WWW.HERITAGEFL.COM YEAR 42, NO. 25 FEBRUARY 23, 2018 8 ADAR, 5778 ORLANDO, FLORIDA SINGLE COPY 75 Editorials ..................................... 4A Op-Ed .......................................... 5A Calendar ...................................... 6A Scene Around ............................. 9A Synagogue Directory ................ 11A JTA News Briefs ........................ 13A By Ben Sales and Josefin Dolsten (JTA)They volunteered. They played soccer. They went to camp. They were sweet, mature and easygoing. They were just beginning their lives, or helping others on their way. And one died so that others could live. Jewish students and staff were among the 17 people who were killed when a gun man entered Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, on Wednesday afternoon and began shoot ing. Among the Jewish victims are firstyear students Jaime Guttenberg, Alex Schachter and Alyssa Alhadeff, senior Meadow Pollack and Scott Beigel, a geography teacher who saved students lives by closing a door as he was shot. Its chaos here and devastation, Rabbi Jonathan Kaplan of the local Temple Beth Chai told JTA on Wednesday on his way to console bereaved parents in his congregation Everyone is just waiting and praying. No words can describe what happened here. Jaime Guttenberg and her brother Joe Raedle/Getty Images A look at the aftermath of the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., Feb. 14, 2018. Five Jewish victims among 17 killed in high school shooting Jesse were students at Stoneman Douglas High School. While her brother managed to escape the school, Jaime was killed. My heart is broken. Yesterday, Jennifer Bloom Guttenberg and I lost our baby girl to a violent shooting at her school, her father, Fred Guttenberg, wrote on Facebook. We lost our daughter and my son Jesse Guttenberg lost his sister. I am broken as I write this trying to figure out how my family gets through this. Guttenberg and her brother were By Christine DeSouza There are four Democratic contenders for governor of Florida and one of them is Jewish. His name is Philip Democratic gubernatorial candidate Philip Levine. A Jewish candidate for governor who is bullish for Florida Levine, and he optimistically sees a lot of opportunity for Florida. He is the former may or of Miami Beach, a wealthy businessman, and a member of Temple Beth Sholom, a Re form congregation in Miami Beach, but he said his personal faith does not play a part in his campaign. And although he is proud to have been a prominent surrogate for Hilary Clintons presidential campaign, he sees himself as someone running for gover nor who can reach across the partisan lines. I am not right, not left. Im forward, he confidently stated. Levine was in Altamonte Springs recently to speak at a standing-room-only Young Democrats of Semi nole County meeting. He had just arrived from an NAACP meeting in Hillsborough County (Tampa), wearing relaxed jeans, sports jacket, open-collared shirt and full of energy. Levine has been touring Florida, talking with Florid ians in their homes, at grass roots meetings, and investing in TV ads (two of themone in English and one in Span ish). He is getting his name out there. According to a University of North Florida poll, Levine is unknown by 73 percent of Floridians. Thats better than his Democrat opponents: Gwen Graham is unknown by 78 percent and 81 percent have never heard of Andrew Gillum (the poll did not show figures for Chris King). All the traveling invigorates him. He loves meeting people and encouraging them to pursue their dreams. Levine believes in the American dream because he has proven it. After graduation from the University of Michigan, he went to work as a lecturer on Royal Caribbean cruise lines. Later, with only $500 capital, he built a business that grew to $400 million providing magazine and TV program ming on cruise ships. He sold that company and is now CEO of Royal Media Partners. Aside from his personal growth, Levine has a passion for the State of Florida. He is a firm believer that Florida is the future and can be an international leadernot just in climate change and sea level risebut also in solar and renewable energy. As goes Florida, so goes the (JNS)The annual fund ing Israel receives from the United States may be in creased by $200 million in 2019, according to President Donald Trumps fiscal year budget request. Israel is ex pected to receive $3.3 billion in 2019. The requested funds are the result of a $38 billion 10-year memorandum of un derstanding signed between Israel and the United States at the end of President Barack Obamas term in office. The additional proposed funds are being apportioned to provide assistance to bolster Israels capacity to defend itself and maintain its qualitative mili tary edge. Part of the funds will go toward prioritizing funding for a U.S. Embassy facility in US seeks to increase aid to Israel Jerusalem which will begin once design and construction plans are finalized, accord ing to a fact sheet released by the State Department. The administration has an nounced that the embassy will officially move from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem in 2019, while a new facility in the capital will take years to complete. Israels eastern neighbor, Jordan is also scheduled to receive an increase of $275 million, to $1.275 billion in 2019. The budget request re quires congressional approval before being finalized. What does a retired clini cal chemist with two grown children and no formal Jew ish education know about the Talmud? As it turns out, a lot... Maggie Anton grew up in a secular Jewish household, and had little investment in her Judaism until she was married. In 1992, she joined a womens Talmud class at the home of Rachel Adler, now a professor at Hebrew Union College in Los Angeles. Surprised by how much she loved engaging in the Hebrew and Aramaic text, she delved even deeper into the text and its commentaries. She learned that Rashi, the 11th century French scholar famous for his com mentary on the Torah and the Talmud, had no sons, but several daughters. Intrigued by tidbits from traditionlike reports that Rashis daugh ters wore tfilinshe began researching his family and his time. The result was the award-winning series of Jew ish historical novels, Rashis Daughters. Her next project was a twopart series on life among the Rabbis of the Talmud in the 3rd century, including the prevalence of magic, titled Rav Hisdas Daughter. Most recently, she published 50 Shades of Talmud: What the First Rabbis Had to Say About You-Know-What, a lighthearted look at our Sages surprisingly progressive views on sexuality. Anton will be Congregation Ohev Shaloms Edward S. Ack erman Scholar-in-Residence during the weekend of March 2-3. At services on Friday night, which will begin at 6:15 p.m., she will speak on Break ing Barriers: The Making of a Talmud Student; a Shabbat dinner (paid RSVP required) will follow. On Shabbat morn Scholar-in-Residence weekend at COS ing, services begin at 9:30 a.m., and Maggie will speak on How Women Shaped Rashis Community. Following ser vices and Kiddush lunch, she will present Jewish Magic? Believe It! The weekend concludes on Saturday evening at 7:30 p.m., with Havdalah and a presenta tion on 50 Shades of Talmud. Anton will be available to sell and sign her books. Sponsorship opportunities are available, and all sponsors receive a signed copy of the Maggie Anton book of their choice. For more information, including RSVPs and reserva tions for Shabbat dinner, call 407-298-4650 or email Of fice@OhevShalom.org. Author Maggie Anton Victims on page 15A Levine on page 15A
PAGE 2A HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, FEBRUARY 23, 2018 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. Shield your eyes (and your familys eyes) from harmful UV rays. Wear sunglasses with maximum UV protection. For more information, visit www.thevisioncouncil.org/consumers/sunglasses. A public service message from The Vision Council. HEALTHY EYES WEAR SUNGLASSES Share the Purim fun with our elder residents Purim begins at the end of February! (Feb. 28, March 1-2) The Jewish Pavilion staff and volunteers will be celebrating with the Elder Residents in many of Orlandos assisted living, independent living, memory care and rehab facilities. There are plenty of parties/plays on JP program directors schedules and they welcome volunteers to come and join in the fun! Please contact the Jewish Pavilion office to participate with programs. Call 407678-9363 and Make a Difference in the Lives of Others Never had a chance to be a contestant on The Price Is Right? Always thought you could beat that guy on Jeopardy? Secretly wish you could buy a vowel on Wheel of Fortune? Well, then, come on down to Ohev Shalom on Wednesday, Feb. 28, for Game Show Purim. The fun begins at 4 p.m. with COSs annual all-ages community Purim carnival. For $18 ($15 in advance) play as many games as you want, as many times as you want. (Unlimited games for children ages 4 and under for only $5.) Buy kosher food and drinks, get your face painted, and try Come on down to Game Show Purim your costume, BYOG (Bring Your Own Gragger) or there will be plenty on hand, and get ready to play your way through the story of Esther, Mordecai, Achasverosh, and the wicked You-Know-Who. And how about thisyoull actually be asked to use your cell phone during services, to join in a few rounds of Kahoot. Sponsorships are available, and get you games passes and food tickets. For details or to order game and food tickets in advance, call 407298-4650 or go to https:// www.ohevshalom.org/event/ purimcarnival2018. to find your way out of the Purim Escape Room. And yes, of course, there are prizes! But thats not all. At 6:30 p.m., its time for the Game Show Purim Best Parts Megillah-reading. Wear Tikvah Fund debuts Mai monides Scholars Program for Jewish high school juniors and seniors NEW YORKThe Tikvah Institute for High School Students has announced a new summer program in part nership with the Maimonides Fund, which will take place from June 24 through July 8, 2018. The program is geared towards Jewish public and private school students who are motivated to learn more about Jewish philosophy, culture and history. Students who will attend this two-week immersive summer institute come with a passion to learn more about the intersection between their Judaism and the modern age. The program aims to quench that thirst by offering courses with seminar leaders and lecturers who en courage dialogue and debate. The program will highlight and discuss the challenges confronting the Jewish com munity in Israel, America and throughout the West. Rec ognizing that these students will face challenges to their Jewish commitments and their support of Israel when they enter college campuses, the program empowers them to be prepared to face this with enhanced knowledge and sophistication. By building an intellectual community, these students will have ac cess to fellow students, their instructors and their Tikvah mentors who they can turn to as a resource in the future. Lecturers and seminar leaders will include: Dr. Dan iel Gordis; Dara Horn; Dr. Michael Doran; Dr. Ronna Burger; Dr. Samuel Gregg; Rabbi Dr. Jacob J. Schacter, Professor Michael (Avi) Hel fand; Dr. Darren Staloff; Shuli Taubes; Rabbi Mark Gottlieb and Kate Havard. Tikvah Fund debuts Maimonides Scholars Program for Jewish high school juniors and seniors Maimonides is considered the quintessential Jewish renaissance man, combining his mastery of and passion for Judaism and his commit ment to engage the wider world of learning in his roles as physician and philosopher. The Maimonides Scholars Program is training the next generation of Jewish thoughtleaders through this program which will offer dialogue and debate around key issues fac ing our students and young adults todaythe intersection between their religion and the modern age, said Rabbi Mark Gottlieb, founder and dean of the Tikvah Institute for High School Students. The goal of our program is to train these students to take on leader ship positions in the Jewish community on campus and beyond. In order for them to be leaders, were teaching them a broader base of knowledge and wisdom through history, politics and philosophy. The program will take place at Yale University and is open to high school juniors and seniors. The total cost for the program is $400, which covers a portion of the actual costs for books, materials, and food. All other onsite program expenses, including housing, are fully subsidized by the program. Both merit and need-based financial aid is available. The application deadline is March 6. For more informa tion or to apply, please vis it http://www.MaimonidesS cholarsorg. (JTA)The pluralistic youth movement BBYO will expand its Jewish learning programs with the help of a $3.9 million grant. On Wednesday, BBYO announced that it had re ceived the grant from the Maimonides Fund, which supports initiatives related to education and Jewish identity in North America and Israel. The grant will be used to to hire educators, speakers and song leaders to work with BBYOs teen participants at the groups international convention, weekend retreats and summer camps, the group said in a statement. It will also support Israel edu cation at BBYO events and professional development experiences for full-time employees. We believe that the Jew ish educators who will be brought on to create new content, programs, and ex periences for BBYO members will play a vital role in creat ing environments where teens feel more Jewishly ca pable and connected, Mark Charendoff, president of the Maimonides Fund, said in the statement. BBYOs CEO, Matthew Grossman, said the grant would continue to help the group engage young Jews. This grant is a critical in gredient in BBYOs efforts to build a world-wide movement of Jewishly inspired young people who are prepared to strengthen their communities, the Jewish People and each other, he said in the statement. In 2016, the group launched a five-year, $90 million cam paign in an effort to double its annual growth rate. BBYO gets $3.9M grant to strengthen Jewish youth programs Beth Shalom Memorial ChapelProudly Serving Our Community For Over 35 YearsLdor vdor ... 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HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, FEBRUARY 23, 2018 PAGE 3A Wikipedia Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School (JNS)Rabbi Bradd Box man of Kol Tikvah, a Reform congregation in the town close to Boca Raton, held a healing and memorial service after the mass shooting that was attended by community members. According to Rabbi Box man, a large number of students from his congrega tion was enrolled at Marjory Stoneman Douglas. Rabbi Jonathan Kaplan of Temple Beth Chai counseled parents at the local Marriott hotel whose children were still unaccounted for. Kaplan said that Jamie Guttenberg was among his congregants, and he had tutored her for her Bat Mitzvah in August 2016, the Forward reported. Rabbi Shuey Biston, direc tor of outreach and develop ment of Chabad of Parkland, said the Jewish community in Parkland was very tightknit. This is a small community, where nearly half of the popu lation is Jewish, so everyone has been touched by what has happened, Biston told Chabad.org. The phones at Chabad have been ringing off the wall as people come for emotional, spiritual and material support. Rabbi Mendy Gutnick, youth director at Chabad of Parkland, said that many of the teens are still in shock. There is one girl we know who was standing between two friends who were shot dead. How can she not be scarred by something like that? Gutnick told Chabad.org. The attack was committed by Nikolas Cruz, 19, who was expelled from the school last year for disciplinary prob lems. Cruz, who was arrested by police shortly after the attack, was charged with 17 counts of premediated mur der and ordered to remain in jail without bond by a judge on Thursday. Officials said that Cruz, who used an AR-15 assault rifle for the attack, had a very disturbing social-media pres ence, which included showing a large number of guns and sharing pictures of small animals he had shot, NBC News reported. Local Jewish leaders responded quickly to the mass shooting Amy Beth Bennett/Sun Sentinel/TNS via Getty Images Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel speaking at a news conference near Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., Feb. 15, 2018. Seventeen people were killed there a day earlier by a lone gunman. By Ben Sales (JTA)As he leads the police response to the school shooting in Parkland, Florida, Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel is likely enduring some of the toughest days of his career. And hes probably look ing to his Judaism to guide him through it. Israel is the countys first Jewish sheriff, and its an iden tity he has embraced. A 2016 campaign flier reported on that year by the South Florida SunSentinel centers on the role that faith in general, and Judaism in particular, plays in his life. My Jewish faith is a central part of my entire life, the flier quotes Israel as saying. My late father Sonny Israel fought in the Korean War and became a police officer because he believed in the call from the Talmud that Whoever saves one life saves an entire world. Those words guided my brother and I, as we also became police officers. Israel is the sheriff in charge of the area that includes Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, where 17 faculty and students were killed by a gunman on Wednesday. Israels children, triplets, had attended the school. In a video recorded by a local NBC affiliate, he called the mass shooting a horrific, homicidal, detestable act. This is a terrible day for Parkland, Broward County, the state of Florida and the United States, he told report ers that day. My very own triplets went to that school and graduated in Stoneman Douglas. They played football and lacrosse at that school. Its just catastrophic. There really are no words. Israel graduated from what is now the State University of New York at Cortland in 1977 with a degree in politi cal science, and subsequently took a variety of courses on law enforcement, including a course of study at the FBI National Academy. He joined the Fort Lauderdale Police De partment in 1979 and served on the narcotics unit and the SWAT team. A Democrat, he was elected sheriff in 2012 and re-elected four years later. The county is home to a large Jewish popu lation. In the 2016 campaign flier, he mentioned fighting gun violence as one of his top issues. The Jewish sheriff leading the response to the Florida school shooting quotes the Talmud In speeches, Israel is known to quote the Bible. A 2013 Sun-Sentinel article about him quoted a speech in which he referenced Eishet Chayil, the Jewish poem about a val orous woman excerpted from Proverbs and traditionally sung on Friday night, as well as Ecclesiastes. As Browards first Jewish sheriff, I carry a heavy burden knowing I am making his tory, the campaign flier said. That is why I always strive to do what is right, what is best, what will help people. This is why this message is important, regardless of your personal faith, because I want my children and grandchil dren to always be able to look back with pride someday at my legacy as they continue to pass down our faith and legacy of public service. Israel told the Sun-Sentinel that he attends the Parkland Chabad, and he is comfort able in churches as well as synagogues. His wife, Susan, is Christian, and they raised their children in both reli gions. I am Jewish, he told the Sun-Sentinel Susan is Chris tian. Like most families with parents of different faiths, we raised our children with extensive exposure to both our faiths. The triplets were all bar/bat mitzvahed. Now that the triplets are adults, they each have the free choice to decide their own faith. March 23, 2018 Advertising Deadline: March 14, 2018 For Further Information Call 407-834-8787 Why is this issue different from all other issues? It's Big It's Colorful It's The SPECIAL PASSOVER ISSUE By World Israel News Following a speech by Pal estinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas at the UN Security Council on Tuesday, US ambassador to the UN, Nikki Hale, delivered a blunt message. At the outset of her address, Haley explicitly referred to comments from Palestinian brass earlier in the month, stating, I will decline the advice I was recently given by your top negotiator Saeb Er ekat. I will not shut up. Rather, I will respectfully speak some hard truths. The United States stands ready to work with the Pal estinian leadership, Haley remarked, addressing Abbas, who had left the UNSC session. Our negotiators are sitting right behind me, ready to talk. But we will not chase after you. The choice, Mr. President, is yours. Haley did not mince words, contrasting the various ap proaches available to the Palestinians: absolutist demands, hateful rhetoric, and incitement to violence or negotiation and com promise. You can choose to de nounce the United States, reject its role in peace talks, and pursue punitive measures against Israel in international forums like the UN. I assure that path will get the Palestin ian people exactly nowhere toward the achievement of their aspirations, she warned. Or you can choose to put aside your anger about the location of our embassy and move forward with us toward a negotiated compromise that holds great potential for improving the lives of the Palestinian people. I will not shut up, Haley tells Palestinians at UN
PAGE 4A HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, FEBRUARY 23, 2018 Shipley speaks Therefor, choose life Jim Shipley THE VIEWS EXPRESSED ON THIS PAGE ARE NOT NECESSARILY THE VIEWS OF HERITAGE MANAGEMENT. CENTRAL FLORIDAS INDEPENDENT JEWISH VOICE ISSN 0199-0721 Winner of 46 Press Awards HERITAGE Florida Jewish News (ISN 0199-0721) is published weekly for $37.95 per year to Florida ad dresses ($46.95 for the rest of the U.S.) by HERITAGE Central Florida Jewish News, Inc., 207 OBrien Road, Suite 101, Fern Park, FL 32730. Periodicals postage paid at Fern Park and additional mailing offices. POSTMASTER: Send address changes and other correspondence to: HERITAGE, P.O. Box 300742, Fern Park, FL 32730. PHONE NUMBER (407) 834-8787 FAX (407) 831-0507 MAILING ADDRESS P.O. Box 300742 Fern Park, FL 32730 email: firstname.lastname@example.org Editor/Publisher Jeffrey Gaeser Editor Emeritus Associate Editor News Editor Gene Starn Kim Fischer Christine DeSouza Account Executives Kim Fischer Marci Gaeser Contributing Columnists Jim Shipley Ira Sharkansky David Bornstein Ed Ziegler Production Department David Lehman Gil Dombrosky Joyce Gore Society Editor Gloria Yousha Office Manager Paulette Alfonso Here are some late night thoughts as I approach my 89th year. God knows (he or she, assuming of course...) that I am not a theologian, or for that matterin the eyes of many who area religious person. A Jew? Oh yesfirst and foremost and for at least the last two thirds of my life. If I am a Jew, certain things become selfevident. I have a DNA that is consistent with millions and millions of people both living and dead. Many of those dead of course, not of natural causes. I am a descendent of a people who in essence invented a belief system which became a religion. I am a minority. I have a responsibility to my fellow manthat is to see that, at least in my life, to do what I can to see that each and every human being has an equal shot at respectability, responsibility and success. As a Jew, I have a DNA that makes it natural for me to disagree with many, to take every truth with a respectively sized grain of salt. I dont believe that Lots wife was turned into a pillar of saltalthough Ive seen the mythical location of that stark result of a lady disobeying her husband. I dont believe that Methuselah lived 900 years. I do believe the earth is at least a few million years older than we know it to be at this point in our lives. I do believe in evolution in almost all its forms. I believe that any Jew with this DNA knows that in his deep background there was a per sonal connection to the State of Israel in one of its first two Commonwealths. I believe that if indeed the head of J Street really said that if the Jews want to stop anti-Semitism they should dissolve the State of Israel he should be struck by lightningbut I dont believe he said it. I find certain sections of the Torah and the various religious observances, stories and philosophies ringing true to me. There is a section in the High Holy Day services that tell of God speaking to the Jews. I set before you death and life...therefore choose life... Thats an easy one to believe and followun less you dig behind the words and seek their true meaning. Choose Lifedoes that mean our own life or the lives of others as well? We are directed to Chose Lifeand I in terpret that to mean to choose life over death for every human being. Where possible. If it comes to a choice I am going to cherish and protect those closest to me. I feel there is a need to develop and distribute life-saving drugs. I appreciate the amount of time and money spent by pharmaceutical companies to bring a new life-saving drug to market. I also believe that our government with our money has a responsibility to keep those costs within reason. Not the companysthe patients. It is just stupid that our government is prohibited by its own doing from negotiating prices for we the people. Choose life. It states in the Torah that he who saves one life it is as if he has saved the world. Well, we Jews are famous for overstate mentbut that is a good start. When Jews are murdered simply because they want to live in peace in their own land I believe that an eye for an eye comes into play at that point. As a Jew through DNA I know that while I was born in Brooklyn I have a stake in Israel. That is not Dual Loyalty. I served in the armed services of the U.S. Our oldest son served in the IDF. We spread it around and salute both flags. Neither of us has ever taken a kneebut we can empathize with those who have. I learned how to shoot in the U.S. Coast Guard. The U.S. was at war in Korea. I never felt I would fire a shot in anger and I didnt. Our son learned how to shoot in the IDF and in Lebanon he heard a lot of shots fired in anger, but it was a war. I see no reason why a weapon like an AK-47 is allowed to be manufactured for any buyer except the military of the United States. A magazine holding more than seven bullets should be illegal. Hunting and sport does not mean the rush from firing off 50 rounds in a roweven at a target. Jews know all these things if they take the time to think them throughyou do, dont you? By Caroline Glick www.carolineglick.com On Tuesday a delegation of diplomats from the US Consulate in Jerusalem came to Beth lehem to participate in a meeting of the local chamber of commerce. When they arrived in the city, Fatah members attacked them. Their vehicles with diplomatic license plates were pelted with tomatoes and eggs by a mob of protesters calling out anti-American slogans. After the Americans entered the hall where the meeting was scheduled to take place, some of the rioters barged in. They held placards condemning America and they shouted, Americans Out! Some of the demonstrators cursed the Pal estinians present, accusing them of treason for participating in a meeting with Americans. According to the news reports, the scene became tense and violent. The American of ficials beat a speedy retreat. As they departed the city, the Fatah rioters continued attacking their cars, kicking them and throwing eggs at them, until they were gone. On Saturday, Fatah members in Bethle hem-area UN camps convened to carry out a very public peoples tribunal. Trump and Vice President Mike Pence were tried for racism and bias against the Palestinians. The tribunal found them guilty and sentenced the president and vice president to death by hanging. Their bodies, the judges decided, were to be burned. The implication of the trial was clear. Americans like Israelis should be killed. The burning effigies themselves were a natural consequence of PLO and Fatah chief and Palestinian Authority Chairman Mah moud Abbass call last month for Trumps house to be destroyed. That is, both the assault on the consular officers Tuesday and the riot on Saturday were simply Abbass followers carrying out his or ders. He put the Americans in his crosshairs. And they are pulling the triggerfor now, with effigies and eggs. It isnt hard for Abbas to set his people against the Americans. Palestinians hate Americans. In large part, anti-Americanism among Palestinians redounds to two things. First, incitement. For 25 years, the US-financed PA has used all the tools at its disposal to indoctrinate the Palestinians to hate America almost as much as they hate Israel. Second, like the Iranian regime, the Pales tinians view the US and Israel as two sides of the same coin. And indeed, their hatred for the US is the mirror image of Israelis love for it. While the Palestinians topped the list of people who view the US as their enemy, Israel topped the list of nations that view the US as their partner. Ninety percent of Israelis view the US as their partner. All Abbas needed to do was call for Trumps house to be destroyed and mobs of Fatah members were only too happy to go into the streets and burn the president in effigy. President Donald Trump and his advisers can play by Fatahs rules or they can walk away. Trump, for his part, seems more than will ing to walk away from the whole business. Over the past week Trump threatened to cut off all US aid to the Palestinians three times. In his appearance with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at Davos last week, Trump made clear that he wouldnt be overly upset if the peace process disappears. I can tell you that Israel does want to make peace, Trump said. The Palestinians, he continued, are going to have to want to make peace too, or were going to have nothing to do with it any longer. When asked about the implications of his recognition of Jerusalem as Israels capital for prospects for peace, Trump turned to Netanyahu and said, You [Israel] won one point, and youll give up some points later on in the negotiation, if it ever takes place. I dont know that it ever will take place. Jason Greenblatt, Trumps chief peace ne gotiator, seems less sanguine at the concept that the peace process is over. At a meeting in Ramat Gan this week with ambassadors from EU member states, one of the ambassadors asked Greenblatt whether Jerusalem is still a subject for negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians, or whether, as Trump said in Davos, the issue is settled and is in Trumps words, off the table. Greenblatt reportedly answered that Trump mischaracterized the situation at Davos. Jerusalem is still a topic for nego tiation between the sides, as Trump made clear in his December 6, 2017, declaration recognizing Jerusalem as Israels capital, Greenblatt said. Greenblatts statements over the past sev eral days paint a picture of an administration unclear on what to make of the Palestinian response to Trumps recognition of Jeru salem. On the one hand, they continue to maintain that peace can only be based on reality and therefore, recognizing Jerusalem was necessary for peace to ever be achieved. Along these lines, at his meeting with the European ambassadors, Greenblatt also told them that their insistent condemnation of construction in Israeli communities in Judea and Samaria as an obstacle to peace is wrong. Construction of housing in the settlements has no impact on prospects for peace, he insisted, rightly. The last time any US envoy said anything approaching Greenblatts reported remarks was 2003. But then, Greenblatt wouldnt let go of the hope that the Palestinians are interested in cutting a peace deal. Speaking in Brussels at a donor conference for the Palestinian Authority, Greenblatt repeated over and over that the US is com mitted to the peace process. Then there was his fawning message to PA Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah, who participated in the conference. The sole reason the conference in Brussels was convened was to raise tens of millions of dollars for Hamdallah to shove into bank ac counts controlled by Abbas and his kleptocrat underlings. It would have been rather odd if Hamdallah wasnt there to beg in person. And yet, Greenblatt didnt treat Hamdal lahs presence in the meeting room as no big deal. He didnt call him out publicly for the dangerous assault by Fatah activists against US diplomats in Bethlehem the day before. Instead Greenblatt gushed, I am par ticularly pleased to see you Prime Minister HamdallahI hope, as a sign of the Pales tinian Authoritys continued commitment to the process which we have undertaken together. Despite our differences, we remain committed to continue working together to use our best efforts to resolve the IsraeliPalestinian conflict. Given the fact that the day before Fatah members attacked US diplomats in Beth lehem, and four days earlier they burned Trump and Pence in effigy, it would have been reasonable for Greenblatt to publicly excoriate Hamdallah and the PA for their actions. The fact that Greenblatt failed to call him to account, but rather gushed at Hamdallahs presence like a teenage girl over a rock star, Time for the US to Walk Away from the PLO shows that the Americans are still unclear why the Palestinians have taken a sword to their relations with Washington. Greenblatt, like his colleagues at the con sulate and the State Department, dont under stand what is happening because they think that the peace process is about negotiating. But thats never been what the peace process has been about. If it were about negotiating then the Palestinians would have been held accountable for their breaches of every com mitment they ever made to Israel. But they have never been held to account. Only Israel has been held to account. Indeed, Israel has been attacked despite the fact that it has upheld all of its commitments. Meantime, the Palestinians have never honored any of their commitments to Is raelor to the US. They never canceled or amended the PLO Charter that calls for Israels annihilation. They never ended their incitement to murder Israelis. They never ended their sponsorship or finance of ter rorism. They never extradited terrorists who murdered Americans to the US to stand trial. They certainly never extradited terrorists to stand trial in Israel. Indeed, they have never recognized Israels right to exist. As far as the Palestinians are concerned, the peace process is a process of unconditional Israeli surrender to all of their terms. The role of the US as the sponsor of the peace process is to coerce Israel to make concessions that together will lead to its unconditional surren der. And for the better part of the past quarter century successive US administrations have played by the Palestinians rules. But then Trump showed up. When Trump recognized Jerusalem as Israels capital, he took something away from the Palestinians. That has never happened before. And now, reports that the administration is considering holding the UNs Palestinian refugee agency UNRWA to the same definition of refugee as the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees means another Palestinian high card is in danger. If Trump carries out his threat, then the only Palestinians who will be eligible for refugee status will be the 20,000 Palestinians who left Israel between 1947 and 1949. In one fell swoop, Trump would wipe out the Palestinian demand to destroy Israel through mass immigration of five million foreign-born Arabs to its territoryin the framework of peace. In an interview with Fox News, chief Pal estinian negotiator Saeb Erekat was asked what the administration can do to placate the Palestinians anger and convince them to renew their contacts with Washington. Erekat said the only thing the US can do is cancel its recognition of Jerusalem. Mean ing only unconditional American surrender to Palestinian demands will bring America back into the PLOs good graces. At the entrance to Jericho a sign is hang ing saying that Americans and dogs are not welcome. Signs on shop windows in Ramal lah and Jericho inform all US and British visitors thinking of coming inside that they are required to apologize for their govern ments policies. Its time for Greenblatt to understand that the peace process is over. And unless Trump intends to humiliate himself and America and sell Israel down the river like his predecessors did, the peace process will not be resuscitated. The longer he and his colleagues pretend away the truth, the more they imperil themselves and empower a people that will be more than happy to move beyond eggs and tomatoes and effigies and banners. 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 Jerusalem Post and a contributor to the Jewish World Review.
HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, FEBRUARY 23, 2018 PAGE 5A By Rachel B. Gross SAN FRANCISCO (JTA) At a time when more than three-quarters of American Jews say they do not keep kosher, should we be shocked when Jews gather together and eat non-kosher food? American Jews have always gone beyond the restrictions of Jewish dietary laws, eating non-kosher (treif or trefa) food Sometimes this has been a deliberate choice. Other times it has resulted from the challenge of acquiring meat slaughtered according to Jewish ritual law and other foods consistent with the dietary requirements. Accord ing to Pew, only 22 percent of American Jews say they keep kosher in their homes. So why was there a public outcry among some Jews fol lowing a private networking event where non-kosher food was on the menu? After local and national news sites re ported on last months Trefa Banquet 2.0, a networking event for Bay Area Jews in the food industry, letters to the editor equated the event with trampling on a Torah scroll... or burning an Israeli flag, and suggested that the event would logically be fol lowed by mocking dont kill with mass slaughter of the homeless and less fortunate. I was the keynote speaker at Trefa Banquet 2.0, a reference to the most infamous meal in American Jewish history. That historic dinner, known as the Trefa Banquet, was organized in 1883 by Reform leader Isaac Mayer Wise to celebrate the first ordination of Reform rabbis in the United States. The modern occasion was a semiannual gathering of the Illuminoshi, a not-so-secret group of Jewish food profes sionals. The Illuminoshis meeting recognized that the majority of Jews in the local food industry prepare and sell non-kosher food. For many members, this professional networking group is the only Jewish organization in which they participate. The tonguein-cheek name Trefa Banquet 2.0 provided an opportunity for those present to learn about the occasions historic name sake and reflect on their own food choices and those of the broader Jewish community. As I said in my speech, the original Trefa Banquet took place in Cincinnati, Ohio, with 215 guests, including the most influential Jewish leaders in the United States and non-Jewish dignitar ies. The elaborately printed menu featured nine courses of French dishes like pigeon vol au vent, little neck clams and salade of shrimp, paired with five alcoholic beverages. According to American Jewish lore, several rabbis expressed their shock at the non-kosher food placed before them, rushed from the room and immediately sped off to establish the Conservative movement, which would pres ent itself as a happy medium between the stringency of Orthodoxy and the radical changes of the Reform move ment. Although the truth is slightly less dramatic, the banquet did inspire events leading to the creation of the Conservative movements Jewish Theological Seminary. Historians argue that the Trefa Banquet was probably not intended to be radical, but instead reflected the eating habits of Jews in the late 19th century. Many Jews would have eaten shellfish but not the more taboo-seeming pork, even though neither is kosher. Their public events, however, generally adhered to dietary law. This trend contin ues today: Despite the highly diverse personal practices of American Jews, many Jews expect public Jewish events to be kosher. Jewish food does not begin and end with kosher By Stephen M. Flatow (JNS)A senior Palestin ian Authority official this week declared that Nikki Haley needs to shut up. Hes referring to the U.S. perma nent representative to the United Nations. If a represen tative of any other regime had used such language against a female American diplomat, feminists everywhere would be up in armsand rightly so. But for some reason, Pal estinian misogyny gets a pass. The P.A.s Saeb Erekat made his ugly remark about Ambas sador Haley in an interview with the Palestinian website Al-Watan Voice on Feb. 3. It came soon after another mi sogynistic remark, this time by P.A. chairman Mahmoud Abbas, who told the Palestin ian Central Council on Jan. 14 that Haley wears high heels not for elegance, but to use to hit anyone who attacks Israel. If anybody thinks that all these hostile remarks about women are somehow a response to the Trump administration, think again. The Palestinian leaderships practice of making demand ing remarks about female U.S. diplomats has been going on for years. When Condoleezza Rice was secretary of state, an of ficial P.A. newspaper, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, called her (on June 23, 2002) the dark-complex ioned lady, the Black Lady and this pitiful woman. On Nov. 3 of that year, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida railed against Rice for her loose way of sitting, when she puts one leg on top of the other. The writer then alluded to Bill Clintons af fair with White House intern Monica Lewinsky. Another official P.A. news paper, Al-Ayyam, referred to Rice (on June 22, 2003) as a black widow, a single black lady and a black raven, and patronizingly compared her to African-American super model Naomi Campbell. The P.A.s problem with women is not limited to Re publicans. In its Oct. 3, 1997 issue, Al-Hayat Al-Jadidas editor in chief denounced Arab leaders whom, he said, would have sung love songs to thenSecretary of State Madeleine Albright were it not for her advanced age and the fact that she has passed her prime. Imagine the reaction if an American or an Israeli official declared that some female Pal estinian representative needs to shut up or has a loose way of sitting or has passed her prime. Angry denunciations would flood the op-ed page of The New York Times. The U.N. Security Council would meet in urgent session. J Street and Jewish Voice for Peace would issue fiery press releases. Yet for some reason, the feminists in the Jewish peace camp have said nothing about the Palestinian leader ships latest verbal abuse of a female American diplomat. At least theyre consistent, I suppose. After all, J Street and Jew ish Voice for Peace were silent when female candidates in the last P.A. municipal elec tions were prevented by the P.A. from putting their own names on the ballots. The P.A. authorities listed them only as sister of or the wife of. And they were silent when the Palestinian womens rights group TAM reported that 18 Palestinian Arab women were murdered in honor killings in 2016. (Honor killings are homi cides in which men murder female relatives whom they suspect of violating Islamic fundamentalist morals, such as premarital relations, dress ing provocatively or being seen in the company of an unauthorized male.) And they were silent when Amnesty International re Palestinian misogyny gets a pass yet again ported that women and girls living under P.A. rule during the past year continued to face discrimination in law and in practice, and were in adequately protected against sexual and other violence, including so-called honor killings. True peace will come to the Middle East only when the Palestinian Authority adopts democracy, pluralism and tolerance, including an end to its mistreatment of women. Instead of harassing Israel to make more concessions, J Street and Jewish Voice for Peace should be campaign ing to reform the Palestinian Authority. Is this asking too much? Palestinian misogyny should be no more accept able than any other kind of misogyny. Stephen M. Flatow, a vice president of the Religious Zionists of America, is an attorney in New Jersey and the father of Alisa Flatow, who was murdered in an Iranian-sponsored Palestin ian terrorist attack in 1995. The original Trefa Banquet broke American Jewish con vention by conforming public behavior to personal prac tices. As reports surfaced in Jewish newspapers, descrip tions of the event changed over time and outrage grew Wise first blamed the Jewish caterer, then later admitted that he had approved the menu. His defenders labeled his critics ignorant fanatics whose views were best left be hind in Europe. An anti-Wise Jewish newspaper publisher suggested snidely that not only did Wise not know the laws of kashrut, he also did not know that one should only eat oysters in months with an R in themaccusing Wise of By Sarah N. Stern (JNS)U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley made headlines on Jan. 2 by saying that President Donald Trump has decided to stop funding UNRWA, the United Nations Relief and Work Agency, until the Palestinians agree to come to the negotiating table. On Jan. 16, the presidenton the advice of U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillersonagreed to transfer $60 million for now, as opposed to slashing all of the funding overnight. But the other $65 million of this usual installment has been held in reserve. The total amount of money paid to UNRWA by American tax payers is approximately $370 million per year. UNRWA was established in the wake of the Arab-Israeli war of 1948 to handle the Palestinian refugee problem, set up to deal with the imme diate crisis resulting from the Israeli War of Independence. It has camps in Judea and Samaria, Gaza, Lebanon, Jordan and Syria. The other refugees from World War II were taken under the U.N. High Commission of Refugees, whose mandate calls for immediate resettle ment in their host nations. The Arab League, however, rejected that for the Pales tinian refugees because they wanted them to be a constant thorn in the side of the newly established Jewish state. This is the only refugee agency in the world whose mission is not for refugees to be resettled, integrated and re-entered into the workforce of their host countries, but whose mission is to instill in the minds of their population that they will one day return to their grandfathersor rather, great-grandfathers orchards and vineyards in Haifa and elsewhere. In the absence of a solu tion to the refugee problem, UNRWA continues to redefine the word refugee to mean anyone who is a descendant of the 1948 war. Thus, from the original 700,000 refugees, UNRWA now claims to service approximately 5 million Pal estinian refugees. This agencys conduct, although dressed in the benevolent clothing of a wel fare agency, borders on the immoral because it implants within this population an unrealistic expectation that only serves to keeps the conflict alive. Not only does it perpetuate a psychology of victimhood, it entraps those being served into a perpetual state of poverty. Rather than getting on with their lives, they are trapped into perpetu ally reliving a conflict that happened 70 years ago. A study of the new UNRWA textbooks, recently published by the Center for Near East Policy Research, found that for decades now, UNRWA has used textbooks that delegiti mize and demonize the state of Israel and the presence of Jews there, and advocate for violent struggle as opposed to peaceful coexistence with the Jewish state. In fact, inside UNRWA schools are pictures of Is rael depicted as Palestine, posters praising the brave shahids (martyrs) who have killed civilians and an educa tional curriculum consisting of constant brainwashing for a violent jihad to despise and even murder Jews, and to liberate all of Palestine. Pageants involve children as young as 4 years old, dressed in military garb, with rifles in hand. These children are being systematically pro gramed to die for Al Quds (Arabic for Jerusalem) or any other part of Palestine. They are brainwashing an army of jihadists who keenly await the first opportunity to kill innocent civilians. This is the worst sort of child abuse and exploitation imaginable. They are con demning these childrenand any unfortunate civilian who might cross their pathsan early grave. This comes in total conflict with the U.N. General Assem bly Resolution 54/263s own Convention on the Rights of the Child: Optional Protocol on the Prohibition of Children in Armed Conflict, barring the use of children under the age of 15 in combat. Yet when it comes to this egregious practice, the United Nations chooses to look the other way. This directly conflicts with an institution whose very charter speaks about prac ticing tolerance and living together with one another as good neighbors; reaffirming faith in fundamental human rights, in the dignity and worth of every human person, and of all nations, great and small; establishing condi tions for justice and respect for international treaties; and employing international machinery for the promotion of the economic and social advancement of all peoples. How these UNRWA camps and their hate-infested educa tional system can be an agency of the United Nations, with its lofty founding principles, continues to baffle me. Given the deeply en trenched institutional biases of the United Nations against Israel, we can expect that UNRWA will soon find other donors. But that doesnt mean that the United States, which had by far been the largest donor nation, has to continu ously foot the bill. The American taxpayer has other priorities than continu ing to fund this corrupt and hypocritical agency. Sarah N. Stern is founder and president of the En dowment for Middle East Truth, an unabashedly proAmerican and pro-Israel think tank and policy shop in Washington, D.C. The reasons why America needs to stop supporting UNRWA Food on page 15A
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HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, FEBRUARY 23, 2018 PAGE 7A rf rntbn rrrn rfrntbr r By Sandy Leibowitz (The Nosher via JTA)Guava, or guayaba in Spanish, is native to tropical areas such as Mexico, Central America, South America and the Caribbean. Because of its proximity and availability, the fruit is a part of many Latino cuisines. Guavas have a strong tropical fragrance and floral taste notes similar to papaya and grape. They can be prepared a variety of ways (think smoothies, cocktails, glazed over grilled meats, and even fish), but is especially wonderful mixed with cheese, such as queso fresco, because it provides the sweet and salty element that is so irresistible. If you cannot find queso fresco in your area, you can also use a mild feta (try soaking it in water to remove some of the saltiness). Another option is ricotta cheese supplemented with a nice pinch of salt. Guavas can be found fresh from early spring through the winter, but in this recipe, I used a guava paste, which can be found year-round and is much easier to work with, as the many seeds have been removed. You can find guava paste in the international section of most large supermarkets (I found mine at ShopRite), and there is even kosher-certified guava paste. Please note: In this particular recipe, you want to make sure to use paste and not jelly, as jelly can ooze out too much. Ingredients: 14 ounces guava paste 1 cup of water 1 roll store-bought phyllo dough, thawed 1/2 cup (1 stick), melted butter 1 cup (approximately) queso fresco (or feta cheese or ricotta, as noted above) Directions: 1. Preheat your oven to 350 F. 2. In a saucepan over low heat, mix the guava paste and 1/2 cup water with a whisk until the mixture comes together and there are no lumps. Add the rest of the water if needed. Continue to add water and whisk thoroughly until you achieve the desired consistency. When it is the right consistency it should coat the back of a spoon, like a thick sauce. Set aside and allow to cool. 3. When working with the phyllo dough, its very impor tant to gently roll it out flat and immediately cover it with a damp towel. This ensures that it doesnt dry out while you are working with it. 4. Take approximately 3-4 sheets at a time and use a cookie cutter or a cup with a diameter of approximately 2 1/2 inches, and make circles as close together as you can (to maximize the amount you can make on one stack of sheets). I recommend scoring the dough around the cutter or cup with the tip of a sharp paring knife. 5. Work quickly to fold up the edges of the circles and pinch on 3 corners to create a triangle. Brush them with a generous amount of melted butter to hold the edges together. 6. After you have made all your triangles, fill each one with a little bit of crumbled queso fresco and top with approximately Guava and Cheese Hamantaschen Recipe 1-2 teaspoons of the guava sauce. Take care not to fill too much or the guava will melt a bit and ooze out of the triangle. Bake on a sheet pan lined with parchment paper about 15-20 minutes, until golden brown. 7. When the hamantaschen are done, allow them to cool on a rack a few minutes before eating them. Note: They are best enjoyed soon after they come out of the oven, but you can also reheat them in a 350 F. oven for a few minutes until warm and enjoy the next day. Makes 2 dozen hamantaschen. Sandy Leibowitz is a trained chef, recipe developer and food blogger. Find more of her recipes at www.thekoshertomato. com and follow her on instagram @thekoshertomato. (JNS)Israels Knesset voted Feb. 11 to make Ariel University in Samaria the states ninth accredited in stitution of higher learning. The vote officially places the university under the auspices of Israels Council for Higher Education. Parliamentarians voted in favor of the bill, 56-35. Full accreditation will enable Ariel University to advance plans to develop a medical school. Ariel, one of Israels largest Jewish settlements, has ap proximately 20,000 residents. Accreditation of the university had been difficult to achieve, in part due to its location in Area C, a section of Samaria under Israeli military and ci vilian control. No other Israeli universities are located in the disputed territories. Jerusalem Affairs Minis ter Zeev Elkin celebrated the Knesset vote in a tweet, urging the government to apply full Israeli law across the entire region, writ ing since applying Israeli sovereignty on Ariel Uni versity, lets begin to apply Israeli sovereignty on Israeli communities in Judea and Samaria, Elkin tweeted. In the days leading up to the vote, Israeli Prime Min ister Benjamin Netanyahu tabled a scheduled vote in the Likud Central Committee that would push the government toward extending Israeli law throughout the entire Judea and Samaria region, insisting that any such initiatives would need to be fully coordinated with the United States. On the subject of applying sovereignty, I can say that I have been talking to the Americans about it for some time, Netanyahu reportedly told a faction of his Likud party Monday. Yet, the White House has denied that any such con versations have been taking place. Reports that the United States discussed with Israel an annexation plan for the West Bank are false, said White House spokes man Josh Raffel on Monday. The United States and Israel have never discussed such a proposal, and the presidents focus remains squarely on his Israeli-Palestinian peace initiative. Gideon Markowicz/FLASH90 Chancellor of Ariel University Yigal Cohen Orgad (L) and then Israeli Finance Minister Yuval Steinitz at a cornerstone ceremony for the schools science center. January 15, 2013. Ariel University receives full state accreditation
PAGE 8A HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, FEBRUARY 23, 2018 Bar Mitzvah Benjamin David Colley Benjamin David Colley, son of Robyn and Kevin Colley of Apopka, Fla., will be called to the Torah as a bar mitzvah on March 2 and 3, 2018, at Congrega tion Beth Am of Longwood. Ben is in the seventh grade at Teague Middle School where he plays the trumpet. His hobbies and interests include playing second base and outfield in competitive baseball. Sharing in the familys simcha will be Bens family from South Florida, Atlanta, Colorado, Kansas, California and New Jersey. Bar Mitzvah Samuel Ethan Poteshman Samuel Ethan Potesh man, son of Hali and Mike Poteshman of Winter Park, will be called to the Torah as a Bar Mitzvah on Saturday, March 3, 2018 at Congregation of Reform Judaism in Orlando. Sam is in the sev enth grade at Lake High land Preparatory School where he is on the Honor Roll. His interests include playing piano since he was in second grade, making movies, watching YouTube videos and spending time with friends. Sam is also on the middle school robot ics team. For his mitzvah project, Sam has volunteered at Give Kids the World working at Katies Kitchen, Mama Marys Pizza and has helped set up for a parade. Sharing in the familys simcha will be Sams parents, his brother, Matthew; grandmother, Ida Weisman of Staten Island, New York; grandfather Norman Potesh man of Northbrook, Illinois; and family and friends from California, Colorado, Illinois, New Jersey and Florida. Eva Schloss being filmed in a scene from 116 Cameras. A scene from The Number on Great-Grandpas Arm. An Israeli soldier does a mock dance with his rifle in Foxtrot. By Tom Tugend LOS ANGELES (JTA) With the Academy Awards on the horizon, there is no shortage of high-quality films to see in theaters and on the small screen. Getting a jump on the festivities, here are five of the best Jewish-themed ones to watch this awards season, from Oscar contenders to short gems. Foxtrot Directed by Samuel Maoz and starring Lior Ashkenazi and Sarah Adler, Foxtrot is a wrenching film about an array of dark topics: pa rental grief after the death of a soldier son, the joys and stresses of marriage, and the boredom of army life. But it is also about Israeli control of the West Bank and how, in the filmmakers view, Israels occupation humiliates the occupied and hardens the occupier. After being named the second-best film at the Venice International Film Festival and winning best film at Israels Ophir Awards, its on the shortlist for the Academy Award for best foreign lan guage film. In a phone interview with JTA, Maoz described his movie as the dance of a man with his fate. He said there are many variations to this dance, but they end up at the same starting point. In more concrete terms, the film follows an affluent Tel Aviv couple who learn their son has died in the line of duty. The film has come under fire from Miri Regev, Israels controversial minister of culture and sports. It is inconceivable, she de clared publicly, that movies which shame the reputation of the Israel Defense Forces... and that are supported [fi nancially] by the state... are selected to showcase Israel cinema abroad. Maoz did not directly ad The five best Jewish films to watch this Oscar season Ayana Lekach (l) and Rotem Dar In the Land of Pomegranates. Diane Kruger in a scene from In the Fade. dress Regevs criticism, but said, When my brothers are dying, I have the right to make such a movie. Foxtrot will open in U.S. theaters on March 2. In the Fade Germanys In the Fade dramatizes the rise of neoNazism in the country over the past few years through the murder of a Kurdish man, his German wife and their small son by a neo-Nazi couple. The neo-Nazi theme is timely in light of the rise of the far right in Europe and, as demonstrated by the white supremacist rally last summer in Charlottesville, Virginia Director Fatih Akin, a German native of Turkish descent, attributes Germanys growing neo-Nazi sentiment largely to hostility to the large number of refugees, mainly from Muslim countries, who have been admitted into Germany. The new neo-Nazis are dif ferent from those of the 1980s and 90s, he told JTA. Then they were outcasts and easily recognizable as skinheads. Todays neo-Nazis are still criminals, but they look like everybody else. In the Fade, fresh off a Golden Globe win for best foreign film, is also one of the nine films on the Oscar shortlist for best foreign lan guage film. Its out now in U.S. theaters in a limited release. In the Land of Pome granates In Hebrew, the word for pomegranate has a double meaning: It can mean either the fruit that symbolizes re birth or a hand grenade. The documentary In the Land of Pomegranates, di rected by Israeli Hava Kohav Beller, wrestles with these conflicting meanings as it explores the chasm between the ways that young Israelis and Palestinians think about each other. The film follows young men and women who have been brought together in a scenic German town for a program called Vacation from War. They live under the same roof, go on joint excursions in the lovely countryside, take a riverboat cruise and argue earnestly for hours on end. The program started in 2002 and, as one of the or ganizers put it, Our goal is not to make participants love each other. If only five people change their attitudes... thats progress. Even this modest goal seems unreachable in the film, although it inadver tently clarifies why decades of peacemaking efforts have proven largely fruitless. Most of the arguments are on the level of Hamas is a terrorist organization, as an Israeli participant charges, to which the Palestinian response is, We are just trying to get back the land you took from us. However, the largely pessi mistic view is brightened by a couple of episodes that bridge the conflicts. One scene shows Palestinians danc ing the dabke and Israelis dancing the horaand both performances are almost identical. In the Land of Pomegran ates will open in U.S. theaters in February and March. The Number on GreatGrandpas Arm How does one teach very young children about the Ho locaust? An upcoming HBO short documentary, slated to premiere on International Holocaust Remembrance Day, Films on page 14A
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Ive seen many Olympic ceremo nies in my long life, but this one was by far, the best! It was perfect in every way and I was especially thrilled to see team USA and, of course, team Korea, made up of both North and South Koreans marching into the stadium together and learning that they will be competing as one. I must mention that a weird thing happened as I was watching... one of my deceased husbands T-shirts, kept folded in a plastic bag, slipped down to the floor from the high shelf where all the polos and Ts are kept, each in plastic bags. On occasion (and because they are kept in slippery plastic bags) one tends to slide off the shelf and onto the floor. But this time, when I went to pick it up and put it back, it was a shirt I hadnt seen in many years. (See photo) Talk about coincidence, or was it? Anti-Semitism in the USA... Following a recent series of anti-Semitic and racist incidents across the United States, the World Jewish Congress North America, issued a statement expressing deep concern and stress ing that these attacks on Jewish and other sites are intended to instill fear in our community and in those of other minorities. They do appreciate the response of local law enforcement in taking these incidents seriously and pursuing those who seek to harass the Jewish community. People must remain united in the face of intolerance. (If you see something, say something!) Okay, finally, MY COOKIES!!... The Congregation Ohev Shalom Seniors will hold their next meeting on Sunday, March 4, starting at 2 p.m. in the synagogue social hall, 613 Concourse Parkway South, Maitland. Not only is this a meeting, rather a special show featuring a fantastic seven-piece Klezmer musical festival... (and my cookies!) The musicians, known as Robert Kaplans White Glove Klezmer Orchestra, including a female vocalist, is for all ages... not just for seniors. (If you dont know what Klezmer music is, let me explain.) Klezmer is a musical tradition of Ashkenazi Jews of Eastern Europe dating back to around the 15th century. Klezmer mu sic is made for dancing and celebrating. Freylekhs, Skotshne, Halaka, Khosidi and the Hora are just some of the dances to Klezmer music. (Its no wonder I feel happy when I hear it!) ROBERT KAPLAN is the son of COS members, HOWARD and Yours Truly in late spouses Korean War t-shirt. LISA KAPLAN. He is a senior at Lyman High School, an Eagle Scout and regular Shabbat Torah reader. (Youll be singing and dancing to this show and frankly amazed at how Robert and his fellow high schoolers play au thentic Klezmer. This show is for everyone and everyone will pay the same reduced admission price of $5 per person. This includes a com plimentary nosh (and my cookies!). For further information, contact COS Seniors co-presidents, BERNY RAFF, 407-767-6763 or JERRY LEIBMAN, 407-694-0546. (See you there BUT DONT EAT MY COOKIES!) JCC 39ers Meet & Mingle Mondays... On Feb. 26, in the Roth Family Jewish Community Center of Greater Orlando, on Maitland Avenue, there will be a Trivia Contest presented by SHELDON BROOK. The program starts at 1 p.m. and is always followed by com plimentary refreshments. (They also have my cookies, vanilla macadamia...LEAVE THEM ALONE!!!!) A reminder... On Sunday, Feb. 25th, the Altamonte Chapels Jazz Jam, will feature the fabulous Kid Dutch and his musicians paying tribute to New Orleans jazz and Mardi Gras. The program goes from 12:30-2:30 p.m. and the requested donation is $10. Our own talented ALAN ROCK is emcee. The Altamonte Chapel is located at 825 East SR 436 in Al tamonte Springs. The phone number is 407-339-5208. Shout-Out... Talk about perfection when it comes to serving techniques (and good-looks), kudos go to ALEX RAMBO and STEPHANIE EVANS, members of the wait-staff at Steak N Shake on Semo ran Blvd just south of Aloma Avenue, Winter Park. We came in with about a dozen people, making noises at the same long table and Alex and Stephanie stayed calm (and even smiled) while serving us! One for the road... Maurice is in hospital and knows he is dying. As he lies in bed in his private room, struggling to breathe, his family and children around him, he starts to talk very quietly. Freda, he whispers. Yes dear, what is it? Freda says. I want you should know something before I die. Harry the butcher owes me $100, Levine the pharmacist owes me $400, and our nextdoor neighbor Moishe owes me $600 and the return of my lawnmower. Dont let them off, will you? Of course I wont, darling, Freda replies. Freda turns to her children and says, Oy, what a wonderful man your father is. Let this be a lesson to you all even though hes dying, he still knows who owes him money. What a mencsh he is. Maurice then finds some strength to say a bit more. Freda, I want you also to know that I still owe Bernard, my cousin, $1,700 of the $5,000 he lent me 3 years ago. Oy vay, cries Freda, its nearly the end for my Mauricehes getting delirious. By Gabe Friedman (JTA)If one thing jumps out about the nominations for the 90th annual Academy Awards, its the lack of big Jewish headlines to be plucked from them. The Shape of Water, Guillermo del Toros latest fantasy-tinted film, about an amphibian crea ture housed in a government laboratory, led the pack with 13 nominations. Nevertheless, here are the Jewish nominations and sto rylines from another year of great cinema: Call Me By Your Name gets four nominations. Call Me By Your Name is the biggest Jewish triumph in this years nomination slate. The film, an adaptation of Egyptian-born Jewish novelist Andre Acimans book of the same name, traces a romance between two young Jewish men in 1980s Italy and is full of Jewish themes. It garnered nominations for best picture, lead actor (Timothe Chalamet, who is Jewish), adapted screen play and best original song (Mystery of Love, written by indie rocker Sufjan Stevens). Was James Franco snubbed after #MeToo backlash? A few months ago, the Jewish actor was considered a shoo-in for the best actor category. His comedic per formance in The Disaster Artist as Tommy Wiseau, the eccentric (that word might be generous) director of the real film The Roomconsidered by some to be the worst film of all timewas almost uni versally hailed by critics. He won a Golden Globe for the role earlier this month. But less than two weeks ago, the Los Angeles Times published an article with accounts of five women who accused Franco of sexual misconduct. While the best actor category is loaded with talent this year (from Denzel Washington to Gary Oldman), multiple headlines called Francos exclusion a response to the misconduct reportsand a snub. Israels best film didnt make the cut. Foxtrot, an Israeli drama about the aftermath of a military tragedy, had been on the shortlist for best foreign language film after winning a prestigious prize at last years Venice International Film Festival, stoking hopes for what could have been Israels first Oscar win. In the Fade, a German drama that centers on a neo-Nazi murder story and won a Golden Globe in this category, didnt make the final Oscar list either. Surprise! Two Jewish industry legends are nominated yet again. Yes, Daniel Day-Lewis has won the best actor award three times alreadybut he announced last year that he is retiring, so this might be our last chance to see the Jewish actor grace us with his pres ence at an awards night. The iconic method actor is nomi nated for his performance in Paul Thomas Andersons Phantom Thread, in which he plays a famous dressmaker. Steven Spielbergs latest film, The Posta drama about the Pentagon Papers starring perennial Spielberg collaborator Tom Hanksis up for best picture. That seemed inevitable, but the one relative surprise here is that Spielberg didnt get another coveted best director nomina tion. He was passed over for talented newcomers Greta Gerwig and Jordan Peele, in addition to del Toro, Anderson and Christopher Nolan (for Dunkirk). It was another good year for a pair of Jewish composers. Oscars 2018: Five Jewish takeaways For the prolific Jewish composer Hans Zimmer, 2017 was business as usual. He wrote or co-wrote scores for three films, including one for Dunkirk that earned him an Oscar nod. Benj Pasek, one half of the musical duo behind the score for the Broadway hit Dear Evan Hansen and the lyrics of La La Land, added to his rapidly growing leg end with a nomination for best original song for This is Me from The Great est Showmana musical about P.T. Barnum. Frazer Harrison/Getty Images Timothee Chalamet, the Jewish actor up for best ac tor this year, shown at the Screen Actors Guild Awards in Los Angeles, Jan. 21, 2018.
PAGE 10A HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, FEBRUARY 23, 2018 BUSINESS UPDATE Renee Friedman (l), owner of FASTSIGNS of Orlando Central, receiving the Two Million Dollar Threshold Award, presented by Catherine Monson, CEO of FASTSIGNS Inter national, Inc., at the 2018 FASTSIGNS Convention. This is one of five awards Friedman received. FASTSIGNS Mentor Award, which recognizes seasoned franchise centers that serve as a mentor to help guide new franchisees within their first six months of operation and beyond. Additionally, FASTSIGNS of OrlandoCentrals Brian Bodnarik received the Circle of Excellence Award, which honors sales professionals committed to excellence of service and contributes daily to the success and growth of the FASTSIGNS business. We are honored to be recognized as a top perform ing center in the FASTSIGNS network of over 675 worldwide locations, Friedman said. These awards reflect our entire teams hard work and dedication to helping busi nesses and organizations solve their visual commu nications challenges in our community every day. FASTSIGNS of Orlando Central is a woman-owned and operated business that has served Orlando and the surrounding areas since 2001. The center is located at 5000 E Colonial Dr. and is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. We thank our customers for their support and look forward to continue helping companies of all sizes achieve their goals using comprehen sive signs and visual graph ics, Friedman said. FASTSIGNS Orlando Central recognized FASTSIGNS of Orlan doCentral, a local sign and visual graphics provider, was recognized as a top perform ing center at the 2018 FAST SIGNS Convention recently held in Houston, Texas. Owned by Renee Friedman, FASTSIGNS of Orlando Central received multiple awards including: the CEO Circle Award, which recog nizes the top 25 centers with the highest sales volume in the U.S. and Canada between Oct. 1, 2016 and Sept. 30, 2017; the Two Million Dollar Threshold Award for sur passing $2 million in total sales for the award year; the FASTSIGNS Cares Award, which recognizes the several charitable initiatives FAST SIGNS of OrlandoCentral participates in to give back to the local community; the 2017 FASTSIGNS Customer Solutions Award for the com prehensive branding signs and graphics FASTSIGNS of OrlandoCentral provided Mashmeyer Concrete; and the By Chaya Rappoport (The Nosher via JTA)Upside down cakes are one of my favorite types of cakes to make, mostly because they are an easy way to impress. In an upside down cake, the fruit is lay ered on the bottom of the pan along with sugar, and a simple, fluffy cake batter is poured on top. Once its baked, the cake is inverted, and what was once the bottom of the cake becomes a gorgeously syrupy, fruity top. What could be simpler? American upside down cakes are traditionally made with pineapple and cherries, but I gave that 50s take on the cake a seasonal, Middle Eastern twist by using blood oranges, saffron and semolina flour in the batter. Blood oranges are typically in season from January until early spring, and they are some of my favorite citrus fruits to bake with: bright, not too sweet and seriously flavorful. Here they add a vibrant pop of color to the cake. As for the saffron, you might already know it by its notori ously expensive reputation. Derived from the crocus flower, saffron is the worlds most expensive spice, which makes sense considering the difficulty involved in harvesting it. But fear not: While Indian Kashmiri and Iranian saffron are definitely pricey, the more commonly available Spanish saffron is afford able, easily found at online spice retailers (even Trader Joes!) and thankfully still delicious and flavorful. In this cake, the sweet, floral and honey-like saffron threads are infused into sugar along with zest from the blood orange. The sugar turns extra fragrant, and when combined with or ange blossom water and the semolina flour yields a cake that is intensely flavored, crumby and dense in the best way possible. The oranges on top are syrupy and candy-like (keeping the rind on, thinly sliced, adds even more flavor and fragrance) and best of all, it comes together in under an hour, just in time for an afternoon cup of tea. Note: You may keep the rind of the orange on or remove it. Regular oranges can be substituted for the blood oranges. Ingredients: 1/3 cup raw or turbinado sugar 2 blood oranges, very thinly sliced, seeds removed 1 1/2 cups semolina flour 1 cup all-purpose flour 3/4 cups granulated sugar 2 teaspoons finely grated blood orange zest 1 pinch saffron threads 1 teaspoon baking powder 1 teaspoon baking soda 1 teaspoon kosher salt 2 large eggs 1 1/2 cups buttermilk 1 tablespoon orange blossom water 1 1/2 sticks unsalted butter, melted and slightly cooled Directions: 1. Make the infused sugar: Combine the blood orange zest and saffron threads with the granulated sugar and use your hands to rub the zest and saffron into the sugar until it is fragrant and slightly colored by the zest and saffron. Set aside until needed. 2. Preheat the oven to 350 F. Grease a 10-inch cake pan. Dust the turbinado sugar over the bottom of the greased pan. Arrange the orange slices in circles over the sugar, pressing them closely together. 3. Make the cake batter: Whisk flour, infused sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt in a large bowl. 4. Add eggs, buttermilk, orange blossom water and butter; mix until no dry spots remain (a few lumps are OK; do not overmix). 5. Pour batter over oranges in pan and bake until top is golden brown and cake pulls away from sides of pan, 35-40 Blood Orange, Saffron and Semolina Cake Recipe minutes. Transfer to a wire rack and let cool 5 minutes before inverting and turning out onto a rack or a large plate. 6. Serve slices with labne and saffron honey. Chaya Rappoport is the blogger, baker and picture taker behind retrolillies.wordpress.com. Currently a pastry sous chef at a Brooklyn bakery, shes been blogging since 2012 and her work has been featured on The Feed Feed, Delish.com, Food and Wine and Conde Nast Traveler. 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 Eliana Rudee (JNS)As a small Islamic sect of an estimated 20 million peopleabout 1 percent of the global Muslim population the Ahmadiyya community is a persecuted minority across the Middle East. But at the southern entrance of the northern Israeli city of Haifa lies Kababir village, home to 2,000 residents, 70 percent of whom are Ahmadi Muslims. In Kababir, Ahmadis enjoy full religious and cultural freedom and pray in the only Ahmadi mosque in the Middle East, opened in 1934 and redone in 1979. The safe haven they have found in the Ahmadi Muslims promote a message of peace Jewish State, as compared to the broader Middle East, mir rors that of the Druze, Bah and Christians. According to Israeli Ah madiyya community leader Muhammad Sharif Odeh, the Ahmadis have complete religious freedom in Israel, especially compared to their brethren in the rest of the region and in Pakistan, where Ahmadis cannot use any re ligious symbols or even greet each other with a traditional Arabic salutation. Ahmadis in Arab countries in the Middle East suffer a lot, Odeh said. They are not allowed to have mosques or minarets, and they go to jail for their beliefs and are persecuted against. Despite their safety and freedom in Israel, there is a long way ahead for Israeli Ahmadis in the realm of civil and political rights, said Odeh, who spoke of being discrimi nated against by Israelis for being Arab and by other Muslims for being Ahmadi. The Ahmadiyya movement was established in 1889 by Punjabi Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad. He claimed to have received revelations from Allah, who imposed the duty upon him to rejuvenate Islam through universal reforma tion and peaceful means. Ahmadi Muslims assert that they are true Muslims, but believe that the founder of their community is Mahdi, the shadow prophet of Islam and their messiah. They also believe that while the Quran is their final book of law, its inspiration and revelation continues with their caliphs. The Ahmadiyya Muslim community arrived to Israel in 1927, when the first Muslim missionary, Maulana JalaludDin Shams, was sent from India to the Near East and Middle East to convey the message of Mahdi. By the early 1930s, Israels Kababir village had become the center of the Ahmadiyya Muslim commu nity in the entire Middle East. Ahmadiyya doctrine cen ters on the belief that the Prophet Muhammad forbade wars and the use of weapons, and that it is the duty of Ah madis to achieve universal peace based on justice and to establish the sovereignty of Islam in the entire world through education. Mirza Ghulam Ahmad came to fix interpretations of the Quran, that the holy book is a source of care for everybody and of love, rather than killing, ha tred and violence, said Odeh. He continued, The idea that you can use the sword to promote jihad is not true Islam. Jihad does not refer to promoting war, but fighting the evil inside us and spread ing the word of the Quran to the world with kindness and care. The Ahmadiyya philosophy, explained Odeh, is to teach, repair and educate people for love, humanity, universal peace, harmony and coopera tion. As such, Ahmadis believe that it is important to take care of other faiths holy places before their own mosques, and there is a special Ahmadiyya committee in Israel that helps locals in need regardless of their religious backgrounds. Additionally, Kababir is home to an elementary school that educates local Ahmadis, Jews and Christians alike. Ninety-percent of the school is Ahmadi, and the rest are Jewish and Christian, said Kababir spokesperson Muath Odeh, a cousin of Muhammad Sharif Odeh. It shows that if you want to create coexis tence, its possible. But Muhammad Sharif Odeh is not optimistic that this universal message of love is being played out in the world, or even in Israel. He is skeptical of the influence of politicians, who care only about their own self, party and chair, as well as security forces who, in his view, initiate collective punishment and non-defensive wars. Politics is the art of lies, said Odeh, who described the current Israeli leadership as making a peace process for the sake of the process, not of the peace. Its a new way of idol worship to value stones over people, he said, conveying that he views both sides in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict as wrongheaded and lacking regard for human life. Nevertheless, the Ahmadis are considered to be pro-Israel and leaders in coexistence efforts. I am a Muslim, Palestin ian, and I am here. It is a good thing that there is an Israeli state, said Odeh, who said he has a good relation ship with many members of the Knesset, including Joint Arab List party leader Ayman Odeh, who lives in Kababir, and Likud lawmaker Yehuda Glick, whom Muhammad Sharif Odeh said has prayed at his mosque twice. The Ahmadis renounce terrorist attacks as well as the capturing or killing of Israeli soldiers, not only be cause bloodshed is against their religious teachings, but because they believe that only governments have the author ity to start wars. Odeh said, We are creating fanaticism in the West Bank and Gaza. It has become a greenhouse for terrorism and radicalism. Pal estinians play with plastic and wood guns while Israelis play with dolls. Barbarism isnt the solution, we must respect peace agreements. You cant send people to kill others and say you want peace. Ayman, a 32-year-old Ah madi convert from Nablus who asked to be identified only by his first name, condemned the Feb. 5 terrorist attack in which an Israeli Arab terrorist fatally stabbed Rabbi Itamar Ben Gal, a 29-year-old Israeli father of four, on his way to his nephews brit milah. I cry when I see innocent people die, said Ayman, whose family disowned him when he converted to the Ahmadiyya sect. They do this in the name of my god, my prophet and my book. I need to do hard work to fix what [the terrorist who killed Ben Gal] did.
HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, FEBRUARY 23, 2018 PAGE 11A OBITUARIES Orlando Weekday Morning Minyan (Conservative/Egalitarian ), services MondayFriday 7:45 a.m. (9 a.m.national holidays); 2nd floor ChapelJewish Academy of Orlando; 851 N. Maitland Ave., Maitland. For information call 407-298-4650. Celebration Jewish Congregation (R) services and holiday schedules shown at www. JewishCelebration.org ; 407-566-9792. Chabad Lubavitch of North Orlando (O) 1701 Markham Woods Road, Longwood, 407-636-5994, www.jewishorlando.com; services: Friday 7:00 p.m.; Saturday at 9:30 a.m. Chabad of Altamonte Springs (O) 414 Spring Valley Lane, Altamonte Springs, 407280-0535; www.jewishaltamonte.com Chabad of South Orlando (O) 7347 Sand Lake Road, Orlando, 407-354-3660; www. jewishorlando.com ; Shabbat services: Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. and 10 minutes before sunset; Saturday, 9:30 a.m.; Sunday, 8:15 a.m. Chabad of the Space & Treasure Coasts (O) 1190 Highway A1A, Satellite Beach, 321-777-2770. Congregation Ahavas Yisrael/Chabad (O) 708 Lake Howell Rd., Maitland, 407-6442500; www.chabadorlando.org ; services: Sunday, 9 a.m.; Monday-Friday, 7:30 a.m.; Shabbat services: Friday, 6:30 p.m.; Saturday, 9:30 a.m.; Family service, 4th Friday of the month. Congregation Bet Chaim (R) 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 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 LEAH CODRON Leah Codron, age 72, of Casselberry, passed away on Saturday, Feb. 3, 2018, at her residence. She was born on March 18, 1945, in Salisbury, Zimbabwe, daughter of the late Avraham and Felice Al hadeff Amato. She earned her associates degree and worked as an accountant in human resources. Locally, Leah is survived by her husband, Solomon Codron of Casselberry and her daughter Ann-Marie CrossCodron of Longwood. Interment was at Green wood Cemetery in Atlanta. Arrangements entrusted to Beth Shalom Memorial Cha pel, 640 Lee Road, Orlando 32810. 407-599-1180. ALVIN M. SARNOFF Alvin M. Sarnoff, DDS, age 93, of Longwood, passed away on Sunday, Feb. 11, 2018, at Hospice of the Comforter in Altamonte Springs. Born in New York City on Aug. 30, 1924, he was a son of the late Julius and Martha Sapirstein Sarnoff. He was graduate of New York University College of Dentistry and served in the US Army during WWII in Europe. Dr. Sarnoff is survived by his daughters Jill (James) Riola of Oviedo and Lisa Gotchman of New Jersey. He is also survived by his grand son, Jordan Gotchman; and his brother, Charles Sarnoff. His wife of 55 years, Barbara Lesser Sarnoff, passed away in 2005. In memory of Dr. Alvin M. Sarnoff, the family requests contributions to JNF desig nated to ALEH Negev-Nahalat Eran. Please call 1-800-5418733 and quote tracking num ber : HN173032 or send checks to JNF, 902 Clint Moore Road #128, Boca Raton FL 33487. Arrangements entrusted to Beth Shalom Memorial Cha pel, 640 Lee Road, Orlando 32810. 407-599-1180. By Sarah Seltzer NEW YORKIts a bitterly cold winter morning in Brook lyn, but Brenda, a 101-year-old woman in a Jewish hospice facility suffering from severe short-term memory loss, has a special group of visitors show up in her warm room. Joelle Missry, a creative arts therapy intern, arrives with her guitar slung over her back and with her licensed music therapy supervisor by her side. She sits beside Brendas bed. For the next 20 minutes, Missry holds Brendas hand and sings a combination of old Yiddish songs with help from her team and Brendas home health aide, who has learned some of the songs. But Brenda is largely sleepy and unresponsive, despite Joelles best efforts. After going through a songbook that ranges from You are My Sunshine to the Yiddish favorite Tumbalalaika, the group gets up to leave. Just as theyre about to exit, however, Brendas eyes pop open. Suddenly fully alert, she begins to croon the Yiddish standard Bai Mir Bist Du Shoen, looking straight at Missry. She goes through the song a few times, tapping her feet and looking very pleased. This is the kind of moment for which the music therapy program at MJHS Health System, a Jewish health care service provider in New York, was designed. Hospice care, which is play ing an increasingly central role in end-of-life arrange ments, isnt just about admin istering palliative medical care and making sure loved ones are comfortable. Its also about relieving patients pain through meaningful interactions and experi ences. Proponents of music therapy say singing has medical benefits while also enhancing patients social and emotional health. Music therapy programs brings human dignity back into the picture, Missry says. Music therapy is considered so important that MJHS Hospice now employs five full-time music therapists, as well as interns and parttime workers, all trained in a songbook that covers many of the languages and cultures in New Yorks five boroughs. For aging Jews, that means the Yiddish and Hebrew songs that bring back warm memories. The MJHS songbook ranges from Ameri can standards like What a Wonderful World to Hebrew songs like Jerusalem of Gold and Hatikvah. The therapy itself is con sidered an integrative thera peutic intervention nonmedical treatment that can have therapeutic results. Studies show that a joyful singing experience can ame liorate pain and a patients symptom burden without the use of drugs. It has an exercise component, encouraging healthy physical movement, such as feet-tapping and handwaving. Hospice workers say it also can help relax patients before treatments, like a blood draw or IV infusion, that might cause agitation or anxiety. A growing body of scientific evidence supports the use of music therapies in various medical settings, from neo natal intensive care units to end-of-life and palliative care situations. Music is shown to boost immunity and reduce stress and pain by increas ing the antibody immuno globulin A and other immune system-boosting cells while reducing the stress hormone cortisol. Weve found compelling evidence that musical inter ventions can play a health care role in settings rang ing from operating rooms to family clinics, Daniel Levitin, author of the recent book This is Your Brain on Music, told the American Psychological Association recently. This is one reason why music is associated with relaxation. For Alzheimers patients specifically, a program called Music and Memory, featured in the documentary film Alive Inside, shows that music therapy can decrease medication usage in pa tients. The theory is that music can trigger a kind of deep right-brain response, something beyond the reach of linear memory, so that even a patient who cant string a sentence together might be able to remember or at least respond to lyrics from a song. Music therapy isnt just about singing old songs. The therapists are trained to deal with issues like hearing loss or agitation, as well as cultural sensitivities. For some of the elderly Jew ish patients under the hospice care, theres an extra benefit to the treatment. Often with Holocaust survivors there is a reticence on the part of patient and on the part of family members to allow pain medication, said Toby Weiss, director of cultural sensitivity and Jew ish programming for MJHS Hospice and Palliative Care. There is a lack of trust and there is a prior history of trau ma when it comes to medical issues and health care inter ventions. So when a patient is experiencing pain, as an example, if a music therapist starts to play a Yiddish song or a lullaby or something else from the patients childhood, the vital signs change, their affect changes. Beyond easing pain, the experience of bringing a patient some music from their early life can be power ful bonding tool, allowing a potentially tense family to come togetherpart of the core mission of hospice care. Ive done some of the Yid dish songs with the families present, and the family didnt know the person knew this song, said Meredith Ferrel, creative arts therapy Team leader at MJHS Hospice. You have that chance to have the family connecting or singing together. Its an added gift that the loved one is giving the family Yiddish-language songs at the end of life and sharing songs with their grandchildren. There is a celebration of culture. Music therapy often offers family members a chance to see a side of the patient that might long have been in retreat. Ferrel recalled how one woman invited all her neighbors into a music therapy session to meet her husband with dementiathe music unexpectedly had brought out a glimmer of his former personality. Charla Burton, a music therapist with MJHS Hospice, said the music sometimes induces primal emotions, catharsis and joy that makes the experience especially meaningful for patients and their families. Some people will respond to hearing Hava Nagila as if theyre at a bar mitzvah or wedding! she said. This article was spon sored by and produced in part nership with MJHS Health System and UJA-Federation of New York to raise awareness and facilitate conversations about end-of-life care in a Jewish context. This article was produced by JTAs native content team. Hospice therapyJewish music
PAGE 12A HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, FEBRUARY 23, 2018 Giuseppe Cacace/AFP/Getty Images Qatars emir, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani, at the Gulf Cooperation Council sum mit at the Bayan Palace in Kuwait City, Dec. 5, 2017. By Ron Kampeas WASHINGTON (JTA) Theres a battle going on among pro-Israel leaders, and its over Qatar. Its like watching ice hockey players clear the bench for a brawl, only the antagonists are all on the same team. The folks lining up to praise or bury the emirate are best known for sharing the same stages, and often the same opinions about their overarching concern: Israel. But here they are, old friends at odds over another small Middle Eastern state surrounded by hostiles. Whats going on? Heres a pocket history and a score card. Whos fighting? In June, Saudi Arabia spear headed a five-nation blockade of Qatar seeking to punish the rival emirate for its support of Islamist groups and its close relations with Iran, the Saudis main regional rival. Since then, both countries have been seeking favor with the United States, with Qatar aiming some of its charm offensive at Jewish and proIsrael leaders. In recent weeks, some high-profile Jewish leaders including Harvard attorney Alan Dershowitz, Morton Klein of the Zionist Organiza tion of America and Malcolm Hoenlein of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizationshave paid visits to Qatar at the invitation of its rulers. Other Jewish and Israeli leaders have criticized the visits. On Feb. 9, Itai Bar Dov, a spokesman for the Israeli Embassy in Washington, D.C., told the The New York Times, We do not approve of these visits by the Jewish organizations to Qatar. Why Qatar? Why now? Saudi Arabia has long seen itself as the pre-eminent Sunni Arab state in the Per sian Gulf. Its royal family is the guardian of two of the holiest cities in Islam, Mecca and Medina. Most of its neighbors have been content to defer to its leadership. Most, but not Qatar. The Al-Thani family, which has controlled Qatar since at least the mid-19th century, has long chafed at taking instruc tions from Qatars massive neighbor. Their defiance of the Saudis has led to contra dictions: Qatar was among the first Gulf Arab nations to openly welcome Israeli travel ers, but also backs Islamist groups like the Muslim Broth erhood (although, it insists, not ISIS or al-Qaida). Home to the largest U.S. military base in the region, Qatar also enjoys friendly relations with Iran. Qatar, like its neighbors, closely controls expression in the country; it also bankrolls the freewheeling TV network Al Jazeera. When Mohammed bin Sultan, the tyro son of the cur rent Saudi Arabian king, was named crown prince in June, he quickly flexed his muscles at home and in the neighbor hood. Bin Sultan has marked territory in recent months in Lebanon and Yemen, and led the blockade of Qatar. Bin Sultans manspread ing also has much to do with the election of another alpha male: Donald Trump. The president has signaled he appreciates bold moves among U.S. allies. (Trumps son-in-law, Jared Kushner, is super friendly with bin Sultan and is perceived in the Middle East as having given the green light for much of the princes recent posturing.) Not that the Trump admin istration has been consistent, exactly. Trump tweeted sup port of the blockade in June, even as his secretary of state, Rex Tillerson, worked might ily to undo it and last week called Qatar a strong partner and longtime friend. Since then, both sides, the Qataris on one and the Saudis and smaller Gulf states on the other, have been working hard to gain Washingtons favor. Bizarrely, those who have yet to formally recognize Israel have focused most intently on the pro-Israel lobby. Round 1: Americas law yer vs. Americas rabbi Dershowitz, the constitu tional lawyer and defender of Israel, said his visit to Qatar last month disabused him of much he had heard about the emirate and also made him warier of the Saudis. For one thing, Qatar was allowing an Israeli to compete in a tennis tournament, while the Saudis were keeping out an Israeli chess competitor. Saudi pres sure to shut down Al Jazeera especially offended Dershow itz, a free speech advocate. Qatar denied other of fenses, including backing for Israels deadly enemy Hamas. Dershowitz was skeptical but wanted to know more before endorsing steps as drastic as a blockade. Qatar is quickly becoming the Israel of the Gulf States, surrounded by enemies, sub ject to boycotts and unrealis tic demands, and struggling for its survival, he wrote in The Hill on Jan. 12. Why are Jewish leaders fighting about Qatar? Heres a scorecard That was too much for Rabbi Shmuley Boteach, the celebrity rabbi who advocates for Israel and against antiSemitism as the head of the World Values Network. In a Jerusalem Post column, he wrote that likening Qatar to Israel is an absolutely shock ing statement that must be totally and completely rebut ted. He called Dershowitz, his one-time debate partner (they teamed up at Harvard in 2002 against two pro-Palestinian advocates) a Jewish junke teer and a mouthpiece. Dershowitz wrote to the Post saying that Boteachs column mischaracterizes what I actually said and then rails against the straw man he has deliberately substituted for the truth of what I said. On Twitter, Boteach called the letter a personal attack. In fact, Dershowitzs letter was to the point and Boteach was the one using pejoratives like junketeer, but then, yes, Dershowitz got personal on Twitter. I once made mistake of being in a debate at Harvard with @RabbiShmuley on my side, Dershowitz said. He screamed and yelled like a child. Hurt the cause of Israel. I promised never again to be in debate with him. On Monday, the Forward reported that Boteach had clamored to join the same Qatar junket, according to the Jewish PR firm that orga nized the trips there, but was turned down when the Qataris came to the conclusion that he wasnt (yikes) influential enough. Boteach is not quite down he was on Twitter Tuesday morning still challenging Dershowitz to repudiate his preposterous sycophantic, obsequious, brown-nosing, & deeply libelous comparison of Qatar and Israel. Round 2: Flack vs. flack In August, Bluelight Strat egies, a public affairs firm, began touting a London con ference organized by Khalid Al-Hail, a Qatari businessman who is one of the leaders of the political opposition in Qatar. It was an early sign that proand anti-Qatari forces were seeking influence among a Jewish audience. Bluelight is run by Steve Rabinowitz and Aaron Keyak, long experienced in repping progressive causes in the pro-Israel community and pro-Israel causes among progressives. Bluelights work was not limited to promoting the September conference to Jews, but Keyak told JTA that was certainly part of its strategy-and of Bluelights appeal to Al-Hail. Then in September, Nicolas Muzin, an observant Jew and a rising star among conserva tive Republicans, announced that his own government and public relations firm was go ing to make Qatars case to the Jewish community. (A trade publication said his fee was $50,000 a month.) Engagement with Qatar can only be in the best inter ests of the United States and the Jewish community, as we cannot allow Qatar to be os tracized by its neighbors and pushed into Irans sphere of influence, he said at the time. This seemed to set up a partisan cast to the appeals: Muzin (who has advised the House Republican caucus, and Sens. Tim Scott of South Carolina and Ted Cruz of Texas), was the Republican representing Qatar. Keyak, who has worked for House Democrats, and Rabinowitz, a veteran of the Bill Clin ton White House, were the Democrats repping Qatars antagonists. In fact, while the hirings of Muzin, Keyak and Rabinowitz signaled how seriously foreign actors take the American Jew ish community, the flacks, in this case, were playing in different arenas. The Bluelight hiring was a one-off, ahead of a conference. (Keyak and Rabi nowitz for a short period also touted an October conference in Washington that slammed Qatar, but edged away when Steve Bannon, Trumps for mer top strategic adviser, was invited as a keynote.) Muzin is drawing a monthly salary from Qatar (now $300,000, according to Politico), and so is more invested long-term in his assignment. Paying Muzin to be persistent had divi dendshe arranged for the five and counting pro-Israel leaders, including Menachem Genack of the Orthodox Union and Hoenlein, to visit the country. Keyak and Rabinowitz were working for an individual, and thus not subject to the stringent restrictions of the Foreign Agents Registration Act. Muzin must make public his payments and whomever he meets with to advance his agenda. Round 3: Mort vs. Mort In September, the Zion ist Organization of America dismissed its invitation to visit Qatar. Rather than change any of those monstrous and evil actions, Qatar may be trying to create the optical illusion of Jewish support to moder ate their image by hiring a well-connected PR firm and by having secret meetings with Jewish leaders which of course wont be a secret, as the whole reason for the meetings may be for the Qataris to point to them as evidence that the Jews (and thus Israel) dont view them as enemies, ZOA President Morton Klein said in a release at the time. Klein soon changed course: He visited Qatar in January, and yes, it was leaked to Haaretz. Why did he go? At first I refused because of their support for Hamas and the anti-Semitism being broadcast on Al Jazeera, he told the newspaper. But over time, I saw that more and more Jewish leaders were go ing there, and I realized that at this point, they wont be able to use me for propaganda because everyone is already going, but I might use the visit to push them on these issues. Klein subsequently spoke to the Jerusalem Posts Seth Frantzman and clearly em phasized two things: He was not paid for the visit; and he did not hold back. The ZOA put together a 50-page report on Qatars perceived transgressions against Israel, and Klein said he handed it to every official he met and had a two-hour conversation with the emir of Kuwait. Reports relayed to me said I was the roughest and toughest of all the leaders in presenting the issues, he told Frantzman. Some others were obsequious and overly warm and overly friendly. I was forceful and focused. Roughest and toughest, but boy did Klein appreciate those Qatari pajamas. The airline had great service, he told Frantzman. They handed out pajamas, the softest I ever felt. I wear them every night. Nasser Ishtayeh/Flash90 Palestinians clash with Israeli soldiers in the West Bank city of Jenin, Jan. 18, 2018. (JNS)Two Israeli soldiers who accidentally entered the Palestinian city of Jenin on Monday were attacked by a mob of dozens of young Pal estinians who also stole one of their weapons. The two soldiers, a man and a woman, were lightly to moderately injured. Images of the female soldiers bloody face circulated through social media, after she was injured from shattered windshield glass. She was evacuated to a hospital in Afula. Video from the attack shows the mob haranguing and at tacking the soldiers as they cried out. An initial investigation found that the soldiers had been misdirected into the Palestinian city by the Waze navigation app on their jour ney from Shavei Shomron in Samaria to Afula in the Jezreel Valley. A Palestinian Authority po liceman intervened to protect the Israeli soldiers, ultimately firing into the air to disperse the crowd. Over 100 members of the PA security forces were called out to escort the sol diers to safety and return their jeep to Israel, according to a PA security official interviewed by The Jerusalem Post, who also said that the effort was made both to protect human life as well as to prevent Israeli reprisals in Jenin if either of the soldiers were killed. Israel has made multiple incursions into Jenin in recent weeks, including a clash dur ing a manhunt for the mur derer of Rabbi Raziel Shevah, who was killed in a drive-by shooting attack in December. It is not uncommon for Israelisincluding sol diersto accidentally enter Palestinian-controlled areas. Between Jan. 1, and Nov. 8, 2017, 564 Israelis were re turned to Israeli authorities after accidentally entering into Palestinian areas. Two Israelis nearly lynched in Jenin, saved by PA forces
HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, FEBRUARY 23, 2018 PAGE 13A Weekly roundup of world briefs from JTA JTA on page 14A Trump negotiators wel come Abbas recognition of Jerusalem as holy to Jews WASHINGTON (JTA) President Donald Trumps top negotiators welcomed a U.N. speech by Palestinian Author ity President Mahmoud Abbas that recognized Jerusalems holiness to Jews, a sign that the sides are edging back toward restarting peace talks. Trump administration of ficials nonetheless made clear that there was no retreat from the U.S. recognition of Jeru salem as Israels capital made by the American president in December. In another sign that peace efforts could soon be back on track, Abbas called for a multilateral peace confer ence this summer that would include the United States in a leading role. Jared Kushner, Trumps son-in-law and the top admin istration official in charge of restarting the peace talks, and Jason Greenblatt, the top U.S. Middle East negotiator, were seated directly behind Nikki Haley, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, for the Abbas address. We appreciated the oppor tunity to listen to his speech, White House spokesman Josh Raffel said in a statement emailed to JTA. We were hoping to hear some new and constructive ideas, and the recognition that Jerusalem is holy to Jews in addition to Muslims and Christians is a step in the right direction, but as Ambassador Haley warned, setting forth old talking points and unde veloped concepts for each of the core issues will not achieve peace, the statement said. We are trying to do the opposite and will continue working on our plan which is designed to benefit both the Israeli and Palestinian people. We will present it when it is done and the time is right. Eastern Jerusalem, Abbas said during his speech, is our capital which we wish to be a city open to all the faith ful of the three monotheistic religions. The Palestinian Authority leader in recent years has an gered Israelis and Americans by noting only Muslim and Christian roots in the Holy Land. Abbas had angrily rejected a leading U.S. role in brokering peace talks after Trumps Dec. 6 recognition of Jerusalem as Israels capital, but in his U.N. speech he called for convening a peace conference in mid-2018 with broad international par ticipation but one in which the foremost conveners were the five permanent members of the Security Council and the members of the Quartet, the four entities guiding Middle Eastern peacemaking. The United States is a lead ing member of the Quartet and the Security Council, signal ing Abbas was again ready to defer to U.S. leadership on the peace process. But gaps to bridge remained seemingly before peace talks could reconvene, as Haley had alluded to in her speech dismissing old talking points and undeveloped concepts. We have already heard them again and again, she said Abbas in his speech said that an outcome of the peace conference should include a freeze on the United States moving its embassy to Jerusa lemalthough he did not set such a freeze as a precondition for convening the peace con ference. U.S. officials have said that the embassy could move as soon as next year. Haley said about the U.S. recognition of Jerusalem as Israels capital: You dont have to like that decision, you dont have to praise it, you dont even have to accept it, but know thisthat decision will not change. You can choose to put aside your anger about our embassy and move forward with us, she said. Our negotiators are sitting right behind me ready to talk, but we will not chase after you, she said, referring to Kushner and Greenblatt. Another area where Abbas appeared to retreat from his hard line was in describing calls in December by the Pal estine Liberation Organization council to rupture ties with Israel. Instead, he said, it is reviewing its relationship with Israel. One thorny issue besetting the peace talks is what happens in the Gaza Strip, where the terrorist group Hamas is in control. Abbas proposed a ref erendum on any peace plan to be approved by the Palestinian people. Polling in the past has shown there would be popular support for a final peace deal that settles all issues, although it is not clear that Hamas would allow a referendum or respect its outcome. In his response to Abbas speech, the Israeli ambassador to the United Nations, Danny Danon, described a history of peace talks that often ended abruptly when Palestinians withdrew once Israel had made an offer. Danon said Abbas is always welcome to directly negotiate with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu but chooses not to. Rather than driving just 12 minutes between Ramallah and Jerusalem, Danon said, he has chosen to fly just 12 hours to New York to avoid the possibility of peace. Netanyahu in his own statement said Abbas offered nothing new He continues to flee from police and con tinues to pay terrorists and their families $347 million, he said in a statement sent from his office to reporters. Netanyahu referred to PLO payments to the families of Palestinians killed or captured while attacking Israelis. Such Israeli statements notwithstanding, Netanyahu has said repeatedly he is com mitted to the Trump admin istrations peace efforts, and Israel would likely follow the U.S. lead should talks restart. New bribery scandal centers on fraud case against Sara Netanyahu JERUSALEM (JTA)A for mer spokesman for Benjamin Netanyahu is accused of offer ing to make a judge attorney general if she agreed to close a case against the Israeli prime ministers wife. The suspected bribe was first reported Tuesday morn ing by reporter Ben Caspit of the Hebrew-language daily newspaper Maariv. Caspit reported that Nir Hefetz, who served as media adviser to Netanyahu for three years starting in 2014, made the offer to Hila Gerstel, who has since retired from being a judge. Israel Police confirmed the suspected bribe without naming names. Gerstel has testified about the incident as a witness in another corrup tion case. Gerstel said she turned down the offer and was deeply shocked by it, Maariv re ported. It is not known if she turned to police at the time to tell them about it. Attorney General Avichai Mandleblit told the Israeli me dia on Tuesday that he did not receive a similar offer before being tapped for the post in February 2016. Sara Netanyahu is accused of using public funds for personal expenses, including hiring an electrician who was a member of the Likud party Central Committee to do work on the prime ministers resi dence without offering a tender for the work and purchasing furniture that purportedly was bought for the official resi dence in Jerusalem and then moving it to the Netanyahus private residence in Caesarea. Hefetz reportedly was ar rested on Sunday in connec tion with Case 4000, a corrup tion case that involves Israels telecommunications giant Bezeq and the prime minister. Mandleblit informed Sara Netanyahu in September that she would be indicted for fraud pending a hearing that has not yet taken place. Teacher Scott Beigel did not want to be remem bered as a hero (JTA)Funerals were held for three more Jewish victims of the shootings at the Mar jory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. Hundreds of family, friends, students and colleagues at tended the funeral on Sunday of teacher Scott Beigel at Temple Beth El in Boca Raton, Florida, that was live-streamed on the synagogues website. Beigel, 35, a geography teacher and cross country coach at the school, saved students lives by opening his classroom door and ushering the students in. He was shot while closing the door behind them. He reportedly told his fi ance, Gwen Gossler, who he met at Pennsylvanias Camp Starlight when they both worked as counselors seven years ago, that if he ever was the victim of a school shooting that she would not talk about the hero stuff. They had been watching news coverage of a similar school shooting on television at the time, she said during the funeral. The Sunday funerals for first-year students Jamie Gut tenberg and Alex Schachter were moved to a Fort Lauder dale hotel to accommodate more than a thousand mourn ers, according to reports. The funeral for Alex Schachter, 14, who was a member of his schools march ing band, was closed to media. The Miami Herald reported that remembrances at the funeral focused on his love for movies, his humor and his passion for the high schools marching band, in which he played trombone, as well as the secret ingredients in his special smoothie. The teens family set up a Go FundMe page in his memory to fund a scholarship program to help other students experi ence the joys of music as well as fund increased security at schools. Mourners who attended Jamie Guttenbergs funeral on Sunday wore orange rib bons in her memory, which stood out against their black mourning clothes, according to the Miami Herald. Orange was her favorite color. Rabbi Jonathan Kaplan in his eulogy tried to answer the question of where was God during the attack. He said: God is in the teachers who protected them. God is in the first responders who went in that day. God is in the police who raced to the school, and God is in the families who waited... God is in the people, all over the world, who sent condolences. Funerals were held on Friday for Alyssa Alhedeff and Meadow Pollack. US ambassador to Israel reportedly says evicting settlers could lead to civil war JERUSALEM (JTA)Evict ing hundreds of thousands of Jewish settlers from the West Bank could lead to civil war in Israel, U.S. Ambassador to Israel David Friedman told American Jewish leaders. His remarks were first tweeted and reported on Is raels Channel 10 by journalist Barak Ravid, who said he re ceived the remarks from three participants at the meeting. Friedman spoke Monday night during an off-the-record briefing in Jerusalem for about 100 American Jewish leaders at a meeting of the Conference of Presidents of Major Jewish American Organizations. The U.S. Embassy and the Presidents Conference dis puted the report. We have seen the reports on the off-the-record address held with Ambassador David Friedman. The words attrib uted to him were taken out of context, are incomplete, and are therefore a distortion of the ambassadors remarks, Stephen Greenberg and Mal colm Hoenlein, the chairman and CEO, respectively, of the Presidents Conference, said in a statement. An embassy spokesman said in a statement: The Channel 10 report is based upon three attendees at the conference who failed to provide much of the context behind Ambassa dor Friedmans comments as well as significant additional and related remarks by the Ambassador. Ambassador Friedman made clear in his remarks that the President is commit ted to a comprehensive peace agreement that benefits both Israelis and Palestinians and that the U.S. is working on a plan to achieve that goal. As for settlements, the Ambassador believes that unrestrained settlement growth is not help ful for peace. According to Channel 10, Friedman also said that the settlers arent going any where, and this was his per sonal opinion. While serving as a lawyer for Donald Trump before his election, Friedman was a generous supporter of Beit El, a West Bank settle ment. He added that it could be more difficult to have the Israeli military evacuate settle ments since members of the national-religious sector have taken more senior positions in the Israel Defense Forces and believe that God promised the land to the Jewish people. According to the report, Friedman said the claim that a peace treaty is needed to preserve Israel as a Jewish and democratic state is un founded, and supported Israels claim that it must hold on to the Jordan Valley under any peace agreement for security reasons. Friedman also criticized the Palestinian leadership. They have not shown that they are capable of building institutions that will allow them to live in peace with their neighbors, he reportedly said. We must look at the relation ship between Israel and the Palestinians not as a marriage but as a divorce. Iranian official: If Israel at tacks we will destroy Tel Aviv and kill Netanyahu (JTA)An Iranian official said his country would destroy Tel Aviv and kill Benjamin Netanyahu if the Israeli prime minister followed through on his threat to attack Iran. About Netanyahus unwise words, I should say that if they carry out the slightest unwise move against Iran, we will level Tel Aviv to the ground and will not give any opportunity to Netanyahu to flee, the sec retary of Irans Expediency Council, Mohsen Rezaee, told the Arabic-language al-Manar news channel on Monday, ac cording to Fars News Agency. The Expediency Council is an administrative assembly that provides counsel to Irans supreme leader, who appoints its members. On Sunday, Netanyahu threatened to attack Iran in response to terror attacks on Israels soil. Israel will not allow Irans regime to put a noose of terror around our neck. We will act without hesitation to defend ourselves. And we will act, if necessary, not just against Irans proxies that are attack ing us but against Iran itself, Netanyahu said at the Munich Security Conference. Netanyahu waved a piece of an Iranian drone shot down over northern Israel last week, which led to Israeli airstrikes on Iranian targets in Syria, and directly addressed Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, who also attended the conference. Zarif later mocked Netan yahus theatrics, calling it a cartoonish circus. Netan yahu had called Zarif in his speech the smooth-talking mouthpiece of Irans regime who lies with eloquence. New Jersey rabbi ar rested for meeting teen prostitute (JTA)A New Jersey rabbi registered as a sex offender was among three people arrested in connection with the human trafficking and prostitution of a 17-year old girl. Rabbi Aryeh Goodman, 35, of East Brunswick, has been charged with engaging in prostitution with a child and one count of endangering the welfare of a child. He runs a religious learning center out of his home. Gabriella Colon, 18, and Richard Ortiz, 23, both of the Bronx, New York, have been charged with 11 criminal counts including human trafficking and promoting the prostitution of a child. According to a statement from the Middlesex County Prosecutors Office, they sold the sexual services of the teen, from Lancaster, Pennsylvania, to approximately 30 men from Jan. 1 to Feb. 2. Goodman met the teen at the hotel on Feb. 1 and paid to have sex with her, according to the statement. He turned himself in nearly a week later to the East Brunswick Police Department while accompa nied by his attorney. Goodman is registered as a Tier 3, or high risk sex of fender, according to Meyer Seewald, founding director of Jewish Community Watch, an organization dedicated to combating child sexual abuse in the Jewish community. In a statement sent to JTA, Seewald said that Goodman molested a youth while serving as a camp counselor in 2001. Jewish Community Watch helped Goodmans victim file a report against the rabbi in 2013. Goodman accepted a plea deal and served prison time. Seewald said he had been sentenced to up to 23 months in jail. Israeli telecommunica tions officials arrested in corruption investigation involving Netanyahu (JTA)Israel Polices cor ruption unit and the Israel Se curities Authority have opened an investigation into the Israel telecommunications company Bezeq, part of an ongoing cor ruption investigation involv ing Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Several suspects reportedly were arrested on Sunday as part of the investigation, called Case 4000, in part looking into whether Netanyahu had a relationship with the com pany. Netanyahu has not been named as a suspect in the case. The Israel Securities Au thority recently completed an investigation into Bezeq majority shareholder Shaul Elovitchs ties with Netanyahu and the allegation that he received political favors for Bezeq in return for favorable coverage of Netanyahu on the Walla! News website, owned by Bezeq. A gag order was placed on details of the arrests. In a filing with the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange on Sunday, Bezeq confirmed that senior company had been arrested. The suspended director general of the Ministry of Com munications, Shlomo Filber, who was previously questioned in the Bezeq case, was among those arrested Sunday, his at torney confirmed to the Globes business publication. Two former associates who worked in the Prime Ministers office reportedly also were detained by the Israel Securities Author ity on Sunday for questioning. Walla! News CEO Ilan Ye shua and former editor-inchief Yinon Magal also were asked to testify Sunday over the suspicion of favorable coverage, Ynet reported. This is another false claim. The prime minister didnt act for Elovitchs and Bezeqs benefit, not for favorable cover age and not for anything else, read a statement issued on Netanyahus behalf Netanyahu is expected to be
PAGE 14A HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, FEBRUARY 23, 2018 attempts to provide a model for that daunting task. In The Number on GreatGrandpas Arm, Holocaust survivor Jack Feldman and his American-born greatgrandson Elliott bond as the 10-year-old (hes now 12) prompts his ancestor to speak about his Holocaust experiences. Feldman emigrated after Films From page 8A the war and settled in Roch ester, New York, where he opened a fish market. He ran the business successfully, though with one quirk. As an African-American customer notes, Jack has known what hunger is, so he gives free fish to a customer too poor to pay. Veteran documentary film maker Amy Schatz was at tracted to the project because, she said, there is hardly any material on the Holocaust suitable for children and their families. Her goal was to trans mit the survivors experience gently and with clarity. Catch the short on HBO, which began showing on Jan. 27. 116 Cameras 116 Cameras, which is one of 10 films on the Oscar shortlist for best short docu mentary, gives a behind-thescenes look into the filming of a Holocaust survivors testimony. It shows how film makers preserve the memo ries of Eva Schloss, Anne Franks surviving stepsister, in the form of an interactive, 3-D, holographic image. The project was a product of Steven Spielbergs Shoah Foundation at the University of Southern California. You can watch the film now on The New York Times website. remembered the girls as ener getic track athletes who were well liked by their wide circle of friends and peers. Newfield died in a nearby hospital Saturday evening. Garridos death, at a Boston hospital, was announced Sunday evening. No arrests have been made and the case is under investigation, ac cording to a Needham police lieutenant. Two cars were involved in the accident but no further details have been released, pending the State Police and local district attorneys investigation. A funeral for Newfield, the youngest of four siblings, will be held Tuesday afternoon at Temple Aliyah, a Conservative synagogue in Needham, where Newfields family have been longtime, engaged members, according to friends of the family. A memorial observance will be held at a later date. Rabbi Carl Perkins met with the family Monday morning, he told JTA in an email. This is the worst time of our lives, Newfields father, Craig, told the Boston Globe. He made the remarks when he stopped by a makeshift me morial where friends placed bouquets of flowers at the intersection where the teens were hit. We want everybody to know that Talia and Adrienne were best of friends. They were unique, they were beautiful people, they were loved by ev erybody, Craig Newfield said. He and his wife, Lisa, are desperate to know the details of the fatal incident, according to the Boston Globe. We dont understand how two beautiful young women can get taken from us in the space of about 20 feet on a clear evening on a flat, straight street in Needham. We just dont understand, Craig Newfield said. In a letter to the school community shared Monday night on the school depart ments Twitter account, the Newfield family thanked friends, family and their syna gogue for their outpouring of support. They said Adrienne and Talia had their lives and the world ahead of them. The letter closed with the Hebrew words yehi zichra baruch. May her memory be for a blessing, traditional Jewish words of comfort. Word spread quickly of Talia Newfields death through the Camp Tevya community. Talia had been a camper for many years at the overnight New Hampshire Jewish summer camp. Last summer, Talia traveled to Israel with the camps Dor lDor program, ac cording to Mindee Greenberg, the camps director. She was hired recently as a counselor for this summer, Greenberg wrote in a letter emailed to the camp community that she provided to JTA. There are no words for what we have to share with you, Greenberg wrote. Losing Talia will have an incredible impact on her friends, her counselors, and her campers and on the entire Tevya community. Talia loved to laugh and could be goofy, according to her camp friend, Zoe Salding er, who lives in Connecticut. In a phone conversation with JTA, Zoe recalled sharing a camel ride with Talia last summer on their camp trip to Israel. She was laughing the whole time, joking that the camel behind them was going to bite them. But she was a serious and dedicated artist as well. During their two-week counselor-in-training ses sion, Talia spent time drawing the camps natural surround ings, capturing the lake through a vista between trees, Zoe recalled. She had a cool way of seeing the world and finding ways to put that on the page, she said. Zoes mother, Cathryn, told JTA that she has been watching the friends grow up together since they were 11-year-old camp bunk mates. A photo of the two taken one summer at Good Harbor beach in Gloucester, Mas sachusetts, captures their infectious smiles and joy, Cathryn Saldinger said. Talia was really very bril liant, energetic and fun, she said. Camp friends have been in touch through phone calls, text messaging and FaceTime, Zoe said, but she anticipates that being together with Ta lias family and camp friends at the funeral will provide comfort. Grief counselors and other school staff consoled students at the high school on Sunday and Monday, when schools re opened. The entire Needham community is mourning the loss of the students, accord ing to the districts super intendent, Dan Gutekanst, who described the teens as energetic, athletic, caring, and loving daughters, sisters and friends. Garrido ran track during all three athletic seasons, the Globe reported. Newfield joined the cross-country team this fall. Team members chose to take part in a scheduled competition Sunday and wore black and white ribbons read ing TN & AG to honor Talia and Adrienne. Friends of the Newfield family gathered at their home throughout Sunday, according to Pam Putprush, a family friend whose daughter, Alex, was one of Talias closest friends. There were a lot of people there supporting them. It was good for them to not be alone, Putprush told JTA. The Congregational Church of Needham, the Putprush family church, held a community vigil. Many of the girls school friends at tended, Putprush said. She said her daughter, Alex and Talia were friends since their early elementary school years and shared clothes and hung out at each others homes. Talia had a similarly close relationship with Adri enne, Putprush said. She said that while they were of different religious faiths, Talia and Alex shared many interests and the fami lies are close. Growing up, Talia enjoyed many Christmas decorating parties at the Put prush home and Alex has been to many Friday night Shabbat dinners at the Newfield home, Putprush said. In addition to her par ents, Talia is survived by her siblings, Jake, Jessica and Michael. She is the grand daughter of Ethel and the late Kalman Newfield and the late Marvin and Cynthia Rosenkrantz. Talia Newfield (l) and Zoe Saldinger at Masada in Israel. Boston mourns Jewish girl and best friend run down by motorist 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 By Penny Schwartz BOSTON (JTA)A syna gogue, a Jewish summer camp and the wider Boston community are mourning two teenage best friends who died Feb. 10 after being struck by a car. Talia Newfield, 16, who is Jewish, and Adrienne Garrido, 17, were killed late Saturday afternoon while they were crossing a street near Need ham High School, where the two were juniors, in the sub urb about 20 miles southwest of Boston. 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When Rabbi Hershy Bronstein of the Chai Cen ter Chabad saw in a report from the local sheriffs of fice that a suspect had been arrested at a McDonalds across the street from his building, he checked secu rity camera footage to see if it contained any evidence that could help police, Chabad.org reported. The camera footage showed suspect Nikolas Cruz, 19, walking down the street and into McDonalds after the Feb. 14 shooting at Marjory Stone man Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. Cruz reportedly had pur chased a drink at a Subway located in a Walmart along the route before going entering the McDonalds. My heart skipped a beat when I saw it, Bronstein told the Jewish news website Vos Iz Neias of reviewing the security camera footage. You see him in our parking lot, casually walking by, looking over his shoulder. Bronstein shared the foot age with the FBI, as well as news media outlets. They told me it could be an important part of the case, Bronstein told VIN. If he takes an insanity plea, the confident way he is walking could prove otherwise. EPA administrator Scott Pruitt cancels Israel trip over criticism of firstclass travel (JTA)Environmental Protection Agency Adminis trator Scott Pruitt cancelled a trip to Israel after criticism of his travel expenses. Pruitt had been expected to arrive in Israel for a fiveday visit and stay at the five-star King David Hotel in Jerusalem, the Washington Post reported, citing people in Israel briefed on his plans. Israeli officials confirmed to the newspaper that Pruitts trip was official state busi ness. Support staff from the E.S. Embassy in Tel Aviv were scheduled to accompany him on his travels within Israel. We decided to postpone; the administrator looks for ward to going in the future, EPA spokeswoman Liz Bow man said in a statement emailed to media outlets. Confrontations with mem bers of the public caused Pruitt to switch to flying first or business class whenever possible, at the recommen dation of the head of his security detail. Some of the confrontations were threaten ing and Pruitts security felt they could not protect him appropriately, according to the EPA. Pruitts travel has cost taxpayers hundreds of thou sands of dollars, according to the Post. Pruitt asserted that he did not make the decision to switch to more expensive flights. Im not involved in any of those decisions, he told the New Hampshire Union Leader. Those are all made by the [security] detail, the security assessment, in addi tion to the chief of staff.
HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, FEBRUARY 23, 2018 PAGE 15A Alex Schachter Alyssa Alhadeff Scott Beigel Jamie Guttenberg Meadow Pollack Victims From page 1A volunteers at The Friendship Initiative, a program that pairs neurotypical students like them with special needs kids. Another volunteer at the center, Gina Montalto, also was killed in the shooting. Jeb Niewood, president of The Friendship Initiative, remembered Guttenberg as a genuine person who loved helping others. Jaime was quite an amaz ing human being, she had a maturity and compassion far beyond her years, she had an aura, a glow, that radiated from her smile and her eyes, she was beautiful in every way, Niewood told JTA. Niewood said the Gutten berg family had faced tragedy just months earlier when her paternal uncle, a first responder, passed away from complications of an illness contracted during the 9/11 terrorist attacks in New York. In her free time, Gutten berg also loved to dance, and she was involved with a local dance studio, according to Facebook posts. Her huge passion aside from helping people was dance, and [she was an] extremely dedicated and talented dancer, Niewood said. Shes the daughter that everyone wanted. Guttenbergs cousin, Marc Pollack, said his family was reeling from her death. My heart is broken from the loss of this awesome young girl and the pain that our entire family is endur ing, Pollack wrote in a Facebook post. Alyssa Alhadeff was a ma ture, laid-back girl who loved soccer and made friends eas ily. She played midfield for the school soccer team, earning newspaper coverage for her achievements on the field. Shes the sweetest, Al hadeffs grandmother, Vicky Alhadeff, told Miamis Chan nel 7 News on Wednesday night. Shes a big soccer player, very smart, shes in track. Shes very popular, a very beautiful girl. Oh my God, shes my life. How could I not love her? Shes my grand daughter. Alhadeff had attended Camp Coleman in Georgia, a Reform Jewish camp, for one summer, and was planning on returning this year. Staff there remembered her as being like an angel, always happy to help out and quick to adjust to a new environment. She was one of the easi est campers, very mature, said Lotem Eilon, Alhadeffs unit head. She was very friendly and didnt have to deal with drama per se. Alyssa was very mature and friendly and fit into camp right away, even though she came in older. Camp director Bobby Har ris remembers Alhadeff as a sweet girl who was a pleasure for the counselors to super vise. Several of Colemans campers go to Stoneman Douglas High School, and the camp will be hosting a service on Facebook Live Thursday evening in the vic tims memory. She was a very sweet camper, Harris said. Her counselors always said she did exactly what she was told to do, always helped out whenever she was needed to help out. She was like an angel. She was just a bright light and was very positive. Meadow Pollack, a senior, had gone missing and was confirmed dead Thursday morning. In a photograph posted on Facebook, she is wearing a cap and gown in preparation for graduation. She planned to go to Lynn University in nearby Boca Raton next year. A friend posted on Alex Schachters facebook page that he was 14 years old and played the trombone in the schools marching band, which won a state title last year. He enjoyed playing basketball and was described as a sweetheart. Alexs brother survived the shooting. Scott Beigel was reported to have been shot as he shut the door to protect students from the gunman, an expelled student identified as Nikolas Cruz. One of the students in his class, Kelsey Friend, recounted how Beigel, 35, let her and other students into his classroom and then attempted to lock the door. I had talked to my teacher and said I am scared. And then we all heard gunshots, and he unlocked the door and let us in. I had thought he was behind me, but he wasnt, Friend told ABC News. When he opened the door, he had to relock it so we can stay safe, but he didnt get the chance to [stay safe]. Friend said she would likely not be alive had Beigel not opened the door for her. Im so thankful that he was there to help everybody who did live in that classroom because he was in the doorway and the door was still open and the shooter probably didnt know we were in there because Mr. Beigel was laying on the floor, she told ABC If the shooter would have came into the room, I probably wouldnt be speaking with you right now. Friend called Beigel a re ally amazing teacher. He would explain things easier to a lot of us in the classroom, she said. It was just easier to comprehend the subject when he taught it. Beigel was a staff member at Camp Starlight, a predomi nately Jewish summer camp in Starlight, Pennsylvania. In a Facebook post, the camp called him a beloved friend and hero. [H]e was someone who could make you laugh in any situation and those kids were very lucky to have him as a teacher and protector, Liza Luxenberg, a friend from Camp Starlight, wrote to JTA. I am not at all surprised to hear that he endangered his own life to save others. He has always been a hero to me as a friend and now unfortunately the rest of the world gets to learn of his heroism in this tragedy. Other campers also shared fond memories of Beigel. Today is a really sad day as we learn about your pass ing Scott Beigel, Adam Schwartz, a Starlight camper, wrote in a post. You were one of my favorite counselors growing up and my Olympics General my senior year. Those kids were incredibly lucky to have you, you are a real hero. Melissa Strauss wrote: A man with strength and wis dom has died, protecting his students during the school shooting in Florida yesterday. Scott Beigel was not only a teacher and a counselor but he was the biggest role model. Food From page 5A being both ignorant of Jewish law and unsophisticated. The fact that some Ameri can Jews still tell the story of that night in Cincinnati in 1883 illustrates that debates about food practices are cen tral to the ways that American Jews think about themselves. At the Illuminoshis banquet, eight chefs were invited to reflect creatively on their work by preparing non-kosher dishes. The chefs responses ranged from the classic Reu ben sandwicha staple of non-kosher American Jewish delis that violates the kosher rule of separating dairy and meatto peanut butter pies trendily topped with bacon. Limited vegetarian options were provided in order to include vegetarians or those who, like me, do not eat nonkosher meat. Despite some reports in the Levine From page 1A country, he told his Young Democrats audience. When he ran for mayor of Miami Beach, he knocked on over 6,000 doors talking to people about his plans if elected their mayor. Then as mayor, Levine had the city invest $500 million to raise the sea walls, curb flood ing by installing pumps and raising the streets. Standing up to Governor Rick Scott, Levine also passed a bill rais ing the minimum wage in Miami Beach, because it was the right thing to do. No one can live on $8.10 an hour he stated, and he proposes that every local community should be able to decide what is a fair minimum wage for their area. Jewish press, this was not a petulantly defiant celebration of non-kosher food. Rather it was a thoughtful reflection on the ways in which many American Jews eat and Jews in the food industry make their living. Still, readers were angered by the idea of a public gather ing of Jews focused on treif. An irate reader sent me a profanity-laden email asking scornfully, Whats next, a baptism event for Jews? Con gregants at a synagogue where I had spoken a few weeks ear lier objected to my attendance at the Illuminoshi gathering, even though I myself keep kosher and did not consume non-kosher meat at the event. The controversy, at its heart, seems to be about how American Jews eat and have eaten communally, and not about the eating practices of individuals. Talking openly about American Jews rela tionship to non-kosher food disturbs many American Jews. Many Jews who do not keep kosher continue to think that kashrut, even when most often observed in the breach, is important to American Jews identities. But in the age of iden tity politics, amid a changing American religious landscape, we need more reflection, not less, on the everyday prac tices that define who we are, in private and public. At the Trefa Banquet 2.0, organizer Alix Wall spoke about how eating pork reminds her of her mother, a child survivor of the Holocaust who was hidden with a Catholic Polish family who shared with her the little meatalways porkthey had. I have interviewed many restaurateurs who describe non-kosher dishes as Jew ish ones because they evoke memories of eating with their Jewish family members. For those who attended the 2.0 banquet, it too was a Jewish event, without contradiction. Others argue for a Jewish dietary system rooted in ethical guidelines that reflect Jewish values rather than the precise ritual requirements of kashrut, which are mostly unrelated to contemporary ethical con cerns. At the Trefa Banquet 2.0, Devils Gulch Ranch, a local, family-owned, sustain able farm in Californias Marin County, provided the pork and rabbit meat used by the chefs. The Jewish owner of Devils Gulch, Mark Pasternak, spoke about how he saw his work as conforming to Jewish values despite the non-kosher meat his farm produces. Pasternak is not alone. The New Jewish Food Movement, sometimes called eco-kashrut, has grown steadily since the 1970s. It combines particularly Jewish ways of thinking about food, environmentalism and Remember something in Miami Beach, it costs a lot more to buy a hamburger than it does up in Orlando, so why should we have the same minimum living wage? So we should let our communities decide, he said on This Week in South Florida (channel 10). Another one of Levines mottos is Just get it done, which could sound like bul lying, but when Levine sees a problem, he comes up with ways to solve the problem, and if he doesnt have a solu tion, he finds the expert who does have a solution. His vision for Florida is to invest in education; be stewards of the environment; develop public transporta tion; and to see NASA as our Silicone Valley. Levine said he would pass an executive order to have equal pay for equal work, and would like to see more women entrepreneurs. For education, he believes there should be no debt burden for college students, as long as they work in the state for a certain amount of time after graduation. The same would go for vocational schools. No one should be denied an education because of their parents income, he said. Levine believes Florida should use its natural re sources to develop solar and renewable energy. After all, we are not the partly-cloudy state. We are the sunshine state! He would also give incen tives for the film and TV in dustries to return to Florida, which would increase the states employment rankings. After Rick Scott chased our film industry to Georgia by ending our Film Flori da program, Florida has lost out on over $1 billion dollars, and thousands of local jobs, Levine stated, If I am elected governor, were bringing the film industry back in town. Levine spoke for well over an hour and a half at the Young Democrats meeting and answered a multitude of questions, addressing public transportation (he encourages public-private partnerships and empower ing local communities); charter schools (we need to invest in our public school system and not follow the moneyFlorida is ranked 46th in the country and teachers salaries are $10,000 below other state salaries and this is unacceptable, he said); Affordable housing (he would develop an incentive program to build affordable housing with public-private partnerships); and reform for criminals (felons should be able to vote, and vocational training should be provided, he stated). There are 67 counties in Florida and Levine hopes to visit many of them on his bus tour across Florida, and as the famous poem goes, he has miles to go before he sleeps. As this article was being written, the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland hap pened in which 17 people were killed. As mayor of Miami Beach, Levine released this message on his Facebook page: I have a direct message for Floridians in response to the senseless shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School: the time to act is NOW. As a graduate of Broward schools, and a father, trag edies like these need to end for good. Thoughts wont heal the pain, thoughts wont bring back a child. But taking action now can prevent another par ent from enduring this pain. Call your leaders in Talla hassee who have preemptively taken away power from local communities to deal with these issues, mobilize, and act. The Democratic primary is Aug. 28, 2018. sustainability with Jewish religious traditions. In a thoughtful response to the Trefa Banquet 2.0 for JTA, the acclaimed American Jewish historian Jonathan Sarna suggested that the event might further divide American Jews. But at the 2.0 banquet, Illuminoshi members and their guests participated in a long tradition of American Jews using their culinary decisions to generate personal conversations about food, values and Judaism, acknowledging the complex ity of religious identity in the 21st century. Rachel B. Gross is the John and Marcia Goldman Professor of American Jew ish Studies at San Francisco State University. The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of JTA or its parent company, 70 Faces Media. Construction, Remodels, Additions, Handyman does most anything Available in Central Florida Area References AvailableRicardo Torres Handyman407-221-5482
PAGE 16A HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, FEBRUARY 23, 2018 plains, are associated with pathological amyloid proteins that could be neutralized by the 5-mer peptide Naor has spent the last 10 years researching and developing with the support of the uni versitys Yissum technologytransfer company, the Israeli government and Spherium Biomed of Spain. It will take several million dollars to start clinical trials of Naors novel, IP-protected peptidea synthetic protein snippet that significantly reverses the damaging effects of inflammatory diseases and Alzheimers disease in mouse models, and restores the learning capacity of Al zheimers mice. I believe that within two years we would know for cer tain if our academic product can translate into a therapeu tic drug to combat inflamma tory and neurodegenerative diseases, Naor says. Once you control the in flammation, you can control the disease, so our target is to reduce as much as possible the inflammatory activity. Rheumatoid arthritis Naor began by studying 5-mers effectiveness in rheu matoid arthritis, which affects about one percent of the world population. Currently, about $30 billion worth of biologic drugs are sold each year that effectively control, but cannot cure, rheumatoid arthritis and other inflammatory diseases. Furthermore, these drugs dont work in one-third of patients. The results of Naors experi ments were astounding. When mice with collagen-induced arthritis were treated with 5-mer peptide, the severely inflamed tissues in their joints reverted to nearly normal. No harmful side effects were observed. Multiple sclerosis and IBD Once the rheumatoid arthritis experiment was repeated successfully several times, we looked at a differ ent chronic inflammatory diseasemultiple sclerosis, where the inflammation is not in the joints but in the brain, says Naor. Multiple sclerosis is the most widespread disabling neurological condition of young adults around the world, usually striking be tween the ages of 20 and 50. There is no cure, but the Israeli-developed blockbuster drug Copaxone reduces the frequency of relapses. Here, too, Naors results were noteworthy. Five days after MS-like disease was in duced in mice, 5-mer peptide injections caused a significant decrease in accumulation of inflammatory cells in the central nervous system and significant reduction in limb paralysis. The effects were One drug could treat Alzheimers, MS, Crohns and more Miriam Alster/FLASH90 Prof. David Naor at Hebrew University-Hadassah Medical School, Jerusalem. weaker when the disease was more progressed, but theo retically the peptide could be introduced during a remission phase of MS. Recently, in collaboration with Prof. Haim Ovadia from Hadassah University Medical Center, Naors lab achieved another breakthrough by delivering 5-mer peptide via mouth rather than by injec tions, with the same thera peutic effect. That means that we may be able to produce pills for oral delivery rather than to provide the drug by injection, Naor says. Spherium Biomed tests of 5-mer peptide in mouse models of inflammatory bowel diseases (IBD) showed it can reduce the gut inflammation in IBD better than the cur rently prescribed biological medication, which is effective only in half of IBD patients. Alzheimers disease After a quarter-century of failed efforts to develop a cure for Alzheimers dis ease, investment money is dwindling. Yet the number of cases is climbing rapidly along with related costs. About one in nine Americans over 65 has this fatal degen erative neurological disorder affecting 44 million people worldwide. In collaboration with Prof. Hanna Rosenmann from Ha dassah, Naors lab studied the effect of mer-5 peptide in mice with induced Alzheimers disease. Cognitively normal mice placed inside a watery maze learned quickly how to swim to a safe platform and were able to find it faster with ev ery subsequent attempt. But the Alzheimers mice took longer finding the platform every time, due to memory difficulties. After treatment with 5-mer peptide, the Alzheimers mice regained their ability to learn the location of the platform as quickly as cognitively normal mice. We can restore the memo ry of the animal. This doesnt mean were going to cure Alzheimers but it does mean we have to do everything possible to see if our peptide could be successful where so many other potential antiAlzheimer drugs have failed, says Naor. The 5-mer peptide appears to prevent the accumulation of amyloidbeta in the brain. Amyloidbeta clumps are believed to attract harmful inflammatory cells from the immune system, thus enhanc ing Alzheimers disease. The mechanism of action of the 5-mer peptide was proven on various harmful amyloid proteins, using sophisticated imaging tools in the lab of Prof. Mary Cowman at New York University. We can inject 5-mer pep tide even after the disease has started, and it will work, says Naor. We dont yet know if there is a point of no return when it would no longer work. Spherium Biomed now seeks funding for the next step, human clinical trials. Because the peptide was derived from human mate rial, it makes sense that it is going to work in humans at least as well as in mice, concludes Naor. By Abigail Klein Leichman (ISRAEL21c)Could one drug effectively treat incur able inflammatory diseases such as Crohns disease, ulcer ative colitis, rheumatoid ar thritis and multiple sclerosis as well as neurodegenerative maladies such as Alzheimers disease? 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