WWW.HERITAGEFL.COM YEAR 42, NO. 31 MARCH 6, 2018 21 NISAN, 5778 ORLANDO, FLORIDA SINGLE COPY 75 Editorials ..................................... 4A Op-Ed .......................................... 5A Calendar ...................................... 6A Scene Around ............................. 9A Synagogue Directory ................ 11A JTA News Briefs ........................ 13A Annual Yom HaShoah commemoration at CRJ this Sunday The Holocaust Memorial Resource and Education Center in Maitland invites the community to its annual com memoration of Yom HaShoah, A Day of Remembrance on April 8, at 2 p.m. at the Congregation of Reform Judaism. The event commemorates the millions of Jews who suffered during the Holocaust and honors the liberators who fought to defeat Nazi Germany. Each year, the Holocaust Center hosts Yom HaShoah, A Day of Remembrance, to remember the six million Jews who perished during the Holocaust. On this special day, we stand with our local survivors and remember the families they lost. We also honor the brave liberators whose heroism continues to inspire us today. This years program will feature a moving performance of songs that were once performed by the Womens Orchestra at Auschwitz. Performed by renowned violinist Matitiahu Braun, these songs remind us of our duty to carry the lessons from this tragic history forward. Other program highlights include a survivor-led candle lighting, responsive reading, and presentation of awards for the Creative Arts Contest. This family-friendly event is free and open to the public. CRJ is located at 928 Malone Drive, Orlando. For more information, contact Terrance Hunter at thunter@holo caustedu.org. JNS is proud to partner with the Embassy of Israel in Washington, D.C., to cel ebrate 70 of the greatest American contributors to the U.S.-Israel relationship in the 70 days leading up to the State of Israels 70th anniversary. (JNS)Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson was with out question a great Jewish figure, and one of the greatest Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson, The Rebbe Remembering Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson (19021994) Jewish leaders of the 20th century. A talented and charismatic scholar, he was known across the world as simply The Rebbe. As the seventh Rebbe of the Chabad-Lubavitch sect of Chassidism, he exponen tially increased the move ments influence and size. In an unprecedented flurry of Jewish outreach campaigns, he sent emissaries around the world, establishing thousands of Chabad centers in cities, remote locales and on col lege campuses that continue to serve the spiritual and physical needs of Jews of all backgrounds. Even in an era before the In ternet, the Rebbe had a global reach, with followers all over the world. In addition to guid ing his own immediate flock of Lubavitcher Chassidim, he expressed great concerns for the status of global Jewry. As such, he took a special interest in the success and welfare of the State of Israel. Given his myriad of lectures and writ ings about Israel, many are surprised to discover that the Rebbe never personally visited the country. Nevertheless, Israeli leaders of all stripes continually sought out his advice and blessing. Many of these moments Judaism for stubbornly con tinuing to praise Israel and its military, and pray for its continued success. Many major rabbinic figures of the haredi establishment tended to negatively view any aspect of Israel connected to its mostly secular government (more so in the early years than today). In response, the Rebbe occasionally suggested that God acts through the courageous soldiers of the Israel Defense Forces, as in the case of the 1967 Six-Day War and Operation Entebbe in July 1976. Through his steadfast lead ership, the Rebbe steered the Chabad movement into em bracing a pro-Israel attitude, writing to David Ben-Gurion that Eretz Israel in all as pects, both present and future, should constitute a factor uniting Jews everywhere, both Orthodox and non-Orthodox of all trends. Not surprisingly, many of his emissaries are among the most fervent supporters of Is rael in their communities. The Rebbe continues to serve as a light of inspiration for Jews around the world, with his heartfelt dedication to Israel remembered and cherished by all who encounter his teachings. were captured on camera and can today be viewed online. For example, in one record ing from 1988, Benjamin Netanyahu approaches the Rebbe for a blessing, and the Rebbe offers him a fascinat ing combination of religious guidance, along with practical political opinions and insight. Similarly, when Ariel Sharon was considering retiring from the military, he consulted with the Rebbe, who con vinced him to remain as one of Israels top generals. Rabbi Schneerson often faced disdain and derision from mainstream haredi (JNS)The White House published a proclamation by U.S. President Donald Trump honoring the memory of the Lubavitcher Rebbe, Rabbi Menachem M. Schneerson, stating that March 27 is rec ognized as Education and Sharing Day, U.S.A. An event was scheduled on March 27 in the Oval office with Chabad-Lubavitch rep resentatives. The date marks the Jewish calendar birthday of the Rebbe on 11 Nissan, which fell on Tuesday. Israeli Prime Minister Ben jamin Netanyahu also marked the day, posting on Facebook a link to a Hebrew article (Eng lish version here) describing his relationship and interac tions with the Rebbe. Today, we honor the life and legacy of Rabbi Men achem Mendel Schneerson. The Lubavitcher Rebbe was a widely respected scholar and leader of faith who believed in the potential of all persons and sought to empower young people through education, character development and civic pride, said Trumps statement released by the White House. Throughout his long and distinguished life, Rabbi Schneerson inspired millions of people, across multiple gen erations, through his example of compassion, wisdom and Trump honors Lubavitcher Rebbe courage in the face of op pression. He recognized that access to education, paired with moral and spiritual de velopment, could transform the world for good, and he devoted his life to these prin ciples, it said. His commitment to invest in the lives of the next genera tion led to the establishment of academic and outreach centers to help grow and engage young minds and pro vide them with spiritual and material assistance. Thanks to his drive and dedication, these educational and social service centers can be found in every state and throughout the world. It continued: The Lubavitcher Rebbe believed that even in the darkest place, the light of a single candle can be seen far and wide. His life is an example of the power of one person to influence the lives of many. May we strive to be that light for future generations, instilling in them the value of education and the virtues of courage and compassion that can impact our communities and the world for the better. tral Florida Hillel, Sam will be well positioned to support the development of Stetsons aspirations to be among the highest quality Hillel pro grams in the country. The Hillel director is re sponsible for ensuring the strategy and execution of engagement and program development, and helping the Office of Spiritual Life in creating meaningful and diverse opportunities for Jewish expression, cultivating student leaders and consis tently promoting a welcoming and lively pluralistic Jewish community. I am honored to have been selected for this position and excited to start working at Stetson, said Friedman. I look forward to working with Stetson students, staff and faculty to nurture and build Jewish engagement and community on campus, and to turn Stetson into the premier private school for Jewish life in the south. Prior to coming to Stetson, Friedman worked as director of Community Relations and then as assistant director for Central Florida Hillel. In that position he oversaw all marketing and branding for Sam Friedman Sam Friedman as Hillel director DELANDSam Friedman has been selected to be Stetson Universitys first Hillel direc tor. In this position, Friedman will help shape Hillel as the center of Jewish student life on campus and engage stu dents in Jewish life, learning and Israel. We are thrilled to have Sam join us at Stetson Uni versity, said Joel Bauman, vice president of Enrollment Management and Interim Hillel adviser. He is a na tionally recognized leader at Hillel International and in the wider Jewish community in Florida. Having helped grow the national stature of Cen Friedman on page 14A
PAGE 2A HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, APRIL 6, 2018 COS Youth Players present Feathers in the Wind Congregation Ohev Shalom Youth Players present Feath ers in the Wind, April 15 and 18 at the synagogue. Feathers in the Wind is a comedy and musical based on the whimsi cal characters of the Wise Men Of Chelm. The story takes the audience on a journey to try and understand what Gods plan is for the people of Chelm. Through a series of mishaps and poor decisions they finally realize what they need to do. The performance promises to leave the audience laughing and smiling. The cast includes COS 4th-12th graders, in no par ticular order: Jacob Slavkin, Jonah Podberesky, Mason Gold, Liam McNarny, Tobias Krause, Stephanie Krause, Jared Weiss, Mitchell Spec tor, Zachary Asarnow, Han nah Schenkel, Sara Schen kel, Hannah Bloom, Sadie Waldbaum, Arden Wallman, Zoe Myers-Bochner, Emma Gotlib, Marni Stein, Melissa Geller, Abigail Siegel, Sarah Gross, July Crawford, Abi Ko lin, Dena Kolin, Livia Smith. Addison Siegel, Lisi Zimmon and Maya Silver. Cantor Allan Robuck is the musical director and Amy Ge boff is the director/producer. Show times are Sun day, April 15, 1:30 p.m. and Wednesday, April 18, 6:45 p.m. Pizza and salad will be sold prior to both shows. Sponsor ships and placement of ads in the playbill are available. Tickets and meals can be purchased ahead of time at http://www.ohevshalom.org/ event/youthplay. Who says Federation events are serious? Thats Federations leadership(back row) Rhonda Forest, Ed Bromberg, Geanne Share, Jeannie Leavitt, Michael Soll and Ming Marx; (front row), Danielle Kris and Brad Jacobscutting loose at Choices 2018; and a group of the women attending Choices just having fun. See the story about Choice 2018 on page 8A. Carina Gerscovich start at $10 for Club members, $15 for non-members and $20 at the door. The price of admission provides attendees with food and one drink. To purchase your tickets for this fun evening, visit https:// jpav.ticketspice.com/2018cocktails-for-a-cause. The Jewish Pavilion has been bringing community to the doorsteps of elder-care residents since 2001. You can personally make a differ ence. Become a fan at Face book.com/jewishpavilion. Make a donation or learn more by visiting JewishPavilion.org. Last call for tickets to the Citrus Clubs Toast of The Jewish Pavilion Temple Israel, a progres sive Conservative synagogue, prides itself on its lay leader ship during services and Torah readings. This egalitarian model ensures that congre gants will experience services led by people who are just like them on most occasions. This has proven very popular and a powerful spiritual model which is becoming more common around the country. Although Jewish cantorial professionals have amazing skills, the bimah should be a place where all can lead. On the other hand, Temple Is rael recently had a wonderful weekend with the renowned vocal artist Sam Glaser, which was made possible thanks to a collaboration with Temple Shir Shalom and the Jew ish Federation of Greater Orlando. This experience whetted the members ap petite for more singing and engagement. Creating that engagement with the congre gation is a unique skill and Temple Israel is looking for a unique person to help bring it to us on a regular basis. Therefore, Temple Israel is seeking to hire an experi enced, personable service leader who can lead our services once a month. Canto rial training is preferred but lay leaders who have a deep understanding of the service liturgy and a strong ability to connect with a congregation are welcome to apply. We are looking for someone with a pleasing voice who will encour age congregational participa tion and enhance the tefillah of the community rather than perform for it. He/she needs be conversant in both traditional and contempo rary melodies. Torah reading will continue to be handled by volunteers and the rabbi. If youre interested, please submit a resume and voice sample recording to Rabbi Joshua Neely. (rabbi@tiflorida. org). Temple Israel is located at 50 S. Moss Road in Winter Springs, 32708. 407-647-3055. Enhancing membership at Temple Israel tendees to this exciting happy hour have the opportunity to enjoy fabulous food, beautiful sunset views and enhanced networking opportunities, all while learning more about the important community work of The Jewish Pavilion. This is the second year in a row the Club is hosting The Jewish Pavilion. Typically, a nonprofit is not invited to return in back-to-back years. But because last years event resulted in the highest at tendance United For a Pur pose event of the year (200 compared to the next closest attendance of 110), the Club extended a repeat invitation. 100 percent of proceeds from the evenings event will be given to The Jewish Pavilion. A big credit for last years success belongs to Jewish Pa vilion board member Carina Gerscovich. While serving as both a volunteer last year with The Jewish Pavilion and also a member of the Clubs Lead ership Alliance, Gerscovich worked with both groups to facilitate the inaugural event. Because last years event was so successful, The Jewish Pavilion will be honoring Ger scovich at the organizations 2018 Elayne Burke Wershil Fashion Show. The Citrus Club is located at 255 South Orange Ave., Suite 1800; and the event will be held Monday, April 16 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Ticket prices Come join members of the Citrus Club as they honor The Jewish Pavilion at the April 16 United For a Purpose event. Hosted by the Clubs Leadership Alliance and held in the Clubs scenic downtown location, at Congregation Ohev Shalom Mens Club is celebrating the post-tax deadline recess on Tuesday, April 17 at Millers Ale House in Winter Park Village, 1251 Lee Road, Winter Park. Enjoy some post-tax season reliefa beer and good con versation with friends from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. For more information, contact Michael Asher at 407-401-3522. Please RSVP to Asher at michaeldasher3@ gmail.com. When taxes are done, its time to have fun Make this a race to remem ber and win one of the top male or female awards in your age bracket. The 34th Annual 5K Road Race starts at 8 a.m., Sunday, April 29, at The Roth Family JCC in Maitland and finishes at 1 p.m. at the JCC. The cost to enter is $25, which includes entry into the race, a race t-shirt, and postrace bagels, bananas and pool party. Register at www.or landojcc.org/calendar/5k Registrations after 6 p.m., April 24 will be $35. Race packets will be avail able at the JCC beginning Wednesday, April 25: Wednesday: noon-8 p.m.; Thursday: noon8 p.m.; Friday: noon5:30 p.m.; Saturday: 10 a.m.4 p.m.; and Sunday (race day): 7 a.m. All proceeds will benefit the JCCs Marvin & Bon nie Friedman Scholarship Fund and JCC programs and services. Anyone want to be in a road race?
HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, APRIL 6, 2018 PAGE 3A Capehart Photography More than 500 evangelical Christians and Jews from across North America gathered at Mar-a-Lago on March 25 for the Together in Fellowship gala. cies towards Israel, such as his recognition of Jerusalem as its capital. It also comes as last year many charities and other organized canceled event plans at Mar-a-Lago following Trumps contro versial remarks after a whitesupremacist rally that turned violent in Charlottesville, Va. A new era where Israel wins Israels Ambassador to the United Nations Danny Danon received The Fellowships Defender of Israel Award at the gala and told JNS that in representing Israel at the United Nations, sometimes I feel that I am alone, but I know that I am not. I know that we have millions of Chris tians and Jews who support Israel. And tonight is a sign of the great support that we have from different countries around the world. The ambassador also talked about Israels upcoming sev en-decade anniversary, saying he believes its a miracle that Israel has come so far and ac complished so much in such a short period of time. He told JNS.org we are very proud of what we have achieved in the short 70 years, adding that he will be celebrating the landmark by taking 70 ambassadors from the world body on a trip to Israel. On stage at the gala, Danon talked about U.S.-Israel rela tions, especially at the United Nations. He said U.S. Ambas sador to the United Nations Nikki Haley once told him that as long as she is around, America will always have Israels back. [Its] the strongest alley we have, said Danon. Seventy years later, the U.S. remains the first country to stand by Israel through thick and thin, and there is nowhere I feel that more than what I feel at the UN... Me and Ambassador Haley, we play defense and offense. He also addressed the five resolutions against Israel passed at the United Nations on Friday, saying, Im telling you now, [the] U.S. will take action and Israel will take action [against them]. At Mar-a-Lago, Christians and Jews celebrate Israel, unity and a strong partnership Capehart Photography Israeli Ambassador to the UN Danny Danon (l) and The Fellowship Founder and President Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein at the Together in Fellowship gala. Danons late father taught him about speaking up and standing strong in support of Israel, he told the audience. He said, Nowhere have I felt the importance of my fathers words more than at the UN Its why I came to the UN I heard stories about this place. I didnt realize how bad it was until I arrived, but let me tell you, today we are shaking things up at the UN We are bringing a new future for Israel at the UN A new era where Israel wins. The Fellowship also hon ored Museum of the Bible Chairman and Hobby Lobby President Steve Green, and VitaQuest Founder Edward Frankel with a Bridge Builder Award. The events keynote speaker was former Cana dian Prime Minister Stephen Harper. Where religious free dom and religious toler ance flourishes During his speech, Harper said Trump deserves enor mous credit and congratula tions for recognizing Jeru salem as the capital of Israel. That was one of the rare times I actually wish I was back in office, and I couldve stood and done that with President Trump, he said. The former premier addi tionally spoke of his clear and very consistent defense of Israel, and his special ad miration for the Jewish state. He said his ancestors have always been pro-Jewish, and told the audience that his fa ther was a life-longer admirer of the Jewish people, and a strong and vocal opponent of anti-Semitism in Canada. Harper discussed radical Islam and the Iranian re gime, particularly the Iranian nuclear program that threat ens both Israel and Western nations. He then talked about the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement and urged pro-Israel supporters that whenever we encounter [BDS], we should denounce it vocally, loudly and with every fiber of our being. He concluded his speech by insisting that Israel is not at fault for the lack of peace in the Middle East. It is not because of anything Israel had done or not done, he said in his final remarks. It is not because of Israels failures or imperfections, Israels exis tence or policies... In too many countries, it is still easier to scapegoat Israel then copy its success, and its only in Israel where religious freedom and religious toleration flourishes in the Middle East. I tell my friends in politics around the world, never be afraid to take the right posi tion on Israel. And I also tell organizations like this, never be reluctant to be proud of Is rael... [It is] an oasis of wealth, freedom, culture, technology and security in the most dan gerous and troubled part of the world. I think Israel may be the most remarkable country that has ever been created. By Shiryn Solny (JNS)As many as 500 evangelical Christians and Jews from around the world gathered on March 25 at U.S. President Donald Trumps Mar-a-Lago resort in Palm Beach, Fla.otherwise known as the Winter White Housefor a one-of-a-kind event celebrating Israels up coming 70th anniversary, as well as the unity of Christians and Jews supporting the Jew ish state. Hosted by the International Fellowship of Christians and Jews (also known as The Fellowship), the Together In Fellowship gala raised $1.67 million that will be put toward two causes: a new educational campaign for the next generation of Christians and Jews to help deepen their bonds with Israel and the Jew ish people; and helping elderly Holocaust survivors living in poverty by providing them with food, medicine, heating fuel and personal visits they desperately need in their final years. The latter is already one of the more than 400 global initiatives undertaken by The Fellowship. Its a great honor to have everybody at Mar-a-Lago, a special place for a special group of people, Trump told the gathering in a video mes sage recorded shortly before the gala. The president left his weekend retreat several hours before the start of the event to head back to Washington, D.C. I wanted to be there so badly. I had to leavewe have some pretty big things going on with our country, but our country is doing really well. Your taxes are down, your regulations are down, a lot of good things are happen ing, were appointing a lot of fantastic federal judges, and I think you are all very happy with the results. So Ill see you next time. I hope you have a fantastic evening. Guests hailed from through out the United States, Canada, Israel, the Netherlands, Ja maica and Brazil. Half were Christian, half were Jewish. The evening began with a VIP poolside reception, with hors doeuvres and drinks, followed by a general sit-down recep tion and three-course meal inside Mar-a-Lagos exquisite ballroom. The Fellowships founder and president, Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein, started off the evening speaking about the galas distinctiveness. He told the crowd: Tonight is the first time I believe in history where Christians together with Jews are celebrating the 70th anniversary of the state of Israel. Its not Christians inviting Jews and Jews inviting Christians; its Christians and Jews, and that is the theme for us tonight... there were those who were dubious, there was those who said no it cannot be done, and here we are together. Eckstein also talked about the organizations new head quarters, The Fellowship House, which will be, as he said, a home away from home for the 1.5 million Christians who visit Israel each year. The rabbi said it will be located right next door to the new U.S. embassy in Jerusaleman announce ment that drew loud applause from the crowd. He noted that Israeli American bil lionaire Haim Saban is one of the Fellowships greatest sup porters, who has contributed $1 million toward the new headquarters. The decision to hold the event at Trumps South Flor ida property was likely a stra tegic decision by Eckstein. His organization draws heavily from support by evangelical Christians, who also over whelmingly support Trump and have applauded his poli Q: What prompted you and your friends to donate an ambucycle to United Hatzalah for Israels 70th? A: There is a group of guys Ive known since kindergarten. Weve known each other for 75 years, more or less. And we try to spend several weekends a year together and try to get together on New Years Eve. We all went to yeshivah in Borough Park in Brooklyn together. We all went different ways, but we are still very close. We are turning 80 this year, and we thought it would be nice commemoration of our birthdays to do something that saves lives, and I cant imagine a charity more worthy than Hatzalah. It has led the way in quick availability on the scenes of acts of terrorism. And so we all agreed to make contributions and to dedicate this ambucycle on Yom Haatzmaut [Israel Independence Day]. Q: What else are you doing to celebrate Israels big year? A: Ive been to Israel for every one of its major birthdays from the 30th on. Im hoping to be there to celebrate Israels 70th, and my real goal in life is to be there to celebrate its 80th. Q: What do you think of when you reflect on Israel at 70? A: No country in the history of the world ever contributed more to the welfare of humankind in such a short period of time than Israel. Hatzalah is a perfect representative of that. In Hatzalah, you have Jews and Arabs, Christians and Muslims, atheists, religious and secular, people living in the territories all working together to save lives. It represents the best of Israel. People call Israel the startup nation, and I call it the lifesaving nation. Israel has saved United Hatzalah Alan Dershowitz speaking at a ceremony highlighting his donation of a ambucycle to Israels volunteer medic organization, United Hatzalah. Alan Dershowitz on Israel at 70: A Light Unto the World lives through its medical technological breakthroughs, through its agricultural breakthroughs and through its pharmaceutical breakthroughs. Israel saves more lives in teaching the world how to prevent terrorism, in teaching the world how to absorb immigrants... Israel has really been a light unto the world for 70 years, and I think its important to commemorate and look forward. Q: How do you define the U.S.-Israel relationship at this point in time? A: It couldnt be stronger. Its very, very positive, but there are trends that are quite dangeroustrends among young Democrats [turning] away from Israel pose risks to the bipartisan consensus in support of Israel. And thats why I remain within the By Eliana Rudee (JNS)Ahead of Israels 70th birthday in May, longtime Harvard University law professor, attorney and author Alan Dershowitz announced that he is donating an ambucycle to Israels volunteer medic organization, United Hatzalah, in honor of his 80th birthday. JNS interviewed Mr. Dershowitz about this gift and to hear his thoughts on Israel at 70and what the next seven decades might look like. Dershowitz on page 15A
PAGE 4A HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, APRIL 6, 2018 Letter from Israel Terror here and elsewhere THE VIEWS EXPRESSED ON THIS PAGE ARE NOT NECESSARILY THE VIEWS OF HERITAGE MANAGEMENT. CENTRAL FLORIDAS INDEPENDENT JEWISH VOICE ISSN 0199-0721 Winner of 46 Press Awards HERITAGE Florida Jewish News (ISN 0199-0721) is published weekly for $37.95 per year to Florida ad dresses ($46.95 for the rest of the U.S.) by HERITAGE Central Florida Jewish News, Inc., 207 OBrien Road, Suite 101, Fern Park, FL 32730. Periodicals postage paid at Fern Park and additional mailing offices. POSTMASTER: Send address changes and other correspondence to: HERITAGE, P.O. Box 300742, Fern Park, FL 32730. PHONE NUMBER (407) 834-8787 FAX (407) 831-0507 MAILING ADDRESS P.O. Box 300742 Fern Park, FL 32730 email: email@example.com Editor/Publisher Jeffrey Gaeser Editor Emeritus Associate Editor News Editor Gene Starn Kim Fischer Christine DeSouza Account Executives Kim Fischer Marci Gaeser Contributing Columnists Jim Shipley Mel Pearlman David Bornstein Ed Ziegler Production Department David Lehman Gil Dombrosky Joyce Gore Society Editor Gloria Yousha Office Manager Paulette Alfonso By Ira Sharkansky A Palestinian used his car as a weapon and drove into a cluster of soldiers alongside an IDF base in the West Bank. He killed two and injured two others. A few days later, a Pales tinian stabbed a security guard in Jerusalems Old City. Those were the third, fourth, and fifth deaths so far in 2018 attributed to Palestinian terror. That equals the number of American Jews that we know were killed by gunfire. Four Jewish students and one Jewish teacher were killed in the school shooting at Parkland, Florida. The number of Israeli deaths from terror has ranged from 6 to 36 annually in recent years. We can quarrel if the numbers are as impor tant as the continued threat, or what can be done to deal with it. Just as dead and tragic are more than 30,000 Americans and about 300 Israelis who die annually from traffic accidents. In terms of the incidence of traffic deaths per billion vehicle miles, American roads and/or drivers are about 30 percent more dangerous than those of Israel. And according to murder rates, Americans are three times more danger ous than Israelis. Weve also been reminded of Islamic terror in France. The most recent terror attacks in Israel here have produced the usual responses. Media devoted considerable attention to the incidents, interviews with family members and friends of those killed, and updates on the condition of the wounded. Members of the Palestinian drivers family insisted that it was a traffic accident; that the young man was law abiding and had no connection with politics. After a few hours of questioning, the driver admitted that he intended to kill Jews, but that it was a spur of the moment decision and had no connec tion with anyone else. Israeli security forces have already closed his family residence, and have begun the legal process intended to destroy it. Some 70 members of his extended family have lost the permits that allowed them to work in Israel. No doubt some will continue to arrive surreptitiously. That may be more difficult, however, if Israeli officials continue with their announced intention of extending the security wall to put their village on the other side. Merchants in the Muslim Quarter of the Old City, near where the stabbing occurred, have been charged with knowing that an attack was imminent, and not doing anything against it. Should we worry about collective punish ment, or see such moves as reasonable ways of dealing with terror coming from a culture where family and community loyalties are pervasive. Some politicians are calling for the applica tion of the death penalty. Others dispute the effectiveness of a death penalty; see it as a spur to more terror; and cite the legal hassles, time, and expense likely if a military court uses exist ing provisions to sentence the driver to death. The Palestinian who stabbed a guard in the Old City was shot and killed by security personnel. One can doubt that Israel will solve its problem with the Palestinians any sooner than Americans will deal with its guns. A recent incident of police killing a black man holding a cell phone, then saying it looked like a pistol, suggests the limits of arming teach ers as a response to mass attacks at schools. Parkland has provoked a mass response in favor of doing something about weapons, but the task is enormous. Responses can vary between 50 states and thousands of local jurisdictions. Advocates of control are talk ing about increasing the age of those allowed to buy guns, or tweaking the details of the weapons available. There are advocates of a general response from the Supreme Court, equivalent to the 1973 decision about abortion. It could take the form of a ruling that the Second Amend ment stands for the right of States to maintain militias in the form of the National Guard, and not for a general right of citizens to have firearms. One shouldnt bet a great deal of that happening anytime soon. Israel takes care in providing gun permits. Among the requirements are prior military service, approvals as to criminal record, mental and physical health; and either a work place or residence where a weapon is considered necessary. Aside from cynicism, fatalism, and another rendition of the problems in the way of true peace between Israelis and Palestinians, there seems little to be done that hasnt already being done. With respect to killing by car, the IDF is extending the protection of problematic lo cations with meter-high concrete posts put in place at bus stops where Palestinians had used their cars to attack people waiting for transportation. Officials are warning security personnel and the public that were approaching several events likely to be associated with increased attacks: Land Day when Arabs commemorate an event in 1976, Passover, Israels 70th an niversary, the movement of the US Embassy to Jerusalem, and Ramadan. We can expect the closing of crossing points between Palestinian and Israeli areas on several of those occasions, as well as increased police and military patrols. Theres also been an uptick in the incidence of events on the border of Gaza, so far without Israeli casualties and a minimum of Palestinian casualties associated with Israeli responses. Hamas is threatening to send thousands of civilians to the border with Israel, saying it will assert the right of refugees return to their homes. Israeli security personnel are training, getting the tear gas and water cannons ready, as well as snipers. Further afield, and more dangerous, are the continued actions of Iran to supply and incite violence against Israel. There may be thou sands of missiles capable of reaching Israel. Things could be better, and theyve been a lot worse. We can be optimistic, but cautious. Comments welcome. firstname.lastname@example.org. By Stephen M. Flatow (JNS)Have you ever read a news report about a Palestinian Arab who starved to death? Even one? Of course not, because it never happens. Yet the foreign minister of Sweden is now claiming that the Palestinian Authority must provide salaries to terrorists and their families because otherwise, they will starve. Sweden, which was the first country in the European Union to recognize the P.A.-occupied territories as the State of Palestine, has given the Palestinians more than $700 million in aid since 1993. The Swedes are now in the middle of handing out another five-year, $183 million grant package to them. In an interview by the Swedish Jewish news paper Judisk Krnika (Jewish Chronicle) on March 19, Swedish Foreign Minister Margot Wallstrm was asked how she felt about Swed ish tax dollars contributing to the P.A.s policy of providing salaries to imprisoned terrorists and the families of dead terrorists. The foreign minister squirmed. Are people supposed to starve to death or what? What are these families supposed to do if they dont receive money? she replied, according to a translation provided by the Swedish-born journalist Annika HernrothRothstein. Thats an interesting propaganda tactic. Pretend that what your opponent advocates will result in the death of innocent people. That immediately discredits anyone who disagrees with you. After all, anybody who wants to see little childrenof any background or national itydie of starvation is surely a wicked person who must be ignored. We hear similar demagoguery when Palestinian advocates want Israel to permit the entry of all goods into Gaza. Right now, Israel prevents the Gaza Strip from importing weapons and dual-use items, such as concrete. Even U.S. Mideast peace processor Dennis Ross has admitted that allowing the entry of concrete is a mistake because the Hamas regime uses it to build terror tunnels instead of resident housing. Hamass Western apologists often claim that little Palestinian children in Gaza are starv ing to death because of Israels cold-hearted blockade. In reality, the only way they are not eating enough is if their normal diet consists of hand grenades and automatic rifles. You can be sure that if even a single Pales tinian Arab ever died of starvation, it would be front-page news around the world for weeks on end. You havent heard about it because it hasnt happened. Do you know what percentage of Pales tinian children in Gaza are malnourished? Not starving, but simply malnourished? UNICEF screened 7,969 Gaza children for malnutrition-related disorders in 2016. It found a total of 489 children were malnour ished. Thats 6 percent. Wallstrm either knows that number or could obtain it in two minutes. Yet she prefers to falsely suggest that large numbers of kids are on the brink of starvation and would drop dead if the P.A. didnt give them financial rewards for the murderous attacks carried out by their imprisoned or deceased parents. And in case youre wondering how the Palestinian malnutrition rate of 6 percent compares to a similar rate in the United States, note that according to the organization Feeding America, one in six (16.7 percent) of American children dont know when their next meal will be. According to the United States Department of Agriculture, 16.6 percent of American households with children under the age of 6 live with food insecurity, which is defined as being uncertain of having, or unable to acquire, enough food to meet their needs. A few days after the interview with Wall strm, it occurred to somebody in her press office that the ministers comments might sound less than plausible. So, they sent a clarification to the interviewer, insisting that Swedens aid to the P.A. does not go directly into the pockets of imprisoned terrorists or their families. Thats just one more cheap trick. Foreign aid obviously is fungible. Swedens lavish aid grants to the P.A. free up other funds are then used to reward terrorism. If the Swedes are truly concerned about the quality of nutrition among the families of imprisoned or dead terrorists, why dont they ship them food? Instead of sending the money to the PA.whose notoriously corrupt leaders routinely siphon off funds intended for humanitarian purposesSweden could send care packages directly to families. That said, the families of terrorists shouldnt count on receiving packages of Swedish meat balls any time soon. Officials in the Nordic country dont genuinely care about the wellbeing of individual Palestinians. They only spout this nonsense about starving children when they want to bash Israel or protect the P.A. from criticism. Its just one more rhetorical weapon in the never-ending international campaign of harassment against the Jewish state. 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 Palestinian terrorist attack in 1995. Swedish meatballs for Palestinian terrorists By Caroline Glick President Donald Trumps decision to ap point former UN Ambassador John Bolton to serve as his national security adviser is arguably the most significant single step he has taken to date toward implementing his America First foreign policy since taking office. The news hit Americas enemies and competitorsfrom Pyongyang to Teheran to Moscow to Beijinglike a wall of bricks Thursday night. Early criticisms on the political right of Boltons appointment have centered on two points. First, it is argued that Bolton, who has been involved in U.S. foreign policymaking since the Reagan administration, is a creature of the Washington foreign policy swamp. While it is true that Bolton held senior foreign policy positions in both Bush admin istrations, he has always been a thorn in the side of the establishment rather than a member of that establishment. For the better part of three decades, Bolton has bravely held positions that fly in the face of the establishments innate preference for ap peasement. He was a vocal critic, for example, of then-President Bill Clintons disastrous nuclear diplomacy with North Korea. The 1994 Agreed Framework that Clinton concluded with Pyongyang was touted as a peaceful resolution of the nuclear crisis with North Korea. In exchange for shuttering its nuclear installations, North Korea received light water reactors from the U.S. and massive economic relief. As Bolton warned it would, North Korea pocketed the concessions and gifts and continued to develop its nuclear weapons. In other words, far from preventing North Korea from developing nuclear weapons, the Agreed Framework preserved the North Ko rean nuclear program and enabled the regime to develop it effectively with U.S. assistance. For his warnings, Bolton has been reviled as a warmonger and a superhawk by the foreign policy elite. President George W. Bush appointed Bolton to serve as UN ambassador in 2005 in a recess appointment. Three moderate Republicans on the Senate Foreign Affairs Committee, Lincoln Chafee (RI), Chuck Hagel (ND), and George Voinovich (OH), signaled that they would op pose Boltons confirmation. At the time, rumors surfaced that thenSecretary of State Condoleezza Rice had quietly undercut Boltons confirmation in private con versations with senators. Those rumors were denied, and Rice publicly supported Boltons confirmation. But in 2016, Rice, along with her mentor, former secretary of state James Baker, and her deputy and successor as national security adviser, Stephen Hadley, openly op posed President Trumps intention to appoint Bolton deputy secretary of state. At the same time, all three lobbied Trump to appoint outgo ing Secretary of State Rex Tillerson. Bolton was a vocal opponent of Rices nucle ar diplomacy with North Korea, undertaken after Pyongyang conducted its first nuclear test in 2006. He also opposed Rices pursuit of diplomatic ties with Iran through negotia tions in Iraq. In both cases, as events showed, Boltons criticisms were all in place. Rices nuclear diplomacy with North Ko rea emboldened the regime, and enabled its continued testing of nuclear weapons and development of ballistic missiles. In Irans case, Rices negotiations with the Iranians in 2007 and 2008 set the stage for then-President Barack Obamas nuclear talks with Tehran, which led to the 2015 nuclear deal. That deal, like the 1994 Agreed Framework John Boltons appointment is an America First move Glick on page 15A
HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, APRIL 6, 2018 PAGE 5A By Sarah N. Stern (JNS)For a quarter of a century, the Palestinian Authority has cynically wrapped itself inside a fig leaf dubbed as the Peace Process. The naked truth, however, is that it has been using every means available to incite for, incentivize and reward terrorism. With Fridays passage of the Taylor Force Act, which aims to deduct payments to Palestinian prisoners and martyrs, fissures are finally emerging in its iron wall of deception. The phrase Peace Process served as an ingenious linguistic sedative, lulling the international community into the dream of a peaceful P.A. The harsh reality is that the objective of the P.A. has never been peace, but the gradual, staged elimination of the State of Israel. The P.A. has been consistently teaching their children that Jews and Israelis are odious, detestable creatures, and their final elimination would be of huge benefit to the Palestinian people, the Arab world and all of humanity. The Palestinian National Covenant was adopted on May 28, 1963, in which most of the 33 articles invoke an armed struggle until the Zionist entity is totally wiped out and Palestine is liberated. Note that this happened four years before the 1967 Six-Day War, so it had nothing to do with the disputed territories that followed that war, and everything to do with the 1948 War of Independence and the sheer existence of Israel. In April 1996, amid the euphoria of the signing of the Oslo Accords and under much political pressure from the Clinton administration, the Palestinian National Council had a well-publicized vote to discuss whether to revoke the covenant. Despite the fanfare, they voted simply to extend the period of time to decide on what to do. P.A. spokesperson Marwan Kanfani emerged from the meeting, saying: This is not an amendment. It is a license to start anew, to found a new resolution, a new charter. This is really a vote to form a committee to look into it. The committee never was formed; the members never appointed; no meetings were subsequently announced. Yet the international media was ablaze with headlines of how the P.A. had renounced the charter. Peter Jennings, the anchor of World News Tonight began his broadcast with: They said it couldnt be done. The P.A. has revoked its charter calling for the destruction of Israel. The PNC didnt convene until 2009, in which Fatah spokesman Nabil Shaath said that the covenant cannot be changed. Azaam al Ahmed, another P.A. spokesman said it [the covenant] will remain as is. It wont be subject to change. We have the right to practice all forms of national struggle. Nevertheless, for decades the world convinced themselves that the P.A. was actually a peaceful entity, the moderate alternative to Hamas. The P.A. has been playing a dubious game. It had used all means available to systematically indoctrinate their people to despise and murder Israelis and Jews, using textbooks, childrens television shows, sporting and cultural events to demonize Jews, to praise the shahid, The end of the era of Palestinian deception (martyr) and to encourage their youth to follow in this glorious path. As Itamar Marcus of Palestinian Media Watch writes, P.A. libels claim that Israel conspires to infect Palestinians with AIDS, spread drug addiction, conspired and successfully murdered Arafat, and more. The P.A.s goal has been to inculcate hatred to the degree that fighting and murdering Jews and Israelis will be glorified as heroic self-defense. After so many years of this systematic indoctrination, its no wonder that murdering Jews and Israelis is seen as a heroic act in the eyes of many Palestinians, and a regnant value of the P.A. In 2015, Palestinian Authority leader Mahmoud Abbas said: We bless every drop of blood that has been spilled for Jerusalem, which is clean and pure blood. In defiance of the United States, the P.A. just announced that it will now directly pay the prisoners and the families of martyrs to the tune of $355 million a year. Does this not constitute material support for terrorism? At least, however, so far as the U.S. Congress is concerned, the gig is finally up. Sarah N. Stern is founder and president of the Endowment of Middle East Truth, EMET, an unabashedly pro-Israel and pro-American think tank and policy shop in Washington, D.C. By Jonathan S. Tobin (JNS)At this years AIPAC conference, a great deal of attention was given to organizational efforts to present Israel as an attractive cause for Democrats and liberals to continue to embrace. As I noted earlier this month, while perils are associated with any attempt to rebrand the Jewish state without addressing the core issues of the conflict, the group got generally good reviews for working hard to address major concerns for the pro-Israel community. Fueling those worries was a recent Pew Research Center poll that highlighted the growing gap between how Republicans and Democrats view Israel. While the GOP seems to be leaning more proIsrael, the Democrats seem to be heading in the opposite direction. Those numbers were easily explained by a Republican base dominated by Christian conservatives who are passionate about Israel, and a Democratic base whose activists are vulnerable to specious intersectional arguments that portray the Palestinians as the moral equivalent to blacks in the Jim Crow Deep South. The fact that the leadership of the Womens Marchthe engine of the increasingly important anti-Trump resistanceis dominated by sympathizers of Louis Farrakhan, and Israel opponents like Tamika Mallory and Linda Sarsour, has only highlighted this problem. But for all of the fears of the growing polarization between the parties, the predictions of the death of the bipartisan consensus on Israel are, to paraphrase Mark Twain, greatly exaggerated. As a new Gallup poll shows, support for Israel in the United States hit record levels. Americans of every age, ethnicity, religious group and political stripe like Israel, and back it against the Palestinians. Those who question why U.S. foreign policy remains so pro-Israel need to reckon with the fact that most Americans just love the Jewish state. The basic numbers are impressive. The percentage of Americans who favor Israel over the Palestinians scores 64 percent. That ties an alltime high that has only been reached twice before in 1991 and 2003. Whats so fascinating about that number is that Israel should be so popular at this particular time. Those two previous years came in moments of crisis. In 1991, Israel was under attack from Iraqi SCUD missiles during the Persian Gulf War. In 2003, the second intifada was raging. Its easy to understand why images of Israelis suffering missile attacks as a form of revenge against Americas effort to rescue Kuwait or being blown up in buses and cafes by Palestinian terrorists would engender sympathy. But Israel is not currently being attacked. The assumption has been that President Donald Trumps tilt towards Israel would alienate both centrists and liberals who see anything associated with him in a negative light. The unpopularity of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is also supposed to be a drag on Israels popularity, as is the mainstream medias continued assertions that West Bank settlements, rather than Palestinian intransigence, remains the obstacle to peace in the Middle East. But the numbers dont back up those assumptions. Gallups survey is useful because researchers have been asking these same questions of the public for decades. That makes the fact that Israels favorability ratings come in at an all-time high is something for both its friends and its critics to ponder. Indeed, in the last 12 months, which coincide with Trumps first year in the White House, the already positive numbers increased again. In 2017, Israel was viewed positively by 71 percent of Americans and negatively by 27 percent. In 2018, the totals are 74 percent positive and only 23 percent negativea net gain of nine points. To put that in perspective, there are no U.S. politicians and few foreign places or people viewed as positively by Americans as Israels net plus 51 percent favorability rating. Its true that a huge gap exists between the two parties. A staggering 87 percent Why AIPAC can literally count on support of Republicans sympathize with Israel, as opposed to 49 percent of Democrats. That still means that fully half of the Democrats stand on the side of the Jewish state. Were also told that young people are rejecting Israel. Its true that many college campuses have seen a rise in support for the BDS (boycott, divestment and sanctions) movement. But Gallup also tells us that 65 percent of Americans ages 18 to 34 back Israel. While thats admittedly lower than the 80 percent of support Israel gets from those 55 and older, it still reflects a solid consensus. Nor is there anything in the poll to encourage Israels foes. Only 27 percent of Democrats view the Palestinians favorably, as opposed to a mere 13 percent of Republicans. By Monim Harun JERUSALEM (JTA)Israel, dont shut the door in our faces. My name is Monim Harun, an asylum seeker from Sudan. I was born in a small village nested between mountains and forests, where we lived together as one big family. At a young age I was separated from my family and the people I loved most in the world when the militia forces attacked our village. They went through the village killing every man and boy in sight, but by a miracle I survived. My mother wanted me to live in a safer place and have the opportunity to study, so in 2001, at the age of 12, she sent me to the other side of the country, to the Blue Nile region of the Republic of Sudan. When I left the village it felt bittersweetleaving behind my mother and sisters, and the people I loved. But I knew that in doing so, I would be able to acquire new skills that would help me rebuild my community on my return. In the Blue Nile region I completed elementary through high school, and was accepted to Blue Nile University. I spent three years there studying toward a degree in electrical engineeringfive years are required for the program. During those years I joined a student organization that fights against the rule of radical Islam in Sudan, and calls for a democratic, secular and liberal system of government. My involvement in social and political advocacy wound up placing my life in great danger, all the more so because my Fur ethnicity is one against which the Sudanese government has been perpetrating genocide. In 2011, the Sudanese dictatorship decided to attack the area in which I was studying. I was forced to flee the Blue Nile region when the security forces began searching for me in order to arrest me. After trying many times to return and finish my studies, I finally realized in 2012 that I would not be able to remain in the country. The security forces continued searching for me and arrested some of my friends, one of whom was held in captivity for three years and only released in 2014. I fled to Egypt but was unable to remain there because the Muslim Brotherhood, who were in power at that time, were sympathetic to Sudans Islamist government. I made my way to Israel, arriving in June 2012. Upon arrival I was sent to prison for three years and later was told that I would be deported to the country from which I fled, despite my request for asylum and my statement that my life would be in danger if I were sent back. I was imprisoned for a year and a half in Saharonim prison and then was held in the Holot detention center until January 2015. Israels current deportation plan is the final stage in its established policy of pressuring us, the African asylum seekers, to leave the country. Israel has already been taking some of the money that we earn from our work in the lowliest jobs available (asylum seekers must put aside 20 percent of their salaries until they leave Israel) by refusing all of our asylum requests and imprisoning many of us indefinitely in Saharonim. All of these policies, and many others, stem from the states approach to us as infiltrators rather than refugees. The economic punishments inflicted upon us have indeed made our lives difficult, but that is certainly not what bothers us the most, nor is it what stands at the head of our struggle as asylum seekers. Our struggle is to be seen, and treated, as human beings. What is incredibly frightening to me is how the Israeli government has succeeded in disconnecting itself from the history and values of the Jewish people. How can the Jewish people forget the meaning of the word refugee? How can a people who were forced again and again to flee their homes decide not to give temporary refuge to those who are fleeing their homes today? Israel, dont shut the door in the faces of asylum seekers like me It is obvious to me that the majority of the Israeli public does not know why the Sudanese and Eritreans arrive in Israel. They do not see us as refugees. This raises the question: How would you define a refugee? A person who suffered force labor, violence, rape and torture in his own country is he not a refugee? Someone who was persecuted only because of her religion and ethnic backgroundis she not a refugee? A person forced to flee his home only because of his skin coloris he not a refugee? Someone whose village was burned and her family members killed in front of her eyesis she not a refugee? And he who survived a genocideis he not a refugee? AIPAC on page 15A Asylum 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 No country in the history of the world ever contributed more to the welfare of humankind in such a short period of time than Israel. Alan Dershowitz 68. 57-Across got 13 of em in 14 69. Ancient Jewish monastic 70. Bat Mitzvah request? Down 1. Larsons The ___ Side 2. Ex-dictator Amin 3. Franchise operator 4. Jewelry location, perhaps 5. Notable PED user 6. Neighbor of Aus. 7. The youngest Haim sister 8. Former Seattle basketball player, for short 9. Thus ___ the L-rd 10. Drivers lic. and others 11. Aida and Carmen 12. Lchaim! 13. Travis Kelce and Kareem Hunts team 18. Big name in candy bars 22. Slowed, in a car 23. Attorneys org. 24. Predicates counterpart, grammatically (abbr.) 25. Acne, slangily 26. Burger meat, often 29. Strikeout symbols, in baseball 32. Stanley Cup, e.g. 34. Liveliness 35. Hall-of-Famer Slaughter 37. Region bordering the Rhine 38. 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Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee star born April 29, 1954 41. Some kosher symbols 42. Debaters position, sometimes 43. Bucks mates 45. It comes before a bet? 48. Cleopatra biter 50. Letters avoided by kosher keepers 51. The Interview star born April 15, 1982 55. Ready Player One locale, with the 57. Running back Eddie 58. Higher power, to many 59. Executive, slangily 60. Shade of blonde 61. Til Death star born April 14, 1960 65. AKA alternative 66. Fed head Janet 67. Cupid, by a Greek name Easy puzzle April Fools by Yoni Glatt email@example.com The new PBS Docu mentary GI Jews: Jewish Americans in World War II, based on a book by the same name, will be shown on PBS networks on April 11 at 10 p.m. This film explores the profound and unique story of 550,000 Jewish men and women who served in World War II. These soldiers fought for their nation and their peoplechanging their lives forever. GI Jews: Jewish Americans in World War II on WUCF 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, APRIL 6 Seventh day of Passover Ahavas YisraelKabbalat, 30 minutes before sundown. SUNDAY, APRIL 8 Holocaust CenterYom Hashoah observance, 2 p.m. at Congregation of Reform Judaism, 928 Malone Dr., Orlando. Info: 407-628-0555. The Roth Family JCCJCC 39ers movie day 2 p.m. in the Senior Lounge. MONDAY, APRIL 9 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. WEDNESDAY, APRIL 11 Temple IsraelLunch & Learn with Rabbi Neely, noon1 p.m. A parashat discussion class. Open to the public, no RSVP needed. Info: 407-647-3055. THURSDAY, APRIL 12 Temple IsraelLunch & Learn with Rabbi Neely, noon1 p.m. A parashat discussion class. Open to the public, no RSVP needed. Info: 407-647-3055. The Jewish PavilionFashion Show at Bloomingdales at Mall at Millenia, Sutton Fashions, Level 2, 10:45 a.m. General admission: $25; Fashionista: $50, Couture Patron: $100, and Benefactor: $500, includes Mimosa Breakfast and fashion show. The Roth Family JCCJCC39erss current events discussion, 1:30 p.m., Bring a brown bag lunch. Dessert and coffee provided. FRIDAY, APRIL 13 Ahavas YisraelKabbalat, 30 minutes before sundown. Celebrate Shabbat with the Synagogue that feels like family. Shabbat evening service will be led by Rabbi Karen Allen on Friday, April 13th at 7 p.m. This special service will include a commemoration of Yom Hashoah, also known as Holocaust Remembrance Day. Socialize with our members and enjoy refreshments at the Oneg Shabbat following the service. The Rabbis Torah Roundtable Discussion Group with Rabbi Karen Allen of Congregation Beth Sholom will be held on Thursday, April 19th at 1 p.m. at the Sumter County Administration and Library Building (with the golden dome) at 7375 Powell Rd. (near Pinellas Plaza and 466A), Wildwood. The Rabbis Roundtable series explores the current Torah Portion and how it affects our daily lives. The roundtable provides a unique opportunity to talk with the rabbi as she leads an informal and interactive Torah study discussion. Celebrate Shabbat and Lag BOmer at our Saturday Morning Service led by Rabbi Karen Allen on April 28th at 10 a.m. A light Kiddush lunch will follow the service. The synagogue is located at 315 North 13th St. in Leesburg, with the entrance on Center Street. The synagogue is located at 315 North 13th St. in Leesburg, with the entrance on Center Street. More information is available on the synagogue website: http:// bethsholomflorida.org/ or by calling the synagogue at 352326-3692. Congregation Beth Sholom April 2018 schedule
HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, APRIL 6, 2018 PAGE 7A Hector Emanuel for the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism Jewish students leading the Reform movement to the March for Our Lives in Washington, D.C, March 24, 2018. We march today because its what we have to do to sleep tonight By Ron Kampeas WASHINGTON (JTA)The organizers of the March for Our Lives, almost all of them under 20, had a gun control agenda packed with specifics. They were able to get 800,000 people on and off of this citys Pennsylvania Avenue in three hours. They attracted A-list celebrities. They turned out marchers at more than 800 satellite events held around the world. But the politics and lo gistics of the weekend often paled next to the simple, and harrowing, stories of the students who were inside Mar jory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, on Feb. 14, when a gunman roamed their halls and killed 17 students and faculty. On the stage on Pennsylva nia Avenue on Saturday, Aali yah Eastmond and Samantha Fuentes described the terror they felt at Stoneman Douglas when the gunman burst in on their Holocaust studies class. Two students in the class, Nicholas Dworet and Helena Ramsey, were killed. Fuentes said she wanted a world where you dont have to worry about going into a Ho locaust history class to learn about death, and then experi March on page 15A ence it before your eyes. She was so overcome with emotion describing the day, she threw upand then completed her speech, with encouragement from the crowd. Marchers came from across the country, among them at least 2,500 Jewish teenagers from as far afield as California, Colorado and Minnesota. They threw sleeping bags on the floors of local synagogues and Jewish community centers under the aegis of the Reform movements North American Federation of Temple Youth, or NFTY. Beth Shalom Memorial ChapelProudly Serving Our Community For Over 35 YearsLdor vdor ... From Generation to Generation Traditional Jewish Funerals Non-Traditional Services Interstate Shipping Pre-Arranged Funerals Shalom Assurance Plan Headstones, Grave Markers407-599-1180 W.E. Manny Adams, LFD Samuel P. (Sammy) Goldstein, Exec. Directorwww.bethshalommemorialchapel.com
PAGE 8A HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, APRIL 6, 2018 More than 350 women and men converged on the Mait land Jewish Community Cam pus on the evening of March 26 for Choices, a community tradition that took on a bold, new look for its 24th year. Themed Women Trans forming Lives, this years fundraiser in support of the Jewish Federation of Greater Orlando was all about trans formations, starting with the venue, the Roth Family JCC gymnasium, which was draped, staged, decked out and lighted in dramatic fashion to create a formal yet intimate atmosphere. The production, which included a 20-foot HD video screen, was the work of AV Media, the events Dia mond Sponsor. Visual transformations aside, Choices 2018 was, from start to finish, a celebration of womens empowerment. Cochairs Shira Spector and Judy Kahan Davis welcomed the crowd and thanked Present ing Sponsor Harriett Lake for her support before segueing into the poignant Lights of Empowerment presentation. The candle-lighting ceremony was a tribute to women from 12 categories and vocations that have played a significant role in transforming the local Jewish community. A 13th candle was lighted in tribute to the Jewish women who passed away over the last few years as well as women whose names were shared in remem brance by Choices attendees. The women were the subject of a musical tribute video that concluded the presentation. Following the video, JFGO board secretary Ming Marx, and his wife, Hilary, joined by their two young sons, took the stage to talk about their life journey and how the Jewish Federation played a signifi cant role in helping them find a home in the local Jewish community through the PJ Library program, meaningful family events and the Born stein Leadership Development Program. After the formal program, women had another hour to socialize as co-chairs Spec tor and Davis announced the lucky winners of the Choices Raffle, which this year fea tured more than $10,000 worth of prizesincluding, for the first time, reserved parking spaces on both the Rosen and Roth Family JCC campuses. On the way out the door, women received swag bags, take-home totes that in cluded a sweet treat and other items from Choices sponsors, along with a spe cial keepsake button that featured original artwork submitted by children who participate in the Federa tions PJ Library, PJ Our Way and JTEN programs. Based on feedback from previous Choices fundraisers, the Federation limited the formal program to a half-hour so that attendees would have ample time to socialize. The revision was a hit with the women who attended. I lost count of how many women complimented us on all the changes we made this year to Choices, said Rhonda Forest, Federations Acting Executive Director. They re ally enjoyed having the extra time to socialize and catch up with their friends, and I loved that I was able to speak with more women and thank them in person for their support of Federation. Forest said she was also pleased that the Federation was able to have the highprofile event on the Maitland campus, which has a storied history in the local Jewish community and has long been a hub for Jewish life in Orlando. In addition to Harriett Lake and AV Media, top Choices sponsors included Ruby Spon sors Orlando Health and Krise Wealth Management. Forest announced two more upcoming Federationsponsored events for women: A Charmed by Charity event on May 24 at Alex and Ani, 356 South Park Ave., Win ter Park. During this special shopping event, 15 percent of the proceeds from all sales at Alex and Ani will be donated to the Federation. Keep an eye on the Federation website (www. jfgo.org) and the Fed Friday email in the weeks ahead for more details. Women in Politics, a discussion of women serv ing in elected office, will be presented in August by the Federations Jewish Com munity Relations Council. Details and speakers are still being confirmed for this event. You can view all the photos from Choices 2018 on the Fed erations Choices web page, www.jfgo.org/choices. Studio T Productions Helen Greenspun (r) with the help of Shira Spector, lights a candle representing the 12 women honored. Studio T Productions The Federation leadership: (l-r), Michael Soll, Rhonda Forest, Ming Marx, Brad Jacobs, Ed Bromberg, Jeannie Leavitt, Danielle Kris, and Geanne Share. Studio T Productions Shown here (l-r): Amy Geboff, Carol McNally, Helen Greenspun, Debbie Meitin, Gail Gold, Karen Broussard, Loren London, Rhonda Forest, Shira Spector, Judy Kahan Davis, Margo Lightman, Amy Imber, Phyllis Bochman, Susan Flower, Sasha Hausman. Studio T Productions More than 350 women and men attended the annual Choices event. Choices 2018: Celebrations and transformations Gidi Kroch, CEO of Leket Israel, with food that was deemed unsalvageable. (JNS)A new report pres ents, for the first time in Israel, a detailed model for the estimation of food loss in the retail and distribution sectors: in retail chains, open markets, local grocery stores and small retailers. Leket Israel, in partnership with BDO, released its Third National Report on Food Waste and Rescue in Israel at a press conference on Tuesday. It reveals that food loss in Israel this year amounts to 2.3 million tons with a market value of NIS 19.3 billion ($5.6 billion). A large part of the loss is salvageable; approximately 1.1 million tons, valued at NIS 7 billion ($2 billion). Almost half of the value of salvage able food is found in the retail and distribution sectors, with total food loss in these seg ments amounting to 400,000 tons this year, worth NIS 4.2 billion ($1.2 billion). The loss in the retail and distribution sectors is of particularly high economic value since it includes the entire investment: growth, production, packaging and transportation. This refers specifically to food that is produced for marketing and consumption, and is lost even before reach ing the consumer. Due to the characteristics of the loss at this stage, the vast majority of the food is rescuable and can be prevented from becoming waste. Of the NIS 7 billion ($2 billion) worth of food that can be saved, NIS 3.5 billion ($1 billion) is in the retail and distribution sectors. The report also reveals that rescuing 470,000 tons of food loss each yearconstitut ing about 20 percent of the total amount of food loss in Israelwill fill the gap be tween food consumption and the normative expenditure of the Israeli population living in food insecurity. According to Gidi Kroch, CEO of Leket Israel, The report brings to light that there is enormous levels of food waste that can be saved, if only there was a greater level of public awareness and the implementation of adequate governmental regulation. Eighteen percent of the population in Israel lives in food insecurity, when Israel ranks 18th in food insecurity as compared to other OECD countries, and places ninth in expenditure on food in private consumption spending. Kroch said Leket rescued 15,500 tons of fruits and vegetables, and 2.3 million cooked meals valued at NIS 150 million ($43 million) this year, and continues its efforts to raise the profile on food waste in Israel. Since the publication of the Inaugural Food Waste and Rescue in Israel Report, two years ago, Leket Israel initi ated and implemented new programs for food rescue with the support and through part nerships with the Ministries of Agriculture and Welfare, Israeli food for thought: 33 percent of its eats goes to waste said Krosh. I am calling on the other government offices to advance this issue, to create a national program that will work to reduce food waste, in crease food rescue and actively promote the enactment of the law to encourage food rescue. It is imperative that Israel set a national goal similar to the U.N.s resolution of a 50 percent reduction in food waste by 2030, [which has] since adopted by other nations, including the U.S. administration, concluded Kroch. According to Chen Herzog, chief economist at BDO, Is rael is lagging behind Western countries in formulating a national policy on food rescue, and as a result, the national economy loses NIS 4.5 billion [or $1.2 billion] every year. Food on page 14A
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I read this recently in the World Jewish Congress (WJC) digest (got upset as usual) and pass it along: According to hate crime statistics recently released by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the number of anti-Semitic incidents in the United States rose slightly over the previous year and each year. Following Jews, Muslims were the targets of the secondlargest number of hate crimes. (No surprise to me. Anti-Semitism seems to be back and just as strong as before. I remember being beaten up at the age of five, living in the Red Hook Projects in Brooklyn, just for being Jewish. And because of my age and the fear, I found myself denying my Judaism just to get home from kindergarten alive! ) JCC 39ers... On the next Meet & Mingle Monday, April 9th at 1 p.m. in the Roth Family JCC Senior Lounge, Game Day will be presented by CLAIRE MERCER. It is called Stick Schtick. (Sounds like my mother named it!) More JCC39ers activities... Also at the Roth Family JCC on Maitland Avenue, on Thursday, April 12, at 1:30 p.m., there will be a current events discussion. All of us will be heard. (Boy, would I like to record that!) Bring a brown bag lunch. Dessert and coffee will be provided. The discussion will be lead by VICTOR GRANATSTEIN. (In light of todays news, we can stop shouting back at the television set!!) And more from the Mait land JCC... Every Sunday at 2 p.m., movies are shown in the JCC Senior Lounge. On April 15th, the movie A Dogs Purpose with JOSH GAD and DENNIS QUAID will be shown. (I love dogs better than most people! Uh oh, that sentence once got me in a lot of trouble...but its true.) Shout-Out... Speaking of loving dogs, I recently landed back in the hospital again, this time Win ter Park Memorial Hospital. I had vertigo for the first (and hopefully the last) time in my life. I couldnt even walk with balance and had to undergo many tests. The wonderful nurse who took care of me was named JORGE, a handsome (but married) dude who was very kind and caring. Also, I received a visit from COOPER, who is a Pet Therapy dog for Florida Hospital Volunteer Services. He said (yes, I un derstand dog language, woof!) I love my job of putting smiles on faces. He also said, I love meeting new people every week. (Woof, Cooper. Im very glad I was one of them!) All that jazz... (Next to dogs, I love jazz!) According to our own ALAN ROCK: We live in an area that offers some excellent live jazz. From the Altamonte Chapel Jazz series to The Central Florida Jazz Society to the great Blue Bamboo. Add to that the local clubs like Heidis, Jazz Tastings, Vines, Eddie Vs and Pilars Martini and many others. Then those spe cial events like the Dr. Phillips Center and The Wayne Densch Performing Arts Center and we have a potpourri of creativity. 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PAGE 10A HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, APRIL 6, 2018 By Josefin Dolsten (JTA)The editor in chief of National Geographic Maga zine made waves when she admitted that the magazines past coverage was tinged with racism. For decades, our coverage was racist. To rise above our past, we must acknowledge it, Susan Goldberg wrote in a letter for the magazines April issue, which marks the 50th anniversary of Dr. Martin Lu ther King, Jr.s assassination. The letter forced readers and staff to grapple with the legacy of the magazine, which has been reporting on the worlds far-flung peoples and places since 1888 and has re flectedand been a reflection ofall the cultural changes, and prejudices, since then. But Goldberg also made waves in 2014 when she be came the first womanand, incidentally, the first Jewto serve as editor in chief of a magazine that has often stumbled in reporting on women and Jews. It was a place with a lot of white men, she told JTA, referring to the magazines beginnings as the journal of the National Geographic Society, an elite club of academics, philanthropists and adventurers interested in travel and exploration. Even an otherwise sympa thetic article on the Jews in the July 1919 issue suggested Susan Goldberg is Nation al Geographic Magazines first female and Jewish editor-in-chief. National Geographics first Jewish editor in chief opens up about racism in the magazines past color outside the country in a way that perpetuated stereo types. Natives were pictured as exotics, famously and frequently unclothed, happy hunters, noble savagesev ery type of clich, Goldberg wrote. In a phone interview with JTA earlier this week Gold berg, 58, said she was not surprised by Masons con clusions, pointing out that racism in the magazine had been written about previously, including in a book by Robert Poole. Some of Masons most egregious findings did shock her, like a 1916 article on Aboriginal Australians that called them savages who rank lowest in intelligence of all human beings. Its very difficult to read something like that, she said. Goldberg said the issue of race is especially important in light of recent events, such as the white supremacist and neo-Nazi rally in Charlottes ville, Virginia, last year. After Charlottesville, if it wasnt already clear, it became even more clear that we have a very fraught situation going on in the United States with regard to any kind of discus sion around race, she said. The April issue launches a series of articles on race, which will continue through the end of the year, but Gold berg felt it important that the magazine first look inward. I just really didnt see a way to do an entire issue on race, and then spend the year covering race if we didnt look into our history as well, she said. I just didnt think we would be credible. Goldberg, who identifies as a Reform Jew, grew up in Ann Arbor, Michigan, the grand daughter of immigrants from Eastern Europe who came to the country in the beginning of the 20th century and settled in predominantly Jewish neighborhoods in Detroit. These neighborhoods were really so ghettoized that my mother, who was born in the United States, in Detroit in 1927, went to kindergarten when she was five years old [and] she didnt speak Eng lish, she only spoke Yiddish, Goldberg said. Growing up, her family celebrated Jewish holidays but was probably more cultur ally Jewish than religiously Jewish, she said. She was involved in the Habonim La bour Zionist youth movement, and at the age of 17 she lived for six months on a kibbutz in southern Israel. Though she describes the experience at Kibbutz Grofit as a fantastic thing to do as a very young woman, she said it made her realize that she did not want to immigrate to the Jewish state. The lives of the women on the kibbutz were to my way of thinking kind of constrained. You didnt have a world of choice. This was a small kibbutz in the middle of the desert, right on the border of a bunch of other countries, and it just made me realize that it wasnt going to be the lifestyle for me, she recalled. Instead, she set her sights on pursuing a journalism career in the U.S. She enrolled at Michigan State University but dropped out to accept a job as a full time reporter at the Seattle Post-Intelligencer. She later returned to Michigan State to pursue a bachelors degree in journalism. Throughout her career, she has been the first woman in many of her positions, including as managing edi tor of the San Jose Mercury News, editor-in-chief of the Cleveland Plain Dealer and executive editor of Bloomberg News Washington bureau. She joined National Geo graphic as executive editor in January 2014, and succeeded Chris Johns as editor in chief a few months later. Goldbergs letter drew both praise, from those who lauded her for looking critically at the magazines coverage of race, and criticism, from others who wondered why it took the magazine so long to do so and said the letter did not go far enough in addressing the issue. I cant explain why other editors havent done this directly. Im not criticizing them in any way. What I will say is were in a moment of reckoning as a society, as a country, where people are will ing to look back at actions of themselves or their organiza tions and lay out maybe a lot of really great history but [also] some things that werent so good, she said. The magazine also plans to focus on Muslims, Latinos, Asian Americans and Native Americans. Though the mag azine examines racism and other forms of bigotry there are no plans at the moment to look into anti-Semitism, she said. Thats not to say in the future that we wouldnt, but we dont have anything that weve planned right now, she said. Goldberg, who lives in Washington, D.C., with her husband Geoffrey Etnire, a real estate lawyer, said that since starting her position, her biggest push has been to increase gender, ethnic and racial diversity on the staff. Currently about a quarter of the staff are people of color. I just dont think that you are going to end up with authentic stories if youve only got an all-white staff, and a majority male staff, and that is what it was, she said. Weve been working very hard to change it. Were not there yet, but weve been making a lot of progress. that their persecution by Christians increased their intense activity, their cunning in business, in order that they might live at all against such opposition, and it produced in them the traits that are now made the basis for denounc ing them. In her letter, Goldberg details how she enlisted John Edwin Mason, a scholar of Af rican history and the history of photography at the Univer sity of Virginia, to critically examine the magazines past. He found that the publica tion largely ignored the lives of African Americans in the United States until the 1970s, while also covering people of Anne Herzberg, the legal counsel for NGO Monitor, was censured by the biased anti-Israel UN body for calling out its anti-Semitic language. By Steve Leibowitz World Israel News In response to her criticiz ing the apparent use of antiSemitic propaganda by a UN official, NGO Monitor Legal Advisor Anne Herzberg was called to order for violating the sense of respect during Fridays 37th session of the UN Human Rights Council, held in Geneva. Herzberg was addressing language in a report by UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Palestinian Territory occupied since 1967 Michael Lynk, which characterized Israel as greedy. Lynk re ferred to Israel and its role How an Israeli woman stands up to biased UN Human Rights Council law, and his 2016 appointment was protested by the Canadian government. Special Rapporteur Lynks latest rhetoric is a stark re minder that he is unqualified for his role, stated Herzberg. It is completely inappropri ate for a UN official charged with assessing human rights to behave in such a partisan manner and to use this kind of inflammatory language. We will continue to monitor and expose the use of anti-Semitic language in UN reports as well as Lynks close partnerships with and reliance on radical anti-Israel groups that dis credit his work. As long as he continues in his position, he compromises the legitimacy of the entire UN. Inaccurate, unverified, and false reporting Herzberg told World Israel News, There must be a basic change in the UNHRC char ter, which mandates them to single out Israel for con demnation. It brings shame and embarrassment to the UN. They produce about a dozen anti-Israel reports annually, all flawed by inac curate, unverified and false reporting. Herzberg also points out the UNHRCs lack of transpar ency. March is the bash Israel session, said Herzberg adding, Their shtik this time was the inclusion of anti-Semitic language. I pointed it out and they chastised m e for being disrespectful. I consider their criticism to be a badge of honor. My criticism hit home. Turning to the adoption of five new anti-Israel resolu tions, US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley slammed the Human Rights Council. They are foolish. When the Human Rights Council treats Israel worse than North Ko rea, Iran, and Syria, it is the Council itself that is foolish and unworthy of its name, Haley said in the statement, continuing, It is time for the countries who know better to demand changes. Many countries agree that the Councils agenda is grossly biased against Israel, but too few are willing to fight it. When the focus is on Israel, Haley continued, the Coun cil fails to fulfill its duty to uphold human rights around the world. Haley also warned that the US is still weighing whether it plans to remain on the council, adding that Fridays resolutions were another blow to the institutions credibility. The United States continues to evaluate our membership in the Human Rights Council. Our patience is not unlimited. Todays actions make clear that the organization lacks the credibility needed to be a true advocate for human rights, Haley added. An Israeli arms em bargo? The most serious of the anti-Israel resolutions was one which called for ending all arms sales to Israel, which passed in a 27 to 4 vote, with 15 states abstaining. International law expert Alan Baker told WIN, Israel has not been a member of the UNHRC for a number of years. We should now stop all contact with them. Their reso lutions have no significance whatsoever and are just nonbinding recommendations. The Human Rights Council lost all credibility as a viable organization because of its absolute bias against Israel, while largely ignoring the worlds most pressing issues of human rights. Bakers advice is to not get excited. The media and the political leaders get upset by these resolutions, but they get little publicity outside of Israel. There is no reason for panic, for which I blame on the hysteria led by reporting in the Jerusalem Post, he said. Herzog does not favor the US pulling out of the UNHRC altogether. She told WIN, The US has been very supportive in exposing the anti-Israel bias and they are threatening to leave the council. I believe they can have more impact if they remain in the organiza tion and use their funding as leverage and place conditions on the aide money. European democracies have shown a profound lack of courage. The US should be encouraging other democracies to take the high ground regarding real human rights issues. She expressed no room for compromise when it comes to Michael Lynk. She calls him, an anti-Israel demagogue who can have no role in a human rights organization. in the Arab-Israeli conflict as avaricious, rapacious, and pathologicalun precedented language that is well beyond standard UN condemnations of Israel. NGO Monitor will be filing a formal complaint against Lynk for the exceptional language in his report. In addition to an oral statement before the Coun cil, NGO Monitor published a report describing Lynk as unqualified for his position as Special Rapporteur. Ac cording to NGO Monitor, Lynk has a history of working with terror-linked and virulently anti-Israel non-governmental organizations (NGOs) in violation of his mandate. 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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 (JNS)The United Nations Human Rights Council passed five anti-Israel resolutions at the end of its 37th session in Geneva, under the Agenda Item 7, a UNHRC mandate that a discussion of Israeli human rights abuses against Palestinians must be part of every council session. U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley expressed Americas outrage at the UNHRCs treatment of Israel and warned that the U.S. would reconsider its member ship in the body. When the Human Rights Council treats Israel worse than North Korea, Iran, and Syria, it is the Council itself that is foolish and unworthy of its name, said Haley. The United States contin ues to evaluate our member ship in the Human Rights Council. Our patience is not unlimited, she added. To days actions make clear that the organization lacks the credibility needed to be a true advocate for human rights. One resolution passed, called on Israel to give the Go lan Heights to civil war-torn Syria, with 25 votes in favor, 14 against and 7 abstentions. Another, ensuring account ability and justice for all violations of international law in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including east Jeru salem, called upon member states not to sell any military armaments to the Jewish state. It passed by a vote of 27 to 4 with 15 abstentions. Three additional resolu tions included one calling for Palestinian self-determi nation and Israeli withdrawal to the 1948 border lines, a resolution calling on Israel to cease building homes for Jews in Judea and Samaria, commonly referred to as the West Bank, and a resolution condemning Israel for com mitting human rights abuses against Palestinians. All the resolutions, which were au thored by the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, were approved. In addition to the United States, Australia, and the United Kingdom spoke out against UNHRCs Agenda Item 7, requesting that the UNHRC move debates on Israeli violations to Agenda Item 4, where human rights abuses of all other member states excluding Israel are cur rently discussed. The U.K. still supported two of the Agenda Item 7 resolutions. Palestinian Authority Am bassador to the U.N. in Geneva Ibrahim Khraishi said if Israel wanted to abolish Agenda Item 7, it should withdraw to 1948 borders and end the occupa tion. Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman said in a tweet that Israel has no busi ness being in the UNs Human Rights Council. He stated that its presence there gives legitimacy to... anti-Semitic resolutions, and the farce must end. UN Human Rights Council Cedarhurst, NYThe Digital Citizenship Project, a Cedarhurst based organi zation dedicated to teaching digital responsibility in the age of technology has re leased their 2-year-long study (20152017) on the digital life of Jewish Day School students. This study gives us the quantitative data needed to address the growing challeng es and opportunities that digi tal technology presents in the world of education and Jewish education said Temima Feld man, associate director of The Digital Citizenship Project. Our goal is to empower par ents, educators, and students to maximize what technology has to offer by understanding how its inherent challenges impact them. The study consists of 2027 student surveys from 17 Jewish Day Schools and Ye shivot from across the United States. Respondents were between grades 5 -12 and self-identified as either Or thodox, Modern Orthodox, Chabad or Conservative. As technology ownership and habits amongst children are very much socially driven, it is critical to have com munity specific data that informs practice, said lead researcher Dr. Eli Shapiro. We are proud to contribute to the broader landscape of research on technology use in the digital age and in particular to the Jewish education community, con tinued Shapiro. Findings include, device ownership rates, age of acqui sition, percentage of students who have parental controls activated, rules and policies about technology at home, device dependence, percent age of students disturbed by images and videos online as well as how students benefit from technology engagement. For more information on The Digital Citizenship Proj ect, please visit www.thedigi talcitizenship.com. Study on Jewish Day School students JERUSALEM (JTA)Is raels deportation of African migrants will be delayed until after Passover. On Tuesday, the Supreme Court agreed to a government request for an extension on the courts order for a brief to outline the states deportation policy and related issues to April 9. The original deadline was March 26. The state said it needed more time to respond to the courts request for clari fication of the policy and said it will submit classified documents as part of its filing, which are believed to include information on the African nation that Israel is deporting them to. The state also said it likely will grant refugee status to Sudanese migrants from the Nuba area, as well as 300 refugees from Darfur. The Supreme Court froze the deportations in midMarch in response to a peti tion. In January, the Israeli Cabi net approved a plan and the budget to deport thousands of migrants from Sudan and Eritrea. Israel delays deportation of migrants to after Passover 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 incentives, accord ing to reports. They are believed to be sent to Rwanda, and pos sibly Uganda, according to reports, which also say that the migrants rights have been violated in the third country. For now, deportation no tices will not be issued to women, children, fathers of children, anyone recognized as a victim of slavery or human 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. 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PAGE 12A HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, APRIL 6, 2018 By Rafael Medoff (JNS) Legislation to combat the Boycott, Divestment and Sanction movement against Israel has been adopted in more than 20 states in recent years, but it was derailed last month in Massachusetts. ProIsrael activists are divided over the reasons why. The Massachusetts bill, known as the Act Prohibit ing Discrimination in State Contracts, would have made it illegal for state agencies to do more than $10,000 worth of business with companies that discriminate on the basis of national origin, including, by implication, Israeli national origin. The bill was referred to study by a regulatory over sight committee of the state legislature on Feb. 8. That froze the legislation for the foreseeable future. Jeremy Burton, executive director of the Jewish Com munity Relations Council of Greater Boston, which helped draft and promote the measure, told JNS that the bill fell victim to the overall political climate in [heavily Democratic] states, where anti-BDS legislation is seen as conflicting with free speech. Why did anti-BDS bill fail in Massachusetts when it succeeded in other states? He noted that since 2016, anti-BDS bills have been enacted almost exclusively in states where the legislatures are Republican-controlled or, in the case of New York and Maryland, where the governor used an executive order to combat BDS. Last year, the American Civil Liberties Union came out against anti-BDS legislation, claiming it could chill pro tected expression by scaring people into self-censorship. Although that position has been challenged by many legal experts, the ACLU has filed suit against anti-BDS mea sures in a number of states. In Kansas, the ACLU filed suit against a recently enacted anti-BDS law on behalf of a member of the Mennonite Church USA, which promotes divestment from Israel. A fed eral judge issued a temporary injunction on Jan. 30 blocking implementation of the law. Nuanced considerations in each case Some voices in the Boston Jewish community charge that the local JCRC did not do enough to promote the proposed legislation. In its coverage of the hearings concerning the bill, the Bos ton-based Jewish Advocate reported that no representa tives of any non-Jewish groups with whom JCRC collaborates spoke in favor of the bill. Pam Wilmot, executive director of Common Cause Massachusetts, with which the JCRC has partnered on voter-registration legisla tion, confirmed to JNS that her group took no position on the anti-BDS bill. Amy Grunder, director of legisla tive affairs for another JCRC partnerthe Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy Coalitiontold JNS that we did discuss the bill [with the JCRC], and we were asked if we would op pose the bill, and we said we would not. She added that some coalition members did oppose it. Burton said that as a result of the JCRCs request, the New England Regional Council of Carpenters supported the anti-BDS bill. Rev. Edwin Johnson of St. Marys Episcopal Church, in Dorchester, Mass., who par ticipated in a JCRC-sponsored study tour of Israel in 2015, told JNS that the JCRC did not ask me to take a position [on the anti-BDS bill]. Did not mention it at all. Burton pointed out that Rev. Dudley Rose, associate dean of the Harvard Divinity School, who took part in an earlier JCRC trip to Israel, did speak out in favor of the bill. There were contacts with our interfaith allies [regarding the bill], but I cant discuss my private conversations with them, Burton told JNS, add ing, I dont expect every one of them to support us on every one of our issues. He said that we value our long-term relationships with them, and there are nuanced considerations in each case that we have to weigh. Burton said he did not recall whether or not his organization asked Harvard University Law Professor Alan Dershowitz, a prominent lo cal opponent of BDS, to help promote the legislation. Some in the Boston Jewish community contend that the JCRC made insufficient efforts in the period preceding the vote. All Burton managed was a few blog posts and a desperate email blast the day before the vote, according to a Feb. 21 editorial in The Jewish Advocate. Burton obviously grossly overestimated the effi cacy of his online organizing, as well as JCRCs clandestine politicking, if there was any. Former Boston Globe cor respondent Deborah Schuss, writing in The Jerusalem Post, argued that the defeat was due in part to the fact that communal organizations supporting the bills failed to mobilize advocates during that perioda lethargy that was not lost on members [of the legislature]. More we could have done to mobilize other groups Its troubling that the JCRC has managed to bus hundreds of Jews to rallies for other issues, but failed to bring the manpower needed for rallies or more substantial lobbying at the State House to fight BDS, said Charles Jacobs, head of the Bostonbased pro-Israel group Ameri cans for Peace and Tolerance. Jacobs believes that part of the reason the JCRC was not as forceful as it could have been is that its ranks include groups such as the Workmens Circle, which opposed the legislation. The broader problem, in Jacobss view, is that JCRC leaders are genuinely con fused by the fact that left-wing groups whose causes the JCRC has always championed have turned against Israel. If the JCRC leadership cant figure how to effectively respond, then the community needs leaders who can. The JCRCs Burton ac knowledged that in retro spect, there was more we could have done to mobilize other groups, to make more public noise about the bill. But, he emphasized, I dont think it would have mattered because people who know the Massachusetts legislative process from the inside have told us that there were just too many obstacles to overcome. He noted that a number of legislators declined to sup port the bill as a result of the Kansas court ruling. The JCRC has not yet decided if it will seek reintroduction of the Massa chusetts bill. There needs to be a se rious conversation in the pro-Israel community about what strategy can win over liberal pro-Israel folks on is sues like this, acknowledged Burton. At the same time, we need to explore if there other legislative methods that can be used to strengthen the Israel-Massachusetts eco nomic relationship. (JNS)The Palestinian Authority has filed official requests this past week to join eight international treaties, including the U.N.s Inter national Convention against Apartheid in Sports and the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty according to a report in Israels Hadashot news. Israeli Ambassador to the United Nations Danny Danon said the latest attempt by the P.A. to raise its status within the international commu nity and delegitimize Israel is a campaign to establish facts on the ground by mak ing detours and unilateral moves. In April 2014, the P.A. applied for membership to 15 international treaties, including the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women, the Fourth Geneva Convention and the U.N. Con vention Against Corruption. Then U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon accepted the Palestinians entry into 10 of the treaties as non-state members. P.A. leader Mah moud Abbas has vowed to apply to 22 international treaties, including 18 of the United Nations in December 2017, following the official recognition by U.S. President Donald Trump of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. The most recent applica tions were reported just a day after the U.N. Human Rights Council adopted a slew of five resolutions in condemna tion of Israel, including one which called on Israel to give the strategic Golan Heights to civil war-torn Syria. All of the resolutions were pre sented under Agenda Item 7 by member countries of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation. 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HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, APRIL 6, 2018 PAGE 13A Weekly roundup of world briefs from JTA Netanyahu backtracks, suspending African mi grants deal he praised hours earlier (JTA)Israeli Prime Min ister Benjamin Netanyahu is freezing an agreement made with the United Nations that would have relocated thousands of African asylum seekers to Western countries. Just hours after announc ing and praising the agree ment, Netanyahu said Mon day that he needed to consult with residents of South Tel Aviv before carrying it out. Many of the migrants reside in that region of the Israeli city. In the agreement an nounced earlier Monday with the U.N. High Commission for Refugees, Israel would have allowed thousands of African migrants to stay in the country for up to five years. The rest, some 16,000 or so, would have been settled in countries such as Canada, Germany and Italy. The plan put Netanyahu under fire from several con servative politicians, includ ing some in his own Likud party. Naftali Bennett, head of the right-wing Jewish Home party, said it would turn Israel into a paradise for infiltrators. Netanyahu will also meet with Interior Secretary Aryeh Deri, head of the religious Shas party, before reconsider ing the agreement, according The Times of Israel. US blocks UN Security Council resolution call ing for investigation of Gaza border violence (JTA)The United States blocked a United Nations Security Council statement calling for an investigation of Israels use of force against Palestinians who massed on Gazas border. The statement proposed on Saturday by Kuwait called for an independent and trans parent investigation of the Israel Defense Forces use of live fire, rubber bullets and other crown control methods to push back the estimated up to 30,000 Palestinians in six spots along the border. Some of the Palestinians threw firebombs and rocks, and planted explosives on the border, according to the IDF. The statement also ex pressed grave concern at the situation at the border and reiterated that he Pal estinians have the right to peaceful protest. At least 15 Palestinians were killed and more than 1,000 injured during the Friday clashes along Israels southern border with Gaza. Following the meeting on Saturday, United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said in a statement that an impartial and trans parent investigation must be conducted into the deaths and injuries of Palestinian protesters during the Friday Land Day clashes. He also appeals to those concerned to refrain from any act that could lead to further casu alties and in particular any measures that could place civilians in harms way, a spokesperson for the Secre tary General said. The Security Council first met in a closed meeting on Friday night to discuss the violence even after the United States and Israel asked that the discussion be postponed to Saturday due to beginning of the Passover holiday and the first seder night. While Jews around the world gathered with their family at the Seder table to celebrate the Passover holi day, the Palestinians sunk to a new deceitful low so that they could use the U.N. to spread lies about Israel, Israels ambassador to the U.N., Danny Danon, said in a statement. This shameful exploita tion of our holiday will not succeed in stopping us from speaking the truth about the Hamas terror-gatherings that aim to destabilize the region, he also said. Hamas said the lack of a resolution from the Security Council about the border clashes due to the U.S. rejec tion showed that Washington is fully biased for Israel and said it was encouraging Israel to commit more vio lence and terrorism against Palestinian children The head of the Palestinian Authoritys delegation to the United States in a statement issued on Saturday called the killing of the at least 16 Palestinian demonstrators a crime against humanity. Our legitimate protest against Israeli military oc cupation, colonization and apartheid is granted in inter national law and must be pro tected by the international community, Dr. Husam Zomlot said. He added that the 70-year-old practice of Israels shoot-to-kill policy and dehumanization of the Palestinian people must end and Israeli criminals must be brought to justice. These atrocities deserve the stron gest condemnation from the US government and action to uphold international law. European Union foreign policy chief Federica Mogh erini said in a statement about Fridays violence that Freedom of expression and freedom of assembly are fun damental rights that must be respected. The statement also said: The EU mourns the loss of life. Our thoughts are with the families of the victims. The use of live ammunition should, in particular, be part of an independent and transparent investigation. While Israel has the right to protect its borders, the use of force must be proportionate at all times. Israeli soldiers did what was necessary on Gaza border, defense minister says JERUSALEM (JTA)Isra els Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman asserted that there will not be an international inquiry into the Gaza border clashes that left at least 15 Palestinians dead and hun dreds injured. Israeli soldiers did what was necessary. I think all our soldiers deserve a medal, Lieberman told Army Radio Sunday. As for a commis sion of inquirythere wont be one. Liberman said that Israeli soldiers did not fire on peace fully protesting Palestinians and only targeted those who charged the border fence in an attempt to breach it or to plant explosives there. The defense minister also asserted that Israel would act more forcefully if the violent protests continued. On Saturday night Liber man tweeted: I do not under stand the choir of hypocrites who are calling for a com mission of inquiry. They got confused and thought Hamas organized a Woodstock festi val and we had to meet them with flowers. At least 30,000 Palestin ians protested at six points along the Gaza border with Israel on Friday to mark Land Day, which has been observed by Palestinians around the world since 1976, when six Israeli Arabs were killed and another 100 injured in clashes on March 30 with Israeli soldiers and police during protests over the expropriation of Arab-owned land in northern Israel by the state for housing for Jewish citizens. This years protests have been dubbed the March of Return, and are set to be fol lowed by six weeks of protest at the border until May 15, the date on the Gregorian calendar marking 70 years since the establishment of the state of Israel, which the Arab world calls the Nakba, or catastrophe. It is also the date by which the Trump administration has pledged to move the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem from Tel Aviv. The six weeks of protest are set to include several tent camps housing thousands of protesters living near the border. The Israeli army on Sat urday evening announced that at least 10 of those killed in the Friday clashes were known terrorists with track records of terrorist activity. The IDF spokesman also re leased photos of the ten men and information about their terrorist activity. Hamas operatives cam ouflage themselves among civilians, turning a protest from peaceful to an area of terror, the IDF spokesman said in a tweet. Earlier Saturday, Hamas publicly acknowledged that five members of its military wing, the Izz ad-Din al-Qas sam Brigades, were among those killed in the clashes. The bodies of two of the Hamas gunmen report edly are being held in Israeli custody. Israels Foreign Ministry in a statement issued on Saturday said that the bor der fence between Israel and Gaza separates a state that protects its citizens from murderers who send their people into danger. The fence separates an army that uses force in self-defense and in a focused and proportionate manner, from Hamas, which has for yearsincluding yes terdaybeen trying to harm millions of Israelis, and which sanctifies murder and death. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in a statement issued on Saturday night praised the countrys soldiers for guarding the countrys borders and al lowing Israeli citizens to celebrate the holiday quietly. Israel acts firmly and with determination to protect its sovereignty and the security of its citizens, Netanyahu also said. The Jerusalem Post cited unnamed Israeli sources as saying that there are photos and videos to back the Israel Defense Forces claim that it only fired on violent pro testers who posed a threat to the border fence, Israeli troops or civilian Israelis. The evidence will be shown to international officials who accused Israel of using disproportionate force, ac cording to the report. But one video clip being widely distributed by news outlets, the Palestinians and on social media shows an 18-year-old Palestinian man shot in the back and killed by Israeli snipers while running away from the border fence. It is not known what actions the fleeing Palestinian man took before he was shot. Pope Francis calls for peace in the Holy Land on Easter (JTA)Pope Francis called for peace in the Holy Land saying the violence between Israel and the Palestinians does not spare the defense less. Francis Easter address, known as Urbi et Orbi, or to the city and the world, was delivered Sunday from the balcony of St. Peters Basilica at the Vatican, two days after at least 15 Palestinians were killed and hundreds injured on the border between Israel and Gaza. The pope called for recon ciliation for the Holy Land, which he said was experienc ing in these days the wounds of ongoing conflict that do not spare the defenseless. Francis also prayed for peace for the entire world, beginning with the beloved and long-suffering land of Syria, whose people are worn down by an apparently end less war. US Supreme Court deals terrible blow to fami lies suing the PLO WASHINGTON (JTA) The U.S. Supreme Court dealt a setback to victims of terrorism seeking the right to sue the Palestine Liberation Organization. The court declined Monday to consider an appeal of a de cision in a case known as So kolow 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. The court upheld that appeal. 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-yearold man. His fellow plaintiffs are families of victims of ter rorist attacks in Israel that killed 33, including several Americans, and wounded over 450. Their suit argued that the late PLO Chairman Yasser Arafat had paid attackers and their families, and that they had standing to sue his organization under the 1992 Anti-Terrorism Act. Susan Tuchman, the di rector of the Center for Law and Justice of the Zionist Organization of America, said in an email that the Supreme Courts decision was a ter rible blow for those seeking to hold backers of terrorism accountable. Im not sure how, in the future, most terror victims will be able to proceed suc cessfully with a suit under the Anti-Terrorism Act, she said. The PLO in a statement praised the decision. This decision reaffirms the vital relationship between the Palestinian and American people, which depends on mutual respect and, as im portantly, on respect for the rule of law, Husam Zomlot, the PLO envoy to Washing ton, said. Several administrations, including President Donald Trumps, worried that such lawsuits could undermine American foreign policy interests. U.S. Solicitor Gen eral Noel Francisco sided with the PLO in February, drawing rebukes from con servatives, including some of the Trump administrations most steadfast Jewish com munity defenders. Lawmak ers in Congress from both parties had urged the Trump administration to back the plaintiffs. The United States has in effect assented to the juris dictional hurdles imposed by the [appeals court], which will prevent many if not most victims of international ter rorism from suing to hold their terrorist attackers ac countable, the ZOA said at the time. Sokolow told JTA in an interview at the time that he was shocked by the so licitor generals filing, cit ing Trumps invocations of America first when it comes to foreign policy. The Trump administra tion said last month that it sympathizes deeply with the families, but the case does not meet the standards for Supreme Court review. Netanyahu calls son of murdered Holocaust survivor in Paris to of fer condolences JERUSALEM (JTA)Israe li Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called the son of an 85-year-old Holocaust survivor from Paris who was burned and found dead with 11 stab wounds in what is being called an anti-Semitic attack. Netanyahu on Sunday spoke with Daniel Knoll, the son of Mireille Knoll, who was found dead in her apartment on March 23. The people of Israel and the State of Israel is with you. This was a shocking murder, the prime minister reportedly said during the phone call. The story of your dear mother, who was cruelly taken, is a reminder for us that the struggles of our people are still before us. At least 10,000 people participated in a memorial march in Paris on Wednesday for Knoll; many of the march ers were Jewish. Earlier the same day, French President Emmanuel Macron attended Knolls funeral in the Paris suburb of Bagneux. He wore a kippah and was seen talk ing with Knolls friends and relatives. Two men, including one of her neighbors, have been indicted in connection with what is being tried as a murder with aggravated cir cumstances of a hate crime. They are also charged with robbery. On Friday, Israels presi dent, Reuven Rivlin, sent a letter of condolence to the Knoll family. On behalf of all of Israel, I send our sincere condolences. The fact that this terrible incident took place merely two weeks before the date when we mark Holocaust Re membrance Day and mourn the victims compounds the heartbreak, Rivlin said in the letter. Knoll, 85, who escaped deportation to a Nazi death camp when French police rounded up Jews in Paris in 1942 by escaping to Portugal, returned to Paris and spent most of her life living in the apartment in eastern Paris where she was killed. Trump wishes Jewish community a Happy Passover (JTA)U.S. President Donald Trump offered holi day greetings for Passover. During the sacred holiday of Passover, Jewish families around the world give thanks to God for liberating the Jew ish people from bondage in Egypt and delivering them to the promised land of Israel, Trump said in a greeting re leased on Friday, which also was combined with Easter greetings. He said in his message released on YouTube that the sacred celebrations of Passover and Easter remind us that Gods love redeems the world. Trump also quoted the book of Isaiah: For, behold, darkness shall cover the earth, and gross darkness the peoples; but upon thee the Lord will arise, and His glory shall be seen upon thee the Lord shall be unto thee an everlasting light (Isaiah 60:2, 20). The president concluded: In America, we look to the light of God to guide our steps. We trust in the power of the almighty for wisdom and strength and we praise our heavenly father for the blessings of freedom and the gift of eternal life. Happy Passover, Happy Easter. Steven Bochco, Emmywinning creator of Hill Street Blues and LA Law, dies at 74 (JTA)Steven Bochco, the Emmy-winning television writer and producer who was responsible for iconic series such as Hill Street Blues, NYPD Blue and L.A. Law, has died. Bochco died Sunday at his home following a years-long battle with leukemia. He had received a stem cell trans plant from an anonymous donor in 2014, according to the Hollywood Reporter. He was 74. The winner of 10 Emmy Awards and four Peabodys, Bochco also created the pop ular series Doogie Howser, M.D, starring Neil Patrick Harris. Bochco worked on Hill Street Blues at MTM Enter prises, a production company started by Mary Tyler Moore, for five of seven seasons, during which time it won 26 Emmys. The Jewish writer and producer later formed the Steve Bochco Productions company. JTA on page 14A
PAGE 14A HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, APRIL 6, 2018 F 1 I 2 L 3 A 4 A 5 G 6 A 7 S 8 S 9 I 10 O 11 T 12 C 13 A14D I N R15E L O A D P16O H R17I C K M18O R A N I S E19L I E20L A D N21I T B22R I E A23S24N E R Z25A C H B26R A F F B27U S S28K29I E30A S E S A31B E T32 A33T P34 E35E K J36E R R37Y S E I38N F E L39D40 O41U S P42R O D43O E S44A45L46E47P H A48S P49 B50L T S51E T H R O52G53A54N O55A56S I S L57A C Y G58O D S59U I T A60S H B61R A D G62A R R E T63T64N65E E Y66E L L E N E67R O S T68D S E69S S E N E R70S V P Food From page 8A Israel, more than any other country, has an eco nomic advantage in rescuing food, due to the combination of high expenditure on food and the growing levels of inequality across the demo graphic, said Herzog. Food rescue is one of the most Asylum From page 5A If these people are not considered refugees in Israel, than who is? Believe me, it is not pleas ant for anyone to leave his country, his house and his family, and to go in search of asylum in a place he does not know. One will only do this if he has come to the conclusion that an unknown future in a foreign land is better than a certain death now. The area in Darfur from where I originated has been attacked many times by the Sudanese government. Friedman From page 1A the organization, which in creased student engagement by 20 percent. Prior to that he effective policy measures to reduce social gaps in the economy, and it is a critical oversight that the govern ment has not yet formulated a comprehensive national plan to rescue food. He went on to point out that retail chains and food manufacturers lost NIS 3.5 billion [$1 billion] worth of products this year, which is taken directly out of the consumers pocket. Surplus food in the retail and distribution sectors is inevitable since retailers are required to ensure a wide, varied and readily available food supply at all times, said the economist. However, the realityin which excess food is thrown away instead of be ing donated to the needyis a serious failure on economic, social and environmental levels. One way that Americans can support food rescue for the needy in Israel is to shop Amazon with Amazon Smile. For more information, please visit: www.leket.org. Last year they started using chemical weapons. This is what has already been hap pening on a daily basis in the Nuba Mountains and the Blue Nile region. In fact, just a week ago, on March 22, the area in which I was born and raised was at tacked again. Dozens of people were killed, most of whom are women and children. There are many more like me in Israel, people whose families are being attacked every day in the Nuba Moun tains, the Blue Nile region and in Darfur, asylum seekers who wake up every day not know ing whether their relatives are still alive. If you live in Israel, they travel next to you on the bus, they wash your dishes in the restaurant in which you will eat tomorrow and they clean the streets on which you walk. And all the while, they are living in constant fear for the lives of the people they love. We understand that the government of Israel does not want us here, but we have nowhere else to go. Therefore, our last and only hope lies with the Is raeli people and the Jewish nation. When you stand with us, it gives us inspiration. Only you can protect us now that we have lost hope in every other direction. Please dont shut the door in our faces. Dont let this disaster happen. Monim Harun is a Suda nese asylum seeker, com munity activist and a mem ber of the African Students Organization in Israel based in Jerusalem. The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of JTA or its parent company, 70 Faces Media. worked for the Jewish Federa tion of Palm Beach County as Israel and global initia tives associate. While there he designed a new branding strategy for the Federation and increased the visibility of Palm Beachs global impact through large-scale, innova tive programs, delegations to Israel and Russia, and Zionist education and advocacy. Friedman is expected to begin his duties at Stetson on April 30. don, a Canadian with Israeli parents who taught Hebrew in Ottawa. A former classmate of Gordon who taught English in Israel told her about some of her Arab-Israeli students who were struggling to pick up what would be their third language. So Gordon matched them with Canadian seniors she knew who could tutor them from afar. Since then, Israel Connect has mushroomed. It spread to Toronto and a few areas in the United States, from New Jersey to Baltimore to Florida. It now has 400 volunteer tu tors, mostly baby boomers and older, and 500 Israeli high school students from 35 schools. Gordon said baby boomers are a good fit because they wake up early and tend to have free time. The schools are mostly on Israels peripherysmaller and often poorer towns that are distant from Jerusalem and Tel Aviv The students themselves come from a range of religious, ethnic and socioeconomic backgrounds. Gordon said she has a waiting list of 100 schools that want to join, and is hoping to expand her volunteer base. Most of our volunteers are connecting with students in towns theyve never heard of before, said Gordon, who now co-directs the organization full-time with her husband. We take the ones that have the strongest need. Some of the schools we work in dont have English teachers. We have schools where we are the English programwe do not recommend that. English is usually a key part of the school curriculum in Is rael, and is viewed as a gateway to cultural exposure, academ ic excellence and professional success. Students in Israeli high schools receive four to five hours of English educa tion per week, and an entire section of Israels version of the SAT is devoted to English proficiency. But Gordon said most of the students practical knowledge of English comes from pop culture. They watch a lot of TV and listen to a lot of music, she said. Its not uncommon for them to show up the first week and [as] theyre talking with a retired dentist or brain surgeon, theyll say, Hey, whats up, dude. And the teacher will say, We start with Hi, how are you? The core of Israel Connects curriculum is the one-page handouts on Israeli locales, which come with pictures. Volunteers will help the students read through the paragraphs, and then will discuss them before pivoting to casual conversation. The only restriction Gordon gives is to avoid politics. Some of the participating schools are in West Bank settlements, and Gordon stresses that the program does not take politi cal positions and aims to serve Israeli kids regardless of where they are. Retired doctors are also told not to provide medi cal advice. They didnt choose to be born into this conflict, Gordon said of the students. They didnt choose to go to the army in two years. We should just be empathetic to their reality. But Gordon emphasizes that the point of the pro gram is to rigorously teach English, not just to create informal video pen pals. Most of the students chats hap pen while theyre at school, under a teachers supervision. Gordon said that out of 300 alumni of the program, all but four scored over 90 percent on the English comprehension section of the standardized test. Theyre more confident in reading, in their interactions talking with the volunteers, said Ofira Mor, a teacher at Koskas high school. They have a wider vocabulary. But volunteers say that aside from the tutoring, they enjoy having direct exposure to life in Israel through young peoples eyes. Beverly Grostern, a volunteer from Ottawa, took her first trip to Israel in decades after a year of tutoring an Israeli girl. Its reintroduced me to Is raeli life, to their food, to their attitude, she said. Theyre like your typical teenager any where. I ask them something, whats your favorite activity, what do you like to do, and nine out of 10 its like, I like to go shopping, I like to visit my grandmother, I like my computer. An Israeli high school student videoconferences with a North American baby boomer for a weekly English lesson. These North American baby boomers teach Israeli kids English By Ben Sales (JTA)Theres no reason Hodaya Koskas and Barrett Brickell would know each other. Koskas, 14, is a high school student from a small city in central Israel who takes bal let classes and hopes to be a dancer. Brickell, 71, is a retired schoolteacher from Ottawa, Canada. But theyve been video chatting every week since September. The unlikely pair ing begins by having Koskas read a one-page English de scription of a place in Israel, perhaps the Western Wall or a mall. Then they shift into talking about their lives. Koskas talks about an upcoming ballet competition that, if she wins, could lead to a trip to New York City. Barrett talks about life in Canada the snow outside his window, the particulars of the local malls. Koskas says she now understands that in Canada, people hit the malls with a bigger bag than in Israel, so they can buy more stuff. I feel a connection to another world, Koskas told JTA of the conversations. I talk about whats done there and whats polite there. We talked about how they shop and how we shop. The Israeli teen and the Ca nadian retiree are participants in Israel Connect, a program where older North American adults tutor Israeli kids in English once a week via video chat. For seniors like Brickell, the program is a relatively easy way to connect with Israel and help kids. For kids like Koskas, the sessions expand their vocabulary, improve their pronunciation and introduce them to North American cul ture (she now knows how to pronounce read in the past tense, for example). I want to find out about their personal lives, said Brickell, who taught fifth and sixth grade for nearly 20 years, and now tutors three kids as part of Israel Connect. I end up liking them a lot. The time I get to spend with young people is very meaningful to me, and I have a feeling that they enjoy it. The program began in 2011 as a side project of Sarah Gor JTA From page 13A He had his first job at Uni versal after graduating from Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh in 1966 with a theater degree and worked on Columbo for a few seasons. The first episode he wrote was directed by Steven Spielberg, and with that came the first of 34 Emmy nominations, according to the Hollywood Reporter. He stayed at Uni versal for 12 years. Steve was a friend and a colleague starting with the first episode of Columbo in 1971 that he wrote and I directed, Spielberg said in a statement. We have support ed and inspired each other ever since, and through many deep mutual friendships we have stayed connected for 47 years. I will miss Steve terribly. Bochco was born in New York and attended the High School of Music and Art in Manhattan, where he sang. His father, Rudolph, was a violinist, and his mother, Mimi, was a painter and jewelry designer.
HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, APRIL 6, 2018 PAGE 15A It took 21 hours for 75 teens to bus in from Minne apolis-St. Paul. They turned up outfitted in T-shirts that were colored orange for gun control and read #Dayenu, it would have been enough in Hebrew. At an event in a ballroom deep in the bowels of Wash ingtons Marriott Marquis hotel in the hours before the march, the NFTY lead ershipas with the wider demonstration, the Jewish presence was largely orga nized by teenagersgave them permission to vent. We march today because its what we have to do to sleep tonight, said Zoe Terner, the social action vice president for NFTYs Southern Tropical Region. This is how we grieve. Five of the slain at Stone man Douglas were Jewish and the school is estimated to be 40 percent Jewish. Terner, 18, attends high school in nearby Delray Beach and has made friends from Stoneman Douglas through the movement. The night before, at a Shabbat service at Washing ton Hebrew Congregation in the capitals Northwest quadrant, Terner pledged: March From page 7A Glick From page 4A with North Korea, preserves, rather than dismantles, Irans nuclear program while provid ing Iran with the financial means to expand its regional power through its terrorist proxies. On the other hand, Boltons actions while in office brought extraordi nary benefit to US national security. For instance, as Bushs undersecretary of state for arms control and international security, in 2003 Bolton conceptualized and launched the Prolifera tion Security Initiative. The purpose of the PSI was to empower nations to interdict ships suspected of carry ing weapons of mass de struction, delivery systems, and related materials from states and non-state actors of proliferation concern. Originally launched with 11 state members, today the PSI has 105 state members. Its members have interdicted AIPAC From page 5A What conclusions can we draw from this survey? The most important one is that the idea that the pro-Israel consensus is fading is bunk. Israel is as popular as it has ever been in the history of American Dershowitz From page 3A Democratic Partyto try to strengthen the Democratic Partys approach to Israel. But its a real challenge. Q: What are Israels current challenges at 70 years? A: I think the biggest chal lenge is Iran, both a nuclear Iran and [Iranian-supported] Hezbollah to Israels north. Another challenge facing Is raelone that is really Israels Tomorrow I will pray with my feet, and with every step, I will think of those few hours a month ago when I didnt know if my friends were alive or dead. And so they grieved by telling their stories. I will not stand idly by the blood of my classmates, survivor Zoe Fox-Snider told the marchers gathered in the hotel ballroom Saturday morning, paraphrasing Le viticus 19:16, after spending two-and-a-half hours fear ing for my life in the storage room of the media center. The evening before at Washington Hebrew, she told congregants about her thoughts in the storeroom. I was forced to text my mom, I love you and ev eryone. This is real, she recalled. At a media opportunity organized by NFTY, Stone man Douglas students Talia Rumsky, 16, Charlie Good man, 15, and Kayla Renert, 15, started an interview by talking about the Jewish values that brought them to the march. But Renert soon lapsed into remembering the day, and the others started talking over her. We had to run past the middle school ..., Renert said. We saw the SWAT team..., Rumsky said. We heard the gun shots..., Renert said. My sister Sophie was in the middle school, Good man said. I had no idea what was going on. They slowed down and got back to what brought them to Washington. Those people we lost on that day, thats who were here for, Rumsky said. It hit home so hard, Renert said. We have a lot of nervous energy, Goodman said. Were using this as an outlet. Rumsky later drew a placard reading NRA, stop killing my friends. Marlee Gordon, a coun selor at Camp Coleman, the Union for Reform Judaism camp in Georgia attended by a number of Stoneman Douglas High students, re membered when she heard that Alyssa Alhadeff was among the missing and presumed dead. Alhadeff had been a Coleman camper un der another friends charge. He refused to believe she had died, recalled Gordon, 19, who along with two other friends at the University of Georgia kept her fellow counselor company that night. We stayed with him all night waiting for Alyssas name to be said on the news, so we would be there. The disciplined message, delivered to lawmakers on Friday, honed at the NFTY event on Saturday and reiter ated again and again by the speakers at the main event on Pennsylvania Avenue, was multi-pronged. It called for a ban on the purchase and sale of assault weapons, on the sale of high-capacity maga zines, the institution of uni versal background checks for gun purchasers, and ending background check exemp tions for purchases online and at gun shows. There was plenty of glitz at the march itself, including performances by Broadway stars Lin-Manuel Miranda and Ben Platt, by rapper Common and by pop stars Miley Cyrus and Ariana Grande. (The survivors on stage, who sounded so wizened, became kids again when Grande finished sing ing Be Alright, rushing her for selfies, which she accommodated with a grin.) There was an acutely self-aware sense of why they were able to attract that star power. Gun violence dispropor tionately affects people of color, said Rachel Berlowe Binder, a Duke Univer sity student speaking at the NFTY event. The death rate from gun violence is 10 times higher than among white children. One of the speeches that drew the loudest cheers was by Naomi Wadler, 11, from Alexandria, Virginia. I am here today to ac knowledge and represent the African-American girls whose stories dont make the front page of every national newspaper, said Wadler, who is African-American and Jewish. I represent the African-American women who are victims of violence, who are simply statistics instead of vibrant, beauti ful girls who are full of potential. There were the moments of faith. Marchers spilled out of churches along Pennsyl vania Avenue. Edna Chavez, who lost her brother to gun violence in south Los Angeles, crossed herself as she walked on stage. Some Jewish marchers held signs emblazoned with words from Leviticus 19:16) Do not stand idly by while your neighbors blood is shed. (Not all the signs were so reverential. ALTE KAHKERS STAND WITH OUR CHILDREN, read one placard, using a salty Yiddish term for the elderly.) Rabbi Shmuel Herzfeld of the Orthodox Ohev Shalom Synagogue in Washington planned to walk the more than seven miles from his shul to the rally with 75 kids from around the coun try spending Shabbat with his community. Jews and Muslims Acting Together also planned on marching, according to an organizer, Walter Ruby, carrying sings reading Quran and Talmud say, If you save one life, you save the world. Prevent Gun Violence Now! Friday nights interfaith service at the National Cathedral began with the Washington Childrens Choir singing Al Shlosha Dvarim, a Hebrew song about the three pillars of Jewish faith. Rabbi Jonah Pesner, the director of the Reform move ments Religious Action Cen ter, delivered a sermon based on Yom Kippurs Al Cheit, a recitation of communal sins. Al Chet Shechatanu Lifanechafor being un derstandably outraged by a mass shooting in an affluent, majority white community, and being all too silent when children of color are mur dered every day, he said. polling. While the shift of the Democratic Party to the left is troubling, the numbers also dictate that those competing for that partys presidential nomination in 2020 must realize that smart politics will compel them to stay firmly in the pro-Israel camp. There is also no evidence that Trumps willingness to move the United States closer to Israel after President Obamas eight years of seek ing more daylight between the allies has discredited the pro-Israel cause. Nor is there any reason to think that Ne tanyahu or settlements has done so, or that the youth of America will eventually reject Israel once their elders die. This shouldnt breed com placency among advocates for Israel, and it must be understood that the situa tion elsewhere, especially in Europe, is very different. But hard as it may be for the Jewish states critics to accept, Ameri cans care deeply for Israel. Support for it isnt the result of a conspiracy or campaign fundraising. Americans love Israel, period. And Trump, Netanyahu, Israeli settle mentsnot even decades of Palestinian propaganda or anti-Semitism masquerading as anti-Zionismcan change that. Jonathan S. Tobin is editor in chief of JNSthe Jewish News Syndicate. Follow him on Twitter at: @jonathans_tobin. multiple ships suspected of transferring illicit weapons systems to other states and to non-state actors. Like Trump, Bolton is an opponent of international treaties that bind the U.S. in a manner that may be an tithetical to its national in terests, and prefers bilateral agreements that are tailormade to defend Americas na tional interests. Bolton was a firm opponent of the Rome Treaty, which established the International Criminal Court. He worked avidly to vacate Americas signature from the treaty. Due largely to his cogent opposition, the Bush administration de cided not to submit the treaty to the Senate for ratification. Bolton concluded 100 bilat eral treaties with nations committing them never to present complaints against U.S. military personnel be fore the tribunal. Boltons nationalist con victions, and his refusal to join the foreign policy elite in its adoration of diplomacy over a firm, fact-based pur suit of Americas national interests lies at the heart of the foreign policy establish ments opposition to him. Indeed, the level of hos tility the foreign policy establishment has directed toward Bolton over the years has been so ferocious, it is a testament to his diplomatic skills, and success, that he has managed to persevere in Washington, in and out of office for 40 years. As to the second charge by conservative critics, that Bolton is a neoconservative interventionist, the fact is that he is neither a neocon servative nor is he a kneejerk interventionist. Rather, Bolton supports the judi cious use of American power in the world to advance U.S. national security and eco nomic interests when the use of force is the best way to achieve those interests. It is true that Bolton sup ported the U.S. invasion of Iraq in 2003. But it is also true that he opposed the nationbuilding strategy that stood at the root of Americas failure to achieve its aims there. It is also true that like many of the neoconserva tives, Bolton is a firm sup porter of Israel. However, Bolton is actually far more supportive of Israel than the neoconservatives are. As a nationalist, he supports U.S. allies because he understands that the stronger Americas allies are, the better able they are to defend their interests. Since American alliesparticularly Israel share Americas interests, the more powerful they are, the more secure Americas interests are, and the less the U.S. needs to assert its power abroad. Bolton urged Israel to destroy Irans nucle ar installations during the Obama presidency. Rather than treating Israel as what Rice referred to patroniz ingly as Americas special friend, Bolton views Israel as Americas most powerful ally in the Middle East. He op poses Palestinian statehood and an Israeli withdrawal from the West Bank. Bolton rejects the notion that American values are universally applicable, and argues that nation building and humanitarian interven tion are both antithetical to American national security interests. Boltons opposi tion to nation-building and humanitarian interven tionism was all borne out by events. As the so-called Arab Spring showedand indeed, as Turkeys demo cratic transformation into an Islamic theocracy also demonstratesAmerican values are not universal values at all. Supporting democratic processes with no concern about the values and culture those processes empower is unwise and irresponsible, and as the rise of Islamist regimes in Gaza, Egypt, Turkey, and beyond make clear, it is also antithetical to American national security interests. Boltons healthy skep ticism for international agreements; his support for a foreign policy that prioritizes the advance ment of American national interests over multilateral diplomacy; and his belief that Obamas signature diplomat ic achievement, the nuclear deal with Iran, is a disaster, all make him the senior diplomat most aligned with President Trumps America First agenda in Washington. Given the hatred Bolton inspires in the Washington swamp, it took great courage for Trump to appoint him. America and its allies will be the primary beneficiaries of this bold move. Caroline Glick is the senior Middle East Fellow at the Center for Security Policy in Washington, D.C.; the deputy managing editor of The Jerulsaem Post; and a contributor to the Jewish World Review. domestic problemis how to resolve disputes between the haredi community and the modern Orthodox com munity, and the secular com munity. That is a very, very serious issue. And number three: how to make peace with the Palestinians, to make some kind of compromised peace with the Palestinians. Those are the issues facing Israel today. Q: As a legal expert, can you comment on the current status of the Taylor Force Act, and what impact you hope it will make regarding the United States and the Palestinians? A: The Taylor Force Act is mostly symbolic. It sends a powerful message that the United States will not toler ate Palestinian terrorism, whether from Hamas or from the West Bank, and that the Palestinian Authority has to do a lot more to constrain it and condemn it, and not to promote it. I think a very pow erful message needs to be sent to the Palestinians that the world and the United States will not tolerate the Palestin ians talking out of both sides of their mouths: on the one hand, nominally condemning terrorism; and on the other hand, naming streets and parks glorifying terrorism and glorifying terrorists. So the Palestinian leadership has to make a decision about which side of the terrorism issue its on. It cant be on both sides. Q: What is your take on Netanyahus legal woes? A: Its very important for [Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin] Netanyahu to be able to continue with the work hes doing in terms of diplomatic successes on behalf of Israel with China, Russia, with South Africa and Africa, and I strongly oppose what I call the criminalization of political differences. If people dont like what Netanyahu is doing, then they will vote against him. But the idea of turning what hes done into crimes is very antithetical to democracy, and Im strongly opposed [to it]. Q: What are your hopes for Israels next seven decades? A: For Israel to get even stronger. I can imagine what the peace dividend would be if Israel were allowed to turn its swords into plowshares, its nuclear weapons into nuclear medicine. The peace dividend would be incredible. And thats why I am a strong supporter of Israel and a strong supporter of the peace process.
PAGE 16A HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, APRIL 6, 2018 By Yossi Lempkowicz (EJP / Exclusive to JNS via JNS)The umbrella rep resentative body of French Jewish organizations, known as Crif, has called for a rally on Wednesday in Paris in memory of Mireille Knoll, an 85-year-old Jewish woman brutally killed in her apart ment. Knoll, who lived alone in the 11th district of Paris, was found after her apartment was set ablaze, police sources said. An autopsy showed her charred body also had at least 11 stab wounds. A Holocaust survivor, Knoll had managed to evade as a child the 1942 Vel dHiv Nazidirected roundup by French police of more than 13,000 Jews who were sent to Nazi death camps. Her murder, one year after a similar crime against Sarah Halimi, a 66-year-old Jewish teacher and physician, by her Muslim neighbor caused shock and emotion within the Jewish community. Two men have been ar rested over the killing of Mireille Knoll. One man was placed Saturday in custody, and a few hours later, so was a second man, according to Le Figaro. A family member of Mireille Knoll said she suspected a neighbor who used to come to see her and was in the apart ment during the day. It is this man, born in 1989, who was placed Saturday in custody. Apparently, my mother knew him very well and considered him a son, the victims son told Agence France Presse. A granddaughter of Knoll, Noa Goldfarb, wrote on Face book that the neighbor was a 35-year-old Muslim the murdered woman had known since he was a child. Twenty years ago, I left Paris knowing that neither my future nor that of the Jewish People is to be found there, wrote Goldfarb, who lives in Herzliya, Israel. But who wouldve thought that I was leaving my relatives where terrorism and cruelty would lead to such a tragedy. Grandmother was stabbed to death 11 times by a Muslim neighbor she knew well, who made sure to set fire to her home and left us not even one object, a letter, a photograph, to remember her by. All we have are our tears and each other. Mireille Knoll Shock and emotion follow barbaric murder of Holocaust survivor in Paris The Paris prosecutor said, We do not dismiss any hypothesis. A preliminary examination of the elements of the crime does not reveal an anti-Semitic characteristic, but this possibility has not been discounted as police investigate further, said a spokesperson for the Jewish Community Protection Ser vice, which works closely with the French police. The barbarity of this murder sends us back to that of Sarah Halimi just one year ago, said Francis Kalifat, president of Crif. He urged the fullest transparency by the authorities investigating the killing, so that the mo tive of this barbarous crime is known as quickly as possible. Joel Mergui, president of the Jewish Consistory, said he doesnt want to allow to reproduce the silence that followed the assassination of Sarah Halimi a year ago in the same district. The World Jewish Congress also called on French authori ties to show full transparency in the investigation. Its CEO, Robert Singer, said, The World Jewish Con gress stands together with the French Jewish community in deploring the horrific and barbaric murder of an elderly Holocaust survivor in Paris this week, and in calling on the French authorities to dem onstrate full transparency in the ongoing investigation, to ensure that the motivation behind this heinous crime is known as soon as possible, and that is treated with the utmost seriousness it deserves. By Izzy Darby (The Nosher via JTA)Most of us need few excuses to make a batch of chocolate truffles, especially when coffee is involved. My take on chocolate espresso truffles combines a velvety chocolate base with just enough espresso flavor to give you your caffeine fix. The fact that this version is vegan, kosher for Passover and healthy (no added sugar!) is just icing on the cake. I make these truffles with whatever nuts I have on hand (hazelnuts are to die for and make them taste like Nutella). Roll them in cocoa powder, unsweetened shredded coconut, shaved dark chocolateor all three! Ingredients: 1 cup cashews 1/2 cup almonds 1 cup pitted medjool dates (roughly 10-12, depending on size) 1/4 cup cocoa powder, plus 1/2 cup for coating 1 teaspoon ground coffee Directions: 1. Combine the cashews and almonds in a food processor and process until very finely ground. With the motor running, add the pitted dates one by one until a consolidated dough begins to form. Add the cocoa powder and ground coffee, and process until fully incorporated. 2. Working with 1 tablespoon of dough at a time, roll the dough into balls. 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