WWW.HERITAGEFL.COM YEAR 42, NO. 18 JANUARY 5, 2018 18 TEVET, 5778 ORLANDO, FLORIDA SINGLE COPY 75 Editorials ..................................... 4A Op-Ed .......................................... 5A Calendar ...................................... 6A Scene Around ............................. 9A Synagogue Directory ................ 11A JTA News Briefs ........................ 13A The Roth Family JCC of Greater Orlando is proud to announce the appointment of Leah Sandler as Cultural Arts coordinator. Sandler is no stranger to the JCC or the lo cal Jewish community having attended the Richard S. Adler Early Childhood Learning Center and the Hebrew Day School (now Jewish Academy of Orlando). Sandler remained connected to the Jewish com munity as a teen, participating in Beit Hamidrash, the com munitys once-per-week Jew ish high school experience. In addition, Sandler attended services at Congregation Ohev Shalom with her mom and got her first job at the Heritage Florida Jewish News at 16 years old. Sandlers education has prepared her for her new position as she holds a Bach elor of Arts in Studio Art from Rollins College, and a Master of Fine Arts from the Univer sity of the Arts (Philadelphia). The goal of Sandlers posi tion is to bring exciting and engaging arts-related events to the Orlando Jewish com munity. She will be not only managing and growing the Js current, successful arts programs such as the Jewish Film Festival and Jewish Book Festival, she will also be grow ing new and exciting cultural programs and opportunities for adults and teens too. Sandler said, I want to More culture coming to the JCC help bring our community to gether and stimulate dialogue through thought-provoking programming. In addition, I want to help increase our Jewish communitys engage ment in local arts and culture while helping amplify the voices of contemporary Jewish creatives too. Sandler wont be tackling this program expansion by herself. She will be guiding the JCCs Cultural Arts Com mittee along with programfocused sub-committees to work on specific programs and events. Sandler added, I would love to speak with anyone in the Jewish community, as well as the greater Orlando com munity, about the kind of arts and culture events they would like to see happen at the J, and what they have enjoyed about JCC programming and events in the past! I am also very interested in getting to know artists, musicians, actors, writers and other creatives from within the community. Sandler can be reached at LeahS@orlandojcc. org or (407) 645-5933 X282. As Congregation Ohev Shalom gears up to celebrate its Centennial, the COS Gala Committee is seeking to reach out to former members and others who have fond memories of the congregation and may wish to join in the celebration of this milestone. The COS Centennial Gala Weekend will be held Feb. 910, 2018. Observances of its 100th anniversary will be included in Shabbat services on those days, and the weekend celebration will culminate in a truly special gala on Saturday evening. There are many ways to celebrate with members during this special weekend members and friends are invited to come to one or all of the Gala Weekend activities. Heres an overview of just some of the memorable moments in store: Friday Night Traditional Shabbat Dinner and Service Enjoy a traditional, family-style Shab bat dinner (6 p.m.; $36/adult, $18/child (512 years), free for age 4 and under; dinner is included at some sponsorship levels). Followed by a special Erev Shabbat service (7:30 p.m.), featuring beautiful throwback melodies for the customary prayers to help recall the past, as well as other special Centennial tributes. A delicious Oneg Shabbat dessert buffet will follow the service. Saturday Morning Shabbat Ser vice and Kiddush Luncheon The day begins with a special Centen nial Shabbat morning service (9:30 a.m.). Everyone who has become a bar or bat mitzvah at Ohev Shalom will be honored A homecoming for Congregation Ohev Shaloms Centennial Gala Weekend The 1926 Congregation Ohev Shalom synagogue on Church Street and Eola Drive. with a group aliyah. To participate, please send in your name and the year of your bar or bat mitzvah to Lisa Schwartz at firstname.lastname@example.org Other meaningful tributes and rec ollections will make this a memorable Shabbat service not to be missed. An enjoyable dairy Kiddush luncheon will follow the service Saturday Night Centennial Gala The evening begins at 7 p.m. with cock tails, passed hors doeuvres, and a look at all the fabulous silent auction items. New this year: Handheld mobile bid ding will let you bid on special packages and exciting items while you chat with friends or enjoy dinner! Directions will Old City of Jerusalem illuminated with Israeli and US flags. By Sean Savage JNS.org Love him or hate him, 2017 was a year dominated by President Donald Trump. The US-Israel relationship was no Five key moments in US-Israel relations in 2017 stranger to that, ranging from Trumps visit to the Jewish state in May to his historic decision on Jerusalem in De cember. At the same time, some of this years other major stories in the Israeli-American arena had little or nothing to do with Trump. JNS takes a look back at the following five key moments in US-Israel relations during the past year: Trumps policy changes on Jerusalem On Dec. 6, Trump rec ognized Jerusalem as the Israeli capital and declared plans to eventually move the US Embassy in Israel to that city. The president called the policy changes long overdue and said recognition of Jeru salem as the capital is obvi ous given that all of Israels government functionsfrom the Knesset to the prime ministers residenceare located there. This is nothing more or less than a recognition of reality, said Trump. It is also the right thing to do. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Trumps decision reflects the com mitment to an ancient but enduring truth, to fulfilling his promises and to advanc ing peace. Trumps Israel trip Trump made Israel one of his first visits abroad as president when he touched down in the Jewish state in late May to much pomp and circumstance. Trumps trip included the first visit to the Western Wallone of Judaisms holiest sitesby a sitting American president. The visit did not come without controversy. A US offi cials remark that the Western Wall is part of the West Bank and not Israel stirred IsraeliAmerican tension before the White House disavowed the comments. The Western Wall prayer controversy The Israeli cabinet in June decided to freeze an agree ment for a permanent egali tarian prayer section, jointly overseen by non-Orthodox Jewish groups, at the Western 2017 on page 13A COS on page 15A By Rafael Medoff JNS The Reform movement has started to retreat from its opposition to the Trump administrations recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. Following President Donald Trumps recognition an nouncement, Union for Re form Judaism President Rabbi Rick Jacobs issued a statement on Dec. 6 expressing serious concern that the presidents action may well undercut the Administrations peace process efforts and risk de stabilizing the region. The URJs opposition broke with the broad American Jewish communal support of the Jerusalem recognition. But on Dec. 22, the URJ publicly denounced the United Nations for condemning Trumps recognition. The statement about the U.N. repeated some of the general language about Jerusalem from the Reform umbrella groups previous comments, but conspicuously omitted the earlier language about serious concern and desta bilizing the region. Asked by JNS whether the change in language indicated a shift by the Reform move ment from its Dec. 6 position, spokespeople for the URJ declined to comment. Criticism of the URJs opposition to the U.S. rec ognition has been bubbling up from within the Reform movements ranks. The URJs former president, Rabbi Eric Yoffie, wrote in the Israeli daily newspaper Haaretz on Dec. 19, Jerusalem is and will remain the capital of Israel it is comforting and gratify ing when President Trump finally states what I know to be eternal and true. In addition, Yoffie pointed out, the Israeli political right was not the only camp to praise Trumps announce ment. So did the leaders of the Israeli center and centerleft, he noted. Knesset op position leader Isaac Herzog, Yesh Atid chair Yair Lapid, Zionist Union chair Avi Gab bay, and former foreign min ister Tzipi Livni all applauded the Presidents words. When I am looking for guidance from Israels political leaders, these are the people to whom I turn. I want the Jewish world to know that [the URJs] position URJ not opposed to Jerusalem decision URJ on page 15A
PAGE 2A HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, JANUARY 5, 2018 Rabbi Merrill Shapiro Rabbi Merrill Shapiro re turns to the Congregation Beth Am bima to lead Shabbat services on Friday night, 7:30 p.m., and Saturday morning, 9:30 a.m., January 12-13. The community is invited to attend this special weekend. Rabbi Shapiro, CBAs spiri tual leader from 1986 to 2001, currently chairs the national board of trustees of Ameri cans United for Separation of Church and State. For more information, please contact the CBA office at 407-862-3505 or shalom@ congbetham.org. Special Weekend at Cong. Beth Am All majestic princesses ages 4 and up, with their daddies, are invited to the 10th annual Prin cess Ball, a magical evening fit for royalty, on Jan. 20, 2018 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Held at The Roth Family JCC, there will be dancing, activities, and dessert. Dress is royal attire. RSVP by Jan. 18. RSVPs after this date are subject to availability and a $10 late fee. For more information, contact Amanda Dennis, 407621-4049. The cost is $36 per couple; $5 for each additional guest. Come one, come all The 14th annual Maj Mad ness tournament is coming Sunday, Jan. 28, 2018, from 9:15 a.m. to 2 p.m. The event will be held at The Roth Family JCC, and features four rounds of play following National Maj Jongg League rules of play, with great prizes for the winners. A light breakfast, morn ing coffee and lunch is included in the tournament entry free. Participants who are able are encouraged to bring a Mah Jongg set and/ or table cover. Register in person at the Registrars desk or online by Jan. 21, 2018, at 12 p.m. All registrations received after this date will be placed on a waiting list. For more information about the tournament, con tact Marni S. Chepenik at 407-621-4056. The cost is $36; $30 for JCC members. It is almost Maj Madness time again Volunteer Lee Goldberg happily serving latkes to Brookdale Lake Orienta residents Estelle and Charlotte. Chanukah lights up seniors faces munities experienced finan cial challenges in 2017 and they turned to us for food, financial assistance, coun seling and the many other resources we offer. Gifts like these allow us to continue to assist families in crisis in the Central Florida area. He added, Mr. Goodmans deci sion to support the Agency with a legacy gift, indicates that community members can help JFS through charitable donations in their wills. It is JFS Orlandos objective to address the well-being of all families in need in Central Florida through a compre hensive range of programs and services. Supporting ev eryone, regardless of religion, race or culture, JFS provides social services and programs to families and childrenpar ticularly addressing the areas of hunger and homelessness. The George Wolly Com munity Leadership Award will be presented posthumously to Barry Goodman at the Friends of JFS Orlando Brunch on Sun day, Feb. 18, 2018 at the Heath row Country Club. Tickets to the brunch are available by calling 407-644-7593 ext 227. JFS Orlando receives largest gift in 40-year history Kindergartners from the Jewish Academy of Orlando at Savannah Court in Maitland. What joy it was to play dreidel, sing songs, and eat latkes with seniors who may not have any other opportu nity to this year. Chanukah has always been one of my favorite holidays. This past month my love for Chanukah was solidified. Seeing seniors faces literally light up when the familiar tunes they sang so many years ago were heard, brought such feelings of pleasure, stated Julie Levitt, program direc tor for the Jewish Pavilion. Levitt planned over eight Chanukah celebrations for residents in senior facilities throughout the Altamonte Springs and Maitland vi cinity. Thanks in part to VITAS and Cornerstone Hospice, wonderful volunteers and supportive facilities, the Jewish Pavilion was able to create new memories around the menorah this year. Penny DAgostino, Walter Goldstein, and the kindergartners from the Jewish Academy of Orlando entertained at various ven ues and brought such smiles to all. The candles may have burned down, the dreidels may have stopped spinning but the internal happiness that was made will never be forgotten. 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 Toward the end of last month, Attorney Harold Scherr, personal representa tive for the Barry S. Goodman Revocable Trust, and Attorney Craig Pearlman, attorney for the Trust, presented a check to Eric Geboff, executive director of JFS Orlando. They wished the amount to be undisclosed. However, Geboff stated that it is the largest gift JFS has ever received. This check represents so much for our Agency and those we serve, said Geboff. 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HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, JANUARY 5, 2018 PAGE 3A JERUSALEM (JTA)With the arrival of a flight carrying 93 new immigrants, a total of 3,633 people from North America made aliyah in 2017, Nefesh BNefesh reported. The group flight that landed at Ben Gurion Inter national Airport on Wednes day included 15 future lone soldiers and a soon-to-be bride, according to the or ganization. Nefesh BNefesh, in coop eration with Israels Ministry of Aliyah and Integration, The Jewish Agency for Israel, Keren Kayemeth LeIsrael and JNF-USA, helps facilitate aliyahthe Hebrew term for Jewish immigration to Israelfrom North America and the United Kingdom. Another 103 Americans and Canadians already living or studying in Israel made aliyah on Wednesday at the Nefesh BNefesh offices in Jerusalem. Many of the 3,633 new im migrants arrived on 19 special aliyah flights from North America, bringing 377 fami lies with 677 children, and an additional 1,677 singles. The oldest immigrant in 2017 was 102, and the youngest five weeks old, according to Nefesh BNefesh. Most of the new immigrants settled in Jerusalem, Tel Aviv, Raanana, and Netanya. There were 3,676 immi grants from North America in 2016, and 3,782 in 2015. Nearly 29,000 immigrants from around the world arrived in Israel in 2017. 3,633 North Americans immigrated to Israel in 2017 By World Israel News The Samaria area has re cently seen a massive increase in tourism from around the globe, Israels NRG news re ported Thursday. The biblical heartland has seen an increase of some 200 percent in incoming tourism, mostly from Asian countries such as Japan, South Korea and the Philippines. Increased tourism from Sweden, Australia and the US is also noteworthy. The local municipality explained that the sharp in crease in tourism is the out come of intensive efforts on its part to publicize the regions unique attractions and sites. The Samaria Regional Council has also recently signed a twin cities tourism agreement with the Hungar ian resort town of Hviz. Hviz is considered one of Europes most popular resort destinations, mainly because of its natural thermal lake, the largest in Europe. Speaking at the twin cities signing ceremony, Israeli Minister of Tourism Yariv Levin said that cooperation between Israeli and Hungar ian officials will contribute to tourism traffic to Israel, which this year hit an alltime high. Tourism in Israel in general has skyrocketed in 2017. The country in November wel comed the three-millionth tourist to visit the Holy Land this year in a special ceremony at Ben Gurion Airport, setting a new annual record at 3.6 million tourists to Israel. According to Israels Central Bureau of Statistics, tourists from nations across the globe are arriving in greater num bers. For instance, there was a 76 percent increase in tourism from China during the first half of 2017, in comparison to that period in 2016. There were also dramatic increases in tourism from Russia and the US, the latter of which represents the largest source of incoming tourism for Israel. With numbers such as these, the future looks bright for Israeli tourism. I am convinced that, with the correct activities, we will continue to see good results in the coming months, stated Levin in July. 200 percent increase in tourism to Samaria Omar Rashid/Flash90 Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas (l) meets with King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia. By Benjamin Kerstein The Algemeiner Saudi Arabia, Jordan and Egypt are incensed at Pales tinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas over his reaction to US President Donald Trumps recognition of Jerusalem as Israels capital, Arab states furious at Abbas over response to Trump according to Israeli media reports. Israel Hayom quoted a Jordanian official as saying, The Palestinians efforts to sway public opinion have been a complete failure, and as a result, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas has created a rift between us [the Arab world] and Trump. We are once again left with the demagogic, hollow and inflammatory rhetoric of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Officials also expressed dismay at Abbas attempts to punish the US on the in ternational stage. Referring to the recent UN General Assembly attempt to annul the recognition move and de clare it illegal, the Jordanian source stated, Washington has made its views clear and said it would take action against those nations that voted against it at the UN General Assembly last week. Now, when it is clear Trump is indeed going to punish those that voted against the US, most countries are trying to cut their losses. The official added that Palestinian declarations that the US will no longer be part of the peace process and is not an honest broker, as well as attempts to international ize the issue, have added to the Arab states frustration with Abbas, especially on the part of Jordan. He also pointed to the lackluster protests from Palestinians despite daily incitement from the PA. We are very worried about the Palestinians actions over Jerusalem, he said. Their efforts to shun the US from the peace process and their insistence on international intervention are a doubleedged sword that could hurt first and foremost Jordans status in Jerusalem and could bring about the exact opposite of the intended result. Many more countries could do what the US has done after seeing that the region has not been destabilized and only a few thousand protesters have taken to the streets. In response, Saudi Arabia, Jordan and Egypt are report edly freezing out the Palestin ians and forming their own committee to deal with the is sue. The decision to establish this committee was, in effect, imposed on the Palestinian Authority by Saudi Arabia, Egypt and Jordan in a move that was backed by the Arab League, the source noted. This is a super committee that is headed by the secretary general of the Arab League, and it effectively puts the Arab League in charge of the policy on Jerusalem, taking it away from the Palestinians. For his part, however, Abbas appears to be doubling down on his current strategy. The Times of Israel reported that Abbas has decided to cut off all diplomatic contacts with the US, including with the American Consulate in Jeru salem, which has served as an unofficial embassy to the PA. According to the report, this amounts to throwing away the key to any relation ship with the US. BUENOS AIRES (JTA)A federal judge in Argentina said that AMIA Jewish center bombing prosecutor Alberto Nisman was murdered. It is the first time since Nis mans death in January 2015 that the case has officially been classified as murder. Others have said that Nis man committed suicide in the bathroom of his Buenos Aires apartment. Judge Julian Ercolini on Tuesday in a 656-page ruling said the gunshot that killed Jewish prosecutor Alberto Nisman was not a suicide, and was brought about by a third party. The decision also charged Diego Lagomarsino, a former employee of Nismans, as an accessory to murder. Following Nismans death Lagomarsino said he went to the prosecutors apartment to give him a very old .22 caliber pistol to protect himself after Nisman expressed fears that he Alberto Nisman Jewish prosecutor Alberto Nisman was murdered, Argentine federal judge rules was being targeted by support ers of then-President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner. Hours later, Nisman was found dead by a bullet from that gun fired at point-blank range above his right ear. Pri or to Tuesday, Lagomarsino had been charged only with lending the pistol to Nis man. The judge also noted that Lagomarsino was the last known person to enter Nismans apartment. Nismans body was found on Jan. 18, 2015, hours before he was to present evidence to Argentine lawmakers that Kirchner covered up Irans role in the attack on the AMIA Jewish center in Buenos Aires that left 85 dead and hundreds wounded. Lagomarsino, an IT techni cian, will remain under sur veillance with an electronic anklet. The judge also froze his bank accounts. The judge on Tuesday also charged four police guards who were in charge of Nismans safety with aggravated concealment and failure to comply with the duties of a public official. The investigation con tinues. When it concludes, Ercolini will present the case to a panel of three judges that will conduct a courtroom trial and arrive at a sentence. The family of Joseph Hara ZL Gratefully thanks our family and friends for the outpouring of support during Shiva
PAGE 4A HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, JANUARY 5, 2018 Letter from Israel The marginality of Jews 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: email@example.com Editor/Publisher Jeffrey Gaeser Editor Emeritus Associate Editor News Editor Gene Starn Kim Fischer Christine DeSouza Account Executives Kim Fischer Marci Gaeser Contributing Columnists Jim Shipley Ira Sharkansky David Bornstein Ed Ziegler Production Department David Lehman Gil Dombrosky Joyce Gore Society Editor Gloria Yousha Office Manager Paulette Alfonso By Ira Sharkansky Trumps speeches, and what has happened since, remind us once again about the mar ginality of Jews. Some may feel comfortable, and justly, given his realism about Jerusalem the Western Wall, and non-Israeli sources of problems throughout the Middle East. But Muslims, and Europeans, are rabid, or upset about what he has unleashed. We are problems for ourselves and others. Its nothing new. There are signs in the histories told by the Hebrew Bible, Josephus, and much that has occurred since then. Its probably inevitable in the case of a small nation, divided geographically since ancient times, with a culture that accepts fierce argument, with claims of being at the center of Gods mission. Weve learned to cope, and to succeed. Marginality does not require submission and being satisfied. If we cry, we are doing it on the way to our banks and investment advisers, also likely to be Jews. There is no need to recite the well-known record of the Jews, both in ancient and modern times, in suffering, accomplishments, and contributions. For some decades, most if not all countries of the world have recognized that Jerusalem is the operational capital of Israel. Now the President of the United States, Russia, and a few others have said it out loud, but all of them with limitations and reservations. And the most important others have been insistent that it isnt time to make such an announcement, and wont be until they are satisfied about key diplomatic accomplishments that are elusive to the point of being impossible. We are not, as we have never been, accepted as full citizens of the world with all the rights and privileges of others. But we are more secure than our adversaries, and living better than most of those who deny us full membership. The condition isnt all that different from getting into elite colleges through the 1950s, with quotas and Jew spotters in the admissions offices, then being told that fraternities could have us eating in their dining rooms but not as full members. Now Jewish students have to maneuver through faculty members and students who see Jews and Israel as undesirables. The greater portion of our pity should go to our adversar ies. The hyperbolic responses to Trumps well crafted and balanced speeches has included not only outspoken rants by heads of Muslim countries that deal quietly with Israel, but Palestinian outbursts that qualify as decla rations of war against Israel and the United States, with a virtual ending of any prospects for a peace process. Declaring the US Vice President persona non grata? Perhaps the Palestinians have some powers we have not been able to perceive or imagine. Israeli rightists, along with a fair number of us in the center and left are cheering. We can look forward to respite from the pressure to come up with something that will bring the Palestinians to the table. Estimates are that Palestinians, Jordani ans, and others are playing to their mobs, and dont want to upset their regimes by any serious moves against Israel. Perhaps, but the rhetoric will incite individuals to seek mar tyrdom along with pensions for their families by taking a knife and going forward to kill a Jew. Gazan extremists have been sending missiles to southern Israel. So far none have created significant damage or injuries. A fair number havent made it out of Gaza. The IDF has responded in its usual limited fashion, in hopes of avoiding escalation. But from both the West Bank and Gaza there is potential for yet another round of military operations that hurt us both, but them much more in terms of casualties and rubble. It doesnt help to calm Palestinians on the margin of violence when their leaders describe as cold-blooded murder of a brave freedom fighter the shooting death of a man who at tacked a policeman with a knife. Even some confirmed leftists questioned the wisdom of Abbas comments at a conference of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation. If there is no Palestinian state along the June 1967 borders with Jerusalem as its capital, there will not be peace in the region, in the territories or in the world. What will come of Turkeys promise to open an Embassy for Palestine in East Jerusalem is anybodys guess. There are Israeli politicians threaten ing their own varieties of extremism. The Defense Minister mentions every so often his idea of transferring swaths of Israel heavily populated with Arabs to Palestine, in exchange for Palestinian acceptance of Israels annexation of West Bank settlements. A retired general who sees himself as Defense Minister in a Labor government has endorsed the idea of a Palestinian State, but threatens to push all Palestinians into Jordan if such a state is aggressive. Individual MKs from Likud and Jewish Home propose annexing the West Bank or substantial portions of it, while fuzzing on the issue of citizenship for the Palestinian residents. Once again there is a proposal to impose a death sentence on terrorists who murder. We should expect, and hope, that Jewish sense will stop short of any moves that produce significantly more problems than benefits. If weve learned anything in 3,000 years of coping with our strengths and weaknesses, it should include the reluctance to push the goyim beyond where they are willing to go. We can take comfort in the marginality of Israeli politicians who are promoting craziness, as compared to the centrality of Arab politicians who are pounding the podiums and screeching what they are not going to accomplish. No one should expect an end to this. Its a function of Jews status in the eyes of others, and how we have learned to deal with ourselves and our surroundings. There are no guaran tees. We cope with threats from outside, as well as arrogant and unrealistic insiders who demand that we do better, without bothering to compare what weve accomplished to the records of other societies, or taking account of our limited resources and continued rejections from those we are expected to bargain with. It aint perfect. Often its not comfortable. But compared to the alternatives??? Comments welcome. Irashark@gmail.com. By Jonathan S. Tobin JNS In a demonstration of how completely at odds his views are from those of the foreign policy establishment, U.S. Ambassador to Israel David Friedman reportedly asked the State Department to stop using the term occupied territories and instead refer to the West Bank. According to accounts that have filtered out of Foggy Bottom, the State Department said no. But we are also told that after pressure from abovei.e. President Donald Trump, the current boss of everyone at State as well as Friedmanthe issue has yet to be decided. If this strikes you as a lot of bother about mere words, youre wrong. These words are part of a high-stakes battle to determine the outcome of the debate about the IsraeliPalestinian conflict. For most observers, Friedmans request demonstrated anew that he was a bad choice for ambassador since he has a record of sup port for the Jewish presence in the West Bank. But Friedman is correct that using the term occupied isnt neutral. It backs up the Pales tinian narrative that Israelis are alien colonists in territories where only Arabs should have rights. Israels position is that the ultimate disposition of the West Bank or, to use the biblical as well as geographic term that was applied to the area before 1949, Judea and Samaria, is a matter of dispute in which both sides have a legitimate argument. To call the territories Judea and Samaria is also a politi cal statement, just like occupied territories, that indicates siding with the idea that Israelis have a right to be there. But the use of words as weapons can lead to a muddle. West Bank is itself geographic nonsense. It is a relic of the illegal Jordanian occupation of this area as well as the Old City of Jerusalem from 1949-1967. At that time, the Hashemite kingdom had two banks, with an Eastthe area currently known as Jordanas well as the West, which was taken by Israel during the Six-Day War. Although Gaza functions as an independent Palestinian Hamas terror state, and much of the territory as well as most of the Arab population of the West Bank is governed by the Palestinian Authority (PA), the fact is Pal estinians do consider themselves occupied by Israel since it exercises security control over the area. Many Israelis also want to rid themselves of that burden, which brings their troops into contact with Palestinians in a way that further embitters both sides. Only a minority of Israelis supports the settlement movement that wishes to hold on to all of the West Bank forever. A majority of Israelis would probably embrace a two-state solution that would mean giving up many but not all of the settlements. But after the last 25 years, during which the Jewish state has repeatedly traded land and gotten more ter ror instead of peace, a cross-party consensus now exists that deems further withdrawals foolhardy until the Palestinians give up a politi cal culture rooted in hatred and rejectionism. Occupation isnt the only semantic battle. Critics of President Trumps statement recog nizing Jerusalem as Israels capital dismissed it as mere words since the U.S. embassy isnt being moved from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem any time soon. Trumps statement didnt preclude a two state solution or a re-division of Jerusalem in order for part of it to serve as the Palestin ians capital. Far from demonstrating U.S. favoritism to Israel, his was actually a neutral stance that acknowledged at least some of the city belongs to Israel. It is those who insist on occupied and in denying recognition of Jerusalem who are the ones showing favorit ism, though not to Israel. PA leader Mahmoud Abbas responded to Trump by denying that Jews have rights over any of Jerusalem. Though at times Abbas has spoken in support for peace, this stand reaf firmed the steady stream of PA propaganda that denies the legitimacy of a Jewish state no matter where its borders might be drawn. When push comes to shove, even Palestinian moderates still think of all of Israel, and not just the West Bank and Jerusalem, as occu pied territory. Thats not just symbolism or semantics. Thats a prescription for endless conflict. Seen in that light, what Trump and Fried man have said doesnt seem quite as outra geous as their detractors assert. Until the Palestinians are ready to concede that their century-old war on Zionism has been lost, the debate over whether the West Bank is disputed or occupied will be moot. As long as they think all land under Jewish control on either side of the 1967 lines is occupied, peace will remain a purely academic concept no matter which words are used. Jonathan S. Tobin is editor in chief of JNS. Follow him on Twitter at: @jonathans_tobin. Defining occupied and the semantic battle for peace By Jacob Millner Time and time again, the Obama Adminis tration took a back seat on the international stage. Whether it was the presidents redlines in Syriacrossed without conse quencethe ill-conceived Iran nuclear deal, or the sad spectacle of last Decembers US vote to abstain, rather than veto, a one-sided, antiIsrael resolution in the UN Security Council, the Obama Administrations view of American foreign policy stood in sharp contrast to previ ous administrations. The United Nations obsession with Israel is nothing new. It is well known and well docu mented. The UN Human Rights Commission has passed more resolutions condemning Israel than all other nations combined. To this point, Hillel Neuer, executive director of UN Watch, said in 2015, Sadly, with members like China, Russia, Cuba, Saudi Arabia, Pakistan, Venezuela and Qatar, the UNHRC today may possibly rank as a more corrupt international organization than FIFA. Another UN agency, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organiza tion has been renowned for its anti-Israel bias. In October 2016, Israel suspended ties with UNESCO after the cultural agency passed a resolution criticizing Israel as an occupying power and denying Jewish ties to the regions holy sites. Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat was outraged by the resolution. Would UNESCO vote to deny the Christian connection to the Vatican? Or the Muslim connection to Mecca? The UNESCO vote claims there is no connection between the Jewish people and the Western Wall. In fact, it is the UNESCO vote that has no connection to reality. Recent UNESCO decisions have been equally devoid of reality. In May, on Israels Indepen dence Day no less, UNSECO again passed a resolution on Occupied Palestine that said Israel has no legal or historical rights any where in Jerusalem. In July, UNESCO declared the Old Town of Hebron and the Cave of the Patriarchs as a Palestinian World Heritage Site. In response, Israeli President Reuven Rivlin tweeted, UNESCO seems intent on sprouting anti-Jewish lies, while it remains silent as the regions heritage is destroyed by brutal extremists. The recent decision by President Trump to recognize Jerusalem as Israels capital American law since bipartisan passage of the 1995 Embassy Relocation Actis a welcome reassertion of American global leadership at a critical time. No one personifies this resur gence more than Americas ambassador to the UN, Nikki Haley. Following the presidents speech, the U.N. Security Council met to consider a resolution calling for the dismissal of President Trumps recognition of Jerusalem as Israels capital. Ambassador Haley correctly utilized Ameri can veto power, stating, The United States will not be told by any country where we can put our embassy. What we have witnessed here is an insult. It wont be forgotten. It is one more example of the UN doing more harm than good in addressing the IsraeliPalestinian conflict. Ambassador Haley was right about the dam age the UN has done to the prospects for peace. Israels enemies use the UN as a toolnot, as they would have us believe, to advance Palestinian rights, but to undermine Israels very legitimacy as a Jewish state. Attempts to erase the eternal connection of Jews and Israel to the very birthplace of Judaism is not about Palestinian rights, but unmistakable evidence American leadership at the United Nations is back UN on page 15A
HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, JANUARY 5, 2018 PAGE 5A Europe on page 15A By Dr. Oren Litwin and Samantha Rose Mandeles JNS On Dec. 8, American Mus lims for Palestine held a pro test in front of the White House, reacting to President Donald Trumps decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. The featured speaker was Imam Omar Su leiman, who also led Friday prayers. Suleiman is a noto rious bigot who has called homosexuality a repugnant shameless sin, advocated for gender segregation and justi fied Islamic sex slavery. Also speaking was the ex ecutive director of the Council on American-Islamic Rela tions, Nihad Awad. During Awads remarks at the White House rally, he referred to Suleiman as an eloquent... respected imam. Bad enough as this is, one might ask: What was Awad doing at an AMP event at all? While AMP claims that it stands against all forms of bigotry and racism, it has a long and varied history of promoting anti-Semitism. Just last month, AMP found er Hatem Bazian was rebuked by his employerUniversity of California, Berkeleyfor retweeting two vile antiSemitic images that accuse Ashke-Nazis of rape, murder and organ trafficking. Nor, de spite Bazians protestations, is this out of character for him. He has a long history of antiSemitic incitement. This is not surprising. Among the figures addressing the shouting crowd at an AMP protest in New York was Sayel Kayed, the president of AMP New Jersey, who took the op portunity to proclaim, Death to the peace accords! This is consistent with past AMP events in which terrorists were lauded and peace with Israel denigrated as a goal. Indeed, AMPs national director, Osama Abu-Irshaid, exemplifies such sentiments. Formerly of the (now-defunct) Hamas front organization Is lamic Association for Pal estine, Irshaid has gone on record as claiming that the Oslo peace process was a mistake because it assumed Israels right to exist. Worse, still, is Irshaids open support of Gaza-rul ing terrorist group Hamas. In a 2014 Facebook post, Irshaid applauded Hamas violence against Israelis: Hamas, whose youth have been renewed by its commit ment to its precise principles for liberation [is] the one who believes in his Lord, is proud of Him and works for his cause and people. In another post, Irs haid praised Hamass stead fastness and sacrifice, and claimed, Gaza is victorious... The descendants of the Mus lim David are rubbing the dust with the nose of the descen dants of the Jewish Goliath [i.e. humiliating them]. He even commented, Hamas smells the Zionist weakness and confusion. Despite its staffs clear bigotry and anti-Semitism, when AMP hosted a press con ference on the Jerusalem dec laration in early December, CAIR had no trouble jumping on board for co-sponsorship. And Awad was willing to ad dress the annual AMP confer ence (which ostensibly had the theme of Education, Empow erment, Action) as a featured speakereven though the conference included several alumni of defunct Muslim Brotherhood-linked organi zations, including the IAP and the Holy Land Foundation for Bigoted bedfellows: American Muslim groups AMP and CAIR Relief and Development. Both charities were shut down by the US government for providing material support to Hamas. CAIR has long claimed to not only be the nations pre eminent Muslim civil rights organization, but a benevolent force that fights for the civil rights of all peoples. Yet CAIR conveniently looks the other way when its partners issue calls for violence against Jews and the destruction of Israel. Which is it going to be? Dr. Oren Litwin is a re search fellow with Islamist Watch, a project of the Middle East Forum. Samantha Rose Mandeles is a coordinator at Islamist Watch. Follow her on Twitter: @SRMandeles. By Caroline Glick www.carolineglick.com Europe is the epicenter of the political war against Israel. Europe fights Israel on the streets of Europe, in the corridors of power in Brus sels, other Western European capitals and the UN, and in Israel itself. Europes war against Is rael is a passive-aggressive campaign fought and denied simultaneously. But in recent years, the mask has fallen over and over again. In the days that have passed since US President Donald Trumps dramatic announce ment that the US recognizes that Jerusalem is Israels capital and is beginning to take concrete steps to move its embassy to the city, Europes war against Israel has again become impossible to deny or ignore. Europes response to Trumps announcement has been extreme, violent and more outspoken than the response of the Arab world. The EU-funded Palestinian Authority reacted to Trumps move by exhorting its subjects to riot and attack Israelis. Yassin Abu el-Qura heeded the call. Qura stabbed Asher Elmalich in the heart and critically wounded him. El malich was a security guard at Jerusalems central bus station. According to Channel 2, Qura is a member of a promi nent family of Fatah members with close ties to the PA and its EUand US-funded and trained security forces. His father is the commander of one of the security forces in Salfit, in Samaria. Two of his brothers are also PA security officers. Around the same time Qura was stabbing Elmalich, the British government an nounced it was providing the PA with 20 million pounds in supplemental budgetary funding. Quras attack was notable because it took place against the backdrop of lackluster attendance at PA-organized protests. As former US Middle East mediator Aaron David Miller tweeted, the low at tendance at these demonstra tions, like the low attendance at anti-US and anti-Israel demonstrations in the Arab world is an indication of how much the region has changed [in recent years] and the loss of centrality of [the] Palestinian issue. [The] Palestinian street is exhausted; the Arab street has disappeared. But while the Arab street was indifferent to Trumps declaration, the European street went berserk. Thou sands of protesters assembled in London and Paris, in Berlin and Stockholm. They burned Israeli flags and called for the annihilation of Israel and the murder of Jews. Physical attacks on Jews have been an integral compo nent of the anti-Trump riots in Europe. A group of 20 rioters firebombed a synagogue in Gothenburg, Sweden, where Jewish children were hold ing a party. A man clad in a keffiyeh attacked a Jewish restaurant in Amsterdam with a club while screaming Allahu Akbar. European officials have refused to call these attacks hate crimes. As they see it, attacks against Jews in the name of hatred for Israel are totally justified. For instance, as The Jerusa lem Posts Benjamin Weinthal reported in January 2017, a German regional court found that perpetrators of a 2014 firebombing of a synagogue in Wuppertal had not com mitted a hate crime. Instead, the court ruled the Arab Ger man perpetrators firebombed the synagogue as a result of their legitimate concern over Israels military operations against Hamas terrorists in Operation Protective Edge. They all received suspended jail terms. And whereas the Europeans refuse to condemn antiSemitic attacks launched in the name of rejection of Is rael, they rapidly condemned Trump for accepting Israels right to its capital city. Every one who is everyone, includ ing EU High Commissioner on Foreign Affairs Federica Mogherini, French President Europes War Against the Jewish State By Mitchell Bard Fox News Nations around the world have condemned the US for recognizing Jerusalem as Israels capital, saying the recent move by President Trump is an obstacle to an Israeli-Palestinian peace settlement. But the real ob stacle to peace is the stubborn refusal by Palestinian leaders to accept the reality of Israel as a permanent Jewish state in the historic homeland of the Jewish people. This refusal to accept real ity can be labeled Palestinian Derangement Syndrome. As long as Palestinian leaders continue to embrace it, they will not agree to a fair and re alistic peace deal acceptable to any Israeli government. And as a result, ordinary Palestin ians will suffer. Every time the US makes demands of the Palestin iansto end terrorism, to stop paying terrorists in Israeli jails, to end efforts to circumvent negotiations by seeking U.N. recognition of a Palestinian statethe delusional Palestinian leaders threaten to stop talking to US officials. Sure enough, the Palestin ians did it again when they announced that President Mahmoud Abbas would not hold a scheduled meeting with Vice President Mike Pence after President Trump announced US recognition of Jerusalem as Israels capital. Most Palestinians are good people who would like to have normal livesgo to work, educate their children, live in peace. They would no doubt be happy if Israel disappeared tomorrow, but theyve recon ciled themselves to living with Israelis. So if it were up to them, the majority of Palestinians would probably agree to a compromise peace plan with Israel. But unfortunately, the Palestinian Authority is a dictatorship run by Ab bas without public support and with little regard for his people. A recent poll in the West Bank and Gaza, conducted by an independent Palestin ian think tank, found that 67 percent of Palestinians want Abbas to resign. Its true that the Palestin ian people suffer deprivations because of Israels policies and actions but these problems are self-inflicted because some Palestinians engage in terror that provokes Israeli countermeasures necessary to protect the safety its people. In the same way, the United States and many other nations have beefed up security after terrorist attacks. Meanwhile, Abbas has prevented elections for a decade and denies his people most civil and political rights. Palestinians lack freedom of religion, freedom of the press, freedom of assembly, womens rights and gay rights. Arabs in Israel have far more rights and freedoms that Arabs living in the West Bank and Gaza. Sadly, no one cares. The international community, the UN, human rights groups, and pro-Palestinian advocates are silent when it comes to Palestinian abuses inflicted on their own people. They only care about Palestinians if some alleged abuse can be blamed on Israel. President Obama was sym pathetic to the Palestinian cause. Yet Abbas ignored Obama administration en treaties not to go to the UN with Palestinian griev ances. And Abbas refused to negotiate with Israel based on Obama administration initiatives. Palestinians also continue to make demands upon Israel as if they are the dominant power in the relationship. They delude themselves when they act as though Israel has any reason to accept such unrealistic demands. In reality, Palestinians have no choice but to make concessions or live under current conditions. Israelis do not want to maintain the status quo, but they can do so if given no choice by the Palestinians. The belief that the interna tional community will force Israel to surrender to Pales Palestinians must accept the reality of Israel as a Jewish state to achieve peace tinian demands is the latest manifestation of Palestinian Derangement Syndrome. For decades, Palestinians have harbored the delusion that the Arab states cared about their cause and would drive the Jews into the sea on their behalf. But in truth, Arab leaders were interested in divvying up lands Palestinians claimed and for many years wanted to destroy Israel. Fortunately, Arab armies were unable to defeat Israel in battle, though they tried repeatedly by attacking the Jewish State in war after war. And today Arab states are moving closer to Israel, as they recognize their mutual enemy is Iran and conclude that the Palestinian issue is irrelevant to their national interests. Emmanuel Macron, British Prime Minister Theresa May and German Chancellor An gela Merkel slammed Trump for recognizing reality. They insisted he endangered pros pects for peace and threatened to throw the region into even darker times. Then there are the antiIsrael campaigns that the EU and its member states wage against Israel in Israel. In the aftermath of Trumps declaration on Jerusalem, Israeli Arabs carried out violent riots in Wadi Ara, forc ing the closure of sections of Highway 65 which connects Tiberias with central Israel. An Israeli girl was hospital ized after being wounded by rocks thrown at the passenger bus she was traveling in on Saturday night. A photogra Peace on page 15A
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Chabad of South OrlandoMonday Friday, 8 a.m. and 10 minutes before sunset; Saturday, 9:30 a.m.; Sunday, 8:15 a.m., 407-354-3660. Congregation Ahavas YisraelMonday Friday, 7:30 a.m.; Saturday, 9:30 a.m.; Sunday, 9 a.m., 407-644-2500. Congregation Chabad Lubavitch of Greater DaytonaMonday, 8 a.m.; Thursday, 8 a.m., 904672-9300. Congregation Ohev ShalomSunday, 9 a.m., 407-298-4650. GOBOR Community Minyan at Jewish Academy of OrlandoMondayFriday, 7:45 a.m.8:30 a.m. Temple IsraelSunday, 9 a.m., 407-647-3055. FRIDAY, JANUARY 5 Ahavas YisraelKabbalat, 30 minutes before sundown. SUNDAY, JANUARY 7 Kehillah: A History of Jewish Life in Greater OrlandoOngoing exhibit at the Orange County Regional History Center, 65 E. Central Blvd., Orlando, and will continue through Feb. 20, 2018. JSU Fellowship is an in novative program in Cen tral Florida where 12 teens get together Wednesday evenings from 7 to 8, and discuss the Jewish perspec tive on a variety of ethical and moral dilemmas. Teens will also have the oppor tunity to meet communal leaders and experts in a number of fields. Teens do not need to be in a JSU club to apply. JSU Fel lowship is open to all Central Florida teens. Teens selected to be a JSU Fellow will receive a $15 stipend for each session they attend. For more information, contact Daniel Nabatian at 516-426-8484 or dnabatian@ JoinOrlando.org. Applications for JSU Fellowship available now On Jan. 15, teens from Central and South Florida are invited to travel to Daytona to build a youth surf center for underprivileged teens. No building experience is needed. For more information about this challenging event, and to reserve a spot, contact Daniel Nabatian at 516-426-8484 or dnabatian@JoinOrlando.org Surfs up at Resurf MONDAY, JANUARY 8 Israeli Folk Dancing 7:30-8:15 p.m. instruction, 8:15-10 p.m., requests. Cost: Free for JCC members, $5 nonmembers. Info: 407-645-5933. 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HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, JANUARY 5, 2018 PAGE 7A rf rntbn rrrn rfrntbr r Scott Rogowsky hosting HQ Trivia video-sharing site Vine, and it works like this: At the ap pointed times, users take a stab at correctly answering 12 multiple choice questions (which start easy but rapidly become more difficult). Those who answer all 12 questions correctly split a pot of prize money, which typically ranges from $1,500 to $12,000. During the game, Rogowskya chipper fun nyman who lives in his hometown of Harrison, N.Y., and describes himself as be ing in his exceedingly late 20s (although according to some online sources he is in his 30s)throws in plenty of jokes, puns and shout-outs to competitors, whom he affectionately refers to as HQuties. Notably, Rogowsky is very vocal about his Jewish iden tity; live on HQ hes referred to himself as the Semitic Sajak (thats in reference to Wheel of Fortune host Pat Sajak) and the Meshuggeneh Martindale (as in Wink, the host of Tic-Tac-Dough). He has wished winners mazal tov and, on the first night of Chanukah, he wore a vibrant blue-and-white suit embla zoned with Stars of David. (When hes not doing HQ Trivia duties, Rogowsky has made Jews and Judaism part of his comedy career.) In an email interview with JTA (in the form ofyou guessed it12 questions), Rogowsky got candid about his experience hosting the game show, his Jewish back ground and his dating life. Oh, and he cracked a few jokes, too. JTA: HQ Trivia launched in August. What have the last five months been like for you? Rogowsky: For my first few months at HQ Trivia, my life wasfor the most partthe same as it had always been. Even at temple during the High Holy Days, I was having to explain to people exactly what I was doing, trying to convince them to download the app. But in the short time since Thanksgivingwhen HQ explodedit has been a complete blur. I still havent fully caught my breath! Would you have thought a year ago that you would be the host of a smartphone trivia show? A year ago, I would have thought Id be living in Spain by now, having quit comedy and begun a second career as an ESL teacher, dating a flamenco dancer, subsisting on Manchego and churros... Actually, Id still like to do that. Do you help pick the ques tions? HQ Trivia has a team of writers who put together the stacks, then I go through them for final edits before each live game. Whats your favorite HQ Trivia question so far? Which baseball player holds the Major League record for most total bases in a single 9-inning game? The answer is Shawn Green, and its my favorite because Shawn Green tweeted me his appreciation after that game. To find out that the greatest Jewish baseball player of my generation plays HQ Trivia is enough for me to retire on, frankly. You are open about being Jewish on HQ Trivia. Has this lead to any anti-Semitic harassment? Much to my surprise, no! As with any social platform, there will always be trolls, but HQ Trivia has guidelines in place to ensure the chat vibes remain chill and familyfriendly. As for tweets, Ive had a few you sucks fired off at me, but, so far, not a single get in the oven! which is truly miraculous. You have said youre single and dating at the moment. Has being the HQ Trivia host lead to date proposals from any nice Jewish girls or boys? Ive had my fair share of tweets, DMs, emails, Face book Messages and friends trying to set me up with friends which is all very flattering, but the bottom line is: Im far too busy to care for myself right nowlet alone another person! And with 9 p.m. ET live games, scheduled seven nights a week, my avail ability isnt ideal for most nice Jewish girls. What was the best Chanu kah present you got this year? I received a snazzy Chanu HQ Trivia host Scott Rogowsky dishes on his cringeworthy Bar Mitzvah By Josefin Dolsten NEW YORK (JTA)Trivia is having a major momentand thats thanks, in large part, to Scott Rogowsky. The Jewish comedian has played a huge role in the run away success of HQ Trivia, the iPhone app turned massive phenomenon that now has some 500,000 people glued to their iPhones at 3 p.m. and 9 p.m. every weekday for a chance to feel smart and win money. HQ Trivia is presented in the format of a game show its hosted live by Rogowsky from New York twice a day. The app was created in Au gust by Rus Yusupov and Colin Kroll, the founders of kah blazer from my pals at Shinesty Threads. I wore it on HQ on the first night and I think it broke the Jewish Internet. How would you describe your Jewish identity? Sasha Cohen meets Sacha Baron Cohen at Zabars. Whats your favorite thing about being Jewish? Being interviewed by the JTA. Youre not going to see a profile of Jim Gaffigan in these pages! Also, the jokes. Favorite Jewish joke? Its unprintable. But Ill tell you my favorite publicationfriendly joke that Ive written: My mother is a born-again Jew. She saw the light, and then she asked if she could be seated away from it. Favorite Jewish holiday and why? Tisha Bav. Because when ever Im home to visit my mother she says, And when am I going to see you again? Next Tisha Bav? Most cringeworthy Bar Mitzvah memory? I cringe about the whole affair when I think about the fact that I looked closer to bris age than Bar Mitzvah... Every day that youre outside, youre exposed to dangerous, but invisible, ultraviolet (UV) sunlight. Left unprotected, prolonged exposure to UV radiation can seriously damage the eye, leading to cataracts, skin cancer around the eyelid and other eye disorders. Protecting your eyes is important to maintaining eye health now and in the future. 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PAGE 8A HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, JANUARY 5, 2018 Jewish Pavilion says thank you to CERA Community Education and Resource Affiliation, a networking group for people who work with seniors, supported the efforts of the Jewish Pavilion with a $1,200 check. CERA awarded support to several nonprofit organizations that make the world a bet ter place. They thanked the Jewish Pavilion for bringing companionship, resources to families and Jewish culture to our elders in longterm care. Pictured are Chris Bouille, CERA president; Emily Newman, program director for the Jewish Pavilion; and Terry Lewis, treasurer of CERA. Rosalynne Sommer From left to right, Yosef Rudolph, Sarah Rudolph, Yissachar Jerusalem, Gabrielle Jerusa lem, and Daniel Asher are preparing to make candles at an event with the Young Leadership of Green Road Synagogue in Cleveland, Ohio, December 2016. What it comes down to, say community leaders, is getting millennials to take leadership roles and giving them the power to help shape synagogue life. The future of Orthodoxy depends on how our syna gogues engage millennials, said Rabbi Yehuda Friedman, the Orthodox Unions associ ate director of synagogue services. Its not just attend ing a synagogue, its part of a wider, more holistic identity. If young Jews are not engaged in living an Orthodox lifestyle at this time in their lives, we will lose them. Many synagogues have found that the best way to empower millennials is to hand them the keys. Across the country, young Orthodox Jews are organizing lay-led minyans, community Shab bat dinners, lectures, parties and an array of other things to help make their synagogues more welcoming for their generational peers. Just because youre Or thodox doesnt necessarily mean youre going to shul on a regular basis, said Tzvi Wolf, 24, chair of the committee for young professionals at Bnai David-Judea Congregation in Los Angeles. For people in their 20s and 30s, if theyre building a family or working long hours or in grad school, getting up to go to shul on a Shabbat morning might not be on the top of their list of priorities. Without programming specifically geared toward them, millennials might view shul as a place for older people; millennial-organized programming gives them a sense of ownership, Wolf said. Millennials want democ racy in everything, observed Rabbi Hyim Shafner of Kesher Israel in Washington, D.C. They grew up with the in ternet, theyre used to having their voices heard. You have to have to be creative, do things out of the box. Shafner, who has worked with young Jews for most of his career, including eight years at a Hillel in St. Louis, now leads a congregation comprised mostly of young people. Sometimes he teaches Torah in bars in his neighbor hood, Georgetown They want a community thats more porous, Shafner said of young people. Theres what we do in shul, but there have to be things outside of shul as well. In New York, Caleb Koffler, 24, a member of the young leadership committee of his synagogue, Manhattans Jewish Center, organizes a monthly lecture series featur ing expert guests on hot topics in Orthodoxy, from theology to the Jewish ethics of freez ing eggs. The lectures usually take place at the synagogue, but Koffler feels its important to have it somewhere else every so often to attract new people, so a few months ago he planned one for his apart ment, supplemented by a large order of sushi. The Jewish Centers Young Leadership Minyan regularly draws more than 200 young people on Saturday mornings. Though liturgically identi cal to the main service, the minyans board designed it to better match the aesthetics and values of single Jews in their 20s and 30s. It starts later and the room is set up like a hall, not a shul, noted Alex Braunstein, 27, an immigration attorney and a member of the young leadership committee. Its a smaller space. The rabbi stands in the middle in front of everyone to speak, and the women arent sitting against the wall. They actually enter the space first, so the men have to go around them to get to their section. Braunstein is in charge of organizing communal meals on Shabbat and holidays, a crucial part of millennial outreach in the Orthodox community. Having meals with friends she doesnt see the rest of the week is an important part of her Shabbat experience, she said. The Green Road Synagogue in Cleveland is particularly aggressive in courting young Jews. The shul organizes activities like smores and tie-dye T-shirt making in the park for young families and escape room-style game nights and candle-making for young adults. A recent new family welcome event drew 150 people. Rosalynne Sommer, 28, who serves as co-chair of the synagogues young leadership group, seeks out new people moving to town by keeping her ears open and monitoring Cleveland Jewish Facebook pages. Sommer first came to Cleveland fresh out of college six years ago and intended to stay just two years while getting her masters degree in social work, but she ended up staying. The community I met at Green Road Synagogue and the people there are a large reason Im still in Cleveland, she said. To make every newcomer feels as welcomed as she was, Sommer tries to ensure that all newcomerswhether they intend to join a synagogue or notget several weeks worth of Shabbat meal invitations and welcome gifts, plus infor mation on synagogue events tailored to newcomers Cleveland is a booming city, especially for Orthodox Jews, and we want them all to have a warm welcome to the city and community, Sommer said. Creating community must be the ultimate goal when engaging millennials, ac cording to Shafner. If you make it all about member ship, that will turn them off, Shafner said. They want a community thats embrac ing, they want a big family. They want to connect to people of all ages. A synagogue can go a long way toward creating that fam ily feel simply by having the right attitude, he said. When young people start coming, the community shouldnt say, Oh no, this is so new, what are they doing here? Shafner said. But rather, All these young people could be anywhere and doing anything with their energy and they choose to be here. What a blessing! This article was sponsored by and produced in partner ship with the Orthodox Union, the nations largest Orthodox Jewish umbrella organiza tion, dedicated to engaging and strengthening the Jewish community, and to serving as the voice of Orthodox Judaism in North America. This article was produced by JTAs native content team. How Orthodox synagogues are trying to appeal to millennials By Derek Kwait NEW YORKLike so many happy accidents, it started with Purim. Riva Preil, a physical thera pist in her early 30s living in Manhattan, was recording a skit for her Orthodox syna gogues Purim spiel when the head of the events committee asked if shed like to get more involved. The question took her by surprise. I never thought to do it, Preil said of taking a synagogue leadership role. But at the urging of a friend she agreed. Soon, Preil orga nized a singles event. Then I became addicted, she said. Four years on, Priel runs the events committee at her shul, the Mount Sinai Jew ish Center in Washington Heights, and sits on the synagogue board. She has been instrumental in making sure a different family from the congregation each week volunteers to host singles and those without a Shab bat meal. Shul shouldnt just be about attending, praying, leaving, Preil said. People can do that anywhere during the week. When it comes to Shabbat and holidays, people want more. If synagogues are to succeed a generation from now, Ortho dox lay leaders and rabbis say, they must get millennials involved. Its a challenge for every Jewish denomination, but in Orthodoxy it means pushing the boundaries of what synagogues do without pushing the boundaries of Jewish tradition. Maitland 9001 N. 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I recently found this little poem I wrote on the subject and dedicated it in memory of Aldo: Dogs are people too I love dogs, yes I do! Lifes not full without one, I love dogs, how about you? They bring laughter and fun! Cats are smart and cats are swell, And they never drool, But a dog is mans best friend Thats the golden rule! (Thats not to mention the unconditional love they give us. Ive had dogs all of my life... cats and birds too, but I couldnt exist without a dog in my life. Just saying.) Our customs under ques tion... I read this in the latest edition of the World Jew ish Congress (WJC) digest and pass it along to you in part: The circumcision (Brit Milah) of eight day old Jew ish males is a 3,000 year old fundamental tenet of Jewish life. The WJC notes with con cern that an increasing number of European gov ernments and parliaments have introduced legislation and regulations limiting practices such as nonmedical male circumcision, which is performed by Muslims and Jews, and stresses that all proposals to ban Brit Milah are unac ceptable and constitute an infringement on the basic human right of freedom of religion and belief. A fashion Icon... Nov. 19, 1942, was the birthday of fashion designer CALVIN KLEIN. Calvin Richard Klein is the son of FLORE (nee Stern), daughter of an immigrant from Austria and an American dentist, and LEO KLEIN, an immigrant from Hungary. Calvin Klein is one of sev eral design leaders raised in the Jewish immigrant com munity in the Bronx, New York City, along with RALPH LAUREN whose real name was Ralph Lifshitz. He first gained recognition for his fashion designs after his first major showing in NYC Fashion Week. A fairly new jazz venue... On Tuesday, Jan. 16th, there will be a very special performance at a fairly new music venue, Blue Bamboo, 1905 Kentucky Avenue, Winter Park. Our own ALAN ROCK calls it A very special treat (and he should know as he himself is a very talented musician as well as emcee at the Altamonte Chapel Jazz shows.) WARREN and ALLAN VACHE will perform! Warren Vach is a supremely accomplished, versatile and rare performer. He has been astounding audiences worldwide for decades with his superb cornet, trumpet and flugelhorn stylings. Through live performances and recordings, along with stage, screen, radio and television appearances, Warren conveys incredible warmth through his burnished tone and intelligent improvisations. Add to this Allan Vach and his swinging clarinet and you have sets of music you dont want to miss. I can tell you that Allan is also superb. What a show! JCC 39ers... On Sunday, Jan. 28th, the 14th annual maj madness will take place. (This is a Mah Jongg tournament. Wow, I havent played Mah Jongg for more than half a century and I forgot how!) Join for this annual tournament, featuring four rounds of play following National Mah Jongg League rules of play, for great prizes! Light breakfast, morning coffee and lunch is included in the tournament entry fee of $36: $30 for JCC members. Participants who are able are encouraged to bring a Mah Jongg set and/or table cover. The registration deadline is Sunday, Jan. 21st at noon. For more information, call DALE PERREAULT, 407-8089660 or JULIE LEVITT, 407-492-9890. One for the road... A man stormed into Moishes Bakery and confronted Moishe. Do you know what happened to me? he demanded. I found a fly in the raisin bread I bought from you yesterday. Moishe gave a palms-up shrug and replied, Nu, so youll bring me the fly and Ill give you a raisin. (Oy Gevalt!!!!) Aldo Calvin Klein Warren Vache Allan Vache Although many call the territories to the west of the Jordan River captured by Israel in the Six Day War the West Bank, United with Israel prefers to use the historically and geographi cally correct term Judea and Samaria. Occupied is a loaded po litical phrase that indicates, just by its usage, that Israel is the occupier and not the legal sovereign in territories in the Land of Israel that were captured in the Six Day War in 1967. The territories remain in dispute, and they have been the subject of a series of peace negotiations and a few partial agreements, including the Oslo Accords signed in 1995 between Israel and the Palestinians. International legal expert Ambassador Alan Baker told United with Israel Friedman is completely correct. The word occupation refers to your army taking military control over some other countrys sovereign terri tory. Israel has a unique historic connection to Judea and Samaria. According to Baker, The correct term should be disputed terri tories. State Department agrees to consider policy change The State Department is refusing to adhere to Friedmans request but has agreed to bring the issue up for consideration in the near future, Israel Radio reported. The development comes only weeks after President Donald Trump shifted decades of US policy by recognizing Jerusalem as Israels capital. Even as he made the policy announcement, Trump went on to declare that the US remains committed to a comprehensive peace agree ment and has not taken a po sition relating to the future and permanent recognized borders between Israel and the Palestinians. Friedman broke with de cades of US policy when he recently used the words al leged occupation in conver sation with The Jerusalem Post. The State Department was reportedly opposed to the ambassadors choice of words and issued a state ment saying that Friedmans comment did not represent a change in US policy and there was no change in the status quo. US Middle East Envoy Jason Greenblatt apparently backed up Fried mans position by saying that settlements (Jewish communities in Judea and Samaria) are not an obstacle to peace. The White House recently said that unrestrained settlement activity does not advance the prospects for peace. At the same time, the US has commented against calls for a settlement freeze. US Ambassador Friedman: Stop using the term Occupied Territories By Shimon Bar Lev United with Israel United with Israel does not use the term occupied when referring to areas controlled by Israel since June 1967. US Ambassador David Friedman apparently agrees. US Ambassador David Friedman
PAGE 10A HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, JANUARY 5, 2018 But on a recent Friday that was going to be particularly harriedwith baby swim class, errands and a doctor ap pointmentI decided to try my hand at throwing an entire chicken in a crockpot. I first read this guide from The Kitchn and watched its short video, which I found really helpful. Its tips included balling up some tin foil to raise the chicken up while cooking. You can also place the chicken under the broiler after cooking to crisp up the skin, but I didnt find this to be a necessary step to success. I seasoned the chicken well and just plopped the bird in the crockpot. Off to swim class, the doctor and the supermarket we went, to arrive home to the most wonderful smell, and a perfectly cooked chicken. I threw together a salad and some rice, and had dinner ready for Friday night. The most surpris ing part of this process was how much I loved the tenderness of the chicken cooked in the crockpotit was moist, cooked perfectly and pretty much fell right off the bone. I have spent countless hours reading up on the best way to make a roast chickentweaking my recipe bit by bit over the years. But this easier, no-fuss method actually might be new favorite. If you really want to be a superhero, add some cut-up veggies and potatoes to the bottom of the pan for a simple, fast one-pot wonder. My own trick is to save the liquid and fat that collects at the bottom of the crockpot and use it to make fantastically crispy, fatty roast potatoes in the oven. You can also use whatever spice mixture you prefer, add slices of lemon or orange, cloves of garlic, fresh herbs or some beer Forget the oven: The best roast chicken is made in your crockpot to the bottom of the pan to season. But crockpot chicken is a fail-proof, fool-proof way to have delicious dinner ready for the busiest of days and the busiest of people. Or just if youre too lazy to turn on the oven. Ingredients: 1 whole chicken 1 Tbsp paprika 1 tsp granulated garlic 1/2 tsp ground coriander 1/8 tsp cinnamon 1/4 tsp salt 1/4 tsp ground black pepper 2 Tbsp olive oil Directions: 1. Mix herbs in a small bowl with 2 Tbsp olive oil. 2. Cover chicken all over with spice mixture, including inside the cavity and under the skin. You can let it marinate overnight if desired, but this isnt necessary. 3. Ball up three pieces of tin foil and place in bottom of crockpot. Place chicken on top of tin foil. 4. Set crockpot on high for 4 hours or low for 8 hours. 5. After chicken has finished cooking, cut into pieces and serve warm. Shannon Sarna is the editor of The Nosher. 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 www. TheNosher.com. By Shannon Sarna (The Nosher via JTA)The crockpot has never been my favorite kitchen gadget. I know people love their crock pots and their instant pots, but there have been limited things I have made in a crockpot that I loved, or actually found more convenient. When I am dinner prepping for busy weeks, I typically dont make long-simmering meals that require my attention but rather just throw a bunch of stuff in the oven. Bruria Hammer Elhanan Miller, a journal ist and rabbinical student who speaks fluent Arabic, sees his videos as a way to bridge a religious divide. By Ben Sales (JTA)Is it true that Juda ism doesnt accept converts? Is it true that Jews have to wash their hands before they pray? Is it true that Jews have his torically killed their prophets? These are just a few of the questions Elhanan Miller has heard over the years. A fluent Arabic speaker and former Arab affairs correspondent for the Times of Israel, Miller saw that many Muslims he knew didnt have a clear under standing of Jewish practices and beliefs. So he decided to start teaching Muslims about Judaism, in a language and context they can relate to. Islam purports to tell Muslims about what Judaism is about, Miller, 36, told JTA. But I think its a value to Muslims to hear what Juda ism is about from an actual believer. Thats the idea behind Millers new project, People of the Book, a series of short animated videos that explain Jewish faith and ritual in Arabic and compare them to similar Muslim practices. It appears to be the first video series of its kind: an explana tion of Judaism for Muslims in what, for many, is their native language. The first two videos have racked up hundreds of thousands of views on Face book and Youtube. The first video, released in July, compares keeping kosher with keeping halal. It explains that kashrut, like halal, forbids pork and has laws around slaughtering ani mals. But kashrut prohibits eating shellfish, for example, Rabbinical student is explaining Judaism to Muslimsin Arabic while halal permits eating any creature of the sea. A second video, released earlier this month, covers Jewish prayer (three times a day vs. five for Muslims, with less kneeling on the floor). Miller is planning more videos on clothing and modesty, Jew ish conceptions of God and fasting in Judaism. Theres a big overlap be tween Judaism and Islam in those specific areas, he said. Islam has dietary laws like Judaism, and the structures of daily prayers at fixed times are similar in Judaism and Islam. I thought it would be good to start with the com monalities before going into the differences. Miller is an observant Jew who born in Jerusalem to Canadian parents. He fell in love with Arabic when he began studying it in seventh grade, and continued using it during his service in the Israel Defense Forces and in college. He earned a masters de gree in Islamic studies from Hebrew University, and has been a journalist for eight years, doing much of his reporting on the Arab world. Miller also studies at Beit Midrash Harel, a traditional egalitarian rabbinical school in Jerusalem. The school has shared links to his videos, and he sees bridging between the two religions as part of his rabbinic calling. I want to be a rabbi who brings peace to the world, he said. Miller started producing the videos after teaching Muslims about Judaism as part of the Shorashim project, which brings Jews from the West Bank settlement bloc of Gush Etzion together with their Palestinian neighbors. Together, they do joint ac tivities, like shared meals and agricultural work. He figured the same lessons would inter est a wider audience, which has proved true. The videos take several weeks to produce together with two partners: an anima tor in Israel, and a native Ara bic speaker who co-narrates the script. Theres one topic, however, that Miller isnt planning to tackle anytime soon: Israel. He may address Jerusalem, which is holy to Jews and Muslims, in a future video, but says that broaching sen sitive issues could derail the larger project of promoting understanding. My aim is not to do Israeli hasbara, he said, using a He brew term for public relations. I speak in these videos as a Jew more than an Israeli, be cause Israel is a contentious issue and Im trying to build credibility and even sympathy with my followers. To maintain that relation ship between videos, Miller held a Facebook live session Thursday, in Arabic, about Judaism in ask me any thing form. The questions concerned everything from the status of Moses in both religions to how Jews view other faiths. Of course, Jews have plenty of misconceptions about Is lam as well, Miller saidlike some who mistakenly think that Jews suffered more, his torically, under Muslim rule than under Christian rule. But while hed love to collaborate on a similar video series that explains Islam to Jews, he said that heas a non-Muslimis not the right person to lead that project. I dont see it as my job to explain Islam to Jews, he said. It has to be someone from that faith. rfnt brf rff rf r fntnbntn r f n t b f f ntbf
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Chabad Lubavitch of North Orlando (O) 1701 Markham Woods Road, Longwood, 407-636-5994, www.jewishorlando.com; services: Friday 7:00 p.m.; Saturday at 9:30 a.m. Chabad of Altamonte Springs (O) 414 Spring Valley Lane, Altamonte Springs, 407280-0535; www.jewishaltamonte.com Chabad of South Orlando (O) 7347 Sand Lake Road, Orlando, 407-354-3660; www. jewishorlando.com ; Shabbat services: Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. and 10 minutes before sunset; Saturday, 9:30 a.m.; Sunday, 8:15 a.m. Chabad of the Space & Treasure Coasts (O) 1190 Highway A1A, Satellite Beach, 321-777-2770. Congregation Ahavas Yisrael/Chabad (O) 708 Lake Howell Rd., Maitland, 407-6442500; www.chabadorlando.org ; services: Sunday, 9 a.m.; Monday-Friday, 7:30 a.m.; Shabbat services: Friday, 6:30 p.m.; Saturday, 9:30 a.m.; Family service, 4th Friday of the month. Congregation Bet Chaim (R) 181 E. Mitchell Hammock, Oviedo, 407-830-7211; www. betchaim.org ; Shabbat services: Friday, 8 p.m. Congregation Beth Am (C) 3899 Sand Lake Road, Longwood, 407-862-3505; www. congbetham.org ; Shabbat services: Friday, 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, 9:30 a.m. Congregation Beth El (C) 2185 Meadowlane Ave., West Melbourne, 321-779-0740; Shabbat services, 1st & 3rd Friday, 8 p.m.; 2nd & 4th Saturdays, 9:30 a.m. Congregation Beth Emeth (R) 2205 Blue Sapphire Circle, Orlando, 407-222-6393; Shabbat service: monthly, 8 p.m. Congregation Beth Israel (Rec) Collins Resource Center, Suite 303, 9401 S.R. 200, Ocala, 352-237-8277; bethisraelocala.org; Shabbat service, second Friday of the month, 8 p.m. Congregation Beth Sholom (R-C) 315 North 13th St., Leesburg, 352-326-3692; www. bethsholomflorida.org ; schedule of services on website. Congregation Beth Shalom (Progressive Conservative) Orange City congregation holds services at 1308 E. Normandy Blvd., Deltona; 386-804-8283; www.mybethshalom. com ; Shabbat services: Friday, 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. Congregation Bnai Torah (C) 403 N. Nova Rd., Ormond Beach, 32174, 386-672-1174; www.mybnaitorah.com ; Shabbat services: Friday, 8 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. Congregation Chabad Lubavitch of Greater Daytona (O) 1079 W. Granada Blvd., Ormond Beach, 386-672-9300; Shabbat services Friday, 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. Congregation of Reform Judaism (R) 928 Malone Dr., Orlando, 407-645-0444; www.crjorlando.org : Shabbat services, 7 p.m. 1st, 2nd and 3rd Fridays; 6 p.m., 4th and 5th Fridays; Saturday: 10 a.m. Congregation Mateh Chaim (R) P.O. Box 060847, Palm Bay, 32906, 321-768-6722. Congregation Ohev Shalom (C) 613 Concourse Parkway South, Maitland, 407-2984650; www.ohevshalom.org ; Shabbat service, Friday, 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, 9:30 a.m. Congregation Or Chayim (Rec) Leesburg, 352-326-8745; email@example.com; services 2nd and 4th Fridays of each month at Providence Independence of Wildwood. Congregation Shalom Aleichem (R) 3501 Oak Pointe Blvd., Kissimmee, 407-9350064; www.shalomaleichem.com ; Shabbat service, 1st and 3rd Fridays of the month, 8 p.m. Congregation Shomer Ysrael (C) 5382 Hoffner Ave., Orlando, 407-227-1258, call for services and holiday schedules. Congregation Sinai (C/R) 303A N. S.R. 27, Minneola; 352-243-5353; congregationsinai.org; services: every Friday, 7:30 p.m.; Shabbat Service evert Saturday, 10 a.m. Orlando Torah Center (O) 8591 Banyan Blvd., Orlando; 347-456-6485; ShacharisShabbos 9 a.m.; Mon.Thurs. 6:45 a.m.; Sun. and Legal Holidays 8 a.m.; Mincha/Maariv Please call for times. Southwest Orlando Jewish Congregation/Ohalei Rivka (C) 11200 S. ApopkaVineland Rd., Orlando, 407-239-5444; Shabbat service, Friday, 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, 9:30 a.m. Temple Beth El (R) 579 N. Nova Rd., Ormond Beach, 386-677-2484. Temple Beth Shalom (R), P.O. Box 031233, Winter Haven, 813-324-2882. Temple Beth Shalom (C) 40 Wellington Drive, Palm Coast, 386-445-3006; Shabbat service, Friday, 8 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m. Temple Beth Sholom (C) 5995 N. Wickham Rd. Melbourne, 321-254-6333; www. mytbs.org ; Shabbat services: Friday, 7 p.m.; Saturday: 9:30 a.m. Minyan, Tuesday, 7:30 p.m.; Thursday, 10:00 a.m. Temple Beth Shalom (R) 1109 N.E. 8th Ave., Ocala, 352-629-3587; Shabbat services: Friday, 8 p.m.; Torah study: Saturday, 10:00 a.m. Temple Bnai Darom (R), 49 Banyan Course, Ocala, 352-624-0380; Friday Services 8 p.m. Temple Israel (C) 50 S. Moss Rd., Winter Springs, 407-647-3055; www.tiflorida.org ; Shabbat services: Friday, 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, 9:30 a.m.; Sunday 9:00 a.m. Temple Israel (R), 7350 Lake Andrew Drive, Melbourne, 321-631-9494. Temple Israel (C) 579 N. Nova Road, Ormond Beach, 386-252-3097; Shabbat service, Friday, 7 p.m.; Saturday: 10:30 a.m. Temple Israel of DeLand (R) 1001 E. New York Ave., DeLand, 386-736-1646; www. templeisraelofdeland.org; Friday Shabbat service, 7 p.m.; Saturday, 10:00 a.m. followed by Torah study. Temple Shalom (formerly New Jewish Congregation) (R) 13563 Country Road 101, Oxford, 352-748-1800; www.templeshalomcentralfl.org ; Shabbat services: Friday, 7 p.m.; last Saturday of the month, 9:30 a.m. Temple Shalom of Deltona (R/C) 1785 Elkcam Blvd., Deltona, 386-789-2202; www. shalomdeltona.org; Shabbat service; Saturday: 10 a.m. Temple Shir Shalom (R) Services held at Temple Israel, 50 S. Moss Rd., Winter Springs, 407-366-3556, www.templeshirshalom.org ; Shabbat services: three Fridays each month, 7:30 p.m. Traditional Congregation of Mount Dora (T) Mount Dora, 352-735-4774; www. tcomd.org; Shabbat services: Saturday, 9:30 a.m. sharp. (R) Reform (C) Conservative (O) Orthodox (Rec) Reconstructionist (T) Mehitsa ALAN M. KOHN Alan M. Kohn, 87, a devoted husband, father, grandfather and NASA engineer for 30 years, died peacefully on Friday, Dec. 22nd at sunset. He was surrounded by his loving family. Alan Kohn was born in Philadelphia, Penn., in the tumultuous year of 1929 on Dec. 28th to the late Betty Giltman and R. Reuben Kohn. He graduated from Penn State University in 1951, where he ran cross-country for the then national cham pionship team. Alan then served in the U.S. Navy as a lieutenant and communica tions officer for the 6th Fleet during the Korean War and served two additional years in the Reserves. He later went on to receive a Master of Science degree from Florida Institute of Technology. In the words of Rabbi Ken dall, Alan was a brilliant man with biocular vision; one eye trained on this temporal world and one eye focused beyond the stars. From a young age, he had a fascination with science fiction and the future explo ration of space. So, it was a dream come true when in 1961, President John F. Ken nedy announced his intent to put a man on the moon. That was the catalyst for his decision to move to Brevard County, home of the Kennedy Space Center, in 1962 with his wife and family. Alan had a highly success ful and fulfilling career at NASA specializing in ground support, base security and payload management. He witnessed the exploration of the boundaries of earth to the far reaches of space. While there, he received numerous awards for his exceptional work. He was passionate about the space program and its potential to preserve humanity. His children often spoke of his encyclopedic knowledge. His love of opera, music, na ture and learning were with him until the final weeks of his life. He loved Israel and his faith and was a lifelong student of Judaism and Torah. After his retirement, activ ism became his career. Alan was dedicated in his fight against injustice. When he was diagnosed with early Al zheimers, he began in-depth research on ways to alleviate its effects in the hopes of helping all who suffer from this illness. Alan never tired of sharing his knowledge with others. He had a unique sense of humor and wit and was a great punster. Alan is survived by his wife of 61 years, Shirley Felderstein Kohn, children, Michelle Kohn; Jay Kohn; and Donna Kohn-Snow; son-inlaw, Leslie R. Berghash, M.D.; Michael S. Rubinoff, partner of Donna; and grandchildren Ilana Berghash, Edin Kohn and Golan Kohn. Alan will be sorely missed. Memorial donations in memory of Alan can be made to the Jewish National Fund, online at www.jnf.org, or by mail to: Jewish National Fund, 78 Randall Avenue, Rockville Centre, NY 11570; or to Temple Beit HaYam at 951 SE Monterey Commons Blvd., Stuart, FL 34996 or to a charity or organization of your choice. By World Israel News The National Basketball As sociation set up a new website for the 2018 All-Star Game in Los Angeles, allowing fans to vote for their favorite players. After voting, the fans are asked to identify which country they are from, picking from among a variety of choices that included both Israel and Pal estineoccupied territory. Several fans discovered the listing when voting this week for Israeli NBA player Omri Casspi. Regev: A gross and blatant interference I view the inclusion of Oc cupied Palestine in the list of countries appearing on your official website as legitimizing the division of the State of Israel and as gross and blatant interference, in contrast to the official position of the American administration and the declarations of President Donald Trump, who just rec ognized Jerusalem as the capi tal of Israel. Therefore, I would like to express my disapproval and ask you to immediately act to remove Palestine Occupied Territory from the list of countries, Miri Regev, minister of Culture and Sport, said in a sharp letter to NBA Commissioner Adam Silver on Thursday. The NBA complied with the request and the choice of Palestineoccupied terri tory was removed Thursday evening. Kathy Behrens, the NBAs President of Social Responsi bility and the person who over saw the leagues Basketball without Borders program in Israel last summer, told Arutz Sheva that the listing had been placed by a third party. We do not produce the country list ings for NBA.com and as soon as we became aware of it, the site was updated. We apologize for this oversight, and have corrected it, she said. NBA spokesman Michael Bass told Times of Israel, We apologize for the errant listing. We do not produce the country listings for NBA. com and as soon as we be came aware of it, the site was updated. Regev thanked Silver on Friday for removing the language, reiterating that Is raels lands are not occupied. Israel thanks NBA By World Israel News Israels Iron Dome mis sile defense system blocked two missiles fired into Israel shortly before noon on Friday. A third landed in a community bordering Gaza. No injuries were reported, but a building was damaged. The Code Red alarms were sounded during a ceremony marking the would-be 24th birthday of IDF soldier Oron Shaul, whose body has been held by Hamas in Gaza since Operation Protective Edge. Before the incident, Orons mother told the crowd, Were here to mark his birthday. Weve decided to come here so we can be as close to Oron as possible. Our message is one of peace, brotherhood and camarade rie. Were not here to lash out at anyone. We just want Oron returned home, Ynet News reported. Israeli intelligence believes the rockets fired in recent weeks were launched by terror groups other than Hamas. Israel holds Hamas, which rules the Gaza Strip, respon sible and retaliated in the early afternoon with a series of strikes targeting Hamas in northern Gaza. Iron Dome intercepts Gaza missiles; IDF strikes back
PAGE 12A HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, JANUARY 5, 2018 Cnaan Liphshiz Florence Schechter showcasing her museum idea at a Limmud Festival in Birmingham, England, Dec. 28, 2017. By Cnaan Liphshiz BIRMINGHAM, England (JTA)Nine months after announcing that she is creating the worlds first vagina museum, Florence Schechter is confident that she has heard every joke on the subject. Schechter, a Jewish co median and communica tions professional in her 20s, is preparing to open the museum in Brighton, 50 miles south of London. When the news broke in the spring, it caught the attention of Conan OBrien, who quipped: It will be the first museum where you enter through the gift shop. The idea also blew up on social media. Twitter users advised Schechter to put up a sign saying caution, slippery when wet or install a knocker on the door because no man will find the buzzer. Even her father, the Rus sia-born klezmer musician Gregori Schechter, got in on the act: He complimented her on hitting the G-spot after The Independent profiled her efforts in March, she proudly told JTA. But Schechter, who is currently recruiting trustees and scouting a location for the museum, is dead serious about her plan, she told the 30 or so people who came to see her talk about it on Wednesday at the Limmud Festival of Jewish learning in Birmingham. Schechter said she started working on the museum after learning, in March, that Iceland has the worlds only penis mu seum. She calls this a case of inequality. Now, the museum is my whole life, she said. I am now the vagina lady. The denigrating jokes shes heard since announcing her plan in March have only strengthened her resolve. Theyre funny until you real ize the point is that vaginas are bad, which is pretty hor rible, she said The world absolutely needs a vagina museum, she added. For now, though, the museum is little more than idea that is being promoted, albeit with considerable success. There is a web site through which UK residents can purchase buttons sport ing the museums logo, and Schechter has been busy hosting events and giving talks. But she admits she is nowhere near collecting the necessary funds for opening a physical space, and doesnt imagine opening one before 2020. When asked where she would find the funding, Schechter replied: Oh, man, I wish I knew. She quickly corrected herselfOh, woman, I wish I knewbefore settling on person. For now, though, shes thinking big. In the museum, Schechter plans to explore various perceived inequali ties that are connected to vaginas. First among those themes is female genital mu tilation, or FGMa custom prevalent in some Muslim communities, which has af fected 200 million women, according to the United Nations. I want the museum to be part of fighting that, said Schechter. She also noted that sex trafficking, sexual assault, gay rights and shaming campaigns online could be part of the museum. I want people to come in, see these issues and say, I have to do something, Ive got to change this, she said. Instead of looking to open the museum in the U.K.s capital, Schechter has her sights on Brighton, a seaside town about 50 miles south of London. Its a very progres sive place, she noted. (In the June general elections, the local parliamentary candi date for the Green Party won slightly more than half the 57,687 votes cast at Brighton. Nationwide, the party won 1.6 percent of the vote.) People think that London is quite progressive, but be cause its so multicultural, that means that there are certain communities that can really take offense at a Vagina Museum, and I dont want to, like, offend anyone when were in the really early stages, she said. Another hot-button issue that Schechter intends to tackle in the museum: The elevated exposure to sexual This Jewish woman is creating the worlds first vagina museum diseases that affects women and girls from faith com munities who engage in anal sex to in order preserve their hymen, Schechter said. These girls put them selves at risk without real izing it, she aid. Those are just the facts and we will make them known for them to make a decision. The museum will also promote gay rights, said Schechter, who added that if she were living in one of the worlds 12 countries with death penalties for gay people, I too would have been sentenced to death Other exhibits at the mu seum are less controversial. Anatomical charts will be on display, to help fight widespread ignorance about the female reproductive organ. (In a 2014 survey in the United Kingdom, half of 1,000 women aged 26-35 couldnt point out the vagina on a medical drawing of the reproductive system. Half of 2,000 men couldnt find it either in a 2017 follow-up survey.) Other sections will be devoted to childbirth and contraception. There will be touches of whimsy as well. For ex ample, the caf will feature vulva cupcakesor cleft pastries with pink cream in the groove. An art sec tion will feature a sculpture made from plaster casts of 400 womens vulvas (its a 2008 installation titled The Great Wall of Vagina and its aim is to start a debate on labial beauty standards dominated by the pornographic industry) and Georgia OKeeffes 1926 Black Iris painting. OKeeffe had consistently denied that her series of flower paintings, with deep and dark crevices, were in fact subversive vaginal artworks. I would love to have been there in the room when she denied this, Schechter said during her Limmud talk. Do you think she was winking? Zioness Movement activists march at the Aug. 12 Chicago SlutWalk. ers move to dictate which identities are and are not welcome in the progressive cause. Berman felt attacked and ostracized when Palestinian activists wearing shirts that read Palestine versus the world were accepted at the SlutWalk, but her Jewish star was not. Palestinian activists were allowed to hold that identity, so why werent we allowed to hold our identity as Zionist activists? Why such double standards, especially at a march for social justice? asked Berman. In October, 50 Zioness members took on the March for Racial Justice, hoping to activate and empower pro gressive Zionists in New York City, but they were met with a similar sentiment. We were told that we dont care about racial justice, Berman said. That was heartbreaking because we care very much about these issues. Zioness was created as a civil rights movement that seeks to undermine bigotry, misogyny, and social and economic inequality, said Berman, who thinks there is nothing revolutionary about coming out as proud, progressive Zionists. Its the most natural alliance in the world, she said. Zionism is the civil rights and self-determina tion movement of the Jew ish people. Its not about Bibi (Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu), its not about settlements and its not about occupation. Zionism was a dream of the Jewish people for 3,000 years. Through millennia of oppression, persecution, exile and genocide, we have maintained our hope and dream that we would be able to have a state where we would be protected, and that the state would be in our historical homeland where we have been indigenous for 3,000 years. She continued, The mani festation of the Zionist dream is exactly what progressivism is about. Its fighting for your own civil rights and own social justice, your own self-determination, your own right to equality, and to exist in safety and securityand progressivism is the same thing, its making progress for all of those among us, equalizing the playing field, giving everyone the same opportunity. Berman shared her hope that all marginalized com munities have same the opportunities to ultimately achieve success in their fight for social and racial justice the same way that the Jewish people did with inter national recognition of our homeland, and suggested that America could take a page from Israels playbook as the most progressive, pluralistic, multi-ethnic and multi-religious country in all of the Middle East. She added that Jews and Zion ists must continue to fight for our rights and our state, which remain constantly under attack. She spoke of the intersec tionality of bigotries, noting, When anti-Semitism runs rampant, other bigotries run rampant. We cannot allow antiSemitism to go unchecked and expect that we can fight other bigotries at the same time. We have to fight it all together. Theres a saying on the left that, Im not free un til we are all free, and thats how Jewish communities sincerely feel, said Berman. Until Jews are included in the fight for social, economic and racial justice, and until we are not subjected to po litical litmus tests about our own self-determination and civil rights in the form of our state in our historic national homeland, none of us will be free, she said. Berman pointed out that 74 percent of American Jews are registered Democrats and many of them care about sexism, racism, homophobia and yes, Israel. But if young progressives are forced to choose between supporting social justice issues and their identities as Zionists, then we are going to be in big trouble, she said. The response to the na scent Zioness Movement has been unbelievably positive and humbling, said Ber man. Zioness member Gloria Einstein told JNS that in the 1970s, she gave up practicing Judaism and abandoned her loyalty to Israel because that was expected of a progressive, anti-war, feminist woman. It was just not okay to be active ly Jewish or to acknowledge any loyalty to Israel. Einstein declared, I will not do that anymore. Einstein lamented the fact that although she thought that so many progres sive Jewish organizations reflected my progressive views and supported my Jewish identity, she was badly wrong, giving the example of progressive Jew ish organizations that honor Palestinian-American BDS activist Linda Sarsour for her coalition-building work with Jewish groups. The same week that Ein stein attended a workshop of one such progressive organization and felt the heartbreak that progressive Jews face as one after another organization betrays them and demands that they give up Judaism, she learned of Zioness. Berman described the emails she has received to thank her for filling the void in which institutional Jew ish groups and community organizers were previously scared to engage in this issue, and for giving pro gressive Zionists a political home. Women who fought in the feminist movement in the 1960s told her, I have been waiting 50 years for this. Now, its finally here. The much-awaited grassroots, Zionist, progressive movement is here By Eliana Rudee JNS Salt and pepper, peanut butter and jelly, Zionism and progressivism. Few question the inherent, irrefutable bond between the first two of those pairs, but civil rights attorney and co-founder of the Zioness Movement, Amanda Berman, argues that the latter is just as naturaland she has several thousand left-leaning Jews with strong Zionist identities backing her up on that sentiment. The four-month-old Zio ness Movement was born in a watershed moment, several months after the inauguration of President Donald Trump. At the Aug. 12 Chicago SlutWalk, which aimed to dismantle rape culture, a group of 20 Zionist progressive friends marched together in support of the rally. But similar to what oc curred at the Chicago Dyke March in June, their support was met with a ban on Zionist symbols of nationalism and oppression. It was one of those mo ments that exposed the fictitious line between antiZionism and anti-Semitism, Berman told JNS. On the same day, 800 miles away in Charlottesville, Va., neo-Nazis marched to end Jewish influence in America, simultaneously threatening minority groups such as African-Americans, Muslims, LGBTQ individuals and Latinos. If that wasnt a moment to come together, I dont know what is, said Berman, who was heartbroken by the Chicago SlutWalk organiz
HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, JANUARY 5, 2018 PAGE 13A Weekly roundup of world briefs from JTA Israeli government OKs $72 Million anti-BDS project (JTA)Israels govern ment has approved a plan setting aside $72 million to fighting the campaign to boycott Israel. The plan would entail the largest monetary investment yet by Israel specifically to ward combating the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions campaign. It was announced last week to the cabinet ministers and approved as an executive order after none of them objected, the Ynet news site reported Friday. It calls for setting up a notfor-profit organization whose board will be made up of government officials and do nors from abroad, the report said. The board will oversee the first major civil-society infrastructure servicing the State of Israel and the proIsrael community in the fight against the de-legitimization of Israel, the notice sent to the ministers read. The $75 million budget will come partly from the Israeli government and partly from Jewish donors and communi ties abroad, the report said. It did not say when the new organization would become operational or even estab lished formally. But the initial funding to the tune of $36 million will come from the budget of the ministry that includes Public Security, Strategic Affairs and Information. At least 10 Jewish philanthropists have pledge to at least match that sum, with some promising to give $2 and $3 to any dollar put in by the Israeli govern ment beyond the initial fund ing, according to the report. The organization envis aged by its creators would operate on a regular basis to counter pressure applied to artists, performers and commercial enterprises who seek to engage with Israel. But it would shift into high gear at sensitive periods such as fighting waves of terrorist attacks and anti-Israel votes at international forums. The new organizations avenues for action would in clude public campaigns, lob bying, arranging for solidar ity visits to Israel by opinion shapers, establishing new and social media presence and interacting with pro-Israel organization worldwide for coordinated action with a focus on Europe. While such activities to day formally fall under the purview of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, spinning off the nonprofit would allow for quicker and more flex ible action unconstrained by government bureaucracy and legal limitations on third party services. But the new organization will be subject to review by the state. Israel says it succeeded in bid to withdraw from UNESCO by 2019, of ficial says (JTA)Denying reports that Israel has missed the deadline for leaving UNES CO, its ambassador to the international body said it has successfully handed in its notice of departure effec tive 2019. UNESCO Director-General Audrey Azoulay has agreed to view an email sent to her from the Israeli foreign ministry announcing the pullout effective before 2019, Carmel Shama-Hacohen was quoted as saying in an article published Friday by Haaretz. It takes a year for the with drawal to take effect. Shama-Hacohens state ment followed previous re ports that, despite announc ing its intention to leave the organization for its bias against the Jewish state, Je rusalem did not give notice in time for the membership to end in 2019. Shama-Hacohen conceded to Haaretz that he and his aide had arrived with a written notice at the Paris UNESCO building when it was closed for the holiday and manned only by security guards, who refused to sign that they had received the document. Azoulay agreed to view the email notice as official, so that Israel, which has done every effort to complete the pullout alongside the United States, may not find itself still a member of this unfortunate organization, which has been hijacked by the Arab states and Islam, Shama-Hacohen is quoted as saying. In October, the United States announced that it would leave UNESCO, citing continuing anti-Israel bias. Six years ago, the United States cut off more than $80 million a year, about 22 percent of its entire budget for UNESCO, in reprisal for its acceptance of Palestine as a member. Israel also suspended its funding at that time. Israel and the United States will remain as observer states of UNESCO, whose full name is the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization. In recent years, UNESCO has passed resolutions reject ing Israeli sovereignty over Jerusalem, and placed the Cave of the Patriarchs and the Old City of Hebron in the State of Palestine on the list of world heritage sites in danger. It frequently refers to the Temple Mount only by its Arabic name, Al-Haram al-Sharif. Between 2009-2014, UNESCO adopted 46 reso lutions against Israel; 1 on Syria; and none on Iran, Sudan, North Korea, or any other country in the world. In 2011, UNESCO elected Syrias regime headed by Bashar Assad to its human rights committee. Jerry Seinfeld spotted at Tel Avivs best falafel shop (JTA)Hours after land ing in Israel, the comedian Jerry Seinfeld was spotted at a well-known falafel eatery ahead of his two shows there. Wearing a blue polo shirt and a New York Mets baseball cap, Seinfeld was photo graphed ordering food on Friday at Falafel Hakosem, an eatery situated half a mile east of the U.S. Embassy in Tel Aviv. Israels Channel 2s food critic earlier this year pro claimed the falafel joint the best of its kind in Tel Aviv, Ynet reported. Seinfield, one of the most famous Jewish comedians of all time, is scheduled to perform at Tel Avivs Menorah Mivtachim Arena on Satur day night. He performed four sold-out shows in a row there during his previous visit to Israel in 2015. In September, Seinfeld released a new comedy special on Netflix, titled Jerry Before Seinfeld. Portuguese official disappears with Jewish heritage money (JTA)Police in Portugal are searching for a local politician whom they suspect fled the country after pocket ing $130,000 earmarked for developing Jewish heritage sites. Marco Baptista, who repre sents the Social Democratic Party in the eastern town of Covilha, dropped off the radar earlier this month after the money was transferred from the regional governments office for the development of Jewish heritage sites to his personal account based on documents that contained forgeries of signatures by other officials, the Correio da Manh reported last week. The money came from Por tugals Rede de Judiarias, a national network of sites con nected to the Jewish popula tion that had lived in Portugal before the adoption in the 16th century by the royal house of the Inquisition a church-led campaign of persecution of Jews and other non-Christians. Baptista was a consultant for the Rede de Judiarias. Shortly after the money was transferred last month, the modem, router and a computer of the Rede de Ju diarias office in the nearby town of Belmonte went miss ing, leaving the institution without online access to its bank accounts and official correspondence. Technicians replaced the missing gear three days laterby which time both Baptista, 41, and the money were gone. Relatives of Baptista of fered to repay the money he is believed to have stolen and are cooperating with polices attempts to locate him, the ZAP news agency reported, as prosecutors prepare an in dictment for fraud and theft. Rabbi Elisha Salas, who is based in Belmonte and is consulted regularly on com memoration projects, told Jornal do Fundao that the Rede de Juderias, which has so far declined to comment publicly on the affair, must divulge the whole truth about it. Target recalls Jewishthemed Cards Against Humanity game over offensive content (JTA)Target said it is recalling a Jewish-themed version of a card game that features offensive content. The popular and intention ally offensive game, Cards Against Humanity, asks players to compete for the funniest or least appropriate answer to a fill-in-the-blank question. Cards in the Chosen People Pack version were flagged on social media in recent days for prompts like Cant you see, the Jews are behind everythingthe banks, the media, even _____! and an answer read ing Torturing Jews until they say they arent Jews anymore. Target is aware of this extended card pack of the game Cards Against Human ity, a spokesperson wrote on Twitter Thursday evening, and are in the process of removing it from our stores. We apologize for any disap pointment as it is never our intention to offend our guests with the products we carry. Target is the second-larg est discount store retailer in the United States. A Jew Pack set of cards is still available on the game makers web site. The game was developed by eight Chicago-area high school friends: Max Temkin, Josh Dillon, Daniel Dranove, Eli Halpern, Ben Hantoot, David Munk, David Pinsof and Eliot Weinstein. Cards Against Humanity is a party game for horrible people, reads the description of the game on its website. Unlike most of the party games youve played before, Cards Against Humanity is as despicable and awkward as you and your friends. ADL concerned by spate of anti-Semitic, racist vandalism in Manhattan (JTA)The Anti-Defa mation League expressed concern following recent incidents in Manhattan featuring vandalism and anti-Semitic graffiti. The targets included three Upper East Side businesses, private apartments and other public spaces, ADL said Thursday citing reports. It in cluded explicit anti-Semitic symbols, as well as racist ones ADL did not say when the incidents took place. On Thursday, police re leased a photo of one slender man, who appears to be older than 50, whom police said is wanted for commit ting a pattern of aggravated harassment as a hate crime. He is believed to have placed stickers containing anti-gay, anti-black and anti-Semitic statements on three Madison Avenue stores since October, police said. This recent spate of hate ful acts remind us that the fight against anti-Semitism is inextricably linked to the fight of all forms of hate, and therefore must be addressed in all our communities, said ADL New York Regional Director Evan R. Bernstein in a statement. In the first three quarters of 2017, ADL tracked 167 inci dents of anti-Semitic vandal ism across New York State as well as a 92 percent increase in anti-Semitic incidents in New York City. In the recent findings, Manhattan sur passed other NYC boroughs receiving the highest number of anti-Semitic incidents. Michael Oren calls for IDF to shoot to kill suspected terrorists (JTA)Michael Oren tweeted that the Israel De fense Forces should shoot to kill suspected terrorists, rather than just neutralize them. Oren, a former Israeli ambassador to the United States who serves as a deputy minister in Israels Knesset, made the call for extrajudi cial killing while tweeting Wednesday about Omar alAbed, who was convicted on the same day of murdering three Israelis in a July attack on the West Bank settlement of Halamish. Oren tweeted that al-Abed, whose name he spelled dif ferently, attacked medics after being neutralized by Israeli forces. Israel uses the term neutralized to describe a suspected ter rorist who no longer poses a physical threat. Oren said that al-Abed sat healthy and smiling in court at his mili tary court date Wednesday, despite having committed the attack. Soldiers responding to ter ror attacks cannot determine if terrorists are neutralized, as the current open-fire order states. Soldiers are not doc tors. But they must ensure that the terrorists pose no further threat. Though neu tralized, Al-Obeid attacked the medics treating him. Michael Oren (@DrMi chaelOren) December 27, 2017 In July, Al-Abed entered a home in Halamish and stabbed three family mem bers to death as they were eating Shabbat dinner. The military advocate general is seeking four consecutive life sentences for Al-Abed. The question of when it is appropriate for soldiers to kill suspected terrorists became a divisive topic in Israel last year after Elor Azaria, an IDF medic, shot dead an alleged terrorist who was incapacitat ed and lying on the ground. Despite protests on Azarias behalf, he was convicted of manslaughter in January and sentenced to 18 months in prison, later shortened to 14 months. Leading Israeli politicians, including Prime Minister Benjamin Netan yahu, have called for Azaria to be pardoned, but Israeli President Reuven Rivlin re jected the pardon requests in November. Before becoming Israels ambassador to the United States in 2009, Oren, who was born and raised in the United States, was a preemi nent historian of the Middle East and Israel. He ended his term as ambassador in 2013 and was elected to Knesset two years later as part of the center-right Kulanu party. Earlier this year, speaking about Azaria, Oren said the IDFs open-fire orders should be clarified, but he did not explicitly call for shoot to kill. 2017 From page 1A Wall. The move by the Israeli government, which reneged on a January 2016 agreement, sparked a crisis between the government and Diaspora Jewry. Israeli Diaspora Affairs Minister Naftali Bennett ad mitted that mistakes were made by the government in its decision, but said the controversy largely resulted from a campaign of misinformation claiming the [Western Wall] is being closed to Diaspora Jews... This is false. A new sheriff in town at the UN Trumps Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley has been determined to change the culture of bias against Israel at the world body. At the AIPAC Policy Conference in March, Haley described herself as the new sheriff in town and vowed regarding anti-Israel elements that she would kick them every single time they display their bias. Indeed, Haley has taken aim at UN bodies that have repeatedly and disproportion ately targeted Israel, including the Human Rights Council and the UNESCO cultural agency. In October, the US an nounced that it would pull out of UNESCO due to its antiIsrael bias. In the wake of Trumps announcement on Jerusa lem, Haley blamed the world body for being the real ob stacle to Israeli-Palestinian peace and vetoed a UN Secu rity Council resolution that called for the withdrawal of the US recognition of Jerusalem. When the same resolution was passed by the UN General Assembly, Haley said the vote will be remem bered. Before the General Assembly vote, she said the US would be taking names of countries that supported the UN condemnation of Trumps Jerusalem move. Haleys series of moves de fending Israel at the UN came after the departing Obama administration in December 2016 refused to veto a Security Council resolution that con demned Israels settlement policy and described eastern Jerusalem as occupied Pal estinian territory. Advanced US-made fighter jets operational Less than a year after receiving its first nine F-35 stealth fighter jets from the US, the Israeli military de clared the fleet of aircraft fully operational in early December. The announcement of the operationalization of the Adir aircraft comes at a time in which the IAF is operating on a large scale on a number of fronts in a dynamic Middle East, said Israeli Air Force chief Maj. Gen. Amikam Norkin. Israel has agreed to pur chase 50 of the F-35 jets from the US and was the first foreign country permitted to acquire the advanced war planes, at a cost of roughly $100 million each. Tal Inbar, who heads the space research center at the Israel-based Fisher Institute for Air and Space Strategic Studies, told JNS regarding the F-35 that the technological jump of the plane compared to all other planes in the [Middle East] is enormous, but the jump in operational capabilities is no less important. The freedom of maneuver that the air force gets has been significantly strength ened.
PAGE 14A HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, JANUARY 5, 2018 By Yaakov Lappin JNS A new elite IDF infantry unit is about to take up its position along Israels border with the Gaza Strip. The Haruv (Carob) unit, named after a renowned force that operated in Israels southern desert borders in the 1960s and 1970s, was once a regular infantry battalion in the Kfir brigade, focusing on security operations in Judea and Samaria (the territories). Several months ago, the IDF decided to convert this battalion into an elite unit, and to give it the training, weapons, vehicles and hightech equipment it would need to fight in Gaza. Since then, the unit has been selectively recruiting cadets into its ranks and placing them under intense special force training. This process culminated at the end of December in a large-scale war drill that simulated Gazas urban warfare settings. The elite unit has abili ties and components that an ordinary infantry battalion does not, Maj. Nir Mor, deputy commander of the new unit, told JNS. The training, structure and organization are all dif ferent, he said. Cadets had to undergo weeks of highintensity field navigation training before practicing combat drills against heavily armed, well-trained guerrilla terrorist forces embedded into built-up areasotherwise known as Hamas, Gazas rul ing faction. The Gaza Strip requires complex preparations, which begin three to four months in advance. Preparing to oper ate in Judea and Samaria is simpler than Gaza, Mor said. The Haruv unit had to learn how to use armored vehicles to maneuver on the Gaza border, and to practice moving into Gaza itself, in the event of an outbreak of a new round of fighting. The soldiers also learned how to use new kinds of weapons, including those mounted on the armored vehicles. The soldiers became fa miliar with the enemy, and learned about the [Gaza] sectors history, said Mor. The doctrine for using force in Gaza is different than Judea and Samaria. Commanders had to learn to make the adjustment. In the event of a new armed conflict with the Hamas and Palestinian Islamic Jihad terror groups, the entire Kfir infantry brigade would be mobilized from the territories to Gaza, but the Haruv unit would have special missions. These would include engag ing Hamass underground tunnels and destroying them. Most of Hamass tunnels are inside Gaza, forming an underground maze designed to allow operatives to move weapons and fighters around, and launch hit-and-run at tacks. In mid-December, the Haruv special unit arrived at the IDFs training center for ground forces at the Tzeelim base in southern Israel, which has a mock Palestinian village that replicates conditions in Gaza. A week later, it travelled to the Jordan Valley, where it held a live-fire combat drill in co operation with the militarys Armored Corps, Artillery Corps and the Engineering Corpsall units that would need to work together in any new ground war. We train as we will fight, Mor said. This exercise summed up eight weeks of training. There was live fire, tank fire and artillery fire. We used digital command systems and operated as if we were going into Gaza tomorrow. Capt. Yinon Gadasi, a com pany commander in the Ha ruv unit, said the latest drill was the most realistic and intensive he had encountered in his three years of military service. It simulated as much as possible the enemy that we are supposed to encounter. It dealt with the underground tunnel threat and there was also a big emphasis on the civilian population, which is a large challenge in Judea and Samaria, and certainly even more so in Gaza, Gadasi told JNS. We understand that in any situation we will encounter in Gaza, we will run into the threat of tunnels, the com pany commander added. We are preparing the soldiers for this, mentally and physically, through briefings, lectures, videos, and physical and tech nological training. The unit is now scheduled to rotate to the Gaza border for the first time in its cur rent form. It will conduct daily patrols and surveillance operations along the volatile border, on guard to protect the southern Israeli villages, farms and towns, which came under mortar fire as recently as Dec. 29. There are all sorts of scenarios we must be ready fora terrorist infiltration, via tunnels or overland, into communities; attacks on patrols, Gadasi said. This is the first time that this elite unit, with this qual ity of personnel and ability to deal with the underground threat, is arriving at the Gaza border, he said. There have been many incidents there recently. As a company com mander... I can say that my company is ready to deal with any mission or challenge. By Adam Abrams JNS Thousands of protesters took to the streets this week end in cities throughout Iran to demonstrate against the Islamic Republics strained economy, corrupt regime and costly military expansion throughout the region, in what has been characterized as the countrys largest wave of anti-government protests since the Green Revolution erupted in 2009 following a controversial presidential election. Although experts believe it is too soon to tell how the renewed anti-regime protests will affect Israel, Meir Litvak, director of the Alliance Center for Iranian Studies at Tel Aviv University, told JNS that if the demonstrations continue to grow, Iran might be forced to divert attention and resources from fighting the Jewish state to domestic affairs. This is my hope, Litvak said. Daniel Pipes, president of the Middle East Forum think tank, said that if the protests lead to regime change, they will have immense implica tions for Israel, the Middle East, the Muslim world and beyond. The Islamic Republic of Iran has been the driving force for Islamism since it came to power in 1979, so its collapse will mark the acceleration of the Islamist decline that began in 2013, Pipes told JNS. For Israel, this means its most powerful enemy vanishes, he said. I can hardly imagine better politi cal news. Domestic implications Pipes noted that about 85 percent of the Iranian popula tion feels estranged from the regime, leaving it hollow and vulnerable. If this round [of protests] is quashed, as hap pened in 2009, the [regimes] overthrow will be further delayed. But the counterrevolution is inevitable. The new wave of popular protests in Iran began last Thursday with anti-regime demonstrations in the north eastern city of Mashhad, where 52 protesters were ar rested. The demonstrations soon spread to other cities throughout the Islamic Re public, including the capital of Tehran. In a rare display of anti-re gime dissent, demonstrators in some parts of the country were overheard chanting slo gans against Irans Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khame nei as well as the regimes elite and sternly loyal Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps. Protestors reportedly chanted death to the dictator and death to the Revolutionary Guards. Some 80 people were de tained Saturday in the city of Arak as the mass protests entered their third evening, spreading to more than 1,200 cities. At least three protestors were shot dead by Revolution ary Guards Saturday night as the regime moved to crush the rallies. Demonstrators will pay the price and such behavior will be smashed, warned Iranian Interior Min ister Rahmani Fazli, while the Revolutionary Guards threatened to crush protests with an iron fist. The regime minimized the scale of the protests, with the state-affiliated Fars news Will mass protests divert Irans attention inward and away from fighting Israel? Milad Avazbeigi An anti-regime protest in Tehran during the Green Revolution in June 2009. time, the agenda is clearly economic, [and related to] growing frustration over the lack of tangible improvement in the standard of living of the people following the 2015 nuclear agreement. According to Litvak, an other key difference with the new wave of Iranian protests is the way in which they have spread. The demonstrations are not mainly confined to the big cities like they were in 2009, but have appeared all over the country and in areas that had not participated in protests nearly a decade ago, he explained. My guess is that the eco nomic agenda appeals more to these people in small towns, said Litvak, who also assessed that social media has played a role in connecting smaller Iranian cities with other parts of the country. [Iranian civilians] are more aware of what is going on, and they feel that they are part of something bigger, he said. American and Israeli response Differing from former Pres ident Barack Obamas silence in response to the 2009 pro tests in Iran, President Donald Trump tweeted Saturday night that Iranian citizens are fed up with [the] regimes corruption & its squandering of the nations wealth to fund terrorism abroad, and that Irans government should respect their peoples rights, including right to express themselves. The world is watching! Litvak said Obama was completely silent in 2009, be cause he sought to negotiate with the Iranian government over the nuclear issue, and did not want to alienate them. The former president was also likely concerned that an official U.S. statement might have been used by the Iranian regime to discredit protesters, and he might have feared that statements in support of the protests might drive the U.S. to greater involvement, said Litvak, who also questioned the effectiveness of Trumps statements due to the Ameri can leaders unpopularity in Iran over his refusal to remove all U.S. sanctions against the Islamic Republic. Obama had his eye on the Iran deal that was finally signed six years later, so he kept quiet, said Middle East Forums Pipes. Trump feels a more populist hostility toward Tehran and is encouraging the protesters. This difference will grow dramatically in impor tance if the protests continue. Although Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netan yahu remained silent on the anti-regime protests during his weekly cabinet meeting on Sunday, Israeli Public Security Minister Gilad Er dan tweeted Saturday night regarding the demonstrations that Iran is wasting billions of dollars funding Hezbollah, Hamas, the Assad regime & terrorism throughout the world, rather than investing in the Iranian people. agency reporting that 300 protesters had gathered in the western city of Kermanshah. Tehrans governor, Mohsen Hamedani, stated that fewer than 50 protesters had con vened in the citys public square. The Iranian state-con trolled media also attempted to characterize the protests as being masterminded by American, British and Israeli intelligence, in what Tel Aviv Universitys Litvak described as typical Iranian practice. [This is] partly motivated by genuine paranoia of the regime, which sees enemies lurking behind every corner, but [is] partly...an old practice of blaming foreign players for everything bad that happens to Iran and of course absolving the government from any re sponsibility, said Litvak. By blaming the usual suspects, they also seek to appeal to the genuine nationalist feeling of most Iranians. Hardly anyone believes this nonsense anymore, Pipes said regarding the re gimes rhetoric. Whats different this time? There are several impor tant differences between the new wave of Iranian protests instigated last week and the Green Revolution of 2009, said Litvak. In 2009 the protests erupt ed when the people felt that the government had cheated them by rigging the presi dential elections, he said. The protests then lacked a clear economic agenda. 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HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, JANUARY 5, 2018 PAGE 15A Shown here (l-r): Visions Reunion singers Amy Turner, Talia Osteen and Andra London. COS From page 1A be provided for downloading an app on your smartphone to bid on silent auction items and keep tabs on those items while the auction remains open. You can also set up automatic bidding, name your top bid, and be notified when you are being outbid. No smartphone? No problem! Staff will be on hand to assist you with bidding. Spectacular dishes such as Hand-Carved Prime Rib of Beef and a variety of ethnic delicacies will be served up fresh at chef stations for a delightful dinner. Enjoy a truly special performance by the Jewish vocal trio of Andra Lon don, Talia Osteen, and Amy Turnerthe Visions Re union. This renowned group launched on COSs bima in 1997, when Cantor Robuck arranged songs for the three young women to sing at Ohev High Holiday services not long after they became bnot mitzvah. 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If you, or your family members or friends, have been members of COS at some point in its history or would like to join in celebrat ing this important milestone in Orlandos Jewish com munity, please contact us at 407-298-4650 or office@ ohevshalom.org. UN From page 4A of an agenda that is clearly anti-Israel AND anti-Semitic. These efforts have done significant harm to the peace process, appearing to justify Europe From page 5A Peace From page 5A As a result, following Presi dent Trumps announcement accepting the reality that Jerusalem is Israels capital, Arab leaders made perfunc tory statements condemning the decision but did nothing. Muslims around the world did not answer Abbass call for three days of rage. In fact, few Palestinians paid attention. The Palestinians turned to terror many years ago in the delusional belief that they could bomb the Jews out of their homeland. But hijackings, suicide bombings, intifadas and ongoing attacks have not and will not succeed in improving the plight of the Palestinians. The violence pher for Yediot Aharonot was attacked and his motorcycle was smashed while he tried to report on the riots. The EU has invested tens of millions of dollars radical izing the Israeli Arab com munity in recent years. Or ganizations including Adalah, Baldana, Massowa, Zohrot and the Negev Coexistence Forum have indoctrinated, urged and paid Israeli Arabs to abandon their Israeli identity, view themselves as Palestin ians and reject Israels right to exist. Survey data shows that a growing majority of Israeli Arabs wish to integrate into the wider Israeli society. And yet, with effectively unlim ited funding from European URJ From page 1A is not my position, nor does it reflect the views of multitudes of, perhaps most, Reform Jews, Rabbi Ammiel Hirsch declared in a sermon at the Manhattan congregation he leads, the Stephen Wise Free Synagogue. Hirsch, who was the ex ecutive director of the As sociation of Reform Zionists of America for 12 years and served as a tank commander in the Israeli military, strongly challenged the URJs criticism of the timing of the Trump announcement. has only made things worse for them. The entire Israeli public shifted rightward after the Is raeli evacuation of Gaza, giving Palestinians control, because the Palestinians destroyed the land-for-peace formula by bombarding Israel with rock ets. Most Israelis now demand concrete security guarantees before they withdraw from another inch of disputed land. Any nation in the world would demand such guarantees. Perhaps the most danger ous aspect of Palestinian Derangement Syndrome is that Palestinians have con vinced themselves that they do not have to compromise with Israel, because time is on their side. The fertility rate of Jews is now higher than that of Pal estinians; nevertheless, some Palestinians believe they will eventually outnumber Israeli Jews and somehow swallow up Israel. Alternatively, some Pales tinians hope that one or more countries in the region will obtain nuclear weapons and destroy Israel. The Iranians are the most likely to get a bomb, but if the nightmare of a successful nuclear attack on Israel ever became a reality, theres no question that many Palestinians as well as Israeli Jews would die. The best hope for a cure for Palestinian Derangement Syndrome is a change in Palestinian leadership. Abbas represents the last of the old guard, which psychologically cannot give up the dream of liberating all of occupied Palestinemeaning all of Is rael, not just that lands Israel captured after it was attacked by Arab armies in the Six Day War in 1967. If the Palestinians want to achieve independence, they will have to elect leaders com mitted to ending their suffer ing and to ending Palestinian Derangement Syndrome. This will require: Providing basic civil rights to the Palestinians under their authority. Entering face-to-face negotiations with Israel with realistic expectations. Demonstrating that they are willing to live in peace beside the Jewish State. Recognizing that the 1949 armistice line that set the newly independent State of Israels border after it defeated invading Arab armies will not be the border going forward. Accepting that Israel will never give up its ancient capital of Jerusalem. Understanding that Israel will not accept the Palestinian dream of a right of return for more than a fraction of the Palestinian refugees who fled Israel in the 1940s and their descendants born elsewhere in the last 70 years. Accepting that Israel will never withdraw from major settlement blocs in the West Bank. Giving up the idea that Israel can be pressured to ac cept their demands by outside parties through boycotts, U.N. resolutions or any other threats. Ending Palestinian De rangement Syndrome will be not be easy. The delusions of the syndrome are older than most Palestinians alive today, taught to them since childhood. But at some point, Palestinians will have to ac cept reality if they truly wish to reach a mutually beneficial peace agreement with Israel. Dr. Mitchell Bard is execu tive director of the AmericanIsraeli Cooperative Enter prise and author/editor of 24 books including The Arab Lobby and the novel After Anatevka: Tevye in Palestine. governments, radical forces inside the Israeli Arab com munity have managed to intimidate their opponents into silence and incite their members to reject Israel. This then brings us to the EUs role in subverting Israeli politics more generally. For the past several months, leftist political strategist and self-styled anti-corruption dragon slayer Eldad Yaniv has been leading a political cam paign to demand that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu be indicted. Yanivs campaign has in volved weekly demonstrations against Netanyahu, which are widely covered by the media. Netanyahus supporters allege Yaniv is manipulating the public by using unproved allegations of corruption to diminish public support for the government in the service of the radical Left. Demonstrations in Tel Aviv early last month bore out those allegations. Promi nently displayed was a giant, brightly illuminated sign that read BDS. Radical demon strators called for Israel to be destroyed and vowed never to defend Zionism. According to an investiga tive report on the demon stration published in Israel Hayom, among the demon strations major financial backers and organizers are One Voice, a US-registered NGO that receives financial support from the EU, the Brit ish Muslim Organization and Labour Friends of Palestine. In other words, according to the report, the EU is funding Israeli groups that are work ing openly to overthrow the democratically elected gov ernment of Israel. Netanyahu visited Paris and Brussels to confront Europes leaders and challenge their hostility toward Israel. He told his European hosts that their opposition to Trumps recog nition of reality in respect to Jerusalem was indefensible. Far from harming the cause of peace, Trumps recognition of Jerusalem as Israels capital advanced it. After all, there is no way a sustainable peace can be based on rejection of reality, he argued. As the lukewarm responses Netanyahu received from the likes of Mogherini and Macron made clear, the Euro peans behind the war against Israel have no intention of permitting reality to get in their way. They arent waging their political war geared toward delegitimizing Israel interna tionally, even at the expense of their local Jewish communi ties, and subverting Israels government domestically to advance peace. They are doing it because they think their interests are served by waging war against Israel. Ahead of Netanyahus trip to Europe and US Vice Presi dent Mike Pences visit to Israel, the PA announced its leaders would boycott Pence in retaliation for Trumps recognition of Jerusalem. The Palestinian notionsup ported by their Israeli far Left supportersis that the EU should replace the US as the mediator. During his meeting with Netanyahu, Macron rejected those suggestions. And that makes sense. Because even if he wanted to supplant the Americans, there is no chance he would succeed. Israel will never permit the Europeans to mediate anything. Their war against Israel internationally and inside of Israel itself has achieved one clear result. The Europeans have convinced Israelis not to trust them, not to admire them, and not to consider them friends. Originally published in the Jerusalem Post. Caroline Glick is the senior Middle East Fellow at the Center for Security Policy in Washington, DC, the deputy managing editor of The Jeru salem Post and a contributor to the Jewish World Review. the Palestinian Authoritys refusal to come to the nego tiating table and providing little incentive for PA leaders to negotiate in good faith. And why should they, especially if their friends at UN will impose a favorable solution that requires little or no com promise on their part? Israel will never accept a solution that is imposed on it from the UN and the Pales tinians are delusional if they believe such tactics will yield them victory. Real victory for both parties in the conflict can only be achieved through face-to-face bilateral talks that result in a permanent agreement. Ambassador Haleys state ments in defiance of onesided anti-Israel resolutions is a signal that once again America will defend our allies. American leadership is back, and no matter what political affiliation, every American should be pleased that we are no longer leading from behind. Jacob Millner is senior policy analyst for The Israel Project. Now is the not the right time? asked Hirsch, whose sermon was posted on You Tube. Two-thousand years later and it is still not the right time?... 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 an interview with JNS, Hirsch said there was an evolution in the Reform movements position between the organizations official statements on Dec. 6 and Dec. 22. In his view, the URJ is now supportive of what I believe should have been our position from the beginning. Hirsch said he believes his sermon and Yoffies article helped clarify, and legiti mate, feelings and opinions that people [within the move ment] already had. Other prominent Reform rabbis agree. Rabbi John Moscowitz, rabbi emeritus of the Holy Blossom Temple in Toronto, told JNS he believes that Hirschs public remarks may have awakened many to the movements misjudgment about Jerusalem. Rabbi Jeffrey K. Salkin of Temple Solel in Hollywood, Fla., said that at the URJs recent national conference, he perceived a noticeable amount of grassroots sup port for the U.S. recogni tion of Jerusalem. I heard many whispered and notso-whispered conversations in the corridors of the URJ biennial, he told JNS. An impressive number of rabbis and lay people support Jeru salem as Israels capital, even if Trump said itWhatever Trumps motives were for the proclamation, he spoke the truth. Rabbis from other denomi nations told JNS that they are pleased at these develop ments. In many corners of the Jewish community today, the reflexive response to anything connected to Trump is: Im against it, said Rabbi Neil Cooper of Temple Beth Hillel-Beth El, a Conservative synagogue near Philadelphia. One cannot help but wonder if the same reaction to this [Jerusalem] announcement would have been heard if it had come from President Obama rather than from President Trump. If the Reform move ment has evolved beyond that point, I think it is a positive change. The December 6 statement was consistent with the at titudes of those URJ leaders who sat down with Pales tinian Authority chairman Mahmoud Abbas in Ramallah, yet refused to join President Trump for a High Holy Day phone call, said Rabbi Pesach Lerner, president of the Coali tion for Jewish Values, which represents several hundred Orthodox rabbis. Its heart ening that the pushback from other Reform leaders apparently forced a change of course.
PAGE 16A HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, JANUARY 5, 2018 Anadolu Agency/Getty Images Jason Greenblatt, in gray shirt, visiting the Nahal Oz military base near the Gaza border, Aug. 30, 2017. In September, however, speaking at the Ad Hoc Liai son Committee, the grouping of nations that are invested in the Palestinian-Israeli peace process, Greenblatt put it this way: Instead of working to impose a solution from the outside, we are giving the parties space to make their own decisions about their future, he said. Instead of laying blame for the conflict at the feet of one party or the other, we are focused on implementing existing agree ments and unlocking new areas of cooperation which benefit both Palestinians and Israelis. Greenblatt already scored one success: a deal, signed in July, in which Israel sells water to the Palestinian Authority at reduced rates. The water will reach parched areas of the West Bank and the Gaza Strip, which is ruled by Hamas. The agreement, forged at a time in which Israeli and Palestinian leader ship barely speak to one another, earned Greenblatt kudosfrom the Israelis, at leastfor keeping away from hot-button issues that scuttled previous talks. When you focus on the is suesand not about history or background or personal emotions or other disturb ing elementsthe common denominator is much bigger than what separates us, Tza chi HaNegbi, the countrys minister for regional develop ment, said at the time. The evidence shows, though, that Greenblatt does focus on emotional and personal elementsbut only as a means of advancing com monalities. Greenblatts Twitter feed is a constant flow of amity. He posts photos of kosher meals hes received as the guest of the Palestinian Authority or the Saudi kingdom. He ran a series of photos featuring kids from Gaza who visited Washington under a youth exchange programin one, he thanks the Israeli gov ernment for facilitating the groups travel. (The Palestine Liberation Organization en voy, Husam Zomlot, thanked Greenblatt for his interven tion.) He wishes Jews, Mus lims and Christians happy holidays at the appropriate times. Its a friendly approach that has attracted investment in the peace process from ac tors who were wary of it in the past. Overall, the sense is, were being spoken to, said Elie Pieprz, the director of external affairs for the Yesha Council, the umbrella body for West Bank settlements. The expectation is that for there to be genuine peace, you need to be speaking to people on all sides, not just a couple of leaders you gather in a hotel in Europe. The Palestinian Authority, at least until the Jerusalem issue arose this month, also enthusiastically embraced Trumps approach, as ex pressed through Greenblatt, their most frequent inter locutor from the Trump administration. Zomlot, the PLO envoy, turned down a request for an interview, but in previ ous briefings for reporters he expressed admiration for the intensity of Greenblatts involvement. They have traveled to the region, they have met with all parties, especially Mr. Greenblatt, he said at an August briefing. What Im hearing is that he is primarily in listening mode, respectful of positions trying to understand where theyre coming from, but also preparing for what appears to be big moves, said Jonathan Schanzer, the vice president of the Foundation for Defense of Democracies. He understands the power of weakness of the Palestinian side, said Nimrod Novik, a former top Israeli negotiator under Labor governments and now the Israel Policy Forums Israel fellow. Which means once presented with a seemingly impossible posi tion they can easily say no and become domestic heroes. Greenblatt understands, Novik said, that whatever formula emerges it must not be one that Palestinians re flexively reject. Oded Revivi, the mayor of the settlement of Efrat, which maintains relations with three neighboring Palestinian villages, said Greenblatt was able to ex trapolate from the details of that relationship to possible bigger picture solutions. Hes very interested in small details while remembering that he is representing the strongest country in the world, and he needs to think of the global matter and not just a small suburb of Jeru salem, he said. Still, despite Greenblatts efforts, there remains con siderable frustrationif not anxietyat the Trump administrations reluctance to outline a deal. At the same August briefing with reporters, Zomlot wondered where the hell they are go ing. Around the same time that Greenblatt was say ing that Hamas-Palestinian Authority would work, if Hamas adheres to principles including the laying down of arms and recognizing Israel, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu fretted that the reconciliation could come at the expense of our existence. There may be obstacles closer to home as well. In terlocutors who have spent time with the negotiation team say that Friedmans politics tend to veer to the far right on the Israeli political spectrum. Friedman, speak ing this week of Palestinian reaction to Trumps recog nition of Jerusalem, told The Jerusalem Post that the Palestinian reaction to the recognition was ugly and anti-Semitic. One figure who met with the team notes that Green blatt spent time at Yeshivat Har Etzion, a West Bank yeshiva noted for leaders who counseled engagement with the Palestinians. A source close to Greenblatt described his year there as a very meaningful year of growth with great teachers, role models and friends. Friedman, before becom ing ambassador, was a backer of the more hardline Bet El yeshiva. Kushner is facing legal woes as a special prosecu tor investigates the Trump campaigns alleged collusion with Russia. He said in leaked remarks over the summer that he doesnt know if a deal is even possible. But Kushner, speaking ear lier this month at the Brook ings Institution annual Sa ban Forum, which convenes Israeli and U.S. influencers, described a team that works together smoothly. As this process has gone through, my team in particular, being three Orthodox Jews and a Coptic Egyptian [Powell], has tried very hard to do a lot of listening, he said. A White House official said that the team is focused on reaching a dealbut the official added that there is also value in Greenblatts confidence-building mea sures, in and of themselves. The official added that Trump, who has had about 10 meetings with the team, was very attentive to progress toward reaching a peace deal. Hes extremely engaged and interested and dedicated to making this a top priority, the official said. Why Trumps Middle East negotiator is beating expectations By Ron Kampeas WASHINGTON (JTA) Jason Greenblatt, President Donald Trumps chief IsraeliPalestinian negotiator, has an office just around the corner from the White House. On his computer monitor is a Post-it note, inscribed with a quote from former Mossad chief Tamir Pardo: At the end of the day, a peace agreement derives its strength from an understanding between peoples, not an accord be tween governments. Its an appropriate message for Greenblatt, an affable Orthodox Jew whos been tasked by Trump with leading Israel and the Palestinians toward peaceful pastures. Given that the lawyer had no prior diplomatic experience, Greenblatt was considered an odd choice for the task, according to observers. However, according to interlocutors and veteran Israeli-Arab negotiators, Greenblatt, who is about 50, has exceeded expectations. Many on all sides praise him for his investment in the people affected by the conflictespecially for his intensive, public engagement with populations largely overlooked by previous ne gotiators, such as settlers, the haredi Orthodox and Palestinian refugees. In interviews with more than a dozen people who have met the special representa tive for international nego tiations, one compliment comes up again and again: Greenblatt is a good listener. And thats a skill that may be essential to the job. Greenblatt has made a universally positive impres sion among Israelis and Palestinians as serious, creative, empathetic and dedicated to the cause of peace, said Daniel Shapiro, who was the Obama ad ministrations ambassador to Israel. They see him as possessing goodwill and a sense of realism about what peace looks like. He deserves the praise he has received for building those relationships of trust in a situation when the parties dont trust each other at all. Greenblatt is one member of a team led by Trumps top adviser, Jared Kushner, who is married to his daughter, Ivanka. The team also in cludes David Friedman, the ambassador to Israel, and, until January, Dina Powell, a top National Security Coun cil official who is stepping down. Both Friedman, who also is an Orthodox Jew, and Greenblatt worked for years as lawyers for Trump and the Trump Organization. Yet despite all the good will toward Greenblatt, his seemingly altruistic efforts may wither in absence of an overarching political solu tion. After Trump recognized Jerusalem as Israels capital earlier this month, the Pales tinians have walked awayat least temporarilyfrom an American-led peace push. In addition, while Israel applauded the Jerusalem recognition, its officials have expressed trepidation at others aspects of the Trump administrations emerg ing approach. For example, Greenblatt has welcomed Palestinian Authority at tempts to assume control of the Gaza Stripbut Israels government is concerned that such control will also increase Hamas influence. Shapiro, who is now a fellow at the Institute for National Security Studies in Israel, said that Greenblatt can only operate within the constraints of the policy he or she is tasked to carry out. But what the policy is and what constraints they come withare not very discernible under the current administration. All we know is that the U.S. believes in peace, sup ports Palestinian economic development, opposes terror and recognizes Jerusalem as Israels capital, Shapiro said. Each of those positions is correct, but without an over arching framework of a policy goal and initiative focused on achieving a two-state solution to end the conflict, nothing ties those threads together, and there is little any envoy can do to advance toward that goal. A White House official said that Trumps critics were missing the point: Whatever peace plan the administra tion advances should emerge organically from the people whom it would most affect. However the peace agree ment shakes out at the end of the day will be in one in which the two societies are connected economically and otherwise, said the official, who requested anonymity in order to speak expansively about the Trump administra tions peace efforts. We cant do this from afar, we have to go there to see interactions, how the economics can work out, how business is conducted on the two sides. Greenblatts office did not agree to an interview. NEW YORKOn Friday, Dec. 22, Former Minister of Justice and Attorney Gen eral of Canada, the Honorable Irwin Cotler, addressed a special session of the United Nations Security Council on International Humanitarian Law and the repatriation of the remains of Hadar Goldin, abducted and murdered by Hamas in violation of a UNmandated humanitarian ceasefire. Security Council Member nationsincluding the United States, United Kingdom, Germany, Canada, Russia, France, Italy, Sweden, Ukraine, Kazakhstan, Ethio pia, Senegal and Uruguay expressed their solidarity with the Goldin family, and demanded the return of the remains of Hadar Goldin and Oron Shaul. Additional guests of the session included emis saries from the missions of Japan, Peru and Israel. The nations stood side by side in calling for Hamas to return the remains of the two IDF soldiers it holds captive. The historic hearing was co-hosted by The United States and Ukraine, in the face of what Cotler described as Hamass abiding disrespect and denunciation of the UN itself, its values, institutions, and norms. We are pleased by the significant number of delega tions from around the world at the meeting, who highlighted that the refusal to repatriate the remains of murdered soldiers is an egregious viola tion of the most fundamental principles of human rights and human dignity that underpin humanitarian law said Cotler. The next step is for this group to work with the Secretary-General and international organizations to secure the return of the re mains, lest the international community itself indulge a culture of impunity in defi ance of UN norms. As a mother, I am ex tremely grateful that this world body and these world leaders gave us their time to listen to my appeal, movingly expressed Dr. Leah Goldin, mother of slain soldier Hadar Goldin. We believe the UN can compel Hamas to return my son and Oron Shauls remains to their home for a proper burial. Hadar Goldin was an Israeli Defense Forces soldier who was killed in August 2014, and whose body is still held ransom by Hamas. Goldin was killed during a cease-fire from Operation Protective Edge, in which the IDF went into Gaza to destroy terror tunnels and missile launch ing sites. The cease-fire, bro kered by the United Nations and the United States and agreed upon by both Israel and Hamas, handicapped Goldins ability at the time of his ambush to return fire and defend himself. Members of UN Security Council declare support for the return of two IDF soldiers, captured by Hamas