WWW.HERITAGEFL.COM YEAR 42, NO. 41 JUNE 15, 2018 2 TAMUZ, 5778 ORLANDO, FLORIDA SINGLE COPY 75 Editorials ..................................... 4A Op-Ed .......................................... 5A Calendar ...................................... 6A Scene Around ............................. 9A Synagogue Directory ................ 11A JTA News Briefs ........................ 13A Israeli flag made of cookies in Atlanta breaks Guinness World Record (JTA)The Atlanta Jewish community broke a Guinness World Record after creating an Israeli flag out of edible cookies. The flag assembled by volunteers on Sunday used about 117,000 cookies and stretched to 3,224 feet across the plastic-covered floor of the Heritage Hall in Congregation Beth Jacob. It was created to celebrate Israels 70th birthday. The previous record-holder was a flag to mark Pakistans 70th. The new record-holder is 32 percent larger, the Atlanta Jewish Times reported. The flag was certified shortly before noon Sunday by a Guinness adjudicator, Michael Empric. Sponsors of the cookies at $10 each have raised more than $103,000 for the Cookies for Israel project, with the donations going to three nonprofit organizations in Israel: United Hatzalah, the volunteer emergency medical ser vice; OneFamily Fund, which supports victims of terrorism; and the Jewish Agencys Partnership2Gether program. The cookies were donated to charities for distribution to be eaten. Roberto Gonzalez Shown here are five of the 23 Women of the Year (back row, l-r): Elizabeth Forrest, Nancy Ludin, Karla Radka; (seated, l-r): Cindy LaRoe, Marnie Forestieri. By Christine DeSouza In the June 2018 issue of Orlando Magazine, 23 women are named as the magazines 2018 Women of the Year. The magazine asked for nominees of women who are making a positive impact on the community, and readers responded with a plethora of recommendations. Former Jewish Pavilion Marketing Director Julie Dorsey Capps and Pavilion CFO Penny DAgostino immediately sent in their nomination of Nancy Ludin, executive director of The Jewish Pavilion. Both women told Ludin about the nomination, so she knew about the award when Congratulations to Nancy Ludin, an Orlando Magazine Woman of the Year she was invited to the photo shoot by Kristin Merrick, as sociate publisher of Orlando Magazine. Whether it is recruiting volunteers or sponsors, net working at community events to find additional service pro viders, or personally making in-room visits to residents, Ludin has made it her lifes mission to ensure that the residents of Central Florida senior living communities routinely have the opportu nity to connect back to their Jewish community with the observance of important holidays and traditions, one nomination read. I am very excited about being selected by the Or lando Magazine as one of their Women of the Year, Ludin told the Heritage. I am very passionate about the wonder ful work we do at the Jewish Pavilion and the Orlando Se nior Help Desk to enhance the lives of seniors, of all faiths, in elder care communities. I am proud of the assistance we provide older adults and their family members with issues pertaining to aging through the Orlando Senior Help Desk. One of the silent benefits of the Jewish Pavil ion is that we are educating the entire community about Jewish culture and traditions. The staff in senior communi ties now comprehend our holidays like Chanukah and Passover and even use our Jewish Pavilion cookbook to prepare for Shabbat and other festivities. We also share our culture through participation in numerous networking groups. In the last two years, the Jewish Pavilion has hosted TOP Jewish Foundation has announced that Ellen Weiss was selected to fulfill the role of executive director effective May 2. The leadership transition is relatively seamless as Weiss has been on the TOP staff since the beginning of 2016 and, most recently, served as the Foundations associate executive director working alongside Emilie Socash, TOPs former executive di rector. Ellen is assuming the role of executive director at a critical point in our growth. We are confident in her ability to tap on her experience and talent to propel us to the next stage in our organizations evolution, remarked Jeffrey Herman, TOPs president of the Board. Im thrilled to step into the executive director position at such an exciting time and am honored to work closely with donors and organizations that care so deeply about the future of our Jewish community, noted Weiss. Her primary focus will be stewarding ex isting donors, continuing to build the legacy program and expanding the organization geographically to provide the services of a Jewish Founda tion in communities where one doesnt exist. TOP Foundation Execu tive Director Ellen Weiss TOP appoints new executive director Weiss has had significant success at TOP in forging new relationships, nota bly expanding TOPs terri tory to include the Naples Jewish community. Weiss brings 20 years of leader ship experience in nonprofit management and corporate marketing. Before joining TOP, she spearheaded the countrywide expansion of the Childrens Heart Foundation, creating the only national nonprofit that exclusively funds congenital heart defect research. She is an execu tive committee member, as By TPS with World Israel News Palestinians from the Gaza Strip once again launched burning kites at civilian communities on the Israeli side of the border Tuesday, setting hundreds of dunams of farmland alight adjacent to Kibbutz Nir Am, Sapir College and Netiv HaAsara. In response, the Jewish National Fund (JNF) an nounced Tuesday that it will sue Hamas in international legal court for the massive environmental damages inflicted on JNF land sur rounding the Gaza border. The area has been hit hard in the last two months with rockets, mortar shells and AP/Khalil Hamra Palestinian terrorists launch a fire kite. JNF to sue Hamas over kite terror incendiary kites sent from Gaza into Israeli territory. JNF World Chairman, Dan iel Atar, recently visited the area, commenting, It is inconceivable that the inter national community would allow Hamas not to be held accountable and pay for its criminal acts; not only against the citizens of the state of Israel, but also against nature and the environment which have been severely hurt by this criminal environmental TOP on page 15A JNF on page 15A Ludin on page 15A
PAGE 2A HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, JUNE 15, 2018 Jewish Pavilion Gala Committee members (l-r), Melissa Masin, Marlene Adler, Mary Carter Eick of Griswold Home Care, Elise Schilowitz, gala co-chair Susan Livingstone, gala co-chair Shirley Schoenberger, Sammy Goldstein, Brenda Fisher Wetmore, Corinne Brail, Pavilion CEO Nancy Ludin, and Friends Board chair Faye Novick. By Lisa Levine The Jewish Pavilion Gala committee is in full swing, planning a festive and memo rable celebration to mark the organizations 18thChai anniversary. Since chai means life in Hebrew, the slogan for the Oct. 28 gala is To Life! It will be a celebration of the spark of Jewish life and culture that the Jewish Pavilion brings to hundreds of seniors living in elder care and independent living facilities in Central Florida. It all started 18 years ago when Sheryl and Julian Meitin, with aging family members in town, became concerned that Orlandos Jewish seniors were not hav ing their needs fully met by the local facilities. Sheryls friend Claire Chepenik was active in the Kinneret Coun cil on Aging, and they decided to work together to secure a place where Jewish seniors in need of care could feel at home. At first, the focus was on finding a place where Jewish residents could live together, and Meitin and Chepenik were able to secure a wing in Westminster Presbyterian Home in Orlando, housing 20 Jewish seniors. There they worked with the staff to ensure kosher-style meals and, with a committed group of volun teers, saw to it that there was appropriate programming and care. The Jewish Pavilion became a reality. But when the Westminster home wanted to reclaim the wing about two years later, Meitin and Chepenik and a team from Kinneret decided that if Jewish seniors couldnt come to live in The Jewish Pavilion, The Jewish Pavilion would come to them wherever they lived. We started with three fa cilities where we knew there were Jewish residents and they would appreciate us coming to them, recalled Chepenik. Soon, at their temporary office within Julian Meitins business offices, people began calling them to request visits to their family members in other facilities. At that point, Meitin said, We realized that the Jewish people were really spread out Jewish Pavilion gears up to celebrate its 18th anniversary all over the community north, east, south and west. We started sending volunteers to spend time with them, do ing services, having musical programs, whatever we could do to make them feel that they werent forgotten. And it is this model of reach ing Jewish seniors where they live that has been a key factor in the Pavilions success. In stead of reaching 20 or even 40 or 50 seniors in a single place, the Jewish Pavilion is able to reach ALL of the local Jewish seniorsnow numbering several hundred residents in more than 70 facilities throughout Central Florida. Equally important, Meitin said, are the many people who have found an outlet for volunteering in the Jew ish community, including a number who may not have been very involved before. These were people who care about the elderly, she said, and The Jewish Pavilion was the vehicle that helped them to put their care into action. They have become the backbone of the organization, because just about everything we do is done by volunteers, Chepenik added. And theres a place for anyone who wants to volunteer. Seeing the growth and continued thriving of the organization they started 18 years ago is very rewarding for both Meitin and Chepe nik. I am totally awed, said Chepenik. I am humbled, I am grateful. As a Jewish com munity in Orlando, we do care about our elders. Meitin compares it to watching a child grow and come of age. Its incredible to think that we created some thing that so many people care about and put years of service into. Weve touched so many lives of families as well as the elderly. At the Jewish Pavilion, vol unteers are central to the mis sion and the seniors it serves are a source of strength and purpose. Thats why, over the next few months, the Pavilion will be telling the stories of some of the volunteers who have served since its early days, as well as the stories of some of the seniors whose lives it has enriched for many years. Mark your calendars for the Oct. 28th Gems and Jeans 2018, to be held at Hilton Orlando North in Altamonte Springs, and stay tuned for more informa tionand for heartwarming stories. To Life! each individual has the power to transform themselves and the community into one of UpStanders. The evening sent an inspiring message of hope and humanity, and the need to move forward to create a world without hate, the nights theme. Leading this years event were Dinner of Tribute cochairs Mitchell Barnett and Jill S. Schwartz, and a dy namic planning committee. Generous sponsors of this years event included Rosen Hotels & Resorts, Penguin En tertainment, Harvey Produc tions, WKMG/Six Advertising, and more than 120 corporate and individual investors. Brion Price Photography The honorees family having HaMotzi (l-r): Dr. Gary Grossman, Jonah Grossman, Alex Grossman, Karin Grossman, honoree Jeffrey Miller, honoree Ted Maines, Althea Miller, Mark Miller, Adam Miller, Linda Miller, and Juan Fajardo. Holocaust Centers annual Dinner of Tribute a great success Holocaust Center founder Tess Wise is flanked by Jeffrey Miller and Ted Maines. In partnership with JFS Orlando, the Legal Aid So ciety of the Orange County Bar Association, Inc. now offers free confidential legal consultations to JFS Orlando clients. JFS Orlando and The Legal Aid Society have enjoyed a great partnership for several years. Prior to becoming a judge, Attorney J. Leonard Fleet con centrated his law practice in the fields of criminal law, civil rights, and appellate matters. Several of his cases resulted in changes in Florida law, many drawing national attention. He has been a strong advocate for the protection of children and handicapped individuals. He has been recognized as Judge of the Year by the Ameri can Board of Trial Advocates and has received many awards for distinguished service. We are overjoyed to con tinue our partnership with the Legal Aid Society. We will work together to benefit our mutual clients, and be able to assist clients overcome the legal hurdles that often hold them back from achieving success. We are so glad to have Attorney Fleet join us as he brings his decades of experience as both an attorney and judge to JFS Orlando to best assist our clients navigate the legal system, said Eric Geboff, executive director of JFS Orlando. Judge J. Leonard Fleet (re tired) will offer these services every Thursday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the JFS Orlando offices located at the George Wolly Center, 2100 Lee Road, Winter Park, Florida 32789. Appointments can be made by calling the JFS Orlando office at 407-644-7593. Walk ins are welcome. Legal Aid Society offers free legal consult to JFS Orlando On May 10, the Holo caust Memorial Resource & Education Center of Florida celebrated its annual Dinner of Tribute honoring Jeffrey Miller and Ted Maines. The event was a tremendous success with more than 625 people in attendance and raising more than $400,000 to benefit the Holocaust Cen ters educational and cultural programs. The Tess Wise White Rose Award is given annually to community leaders who ex emplify the ideals, courage and compassion of Sophie Scholl and her brother Hans who, along with fellow college students, formed the White Rose Movement to stand up and speak out against Hitler and the Nazi regime. Miller and Maines personify those same qualities and are the very definition of an UpStander. Together and individually they generously invest their time, talents and resources to improve the quality of life for all who live in Central Florida. The presentation explored the power of one. Video, song and dance illustrated how Every day that youre outside, youre exposed to dangerous, but invisible, ultraviolet (UV) sunlight. Left unprotected, prolonged exposure to UV radiation can seriously damage the eye, leading to cataracts, skin cancer around the eyelid and other eye disorders. Protecting your eyes is important to maintaining eye health now and in the future. Shield your eyes (and your familys eyes) from harmful UV rays. Wear sunglasses with maximum UV protection. For more information, visit www.thevisioncouncil.org/consumers/sunglasses. A public service message from The Vision Council. HEALTHY EYES WEAR SUNGLASSES
HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, JUNE 15, 2018 PAGE 3A By World Israel News US Ambassador to Israel David Friedman said Monday that the media should either figure out a better way to deal with the border protests or stop its negative coverage of the Jewish state. Addressing a media confer ence in Jerusalem, Friedman said that news outlets have been unfair in their coverage of the deadly protests on the Gaza border over the past few months. He advised reporters to keep your mouths shut unless they know better than Israel how to deal with the demonstrations. Some criticism of Israel may be legitimate, Friedman allowed, although journalists should have worked harder to find alternatives to Israels use of lethal force, which has left scores of Palestinians dead, before accusing the state of wrongdoing. Nine out of ten articles written about the Gaza con flict are critical of Israel, Friedman pointed out. Youd think that some journalists would take the time and go and meet with experts and try to understand what could have been done dif ferently or better before they criticize. And I just havent seen it, he stressed. Friedman said he spent a great deal of time speaking to military experts in the US, Israel and other coun tries about the proper rules of engagementwhich, he added, reporters should have doneand found that the accusations against Israel were, for the most part, un founded. Friedman hinted that that his criticism was mainly geared towards The New York Times. Slanted accounts, he said, fit a narrative. They fit an opinion. They fit an agenda. But its not reporting, because its not based on hard, factual analysis. US envoy to media: Keep your mouths shut Anthony Bourdain us and we will miss him very much. Our thoughts and prayers are with his daughter and family at this incredibly difficult time. Chefs, fans and US President Donald Trump were among those stunned and saddened by the news. I want to extend to his family my heartfelt con dolences, Trump said. Bourdains death drew new attention to celebrity suicides. It came three days after fashion designer Kate Spade died of apparent suicide in her Park Avenue apartment in New York. Spades husband and business partner said the 55-year-old business mogul had suffered from depression and anxiety for many years. On the network, anchors struggled to hold back tears as they recalled their late colleague in heartfelt recol lections and urged people faced with despair, or who know people who are strug gling with depression, to call a suicide hotline. Bourdain was Jewish. His mother Gladys (ne Sacks man) was an editor at The New York Times. His father was Catholic, and Bourdain said he did not have a religious upbringing. In a 2013 episode of his show, Bourdain took viewers to Jerusalem, Gaza, and the West Bank. Anthony Bourdain found dead at 61 Anthony Bourdain at the Western Wall. By news agencies and Times of Israel staff NEW YORKCelebrity chef Anthony Bourdain has taken his own life, accord ing to the television network CNN for which Bourdain took viewers around the world for the Parts Unknown series. He was 61. CNN said Bourdain was in Strasbourg filming an upcom ing segment in the series. It said that Bourdain was found unresponsive Friday morning by friend and chef Eric Ripert. It called his death a suicide. It is with extraordinary sadness we can confirm the death of our friend and col league, Anthony Bourdain, the network said in a state ment early Friday about the longtime food critic, who revealed his Jewish heritage during a 2013 visit to Israel. His love of great adven ture, new friends, fine food and drink, and the remark able stories of the world made him a unique storyteller. His talents never ceased to amaze Focusing on what he called the most contentious piece of real estate in the world, Bourdain used the episode to reveal his own Jewish heritage: Ive never been in a synagogue. I dont believe in a higher power, he told viewers. But that doesnt make me any less Jewish, I dont think. During the show, Bourdain puts on tefillin by the Western Wall, takes a walking tour of the Old City with famed international chef Yotam Ot tolenghi, eats a meal with an American-born settler, chats with members of the first all-Palestinian race car team in Ramallah, and eats fireroasted watermelon and other Palestinian foods in Gaza. Bourdain notes at the epi sodes onset that he doesnt know what to think of Is rael. It is incredibly beautiful here, Bourdain observes at one point. I dont know why I didnt expect that. Although Bourdain had never been to Israel prior to making that episode, he was no stranger to the Middle East, or to politically rocky terrain. When he went to Lebanon in July 2006 to film an episode of his previous show, the Travel Channels No Reservations, he found himself in the middle of a regional conflictthe Second Lebanon Waras the Jewish state retaliated against a Hezbollah attack in northern Israel. Bourdain watched from his hotel balcony as Israel destroyed the Beirut air portin part to prevent the delivery of armswhich left him stranded in a war zone. By Sam Sokol JERUSALEM (JTA)Of the more than 60 deaths that occurred during the recent clashes between Israel and Palestinians at the Gaza bor der, none was as divisive as that of Layla Ghandour. Ghandour, an 8-month-old girl, died after an uncle, him self only 12, brought her to the edge of the protest zone, where she was reported to have inhaled Israeli tear gas. Pal estinians immediately raised Ghandour as a symbol of Is raeli oppression, elevating the infant to the status of martyr and blaming the Israeli army for her death. Many Israelis, meanwhile, countered in angry social media posts that it was irresponsible to allow a child into what essentially was a war zone. Both Hamas and the Israel Defense Forces issued statements, even as reports filtered out that the child had suffered from a preexisting heart ailment that may have contributed to her untimely death. Prominent newspapers such as the Los Angeles and New York Times ran long fea tures on Ghandour, probing the circumstances surround ing her death, describing how she had become a symbol and laying out the arguments of both sides. Others, especially tabloid papers such as Great Britains Daily Express and The Sun, didnt hesitate to take sides, publishing head lines such as Drones drop lethal canisters and describ ing Israeli tear gas agents as toxic gas. Ghandour became a pawn in a by-now-familiar game played whenever Israel and the Palestinians clash. Fla reups follow a pattern in which initial impressions, and condemnations, are replaced by a more nuanced understanding of events as more information becomes available. Next come bitter partisan battles over what actually happened. Finally, among pundits, media critics, spokespeople and social media users, the discussion shifts from what happened to the credibility of the press itself. I wouldnt say that the dispute over facts disappears from the conversation after a while, said Christian Baden, senior lecturer at Hebrew Uni versitys Department of Com munication and Journalism, but it becomes subordinate because the main story then is about how do we need to interpret and how do we need to react to events. Baden added: It shouldnt really be that difficult to deter mine what is happening and ... it shouldnt be that difficult to determine what is objectively the news, but it turns out that it is actually quite complex. This months clashes were a case study in split-screen jour nalismliterally. On May 14, cable news channels around the world juxtaposed foot age of happy, smiling Israelis celebrating the opening of the U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem with images of Palestinians running away from Israeli gunfire through the clouds of smoke. According to Baden, such events follow a general pat tern in which one or two days of confusion are followed by three to five days of inter pretation, after which the meta-debate kicks in and the question of what really happens on the ground be For reporters covering Gaza, charges of bias overshadow the stories they witness and tell Spencer Platt/Getty Images Wounded protesters outside Gazas main hospital, in Gaza City, May 14, 2018. comes secondary because we are no longer debating facts, we are debating stories. After every development here, pro-Israel media watch dog organizations are usually among the first to wade into the debate. This wave of media criticism usually comes in response to the knee jerk reaction of hold[ing] Israel responsible for whatever hap pens, said Simon Plosker, managing editor of Hones tReporting, whose stated mission is defending Israel from media bias. Plosker blames what he sees as skewed coverage on a mix of bias, parachute journalism by inexperienced or under informed reporters and edi tors abroad who approach the conflict with a certain level of preconceived framing al ready in mind. Plosker said the narrative presenting the Gaza protesters as peaceful was skewed from the very start. Experts on media ethics, however, have a slightly dif ferent take. Alan Abbey, a former journalist and adjunct professor of journalism at National University of San Diego, said real-time coverage of conflicts, even by the best reporters, is incomplete at best, simply because details are continuing to emerge, outcomes are unclear, sources have agendas and a complete picture of a complicated situ ation is impossible to obtain. The coverage of the violence at the Gaza border was no different. Abbey, who lives in Jerusa lem, said media watchdogs, on the left and right, are usually quick to assign blame, gen eralize and ascribe baked-in, Bias on page 15A
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Box 300742 Fern Park, FL 32730 email: firstname.lastname@example.org Editor/Publisher Jeffrey Gaeser Editor Emeritus Associate Editor News Editor Gene Starn Kim Fischer Christine DeSouza Account Executives Kim Fischer Marci Gaeser Contributing Columnists Jim Shipley Mel Pearlman David Bornstein Ed Ziegler Production Department David Lehman Gil Dombrosky Joyce Gore Society Editor Gloria Yousha Office Manager Paulette Alfonso By Gustavo D. Perednik (JNS)The cancellation of an event as well-publicized in the media as the World Cup soccer warm-up match between Argentina and Israel requires an immediate PR coun terattack from Israel and the Jewish world. What unfortunately succeeded in frightening superstar Lionel Messi and the other members of the Argentine soccer team is a mix of lies and death threats against the players. This is what the BDS movement is in its entirety: an arsenal of intimidation and lies disguised as justice, and supported mostly by Europeans. The game between Argentina and Israel was supposed to be about nothing more than friendship and sport. However, words of condemnation were is sued by Palestinian leaders, who tend to focus on destroying others rather than building up their own wretched people. If their objective had been sport and not causing damage to Israel, then they could have used the visit to invite the Argentine team to appear in their own territory. The person who stood behind the effort to cancel the game is no less than convicted terrorist Jibril Rajoub. This gangster, who has murdered people with his own hands, bragged about the torture and murder of the Israeli sportsmen at the Munich Olympics, and denounced any request to hold a memorial ceremony for them as racist. Rajoub, who was released from an Israeli jail with another 1,150 terrorists in a prisoner exchange in 1985, threatened Messi with verbal violence worthy of a mafia leader rather than the head of a sports federation. By the way, Messi should not be criticized for his fear. To be able to withstand the bloodthirsty talk of the boycotters, you need to be Israeli. Why was Israel singled out? However, there is another player who did not react with fear, but expressed support for boycotting Israel. Striker Gonzalo Higuan told ESPN that the cancellation was the right thing to do. Yet the right thing to do is to ask the ques tion of why the legitimacy of one country out of 200 should be dismissed. Judeophobiahatred of the Jewshas existed for more than 2,000 years. Now given the misnomer of anti-Semitism, it is the phenomenon that the Europeans export to the world with varying measures of success. Today, it is used less to attack the Jewish citizen or his community and is mostly targeted against the Jewish state. It may not be a coincidence that the specific player that did speak against Israel, Gonzalo Higuan, is the French player on the team. The cancellation of the friendly soccer game with Argentina is not the first insult that Israel has sustained, and it represents nothing new in the ongoing attempts to slander us. However, it represents an opportunity to begin removing the costume of justice from the boycotters and showing them in their true colors: as terrorists who are expert in the art of intimidation and murder, even of world-champion sportsmen who only want friendship. Gustavo Perednik is an Argentinian-born Israeli author and educator. Cry for us, Argentina... By Ben Cohen (JNS)When it comes to the Palestin ian original sin theory of Israels creation, there are two key milestones: the flight of approximately 750,000 Arab refugees during the 1948 War of Independence and the 1967 conquest of eastern Jerusalem, the West Bank and the Gaza Strip during the Six-Day War. The events of 1948 are known in Arabic as the nakba (catastrophe) and the events of 1967 are called the naksa (setback). This week, with the 51st anniversary of the Six-Day War upon us, Palestinians will mark Naksa Day on June 5 with protests and dem onstrationsand it will be interesting to see whether any new wave of protests fizzles out in much the same way as those on Israel-Gaza border in recent weeks that were presented as a commemoration of the events of 1948. It will also be interesting to see whether Hamas, Islamic Jihad and allied Islamist groups will use the occasion to fire another barrage of missiles at Israel. Its increasingly clear to everyone that neither of these strategies is working for the Palestinians. Compare the international reac tion to Gaza in 2018 to that of summer 2014, when Israel took military action to end the daily missile launches from Gaza, and which the Palestinians similarly depicted as a total war designed to deliberately kill and maim civilians. Four years on, especially among European governments, there is much greater recognition that Hamas uses Gazans as human shields and far less lecturing of Israeli leaders about the moral perils of a disproportionate response. As for the expected convulsion of international protests, there really hasnt been one so far. Instead, the Palestinians are confronted with a region that no longer places them front and center, as well as an impatient international community, less willing to indulge Palestinian tales of Israels inherent brutality. In her speech to the U.N. Security Council emergency meeting on the Palestin ian missile attacks on Israelcalled by the United StatesU.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley openly declared that the time had come for the Palestinians to consider alternative leadership that can deliver a peace strategy. Haley, significantly to my mind, made no distinction between the Palestinian Author ity in the West Bank and the Hamas rulers of Gaza, puncturing yet another prevailing myth that the former is dramatically more moderate than the latter. This is where the question of the naksa and its associated nakba comes into sharp focus. Both concepts are built around the logic that Israel is the eternal enemy. That is why Israels creation was a catastrophe. But what precisely was the setback? According to the Institute of Palestine Stud ies, it was a misfortune that pointed up the need for a new strategy for confronting Israel and redeeming Palestine. The immediate source of this misfortune was identified the Arab states, which had submerged the Pales tinian plight into the snake-oil diplomacy of the Arab League and its front organization, the original version of the PLO. Sure enough, after Israels overwhelming victory in 1967, Yasser Arafat and his Fatah comrades, includ ing Mahmoud Abbas, set about Palestinian izing the struggle against Israel, winning the hearts of the international left and establishing themselves as allies of the Soviet bloc. But just as the Arab League never recognized Israels legitimacy, nor did the PLO, which was transformed into an independent organiza tion after the war. The setback, then, was principally that Israel continued existing, even flourishing, after the Arab attempt in 1967 to eliminate it. So perhaps the time has come to go even fur ther than Ambassador Haley and suggest to the Palestinians that, for the sake of the generation that will mark the centenary of Israels birth in 2048, they abandon the discourse of the nakba and naksa altogether. This does not mean, of course, that the Palestinians have to become Zionists, or that they should overlook those disputes with Israel where they can maximize material or territorial gains for themselvesas opposed to chipping away at Israels status as a member of international society. Its tempting, particularly as we watch Ab bas emerge from yet another extended stay in hospital, to dismiss Haleys plea for new Palestinian leadership as hopelessly unreal istic. Some might contend that a Palestinian civil war after Abbas departs the scene is more likely that the emergence of a secular-minded, pro-Western peace party. Much also depends on the regional environmentwhether Iran is rolled back in Syria; whether Saudi Arabia leads the Arab states in establishing diplomatic rela tions with Israel; whether Arab states assume full operational responsibility for stability in the region in concert with the United States and Russia. At the moment, the most likely scenario is more of the same, even if everything else in the region shifts: namely, the collective insistence of the Palestinian leadership that Israel must be brought to its knees to atone for the events of 1948 and then 1967. Ben Cohen writes a weekly column for JNS on Jewish affairs and Middle Eastern politics. His writings have been published in Commen tary, the New York Post, Haaretz, The Wall Street Journal and many other publications. Nakba, Naksa... nowhere By Jonathan S. Tobin (JNS)There was a time when defending religious freedom was at the top of the Jewish agenda. Jews understood that as a religious minority, our rights could only be defended when those of other religious faiths are also respected. Though anti-Semitism is on the rise else where, American Jews dont worry anymore about their government seeking to restrict their rights to practice their religion. Nor should they. Arguments about reasonable ac commodation for Jewish religious observances are no longer a matter of much dispute. The widespread acceptance of Jews, including those who are proud to practice their faith in public, in every aspect of American society is an accomplished fact. Such success shouldnt cause us to stop caring about the principle of religious liberty. Yet that seems to be the case for many Jews, including some organizations like the AntiDefamation League and the Religious Action Center for Reform Judaism, which are tasked with the job of defending our rights. Thats the only way to interpret the dismay those groups expressed at the U.S. Supreme Courts decision in the case of Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission that was handed down on Monday. The high court affirmed that the Colorado commission was wrong to hold Jack Phillips, a conservative Christian baker, liable for re fusing to create a special cake celebrating a gay wedding. A decisive 7-2 majority argued that the commissions open contempt for the bakers religious faith compromised its ability to rule fairly on the issue. While the narrow ruling was far short of a sweeping defense of religious expression that some conservatives hoped for, it still represented a reaffirmation Religious freedom for me, but not for thee? of the applicability of the free exercise clause of the First Amendments protections of reli gious freedom. As such, it made clear that the constitution protects the rights of believers to express their faith in the public square rather than just the ability to worship freely in private. Yet most Jewish groups were unhappy with the ruling because they perceived it as a slight to the rights of gay Americans. As in any issue in which the rights of groups are weighed against each other, this is a com plicated debate. As Justice Anthony Kennedy noted in the majority decision, the dignity of gays needs to be upheld, but the same applies to those whose religious faith causes them to oppose gay marriage. At issue here was not the right of gays or any other group of people to equal service at a public accommodation like a bakery. The baker made clear he would sell his wares to anyone who wanted them, but to ask him to design and create a special cake for a ceremony that offends his religious principles violated his rights. Many of us may think his beliefs are wrong or simply foolish. But the principle here is not abstract. As the court noted, the same Colorado commission that ruled against Phillips for his refusal to bake the wedding cake upheld the rights of bakers to refuse to create cakes with explicitly anti-gay messages. Why then have liberal Jewish groups joined with those seeking to punish the baker, and drive him and others who have made similar stands not merely out of business, but out of the American public square? Public opinion about gay rights has un dergone a radical shift in the United States. A little more than over a decade ago, both Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton ran for president while affirming that marriage was only between a man and a woman. But within a few years, not only would their positions change but also a majority of the Supreme Court would rule (in a decision also written by Kennedy) that a right to gay marriage was the law of the land. While issues like abortion still bitterly divide us, polls show that the majority of Americans seem to have little problem with this shift in the culture and the law. That is particularly true for Jews, who are overwhelmingly liberal in their politics. Yet that doesnt mean that those who dis agree must be driven underground, particu larly if their disagreement is rooted in their religious faith, which is explicitly protected by the constitution. The problem here is that for all too many of us, a willingness to defend such rights seems to extend only to those who think or believe as we do. That Jews, who have far more contact and sympathy for their gay friends and neighbors than with Christian conservatives theyve never metand whose beliefs are somehow seen as threateningis unsurprising. But rights are not supposed to be just for our friends and us. They must apply to everyone, or theyre meaningless. If a Jewish baker refused to create a Nazithemed cake or an African-American wouldnt design one for the Ku Klux Klan, then we would regard any effort to compel them to do so as absurd and deeply wrong. While gays are not to be compared to those groups, the right of the Christian baker not to be dragooned into something that offended him is no less sacred and shouldnt be characterized as a form of discrimination. Yet so great is our disdain for this baker and those who think like himthat Jew ish groups that are supposed to care about religious freedom were willing not only to disregard Phillipss rights, but also the open contempt for religious faith that permeated the proceeding that condemned him. The same goes for Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburgthe idol of liberal Jewswho cast one of the two dissenting votes. Religious freedom for me but not for thee may feel right to those who wish to avoid any offense to a gay community, whose dignity and rights deserve to be defended. But it is not one that is consistent with the constitution or the long-term interest of Jews, who shouldnt forget that the defense of their rights is still linked to those whose faith may be unpopular. Jonathan S. Tobin is editor in chief of JNSJewish News Syndicate. Follow him on Twitter at: @jonathans_tobin. ...rights are not supposed to be just for our friends and us. They must apply to everyone, or theyre meaningless
HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, JUNE 15, 2018 PAGE 5A Letters To The Editor We are a diverse community and we welcome your letters and viewpoints. The views and opinions expressed in the opinion pieces and letters published in The Heri tage are the views of the authors, and do not necessarily reflect the views and opinions of The Heritage Florida Jewish News or its staff. The Heritage reserves the right to edit letters for clarity, content, and accuracy. And respectful of lashon hara, we will not print derogatory statements against any individual. Please limit letters to 250 words. Send letters to P.O. Box 300742, Fern Park, FL 32730. Or e-mail to news@ orlandoheritage.com. Dear Editor: I have never been able to understand why Jews are so wedded to the Democratic Party. First, FDR and his anti-Semitic Congress re Democrats are riding on the wrong horse when it comes to Israel fused to allow the S.S. St. Louis to land at Key West, thereby relegating hundreds of Hungarian Jews to the concentration camps. Now we see that not one Democrat attended the opening of the new U.S. embassy in Jerusa lemnot Chuck Schumer, not Bernie Sanders, not Dianne Feinstein. Further more, it would appear that the progressive liberals, who seem to have taken over the party, care less and less about Israel. I can only hope my Democratic friends will learn, sooner than later, that they are riding the wrong horse. Richard H. Gleick Maitland By Hanna Gerber With the recent passage of the Taylor Force Act, Congress called on the Palestinian Au thority to stop payments for acts of terrorism (...) and to repeal the laws authorizing such payments. In response, the Palestinian Authority re affirmed its national right to financially support terrorists and has even increased its budget to do so. This is a blatant disregard of U.S. policy, and its time for the Treasury Department to target the administrators of the Pay to Slay practice for sanctions. United States Executive Order 13224 gives the Trea sury Department a powerful tool to combat terrorism. It focuses not only on the obvious villainsthose who pull the trigger or smuggle explosivesbut those who assist terrorists, often behind the scenes. The legislation specifically targets those who provide banking services to terrorist groups and funding for terrorist attacks. This Executive Order can also be applied to those who provide material assistance for acts of terror. One such person is Issa Qaraqe. He must be designated for what he isa facilitator and sponsor of terrorism. Qaraqe is the director of the PLO Commission of Prisoners and Released Prisoners Af fairs. He heads a department committed solely to providing financial remuneration and other support for Palestinian terrorists imprisoned in Israel. The Commissions website states that Palestinians who commit acts of terror deserve the legal and legitimate title of warrior. Qaraqes ministry provides monthly stipends to prisoners and released pris oners who, as defined under Palestinian law, are anyone incarcerated in the occupa tions prisons for his participa tion in the struggle against the occupation. That is anyone who has aided or carried out a terrorist attack against Israel. The list of recipients is a whos who of cold-blooded killers, including Mohammed Abdel Basset al-Kharoub, who murdered American teen Ezra Schwartz and two others. Also featured on the ministrys pay list is Bilal Abu Ghanem, the killer of Richard Lakin, an elderly Israeli-American. In 2017, the Commission of Prisoners and Released Prisoners Affairs had a bud get of $161 million, all spent to incentivize terrorism and support terrorists. The Executive Order allows the designation of persons determined by the Secretary of the Treasury... to assist in, sponsor, or provide financial, material, or technological support for, or financial or other services to or in support of... acts of terrorism. Qaraqe clearly fits this definition as he is the direc tor of a ministry whose sole purpose is to provide finan cial support to terrorists. Indeed, his unambiguous and enthusiastic support for terrorism is evident in his comments following the erection of a monument honoring Abu Sakkar. The Palestinian terrorist planted a bomb in Jerusalem in 1975 that took 15 innocent lives, including an American and her husband. Qaraqe stated that Ahmad Abu Sukkar is a real man, a fighter, and a man who left his impression on everyone and who was a school for giving, resolve, and courage. We are proud of him as one of the symbols of the Palestinian national struggle. Qaraqes designation could help efforts to reform the Palestinian Authority by send ing a message that the U.S. government will not allow a Palestinian exemption for terror financing. Concerning Qaraqe himself, this designa tion will bar him from U.S. travel, prohibit him from conducting business with U.S. companies, and freeze his assets in the U.S. Designating specific indi viduals has been used against Iranian officials, such as the recent designation of the head of the Iranian central bank, and now it is time for Trea sury to employ this measure Its time for Treasury Deptartment to designate Palestinian leaders as terrorists against Palestinian terror leaders as well. With the Trump adminis trations clear commitment to eradicating terrorism, and in the immediate aftermath of the March 2018 enactment of the Taylor Force Act, the Treasury Department must act. It is time for the end of the Palestinian exemption, and for Treasurys anti-terror powers to apply equally to anyone who sponsors these abhorrent acts. Designating Palestinian of ficials would send a powerful message that the U.S. will take action against terrorists and their sponsors, whether they are ISIS members in Syria, Al Qaeda in Afghanistan, or Palestinian officials wearing business suits in Ramallah. Hanna Gerber is a contrib uting author at The Tower, a publication of The Israel Project. By Shalom Pollack I return to the continuing one-man battle that I have been trying to wage in recent years. As a tour guide, I have visited Yad Vashem many hundreds of times, both the former and the current version. Many structural and technical innovations have upgraded the visiting experience. However, one very glaring content change has caught my eye now for a while and it leaves me no rest. I am asking for yet another attempt to draw the attention to the whitewashing of our history. I will not be silenced by the forces of political correctness, especially in the hallowed ground of our Yad Vashem. The following is a letter I sent to Mr. Avner Shalev, the current chairman of Yad Vashem. (avnr.shalev@yad veshem.org.il) If I am joined by other car ing people, the powers that be will take note and truth may prevail. I urge you to make your thoughts known to him. Dear Mr. Shalev, My name is Shalom Pollack, veteran tour guide. I have visited Yad Vashem hundreds of times during my almost 40 years of guiding tourists in Israel. In the old Yad Vashem, there was a floor to ceiling photograph of the infamous meeting between Hitler and the Mufti of Jerusalem, Haj Amin El Husseini, leader of the Arabs (Palestinians). Op posite it was an equally large photo of Jewish volunteer soldiers of the Jewish Brigade. It was an excellent study in contrasts and historic roles and was greatly appreciated by my guests. In the new Yad Vashem, this is gone. In its place is a tiny photo of the Mufti with Himmler. Hitler is gone. Today far fewer visitors at Yad Vashem even learn of the Arab (Palestinian) role in the Holocaust. In the past when I raised this question with Yad Vash em, I was told that the new museum concentrates on the victims rather than the perpetrators, and therefore does not offer much space to them. However, there is indeed a full wall of very large photos of German perpetrators just a few steps from the small Himmler Mufti one. I assume that it was decided to tone down and hide the Arab (Palestinian) role due to the post Oslo attitude and policies of building bridges with our new peace partners. There are rumors that our popular peace partner, Faisal Hussaini himself insisted that his uncles photo be removed from the museum. In any case, it is deeply disturbing and a national tragedy that a new generation of visitors, Jew and non-Jew, are not educated to a very basic and significant part of the Holocaust. I insist, in the name of all those misled and denied the facts, that this is rectified immediately. Thank you, Shalom Pollack Letter to Yad Vashem: Do not whitewash history By Stephen M. Flatow (JNS)To the editor: Do you want to know why most American Jews dont believe what you publish about Israel? An article in The Washington Post this week explains it all. It had to do with a Pal estinian Arab rock-thrower murdering an Israeli man. The facts of what hap pened are beyond dispute. On May 24, Israeli soldiers entered al-Amari, a neigh borhood near the Palestin ian Authority capital city of Ramallah, in pursuit of terrorists. Residents took to their rooftops and began hurling objects at the sol diers. A chunk of concrete thrown by a Palestinian from the third floor of a building struck 20-year-old Ronen Lubarsky, shattering his helmet and inflicting severe injuries. Three days later, he died of his wounds. This episode is especially newsworthy because it runs so counter to the narrative that is typically presented by the American news media. Mobs of Palestinian Arabs throwing rocks at Israelis are portrayed as peaceful protesters. Rocks are not considered potentially lethal weapons, even though 16 Israelis have been murdered by rock-throwers. So here we have an im portant man-bites-dog story. Maybe that explains why The Washington Post buried itbecause it contradicts so much of what the Post tells its readers about the Pales tinians. The news about the mur der-by-rock of Lubarsky was confined to the Posts news briefs section. And it was near the end of the briefsbelow much longer ones about Ebola vaccinations in the Congo and plans for a right-wing march in Germany. Not only was the story buried, it was miniscule. The murder of a young man by terrorist merited just a single paragraph. A grand total of 60 words. And, incredibly, the word Palestinian never appeared in the article. Not once. The headline read: Is raeli Soldier Wounded in Action Dies. They could have written Palestinian Kills Israeli Soldier. But, no. He just dies, in the passive tense. A reader might think he suffered his injuries in a traffic mishap, or a friendlyfire accident. The article began: The Israeli military says (note the word says, as if there is a doubt), a soldier who was seriously wounded in action last week has died. He was wounded in action. By whom? The Post wouldnt say. The article continued: The soldier was mortally wounded Thursday when, during an arrest near Ramallaha city name which most read ers would not recognize as Palestiniana large marble block was dropped on his head from the top of a building. Thrown by whom? Why? Have they done these sorts of things before? The Post wouldnt say. Acknowledging that rocks can kill reminds readers that many Palestinian protest ers are would-be murderers. Acknowledging that Palestin ians have murdered 16 Israelis in rock-throwing incidents reminds readers of the dan gers Israelis face. Giving such a story prominence would only create sympathy for Israel. All of which impedes the cam paign to create a Palestinian state in Israels backyard. And its clear that is why the Post handled the story the way it did. The motives of the editors are transparently obvious. This isnt journalism. Its blatant political advocacy. The Washington Post is not the only newspaper that does this. Almost every major American daily newspaper, wire service and television news program incorporates a similar bias when it comes to Israel. Thats why Im ad dressing this letter to all of you. Because youve all given American Jewry a mountain of reasons to distrust what you publish about the Jewish state and its citizens. Sincerely, Stephen M. Flatow Stephen M. Flatow, a vice president of the Religious Zionists of America, is an attorney in New Jersey and the father of Alisa Flatow, who was murdered in an Iranian-sponsored Palestin ian terrorist attack in 1995. Dear Washington Post: You got it all wrong!
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HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, JUNE 15, 2018 PAGE 7A Land of Israel. It is designed to bridge the intellectual space between Israels cul tural, political, intellectual, diplomatic, juridical, and historical pillars. Skillfully and doggedly, Rabbi Eliach weaves in the biblical and talmudic quintessence that laces it all together. The work spans the mil lennia between Abrahams covenant with God right through the fiery twentieth century and into the mod ern, post-Oslo Accords era. In this compilation, God is an acknowledged factor as much as turning-point wars, crumbling interna tional agreements, and frac tious diplomacy. On an early page, Rabbi Eliach writes, The Israelites relationship to Hashem was based on a covenant binding God and Israel through a series of obli gations. God is written about as a real and all permeating force, an ipso facto that func tions as the alpha and omega of the storydwelling above all events. The Divine is a part of the Israel equation that many modern commentators do not emphasize. But Rabbi Eliach magnifies the role of the Lord, intertwined with those of skillful diplomats and brave warriors, from the perspective of a believer, as one who walks in the aura of understanding that too many analysts in the secular world circumvent. Many, regardless of re Judaism, Zionism and the Land of Israel fills a void Rabbi Yotav Eliach By Edwin Black For decades, Rabbi Yotav Eliach, esteemed principal of Rambam Mesivta High School in Long Island, has accumulated his teachings, writings, and those of many other scholars and rabbini cal authorities, tracking the history of Israel. His mission was not just to chronicle the dispossession and reposses sion of a people, as Walter Laqueur did in A History of Zionism, but to go beyond. Rabbi Eliach completes the circle and ties in the reli gious componentspiritual Judaism itself. The result is a massive and incisive tome, Judaism, Zionism and the ligious rigormyself in cludedassisted Rabbi Eliach in the pursuit of his literary questadmittedly in a world and an era where such books may not be welcome. For example, the estate and publishers of the late, great historian Martin Gilbert have allowed Rabbi Eliach to republish many of Gilberts treasured and classic maps in this volume. Alan Dershowitz, who famously argued for the Jewish State in The Case for Israel, endorsed Rabbi Eliachs book with a back cover blurb: The case for Israel must be made anew in every generation and to every audience, wrote Dershowitz, adding, Rabbi Eliach has been making the case to generations of high school students. Now he brings his insights and experience to a general public that is desper ately in need of history and current realities. Prize-winning journalist Yossi Klein Halevi, whose works, such as We Were Like Dreamers, set forth the religious, political, and cultural perspective of Israel also blurbed the book: With passion, clarity, eloquence and most of all love, he wrote, Yotav Eliach lays out the story of Zionism and the case for Israel. At a time when that story is under growing and systematic attack, Rabbi Eliach has given the Jewish people an indispensable gift. Four of Long Islands most distinguished rabbis agreed to assemble at Rambam Mesivta on May 7 for the book launch. They are Rabbi Heshie Billet and Rabbi Shalom Axelrod of Young Israel of Woodmere, Rabbi Kenneth Hain of Con gregation Beth Sholom, and Rabbi Moshe Teitelbaum of Young Israel of Lawrence Ce darhurst. The revered Rabbi Elie Abadie, a leader of the Sephardic Jewish community, opened up his Manhattan East Synagogue for the books Manhattan launch. StandWi thUs added its name to the endeavor and gave logistical support for his book launches. What began on a typewriter in the 1980s was finally com pleted on a computer only earlier this year. In an unusual publishing move, the book has been released simultaneously in 17 countries. At a time when Jewish and Israeli history is being battered by revisionist theories and alternate narratives amplified by hate groups, Judaism, Zi onism and the Land of Israel cements the centuries to gether in one binding that will be a compelling fundamental resource for Jews, Christians and anyone seeking a factual platform to gather atop, from where they can peer far back and far forward. Edwin Black is the New York Times bestselling author of IBM and the Holocaust. He can be found at www. edwinblack.com. 205 North Street Longwood, FL 32750 www.elegantprinting.net Bring in this ad and receive 18% DiscountInvitations & AnnouncementsBrochures & Booklets Forms & Letterheads Business Cards C ustom Pri nting Direct Mail Services Envelopes 407-767-7110
PAGE 8A HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, JUNE 15, 2018 By Renee Ghert-Zand JERUSALEMIts easy to spot Iris Yifrach as she walks through the crowds in a packed shopping mall in central Israel. And its not just because shes wearing a bright yellow blouse and matching headscarf. Yifrach has been a public figure since June 2014, when her 19-year-old son, Eyal, was kidnapped and murdered by Hamas terrorists in the West Bank. For 18 days that month, Is rael and Jewish communities worldwide were gripped by his June 12 disappearance along with two Jewish 16-year-olds, Naftali Fraenkel and Gil-ad Shaer, who went missing one Thursday night while hitch hiking home from their West Bank yeshiva. Israeli security forces and volunteers searched exhaustively for the three boys, and Jews around the world organized prayer ral lies for them under the slogan #BringBackOurBoys. Ultimately, the teens bodies were found on June 30, 2014. They had been shot and killed the day they went missing, within minutes of entering their abductors car. During the search, the families were interviewed exhaustively. The mothers flew to Geneva, Switzerland, to make an appeal to the UN Human Rights Council Racheli Fraenkel, the only one among them who was fluent in English, became the face of the Bring Our Boys Home campaign in the international media. Almost overnight, the three families went from leading anonymous and private lives Spencer Platt/Getty Images The June 2014 abduction of three Israeli yeshiva teens in Judea and Samaria sparked rallies in Jewish communities worldwide calling for their safe return. Four years after 3 Israeli yeshiva boys were kidnapped and killed, their families find a new normal Gershon Elinson/Flash90 Bat-Galim and Ofir Shaer, left, the parents of slain Israeli teenager Gil-ad Shaer, plant trees in memory of their son at a Judea and Samaria kibbutz with kids who were named after him, Feb. 2, 2018. to being household names. Their sons joint funeral was televised live, and their shivas were public affairs. Four years later, the pain and loss endures. But the boys family members also have established a new normal. Its not that they have left behind their trauma; theyve been shaped by it. One parent wrote a best-selling memoir about mourning her son. Another found solace in video therapy. The sister of one of the boys went to the United States on a therapeutic bat mitzvah trip, thanks to an organization that assists Israeli victims of terrorism, OneFamily. Another sibling received support from that organization to attend a Jew ish sleepaway camp in Canada and escape the tumult at home. For Iris Yifrach, traveling abroadsomething she had never really done before her sons murderhas been extremely therapeutic. Her family has taken several trips to Europe and America in the past four years. Spending time together has been very important. Its like were finally getting to know one another, she said. At first OneFamily gave us these trips, and now we are taking them on our own because we feel they are so important. And we feel like weve gotten a big hug from American Jews. Israel has no shortage of families struggling to over come the loss of loved ones to terrorism. But the heal ing process for the Yifrachs, Shaers and Fraenkels has been complicated by the high-profile nature of the killings, making it difficult for them to retreat from the spotlight. It was overwhelming in the beginning. People came into our home im mediatelythe army, the police, relatives, friends and neighbors, Yifrach recalled. At first it was good to have people with us all the time, but then I couldnt get any private space. I couldnt even cry privately. A month after the funeral, the Yifrachs finally found themselves alone in their home in Elad, in central Israel. I saw his empty place at the Shabbat table, and thats when it hit me, Yifrach said. I realized that we needed to do something to pick up the pieces. The family began psycho therapy. Yifrach, 47, and her husband, Uri, 49, continue to attend weekly couples therapy sessions. Yifrach says it has strengthened their marital bond. In addition, counseling has helped their six surviving children, now aged 7 to 24. I came to understand that I was subconsciously looking for Eyal in the other kids. That isnt OK, and I work hard not to do that now, Yifrach said. Each of the kids has worked hard on defining their own identity separate from Eyal. Ofir Shaer also struggled with parenting issues as he mourned his son Gil-ad. After the murder, he suddenly had new responsibilities in ad dition to trying to focus on his surviving five daughters. He spent a lot of time on the Memorial Foundation for the Three Boys, which the families established to advance the na tional and global Jewish unity that had been galvanized by the search for the teens. People want to hear and see these people, and this puts demands on their time with their family, said Chantal Belzberg, co-founder of One Family Its hard enough to be a high profile personjust imagine adding bereavement onto that. Shaer discovered he need ed time for his own healing. Amid work, family and speak ing engagements, he enrolled in a video therapy course for bereaved parents. Together with other fathers who lost sons to terror or in combat, Shaer said in interviews, he worked through his feelings about balancing his grief for Gil-ad with trying to be pres ent for his daughters. His wife, Bat-Galim, found writing therapeutic. Last fall, she published a memoir of her first year of mourning that would become a best-seller. It included pages from her late sons diary, which had been recovered from the terrorists burned car and returned to the family 10 months after the murder. Meanwhile, the siblings of the murdered teens joined support networks like the youth division of OneFam ily, which organizes outings, support groups, weekends and overnight camps for fam ily members of terror victims. The organization also helped some of the parents with private English tutoring, which came in helpful on trips overseas. For Racheli Fraenkel, heal ing came on the bat mitzvah trip that she and her daughter took to the U.S. in 2015. One of Yifrachs daughters said the same of her experience at the Jewish sleepaway camp in Ontario. Belzberg said its impor tant to listen to the needs of bereaved families rather than offer one-size-fits-all therapy. OneFamily, which she founded along with her husband, Marc, in 2001 following a terrorist attack at a Sbarro pizza shop in Jerusalem, offers terror victims and their families services ranging from indi vidual counseling, support groups, youth programs and camps to financial, legal and bureaucratic assistance. The group paid for some of the overseas trips by the three families because OneFam ily considered the vacations essential to the healing process. Bereaved families need support even years after their initial trauma, Belzberg said. We are currently looking after 2,800 families, each consisting of four to five people, she said. We want families to eventually stand on their own two feet, but we never say goodbye to them. We are with them as long as they need us. Yifrach says the most im portant thing she has learned since Eyals murder is that suffering is not itself a virtue. If we suffer, it wont bring him back, she said. Weve decided to choose life. 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His ancestry dates all the way back to Barcelona, Spain, and his family spoke Ladino (Spanish). This article from the World Jewish Congress digest caught my eye: The World Jewish Congress welcomed a recent agreement between Spains Ministry of Education, Culture and Sport and the Federation of Jewish Communities in Spain, aimed at combating anti-Semitism through education. FCJE is the representative body of the Spanish Jewish community and the WJCs affiliate in the country. The Agreement for the Eradication of Anti-Semitism will be implemented by the National Center for Innovation and Educational Research... a body which operates under the auspices of the Ministry of Education, Culture and Sport and focuses primarily on the training of primary and secondary school teachers. Educators will be trained in key subject areas including how to teach the Holocaust, promoting the cultural and artistic heritage of Spanish Jews, and combating antiSemitism and other forms of intolerance. Teaching staff will also learn about the importance of Israel-Diaspora relations and gain a better understanding of current issues such as the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. The president of the FCJE, ISAAC QUERUB, said, Thanks to this agreement, Spain is today a global example of commit ment in the fight against anti-Semitism and other forms of racism, bias, or religious bigotry. We, the Spanish Jews, are deeply grateful and proud of the courage of the govern ment to take such a brave and necessary step. (On behalf of myself and my sons, I, too, am deeply grateful.) Remembering Jewish history... On May 2nd, 1945, Presi dent Harry S. Truman signed Executive Order 9547 to Pros ecute Nazi War Criminals. It reads: Associate Justice Robert H. 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PAGE 10A HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, JUNE 15, 2018 By Ben Sales (JTA)Seven Supreme Court justices sided with a Colorado baker in his legal fight with a gay couple. And seven major Jewish groups weighed in on the decision. Six of the Jewish groups dis agreed with the decision. But one Jewish organization, the Orthodox Union, dissented from the rest, calling the ruling a victory for religious freedom. Too many pundits and politicians have lately engaged in rhetoric that seeks to paint religious liberty in a negative light, especially as they seek to advance policies to which some have sincere dissent, Nathan Diament, the O.U.s executive director for public policy, said in a statement. Today, the United States Su preme Court sent a clear mes sage: that the demonization of religious beliefsespecially in policymakingis consti tutionally unacceptable. The O.U. stance is signifi cant because Jewish groups across the spectrum have long based their policy positions on a robust defense of reli gious freedom. For decades, that meant keeping religion out of the public square and promoting so-called public accommodation laws that require places open to the public to grant customers full and equal treatment. This was partly due to a fear that allowing religious exemp tions would amount to a tacit government endorsement of Christianity. But in recent years the O.U. has supported a number of ef forts to allow more public reli gious expression, contending that expanding those rights Supreme Courts cake shop ruling is good for the Jews would benefit religious Jews. In Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Com mission, the court ruled that a Colorado baker was allowed to refuse to bake a cake celebrat ing a same-sex marriage. The decision, published Monday, was relatively narrow: The baker was within his rights, Justice Anthony Kennedy wrote for the majority, be cause a member of the Colo rado Civil Rights Commission had made comments hostile to his faith while initially ruling on the incident. [T]hese disputes must be resolved with tolerance, without undue disrespect to sincere religious beliefs, and without subjecting gay per sons to indignities when they seek goods and services in an open market, Kennedy wrote. Conservative groups had hoped the ruling would be broader, allowing private businesses to refuse service to LGBT couples based on their religious beliefs. Liberal groups, likewise, hoped the court would ban such actions as illegal discrimination. Liberal justices Stephen Breyer and Elena Kagan, who are Jewish, sided with the majority. Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Sonia Sotomayor dissented, with Ginsberg saying that the majority opinion did not take fully into account the bakers unwillingness to serve customers because of who they are. The six Jewish groups op posing the decision, including the Anti-Defamation League and the Reform movement, were largely liberal. Their ar guments all said the decision either effectively endorsed anti-LGBT discrimination or missed an opportunity to prohibit it. As Americans and as Jews, we affirm that discrimination is not religious freedom, and pretending otherwise is an in sult to those who have suffered religious persecution, read a statement by Stosh Cotler, CEO of Bend the Arc, a liberal Jewish activist group. We are relieved this decision was not the sweeping negative ruling it could have been. But the O.U., employing similar ideas, reached the opposite conclusion: That the ruling strikes a blow against discrimination. Codifying the notion that the government cannot disparage religious groups, Diament told JTA, will be helpful to Jewish groups in the future. Its crucial for Jews and for other minority communities that religious freedoms be given the strongest and widest scope, he said in an interview Tuesday. The intent of the policymakers is going to be taken into consideration when theyre evaluating a policy. Diament said the ruling could aid Jewish groups, for example, if a government body tries to pass a bill outlawing Jewish practices like circum cision or ritual slaughter. In a case like that, the bill could be unconstitutional if its sponsors make comments disparaging Judaism or Islam. Those are things that are based in religion that some people view as politically incorrect and want to have restricted, Diament said. Re ligious liberty jurisprudence is whats going to be essential to preserving those practices for the Jewish community in the United States. Diament also appreciated a passage in Kennedys opin ion stating that a member of the clergy who objects to gay marriage on moral and religious grounds could not be compelled to perform the ceremony without denial of his or her right to the free exercise of religion. He said that sentence will protect Orthodox synagogues that decline to celebrate Jewish same-sex marriages. Orthodoxy is the only major Jewish denomination that opposes same-sex marriage. The O.U. was one of the few Jewish groups that criticized the 2015 Supreme Court deci sion legalizing such unions. The OU generally favors public policies that allow for broader practice of religion. It supports government aid to private religious schools, as well as federal vouchers for private education. It likewise supported a bill this year pro viding federal security grants to religious nonprofits. Joe Amon/The Denver Post via Getty Images Jack Phillips, owner of the Masterpiece Cakeshop, celebrates in his Colorado store after the U.S. Supreme Court voted 7-2 in his favor in a dispute with a gay couple, June 4, 2018. By Ben Sales (JTA)Israelis want noth ing more than for their coun try to be considered normal. That may have to wait. A much-anticipated soccer game between the Argentine and Israeli national teams was cancelled Wednesday because, Israeli and Argentine officials say, of physical threats made to the Argentine players including megastar forward Lionel Messi. The exhibition game was set for Saturday night in Jerusalem, less than a week before the beginning of the World Cup. Beyond the disappointment of tens of thousands of Israeli soccer fans, the cancellation shows Israelis once again that even seemingly innocuous cultural events, like a soccer match, arent immune from the festering Israeli-Pales tinian conflict. Israelis want to portray their country as a thriving democracy like any otherviolence on the border and the occupation notwith standingand a full member of the family of nations. And they appreciate when other countries treat them that way. Thousands of Is raelis lined the streets for the Giro dItalia cycling race last month, even though its not a popular sport in Israel. Celebrating that international sporting event, perhaps the largest to be held in Israel, one of Israels leading news papers ran a full front-page photo with the headline Were on the map. Last month an Israeli, Netta Barzilai, won the Eurovision song contest, a 43-country competition that this year drew some 186 million viewers. Such signs of normaliza tion are manna for Israelis, and a setback for the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement, which aims to iso late Israel internationally. So the BDS community seemed ecstatic to claim the Argen tines decision as a result of their political pressure. The truth seems murkier. The president of the Argentine Football Association, Claudio Tapia, apologized to Israel and said players had received threats. Protesters outside the teams practice facility in Barcelona also waved Argen tine soccer jerseys covered in fake bloodleaving it up to observers to decide whether the blood was meant to sym bolize Palestinians who died or soccer players who might. This cancellation, never theless, cuts especially deep. Israelis feel stung when foreigners cancel appear Its a big deal that Argentina cancelled its soccer game in Israel ances because of the conflict. Earlier this year, the singer Lorde cancelled a Tel Aviv concert after pressure from pro-Palestinian activists. And Natalie Portman, an American-Israeli, refused to show for a prestigious prize ceremony because of her opposition to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Soccer is Israels most popular sport, and Messis professional squad, FC Bar celona, is the most popular international team in Israel, according to a recent survey. So watching him face off against Israels team on its home turf would have been an especially big deal. Israelis are outragedand split on who is to blame. Even if the ultimate decision was not a direct response to BDS pressure, many accuse Israeli Culture Minister Miri Regev of inflaming the opposition by politicizing the game. Regev told Israels Army Ra dio that she moved the game from the northern city of Haifa to Jerusalem, specifi cally to exhibit Israels claim to the city. She also linked the game to our fight over the [United States] embassy moving to Jerusalem, which happened last month amid objections from Palestinians, the European Union and the United Nations. From my perspective, the important thing is that Argentinas national team and Messi are coming to Israel and playing in Jerusalem ahead of the World Cup, Regev told Army Radio on Monday, two days before the cancellation Jerusalem is on the map. In this erawhich includes BDSin this era nothing is more important. A Palestinian official also name-checked Regev, and the Jerusalem move, in a letter requesting that the game be cancelled. After political pressure took place from the Israeli government, as it was openly said by Israels Minister of Culture and Sports Miri Regev, the match was moved to Jerusalem, Jibril Rajoub, president of the Palestinian Football Association, wrote in a letter to Tapia obtained by Haaretz. The Israeli gov ernment has turned a regular sports match into a political tool. Rajoub also called on Pal estinians to burn their Messi jerseys in protest of the game. And this isnt his first foray against Israeli soccer. In 2015, he unsuccessfully tried to get Israel kicked out of FIFA, the international soccer organi zation. In an informal online poll conducted by Ynet, a news website that tends to oppose Netanyahu, al most 60 percent of respon dents blamed Regev for the matchs cancellation. Ben Caspit, a journalist for the Israeli daily Maariv, tweet ed that Messi visited Jerusa lem in 2013 without incident because no one turned the event into a political campaign. The Jerusalem decision, he wrote, woke the Palestinians up and awakened the mob. But Regev is known for being bombastic, and she isnt backing down. In a fiery statement Wednesday night, she blamed Palestinian ter rorism for the cancellation, and compared the threats against Messi to the murders of 11 Israeli athletes at the 1972 Munich Olympics by the Palestinian Black September terror group. Were talking about an old-new terror that scares, deters and frightens players, the same terror that led to the murder of the 11 Munich victims in the 1972 Olympics, she said. The true story here is not Haifa and not Jerusa lem. The true story here is the threats on Messis life. Regev also accused Ra joub of inciting terror and accused opposition Israeli Knesset members for back ing up terror because they wrote tweets criticizing her conduct. Regarding the idea that the move to Jerusalem directly caused the cancel lation, she said there is no bigger lie. How much stupidity can you talk all the time? How much nonsense can you say? she said. How nasty and mean can people be? Dont people have national pride? Regev pledged that we will continue to host international events. She noted Israel is set to host the Eurovision contest, according to its annual tradi tion, next year. But will Eurovision actually end up coming to Jerusalem? According to Yossi Sharabi, director-general of Regevs Culture Ministry, maybe not. In the wake of the soccer can cellation, he acknowledged that in Israel, planning these events is never simple. Eurovision in Jerusalem? It isnt at all a given, Sharabi told the Sports 5 TV channel. Its too early to talk about this. Everybody wants it to be in Jerusalem. But there could well be other considerations. JTA briefs editor Marcy Os ter contributed to this report. MUST be able to provide proof of religion. If GC is married, must be married to non-Jewish spouse. Minimum of 1 prior full-term pregnancy. You should be 21-40 yrs old, & have a strong support system. Healthy, kind, communicative & understanding. Reproductive Possibilities is an agency that has helped to create families for over 2 decades, contact You can call 1-888-363-9457 or email email@example.com Seeking Jewish Gestational Carrier
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Congregation Ohev Shalom (C) 613 Concourse Parkway South, Maitland, 407-2984650; www.ohevshalom.org ; Shabbat service, Friday, 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, 9:30 a.m. Congregation Shalom Aleichem (R) 3501 Oak Pointe Blvd., Kissimmee, 407-9350064; www.shalomaleichem.com ; Shabbat service, 1st and 3rd Fridays of the month, 8 p.m. Congregation Shomer Ysrael (C) 5382 Hoffner Ave., Orlando, 407-227-1258, call for services and holiday schedules. Congregation Sinai (C/R) 303A N. S.R. 27, Minneola; 352-243-5353; congregationsinai.org; services: every Friday, 7:30 p.m.; Shabbat Service evert Saturday, 10 a.m. Orlando Torah Center (O) 8591 Banyan Blvd., Orlando; 347-456-6485; ShacharisShabbos 9 a.m.; Mon.Thurs. 6:45 a.m.; Sun. and Legal Holidays 8 a.m.; Mincha/Maariv Please call for times. Southwest Orlando Jewish Congregation/Ohalei Rivka (C) 11200 S. ApopkaVineland Rd., Orlando, 407-239-5444; Shabbat service, Friday, 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, 9:30 a.m. Temple Beth El (R) 579 N. 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(R) Reform (C) Conservative (O) Orthodox (Rec) Reconstructionist (T) Mehitsa BERTHA WEINSTEIN Bertha Weinstein, age 88, of Winter Park, passed away on Wednesday, June 6, 2018, at her residence. She was born in New York City on Aug. 7, 1929, to the late Abraham and Lillian Ruderman Bialek. A homemaker, Mrs. Weinstein was a high school graduate and was married for 63 years to her late husband, Mark, who passed away on May 1, 2013. As an avocation, Mrs. Weinstein taught modern dance for many years. She relocated to the Orlando area in 2015 from New York. Mrs. Weinstein is survived by her sons, Irwin (Patricia) Weinstein of Winter Park, Eric (Julie) Weinstein of Scarsdale, N.Y., and Stuart Weinstein of Wantaugh, N.Y. She is also survived by her grandchil drenRachel, David, Adam, Hannah and Aubrey; and by her siblingsBenjamin, Jack, Isaac and Priscilla. In addition to her husband, she was pre deceased by her brothers and sister, Milton, Hy and Sylvia. A graveside service was held at Montefiore Cemetery, St Albans, New York. Arrange ments entrusted to Beth Shalom Memorial Chapel, 640 Lee Road, Orlando 32810. 407-599-1180. The Chabon speech By Eliana Rudee (JNS)Author Michael Chabon ignited controversy in the Jewish world following his May 14 commencement speech at the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in Los Angeles with students and prominent Reform rabbis criticizing the Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist for his take on Jewish inner-marriage and various Israeli security policies. Security is an invention of humanitys jailers, he said to the audience of young people. Anywhere you look, it is and has always been a hand of power drawing the boundar ies, putting up the separation barriers, and propagandizing hatred and fear of the people on the other side of the wall. Security for some means imprisonment for all. While many congregations within the Reform movement accept and sometimes even facilitate intermarriage, Cha bon expressed views against marrying in, despite having a Jewish wife. Endogamous marriage is a ghetto for two, he said. It draws a circle around the married couple, inscribing them and any children who come along in the figurative wall of tradi tion, custom, shared history and a common inheritance of chromosomes and culture. Chabon later said he sees intermarriage of all types as the source of all human greatness, adding that any religion that relies on compul sory endogamy to survive has, in my view, ceased to make the case for its continued validity in the everyday lives of human beings. Rabbi Jeffrey Salkin, senior rabbi of Temple Solel in Hol lywood, Fla., and a prominent blogger on religionnews.com, said of his alma matter and that speech, HUC had every right to invite him. But I found the speech deeply troubling, not only because of its overthe-top criticism of Israel, but because he seems to have no real juice for Judaism. To JNS, he said, He con tinually advocated a world without borders and without distinctions. In that sense, he is calling for the disappear ance of Judaism. Even more, Salkin added that he has rendered dark and sour judgments against Judaism itself, especially the Judaism that the Reform movement upholds. If he speaks of a world without dis tinctions, then what does that do to Reform Judaisms quest for social justice? If there is no distinction between right and wrong, between ethical and unethical, if you sing kumbaya with everyone, then it impedes our hunger for the good. Chabon, he said, was sing ing his own literary version of John Lennons Imagine. The only trouble is John Lennon sang it better. You might just as easily seek intellectual guidance from a pro-football star. But as I do not expect him to have spectacular opinions on household detergents, neither do I expect him to have quot able opinions on the state of Judaism and the world. His role was not to give voice to what many Jews believe; it was to inspire Jewish professionals who were embarking on their careers. While I admire him as a writer, as a Jewish thinker, he leaves a lot to be desired, maintained Salkin. Morin Zaray, a recent graduate of HUCs masters program in nonprofit man agement, left the ceremony in protest. In her op-ed in the Jewish Journal of Los Angeles, she denounced HUC for inviting Chabon and cri tiqued Chabons reductionist anti-Israel rhetoric. For someone who presents himself as an intellectual steeped in nuanceMichael Chabon has a remarkable ability to present a onedimensional reality in which the Jews are evil oppressors and the Palestinians are powerless victims, with no agency, no responsibility and no blame, wrote Zaray. Such a careless disregard for depth and complexity dishonors an institution of higher learn ingparticularly a Jewish oneparticularly on a gradu ation day. In the face of the ensuing criticism by Zaray and other leaders in the Reform move ment, Rabbi David Ellenson, interim president and chan cellor emeritus, and Joshua Holo, dean of the Los Angeles campus of HUC-JIR, defended their decision to bring Chabon to campus, maintaining that speakers with a wide variety of ideologies are invited to the campus, and that Chabon is a moral voice that embraces Israel and its need for security. Embrace of disagreement is an expression of HUCs academic mission, they said in a statement published in JTA, praising the energetic, fearless marketplace of ideas. While they acknowledged that it pains us to have of fended some in our audience, they also posited, What greater civic responsibility for a Jewish institution of higher learning than to encourage public conversation on knotty problems of great Jewish mo ment? But other Reform rab bis have named other civic responsibilities, such as the continuation of the Jewish people and inspiring Jewish professionals embarking on their careers. It should be of great con cern to us Rabbi Michael Boyden, re ligious leader and founder of Kehilat Yonatan Reform Con gregation in Hod Hasharon, Israel, and former founding rabbi of the Raanana Reform Congregation, said in a Times of Israel article that Judaisms distinctions and divisions, which Chabon criticized as insularity, exclusion and segregation, are precisely a prerequisite for survival. There was something un cannily symbolic in the fact that the flimsy, ill-fitting kip pah that the writer, Michael Chabon, wore fell off his head in the middle of his presenta tion, he said. The views that Chabon expressed are shared by many Jews, particularly younger Jews who question the need to remain within the Jewish fold, but also the policies adopted by the State of Israel in terms of dealing with the conflict that we have with the Pales tinians, explained Boyden. His presentation, rather than persuading anyone, is more reflective of issues that exist within the Jewish world, and it should be a great concern to us. As a religious movement, he maintained, we are in terested in preserving and strengthening the Jewish people. But Chabons views on intermarriage, according to Boyden, will ensure the opposite. All of the surveys Ive ever seen show very clearly that the chances of children being raised as Jewish is consider ably less when the parents do not share the same religious background, continued the rabbi. As a consequence, people interested in a Jewish future will seek either Jewish partners or those who are interested in converting to Judaism. And this, he stated, will ensure the future of our heritage. Michael Chabon at the He brew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in Los Angeles, May 14, 2018.
PAGE 12A HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, JUNE 15, 2018 We just kept going Longs brush with fate happened while working as a commercial-flight naviga tor for Alaska Airlines in the late 1940s. During a stop in Shanghai in January of 1949, his crew received a telegram from company heads issuing instructions to make for a British Royal Air Force base in Aden, a port city in Yemen. There, his crew took part in a daring rescue mission that would come to be known as On Eagles Wingsa refer ence to Exodus 19:4to help airlift tens of thousands of Yemenite Jews facing persecu tion and death out of Yemen and into Israel, a nation less than a year old at the time. For us, it was a job, Long told JNS. But, in the end, it turned out to be much more important than we thought it would be. During his remarks, Long outlined the details of how his crew saved 1,800 refugeesa prospect that seemed dim when their DC-4 aircraft touched down in Aden. With only 48 seats on board and thousands of starving Ye menite Jews camped out on and around the base, Longs crew got creative in the face of a life and death situation. One of our mechanics sug gested taking out the seats on the aircraft, he said. If we did that, he told us, we could fit about 150 people on the plane sitting on the floor. We originated that idea, Im fairly certain. After receiving permis sion from the head rabbi of Yemen to take off on the Sabbath, Long and his crew began making runs to Israel delivering batches of refugees. Their route, which called for a 20-hour flight day, was com plicated by the inability to ac cess air space over Arab lands. Upon landing in Tel Aviv, they turned right around, complet ing seven days of nonstop back-and-forth transport. We slept very little, taking shifts and stealing naps when we could, he told JNS. Even tually, we didnt look or smell too good from the experience. But we just kept going. Finally, they rested for one day. After a decent night of sleep, they made five more runs, clocking 12 trips in total. While unloading pas sengers in Tel Aviv, Long still remembers the reception his crew received from Israeli military personnel. Ill always recall one young Israeli officer who came on board, looked at us and told us, Youve done a great thing, recalled Long. I can still see him, still hear him saying those words to us when I close my eyes and think real hard. On Eagles Wings, which also goes by the name Op eration Magic Carpet, saved nearly 50,000 Yemenite Jews who have more than 750,000 descendants, including Gaines and her family. The mystery of the man Another one of those de scendants, Shahar Azani, a 41-year-old StandWithUs employee whose grandpar ents escaped Yemen, came across Longs story while visiting an exhibit at a Jew ish museum in Anchorage, Alaska, showcasing the role of Longs flight crew in the rescue. Azani came across a copy of On Eagles Wings: The Untold Story of the Magic Carpet, a book Long wrote on his experience. I knew then and there that I had to meet this man, he said. When Azani first tried to get in contact with Long several years ago to arrange a meet ing and begin the process of honoring him, Longs family members informed Azani that the 90-year-old was out at sea. He was on a crew search ing for the remains of Amelia Earhart, which Azani told guests added to the mystery of the man. Last fall, Azani and Stand WithUs organized a trip for Long to return to Israel and tour the country he hadnt seen since 1949. Over the course of a 10-day trip, Long told JNS that he marveled at the innovative nation that he could barely recognize from nearly seven decades ago. I remember when there was just an airfield, he said. Now its Ben-Gurion Interna tional Airport, where millions of people come through. And everywhere we went, there was so much being built. Israel is an amazing place. Azani said that in Israel, trip organizers offered Long meetings with high-ranking politicians, awards and ap preciation ceremonies. But he had only one thing on his mind. He just wanted to see how the Yemenites he helped save were doing, he said. He kept asking, How are they doing? How are their lives here? How are their children? Im so happy I got to be with him when we made that happen. They dont make them like him anymore. Reuniting with members of the Yemenite-Israeli commu nity that he helped rescue was a joyous occasion for Long, but one in which he couldnt help but think of his fellow crew members who didnt live to see it. That was one of the best moments of my life, Long told JNS. But everything that happened to me, I cant take credit for. It was my entire crew and me, and I wish they couldve been there. Theres a certain serendipity to it allthat a guy from a small town on the Oregon coast experienced all of this. Shahar Azani Capt. Elgen Long is embraced by Yemenite Jews during a visit to Israel last fall. Capt. Elgen Longlast surviving member of flight crew that saved Yemenite Jews in 1949 By Oren Peleg (JNS)With city lights dotting the night behind her, Dr. Dee Gaines, a neu ropsychologist, sat for good reasonshes very pregnant. But when Capt. Elgen Long, the last surviving member of a commercial flight crew that saved nearly 2,000 Jewish refugees stranded in Yemen almost 70 years ago, finished his speech, she felt compelled to stand. Her voice shook with emo tion behind a microphone handed to her. My great-grandmother and my grandmother were on those planes. In Yemen, they couldnt read. They couldnt receive an education. Now, here I am, a doctor who has pursued higher education. And, because of you, she said, rubbing her belly, a fifth generation lives on. Snow-haired and perpetu ally misty-eyed, Long, who turns 91 in August, bowed his head graciously in reply from a podium. Nearly 100 guests seated at tables applauded roundly in the backyard of a private home in Beverly Hills, Calif. The event organized by the nonprofit, pro-Israel educa tion group StandWithUs for its prominent donors took place on May 30 and honored Long, who, thought not Jewish, was introduced as a hero of Israel and the Jewish people. Long, a native of Oregon, told guests that returning to the City of Angelsa place he knows well from his past was a privilege. After serving as a U.S. naval officer during the Second World War, Long attended the University of California, Los Angeles, on the G.I. bill. While in school, his part-time job was delivering telegrams door-to-door, often to movie stars, in the Beverly Hills area. Now, to be back here more than 70 years later is incred ible. It feels like my life has come full circle, he said. I cant believe Im here as an honored guest. JERUSALEM (JTA)Israel should withdraw as host of the Eurovision song contest if it is not held in Jerusalem, an Israeli government minister said. I will recommend to the government that if the Eu rovision is not in Jerusalem, then it wouldnt be right to host it, Culture and Sports Minister Miri Regev told Is raels public broadcaster Kan on Thursday morning. Her statement came a day after Argentinas national soc cer team canceled a friendly match in Jerusalem over pressure and physical threats from pro-Palestinian groups. It will cost Israel NIS 50 million ($14 million) and is designed to market the country. So I personally say if the Eurovision wont be held in Jerusalem, its not right to invest the NIS 50 million in public funds, Regev told the public broadcaster. Israel won the 2018 contest on May 19 with the song Toy by Netta Barzilai. According to the annual competitions rules, the winning country hosts the following years contest. Shortly after the vic tory, both Barzilai and Regev said the competition would be held in Jerusalem. Israel has hosted the Eu rovision contest twice before in Jerusalem, a city that most countries do not recognize as Israels capital. A senior Kan source told Haaretz on Wednesday that officials at the European Broadcast Union were un happy that Regev, and Com munications Minister Ayoob Kara, announced that the contest would be held in Jerusalem. Late last month, a message on the official Eurovision Twitter account warned fans not to book flights to Israel just yet and instead keep an eye out for announce ments on our official chan nels, leading to speculation of disagreements between organizers and Israeli offi cials over various aspects of the competition, including matters connected to the Israeli-Arab conflict. At about the same time, Eurovisiononly if its in Jerusalem Eurovision organizers in an email to JTA dismissed as speculation reports of politi cal tensions over Israels host ing of the song contest next year. The organizers said that they are finalizing the event with Israeli officials. Ynet reported Wednesday that the organizers made clear to Israeli officials that if the location of next years competition became too much of a political football, it would move the venue. The organizers also asked for two cities to submit proposals to host the competition, accord ing to Ynet. In recent days, Regev has come under fire for moving the Argentina soccer match canceled on Wednesday from Haifa to Jerusalem, with op ponents suggesting that she was politicizing the match, which led to its cancellation. Jerusalem is the capital of world Jewry and the State of Israel. It is not a politi cal issue, she said during a Wednesday evening news con ference regarding the match. 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HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, JUNE 15, 2018 PAGE 13A Weekly roundup of world briefs from JTA The Bands Visit wins 10 Tony Awards, includ ing for best musical (JTA)The Bands Visit, a jewel-box musical based on an Israeli film about an Egyptian band stranded in a hardscrabble Negev town, won the 2018 Tony Award for best musical. The Bands Visit domi nated its categories dur ing the 72nd annual Tony Awards ceremony at Radio City Music Hall Sunday night. Ariel Stachel, the Califor nia-born son of an IsraeliYemeni father and an Ash kenazi mother from New York, won the award for best featured actor in a musical for his performance as a ro mantic Egyptian trumpeter in the musical. Tony Shalhoub (Monk) won for Best Actor in a Mu sical and Katrina Lenk for best actress in a musical for their roles as, respectively, the leader of the band and the Israeli cafe owner who takes him in. The Bands Visit also won awards for best book (by Itamar Moses), best direction of a musical, best original score (by David Yazbek), best lighting design, best orchestration and best sound design. Stachel, 26, is making his Broadway debut in The Bands Visit. The play is based on the 2007 awardwinning Israeli movie di rected by Eran Kolirin. In her acceptance speech, Lenk paid tribute to the late Israeli actress Ronit Elkabetz, who originated her role in the film. In his acceptance speech, Stachel acknowledged his parents, who were in the audience, saying the musical led him to again embrace an identity he had long avoided. Both my parents are here tonight. I have avoided so many events with them because for so many years of my life I pretended I was not a Middle Eastern person, he said. And after 9/11 it was very, very difficult for me, and so I concealed and I missed so many special events with them. And theyre looking at me right now and I cant believe it. He also thanked producer Orin Wolf for telling a small story about Arabs and Israe lis getting along at a time where we need that more than ever. Angels in America, playwright Tony Kushners 1993 epic about the AIDS epidemic, won the award for best revival of a play for the 2018 iteration starring Andrew Garfield. Lindsay Mendez won for best performance by an actress in a featured role in a Musical for the revival of Carousel. Mendez, whose father is Mexican American and who identifies herself as a Mexican-Jewish girl, said she had been advised to change her surname to downplay her ethnicity when she first moved to New York, but was glad she refused. Iraqi man extradited to Germany after admit ting to rape and murder of Jewish teen (JTA)An Iraqi man was extradited to Germany after admitting to raping and murdering a Jewish German teenage girl. Ali Bashar, 20, a former Iraqi asylum seeker, was scheduled to be interrogated by German investigators on Sunday, after arriving back in Germany from Iraq on Saturday. Bashar fled from Germany after the murder last week, and was discovered in Zakho in Iraqs semi-autonomous Kurdish region, where he was arrested on Friday night. The girl, identified by police as Susanna Maria Feld man, was found Wednesday outside Wiesbaden, a city in western Germany. On Thursday, police said two male asylum seekers were detained in connection to her rape and murder. One was later released. There is no formal extradi tion treaty between Iraq and Germany. Bashar arrived in Germany in 2015 along with his parents and five siblings, the French news agency AFP reported. His request for asylum had been rejected the following year and he remained in Germany wait ing for his appeal, according to reports. During interrogation fol lowing his arrest, the young man originally from Kurdis tan confessed to killing the German girl, Tariq Ahmad, police chief for the Dohuk province of Iraqi Kurdistan, told reporters, according to AFP. He said that the two of them were friends but that they had a dispute, and that he killed her when the girl threatened to call the police. Police said there was no evidence that religion had been a factor in the violent crime. The Central Council of Jews in Germany in a statement confirmed that Susanna was a member of the Jewish community cautioned against attributing any antiSemitic motive. The Coun cil wrote that premature conclusions or speculation [about the case] are out of the question. Kosher restaurant own er near Boston charged with filming customers in the bathroom (JTA)The owner of a ko sher restaurant in suburban Boston has been charged with illegally recording his customers as they used the bathroom, allegations that arose after he was charged last month in the rape of a 12-year-old girl. Prosecutors said Tze Chung, 63, who owns the pop ular Taam China restaurant in Brookline, Massachusetts, may have recorded custom ers up to 20 separate times beginning as early as 2015, The Boston Globe reported. On Friday, Chung pleaded not guilty in Brookline Dis trict Court to 15 counts of illegal recording. He was released on $7,500 bail and must wear an electronic monitoring bracelet. Chung, who has run the restaurant for 20 years, is ac cused of primarily recording a waitress at the restaurant whom he used to see ro mantically, according to The Boston Globe. She did not know she was being recorded. Chung has been ordered to stay 100 yards away from her and from the restaurant. Last month, Chung was ac cused of child rape and other charges for allegedly assault ing the girl, whom he knows. The investigation in that case led to the illegal recording charges. He was released on $100,000 bail and ordered to wear a GPS bracelet. Patriots Julian Edel man apologizes to fans for failed drug test (JTA)New England Pa triots wide receiver Julian Edelman responded to re ports that he violated the NFLs policy on performanceenhancing drugs with an apology. Edelman is appealing the four-game suspension for the violation, which was reported first on Thursday by ESPN. I am very sorryI dont know what happened, Edel man wrote Friday on Ins tagram. Ive taken many, many tests obviously over the course of my career, and nothing like this has ever happened. I apologize to the Kraft family, my coaches, teammates and fans. As this matter is being appealed, I cant say anymore but no matter what, I will be ready to play and pursue another championship with our team and for Patriots fans around the world. Edelman, 32, will miss the Patriots first four regu lar-season games. He would be permitted to participate in training camp practices and preseason games. The Jewish Pro Bowler missed all of last season after suffering a knee injury in the preseason. Edelman, one of quarterback Tom Bradys favorite targets, is entering his 10th season. He has caught as many as 105 passes in a sea son, played in three Super Bowls, starred in a series of comedic videos and written a childrens book. In April, he was credited with helping to stop a potential school shooting by a Michigan teen. Jerusalem not the only Israeli city to be consid ered as Eurovision host JERUSALEM (JTA)Je rusalem reportedly isnt the only Israeli city in the mix to host the 2019 Eurovision song contest. Israeli officials are set to present four cities as possible hosts for the contest after the Ministry of Communications announced Sunday that poli tics would be kept out of the decision. The ministry said in a statement following a meet ing between Israel Public Broadcasting Corp.s CEO, Eldad Koblenz, and Commu nications Ministry Director General Nati Cohen that the public broadcaster, and not the government of Israel, will conduct negotiations with officials from the Eurovision song contest. During the meeting, it was agreed that all the mat ters relating to the produc tion of content and the other issues of production will include the contacts with the European Broadcasting Union, with the emphasis that there will be no govern ment political involvement in these matters, said a state ment from the ministry. A delegation from Israels public broadcaster is sched uled to travel to Geneva, Switzerland, to meet with EBU officials next week, the Israeli business daily Globes reported Monday. The Israelis reportedly will present Jerusalem, Tel Aviv, Haifa and Eilat as pos sible host cities. The cities will have to submit detailed bids to be considered. They reportedly are the only Israeli cities to meet Eurovisions requirements, which include a stadium with a capacity of at least 10,000; a press center for about 1,500 journalists; hotel capacity of about 3,000 rooms; round the clock public transportation; and in the vicinity of an international airport. Israel won the right to host the 2019 Eurovision after Netta Barzilai won last months competition with the song Toy. At the time of her victory, Barzilai pro claimed that the competition would be held in Jerusalem, which was echoed by Israels culture and sports minister, Miri Regev. Jerusalem as a venue has become increasingly contro versial, including early calls for a boycott of next years song contest. Ynet reported last week that Eurovision organizers made clear to Israeli officials that if the location of next years com petition became too much of a political football, it would move the venue. Last week Argentinas na tional soccer team canceled a friendly match in Jerusalem over pressure and physical threats from pro-Palestinian groups due to its location. The match had been moved to Jerusalem from Haifa. Israel previously has host ed the Eurovision contest twice before in Jerusalem, a city that most countries do not recognize as Israels capital. Globes reported that the total cost to Israel of hosting Eurovision will run between $41 million and $53 million. Israel is required to hand over a guarantee of $14 million to the European Broadcasting Union, or EBU, in August, according to the report. Netanyahu hopes North Korea deal will be better than the one with Iran JERUSALEM (JTA)Is raeli Prime Minister Benja min Netanyahu called on the world community to support President Donald Trumps efforts to denuclearize both North Korea and Iran. Dangerous regimes should denuclearize, Ne tanyahu said Sunday night to some 2,500 participants in the American Jewish Committee Global Forum in Jerusalem. The delegates to the forum, being held for the first time outside of the United States, came from 26 countries. Netanyahu noted the up coming meeting between Trump and North Korean President Kim Jong-un, ac cording to a readout of part of the speech issued by the Prime Ministers Office. The Israeli leader used the occasion to again ridicule the Iran nuclear agreement reached in 2015. Israel ob jected to the deal led by the United States and signed as well by China, France, Rus sia, the United Kingdom and Germany. I think the entire world, as we do, prays for the success of this effort, Netanyahu said. Now, imagine, imag ine: Imagine that President Trump would come back with some deal, and Britain, France and Germany would applaud it and South Korea and Japan would say that it endangers their existence. Youd think youd listen to this, right? So the same thing hap pened with the Iran deal. This deal was applauded by many in the international community who are not in the missile range of Iran, but Israel and Saudi Arabia and others said this deal will ultimately give Iran a nuclear arsenal, and they will use it first against us, and then with the long-range missiles that theyre building and that the deal doesnt prevent them from building, against everyone else. Netanyahu said Middle East peace is illusive not be cause there is no Palestinian state, but because the Pal estinians have conditioned peace on there not being a Jewish state. Imagine what would hap pen if President Abbas would not invest hundreds of mil lions of dollars each year in paying terrorists and the families of terrorists who murdered innocent people, he said, speaking of the Pal estinian Authority leader. Imagine that he invested this in the project of peace. Imagine that they invested it in Ramallah, or for that matter in Gaza. Imagine what this would do. And I think it would change the world, and the Palestinians could aspire to become scientists and doctors. Instead, they erect statues to mass murderers. Its never been about a Palestinian state. Its always been about the Jewish state. Recognize the Jewish state. Stop paying terrorists. And invest in peace. Netanyahu also called on Diaspora Jews from the nonOrthodox streams to visit the egalitarian prayer section of the Western Wall, which has been enlarged and upgraded, though a more comprehen sive plan to ensure egalitarian prayer at the holy site has been frozen by his govern ment. The freeze enraged many non-Orthodox Jewish groups in the Diaspora. You should visit it. Were enlarging it. Were making it accessible, so anybody can pray at the Western Wall, he said. Anyone here is welcome. Welcome. Feel free to come here. Feel free to pray, he said. When you touch the Wall, know this truth: This is your home. And this will always be the home of every Jew. Chancellor Sebastian Kurz of Austria was scheduled to deliver a major address to the AJC forum on Mon day evening. New York City council man to provide day of gender-segregated beach for Jewish and Muslim constituents (JTA)A New York City councilman is renting a city beach on Coney Island in or der to host gender-segregated swim days for his Jewish and Muslim constituents. Brooklyn Democrat Chaim Deutsch made the announce ment on his Facebook page: For many New Yorkers, including religious Jews and Muslims who observe modesty laws, there isnt an opportunity to utilize our Citys beautiful beaches. Im excited to offer the chance for EVERYONE to enjoy! Men and boys will be able to swim at the southern Brooklyn beach on Friday, June 29 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Women and girls will be invited to do the same on Friday, July 27. Religious Jewish and Mus lim women adhere to strin gent laws of modesty that do not allow them to wear bathing suits in front of men. Deutch has raised $400 per day to cover the cost of lifeguards and other staff, the New York Post reported. The beach at Kingsborough Com munity College, next to the popular Manhattan Beach in south Brooklyn, is usu ally closed on those Fridays since there are no summer classes then, according to the newspaper. I have a lot of Orthodox Jewish and Muslim constitu ents in my district who have never been able to go to the beach before, Deutch told the Post. Theyve never been able to smell the beach, to walk in the sand. Everyone should be able to enjoy the beach. Responses on Facebook to Deutchs initiative ran from great idea and Thank you. This is amazing, to Since we are going to have now Gen tile-free days on the beach, can we also have a couple of Muslim-and-Jew-free days per week also? I think it will be only fair solution. Another Facebook follower wrote: This is not Tel Aviv or even close to it. and if you want something like that perhaps go there? Israel destroyed Hamas terror tunnel that stretched out to sea JERUSALEM (JTA)Is raels military destroyed a Hamas terror tunnel that reached several yards into the sea, which would have allowed the groups naval commandos to launch an attack on Israel from its coast. The tunnel was destroyed by the Air Force on June 3, when Israel carried out several airstrikes on Gaza in retaliation for rocket and mortar fire on southern Israel, the IDF said in a statement issued on Sunday, a week after the airstrikes. The IDF said that it has known about the tunnel for several months and was waiting for the right time to destroy it. Hamas divers would have been able to dis cretely enter Israel in a short amount of time by using the tunnel, according to the IDF. The IDF will not allow any threat to the security of the State of Israel and will continue to act with deter mination against terror of all kinds. The IDF is determined to continue performing its task of defending the citizens of the State of Israel and its sovereignty, it said in a state ment posted on social media. Hamas has been increas ing its naval prowess and power for some time, a senior Navy official said in a state ment.
PAGE 14A HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, JUNE 15, 2018 Construction, Remodels, Additions, Handyman does most anything Available in Central Florida Area References AvailableRicardo Torres Handyman407-221-5482 Jamila Humphries (l) and Emily Schorr Lesnick are an interfaith couple that is taking part in an aufruf ceremony in a Conservative synagogue. As a result, some are try ing to find creative ways to honor and welcome couples, who might otherwise steer clear of their synagogues and perhaps find spiritual homes elsewhere. The Conservative move ment in some ways has created a barrier for many rabbis with the policies that are constantly reinforced and talked about, said Rabbi Jesse Olitzky of Congregation Beth El in South Orange, New Jersey. Families are making the assumption that because of said policies there is no place to ritually welcome an interfaith couple or an inter faith family. In October, the movement doubled down on its intermar riage ban, after a number of rabbis performed or said they would perform marriages between a Jew and a nonJew. Marrying a non-Jewish partner is common among non-Orthodox Jews: A 2013 study by the Pew Research Centers 2013 study of Ameri can Jewry found that more than 70 percent have done so since 2000. While the Reform movement allows its rabbis to perform intermarriages, the Conservative movement, like the Orthodox, prohibits them. Olitzky has performed au fruf ceremonies for a handful of interfaith couples. My job and my goal is to make sure that all members of the Jewish home feel a part of every life cycle event, he said. I think the aufruf is a good example of how we can do that in welcoming the couples commitment to building that home. Rabbi Steven Abraham of Beth El Synagogue in Omaha, Nebraska, observes but does not support his movements ban on intermarriage. The irony of the aufruf for an interfaith couple is that most likely, unless the rabbi made some decision on his or her own, theyre not going to be performing the wedding, he said. So this is as close as youre going to get to a public ritual where youre pronounc ing fact that theyre going to be married. In performing an aufruf for an interfaith couple, Abraham wants to send the message to others that interfaith mar riage isnt a capital crime. I would be able to very easily tell that young person whos sitting in the service, Listen, I would much prefer that you Banned from marrying interfaith couples, Conservative rabbis are finding other ways to celebrate them By Josefin Dolsten NEW YORK (JTA)Emily Schorr Lesnick and Jamila Humphrie always knew that Judaism would play a part in the life they wanted to build together. But experiences with Conservative Jewish institu tions had made the couple feel less than welcome. Schorr Lesnick, 28, re members encountering ho mophobia at her Jewish Conservative summer camp. Humphrie, 29, who was raised Christian but does not identify with a religion, felt singled out as a non-Jewish and biracial person when she accompanied Schorr Lesnick to synagogue. The experiences made us feel very unwelcomed and very uninterested in participating in anything in Conservative Jewish spaces, specifically, Humphrie told JTA. The two women, who live in Harlem, got married in a civil ceremony on New Years Eve in 2016. At the time they did not consider having a religious ceremony. But at the insistence of Schorr Lesnicks father, they agreed last year to meet with the rabbi of her familys longtime synagogue, Shaa rei Tikvah, a Conservative congregation in Scarsdale, New York. The Conservative move ment bans its rabbis from per forming interfaith marriages, so Rabbi Adam Baldachin sug gested performing an aufruf for the couple, a ceremony usually done ahead of a Jewish wedding in which the couple is called up to the Torah for a blessing. Baldachin and his synagogues ritual committee had recently decided to offer aufruf ceremonies to inter faith couples as an alternative way to celebrate their unions. Schorr Lesnick and Humphrie say that planning the aufruf, which will take place in June, has made them more open to exploring Jewish rituals and religious practices. I do think that it turned on a light switch that its not all the same, and we can make our own spaces, we can make a choice about this, Humphrie said. The Conservative move ment has long urged outreach to interfaith families, on the theory that a welcoming atmosphere will encourage them to engage with Jewish life and raise their children with a Jewish identity. But many rabbis say the intermar riage ban presents a hurdle. probably marry a Jew, but if you dont marry a Jew I dont want you to think that you dont belong here, he said. Rabbi Dahlia Bernstein at Congregation Beth Or in Bellmore, New York, said that many interfaith couples think they are not welcome in her community. A lot of people assume that just because youre a Conser vative congregation you will not be welcoming of interfaith families, and my synagogue is not like that, it is radically welcoming, she said. Though the issue of inter faith aufruf has not come up in her community, Bernstein said she is happy to offer her congratulations to interfaith couples on their marriage. I generally personally reach out and say mazal tov, and check in with them, and give them space to talk and kvell if they want to and lis ten, Bernstein said. I think that a lot of Jewish communi ties try to use shame as a way of maybe if we are secretive about it then no one will know, and its not going to promote intermarriage, and its not the right approach. Rabbi Jeremy Kalmanofsky of Ansche Chesed in New York City supports the Con servative movements ban on intermarriage, but says he is open to performing an aufruf for an interfaith couple. We want to say that its possible to have a welcoming face to community and still have in-marriage norm, he said. We want to say its pos sible to say to intermarried couple and the children of that intermarried couple, we still value your relationship, we still value your lives, we want to support you in your journeys and your lives. I dont think theres a reason to say tsk-tsk and not have the Jewish spouse have a celebratory aufruf before the wedding, he added. In 2017, the umbrella body for Conservative synagogues approved a resolution to al low individual congregations to decide whether to grant membership to non-Jews. Some Conservative Jews have qualms about allowing nonJews to participate in certain Jewish rituals. Glen Rock Jewish Center in Glen Rock, New Jersey, allows non-Jewish partners to accompany their spouses on the bimah, or ritual stage, for an aliyah honor on their childs bar or bat mitzvah, par ticipate when a child is given his or her first prayer shawl, and read certain prayers in English. Still, some members remain skeptical about nonJews ritual participation, said Rabbi Jennifer Schlosberg. There are community members for one reason or another who feel uncomfort able with their involvement, even if it is permissible. One of the challenges for me is trying to educate the other community members to help them become more comfort able with these things while also recognizing their own voice, Schlosberg said. During their aufruf at Shaarei Tikvah in Scarsdale, Humphrie and Schorr Lesn ick will go up together to the bimah. Schorr Lesnick will recite the blessings before and after a portion is read from the Torah. Rabbi Baldachin and the synagogues cantor, Gerald Cohen, will recite a blessing for the couple in Hebrew and English. It will be Baldachins first time performing an aufruf for an interfaith couple. This just seemed an easy way for me to be in relation ship with interfaith families without the ability to perform their wedding, Baldachin said. Prior to allowing aufrufs for interfaith couples, Shaarei Tikvahs ritual committee spent time studying the is sue. The synagogue already allowed non-Jewish partners to participate in other ways in the service, such as being invited on the bimah during their childs bar or bat mitzvah ceremony and opening the Torah ark. Before allowing an interfaith couple to take part in an aufruf, Baldachin will ask how they plan to maintain a Jewish home. For Baldachin the differ ence between marriage and an aufruf comes down to Jewish law. The blessing for an aufruf in general is not a ritual that changes anyones status, he said. By contrast, a ritual that changes a couples status from single to married is seen as binding. For Schorr Lesnick being able to celebrate her marriage in her childhood synagogue holds a large significance. Its exciting to think about being able to have an oppor tunity where we can imagine what Jewishness could mean for us, she said. By Josefin Dolsten (JTA)A Ugandan rabbi called on Israel to recognize his community after the government ruled against allowing members to move to the Jewish state. Rabbi Gershom Sizomu confirmed a report in Haaretz last week that the Israeli Interior Ministry had denied a community members im migration application. 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HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, JUNE 15, 2018 PAGE 15A Spencer Platt/Getty Images Palestinians protest at the border fence with Israel in Gaza City, May 14, 2018. Bias From page 3A conspiratorial bias where none may exist. He added that a laser-like focus on individual headlines or even stories misses the sweep and breadth of a news organiza tions ongoing coverage of people, places and events, which taken together give a more accurate picture of an outlets approach. Such groups dont really understand how news orga nizations work, Abbey said. Media operations are more haphazard, sloppy and impro visatory than self-proclaimed watchdogs understand or believe. Baden agreed, noting that there is a perceptual bias in how we read the news. Dubbed the hostile media phenom enon by researchers, this bias manifests itself in how news consumers view reportage of divergent viewpoints. Baden explained that people tend to equate reporting of their opponents positions with an endorsement of those positions. One foreign correspondent who covered the clashes from the Gaza side of the fence and asked to remain anonymous agreed, telling JTA that he thought that many people follow news coverage in search of reinforcement of their preconceived viewpoints. His role, as he sees it, is to do his best to be a witness on the ground, to explain what I see, to explain what I dont see, to try to present the different perspectives. TOP From page 1A JNF From page 1A Ludin From page 1A terrorism. Hamas has proved that they have no humanity; not just toward human beings, but also toward animals and natural resources, reported the Jerusalem Post. To date, 265 fires have been observed since the arson kite phenomenon was introduced by Gaza rioters, burning close to 700 acres of JNF forests. well as a past president, of Temple Ahavat Shalom. She holds an MBA from New York University and a BA from Brandeis University. Weiss follows Socash, whose six-year leadership two breakfasts at the Maitland Chamber of commerceone for Israel Independence Day and one for Purim. We just signed up to host a breakfast for the high holidays. We are know for fabulous food and fun holiday parties. Not only is Ludin the CEO overseeing 400 volunteers, she counts herself as one of those volunteers, and she is currently the senior resource specialist of the Pavilions Orlando Senior Help Desk. If there is a need that must be met, she will fill that need whether is it fund raising, marketing and event plan ning. It takes Nancy Ludins patience, caring and passion to make sure that the mission is fulfilled, another nomina tion shared with Orlando Magazine. In celebration of the award, The Orlando Magazine has invited all the ladies (and two guests) to a brunch at the Alfond Inn on June 21. propelled the Foundation from $35m assets under management to close to $50m. Socash brought the Life & Legacy program to TOP, which secured close to 500 legacy gifts with an estimated future value of $15m. Now, Socash will focus on her role as the executive director of the Jewish Fed eration of Pinellas and Pasco Counties. With a portfolio of over 600 donor-advised, endowment and institutional funds, TOP Jewish Foundation serves hundreds of individuals, families and organizations. TOP was founded with the original intention of serv ing the Jewish commu nity in central Florida. More recently, the Foundation recognized the need for its unique services well beyond the three-community region and now works closely with donors and organizations throughout Florida and a handful of other states. TOPs unique anti-terror and proIsrael investment policy as well as its focus on providing white-glove philanthropic consulting service resonates with donors who collectively aim to ensure the financial strength of our Jewish com munities. For more information on TOP Jewish Foundation, please visit www.topjewish foundation.org or call 813961-9090. Ofer Liberman, the general manager of Nir Ams farming operation, said the kibbutz has sustained dozens of kite attacks over the past month, in addition to rocket and mortar attacks that have set fire to the kibbutz wheat fields in recent years. He said the attacks have cost the kib butz more than NIS 1 million in economic damages, but added that the challenge here is far greater than dollars and cents. Look at this field, he told TPS while surveying the damage from the latest at tack. They burned about 50 dunamsthats about NIS 25,000 shekels in economic losses. But that can be made up with one shipment of wheat from Europe or the United States. The far more serious is sue is the notion of Israels sovereignty here. Thats why the most important thing I do every morning is to raise the Israeli flag onto the tractors. I want the Palestinians to know and understand that we arent going anywhere. Despite the threat posed by burning kites, the com munitys steadfast commit ment to developing the area cannot be shaken, with Nir Am currently building 45 new housing units. Liberman said the new homes have been completely taken by young families seeking membership in the kibbutz, meaning they see a long-term future here. Still, kite terror is unlike the challenge that border communities have faced from cross-border missiles since the year 2000, for the simple fact that it appears to be undetectable until it is too late to stop the fires. Standing in the commu nitys garage, just 500 meters from the wheat field, there was no indication of an attack until Liberman looked over the road and saw a plume of black smoke rising. When we arrived less than five minutes later, the field was half-burned. Ten minutes later the thriving wheat crop had turned to ash. Ill often see parts of my reporting weaponized by dif ferent sides, taken out of con text, or parts of a story will be quoted to support a narrative or to make an accusation of bias, this correspondent said. I cant help that, but I really try to keep the white noise in the background. Its not about my opinion. I see my role as trying to gather as many reports and facts and peoples sentiments and present them, and I think my audience is smart enough to read it and draw their own conclusions. While Hamas did want journalists to tell the story of a tragic clash between peaceful protesters and trigger-happy soldiers, the reality on the ground was more complicated than that simple narrative, the correspondent said, not ing that participants had a range of motivations for joining the protests. The situation is always more complicated... and thats the value of having someone on the ground, he said. Id like people to know that jour nalists in Gaza are working their asses off. It doesnt just come to you. It takes many hours and interviews and double checking. Im always thinking how can I explain about this with all its complex ity to people who just want to know and arent just trying to seek confirmation of their own opinions? Ive been very impressed with my colleagues coverage. You can find a lot of important nuance. Following the Gaza clashes, reporters asked why thou sands of mostly unarmed people had been hit by live fire and if it was necessary or disproportionate. At times the IDF provided reporters with detailed breakdowns of casualties, listing their affiliations and the actions that led to their deaths, but other times reporters were brushed off. However, the foreign cor respondent said, he and many of his colleagues also were careful to cover Israels security concerns. You talk to all sides who have an interest and who are involved, he said. Of course, I would talk to an Israeli and also talk to a Palestinian about a conflict between Israelis and Palestinians, which is elementary. One flashpoint in the media war was the death of Gazan photojournalist Yaser Murtaja, who was shot while wearing a flak jacket marked press while photographing the clashes. The Foreign Press Associa tion, which represents the international media in Israel, immediately issued a statement urging the IDF to show restraint in areas where journalists are oper ating and to conduct a fast and open investigation into this incident. It warned its members to exercise cau tion. Palestinians claimed that the photographer had been intentionally targeted. Israel took several days to respond, when Defense Minister Avigdor Liber man told reporters that Murtaja, who sold photos to numerous international outlets, was also a member of Hamas who was using his media business as cover to obtain drone footage of IDF positions. The Washington Post, meanwhile, said that Murtaja had recently been vetted and approved for a U.S. government grant. According to Baden, the fight over media coverage isnt new, but the participa tion of the broader public in what was once an elite discourse certainly is. One of the consequences of this shift is that the views of journalists have come under increasing scrutiny, especially by those posting on social platforms such as Twitter. One correspondent, an American based in Lebanon who likewise asked to remain anonymous, was pilloried by Israelis after a series of tweets expressing her displeasure with the death toll in Gaza. These posts, she told JTA, were held up as an example of a more generalized media bias, which she found ironic given that she is also regularly dubbed a a Mossad spy and an Israeli stooge almost daily for her coverage of the Lebanese militia Hezbollah. I firmly believe that good journalists should be able to put aside their opinions when they work, and I try my best to do sowith success, I believe. I follow all the rules I learned at Columbia Journalism School. I make sure to include a variety of perspectives in my stories and present them as objectively as possible, this correspondent said. But the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is not my beat, therefore I felt comfortable tweeting per sonal opinions on the events in Gaza knowing they would not color my coverage. Meanwhile, the debate over the infant Layla Ghandour goes on. Last week, Gazas Hamas-run Health Ministry said she had been taken off a list of Palestinians killed in the Gaza border clashes, saying they are awaiting results of a pathologists report. Israels Law of Return gives anyone who has at least one Jewish grandparent, is mar ried to a Jew or has converted to Judaism the right to move there. Yosef, who is staying at a kibbutz in southern Israel, is the first Ugandan Jew to try to immigrate to Israel, according to Sizomu. Sizomu emphasized that his community was not look ing to immigrate to Israel en masse and that the deci sion would not change their practices. We are not Jewish for purposes of immigration, he said. We are Jewish because that is who we are, and we will never change that, whether they recognize us or not. The Ugandan commu nity, also called the Abayu daya, traces its roots to the early 20th century, when a former leader read the Bible and embraced Judaism. Most members were converted under the auspices of U.S. Conservative rabbis in the early 2000s and thus are not recognized as Jewish by Is raels mostly haredi Orthodox Chief Rabbinate. In 2016, the Jewish Agency for Israel recognized the com munity for the purposes of the Law of Return, seemingly opening a path for its mem bers to immigrate to Israel. However, the Abayudaya have struggled to obtain govern ment recognition to do so. In December, Israel denied a visa application by another mem ber of the community to study at a yeshiva in Israel, leading to accusations of racism. Today the community, which is based in the rural town of Mbale, has sev en synagoguesincluding a 7,000-square-foot center that opened in 2016a mik vah and two Jewish schools. We feel like we have an es tablished Jewish community that deserves to be recognized by Israel, Sizomu said. On Friday, Rabbi Julie Schonfeld, who leads the Con servative movements Rab binical Assembly, called the Israeli decision unlawful. This is completely incon sistent with more than two decades of Israeli practice of Conservative convertswho are by the way halachically converted to Judaism under our auspiceswho had been recognized as Jewish for the purposes of the Law of Return, she told JTA, using a phrase meaning that some thing was done in accordance with Jewish law, or halachah. Schonfeld said that the movement and its allies were planning to use all means at our disposal to see that this is reversed. Sizomu said that despite the latest decision, he remained hopeful about his community gaining status in Israel. In Au gust, 40 young Ugandan Jews will travel to the Jewish state on a trip organized by Birthright, an organization that provides free trips to Israel to young Jews around the world. It is the first time that Ugandan Jews will participate in such a trip. Uganda From page 14A to Sizomu, said the decision represented its stance on the Ugandan Jewish community, not just the applicant, Kibita Yosef. Sizomu, who leads the community of approximately 2,000, urged Israel to give Ugandan Jews the same rights afforded to Jews worldwide. We as a Jewish community need to be treated like any other Jewish community in the Diaspora, he told JTA from Kampala, where he serves as a member of the Ugandan parliament.
PAGE 16A HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, JUNE 15, 2018 Ben Sales A dried fruit and nut seller giving change to a customer in Jerusalems Mahane Yehuda market, May 7, 2018. By Ben Sales JERUSALEM (JTA)In another life, Kobi Frig would have been sitting behind vats of spices in Jerusalems bus tling, labyrinthine Mahane Yehuda market, hawking paprika, zaatar and cinna mon like his grandfather and father did before him Instead, Frig obeyed his fa thers wishes, went to college, and started a chain of events that transformed the market and led to the closure of his familys shop. He became a community activist, orga nizing art and music fairs in the market that opened it up to a young clientele and brought in a wave of cafes and restaurants. Last year, when Frigs father retired, he shuttered the spice shop and leased the space to a bar. The third generation didnt see itself selling nuts and wanted to make a change, said Frig, 42, an event producer. Theres no question something changed. Whether its for the best is a matter of perspective. You have good relationships between the stores and the restaurants. The food busi nesses buy [ingredients] from their neighbors, so the market is maintaining itself. The story of Frigs fam ily shop has been happen ing across Mahane Yehuda, known to locals simply as the shuk, Hebrew for mar ket. By day, its a traditional Middle Eastern bazaar that serves the residents of Israels capital city. But by night, it is increasingly becoming a tourist attraction filled with cafes, bars and sit-down res taurants. The change, which began about a decade ago, is thrusting Mahane Yehudas older merchants into a new era. Its changed from end to end, said Yosi Avrahami, who has sold nuts in the market for more than 40 years. You used to see stores with vegetables and foodtons of vegetable stores... I think that will be disappointing, if it will all become beer. Covering a network of a dozen streets in central Jerusalem, the shuk is a crowded pedestrian mall with hundreds of shops. Since the market began operating in the late nineteenth century under Ottoman rule, most of those shops have sold staple foods like produce, baked goods, meat, fish, spices, dried fruit, nuts and household items. Other stores sell inexpensive clothing, Judaica, sweets or souvenirs. It has been the target of at least seven ter rorist attacks since 1968. It invariably opened for business the next day, if not the same afternoon. It has undergone a few renovations since its found ing: Merchants now sell their food from physical stalls, rather than tarps spread on the ground, and many have hung signs above their shops. But its still far less formal than a grocery store. Sell ers will sit on stools at the front of their stores, hawking tomatoes, halva or chicken in loud, hoarse, competing voices. Regulars from all walks of Jewish Jerusalem life conduct business on a first-name basisand pay in cash. The food is kosherand the entire market shuts down for Shabbat before sundown on Fridays. On a recent weekday eve ning, the shuks central avenue looked like it has for decades. Shoppers lugged collapsible carts from stand to stand, doling out money and accumulating plastic bags of fresh food. Counters piled with olives, challahs, dried apricots and rice seasonings beckoned locals and tourists alikethough a branch of Israels largest coffee chain, Aroma, has also taken up shop there. In the center of the street, a young girl in a pink fleece played the recorder in front of a donation basket. Off to the side, a emissary of the Chabad Hasidic outreach movement checked his phone while manning a table with a pair of unraveled tefillin. But a side street looked like it came straight out of the citys Zagat guide. A stand near the entrance sold freshpressed juice and smooth iesadvertising an acai bowl in English and Hebrew. Nearby was Fishenchips, one of the shuks first small sitdown places geared toward twenty-somethings. Farther along was a gelato shop, and there were bars around the corner. Young people sat chatting over meals and beer at elevated tables. Its an amazing atmo spheregood people, al ways smiling, a fantastic atmosphere, bro, said Dima Kasachuck, 20, who worked behind the counter at a Mexi can restaurant and sported bleached hair, ear gauges and a long-sleeve t-shirt emblazoned with a skull. I worked in lots of other res taurants, but it was a lowerkey atmosphere there. There were more serious people, less fun, less chilling, fewer jokes, just serious work, and its not fun. The transformation began in 2006, when Frig persuaded merchants to remain open late one night for a party on the Jewish holiday of Purim. It ended up drawing 4,000 people. In subsequent years, he put on a series of art, music and culinary festivals in the shuk that exhibited its potential as a communal space for the citys youth. Restaurateurs soon began renting out storefronts and replacing traditional sellers. Even the merchants that have remained have con tributed to the markets new feel. Many of their gates are painted with graffiti portraits of Jewish historical figures, so when the stores close, the market becomes a public art exhibit. Baristas and waiters at the markets newer shops say they love their workplace and its fusion of old and new. At Roasters, a third-wave cafe, Esther Bromberg said she loves hearing neighboring merchants yell their cappuc cino orders to herwhile she feels free to store milk in their refrigerators. What I like the most about the shuk is the combination of the old-school Middle Eastern vibes and the hipster up-andcoming young vibes that we have going together, said Bromberg, 24, an Australian expat. Were best friends. We make them coffeeobvi ously, its all freebecause were all just neighbors and friends. But some of Brombergs neighbors feel differently. The markets older occupants do not all appreciate the new atmosphere and clientele, who sometimes come along with loud music, drunken ness and loud conversation. Worse, they said, tourists are there to stroll, gawk and take selfiesnot to actually buy the food theyre selling. It used to be good, now its not, said Chai Noach, a produce merchant. Its becoming an entertainment zone. People dont come to buy. They come to hang out, to travel. Some new stores have tried to bridge the gap between old market and new. The front of Beer Bazaar, which opened in 2015, could almost pass as a Middle Eastern market for Israeli craft beer. Its narrow and crowded, advertising a wide range of Israeli brewer ies and selling varieties that can be hard to find elsewhere. But the back looks like a comfortable pub, where pa trons can order dinner along with their drink. One sand wich on the menu is named after filmmaker Quentin Tar antino, in honor of the time he ate there with his Israeli fiancee, Daniella Pick. Yarden Rivlin, who works at Beer Bazaar, pointed out that the bars and restaurants tend to keep different hours than the food stands, so there is not too much conflict. He feels the shuk has retained its charactereven if the of ferings have changed. In the shuk, everyone needs to be friends with ev eryone, said Rivlin, 25. Ev eryone brings a different kind of personality. During the day, the stores are open and there are fruits and vegetables and nuts and sweets, and at night we open up the tables and the atmosphere changes. Its a shukjust a little different. Ben Sales Beer Bazaar, a craft beer shop in Jerusalems Mahane Yehuda market, aims to combine the variety of a bazaar with the atmosphere of a chic pub. As night falls, Jerusalems old-school Jewish market transforms into a hipster hangout By Chaya Rappoport (The Nosher via JTA)Limonana is a classic Israeli drink that combines freshly squeezed lemon juice and mint leaves for a unique Israeli-style lemonade treat thats beloved throughout the country. Limonana is a combination of the Hebrew and Arabic words limon and nana, which mean lemon and mint, respectively. While the drink may have originated elsewhere in the Middle East, its an Israeli advertising agency that provided the catchy portmanteau of a name in the 1990s. In an attempt to get public bus advertising off the ground in Israel, the agency advertised a new soft drink called Limonana in sprawling ads across the sides of buses and reported that local athletes and celebrities couldnt get enough of it. Although the drink was advertised on buses only, the ad campaign was a huge success. Customers begged for the drink and stores pleaded to carry it until the advertising agency was forced to admit the truth: no such drink existed. Undeterred, soft drink companies began to manufacture the flavor-the drink that had existed only as a market ing ploy was now a reality. Restaurants and cafs quickly followed suit, reimagining the drink in iced, slushed and alcoholic variations. Its been a nationwide hit ever since. The ubiquitous drink is peddled by vendors on nearly every street in Jerusalem and Tel Aviv, but those of you across the ocean can make this simple, invigorating ver sion at home. Creating a simple syrup with the sugar and water, which turns the sugar liquid, means its much easier to blend into a cold drink, and steeping mint in the simple syrup infuses the drink with an extra layer of flavor. Its delicious as is, but you can make it alcoholic (look below for my margarita inspired variation) for a fun, adult twist on the classic. Or if youre feeling really adventurous, substitute Arak, an anise-flavored spirit thats popular in Israel, for the tequila and see where it takes you. With or without alcohol, youre going to want to make these icy, cooling, sweet and tart slushies all summer long. Ingredients: 3/4 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice, from around 3 lemons 1/2 cup loosely packed mint 6 tablespoons sugar 1 cup water 4 cups ice cubes Frozen Limonana: The Israeli slushie your summer needs Directions: 1. Combine water, sugar and half of the mint leaves in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil, stirring until sugar dissolves. Simmer for 1 minute. 2. Remove from heat and let syrup steep, about 30 minutes. Discard the mint leaves and refrigerate the syrup to let it cool. 3. Combine the mint simple syrup, the rest of the fresh mint leaves and the fresh lemon juice in a blender. Blend at high speed until well mixed. 4. Add the ice and blend until the ice is thoroughly crushed. Pour into glasses and serve immediately. Serves 2.