WWW.HERITAGEFL.COM YEAR 42, NO. 17 DECEMBER 29, 2017 11 TEVET, 5778 ORLANDO, FLORIDA SINGLE COPY 75 Editorials ..................................... 4A Op-Ed .......................................... 5A Calendar ...................................... 6A Scene Around ............................. 9A Synagogue Directory ................ 11A JTA News Briefs ........................ 13A Lior Zaltzman This years heartwarming moments include a girl who helped decorate a vandalized cemetery, a dog who saved two lives, and an unlikely friendship between a monkey and a chicken. By Josefin Dolsten (JTA)Political turmoil, terror at tacks and natural disasters around the world: 2017 had plenty of people feeling down, for good reason. But there were also notable moments of light. As this year draws to a close, here is a chronology of some of the more heart warming stories JTA published this year. An Orthodox Jew builds bridges with his Yemeni Muslim neigh bors After President Donald Trump is sued his first executive order banning immigrants from seven predominantly Muslim countries, Alexander Rapaport, a Hasidic Jew, wanted to show his support for his neighbors in Brooklyn. So when New York bodega owners from Yemen went on strike in February in protest of the ban, Rapaport organized community members to put Post-it notes with mes sages of support on the storefront of a local store owned by Yemeni immigrants. I made a point of walking in there todayI actually live a mile away, Ra paport, the executive director Masbia, a kosher soup kitchen network, told JTA. I just learned that they were Yemenite, The 7 most heartwarming Jewish stories of 2017 and I was looking to do something in solidarity with the people affected by the executive order. A 6-year-old girl sends painted rocks to decorate vandalized Jew ish cemeteries When 6-year-old Ayel Morgenstern learned that her great-great-grand mothers headstone was among the 100 toppled at a Jewish cemetery in St. Louis in February, she sprung into action. Ayel, who lives in Florida, decided in March to paint rocks to decorate Marian Bromberg A.J. Kronenberg BBYO North Florida Re gion is honored to welcome and host BBYOs Interna tional Convention 2018. Over Presidents Day weekend (Feb. 1519, 2018), more than 5,000 of the Jewish communitys top teen leaders, educators, professionals, and philan thropists from around the world will come together in Orlando for one of the larg est Jewish communal events of the year. Delegates will hear from and meet inspiring speakers, deepen leadership skills, serve the local com munity, celebrate Shabbat, learn, have access to exclusive music performances, and do their part to strengthen the Jewish Future. Two-hundred and fiftyplus volunteers are needed to make the weekend a success. The planners are looking for enthusiastic and friendly individuals, who are at least a sophomore in college, and can help guide the teens and take part in making this a life-changing experience for thousands of young people. You can sign up for shifts at https://tiny.cc/IC18volunteer. Volunteer Training will be at The Roth Family JCC on Monday, Jan. 22 from 7 to 8 p.m. For all those unable to attend, there will be a make-up conference call on Wednesday, Jan. 24 at 8 p.m. All volunteers must be available to attend one of the trainings. If you have any questions, please contact Regional Di rector Jayme Epstein at 407621-4032 or JEpstein@bbyo. org. We hope to see you this February. Orlando hosts BBYO IC By Pam Ruben Please join the Jewish Pa vilion on Sunday, Jan. 28 at 5 p.m. at Sheraton Orlando Jewish Pavilion Gala honors Marian Bromberg and A.J. Kronenberg North (Maitland) for their Gems and Jeans Gala, as they honor community gems, Marian Bromberg and A.J. Kronenberg, for providing exemplary volunteer assis tance to Orlandos elder-care community. Slip on your favorite pair of dressy jeans, and the Pavilion will provide the sparkle, with an evening featuring gourmet dining, live music, and a silent auc tion, along with dazzling surprise entertainment. All proceeds raised will benefit seniors served in more than 70 assisted living and skilled nursing facilities. Register now online at www.jewish pavilion.org or at https://jpav. ticketspice.com/gala-2018. Call 407-678-9363 for more information. Spending time with el der-care residents is much more than just volunteering, shared Jewish Pavilion Gala co-honoree and retired early childhood educator, Marian Bromberg. I began volun teering to bring some holiday spirit to the older members of our community, and I ended up getting much love and warmth from them. Almost a decade ago, Brom berg began one-on-one visits with elder-care resident, Roslyn Stenzler (mother of current Pavilion Board President Paul Stenzler). After visiting over several years, the two friends began to feel like family. After Roslyn passed away, the dedicated volunteer missed the special relation ship she had shared, and she continued to visit seniors near her home in South Orlando. Today, Bromberg assists Program Director Walter Goldstein, with holidays and Shabbats, but feels she makes Stories on page 14A Gala on page 13A (JNS) The United Nations General Assembly on Thurs day overwhelmingly approved a resolution denouncing President Donald Trumps de cision to recognize Jerusalem as Israels capital. The 193-member General Assembly voted 128-9, with 35 abstentions, to express deep regret over Trumps Jerusalem policy changes, which also include plans to move the U.S. embassy to that city. The nine countries voting against the resolution were the U.S., Israel, Togo, Micro nesia, Guatemala, Nauru, Palau, Marshall Islands and Honduras. The 35 absten tions included a number of countries whom Israel has been courting for support dur ing the past year, including Colombia, Mexico, Argentina, Malawi and Rwanda. Addi tionally, Hungary, Croatia, Latvia, Romania and the Czech Republic broke with the European Union con sensus on the resolution by abstaining. Both Trump and U.S. Am bassador to the U.N. Nikki Haley have suggested that America might cut foreign aid to countries who supported the resolution, with Haley stating the U.S. would be tak ing names of such nations. On Thursday, Haley closed her remarks by saying the vote will be remembered. In defiance of Trump, the General Assembly measure asserted that any decisions and actions which purport to have altered the character, status or demographic com position of the Holy City of Jerusalem have no legal effect, are null and void and must be rescinded in compliance with relevant resolutions of the Security Council. UN opposes US on Jerusalem Ahead of the vote, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called the U.N. a house of lies and said Israel rejects this vote outright. Jerusalem is our capital, we will continue to build there and additional embas sies will move to Jerusalem, Netanyahu said. The discussion over the General Assembly resolu tion began at the behest of Turkey and Yemen after an Egyptian-sponsored measure at the U.N. Security Council was vetoed by the U.S. earlier this week. Israeli Ambassador to the U.N. Danny Danon denounced supporters of the resolution as puppets being pulled by the strings of the Palestinian puppet masters. This resolution is noth ing more than a distraction, Danon said. I have no doubt that todays resolution will end up in the trash bin of history. Benjamin Netanyahu
PAGE 2A HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, DECEMBER 29, 2017 rf r fntb Join Congregation Ohev Shaloms Mens Club and Sisterhood for a fun night of bowling. Bowl the Night Away will be held on Jan. 18, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at AMF Bowling Lanes in Altamonte Springs. The cost is $18 for two hours of bowling, and includes shoes and pizza. Please RSVP to Michael Asher at michaeldasher3@ gmail.com AMF Bowling Lanes is located at 280 Douglas Ave. Please make your check payable to COS Mens Club. Mail by Jan. 10 to: COS Mens Club & Sisterhood Bowl the Night Away, 613 Concourse Parkway South, Maitland, FL 32751. Bowl the night away The Jewish Federation of Greater Orlando has an nounced that applications for 2018 Ronald Colman Israel Scholarships will be available online starting Monday, Jan. 8. The Ronald Colman Israel Scholarship Fund was made possible by a generous en dowment established by the Colman family to encourage Jewish teens in the Greater Orlando area to participate in educational experiences in Israel. The Federation administers the program and awards the scholarships each spring. The program is open to all Jewish teens in grades 9 to 12 who are permanent residents of Central Florida. Gap-year programs are not eligible. Additional application cri teria: Teens who apply must be traveling on an organized educational youth/peer Israel program, including adventure travel, community service, volunteer work or academic programming. Family trips are not eligible. Scholarship funds are for programs in summer 2018 and program during the 2018-19 school year (such as the Alexander Muss High School in Israel). Funds will be distributed directly to the sponsoring organization of the selected trip. Online applications are available starting Jan. 8 on JFGOs Jewish Teen Education Network web page, www.jfgo. org/jten. This years applica tion deadline is March 31. A review committee will select the scholarship recipients, who will be notified no later than April 30, 2018. For additional informa tion, please contact Jennifer Cohen, the Federations JTEN coordinator, at jcohen@jfgo. org or 407-645-5933, ext. 239. Israel travel scholarships available through Federation JOIN Orlando and SPARK, the womens division of JOIN, are hosting an evening with delicious appetizers, a variety of drinks and a discussion about Mission Possible Discovering Your Lifes Purpose by Rabbi Ahron Hoch on Monday, Jan. 8, 2018, from 7:309 p.m. Rabbi Ahron Hoch helped found Aish Toronto in 1981, one of the first outreach centers in North America. He went on to become educational director of Aish Toronto, a position he held for 15 years. During that time the branch expanded and built three separate communities with over 8,000 people attending Aish programs annually. Rabbi Hoch then transitioned to full time rabbi/educational director of The Village Shul/ Aish Learning Center. He has lectured across North America and has been called on to advise and mentor at various outreach organiza tions across the continent. For ticket and location information, visit www.event brite.com/e/join-eveningout-tickets-41443566824 JOIN Orlando is your desti nation to explore, discover and study about your Judaism and the land of Israel. Programs and events for teens, families and professionals. SPARK provides exciting experiences & growth oppor tunities for all Orlando Jewish Women, empowering them to strengthen their homes and communities. Discover your lifes purpose at JOIN Evening Out Joseph and Anita Hara carved out spare time to help Jims business, and eventually the two became partners. Soon their distributorship became the most successful in the U.S. and headquarters came calling. In the pre-Disney 1960s, Hara moved his family down to Orlando, Florida, where he quickly ascended from the role of vice president of sales to president and CEO of Tupperware in three years. In 1970 he was named president of Tupperware worldwide, with 60 Minutes profiling the success of the company under his steward ship. Hara continued to lead Tupperware for over two de cades, through the companys unprecedented era of growth across 35 countries. He ardently believed in the power of positive thinking and was a relentless champion of women in the workplace. The truth is that women dominate intellectually, he wrote in 2016. I have observed this in my economic life, having been exposed to thousands of women who, when made aware there are no restrictions and no limit to what they are free to achieve, do incredible things. In 1947 Hara married his wife, Anita, whom he adored throughout their 70 years of marriage. They brought joy to the lives of their three children: Robert, Barbara and Mark, their six grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Hara was extremely active in Orlando and the Jewish Community, becoming a Community champion, Joseph Hara dies at age 91 By Andrea Mandell, his granddaughter Joseph Hara died on Dec. 24, five days shy of his 92nd birthday. He always likened his life to a Horatio Alger tale, a man who rose from a humble background and achieved success beyond his wildest dreams. Hara was born in Chicago to a Syrian mother, Rose Beyda and Turkish father, Shabo. Hara was one of nine children, and like many, the family struggled to make ends meet during the Depression. After serving in the Army Air Corps in the South Pa cific during World War II, Hara returned determined to jumpstart his career, beginning as a door-to-door stockings salesman. Eventu ally he learned of a plastic product called Tupperware through his cousin, Jim, who ran a fledgling Tupperware distributorship. Hara, now an owner of two childrens clothing shops, which were funny, entertain ing and often moving, said Israeli-American philanthro pist Adam Milstein. This is only the second meme competition, but I am really impressed with the quality and quantity of memes we received, which are now available as a resource to be shared on the social media channels of our partner organizations and for the entire pro-Israel community, he said. Milstein added that MFF takes pride in initiating proj ects that encourage creative thinking and unite Israel advocates around the world. A panel of prominent proIsrael student activists se lected the contests winners. Eighteen contest winners with the most creative and original memes were awarded a total of $2,000 in prize money. MFF partnered with 18 other Jewish and pro-Israel organizations to sponsor the competition. The founda tion states that it works to safeguard and strengthen the Jewish People and the Jewish State by igniting Jewish pride in the next generation, provid ing pro-Israel Americans with knowledge and expertise to advocate for the State of Israel, and bolstering the critical U.S.-Israel Alliance. One of the submissions in the Milstein Family Founda tions pro-Israel meme contest. longtime supporter of JFS, an organization that provides food and counseling to people from all walks of life. Hara was also a champion of The Jewish Federation of Orlando, the Ho locaust Memorial Resource and Education Center, TOP Jewish Foundation, Founda tion for Blindness, Habitat for Humanity, the Orlando Museum of Art, United Way Human Resources, Friends of Santa Claus, The Jewish Academy, Congregation Ohev Shalom, Kinneret Council on Aging, the Brevard Music Festival, among others. Hara served on many of their boards throughout the years. Hara was also a recipient of the 2001 Heritage Florida Jewish Newss Human Ser vice Award. Extremely mag nanimous and humble, He was the only recipient to call me and say he wanted to pick up the award at the Heritage instead of being presented at the Federation Board meet ing, Jeff Gaeser, Heritage publisher, stated. He also once paid for the unaffiliated in the Jewish community to receive the Heritage once a month for one year, Gaeser further said. It was a ball, reflected Hara of his life recently. His adoring family is determined to carry on his legacy of love, laughter and community. Milstein Family Foundation names winners of meme contest (JNS) The Adam and Gila Milstein Family Founda tion (MFF) on Monday an nounced the winners of its second competition for the creation of pro-Israel social media memes. The competition brought together hundreds of par ticipants from around the world, including the U.S., Israel, Egypt, South Africa, Germany, Romania, Kenya and Denmark. Second prize winner Eric Fihman created a meme featuring Israeli actress Gal Gadots Wonder Woman movie character along with the wonder women of the IDF and text describing Je rusalem as the wonder of Israel. First prize winner Justin Feldman created a meme highlighting the hypocrisy of Palestinian-American BDS activist Linda Sarsour. We received a wide range of unique and creative memes,
HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, DECEMBER 29, 2017 PAGE 3A Nasser Ishtayeh/Flash90 On Dec. 15, 2017, in the Palestinian Authority-controlled city of Nablus, Hamas sup porters attend a rally marking the 30th anniversary of the terror groups founding. By Yaakov Lappin JNS Hamass latest effort to join a Palestinian unity govern ment is little more than a facade, and the terror groups top immediate objective is to seize control of Judea and Samaria and turn it into a second Gaza, according to the assessments of defense experts. After years of failed at tempts at reconciliation, Palestinian Authority (PA) President Mahmoud Abbass Fatah movement and Hamas in October announced that they would implement a unity deal, which included the res toration of PA control in Gaza by Dec. 1. But the so-called unification quickly ran into trouble, and was delayed to Dec. 10. Now, the reconcilia tion agreement is apparently collapsing, and Hamas seems to be in no rush to revive it. Hamas is just waiting for Abbas to die, or that he agrees to elections, to try and take over the West Bank, Dr. Ely Karmon, a senior scholar at Israels International Insti tute for Counter-Terrorism (ICT), told JNS regarding the 82-year-old Palestinian leader. And Hamas is again talking about close ties with Iran and Hezbollah. Dr. Col. (res.) Moshe Elad, one of the founders and former heads of the security coordination between the IDF and the PA, said the PA is utterly dependent on Israels military presence in Judea and Samaria to prevent a second Hamas-armed Islamist revo lution. Elad, who today lectures at the Western Galilee College, said IDF-PA coordination is the insurance policy that the PA has in Judea and Sa maria for its survival, since Hamas is very strong there. Hamas cant launch a revolution in Judea and Sa maria...but its a threat that exists all of the time, Elad told JNS. Its true that on the surface, PA President Mah moud Abbas attacks Israel, but ultimately, he wants us to be there, so that we can give him security against the possibil ity of a revolution by Hamas. As absurd as it sounds, he understands that Israels pres ence in Judea and Samaria, because of the settlers, holds benefits for him. This means there is a very big convergence of interests... if we leave the area, he will be in a major problem. This is exactly what happened in Gaza. Elad was referring to the 2007 Gaza coup, which saw Hamass gunmen seize the coastal territory by force and kill Fatah personnel, widening a massive rift between the two Palestinian camps. The latest stalled reconciliation effort was aimed at bridging this gap. But Elad believes such attempts should not be taken seriously. According to Elad, Saleh al-Arouria senior Hamas operative who is part of a shadow overseas command structure for the terror group that orchestrates attacks from afarhas sent letters to Hamas operatives in which he ordered them to prepare a similar coup in Judea and Samaria. Abbas knows that the five to six battalions the PA has cannot keep him in power over time on their own. He needs Israel. Elad, who has written two books on the Palestinians, said he has counted more than 25 unification attempts between Hamas and the PA since 2007. It never succeeds, he said. The Egyptians, the Turks, the Qataris and Saudiswho hasnt tried to mediate? There is a deeper story here than many realize. Hamas will not give up its armed force [in Gaza] so easily. On the streets of Palestin ian cities, towns and villages in Judea and Samaria, the PA continues to repress Hamas, Elad added. In terms of popularity, Hamas is stronger than the PA, because the PA controls by force and authority, and not through public support, he said. There are areas outside of the Muqata (the PAs government complex in Ramallah) where Abbas can not visit. There are two camps herea two-headed Palestin ian system. Reunification is irrelevant. In line with Elads assess ments, the Shin Bet domestic intelligence agency and IDF ground units in Judea and Sa maria continue to operate day and night to keep Hamas in check. Israeli preventative op erations represent the major ity of the force that is in place Hamas just waiting for Abbas to die as Palestinian unity deal falters against Hamas, with the PAs own effortsmotivated by self-preservationforming the minority of anti-Hamas operations. In recent days, the Shin Bet announced that it had disrupted a Hamas cell in the village of Tel, near Nablus, which was in the planning stages of a kidnapping attack targeting a soldier or a civil ian from a bus stop. Three suspects were arrested, who were allegedly in touch with Hamass headquarters in Gaza to receive orders and funding for the attack, designed to secure the release of Palestin ian security prisoners from Israeli jails. Both the PA and Israel continue to observe and sometimes disrupt Hamass social infrastructure, which spreads its popularity and ideology. These networks include schools, mosques and charity centers, used to keep operatives on the pay roll and recruit the masses to the Hamas Islamist cause. University campuses bristle with Hamas student groups that spread radical ideology and promote recruitment drives. Yet the organizations terrorist cells are routinely detected before they can act. Dozens of the terror plots are orchestrated by Hamass overseas shadow government, led by Arouri, who today is believed to reside in Leba nonunder Hezbollah pro tectionafter leaving Turkey. Hamass goal of conquering Judea and Samaria provides plenty of motivation for the PA to continue its arrest raids on the terror group, prompting Hamas to threaten to end uni fication talks in recent weeks. I do not believe in a real reconciliation between Hamas and Fatah, said ICTs Karmon. They could for a short time coordinate stances on the issue of Jerusalem, but [Hamas political chief in Gaza] Yahya Sinwar has already announced that the agreement has collapsed. (JNS) The U.S. on Monday vetoed a United Nations Secu rity Council resolution that called for President Donald Trumps recognition of Jeru salem as Israels capital to be withdrawn. Following the vote, U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Nikki Haley called the Security Council measure an insult and said it will not be forgotten. The United States will not be told by any country where we can put our embassy, she said, referring to Trumps plans to move the U.S. em bassy to Jerusalem. The fact that this veto is being done in defense of Americas role in the Middle East peace process is not a source of em barrassment for us; it should be an embarrassment to the remainder of the Security Council. The Egyptian-drafted reso lution, which was supported by all of the councils 15 members except for the U.S., affirmed that any decisions and actions which purport to have altered the character, status or demographic com position of the Holy City of Jerusalem have no legal effect, are null and void and must be rescinded in compliance with relevant resolutions of the Security Council. Israeli Ambassador to the U.N. Danny Danon said, Ev ery other country in the world has the right to designate its capital city. But when it comes to Israel, somehow this most basic national right is questioned and condemned. We thank the United States for standing with Israel and staying loyal to the truth. With the Security Council vote on Jerusalem taking place during Chanukah, Danon said said it seems that some of those who wish us well have forgotten exactly why we celebrate Chanukah. Chanu kah is about the liberation of Jerusalem... It is about re instating Jewish sovereignty more than 2,000 years ago over our capital, Jerusalem. US vetoes UN resolution calling for withdrawal Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images President Donald Trump signing a proclamation at the White House that the U.S. govern ment will formally recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, Dec. 6, 2017. By Ben Sales NEW YORK (JTA)When President Donald Trump rec ognized Jerusalem as Israels capital, many foreign policy experts called it a blunder. It could spark a conflagra tion of violence in the city, they said. It would alienate Palestinians who revere the city and ice any remaining hopes of a peace process. It could be the death knell for an increasingly elusive twostate solution. Raising this the way he has done doesnt advance the cause of peace, it doesnt advance the cause of stability in the region, it doesnt make Israel safer, and it doesnt make the United States any safer, James Cunningham, a former ambassador to Israel who served under Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama, told the Atlantic Council. It raises a signifi cant risk with very little upside as far as I can see. But a countervailing cho rus of analysts, mostly on the right but stretching to the center, says the opposite: Trumps recognition of Jeru salem is a strategically savvy course correction of American foreign policy. It has not hurt prospects for peace, they say, and theres a good chance it will help. U.S. recognition of Israeli sovereignty over Jerusalem might contribute to peace, Douglas Feith, President George W. Bushs undersec retary of defense, wrote in Why these experts say Trumps Jerusalem recognition will help the peace process Foreign Policy. It teaches Palestinians, he wrote, that [t]here is a price to be paid for perpetuating the conflict: Life goes on, the Israelis create new realities, and the world in general adjusts to those new realities. Trumps declaration showed that the United States would not be cowed by extremism, tweeted Amos Yadlin, who heads the centrist Israeli In stitute for National Security Studies and affiliates with the center-left Zionist Union party. Resisting threats of vio lence changes the contours of peace negotiations, he added. Trump was not intimi dated by the threats from Ramallah, Amman, or An kara, Yadlin wrote in a Twitter thread, referring to the Palestinian, Jordanian and Turkish capitals, respec tively. The refusal to bow to the threats and blackmail, together with the message that the Palestinians do not have veto power, [is] a very important precedent for the future of the peace process. Jewish groups, meanwhile, largely praised the move as a recognition of Jewish histori cal and religious claims to the city, long overdue, as well as an acknowledgement of Jerusa lems status in modern Israel Peace on page 14A
PAGE 4A HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, DECEMBER 29, 2017 THE VIEWS EXPRESSED ON THIS PAGE ARE NOT NECESSARILY THE VIEWS OF HERITAGE MANAGEMENT. CENTRAL FLORIDAS INDEPENDENT JEWISH VOICE ISSN 0199-0721 Winner of 46 Press Awards HERITAGE Florida Jewish News (ISN 0199-0721) is published weekly for $37.95 per year to Florida ad dresses ($46.95 for the rest of the U.S.) by HERITAGE Central Florida Jewish News, Inc., 207 OBrien Road, Suite 101, Fern Park, FL 32730. Periodicals postage paid at Fern Park and additional mailing offices. POSTMASTER: Send address changes and other correspondence to: HERITAGE, P.O. Box 300742, Fern Park, FL 32730. PHONE NUMBER (407) 834-8787 FAX (407) 831-0507 MAILING ADDRESS P.O. Box 300742 Fern Park, FL 32730 email: firstname.lastname@example.org Editor/Publisher Jeffrey Gaeser Editor Emeritus Associate Editor News Editor Gene Starn Kim Fischer Christine DeSouza Account Executives Kim Fischer Marci Gaeser Contributing Columnists Jim Shipley Ira Sharkansky David Bornstein Ed Ziegler Production Department David Lehman Gil Dombrosky Joyce Gore Society Editor Gloria Yousha Office Manager Paulette Alfonso By Ammiel Hirsch (JTA)We were wrong. As Jewish Agency Chairman Natan Sharan sky pointed out, The Reform response to the recognition of Jerusalem was terrible. When... a superpower recognizes Jerusalem, first you... welcome it, then offer disagreement. Here it was the opposite. Sharansky was referring to the Dec. 5 state ment issued by all 16 North American Reform organizations and affiliates in response to President Donald Trumps declaration recog nizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. The operative clause reads: While we share the presidents belief that the U.S. Embassy should, at the right time, be moved from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, we cannot support his decision to begin preparing that move now, absent a comprehensive plan for a peace process. There have been several attempts to clarify this position, but not by all of the original signatories. It is still the official position of the entire North American apparatus of the Reform movement. If our movements affili ates have had a change of heart, all of them should say it through another statement: We made a mistake. If not, and if we still stand by our original statement, I want the Jewish world to know that this position is not my position, nor does it reflect the views of multitudes of, perhaps most, Reform Jews. We were wrong on the politics. With the exception of one small hard-left party, there is wall-to-wall agreement among the Zionist parties in the Knesset supporting the embassy move. We have alienated the very people who support and defend us in our campaign for religious pluralism and equitable funding. Sharansky himself is the most dogged and prominent supporter of the Western Wall compromise. More important, we were wrong on the merits. We have yearned for Jerusalem for two millennia. It is the source of our strength, the place where our people was formed, where the Bible was written. Jews lived free and made pilgrimage to Jerusalem for a thousand years. Our national existence changed the world and led to the creation of two other great faiths. The worlds superpower finally did the right thing, and we opposed itnot on the principle, but on the timing. The timing? Now is not the right time? Two thousand years later and it is still not the right time? As if there is a peace process that the Palestinians are committed to and pursuing with conviction. There were critics who accused the civil rights movement of moving too quickly. The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.s response: The time is always ripe to do what is right. In his Letter from Birmingham Jail, King wrote: For years now I have heard the word wait... that [our] action... is untimely. This wait has almost always meant Never. We must come to see that justice too long delayed is justice denied. King often reminded us that time is neutral, that it can be used constructively or destruc tively. Israels opponents have used time more effectively than we have. They have so distorted history that so many around the world ques tion the very legitimacy of Jewish ties to Zion and Jerusalem. We have neglected teaching and conveying, even to our own children, our millennia-old love affair with the Land of Israel and Jerusalem as its beating heart. Judaism without Eretz Yisrael is not Judaism. Judaism without Jerusalem is not Judaism. This is not to deny that others consider Jerusalem holy. It is not to deny that the Palestinians seek Jerusalem as their capital. I am in favor of two states for two peoples. For that to happen, some kind of accommodation on Jerusalem will be necessary. If and when it occurs, I will support it But let no one be fooled. Peace will never rise on foundations of sand. Any agreement will collapse under the weight of its own inconsis tencies if constructed on a scaffolding of lies. President Trump simply acknowledged real ity. It is about time. It should have been done decades ago, in 1949, when Israel declared Jerusalem its capital. Many presidents Democrats and Republicanspromised to move the U.S. Embassy. The embassy will be in West Jerusalem. Who contests West Jerusalem? President Trump did not pre-empt the eventual borders of Jerusalem. He did not preclude a permanent status agreement. He simply acknowledged a fact. Where do people meet Israeli prime ministers, presidents, parliamentarians and Supreme Court justicesin Tel Aviv? Where did Anwar Sadat speak when he wanted to convey on behalf of the Egyptian people a message of peace to Israelis: Tel Aviv? It is for each country to declare its own capital. What other nation declares a capital unrecognized by the nations of the world? What kind of special abuse is reserved for the Jewish nation? At the same time, it is proper and necessary for us to remind ourselves and others that we are committed to a two-state solution that will require territorial compromises from both sides, including in Jerusalem. We should continue to urge the American government to help bring about a negotiated peace. We should also urge the international com munity to disabuse the Palestinian national movement of its exaggerated expectations and its insidious efforts to undermine and erase our connection to Zion. Until that happens, peace is an illusion. Ammiel Hirsch is senior rabbi of Stephen Wise Free Synagogue in New York. My Reform colleagues were wrong on Jerusalem By Ben Cohen JNS U.S. National Security Advisor Gen. H.R. McMaster underlined an important point this week that deserves a wider audience. Speaking at a conference in Washington, D.C., McMaster highlighted two countries that he said were playing a key role in advancing radical Islamist ideology through the Muslim communitys charities, madrassas and other social organizations. Not Pakistan. Not Libya. Not Shia Iran. The two countries named by McMaster have been regarded for most of the past century as stalwart allies of the West. One is a member of the NATO alliance and a candidate country for EU membership. The other hosts the most vital American military base in the Middle East, home to the headquarters of CENTCOM and the location of more than 9,000 U.S. troops. These two countries are Turkey and Qatar. And the promotion of radical Islam, McMaster said, is now done more by Qatar, and by Turkey. Its not the first time that the Trump White House has linked Qatar with the promotion of terror. Trump himself said back in Juneat the start of the blockade of Qatar by Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Bahrain and other Arab statesthat the nation of Qatar has historically been a funder of terrorism at a very high level. The evidence of fundraising, money channeling and money laundering in Qatar on behalf of Islamist groups ranging from Islamic State to the Palestinian Hamas has been mounting for more than a decade. There are no Arab countries where terrorism financing doesnt have a footprint, which is why it would be self-defeating to portray Qatar as the only source of the problem. But because Qatar likes to portray itself as a country apart from the rest of the Gulfblending Islam with enlightenment values; pursuing an indepen dent foreign policy; and its status as a hugely powerful player in global real estate, financial and commodity marketsit becomes neces sary to occasionally wipe the gloss from the thriving desert kingdom image the emirate projects outward. Ditto with Turkey, although that task is made easier by the fact that the country is run by an authoritarian thug in the form of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. McMaster specifically identified Erdogans ruling AKP party with the Sunni Muslim Brotherhood, remarking that by operating through civil society, they consolidate power through one party, sadly it is a problem contributing to Turkeys drift from the West. The word drift is something of an under statement; since the murky coup of last year, Erdogan has assumed near-dictatorial powers, used the war against Islamic State as an excuse to launch brutal air raids on Kurdish fighters in Syria and Turkey, colluded with Iran in the carve-up of Iraqi Kurdistan, and is now lead ing a renewed charge against Israel following President Donald Trumps recognition of Jerusalem as the Israeli capital. Rarely does the Turkish leader let up on the demonizing, anti-Semitic invective he seemingly revels in. Dishonesty is a characteristic of nearly all governments, but there is a big difference between unauthorized corruption and will fully employing corruption as ones point of departure. In the cases of Turkey and Qatar, at the level of public relations, this corruption takes the form of communicating in bare-faced lies, and sticking by them or dancing around them when these lies are unmasked as such. Erdogan does this with many issues, particularly Israelwhich he slanders as a terrorist state, while concocting or regurgi tating Islamist conspiracy theories about the Jewish states true designs for Jerusalem. The Qataris do the same, first and foremost with their own record. In June, Sheik Saif bin Ahmed al Thanianother scion of the ruling family who serves as the director of government communicationstold the Los Angeles Times editorial board that Qatar does not fund terrorism whatsoeverno groups, no individuals. Not from afar or from a close distance. (The editorial board did not chal lenge him on this claim.) Those blatant lies persisteven as the nu merous lobbyists and public relations teams employed by both countries try to divert our at tention to, say, Qatars role in African regional development, or Turkeys concern about antiMuslim sentiment in Europe, or the supposed moderating influence of Doha and Ankara alike on radicals. That these conversations proceed on the basis of long-established, and largely true, assumptions about the historic alignment of both countries with the West only further blurs an understanding of the problem we are dealing with now. If Turkey and Qatar do not change their be haviorand a guy whose security detail attacks demonstrators in the middle of Washington in full view of the worlds press is probably not go ing to change his behaviorterrorist outrages, attacks on Israels right to exist, persecution of religious minorities, the promotion of jihadi ideology and even regional war will remain as fixed anxieties of our political life. Put more simply, Qatar and Turkey may have been part of the solution, but they are now firmly a part of the problem. There are those in the U.S. Jewish commu nity who act as though the Islamist transforma tions of these two countries havent occurred, and who continue to respond to the outreach of Qatari and the Turkish representatives with flattered hearts and minds. One can concede that there are occasions when direct dialogue might be usefulbut when there is such an imbalance of power as there is when it comes to our communal leaders, and when Qatar and Turkey established long ago their commitment to jihadi anti-Semitism, it is time to end the self-delusion. Ben Cohen writes a weekly column for JNS on Jewish affairs and Middle Eastern politics. His writings have been published in Commen tary, the New York Post, Haaretz, The Wall Street Journal and many other publications. Dont forget Qatar and Turkey By Adam Milstein LOS ANGELES (JTA)The Israeli-Ameri can Councils Fourth Annual National Confer ence in Washington, D.C., held last month felt like a long-overdue family reunion. Enveloping warmth and a powerful sense of togetherness, the love for Israel was infectious, radiating to and from all the participants. In the corridors of the Washington Con vention Center, teenagers spoke with unique pride about their hybrid Israeli-American identity, rooted in the idea that they are deeply connected to their home in America while maintaining a strong affinity to their Jewish homeland in Israel. Groups of Jewish-American and IsraeliAmerican young professionals exchanged busi ness cards and then headed to a packed dance floor, moving and shaking the steel floors of the convention center to the beat of Israeli music. A young Jewish couplethe man from New York, the woman from Tel Avivjoined with their 2-year-old and hundreds of other young families in a circle with picture books in Hebrew and English. Groups singing Israeli songs blended with panel discussions about what it means to be Israeli and Jewish in America, centered around the idea that we were connected by the Israeli ness in our character and the love for Israel in our heart. Many echoed the sentiment that Israeli Americans and Jewish Americans are one family, need each other and complement each other. This sense of unity extended to the events political conversations. The politicians at the conference held views that spanned the ideological spectrum. They shared these radically different views on stagein very frank conversations. All received thundering applause from the mixed crowd. In the many conference sessions and events, it was clear that Israeliness is a unifying force that can overcome political disagreements. We live during a time of growing gaps and serious challenges in the Jewish com munityboth inside American Jewry and between Israel and the Diaspora. How do we address a declining Jewish population in the face of assimilation? How do we overcome divides among our different denominations, political orientations, ethnic backgrounds and geographic centers? How do we ensure that Israel is not a wedge that divides our community, but rather the glue that holds us together and strengthens us? The nearly 3,000 participants in the Washington conference suggested the role that Israeli Americans can and do play as an important partners for American Jewish institutions in addressing these questions, and as a bridge builders to the State of Israel and its people. There are three unique value propositions that Israeli Americansand groups like ours that represent themcan bring to the table for the Jewish community. The first is our Israeliness, a character and multifaceted quality that brings together many Israeli Americans can be the glue that builds a stronger Jewish community Milstein on page 14A
HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, DECEMBER 29, 2017 PAGE 5A Abrams on page 14A By Maya Wasserman (JTA)Im sorry... some times adults just dont get it. A number of articles have been published recently in the Forward about a point system game played by members of United Syna gogue Youth (and other Jew ish youth groups) now and in the past. According to the game, teens keep an informal tally of their hookups with other members, earning points for their partners position in the youth group hierarchy. Sexual experimentation is a fact of life anywhere teens gather, according to the Forward. But the points system explicitly links sex to power and status within the youth organization. Oh please. It is clear that some people dont really understand what it means to be part of a Jewish youth movement, especially USY. The point system is not a real game. It is a parody. When one teen says to another, Oh, you are worth this many points, both get the joke. I am a high school junior and a member of the Hagalil (New Jersey) USY Regional Executive Board. As I under stand it, the games origin was in the 1980s in response to the societal trend of objectifying people and rating them based on their looks (a 10 would never be seen with a 4). The progressive teenage USYers put their own spin on this lookist and misogynistic system by creating a parody of it. At a time when the move ment was implementing widespread egalitarianism, they would never assign points based on looks, but rather on the level of leader ship one had attained within the organization. The parody of secular societys emphasis on looks reflected how USYers con tinued to value social aware ness, Israel advocacy, tikkun olamand yes, leader shipas its most important virtues. Like all teenagers, USYers love to play games. But critics who purport to be alarmed by a satirical points system are clearly out of touch with the games USYers really play. One important game takes place annually at our international convention, where almost a thousand teens and staff from around the world gather to celebrate their Judaism. Every year we take one day from our busy schedule to give back to the community hosting us. Last year, in Dallas, the sopho mores ventured out to a local Goodwill distribution center. Captains at various locations led us in a healthy competition to see which grade could sort the most goods in the time we were given, with an elaborate point system on how many containers we had sorted. It was an unbelievably reward ing day. Clearly everyone was a winner. Each year, there are over 50 regional encampments, kinnusim and shabbatons attended by thousands of teenagers throughout North America who come to pray, study and play games. One game that has been played for generations is called British Haganah, an elaborate cap ture the flag-type in which players re-enact the struggle of immigrants coming to Is rael prior to its independence in 1948. Whether played in Wisconsin, Arizona or Penn sylvania, the game has a long history of illuminating the triumph of the Jewish people and leaves teens inspired for a lifetime. Among of the more promi nent games played by hun dreds of USY chapters around North America is donating to the Tikkun Olam Fund. This game has many different forms. Chapters are recog nized each year for raising the most money overall and the most per member. They raise the money through creative events and games. While donating large or small sums, we truly are repairing the world. The most important aspect of USY is leadership, which no one would consider a game. At every level of USY there are elected executive boards, appointed general boards and numerous event chair men. What the author of the Forward articles refers to as USYs rigidly hierarchical organizational structure is actually a well-built, wellrun youth organization that values and teaches leadership and student self-governance. And it works. On an almost daily basis I encounter adult leaders in political, profes sional, business and Jewish communal roles who held USY leadership positions earlier in their lives. USY has historically helped to paint the leadership landscape of our world. And today is no different. USY is not about rating people nor about hooking up, whether for points or otherwise. USY is about making teens into lead ers. USY is about donating millions of dollars over the years to thousands of chari ties. USY is about having a great time with remarkable Jewish teens from around the world. Maya Wasserman is a ju nior at Golda Och Academy in West Orange, New Jersey, and a member of the Hagalil [New Jersey] USY Regional Executive Board. The Jewish youth group dating scandal that isnt By Rhonda Abrams PORTLAND, Ore. (JTA) As a 27-year-old female Hillel executive director, I spend my days focused on enriching the lives of Jewish students in my community. Working for an organization with a mission and vision so closely aligned with my values is a privilege. Its not lost on me how fortunate I am to hold such responsibility. One of my most important responsibilities is to raise the funds needed to carry out the work with students that I care about so passionately. Last week, I received an email from a prominent donor in our community asking to meet for breakfast. I have felt uneasy around him before, as he has suggested the type of clothing I should wear for professional events, but like many women in my position, I have become an expert at laughing off inappropriate comments. And meeting with donors to sustain our program is, after all, my job. When I arrived at our breakfast, we met each other with a hug, which is a com mon greeting in our tight-knit Jewish community. But this time, the donor reached down and grabbed my butt before putting his arm around my shoulders and walking me to our table. I called him out immediately. Did you just grab my butt!? I exclaimed. No, I didnt, he said with a wink. I sought an explanation, not that anything he said would have made a blatant grope OK. But he denied having done it at all and carried on our conversation as if nothing had happened. His brazen denial of reality made me wonder if Id just made the whole thing up in my head. During the awkward meal that followed, I felt more and more uncomfortable. At one point I excused myself to take a few deep, calming breaths at the breakfast buffet. Back at the table, the donor told me that my bra strap was showing and asked if I wanted to cover up or show him more. As we left the restaurant, he pulled me in close to his face in what felt like an attempt to kiss me on the mouth, our noses nearly touching, then placed his hands near my breasts and made a squeezing gesture, saying he needed to grab a thing or two. You can imagine that I left this meeting in great distress. I was shaking. I didnt know what to do. I felt the need to speak up, even though it might affect my standing in the community in several ways. I dont want my name tied to a scandal, and I also dont want other organiza tions finding themselves with holes in their budgets because I decided to say something. But while bringing at tention to this issue could be costly, I cant afford to stay silent. Since that awful breakfast, Ive been grappling with an ever-growing number of questions. What if this happens to me again? Or to a colleague? Do I want to meet a male donor alone ever again? How can I be more careful in the future? Is this my fault? Should I pretend nothing happened, shrug it off again and carry on? I may work in a field Jewish communal service grounded in values like tikkun olam (healing the world) and kavanah (positive intention), but I am not so nave to think that my community is immune to the abuses that occur when men in positions of power try to take advantage of women. Im scared. Im disgusted. But mostly Im heartbroken. Nothing about this has been easy or certain, and the worst part is I have no control over what happened. He did this to me. Yet now my organization and I are the ones dealing with the consequences. Seeking funding from our own community is often fraught with complex issues. But in the case of a donor sexually harassing a Hillel staff member, there should be no question as to how to proceed ethically, morally and Jewishly. Thankfully, my local board, Hillel International and my local federation have proven to me what it means to do the right thing, the Jewish thing. My local board insisted that we cut all communication with this donor, despite the financial strain it may cause One of my donors harassed meI couldnt afford to stay silent By Jonathan S. Tobin JNS In the last two months, the avalanche of stories about sexual abuse and harassment has touched virtually every sector of American society. The revelations about deeply troubling behavior on the part of politicians, journalists and figures in the entertain ment world have transfixed the country. As more victims come forward to tell their sto ries, the consequences have gone beyond the disgrace of some prominent individuals, the end of careers and, in Alabama, a surprising elec tion result. What began with a shocking story about movie mogul Harvey Weinstein has led to what may well be a cru cial turning point in the way sexual misconduct is viewed. We are no longer in an era in which all forms of abuse be it violent crime, abuse of minors as well as unwanted physical touching, abusive verbal comments and forms of pressurethat might have once been viewed as permis sible if unpleasant behavior can be ignored or dismissed. Under these circumstanc es, it is only to be expected that some of these stories would in volve the Jewish community. This weeks JNS feature by Elizabeth Kratz concerning alleged abuse carried out by a since-retired United Syna gogue Youth (USY) director follows the same pattern of the rest of the #metoo scandals. A powerful person used his position to carry out sexual abuse, in this case, against mi nors. The victims felt unable to step forward at the time, both because of the shame they were made to feel by the predator and also because they felt nobody in a position to do something about it would listen. Organizations that should have been on guard against abuse were, like the rest of society, not listening or indifferent about what was going on under their noses. The Conservative move ment responsible for the USY program in question was not alone in this respect as such scandals have, in one form or another, touched other Jewish denominations. To its credit, the United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism appears now to have taken appropriate action, not only to sever any ties with alleged abusers, but also to ensure, as much as it is possible, that similar mis conduct doesnt recur. This story is so similar to numerous other sex scandals that many readers who have become so accustomed to such discussions may have lost their ability to be shocked by the topic. But it is also true that there will be some in the Jewish world who, while eagerly consuming accounts of the various stories about celebrities who have been exposed as abusers, dont want accounts of misconduct within their own community to be published. The impulse to regard journalism about bad be havior by Jewsespecially those connected to vital Jew ish organizationsthat are published in the Jewish press as an unnecessary airing of dirty laundry is, in one sense, understandable. Such stories are seen as something that ought to be kept in the fam ily and away from the view of outsiders who might use them to denigrate Jews or harm Jewish institutions. There will always be a tendency to regard any accounts that portray Jewish life in an unflattering context as betrayals of tribal loyalty if they come from Jew ish sources. But as it should have already become clear as society comes to grip with the pervasive nature of sexual harassment, keeping quiet does nobody any good. The mindset that regarded the reporting of such crimes and misbehavior as bad form or disreputable scandal mongering, or what Jewish tradition regards as lashon hara, is a big part of the problem that enabled the abusers to get away with their crimes for so long. When The New York Jewish Week re ported on the abuse going on at the Orthodox movements NCSY in 2000, it was sub jected to a storm of criticism from those who thought this wasnt the sort of thing Jewish publications should publish. But it is exactly that kind of reporting that is a necessary precondition for action that will prevent future crimes of this nature. While there may still be some Jewish readers who prefer to avert their eyes from coverage of these issues like this weeks JNS story or even to criticize us for publishing it, responsible Jewish journalists cannot be part of a conspiracy of silence about this or any other subject that directly affects the welfare of the community. It is the duty of JNS and every other reputable outlet of Jewish journalism to responsibly report the facts about sexual misconduct. That obligation is even more important when the safety of children is at stake. The days when the preda tors could count on the silence of the Jewish world to protect them from the consequences of their crimes should be over. Lets be sure never again to Ending the silence on abuse let a desire to avoid negative coverage of our own com munity lead us to keep quiet about criminal acts. Never again should such sentiments serve as an excuse for the sort of coverups that are part of the reason why it took so long for us to learn the awful truth about this subject. Jonathan S. Tobin is editor in chief of JNS.
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These are some of the comments we receive from readers when they miss an issue of Heritage Florida Jewish News Quote of the Week Victory at all costs, victory in spite of all terror, victory however long and hard the road may be; for without victory, there is no survival. Winston Churchill 64. Not well-groomed 65. Permeates, with through Down 1. Plays have them 2. Executive, slangily 3. Theyre greatly expected from the Yankees this year 4. Bam! chef 5. Al who was the 1953 A.L. M.V.P. 6. Lawyers letters 7. Former Israeli Chief Rabbi 8. 1996 SchwarzeneggerCaan film 9. They include Funshine, Love-a-Lot, and Tenderheart 10. Not us 11. Alboms Tuesdays with Morrie, e.g. 12. Dealt a blow, in the Bible 13. Neon and argon, for two (Var.) 18. Lay turf 24. Beit follower 25. One with a real schnoz, you could say 26. Antlered animal 27. Waikiki wear 28. Mountain mist 29. Huh? 31. Hyperbolic function in trigonometry 32. The Age of ___ (Winona Ryder film) 35. Egypts President Abdel Fattah el-___ 36. 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The Da Vinci Code priory 33. Ooh companions 34. Secular way to bring in New Years 36. Jewish way to bring in New Years 40. Wayside spot ran by Rahab 41. America, in relation to Israel 42. ___ wont be afraid 43. What many Jews blast on New Years 47. Great Lee turning 95 on December 28 48. A heroic Netanyahu 49. 100 yrs. 50. Trei ___ (minor prophets) 52. Make a stink? 53. Michele or Thompson 54. Slanted letters 57. Arad of Marvel 58. Where many Jews cel ebrate New Years 60. Brooklyn player, in Silvers league 61. Made like Adam Sandler, at times 62. Make like Adam Sandler, at times 63. Undertake Medium puzzle New Years Day by Yoni Glatt email@example.com (JNS) As President Donald Trump was poised to pub licize his administrations national security doctrine Monday, reports indicate that the document will emphasize that Israel is not the cause of chaos in the Middle East. According to The As sociated Press, the 70-page doctrine is based upon a significantly different na tional security approach than that of Trumps predecessor, President Barack Obama, particularly regarding the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. For generations the con flict between Israel and the Palestinians has been understood as the prime ir ritant preventing peace and prosperity in the region, states a draft of the doctrine obtained by The Associated Press. Today, the threats from radical jihadist terrorist organizations and the threat from Iran are creating the realization that Israel is not the cause of the regions prob lems, the document adds. States have increasingly found common interests with Israel in confronting common threats. The doctrines publication comes ahead of Vice President Mike Pences trip to Israel this week. Pence is expected to become the first U.S. leader to visit Jerusalems Western Wall in an official capacity. 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HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, DECEMBER 29, 2017 PAGE 7A rf rntbn rrrn rfrntbr r Jewish roots, researching personal family history as it relates to the Holocaust and standing up for Israel. What was important for us is that you had the his tory of the perpetrators, but the other part of history is the massive, passive major ity who just stood by and watched and who remained silent, especially in churches, whether it was denomina tional, state or even free churches, said Pastor Jobst Bittner, the founder of TOS Ministries, from his office at the church complex. A portion from railroad tracks nearby, once used to deport Jews, has been set at the churchs entrancea reminder to never forget. In American terms, TOS is an evangelical church. In Germany, its called a Charismatic church. What differentiates TOS from its Christian Zionist counter parts is that it operates from a city that was once a Nazi ideological hotbed. Tbingen University was the first academic institution to proudly declare itself ju denfrei (free of Jews) under Hitler. Its prestige increased under the Third Reich for its institutes on racial biology and the Jewish question. TOS estimates that 600,000 Jews were murdered at the hands or orders of SS officers who came from Tbingen. What I teach in seminars and what I especially try to get across in churches is that anti-Semitism is nothing that began with Hitler, but is something that was there and hidden for centuries, especially in the church, Bittner said. And so every time the churches dont take an honest look at church his tory, that prevails, and this hidden form of anti-Semitism is still there, and it usually finds expression in relation to Israel. In Israel and internation ally, the church is best known for the annual March of Life program that started in the Tbingen region in 2007 to reverse the Nazi death marches that saw German soldiers liquidate concentration camps by force-marching emaciated prisoners in the dead of win ter to the countrys center, much to the locals indiffer ence. Since then, the marches have become meeting points for reconciliation between descendants of Holocaust victims and perpetrators. Bittners theological stud ies, research and personal worship led him to discover Tbingens silence when it came to its dark past. Some streets were still named after Nazi war criminals. Vestiges of Nazi-inspired teachings were still extant in univer sity classrooms. As a sign of progress, the church points to the mayor it elected in 2007his grandfather was Jewish. City plaques now trace a Nazi trail of histori cal sites relating to National Socialism. And heres the kicker: Today, the church celebrates Chanukah. At some point we real ized, if we think about the Jewish roots of our faith, Orit Arfa A show for Chanukah at Tbingens TOS Ministries. Chanukah and Christmas lights intertwine in former Nazi hotbed somehow these festivals and holidays are a part of that, Bittner said. It started with Chanukah. It was kind of the first [Jewish] festival we discovered for ourselves. Step into the churchs lobby and you might mistake it for a synagogue. Walls are adorned with paintings of rabbis and Jewish children. Mazel tov is written on the bar, where hot drinks are served to the churchs 400 members. The sanctuary feels more like an auditorium, dominated by a statue of a menorah, with its fabric flames whirling alongside flags of the U.S., Israel and Germany. The Christian giveaway is a large wooden cross on the stage, situated behind a wooden pyramid decorated with Christmas ornaments. Oddly, there is no Christmas tree. For TOS, this Christmas icon is pagan at its source, and it was the Maccabean revolt against the Greek spirit of paganism that first inspired the churchs Jew ish renewal. But at the Sunday ser vice, theres no mistaking its Christian nature, even though the Beer Sheva worship band sings pas sages from Psalms in perfect Hebrewalongside rousing gospel music. These ser vices are meant to recall the song-and-dance filled house churches that Bittner be lieves served as synagogues for Jesuss early followers in Jerusalem. Christianity, he teaches, lost this informal and inspirational style when it was adopted by political forces hostile to Jews. The TOS Chanukah pro gramming included nightly hanukkiah lightings, each at a different spot of significance for Tbingens Jew-hating past; a lecture on contempo rary German anti-Semitism held at the university; a class on Yiddish; and a show featur ing The Dreydels, a Jewish band from the region. Its not that we demand that people observe this holiday, said Bittner, but because of the inner work ing through our history and facing the consequences, this birthed a deep love for Israel in our hearts. By Orit Arfa/JNS Most residents of Tbingen, Germany, probably dont know that the local synagogen platz (synagogue plaza) even exists. The rusted memorial to the synagogue that burned to the ground during Kristall nacht is one of the few tributes to Jewish life that once existed in the citynot that Jews ever really thrived there. The source of Tbingens growth (its population is 90,000) and fame is its uni versity, founded in 1477 by Eberhard the Bearded, who expelled all Jews from the me dieval town. Upon the rise of Hitler, about 100 Jews prayed at the synagogue, which was built in 1882. The names and fate of each are inscribed in metal; most managed to flee in time. An apartment building has long since taken the place of the synagogue. Just a handful of Jews live in the city today. But on the fourth night of Chanukah, about two dozen people gathered to light a life-sized hanukkiah in the cold and rain to honor the victims, singing Hebrew hymns as a statement that light will overcome darkness, and that at least in this town, miracles can really happen. The bearers of these Cha nukah candles arent Jew ish. In fact, many of them are descendants of avowed Nazis. They are members of TOS Ministries, a church in Tbingen that for the past 10 years has made it a religious mission to redeem the town, the souls of its residents and the Christian faith by con necting Christianity to its 205 North Street Longwood, FL 32750 www.elegantprinting.net Bring in this ad and receive 18% DiscountInvitations & AnnouncementsBrochures & Booklets Forms & Letterheads Business Cards C ustom Pri nting Direct Mail Services Envelopes 407-767-7110
PAGE 8A HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, DECEMBER 29, 2017 Bat Mitzvah Stella Haiden Cohen Stella Haiden Cohen, daughter of Tracey Ka gan of Longwood, will be called to the Torah as a bat mitzvah on Saturday, Jan. 6, 2018, at Congregation Ohev Shalom in Maitland. Stella is in the seventh grade at Rock Lake Middle School. Her hobbies and interests include lacrosse, reading, music, and play ing piano. She is also a member of Kadima and Lacrosse. Sharing in the familys simcha will be Stellas sisters, Emma and Sofie Cohen, and her grandmother, Janice Kagan. Penny Schwartz Liora Hyman (l) and Emily Katz were on their feet at a performance of songs from Together As One, a compilation of new social justice protest songs, unveiled at the Reform movements biennial in Boston, Dec. 6-10, 2017. By Penny Schwartz BOSTON (JTA)Emily Katz and Liora Hyman arrived early enough to snag front row seats for a concert with some of their favorite performers. But this show wasnt at one of Bostons storied nightclubs. Rather, it was the first-ever music lab at last weeks bien nial convention of the Union for Reform Judaism, where 6,000 delegates gathered at the Hynes Convention Center for the movements largest ever gathering. When popular Jewish sing er-songwriter Peri Smilow led off the set with her new song, One, the excited teens, who are youth song leaders, could hardly sit still. The friends who met last summer at a program for youth leaders at URJ Kutz Camp in Orange County, New Yorkwere on their feet, singing, jumping and bouncing with the beats that constitute the Jewish soundtrack of their lives. One is heard in Together As One, a newly released CD compilation of eight songs about social justice, written by some of the Reform move ments all-star musicians. The project, which benefits the movements Religious Action Center, was funded by Isabel Dunst, chair of RACs commission on social action. While songs and melodies are integral to worship in all the major Jewish de nominations, the Reform movement has been the boldest in experimenting with genres and reshaping traditional liturgy in song. Its an emphasis reflected in synagogue services, religious schools and summer camps. The Hava Nashira Institute, an annual five-day summer program in Wisconsin, serves as a unifying training ground for synagogue and camp song leaders and cantors, and at tracts people from outside the Reform movement. Katz, a high school junior who helps lead religious ser vices at Temple Beth Jacob in Concord, New Hampshire, said being a Jewish song leader is emotionally fulfilling. The music completes me, she said. We are all singing the same song. We all know the words. It is so much fun singing the music we all love. But in the sounds and lyrics of this contemporary Jewish music, Katz and Hyman, a high school senior from Long Island, New York, find more The Reform movement is alive with the sound of music Musicians Josh Goldberg, Rick Recht, Mikey Pauker, Doni Zasloff and Josh War shawsky perform at the biennial convention of the Union for Reform Judaism, held Dec. 6-10, 2017, in Boston. than social engagement and entertainmentit is a source of inspiration for their faith, they both told JTA. The biennials schedule demonstrated the central ity of music in the Reform movement: There were threedozen musicians, a choir, late-night concerts, multiple workshops on worship music and musical approaches for congregations. There were more than 30 performances staged in partnership with Jewish Rock Radio, part of a nonprofit founded by musi cian Rick Recht, who grew up in Reforms NFTY youth group. There was coming-out party for PJ Library Radio, a streaming music service from PJ Library, the popular Jew ish childrens book giveaway organization. Music plays one of the key roles in how our services continue to transform our movement, said Rosalie Boxt, director of worship for the URJ. The music of the Reform movement is attuned to the world around it, Boxt said. Its an ethos that dates back to the late nineteenth century in Germany, when Reform syna gogue music was influenced by church music, she noted. While the more traditional movements eschewed instru ments during Shabbat and holy days, Reform temples welcomed pipe organs, strings and, later, guitars and per cussion. Nineteenth-century composers like Solomon Sul zer and Louis Lewendowski set prayers in styles that bor rowed from the contemporary genres of their day, a practice that continued into the next century. people together and affirm Jewish beliefs and values. The URJ biennial featured the North American premiere of the Debbie Friedman Suite, arranged and con ducted for a full orchestra by Or Oren, a 24-year-old Israeli composer who is a film-scoring student at the Berklee College of Music in Boston. The suite includes nine of Friedmans songs, including LChi Lach, her gender-neutral interpretation of Genesis 12. They are the symbol of her music and mean a lot to Jewish communities here and other places in the world, Oren wrote in an email. Klepper, Boxt and others noted that theres an explo sion of music being written and incorporated into the Reform movement. The music is more varied than three and four decades ago, and brings in broader musical influ ences. Klepper pointed to Joe Buchanan, who celebrates his decision to become a Jew-bychoice in Texas-style country blues. According to Boxt, the array of music influences, from bluegrass to gospel to traditional Ladino songs, resonates with congregants, many of whom are interfaith families and Jews-by-choice. One new trend Boxt has observed is a mashup, where kids and teens pair a popular contemporary secular song about love or justice with a Jewish prayer with a similar theme. One such teen is Alexander Nadelberg, a song leader at Temple Isaiah, in Lexington, Massachusetts. Nadelberg, who is an eighth-grader, got hooked on playing Jewish music at URJ Camp Eisner in Great Barrington, Mas sachusetts. I feel the music is my con nection with God, he told JTA in a phone conversation. He enjoys teaching music to younger kids, which he does regularly at Temple Isaiah. As for Hyman, the New York teen whos the daughter of two Reform cantors, said as a child she was lulled to sleep to the music of Debbie Fried man. She envisions a future in Jewish education and music. I want to help people through music and create change through music, she said. I build my life on Jew ish music. Starting in the 1960s, the folk music revival was introduced to the Reform movementa transition most associated with Debbie Friedman, a prolific singersongwriter who died in 2011 at age 59. Beginning in the late 1960s, she helped move the Reform movement away from the organ, choir and a cantorial soloist to the guitarplucking, participatory style of the American folk scene. We embraced the idea that American folk music could tell our stories... and we shaped that into something Jewish, said Jeff Klepper, a contemporary of Fried man and co-composer, with Rabbi Daniel Freelander, of the popular song Shalom Rav. Klepper, a cantor at Temple Sinai in Sharon, Massachusetts, said he and his colleagues, who began performing the early 1970s, saw music as a way to bring (JTA)More than 130 Jewish studies scholars from U.S. colleges and universities signed a statement expressing dismay at President Donald Trumps recognition of Jeru salem as Israels capital. The statement criticizes Trumps decision to reverse decades of bipartisan U.S. policy by declaring Jerusalem the capital of Israel, and au thorizing the relocation of the U.S. embassy from Tel Aviv, outside of a negotiated politi cal framework that ends the legal state of occupation and ensures respect for the rights of all Israelis and Palestinians to Jerusalem. Jerusalem is of immense religious and thus emotional significance to Jews, Muslims, and Christians alike. It is the focus of national aspirations for both Israelis and Palestinians. We hope one day to see a world in which all inhabitants of the land enjoy equal access to the citys cultural and material re sources. Today, unfortunately, that is not the case, the schol ars say in the statement. The statement cites infor mation from the left-wing Israeli human rights orga nization BTselem, which documents that Palestinian residents of Jerusalem endure systematic inequalities, in cluding an inequitable distri bution of the citys budget and municipal services, routine denial of building permits that are granted to Jewish residents, home demolitions, and legal confiscation of prop erty for Jewish settlement. In addition, Palestinians in the West Bank, unlike Jewish Israelis resident in that terri tory, require a special permit to visit Jerusalems holy sites. The statement continues: In this context, a declara tion from the United States government that appears to endorse sole Jewish propri etorship over Jerusalem adds insult to ongoing injury and is practically guaranteed to fan the flames of violence. We therefore call on the U.S. government to take im mediate steps to deescalate the tensions resulting from the Presidents declaration and to clarify Palestinians legitimate stake in the future of Jerusalem. U.S. President Donald Trump in a speech Wednes day from the White House recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and directed the State Department to pre pare for moving the embassy there from Tel Aviv. His decision upended seven decades of U.S. foreign policy that has resisted a recognition of Jerusalem as Israels capital before the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is resolved. US Jewish studies scholars criticize Trumps Jerusalem decision NEW YORK (JTA)The suspect in a pipe bomb attack on this citys Port Authority Bus Terminal said he was motivated by Israeli actions in Gaza, CNN reported. Akayed Ullah spoke with authorities at Bellevue Hos pital, where he was taken after the bomb went off prematurely. He was among four people injured in the attack when his homemade bomb partially detonated in a tunnel connecting the Times Square subway station with the Midtown Manhattan transit hub during Mondays morning rush hour. New York Police identi fied Ullah, 27, as a resident of Brooklyn. He is said to be of Bangladeshi origin and has lived in the United States for the past seven years. CNN cited a law en forcement source who said Ullah said he was upset with an unspecified incursion into Gaza. On Friday, rockets fired at southern Israel from Gaza damaged the entrance of an empty kindergarten in the town of Sderot. Israel responded late Friday night with airstrikes on Hamas military installations in Gaza that killed two Hamas operatives. On Saturday, the Israel Defense Forces discovered and demolished a terror tun nel that crossed into Israel from central Gaza. He detonated the bomb, the explosive chemical in the bomb went off, it did not have the desired affect of causing the pipe itself to shatter, which wouldve caused the more significant damage, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said on MSNBC. NY Port Authority suspect blames bombing on Israeli actions in Gaza
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I must admit, I was even more touched and disturbed than the first time. For those of you who dont know about Oskar Schindler, (although I cant imagine that any Jew wouldnt have that knowledge), Oskar Schindler (28 April 1908 9 Oct. 1974) was a German in dustrialist and a member of the Nazi Party, who is credited with saving the lives of 1,200 Jews during the Holocaust by employing them in his enam elware and ammunitions factories, which were located in occupied Poland and the Protectorate of Bohemia and Moravia. Schindler was honored by Israel as a Righteous Gentile. He is buried in Jerusalem. (How lucky I was to be born in the U.S. but I worry about the recent rise again of anti-Semitism. Not so much for me, but for my children and grandchildren... and I ask where was God during the Holocaust?) From the Huffpost... I recently read this article about anti-Semitism and pass it along: For close to two decades, we have been blowing the whistle on the rising tide of anti-Semitism. When asked the source, our answer has always been the same: Look in three direc tionsthe far left, the far right, and the jihadists. When neo-Nazis came out by the hundreds in Charlottesville and chanted blood-curdling diatribes evoking the Third Reich, many Jews rushed to condemn them, and rightly so. Whether appropriate or not, some celebrity Jews even chose to brandish the yellow Star of David. For some time, we had thought it was more ominous in Europe, where, unlike here, extremists were also organizing under the banners of political parties, such as the Golden Dawn in Greece, Jobbik in Hungary, and the National Front in France. They have been seeking to gain influence through the ballot box, in addition to their activities in cyberspace and on the streets. In some cases, they lionize 20th century fascists, call for registries of Jews, disparage or even deny the Holocaust, and rant about Jewish power and influence. It turns out that they have a fair number of kindred spirits in the U.S., who march in the streets declaring that Jews will not replace us and pining for blood and soil, (the English translation of the Nazi belief in Blut und Boden.) So, by all means, lets express our utter revulsion when Nazis march... (Im just saying... not meaning to be political!) Something more pleasant... On Sunday, Jan. 7, 2018, at 2 p.m., the Congregation Ohev Shalom Seniors will hold a meeting at the synagogue, 613 Concourse Pkwy South, Maitland. The featured entertainer will be JACK MICCI performing a fantastic tribute to the Golden Oldies. (Not oldies to this oldie!) Jack Micci is a versatile singer with a four-octave voice range and also a talented guitar player. Admission is $5, COS Seniors; $8 for nonmembers. All are welcome. Following the entertainment, there will be delicious refreshments (including my favorite cookies! Yum!) For more information, phone either co-president, BERNY RAFF, 407-767-6763 or JERRY LEIBMAN, 407-694-0546. More celebrating... The JCC 39ers will hold their annual Holiday Party on Monday, Jan. 1, at the JCC. The Holiday Party will be a catered brunch held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The menu will include lots of good food: lox, bagels, kugels, salads, and much more. And no calories! (I wish!!) Musical entertainment will round out the festivities. Advance reservations are required. Contact CLAIRE at 407-699-0956 for more details. And speaking of wonderful talent... I read this in the Jewish Pavilion newsletter recently: PENNY GOLDSTEIN DAGOSTINO, has been a Jewish Pavilion volunteer as a singer, service leader, and committee member for more than eight years and was honored as Volunteer of the Year in 2015. She and her husband, DAVID, own and operate Infinity Financial Group in Altamonte, where she is a specialist in organizational management, forensic ac counting and taxes. It is this forte that brought her into the Jewish Pavilion offices, where she now acts as the CFO and managing director. Penny says, I only planned on staying in the office for a month or two until we found someone else, but I love the work and the organization so much, I just cant bring myself to leave. Thats ok with the Jewish Pavilion. They are happy to have her! (Let me add that she is a sweetheart and extremely helpful, always.) One for the road... To avoid a catastrophe during a raging storm, the captain of the Kosher Yenta, the largest and most expensive cruise ship ever launched, decided to dock at a small port on a Caribbean island. But it was too far down to the dock below for the ships standard gangplank to reach, so passengers who wanted to leave the ship were asked to use a makeshift narrow piece of wood as a passageway down to the dock. All of a sudden Sadie, aged 70, appeared at the top of the plank. The captain just stood there motionless, wondering whether she would make it down safely as there was no room for anyone to assist her. But to his great relief, Sadie edged along very slowly and eventually made it down to the dock. However, as soon as she got down, Sadie looked back up to the top of the plank and shouted, Its OK mommy, you can come down now. (Actress Betty Davis once said that getting old was not for sissies. Boy, was she right!) Oskar Schindler Penny Goldstein DAgostino Christopher Furlong/Getty Images An illustrative photo of students at a Jewish day school. sion maintained the credit. On Wednesday afternoon, Bloomberg News report ed that the proposal in the House of Representatives to remove the credit was dropped from the reconciled version of the House and Senate bills. Masters and doctoral stu dents who supplement their education by working at their universities are compensated in part by tuition waivers, which have been tax exempt for decades. Removing the exemption, as House Repub licans had proposed, would have had students looking at tax increases of fourto sevenfold, according to an estimate. Grad Students Are Freak ing Out About the GOP Tax Plan was the headline in Wired in an article that quoted a number of students who indeed seemed staggered by the prospect. Why Jewish day schools are breathing a little easier on tax bill By Ron Kampeas WASHINGTON (JTA) Lawmakers finalizing the pro posed tax overhaul reportedly have removed a provision that had sent shivers through the graduate student and Jewish day school communities. The House version of the reform bill, which was drafted by the Republican leadership, had removed the qualified tuition credit. The credit exempts from taxes the free tuition that private schools, including Jewish day schools, often extend to the children of employees. However, the Senate ver Unnerved, too, were Jewish day schools, according to two umbrella Orthodox groups that lobbied hard to keep the credit. The tax break has been key to attracting top staff to the day schools, according to the Orthodox Union and Agu dath Israel of America; staffers get free or reduced tuition for their own children. Taxing that tuition would make it hard to hire qualified teachers, the groups said. Many K-12 schools in our community (and oth ers) are only able to attract quality teachers by provid ing discounts on tuition for their children, said a letter sent Dec. 7 by the Orthodox Unions Washington office to Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, the chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, and Schools on page 14A
PAGE 10A HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, DECEMBER 29, 2017 hard for me to see how this is going to resolve itself to everyones happiness. Here are four questions that divided Israel and American Jews this year. Donald Trump: Love him or hate him? Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu really likes President Trump. Most American Jews do not. Perhaps more than any thing else, that division has animated the ideological split between Israel and American Jews. Netanyahu likes Trump because of his rhetorical and diplomatic support of Israels hawkish positions on Iran, Jerusalem and the Palestinians. Trump also maintains high approval ratings among Israelis as a wholecertainly higher than his predecessor, Barack Obama, whom American Jews supported in droves. While American Jewish lib erals say his comments about Muslims suggest prejudice, many Israelis see a leader who understands the threats they face. Polls show most American Jews dislike Trumps domes tic policies and rhetoric from his anti-immigrant statements to what they see as a failure on his part to robustly condemn white supremacists. Even some reliably conservative Jew ish commentators have questioned his tempera ment and fitness for office. The majority of American Jews also favor a Palestinian state, which neither Trump nor Netanyahu embraces wholeheartedly. Trump and Netanyahu also revile the Iran nuclear deal. A September poll showed that 77 percent of American Jews viewed Trump unfavor ably. A few months earlier, Netanyahu praised him for his unrelenting support and a friendship that comes from the heart to the Jew ish people and the Jewish state. A June survey by the Pew Research Center Noam Rivkin Fenton Rabbi Rick Jacobs, center, and other progressive Jews clashing with security guards in front of the Western Wall in Jerusalem, Nov. 16, 2017. Four ways Israel and American Jews grew apart in 2017 By Ben Sales (JTA)This hasnt been a good year for Israel and American Jews. The two poles of world Jewry, each boasting about half of the globes total Jews, have never quite seen eye to eye on everything from religion to politics. But this yearparticularly the last six monthshas seen those disagreements balloon into public spats over the future of the Jewish people and Jewish values. Compromises have been scratched, meetings can celed, donations redirected. A leading American rabbi demanded that an Israeli Cabinet member be fired. One week later, in a separate incident, that rabbi was man handled by Israeli police. With the dust still clear ing, fault lines have emerged. American Jewish leaders say Israel takes their support for granted, paying no heed to demands for recognition or religious pluralism. Israeli leaders, meanwhile, wish American Jews would defer to the political, military and diplomatic realities that constrain the country. American Jews believe in religious pluralism and the idea that multiple iterations of Judaism have legitimate place, said Hasia Diner, an American Jewish history professor at New York Uni versity. The State of Israel has given power to decide about access to religious places and religious legiti macy to the Orthodox. This is on a collision course. Its Local elder home facilities and the Independent Living communities welcomed The Jewish Pavilion to come and celebrate with the residents during Chanukah. Many family members of the resi dents also came to share in the festivities with their loved ones. The Jewish Pavilions staff worked to organize and coordinate with the staff at the facilities and together were very success ful in hosting numerous Chanukah Parties in the Greater Central Florida area! There was plenty of food, fun and fellowship and lots of laughs! Several parties had entertainment and many volunteers came to help as well. Cornerstone Hospice and VITAS Hospice graciously donated to these programs. Mazel Tov to all who were instrumental in Bringing Chanukah hap piness to the seniors! Judy Appleton, pro gram director at The Jewish Pavilion Senior residents enjoy celebrating Chanukah with the Jewish Pavilion. Bringing Chanukah happiness to seniors Staff and volunteers help prepare plates of goodies for the residents. on Americas image abroad found that some 81 percent of Israelis held a positive view of the United States under Trump. That discrepancy was bared again after the farright rally in Charlottes ville, Virginia. Trumps re sponsein which he blamed both sides for the weekends violence and only issued a specific condemnation of the far-right and white supremacist rally organiz ers following a weekend of negative mediawas widely panned. But Netanyahu, who previously had not hesi tated to decry anti-Semitism worldwide, did not criticize Trump and even waited two days before issuing his own condemnation of the rally. The same dynamic has also played out elsewhere. When Netanyahu visited Hungary earlier this year, local Jews hoped he would criticize the government 2017 on page 15A Beth Shalom Memorial ChapelProudly Serving Our Community For Over 35 YearsLdor vdor ... From Generation to Generation Traditional Jewish Funerals Non-Traditional Services Interstate Shipping Pre-Arranged Funerals Shalom Assurance Plan Headstones, Grave Markers407-599-1180 W.E. Manny Adams, LFD Samuel P. (Sammy) Goldstein, Exec. Directorwww.bethshalommemorialchapel.com
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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. 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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 bva.org. Arrangements entrusted to Beth Shalom Memorial Chapel, 640 Lee Road, Orlando 32810. 407599-1180. SHEILA MARIE SORKIN Sheila Marie Sorkin, age 72 of Casselberry, passed away on Saturday, Dec. 16, 2017, at Hospice of the Comforter in Altamonte Springs. Marie, as she was known to family and friends, was born in Strat ford-upon-Avon, England on June 27, 1945. She was raised in England and while working for the Royal Air Force was introduced to Steven Sorkin, her husband of over 46 years who survives her. They were married in England on July 13, 1971, and moved back to the United States. A home maker, Marie was the proud mother of her son, Julian, and doting grandmother to her granddaughter, Amy. She is also survived by her sister, Pat. A graveside funeral service was held at Beth Is rael Cemetery, Gotha, with Rabbi Arnold Siegel of Jewish Family Services officiating. In memory of Sheila Marie Sorkin, the family requests contributions to the Ameri can Cancer Society, PO Box 22718, Oklahoma City OK 73128-1718. Arrangements entrusted to Beth Shalom Memorial Chapel, 640 Lee Road, Orlando 32810. 407599-1180. JOSEPH J. HERMAN Lt. Col USAF (Ret) Joseph J. Herman, age 94, of Winter Park, passed away peacefully on Saturday, Dec. 16, 2017, at Mayflower Healthcare Cen ter. He was born on Dec. 13, 1923, in N. Providence, Rhode Island, to the late Samuel and Rose Gergel Herman. A career Air Force pilot, he was called to service in Korea and flew P-47s, B-47s, and C-130s in Vietnam. He travelled and was stationed all over the world. Following his retirement from the Air Force in 1968, he moved his family to Mai tland where he started the J. J. Herman School of Real Estate and enjoyed a success ful career. He was predeceased by Elaine, his loving wife of 46 years. He was a generous and caring man to all he met. He is survived by his daughters, Michelle (Robert) Yeager and Leslie (Jay) Plot kin; and his grandchildren Adam and Brian Yeager, Cori (Tyler) Streetman, Carly (Nick) and Caitlin Plotkin. He is also survived by his great-grandson, Brayden; and step-grandsons, Clifford and Chad and their families. He is further survived by many nieces, nephews and his present wife, Beverly. Graveside services, with military honors, were held on Dec. 19, 2017, at Congre gation of Reform Judaism Cemetery with Rabbi Steven W Engel and Cantor Jacque line Rawiszer officiating. In memory of Joseph Her man, the family requests contributions to the Blinded Veterans Association. http:// (JTA)A couple is suing a Manhattan hotel for alleg edly starving the guests at her daughters $37,000 bat mitzvah party. The lawsuit against Hotel Eventi was filed in Manhattan Supreme Court, the New York Post reported Sunday. Nancy Held, the mother of the bat mitzvah girl, said the food for her 150 guests at the party in May was so mishandled that the hungry adult guests began eating the childrens ice cream desserts. She said in the lawsuit that the 700 hors doeuvres were never served to the guests as promised, and that the main course, a choice of steak or scallops, was served cold. We were starving, Helds husband, Marc, told The Post. We were hosting the party and we didnt have any food to eat. The hotel offered $1,000 and a night in a suite to make up for the errors, according to Held. The couple is suing for $637,000 in damages. 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PAGE 12A HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, DECEMBER 29, 2017 Kimberly White/Getty Images for New York Times Arthur Ochs Sulzberger Jr. speaking at The New York Times New Work Summit in Half Moon Bay, Calif., Feb. 29, 2016. By Josefin Dolsten NEW YORK (JTA)On Thursday, The New York Times announced that its publisher, Arthur Ochs Sul zberger Jr., 66, is stepping down at the end of the year and will be succeeded by his son, 37-year-old Arthur Gregg (A.G.) Sulzberger. The familial exchange of power wasnt unexpected. The younger Sulzberger is the sixth member of the Ochs Sulzberger clan to serve as publisher of the prominent New York newspaper. He is a fifth-generation descendant of Adolph S. Ochs, who bought the newspaper in 1896 as it was facing bankruptcy. The familys Jewish his toryAdolph Ochs was the child of German Jewish im migrantshas often been the subject of fascination and scrutiny, especially during and after World War II, when the paper was accused of turn ing a blind eye to atrocities against Jews. Today the familys Jewish ties are less apparent than they were in the past. Arthur Ochs Sulzberger Jr. was raised in his mothers Episcopalian faith and later stopped practic ing religion. He and his wife, Gail Gregg, were married by a Presbyterian minister. How ever, he has said that people still tend to regard him as Jewish due to his last name. A look back into the familys history shows why. Adolph Ochs, the original mem ber of the Ochs Sulzberger clan, married Effie Wise, the daughter of Rabbi Isaac Mayer Wise, a leading American Reform Jewish scholar who founded the movements rab binical school, the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Insti tute of Religion. After Ochs death, his son-in-law, Arthur Hays Sul zberger, took over the reins at The Times. Sulzberger, a Reform Jew, was an outspoken anti-Zionist at a time when the Reform movement was still debating the issue. He and his family were closely knit into the Jewish phil anthropic world as befitted their social and economic standing, wrote Neil Lewis, a former longtime reporter at The Times. The owners drew criticism for the way the paper covered Jewish affairs, particularly the Holocaust. Critics said the newspaper failed to give adequate coverage to Nazi atrocities committed against Jews, a charge that The Times later owned up to. Arthur Hays Sulzberger had experienced anti-Semitism, and he was worried about his paper being perceived as too Jewish, Laurel Leff wrote in her 2005 book Buried by the Times: The Holocaust and Americas Most Important Newspaper. There would be no special attention, no special sensitiv ity, no special pleading, Leff wrote. In a 2001 article for The Times, former Executive Editor Max Frankel wrote that the paper, like many other media outlets at the time, fell in line with U.S. government policy that downplayed the plight of Jewish victims and refugees, but that the views of the publisher also played a significant role. He believed strongly and publicly that Judaism was a religion, not a race or nation alitythat Jews should be separate only in the way they worshiped, Frankel wrote. He thought they needed no state or political and social institutions of their own. He went to great lengths to avoid having The Times branded a Jewish newspaper. As a result, wrote Frankel, Sulzbergers editorial page was cool to all measures that might have singled [Jews] out for rescue or even special attention. Though The Times wasnt the only paper to provide scant coverage of Nazi persecution of Jews, the fact that it did so had large implications, Alex Jones and Susan Tifft wrote in their 1999 book The Trust: The Private and Powerful Family Behind The New York Times. Had The Times high lighted Nazi atrocities against Jews, or simply not buried certain stories, the nation might have awakened to the horror far sooner than it did, Jones and Tifft wrote. In 1961, Arthur Hays Sulz berger stepped down as pub lisher, three years after having suffered a stroke, giving the position to his son-in-law Or vil Dryfoos. Dryfoos died two years later from heart failure, so his brother-in-law Arthur Punch Ochs Sulzberger took over. Arthur Ochs Sulzberger, who died in 2012, identified as nominally Jewish, although not at all religious. He was much more comfortable with his Judaism than his father, wrote former Times religion reporter Ari Gold man. Still, stories related to Jewish topics were care fully edited, said Goldman, who worked at the Times in 1973-93. Those stories got a little more editorial attention, and Im not saying they were leaning one way or another, but the paper was conscious that it had this reputation and had this background and wanted to make sure that the stories were told fairly and wouldnt lead to charges of favoritism or of bending over backwards, he told JTA on Monday. Arthur Ochs Sulzberger raised his son, Arthur Ochs Sulzberger Jr., in his wifes Episcopalian faith. But Ar thur Ochs Sulzberger Jr. still had some connections to his Jewish background. In high school he went on a trip to Israel that left him slightly intrigued by his background, Jones and Tifft wrote. While criticism from the Jewish community under his tenure was less harsh than during his grandfathers time, many, particularly on the right, still saw the newspaper as being biased against Israel. Nevertheless, given its owners family history, its disproportionately large Jew ish readership and its frequent coverage of Jewish preoccu pations, The Times is often regarded as a Jewish news paperoften disparagingly so by anti-Semites. That perception is largely because of the family and because of the familys Jew The Sulzberger family: A complicated Jewish legacy at The New York Times ish name and Jewish roots, Goldman said, so whether theyre Jewish or not today, theres a feeling that this is still a newspaper with a heavy Jewish influence. And that family history lives on. A.G. Sulzberger is part of a generation at the paper that includes his cousins Sam Dolnick, who oversees digital and mobile initiatives, and David Perpich, a senior executive who heads its Wirecutter product review site. Dolnicks mother, Lynn Golden, is the great-greatgranddaughter of Julius and Bertha Ochs, the parents of Adolph S. Ochs, and was married in a Chattanooga, Tennessee, synagogue named in their memory. Perpich, a grandson of Arthur Ochs Sulzberger, was married by a rabbi in 2008. A.G. Sulzberger is best known for heading a team that in 2014 put together a 96page innovation report that meant to prod The Times into moving more rapidly in catch ing up with the new digital me dia landscape. Asked recently about his working relationship with Dolnick and Perpich, A.G. Sulzberger spoke of their strong journalism backgrounds and invoked the family ethos. If they werent members of the Ochs/Sulzberger fam ily, our competitors would be bombarding them with job offers, he said. But they are deeply devoted to this place, and the three of us are com mitted to continuing to work as a team. Jules Gutin, the former in ternational director of United Synagogue Youth. By Elizabeth Kratz JNS The congregational arm of Conservative Judaism has severed ties with the longtime director of the denominations youth movement after receiv ing multiple testimonies that corroborated an allega tion of sexual abuse. Allegations about Jules Gu tin, 67, who in 2011 completed his 20-year tenure as inter national director of United Synagogue Youth (USY) and since 2012 had conducted tours of Poland for USY, first came to light Nov. 9 through a Facebook post by a man who claimed that someone who worked with thousands of teens had abused him in the 1980s. After confirming with the man that he was referring to Gutin in his post, JNS communicated with several other men who alleged that they were underage victims of unwanted sexual touch by Gutin during that decade. Two of my USYers have said very similar things to me over the years, and named the same name, said Arnie Draiman, a former USY youth adviser. According to an email dated Nov. 21 that was obtained by JNS, Gutin asked the man who made the initial accusation on Facebook not to name him Conservative movement severs ties with former youth director over alleged sexual abuse been terminated by the United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism due to sexual abuse allegations, the casual reader might have missed the news. The development on Gutin appeared in the third-to-last paragraph of an article about an entirely separate abuser, Bob Fisher, who has since admitted to misconduct with children who participated in USY during the 1980s and 1990s. In fact, the initial accusation of abuse was con nected to Gutin, not Fisher, and the Gutin allegation was what prompted USCJ to set up a confidential phone hotline and email address in November with the goals of uncovering alleged instances of sexual abuse and investigat ing their veracity. After its investigation, USCJ terminated the contract employing Gutin. Rabbi Steven Wernick, CEO of USCJ, and his staff initially tried unsuccessfully to contact the alleged victim, but they have since been in touch with him and have had multiple conversations. The abuse allegedly occurred 33 years ago, when the victim was 17 years old and Gutin was 34. When USCJ first learned of the allegation last month and had two conversations with Gutin, he was suspended from his duties. At that point, USCJ established its hotline. We had three communica tions with Jules. In the first two communications, there was equivocation and phrases like, I do not recall, but in the final communication, an email, Gutin denied the al legations, Wernick told JNS. Yet Wernick said there were multiple testimonies that corroborated what was said to us originally. Jules answered those questions with state ments such as, By todays standards, some of the ways in which USY handled sleeping arrangements would not be allowed today. One alleged victim told JNS, for example, that Gutin had invited him to stay in his home while his family was away, and they slept in the same bed. The victim claimed that Gutin touched him, prompting him to leave the room abruptly. He said that he reported the al leged incident to people in his region, but I was one small voice and it would have been his word against mine. Our investigation led us to sever the relationship with [Gutin] permanently. We found the allegations to be substantive, Wernick said. Gutin told JNS that under his guidance, USY instituted strict guidelines for staff and student contact during and around 1996-1997 following an incident that took place during USY on Wheels, a sum mer bus touring program. He expressed concern about people who felt that they had been wronged in some way and claimed he was not aware of any allegations other than the Facebook post that did not name him. USY, like the Orthodox Unions NCSY and the Union for Reform Judaisms NFTY, provides social programming and educational events for students primarily from ages 14-18. In the Orthodox Unions youth arm, NCSY, strict protocols on this issue have been in place since 2001, fol lowing the guilty verdict and seven-year-imprisonment of former national NCSY direc tor Baruch Lanner for child sexual abuse. The Reform movements NFTY also has such protocols in place, as do all accredited camps and schools. Gutin said NCSY had contacted USY when it was establishing its guidelines on abuse, and it utilized some of USYs information in forming its own protocols in the wake of the Lanner case. According to Wernick, USCJs hotlinemanaged by Vivian Lewis, the orga or USY in communication with the media in order to spare my family from pain and avoid any harm to an organization we both love. Whatever points you want to make would be just as pow erful without people know ing the specific individual, Gutin wrote to his accuser. He also wrote that USCJ was totally justified in suspend ing him from staffing any of its programs, and concluded the email, Once again I am sorry. Earlier this month, when The New York Jewish Week first reported that Gutin had nizations senior director of human resourcesreceived heavy traffic and allega tions against Gutin as well as Fisher, former director of the Far West USY region. The allegations against Gu tin and Fisher, Wernick stated, centered around the 1980s and early 1990sbefore USY or any national Jewish youth organization had protocols and handbooks in place to appropriately prevent abuse or report it. We dont have any records for that time period concern ing these allegations, said Wernick, noting that he tried to find a paper trail of anything discussed in the same Jewish Week article that revealed Gu tins termination. That article primarily detailed allegations of Fishers misconduct that were reported in 2001 by David Benkof, a former USY international youth president, to Rabbi Jerome Epstein, then USCJs executive director. Gutin and Fisher had signifi cant overlap in their years of employment for USY, but there is no evidence that Gutin was aware of any allegations against Fisher. I even went so far as to check if our general counsel at the time had the records, Abuse on page 15A
HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, DECEMBER 29, 2017 PAGE 13A Weekly roundup of world briefs from JTA Gala From page 1A the most impact through personalized visits. The active volunteer con tinues to help fulfill the Pavilions mission of bringing the Jewish community to elder-care residents in more than 70 facilities throughout Orlando. Goldstein notes, When residents relocate, they love Marian so much, they all want to make sure that she has their contact information. They know they can count on her to continue their visits at their new homes. Husband, Ed Bromberg, shares that he and Marian go out of their way to support as many func tions that support the Jewish community as possible, most recently attending galas for the Jewish Academy of Orlando and the Jewish National Fund. Honoree A.J. Kronenberg joined the Jewish Pavilion Board five years ago, when the youthful Orlando business (JNS)The Trump admin istration said Sunday that the Palestinian Authority (PA) is walking away from peace talks after PA President Mahmoud Abbas declined to meet with Vice President Mike Pence during his upcoming Middle East visit this month. Its unfortunate that the Palestinian Authority is walk ing away again from an opportunity to discuss the future of the region, stated Jarrod Agen, Pences deputy chief of staff. The Trump administration remains undeterred in its efforts to help achieve peace between Israelis and Pales tinians and our peace team remains hard at work putting together a plan, Agen said. The PAs move came in response to President Donald Trumps recognition of Jerusa lem as Israels capital as well as his expression of plans to move the U.S. embassy to that city. Abbass meeting with Pence was cancelled because the U.S. has crossed red lines on Jerusalem, Abbass diplomatic adviser Majdi Khaldi said last Saturday. In his announcement of the U.S. policy changes last week, Trump emphasized that he was not defining the borders of Jerusalem nor altering the status quo at the citys holy sites. During his visit to the region, Pence will meet with Israeli Prime Minister Benja min Netanyahu in Jerusalem and with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi in Cairo. Palestinians walking away from peace talks by snubbing Pence man became motivated to make a difference in the life of seniors. Kronenberg noted, Knowing that loneliness and social isolation negatively ef fects life expectancy, the work we do at the Jewish Pavilion is literally saving lives. According to Executive Di rector Nancy Ludin, A. J. has been instrumental in bring ing younger members of the community into the Pavilions fold, along with countless new ideas to keep the generations connected. For the past sev eral years, Kronenberg has spearheaded a partnership between the Jewish Pavilion and Our Jewish Orlando (OJO), which connects the next generation of Jews in Central Florida. An annual dinner at Brookdale Orienta in Altamonte Springs has brought together a welcoming group of Pavilion seniors and volunteers, with an enthusias tic bunch of young adults from OJO. Jewish Pavilion Program Director Julie Leavitt shares that the multi-generational dinner is such a success, that she is constantly adding chairs to accommodate the swelling crowd. Additionally, Kronenberg enjoys visiting and spending time with elder-care residents, and this time of year can be found at several of the Pavil ions Chanukah parties geared specifically for seniors. He also enjoys visiting residents with his wife, Olivia, often accom panied by their dog. We are so thankful to Marian and A.J. for creating a moving and connective ex perience for Orlandos elders over the years, shared Direc tor Ludin. Please join us at our Gems and Jeans Gala on the Jan. 28th, as we honor two dedicated volunteers who have added sparkle to the life of so many. Also, a big Thank You to presenting sponsor, the Harper Family Charitable Foundation. Nikki Haley throws a party for nations that didnt oppose US Jerusa lem stance at UN (JTA)To thank the 65 countries that did not sup port a resolution condemning President Donald Trumps po sition on Jerusalem, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley, invited her counterparts from those states to a reception. Haley extended the invita tion Thursday hours after the General Assembly passed a resolution condemning Trumps Dec. 6 recogni tion of Jerusalem as Israels capital, the nrg news site reported. Nine countries voted against the resolution, in cluding Israel, the United States, Guatemala, Honduras and Togo, and 35 abstained, including the six EU mem ber states Poland, Romania, Hungary, the Czech Republic, Croatia and Latvia. The rest of the European Union was among the 128 nations that voted in favor. The representatives of 21 countries were absent from the vote, which was the 10th time in U.N. history that the General Assembly was convened for an emergency voting. They included Kenya, which was the fifth-largest recipient of U.S. aid last year, Georgia and Ukraine, all of which have close ties with the United States. Absenteeism is unusual in emergency session votes. Prior to the vote, Trump wrote on Twitter: Were watching those votes. Let them vote against us, well save a lot. We dont care. His words were widely inter preted as a threat to cut aid to countries that vote against the United States position on Jerusalem. The resolution, sponsored by Yemen and Turkey, reaf firmed what has been the U.N. stand on the divided holy city since 1967: Jerusalems final status must be decided in direct negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians. Later Thursday, an invi tation was sent around to the countries that did not support the resolution on Jerusalem to attend a recep tion with Haley in January. The event was labeled as a means to thank the countries for their friendship to the United States, according to a copy of the invite obtained by CNN. In her speech at the emer gency vote, Haley noted that the United States is by far the single largest contributor to the United Nations and its agencies. Aid is given, she added, in order to advance our values and our interests. When that happens, our participation in the United Nations produces great good for the world. The United States does this because it represents who we are. It is our American way. But, Haley said, well be honest with you. When we make generous contributions to the U.N., we also have a legitimate expectation that our good will is recognized and respected. When a nation is singled out for attack in this organization, that nation is disrespected. Whats more, that nation is asked to pay for the privilege of being disrespected. Trumps pronouncement on Jerusalem ended decades of U.S. ambiguity on the status of the city that both Israel and the Palestinians claim as their capital. House passes bill allow ing disaster funds for houses of worship WASHINGTON (JTA) The U.S. House of Repre sentatives approved a bill that allows federal disaster relief funds to go to houses of worship. On Thursday, the House voted 251-169 to approve the bill. The vote was not strictly along party lines, although more Republicans than Democrats favored it. The Senate is considering a similar bill. Relief funds from the Federal Emergency Manage ment Agency, or FEMA, may not go to churches, syna gogues and other houses of worship due to concerns about separation of church and state. Other institutions, like community centers or zoos, may receive the funds. The money reimburses the institutions for aid they provide to victims of natural disasters. A bipartisan group of law makers has long pushed for the change. In September, amid a string of hurricanes ravaging the Gulf Coast and the Caribbean, President Donald Trump tweeted his support for churches receiv ing FEMA funds. Churches in Texas should be entitled to reimbursement from FEMA Relief Funds for helping victims of Hurricane Harvey (just like others), Trump said on Twitter. According to the text of the bill, A church, syna gogue, mosque, temple, or other house of worship, and a private nonprofit facility operated by a religious or ganization, shall be eligible for contributions without regard to the religious char acter of the facility or the primary religious use of the facility. The Orthodox Union, an umbrella Orthodox body that has advocated such a change for years, said the bill will mean synagogues receive fair treatment. For far too long, FEMA has unfairly excluded houses of worship from this otherwise religion-neutral program, its Washington director, Nathan Diament, said in a statement. This legislation will finally put an end to this unconstitutional discrimina tion and help houses of wor ship get the relief they need from FEMA to rebuild after being damaged in natural disasters. We call upon the Senate to pass this legislation as well. Also praising the bill was Agudath Israel of America, another Orthodox umbrella body. Houses of worship are an integral part of American communities and play an important role in assisting devastated neighborhoods revitalize and rebuild, Rabbi Abba Cohen, Agu dahs Washington director, said in a statement. After natural disasters, they pro vide emotional, spiritual and material help to those in need. Advancing the bill in the House were Reps. Peter King and Grace Meng, respectively a Republican and Democrat from New York, and Chris Smith, R-N.J. The regions they represent were hard hit by Tropical Storm Sandy in 2012. Leading the Senates leg islation are Sens. Roy Blunt, R-Mo., Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., James Lankford, ROkla., and Ted Cruz, R-Texas. US Holocaust museum reposts Syria study that critics said gave Obama a pass WASHINGTON (JTA) The U.S. Holocaust Memo rial Museum re-released a controversial study on Syrias civil war, removing passages that critics said exonerated the Obama administrations actions. The study is now available without an executive sum mary that included a sentence that the United States could have done little to prevent the carnage, which has claimed an estimated 500,000 lives, The New York Times reported Thursday. Added to it are an essay arguing for greater U.S. involvement in Syria and an announcement of a planned survey of Syrian groups as sessing what U.S. policies they would like to see. The offending passage in the paper, posted and then withdrawn in September, had said that a variety of factors, which were more or less fixed, made it very difficult from the beginning for the U.S. government to take effective action to prevent atrocities in Syria, even compared with other challenging policy contexts. Jewish groups joined some human rights activists in arguing that this absolved President Barack Obama of fecklessness. Obama critics have argued that in his effort to prevent America from a quagmire in Syria, he did too little to arrest the carnage in a civil war in which 400,000 people have died and Syria has been accused of using sarin gas, chlorine gas and barrel bombs. Many point to his decision in September 2013 to postpone a military strike against the Syrian gov ernment in retaliation for a chemical weapons attack and instead to seek authorization from Congress. The museums Simon-Sk jodt Center for the Prevention of Genocide, which authored the paper, used computa tional modeling and game theory methods, as well as interviews with experts and policymakers, to determine that U.S. involvement in the wake of the 2013 chemical weapons attack in Ghouta would not have reduced atrocities in the country and may have contributed to them. Cameron Hudson, who leads the center, told The Times that the original paper may have been skewed too much to academics. We have to recognize that we also have a general audi ence for this work, he said, and we also have an audience of victims and survivors. Palestinian man re portedly killed in Gaza border riots (JTA)A 24-year-old Pal estinian man was shot dead during riots near the GazaIsrael border. Locals told the Palestin ian Maan news agency that Israeli forces shot Zakariya al-Kafarneh during clashes in eastern Jabaliya, in northern Gaza. Protesters marched follow ing Friday prayers near the border fence in response to calls from Hamas for a third Friday of Rage in protest of President Donald Trumps announcement earlier this month recognizing Jerusa lem as the capital of Israel. Israels Army Radio re ported that Israeli soldiers shot at rioting Palestinians who breached the sterile zone near the security fence, using crowd dispersal means such as tear gas and stun grenades. Israeli troops fired on main inciters to violence, where rioters were throw ing projectiles and setting tires on fire, a spokesman for the Israel Defense Forces told Ynet. Meanwhile, 10 Palestin ians were injured during clashes in the southern Gaza Strip, according to Maan. Another six were injured in clashes in the West Bank, Army Radio reported. Israeli army sources estimated that in total, some 1,700 demon strators participated in dis turbances in the West Bank, a drop of approximately 50 percent from last week. In Montenegro, cor nerstone laid for first synagogue in centuries (JTA)Montenegros fore most politicians joined their president and faith commu nity leaders for the first laying in centuries of a cornerstone for a synagogue in the area that now comprises that Balkan nation. President Philip Vujanovic was joined Tuesday at the synagogues construction site by the acting and former mayors of the capital of Pod gorica, Slavoljub Steipovich and Myomir Mugosha, and the heads of the countrys state-recognized religious streams and faiths, which include Catholicism, EasterOrthodox Christianity, Islam and Judaism, the Balkan Pro news site reported. Also in attendance at the ceremony, which took place earlier than scheduled, was the president of the local Jewish community Yasha Alfandari. Montenegro has 400 Jews, according to the World Jew ish Congress, with maybe a tenth of that participating in actual Jewish spiritual life, according to Ari Edelkopf, a Chabad rabbi who earlier this year became Montenegros first resident rabbi in over a century. The government of Mon tenegro, which became inde pendent in 2006 after break ing away from Serbia, gave the land for the synagogue in 2013. The opening of the Pod gorica synagogue is set to be the second one this century in the Balkans, following the dedication of a new syna gogue in Macedonia in 2000. Milo Djukanovic, a for mer prime minister of Montenegro, said that the construction of the syna gogue would begin next year during a speech that he gave last month at the an nual Mahar conference for Balkan Jewry, which is held in Montenegro with funding from the Euro-Asian Jewish Congress. As he waits for the syna gogue to be completed, Edelkopf is hosting worship ers at his home and hold ing prayers. He settled in Podgorica after being forced to leave Sochi earlier this year. His staying permit was revoked on unsubstantiated claims that he represented a threat to Russias national security. Edelkopf denied any wrongdoing and demanded a court review of the un specified charges against him, but it never happened. Russian Jews protested his deportation as a miscarriage of justice. In Podgorica, his role will be to convert the local Jews to Judaism, Alfandari said last month. What I mean is that we have a few hundred people who are Jews according to the definition of the word meaning those who have a Jewish mother, according to traditional Jewish lawbut they know very little about what it means to be Jewish.
PAGE 14A HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, DECEMBER 29, 2017 Schools From page 9A Rep. Kevin Brady, R-Texas, the chairman of the House tax-writing Ways and Means Committee. Of the 1,004 Jewish day schools in the United States listed by J Data, the database run by the Cohen Center for Modern Jewish Studies at Brandeis University, 731 are Orthodox. A publicist for the Conservative movement, to which the Solomon Schechter schools are affiliated, did not return a request for comment in time for publication. Dave Sloan, the president of the Modern Orthodox Berman Milstein From page 4A aspects of our identity: Jewish values, the Hebrew language, Israeli culture, pride in our his tory and heritage, the unique accomplishments of the Jewish people and the State of Israel, and above all, a belief that All the people of Israel are responsible for one another. Abrams From page 5A our organization. Hillel In ternational offered extensive support, including a timely launch of materials for Hillel professionals to help in other situations of sexual harass ment and assault. They also put their money where their mouths are, offering to help Peace From page 3A as the seat of government. But many of them, too, reiterated their support for the two-state solution and urged Trump to double down on that cause. This is a significant step that acknowledges reality: Je rusalem is the political capital of the country and has been the spiritual heart of the Jewish people for millennia, read a statement by the AntiStories From page 1A headstones at the St. Louis cemetery, as well as for ad ditional grave sites that were vandalized at a Philadelphia cemetery. In the end, Ayel painted more than 250 rocks, which she sent to the cemeter iesplus an additional 100 stones that she sent to the family of Adam Krief, a Jewish father of three who died after a highly publicized struggle with blood cancer. A dog saves a couple from a fire at a kosher supermarket Daisy, a 3-year-old spaniel, helped avert disaster when fire broke out at a London kosher supermarket in June. The dogs barking roused Alex Gibson and Charlotte Perren, who were sleeping in their apartment above the store. Fortunately, the couple was able to make it out on Hebrew Academy in Rockville, Maryland, said school staffers could have taken hits ranging from thousands of dollars to tens of thousands of dollars, depending on their number of children It will be incumbent on our institution to true that up, or compensate the teacher, Sloan said in an interview before the news broke that the credit would not be removed. Its not an extinction-level event, but it creates pressure on our budget to the tune of hundreds of thousands of dollars. Berman, with 700 students, has tuitions ranging from $16,000 to $23,000, depend ing on the grade. Agudath Israel of America raised another flag about the proposal: Compensating the teachers for the tax hike through salary increases would place them in a higher tax bracket, which could also have deleterious effects. Its elimination can result in higher taxable incomes that would make them in eligible for health insurance and other social service benefitsa devastating loss, said the draft of a letter Agu dah was set to send to the conference committee, the gathering of lawmakers and staffers that reconcile the House and Senate versions. The committee reportedly was close to a reconciled bill on Wednesday afternoon. President Donald Trump has said he wants to sign the bill before the year is out. Its not clear whether a separate proposal in the Senate version favored by the Orthodox movements had survived the reconciliation. That proposal, introduced by Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, would have made a portion of 529s, the tax-free savings accounts for college tuition, available for religious day school tuitions. make up the lost funds. This week, my local federation is convening constituent agency leaders to launch communal discussions around sexual harassment. All the professional leaders that I turned to believe that I should not only stand up for myself, but also speak out so other Jewish professionals can realize that they will not be alone. This fight is necessary for us to see change. So, hineni, here I am. I choose to believe that righ teousness will carry me. I am mustering my strength not only for me, but also for you, and for my students, some of whom look to me as one of their only Jewish role models. No one should endure such treatment. Our communities need to en able people to speak out, get educated and receive support. As nerve-wracking as it may be, theres real power in standing up, walking away and saying no thank you. Rhonda Abrams is the director of Greater Portland Hillel. Through Israeliness, our community is bringing new people into our communal conversations and re-en gaging others from a wide variety of backgrounds. We understand the importance of Israel not just as a vibrant country and proud culture, but as a crucial part of our spiritual beliefs as Jews. We speak Hebrew at home and at shulthe same lan guage with two unique and intertwined purposes. Our community offers new ways to engage with Israel and Judaism itself. The second value proposi tion is our deep love for Israel, rooted in personal experience and an appreciation that it is not just the homeland of the Jewish people, but a source of our pride, common his tory, culture, courage and strength. We recognize that Israel isnt perfect but accept and support it without any preconditions. As a result, Israeli Ameri cans are uniquely equipped to advocate for Israel. The Israeli-American Council, for example, has worked to advo cate for laws that keep states like California, Nevada and Texas from allowing taxpayer funds to support groups that discriminate against Israelis with economic boycotts. In partnership with existing organizations like AIPAC and Jewish federations, the Israe li-American Coalition for Ac tion and the Israeli-American community have acted to advance bipartisan support for the Taylor Force Act, the Israel Anti-Boycott Act and other important pieces of legislation. The third value proposi tion is our willingness and ability to think outside the box. Israeli Americans have much to learn from the American Diaspora com munity about how Jewish culture and community can flourish outside of a Jewish state. Yet we are also con tributing fresh perspectives that have brought a range of programs to American Jewish lifeinitiatives that are engaging not only Israeli Americans, but also Jewish Americans of all ages. By uniting Israeli Ameri cans and partnering with existing Jewish-American institutions, we believe that we can strengthen the Ameri can communities we live in and build their connection to Israel. Our vision for the coming decades is optimistic: Where some see challenges and gaps, we see promise and opportunity to reignite Jewish life, re-inspire Jewish pride and courage, and re-imagine our existing institutions so that they serve the next gen eration in our community. By working together as one big Jewish family, Israeli Americans and Jewish Ameri cans of all backgrounds can forge the future we desire. Adam Milstein is a cofounder and the chairman of the board of the IsraeliAmerican Council. Defamation League, which has not shied away from criti cizing Trumps actions in the past. The statement went on to urge the rapid resumption of Israeli-Palestinian negotia tions leading to a two-state solution One week after Trump announced the decision, any peace prospects do appear to have dimmed: Protests did take place in Jerusalem and Palestinian areas, though they were far milder than anticipated. Palestinian ne gotiator Saeb Erekat called on his people to now pursue equal rights within Israel rather than a state of their own, while Palestinian Au thority President Mahmoud Abbas said the U.S. no longer has a role to play in broker ing talks. But that does not bother analysts who feel the United States should present itself as a resolute supporter of Israel rather than an evenhanded mediator. Such a stance, some wrote, rightly puts the onus on Palestinians to adjust their demands and show their willingness to reach a deal The intention is to dis abuse the Palestinians of the notion that the U.S. is neutral between them and our democratic, pro-Western, tolerant, free-market ally Israel, wrote Shoshanna Bryan, senior director of the Jewish Policy Center, a con servative group, in the Daily Caller. American support for Palestinians aspirations is not withdrawn, but hinges on Palestinian behavior. But some analysts who were inclined toward the decision also warned that granting a longstanding Israeli demand could put Israel in Trumps debt if he ever demands con cessions. Because Trump is viewed as very pro-Israel by the Israeli public, it will be more difficult for Netanyahu to say no to any requests from the president for compromises, wrote Jonathan Rynhold, director of the Argov Center for the Study of Israel and the Jewish People at Bar-Ilan University. It was easy for Bibi to say no to Obama, since there was no domestic political price; not so with Trump. timebut Daisy, who belongs to Gibsons mother and whom the couple was taking care of, died of smoke inhalation. Daisy was our hero, Gib son told The Jewish Chronicle. It was fate she happened to be staying with us that night. She saved both of our lives and our neighbors. A Jewish woman com forts a distressed child with autism on an airplane During a transatlantic flight in July, Rochel Groner noticed an autistic boy cry ing and shrieking. The at mosphere on the flight grew increasingly tense and she felt she had to do something. Groner, a Chabad emissary in North Carolina, who with her husband runs two groups for young adults with special needs, approached the child and comforted him for about two hours. I put out my hand, and he took my hand. It was such a surreal moment, and he just took it, and he stopped cry ing, she said. He kind of just followed me into the aisle. I walked to the bulkhead, and I sat down and I put him in my lap, and I gave him a gentle but firm hug and I just started to rock him. He calmed down. Social media users were touched by the story. Photos of Groner holding the boy, along with a post by her hus band detailing the account, received some 6,700 likes and was shared 1,300 times on Facebook. In Israel, a monkey and a chicken become best friends At the Ramat Gan Safari Park near Tel Aviv, Niv, an In donesian black macaque, was having a bit of trouble finding a mate. So he got creative. When a chicken wandered into his enclosure, the mon key cozied up to itand an inseparable friendship was born. Niv has been hanging out with the bird on a regular basis, holding it, caressing it and sleeping next to it at night. The friendship, which was documented in August, appears to be mutual; after all, the chicken can easily slip out of the monkey cage but chooses to stay. While 2017 wasnt a year for forging lasting peace between Israel and its neighbors, at least this pair found a way to put their differences aside and live in harmony. After surviving Hurri cane Harvey, this wom an distributes mezuzahs to people in need Houston resident Chava Gal-Or was lucky: Though flooding from Hurricane Harvey reached her door, her home survived the storm unscathed. But that wasnt the case for many of the members of Temple Sinai, where she works. So Gal-Or wanted to do something to help those families in needalong with assisting scores of others who had been affected by recent natural disasters. I cant rebuild their hous es, Gal-Or told JTA. I dont have the money to do much. There was this increasing awareness that there was nothing I could do. Then she realized she could help by collecting mezuzahs, the small scrolls traditionally affixed to the doorposts of Jewish dwellings, and distrib uting them for free to Jewish people in need. She started the unofficial organization Door LDoora play on the biblical phrase ldor vdor, which means from generation to generationraising money and soliciting donations for mezuzahs, with the goal to to dispatch them to Jews in need. Supporters raise over $1 million for an Orthodox fashion designer after her husband suddenly died Tragedy struck Simi Polon sky, the Orthodox co-founder of a modest fashion label, when her husband, Shua, died in November from a condition he had contracted only weeks before. To help alleviate her suffering, supporters quickly came to her aidand more than 9,000 donors raised over $1 million online for Polonsky and her two young children, with a third on the way. Polonsky, who said she will continue working on The Frock NYC, wrote movingly on Instagram that the support helped her go on. I know no one will be able to heal my broken heart, but at the times when I feel like I just cannot keep my arms raised any longer, your love and support are the rocks that hold them for me, she wrote. My mind boggles, when I think about the un stoppable love that ushers unto my family on a minute to minute basis. A 1 S 2 H 3 E 4 R 5 E 6 L 7 E 8 C 9 T 10 M 11 S 12 G 13 C14U O M O S15A R A H E16T A T17I M E S S18Q U A R E M19R S S20T E R E O S S21E M O22U S R23I N D D24E B N25I C E E26L27U L F28I R E W29O R K S L30E N S31I32O N A33H S K34I S S35I N G P36R A Y I37N38G39 I40N N W41E S T N42O I T43H44E45S H O F46A R S47T A N Y48O N I C49E N A50S51A R R52O T L53E A I54T A L I C55S56A57V I I58N S Y59N A G O G U E N60E T A61C T E D A62M U S E T 63 R Y M 64 E S S Y S 65 E E P S
HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, DECEMBER 29, 2017 PAGE 15A By Sonya Sanford (The Nosher via JTA)I recently stumbled upon a Yemenite Jewish cookbook from the early 60s called Yemenite & Sa bra Cookery, by Naomi and Shimon Tzabar. Its the type of cookbook I especially love to discover; the kind that covers a rare topic and is unusually designed. This one has beautiful wood-block print images scattered throughout. The recipes are more like sketches of how to make something rather than being clear directives. The first page of the book features a recipe for zhug, a classic Yemenite hot sauce, and a few pages later theres one for a very simple white bean soup. Ive been a longtime fan of topping white bean soup with homemade pesto or herb sauce. Creamy rich white beans are well complemented by fragrant earthy fresh herbs. As I skimmed through each page, these two recipes jumped out at me, calling to be combined. Zhug (or skhug; pronounced s-kh-oo-g) is found throughout the Middle East, and was brought to and made popular in Israel by Yemenite Jews. It is used to add heat to many dishes, from falafel, to shwarma, to schnitzel, to sabich. There are countless recipes for zhug, but it is always made with a combination of hot green or red peppers and cilantro/ coriander. Often youll find it includes spices such as carda mom and caraway. Zhug is spicy, vibrant and complexly flavored with the combination of these herbs and spices. Its not your average hot sauce. This white bean soup is simple at its core and made with leeks, carrots, celery and just a few other ingredients. You can use chicken broth or vegetable broth for the liquideven water will work. If you have the time, or an Instant Pot (yes!), making the white beans from scratch will make the soup significantly bet ter. For one, you can infuse the beans as they cook and soften with extra flavor from garlic and bay leaf. Then, the infused cooking liquid can also be added to the soup. You can cook the white beans and make the zhug several days in advance. Once everything comes together, and the soup is served and topped with the herby zhug, it makes this dish that much more impressive. My first spoonful instantly warmed me. The spice and heat from the zhug, and the comfort of the creamy white beans, This White Bean Soup has a secret Israeli ingredient 1 teaspoon kosher salt Juice of 1/2 a lemon 1/4 cup oil (a mild neutral oil: sunflower, canola, grapeseed, etc.) Directions: 1 If using dry beans: Soak the beans overnight. In a large pot or in an Instapot, cover the dried beans with 3-4 inches of water. Add a large bay leaf and 4 peeled cloves of garlic to the pot. Simmer beans until tender. 2. To a large pot add a generous drizzle of oil over medium heat, and add the diced onion, leek, carrot and celery. Saut the vegetables until softened, about 6-8 minutes. Add the chopped tomato (or tomato paste), 2 peeled garlic cloves, 1 bay leaf, thyme and chopped herb stems to the pot. Stir and saut for another minute. 3. Add the liquid to the pot. If Ive made the beans from dried, I like to add a few cups of the bean cooking liquid in addition to broth. 4. Add salt and pepper to taste. Bring to a simmer and allow to simmer for 20 minutes. 5. Add the cooked or canned beans to the pot and simmer for another 20-25 minutes. Taste and season as needed. Turn off the heat and add the lemon juice. 6. At this point, you can serve the soup as is. However, I prefer to remove about a third from the pot. I blend the remaining soup until light and creamy, using an immer sion blender. I add the remaining soup back to the pot. This makes the soup satisfyingly smooth, with pops of beans and vegetables. 7. To make the zhug: To a food processor add the de-seeded jalapenos, parsley, cilantro, garlic, cardamom, caraway and salt. Pulse until finely chopped. If you dont have a food processor, you can also chop the ingredients finely by hand. Transfer the chopped mixture to a bowl. Add the oil and lemon juice, and stir until combined. Zhug will last up to 2 weeks in a well-sealed container, or it can be frozen for up to 3 months. 8. Serve topped zhug to your taste. Serves 4-6. Sonya Sanford is a chef, food stylist and writer based out of Los Angeles who specializes in modern Jewish cooking. Follow Sanford at www.sonyasanford.com or on Instagram @sonyamichellesanford. The Nosher food blog offers a dazzling array of new and classic Jewish recipes and food news, from Europe to Yemen, from challah to shakshuka and beyond. Check it out at ww wTheNosher.com. somehow elicit the feeling of heat from strong sunlight some where very far away. Ingredients: For the soup: 1 cup dry white/cannellini beans, or 2 (15-ounce) cans (about 3 1/2 to 4 cups) Oil, as needed 1 large onion, diced small 1 large leek, white part only, diced small 1 carrot, diced small 1 rib of celery, diced small 1 Roma tomato, chopped small (or 1 tablespoon tomato paste) 6 cloves garlic, peeled and divided 2 large bay leaves, divided 3 sprigs thyme, leaves removed 10 cups (2 1/2 quarts) chicken broth, vegetable broth or water A spoonful of finely chopped parsley or cilantro stems (leftover from the zhug) Salt and pepper, to taste Juice of 1/2 a lemon, or to taste For the zhug: 5-10 small jalapeno peppers (5 for mild, 10 for hot), sliced in half and deseeded 1 bunch cilantro 1 bunch parsley 1 large clove garlic, peeled 1 tablespoon ground cardamom 2 teaspoons caraway seeds (optional) Abuse From page 12A but that person is deceased. And this time period, in terms of what attorneys would have to keep...they would have long since destroyed these records, Wernick said. Benkof, who now feels his comments fell on deaf ears when he reported the allega tions to Epstein, expressed skepticism about USCJs new hotline. There needs to be a way for victims to come forward, but the address should be in 2017 From page 10A for posting anti-Semitic billboards featuring the likeness of liberal philan thropist George Soros. But Netanyahu dodged the issue in favor of main taining Israeli-Hungarian relations But Jewish leaders and Netanyahu did mostly agree on one thing Trump did: rec ognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. Most major American Jewish groups praised the move, which Netanyahu called a coura geous and just decision. The major exception to the Diaspora-vs.-Israel dynamic is the minority of American Jews who identify as Ortho dox. They tend to support Netanyahu and Trump, and share their hard-line views on domestic politics, world affairs and Israel. Who counts at the West ern Wall? The biggest single spat between the Israeli govern ment and American Jews came in June, when Netan yahus coalition voted to suspend an agreement on the Western Wall. the media, law enforcement, or an outside company or Jewish organization, Benkof told JNS. The organization that faces civil action is the last organization that should be in charge of gathering the information. The United Synagogue has a financial interest in silencing victims, he added. I believe they are using the hotline to do to other victims what Rabbi Jerry Epstein did to me when I reported what I knew about Bob Fisher in 2001, while Bob still worked for the organiza tion: He told me I was yotzei (a Hebrew word meaning that ones obligation has been ful filled), thus convincing me I need not act further. Epstein declined comment when contacted by JNS, refer ring the matter to an attorney who participated in the phone interview between JNS and Wernick. Wernick said the steps USCJ has taken in response to the allegations have gone beyond any mandated reporting in terms of criminal liability. We are beyond anything we can do from an additional perspec tive other than severing our relationship with [Gutin]. Any awards given in the name of Gutin or Fisher have been discontinued, said Wernick. The USCJ leader elaborated, We talk in a language of chiyuv (obligation). If a person accused of these things con tinues to have a relationship with your organization, you have to separate, to assure the safety of people in your charge. Harassment issues, these kinds of issues, are not just for your staff, they are about anyone in your orbit. In 2011, two years after Wer nick started his post at USCJ, the organization instituted new protocols for preventing and dealing with accusations of abuse. Staffers have a hand book providing guidelines for appropriate behavior with USY youths, and are required to sign a statement that they have read the handbook and have agreed to its policies. They are required to sign again if the handbook is updated. Wernick said he is confident that USY now does everything in its power to keep students safe. All staff have to have a background check before be ing hired, and USY now has a youth protection officer assigned at every USY event, he said. Every USYer has that persons phone number so they have an advocate if they feel threatened in any way, by anyone. USY is a safe place. Elizabeth Kratz is the as sociate publisher and editor of The Jewish Link of New Jersey and The Jewish Link of Bronx, Westchester and Connecticut. The agreement, which Netanyahus Cabinet ap proved last year, was hailed as an interdenominational compromise at one of Juda isms holiest sites and a sign of Israeli-Diaspora reconcili ation. The agreement would have expanded and upgraded a non-Orthodox worship space while enshrining Or thodox control of the main prayer plaza. But it was not implemented, and in June the Cabinet voted to freeze it indefinitely. Non-Orthodox Jewish leaders were outraged. Di aspora leaders canceled meetings with the prime minister, and in the wake of the decision, some board members of the Union for Reform Judaism told JTA they were rethinking how and how much they should support Israel financially. This decision screams out that when all is said and done, the State of Israel and government of Israel is will ing to sell our rights and our well-being for coalition poli tics, the URJs president, Rabbi Rick Jacobs, told JTA following the agreements suspension. Netanyahu, meanwhile, pledged that while the agree ment was suspended in order to mollify his haredi Ortho dox coalition partners, the physical expansion of the prayer space would in fact continue apace. American Jewish leaders have nonetheless continued to protest and gave the Israeli leader a cold reception when he appeared via satellite at the annual convention of the Jewish federation move ment in November. The issue resurfaced last month when Jacobs attempted to enter the Western Wall plaza with a Torah scroll. Security guards blocked him and roughed him up, tearing his clothes and shoving a can of mace in his face. Jacobs and his supporters again were outraged. The agreement remains sus pended indefinitely. Who is a Jew? Who is a rabbi? On the same day the agree ment was frozen, Israels Cabinet also advanced a bill that would have empowered the countrys haredi Ortho dox Chief Rabbinate, making it the only body authorized in the country to perform conversions. Supporters argued the bill would streamline the conversion process and create a high standard for conversion. But opponents feared it would further delegitimize non-Orthodox conversions while handing more authority to a haredi monopoly. On that issue, Netanyahu quickly acceded to pressure from non-Orthodox Ameri can Jews, shelving the bill for six months. Previous similar measures had also been shelved or discarded. But the Chief Rabbinate soon reignited controversy between Israel and Ameri can Jews after JTA reported on a list of 160 Diaspora rabbis whom the Rabbinate does not trust to confirm the Jewish identities of im migrants. The Rabbinate maintained that the socalled blacklist was merely a bureaucratic record of problematic conversion papers and was not meant to delegitimize rabbis. But many of the rabbis on the list protested their inclusion in statements, sermons, articles and opeds. Ashkenazi Chief Rabbi David Lau apologized for its publication. The blacklist was the lat est episode in a long-running debate over who gets to establish the authority of rabbis, and the age-old ques tion of who counts as Jew ish and who gets to decide. While the controversy has faded, the questions remain unanswered. Do American Jews have it easy? Israeli politicians, par ticularly religious ones, have a history of occasional offensive comments about non-Orthodox and Diaspora Jews. But few comments have sparked an uproar like Tzipi Hotovely, the deputy foreign minister, who said that unlike Israelis, Ameri can Jews lead cushy lives and dont send their children to defend their country. Her point was a familiar one: that Jews living abroad havent enough skin in the game to tell Israel how to run its affairs. But in her inter view with i24, a TV channel based in Israel, Hotovely went further in saying that American Jews never send their children to fight for their country and Most of them are having quite convenient lives. Some said her remarks played on anti-Semitic stereotypes of the weak and parasitic Diaspora Jew. Hotovelys remarks came after her scheduled talk at the Princeton University Hillel was canceled due in part to her opposition to a Palestinian state. She later apologized for her remarks and expressed her affection for American Jews. Despite the apology Ja cobs, the Reform chief, called on Netanyahu to fire Hotovely, as her statements serve to underscore how the Israeli government disdains the majority of North Ameri can Jews. Netanyahu didnt take the advice. But he did release a statement condemning her comments and emphasiz ing that the Jews of the Diaspora are dear to us and are an inseparable part of our people. Looking back over 2017, that wasnt always obvious.
PAGE 16A HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, DECEMBER 29, 2017 By Ron Kampeas WASHINGTON (JTA)Its lunch break during a one-day conference on Israeli Cuisine as a Reflection of Israeli Soci etyso naturally Im eating lunch. Everything on my white plastic plate can be consid ered Israeli food. There is a burek (which originally heralds from Spain, by way of Turkey), a chopped cucumber and tomato salad (Israeli or Palestinian, take your pick) and a quinoa salad (from Ecuador? Peru? Or maybe its Mediterranean). Small triangles of pita surround the centerpiece of my plate: the controversial chickpea spread known as hummus, which has engendered endless debate regarding its origins Just what exactly con Tomatoes, cucumbers and basil atop a plate of hummus. Hummus among us: chefs debate what makes Israeli food Israeli stitutes Israeli foodand, in turn, what effects Israeli cuisine has had on Israeli societyis the reason for the event at American University. By and large, the conference is celebratory in nature. The opening session on Sunday night, for example, showcased Israeli celebrity chefs includ ing Michael Solomonov and Lior Lev Sercarz. Israel today is not the start-up nation, Michael Brenner, the director of American Universitys Center for Israel Studies, told the crowd of some 200. It is the gourmet nation and a cham pion of sophisticated, healthy cooking. Despite the laudatory feel of the opening night, however, the sessions throughout Mon days main event addressed complicated duality that con stitutes Israeli cuisine. On the one hand, theres the celebra tion of the commingling of food traditions that Israela nation of immigrants eager to join the global community naturally incubates. On the othe, theres the anxiety that these same immigrants may actually be colonialists who have appropriated an indig enous cuisine. One panel, for example, Cuisine as an Expression of Modern Israeli Culture, featured chef Einat Admony, who owns a number of Israeli restaurants in New York City, including Taim and Bala boosta. She kept referring to the miracle of Israeli cuisine in a land that once was a des ertenchanting, yes, but also a hoary narrative that ignores the presence of Palestinians and others in the region long before the advent of modern Zionism. Panel moderator Mitchell Davis, the executive vice president of the James Beard Foundation, visibly winced at Admonys remarks. He asked other panelists to address cultural appropriation. The other panelists, in cluding Sercarz and Solo monov, didnt biteexcuse the punbut appropriation was very much the theme of the next panel, Israeli-Arab Food Politics. There is a lot of politics behind the food you eat, said the moderator, Johanna Mendelson Forman, who teaches a course at American called Conflict Cuisine: An Introduction to War and Peace Around the Dinner Table. The kitchen has become the venue of new foreign policy. The three social scientists on the panelNir Avieli, Ronald Ranta and Ronit Vered, all Israeli Jewsadvanced the theme that there was an original sin to Israeli cuisine: the repression of its origins among Palestinians. Some of their arguments were salient and recogniz able to anyone who has lived in Israel. For instance, theres the tendency for Israelis to refer to Arab cuisineand not Palestin ianalthough there are dishes adopted by Israelis that are specifically indig enous to Palestinians, such as maqloubeh, a meat, rice and vegetable concoction. (Solomonov is an adamant exception and refers to an indigenous Palestinian cui sine that he has incorporated into his repertoire.) Other arguments from the academics, however, seemed a tad overeager to make a point about Israel and co lonialism. Ranta, a lecturer on international relations at Kingston University in London, decried the denial of an Arab Palestinian con tribution among Israelis to their cuisine, saying that the argument that many Jews of Middle East origin were likely to already be acquainted with the dishes was a glaring example of this denial. Avieli, the president of the Israeli Anthropological Association, said that pizza was the most popular food in Israel, suggesting it was because Israelis despise their neighbors and long to be European. They are in the Middle East, what can you do? Where they would like to be is south ern Italy, he said. The conclusion baffled Forman, who rejoined that Americans also tend to favor Italian food, toothe im plication being that its not because of a national neurosis but rather because Italian food is quick and delicious. The only chef on the after noons panel: Osama Dalal, a Palestinian Israeli who runs Maiar, an upscale, seafoodheavy restaurant in Tel Aviv (currently closed as he seeks a new venue), brought the conversation back to the natural, logical evolution of cuisinenamely, if it tastes good, make it. Dalal said that growing up in Acres old city, the site of his first restaurant, he drew inspiration from his Jewish neighbors, both Polish and Moroccan. Being 2017, I can do what I want, he said of his menu. In the most vivid account at the conference, Dalal recalled how as a child, he would lick the walls of his grandmothers home because they were in fused with the flavors of her cooking. These days, Dalal makes a custard dish inspired by his grandmother. But, he added, Custard is not Israeli or Palestinian. By Cnaan Liphshiz AMSTERDAM (JTA)Two weeks ago, a 29-year-old man waving a Palestinian flag smashed the windows of a kosher restaurant with a wooden club, stealing an Israeli flag there. Police ar rested the suspect on the spot The Dec. 7 incident, which occurred the day after Presi dent Donald Trump declared that the United States of ficially recognizes Jerusalem as Israels capital, triggered an outpouring of condemna tions by Dutch leaders. Prime Minister Mark Rutte called it terrible, and 15 lawmakers ate there that evening as a gesture of solidarity. Yet just 60 hours later the suspectidentified in the media as Saleh Aliwas free. Authorities never divulged details about his identity and origins despite the absence of a gag order, and reports that Ali was a former combatant in Syrias civil war in the Netherlands on an asylumseeker visa. The lack of clarity on these issues is feeding a growing resentment among the Jewish community here regarding the authorities handling of the attack itself, along with the aftermath. Some point to the polices apparent inaction during the attackin a video, authorities appear to witness the violent incident without interferingas problematic. But to many Dutch Jews, perhaps the most disturbing aspect is that the draft indict ment against Ali mentions only vandalism and theft. In other words, Dutch officials dont consider Alis actions a hate crime. And that, according to Jewish leaders, is a problem. During the trial, which began here Wednesday, Ali declined to answer the judges questions and kept going on about the Palestinian cause, according to Saskia Belleman, the court correspondent of De Telegraaf daily, who reported the suspect has been assigned a psychiatric evaluation. It also emerged in court that Ali told an officer after his arrest that the attack was only the first step. Asked about the next step, he said: I will tell you later, no one needs to know. Such statements are chill ing, said Ronny Naftaniel, who spent 40 years at the helm of the Netherlands main anti-Semitism watchdog group, CIDI. I have never encountered a case like this, added Naf taniel, who retired in 2013. And I am one of many Dutch Jews whose confidence in the judiciary has been compro mised here. By contrast, police held a Dutch Jew named Michael Jacobs for a week this sum mer for repeatedly standing near anti-Israel protesters while wearing an Israeli flag, even though there are no laws prohibiting it. Apparently the judiciary does not see any parallels between Jacobs and the kosher restaurant attacker, Esther Voet, editor in chief of the NIW Dutch Jewish weekly, wrote in an op-ed published last week. Far-right violence is swift ly punished. But this, Voet wrote of the restaurant attack, thats different. The Jews were asking for it. The Public Prosecution Service declined to tell JTA anything about the sus pect but his age and city of residence in the Nether lands, which is Amsterdam. A spokesman declined to say why other details are being withheld. He said the suspect was released because there were no grounds to detain him any longer. In the background of how authorities are handling the case, Voet said, is fear that the incident may help the Neth erlands rising populist right wingled by the anti-Islam politician Geert Wilders of the Party for Freedom. Authorities attempt, out of fear from further polarization in society, to sweep everything under the carpet, but its hav ing the opposite effect, she told the Metro daily. We are not the Jews of past decades, we will not sit quietly as this hap pens to us. We will speak out. This reference to a past in which 75 percent of Dutch Jewry was murdered in the Holocaust is unusual for such a prominent representative of Dutch Jewry. But its not the only one. Frits Barend, one of the countrys bestknown Jewish journalists, told De Telegraaf daily after the attack: It reminds of me Kristallnachtthe name for the 1938 pogroms organized by Nazis against Jews. CIDI under its current director, Hanna Luden, called the suspects release shock ing. Coupled with the scal ing back this year of police protection for Jewish-owned buildings in Amsterdama precaution that was taken after the 2015 slaying of four Jews in Paris by an Is Why Dutch Jews are up in arms over the handling of a kosher restaurant attack lamistthe incident at the HaCarmel kosher restaurant and its handling by authori ties are making Dutch Jews feel less safe, Naftaniel said. Earlier this year, similar complaints were heard from many French Jews. They vo cally and persistently protest ed the absence of a hate crime charge from the indictment of a 27-year-old Muslim man who on April 4 killed Sarah Halimi, his 67-year-old Jew ish neighbor, while shouting about Allah and calling her a demon. The man, Kobili Traore, had a history of antiSemitic rhetoric. Traore was not arrested but was hospitalized for weeks in an institution for treating mental illnesses, although he had no record of such problems. Police refused to disclose his whereabouts and the conditions of his detain ment for months. The Halimi attack occurred just weeks before presidential elections, which brought the far-right National Front party closer to power than ever. As such, the case was covered up by the judiciary, charged Francis Kalifat, the presi dent of the CRIF umbrella of French Jewish communities, including during a public address before President Em manuel Macron. Amid local and internation al pressure, French prosecu tors added hate crime charges in September. But the Dutch Jewish com munity, which on Sunday held a Chanukah ceremony in Amsterdam to thank police and the justice minister for their protection, has not yet reached their Sarah Halimi moment, Naftaniel said, re ferring to the silent marches that French Jews held to protest the affair. But the kosher restau rant has definitely caused many Dutch Jews to pause, look around and ask tough questions of the authorities, Naftaniel said. Thats a good thing. Ginopress B.V./AFP/Getty Images A man waving a Palestinian flag smashed the windows of the HaCarmel kosher restaurant in Amsterdam, Dec. 7, 2017.