WWW.HERITAGEFL.COM YEAR 42, NO. 44 JULY 6, 2018 23 TAMUZ, 5778 ORLANDO, FLORIDA SINGLE COPY 75 Editorials ..................................... 4A Op-Ed .......................................... 5A Calendar ...................................... 6A Scene Around ............................. 9A Synagogue Directory ................ 11A JTA News Briefs ........................ 13A By Diana van den Boogaard COCOAStanding in the crowd on the day the US Embassy opened in Jerusalem was Theresa Miles, former director of The Sister City Program of Cocoa (Florida), and her family. She was in Is rael to celebrate the countrys 70th anniversary and enjoy a Jordan Miles holding Hamsa-Chai-Dove artwork created by Judith Segall. Sister City presents art to US Embassy in Jerusalem Last years Mens Night Out was such a success that there will be a second such event in November. Organized by the Mens Clubs of Congrega tion Beth Am, Temple Israel, Congregation Ohev Shalom, Congregation of Reform Judaism, and South West Orlando Jewish Congrega tion (in conjunction with the Jewish Federation of Greater Orlando), the evening will once again have an open bar, stupendous prime rib dinner catered by Arthurs, and fan tastic entertainment. Michael Soll, vice president and immediate past president of the Federation Board of Directors, explained this event is different from other events because its open to all men in the Jewish community. Last years event was a success because it was multigenerational and not unique to a specific group, but drew together men from all corners of the Jewish community, which allowed for rekindling of lifelong relationships, he told Heritage. Comedian Cory Kahaney will keep the audience in stitches as she shares her everyday experiences in life with a bit of an edge (i.e., when asked what her income is, she replies I put it on the credit card.) She has also been de scribed as the most politically balanced stand up comedian (i.e., her son asked her what the difference between a Democrat and a Republican was and she explained that a Democrat is like a nice aunt who promises to take you to Disney World, but never fol lows through. A Republican is like a grumpy uncle who tells you he cant afford to take you to Disney World, but then you find out he went without you). Kahaney was a grand finalist and runner-up in the first sea son of NBCs reality TV show Last Comic Standing. Since then she has been on almost all the late shows, including Late Show with David Letterman, The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, and The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson. She has even been on Next Food Network Star (dont worry, she isnt preparing the dinner for the evening). Mens Night Out will be held Nov. 8 in the Congrega tion Ohev Shalom Ballroom, beginning with cocktails at 6 p.m.; dinner at 7 p.m. and the Comedian Cory Kahaney Second annual Mens Night Out coming this November comedy show at 8:30 p.m. The cost for the evening is $100 and can be purchased at www.jfgo. org/MNO. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Jewish youth education programs. Prime sponsors of Mens Night Out are Alan Gins burg and Aaron Gorovitz. Other sponsors include the Harriett Lake Foundation, the Heritage Florida Jewish News, Universal Engineering Sciences, Nelson Financial Planning, and Beth Shalom Memorial Chapel and Dr. Cote. Sponsorships are still avail able at www.jfgo.org/MNO. StandWithUs Justin Feldman after filing police report June 11. By Edwin Black Criminal complaints are now being filed by students following the belligerent disruption of a May 17, 2018, Students Supporting Israel [SSI] event at University of California Los Angeles. At least a half-dozen students announced they would visit the UCLA police department to file formal complaints reporting criminal disrup tion of a meeting, as well as disturbing the peace and conspiracy. The move follows media disclosures that UCLA was reneging on the public pledge by two chancellors in the Daily Bruinbolstered by a statement for the record by a university spokesmanto refer the belligerent May 17 incident to prosecutors. The disruption and noseto-nose intimidation of the students attending the May 17 SSI event at UCLA was docu mented in a video. Disruptors suddenly and loudly stormed into the room mid-session. One person tore down a flag, demonstratively pulled away a desk placard, and cursed threateningly close to the face of a panelist. With bullhorns, whistles, staged dancing, and slogan shouting, the event was shut down. The Louis D. Brandeis Cen ter for Human Rights Under Law, led by attorney Alyza Lewin, along with Director of Legal Initiatives Aviva Their statement promised, For those outsiders who disrupted the event, we will refer all evidence of wrong doing to local prosecutors to determine whether they have broken the law. Bolstering the chancel lors, university spokesman Tad Tamberg confirmed, the off-campus people who have been identified... have been arrested previously and are known to the police here and have been referred to the prosecutors office. He added that a proper police investiga tion had already been done. You dont send something to the prosecutors office without first investigating it, he stated. The involved UCLA stu dents were to be referred to university discipline rather than prosecutors, the univer sity stated. It was not clear why UCLA students, who potentially broke the law, would not receive the same referral to prosecutors as outsiders for the same conduct. The case then took a strange and unexplained twist. Three weeks after the event, in an email, Tamberg clarified, There were no arrests, nor did Vogelstein and three law stu dents in the UCLA Brandeis chapter, dispatched a letter to the university asserting that the disruption crossed the line into misdemeanor violations of the California criminal code. They cited Title 11, section 403 (which covers deliberate disruption of a public meetingsuc cessfully used to convict the so-called Irvine 11), section 415 (which covers malicious disturbance of the peace), and section 182 (which forbids any conspiracy to violate the other sections). At the same time, two UCLA chancellors, Jerry Kang and Monroe Gorden, penned an official denunciation of the incident that was published in the Daily Bruin campus newspaper. family reunion with her sons, Jordan and Brandon. She also carried a framed artwork that Rabbi Joel and Tali Fox of Bnai Shira in Cocoa Beach had commissioned Orlando artist Judith Segall to create for the new embassy and to honor Israels 70th birthday on May 14, 2018. Praising the close ties be tween Cocoa and Beit Shem esh, Israel, Jordan Miles, 21, from Merritt Island and now living in Jerusalem, presented the gift to the US Embassy in Jerusalem on June 25, 2018. Lisa Bess Wishman ac cepted the art on behalf of the U.S. Embassy. She is Art title plaque the director of the American Center, where the art will be on display. The Center serves as an educational and cultural center with activities aimed at the Israeli public. The art, Hamsa-ChaiDove by Segall, uses symbols to express a hope for Peace, Life, and Divine Protection. Segall said her creative pro cess goes beyond the basic el ements of color, composition and form in order to provoke thought and evoke emotion. Segall is deeply appreciative of those who commissioned her to do this artwork. I Complaints on page 14A Art on page 15A
PAGE 2A HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, JULY 6, 2018 COS Mens Club invites you to a Middle Eastern food and swim party on Sunday, Aug. 5, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m at the home of Ken Davis. There will be homemade falafel and all the fixins and sides. All Mens Club members are invited and if you are not a member, please come check us out anyway. Cost is $5 per person (we have to pay for the beer some how). For Kens address and to RSVP, please call Ken Davis at 407-869-8898 or khdavis13@ yahoo.com. An invitation from COS Mens Club The Peisners, the Prince and the Wall Eric Peisner and Vicki Freed Peisner were in Israel last week and had a pleasant surprise as they were approaching the Western Wall. They saw a large en tourage of peopleIsrael soldiers bearing arms and other securitysurrounding Prince William. Vicki was quick to think and snapped this picture of the British royalty in this historic moment. Leonard Stein, PhD, of the University of Torontos Centre for Comparative Literature and President of the Society for Crypto-Judaic Studies has announced the awarding of a 2018 Mini-Conference to the St. Augustine Jewish Historical Society. The one-day Conference, to be held on Sunday, Dec. 9 at the World Golf Village Renaissance St. Augustine Resort will focus on Telling the Story of Crypto-Jews in the Southeast US. Scholars from many disciplines are expected to share in their research to help develop a common understanding of the presence of the descen dants of Jews in the conti nental southeast Colonial Spanish America under the Inquisition and in the years since. Dr. Stein is a Connaught In ternational Doctoral Scholar for the Centre for Compara tive Literature in a collab orative program with the Anne Tanenbaum Centre for Jewish Studies at the Univer sity of Toronto. His research compares medieval JewishIberian identity with modern literature from the Sephardic diaspora. He currently serves as the President pro tem and program chair for the Society for Crypto Judaic Studies and editor for the University of Toronto Journal of Jewish Thought. His newest publica tions include Jubanidad and the Literary Transmission of Cuban Crypto-Judaism for the forthcoming edited volume, Caribbean-Jewish Crossings: Atlantic Literature and Theory (University of Virginia Press), and The New Literature of Hip Hop Music for the forthcoming Oxford Handbook of Hip Hop Music Studies. The Society for CryptoJudaic Studies, an interna tional academic and secular association, fosters research, networking of people and ideas, and the dissemination of information regarding the historical and contempo rary developments involving crypto-Jews of Iberian origins and other hidden Jewish com munities around the world. The St. Augustine Jewish Historical Society promotes greater knowledge and un derstanding of the Jewish Dr. Leonard Stein St. Augustine Jewish Historical Society receives award experience in the oldest European city in the United States, from the founding of St. Augustine in September 1565 to the present. SAJHS actively recruits partners to help tell the story of the rich history and heritage found on Floridas First Coast. While theres still plenty of time left to enjoy summer va cation, Central Florida teens will soon be gearing up for a new school yearand a new Jewish year. Its the perfect time to celebrate New Be ginnings, the theme of the 2018 JTEN Community-wide Jewish Teen Retreat. The retreat, set for Aug. 6-7 at Camp Challenge in Sorrento, is open to all ris ing 8thto 12th-graders in the Orlando area, regardless of synagogue or youth group affiliation. Teens will participate in a 24-hour immersive experi ence, including services, learning sessions (Torah study, texts, traditions and other topics through a Jewish lens) and social experiences with the shared goal of build ing deeper relationships and connections with other Jew ish teens outside the confines of a traditional classroom or building. Jewish Teen Education Net work is a program of the Jewish Federation of Greater Orlando that provides shared learning and educational experiences for local Jewish students. The retreat is a collaborative gath ering by the JTEN Educators, representing Congregation Beth Am, Congregation Ohev Shalom, Congregation of Reform Judaism, Southwest Orlando Jewish Congregation, Temple Israel, Temple Shir Shalom and the North Florida Region of BBYO. We have several goals for this years community-wide teen education event, said Jennifer Cohen, the Federa tions JTEN coordinator. Of course, we want teens to cre ate Jewish connections that will stay with them beyond the retreat. But we also want them to develop a strong Jewish identity and self-confidence while experiencing the joys of community. We think this retreat is the ideal setting to inspire Jewish students as they prepare for a new school year with new opportunities. JTEN has offered com munity-wide teen education days since 2014. Last years event, a peer-led program called Empower the Jew in You, attracted more than 50 student participants. This is the first time the event has been offered as a retreat. The retreat is made possible in part by a Community Collaborative Grant from the Federation. Students can register at www.jfgo.org/retreat. The cost is $18. Students who cannot afford the registra tion fee should contact Cohen (firstname.lastname@example.org). Space is limited to 60 par ticipants. The registration deadline is 5 p.m. July 30. 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HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, JULY 6, 2018 PAGE 3A By World Israel News Hamas terrorists launched a barrage of rockets and mor tar fire from the Gaza Strip at Israeli communities in the south in the wee hours of Wednesday morning. There were no immediate reports of injuries or damage. On Tuesday, Hamas or chestrated the launching of another wave of firebombladen kites and balloons that sparked fires. Moments ago, the IDF spokesman announced on twitter, an IDF aircraft targeted a vehicle used by a group of Palestinians who launched arson balloons from the northern Gaza Strip into Israeli territory, as well as an observation post from which the balloons were launched. The Palestinian Infor mation Center, a Hamasaffiliated news site, said that an Israeli drone fired at least one missile at a civilian car, causing it to burst into flames. According to PIC, one Pal estinian citizen was slightly injured from the explosion in Nuseirat, a town in cen tral Gaza. Sources in Gaza quoted by PIC said the resistance fired 17 projectiles at nearby settlements. Sirens were heard in the Hof Ashkelon, Shaar HaNegev and Eshkol Regional Councils from approximately 1:45 a.m. to 4 a.m., sending thousands of Israelis running to bomb shelters. The Iron Dome intercepted three projectiles. Schools were set to re main open as usual on Wednesday. No special in structions were given to residents of the area. Hamas launches over a dozen rockets at Israel, IDF strikes back By Sarah N. Stern (JNS) It seems as though Hamas is itching for another war. No less than 45 rockets were fired in recent days from the Gaza Strip into Israel, two of which landed near a community center and one just outside a kindergar tenthe second attack on a kindergarten in the last few weeks. Operatives also launched scores of balloons and kites with Molotov cocktails, firebombs, chemi cals and other incendiary devices attached to them. So far, these seemingly in nocuous instruments have destroyed more than 7,000 acres of agricultural fields, natural growth and habita tion, leading to extreme environmental devastation and an estimated $2 million worth of damage. We have heard a great deal about the suffering of Gazans living under the ironclad rule of Hamas. It is absolutely tragic that the Hamas leader ship has denied the population the opportunity to develop themselves and their region, and insists on using their people as nothing more than artillery in their ongoing war to obliterate the Jewish state. It is absolutely tragic that the textbooks used by UNRWA are highly ideological propaganda screeds that serve to perpetu ate the 1948 conflict, rather than teaching their children fundamental skills to better themselves and their people. It is absolutely tragic that Hamas has syphoned off the funds and building equipment going into the area, and used concrete to build more un derground tunnels to launch surprise attacks within Israel proper. One never hears of the suffering of the Israelis living near the Gaza border, how ever. While in Israel, I have spoken to several. Adele Reimer, a teacher of English who made aliyah from America in 1975, lives in Kibbutz Norim near the Gaza border. She spoke to me about the relentless, ongoing stress. Reimer said it is not fair to call this posttraumatic stress syndrome. It is a daily, ongoing stress. Our children suffer from night mares, bedwetting, refusal to go to bed at night, crawling into bed with parents. Many children, and even some adults, are immobilized with fear and refuse to leave the house. Every Friday, we brace ourselves. We hear the Tzeva Adom [Red Alert] several times a day, and we dont know if its a missile coming to our house, to our school or signaling the beginning of yet another war. She adds: I have tremen dous sympathy for the people of Gaza. Nobody elected Hamas as their leaders. It came about because of a hostile takeover in 2007, when they threw their opposition off from rooftops. I consider myself left-wing and am still in touch with many Gazans. They are miserable under Hamas and would like it to change, but it is dangerous for them to open their mouths. I have one friend who has spoken out occasionally, but I and he are both afraid he is about to be arrested, tortured and shot. But, she says, it is Hamas who is calling the shotsnot only for the people of Gaza, but for the State of Israel. They have manipulated inter national community to such an extent, so we are perplexed as to how to respond. We care too much about international public opinion. Susie Shaul was evacuated from Gush Katif in Gaza in 2005. Her husband worked for 27 years, the bulk of his working life in agriculture helping to develop crops in greenhouses. After the evacuation, they lived with two of the four children in caravans (two of the chil dren were married). She and her husband now live in the Ashkelon region. She feels that the situation is beyond tragic. She recalls that before the evacuation, when she used to pass the roads that bordered the kib butzim on the way to her home in Gush Katif, there were signs posted that said: Jews, out of Gaza. Go home to Israel. But today, because of the untold devastation, she only feels tremendous sympathy for those who live on the kibbutzim near Gaza. They dont deserve this. Nobody deserves this. Shaul recalls that before the Hitnakut (the evacuation from Gaza), former Prime Minister Ariel Sharon said, Now if they attack, we can go in there and devastate them. We can use our rockets and our missiles. But do you think we can today? Nobody remembers. Nobody cares. Sarah N. Stern is founder and president of the Endow ment for Middle East Truth, an unabashedly pro-Israel think tank and policy institute in Washington, D.C. Voices from the border with Gaza By Charles Dunst NEW YORK (JTA)Not an hour after Anthony Kennedy announced his retirement as associate justice on the Supreme Court, the National Council of Jewish Women tweeted its dismay. Justice Kennedys retire ment could drastically shift the balance of the Supreme Court, and threaten the very rights and liberties weve fought so hard to protect, NCJW tweeted Wednesday. We need a justice who will stand up for all of our rights, not just the wealthy and powerful. NCJWs is a voice of the Jewish liberal majority, which tends to support abortion rights, a strong divide be tween church and state, an extensive social welfare safety net and a liberal approach to immigration. For that majority Kennedy was, at least since 2005, the essential and persuadable swing vote on an ideologically partitioned court. He was responsible for the 5-4 rul ings that legalized same-sex marriage and preserved Roe v. Wade. Although prone to disappoint liberal and centrist groupsupholding President Barack Obamas policy of war rantless wiretapping, voting to limit campaign finance restrictions in Citizens United and removing key provisions of the Voting Rights Acthe was nevertheless seen as the last check on what is likely to become a deeply conservative court. In the last few years, Justice Kennedy has loomed large at the Supreme Court because he so often cast a deciding swing vote, often in historic ways, as in [same-sex marriage] or Citizens United, Marc Stern, general counsel at the American Jewish Com mittee, told JTA. While he was not the liberal justice many Jews would no doubt have preferred, he served as a reminder that constitutional law and the Supreme Court can be something other than pure predictable partisan politics. And as a swing vote, Ken nedys rulings on religious liberty also won him support from conservative Jewish groups. His vote proved de cisive in the Hobby Lobby case, which found that familyowned corporations need not pay for employee contracep tion insurance if doing so violates their religious values, and earned praise from Ortho dox groups like the Orthodox Union and Agudath Israel of America. The Courts ruling stands for the proposition that even when the government seeks to implement valuable policy goalsit must do so without trampling upon the conscientious beliefs of American citizens, the Orthodox Union said follow ing Hobby Lobby decision, adding that there are many other ways to meet the policy goals without infringing on religious liberty. Kennedy, who will be 82 when he retires effective July 31 and is the 14th longestserving justice, decided count less cases regarding religious liberty, many of which were important toand divided American Jews on all sides. They include the decisions to legalize same-sex marriage, preserve Roe v. Wade and de regulate campaign finance, as well as prevent public schools from requiring student prayer and bar the government from endorsing a particular reli gion, among others. On church and state he was persuadable, Stern told JTA, but adding, He was more or less on the conservative side of Establishment [Clause] issues. Kennedy, as reflected in his invention of the famed coercion test, believed that religious liberty, based upon the First Amendment, while expansive, did not mean the government could make certain religious behavior mandatory. Throughout his threedecade tenure, Kennedy was a fierce defender of religious liberty for those of all faiths. Even in his same-sex marriage opinion, which was lauded by liberals, Kennedy extended a rhetorical olive branch to social conservatives. He wrote that people opposed to same-sex marriage, including Agudath Israel, which filed a brief to the Supreme Court in opposition, reach that conclusion based on decent and honorable religious or philosophical premises, and neither they nor their beliefs are disparaged here. Kennedys most notable liberal voteson same-sex marriage and abortion Eric Thayer/Getty Images Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy is shown at a White House ceremony, April 10, 2017. Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedys Jewish legacy were in line with left-wing and centrist Jewish orga nizations. Thirteen Jewish groups, among them orga By David A. Harris (Aish Hatorah Resourc es)Without understand ing what happened in the past, its impossible to grasp where we are today. Mention history and it can trigger a roll of the eyes. Add the Middle East to the equation and folks might start run ning for the hills, unwill ing to get caught up in the seemingly bottomless pit of details and disputes. But without an understanding of what happened in the past, its impossible to grasp where we are todayand where we are has profound relevance for the region and the world. Fifty-one years ago, the Six-Day War broke out. While some wars fade into obscurity, this one remains as relevant today as in 1967. Many of its core issues remain unre solved. Politicians, diplomats, and journalists continue to grap ple with the consequences of that war, but rarely consider, or perhaps are even unaware of, context. Yet without con text, some critically impor tant things may not make sense. First, in June 1967, there was no state of Palestine. It didnt exist and never had. Its creation, proposed by the UN in 1947, was rejected by the Arab world because it also meant the establishment of a Jewish state alongside. Second, the West Bank and eastern Jerusalem were in Jordanian hands. Violating solemn agreements, Jordan denied Jews access to their holiest places in eastern Jeru salem. To make matters still worse, they desecrated and destroyed many of those sites. Meanwhile, the Gaza Strip was under Egyptian control, with harsh military rule imposed on local residents. And the Golan Heights, which were regularly used to shell Israeli communities far below, be longed to Syria. Third, the Arab world could have created a Palestinian state in the West Bank, east ern Jerusalem, and the Gaza Strip any day of the week. They didnt. There wasnt even discussion about it. And Arab leaders, who today profess such attachment to eastern Jerusalem, rarely, if ever, visited. It was viewed as an Arab backwater. Fourth, the 1967 bound ary at the time of the war, so much in the news these days, was nothing more than an armistice line dating back to 1949familiarly known as the Green Line. Thats after five Arab armies attacked Israel in 1948 with the aim of destroying the embryonic Jewish state. They failed. Ar mistice lines were drawn, but they werent formal borders. They couldnt be. The Arab world, even in defeat, refused to recognize Israels very right to exist. Fifth, the PLO, which sup ported the war effort, was es tablished in 1964, three years before the conflict erupted. Thats important because it was created with the goal of obliterating Israel. Remember that in 1964 the only settle ments were Israel itself. Sixth, in the weeks lead ing up to the Six-Day War, Egyptian and Syrian leaders repeatedly declared that war was coming and their objec tive was to wipe Israel off the map. There was no ambiguity in their blood-curdling an nouncements. Twenty-two years after the Holocaust, an other enemy spoke about the extermination of Jews. The record is well-documented. The record is equally clear that Israel, in the days leading up to the war, passed word to Jordan, via the UN and United States, urging Amman to stay out of any pending conflict. Jordans King Hussein ig nored the Israeli plea and tied his fate to Egypt and Syria. His forces were defeated by Israel, and he lost control of the West Bank and eastern Jerusalem. He later acknowledged that he had made a terrible error in entering the war. Seventh, Egypts President Gamal Abdel Nasser de Why history still matters: The 1967 Six-Day War manded that UN peacekeeping forces in the area, in place for the previous decade to prevent conflict, be removed. Shamefully, without even the courtesy of consulting Israel, the UN complied. That left no buffer between Arab armies being mobilized and deployed and Israeli forces in a country one-fiftieth, or two percent, the size of Egyptand just nine miles wide at its narrow est point. Eighth, Egypt blocked Is raeli shipping lanes in the Red Sea, Israels only maritime access to trading routes with Asia and Africa. This step was understandably regarded as an act of war by Jerusalem. The United States spoke about joining with other countries to break the blockade, but, Kennedy on page 15A 1967 on page 15A
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The idea to separate children from their parents or alleged parents before vetting each family unit is not only contrary to generally accepted American values, but in fact, makes it more difficult to ultimately determine who should get asylum and who should be denied the privilege of entering the United States. Let us not forget that these seekers of po litical asylum began their path to American citizenship by breaking American law. Let us not forget that they jeopardized the safety of their children by not lawfully seeking asylum through available ports of entry, and crossed into the United States surreptitiously, hoping to evade contact with U.S. border authorities and local law enforcement. The path they chose does not bode well that many of them will pass the vetting process. Under U.S. law, a refugee is generally defined (with a number of statutory exceptions) as a person who is outside his or her country of such persons nationality... and who is unable or unwilling to return to and is unable or unwill ing to avail himself or herself of the protection of that country because of persecution or a well-founded fear of persecution on account of race, religion, nationality, membership in a particular social group, or political opinion. It does not appear that many of those seek ing political asylum unlawfully entering the country from our Southern border would meet the above criteria. It has already been reported that many have come here from Latin America because of poverty, domestic violence, gang activity and generally unsafe living conditions in their respective home countries, none of which appear to consist of persecution or a well-founded fear of persecution by the gov erning authority in their country of origin. Congress and the president must act now and not wait for the mid-term elections to pass. What can be done? First and foremost the president needs to table his requirement for the building of a wall on the Southern border. High fences may make good neighbors in the neighborhood, but not necessarily at international borders. Mutual cooperation between the two countries to se cure the border from both sides is paramount if we are ever to get a handle on reducing or eliminating unlawful entry into the U.S. If any section of the U.S. Code cries out for reform and simplification it is our im migration laws. The two political parties, paralyzed as they are, immediately must set aside their differences in this time of crisis, and act for the benefit of the country to clearly define and simplify our immigration laws so they can be properly enforced going forward. A joint committee of both houses of Congress should also be established to separately, and without linkage, deal with the lingering and festering effects of a defective statute weakly enforced over the last two decades or longer. The administration should open negotia tions with Mexico to establish a bi-national commission to deal with undocumented immigrants illegally attempting to cross the border so they can be vetted before entering the U.S.; and they should remain in Mexico with U.S. assistance until their case is determined. Additionally, Mexico should be persuaded to liberalize its own political asylum laws to embrace those legitimate applicants passing through Mexico from Latin America and grant to those who truly need it political asylum in that country. Under no circumstances should children be separated from their parents during any stage of the proceedings, but adults falsely claiming parenthood of accompanying children should be arrested, if probable cause is found, and charged with appropriate crimes of child en dangerment, abuse and kidnapping. Strong, clear and enforceable provisions of a new and effective immigration law, robust vetting and cooperation with Mexico in secur ing the safety and unity of families can restore Americas reputation not only as the land of the free and home of the brave, but also as a refuge for the truly oppressed. If you wish to comment or respond to any of the contents herein you can reach me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please do so in a rational, thoughtful, respectful and civil manner. If you wish to respond by ranting and raving, please go into your bathroom, lock the door and shout your brains out. Mel Pearlman has been practicing law in Central Florida for the past 45 years. He has served as president of the Jewish Federation of Greater Orlando; on the District VII Mental Health Board, as Special Prosecutor for the City of Winter Park, Florida; and on the Board of Directors of the Central Florida Research and Development Authority. He was a charter member of the Board of Directors and served as the first Vice President of the Holocaust Memorial Resource and Education Center of Central Florida, as well as its first pro-bono legal counsel. By Amnon Lord (JNS)What does a portrait of Israeli society mid-2018 look like? This is a country that has, proportionately, the most number of Jews compared to the United States, but it is not a Jewish country. It is more appropriate to characterize it as a country with a prevalent anti-Zionist atmosphere. The High Court of Justice functions as the executor of decisions to evacuate settlements, as if on an assembly line. With nary a warn ing, some 2,500 police show up to empty a few homes in Netiv Haavot or an outpost near Tapuach. At Tel University, playing or singing Hatikvah, Israels national anthem, is forbidden. I suppose that if this was done behind closed doors, without an anti-Semitic public offended by the words having to hear it, it would be permissible to sing the anthem. In the south, across a wide swathe of land adjacent to the Gaza Strip, dozens of fires rage daily. Fields are burning. A farmers entire world goes up in flames. Meanwhile, the chil dren of Kibbutz Nir Am send balloons carrying candy to the peace-seeking people of Gaza. The Israel Defense Forces behave appropriately and ask the civilians how to handle the fires. Destroying agriculture and burning fields and crops were always among the Arabs primary goals in their war on the Jewish community in Israel, ever since the granary at Kibbutz Tel Yosef was set ablaze and pillars of smoke rose from Kibbutz Beit Alfa during the Arab riots of 1929. Until recently, every platoon commander in the IDF knew how to handle terrorist attacks of this sort. Today, the armys General Staff, GOC Southern Command, the Gaza Division and the chief consultant on gender issues at IDF headquarters in Tel Aviv are all awaiting instructions. The political echelon must provide a direc tive, a strategic plan and define goals. How should terrorists carrying out arson attacks be confronted? What should be done with the enemys leaders, who have discovered the strategic, game-changing ploy of fence riots and incendiary kites? Every level of command is kicking this problem up the chain to receive approval. Hamass strategy is succeeding for now. While Israel has managed to prevent fence breaches, it seems to have lost sovereignty over the border area. The impression is that the government is not in control over the wide stretch of burning land around Gaza. And if it is not in charge on the border and the burning fields, where is it sovereign? This loss of sovereignty over the border area is reminiscent of the years preceding the Second Lebanon War, when Hezbollah terror ists controlled the villages in south Lebanon next to the Israeli border. This undermined stability until war eventually erupted. The same could also happen in the Gaza Strip if the Israeli government has indeed lost its ability to make decisions. In recent years, IDF Chief of Staff Maj. Gen. Gadi Eizenkot has boasted a policy of preserv ing sovereignty over the border and adjacent areas. On the Gaza border, he has failed. And this failure belongs to the entire leadership echelonfrom the prime minister on down. Israel has lost sovereignty on the Gaza border By Stephen M. Flatow (JNS)We dont yet know the details of the Israeli-Palestinian peace plan that presidential adviser Jared Kushner is preparing. But we do know how Kushner perceives the Palestinian Arabs. And hes got them all wrong. The White House has released an official transcript of Kushners June 24 interview with the Palestinian Arab newspaper Al Quds. It shows that Kushner subscribes to the oldest myth of the conflictthat average Palestin ians are really just like us. Heres how he put it: I believe that Palestin ian people are less invested in the politicians talking points than they are in seeing how a deal will give them and their future generations new opportunities, more and better paying jobs and prospects for a better life. Its often hard for Americans to grasp the fact that the values and concerns of the Pal estinian Arabs are, in fact, radically different from those of America, Israel and the West. Average Palestinian Arabs really do want to destroy Israel. They really do hate Jews. The political culture of their society is not the same as the democratic political culture of the United States or Israel. Better-paying jobs are not their highest goal. You can blame their attitude on the Palestin ian Authoritys educational system. You can blame it on decades of anti-Jewish propaganda on the P.A.s television and radio programs, and in its newspapers and books. You can blame it on centuries of inculcation in the values of Islam and extreme Arab nationalism. But however you apportion the blame, its a fact. In the interview, Kushner pleaded with Palestinian readers: Dont allow your grand continued. Israels prosperity would spill over very quickly to the Palestinians if there is peace. Does he think the Palestinians dont know that? Does he think that they are simpletons who have never noticed, throughout the past century, how Jewish development of the country has benefited them and could benefit them a lot more if they made peace? Of course, they have noticed. But they have chosen to do otherwise. When Israel expelled Jared Kushner has it all wrong on the Palestinians or cry when I read Kushners statement that the people of Gaza are hostages to bad leader ship... Its time for the Palestinian Authority and Hamas to stop using the people of Gaza as pawns. Theyre not hostages, and theyre not pawns. They freely elected Hamas in a democratic election. They have chosen to marchby the thousands and tens of thousandsto the Gaza fence to throw Molotov cocktails at Israelis and sail flaming kites to burn down their fields. Nobody forced them to go there. Nobody forced them to do that. So yes, there is a lot of hatred and a lot of scar tissue, Kushner concluded, but I do not underestimate humankinds ability to love. He doesnt underestimate it. He over estimates it. Offering the Palestinian Arabs better-paying jobs will not transform them from warmongers to peacemakers. It would take a complete overhaul of the P.A.s media and school system, followed by generations of enlightened leadership and education, to change their values and attitudes. If Jared Kushners dangerously naive belief about the Palestinians ability to love is shap ing the Trump Mideast peace plan, then friends of Israel have reason to be deeply concerned. 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 Palestinian terrorist attack in 1995. fathers conflict to determine your childrens future. Thats how Americans think. But thats not how Palestinians think. Americans put their grandfathers conflicts behind them. Palestinians consider their grandfathers agenda to be their own agenda. My dream, Kushner told Al Quds, is for the Israeli and Palestinian people to be the closest of allies in combating terror, eco nomic achievement, advancements in science and technology, and in sharing a lifestyle of brotherhood, peace and prosperity. Yes, thats Kushners dream. Mine, too. But thats not the Palestinians dream. They are not interested in joining Israel in combating terror because they are the ones who perpetrate, glorify and financially reward terror. Theres a certain contempt implicit in pre suming to enlighten other people as to what they should care about and what is in their best interests. These people know their lives will only be improved by working out the issues and moving on, said Kushner. Wrong again. Hes the one who is interested in moving on. Not the Palestinians. The Palestinian people are industrious, well-educated and adjacent to the Silicon Valley of the Middle EastIsrael, Kushner all Jews from Gaza, they left behind fully intact greenhouses for the Palestinians to use and enjoy. And enjoy them they did. They enjoyed burning them down. Wait, that doesnt make any sense! If the main concern of the Palestinians is economic prosperity, why would they burn down the hothouses that would give them economic prosperity? Because they care more about hating Jews than improving their own lives. Which is why I dont know whether to laugh Average Palestinian Arabs really do want to destroy Israel. They really do hate Jews.
HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, JULY 6, 2018 PAGE 5A By Yoav Limor (JNS)It is difficult to find better words than treason and espionage to describe the offenses attributed to for mer minister Gonen Segev. This man, who was a gov ernment minister, a senior partner in the decision-mak ing process, gave information to Iran. Large parts of this affair are still under wraps, but what can be said clearly indicates that Segev was not duped or extorted. He chose, with eyes wide open, to help Israels archenemy gather intelligence. Segev was methodical and shrewd; he took mea sures to cover his tracks and tried recruiting others. The bumbling response currently coming from his camp that he had tried to help Israeli intelligence does not hold water. The case against him is strong, the evidence is abun dant, and it is corroborated by Segevs own testimony, which it is safe to assume was extracted in the course of the nine days he was held in special custody without access to a lawyer. While Segev is the most senior spy to have been caught operating in Israel, he is not the worst. Oth ers have caused far greater damage. Marcus Klingberg, who gave the Soviets secrets from the Israel Institute for Biological Research, is the most prominent. Some were recruited; others, such as Nahum Manbar, volunteered, usually for money; and still others, such as Mordechai Vanunu, were ideologically motivated. Segevs case is different because he did not have gold to benefit the Iranians in any significant way. He served in the government more than two decades ago, and it is safe to assume the classified information he had was not particularly relevant. The advantages to recruiting him stem from a different goal: Intelligence agencies seek to establish networks, to learn processes, to understand how decisions are made, to identify power centers and vulnerabilities. Segev could have helped the Iranians in all these areas. Thats not all. Segev, who reportedly worked in Nigeria as a pediatrician even though his medical license was per manently revoked after he tried to smuggle drugs into Israel, arranged for his Ira nian handlers to meet other Israelis, mainly from the defense establishment. Its no secret that a considerable number of former defense officials roam the globe, pre dominantly in Africa, trying to wheedle business. They have knowledge, they have connections, and they have appetites (and some also have criminal histories). A skilled agent who takes up with any of these individuals could learn quite a bit about Israeli capabilities in a number of fields. Even worse, he could abduct one of them (as in the Elhanan Tanenbaum case, for anyone who needs a painful reminder). Segev was a facilitator in all these areas. He knowingly met his handlers in secret lo cations across the globe, and worse, in Tehran itself. What prompted him to do this? It is safe to conclude he was motivated mostly by greed, and perhaps by a desire to exact vengeance on his own country, which, in his twisted perception, threw him to the dogs. Apparently, people like him do not admit to mistakes but tend to repeat them with The highest-ranking spy in Israels history increased severity while blam ing the entire world for their problems. Segev will surely pay for his actions, but there are other aspects to this affair. For example, Irans concerted ef forts to recruit spies in Israel. Against the backdrop of the security branches successes against Iranian activities (the Mossad against its nuclear program, the IDF against Iranian activities in Syria, the Shin Bet in counterintel ligence), there is a tendency to think that Israel is alone on the playing field. This is wrong. Iran is a formidable adversary; it is determined, patient and has nerves of steel. It is here to stay, and the working assumption needs to be that other Gonen Segevs are out there. This approach is at the forefront for Israeli security officials. On the one hand, Segevs detection and arrest are a success, due to the fact that he acted alone in a foreign country and took great pains to hide his tracks. On the other hand, he was able to spy for the Iranians for too many years until he was caught, after undoubtedly causing quite a bit of damage. A thorough study is now required to understand what and who failed along the waynot for the purpose of casting blame, but to prevent the next spy before it is too late. Yoav Limor is a veteran Is raeli journalist and columnist for Israel Hayom. By Yoram Ettinger (JNS)US interests in the Middle East and beyond are well-served by a strategically constrained Syria. Histori cally, Syria has been a tectonic, volatile platform of violent, intolerant and unpredictable Arab/Islamic regional aspi rations of grandeur, totally unrelated to Israels existence and policies. During the modern era, Syria has been a major arena of anti-U.S. hate-education and incitement, Islamic and international terrorism (e.g., the blowing up of the U.S. Embassy and Marines Head quarters in Beirut and Pan Am Flight 103), narco-terrorism (featuring ties with Latin American drug cartels), a mega-billion dollar counter feiting of $100 bills and the abuse of human rights. Syria represents a clear, present and lethal threat to pro-U.S. Arab regimes. It has been a systematic violator of agreements (with Lebanon, Turkey, the Arab League, the United States and Israel), advancing the geo-strategic interests of the Ayatollahs of Iran, Russia and China, benefiting from North Korean conventional and non-con ventional military technolo gies and hardware (chemical, biological and nuclear), while maintaining close ties with anti-U.S. Cuba, Venezuela, Bolivia and Ecuador. A withdrawal of Israels military from the mountain ridges of the 500-square-mile Golan Heightslocated 34 miles from Damascus would severely injure Israels posture of deterrence, reduc ing its capabilities to extend the strategic hand of the United States and thus mak ing Syria dramatically more explosive. While Syria is currently preoccupied with domes tic upheaval, its potential destabilizing regional and global ripple effects should be assessed in view of the inherent Middle East volatil ity. It should also be observed against the background of Syrias multi-century key role in the tumultuous 14th-cen tury Islamic history. It should also be examined against the backdrop of its current deep strategic ties with Russia, the megalomaniacal Ayatollahs of Iran, and transnational ISIS, the Muslim Brotherhood and additional Islamic terror orga nizations, which aim to erase the current borders among Arab states. Syrias imperialistic aspira tions and potential explosive regional impact, under an Alawite or a Sunni regime (the French Mandate des ignated an Alawite State in 1920), transcend the narrow context of the Arab-Israeli conflict. They are a derivative of the unique role played by Syria (a-Sham)the home of the early Caliphsin Islamic history. Therefore, the current Syrian powder keg has drawn an unprecedented number of Islamic terror organizations and jihad (holy war)-driven fighters/terrorists from the Middle East, Europe, Africa and Asia. An Israeli retreat from the Golan Heights would not quench, but inflame Damas cuss long-term historical aspirations to solidify control of Syria, reclaim Greater Syria (including Jordan, Lebanon and Israel) and dominate the Arab World, which entails the toppling of all pro-U.S. Arab regimes. Just like Irans Ayatollahs, so would any future ruler of SyriaAlawite or Sunni view the U.S. presence in the Middle East as the major ob stacle on the way of reaching its megalomaniac strategic goal, considering Israel to be a most effective and inhibiting U.S. outpost. Hence, Syrias deep strategic alliance with Russia since 1966, which has provided a tailwind to Moscows influence in the Middle East, the Persian Gulf, the Horn of Africa and the Eastern Mediterranean. For example, Russias only naval base in the Mediterranean is in Tartus, Syria. In 1970, the militarily su perior USSR-supported Syria invaded the militarily inferior U.S.-supported Jordan, which was involved in a civil war US interests require Israel on the Golan Heights against Palestinian terrorists, while the United States was bogged down in Southeast Asia, severely constrained as far as extending additional deployment of its troops. At tempting to avoid a con frontation with the USSR, the United States requested Israel to mobilize the Israel Defense Forces to the joint Israel-Syria-Jordan frontier. Israels prompt mobilization triggered an immediate Syr ian withdrawal from Jordan, bolstering Israels and the U.S. posture of deterrence, injur ing the geo-strategic posture of both Syria and the USSR, sparing America a megabillion dollar mobilization and a bruising public debate, while assisting it with Israels own manpower, military bases and supply lines. By Jonathan Rosenblum (Jewish Media Resourc es)My brother recently sent me a three-hour video of the Weinstein brothers, Eric and Bret, in conversation. Eric, the older brother, holds a PhD in mathematical physics from Harvard, and has published widely in both physics and economics. He is today the managing director of Thiel Capital, the investment arm of PayPal co-founder Peter Thiel. Bret taught biology at Ev ergreen State College until he ran afoul of the social justice warriors. He tried to teach his course on a day of absence declared by black students: whites were strongly discouraged from entering the campus that day. His position on the far lefthe was a member of the Occupy Wall Street movementdid nothing to protect him from being labeled a racist. At the very least, listening to the brothers is an immedi ate cure for anyone who thinks he or she is brighter than they actually are. Both brothers are extraordinarily articulate on a whole range of subjects about which most of us have never heard and lack even the basic tools to discuss. Eric is generally credited with having coined the term the Intellectual Dark Web for a group of thinkers who have gained an enormous followingJordan Peterson, Ben Shapiro, Jonathan Haidt, et al.by challenging the cultural hegemony of the left on college campuses and in corporate America. Though generally associ ated with the right, most of these figures have actually been expelled from the left for their refusal to comply with the regnant political correct ness. Eric Weinstein, like his brother, leans decidedly left. He voted for Bernie Sand ers in the 2016 Democratic primaries. There is tremendous pres sure, Eric notes, on campus and other left-controlled cultural venues to salute the flag of political correctness. And most people play along on the grounds that it is simply not worth the price of noncompliance. But there are always a few brave souls who wont play along because they cant. Those brave souls, the brothers agree, cannot salute because they possess a fully developed world view within which whatever they are be ing coerced to do does not fit, and they will not sacrifice that which they have striven so hard to attain. Those who refuse to ca pitulate to the authoritarians trying to impose uniformity of thought turn out to be interesting for a whole slew of reasons quite removed from the issue that first brought them to public attention. The least interesting thing about Jordan Peterson is that he refuses to use newly created pronouns to comply with the new gender orthodoxy, is how Eric Weinstein puts it. (Actu ally, Peterson will use those pronouns if someone asks to be addressed in a certain way. He will simply not allow the Canadian government or the University of Toronto, where he teaches, to tell him what pronouns he may or may not use.) Those who have developed their own models of how the world works tend to be doing the most interesting research because they share the Wein steins perception that many academic disciplines and societal institutions have reached dead ends and are in great need of reform. Read out of the left, the lead ers of the Intellectual Dark Web have found a welcoming place for expression on the right. The center-right, says Eric, is the blankest space on the canvas to discuss and debate new ideas. Conserva tives are far less bothered by disagreement with one another. They would rather debate ideas than suppress them. In that blank space, many diverse thinkers coming from different disciplines have discovered one another. Meanwhile the left be haves more and more like a cult. Members are enjoined from contact with anyone whose views might prove disconfirming. The left has revived the playground game of cooties, according to Bret. Exposure to the wrong ideas is infectious and therefore those ideas must be sup pressed. He labels that view preposterous. The orthodoxy of a cult is the last thing needed in the present moment, the brothers argue. The least important people are those who are Face the facts: Dont suppress them certain, rather than explor ing. They decry the effort to simplify the world into binary categoriesfor or against. As an example, Eric cites the PBS News Hours inability to use anything from a 90-minute interview with him on immi gration because he could not be pegged into a box labeled pro-immigration or antiimmigration. Another aspect of the lefts anti-empiricism is its utopianism. The left seeks to wish itself into a better to morrow, charges Eric. Both brothers label themselves as anti-utopians for the simple reason that all utopias end up as dystopias when the original hopes turn sour. Nowhere is that desire to create a better future by wish ing it into being more evident than in the lefts thinking about gender, which Eric sug gests is completely detached Facts on page 15A Golan on page 15A
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HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, JULY 6, 2018 PAGE 7A Eliana Rudee Participants taking part in Remote X in a Jerusalem cemetery. Remote X is based on a skeleton of a narrative in which the performers are remoted from the normal ways they interact with the city, and instead experience it as a meta-reflection while walking the streets. By Eliana Rudee (JNS)As part of the an nual Israel Festival in Jeru salem, I boarded the light rail with my fellow performers, each donning a white headset. Our choreographer was a preprogrammed Siri-like female voice named Rachel telling us exactly how to perform the show. But I am no actor, and neither were my fellow performers; in fact, we were the ones who needed tickets to the show! So there we were, in the middle of a performance on the Jerusalem light rail. Try to look someone in the eye. Try! They will always look away. Thats their software, instructed the synthetic voice in our headsets. Only children will look you in the eye. They havent been fully programmed. They dont have a firewall yet. As the horde (the name with which Rachel so affec tionately referred to us per formers) got off the light rail, we were given frighteningly accurate directionsthe voice telling us where to turn, how to interact with others and move our bodies, and even what to think about. Throughout the 105 min utes of directed navigation, this voice, programmed by the avant-garde theater col lective Rimini Protokoll, led 50 of us along the streets of Jerusalem on an audiovi sual journey that started in a cemetery and ended atop a Jerusalem rooftop some 2 kilometers (a little more than a mile) away from the starting point. Rimini Protokoll has been working as a collective for 18 years, exploring original theatrical means and tools, and expanding them to devise new perspectives on contem porary reality, writes an Israel Festival spokesperson. Accompanied by cinematic soundtrack, the streets of Je rusalem become a theatre set, and we, the performers in it. Remote X, the name for the show that has been car ried out in many cities all over the world, is based on a skeleton of a narrative in which the performers are remoted from the normal ways they interact with the city and instead experience In Jerusalem, happy horde indulges in meta-reflection of reality it as a meta-reflection while walking the streets. Before the performance in a particular city, scouts ar rive to perfect the routes and adjust the text and narration. The piece is a reflection of the individual and the digital voice, using the city as the scenery and landscape to go through this process, the Israel Festivals artistic director, Itzik Giuli, tells JNS. It is interesting to juxta pose deep reflection about city life and the way we perceive ourselves as a group and as individuals, all projected to us from a very interesting angle outside of the theater, he says. The performance creates a space to be reflective, ask ing questions such as, What is going on here? Why are people doing that? What is this mechanism? How do I belong in this mechanism? Are we really individuals? and What does it tell us about ourselves? The performers meet each other and the city, learning about the social and political environment. Art, he says, is a space to reflect about reality, to explore. It is a way to take another look at somethingseparate from the way institutions want us to think about re alityand see something behind the veil, he contin ued. Some participants will come out with the realization that they are part of a big machine of biology, urban spaces, belonging to those environments, and will open up and acknowledge that. But everyone will take something different out of it. The first seven of the perfor mances of Remote Jerusalem were sold out almost immedi ately. Giuli maintains that the Jerusalem show is particularly compelling due to the citys rich history and religion. Each city has different connotations and people are different the way they behave and dress. Jerusalem is unique in its environment, he says. I hope it brings Jerusalem to Jerusalem, adds Giuli. I hope it makes the citizens and visi tors to Jerusalem think about their environment and reflect about cities and their lives.
PAGE 8A HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, JULY 6, 2018 Long Island, NY, and it was there he launched his sing ing career at the age of only 4. He performed songs from Fiddler on the Roof in a garage for his neighbors at the instigation of his sister, Penny, who also loved to sing and who performed with him that day. She wanted to be a star, he said, and she dragged me along with her with every thing she was doing. The pair continued to entertain neighbors and friends as they grew up. While still young children, the two started going up on the bima on Friday nights to lead their small Conserva tive congregation in singing Adon Olam. The Goldstein family was very involved in their synagogue and attended regularly, and gradually the Goldstein siblings led more and more of the prayers. We pretty much ended up leading the whole Friday service, Goldstein said. When Walter was 18 he followed his father, a threetime congregation president, on the path of leadership at Lindenhurst Hebrew Con gregation, joining the board and later becoming treasurer as well as chairing several committees and ushering on high holidays. He also began working in the family business, providing formal wear for weddings and travel services for honeymoons. Then he became involved in a community theater company throughout most of his 20s. I learned to do everything, he said, so if I wasnt onstage, I was back stage helping. I knew how to run the soundboard and the light boards, and I knew how to build the sets. One day he got a call from another theater group to fill in as Sky Masterson, a lead character in Guys and Dolls. It was there he met his future wife, Helene, who was playing Adelaide. That Guys and Dolls production was also where he picked up the nickname Sky. The plays director ended up taking the produc tion to Off Broadway. Needing a professional stage name, Walter Goldstein became Sky Walters. Its a name hes still known by to this day as he performs around town both as a singer and a karaoke MC. Goldstein and his wife continued performing in musicals Off Broadway and elsewhere after that pro duction ended. Then, when Goldstein was 30, their son, Brad, was born. At first, the couple tried switching off with productions to accommodate their family lives as well as their love of performing, but eventually they ended up in productions that ran at the same time. We sat down and talked, Goldstein said. And we de cided we really wanted him to be in the spotlight. We didnt need it to be on us as much as we wanted it to be on him. After that, they begged off performing in musicals unless it was to fill in at the last minute for a night or two. Goldstein made a living as a janitor in the New York City school system and also in retail, with a side business as a DJ and karaoke MC. Then his father, living in Delray Beach, started having health prob lems. Goldstein realized that he needed to move to Florida so that he could reach his father more quickly and easily when needed. Thats when the Goldstein family moved from New York to Orlando, where his sister, Penny, now lived. He continued in retail and reestablished himself in the DJ and karaoke business. Then he met a Sammy Davis Jr. impersonator and the two began performing together in Orlando-area senior liv ing facilities, with Goldstein maintaining his usual per forming style as Sky Walters. When Helene began un dergoing treatment for breast cancer, Goldstein needed to focus on his family, and the performing duo split up. He lene has been in full remission for 10 years. When Goldstein returned to performing, he became a solo act. Then his sister once again pulled him into something. Now known as Penny Gold stein DAgostino, Goldsteins sister has been The Jewish Pa vilions CFO for several years, and she is also well known as an entertainer at local seniors facilities. She needed help in the Pavilions offices and re cruited Goldstein, who began working there part time to do what was needed. When one of the Pavil ions four program directors decided to retire about two years ago, Goldstein, who already had so much experi ence engaging with seniors in local facilities and had formed relationships with so many of them, was a natural fit for the role. He continues to perform on the side as Sky Walters, even in some of the same facilities where he comes in to do Jewish Pavilion programs. This might seem as it if could be confusing, but the seniors who enjoy his programs so much dont seem to mind. Joked Goldstein, I go at, lets say, one oclock to two oclock as Walter, and then at twothirty to three-thirty as Sky! Singing is a natural fit for the Jewish programming he does, and he is always find ing connections to Jewish themes in the popular music he sings. He is also mindful of his audiences, taking into account the needs of the nonJewish residents who attend his programs and sometimes, he said, outnumber the Jew ish residents ten to one. He helps those non-Jewish guests to understand a little bit more about Jewish holidays and culture and how they fit into the larger culture. Goldsteins other role at The Jewish Pavilion is as inter generational programming coordinator. He works with directors of synagogue and other Jewish youth programs around town to arrange for the teens to visit nearby seniors facilities. Sometimes the teens come in and play games with the residents or do other light socializing. Other programs provide more of a learning experience for both the teens and the seniors, Goldstein said. For example, he said, they sit and discuss current events and how they connect with the past. One such recent con versation connected the liberation of Jewish slaves in Egypt with freeing the American slaves, the wom ens liberation movement, and the recent student-led protests following the mass shooting at Marjory Stone man Douglas High School. Different sides are seen and different sides are heard, and its all done with respect, Goldstein said. Goldstein also arranges matches between bnei-mitz vah-aged teens and seniors for one-on-one visits in which the teen spends 30 to 40 hours over several months getting to know their new friend and learning about what life was like when the senior was a teenager himself or herself. Like his roles as a musical theater performer, karaoke host and professional singer, Goldstein finds his roles at The Jewish Pavilion to be very fulfilling. Its not the accolades, he said, adding that being complimented on his singing tends to make him feel a bit uneasy. But I love looking out as people are listening and seeing smiles. He finds it even more rewarding than his years of performing on stage, some times for crowds of thousands. Now Im only in front of ten, twenty, thirty people at a time. I can sit and talk with them. I can see the smiles. I can see what makes them happy, he said. I enjoy that. Walter Sky Goldstein performing songs recently at his Jewish Pavilion program at Sonata West. Walter Goldstein lights up lives with a song and a smile By Lisa Levine When Walter Goldstein comes to seniors facilities to do programs, the residents know theyre in for a treat. Goldstein, a program direc tor for The Jewish Pavilions south Orlando region, has a warm and welcoming way of connecting with them indi vidually as they settle in for his programs. And he knows his audiences, leading engaging programs that both pull in Jewish culture and tradition and also remain relevant for the many non-Jews who also attend. And then theres that voice. Clear, strong, and mellow, with a three-and-a-halfoctave rangefour octaves on a good dayGoldsteins smooth singing voice calls to mind the beloved mid-century recording artists who brought the Great American Songbook and Broadway and popular tunes to radios, stages and movie screens all over the country. With a karaoke machine and speakers in tow, Gold stein delights residents who attend his programs with his captivating renditions of the songs they know and love. Sometimes they just listen, concert style, and enjoy. Sometimes they sing along. But they are always engaged and entertained. I love it when he comes to sing to us! I could just listen to him all day, every day. This reaction from one of the resi dents of Sonata West pretty much summed up the senti ments of the 15 or so people who had come to a monthly Shabbat program at the new independent and assisted living facility in southwest Orlando one recent Friday. Goldstein was born and grew up in Lindenhurst, on Maitland 9001 N. Orlando Avenue Maitland, FL 32751 Jewish Graveside Package: Service of Funeral Director and Staff Sacred Burial Shroud Filing all Necessary Paperwork $200.00 to Chevra Kaddish Society donation for washing Traditional Jewish Flat Top Pine Casket Staff Supervison of Service at Graveside Transportation to Cemetery $4595.00 407-695-CARE (2273) www. DeGusipeFuneralHome.com Sanford 905 Laurel Avenue Sanford, FL 32771 West Orange 1400 Matthew Paris Blvd Ocoee, FL 34761 Call us to receive your free Final Wishes Organizer! rfntbf when the ONE-IN-CHARGEbecomes theNEXT-IN-LINE
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It was a real treat then to get an ice cream cone or even a new pair of shoes, but who would dream of refusing to wear them because they werent name brand. When anyone received something in those days, they were proud and knew the value of the item because they usually worked hard and earned it. Sadly, today too many feel they are owed not the simple things, but the name brands. Somewhere we have failed as a nation to teach our children the values that were instilled in us and we need to help them understand that feeling of pride and accomplishment that comes with hard work and responsibility. We should be thankful for the blessings we receive and consider what we can do for others who are less fortunate than we are. There is where the real satisfaction (in life) is and if we busy ourselves with those things, we will soon spread the idea to others and there lays true happiness. Remembering Jewish history... On June 25, 2006, Hamas terrorists kidnapped IDF soldier GILAD SHALIT near the Gaza-Israel border. Held hostage for nearly five years in Gaza, Israel negotiated through Egypt Playhouse Musical Director CHRISTOPHER LEAVY will ac company on the piano. Tay will perform the songs written by The Greats, (Kander & Ebb, Rodgers & Hammerstein, Cole Porter, to name a few.) I consider their music the good stuff! The show starts at 7:30 p.m. The theater is located at 711 Orange Avenue, Winter Park. For further information, phone the box office at 407-645-0145 or go online to www.winter parkplayhouse.org. All that jazz... Our own ALAN ROCK keeps us informed about the great music in this town. (Thank Goodness!) And he told us about a new venue called the Blue Bamboo Center for the Arts, 1905 Kentucky Avenue in Winter Park. On July 7th, Vivacity: Vi vacity is a highlypolished and unique ensemble featur ing brilliant musicians and incredible arrangements of music from the 1920s to the timeless classics of today, in cluding The Great American Songbook, Glenn Miller and more. Featuring Heather Thorn on xylophone, along with vocalist Krissy Vavrek, Claude Kashnigtuba, Jeff Phillipspiano and friends! And on July 10th, Tues day Night Sessions: Chris Cor tez Trio: Joining Chris are, the always joyful Chuck Archard who is an accomplished bass ist, composer and educator and Drummer extraordinaire and Marc Clermont, is also a vocalist, solo performer, guitarist, percussionist and CEO of Airtight Music. For further details, go online to www.bluebambooartcenter. com. JCC Summer Sundays... The Roth Family JCC in Maitland will hold a Summer Sunday from 11 am until 1:30 pm on July 8th. A pool party is planned! (I want to attend, Robby. Im NOT too old!) To RSVP for this great time, contact MARNI CHEPENIK at 407-621-4056. JCC 39ers Terrific Thursdays... On July 112th, beginning at 1:30 p.m. there will be a game of Yiddish Bingo in the senior lounge. Come play this version of the popular game. There is no charge and there are prizes! (Oy Gevalt! Yiddish Bingo?) One for the road... Esther meets Rebecca at the mall. They havent seen each other for years and immediately start talking about their favorite subjecttheir children. So hows your lovely little boy Lawrence? asks Esther. Is he still giving you much naches? Hes not so little anymorehes nearly 20 years old, re plies Rebecca, and to tell you the truth, we were upset with him last year. Why, what did he do? asks Esther. He hadnt been at Oxford University more than a fortnight when he rang to tell us hed come out, hes gay, replies Rebecca. Oy gevalt! says Esther, I bet you were both farmisht. Well, we were at first, says Rebecca, but then we found out hes going out with a nice Jewish doctor. Gilad Shalit Alan Rock with Hamas for Shalits release. He was returned to Israel on Oct. 18, 2011, in exchange for 1,027 Palestinian prisoners, including some convicted of multiple murders and carrying out attacks against Israeli civilians Shout-Out... I met the nicest guy recently at the 7-11 Gas Station on Aloma Avenue (corner of Forsythe Road). His name is JOSE CRUZ. He is an employee there and went out of his way to help me fill up my car. I would have been confused without his help as I am no longer a kid. (Oh quiet!) And speaking of no longer being young... I really cant perform the songs of today, especially not the Rap Crap. But if you feel as I do, here is something you should know: Powerhouse musical theatre performer, TAY ANDERSON, will take the cabaret stage at The Winter Park Playhouse to premiere her latest solo cabaret,I Was Here, in the theatres Spotlight Cabaret Series on July 18th and 19th. Celebrate Shabbat with the Synagogue that feels like family. Our Shabbat evening service led by Rabbi Karen Allen is on Friday, July 13 at 7 p.m. an Oneg Shabbat will follow the service. The Rabbis Torah Round table Discussion Group with Rabbi Karen Allen of Con gregation Beth Sholom will be held on Thursday, July 19 at 1 p.m. at the Sumter County Administration and Library Building (with the golden dome) at 7375 Powell Rd. (near Pinellas Plaza and 466A), Wildwood. The Rabbis Roundtable series explores the current Torah Portion and and how it affects our daily lives. The roundtable provides a unique opportu nity to talk with the rabbi as she leads an informal and interactive Torah study dis cussion. Saturday, July 28 Shabbat Morning Service led by Rabbi Karen Allen, at 10 a.m. There will be a Kiddush following the service. The synagogue is located at 315 North 13th St. in Leesburg, with the entrance on Center Street. More information is available on the synagogue website: http://bethsholom florida.org/ or by calling the synagogue at 352-326-3692. HOLLYWOOD, FLThis month, The Israeli-American Council announced plans to host their 5th Annual IAC National Conferencewhich draws thousands of partici pants from all over the coun tryin South Florida. The conference will be held from November 29 to December 2, 2018, and will bring the IACs community signature event to the heart of one of the largest Jewish and Israeli-American communities in the United States. We are thrilled to an nounce that South Florida will host our 2018 national conference, which has grown exponentially in the last sever al years, said IAC Co-Founder and CEO Shoham Nicolet. Together, we will explore the most important elements of community building, engag ing the next generation, and creating a living bridge to the Jewish-American community in a host city that reflects the energy, dynamism, and creativity we see in the greater IAC community around the country. The 4th annual IAC Na tional Conference in Washing ton, D.C., drew a record 2,700 participants to the four-day conference and hundreds of thought leaders, influencers, entrepreneurs, policymakers, and activists from the U.S., Israel, and around the world. Pre-sale tickets are now available for discounted gen eral admission. Press must register in advance to attend the 2018 National Conference in South Florida. For additional information, please visit: http://www.israe liamerican.org/conference. Israeli-American Council Conference Congregation Beth Sholom July schedule
PAGE 10A HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, JULY 6, 2018 Chabad of Copenhagen Rabbi Yitzi Loewenthal, kneeling left, and Chabad Copenhagen visitors, March 25, 2015. so pressed already, with armed police at our school and armed troops at shul, this [debate on circumcision] is sucking the marrow out of wanting to be Jewish, said Mette Bentow, the mother of Hannah and two sons. Mette Bentow said her boys are the first in three generations of her Jewish family who were circumcised. The language of the draft motion on circumcision that is pending a vote in parlia ment cites only child welfare concerns. The introduction of an 18-year minimum age for circumcision puts childrens interests and rights at the forefront, the text states. It calls for a jail term of up to six years for anyone who performs a circumcision, and holds parents and guardians responsible whether the act happened in Denmark or not. More than 50,000 people signed a petition on the Danish parliaments web site endorsing the text, which equates nonmedical circum cision of boys with female genital mutilation. In Denmark and other Eu ropean countries, campaigns to ban nonmedical circumci sion of boys, a religious ini tiation rite that Muslims call khitan and Jews call milah, have been brewing for years. But Danish promoters of the ban made a breakthrough following an amendment this year saying that petitions that receive 50,000 signa tures within six months of their posting on the parlia ments website are expected to be brought to a vote as a nonbinding draft motion in parliament. The circumci sion proposal cleared the signature hurdle within four months. To many Danish Jews, the arguments about child wel fare hide the real motivation behind the ban: xenophobia. In addition to childrens welfare activists, many others use the situation to show that they are against Jews, Muslims and they can express anti-Semitism and xenophobia without admit Denmark is considering a ban on circumcision By Cnaan Liphshiz COPENHAGEN, Denmark (JTA)In 2015, a jihadist killed a Jewish guard out side this capital citys main synagogue, where Hannah Bentow was having her bat mitzvah party. Her sense of security as a Jew in Denmark was shat tered, she told JTA last week. Bentow and dozens of teen agers stayed inside for long uncertain minutes as police pursued and later killed the man who gunned down the volunteer guard, Dan Uzan. But Bentow said her deci sion to leave for Israel as soon as she turns 18 was sealed and reaffirmed by the precedentsetting steps undertaken this year in this Scandinavian country toward banning nonmedical circumcision of boys. The Danish parliament is set to become the first in the European Union to vote on a nonbinding motion calling to prohibit the practice. The ruling parties said they would oppose a ban or a call for one, but the debate about it makes me feel like I dont belong, and like Denmark doesnt want me to belong, either, Bentow said. Her words echo a senti ment shared by many Danish Jews, who are questioning their future in a nation where they increasingly feel caught between Islamist extremism and the xenophobia it triggers in their secularist society. When Denmarks Jewish minority of 9,000 people is ting to it, Finn Rudaizky, a former leader of the Jewish community of Denmark, told JTA. Anecdotal evidence seems to support his view. Over the past decade, Denmark has developed some of Europes strictest immi gration policies, which The Washington Post last year called a Muslim ban [that] was just called something else. And in the 2015 elec tions, the Danish Peoples Party, which The New York Times has labeled far right, emerged as the second larg est in parliament. It now supports the policies of the center-right party in power, including the ban passed this month on wearing facecovering garments like the ones favored by some Muslim women. Denmark has already out lawed the slaughter of ani mals without stunning them first, as required by Jewish and Muslim religious laws; that was in 2014. The following year, a Mus lim cemetery was desecrated in Copenhagen. In a separate incident in 2015, a Danish man tried to burn down a mosque in the Danish capital while dozens of worshippers were inside. Against this backdrop, the debate about circumcision in Denmark is definitely part of a bigger picture where xenophobia plays a role, said Hagai Ben-Avraham, an Israel-born academic who is married to a Christian Dan ish woman and has lived in Copenhagen for the past six years. Whatever the forces driv ing the case against cir cumcision, the pending vote in parliament is causing Ruchama Elisabeth Munch, a 24-year-old Israel-born mother living with her Chris tian husband in the city of Aarhus, to question her future in Denmark. At the circumcision last year of their first born, Yoav, Munch said she and her hus band invited only close family partly because they didnt feel comfortable inviting non-Jews to a ceremony that is often characterized in the media as child abuse. But when we have more children, of course it will af fect our decision whether to live here, if we get branded as criminals over milah, she said. Munch also said that she has been welcomed into Danish society and has expe rienced no negative attitudes over her being an immigrant or an observant Jew. This is a tolerant country despite everything, she said, which is why I really dont understand why so many people here want to ban milah. In a survey conducted in 2016 among 1,027 adult Danes, 87 percent of respon dents said they support a ban on nonmedical circumcision of boys. Amid the discomfort that this sentiment is causing Danish Jews, they are adjust ing to the new reality that followed the 2015 synagogue attack. At the Chabad synagogue, machine gun-toting troops wearing bulletproof vests over camouflage fatigues gently tap their feet to the melody produced by some 30 Jews singing inside the building during a recent Friday night service. They smile and joke with Rochel Loewenthal, the wife of Yitzi, the local Chabad rabbi, who offers them a plate of kosher chicken and hummus dip. Security was at its peak last week during the annual Jew ish Culture Festival, where eight police and soldiers were on hand at an event Saturday night for young Jews attended by about 15 teenagers outside the citys main synagogue. It has two doors, and anyone seeking to enter is questioned in the middle section when they are unable to enter or leave. But Hannah Bentow, whose bat mitzvah was the target of the 2015 attack, doesnt feel these measures are excessive. Weeks after the attack, someone smashed the window of Denmarks only kosher shop and sprayed it with swastikas. Then it was attacked again in 2016. And last year a 17-year-old Muslim girl was convicted of plotting to blow up the Jewish school from which Bentow recently graduated. For Bentow and her young er brother, 8-year-old Elias, the 2015 attack introduced fear into their lives, Mette Bentow said Elias has asked that his father, Klaus, a se curity consultant who has worked for El Al, no longer wear his kippah in public. Enjoying the last rays of sunlight in the backyard of her familys river-view apartment building near the Chabad synagogue, Mette Bentow said that she and her husband often tell Elias not to be afraid of Muslims he sees on the street, so far with partial success. Mette Bentow said she is deeply thankful for how Danish society embraced its Jews following the 2015 attack. I love Denmark, I love our royal house, I get goose bumps on national holidays, she said as she sat with her family around a table laden with fresh cherries, sour dough Danish pastries and a pitcher of elderberry juice. But lately, she added, the more I live here, the more I get the feeling this is the wrong place to raise a Jewish family. Construction, Remodels, Additions, Handyman does most anything Available in Central Florida Area References AvailableRicardo Torres Handyman407-221-5482
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Congregation Ahavas Yisrael/Chabad (O) 708 Lake Howell Rd., Maitland, 407-6442500; www.chabadorlando.org ; services: Sunday, 9 a.m.; Monday-Friday, 7:30 a.m.; Shabbat services: Friday, 6:30 p.m.; Saturday, 9:30 a.m.; Family service, 4th Friday of the month. Congregation Bet Chaim (R) 181 E. 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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. Nova Rd., Ormond Beach, 386-677-2484. Temple Beth Shalom (R), P.O. Box 031233, Winter Haven, 813-324-2882. Temple Beth Shalom (C) 40 Wellington Drive, Palm Coast, 386-445-3006; Shabbat service, Friday, 8 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m. Temple Beth Sholom (C) 5995 N. Wickham Rd. Melbourne, 321-254-6333; www. mytbs.org ; Shabbat services: Friday, 7 p.m.; Saturday: 9:30 a.m. Minyan, Tuesday, 7:30 p.m.; Thursday, 10:00 a.m. Temple Beth Shalom (R) 1109 N.E. 8th Ave., Ocala, 352-629-3587; Shabbat services: Friday, 8 p.m.; Torah study: Saturday, 10:00 a.m. Temple Bnai Darom (R), 49 Banyan Course, Ocala, 352-624-0380; Friday Services 8 p.m. Temple Israel (C) 50 S. Moss Rd., Winter Springs, 407-647-3055; www.tiflorida.org ; Shabbat services: Friday, 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, 9:30 a.m.; Sunday 9:00 a.m. Temple Israel (R), 7350 Lake Andrew Drive, Melbourne, 321-631-9494. Temple Israel (C) 579 N. Nova Road, Ormond Beach, 386-252-3097; Shabbat service, Friday, 7 p.m.; Saturday: 10:30 a.m. Temple Israel of DeLand (R) 1001 E. New York Ave., DeLand, 386-736-1646; www. templeisraelofdeland.org; Friday Shabbat service, 7 p.m.; Saturday, 10:00 a.m. followed by Torah study. Temple Shalom (formerly New Jewish Congregation) (R) 13563 Country Road 101, Oxford, 352-748-1800; www.templeshalomcentralfl.org ; Shabbat services: Friday, 7 p.m.; last Saturday of the month, 9:30 a.m. Temple Shalom of Deltona (R/C) 1785 Elkcam Blvd., Deltona, 386-789-2202; www. shalomdeltona.org; Shabbat service; Saturday: 10 a.m. Temple Shir Shalom (R) Services held at Temple Israel, 50 S. Moss Rd., Winter Springs, 407-366-3556, www.templeshirshalom.org ; Shabbat services: three Fridays each month, 7:30 p.m. Traditional Congregation of Mount Dora (T) Mount Dora, 352-735-4774; www. tcomd.org; Shabbat services: Saturday, 9:30 a.m. sharp. (R) Reform (C) Conservative (O) Orthodox (Rec) Reconstructionist (T) Mehitsa IRA SILVER Ira Silver, CPA CGMA, a managing principal of the Orlando office at Morrison, Brown, Argiz & Farra, LLC (MBAF), passed away Thurs day, April 26, 2018, at the age of 58. Ira was born in Brooklyn, New York. He moved to Florida when he was 8 years old. He graduated from Florida State University in 1981. He married his wife, Sharon, in 1982. They were married for 36 years. One of Iras specialties was the automotive industry. He was highly respected by his clients and colleagues for his commitment to helping his clients, as well as his industry expertise. Ira was passionate about his work, and always went the extra mile for his clients priding himself on being accessible at all times and blurring the line between clients/colleagues and friends. He was a member of the AICPA, FICPA, Auto Dealer CPA Group and CADCA. He was an avid golfer, and FSU alumni. The MBAF Family, which includes his son, David Silver, Tax directoralong with fellow MBAF Principals Tony Argiz, Ed Blum, Emilio Escandon, Steven Morrison and Mark Fenaughtywill now oversee the legacy that Ira built. Ira will be remembered for his sense of humor, kindness, generosity, and love for his family and friends. He leaves behind his be loved wife Sharon, his two children, David (Sara Cohen) and Traci (Matthew Darcy); mother-in-law Barbara Mos kowitz; uncle, Marvin Feller; and aunt, Susan Wilker. Ira was an organ donor (his father, Arthur Silver, was a heart transplant recipient). Donations can be made in his memory to Give Kids the World (his mother, Janice Silver, was the first executive director) and New Hope for Kids (Ira and Sharon volun teered). immigration, according to City Councilor Josh Zakim. It tells a story through its walls, artifacts and location, said Zakim, the son of the late Lenny Zakim, the prominent Jewish civil rights advocate who led the New England Anti-Defamation League for 15 years until his death at age 46. Dating back to 1919 the Vilna Shul, is nestled in to the north slope of the citys historic and affluent Beacon Hill in what was once an immigrant enclave of tene ments and, in earlier times, a historic African-American neighborhood. The Vilna, the last of the areas 40 synagogues from the early 20th century, was the home for Congregation Anshei Vilner, founded by Jews from Vilnius, in presentday Lithuania. The building eventually was abandoned and structurally condemned in the mid-1980s. In 1995, a nonprofit formed to reclaim the Vilna Shul was allowed to purchase the build ing and land at fair market value. It has since been reju venated as a thriving Jewish cultural center with some 10,000 visitors annually, in cluding participants in Jewish programs, tourists and school groups, Kessel told JTA. With the Community Pres ervation award, the Vilna has raised more than $3.5 million toward its $4 million renova tion project set to begin this fall. The city grant was one of 35 in the Bostons first pilot round of CPA projects totaling some $8 million. It is the larg est in the historic preservation category. Several local church es will also receive funding, as will affordable housing and recreation projects. The grants are being funded by a 1 percent property tax surcharge approved by Boston voters that took effect last July, along with state funding. Century-old Boston synagogue receives $500,000 The Vilna Shul, Bostons Center for Jewish Culture. 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 By Penny Schwartz BOSTON (JTA)A centu ry-old synagogue in Boston that now serves as a Jewish cultural center will receive $500,000 from the city for historic preservation. On the recommendation of Mayor Martin Walsh, the City Council last week unanimous ly approved the grant for the Vilna Shul, Bostons Center for Jewish Culture, under the Community Preservation Act. The funding for the multistory building, once aban doned but now a landmark and tourist destination, will be used to help make it fully accessible for those with dis abilities and the elderly, and for upgrades to its HVAC systems. The improvements in regu lating air quality will pave the way for the synagogues long-held desire to restore noteworthy murals that were painted over, accord ing to the centers director, Barnet Kessel. It is the only Jewish institution in the U.S. with three layers of unique Jewish-themed folk art murals painted on top of one another, according to a history of the building on the Jewish centers website. Con servationists have uncovered small sections of the wall and ceiling murals in the second floor sanctuary. The restoration is impor tant to the history of Bostons
PAGE 12A HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, JULY 6, 2018 Roger Rapoport Kostas Papadopoulos was one of the few survivors of the 1944 British attack on the ship Tanais carrying Cretes Jews. Jewish lineage and the tragic military decision that virtu ally eliminated one of Europes oldest Jewish communities. His story dates back to May 29, 1944, when he was just 2 years old. On that day, German secret police singled out and rounded up 263 people across Greeces largest island. All were arrested and carted off to Agia Prison for the crime of being Jewish. Eleven days later they were forced at gunpoint into the hold of a Greek merchant vessel, the Tanais, set to sail for Piraeus. A higher proportion of the Jewish community of Crete was deported by the Nazis to ward a death camp than of any country in Europe, said Rabbi Nicholas de Lange, a professor emeritus of Hebrew and Jew ish studies at the University of Cambridge who conducts High Holiday services here. None of the prisoners would make it to Piraeus and a train bound for Auschwitz. When the ship left Heraklion as part of an announced civilian convoy, a British submarine captain, certain that the Tanais was piloted by a Ger man military crew, targeted it near Santorini. Unaware of the human cargo below deck, which also included Christian Greek and Italian prisoners of wars, he ordered the crew to blow up the ship. A direct hit with two torpe does killed nearly everyone on board. The sole survivors were half a dozen Cretan Jews who escaped the Germans in May 1944 by hiding with Christian families. Papadopoulos is the last of the survivors still living, Jewish historians working at Etz Hayyim believe. I recently met him in Her aklion, Cretes largest city, af ter a short drive from the ship that brought me to Crete from Piraeus. My overnight journey crossed the same waters where the Tanais and its hundreds of victims remain entombed. Papadopoulos, a dealer and appraiser of fine Christian art, spoke at Daedalou Gal lery, his elegant shop in the heart of an upscale shopping neighborhood where tourists love to haggle. His survival traces back to his Jewish mother Xan thippes decision to marry a Christian during the German occupation. After Papado poulos was born in 1942, his Christian father moved to Athens, leaving his young son with his mother and grandmother. In 1944, when it became clear that the Nazi roundup was imminent, the three of them moved into hid ing with a Greek farm family outside Heraklion. My mother knew the Nazis were coming, Papadopoulos said. Fortunately my family name was Greek, which helped us escape the Germans. It also made it easier to find a fam ily willing to take the risk of hiding us. The last link to a doomed Jewish community in Crete watches its rebirth with gratitude A view of the southern coast of Crete in June, 1943. Some of the Greeks who heroically hid Jews were ex ecuted as collaborators, but fortunately that was not the fate of the family that pro tected us. They even returned special paintings we had given them to hide. For Papadopoulos, who grew up in Greece and learned his trade as an auction house apprentice in Europe and New York, returning to Crete in the 1970s was not a quick or easy decision. People who do what I do, selling religious art, live in places like New York or Switzerland, he said. But I wanted to be close to my friends, the people I grew up with. One of the challenges that comes with operating a first class gallery in a place like Hania is the flood of bargain hunters arriving by plane and ship, many of them Germans. Customers are used to looking at knockoffs. When they see real art, some believe the prices are too high, he said. After cultivating his reputa tion as an art and antiquities appraiser, Papadopoulos has little patience for customers who try to talk him down on valuable icons and jewelry Several years ago, when a towering Chinese tourist made a ridiculous offer of 10 euros for a valuable icon worth far more, Papadopoulos stood his ground. The angry cus tomer knocked him down. The art dealer is still recovering from the attack, saying it has limited his mobility and made it impossible for him to return to Hania, two hours away, for this weeks memorial. While Heraklions defunct synagogue was destroyed by the Germans at the begin ning of the Battle of Crete in May 1941, Papadopoulos has eagerly connected with Etz Hayyim in Hania. The historic sanctuary was looted by the Nazis and fell into disrepair following the Holocaust. Years after graves were robbed and the synagogue site became a local dump, an international effort led to its rebuilding under the leadership of the late Nikos Stavroulakis, former head of Athens Jewish Museum of Greece. The reconstruction, com pleted in 1999, was largely the work of a Muslim and Chris tian crew from Albania. Re dedication led to the creation of a havurah, an interfaith community including Jews, Christians and Muslims en thusiastic about Stavroulakis work and inclusive approach. He defined Etz Hayyim as a place of prayer, recollection and reconciliation, making it open to everyone, in the tradition of Hellenistic syna gogues. This fraternity shares com mon values of Abraham de spite their different religious affiliations. Even a pair of 2010 arson attacks that destroyed many important records failed to slow down the rebirth of this interfaith community supported by donations from around the world. Anja Zuckmantel, the syna gogue administrator at the heart of this weeks event memorializing the 263 Tanais victims, moved here from Germany 10 years ago. Our congregation grows in part because so many Jewish tourists want to come and see what we have done, she said. At our summer Kab balat Shabbat services, we have services with up to 60 participants. The number of Jews settling in Crete is slowly but steadily growing as Crete is a beautiful place to live. Kostas Papadopoulos may not make it to Hania for the annual Tanais memorial ser vice, but hell be there in spirit. Items on just one table at his Daedalou Gallery are not for sale. It is covered with Judaica, including a menorah, Torah pointers, a samovar and other heirlooms. To be happy, he said, I always have to see them. Roger Rapoport is the producer of the feature films Waterwalk and Pilot Error and the forthcoming Com ing Up For Air. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org. By Roger Rapoport HANIA, Crete (JTA)On Sunday, 263 candles will be lit at a special interfaith me morial service at this lovely citys historic Etz Hayyim synagogue. The names of local Jews who perished during the Holocaust will be read before a delegation that is expected to include Chief Rabbi Gabriel Negrin of Athens, Greek Or thodox and Catholic clergy, and ambassadors from Italy, Germany and Israel. One person who wanted to be here will be missing. His name is Kostas Papadopoulos, who may be the last surviving link to a proud 2,300-year HEALTHY EYES WEAR SUNGLASSESEvery 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. 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HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, JULY 6, 2018 PAGE 13A Weekly roundup of world briefs from JTA Jewish editor among five killed in Annapolis newspaper shooting (JTA)One of the five victims killed in a shooting at a newspaper in Annapolis, Maryland, was Jewish. Gerald Fischman, 61, the editorial page editor at the Capital Gazette, was killed Thursday along with four otherssales assistant Re becca Smith, 34; editor Rob Hiassen, 59; reporter and editor John McNamara, 56; and reporter Wendi Winters, 65by a lone gunman. Jarrod Ramos, 38, of Lau rel, Maryland, was arrested and charged with five counts of murder, the Baltimore Sun reported. The report did not say how he pleaded. Police said Ramos had been the subject of critical coverage in the paper. Fischman, who worked for the Capital Gazette since 1992, was known for his an nual editorial on Christmas, despite the fact that he was Jewish, the Sun reported. Colleagues described him as a quiet, committed profes sional who was humorous, extremely knowledgeable and polite. He always wore a V-neck cardigan, regardless of temperature, and often would work a midnight to 5 a.m. shift. Colleagues typically would arrive in the morning to find sticky notes from Fischman on their desks asking them to fact-check his editorials. He was kind of a myste rious guy, reporter Joshua Stewart told the Sun. He wasnt social, and this was the most interaction we had with him. It was a testament to his work. The Sun also said he mar ried late in life, to a Mongo lian opera singer he had met online. At an awards event shortly after he wedFis chman won many regional prizes for his workhe was asked how he met his wife. I typed Mongolian opera singer into a dating site, he replied. Ramos dispute with the Gazette began in 2011 when a columnist wrote about a criminal harassment case against him. He brought a defamation suit against the columnist and the organiza tions editor and publisher. A court ruled in the Capital Ga zettes favor and an appeals court upheld the ruling. Police said 170 people were inside the Gazettes building during the attack. Staffers scrambled to find cover from the bullets, some diving be hind desks, witnesses said. At least three people sustained serious injuries in the shoot ing, Radio WMFE reported. Smith, the sales assistant, was kind and considerate, and willing to help when needed, her boss, Marty Padden, told the Sun. She seemed to really enjoy to be working in the media business. Smith lived with her fiance in eastern Baltimore County and actively posted images documenting her social life. Hiassens wife, Maria, told NBC that her late husband loved being a dad, an edi tor who helped shape young talent, and a creative writer and humorist. The couple had three children together. McNamara was a veteran reporter and editor. On his LinkedIn page, he described himself as a beat reporter for University of Maryland athletics and the Balti more Orioles minor league system. He also helped put together the daily sports section. Winters was in many ways the best part of the newspaper in that she cared so much about the city, said former Gazette editor Steve Gunn. Winters worked as community reporter for the paper. She had four children. Israel using advanced technology to fight Gazas incendiary kites (JTA)Israel has deployed a new system that it says can neutralize much of the threat from the thousands of incen diary kites and balloons that Gazans have been sending into Israel in recent weeks. The Sky Spotter system, which was designed to deal with drones, was deployed around Israels border with Gaza earlier this month and has been able to pinpoint and track multiple targets during peaks of activity by dispatchers of incendi ary objects, Channel 2 reported. The system, which is based on powerful optics, provides an interactive 3-D image of the border area at great resolution. Flagged objects appear as red lines suspended above the topography. The system tracks the objects as they drift eastward from Gaza on breeze blowing inland from the Mediter ranean. Operators can then engage the objects with remoteoperated drones. The system can also cal culate the projected point of impact with or without inter ception, allowing operators to dispatch firefighters to the expected area to extinguish the flames before they spread or even when they are still in the air, the report said. The report said the system, which was developed by the Rafael Advanced Defense Systems, detects and tracks 100 percent of all incendiary objects sent Israels way even when dozens are launched almost simultaneously. Before the systems deploy ment, the Israel Defense Forces recruited drone op erators to intercept the incendiary objects. The use of incendiary ob jects as a tactic began this spring. Hundreds of acres of farming land and natural forest have been consumed in the flames. Israel gives at least 60 tons of gear, food to displaced Syrians (JTA)Israels army gave food, equipment and medi cine to Syrians fleeing the fighting in the southern part of their country. The transfer took place Thursday night and included the delivery to refugee camps on the Syrian side of the Golan Heights of 300 tents, 13 tons of food, 15 tons of baby formula, three pallets of medical gear and medicine, and 30 tons of clothing, the Israel Broadcasting Corp. reported. Thousands of displaced Syrians live in tent camps near the border with Israel, with many hundred pouring in in recent days following fighting in Syrias sevenyear civil war in which ap proximately 500,000 people have died. More than 120,000 people are believed to have fled their homes this week alone amid a major offensive by the army of President Bashar Assad to recapture areas that have been under the control of Sunni rebels. Israeli military sources said that Israel will not allow anyone to enter its border from Syria, citing security concerns. Israel has remained largely neutral in the war in Syria, which is largely fought along sectarian lines. The Jewish state, which is technically in a state of war with Syria, has intervened several times to take out weapons before they reach Hezbollah. The Shiite terrorist group is aiding the army of Assad, who is an Alawitea minority group with ties to Shiite Islam. Iran, a Shiite Muslim nation, is a staunch ally of Hezbollah and Assad Syr ian Druze are also a part of Assads coalition, which is supported by Russia under President Vladimir Putin. Berlin museum returns Nazi-looted sculpture to heirs of Jewish owners (JTA)A Berlin museum said a 15th-century religious sculpture looted by the Nazis was returned to the heirs of its former Jewish owners and then sold back to the museum. The Bode Museum said Monday that it had reached an agreement with the heirs, The Local reported. The piece was sold for an undisclosed sum. Michael Eissenhauer, the head of Berlins public mu seums, said the agreement was righting an injustice and thanked the heirs for their grand gesture, which keeps the piece on display. The carved sculpture circa 1430, which shows three angels floating on clouds and a sleeping infant Jesus, once belonged to the private col lection of the Jewish indus trialist Ernst Saulmann and his wife, Agathe, one of the few female pilots of her era. The couple fled Germany in 1935, initially for Italy. The Nazis confiscated their land, business, mechanized cotton mill, private library, art collection and Agathes plane. Their more than 100 artworks were sold off at a Munich auction in 1936. The Saulmanns left fascist Italy for France, but when the Nazis invaded that country, the couple was sent to an internment camp. They survived, but Ernest died in 1946, a year after the war ended, due to health issues that started at the camp. Agathe committed suicide in 1951. The Saulmanns descen dants hired researchers who managed to locate 11 art works from their collection, which landed in five German museums and three private collections. My family was able to reach different agreements with all these institutions and collectors, Felix de Marez Oyens, one of the heirs, said at a recent news conference. On the verge of tears, he said: I am convinced that Ernst and Agathe Saulmann would have welcomed this agreement. Hungarian Jews see anti-Semitism as a seri ous problem (JTA)Two-thirds of Hungarian Jews believe anti-Semitism is a serious problem in their country, according to a new survey, though fewer than half say they have experienced it firsthand. The survey, which the prominent sociologists An drs Kovcs and Ildik Barna conducted in 2017 through face-to-face interviews with 1,879 Jewish adults, was published Thursday at a news conference in Budapest. It is a follow-up to a 1999 survey of Hungarian Jews that asked about perceptions on a range of topics. On anti-Semitism, 48 percent of the respondents said they heard anti-Semitic rhetoric on the street in the year preceding the survey, down from 75 percent in 1999. The number of re spondents who said they had experienced at least three instances of anti-Semitism was 6 percent, compared to 16 in 1999. However, asked to quantify the extent of anti-Semitism in Hungary, 55 percent of the respondents said it was great and another 10 per cent said it was very great. In 2017, the situation was perceived as much worse than it had been perceived in 1999, the authors of the survey wrote. In its annual report for 2017, the Jewish communitys watchdog on anti-Semitism, TEV, said it recorded 37 antiSemitic incidents, compared to 48 in 2016, constituting a 23 percent decrease. Most of the incidents recorded last year and in 2016 featured hate speech. The rest were cases of vandalism. In terms of demographics, the survey authors said that Hungarian Jewrys numbers are somewhere between 70,000 and 110,000. The community is losing about 2,000 members every five years, it said. The proportion of mixed marriages has started to rise again following a drop and stands at 62 percent among respondents aged 18-34. It had fallen to half of respondents aged 35-44. In the 45-54 age, 66 percent are intermarried. Three-quarters of respon dents said they felt a strong emotional attachment to Israel, but the number was slightly lower, at 66 percent, among the younger group, the non-affiliated and un observant. About half of respondents said they have contemplated emigrating from Hungary, with 19 per cent saying they considered it seriously. The survey was done in partnership with the Szom bat Jewish paper and TEV. Hungarys government is facing criticism for its billboard campaign and propaganda against George Soros, a Jewish billionaire and Holocaust survivor who funds liberal causes and organizations and supports the settling of hundreds of thousands of Middle East immigrants. Some Hungar ian Jews say it encourages anti-Semitism, but others dispute the claim. This week, TEV announced it was forming a partner ship with counterparts in Poland, Slovakia and the Czech Republic to begin joint monitoring. Spanish city votes to boycott Israel in defi ance of court rulings (JTA)Defying multiple rulings in Spain that de clared boycotting Israel illegal, the municipality of a city near Valencia declared itself an Israeli apartheidfree space. The City Council of Sa gunto, a city of 64,000 in habitants, passed a motion Tuesday declaring itself part of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions campaign against Israel, the ACOM pro-Israel group in Madrid said in a statement Thursday. ACOM said it was preparing legal action. Separately, the High Court of Justice in Asturias, in Spains north, ruled last week that another city councils policy of boycotting Israel was unconstitutional. The City Council of Castrillon passed a motion in August effectively boycotting Is rael, Israeli businesses and companies doing business with Israel. A regional court suspended the motion and the High Court scrapped it, declaring it discriminatory, the Lawfare Project organi zation said. The Lawfare Project and ACOM have fought dozens of boycott votes against Israel in court and in talks with relevant institutions. Last week, a motion pro moted by factions of the far-left Podemos party on the City Council of Valencia, Spains third-largest city and a major eastern port city, was passed declaring a boycott of Israel and Valencia an Israeli apartheid-free zone. Tribunals in Spain, includ ing the nations Supreme Court in three of its rul ings, have voided a total of 17 boycott motions passed by municipalities. Another seven municipalities volun tarily scrapped their boycott motions under threat of legal action by ACOM. Dutch Muslim political activist wishes cancer on filthy Jews at proIsrael paper AMSTERDAM (JTA)A former staffer at a Muslim political party in the Neth erlands sent an email to a newspaper that was attacked this week saying May you get cancer, you filthy, far-right cancer Jews. Hussein Jamakovic, who worked for the Denk Muslim party, which Dutch Jews al lege is anti-Semitic, wrote the message to Telegraaf, the countrys largest-circulation daily, as well as three other news organizations. The message came amid elevated concern in the Netherlands for the safety of journalists following the attack Tuesday on Telegraaf, when a van drove into the newspapers entrance in Amsterdam. Police do not have any suspects in custody. Telegraaf is seen to have a center-right editorial line. The pro-Israel publication features an activist and a hostile attitude toward radical Islam. It also covers organized crime regularly and thoroughly. Jamakovics message was over reports of his alleged expressions of sympathy for the Islamic State terror ist group. He also sent the email to the DDS, WNL and GeenStijl news sites. Last week, a projectile was launched at the office of the Dutch magazine Panorama. No one was hurt and a 41-year-old man was arrested. On Thursday, an American man with a legal dispute against the Capital Gazette newspaper in Annapolis, Maryland, over its coverage of the man is believed to have shot dead five people in an attack on the papers news room. The incident high lighted the issue of attacks on journalists worldwide. Last year, a Denk lawmak er implied in a parliamentary document that JTAs Europe correspondent was an Israeli government agent. Belgium prince says criticism of his conduct reminds him of the Holocaust (JTA)A senior royal in Belgium said that criticism of his conduct reminds him of the persecution of Jews during the Holocaust. Prince Laurent, who has a record both of making provocative statements and of controversy around his use of public funds, made the remark in an interview for Het Nieuwsblad that was published last week, prompt ing criticism by Belgian Jews. Laurent said he feels that he has become a punching bag solely because Im the brother or son of a king. When this sort of thing hap pens, I think immediately about the Jews who were shot dead only because they were Jewish. The princeyounger brother to Philippe, king of the Belgiansis the subject of criticism in parliament allegedly for submitting inaccurate reports of his work hours. Last year, Laurent faced a reduction in pay for attend ing without authorization a ceremony celebrating the 90th anniversary of the founding of Chinas Peoples Liberation Armyin its earliest years, a repressive tool that Chinas Communist rulers used to kill millions of political opponents and countless others. The gaffe cost him 10 percent of his an nual allowance of $359,000. Following criticism over the comparison, Laurent said he would visit the Kazerne Dossin Holocaust Memo rial in Mechelen in Septem ber, according to Michael Freilich, editor in chief of the Joods Actueel newspaper. In 2016, Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel banned the prince from unauthorized talks with senior foreign officials fol lowing a series of unapproved excursions, including to the Democratic Republic of the Congo and to Libya between 2008 and 2010, where he had been hoping to go into busi ness with one of Moammar Ghadafis sons.
PAGE 14A HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, JULY 6, 2018 B1A2N3G4S5 M6F7A8 E9L10S11E12A13R I E L O14L D N15A P S B16I L L Y J17O E L G18R I T A19S E A U20N E C21A R L E T22K23T S A24R G Y L E F25L26O27O R G28L U E D U29E S A30R31E32A L D33A D34S35S36A C V37I S I O N38 V39I E S40P A S41 S42T A T E I43N A R44A T45E S W46A47D E R S48L49I V E R L50O51T R P52E S O S M53I A C54A55T56E57L58U A U H59A N K A60A R O N A61M A R A62T E I63D I O T T64I C S N65E S D66E A N S Complaints From page 1A anyone file a police report or complaint regarding the May 17 disruption, hence there was no police investigation. Tamberg explained his prior assurance about a referral to prosecutors actually involved the disruption of an earlier, completely unrelated Feb. 26, 2018, event with Treasury Secretary Steve Munchin. Prosecutors and police assert that without the filing of actual police complaints, no investigation or referral to the prosecutor can take place. None of the disrupted students contacted said they had filed a report, with two saying they did not even know they had the right to file such a complaint. Hence, no action could be taken. After the media disclosure, numerous students stepped forward to file complaints. The first was Justin Feldman, president of the SSI chapter at Santa Monica College, enrolled at UCLA for the fall semester. Feldman stated he feared for his personal safety during the incident. On June 11, Feldman, who had previously completed a StandWithUs high school training program, appeared at the UCLA police depart ment accompanied by Yael Lerman, SWU legal director, to formally file his complaint. More than a few of the students harassed during the May 17 event were trepidatious about filing a police report. But, according to Lerman, the police made the whole process comfortable, acting helpful and respectful. After a short wait at the station, officers Robert Chavez and Lowell Rose escorted Feldman into a small room where his report was taken during an hour-long interview in what Lerman described as an unrushed session. Lerman credited Feldman for his actions. What Justin did in filing was critical in moving the process forward. The [UCLA] administration has known about this for weeks and has chosen not to move this forward. So now the students have to. After emerging from the po lice station, Feldman stated, I feel empowered. He added, I feel it is so important for students to take matters into our own hands, and not leave them to bureaucratic mea sures. Feldman stated that most students simply do not know about the process and what measures can be taken to hold people accountable. Justins courage will serve to empower other students at universities across the country who will realize that students can help move justice forward when administra tions cant or wont, added Roz Rothstein, cofounder and CEO of StandWithUs. A campus police spokes person assured that the de partment would investigate all complaints in the matter. Feldmans complaint is just the beginning. At press time, Alyza Lewin, COO of Louis D. Brandeis Cen ter in Washington, D.C., had dispatched its director of legal initiatives, Aviva Vogelstein, and a law clerk to fly to Los Angeles to meet with numer ous other students who are scheduled to file complaints. Law students in the UCLA Brandeis chapter will observe the process. The police currently are reviewing a list of 10 individu als who allegedly perpetrated the disruption, along with screen captures of their text messages and social media statements. One such mes sage urged disruptors to shut it down. Within 24 hours of Feld mans complaint, UCLA con firmed that the matter would indeed be referred to prosecu tors. UCPD has reviewed the video of the May 17 disrup tion, and is investigating the information in the incident report for any new evidence about the disruption that it may contain, stated univer sity spokesman Tamberg. He added, UCPD will forward the incident report to the Los An geles City Attorneys Office. A prosecutor has already been assigned. Tamberg stat ed UCPD will discuss both the report and the video with the prosecuting attorney in July, when that person returns from leave. This case is a turning point for all students across the country,asserts SWUs Roth stein. Lewin of the Brandeis Center agreed stating, Stu dents across the country now recognize the importance of promptly reporting incidents like these to the police. Edwin Black is the New York Times bestselling author of IBM and the Holocaust and Financing the Flames. Daniel Kates/Hebrew College Rabbi Daniel Lehmann will be the first rabbi to lead the Graduate Theological Union based in Northern California. By Rob Gloster SAN FRANCISCO (J. The Jewish News of Northern California via JTA)Break ing religious barriers is nothing new for Rabbi Daniel Lehmann. Ordained at New Yorks Yeshiva University, the flag ship of Modern Orthodoxy, he most recently was presi dent of Hebrew College near Boston, which is devoted to pluralistic Jewish education. During his tenure, Hebrew College became the first non-Christian member of the Boston Theological Institute, a consortium of nine gradu ate schools of theology. Now Lehmann is about to break another barrier, becoming the first rabbi to lead the Berkeley-based Graduate Theological Union, a consortium of more than 20 mostly Christian institu tions that calls itself the most comprehensive center for the graduate study of religion in North America. He is moving to Northern Californias Bay Area from Massachusetts after leading Hebrew College since 2008 and serving as board chair of the Boston Theological Institute for the past year. He will become the eighth presi dent in the 56-year history of GTU, which includes centers and affiliates covering faiths from Buddhism to Islam to Swedenborgianism. Most people think of GTU as being a place where Christian institutions en gage each other, but if you have a rabbi as president, I think that means that the kind of Christian dominance and hegemony, which is so much a part of American his tory, is being transformed, Lehmann told J. I think its a recognition that there are religious traditions that need to be given greater voice. Five Protestant seminaries joined to form GTU in 1962, creating the first cooperative graduate study program in the United States leading to a doctor of theology degree. The first Catholic seminary joined the group two years later. Within a few years, the member institutions pooled their collections to create one of the nations top theological libraries. A Center for Judaic Studies was established in 1968, and GTU has added several other centers in recent years while expanding its curriculum to include a greater focus on ar eas as diverse as art, womens studies and Black Church/ Africana Religious Studies. Deena Aranoff, director of what is now known as the Richard S. Dinner Center for Jewish Studies, said its significant that a non-Chris tian will now be leading GTU. To have someone who is not Christian leading the consortium speaks to the fully interreligious character of the Graduate Theological Union, she said. It means were in a new era of interre ligious scholarship and it no longer needs to be facilitated by the Christian majority. Riess Potterveld, a United Church of Christ minister who is retiring after five years as GTU president, said the selection of Lehmann as Orthodox-trained rabbi makes history as head of a mostly Christian theology center his successor is part of the consortiums evolution as an interreligious institution. Such changes reflect global changes as well as the direc tion of religious studies in the 21st century. When the GTU began in the 1960s, it was hard enough being ecumenical. Since then, weve really embraced a world thats very plural istic, Potterveld said. Its important to embody some knowledge and awareness of the values and perspec tives that come out of those traditions. Its not just about studying other religions, but also about how they affect the world. Lehmann, who also has been a professor of plural ism and Jewish education at Hebrew College while serving as the schools president, is slated to begin Aug. 1 at GTU. Moving to the Bay Area will reunite him with his brother, Len, a Palo Alto engineer and philanthropist who cofounded Kehillah Jewish High School and now runs Portola Vineyards. Lehmann said that inter religious collaboration and understanding are more im portant now than ever, given the religious diversity in the U.S. and elsewhere and the religious violence in many parts of the world. And also I think were liv ing in a time where there are real global challenges that require religious responses, he said, citing environmental concerns and gender inequal ity. Weve got some real problems, and Im not con vinced that the mechanisms of our secular democracies are enough. Theres a lot the religions can learn from each other. There are profound differ ences, and they should be celebrated and understood. Its not about the homogeni zation of religions. Its about seeing the insights that I think the world desperately needs, and Im excited to play a small part in that. Aranoff also pointed to a global communication cri sis because of the abundance of information now available to everyone on the internet, and said that makes inter religious work even more valuable. Theres a lot of misinfor mation and partial under standing, she said, which means that the deep, ongo ing inquiry and the steady, constant relationships that are formed among students and faculty at GTU are crucial. People who study at the GTU become ambas sadors of a certain kind of knowledge of the other that is very deep and filled with empathy. Lehmann envisions a larger community role for GTU, in part by develop ing digital platforms and also by expanding events and programming beyond the East Bay to San Fran cisco and the Silicon Valley. Greater collaboration with the neighboring University of California, Berkeley, is another option, he said, especially since the univer sity discontinued its under graduate religious studies program in 2017 due to a lack of enrollment. I think the GTU has been kind of a hidden gem, and one of my goals is to bring it out of the closet, so to speak, he said. I think we have to figure out how to engage a broader audience. Its probably true that Northern California is more secular than many other places, but on the other hand theres also a palpable interest in spirituality. A broader GTU contri bution to the Bay Area Jewish community is an other of Lehmanns goals. His groundbreaking ap pointment as president of the consortium makes that connection much more likely, since he said the selection of a rabbi demonstrates the commitment of GTU to interreligious learning and leadership. Im coming as an outsider to the dominant Christian culture that has nurtured GTU, and thats inevitably going to bring a different set of perspectives, he said. Im not representing a majority culture, so for the other minority religious cul tures I think theres going to be a sense that theres greater openness and acknowledg ment of the kind of equal playing field that the religious traditions need to have within the GTU consortium and culture. And I think Im go ing to bring a different set of symbols that I hope will just open up the conversation. Have you experiencedKidney orHeart Issuesfrom side effects such as Ketoacidosis caused by the Type 2 Diabetes medication Invokana? MEDICAL ALERT For Immediate Assistance CALL:321-274-1822You may be entitled to Compensation.SIDE EFFECTS MAY INCLUDE KETOACIDOSIS, KIDNEY FAILURE, HEART ATTACK, STROKE, COMA OR DEATH. Legal help is available NOW!
HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, JULY 6, 2018 PAGE 15A Facts From page 5A Golan From page 5A The Israeli deployment may have ensured the survival of the pro-U.S. Hashemite regime, preventing a Syrian occupation of Jordan, with a potential spillover into the militarily much weaker proU.S. Saudi Arabia and the pro-U.S. Gulf States, which from any empirical research about actual human beings. Another is the lefts view, of ten codified in governmental regulations and court deci sions, that differences in out comesfor instance, rates of school discipline among blacks and whitescan only be explained by racism and oppression. Amy Wax, a chaired pro fessor at the University of Pennsylvania Law School, and likely the most credentialed member of the facultyYale BS summa cum laude, Mar shall Scholarship to Oxford; Harvard MD, Columbia JD, six years in the Solicitor Generals officeran afoul of that orthodoxy last year, when she and Larry Alexan Kennedy From page 3A 1967 From page 3A nizations representing the Reform, Reconstructionist and Conservative streams, joined an amicus brief sup porting same-sex marriage. Several national Jewish organizations applauded the Supreme Courts 2016 deci sion striking down a Texas in the end, regrettably, did not act. Ninth, France, which had been Israels principal arms supplier, announced a ban on the sale of weapons on the eve of the June war. That left Israel in potentially grave danger if a war were to drag on and require the resupply of arms. It was not until the next year that the U.S. stepped into the breach and sold vital weapons systems to Israel. And finally, after winning the war of self-defense, Israel hoped that its newly-acquired Art From page 1A wish to thank Rabbi Joel and Tali Fox of Bnai Shira (Cocoa Beach) for bringing this to fruition, she said. The Sister City Program would have accorded Moscow a dramatic gain, while dealing the U.S. a major economic and geo-strategic setback. A Golan-less Israel would be unable to provide the United States with such a costeffective, dramatic benefit. The inherent unpredict ability, volatility and violence in the Middle East suggests that similar scenarios could plague the region in the future, especially in view of Jordans growing vulnerabil ity to external and domestic upheaval, requiring the en hancement of U.S.-Israel stra tegic coordination. However, without the Golan Heights, which dominates northern Israel and the joint SyriaJordan-Israel border, Israel would be transformed from a unique national security producer and a regional en forcer for the United States to another national-security consumer. On June 29, 1967, Gen. Earl Wheeler, the chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs-ofStaff, submitted to U.S. Presi dent Lyndon Johnson a map of Israels minimum security requirements. The map was based on the generals own assessment of U.S. interests, Middle East reality and Israels security requirements, and it included Israels control of the Golan Heights. Ambassador Yoram Et tinger is a consultant on U.S.Israel relations and the Middle East. He served as Minister for Congressional Affairs at Israels Embassy in Wash ington, D.C.; Israels Consul General to the Southwestern USA; and director of Israels Government Press Office. This article was originally published at www.TheEt tingerReport.com. der, a fellow law professor at another law school, wrote an op-ed arguing that all cultures are not equal and the bour geois values that dominated American culture from the end of World War II through the end of the 60s and 70s are more likely to prepare people to be productive citizens in a modern technological society. What were those values? Get married before you have children and strive to stay married for their sake. Get the education you need for gainful employment, work hard, and avoid idleness... Be a patriot, ready to serve the country... Avoid coarse language in public... Eschew substance abuse and crime. Loss of that cultural script, Wax and Alex ander argued, was responsible for many of Americas current ills: Depression-era levels of male wage-force participation; the opioid crisis; skyrocketing rates of illegitimacy and chil dren raised by single mothers; ill-prepared college students lacking basic numeracy and literacy. Fully half of Waxs law school colleagues promptly published a letter rejecting her heterodoxy and urging stu dents to monitor her classes for signs of stereotyping and bias. She was labeled a white supremacist and racist, charges repeated so frequently that they have begun to lose their force. Wax was in even hotter water after an old interview surfaced of her speaking to Glenn Loury, a conservative black economist at Brown University, in which she cited her experience at Penn Law School to the effect that stu dents who had been accepted via affirmative action lagged behind their classmates in grades. Her own dean sus pended her from teaching mandatory first-year courses, despite her past awards for excellence in teaching, and she was accused of having violated the law schools policy on grade confidentiality. In a response in the Wall Street Journal (University of Denial, March 22), Wax insisted [there is] an objective reality that exists independent of what people want reality to be.... Hiding facts is not the same as changing them, especially when those facts have real world consequences. Those consequences will not be altered by angry petitions, ir ritable gestures, or professors removal from the classroom. Charges like Islamophobia are ways of shutting down discussion of important issues such as the impact of Muslim immigration on Western countries. But they do noth ing to solve the problem. (My example, not Waxs.) Attempts to suppress awk ward facts only convinces the public, in Waxs words, that truth yields to power. That use of political power to deter mine objective reality is one of the hallmarks of totalitarian societies, she notes. Is there a cautionary tale here for our own society? Im not sure. But it does strike me that all tightly knit com munities may be vulnerable to certain forms of internal ter rorism in which name-calling takes the place of argumenta tion and in which too many disconfirming viewpoints and facts are excluded from the discussion. A society in which empirical facts are suppressed and truth is no defense is one that will necessarily have a difficult time solving its internal problems and responding to new societal needs. Having observed the havoc wrought by the cultish behavior of the left elsewherenot the least in its contempt for religious libertymay we be wise enough to preserve the open discussion needed to address our most pressing challenges. Jonathan Rosenblum is a columnist for the Jerusalem Post and Israeli director of Am Echad. territories, seized from Egypt, Jordan, and Syria, would be the basis for a land-for-peace accord. Feelers were sent out. The formal response came on Sept. 1, 1967, when the Arab Summit Conference famously declared in Khartoum: No peace, no recognition, no negotiations with Israel. More nos were to follow. Underscoring the point, in 2003, the Saudi Ambassador to the U.S. was quoted in The New Yorker as saying: It broke my heart that [PLO Chair] Arafat did not take the offer (of a two-state deal presented by Israel, with American support, in 2001). Since 1948, every time weve had something on the table, we say no. Then we say yes. When we say yes, its not on the table anymore. Then we have to deal with something less. Isnt it about time to say yes? Today, there are those who wish to rewrite history. They want the world to believe there was once a Palestinian state. There was not. They want the world to be lieve there were fixed borders between that state and Israel. There was only an armistice line between Israel and the Jordanian-controlled West Bank and eastern Jerusalem. They want the world to believe the 1967 war was a bellicose act by Israel. It was an act of self-defense in the face of blood-curdling threats to vanquish the Jewish state, not to mention the maritime blockade of the Straits of Ti ran, the abrupt withdrawal of UN peacekeeping forces, and the redeployment of Egyptian and Syrian troops. All wars have consequences. This one was no exception. But the aggressors have failed to take responsibility for the actions they instigated. They want the world to believe post-1967 Israeli set tlement-building is the key obstacle to peacemaking. The Six-Day War is proof positive that the core issue is, and always has been, whether the Palestinians and larger Arab world accept the Jewish peoples right to a state of their own. If so, all other conten tious issues, however difficult, have possible solutions. But, alas, if not, all bets are off. And they want the world to believe the Arab world had nothing against Jews per se, only Israel, yet trampled with abandon on sites of sacred meaning to the Jewish people. In other words, when it comes to the Arab-Israeli conflict, dismissing the past as if it were a minor irritant at best, irrelevant at worst, wont work. Can history move forward? Absolutely. Israels peace trea ties with Egypt in 1979 and Jordan in 1994 powerfully prove the point. At the same time, though, the lessons of the Six-Day War illustrate just how tough and tortuous the path can beand are sobering reminders that, yes, history does matter. David A. Harris is the executive director of the American Jewish Committee. law that restricted abortion access. In 2015, Kennedy wrote the majority opinion in Zivotof sky v. Kerry, which ruled that a boy born to American par ents in Jerusalem did not have the right to have his birth nation listed as Israel on his passport. Kennedys opinion declared that the executive branch, at the time headed by Obama, maintained the exclusive right to decide the sovereignty of any territory, including Jerusalem. Kennedys thinking, al though focused on executive power, not Jerusalems status as the Israeli capital (This case is confined solely to the exclusive power of the President to control recog nition determinations, he wrote), provoked anger from diverse swaths of the Ameri can Jewry. Many Jews, not all, did not welcome the Jerusalem decision, Stern told JTA, carefully refusing to speak for the panoply of American Jews. The Anti-Defamation League, American Israel Public Affairs Committee, Hadassah, the Jewish Council for Public Affairs and NCJW, among others, signed a brief expressing displeasure with the decision. Whether he was good or bad for the Jews depends on where you think the Jews ought to be, Stern told JTA, also noting, however, that hell be missed. On both sides of the politi cal divide, activists increas ingly value judicial partisan ship over Kennedys ability to cross ideological lines. When the next justice is appointed, Stern said, de mands in ideological parti sanship will be very strong. has a long-standing relation ship between Cocoa and Beit Shemesh. Today we are gathered here to acknowledge a partnership, a friendship, and a long-term relationship between two cities, but more importantly two amazing countries, said Miles, who has spent the last year in Israel volunteering with the Bridges for Peace Zealots program to help new immigrants, Holocaust sur vivors and the poor. Miles visited Beit Shemesh in December 2016 as part of the Sister City Peace Ambas sador Tour. Harley Stark, the director of International Relations for Beit Shemesh, praised the remarkable friendship between two com munities, separated by thou sands of miles; but which are close together in each others hearts. My mom wanted to create a living bridge between two cities: which is partnerships, genuine people-to-people relationships and friends for a lifetime, said Jordan Miles. We are so grateful for this opportunity to bless the people of Israel, said former Sister City Program director Ron Shelton. Miles said, from the Sister City Program we say thank you for giving us this oppor tunity to stand by your side through the good times and the bad and that we will always be here to support you. Have you experiencedHeart andLung Damagefrom IVC Filters used to prevent blood from traveling to your heart or lungs? Call Now IVC Fone321-274-1849Legal help is available NOW! 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PAGE 16A HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, JULY 6, 2018 Efi Asaf (l) and Rachel Brown cooking matzah balls at a Mevashlim BIvrit class in Boise, Idaho. By Alix Wall SAN FRANCISCO (JTA) In the compact, open kitchen of the apartment here that Dalit Gvirtsman shares with her husband, about a dozen women are jostling for space. One is chopping tomatoes, another is sauteing onions and another is squeezing a few dollops of honey into cooked egg noodles. Just beyond, the dining room table is set; each place setting features a napkin with the Israeli flag. A platter of bourekas with miniature Israeli flags has already been demolished. Its another monthly installment of Mevashlim BIvrit, or Cooking Up in Hebrew, with this Thursday night event celebrating Yom Haatzmaut, or Israeli Inde pendence Day. This group of women, all Israelis, have come together to cook, eat and schmoozeand then eat a little more. The program is part of the World Zionist Organizations Department for Diaspora Ac tivities. The get-togethers are opportunities to learn a little about the Jewish calendar and Israel, explore Jewish cultures through their cuisines, and forge bonds among Israelis, local Jews and sometimes non-Jews living in various communities. San Franciscos is one of 19 such groups formed around the world, though most of them are in the United States. Thirteen are for Hebrew speakers. (A Los Angeles ver sion is in Hebrew specifically geared towards LGBTQ and ally Jews.) There are others in Poland (in Polish, mainly for university students) and Uruguay (in Spanish); both facilitators heard about the program and volunteered to start it. A new Hebrew-speak ing group is being formed in London next year, as are English-speaking groups in Toronto, San Francisco and Oregon. Some of them are women only and serve as a kind of girls night, but men also attend in some places. Some participants become such good friends that they sched ule time to see each other outside of the sessions. What started as a way for Israelis to stay connected with their culture in a Hebrewspeaking environment has burgeoned in unexpected ways: With Israeli food enjoy ing unprecedented popularity and interest around the world, the groups have become a way for others to connect with or learn more about Israel, too. Now the focus is to bring Israel and pluralistic Judaism to the Diaspora around the world, said Dana GreitzerGotlieb, the Bay Area Regional director of the WZO and the originator of the idea. That is why were translating the curriculum and starting new groups in English. But in another unantici pated outcome, non-Jews are wanting to take part, too. Mevashlim BIvrit is in its third year in the Bay Area. Gvirtsman held it in another womans home in Berkeley the first year, but since then has used her own San Francisco home. Gvirtsman and GreitzerGotlieb cooked up the pro gram during a brainstorming session when Greitzer-Gotlieb saw and smelled the croissants that Gvirtsman pulled out of her oven. You made those? Gre itzer-Gotlieb asked. Yes, Gvirtsman answered. From scratch? Again: Yes. The wheels started turn ing, Greitzer-Gotlieb said. Gvirtsman, a Hebrew teacher at an area Jewish day school, has a passion for cooking. Food connects people, she said. Food is love. And the subject of Israeli food and Jewish food is so large. Plus, cooking allows a cer tain kind of experience, Gre itzer-Gotlieb added. When you create something with your own hands, you remem ber and enjoy it more. But they dont only cook. Gvirtsman plans each session, and each one has a different theme (her own group has a years head start on the others, so they are the guinea pigs). The evening starts around the table with a few readings chosen by Gvirtsman meant to foster discussion of the theme. She has done fall soups, for example, cooking with the Home cooking classes where Israel and Jewish culture are always on the menu Asaf taught a class about Passover to 20 women this year, none of them Jewish. All were believers of some kind, Christian and Mormon. Rebecca Baughman attend ed the Passover classand cant wait for the next series. Baughman, who is Chris tian, studied in Israel for a semester in college. Besides the cooking, she appreci ates being invited into the facilitators homein this case Asafswhich adds so much to the experience. What a precious woman Efi is, Baughman said. I want to be her friend. That she lets us come into her home to learn more about her and her culture and religion is so special. She lets us in on her life and what she believes. I dont know how to make Jewish food, so its fun to have her walk us through recipes and then let us loose in her kitchen, guiding us along the way. Given that the Boise group is made up of non-Jews, Asaf says she feels like a miniambassador for Israel, as other topics of discussion are bound to come up. Sometimes they ask about politics or whatevers happen ing then, and I tell them how I feel about it, but we mostly keep it centered around food, she said. Asaf has taught an allIsraeli group as well, and said the differences are huge. When explaining a dish to Israelis, theyll all have several opinions about how to tweak the recipe, or share a memory about it. With non-Jews, she has to explain the unfamiliar dishes in much more detail. People really love Israel and our traditions in Boise, she said. Most people here are very interested in other cultures and religions, so they really like to hear about other places. Food is also such a great connector because most of us are moms and cooking all the time anyway. This kind of food as diplo macy is taking root in all kinds of ways. One participant in the San Diego English-speaking group that Partin hosts is Maryam Tarsa, an Iranian immigrant who was raised Muslim. Tarsa attended Yeshiva Universitys Albert Einstein College of Medicine and befriended many Orthodox Jews there. When she sent her children to the JCC preschool in San Diego, she became friendly with Partin. She loves Cooking Up in Hebrew because Im not a good cook, I dont really know how, and I figure its a good basic thing for me to know how to do at 48, she joked. Plus, she loves the socializing. As for Israeli food, she said, People from different coun tries bringing their food tradi tions from around the world means its not just one taste. Thats what makes the food so amazing and taste so good. To start a group in your area (in Hebrew or English), contact chefnati.wzo@gmail. com. Superman actor Dean Cain hopes all countries will rec ognize the Armenian Genocide as it is a historical fact. tary film titled Architects of Denial about the Armenian genocide. In a speech before 150 people attending the award ceremony, Garfein, a native of what is now Ukraine, recalled his horror at racial segrega tion in the United States im mediately after arriving from Europe in 1946. That year, a bus driver told him not to sit in the back of the bus because that part of the vehicle was for blacks only, Garfein said. I thought, I came to America for this? For unbelievable racism? This is why I have fought and continue to fight racism my whole life. Garfein is among a hand ful of Holocaust survivors who had major roles in the American movie industry and are still alive. In 1957 he directed his first of only two feature films, The Strange One, about students facing an ethical dilemma at a military college in the Ameri can South. It was among the first such productions to tackle the persecution of ho Film producer, TVs Superman honored by Holocaust remembrance group Jack Garfein mosexuals, as well as blacks. Garfein fought for the rights of African-American actors, From the Depths said. Jonny Daniels, the founder of From the Depths, said the recipients worked for stories from the Holocaust to be heard by as many people as possible out of a sense of responsibility in view of how soon the world would no longer have survivors left to tell them. (JTA)Jack Garfein, a former movie producer who survived 11 concentration camps during the Holocaust, was honored in New York by a Poland-based group com memorating victims of the genocide. Garfein, 87, a former teacher and director at New Yorks famed Actors Studio and civil rights activist, re ceived the From the Depths Award for Dialogue earlier this month at a ceremony along with fellow survivors Edward and Cesia Mosberg, who have worked to foster greater understanding be tween non-Jewish Poles and Jews, organizers said. Also honored was Dean Cain, who portrayed Super man in the 1990s television series Lois & Clark. Cain recently produced a documen seasons and one session about yeast, never repeating a topic. The one for Independence Day had the women cooking seven dishes reflecting the diversity of Israeli culture: maakouda, a Moroccan savory pie, Algerian bulgur salad, Russian blini with sour cream and caviar, Polish chopped liver, Russian Olivier salad, Egyptian majadara (a len tils and rice dish with fried onions) and a Polish noodle kugel. Gvirtsmans curriculum is used by all the groups, though once the program expanded, the WZO hired Israeli chef Einat Abramovich Partin, who lives in San Diego, as program manager. Partin now helps with the recipes and trains each facilitator via phone call or Skype. Theres no rhyme or reason to where the groups pop up; its organic. Often an Israeli with a love for cooking will contact Greitzer-Gotlieb or Gvirtsman, having read or heard about the program elsewhere. But Partin is well connected and knows Israeli expatriates in many places. For example, Boise, Idaho. Partin asked a friend of hers living there whether shed want to be a facilitator. While this friend was too busy, she said she knew the perfect person and introduced her to Efi Asaf by phone. When you talk to a per son, you can tell in the first two minutes if its a match, Partin said. Ive never met Efi in person, but even over the phone, I fell in love with her right away. 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