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WWW.HERITAGEFL.COM YEAR 42, NO. 27 MARCH 9, 2018 22 ADAR, 5778 ORLANDO, FLORIDA SINGLE COPY 75 Editorials ..................................... 4A Op-Ed .......................................... 5A Calendar ...................................... 6A Scene Around ............................. 9A Synagogue Directory ................ 11A JTA News Briefs ........................ 13A Itzik Roytman/Cteen In center, with the red beard, Rabbi Shaya Denburg, co-director of CTeen in Coral Springs, Fla., with Rabbi Moshe Klein on his right; Chayale Denburg, co-director of CTeen in Coral Springs, Fla., who is standing and second from right; and some survivors of the Parkland, Fla. school shooting. The survivors were in New York this weekend for Chabads CTeen conference. By Ben Sales (JTA)Seven survivors of the Park land school shooting were among thou sands of Jewish high school students who attended the annual conference of the Chabad movements youth group. Responding to the Feb. 14 shooting became an impromptu theme of the conference, which was hosted in New York City by CTeen, the teen arm of the Hasidic outreach movement. CTeen, which has 100,000 members worldwide, has eight chapters in the South Florida area surrounding Parkland. The shooting, which killed 17 students and staff at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, has galvanized a youth-led movement for gun reform. But the stu dents at the conference, each of whom Parkland students begin to heal at Jewish conference in New York had taken part in previous local Chabad activities, said they appreciated the op portunity to grieve and be comforted. We all have been feeling better be cause weve been with other teens who have been supporting us, Marc Susskind, 14, told JTA. Theyve been checking in on us, keeping us company. Anti-Semitic graffiti. (JNS)The number of anti-Semitic incidents in the United States soared in 2017, according to the annual re port by the Anti-Defamation League. There were 1,986 acts clas sified as anti-Semitic in 2017, up 57 percent from 2016 at 1,267 and more than double the 2,015 total of 941. That makes 2017 the second-most anti-Semitic year since the ADL began tracking the in cidents almost 40 years ago, and the highest-ever singleyear spike. It had been trending in the right direction for a long time, Jonathan A. Green blatt, CEO of ADL, told The New York Times. And then something changed. However, included in the figures are the 160-plus bomb threats to Jewish community centers and Jewish institu tions in the early part of 2017, which were discovered to be mainly carried out by a Jewish teenager in Israel. Even without those threats, anti-Semitic incidents in creased by 43 percent in 2017, with seven Jewish cemeteries vandalized, 19 anti-Jewish physical assaults, and 457 non-Jewish elementary and high schools experiencing anti-Semitic incidents, com pared to 235 in 2016 and 114 in 2015. The states reporting the most anti-Semitic incidents were those with large Jew ish populations, including New York, New Jersey and California. ADL: Anti-Semitism surged in 2017 Co-chairs of the upcoming Choices 2018, Shira Spector and Judy Kahan Davis. The 24th annual presenta tion of Choices on March 26 is subtitled Women Trans forming Lives, and that theme rings true, right down to the venue chosen for the Jewish Federation of Greater Orlandos largest fundraiser of the year. Choices 2018 will be held in the gymnasiumyes, the gymnasiumof The Roth Family JCC in Maitland. The idea of selecting such a unique venue evolved from several brainstorming sessions by In response to feedback from previous attendees, Choices 2018 will place a greater emphasis on social izing than in years past, allowing women ample time to connect and cel ebrate. The highlight of the brief formal program this year will be the Lights of Empowerment ceremony, during which all of the com munitys women in 13 cat egories will be honored in a candle-lighting ceremony. The categories, and the women scheduled to rep resent them during the event, are: The Arts, represented by Henrietta Katzen Caregivers, represented by Margo Lightman Educators, represented by Carol McNally and Phyllis Bochman Entrepreneurs, repre sented by Amy Imber Jewish Organization Professionals, represented by Amy Geboff Mothers, represented by Gail Gold Past Women of Choice, represented by Loren Lon don Philanthropists, repre sented by Debbie Meitin Professionals, represented by Susan Flower Social Service/Nonprofit Professionals, represented by Karen Broussard and Sasha Hausman Survivors, represented by Helen Greenspun Volunteers, represented by Sara Stern In Memory of, presented by Judy Kahan Davis and Shira Spector Choices Lights of Empowerment ceremony Choices 2018: A night of transformation Federation staff and the volunteer Choices co-chairs, Judy Kahan Davis and Shira Spector. In the fall, when we began considering ideas for a Choic es theme, we kept returning to the idea of transformation and the crucial role that women have played in transforming our Jewish community, said Federations Rhonda Forest. That theme was truly apropos, Forest said, as the Federation itself has been undergoing a significant transformation over the past few years. When it came time for the women to discuss potential venues for Choices, the Mait land campus was not initially at the top of the listin fact it wasnt on the list at all. But that changed during a pivotal meeting in December. The more we explored the concepts of transformation and growth as they relate to our community, the Maitland campus suddenly became the obvious choice, Forest said. This campus has been a hub for Jewish life locally for the better part of the past halfcentury. It has grown, evolved and transformed right along with us. Those who have spent time on our campus have been transformed by their experi ences here. Its the perfect venue. Of course, theres plenty of work to do between now and March 26 to transform the JCC gym into the elegant but festive setting women have come to expect from Choices, but Forest said the Federation is up to the challenge This will be a breathtaking transformation, she said. I cant wait until women arrive at Choices on the 26th and see what weve accomplished. I believe it will set the tone for the entire evening. The Federation is able to bring its vision to life thanks to the generosity of this years Choices sponsors. The Pre senting Sponsor for Choices 2018 is Harrietts Charitable Trust. The Diamond Sponsor is AVMedia, which will be han dling the lighting and produc tion, and Orlando Health is a Ruby Sponsor. Choices tickets are now on sale for $54. You can purchase online at www.jfgo.org/choices or call the Federation at 407645-5933, ext. 236. Everyone who purchases a ticket by March 16 will receive a free Choices raffle ticket, a $25 value. Women who buy a ticket can also bring a first-timer (someone who has never at tended Choices) for free. The Federation is providing complimentary valet parking on the Maitland campus for all attendees. Choices begins at 6 p.m. Monday, March 26, on the Maitland Jewish Community Campus, 851 N. Maitland Ave. Visit www.jfgo.org/choices for details. Parkland on page 15A
PAGE 2A HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, MARCH 9, 2018 From March 1 until April 15 JFS Orlando will be col lecting non-perishable food items and cash donations to restock their pantry shelves. This year the Weiner family and the Winter Park Wealth Group will match 50 cents for every dollar and one pound of food donated, up to $10,000. For more information or to register as a Restock Chal lenge Food Drive partner, email heather.betts@jfsor lando.org. JFS Orlando Restock Challenge is on! Its a time for the men to get together and watch the opening games of the NCAA tournament or play poker and blackjack at the Rosen JCCs Mens Night Out, March 15 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. There will be lots of food, fun and friendship. The event, held at Audi South Orlando, located at 4725 Vineland Rd., Orlando, is free for JCC members. However, RSVPs are a must. Email firstname.lastname@example.org by March 12 and you are in. Rosen JCC Mens Night Out Congregation Beth Sho lom, The Synagogue that Feels Like Family, invites the community to attend a second night Passover Seder with Rabbi Karen Allen at Pen nbrooke Fairways, 501 State Road 44, in Leesburg, at 5:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 31. A traditional Kosher Seder dinner will be catered by Deannas Catering, LLC. The meal will include gefilte fish, matzo ball soup, carrot tzimmes, grilled vegetables, oven roasted potatoes, and a choice of four entrees: beef brisket, chicken, salmon, or Vegan. Dessert, coffee, hot tea, and iced tea are also included. A roasted chicken fingers meal is available for children. Reservations must be made in advanceno later than March 20. For more information or to make your reservations contact Burt Kraft at 352-5133517. Information and a reservation form can be found on the synagogue website: www.bethsholom florida.org. Celebrate Passover with Congregation Beth Sholom This small congregation located in Minneola, Fla., has been serving the Jewish community of Central Florida since 2003. After providing successful community service for the past 15 years, they have just received an unexpected lease non-renewal notice, with no reason given, from Cactus Management. Under the spiritual leader ship of Joe and Lynn Goldo vitz, the congregation pro vides a spiritual environment for observance of Jewish traditions and celebration of members lifecycle events. Congregation Sinais mem bership ranges from age 6 to 96, and the average member is retired. They regularly supply donations of food and supplies for the local schools as well as food and clothing for Puerto Rican and US Virgin Islands relief. They also hold ongoing food drives for the needy and interfaith activities to pro mote understanding among different cultures. Congregaton Sinai has an active Sisterhood with special events and an annual fashion show for women across the community. They also host various womens outreach programs. The Mens Club holds monthly movies, fun draising events, charitable programs and an annual golf tournament. Congregation Sinai serves as a house of prayer, assembly and study in which the spec trum of Jewish expression is cultivated, protected and nurtured. They hold Shabbat services every Friday night with Torah readings, Bible and Bagel study workshops, healing services, as well as special services for every major Jewish holiday. Congregation Sinai is in need of funds, land, and/ or a building to lease of ap proximately 3,000 sq. ft. (with adequate parking). They need to be reasonably close to Min neola as most of the member ship cant drive any distance at night. For those who would like to assist, please contact the synagogue president, Pe ter Sobel at petesobe@gmail. com Congregaton Sinai is a 501 institution, so dona tions are tax deductible. Congregation Sinai needs community help and support Leor Sinai Leor Sinai, co-CEO of Alex ander Muss High School in Israel, and Ariel Kotler, JNFs Israel operations development officer, who will speak about Israel and the next genera tion, focusing on engaging youth and young adults in the U.S. and in Israel. The Tree of Life award is a humanitarian award given in recognition of outstand ing community involvement, dedication to the cause of American-Israeli friendship, and devotion to the peace and security of human life. The Alexander Muss High School in Israel-JNFs mis sion is to promote, build, and strengthen life-long bonds between youth and Israel through the study of the history and culture of Israel. Students are inspired to live outside their books, encounter new ideas and challenge themselves to find their own link within the chain of Jewish continuity. AMHSI-JNF is an important contributor to the leadership and educational fabric of the North American Jewish com munity and boasts more than 22,000 alumni. As Israel operations devel opment officer, Kotler travels Ariel Kotler JNF gala speakers to talk about Israel and the next generation around the world educating communities about JNFs mission and its transforma tive projects throughout the land of Israel. Kotler has provided critical leadership for JNFs campaigns to build communities in the Negev and modernize Israels fire and rescue infrastructure. Prior to joining JNF, he served two tours of duty in Lebanon, rising to the rank of lieuten ant commander in the Intel ligence Infantry of the IDF. The Orlando Tree of Life award gala will take place on Tuesday, March 20, 2018 at 6 p.m. at Congregation Ohev Shalom, located at 613 Concourse Parkway South in Maitland. There will be heavy hors doeuvres, an open bar and dessert served. Dietary laws observed. RSVP by March 6 at jnf.org/ orlandotol Sponsorship information and tickets also are available online at jnf.org/orlandotol. For more information on this event or ways to get involved with JNF in Orlando, please contact Laura Abramson at email@example.com or 407.804.5568. Jewish National Fund (JNFUSA) will host the annual Tree of Life Award Gala at Con gregation Ohev Shalom on Tuesday, March 20, to honor Deborah Dorsky Meitin, Marc Reicher, James Riola, and Rabbi Aaron Rubinger with Tree of Life awards for their dedication to the Orlando community, JNF, and Israel. Guests will hear from Rabbi Beth Shalom Memorial ChapelProudly Serving Our Community For Over 35 YearsLdor vdor ... 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HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, MARCH 9, 2018 PAGE 3A Nefesh BNefesh Nesya Lieberman (JNS)The granddaughter of former longtime U.S. Sen. Joe Lieberman has immi grated to Israel. Nesya Lieberman, 20, made aliyah on Tuesday through the Nefesh BNefesh organization, in partnership with the Minis try of Aliyah and Integration, the Jewish Agency of Israel, Keren Kayemeth LeIsrael and the Jewish National FundUSA. Nesya, formerly of Atlanta, will join an ulpan, learning Hebrew at Kibbutz Sde Eli yahu before beginning a year of national service work. Ive wanted to make aliyah ever since my eighth-grade school trip and am overjoyed to have finally accomplished that goal! Making aliyah alone is intimidating, but I truly believe that this is where I need to be, Nesya told Israel National News. Jews have been praying for a return to Israel for millennia, and Im Granddaughter of former Sen. Lieberman makes aliyah fortunate enough to live in a time when such a return is possible. Why would I live anywhere else? Israel is my home, and I cant wait to see what my future here will bring. The former Connecticut senator, who was in Israel just two weeks ago for an event titled The First Israeli Congress on Judaism and De mocracy, is an outspoken advocate for a strong rela tionship between the United States and Israel. BESA via Facebook Professor Efraim Karsh, director of the Begin-Sadat Center for Strategic Studies. since, Iran has been expand ing its power, explained Tibi. Today, there are two blocs in the Middle East: the Sunni and Shia blocs. The strongest bloc, even though Shias are the minority, is the Shia bloc. The Saudis are unable to meet the Iranian challenge. Iran now controls Iraq, Lebanon and Syria, he warned. Sunni eyes are opening Daniel S. Mariaschin, ex ecutive vice president and CEO of the Bnai Brith, who had recently met with Persian Gulf leaders in the United Arab Emirates, said at the confer ence that due to the Iranian threat, Sunni Arab leaders no longer fear Israel and are potential allies to stop Iran. Sunni eyes are opening to the fact that Israel poses no threat, but that Shia Iran... aspires to dominate far be yond its borders, stated Mariaschin. He added that significant potential exists for Sunni states to cooperate with Israel on shared concerns. Despite this positive devel opment, Tibi forewarned that Saudi Arabia, which today is considered to be the leader of the Sunni Arab world, lacked a policy to effectively push back Iran. Saudi Arabia is not likely to win. But one should support them against the Iranians, he argued. Professor Hillel Frisch, a Middle East expert who is a member of BESA, said the term Arab-Israeli conflict is no longer relevant to describe the region. Its basically an Israeli-Iranian conflict or an Israeli-Palestinian conflict. The only Arabs that are confronting Israel today are proxies of Iran. While non-Arab regional powersIsrael, Iran and Tur keyare on the rise, the Arab states are in dramatic decline, he added. Of course, this was aided by the Americans when they destroyed the Sunni state of Iraq, which was replaced by a Shia state, said Frisch. The Shia corridor: Teh ran to Beirut According to Tibi, Iran works with state and non-state actors to take over the region, saying the governments of Syria, Iraq and Lebanon were all under Tehrans control, while non-state armed groups such as Lebanons Hezbollah, the Houthis in Yemen and the Shia militias of Iraq are also members of Tehrans radical alliance. There is an axis of power coming from Iran to the Mediterranean, and from Iran to central Asia, and from Iran to the Red Sea, said Tibi. All of the people who talk about the conflict in Syria do not acknowledge Iranian power. They do not acknowledge that the nature... of the conflict is between Sunnis and Alawites [who are seen as an offshoot of Shia Islam]. Professor Benjamin Miller, an expert on international relations from the politicalscience school at the Uni versity of Haifa, also told the conference that Tehran has gained significantly by constructing a corridor from Iran to the Mediterranean. He added that introducing democracy to Iraq has made Iran a key broker in that country, which has a Shia majority of 60 percent. In Syria, the Alawites, who are kind of offshoots of Shias, are threatened by the 70 percent Sunni majority, he explained. Iran is their natu ral protector and ally. This led to the corridors formation. The common threat posed by Iran to Israel and Sunni Arab states has helped to transform relations between them, maintained Miller. Meanwhile, the RussianIranian allianceformed to assist the Syrian regime of Bashar Assad and rescue it from collapseis narrowly built on shared interests, but with no shared identity. Miller believes its most likely going to end. The failure of the West In his address to the confer ence, Frisch also expressed concern over Americas with drawal from the region, call ing it the major threat that connects between Trump and Obama. From that point of view, theyre equal in seeking to withdraw from the role as the worlds policeman. Frisch described Iran as truly a radical imperial state. The best proof of that is that its the only state in the Middle East... that projects power above 1,000 kilometers from its border, using it to attack Israel, which harbors no ill will towards Iran. Iran keeps teaching us, together with Hezbollah, that they wont do business with us, he added. Tibi agreed with Frishs assessment, saying the West is failing to meet the Iranian challenge, while also leveling heavy criticism of the 2015 nuclear deal between the world powers and Iran, under which inspectors cant enter military sites... This must be fixed. Iran continues to be suc cessful, he said. Looking ahead at the fu ture, Tibi shared a bleak picture, saying, Syria, my home country, is bleeding... there is a term to describe this conflict, which cannot be solved. The diagnosis for the Syrian conflict is: intractable. In the next five years, there will be no solution. Sunnis and Alawitesand the protectors of the Alawites, the Iranians cannot live together. Syria is now a Shia colony of Iran, Damascus-born professor tells Israeli conference By Yaakov Lappin (JNS)After years of bloody warfare, Syria has be come a Shia colony of Iran, a Syrian professor who lives in Germany told an Israeli conference in recent days. Addressing the BeginSadat Center for Strategic Studies at Bar-Ilan University, Bassam Tibi, professor emeri tus of international relations at Georg-August University of Gottingen, said: They have killed our clans. They have killed our family. The Alawi tes of the Assad regime have killed our Sunni identity of Damascus. Tibi, a secular Sunni schol ar born in Damascus, said the Syrian conflict has been transformed into a sectarianreligious war, adding that this core fact has been missed by many Western observers. Since the U.S. invasion of Iraq in 2003, Iran has been filling the vacuum created by the removal of [former Iraqi leader] Saddam Hussein. Ever By Yoni Ben Menachem Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs via JNS The battle for the succes sion of Mahmoud Abbas in the Palestinian Authority is heat ing up. This was apparent from Fatah Secretary-General Jibril Rajoubs recent attack on Egypt, which supports the candidacy of Palestinian politician Muhammad Dahlan for the position of next PA chairman. The Israeli security forces are concerned about a possible bloodbath in the West Bank as soon as Mahmoud Abbas leaves office. The bombshell that Jibril Rajoub, secretary-general of Fatah in the West Bank, dropped during an interview on the BBCs Arabic service on February 17, 2018, is still reverberating throughout the Arab world and the territories. During the interview, Jibril Rajoub attacked Egypt for supporting his bitter political rival Muhammad Dahlan. He said: It is not acceptable for Egypt to support Muham mad Dahlan. He was expelled from the Fatah movement, and Egypt knows why. They were part of this process. Its not honorable for Egypt as a nation to support someone who is against the Palestin ian problem and his own na tion. We are talking about a wrongful precedent and step for Egypt. Jibril Rajoub has a terrible relationship with Egypt. Last year, he was deported from Egypt shortly after he ar rived in Cairo to take part in a political conference as a representative of Fatah. Soon after his plane touched down, Egyptian security officers put him on another plane and ordered him to leave the country because he had criti cized the Egyptian president in the media. According to Fatah sources, Jibril Rajoub suspects that PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas will soon retire from political life. As Rajoub believes he is the most suitable candidate to succeed Abbas as chairman, he launched an attack on his rival Muhammad Dahlan. Dahlan has the backing of the Arab Quartet (Egypt, Michal Fattal/Flash90 Former Palestinian Fatah Party lawmaker Mohammed Dahlan, who is viewed as a potential successor to Palestin ian Authority leader Mahmoud Abbas, speaks to the media in December 2006. Rajoub vs. Dahlan to replace Mahmoud Abbas Saudi Arabia, Jordan, and the United Arab Emirates) for the position of the next chairman of the Palestinian Authority. Unsurprisingly, the Hamas leadership is supporting Muhammad Dahlan. Khalil al-Hayya, a member of the Hamas political bureau, stated on Feb. 20, that, Mu hammad Dahlan is a major Palestinian figure. His stance is clear regarding reconcilia tion, and we thank him for his steadfastness for the Gaza Strip. Muhammad Dahlans sup porters reacted derisively to Jibril Rajoubs remarks and said that he is a crazy man like President Trump. According to them, Rajoub is very concerned by the pos sibility of Dahlan becoming the next chairman of the Palestinian Authority. In the event of his ascension, Rajoub will have to either leave the area or take the risk of being put on trial and facing a long sentence in a Palestinian jail. Dahlans supporters claim that Rajoub is trying to mar ket himself as the successor of Mahmoud Abbas and that he has allied himself with Qatar, the Muslim Brotherhood, and Israel against Egypt. The US government op poses Dahlan Jibril Rajoub is not the only one working against Muham mad Dahlan. In recent years, the United States has been working against him as his power continues to increase within the Arab world. Dahlan sees himself as Yasser Arafats true succes sor. Although he was expelled from the Fatah movement, he is patiently planning his comeback, straight into the position of chairman of the Palestinian Authority. For the past 11 years, the United States has refused to allow Muhammad Dahlan to enter its territory and considers him to be a destructive force against its policy on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. In this regard, the Trump administration has adopted the standpoint of the previ ous administration regarding Muhammad Dahlan. During a Quartet debate in Vienna in 2010, former U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry stated that Muhammad Dah lan is no less dangerous than Hamas and that Washington refused to allow him entry into the United States.1 In discussions held by the Trump administration on the day after Mahmoud Abbas, attended by envoy Jason Greenblatt and Ambas sador David Friedman, Arab sources stated that Muham mad Dahlan had saved the Hamas movement and he had persuaded the Egyptian gov ernment to open a dialogue with it. Senior officials in the Trump administration have accused Dahlan of propagat ing statements calling for the annulment of the Oslo accords and declaring the territories a state under occupation, which contravenes U.S. policy. The American campaign against Muhammad Dahlan actually serves his purposes very well. For this reason, it is mentioned at length on any In ternet site that supports him.
PAGE 4A HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, MARCH 9, 2018 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 Mel Pearlman David Bornstein Ed Ziegler Production Department David Lehman Gil Dombrosky Joyce Gore Society Editor Gloria Yousha Office Manager Paulette Alfonso Everywhere Purim and the American Israel Public Affairs Committee By Mel Pearlman Last week we observed the holiday of Pu rim with the reading in synagogues around the world of the Megillat Esther, partying with strong drink and masquerades, eating Hamantashen (named after the notorious Haman), and exchanging Shalach Monot (gifts of food and sweets). Purim commemorates a theme which occurs too frequently in Jew ish history: our struggle for survival against those who in every generation would rise up to destroy us. Of course, the outcome happily is always the same: with the help of G-d, we prevail over our enemies. Earlier this week, immediately following Purim, the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) held its Annual Policy Conference in Washington, D.C. While the story of Purim is ancient (Circa 357 BCE), its plot and subplots remain relevant in our modern day struggle to battle the delegitimizers of Israel and the 21st century anti-Semites who would like nothing better than to see Israel and the Jewish people dis appear from the face of the earth. While G-d watches over us from above, the Covenant he made with us requires that we be proactive in assuring our own survival. In the palace court of King Ahasuerus in ancient Persia, where all the political ambi tions and governmental schemes played out, a Jew named Mordecai closely watched on the sidelines to protect the interests of the Jewish people living securely in exile under a benign administration. Mordecai knew the nature of the political elites of his time and their possible negative influence on the king. He was determined to position a person close to the king to oppose any negative policies and neutralize any deleterious influences that would endanger the security and safety of the Jewish people as well as the stability of the kingdom. His opportunity came when the king sought a new queen, and that person was Esther. You know the rest of the story. Without Mordecais knowledge of the internal workings of the kings court and the affective lobbying of Esther the events of the day would have had a very different outcome. Fast forward to today. For almost all of Is raels modern existence, the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) has been the pre-eminent American/Jewish lobby to assure that the American/Israel relationship is strong and that a special connection exists between two of the worlds strongest democracies and which is in the best interest of both nations. In Washington D.C., where Congress and the White House play out their political am bitions and governmental schemes, AIPAC closely watches on the sidelines to protect the interests of the Jewish people living securely in America and to educate and lobby mem bers of our government with regard to the American/Israel relationship. The recently concluded Annual Policy Conference brought together thousands of Americans from every corner of our nation to perform the work begun by Mordecai and Esther in another time of Jewish peril. Although the acronym AIPAC may be misleading, AIPAC is not a political action committee. It does not raise funds for or endorse political candidates, although many members of AIPAC are political activists who independently support, endorse and campaign for candidates for public office as responsible citizens of our country. AIPAC is a non-partisan organization whose mission is solely to educate, explain and sup port the American/Israel relationship as being in the best interest of the American people, to lobby members of our government and to promote policies that enhance this special relationship. Their membership is made up of a cross-section of Americas population and is not exclusively Jewish. The Jewish lobby in ancient Persia was very different from AIPACs sophisticated lobbying in the United States, but the end game remains the same: the safety, security and survival of the Jewish people in Israel and the promotion of policies to members of our government for the safety, security and well being of America, the nation we call home. If you wish to comment or respond to any of the contents herein you can reach me at email@example.com. Please do so in a rational, thoughtful, respectful and civil manner. If you wish to respond by ranting and raving, please go into your bathroom, lock the door and shout your brains out. Mel Pearlman has been practicing law in Central Florida for the past 45 years. He has served as president of the Jewish Federation of Greater Orlando; on the District VII Mental Health Board, as Special Prosecutor for the City of Winter Park, Florida; and on the Board of Directors of the Central Florida Research and Development Authority. He was a charter member of the Board of Directors and served as the first Vice President of the Holocaust Memorial Resource and Education Center of Central Florida, as well as its first pro-bono legal counsel. By Jonathan S. Tobin (JNS)Maybe it wasnt such a big deal after all. Instead of waiting until 2019 or 2020, the U.S. embassy to Israel will move from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem in May. On Friday, the Trump administration said the ceremony convert ing a Jerusalem consulate into the embassy would coincide with Israels 70th birthday celebrations. Unlike Trumps initial announcement recognizing the holy city as Israels capital, the reaction to this latest one turned out to be substantially low-key. The Arab world and Muslim populations didnt take to the streets to protest or commit mayhem. Countries that were already critical of Israel and of Trumps stand issued pro forma statements. The Pal estinian Authority protested the idea of the United States celebrating a date they regard as the anniversary of their Nakba (disaster), but thats as far as it went. All of which ought to alert the peddlers of conventional wisdom about the conflict that this isnt the only thing theyve been wrong about. Theyve been telling us for decades that the actions currently being taken by Trump would wind up setting the world on fire. But theres more to the lesson that the embassy saga teaches, other than Jerusalem not being as big a deal to the Islamic world as weve been told. The notion that Palestinian grievances are the sole or even main cause of instability in the Middle East was always a myth. So is the idea that peace can happen before the Palestinians admit defeat in their century-old war against Zionism. Yet by creating a fact on the ground that does nothing to impede a theoretical peace agreement, the United States has also exposed the hollow nature of the anti-Israel consensus that holds that any Western recogni tion of reality that forces the Palestinians to give up their illusions is inadmissible. If peace is to ever to comeand right now, it seems a long way offit will be built on the kind of realism that Trump is employing, not on the kind of appeasement of Palestinian fantasies that often characterized the policies of previ ous presidents. The problem starts with the fact that sov ereignty over the city was never settled by an international agreement. Jerusalem was designated as an international zone by the 1947 partition agreement set forth by the United Nations. Not only was that scheme a nonstarter, Israels War of Independence ended with the city dividedwith the Western part under Israeli control and the eastern part, including the Old City, under illegal Jordanian occupation. The world held off on recognizing western Jerusalem as Israels capital, in part because of the expectation that a peace treaty was inevi table, and because others were simply waiting for the next war to result in the extinction of the Jewish state. Nothing changed after Israels victory in the 1967 Six-Day War that united the city. Some continued to wait for a peace the Arab world pledged not to make, while others still clung to the fantasy. The problem with waiting was that hold ing off only served to reinforce Palestinian rejectionism. That became especially true since the Oslo Accords in 1993, which had the unintended consequence of encouraging Pal estinian intransigence rather than ending it. To this day, the supposedly moderate Palestinian Authority continues to denyas its leader, Mahmoud Abbas, has repeatedly doneJew ish ties to the city, or that the Temple Mount and the Western Wall are ancient Jewish holy places. In that sense, they are little better than their Hamas rivals. The P.A.s Western donors and Arab patrons know this is nonsense. But by pandering to their denial by holding off recognition of Israels capital, the world ensured that the Palestinians were not forced to rethink their rejectionist political culture. Instead of the Trump administration inflaming the conflict, it has been the willingness of everyone else to indulge Palestinian fantasies that has been the problem. Nothing Trump is doing precludes the pos sibility of a two-state solution, if indeed one were otherwise possible. All the United States has done is to recognize what has been the truth on the ground for 70 years. Jerusalem is the capital of Israel. Once the U.S. consulate puts a new sign on the building declaring it the official embassy, the Palestinians will still be free to negotiate a two-state solution that could, in theory, redivide the city and allocate part as the Palestinian capital. If they dont, it wont be because U.S. Ambassador to Israel David Friedman no longer has his desk in Tel Aviv. It will be for the same reason theyve consistently rejected peace all along: Theyre locked in the same tragic mindset that has continued to nurture their failed war against Israel. Peace will have to await a sea change in their culture that will make it possible for their leaders to choose peace, rather than, as Abbas has consistently done, to pander to religious and nationalist fantasies that preclude it. The first step toward that goal can only be taken once the international community that has enabled them to hold onto their destructive vision begins telling them to accept the real ity regarding Jerusalem, as well as to give up subsidizing and fomenting terror. As Trump has proven, doing so wont blow up the world. The only question now is whether he understands what hes done. If, as reports indicate, he pushes forward a new peace deal predicated on more Israeli concessions, he will only encourage Palestinian illusions and repeat the same errors made by Presidents Obama, Bush and Clinton. If that happens, it will prove that even Trump can still fall prey to the influence of outdated and discredited experts, whose myths about the conflict should have been discarded long ago. Jonathan S. Tobin is editor in chief of JNSthe Jewish News Syndicate. Follow him on Twitter at: @jonathans_tobin. The embassy will move... and the world wont end By Boaz Bizmuth Israel Hayom/Exclusive to JNS via JNS President Donald Trumps recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel on Dec. 6 was not a political move, but rather the fulfillment of a true intention. The same goes for his decision on Friday to move the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem on May 14, as part of the celebra tions marking 70 years since the founding of Israel. The American announcement proves to the world that Trump doesnt just make prom ises, he takes action. Remember his remarks two weeks ago in a special interview to Israel Hayomthat recognizing our wonderful capital was the high point of his first year in the White House? He meant every word he said to me in the Oval Office. Trump is the best thing to happen to Is rael in recent years, after predictions that we had lost America. Between us, history will decidenot the studio pundits who miss the loud voice of former U.S. President Barack Obama. Those same pundits explained just a few days ago that there was a divide between the White House and the Israeli government after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu lied to the president about construction in Judea and Samaria. Divide? At the most, it was a misunderstanding that was fixed within a matter of hours. These are also the same analysts who explained that Trump wouldnt win the 2016 election, and afterward explained with the utmost gravity that he would never recognize Jerusalem, and therefore never move the embassy. Im curious to know what theyll say nowwill they make threats about the heavy pressure that will be exerted on us as part of the peace deal Trump is putting together? Maybe theyll try to cast doubt on On Israel, Trump doesnt just make promises, he takes action the American presidents brave ties with the Jewish people because he hasnt yet moved to the Efrat settlement? Its astonishing (or not) to see that this joyful, groundbreaking announcement was just the third or fourth report on the Saturday evening news broadcasts, with the worried anchor wondering if it was a gift or a complication. Everybody can calm down. The American president gave us a wonderful present for our 70th birthday. In terms of history, Trump is the giftObama was the complication. Just like former U.S. President Harry Tru man, who recognized the state of Israel 11 min utes after it was founded, Trump found himself facing objections to the move, including from his own White House staff. I can understand why many other presidents bailed on their promise because tremendous pressure was put on them not to do it. The other presidents, all of them have failed in the promise even though they made it as a campaign promise but I understand it because I will tell you, the lobbying against it was tremendous, he told me in the interview. There were some including European lead ers who tried to explain that an American move like this one would undermine the peace process and even cause unrest. As if all the years in which the U.S. Embassy has been in Tel Aviv were years of calm, without terrorist attacks. Other than that, we all know the peace process isnt exactly going well. In any case, Trump hopes that he has taken Jerusalem off the table, or at least made the Palestinians radical demands irrelevant, as the overwhelming majority of Israelis believe them to be. The hope is that the U.S. move will Action on page 15A
HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, MARCH 9, 2018 PAGE 5A As our government con tinues to debate the gun law issues and what to do concern ing protecting our schools, Israel has the problem very much under control. Since 1974 there have only been about one-half dozen terrorist attacks on Israeli schools. What is their secret? CBS News foreign corre spondent Jonathan Vigliotti asked, Does everyone have a gun in Israel? No, said gun instructor Sharon Gat. Gun laws in America are much more loose than gun laws in Israel. What are the requirements to have a gun? It takes up to three months to get a gun. Forget 18 or 21, you must be over 27, unless you served in the military. You must prove your job requires a gun (not just that you want one). And you must get a doctor to sign off on your application. Dr. Omri Ben Ezra ex plained to Vigliotti that if you suffer from epilepsy or loss of consciousness or any mental disturbances, you cant have a gun. Those who have guns must take a gun test (like a drivers test) that is pretty rigorous, about 40 percent fail the test and need to reapply. Do teachers in Israeli schools have guns? No, said Nati Stern, principal of Municipal School in Tel Aviv. That is the job of police and the state. Every school does have an armed security guard outside the main en trance of the school, which Stern said is sufficient. The guard is there not by choice, but by law. Security guards must take the gun test every four months. Sounds like a simple, clear solution. Would Americans give up some of their rights for the common sense protection of our children? Christine DeSouza By Sarah N. Stern Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki was forced last week to deny be ing a Holocaust revisionist, after suggesting that Jews were complicit in their own genocide. Referring to a new Polish law making it illegal to say the country has responsibility for the Holocaust, an Israeli journalist and son of Polish survivors asked Morawiecki if he could face prison for recounting how his mother was betrayed by her Polish neighbors. The prime minister re plied: Of course its not going to be punishable... to say that there were Polish perpetrators, as there were Jewish perpetrators, as there were Russian perpetrators, as there were Ukrainian, not only German perpetrators. Morawieckis remarks were a shameful adulteration of history. There were no Jewish perpetrators in the Holocaust. They were victims. The Jewish prison ers who participated in the extermination machinery did so under the immediate threat of death. The new law, which Pol ish lawmakers chose to pushon the eve of Holo caust Remembrance Day, no lesscannot be understood without an appreciation of the context from which it emerged, nurtured by the rise of nationalism in Poland and the tactic support of the populist government, which views itself as the guardian of Polish historical honor. A dark trend is once again sweeping across the Euro pean continent. In Macerata, a small town in Italy, a neofascist admirer of Mussolini recently went on a shooting rampage, wounding five men and one woman of African origin. In Austria, a party with neo-Nazi roots now sits in the coalition govern ment. And from Hungary to the Czech Republic, France and Britain, political par ties and their supporters are reviving the old blood libel against Jews. Europes grip on its bloody past is far from assured. Of course, Polands his tory with the Third Reich is complex. If the new law were to clarify that the Polish government had no official role in the Holo caust, it would be an ac curate reflection of events. Likewise, Poland is right to object to the flippant use of Polish death camps to de scribe Auschwitz-Birkenau, Treblinka, Belzec, Sobibor, Majdanek and Chelmno rather than Nazi death camps inside Poland. But in every country under Nazi occupationPoland is no exceptionmost of the local population were either silent witnesses to the slaugh ter or willing participants in the annihilation of Jews. Take, for example, the role of Polish collaborators. In July of 1941, 1,600 Jews, nearly the entire Jewish population in the village of Jedwabne, were murdered by their Polish neighbors. Some were hunted down and killed with clubs, knives and axes. Most were forced into a barn and burned alive. The Polish police collabo rated with the Germans on many occasions such as in Warsaw, where they remained on duty to control the 50,000 Jews still alive in the ghetto after the liquidation in the summer of 1942. This is only part of the story. In Poland, complic ity and heroism coexist. An important aspect of history that must not be forgotten or minimized is the sacrifice of the Polish Underground State. The organization, which came to the rescue of Polish Jewry, operated from 1939 to 1945 and was subordinated to the Polish government-in-exile. The Council to Aid Jews codenamed Zegota, a unique organization one on a global scale, provided structural and monetary assistance to Jews hiding among the Polish population and those living in ghettos, saving the lives of tens of thousands. Thousands of other Poles sheltered Jews despite the fact they and their entire families faced execution by the Nazis, if they had been caught. But the selfless act of hu manity by a selective group of Poles cannot whitewash the more sinister chapters of Polish history. In Poland, and many other parts of Eastern Europe, historical revisionism is far from a new phenomenon. The widespread hostility that Jews faced did not die with the defeat of the Nazis. After the closure of World War II, Jewish survivors that re turned home were confronted with an anti-Semitism that was terrible in its fury and brutality. The new communist gov ernment in Poland made no mention of the crimes committed against Jews by the Nazis. They, too, were anti-Semites. In July 1946, a pogrom occurred in the Pol ish town of Kielce, resulting in 42 Jews being massacred, an event that Polands foreign minister would recognize 50 years later as an act of Polish anti-Semitism. In recent years, things have regressed again. A rise in nationalism has always been bad for the Jews. Matters were not helped when Poland, over the last decade, lost important public intellectuals who reminded their country of the horrors of the Holocaust with firsthand accounts. Among them Marek Edelman, a Jewish leader of the Warsaw Ghetto uprising, and Wladyslaw Bar toszewski, a leading figure in the Zegota underground organization. The so-called Holocaust Bill, the new Polish law, promotes the avoidance of historical responsibility and deflects blame, in an attempt to rewrite history in the name of blind nationalism. But the Holocaust cannot be denied, avoided or played down. We are here to remember, edu cate and speak truth to power. Sarah N. Stern is founder and president of the Endow ment for Middle East Truth, a pro-American and proIsraeli think tank ad policy institute in Washington, DC. You cannot whitewash away Polish anti-Semitism By Judith Bergman (JNS)It has become a platitude repeated ad nauseam by former Israeli security officials: The Pal estinian Authority must not be weakened because this might imperil Israel. The reasoning is that even though the PA is bad, at least it cooperates, to a greater or lesser degree, with their Is raeli counterparts, whereas Israel does not know what kind of potentially radical monster would take over after a collapsed PA. This Sunday, the Min isterial Committee for Legislation approved a bill that would deduct salaries given by the PA to convicted terrorists and their families from the tax revenues Israel transfers annually to the PA Israel transfers millions of dollars each year to the PA in customs duties levied on goods destined for Pales tinian markets that transit through Israeli ports. If passed by the Knesset, the proposed legislation would enable Israel to either deduct the funds from the revenues or freeze the payments. Soon, this theater of the absurd will come to an end, and the salaries of the terrorists that we will withhold from [Palestinian Authority leader Mahmoud] Abbas will be used to prevent terrorism and compensate victims, said Minister of Defense Avigdor Lieberman about the proposed bill. Predictably, parts of the Is raeli security establishment were opposed to the proposed legislation, fearing that it could weaken the PA. Similar fears have been expressed by a group calling itself Com manders for Israels Security, which reportedly represents hundreds of retired Israeli military officials, regarding the U.S. Taylor Force Act. The Taylor Force Act, which thus far has passed the U.S. House of Representa tives and the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, would end American funding of the PA unless it stops paying salaries to terrorists and their families. However, Commanders for Israels Security have voiced concerns that the Taylor force Act would undermine P.A. stability; expand the circle of frustration and hostility; erode the security coordination; and deny the P.A. funding for vital eco nomic projects. All this, say the retired military person nel, would compromise Israeli security. Since when is stuffing your own pockets and using the rest to pay terrorists a vital economic project? One might argue, however, that the P.A. has done exactly thatcreated a monster that ceaselessly incites the murder of Israelis and the destruction of Israel as a Jewish state. The PA differs from the Hamas only in its lack of hon esty and its two-faced public relations, according to which Abbas says one thing in Eng lish and another in Arabic, just as his predecessor Yasser Arafat did. The PAs ideology concerning the end goal, however, is as radical as that of Hamas. Furthermore, the constant brainwashing has ensured that Palestinian Arabs continue to see con flict with Israel as the only viable option. As recently as two weeks ago, the official Facebook page of Fatah communi cated that the blood of the martyrs is the light of freedom with an image of, among other things, the PA map of Palestine that presents all of Israel as Palestine. Mahmoud Abbas is the leader of Fatah, the party that controls the PA. Also less than two weeks ago, Fatah honored the mothers of terrorists who have killed or wounded Israelis, calling them the crown on our heads, the mothers of the Martyrs [Shahids]. The list goes on. What the former Israeli security-establishment fig ures sorely seem to miss is that the P.A. has made impossible in the long term any kind of peace. In a 2012 interview, Itamar Marcus of Palestinian Media Watch, which translates and makes accessible to the public the internal rhetoric of the P.A. that is not intended for West ern consumption, said the tragedy is that the Palestin ians were much closer to peace with Israel before the Oslo Accords. An ocean has developed because of hate promotion by the Palestinian Authority. Marcus estimated that chances for peace may have been better in 1996, when after decades of contact with Israelis, a poll of Palestinians showed that 78 percent con sidered Israel to be positive in democracy and human rights. Today, that figure would be pure science fiction. Poll after poll shows that a ma jority of Palestinian Arabs hold deeply ingrained antiSemitic beliefs (according to a 2014 ADL poll, 93 percent of Palestinian Arabs held antiSemitic beliefs) and support terror against Israelis. That is what decades of the P.A. indoctrination has fostered or reinforced. A generation of people has been raised on an un adulterated diet of hatred of Israel and the Jewish people, courtesy of Arafat, Abbas and their ilk. In kindergartens and schools, in the written The PA is not a sacred cow and electronic press, on TV and especially on childrens TV, Jews have been called monkeys and pigs that need to be killed. Schoolbooks show Israel erased from the map, history lessons deny the existence of Jewish nationhood and never teach the Holocaust, (Abbas, after all, has a Ph.D. in Holo caust denial) monuments are erected in honor of terrorist murderers of Jews in city squares, and terrorists are rewarded with fat salaries. While the PA has been rais ing shahids for the past 25 yearsensuring that there will be no peace for at least a generationretired Israeli military personnel would have you believe that the PA is the guarantor of Israeli se curity. The kind of security where you haveas was the case in January 2018some 332 terrorist incidents in a month, resulting in one mur der and 16 injured, including two stabbings/attempted stabbings, two shootings, one ramming attack, four roadside bombs, 251 stonePA on page 15A FROM THE EDITORS DESK How Israel handles school shootings
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Attendees learned about the daily life of a ballet student, and were then treated to a performance featuring the works of three different composers. After the show, Purim was celebrated with a play and the serving of Hamantaschen.
HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, MARCH 9, 2018 PAGE 7A By Norman Berdichevsky Although The Moldau (Czech Vltava), is immedi ately recognized by most lovers of classical music as the work of composer Bedrich Smetana evoking the flow of the Vltava River from the forests of Bohemia through the Czech countryside to the city of Prague, it holds out a special appeal for many Jews and especially Israelis who hear in its opening bars a melody quite similar to the Israeli national anthem and Zionist hymn HaTikvah (The Hope). This seems to symbolize the long tradition of solidarity, sympathy and tragic history that led to the struggles for the indepen dence of the Czech Republic (Czechoslovakia from 1918 to 1993) and Israel. In 1938, Lawrence Morrell, a British journalist, was sent by his newspaper to report on the Czech Crisis threaten ing war between Nazi Ger many and the Anglo-French Alliance, which along with the USSR, Yugoslavia, and Romania had pledged them selves to come to the aid of the beleaguered country in case of German aggression. His book I Saw the Crucifix ion (London, Peter Davies, 1939) was a cry of despair over how Britain, the other Great Power, and the moral blindness of the so-called international community had betrayed Czechoslovakia and made possible the trans fer of valuable resources and strategic strengths, paving the way to further German aggression and the inevitabil ity of World War II. Morrell had earlier, un successfully tried to warn world opinion of the German threat to absorb Austria and later went on to play an important role in the formation of what became the British Secret Service. His firsthand account of the Sudeten crisis in his book is a masterful portrayal of the immense pressure put on a proud nation to surrender its strategic defenses in the name of peace. The book casts an eerie spell over all those concerned about current events and the mounting pressure on Israel from all sides to accommo date the Palestinians who are a Trojan Horse today parallel to the Sudeten Germans in 1938. Czechoslovakia then, like Israel today, had the will and means to defend itself against its mortal enemy but was deprived of the right to do so by its friends who exercised enormous pressure and mobilized to deprive this democratic state of its right to defend itself and its borders. It was not the rights and wrongs of the Sudeten Germans which constituted Hitlers problem. It was precisely the integrity of Czechoslovakia, the barrier that the Czechs presented to his drive toward becoming the strongest power in Eu rope. The Sudeten Germans were pawns he used for his public policy. For his not so public policy, for the benefit of the Communist-haunted handful of people in Eng land, he used the scare of the Czech-Soviet pact and raised the ghost of Communism in Germany. Perhaps I did not and still do not see things as Mr. Chamberlain sees them, but to my mind the issue seemed very simple that day: Englands vital interest lay in Czechoslovakia. After all, when you play chess, you do not wait until your opponent is two moves off checkmating you before moving to defend your king. (pp. 172-173.) Morrell observed how Wal ter Runciman, 1st Viscount Runciman of Doxford, a prominent National Liberal politician in the United King dom between the 1900s and 1930s with a distinguished background of humanitarian aid he helped organize during World War I, was deceived by Chamberlain to lend his hand as an impartial mediator. Although British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain knew full well of the Nazis unalterable demands, he nevertheless played with the idea to satisfy anti-Nazi senti ments at home, that various compromise positions based on the Swiss cantonal ar rangement of local autonomy might be reached in which the Sudeten region would still formally remain part of Czechoslovakia with only the local police and army units still under the control of Prague. When the Czechs had reluctantly agreed to accept even this which granted the local Sudeten regions the right to introduce the same policies as Nazi Germany, including anti-Semitic mea sures (Czechoslovakia had granted full equality to its Jewish population, the only state in Central or Eastern Europe who actually lived up to this promise during the Versailles Treaty delib erations), the SdP leader Konrad Henlein balked and withdrew from what were in fact his original demands. He and Hitler had agreed not to stop short of anything less than a complete annexation by Germany of the entire Su deten region. Can the Israelis expect any better type of ne gotiation and compromise? The SdP, while ostensibly calling for local autonomy had received instructions from Nazi Germany not to reach any agreement and thus all attempts at media tion failed in much the same way that Arafats PLO, Hamas and a dozen other Palestinian resistance groups backed by the political strength at the U.N. of two dozen Muslim ma jority countries, never were ready to honestly negotiate a compromise. The parallels and sense of deja vu between Morrells book and todays contin ued mounting pressure on Israel to throw away all its advantages and risk all it has achieved is startling. Many historians are reluctant to make historical comparisons but in this case, the parallels are inescapable. They extend to the very similar sense of a far-flung diaspora and its aspirations for the contin Czech-Israeli solidarity ued welfare of the original homeland and close cultural ties. Not only the Czechs and Slovaks abroad but all of the Southern Slavs that com prised Yugoslavia identified with the most successful, vibrant, culturally creative and democratic state of Czechoslovakia much as Jews feel today with the celebra tion of such events in Israel as the Maccabiya Games. Is it any wonder that this sense of solidarity and com mon fate linked Czechoslova kia and Israel during and after Israels War of Independence in 1948? The leaders of the Yishuv (Jewish community in Palestine), already in the summer of 1947, intended to purchase arms and sent Dr. Moshe Sneh (the Chief of the European Branch of the Jew ish Agency, a leading member of the centrist General Zionist Party who later moved far leftward and became head of the Israeli Communist Party) to Prague in order to improve Jewish defenses. In January 1948 Jewish representatives were sent by Ben-Gurion to meet with General Ludvik Svoboda, the Minister of National Defense, and sign the first contract for Czechoslovak military aid. At first, a Skymaster plane chartered from the U.S. to help in ferrying weapons to Palestine from Europe was forced by the FBI to return to the USA. Czechoslovak assistance to Israels military strength comprised a) small arms, b) 84 airplanesthe out dated Czechoslovak built Avia S.199s, Spitfires (see illustra tion) and Messerschmidts that played a major role in the demoralization of enemy troops; c) military training and technical maintenance; On Jan. 7, 1949, the Israeli air-force, consisting of sev eral Spitfires and Czecho slovak built Messerschmidt Bf-109 fighters (transferred secretly from Czechoslovak Czech on page 15A
PAGE 8A HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, MARCH 9, 2018 Lily Paige Rebar, daugh ter of Daron and Tracy Rebar of Orlando, will be called to the Torah as a bat mitzvah on Saturday, March 10, 2018, at Con gregation Ohev Shalom in Maitland, Fla. Lily is in the seventh grade at Lake Highland Prep where she is a mem ber of the dance team. Her hobbies and interests include dance, being with friends, going to the beach, big hair bows and spending time with family. Sharing in the familys simcha will be Lilys brother, Marshall; grandparents, Carol and Gene Rintels, Joyce Thompson, and Skip and Judy Rebar. Bat Mitzvah Lily Paige Rebar Kathryn Katie Rose Botwinik, the daughter of Steven and Nikki Bot winik, will be called to the Torah as a bat mitzvah on Saturday, March 17, 2018, at Congregation Beth Am in Longwood. Katie has been home schooled since kinder garten, and is in sev enth grade. She is an avid reader and aspiring writer. She wrote an original musical called The Bad Apple, which she then produced, directed, and performed with her friends. At the moment she is editing her first book, a fantasy story for middle grades. Katie loves to sing and to perform with Magic Curtain Productions Junior Troupe, a theater competition troupe that has performed at Disney and in statewide competitions. Like her older sister, Anne, she is a longtime Girl Scout who loves community service projects, camping, and hanging out with her friends. She is also a brown belt in Seido Karate with her younger brother, Aaron. Katies goal is to publish her current book and eventually become a best-selling author. Bat Mitzvah Kathryn Katie Rose Botwink Jewish National Fund is celebrating Womens Month in March and highlighting the remarkable women who have taken on leadership roles within the organization. JNF Womens Month coincides with National Womens His tory Month, as well as Inter national Womens Day, which has been observed since the early 1900s. Throughout the month of March, JNF is hosting over 30 events across the country to bring women together to share their personal stories and highlight the important work that Jewish National Fund accomplishes through the women who give their time and financial support to the nonprofit. Thanks to the generous donations of Theresa Lungwitz of Scottsdale, Ariz., and Polly Levine of Paradise Valley, Ariz., donations to JNFs Women for Israel campaign from March 8th to March 31, 2018, will be matched up to a total of $1,000,000. Women raise money with their heart, said JNFuture National Chair Stephanie Kelman of Portland, Oreg. Im not saying men dont, but women are able to reach other women on a more emotional level and relate to some of the issues that were working toward a bit more personally. Jewish National Fund is going to be a women-run organi zation in the next 20 years, for sure. This year alone, the num ber of women on JNFs na tional board doubled and more women are stepping up to fill roles on local boards and committees. Almost half of the leadership positions at Jewish National Fund across the U.S. are held by womenincluding 22 national board members and 19 local board presidents and 150 task force members. In 2013, women contrib uted a little more than $11 mil lion to our annual campaign, said JNFs National Vice Presi dent of Women for Israel and San Diego Board President Myra Chack Fleischer. In just four short years, that number has ballooned to more than $22 millionan incredible 100 percent increase. In 1999, Jewish National Funds Women for Israel was founded with the creation of the Sapphire Society under the leadership of Terry L. Katz, of Philadelphia, Pa. In less than two decades, JNFs Women for Israel has become a powerhouse within the or ganization with over 50,000 donors across the country contributing more than 25 percent of the dollars raised each year to improve the quality of life in Israel for all who call it home. In fact, one of JNFs largest and most suc cessful initiatives started out as an idea that was developed through Women for Israel. The town of Zukim in the Arava [located in the Negev Desert] was a brainchild of JNF women, said JNFs Na tional President of Women for Israel Nina Paul of Cincinnati, Ohio. Where there were once only sand dunes a new com munity has developed that is both entrepreneurial and a great tourist destination. That vision helped to inspire JNFs Blueprint Negev campaign to develop the Negev and bring to life Ben Gurions dream. Jewish National Fund Women for Israel is a dynamic group of female philanthro pists who share a passion for building a prosperous future for the land and people of Israel. Through this society, women connect with each other on many levelspro fessional, emotional and ideologicalwith the com mon goal of changing lives in Israel and supporting the ongoing development of the Jewish homeland. Throughout March, JNFs website, blog, and social media channels will call attention to the incredible women involved with the organization. Fol low along using the hashtag #JNFWomen. To learn more about Jewish National Funds Women for Israel, please visit jnf.org/women. JNF celebrates the power of women By Ron Kampeas WASHINGTON (JTA) When candidate Donald Trump spoke at AIPACs Policy Conference in 2016 and said Barack Obama may be the worst thing that ever happened to Israel, many cheered, many choked and the organization apologized. The fallout from that event will haunt the proceedings when 18,000 activists, includ ing 3,500 students, attend the American Israel Public Affairs Committee conference here this week. Navigating an increasingly polarized political landscape is the new reality for the lobby, which remains pre-eminent among pro-Israel groups and has long banked on biparti sanship. Trump, on the one hand, has delivered on much of AIPACs agenda: He is moving the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem; he is pushing Congress and Americas allies to toughen up the Iran nuclear deal; he is cutting funds to the Palestin ians as a means of forcing them to align more with Israel and the West; and he has spoken forcefully against United Na tions members who go against the United States on its Israel policies. AIPAC has advocated all of these policies in recent years. At the same time, much of the Jewish community reviles Trump for his perceived bigot ries and postures on a range of issues, including immigration, minority and womens rights, and funding for social safety net programs. His approval ratings among Jewish voters remain bargain-basement low28 percent according to Gallup in January, signifi cantly below the national aver age, the pollster said. That was after Trump had announced the embassy move and made clear his positions on the other issues that AIPAC favors. AIPAC also has always claimed to speak for the American Jewish community on matters relating to Israel. But can the center hold when its delegates are so deeply divided, sometimes against themselves? Its a real delicate balance, said Neal Sher, who helmed AIPAC as executive director for a period in the mid-1990s before Howard Kohr assumed the post he still holds. Sher said the pro-Israel credibility that Trump ac cumulated over his first year in office would guarantee a hearty reception for those representing his administra tion, including Vice President Mike Pence, U.N. envoy Nikki Haley and the ambassador to Israel, David Friedman. The conference this year, theyre going to be going nuts, its going to be like Trump at CPAC, Sher said, referring to the ecstatic reception afforded the president earlier this month when he addressed the annual conference for political conservatives. Thats going to be a problem when you look at Jewish demographics, he said, referring to Jewish disaf fection with Trump. Some Jewish Democrats who once relished attending AIPAC now describe it as hostile territory. I feel the right wing has taken over the organization and there is no respect for other opinions, said a for mer board member who is a major Democratic donor and once reached high enough in AIPACs ranks to chair a policy conference. Its just not a place for me anymore. The dilemma facing AIPAC was in evidence in March 2016, the day after Trump, then close to clinching the Repub lican presidential nomination, earned a round of cheers for saying Obama, then the in cumbent president, may be the worst thing to ever happen to Israel, believe me, believe me. The following morning, the AIPAC brass appeared on stage to apologize for Trumps behavior and the reaction. There are people in our AIPAC family who were deeply hurt last night and for that we are deeply sorry, said Lillian Pinkus, the lobbys president, her voice choking. We are deeply disappointed that so many people applauded a sen timent that we neither agree with or condone. It was a sequence of events that pleased no one: Demo crats despaired of the robust cheers Trump earned, Trump enthusiasts were shocked at the apology. (Reportedly so was Trump, and his displea sure was conveyed to AIPAC by a senior aide.) Two years later the sequence still smartsfor both sides. They boo the president at the policy conference and it takes them 24 hours to apologize? the former board member said. Morton Klein, who heads the Zionist Organization of America and has emerged as a Jewish leader with some of the closest Trump administration ties, said an AIPAC apology was overdue. The first thing AIPAC should do is apologize for two years ago, for having the au dacity to apologize for Trumps speech, he said. Significantly, both the former board member Klein along with multiple others cited that moment without prompting as representing AIPACs crisis point. Its critical for AIPAC to figure out how to navigate those rough waters, said Tom Dine, Shers predecessor as executive director, if only to sustain the broad bipartisan support Israel has accrued over the decades. At this deeply divided and poisonous period in our poli tics and policy debate, AIPAC is needed now more than ever, he said. An AIPAC official said the path to bipartisanship ran through Congress. Bipartisanship is part of our DNA because it is the only proven way to secure the U.S.Israel relationship for the long term, the official said in an email. At a time of polariza tion, our Policy Conference is an oasis of bipartisanship where we are united in the single goal of strengthening that relationship. An AIPAC insider said the focus on Congress would promote bipartisanship in an arena where the divisiveness Trump tends to elicit is not so apparent. AIPAC has always been about Congress; Congress is 90 percent of the relationship, said the insider, who acknowl edged that there was more AIPAC could do to cultivate the Democratic grassroots. The problem with that strategy is that Republicans in Congress are increasingly identified with Trump. Indeed, some of AIPACs best Repub lican advocates in Congress, who were always careful to partner with Democrats in advancing pro-Israel legisla tion, are retiring this year in part because they can no longer abide Trumps GOP. Among them are Ed Royce of California and Ileana RosLehtinen of Floridaboth leave behind influential for eign policy spots. The seeds of partisan divi sion over Israel precede the Trump presidency. The deep divide between the Obama administration and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahus government over Iran policy and settlements drove some Democrats away from reflexive support for Israel. AIPAC took Israels side more often than not in those disputes. When I joined AIPAC, it was a safe space for Democrats, said Steve Sheffey, a pro-Israel and Democratic activist from the Chicago area. It has be come increasingly right wing, and not where the American Jewish community is, and in the age of Trump its become increasingly embarrassing. Last month, a Pew poll showed that the gap be tween how Republicans and Democrats view Israel is widening, with 79 percent of Republicans saying they sympathize more with Israel than the Palestinians, com pared with just 27 percent of Democrats. Although some criticized its methodology, the poll reflected concern that Israel could rapidly become as politically divisive as abortion or gun control. AIPAC is not ready to give up the fight. Members of Congress speaking at the conference are evenly divided between the parties and, in a let-bygones-be-bygones sign, include many Democrats who voted for the Iran deal. (Most backers of the Iran deal were absent from the last two conferences.) AIPAC is endeav oring to reconcile Democratic and Republican agendas on key legislative actions, in cluding the Taylor Force Act, named for an American slain in 2016 by a Palestinian terror ist. It would cut funding to the Palestinian Authority until it stops payments to Palestinian attackers. Democrats want some carve-outs for humani tarian purposes, Republicans are resisting them. Ann Lewis, formerly a com munications director for the Clinton White House, is lead ing two sessions on reaching out to progressives. Lewis said progressives were a critical constituency to cultivate because America was at a point where political positions are being set in stone for subsequent generations. From all the data I have seen, decisions about political identity is being decided now for years to come; were look ing at a generational shift, she said. It is really important that support for the U.S.-Israel relationship be included. Then there was the point of view that AIPAC may as well cut its losses with one party and embrace the more natural fit. Of course, what the natural fit is for a pro-Israel lobby de pends on where you sit. The impact of Jews in politics is mostly in campaign contributions, said Steve Rosen, a former AIPAC foreign policy chief who now works for conservative pro-Israel groups. And, he pointed out, the natural constituency for Israels policies increasingly is politically conservative Jews. If the future of AIPAC depends on becoming an orga nization of donors, that means looking to the Orthodox over time, who also happen to be more conservative politically, Rosen said. Jeremy Ben Ami, who heads J Street, the liberal Jewish Middle East policy group that at times has positioned itself as AIPACs rival, said catering to the Trump and Netanyahu governments would be a death sentence considering the American Jewish commu nitys political trends. The alliance between two leaderships that three-quar ters of American Jews disagree with makes it hard to back an organization that exists only to support the Israeli government, he said. Were in an era where the majority of American Jews want to be in opposition. What is AIPACs role in the age of Trump?
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Whole villages have been destroyed, families mas sacred, women gang-raped and infants burned alive. Its simply devastating. The Rohingya have suffered violence and discrimination for decades because of their ethnicity. (Sound familiar?) (What can we do to help? you ask. To find the answer, please either phone the AJWS in New York at 212-273-1620 or email them at . Remember, Whoever destroys a soul, it is as if he destroyed an entire world. And whoever saves a life, it is as if he saved an entire world. Jerusalem Talmud Sanhedrin. Remembering Jewish history... The following message was addressed from President Herbert Hoover to Emanuel Neumann of the Zionist Organization and was read at the organizations dinner of the American Palestine Committee in Washington, D.C., on Jan. 17, 1932: aspirations of the Jewish People for the restoration of their national homeland. I shall appreciate it if you will present my cordial greetings to those attending the dinner... to advance this enterprise. 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The Altamonte Chapel is located at 825 East SR 436, Al tamonte Springs. The phone number is 407-339-5208. (It just doesnt get better than Allan when it comes to great sounds! Dont miss this performance!) One for the road... Victor and Rivkah have always wanted a son to join their two stunningly gorgeous teenage daughters and so attempt for their boy one last time. After months of trying, Rivkah gets pregnant and 9 months later delivers a healthy baby boy. Victor is at first ecstatic but as soon as he sees his son he is horrifiedits the ugliest baby hes ever seen. He turns to Rivkah and says, This cant be my son, Rivkah. Anyone can tell this just by looking at the two beautiful daughters Ive fathered. Have you been unfaithful to me? Rivkah smiles sweetly and replies, No, not this time. (This is one of my very favorite jokes!) Carol McNally President Herbert Hoover I am interested to learn that a group of distinguished men and women is to be formed to spread knowledge and appreciation of the rehabilitation which is going forward in Palestine under Jewish auspices, and to add my expression to the sentiment among our people in favor of the realization of the age-old By Batya Jerenberg World Israel News Privately and off the re cord, US Ambassador David Friedman gave a pessimistic assessment of issues sur rounding a possible peace deal with the Palestinians to a group of officials from the Conference of Presidents of Major Jewish American Organizations, according to a Channel 10 News report Monday. We do not want to raise ex pectations about the chances of reaching a peace agreement too much. We are realistic. We want a peace agreement, but we know that this would not destroy Hezbollah or ISIS, he reportedly said, while adding, In any case, we dont believe that threatening to pressure Israel is helpful. He came down hard on the Palestinian Authority, according to a few attendees at the briefing, saying, They have not shown that they are capable of building institu tions that will allow them to live in peace with their neighbors. But even if a deal was in the offing, he was not sanguine about the chances that Israeli society would survive intact, according to the report. The possibility of a mass refusal to follow orders to evict Jews from their homes worries the Israeli government, he reportedly said. The com mand echelon in the IDF is going more and more to the national religious [sector]. These are people who feel duty-bound to this land as land given to them by God, he added, saying it was his opinion that the expulsion of hundreds of thousands of settlers could lead to a civil war in Israel. On a less controversial note, Friedman said that he believed that the Ameri can embassy would be moved to Jerusalem by the end of 2019, at the latest. Both his interlocutors at the meeting and US em bassy representatives pushed back against the remarks attributed to Ambassador Friedman. Conference of Presidents Chairman Stephen M. Green berg and CEO Malcolm Hoenlein said in a statement following Mondays 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 US ambassador warns against Jewish expulsion from Judea and Samaria context, are incomplete, and are therefore a distortion of the ambassadors remarks. A U.S. Embassy spokesper son said, The Channel 10 report is based upon three attendees at the conference who failed to provide much of the context behind Ambas sador Friedmans comments as well as significant addi tional and related remarks by the Ambassador... As for settlements, the Ambassador believes that unrestrained settlement growth is not helpful for peace. Friedman, however, is known for his staunchly proIsrael, pro-settlement stance, having been the president of the American fund-raising arm for the Yeshiva of Beit El in Judea. It was also reported last year that he asked the State Department to stop using the term occupation when describing Israels pres ence in Judea, Samaria, and eastern Jerusalem. Hillel Maeir/TPS David Friedman, US ambassador to Israel
PAGE 10A HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, MARCH 9, 2018 Gil Cohen-Magen/AFP/Getty Images Holocaust survivors protesting Polands new bill on Holocaust rhetoric in front of the Polish Embassy in Tel Aviv, Feb. 8, 2018. historically unfair in light of the specific nature of the Nazi persecution of Jews, according to scholars who have studied the dozens of indictments brought forward in Israel against Nazi collaborators. Until 1972, dozens of in dictments led to trials in Israel of alleged Jewish col laborators with the Nazis, said Rivka Brot, a fellow at Bar-Ilan Universitys Center for Jewish and Democratic Law. Brot wrote her doctoral thesis on the prosecution of Jewish collaborators by Jewish tribunals in transit camps in Europe after World War II, and later in the State of Israel. None of the trials ended with a sentence longer than 18 months in prison. Even before Israels estab lishment, dozens of unofficial communal tribunals were set up to process hundreds of complaints against al leged Jewish collaborators in displaced persons camps in Europe, Brot said Lacking binding legal powers, these tribunals could pronounce symbolic guilty sentences that meant excommunication for the convicted. Brot said the offensive ele ment in Morawieckis remark is not that he mentioned Jews who collaborated with the Germans, but that he listed them alongside Polish col laborators. Any comparison between Jewish collaborators and Pol ish ones is false, she said. The Jewish prisoners who collaborated did so under the immediate threat of death. Poles, Brot added, suffered a lot under the Nazis, but most were not subjected to the same circumstances as Jews destined for annihilation. Jewish collaborators in cluded kapos and other functionaries of the internal power structure that the Nazis forced Jews to form in camps and ghettos, Brot said. Additionally, some Jews helped the Nazis track down other Jews living in hiding in exchange for the collabora tors freedom or that of their relatives. Jews who collaborated in side camps and ghettos often said in their defense that they did so not to better their own situation but to better the lives of other Jews. Polands prime minister said some Jews collaborated with NazisSay what? Michele Tantussi/Getty Images Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki of Poland at a joint news conference with Germanys chancellor in Berlin, Feb. 16, 2018. By Cnaan Liphshiz (JTA)The row between Poland and Israel about the Holocaust reached new heights this week after Po lands prime minister said that the genocide had not only Polish, Ukrainian and German perpetrators, but Jewish ones as well. Addressing a new law that criminalizes blaming Poland for Nazi crimes, Mateusz Morawiecki said in an inter view Saturday that the laws effects would not be as sweep ing as its critics complain. Its not going to be seen as criminal to say that there were Polish perpetrators, as there were Jewish perpetrators, as there were Ukrainian; not only German perpetrators, he said. If his statement was meant to soothe the laws critics they include international Jewish groups and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who called the legislation baseless in a rare rebuke of an ally of Israel then Morawiecki failed spec tacularly. Escalating his rhetoric, Netanyahu called the remark outrageous. There is a problem here of an inability to understand history and a lack of sensitivity to the tragedy of our people, the Israeli leader said. Another Israeli leader, President Reuven Rivlin, offered his contempt for the remark. Saying that Jews collabo rated with the Nazis is a new low, he said. Jonny Daniels, an influen tial commemoration activist in Poland who is friendly with Morawiecki, called it a form of Holocaust denial. What Morawiecki said is technically accurate, but Eliezer Gribaum, a Polish Jewish kapo who was ac cused of mercilessly beating inmates at the Birkenau camp and was later killed in Israels War of Independence, said he accepted the position at the request of other Jews who needed protection from an anti-Semitic non-Jewish kapo, a German criminal. The case of Jews who remained outside camps or ghettos by helping the Nazis hunt down other Jews appears even murkier. Notorious among them was Stella Kubler, who began hunting Jews for the Nazis to keep her parents from being deported and stayed in their service until the wars end. She and other Jewish hunters of Jews were given special pa pers by the Gestapo and even weapons. Some even received a cash bonus of 200 marks for every Jew they helped deliver. Some of them, includ ing Rolf Isaaksohn, deliv ered to the Nazis their own relativesan uncle, in Isaa ksohns case, according to a 1992 Der Spiegel expose about Jewish hunters of Jews. Kubler was tried twice for her actions, which resulted in the murders of dozens: Once by a Soviet tribunal that sen tenced her to 10 years in jail, and then by a West German one, which convicted her but did not sentence her to any additional prison time. She spoke with raw hate about the Jewish people, and until her death in 1994 was a favorite among publishers of antiSemitic literature. Members of Judenrats, Jew ish councils set up in ghettos that were answerable to the Germans, constitute yet an other variant of collaboration. Dozens of them committed suicide to avoid carrying out the Germans orders of an nihilation against vulnerable ghetto populations, such as children and women, Dina Po rat, chief historian for the Yad Vashem Holocaust museum in Israel, told JTA. Others cooperated with the Nazis out of fear that the ghetto would be subject to mass reprisals if they didnt. Other Judenrat leaders, however, seemed to relish the powers vested in them. Notori ous among them was Chaim Mordechai Rumkowski of the Lodz ghetto. Moving around the ghetto on a broken-down horsedrawn carriage, Rumkowski instituted currency bearing his signature and postage stamps with his image, earning him the sarcastic nickname King Chaim. Infamously, he urged his subjects to hand over their children to the Germans, who sent them to be murdered. He was beaten to death at Auschwitz, where he came on the last transport. On Tuesday, Polish Foreign Minister Jacek Czaputowicz acknowledged in an interview to the Dziennik Gazeta Praw na newspaper that there were Polish collaborators, adding that the situation concerning collaboration was extremely complicated. There were cases, he added, where Jews caught by the Germans led the Nazis to Poles who were hiding them. (According to one testimony, a woman in the village of Chociszewo denounced her non-Jewish husband to the Germans to pursue her love affair with a Jew whom she had hidand who later was killed by Rus sian troops.) Although many Jewish collaborators were despised by Jews in Israel and beyond, comparing them to Polish collaborators is morally and historically false also because of the complex spectrum of collaboration, Porat said. This complexity does not apply to Polish collaborators, few of whom were threatened with death if they did not betray or turn in Jews. 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HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, MARCH 9, 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 JOSEPH IRA DENBERG Joseph I Denberg, age 71, of Maitland, passed away on Monday, Feb. 12, 2018, at Florida HospitalOr lando. Born in Brooklyn, New York, on Oct. 11, 1946, to the Harry and Gertrude Goldfarb Denberg, Joe was a well-known fixture in the truck parts industrywith an encyclopedic memory for hundreds of obscure, but needed machinery parts. He attended school in Orlando and following graduation entered the United States Navy serving during the Viet Nam era. In 1971, in Orlando, Joe married the former Sheri Tross, his wife and part ner for over 46 years, who survives him. Joe was the also the proud father of two daughters, Dara Denberg and Lori Denberg. The family has been long-time members and stalwarts of Temple Israel. A graveside service, with Naval honors, was held at Temple Israel Cemetery with Rabbi Joshua Neely officiating. In memory of Joseph I. Denberg, the family requests contributions to Temple Is rael, 50 S Moss Road, Winter Springs 32708. Arrangements entrusted to Beth Shalom Memorial Chapel, 640 Lee Road, Or lando 32810. 407-599-1180. BRENDA FELDMAN Brenda Bunny Feldman passed away at 74 years of age on Feb. 24, 2018, following a sudden, but brief, illness. chas. She enjoyed attending shows at the Winter Park Playhouse and other venues with her beloved husband of over 47 years, Lawrence, rooting for her alma mater, the Temple Owls, and visit ing her children and grand children in Atlanta. Brenda was also a 27-year survivor of breast cancer and proud supporter of breast cancer research and the Jewish community. In addition to her hus band, Lawrence, Brenda is survived by her sonsRich ard, Jonathan (Jenifer), and Joel (Allison); and her grand children Ethan, Anna, Everett, and Micah. Her son Michael predeceased her. Brendas life and lasting memory was celebrated at DeGusipe Funeral Home in Ocoee on Wednesday, Feb. 28. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that dona tions be made to Brendas favorite charity, the Ameri can Cancer Societys Mak ing Strides Against Breast Cancer walk. MARC M. FELDMAN, MD Dr. Marc M. Feldman, 68, of Celebration, passed away on Wednesday, Feb. 21. 2018, at Florida HospitalOr lando. A native of Cleveland, Ohio, Dr. Feldman was born on Aug. 4, 1949, to Frances Halpert Feldman and the late Clarence Feldman. Dr. Feldman received his bach elors degree from Washing ton & Jefferson College in Pennsylvania and his medi cal degree from the Univer sity of Kentucky in 1975. On June 21, 1975, at Park Synagogue in Cleveland, he married the former Helen Call, his wife of nearly 43 years who survives him. Dr. Feldman was a pediatrician in private practice for many years in Cleveland and was a part-time resident in the Orlando area since 2002. In 2009, the Feldmans became full-time residents. In addition to his wife, Dr. Feldman is survived by his son Scott (Aimee) Feld man of Chesapeake, Va.; and daughter Abigail (Eric) OLeary of Celebration. He is also survived by his mother Frances of Clearwater; sister Karen Feldman of Lake Mary; brother Dr. Alan Feldman of Tampa; and his uncle Marvin (Alva) Feldman of Shaker Heights, Ohio. He was prede ceased by his brother Bruce J. Feldman in 2008. A funeral service was held at Beth Shalom Memorial Chapel with Rabbi Arnold Siegel of Jewish Family Services officiating. In memory of Dr. Marc M. Feldman, the family requests contribution to St. Judes Childrens Re search Hospital ( donors@ stjude.org ) or ASPCA (aspca. org). Arrangements were entrusted to Beth Shalom Memorial Chapel, 640 Lee Road, Orlando 32810, 407599-1180. HAROLD FORMAN Harold Forman, age 67, of Longwood, passed away on Monday, Feb. 19, 2018, at his residence. Harold was born in Brooklyn, New York, on Feb. 24, 1950, one of three children born to the late George and Sylvia Shapiro Forman. Harold received his bachelors degree in phar macy from the Brooklyn College of Pharmacy and his masters degree from St Johns University. On Aug. 6, 1977, in Tarrytown, New York, he married the former Melanie Blair, his wife of nearly 41 years who survives him. The family relocated to the Orlando area from New York in 1996 and became members of Congregation of Reform Judaism. Harold is survived by his wife, Melanie of Long wood; his son, David (Julie) Forman; daughter Rachel (Daniel) Sandler; and grand childrenLilah, Alexis and Jordan. He is also survived by his brother, Robert (Lin da) Forman of New York. Harold was predeceased by his sister, Linda Kahan and a granddaughter, Ava. A funeral service was held at Congregation of Reform Judaism with Rabbi Steven W. Engel and Cantor Jac queline Rawiszer officiating. Burial followed at the CRJ Cemetery in Gotha. The family has requested that contributions in memory of Harold Forman be made to the PJ Library at Greater Or lando Jewish Federation, 851 N Maitland Ave, Maitland 32751 or the PJ Library at the Jewish Family Community Services, 8540 Baycenter Road, Jacksonville 32256. Arrangements entrusted to Beth Shalom Memorial Chapel, 640 Lee Road, Or lando 32810. 407-5991180. INEZ MISHLER-BERG Inez Mishler-Berg, 97, of Port Charlotte, passed away at the Port Charlotte Hospice House on Thursday, Feb. 22, 2018. Ms. Mishler-Berg was born in North Manchester, Indiana on June 23, 1920, to the late Milton and Ruth Pierce Nichols. She was a high school graduate and worked as a bookkeeper for many years. She lived in Or lando for many years before relocating to the west coast to be near her family. Funeral services and interment were held at Rice Cemetery in Elkhart, Indiana. Arrangements were en trusted to Beth Shalom Memorial Chapel, 640 Lee Road, Orlando 32810, 407599-1180. Congregation Beth Sho lom will hold a Shabbat Morning Service led by Rabbi Karen Allen on Saturday, March 24 at 10 a.m. A Kid dush will follow the service. The synagogue is located at 315 North 13th St. in Lees burg, with the entrance on Center Street. More infor mation is available on the synagogue website: http:// bethsholomflorida.org/ or by calling the synagogue at 352-326-3692. Congregation Beth Sholom service, March 24 The family she cherished surrounded her. Although Brenda was an only child, she had a gift for creating sisterhood among her many close friends and relatives, and positively affected the lives of many of her friends and her chil drens friends through her selfless and tireless devo tion to those around her. Brenda will be remembered for her inquisitiveness and thoughtfulness. She never missed a birthday or anni versary, and put tremendous thought into the selection of greeting cards for such sim
PAGE 12A HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, MARCH 9, 2018 By Rafael Medoff (JNS)Major American Jewish organizations are call ing for stricter gun-control laws in the wake of the Feb. 14 mass school shooting in Parkland, Fla., that left 14 students and three staff members dead. A spokesperson for the womens organization Hadas sah told JNS that the group supports all three of the legislative proposals under discussion in the aftermath of the shooting. One is a bill sponsored by U.S. Sens. Jon Cornyn (R-Texas) and Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) to expand crimi nal background checks on prospective purchasers of guns. A second legislative proposal, supported by many Democrats, is to renew the federal ban on assault rifles that expired in 2004. In addition, Sen. Edward Markey (D-Mass.) is calling for legislation that would in stitute universal background checks, ban individuals on the terrorist watch list from purchasing guns and outlaw bump stocks, the device that enabled the Las Vegas shooter last October to upgrade his weapons from semiautomatic to fully automatic. On Feb. 20, President Donald Trump ordered the Department of Justice to take action to ban bump stocks. He also has indicated that he supports some strength ening of background-check regulations. Hadassah is urging its members to promote the gun-control proposals at upcoming Day in the Dis trict sessions, in which its members nationwide meet with Congress members in their local districts. Nathan Diament, director of the Orthodox Unions Ad vocacy Center in Washington, D.C., told JNS that his organi zation will likely support all three of the gun proposals. He said the Orthodox Union has long supported commonsense measures to reduce gun violence, including ban ning certain sophisticated assault weapons such as the AR-15 used in [the Parkland] attack. The organization is also seeking additional federal and state funds for schools for their security needs, al though the precise elements of an individual schools security program should be made by each schools lead ership, said Diament. Some conservative pundits have suggested stationing armed guards in front of schools, though the logistics and costs for such a policy have not been analyzed. The Orthodox social-justice group Uri LTzedek supports all three of the legislative proposals and will be pro moting them through a beit midrash series of educational programs within the Ortho dox community. Participants will learn and then pick up the phone, its president, Rabbi Shmuly Yanklowitz, told JNS. We will also be us ing our email blasts to 10,000 recipients and the thousands following our social media to get folks to visit senators and congressmen, call them and write to them. In addition, Uri LTzedek intends to hold public vigils to mourn the losses [from gun violence] and raise public awareness, said Yanklowitz. In a statement to JNS, Bnai Brith International expressed support for legis lation to limit access to the most dangerous weapons and high-capacity ammuni tion magazines whose sole purpose is to maximize death counts. It also urged broader background checks, longer waiting periods between buying a gun and taking pos session of it, and restrictions on the number of guns an individual may purchase. Barbara Weinstein, associ ate director of the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism, said her movement endorses the Cornyn-Murphy legislation, but believes that bill will only begin to address the problem. She told JNS that Congress should estab lish universal background checks, renew the ban on assault rifles and close the private sale loophole, which permits a private party to sell guns without obtaining information about the buyers criminal record or mental state. Other Jewish groups have been somewhat less specific in their positions. A spokesperson for the United Synagogue of Con servative Judaism told JNS: As a religious organization, we believe that Jewish values compel us to do all that is pos sible, within the framework of U.S. law to protect our children and enact sensible gun-safety laws. The USCJ has not taken a position on pending guncontrol legislation. A spokesman for the AntiDefamation League told JNS that the ADL has taken no position on specific legisla tive efforts other than those suggested in the groups 2013 resolution on gun con trol. That resolution recom mended stricter controls governing the sale, possession and distribution of firearms; comprehensive background checks; and a responsible conversation on the [gun control] issue that does not further stigmatize mental illness. Florida exposes need for stricter gun control, say Jewish groups By Ben Sales (JTA)Benjamin Netan yahu is in trouble. Maybe. The Israeli prime minister is engulfed simultaneous in four separate scandals, and each day seems to bring him more bad news. Netanyahu could be indicted or pushed out of office -or both. Whether this is the begin ning of the end of the Bibi Netanyahu era, or just the latest challenge to a seasoned political survivor, is the hot topic in Israel. First, Netanyahu was ac cused of accepting hundreds of thousands of dollars in illegal gifts from a wealthy American. Then he was ac cused of making a shady deal with a newspaper publisher. Then he was accused of try ing to quash an investigation of his wife. Then came news of another shady deal with another newspaper publisher. At least one of Netanyahus friends has turned on him, and the police have recom mended that he be indicted. His opponents have put up a billboard on a major highway suggesting he step down. His allies have hemmed and hawed. All the while, Netanyahu has maintained his inno cence, claiming the media and police have conspired against him. Will it all mean the end of Netanyahus nine-year rule? Its too soon to tell. But heres a quick guide to the biggest cor ruption scandal to rock Israel in years and what it means for Jews outside of Israel. Hes accused of bribery, fraud and obstruction of justice Netanyahu is facing an ar ray of allegations that are hard to follow, even for those who follow Israeli politics. Heres a rundown of the four main accusations: Accepting a bribe from Israeli Hollywood producer Arnon Milchan in the form of champagne and cigars totaling about $200,000. The prime minister allegedly returned the favor by pushing for a U.S. visa for Milchan, as well as a beneficial tax break. Illegally negotiating for more favorable media cover age by agreeing to back legisla tion hurting a newspaper that supports his government in return for favorable coverage from a newspaper that usually opposes it. Trying to obstruct an investigation of his wife, Sara. A senior aide to the prime minister allegedly offered the post of attorney general to a judge if the judge agreed to stop the probe. Sara Netan yahu was indicted last year for improperly spending state funds on fancy cooking. Illegally negotiating for more favorable media cover ageagain. This time, he al legedly supported regulations favoring Bezeq, an Israeli telecom giant, in return for favorable coverage on a news website owned by Bezeqs majority stakeholder. Last week, the Israel Police recommended that Netan yahu be indicted in the first two cases. The third and fourth emerged this week, turning up more heat on the beleaguered leader. Netanyahu has been in trouble before. But this time it looks real. The prime minister has been accused multiple times of illegally charging the state for personal expenses, along with other allegations, but none of them has ever resulted in an indictment. This time could be different. Along with the recommended indictments, in the cases that emerged this week, a close confidant has agreed to be come a state witness in return for avoiding prison time. If Israels attorney general decides to indict Netanyahu, it would be an unprecedented legal threat to his leadership. This could be the end of his nine-year rule. Will Netanyahu have to resign? Other prime ministers facing corruption scandals have quit before this point in the process. Ehud Olmert, who went to prison for bribery, announced his resignation a couple months before the police recommended that he be indicted. But its unclear whether Netanyahu will leave his post. According to a Feb. 21 poll on Israeli Channel 2, half of Israelis say Netanyahu should step down, as opposed to 33 percent who think he should stay. But none of his political allies are calling for him to resign (something that did happen with Olmert), saying theyll wait to see if he is actu ally indicted. Through it all, Netanyahu has remained defiant, denying the allegations and attacking the police and the media for seeking to topple him. Hes even adopted the term fake news, a favorite of President Donald Trump. Whats happened over the past two days is simply madness, Netanyahu said in a video posted to Facebook on Wednesday. A scandal. False claims are brought, lies, as part of a hunting campaign against me and my family thats gone on for years... And we know the goal: to forcibly create a public cloud over the prime minister. Simply unbelievable. If Netanyahu does resign, it will be the end of a defining era for Israel. He has served as prime minister for nearly a decade, representing Israel pugnaciously on the world stage -opposing Iran, picking fights with (or, as many would have it, standing up to) the Obama administration, court ing the Trump administration and taking a (usually) hard line on the Israeli-Palestinian peace process. His Israeli supporters credit him with guiding Israel through numerous threats in a chaotic region, advocating for Israel internationally, ex panding its relations in Africa and Asia, and maintaining a prosperous economy at home. His opponents blame him for diplomatic inaction on the Palestinian front, economic inequality, personal corrup tion and stoking internal divisions in Israeli society. Even if he does resign, that does not mean the Israeli government will lurch to the center or left. Netanyahu stepping down would likely trigger an election, and polls show his right-wing Likud party again winning the most votes. His main rivals, centrist Yair Lapid and Avi Gabbay, the head of Israels center-left Labor Party, have consistently lagged behind him in surveys. Benjamin Netanyahu accusationswhat you need to know By Ron Kampeas WASHINGTON (JTA) Sheldon Adelsons offer to help pay for the new US Embassy in Jerusalem is getting a thumbs down from a range of observ ers who support the embassys relocation. The Associated Press had the exclusive on Friday morn ing, and JTA confirmed it with sources who have been apprised of the State De partments deliberations. State Department lawyers are poring over the law books to determine how to pull off Americas first privately funded embassy. Why the Trump admin istration would want this? Well, no ones saying, but cost-cutting seems likely. The move to temporary digs, due in May, is eventually going to cost taxpayers about $60 million. An embassy built from scratch will be much pricier. The newly opened US Embassy in London cost $1 billion. Presumably, a Jerusalem embassy will come under $1 billion (although who can guess). Adelson, worth an estimated $40 billion, can afford it. Adelsons spokesman de clined to comment. JTA asked various people who have been intimately involved in advocating for the embassy move, in some cases for decades, what they thought of the plan to priva tize the embassy. The five who talked thought it was a terrible idea. The triumph of Trumps recognition of Jerusalem, they tended to agree, is that it came about honestly because recognizing an allys capital is the right thing to do. Trump himself said Friday in a speech to conservative activists that he came under intense pres sure from the international community not to make the move. The optics of a rich donor paying the US government for the embassy, critics said, makes the move look less like a principled policy than a personal favor. Citizens volunteering their resources and energies to ease the governments burdens is laudable, said Jason Isaacson, the American Jewish Commit tees director of government and international affairs. But an American Embassy representsand must be seen indisputably as representing the United States of America, rather than any generous in dividual or segment of Ameri can society. The American Embassy in Jerusalemas with all American embassies around the worldshould serve, and belong to, every American equally. Morton Klein, the president of the Zionist Organization of America, who is close to Adelson, referred to APs re porting that Adelson might seek other funders, including among pro-Israel Christians. This is a United States government project and policy, I dont think it should be the evangelicals, the Jews made this happen. It should be crys tal clear the US government made this happen, he said. I dont think its a good idea for any private citizen to pay for the US Embassy to be moved. Daniel Shapiro, the Obama administrations ambassador to Israel who has since leav ing the position advocated for a move, said he did not believe that State Department lawyers would sign off on the arrangement. Once Adelson started funneling hundreds of millions of dollars into the U.S. governments coffers, there would be immediate conflict of interest questions, including, what is the casino magnate and pro-Israel phi lanthropist getting in return? When individuals or cor porations are giving some thing, theres an expectation they may be getting some thing in return, Shapiro said. That concern about quid pro quo is naturally pregnant in such a proposal. Also against the idea was William Brown, the ambassa dor to Israel under Presidents George H. W. Bush and Bill Clinton. He wrote memos to both presidents recommend ing moving the embassy to Jerusalem. Ive worked in embassies that could use some money, said Brown. But not this way. If Adelson really wants to feel useful, there are some limited options, said Shapiro. Embassy 4th of July parties can receive both cash (usu ally a few thousand dollars) and in-kind contributions from US companies operating overseas. They are then listed as sponsors, which is a form of promoting US businesses. Abraham Foxman, the emeritus national direc tor of the Anti-Defamation Leaguewho also thought private funding for embas sies was a terrible ideahad a different proposal. It would be nice if the Adel sons could pay for the art in the embassy, he said. Theres never a budget for art. The State Department runs an Art in Embassies program that solicits private money to help create vi tal cross-cultural dialogue and mutual understanding through the visual arts and dynamic artist exchanges. Why these supporters of a new US Embassy in Jerusalem think Sheldon Adelson shouldnt pay for it
HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, MARCH 9, 2018 PAGE 13A Weekly roundup of world briefs from JTA Trump says he may at tend Jerusalem embas sy opening WASHINGTON (JTA) President Donald Trump said he may be present in Jerusalem when the U.S. Embassy opens in May. Were looking at coming, Trump said Monday in open ing his meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Washington, D.C. If I can, I will Trump said last month that the embassy move from Tel Aviv would take place in May, timed with Israels 70th anniversary, following his recognition in December that Jerusalem is the capital. He is also planning to build a new embassy in Jerusalem, which could take up to nine years. In the meantime, the embassy will be housed in a consular building. This will be remembered by our people through the ages, Netanyahu said. Oth ers talked about it. You did it. The two leaders met in the Oval Office in a closed-door session said to have been scheduled to coincide with Netanyahus visit here this week for the annual policy conference of the American Israel Public Affairs Com mittee. A photograph of the visit showed Trump and Netanyahu flanked by their wives, Melania Trump and Sara Netanyahu. Netanyahu was effusive in his opening remarks. Ive been here for nearly four decades with, talk ing, seeking to build the American-Israel alliance. Under your leadership, its never been stronger, he said to Trump. And the people of Israel see your position on Jerusalem. They see your position on Iran. They see your magnificent defense of Israel and the truth in the United Nations. Netanyahu and Trump were to discuss a range of issues, White House spokes man Josh Raffel said. The President and the Prime Minister share a great relationship and make an effort to meet whenever the opportunity arises, Raffel said in an email ahead of the meeting. The Prime Minis ter will be in Washington for AIPAC and the two leaders look forward to discussing a variety of issues, includ ing the Iran nuclear deal, the Syrian Civil War, efforts to thwart Irans attempt to establish a permanent pres ence in Syria from which to threaten Israel, and the Administrations ongoing peace efforts. Father of Parkland victim calls students efforts against assault rifles misdirected (JTA)The father of a teenager killed in the shoot ing at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, said the students gun control efforts are misdirected. Andrew Pollack, whose daughter Meadow was slain in the Feb. 14 attack, told CNNs New Day on Mon day that now may not be the time for the students to work toward a ban on assault weapons. I want them to focus their energy on something that is achievable right now, Pol lack said. Be productive in the country. Work with us. Lets make these schools safe and once every school is safe in America, do what you have to with the gun laws. Pollack appeared on CNN to support a Florida Senate bill to raise the age to pur chase a firearm from 18 to 21, and also provide funding for armed school resource of ficers and for mental health services. Over the weekend, the state Senate rejected a ban on assault weapons. The teen leaders tweeted their anger over the rejection of the ban on AR-15 rifles, the weapon used in the attack on their school. I understand their pain, the children, Pollack said. My kid was murdered in that school, so theres no one that could feel the way I do. Pollack gained notice in the days after the shooting by attending what was billed as a listening session at the White House with President Donald Trump. How many schools, how many children have to get shot? he asked Trump. It stops here, with this admin istration and me. Former Netanyahu me dia adviser turns states witness in corruption investigation JERUSALEM (JTA)A former media adviser to Benjamin Netanyahu and his family has turned states witness in a corruption investigation, which could strengthen the case against the prime minister. Nir Hefetz signed the states witness agreement on Sunday night, the Israel Police said in a statement Monday afternoon. Hefetz was released from police detention on Sunday after two weeks in jail. He will remain under house arrest until March 13. Hefetz is a suspect in the investigation dubbed Case 4000, or the Bezeq corrup tion probe, according to reports. Both Netanyahu and his wife, Sara, were questioned separately in relation to the case, each for about five hours on Friday. Shlomo Filber, the sus pended director general of the Ministry of Communica tions, turned states witness last month in the same investigation. In exchange for a lighter sentence, Filber agreed to provide police with information about Netan yahus part in the case, which alleges that Shaul Elovitch, the majority shareholder of Bezeq, received political favors for the Israeli tele communications giant in return for favorable coverage of Netanyahu on the Walla! news website owned by the company. Netanyahu has denied wrongdoing in the case and others against him. Last month, the Israel Police recommended that Netanyahu be indicted on bribery and breach of trust charges in two other corrup tion cases. State prosecutors must decide whether or not to file indictments. Netanyahu currently is in the United States, where he is scheduled to meet with President Donald Trump and address the annual AIPAC policy conference in Wash ington, D.C. Actress Amber Tamblyn says Hasidic man tried to run her over (JTA)Actress Amber Tamblyn claims a Hasidic man tried to run her and her baby over in Brooklyn. The accusation, made in a tweet asking if there were any witnesses to Sundays incident, led to some angry responses against Tamblyn and condemnations of the Hasidic community. If anyone in Brooklyn near the intersection of Washington Ave and Atlan tic Ave just saw a Hasidic man in a grey van try to hit a woman and her baby in a stroller as she crossed a crosswalk, honking and touching the stroller with the cars bumper, please DM me. That woman was me, Tamblyn, who was unhurt, tweeted Sunday morning. Tamblyn described herself as shaken but okay after the incident, in response to followers who asked how she was doing. Some Twitter followers accused her of being antiSemitic and stereotyping Hasidic Jews.What kind of anti-semitic BS is this? tweeted Mordechai Light stone, the social media manager for Chabad.org. Its awful for any pedestrian, let alone a mother, to be threatened by an aggressive driver But bad drivers are bad drivers. Im sorry but this is an incredibly troubling generalization. Others criticized the Ha sidic community. They really dont follow our laws or really care. Its scary, one of Tamblyns fol lowers wrote. Tamblyn responded to the criticism of her tweets as being anti-Semitic by point ing out that she is married to a Jewish man, comedian David Cross. Tamblyn starred in The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants and 127 Hours, and had a recurring role in the CBS sitcom Two and a Half Men. Her father, dancer and actor Russ Tamblyn, starred in West Side Story and Seven Brides for Seven Brothers. Guatemala will move its Israeli Embassy to Jerusalem in May WASHINGTON, D.C. (JTA)President Jimmy Morales of Guatemala said his country will move its embassy in Israel to Jerusa lem in May. Speaking at the annual conference of the American Israel Public Affairs Com mittee in Washington, D.C., Morales said Guatemala will make the move on May 16, two days after the 70th anniversary of Israels inde pendence, when the United States will also move its embassy from Tel Aviv. The United States and Guatemala recognized Jerusalem as Israels capital in December. In May of this year, we will celebrate Israels 70th anniversary, and under my instruction, two days after the United States, Guate mala will move its embassy permanently to Jerusalem, Morales said to raucous ap plause. We are sure that many other countries will follow in our footsteps. President Donald Trumps decision last year to recog nize Jerusalem as Israels capital departed from de cades of U.S. policy. At the AIPAC conference, cheers have greeted every mention of the recognition. The em bassies of most countries are located in Tel Aviv. Morales noted that Gua temala was among the first nations to recognize Israel after it declared indepen dence in 1948, and was the first country to establish an embassy in Jerusalem in 1959, before subsequently moving it. He said Israel and Guatemala share com mon goals, from fighting terrorism to combating the spread of drugs and protect ing human rights. Guatemala maintains the highest level of political dialogue with Israel, and has a very strong relationship, Morales said. This is why we must stand together and support each other. The AIPAC conference that opened Sunday also featured a speech by the chairman of Israels Labor Party, Avi Gabbay. Vice President Mike Pence will address the con ference on Monday night, and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will speak on Tuesday morning. Former Trump Jewish aide Sam Nunberg says he wont appear before grand jury on Russia investigation (JTA)Former Trump aide Sam Nunberg said he will ignore a subpoena to appear before a federal grand jury investigating Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election. Nunberg, who was fired by the Trump campaign in the summer of 2015 over racist Facebook posts, told The Washington Post on Monday that he was asked to appear Friday before the grand jury. According to the newspaper, he also sent an email list from the office of special counsel Robert Mueller requesting his appearance. The subpoena seeks cor respondence and records of any kind related to Presi dent Donald Trump and nine others, notably two former top advisers to Trump, Steve Bannon and Roger Stone. Nunberg said he would provide neither testimony nor documents. Let him arrest me, Nun berg told The Washington Post in an interview. Mr. Mueller should understand I am not going in on Friday. He added: The Russians and Trump did not collude. Putin is too smart to collude with Donald Trump. It is not known what ac tions Mueller would take if Nunberg, who is Jewish, follows through on his vow not to appear. Donald Trump won this election on his own, Nun berg told The Post. He campaigned his ass off. And there is nobody who hates him more than me. Later Monday, Nunberg in an interview on MSNBC again said he would not appear before the grand jury. He also suggested that Mueller may have evidence against Trump. I think they may, Nun berg said, according to The Washington Post. I think that he may have done some thing during the election. In response, White House press secretary Sarah Huck abee Sanders told reporters, There was no collusion with the Trump campaign. Nunberg was a consultant to the Trump campaign before he was dismissed for his racist and incendiary posts, which included calling the daughter of the Rev. Al Sharptons daughter N! The posts had been made in 2007, before he went to work for Trump. In a 2017 interview with Newsmax, Nunberg said his grandfather Simon survived Auschwitz but that the rest of Simons family, including his parents, were murdered. Asked where he might move if he had to live in another country, Nunberg replied, Easy questionthe Jewish State of Israel. Florida public school investigating teacher who reportedly hosted white supremacist podcast (JTA)A Florida public school has launched an investigation into a teacher who reportedly hosted a white supremacist podcast and shared anti-Semitic and Islamophobic content on social media. Dayanna Volitich, a teach er at Crystal River Middle School in the western part of the state, has been removed from her classroom as the Cit rus County School District looks into the podcast she hosted under a pseudonym. The probe started Friday, after HuffPost reported that using the name Tiana Da lichov, the teacher bragged about secretly injecting her beliefs into the classroom. She reportedly bashed diver sity, said Muslims should be eradicated from the face of the Earth and praised the work of Kevin MacDonald, a retired psychology professor who holds anti-Semitic views. MacDonald has said Jews are genetically programmed to destroy Western societies, according to the Southern Poverty Law Center. The district said Volitich would not be teaching until its investigation was com plete, HuffPost reported. Volitich denied subscrib ing to racist views and said in a Sunday statement to WFLA News Channel 8 that her podcast was satire. None of the statements released about my being a white nationalist or white supremacist have any truth to them, nor are my politi cal beliefs injected into my teaching of social studies curriculum, Volitich said in the statement. While operating under the Russian pseudonym Tiana Dalichov on social media and the Unapologetic Podcast, I employed political satire and exaggeration, mainly to the end of attracting listeners and followers, and generat ing conversation about the content discussed between myself and my guests. Brooklyn residents demonstrate against matzah factory (JTA)The residents of a Brooklyn neighborhood demonstrated against the smoke coming from a local matzah factory. Dozens of members of the South 5th Street Block Association in Williamsburg protested Sunday against the Congregation Satmars factory. The residents told WPIXTV that the factory spews what they described as toxic coal smoke, which is so bad in the early morning that some residents say they have to wear masks in order to get to the subway. They added that they have been complaining to the city for seven years to no avail. The factory burns coal and wood during the baking of the matzah. One neighborhood resi dent, Rosa Ortiz, told WPIX that the smoke is irritat ing her 9-year-old childs asthma. She said the smoke wakes them up in the middle of the night. Factory officials refused to speak with WPIX reporters. A year ago, the bakery was heavily damaged in a fire caused by a new woodburning oven that had been used for the first time Its specialty is hand made shmura matzah, the artisanal, disc-shaped type considered extra special because the ingredients are guarded against leaven ing before the wheat is harvested. George W. Bush to at tend launch of Jewish Agency institute in NY (JTA)The Jewish Agency is launching an institute in New York to prepare Israeli emissaries for their service. The Shlichut Institute, which will be launched Wednesday, will provide the emissaries, or shlichim, with training, tools and technol ogy before they serve, as well during and after. Natan Sharansky, the outgoing chairman of the Jewish Agency, will serve as the founding chair of the institute. The launch will be part of a special event in New York celebrating the end of Sharanskys nine-year tenure as chairman of the Executive Committee. President George W Bush will be among those on hand for the launch, along with 43 emissaries working in North American communities. Some 2,000 Israelis cur rently serve in the Jewish Agencys shlichut program, living in countries around the world and working as camp counselors, representatives on college and university campuses, or staff in Jew ish schools and community organizations. The emissar ies connect Jews around the world to Israel, including promoting aliyah. They re turn with insights into Jewish life outside of Israel, as well. The Shlichut Institute will create an online community in which emissaries are al ways connected and training no matter where they live. On the one hand, it is essential for Jews around the world to get to know Israelis to strengthen their connection to Israel. And on the other, there is no better way to strengthen the Jewish identities of Israelis JTA on page 15A
PAGE 14A HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, MARCH 9, 2018 By Dr. Yvette Alt Miller Aish Hatorah Resources Father Desbois is on a mis sion to expose the Holocausts hidden crimes. Father Partick Desbois, a French priest, might be one of the greatest detectives of all time. In nearly a decade of work, he has uncovered the murder of 1.5 million Jews in Eastern Europe during World War II. His most recent book, In Broad Daylight, maps out the mass killings of Jews in Eastern Europe in exhaus tive detail. While the mass execution of Jews in Poland, France and Germany in Nazi con centration camps and death camps is well documented, in the eastern countries including Russia, Ukraine, Belarus, and other neighbor ing nations, the Nazis used a different method to murder Jews. Over a million and a half Jews in these regions were murdered by mobile Nazi military units called Einsatzgruppen. Jews were forced into fields and woods, shot, and buried, their mass graves left unmarked and forgotten. Father Desbois calls these massacres The Holocaust by Bullets and hes made it his life mission to uncover these crimes, case by case, and show the world what happened. Father Desbois grandfa ther had been a prisoner of war in Ukraine in a village called Rawa-Ruska, though he seldom spoke to his grandson about what hed seen there. A visit to Poland and Ukraine made the Holocaust more real and upon his return to France, Father Desbois began to learn Hebrew and Jewish history. He wanted to see for himself what had become of the Jews near the Nazi camp in Rawa-Ruska. It took years of visiting Rawa-Ruska to finally learn even a part of the truth. At first, Father Desbois was rebuffed. The towns mayor refused to say anything and villagers wouldnt speak. Re searching the towns history, Father Desbois discovered that about 10,000 Jews had disappeared from the town during the Holocaust. He was flabbergasted. The murder of even one person in his small town would have been a huge event. Father Desbois couldnt understand how the murder of 10,000 went seemingly unnoticed, resolutely unre membered. He started tracking down survivors of the Rawa-Rusk POW camp whod been in terred with his grandfather. He finally met one, Rene Chevalier, a nephew of the famous French singer Mau rice Chevalier, who agreed to meet. Did you ever see Jews being assassinated? Father Desbois asked him. Chevaliers eyes clouded over. With a voice full of re strained emotion, he started to talk, with a fixed gaze that looked far into the distance, Father Desbois later related. He had witnessed the requi sition of Jewish women to do the harvesting as there were no more animals to pull the carts filled with hay. They came in the morning with their children. The German who was guarding them could not stand their crying and whenever it irritated him too much, he would get hold of a little child and bludgeon it to death against the cart. In the evening, all that remained were the women, carts and hay. In 2003, Father Desbois returned to Rawa-Ruska and the new deputy mayor knew of his quest. He went to Father Desbois and said, Patrick, we are waiting for you. He led Father Desbois to a desolate area outside of town where about a hundred elderly people were waiting. They took him to the mass grave where the Jews of Rawa-Ruska had been shot and buried. One by one, the elderly people spoke, re calling the day the Jews were massacred. The Jews were herded together, led out of town, and shot near a freshly dug mass grave. Finding that some people in the pit were still alive, the German soldiers threw grenades into the pit to kill yet more victims. Some locals recalled helping the Nazis in the bloodbath. When the testimony was over, Father Desbois was stunned. As he prepared to leave, the deputy mayor said, Patrick, this is what I could do for one village. I can do the same thing for a hundred villages. Father Desbois then realized that this was his mis sion and decided on the spot to document this and other long-forgotten massacres before it was too late. He started researching and visiting sites of massacres, and interviewing locals. In 2004, Father Desbois founded a group called Yachad-in Unum, a combination of the words for together in both Hebrew and Latin, to help with his work. The 29 fulltime members of Yachad-In Unum, many of whom are young people working on their Ph.D.s, provide him with support and companionship as he plumbs the depths of human evil. That research has taken years and thousands upon thousands of hours. They have interviewed nearly 6,000 witnesses to the massacre of Jews and other minorities in Eastern Europe. Each investigation takes weeks to complete. When they smile and welcome me into their homes, Father Desbois explains of the elderly locals whose stories he documents, I dont know if they saved Jews or participated in the killing. We were very surprised at the amount of locals who remember the day the Jews were killed, Father Desbois recalls in an exclusive Aish. com interview. In each town where Jews were massacred, the children of the village were witnesses, and some times even participants. The schools were closed, everyone went to watch the mass mur der of their towns Jews. In the small town of Medzhybizh, the birthplace of the Baal Shem Tov, the founder of the Hassidic move ment, Father Desbois and his team located 17 witnesses. We wondered why there were so many witnesses. It turned out that the day of the killing was like a holiday. The killing of the Jews was a public event, like a show. A witness named Vladimir told Father Desbois about the day a Ukrainian policeman came to his school with a horse-drawn cart. The teacher pointed out each of the halfJewish children, crying Ju den! Juden! Juden! and the policeman took them away. Later, Vladimir described how he and his friends came to watch the Jews murder: I came through the cornfield to see, he explained. For us children, it was interesting. For many witnesses, the murder of their towns Jews was something to celebrate simply because it was fun, or because it allowed the belong ings of murdered Jews to be seized by townspeople. Father Desbois has found there is very little regret and sorrow over the massacres. Some witnesses are even proud that they aided the Nazi killers. In many cases, villagers were forced to watch Nazis murder. In other cases, some were eager participants. Typi cal was the testimony of one Ukranian named Andrei, who was 15 when he helped Nazi troops massacre the Jews in his village. Andrei insisted in wearing his old Soviet medals to the interview with Father Desbois, and sat proudly, showing them off. He was among other men in the vil lage requisitioned to build a temporary prison to hold his towns Jews. He recalled one old Jew begging through the barbed wire, telling him he was starving and asking An drei for bread. Andrei traded him some bread for the Jews watch and calmly recounted the entire episode to Father Desbois team, seemingly undisturbed by his role in the suffering. All their (the Jews) goods were pillaged by the villagers. People took everything The shooting of the Jews in the village was like a carnival, Father Desbois explains sadly. Everyone wanted to watch, wanted to grab something. In all his years interview ing witnesses, not one has ever asked Father Desbois for forgiveness, as a religious leader, for their role in mas sacring Jews. An old woman named Olga recalled her towns Jews be ing rounded up and led to an execution point on Sept. 21 and 22, 1943. We lived not far from the paved path on which they took the Jews, Olga recalled. People said it was Judgment Day. It was a sentiment Father Desbois had heard before; the killing of Jews seemed to some witnesses to be a fulfillment of Christian doctrine. Some people were thinking it had a religious element, Father Desbois explains. The Jews were dying in the middle of the Christians. They thought it was something from God. As a refutation to the Jewhatred he has uncovered and to counter the growing num ber of people who deny the Ho locaust, Father Desbois wrote In Broad Daylight: The Secret Procedures behind the Holo caust by Bullets, a painstak ing account of the mechanics of killing whole communities of Jewish men, women, and children. The book chrono logically describes the process of arriving in town, selecting townspeople to help, rounding up and killing Jews and then burying them in mass graves and removing all trace of the crime, providing a horrific account of the template Nazi troops used to kill over one and a half million Jews, and the role that bystanders often played in helping them. When he teaches about the Holocaust, Father Desbois stresses that it was a crime on a massive scale. Ideology played a part, but the desire to steal, to rape, to pillage, and to kill were what motivated most of the people he has interviewed. This year Father Desbois has been teaching at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., and is training students and profes sors alike to be meticulous in their research about the Holocaust, to be able to prove to a new generation that it did indeed take place. In recent years, Father Desbois and his team have made numerous trips to Iraq, documenting mass killings by ISIS. Hes written a book on the subject, which is due out in July 2018. He has continued his grueling pace in Eastern Europe, racing to document yet more mass graves and evidence of genocide against Jews and others. Father Des bois estimates he has about four more years in which he can work because witnesses to the Holocaust are aging and dying. That means only four more years in which to give back the dead to their family, to the community and to fight strongly against the deniers. More information about Fa ther Patrick Desbois organi zation, Yachad-in Unim, visit https://www.yahadinunum. org/ and https://www.face book.com/yahadinunum/. Aiding Nazis in mass killing of Jews By Mitchell Bard The most offensive at tacks made by Palestinians and their supporters against Israelis are comparisons to the Nazis. These analogies demonstrate a profound ignorance of historyand a malicious hatred of Jews. As an educational service to these ignoramuses and propagandists, I would like to provide some examples of what the Nazis did to the Jews. First, I must apologize for the graphic nature of some of the examples, but they were purposely chosen because they are so horrific that they are not often discussed. The discussion of the Ho locaust is often antiseptic. We talk about the six million murdered by the Nazis as if it is an abstract statisticsimilar to the GDP of Brazil. Israels detractors simply think of Jews as victims of mistreat ment that is no different from the way that Palestinians are treated today. It is a lie. Every concentration camp was horrible, but lets con sider what occurred at one of the camps that may be less familiar than Dachau or Auschwitz. According to war crimes prosecutors, here are some of the methods used to kill Jews at Mauthausen: gas sing, hanging, clubbing, heart injections, driving inmates into the electric fence, kicking in genitals, being buried alive, and by putting a red-hot poker down the throat. Father Patrick Desbois documented how Jews in Ukraine were killed by the Nazis for fun, out of anger, boredom, drunkenness, or to rape the girls. At various times and places, Jews would be forced to strip naked and dig their own graves before the Nazis shot them so their bodies would fall into them. If a single shot did not kill a Jew, sometimes they were buried alive to save bullets. In Hungary, three Jews were tied together along the bank of the Danube. The middle person was shot, send ing all three into the freezing water to drown. Groups of Jews were cor ralled into buildings, and locked inside before the buildings were set on fire. In Bialystok, 800-1,000 Jewish men and boys were burned alive in the Great Synagogue on June 27, 1941. Recently, advocates for the Palestinians have made an issue of a small number of Palestinian teenagers being arrested by Israel for various crimes. During the Holo caust, one million children were gassed, burned alive, stabbed or starved to death for the crime of being Jewish. Jews at many camps were employed as slave laborers. For example, the Heinkel air craft manufacturing company used between 6,000 and 8,000 prisoners from Sachsenhau sen to help build a bomber. Prisoners unfit to work in the camps were murdered. Those who survived the long work ing hours with little food or rest were usually killed later. In one town, Jews were The Palestinians and their allies should know the truth about the Nazis taken to the butchers slaugh terhouse. They were stripped and forced to crawl on their hands and knees up the ramp used for animals. When they reached the end, their heads were chopped off and put in baskets. Their bodies were taken and hung on meat hooks with signs that said kosher meat. The Palestinians have fab ricated stories about Israel infecting Palestinians with the AIDS virus. These were actual medical experiments carried out by the Nazis: At Auschwitz, Josef Mengele injected twins and dwarfs aged two and above with various substances. He then killed them so he could conduct comparative patho logical examinations of their internal organs. Carl Clauberg injected chemical substances into the wombs of thousands of Jewish women to determine how long it would take to sterilize 1,000 women. 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HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, MARCH 9, 2018 PAGE 15A Czech From page 7A bases to Israel), shot down five British-piloted Spitfires flying for the Egyptian airforce over the Sinai desert (see illustration) causing a major diplomatic embarrass ment for the British govern ment. Since May 2005 the Prague Military Museum has displayed a special exhibition on the Czechoslovak aid to Israel in 1948. Israel learned from the history of interwar Czecho slovakia not to rely on anyone, least of all, the international community or formal alliances with the Great Powers. The long Action From page 4A compel the Palestinians to realize that the rules have changed and become more flexible. We should always remember that even when PA From page 5A throwing attacks and 45 thrown Molotov cocktails. Coddling terrorists and pretending that they are cooperating with one Parkland From page 1A On Saturday night, the conference held a moment of silence in Times Square for the murdered teens, and the next day began a campaign for members of the youth group to fulfill one Jewish commandment, or mitzvah, in the teens memory. The group also called for schools to institute a moment of Nazis From page 14A sterilized men and women by pointing x-rays at their sexual organs. Many subjects died after great suffering. At Dachau, doctors ex perimented with methods of reviving prisoners after they had been forced to remain in a tank of ice water for hours. Other prisoners were infected with malaria to test treat ments for the disease. Heres a description of one of the high-altitude experiments carried out at Dachau: It was a continuous experiment without oxygen at a height of 12 Km. (7 miles) conducted on a 37-year-old Jew in good general condition. Breathing continued up to 30 minutes. After 4 minutes the experimental subject began to perspire and to wiggle his head, after 5 minutes cramps occurred, between 6 and 10 minutes breathing increased in speed and the experimental subject became unconscious; from 11 to 30 minutes breath ing slowed down to three breaths per minute, finally stopping altogether. If these examples are not enough, I would refer Pales tinians and their supporters who repeat the calumny about Jews and Nazis to the eminent philosopher, Emil Fackenheim, who offered these distinguishing char acteristics of the Holocaust: The Final Solution was designed to exterminate every single Jewish man, woman and child. The only Jews who would have conceivably survived if Hitler had been victorious were those who somehow escaped discovery by the Nazis. Jewish birth (actually mere evidence of Jewish blood) was sufficient to warrant the punishment of death. Fackenheim notes that this feature distinguished Jews from Poles and Russians who were killed because there were too many of themand from Aryans, who were not singled out unless they chose to single themselves out. With the possible exception of Gypsies, he adds, Jews were the only people killed for the crime of existing. The extermination of the Jews had no political or eco nomic justification. It was not a means to any end; it was an end in itself. The killing of Jews was not considered just a part of the war effort, but equal to it; thus, resources that could have been used in the war were diverted instead to the program of extermination. Yes, Palestinians can claim their share of suffering, but they have never faced any thing remotely like what the Nazis did to the Jews. The only systematic murders of Palestinians because they are Palestinians have been carried out by their fellow Arabs, not Israelis. During Israels administra tion of the disputed territo ries, the Palestinian popula tion has grown exponentially. More than 20 percent of the Israeli population are Pales tinians who enjoy equal rights with Jewish citizens. Palestinians in the territo ries have the right to petition Israeli courts to redress their grievances, and more than 100,000 Judea and Samaria Arabs work in Israel and Jewish settlementswith benefits similar to their Jew ish co-workers. Palestinians are not forced to wear special clothes or badges. They have no tattoos on their forearms. They have not been sent to concentration or slave labor camps, or forced to build Israeli armaments. The only camps holding Pal estinians today are refugee campsand the residents are kept there by their fellow Palestinians and other Arabs. Dr. Mitchell Bard is execu tive director of the AmericanIsraeli Cooperative Enterprise and author/editor of 24 books, including The Arab Lobby and the novel After Anatevka: Tevye in Palestine. silence at the beginning of the day. Both the mitzvah cam paign and the idea of a moment of silence in public schoolsin place of prayer, which is prohibitedare longtime Chabad causes. The movement often encourages doing Jewish rituals, such as lighting Shabbat candles or laying tefillin, as a response to tragedy. Rabbi Mendy Kotlarsky, CTeens president, said the group tries to avoid political issues like the gun control campaign, but acknowledged the power of the Parkland students activism. Teens are the leaders of today, not the leaders of tomorrow, he said. Many of them are embracing that. The Parkland event is something that brought this onto the national stage. Teens might be getting a bump in being able to mobilize because a lot of people are looking toward them and seeing what theyre going to do. Other Jewish youth groups are explicitly supporting the gun control campaign. According to the New York Jewish Week, the teen arms of the Reform, Conservative and Modern Orthodox move ments have all signed onto the effort. Never before have stu dents across the country mobilized like this, and never before have the eyes of the nation been so closely trained on us as we fight for change, Zoe Turner, a member of the Reform move ments National Federation of Temple Youth in Florida, wrote in an essay last week. A country-wide call to ac tion roars loudly in all of our ears, and NFTY is heeding the call. The students at the CTeen conference, which drew 2,500 attendees, said they would also be engaging in activism, including a march in Washington, D.C., sched uled for March 24. But this weekend, Parkland survivors said, they were just grateful to be among friends who comforted them. Everyone knows about the incident and everyone is going to help reconnect, said Maverick Reynolds, 15, who heard gunshots while hiding in a nearby classroom. We knew it was real and it was very scary. the peace process was at its peak, when various speeches cast Israelis and Palestin ians as relatives (cousins, brothers), the Palestinian demand to divide Jerusalem and allow the right of return was always lurking in the background to torpedo any move. Trump understood that immediately. You need to be in the White House and hear the president and those around him to un derstand what historic days these are. How lucky we are that Trump has good advisers who love us. Yes, most of the mainstream thinks differently, but most of the mainstream also thinks that Jerusalem should be divided. We dont take directions from them. The Turks and the Pales tinians have condemned the embassy move on the grounds that Washington is losing its credibility as a mediator. Some of them are even threatening that the move will set the Middle East on fire. For now, the only thing I see lighting up is the torch Trump will light this coming Independence Day. He deserves to! And we deserve this. hand, while they stab Israel in the back with the other, is ludicrous. A weakened PA might just be what is needed to turn the vicious circle around. If the PA has no intention of stopping the incitement on TV and radio, such media can be shut down. Other sanc tions could be also imposed by Israel. If they know not to mess with Israel because there will be actual financial consequences might actu ally weaken terrorist resolve. Why does it not occur to former Israeli security offi cials to suggest showing the P.A. that Israel will not put up with even a single terrorist incident, nor the incitement and rewarding of terrorism? What if Israel tries an approach of strength for oncethe only currency respected in the Middle Eastinstead of trembling at the thought of what the international community could or will say? After all, it might just work. This article originally ap peared in Mida and was provided exclusively to JNS. memory of the Czech people and their sense of solidarity with the modern state of Israel coupled with the grati tude of many Israelis to the only state that afforded real aid on the ground during the 1948 Israeli War of Indepen dence is a lasting heritage. It explains the recent vote of the Czech Parliament to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and its recommendation to the government to take steps to do so as well as the Czech vote along with other East European states such as Poland, Hungary, Romania, Latvia and even BosniaHercegovina to abstain in the recent vote of the U.N. General Assembly criticiz ing the United States for its stated plan to recognize Jerusalem as Israels capital. Of course, historians are fond of drawing historical parallels and others are just as fond as writing revision ist treatises challenging established views and pro claiming that one cannot judge history with hindsight. The Sudeten crisis and the Munich Agreement are fer tile ground for revisionist claims that Chamberlain did the only right thing because British public opin ion would not have toler ated potential involvement in another European or world-wide conflict. The same calls are incessantly hurled at Israel for further compromise to make room for a Palestinian state. What these historians neglect to do is to take into account the other even more probable alternative, on the other side and weigh the like ly conclusions that: War in September 1938 would have seen a powerful Czech army of two million men in the highest state of readiness and morale, strongly entrenched enjoying topographic advan tages dealing the German invaders massive casualties. Such casualties would have undoubtedly rocked Ger man morale and grievously damaged the Nazis image of invincibility. Hitler himself said in August 1939, When after Munich we were in a posi tion to examine Czecho slovak military strength from within, what we saw greatly disturbed us; we had run a serious danger. The plan prepared by the Czech generals was formi dable. At the Nuremburg trial Gen. Wilhelm Keitel, the German chief of staff, said the High command had been greatly relieved by the Munich Agreement because We did not believe ourselves strong enough at that moment to take Czechoslovakia. Morrells book is a collec tors item today. I was thrilled to remember that I had ac quired it at a used bookstore in London for less than two pounds about 20 years ago. It now sells on Amazon for over $200. It brought history alive from an eyewitness who had amazing prescient pow ers of observation and did not hesitate to call a spade a spade. What can be said today is that Israelis learned this lesson and are overwhelm ingly united by their resolve to avoid the mistakes of Czechoslovakia 80 years ago. JTA From page 13A than by encountering world Jewry, Sharansky said in a statement. Shlichim go to Jewish communities around the globe and represent Is raeli society. But when they come back to Israel, they are unique ambassadors for Diaspora Jewry in Israel. Russian-Jewish billion aire Roman Abramov ich donates $20 million to fund nuclear medi cine research JERUSALEM (JTA)Rus sian-Jewish billionaire busi nessman Roman Abramov ich donated $20 million to fund a research center for nuclear medicine at an Israeli hospital. Abramovich, who owns Britains Chelsea soccer club, made the donation to Sheba Medical Center at Tel Hashomer, located near Tel Aviv to fund the cutting-edge research center. Nuclear medicine can be used for the diagnosis and treatment of a range of diseases including heart disease, cancers, strokes and Alzheimers. Sheba has submitted its per mit application to build a new 21,500-square-foot, threefloor, diagnostic and research center for nuclear medicine and molecular imaging. The entire basement floor will be dedicated to housing a cyclotron, a special nuclear reactor, which will produce small quantities of nuclear isotopes for use in molecular imaging, the medical center said in its announcement. Abramovich has donated a total of $57 million to projects at Sheba, including to the Sheba Cancer and Cancer Research Centers, the Pediatric Middle East Congenital Heart Center and the Sheba Heart Center. In 2017, Forbes estimated Abramovichs net worth at $9.1 billion, making him the 139th richest person in the world. He is Russias 12th richest person. Jewish mayor of Oak land defends decision to tip off community to immigration raid (JTA)The Jewish mayor of Oakland defended her decision to warn the com munity in advance of an Immigration and Customs Enforcement raid in North ern California. Mayor Libby Schaaf said Friday that she felt it was her duty to warn local resi dents of the impending raid, which ended two days earlier. Schaaf posted the warning on Twitter the previous weekend. The tipoff allowed some 800 illegal immigrants to es cape arrest, Thomas Homan, ICEs acting director, told Fox & Friends. Homan said the Justice Department is looking into whether Schaaf obstructed justice. The four days of raids last week in Northern California resulted in the arrest of about 230 people. I remain confident that my actions were both legal and moral, Schaaf said Friday, the Bay City News reported. I find it difficult to believe even in todays America that informing people of their legal rights could be considered il legal. The mayors actions have escalated tensions between California officials and the Trump administration, The Associated Press reported. Oakland has declared itself a sanctuary city for illegal migrants. White House press secre tary Sarah Huckabee Sand ers at a news conference Thursday called the action outrageous. I think its outrageous that a mayor would circum vent federal authorities and certainly put them in danger by making a move such as that, Sanders told report ers. She said Schaafs action was under review, without offering any other details.
PAGE 16A HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, MARCH 9, 2018 Eliana Rudee David Goldstein, Josh Halickman, Aulcie Perry, and Tamir Goodman pose for a picture at a Nefesh BNefesh event in Jerusalem. a homage to Israel and the Jewish people, he said. As they embrace Israel, Goldstein found, Israel em braces them back. In Israel, players are welcomed in a way thats special compared to other countries, said Goldstein, who maintained that in the context of Israel being somewhat of an outcast in the international political arena, the fact that highprofile athletes would choose to come to Israel and fully embrace the country means something special here and is a big complement. They like Israeland even love ittake less money and then go on to tell others Israel is not what they see on the news, said Goldstein. They become part of the family. According to Goldstein, although players who stay in Israel and become citizens have the notoriety of being famous players, they share a lot of commonalities with other olim (new immigrants) who become citizens. While they speak about having no personal space at the bank and dealing with aggressive drivers, they are also invited to Shabbat dinners. Its the flip side of the coinhow everyone stops to help, but also to criticize, Goldstein told JNS, describing the Israeli phenomenon of being treated as family for better and worse. NBA Is possible for Israelis Aulcie Perry is perhaps the first and best example of a player fully embracing Israel and being embraced in return. Aulcie is the forefather of this movement and phenomenon, said Goldstein. Perry originally signed a two-month contract with Maccabi Tel Aviv in the mid1970s but ended up not only staying in Israel but serving in the Israel Defense Forces, converting to Judaism and becoming an Israeli citizen. Perrys aliyah predated Nefesh BNefesh, an orga nization founded in 2002 to make the process easier and facilitate the integration of New book: A slam dunk for African-American hoopsters who take to Israel By Eliana Rudee (JNS)Canadian sports executive, lawyer and author of the new book Alley-Oop to Aliyah: African American Hoopsters in the Holy Land, David A. Goldstein is often asked why he decided to write about hasbara, or positive propaganda used to convince others to support Israel. But according to Goldstein, when he started on the book 11 years ago, he discovered an un known, upbeat phenomenon. I didnt set out to create that positive feeling about Israel. That feeling is created by this countryhow players embrace it, and in turn, how this country embraces them, he said at a Nefesh BNefesh event featuring a panel with some of Israels most wellknown Zionist basketball superstars. According to Goldstein, more than 800 African-Amer ican players have competed in Israel. This phenomenon was hiding in plain sight, he told JNS. Its a phenomenon thats much larger than many real ize. After playing here, some players convert. And others fully commit to living life here as Israelisstaying and becoming citizens, joining the IDF and raising their kids as Israelis with fluent Hebrew. Although many hoopsters are at first hesitant to even visit Israel, let alone live there, said Goldstein, many come for the beautiful weather and scenery, friendly people, good nightlife and the ease at which English speakers can get by. They celebrate Jewish holi days like Purim and Pesach, go to beach or the Western Wall, show patriotism on Israels Independence Day and even choose the No. 18 jersey (chai, the number symbolizing life in the Jewish faith) later in their careers as new immigrants into Israeli society. Thus, he spoke of vari ous hardships getting used to the culture; even so, Perry fell in love with Israel, recalling his first year with Maccabi as an unbelievable dream come true to play at a high level and have the whole country behind the team. He found that he was ac cepted in Israel in a way he never experienced in the United States. I was born in the 1950s in America during the Jim Crow laws of segre gation and discrimination, Perry told JNS. And here in Israel, I learn theres 100 eth nic groups all together as one and hardly no racism, he said. And that opened the door. Goldstein, who has studied the intersection of sports, Zionism, culture and race for more than a decade, found that other African-American players share this sentiment. By and large, they dont feel racism, he stated. Many see commonalities in the history of persecution between Jews and African-Americans. According to AmericanIsraeli Josh Halikman, edi tor of sportsrabbi.com, this phenomenon that Goldstein found, and sports in general, speaks volumes of who we are as a country and a people. Everyone knows that Israel is the best country to play in, said Perry. I dont know any African-American basketball player who doesnt want to play here. Tamir Goodman, an Amer ican-Israeli basketball player known as the Jewish Jordan, found this capacity of familybuilding especially unique when he moved to Israel. He told JNS of its special capacity to break through boundaries while at the same time uniting so many people. Goodman lauded the in fluence of African-American players in Israel who have changed the Israeli basketball industry. Their influence in Israel is all positive, as I see it, he said. Now, playing in the NBA is possible for Israelis. We wouldnt have gotten that if not for African-American players who taught us a differ ent style of play, better defense and how to get to hoop. We learn from the great players, and thats what basketball is aboutnot settling and going for the best. Goldstein concurred with Goodman, saying, When youre an Israeli kid playing basketball, its an escape or a game. But if youre an AfricanAmerican playing here, its your job, and you work hard at it, said Goldstein. They teach Israelis players to raise their work ethic. Omri Casspi said he learned about hard work and dedication from them. I want people to know that if they see an African-Ameri can basketball player walking around in Israel or watch them play, they know what that person has contributed in so many different ways. As he told JNS, my biggest aspiration is that this very positive phenomenon about a really amazing group of people, and a really unique and amazing country, becomes better known. (Israel Hayom / Exclusive to JNS via JNS)Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Friday hailed a recently an nounced US plan to relocate the American Embassy in Is rael from its current abode in Tel Aviv to Jerusalem as early as May of this year, calling the move a great moment for the State of Israel. President Trumps decision to move the American Em bassy to Jerusalem will make our Independence Day celebra tion even happier, Netanyahu said, noting that the planned relocation will coincide with the celebrations of the 70th anniversary of Israels indepen dence. Thank you, President Trump, for your leadership and for your friendship. The Israeli Embassy in Washington issued a state ment saying, President Trumps decision to move the United States Embassy to Jerusalem on the coming Independence Day follows his historic declaration in Decem ber to recognize Jerusalem as Israels capital. This decision will turn Israels 70th Inde pendence Day into an even bigger celebration. Thank you President Trump for your leadership and friendship. On Facebook, Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat thanked Trump for fulfilling your promise to bring the US Em bassy home to Jerusalem, the eternal, united capital of the Jewish people. He added this gift is a par ticularly meaningful way to celebrate the 70th anniversary of Israels independence and the 50th anniversary of the reunification of Jerusalem. This is a recognition of Jeru salem not just in words, but in deeds. We look forward to hosting you this year at the Jerusalem embassy! Danny Danon, Israels ambassador to the United Nations, said Trumps coura geous decision is proof of the strength of the genuine alli ance and friendship between the United States and Israel. This is the hour to recognize Jerusalem as the eternal capital of the State of Israel. Jerusalem Affairs and Heritage Minister Zeev Elkin urged additional countries to follow the American lead and move their embassies to Jerusalem as well. We at the Jerusalem Min istry will give any assistance necessary to advance this process, to both the US State Department and to any other country that is interested, said Elkin. Education Minister Naftali Bennett said the people in Is rael thank the US president for the friendship, the courage and the determination in recogniz ing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and the transfer of the US Embassy to Jerusalem. You will be recorded in the chronicles of Israel. Deputy Foreign Minister Tzipi Hotovely praised the Trump administration for its actions to implement the historic decision to transfer the US Embassy. And Michael Oren, deputy minister and former Israeli ambassador to the United States, called the announce ment a great moment for the State of Israel. He said he believed ad ditional countries would follow in its footsteps and relocate their own embassies to Jerusalem. This is another step that proves Trump is a president who lives up to his word, he said, adding that Israel was committed to channeling its strong friendship with the US administration to work towards a genuine solution to the Israeli-Palestinian con flict. I congratulate President Trump and thank him from the bottom of my heart. Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee Chair man Avi Dichter said: In a 70-year delay, the US Embassy will be located in Jerusalem, Israels capital. Calling the move a small step for America, a giant step for Israel and human ity, Dichter said we hope this move will propel other countries around the world to transfer their embassy to Jerusalem. According to Likud MK Anat Berko, this news only proves how important Israel is to the international com munity and how beloved it is to the U.S. Likud MK Yehuda Glick hailed the move as a historic decision of biblical propor tions. Yisrael Beytenu MK Oded Forer said that with the em bassy relocation, the Ameri cans have proved that the winds that have blown since President Trump entered [of fice] are genuine. He hailed his friends in Congress and the American administration for keeping their promise and their steadfast stance along side Israel and Jerusalem. United Torah Judaism MK Uri Maklev was slightly more cautious in his praise for the move. He said the embassy relocation was a good thing if it comes from the recogni tion of the importance of the issue, and not from a demand by Israel and in the hope that we will not end up paying a heavy price. Opposition lawmakers also welcomed the move. Yesh Atid leader Yair Lapid said Israel should thank President Trump for a won derful gift for Israels 70th birthday. In a statement, the presi dent of the International Christian Embassy Jerusa lem, Dr. Jurgen Buhler, said: We are grateful to the Trump administration, which has kept its promise to transfer the American Embassy to the capital, the place where it should be. We join the people of Israel and its government in saluting the gesture. The Christian Embassy hopes other countries will join the move and we are acting to achieve this goal through our representatives and activists around the world. It is our belief that the transfer of the US Embassy and other embassies from around the world will bolster the citys standing around the world and the freedom of religion that the State of Israel grants the city. Netanyahu hails US Embassy move as a great moment for Israel