, called him self a Christian Zionist at the Zionist Organization of Americas annual dinner. He also praised Republican Jewish megadonor Sheldon Adelson for his help in guid ing Trump through a sexual assault scandal. Bannon, at what may have been his first speech at a Jew ish event since becoming as sociated with Trump last year, received a standing ovation and loud applause through out his speech on Sunday in New York. He was one of many current and former Trump administration officials to


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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; ; 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; : 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; ; Shabbat service, Friday, 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, 9:30 a.m. Congregation Or Chayim (Rec) Leesburg, 352-326-8745;; services 2nd and 4th Fridays of each month at Providence Independence of Wildwood. Congregation Shalom Aleichem (R) 3501 Oak Pointe Blvd., Kissimmee, 407-9350064; ; 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;; 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. ; 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; ; 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.; 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; ; 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.; Shabbat service; Saturday: 10 a.m. Temple Shir Shalom (R) Services held at Temple Israel, 50 S. Moss Rd., Winter Springs, 407-366-3556, ; Shabbat services: three Fridays each month, 7:30 p.m. Traditional Congregation of Mount Dora (T) Mount Dora, 352-735-4774; www.; Shabbat services: Saturday, 9:30 a.m. sharp. (R) Reform (C) Conservative (O) Orthodox (Rec) Reconstructionist (T) Mehitsa PEARL KATZ Pearl Katz, age 79, of Kissimmee, passed away on Friday, Nov. 10, 2017, at Brook dale Assisted Living Facil ityDr. Phillips in Orlando. A native of New York, Mrs. Katz was born on May 14, 1938, to the late Benjamin and Feida Gamson. Following high school she entered the workforce, ultimately work ing in the banking industry. On May 6, 1978, in the Bronx, she married Stanley C. Katz, her husband for over 37 years when he passed away in July 2015. Following their retire ment in 1998, they relocated to Central Florida. Mrs. Katz is survived by her nephew, Jason (Phyl lis) Gamson of Clover, S.C. Burial was at New Montefiore Cemetery in Farmingdale, N.Y. Arrangements entrusted to Beth Shalom Memorial Cha pel, 640 Lee Road, Orlando. 407-599-1180. ( Gazabased terror group Palestin ian Islamic Jihad (PIJ) vowed Sunday to take revenge on Israel following the IDFs recent destruction of a crossborder attack tunnel. The Israeli operation killed 10 PIJ operatives, including two senior commanders. The threats to target the movements leadership is a declaration of war, which we will confront, the ter ror group said in statement disseminated by its media affiliate, Palestine Today News Agency. The PIJ threat was issued after Israels Maj. Gen. Yoav Mordechai warned the ter ror group not to retaliate for the tunnels destruction, stating that PIJ would be held responsible for an attack on Israel and that any attack by the Islamic Jihad will be met with a powerful and determined Israeli response, not only against the Jihad, but also against Hamas, which controls Gaza. In response to Mordechai, the terror group reaffirmed its right to respond to the crime of aggression on the resistance tunnel. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said at Israels weekly cabinet meeting on Sunday, There are those who still amuse themselves these days by trying to renew attacks against Israel. We will take a very firm stance against anyone who tries to attack us or attacks us from any area. I mean any source: rogue fac tions, organizationsanyone. In any event, we see Hamas responsible for any attack launched or organized from the Gaza Strip against us. Palestinian Islamic Jihad terror group vows revenge Israeli President Reuven Rivlin Israeli President Reuven Rivlin urged cooperation and mutual understanding in a speech Monday night (Nov. 13) to the Jewish Federations of North Americas General Assembly in Los Angeles. Riv lin addressed major issues confronting Jews and Israel, including prayer at Jerusa lems Western Wall, regional security in the Middle East and divides in Israeli society. Rivlin took on the controversy over the Israeli governments reneging on its commitment to allow egalitarian worship at the Western Wall, telling the crowd: It causes such pain that the symbol of unity, the wall of our tears and joy, has become a symbol of division and disagreement. I hope that in the future we can return to the table together, and reach an understanding on this im portant issue. It is our mutual responsibility. In his speech, Rivlin praised Israel for its behemoth hightech industry, warned about the dangers of Irans actions in the Middle East, and called for rec onciliation between the different religious and ethnic groups that make up Israeli society. Central to his speech was a challenge to Jews in Israel and the Diaspora to talk across differences and affirm their belonging to one people. He stressed that North American Jews are important partners in building up the state of Israel and in crafting the global Jewish future. The State of Israel was, and will always be, the home of every Jew; Orthodox, Reform, Con servative, secular, traditional, Ashkenazi, Sephardi. Jews. We are all one people, and Israel is dear to all of us, he said. 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PAGE 12A HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, NOVEMBER 24, 2017 By Shiryn Solny Speaking exclusively with, U.S. Ambassador to Israel David Friedman on Sunday night confirmed a report that a team from the Trump administration is drafting an Israeli-Palestinian peace plan. Were working very hard on it, Friedman said of the Mideast peace proposal, in an interview at the Zionist Organization of Americas (ZOA) annual awards dinner in New York City. Its hard to comment on it while were in the middle, because its delicate. He added that more information about the plan will be publicized in a few months. Friedman is on the fourperson team drafting the proposal, along with President Donald Trumps son-in-law and senior adviser Jared Kush ner, Special Representative for International Negotiations Jason Greenblatt, and Deputy National Security Advisor Dina Powell. The New York Times reported Saturday that the team is consulting with U.S. Consul General in Je rusalem Donald Blome, as well as others from the State Department and the National Security Council. The ambassador was among the honorees at Sundays ZOA event. Friedman told the crowd that while the U.S. is the nation of my birth, the nation of my citizenship, Israel is the nation of my faith [and] no loyal American need apologize for loving Israel and urging our government to support it. Support for Israel is a quintessential American value. He added, The United States government treats Israel the way it deserves to be treated: as a critical strategic and trusted ally in one of the worlds toughest neighbor hoods. Prime Minister [Ben jamin] Netanyahu and I agree that we have turned a page on the relationship between Israel and the United States. It is a change for the better. Following his remarks on stage, Friedman told JNS. org that American support for Israel is becoming too tilted to one party (the GOP) and its got to get back to where everybody supports Israel. Former White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer offered a different take, saying that the great commitment characterizing current U.S. support for the Jewish state is not necessarily a partisan thing. The more the Middle East becomes a hotbed of activity, the more that the United States recognizes the importance of Israel and that we need to, on both sides of the aisle, stand strong with them, Spicer told At the end of the day, when you look at the position of the U.S. government on both sides of the aisle, I think you continue to see a steadfast support for what we need to do as a government to help and support Israel. Bannon proud to be a Christian Zionist Former White House senior counselor and current Breit CEO Steve Bannon was also honored at the ZOA event. He spoke of an insur gency movement against the Republican establishment, lamenting how fellow Repub licans have not acknowledged the ousted strategists accom plishments during his tenure in the administration. In the first nine or 10 months of [Trumps] admin istration, [the U.S.] destroyed the physical caliphate of ISIS. People forget, a furious Ban non told the audience. The opposition party will never tell you. [Theyll say] Oh, Presi dent Trump is just following through on Barack Obamas plan. Yeah, I dont remember ISIS being eradicated on his watch. In 2014, ISIS had 8 mil lion people under their reign and in the first nine months of President Trumps adminis tration, its eradicated. He continued, There are so many games being played by the establishment. They lower the bar of what they are supposed to be. You get dulled down all the time. Thats how you get the Iran deal. Thats how we still allow the American govern ment to finance people who have blood on their hands of innocent Jewish civilians... Its time for us to act, and I believe the only way to act is not through moderation. I am not a moderate, Im a fighter, and thats why Im proud to stand with the state of Israel. Thats why Im proud to be a Christian Zionist. Bannon said the radical left is trying to nullify the 2016 presidential election, adding, President Trump needs our back because were a nation at war, and this war is only going to be won if we bind together and work as partners. Israels priorities: Iran, Iran and Iran Irans nuclear program was another major theme at the ZOA dinner. Ambassador Friedman said that if Netan yahu were asked for his three top foreign policy objectives, he will tell you it is Iran, Iran and Iran. Shiryn Solny U.S. Ambassador to Israel David Friedman (center) attends the Zionist Organization of Americas annual awards dinner. No loyal American need apologize for loving Israel, Ambassador David Friedman states This is not the same as saying location, location, location when talking about real estate, Friedman said. In Iran, there are three independent things to be concerned about: Iran as a nuclear power that threat ens to annihilate Israel; Iran as a state sponsor of terrorism through Hezbol lah and other proxies; and Iran as regional superpower expanding through Iraq, Syria and Yemen and filling the vacuum created by the defeat of ISIS. Upon accepting his own ZOA award, Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) told the star-studded room of guests that Israel must never stand alone in its fight against a nucleararmed Iran. Red, white and blue must stand beside blue and white, Cotton said, referencing the colors of the American and Israeli flags. We are in this fight together, all the way until the end. Remember the ayatol lahs chant, Death to Israel and Death to America... Our two nations have never ducked a challenge. The senator added that if forced to act, the U.S. can to tally destroy Irans nuclear arsenal, and if the Iranians choose to rebuild it, we can destroy it again until they get the picture. CSS has trained over 4,000 volunteers across the country to protect Jewish orga nizations. ness and basic security theory, so this would mean how to conduct security at their synagogue, where to stand, what to look for, how to com municate, Friedman said. Volunteers take a basic course that lasts a few eve nings. Then they can take additional courses in more advanced topics. CSS also provides basic training in self-defense. CSS was founded in 2007 by David Dabscheck, now CEO of the consulting agency GIANT Innovation, and Adam Sager, an Israeli army veteran who now heads the security com pany Canary. They recruited Friedman, a U.S. Navy officer who has served in Afghani stan, as their first volunteer. Last year, Friedman became the first executive director of CSS, a nonprofit that runs on donations and foundation support. Friedman says a bootson-the-ground approach to security has been unde rutilized by Jewish organi zations. I believe that the members of the Jewish community have not been engaged enough when it comes to Jewish se curity, he said, and without their participation, security initiatives are not sustain able. Friedman says Jewish organizations face multiple types of threats, including from far-right national ists and neo-Nazis, radi cal Islamists and far-left anti-Israel activists. Some synagogues have reported shooting incidents, like the synagogue in Evansville, Indiana, that reported a bul let hole in a Hebrew school classroom window in March. And then there are less spectacular threats, like unwelcome intruders or dis ruptive guests. Deena Seelen freund, regional manager for CSS in New Jersey, said CSS-trained volunteers have helped prevent minor security incidents locally. Events such as the shooting in Texas show the need for CSS volunteers, she said. People say were out in the middle of nowhere, were suburban, nothing is really going to happen, but we do this for the 1 percent chance that something is going to happen, Seelenfreund said. At Congregation Keter Torah, the Orthodox syna gogue in Teaneck where Seelenfreund is a member, team members stand outside to serve as a deterrent against possible attack. Off-duty vol unteers are also present inside the sanctuary. Its the fine balance be tween being hospitable and greeting people and also be ing careful and discerning, she said. And it is a positive experience not only for the 55 members who serve on the security team, but the congregation as a whole. The entire shul is more alert and [situationally] aware, and we will have non-security team members, just regular congregants, alerting the team to suspicious individuals or vehicles that they see on their way to shul, Seelen freund said. At Ramath Orah, an Or thodox synagogue on Man hattans Upper West Side, some members initially were against CSS-style security measures. There were people who would push back and say Why is there security out front? This isnt Israel, this isnt Europe, recalled Samuel Block, a co-manager of the synagogues security team. Synagogues in Europe often have armed security, includ ing military personnel. Block said security team members are there to ensure safety, not keep people out. We always tell our volun teers and the people that are coming, were not there as bouncers, were there to make sure that people are coming for the right reasons, and we ask people not to be offended if someone starts talking to you, Block said. Adam Hirsch, head of the security team at Congregation Bnai Yeshurun, another Or thodox synagogue in Teaneck, said volunteers there take a similar approach. Were not checking mem bership cards, were not checking every person. Were looking at people who look out of line, or dont belong or are acting suspiciously, Hirsch said. Hirsch said his synagogue has benefited from receiving training by a larger organi zation. Youre not coming up with it out of the blue, he said. Its actually following methodol ogy that is consistent and is proven effective. This organization has trained 4,000 Jewish volunteers to keep synagogues safe By Josefin Dolsten NEW YORK (JTA)On a typical Shabbat in Teaneck, New Jersey, streets are blocked off outside of major syna gogues. Uniformed off-duty police officers, paid by the synagogues for the morning, stand near a cruiser parked nearby or direct traffic on the main street. Volunteers, walkie-talkie earpieces disappearing be neath their lapels, stand at strategic points outside the synagogues keeping an eye on foot traffic. A few may have swept through the synagogue before services checking for suspicious objects. The volunteers are among the over 4,000 volunteers in New York, New Jersey, Washington, D.C., Maryland, Pennsylvania and California who have been trained by Community Security Service, or CSS, to keep synagogues, day schools and other Jew ish institutions across the country safe. The group is trying to be the gold standard for synagogue self-defensea goal that became even more relevant following Sundays massacre at a Texas church that left at least 26 people dead. Police say a 26-year-old man, Devin Patrick Kelley, opened fire with a military-style assault weapon before being shot himself by a neighbor and dying of his wounds. If the Jewish community is supposed to be an example for the rest of the world, then in the times we are living in, we should show other communi ties how to organize and how to help law enforcement help us, Jason Friedman, Com munity Security Services executive director, told JTA on Monday. CSS focuses on training community members to spot suspicious behavior and thus avert potential attacks. Our primary focus is to get volunteers from synagogues training in situational aware


HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, NOVEMBER 24, 2017 PAGE 13A Weekly roundup of world briefs from JTA Transparent star Jef frey Tambor denies sec ond sexual harassment accusation (JTA)Jeffrey Tambor, the star of the Emmy-winning television comedy Transpar ent, denied sexual harass ment allegations made by a female member of the shows cast a week after denying similar charges by his former assistant. Tambor issued the denial in a statement Friday in response to claims made earlier in the week by Trace Lysette, who has played the recurring charac ter Shea on the Amazon series since its first season, MNE reported. Lysette wrote on Twitter that Tambor had made sexual advances and comments to ward her and one time it got physical. Tambor, who is Jewish, plays the transgender head of dysfunctional Jewish family in the series. He said in his statement: I know I havent always been the easiest person to work with. I can be volatile and ill-tempered, and too often I express my opinions harshly and without tact. But I have never been a predatorever. The claims against Tambor, which are the subject of an internal probe launched by Amazon, are the latest in a string of complaints made against celebrities in the wake of a New York Times article last month about the alleged harassment by Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein, who was fired from the company he founded over the allegations. Tambors former assistant, Van Barnes, a transgender woman, made the allegations in a private Facebook post on Nov. 8 that was not widely cir culated in the media. Tambor dismissed them as baseless charges coming from a dis gruntled former assistant. Lysette said Tambor sexu alized her in front of co-star Alexandra Billings during a break on set. The actress said she laughed off the comments because it was so absurd and she thought surely it had to be a joke. But she claimed the harassment turned physical later that day. In between takes, I stood in a corner on the set as the crew reset for a wide shot. My back was against the wall in a corner as Jeffrey approached me, Lysette tweeted. He came in close, put his bare feet on top of mine so I could not move, leaned his body against me, and began quick, discreet thrusts back and forth against my body. I felt his penis on my hip through his thin pajamas and I pushed him off of me. Amazon launched an in vestigation into the sexual harassment claims made by Barnes earlier this month, and the company said it is aware of Lysettes accusation and is now looking into it as well. According to Deadline, the writers of Transparent are contemplating writing Tam bor out of the fifth season of the show. Jared Kushner was con tacted about WikiLeaks and Russia ahead of election, senators say (JTA)White House se nior adviser Jared Kushner exchanged emails about WikiLeaks in the lead-up to the 2016 presidential elec tion, members of the Senate Judiciary Committee said. The assertion, which comes amid a probe of alleged Russian intervention in the election, came Thursday in a letter sent by the commit tees chairman, Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, and ranking member Sen. Dianne Fein stein, D-Calif., to Kushners lawyer. Prior to the election, WikiLeaks published emails, widely thought to have been hacked by the Russian govern ment, damaging to Hillary Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta and the Demo cratic National Committee. In the letter, Grassley and Feinstein say Kushner received an email about WikiLeaks in September 2016 and passed it on to an official within Trumps campaign, along with a message about a Russian backdoor overture and dinner invite, The Hill reported. The two senators demanded additional documents from Kushner, who is Trumps sonin-law, as part of the commit tees ongoing investigation of Russias election interference. There was also evidence that Kushner received copies of communications between unnamed others and Sergei Millian, a Belarusian-Amer ican businessman who gave authorities information about alleged Russian intervention in American politics. Reports about the senators letter did not include precise information about the content of the emails they are seeking. Kushner, who said he would cooperate with authorities probing the affair and has divulged some information, did not provide the emails in question, the senators wrote. You also have not pro duced any phone records that we presume exist and would relate to Mr. Kushners communications regarding several requests, they added in the letter to Kushners lawyer, Abbe Lowell. The letter says the docu ments provided to the Senate Judiciary Committee are in complete, and gives Lowell until Nov. 27 to comply with the request. It appears that your search may have overlooked several documents, the letter says. Lowell said Thursday that Kushner and his legal rep resentation have replied to all the requests they have received and will continue to cooperate with the Senate Judiciary Committee. We provided the Judiciary Committee with all relevant documents that had to do with Mr. Kushners calls, contacts or meetings with Russians during the campaign and transition, which was the request, Lowell said in a statement. The revelation that Kush ner received communication about WikiLeaks prior to the November 2016 election comes several days after Don ald Trump Jr,. the presidents son, confirmed his correspon dence with WikiLeaks leading up to the vote. Genesis Prize co-founder denies report that award to Ruth Bader Ginsburg was consolation prize (JTA)The co-founder of the foundation that awards the Genesis Prize, known as the Jewish Nobel, denied a report that Ruth Bader Ginsburg was intended to be the awards 2018 laureate but instead was given a lifetime achievement award as a consolation prize. Stan Polovets denied the veracity of an article published Friday in Haaretz, which quoted unnamed sources saying that the $1 million award given last week to actress Natalie Portman was originally going to the Jewish Supreme Court justice. The foundation then cre ated a new prize, a lifetime achievement award, to give Ginsburg as a consolation prize, the article said. The awards were announced a week apart. The unnamed sources gave Haaretz varying reasons for the alleged change of plans, including that Ginsburg had been an outspoken critic of President Donald Trump and that the Supreme Court does not allow its justices to accept such monetary awards. Polovets, who also serves as the Genesis Prize Founda tions chairman and CEO, told JTA on Friday that Gins burg was never on the final shortlist for the award. She had been among a group of 15 people who were told that they were being considered for the award, so she contacted a womens rights group in Israel to which she was considering giving the money if she were to win. However, the foundation was told by a Supreme Court legal counsel that justices are barred from accepting monetary awards, so Ginsburg was not on the final shortlist, Polovets said. He denied claims made by Haaretz that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahus office had been involved in the de cision making. The Genesis Prize was established as a partnership between RussianJewish philanthropists and the Israeli government. The prime minister in the five years of the Genesis Prize has never interfered or injected himself, Polovets said. Hes not even aware of the laureates name until the press release is issued. Polovets said the lifetime award was created to honor worthy individuals who could not accept the prize due to work or time limitations. This year when we began discussions with Ruth Bader Ginsburg, and it turned out that she would not be able to accept the award, we thought it would be very important to honor her, he said. We consulted with the first five laureates and came up with idea for the lifetime achieve ment award, which they unanimously agreed should go to Ruth Bader Ginsburg. The foundation is consid ering awarding the lifetime award on a yearly basis, Po lovets said. The Genesis Prize was founded in 2012. Along with Portman, the other laureates are former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, ac tor Michael Douglas, violinist Itzhak Perlman and sculptor Anish Kapoor. House passes tax reform that critics warn could politicize houses of wor ship (JTA)The U.S. House of Representatives passed major tax reform legislation along party lines that critics said effectively repeals an amend ment designed to keep houses of worship nonpartisan. The vote Thursday was 227205, with 13 House Republi cans joining all Democrats to oppose the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. Its passage represents the advancement of a key agenda item for President Donald Trump and congressional Republicans, CNN reported. The Anti-Defamation League said the bill consti tutes a repeal of the Johnson Amendment, which bars tax-exempt nonprofits from endorsing or opposing can didates. For decades, the ADL said, the amendment has protected the integrity of houses of worship and other non-profit organizations by prohibiting them from en dorsing or opposing political candidates. ADLs national director, Jonathan Greenblatt, warned that undermining the John son Amendments critical protections will politicize the pews and foster inappropri ate religious entanglement with politics. ADL is deeply troubled and disappointed by the development, the group said in a statement. Noting that the Senates current version of the tax bill does not contain a similar repeal, ADL added that the Senate must be resolute on this issue by taking a stand to keep divisive politics out of our houses of worship. While the bills passage in the Republican-controlled House was largely drama free, the prospects for the measure are more unclear in the Sen ate, where Republicans hold only a two-seat majority, CNN noted. The House Republican tax plan, released Nov. 2, condenses the current seven tax brackets to three, nearly doubles the standard deduc tion and caps the amount taxpayers can write off in state taxes at $10,000. The Senate Republican plan, released Nov. 8, eliminates the state and local tax deduction and keeps the current seven brackets but lowers rates. The Senate Finance Com mittee is expected to vote its version out of committee on Friday, according to The New York Times, with a full Senate vote expected after Thanksgiving. Dozens of Jewish nonprof its, charitable organizations and religious institutions last week urged Congress to refrain from passing legisla tion that compromises the Johnson Amendment. A letter signed by 55 Jewish groups was sent last week to the chairman and ranking member of the House Ways and Means Committee. Charitable nonprofits and houses of worship can only be successful if we maintain public trust in our integrity and commitment to mission, the letter reads. Politicizing them for the benefit of politi cians and partisan donors would destroy that trust. Every charitable dollar spent on partisan campaign politics is one less dollar spent on the public good. In addition to ADL, groups representing all streams of Judaism except the Orthodox community signed the letter, as did Jewish community rela tions councils and the Jewish federations of several cities. The Jewish Federations of North America and the Jewish Council for Public Affairs also signed the letter, as did the American Jewish Committee and Bnai Brith International. 2 Israelis wounded, one severely, in West Bank car-ramming attack (JTA)Two Israelis were wounded, one seriously, in a West Bank car-ramming at tack allegedly by a Palestinian teenager who later was shot. Even Ezer Holaring, a 35-year-old father of five, suffered a serious head injury Friday in what police are call ing a terrorist attack. David Ramati, 70, was moderately wounded in the attack at the Efrat South junction near Jerusalem. Both live in the Kiryat Arba settlement out side Hebron. The driverIzz al-Din Ali Abu Rmeishan Karajeh, 17, from the Hebron areawas shot while attempting to stab soldiers near the scene of the initial attack, Army Radio reported. The assailant was severely injured and treated at the scene by Israeli forces be fore being evacuated along with the victims for further treatment in Jerusalem, an Israeli army spokesman told the Maan news agency. Holaring immigrated to Israel in 2006 from India and is a member of the Bnei Menashe community. Jewish familys adopted son accused of scrawling Hitler slur on Chabad preschool (JTA)A Florida teenager who was adopted by a Jewish family is accused of trashing a Jewish preschool and scrawl ing a statement mentioning Hitler. Michael Dami, 19, is ac cused of breaking in the Naples Preschool of the Arts, part of the Chabad Jewish Center, on Oct. 18, causing thousands of dollars worth of damage and writing with a red lipstick on a wall inside: ! YOU JEWS NEVER! LEARN!! HEIL HITLER! CNBC-2 reported Friday. Police said he was caught on surveillance video. Once inside, it appears that he used a fire extinguisher to start smashing televisions and bookshelves and other equip ment, according to Lt. Seth Finman of the Naples Police Department. Dami struggles with drugs and mental health, his ad opted father said. On Wednesday, detectives arresting Dami on a separate warrant found several credit cards and checks that were stolen from the preschool, according to CNBC. In court the following day, Dami was not allowed to post bond for two of his charges, which are both first-degree felonies. Police said the State At torneys Office could increase Damis charges because the incident could potentially be treated as a hate crime. British Labour Party re admits member accused of Holocaust revision ism, bars another (JTA)The British Labour Party punished an activist for making an anti-Semitic re mark about Adolf Hitler after reinstating a member accused of Holocaust revisionism. Labour activist Nasreen Khan was passed over this week from representing La bour at a municipal election over her 2012 Facebook post about Jews in which she said teachers are brainwashing us and our children into think ing the bad guy was Hitler, according to the Jewish News Khan said she regretted the text, which also read, What have the Jews done good in this world? Separately, philosopher Moshe Machover was readmit ted after writing that Nazism and Zionism had a basic agreement. The developments are the latest in a two-year saga involving anti-Semitism in Labour under Jeremy Corbyn, who was elected party leader in 2015 and this year led his opposition movement to a major electoral feat despite accusations by British Jewish groups that he is responsible for whitewashing and tolerat ing the hatred of Jews. Earlier this month Corbyn, who last year said he regret ted in 2009 calling Hezbollah and Hamas his friends, said he was glad about the reinstatement of Machover, an Israel-born anti-Zionist Jew who in September published an article alleging that the Nazis had been supporters of Zionism before they began murdering Jews in Europe and the Middle East. Machover was briefly sus pended from Labour over the article, in which he quotes a document by Reinhard Heydrich, an architect of the Holocaust, making a friendly mention of Zionism, indicat ing an area of basic agreement it shared with Nazism, as Machover described it. The Campaign Against Antisemitism accused Macho ver of Holocaust revisionism for the article, in which the author quoted a 1935 essay by Heydrich saying that the Nazi government finds itself in complete agreement with the great spiritual movement within Jewry itself, so-called Zionism. Ken Livingstone, a former mayor of London, was sus pended for one year earlier this year from Labour over similar claims. David Hirsh, a senior lectur er at Goldsmiths, University of London, accused Machover of disingenuously monstering of Jews and of Israel with the Heydrich quote. Hirsh said this is evident from a passage demonizing Zionism in Mein Kampf, written by Adolf Hitler. There should be no place in democratic Labour politics for Machovers misrepresenta tion of history, Hirsh wrote last month. Corbyn has vowed to kick out members caught mak ing statements that Labour deems to be hateful, and has sanctioned dozens of them. But Labour has not defined what it deems hateful lan guage, ignoring or condoning rhetoric considered racist and offensive by the main repre sentative organs of British Jewry. French courts punish promoters of anti-Semit ic hate speech (JTA)Amid vocal protests by leaders of French Jewry on JTA on page 15A


PAGE 14A HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, NOVEMBER 24, 2017 D 1 A 2 V 3 I 4 D 5 T 6 E 7 P 8 E 9 E 10 A 11 G 12 S 13 A14N A C E E15S H E T R16A M I17N T H E D18E S E R T A19L I N20A S I A21M E N A22B23B O T R24A25T N26O R27 A28I S H D29E30B31O R A H32 M33I K34V A H S I35R A I36N O N37 D38U E D39A V K40A E41L I42 G43L A44Z45E46 A47N S48 W49O R50E R51O O E52L53I54Y A H U55 S56O L O57M O N T58O G A A59P U60 D61S V H62A N K S63 E64P E65E E66M67M68A69A70N O N71O72N S T O P73R A I N N74E R A75R D E N A76D U M A E77R E P78A S T A M79O S E S Jakob Ratz/Pacific Press/LightRocket via Getty Images Some of the tens of thousands of nationalists marching through Warsaw, Nov. 11, 2017. Polish Jews are split on whether anti-Semitism has increased under the conser vative Law and Justice party, which rose to power in 2015. President Andrzej Duda in a post Monday on Twitter wrote: In our country, there is no room, nor is there consent, to xenophobia, to insane nation alism, there is no room in our country to anti-Semitism. Polish Jews agree that rac ist violence in their country is relatively rare. Only a few dozen anti-Semitic incidents are recorded annually, most of them verbal, though several anti-Semitic statements were made by Polish politicians. Those are crucial differ ences, Kadlcik said, between Poland and other countries in the region. In Hungary, activists from the ultranationalist Jobbik party, the countrys second largest, rally regularly in the thousands and sometimes ter rorize Jews, as well as Roma and gays. In Ukraine, syna gogues and Jewish cemeteries are routinely targeted and activists for the xenophobic Svoboda party call for chasing Jews out. In Latvia, veterans of the Nazi Waffen SS march every year. In Bulgaria, the Lukov March, named for a Nazi ally, also draws thousand of participants. And in Lithua nia, nationalist marches often feature swastikas and other fascist symbols. Things are bad, but theyre not as bad as many people think, at least not yet, Kadlcik said of Poland. Why is the far right growing in Poland? Spared the political insta bility of war-torn Ukraine and the financial crisis grip ping Hungary, Polish voters have not displayed the same penchant for raw nationalism as some of their neighbors. Law and Justice is decidedly right wing in that it opposes immigration from the Middle East, seeks to limit access to abortion and increase its con trol over the media. But the ruling party also has scrapped its plans for asserting greater control over the judiciary and vocally opposes antiSemitism. It also celebrates rescuers of Jews during the Holocaust. Pankowski cites a number of factors in explaining the rise of Polish nationalism. As citizens of a key NATO ally with bitter memories of Russian domination, many Poles have been driven to nationalism in response to Russian expansionism under President Vladimir Putin. The rise of the far right elsewhere in Europe, and the election of Trump, is also creating a feeling of solidarity, Pan kowski said. The U.S. election is an important factor, said Pan kowski, who noted that the official banner of the Warsaw marchWe Want God was taken from a Polish poem Trump quoted during his July visit to Poland. Do Jews have anything to do with it? Anti-Semitism was neither a central theme of the Pol ish far right, nor was it very prominent at the Warsaw march, observers said. Most of the focus at Saturdays rally was Muslim immigration, Pankowski said. Among the banners on display was an anti-Muslim caricature drawn by a Danish cartoonist in 2005 carrying the slogan Moham med not welcome. Nonetheless, Jonny Dan iels, founder of From the Depths, which promotes Holocaust commemoration in Poland, filed a complaint on Monday accusing marchers of incitement to hate and calling on the government to identify and punish them to the full extent of the law. Marchers found guilty could face up to three years in prison. Hatred of Jews remains an element of the identity of the far right in Poland even though it has no large Jewish community, and thats what was on display at the march, Pankowski said. What do Polish Jews say? The issue of anti-Semitism in Poland is a contentious one among its Jews and led to a public row among com munity leaders in August. Leslaw Piszewski, president of the Union of Jewish Com munities in Poland, and Anna Chipczynska, head of the Warsaw Jewish community, sent a letter to Law and Justice leader Jaroslaw Kaczynski saying that Polish Jews are increasingly fearful due to government inaction in the face of rising anti-Semitism. But Artur Hofman, who runs the countrys largest Jewish cultural organization, TSKZ, dismissed the letter as stupid and scheduled a meeting with Kaczynski. Daniels and two Chabad rabbis also attended. Hofman and the rabbis then accused Piszewski and Chipczynska of exaggerat ing Polands anti-Semitism problem as part of a political war against Law and Jus tice. Piszewski and Chipczyn ska dismissed that charge and claimed the accusing groups are not legitimate representa tives of Polish Jewry. Sergiusz Kowalski, a leader of a Polish branch of Bnai Brith and an ally of Piszewski and Chipczynska, called the four men who met Kaczynski court Jews. And Michael Schudrich, the chief rabbi of Poland, said in an interview with the Forward that Daniels has become a supporter of the ultra-right wing. Daniels, a frequent target of the far-right online who has criticized ultranational ism in Poland and Holocaust denial, has denied this, adding his organization is willing to participate in intercultural dialogue with a wide range of partners. What about Israel? For the most part, Israel has remained silent about Holocaust revisionism and incidents of anti-Semitism in countries that have friendly ties to the Jewish state. But on Monday, a spokesman for its Foreign Ministry called the Warsaw event a dangerous march of extreme and racist elements, and urged Polish authorities to act against the organizers. Last year, Israels ambas sador to Poland, Anna Azari, hosted Tadeusz Rydzyk, a Catholic priest who runs a radio station that the U.S. State Department has called a main purveyor of antiSemitism. She defended the move as important outreach even as Never Again, Pan kowskis group, called it a big mistake. Azari did speak out last month against proposed legis lation on restitution, arguing its preclusion of claims by distant relatives and noncitizens discriminates against Jews whose families lost property in Poland during or after the Holocaust. An Israeli restitution official told JTA, referring to the proposed law: First the Nazis seized private property and then the com munist authorities of Poland seized it, when most Polish Jews were already dead. Ultimately, however, Is raels attitude seems to be guided by comments Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu made in 2013 during the visit by Polish President Bronislaw Komorowski to Jerusalem. Noting the suffering of nonJewish Poles and Jews under Nazi occupation, Netanyahu observed that Poland and Israel have to support each other. 60,000 joined a Polish nationalist marchshould Jews be worried? By Cnaan Liphshiz (JTA)The sight of farright activists waving racist banners and shouting antiSemitic slogans during a na tionalist march in the capital of Poland over the weekend shocked many around the world. It was an understandable reaction to witnessing tens of thousands in Warsaw march ing near what used to be the largest Jewish ghetto during the Holocaust amid shouts of Jews out and Remove Jewry from power. The march, an annual event that began in 2009 with 500 participants on Polands national day, Nov. 11, was not necessarily the largest so far. Similar numbers of marchers showed up last year. But it did showcase the rising strength of Polish nationalists who are feeling emboldened by the conservative government in Warsawand to some extent by the election of Donald Trump as U.S. president. Despite its size, the Warsaw gathering was neither unusu al nor even particularly toxic compared to similar gather ings in other countries in Central and Eastern Europe. Similar or worse displays have occurred regularly in other post-communist countries including in Ukraine earlier this year and annually in the Baltic stateswhere the far right is far more powerful and violent than in Poland. In the aftermath of the march, JTA posed five ques tions on the situation to some of Polands leading experts on the issue and a former leader of its Jewish community. Does Poland have a fas cism problem? Despite their growing vis ibility, ultranationalist Poles have neither the prominence nor acceptance they seem to enjoy in Lithuania, Latvia, Hungary and Ukraine. Still, their popularity among young people is seen as a worrisome sign, ac cording to Rafal Pankowski, co-founder of the Polish antiracism group Never Again, who cited a 2013 survey of high school students showing that 44 percent would rather not have Jewish neighbors and more than 60 percent would not want to have a Jewish boyfriend or girlfriend. The sociological data shows us that the younger generation is more prone to xenophobia than that of their parents, which is perhaps the most alarming aspect of the phenomenon, Pankowski said. Though there were cer tainly racists at Saturdays march, there were also or dinary people, families who just wanted to do a patriotic act, which to them is just to march with the Polish flag, said Piotr Kadlcik, the former president of the Union of Jew ish Religious Communities in Poland. And while some shouted offensive slogans about Jews, there were no known anti-Se mitic banners on display, nor was there rioting or violence. In a way this is scary, too, because it shows the far right have their act together and can demonstrate the disci pline of a political movement rather than a bunch of hooli gans, Kadlcik said. But there was very little intimidation. MEDICAL ALERT Have you sufferedInternal Bleedingor other complications due to taking the drug Xarelto?You may be entitled to Compensation. 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HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, NOVEMBER 24, 2017 PAGE 15A Cohen From page 4A immunize the communists themselves from anti-Sem itism. Once the Yevsektsiya finished its job of crushing Jewish self-expression, it too was designated as a reaction ary manifestation of Jewish separatism and shut down. Until 1991, when the So viet Union finally dissolved Pluralism From page 5A Aggression From page 5A Hezbollah in his killing. David Daoud wrote that Hariri left Lebanon after meeting with Ali Akbar Velayati, the foreign policy adviser of Iranian Su preme Leader Ali Khamenei, and expressed that Iran was responsible for Lebanons stability. In addition to asserting even greater control over Iraq, Yemen, and Lebanon since the nuclear deal was agreed to two years ago, Iran has stepped up its support with the help of Russia and of Bashar al-Assad in Syria. That has included the capture of Aleppo, Syrias larg est urban area, late last year. As time goes on, Iran is Orthodox Jewish expressions. On Monday morning, the JFNA board issued an un usual resolution criticizing Israel for freezing a deal on non-Orthodox prayer at the Western Wall and for its sup port for a bill that would give Orthodox authorities in Israel a monopoly on religious con versions to Judaism. Both issues demonstrate to the non-Orthodox estab lishment that their rabbis and religious practices strongly connected to egali tarian religious roles for JTA From page 13A the judiciarys handling of anti-Semitic crimes, French courts made a series of tough rulings on inciters to hatred of Jews. In three separate rulings last week, French judges rejected the appeal of the far-right Holocaust denier Alain Soral against his prison sentence, affirmed the evic tion of his associate and ca reer anti-Semite Dieudonne Mbala Mbala from his Paris headquarters and slapped a $1,700 fine on a teacher who inveighed against Israel and the Jews. The rulings came amid unprecedented criticism by CRIF, the umbrella group of French Jewish communities, and other French Jewish groups on judicial actions and decision that it said were too soft on anti-Semites, encour aged terrorism or amounted to a cover-up of hate crimes against Jews. The National Bureau for Vigilance Against Anti-Semi tism, which earlier this month heavily criticized the acquit tal from murder charges of an accomplice of the killer of four Jews in Toulosue in 2012, applauded the Nov. 9 verdict against Soral, who in 2012 co-founded the AntiZionist Party with Dieudonne, a comedian with multiple convictions for inciting hatred against Jews whom former Prime Minister Manuel Valls called a professional antiSemite. Soral, who also has multiple convictionsincluding for saying Adolf Hitler should have finished the jobwas sentenced to three months in jail in March. He also was fined approximately $16,000. French courts rarely impose heavy fines for hate speech and seldom send individuals found guilty of this offense to prison. Earlier this year, CRIF and the National Bureau for Vigilance Against AntiSemitism mounted a vo cal protest campaign over the absence of hate crime charges from an initial indictment against Kobili Traore, who confessed to killing his Jewish neigh bor, Sarah Halimi. Traore, who reportedly had called Halimis daughter a dirty Jew, screamed about Allah and killing Satan while he pummeled Halimi in her Paris apartment in April. In September, prosecu tors included the hate crime charges in a revised indict ment that followed intense lobbying and vocal protests by CRIF, including to President Emmanuel Macron. The Nov. 8 sentence against Dieudonne comes two years after a lower court ordered him to leave the building that has housed his Main DOr theater since 2002. The evic tion order follows failed safety inspections and a motion to nullify the rental contract for the theater by the owners. Dieudonne, whom tax authorities say is deliberately insolvent to avoid paying fines for his multiple hate speech convictions, on Nov. 8 also was ordered to pay nearly $6,000 to anti-racism groups that sued him for comparing on stage in 2014 the treatment of blacks by Jewish slave owners to how the Nazis treated Jews. Separately, the Correc tional Tribunal of Paris fined a former English teacher at the prestigious Janson-de-Sailly High School some $1,500 on Nov. 9, Le Parisien reported, over her posting on Facebook last year that the American Jewish lobby supports Hillary Clintons presidential cam paign and that then-French President Francois Hollande is a Jew who benefited from his belonging to that commu nity to ascend in politics and who now denies this. working toward capturing the necessary territory in Syria to establish a land link to the Mediterranean Sea, and be in a position to attack Israel directly. Irans destabilizing re gional behavior has increased since the agreement on the JCPOA. This is something that President Donald Trump noted in his Oct. 13 speech an nouncing his administrations new strategy towards Iran: The nuclear deal threw Irans dictatorship a political and economic lifeline, pro viding urgently needed relief from the intense domestic pressure the sanctions had created. It also gave the re gime an immediate financial boost and over $100 billion dollars its government could use to fund terrorism. Overall, Trump, unlike his predecessor, understands the need to confront Iran across all of its threats. And while Trumps instincts ap pear to be sound, his actions, so far have not matched his words. The capture of Kirkuk came just two days after Trumps speech. The United States did nothing to help the Kurds resulting in the Iranians laughing off their faces in Tehran while the Kurds are humiliated and defeated, The Israel Projects Senior Fellow Julie Lenarz said when assess ing the situation. The U.S. has done little against Iran since then, though it has backed up both Hariri and Saudi Arabia. Still, thats not enough. John Hannah, a senior counselor at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, warned this week that Iran is on the verge of establishing a land link to the Mediter ranean and if it is successful in doing so, Trumps Iran strategy will be stillborn, embarrassingly consigned to historys ash heap within a few short months of its unveiling. Hannah said it wont be easy, and highlighted that it will be necessary for the U.S. to stand behind the Syrian Democratic Forcesa Kurd ish and Arab groupeven after the battle with ISIS is over. Hannah recommends: If Trump nevertheless de cides that Irans hegemonic designs must be foiled in eastern Syria, he can still do so. With the support of U.S. air power and Special Forces, the SDF remains an extremely capable combat force. Its tens of thousands of Sunni Arab fighters are an especially valu able asset in Sunni-dominated Deir Ezzor. From that van tage, its entirely within the U.S. coalitions capabilities to decide that theynot the pro-Iranian forceswill seize Abu Kamal and the SyriaIraq border from the Islamic State. Washington can assure its SDF partners that it will remain in Syria even after the Islamic State is defeated to as sist them in holding strategic terrain and assets that they have liberatedeven in the face of intimidation, threats, and attacks from the Syrian regime and its backers. Irans hegemonic appetite was whetted by the JCPOA. If Trump chooses, he stands a chance to deny Iran one of the strategic gains it has been working to achieve. Its not too late to do the right thing. Yet. David Gerstman is senior editor and policy analyst at The Israel Project. women and menhave second-class standing in the Jewish state. But federations are set up to support Israel and in spire donors with its vision as a home for all Jews, not tussle with its leadership. The official program for the convention described what it called one of the most vex ing issues facing Federations today: How do we balance Federations philanthropic mission with our role as the communitys central address when were increasingly drawn into controversial political issues? Pluralism isnt the only such issuea panel discus sion Monday sought to heal internal communal wounds over the bruising Iran nuclear deal fight of a few years back. But its an issue that not only creates antagonism between the Diaspora and Jerusalem (in his address Monday, Israeli President Reuven Rivlin im plored the delegates to have patience with Israels messy democracy, which gives reli gious parties an outsized say in religion and state issues) but one that divides Jews here as well: Orthodox Jews are far less likely to care about the issue, and have made that known. Federations are much more comfortable, and unifying, when they stick to what they do best: Richard Sandler, chair of the JFNA board of trustees, described that threefold mis sion as relief for the needy, support for Jewish education and identity, and inspiring a connection to Israel. You could sense the release when the public sessions turned to inspiration, not di vision. Delegates were wowed by a millennial roundtable featuring three young social entrepreneurs who served up advice on how to reach their generation. If you want to engage millennials, said Rachel Samekh, founder and CEO of Swipe Away Hunger, you have to be curious about who we are. There was ecstatic ap plause for Mohammed Al Samawi, a Muslim advocate for interfaith relations who escaped the civil war in his native Yemen with the help of three young Jewish people he met online. The convention was roused by a little old-time religion from Rabbi David Wolpe of this citys Sinai Temple, who warned that too many Jews are strangers and immi grants to our own tradition. We dont teach our children what made our people our people. But it was another Los Angeles rabbi who captured the hope and anxiety of this years G.A. You cant build ... Jewish identity with crisis and fear, said Rabbi Ed Feinstein of Valley Beth Shalom. Its the wrong language. If nothing else, this years G.A. was a search for that new language. following a bitter Cold War of half a century, the seeds planted by the Bolsheviks Jewish policy continued to bear their bitter fruit. Jews were banned from emigrat ing, and those who wanted to emigrate to Israel were singled out for special pun ishment. The anti-Semitic crescendo reached its peak in 1953, with the infamous Doctors Plot of Joseph Sta lins final year; the crescendo never fully dissipated, with Jews subjected to govern ment quotas in education and jobs. Viciously anti-Semitic propaganda, depicting Zion ists as hook-nosed bankers, was presented as progressive anti-Zionist solidarity with the oppressed, dispossessed Palestinians. In the grim years of communist leaders like Leonid Brezhnev and Yuri Andropov, anti-Zionist Soviet academicians be came even louder and more outlandish with their con spiracy theories, while the KGB offered generous sup port to Palestinian terrorists as well as an assortment of German, Japanese, Italian and other armed revolution ary groups. For anyone over age 20, there will be a Bolshevik centenary to anticipate every year, sometimes more than once. For example, next year, the centenary of the Yevsektsiyas 1918 founding will be an occasion to com miserate on the terrible fate of Soviet Jews under their own regime, many years before millions of them were hunted down by the invad ing Nazis. The overriding point is, hardly any of these occasions will be an oppor tunity for celebration. That is a reminder of how scarred the Jewish people were by the twin Soviet and Nazi ex periments in totalitarianism, and why we need to remain vigilant about our liberties in our own troubled century. Ben Cohen writes a weekly column for on Jewish affairs and Middle Eastern politics. His writings have been published in Com mentary, the New York Post, Haaretz, The Wall Street Journal and many other publications. Have you experiencedKidney orHeart Issuesfrom side effects such as Ketoacidosis caused by the Type 2 Diabetes medication Invokana? 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PAGE 16A HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, NOVEMBER 24, 2017 Henry Rosovsky is flanked by David Sackstein, left, and Sacksteins father, Robert. The younger Sackstein is a Harvard alumnus and now a first-year student at Harvard Law School who has lunch dates with Rosovsky, his mentor. Robert Sackstein is a doctor who teaches at Harvard Medical School. By Penny Schwartz CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (JTA)When Henry Roso vsky first arrived at Harvard University in 1949, a newly minted graduate of the Col lege of William and Mary, the young Jewish refugee could hardly have imagined that a building associated with the Harvard Jewish community would be named in his honor more than four decades later. Born in 1927 in what is now Gdansk, Poland, Rosovsky had immigrated with his parents to the United States when he was 13. Harvards quota cap ping the number of Jewish students was dying out, but the Jews on campus were not exactly out and loud. If you go back to the 1950s and 1960s, it was not taken for granted that in the forefront of a university would be a leader so forthright and unapolo getically Jewish, said Rabbi Jonah Steinberg, the Harvard chaplain and executive direc tor of its Hillel. But within the next de cade and a halfduring which Rosovsky served in the U.S. military, completed his doctorate and taught at the University of California, Berkeley, returning in 1965 to Harvard as an economics professorhe set in motion a flourishing of Jewish life on campus. In 1978, Rosovsky shep herded the establishment of the Center for Jewish Studies, which was led for decades by Harry Wolfson, the first chair man of a Judaic studies center at an American college. The first Jew to serve on the board of the Harvard Corp., the schools governing body, Rosovsky was a key player in paving the way for Hillels move from cramped quarters on the outskirts of campus to a location near the center of student life. He didnt set out to trum pet his own Jewish identity, but by being very honestly who they are, they were an example to others, Steinberg said about Rosovsky and his wife, Nitza, a former long time curator of the Semitic Museum at Harvard. In 1993, Harvard Hillel broke ground on Rosovsky Hall, a handsome, light-filled building designed for the Jew ish student organization by the renowned Israeli architect Moshe Safdie. On Wednesday, Harvard Hillel will celebrate a dual milestoneRosovskys 90th birthday, on Sept. 1, and the buildings upcoming 25th an niversary. Harvard President Drew Gilpin Faust and former presidents Derek Bok and Neil Rudenstine are scheduled to attend. Lawrence Summers, who preceded Faust as Har vards first Jewish president, will participate via video. The celebration kicks off a new campaign to secure the future of Rosovsky Hall and Jewish life on campus, according to a statement by the Harvard Hillel. Henry Rosovsky has truly been a towering figure at Harvard, Faust said in an email to JTA. As a student, alumnus, University Profes sor, dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, and, twice, as acting president of the Uni versity, its hard to imagine a vantage point from which Henry hasnt seenand im provedthe institution we all love so much. In an interview with JTA, Harvard honors a professor who helped its Jewish life flourish Rosovsky Hall is near the Harvard campus. glass-walled prayer spaces to be open to each other. Praying east, they can see each other, he said in a phone conversation. They might be in separate halls, but symboli cally they are one. Its a potent symbol that resonates with Elena Hof fenberg, a 2016 alumna and former Hillel student leader. Sitting in the student lounge, its possible to see all three worship services at the same time. Its a beautiful way the building exemplifies Hillels commitment to pluralism, said Hoffenberg, who now works for the Boston-based Jewish Womens Archive. After graduation, its harder to find such a thing. In his decades-long Har vard career, Rosovsky served as dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, and several brief appointments as acting president in the 1980s. Rosovskys influence is evident beyond Jewish studies, according to Steinberg and Jonathan Sarna, a professor of American Jewish history at Brandeis University. Both pointed to his leadership in recruiting Henry Louis Gates Jr in 1991 to lead what is now Harvards Department of Af rican and African American Studies. In 1986, on the occasion of Harvards 350th anniversary, Nitza Rosovsky wrote The Jewish Experience at Harvard and Radcliffe, a catalog that accompanied an exhibit at the museum. It traces Jewish presence on campus dating back to Judah Monis, who in the 1720s became the first Jew and first Jewish instructor of Hebrew at the college. At the time, Harvard required its instructors to be Christian; Monis converted to Christian ity in a public ceremony. The catalog also notes the formation of the Menorah Society, the Jewish student group that was a precursor to Hillel. Its a history that includes a well-known period of dis crimination in the 1920s, when Harvard used the quota system to restrict admissions for Jewish students. But Roso vsky puts that in historical perspective and points out that Harvard was not alone among higher education institutions in imposing the quota. According to Hillel International, Harvard cur rently has 803 Jewish students among 4,326 undergrads, nearly 20 percent, and more than two-thirds of its 4,326 graduate students are Jewish. Steinberg said the Har vard Hillel is sponsoring a new printing of the catalog. A timeline of Jewish life on the campus based on the catalog has been created for the anniversary event with updated material gathered by Hoffenberg, who worked with Nitza Rosovsky and dug deep into the Harvard archives to find posters and other archival records of Harvard Hillel. On a walk around Harvard Yard, Hoffenberg pointed out a large linden tree planted in 1990 in honor of Harvards German Refugee Scholars who had come to the campus as part of the colleges pro gram to aid German students during the Nazi era. On Friday night, hundreds of freshmen and their parents mingled in Rosovsky Hall for the freshmen family Shab bat gathering. Following the three separate religious services, students and guests shared a meal in the kosher dining hall, with an overflow crowd seated at tables in the student lounge. Among those at the gath ering was David Sackstein, a 2014 Harvard graduate who is now at the universitys law school. Sackstein has developed a close relationship with Rosovsky, who he fondly calls his Harvard zayde, or grandfather. As an active member of the Harvard Hillels board of directors, Rosovsky has provided Hillel student lead ers perspective on an array of issues that at times can be controversial, Sackstein told JTA, including navigating the often contentious Israeli-Pal estinian conflict. Rosovsky taught him and others to focus on their mission and values. Rosovsky Hall reflects its namesake, Sackstein said, as an embassy for the Jewish community at Harvard, open to a diverse cross-section of Jewish students and faculty. To have that space, he said, the dining hall that is open to all, and to have programs that are far reach ing means that we have cross-cultural dialogue and educational opportunities in everything we do Rosovskywhose fields of expertise are economic his tory, Japanese economic growth and higher educa tionrecalled how Rabbi Ben-Zion Gold, who led Hil lel for 30 years beginning in 1958, would often talk about his desire to relocate. I asked him, Why arent you happy where you are? Rosovsky recalled. Gold insisted that without being closer to campus, Hillel would never gain vitality and influence. With Rosovskys support, Hillel moved in 1979 to a new location on Mount Auburn Street, a block south of the main campus. He was absolutely right. I was wrong. Its made a tremendous difference in terms of activity, usage and influence, Rosovsky told JTA. Hillel moved again, a block away, to the 19,500-squarefoot Safdie building, which was dedicated in 1994. 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