WWW.HERITAGEFL.COM YEAR 42, NO. 38 MAY 25, 2018 11 SIVAN, 5778 ORLANDO, FLORIDA SINGLE COPY 75 Editorials ..................................... 4A Op-Ed .......................................... 5A Calendar ...................................... 6A Scene Around ............................. 9A Synagogue Directory ................ 11A JTA News Briefs ........................ 13A Ammunition Hillss Commemoration Hall and Amphitheater. JNF-USA President-Elect Bruce K. Gould described the site as a special place that united Jerusalem after 2,000 years for Jewish people everywhere. By David Brummer The fate of Israel and, specifically, the reunification of Jerusalem were decided 50 years ago at Ammunition Hill. As Israel mourns the fallen on Remem brance Day, Jewish National Fund-USA ensures that the legacy of every name on its Wall of Honor wont be forgotten In that warm and beautiful land, does evil reign and do calamities happen, too? So wrote Israels national poet, Chaim Nachman Bialik in his poem El Hatzipor (To the Bird) in 1892. It was these words that stuck in the mind both at the unveiling of new names added to Jewish National Fund-USAs Wall of Honor at Jerusalems Ammunition Hill and the Remembrance Day Ceremony to honor and remember over 23,500 Israeli soldiers and civilians who have died in wars and terrorist attacks. Originally an ammunition store for British police during the Mandate period in the 1930s, Ammunition Hill was captured by the Jordanians in 1948 during Israels War for Independence. The site became one of the key, and most heavily defended, points in keep ing Jerusalem divided in the years that Inscribing the memory of their sacrifice followed. Later, in the 1967 Six-Day War, Ammunition Hill became the tipping point during a pivotal battle. Believing they outnumbered the Jordanians by three to one based on erroneous intel ligence, about 150 Israeli paratroopers attacked the hill. In fact, the Jordanians numbered 150. Of the Israeli paratroop ers who attacked on that morning, 36 were killed and 90 were woundeda nearly 100 percent casualty rate. JNFUSA President-Elect Bruce K. Gould, who is also a major donor to Ammuni Marc Israel Sellem/POOL Guatemalan President Jimmy Morales By World Israel News Guatemala made history on Wednesday when it moved its embassy to Jerusalem from Tel Aviv, two days after the US made the same move. Guatemalan President Jim my Morales, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Israeli President Reuven Rivlin and several heads of state from both countries were present at the momentous ceremony. It is not a coincidence that Guatemala is opening its em bassy in Jerusalem two days after the US. You are always among the first, Netanyahu said. Guatemala supported the creation of the State of Israel in 1948 and was the second country to recognize it, after the US. We remember our friends and Guatemala is our friend, then and now. We share so many goals and values even though were are so far away, Netanyahu stated, saying he would ad vance the bilateral relation ship in practical ways. In his address, Morales described the relationship Guatemala moves embassy to Jerusalem By Abigail Klein Leichman (ISRAEL21c)Through out her 25 years of life, Netta Barzilai was told over and over that she wasnt pretty enough or smart enough or skinny enough to accomplish what she wanted in life. Last night she proved them all wrong. Smart, sassy, zaftig Barzi lai did Israel proud, winning the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest in Lisbon as the representative of her country. This was the first time Israel has won the competition in 20 years. Mazal tov, Israel! shouted Eurovision officials at the post-contest press conference honoring Barzilai for her win ning song Toy, co-written by Doron Medalie and Stav Beger. Long favored by the Euro vision betting charts, and a serious fan favorite, Toy has Barzilai wins 2018 Eurovision become an international hit for its #MeToo theme. The refrain, Im not your toy, you stupid boy sends a serious message about sexual harassment while quirky clucking noises and dance moves keep the song lighthearted and fun. And the line Wonder Woman dont you ever forget, youre divine and hes about to regret reminds listeners about another favorite female Israeli role model, movie star Gal Gadot. Women this year are searching and finding their voices, which is great and very, very, very important. Barzilai on page 15A between the two countries as the love between brothers. The embassy is located in Jerusalems Malha Techno logical Park. Guatemalan Embassy, wel come home! Guatemala was the first country in the world to open an embassy in Jerusalem in 1956, but moved it to Tel Aviv in 1980, so in essence, it is returning to the capital. Guatemalan Embassy, welcome home! Ahead of the inauguration of the embassy, we have illuminated the walls of the Old City with the flags of Guatemala and Israel, Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat stated on Tuesday. Barkat thanked Morales for his courageous decision and called upon other countries to join the US and Guatemala in doing the right thing. Shortly after taking office in 2015, Morales, a devout evangelical Christian, visited a synagogue in Guatemala City, where he announced his intention to visit Israel. Embassy on page 14A Nadav Eliahu By Christine DeSouza Robert Kraft, owner of the New England Patriots, and Andre Dobson, PE coach at Faith Christian Academy in east Orlando, have a lot in common. They both are pas sionate about football and love Israel. To be able to combine the two is the icing on the cake for both men. And they have their icing: Kraft spon sors the Israel Football League and built the only football stadium in Jerusalem, Israel, Israel tackle football is growingand needs your help here in Central Florida and Dobson is going to be training one of the Leagues coaches this summer. This is where Dobson needs the Jew ish communitys helpmore on that later. American tackle football has been growing inter nationally, and Israel is no exception to this love of the game. In 2005, the Israel Football League was founded by Israelis who wanted to play tackle football. So enthused were the small group of playerswith team names like the Jaffa Sabres, the Jerusalem Kings and Judean Rebelsit did not matter to them that they played without pads or a governing body. But they had an American angel watching over them. Kraft saw the opportunity to combine his two loves, and he and his family sponsored the league. Just two years later, the league played under the umbrella of American Football in Israel and they had their first Bowl in 2008. On June 20, 2017, Kraft and 18 Hall of Famers were on hand to cut the ribbon of the Kraft Family Sports Campus in Jerusalem, where all the playoffs and Bowls are played. Located in the Arazim Valley, the new stadium is on Israels Route 1just as the New England Patriots Gil lette Stadium is on US Route 1. This isnt a coincidence. Kraft definitely sees a con nection between his success with the Patriots and his love of Israel. My late, darling wife Myra always used to tell me that until I start building football in Israel, I would not win anything with Patriots. That happened in late 1999, and we won our first Super Bowl in 2001. Now we have five championships, and I cant ig nore the connection between our continuing to support development in Israel and our great accomplishments, he told the Jerusalem Post. So how does a Christian PE coach fit into this? During the 2013-2014 IFL season, Betzalel Friedman took over as IFL commis sioner. Back here in the States, and around the same time, Dobson was asked to go to Barcelona to start the first American full-contact foot ball camp. Gathering several Central Florida coaches, he put on a program for about 50 Spanish youth. When he returned, the Orlando Senti nel brought attention to his program and the American High School Coaches As sociation, of which Dobson is a member, saw the article and asked him to speak at a national convention in Char lotte about the opportunities to lead coaching clinics all over the world. The son of missionaries, Dobson grew up in Egypt and had the opportunity to travel all over Israel. It was easy to cross over into Israel at the north ern border, which is totally closed now, he said. He and his friends would go to the beaches in Israel. All the waves are on the Israeli side! Its flat on the Egyptian side. No one wants to go into flat water, he said with a laugh. Then he spoke seriously. I love Israel. People who have visited understand the power of the country. ... the feeling of pioneerism in the country for me as a young kid was very powerful in my life. Because of the love Dobson Memory on page 14A Football on page 14A
PAGE 2A HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, MAY 25, 2018 Bob Glickman (l) with Bill Frigen Special thanks to William (Bill) Frigen, veteran of the Korean War, for serving his country. Frigen served for four years in the air force followed by four years as a corpsman in the reserve. Following his work as a corpsman, he gradu ated nursing school, became a psychotherapist and later a professor. He now resides at Brookdale Lake Orienta where he is adored by Jewish Pavilion staff and volunteers. In honor of war veterans ask for rfntbf The F amily Gourmet Buffet frbn bbn bffnnbbn bffnntffnrn fnnfn rfnfn brrbfnr ffrfrn fnbtfr rrf n tb Combo Price $4 999 nfr bffn bffnFREE!brfn f nnbbffrfnfrfnftfrnbfffnfffnfnfrrbftnfnn rrtfnrffffnnrrfnftntbfntbrfnfrrnbfbrr brfbfnfntnfntbffttfrtfbrfntfnbnftbtnrbnrfntb rfnbnfbnrfntbbtbtbtbtbrfnt This summer, a delegation from the Orlando commu nity will be joining Rabbi Yanky and Chanshy Majesky of Chabad North Orlando at the National Jewish Retreat in Providence, Rhode Island. The annual event, coor dinated by the Rohr Jewish Learning Institute, head quartered in Brooklyn, New York, will run from July 31 to Aug. 5 at the Rhode Island Convention Center. The Re treat offers a luxurious vaca tion experience in a five-star hotel with a remarkable 180 options of lectures, work shops, and entertainment to choose from and gourmet kosher cuisine. This is a not-to-miss event for anyone who would ap preciate Jewish inspiration, explained Rabbi Majesky. Anyone Ive spoken to who participated in the event only raves about their experience and cant wait to return again. Some of this years high lights include a visit to the Touro Synagogue (the oldest extant U.S. synagogue) with historian Jonathan Sarna, the chance to interact with a hologram of a Holocaust sur vivor, a genealogy workshop, and a rare exhibit of historic Judaica. At any given time, Retreat participants have an array of inspirational learning and edutainment options to choose from. Some of the keynote topics include Be ing Human in the Age of AI, Confessions of a Digital Nazi Hunter, Jewish Hacks for Living Mindfully, and The Seven Habits of Highly Effec tive Leaders. The JLI Retreat will feature appearances by fascinating personalities, including a Soviet refusenik, the son of Julius and Ethel Rosenberg who were executed in the 1950s for Soviet nuclear es pionage, Michigan Supreme Courts Jewish blind justice, an active-duty IDF general, and survivors of the SS St. Louisan ocean liner that was filled with Jewish Ho locaust refugees who were Delegation of this community to join National Jewish Retreat In honor of the Yartzeit of the Rebbe on the 3rd of Tamuz, Chabad of North Orlando, will be hosting a unique multi media concert that tells the story of the Hassidic melodies taught by the Lubavitcher Rebbe, of blessed memory. Known far more for his An evening of music and inspiration in honor of the Rebbe written and spoken word, the Rebbe also left a legacy of melodies, each accompanied with a story, an anecdote and message he would share as he taught them. Six of these melodies, together with their stories, are brought to life by a life performance by a local string quartet, which is inter spersed with film. An original production by Yuvla Media, this concert is a powerful experience in which words and melody mix, so that you hear the music in the story and the story in the music. Indeed, there is an ancient Hassidic saying that goes, If words are the quill of the mind, then melody is the quill of the soul. The entire community is invited to Songs of the In spired Soul on Sunday, June 10, 7:30 p.m., at Nates Shul, 1701 Markham Woods Rd. in Longwood to experience how these two quills will dip in the same well of ink. For tickets and more in formation please visit www. JewishNorthOrlando.com or call 407-636-5994. JFS Orlando says thank you for the many donations to restock the pantry Group donations, like this one from a local Mahjong group who donated their teams winnings, really made an impact on this years JFS Orlando Pantry Restock Challenge. Shown here (l-r): JFS Executive Director Eric Geboff, Es Cohen, Delores Indek, Linda Wallerstein, Debbie Bellinkoff, Judy Kahan-Davis and Lila Tinkoff. Thanks to many generous monetary and food donations, as well as a $10,000 match from The Weiner Family and The Winter Park Wealth Group, JFS Orlando raised over $22,000 and nearly 11,000 lbs. of food for this years Pantry Restock Challenge. The Pearlman Emergency Food Pantry is now restocked and ready to continue providing food for more than 67,000 meals to our hungry neighbors in Central Florida. ultimately denied entry into the U.S. by the Roosevelt Ad ministration and were forced to return to Germany. This event is designed to appeal to people at all levels of knowledge, including those without any prior experience or background in Jewish learning, and attendees need not be affiliated with a par ticular synagogue, temple, or other house of worship. Interested participants may contact Rabbi Majesky at 407-636-5994 or email Rabbi@JewishNorthOrlando. com or they may visit the NJR website www.JRetreat.com for registration and other eventrelated information. Christopher Cuevas of QLatinX Local Orlando scholars will share their knowledge in a three-part lecture series, titled Hot Talks, at The Roth Family JCC this summer. Hot Talks Lecture Series dates are June 6, June 20, and July 11 and commence at 6:30 p.m. These three lectures by members of our local Orlando community will broadly encom pass the idea of being a hero, from exploring the history of Jewish identity in superhero comics, to understanding the physics behind superpowers, and implementing strategies to make our own community better in real life, just like a superhero would, said Leah Sandler, Cultural Arts coordi nator at The Roth Family JCC. How do Jewish identities and histories intersect and intermingle with other identi ties in the Diaspora? How do seemingly disparate contem porary ideas and events con nect and affect our daily lives? This summer lecture series will touch on these important Tune in for Hot Talks about heroes this summer topics through the paradigms of three distinguished guest lecturers from different fields of study and walks of life, with the goal of stimulating dialogue and investment in broader con temporary issues from within the Jewish community. The Hot Talks Lecture series includes: June 6Christopher Cue vas representing QLatinX will speak on LGBTQ+ 101: Understanding Gender and Sexual Diversity. As the executive director of QLatinx, Cuevas provides vi sion, energy, and leadership in the fulfillment of the mission and vision of the organization, working to advance the visibil ity of and empower the local LGBTQ+ Latinx community and create spaces that foster Heroes on page 15A
HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, MAY 25, 2018 PAGE 3A Ben Sales A newly hung sign pointing to the U.S. Embassy in Jeru salem, which was inaugurated on May 14, 2018. of its capital and of Jewish history in the city, while Palestinian officials and their allies have decried it as violating their claims to Jerusalem. But in Arnona, the neigh borhood surrounding the embassy, residents sounded unconcerned by the em bassys historical signifi cance, and unruffled about its potential to spark riots. Most of them supported the move, as do the majority of Israelis. But they talked more about how an influx of American diplomats and public figures would disturb their quiet surroundings bringing more cars and higher rentsbut also bring in more customers to shops and restaurants. It will affect the roads thats what were worried about, the residents, said Yehezkel Balas, 67, a build ing contractor who lives in Arnona and whose son owns a bakery here There will be more traffic on the road. And for business it will only do good. There will be more people, naturally, and more demand for apartments for rent. Big picture, it wont do damage. Located in southern Je rusalem, on the seam line between the citys Jewish and Arab western and eastern sides, Arnona is a residential area removed from the city center, accessible by only a couple of bus lines. Founded Neighbors of the new US embassy in Jerusalem are worried about traffic and rising rents Ben Sales The U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem sits on a traffic circle recently named for President Donald Trump. The compound is in the middle of Arnona, a quiet residential neighborhood in the citys south. Ben Sales Yehezkel Balas, a building contractor and resident of Arnona, said the embassy will bring more traffic, higher rents and more business to the neighborhood. By Ben Sales JERUSALEM (JTA)As he strolled on his leafy, nar row street overlooking what is now the United States Embassy in Israel, Ben Katz stepped back to dodge the side-view mirror of an on coming truck, which had jutted onto the sidewalk. A few hundred feet past Katzs garden apartment, four security guards lounged under a tent. Below them, ad jacent to a walking path lead ing to a small park, was the U.S. diplomatic compound that, on Monday, became the embassy. For practical purposes, its a question of just how the entire neighborhood is going to adjust to more people pass ing through and that much more going on, said Katz, 29, an American immigrant who has lived in Jerusalem since 2012 and moved to the neigh borhood last year. Its much less of an issue of politics or anything like that, and just an issue of congestion. The things were concerned about are more traffic and the rent going up. The embassys move from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, which took place Monday in a cer emony with hundreds of U.S. and Israeli officials, has caused an international controversy. The United Nations General assembly voted 128 to nine, with 35 abstentions, to condemn President Donald Trumps decision to recognize Jeru salem as the capital of Israel On Monday morning, dozens of Palestinians storming the Gaza border, partly in protest of the move, were killed by Israeli troops Israel and its supporters have celebrated the decision as a recognition By Eli E. Hertz As the British began to dismantle their Mandate (The British Mandate) and leave western Palestine (as Israel was called at the time), Israels War of Independence began (Nov. 30, 1947 May 14, 1948). During the war, Palestinian Arabs became belligerents in the conflict, and by its end, rather than accept a Jewish state after five-and-a-half months of warfare, Palestinian Arabs called upon their breth ren from seven surrounding countries to invade and crush the nascent Jewish state. Six thousand Jewsone percent of Israels Jewish population lost their lives during the War of Independence. The Arab Leagues April 10, 1948, decision to invade Israel and save Palestine, marked a watershed event, for it changed the rules of the conflict. With the pending invasion following Israels declaration of independence, it is no exaggeration to say that the new Jewish states very existence hung in the balance. Dislodging all Arab inhabitants from sensitive areas in proximity to Jewish settlements, establishing ter ritorial continuity between blocs under Jewish control, and ensuring control of key transportation arteries were military necessities. The cost of defeat was hammered home by a stream of dire warnings from Arab capitals, with perhaps the most chilling for Israel com ing from Jamal Al-Husseini as vice-chairman of the Arab Higher Committee [AHC], who publicly declared: The Arabs have taken into their own hands, the Final Solution of the Jewish problem. The problem will be solved only in blood and fire. The Jews will be driven out. Three years after world Jewry had lost a third of its people in the Holocaust, Is raelis were not about to test whether Al-Husseinis words were merely rhetoric or a real threat, and so they prepared for the worst. Objectively, the claim that Palestinian Arabs were inno cent bystanders ignores the facts: The sides in the conflict were not two rival empires, outsiders, or rival caliphs. It was a conflict between two national or ethnic groups. Palestinian Arabs represented one side in the conflictthe side responsible for starting the war. By their own behavior, Palestinian Arabs assumed the role of belligerents in the conflict, invalidating any claim to be hapless victims. Explains scholar Benny Morris: One of the char acteristics of the Palestin ian national movement has been the Palestinians view of themselves as perpetual victims of others: Ottoman Turks, British officials, Zion ists, Americans. Palestinian Arabs fail to recognize that they are vic tims of their own doing. Eli E. Hertz is the president of mythsandfacts.org. NakbaThe Arab self-inflicted catastrophe By Ben Sales NEW YORK (JTA)Despite growing condemnation for the deaths of 60 Palestinians on the Gaza border yesterday, Israel defended its militarys actions as an act of selfdefense in the face of a mass attack. We didnt want it to happen, but we understood these were Hamas inten tions, Dani Dayan, Israels consul general in New York, told reporters Tuesday. We are not going away. We will defend our border. We will defend our population. If they invade Israeli commu nities, we will have to take much harsher measures. By doing what we did we are saving human life. On Monday morning, tens of thousands of Palestinians rushed Gazas border with Israel as part of a string of protests called the March of Return. The protesters say theyre opposing Israels blockade of the coastal strip, and pushing for Palestinians return to their ancestors homes within Israel. Israel says the protest is an invasion by Hamas, the militant group that governs Gaza, and that it endangers Israeli lives and communal security. On Monday, Palestinians charged the border fence en masse, some carrying weap ons. Israel responded with tear gas, water cannons, rubber bullets and live fire. Over 60 Palestinians were killed and thousands were injured. Spencer Platt/Getty Images Palestinians protest at the border fence with Israel in Gaza City as mass demonstrations continued on May 14, 2018. Israel defends Gaza crackdown as self-defense: We are saving human life Israel was pilloried in the press. The optics were par ticularly bad on Monday: In Jerusalem, an hours drive away, American and Israeli diplomats were all smiles as they dedicated the United States Embassy. The front page of the New York Daily News, a leading tabloid, showed a picture of a grinning Ivanka Trump juxtaposed with a photo of the carnage in Gaza. The head line: Daddys Little Ghoul. The U.N. human rights office condemned Israel for Mondays appalling deadly violence. The European Unions foreign policy chief, Federica Mogherini, called on Israel to abide by the Gaza on page 15A Embassy on page 14A
PAGE 4A HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, MAY 25, 2018 THE VIEWS EXPRESSED ON THIS PAGE ARE NOT NECESSARILY THE VIEWS OF HERITAGE MANAGEMENT. CENTRAL FLORIDAS INDEPENDENT JEWISH VOICE ISSN 0199-0721 Winner of 46 Press Awards HERITAGE Florida Jewish News (ISN 0199-0721) is published weekly for $37.95 per year to Florida ad dresses ($46.95 for the rest of the U.S.) by HERITAGE Central Florida Jewish News, Inc., 207 OBrien Road, Suite 101, Fern Park, FL 32730. Periodicals postage paid at Fern Park and additional mailing offices. POSTMASTER: Send address changes and other correspondence to: HERITAGE, P.O. Box 300742, Fern Park, FL 32730. PHONE NUMBER (407) 834-8787 FAX (407) 831-0507 MAILING ADDRESS P.O. Box 300742 Fern Park, FL 32730 email: firstname.lastname@example.org Editor/Publisher Jeffrey Gaeser Editor Emeritus Associate Editor News Editor Gene Starn Kim Fischer Christine DeSouza Account Executives Kim Fischer Marci Gaeser Contributing Columnists Jim Shipley Mel Pearlman David Bornstein Ed Ziegler Production Department David Lehman Gil Dombrosky Joyce Gore Society Editor Gloria Yousha Office Manager Paulette Alfonso Shipley speaks A definition of insanity Everywhere Once again, David called upon to slay Goliath By Jim Shipley Its an old expression: A definition of insanity is doing the same thing in the same way time after time and expecting different results. Its been said many times about the Arabs in Israel time after time. And of course, not much ever changes. I realize by writing for a Jewish audience, I am preaching to the choir. But all of us are out in a general society where we hear a lot about Israeland a lot of it is not particularly flatteringor true. So lets arm ourselves with a little fact checking, and the next time you hear or read something outrageousrespond! A little history (again if this is already part of your lexicon I apologize). The sovereign state of Israel was formed thousands of years ago. King David moved the capital to some strategic hills and called the city Jerusalem. A Temple was built to honor God. Legend has it that the Ark of the Covenant, including the Ten Commandments was in the Holy of Holies. Understand this was a real country. It had a government, an army, national holidays (scheduled around harvest timesto create a little commerce). Then Israel lost a war to the Babylonians who burned down the Temple. The King of Babylon took most of our elites and some others back to Babylon. Some of it turned out okayit was in Babylon that our Torah was written. But then along came the Persian army and they won the war with Babylon. Their philosophy was you go home and live your livesjust pay us the exorbitant taxes we will levy upon you. Somehow, Israel managed to reconstruct its government, build a new Temple and the Second Jewish Commonwealth came into being. That lasted until the Romans decided to rule the known world. You know how that came out: The end of the Second Jewish Com monwealth and the invention of a uniquely Jewish Construct: The Portable Community. We scattered to over 70 countriessome in Europe, some in Africa. We had no Temple, so we built synagogues LOTS of synagogues. We had no social structure so we founded Jewish Family Ser vices, JCCs and other organizations to keep us together as a Community while our own land was under occupation. There was talk of a Jewish Homeland to be placed (artificially) in many unwelcoming places. The world did not want to recognize that there already was a Jewish Homeland. Since the Second Jewish Commonwealth, the land had been governed by Romans, Turks and finally the British. As the saying goes: The Turks got rid of the Romans, The British got rid of the Turks and the Jews got rid of the British. For a few years after the Holocaust the British fought what Churchill called That dirty little war against the Jews. So with the Nescient United Nations as the arbiter, it was decided to divide what was known as Palestine into two States: One Jewish, one Arab. Seemed like a good idea at the time. The key factor here is that the land had NOT been governed by an indigenous people since the Second Jewish Commonwealth. The Jews at the time accepted thiseven though they would be giving away almost half their ancient and Holy Land. The Arabs refused and decided to wipe out any idea of a Jewish Nation with one massive attack. Didnt work for them. The Israelis agreed to a Truce. The Arabs tried again in 1956. The Arabs lost. As they did in 1967. After each of these clashes, the Arabs, as of 1964 calling themselves for the first time, Palestinians, refused to ac cept a peace agreement that would have given them more of the land than the U.N. had given them in 1948. For those who were given over half the ancient and Holy land of Israel and the other Arab nations that supported them, no agree ment was satisfactory. Frankly? They did not want one. To put it simply: There is no possible peace accord. The Arabs do not want peace. Hezbollah has taken over Lebanon. Hezbollah is dedicated to the destruction of the Jewish State. Israel gave Gaza away. The Arabs immediately de stroyed a number of profitable enterprises and trusted their government to protect them. Instead they got Hamas, which is as corrupt as Arafatbut more deadly. Sothere is no peace process because there is no one who wants to negotiate with Israel. Both the ruling factions, Hezbollah and Hamas, are dedicated to the destruction of the Jewish State and beyond that the destruction of the Jews as a people. That is the simple truth no matter how the U.N. or England or France want to shape it. Insanity is doing the same thing in the same way time after time and expecting a different outcome. Its time to put it to rest. By Mel Pearlman Most people are familiar with the biblical story of David and Goliath, which occurred during the reign of King Saul. The ancient Philistines, who did endless battle with the Israelites in a futile attempt to conquer the land of Israel and to bring the Jews to their knees in servitude, had gathered a massive army on a mountainside near a place called Socoh. The Israelites were camped and arrayed for battle on an opposite mountainside overlook ing the valley of Elah, in what was then Judah. Apparently, they were locked into a battle in which neither side could prevail. To break the stalemate, the Philistines, according to the biblical account, offered to decide the fate of the two armies by reducing the battle to a fight between a giant named Goliath and a soldier from King Sauls bat talions. They taunted the Israelites to goad them into what clearly would be an unfair fight between this Philistine giant and a much smaller Jewish adversary. Although three of Davids older brothers were among the Jewish fighters no one came forward to accept the challenge. David, who at the time was a teenage shepherd at home tending to his fathers flock, would from time to time be sent to the battlefield by his father to bring provisions to his brothers serving in King Sauls army. It just so happened that David was on one of his visits to his brothers at the time this event was unfolding on the battlefield. Now young David, although not a soldier, had some experi ence with physical battle since it is reported in the biblical story that he had saved a lamb that was in the clutches of a lion and had killed the lion with his bare hands. Since no one would come forward to con front Goliath, David volunteered to meet the giant in hand-to-hand combat. Rejecting the armor and sword of a warrior, David chose to confront Goliath with nothing more than his sling shot, a few shiny stones, his cunning and his faith in the G-d of Israel. As David approached the heavily armored giant who was menacingly waving his great sword and shouting taunts to the diminutive shepherd, David methodically placed the stone into the sling shot, took aim, and launched the stone toward Goliaths forehead killing him instantly. Once again a young David, the State of Israel, a peaceful nation who would prefer to continue shepherding its flock and making fantastic scientific and technical progress, has stepped forward to slay a modern-day Goliath in the Middle East, the Islamic Republic of Iran. This Islamic government, which holds the great Persian people in religious dictatorship, threatens not only Israel but all the nations in the region. This Goliath, like the biblical one, is strong on threatening rhetoric, displays its armor and aggressive muscles in the form of ballistic missiles, arming terrorist groups, and conducting proxy wars; and who, like the Philistines of old, seeks the destruction of the Jewish state. While both Davids put their faith in the G-d of Israel, and their cunning, the modern David has the benefit of modern weapons and the support of a great friend and ally in the United States, who has finally served notice on the world that neither they nor Israel will be diplomatically or militarily bullied or intimidated; and that the two objectives of this modern-day Goliath to destroy Israel and obtain nuclear weapons will never be achieved. If you wish to comment or respond to any of the contents herein you can reach me at email@example.com. Please do so in a rational, thoughtful, respectful and civil manner. If you wish to respond by ranting and raving, please go into your bathroom, lock the door and shout your brains out. Mel Pearlman has been practicing law in Central Florida for the past 45 years. He has served as president of the Jewish Federation of Greater Orlando; on the District VII Mental Health Board, as Special Prosecutor for the City of Winter Park, Florida; and on the Board of Directors of the Central Florida Research and Development Authority. He was a charter member of the Board of Directors and served as the first Vice President of the Holocaust Memorial Resource and Education Center of Central Florida, as well as its first pro-bono legal counsel. By Joshua S. Block May 8, 2018, the day that Donald Trump announced that hes pulling America out of the nuclear deal with Iran, will mark the inauguration of a new American-Israeli-Arab alliance in the Middle East and a major re alignment of US strategic interests. The administration had extended waivers on Irans nuclear sanctions on multiple oc casions to allow for the UStogether with our partnersto fix the fatal flaws of the JCPOA. Unfortunately, European leaders failed to commit to sufficiently meaningful amendments, especially on the most im portant element: the sunset clauses of the accord; as well as verification mechanisms, ballistic missiles, and the development of advanced centrifuges, leaving the current JCPOA fatally flawed. International Atomic Energy Agency Director General Yukiya Amano, charged with implementing and monitoring the agreement, has acknowledged that the accord is unverifiable, and that the IAEA is unable to assure the world that Iran is not continuing to lie and work on nuclear weapons or warheads in secret, beyond the reach of inspectors. The JCPOA was built on false premises and riddled with flaws. It enabled Irans bad behavior across the region, enriched and empowered the Islamic Republics military and terrorist operations, and put them on a path to a massive, modern nuclear program with a breakout time of just weeks in less than eight years. Yet today, the daunting security chal lenges that we face remain the same. The White House announcement changed the tactics, but it didnt change the fact that all of us must work together to prevent Iran from ever acquiring nuclear weapons. We must confront the threat the Iranian regime poses to the region it seeks to dominate, as well as to the world through its sophisticated state-sponsored army of terror embedded on every continent. We need a strategy that both isolates Iran and closes off Tehrans nuclear pathway by giving the United States and our allies ac cess to the tools of financial and diplomatic pressure needed to confront the totality of the threat posed by the Islamic Republics revolutionary military dictatorship. For too long, those options were constrained by concerns that the pressure to confront Iranto stop its support of Assads slaughter of millions, of the Houthis in Yemen, of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) and Hezbollahs terrorwould undermine the nuclear accord. A strong American-Israeli-Saudi-led Arab alliance working with our European allies, India, and Japan will be pivotal for creating the pressure needed to arrive at a more pros perous, stable Middle East free of the threat of Iranian terror and aggression; as well as one in which Iran has made the moves to become a member of the international community in good standing once again. Thanks to the Israeli intelligence coup revealed by Prime Minister Benjamin Netan yahu, the US now has access to undeniable evidence of Irans clear effort and intent to build nuclear weapons and the means to deliver themand their record of deceit to cover it all up. The Islamic Republic remains the foremost sponsor of state terrorism. It threatens the existence of our closest ally, Israel. Tehran engages in cyber warfare, drug smuggling, and money laundering. The despotic regime holds American citizens hostage. And it sponsors murderous regimes and brutal terrorist groups in Syria, Iraq, Lebanon, and Gaza. By re-imposing sanctions, America and our allies will regain the leverage needed to push Iran to make the choices it needs to make: Relinquish its military nuclear capabilities, end its effort to export its revolutionary ideals though terrorism and support for proxy wars, and allow the people of Iran to live free from the yoke of the regimes violent ideological repression. Any agreed-upon solution to the threat from Iran must include the following: Snap inspections of all Iranian suspected nuclear facilities, including military ones, no more taking them at their word; a verifiable end to Irans missile programs, whether longor short-range; no sunset clause; a permanent and verifiable end to Irans nuclear ambi tions; verifiable limitations on Irans research and development on advanced centrifuges; reinstatement of the UN arms and missile embargo on Iran; reinstatement of sanctions on IRGC officials that were removed under the deal; and the withdrawal of all Iranian military personnel, militias, and equipment from regional states, starting with Syria. Amidst all the noise, we must keep our eyes on whats important and focus on a broader strategy that addresses Irans illicit nuclear and non-nuclear activities hand-in-hand with our European, Israeli, and Arab allies. Its the best way forward to guarantee what the JCPOA has failed to do: stop Iran from ever acquiring nuclear weapons, and protect the American people and our allies from the worlds leading state sponsor of terror. Joshua S. Block is president and CEO of The Israel Project. Dont just destroy the Iran Dealdeliver an alternative
HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, MAY 25, 2018 PAGE 5A By Jonathan Feldstein Its an irony that as Russia celebrated Victory Day, 73 years since the Allied victory of the tyranny of the Nazis, President Putin hosted Prime Minister Netanyahu as an honored guest. The timing and symbolism were mean ingful. At the same time, Israel was preparing to launch a bold military strike against the modern regime thats the Nazis successor: Iran. According to reports, Ne tanyahu informed Putin of impending strikes on Iranian military targets in Syria, and at least passively received Putins blessing. Numerous reports have been published about the attack and the Iranian firing of 20 rockets at Israel from Syria, but I couldnt help watching this video of one of these strikes, over and over. If you pay at tention youll even note one of the latest martyrs to Allah. Despite the success of Op eration House of Cards, we are not out of the woods. Further conflict and even an all out war might occur. Israelis are preparing. Bomb shelters in the Golan have been ordered opened and readied, and yearend school trips to northern Israel are being postponed and canceled. One friends four year old came home from school where the threat was clearly discussed and asked calmly when the rockets are going to start. Unlike other recent inci dents involving attacks on Iranian and Syrian military installations with Israel not taking credit or even making any official comments, fol lowing the recent strike, the biggest military operation by Israel in Syrian since 1974, Israel not only took credit but threatened more. In one instance, a cabinet minister said that if Syrian President Assad were to allow Iranian aggression against Israel from Syria, Israel could even take out Assad. For a man whose own power has been teetering for most of the last decade, and who only recently has started to see gains against ISIS and other insurgent groups, this threat is not one to take lightly. Yet its unlikely Assad can control Iran, much less do anything than be its puppet. Irans response to the re cent attacks on its military installations, leaving dozens of mostly Iranians dead, has been interesting. Previously, whether Israel has been re sponsible for specific attacks, not taking credit has given the Iranians and Syrians the ability to deny anything hap pened, and not feel compelled to respond. Nevertheless, its a reflexive action when military operations take place that Iranians (and Syrians and others) use the opportunity to blame Israel. In this case, where Israel made it clear that it did carry out this attack on dozens of Iranian locations in Syria, Irans response was not to blame Israel, but to deny it had any military presence in Syria at all. If it werent so ridiculous it would actually be funny. A consequence of Iran saying that Israels claims are fake news is that it cant threaten to retaliate against Israel pub licly for something they deny happened altogether. Now, Iran is batting with two strikes. Its not the ninth inning but, added to the military strike this week for which Israel took credit and the recent revelation of Israeli intelligence penetrating deep into Tehran to walk off with literally tons of documents and electronic files affirming their lies about plans to build nuclear weapons, their back is up against a wall. Why would Iran not re spond now, or why would they do so specifically now? It seems intuitive that if Is rael can act as it has against Iran in Syria, they should be concerned about Israel strik ing deep into Iran with even greater force. Iran has, and could launch, accurate longrange missiles at Israeli cities, but doing so would beg an Israeli retaliation that would be potentially disastrous for their military as well as the survival of the regime. Ira nian action that would draw a punishing Israeli response now, before they have nuclear weapons, would probably not be in their interest. However, the Iranians are not far from being able to produce a nuclear weapon, or at least a long-range dirty bomb, and borrowing another sports metaphor, if their back is sufficiently up against a wall, might just go for the Hail Mary, or in their case Hail Mohamed. One thing is abundantly clear: Israel will not toler ate Iranian threats beyond a certain point, and made that unambiguous this week. And while Israel might not seek to instigate a major operation, Israel might welcome the opportunity if it presents itself, to strike Iran hard. Israel knows that Iran is certainly much less of a threat now, before it has nuclear weapons, and could well evaluate that even an all out war would be better now than later when Iran could do more damage. Many other regional and global factors are at play in cluding Palestinian Arabs in Gaza building up their weekly and ongoing violent protests against Israel leading up to the May 15 anniversary of what they call the Nakba, or catastrophe of Israels birth 70 years ago. The opening of the US embassy in Jerusalem will also likely see a wider backlash. Hezbollah win ning an election in Lebanon making it, along with more than 100,000 rockets it has pointed at Israel, even more powerful. And the meeting between President Trump and N. Korean leader Kim Jung Un, which could send a clear signal to rogue terror states like Iran that the game is over in terms of threaten ing the world with nuclear weapons. Dont be surprised to see increased violent protests from Gaza where Hamas may feel marginalized and want to flex its muscles while giving Israel a black eye publicly as much of the world is support ing Israels right to use force to defend itself. In the scheme of things, thats a sideshow. The one thing to be sure of is to keep your eyes on Iran. On Syria. And on Iran in Syria. The game is far from over and will likely go into extra in nings or overtime, depending on the metaphor you prefer. Jonathan Feldstein was born and educated in the U.S. and immigrated to Israel in 2004. He is married and the father of six. He has a threedecade career in nonprofit fundraising and marketing, and throughout his life and career he has become a re spected bridge between Jews and Christians. He writes regularly on major Christian web sites about Israel and shares experiences of living as an Orthodox Jew in Israel. He can be reached at FirstPer sonIsrael@gmail.com. Keep your eyes on Iran, Syria, and Iran in Syria By Sherwin Pomerantz Jewish tradition teaches that when our ancestors left Egypt 3,500+ years ago they were pursued by the Egyptian military still bent on their de struction. As they stood at the waters edge faced with two very bad choices, the hand of God split the Reed Sea so our ancestors could cross on dry land and evade their pursuers. And when salvation came and everyone had safely crossed to the other side, the waters returned to their normal state and drowned the Egyptian enemy that had enslaved them for over 400 years. The angels, as the story relates, then broke out in song, grateful as they were for the salvation that came to the Israelites. But God stopped their celebration and told them that it was not permis sible for them to celebrate while some of Gods children were drowning, as the angels themselves did not suffer at the hands of the Egyptians. Rather only those who suf fered had earned the right to celebrate their deliverance. The story and its message could have ended there, but it did not. The rabbis later de creed that Hallel, the psalms of praise that are recited on every one of the three Jewish pilgrimage festivals as well as on Chanukah and Rosh Chodesh (when the new moon is seen each month), should be truncated on Passover as our joy is dampened a bit even to day, given the knowledge that so many of Gods children had died during our deliverance from slavery. What an amazing lesson that tradition teaches. Even when it would be natural to celebrate Gods miracles, we are enjoined by tradition to dampen our joy somewhat in recognition of the casualties suffered by our enemies. But have we internalized that message? Earlier this week those of us living here were, once again, given the honor of living through yet another miraculous day in Jerusalem. After multiple U.S. adminis trations committed in their electioneering to recognize the obvious and locate Israels U.S. embassy in Jerusalem, where the sovereign State of Israel established its capitol, it finally happened. Many of us thought it would never happen, but happen it did. And while one can argue pro and con whether this was the right time to make the move, whether there ever was, is or will be a right time, whether it advances or sets back the potential for peace in the region, none of that is part of this discussion. The fact is that it was a deci sion that made pretty much every Israeli proud and most certainly corroborated what every Israeli knows in his or her heart to be true. To be sure no one here knows what the ultimate political cost of that move will be to those of us who live here and whose future is bound up so intricately with this country and for whose future so many have given their lives. But pride in this new fact on the ground is nearly universal here. Nevertheless, with all of the pomp and circumstance of Mondays events in Jeru salem, less than 50 miles away 57 people died (some say a few more, others a few less) and hundreds more were injured in an ongoing Hamas controlled protest at Israels border with Gaza. So yes, it definitely was Hamas that sent its citizens to face down our troops who were, rightfully, Israels current moral imperative By Melanie Phillips (JNS)When confronted with absolute evil or the depths of human depravity, some of us experience a very particular kind of depression. Its as if we just cant cope with such a repudiation of humanity. Some experience it when exposed to the details of child sexual abuse. And some feel it over the libelous falsehoods hurled at Israel whenever its forced to defend itself against genocidal fanatics, as hap pened this week in the Hamas onslaught on the Gaza border fence. There is actually a strong thematic connection between these twin evils. Two awful features are associated with child sexual abuse over and above the as saults themselves. The first is the way the perpetrator projects all blame onto his victim. She led him on, he tells himself, she dressed like a tart, she was asking for it and so on. In his mind, he must rob his victim of her innocence in order to deny that she is a victim and thus justify himself. Theres something very similar about the Wests systematic abuse of Israel. Theres a refusal to acknowl edge that Israel is the victim of Arab and Muslim extermina tory violence. Instead, Israel-abusers project that violence onto Israel. It is Israels oppression of the Palestinian Arabs that is said to have driven them in despair to act as they do. So Is rael deserves its punishment. Weve been watching this sickening spectacle again this week from the usual suspects: the United Nations and European Union, NGOs, politicians, and above all, the media. With the riots in Gaza, they fell over themselves to mouth the murderous script Hamas had given themthat these were spontaneous, peaceful protests against the hellish conditions imposed upon Gaza by Israel, whose soldiers proceeded to kill around 60 unarmed Arabs out of sheer trigger-happy brutality. These were all incendiary lies. The riots that reached a crescendo this week werent a protest but, in the words of Hamas itself, an attempted invasion intended to slaughter Jews and destroy Israel. A report published this week by the High Level Mili tary Group of distinguished military figures around the world describes these on slaughts over the past six weeks as carefully planned and orchestrated military operations intended to break through the border of a sov ereign state and commit mass murder in the communities beyond, using their own civil ians as cover. The purpose: to criminalize and isolate the State of Israel. The BBC and other jour nalists in the United States, Canada and elsewhere howled down those who said this was organized by Hamas and ac cused Israel instead of using live fire against unarmed demonstrators. Israel said it had so far identified 24 of the dead as Hamas terrorists. On Wednes day, however, a senior Hamas official declared that no fewer than 50 of the 62 said to have been killed were its own op eratives. In other words, the Israel Defense Forces had been re markably careful not to kill the civilians whom Hamas had pushed to the front as cannon fodder. No other army in the world would have At the Israel border, pointing fingers at the wrong abuser protecting our border. And most probably the leadership in Gaza wanted to be able to broadcast pictures of the rioters being shot by Israeli troops in order to build their case for world sympathy. One could even make a case for questioning whether our sharpshooters really had to shoot to kill or could just as easily have stopped the assail ants by shooting them in their legs (after all we are talking about skilled sharpshooters). But all of that begs the core moral question that we learned at the Red Sea as we left Egypt and that the rab bis later formalized in our truncated recitation of the been so scrupulous in the face of a murderous mob 40,000-strong trying to storm its border. Yet the media has vilified the IDF instead. The rioters were armed with IEDs, petrol bombs and guns. They dispatched burning kites to set fire to Israeli farmland. On Facebook they were urged to bring a knife, dagger or handgun in order to kidnap Israeli civilians and murder Israeli soldiers. The Western media ignored all this. The IDF leafletted Gazans, warning them not to assemble at the fence; then they used tear gas and foul-smelling Skunk sprays; then they fired warning shots; then they Israel on page 15A Border on page 15A
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These are some of the comments we receive from readers when they miss an issue of Heritage Florida Jewish News Quote of the Week I think that a strong Israel is the only Israel that will bring the Arabs to the peace table. We dont point a pistol at our own forehead. That is not the way to conduct negotiations. Benjamin Netanyahu Down 1. Vergara and Coppola 2. Sharp movement 3. If I Had a Hammer composer 4. Former times, poetically 5. Noodges 6. Golani members 7. That ___ (closing words) 8. Klinks rank, for short 9. Ends of Sivan and Chesh van? 10. Parts of hearts 11. Loon 12. Jordan, once 13. Bad-mouthed 18. Slow primates 22. Flightless Aussie 24. Perceived 26. Knighted Guinness 27. Big name among cello virtuosos 29. Moshe who was President of Israel 33. Jewish sem. in Wyncote, PA 34. Anguished expression 35. Hallway 36. Simplicity 37. Some links 38. Gloria or Emilio 39. Critic Kael 43. Fetched 44. 2005 Best Foreign Film from South Africa 45. Some WWII crafts 46. Devil Dogs maker 47. 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Bona ___ 57. Ends of 17 Tammuz and 9 Av? 60. In a bit, in a poem 61. Singer Krauss 62. Indy driver Fabi 63. Not quite a jock 64. David Irving or Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, e.g. 65. Fig. in identity theft Challenging puzzle Hardwood Words by Yoni Glatt firstname.lastname@example.org MORNING AND EVENING MINYANS (Call synagogue to confirm time.) Chabad of South OrlandoMonday Friday, 8 a.m. and 10 minutes before sunset; Saturday, 9:30 a.m.; Sunday, 8:15 a.m., 407-354-3660. Congregation Ahavas YisraelMonday Friday, 7:30 a.m.; Saturday, 9:30 a.m.; Sunday, 9 a.m., 407-644-2500. Congregation Chabad Lubavitch of Greater DaytonaMonday, 8 a.m.; Thursday, 8 a.m., 904672-9300. Congregation Ohev ShalomSunday, 9 a.m., 407-298-4650. GOBOR Community Minyan at Jewish Academy of OrlandoMondayFriday, 7:45 a.m.8:30 a.m. Temple IsraelSunday, 9 a.m., 407-647-3055. FRIDAY, MAY 25 Ahavas YisraelKabbalat, 30 minutes before sundown. SATURDAY, MAY 26 Congregation Beth SholomCelebrate Shabbat and Memorial Day, 10 a.m., to remember the members of the armed forces. A light Kiddush lunch will follow the service. Info: 352-326-3692. MONDAY, MAY 28 Israeli Folk Dancing7:30-8:15 p.m. instruction, 8:15-10 p.m., requests. Cost: Free for JCC members, $5 nonmembers. Info: 407-645-5933. Congregation Beth AmMommy and Me class with Cantor Nina Fine, 10 a.m.-11:30 a.m. $7 per family; free for CBA members Info: 407-862-3505. TUESDAY, MAY 29 JOIN OrlandoTorah Tuesdays, 7:30 p.m. No charge. More information email rabbig@joinor lando.org. WEDNESDAY, MAY 30 Temple IsraelLunch & Learn with Rabbi Neely, noon1 p.m. A parashat discussion class. Open to the public, no RSVP needed. Info: 407-647-3055. SPARKLunch and Learn, 12:30 p.m. Join Jewish women and explore the relevance of the weekly Torah portion within modern-day life, with free lunch at 954 S. Orlando Ave., Winter Park. 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A very special Saturday Morning Shabbat service will take place on June 23 at 10 a.m. Join in the celebra tion of Rabbi Karen Allens 10th anniversary as rabbi of Congregation Beth Sholom. A Kiddush lunch, sponsored by the members of the board of directors in honor of the oc casion will follow the service. The synagogue is located at 315 North 13th St. in Leesburg, with the entrance on Center Street. More information is avail able on the synagogue website: http://bethsholomflorida.org/ or by calling the synagogue at 352-326-3692. Congregation Beth Sholom June 2018 schedule Whether living independently or with assistance, elders often experience social issues and anxiety. Here are just a few examples of what they may be feeling: Loneliness from losing a spouse and friends. Inability to independently manage the regular activities of living. Difficulty coping with the physical changes of aging. Frustration with ongoing medical problems. Feeling inadequate from the inability to continue to work. You can offer to help them handle these feelings in several ways: Plan a small trip with your loved one. A brief stroll to a nearby park can help them feel fresh and drive away depression and feelings of loneliness. Offer them a ride to help them keep in touch with their social surroundings and foster a sense of independence. Tending to a pet and/or gardening can keep them busy and satisfy their urge to care and nurture. Motivate them to remain occupied with hobbies and interests and encourage them to seek out an opportunity to volunteer. This will give them a sense of purpose, which in turn will make them feel important A counseling session can also help the elderly facing social isolation to adjust with lifestyle changes. This will better prepare them emotionally. Judy Appleton, Jewish Pavilion program director Elders experience social issues
HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, MAY 25, 2018 PAGE 7A the residents sang and clapped along. Before beginning the formal prayers, she reminded everyone that Jews have various levels of knowledge of Jewish prayers and practice, and that just saying Amen at the close of a prayer has the same effect as saying the prayer itself. Then she lit the Shabbat candles. After more than three years of leading services and offering Jewish holiday programming at various se nior living facilities around town, Bernstein knows how to engage her audiences and quickly win them over. The services she leads incorporate musical instruments and in clude insights into the prayers and traditions, delivered with warmth and humor. At the end of the service at Oakmonte, residents lingered, crowd ing around her to offer their thanks. Bernstein brings wide expe rience as a music and Jewish educator to her volunteer work with the Jewish Pavil ion. With a degree in music education from University of Bridgeport and postgraduate studies in ethnomusicol ogy at Hebrew University in Jerusalem, Bernstein has taught music in American public schools, programmed classical radio programs for Israel national radio, worked as an announcer for a classical music station in Dallas, Tex., and taught in the Ashkelon music conservatory. She has also led teen tours to Israel, has taught at and directed Hebrew schools, and was a Judaic studies teacher in day schools, living in several states. She came to Orlando in 2014 as the congregational life coordinator for Temple Israel and continued there for two years until the staff was restructured and the position phased out. She remains part of the congregations spiritual life, on occasion leading ser vices and reading Torah and Haftarah. Bernstein began her af filiation with the Jewish Pavilion when she came to work at Temple Israel, taking students to Brookdale Island Lakes assisted living wing to lead monthly Saturday Shabbat services. Bringing challah and wine, the students would sing, tell stories, and sit and talk with the residents. When her mother, Pearl Bernstein, moved to Island Lakes independent living in 2015, Bernstein was pleased to find the Jewish Pavilion offers weekly Shabbat pro grams there and volunteered to lead one per month. That grew into volunteering to lead the twice-monthly services at Oakmonte Villages assisted living building and doing holiday programs at a number of facilities around town. At each location, she incor porates musical instruments into the programs. Especially in memory care, its a very im portant element, Bernstein Susan Bernstein with her travel guitar. Jewish Pavilion volunteer Susan Bernstein engages seniors with music said. The music is a strong tie to the past and a tool to reach people, especially those who may be nonverbal or remote, she added. She often passes out a variety of rhythm instruments to help engage the residents and promote motor skills. When she plays a song they remember from their youth, many of them could sing every word to the song, and they come alive, and theyre happy, Bernstein said. Its a very potent medicine. She remembers a man, Al, who attended one of the pro grams with the Temple Israel youth. He had seemed hard to reach. But when they sang Adon Olam at the end of the service, he was so involved in it and he was able to sing all the words, said Bernstein. You could really see that he was enjoying and getting a lot of benefit out of being able to demonstrate something that he once knew. He was using the ability of his memory. Such experiences bring Bernstein much pleasure. I really appreciate the work that the Pavilion does, she said. She also appreciates the efforts of the facilities management teams to col laborate with the Jewish Pavilion to keep their Jewish residents connected to their heritage. I know firsthand, at Brookdale, that they do everything they can to make the Jewish residents feel at home, she said. They try to understand and offer as much assistance to us volunteers. The Oakmonte staff has also been responsive. Jewish Pavilion volunteers bring so many different skills and talents to their volunteer ing, but most of all they bring their caring hearts. They pro vide a valuable service to se niors and to Orlandos Jewish community, and they are so appreciated! If you have some time to spare, please consider becoming a Jewish Pavilion volunteer. Call 407-678-9363 for more information. By Lisa Levine As about 40 Jewish resi dents of Oakmonte Villages independent living building sat expectantly on a recent Friday evening, Jewish Pavil ion volunteer Susan Bernstein strapped a thin, boxy travel guitar around her neck. Since she was filling in for their regular twice-monthly Shabbat service leader, Cathy Swerdlow, Bernstein first introduced herself to her congregation, mentioning her Long Island, NY, origins and bantering easily with the residents as some called out where theyre from. She began the service with an upbeat rendition of the song Shabbat Shalom, sing ing and playing the guitar as Construction, Remodels, Additions, Handyman does most anything Available in Central Florida Area References AvailableRicardo Torres Handyman407-221-5482
PAGE 8A HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, MAY 25, 2018 Bat Mitzvah Audrey Kaye Brennan Audrey Kaye Brennan, daughter of Michele Bren nan and Mitch Barnett of Longwood, will be called to the Torah as a bat mitzvah on Saturday, June 2, 2018, at Congregation of Reform Judaism in Orlando. Audrey is in the sixth grade at Teague Middle School. Audrey has a big heart and loves volunteer ing in her community with her Girl Scout troop and her family. She is an active member of Jr. GORFTY and attends Yala at CRJ. She love animals and is always up for a travel adventure. Sharing in the familys simcha will be Audreys sister, Molly; grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins and friends. six decades. More recently, Mattis has thrilled innu merable people who have listened to his lectures on the subject. The Titanic did not play into his professional career. For 37 years, Mattis taught Spanish, first in Philadelphia and then for seven years in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. In 2005, Mattis moved to Solivita, an active 55+ community in Kissimmee. A seasoned travelerhe has been on 117 cruises so farhe joined Solivita travel club and spent the next 12 years organizing and lead ing trips for its members. His travels have taken him and the travel club groups to China, Tahiti, Antarctica, Alaska, Hawaii, the Mediter ranian, and safaris in Africa. In April 2012, Mattis participated in the 100th Anniversary Titanic Memo rial Cruise. The MS Bal moral, which sailed out of Southhampton, England, retraced the doomed liners fateful journey. For Mattis and many of its 1308 other passengers70 relatives of people who had died onboard or who had survivedthe highlight was the moving memorial service. The ship sailed to the site of the sinking to be there exactly 100 years to the hour. The commemorative ceremonies began at 11:40 p.m. on April 14 when Titanic struck the iceberg and ended at 2:20 a.m., April 15, when she sank under the sea. The following fall, Mattis presented a talk with accom Steve Mattis in front of some of his Titanic memorabilia. The Titanic Fanatic tells his tales of the unsinkable ship By Marilyn Shapiro On March 28, 1956, nineyear-old Steven Mattis sat mesmerized in his living room in Philadelphia as Kraft Theaters adaptation of A Night to Remember unfolded. Based on the nonfiction book of the same name by Walter Lord, the one-hour television produc tion told the story of the maiden voyage of the RMS Titanic. At first enthralled by the beautiful ship, the glamour of the first-class passengers, and the contrast to the third-class passen gers circumstances, Mattis fascination turned to horror as he viewed the shocking climax: Three hours after hitting an iceberg, the Brit ish ocean liner sank into the North Atlantic Ocean. Over 1500 men, women, and children perished. It was a life-changing event. That night, Mattis cried himself to sleep. I real ized that my parents could not save me from all of lifes dangers, he remembered. In the years that fol lowed, Mattis spent much of his spare time reading and researching everything he could learn about the doomed voyage. His interest in the supposedly unsink able ship has expanded over Once it was clear the Titanic was sinking, Isador refused to get into a lifeboat, stat ing firmly, I will not go before the other men. Ida handed her fur coat to her maid, Ellen Bird, as she left the lifeboat, said, As we have lived, so will we die, together. In what eyewit nesses later described as a most remarkable exhibition of love and devotion, Isidor and Ida were last seen on deck arm in arm. Broadway producer Henry Birkhardt Harris was more successful in convincing his wife, actress Renee Harris to board a lifeboat without him. Earlier that day, Renee had broken her arm in a fall on the Grand Staircase. Convincing her that he could not save himself as well as his disabled wife, Henry refused a seat and also perished. His widow, who became New York Citys first woman theatrical producer, remarried three times and lived until 93. Not all Jews were firstclass passengers. Leah Rosen Aks, emigrating to America from London, was on the Titanic with her in fant son Phillip. Leah and her son were separated in the confusion when they were being loaded on the lifeboats. Filly was thrown into a lifeboat; the inconsol able Leah was soon placed on Lifeboat 13. Soon after Car pathia rescued the survivors, Leah was walking on the deck when she recognized her sons cry. However, the woman who had caught Phil lip, regarding the baby as a gift from God, claimed it to be her own. In a scenario rivaling King Solomon, Leah pleaded her case to the Carpathias captain. Only when Leah was able to identify a distinguishable birthmark on his breastbone was Phillip returned to his birth mother. Leah and Phil lip were reunited with her husband Sam in New York. They later had a second son, Harry, and a daughter, Sarah Carpathianamed after the rescue ship. Mattis also related an other note of Jewish interest: The Titanic had a kosher kitchen. On board was a Hebrew chef, a non-Jew from South Africa, who had trained with a rabbi in Southhampton on previous White Line cruises. A kosher option was available to all passengers, including those in third class. Over 100 years later, all the passengers are gone, not only those that died but those who survived. Millvina Dean, who was two months old when the vessel hit the iceberg, died in 2009 at the age of 97. Mattis regards the time he spends sharing the Titanics stories as his contribution to the legacy of the ship. The fact that this story stays alive and is of interest to so many brings me joy, says Solivitas own Titanic Fanatic. Marilyn Shapiro lives in Kissimmee. She writes regularly for the Jewish World in Schenectady, and published her book There Goes My Heart, which is available on Amazon. You may also follow her on her blog, theregoesmyheart.me. panying slides on his trip of a lifetime to Solivitas Travel Club. Before embarking on a cruise on the Amazon the following year, Mattis posted a question to fellow cruisers: Would any of you be inter ested in hearing my Titanic lecture? The response was overwhelmingly favorable. Over 40 people showed up at that first lecture. The cruise director, impressed with the depth of knowledge and passion Mattis conveyed, encouraged the Titanic fanatic to add additional lectures to his repertoire and offer the package on future cruises. Mattis and his best friend, Andy Miller, complied, adding three more lectures. The rest, as Mattis says, was history. Starting with groups in Solivita and local librar ies, Mattis expanded his audience to multiple cruise lines, including Azamara, Royal Caribbean, Silversea, Princess and Celebrity. His audiences have been as large as 600 people, often growing over the length of the cruise as favorite word of mouth reviews spread throughout the ship. Mattis lectures are (no pun intended) a tip of the iceberg regarding peoples interest in the ill-fated voy age. Traveling expeditions, numerous museums, special events, television shows, and eight movies still draws crowds. (Mattis himself has seen A Night to Remember 15 times and James Cam erons Titanic close to 50.) What brings people to Mattis lectures on a cruise ship when they could be sun ning by the pool or learning how to fold napkins? Mattis believes that this is a story into which people can put themselves. Mattis said that the fact that the Titanic took close to three hours to go down puts people into the story. Who would I have been in the Titanic? people ask, Mattis said. Would I have been a hero? A villain? A first-class passenger steeped in elegance? A third class immigrant in steerage? The ironythe pure trag edyalso sparks peoples interest. There was great hubris by both the designers and the captain in thinking that a shipwith a short age of lifeboats for partly esthetic reasonscould be unsinkable and could run at full speed at night through ice fields after warning after warning of the danger. Mattis often tailors his lectures to his audiences, as he did in 2015 when he gave a lecture on Jews on the Titanic for Solivitas Shalom Club. Mattis, whose family belonged to Brith Israel, a conservative synagogue in Philadelphia, takes pride in the way prominent Jews handled their fate on the ship. As did many passengers, Benjamin Guggenheim, the fifth of seven sons of the wealthy mining magnate Meyer Guggenheim, initially did not realize the fatal con sequences that would result from the ships collision with the iceberg. We will soon see each other again! Its just a repair, he said to the women and children he and his valet were help ing into lifeboats. Once he realized that he and many others would not survive, he returned to his cabin and donned his evening wear. Weve dressed up in our best and are prepared to go down like gentlemen, said Guggenheim. Mattis said later accounts described the billionaire and his valet as last seen seated in chairs in the foyer of the Grand Staircase sipping brandy and smoking cigars, ready to accept their fate without fear or hesitation. Their bodies were never recovered. Two other Jews who lost their lives on April 15, 1912, were German-born Isador Strauss, politician and the owner of Macys Depart ment Store, and his wife Ida Strauss. 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(Well, maybe I wont be alive much longer to care, but my children and grandchildren hopefully will be). Who ever made that re mark about Senator JOHN McCAIN dying anyway should be fired! John McCain is what America is all about... (or should be about.) He has served our country honorably, I trust every word he says. Hes not a liar! He tries to do the right thing for all of us, even if it goes against his partys lines. (I am NOT a member of Senator McCains party but I have a world of respect for him. We need more of him. We certainly do!! I received this in the mail... The World Jewish Congress condemned the vandalism attack carried out in December against a kosher restaurant in Amsterdam. The restaurant windows were smashed and the alleged perpetrator of the attack, who was arrested, was carrying a Palestinian flag. WJC CEO and Executive Vice President, ROBERT SINGER said, Anti-Semitism is raising its ugly head across Europe once again on both the right and the left, among pro-Jihadists, anti-Zionists, and neo-Nazis. There can be no tolerance for any anti-Semitic violence or hate speech. No Jew should ever have to live in fear or danger. (Believe me, I agree. When I was five and living in the Red Hook Projects in Brooklyn, before WWII, I had to learn my Hail Marys and an Our Father, and say I was Catholic in order to avoid harm!) A Jewish Pavilion Mensch... I received this letter from the Jewish Pavilion and I pass it along (with great pleasure.): When someone says I am going to visit the seniors, an assumption is made that they (the seniors) are older than their visitor. This is not the case with GLORIA NEWBERGER who has been visiting seniors for 15 years. Gloria started visiting the elderly when she moved to Orlando at the ripe young age of 75. (YUP! Add that 75 with 15 and you have 90!) 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On Monday, June 4, there will be a Trivia Contest presented by Sheldon Brook. Shout-Out... We made this waiter crazy... but he did his job perfectly in spite of it! Im referring to ANDREW LAATSCH, a waiter at the Outback Restaurant on Aloma Avenue, Winter Park. We were about nine for dinner... all changing our minds about what to order, etc. but Andrew was on the ball! Thanks for the great service! One for the road... Sam was out shopping in the Altamonte Mall when he meets his friend Abe outside the jewelers. Sam notices that Abe has a small gift-wrapped box in his hand. So what have you just purchased, Abe? Sam asks. Well, now that youve asked, replies Abe, its my Rifkas birthday tomorrow and when I asked her this morning what she wanted for her birthday she said, Oh, I dont know, dear, just give me something with a lot of diamonds in it. So what did you get her? Sam asks. Abe replies, smiling, I bought her a pack of cards. Senator John McCain Ruth Salzman (seated far right) celebrated her 100th birthday with many friends at Kinneret. The Kinneret Council on Aging, a nonprofit agency that provides ongoing programs and services to residents of Kinneret Apartments, re cently celebrated the 100th birthday of resident Ruth Salzman. Born Ruth Bornstein in Paterson, New Jersey, on April 11, 1918, Ruth reached the 100 years old milestone, and she celebrated with family and friends at Kinneret. She has been a resident of Kinneret since 2001, which was founded by cousins Jerry Bornstein and Flossie Gluckman. Ruth along with her hus band, Sol Salzman, and daughters, Carol and Maxine, moved to Clermont, Florida, in 1949 and Orlando in 1951. The family moved to be near her father who was in the Citrus business where she helped with the bookkeeping. Salzman was a member of the Temple Israel choir, Hadassah and Sisterhood in addition to Ruth Salzman marks 100th birthday serving as temple president from 198587. Salzman, talented and smart, was a devoted volun teer as a Pink Lady at Orlando Regional Hospital, We Care Crisis Center and CITE, which provides services to children and adults with blindness and other disabilities and where daughter Carol was CEO. Her first paying job was at SunTrust bank from the mid 1980s through 1993. Hobbies included designing and sew ing. She often sewed matching outfits for her daughters and their dolls. When one of her daughters could not find a dress for her sweet-16 party, Salzman sewed exactly what her daughter described, a beautiful yellow, dotted-Swiss dress. Kinneret Apartments, lo cated in downtown Orlando, provides subsidized housing to 280 independent seniors. For information on the facil ity or to find out how you can donate to KCOA, please go to www.kinneretapartments. com or contact Sharon Weil.
PAGE 10A HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, MAY 25, 2018 Marilyn Kletter. They knew more needed to be done to remember the victims and serve as a warning to the fu ture generations of what hate and bigotry can create when the people fall silent. Kletter researched and located Michael and Diana Lazarus in London, Eng land, who had been building these memorials since 2003 through their Simon Mark Lazarus Foundation. After multiple discussions, Miles and Marilyn Kletter and Warren and Beverly Geisler and their respective families each formed foundations in 2008. Their donations, together with the Lazarus family, would be placed into what was called the Belarus Holocaust Memorials Proj ect through the American Jewish Committee in New York City. These three foundations, together with Jewish com munities and organizations across Belarus, established the Committee for the Pres ervation of Holocaust Victims Memory in the Republic of Belarus. The Committee, comprising dedicated and steadfast members of the communitys representa tive bodies, provides crucial support in identifying the locations and coordinating the construction of Holocaust memorials. In 2012, Cary and Joni Kletter, the son and daughter of Marilyn and Miles Kletter, took over their fathers work when Miles died of cancer. They are involved with BHMP on many levels: facilitating the foundations financial involvement, designing and managing the BHMP web site; traveling to Belarus for ceremonies; coordinating with officials in Belarus; and working on the content and layout of the website. Beverly and Warren Geisler and Marilyn Kletter now split their time between homes in Upstate New York and Florida, in West Palm and in Boyton Beach respectively. Through research and the help of those individuals who lived in the area during the war, over 500 mass killing sites have been identified. The number of Jews that died at each site ranges from two to thousands. Each year, the Belarus Holocaust Memorial Foundation selects up to six sites to place a memorial. As of May 2018, 110 Holocaust memorials designed by Be larussian architect Leonid Levin have been erected at Holocaust massacre sites in cities, towns and villages throughout the country. The goal of the BHMP: To have memorials at every site. At each killing site there is a black granite tombstone, set on a flagstone platform mounted on a pedestal. Each contains inscriptions in three languagesBelarusian, Eng lish and Hebrewstating that this monument was erected in memory of the victims of Nazism. Where known, names of the victims are noted. On July 26, 2009, a plaque was placed on a bridge abut ment by a river where 3,400 Jews from the Baranovichy Ghetto were pulled off the cattle cars, shot, and dropped in the river in the Zeliony Most region. Another memorial has been placed in a rolling field The families that helped form the Belarus Holocaust Memorials Project. Shown here (back row, l-r): Morty Geisler, Warren Geisler, Joshua Geisler (nephew); (front row, l-r): Marilyhn Kletter, Miles Kletter. Holocaust By Bullets monuments erected throughout Belarus More than 500 mass killing sites in Belarus have memori als like this one in the Ghetto of Orsha. By Marilyn Shapiro How does one keep the memory alive of the 800,000 Belarusian Jews killed dur ing the Holocaust? For two Jewish families with links to Florida, along with a couple from England, the answer was simple: One monument at a time. In the first half of the twentieth century, the Jews in Belarus were its third largest ethnic group in this Eastern European country. The population of cities such as Minsk, Pinsk, Mahiliou, Babrujsk, Vitsyebsk, and Gomel was more than 50 per cent Jewish. Tragically, some 800,000 Jews80 percent of the Jewish populationto gether with transports of Jews brought for extermination from the remaining com munities in Western Europe, were killed in Belarus during the Holocaust. Many were killed by mass shootings, or Holocaust By Bullets, in which executioners massa cred the victims in their own villages before the eyes of the neighbors. In 2006 Dr. Michael Loz man, a Capital District or thodontist, introduced Dr. Warren Geisler, a Capital Region dentist, to the Holo caust By Bullets in Belarus. As a one-time partnership they, together with personal donations with the help of community donations as well, built a memorial to the 433 victims of the Holocaust in Grozovo, Republic of Belarus. The late Dr. Miles Kletter, a Capital District dentist and philanthropist as well as a dear friend of Geisler, generously donated the site. Miles and Warren felt strongly about the injustice of the Holocaust and the tragedy of the Shoah, said near the Bagerovo village where approximately 4,670 Jews were forced to strip to their underwear, lined up, shot and buried in an antitank trench. Dedication ceremonies drawing hundred of people are held at each killing site upon completion of the memorials. Many are from Belarus: repre sentatives of the local authori ties, members of the Jewish community, and representa tives of Jewish organizations functioning in the region. The Israeli ambassador to Belarus as well as ambassadorial staff members from Germany, United States, Great Britain, Israel, and the United States have also attended. Kletter said that at a dedication in 2017, the ambassador from Germany to Belarus publicly apologized to him and all the attendees for the atrocities that were committed. Representatives of the Geisler, Kletter and Lazarus families have attended every ceremony, Families suffered unspeakably tragic losses in Belarus during the Nazi oc cupation, said Cary Kletter. It is our earnest hope that knowledge of these memo rials, in the cities, towns, villages, farmers fields, and forest clearings, the very sites where the massacres took place, will afford some small comfort. Geisler said one his most unforgettable moments was when the last living survivor of the Minsk ghetto came to a dedication. After introducing himself, he thanked Geisler and BHMP for what they are doing to make sure that the Holocaust would not be forgotten. Those who lost relatives or witnessed the atrocities also attend. A member of one of the grieving families said, Now we have somewhere where we can stand to remember and mourn. Participants in the ceremo ny light candles in memory of the victims, say prayers, in cluding Kaddish and El Malei Rachamim, and place flowers and stones on the monument. It is a Jewish value to honor the dead, Kletter said. I feel like I am fulfilling a mitzvah. Dr. Geisler stated that there is urgency to build more of these sites as survivors and witnesses to these crimes of humanity pass on. Along with the 500 recognized sites in Belarus, more than 1,200 exist in the Ukraine alone. There should be a memorial for the people, a memorial for where it happened, said Kletter. If nothing is done, these loca tions are lost to history. The rise of anti-Semitism in Europe has been discon certing, noted Dr. Geisler. In 2014, the Belarus Gov ernment requested that a memorial be placed at a site where 2,500 children from the Orsha Ghetto were killed in November 1941 soon after their brutal separation from their parents. The dedication was attended by numerous Belarus government officials and was broadcast on national television. Within a short time, the site was burnt and vandalized. Although it was rebuilt, the specter of hatred remains. Let the world know this insanity must never be toler ated again, said Dr. Geisler at one of the many dedications he has attended. Hundreds of years from now, visitors of future generations coming to these killing sites will bear witness to what happened. Further information re garding the Belarus Holo caust Memorials Project can be found at its website http:// www.belarusmemorials.com. Marilyn Shapiro lives in Kissimmee. She writes regu larly for the Jewish World in Schenectady, and published her book There Goes My Heart, which is available on Amazon. You may also follow her on her blog, theregoesmy heart.me. When becomes rfnrtb I DO I' M D ONE.
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(R) Reform (C) Conservative (O) Orthodox (Rec) Reconstructionist (T) Mehitsa ROSE SOBEL KELLMAN Rose Kellman, age 100, passed away at her residence at Monroe Village, Monroe Township, New Jersey, on Monday, May 7, 2018. Rose was born in Worcester, Mas sachusetts, on Oct. 7, 1917, the only child of the late Louis and Bessie Weinberg Sobel. She persevered through a difficult childhoodmov ing frequently and lacking muchmanaging to gradu ate high school and go on her own. She entered the work force as a cost accountant in the garment district of New York while attending college. Rose eventually earned her bachelors degree and two masters degrees. In 1948, at a Sukkot party, she met Charles Kellman. They married in June 1949 and embarked on a 58-year courtship until Charles pass ing in 2007. Once their chil dren were old enough, Rose re-entered the workforce; first as a substitute teacher and later as a full-time kindergar ten teacher. Following their retirement, Rose and Charles relocated to the Williamsburg area of Orlando in 1981, where she remained until 2010, mov ing to New Jersey to be nearer to family. Rose is survived by her son, Arnold (Susan Wojto wicz) Kellman of San Diego, Calif.; and her daughters, Susan Kellman of New York and Marilyn (Craig) Sand ers of Plainsboro, NJ. She was also the adoring grand mother of Terry Sanders, Scott Sanders, Benjamin Kellman, Mia Kellman and Emma Kellman. A graveside funeral service was held at Bet Chaim Cem etery in Gotha, with Rabbi Arnold Siegel of Jewish Family Services officiating. Funeral arrangements entrusted to Beth Shalom Memorial Cha pel, 640 Lee Road, Orlando 32810. 407-599-1180. ELLY G. SOSKI Elly G. Soski, age 86, of Lake Mary, passed away on Friday, April 6, 2018, at her home in Oakmonte Village in Lake Mary. She was born on March 21, 1932, in Lvov, Poland to the late Benzion and Gitla Grunberg. Ellys family was arrested by the Russians during World War II and she, her mother and her sister, Rifka, who died during the Shoah, were deported to Liberia. Her father died in a Russian prison and her brother, Bernard, served in the Russian Army. Following the War, Elly, her mother and brother, were sent to a DP camp in Germany. There, she worked smuggling people to Israel. It was there, too, that the deci sion was made to immigrate to the United States. In New York, she met the love of her life, Manny Soski, to whom she was married for 51 years. In 1972, Elly and the family relocated to the Orlando area from Long Island, N.Y. They joined Congregation Beth Am and were active members for many years. Mrs. Soski was predeceased by her husband, Manny, who passed away in 2004; her brother, Bernard; and her granddaughter, Debbie Dixon. She is survived by her daugh ters, Heddy (Michael) Bern stein of Altamonte Springs, Ruth (Richard) Rubin of Longwood and Marilyn (Don ald) Becker of Israel. She was also the proud grandmother of Felicia (Isaac) Greenberg, Marc (Ashley) Bernstein, Amy (Danny) Vaknin, Danny Rubin, Scott Dixon and Bernie (Ayelet) Becker and the ador ing great-grandmother of Noah and Asher Greenberg, Avery and Addison Bern stein, Skylar, Avi, Ari and Ava Vaknin, Camryn, Tyler, Kait lyn, Riley and Ella Dixon and Rena and Menachem Becker. A graveside service was held at Ohev Shalom Cemetery (Beth Am Section) with Rabbi Rick Sherwin officiating. In memory of Elly G. Soski, the family requests contributions to Jewish Family Services, 2100 Lee Road, Winter Park 32789. Arrangements entrusted to Beth Shalom Memorial Cha pel, 640 Lee Road, Orlando 32810. 407-599-1180. By Cnaan Liphshiz AMSTERDAM (JTA) Each spring, the televised Eurovision song contest captivates the continent in ways that outsiders can never hope to understand. A sort of Olympics for patriotic power pop, Eu rovision might attract the interest of, say, Jews outside of Europe only when the Israeli entry is a strong contender, like this years unorthodox number Toy by Netta Barzilai. But while Jewish pride is a sidebar at the $180 mil lion Eurovision contest, it is front and center at Jewrovisiona Jewish ver sion of the Eurovision song contest which took place on Sunday in Milan for the 19th consecutive year. Approximately 200 youths from 10 countries par ticipated in the event, orga nized for Jewish European youth by the World Bnei Akiva movement. The winning song for the 2018 Jewrovision was Am Echad, Hebrew for one people, sung by the German group Krefeld. The winning song was a mashup of two others num bers: Rise by Katy Perry and Were All in this To gether from High School Musical. Mascha Brosius, the Bnei Akiva leader in Krefeld, co-wrote the lyrics. But the song had stiff competition in 13-yearold Emma Schipper from Amsterdam, who came in second with a Hebrewlanguage song titled Ha lom (dream). It speaks about Gods interventions to save the Jewish people. She selected the slow R&Blike ballad to show off the versatility of her metallic, full-bodied voice. Schipper attends Am sterdams only Jewish high school and studies music with two Israeli teachers. She reached the auditions last year of the kids ver sion of her countrys The Voice talent show, per forming with her sister as the Emma & Laila duo. They didnt make the cut, partly because judge Marco Borsato thought that one of them, he didnt say who, was underperforming. While showmanship is important to the organizers and judges of the contest, it takes a back seat to the real goal of the Bnei Akiva Jewrovision song contest: Providing a meeting point for young Jewish teens from small and often isolated Jewish communities with an assimilation problem. It is exciting each time anew to see contestants from so many countries in Europe go on one stage and sing about their connection with the State of Israel, said Roi Abecassis, director of the World Bnei Akiva move ment. This competition is a priceless opportunity to receive a perspective about youths in Europe who are connected to Jewish tradi tion and Israel. Bnei Akiva is not the only Jewish organization that decided to harness the power of song to connect communities. In February, the Central Council of Jews in Germany held its 17th consecutive Jewrovision song contest in Dresden, though that competition is mainly for contestants in Germany. A favorite in the Milan competition came from one of Europes smallest Jewish communities. Eden Avidan, 13, has competed in various national contests in Finland, including one last year in which she won second place. The song I sang in the [Jewrovision] competition was about Jerusalem, a city I very much like, she said. The lyrics described the Israeli capital as a quiet place packed with history. Faced with such seasoned competition, it is easy to understand why 16-year-old Micha Guskin of Zurich, Switzerland, was a bit ap prehensive about perform ing in Milan. Unlike Avidan and the Schippers, it was his first real performancenot counting his singing in his synagogue back home, where he began leading prayers a few years ago in recognition of his cantorial skills. In European Jewrys biggest song contest, Israel is always a winner
PAGE 12A HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, MAY 25, 2018 By: Leiba Chaya David This year, Israel marks 70 years of statehoodseven decades of intensive growth and remarkable achievement. Jewish National Fund-USA is proud of the formative role it has played in the countrys development, since before the founding of the Modern State of Israel, and continuing as a key player in the strate gic development of Israels natural resources and infra structure. Over the years, Jewish National Fund-USA has worked hand in hand with the State of Israel in areas such as forest management, water conservation, infra structure support, environ mental education, economic growth, sustainable tourism, and community building. But if JNFs recent mas sive Israel@70 tour was any indication, this important work is by no means com plete. In celebration of 70 years of Israels independence, over 220 JNF-USA repre sentativesprofessionals, lay-leaders, and first-time supporters aliketraveled to Israel for an unforgettable celebration of the countrys 70th birthday. For the tour participants, this was no or dinary leisure trip. Of course, there were fascinating sights and high-standard wining and dining. Yes, there were plenty of opportunities to mingle with the locals. Yet on this trip, nobody was treated as a guest or a tourist; rather, they came as honorary Is raelis, home for a brief visit to help in the ongoing work of shaping Israeli society. The whirlwind tour, took participants from one end of the country to the other on five different tracks: Young Professionals, Spirit of Israel, the Presidents Society, San Diego Com munity, and Interfaith. Each track explored Israel through the unique Jewish National Fund-USA lens, learning about innovative agricultural projects, tour ing iconic urban neigh borhoods, encountering cutting-edge technology, meeting with community and business leaders, and enjoying off-the-beaten path restaurants and cultural sites. During the days lead ing up to Independence Day, the five groups came together for several com memorative events and as Bruce K. Gould, Jewish Na tional Fund-USA presidentelect and vice-president, Campaign, shared: This is my 55th time here, and every time is special. While I have never lived here, I feel like it is home, Gould, an Orlando, Fla. resident, chose to join the Spirit of Israel track, which included many new faces to Jewish National Fund-USA and first time visitors to Israel. Matt Setton chose the In terfaith Track as the lens through which he wished to travel to Israel, saying Zi onism runs thick and deep through Druze, Muslims, Christians, and everybody who looks around and says look at this place! Thats not just because of who they believe in, its because of the land and because of the place were all in. That difference is the most spe cial part of the trip for me. The trip was timed to co incide with Israels most significant national com memorative days: Holocaust Remembrance Day, Memo rial Day for Fallen Soldiers and Victims of Terror, and Independence Day. The continuum of these days was especially powerful for those visiting Israel for the first time. Jason Zenner co-chair of the Young Pro fessionals track, reflected on how special it was to re-experience Zionist his tory through the eyes of the newcomers in his group: When we were at the Atlit Detention Campwhere so many Jews came imme diately after the Holocaust and were considered illegals by the Britishso many on our tour had that aha moment where they finally understood the importance of the State of Israel in the Jewish peoples rebirth after the nightmare of the Shoah. Rick Krosnick, Jewish Na tional Fund-USAs chief development officer, spoke about the impact of stand ing side by side with Israeli soldiers on Israeli Memorial Day. Having served in the U.S. Navy, I can say that mili tary commemoration is very, very different here. When we all stood together for the memorial siren that lasted two minutes, we remember and honor those who have given so much so that we could have a Jewish state. With Jewish National FundUSA, this experience of remembrance carries for ward into hands-on ac tion, showcasing the many practical ways JNF-USA is still building the nation, in cluding large-scale regional development in the Negev and Galilee, environmental education for Jewish and Druze youth, outfitting local firefighters with new trucks and gear, IDF pro grams for people with special needs, and so many more. Personal encounters with Israelis, standing in the places that form the Jewish narrative, and putting their hands in the soil are all criti cal elements of the JNF-USA Israel experience, serving to remind Americans that Israel is their homeland too. You dont need to explain yourself on a Jewish National Fund-USA tour, said Gene Goldstein, traveling on the Presidents Society Tour. You dont need to pretend to be somebody youre not or as similate. You can just be you. With this feeling of personal connection, it is only natural to want to stay invested. Civia Caroline, the co-chair of the Young Professionals trip, literally put her hands in the soil to help solidify this connection with farmers through HaShomer HaCha dash, a partner of Jewish National Fund-USA helping farmers throughout the country. For Caroline, this experience was an opportu nity to see firsthand the chal lenging work that remains to be done here. Its a unique connection to the land that turns into a long-term rela tionship, and people bring that home with them. It is this uniqueness of a Jewish National Fund-USA mission that empowers people to take what they have learned back home. Alyse Golden Berkley remembers the impact of her first JNFUSA mission: It literally changed my life. For the first time I saw the oppor tunity to make a difference as part of the Jewish worlds most productive, positive nation-builder. This trip has inspired many tears among the participants, along with a big commitment to do more. After a deeply meaningful trip, each participant re turned to his or her home community as a dedicated stakeholder in Israels past, present, and future. Through Jewish National Fund-USA, they will have a range of op portunities to work toward a flourishing, peaceful, and equitable society in the Jew ish homeland. May there be many more milestones to celebrate together. JNF-USA celebrates Israel@70 with a return to the homeland Frazer Harrison/Getty Images Alden Ehrenreich is the new Han Solo. By Gabe Friedman (JTA)Star Wars fans are eagerly awaiting the franchises latest film, Solo: A Star Wars Story. As its title suggests, the flick focuses on Han Solo, the legendary character made famous by Harrison Ford in the series first films from the late 70s. The Solo movie, which hits theaters on today, is the second of what are being called the Star Wars anthology filmsor offshoots of the main series (which, for now, is made up of three trilogies: the original films, the early 2000s prequels and the more recent sequelsgot that?). The first anthology film was Rogue One, released in 2016. Solo follows a young ver sion of the intergalactic smug gler on the planet Corellia, and his furry sidekick Chewbacca. The space western, as its being called, premiered at the Cannes Film Festival last week and has been described as crackingly enjoyable and a winning chapter in the Star Wars canon. Here are some Jewish facts about the film (and its titular character) you might not have known. The new Han Solo is a nice Jewish boy from LA His name is Alden Ehren reich, and he attended a Re constructionist synagogue in Los Angeles Pacific Palisades neighborhood. Ehrenreich, 28, is not yet a recognizable star, but he has appeared in films such as Woody Allens Blue Jasmine and the Coen brothers Hail, Caesar! Ac cording to at least one inter view, he seems to enjoy the famous Canters Jewish deli. The old Han Solo is also (partly) Jewish Harrison Ford once deliv ered one of the strangest lines ever said about Jewish iden tity: As a man Ive always felt Irish, as an actor Ive always felt Jewish, he said on Inside the Actors Studio in 2000 Fords father was Irish, and his maternal grandparents were Jewish emigrants from Belarus. (Ehrenreich refer enced Fords Jewishness in a recent interview.) Well leave it to the reader to interpret the quote. Steven Spielberg discov ered Ehrenreich at a bat mitzvah Fourteen years ago, Eh renreich made a home movie to show at his friends bat mitzvah. Steven Spielbergs daughter happened to be friends with the bat mitzvah girl, and the director attended the ceremony. Ehrenreich described the movie as a piece of sh--, but Spielberg clearly saw something in Ehrenreichs performance. He invited Ehrenreich to his Dreamworks studio and introduced him to fellow legend Francis Ford Coppola, who would later cast him in multiple films. Ehrenreichs well-reviewed performance in Coppolas Tetro in 2009 put him on the map. Four other Jewish actors were considered for the role After thousands auditioned for the coveted Han Solo role, a final list of around a dozen actors was announced in early 2016. Among the finalists were four different Jewish actors: Logan Lerman (known for roles in Fury, alongside Brad Pitt, and The Perks of Being a Wallflower), Dave Franco (James Francos Five Jewish facts about the new Han Solo Star Wars movie brother, whos now a marquee star), Ansel Elgort (star of the action film Baby Driver, whose non-Jewish grand mother helped Norwegian Jews escape Nazis) and Emory Cohen (best known for costarring in Brooklyn with Saoirse Ronan). The script was written by a Jewish father-and-son duo Solo was penned by Law rence and Jonathan Kasdan. Lawrence co-wrote two of the original Star Wars films, The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi, and has said this will be the last Star Wars movie he works on. He received an award from the Atlanta Jewish Film Festival in 2016. Jonathan, 38, has acted in small roles and doesnt have a long list of writing credits to his name yet. (Meanwhile, Jonathans brother Jake -not involved in Solo -has worked on shows such as New Girl and Fresh Off the Boat and films such as Sex Tape and the recent Jumanji remake.) It is that time of year once again when Heritage Florida Jewish News is putting out feelers for one outstand ing person in the Jewish community who has given his or her time or talent or monetary gifts to better the Orlando Jewish community. Nominations for the 2018 Heritage Human Service Award are now being ac cepted and the award will be presented at the annual meeting of the Jewish Fed eration of Greater Orlando on Aug. 7. For more than 28 years, individuals who have made major, voluntary contribu tions of their talent, time, energy and effort to the Central Florida community have been honored with the selection and presentation of this award, said Jeff Gaeser, editor and publisher of the Heritage. Last years recipi ent was Sara Stern. Former recipients have included Ber nie Raff (2015), Loren London (2014), and Nina Oppenheim (2013). According to Gaeser, Each recipient chose their own path, but made considerable and long-lasting contribu tions to the Jewish commu nity. Nominees for the 2018 award are individuals who do not look for recognition, but perform tikun olanrepair ing the worldout of internal motivation. Nominations should be emailed to news@orlando heritage.com with the subject Human Service Award, or typed on 8 1/2 x 11 paper and sent by mail to Heritage Florida Jewish News, Human Service Award, 207 OBrien Road, Suite 101, Fern Park, FL 32730. Included should be the name and phone number of the nominee, a documented list of his or her accomplishments, and the name and phone number of the nominator(s). The Heritage is accepting nominations until Friday, June 8. Nominations for Heritage Human Service Award An Annual Issue Published By HERITAGE and Featuring a Variety of Thought-Provoking Articles on Health and Fitness Related Subjects Reaching a Responsive, Health-Conscious Market Health & Fitness Issue 407-834-8787
HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, MAY 25, 2018 PAGE 13A Weekly roundup of world briefs from JTA US envoy Jason Green blatt meets with leaders in Qatar to discuss Gaza relief WASHINGTON (JTA) U.S. Middle East envoy Jason Greenblatt met Wednesday in Qatar with its foreign min ister and discussed relief for Gaza, a notable meeting with one of Hamas only allies at a time when the Gaza Strips border with Israel is explod ing with violence. Met today in Doha, Qatar with Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohammed Bin Abdulrah man Al Than, Greenblatt said Wednesday on his Twitter feed. We discussed the ur gent need for humanitarian relief for Gaza and the Trump Administrations developing peace plan. Greenblatt has said in the past has said that relief for Gazans would be key to any path to peace. Greenblatt repeated the tweet in Arabic. Greenblatts meeting came two days after he attended the dedication of the new U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem. That same day, Israeli troops killed some 60 Palestinians who were part of an attempt by thousands to breach the fence with Gaza. The weeks of protests have been backed by Hamas, the terrorist group controlling Gaza. Greenblatt, like other Trump administration fig ures, has backed Israels line on Gaza, saying the vio lence is entirely provoked by Hamas. However, Greenblatt, who is also a leader of Presi dent Donald Trumps effort to revive Israeli-Palestinian peace talks, has said that relief for Gazans would be key to any path to peace. Qatar remains one of the only countries in the world with ties to Hamas, and could play a role in persuading the group to allow in relief for Gazans. Hamas on Tuesday turned away two truckloads of humanitarian aid from Israel while allowing through six trucks with as sistance from the Palestinian Authority and UNICEF, the Jerusalem Post reported. The United States Arab allies in the region are shun ning Qatar because of its ties with Hamas and other Muslim Brotherhood groups, and with Iran. The Trump administration has sent the Persian Gulf statewhich houses one of the largest U.S. military bases in the world mixed messages, with some rebukes, but also with some outreach. Human Rights Watch sues Israel to prevent deportation of its local director JERUSALEM (JTA)Hu man Rights Watch sued Israels Interior Ministry to prevent its local director from being deported over his past involvement in the BDS movement. The NGO filed the lawsuit in Jerusalem District Court on Tuesday in order to keep its director of Israel/Palestine, Omar Shakir, from being de ported after his work permit was revoked. According to the organiza tion, the lawsuit is the first legal challenge to a 2017 law that bans from Israel those who publicly call for boycotts of the country. The lawsuit argues that the government went be yond the law in deporting someone with valid status who it acknowledged has not engaged in boycott activities while residing in Israel, and that the motivation behind this move is to curb Human Rights Watchs activities. The Interior Ministry com piled a seven-page dossier to support its deportation order against Shakir. Much of the dossier covers a time period before Shakir assumed his position at Human Rights Watch, including a great deal of his time at Stanford University. When Shakir, a native of California, was first appoint ed to his position in February 2017, he was denied both a work visa and a tourist visa. A month later, he was allowed entry to Israel, the same day the Knesset passed a law banning entry to foreigners who publicly call for boycotting the Jew ish state or its settlements. The following month he was granted a work visa. The lawsuit asks the court to pause the deportation order, due to take effect Tues day, May 22, pending the outcome of legal proceedings. Over 1,000 religious leaders urge Mike Pompeo to name antiSemitism monitor WASHINGTON (JTA) More than a thousand lay and clergy leaders across a range of faiths signed a petition urging Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to name an anti-Semitism monitor. Around the world, violent and even lethal attacks have been made on Jews and Jew ish institutions; physical harassment of Jews who wear a kippah in public is all too common, says the petition addressed to Pompeo, orga nized by the American Jew ish Committee and released Tuesday to media. There has been no antiSemitism monitor since President Donald Trump as sumed office in January 2017, and Rex Tillerson, Pompeos predecessor, emptied the Of fice to Monitor and Combat Anti-Semitism of staff last summer. In far left and far-right political parties in Europe and elsewhere, anti-Jewish rhetoric is on the rise as is the demonization of Israel and intimidation of its support ers, the petition says. New campaigns of Holocaust distortion have been waged and there are proposals in some countries to ban central Jewish religious practices. Mr. Secretary, anti-Semitism starts with Jews, but doesnt end there: when any minor ity is threatened, everyone is less safe. The signatories include a wide geographical range of Jewish lay leaders, rab bis covering all streams of Judaism, and hundreds of Christian leaders, including Timothy Cardinal Dolan, the Archbishop of New York, and Rev. Katharine Henderson, the president of Auburn Seminary, an influential Protestant institution based in New York. There are also a number of Muslim, Bud dhist, Hindu, Sikh and Bahai leaders. Tillerson said he wanted to transfer duties from special envoys to State Depart ment staff as a cost-saving measure. A range of Jewish organizations and lawmak ers reminded him that the anti-Semitism monitor is mandated by Congress and is required by law to be filled. US names Irans top banker a terrorist WASHINGTON (JTA)In an unusual move the U.S. Treasury named Irans top banker a terrorist for his role in funneling money to Hezbollah. It is appalling, but not surprising, that Irans seniormost banking official would conspire with the IRGC-QF to facilitate funding of terror groups like Hezbollah, and it undermines any credibility he could claim in protecting the integrity of the institu tion as a central bank gov ernor, Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin said Tuesday in a statement. IRGC-QF stands for Iran Revolution ary GuardQuds Force, the Iranian armed force that is responsible for much of Irans adventurism abroad. The designation as ter rorists of Valiollah Seif, the banks governor, and Ali Tarzali, the assistant director of the banks international department, comes a week after President Donald Trump reinstated sanctions on the bank itself as part of his withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal. The U.S. sanctions Trump reinstated last week target third-party entities, includ ing individuals, companies and governments that deal with Irans Central Bank. The threat of reimposition of sanctions already has prompted angry rejoinders from governments the U.S. is otherwise allied with and that continue to abide by the nuclear deal, among them Britain, France and Germany. Trump wants these countries to join him in sanc tioning Iran to extract what he says would be a better deal to end its suspected nuclear weapons program. Trump wants any replace ment deal to address, among other things, Irans missile program and its adventurism in the region. Hezbollah, a Lebanese terrorist group, which launched a war against Israel in 2006, is a key re gional ally to Iran. Hezbollah and Iran are helping to prop up the Assad regime in its civil war. Banning dealings with the banks top personnel may be seen as a way to increase pressure on the U.S. allies to play ball. Also named as terrorists in the Treasury release are Aras Habib, the chairman of Al-Bilad Islamic Bank in Iraq; and Muhammad Qasir, a Hezbollah official, both for their role in funneling IRGC money to Hezbollah. Top German newspaper pulls cartoon that criti cizes Netanyahu BERLIN (JTA)One of Germanys top daily news papers has pulled and apolo gized for a cartoon that criti cizes Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. The image depicted Ne tanyahu dressed as Netta Barzilai, the Israeli singer who won the Eurovision song contest earlier this week. In the cartoon, Netanyahu is holding a rocket marked with a Star of David. The artist, Dieter Hanitzsch, also replaced the V in a Eurovision banner with the six-pointed star. Netanyahu is shown saying Next year in Jerusalem, a reference to the fact that Is rael will host Eurovision next year since it won this year. Wolfgang Krach, editor in chief of the Sddeutsche Zeitung, said in a statement Tuesday that it could be seen as anti-Semitic. The Israeli leader is given an oversized nose, ears and lips in the image. The Jewish star on the rocket could also suggest that behind every war, Jewish interests are hiding, Jonas Mueller-Twe commented in an article for t-online. de news, which broke the story and reprinted the of fending cartoon. This led to discussions both within and outside the SZ editorial offices, Krach said. The cartoonist... said he merely wanted to point out that next years contest will be held in Israel. But... one can also see it differently, and it could be considered anti-Semitic. Thus it was a mistake to publish it, and we apologize. Hanitzsch was criticized in 2016 for another cartoon which used an octopus stran gling the earth as a metaphor for U.S. foreign policy. For some critics, the image too closely resembled antiSemitic illustrations from the Nazi-era propaganda tabloid Der Sturmer. Hanitzsch vehemently denied that his intent was anti-Semitic and insisted that the octopus symbol was a reference to Der Sturmer. Man fires red paint balls at Israeli flag fly ing in downtown Phila delphia (JTA)An Israeli flag fly ing in downtown Philadelphia at the spot where a Holocaust memorial is under construc tion was sprayed with red paint. The vandalism, made by a paintball gun with red paint that was found in a nearby trash can, occurred on Tuesday. Staff members of the Jew ish Federation of Greater Philadelphia were notified that a man was shooting paint at the flag rushed to the corner of 16th Street and Ben Franklin Parkway and were able to identify the man for police, according to the local ABC affiliate. The man acknowledged that he was responsible for the vandalism when asked by police. He was taken into police custody. Police told local media that they do not know why the man attacked the Israeli flag and are not calling it a hate crime. He faces charges of institutional vandalism, according to ABC6. The attack on the flag came a day after nearly 60 Palestin ians protesting near the Gaza border with Israel were killed by Israeli troops. Among the issues they were protesting was the opening on Monday of the American Embassy in Jerusalem. The flags of hundreds of countries fly along Ben Franklin Parkland. The area next to the Israeli flag is fenced off for the con struction of the Philadelphia Holocaust Memorial Plaza and already is the site of the Monument to the Six Million Martyrs, erected in 1964, and the first Holocaust statue established in a United States city, according to the local Philadelphia Inquirer newspaper. Im very upset to learn of the desecration of the Israeli flag that hangs along the Benjamin Franklin Park way, Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney said in a statement. Hate and anti-Semitism have no place in the City of Philadelphia. While I un derstand that emotions are running high and there are many viewpoints stemming from recent violence against Palestinians and other pro testers in the Gaza Strip, it doesnt warrant hateful acts of vandalism. Fortunately, due to the swift work of the Philadelphia Police Depart ment as well as concerned residents, a suspect was placed into custody shortly after this incident occurred. Suburban Paris syna gogue nixes chief rabbi event amid fear of vio lence over Gaza (JTA)Amid fears of antiSemitic violence at antiIsrael protests in and around Paris, a synagogue of a southern suburb cancelled for undisclosed reasons an event featuring the citys chief rabbi. The event planned for Wednesday evening with Rabbi Michel Gugenheim at the Yaguel Yaacov synagogue in Montrouge was postponed abruptly hours before it was scheduled to begin. The Consistoire, French Jewrys organization responsible for religious services, sent out an email to all of the recipients of its correspondence telling them the event had been postponed indefinitely. The cancellation comes amid warnings by the Na tional Bureau for Vigilance Against Anti-Semitism, or BNVCA, of an elevated risk for anti-Semitic violence at or around rallies planned for Wednesday over deadly clashes between Israeli forces and protesters near Israels border with Gaza on Monday. Contacted by JTA, a Con sistoire spokesperson and the spokesperson of the Jewish community of Montrouge declined to divulge any infor mation regarding the reason for the cancellation. Other communal events are scheduled to take place as planned, including a lecture by Knesset Speaker Yuli Edel stein on Wednesday evening at a hotel in central Paris that is being organized by the CRIF umbrella group of French Jewish communities. Currently, an anti-Israel protest rally is planned for Wednesday evening at Repub lique Square, which is located about a mile away from the hotel where the CRIF event is scheduled to take place. Another rally is being organized in the northern suburb of Stains, by its mayor, Azzedine Taibi. BNVCA in a statement said that the Stains Jewish community has in recent years been severely depleted because of insecurity, antiSemitic violence and Pales tine activism there. It also warned the rallies organized by the mayor may trigger anti-Semitic attacks there and beyond. In 2014, more than a dozen synagogues in France were targeted with firebombs or gunshots amid a wave of pro tests throughout Paris over Israels attacks on Hamas in Gaza. At the Don Isaac Abravanel Synagogue in Paris, dozens of Jewish men confronted more than 100 Arab men outside the place of worship, where hundreds of congregants were besieged for 20 minutes awaiting ar rival of police. Australias first samesex Jewish wedding SYDNEY (JTA)Two men who have been in a relation ship for 47 years became the first Jewish same-sex couple to be married in an Australian synagogue. Australia legalized samesex marriage five months ago. At their wedding ceremony earlier this month, Ilan Bu chman, 70, and Oscar Shub, 71, stood under a huppah. Sticking to Jewish tradi tion, each groom circled the other three times and on the seventh revolution they simulated a figure eight. Each man broke a separate glass simultaneously. Rabbi Jeffrey Kamins, the spiritual leader of Sydneys Emanuel Synagogue, told JTA: It was an incred ible honor and privilege, on behalf of Emanuel Syna gogue, to officiate at the first same-sex ceremony under the legislation. Emanuel Synagogue is a pluralist congregation that includes the Masorti, Progressive and Renewal streams of Judaism, which all have advocated for marriage equality in Australia. Oscar and I have been partners for 47 years and af ter 47 years our fondness for each other is as strong as it ever was and hopefully will continue to be so, Buchman told JTA. In Shubs speech at the wedding he said: Who would have believed in 1971 that I would be standing here to night married to my partner, my best friend, and the love of my life for the past 47 years. That says it all. Buchman told JTA the new legislation is important and life changing for so many gay people, particularly young people coming to grips with their sexuality, and for their parents to realize that their gay child can live life exactly as everyone else. He acknowledged that the legalization of same-sex marriage took a long time to come. Shub added: I feel that after years of discrimination we have a duty to ease the passage for the young genera tion of LGBTI people who are coming out to be accepted by their communities. A second same-sex wed ding is scheduled at the synagogue early next month, to be officiated by Kamins and Rabbi Jacqueline Ninio, who has been a strong advocate of marriage equality in the Jewish community for over a decade.
PAGE 14A HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, MAY 25, 2018 S 1 T 2 S 3 E 4 N 5 T 6 I 7 C 8 E 9 A 10 C 11 T 12 S 13 O14W E L15A R S O N T16R A M F17I E L18D G O A L S R19A R E I20T G O S21O L E22I C H A A23C E R S24 P25L A26Y27M A K E R S28H R I E K29S L30O U P31E E S32E A R33E Y G34O L D C35E N T E36R C O U37R T E38P39O S S40A C M41R I S42A R G43A S T44A L M U45D46S47T48U R N49O V E R50S S51A B R E E52L I O T O53O O54 C55O A T F56I D E F57A58S T B R59E A K S A60N O N A61L I S O N T62E O N 63 E R D D 64 E N I E R S 65 S N Embassy From page 1A He made the historic trip in November 2016. Guatemala was one of the nine nations to vote against a United Nations resolution Memory From page 1A Football From page 1A tion Hillss Commemoration Hall and Amphitheater, de scribed the site as a special place that united Jerusalem after 2,000 years for Jew ish people everywhere. Commemoration at the site is somewhat unusual as it recalls, through a living testimony of photos and ex planations, those who gave their lives on its soil. It does not memorialize those who fell, but rather it deliberately shows how these men lived. This highlights that they are not simply names etched into a memorial wall, but indi viduals who were in the prime of their lives. In addition, Jewish National Fund-USAs Wall of Honor pays tribute to Jewish men and women who served in various armies around the world. What is unique is that the dates of service are highlighted rather than the persons lifespan, making it a tribute to their service and not a solemn has for Israel, he caught wind of the little football league developing there. Dobson visited the IFLs website and contacted Friedman, telling him I want to help spread the game of football. Later, Friedman was invited by the Kraft family to come to the Pro Bowl, held at Camping World Stadium in Orlando, and he and Dobson met. We met down on I-Drive, Dobson recalled, and talked for two hours about different ways to help. Friedman explained to him the 3Es in which the league needs help: Education, Equip ment and Economics. Im just a teacher and that condemned the US for Trumps historic recognition of Jerusalem. Guatemala will be joined by Paraguay and Honduras in committing to the move. The Czech Republic has also expressed interest; however, its government has not issued a unified statement. Liviu Dragnea of the Social Democratic Party, which ef fectively runs Romanias gov ernment, said Bucharest was ready to move the embassy. In April 2017, the Russian Foreign Ministry made a similar move to recognize west Jerusalem as the Israeli capital. best way to help was to send an Israeli coach here to learn the ins and outs of high school varsity football. Dobson received approval from Faith Christian Acad emys headmaster, vetted several candidates and chose Nadav Eliahu to come here and study the football pro gram. He was the perfect fit, Dobson said. He is 24 and has a long future ahead of him in coaching. Plus he is passionate about the game. In addition to learning the varsity high school program, Eliahu will be exposed to a range of youth football pro grams. One of the best and the largest youth programs in Central Florida called East Orlando Junior Predators is right here, Dobson stated. Its important for him to see how this program is built as well because if Israeli football is going to grow, its got to be from the youth. Capturing the heart of the youth that will grow up with the game makes it a better program in the end. Eliahu is the coach of the adult team called Beersheva Black Swarm and the youth team called the Spartans. His teams are located in the Negev football division, under the IFL. He isnt paid for coaching, and has a day job as a dog handler for a security company. He is also an American citizen. What does he hope to ac complish while in the States? The IFL has been around for only 11 years and most teams practice twice a week for about 7-8 months, Eliahu said through email. Because of the small number of practice hours, our experience and knowledge of the sport is lack ing. The coming season will be our first 11-on-11 football, adding another element we are inexperienced in. I hope to gain a lot of knowledge and experience coaching football during my time in the States. Two months of daily practices equals the practice time we have in an entire season! While here, Eliahu will be putting in 12-hour days, substitute teaching at the school, football practice for three hours, followed by the youth football program. This is where the Jewish community can help. Dobson contacted the Heritage as well as the Jewish Federations JCRC and explained Eliahu needs a place to stay and trans portation during his training here. He will arrive mid-June and stay until mid-October, when Israels football playing season begins. The requirements for his accommodations include a bed and breakfast. He will be gone for most of the day, his lunch and dinner will be provided by the school. He will also need a ride to Faith Christian Academy, which is located at 9307 Curry Ford Rd, Orlando, near the inter section of the 417 and Curry Ford Road. Dobson also said that if transportation is a problem, whether getting to the school or getting back to where he is housed, arrangements can be worked out. The impor tant thing is the roof over his head. Eliahu is a secular Jewish Israeli and finding a Jewish home is the best option for him. We were thrilled when Coach Dobson reached out to the Jewish Federation, and we look forward to helping Nadav develop a meaningful and lasting relationship with the Central Florida Jewish Community. Promoting in terfaith engagement is a core objective of the Federations Jewish Community Relations Council, and Coach Dob son and Nadavs experience together will be invaluable not only for themselves as professionals, but also the Jewish and Christian com munities they represent, said Ben Friedman, JD, director of Community Relations. If you and your family would like to help provide lodging for Eliahu, please contact the Heritage at 407834-8787. memorial of their death. Several Jewish National Fund-USA donors unveiled new additions to the Wall in cluding Michael Blank (Bos ton, MA), Avram Cooperman (Boca Raton, FL), Marni Kriss (Palmetto Bay, FL), Rosabelle Leifer (North Palm Beach, FL), and Addison Schuster (Boynton Beach, FL). The names on the plaques that they unveiled joined those of hundreds of other Jewish soldiers, their brothers and sisters. These plaques will continue to be a reminder, for years to come, of the strength and heroism of Jewish people around the world. Jim Riola (Orlando, FL), co-chair of the JNF-USA Arad Task Force, gave a particu larly emotional dedication speech. The plaque he and his wife, Jill, unveiled was in memory of Sgt. Ron Yitzhak Kukia, a 19-year-old soldier in the Nahal Brigade who was murdered by a terrorist while waiting for a bus in Arad. I received a news alert from the Jerusalem Post about an incident in Arad and I was so worried, said Riola. I didnt know Ron or his family, but I wanted to honor him and I felt that Ammunition Hill was the perfect place for him to be memorialized. Riola em phasized that the experience showed him that incidents such as this highlight how quickly the Jewish National Fund-USA family comes together in times of need. Jewish National Fund-USA Initiatives Coordinator Yoel Rosby, who previously served as the JNF-Ammunition Hill Liaison, put the ceremony into some context. We are about to enter one of the saddest days in our calendar, he said as the time for the opening of the Memorial Day Ceremony approached. It shows what the Land of Israel has cost and this is the right time for Jews from across the globe to honor and remember Israeli and Jew ish heroismfor standing up for what they believe in. As the crowd began to gather for the Michael Levin Lone Soldier Center Memorial Ceremony, named in honor of an American-born lone soldier who fell fighting dur ing the Second Lebanon War in 2006, dissonant echoes of the past resonated. Mention ing Bialik, one thinks of his poem The City of Slaughter, written accusatorily about the Jews timid response to the Kishinev Pogrom, one of the events that convinced him that a new country was needed to fashion a new Jew, one that could proudly recreate the example of the Maccabees of old. One was also reminded of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising, a time when Jews, faced with insurmountable odds, tried to choose the manner of both their life and death. It was this kind of heroism that was reflected in the story told of Eitan Naveha new father when he went to fight at Ammunition Hill in 1967 who laid down machine gun fire to cover those in his unit from attacks. He lost his life during the battle to give his fellow soldiers the opportu nity to live and fight another day for the land of Israel. It was for this bravery that Naveh was awarded Israels highest military award, the Medal of Honor. This heroism is also seen in the story of Yigal Arad, a medic who time and again evacuated wounded comrades in arms from the fray, refusing to take rest and let another take up his post. He would win Is raels second highest military honor, the Medal of Courage, for his actions in the Six-Day War. He later lost his life on a battlefield in the Sinai during the 1973 Yom Kippur War. We are, all of us, one nation, and the best reason that those who came before us gave their all, so that we could continue to carry on the work that must be done, said Jewish National Fund-USA President Dr. Sol Lizerbram. Yom HaZikaron (Memorial Day) and Yom HaAtzmaut (Independence Day) are two days which can never be separated, for without those who made the ultimate sacrifice, there would not today be the State of Israel. A group of U.S. veterans were present for the ceremony. At the end they remarked it was moving that an entire country comes together to remember their fallen, a sharp contrast to the barbecues and sales that they said too often consti tuted Memorial Day in the U.S. In the U.S., people are so far removed from where battles physically took place, said Glenn Zemanek (New York, NY), who served as a Chief Warrant Officer 4 (CW4), U.S. Army Special Forces, and saw action in Afghanistan, Iraq and Paki stan. At Ammunition Hill we are standing on the soil where Israeli soldiers fell. Everyone seems to have a connection, said Ken Knox (New York, NY), who served as a Sgt. First Class with the U.S. Army Special Forces in Iraq and Afghanistan. It is touching that everyone, from children to adults, knows a lot about their history. Israel fell silent at 11 a.m. for two minutes, as it does every single year on Yom HaZikaron, to remember its fallen and ensure that they shall not be forgotten. a coach. I dont know how to help economically, but I can help with education and equipment, Dobson stated. As for equipment, Dobson has contacted several Florida high school coaches to help donate used equipment. The IFL is growing very, very fast and they just dont have equip ment to meet the demand, Dobson explained. With his coaching back ground, Dobson knew he could offer help educational help. Friedman told him that last year the IFL sent two coaches to a school in Knoxville, Tenn., for an initial internship, which proved to be successful. The two men agreed the about a century ago, its home to about 12,000 people, mostly families, kids and senior citizens, both reli gious and secular Jews. The embassy building opened here as a consulate in 2010, supplementing the older U.S. consulate in central Jerusalem. On the hilltops next to Arnona, and farther from the embassy, are the Arab neighborhoods of Sur Baher and Jabel Mukaber. Residents say one-on-one relations between Arabs and Jews are goodand unlikely to be damaged by the embassys move. Despite the headlines, they feel that Arabs and Jews in Jerusalem are interacting more and more. Embassy From page 3A Eighty percent of my customers are Palestin ians, said Naomi Elook, 64, who owns a health clinic overlooking the embassy and who learned Arabic to communicate better with her clientele. I get along with them great. They love coming here. My customers, everyone is in the university, in the university, in the university. At my bank, half of the employees are from that sector. I dont believe there will be an attack, she added. There will be some noise in the beginning, but then it will be taken as a given. Residents say they moved to Arnona for the neigh borhoods tranquility and spaceKatzs apartment, for example, has a small front yard. Around the block is a strip mall with a bakery and a hair salon. Getting to the embassy, which is at the top of a val ley, means descending down a walking path and around a traffic circle now named for Trump. A few days before the embassys opening, streets were empty as workers hung Israeli flags from lampposts and cleared the sidewalks of dirt. The residents of Arnona didnt bring the embassy here, they didnt ask for it, and the residents of Sur Baher understand that, said Alon, 62, a journal ist who has lived in the neighborhood for 26 years and declined to give his last name. Life has more permanence than politics, so the politicians wont succeed in disturbing us and messing up our lives. The move will concretely disturb the lives of at least some Arnona locals Sev eral hundred elderly im migrants from the former Soviet Union live in public housing in the Diplomat Hotel, a property next to the embassy that the U.S. government purchased in 2014. As the embassy expands, the immigrants will have to move out. But even so, at least one of them sounded as nonchalant about the move as the rest of her neighbors. That everyone hates our state is a problem, but this is OK, said Nadia Freidlin, 81, regarding the embassy. Im happy that it will be here.
HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, MAY 25, 2018 PAGE 15A Andres Putting/Eurovision 2018 Eurovision Song Contest winner Netta Barzilai at a press conference in Lisbon. Barzilai From page 1A But its an empowerment song for everybody in general, for everybody whos been strug gling being themselves, strug gling with their bosses, with the government... Everybody can find something in it, and its wrapped in a happy, happy vibe, Barzilai said after her win Saturday night over representatives from 42 other countries. Eleni Foureira of Cyprus came in second for her song, Fuego, winning 436 points from viewers and judges compared to Barzilais 529 points. The 63rd Eurovision Song Contest was watched by an estimated 200 million people. Jubilant fans in Tel Aviv went wild at the Eurovision newsbroadcast at 1:30 in the morning local time gathering at Rabin Square next to City Hall for an impromptu party under the City Hall billboard flashing the word TOY. Fans also spilled onto the streets in Jerusalems Mach ane Yehuda market, dancing and singing along to celebrate Barzilais win. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu phoned Barzilai to congratulate her despite the late hour, deeming her the best ambassador for Israel. And President Reuven Riv lin tweeted, Were proud of you. We are waiting for every one next year in Jerusalem. Next year in Jerusalem Those are not just empty words. Barzilais winon the eve of Jerusalem Day, no lesshas secured Israel as the location for Eurovision Song Contest 2019 next May, most likely in the capital city. It may be tricky to pin down a date since the May calendar is full of Israeli holidays in cluding Independence Day. In fact, Israel is the only country ever to have won Eurovision and not participated the fol lowing year. Thats because the 1980 contest dates con flicted with Israeli Memorial Day (Yom Hazikaron). Israels three previous Eu rovision triumphs occurred in 1978, for A-Ba-Ni-Bi performed by Izhar Cohen and the Alphabeta; in 1979 (in Jerusalem) for Hallelu jah performed by Milk and Honey; and in 1998, for Dana Internationals rendition of Diva. Dana International was the first transgender singer to win the Eurovision Song Contest. When Israel made its de but in the Eurovision Song Contest in 1973, it was the first non-European country granted permission to par ticipate in the event. Hod Hasharon resident Barzilai, who studied elec tronic music in Israels Rimon School of Music and per formed with the Israel Navy Band for her military service, was the house singer at Tel Avivs Bar Giyora nightclub for three years, toured Israel with an improvisation singing group she cofounded, and is a soloist with the touring group Gaberband. Her experience has given her plenty of poise onstage. She even kept her cool after the Eurovision contest when her trophy broke (it was quickly replaced with a new one by Eurovision Executive Supervisor Jon Ola Sand). Nevertheless, the victory had her overcome with emo tion. Im so happy. Thank you so much for choosing differ ence. Thank you so much for accepting differences between us. Thank you for celebrating diversity. Thank you. I love my country. Next time in Jerusalem, Barzilai said in her moment of triumph. Congratulatory messages and posts are pouring in for Barzilai from across the world today. Israel From page 5A Border From page 5A shot at legs. They only used le thal force when facing a direct threat posed through weapons or explosives. The Western media ignored all this. Hamas blew up its own fuel terminals three times; it wrecked conveyor belts used to bring in construction materials and animal feed; when Israel opened the border crossing for humanitarian relief, Hamas sent back trucks of medical aid, food and other supplies. The Western media ig nored all this, blaming Israel for Gazas hellish conditions. Britains La bour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn condemned Israels slaughter of dozens of unarmed protesters. British psalms of praise that we sing during the intermediate days of Passover. As happy as we were to see a historical wrong being righted with the move of the U.S. embassy to Jeru salem, were we not obligated as well to temper our joy just a bit when so many were dying just 50 miles away? Does that not at least present some moral challenge to our religious leadership so con Heroes From page 2A growth and healing. June 20Julian Chambliss will discuss The Jewish Nar rative in Superhero Comics Gaza From page 3A principle of proportionality in the use of force and to respect the right to peaceful protest. But dont expect Israel to say its sorry. Israeli officials say their country did the right thing. And if this happens again, theyd do it again. The same way. Dayan said the protest was anything but peaceful. The goal, he said, was to invade Israel by breaching the Gaza border fence and pouring into Prime Minister Theresa May called for an inquiry into the deeply troubling loss of life and Israels use of live fire. Grotesquely singling out Israel as an endemic abuser of human rights is now the default position in the West. Israel is therefore in effect the abused child of the world. Its abusers arent just the Arabs and Muslims who continuously try to murder Jews and steal their country; they are also the BBC, Brit ains Channel Four News, Americas NBC, Canadas CBC and numerous newspapers throughout the West. But theres a second awful feature that these two forms of abuse share. Tragically, the sexually abused child believes the reason she was abused must be something really bad she herself has done. Other wise, why else would she have been attacked? In exactly the same way, Jews over the centuries have asked why the world hates them with such unique feroc ityand the answer reached by a distressing number is that it must be because of something uniquely hateful in them. Today, such Jews turn against Israel, swallowing and regurgitating the disgusting falsehoods and distortions perpetrated by the enemies of the Jewish people. And some of those Jews, in both the Diaspora and Israel, shame fully took part in this weeks anti-Israel verbal auto-da-f. The unanswerable ques tion, though, is why Israel is abused like this. Plausible fac tors such as anti-colonialist ideology or plain ignorance dont begin to explain the unique virulence of this ha tred, and its obsessional and paranoid nature. The essence of it is the refusal to view Israel as vic timized. And the essence of that is the unhinged belief that the Jews are all-powerful. So if Israel exercises its undoubted military powereven though it only ever does so to defend its citizens livesthis gives traction to the ancient antiSemitic trope. Hence the obscene outrage voiced by some that no Is raelis were killed at the Gaza borderimbecilically offered as proof of Israeli aggression. The fact that the Jews can now defend themselves is consid ered unacceptable. spicuous by their presence at the embassy dedication? Is it possible to act as if this is not our problem? And if it is important to address these issues, what should we be doing? As re gards the action on the border, I would hope that deep in the bowels of the Israeli defense establishment there is heavy dialogue going on about how best to defend our border with Gaza. No doubt an order to shoot and kill is delivered after a full examination of the pros and cons associated with that decision. Wouldnt this be a truly amazing country if then a spokesperson from the Israel Defense Forces or the Ministry of Foreign Affairs would go public with the logic being used so that we would all know how such decisions came about? My guess is that if they were to do this everyone here would be fully supportive and the world press would have less ammunition to use against us in their already biased reporting. As for the moral issue relating to our celebrating in the face of the death of our enemies, I would likewise hope that the religious leaders who are supposed to act as the moral conscience of society are also debating how best to react to the situation that has developed. And here too, we would be truly an amaz ing country if those leaders would share their logic with the people, just as their rab binic predecessors have done through the centuries. Utopian you say? Perhaps so. But our purpose in reclaiming this land after 2,000 years of exile was, in fact, not only to create a permanent and secure home for our people but all to fulfill the command to be a light unto the nations. That light has burned with different intensity over the ages but today it is within our power in the full flush of our economic and military strength, to accept the chal lenge of achieving that high level of moral strength as well. I have no doubt we are up to the task and know that we deserve no less. Sherwin Pomerantz is a 34year resident of Jerusalem, president of Atid EDI Ltd., a Jerusalem-based business de velopment consultancy and former national president of the Association of Americans & Canadians in Israel. Israeli towns that are just yards from the border. Israeli soldiers, he said, never target unarmed civilians. He pointed to evidence that some protesters carried improvised bombs and wire cutters, and to video of a Hamas leader saying we will tear out their hearts from their bodies. It was a mass attack at innumerable points to breach the fence, Dayan said, com paring the rush at various points to a tsunami and to a soccer riot in Europe, where spectators get trampled by overzealous fans. To have a breach of a thousand Palestinians, armed, into the kindergarten of a kibbutz is an imminent danger, he said. Those were people who were trying to break the fence, and for that there is zero tolerance. Israel says 24 of the 60 people killed were Hamas operatives. Dayan did not have information regarding the other 36 fatalities. This is not the first time Israel has had to handle a rush on its borders. In May and June of 2011, protesters stormed Israels northern borders from Syria and Lebanon. Then as well, doz ens were killed when Israel responded with gunfire. Israelis agree with their governments stance. Eighty-three percent of Israeli Jews, and 70 percent of Israelis overall, said in April that the Israeli policy of opening fire on the Gaza border was appropriate, ac cording to a poll by the Israel Democracy Institute. Jew ish Israelis have also given near-unanimous support to previous Israeli military actions in Gaza. Dayan blames Hamas for the deaths Monday, say ing that the terror group wanted to distract Gazans from their dire economy by shifting blame to Israel. Israel withdrew its army and settlers from Gaza in 2005. After Hamas won Palestinian elections in 2006, Israel and Egypt initiated a blockade of the strip, though they let in humanitarian goods. Hamas and other Gaza ter ror groups have continued, on and off, to bombard Israel with missiles in the interven ing years. In response, Israel has launched three military operations in Gaza, in 2008, 2012 and 2014. Sinwar sends his people and his children and his women to the border to get killed, Dayan said. Because the situation in Gaza is extremely difficult, Hamas decided, as many dictator ships do, to direct the blame elsewhere. Chambliss explores the real and imagined city. From planning and community de velopment to comic books and popular culture, his research, teaching, and writing explore how perceptions shape policy and action creating our collec tive urban experience. July 11Gal Sarid will share about The Physics of Superheroes Sarid is a faculty mem ber at UCFs Florida Space Institute, working as a research scientist on topics involving planet forma tion, asteroid and comet characterization and space exploration. This event is open to the public and cost $10 ($5 JCC members). For more information, contact Leah Sandler at email@example.com or call 407-645-5933 x 282. The Roth Family JCC of Greater Orlando is located at 851 N Maitland Ave., Orlando, FL 32751. So these Israel-abusers champion instead those who send flaming kites decorated with swastikas to incinerate Israel and its people, while describing the Jews defending their country as latter-day Nazis. It isnt just the Hamas who are evil. Theres a profound moral and spiritual sickness in the West, too. Melanie Phillips, a British journalist, broadcaster and author, writes a column for JNS every two weeks. Cur rently a columnist for The Times of London, her per sonal and political memoir, Guardian Angel, has been published by Bombardier, which has also published her first novel, The Legacy, re leased in April. Her work can be found at her website, www. melaniephillips.com. To Publish Legal Notices For Orange, Osceola, Seminole and Volusia Counties, Call Heritage Florida Jewish News at 407-834-8787 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
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