WWW.HERITAGEFL.COM YEAR 42, NO. 30 MARCH 30, 2018 14 NISAN, 5778 ORLANDO, FLORIDA SINGLE COPY 75 Editorials ..................................... 4A Op-Ed .......................................... 5A Calendar ...................................... 6A Scene Around ............................. 9A Synagogue Directory ................ 11A JTA News Briefs ........................ 13A By Lazer Cohen Five hundred and fifty students, faculty and community members partook in the largest Shabbat dinner ever held at UCF on Feb. 23 in the Pegasus Ballroom. The annual Mega Shabbat was called Shabbat of Champions, a nod to the undefeated UCF Knights. With many Stoneman Douglas High School alumni in attendance, the event was also a mov ing tribute to the victims of the tragic Parkland High School shooting, which had taken place just one week prior to Shabbat of Champions. To honor the victims, the co-director of Chabad at UCF, Rivkie Lipskier, called the Stoneman Douglas High School alumni in attendance to the stage. They observed a moment of silence and then lit Shabbat candles in the memory of the 17 killed. As Lipskier explained, a candle represents a persons connection to the divine. The wick represents the body, and the flame represents the divine soul. While the bod ies can be destroyed, the soul can not. Lipskier urged those in attendance to tap into their souls and the 17 beautiful souls of the departed as they lit their Shabbat candles, and to take on a mitzvah (good deed) in their memory. Rabbi Chaim Lipskier, who directs Chabad with his wife Rivkie, then spoke about how moved he was to see the dozens of students from many organizations who had dedicated hundreds of hours to make the event possible. Becca Coven, president of the Chabad Jewish Student Group then took the stage. Growing up in a Jewish home, Shabbat is something that I got to look forward to every week, a time to gather around the table with your fam ily and friends and just enjoy the end of your week, and the beginning of your weekend. Looking out at all of you here tonight I couldnt be more proud of the work Chabad has done to put this event together, she said before introducing Dr. Terri Susan Fine, a professor of political science at UCF and Chabads faculty adviser. Dr. Fine contrasted the UCF Knights, whos kicker Nader Golshahr was in atten dance, to Chabad. Unlike the champion Knights, Chabad at UCF is not once-ina-lifetime. Chabad at UCF is here for all of UCFs Jewish students all the time and they are not going anywhere, said FIne. Following the traditional prayers over wine and bread, a catered kosher meal that included Shabbat staples like challah, gefilte fish, and chicken was served. Shabbat is one of the centerpieces of Jewish life, and has been so since the in fancy of our nation, said Rabbi Lipskier. Shabbat of Champions was a chance for Jews from across campus to connect with each other in a meaningful way. Shabbat of Champions was co-spon sored by Student Government Associa tion, Judaic Studies at UCF, UCF Hillel, Alpha Epsilon Pi, Alpha Epsilon Phi, Zeta Beta Tau, Gamma Phi Beta, Knights for Israel, ICC, ZOA, Camera and Stand With Us. For more information about Chabad at UCF please visit jewishucf.com UCF students honor Parkland victims at Mega ShabbatChampion of Shabbats Stoneman Douglas High School alumni say the blessing over the challah at the Shabbat of Champions, in honor of the fallen Parkland students and staff. Gov. Rick Scott signs HB 545 with Orlando Torah Acad emy students and staff surrounding him. As in bill-signing ceremonies, he handed students the pens he was using to sign the bill. By Christine DeSouza When Gov. Rick Scott ar rived at the Orlando Torah Gov. Scott signs anti-BDS bill at Orlando Torah Academy budget for nonpublic schools, including the 30 Jewish day schools in Florida. Last October, Gov. Scott came to the Jewish Academy of Orlando to announce his pro posal of $1 million to provide extra security to Jewish day schools throughout Florida. This $2 million is in addition to that previous provision. Scott summed up his visit with, We need to stand with Israel. Thats step one. Step two is we should not be do ing business with those who are boycotting Israel. Thats wrong. And step three is, weve got to keep these schools safe. In attendance with Scott at OTA were state Reps. Randy Fine of Palm Bay, Bobby Ol szewski of Winter Garden and Mike Miller of Winter Park. Academy last week, he leaned down and asked every child their name. Scott wasnt there just to meet the children, he came with a two-fold purpose. The school was the backdrop for a legislation signing ceremony of HB 545, the scrutinized-companies bill, which prevents companies that boycott Israel from bid ding on local or state govern ment contracts. This bill shows the world that Florida will not do busi ness with those that boycott Israel, Scott explained as he signed the bill with dozens of OTA students gathered around him. This bill sends a message to companies across the world that anti-Semitism has no place in our state or in our country. By signing this bill, we are assuring that Florida will not support those that participate in this intoler ant movement. Scott then announced the $2 million in security funding that will be in the 2018-2019 Every month, RAISE chooses one employee to honor as employee of the month in the RAISE program. This month Ashley Magill was chosen. Magill works at Hillel one day a week helping to set the tables for more than 100 guests for Shabbat dinner. Her job coach, Paula Breeden, doesnt have to do much coaching, as Magill keeps the Hillel welcome table stocked with give aways, replenishes snacks, and takes inventory of the supply closet. [Ashley] has great atten tion to detail and is excellent at keeping our space clean and organized, said Sam Friedman, assistant director of Central Florida Hillel. She always has a smile and a nice thing to say to everyone she seesour students, our staff, and our Hillel Hounds! You have worked hard at Hillel this year and are very deserving of this honor, said Loren London, RAISE director. Ashley was proud to receive this honor and her mother, Dottie, made sure the family celebrated the occasion with a chocolate layer cake and ice cream. We always celebrate won derful events with a big deal dessert, said Dottie. To stay abreast of each months RAISE employee of the month or learn about all the news happening with RAISE, visit their facebook page at www.facebook.com/ RAISEOrlando. Ashley Magill, holding her EOM certificate, is flanked by Rachel Slavkin (l), RAISE director of Education and Em ployment, and Loren London, RAISE founder and director. RAISE employee of the month Pavilion. To commemorate her generous donation of time and resources, The Jewish Pa vilion has named Gerscovich as the official honoree for the 2018 Elayne Burke Wershil Fashion Show. Gerscovich initially became involved with the Jewish Pavilion two years ago. A lunch meeting with Nancy Ludin, CEO of the Jewish Pavilion, led to Gerscovichs participation as a volunteer with the Pavilion. Soon after, she was asked to be a member of the organizations Friends Board, a group that leads the Pavilions multiple annual fundraising events. It was a strategic networking connec tion made by Gerscovich with Carina Gerscovich JP honoree full of enthusiasm By Julie Capps It is often said that enthu siasm can be contagious. It is the enthusiasm exemplified by volunteer Carina Gerscovich that has been contagious, and, likewise, successful with fur thering the work of The Jewish Gerscovich on page 14A
PAGE 2A HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, MARCH 30, 2018 Celebrating Passover with the Jewish Pavilion The observance of Passover has begun at facilities serviced by The Jewish Pavilion. During the next four weeks there are over 29 opportunities to help program directors host a seder table for our elders living in se nior care. Call the main office at The Jewish Pavilion to volunteer. 407-678-9363. Israeli singer Gad Elbaz and American Hasidic rapper Nissim Black in Times Square. singer Gad Elbaz and Ameri can Hasidic rapper Nissim Black. The theme of the historic Shabbaton was Transcend the Tide. The aim of the theme was to empower teens to overcome the challenges of Jewish Identity in public. It is a message that resonated with hundreds of public school students who have made Judaism a priority through their involvement in CTeen. The message especially rang true in light of last months shooting at Marjory Stone man Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. Now is the time to fight hate with powerful, positive deeds. We are bombarded with messages of negativity every day, but if I learned anything this weekend, its that it is up to us to make the world a better place. Stoneman students Marc Susskind, Maverick Reyn olds, Chris Branum, and Phoebe OMara attended the event with their CTeen rabbi, Rabbi Shaya Denburg of Coral Springs, Florida. When the screen lit up with their faces, I felt so emo tional, shared Ethan Pollack of Longwood. CTeens tribute and honor in their memory was the most impactful part of the weekend. The tribute, which was featured at the Closing Ceremony in Pier 12, Orlando well represented at International CTeen Shabbaton CTeens in Times Square. urged the 2,500 participants to take on mitzvot, acts of goodness and kindness, in honor of the lost lives. Its equally humbling and thrilling to know that we gave the teens the unbelievable experience of the Shabbaton, shared Rabbi Yanky Majesky. What the teens experienced this weekend will be memories they will take with them for a lifetime. Metro Orlando was well rep resented at this international Shabbaton with over 30 local teens. Especially exciting for the Orlando group was the fact that Sami Kuperberg from Lake Mary High School was a featured speaker, address ing the entire Shabbaton. Kuperberg spoke about the anti-Semitism she faced in her high school and how she overcame it by strengthening her connection to Judaism, creating a Jewish club at school and arranging a huge school event that was wellattended and well-covered by the media to create awareness on the ills of hatred and to encourage tolerance and ac ceptance. Leading the Orlando groups were Rabbi Yanky Majesky of Longwood, Rabbi Ed and Bracha Leibowitz of Maitland, and Rabbi Nisan and Shaina Zibel of South Orlando. CTeen is open to Jewish teens regardless of affiliation. For more information, please contact your local Chabad. By CTeen International I had a really good time and it was very impactful, shared Lexi Landa, a teen of CTeen North Orlando who was referring to the 10th annual International Shabbaton, or ganized by the Chabad Teen Network. CTeen, the fastest growing and most diverse Jew ish youth organization in the world, hosted a four-day event in New York, which drew in a record breaking 2,500 people. The inspirational weekend included a traditional Shab bat experience in the heart of Crown Heights, the Hasidic neighborhood of Brooklyn; a Torah completion ceremony in Times Square; and the CTeen Choice Awards at Brooklyns Pier 12. The jampacked weekend included guest performances by Israeli Each month, students in Temple Israel and Temple Shir Shaloms collaborative religious school, the Meitin Al liance for Growth and Learn ing, participate in collecting food for the JFS Orlando Pearlman Food Pantry based on a fun theme. The theme for the March collection was birthday party and included cake mix, frosting, sprinkles, and candles. The focus of this collection theme goes along with the MAGAL Mitzvah Day planned for April 8, during which students will assemble Birthday in a Box kits to donate to the Foundation for Foster Children in Winter Park. The kits will include the candles as well as birthday cards that students will make while the cake mix, frosting, and sprinkles will be donated to the Pearlman Food Pantry. Assembly of the kits will take place during the Bagels & Blocks me and my grown-up session that morning so that even the youngest children can participate. This local, student-led service project encourages students to focus on the community in which they live and learn about how they can help other kids in meaningful ways. MAGAL students support local community and Pearlman Pantry Is there a feminine form of the word mensh? What about menschah or menschat? The name which comes to mind is Harriet Moldau. To know Harriet is to know enthusiasm, knowledge, sin cere kindness, deep Jewish traditions and forever willing ness to volunteer and make a difference in the lives of residents in our senior living communities. Harriet has lead Yiddish classes at Brookdale Island Lake for the past several months. Her enthusiasm and expertise has enriched dozens of seniors who attend class each third Thursday. Har riets willingness to help and step into this role is greatly appreciated. Harriet attends many Shabbat programs at various senior living com munities whether to help Todah Rabah to Harriet Moldau lead the prayers, sit amongst the residents or even step in to carry a tune with other lay leaders. Harriet and her husband, David, spend several months in our community each winter. 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HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, MARCH 30, 2018 PAGE 3A By Ron Kampeas WASHINGTON (JTA)An omnibus spending bill ap proved by Congress more than doubles spending for security grants that have been over whelmingly tapped by Jewish institutions. The $1.3 trillion bill ap proved Thursday includes $60 million for the security grants, up from $25 million last year. More than 90 percent of the grants have been used to harden security at Jewish institutions since the non profit security grant program was launched in 2005. Nathan Diament, the Washington director of the Orthodox Union, one of the lead advocates for the grants, said a spike in threats on Jewish institu tions over the last year drove the increase. Accord ing to the Anti-Defamation League, anti-Semitic inci dents in the U.S. in 2017 increased by 43 percent over 2016, not including a spate of bomb threats carried out against Jewish institutions by a Jewish man in Israel. We didnt have to educate members of Congress that the past year has seen an increased set of threats and activity, Diament said in an interview. Of the $60 million, $10 million for the first time will go to areas outside major met ropolitan areas. Diament said that will allow Jewish institu tions outside such designated areas to apply for the funds. He named Monsey, in upstate New York, as an example of an area with a high Jewish concentration that until now has not been able to access the existing program. Also advocating for the security grants over the years were the Jewish Federations of North America and Agudath Israel of North America. The bill also includes $175 million over the next 10 years to improve security at schools, a provision that was acceler ated after the deadly school shooting in Parkland, Florida, last month. The bill will fund training in violence preven tion, police-school coordina tion and crisis intervention, and will be extended to private and parochial schools as well as public schools. JFNA praised the inclu sion in the omnibus bill of $5 million for the Holocaust Survivor Assistance Program, double the amount of previous years. The program partners with Jewish institutions to deliver assistance to elderly Holocaust survivors. There are approximately 100,000 Holocaust survivors living in the United States today, with an estimated 30,000 living in poverty, said William Daroff, the Wash ington director of JFNA, in a statement. By doubling funding levels to $5 million, the program now will be able to provide immediate support to ensure that Holocaust sur vivors are able to live in dignity and comfort for the remainder of their lives. Also wrapped into the omnibus is the Taylor Force Act, which slashes funding to the Palestinians until the Palestinian Authority stops payments to Palestinians killed or arrested during at tacks on Israelis. Taylor Force was an Ameri can who was murdered by a Palestinian terrorist in a stabbing attack in Tel Aviv in 2016. Palestinian officials say that only a small portion of the targeted money goes to violent attackers, and that much of the money serves as a welfare program for Palestinians who are impris oned by Israel, many without charges. U.S. funding for the Pal estinians currently stands at about $260 million a year. None of the money targeted goes directly to the Palestin ian Authority, instead funding programs run by NGOs that assist Palestinians. Spending bill includes big boost for Jewish groups seeking security money By: AP and United with Israel Charging ahead with the dramatic remaking of his White House, President Don ald Trump announced the ouster of National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster, to be replaced by former Ambassa dor to the UN John Bolton, a foreign policy hawk entering a White House facing key deci sions on Iran and North Korea. After weeks of speculation about McMasters future, Trump and the respected three-star general put a positive face on the Thursday departure, making no refer ence to the growing public friction between them. Trump tweeted that McMaster had done an outstanding job and will always remain my friend. The role of national security adviser does not require Sen ate confirmation. The White House has said the president is seeking to put new foreign policy leaders in place ahead of a not-yetscheduled meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jung Un. Another consideration appears to be the upcoming May 12 deadline to recertify the Iran nuclear agreement. Bolton has been a force in Republican foreign policy circles for decades, having served in the administrations of Ronald Reagan, George H.W. Bush and George W. Bush. He has since been a se nior fellow of the conservative American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research, known for his hardline ap proach to North Korea as well as his strong condemnation of the Obama administra tions policies on Iran and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Secretary of State Rex Til lersons exit just over a week ago, to be replaced by CIA director John Pompeo, also forecast trouble for McMaster, who had aligned himself with the embattled secretary of state in seeking to soften some of Trumps most dramatic foreign policy impulses. Trump continues to appoint true friends of Israel Danny Danon, Israels Am bassador to the UN, applauded the choice, saying Bolton has been a true friend of Israel going back many years. Education Minister Naf tali Bennett tweeted, Great appointment of Amb. John Bolton, an extraordinary security expert, experienced diplomat and a stalwart friend of Israel. Good luck John! President Trump contin ues to appoint true friends of Israel to senior positions, and John Bolton is one of the most prominent of them, Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked said Friday morning. Bolton has great experience and original thinking, and I wish him great success in his position. John Bolton Trump picks John Bolton, true friend of Israel, as national security adviser IDF Spokesperson Unit A soldier from the Givati infantry brigade trains in a simulated urban warfare scenario with his canine companion. with a strong emphasis on tall buildings and tunnels; and focusing on the smaller units, at the level of platoons and companies. The drill reflects the new thinking in the IDF. Its these kinds of smaller unitsthe companies and platoons that will ultimately decide the outcome of urban battles against Gazas armed fac tions. As a result, the training of commanders has become a top priority. Commanders of larger units, like battalions, oversee a wider area, said Madar. The platoon com manders are at the operational edge. They will be the ones experiencing friction with the enemy... It is the platoon com mander who will encounter the enemy. The training also made use of the IDFs digital network, which links up commanders to tanks and air-force strike aircraft. I can identify an enemy, press the coordinate on the [digital] map, and it will show up immediately in the tank, said Madar. Our lethality has grown. Use of drones represents a huge change The drill involved new quadcopters that recently entered service in the IDF. The dronescurrently com mercially made, but which will be replaced with military quadcopters in the future have revolutionized the ability of low-ranking commanders to request and receive aerial picture of their battle space. Until today, it was the IDF Spokesperson Unit Givati infantry soldiers get instructions for their urban combat drills. Training for Gaza, where the enemy lurks in tunnels and towers By Yaakov Lappin (JNS)Since Hamas came to power in the Gaza Strip more than a decade ago, it has built, trained, and armed a terroristarmy and guerilla force, and planted it in high-rise build ings, underground bunkers, and tunnels, in the midst of the civilian population. Israel and Hamas have engaged in three large-scale conflicts and numerous smaller-scale flare-ups over the past ten years, and, as the IDF looks ahead to the future, it is preparing new ways for its units to operate in this urban warfare jungle, if the need arises. The Israel Defense Forces recently held a war exercise for its infantry commanders to prepare them for the chal lenges of combat in Gaza. The drill, held by the Gi vati infantry brigade, played out over a number of areas, including the southern city of Ashkelon, where officers simulated fighting in and around tall residential towers. In Gaza, such multistory buildings double up as mili tary bases for Hamass armed wing. The terror group uses them as command posts, lookouts and firing positions for its cells. Such buildings will, in the IDFs assessment, be used as positions by Hamas cells armed with shoulderfired missiles, sniper rifles and additional heavy firepower. The exercise showed the commanders how to operate in such an environment, as well as served to teach them how to train their own soldiers. Concept of the 360-de gree threat In this last drill, we fo cused in a major way on the concept of the 360-degree threat. The fact is that the enemy can appear from above and below, Maj. Guy Madar, a former Givati deputy battalion commander and a key planner of the drill, told JNS. When they enter the com bat arena, they could have [en emy] people under their feet. And they need to look up. The enemy is not nave. It wants to try its own surprises against us, said Madar. Those who will win are those who act with cunning and creativity. It will be those who know how to think differently. Madar added that this exercise is about Gaza. We wanted to achieve four train ing goals: nighttime combat; fighting in armored vehicles; combat in urban closed areas, air force that provided this. Now, the military company provides it, said Madar. This is a huge change. The exercise marks the start of a four-month wartraining period, meaning that the Givati brigade has rotated away from active missions. The first step focuses on show ing commanders how to train others. In the civilian world, it would be like preparing the managers to run their depart ments, said Madar. In addition, the need to train commanders in deal ing with civilian populations during combat is critical, he added. Soldiers in the exercise role-played as civilian families and wounded civilians. The commanders experienced civilians shouting and chaos that the Israeli military will have to face. As Madar explained: It is clear to us that the deeper one maneuvers, the more civilians one will have to deal with. Platoon commander Sec.Lt. Nadav Serlin, who took part in the exercise, told JNS about an unprecedented level of intelligence that command ers now receive about the threats that await them in Gaza. We heard about how the enemy is preparing itself against us... the knowledge of what is going on, on the other side, and hearing spe cific information on what is waiting for us makes us feel much more prepared, he said. We understand that in Gaza, many of the main mul tistory buildings contain a lot of threats, said Serlin. These tall buildings give control of the area. Training on how to cooper ate closely with the armored corps and the air force is key to victory, he added: You have to use all of the additional means [at your disposal] to get over the limitations of the infantry. Knowing how to train our soldiers is the most important thing. There is always room to improve, but this was a significant step up.
PAGE 4A HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, MARCH 30, 2018 Letter from Israel Palestine? Shipley speaks We are all tribal 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 By Jim Shipley Our Torah tells us of a man named Abram who probably lived in what is now Iran. He was head of a small Clanalso identified as a Tribe. The Tribe consisted of a group of loosely connected family members: sons, daughters (of which Abram had none of either at the time), cousins, etc. Our Torah tells us that one day he decided to move the Tribe from the pleasant and fruitful land in which they dwelled to a barren strip of sand over a thousand miles almost due east. But, our Torah tells us God came to Abram in a dream and told him to go and that Abram and his Tribe could have that land. It was a time when a Tribe had familial relations, a strong leader and perhaps some advisersall members of the Tribe. As the Tribe grew, some of them left for other places. Today, thats a lot more common. However, this Tribe survives to this day and we, as Jews, are its members. For centuries, people of a given heritage, a distinct persona, kept together out of a sense of loyalty and common beliefs. It worked as a means of survival in a world without civiliza tion, limited communication. In a Tribe, there was the comfort of people who look like you, think like you, act like you and have the same beliefs. It allowed its members to have an inner peace knowing that those with whom they interacted on a regular basis were like themselves. Times change. As the world grew more civilized and diversified, as travel and com munication became easier, there was no longer a need for tribalism as a means for survival. A certain orthodoxy prevails. In Arab cul tures the symbolism of the Tribe is as active as it was centuries ago. An old Arab saying is: Me against my brother; my brother and I against my cousin; me, my brother and my cousin against you. Well, this worked fine when the Tribes needed these things to survive. This is an interactive world. It was so before the Internet and supersonic jets and all forms of instant communication. My father was raised at the beginning of the last century. He had to fight his way to school from his Jewish neighborhood in Brooklyn through the Ital ian neighborhood and the African-American neighborhood. When Jewish families moved for most of the 20th century, they looked for a Jewish neighborhood with a few shuls within a short distancemaybe a Kosher butcher you could drive to, even in some cases, a Country Club. That custom is disappearing. With the changes in society, with our instant commu nications, with intermarriage and many other diverse reasons, the Tribal society should be pretty much dead. Except its not. We have elected a president who, in his campaign tapped into the strong Tribal feelings still felt in our country. His campaign proved that those ancient feelings are amazingly close to the surface. In a broad sense it means that whatever happens in the world, as long as it is not an imminent threat to the United States, we should not be concerned about it. That we take care of our own. Fine. Until it comes time to define our own. As Jews we have certain internal differences, of course. Theres Orthodox and Conservative and Reform and Reconstructionist and Hasi dism and splits in each of those. BUT: We are all still Jews. There are white Jews and black Jews, brown Jews and multi-colored Jews. There are even Jews who, God forbid, do not believe in the State of Israel. In the case of the philosophy behind the Trump campaignit was to single out the Other as an enemy and our need to take America First. Jews are often accused of Double Loyaltyindicating that Jews tend to show loyalty to America and Israel. On its face this might sound dicey. But as Jews, we do in our kishkas feel an empathy and a love for the ancient homeland where the Third Jewish Commonwealth is about to celebrate its 70th birthday. I never met an American Jew who did not love this nation. I admit I have met a few who disapprove of the way Israel is being governed. My answer to them has always been if you feel that strongly about it, move there, pay taxes there and vote. Of course many Jews voted for President Trump because they believed that the country was on the wrong track and wanted to see a change. They got it. The danger lies again in the Us versus You mentality. It is at the core of Tribal. When the Tribes of the Native Americans made peace with each other, it wasnt that they were abandoning their own Tribal ways. It was that they felt as they all were Native Americans they should respect their differences as well as love their oneness. As Jews we have disagreements. It is built into our DNA. As Jews when we travel and meet another Jew, we always feel like Mishpucha. We still, from time to time, talk about each other as Members of the Tribe. Disagree ments among family, Tribe and others are bound to occur. To remember that we are members of the same Tribe is always important. By Ira Sharkansky Is this another occasion to sit shiva for the idea of a Palestinian state? Or yet another in dication that the idea is well within the realm of dreamland, not to die, but not to achieve anything real? Several events qualify for the label of strate gic, in the sense that they signal abject failure for those wanting a state when they wake in the morning. One was the refusal of Palestin ians to attend a meeting at the White House to discuss what many perceive to be a crisis in Gaza. Another was the effort, apparently by one of the Palestinian factions, to assassinate the prime minister of the Palestine Authority during his formal visit to Gaza. Palestinian absence from the White House meeting was a continuation of their sanctions against the Trump administration, due to his endorsement of Jerusalem as Israels capital. Yet the chutzpah of Palestine is even greater than the chutzpah of Donald Trump. Mahmoud Abbas has gone further by calling the US Ambassador to Israel the son of a dog. In response to the attack on his prime minister, Abbas has cut off (or threatened to cut offits never clear if the Palestinians mean what they say) payments to Gaza. In response, the Hamas leadership has threatened a mass movement against the barriers on the border with Israel, perhaps to mark the 70th anniversary of Israels Independence and the Palestinian Nakba, which will present a chal lenge to Israeli security forces. Is boycotting the White House and insult ing its ambassador an honorable way for the Palestinian leadership to assert its rights, or a comic opera performance by a corrupt little pretend state emptying its waste in the living room of the worlds most powerful country? As Abba Eban is saying from wherever: never missing an opportunity to miss an opportunity. The fact of the meeting in the White House, called on account of a perceived crisis in Gaza, suggests that the issue of Palestine will not leave the worlds stage. There may be a crisis in the more miser able part of Palestine, but its worth looking beyond the politicians and the media. The statistics reveal that Gazas problems are not demonstrably greater than chronic conditions throughout the Third World, and especially right over Gazas border into Africa. Theres a headline on the Internet that Gazas unemployment is the highest in the world, at 44 percent. However, a credible listing shows Djibouti and Senegal as having higher rates. Two important measures of health indicate that Gaza is in better shape than many coun tries Life expectancy for women at 75.9 years and for men at 72.5 put Gaza above 87 countries in the case of women and 95 countries in the case of men. Infant mortality in Gaza is 16.6 per 1,000 live births, which makes it better than 97 countries. No doubt Gaza needs some help, but not more so than most African countries and others of Latin America, Asia, and the Pacific Islands. Alas, international politics does not oper ate by a metric showing who needs the most help. The explanations for the attention paid to Palestine are well known. They begin with the weight in international forums of some 50 countries with Muslim majorities in their populations. Theres also the concern of western countries for the Holy Land, with some overlay of wanting to care for all of its people. And perhaps a bit of anti-Semitism, with humane Christians and insecure Jews taking another swipe against Israel. Both Gaza and the West Bank are small and relatively easy to comprehend by westerners feeling a need to do something. They lack the complexities of Syria, Libya, Iraq, Yemen, Somalia, or Afghanistan. Just as well known are the opportunities that Palestinians have missed for putting them on the roads to statehood and selfsufficiency. The British tried in the 1930s and the UN in the 1940s. The 1967 war produced a declaration by a number of Arab govern ments that thered be no peace with Israel, no recognition of Israel, no negotiations with it. Since then, two of those governments (Egypt and Jordan) have gone against their declaration, and the Palestinians have cre ated institutions claiming to speak directly for themselves. Yassir Arafat said no to a proposal by Ehud Barak supported by Bill Clinton in 2000, Mahmoud Abbas said no to Ehud Olmert in 2008, and Abbas has upped the volume against Donald Trump. Between the 1930s and 1967, the amount of land between the Jordan and the Mediter ranean available to the Palestinians shrank considerably. From 1967 several waves of settlement shrank it further. Analysts claim that Israelis have built too much, and in too many strategic places as to make it possible for a Palestinian state to be viable One can argue the aggressiveness or mod eration of Israeli officials, and whether there is room for a Palestinian state in what is left, or in what Israel would make available. Israeli skeptics have concluded that unless someone gives the Palestinians everything, they wont agree to anything. That seems a realistic assessment of Palestinian strategy, and it has not worked to their advantage. Comments email@example.com. By Andrew Silow-Carroll NEW YORK (JTA)Slate podcaster Mike Pesca has a theory that whenever President Donald Trump says everybody it means al most nobody, and when he says nobody or anybody it means almost everybody. Try it: When Trump said, Nobody knew health care could be so complicatedwell, nearly everybody disagreed. And when he says, Everybody knows there was no collusion, he means, I insist there was no collusion, but am worried that nobody else, including Robert Mueller, agrees with me. That kind of verbal irony has become a way of arguing on social media. A Facebook friend complained recently that two weeks after Louis Farrakhan gave yet another antiSemitic speech, no one really cares. In fact, the Farrakhan speech was widely reported in the mainstream media, from The Wash ington Post to CNN to Fox News to Rolling Stone, especially after a leader of the Womens March attended the Nation of Islam leaders speech and refused to acknowledge his hate or apologize. By waiting too long to release a tepid statement on the incident, march leaders kept the story going another week. So did the right, which used Farrakhans re-emergence into the public spotlight as an opportunity to bash the left. You could say people now care about Far rakhan more than they have in 20 years. I dont mean to pick on my friend; the ev erybody and nobody trope is everywhere these days. In part it is a symptom of news overloadimportant things that demand at tention disappear at the speed of a tweet about some other thing that demands immediate attention. Everybody knows that Trump is adept at changing the subject, and almost nobody knows how to resist the bait. And while the web has democratized news and made it theoretically easier to get a story out to the public, it also means that many more stories and ideas are jockeying for attention. Bill Moyers does an annual survey of Overlooked, Under-Reported and Ignored Stories. Last years list included the growing movement for Medicare for All, U.S. airstrikes against ISIS in Iraq and the impact of Trumps policiesnot his tweets, not his scandalson American society. Last week, on the radio show On The Media, social media monitor Thalia Beaty spoke about how hard it is to get atten tion for the Syrian governments vicious siege of the Damascus suburb of eastern Ghouta. It just doesnt seem that media outlets know how to tell this story of human suffering without a geopolitical angle, she said. But usually when people say that nobody is talking about something, they mean not enough people are talking about a story the way I want them to talk about it. That could mean that The New York Times or CNN hasnt put the story on the front page or at the top of the hour. Or that legislators have sent the issue to the back burner Or that activists are focused on X when they should be focused on Y. Jewish activists and media professionals seemed to do a Freaky Friday switch over the weekend when The New York Times pub lished an essay by one of its editors charging that American Jewish leaders have done too little to call out the troubling anti-Semitism of the past two years. Jonathan Weisman, who was a target of alt-right anti-Semites during the 2016 campaign, has written a book called (((Semitism))): Being Jewish in America in the Age of Trump. In Sundays essay, he claimed the American Jewish Committee, the Jewish Federations of North America and other leading Jewish organizations have been remarkably quiet on the rise of anti-Semitism. His evidence is rather narrow, having to do with the Anti-Defamation League and its condemnation of two popular alt-right figures for spreading anti-Semitic theories. When Ohios Republican state treasurer, Josh Mandel, lashed out at the ADL in defense of the two conspiracy theorists, Weisman wrote, I did not see any organized effort to rally around Nobody is talking about anti-Semitism. Youre kidding, right? Anti-Semitism on page 14A
HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, MARCH 30, 2018 PAGE 5A By Stephen M. Flatow (JNS)The Trump admin istrations conference on the situation in the Gaza Strip this week focused on the need for the Palestinian Authority to take control over Gaza, a White House official told the Israeli newspaper Haaretz. If that report is accurate, it means that the United States still doesnt understand the basic problem in Gazaor how to solve it. The idea that Hamas is the bad guy and the Palestinian Authority is the good guy is a fallacy that began with the signing of the Oslo Ac cords in 1993, and is still the mindset of too many people in Washington. The attempts to distinguish between the moderate P.A. and the extremist Hamas always foundered on the reality that the P.A. regards Hamas as its brother, not its enemy. Brothers may quar rel from time to timethey may get into a scuffle now and then, or even try to kill each otherbut they remain brothers. The P.A. leadership prom ised, as part of Oslo, to disband all terrorist groups, seize their weapons and outlaw themin short, to put them out of business. But here we are, 25 years later, and Hamas still has active ter rorist cells throughout the P.A.-controlled parts of Judea and Samaria. Theres no doubt that the P.A. has the means to eliminate Hamas in the territories; it has one of the largest per-capita security forces in the world. Yet it has never even outlawed Hamas. It has never made a real effort to capture its mem bers or confiscate its weapons. It has not extradited a single Hamas terrorist to Israel, even though the Oslo agreement obligates it to do so. Even The New York Times, a longtime cheerleader for the P.A., has occasionally conceded that Hamas and other terrorists roam free in P.A.-run cities. On March 23, 2014, the Times reported that Israeli troops were forced to enter the Jenin refugee camp in pursuit of terrorists because although Jenin is under the full control of the Palestinian Authority, the Palestinian [security forces] did not generally operate in refugee camps. When the P.A.s newspa pers, television and radio glorify terrorists as martyrs and heroes, they dont talk about only Fatah terrorists. They glorify Hamas murder ers, too. When the P.A. pays salaries to imprisoned terrorists and the families of dead terrorists, they dont give out the pay ments only to Fatah members. They pay Hamas murderers and their families, too. So theres no reason for surprise that the P.A. boycot ted this weeks conference on Gaza in Washington. No matter how hard the State Department crowd wishes it, the P.A. is not going to fight Hamas for control of Gaza. In fact, its not going to fight Hamas at all. The solution to Gazas vari ous ills is not to pump more international money into the region. That has been tried for decades, and it hasnt worked. The solution is regime change. But a change from Hamas to the P.A. even if it were pos sible and even if the P.A. were amenable to that would not represent genuine change. It would mean replacing one corrupt, violent Palestinian dictatorship with another corrupt, violent Palestinian dictatorship. Not every group of people with a grievance deserves, or is ready for, self-rule. Some have too little experience with the culture of democracy to establish and run a free soci ety; the last thing the world needs is more dictatorships. Some are too violent to live in peace with their neighbors; that is the danger Israel faces. For years, advocates of Palestinian statehood urged Israel to grant self-rule to the Arabs in Gaza. They claimed that if the Gazans were al lowed to rule themselves, they would become peaceful neighbors since surely they wouldnt want to risk losing their self-rule. It would be an experiment to see if giving them a fully sovereign state could succeed. Yitzhak Rabin took that risk (my family paid a high price for it) and then Ariel Sharon decided to take that risk. The tens of thousands of rockets fired from Gaza at Israel over the years have dem onstrated that the experiment was an abject failure. Gaza proves that the Palestinian Arabs are not yet ready for self-rule. Neither conferences in Washington nor handouts from the international com munity will change that. Stephen M. Flatow, a vice president of the Religious Zionists of America, is an attorney in New Jersey. He is the father of Alisa Flatow, who was murdered in an Iranian-sponsored Palestin ian terrorist attack in 1995. The Trump administration just doesnt get Gaza By David Sacks Aish Hatorah Resources Lets focus on two qualities that make the biggest messes: anger and jealousy. How do I clean my heart of those? Cleaning the house for Passover is an opportunity to do a tremendous soul cleans ing as well. On a spiritual level, bread products, or chametz, represents our negativity, or our yetzer harahs, those aspects of ourselves that wed love to get rid of. Maybe on a deeper level thats whats so difficult about cleaning for Passover. Doing so requires us to come face to face with our chametz, our shortcom ings. And really... who wants to do that? Aspects of ourselves that weve grown comfortable with suddenly get exposed as the enemy. Muffins? Laziness. Cake? Lust. Cookies? Greed. Well, not exactly, but you get the idea. Cleaning for Passover has two parts. The first comes in the days or weeks leading up to the holiday. Thats the normal part of the cleaning process, and most likely takes place during the daylight hours. But then things get, well... interesting. When the night before Passover arrives (the 14th of Nissan) we turn off the lights, light a candle, and finish off the process of getting rid of our chametz. This is when the inside cleaning begins. The Talmud describes this process in the most interesting way. It says that we do the cleaning by the light of the 14th of Nissan. This is strange since its very clear that we do this cleaning at nighttime! Why then this language by the light of the 14th if its night? Let me try to explain. When Moses walked toward the burning bush to investi gate the wonder he was seeing, God said, Take off your shoes because you are standing on holy ground. The question is, why didnt God tell Moses to take off his shoes before he stepped on the holy ground? Rabbi Mattisyahu Sol omon said because the ground wasnt holy yet. What made it holy was Mo ses wanting to investigate the phenomenon and learn more about God. This then is the light of the night of the 14th. Its more than a candle. Its the light your soul generates by your desire to become better. You can see this is in the Hebrew word for candle, ner. Its spelled with the Hebrew let ters nun raish. Our holy rabbis teach that the nun stands for neshama, and the raish stands for ruach, two parts of our soul. From this we see clearly that the light of the candle is the light of the soul. According to Jewish law, we must use a candle (or today a flashlight is also good) but not a torch. Why? Because if we see too much of our own imperfection well freak out and get depressed. Theres too much to fix! When it comes to this inside cleaning, we take one step at a time. In fact, one of the most amazing customs is that when we do find chametz (remem ber that stands for the evil inclination) we sweep it away with a feather. A feather of all things! Do you see the beauty of this? Our sages are teaching us that when you go into those dark places within yourself, dont forget to be gentle. How do we start? The truth is that cleansing the heart is a lifelong process. But Passover is a time of Di vine favor, and all the gates of heaven are open now. So lets focus on two qualities that make the biggest messes: Anger and jealousy. How do I clean my heart of those? The first step is to acknowl edge the difficulty of the process. Once thats done... now we can begin. Fixing anger begins with under standing that everything comes from God, both the good and the challenging. When I get angry and blame other people for things, I at tribute a power to them that they simply dont have. This is why the Talmud compares anger to idol worship. Big stuff. It doesnt mean that the person who brought the pain into my life is blameless. It just means that they arent the ultimate source. If I want to clean my heart of anger, it begins with my look ing Above, and understanding that there is no power other than God. What about jealousy? How do I clean my heart of that? By knowing that God never runs out of blessings. What ever you need there is plenty more of it in heaven. The more we realize God can do anything, the more we come to understand that the person Im jealous of didnt take my portion. Didnt marry my soul mate. Didnt give birth to my child. When we really believe this, and were secure in the knowledge that there is plenty more available of whatever I need, if God wants it for me, then I can at last take joy in other peoples joyand not feel like their happiness is coming at my expense. If all this seems like a big job, remember the words of one of our greatest teachers, Rabbi Israel Salanter. He said that the loudest sound in the world is the sound of a habit being broken. He also famously said that its easier to learn the entire Talmud than it is to eradicate one bad character trait. Its hard. But so worth it. Because when we fix our hearts, we fix the entire world. David Sacks is an Emmy award-winning writer pro ducer. His weekly podcasts are available at torahonitunes. com. Cleaning our hearts for Passover By Jonathan S. Tobin (JNS)After more than a year of pretending that President Donald Trump was fomenting anti-Semitism, its been a bad month for some on the left. The fact that sup porters of Louis Farrakhan lead the Womens March, the movement organizing protests for the anti-Trump resistance, has proven deeply embarrassing. Responsible liberals and conservatives understand that the only thing to do about hate is to oppose itno mat ter where its advocates fall on the margins of the political spectrum. But the focus on Farrakhan and his apolo gists has unsettled some on the left. The result has been a desperate attempt to either change the circumstances or engage in egregious bouts of whataboutism, in which a bad thing done by someone on the left is countered by reminding us of the sins of others on the right, even if the two examples arent remotely comparable. The latest example of this lamentable practice can be found in the Forward, where editor Jane Eisner has writ ten a column chiding the Jewish world for being silent about the nomination of CIA Director Mike Pompeo to be secretary of state. According to Eisner, the former member of Congress and West Point graduate isnt fit to serve at the State Department because he is an anti-Muslim bigot. Eisner is upset that outside of the Anti-Defamation and J Street, Jewish groups have either been silent about the nomination or are lauding Pompeo for his record of sup port for Israel, opposition to the Iran nuclear deal and close ties to the Jewish community. She thinks its an example of Jews only being able to see hate when it is being directed toward us, but being willfully blind when others are put at risk. If true, that would be a grave sin indeed. But the problem is that her indictment of Pompeo doesnt stand up to scrutiny. Comparing Pompeo to Farrakhan is an egregious smear. The problem with the ar gument starts with the fact that the two figures arent remotely comparable. Farra khan is the leader of a thug gish hate group whose beliefs are rooted in racist theories about white people, as well as Jews. A comparison to him can be easily found in David Duke, though Farrakhan has far more followers and influ ence than the former grand wizard of the Ku Klux Klan. Eisners claim rests on the notion that Pompeo has long worried Muslims because of his stands on Islamist terror. But the Muslims she referenc es are themselves extremists, and the positions he has taken are rooted in common sense about terrorism, not bigotry. The principle source of criticism for Pompeo comes from the Council on Ameri can Islamic Relations (CAIR), which is often treated by some liberals as a civil-rights group. Instead, it was founded by radical Islamists in the 1990s as the political wing of Hamas in the United States and supported fundraising for that terrorist group, as the U.S. Treasurys investigation of its now-closed Holy Land Foundation revealed. CAIR has expanded its reach since then, but it counsels Muslims not to cooperate with federal investigations of terror. Its purpose is to flip the narra tive about Islamists from the ongoing fight against radicals who make war on the West to one about Western oppression of Muslims. While real anti-Muslim bigotry should be condemned, what CAIR and like-minded organizations encourage is to delegitimize anyone who speaks out against the radicals. In that way, they have sought to treat any legitimate inquiryeither on the po litical or scholarly frontinto the spread of radical Islam as a libel against Muslims. The smearing of Mike Pompeo Pompeo on page 14A
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These are some of the comments we receive from readers when they miss an issue of Heritage Florida Jewish News Quote of the Week I am NOT what happened to me, its not my Identity. I am who I choose to be. Sami Steigmann Down 1. Lishana ___ BYerushalayim 2. The middle of Eilat and Holon? 3. Touch device 4. O.K. Corral event 5. Just a bit 6. Judge who anointed Saul 7. Barbras Funny Girl costar Sharif 8. Mth. for Seders, often 9. Eager to proceed, slangily 10. Black-spotted cat 11. Chowder no-no, for the kosher keeper 12. Honey structure 13. Has a prophecy 18. Stringed toys 23. Court official, for short 25. Makes like Scarlett Jo hansson 26. Rugrats dad and The Simpsons disco dude 27. Emulate Mel Torme 28. ___ Mubarak, president of Egypt starting in 1981 29. Daniel Day-Lewis, e.g. 30. Broadcasting live 31. Cracks a smile 32. Made like a cantor 33. Take ___ Train (jazz classic) 37. Karaoke gear, for short 38. Japanese rice wine (var.) 39. Ignore the Keep Out sign 41. Like some Scotch 42. Happen 44. ... falls ___ on the plain 45. Way back when 46. Darth Vader, once 49. Copies digitally 50. Cut, for Spielberg 51. Hearty party 52. Boat bow 54. On a boat 55. Daniel Day-Lewis 56. Retired fast fliers: Abbr. 59. ___ mode 60. Granola morsel See answers on page 14. Across 1. Bank robbery 6. Ivory product 10. Locales with gyms and Torah classes; Abbr. 14. Not omega 15. Guitar plug-ins 16. Vera that soothes 17. Alcoholic drink for the First Plague? 19. The Settlers of Catan, e.g. 20. ___ I (Ditto) 21. Sharers word 22. Challah leftovers? 24. Rent actor Diggs 26. Where the Mets once played 27. Harry Potter treat for the Second Plague? 33. Some lake fish 34. It must be chewed for kosher status 35. Target of #neveragain 36. Kimmel and Corden, e.g. 37. Ararat and Everest, briefly 38. White shirt woe 40. Many many years 41. Its usually taken before chem. 42. Paddling 43. Kid snacks for the Fourth Plague? 47. 12 and 13 are important ones for Jewish youths 48. CBS lead-in to Los Ange les or New Orleans 49. District 52. 2002 NBA Rookie of the Year Gasol 53. ___over 57. Raichel who sings MiMaamakim 58. Coffee brews for the Ninth Plague? 61. Alternative to liquid medicine 62. The Time Machine people 63. Have ___ (Get comfy) 64. Lisa Loebs #1 hit 65. 1961 novel by Elie Wiesel 66. Former Russian rulers Easy puzzle Kosher for Passover by Yoni Glatt firstname.lastname@example.org MORNING AND EVENING MINYANS (Call synagogue to confirm time.) Chabad of South OrlandoMonday Friday, 8 a.m. and 10 minutes before sunset; Saturday, 9:30 a.m.; Sunday, 8:15 a.m., 407-354-3660. Congregation Ahavas YisraelMonday Friday, 7:30 a.m.; Saturday, 9:30 a.m.; Sunday, 9 a.m., 407-644-2500. Congregation Chabad Lubavitch of Greater DaytonaMonday, 8 a.m.; Thursday, 8 a.m., 904672-9300. Congregation Ohev ShalomSunday, 9 a.m., 407-298-4650. GOBOR Community Minyan at Jewish Academy of OrlandoMondayFriday, 7:45 a.m.8:30 a.m. Temple IsraelSunday, 9 a.m., 407-647-3055. FRIDAY, MARCH 30 Erev Passover First seder Ahavas YisraelKabbalat, 30 minutes before sundown SATURDAY, MARCH 31 First day of Passover Second seder Congregation Beth SholomShabbat service 10 a.m. Info 352-326-3692. Celebration Jewish CongregationSecond night of Passover Seder dinner, 5 p.m. at the Arti san Club, 1343 Celebration Ave., Celebration. Tickets: $40, adults; $20 children. Reservations: www.jewishcelebration.org Congregation Beth SholomSecond night Seder, Info, Burt Kraft, 352-513-3517. MONDAY, APRIL 2 Third day of Passover Israeli Folk Dancing7:30-8:15 p.m. instruction, 8:15-10 p.m., requests. Cost: Free for JCC members, $5 nonmembers. Info: 407-645-5933. Congregation Beth AmMommy and Me class with Cantor Nina Fine, 10 a.m.-11:30 a.m. $7 per family; free for CBA members Info: 407-862-3505. TUESDAY, APRIL 3 Fourth day of Passover Jewish Genealogical Society of Greater OrlandoMeeting, 7 p.m., with author Joanie Schirm, at the Holocaust Center in Maitland. Free and open to the public. Info: 407-494-4230 WEDNESDAY, APRIL 4 Fifth day of Passover Temple IsraelLunch & Learn with Rabbi Neely, noon1 p.m. A parashat discussion class. Open to the public, no RSVP needed. Info: 407-647-3055. FRIDAY, APRIL 6 Seventh day of Passover Ahavas YisraelKabbalat, 30 minutes before sundown. Conversing generation to generation The Jewish Pavilions Inter-generational program was at Village on the Green with students from Congregation Ohev Shalom. They all gathered together to discuss Passover at a deeper level. From Moses freeing his people to our freedom today; from the Womens rights then and now; and how the students of today are trying to have their voices heard after the tragedy last month at Stoneman Douglas High School. The student were informed, with something to say and the seniors brought a wealth of experience to a conversation that showed the views of males and females, young and old. Amy Setleis Geboff, third from left) was the narrator.
HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, MARCH 30, 2018 PAGE 7A By Cnaan Liphshiz ENSCHEDE, Netherlands (JTA)For most matzah bak eries, Passover is their lifeline and only claim to financial viability. After the weeklong holi day, during which Jews are commanded to consume matzah to commemorate their ancestors hurried flight out of Egypt, demand for the famously tasteless cracker drops sharply. Except, that is, in the Netherlands. A centuries-old and proud Jewish community here has made matzah a household product that is sold in su permarkets and consumed year-round by millions of nonJews who swear by it as their breakfast bread of choice. Thats one reason why Pieter Heijs, a co-owner of Hollandia Matzes in this east ern city, is probably the only matzah maker in the world who braces for losses, not earnings, during Passover. Almost all the profits of his matzah bakery, the only one in Holland, comes from sales to non-Jews of a prod uct that lacks the kosher for Passover certification. However, for four weeks ahead of Passover, Hollandia also produces kosher-for-Passover matzah, which costs more to make than what we get for it, Heijs said. The factory, which produc es about 40 million matzah crackers annually, also makes small amounts of shmurah matzah, a specialty variant that is even costlier because of its stringent adherence to the kosher rules. To prevent even the hint of leavening, the wheat and flour never come into contact with moisture from the time of the har vesting until the dough is kneaded and the sheets are baked. Still, Heijs remains com mitted to making matzah that is kosher for Passover. Its a matter of tradition, and it means a great deal to me, said Heijs, who is not Jewish. Even if it comes at the expense of our profit margins, we will continue to produce Passover kosher matzah for as long as we can. The losses, however, are dwarfed by the boom in Hol landias sales during Easter, which often coincides with Passover. On the Christian holiday, millions of Dutch buy and eat matzah as part of a nationwide tradition that testifies to centuries of Jew ish influence on the general population. A liberal nation that was home to one of Europes most illustrious Jewish communi ties before its near annihila tion by the Nazis and their collaborators during the Ho locaust, the Netherlands has other examples of interfaith borrowings (take the oliebol, a deep-fried winter snack in Holland that many trace back to the Chanukah doughnut called sufganiyah). Such carryovers were per haps possible in the Nether lands partly because many Protestant Christians here emphasize the Hebrew Bible over the New Testament. But Heijs said its because Dutch Jews were so integrated into the fabric of society. The matzah became a year-round household food in recent decades as supermar kets replaced smaller grocery stores, according to Jonah Freud. He published a book in 2012 about the Dutch Jewish cuisine based on her research for the Jewish Historical Mu seum of Amsterdam. I think it may be connected to how matzah is perceived as healthy, Freud said. Heijs concurs. Many of our clients want matzah because its such a pure product, he said. No additives, no conservatives, highly nutritious. What more can you ask of a health food? In an overture to the health-food crowd, one of the first moves by Heijs and his business partner, Udo Karse meijer, who also is not Jewish, after they bought Hollandia in 2004 was to add an organic matzah product to the lineup. It includes matzahs in two sizes, a whole wheat variety and one with spice herbs. Hollandia now exports products to Scandinavia, Germany and even France, where several matzah baker Cnaan Liphshiz Pieter Heijs showing one of the products of his Hollandia Matzes factory in Enschede, the Netherlands, March 19, 2018. How matzah became a household item for non-Jews in the Netherlands ies compete for a market with 500,000 Jews. Heijs and Karsemeijer bought the Hollandia factory from a Jewish family named Woudstra. The founding family built the factory in Enschede because it had a large Jewish community, and because of the arrival to the eastern Netherlands of thousands of Jews who fled the Nazis in nearby Germany. When the Nazis invaded in 1940, the Woudstras went into hiding and the Nazis closed down Hollandia. Before the invasion, the Netherlands had several matzah bakeries, according to the Dutch Bakers Museum. Among the best known and oldest was the De Haan bak ery in the picturesque fish ing village of Marken, north of Amsterdam. It operated only ahead of Passover, and after the baking of the last matzah each year, De Haan employees would march to music through the village dressed in white sheets and ceremoniously extinguish the ovens. One of the production line machines inside Hollandia, a state-of-the-art factory with 18 employees who work year-round inside a threestory building, dates back to 1924. Inside the room where it now operates, the local Jew ish community briefly ran a Jewish school for the children who were expelled from the general education system under the Nazis. The factory reopened after World War II, during which the Germans killed 75 percent of the prewar Dutch Jewish population of 100,000. The community never replenished its numbers. By then, however, matzahs had developed a non-Jewish following. The eye-catching and in Matzah on page 15A
PAGE 8A HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, MARCH 30, 2018 By Marilyn Shapiro Browsing recently at a Denver airport store on my way home to Orlando, I was greeted by the clerk. Exchang ing pleasantries, I asked him how his day was going. Counting the hours, maam. Just counting the hours. It cant be that bad, I replied. I am working a 15-hour shift in a newspaper stand in an airport, he said. And this with a college degree. As I said, Just counting the hours. Okay, so this young man was not living his dream. But all I could think of is that the clerk appeared to be the same age as a friend of mine who became a quadriplegic as a result of a freak accident 20 years earlier. Be grateful for what you have, I wanted to say to this total stranger. Dont count the hours; count your bless ings. On Passover, we Jews cel ebrate the physical and spiri tual redemption from slavery. Each year, we sing Dayanu, a song that lists the steps leading to our freedom. In it, we are reminded of our needour responsibilityto be grateful for all G-d has given to us. Yes, it is sometimes difficult to be grateful. College degrees sometimes lead to menial job. Cars break down; toilet over flow; a bite into a hard candy results in a $3,000 dental bill. But as a dear friend said to me after I complained about a costly home repair, these are all First World problems. In addition, in our highly commercial, secular world, it is sometimes difficult to be happy with just enough. We are bombarded with advertise ments promising us happiness if we only purchase a new car, a new home, even a new brand of soap. We are exposed to all this noise on television, on billboards, on ever-targeted ads on the Internet between our Facebook posts. I am sure the Jews who escaped Egyptian slavery complained. Some of the kvetching is recorded in the Torah, but I can only imagine the grumblings that were not written down. Manna that tastes like coconut cream pie again? For one night, cant it taste like my mothers mat zoh ball soup? Or Who put Moses in charge? Weve been wandering this desert for 40 years. The man cant find his way out of a paper bag! I was the child of parents who were on different ends of the cup half full/cup half empty continuum. I struggled as to whether my fathers rose-colored view of the world was a better way to go than my mothers practi cal but less than optimistic outlook. Whereas my father was content with his life, my mother often compared her self and our lives to others, and she saw the grass as greener in the others yard. Comparison is the thief of joy, said Theodore Roosevelt. And also, in my eyes, the thief of gratitude. When looking for property in Florida, Larry and I made the conscious decision to downsize. We chose a smaller home that, in line with most houses in the Sunshine State, had no basement and a fairly inaccessible, extremely hot attic. We purchased the home with all its furnishings in a community with a home owners association that took care of our lawn and shrub bery. As a result, we were able to divest ourselves of much of our belongings and start over. Once we unpackedand gave another load of unneeded items to a local charitywe assured ourselves that we were never going back to having so much. Despite my best intentions, however, I began to fall into my old habit of acquiring more than we needed. The search for that one last item to complete our new home a new outdoor seating set, a water softener, updated light ing fixtures was taking me away from where I wanted to be: grateful for what I had. One day, while at a salon getting my hair cut, I saw a poster with the following af firmation: Gratitude turns what we have into enough. And somehow that quote from Melody Beattie was the kick in the pants I needed. Researching studies in positive psychology, I learned that those who are habitually grateful are significantly hap pierand even healthier than those who are not. One recommended method to enhance these feelings is by maintaining a gratitude diary in which one records, on a regular basis, three to five things for which one is grateful. Using a beautiful floralcovered journal a dear friend had given me as a going away gift, I started counting my blessings each night before I went to bed. Some entries were major milestones: I saw my granddaughter crawl for the first time! Other days reflections were more mun dane: Larry and I laughed our way through a great Big Bang Theory episode. No matter what the magnitude, I was ending my day focusing on the positive. In the process, I have turned the focus from how many material possessions I have to how much goodness I have in my life. Collect moments, not things, says a Hindu expression. The journal gives me the opportunity to capture those moments: savoring an Upstate New York apple, reading a book to my granddaughter, sitting on our lanai and viewing the wildlife in our pond, appreciating one more day of good health. If the only prayer you said in your whole life was thank you, wrote Meister Eckhart, that would suffice. Or, in the words of the Passover seder, Dayanu! Chag Samaech! Happy Passover! Marilyn Shapiro lives in Kissimmee. She writes regu larly for the Jewish World in Schenectady, and published her book There Goes My Heart, which is available on Amazon. You may also follow her on her blog, theregoesmy heart.me. Dayanu! That would suffice Holocaust survivor Sami Steigmann with UCF student and CAMERA fellow, Jake Suster. By Jake Suster The Jewish Community at UCF hosted a one-of-a-kind event on campus on Feb. 22. Sami Steigmann, a Holocaust survivor and motivational speaker addressed a gathering of over 50 people. The audience was brought together with the help of CAMERA on Campus, ZOA, UCF Hillel, JewCF Chabad, UCF Greek Chapters AEPi, and AEPhi, and the hosts of the event, Knights for Israel. At the age of 3, Steigmann and his family were sent to a hard labor camp. Because he was so young, his only value was as an experimental guinea pig. Steigmanns talk focused on how his struggles shaped him to be the man he is today, and his connection to Zionism. He gave students a rare opportunity to meet a survivor of a genocide that decimated over one-third of world Jewry. His talk, however, became so much more. Steigmann addressed the crowd as a man whose life story has given him the moral compass and outlook that could positively affect young people across the country. After the Holocaust, due to Romanian anti-Semitism, Steigmann and his parents faced many obstacles that prevented their Aliyah (im migration to Israel). Ironi cally, rather than kick the Jews out of Romania, they refused to allow them to move to Israel. Steigmann and his family were unable to escape to Israel until 1961. It was easy for Steigmann (as a Holocaust survivor) to ap preciate the Jewish Peoples right to self-determination as he immediately felt a con nection to Zionism. He even voluntarily joined the IDFs Air Force. He lived in Israel for seven years until deciding to move to the US in 1968. While he didnt live there for long, it was clear in his talk that his connection to Zionism has only increased throughout the years. Steigmann referenced three important moments that morphed him into the man he is today. He taught himself to give up hateful feelings; he hit rock bot tom when he fell victim to homelessness in Manhattan; and last, was overcome with joy with the birth of his son. After surviving Nazi medical experimentation, Steigmann lives his day-to-day life while in great pain, and still re quires multiple operations on a yearly basis. His hate toward the Nazis who did this to him is warranted, and yet its non-existent. Seventy-five years after his liberation, Steigmann has not sought out justice for his suffering and to this day has no idea how he was experimented on. Steigmanns motto is I am NOT what happened to me, its not my identity. I am who I choose to be. His proverb spoke volumes to the students who were present. The Jewish peoples popu lation has increase by only three million in 2500 years, as they survived genocide after genocide, as well as a history of being victims of persecution. While we are all familiar with the history of the Jewish people, we have not al lowed ourselves to accept this piece of the narrative as if it were our entire identity. We are no longer the rest of the worlds prey. Just look at Israel, the homeland of the Jewish People as a point of reference. In Israels short history, they have had to defend themselves in eight wars, including one war that saw the Jewish people reclaim their eternal capital, Jerusalem. To this day, there isnt a single state that priori tizes its security more than Israel. Steigmanns and the state of Israels ideology of perseverance are one and the same. The people of Israel have also emulated Steigmanns doctrine on never holding on to hate. Even after our history as being at odds with the Syrian people, Israeli medical personnel have gone out of their way to ensure that refugees and survivors receive emergency medical care and more during Syrias ongoing civil war. Steigmanns story has given many people a new outlook on life, as we learn to appreciate what we have, rather than take life for granted. His story gives us a new found respect for the Jewish State as a safe haven The Jewish people are not what happened to them from anti-Semitism. During his talk, the country of Poland passed a law that denied their involvement in the Holocaust, and with that, they denied history. We, the Jewish people, recognize our history, while at the same time, we dont allow that history to define us as we learn from it. Jake Suster is a CAMERA Fellow as well as a business major in his third year at the University of Central Florida. Emily Rotenberg posing in the cancan dancer stand. The Orlando Chapter of Hadassah recently held the Bunny Rosen Womens Heart Health Fashion Show Lun cheon at the Alfond Inn in Winter Park. This years event was a fundraising triumph, amassing record funds in sup port of Hadassahs Womens Heart Health Initiative Every Beat Counts. The funds from this lun cheon promote heart health awareness, training and in formation to women in the greater Orlando area as well as for research to unravel the mysteries of heart dis ease through the Hadassah Medical Organization in Jerusalem. Currently, physicians at HMOs Heart Institute are researching ways to use spe cialized stem cells to replace cells lost to heart attacks or disease. A technique is under investigation that would en able a patients own cells to repair the heart, as opposed to transplanting foreign cells from outside the body. The hope is to induce parts of the heart to regenerate and limit the damage done by heart attacks. In the not so distant future, Hadassah doctors hope to take a CT or MRI picture of a persons heart valve, model the image with a 3D printer, and then build a personalized new valve to implant in an individuals heart. This work is preliminary but it may be the next frontier in personal ized medicine as it relates to cardiology. These are but a few of the concepts Hadassah researchers are working on to improve heart health in the U.S. and abroad. The members of the Or lando Chapter have contrib uted their time and funds to support these extraordinary medical projects as well to promote heart disease aware ness among area women. An afternoon in Paris fashion show was presented by Evelyn and Arthur Boutique and manager Kari Frazee. The models were Debbie Bellinkoff, Ellie Halperin, Sheida Jahanie, Roslyn Lev enthal Melissa Masin, Emily Rotenberg, Andrea Silverman, Marj Smith, Susie Stone, and Susan Witt. Hadassah thanks all of the guests who joined in An afternoon in Paris, and helped make this fashion show luncheon one of the most successful. Gratitude and apprecia tion goes to the Orlando Chapters principal sponsor Rita Weissmann for her ad vice and support whenever An afternoon in Paris with The Orlando Chapter of Hadassah called upon; the gold, silver and bronze sponsors as well as all of the business-related benefactors for their back ing; Emily Rotenberg for her assistance throughout the planning and implementation of the event; Paula Roth for her help with the centerpieces and for photographing many of the lovely cancan dancers; Shelley Caran for wonderful professional photographs; Cheryl Perlmutter for keep ing everyone informed and up to date with e-blasts and news alerts; Roslyn Leventhal, who stepped in with solutions whenever needed; Marcia Wasserman for coordinating the event and designing the programs, place cards, and centerpieces; Nancy Green field for handling the arduous task of taking reservations, Hadassah on page 15A
HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, MARCH 30, 2018 PAGE 9A And what better way to remember a beautiful woman, than by recognizing another. We are proud to honor Carina Gersovich for her fine work with The Jewish Pavilion! For further information, contact the Jewish Pavilion at 407-678-9363. The Roth Family JCC... Attention Jewish Academy: There will be a School Out Day on Friday, March 30th (today) from 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Bring your children, grades K-5 to the JCC for a day of games, sports and more. Also... Spring Break Camp JAO from Monday, April 2 through Friday, April 6th. School will be closed but the JCC will be open. There will be art, sports, science, field trips and more! Contact ROBBY ETZKIN, executive director, at 407645-5933 for further infor mation. (Sounds like fun! How about including senior citi zens? Not that I am one!) All that jazz... On Friday, April 6th, musicians TERRY MYERS and JOHN ORSINI will perform at Blue Bamboo Center for the Arts, 1905 Kentucky Avenue in Winter Park, beginning at 7:30 p.m. (Two fabulous musicians. You cant go wrong!) JCC 39ers Cinema Sundays... On Sunday,April 8th in the Senior Lounge, the movie Wonder Woman starring Israeli actress, GAL GADOT will be shown, beginning at 2 p.m. One for the road... Rabbi Levy is addressing the Enlighten Your Daughter meeting of the synagogue womens guild. Ladies, he says, Im sure some of you know by now that the unfortunate Jonathan Bloom has been sent to prison for making love to his wife Sadies dead body. A number of Oy Vays are heard from the ladies present. You might also be interested to know, the rabbi goes on to say, that I spoke to Jonathan yesterday and I now firmly believe that his actions were entirely innocent and accidental. So although we are all feeling sorry for Jonathan, there is a lesson to be learned. Ladies, go back home to your daughters and tell them that when making love with a good Jewish hus band, they should please make a little wiggle. can be purchased at the following locations: Scene Around Scene Around By Gloria YoushaCall 407-657-9405 or email@example.com ORANGE COUNTY JCC 851 N. Maitland Ave., Maitland JCC South 11184 South Apopka-Vineland Rd., Orlando Kinneret 515 South Delaney Ave., Orlando SOJC 11200 S. Apopka Vineland Rd., Orlando Browns New York Deli 156 Lake Ave., Maitland Most Publix Supermarkets All Winn Dixie Supermarkets SEMINOLE COUNTY Heritage News 207 OBrien Rd., Fern Park Barnes and Noble Booksellers 451 E. Altamonte Dr. Suite 2317, Altamonte Springs & 1260 Oviedo Marketplace Blvd., Oviedo Bagel King 1472 Semoran Blvd., Casselberry Kosher Kats 744 W. 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I read this in the World Jewish Congress digest and pass it along to you in part: As reported by the Jewish Telegraphic Agency, The Holo caust Museum of Buenos Aires, Argentina, recently welcomed a record 17,727 visitors in one night, and then closed for a year and a half to undergo renovations. Two days after setting its attendance record, the 17-year-old museum announced it will close for a $4 million building project that will add space for a permanent exhibit on Adolf Eichmanns life in Argentina after World War II. Also, a permanent exhibit will feature a trove of Nazi-era objects objects uncovered in June by the Argentine Federal Police and turned over to the museum for display. The objects include a bust relief of Adolf Hitler, medical devices marked with swastikas used to measure head and body size, Nazi puzzles for children, a magnifying glass attached to a photo of Hitler using that magnifying glass, and knives, among other objects. (Im feeling sick just writing about it.) Holocaust Museum President MARCELO MINDLIN noted that hosting this collection is a great responsibility. We will prepare our site to receive this contribution. There will be a lot of fanatics that will want to enter, there will be people trying to steal the objects,,he said, noting that huge security issues must be worked out. (Fanatics? Does he mean Nazi sympathizers?) Remembering Jewish history... Feb. 10, 1950, was the birthday of Jewish American swimmer and 11-time Olympic medalist, MARK SPITZ. shield of protection around Spitz, fearful that the terrorists might also strike at him. (I remember this on the news. Will anti-Semitism ever end? Actually, it seems to be coming back!) Jewish Pavilion fashion... How do you memorialize a woman of grace, style, accom plishment, family, and love? With an amazing fashion show to benefit one of her favorite charities, of course! Thats how the flyer introducing the upcoming Jewish Pavilion fashion show begins. The Jewish Pavilion is so happy to help honor the memory of Elayne Burke Wershil at their annual fashion show at Blooming dales. This years fashion show will be held on Thursday, April 12th at 10:45 a.m. It takes place at Bloomingdales Orlando (the Mall at Millenia, Sutton Fashions-level 2) Please join the Jewish Pavilion in honoring CARINA GER SCOVICH. Robby Etzkin Mark Spitz Gloria Newberger (l) and Elayne Burke Wershil. Carina Gersovich (l) and her mom, Katherine. Mark Spitz won a then-world record-setting seven gold medals at the 1972 summer Olympic Games in Munich, Germany, where terrorists murdered 11 Israeli athletes. Spitz was stunned, saddened and deeply angered by the loss of the Israeli athletes. American security guards quickly formed a
PAGE 10A HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, MARCH 30, 2018 (JTA)The American toy company that created the Barbie doll announced a new doll honoring Iris Apfel, the 96-year-old Jewish fashion guru. The Apfel doll wears the same green Gucci suit and jewels that the real-life Apfel wears on the cover of her lat est book, Accidental Icon, the New York Post reported Thursday. Her long-spanning career makes her the perfect subject of a one-of-a-kind doll, the highest honor Barbie be stows, a Mattel representative told the Post in a statement. The new Apfel Barbie will not be available for sale. Apfel, a New York-born fashion journalist and illus trator turned designer, won the Women Together Special Award in 2016. In 2005, the Costume Institute at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York premiered an exhibition about Apfels style titled Rara Avis. Since 2014, she has been the subject of two internationally distributed documentaries: Iris by Albert Maysles and Iris Apfel doll beside a Barbie doll, complete with Iriss signature glasses. Fashion guru Iris Apfel, 96, immortalized as Barbie doll If Youre Not In the Obit, Eat Breakfast. Last week, to celebrate International Womens Day, Mattel released a Sheroes collection featuring more than 15 one-of-a-kind doll versions of inspiring women, including Olympic gold med alist Chloe Kim, ballerina Misty Copeland and artist Frida Kahlo. we didnt know what day it was, so we had no aware ness of holidays, she says 74 years later. With her sister and mother, she survived a death march at wars end with little food or water, and rags around their feet instead of shoes. But four years later, at 19, she found herself in Israel experiencing Passoverand freedomin ways she never dreamed possible. Passover we spent at my sisters kibbutz near Hadera, says Geva, now 87. It was very emotional, very uplifting, with 400 people together at the seder. I couldnt believe I was so lucky to be alive and to be in Israel. Now living near Washing ton, D.C., Geva has volun teered at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum for 16 years. I tell the students what I tell my children and grand childrenthat there is noth ing I appreciate more than freedom, she says. We Jews have lost it so many times that we have such a love of freedom. When the Nazis came, we were not free anymore; we were forced to wear the yellow star, live in the ghetto, do what we were told. So sure was she that she would die a prisoner that she could not even imagine freedom. Geva says she kept her story private until she heard about Holocaust-deniers. So now, I tell my story to as many people as I can. I show them the numbers on my arm. Im just grateful I can still do it. Thank you for bringing us here Refuseniks like Marina Kitrossky know the value of freedom, too. From the time she and her husband, Levi, applied for a visa to leave the Soviet Union for Israel in 1979, doors began to slam From generation to generation, Jews celebrate the gift of freedom at Passover time Marina Kitrossky The Kitrossky family arriving in Israel in the 1980s. shut all around them as they were banned from jobs and university, with the only work her chemist husband could find in a factory producing known toxins. A seder? If you had one, you better not let anyone know. The phones were tapped, so we needed to be very careful, she says. It took eight years for those doors to swing open with Perestroika. When we got to Israel with our three children, we were so happy to be able to celebrate openly, to not be afraid anymore of what our 5-year-old might say in public, recalls Kitrossky. These days the 60-year-old runs Machanaim (Hebrew for two camps), a Jerusalemarea Jewish-education center for Russian-speakers. Living in Israel, its strange to recall what it was like in the Soviet Union; everything Jewish was so clandestine, she says. It took us a year to get used to being openly Jewish. Kitrosskys children (now seven in all) wrote her a song for their mothers 60th birth day. The refrain? Thank you for bringing us here. And even in these times of relative peace, the story of liberation continues to resonate powerfully with Jews everywhere, insists Sarah Bassin, associate rabbi of Temple Emanuel of Beverly Hills, Calif. We can learn the lesson of the Israelites who, before they could be freed, had to acknowledge their situation and cry out to G-d to save them, she says. We all need to see ourselves in the Pass over storyour eternal nar rative of coming out of Egypt, Mitzrayim, a narrow place. Its often compared to coming out of the birth canal, she adds, and on the other side is freedom and life. By Deborah Fineblum (JNS)Passover is called the holiday of freedom for good reason. Every year for the last 3,000 or so years wherever we are and in whatever form of bondage we find ourselveswe manage to celebrate our liberation after 210 years of serving Pharaoh, complete with the horror of watching our infant sons thrown into the Nile. Passover, or Pesach in Hebrew, runs this year from tonight through Saturday, April 7 (after Shabbat). It is, after all, the Jewish holiday most redolent of freedom. In the space of a single seder night, we climb from the lowest of the lowthe deg radation of Egyptian enslave mentto the highest of the high, as no less a power than G-d partners with surviving infant son Moses to save the Israelites. And ever since then, gen eration after generation, the Jewish people have placed a high premium on freedom. Exactly how high? In December, hundreds of well-wishers danced in the streets, both outside the jail and in front of his home in Monsey, N.Y. when Sholom Mordechai Rubashkin chief executive officer of the Agriprocessors kosher-meat slaughterhouse and packing plant in Postville, Iowawas released after eight years of incarceration of an original 27-year sentence for fraud. Though not a pardon (Rubashkins conviction stands, along with a super vised release and restitution requirement), the freedom from imprisonment was enough to get Jews on their feet, says Rabbi Yom Tov Glaser, who teaches at Aish HaTorah in Jerusalem. The same week Rubashkin was released, another prisoner (who wasnt Jewish) was freed after serving 32 years for a crime he never commit 205 North Street Longwood, FL 32750 www.elegantprinting.net Bring in this ad and receive 18% DiscountInvitations & AnnouncementsBrochures & Booklets Forms & Letterheads Business Cards C ustom Pri nting Direct Mail Services Envelopes 407-767-7110 ted, according to the rabbi. Who came to get him? His lawyer and his mother. Who came to the jail to celebrate with Rubashkin? Hundreds of strangers dancing in the street. This is how we greet another Jews freedom. Jews also partied exuber antly in 2011 at the release of Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit, who had been imprisoned for five years by the terror orga nization Hamas. Shalit, the first IDF soldier to be released alive in 26 years, was the subject of an intense campaign, with his parents sitting on a busy Jerusalem thoroughfare day after day advocating for their sons release. The exchange raised questions, as well as celebra tions: Shalit was traded for 1,027 convicted terrorists, responsible for the deaths of 569 Israelisthe highest price Israel has ever paid for a single soldier. And there was jubilation aplenty at the 2015 freeing of Jonathan Pollard (also not complete; he remains under modified house arrest) after 30 years of a life sentence for spying for Israel. So lucky to be alive Although their numbers drop daily, Holocaust survi vors can still testify to the sweet taste of freedom. Agi Geva was 14 when the Nazis invaded her native Hungary and sent her to Auschwitz. In the camps, Holocaust survivor Agi Geva shows her number tattoo from Auschwitz.
HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, MARCH 30, 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 THERESA FRANKEL BERNSTEIN Theresa Frankel Bernstein, age 70, passed away on Tuesday, March 20, 2018, at Florida HospitalWaterman. Mrs. Bernstein, was born in New York City, on Sept. 26, 1947, a daughter of the late Jack and Lucy Ashkenzi Frankel. She earned her masters degree and worked as an educator for the New York Public School System prior to her retirement. Funeral services were held at New Montefiore Cemetery in West Babylon, New York. Arrangements entrusted to Beth Shalom Memorial Cha pel, 640 Lee Road, Orlando 32810. 407-599-1180. CHARLOTTE FRIEDMAN NATHAN Charlotte F. Nathan, age 99, of Winter Park, passed away on Monday, March 19, 2018, at her residence in Westminster TowersWinter Park. Mrs. Nathan was born in Bridgeport, Connecticut, on Aug. 17, 1918, the second daughter of four children born to the late Frank and Pauline Lipscher Friedman. In New York, she met and on June 14, 1949, married, Murray Nathan, the man who would be her lifes partner for 69 years. Charlotte was a high school graduate and worked for many years as the office manager in her late husbands medical practice. Relocating to the Orlando area in 2009, they moved to Westminster Towers-Winter Park. Dr. Nathan passed away in November 2013. Mrs. Nathan is survived by her childrenFranklin (Linda) Nathan of Tampa, Harold Nathan of Seattle, Gary (Debbie) Nathan of Atlanta and Sara (Dr. Louis) Stern of Maitland. She was the proud grandmother of Harrison, Laura, Anna, David and Melissa and great-grand mother of Abby, Shelby, Asher, Miles, Ethan and Benjamin. Additionally, she is survived by her older sister, Esther Opotzner of Connecticut and was predeceased by her brothers, Alfred Friedman and Bernard Friedman. A funeral service was held at the Pavilion at Ohev Shalom Cemetery with Rabbi David Kay, Rabbi Aaron Rubinger and Cantor Allan Robuck of ficiating. Interment followed in the congregation cemetery. In memory of Charlotte F. Nathan, the family requests contributions to the Congre gation Ohev Shalom Capital Campaign, 613 Concourse Parkway South, Maitland 32751. Arrangements entrusted to Beth Shalom Memorial Cha pel, 640 Lee Road, Orlando 32810. 407-599-1180. Children from the Dekalim Elementary School in The Valley of the Springs, Israel, spoke with select members of the recent volunteer program to Beit Shean. Shown mixed in with the children are teaching volunteers (l-r), Joyce Hoffer, Harriet Friedman, Frank Buchwald, Jane Edelstein and Joan Shall. By Jane Edelstein When an Iranian drone was shot down in a field this past February, news focused on the ensuing Israeli plane shot down in Syria, and on the long-term implications for the United States involve ment in Syria. But what of the Israelis who heard the drone fall almost literally in their backyard? What of the thousands of Israelis who were awakened at 4 a.m. just after Shabbat, in a panic about the siren that was going off? I awoke, dressed in my uniform, and comforted my neighbor next door, who was outside crying, noted Efi Mazor, a captain in the reserve unit of the Israel Defense Forces. Many people here thought (missiles) might be coming, because there was (no hint) of anything before. Indeed, here is Beit Shean, a small city of just 17,000 people, located in the north of Israel at the junc tion of the Jordan and Jezreel Valleys. The drone was shot down a few kilometers north of the city. Israelis recall drone strike in our backyard Captain Eli Mazor on kibbutzim attributed it to more mundane factors. We (adults in the kibbutz) heard the siren and thought it was the usuala wild pig setting off an alarm, Tammy Steiger, another English teacher, said. We absolutely feel secure where we live. Children at the school said they were afraid when they were awakened, but were not panicked. In bro ken English, they recalled their feelings: We heard the helicopter; I wanted to be brave because I saw my mother (crying), said one girl. A second girl said, My family talks about this kind of thing, so I am OK. A boy, with perhaps the best response of all, I slept through the whole thing. Not sorry I missed (it.) A second boy noted that the next morning he wanted to bicycle over to the drone crash site and see the debris. It was way too late. The local authorities had cordoned off the area immediately. Jane Edelstein recently returned from an almost 2-month stay in Israel. Although the adults were reportedly somewhat pan icked, some children seemed to take it more in stride. The kids were not freaked outtheyve lived with (bomb shelter) drills and the sound of helicopters overhead their whole lives, said Genoa Taylor, the head English teacher at Dekalim Elemen tary School in the Valley of the Springs (a more rural community located next to Beit Shean.) And some adults
PAGE 12A HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, MARCH 30, 2018 Susan Sermoneta/Flickr Homemade Haggadah. By Julie Wiener (MyJewishLearning via JTA)Making your own Haggadah is not just a money saver, but also a great way to educate yourself about the Passover seder, add a unique twist to the festive meal and have a more meaningful and satisfying holiday. For generations, enterpris ing seder leaders have been sticking Post-It notes in their favorite parts of existing Hag gadahs, adding in photocopied readings, or even cutting and pasting from multiple Hag gadahs and combining it all in a loose-leaf binder. The Internet makes the project of creating a person alized Haggadah infinitely easierand tidier, even if your tech and graphic design skills are minimal. Plus, you can do it with a clean conscience: Whereas the old-fashioned technique of photocopying pages from copyrighted, published Haggadahs is tech nically illegal, the websites we list below provide only material that is in the public domain. While a seemingly infinite trove of Passover-related blessings, readings, songs and images are available online, dont forget (if you are so inclined) that you can also incorporate your own (or your guests) writing, art and family photographs into the finished product. Many DIY Haggadahs are copied and stapled, but you can make yours more durable (and spilled wine resistant) by laminating each page or put ting them in a photo album, loose-leaf binder with plastic sleeves or art portfolio. Or, if you are reasonably tech-savvy and want to go paperlessand your guests are OK with using electronics on Passover (when traditional prohibitions similar to the Shabbat rules apply), keep the whole text digital. You can email a PDF, PowerPoint or other document to your guests to download on their mobile devices, or even create a password-protected website. We cant promise no one will spill wine on your iPad, however. Below are some resources for DIYers. Haggadot.com Haggadot.com is the most comprehensive and userfriendly resource for Hag gadah makersand its free. After registering, you can choose from a constantly growing library of readings and images. The site guides you through the process with templates and an outline of all the steps/sections of the seder. You can search by section, theme (i.e. social justice, history, family and education, different denomi nations/streams of Judaism) and media type (text, video, image). In addition to let ting you search by themes (including family/kids) the site also provides templates with recommendations for family-friendly and other specific needs/themes. You can invite friends, or even all the seder guests, to log in and participate in the Haggadah-making. When youre done, you print it out as a PDF file and photocopy, or download to your guests mobile devices. DipTwice DipTwice is not free, but it will print out a bound, officiallooking book in hardcover or paperback, as opposed to something you need to staple and bind yourself. The site provides a template featur ing standard Hebrew and English text (including trans lations and transliterations). You choose design and layout, and add your own images and other materials, or select from DipTwices library. PunkTorah.org Go to Make Your Own Haggadah for Kids and print out this free (suggested do nation of $10) downloadable PDF and have your children fill in the spaces and blanks How to make your own Passover Haggadah with words and pictures. While this somewhat irrever ent Haggadah was originally designed for use in Hebrew schools, it is self-explanatory and can be used anywhere. Highlights include The story of Passover: in comic book form with panels where kids can put their own il lustrations/comic; activities like puzzles and lyrics to original songs like Take Me Out of Mitzrayim (sung to the tune of Take Me Out to the Ballgame) and Passover Things (to the tune of My Favorite Things). (Mitz rayim is Hebrew for Egypt.) Sefaria.org Sefaria, a growing online li brary with many major Jewish texts in Hebrew and English, offers everything from full Haggadahs to supplemental readings to sources/additional commentary. Not only can you print out these texts or cut and paste them into your Haggadah, but you can also embed them onto another website or digital document. Each selection is hyperlinked to the full text from which it was excerpted. Looking for something a little simpler? You can down load the Haggadah text in English as a Microsoft Word document at LivelySeders. com and add to it (or cut) as you see fit. You also can download an array of Haggadah sections and readings free on Jewish Freeware.org. Julie Wiener is managing editor of MyJewishLearning. Debra Nussbaum Cohen Nachliel Selavan wants to give his tours at museums around the world. By Debra Nussbaum Cohen NEW YORK (JTA)I have roamed the Metropolitan Mu seum of Arts Egyptian wing many times, marveling at sarcophagi, statues of Horus and Ra, and portraits of young men on ancient panels who gaze back at visitors, looking shockingly familiar and con temporary. But on a Sunday just before Passover, I viewed the artifacts as Id never before seen them: through the lens of the Exodus story, which we retell each year through reading the Haggadah. Nachliel Selavan, a Jewish educator and self-taught mu seum guide whose specialty is looking at Jewish texts and history through ancient artifacts, guided a group of about 20 through the Egypt section, pausing at statues, carvings and the Book of the Dead scroll. Before setting off he distributed source sheets with canonical Jewish texts in Hebrew and English. For more than two hours Selavan connected items and ideas mentioned in the texts with the artifacts on view. Selavan had us look at a passage from Deuteronomy in which Moses details what will befall the Israelites if they dont live up to their end of the covenant with God. We looked through cases at the Met displaying little repli cas of Egyptian life discovered in the tombs of embalmed rulers, intended to accompany the deceased on their journeys to the afterlife. In the Bible, the Israelites are told they will be flattened by insufferable ailments and curses, and that the Lord will will bring you back in boats to Egypt, so un desirable they cant even sell themselves back into slavery. Selavan pointed inside one of the ancient dioramas to show what those boats would have looked like. A tour guide uncovers Passover secrets in the Met Museums Egyptian wing The Jewish people and Tan ach do not exist in a vacuum, Selavan, using a term meaning the Hebrew Bible, said after the tour. Understanding the context for the text is key to our identity. Artifacts help us realize that oh wow, these were real people. What was daily life like for regular Philistines or regular Israelites? What were they see ing as they traded and mingled with another culture? When you see material culture like this, it makes it real. Selavan brought us to sev eral examples of reliefs carved with the names of the Egyp tian ruler, or paro/pharaoh, noting how important names were to them. In Hebrew, he noted, the Book of Exodus is known as Shemot, or names, which begins with the names of the sons of the patriarch Jacob, who went with their own families down to Egypt with their father. It was very interesting to see actual artifacts, represen tations of words we see in the Torah, said Lori Leifer, 37, a Yiddish singer and computer database programmer who describes herself as Con servadox. She heard about the tour through Chulent, a WhatsApp group for Jews who have left Orthodox communi ties. Everyone else on the tour appeared to be Orthodox, including several haredim. The Exodus tour is one of five Jewish tours Selavan offers at the Met through his company, Torah Inter media. Another focuses on artifacts from the time of the Maccabee revolt and oriented toward Hanukkah. More Passover-themed tours are planned for the festivals intermediate days. When youre able to not just learn a text but see the stuff its talking about, the learning goes to a whole other level, said Rabbi Ethan Tucker in an interview. Tucker is the president and rosh yeshiva of Hadar, the egalitarian Torah learning center based in Manhattan. Last year Hadar brought its 45 summer fellows to the Met for a tour with Selavan. They were studying Avodah Zara, a Talmud tractate on idol wor ship, and saw examples of what the Talmud discusses. It was great to go around with someone with knowledge of Jewish sources and material sources on display at the Met, Tucker said. I found it to be very enriching. One of the struggles of being in a culture so focused on text is you can forget texts are talking about things in the real world. For institutions centered on the beit midrash [study hall], to get out into a museum raises the quality and intensity of the experience. Selavan is one of a handful of individuals and compa nies that offer private Jewish tours at major art museums. David Thomas, associate coordinator of groups and visitor services at the Met, said the museum does not share the number of tours led by outside guides like Selavan. Im not aware of any other tour guides who offer Jewishthemed tours, but there may be some, Thomas said. Many synagogues, universities and other Jewish organizations also bring groups. Selavan grew up the son of a rabbi/tour guide/archae ologist in the Jewish Quarter of Jerusalems Old City, and was educated at yeshivas. He discusses references from Mishna comfortably with a Satmar Hasid on his tour but dresses more like a Brooklyn hipster. Asked how he iden tifies religiously, Selavan replied, Im on the Orthodox spectrum but not sure where I fit. Like the Mets galleries, Se lavans journey took a winding route. After yeshiva Selavan, now 34, began teaching the Brazilian martial art capoeira around Israel. At 25 he earned an undergraduate degree at a Jerusalem teachers college and in 2013 came to the United States to teach. In his second year teach ing Bible at the Netivot Montessori Yeshiva in East Brunswick, New Jersey, he took fourth-graders to see the Mets exhibit From Assyria to Iberia. Another visitor, over hearing him, asked if he read Aramaic and led him to the Tel Dan stele, a 2,800-year-old inscribed stone on loan from the Israel Museum. Reading what turned out to be paleoHebrew, Selavan was struck by the power of seeing the earliest known reference to Beit David, the seat of the Davidic dynasty, which is his hometown. Then people started asking me questions, Selavan said. At the start of the 2016-17 school year, he started net working with other Orthodox yeshivas to lead tours and quickly expanded into leading adults. Last summer he took about 20 groups through the Met, he said, and now leads synagogue and Hillel groups as well. He gave a Jewish tour of Bostons Museum of Fine Arts to members of an Ortho dox synagogue in suburban Newton, and is now planning to do the same with area day school groups. Selavan lives in Crown Heights, the Brooklyn head quarters of the ChabadLubavitch movement, and is finishing up a long-distance masters degree program in Jewish education at the He brew University of Jerusalem and enrolling in a Jewish history masters program at Yeshiva University. On the Passover tour, as the group approached the Temple of Dendur, the massive sand stone shrine set in a grand sunlit interior plaza, Selavan pointed out a replica crocodile in the surrounding moat. He noted that the Hebrew term taneen, found in Ezekiel and Exodus, is generally translated as serpent, but more likely meant crocodile, as they infested the Nile. My dream is to do things like this with museums around the world, he later told JTA. In Spain, London, France and so on. And to live in Jerusalem.
HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, MARCH 30, 2018 PAGE 13A Weekly roundup of world briefs from JTA Slain Paris Holocaust survivor was targeted because she was Jewish, French police say (JTA)Prosecutors in vestigating the slaying of a Holocaust survivor in Paris said the two suspects in cus tody targeted her because she was Jewish. The development in the investigation of the March 23 slaying of Mirelle Kanol came with the arrest of two men on Monday, Le Figaro reported, citing a police source. The supposed or actual belonging of the victim to a religion was a grounds for the attack, the source told Le Figaro, in addition to her being vulnerable. One of the suspects in cus tody, a 29-year-old man, was a neighbor of Kanol and knew her well, Le Figaro reported. In addition, Kanols son told the French news agency AFP that one of the suspects was a regular visitor of his mother whom she treated like a son. The son said the suspect had visited her that day. The prosecutors office reportedly has asked that the suspects remain in preventa tive custody. They will face possible charges of murder related to the victims reli gion, real or imagined, as well as aggravated robbery and destruction of property, AFP reported, citing judicial sources. On Sunday, a spokesperson for SPCJ, the official moni tor and security unit of the French Jewish community, told the 7sur7 news website that a preliminary examina tion of the crime does not reveal an anti-Semitic char acteristic, but this possibility has not been discounted as police investigate further. Kanol escaped the Velo drome dHiver roundup of Jews by French police for their deportation to death camps and murder by the Nazis. French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian, who is in Israel on an official visit, said Monday afternoon following a meeting in Jerusalem with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu that France needs to continue fighting against anti-Semitism. I had a very moving and difficult moment when I had just concluded my visit to Yad Vashem. I heard about the outrageous murder of Mirelle Kanola Holocaust survivorin Paris, Le Drian said. We cannot yet say if the motive for the murder was anti-Semitism but it is rea sonable to assume, it will not be surprising and, therefore, this only strengthens the fact that this struggle has not ended, and that we will need to continue fighting against anti-Semitism. According to the National Bureau for Vigilance Against Anti-Semitism, or BNVCA, the octogenarians body was set on fire Friday night. Her charred body also had at least 11 stab wounds. A forensic examination of the apartment showed that an arsonist started a fire in at least five distinct areas of that space, the report also said. The barbarity of this mur der sends us back to that of Sarah Halimi just one year ago, Francis Kalifat, presi dent of the CRIF umbrella of French Jewish communities, said in a statement Monday. CRIF is organizing a memo rial march in Kanols memory Tuesday. Prosecutors say Halimi, a 66-year-old Jewish teacher and physician, was murdered by her Muslim neighbor in April partly in connection with her Jewish identity. Jews cant dance, New York Gov. Andrew Cuo mo jokes at a Harlem church (JTA)George Gershwin may have written I Got Rhythm and Ethel Mer man may have popularized the tune, but New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo says Jews dont have it. Cuomo offered his views on the Jews alleged shortcom ing during a speech Sunday at a predominately black church in the Harlem neighborhood of New York City I want you to know as a matter of full disclosure, I am a Catholic. Catholics basically believe the same teachings that Baptists believe. We just do it without the rhythm. But we try, Cuomo said at the Mount Neboh Baptist Church, the New York Post reported Monday. We are not as without rhythm as some of our Jewish brothers and sisters. Cuomo singled out Dem ocratic consultant Hank Sheinkopf, a former cam paign adviser who was or dained as an Orthodox rabbi in 2011. Sheinkopf was at the church because he works for its pastor, the Rev. Johnnie Green, and his Mobilizing Preachers and Communities advocacy group. I was watching Mr. Sheinkopf here in the front row moving to the music, Cuomo said. It was ugly, Ill tell you the truth. Sheinkopf told the Post that not many congregants laughed at the governors joke and added that he didnt feel humiliated. Cuomo spokeswoman Dani Lever told the newspaper: He was clearly poking fun at him self and one longtime friend who was in the audience. Cuomo, who is being challenged for re-election by Sex and the City star Cynthia Nixon, was at the church to promote spending plans in the state budget to be unveiled on Saturday. The budget calls for $550 million to clean up public housing. Rabbi and labor leader form their own union (JTA)Randi Weingar ten, who heads the national union for teachers, and Rabbi Sharon Kleinbaum of New Yorks leading synagogue for LGBT Jews were married in New York. Their union at a downtown Manhattan restaurant, La Marina, was featured in the Weddings section of The New York Times on Sunday, their wedding day. Weingarten 60, is the president of the American Federation of Teachers, head quartered in Washington, D.C. Kleinbaum, 58, is the senior rabbi of Congregation Beth Simhat Torah in New York, whose membership includes a significant number of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender congregants. The couple first met in the mid-1990s, they told The Times. We were two lesbians in New York fighting for differ ent things, Weingarten said. We liked each other. We had good banter. It wasnt as if there were a lot of high-profile gay women who were active in leadership roles. I thought she was fun, witty and smart. In 2006, Kleinbaum asked Weingarten to speak at her congregations Gay Pride Shabbat service, which We ingarten called a turning point in how she saw herself as a lesbian. Kleinbaum divorced in 2012 after an 18-year rela tionship and two daughters. The women soon began dating and later moved in together. Were not spring chick ens, Kleinbaum told The Times. We didnt believe we would get this kind of love this late in our lives. Judge Michelle Schreiber of the New York City Housing Court officiated, with the re ligious ceremony led by Rabbi Sharon Cohen Anisfeld, the president of Hebrew College in suburban Boston. Thousands in London protest anti-Semitism in UK Labour Party (JTA)Approximately 2,000 people gathered out side the houses of Parlia ment in London to protest anti-Semitism in the British Labour Party. The protest Monday also criticized Labour leader Jer emy Corbyn, whom British Jewish leaders have charged with enabling anti-Semitism in the party. Corbyn pub lished a written apology ahead of the protest. Organized by Britains Jew ish Leadership Council and the Board of Deputies of Brit ish Jews, the protest attracted a few members of Parliament from Corbyns party. One was Luciana Berger, who is Jewish and told the crowd that the anti-Semitism issue is real, according to Haaretz. She added: I want to be able to address Jewish audi ences with my head held high. Labour lawmaker John Mann, according to the BBC, said The very existence of my Labour Party is at stake. It is time for Jeremy Corbyn to act. The protest came one day after British Jewish leaders sent an open letter condemn ing Corbyn for associating with anti-Semites and not doing enough to combat anti-Jewish discrimination in his partys ranks. Corbyn, long a virulent critic of Israel, was elected party leader in 2015. Since then, his critics say, Labour has tolerated anti-Semitism among its members. Labour officials have been expelled from the party for antiSemitic statements, and a 2016 inquiry into Labour anti-Semitism said there was an occasionally toxic atmosphere in the party Corbyn has also faced criticism for associating with anti-Semites and Holo caust deniers, and for some statements he has made. In 2009, he described the terror groups Hamas and Hezbollah as friends, and was also a member of Facebook groups that included anti-Semitic statements. The issue flared anew this week when a 2012 Facebook post by Corbyn resurfaced in which he sup ported the creator of an antiSemitic mural. Today, leaders of British Jewry tell Jeremy Corbyn that enough is enough, said the letter sent Monday to John Cryer, the chair of the Parliamentary Labour Party. He is repeatedly found alongside people with blatantly anti-Semitic views, but claims never to hear or read them... He issues empty statements about opposing anti-Semitism, but does nothing to understand or ad dress it. We conclude that he cannot seriously contemplate anti-Semitism, because he is so ideologically fixed within a far left worldview that is instinctively hostile to main stream Jewish communities. Corbyn condemned antiSemitism in a statement Sunday, and sent a letter apologizing to the Jewish community ahead of the pro test. He called for an urgent meeting with British Jewish leadership. He also has apolo gized separately for the 2012 Facebook post, as well as for his 2009 comments about Hamas and Hezbollah. I recognise that antiSemitism has surfaced within the Labour Party, and has too often been dismissed as simply a matter of a few bad apples, the Monday letter said. This has caused pain and hurt to Jewish members of our party and to the wider Jewish community in Britain. I am sincerely sorry for the pain which has been caused, and pledge to redouble my efforts to bring this anxiety to an end. While condemning Israels treatment of the Palestinians, Corbyn also acknowledged that some criticism of Israel veers into anti-Semitism. Comparing Israel or the actions of Israeli govern ments to the Nazis, attrib uting criticisms of Israel to Jewish characteristics or to Jewish people in general and using abusive phraseology about supporters of Israel such as Zio all constitute aspects of contemporary an ti-Semitism, Corbyn wrote. A pro-Corbyn group, Jew ish Voice for Labour, held a small counterprotest next to Mondays demonstration. Over 20,000 protest coming deportation of African asylum seekers JERUSALEM (JTA)More than 20,000 protested against a government plan to deport African asylum seekers from Eritrea and Sudan to a third country in Africa during a rally in Tel Aviv. The rally in Rabin Square was organized by NGOs and Sudanese and Eritrean groups, as well as the Stop the Deportation movement and the South Tel Aviv against the Deportation group, the Jerusalem Post reported. Several asylum seekers spoke at the rally, and spoke of the persecution they faced in Eritrea and Sudan. Signs read: Stop the de portations! South Tel Aviv is against the deportations, and We shall neither expel nor kill the stranger and refugee. The deportations were scheduled to begin on April 1, during the Passover holiday. But Israels Supreme Court has halted the deportations until it reviews a petition filed against the practice. The government has until March 26 to respond to the petition against deportations. Israels Cabinet in Janu ary approved a plan and the budget to deport thousands of migrants from Sudan and Eritrea. Prior to that, the Popula tion and Immigration Au thority notified the migrants that as of Jan. 1, they must return to their own countries or to a third nation, or be sent to jail until they are deported. According to the government plan, migrants who choose to leave by March 31 will receive a payment of $3,500 as well as free airfare and other incen tives, according to reports. For now, deportation no tices will not be issued to women, children, fathers of children, anyone recognized as a victim of slavery or hu man trafficking, and those who had requested asylum by the end of 2017 but have not received a response, Haaretz reported. There are up to 40,000 Eritreans and Sudanese liv ing in Israel, including 5,000 children. Human rights activists in Israel and major U.S. Jewish organizations have urged the Israeli government not to go ahead with the plan to force the migrants to choose between jail and deportation. West Bank construction starts rose about 17 percent for 2017, Peace Now reports JERUSALEM (JTA)Con struction starts in West Bank settlements rose by 17 percent during 2017, with most of the new housing in isolated spots, according to Peace Now. In its annual settlement construction report released Sunday, Peace Now said that 2,783 new housing units be gan construction in the West Bank in 2017, approximately 17 percent higher than the yearly average rate since 2009. The report does not include housing construc tion in eastern Jerusalem. Peace Now also found that 78 percent of the new con struction, or 2,168 housing units, was in settlements east of the proposed Geneva Ini tiative bordersettlements that are likely to be evicted in a two-state agreement. At least 282 of the new housing units were con structed illegally, the ma jority in illegal outposts, according to the left-wing groups report. In addition, construction was started on at least 68 new public buildings such as schools and synagogues. In addition to the new housing starts, 6,742 hous ing units were advanced trough promotions for plans in 59 settlements in 2017, compared to 2,657 units in 2016, according to the report. Two-thirds of those housing units, or 4,471, were east of the Geneva Initiative border. Three new settlement outposts were established in 2017, as well as the new settle ment of Amichai, being built south of Nablus, to house the families evicted from the Amona outpost. The Israeli government had not responded to the report by Monday night. Actor Anton Yelchins parents reach settle ment with carmaker over fatal accident (JTA)The parents of ac tor Anton Yelchin reached a confidential settlement with the makers of the car that crushed him to death in his driveway two years ago. The settlement was filed in Los Angeles Superior Court late last week, People magazine first reported. Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, the company that manufactures the Jeep Grand Cherokee, confirmed the settlement in a statement. The settlement will go to the Anton Yelchin Founda tion and to the filming of a documentary on Antons life, Yelchins publicist, Jennifer Allen, said in a statement to People. The foundation as sists young people in the arts who face career challenges due to debilitating disease or disability. Yelchin, 27, who starred in the rebooted Star Trek movies, was found dead at his home in Studio City, California, on June 19, 2016, after being crushed by his 2015 Jeep Grand Cherokee. Friends found Yelchin pinned between his car and a brick pillar; the vehicle was in neutral and running. Yelchin was presumed to have returned to his house to get something, which is why he was outside of the car while it was running. The Jeep was part of a glob al recall of 1.1 million vehicles announced by Fiat Chrysler in April 2016. The National Highway Traffic Safety Ad ministration urged the recall because of complaints from drivers that a problem with the gear shift made it difficult to tell whether the car was in park. When not in park, the vehicle could roll away. A class-action lawsuit was filed in that case. Yelchin starred as Chekov in the 2009 and 2013 Star Trek movies, and is seen in the third film in the series, Star Trek Beyond, which was released last month. He also appeared in films includ ing Like Crazy, Alpha Dog, Terminator Salvation and Fright Night. His final film, Thoroughbreds, began playing in theaters earlier this month. Yelchin, a native of St. Pe tersburg, Russia, immigrated to the United States with his family as an infant. He was the son of figure skat ers Irina Korina and Viktor Yelchin, who reportedly were persecuted for being Jewish. Pro-Israel charity sues businessman for not paying for paintings of the Trumps he won at auction (JTA)A pro-Israel nonprofit organization is suing a Florida businessman for failing to pay for two 6-foot tall paintings of President Donald Trump and his wife Melania that he won at a charity auction. Timothy Lane, of the Hong Kong-based Everest Advisors, agreed to pay $21,530 for the paintings at the auction last month at the Trump-owned Mar-a-Lago resort in Palm JTA on page 15A
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Thats not to say that their missions dont frequently overlap, but the ADL is usually deferred to Anti-Semitism From page 4A In so doing, their goal is to rationalize the radicals and marginalize those who call attention to the threat. Their attacks on Pompeo fit into this pattern. They claim that he smeared American Muslims after the Boston Marathon bombing, but the statements in question were about the need for Ameri can Muslims to condemn terrorisma stance that makes sense. Eisner also takes at face value the assertion that Pom peos stand in favor of treating the Muslim Brotherhood as a terrorist organization is the act of a bigot. The Brother hood, which spawned Hamas, is a threat to the West, in ad dition to nations like Egypt, whose people rose up to Pompeo From page 5A Gerscovich From page 1A the Citrus Club that proved to be the most impactful for the Pavilion. Each month, the Citrus Clubs Leadership Alliance board hosts United For a Purpose, a networking event that spotlights one local nonprofit. During the event, the Club provides space in a spectacular downtown venue featuring sunset and city views, a selection of deli cious hors doeuvres and a cocktail to attendees for the pre-event purchase price of $10 to Citrus Club members, $15 to nonmembers. Tickets purchased at the door the night of the event cost $20. The spotlighted nonprofit does not pay for the event and 100 percent of the evenings proceeds are contributed back to the organization. The event reject their rule when they realized the Brotherhoods totalitarian goals might be realized there. She also raises the question of his association with Frank Gaffney and Brigitte Gabriel as proof of his bigotry. I dont agree with either about the danger Sharia law poses to the United States and some of their other positions. Those who fail to make the distinction between ordi nary, law-abiding American Muslims and Islamists are wrong. But while both strike conspiratorial tones at times, the attempt to designate them as hate-mongers is an attempt to shut down any discussion on the subject of Islamism. The same people who call them bigots say the same about mainstream figures like scholar Daniel Pipes, who also writes and speaks on this same subject. You dont have to be fans of either Gaffney or Ga briel to understand that while they are not Farrakhans, some of their most vocal opponents share the Nation of Islams hatred for Jews, as well as their antipathy to efforts to combat the influence of radi cal Islamists. Mike Pompeos only sin is that unlike much of the foreign-policy establishment and mainstream media, he chooses to look at the world as it is and not through a filter of wishful thinking about the Middle East. It isnt bigotry to condemn radical Islamists or to call these radicals, as the Obama administration consistently refused to do, by their rightful names. To do soand to be vigilant against the threat from Iran and other Islamistsis not the same thing as being preju diced. Far from making him unfit for his post, Pompeo and his realism make him an ideal candidate to guide U.S. policy abroad. Those who compare a responsible conservative like Pompeo to a hate-monger like Farrakhan do not make an argument that deserves to be taken seriously. Sadly, it is one more example of our dysfunc tional contemporary culture in which political foes must be demonized rather than merely opposed. The Senate should dismiss these complaints with the contempt they deserve and swiftly confirm Pompeo. Jonathan S. Tobin is editor in chief of JNSthe Jewish News Service. Follow him on Twitter at: @jonathans_to bin. has been loud and consistent in calling it out in the past 16 months, joined frequently by the American Jewish Com mittee, Simon Wiesenthal Center, U.S. Holocaust Memo rial Museum and, ahem, the Jewish media. Weisman only gets it partly right when he talks about how partisanship has distorted the internal Jewish debate on antiSemitism. Partisanship hasnt silenced or cowed the ADL or left it isolated, as he suggests. But it has made it harder for Jews to agree on what constitutes the greatest anti-Semitic threat of the moment. Right-wing critics say the ADL goes after the alt-right in order to tarnish Trump. They accuse the ADL of ignoring left-wing antiSemitism as represented by the Boycott Israel move ment, which the ADL also consistently and assertively condemns. The Jewish left, meanwhile, says the Jewish establishment spends too much time vilifying domes tic critics of Israel and should really be focused on the rise of white nationalism. Thats certainly how the Farrakhan debate is playing out. The right has raised Far rakhans anti-Semitism as a symbol of all that plagues the left. And the left insists that the rights focus on Far rakhan is meant to deflect from its own coddling of white nationalists and other hatemongers. So nobody is talking about anti-Semitism? Everybody is talking about anti-Semitism. Theyre just not listening to each other. gives Citrus Club members the chance to learn about important, local nonprofits, while the participating orga nization has the opportunity to increase both donations and volunteer efforts through networking. As a then-member of the Citrus Clubs Leadership Al liance and an ongoing sup porter of The Jewish Pavilion, Gerscovich spearheaded a connection that allowed one of last years events to benefit The Jewish Pavilion. That evenings event resulted in record attendance for the Citrus Club (200 compared to the next closest of about 110), over $5000 raised for the Pavilion, and an unheard-of invite for the organization to return for another United For a Purpose event this year. Commenting that it was a team effort of leadership within the Pavilion and board members to facilitate that record attendance Gerscovich said, It was great to be able to introduce the organization to so many people. The success of the Citrus Club event led Jewish Pavilion Board Chairman Paul Sten zler to appoint Gerscovich to the organizations board of directors. We are thrilled to honor Carina Gerscovich, said Ludin. She single-handedly organized a fantastic fund raising event at the Citrus Club last year and did such a great job that they invited the Jewish Pavilion to return this year on April 16th. We are so excited that she will chair United For a Purpose again this year. Gerscovich is the daughter of Dr. Eugenio and Katherine Gerscovich. A graduate of Trinity Preparatory School and the College of Charles ton, she has worked in the finance industry for the past seven years and is currently employed by Merrill Lynch. Gerscovich said that she became involved with The Jewish Pavilion because it connected her back to her 104-year-old grandmother, who currently resides in Buenos Aires, Argentina. It really made me think about my grandmother and if she was able to have something in Argentina like The Jewish Pa vilion, it would be such a nice addition, said Gerscovich. At the first volunteer event, I assumed my role would be to sit and visit with some of the elderly residents. It wasnt until I actually did it that it made an impact, said Gerscovich. Its not as simple as were just going to sit there and give them someone to listen to them for an hour or bring them a meal. For some of these people, we really are their only source of interac tion other than the people that work there or live there. She recalled a meaningful moment at one of the program visitations. We were all singing songs and I kept watching this one womanshe was not singing, she was not smiling. She was just sitting there in her wheel chair with her head down, said Gerscovich. We started singing this one song that was an era piece, something from her time. All of a sudden, her head popped up and she started singing the entire song, word for word. She was just beaming from ear to ear. It was that mo ment that the impact of what we were doing hit me. She was brought back to some type of memory, something that hap pened to her however long ago that put this huge smile back on her face. Speaking of the honor at the Fashion Show, Gerscovich added, It does mean a lot. And I am very appreciative for it. When asked how she would encourage other young people to get involved with the Jew ish Pavilion, Gerscovich said, You should do it because you are doing such a good thing. And bringing a lot of joy to peoples lives. But ultimately you should do it because it brings a lot of joy to your life. The Elayne Burke Wershil Memorial Fashion Show takes place Thursday, April 12, at 10:45 a.m. The event will be held at the Mall of Millenia, in side Bloomingdales on Level 2. Ticket prices range from $25$500 and can be purchased online at JewishPavilion.org. By Ron Kampeas WASHINGTON (JTA)The Trump administration in a statement said it sympathiz es deeply with the families whose lawsuit against the Palestine Liberation Organi zation may soon be considered by the Supreme Court, but continues to maintain that the lawsuit does not meet the standards for review by the high court. The United States con demns acts of terror in the strongest terms and the Department of Justice is committed to prosecuting those who commit terrorist attacks against innocent human beings to the full est extent that the law allows, said a statement emailed this week to JTA by a Justice Department spokeswoman. The United States sym pathizes deeply with the American families who, in 2004, sued the Palestinian Authority and the Palestine Liberation Organization for acts of terrorism commit ted against their loved ones between 2002 and 2004, the statement said. The court of appeals decided, however, that the suit was not consistent with due process under the Constitution, and its deci sion does not meet the usual standards for Supreme Court review. The Supreme Court will say by March 29 whether it will consider the appeal by the litigants in the case known as Sokolow v. Palestine Liberation Organization. The plaintiffs won $656 million in a 2015 federal jury verdict, but it was overturned a year later by an appellate court. A filing by the solicitor general last month siding with the PLO drew rebukes from conservatives, including some of the Trump administrations most steadfast Jewish com munity defenders. Solicitor General Noel Francisco supported the appellate courts finding in a Supreme Court filing last month, mostly on technical grounds. The lead plaintiff, Mark Sokolow, his wife and two of his daughters were injured in a Jerusalem suicide bombing in 2002 that killed an 81-year-old man. His fellow plaintiffs are families of victims of terrorist attacks in Israel that killed 33, including several Americans, and wounded over 450. Their suit argued that the late PLO Chairman Yassir Arafat had paid attackers and their families. The plaintiffs this week filed a response to the solicitor gen eral arguing that the Supreme Court should consider the case if only because it is under girded by the Anti-Terrorism Act, a law passed by Congress in 1992 that specifically tar gets perpetrators of terrorist attacks overseas. The Anti-Terrorism Act is an important, thoughtfully considered, congressional effort to defend United States citizens from international terrorism, the filing said. At the very minimum, this law is entitled to consideration in this Court in the face of the Second Circuits consti tutional decision stripping it of its core purpose and meaning. Lawmakers in Congress from both parties have urged the Trump administration to back the plaintiffs. Congress passed the AntiTerrorism Act to hold ac countable dangerous entities for acts of terrorism, Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., the minority leader, said in a statement emailed this week to JTA. In the case of Mark So kolow, the judge and jury found the Palestinian Author ity and the PLO guilty in the heinous attack that maimed and killed dozens, includ ing our fellow Americans, Schumer said. Despite this, the Trump administration has urged the Supreme Court to not take up this casea move that goes against the welldecided verdict that would hold accountable the Pales tinian Authority and PLO for this repugnant terror attack. The Zionist Organization of America, a group that has come to the defense of President Donald Trump when he and some of his top staffers have been accused of insensitivity toward Jews, has been at the forefront of expressions of outrage at the solicitor generals filing. In a March 7 statement, the ZOA said the Trump adminis trations argument hurts the American terror victims, aids and comforts terrorists, and makes them less concerned about facing consequences for their hideous actions. Trump administration deeply sympathizes with victims in PLO terror lawsuit, but stands by opposition when it comes to anti-antiSemitism. The AJC does a lot of work on anti-Semitism, but mainly in Europe. The JFNA is a fundraising trade group that generally avoids made-for-Twitter issues like the ADL-Mandel ruckus. But coming after a period that included Charlottes ville, the JCC bombings and a general feeling of disquiet following the 2016 campaign and the rise of the alt-right, its just weird to conclude that Jewish organizations are ignoring or downplaying antiSemitism. The ADL certainly
HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, MARCH 30, 2018 PAGE 15A Kar-Ben Publishing Engineer Ari and the Passover Rush is the fourth book in the Engineer Ari series by Deborah Bodin Cohen. By Penny Schwartz BOSTON (JTA)When Deborah Bodin Cohen im mersed herself in rabbinical school in the early 1990s, she expected to spend a year in Israel as part of her studies with Hebrew Union CollegeJewish Institute of Religion. What she didnt know was that a decade later, the expe rience of living in Jerusalem would spark her inspiration for a childrens book that has become a popular awardwinning series. Engineer Ari and the Pass over Rush, Bodin Cohens fourth book in Kar-Bens En gineer Ari series, is among a trio of new childrens books for the eight-day holiday marking the Jewish exodus from Egypt. Shahar Kober provides the illustrations. Passover begins this year with the first seder on the evening of April 3. Other new books for the holiday include And Then Another Sheep Turned Up, by Laura Gehl, illustrated by Amy Adele, and a rare middlereader Passover chapter book, Scarlett and Sam: Escape from Egypt, by the popular writer Eric Kimmel and il lustrated by Ivica Stevanovic. Bodin Cohen, the author of other award-winning Jewish childrens books, in cluding The Seventh Day and Nachshon Who was Afraid to Swim, credits the idea for the Ari character to her daughter Ariana, who as a preschooler was a train enthusiast. Her daughters train play stirred memories of living near Jerusalems historic train station that dated back to the 1890s. I literally passed it every day, she told JTA. Bodin Cohen, the director of congregational learning at Congregation Har Shalom in Potomac, Md., realized that she could create a story of a train adventure based in historic Israelone that would also entertain her own daughter and her friends. Each of the Engineer Ari stories has some historical element, she points out, with extensive research and consultation with a curator of the Israel Railway Museum in Haifa. While the book is not about Israel, it is the backdrop, one of Bodin Cohens goals. The idea of an illustrated book exposes kids to some of the beauty of Israel, the wildlife and the agriculture, she said. Engineer Ari and the Passover Rush Deborah Bodin Cohen, illustrated by Shahar Kober Kar-Ben ($17.95 hardcover, $7.95 paperback, $6.99 eB ook); ages 5-9 Passover childrens books: choo-choos, baa-baas and back to Sinai Kar-Ben Publishing And Then Another Sheep Turned Up follows a friendly family of sheep preparing for Passover. Kar-Ben Publishing Twins return to the Egyptian desert in Kimmels timetravel Passover adventure Scarlet and Sam. Engineer Ari is a friendly train engineer, an imagined character based on Jerusa lems early railway system that transported people and goods between Jaffa and Jerusalem dating back to the end of the 19th century in prestate Palestine. Like the previous books in the seriesfor Rosh Hashahah, Sukkot and Chanukahthis charming tale is set at the eve of the holiday. In the Passover Rush, Engineer Ari is in a hurry to make his last run before the start of the seder. The sense of urgency to keep track of time for the train schedule is a perfect pairing for the story of Passover, when the Israelites fled Egypt. His ride to Jerusalem has neighbors offering him foods for his seder plate, including a bowl of charoset made with almonds and dates, a tradi tional Sephardi custom. Ari promises that on his return route, hell deliver newly baked matzah in exchange. As he arrives back in Jaffa in the nick of time, he and his neighbors swap the Jerusalem matzah for the seder plate foods. Young kids will enjoy the fun adventure, which also introduces the elements of preparing the Passover seder. The cartoon-like illustra tions by the Israeli artist Kober will delight young read ers, with animated characters dressed in colorful native garb, and bustling scenes of city life and rolling hillsides and farms. For some young readers, the biggest thrill will likely be the red locomotive, with its whistle cord that regularly announces Toot, toot! And Then Another Sheep Turned Up Laura Gehl, illustrated by Amy Adele Kar-Ben ($17.95 hardcover; $7.95 paperback; $6.99 eB ook); ages 3-8 As a friendly family of sheep prepares for Passover, one guest after another arrives, from grandma with the maca roons and wine to uncles and friends who arrive unexpect edly. As the seder progresses from the Four Questions to hiding the afikomen and dip ping the parsley, each page brings another unexpected visitor. Gehls delightful rhymes will tickle young ones. Even non-readers will join the repeating refrain, And then another sheep turned up. Kids will be entertained with page after page of Adeles colorful, lively illustrations of adorable sheep having fun at Passover. Scarlett and Sam: Es cape from Egypt Eric A. Kimmel, illustrated by Ivica Stevanovic Kar-Ben ($15.95 hard cover, $5.95 paperback, $6.99 eBook); ages 6-9 When twins Scarlett and Sam bicker about who is going to recite the Four Questions at the seder, their magical Grandma Mina cuts the squabbling short: Tonight, at the Seder, we dont just tell the story of Passover. We become part of it. So sets the stage for Kim mels time-travel Passover adventure that transports the duo to the Egyptian desert, back to the time of Moses and Aaron as they prepare to lead the Israelites out of slavery in Egypt. The Ten Plagues, Pharaohs palace, and the suf fering and indignity endured by Israelite slaves come alive for the siblings, who manage to make a podcast of their experience. Older readers familiar with Kimmels hugely popular illustrated books (Hershel and the Hanukkah Goblins, Anansi and the Moss-Covered Rock and The Chanukkah Guest) will again enjoy his deft humor and flair for story telling in the illustrated chap ter book that will appeal to school-age kids. Its a terrific pairing with Kimmels ear lier Wonders and Miracles, a lavishly illustrated seder companion that explains and demystifies the customs and traditions. Hadassah From page 8A meal requests and organizing the seating; Marlene Adler and Susan Livingstone for Matzah From page 7A stantly recognizable pack aging of Hollandia matzah boxesan orange-colored octagonal cardboard box with a nifty camera-aperture open ingwas a marketing coup cooked up by the Woudstras, Heijs said. The matzah became even better known to the Dutch immediately after the war because the Hollandia factory received generous subsidies preparing the fantastic gift baskets and for handling the basket auction with the assistance of granddaughter Natalie Livingstone, and the Ima Groups and coordinator, Bonnie Toborowsky for their basket contributions. This was Orlando Chapters most successful basket auction. Hats off to Orlando Chap ters fundraisers, Debbie Selnick and Paula Rubin, and Andrea Silverman whose Herculean efforts made Every Beat Counts the big winner. Sid Wasserman assisted with the many projects re quired for this eventes pecially making the cancan dancer stand, the hit of the afternoon, giving everyone the opportunity to be a dancer at the Moulin Rouge. under the Marshall Plan for fi nancial aid to rebuild war-torn Europe, according to Heijs. He said the funding was meant also as a gesture ac knowledging Jewish suffering during the Holocaust. But it was also a practical decision: Matzah requires no eggs, no salt, no sugarall commodities that were in very short supply immediately af ter the war, Heijs said. What ever the reason, he added, the reality was that Hollandia was one of the first bakeries that were restored after the war, thus entrenching its status as a household brand. Heijs, 55, remembers enjoy ing Hollandia matzah as a boy ahead of and also directly after Easter. I understand that matzah is not considered a delicacy exactly among Jews, who substitute bread for matzah for [eight days] each year, he said. But for us, who had it in addition to everything else, it was a treat that went very well with chocolate and butter. Karina Ahles-Frijters, who lives in Hilversum, near Am sterdam, wrote in 2016 on her parenting blog Trotsemoeders that her three children like to experiment with matzah top pings (her eldest prefers whole wheat matzah with butter and sugar-coated anise seeds, she wrote). One day a year, the Hollandia factory is open to anyone interested in making their own matzahs. But not everyone is a fan of the matzah. Frankly I couldnt tell you why so many Dutchmen like matzahI dont think its tasty at all, said Roger van Oordt, the director of the Netherlands-based Christians for Israel group, which orga nizes matzah-baking activities in solidarity with Israel and the Jews. If I have to think about eating nothing but matzah for two weeks, it makes being Christian look easy. Although he is not Jewish, Heijs regards matzah as much more than a commodity. After 14 years of making matzahs, of course I devel oped friendships and bonds with many Jewish people, said Heijs, who on Passover eve this year will attend his first seder dinner with his wife at the invitation of a Dutch Jewish community in northern Holland. But matzah is part of the Dutch story regardless. JTA From page 13A Beach, Florida, the Palm Beach Post reported. The paintings were created by speed artist Michael Israel, who creates the large images in about 6 minutes. Some 500 people attended the Feb. 25 benefit for The Truth About Israel organi zation. The group says on its website that The Truth About Israel is a not-for-profit com pany formed to educate and train the public about the facts of Israel in todays world. Our mission is to advocate for Israel, covering the core values of the state of Israel, and the fundamental rights and justice for the Jewish people. The lawsuit was filed ear lier this month in Palm Beach County Circuit Court. Lane, 70, reportedly has not allowed the purchase to go through on his credit card because the charity did not give him its federal tax identification number so he could write off the purchase as a charitable deduction. Boca Raton businessman Steven Alembik, who orga nized the benefit, told the newspaper that the charity was issued a federal identi fication number on March 8 after the Internal Rev enue Service approved the organizations tax-exempt status. He said he provided the number to Lane. The tax ID has been pro vided to him, Alembik told the Palm Beach Post. He can come up with all the excuses he wants. At the end of the day, hes going to pay. Hes going to court and hes going to lose.
PAGE 16A HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, MARCH 30, 2018 By Megan Wolf (JTA)Even during Jewish holidays, when food is so abun dant, it is possible to eat well. My cookbook, Great Meals with Greens and Grains, highlights many of my favorite plant-based, vegetarian recipes that not only are healthy but deli cious. And many of its recipes are kosher for Passover or can be easily modified by removing or substituting a single ingredient. The following three recipes would be great when served as a light dairy lunch following a traditionally heavy seder. They are colorful, flavorful and packed with good-for-you ingredients. Broccoli and parmesan soup Serves 4 Ingredients: 2 heads broccoli 3 tablespoons (45 ml) olive oil, divided Salt to taste 1 cup (240 ml) whole milk 1 large russet potato, peeled and cut into 1-inch (2.5-cm) pieces 1 tablespoon (14 g) butter 1 onion, thinly sliced 2 large cloves garlic, minced 1/2 cup (50 g) grated Par Megan Wolf Broccoli and Parmesan Soup. Heres a light Passover lunch thats good for youtasty, too mesan cheese, plus more for garnish 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg, plus more for garnish 1 1/2 cups (355 ml) low-sodi um vegetable stock (or more, depending on how thick you like your soup) Preparation: Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F (220 C). Remove the bottom por tion of the broccoli stalks and peel the thick outer layer with a vegetable peeler. Separate the florets from the bunch and chop the stalks so that you are using the entire broccoli. Although the stalk is a bit fibrous for a salad, it is perfectly usable for this application. Toss the broccoli with 2 tablespoons (30 ml) of the olive oil and salt to taste, spread on a baking sheet and roast until soft and golden brown, about 15 to 20 minutes. Heat the milk in a large, heavy-bottomed pan over medium-low heatyou want to gently heat the milk so it doesnt scald. Add the potato pieces to the milk and cook until tender, about 12 minutes. Once cooked, set the potato and milk mixture aside. In a separate skillet, heat the remaining 1 tablespoon (15 ml) olive oil and the butter over medium heat, and cook the onion and garlic until translucent and fragrant, 8 to 10 minutes. Place three-fourths of the onion mixture in a blender, and continue to cook the re maining portion until golden brown and more caramelized, another 10 to 12 minutes, then set aside for garnish. Add the potatoes and milk, broccoli, Parmesan cheese and nutmeg to the blender or food processor with the onion; blend until combined. Begin adding the stock until you have achieved your desired consistency, adding more if you need. Season to taste with more salt if neces sary. Divide the soup among 4 bowls, top with a spoonful of the caramelized onions, a pinch of nutmeg and a sprinkle of Parmesan cheese. Serve immediately. Kale salad with candied almonds, apples and maple dressing Serves 4 Ingredients: For the dressing: 1/4 cup (60 ml) olive oil 2 tablespoons (30 ml) maple syrup 1/4 cup (60 ml) lemon juice Salt to taste For the candied almonds: 1/2 cup (69 g) whole raw almonds 1 tablespoon (15 ml) olive oil 1 tablespoon (15 ml) maple syrup 1/2 teaspoon salt For the salad: 1 bunch kale, stems discarded and leaves roughly chopped 1/2 cup (75 g) crumbled feta cheese 4 scallions, thinly sliced 1 medium tart apple (Granny Smith, Northern Spy or Braeburn), halved, cored and thinly sliced Preparation: Preheat the oven to 300 degrees F (148 C). To make the dressing: Combine all the ingredients in a bowl and whisk until well incorporated, then set aside. To make the candied al monds: In a bowl, toss the almonds with the olive oil, maple syrup and salt, spread in one flat layer on a parchmentor foil-lined cookie sheet and bake for 10 minutes. To make the salad: In a large bowl, combine the kale, feta, scallions, apple and warm al monds, toss with the dressing and serve immediately. Tip: If you dont have almonds, you can use any other nuts on handpecans or walnuts would be delicious. Spice-rubbed eggplant with quinoa and cherries Serves 4 Ingredients: 2 large eggplants, halved, tops left intact For spice rub: 4 teaspoons (8 g) ground cumin 2 teaspoons (4 g) smoked paprika 1 teaspoon chili powder 1 teaspoon salt 2 tablespoons (30 ml) lemon juice 1/4 cup (60 ml) olive oil For the quinoa: 2/3 cup (140 g) uncooked quinoa (certified kosher for Passover) 1 1/3 cups (320 ml) water 1/3 cup (53 g) unsweetened dried cherries or raisins 1/3 cup (20 g) chopped parsley, divided 1/3 cup (33 g) thinly sliced scallion (white and green parts), divided Salt to taste 2 tablespoons (30 ml) olive oil 2 tablespoons (30 ml) lemon juice Preparation: Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F (200 C). To make the eggplant: Place the eggplant halves cut-side up on a nonstick baking sheet. With a sharp knife, score the eggplant diagonally every 1/2 inch (1.3 cm), then run the knife down the center of the eggplant. Be sure to only score the flesh of the eggplant; do not pierce through the skin. To make the rub: In a small bowl, combine all the ingredients for the spice rub. Massage the spice mixture evenly across each of the eggplant halves, being sure to rub it into the flesh. Turn the eggplants cut-side down and roast for 45 to 50 minutes, or until very soft and cooked through. To make the quinoa: Com bine the quinoa and water in a pot and bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce the heat to low, cover and continue to cook until the water has evaporated and the quinoa is fluffy, 10 to 12 minutes. Mix the cooked quinoa with the cherries or raisins and set aside. When the eggplant is cooked, add half of the parsley and half of the scallions to the quinoa, stir to combine and season to taste with salt. Top each eggplant half with equal amounts of the quinoa mix ture, then top with remaining parsley and scallion, drizzle with the olive oil and lemon juice and serve immediately. Excerpted from Great Meals with Greens and Grains, by Megan Wolf. Copy right 2016 Megan Wolf. Reprinted with permission from Page Street Publishing Co. All rights reserved. Megan Wolf Kale Salad with Candied Almonds. Megan Wolf Spiced Rubbed Eggplant with Quinoa. Maitland 9001 N. Orlando Avenue Maitland, FL 32751 Jewish Graveside Package: Service of Funeral Director and Staff Sacred Burial Shroud Filing all Necessary Paperwork $200.00 to Chevra Kaddish Society donation for washing Traditional Jewish Flat Top Pine Casket Staff Supervison of Service at Graveside Transportation to Cemetery $4595.00 407-695-CARE (2273) www. 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