WWW.HERITAGEFL.COM YEAR 42, NO. 13 DECEMBER 1, 2017 13 KISLEV, 5778 ORLANDO, FLORIDA SINGLE COPY 75 Editorials ..................................... 4A Op-Ed .......................................... 5A Calendar ...................................... 6A Scene Around ............................. 9A Synagogue Directory ................ 11A JTA News Briefs ........................ 13A By Christine DeSouza On Nov. 19, Central Florida Christians and Jews shared a unique evening together at the Rosen Plaza. The focal point of this years event was to bless the nation of Israel, and to raise funds for three organizations that help Jews still trapped in areas like Crimea and Ukraine make aliyah to Israel. The event, A Night to Bless Israel, was a successful interfaith event to show support for Israel, and raised $151,000 for Ezra International, Return Minis tries and Cyrus. Raising funds to bring 20 persecuted and impoverished Jewish families to Israel was our practical purpose, stated Audrey Sandford, an orga nizer of the second annual event. At the end of A Night to Bless Israel last Sunday this goal was met many times over. The event brought in five times our initial goal of $30,000. These funds will aid in the relocation of over 400 people to Israel, opening doors of economic, social, and personal opportunities they would not have had otherwise. Just think of the tears of hap piness! Blessing the apple of Gods eye is no small feat. In addition to speakers Steve Strang, CEO of Cha risma Media, who spoke about Christian Zionists who helped establish the State of Israel, and Holocaust survivor Jacques Wiesel, Pastor Blake Lorenz intro duced Albert Veksler, who is involved in the Knesset and Israeli politics, and is currently deputy director of Global Aliyah. Veksler stated that help must go beyond just getting Jews to Israel. Even though no entry visas are needed for the citizens of Ukraine, Russia, Moldova and Belarus, these touristolim face many problems in Israel. They cant work and they dont have the health insurance or social benefits, since they have arrived as tourists and are not yet citizens. Many of them have used up the little money they brought to Israel and have become desperate as they face complicated bureaucratic hurdles. In addition to many It was a night to bless Israel Pakistani terrorist leader Hafiz Saeed. By Ben Cohen The US expressed horror on Friday, Nov. 24, over the release by Pakistan last week of Hafiz Saeed, the master mind of the November 2008 terrorist attacks in the Indian city of Mumbai whose targets included Nariman House, the local Chabad center. The United States is deeply concerned that Lashkar-eTayyiba (LeT) leader Hafiz Saeed has been released from house arrest in Pakistan, a statement from the State Department declared. LeT is a designated Foreign Terror ist Organization responsible for the death of hundreds of innocent civilians in terrorist US deplores release of terrorist By Ron Kampeas WASHINGTON (JTA)As the Burning Bush crackles, God is heard. Mow-zes, God says in the mysteri ous mid-Atlantic accent that Hollywood once trained its actors to usethe one Anne Baxter as Nefertiti used to summon Charlton Hestons Moses in the 1956 blockbuster The Ten Commandments. Mow-zes, Mow-zes. That epic, earnest and seemingly end less film has much in common with the Museum of the Bible, the $500 million extravaganza gifted to the National Mall by one of Americas leading evangelical families, the founders of the Hobby Lobby chain. The museum celebrates Jews and Judaism as the noble, beloved and even feared antecedents to Christianity, and argues that its best modern expression Judaism is the star at a Bible museum built by Hobby Lobby Ron Kampeas Kids can be Samson bringing down the walls at Courageous Pages, the play area at the new Museum of the Bible in Washington, D.C. is in the State of Israel. And it makes the case that the Bible is not merely to be studied but to be believed. Speaking at the dedication Friday, Steven Green, the president of Hobby Lobby and the museums chairman of the board, said museum goers should come away realizing that the Bible has had a positive impact on their lives in so The Boards of Directors of the Holocaust Memorial Resource & Education Center of Florida and Congregation Participants in the 2016 Jewish Heritage Tour. Holocaust Center and CRJ announce 2018 Jewish Heritage Tour of Reform Judaism are thrilled to announce plans for a joint Jewish Heritage Tour to Po land and Germany from June 10-22, 2018. It was during the Holocaust Centers first sponsored tour to Poland and Prague in 2016 that HMREC Executive Director Pam Kancher and Rabbi Steven Engel decided to co-sponsor this trip to Poland and Germany in 2018. Participants will have the opportunity to explore the rich history and often haunt ing stories of Eastern Euro pean Jews while at the same time witness the rebirth of modern Jewish communities in Warsaw, Krakow, Munich and Berlin, said Kancher. A series of pre-trip semi nars, led by Rabbi Engel and the Holocaust Cen ters resource teacher, Mitch Bloomer, will provide histori cal and religious context to the countries, museums and memorial sites the group will experience during the 12-day journey. This will be an amazing experience for anyone who travels with great guides; I will be joined by a wonderful Holocaust educator (Mitch Bloomer) and together we will lead discussions and learning opportunities. We will begin by gaining a greater under standing of the Shoah and then move to learning about attacks, including a number of American citizens. The Pakistani government should make sure that he is arrested and charged for his crimes. The statement noted that in May 2008, the United States Department of the Treasury designated Saeed as a Specially Designated Global Terrorist. Since 2012, the United States has offered a US $10 million reward for informa Night on page 14A Saeed on page 15A Museum on page 15A Tour on page 14A
PAGE 2A HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, DECEMBER 1, 2017 The Ramat Gan Israeli dance group. The Jewish Academy of Orlando has partnered with The Israel American Council and the Friends of Israel Scouts, to host the annual Chanukah party. It will take place at The Roth Family JCC on Dec. 10 from 4 p.m. 6 p.m. Entertainment will be provided by the Ramat Gan Israeli dance group, and special Israeli food will be available for purchase. This event is open to the public and is free of charge. Chanukah party at the JCC Pedal for a paper Elliott Davis, Lee Sisselsky and Judy Kahan Davis rode their bikes from Wekiva to OBrien Road, where the Heritage office is located, to pick up their paper that did not arrive at their homes on Friday. The Heritage doesnt know why so many people did not get their Heritage newspaper last week. The papers are dropped off at the Orlando post office on Thursday for mail delivery on Friday. Once it leaves Heritage premises on Wednesday for printing, it is out of our control. We dont suggest that everyone ride a bike here if they dont get their paper on Friday. We do suggest that you wait until Monday, and if it still hasnt arrived, give us a call at 407-834-8787 and we will send you that weeks issue in the mail. The Roth Family JCC is gearing up for the 2018 J-Rassic Park J Ball Char ity Auction that will be held March 14, 6:30 p.m., at the Orlando Science Center. In advance of the auction itself, the JCC is hosting a raffle for ticket-buyers: Anyone who buys their ticket by Dec. 21 will be entered into a raffle for 4 tickets to the Jan. 3 Orlando Magic game against the Houston Rockets. The J Ball Charity Auction is just around the corner University attendees, as well as seniors over the age of 64 are $75. Individual or additional raffle tickets can also be pur chased for $25 through the JCCs website, https://orlando jcc.org/calendar/j-ball-2018 or at the JCCs Registrars Desk, as well. For more information, contact Lucy Maddox at email@example.com or 407-621-4022. Tickets are currently on sale: General admission is $100; Tickets for parents of JCC preschool students, Jewish Academy students, J (L-r) Club LChaim co-presidents Alana Halperin and Jordan Greenberg, faculty adviser Dan Smith, speaker Dr. Jacob Eisenbach, and Rabbi Mendy Bronstein. By Christine DeSouza Students and faculty of Lake Brantley High School are learning about how to stand up to hate in these troubling times. Through the dedication of Brantleys Club LChaim co-presidents Alana Halperin and Jordan Green berg and student members, another informative meeting was held at the school to bring awareness to the reality of hate in the world, and how to combat it. These meetings are part of an on-going series. The first meeting of this kind was held a year ago. Although the students expected about 50 people to turn up to that Lake Brantleys Club LChaim rises up against hate Student members of Club LChaim with Idit Lotringer (far left) and School Board member Abby Sanchez (third from right). event, the auditorium was filled to overflowing. This year Club LChaim, under the guidance of faculty adviser Dan Smith and Rabbi Mendy Bronstein of Chabad of Altamonte Springs, in vited 94-year-old Holocaust survivor Dr. Jacob Eisenbach to speak to another large gathering of students about his experiences during and after WWII in Europe, and that anti-Semitism is very much alive today. Eisenbach shared that it was after the war his brother was killed just because he was Jewish. This was an empowering event for the students, said Bronstein. It is important to be proud of your heritage, and each motzvos we do lights up the world with goodness and kindness. The message students took away from the meeting was not to shy away from antiSemitism and to be proud of their heritage. Halperin encouraged the students to start initiatives of their own to promote ac ceptance and to fight hate, and stated that everyone should do what they can do. Also in attendance were Mike Gaudreau, executive director of Seminole County high schools; School Board member Abby Sanchez; and Idit Lotringer, director of Hebrew and Judaic studies at the Jewish Academy of Orlando. MEDICAL ALERTHave you experiencedKidney or Heart Issuesfrom side effects such as Ketoacidosis caused by the Type 2 Diabetes medication Invokana?You may be entitled to Compensation.For Immediate Assistance CALL:321-274-1822Legal help is available NOW!SIDE EFFECTS MAY INCLUDE KETOACIDOSIS, KIDNEY FAILURE, HEART ATTACK, STROKE, COMA OR DEATH.
HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, DECEMBER 1, 2017 PAGE 3A I urge Congresswoman McCollum to withdraw her bill, before it helps inspire other young Palestinians to copy the 17-year-old attacker near Efrat, said Rabbi Abra ham Cooper, associate dean of the Simon Wiesenthal Center. Palestinian youth do need a protection actthey need protection from Hamas that uses them as human shields for terrorism and who send them to dig terror tunnels, Cooper added. They need protection from the brain washing of the Palestinian Authority that teaches them to deny the rights and human ity of their Jewish neighbors. The bill is dangerously presumptuous, Bnai Brith International CEO Daniel S. Mariaschin told JNS.org. It puts Israel in peril. This measure seemingly ignores the assaults on Israelis. It basically calls on Israel not to respond to acts of terror. At a time of heightened awareness to acts of terror everywhere, such legislation is surprising and disheartening. Even if last Fridays attack had not occurred, this is an unwise piece of legislation, Steve Grossman, former president of AIPAC and exchairman of the Democratic National Committee, told JNS.org. If the sponsors dont withdraw it on their own, I urge them to do soand if not, I hope the members of the House Foreign Affairs Committee will report it out unfavorably and make it clear to their colleagues that the bill is unwise and they do not support it. Israel has a solid system of checks and balances in place to address any instances in which Israeli soldiers act in appropriately, Grossman said. Israel, unlike virtually every other country in that region, has a robust and independent judiciary, which steps in if ac tions go beyond what is appro priate. Its a central feature of Israels open and democratic society and it functions very effectively. Therefore, Gross man said, I agree with those who are saying the bill should not see the light of the day. This legislation is hostile to Israel, and hostile to appropri ate public policy. The purpose of McCollums bill is to paint Israel in a negative light by presenting issues out of context, and misrepresenting the facts in the Middle East, said Betty Ehrenberg, executive director of the World Jewish Congress in North America. The truth is that it is the Palestinians who abuse children by put ting them in harms way and sending them out to commit stabbings, to throw rocks that have killed and wounded, and trained them to be suicide bombers. The McCollum bills nine co-sponsors are Reps. Mark Pocan of Wisconsin; Earl Blu menauer and Peter A. DeFazio of Oregon; Andr Carson of Indiana; John Conyers, Jr. of Michigan; Danny K. Davis and Luis V. Gutirrez of Illinois; Raul Grijalva of Arizona; and Chellie Pingree of Maine. The offices of McCollum and all of the measures co-sponsors did not immediately respond to requests for comment from JNS.org. According to an analysis prepared by the Jerusalembased research institute NGO Monitor, the entirety of the [McCollum] bill is premised on factually inaccurate claims from anti-Israel advocacy NGOs such as Defense for Children International-Pales tine (DCI-P). Portions of the text of the bill appear to have been lifted directly, without attribution, from a DCI-P report issued last year or from the DCI-P website. At least three members of DCI-Ps boardShawan Jabarin, Nasser Ibrahim and Dr. Majed Nasserhave been affiliated with the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine terror group. U.S. House Office of Photography Minnesotas Rep. Betty McCollum After teen terror attack, Jewish leaders urge withdrawal of bill on Palestinian minors By Rafael Medoff JNS.org In the wake of an attack by a teenage Palestinian terrorist that left two Israelis wounded last Friday, Jewish organiza tions and community leaders are calling for the withdrawal of a congressional mea sure targeting Israels treat ment of Palestinian minors. Rep. Betty McCollum (D-Minn.) and nine other Democrats in the House of Representatives last week introduced H.R. 4391, which would restrict U.S. aid to Israel if the Israelis undertake the military detention, interro gation, abuse, or ill-treatment of Palestinian children. The legislation specifies that any Palestinian under the age of 18 should be considered a child. Last Friday, a 17-year-old Palestinian deliberately ran over two Israeli civilians near the town of Efrat. One of the victims was a 70-year-old American immigrant. The at tacker then exited his vehicle and attempted to stab several Israeli soldiers, who shot and wounded him. The soldiers shooting and detention of the teenage ter rorist are among the types of actions that would trigger the sanctions mandated by the McCollum bill. (JTA)The team doctor for USA Gymnastics and Michigan State University, ac cused of molesting gymnasts who sought treatment from him including Olympic gold medalist Aly Raisman, pleaded guilty to sexual assault against seven girls. Larry Nassar entered his guilty plea on Wednesday in Ingham County Circuit Court in Michigan. Nassar also has been ac cused of various levels of in appropriate or abusive sexual behavior by more than 130 women and girls, nearly all at Michigan State University. His accusers include Olympic gold medalists Raisman, McKayla Maroney and Gabby Douglas. He resigned from USA Gymnastics in the summer of 2015. Nassar, 54, faces up to 25 years in prison under a plea deal, though the judge could set the minimum sentence as high as 40 years, accord ing to the Associated Press. Sentencing was set for Jan. 12, when the victims will be invited to speak. Nasser pleaded guilty to federal child pornography charges in July 2017, and is currently in jail awaiting sentencing in December 2017 Nassar, who admitted that his conduct had no legitimate medical purpose and that he did not have the girls consent, said in a statement Wednesday that he made the plea to move the community forward and stop the hurting. I pray every day for forgive ness, he also said. The girls said some of the incidents occurred when a parent was in the room when they sought help for gymnas tics injuries. Raisman tweeted during the hearing: Court referring to Larry as DOCTOR Nassar. I AM DISGUSTED. I am very disappointed. He does NOT deserve that. Larry is digust ing (sic). Larry is a MONSTER not a doctor. Nasser also pleaded guilty to federal child pornography charges in July 2017, and is scheduled to be sentenced next month. His medical license also has been revoked. Raisman, 23, was 15 when she was first treated by Nas sar. In a CBS 60 Minutes interview earlier this month, Raisman said she spoke to FBI investigators about Nassar following the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janiero, after an investigation by the Indianapolis Star revealed that USA Gymnastics had a policy of not disclosing sexual abuse reports unless they were filed by the victims or a parent. She won three medals at the Brazil games, including gold in the team overall. Raisman is pushing for change at USA Gymnastics, the national governing body for the sport. Doctor who treated Aly Raisman pleads guilty to molesting By United with Israel staff and AP The Palestinians move to freeze all ties with the US comes in response to some unacceptable US mea sures, a spokesman for Palestinian Authority stated. Nabil Abu Rudeineh was referring to the Palestinian decision to cut all communi cations with the US following its decision to close the Pales tinian diplomatic mission in Washington, the Palestinian official WAFA news agency reported. Abu Rudeineh stressed that the Palestinian decision is going to face challenges but the coming period is critical and an opportunity to cor rect Palestinian-American relations. Abu Rudeineh was speaking from Madrid where Abbas is on an official visit. The PA announced it is freezing all ties with the US following the State De partments announcement on Friday that the Palestine Liberation Organization can no longer operate its Wash ington office. The US decision followed the Palestinian move to peti tion the International Crimi nal Court to prosecute Israelis for alleged crimes against Palestinians. Washington says that the Palestinian action violated its legal mandate and resulted in the mission closure. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson determined that the Palestinians crossed that line in September, when Ab bas called on the court to investigate and prosecute Israelis. Under the law, Trump now has 90 days to consider whether the Palestinians are in direct and meaningful negotiations with Israel. If Trump determines they are, then the mission can reopen. Palestinian foreign minis ter Riyad al-Malki told AFP on Tuesday that by closing the office they (The US) are freez ing all meetings and we are making that official. A PLO spokesman con firmed that it had received instructions from Abbas regarding closing down all communication lines with the Americans. Cutting off ties would carry great risks for the Palestinians. It could an tagonize an administration they already suspect is biased toward Israel and put millions of dollars of critical US aid in jeopardy. Following the initial US announcement about the closure of the PLO office in Washington, the Israeli prime ministers office issued a state ment saying, we respect the decision and look forward to continuing to work with the US to advance peace and security in the region. Palestinians cut all ties with US over its unacceptable measures (JTA)President Donald Trump will continue the White House tradition of host ing a Chanukah party. Invitations have been sent out George W. Bush started the tradition of an annual Chanukah party in 2001, the first year of his presidency. Barack Obama, his successor, continued the parties and often hosted two receptions to accommodate demand. Invitees typically include the heads of American Jew ish organizations, Jewish members of the administra tion and Congress, and other prominent American Jews. Starting in 1979 with a lighting by Jimmy Carter, presidents have also partici pated in a ceremonial light ing of the National Menorah Trump sends out invites to White House Chanukah party erected near the White House by Chabad, a haredi Orthodox Hasidic movement. Trumps daughter, Ivanka Trump, and son-in-law, Jared Kushner, are Orthodox Jews, as well as top White House aides. While many Jews and non-Jews have criticized the president for not sufficiently repudiating anti-Semitism, including among his white nationalist and neo-Nazi supporters, Trump has also visited Israel as president and has a strong admirer in Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Ne tanyahu. At the Values Voter Sum mit in Washington, D.C., last month, Trump said people had stopped using the word Christmas due to political correctness. Were saying Merry Christmas again, he said, earning a standing ovation from the crowd. Chanukah, an eight-day holiday, starts this year on the evening of Dec. 12 and will end several days before Christmas. rf r fntb
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Box 300742 Fern Park, FL 32730 email: firstname.lastname@example.org Editor/Publisher Jeffrey Gaeser Editor Emeritus Associate Editor News Editor Gene Starn Kim Fischer Christine DeSouza Account Executives Kim Fischer Marci Gaeser Contributing Columnists Jim Shipley Ira Sharkansky David Bornstein Ed Ziegler Production Department David Lehman Gil Dombrosky Joyce Gore Society Editor Gloria Yousha Office Manager Paulette Alfonso By David Gerstman In the wake of its controversial decision to host a panel discussion on anti-Semitism that includes Linda Sarsour and Rebecca Vilkomerson, the executive director of Jewish Voice for Peace, the New School chose to defend its choice of panelists, saying that engaging in debate is critical to its role as an academic institution and that there are differing views on the issue of anti-Semitism. In order to deflect from the criticism, the New School offered to have a second panel, to be organized by Tablet Magazine, whose writer Liel Leibovitz had criticized the Sar sour panel, and featuring ADL CEO Jonathan Greenblatt, who had tweeted, Having Linda Sarsour & head of JVP leading a panel on #antisemitism is like Oscar Meyer leading a panel on vegetarianism. One would think that anti-Semitism, bigotry against Jews, is a bad thing and not something that is subject to debate. Going by the widely-accepted definition of anti-Semitism which includes applying double standards to Israel and denying the Jewish people their right to self-determination, and denying Israel the right to exist, Sarsour and Vilkomerson fit the definition of antiSemite, as they are both advocates of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions campaign against Israel. While BDS proponents, like JVP, couch their advocacy for boycotting Israel in terms of promoting peace, by em bracing the movement, they are embracing the vision set out by its leading advocates who are not so circumspect. Omar Barghouti, who founded Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boy cott of Israel, has said, [Israel] was Palestine, and there is no reason why it should not be renamed Palestine. Asad AbuKhalil, a BDS advocate, was even more direct, The real aim of BDS is to bring down the state of Israel... That should be stated as an unambiguous goal. Sarsour and Vilkomerson have every rea son to want a debate about anti-Semitism, it deflects from the fact that they, by definition, are promoting anti-Semitism. But the problem goes beyond the upcoming New School panel. Anti-Semitism is in too many ways whitewashed, denied or ignored. It isnt just debated, but it is treated benignly. Consider some other recent examples: Earlier this week, Shiri Moshe of the Algemeiner reported that the president of the student group J Street U said that it is unfair and unhelpful overreach to describe those advocating for the destruction of Israel as anti-Semites as that would ignore the nuances and sensitivities of a complicated political debate. It isnt clear what nuances there are when discussing the destruction of the worlds only Jewish nation. Reporting on last months Grand Slam Judo Tournament hosted by the United Arab Emirates, The Washington Post reported that the UAE defied the International Judo Federa tion and refused to allow the Israeli athletes to identify their national team on their uni forms. Though the UAE asserted that it didnt allow the display of Israeli symbols in order to protect the athletes, the Post noted that UAE maintains no diplomatic ties with Israel. Overall though, the Post characterized the banning of Israeli symbols to international politics. Really? Is any other nation in the world treated this way? In August, The New York Times re ported that two Iranian soccer players were banned for life from the national team, because the Greek team they played for had competed against an Israeli team. Critics of the move, according to the Times, say the ban on competing against Israel has hurt the development of Iranian athletes. And while the report acknowledges that Iran doesnt recognize Israel, it failed to mention that its leaders regularly call for Israels destruction, a sign not of a diplomatic dispute but of deepseated hatred. The problem with the New Schools call for debate is that it obfuscates the issue. It allows individuals whose views are abhorrent to obtain a cover of respectability. What we need is clarity, not debate. When an individual, entity, or nation singles out Israel for criticism that it applies to no one else, or denies that Israel has a right to exist, they are anti-Semitic and are deserving of censure. Holding anti-Semites accountable may not be nuanced, but theres no reason that anti-Semitism should continue to be excused. David Gerstman, is senior editor and policy analyst at The Israel Project. Is anti-Semitism the only bigotry thats subject to debate? By Jonathan S. Tobin JNS.org What are the details of the Middle East peace plan that President Donald Trump will use to craft what he hopes is the ultimate deal? Sometime in the next few months, they will be unveiled as part of an effort to revive the dead-in-the-water peace process between Israel and the Palestinians. Though well have to wait and see what exactly is in the proposal being cooked up by a team led by presidential son-in-law Jared Kushner and chief negotiator Jason Greenblatt, the only two things that seem certain are that it is likely to be acceptable to Saudi Arabia and that it will have zero chance of success. Thats why instead of merely repeating the mistakes of its predecessors, the Trump team should try a paradigm shift that will predicate peace on a simple concept: the Palestinians have to admit theyve lost their war on Zion ism. Avoiding this admission in order to mollify them or their supporters or concentrating, as every U.S. administration has done, on pressur ing Israel to make concessions, merely makes it impossible for the Palestinians to accept the sea change in their political culture that is the only thing that will make peace on any terms possible. It was this idea that brought two members of the Knessetrepresenting a larger group of legislators that come from six different parties that are in and outside Prime Minis ter Benjamin Netanyahus governmentto Washington to meet with several like-minded members of Congress to promote the concept of an Israeli victory in the long conflict rather than a self-defeating compromise. The launch of a joint #IsraelVictory caucus at the Capitol Hill gathering is a small step and, as of yet, hasnt influenced the administrations think ing. But the gathering, which was sponsored by the Middle East Forum think tank, is a long overdue effort to promote a concept Kushner and company ought to be thinking about. Trumps team is likely to embrace an outside-in strategy in which Arab states, principally the Saudis, will use their influ ence and money to pressure the Palestinians into finally accepting a two-state solution. In return, the U.S. would get the Netanyahu government to agree to terms that are likely to largely resemble past plans floated by the Obama, Bush and Clinton administrations. Trump may think the missing ingredient for peace has been the absence of a master deal maker, but this scheme has no more chance of working than the efforts of his predecessors. The reason is that the essential element for peace is still missing. The Palestinians are still stuck in a mindset that rejects Israels legiti macy. The Palestinian Authority (PA) wont accept a deal that ends the conflict for all time no matter where Kushner, Greenblatt and Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman draw the borders between the two states, how much of Jerusalem the Palestinians receive, how many descendants of the 1948 refugees are allowed to return to Israel or even how much money is thrown at them. Thats because the Palestinians national identity as a people is still inextricably bound up in a futile centuryold war on Zionism that its people have been taught to think they will eventually win. At various times, the PA has declared a will ingness to accept peace. Yet every such gesture has been undermined by its cradle-to-grave incitement that promotes a culture of hatred for Israel and Jews, and makes new rounds of bloodshed inevitable. The history of the last 24 years of negotiations since the Oslo Accords shows that peace is impossible so long as the Palestinians still hold onto hope of eventually winning this war. As with every other conflict, this one will only be settled when one side admits defeat and that is something no one, not even a Trump team that appears to be more realistic about Palestinian behavior and intentions than past administrations, seems willing to force them to do. Critics of the #IsraelVictory idea mock its simplicity. But generations of would-be peacemakers have forgotten that it really is that simple. Once the Palestinians concede the war is lost rather than being paused and put aside their dreams of a world without a Jewish state, compromise would be possible. But if the compromises precede acknowledge ment of an Israeli victory, then all the Jewish state will be doing is trading land for more terror, not peace. The Trump team may not be listening to the #IsraelVictory caucus as it hatches its plans. But if the White House ignores the basic truths the caucus proclaims, it will be wasting its time and making the next round of violence more, rather than less likely. Jonathan S. Tobin is opinion editor of JNS. org and a contributing writer for National Review. Follow him on Twitter at: @jona thans_tobin. Time for a peace process paradigm change By Yoni Glatt Back in Queens College I had a weekly col umn in the school paper called The Deans List, Under the pseudonym Eddie Dean I would write a weekly movie/TV review and then list the Top 10 films/shows in that genre. My editor and I purposely made the lists controversial in order to facilitate reader response. I can only imagine that when the New York Times pub lished their list of 12 Movies To See Before You Turn 13 this weekend they had this concept in mind. My jaw figuratively hit the ground when I saw the list included such films as Die Hard, Do The Right Thing, Blues Brothers, and Paris is Burning. All four of those films were given an R-rating for specific reasons (including nudity and language for all four). Catch Me If You Can also made the list, and while rated PG-13 it still has a sex scene loud enough that would make me uncomfortable watching it with my children (or my parents). I re-watched much of Die Hard and Do The Right Thing and in no way would I suggest them for middle-school children... especially the former, which drops over 80 F-bombs and more N-words than I could count. I am not saying Spike Lees seminal film is bad; just the opposite. Its as impor tant as any film made on racial equality its just not something I would want my children watching until later in high school. Now, Im not so nave to think that middleschool children are not already exposed to some of the content the above films showcase. I also must point out that the New York Times did make a disclaimer that kids should ask their parents permission before watching these films. But thats almost like suggesting they ask their parents permission before cutting school to go wait on line all day to meet their favorite music star (which this writer may or may not have once done as a teenager). If their interest is piqued enough, they will find a way. In the classic 1994 episode of The Simpsons Homer, Badman, Bart Simpson famously quips to his dad Its just hard not to listen to TV: its spent so much more time raising us than you have. Any parent with screens in the house knows how much truth this holds. No matter how much we strive to imbue strong (Jewish) ideals unto our children those screens are going to be a window to the world at large and can very well play a part in their (mis) education and upbringing. But perhaps by offering up more age-appropriate films we can still educate them and open their eyes more to an abundance of social and cultural issues without potentially scarring or staining their still developing adolescent minds. If you want to discuss the ideas of systemic racism and misogyny in American history why not start off with Hidden Figures instead of jumping right into Do The Right Thing? If you want to entertain them with a thrilling action-adventure film, why not show them Raiders of the Lost Ark instead of Die Hard? Every parent has the right to decide what content their children view and at what age. Personally, my wife and I plan on exposing our children to the worlds of Die Hard and Do The Right Thing way after they turn 12. Twelve (much more appropri ate) movies to see before turning 13: Authors noteThe films selected for this list are purposely not specifically kids movies. 1. Life is Beautiful (1997)Many parents might find it difficult to broach the topic of the holocaust. Let Roberto Benigni get the conversation started for you. As a bonus this film will let your kids know that there are actually exceptional movies that are made in other languages. 2. Groundhog Day (1993)As time goes Dont do the right thing: A response to The New York Times by this classic about a surly TV weatherman repeating the same day over and over again keeps moving higher and higher on many critics All Time Best lists. It is also one of the most spiritual films of all time. Yes, the main character pursues physical pleasures (in a PG way), but the film ultimately shows the emptiness of these interactions. 3. Bully (2011)While officially given a PG13 rating to encourage more younger viewers, parents should be warned that there is some strong language and disturbing content in this documentary. Still, it tackles one of the most important issue every child is sure to be witness to at some point in his/her adolescence. The more they understand bullying, the more they understand those who are bullied, the better equipped they are to prevent it from happening. 4. Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)The gold standard for adventure films. A great way to introduce kids to Spielberg and you can have intellectual discussions about the Ark and theological implications of the films climax. 5. Hidden Figures (2016)You can address the issues of racism and womens rights, as well as what it means to be a part of a team in one fell cinematic swoop with this 2016 Best Picture nominee. 6. Slumdog Millionaire (2008)This Best Picture winner is sure to leave a smile on al most any viewers face, but more importantly displays the harshness of Third World slums, and the lengths many orphans who live in them will go to in order to survive. 7. The Miracle Worker (1962)Its surpris ing how many excellent movies about people overcoming disabilities are not appropriate for children under 13, as inspiring as they might be Glatt on page 15A
HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, DECEMBER 1, 2017 PAGE 5A Letters To The Editor We are a diverse community and we welcome your letters and viewpoints. The views and opinions expressed in the opinion pieces and letters published in The Heri tage are the views of the authors, and do not necessarily reflect the views and opinions of The Heritage Florida Jewish News or its staff. The Heritage reserves the right to edit letters for clarity, content, and accuracy. And respectful of lashon hara, we will not print derogatory statements against any individual. Please limit letters to 250 words. Send letters to P.O. Box 300742, Fern Park, FL 32730. Or e-mail to news@ orlandoheritage.com. Dear Editor: While I like a good story with a happy ending, as occurred in your story Su permanHPV in the Nov. 3, 2017, issue, I would like to add a cautionary note about the level of enthusiasm given to the Gardasil vaccine series in that story. There are 170 known types of HPV that cause different issues in humans from warts to cancer. Of these, 17 strains are known to cause cancer in humans. That being said, Gardasil is supposed to protect against 9 of these different strains that can cause cancer. The problem is, is that HPV is ubiquitous, and even day old newborns in the Neonatal Intensive Care unit and Nuns have tested positive for HPV. My daughters received the Gardasil vaccine series as soon as it was available from our Pediatrician in April of 2007. Imagine my surprise and anger when one of them had an abnormal Pap smear two years ago that tested positive for HPV. The more I looked in to how this could be, it was very disheartening Is Gardasil the best protection against HPV-related cancers? to learn that many children are exposed to these viruses well before they would have even have been old enough to have been offered the vaccine. This is very sobering news when as a parent, I thought I was protecting my daughters and then my sons. I am not sure whether the Gardasil vaccine series is worth giving knowing these facts, or whether maybe the need to give the vaccine soon er would be more prudent. But I would not put all of my eggs in one basket thinking that Gardasil is the be-all and literally end-all for preventing cancer in humans. Shari YudenfreundSujka, MD Dear Editor: We are very appreciative of the thoughtful letter to the editor regarding the use of the Gardasil 9 vaccine to prevent HPV-related cancers. The points you made de serve discussion. While it is true that some individuals, even newborn children, can be exposed to HPV, the vast majority of infections develop following initiation of sexual activity. The recommended age to initiate the series is between ages 11 and 12, but it can be given as early as 9. The benefit of administration at this time is that it likely predates sexual debut and it also is the time where there is the most robust immune response. While no vaccine is per fect, HPV vaccines have been shown to be safe and have demonstrated an over 96 percent efficacy in preventing new HPV infections for the strains covered. The strains covered in this vaccine are the ones shown to cause the overwhelming majority of HPV-related cervical, anal and oropharyngeal cancers. With this in mind, the Advisory Committee on Im munization Practices (ACIP) recommends Gardasil 9 for all girls between 9 and 26 years of age and boys from age 9 to 21. The goal is not only to No vaccine is perfect, but Gardasil is still recommended provide direct immunity, but also herd immunity through decreased societal burden of the infections. Therefore, the Head and Neck Cancer Alliance sup ports the recommendations of NCI, CDC and ACIP that vaccinating is currently the best method to prevent the various HPV related cancers. As stated by Dr. Kreimer, National Cancer Institute (NCI) Liaison to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). HPV vaccination protects against multiple cancers in men and women for which other means of prevention are not available. As with any health-related issue, it is important for each individual to consult their doctor to decide what is best for them. For further information, please visit www. headandneck.org Thank you for giving us the opportunity to raise aware ness and save lives. Michael Moore, MD, Chair man of Health Education Committee Holly Boykin, MA, CHE, Executive Director The Head and Neck Cancer Alliance Dear Editor: I have seen Kehillah and I am so excited about the exhibit at the Orange County Historical Museum. First let me thank all of the men and women who put this together. Just looking at the exhibit, you get an idea how many places they had to go to and people they had to chase down to get the information needed for this first-class exhibit. Second, I want to encour age everyone who reads this letter to take a couple of hours to see this exhibityou wont be sorry. You will be reminded of many people you know or knew. For me it was a reminder of those who have taken leadership roles in the com munity and in organizations and agencies. I saw many old friends, which made for an exciting afternoon for me. Edith Schulman Casselberry Kehillah is a first-class exhibit By Andrew Silow-Carroll NEW YORK (JTA)Is Soand-So Jewish? How Jewish is she? Find out if shes Jewish. I often joke that JTA report ers and anti-Semitic bloggers write the same stories, only with different headlines. We proudly search down Jewish celebrities to show the diverse ways that Jews are contribut ing to the wider culture. The Daily Stormer uses the same names to prove that Jews are taking over. The problem for us, of course, is when the Jews we report on do bad things. Very bad things. The last few months have seen a deluge of stories about Jews in trouble, starting with the ugly revela tions of sexual abuse by the Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein. Next came the director and writer James Toback, the former New Republic editor Leon Wiesel tier and the journalist Mark Halperin. And Brett Ratner. And Jeffrey Tambor. And now Sen. Al Franken and New York Times reporter Glenn Thrush. As the news broke about each of these men, we asked the same question in the JTA office: Do we? Its not a question about protecting Jews, or trying to hide bad Jewish news from society at large. This isnt 1963, when a critic told Philip Roth that his portrayals of deeply flawed Jewish characters have done as much harm as all the organized anti-Semitic organizations have done to make people believe that all Jews are cheats, liars, con nivers. For me its a deeper ques tion about identity, belonging and meaning. JTAs corner of the ethnic media market is Jews who make news. Deciding whats Jewish news is easy when the subject is religion, or the ways Jewish groups are promoting policy, or when a Jewish artist, chef or film maker explores a distinctly Jewish subject. I like how one of my prede cessors described the Jewish Telegraphic Agency in 1933: a roll call, as it were, not only of the capitals of the worlds busy life, but also of the small er centers where Jewish life is pulsating, where the struggle for existence is hardest and where Jewish contributions to the economic, cultural and political life of the world are being made. But what do you do when someone who is just Jew ish commits a crime or is enmeshed in scandalor, for that matter, wins a secular award or goes missing in the Himalayas? What criteria do you use to claim someone for an outlet like JTA? The sex harassment con troversy is a useful test case. It is no surprise that Jewish names keep popping up in the aftermath of the Weinstein scandal, since Jews are over represented in Hollywood back offices and journalism But is it a Jewish story that a guy named Weinstein is in trouble? Or by noting his ethnicity, are we making the same mistake as the Tablet columnist who managed to implicate all Jewish males in the misdeeds of a single person? Over the years Ive devel oped a loose set of guidelines to determine who gets in and who doesnt. Its a threepart test. Newsmakers must score one or more: A. Is the subject sig nificantly identified with a Jewish community, specific Jewish topics or a distinctly Jewish way of being in the world? This category includes Jewish clergy and Jewish professionals, prominent givers to Jewish communal organizations and the Jew ish leaders whose salaries they pay. It also includes politicians who take a strong interest in Israel and other Jewish causes, artists who write or have written about distinct Jewish themes, and just folks who are strongly identified with or by a Jewish community. Weinstein, for example, has given to Jewish causes and intended to make a film about the Warsaw Ghetto uprising. We didnt rush to report on Mark Halperin because he isnt highly iden tified with Jewish activities, causes or communities. You could say the same about Thrushbut hes an excep tion that proves the rule: I okayed an item on Thrush precisely because I and even some of his closest colleagues didnt realize he was Jewish. Sometimes, and I am not saying this is the proudest thing we do, we feel it is our job to answer the question Is So-and So Jewish? One problem with category A is that it both privileges and burdens Orthodox Jews, rab bis of all stripes and Israelis. Because their Jewish identity is so obviousbecause they representthe things they do tend to be overreported in the Jewish media. For ex ample, a secular Jewish land lord in Ohio who defrauds her customers is less likely to make the Jewish news than the Orthodox rabbi who is photographed in his yarmulke at his arraignment. B. Are Jewishness or Jewish issues referenced in the way the subject makes news or is written about? Jewish victims of antiSemitism make news no matter how they personally identify. The same goes for celebrities who bring up their Jewishness in a distinct way or have it brought up for them. Not everything Lena Dunham does or says quali fies as Jewish news, but when a few years back she got in hot water for an essay com paring a dog to her Jewish boyfriend, we wrote about it. C. Is the subject just so well known and so identifi ably Jewish, even if they fail tests A and B? I sometimes call this the Jews make news, but when is it Jewish news? Woody Allen rule (although you could argue that he also fits in A and B). Or maybe the Bernie Sanders rule. Throughout much of his career, the senator from Ver mont wasnt all that involved in a Jewish community or Jewish issues. Until he ran for president, hed mostly show up in our archive in tallies of how Jewish members of Congress voted But cmon! Hes Bernie Sanders! From Brooklyn! But when do you stop, ex actly? Mark Zuckerberg and Jared Kushner make news every day; does the fact that they are Jewish make it Jew ish news? We argue about this all the time. So applying the test above, we wrote about Mayim Bialik after she wrote an oped about the sexual assault scandals. It was Jewish news because of A (the television star writes fre quently about her observant Jewish lifestyle); B (her essay made reference to observant Jewish codes of modesty) and C (her name is Mayim Bialik, for Petes sake). Tobacks sex scandal got a write-up because of A (he wrote the Jewish gangster biopic Bugsy and appeared in it as Gus Greenbaum). We didnt report on allegations of abuse leveled at screenwriter Scott Rosenberg because he didnt score as A, B or C. I am aware that this is an inexact science and we run the risk of leaving out people. I also worry that reporting on certain people or incidents implies Jewish significance where there is none. Con sider former White House aide Ezra Cohen-Watnick. Sure, hes Jewish. But were we to mention that fact in a report about his ouster by H.R. McMaster (National security adviser cans Jewish aide!), it may have implied cause and effect where there was none. Ultimately, any ethnic outlet has to act as a roll call of its people without suggesting that any of its subjects are representatives of the whole For an example of what not to do, consider a recent New York Times blog about allegations of sex abuse against a prominent Swiss Muslim scholar, Tariq Ramadan. Could this be the Harvey Weinstein of Islam? blared its tone-deaf headline before it was changed. Tariq Ramadam is no more repre sentative of Muslims than Harvey Weinstein is of Jews. Still, when Jews do some thing bad, it is not our role to ignore it or justify it. Roth, after being urged to stop writ ing about bad Jews, invoked Jewish tradition itself: [T]o indicate that moral crisis is something to be hushed up is not, of course, to take the prophetic line, he wrote, nor is it a rabbinical point of view that Jewish life is of no significance to the rest of mankind. Were not prophets or rab bis. At most were scribes. I go back to that 1933 mis sion statement, which said JTA brings the reader into contact with the various climes, political, social and economic conditions where Jewish life unfolds itself on the varying backgrounds of the different countries, all ringing out their messages in such varied tones.
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Paper purchase 40. Dough machine? 43. Unlikely locale for Jewish remains 44. Involuntary wink, for example 46. (Jason) Schwartzmans mom Talia 48. Outer layer of notable tref 50. Those born in Israel 51. Go upside down, like Aly Raisman 52. Ben-Gurion landings 55. Tefillin area bone 56. Angelic glows 57. Defensive spray 58. Is far behind during services 59. Its ___ Rock and Roll to Easy puzzle Football Phraseology by Yoni Glatt email@example.com MORNING AND EVENING MINYANS (Call synagogue to confirm time.) Chabad of South OrlandoMonday Friday, 8 a.m. and 10 minutes before sunset; Saturday, 9:30 a.m.; Sunday, 8:15 a.m., 407-354-3660. Congregation Ahavas YisraelMonday Friday, 7:30 a.m.; Saturday, 9:30 a.m.; Sunday, 9 a.m., 407-644-2500. Congregation Chabad Lubavitch of Greater DaytonaMonday, 8 a.m.; Thursday, 8 a.m., 904672-9300. Congregation Ohev ShalomSunday, 9 a.m., 407-298-4650. GOBOR Community Minyan at Jewish Academy of OrlandoMondayFriday, 7:45 a.m.8:30 a.m. Temple IsraelSunday, 9 a.m., 407-647-3055. FRIDAY, DECEMBER 1 Ahavas YisraelKabbalat, 30 minutes before sundown Cornerstone HospiceVolunteer training, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. at 5601 S. Orange Ave., Suite 5655, Orlando. Lunch and refreshments will be provided. Must register by calling Carla Alvino, 407-304-2604 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. SUNDAY, DECEMBER 3 Kehillah: A History of Jewish Life in Greater OrlandoOngoing exhibit at the Orange County Regional History Center, 65 E. Central Blvd., Orlando, and will continue through Feb. 20, 2018. Congregaton Ohev Shalom SeniorsMeeting, 2 p.m. with entertainment by Scott Berry. Admission: $5, members; $8, guests. Refreshment follow performance. Info: Berny Raff, 407767-6763 or Jerry leibman, 407-694-0546. The Roth Family JCCGolf Classic at the Grand Cypress Gold Club. Info:Keith Dvorchik, 407-621-4042. 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HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, DECEMBER 1, 2017 PAGE 7A rf rntbn rrrn rfrntbr r By Ron Kampeas Not long ago Yahel Epel, a volunteer with the Israeli American Council, fulfilled her assigned mission: She assembled 200 Jews, half of them Israeli American, in a room in Denver on a Friday evening for a potluck dinner and a Shishi Yisraeli program. Shishi Yisraeli, a program launched by IAC that means Israeli Friday evening, seeks a happy medium between what those with and without Israeli roots or backgrounds would enjoy on a Friday night. The idea: Get them together. Create community. How did it go? It was nice, she said this weekend at the councils fourth annual conference here, a four-day event that attracted some 2,500 par ticipants. Epel, a real estate agent, paused. It was hard. The Ameri cans couldnt do the Israeli singing, the sing-along that for generations have been a staple of secular Israeli life. The Israelis didnt do the kiddush, the blessing over the wine, a religious ritual that is synonymous with Shabbat. Shishi Yisraeli was among an array of programs touted at the conference as a means of, as CEO Shoham Nicolet put it in his opening remarks, making Israeli Americans the ultimate living bridge between Israel and the Jewish people. IAC has recorded impres sive growththe group, established 10 years ago, just opened its 16th office, in At lanta. Claiming to represent between 400,000 and a million Israeli Americans, it offers a range of programs targeting children, teens, college stu dents, young adults, families and businesspeople. (Other estimates put the number of Israelis in the United States as low as 200,000). Yet there are times the bridge to American Jews that Nicolet longs for seems to be going nowhere, despite the best efforts of the IAC and its principal backers, Sheldon and Dr. Miriam Adelsonthe billionaire casino magnate, a major giver to pro-Israel causes and Republicans, and his physician wife. In anguished and raucous exchanges over shared meals and during breakout sessions organized as circles, Israelis from across North America at the four-day conference described their frustrations in trying to assimilate into the American Jewish community. There was the visceral resistance that Israelis have to organizing community life around the synagogue, a mainstay of organized Jewish life in America. Others spoke of the pronounced differ ences between Israelis and American Jews over what is a threat to Jews. And some had the nagging sensation that American Jews care less and less about Israeland that those who do pay attention are hypercritical of the country. But there also were issues and anxieties that Israeli Americans shared with their Jewish brethren that did not exist a generation ago. One was support for re ligious pluralism in Israel. Merav Michaeli, a Knesset member from Israels oppo sition Zionist Union, earned cheers and applause during a plenary session when she condemned the Netanyahu governments retreat from an agreement that would have assured greater equality for non-Orthodox prayer at the Western Wall. And the crowd booed Tzipi Hotovely, a Knesset member of Netanyahus Likud Party, who said secular Israelis did not care about access to the wall. Until now, the issue has not resonated among Israeli Americans. The change was explained in a follow-up breakout session, in Hebrew: The Israelis who berated Ho tovely had come to see the wall as Americans do: not merely a site for traditional (read: Orthodox) prayer, but as a powerful symbol of their love for Israeleven if their attachment to it was not quite, well, American. I dont want to celebrate the wall as Reform or Conser vative, Amit Tirosh of Delray Beach, Florida, shouted at Hotovely. I do want to cel ebrate there in the company of my three daughters. The Orthodox Chief Rabbinate controlling the wall imposes strict gender segregation. Ofira Mor of Tenafly, New Jersey, described a limbo for Israelis in the United States who would have thought of themselves as secular in Israel but seek religious expression here. She wants her three daughters to marry Jews when they become adults. In Israel, with its vast Jewish majority, Hebrew language and Jewish calendar, Jewish identity is a given. But in the United States, Jewish identity must be sought out either in the synagogue or other Jewish institution. I dont connect with Re form or Conservative prayer, I dont want to invent a new Judaism, she said. I want the Sephardic songs that get you into the mood for Yom Kippur, like El Nora Alila. So Mor said she goes to Chabad, but its not for me. I want my daughters learning from women, about strong Jewish women. Epel, the IAC volunteer from Denver, agreed. We dont want to look for a religious base, we are look ing for a community base, she said of Israeli Americans. Here if you want to be part of itthe American Jewish communityyou have to go to synagogue. Nicolet said in an interview that it was critical to get across to Israelis that organized reli gion was a means of preserv ing Jewish identity. Think about a conference that starts with Havdalah, its also a message for us, as Israelis, he said, referring to the Saturday evening prayer that signifies the end of Shab bat. Its a message to Israeli Americans that Listen guys, its not sustainable without being connected to Jewish roots. The formal launch of the conference Saturday evening was illustrative of the divide between the conference-goers and American Jewish norms. The crowd shifted ner vously during the extended Havdalah prayer sung by Cantor Netanel Hershtik of the Hampton Synagogue in New York, and then silently waited out the American national anthem. What unites and divides Israeli Americans and their fellow Jews: The IAC conference takes a look Ron Kampeas Shown here (l-r): Emily Amrousi and Knesset members Merav Michaeli and Tzipi Hoto vely at the annual Washington conference of the Israeli American Council, Nov. 5, 2017. IAC on page 15A
PAGE 8A HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, DECEMBER 1, 2017 Dana Bial Central Florida Hillel wel comes Dana Bial as its new board chair. Bial received her bachelors in Business Administration in Account ing and Computer Science from Kent State University and her masters of Taxation from Florida International University. She is principal and owner of Forefront CPA, PLLC, an Orlando-based accounting and tax consult ing firm, that provides a full range of services to business and individuals around the world. Bial has lived in Or lando since 1998 where she and her husband have raised two children. She grew up in Pittsburgh, Pa., and moved to Florida following college. Over the years, Bial was involved in the Jewish Fed eration of Broward County, Jewish Community Center, Temple Israel Board of Direc tors, and has been a member at Congregation Beth Am. Dana Bial new Central Florida Hillel Board chair Orlando and my kids had very few Jewish friends and peers outside of Temple. When they went to college, I prayed that I had given them enough Jewish identity and values so that they would continue to learn about their Judaism and continue to develop their Jewish identity. When my son called me from Alabama after his first week of school to tell me that he went to the Hillel for dinner and met so many great kids, I was so relieved and thrilled. The Hillel had reached out to him and made him feel at home. He has more Jewish friends now in the middle of Alabama than he has ever had in his life! Until I had sons go off to college, it never occurred to me how vital it is that we touch the lives of these young Jewish college students. It is a time in these young Jewish adults lives when they are on their own and faced with so many messages and challenges to determine who they are and who they will be. It gives me great comfort to know that Hillel is the place where my children are answering these questions and challenges. It is the Hillel they are looking to for comfort, education, guidance, and a place to make life-long friendships. This the reason why I have chosen to throw my passion and energy into Central Florida Hillel, an organization that touches so many young, impressionable lives in our community. She accepted the position of treasurer on the Hillel Board in 2015. When asked why she accepted the invitation to serve as Hillel Chair, Bial expressed: I always took for granted that 95 percent of my friends and everyone I knew were Jewish until I moved to Chanukah USPS Forever First class postage stamps are available on Amazon. The stamp features an illustration of a menorah in the window of a home. Forever stamps will always be valid for first class mail postage even if rates change. Chanukah stamps on Amazon By Sonya Sanford (The Nosher via JTA)Noodles and cottage cheese was the defining dish of my childhood. I think of it as the Eastern European version of boxed macaroni and cheesea culinary staple of youth. Whenever I bring up noodles and cottage cheese in con versation, it always elicits a strong reaction: Either there is an immediate enthusiastic nostalgia associated with it, or instant confusion and/or disgust. Ive found little neutrality on the subject. The polarity of responses inspired me to do more digging on the subject of this dishs origins. At first, I thought noodles and cottage cheese must have started out as deconstructed kugel. Sources cite that noodle kugel originated in Germany about 800 years ago. The point at which cottage cheese entered the picture remains unclear. There is no evidence that kugel birthed noodles and cottage cheese or vice versa. In fact, in our home we had noodles and cottage cheese, but we never had noodle kugel. While the origins of the dish are murky, noodles and cottage cheese is still fairly commonly eaten across Eastern Europe in and out of Jewish kitchens from Poland, to Hungary, to Russia. Both my parents grew up in the former Soviet Union, and both remember being fed this dish, albeit with farmers cheese (a close cousin of cottage cheese). In the United States it can be found being prepared in many Jewish American kitchens, even in the homes of families that have lived here for a few generations. In Yiddish, the dish is called lokshen mit kaese, and you can track down recipes made with homemade lokshen (noodles). That said, recipes are generally scarce and arguably they are not needed The dishs essential components are obviously noodles and cottage cheese, but preparations vary with the addition of fried onions, or sour cream, or butter, or copious amounts of black pepper. In non-kosher cases, youll find that bacon is often added. What type of pasta is used? Thats up to the cook. You can make it with bowties, macaroni, penne, fettuccini or whatever you prefer. It tends to fare best when made with a pasta shape that has nooks and folds that can grip onto the cottage cheese, and with a cottage cheese that is smaller in curd. When I was growing up, my mom would make noodles and cottage cheese several times a week, and often the leftovers went into a Tupperware for my lunch the next day. She had a unique style of making this minimalist dish. Her preferred noodles were penne or fusilli, and her preferred technique was to drain the pasta, add it back to the hot pot, add cottage cheese and lastly, tons of grated Parmesanher not-so-secret ingredient. She would stir everything together until a make shift cream sauce formed around each noodle. She developed a reputation among my friends for making the best noodles and cottage cheese. It wasnt just at home that I enjoyed this dish. I vividly re member my first sleepover at a friends house. We never actually went to sleep, and her parents came into her room multiple times to scold us for giggling and staying awake. The next day we groggily played until we were fed lunch. We sat down to the table and were served big heaping bowls of noodles (shells) and cottage cheese. After a sleepless night, being served such a familiar dish away from home was instantly comforting. I ended up spilling the entire contents of the bowl all over my lap and onto the floor, much to the chagrin of my friends par ents. This was not the first time shame was linked to this dish. I grew up attending Jewish day school, but for high school I attended a public school that had only a handful of Jewish students. It was there that I uncomfortably learned that not everyone thought noodles and cottage cheese were so great. Ive always been curious about food that can bring us shame and comfort in equal measure: Ive often found that foods that we were mocked for eating when we were young are often the source of great pleasure as adults. Those of us who come from immigrant families might have been made fun for our familys strange or smelly foods. By and large, immigrant food tends to be food that has come from necessity. We use what we have and make the most of it; that includes organ meat, all the fish parts, funky flavors, strong spices, fermented vegetables and inexpensive dairy products. And that same food that we might get teased for is often the food that we love the most. OK, so noodles and cottage cheese is not nearly as daring as a fish head stew or a cow tongue sandwich, but its still not a mainstream dish. Why do so many people think its so strange? Is it cottage cheeses inherent bad rap? Is it due to mixing something cold with something hot? Is it the lack of flavor? I needed to make it again, and I needed to make it for someone who had never tried it before. Conveniently, my husband never grew up eating noodles and cottage cheese. I went to the store and picked up a container of small-curd 4 percent cottage cheese and a box of bowtie pasta. Once the pasta was cooked and drained, I put it back in the hot pot. The second the cottage cheese touched the bowties, a familiar smell hit me, taking me back to my parents kitchen. I instantly got hungry. Stirring the cottage cheese into the noodles, a sauce started to form. I seasoned it with generous amounts of salt and pepper, and a spoonful of sour cream. I filled two small bowls, and while still standing over the stove my husband and I took our first bites. For him, a fan of both pasta and cottage cheese, it was clearly disappointing. Sonya Sanford Noodles and cottage cheese. The easiest Jewish comfort food of my childhood Thats it? I dont know about this... he said while thought fully chewing. But he kept eating. He finished the small bowl, and then he had some more. Thats when I realized part of the appeal of noodles and cottage cheese: It grows on you. On its own, its not very exciting, but its cumulative effect is satisfying. For me, I took that first bite and instantly felt warmth. It tasted like home. Ingredients: 1 (16 ounce) package pasta (penne, bowties, egg noodles, etc.) 1 (16 ounce) container small curd cottage cheese 3-4 tablespoons sour cream (optional) Salt and pepper, to taste Directions: 1. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil, and cook the pasta according to the package instructions. 2. Once cooked, drain the pasta well and add it back to the hot pot. 3. Add the cottage cheese to the pasta and stir until all of the noodles are well coated. 4 Add sour cream, if using, and salt and pepper to taste. Stir until well combined. 5. Serve hot, and if desired garnish the dish with fried on ions, parmesan cheese, and/or chopped parsley. Serves 4 to 6. 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According to the Jerusalem Post, the IDF has run over 110 separate aid operations since August alone, including the transfer of 360 tons of food, 100 tons of clothes, generators and other necessary supplies. More than 3,000 wounded Syrians, including anti-govern ment fighters, have been treated by Israel over the past four years. Oy Vay Department... I also read this in the WJC digest and, although pleased about the first story, this one I found disturbing. I pass it along so you will, too, feel disturbed: (sorry) A construction crew recently bulldozed a Jewish cemetery in the Polish city of Maszewo, only a year after it was registered as a protected site. Citing the Polsat news website, the Jewish Telegraphic Agency reported that the contractors had illegally bulldozed the site leveling the headstones, pushing the debris, along with bones, to the edge of the plot where the headstones used to stand. City authorities said they were unaware of the construction at the site, which had recently been sold, but pledged to restore what they could. The new owner is now being investigated. (By the way, I have a bridge to sell you.) A reminder... The Congregation Ohev Shalom Seniors next meeting is this Sunday, Dec. 3rd at 2 p.m. The entertainment will be provided by talented entertainer, SCOTT BERRY. Scott is a versatile singer and pianist who has performed in New Orleans and New York and is now proud to call Orlando home. He has been performing in the Central Florida area for more than 30 years and was a favorite entertainer and singer at Park Plaza Gardens in Winter Park from 1988 through 2013. His musical styles include Jazz (yeah!), Blues, Broadway, Pop, Soul, Rock, Country and more of your favorites. (No RAP!!) Admission is $5, members; $8, guests. Refresh ments follow performance. For further information, contact either co-presidents, BERNY RAFF, 407-767-6763 or JERRY LEIBMAN, 407-6940546 or email to firstname.lastname@example.org. A Jewish Pavilion Mensch... I may have written about PAM RUBEN before (a few years ago, perhaps) but she deserves to be written about over and over again. Pam has been involved with the Jewish Pavilion for many years, first as a member of the Friends of the Jewish Pavilion Board writing articles about their mission, and later as a vol unteer publicist. She is an awesome writer with a gift for telling stories that paint a picture, evoke emotion and tear at the heart strings, according to staff. For the past three and a half years, she has served as Jewish Pavilion marketing director. Pam is responsible for all stories pertaining to their mission, publicity for events, all appeals and grant writing. (And shes pretty too!! I cant handle competition!!) Meet and Mingle Mondays... On Monday, Dec. 4th in the Senior Lounge of the JCC in Maitland, the 39ers will be given trivia questions to answer by SHELDON BROOK. The event begins at 1 p.m. and includes refreshments. Terrific Thursdays... On Dec. 7th at 1:30 p.m., the 39ers will have a book review directed by LOIS LILLING. This months selection is The Memory of Running by Ron McClarity. (I have no memory of running. I can barely walk!) One for the road... Ruth takes one look inside her 10-year-old son Daniels bedroom and immediately goes downstairs to confront him. Daniel, she says to him, I thought you told me that you had thoroughly cleaned your room. Ive just taken a look at it and its still a big mess. What have you got to say about it? I really dont know why youre making such a fuss, mom, Daniel replies. After all, I never actually told you my room was clean. Oh but you did, Daniel, says Ruth. No, mom, youre wrong there, says Daniel. What I actually told you at 5:10 p.m. this afternoon was, OK mom, Im done with the cleaning of my room. Ruth cant help but smile. OK smarty pants, she says, I should have remembered that you want to be a lawyer when you grow up. Youre obviously going to make a bril liant lawyer. Pam Ruben I cant rebuild their hous es, said Gal-Or, the director of congregational learning for the Texas citys Temple Sinai, told JTA. I dont have the money to do much. There was this increasing aware ness that there was nothing I could do. But what she could do, Gal-Or realized, was help her neighbors make their tem porary homes and (eventu ally) their rebuilt homes feel Jewish. She began collecting mezuzahsthe small scrolls traditionally affixed to the doorposts of Jewish dwell ingsto distribute free to Jewish hurricane victims. Thus the unofficial organi zation Door LDoor was born. The name is a play on the biblical phrase ldor vdor, which means from genera tion to generation. Gal-Or, 51, was hoping to find a couple parchments for close friends. But a public Facebook post quickly led to an outpouring of dona tions. Two months after launching the effort, she has raised nearly $300 to purchase mezuzahs and has received some 120 donated scrolls. The Jewish United Fund, Chicagos Jewish federation, sent 100 scrolls and cases. She also got donation pledges from syna gogues in Texas, Delaware and Arizona, as well as the University of Arizona Hillel. Two artists volunteered to fashion mezuzah cases. It literally took on a life of its own, she said. This is be coming my passion. Every day, something new comes up. Mezuzahs are traditionally small squares of parchment inscribed with the first two paragraphs of the Shema prayer. The parchment is then rolled up, ensconced in an oblong case and nailed to the doorpost. Prices vary, though they typically start at around $36, according to Gal-Or, and go up. Whats special about me zuzahs, Gal-Or said, is they are a uniting thread across a diverse and often divided Jewish community. In almost every Jewish home theres a mezuzah, regardless of what people believe, she said. It was the one thing that brings all of us together in a challenging time. Its the one thing that marks a home as being Jew ish, regardless of what your spiritual inclination is, where you fit in in society. Gal-Or works on Door LDoorcoordinating dona tions, spreading the word on social mediaonly on Mon days, when shes not working at the synagogue. Its a tricky balance; she also is recovering from a respiratory infection, caused by the hurricane, and is busy helping friends put their lives back together. She hopes to register it as a nonprofit soon. So far, Gal-Or has received about 20 requests for mezu zahs most people affected by the storm are still fixing their homes, she said. But in the meantime, natural disas ters have struck elsewhere for example, Gal-Or has been in touch with Congregation Shomrei Torah, a synagogue in Santa Rosa, California, whose members endured the recent wildfires. She also has fielded re quests for other ritual objects. Shomrei Torah asked about prayer shawls, and she came up with a couple dozen she plans to send. Thinking ahead to next month, she is asking for donations of spare Hanuk kah menorahs. This started because of Harvey, but I knew immedi ately that I wanted to be able to help any Jewish home that was destroyed, Gal-Or said. We had [a hurricane in] Florida right after us. We had earthquakes in Mexico. A lot of stuff is going on. After Harvey, this woman distributes mezuzahs to those who need them By Ben Sales (JTA)As hurricane Har vey swept over Houston, Chava Gal-Or counted herself lucky. The water rose up to her door and a little bit seeped in, but her home did not flood. However, many in the Reform synagogue where she works had it much worse: Twenty-nine families lost their homesabout 15 per cent of the congregations members. At first, Gal-Or despaired the extent of the damage and how little she could do to help. Chava Gal-Or has been dis tributing mezuzahs for free to Jewish hurricane victims.
PAGE 10A HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, DECEMBER 1, 2017 MK Avraham Neguise, chairman of the Committee for Immigration, Absorption and Diaspora Affairs. mitic incidents in his country has increased, but he added that school programs aimed at educating the younger generation on the issue have been augmented. You can rightly say it took Austria all too long to face its culpability in the Holocaust, Weiss said, but today every student is obligated to visit the Mau thausen concentration camp twice. MK Ahmad Tibi (Joint List) said that just as antiSemitism exists, Islamo phobia exists as well, and he denounced the attempt to attach the anti-Semitic label to anyone who criticizes the Governments policy. MK Nachman Shai (Zion ist Camp) mentioned with an ger and regret the absence of American representatives from the meeting at a time when anti-Semitic incidents in the U.S. are increasing. He urged the American president, House of Representatives and public opinion to denounce the phenomenon, and called on the Israeli Government to boost its protection of Jews worldwide. MK Anat Berko (Likud) criticized countries that are tolerant towards a country such as Iran, which openly declares its prepara tions for the destruction of Israel. EU Ambassador to Israel Emanuele Giaufret acknowl edged the rise of anti-Sem itism compared with past years and stated that antiSemitism, Holocaust denial and violent racism are forbid den by law, and 15 EU states have already adopted it. World Zionist Organiza tion Vice Chairman Yaakov Hagoel, who formerly served as the Head of the Department for Activities in Israel and Countering Anti-Semitism, argued that in light of the rise of anti-Semitism around the world, European govern ments must intensify legisla tion, education and preventive measures. Most of the victims of anti-Semitic attacks do not report them, he noted. In the past decade, we have had the misfortune to see a rise in the number of anti-Semitic incidence. The number of these incidents increases every year, all over the globe, Hagoel said. The rise in anti-Semitism is not only expressed in the sheer numbers of incidents, but also in the severity of the incidents, which is steadily increasing. Unfortunately, this holds true all over the world, and there does not seem to be an end in sight. Ambassadors of the world, it is important that you un derstand: The responsibility for Diaspora Jewry rests on the worlds governments. Governments must work to defeat anti-Semitism and ensure the safety of their Jewish citizens. Turning to the leaders of Jewish organizations around the world, Hagoel said, You should know that a rise in anti-Semitism causes us, the Jews, to be afraid of seeming outwardly Jewish. Around the world, Jews do not wear a kipa (skullcap), they put their mezuzahs on the inside of the doorway, they change their names, and so on. They do all of these things in order to hide the fact that they are Jewish. This fear causes Jews to distance themselves from anything that might outwardly identify them as Jews. However, at the same time, the outer signs of Judaism bring Jews closer to religion and Jewish identity. At the end of the day, the fear [of being outwardly Jew ish] causes assimilation. We must strengthen Jewish pride around the world. If we do not, our name will disappear from the Diaspora. Deputy UK Ambassador to Israel Tony Kay said British Jews must be allowed to live without being attacked physi cally or verbally. The number of reported anti-Semitic inci dents in Britain has increased by 70 percent since the begin ning of the year. A French Embassy repre sentative said that while antiSemitism has deep roots in his country, Judaism is an integral part of French cul ture, and it is the Republics responsibility to protect the community. The current situation is still worrying, but the number of anti-Semitic incidents has dropped 60 percent in 2016, and the past year has seen another 20 percent decrease, he noted. During the meeting, the committee heard testimonies about the violent atmosphere against Jews in the United States and Europe. Zachray Zimmer, a high school senior from New Jersey shared his perspective: When I toured prospective colleges last year, I considered each through the filter of my own interests: location, size, academic strengths andun fortunatelythe rising tide of anti-Semitism faced by Jewish students on campus... I had my first encounter with antiJewish sentiment at UCLA in 2015, while attending a pre-college program. Taunt ing me for keeping kosher, a fellow participant slapped me in the face with a piece of bacon. About a week later, I was jostled to the back of our bus because `thats where the Jews sit. Tamir Oren, a reserve IDF company commander, now executive director of Stand WithUs UK, showed a video of himself and a colleague being shouted down on the campus of Cal Poly Pamona in California. He urged those assembled to fight to allow free speech on campus on the subject of Israel. Other speakers included Dr. Charles Small, the founder and director of the Insti tute for the Study of Global Anti-Semitism and Policy, representatives of Israeli government ministries, and Holocaust survivor Yosef Kleinman, who had given testimony at the Eichman trial in 1961. Kleinman told of his experience at Auschwitz to warn where tolerance of antiSemitic rhetoric and violence can lead. The meeting was initiated by David Ya`ari, an American businessman who moved to Israel eight years ago, together with StandWithUs. Here in Israel we must be aware of the challenges of the communi ties in the Diaspora and help them as much as is needed in developing awareness and the abilities to protect themselves from the growing threats, he said. Michael Dickson, executive director of StandWithUs Is rael, said we are dealing with the renewed anti-Semitism on the extreme right and left. He said anti-Israel groups with misleading names, such as Students for Justice in Palestine, try to dictate their extremist agenda, and their real goal is to oppose the only Jewish state in the world. Jewish students describe violent atmosphere on US college campuses The KnessetDespite laws in Europe against anti-Sem itism and Holocaust denial, as well as police activity and obligatory school trips to con centration camps, the number of anti-Semitic incidents is only increasing. During Mondays meeting of the Com mittee for Immigration, Ab sorption and Diaspora Affairs, Jewish and Israeli students described incidents of harass ment on college campuses in the United States. Commit tee Chairman MK Avraham Neguise (Likud) said, Classic hatred of Jews is disguised today as criticism of Israel, and leading universities in Britain are routinely hosting Islamist preachers who defame Jews and Israel. German Ambas sador to Israel Clemens Von Goetze said a slight increase in anti-Semitic incidents was recorded in his country since 2016, noting that a commit tee of experts recommended combating this phenomenon by educating teens while stressing the importance tolerance, instilling values through sports associations, and so forth. We will not be able to prevent every incident, but I promise that we will investigate each incident, Neguise said. 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HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, DECEMBER 1, 2017 PAGE 11A OBITUARIES Orlando Weekday Morning Minyan (Conservative/Egalitarian ), services MondayFriday 7:45 a.m. (9 a.m.national holidays); 2nd floor ChapelJewish Academy of Orlando; 851 N. Maitland Ave., Maitland. For information call 407-298-4650. Celebration Jewish Congregation (R) services and holiday schedules shown at www. JewishCelebration.org ; 407-566-9792. Chabad Lubavitch of North Orlando (O) 1701 Markham Woods Road, Longwood, 407-636-5994, www.jewishorlando.com; services: Friday 7:00 p.m.; Saturday at 9:30 a.m. Chabad of Altamonte Springs (O) 414 Spring Valley Lane, Altamonte Springs, 407280-0535; www.jewishaltamonte.com Chabad of South Orlando (O) 7347 Sand Lake Road, Orlando, 407-354-3660; www. jewishorlando.com ; Shabbat services: Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. and 10 minutes before sunset; Saturday, 9:30 a.m.; Sunday, 8:15 a.m. Chabad of the Space & Treasure Coasts (O) 1190 Highway A1A, Satellite Beach, 321-777-2770. Congregation Ahavas Yisrael/Chabad (O) 708 Lake Howell Rd., Maitland, 407-6442500; www.chabadorlando.org ; services: Sunday, 9 a.m.; Monday-Friday, 7:30 a.m.; Shabbat services: Friday, 6:30 p.m.; Saturday, 9:30 a.m.; Family service, 4th Friday of the month. Congregation Bet Chaim (R) 301 West State Road 434, Unit 319, Winter Springs, 407-830-7211; www.betchaim.org ; Shabbat services: Friday, 8 p.m. Congregation Beth Am (C) 3899 Sand Lake Road, Longwood, 407-862-3505; www. congbetham.org ; Shabbat services: Friday, 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, 9:30 a.m. Congregation Beth El (C) 2185 Meadowlane Ave., West Melbourne, 321-779-0740; Shabbat services, 1st & 3rd Friday, 8 p.m.; 2nd & 4th Saturdays, 9:30 a.m. Congregation Beth Emeth (R) 2205 Blue Sapphire Circle, Orlando, 407-222-6393; Shabbat service: monthly, 8 p.m. Congregation Beth Israel (Rec) Collins Resource Center, Suite 303, 9401 S.R. 200, Ocala, 352-237-8277; bethisraelocala.org; Shabbat service, second Friday of the month, 8 p.m. Congregation Beth Sholom (R-C) 315 North 13th St., Leesburg, 352-326-3692; www. bethsholomflorida.org ; schedule of services on website. Congregation Beth Shalom (Progressive Conservative) Orange City congregation holds services at 1308 E. Normandy Blvd., Deltona; 386-804-8283; www.mybethshalom. com ; Shabbat services: Friday, 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. Congregation Bnai Torah (C) 403 N. Nova Rd., Ormond Beach, 32174, 386-672-1174; www.mybnaitorah.com ; Shabbat services: Friday, 8 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. Congregation Chabad Lubavitch of Greater Daytona (O) 1079 W. Granada Blvd., Ormond Beach, 386-672-9300; Shabbat services Friday, 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. Congregation of Reform Judaism (R) 928 Malone Dr., Orlando, 407-645-0444; www.crjorlando.org : Shabbat services, 7 p.m. 1st, 2nd and 3rd Fridays; 6 p.m., 4th and 5th Fridays; Saturday: 10 a.m. Congregation Mateh Chaim (R) P.O. Box 060847, Palm Bay, 32906, 321-768-6722. Congregation Ohev Shalom (C) 613 Concourse Parkway South, Maitland, 407-2984650; www.ohevshalom.org ; Shabbat service, Friday, 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, 9:30 a.m. Congregation Or Chayim (Rec) Leesburg, 352-326-8745; email@example.com; services 2nd and 4th Fridays of each month at Providence Independence of Wildwood. Congregation Shalom Aleichem (R) 3501 Oak Pointe Blvd., Kissimmee, 407-9350064; www.shalomaleichem.com ; Shabbat service, 1st and 3rd Fridays of the month, 8 p.m. Congregation Shomer Ysrael (C) 5382 Hoffner Ave., Orlando, 407-227-1258, call for services and holiday schedules. Congregation Sinai (C/R) 303A N. S.R. 27, Minneola; 352-243-5353; congregationsinai.org; services: every Friday, 7:30 p.m.; Shabbat Service evert Saturday, 10 a.m. Orlando Torah Center (O) 8591 Banyan Blvd., Orlando; 347-456-6485; ShacharisShabbos 9 a.m.; Mon.Thurs. 6:45 a.m.; Sun. and Legal Holidays 8 a.m.; Mincha/Maariv Please call for times. Southwest Orlando Jewish Congregation/Ohalei Rivka (C) 11200 S. ApopkaVineland Rd., Orlando, 407-239-5444; Shabbat service, Friday, 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, 9:30 a.m. Temple Beth El (R) 579 N. Nova Rd., Ormond Beach, 386-677-2484. Temple Beth Shalom (R), P.O. Box 031233, Winter Haven, 813-324-2882. Temple Beth Shalom (C) 40 Wellington Drive, Palm Coast, 386-445-3006; Shabbat service, Friday, 8 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m. Temple Beth Sholom (C) 5995 N. Wickham Rd. Melbourne, 321-254-6333; www. mytbs.org ; Shabbat services: Friday, 7 p.m.; Saturday: 9:30 a.m. Minyan, Tuesday, 7:30 p.m.; Thursday, 10:00 a.m. Temple Beth Shalom (R) 1109 N.E. 8th Ave., Ocala, 352-629-3587; Shabbat services: Friday, 8 p.m.; Torah study: Saturday, 10:00 a.m. Temple Bnai Darom (R), 49 Banyan Course, Ocala, 352-624-0380; Friday Services 8 p.m. Temple Israel (C) 50 S. Moss Rd., Winter Springs, 407-647-3055; www.tiflorida.org ; Shabbat services: Friday, 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, 9:30 a.m.; Sunday 9:00 a.m. Temple Israel (R), 7350 Lake Andrew Drive, Melbourne, 321-631-9494. Temple Israel (C) 579 N. Nova Road, Ormond Beach, 386-252-3097; Shabbat service, Friday, 7 p.m.; Saturday: 10:30 a.m. Temple Israel of DeLand (R) 1001 E. New York Ave., DeLand, 386-736-1646; www. templeisraelofdeland.org; Friday Shabbat service, 7 p.m.; Saturday, 10:00 a.m. followed by Torah study. Temple Shalom (formerly New Jewish Congregation) (R) 13563 Country Road 101, Oxford, 352-748-1800; www.templeshalomcentralfl.org ; Shabbat services: Friday, 7 p.m.; last Saturday of the month, 9:30 a.m. Temple Shalom of Deltona (R/C) 1785 Elkcam Blvd., Deltona, 386-789-2202; www. shalomdeltona.org; Shabbat service; Saturday: 10 a.m. Temple Shir Shalom (R) Services held at Temple Israel, 50 S. Moss Rd., Winter Springs, 407-366-3556, www.templeshirshalom.org ; Shabbat services: three Fridays each month, 7:30 p.m. Traditional Congregation of Mount Dora (T) Mount Dora, 352-735-4774; www. tcomd.org; Shabbat services: Saturday, 9:30 a.m. sharp. (R) Reform (C) Conservative (O) Orthodox (Rec) Reconstructionist (T) Mehitsa CELLE MARY BASCH Celle M Basch, age 75, of Orlando, passed away on Tuesday, Nov. 14, 2017, at her residence. Born in Chicago, on Sept. 2, 1942, she was the daughter of the late Lewis and Roslyn Schenker Weinberg. Celle attended the University of Oklahoma, majoring in An thropology. She was a woman of many talents, ultimately becoming a successful real estate salesperson, together with her husband, Alan. She and Alan were married on Aug. 4, 1963, in Miami. Originally settling in Or lando in 1971, they moved frequently, due to Alans aerospace engineering work, finally settling here following his retirement. The family was formerly long-time members of Congregation of Reform Judaism. In addition to her husband of over 54 years, Celle is survived by her daughters, Lori (David) Lepow of Palm Harbor, Marci (Mark) Wasser man of Safety Harbor and Julie (David) Hunnes of Tampa; and three grandsons, Jason, Jared and Nathaniel. A graveside service was held at Congregation of Re form Judaism Cemetery, Go tha, with Rabbi Arnold Siegel of Jewish Family Services of ficiating. In memory of Celle Basch, and in recognition of her long-time dedication to animal rescue, the family requests contributions to Best Friends Animal Society, 5001 Angel Canyon Road, Kanab UT 84741, donations@ bestfriends.org. Arrangements entrusted to Beth Shalom Memorial Cha pel, 640 Lee Road, Orlando. 407-599-1180. HELAYNE SCHREIBER Helayne Schreiber, age 75, of Winter Park, passed away at Regents Park of Winter Park, on Friday, Nov. 17, 2017. She was born in Brooklyn, New York, on Sept. 7, 1942, a daughter of the late Benjamin and Iris Martin Schreiber. Helayne earned her bachelors degree from Rollins College and her masters from Nova University. She was an ad ministrator in the health care industry. Prior to relocating to Orlando, she was living in the Atlanta area. She was a loving mother, grandmother and sister, and is survived by her children, Haryn (Debra) Kreitner of Atlanta, Lee (Elise) Kreitner of Atlanta, Cindy (Mark) Blechman of Winter Park and Jamie Sternlieb of Atlanta; her grandchildren, Ryan Weiss, Talia Weiss, Adam Weiss, Sara Kreitner, Andrew Kre itner, Benjamin Kreitner and Cameron Kreitner; and her sister Sheryl (Harvey) Fisher of New York. A graveside funeral service was held at Congregation of Reform Judaism Cemetery, Gotha, with Rabbi Steven W Engel and Cantor Jacqueline Rawiszer officiating. Arrangements entrusted to Beth Shalom Memorial Cha pel, 640 Lee Road, Orlando. 407-599-1180. By Seffi Kogen (JTA)The BDS debacle at the University of Michi gan proved once again that Jews can be their own worst enemies. Since 2002, the University of Michigans Central Stu dent Government (CSG) has, on 10 occasions, rejected resolutions to support the movement to boycott, divest from and sanction the State of Israel. This month, however, for the first time, the resolu tion passed, to much handwringing in the Jewish community. The students who fought the resolutionsacrific ing sleep, schoolwork and social livesdid absolutely everything they could, and are to be commended. And, after the resolution passed, the universitys administra tion immediately announced that, despite the vote, Michi gan would not become the first school in the country to divest from Israel. Just why did the resolution pass this time? Contribut ing factors included strong bonds forged between vari ous progressive coalitions and anti-Israel students; a stacked CSG (the vice president and several other members were staunch sup porters of divestment); and a pervasive know-nothingness that saw the anti-Israel crowd raucously cheer the decision to prevent Professor Victor Liebermana recog nized expert in the history of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict from speaking at the debate on divestment from Israel. But what sealed the deal in favor of BDS were Jews in two different flavors of radicalism. Sadly, Jewish Voice for Peace (JVP) has become an integral part of nearly every campus-based attack on Israel, and Michigan was no exception. Jarring, though unsurprising, was the oped from the University of Michigan chapter of JVP, published the day before the divestment vote, entitled To fight white supremacy, support divestment. This, of course, is a bla tant lie: The creation of the State of Israel was itself a historic triumph over a white supremacist regime that sought to destroy a people it considered racially inferior. What is JVPs evidence that Israel represents white supremacy? First, they charge that Jewish organi zations (including my own, the American Jewish Com mittee) issued congratula tions to President Trump after his November 2016 victorywhich, as nonpar tisan entities, they surely were right to do, whatever they thought of the new president. Next, they cite the odious Richard Spencer, the disreputable doyen of the alt-right, who, true to his trollish nature, heaps praise upon Israel despite his well-known disregard for Jews. Finally, they offer a litany of disputed racial incidents in Israeli history, as if Israel must be perfect to deserve to exist. This rhetoric isnt lim ited to Michigan. At schools across the country, and off-campus as well, JVPs outspoken anti-Zionism gives cover to non-Jewish Israel-bashers and renders them immune to the charge of anti-Semitism, no matter how deserving of the label they might be. The second type of radical Jew that helped ensure the BDS victory is the far-right group behind the McCarthy ite blacklist at Canary Mis sion. The website, launched in early 2015, announced itself with a video featuring the tagline It is your duty to make sure that todays radicals are NOT tomor rows employees. The site has documented the names, affiliations and activities of a number of young antiIsrael activists at campuses across the country, holding them accountable, in per petuity, for the ill-advised tweets from their youth, their membership in politi cal organizations and their campus activism. Some of those exposed by the site are undoubtedly Israel-haters. But by creating the specter of a blacklist, Canary Mission handed powerful ammunition to the anti-Israel crowd at Michi gan. Using Canary Mission as a bogeyman, BDS propo nents so scared the members of the CSG that they would end up on a shadowy web site intended to make them unemployable that they took the extraordinary measure of voting by secret ballot. As the Washington Posts memorable slogan puts it, Democracy Dies in Dark ness. This deeply undemo cratic decision to vote in secret left the members of CSG completely unaccount able to the voters who had elected them. Thus unbur dened, they voted, narrowly, to divest. Now Canary Mission, in a preposterous partnership with its ideological opposites at JVP, has forced the Jewish and pro-Israel community at the University of Michigan to deal with the fallout of a successful BDS resolution. Is all lost for the pro-Israel community on campus? Have we entered an era when these two oddest of Jewish bedfellows open the flood gates to widespread divest ment? Hardly. The very next night, with no Jewish Voice for Peace op-ed and an open, roll-call vote, the University of Maryland student govern ment heartily rejected BDS. Seffi Kogen is the Ameri can Jewish Committees director of campus affairs. How Jews on the left and the right are empowering BDS
PAGE 12A HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, DECEMBER 1, 2017 Sergio Pasquariello Ariel Stachel co-stars as an Egyptian musician stranded in a one-horse Israeli town in the new Broadway musical The Bands Visit. is based on the 2007 awardwinning Israeli movie about an Egyptian police band stranded in a tiny (and fic tional) Israeli village in the Negev Desert. Stachel plays Haled, an Egyptian trumpeter, who like his fellow band mates quietly connects with his Jewish hosts during a long night of eating, flirting, roller skating (at a disco, no less) and, of course, music making. The shows theme of how Arabs and Jews come to terms with each other is perhaps not nearly as dramatic as Sta chels own journey of coming to terms with himself. The tall, dark-skinned performer spent nearly a third of his life telling people he was half African-American. In fact, Stachel is the California-born son of an Israeli-Yemeni father and an Ashkenazi mother from New York. My fathers parents came to Israel in the 1950s, he explained, and my dad was born in an immigrant absorption tent city near the town of Hadera. When he was 24, he followed a woman hed met on a kib butz to the U.S. and ended up in California, where he met my mom while they were Israeli folk dancing. He was the only one in his family to leave Israel. The family name in Yemen was Garama, but became Yeshayahu in Israel. Stachels On Broadway, an Israeli-American plays an Egyptian romantic in The Bands Visit Ariel Stachels grandparents and their children are seen in a photograph taken in their native Yemen. His father was born in Israel after the family immigrated there. parents divorced when he was young, and he opted to use his mothers Ashkenazic last name. It was just one of the many ways I avoided my identity, he said ruefully. That struggle began at a Jewish day school in Berke ley, where Stachel was raised. In third grade, someone told me I was too black to be Jewish, he recalled. In sixth grade, I switched to a public school, with maybe nine students of color there out of 900. I started to see that I was perceived as black, so I re-created my identity as an African-American; all my friends were black. Stachel smiled as he recalled visiting his best buddys home, where his grandmother would treat me like a black kid, cooking me soul food. For the first time, I felt like I was part of a com munity without any reserva tion. I felt most comfortable and accepted through this African-American grand mother. By high school, said Sta chel, I started avoiding being seen in public with my father. I didnt want to be seen with somebody who looked like an Arab. Only in private did the conflicted teenager embrace his heritage, listening to the Israeli-Yemeni singer Tsion Golan, eating his favorite foodthe Yemeni Israeli pastry jachnunand often visiting his family in Israel for a month at a time. As a baby, his first word was balon, Hebrew for balloon. Hebrew was spoken exclu sively in my fathers house he only spoke with his new partner in Hebrew, which is where my fluent-adjacency comes from, Stachel said. Stachel didnt have a bar mitzvah in California, but I was in Israel during the last week of my 13th year, and my uncle, who is more religious, was dismayed. He set up a Yemeni bar mitzvah for me four days before I turned 14. The deep love Stachel had for his family made his continuing disavowal of their backgrounds impossible to reconcile. I knew I wanted to do something public, either as an NBA player or an actor, he said, and I remember look ing at myself in the mirror in eighth grade and thinking, How on earth can I do that and still pretend that Im not Middle Eastern? At 15, realizing he wouldnt make it in pro basketball, Sta chels mother urged him to try out for his school musical. I got the role, in which I sang Happy Birthday to a pear, he recalled, and my mom said, You know, you have a voice! Stachel switched to an arts school, honed his talents, and moved to New York in 2009 to attend New York Universitys musi cal theater program. The watershed moment in both Stachels personal and professional lives came when he first read the script for The Bands Visit in 2015, which opened offBroadway the following year. Reading the character of Haled, the handsome Egyptian musician who is obsessed with the jazz trumpeter Chet Baker, I knew immediately that it needed to be my role. It took the shows creative team seven auditions by Stachel over nine months to arrive at the same conclu sion. There were moments of deep doubt and frustration, the actor acknowledged. Looking at my parents, favorite varieties delicious oranges fresh from Florida204 Handpicked fresh from the grove!Call 1-877-599-9729 to order item 453X or Visit HaleGroves.com/D19115Order Item #453X, mention Code 8SH-D915 for your $15 savings. Only $19.99* (reg. $34.99), plus $5.99 shipping & handling. 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The play seeing where I come from, there was this feeling that theres no way my dreams are ever going to come true, he said. But over the course of those nine months, I started to believe in myself, and by the final audition it was just mine. The Atlantic Theater Com panys off-Broadway produc tion of The Bands Visit, with music and lyrics by Da vid Yazbek (Women on the Verge of a Nervous Break down, The Full Monty) and book by Itamar Moses (another son of Israeli par ents), earned rave reviews. And for Stachel, who gar nered Drama Desk and Lucille Lortel Award nomina tions for best featured actor in a musical, it changed everything. The role allows me to exist as myself, proudly, as a Middle Eastern person, Stachel said. For eight or 10 years of my life, I couldnt tell people I was of Yemeni de scent without breaking into a cold sweat. Now, because of the visibility of this role, because people are accepting us with open arms, I can be myself. I get to wear this baseball cap [offstage] which says shalom, salaam, and peace. I feel like I straddle all these identities. During weeks of previews on Broadway, Stachel said the play has attracted sold-out audiences and international attention. Im able to connect with young kids in the Middle East on Twitter and Instagram who tell me theyre feeling represented, he said. A Palestinian girl came to the show, ran past the gate afterwards and hugged me, saying the same thing. As for the future of this Yemeni-Ashkenazi-JewishCalifornian-American actor, Stachel is eager to tell his personal story, and those of others. My experience of the world was shaped very much by the way I looked, he said. Now I feel that having this distinctive identity gives me an opportunity to shed light on the diverse lives of Middle Eastern people. I feel like I have a birthright to play these roles. 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HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, DECEMBER 1, 2017 PAGE 13A Weekly roundup of world briefs from JTA Uber in Israel ordered to shut down ride-sharing service JERUSALEM (JTA)Uber must halt its ride-sharing service in Israel, a Tel Aviv judge ordered. The ruling Monday gave the UberDay and UberNight ser vice until Wednesday morning to shut down because the driv ers were not insured properly. The drivers are not licensed to drive a taxi. The Uber taxi service, which is properly licensed and insured in Israel, can continue to operate, however. Israeli cab drivers had sued Uber, as did Gett, a taxi service previously known as GetTaxi. Uber has operated in Israel for about a year. It is available in about 600 cities worldwide. In another case pending against Uber in Israel, the Transportation Ministry has sued the company in a Tel Aviv court for allegedly charging to take passengers without a taxi license. Conservative movement launches hotline for reporting sexual impro priety (JTA)The Conservative movement has launched a hotline for reporting sexual impropriety in response to an allegation by a former member of its youth movement that he was inappropriately touched by a staff member. Last week, the United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism launched an inves tigation into the allegation made by the former United Synagogue Youth member, who in a Facebook post named a male former senior staff member in the 1980s as the perpetrator. On Monday, the Conserva tive umbrella group launched a confidential phone hotline as well as an email address for reporting sexual assault or harassment. At this moment we have a very serious allegation, and we thought it was necessary to be public that that allegation has been made and to invite people that may have been victimized to contact us to so we can gather more infor mation and determine next steps, the United Synagogues CEO, Rabbi Steven Wernick, told JTA on Monday. Wernick said United Syna gogue attempted to contact the former USY member several times to learn more about the claim but he did not respond. A public Face book post did not name the alleged abuser; the accused was named in a closed group. The alleged abuser was a long-standing member of our staff for whom weve had no previous anything to ques tion his integrity or service, Wernick said, adding that the man no longer works for USY in a full-time capacity. Wernick said contract work the man was doing for the organization was suspend ed upon the investigations launch. In 2011, United Synagogue instituted a series of policies, procedures and training for its staff in regard to sexual harassment and child protec tive issues. This is unfortunately something that does occur within the Jewish community, and weve been very persistent in the way in which weve responded to it, said Wer nick, who has headed United Synagogue since 2009. During his tenure, he said, United Synagogue has probed two allegations of inappropri ate behavior. They include allegations made against Sheldon Mitchell, a Jewish youth and USY leader in the Bay Area who was accused posthumously of molesting boys in the 1960s and 70s, and against another USY volunteer who was accused of having acted inappropriately in the 90s. United Synagogue was unable to substantiate any allegations against Mitchell in USY programs, but the organization did sever its relationship with the second volunteer after finding the allegation credible. We are committed to be a place of Jewish values and a safe space for everybody in our charge, and this response to this allegation is demonstra tive of that commitment Wernick said. NCSY, the youth group sponsored by the Orthodox Union, put in place a set of policies relating to sexual im propriety in 2001, a year after The New York Jewish Week reported that NCSYs direc tor of regions, Rabbi Baruch Lanner, had sexually abused more than a dozen youth group participants. Lanner was sentenced to seven years in prison in 2002 and released on parole in 2008. Since then weve main tained a high level of stan dards, policies, procedures, said Keevy Fried, NCSYs as sociate international director, adding that the safety and security of our participants is our No. 1 priority. NFTY, the Reform youth movement, handles allega tions of sexual harassment or assault on a case-by-case basis, said its managing direc tor, Beth Rodin. We dont have a specific set of policies except that we respond to everything in part nership with the community affected, in partnership with the family affected, Rodin said. Every situation is so nuanced, but our bottom line policy is that we dont allow this to be part of our com munity. The launch of USCJs ho tline comes amid a flood of allegations that have rattled the worlds of entertainment, politics and the media since last month after dozens of women alleged that Holly wood movie mogul Harvey Weinstein sexually harassed and in some cases assaulted them. To reach the USCJ hotline, call (212) 533-7813, or send an email to confidential@ uscj.org. Al Franken says he is returning to Senate de spite feeling ashamed (JTA)Sen. Al Franken of Minnesota told the local media he would not resign from the Senate, despite being ashamed of sexual harass ment allegations against him. Franken, a Democrat, said he would return to work in Washington on Monday after the weeklong Thanksgiving recess and pledged to fight the proposed Republican tax bill. Im going to do my job and Im going to go forward, he told Minnesota Public Radio. Im going to take responsi bility. Im going to be held accountable and Im going to try to be productive in the way I speak about this. The Ethics Committee is looking into all of this and I will cooperate fully with it. I know I have a lot of work to do to regain the trust of people Ive let down. Franken has apologized to the women who have accused him. He told the local media that he wants to be a better man. Last week, a 33-year-old woman, Lindsay Menz, ac cused Franken of grabbing her buttocks while they took a photo together at the Min nesota State Fair in 2010. In a statement to CNN, Franken said he did not remember taking the photo with Menz and that he felt badly that Ms. Menz came away from our interaction feeling disre spected. Earlier, a Los Angeles-based news anchor and former mod el, Leann Tweeden, said that Franken groped her during a 2006 tour to entertain U.S. troops in the Middle East and forcibly kissed her. Franken was a comedian and a writer at the time; he has served as a senator since 2009. Franken apologized to Tweeden. On Thursday, two other women accused Franken of touching their buttocks while taking photos during campaign events in Minne apolis in 2007 and 2008, the lawmakers first campaign for the Senate. Franken told the Minneapolis Star Tribune that he has posed for tens of thousands of photos over the years and does not remem ber intentionally touching women inappropriately while taking the photos. He told the newspaper that has spent the past week thinking about how that could happen and I just recognize that I need to be more careful and a lot more sensitive in these situations. Chabad sued for alleg edly infiltrating Conser vative synagogue (JTA)Congregants at a Conservative synagogue in suburban Boston are suing the local Chabad, alleging that its members infiltrated their leadership in a bid to take control of the synagogue and its assets. The case filed by members of Temple Adath Sharon in Sharon, Massachusetts, will be heard Monday in Norfolk County Superior Court, The Jewish Advocate weekly in Boston reported. The lawsuit, which was filed in November 2015, ac cuses Chabad of Sharon of encouraging its members and actively participating to take over Adath Sharons board and to transfer Adath Sharons assets to Chabad, according to The Advocate. The plaintiffs claim the lo cal Chabad is experiencing serious financial troubles and seeks to convert Adath Sharons assets to rectify its financial situation. Chabad of Sharon has denied the allegations, The Advocate reported. According to the lawsuit, nine of the Conservative synagogues board members and officials were elected il legitimately at an April 2015 membership meeting. The plaintiffs say the members are affiliated with Chabad and ran for office for the purpose of depriving Adath Sharons true members of their voting rights and transferring con trol and the assets of Adath Sharon to Chabad. They also claim the meet ing was not properly an nounced to the membership and proxy voting was not made available to all the members. Among the officers the lawsuit says are illegitimate are Chabad Rabbi Chaim Wolosow, who was elected vice president; his daughter, Chana Minkowitz, who was elected secretary and trea surer; and his son-in-law, Rabbi Naftoli Minkowitz, who was elected president. Wolosow resigned as head of the congregation after the lawsuit was filed, according to the lawsuit. The lawsuit also says that Dr. Jordan Leff was elected illegitimately as Adath Sharon president in 2008, and that in a November 2014 membership meeting, he and another syna gogue officer announced that the purported board of direc tors had voted to donate Adath Sharon, its building and all of its assets to Chabad. The plaintiffs value the synagogue building at $1 million. They are asking the court to order a membership meeting and the repayment of their legal fees by Chabad, and to prevent the defendants from giving away Adath Sha rons assets. Chabad-Lubavitch is a Ha sidic Orthodox Jewish move ment with outposts around the world, including remote towns, college campuses and major metropolitan areas. Its followers in those congrega tions are not necessarily Hasidic or Orthodox. Jewish wrestler calls out colleague for dressing as Hasid (JTA)A Jewish profes sional wrestler has called out a non-Jewish colleague who dresses as a Hasidic Jew for his matches, saying it is the equivalent of black face. David Starr, whose given name is Max Barsky, in a post on Facebook complained about Mathias Glass, who calls himself The Most Jewish Man Alive. Glass dresses in an over sized fur hat called a shtreiml and a black suit with the fringes of his tzitzit hanging out. He has sidecurls, or payos, and often breaks into Hasidic dancing. I want everyone to know that Mathias Glass is not Jewish, Starr wrote Thursday on Facebook. The stereotype driven character he portrays is offensive and distasteful. It is the equivalent of black face. Imagine me painting my face black and acting as a black character that was completely stereotypically driven. How would you react? How would the public react? Starr, 26, said he has mes saged Glass previously about his gimmick, and knows other Jews in wrestling who have urged him to stop. Prior to finding out that he wasnt Jewish, I thought the schtick was entertaining, Starr also wrote. I dont nec essarily like stereotype driven gimmicks in general, but this was clearly a self deprecating (at least I thought it self depre cating) comedic style. I am not a no fun sensitive snowflake type. I can make fun of myself and my people, but someone from outside the community has no right. Reaction to Starrs post was mixed, with some agreeing that it is offensive and oth ers calling on the wrestler to lighten up. Others pointed out that wrestling has always been about exaggerated and offensive stereotypes. On Friday, Starr posted: I guess black face in wrestling would be ok. Good to know. Sad state of affairs we are in. My faith in humanity has been pretty much torn to bits. He later posted a photo of himself flashing his middle finger with the message hashtagUnapologetic. Glass on Friday said in a tweet: Wrestling is real and Im Jewish. Oy. Wrestling is real and Im Jewish. Oy. Mathias Glass (@Hasidi cOutlaw) November 24, 2017 He also retweeted many messages of support from both fans and competitors. I find myself pulling back on some of the stereotypical stuff... but to the chagrin of many many Jewish fans, friends, and fellow wrestlers. Im constantly evolving, con stantly learning, and always willing to listen to construc tive criticism, he tweeted Sunday. On Monday, Starr tweeted that he stood by his state ments. Colombia expels Israeli accused of running illegal sex tourism RIO DE JANEIRO (JTA) Colombia has expelled an Israeli national accused of running an illegal tourism network that offered trips with drugs and underage prostitutes. Assi Ben-Mosh, 43, was put on a plane Sunday that was scheduled to stop in Spain on its way to Israel. He is banned from returning to Colombia for 10 years. The drugs and prostitutes were among other alleged criminal activities, the Co lombian TV news channel Caracol reported Saturday. Ben-Mosh, who has lived in the fishing village of Taganga for a decade, was known for throwing wild parties, many of which were raided by police for disrupting public order. He moved to the South American country after finishing his mandatory military service in Israel. His arrest and expulsion was a relief because au thorities were for many years complacent, an unnamed witnesses told El Heraldo newspaper. The newspaper could not find anyone willing to be named for the article, saying they feared for their lives According to El Heraldo, locals called Ben-Moshs Hotel Benjamin resort in Taganga a bunker that allowed only Israelis. In 2010, police recovered 715 pounds of cocaine that had been hidden in a cove near Taganga. The drugs, which were believed to have been the property of Ben Moshs gang, were valued at $8 million, The Jerusalem Post reported. Ben-Mosh also has been arrested in The Netherlands for international drug smug gling and been connected to the imprisonment of other Israelis worldwide. He is al leged to have started his illegal enterprise on the streets of Tokyo, where he sold jewelry and other goods stolen from tourists, according to the Post. Palestinians Washing ton office can remain open, but only for peace activities (JTA)The Trump admin istration will allow the Pales tine Liberation Organization office in Washington, D.C., to remain open but will require it to limit its activities to those related to achieving a lasting, comprehensive peace between the Israelis and Palestinians. The State Department an nounced the decision Friday, saying the restrictions could be lifted after 90 days if the United States determines the Israelis and Palestinians are engaged in meaningful peace negotiations. We therefore are opti mistic that at the end of this 90-day period, the political process may be sufficiently advanced that the president will be in a position to allow the PLO office to resume full operations, State De partment spokesman Edgar Vasquez said. Earlier this month, the administration announced that the PLO cannot operate a Washington office because it tried to convince the Inter national Criminal Court to prosecute Israelis for crimes against Palestinians. It was the first time since the 1980s that the the State Department refused to renew certification of the PLOs office in the U.S. capital, which must be done every since months. The Trump administration is working on a U.S. plan for Israeli-Palestinian peace in an effort led by the presidents Jewish son-in-law Jared Kush ner, a senior White House advisor, and special negotiator Jason Greenblatt. Landowner asks Polish town to remove monument to Jews killed by Nazis WARSAW, Poland (JTA)A landowner has asked officials of a small town in southern Po land to remove a monument commemorating seven Jews murdered at the site during World War II. The mayor of Chrzanow informed the Jewish commu nity in nearby Katowice about the request. It is believed the owner wants to sell or lease the land. Members of the Chrzanow Town Council are discussing how to commemorate the murders should the monu ment be removed, including asking whoever builds on the land to include a memorial plaque on any new structure. Poles also have their me morial places abroad and are fighting for them like lions, Councilman Kamil Bogusz said in an interview with Therefore, we should respect such places in our area. People who died there were also Pol ish people Bogusz, 29, has researched Chrzanows former Jewish community. In 1942, the Germans killed the Jews at the memorial site as punishment for illegal bread baking.
PAGE 14A HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, DECEMBER 1, 2017 Night From page 1A Tour From page 1A such cases in Israel, there will be thousands more to come in the coming months as the situation worsens in Ukraine. Global Aliyah helps them to come home to Israel, he said. Those in the Orlando Jew ish community who attended were thrilled with the event. the tremendous renewal and growth that has occurred in the German Jewish com munity, which is now one the fastest growing, most vibrant and youngest Jewish communities in the world, said Engel. Ben Sales The members of the Brandeis Schools 2017-18 seventh-grade class said they appreciated hearing from a range of nonprofits in their city. for about 30 years, the goal is to teach the kids the value of charity and make giving part of their lives from an early age. Jody Bloom, the Judaic studies teacher who runs the program, said its an especially valuable lesson for 13-year-olds, who can be consumed by obsessions over appearances, school or their latest crushes. Learning about the work of aid organizations, she said, makes them realize those problems arent so bad. It really helps the kids put things in perspective, Bloom said. They dont see the need thats out there when theyre in the school. When they go out in the world and see whats needed, they feel so grateful for what they have. The charity program, called Tzedek Hebrew for justice takes up the bulk of the seventh-graders Judaic stud ies classes, which meet three times a week for about an hour. In the first semester, the students hear a weekly lecture from a local aid organization about its work. This school year, the speakers ranged from Jewish Vocational Services, which helps the unemployed, to the Homeless Prenatal Project, which aids parents of poor children. Several current seventhgraders said they especially appreciated a lecture from Gene Goldstein-Plesser, an official at Keshet, the Jewish LGBT advocacy organization. The talk included a cartoon unicorn whose body was used to explain the ideas of gender and sexuality. The heart, for example, corresponded to physical and emotional attrac tion, while a thought bubble with a rainbow was meant to symbolize how one thinks of their own gender identity. Were in San Francisco, so we know a lot of gay and lesbian people, Noa Marks said. The program kicks into high gear in the spring. The students pair off according to areas of interestfighting racism, for example, or pro moting animal welfareand then choose one nonprofit they want to research. The organization doesnt need to be Jewish but must be local because Bloom wants the kids to visit the group and get to know its work. They go to the nonprofit and interview a senior employee before presenting the organizations work to the rest of the class. Although the students come from a range of socio economic backgrounds, the K-8 school exudes affluence. The campus consists of con nected buildings for its 400 children, with open-air walk ways and courtyards featuring bright basketball courts and playgrounds. Kids sprawl in the hallways typing on Mac Books and sitting on couches with coffee tables. A bowl of fresh apples for the taking sits on a table in a first-floor hallway. Tuition this year is about $31,000slightly more for eighth-graderswith about 30 percent of families receiving financial aid. The kids say the philan thropy program helps them see beyond their own material comforts. I went to a public school [previously], and this wasnt a thought, said Avital Daly, regarding charity work. It was like, keep yourself safe and do what you need to do. Helping other people wasnt as important as helping yourself. Its a good feeling to help people. The students also do a range of charitable activities, from volunteering at a home for the elderly to reading to under privileged second-graders. In class, they look at Jewish texts on giving -like Maimonides seven levels of charity, which instructs Jews on how best to help the poor, with teaching someone a trade the highest ideal. And they discuss the dilemmas inherent in philan thropy, like whether its better to give locally or globally, and whether Jews have a special responsibility to give to Jew ish causes. As they approach their second semester, this years seventh-graders appear di vided on that issue. Non-Jewish help centers and Jewish help centers both do the same stuff, Amelia Lifsitz said. If youre a Jew, you might feel more comfort able at a Jewish organization. Organizations that dont label themselves with a reli gion or race are more likely to have everyone get help from them, Natalie Heller coun tered. If there was a Jewish organization, someone whos Christian would feel like, Oh, Im not welcome here. But Christian people need that help and Muslim people need that help. About a quarter of the groups that receive money end up being Jewish, according to Bloom. But, she points out, supporting Jewish (or nonJewish) causes isnt the point. She wants kids to understand that part of coming of age as a Jew means taking responsibil ity for the people around you. What does it mean to be a member of the Jewish community? she asked. The obligation of everyone [is] to do justice. Its not just giving money, its giving your time. It really impacts them in a way they havent felt before and they realize how much they can give. These bar-mitzvah kids already are Jewish philanthropists By Ben Sales SAN FRANCISCO (JTA) Lyla Maymon and Jane Sh vartzman went to interview officials last year at the Larkin Street Youth, a local organiza tion fighting homelessness among young people, to see if their programs were worthy of a philanthropic grant. Maymon and Shvartzman asked all the right questions, like what percentage of the groups budget was used for overhead and how it planned to spend the money. They had looked up its financials on GuideStar, a database of nonprofit files. So, perhaps not surprisingly, the two 13-year-olds were irked when the official giggled and rolled her eyes at them. She didnt think of us as a serious thing, Maymon said of the staffer. She was giggling at some of the ques tions even though it was pretty serious. It might have been because Maymon and Shvartzman were in seventh grade at the time, and they were offering several hundred dollars from their bat mitzvah money. The two teens are students at the Brandeis School of San Francisco. At this com munity Jewish day school in an upscale residential neighborhood, the seventh graders become a minicharity of sorts: Rather than depositing their bar and bat mitzvah checks into the bank, the kids and their parents agree to take the money they would have spent on each others gifts and collectively donate it. Each year, the bar/bat mitzvah class takes its pool of moneygenerally around $30,000 -and allocates it to some 20 nonprofits in the Bay Area, with causes ranging from medical research to Jew ish LGBT advocacy The kids vote on the top five groups. Those charities receive $5,000 each, with the rest divided among the remainder of the organizations. While remarkable, these young do-gooders are far from alone: Teen philanthropy is a growing trend in the Jewish community. According to the Jewish Funders Network, U.S. Jewish teens gave more than $1 million in total during the 2015-16 school year. Thats a reflection that teens are continuing to de velop their identities, Briana Holtzman, the director of the Jewish Teen Funders Network, an umbrella for programs like the Brandeis Schools, told JTA in March. They can give to the Jewish community and they can serve those outside of the Jewish community. Theres a real focus on the conversation, on challenging our teens to grapple with who they are. At the Brandeis School, which has run this program Participants will be pre pared to explore 1000 years of Polish Jewish history at the new Polin Museum as well as the emotional experi ence of Auschwitz Birkenau. Likewise, German Jewry has a unique and special history, from the days of the Enlightenment, through the horrors of the Holocaust, up to the revival of the present day, where a reunited Berlin has the fastest growing Jew ish population in Western Europe, the only European Jewish community that is growing rather than shrink ing. This Jewish Heritage Tour will show how the tragedy of the past can lead to a hopeful present and future. For more information or to register for the trip call the Holocaust Center at 407-6280555 or CRJ at 407-645-0444 or visit the Holocaust Centers website, www.holocaustedu. org. As a proud Jew and an Israeli, it was so touching see ing the generous amounts of support and love from Chris tian Zionists, exclaimed Idit Lotringer, director of Hebrew and Judaic studies at the Jewish Academy of Orlando and principle of SOJC. The powerful acts of kindness expressed by the speakers and the audience portrayed a strong connection to Is rael which was a spectacular sight. I was impressed with the bountiful amount of donations and was especially emotional by the enormous amount of pride everyone had. It was so touching to hear speeches honoring the state of Israel and about Zionism in Christianity. Yis har Koach and Toda Raba to everyone who attended and donated! 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HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, DECEMBER 1, 2017 PAGE 15A Ron Kampeas Amanda Weiss, the director of the Bible Lands Museum in Jerusalem, leading a tour through an exhibit her museum is lending to the Museum of the Bible. Museum From page 1A many different ways and when they leave they will be inspired to open it. It especially celebrates the Bibles Jewish origins, nota bly those made manifest in modern Israel. The dedication included a rabbi, Israels am bassador to the United States, the Israeli minister of tourism and the director of the Israel Antiquities Authority. At times, the event seemed like a pro-Israel gala. Ron Dermer, the Israeli ambassa dor, celebrated the museum as a signifier of the Jewish claim to Jerusalem. The Bible nurtured Jews through 2,000 years of exile until they were able to rebuild the original DCDavids Capital, he said. Yariv Levin, the tourism minister, read a letter from Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who sent warm greetings from Jerusalem, the eternal and undivided capital of Israel. The deference to Judaism is evident in the museum logo, a B flat on its face re sembling the tablets of the Ten Commandments, and the museum store, where Star of David pendants glitter next to crucifixes. If you have $80 to spare, you can choose a crucifix or Hanukkah me norah made from Jerusalem stone facing each other on the same shelf. The museum also makes the Bible as unmistakably American as someone named, well, Charlton Heston. One permanent exhibit is dedi cated to the biblical under pinnings of the abolition of slavery and of the civil rights movement. The U.S.-born Dermer picked up on the theme of his native land as a nation whose origins were in the Bible. Those ideas inscribed in your founding documents and etched on your statues are not merely the values of America, they are the values of the Bible, he said in his address. Scholarship at the museum is pervasive, but employed a la Cecil B. DeMille: to prove the Bible is not just compelling but true. A day at the museumof ficials say a thorough tour would take 72 hoursmay leave you smarter about the Bibles origins, the stated agenda of the museum. But you may also suspect that the goal of this newfound knowl edge is not to encourage cri tique but belief. The approach is closer to seminary than religious studies department. Executive Director Tony Zeiss was unambiguous about the museums desired effect at the dedication ceremony. This is a day to rejoice, it is the Lords day! he said. Designers of the museum, he added, had two overarch ing criteria: Will this lift up the Bible, and will it lift up people? The museum employs scholarship to make that case. We engaged leading schol ars around the country, Green, the scion of the family that runs the Hobby Lobby chain, said Wednesday in a news briefing. But scholarship alone wouldnt sell it, so like most contemporary museums, there are plenty of experiential exhibits. If you put a Bible under a glass case in a language I cant read, it will only hold my attention for so long, Green explained. Judaism as parent suf fuses just about every exhibit, including one that media and special guests walked through earlier this week: The Hebrew Bible. Its an immersive 30-minute stroll through animations and special effects illustrated by supple, handsome animated Hebrews. (The Burning Bush, a riot of bright yellow light in a darkened room, was genu inely thrilling.) Thats more than twice as long as the 12 1/2-minute immersive New Testament experience. On the fifth floor of this sixfloor mammoth comprising much of a Washington block are artifacts contributed by Israels Antiquities Authority. The exhibit is permanent, but the Israeli authority will rotate the items about 1,500 at a time. The debt to Judaism is seen in the kosher-style food at Manna, the rooftop res taurant run by a couple who wrote The New Jewish Table cookbook. (Two kosher items per meal will be available at the restaurant.) Judaism and its origins in Israel are evident as well in a temporary exhibit, through May, organized by Jerusalems Bible Lands Museum, which served as a consultant to the D.C. museum. It is there that one gets to the crux of what makes this museum different from all others. An exhibit of finds from Khirbet Queiafa, a vil lage dating to the time when King David is purported to have ruled, begins with a replica of the Tel Dan Stele. The stone table validates, to a degree, the historical ac curacy of the battle of Jezreel, where Yoram, king of Israel and Ahaziah, king of Judah were killed, as recounted in 2 Kings 9. The stele is important because it contains the old est reference to King David, who lived two centuries or so earlier. It establishes that David was likely a real person. But it also diverges from the Bible, crediting Hazael, an Aramaic king, and not Jehu, the Israeli king, with the victory. The real stele is at the Israel Museum in Jerusalem, where a docent will explain how the radically different accounts at once validate the ancient Jew ish presence in the landbut undercut the notion that the Bible is less revealed truth than it is a political docu ment written by the ultimate victors. In this exhibit, the accom panying text refers only to a different version appearing in the Bible. MiYoung Im, the museums antiquities curator who trained first as a theo logian in Korea and then in Israel as an archaeologist, said she appreciated the stele both as a Christian and as someone trained to view artifacts as a scholarly outsider. Nonetheless, she said, the significance of the stele for the new museum was not in how it differed from the Bible, but how it validated it. We want to show how this exhibit relates to the time of David, she said. We cant prove where David livedwe can show that he lived. IAC From page 7A It was when a young woman in the uniform of Tzofimthe Israeli scout movement mounted the stage that the cavernous hall in the Wash ington Convention Center filled with sure voices, suf fused with tangible relief. This was Hatikvah. This was a known quantity. That was followed by a speech by Nikki Haley, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, warmly welcomed because of her outspoken ad vocacy of Israel. The evening culminated with a round of community singing that had virtually everyone in the hall on their feet and swaying. There are other aspects of American Jewish self-identity that are jarring for Israelis. Sivan Benisty of Boul der, Colorado, discovered over lunch that she was sit ting across from a non-Jew who worked closely with JewsLindsey Horvath, a Glatt From page 4A (e.g. My Left foot, Rain Man). Anne Bancroft and Patty Duke deservedly won Oscars for their portrayals of Anne Sul livan and Helen Keller. Its the only black and white film on this list. Hopefully your kids wont complain, but it should be easy enough to point the irony out to them and teach them a valuable life lesson. 8. Rudy (1993)Long Saeed From page 1A tion that brings Saeed to justice, the statement con tinued. On Nov. 26, 2008, ten LeT operatives entered Mumbai by sea and launched a coordi nated gun-and-bomb assault city councilor from West Hollywood, Florida, a heavily Jewish enclave. Benisty, who works for an Israeli startup in Colorado, grilled Horvath, a Catholic, about how she dealt with Jewish notions of chosenness. When I hear Jewish peo ple, chosen people, no mat ter how open and liberal the person, it comes across in a patronizing way, Benisty said. Horvath said she sees those expressions as a means of grounding oneself in ones identity in a multicultural society. She sees correlations to Jewish chosenness in her own identity as a Catholic and as a feminist. Another gap between Israe li and American Jews was in defining anti-Semitisman omnipresent theme through out the conference, but solely in its perceived manifestation in the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement against Israel. The rare mention of the rise of the American alt-right drew expressions of nonplussed bafflement. That was the reaction when Michaeli, the Zionist Union member of Knesset, com plained about how Netanyahu was handling the relationship with the American Jewish community. She singled out his reaction to the white su premacist and anti-Semitic demonstration in Charlot tesville, Virgina, in August, when a counterprotester was killed by a car driven by a suspected racist. The prime minister did not say a word, Michaeli said. Neither did anyone in the room, and the moderator, Emily Amrousi, a reporter for the Adelson-owned Israel Hayom daily, shifted the sub ject back to BDS even though the topic had already been exhausted. Just mentioning Charlottesville in nearly any other American Jewish as sembly would have triggered concerns, much discussed in the community, about the boldness of anti-Semitic expression during the presi dency of Donald Trump. Nicolet in the interview said Israelis were likely aware of the Charlottesville march but were more exercised about BDS because it was a more insidious form of antiSemitism. Its very easy to define the Nazis; they have the flag, theyre Nazis, he said. When you have a gray area, and peo ple talk about human rights and ethnic cleansing, from a gut feeling Im worried. Anxieties about whether American Jews are growing distant from Israel also per meated the conference. Ruth Calderon, a former Knesset member for the secular Israeli party Yesh Atid who writes about incorporating Talmudic teachings into secular Jewish education, said the diktats of Israels Orthodox could cause a schism. She led a session that tran sitioned between Hebrew and English. At some point, the Jews in the world will say to Israel, you know whattistadru la vad, figure it out for yourself. Israeli Jews also recoil at the notion of even tolerating the minority of American Jews who reject Israel. I dont think the un doubted support that Ameri can Jews had for Israel 30 years exists anymore, said Yaara Oren, a postdoctoral biology student at Harvard. We have a Reform shul in Brookline, Massachusetts, doing Naqba events, she said, using the Arabic for catastrophe which is how Palestinians describe Israels founding. I couldnt step foot in a synagogue that doesnt support Israel. Some also feel Adelsons leadership has imposed on the IAC a stringent standard of support for Israel that doesnt gibe with the more diverse and self-critical American Jewish outlook. On Sunday evening, he told the group that he had switched allegiance from the American Israel Public Af fairs Committee because he preferred unequivocal sup port for Israela reference to AIPACs willingness to work with the Obama administra tion, which Adelson reviled. That stringency alienated some of the Israelis at the conference. During a break out session called American Sabra: A Complex Identity, a Brooklyn man confronted Miriam Adelson, who was a panelist, saying that his inclination to criticize some Israeli government policies made him feel like an outsider at the conference. In response, Adelson in sisted that right-wing Jews were likelier to be marginal ized in the American Jewish community, but offered this: The fact that there are people who hate you because of your opinion is very, very bad. before Sean Astin was schlep ping Elijah Woods Frodo up Mount Doom he played one of cinemas most lovable under dogs: Daniel Rudy Ruettiger, the real life 5 ft 6 in 165 pound shrimp who was determined to play football for Division I powerhouse Notre Dame. The life lessons are obvious, but that doesnt mean your kids wont be cheering his name at the films conclusion. (Rocky almost replaced this film, but might be too gritty for younger viewers.) 9. Mrs. Doubtfire (1993)The only movie on this list that might be considered a kids movie, and your kids will love it because its Robin Williams at his best. However, it also allows you to bring up homosexuality in a non-overt way, thanks to the brief, but memorable performances of Harvey Fierstein and Scott Capurro as Uncle Frank & Aunt Jack. WarningYou may be forced to discuss Williams suicide. 10. The Princess Bride (1987)Rob Reiners classic is loaded with great morals and values. But the idea of my children not knowing who Inigo Montoya is by the time theyre 13?! Inconceivable! 11. Freedom Writers (2007)Yes, this film does have a Holocaust element to it, but it can perhaps be better used to introduce sub urbia children to the lives of inner-city youths and their struggles. It can also show them that their teachers are real people who have personal lives of their own. 12. Singin in the Rain (1952)My kids actually great ly enjoyed this movie as much younger children. The come dic elements hold up to time incredibly well, as do most of the musical numbers (yes, one or two might be a bit tedious by todays standards). But no film better showcases the history of cinema and the in troduction of sound into film. Yoni Glatt is the Director of JTEEN (Jewish Teen Educa tional Experiences Network) for the Jewish Federation of Greater MetroWest NJ, and is a former writer of the Movie Channel Trivia Game. He can be contacted at yglatt@ jfedgmw.org. on multiple sites in Indias most populous metropolis, killing 166 peopleincluding six Jews at Nariman House. Saeed had been under house arrest in the Pakistani city of Lahore since January. A Lahore court last week or dered his release, rejecting the Pakistani governments argu ments that he was a threat to public safety. Dozens of cheering supporters greeted Saeed as he exited the court. In an interview with the BBC, Saeed said the courts decision was proof of his innocence with regard to the Mumbai attacks. India has always leveled allegations of terrorism... but (Lahore) High Court decision has proved that all of Indias propaganda are false, Saeed said. Speaking to a crowd of followers, Saeed declared, I am not struggling for any personal gains. My struggle is aimed at safeguarding the interests of Pakistan. I want Kashmirs freedom from India and this is my crime. India reacted to Saeeds release with fury, describing it as an attempt by the Paki stani system to mainstream proscribed terrorists. Pakistan has not changed its policy of shielding and supporting non-state actors and its true face is visible for all to see, an Indian govern ment spokesperson said on Thursday.
PAGE 16A HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, DECEMBER 1, 2017 Philip Levine with Yisrael Meir Lau, the former chief Ashkenazi rabbi of Israel, on board El Als first direct Miami-Tel Aviv flight in nine years, Nov. 4, 2017. his own money and winning the Miami Beach mayors race in 2013, Levine grew a national profile by becom ing an expert on how local government can respond to climate changeand calling out President Donald Trump to do more. Shortly before Trump took office, Levine wrote an oped in Time calling on the president-elect to protect Floridas coastline. As I have said many times, the ocean is not Republican or Democrat, he wrote. While we bicker over the science and solutions, it will only continue to rise. In June, Levine hosted the U.S. Mayors Conference and showed off the citys efforts to curb flooding by investing $500 million on pumps and raising streets. Levine, who is friendly with the Clintons and was a Hillary Clinton sur rogate during the campaign, brought former President Bill Clinton to speak at the event. Levine has a gift for draw ing attention to himself. He landed an interview on CNN after he chartered a flight with 7,000 pounds of supplies to help San Juan following a hurricane that slammed Puerto Rico and bashed Trumps response to the island. Democrats are courting Puerto Rican voters because they are a growing population in Florida. Where is the federal gov ernment and the leadership at the top, like Dwight Eisen hower and FDR? he said on CNN. This was an invasion. This is a war. Our territory was attacked by a natural disaster. Treat it like a war. Help these people. Levine says he is a strong supporter of Israela re lationship that began one summer when he visited there while studying at the London School of Economics. I landed in Tel Aviv. I had no place to stay. I had a tele phone number of a distant cousin I never met, he recalls. I had to close the deal on one call. If I didnt close the deal I would be sleeping on Tel Aviv Beach. I spent two weeks on their couch. That was the beginning of my first experi ence in Israel. I had the most remarkable two weeks. He has returned to Is rael multiple timesmost recently in November after helping convince El Al to start offering a direct flight from Miami to Tel Aviv after a nine-year hiatus. It began in my conference room and culminated in the inaugural flight Saturday night, Nov. 4, he said. I had the owner of El Al sitting to my right, and the chief rabbi of Israel sitting on my left. Rabbi Yisrael Meir Lau, a former Ashkenazi chief rabbi of Israel, took part in the inaugural festivities. David Maimon, who was president and CEO of the publicly traded El Al, announced his resignation earlier this month. The Democratic primary field for Florida governor was already crowded with con tenders when Levine officially announced his candidacy Nov. 1. He faces former U.S. Rep. Gwen Graham, who repre sented northern Florida for one term and is the daughter of Bob Graham, a former U.S. senator and governor of Florida; Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum; and Orlando businessman Chris King. John Morgan, a wealthy trial lawyer who bankrolled the states medical marijuana amendment, may enter the race. No candidate has emerged as a clear favorite, but Levine leads the pack in fundraising. He launched his All About Florida PAC in June 2016, more than a year before he officially became a candidate. He has raised about $5.7 million through October slightly less than half from himself. Im very comfortable put ting in $50 million, he says. The Democrat who emerges from the August 2018 primary will face an uphill battle to beat the Republican. The GOP front-runner, state Agricul ture Commissioner Adam Putnam, has raised more than $16 million since 2015 through his committee. Although Democrats hold a slight edge in registration over Republicans in Florida, U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson is the lone Democratic statewide office holder. But Democrats see signs of hope in the swing state where Trump won by a percentage point and now has negative approval ratings. Levines main liability is his temperamenthe has lashed out at the media, blocked ac cess to critics on social media and went on a Facebook rant against Airbnb earlier this year. He also pushed for a ban on liquor sales after 2 a.m. on Miami Beach, which voters overwhelmingly rejected. Levine says voters are looking for a candidate who has a track record of getting things done. It doesnt matter if the right candidate for governor is Chinese, African-American or Jewish, he says. Its not a matter of religion or ethnic ityits a matter of being the right candidate. Amy Sherman is a free lance writer in Fort Lauder dale. She can be reached at amyshermanwriter.com or firstname.lastname@example.org Can a Jew from liberal Miami Beach be Floridas next governor? Philip Levine is betting yes. By Amy Sherman MIAMI (JTA)One can didate for governor is a former congresswoman and the daughter of a former governor and U.S. senator. Another candidate is a mayor who grew up in a blue collar African-American family. A third political newcomer is a Harvard graduate who builds affordable housing. Florida has been known as a place where candidates of diverse backgrounds make a name for themselves. But in statewide races it generally hasnt included Jews, at least in recent decades. Former Miami Beach May or Philip Levine, a wealthy businessman with a knack for drawing attention to himself and his citys struggles with climate change, is hoping to become the exception. With Florida set to elect a new governor in 2018, Levine is the only candidate among the serious contenders who is Jewish. While some political ob servers question whether a Jew from liberal Miami Beach can win in a state that hasnt elected a Democratic governor since 1994, Levine sees that as nonsense. I knew this AfricanAmerican guy, believe it or not, who won the state twice and was elected president of the United States twice, and an older Jewish guy almost got the Democratic nomina tion for president, he says. (Barack Obama carried the state in the 2008 and 2012 elections. In the 2016 Florida Democratic primary, Hillary Clinton beat Bernie Sanders in a landslide.) The last Jews elected state wide were in the 1970s: U.S. Sen. Richard Stone and Attor ney General Robert Shevin. Stone, now 89 and living in Maryland, says being Jewish wasnt an obstacle to running statewidethe main hurdle was being from Miami Beach. It can be done, as Ive shown, but people are nor mally more comfortable with a nearby neighbor running for office than someone from a longer way away, he said. The saying in Florida is that the more north you go, the more south you go which means voters in the conservative northern part of the Sunshine State may not relate to candidates from liberal South Florida. Successful candidates must appeal to the factions of voters across the state, said Ashley Walker, who ran Obamas 2012 campaign in Florida. A candidates ability to appeal to diverse voters across the state is more important than their racial or religious background, she says. About 3.3 percent of the population in Florida is Jew ish. Since half the Jews in Florida are over 65 and Jews historically vote in higher numbers than other groups, the percent who vote is higher, around 5 to 7 percent, says University of Miami demogra pher Ira Sheskin, who studies the Jewish community. The majority of Jewish voters are Democrats. Florida has had only one governor with Jewish roots, according to the Jewish Mu seum of Florida-FIU. David Sholtz, who served as gover nor in 1933-37, was born to Jewish parents but considered himself Congregationalist, according to an article in the Jewish Daily Bulletin in 1932. A few Jewish Democrats have run statewide in re cent years but lost. In the 2014 Democratic primary for governor, former state Sen. Nan Rich of Broward County in the south lost to former Gov. Charlie Crist, a former Republican, who then lost to Republican Gov. Rick Scott in the general election. In 2010, two Jewish Democrats competed in the primary for attorney general: The winner, Dan Gelber, lost in the general election to Republican Pam Bondi. Gelber, who is now the Miami Beach mayor, says Democratic voters look for a candidate who checks certain progressive boxessuch as favoring abortion rights and wont make a decision based on religion. Levine is a successful businessman. That will be more defining to him than his religion, Gelber says. Levine had his bar mitzvah at Temple Solel in Hollywood and is now a member of Tem ple Beth Sholom, a Reform synagogue in Miami Beach. He says religion wont play a role in his campaign. I believe that the most important tenet of my philoso phy is to do the right thing, he says. I attribute it to my inner coremy inner compass, not to religion. In 1990, with $500 capital, Levine launched a business from a studio apartment on Ocean Drive that provided magazines and TV program ming on cruise ships. The company later grew to amass a revenue of about $400 million. He later sold the company and is now CEO of Royal Media Partners, which provides media to Royal Caribbean Cruises. 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