WWW.HERITAGEFL.COM YEAR 42, NO. 45 JULY 13, 2018 1 AV, 5778 ORLANDO, FLORIDA SINGLE COPY 75 Editorials ..................................... 4A Op-Ed .......................................... 5A Calendar ...................................... 6A Scene Around ............................. 9A Synagogue Directory ................ 11A JTA News Briefs ........................ 13A By Elizabeth Kratz (JNS)Several camp counselors from Habonim Dror were present at an IfNot Now Jewish summer camp counselor training session in Boston on May 27. An organization that seeks to promote sympathy for the Palestinian narrative by encouraging fellow Jews to oppose the Israel occupation, IfNotNow states on its website that its members do not take a unified stance on BDS, Zionism or the question of statehood. Yet its criti cal statements against Zionist-aligned organizations, such as Camp Ramah, tell another story. Its overt and covert actions have been divisive in many circles, and criticized as subversive and counter-productive to the great majority of American Jewish organizations. Eitan Goldstein, director and spokes man for Habonim Dror North America a network of six summer camps and part of a wider worldwide Labor Zionist youth movementsaid he was aware that Ha bonim Dror camp counselors were at the event, but confirmed that IfNotNow will not be part of any programming at their camps this summer. While explaining Habonim Drors unique, immersive version of Israel and Zionist education, Goldstein was exceed ingly clear on one point: Israels right to self-determination remains affixed in our ideology and how we educate, he told JNS. Camp staff at Habonim Dror. Habonim Dror: Building a Zionist education about the occupation Its clear to kids from day one that they are at a Jewish and Zionist camp, and that is central to the experience, whether they are singing Jewish songs or dancing. That is the entry point it terms of who we are and our shared history. We have a foundational starting point, which is important before we enter into discussing the conflict with a multiplicity of perspectives, he said. In terms of balancing out and bring ing different perspectives into the room, Goldstein continued, and maintaining our Zionist stance and identity, the way the conversations are framed is not with whos right and whos wrong, whos Jewish Community Cam pus. The meeting is set to begin at 10 a.m. and will wrap up at noon. Coffee and bagels will be provided. Those who attend will hear a comprehensive update on what has been a year of great transition for the Federation, which saw the departure of its executive director, the appointment of an interim ex ecutive director, and ongoing refinement of the Federations role so that it can best serve local Jewish organizations and the larger Central Florida Jewish community. While the Annual Meet ing always tries to provide a glimpse into the future, there will be a least a little reminisc ing, as the Orlando Federa tion, like the State of Israel, marked its 70th birthday in the past year. (The modernday Federation was established as the Central Florida Jewish Community Council in 1947). Getting down to business, the following names will be placed into nomination as of ficers for the 2018-2020 Board of Directors: President: Brad Jacobs Vice President: Ming Marx Treasurer: Danielle Krise Secretary: Carol Feuerman At-large board member Yeosh Bendayan also will be re-nominated for another term. Of course, Federations Annual Meeting is also syn onymous with community awards, and three important ones will be presented Aug. 5: This years Jerome J. Born stein Leadership Award win ner is Loren London. A long time Federation volunteer, supporter and Lion of Judah, London is the director of Federations RAISE program for adults with special needs. The Jewish Communal Professional Award will be presented to Robby Etzkin and Eric Lightman, of the Roth Family and Rosen Jewish com munity centers, respectively, for their successful collabora tion in organizing the Israel at 70 community celebration in April at Lake Eola Park in downtown Orlando. The Heritage Florida Jew ish News will present its an nual Human Service Award. The winner will be announced in an upcoming edition of the Heritage. Federation will also honor the 10 members of the current Jerome J. Bornstein Leader ship Development class with a brief graduation ceremony during the meeting. Program co-chair Patricia Bornstein is scheduled to speak. The final segment of the Annual Meeting will be a presentation and questionand-answer session about the Federation and The Roth Family JCC collaborating on key operations, as well as a dis cussion of a potential merger between the organizations. You can RSVP for the meeting online at www.jfgo. org/meeting or by calling Federation office manager Marisa West at 407-645-5933, ext. 236. A glimpse into the future at the Federations Annual Meeting The Jewish Federation of Greater Orlando will hold its 2018 Annual Meeting the morning of Sunday, Aug. 5, on the Maitland Albert and Elsa Einstein (JTA)A letter written by Albert Einstein on the day he renounced his German citizenship, after realizing he could not return due to the rise of the Nazis, was sold at auction for $30,250. The letter written on board the S.S. Belgenland and dated March 28, 1933, sold at the Nate D. Sanders Auction House in Los Angeles. Bidding started at $25,000. A second letter from Ein stein written in 1938 in which he discusses helping Jewish refugees escape Nazi Ger many sold for $31,250. The 1933 letter was writ ten with his wife, Elsa, to his sister Maja Winteler-Einstein about the dire situation in Germany, just minutes be fore they docked in Antwerp, Belgium, where Einstein renounced his German citi zenship. Later that day, Ein stein handed in his passport at the German consulate in Antwerp. After the Nazis seized power in January 1933, they raided Einstein letter sells at auction Einsteins home when he and his wife were traveling to the United States. They also re portedly put a bounty on his head. The day the letter was written, the Einsteins were traveling back to Germany, intending to live at their sum mer home in Caputh, before discovering that the home also had been raided. This led Einstein to decide to renounce his citizenship. We will now look for a hiding place for the summer, Albert Einstein wrote in con cluding the letter. In the 1938 letter, also to his sister, Albert Einstein discusses helping Jews and other persecuted people flee German-held countries in Europe, including using his own funds to do so. He asks his sister to leave Switzerland and visit him in the United States. Lake on page 15A Occupation on page 14A clad toes, she was always impeccably dressed to a (second) tlike her name. In fact, the only thing that tops her fashionable ward robe was her extremely generous spirit. Both she and her late husband, Hymen Lake, have given financially to many Jewish organizations, including Kinneret, JFS Orlando, and the Holocaust Center, as well as the Orlando ballet, the Orlando Shakespeare Theater and the new Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts. Life wasnt always so easy for her. Growing up one of seven children in Lebanon, Pa., Harriett was a child of the Great Depression. She often wore hand-me-downs from girl friends who lived across the street. And thats where she fell in love with lavish outfits. It was my first contact with quality clothes, Har riett told the Heritage in an interview a few years ago. The two girls grandmother Harriett Lake dies at age 96 Harriett Lake By Christine DeSouza An icon of the Jewish community has passed away. Harriett Lake, born Harriett Tuck on April 7, 1922, in Lebanon, Pa., died on Tues day, July 10, 2018. Harriett was a special lady. She was (Hello) Dolly Levi, Cher, Lady Gaga and Elton John all rolled into one. From the top of her hat-covered head to the tips of her designer-shoe-
PAGE 2A HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, JULY 13, 2018 The RAISE program for young adults with special needs is now accepting online applications for a limited number of fall positions. RAISE is a 6to 12-month work and social skills training program offered through the Jewish Federation of Greater Orlando that is open to all faiths and provides paid em ployment at our partnering Jewish agencies. In addition, RAISE assists our employees in the transition to finding em ployment in the community. If you know a young adult who may benefit from RAISE or you are interested in volunteering as a Job Coach, please apply on line: jfgo.org/RAISE or con tact the JFGO office: 407645-5933, ext 236. RAISE applications now being accepted What a spectacular year of learning! The Jewish Pa vilions Inter-generational Program had a fantastic year with more to come. This program was made possible in part due to grants from The Moskowitz Foundation, the Jewish Federation and the Staples Foundation. Teens and seniors were welcomed into each others minds and worlds. Experiences varied from group meetings, discus sions and playtime to one-onone visitations. Programs en abled teens the opportunity to break out of their shells and engage in dialogue with their elders. Laughter was shared. Music was enjoyed. Lessons were learned and ideas were exchanged. Similarities were learned while coincidences were discovered. In some cases it was a whos who in a family tree that knows some one in anothers family, while in other cases, total strang ers now departed with hugs after a respectful exchange of ideas. In the beginning, it was two separate groups. The con clusion was one group that ended with friends, smiles, hugs, respect, patience, understanding, admiration, trust, insight and caring. Who can say which group gained more? Both side had benefits. The teens received the wisdom of their elders, firsthand ac counts of their heritage and history that could not be taught in books. The seniors were able to absorb some of the infectious enthusiasm of the teens and the wide-eyed excitement of a world yet to come. Together, there was an exploration of thought processes that will only lead to a better tomorrow for all. Walter Goldstein, pro gram director Students and senior citizens learn from each other in the Jewish Pavilion Inter-gener ational Program. Both sides benefit in the Inter-generational Program Shirley Schoenberger with Brookdale Island Lake resident Jack Levitt, who celebrated his 100th birthday in March. came over to greet her with a hug. And, of course, they stayed for a chat. The chatting is an im portant part of her work as a volunteer, and its clearly something that Schoenberger enjoys. At the weekly Island Lake services, she also likes to bring a treat each week sometimes homemade. At those services, shes known as the Bim Bom girl: she leads the song and brightly encourages everyone to join in and raise their arms to shout an enthusiastic Hey! after every Shabbat Shalom. Its hysterical to watch, she jokes, because they all know that they better do this or theyre not getting their treats! Originally from Cleveland, Ohio, Schoenberger moved to Orlando with her husband, Peter, more than 20 years ago after working together for many years in their retail business. She has always been involved in volunteering for various organizations, and when she learned about The Jewish Pavilion she immedi ately felt that it would be a good fit. At the time, Schoenbergers mother was nearing 90 and living on her own in South Florida. Schoenberger had very much wanted her mother, who was having increasing health problems that made her life difficult, to move to Brookdale Island Lake so that she could get the help she needed. But her mother could not be persuaded and rebuffed other efforts to help her, leaving Schoenberger frustrated that she couldnt do more. Volunteering for The Jewish Pavilion was her way of ful filling what I couldnt for my mother, Schoenberger said. With her sunny personality, Schoenberger has a way of Jewish Pavilion volunteer spotlight: Shirley Schoenberger making Shabbat and holiday programs special. She dresses up in themed outfits for all the holidays, including a blue dress with dreidels and menorahs printed on it that she wears for Hanukkah. Its the tackiest dress you will ever want to see, but they love it, she laughed. Jewish Pavilion program director Emily Newman has been working with Schoen berger for years and values her highly. Shirley has added warmth, enthusiasm and pure joy to the Shabbat programs at Brookdale Island Lake, Newman said. Shes both generous and dependable in every way. She not only develops a relationship with the seniors but with staff and family members as well. Schoenberger also fre quently brings her grandsons, Noah and Jared Weiss, with her on visits. Of her three sets of grandkids, Noah and Jared are the ones who live in the area, and other grandkids have also joined her when in town. Its amazing to see the rap port they have with the older people, because sometimes kids can get very intimi dated, said Schoenberger. My grandsons do the service sometimes. Im so proud of them, and the residents love them! The relationships Schoen berger forms with many of the residents dont only develop during her regularly sched uled hours. When they be come ill, Schoenberger visits them in the hospital or rehab center. The hardest visits have been to people she had grown very close to who were clearly near death. Schoenberger takes these losses very hard. After volunteering for a while at Brookdale Island Lake and Savannah Court, she met Gloria Newberger, a longtime and very active Jew ish Pavilion volunteerand the mother of Nancy Ludin. Newberger told Ludin about Schoenbergers warmth and energy, and Schoenberger was invited to join the Friends of the Jewish Pavilion Board. The people that Ive met through The Jewish Pavil ionthe other volunteers and staffhave become more than friends. Its another fam ily of mine, Schoenberger said. You know that if you need these people for any thing, theyd be there for you. And thats a good feeling, because its more than just a volunteer job, its a way of life. This year, Schoenberger is co-chairing The Jewish Pavilions annual gala, which will mark the organizations milestone 18th anniversary. Gems and Jeans 2018 will be held at Hilton Orlando North in Altamonte Springs on Oct. 28, 2018. Our celebration of the Chai anniversary will be a fabulous and fun event, said Schoenberger. Were plan ning a great evening that will entertain our guests and leave them feeling good about giving their support to such an important organization in our community. Schoenberger said that volunteering gives her a sense of purpose. Ive always taught my children to give back. And this is my way of giving back. Because I really do feel like Im doing something good, she said. I really probably get more out of this from the residents than they do from me. Volunteering for The Jewish Pavilion can be rewarding in so many ways. With more than 1,000 Jewish seniors living in 70+ facilities around town, there are many opportunities to get involved. For more in formation, go to JewishPavil ion.org or call 407-678-9363. By Lisa Levine Whenever Shirley Schoen berger visits, the room always gets a little warmer. Thats because Schoenberger, an active Jewish Pavilion volun teer for more than four years, brings with her a wonderfully upbeat attitude and a warm and caring way wherever she goes. Shirley is a ray of sunshine. She is so warm and friendly. Her smile is contagious, said Nancy Ludin, executive direc tor of The Jewish Pavilion. Schoenberger helps with the weekly Shabbat services at Brookdale Island Lake in Longwood, greeting and chat ting with residents as they enter and passing out challah and wine before the blessings during the service. She usu ally comes early or stays late so she has plenty of time to talk with people one on one, catching up with family news or just letting them talk about whatevers on their mind. Theyre very open, and theyre eager to share ex periencesand sometimes things that they cant even tell their family, said Schoen berger. So I become like their surrogate family. She also makes regular individual visits to a few of the residents at Savannah Court in Mai tland, having formed close relationships with them over the years. Its clear from the way the residents react when they see her that her friendship is highly valued. On a recent mid-week visit to Island Lake, Schoenberger sat on a sofa in an area across from the dining room, and friend after friend Publication Date: August 3, 2018 Advertising Deadline: July 25, 2018 The Back to School Issue... IS BACK!
HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, JULY 13, 2018 PAGE 3A By United with Israel, with files from Palestin ian Media Watch Last month, Islam Abu Hmeid murdered an Israeli soldier, earning him a spot among four of his brothers, all of whom are serving mul tiple life sentences in Israeli prisons. Hmeid, who tossed a marble block from a roof at Israeli staff sergeant Ronen Lubar sky, killing the soldier, con fessed to the crime and is scheduled to be indicted on Thursday. With the latest Hmeid brother heading for the slam mer for a murderous terror attack, the terrorists mother, Latifa Abu Hmeid, can expect a significant increase in the funds the clan reaps, which are doled out from coffers that PA law designates for re warding terrorists and their families. After the murder, Pales tinian Authority (PA) offi cials honored the terrorists mother, Latifa Abu Hmeid, with visits, lauding her as a crown on all of our heads and a fighter from whom we draw our determination and our strength. The PAs efforts are not limited to lavishing praise on Latifa, but also include cumulative payments to her and her family of $1,007,611 as of press time, reported terror watchdog Palestinian Media Watch. In May 2018 alone, the PA AP Photo/Majdi Mohammed Mother of 5 Palestinian terrorists, Latifa Abu Hmeid. Highest paid Palestinian terrorist family about to get a raise paid the Hmeid family close to $10,000 (34,400 shekels), with PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas meeting with Latifa to endorse her as a role model twice in the past year. Prior to Islam Abu Hmeids murderous attack, Abbas hosted Latifa, who goes by the monkier Khansa of Pal estine, a reference to a figure from early Islam who rejoiced when her four sons died as martyrs in battle. In 2011, the PA honored the terrorists mother with a symbolic role in the PAs push for statehood at the UN. Manuel Lopez Obrador, the partys leader and Mexicos newly elected president. The party has promised to bring significant change to the country by cutting down on crime and governmental corruption. Just because I might look like a skinny scientist doesnt mean Im not going to crack down on crime here. I will, Sheinbaum said at a recent rally according to multiple reports. Sheinbaum, who previously served as Mexicos secretary of the environment, said at a recent speech that she celebrated Jewish holidays growing up. Lopez Obradors landslide victory, which puts a leftist party in charge for the first time in generations, could usher in a new era of politics in Mexico, which has been ruled by traditional, main stream parties for nearly two decades. Claudia Sheinbaum Pardo Mexico City elects first Jewish mayor (JTA)Mexico City elected a Jewish woman as mayor Sundaysetting two firsts for the largest city in North America. A woman had previously been appointed Mexico Citys mayor on an interim basis for a year in 1999, but Claudia Sheinbaum Pardo is the first woman to be publicly elected to the office. The city, home to around 50,000 Jews, has also never had a Jewish mayor. Sheinbaum, 55, the grand daughter of Jewish immi grants from Lithuania and Bulgaria, is a scientist who holds a doctorate in engi neering and physics. She is a member of the leftist National Regeneration Movement par ty and has close ties to Andres By Cnaan Liphshiz (JTA)German prosecu tors have identified three suspects from a 2014 list of nine alleged Holocaust-era war criminals accused of shooting countless Jews. Kurt G., Herbert W. and Wilhelm Karl Friedrich Hoff meister, allegedly members of the firing squads that mur dered Jews in Eastern Europe during the Holocaust, have been under pretrial investiga tion for months for alleged war crimes and participation in genocide, the Simon Wiesen thal Centers Eastern Europe director, Efraim Zuroff, told JTA on Thursday. Each case is being handled by a different regional prosecutors office, he said. Whereas five of the names on the list that Zuroff gave German prosecutors in 2014 were not located, they were able to identify three who they suspect were former members of the Einsatzgruppe C death squad, which took part in the massacre of tens of thou sands of Jews in Babi Yar, Ukraine, in September 1941. The investigation against two of the three men was launched after the ARD tele vision channel interviewed them in September. They admitted to being members of that group on camera. All three men are in their 90s. Zuroff said he could not comment on the length of time that the investigations are taking. I dont have the informa tion necessary to make that call, he told JTA. But, he said, The German perpetra tors of the Holocaust showed great determination in killing Jews. I hope German pros ecutors today demonstrate the same sense of urgency in serving justice to those war criminals. The path to prosecuting common executioners like Einsatzgruppen troops was paved with the 2011 convic tion in Munich of former concentration camp guard John Demjanjuk as an ac complice in the murders of nearly 30,000 Jews in the Sobibor death camp in Poland. It set a precedent in that being a guard at a death camp was sufficient to prove complicity in murder. Previous prosecutions of Nazi criminals were focused on the architects of the genocide, leading to very few convictions of people who actually did the killing, some times of hundreds of Jews in a single day, Zuroff said. German prosecutors mull trials for three alleged Holocaust perpetrators JERUSALEM (JTA)Is raels Knesset passed legisla tion on Monday that requires the government to deduct the amount of money that the Palestinian Authority gives to terrorists and their families from the taxes it collects on the Palestinians behalf. The so-called anti-Pay for Slay law passed a final read ing in the Knesset following a two-hour debate by a vote of 87-15. Every Knesset faction except the left-wing Meretz party and the Arab Joint List passed the law Stuart Force, the father of Taylor Force, the American student who was killed by a Palestinian terrorist on the Tel Aviv boardwalk in March 2016 while in Israel for a study trip, was on hand for the vote. The Taylor Force Act, which ends U.S. aid to the Palestin ian Authority unless the P.A. stops paying stipends to Pal estinian terrorists and their families, reportedly prompted the Israeli legislation. The Congress passed the measure in March as part of the omni bus spending bill for this year. The Palestinian Authority has refused to stop the pay ments to Palestinian terror ists or the families left behind by terrorists killed as part of their attacks. Since 1994, Israel has collected customs duties on goods sent to the Palestin ians through Israeli ports and transferred the tens of millions of dollars each year to the Palestinian Authority. Last year, the Palestinian Authority paid about $198 million to a fund for the fami lies of terrorists killed during their attacks and about $160 million to Palestinians being held in Israeli jails, The Times of Israel reported, citing Is raeli Defense Ministry figures. Knesset passes bill that deducts terrorists salaries from PA (JTA)Australia has stopped giving direct aid to the Palestinian Authority due to concerns that the money is being used to pay Palestinian terrorists and their families. Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop said in a state ment Monday that the country was cutting its funding to the World Banks Palestinian Recovery and Development Program fund. Australia will redirect that $10 million in Australian currency ($7.4 million U.S.) to the U.N. Humanitarian Fund for the Palestinian Territories, which supplies Palestinians with health care, food, water and shelter. Bishop wrote to the Pales tinian Authority in late May to ensure that Australian fund ing was not supporting terror ists and is now concerned over where that money goes. I am confident that previ ous Australian funding to the PA through the World Bank has been used as intended, she wrote. However, I am concerned that in provid ing funds for this aspect of the PAs operations there is an opportunity for it to use its own budget to activities that Australia would never support. Israel has long maintained that the Palestinian Authority and its president, Mahmoud Abbas, encourage terror at tacks against Israelis by giving perpetrators and their fami lies financial rewards. Israeli lawmakers are advancing a law to slash funds to the P.A. by the same amount it uses to pay terrorists, and the United States, in the Taylor Force Act, cut funding to the P.A. over the payments to convicted terrorists and their families. Any assistance provided by the Palestine Liberation Orga nization to those convicted of politically motivated violence is an affront to Australian values and undermines the prospect of meaningful peace between Israel and the Pales tinians, Bishop said. Australia ends direct aid to PA, citing payments to terrorists Construction, Remodels, Additions, Handyman does most anything Available in Central Florida Area References Available Ricardo Torres Handyman 407-221-5482 MUST be able to provide proof of religion. 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PAGE 4A HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, JULY 13, 2018 THE VIEWS EXPRESSED ON THIS PAGE ARE NOT NECESSARILY THE VIEWS OF HERITAGE MANAGEMENT. CENTRAL FLORIDAS INDEPENDENT JEWISH VOICE ISSN 0199-0721 Winner of 46 Press Awards HERITAGE Florida Jewish News (ISN 0199-0721) is published weekly for $37.95 per year to Florida ad dresses ($46.95 for the rest of the U.S.) by HERITAGE Central Florida Jewish News, Inc., 207 OBrien Road, Suite 101, Fern Park, FL 32730. Periodicals postage paid at Fern Park and additional mailing offices. POSTMASTER: Send address changes and other correspondence to: HERITAGE, P.O. Box 300742, Fern Park, FL 32730. PHONE NUMBER (407) 834-8787 FAX (407) 831-0507 MAILING ADDRESS P.O. Box 300742 Fern Park, FL 32730 email: firstname.lastname@example.org Editor/Publisher Jeffrey Gaeser Editor Emeritus Associate Editor News Editor Gene Starn Kim Fischer Christine DeSouza Account Executives Kim Fischer Marci Gaeser Contributing Columnists Jim Shipley Mel Pearlman David Bornstein Ed Ziegler Production Department David Lehman Gil Dombrosky Joyce Gore Society Editor Gloria Yousha Office Manager Paulette Alfonso By Jerome Marcus (JNS)A peculiarly Israeli approach to national defense was on display recently at a high school in Shaar HaNegev, Gate of the Desert. There, as described in an article in the Hebrew-language online daily Globus, 350 Israelis showed up for a Hackathon dubbed What Happens to Every Balloon. The event announcement called for volunteers to try to develop solutions for the latest war effort emanating from the Gaza Strip. Balloons, filled with helium stolen from Gaza hospitals, are equipped with bombs, grenades and other flammable materials, and then sent flying into the air, which the Arabs hope will carry the kites north and east to the Jewish communities nearby, to the fields where many in these communities farm. Focused entirely on civilian targetsand so a clear violation of the law of warthe tactic hasnt yet caused any Jewish deaths. But it has destroyed many thousands of acres of Israeli farmland and a nature reserve, as well as caused the deaths of many animals. More volunteers signed up than the site could accommodate, and registration for the event had to be closed. The Israelis who camekippah-decked and bare-headed, men and women, and mostly youngwere divided into groups with three different goals: iden tifying the threat; destroying the threat; and minimizing the damage. Among these three groups, a total of 20 teams were created. Each had a mentor, chosen from among experts in lasers, radar, optics, photography, fire-fighting and other fields. Representatives from the army were also there, along with people from a local college and residents of the region. There were also high school students in the crowd, mixed in with everyone else because in Israel, its under stood to make sense to put a 16-year-old into the same group with a laser expert from the army and a professor. You never know where the best new idea will come from. The other uniquely Israeli spin: People who had never met each other were plopped into a meeting room, where they were expected to brainstorm for a day and come up with solutionspurely technological, purely de fensiveto this latest threat. At the end of the day, each group presented its work. The proposals ranged from a system of lenses that identifies threats and then focuses the suns rays on them to destroy them; and a flying fire-detection system, equipped with thermal cameras and the capacity to shoot fire-extinguishing chemicals (and to land, reload and relaunch automatically). The events name is taken from a popular childrens book published in 1974, written in Hebrew, called A Tale of Five Balloons. It teaches, among other things, about loss. The story ends with the balloon popping, and the child learning that this is what happens to every balloon. Halevai. If only. Jerome A. Marcus is a lawyer and a fellow at the Kohelet Policy Forum in Jerusalem. The end of every balloon By Jonathan S. Tobin (JNS)Only hours after the U.S. Supreme Court issued its decision to uphold U.S. Presi dent Donald Trumps right to restrict entry into the United States from seven countries, including five with Muslim majorities, Jew ish groups were issuing condemnations and organizing protests. Much of the organized Jewish community has been involved in op posing the administration. That opposition has deepened as the understandable anger over the government separating children from their parents who had crossed the southern border without permission ignited a firestorm of protest. This anger has set off a torrent of comments that damn Trump as a racist and proto-author itarian, as well as prompted a comparison of the situation of current immigrants to the plight of refugees from the Holocaust, and of the administration to the Nazis. Yet some of those who have been inflaming this debate believe that in doing so, they are upholding Jewish values. Are they right? Concern for the stranger is deeply in grained in Judaism. The immigrant experience is also crucial to understanding the way Ameri can Jews view the world. Most Jews trace their origins to the waves of migration from Eastern Europe in the late 19th and early 20th centu ries. That historical memory helped form both the political worldview and the culture of the American Jewish community. Identification with subsequent generations of immigrants from other communities were often tied to ideas about Jewish identity and faith. Supporting more liberal immigration laws is second nature for Jews who remember that most of their forebears arrived in this country prior to 1924, when the United States more or less welcomed anyone in good health that wasnt excluded by racist laws prohibiting immigration from China. The unwillingness of the United States to open its doors to those fleeing Nazi Europe is also imprinted into the Jewish consciousness by usually putting them on the side of those claiming refugee status. Revulsion at the way the president has engaged in demagoguery regarding immigra tion has deepened these convictions. Trumps December 2015 call for a ban on the entry of all Muslims smacked of bigotry. Since then, his comments depicting illegal immigrants as criminals have appealed to our basest instincts more than concerns about security. But the idea that Jews are compelled to condemn the Supreme Courts decision or oppose the administrations focus on border security says more about Jewish politics than principles. The tone of this debate reflects the way the left-right divide in America has become the function of a culture war on everything, rather than specific debate on the merits of any one thing. The invocation of the Holocaust reflects a general panic felt by many liberals and Democrats about the Trump administra tion, in which they are not so much opposed to its policies as convinced that it is a threat to democracy. Shock at Trumps unexpected election vic tory led to some apocalyptic rhetoric about his presidency. But rage about Trump has now gotten to the point where much of the country cannot separate his personality and tweets from what has been for the most part a rather conventional conservative govern ment. Normal disagreements about border security and much else have been inflated into existential questions; people feel they cannot agree to disagree as is necessary in any political debate. But no matter how deeply you are angered by the zero tolerance policy when it comes to illegals at the border, the desire to conflate the plight of Central Americans seeking to enter the country without permission largely Sympathy for the stranger, but none for the rule of law? because of economic reasons with Jews oth erwise doomed to death in Hitlers Europe is a function of the impulse to resist Trump. Its simply not sober analysis. Nor is there any substance to attempts to compare Trump to Hitler or even to claim that disagreements over immigration policy echo the first steps towards fascism in Germany. You dont have to be a fascist to think that the government should enforce current im migration laws, whether or not we completely agree with them. Officials of the Immigration and Customs Enforcement authority, which some on the left demand be abolished, are not the Gestapo, anymore than they were when President Barack Obama was the one giving orders to arrest illegals. Nor is the effort to evade the law by providing sanctuary to those who entered the country illegally the same thing as hiding Jews from the Nazis. Such analogies are an insult to the Holocaust and misrepresent a debate largely motivated by partisanship. Support for the rule of law or opposition to what amounts to a call for open borders is not racist. Like all countries, the United States has a right to determine who may cross its borders, and saying so is not contrary to Judaism. The same applies to the so-called Muslim ban upheld by the court. One may claim Trumps order was unnecessary or a political stunt. But its also true that this order, which was well within his constitutional authority and far from unprecedented, wasnt a general ban on Muslims, and did impact countries where terror is rampant and where the abil ity of the United States to vet asylum-seekers is limited. Sadly, whats happening now is not so much a debate about the merits of stands on immigration as it is a situation in which left and right increasingly view each other as evil and unworthy of respect. The presidents instinct for division and incivility is greatly to blame, but his opponents are now responding in kind as Americans engage in a race to the bottom of the gutter. Its time for both sides to step back from the overheated partisan rhetoric. Supporting more liberal immigration policies is legitimate, though the same can be said of those who urge more caution. Still, its not the duty of Jews to promote a false narrative about analogies to the Holocaust or to feed a hysterical panic about the end of democracy. Those who do so are now part of the problemand not the solution. Jonathan S. Tobin is editor in chief of JNSJewish News Syndicate. Follow him on Twitter at: @jonathans_tobin. By Andrew Silow-Carroll NEW YORK (JTA)A few months ago I wrote a humor piece titled Dont eat off the seder plate, and other tips for non-Jews attending their first seder. It drew a miffed response from a rabbi friend who often works with interfaith families and suggested its time to drop terms like non-Jew and gentile. At the time I scoffed. Yes, it is a little weird that a people who represent less than 0.1 per cent of the worlds population define everybody else as not us. Its like someone with lactose intolerance saying he doesnt eat dairy ice cream. Which is technically true, although it tends to over-privilege Tofutti. And yet non-Jew and gentile have their uses, especially if you write about Jews for a living. Whether you are making demographic distinctions, writing about Jews in relation to their neighbors or talking about Jewish practices that cross over into wider culture, non-Jew comes in handy. Unless you want to pretend there are no distinctions between people who identify as Jews and people who identify as something elseand making such distinctions strikes me as about 85 percent of the entire Jewish enterprise, starting at Sinaiwhy would you retire two perfectly serviceable words? Who do you offend by keeping them? Then I met Lindsey Silken, the editorial director at InterfaithFamily, a resource for people in interfaith relationships. Lindsey and I sat on a panel at a Jewish journalism convention last week, and she passed around her in-house style guide. It explained why they dont use terms like half-Jew, shikse, gentile and, yes, non-Jew. I get why half-Jew could be offensive in that is assumes the subject cant possibly identify as fully Jewish. (And here I am obligated to quote the famous Groucho Marx quip, when an anti-Semitic swimming club refused admis sion to his daughter: Shes only half Jewish, Groucho said. How about if she only goes in up to her waist?) Shikse, that awful Yiddish term that derives from Hebrew for blemish or abomination, is obviously beyond the pale. And gentile just feels so smug and fusty, like, I dont know, a 20th-century anti-Semitic swimming club. But whats wrong with non-Jew? Interfaith Family says it is about the feelings of partners involved with Jews. By constantly leading with the negative in reference to a Jewish persons partner, it can be perceived as derogatory, according to the guide. It can make the people it is referring to feel excluded and on the outside of the Jewish community. Instead of non-Jew, the guide suggests partner who is not Jewish, partner from an other faith, not Jewish, person from a different background, person who isnt Jewish. In other words, dont reduce someone to what they are not, as if their entire identity is defined by their inverse relationship with a Jew. There are a few centuries of debate behind Is non-Jew an insult? the words InterfaithFamily hopes to retire. At the core of the debate is the traditional taboo on interfaith marriage. Traditionalists want to reinforce the notion that Jews should marry Jews in the interest of continuity. Isaac Herzog, the newly elected chairman of the Jewish Agency for Israel, announced his membership in the traditionalist camp this week when he referred to interfaith mar riage as an actual plague, adding there must be a campaign, a solution. We have to rack our brains to figure out how to solve this great challenge. Other traditionalists nodded, noting that support for Israel and engagement with Jewish life plunges outside of Jewish-Jewish marriages. Interfaith activists want to make the com munity welcoming to mixed families. They also talk the language of continuity, saying that mixed families certainly will not raise their children as Jews if they dont feel comfortable in Jewish settings. And they talk the language of post-modernity, saying Jews cant stand at the shores of multiculturalism like King Canute, wishing away the inevitable waves of diversity that come with a free society. For those of us who do write about Jews and their significant others, that means tak ing sides. Sort of. Its not our job to judge the debate between the traditionalists and the activists. But our language has nonetheless evolved along with the Jewish community. Non-Jews itself replaced gentiles over the years. Jewess went the way of the corset; goy shows up only in a direct quote or if modified by Shabbos, which is a term of art and not a slur. We now use haredi instead of ultra-Orthodox. And we long ago stopped assuming rabbi denoted a male, a minyan meant 10 men and congressman is the default for a lawmaker. This week weve been sharing around the office a JTA dispatch from 1934 that is harrow ing in its casual racism. (Residents of Harlem are referred to as the dusky, happy-go-lucky denizens of Africa in Manhattan. Wow.) How will we be judged in 84 years? What words will mark us as hopelessly mired in the prejudices of our times? So I am not scoffing anymore. I think we can reduce the use of non-Jew, especially to refer to individuals. It still remains a useful distinction if, for instance, we are reporting on a study comparing Jewish communities to the mainstream, on subjects like religious practice, genetic differences and voting pat terns. But if it avoids insulting someone, why not refer to individuals as the partner from another faith or a person from a different background? As for humor? A little flexibility is called for. I am reminded of the Jewish man who con verts to Christianity and becomes a minister. Giving his first sermon, he stands before the congregation and says, Fellow ... Oh, wait. Never mind. Its sort of offensive. And kind of hilarious. Andrew Silow-Carroll is editor in chief of JTA.
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Dear Editor: As a longtime subscriber to your newspaper, I have depended on it for accurate reporting of Jewish news in our community, in our coun try and the world. In your June 22, 2018, issue, I read with particular interest David Gemunders article, Pass the Anti-Semitism Awareness Act (and protect the First Amendment), which cited examples of anti-Semitism at American colleges and universities. Listed first was my alma mater, Barnard College, where the BDS (Boy cott, Divestment, Sanctions) resolution against Israel had Barnard students support BDS, the institution itself does not been passed. Stunned and distraught, I wrote a letter to the editor of Barnard Magazine, our alumnae publication, to question the colleges decision. Citing an important dis tinction between school and students, Barnards maga zine editor responded that the majority of Barnard students had voted for BDS, but Bar nard as an institution chose not to support it. Gemunders words did not define that dif ference: At Barnard College, after the passage of a BDS resolution... Yet he noted that at the University of Cali fornia, Davis, the student government passed a resolu tion supporting BDS... I am sure Gemunder did not mean to mislead. In our fake vs. real world, however, clear and accurate communication is essential for our survival and well-being. Lenore Richman Roland Windermere By Norman Berdichevsky The 75 or 78 percent fig ures frequently referred to by Democrat apologists as if they were the Holy Grail, are based entirely on entry or exit polls but many Jews are reluctant to identify them selves as conservatives and risk peer pressure. During the past two presidential election cycles, in many synagogues, there have been rabbis and congregants who have openly demonstrated a knee-jerk reaction to political issues denigrating conservatives and Republicans as reactionaries or anti-Semites, yet even if the real figure is only 70 percent, it is tragic. It signi fies the Jewish vote is of little strategic importance in the pocket of one party, second only to the monolithic vote of African-Americans. The fact that the proud Senator Lieberman, whose nomination on the Democrat ic ticket in 2000 caused waves of ecstatic jubilation among many Jews, also refused to support Barack Obama in 2008 and spoke at the Repub lican National Convention in support Senator John McCain was ignored. Most American Jews continue to be oblivi ous to the fact that the most outstanding, talented Jewish individuals in public life uni formly saw the obvious dan gers of an Obama presidency and warned against. These include Fox News commen tator Charles Krauthammer; former White House Press Secretary Arie Fleischer; scholar at the American Enterprise Institute, Joshua Muravchik; columnist and editor of the Weekly Standard, Bill Kristol; political analyst and former campaign adviser to President Bill Clinton, Dick Morris; editor of Frontpage Magazine, David Horowitz; National Review columnist and author of Liberal Fas cism, Jonah Goldberg; Sena tor Joe Lieberman; author and columnist Dennis Prager; writer and author of Use ful Idiots, Monah Charen; Dianna West, author of The Death of the Grown-Up; editor of Commentary, Nor man Podhoretz; author Hillel Halkin, who now resides in Israel; journalist and writer Bernie Goldberg; author Ronald Radosh Divided They Fell: The Demise of the Demo cratic Party, 1964-1996; film producer David Zucker; and comedian Jackie Mason. Even those prominent Jews who argued strongly for Barack Obama in 2008, former Mayor of New York City, Ed Koch; the countrys most well-known trial lawyer, Alan Dershowitz; Republi can congressional candidate Rabbi Shmuely Boteach; and publisher and editor Mortimer Zuckerman, have all since removed the Obama stick ers from their cars and are now pleading ignorance or betrayal. The Democrat world-view that still holds an anachro nistic stranglehold on many Jews has to be reminded that no ethnic vote is cast in stone, that Jewish support for Re publican or Fusion candidates like Jacob Javitz and Fiorello La Guardia turned its back on the corrupt Democratic Tammany political machine By Yoram Ettinger (JNS)The United Na tions Human Rights Council and the principle of human rights are two things diamet rically opposed to each other. The makeup of the council, which is determined by geo graphic location and dictates anti-American conduct by the leadership of nondemocratic regimes, is proof of that. Council member Venezuela, for example, is a dictatorship that puts opposition leaders in prison, is anti-American, and is aligned with the ayatollahs regime in Iran. The Congo is ruled by a dictator who mur ders those who oppose him and is keeping his seat in violation of his countrys constitution. Pakistan is accused of gross, wholesale human-rights viola tions, from routine executions to religious oppression, and serves as a haven for antiAmerican terrorism. Another member of the UNHRC is Afghanistan, which sends out terrorist groups to take care of opponents of the regime. Burundi, which is accused of crimes like kidnap ping, torture and execution of those who voice opposition, refuses to cooperate with investigators from the council of which it is a member. Cuba also continues to suppress opposition, free media and human rights. Other stars on the list of member states de spite their consistent humanrights violations are Rwanda, Senegal, Togo, Angola, Iraq, Tunisia, Qatar and China. The signs are not new. In 2008, the UNHRC showed its real face when all 47 of its mem bers approved the appointment of Richard Falk, who is known for his particularly venomous attitude toward the United States, for a six-year term as the councils special rappor teur on human rights in the Palestinian territories. Falk accused then-Pres ident George W. Bush of whitewashing conclusions about 9/11, and even hinted that right-wing American elements might have been involved. After the Boston Marathon bombing in 2013, Falk quoted the poet W.H. Auden: Those to whom evil is done, do evil in return. The U.S. withdrawal from the UNHRC reveals the coun cils hypocrisy. It is taking away member-states ability to use the superpower that leads the free world as cover for their routine attacks on human rights, undermine American interests, and pro mote the goals of blatantly anti-American nations. This is the latest move of a consistent policy: only recently, the United Stattes withdrew from the 2015 nu clear deal with Iran, which was never approved by Congress. The deal promised Irans anti-American government generous, immediate, and practical aid in exchange for vague promises about the future. It did so despite the ayatollahs knife moving ever closer to the throats of Saudi Arabia and the other proAmerican Gulf states, and Iran deepening its foothold in Iraq, Syria, Lebanon and Yemen. The American administra tions recent steps are signal ing to the United Nations and other entities that are given U.S. aid that from now on, continued support will be con ditional upon them adopting pro-American policies. The days when benefits and resources were funneled into the pockets of entities that spit in Americas face are over. The U.N. is at risk of losing financial support that comprises about 20 percent of its budget, including a quarter of the funds that go to the U.N. Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees, which underwrites education in hatred and incitement to terrorism. These moves are important not only for Americas interests, but serve as an important message to the entire free world. Yoram Ettinger is a former ambassador and head of Sec ond Thought: A U.S.-Israel Initiative. The U.S. sends a message to the free world By Shari Dollinger (JNS)In many Jewish households on Friday nights, parents bless their daughters in the names of our matriarchs: Sarah, Rebecca, Rachel and Leah. We do so to hold our highest role models to our girls. Lately though, Ive had the creeping inclination to consider another name to this list of women in whose footsteps I hope my daughter will follow: U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley. Haley represents our coun try with bold, honorable and principled leadership. In no forum are these traits more lacking than the United Na tions. In no place are they more sorely required. And on no issue does this present itself more clearly than her proud and consistent stand in defense of Israel. Recently, Haley an nounced that the U.S. dele gation would withdraw from the UN Human Right Coun cilin large part because of its history of unfairly targeting and condemning Israel while turning a blind eye toward human-rights violators like Syria, Iran and North Korea. Earlier this year, when mothers and fathers in south ern Israel were forced to wake their children and run to bomb shelters as rockets rained down from Gaza, Haley reassured these parents that their fears will be heard. Not only did she condemn these attacks, but she also called for a U.N. Security Council emergency meeting on Gazabased terror. This may seem like a logi cal response to such violence, but it was the first time that the United States had called for such a meeting to address the issue, despite the fact that more than 10,000 rockets have been fired at Israel from Gaza during the last 17 years. Unsurprisingly, the emer gency meeting to examine the true injusticePalestin ian terrorismhasnt been scheduled. But the move flipped U.N. standard operat ing procedure to condemn Israel in an emergency meet ing for defending itself against terrorbe it rockets, riots or stabbings. Its not the first time either that Haley has grabbed headlines for her leadership. Recently, she vetoed a reso lution sponsored by Kuwait that made no mention of Hamas, yet condemned Israel for the excessive, dispropor tionate and indiscriminate use of force against Palestin ian civilians, and then she forced the Security Council to consider a measure con demning Hamas as a terrorist organization. And just this week, she gathered enough votes to pass an amend ment to a Palestinian-backed resolution that would have condemned Hamas. When her amendment was sidelined by a procedural maneuver, she called the effort to obstruct the vote shameful. She has stopped the United Nations from appointing a Palestinian diplomat to a U.N. mission in Libya. She has stopped the U.N. High Commissioner for Hu man Rights Zeid Raad alHussein from publishing a blacklist of companies that do business with Israel in the West Bank, Eastern Jerusalem and the Golan Heights. And she has stopped a U.N. Security Council draft resolu tion that would have called for the reversal of recognizing Jerusalem as the capital. These moves have made her the most popular politician in America. A recent Quinnipiac University poll found that 63 percent of American voters approve of Haleys decisionmaking skills. Her approval spans party lines: 75 percent of Republicans, 63 percent of independents and 55 percent of Democrats say they approve of how shes handling her job. Ive seen the widespread admiration for her leadership play out in public. She has been lauded in the press, feted at pro-Israel conferences and will be the keynote speaker at the annual Christians United for Israel (CUFI) Washington Summit on July 23. When she speaks, the proIsrael community listens. Last month, I was privi leged to attend the open ing of the U.S. embassy in Jerusalem, where I experi enced this Haley effect myself. The mere mention of her name elicited spon taneous and prolonged applause from the crowd in attendance. She has the respect of her fellow dip lomats, the admiration of Americans of all political stripes and the appreciation of the Israelis. How could I not consider her to be a role model for my own daughters? No, Nikki Haley is not a Jewish matriarch, but she is a heroine for Israel nonethe less, who is well on her way to being the worlds next great diplomat. Shari Dollinger is the coexecutive director of Chris tians United for Israel. The Haley effect Vote on page 15A
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HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, JULY 13, 2018 PAGE 7A Alex Traiman Shown here (l-r): Maurice Hirsch, Sander Gerber, MK Elazar Stern, Stuart Force, Itamar Marcus, Shai Maimon, R. Avrumi Sieger and Rivka Kidron. By Alex Traiman (JNS)The passage of an Israeli law to withhold funds that the Palestinian Authority uses to pay murderers for kill ing Jews is the correction of an unconscionable injustice. That a democratic country with a High Court of Justice has allowed itself to transfer funds month after month to a murder-sponsoring entity within its midst is not just bad policy, it is completely illegal and utterly immoral. Israeli parliamentarians finally awoke to the reality that the P.A. pays more than $360 million a year to terror ists serving prison sentences in Israeli jails and to the families of terrorists killed while in the act of attempt ed murder. The payment schemeon the law books of the P.A. from as early as 2011bases amounts to each terrorist or family on the severity of the jail term, with additional incentives for terrorists holding Israeli identification cards. Israel was not the first country to legislate against the pay to slay practice. In March, the United States passed the Taylor Force Act, which prohibits the U.S. from sending foreign aid to the Palestinian Authority as long as the payment scheme remains in place. The bill was named after Taylor Force, a 26-year-old American West Point graduate who had served tours of duty in Afghanistan and Iraq. Tay lor was visiting Israel as part of an entrepreneurial seminar connected to an MBA program at Vanderbilt University when he was stabbed to death on a popular Tel Aviv promenade by a terrorist from the Palestin ian city of Kalqilya. The terrorist was killed by police responding to the attack. To add insult to in jury, Palestinians celebrated Taylors death, and soon afterwards, the terrorists family began receiving large monthly stipendswell in excess of average Palestinian salaries. Several months later, Sand er Gerber, a private New York financial executive and former board member of AIPAC, reached out to Taylors par ents, Stuart and Robbi Force. Gerber had recently been made aware of the payment scheme, and was shocked to learn that most Israeli and American politicians were clueless that terrorists were being paid to kill in accor dance with Palestinian law. Gerber began a relentless campaign to research and expose the full and precise nature of the stipend scheme. What he foundwith the help of the research and legal teams at Palestinian Media Watchwas that the scheme was more sophisticated than any Israeli politicians had ever imagined. Hundreds of millions of dollars paid each year in salaries directly to the murderers of Jews. No longer was the P.A. simply guilty of incitement to murder through school textbooks, television stations, social-media avenues and fre quent speeches by Palestinian leaders, including P.A. head Mahmoud Abbas calling for the blood of Jews; the P.A. was proven to be an official terror-sponsoring entity. Worse yet, most of the funds utilized to secure its budget and make the terror payments came either by way of foreign aid provided by the United States and others, or through a tariff agreement with Israel whereby funds are collected on behalf of the P.A. at ports of entry and then passed monthly by Israel to the Palestinian entity. With this information in hand, Gerber enlisted Taylors parents in a campaign to educate lawmakers. Together, they demanded that both the United States and Israel stop sending funds that now could be proven were going into the hands of murderers. For the United States, the issue was simple: The foreign aid that America provides is voluntary and can be with held if it is deemed to not be serving Americas interests. For Israel, there were addi tional legal questions, as the funds are collected by Israel on behalf of the P.A. as part of the Oslo Accords. Yet once it was clearly established that The forces behind US and Israeli bills to withhold pay to slay terror financing the sponsorship of terror was a direct violation of the Oslo Accords, legal concerns were eased. The U.S. Taylor Force Act was signed into law in March; it took several more months for Israel to follow suit. Despite calls by Israeli Prime Minis ter Benjamin Netanyahu for funds to be withheld from the P.A. from as early as 2015 coupled with his expressed support for the passage of the Taylor Force Actthe government sought to insert a waiver provision into the Israeli law. The waiver would have given Israels govern ment the right to pass any funds withheld over to the P.A. at a later date based on security or geopolitical con cerns, such as pressure from the international community. Such a provision would have rendered the law useless. The argument in favor of the provision was that withholding funds from the P.A. could lead to its collapse. Proponents of the waiver essentially were suggesting that the risk of a P.A. collapse and the uncer tainty that might follow is more dangerous than giving the P.A. funds that are then used to incentivize murder. Recently, the United States rejected a similar argument by moving its embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. The Trump administration was warned that the move would spark widespread unrest and destabilize the region. While protests ensued on the Gaza border, little violence was recorded in the West Bank and virtually none of the 250,000 Arabs living in Jerusalemsome just sev eral hundred meters from the embassyprotested a move that did little to impact their day-to-day lives. So, with the help of law sponsors MK Elazar Stern (Yesh Atid) and MK Avi Dich ter (Likud), who is currently chairman of the Knessets Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee, a strong push was made to pass a law that did not give any option for a gov ernmental waiver. Pressure was also exerted by several Israeli victims of Palestinian terror, led by Shai Maimon. After weeks of deliberations, the law secured the support of coalition and opposition members and passed this week by a resounding vote of 87-15, well beyond the normal tally of Knesset votes. The passage of both the U.S. and Israeli versions of the laws to withhold funding is a testa ment to the relentless pursuit of Gerber and Force (who were both present for the Knesset vote). At an Israeli event in celebrating the outcome, Force noted that because they werent government officials, it might have been easier to push for the two laws passage. Other countries are now taking notice. On the same day as the vote in Israel, Aus Financing on page 15A
PAGE 8A HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, JULY 13, 2018 Harold Witkov and his better half, Judy. riage, I am not at all surprised, for I know her heart was never the one in need of repair. Chess and life have much in common. In both, it seems as though its all about the King, but it is the Queen who moves best and has the great est strength. So here is to my Better Half: my wife Judy; love of my life and Queen of my Heart! And here is to all the Better Halves of the world! Heres to my (and your) better half By Harold Witkov First person As a 66-year-old retiree, I play chess recreationally a few times a week. For the most part, I play in chess clubs that are open to the public and are drop-in. Such was the case, recently, when I did something during a chess game that only a handful of chess players in the history of the game can claim: I suffered a heart attack while playing. It was late afternoon on a Wednesday. All the other chess players had already gone home for the day. Kevin and I were the only ones remaining, and we were having one of our typical epic battles. We were in the middlegame when, like never before, I found myself so extraordinari ly invested in the outcome, I started perspiring and feeling adrenaline rushes. My chest felt a dull and strange dis comfort, and a slight feeling of nausea was upon me. But these seemed mere distrac tions. It was only the game that seemed to matter. And then I saw my oppor tunity. I could take his Pawn with my Queen and check his King. That would force his Queen to take my Queen and I could then recapture his Queen with my Knight, thus forking his two Rooks. I went for it. The game was mine for all practical purposes; but he wanted to play it out. With every move my symptoms intensified. Finally, he laid down his King and we shook hands. There was now a pain in the center of my chest. It was not sharp or excruciating, but it was a pain nonethe less. I told Kevin I needed to use the washroom and that I would see him next week; he went home having no clue as to the inward turmoil I was experiencing. Once in the mens room, I threw cold water on my face and drank from the bathroom faucet, all to no avail. I walked to my car hoping that it was my asthma acting up and a magic cure awaited me inside my automobile. Sitting in my Camry, I drank a full bottle of Gatorade and took two puffs from my inhaler. Nothing changed. I started thinking the worst. I thought about calling 911, I thought about driving to the hospital. Mostly, in this time of great need, I yearned for the companionship of my wife, Judy. I drove home, a 10-minute drive, walked up the stairs, and told the love of my life, I think Im having a heart attack. Judy drove me to the hospital emergency room. Yes, everything pointed to a heart attack. I had a coronary angiogram that Wednesday evening. And on Friday, June 1, I had quintuple bypass open-heart surgery. My last words to my wife, before my morning surgery, were I love you and God is giving me an improved heart so I can be more loving. My daughter and son-inlaw cut short their vacation and rushed home. So many family and friends were pull ing for me and my recovery. Loved ones got their loved ones to pray on my behalf. A lifelong friend told me he would ask his rabbi to say Mi Sheberakh for me. A friend of the family, a teacher at a Catholic elementary school, got her whole class to pray for me as well. I was touched to the core. I felt so unworthy. People were praying for me and I did not even know them. The hospital staff was won derful too, and so caring. So much love everywhere. When I came out of sur gery, Judy sat by my bedside. Despite my incoherence, she read aloud to me love poems by the Persian poet, Rumi: I put my heart on this hazard ous road and unshackled it to follow you... When you come to my mind, my heart starts to pound and tears of longing drip from my eyes... If you are a sea, I am your fish. If you are a meadow, I am your deer... There is a path from your heart to mine. My heart knows how to find it. My Judy watched over me every day I was in the hospital, and after I was discharged. She has been with me, taking care of me, every step of the way. After 33 years of mar Neta Milman, a scientist at the Rambam Clinical Research Institute in Haifa, is research ing pancreatic tumors with an eye toward developing immunotherapy treatments for cancer. By Michele Chabin JERUSALEMTheres a war raging in Israel with life and death consequences worldwide. This war does not involve tanks, drones or tunnels, and the enemy is not Iran, Hamas or Hezbollah. Rather the war is being waged in science labs and the battlefield is the human body. The enemy: cancer. Israeli scientists are experi menting with a new weapon in this war: immunotherapy, which manipulates ones im mune system to identify, fight and destroy cancer cells. While immunotherapy has been around for decades, new advances in the field coupled with recent drug approvals from the U.S. Food & Drug Administration have intensi fied interest in immunother apy and its applications for cancer treatment, especially late-stage cancers that resist conventional treatments. Im munotherapy drugs already are helping patients with melanoma, lung, stomach, liver and bladder cancers, as well as some blood cancers. Recent developments in immunotherapy have ush ered in a medical revolution, representing a real paradigm shift in cancer treatment, said Dr. Mark Israel, national executive director of the Israel Cancer Research Fund, which funds cancer research in the Jewish state. Cancer immunotherapy is exciting because, as opposed to other forms of therapy, it engages the bodys own highly sensitive system for detecting cancer cells and destroying them, Israel said. This area will have a major impact on cancer outcomes going forward. That potential is partly what drew Dr. Nathan Karin, an Israeli immunologist at the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology, to immunother apy research. Hes studying whether the cellular mecha nisms driving autoimmune diseases like Type 1 diabetes and multiple sclerosis can be utilized to create immuno therapy drugs to fight cancer. Karin and his team are researching the interplay be tween two types of cells vital to the immune system: regula tory T cells and effector T cells Regulatory T cells help tame immune system responses and prevent autoimmune diseases. But by suppressing effector T cells, they impede the immune systems ability to fight cancer. We believe that if you am plify regulatory T cells you can treat autoimmune disease, and if you block their activ ity you can thwart cancer, Karin said. Karin is among dozens of Israeli cancer researchers re ceiving financial support from the Israel Cancer Research Fund. For the organization, which raises money in North America to support cancer re search in Israel, one of the big Immunotherapy treatments being developed in Israel offer new hope for cancer patients Research Fund, which is well known among Israels top academic research centers, we will be able to support more lifesaving science in a country that is home to some of the worlds most talented research scientists. Neta Milman, a scientist at the Laboratory for Applied Cancer Research at the Ram bam Clinical Research Insti tute in Haifa, is among ICRFs recent grantees. She is study ing tumors called pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma, or PDAC. These tumors contain mostly non-cancerous cells that include a group of im mune cells that promote tumor growth by producing small particles that transport genetic information to cancer cells. The small particles are called exosomes. Were trying to figure out what the exosomes are send ing to the cancer cells, Mil man said. Exosomes one day could be a cancer-treatment delivery system because they can be engineered to target cancer cells, she said. Dr. Michal Lotem, who heads the Center for Mela noma and Cancer Immuno therapy at Sharett Institute of Oncology at Hebrew Uni versitys Hadassah Medical Center in Jerusalem, is receiv ing funding to support work on a new checkpoint receptor called SLAMF6, a protein found in immune cells. When activated, these receptors modulate the immune re sponse so that there isnt too strong a response against normal tissues But when it comes to cancer, the goal is to inhibit these receptor proteins so that the immune response against cancer will be as strong as possible If you target this protein effectively, it can double or triple the effect of immune cells when they attack their target, Lotem said. Gideon Gross and his team at MIGAL-Galilee Research Institute in the northern Israeli city of Kiryat Shemona are developing immune gene therapies, a treatment where a patients T-cells are modi fied in a lab in order to attack cancer cells. Gross, a pioneer in the field, together with Z. Esh har at the Weizmann Insti tute of Science created in the 1980s the first chimeric antigen receptors, or CARs cancer-fighting molecules constructed in the laboratory and inserted into T-cells. For his ICRF project, Gross hopes to improve the performance of CAR T-cells. For Karin of the Technion, who is well known for cuttingedge research into autoim mune diseases like MS, the Israel Cancer Research Funds backing enabled his first foray into cancer research. ICRFs support was the motivation for me to get into cancer immunotherapy research, Karin said. Now most of our attention in the lab is on melanoma. Without them we wouldnt be doing what were doing. This article was spon sored by and produced in partnership with the Israel Cancer Research Fund, whose ongoing support of these and other Israeli scientists work goes a long way toward en suring that their efforts will have important and lasting impact in the global fight against cancer. This article was produced by JTAs native content team. challenges is deciding which promising research projects to fund. ICRF received 160 grant proposals in 2017 alone and can fund only a fraction. Thats where a new partner ship with the U.S.-based Can cer Research Institute, known as CRI, comes in. Starting next year, ICRF and CRI will be partnering to identify and fund the most promising im munotherapy research being conducted in Israel. A joint scientific review panel including expert re searchers and doctors from around the U.S. and Canada who are involved with ICRF and CRI will meet every fall to evaluate the most promis ing Israeli immunotherapy research proposals, judging them on the basis of innova tion, feasibility and likelihood of impact. The initiative is called The Immunotherapy Promise. The FDA approved the first immunotherapy drug recently, but the field dates back to 1891, when William Coley, a physician and cancer researcher, observed that some cancer patients infected by Streptococcus bacteria experienced a dramatic and spontaneous improvement. He began injecting the bac teria into his patients, with mixed results. The treatment was nearly abandoned amid skepticism from Coleys peers and the advent of radiotherapy and improved surgical techniques. Today, however, new av enues of immunotherapy research are underway, and the field is considered among the most promising new ap proaches to cancer treatment, according to Jill ODonnellTormey, CEO and director of scientific affairs at CRI. Theres still more research that needs to be done in order to realize immunotherapys full potential, ODonnellTormey said. By partner ing with the Israel Cancer 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
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PAGE 10A HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, JULY 13, 2018 Ady Manory American, Canadian and Israeli flags are displayed in the S.H. and Helen R. Scheuer Chapel on the Cincinnati campus of the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion. By Josefin Dolsten (JTA)Jewish tourists from North America are likely to notice one big difference when visiting synagogues around the world. Though a plethora of symbols, such as stars of David and menorahs, may be displayed, national flags are rare inside the sanc tuary. Meanwhile, in the United States and Canada, an Ameri can or Canadian flag (and sometimes both) are com monly displayed on the bimah, or ritual stage, often alongside an Israeli flag. When did this uniquely North American Jewish cus tom originate and why? According to historian Gary Zola, you can thank a patriotic wave during World War I and, later, the birth of Israel. About a decade ago, a student asked Zola about the history of flags in American synagogues. So Zola, the ex ecutive director of the Jacob Rader Center of the American Jewish Archives and a profes sor of at the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in Cincinnati, set out to find the answer. That led to a study of the history of the American flag and how it was viewed at different periods in time. He is currently working on an article summarizing his research. Though the American flag was officially adopted in 1777, when it featured only 13 stars representing the original colonies, it grew in signifi cance in 1814, the year Francis Scott Key wrote what became the national anthem, The Star-Spangled Banner. He composed the song after see ing the American flag flying defiantly above Fort McHenry in Baltimore during the War of 1812. The creation of the anthem ignited the birth of flag culture, Zola said. The flag then becomes much more than just a banner for identifying things, he told JTA in a phone interview. We all are familiar with American eagle but the American eagle doesnt resonate with the same kind of deep, deep patri otic feelings that the flag does, and that helps you understand the transformation that takes place as a result of the poem, and the idea that the banner becomes the embodiment of the American people and nation. In the following decades, the flag began to be used by politicians as part of their political campaigns and was flown over public build ings, banks and churches. Zola found evidence of some synagogues at the time being decorated with American flags, though it does not seem to have been ubiquitous. The Civil War was the flags big transformational moment, Zola said. At the Battle of Fort Sumter in April 1861, Confederate forces bombed the fort, causing its main flagpole to fall down. The Fort Sumter Flag be comes the martyr symbol of America, and was shown all around the North and used to raise money for Union war efforts. It becomes the tangible symbol of why they were fighting this war, Zola said. The Stars and Stripes were carried into the battle by the Union troops. Following President Abraham Lincolns assassination, flags abounded as he was mourned and his body was transported from Washington to his burial place in Springfield, Illinois. Zola found evidence that some synagogues displayed American flags inside the sanctuary as rabbis eulogized the president. Still, flags were not a per manent fixture in American synagogues until World War I, with the popularization of the service flag, a banner that used stars to symbolize family members who were fighting or killed in the war. These service flags, while they were not literally the American flag, they had a familiarity, they had stars on them and they were Ameri can colors, and churches and synagogues began to fly those service flags inside the sanctuaries as a tribute to the soldiers and as a patriotic symbol, Zola said. This opened the gates to American flags being dis played as a permanent fixture Why synagogues started putting American flags in the sanctuary inside synagogues, he said, usually flanking the bimah, the sanctuarys main stage. Photos from Jewish con firmation ceremonies in the 1920s and 1930s show American flags in the back ground, and by World War II the practice of displaying flags next to the bimah was almost ubiquitous, accord ing to Zola. Still, for some synagogues the decision to add an Ameri can flag was triggered by quite a different event: the emergence of Zionism and creation of the state of Israel. After both the Balfour Dec laration in 1917 and Israels Declaration of Independence in 1948, synagogues wanted to fly the Zionist or Israeli flags. But many members felt that flying a Jewish national ist flag without an American flag wasnt right, so they added both. In most cases, however, the flying of the American flag was not a way for Jews to prove their patriotism, but rather to participate in a defining cultural practice, Zola said. American Jews, like in ev erything else, want to do what Americans are doing. And just as the flag becomes a part of American culture and begins to take on the emotional ef fect that it has over a period of time, American Jews want to participate, he said. Many synagogues didnt come lightly to the deci sion to fly a flag. In 1954, Reform Rabbi Israel Bet tandeclared that Old Glory may hang in an American synagogue on the grounds that devotion to the welfare of oness country has long assumed the character of a religious duty. In 1957, Rabbi Moshe Feinstein, the famed Orthodox authority, said secu lar symbols like flags had no place in the sanctuary; how ever, since the display of flags does not violate halacha, or Jewish law, a congregation is not required to remove them. Synagogues tend to follow the etiquette in the U.S. Flag Code, which says the Stars and Stripes should be placed on the leftmost pole, and the other flag to the right (from the audiences perspective). North American Jews are so used to the practice today that they may not realize that to most Jews around the world, a flag seems out of place in a house of worship. We are so familiar with this in America, its so common whether its a Reform syna gogue, Conservative and even some Orthodox [synagogues] that we take it for granted, its almost unnoticed, but when you travel the world you begin to realize, Gee, this isnt the way it is everywhere. By Cnaan Liphshiz AMSTERDAM (JTA)More than 70 years have passed since Meijer van der Sluis first laid eyes on the love of his life. He was at a home for child survivors of the Holocaust, and he opened the door for her. He still remembers her short haircut and exactly what she wore that day. It was a black army coat, van der Sluis, 91, of Amster dam, recalls in a critically acclaimed documentary that aired last month in the Neth erlands about his wife of 65 years, Tedje. It hit me hard. I fell in love. It glowed inside me, he says of their meeting in 1945, when both were teenagers. Seven decades later, the couples heartwarming story has been featured in media across the country because its moving, intimate and dramatic. But its intensity also personifies the collec tive trauma of a community that was hit worse than any other in Western Europe during the Holocaust, when the Nazis killed 75 percent of Dutch Jews. Throughout the hour-long film titled Tedje & Meijer: The Promise of Love, the two nonagenarians hug, kiss, rub noses and joke as they sit with their arms intertwined, each spouse with one palm on the others knee. They call each other poepie, or sweetie in Dutch, among other terms of endearment. Their children, Ruben and Merlijn Doomernik Meijer and Tedje van der Sluis during filming in Amsterdam of a 2018 documentary film about their marriage. These Dutch survivors have been madly in love for 70 years Mirjam, tell the camera that their father cannot function when his wife is ill. Mirjam says he becomes depressive. When he was working, Meijer would come home for lunch every dayan unusual habit in a country where lunch breaks are typically brief and feature room-temperature sandwiches at the workplace. But it wasnt to be with the children, Mirjam says. I think its because they couldnt spend an entire day apart, she says of her parents. As long as I see Tedje around Im happy, Im glad, Meijer says in the documen tary. Tedje has made me complete. While the couple love their Love on page 15A Beth Shalom Memorial ChapelProudly Serving Our Community For Over 35 YearsLdor vdor ... 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Normandy Blvd., Deltona; 386-804-8283; www.mybethshalom. com ; Shabbat services: Friday, 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. Congregation Bnai Torah (C) 403 N. Nova Rd., Ormond Beach, 32174, 386-672-1174; www.mybnaitorah.com ; Shabbat services: Friday, 8 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. Congregation Chabad Lubavitch of Greater Daytona (O) 1079 W. Granada Blvd., Ormond Beach, 386-672-9300; Shabbat services Friday, 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. Congregation of Reform Judaism (R) 928 Malone Dr., Orlando, 407-645-0444; www.crjorlando.org : Shabbat services, 7 p.m. 1st, 2nd and 3rd Fridays; 6 p.m., 4th and 5th Fridays; Saturday: 10 a.m. Congregation Mateh Chaim (R) P.O. Box 060847, Palm Bay, 32906, 321-768-6722. Congregation Ohev Shalom (C) 613 Concourse Parkway South, Maitland, 407-2984650; www.ohevshalom.org ; Shabbat service, Friday, 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, 9:30 a.m. Congregation Shalom Aleichem (R) 3501 Oak Pointe Blvd., Kissimmee, 407-9350064; www.shalomaleichem.com ; Shabbat service, 1st and 3rd Fridays of the month, 8 p.m. Congregation Shomer Ysrael (C) 5382 Hoffner Ave., Orlando, 407-227-1258, call for services and holiday schedules. Congregation Sinai (C/R) 303A N. S.R. 27, Minneola; 352-243-5353; congregationsinai.org; services: every Friday, 7:30 p.m.; Shabbat Service evert Saturday, 10 a.m. Orlando Torah Center (O) 8591 Banyan Blvd., Orlando; 347-456-6485; ShacharisShabbos 9 a.m.; Mon.Thurs. 6:45 a.m.; Sun. and Legal Holidays 8 a.m.; Mincha/Maariv Please call for times. Southwest Orlando Jewish Congregation/Ohalei Rivka (C) 11200 S. ApopkaVineland Rd., Orlando, 407-239-5444; Shabbat service, Friday, 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, 9:30 a.m. Temple Beth El (R) 579 N. Nova Rd., Ormond Beach, 386-677-2484. Temple Beth Shalom (R), P.O. Box 031233, Winter Haven, 813-324-2882. Temple Beth Shalom (C) 40 Wellington Drive, Palm Coast, 386-445-3006; Shabbat service, Friday, 8 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m. Temple Beth Sholom (C) 5995 N. Wickham Rd. Melbourne, 321-254-6333; www. mytbs.org ; Shabbat services: Friday, 7 p.m.; Saturday: 9:30 a.m. Minyan, Tuesday, 7:30 p.m.; Thursday, 10:00 a.m. Temple Beth Shalom (R) 1109 N.E. 8th Ave., Ocala, 352-629-3587; Shabbat services: Friday, 8 p.m.; Torah study: Saturday, 10:00 a.m. Temple Bnai Darom (R), 49 Banyan Course, Ocala, 352-624-0380; Friday Services 8 p.m. Temple Israel (C) 50 S. Moss Rd., Winter Springs, 407-647-3055; www.tiflorida.org ; Shabbat services: Friday, 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, 9:30 a.m.; Sunday 9:00 a.m. Temple Israel (R), 7350 Lake Andrew Drive, Melbourne, 321-631-9494. Temple Israel (C) 579 N. Nova Road, Ormond Beach, 386-252-3097; Shabbat service, Friday, 7 p.m.; Saturday: 10:30 a.m. Temple Israel of DeLand (R) 1001 E. New York Ave., DeLand, 386-736-1646; www. templeisraelofdeland.org; Friday Shabbat service, 7 p.m.; Saturday, 10:00 a.m. followed by Torah study. Temple Shalom (formerly New Jewish Congregation) (R) 13563 Country Road 101, Oxford, 352-748-1800; www.templeshalomcentralfl.org ; Shabbat services: Friday, 7 p.m.; last Saturday of the month, 9:30 a.m. Temple Shalom of Deltona (R/C) 1785 Elkcam Blvd., Deltona, 386-789-2202; www. shalomdeltona.org; Shabbat service; Saturday: 10 a.m. Temple Shir Shalom (R) Services held at Temple Israel, 50 S. Moss Rd., Winter Springs, 407-366-3556, www.templeshirshalom.org ; Shabbat services: three Fridays each month, 7:30 p.m. Traditional Congregation of Mount Dora (T) Mount Dora, 352-735-4774; www. tcomd.org; Shabbat services: Saturday, 9:30 a.m. sharp. (R) Reform (C) Conservative (O) Orthodox (Rec) Reconstructionist (T) Mehitsa Ben Sales Isaac Shapiro, now 87, lives in New York. maintain some private Jewish practices while living within a Nazi ally. They would eat Shabbat dinners at home on Friday night, and his father wore a kippah at those meals. They avoided pork, and on Passover they imported mat zah from Harbin. We knew what has happen ing to the Jews in Germany and we wanted Germany to lose the war, Shapiro said. We were very quiet about it and didnt want the Japanese to think we were against them. Privately, we were hopeful that Japan would lose the war. The war came home in 1944, when the Japanese mili tary evacuated the coastline and sent his family to live in Tokyo, where they endured heavy American bombing. Shapiros family had to run frequently to air raid shelters and pump water by themselves to put out fires. A Russian immigrant friend of his was killed in a bombing. It was frightening because Tokyo was burning, Shapiro said. The bombs fell all around us. By 1945, it was clear that Japan was losing the war, even though the nations censored newspaper downplayed the military defeats as temporary setbacks. When the atomic bomb hit Hiroshima, Shapiro recalls it being covered as a small item in the paper so as not to scare readers. When the war ended, Sha piro met an American Army officer who was seeking Eng lish speakers. He signed on with the Army, at age 14, to be a translator -but ended up translating for the U.S. Navy in Japan after the war. I have to go home and get some clothes and tell my par ents, Shapiro recalled telling the Army officer at the time. But his parents didnt mind. They were in such a state of shock about the end of the war and occupation, he said. They were very tolerant of my deviant behavior. A Marine officer and his wife took in Shapiro and, in 1946, with the encouragement of his parents, moved with him to Hawaii and acted as his guardians. Shapiro attended high school there, then went on to college and law school at Columbia University, and a long career at the law firms of Milbank Tweed and Skad den Arps. In 1952, he served in the Ko rean War, sweeping for mines and interrogating Koreans in Japanese. In the late 1970s, he and his wife got to live in Japan during peacetime, help ing establish Milbank Tweeds Tokyo office. There were lots of Ameri cans by that time, Shapiro said of Tokyo. It was com pletely different. When we went down to Hiroshima, it was unrecognizable. This Jewish man survived World War II in Axis-era Japan By Ben Sales NEW YORK (JTA)Grow ing up in Imperial Japan during World War II, Isaac Shapiros best friend was a member of the Hitler Youth. The friend wore the organi zations brown shirt uniform to their international school every day, but not because he wanted tohe was Ger man and Japan was an ally of the Nazi regime, so he was expected to project support for the Fuehrer. Instead of instilling fear into his classmates, however, the uniform had the opposite effecthis non-German peers gently teased him. We made fun of him -ev erybody at school made fun of him, Shapiro said. We didnt support the German Reich. He was obviously not very enthusiastic about being in the Hitlerjugend, Shapiro added, using the German word for Hitler Youth. Countless Jews have har rowing stories of growing up under the terror of Nazi rule, but Shapiro has a different tale of growing up under the Axishe was one of the few Jews living in Japan at the time. He was born in 1931, the year Japan invaded Manchuria, and was living there when the United States dropped the atomic bomb on Hiroshima in 1945. Shapiro, now 87, is the author of Edokko: Growing Up a Stateless Foreigner in Wartime Japan, a childhood memoir that first came out in 2010 and was republished late last year. The title is a term that refers to someone born and raised in Tokyo. While Shapiros story con tains elements of World War II-era totalitarianismthe police state, the pervasive propagandait is unique because its not a tragedy. Shapiro wanted the U.S. to win. He survived American bombings in Japan. He had some idea of what was hap pening to Europes Jews. But he also has fond recollections of his Japanese neighbors and his wartime childhood friends. We didnt feel we were living among the enemy, Shapiro told JTA last week, sitting in the living room of his apartment on the Upper East Side of Manhattan. Our neighbors were pleasant, de cent people. We got the same food rations the Japanese got. They were very fair. Shapiros family came to Japan after a whirlwind of international travel. His parents, both Russian Jewish musicians, met and married in Berlin. They sensed danger early, immigrating to what was then Palestine via Paris in 1926 to escape the prospect of Nazi rule. When they found life difficult there, they moved to Harbin, a city in northeast ern China with a large Russian Jewish immigrant population. In 1931, the year Shapiro was born, his father took a job at a music conservatory in Tokyo. Shapiro was born in Japan but lived back in Japaneseoccupied Harbin from 1931 to 1936 because his parents had separated. While there, his family got a traumatic taste of the Japanese police state. One day in 1933, while he was at home with his brothers, the Japanese military helped a gang kidnap his mother and a family friend, Simon Kaspe. His mother was released in a matter of hours, but Kaspe was killed. The incident was scary enough to prompt his parents to reunite the family in Japan. The Japanese military were unusually autocratic and difficult, Shapiro said, though he allowed that in general he didnt feel any oppression or any change because of the Japanese tak ing over. His life was shaken up again by the escalation of World War II and the abolition of any vestiges of democracy in Japan. After the United States and United Kingdom declared war on Japan following the Pearl Harbor attack in 1941, Shapiros British school was closed. His family needed to obtain permission whenever they wanted to leave Yoko hama, the coastal city where they lived and received all their news from a heavily censored English newspaper. It made us much more conscious of the role of the military, Shapiro said of the start of the war. Military police were much more vis ible everywhere. They would call on us every now and then. We felt we were under surveillance. Despite the tight govern ment control, Shapiro spent the early years of the war in the bubble of an international school. At home, he and his family would talk about their hopes for an American vic tory and a defeat of Germany, which Shapiro wrote about privately in his diary. His father played a role in helping Chiune Sugihara, the Japanese diplomat who saved thousands of Lithuanian Jews. When some of those Jews reached Japan in 1941, before Japan and the U.S. were at war, Shapiros father would translate for them at the American consulate in Yokohama. Those survivors relayed news of the Holocaust to Shapiros family. The family also managed to To Publish Legal Notices For Orange, Osceola, Seminole and Volusia Counties, Call Heritage Florida Jewish News at 407-834-8787 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
PAGE 12A HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, JULY 13, 2018 Adam Ferziger is a history and contemporary Jewry pro fessor at Bar-Ilan University. challenges and support of the U.S. Jewish community, Assouline said. According to a recent study by the American Jewish Com mittee, the vast majority of Jews in the United States and Israel believe in the necessity of both a strong Jewish state and a vibrant Diaspora. How ever, the two communities be gin to diverge when questions related to the peace process and religious pluralism come into the picture. More significant, nearly 70 percent of Israeli Jews believe it is not appropriate for American Jews to attempt to influence Israeli policy on such issues as national secu rity and peace negotiations with the Palestinians. Naftali Bennett, Israels minister of Diaspora affairs, tends to blame the problem on the assimilation of Jews in the United States, saying his goal is saving the Jews there from disappearing. He also sees a vast political divide. What the poll reflects is that Israelis are going more rightward and favoring more traditional Judaism, as op posed to secularism, whereas American Jewry are more to the left and more liberal, Bennett, who heads the rightwing, mostly Orthodox Jewish Home party, told AJC leaders in Jerusalem this month. Im not going to whitewash that, but it shouldnt be the reason for us to fall apart So we dont agree on everything, but we are all Jews, for heavens sake. Were all one family. For his part, Assouline seems happy that Bar-Ilan University is pursuing a simi lar program on Israel and the Diaspora. The more people under stand the importance of con necting Israelis to American Jews, the better, he told JTA. The result, of course, is that we are witnessing more activities in the field and more Israeli leaders who understand the importance of this relationship. Unlike the Haifa program, Steven M. Cohen is a re search professor of Jewish social policy at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion. These academics want to mend Israel-Diaspora relationsbut can this marriage be saved? By Sam Sokol JERUSALEM (JTA)When Adam Ferziger wants to describe the deteriorat ing relationship between American and Israeli Jews, he reaches back to a 2,000-yearold divide. To use a metaphor, we have a contemporary Jeru salem and Babylon kind of dynamic, said Ferziger, a history and contemporary Jewry professor at Bar-Ilan University in Tel Aviv, with two truly significant creative and vibrant Jewish centers developing across the world from each other. Ferziger and others point to polls in recent years showing that not only are American Jews increasingly distanc ing themselves from both organized Jewish life and the State of Israel, but Israeli Jews are growing less and less interested in the views and opinions of their Diaspora cousins. It is this growing divide that Ferziger said he is trying to mend through the establish ment of the Impact Center for Research on Judaism in Israel and North America. What is needed, he said, is a new paradigm for looking at the Diaspora-Israel rela tionship, one that he thinks will be best found through exploring the distinctions and commonalities of the two divergent forms that Jewish life has taken. His center is only the lat est addition to a political and academic sector trying to find that new paradigm Its establishment comes on the heels of the inauguration of a similar, though not identi cal masters program, at Haifa University. The Ruderman Program for American Jew ish Studies aims to educate Israelis about their North American cousins. It is part of a larger push by the Bostonbased Ruderman Family Foundation to reach out to lawmakers, thought leaders and other influencers here. When we talk about bridging the gaps, often the proposed solutions are to teach American Jews about Israel, said Dvir Assouline, the Ruderman Foundations advocacy and communica tions director. Among the foundations programs are Knesset del egations that visit the United States for an immersion in American Jewish communal culture. Over the years, weve exposed MKs from mul tiple coalitions and opposi tion parties to the history, however, Ferziger said his will primarily focus on religion: How religion is evolving in Israel, how religion is evolv ing in North America and the [how the] gap is growing. There are many, many well-intentioned and supercapable people who are aware of the tensions and gaps and conflicts, he said, but for the most part what Ive seen are two types of reactions: complaining on both sides or superficial appeals to Jewish unity that gloss over the gaps. Neither approach, Ferziger said, is particularly useful. The point of departure for this center is that Judaism in Israel and America are already very different and the distinc tions between them are grow ing, he said. Judaism as its been evolving the last 70 years under a sovereign Jewish state is a very different entity and has unique characteristics to it that are truly foreign to the privatized, voluntaristic, wonderful, rich, intellectually powerful and spiritually broad and sophisticated community in North America. What has developed in America has certain things that are sui generis and very special and very beautiful, but it is not the same as whats happening in Israel. The Bar-Ilan center will include a multidisciplinary think tank side of the op eration. Thats reminiscent of such organizations as the Jewish People Policy Institute in Jerusalem, which is affili ated with the Jewish Agency. Ferziger said the new center also will create a generation of leaders through its masters program. The most novel aspect of this undertaking, however, may be what he calls a framework for actually do ing hard core negotiation. The center, he elaborates, will also serve as a backchan nel that will bring together leaders from government, religious organizations and other groups in a completely private, non-publicized type of environment in order to do real-time negotiating, with a caveat that this is unofficial. We are building on existing models from diplomacy for how to move things forward on a real practical level through these types of back channel environments. Some scholars, such as sociologist Steven M. Cohen, a research professor of Jew ish social policy at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Insti tute of Religion and director of the Berman Jewish Policy Archive, have indicated that while they find such efforts worthwhile, there are major challenges standing in the way of bridging an ever-widening chasm between two vastly different but related cultures. The challenge is that there are deep-seated differences and contexts and identities, Cohen said. He believes that while Jeru salems policies have had an impact on perceptions of the Jewish state among American Jews, its still the case that differences in American Jew ish identity shape American Jews reactions to Israel more than Israels actions. What Cohen calls the dis tancing of American Jews from Israel is partially about a divide between American Jewish liberals and Israels right-wing electorate, but mostly about the growing number of intermarried and unengaged Jews who hardly identify with the Jewish state. The same forces propelling these changes in Ameri can Jewish self-perception also make creating common ground difficult. However, he adds, it is possible to have an influence by reaching out to elites and opinion makers, although he suggests this may not yield dramatic results. Ferziger said that while he respects Cohens work, we have really enslaved so much of Jewish policy to demog raphy. I am careful not to draw absolute conclusions based on demography because it can be overly deterministic, he said. I am an historian, the world is fickle and building too much on polls and census readings is detrimental. In the early 20th century, Ferziger said, the prevailing view based on demography was that Orthodoxy was in decline and the future be longed to the Reform move ment. Now, however, you see Orthodox triumphalism and the point is that things are unpredictable. In 2013 the Israeli govern ment announced the forma tion of a new initiative bring ing together the Diaspora Affairs Ministry, the Jewish Agency (itself a partnership between the government and Diaspora fundraisers) and various American Jewish or ganizations. It would put bil lions of dollars into efforts to reach out to Jews abroad and create a strategic plan for the upcoming 25 years that will include a common vision and more importantly an imple mentation of new projects for the Jewish people. However, within two years the Jewish Agency had left the project and by 2016 the program, now renamed Mosaic, was coming under fire for giving out grants to primarily, but not exclusively, Orthodox organizations. The program ended up signifi cantly smaller than originally envisioned. Ferziger acknowledged the challenges facing any attempt to revamp the Israeli-Diaspora relationship but remained upbeat. In the end of the day no matter what, we are going to succeed because we are going to begin a process of creating a generation of Jewish leaders and thinkers and activists who are knowledgeable, he said. Gur Alroey, who runs the Haifa University program, also believes that Americans and Israelis can think their way to a stronger relationship. Im optimistic, he said, and I believe in education and I believe in long-term learning. Miriam Dubi-Gazan today. creativity and editing skills yield satisfying results even for clients whose resumes are not exactly the stuff of spy novels (think retired bank ers, plastics manufacturers, midlevel civil servants and family doctors), she says. But Dubi-Gazans own astonishing life story needs none of the tricks of her trade. Born in 1945 to Jewish parents in a cellar in Amster dam, where they were hiding from the Nazis, Dubi-Gazan was registered falsely as the daughter of a Nazi collabora tor without his knowledge. It was part of a daring deceit by the Nazis own brothera resistance fighterto keep her alive. In December, during her first return to her place of birth, Dubi-Gazan, who has lived in Israel since 1962, told JTA that her rescue story dem onstrates both Dutch societys shame and its glory. At least 75 percent of the countrys Jews were mur dered during the Holocaust the highest death rate in occupied Western Europe. Yet alongside widespread collabo ration there were significant acts of disobedience on a scale unmatched by any other country in Western Europe. The ideological divide be tween the two men at the center of her own survival sto rySimon Dekker, the Nazi collaborator, and his freedom fighter brother, Ewertis a microcosm of Dutch society during the occupation. It shows you how sharply divided Dutch society was, Dubi-Gazan, 73, said of the family of the resistance fight ers who saved her. Within the same household you had people working for the Nazis and people who were risking their lives to stop them. In 1941, the Netherlands saw the first mass protests anywhere in Europe over the persecution of Jews. Following the roundup of 457 Jews by Nazis, hundreds of thousands of laborers an swered the resistance call for a general strike that Febru ary. Dutch industry ground to a halt for three days. The Germans cracked down on the strikers, killing nine of them and imprisoning hundreds, until the strike was broken by brute force. Underground, the resis tance was busy hiding thou sands and helping thousands more to safety. The Netherlands has 5,669 Righteous Among the Na tionsnon-Jews recognized and honored by Israel for hav ing risked their lives to save Jews. Its by far the highest figure in Western Europe and the second highest worldwide, second only to Polands 6,863 rescuers. Yet Dutch police and many Ghost writer revisits her own amazing Holocaust survival story in Amsterdam courtesy Dubi-Gazan Miriam Dubi-Gazan (l) with her brother in 1945. By Cnaan Liphshiz AMSTERDAM (JTA)As a seasoned ghost writer who specializes in biographies, Miriam Dubi-Gazan says there is no such thing as a boring life story. Her attention to detail, civilians unreservedly en listed to the Nazi project of murdering the Jews of the Netherlands and Europe. Soon after the Nazis in vaded in 1940, men from the group known as the Hen neicke Column began hunting Jews for pay. Led by a cabby named Wim Henneicke, some 80 bounty hunters were paid by authorities 5 guldens for every Jew they brought in the equivalent of a weeks pay for unskilled laborers. The bounty was later raised to 7.5 and then to 40 gulden. This group alone caught thousands of victims. Anne Frank, the teenager Writer on page 15A
HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, JULY 13, 2018 PAGE 13A Weekly roundup of world briefs from JTA Israeli honeymooner killed, wife injured in zip-line accident in Honduras RIO DE JANEIRO (JTA)A newly wed Israeli man was killed and his wife seriously injured in a zip-line accident during their honeymoon in Honduras. Egael Tishman, 24, and Shif Fanken, 27, were on a zip line over a treetop canopy near Roatan on the island of Bahia when they crashed into each other on Thursday, ac cording to local media. The girl stayed halfway on the cable and the guy came from behind and hit her up there, chief firefighter Wilmer Guerrero told La Prensa newspaper. Fanken was taken to a local hospital in serious condition and later flown to a hospital in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, where she underwent surgery to stabilize her condition. The Israeli Foreign Minis try said Friday that its em bassy in Guatemala was ar ranging for Tishmans body to be flown back to Israel for burial. According to the La Prensa news website, the couple was on a cruise that had stopped in Roatan, a popular tourist destination. The island has several zip-line attractions that zoom tourists over tree tops at high speeds. In April, Honduran Presi dent Juan Orlando Her nandez canceled his trip to Israel to participate in the torch-lighting ceremony for Israels 70th Independence Day ceremony amid calls for the invitation to be rescinded over what critics called gross violations of human rights in his country. In March, Honduras and Paraguay announced that they were ready in principle to proceed in relocating their embassies soon to Jerusalem on the condition that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu makes an of ficial visit to each of their countries. Gal Gadot visits Vir ginia childrens hospital in full Wonder Woman costume (JTA)Israeli actress Gal Gadot took a break from film ing the sequel to the 2017 movie Wonder Woman to visit a Virginia childrens hospital in full costume. On Friday, Gadot posed for photos with patients and staff at Inova Childrens Hospital in Annandale during her visit. The hospital posted photos of the visit on Twitter. Several Gadot and Wonder Woman fan pages also posted the photos. Gadot has been spotted in Virginia and the Washington, D.C., area, where she is film ing Wonder Woman 1984, which is scheduled for release in November 2019. Muslim Democratic congressional candidate calls Israel apartheid regime (JTA)A Somali-Ameri can congressional candidate running for the Democratic nomination in Minneso ta called Israel the apartheid Israeli regime. Ilhan Omars tweet came in response to accusations that a tweet she wrote in 2012, ac cusing Israel of evil doings, amounts to anti-Semitism. In an interview with ABC News for a segment titled Progressive Democrats in creasingly criticize Israel, and could reap political re wards, Omar rejected ac cusations of anti-Semitism by conservative critics. These accusations are without merit, the Minne sota state representative said. They are rooted in bigotry toward a belief about what Muslims are stereotyped to believe. Earlier she had tweeted a response to a critic who had accused her of anti-Semi tism: Drawing attention to the apartheid Israeli regime is far from hating Jews. You are a hateful sad man, I pray to Allah you get the help you need and find happiness. She added, sarcastically: Well you know, if a Muslim says something negative about Israeli government, they must hate Jews. Didnt you get that memo. Minnesotas primary elec tion is Aug. 14. Omar, who is among sever al Muslim women in the U.S. running for Congress, wrote in a tweet in November 2012 that Israel has hypnotized the world, may Allah awaken the people and help them see the evil doings of Israel. #Gaza #Palestine #Israel The tweet came two days after the Israeli army began an operation in Gaza trig gered by the launching of 100 rockets at Israel from the strip over a 24-hour period. Omar has neither apolo gized for nor retracted the tweet. She is running to succeed Democratic Rep. Keith Elli son, who was the first Muslim elected to the Congress. El lison is running for attorney general in Minnesota and is not seeking re-election. Omar has received some pushback on social media in recent weeks. A tweet from a Twitter user with the handle @shabbosgoy called her a proud Jew hater after she made a brief appear ance in the music video of the pop group Maroon 5s song Girls Like You. The ABC News segment noted the recent upset pri mary victory of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez in New York, calling her one of several pro gressives whose willingness to criticize Israels actions have paid off politically. Israel to close main crossing with Gaza over flying firebombs JERUSALEM (JTA)Israel will close the main crossing between Israel and Gaza in response to repeated arson attacks from incendiary kites and balloons coming from the coastal strip. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said the decision announced Monday to close the Kerem Shalom crossing was taken in agreement with Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman. Kerem Shalom is the only crossing for commercial goods and the main crossing for humanitarian aid between Israel and Gaza. On Monday, Netanyahu called the closing a signifi cant step. There will be additional steps, he told the Knesset. I will not go into details. Humanitarian aid, espe cially food and medicine, would still be allowed into Gaza through the crossing, but will require special per mission. Palestinian protesters and rioters have been gathering at the border with Israel since mid-March as part of the socalled March of Return. The use of incendiary objects as a tactic began with the border protests. Thousands of acres of farming land and natural forest have been consumed in the flames sparked by the flying firebombs. At least 17 fires were sparked on Sunday alone from the kites and balloons. Female tourists barred from Israeli cable car because haredi men re fuse to ride with them JERUSALEM (JTA)Three female tourists were barred from riding a cable car down the Manara Cliff in northern Israel because a group of haredi Orthodox men would not ride with them. The women and their male tour guide waited a short time for the next car, Israels Chan nel 10 news reported. There was a specific group that requested of us, at a time when we were not experienc ing heavy crowds, that when they go down in the cable car not to have men and women together. We agreed as a gesture of good will, Doron Medina, director of the site in the Upper Galilee, told Chan nel 10. They only waited a few minutes for the next car. We explained it very nicely to their guide. We wont go on doing it, it was an isolated incident. Channel 10 reported that the site regularly accedes to such requests, including groups that do not want to ride with Arabs. The site said in a state ment to Channel 10 that management would conduct an investigation based on the issues raised in the report. The report comes less than a month after an El Al flight from New York to Israel was delayed by more than an hour after four haredi Or thodox men refused to take their assigned seats next to women. Two women eventu ally agreed to change their seats in order to allow the flight to take off. Days later, the airlines CEO announced that El Al will immediately remove any passenger who refuses to sit next to another passenger for any reason, hours after a major Israeli tech company announced it would no longer fly its employees on El Al due to gender discrimination. Plans for Eurovision 2019 in Israel continue despite plagarism ac cusations JERUSALEM (JTA)The European Broadcasting Union is continuing plans to host the 2019 edition of Eurovision in Israel despite accusations of plagiarism against the song that won this years edition. The EBU told The Jerusa lem Post late last week that it considers accusations against Israels song Toy as baseless rumors. Songwriters Doron Med alie and Stav Beger received a letter last week from the Universal Music Group claim ing that Toy was plagiarized from the White Stripes sig nature song, Seven Nation Army, released in 2003. The letter requests clari fication stemming from the similarity of the harmonic progression in the chorus of Toy. No lawsuit has been filed. Among the possible solu tions would be for Medalie and Beger to turn over the Eurovision-winning songs rights to Universal, which would make the company the songs publisher and distributor, the Israeli daily Yediot Acharonot reported. Israel won the right to host the 2019 Eurovision after singer Netta Barzilai won the competition in May. Four Israeli cities are said to meet the criteria to host Eurovision and submit bids: Jerusalem, Tel Aviv, Haifa and Eilat. Nigerian mother and her 4 children deported from Israel after being jailed for 3 weeks JERUSALEM (JTA)A Nigerian woman and her four children were deported from Israel on Sunday night after they spent three weeks in an Israeli prison. The case of the woman, identified as Marcy, who had been in Israel illegally since 2010, gained public atten tion after her children were brought to prison three weeks ago, after school let out for the summer. The children range in age from 2 to 7 years old. Marcy, who had defied several court orders to leave Israel, departed after be ing persuaded by Nigerian diplomats there. One of the diplomats accompanied her on the flight back to Nigeria, Israels Channel 10 News re ported Sunday night. The TV station first reported the womans story. Her husband was deported a year ago. The long stay of the mother and her children in custody was initiated by the mother, who could have flown to Nigeria many days ago, Israels Immigration and Population Authority told Channel 10 in a statement. The mother preferred not to cooperate and to stay with her children in prison in order to exert pressure on the deci sions of the Israeli courts. Marcy wanted to remain in Israel, even if it meant being in prison, in order to get her son medical treatment for what is reported as severe asthma, though reports of his condition have varied. Two other children also were incarcerated with their mother, a migrant from Ethiopia, in the Givon Prison, Channel 10 reported. They are aged 1 and 3. Prison staff have brought toys, books and candy for the children. The prison is not equipped to handle young children, according to local reports. Sunglasses company holds a photo shoot at Croatian Holocaust memorial (JTA)An Australian sun glasses company that used a Holocaust memorial in Croatia for a photo shoot has removed its new advertising campaign and apologized to a Jewish leader. The Valley Eyewear com pany shot the photos for the campaign for its Black Zero collection at the Spomenik memorial at the site of the Jasenovac extermination camp, the Sydney Morning Herald reported. More than 70,000 people mostly Serbs and Jewswere murdered at the camp by order of the Nazi-allied Croatian government during World War II, which estab lished the camp in 1941. The Spomeniks are a series of concrete sculptures and monuments commemorating historical events throughout the former Yugoslavia. The Jasenovac memorial ap peared in the background of the photos and video shot for the eyewear firm. Valley Eyewear Director Michael Crawley apologized to Peter Wertheim, head of the Executive Council of Australian Jewry. Valley Eyewear was com pletely unaware of the sen sitivity of a number of the locations, in particular the Jasenovac site where a photo shoot was undertaken for approximately 30 minutes, Crawley said in a statement to the newspapers parent company, Fairfax Media. The company has not offered a public apology, however. Valley Eyewear had trav eled to Croatia, Serbia and Bosnia to create a market ing campaign document ing locations of Spomenik sculptures. Tourists have come under fire in recent years for taking selfies at the former site of the Auschwitz Nazi camp and the Berlin Holocaust memorial, among others. The purpose of these monuments to the victims and survivors of the Holo caust is to evoke a response from an audience that will give them some level of insight into events that are well beyond their range of ex perience and understanding, Wertheim told the Sydney newspaper. In an educational or cul tural context, this can be a powerful experience. But if images of these monuments are commercially exploited to market products, especially if the purpose is to glamorize or otherwise add to the appeal of the products, then the effect is the opposite, one of desensitization. Another resignation keeps Knesset commit tee on Western Wall egalitarian section from meeting JERUSALEM (JTA)The third member of the Knes set ministerial commit tee charged with deciding whether to approve the plan to upgrade the Western Walls egalitarian section resigned. Religious Services Minis ter David Azoulay quit the committee on Sunday His resignation follows the res ignations last week of the committee chairwoman, Miri Regev, and Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked. Azoulay, of the Sephardic Orthodox Shas party, re signed following instructions from the partys rabbinic leadership in order to prevent the committee from meeting, according to The Jerusalem Post. Regev late last month announced that she had decided to be faithful to my conscience and vote against the plan, due to political pres sure. The chairs permission is necessary to advance the plan. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who is pushing the plan, took Regevs place as head of the committee. Days later, Shaked asked Netanyahu to allow her to re sign. Hours later, Netanyahu named Energy Minister Yuval Steinitz of Likud, a supporter of the plan, as the replace ment for Shaked. On Thursday, Jerusalem Chief Rabbi Shlomo Amar, repeating a rabbinic rul ing, said the entire Western Wall is holy, including the Robinsons Arch area at the southern end where the egalitarian section is located. He also ruled that all the laws of a synagogue and a house of study apply, and that No person has permis sion to trample a holy site, not through transgressing Shabbat or festivals and not with men and women praying together. Plans to renovate the site, with a budget of more than $7 million, have continued, despite the suspension of a comprehensive plan approved in 2016. In June 2017, the Cabinet suspended the deal as a result of negotiations between the Reform and Conservative movements, the Women of the Wall, the Jewish Agency for Israel and the Israeli government. The suspension came after the governments haredi Orthodox coalition partners pressured Netan yahu to scrap the agreement, including threatening to bring down the government. The plan would have in cluded a common entrance to the Western Wall plaza for all three sections and a public board to oversee the egalitarian prayer space and would include representa tives of the non-Orthodox movements and Women of the Wall. South Carolina is first state to adopt uniform definition of anti-Sem itism (JTA)South Carolina became the first state to adopt a uniform definition of antiSemitism, but it is only on the books for the next year. The definition is contained in a proviso to the annual state budget bill, which was signed into law on July 6. Under the measure, uni versities must take the defi nition into account when reviewing charges of dis crimination or bias. Efforts earlier this year to pass a permanent version of the law were frustrated when concerns about an impinge ment on free speech hindered its advance in the Senate. The proviso uses as its template the State Depart ment definition of antiSemitism, which includes as anti-Semitic calls for violence against Jews, advancing con spiracy theories about Jewish control and Holocaust denial. It does not target speech, only unprotected conduct such as harassment, assault and van dalism, according to Stand JTA on page 14A
PAGE 14A HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, JULY 13, 2018 H1O2L3D4 A5R6I7D8 P9L10E11B12E13A14L O E L15E I A H16A M A N M17E S S I18A N I C I19C I L Y S20H E I K H21E22N T23E A G24E E25 J26A N E T27 R28O29N A L D30O U G H N U31T32S33C34A V S I35E S A36T T I C A37N A P38E L E I39N40S I41T A A42G R E43E P44R O A45C A B N46E Y M A R47C48H E S H49V A N U50S E R S H51U E N52B53A54 A55S A G56R A57I58N59A60A R O61N B62E63C64K65H A M S A S66L E P T B67R A G G68E L T A69M A S S Y70A P S E71X E S Occupation From page 1A responsible and who isnt, but that this story is a part of ussomething that we can choose to be responsible for in terms of how we want Israel to look as young Jews. We want that to be an au thentic responsibility, to give perspectives on the conflict in age and developmentally appropriate ways. I want to be perfectly clear that any nightmarish vision of 11and 12-year-old campers learning about the horrors of the occupation all day long is simply untrue. Campers come in with varying levels of knowledge, some who have lived in Israel for all of their lives, and some who may not be able to point to Israel on the map. We offer these campers the building blocks to understand the complexi ties of Israels reality. These campers will learn about the different groups that live in Israel and the Pal estinian territories, and their relationships to one another. Education about the conflict and the military occupation is a component of the Zionist education that we offer; it is certainly not the only Zionist education that we offer, said Goldstein. Hebrew, (colloquially) for the builders of freedom, Habonim Dror is a socialist, Labor Zionist movement that originated in Europe in the early 20th century. In 1982, Habonim, originally founded in 1929 in England, merged with Dror, founded in Poland in 1915. Both organizations rich histories as partners in the initial wave, and now modern aliyah stories, and the birth of the kibbutz movement are taught each summer to its more than 1,100 campers in North America, with the old est age group (10th-graders) spending their last camp year in Israel. The Israel summer comprises a North American kvutza (age group) of approximately 100 campers drawn from Camp Miriam in Vancouver, Camp Gilboa in California, Camp Gesher in Ontario, Camp Moshava in Maryland, Camp Tavor in Michigan and Camp Galil in Pennsylvania. A smaller program in this same kvutza spend their summer in North America. The camps are noteworthy in that they operate fully as kibbutz experiences, with each camper having a anaf work group as part of their responsibilities each day, such as taking care of animals, gar dening, cleaning bathrooms or serving meals. Songs and idealized stories about Labor Zionism, socialist revolutions and past struggles of the Jew ish people are taught along with the histories behind them. Habonim Drors alumni engagement numbers are im pressive; most alumni exhibit a strong regard for Israel even years after their experience in the movement. A 2013 study by Professor Steven M. Cohen and Steven Fink found that 85 percent of the 2,000 Habonim Dror alumni surveyed had visited Israel more than once, and 70 percent have lived in Israel for at least five months. Some 49 percent were found to have contributed financially and regularly to a Jewishsponsored or Israel-related organization that promotes social change. Its important to grapple with everything Israel is During the upcoming camp staff week before the kids arrive, Goldstein said he would be helping to clarify and reclarify the organiza tions Zionist priorities with camp staff, noting that the topic comes up biannually at the organizations national meetings. We will be having a conver sation with our staff in terms of what our Zionist education is, he said, and it is certainly a part of those conversations every year. If we want young people to be taking responsibility for Israel, its present and future, [and] if we want youth to lead the way in ways that honors the Herzlian dream or the chalutzim [pioneers] and chalutzot in the early years before the State of Israel was established, its important to grapple with everything Israel is, which includes the conflict, he said. Goldstein explained that Habonim Drors immersive experience is unlike other camping movements, par ticularly in how Jewishness and Judaism is experienced. One of the more powerful ways in which kids experience Judaism is not through prac tice, but the feeling of being part of a peoplethrough speaking Hebrew, through learning about Zionism and Israel, and Jewish com munities throughout the world, and through learning about the countries around the world that have active Habonim Dror movements, he said. In fact, Goldstein said, in recent years, the thoughtto-action concept of making aliyah has been worked into the movements educational programming. How were coming at the issue to begin with Anya Friedman-Hutter, who re cently wrote an article about her experience in Hadassah magazine, explained why she decided to embark on aliyah. From my first years at Camp Galil [in Ottsville, Pa.], I learned about hagshamah [re alization, fulfillment]that if I cared about something, I had to turn my feelings and dreams into actions. After years of leadership positions at the camp and working for the movement, I decided to form a garin [aliyah-bound collec tive] with my age cohort. Friedman-Hutters edu cational mission, as she refers to it, is to work in the local branch of the youth organization HaNoar HaOved VeHaLomed, Habonim Drors sister movement in Israel. Af ter the decline of the kibbutz movement in the 1990s, as a way of continuing the legacy, HaNoar HaOved VeHaLomed began exploring alternate life paths for its members, which had been focused on settling kibbutzim in garinim after their army service. The Habonim Dror model now fol lows the HaNoar model, which started to be put forward when graduates of the movement formed small urban com munes working in society, particularly in education. We teach the respon sibility to lead the Jewish people and the right to selfdetermination, the Jewish people being able to actualize what we have set out to do in terms of creating a peaceful, just society based on equality, Goldstein concluded. JTA From page 13A WithUs, an Israel education organization that operates on college campuses. In a statement, Stand WithUs praised Gov. Henry McMaster for signing the proviso. We need to define AntiSemitism in order to defeat it, said Roz Rothstein, the groups CEO. Thankful ly, South Carolina is leading the way. 3 who committed Parisarea anti-Semitic rape and robbery are sen tenced to prison (JTA)Three men who committed an anti-Semitic rape and robbery in a Paris suburb four years ago were sentenced in a French court. Two of the men, Abdou Salam Koita, 26, and Ladje Haidara, 23, who commit ted the rape in Creteil, were sentenced to eight years and 13 years, respectively, on Friday. They were in court in Val-de-Marne, southeast of Paris, when the sentences were announced. A third man, Houssame Hatri, 22, remains on the lam and was sentenced to 16 years. Two accomplices in cus tody were sentenced to five and six years in prison. The court recognized the anti-Semitic nature of the 2014 attack on the young couple in an apartment. The attackers chose their victims because they were sure they had money since they are Jewish. The couple, aged 19 at the time, were staying at the apartment of the mans parents. Haidara raped the woman while another guarded her boyfriend inside the apart ment. The third went out to withdraw the couples money from a cash machine with their stolen credit cards and ATM cards while the other two stayed behind. They also stole jewelry from the apart ment. Jews, you have money at home, you do not put it in the bank, one of the assailants said during the attack. Hatri said that it was for my brothers in Palestine before suggesting they gas their victims with teargas, the French news service AFP reported. The men denied that they had anti-Semitic motives in carrying out the attack. The incident sparked out rage in Frances Jewish community and came amid a string of anti-Semitic at tacks. Illinois governor: Vote for anybody but neoNazi congressional candidate (JTA)The governor of Illinois, who called on a neo-Nazi candidate for a Chicago-area congressional seat to drop out of the race, has called on voters to vote for anybody else. Last week, Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner denounced Arthur Jones, also a Repub lican and a former leader of the American Nazi Party, but declined to endorse the opposing Democratic candidate or recommend a write-in candidate for the 3rd Congressional District seat. His response differed from Republican Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas, a former presidential candidate, who in a tweet had called on Illinois voters to write in another candidate, or vote for the Democrat running against Jones. On Thursday, Rauner clari fied in a tweet: To the voters of the 3rd Congressional District: vote for anybody but Arthur Jones. Nazis have no place in our country and no one should vote for him. For the media or anyone else to suggest I think otherwise is offensive and irresponsible. New Jersey borough discriminated against Orthodox congregation, federal lawsuit alleges (JTA)The federal govern ment is suing a New Jersey borough over allegations that it improperly restricted an Orthodox Jewish congrega tion from expanding its house of worship. The U.S. Attorneys Office filed a civil lawsuit against Woodcliff Lake, a Bergen County suburb about 20 miles northwest of New York City. As reported by NorthJer sey.com, the Valley Chabad congregation operated a 3,194-square-foot building on a 1.27-acre site since 1998, often holding events off-site, as it claimed the site did not meet its needs. The congregation attempt ed to relocate at least three times since 2005, but could not because of action by the borough council or its members. In 2014, the congregation applied to the borough zon ing board to raze its building and replace it one nearly six times larger. The board held 18 hearings, eventually suggesting six alternative properties, before denying the application, causing Valley Chabad to lose money, according to the lawsuit. Federal law protects all religious communities from discrimination and unlawful barriers when they seek to build a place of worship, U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito said in a news release. Ac cording to the complaint, the Borough of Woodcliff Lake imposed a substantial burden on Valley Chabads religious freedom by repeat edly meddling in its attempts to purchase property in the area and citing subjective and misleading reasons to justify denying its zoning application. An attorney for Woodcliff Lake disputed the claims. There is no evidence to support the claim that borough officials did any thing to interfere in the attempts by Valley Chabad to purchase other proper ties, Ronald Dario told NorthJersey.com. In fact, the borough has attempted to assist Valley Chabad by identifying other larger plots that can easily ac commodate their needs. For reasons unknown to the borough, Valley Chabad has walked away from other projects and failed to enter tain the idea of building on approved locations within the borough, which were in conformity with the boroughs land use regula tions. Israeli sprinter breaks countrys record set at 1972 Munich Olympics JERUSALEM (JTA)An Israeli sprinter broke her countrys womens record in the 100 meters set at the 1972 Munich Olympics. Diana Vaisman, who will be 20 at the end of the month, ran the race in 11.38 seconds last week at the Israel Athletic Championship in Tel Aviv to beat the time of 11.45 by Esther Roth-Shahamorov. On Facebook, Vaisman wrote: New national re cord! After 46 years, it was my turn, my opportunity and finally I did it. Its hard to express all the feelings and to show how excited I am, but now Im just looking forward and getting ready for my next challenge. Roth-Shahamorov said af ter the race that A burden has been lifted off my shoulders, The Jerusalem Post reported. She told Vaisman at the finish line: You chose to do it here. Based on what I see, you can still improve. You have the legs to do it. Now give it everything you have in competition. Vaisman, of Ashkelon, is serving in the Israeli army. The world record for wom en in the 100 meters is 10.40 set by American sprinter Flor ence Griffith-Joyner in 1988. At the 72 Olympics, 11 Israeli athletes and coaches were killed by Palestinian ter rorists in what has come to be called the Munich Massacre. Knife-wielding man threatens Swiss Jewish family on way to syna gogue (JTA)A man was arrested in the Swiss city of Zurich after allegedly threatening Orthodox Jewish children and chasing a Jewish family with a large knife. The incident, in which no one was injured, occurred Saturday night, the Blick news website reported Sun day. The man was released the following day pending an investigation, the report said. Police said he was obviously very drunk. Witnesses said the man accosted the Jewish children on the street, shouting antiSemitic profanities at them. Thirty minutes later he al legedly began harassing the family of a Jewish man from Zurich whom Blick identified only as Johnny T. He followed the family, who were walk ing to synagogue with small children, from some distance while shouting and brandish ing a knife. When the family began to run away from the man, whose name was not pub lished, he lunged at them. A passer-by, who was Jewish, intercepted the knife wielder and subdued him until police arrived and the man was ar rested, the report said. A police spokesman, Marco Cortesi, told the news web site: A man approached the Orthodox Jews and made anti-Semitic remarks. He carried a knife with him. He was obviously very drunk. The suspect is neither a Nazi nor an Islamist, Cor tesi said. Jonathan Kreutner, sec retary-general of the Swiss Federation of Jewish Com munities, in an interview with Blick called the incident startling. It is not commonplace for Jews in Zurich to be threat ened on the street in such a manner, Kreutner said. Physical attacks on Jews are rare in Switzerland. In 2011, a Jewish man was stabbed in front of his family near Geneva by a man who was later found to be unfit to stand trial because of a mental disability.
HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, JULY 13, 2018 PAGE 15A Writer From page 12A whose diary became one of the worlds best-known testi monials from the Holocaust, may have been betrayed with her family. In that atmosphere, it was imperative that a baby born at a resistance safe house, like Miriam Dubi-Gazan, have papers. Anyone caught with an undocumented baby risked a Gestapo interroga tion that was liable not only to end with the dispatch to Auschwitz of the baby and her parents, but to the exposure of the resistance cell that hid them, she explained. This made Simon Dekker, the Nazi brother of a resis tance fighter, the perfect person to register as the Jew ish babys father. He would be above suspicion, Dubi-Gazan said. Last year, Dubi-Gazan returned to the cellar where Love From page 10A children, their love for each other was so strong, so intense when the kids were growing up that there was actually no space for anyone else between them. Not even their children, Mirjam says. But what begins as a docu mentary about the effects of an unusual family relation ship evolves into an explora tion into the tragic root of the special bond between the spousesand the tragedys effects on at least two genera tions of Dutch Jews. Formally, the home where the couple met was a high school called GICOL, for those whose secondary ed ucation was interrupted because of World War II. In reality, however, it func tioned as an orphanage for tralia also announced it would withhold funds from the P.A. European nations may soon do the same. The issues now relate to the implementation and enforce ment of the laws, as well as what to do with the withheld Financing From page 7A Vote From page 5A in New York in the 1940s and 50s. Jews, from the time of the first post-Civil War election until 1932 traditionally voted Republican or even Socialist rather than for the party identified in large parts of the country until the 1960s with Sunday blue laws, discrimi nation against blacks, and segregation. I knew this from my fathers own experience. Even as late as 1948, Ameri can Jews were still sufficiently Lake From page 1A she was born on Jan Luijken Street, around the corner from the Van Gogh Museum, with a film crew from the Israel Broadcasting Corp. Before going there, she met with Henk and Wisje Dekker, Simon and Ewerts nonage narian siblings. Ewert, her rescuer, died a few years ago, she learned. As did Simon, a former high school teacher who imme diately after World War II left the Netherlands amid the authorities sweep to catch and punish Nazi col laborators. In the half-light of an over cast morning, Dubi-Gazan stood in the cellar where her mother gave birth to her in anguished silence, lacking any medical assistance and attended by Miriams older brother, who then was 18 months old. Two months before Miriam was born, her mother nar rowly escaped a raid after a pro-Nazi milkman reported the family to the police, she said. As the Nazis banged on the front door, Miriams highly pregnant mother jumped with her son over a fence to disap pear in the maze of gardens that was the buildings inte rior yard. I cant believe my mother lived through all of that, Dubi-Gazan said in the room, visibly moved. But after a few minutes she was ready to leave. I want to get out of here. Lets go, this is enough now, she said as she climbed up from the cellar. After the Holocaust, her traumatized mother had deep emotional issues, Dubi-Gazan said. We couldnt ride on the train growing upbecause the trains all went to Aus chwitz, she told JTA. Living with the trauma of the Holocaust, Dubi-Gazan said she knew she wanted to leave for Israel when she was 5 years old. She attended the Rosj Pina Jewish School in Amsterdam in one of the first classes opened after the Holocaust. Her class had only seven stu dentsall of them child sur vivors of the 140,000-member Jewish community that lived in the Netherlands before the war. Todays Dutch Jewish community, estimated at 45,000, is heavily con centrated in Amsterdam, where it has several cultural centers and synagogues, as well as an elementary and secondary school. But it has failed to replenish its num bers. Outside Amsterdam, once-prominent synagogues dot the Netherlands, only several of them still func tioning as such. In the southern city of Middelburg, non-Jewish volunteers show the local synagogue to visitors once a Jewish children who survived in hiding while their entire families were murdered in the Holocaust. We had, of course, lost everyone, Meijer says in the documentary, which was produced by the Jewish pro gramming division of the EO public broadcaster. Almost all of us were orphans; we lost our entire families. He hid in the attic of his Amsterdam home when the Nazis took away his sister and parents; they all would be murdered. Meijer and his older brother survived the rest of the war hiding north of Amsterdam. His greatest regret in life is not being able to save his sister, as he says in the documentary. We had no home, nothing. No one we had known was alive, he says. Tedje was 12 when her father and sister were taken to the Westerbork concen tration camp, and later to Auschwitz. She was arrested later and asked to be sent there, too. But she was sent to another camp, and from there to Auschwitz. Her mother had died before the Holocaust, when Tedje was 8. In one of the many articles written in the mainstream media about the film, its maker, Heleen Minderaa, told the NRC Handeslblad daily that being alone in the world had a defining effect on the relationship between Meijer and Tedje, whose real name is Rika. (Her father had nick named her his teddy bear, a nickname she adopted in adulthood, introducing her self as Tedje.) How they became inter twined is probably connected to their uprooting during the war, Minderaa says. Their apparent inability to be with out one another feels like a solution to their problem of not belonging anywhere anymore. They ground one another. Meijer says he used to feel the need to offset the pain caused to his wife. But, he adds, the desire is naive. Its not something I could hope to do, I realize now that I am old, he says. Mirjam, the couples daughter, sees their part nership as a pact. They agreed that they were moving forward and were going to make some thing good out of it all, she says. They promised that to one another. Meijer says of his two children: Weve tried not to pin an Auschwitz identity on them. We tried not to be like those people who always talk about the persecution, about Auschwitz. But as with many Holocaust survivors whose entire family was murdered, moving for ward from the Holocaust has proven to be an uphill battle. It felt like every night around the dinner table, Auschwitz was sitting with us at the table for a bite to eat, Mirjam says. Birthday par ties featured a five-minute talk about the weather, three minutes about food and for the rest it was the war. At least once a week, Mei jer would note the birthday of some relative who was murdered. When Mirjam painted on her arm once, her mother asked her to stop because it made her uncomfortable. It reminded her of the tattoo of a number that the Nazis gave her at Auschwitz. Ruben, the couples son, became a rabbi but moved to Zurich. In Dutch Jewry theres a constant preoccupation with the Holocaust that I found suffocating and needed to get away from. Synagogues werent destroyed the same way there, he says of Swit zerland, which the Germans did not occupy. It feels more comfortable. Back in Amsterdam, Meijer and Tedje give talks at school about the Holocaust. Its not a happy story Im about to tell you, Meijer tells the students in his introduc tion. But it does have a happy end. Were the happy end. funds. In the United States, the State Department must provide evidence that the pay ment scheme remains in place for the funds to be withheld. According to the Taylor Force Act, that discovery process needs to begin now, some 90 days after the laws passage. According to the Israeli law, a review of the Palestin ian budget line items and payment scheme must take place at the end of each cal endar year. According to this provisionunless a stricter interpretation of the law is de mandedIsrael will continue to send the monthly payments until the start of 2019, when a presentation will be made as to whether the payments have halted or not. If not, funds can be withheld in February. Gerber, Force and the backers of the Israeli law are pushing for any funds with held to be paid out to the victims of Palestinian terror who have secured judgements against the P.A. in court. This represents the truest form of justice: to take the funds once designated for the murderers and to provide them instead to the victims. Both the U.S. and Israeli laws represent the first ma jor steps in holding the P.A. accountable for nearly three decades of incitement and terror financing. Israel has two men to thank for taking these legislative steps: Sander Gerber and Stuart Force. May the memory of Stuarts and Robbis son, Taylor, be a blessing for peace and comfort to all victims of Palestinian terror. sober and proud to give a deserved slap in the face to the Democrats in the run up to the presidential election of 1948 in spite of their idealiza tion of FDR. By early 1948, Truman had been cowed by his State Department advisers to abandon the partition pro posal for Palestine and were preparing to announce that U.S. preferred international trusteeship meaning no Jewish state. White House adviser Max Lowenthal urgently warned Truman that if a Jewish state were proclaimed without U.S. recognition, Republicans, the left leaning American Labor Party and the newly formed leftwing Progressive Party under former Vice President Henry Wallace would lead a chorus of protests and capture the Jewish vote. The admin istration would pay a high political price in Jewish votes for it is especially important in the upcoming presidential election. Truman received crucial phone calls from Bronx Democratic leader Ed Flynn and former New York governor Herbert Lehman, warning about the electoral repercussions in New York if he abandoned the Jews. A Congressional vote in the Bronx had already unseated a veteran Jewish Democrat to fill a vacant seat and Truman realized he had to make good on his original pledge of parti tion and recognition of Israel. Under Democrat President Wilson, with his dismissal of blacks from federal jobs, apathy to lynching, restric tive immigration policy, attendance at a special fes tive showing of the racist film Birth of a Nation in the White House, sympathy for the Ku Klux Klan and promotion of the notorious sedition laws (red scares) in which thousands of East European and Jewish im migrants were deported and imprisoned for their stand against American entry into the war, caused a revulsion among Jewish voters. In 1920, they threw out two Democrat Jewish congress men and elected 10 Repub licans and two Socialists to Congress. This information that no ethnic vote is cast in stone hasnt yet been absorbed by Jewish dinosaurs who can swallow any insult and pro claim that black is white, in sulting Israels elected leader or that Jewish values mean same-sex marriage and un limited abortion as long as the democrats have proclaimed that it is progressive. week. Up north in Groningen, the synagogue is a museum with a souvenir shop selling wine and kosher products from Israel. And in Deventer in the east, a 207-year-old synagogue is being turned into a restaurant following its sale to a Dutch-Turkish entrepreneur. I grew up with a lot of anger toward the Dutch, said Dubi-Gazan, who has two daughters. I wasnt raised to think of this place as home. But with time, she said, her attitude softened. She recently honored the Dekker family (the good side, that is, she said) by planting a tree in their honor in Israel. Its true that many col laborated. But many non-Jews also suffered, some for helping Jews, she said. They went to concentration and labor camps and their children, Ive come to discover, were scarred by that experience as deeply as I was. ran a Red Light District and she would buy high-style clothes from New York every seasonfur coats, grey flan nel suits. I mean they were drop-dead-call-out-the-cops gorgeous these clothes, Har riett unabashedly shared with a laugh. Harriett loved clothes, but she also had a strong core. In 1943 she enlisted in the Marines and was stationed as a payroll clerk in California. After her enlistment, she moved to Florida, where she met Hy on the steps of a synagogue in Miami Beach. I moved to Miami in 1948 searching for a husband, she said jokingly to this writer years ago. I found him. He was so poor I almost didnt marry him. Hy and Harriett married in 1950 and moved into a single-room efficiency. Their financial picture soon improved, though, as Hy bought and sold land throughout Florida. His first big sale was a tract off Tur key Lake Road in south Or lando that Harriett deemed a hopeless swamp. Martin Marietta paid $1 million for the property, now part of the Lockheed Martin site. In 1962, Harriett and Hy moved to Orlando with their children, Michael and Shel ley, who survive her. You just never know what tomorrow will bring. Lifes an adventure, she said at that time. That was Harriett Lake always approachable, al ways charitable, kind, and dressed to the nines. She often came to the Heritage on Fridays dressed fashion ably head to toe to pick up her copy of the Heritage. Always stopping to say hello to Jeff Gaeser, publisher, and the staff. Now the Lakes name will always be remembered in the Harriett & Hymen Lake Cultural Auditorium at The Roth Family JCC in Maitland; in the Harriett Performance Hall at Mad Cow Theatre in downtown Orlando; in the Harriett Lake Costume Shop at the University of Central Florida; and at Harrietts Bar, at the Lowndes Shakespeare Center. Funeral arrangements are entrusted to Beth Shalom Memorial Chapel. 205 North Street Longwood, FL 32750 www.elegantprinting.net Bring in this ad and receive 18% DiscountInvitations & AnnouncementsBrochures & Booklets Forms & Letterheads Business Cards C ustom Pri nting Direct Mail Services Envelopes 407-767-7110
PAGE 16A HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, JULY 13, 2018 Sonya Sanford Amba goes great with just about any grilled protein: chicken, steak, tofu or fish. This recipe makes a mildly spicy amba; you can adjust the level of heat depending on how much chili and cayenne you add. Skip the cayenne entirely if you dont like things spicy. Add an extra chili and a bigger pinch of cayenne if you can take the heat. I like amba that is a little thick with small chunks of mango, but if you like yours smoother and thinner, pure it until smooth and add water to thin it out to your desired consistency. As versatile as it is delicious, amba is unlike any other hot sauce. In our home we especially like to have it on hand during the summer time because it goes great with just about any grilled protein: chicken, steak, tofu or fish. Its also nice to have for a grain bowl topping. Amba added to some yogurt with a little lemon juice also makes a perfect dip for vegetables or pita chips. Amba adds a tangy, fruity pop of heat to any dish. Ingredients: 3 pounds, or 4 large firm unripened mangoes 3 tablespoons kosher salt 3 tablespoons oil 6 cloves garlic, finely minced 1 medium Fresno chili, seeded and diced fine, or to taste 2 teaspoons mustard seeds 1 tablespoon ground turmeric 2 teaspoons ground fenugreek 2 teaspoons ground coriander 2 teaspoons ground cumin Pinch of cayenne, or to taste 3 tablespoons brown sugar, or to taste (or substitute with your preferred sweetener) 1 cup water 1/2 cup white vinegar Directions: 1. Peel your mangoes, then slice the fruit around the pit. Dice the mango into small cubes; they do not have to be even or perfect. Add the diced mango to a large non reactive bowl. Add the salt to the mango and toss until everything is well-coated. Cover the bowl and refriger ate for 1 day. 2. After the mango has cured in the fridge, over medium-low heat add oil to a large pot or deep saut pan. Add the mustard seeds to the oil, and when they begin to make popping sounds, add the finely minced garlic and diced chili. Saut until soft ened and fragrant, but before anything begins to brown, about 2-3 minutes. Add the remaining spices: turmeric, fenugreek, coriander, cumin and cayenne. Stir and saut for an additional minute. 3. Add the mango, brown sugar and water to the pot. Stir, increase the heat and bring the liquid up to a simmer. Simmer for 5-6 minutes, or until the mango has softened and the liquid has slightly reduced. Turn off the heat and add the vinegar to the mango mixture. Taste and adjust to your liking by adding more vinegar, sugar, salt or spices if needed. 4. Using an immersion blender or blender, puree the mango to the desired con sistency. I like mine a little chunky with about half of the mango pieces still intact. If you would like your amba smoother, pure it for longer and add water to thin it out. Note that amba will thicken slightly as it cools. 5. Once cooled, transfer the amba to jars and refrigerate. Amba keeps well in the fridge for about 2-3 weeks. Makes 3 pints. Sonya Sanford is a chef, food stylist, and writer based out of Los Angeles. The Nosher food blog offers a dazzling array of new and classic Jewish recipes and food news, from Europe to Yemen, from challah to shakshuka and beyond. Check it out at www.TheNosher.com. Your new favorite Israeli condiment: Amba, a pickled mango sauce By Sonya Sanford (The Nosher via JTA)If youve been to a falafel or shwarma stand in Israel, then you have probably heard of amba. Its a spiced pickled mango condiment whose popularity in Israel comes by way of the Iraqi Jewish com munity. This flavorful condi ment is commonly found in Iraq and across the Middle East, as well as in India. In fact, amba originated in India, and the word means mango in Marathi. You can find countless reci pes and variations for amba, but the main and required ingredient is mango. Most recipes also include mustard seed, turmeric, chili and fenu greek. Fenugreek, an herb that is often used in Indian, Persian, Turkish and Middle Eastern cooking, has a unique maple syrup-like aroma and can add an herbacious sweet ness to a dish. Traditionally, amba is made by slicing and salting green mangoes and placing them in a jar in the sun to ferment for five days. After ward, the mango is removed from the jar and left to dry in sunlight for three to four hours. Once dried, the mango is simmered with spices and then jarred for use. Youll definitely get a deeper fla vor if you allow for longer fermentation of the mango, but you might want to make amba when you dont have access to five sunny days in a rowor you just dont want to wait that long. Inspired by the techniques of many home cooks, I decided to make a quicker-pickled amba. You still salt the mango, and you let it sit in that salt overnight, but thats the extent of the wait time. The cured mango then gets cooked with a variety of spices and aromatics, and finally vinegar is added Amba is ideally made with green, unripe mangoes, which can be tricky to find. For this recipe any mango will work, but it is best to use ones that are firm and not fully ripe. By Cnaan Liphshiz (JTA)A Ukrainian mili tary prosecutor suggested that Jews seek bloodshed in his country, prompting calls for his dismissal by the Simon Wiesenthal Center and others. Col. Gen. Anatoliy Matios, Ukraines chief military pros ecutor and a highly decorated officer who also holds the title of deputy prosecutor-general of Ukraine, spoke about at least one Jew in an interview that the Insider magazine published Monday. In it, he named a communist Jewish theoretician, Alexander Par vus, and said the revolution Parvus supported drenched Slavs with blood for decades. Noting Parvus Jewish eth nicity, Matios said: There is always a Parvus. They want to do the same to Ukraine. Efraim Zuroff, Eastern Europe director for the Simon Wiesenthal Center, called Matios claims outrageous and false. Whereas Matios and other communist leaders were Jewish, they werent acting as Jews. Their inspiration was in Moscow, not Jerusalem. Matios need to be fired, he said. Zuroff said the antiSemitic implication from Matios words are undeniable. On Twitter, Dovid Katz, a prominent activist against anti-Semitism in Lithuania and Eastern Europe, won dered whether there is any chance that Ukraines presi dent and government would consider, you know, firing this madman? Any senior EU military official who sug gested Jews wanted to drown the country in blood would be removed immediately, Katz wrote, adding, And you do want to join the EU, right? Matios incitement of ha tred against Jews, as Zuroff called it, is part and parcel of a bigger problem, which is the resurgence of virulent anti-Semitism in Ukraine, he said. Last year, the number of anti-Semitic incidents recorded in Ukraine doubled from 2016 to more than 130 cases, according to a report by Israels Ministry for Diaspora Affairs. The tally for Ukraine surpassed the number for all the incidents reported throughout the entire region combined, the report said. Ukrainian general implies Jews want bloodshed By Cnaan Liphshiz (JTA)A town in Estonia unveiled a plaque honoring a Waffen SS officer, spurring protests from the Jewish com munity. A nonprofit unveiled the plaque in Mustla for the lo cal Nazi collaborator Alfons Rebane, who fought with the Germans against the Russians as part of the Nazi armed force. Across Eastern Europe, collaborators with the Nazis, including perpetrators of the Holocaust, are celebrated as heroes, often for their fight against what many in the region consider Soviet oc cupation. There is no evidence that Rabane was involved in the murder of Jews, Alla Jakobson, the chairwoman for the Jewish Community of Estonia, told JTA. But men who served in an organization recognized as a criminal by the Nurem berg International Tribunal, she said of the SS, is hardly worthy of commemoration. Separately, in Lithuania, the official website of Vil nius, the countrys capital city, advertised a nationalist groups motorcycle parade through the old city last week to celebrate a rebellion led by a militia that was responsible for spreading anti-Semitic lit erature and then killing many Jews during World War II. The celebration was for the June 23, 1941, uprising staged by the Lithuanian Ac tivist Front. Many scholars of the Holocaust say this was the beginning of the Holocaust in Lithuania, in which locals, some affiliated with the Lithuanian Activist Front, began butchering Jews even before the German troops arrived to wipe out nearly the entire Jewish population of that country with help from collaborators. The Defending History group, which monitors Ho locaust distortion in Eastern Europe, on its website called the parade a show of extraor dinary insensitivity by the city authorities. Plaque honoring SS officer unveiled in Estonia ENDORSED BY COMMUNITY LEADERS Gary Siegel, Esq. Attorney and Former State Senator representing Orange County. Bill Segal Businessman and Former Orange County Commissioner representing District 5. Corey Cohen, Esq. Attorney and Former President of the Seminole County Bar Association. VOTE AUGUST 28TH OR BY MAIL Political Advertisment Paid for and Approved by the Committee to Re-Elect Adam McGinnis, Non Partisan for Orange County Judge Group 11