WWW.HERITAGEFL.COM YEAR 42, NO. 48 AUGUST 3, 2018 22 AV, 5778 ORLANDO, FLORIDA SINGLE COPY 75 Back to School U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley was presented with the Defender of Israel award, eliciting loud cheers from the crowd at the 13th annual Christians United for Israel summit, held from July 23-24, 2018. The White House U.S. President Donald Trump nominates Judge Brett Kavanaugh, shown with his family, for the U.S. Supreme Court, July 9, 2018. By Jackson Richman (JNS)In the weeks since the nomination by U.S. Presi dent Donald Trump of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court, American Mixed reactions over Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh Flash90 Ofer Doron, head of IAIs MBT Space Division speaks near the Israeli spacecraft of the SpaceIL teams spacecraft, during a press conference at the Israel Aerospace facility in Yahud on July 10, 2018. (JTA)Israel will launch a rocket from Florida in a bid to become the fourth country to reach the moon. Israel Aerospace Industries and the nonprofit SpaceIL announced Tuesday that they plan a December launch from Cape Canaveral to land on the moon on Feb. 13. The landing would culminate eight years of collaboration on the $88 million project. Private donations mostly paid for the project, in cluding from the American businessman and Jewish philanthropist Sheldon Adel son. SpaceILs president, Mor ris Kahn, has provided about $27 million. Israel to launch moon mission The United States, Russia and China are the only na tions to have landed on the moon. The spacecrafts journey to the moon will last about two months. The Israeli craft will be the smallest to land on the moon, weighing only 1,322 pounds or 600 kilograms. Upon its landing, the spacecraft plans to take pho tos and video of the landing By Christine DeSouza When it comes to choosing judges on a ballot, many vot ers really dont know much about the people they select. The position is nonpartisan, so being Democrat or Re publican doesnt help; and many folks hope to never see the inside of a courtroom, so what difference does it make which name one chooses? Adam Pollack, who is run ning for a Circuit Court judge seat in Group 24 of the 18th Judicial Circuit in Brevard and Seminole coun ties, knows that it makes a big difference who the person is sitting on the bench, because a judge isnt just making deci sions that will affect the life of a person standing before him or her. That decision will have a ripple affecttouching family members, friends and the community. You dont know to what degree a judges ruling will affect a community. Its very important for judges to be cognizant of that and aware they weld a lot of power, and wield it in a wise, conservative manner, staying within the law, he stated. Pollack also believes that voters should elect their judgeswhich isnt always the case. The person Pollack Adam Pollack seeks position as judge Adam Pollack is running against was ap pointed by Governor Scott after the sitting judge left midterm (each term is six years). I am bringing to the voters an opportunity to make an informed decision, he stated. Im a sincere, compassionate, dedicated person who believes in justice, and listening to people. Listening is very important to Pollack. He feels judges need to be able to listen care fully to those who come before himand that means paying attention to each individual case. If a judge is not willing Jewish organizations have expressed mixed reactions to his sitting on the highest bench in the country. Those reactions generally reflected where each group stands on the ideological spectrum, ranging from celebration by groups that advocate for religious liberty to denun ciation by those that support abortion rights. The Jewish Coalition for Religious Liberty, for one, applauded the move. As an organization de voted to protecting peoples ability to follow the tenets of their faith without in terference from the gov ernment, JCRL welcomes this nomination, and is confident that Judge Ka vanaughs dedication to a consistent application of the original public meaning of both the Free Exercise and Establishment clauses will continue to secure this lib erty for future generations, said JCRL general counsel Howard Slugh. JCRL looks forward to see ing Justice Kavanaugh sitting on the bench in October, he added. The Republican Jewish By Jackson Richman (JNS)In addition to showcasing a major pro-Israel constituency, Christians United for Israels 13th annual sum mit, which took place from July 23-24, emphasized the contrast between the current White House administration and previous ones, with Israels ambas sador to the United States hailing U.S. President Donald Trump as the best ally Israel has ever had. Over the decades, Israel has been blessed with strong supporters in Con gress on both sides of the aisle. We have been blessed with presidents, Democrat and Republican alike, who were steadfast friends of Israel, Israels Ambassador to the United States Ron Dermer said in front of a packed, energetic and flag-waving crowd in Washington on Monday. We have been blessed with Cabinet secretaries and senior officials who were stalwart champions of the U.S.-Israel alliance. But there has never been a U.S. admin istration more supportive of Israel than the Trump administrationfrankly, it is not even close, continued Dermer. From President Trump to Vice Presi dent [Mike] Pence to Secretary [of State Mike] Pompeo, from [National Security Adviser] Ambassador [John] Bolton to [U.S.] Ambassador [to the United Na CUFIharsh rhetoric on Iran, Hamas, PAhuge support for Israel tions Nikki] Haley to [U.S.] Ambassador [to Israel David] Friedman, from [Senior Adviser to the President] Jared Kushner to [Middle East envoy] Jason Greenblatt to Sarah Sanders, this is an administration that sees Israel as an ally and that treats Israel as an ally. The Iranian regional and nuclear threat, Americas moving its embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem and defund ing U.S. assistance to the Palestinian Authority were the main issues addressed by Dermer and other speakers at the event, which was attended by approxi mately 5,000 people, according to CUFI CUFI on page 14A Pollack on page 15A Kavanaugh on page 14A Moon on page 15A
PAGE 2A HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, AUGUST 3, 2018 With so many middle schoolers, there were also op portunities for them to share some cell phone expertise with interested seniors. An impromptu dance party and a little karaoke lent the pro gram some musical energy, courtesy of the sound system brought in by Jewish Pavilion Intergenerational Program Director Walter Goldstein. The modern beats helped to break the ice and made for a festive atmosphere. For many of the kids, the senior living facility was an unfamiliar setting, and the initial mood was much more subdued as the group sat and waited for more of the seniors to arrive. Thats typical of kids in this age group, said JCC Youth and Camp Director Kacie Zemel. When they are in a new situation, they have to quickly think, Am I too cool for this or is this some thing I can really get into? she said. The minute that the ice is broken they come out of their shells. Giving the campers an opportunity to come out of their shells is one of the rea sons Camp J sends its middle school group to do different community service projects each week. We want them to Campers and seniors talk and relax as they work on adult coloring books. Camp J middle school campers and staff pose with a few of the Brookdale Lake Orienta residents who came to a recent Jewish Pavilion intergenerational program. Brookdale Lake Orientas Mary Vindett looks on as resi dents challenge a camper to a game of checkers. Jewish Pavilion Intergenerational program brings Camp J students to seniors SAN DIEGOThe Jew ish Federation of San Diego County (Federation) has named Michael Jeser as its new CEO. On Aug. 27, Jeser will succeed Michael Son duck, who retired in June after his 12-year tenure, including six years as CEO, with the organization. Jeser joins San Diegos Federation after serving as director of financial resource development at the Jewish Federation of Greater Port land, where he oversaw all aspects of the organizations annual and supplemental fundraising campaigns for three years and also cre ated its flagship leadership development and mentoring program for young Jewish leaders. Jesers interest stems from his life-long involvement with Jewish organizations. His parents have worked in the Jewish community for over four decades. His father, Paul Jeser, a veteran fundraising and Jewish com munal professional, was a Federation executive director in both Lewiston, ME, and in Orlando, Fla., when Jeser was a young boy. His mother, Faye, a Jewish music educa tor and performer for more than 40 years, was his JCC preschool music teacher as well as music teacher in both Conservative and Orthodox Day Schools in Northern New Jersey. Growing up, Jeser attended the Orlando JCC Nursury and HDS from 1977-1984. He was active at his local JCC and was a camper, a counselor, and an administrator for his child hood camp. Said Jeser, Throughout my career, I have been lucky enough to be exposed to Jews of all ages and stages; Im always drawn to the story and values we share as a people. In addition to my commitment to creating a strong Jewish future in the U.S., support ing Israel and helping Jews in need provide me enduring inspiration. Beyond Portland, Jesers 20-year career has included significant roles in and out of the national Federation system, serving in senior management, fundraising and program positions with Jewish Community Centers, Jewish summer camps, and as the executive director of Hillel at the University of Southern California for four years. The search for our new CEO resulted in a number of excellent candidates, said Federation Board Chair Brian Tauber. Ultimately, Mi chaels passion for his Jewish heritage combined with his impressive accomplishments in successfully implementing new and innovative initia tives, particularly in emerg ing adult engagement, leader ship development, strategic planning, and community organizing made him ideal for the position. We are excited about the skills and commit ment he brings to Federation and our mission to help Jews in need and strengthen our local and global community for the future. In 2013, Federation an nounced its shift from an umbrella organization, which primarily allocated funds to other Jewish organiza tions, to a nonprofit that collaborates with partner organizations to identify the communitys unmet and greatest needs. Initiatives are then developed, and sometimes funded, to meet those needs and impact the community more effectively. The organizations identifica tion of several key impact areas allows donors to direct their support to causes that match their passions: Israel & Overseas, Young Families, Young Professionals, Caring & Aging, Teens and Com munity Investments. It is this unique shift that led Jeser to apply for the position. San Diegos Federation is on the cutting-edge of the en tire Federation system, said Jeser. I was deeply inspired by its bold decision to focus on developing and supporting services that strengthen the local Jewish community. Im especially proud to join a Fed eration that is demonstrating tremendous commitment to connecting donors with the Michael Jeser Michael Jeser named CEO of San Diego Federation impact of their philanthropy. I look forward to continuing Michael Sonducks efforts of building partnerships among San Diegos phenomenal Jew ish organizations, schools and synagogues. have an opportunity to come out of their comfort zone and do something for somebody else or do something for their community, said Zemel. The seniors who attended the intergenerational pro gram were very receptive to the campers and were clearly very pleased to connect with them individually. Gold stein, who oversees similar programs throughout the school year with Hebrew school and youth group children at other senior liv ing facilities, said that the programs are popular with the seniors he serves. Besides the fact that its just a change from the norm, the middle schoolers energy, their excitement over things, is actually a little contagious, Goldstein said. So it helps to reenergize the seniorsit gives them a little excitement during the day. Mary Vindett, resident programs director for Brook dale Lake Orienta, knows that the seniors she serves appreciate the opportunity to see new faces and have someone new to talk to. Having overseen a few of these programs in the past, Vindett said, I think there is an equal balance. I think the kids get something out of it and the residents get something out of it. For the kids, said Zemel, they enjoy going to an as sisted living facility because it reminds them to respect elders, it reminds them that there is a whole world outside of just their family and that theres opportunities for them to give back and share their knowledge. While the other Camp J Tayarim community service projects are important and relevant, theres a special bonus for the middle school ers in the intergenerational program, said Zemel. She said the kids always return to camp energized and feeling good about the experience. When youre sitting with the seniors and you see them smile, or my kids make a joke and the senior is laughing, theres instant gratification that theyre doing something with their time, she said. And that makes the differ ence. By Lisa Levine The seating areas in the light-filled lobby and com mons of Brookdale Lake Orienta were abuzz with youthful energy on a recent Wednesday when a group of more than 40 middle schoolers from the Camp Js Tayarim (Travelers) program came for an afternoon of games and socializing with the residents. Groups of the young teens and seniors played checkers, worked puzzles, colored intricate designs in adult coloring books, solved word searches, or just settled in for a nice chat in an annual visit coordinated between The Jewish Pavilions inter generational program and the Roth Jewish Community Center of Greater Orlandos summer camp.
HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, AUGUST 3, 2018 PAGE 3A (MEMRI via JNS)Speak ing on Hamass Al-Aqsa TV, Islamic cleric Salah Nour cited the anti-Semitic hadith ac cording to which the Muslims would fight the Jews on Judg ment Day, and the trees and stones would give up the Jews hiding behind them. He praised the virtue of jihad, and said: Islam will prevail, Allah willing, and the Muslims will rule the entire Earth. His address aired on June 24. Islamic cleric proclaims The Muslims will rule the entire earth Rabinovitch, the rabbi of the Western Wall, called for public soul searching in the wake of an incident he saw as unusual and most rare. The fact that this powerful incident happened a day after the 9th of Av fast, in which we mourned the destruction of our temples, raises questions which the human soul is too small to contain, and requires soul-searching, he said. Rabinovitch did not point fingersunlike the deputy mayor of Jerusalem, Dov Kalmanovich. At first, Kal manovich said, We must not explain and interpret natural phenomena as signs from heaven, as the ways of the Creator are hidden. Then he did a 180, blaming the activists who want women and non-Orthodox Jews to be able to pray as they wish at the Orthodox-controlled Wall. The falling of one of the Western Wall stones, so close to Tisha bAv, and exactly at the location of the controversial prayer area, should be a red light for us all, he said. I suggest that Reform lead ers, Women of the Wall and the other quarrel-mongers examine themselves, and not the Wall. Kalmanovich, who, inter esting side point, was the first person attacked in the first intifada in 1987, is not the only person to feel this way. A quick perusal of several religious and mainstream news websites showed similar sentiments from rabbis and laypeople. Alden Solovy, an author and teacher who supports efforts by Reform Jews to pray as they wish at the Western Wall, took a different tack. On Tisha bAv, God re vealed a deep love of Reform Jews, he wrote in a blog post. With a mighty hand and an outstretched arm, God held back a stone from falling from the southern Western Wall onto liberal Jews worshipping below. The stone was, indeed, destined to fallas it did on Mondaybut God held the stone back until no one would be hurt. Solovy noted that had the stone fallen on Saturday night, when hundreds of worshippers and visitors were standing near that part of the Wall, the results could have been catastrophic. Clearly, God held back the stone to save some beloved Children of Israel, he wrote. A facetious tweet by Rabbi Danya Ruttenberg, an author in Brookline, Massachusetts, subtly suggested that the Israeli government and the people that put them there could be at fault. The stone fell after a week in which Israeli lawmakers passed a contro versial nation-state bill, as well as a law that denies surrogacy rights to same-sex couples. They say the Temple was destroyed by free-flowing hatred, Ruttenberg wrote. The day after (or day of? Not sure when this happened) Tisha bAv during a time when Israels been passing bills that are racist, homophobic, and anti-democratic, the Western Wall spit out a stone. She immediately clarified: OK, all, my theology doesnt actually include a God who finds parking spaces or gives cancer or makes the right team win. Pretty sure its up to us to do the work to care for one another down here. I am officially labeling this a facetious tweet bc some people cant get subtlety. The entire expanse of the wall will now be inspected for other loose rocks, as ar chaeologists discuss the best way to prevent another such incident. Religious leaders reportedly also will be con sultednot on the causes of the falling stones but on the spiritual sensibilities that must be taken into account during preservation work. The award for the best response should probably go to the archaeologist Meir Ben-Dov, one of the original excavators of the Robinsons Arch area. In an interview with The Times of Israel, he made it clear how little significance he attached to the stones plummet to earth. So a rock fellso what! Ben-Dov said. The State of Is rael hasnt ended, the Messiah wont come because of this. Hadas Parush/Flash90 A crane works to remove a large chunk of stone dislodged from the Western Wall in Jerusalem at the mixed-gender prayer section, July 25, 2018. The Western Wall spit out a stone, and some see a message from above By Marcy Oster JERUSALEM (JTA)The heavy stone that fell out of the Western Wall and came crashing down on a plat form set aside for egalitarian prayer has been removed for examination and restoration, but the conversation about the reason for its sudden sky dive, including hints of divine intervention, keeps on going. The stone fell on Monday morning, hours after the area had been full of worshippers visiting the wall for Tisha bAv, 25 hours of intense mourning for the destruction of the two Holy Temples in Jerusalem. The Western Wall was an external retaining wall for the Second Temple, which was razed by the Romans in 70 C.E. A lone worshipper was pray ing at the site, known as the Ezrat Yisrael near Robinsons Arch at the southern end of the wall, when the stone fell. Daniella Goldberg, 79, was not injured, though she was shak en up a bit. And she seemed to be dressed in the garb of an Orthodox worshipper: Every strand of hair covered, long sleeves, a long skirt and stock ings in the summer heat. She said she prays regularly at the site, set at a remove from the iconic plaza that fronts the Wall, and told Israeli television that she would try not to let the incident distract from her prayers. Israeli archaeologist Zachi Dvira almost immediately said the 2,000-year-old wall was badly in need of restoration, and that its massive limestone blocks had to be reinforced. But some saw theology, not erosion, at play in the near disaster. Rabbi Shmuel Regime troops with the Syrian flag in the Daraa province on July 17, 2018. By World Israel News On Thursday, Syrian state media reported that govern ment forces had entered the town of Quneitra on the Syr ian side of the Golan Heights, reaching Israels doorstep. According to the gov ernment-controlled Syrian Central Military Media, Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assads troops raised the nations flag on Thursday afternoon. SCMM posted photographs from inside the town, where homes had been left badly damaged since Syria waged war. Several Syrians inter viewed Thursday say they dont trust the Syrian govern ment or Russia, which backs President Bashar Assad. Russia, which helped Assad restore significant swaths of territory from rebels in re cent years, is discussing the repatriation of refugees from Jordan, Lebanon and Turkey. Russian diplomats are meeting Lebanese and Jor danian officials Thursday to discuss the return. Ayman Safadi, foreign minister of Jordan, said Wednesday that Amman will not force any refugee to go home, insisting the return would be volun tarily. A spokesman for the U.N.s refugee agency said his or ganization, while welcoming an end to the Syrian crisis, has up to 21 conditions be fore encouraging refugees to return. Jordan hosts 667,000 regis tered Syrian refugees. Meanwhile, a Syrian gov ernment official says the death toll from coordinated attacks the previous day by the Islamic State group on a usually peaceful southern city and surrounding countryside has climbed to 216. Its the worst violence to hit the area since the countrys conflict began. Mass funerals were underway for the victims on Thursday. Hassan Omar, a local health official in Sweida province, said on Thursday that at least 150 people were wounded in the attacks; some of them were in critical condition. The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights put the death toll at 246, including 135 civil ians and 111 members of local militias who fought IS militants who swarmed their villages. The attack on the villages coincided with suicide attacks in the provincial capital ear lier in the morning. on Israel decades ago. Syrian troops have been on the offensive against insurgents in the countrys southwest for weeks and have Assads forces raise Syrian flag on Israels doorstep captured much of the area all the way to the Jordanian border and to the frontier with Israel. Assads advances arrive just days after Israel orchestrated the rescue of hundreds of members of the Syrian Civil Defense organization, known as the White Helmets, and their families. Israels inter vention made it possible for them to leave the area, where their lives weighed in the bal ance as hostile regime troops continued to advance. Some Syrian refugees in Jordan say they oppose Rus sian efforts to bring them back home from regional host countries. (JTA)Berlin issued a withering critique of Face book founder Mark Zucker bergs recent announcement that he would not remove Ho locaust denial posts from the widely used social platform, stating that such a policy was contrary to German law. There must be no place for anti-Semitism. This includes verbal and physical attacks on Jews as well as the denial of the Holocaust, Justice Minister Katarina Barley said. The lat ter is also punishable by us and will be strictly prosecuted. In a statement to Politico Europe, a Justice Ministry spokeswoman said that what the Jewish tech entrepreneur wishes or demands for the American or international market is not possible in Ger many, where Nazi symbols and Holocaust denial have been prohibited for decades. Social media companies oper ating in Germany are required by law to remove content violating the ban. Zuckerberg ignited a fire storm earlier this week when he told Recode, an American technology news website, that Facebook prioritizes allowing people to express themselveseven if they get things wrong. Im Jewish, and theres a set of people who deny that the Holocaust happened, he told the interviewer, Kara Swisher. I find that deeply offensive. But at the end of the day, I dont believe that our platform should take that down because I think there are things that different people get wrong. I dont think that theyre intentionally getting it wrong. Zuckerberg said that in stead of banning such items, the company would make sure they were not presented prominently in the News Feed, the posts that are seen most frequently by individual users. Anti-Defamation League CEO Jonathan Greenblatt challenged Zuckerberg, say ing that Holocaust denial is a willful, deliberate and longstanding deception tac tic by anti-Semites that is incontrovertibly hateful, hurtful, and threatening to Jews. Facebook has a moral and ethical obligation not to allow its dissemination. Greenblatt added that his organization would continue to challenge Facebook on this position and call on them to regard Holocaust denial as a violation of their community guidelines. Germany blasts Mark Zuckerberg on Holocaust denial
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Box 300742 Fern Park, FL 32730 email: firstname.lastname@example.org Editor/Publisher Jeffrey Gaeser Editor Emeritus Associate Editor News Editor Gene Starn Kim Fischer Christine DeSouza Account Executives Kim Fischer Marci Gaeser Contributing Columnists Jim Shipley Mel Pearlman David Bornstein Ed Ziegler Production Department David Lehman Gil Dombrosky Joyce Gore Society Editor Gloria Yousha Office Manager Paulette Alfonso Everywhere Good Jew or Bad Jew? By Mel Pearlman As if we have not been emotionally exasper ated and mentally mutilated by the endless debates regarding the existential question of Who is a Jew, playwright Joshua Harmon has come along to challenge us with an even more vexatious question: What makes a Jew a good Jew or a bad Jew? Growing up in Brooklyn in a neighborhood of Orthodox Jews and not one, but two orthodox synagogues down the block on which we lived, we always did Shabbat dinner on Friday night and regularly attended Shabbat services. My parents kept kosher and we observed all the Jewish holidays. However, we also were allowed to go to the movies on Saturday afternoon; and when we intended to ride on Shabbat my father would park the car on the next block to avoid anyone seeing us. Were we being good Jews or bad Jews? I felt that same uncertainty several weeks ago when my wife and I went to see a perfor mance of Mr. Harmons play, Bad Jews at the Mad Cow theatre. This time my uncertainty was about the characters being portrayed. The story is about two brothers, Jona and Liam, and their cousin Daphna, the offspring of two sisters, whose father, a Holocaust survivor, has just died, leaving a gold chai, a jeweled depiction of two Hebrew letters meaning Life. As the play begins, Jona and his cousin Daphna have just returned from their grand fathers funeral to Jonas tiny Manhattan apartment to await Liams return to New York from Colorado. Liam and his girlfriend, Melody, were on a spring-break skiing holiday, and apparently chose not to shorten the trip to attend the funeral. In Liams absence, Daphna, a hyper-person ality observant Jew and strong Zionist, tries to enlist Jona to persuade his brother not to challenge her for possession of the gold chai, arguing that her devotion to Judaism and Israel entitles her to claim the grandfathers gold chai as her rightful inheritance. Jona disavows any interest in the chai, and weakly seeks to avoid taking sides in the forthcoming confrontation over who deserves to inherit this coveted family heirloom. Finally, Liam arrives accompanied by his very pretty blue-eyed blonde non-ethnic girl friend, and the verbal battle begins over who should inherit the gold chai. Liam, who is a graduate student working toward his Phd. in Japanese studies, has zero interest in Judaism and Israel, but he has his grandfathers story and the inner spark of a Jewish soul which ties him to the chai as well. When the grandfather was a little boy during the years of the Nazi reign over Europe, he was separated from his parents in the concentra tion camp. HIs father gave the little boy the gold chai with instructions to hide it, and to use it to buy food when he was hungry. The little boy hid the chai under his tongue; and there it remained until he was liberated after the war. When he came to America as a young man, he met the love of his life. Because he was very poor and could not afford a ring for his bride, he proposed to her using the gold chai, which his father had lovingly given to him for his survival during the dark days of the Holocaust. Liam now wants to use the gold chai as his token of betrothal to his non-Jewish girlfriend, to continue a tradition in memory of his grandfather, a very Jewish thing, even if Liam would not acknowledge it as such. What follows is 60 minutes of blistering argument between the two cousins which kept you on the edge of your seat and was not unlike a Talmudic discourse. One of the most memorable lines of the play, is when Daphna confronts Liam with the words, You spend five years studying a strange Japanese culture, but laugh when a Jew studies Torah for 10 minutes. I will not tell you who ends up with the gold chai, but I will tell you Jona, the quiet, self-effacing and least convicted character makes the most power ful non-verbal statement of the entire play in the closing moments, leaving the audience with an exhausting 90 minutes of excellent theatre, but with no answers to the question posed. If you wish to comment or respond to any of the contents herein you can reach me at email@example.com. Please do so in a rational, thoughtful, respectful and civil manner. If you wish to respond by ranting and raving, please go into your bathroom, lock the door and shout your brains out. Mel Pearlman has been practicing law in Central Florida for the past 45 years. He has served as president of the Jewish Federation of Greater Orlando; on the District VII Mental Health Board, as Special Prosecutor for the City of Winter Park, Florida; and on the Board of Directors of the Central Florida Research and Development Authority. He was a charter member of the Board of Directors and served as the first Vice President of the Holocaust Memorial Resource and Education Center of Central Florida, as well as its first pro-bono legal counsel. By Caroline Glick from www.carolineglick.com Due to an unusual conflation of events, over the past two weeks weve caught a rare glimpse of the face of European foreign policy. We shouldnt let it pass unremarked. Last Friday, the European Unions foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini presided over a curious summit in Vienna. In the same hall where she and her colleagues concluded the nuclear deal with Iran three years ago, Mogh erini and her comrades tried to concoct ways to save the deal by undermining American power and defying its decision to abandon the deal. Mogherini was joined in her efforts by the German, French and British foreign ministers. Sitting opposite them were Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif, and the Russian and Chinese foreign ministers. Together they brainstormed ways to undermine the economic sanctions the U.S. will begin implementing next month against Iran and anyone from anywhere that trades with Iran. The Europeans made some suggestions. For instance, the European Investment Bank, they said, is authorized to invest in projects in Iran. European governments are willing to make direct deposits in Iranian banks to get around U.S. restrictions on bank transfers to Iran. The Germans apparently are the keenest to continue the money flow to Tehran. Bild, a Berlin-based tabloid, reported that Iran has asked the European-Iranian Trade Bank, which is majority owned by Iranian stateowned banks but registered in Hamburg with the Bundesbank, Germanys central bank, to permit it to withdraw 350 million in cash. The Iranians intend to fly the cash to Tehran to avoid the prospect of the accounts being frozen once U.S. sanctions are reimposed. According to the Bild report, the German government supports the cash transfer. The Merkel government believes the Iranian claim that the money will be distributed to Iranian businessmen who will be barred from using credit cards in international commerce due to the U.S. sanctions. The Germans apparently are happy to ignore the fact that Iran routinely uses cash to pay for its wars in Syria and Yemen. Iran regularly transfers millions of dollars in cash to Hamas in Gaza. Cash is its routine method of financing Hezbollah and its terror empire in Lebanon and throughout the worldincluding in Germany. The Germans dont care about that. Their goal is not to prevent terror. Their goal is to flood Iran with money. Mogherinis summit in Vienna was a state ment of deep contempt for the U.S. Days before U.S. President Donald Trump was scheduled to arrive on the continent, the leaders of Europe publicly colluded with Iran, China and Russia to undermine and weaken America. While shocking in and of itself, Europes behavior didnt tell U.S. anything we didnt already know. Mogherini has been publicly attacking the U.S. for walking away from the nuclear deal and declaring her allegiance to the pact three times a day, every day since May 8 when Trump announced he was pulling the U.S. out of it and reimposing sanctions on Iran. What we didnt know until recently is why Mogherini and her colleagues have chosen to stand with Iran against America. We got the answer on June 30. Six days before the Vienna summit, Belgian security forces arrested members of an Iranian terror cell as they made their way to Paris to blow up a rally held that day by the Iranian opposition movement Mujahedin e-Khalq. The cell was led by Asduallah Asadi, the head of Irans intelligence network in Europe. Asadi is registered as the Iranian intelligence attach at the Iranian embassy in Vienna. He is an officer of the Revolutionary Guards al-Quds Brigade, which is responsible for Irans foreign terror operations. Thousands attended the rally in Paris. Among the many VIPS present were former prime minister Ehud Barak, former Canadian prime minister Stephen Harper and former New York mayor Rudy Giuliani. The arrests in Belgium drove home the fact that Iran has developed a massive terror infrastructure in Europe. The terror opera tives who were arrested lived and operated in at least four countries: Germany, Austria, Belgium and France. On the face of it, it is amazing than right after terrorists under the direct command of the Iranian regime were caught en route to carrying out an attack in Paris, Europes top diplomats sat down with the leaders of the regime and brainstormed how to shower them with cash in open defiance of the United States. And that isnt all. It is true that Mogherini and her colleagues insist the nuclear deal they love so much prevents Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons. But it is also true that they know they are lying. The Europeans dont need Trump or Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to tell them the deal gives Iran a clear path to a full-blown nuclear arsenal within a decade. They have known that all along. And its never bothered them. So in under a week, an Iranian terror cell tried to blow up a rally in Paris and Europes leaders reacted by hosting their bosses in a fancy hall and promising them billions of dollars and a nuclear arsenal within a decade in defiance of the U.S.. Why would the Europeans do this? What does this tell U.S. about the nature of their policy? The first thing all of this tells U.S. is that Europe has a very clear Iran policy. It tells U.S. that there is no connection whatsoever between Europes rhetoricwhich insists that Iran must not acquire nuclear weapons and that Iran must end its sponsorship of terror ismand Europes policy. As to the policy itself, Europes Iran policy is a policy of pure appeasement, based on profound weakness. Mogherini and her comrades are fully aware that Iran can cause them harm and intends to cause them harm. Through payoffs and betrayal of the U.S. they hope to convince the Iranians to attack someone else instead of them. They dont care if its Israel or Saudi Arabia or America. As far as the Europeans are concerned, Iran can kill whoever it wants, so long as it doesnt attack Europe. This is Europes Iran policy. It has no other policy. There is nothing unique about Europes Iran policy. Appeasement predicated on weakness and an absence of any will to defend itself stands at the heart of Europes policies towards all of its enemies. As for its allies, Europe expects them to serve its needs, and appease it in ex change for nodding, condescending approval. At the NATO summit on Wednesday, Trump exposed this basic fact in relation to Europes Russia policy. When Russia annexed Crimea in 2014, no one condemned the move more passionately than the Europeans. And German Chancellor Angela Merkel stood at the front of the column of denouncers proclaiming Russias aggression would not stand. And yet, as Trump revealed in his blunt repartee with NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg, while Germany passionately declaimed about Russian aggression and the threat Russia poses to Europe, Merkel was sign ing massive gas deals with Russia to build and expand the Nord Stream gas pipeline between Russia and Germany. The strategic implica tion of Germanys dependence on Russian gas is that the country screaming loudest about Russia has voluntarily rendered its economy dependent on Russian gas. Merkel did this, Trump noted, while refusing to spend the requisite 2 percent of German GDP on its national defense and while expecting A glimpse of Europes true face the U.S. to defend Europe from Russia it on its own dime. As with Iran, so with Russia, when you see the full spectrum of European actions, you realize there is no connection whatsoever between European rhetoric and European policy. As with Iran, so with Russia, Europes actual policy is to appease Russia by paying it off. As with Iran so with Russia, Europe expects the U.S. to pull its fat from the fire when the going gets toughand pay for the privilege of doing so. Trump scares the Europeans. He doesnt scare them because he expects them to pay for their own defense. All of his predecessors had the same expectation. He frightens the Europeans because he ignores their rhetoric while mercilessly exposing their true policy and refuses to accept it. They are scared that Trump intends to exact a price from them for their weak-kneed treachery. Europes policies towards Israel follow a similar script as its other policies. As is the case with Iran and Russia, there is no connection whatsoever between Europes rhetoric and its actual policies. With Iran, Europe claims that it is committed to preventing the proliferation of nuclear weapons to Iran while its actual policy is to enable Iran to build a nuclear arsenal. In Israels case, Europeans say they strive to advance international law, human rights and peace when their actual policy negates international law, harms human rights and diminishes any possibility of peace. Whereas Europeans fear the Iranians and the Russians, they hate Israel. And the goal of Europes Israel policy is to weaken the Jewish state through delegitimization, political and legal subversion and the constant threat of commercial sanctions. Israels great error in contending with Europe is that we fail to recognize, as Trump recognizes, that European rhetoric doesnt represent its actual policy. It camouflages it. We send our best lawyers to Europe to explain that our policies conform with international law. We deploy our most talented diplomats to Europe to prove that our actions advance human rights. And our greatest statesmen have spent decades trying to prove our com mitment to peace. And all these efforts are completely irrel evant. The Europeans couldnt care less about the truth. They arent here to promote truth. They prefer lies. Lies help them to hide their policy predicated on hatred of Israel. The summit in Vienna was a dud. Like Europe on page 15A
HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, AUGUST 3, 2018 PAGE 5A Keep your eyes open, America HERITAGE encourages readers to send in their opin ions for the Viewpoint column. They must be signed; however, names will be withheld upon request. Due to space limitations, we reserve the right to edit, if neces sary. Opinions printed in Viewpoint do not necessarily VIEWPOINT By Lloyd Green Florida is not a panacea especially when it comes to the scourge of anti-Semitism. Nowhere is and especially not the United Kingdom. In April 2016 I wrote a piece for the Heritage thank ing U.K.s Labour Party for mainstream anti-Semitism. At the time I was still in the process of becoming an American citizen (which I achieved earlier this year) and was very worried about the blatancy and openness of anti-Semitism in the U.K. especially in the Labour party, a party in political terms to the left of center. I ended the piece by ironically bringing out the issue of anti-Semitism in the public domain hop ing, perhaps forlornly, that a discussion would be had and that Jews could stand proud in my mother country. Alas, things have got worse. A report recently published by the Community Security Trust in the U.K. stated there had been 727 anti-Semitic incidents in the U.K. from January to June of this year, the second worst on record for that period of months. That does not include the recent arson at a synagogue in the south of the country. Jeremy Corbyn, leader of the Labour party, a party traditionally supported by Jews, expressed his view that he was appalled to hear of the arson attack. I am sure he was, as any self-respecting person would be. But here is the problem, words are one thing but deeds matter. The Labour party has failed to adopt into the partys code of conduct the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliances definition of antiSemitism. His own party members have labeled him an anti-Semite and racist, rabbis from all denominations of Jewry have written condemn ing his actions and the three main Jewish newspapers have all shared for the first time ever the same front page with the leading paper, the Jewish Chronicle commenting: We do so because of the existential threat to Jewish life in this country that would be posed by a Jeremy Corbyn-led government. We do so because the party that was, until re cently, the natural home for our community has seen its values and integrity eroded by Corbynite contempt for Jews and Israel. The stain and shame of anti-Semitism has coursed through Her Majestys Op position since Jeremy Corbyn became leader in 2015. So where are we since I last commented on this matter? Going in the wrong direc tion with the hope that the National Executive Council of the Labour party sees senses and adopts the IHRA defini tion of anti-Semitism when it meets in September. It has really come down to that. Irrespective of ones views on the policies of Israel, an at tack that starts with allowing the country to be called racist or apartheid is no more than a hidden or perhaps blatant attack on the Jewish people. It festered in the U.K. and now has begun to bloom. It needs to be brought to a grinding halt and quickly. Just a final thought, has not the Democratic Party here in the U.S., been the natural home of the Jewish voter? Lloyd Green is a member of Congregation Ohev Shalom and takes an active role in Jewish matters in Central Florida. By Dr. Yvette Alt Miller Aish Hatorah Resources Holocaust denial isnt just getting a few things wrong. Its a pernicious form of antiSemitism that serves no other purpose than to attack Jews. Dear Mark Zuckerberg, Im one of your many fans. Like over two billion people around the planet, I use Face book to keep in touch with friends, hear new ideas, and digest news. Your decisions about social media affect my life every day. Unbelievably, now those decisions include giving Ho locaust denial free reign. On July 18, 2018, you gave an interview to Kara Swisher of the tech site Re code in which you struggled to explain how you, as CEO of Facebook, are dealing with offensive material. Some posts are dangerous, you explained, and would be removed. You said that other material might be false but should stay up, and you offered Holocaust denial as your example. After people around the world reacted with horror, you doubled down on your position: If its going to result in real harm, real physical harm, or if youre attacking individuals, then that content shouldnt be on the platform, you maintained. But posts de nying the Holocaust dont fit those criteria: Everyone gets things wrong is how you put it. While you called Holocaust denial deeply offensive, you insisted on Facebook users right to engage in it publicly, with no censure from your company. Mark, Holocaust denial isnt just getting a few things wrong. The hate-mongers on Facebook and elsewhere who promote the false narrative that the Holocaust never hap pened didnt just make an hon est mistake or stumble across incorrect information. They are promoting a dangerous lie that seeks to slander Jews and to incite hatred against us. My grandparents fled Vi enna in 1939. All of their family and friends who stayed behind were killed. I just cant believe that in my lifetime they are being called liars and our murdered relatives are being deliberately erased from history. Holocaust denial is not simply a gross distortion of the facts, the Anti-Defamation League stated this week in response to your defense of deniers. Holocaust denial is also a pernicious form of anti-Semitic hate speech that serves no other purpose than to attack Jews. There are many forms of Holocaust denial and all are dangerous and reprehensible. Some deniers falsely claim that Jews somehow conspired in their own murders, or engaged in a nefarious con spiracy to convince the world the Holocaust took place. Some falsely insist that Jews did this to extract reparations from Germany, or to hood wink the global community into allowing the creation of the State of Israel. These theories have certain com mon themes: they paint Jews as uniquely evil and masterful, manipulating world opinion for their own gains. They tap into deep-rooted anti-Semitic tropes of Jews as malevolent and preternaturally powerful. These are not merely innocent mistakes; they train people to mistrust and hate Jews. The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) estimates that about 10 neo-Nazi hate groups are currently peddling various forms of Holocaust denial conspiracy theories in the United States today and sev eral of them have a presence on Facebook. By not outlaw ing their hate, Mark, you are elevating them, lending them prestige and a platform to spread their bile. By protect ing Holocaust denial, you are giving these anti-Semites the respectability theyve long craved. Your terrible decision couldnt have come at a worse time. Just a few weeks ago, a study found that two thirds of American millennials said they havent heard of the Holocaust or arent certain what it was. In other countries, those numbers are far higher. A 2014 global survey by the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) found that only 54 percent of people worldwide have heard of the Holocaust. Shockingly, nearly a third 32 percent of people who have heard of the Holocaust dont believe what theyve been told. They believe it has either been greatly exaggerated or is an outright lie. In Asia, fewer than a quarter of people (23 percent) have both heard of the Holocaust and believe what they learned. That number dips to 12 percent of people in Sub-Saharan Africa. In the Arab world, just 8 percent of respondents have both heard of the Holocaust and believe what they heard. Mark, I have a photo on my bookshelf of my grandfather. He sits at a cafe with his cousin, sister, father and other relatives. I posted it on Face book on the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz. They all gaze at the camera with smiles; there was no way they could have known that within a year my grandfather would have caught one of the last peacetime boats out of Europe and that everyone else in that photo was sent to Auschwitz. My son carries the name Aharon after my great-grand father, a genial man who was murdered at Auschwitz and whose kind gaze looks at me from his photo. Do you want to allow bigots and anti-Semites to deny his death? To somehow pretend that Ive made up his very existence? Mark, denying the Holo caust isnt simply getting facts wrong; it is deliberately twisting history and painting one group of peoplethe Jewsas evil. It leads people to view Jews as liars, unde serving of trust about the Holocaust or anything else. Since the Holocaust, many Jews have made Never Again a motto, promising never to allow the hatred and violence of the Holocaust to reoccur. To ensure this, we need allies like you to stand up and repudiate Holocaust denial whenever it occurs. We have an obligation to counter those who would erase and deny our history, which is your history as well, Mark. We must not be silent. We are engaged in a battle for truth and memory, a battle to make sure the Holocaust and its lessons are never forgotten. Mark, now is the time to stand up for your people. Yours sincerely, Yvette Alt Miller Yvette Alt Miller earned her B.A. at Harvard University. She completed a Postgraduate Diploma in Jewish Studies at Oxford University, and has a Ph.D. In International Rela tions from the London School of Economics. An open letter to Mark Zuckerberg: Dont give Holocaust deniers a pass By Slovie Jungreis-Wolff Aish Hatorah Resources A digital-age cautionary tale about privacy, shaming and hurtful words. It started as a cute online romantic tale. A woman began tweeting photos and updates of a sup posed love story that was happening before her eyes while flying on an Alaskan Airlines flight. After request ing a seat change to sit beside her boyfriend, the passenger thought that the strangers who now sat side by side may be discovering each other and the love of her life. She began photographing the pair from her seat that was directly behind them. The trip was documented step by step. When deplaning, the mystery duo was still photographed and posted from behind as they walked through the air port. The unidentified woman was dubbed #PrettyPlaneGirl. The tweets went viral. Over 20,000 likes and reac tions hoping for this couples ending up together spurred a fiery discussion from the online public. The male seatmate was revealed to be a former pro fessional soccer player who became known as #PlaneBae through a wild social media storm. He was interviewed and appeared on a number of morning shows. The story continued to spread. Social media users tracked down #PrettyPlaneGirl. Then there was a drastic change of attitude. Com ments about invading the unnamed womans privacy opened peoples eyes to the damage done. #PrettyPlaneGirl recently broke her silence. She blasted the photographs and the false narrative that was created. I am a young professional woman. On July 2, I took a commercial flight from N.Y. to Dallas. Without my knowledge and consent, other passengers photographed me and recorded my conversation with a seatmate. They posted images and recordings to social media and speculated unfairly about my private conduct. Since then my personal information has been dis tributed online. Strangers publicly discussed my private life based on patently false information. I have been doxxed, shamed, insulted and harassed. Voyeurs have come looking for me online and in the real world. I did not ask for and do not seek attention. #PlaneBae is not a romance. It is a digitalage cautionary tale about privacy, identity, ethics and consent. Is there any way to repair the damage done to reputa tion, the public shame and embarrassment? How often do we think about the conse quences of our posts? I am reminded of the fa mous feather story: A man who spread many malicious stories about others and gos siped incessantly wished to make amends. He was told by his rabbi to take a feather pillow, cut it open, and scatter the feathers to the wind. Thats it? the man replied. When he returned to tell the rabbi that he had followed his instructions, he was informed #PrettyPlaneGirl and the Power of our Words of the second step. Now go and gather all the feathers. Impossible! The wind blew them in all directions. Exactly, said the rabbi You cannot make amends for the damage your words have done as you cannot collect the feathers that have spread. The Talmud teaches us that words of lashon hara, evil speech that wrongs others, are compared to arrows because they are sharp and penetrate. And once theyve been shot they cannot be retrieved. There really is no remedy to the harm done. Lashon hara isnt conveyed only through words. Harming and shaming others through tweets and texts are also included in the prohibition. Rabbi Yisroel Meir Kagen, known as the Chofetz Chaim, made it his life work to reveal the evils of slander and mali cious gossip. He wrote If the message is negative it makes no difference if the lashon hara was communicated through speech, writing, or hinting. It applies whether verbally or in writing. (Laws of Lashon Hara 1:8) We need to think hard before we push send. Too Words on page 15A
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Bowling target 34. Audition tape 35. Michael Jackson album about Haman? 36. What Oliver dared ask for 37. E.R. figures 38. Marsh growth 40. 1999 Keanu Reeves action thriller, with The 42. Attended 43. Neil Young album about cutting crops after the sab batical year? 44. Fancy fronts of stores 47. Tolkien creature that might celebrate Tu BShvat 48. Poor crossword solvers need 49. Skilled at painting, say 54. Pink Floyd album about praying for the Messiah? 56. Lauder of lipstick 57. Kazan who made Gentle mans Agreement 58. A Gabor and a Peron 59. Studies Torah, essentially 60. Employee IDs, at times 61. Fogelberg and Rather Down 1. Bro, in Israel Easy puzzle For the Record by Yoni Glatt firstname.lastname@example.org MORNING AND EVENING MINYANS (Call synagogue to confirm time.) Chabad of South OrlandoMonday Friday, 8 a.m. and 10 minutes before sunset; Saturday, 9:30 a.m.; Sunday, 8:15 a.m., 407-354-3660. 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By World Israel News Hundreds of family mem bers, friends and acquain tances attended the funeral of Yotam Ovadia, 31, murdered by a Palestinian terrorist in a stabbing attack on Thursday night. Yotam was buried at Har Hamenuchot cemetery in Jerusalem, leaving two young children, Harel and Itai, and his wife Tal. I dont know what will happen to me and the children now, Tal said Saturday, as quoted by Ynet. I dont know how to continue to be strong for the children. We were everything to him. The house was his kingdom. I dont know what will happen to me and the children Yotam was a decent, mod est and humble man of work, she said. He loved me and the children in a way I never saw. All he did was just for us. He always made sure he was good. Always puts himself last. Tal added that on the day he was murdered, Yotam had Ovadia on page 15A
HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, AUGUST 3, 2018 PAGE 7A Children of Halutza sit in front of the site of the new state-of-the-art Halutza Community Center. By Megan E. Turner (JNS)Quite literally among the booms and bil lows of black smoke across the nearby Gaza border, deep in Israels southern Negev Desert, the new community of Shlomit laid a cornerstone and broke ground for their future community center. The new structure will serve not only Shlomit, but the entire Eshkol region in southern Israel. A mere 700 meters from Israels border with Egypt and just a few kilometers from Gaza, Shlomit and the other budding communities of Halutza are defying the odds and showing that they, and the people of Israel, are here to stay. Building a community center on the border here [with Gaza] says it all, says Gadi Yarkoni, the mayor of Eshkol. Thats how you show the enemy that youve won. Indeed, this show of life and vibrancy is Jewish National Fund-USAs (JNF) goal in the face of trying, tense times. In the presence of distin guished guests, including Yarkoni, Knesset member Nurit Koren, the World Zion ist Organizations Settlement Division regional director Itzik Bar, JNF CEO Russell F. Robinson, JNF Chief Is rael Officer Eric Michaelson and Ron Werner, a member of JNFs national board of directors, members of the Shlomit community planted trees in their soon-to-be first permanent neighborhood. The occasion was made even more joyous with children singing Hallelujah in sign language, and guest speakers recounting the inspiring story of a new community that was sand dunes and dust a mere decade ago. Eleven years ago, we stood on a hill in this area looking out at nothing but sand, and a man with a bit of meshugana said that he will build three communities here. This is the outcome, said Robinson as he gestured to the attractive new houses dotting a horizon that abut parks, playgrounds, scores of greenhouses and the plot of land where the new community center will be. We will continue to blos som JNFs partner Halutza is a group of three communities, headed by that meshugana man, Rabbi Eli Adler. Its made up primarily of former Gush Katif residents who were evacuated from their homes during Israels 2005 disengagement from Gaza. Given a choice to move else where, families rebuilt their lives in this area of the desert that had never been inhabited or farmed. After a little more than 10 years of hard work, Shlomit is taking shape and driving change in the region, showing that growth and development are possible in even the most remote areas of the Negev. Tzvi Yehuda Halevi, 31, a father of four and a founding member of Shlomit, com mutes three hours roundtrip to work every day to central Israel. But his participation in this community is secondFuture community center breaks ground in the southern Negev Israelis from their border towns. The growth and develop ment we are witnessing in Halutza has a special emo tional appeal for American Jews who support these ef forts, says Robinson. It is also a loud and clear symbol that says, We are here to stay, and we will continue to blossom! nature to him and his family. As he put it: We wanted to take part in a mission to give back to the Israeli people and to continue to settle our land. The groundbreaking of the Shlomit community center is importantnot just as a sign of endurance in an embattled region of Israel, but as a criti cal source of services for the entire Eshkol region, as it will include classrooms and communal spaces, and pro vide learning opportunities, extracurricular activities and programs for all of the regions residents. The event, at this particular time in Israels history, made a poignant statement, accord ing to those involvedone that echoes throughout the region as terrorists continue to try to literally burn out When theONE-IN-CHARGEbecomes theNEXT-IN-LINE rfntbf
PAGE 8A HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, AUGUST 3, 2018 By Josefin Dolsten NEW YORK (JTA)The National Yiddish Theatre Folksbienes new produc tion of Fiddler on the Roof enacts a familiar story in an unfamiliar language. The actors sing about joy and hardship, and argue about the importance of tradition, in the language their characters would have spoken in the Old Country. But before rehearsals started in June, the major ity of them had no experi ence with the language. Of the 26 cast members, only three spoke Yiddish fluently. Another nine had some ex perience with the mama loshen, but everyone had just a month to memorize the entire script. The result is extraordinary, giving audience members a new experience and new un derstanding of one of Broad ways best-loved musicals (For those who dont speak Yiddish, there are supertitles in English and Russian.) This production of Fid dler on the Roofor Fidler Afn Dakhmarks the first time the musical is being performed in Yiddish in the United States, and only the second time in its history (a Yiddish version ran for about four weeks in Israel in 1965), according to the New York-based theater company. Fiddler on the Roof, which premiered in 1964, is based on Tevye and His Daughters, a series of stories by the Yiddish writer Sholem Aleichem. Created by Jerry Bock, Sheldon Harnick and Joseph Stein, the musical tells the story of a poor dairy farmer living in the Russian town of Anatevka at the start of the 20th century as he grapples with tradition Victor Nechay/ProperPix Steven Skybell, center, as Tevye and ensemble in the National Yiddish Theatre Folksbi enes Production of Fiddler on the Roof. How the cast of a new Fiddler learned their Yiddish in only a month Victor Nechay/ProperPix From left to right, Raquel Nobile, Rosie Jo Neddy, Rachel Zatcoff, Stephanie Lynne Ma son and Samantha Hahn play the daughters in the National Yiddish Theatre Folksbienes production of Fiddler on the Roof. and the ways his daughters choose to defy it. As part of the auditions for Folksbienes production, actors had to prove that they would be able to learn Yiddish quickly. Those called in for auditions were given 24 hours to memorize a recording of a song in the language. From the 2,500 applications, 26 actors were chosen for the production. Once the cast was chosen, each member received a re cording of his or her lines and songs in Yiddish in addition to private language coaching. It was very tedious, and it continues every day, Zalmen Mlotek, Folksbienes artistic director, told JTA. We give little notes here and there because while they know what theyre saying, of course sometimes the accent isnt quite right. Members of the cast in clude Emmy Award nomi nee Jackie Hoffman playing the matchmaker Yente and Broadway actors Steven Skybell as the long-suffering Tevye and Mary Illes as his wife, Golde. Award-winning director and actor Joel Grey directs the production, which runs through Sept. 2 at the Museum of Jewish Heritage in downtown Manhattan. The team used a transla tion by Shraga Friedman, the actor and director who trans lated the script for and codirected the Israeli produc tion. Performing the show in Yiddish hearkens back to Sholem Aleichems original stories, said Folksbiene CEO Christopher Massimine. But it does much more. Perhaps the biggest dif ference, according to Mas simine, is that the word tradition has been replaced by Torah. Though a Yiddish word for tradition is used in the iconic song Tradition, Torah is used elsewhere. That raises the stakes for char acters like Tevye, for whom Torah is not mere custom but represents the ultimate authority: Gods law. A tradition can start one way and end up another way, Massimine told JTA. You can argue with the tradition be cause its not something that is set in stonebut law is. Folksbiene, the worlds old est continuously operating Yiddish theater, was able to acquire Friedmans directors notes, which helped shed light on his translation and how the changes sometimes shift the plays meaning. One such instance is at the end of the play, when the Russian government orders Jews to leave Anatevka. While Tevye, his wife and two of his daughters head to America, another daughter, Tsaytl, and her husband say they are leaving not for Poland, as in the original production, but specifically the city of Warsaw. To a modern audience the mention of the city, which was home to the largest Jew ish ghetto in Europe during World War II, is likely to bring memories of the Holocaust. That being said in Yiddish, it brings it all full circle, Massimine said. Friedman made other choices to preserve the rhyme scheme: If I Were a Rich Man becomes Ven Ikh Bin a Rothschild (If I were a Rothschild), which is also the name of another story by Sholem Aleichem. With a $750,000 budget, the show is Folksbienes largest and most expensive production. Massimine says the show has already earned back its production costs in ticket sales. Regarding the supertitles, Mlotek said, We have a sig nificant amount of Russianspeaking Jews whose English isnt the best, so theres a population that we wanted to serve. He said he wanted to add additional languages but the technology did not allow for it. In addition to showing Tevye and his family speak ing in what would have been their historic language, the production makes a point about Yiddish and its state today. 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Lauder welcomed an agreement between the Ger man government and the Conference for Jewish Mate rial Claims Against Germany (Claims Conference) over a one-time compensation pay ment for Jewish Nazi victims who lived in Algeria between 1940 and 1942. This is excellent news, said Lauder. It shows that the terrible treatment Algerian Jews had to endure under the Vichy regime has not been forgotten. I thank the German government for making this gesture. It comes late, but not too late. The WJC has long campaigned for the plight of Jews hailing from North Africa to be recognized by the international community. Apart from the material dimension of this decision, it is also a highly symbolic step: finally, those who suffered tremendous injustice are now being formally recognized as Nazi victims. Algeria once had one of the largest Jewish communities in the region. Around 110,000 Jews lived in the country in 1940. Approximately 25,000 of these Jews are estimated to still be alive. Remembering Jewish history... On July 5, 1950, The Law of Return, granting every Jew in the world the right to settle in Israel, was passed by the Knesset and published in Sefer HaChukkim (Book of Laws). JCC39ers Meet & Mingle Mondays... On Monday, Aug. 6, Jewish Trivia will be presented by BEN FRIEDMAN. And, of course, there will be tasty refreshments and social time for all who attend. A Jewish Pavilion Special Mensch... (Yes! I said special!) While the Jewish Pavilion staff and volunteers are always meeting special seniors, there are some that stand out more than others. Ruth Abels (mother of FLORY KAHN and grandmother of ROBYN COLLEY) was a beloved resident at Brookdale Island Lake, who recently passed at the age of 101. According to NANCY LUDIN, CEO of the Pavilion, she always dressed to the nines and everything matched. (I can never find anything to match my jeans!) Ruths smile was contagious, according to Nancy. SHIRLEY SCHOENBERGER, a weekly Jewish Pavilion vol unteer, commented, Ruth always said what was on her mind. She knew how to say things in the nicest, sweetest way, even when they were critical. She kept us on our toes. EMILY NEWMAN, JP program director, coordinated with Ruths family the Shabbat celebration of her 100th birthday. (She was given 100 roses by Brookdale in honor of that occasion.) (I am truly honored to write about Ruth.) And speaking of feeling honored... Thats how I feel about JOY GOFF MARCIL. Ive known Joy for many years. She was even Best Man at my son Dr. STEVEN YOUSHAs wedding to his beautiful wife, Dr. JESSICA GOLUB, a couple of decades ago. Joy is a lawyer who is on the Maitland City Council and has also served as vice mayor. A Democrat, she has entered the contest to run for Florida House District 30. I first met Joy when she and Steven attended school together. Thats a long way back (but Im not THAT old, so be quiet!!) She is a loving, caring woman, a wife, mother and dedicated Floridian, who always wants the best for her fellow Floridians. (She has my vote!) A Shout-out... I recently had a problem with my cell phone, which became mine when my spouse passed three years ago. I really didnt know all of its workings and when I didnt know how to resolve my particular prob lem, I went to the AT&T store, on Aloma Drive in Oviedo. GIORGIO CASTALDO, a terrific (and super patient) guy, helped me and corrected my problem swiftly. (And hes cute too!) One for the road... The night before their wedding, Alf and Bette were sharing confidences. Alf said, You must know something before we get married. I am a fanatic golfer. I eat, sleep and drink golf. Golf is my whole life. After we are married, Ill try for some balance but I doubt whether Ill succeed. Just understand, youre marry ing a golf addict. I can live with that, said Bette, now Ill tell you my se cret. Im a hooker. A hooker? Alf repeated. I can live with that. Next time, keep your head down and your left arm straight, then swing through the ball... Nancy Ludin (l) and Ruth Abels. Ambassador Ronald S. Lauder Joy Goff Marcil By Jennifer Young (Kveller via JTA)Its pos sible you havent yet heard about RIE, the hottest new parenting trend, but trust us: You will. RIE is an acronym for Re sources for Infant Educarers (and, no, thats not a typo). Its a parenting philosophy that has recently gained trac tion, thanks to endorsements from celebrities such as Tobey Maguire, Jamie Lee Curtis and Hank Azaria. Vanity Fair and the New York Post have fea tured articles on the method, as if you need further proof that RIE has arrived, and a new parenting center thats focused on the philosophy, The Nurtured Child, recently opened in Brooklyn. RIE was founded officially in 1978 by early childhood educator Magda Gerber in California. As you might expect, much of its philoso phyincluding emphasizing one-on-one quality time with an infantsounds like it would be right at home in an upscale, slightly woo-woo environment. But RIEs ori gins actually go to a Jewish pediatrician in pre-World War II Europe, whose unique style helped her family survive the Holocaust and launch a par enting movement. The RIE parenting method emphasizes communica tion, respect and autonomy. One of its key principles is allowing children, even tiny infants, complete freedom of movementthat means no bouncy seats, swings or high chairs. Forget swaddling, too. Instead, its about letting the littlest humans learn to selfsoothe and discover their environment in an unmedi ated way. RIE shares many similari ties to Montessori education, whose motto is help me to do it myself. RIE educators suggest that parents suppress their natural urge to intervene in playground fights, so that children learn to work out issues on their own. (This aspect is probably the most controversial among parents.) Young children are encour aged to drink from small glasses rather than bottles or sippy cups. Theyre never propped into sitting positions, but once they develop their core sitting muscles, they are invited to sit at their own How a Holocaust survivor started this super-trendy parenting philosophy Parenting on page 15A
PAGE 10A HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, AUGUST 3, 2018 By Samantha Ferraro This one-pot paprika chicken is a take on my moms memo rable paprika chicken recipe. I have very fond memories of cleaning the whole bird and then rubbing it down with loads of paprika for weeknight dinners. The spice gives a deep rich color and imparts a delicious smoky flavor. This is my updated and modernized variation of moms simple recipe made into an easy one-pan meal. Oh, and find yourself some Castelvetrano olivesthey are buttery with a bit of brine and are so addictive. Tip: If you cant find the specified olives, substitute with the easier-to-find green manzanilla olives. This recipe is excerpted with permission from Samantha Fer raros new cookbook, The Weeknight Mediterranean Kitchen. Ingredients: 2 pounds chicken thighs, bone-in and skin-on 2 teaspoons smoked paprika 1/2 teaspoon salt Olive oil, as needed 1 shallot, chopped finely 2 garlic cloves, chopped finely 8 ounces dried orzo 2 cups chicken stock 1 lemon, sliced 1 cup whole pitted Castelvetrano olives Chopped parsley, for garnish Directions: 1. Preheat the oven to 350 F One-pot paprika chicken with orzo and olives 3. Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat and add enough olive oil to coat the bottom. Dont add too much oil because the chicken will give off its own fat, as well. 4. Once the oil is hot, place the chicken thighs skin-side down into the hot pan and cook until a deep golden brown, about 3 to 4 minutes, and then flip the chicken over to the other side and cook for an addi tional 3 minutes. 5. Once both sides of the chicken are a deep golden brown, remove to a plate and set aside. 6. In the same hot skillet, add the shallot and saute until lightly golden, about 2 to 3 minutes. Add the garlic and saute for another minute. 7. Add the orzo and stir so it is coated in the oil and aro matics (this will give it great flavor). Use a spatula to even out the orzo. Add the chicken back into the pan, skin-side up and pour in the stock. 8. Scatter the lemon slices and olives over the chicken and orzo and place in the oven, covered, for 25 minutes. Remove the cover and continue cooking for an additional 12 to 15 minutes. 9. Once cooked, remove from the oven and garnish with parsley. Serves 2-4. Samantha Ferraro is the food blogger and photographer for The Little Ferraro Kitchen. Follow Samantha at http:// littleferrarokitchen.com. 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. 2. In a bowl, toss the chicken with the paprika and salt, making sure the spices evenly coat the chicken. By Ali Alt (The Nosher via JTA)From bulbous and egg-shaped to small and thin, the eggplant (or if youre British like me, the aubergine) is a staple fruit within Sephardic Jewish cooking. Originating in India or perhaps even China, eggplant seeds are thought to have traveled along the Silk Road into the hands of Jews and Arabs as early as the 18th century. From there, eggplant has been used so often in Jewish cooking that some refer to it as the Jewish apple. Eggplant is now enjoying a wonderful resurgence, particu larly in Israel, where it is enjoyed in countless salads or served whole and roasted topped with meat, tabbouleh and often gobs of nutty tahini. No meal in Israel seems complete without a portion of smoky, roasted eggplant. Its so incredibly versatile: Eggplant can be stewed, stuffed, pickled, roasted or grilled. Historically known for its bit terness, modern varieties dont necessarily require salting, although I always do just in case any bitterness remains, and especially when grilling, as this will reduce the amount of oil that is soaked up. In this recipe I serve eggplant with a North African spice paste called chermoula, which is herby, rich and pungent. This fantastic sauce is begging to be made when the weather is warm and the plates move outside. Chermoulaa marvelous mixture of coriander, parsley, chili, paprika, garlic, cumin and olive oilis a Moroccan, Tunisian and Algerian mainstay. While it is traditionally served with fish, I love it with grilled meats, fish, veggies or even couscous. Ingredients: For the eggplant: 3 medium eggplants 2 tablespoons fine sea salt, plus more for sprinkling 1/4 cup olive oil For the chermoula: 1 cup packed coriander leaves 1/2 cup packed parsley leaves 1/2 cup mint leaves 3 garlic cloves, peeled and roughly chopped 1/4 cup preserved lemon juice or 1/3 cup of regular lemon juice 2 teaspoons ground cumin 2 teaspoons ground coriander 1 teaspoon sweet paprika 2 teaspoons harissa paste 1/2 teaspoon cayenne 1/2 cup olive oil Sea salt, to taste Good pinch of crushed saffron strands Directions: 1. Preheat the oven to 200 F 2. Next, cut the eggplant lengthways into 1/2 inch thick slices. Cover with salt, layer in a strainer and leave to drain for 40 minutes. 3. While the eggplant is draining, make the chermoula. Put all the ingredients with only 4 tablespoons of the olive oil into a food processor with a good pinch of salt. Blend to a thick paste and stir in enough of the remaining oil to make a sauce. 4. Pat the eggplants dry and in batches, brush with oil and Grilled Eggplant with Chermoula recipe in a griddle pan, grill over a medium heat for 5-6 minutes each side, until golden. Keep warm in the oven while you cook the remaining slices 5. When all slices have been grilled, lay on a platter and dollop with chermoula, a sprinkling of coriander and pinch of sea salt. Serves 8-10. Ali Alt is a food writer, blogger and partner to her husband, Jonathan, the founder of the Farmer J restaurants in London. Follow her blog at www.Baliboosta.com and on instragram, @baliboosta. 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. Julieta Cervantes Rachel Freier, center, is the protagonist of 93Queen. Orthodox members. In a statement, Eiselt explains that over four years of filming, she essentially operates as a onewoman crew. The film opens July 25 in theaters in New York City and Aug. 14 in Los Angeles, with a wider release to follow. The woman behind the fe male corps is Rachel Ruchie Freier, a lawyer and Borough Park native. She assembles a group of volunteers who are tentative at the start. And, not surprisingly, her plan sets up a clash with the establishment Hatzalah and its support ers. Opponents threaten to boycott the hospital that is training the women and the companies that sell them medical supplies. They also post nasty comments on Twit ter, such as God have mercy if you wait for them to get their make-up and the right dress on. But Freiers leadership and inner strength help the mem bers of what they call Ezras Nashim (helping women) persevere. The worst thing you can tell me is that I cant do some thing because Im a woman, a religious woman, she says. Part of Freiers fortitude manifests itself in a myway-or-the-highway manner. When she insists that only married women can join the team, some members objectincluding an expe rienced EMT who recently became religiousand others resign. Theres a whole host of issues that come up in a mar riage that will give you that level of maturity, she says. Though the film is grip ping, the viewer is never entirely sure how it all works. The women on call respond from wherever they are to the scene of the emergency. However, it does not appear that Ezras Nashim owns its own ambulance. It contracts with a private company to provide patient transport. Who staffs that ambulance? Men? Do the women EMTs accompany patients in the ambulance? An all-female Orthodox ambulance corps gets a film of their own There are other questions. At one point Freier says she refuses to let the project fail because that might blemish her image and hurt her plans to run for a judgeship. Was the ambulance fight just a way to build a political base, to get her name out there? Does it matter? In the end, Freier must be doing something right: Last year, Ezras Nashim won the New York Basic Life Support Agency of the Year award, a high honor. And in 2016 Freier was elected as a judge in New York Citys 5th Civil Court District, becoming what is believed to be the first Hasidic women elected to public office in the United States. Eiselt calls her film a story of proud Hasidic women chal lenging the status quo of their own community and refusing to take no for an answer from the all-powerful patriarchy. Regardless of your back groundreligious or atheist, feminist or nonpolitical 93Queen is a film that will get your juices boiling. By Curt Schleier (JTA)Like many heavily Orthodox sections of Brook lyn, Borough Park has been served for decades by an allmale volunteer ambulance corps called Hatzalah. The corps caters to a re ligious Jewish community with particular needs and customsincluding one custom that can increase the tension for patients in already stressful emergency situations. The strict boundaries be tween men and women are familiar to anyone who has attended an Orthodox syna gogue or has read the stories of airplane flights being delayed because haredi Orthodox men refuse to sit next to women. In the event of a medical emergency, the male Hat zalah volunteers may touch womenif, for example, a woman needs to be moved to a stretcher or requires assis tance while giving birth. But while Jewish law has its ex emptions, women concerned about the rules of modesty have plenty of reasons to pre fer treatment by a female EMT. 93Queen, Orthodox film maker Paula Eiselts bigscreen debut, documents one womans attempt to create an all-female version of Hatzalah with only strictly observant
HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, AUGUST 3, 2018 PAGE 11A OBITUARIES Orlando Weekday Morning Minyan (Conservative/Egalitarian ), services MondayFriday 7:45 a.m. (9 a.m.national holidays); 2nd floor ChapelJewish Academy of Orlando; 851 N. Maitland Ave., Maitland. For information call 407-298-4650. Celebration Jewish Congregation (R) services and holiday schedules shown at www. JewishCelebration.org ; 407-566-9792. Chabad Lubavitch of North Orlando (O) 1701 Markham Woods Road, Longwood, 407-636-5994, www.jewishorlando.com; services: Friday 7:00 p.m.; Saturday at 9:30 a.m. Chabad of Altamonte Springs (O) 414 Spring Valley Lane, Altamonte Springs, 407280-0535; www.jewishaltamonte.com Chabad of South Orlando (O) 7347 Sand Lake Road, Orlando, 407-354-3660; www. jewishorlando.com ; Shabbat services: Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. and 10 minutes before sunset; Saturday, 9:30 a.m.; Sunday, 8:15 a.m. Chabad of the Space & Treasure Coasts (O) 1190 Highway A1A, Satellite Beach, 321-777-2770. 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Congregation Ohev Shalom (C) 613 Concourse Parkway South, Maitland, 407-2984650; www.ohevshalom.org ; Shabbat service, Friday, 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, 9:30 a.m. Congregation Shalom Aleichem (R) 3501 Oak Pointe Blvd., Kissimmee, 407-9350064; www.shalomaleichem.com ; Shabbat service, 1st and 3rd Fridays of the month, 8 p.m. Congregation Shomer Ysrael (C) 5382 Hoffner Ave., Orlando, 407-227-1258, call for services and holiday schedules. Congregation Sinai (C/R) 303A N. S.R. 27, Minneola; 352-243-5353; congregationsinai.org; services: every Friday, 7:30 p.m.; Shabbat Service evert Saturday, 10 a.m. Orlando Torah Center (O) 8591 Banyan Blvd., Orlando; 347-456-6485; ShacharisShabbos 9 a.m.; Mon.Thurs. 6:45 a.m.; Sun. and Legal Holidays 8 a.m.; Mincha/Maariv Please call for times. Southwest Orlando Jewish Congregation/Ohalei Rivka (C) 11200 S. ApopkaVineland Rd., Orlando, 407-239-5444; Shabbat service, Friday, 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, 9:30 a.m. Temple Beth El (R) 579 N. 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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 RUTH ABELS Ruth Abels, age 101, of Longwood, passed away on Monday, July 9, 2018, at her residence at Brookdale Island Lake. Mrs. Abels, was born in Brooklyn on June 9, 1917, to the late Samuel and Frieda Klein Friedman. A high school graduate, she was a homemaker and was the widow of the late David Abels who passed away in 1988. She was a Life Member of Hadas sah. The family owned Abels Luncheonettes in New York and New Jersey until 1977. Mrs. Abels is survived by her son, Edward (Kathy) Abels of Corona del Mar, Calif.; and daughters, Flory (Robert) Kahn of Maitland and Marilyn (Ronald) Pobiner of La Jolla, Calif. She is also survived by her grandchildrenAdam (Joo Young), Heather (Seth), Jeff (Lisa), Robyn (Kevin), Evan (Sayaka), Seth, and Ellory (Andrew); and greatgrandchildrenRyan, An drew, Ella, Ben, Dov, Batia and Tyler. A graveside service was held at Star of David Cemetery in Pompano Beach with Rabbi Ed Bernstein officiating. In memory of Ruth Abels, the family requests contributions to the Jewish Pavilion, 421 Montgomery Road, Suite 231, Altamonte Springs 32714. Arrangements entrusted to Beth Shalom Memorial Cha pel, 640 Lee Road, Orlando 32810. 407-599-1180. LORRIANE BUXBAUM Lorraine R. Buxbaum, age 92, of Volo, Illinois, passed away on Wednesday, July 4, 2018, at Florida Hospital Memorial Medical Center in Daytona Beach. Mrs. Buxbaum was born in Chicago on March 28, 1926, to the late Sol and Dorothy Shapiro Platt. During her working career she was a legal secretary. Mrs. Buxbaum is survived by her son, Scott Steele of Ormond Beach. A graveside service was held at Shalom Memorial Park in Arlington Heights, IL. Arrangements entrusted to Beth Shalom Memorial Chapel, 640 Lee Road, Orlando 32810. 407599-1180. RAE LOUIS LAWRENCE Rae Louis Lawrence, age 90, of Orlando, passed away on Thursday, July 19, 2018, at Encore at Avalon Park. Mrs. Lawrence was born on Feb. 19, 1928, in Chicago, to the late Charles and Goldie Cohn Crum. She attended college and on Aug. 30, 1947, in Chicago, married Robert Allen Lawrence, her husband 64 years who predeceased her in Febru ary 2012. The family lived in South Florida where Rae was an actor and a member of the Screen Actors Guild, before relocating to the Orlando area in 1981. She is survived by her daughters, Jennifer L. (Louis) Reinoso of DeLand and Melanie A. Lawrence of Avalon Park. She is also survived by her grandson, Michael (Jaime) Lawrence of Orlando; and greatgrandsons, Aden Bush and Kai Lawrence. Mrs. Lawrence was interred at Florida National Cemetery, Bushnell. Arrangements entrusted to Beth Shalom Memorial Chapel, 640 Lee Road, Orlando 32810. 407599-1180. By Andrew Silow-Carroll (JTA)In the quiet open ing of Naharins Virus, an hour-long dance piece by the famed Israeli choreographer Ohed Naharin, an onstage narrator tells you what the evening wont be about. You the audience will not receive its due. Your curiosity will not be satisfied. You wont agree on the meaning of what you are about to see. OK, fair enough. You dont go to modern dance for the plot, at least not in the con ventional sense. You go for the pleasure of seeing bodies in motion, to see how the dancers carve up space and translate relationships into a wordless language. But works and performanc es by Israeli artists always beg for interpretation. The novelist Amos Oz has spent a career denying that his books are political allegories about the situation. Nobody believes him. Naharin has usually been coy about the political mean ing of his works, but what are you to make of an Israelimade piece, like Virus, that is performed largely to Arab folk music and has a large black wall stretching the length of the stage, onto which the dancers chalk the giant word PLASTELINA? Is that a corruption of the word Palestine or a reference to the popular modeling clay? Is the wall a wall or a backdrop? Is the music homage or cooptation? And what do you make of all this when a crowd of boycott-Israel activists gather outside, as they did Tuesday night in Manhattan when the Batsheva Dance Companys Young Ensemble performed Virus at The Joyce Theater? By attending, are you celebrating Israels cross-cultural diversity, ar tistic ferment, international appeal and, lets be honest, leftist artistic community? Or are you standing up to its crit ics under the guise of watch ing a dance troupe, shaking a fist at the boycotters like the counterprotesters waving the Kach flag? Happily, most of these questions melt away dur ing the performance, itself a revival of a piece Naharin created as Batshevas artistic director in 2002. (Naharins Virus runs through July 22 at The Joyce.) Based in part on an experimental play by the Austrian Peter Handke, Virus includes more than a dozen dancers in tight, khaki-colored leotards and high black leggings that make them look both nude and like dress dummies. Naharin has become world famous for a dance vocabu lary he calls Gaga, which combines tight muscular control with explosive, wild movement. Virus begins with a great visual joke: On stage is one of those Inflat able Men that you usually see advertising car dealerships. The way it spasmodically inflates, deflates and waves its nylon arms is pretty much Gaga itself. The Young Ensemble, a developmental troupe, in cludes dancers from Poland, Holland, Ukraine, Israel, Guatemala, Miami, Paris and South Africa. When they arent performing in tight, organic unison, individuals break off into crazed solos, or dangle from the wall, or draw on it in chalk. Eventually the narrator, who stands on top of the wall, stops explaining the nature of the theater experi ence to begin hurling insults at the audience (Handkes play is called Offending the Audience), ranging from milquetoast and pussygrabber to dirty Jew and capitalist. Trust me: Its all in good fun. The boycotters were gone by the time the dance ended, and so were most of the au diences misgivings about a piece that defies interpreta tion. The pleasure was in the thing itself. These days more than ever, its a huge relief to put politics aside, even if it is just for the length of a dance performance. How I learned to stop worrying and love an Israeli dance company Ascaf The Batsheva Dance Company performs Naharins Virus.
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But the guides said the Birthright training course was light on politics. It in structs guides to represent a range of perspectives, they said, but doesnt provide a list of Israeli talking points on contentious issues like the status of Palestinian refugees or the security barrier. Green scoffed at the idea that rightwing donors to Birthright, like casino mogul Sheldon Adelson, dictate how they conduct their tours. They dont have a lot of control over what guides say in the field, Green said regard ing Birthright. Theyre trust ing the guides to execute their vision. Its not like Birthright says do this and the guide parrots something. In the Birthright training we were encouraged to repre sent different points of view. So this idea that Adelson is dictating how we talk about the conflict is bonkers. The guides acknowledged that their tours are inevitably given from an Israeli per spective. One of Birthrights explicit goals is to strengthen American Jews connection to the country, along with the Jewish identity of partici pants. And most if not all of the guides are either nativeborn Israelis or Diaspora Jews who chose to make their lives in Israel. Personally, Im going to value and weigh some Wisam Hashlamoun/Flash90 A Palestinian man walks by Israeli troops standing guard in the West Bank city of He bron, April 13, 2017. Heres how Birthright guides talk about the Palestinians perspectives differently than others, said Rubenstein, who worked at the pro-Israel lobby AIPAC in Washington, D.C., before becoming a guide after moving to Israel. Im an Israeli by choice, so Im not Wikipedia-neutral, but people are looking to engage with me because of who I am. I strive to represent different perspectives and make sure all voices are heard. The tours itinerary is transparently geared toward giving participants an ap preciation of Israels natu ral, historical and cultural attractions. All trips must visit a series of sites, from the beachfront metropolis of Tel Aviv to the Western Wall in Jerusalems Old City to Masada, the ancient hilltop fortress where a group of Jew ish rebels held out against an invading Roman army before committing mass suicide. Groups will also visit the City of David, a Jewish archae ological site and community in a Palestinian neighbor hood in eastern Jerusalem, over Israels pre-1967 border. Palestinians condemn the sites presence as an illegal settlement. All groups receive a lecture on geopolitics from an Israeli expert. Meeting Palestinians, and seeing Palestinian life, is not part of the itinerary. Optional programs that take place immediately following the trip offer Birthright par ticipants the opportunity to see Palestinian society. Part of tour education is that youre educating about the things you see in front of you, said a Birthright guide who asked to remain anonymous. If the route of your trip didnt take the road next to the Israeli [security] barrier, youre not going to start a discussion about the Israeli barrier. The guide said he pres ents Palestinian viewpoints, but that its clearly not a comprehensive exposure to Palestinian views if youre not meeting a Palestinian. IfNotNow activists, un surprisingly, take a far less generous view of the tours approach. Rebecca Oliver, one of the participants who walked off the bus shown in the viral video, said their guide did will ingly answer their questions and discuss the conflict with them. But she said Palestin ians were mentioned only when she and other partici pants asked about them. And she said the guide did not present a spectrum of Israeli views on sensitive issues. In the video, the guide does not appear to attempt to be evenhanded when discussing the West Bank. He inaccu rately claims that Israel sees the West Bank as part of the country (While Israel controls the West Bank to varying degrees, it has not annexed the territory and treats it dif ferently, in legal terms, than its recognized territory.). He also claimed that Israel does not demarcate the West Bank on its maps, which is true of some maps but not all. They provide a really, re ally biased version of what Israel is and what that educa tion is, and in doing so, they are upholding the Israeli government and the military occupation in Palestine, Oliver told JTA. They either provide misinformation or biased information without clarifying that its biased, or omit it. Tour guides chafed at the suggestion that discussing the conflict should be more of a focus. They said that not all participants are interested in a political debate. And they appreciate that the trips focus is on Jewish identity. When IfNotNow says, Oh, Birthright doesnt present the full picture of the Palestinian occupation, well OK, but thats not the purpose of this trip, said an American Jew ish communal official who has organized and co-led many Birthright trips, but who didnt want to be named without approval from Birth right. The point of the trip is not to learn all of every single aspect of the occupation. Its to learn about Judaism and Jewish heritage and make friends and have a good time. Plus, the official added, if Birthright is seeking to drive American Jews politically rightward, its doing a bad job. American Jews tend to hold markedly more liberal views on the conflict than their Israeli counterparts. Im sure the Israeli gov ernment gives money [to Birthright] because they have whatever their goals are, the official said. Im not sure how much that translates to a micro level. If their goal is to transform a generation of Jews into Likud supporters, theyve clearly failed. By Ben Sales (JTA)When Samuel Green talks about Israels West Bank security barrier with the Birthright groups he guides, he first explains the Israeli view that the barrier was built to prevent Palestinian terrorists from breaching Israeli territory and that Israelis generally feel it has saved lives. But then hell talk about what the barrierwhich is part wall, part fencemeans for Palestinians: How it cuts into West Bank territory, how it has separated people from their farmland, how they see it as an imposing wall. Its a disservice to the people in front of me to leave out such information, Green said. So if youre trying to understand why theres con flict, you have to understand why people are annoyed. Its important to talk about. That approach contrasts with the one viewed by 2.7 million people in a viral Facebook video taken by ac tivists of IfNotNow, a group of young American Jews who oppose Israels occupation of the West Bank. In the video, a Birthright tour guide spars with a participant on a Birth right bus over the status of the West Bank. Rather than aim to present a range of views on Israels control of the territory, the guide says Israel sees the West Bank as part of Israel a misleading claim that does not accord with the legal status of the territory or en compass the variety of ways Israelis see it. Soon after the bus argu ment, several participants on that Birthright trip staged a walk-off from the tour and vis ited Palestinian areas. It was one of three such walk-offs conducted in recent weeks, all organized by IfNotNow, to protest what the group calls Birthrights silence on Israels occupation. The walk-offs have sparked a debate over whether Birth right, a popular 10-day free tour to Israel for young Jews, has a responsibility to grapple with Israels control of the West Bank. Some 40,000 young Jews, mostly from North America, go on Birth right every year. For some it is their first exposure to the country. But Birthright tour guides say the debate is unnecessary. While acknowledging that they speak from an Israeli per spective, the guides said they make an effort to represent a range of opinions on the tour, including Palestinian views, and are happy to answer any questions. In general, what tour guides are taught is that its not about us, said Daniel Construction, Remodels, Additions, Handyman does most anything Available in Central Florida Area References Available 407-221-5482
HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, AUGUST 3, 2018 PAGE 13A Weekly roundup of world briefs from JTA Ruth Bader Ginsburg says she plans to spend 5 more years on Su preme Court (JTA)Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg says she hopes to remain on the court for another five years. Im now 85, Ginsburg said, according to CNN. My senior colleague, Justice John Paul Stevens, he stepped down when he was 90, so think I have about at least five more years. Ginsburg made the state ment on Sunday night in New York during a discussion fol lowing a production of The Originalist, a play about the late Justice Antonin Scalia. When asked in October at an event sponsored by Equal Justice Works in Arlington, Virginia, if she was contem plating retirement, Ginsburg said, As long as I can do the job full steam, I will do it, CNN reported. Ginsburg, who this year is marking her 25th anniver sary on the Supreme Court, has hired law clerks for the next two terms, taking her at least through 2020. Asked Sunday night by The Originalist director Molly Smith what keeps her hopeful, Ginsburg quoted her late husband, Marty. My dear spouse would say that the true symbol of the United States is not the bald eagleit is the pendulum. And when it goes very far in one direction, you can count on its swinging back, she said. Ginsburg has survived colon and pancreatic cancer while serving on the court. Restaurant owner evicts Dutch Jewish commu nity from synagogue DEVENTER, Netherlands (JTA)The Jewish com munity of this Dutch city was evicted Monday from its former synagogue in what members said was the first such occurrence in years in the kingdom. Members of Beth Shoshan na, a Masorti/Conserva tive Jewish congregation of approximately 30 people, packed up and loaded into a van their Torah scroll and other scripture, as well as other items used for worship and furniture. The move fol lowed a legal fight against the buildings new owners, who are seeking to turn it into a restaurant. Its a very heavy feeling that this thing can happen here in 2018, said Tom Fur stenberg, the communitys chairman. His community had been told to move out by the office of Ayhan Sahin, a DutchTurkish developer and owner of several eateries, who in January bought the building housing the Great Synagogue of Deventer with a partner Last week, the city blocked his plan to open an eatery in the 125-year-old synagogue. But as the owners, Sahin and his associate can still deter mine who has access to the building and have asked the congregation to move out, according to Sanne Terlouw, a member of the congregation. The community has found a new home in the nearby municipality of Raalte. We will continue. But this means the end of centuries of Jewish life in Deventer itself, Terlouw said. A dozen community mem bers sang songs in Hebrew, including Am Yisrael Chai and Kol HaOlam Kulo, before leaving the synagogue. Furstenberg, wearing a tal lit, or prayer shawl, blew the shofar one final time before leaving. He helped carry out the portable ark holding the Torah scrolls. Several Dutch journalists documented the move, which Terlouw and Furstenberg said was the first such case in years. The synagogue on Gol Street, a tall building in the neo-Moorish style, was built in 1892. Of the 590 people who in 1942 were registered as Jewish residents of De venter, 401 were murdered in the Holocaust. The depleted community could not afford the buildings upkeep and sold it in 1951 to a Christian church group, which in stalled a massive pipe organ in the spacious interior. In 2010, Beth Shoshanna got permission from the church group to use the space as a synagogue. The Jewish congregation installed a To rah ark and scroll, and held regular services there until the sale. Attempts to raise enough funds to buy the synagogue from the church did not succeed. In 1940, in the days follow ing the German invasion of the Netherlands, members of the Dutch National Socialist Party ransacked the Deventer synagogue as police stood by, destroying the interior. Trump says he would meet Irans leaders without preconditions WASHINGTON (JTA) President Donald Trump said he was ready to meet with Irans leaders anytime with no preconditions, a piv ot from his administrations policy of encouraging soft regime change by isolating its ruling elites. No preconditions, no, they want to meet Ill meet, anytime they want, Trump said Monday at a press avail ability with Prime Minister Guisseppe Conte of Italy when asked if he would meet with Irans leaders. Its good for the country, good for them, good for us and good for the world. Trump maintained a tough line on Iran, again congratu lating himself for pulling out of the 2015 nuclear deal, which traded sanctions re lief for a rollback in Irans nuclear activity, and calling for other nations to reimpose sanctions. The brutal regime in Iran must never be allowed to possess a nuclear weapon never, Trump said. We encourage all nations to pressure Iran to end the full range of its malign activities. But he ridiculed the no tion that refusing to meet leaders of enemy states was an effective means of pres sure, noting renewed talks with North Korea to end its nuclear weapons capability that ensued after he agreed to meet with its leader, Kim Jong Un, whom he once called Little Rocket Man. Speaking to other people, especially when youre talk ing about potentials of war and death and famine and other things, you meet, Trump said. The presidents willingness to meet with the leaders of Iran is a sharp divergence from a policy of encourag ing its people to rise up against those leaders. A week ago, Mike Pompeo, the U.S. secretary of state, delivered a speech directed at the Iranian people in which he asserted that Iran is run by something that resembles the mafia more than a gov ernment. While it is ultimately up to the Iranian people to determine the direction of their country, the United States, in the spirit of our own freedoms, will support the long-ignored voice of the Iranian people, Pompeo said. In the Q&A following his speech, Pompeo said that Trump is prepared to have a conversation with the leadership in Iran, but not until such time as there are demonstrable, tangible, irreversible changes in the Iranian regime that I dont see happening today. Israel has joined calls for regime change, with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu posting on social media this week the tale of a fictional 15-year-old Iranian girl and the agonies she must endure just to live in Iran. Trumps national secu rity adviser John Bolton had, before assuming his position earlier this year, encouraged hard regime changethrough U.S. mili tary intervention, among other options. And Trump himself ap peared to threaten war against Iran just last week in an all-caps tweet, responding to Iranian President Hassan Rouhanis warning to the United States that war with Iran would have far-reaching consequences. NEVER, EVER THREAT EN THE UNITED STATES AGAIN OR YOU WILL SUF FER CONSEQUENCES THE LIKES OF WHICH FEW THROUGHOUT HISTORY HAVE EVER SUFFERED BEFORE, Trump wrote a week ago. Within minutes of Trumps news conference on Monday, Rep. Lee Zeldin, R-N.Y., who is Jewish and one of Trumps most reliable backers in Con gress, pushed back against any notion that Iran and the United States are peers. I have ZERO respect whatsoever for this Iranian regime, which will never be anything close to US equals, Zeldin said. They are not. Theyre horrible people of worst kind with US blood on their hands; worlds largest state sponsor of terror & danger to all thats good & humane in world. CBS will keep Leslie Moonves as CEO pend ing outcome of sexual misconduct investiga tion (JTA)CBS is looking into sexual misconduct allega tions against its CEO, Leslie Moonves, who was accused of inappropriate behavior in a New Yorker expos last Friday. Ronan Farrow interviewed six women who alleged that Moonves sexually harassed them between the 1980s and the late 2000s. They said they feared that Moonves, one of Hollywoods most powerful executives, would sabotage their careers if they rebuffed his advances. Four of them allege that Moonves inappropriately touched and kissed them during business meetings. Farrow, the son of Woody Allen and Mia Farrow who won a Pulitzer Prize for his reporting on Harvey Weinsteins sexual assault history, also interviewed other current and former CBS employees over eight months. Some described an environment rife with sexual harassment across multiple departments of the company, including at 60 Minutes and CBS News. I recognize that there were times decades ago when I may have made some women uncomfortable by making advances, Moonves said in a statement to Farrow for the New Yorker piece. Those were mistakes, and I regret them immensely. But I always understood and respectedand abided by the principlethat no means no, and I have never misused my position to harm or hinder anyones career. CBS stock shares took a hit on Monday, and the CBS board of directors met later in the day to discuss Moonves fate. The meeting ended with out immediate recommenda tions and CBS said Moonves would remain CEO pending the outcome of an investiga tion by outside counsel. It postponed its annual share holders meeting, which had been scheduled for Aug. 10. Moonves and Shari Red stone, the networks control ling stockholder, have already been locked in a public tussle over control of the company. Deadline reports that it was unclear if Redstone attended the board meeting Monday. Moonves was the head of Viacom before becoming board chairman of the CBS Corp. in 2016. He grew up in a Jewish family in New York City, and is a grand-nephew of the late Paula Ben-Gurion born Paula Munweisthe wife of Israels first prime minister, David Ben-Gurion. University of Kentucky student found dead in Israel after late night swim in Mediterranean Sea JERUSALEM (JTA)The body of a University of Ken tucky sophomore was found Monday morning washed up on the shore of the Mediter ranean Sea after she went missing in a late-night swim on Saturday. TeNiya Jones, a biology major with a minor in Islamic studies, was on a weekend visit to Israel from Jordan, where she was enrolled in a seven-week exchange pro gram. She was due to return home to Fort Myers, Florida, in a week. Jones mother, To sha Thomas-Mora, was scheduled to travel to Israel on Monday. Jones, 19, went out for the swim with two other exchange students. She dis appeared off of a beach near Bat Yam, a suburb of Tel Aviv, The Times of Israel reported. According to one of the students, a strong current pulled the three of them out deeper to sea while they were swimming. Two of the students were able to swim back to shore, but Jones did not make it back, according to a statement issued by the University of Kentucky. Our thoughts and prayers are with TeNiya, her family and the students and others impacted, the statement is sued Sunday morning said. We are in continual contact with TeNiyas family, officials in Israel, officials from the State Department and our Congressional delegation to provide all the support we can for the family, students and others involved. We will do everything possible to provide whatever support is needed. Thomas-Mora said she received a call from Bill Bull, vice president of the univer sitys health and safety secu rity, about 2 1/2 hours after her daughter went missing on Saturday night informing her of the incident. Israel launched a search and rescue operation to find Jones, and officials from the U.S. Embassy were involved in the process, according to the university. Palestinian teen who slapped Israeli soldier released from prison and returned to West Bank JERUSALEM (JTA)Ahed Tamimi, the Palestinian teen arrested in part for slapping and harassing Israeli soldiers standing guard in a West Bank Palestinian village, was released from prison. Tamimi, 17, and her moth er, who also was jailed for incitement, were released early Sunday morning and taken by Israeli officials to the West Bank checkpoint of Jabbara, located south of Tulkarm near their home town of Nabi Saleh. She was then taken by convoy to Ramallah to lay a wreath on the grave of the late Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat. While in Ramallah, Tamimi and her family met with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, who praised her as a model of the Palestinian struggle for freedom, independence and statehood, the official Palestinian Wafa news agency reported. The teen was sentenced in March to eight months in prison after pleading guilty to four counts of assault, including the one in which she slapped a soldier in front of her house that was videotaped and went viral on social media. She spent three months in jail prior to her plea bargain. Tamimi report edly completed high school while in prison and had begun applying to colleges. She initially had been charged with 12 counts, in cluding aggravated assault, hindering a soldier in the line of duty, incitement, threaten ing a soldiers life and rock throwing. The indictment covered six incidents in re cent months in which she was involved in altercations with Israeli soldiers, including the Dec. 15 slapping incident. Tamimis mother, Nari man, also was arrested and charged over her involve ment in the slapping inci dent, in which she filmed her daughter with a cellphone camera calling on her fellow Palestinians to stab Israelis, throw rocks at them and offer themselves as suicide bombers in order to liber ate Palestine. Nariman Tamimi also was charged with incitement to terrorism on Facebook for posting the video of the incident. She reportedly also has accepted a plea bargain. At a news conference on Sunday afternoon in her hometown, Tamimi thanked everyone who has stood with me while I was in prison and praised her mother, saying that her ability to remain strong is what helped me endure. My message here is that our resistance will continue, particularly our resistance for equal rights, she said, and also I want to also reiterate the message that Jerusalem is and will always be the capital of Palestine. Tamimi said that with the completion of her high school studies, she intends to study law and focus on holding the occupation accountable. On Saturday, Israeli Border Police detained two Italian artists who painted a large mural of Tamimi on the West Bank security barrier in Bethlehem. Airbnb removes Chicago listing that would not tolerate Zionism WASHINGTON (JTA) Airbnb removed a Chicagoarea listing after a prospective renter posted its prohibition on expressions of zionism. This apartment strives to be a safe spaceno sexism, homophobia, zionism, rac ism, classism, transphobia, xenophobia, fatphobia, or other hatred and prejudice is tolerated, said the listing that appeared earlier this month advertising a bedroom in a massive loft located at the heart of Wrigley and Boystown. Guests who make the space unsafe or exhibit prob lematic behavior WILL BE ASKED TO LEAVE WITHOUT A REFUND, it said. Nick Papas, a spokesman for the popular tourism rental website, told JTA on Monday that the listing was suspended and Airbnb will in vestigate. Airbnb hosts may not de cline a guest based on race, color, ethnicity, national origin, religion, sexual ori entation, gender identity or marital status, Papas said. The listing also said un accompanied straight men should look elsewhere. The Airbnb host is named Sarah. With her listing removed, she could not be reached for comment. Suzanne Vega, a New Yorker who planned a visit to see friends in Chicago, first posted the listing on Face book and noted her concerns. An acquaintance, Lea Speyer, reposted it on Twitter. Vega, 27, of Brooklyn, told JTA that she was searching the site for progressive spaces because she is LGBTQ. I needed an environment that was going to be safe to me all around, she said. Vega believes in engaging with those with political dif ferences, but not those who JTA on page 14A
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Congratulations to Judge Brett Kavanaugh and his fam ily, the RJC posted on Twitter. @POTUS made another great pick. We look forward to his confirmation! RJC director Norm Cole man, a former Minnesota senator, tweeted that the D.C. Circuit Court judge possesses the requisite intellect & integ rity that should easily insure his confirmation. On the opposite side of the spectrum, the Anti-Defama tion League expressed oppo sition immediately following the announcement. We are concerned that Judge Kavanaughs judicial record does not reflect the demonstrated independence and commitment to fair treat ment for all that is necessary to merit a seat on our nations highest court, ADL CEO and national director Jonathan Greenblatt said in a statement. Because he has written and spoken prolifically on many issues of deep con cern, we believe his positions merit close scrutiny, added Greenblatt. These include his demonstrated hostility to reproductive freedom, and his past support for greatly expanded and unchecked executive power. Stosh Cotler, CEO of Bend the Arc: Jewish Action, out right condemned the pick. President Trumps nominee for the Supreme Court, Brett Kavanaugh, is an affront to the values and priorities of a vast majority of the American Jewish community, she said. From workers rights to civil rights, from reproduc co-executive director Shari Dollinger. Haley, who was present ed with CUFIs Defender of Israel award, elicited the loudest cheers from the crowd for her defense of Israel at the United Nations, which Dermer denounced for its anti-Israel bias. Washington may be a swamp, but the U.N. is a cesspoola cesspool of antiAmericanism and anti-Sem itism, he said. Haley joined the chorus and, as she has done at the United Nations itself, de nounced the organization for its rejection of the embassy move, its condemnation of Israels reaction to violent Hamas protests along the Gaza border and for the makeup of the Human Rights Council, with countries in cluding Sudan and Venezuela, which notoriously violate human rights. The United States withdrew from the UNHRC in June. The United States will not just block the anti-Israel measures, we will shine a light on those that are responsible, said Haley. There wont be any free passes for those who bully Israel at the U.N. Sometimes, we are win tive rights to LGBTQ rights and immigrants rights, this nominees track record is hostile toward the issues our community has fought for over generations, and he has no business serving on the court, added Cotler. The National Council of Jewish Women mirrored Cotlers reaction. Kavana ugh... dissented from rulings upholding the Affordable Care Act and claims that the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is un constitutional, said NCJW CEO Nancy Kaufman. He routinely decides for the powerful against the power less when safety, equality, consumer rights, the envi ronment and workers protec tions are at stake. However, former Consumer Financial Protection Bureau attorney Ronald Rubin refuted Kaufmans take on Kavana ugh and consumer protection. Judge Kavanaughs opin ion that the CFPBs structure is unconstitutional was not a decision for the powerful against the powerless, or an attempt to weaken consumer rights, Rubin told JNS. He correctly concluded that the Constitution does not permit an agency with such far-reaching powers to be led by a single director who cant be fired by the president, espe cially since Congress cant cut the agencys budget. Some agencies holding back for now Meanwhile, groups like the American Jewish Committee have sought to express a more moderate view. While there is little doubt that Judge Kavanaugh has the technical qualifications to serve on the Supreme Court to fill the seat of retiring Jus tice Anthony Kennedy, that by no means alone qualifies the nominee, AJC General Counsel Marc Stern said in a statement. No less important is the nominees openness to arguments that challenge his own views and previously expressed beliefs, a robust commitment to protecting the liberties the Constitution guarantees and assuring all citizens the equal protection of the laws. As part of his statement, in which Stern remarked on AJCs nonpartisan advocacy for the separation of church and state, religious liberty and other social issues, Stern said the Senate should not con firm a nominee who comes to the bench with the intention of radically and systematically rewriting American constitu tional law. When asked by JNS if AJC plans to take a side over the nomination, spokesperson Ken Bandler commented: Our statement stands. Religious political groups, including the Orthodox Union and the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism, have not issued statements regarding the nomination. OU chairman Nathan Dia ment told JNS that his organi zation does not take a stance on Supreme Court nominees. Instead, it reviews their record on religious liberty, which he said is a constitutional right fundamental to the Orthodox Jewish communitys being able to thrive in the United States as a minority faith in which we, therefore, have a unique stake. Afterwards, he said, the OU may decide to write an assessment to the Senate Judiciary Committee. The RAC told JNS that it is still formulating a position on the nomination. Those in the field have a say Finally, reactions have come from prominent indi viduals in the Jewish com munity. I was proud to have Judge Kavanaugh swear me in as deputy secretary, Tevi Troy, who served in that role at the Department of Health and Human Services under President George W. Bush, told JNS. And [I] am excited at the prospect of Justice Ka vanaugh on the bench. Brooke Goldstein, an ac claimed human-rights lawyer, praised the nomination and slammed the extreme reac tion from progressives. The nomination has be come somewhat contro versial, and we see hysteria surrounding it because some want to see the judiciary legis late from the bench and imple ment significant changes they want to see in our society through the courts as opposed to the legislature, Goldstein told JNS. Justice Kavanaugh doesnt seem to be the man to do that, she added. At the same time, the idea that a Supreme Court with Justice Kavanaugh serving on it would purpose fully choose a case to overrule Roe v. Wade, established legal precedent, is asinine. Yet Democratic strategist Mark Mellman expressed alarm over Kavanaugh. Ask yourself how many of the publics desires for a justice are going to be accommodated by President Trumps selection of Brett Kavanaugh, he wrote in The Hill. Mellman concluded, I fear, almost none. ning at the U.N. through persuasion, she added. But there are other times when we just have to say, Enough is enough. Were going to consider them agents of terrorism Stuart Force, whose son Taylor Force, 28, was mur dered in Tel Aviv by Palestin ian terrorists in 2016, also spoke at the summit. Taylor Forces death prompted the passage last March of the Taylor Force Act, which was signed by the presi dent as part of the $1.3 trillion omnibus bill. The measure defunds most U.S. assistance to the Palestinian Authority for rewarding terrorists and their familiesa longtime policy known as pay to slay. Tuesdays speakers included Sens. John Cornyn (R-Texas), Tom Cotton (R-Ark.), Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.). Also at the podium were Reps. Doug Lamborn (R-Colo.), Mark Meadows (R-N.C.) and Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-Wash.). The speakers applauded the president for withdrawing from the 2015 Iran nuclear deal and moving the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem. Ad ditionally, Graham, Cruz and Cornyn each announced legislation they have or plan to be introduced. Graham, who was a major player behind the Taylor Force Act, said he would propose Round Two of the Taylor Force Act to punish the ministers who actually carry out the new Palestinian law that incentivizes more young people to commit terrorism, not less amid the Palestin ians reportedly increasing its payments to terrorists and their families. Were going to consider them agents of terrorism, he added. Were going to name names. Cruz announced a bill that would sanction members of terrorist groups, like Hamas, which use civilians as human shields. The proposed mea sure already has bipartisan support. In addition to co-spon soring legislation to provide military assistance to Israel, Cornyn touted a bipartisan bill that targets Iranian air line Mahan Air, which he said works with the countrys Quds Force, an elite unit of Irans Islamic Revolutionary Guard and Hezbollah as well. This airline is the primary way which terrorist personnel and weapons are spread to places like Syria and Lebanon, presenting a clear danger to the security of Israel, stated Cornyn. Thats an unaccept able condition that my bill changes, and I hope well pass this bill with your support in a larger package soon. A blessing for which Israel is grateful CUFI is an organization founded in 2006 by Pastor John Hagee and currently boasts more than 4 million members. Its mission, ac cording to its website, is to provide a national association through which every proIsrael church, parachurch organization, ministry or individual in America can speak and act with one voice in support of Israel in matters related to biblical issues. Dollinger, who is Jewish, told JNS that the Christian char acteristic of her organization is crucial. Were a Christian organization, first and fore most, she said. We are about faith, and we are about the fact we are united Christians for Israelits in the title. As part of his remarks, Dermer said the long history of the relationship between Christians and Jews is a history riddled with antiSemitism and persecution, suspicion and distrust. This has dramatically changed over the past few de cades, he continued. Today, there is unwavering support for the Jewish state among millions of devout Christians. That is a blessing for which Israel is deeply grateful. This change didnt hap pen on its own. It happened because a few bold leaders in the Christian community helped make it happen, added the ambassador. Leaders like [Pastor] John Hagee, who for nearly 40 years has been building bridges between Christians and Israel. When it comes to supporting Israel, Pastor Hagee didnt join the bandwagon. He drove the bandwagon. Hagee, who emceed the event, reiterated the impor tance of Christian support for the Jewish state. You often hear the phrase Christian anti-Semitism, he said. There is no such thing as Christian anti-Semitism. Christianity is driven by the love of G-d. Anti-Semitism is driven by hatred, the pastor added. Call them pagans, call them secularists, call them any thing. Theyre not Christians. Hagee concluded with fighting words, quoting for mer British Prime Minister Winston Churchill: You ask what is our aim. I can tell you in a word. Our aim is victory, no matter the struggle, no matter the cost. Victory is our aim because without victory there is no survival. cant say anything about be ing Jewish? she said. Additionally, Vega noted, the listing did not prohibit exhibitions of anti-Semitism. It bothered me so heavily I posted about it, she said. I felt unsafe. Vega said she was on the alert heading into her Chi cago vacation because of the controversy last year when the Chicago Dyke March banned marchers showing Jewish pride by bearing Stars of David. Im very progressive and somewhat left-wing for sure, she said. The extreme left are incapable of having a dialogue. 3 Gazan Palestinians, including 12-year-old boy, killed in border clashes JERUSALEM (JTA)Three Gazan Palestinians, includ ing a 12-year-old boy, were killed during clashes at the Israel-Gaza border. Some 7,000 Palestinians gathered in several spots along the border and par ticipated in riots including throwing rocks and burn ing tires and throwing pipe bombs and other incendiary devices. The boy, 12, was identi fied by Palestinian officials as Majdi al-Satari of Rafah. He acted as a martyr who is killed by Israeli troops in a film widely shared on Pal estinian social media earlier this month, the Times of Israel reported. In the video he is seen attempting to dam age the border between Israel and Gaza before being shot by teens dressed as Israeli soldiers. He is then borne to his funeral on a stretcher draped with a Palestinian flag. His funeral on Saturday looked much the same. Also killed Friday was Moumin al-Hams, 17, and Ghazi Abu Mustafa, 43, who witnesses said was rushing to the border when he was shot. Also Friday, the Israeli military carried out an air strike on a squad of Palestin ians in northern Gaza as they flew arson balloons carrying incendiary material towards Israel, according to the Israel Defense Forces. No one was injured in the attack. The United Nations envoy for Middle East peace, Nicko lay Mladenov, on Saturday condemned the death of Majdi al-Satari in a tweet. Yesterdays killing of a 12 year old #Palestinian boy by #Israeli fire in #Gaza is shocking and tragic. Children are #NotATarget! Too many lives have been lost. Its time for this to stop. My hearfelt thought and prayers go out to the bereaved family, the tweet said.
HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, AUGUST 3, 2018 PAGE 15A Parenting From page 9A little tables (thus inspiring an entire genre of RIE childrens furniture). RIEs origins date to the 1930s, when Gerber (who was not Jewish nor related to the American baby food company), the wife of a Budapest textile factory owner, met Dr. Emmi Pikler, a pediatrician who pioneered a unique approach to caring for children. Born Emilie Madeleine Reich, Pikler studied medicine in Vienna in the 1920s before moving with her husband and child to Budapest in 1932. There, Pikler was forced to open up her own private practicebecause she was Jewish, she could not of ficially be hired by hospitals or institutions. Nonetheless, Pikler became a popular pe diatrician to Budapest society. She developed such close rela tions with the families of the children she treated that some of them helped Pikler and her family survive the Holocaust, Europe From page 4A Trump, the Iranians under stand that European rhetoric gets them nowhere. European banks arent willing to lose the American market for Iran. Words From page 5A many hurts have been hurled online without consider ing the ramifications. Even photos or clips one thinks is funny can be a serious source of shame to the person whos being laughed at. Remember, this is someones father, mother, child, spouse or fam ily member. This person has Pollack From page 1A Moon From page 1A site while also measuring the moons magnetic field as part of a Weizmann Institute scientific experiment. to put in the time and effort to listen to people, then he shouldnt be a judge, Pollack stated. He strongly believes in less talking, more listening. There is a saying, Two eyes, two ears and one mouth. Theres a reason for that. Pollack is also aware that for first-time offenders, a court room can be intimidating. People who dont come on a regular basis have a higher level of anxiety, Pollack said. A judge who is competent should demonstrate to the public their ease of handling their position and how to deal with people. People are already on edge. They may be afraid procuring them false papers and even hiding them. When the war ended, city officials asked Pikler to become the director of a new orphan age for babies and toddlers in Budapest, and Gerber came to work with her there. Setting up shop in an empty mansion in the lush hillside just outside of the city, Pikler made sure that each room in the house had direct access to the garden, so that every child there would have ample opportunity to experience beauty. Children even napped outside. Because rates of childhood illness and death within such institutions were dismally high, Pikler pioneered a new approach that she called a choreography of therapeu tic care. It was based on the idea of a respectful dialogue consisting of gestures, gentle speech and conscious at tention between child and caregiver. Caregivers told chil dren they were going to pick them up before they moved them, learned to recognize pre-verbal signals as a sign of legitimate communica tion rather than just noise, and encouraged caregivers not to entertain children, but simply to pay deep atten tion to them. The children at Piklers orphanage flourished. She and her staff raised many generations of children and became a European-wide training center for child care. In 1956, during the Hun garian Revolution, Gerbers husband was suspected of being an American spy and imprisoned. The family fled Budapest and eventually found refuge in the United States. Gerber began working as an early childhood educa tor in Los Angeles, taking what she had learned from working with Pikler at the orphanage and applying it to modern American children. Her approach struck a chord with many parents weary of Dr. Spock, baby-wearing and helicoptering. Gerber became a word-ofmouth parenting guru in Cali fornia. As her method slowly caught on, the educarers Ovadia From page 6A come from work with a bou quet of flowers and chocolates for her. After I put the children to bed, he went to fetch the groceries from his parents, but he did not get to them, she said. He fulfilled every dream. I always said to him, You are the one, the only one, and my special one. A security source told the bereaved family that Yotam fought with the terrorist and thus delayed him and pre vented him from entering the homes and the playground ad jacent to the area of the attack. Asaf Ravid, the wounded man who eliminated the terrorist, reconstructed the moments of terror: I went out for a bike ride and in my bag there is always a pistol. I heard shouts, and then the terrorist appeared in front of me. Within two seconds, he took out a knife from his pocket and stabbed me in the shoulder. I fled from him, and during the flight, I took the pistol out of my bag, and he was standing near me. He realized he had no chance. I shot him once and he kept approaching, and then I fired two more times and he fell. The commander of the local police station in Adam, Eli Ovadia, is Yotams cousin. I was prepared to leave my house for the scene of the attack. I gave orders to my of ficers, recounted Ovadia. At this point I had not yet spoken to my uncle and aunt. As I got closer to the scene I realize that it was the street where Yotams father and mother, Avraham and Carmela, live. I did not want to believe it had anything to do with them. But when I arrived, I was told that it was Yotam. It was a shock. I was in shock. I was devastated. My stomach felt as though it was torn apart. a life that is now being dis sected; maybe even ridiculed. The woman who sent out the original tweets apolo gized. I wish I could com municate the shame I feel in having done this, but I truly feel that at this point my feel ings are irrelevant. This may be coming too little too late. She is right. There is no going back. The Torah gives us practi cal guidelines to help us be more mindful of the impact our words are making and to create greater harmony. Here are a few to think about: Rechilut: telling someone what other people said about him Lashon Hara: derogatory or harmful speech even if it is true Motzei Shem Ra: slander that is untrue. Onaat Devarim: causing emotional pain or embar rassment with our words or actions. Avak Lashon Hara: saying something whose implied meaning is derogatory or harmful, or saying a derisive joke with fake innocence The Torah considers pain caused by our words as a real injury. Its as if youve poured acid on someones soul. The wounds blister. Our Temple in Jerusalem was destroyed on Tisha BAv because of baseless hatred. As long as this malice con tinues we will remain in this bitter exile. Think about how much harm is caused each day through our words, both in person and online. With greater awareness and sensitivity, we can heal a fractured world. This is the key to rebuilding Jerusalem. Slovie Jungreis Wolff is a noted teacher, author, relationships and parenting lecturer. She is the leader of Hineni Couples and daugh ter of Rebbetzen Esther Jungreis. Likewise, European conglom erates are pulling out of deals with Iran one after another to avoid U.S. sanctions. We dont know where Trump wants to lead U.S. relations with Europe. But it is clear that he intends to exact a price from Europe for its hostile policies, its weakness towards U.S. adversaries and its double dealing with America. Israel should draw the appropriate lessons from Trumps actions and from the truth revealed about the na ture of European policy by the events of the past two weeks. The time has come for Israel to finally stop taking European rhetoric seriously. The time has come for Israel to begin exacting a painful price from Europe for its hostile and damaging policies towards U.S. Originally published in The Jerusalem Post. Caroline Glick is the senior Middle East Fellow at the Center for Security Policy in Washington, D.C., the deputy managing editor of The Jeru salem Post and a contributor to the Jewish World Review. After eight challenging years, I am filled with pride that the first Israeli space craft, which is in its final construction and testing phases, will soon be making its way to the moon, Kahn said. I have experienced numerous challenges in my life, but this was the greatest challenge of all. He added: The launch of the first Israeli spacecraft will fill Israel, in its 70th year, with pride. It is a national accom plishment that will put us on the worlds space map. The CEO of Israel Aero space Industries, Josef Weiss, expressed similar thoughts. As one who has personally brought the collaboration with SpaceIL to IAI, I regard the launch of the first Israeli spacecraft to the moon as an example of the amazing capabilities one can reach in civilian space activity, he said. of the consequences, but they should not be afraid they will be judged harshly because the judge has a demeanor that suggests he doesnt care for the people. Pollack has a great deal of respect for the law. He wants to be a judge whom people can rely upon to know they will be treated fairly and honestly in regards to the law. He has received several endorsements, one from the Canaveral Port Authority commissioner, Bob Harvey, USAF colonel (retired), who stated, I am personally taking time to meet and research as many political candidates as possible. I know full well how difficult it is to get good people to run for office... Recently I met Adam Pollack. He has a proven record of upholding the Constitution and fairly applying our laws. All he is asking for is your vote. He has mine! He will bring honesty and integrity to the bench. Longwood Mayor Benjamin R. Paris also has endorsed Pol lack, and said of him, After careful consideration and several long conversations, Im endorsing and putting my full support behind Adam Pollack. He is the clear and correct choice. Pollacks credentials are exemplary. He graduated from the University of Florida in 1993, and earned his juris doc tor from Nova Southeastern University in 1996. During that time, he was a Goodwin Research Fellow at NSU. He knows his way around a courtroom, both in front of and behind the bench. From 1997 to 1999 Pollack was an assistant public defender of the 18th Judicial Circuit in Seminole County, then served two years with 18th Circuit judges preparing legal rul ings and appellate opinions. He became Board Certified in 2009 as a criminal trial attorney, with over 75 jury trials in both misdemeanor and felony court, and has represented thousands of cli ents in bail bonding hearings, arraignments and pre-trial conferences. Adam is highly qualified to be a circuit judge, said retired Judge O.H. Eaton, Jr., 18th Judicial Circuit. He has the trial experience needed to handle the variety of cases circuit judges handle and he has the temperament to rule impartially while following the law. Judicial candidates like Adam, who have a broad background of legal experi ence and have had to make a living running a law office, make the best judges. Pollack self-funded a $150,000 investment into his campaign. I dont want to look into the courtroom and see someone who has given me money to get this position. Its just not right or fair to the opposing counsel, Pollack stated in a press release. By making this investment, the community should have full faith in my integrity when presiding over cases. Pollack has the full support of his wife, Jacqueline, whom he met at a Matzah Ball in Boca Raton. It was serendipity, he shared. I was supposed to go to a Matzah Ball in Miami, but at the last moment went to Boca and we met! The couple and their sons, Jason and Ethan, are mem bers of Congregation Ohev Shalom, and enjoy experienc ing being Jewish every day. There will be a Meet and Greet Last Hoorah Hob Nob on Aug. 9, from 4 p.m. -7 p.m., at the Sanford Chamber of Commerce held at the Sanford Senior Center, 401 E Seminole Blvd. Sanford. Ballots were mailed this week, and voting will begin with early voting Aug. 17, and poll voting on Aug. 28. she trained went on to publish their own books and podcasts. In 2010, RIE teaching mate rials were incorporated into federally funded Early Head Start programs across the country. As for Pikler, who died in 1984, RIE-raised kids commemorate her in an espe cially fun way: by playing on the Pikler Triangle, an indoor wooden climber she designed. Jennifer Young is a public historian, museum educa tor, freelance writer and new mom. She is also the former director of education for the YIVO Institute. You can find more information about her at jenniferellenyoung.com. Kveller is a thriving com munity of women and parents who convene online to share, celebrate and commiserate their experiences of raising kids through a Jewish lens. Visit Kveller.com. Every day that youre outside, youre exposed to dangerous, but invisible, ultraviolet (UV) sunlight. Left unprotected, prolonged exposure to UV radiation can seriously damage the eye, leading to cataracts, skin cancer around the eyelid and other eye disorders. Protecting your eyes is important to maintaining eye health now and in the future. Shield your eyes (and your familys eyes) from harmful UV rays. Wear sunglasses with maximum UV protection. For more information, visit www.thevisioncouncil.org/consumers/sunglasses. A public service message from The Vision Council. HEALTHY EYES WEAR SUNGLASSES
PAGE 16A HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, AUGUST 3, 2018 move to less expensive prem ises; Kane says he is actively exploring the idea. One new Chicago-area kosher eatery seems to be tap ping into the desire for fresh, nontraditional kosher foods. Tacos Gingi in Skokie is the brainchild of Ricky and Aliza Bielak, chefs who trained and worked in Mexico City before moving to Chicago in 2005. Ricky Bielak said there needs to be more than just one flavor of kosher food. Theres a lack of restau rants in the community, he said, and we thought this would be a good addition to the community. Tacos Gingi offers the kind of home-cooked Mexi can meals the couple grew up with. They began selling takeout meals out of their Skokie home in 2016, and in December 2017 opened their storefront takeout spot, with some seating, under the supervision of the Chicago Rabbinical Council. The couple believe the restaurant has filled a need. I see a lot of people who say Oh my goodness, Ive been waiting for [kosher] Mexican food for a long time, Ricky Bielak said. Tacos Gingi is reflecting a trend for more simple, vege table-based and ethnic foods. Its also in tune with a growing environmental ethos. All our packaging is com postable, Aliza Bielak said. Even the takeout knives, forks and spoons are wood. The res taurant uses no plastic bags. Another key to Tacos Gingis success is its appeal to both kosher and non-kosher consumers. You need both, Aliza said. What happens when you open a kosher restaurant is you already have your set clientele; you already have your kosher customers But to thrive, drawing on a wider base is crucial. Tacos Gingi is located next to a gas station. Thats a plus, the couple insist The Jewish kosher people know where we are already, Tacos Gingi serves kosher Mexican food in Skokie, Ill. New flavors and fresh ideas raise hopes for a revival of Chicago areas kosher restaurant scene A view inside the kosher Hy Life Bistro, which has become a neighborhood landmark in suburban Chicago. Ricky said. Others visit the gas station, see a taco restau rant and say lets see, whats going on over there. Then when they go in, it smells delicious, it looks good, they see we take care of people. Many have become regu lars, adding an important source of customers beyond dedicated kosher diners. This recipe for success is replicated 10 miles north in the suburb of Highland Park, where Mizrahi Grill draws a steady stream of diverse clients: The informal Israeli restaurant is drawing kosher-observant Jews, Jews who dont keep kosher and non-Jewish customers. Here, too, there is a an emphasis on fresh, natural ingredients in keeping with current dining trends. We cook without GMOs, said co-owner Tomer Miz rahi. We use lots of fresh ingredientsnothing frozen, only non-compressed meats. Producing fresh, ethnic, high quality foods enables Mizrahi Grill to appeal to customers beyond the kosher base. Thats crucial because the number of diners who keep kosher in the greater Chicago area, home to approximately 300,000 Jews, is small: Kane estimates that its no more than 20,000. By contrast, 10 times that many households keep kosher in New York City, according to a study by the UJA-Federation of New York. The Chicago Rabbinical Council lists 26 restaurants that they oversee throughout the citys metropolitan area. That number dropped in June with the closing of Tein Li Chow, a longtime Chinese takeout restaurant. Its a relatively small num ber of kosher establishments compared to the more than 100 in Manhattan alone (according to Congregation Kehilath Jeshurun, which maintains an online list) and 44 in Los Angeles (via LAJew ishGuide.com). The New York suburb of Teaneck, New Jer sey, has some 20 kosher spots. Local restaurant owners believe that Chicagos con servative ethos also hampers the development of a vibrant dining scene. When she ran a New York outpost of her famed Shallots restaurant in the early 2000s, Frankel said that New York diners seemed to display a joie de vivre that their Chicago counterparts sometimes lack. Frankel, like other res taurant owners, thinks this might change. I want to make people feel they are special, she said, by offering delicious wholesome food. Its not enough to stick a mezuzah on your door. You have to stand for something. By Yvette Alt Miller CHICAGO (JTA)This citys kosher restaurant scene has long lagged behind other metropolises like New York and Los Angelesbut chang es might be coming. A bold forthcoming restau rant, an authentic taqueria and reports that two estab lished neighborhood eateries are looking to change hands are raising hope for kosher diners who want more options and fresh new flavors. Chef Laura Frankel, who brought fine kosher dining to Chicago when she opened the upscale restaurant Shallots in 1999, is planning to launch a restaurant in the area in early 2019 that incorporates what she sees as the new food trends in the kosher and non-kosher sectors. Frankel is negotiat ing a lease for a dairy Italian kosher eatery. My motto has always been the same thing: Theres no reason that kosher food cant be more than just kosher, she said. It can be modern, local, non-GMO, exciting, vibrant. Her new restaurant will feature plant-based foods and offer vegetarian, vegan and dairy Italian fare at what she calls affordable prices. Frankel takes her inspira tion from the Italian principle cucina provera (peasant or seasoning cooking), which to her means youre using what is naturally around you. She said her restaurant will feature seasonal fruits and vegetables while avoiding shortcuts like food coloring and artificial ingredients. Citing the growing trend for farm to table, locally sourced foods in Chicagos non-kosher sector, Frankel asks why there is no similar move within kosher restau rants. I go to kosher restaurants this time of year and theres nothing local, she com plained. Instead theres pine apple from Hawaii. Why arent [kosher restaurants] using blueberries from Michigan and other seasonal produce? Two established Chicagoarea kosher restaurants show the challenge of offering fine kosher dining outside of huge kosher markets like New York and Los Angeles. Slice of Life and Hy Life Bistrotwin dairy and meat restaurants side by sideare the brain child of Sheldon Kane. Along with distinct menus, the two linked eateries in suburban Skokie have their own wait staffs and atmosphere. They have become familiar neigh borhood landmarks since their founding in 1989. Now that might change. Despite offerings that mir ror current food trends like Asian tacos and barbecue beef sliders, customers often ignore the newer options and opt for older menu standards like homemade gnocchi and ravioli dishes, making change difficult. Some new trends are particularly hard for the kosher restaurants to adopt, Kane explained: Salads, for example, can be prohibitively expensive for a kosher restau rant to create, since kosher supervisors must check the produce meticulously for insects. Kane said he recently asked his mashgiach, or kosher supervisor, how many bags of lettuce he had checked that day. Twelve, he was told. Im losing money on every salad I serve, the restaurateur said. Costs are also rising for kosher ingredients, Kane said. Im paying three times as much for kosher cheese as non-kosher restaurants, he said, yet market pressures dont allow the costs to be passed along to consumers. The profit margin is getting squeezed, and Kane doesnt know how much longer he can hold on to the formula that has kept his twin restaurants afloat for 29 years. Im looking for new young blood to take over, he said. Another option might be to Memorial to the thirteen martyrs, Jerusalem. On Aug. 12, 1952, 13 Soviet Jews convicted of espionage and treason were executed in Moscows Lubianika Prison. Their confessions had been extracted by torture. This group, known as the Martyrs of the Soviet Union, included actor Benjamin Zuskin, poets Itzik Feffer and Peretz Mark ish, childrens author Leib Kweitko, and other leading intellectuals. The story began with the Jewish Anti-Fascist Commit tee, founded in 1942 to develop ties with American Jewry as part of the Soviet struggle against Nazi Germany. Solo mon Mikhoels headed the committee, and most of those executed were his friends and associates. At the end of the war, the committee came under immediate suspicion of collusion in an international plot to overthrow the Com The night of the murdered poets munist state. By 1949, in view of the new Zionist threat posed by the State of Israel, the Soviets were openly hostile to all Jewish activity, and the committee was shut down. Mikhoels had been assas sinated early in 1948, and a year later most of his col leagues from the committee had been arrested. They were accused, among other things, of trying to set up a Jewish state in the Crimean Penin sula. Extreme violence was used in their interrogation. Historian Joseph Yusefovitz claimed during his trial that he was hit so often and so hard that he would have admitted to being the popes nephew if it could have helped him. Surgeon Boris Shmuelevitz, who refused to plead guilty to a single charge, reckoned that he received more than two thousand blows. The trial, held behind closed doors before a tribunal of three judges and no defense attorneys, began May 8, 1952, and ended July 18. All the accused spoke at length and were then extensively crossexamined in an attempt to trick them into incriminating their colleagues. The proceed ings dragged on much longer than anticipated. The senior judge asked to reopen the investigation in view of the many internal contradictions and gaps in testimony, but the Soviet leadership wanted a swift conclusionexecution by firing squad and confisca tion of all property belonging to the convicted. Only two escaped this fate: Solomon Bergman, who fell into a coma during the trial and died in prison a few months after the others were executed; and biologist Lina Stern, whose sentence was commuted to exile due to the importance of her research. The results of the trial were kept secret. The mar tyrs families were exiled in December 1952, remaining ignorant of their relatives fate until 1955, when their files were reopened after Stalins death. Recognizing that all the confessions had been obtained under duress, the supreme military tribunal ruled that the accusations had been baseless and closed the case. Every day that youre outside, youre exposed to dangerous, but invisible, ultraviolet (UV) sunlight. Left unprotected, prolonged exposure to UV radiation can seriously damage the eye, leading to cataracts, skin cancer around the eyelid and other eye disorders. Protecting your eyes is important to maintaining eye health now and in the future. Shield your eyes (and your familys eyes) from harmful UV rays. Wear sunglasses with maximum UV protection. For more information, visit www.thevisioncouncil.org/consumers/sunglasses. A public service message from The Vision Council. HEALTHY EYES WEAR SUNGLASSES
PAGE 2B HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, AUGUST 3, 2018 Sixth-grade Shabbaton. 6:30 p.m. Kitah Bet/2nd grade has the option of attending on Wednesdays too. The goal of the curriculum is to create Jewish adults. Torah, Hebrew through Prayer, Holidays. Mitzvot and Middot are the core subjects. Each grade has unique themes and milestone events as well as opportunities for parents to learn with their students. The learning that takes place is mostly experi ential where students become involved in their learning. All grades participate in projects that fulfill the Mitzvah of Tikun Olam. Grades Dalet through Zayeen(4th-7th) have Shabbatonim where they go to a local camp with their teachers and Madrichim and celebrate Shabbat, participate in informal learning, and have fun together to create a community. COS Hebrew school has a very popular and successful Madrichim program where Hebrew school graduates in grades 8-12 commit to be ing at school every week on Sunday or Wednesday and help in a classroom. They also have a monthly class with their Madrichim teacher to learn about child develop ment, conflict management, leadership and planning les sons. The teaching staff of Ohev Shalom is comprised of dedicated professionals who in most cases have been at Ohev for 15 years or more but also Religious school education at COS Having fun getting ready for Purim. Congregation Ohev Shalom Religious School is commit ted to providing a Jewish edu cation within a warm, respect ful, safe environment and in a matter that recognizes the principles of Conservative Judaism as well as the needs of the child. The premise of the religious school education is that people are created in the im age of God and that we were created to be partners with God in His work. Jewish behavior is valued. Respect, speaking kindly, be ing patient, not embarrassing others, helping others, being welcoming are all Jewish ways of behaving. Teachers seek to help stu dents form a positive Jewish identity that will make Juda ism a meaningful force in the life of the student. It is the responsibility of the teachers to ensure that every child, Madrich/a, and parent feels valued and safe while at COS. This will lay the foundation for a lifelong commitment and devotion to God, to Jew ish learning, to the Jewish community, and to the Land of Israel. The Jewish family no longer has one model. The new Jew ish family includes interfaith, same sex or single parent. Ohev Shalom welcomes all families who want to connect. The teaching staff of Ohev Shalom places great emphasis on developing relationships with their students. From that relationship comes a true un derstanding of the total child and an appreciation of their uniqueness which results in an ability to teach in a way that meets the childs needs. When that connection is made, the learning and desire to participate follows. Congregation Ohev Shalom Hebrew school is for grades Pk-7 (GesherZayeen). Pk2nd (Gesher-Bet) grade meet on Sunday from 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. 3rd-7th grade (Gimel through Zayeen) meet Sunday and Wednesday from 4 p.m.value new ideas and welcome new staff members. The staff is its own community that loves learning and teaching and wants to share their love of Judaism with their students. The staff regularly meets to increase their own knowledge and plan and evaluate what they are doing to keep up with trends and learn new ways to engage students. Congregation Ohev Shalom Hebrew school welcomes students in Pre K-5th grade for their first year of Hebrew school as a nonmember. The staff and leadership under stand that joining a syna gogue is a big decision and a costly one. They believe that once families give it a try, they will be hooked. A variety of family programs outside of the school day are offered. Anyone who wants to connect with the Ohev Fam ily is welcome to participate in family programs, which include the Shabbat Morning Family Experience, Saturday night Havdallah and dancing and holiday celebrations. The first day of Hebrew school is Aug. 19 at 9 a.m. Meet the Teacher is Aug. 12 from 1 p.m.2 p.m. with a Meet and Mingle and refreshments for families at 12:30. Prospective families are welcome and encouraged to attend. Ohev Shalom is located at 613 Concourse Pkwy S. Mai tland. For more information about Ohev Shalom contact Amy Geboff, Director of Youth and Family Education firstname.lastname@example.org or check out the website at www.ohevshalom.org or like us on our facebook page Ohev Shalom Youth and Family. Lech Lechathe new Stetson Hillel greets students leaving home for college In Genesis 12, we learn the story of Lech Lecha. Essentially, Abram (not yet Abraham) was approached by G-d who tells him that he and his entire family are to move to a yet undisclosed location (Canaan), and if they do this, G-d promises Abram that G-d will make them into a great nation and that everyone will know their name. In addition to inspiring one of Debbie Friedmans zl best songs, Lech Lecha is incredibly po etic when placed in the context of this time of year. In just a few weeks, roughly 100,000 Jewish college stu dents will be leaving home for the first time. Like Abram, they are journeying beyond the safety and security of what they have always known on a quest to better themselves and their future. These incoming freshmen will quickly find themselves experiencing the benefits and burdens of autonomy: living on their own and charting their own course, all while navigating and balancing the complexi ties of schoolwork and campus life. It is as exciting as it is intimidating, and at Stetson University, its just getting started. Stetson University is expe riencing the kind of dramatic growth in Jewish life that can only come with the full sup port of University administra tion, community funders, and soil rich with opportunity. For the first time in our 135year history, Stetson has a full time Hillel director, and I am honored to fill that role. We also have a student board with an appropriate sized, donor-funded budget to create opportunities for the Jewish students on campus to en gage with each other, as well as the greater Jewish com munity. We have a housea beautiful onethat was built in 1928 with original hard wood floors and red brick that, when renovated, will see Shabbat dinners, study sessions, speakers, seders, and lots and lots of Kosher food from a Kosher kitchen. We have passion, excitement, and momentum propelling us to a future where Judaism is thriving at Stetson, and Stetson is thriving because of our Jewish community. We are building the destination school for Jewish students seeking smaller class sizes and world-class education all in one. Hillel the Elder asks us, if not now, when? and Stetson is answering. Now is the time, and Stetson is the place. Right now, the Jewish population at Stetson Uni versity sits between 100-150 students. Not big, but this story has been told before. In 1931, there was one Jew ish family in Boca Raton. By 2005, the Jewish population had swelled to 130,000 and it is still growing. Tel Aviv was a sand dune until 66 families saw what it could be and now it is one of the largest met ropolitan cities in the world. So join us. The first Shabbat dinner is Aug. 24. Come see the house. Take a campus tour. Meet with the students or me. At Stetson, we are building a great community, and like Abram, soon everyone will know our name. For more information on Jewish life at Stetson Univer sity contact Sam Friedman, Hillel Director at SCFried man@Stetson.edu or 386822-8943. Lech Lechathe new Stetson Hillel greets students leaving home for college The first group of Hillel Stetson students. T e m p l e I s r a e l (tiflorida.org) and T e m p l e S h i r S h a l o m (templeshirshalom.org ) created the M e i t i n A l l i a n c e f o r G r o w t h a n d L e a r n i n g ( M A G A L ) as a collaborative religious school for Conservative and Reform Jewish families. MAGAL is the Hebrew word for circle and a symbol of oneness. Come learn more about how your family can become part of our circle! M e e t & G r e e t W e d n e s d a y A u g u s t 1 5 5 7 p m
HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, AUGUST 3, 2018 PAGE 3B Mishpacha Sheli singing with Rabbi Kay. Congregation Ohev Shalom invites the entire community to enjoy the many programs offered for families with young children. In the Shema, which comes from the Torah, parents are commanded to teach their children. The goals of all of our programs are to provide opportunities for parents and children to explore, learn, pray and play together so they can establish their own Jewish values. Shirei Shabbat Welcome Shabbat with Rabbi Kay through song, prayer and movement. Held on the following Fridays starting at 5:30 p.m. with a nosh! Aug. 17, Oct. 12, Dec. 7, Feb. 8, and April 12 No charge but please RSVP at https://www.ohevshalom. org/event/shireishabbat Kibbutz Ohev Family Edition For families with toddlers through 2nd grade Join Sharon Weil and Vicky Countess one Wednesday a month to learn to love our selves, each other, the earth and Israel through craft, story, cooking and gardening. Meets on the following Wednesdays at 5 p.m. and includes dinner: Aug. 29, Sept. 26, Oct. 24, Nov. 28, Dec. 19, Jan. 23, Feb. 27, March 27, and May 1 RSVP and pay online at https://www.ohevshalom.org/ event/kofe2018 Mishpacha Sheli With Nina Fine moves to Thursday starting Aug. 16 at 9:30 a.m. Circle time, story, song, art and snack. Will meet every Thursday except when there is Chal lahballoo. RSVP link to follow Challaballoo Join Lisa Sholk and El len Zollman, challah bakers extraordinaire one Thursday a month to bake Challah for Shabbat! Meets on the following Thursdays at 10 a.m.: Sept. 6, Oct. 18, Nov. 15, Dec. 13, Jan. 17, Feb. 21, March 14, and May 2 RSVP and pay at https:// www.ohevshalom.org/event/ challahballoo.html# Shabbatlettes Join Amy Geboff on the following Shabbat mornings to celebrate Shabbat featuring song, prayer, dance and Torah stories. Stick around for Kid dush lunch! Meets on the following Saturday mornings at 11 Variety of programs for families with young children at Congregation Ohev Shalom a.m.: Sept. 29, Nov. 10, Jan. 12, March 2 and May 11 No charge but please RSVP at https://www.ohevshalom. org/event/shabbalettes Programs for Young Fami lies is underwritten in part by Nancy and Dean Farrachio in memory of Nancys father Bart Hecht. For more information or questions contact the COS office 407-298-4650 or contact educator@ohevsh alom.org. COS Youth players 2018 production of Feathers in the Wind. It is not uncommon for participation is synagogue life to drop off after Bar/Bat Mitzvah. At Congregation Ohev Shalom this is not the case as teens are a vital part of synagogue life! Whether it be the 60 Madrichim in the school, actors in the play, youth group members in Kadima for 6th-8th grade and USY for 9th-12th graders or learning in DDD teens are everywhere. Once the school year be gins, there will be something happening every Wednesday evening for our teens. COSUSY for 9th-12th grad ers, which is open to the community, offers programs on Wednesdays as well as Friday evenings, Saturday and Sundays. COSUSY is one of the largest chapters of USY in our region. Activities take place on the chapter, subregional and regional level. This years international convention will take place in Orlando in December. If CO SUSY doesnt have a program, 8th-12th graders may attend DDD (Dinner, Dvar/learning, Daber/discussion) is a Jewish educational program for all Jewish 8th -12th graders re gardless of Ohev membership. DDD is underwritten in part by a grant from JTEN of the Jewish Federation of Greater Orlando. Dinner/Lunch in cluded. This year DDD has 3 parts: Monthly Interfaith dialog with teens from the Atlantic Peace Institute which is a Turkish-Muslim group in Cas selberry. This group will meet one Wednesday a month from 6:30 p.m. 8 p.m. and switch between COS and the Institute Session Dates: Wednesdays 6:30-8 p.m, Aug. 26, Sept. 26, Oct. 24, Nov. 28, Dec. 19, Jan. 16, Feb. 20, March 27, and April 17 Torah Through Art: based on the Teacher Institute for the Arts Cohort #3. Materials designed by David Moss. The program teaches the Torah through abstract art that students will create. Each les son will be based on a portion from the Tanach. Class will meet on selected Wednesdays at COS from 6:30-8 p.m. Session dates: Wednesdays 6:30-8 p.m. Aug. 22, Oct. 10, Dec. 12, Feb. 6, and April 3 Intergenerational Dialog with residents of Village on the Green. A truly amazing experi ence to learn that seniors and teens have more in common than difference. The group engages in discussion, activi ties, games and more around Jewish themes. Class will meet on selected Sundays at 1 p.m. Session dates: Sundays at 1: Sept. 30, Nov. 4, Jan. 27, March 3 and April 28 When there isnt DDD or USY, teens are invited to come and hang out with each other! Kadima is the middle school youth group that is part of United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism. COS Kadima meets once a month. In addition to local chapter events, Kadimaniks come together for a conven tion with fellow Kadimaniks from central and northern Florida and 8th graders par ticipate in an 8th grade only convention with Kadimaniks from North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia and Florida. In January, 8th graders may participate in USY events. The COS Youth Players comprised of 4th-12th grad ers present an annual Jewish musical in the Spring. All COS youth who audition are in! The ultimate goal of all of the programs of the COS Youth department is to create a Youth community where all ages feel welcome, accepted and valued. For more information on COS youth programs please call 407-298-4650 or email email@example.com. Wednesday is teen night at COS Eighth-grade Shabbaton. COSUSY wins subregional schmooze lips award. The coming year for the religious school at Congrega tion Beth Am in Longwood will be marked with innova tion and new technologies to enhance the quality of the education for every student and provide a creative indi vidualized approach to Jewish learning. Cantor Nina Fine, the director of the religious school, and her staff will get things started at the Open House on Sunday, Aug. 19, at 9:30 a.m. in the social hall at 3899 Sand Lake Road, Longwood. Fine stated, We are excited to add interactive technology to our program ming this year by offering children the opportunity to learn at home during the week through a virtual school. Students in grades 3 through 7 will have online classes during the week and attend regular classes on Sunday mornings. Partici pation in Shabbat services will be encouraged and a terrific learning experience as well. Skills-based Hebrew learn ing will continue this year to help each student improve his or her reading skills leading to proficiency in Hebrew. This proved very successful last year and enhanced each students level of competency. Additional studies in Jewish culture, history, holidays, and Israel will round out each grades curriculum. The focus on individual ized learning continues this year with dedicated classes for students with special needs as well as those seek ing an accelerated enrich ment leading to Bar and Bat Mitzvah. According to Fine, Each and every student in our school will have the op portunity to reach their full potential. By assessing each childs talents we can create an experience that will bring them closer to their Jewish heritage and hopefully pro vide them with the necessary skills to give them an appre ciation for their Judaism that will last a lifetime. We dont want Hebrew school at Beth Am to be looked at as chore or an inconvenience for the student who would rather be doing something else. We want it to be a place where learning and making new friends is a pleasure. Opportunities will also be available for post-Bar and Bat Mitzvah teens to lead the weekly Sunday morning youth service and to orga nize a Junior Congregation for the younger students. In addition, monthly Family Shabbat Dinners will offer yet another opportunity for the students and their families to experience the joy of be ing Jewish. For more information on the Open House on April 19 and upcoming events and activities at Congrega tion Beth Am consult the synagogues web site at www. CongBethAm.org or call the synagogue office at 407-8623505. New year brings innovation for Beth Am Religious School
PAGE 4B HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, AUGUST 3, 2018 Teaching kids: A great idea? By Marilyn Shapiro I realized early in my adult life that there is a big differ ence between the career I envisioned in a classroom and the job I actually had. I dreamed of being a teacher since I was a child. By the time I was six, I would set my dollsand my sister Bobbie when she was old enougharound my standup chalkboard and teach them the alphabet. By the time I was in high school, I had determined that I would go to college for a teaching degree. My love of reading, my interest in creative writing, and some pressure from my parents to choose a practical major made English education the right choice. Every spring, Keeseville Central held Stu dent Teachers Day. Those of us who were interested and considered responsible were allowed to take over the classes of the teachers. In both my junior and senior years, I had the opportunity to student teach for two of my English teachers. I spent hours preparing lessons on Greek and Roman mythol ogy, The Outsiders by S. J. Hinton, and vocabulary. I loved my role as teacher for a day, and it confirmed my career path. For my first two years at the University at Albany, I completed required course work through the English department, along with nec essary classes in science, French, history, and music. By my junior year, I was tak ing education courses that prepared me for teaching. In my English methods class, I put together a multi-week unit plan on the theme of War and Youth. My project not only received top grades but also was used as a model for several years in the English education department. In my senior year, I finally had a chance to student teach at Mont Pleasant High School. I thrived in front of the classes. I loved putting together the lesson plans, the quizzes, the tests. I spent hours planning and producing the necessary paperwork, but it was worth every minute to implement it. I was rewarded in the end with a five-plus out of five score. My supervisor wrote in his evaluation that I was a born teacher who was a natural in front of the classroom. As the graduation date grew near, I started apply ing for a teaching position. It was a tough time to get a job as there were not many openings. Despite my excel lent evaluation and decent grades, I couldnt even get an interview. In late June, however, a month after gradu ation, a break came through. A high school English teacher in a small town near Albany, New York, had handed in his resignation the last day of school as he had decided to enroll in a masters program. The principal wanted to fill the position before he left for his summer vacation. I interviewed for the job and was hired on the spot. There was only one difficul ty: the teacher I was replacing taught unusual classes. Along with a standard tenth grade English class, he taught nu merous electives on creative topics including supernatural fiction, science fiction, the police state in literature, and the American cinema. The books had been ordered, the students had already signed up their courses before they left for the summer, but he had left no specific lesson plans. Over that summer, I read the novels and began developing the curriculums as best as I could. The tenth grade students I greeted that first day took the change in teachers in stride. The juniors and seniors who had signed up for the electives, however, were disappointed to find that the teacher they expected was gone. Instead they had a new, young teacher with high ideals and higher expectations. This challenge was made more difficult by what I learned from the students. My predecessor had held s ances during the supernatural classes, and the students in cinema had spent time mak ing movies. I was at a complete loss in the police state course. The books ordered for the class included Brave New World and 1984. Unfortunately, some of the students were reading two or three years below grade level, certainly way below the level of the novels attached to the course. The result was an absolute disaster. Despite a supportive principal and supportive fac ulty, I was in over my head. I spent every minute out of class, including weekends, working on lesson plans, projects, and quizzes. The techniques that had served me so well in methods classes and student teaching fell flat. In addition to my difficulty with the implementation, I also was challenged by maintaining discipline. I was 22 years old, highly idealistic, and totally out of tune with students who lacked motivation and any interest in what I was trying to do. Although the majority of the students were wellbehaved, a small group made it a point to see if they could disrupt my class. They talked, they threw spitballs, they refused to participate. It was a horrible experience. After spending years dreaming about being a teacher, I real ized that nothing I had done in college had ever prepared me to handle a real class, a real job. By June, I was exhausted, stressed, and seriously won dering if I could learn enough from my first year to handle a second year in the classroom. But the worst moment of that first year was yet to come. About three weeks before graduation, yearbooks came in. Students were passing around their own copies for signatures from classmates and from teachers. Two se niors, the children of highly respected members of the community, approached me with big smiles, asking me to sign their yearbooks. When they handed them to me, I was shocked and stunned to see that they had both drawn swastikas around my picture. I slammed the offensive books shut, refusing to sign and making some comment about how someday they would look back on their yearbooks with shame. I told the principal, who called them in. I dont remember the outcome of that discussion. I did return in September. I was more confident, more organized, more prepared. However, I found teaching high school an uphill battle, a completely different experi ence than what I had dreamed. I left in January, eighteen months after I started and enrolled in the masters pro gram in reading at University at Albany. I subsequently got a job teaching adult educa tion at the Capital District Educational Opportunity Center, a division of Hudson Valley Community College. It was in that scenario that I found my niche. Classes were small and individualized, and I found it easy to relate to adult students. Many of them were highly motivated and focused in their wish to improve their reading and writing skills and obtain their General Equiva lency Diploma. Now, many years later, I still look back on my first teaching job. I wonder if I could have done more to find a way to hold on until I gained enough experience and maturity to handle the real high school classroom. I also wonder what happened to those two students who got so much pleasure that day from seeing my face when I saw those hated Nazi symbols next to my pic ture. Did they forget about it as soon as they graduated? Did their yearbooks end up on a dusty shelf, never to be looked at again? Do they occasionally pull them out like I have done with my own high school yearbook and reminisce over pictures of their friends and their extra-curricular activi ties? Or do they come across my picture and feel regret, embarrassment and shame? Marilyn Shapiro lives in Kissimmee. She writes regu larly for the Jewish World in Schenectady, and published her book There Goes My Heart, which is available on Amazon. You may also follow her on her blog, theregoesmy heart.me. 12 tribal paintings link land, history and hopeful By Abigail Klein Leichman (ISRAEL21c)Brilliant blue lapis lazuli crushed to a fine resin fills the bottom of a paper cup in the Jerusa lem studio of Beverly Barkat alongside shells, stones, semi-precious gems, soil and sand collected across Israel for her upcoming solo exhi bition, After the Tribes, at Romes Museo Boncompagni Ludovisi. These native materials form the basis for 12 large two-sided paintings on circles of transparent PVC, mounted in a metal framework like the rows of glittering gemstones that represented the 12 tribes of Israel on the breastplate of Judaisms ancient high priest. Michael Amar Beverly Barkats After the Tribes installation was photographed in the Judean Hills for the book that will accompany the exhibition in Rome. Barkat considered the col ors of those gemstones and the landscapes of the tribal territories when developing the palette for her contem porary interpretation, which she conceived and created upon invitation last Novem ber from the State of Israel, Polo Museale del Lazio (the Paintings on page 7A
HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, AUGUST 3, 2018 PAGE 5B Artwork designed by Holly Odess for Jewish Academy of Orlandos 40th anniversary. Core Values at the heart of Jewish Academy of Orlando Goldstein. The art installa tion not only beautifies the front entrance to the school, but stands as a daily reminder of the core values and what the school believes in. Our hope and our prayer is that Jewish Academy of Orlando, with these core values as a guide, will continue to grow from strength to greater strength. By Alan Rusonik, head of school Last year, as part of Jewish Academy of Orlandos 40th anniversary, the school cre ated a task force consisting of administrators, teachers, board members and parents, to engage in a meaningful process of self-examination and self-reflection. The num ber 40 has great significance in the Torah and throughout rabbinic literature. It usually designates a time of radical transition or transformation. The school leadership felt this was an appropriate time to re-visit their core values and remind themselves and the community who they are, what they believe in and the values that are important to them as a school community. As a result, Jewish Academy of Orlando determined five foundational beliefs that drive the school. These core values are a part of the educational experience and guide the school as it begins the next 40 years. The first core value is Jewish Values. We integrate Jewish tradition and values into every area of our cur riculum and school life. From the classroom to the hallways to the words we use with our friends, we are reminded daily that we are a values based institution which sets us apart and is fundamental to the educational experience. Our second core value is Academic Excellence. We kindle a love of learning, pas sion for the arts, the pursuit of academic excellence and high achievement through innovative, differentiated cur riculum based on students individual needs. Our third core value is Leadership. We empower students to become leaders and challenge them to change the world through the concept of Tikkun Olam (repairing the world). Our fourth core value is a Caring Community. We foster the values of kindness, self-awareness, and character within our students, nurtur ing them to be mindful critical thinkers. Our fifth and final core value is Focus on the Whole Child. We engage as a united family, providing a safe en vironment to celebrate our shared heritage and Jewish identity through Mitzvot (good deeds), Tzedakah (acts of righteousness), and Gemi lut Chasadim (acts of loving kindness), as well as instill a love for and commitment to Israel and Klal Yisrael (Jew ish people everywhere). We recognize the students social, emotional, physical and spiri tual growth, along with their intellectual growth, are all equal parts of the educational experience at our school. To celebrate the core val ues and Jewish Academy of Orlandos 40th anniversary, the school came together last April to create a beautiful art installation made out of colored and cut glass. The art installation depicts the five core values established dur ing our 40th anniversary cel ebration. The project was the inspiration of Holly Odess, an artist from South Florida and grandmother in the school. Odess designed the layout and students, teachers and parents participated in its creation. Odess was ably assisted by the schools own amazing art teacher, Penny This past year, the oldest accredited college in Florida, gained one of the newest Hillels in the state. Rollins College officially welcomed its first full-time Jewish student life employee in its history. Under the direction of Associ ate Director of Jewish Student Life Emily Block students are encouraged to explore and celebrate their Jewish identity on their own terms. Rollins Hillel is more than a student clubit is a network of meaningful relationships, a home away from home, a fam ily, said Block. Rollins Hillel gives students the resources and support they need as they continue their Jewish journey throughout college and even after they graduate. Through the commitment of students, staff, faculty and administration, Rollins Hillel aims to provide unique and meaningful opportunities for the nearly 200 Jewish students at Rollins College. From themed Shabbats, to Birthright Israel, Latkes on the Lawn, a Purim Carni val, interfaith dialogues and endless amounts of coffee, Jewish students at Rollins learn, celebrate and grow in an affirming and diverse community. One of the most inspiring events this year was a Passover seder hosted by Rollins College President Grant Cornwell. More than 100 students, parents, fac ulty, staff and community members of all faiths gathered at the presidents home to celebrate the joy of freedom and redemption through song, prayer, the retelling of the exodus and of course, a delicious meal. We are eagerly awaiting the return of students to cam pus in August, and are incred ibly excited for the dynamic and innovative experiences that await them, said Block. Hillel staff and students make a community. Exploring Jewish identity at Rollins College Hillel Bagels are served at Hillel registration. This year, students can look forward to warm family-style Shabbats; Tuesday Shmooze day, an opportunity for stu dents to gather and develop meaningful connections; and Torah on Tap, where students can explore Jewish education in a relaxed environment. Rollins Hillel allows Jewish students to explore what Judaism means for them and how they want to incorporate it into their lives. For more information on Rollins Hillel and Jewish life at Rollins visit https://www.rol lins.edu/religious-spirituallife/hillel/index.html.
PAGE 6B HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, AUGUST 3, 2018 Rabbi Joshua Neely The Meitin Alliance for Growth And Learning is en tering its third exciting year. MAGAL was created by Temple Shir Shalom (Reform) and Temple Israel (Conservative) to bring together Jewish stu dents from a broad spectrum of backgrounds in order to have their diversity enrich their learning. Both congregations have always been committed to a robust and solid curriculum of Jewish knowledge, but work ing together brings the benefit of greater diversity of ideas simply not found in monolithic programs. MAGAL, which means circle in Hebrew, be lieves very strongly that we share much in common with each other even while we re tain our unique identities as individuals and congregations. The Meitin Alliance for Growth And Learning is taking this belief to the next level in the coming year. The students and families of MA GAL will learn about, experi ence, and support Jewish com munities around the world. Some will be familiar, like those in Israel, Europe, and much of Latin America, but there are aspects that are often overlooked in all com munities. MAGAL will also explore the Jewish communi ties of Uganda, Yemen, India, Ethiopia, and elsewhere. These communities have rich histories and cultures that are part of the vast tapestry of our people and reflect unique expressions of our faith and traditions. Through food, art, music, traditions, teach ings, and other expressions of culture, students will gain a broader and deeper under standing of what it means to be part of the Jewish people. Unfortunately, many of these communities face chal lenges from hunger, op pression, emigration, and more. MAGAL will show our students and their families how to help our brothers and sisters across the world. In this way, we will realize more and more how we are one people with a shared destiny. For more information about MAGAL, please contact Rabbi Joshua Neely (Temple Israel, firstname.lastname@example.org) or Cantor Kim Singer (Temple Shir Shalom, cantorkim@ gmail.com). There will be an open house on Wednes day, Aug. 15 from 5-7 p.m. at 50 S. Moss Road in Win ter Springs. The first day of school is Sunday, Aug. 19 at 9 a.m. Parents are invited to share bagels, coffee, and conversation in the foyer after morning drop-off. MAGAL reaches out around the world Cantor Kim Singer The UCF Judaic Studies Program is now part of the History Department, and is thriving. The program offers a quiver-full of compelling courses that are open to auditing senior citizens, free of charge, as well as the tra ditional student body. These include: the History of the Holocaust, the History of the Jewish People in Antiquity, Modern Israeli Culture, the Bible as Literature, and Intro duction to Modern Judaism. All of these are taught online, so its not even a matter of physically sitting in a class room. Online learning is the wave of the future, and Judaic Studies is doing it right. Many of the courses are supplemented by state-of-the art video lectures, winning the universitys prestigious award for excellence in online teaching. The Judaic Studies program is now in the process of integrating the first two Ju daic Studies video games into its courses, which will teach Indiana Jones-style biblical archaeology as never before. These have been developed in cooperation with UCFs new downtown campus (the Florida Interactive Entertain ment Academy), and more are being planned. Judaic Studies is currently seeking outside investment to develop a truly dynamic video game centered around Chanukah and the victory of the Maccabees. Finally, there is a new faceto-face Hebrew language course, taught entirely in Hebrew, ulpan-style. The results are truly impres sive, as students are able to engage in conversation and understand basic lectures on Jewish history and culture in a Hebrew-only class environ ment, all within the first year of study. Members of the commu nity may take the courses as non-degree students or may audit the courses. Per sons 60 years of age or older who meet Florida residency requirements may register for classes without payment. Registration is required of non-degree students; call the Registrars office at 407-8233100 for details. Judaic Studies professor Dr. Ken Hanson is leading the charge with courses that use cinematic productions and interactive video games. UCF Judaic Studies on the move The Holocaust Centers Student Creative Arts Contest Each year, the Holocaust Center sponsors a juried Yom HaShoah Student Creative Arts Contest that is open to all students K-12 in Central Florida public, private and home schools. With a different theme each year, students are invited to create pieces of art or writingpoetry, short sto ries, or research papersfor which they may win prizes. These art pieces may be com pleted as class projects or can be done individually outside of school assignments. The Holocaust Centers theme for the 2019 Yom HaS hoah Creative Arts Contest, Remembering the Holocaust, provides students an opportu nity to explore various themes from the Holocaust through artistic representation. The deadline for submissions is Friday, April 5, 2019, at 4 p.m. Last years winners of the Creative Arts Contest. The Holocaust Centers Student Creative Arts Contest The UpStanders Program is a bullying prevention initia tive of the Holocaust Memo rial Resource and Education Center. Rooted in Holocaust Education, the UpStanders Program challenges students to study one of the worlds paramount examples of preju dice in order to understand the role each of us plays in shaping a better future. The UpStanders program demonstrates the importance of standing up and speaking out when students witness bullying through stories of Holocaust Rescuers. A res cuer is an individual who did everything in their power to save the lives of those being persecuted during the Holo caust. The UpStanders Pro gram teaches students how to safely and effectively support their peers who are being mistreated. Once students understand the importance of being UpStanders rather than bystanders, they have the knowledge they need to make their school a safe and respectful place. The UpStanders Program is professionally evaluated every school year using climate surveys and focus groups. Program lessons align with Florida Standards in 6th grade social studies and language arts as well as 7th grade civ ics and language arts. Since its inception in 2010, the UpStanders Program has been provided to more than 25,000 students in 68 schools, located in Orange, Seminole, Osceola, and Brevard counties. What is bullying? Bullying involves an un wanted, aggressive behavior that is repeated over time and suggests an imbalance of pow er. The imbalance of power means that the person being bullied is unable to defend him or herself. Bullying behavior can be physical, social, or emotional. Cyberbullying takes place online or with the use of technology. Common examples of bullying behavior include: physical intimida tion, spreading rumors, cruel text messages, and negative images posted online. Bullying prevention for parents Parents can help prevent bullying by talking to your children about bullying. Re search shows that children look to parents and caregivers for advice and help on tough decisions. Start conversations about daily life and feelings with questions such as these: What was one good thing that happened today? Any bad things? What is lunch time like at your school? Who do you sit with? What do you talk about? What is it like to ride the school bus? What are you good at? What would do you like best about yourself? Talking about bullying di rectly is an important step in understanding how the issue might be affecting kids. There are no right or wrong answers to these questions, but it is im portant to encourage kids to answer them honestly. Assure kids that they are not alone in addressing any problems that arise. Start conversations about bullying with questions like these: What does bullying mean to you? Describe what kids who bully are like. Why do you think people bully? Who are the adults you trust most when it comes to things like bullying? Have you or your friends left other kids out on purpose? Do you think that was bullying? Why or why not? What do you usually do when you see bullying go ing on? Do you ever see kids at your school being bullied by other kids? How does it make you feel? Have you ever tried to help someone who is being bullied? What happened? What would you do if it happens again? Encourage children to do what they love Help kids take part in activities, interests, and hob bies they like. Children can volunteer, play sports, sing in a chorus, or join a youth group or school club. These activities give children a chance to have fun and meet others with similar interests. Empowering young people to stand up to bullying They will build confidence and friendships that help protect children from bullying. Model respect Children learn from adults actions. By treating others with kindness and respect, adults show thenchildren in their lives that there is no place for bullying. Even if it seems like they are not pay ing attention, children are watching how adults manage stress and conflict, as well as how they treat their friends, colleagues, and families. Become an UpStander School We are always looking for schools to join us in our ef forts to create a community free of bullying. Parents, if you would like to see the UpStand ers Program at your childs school, share this information with Administration. Teach ers and Administration if you would like more information about bringing the UpStand ers Program to your school, please submit your interest to the UpStanders Program Coordinator, at upstanders@ holocaustedu.org or call the Holocaust Center at 407628-0555.
HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, AUGUST 3, 2018 PAGE 7B It wont be long before kids will be heading back to school and for parents to begin packing their lunches again. Organic food is expen sive and peanut butter and jelly sandwiches only work for so long. But Chef Zipora Einav (www.chefzipora.com), a chef to the celebrities and author of Recipe for a Delicious Life, says it is easy to stick to a budget on school lunches if you plan and prepare the meals at home in advance. Planning a menu and shopping with a list each week helps to manage your budget because you only buy what is needed rather than going to the store each day, she said. And if the kids are old enough, let them help you prepare their lunches. That is an excellent time to have dis cussions with your children about nutrition. Chef Zipora offers these suggestions for preparing a nutritious brown bag lunch for children throughout the school year: For a healthier snack, offer baked vegetable chips or sweet potato fries (rather than buy ing the packaged chips) Make home-baked chicken fingers or bake chicken to cre ate a sandwich on whole wheat bread. Add lettuce. Include seasonal fruit such as apples, pears and strawber ries. Does your child have a favorite vegetable like carrot sticks or celery? You can in clude a hummus dip (which is offered plain or comes in sev eral flavors). You can also add whole-wheat crackers such as Wheat Thins or Breton. Eating healthy does not need to be expensive, Chef Zipora said, and preparing the foods can be easier than most people think if they just prepare in advance and shop for healthy groceries. Four tips for packing healthy, cheap school lunches Join in the Fun at CRJs Steinmetz Family School of Chai! There will be a spirited kick off to the school year at the Steinmetz Family School of Chai at Congregation of Reform Judaism on Sunday, Aug. 19 at 9:30 a.m. CRJ welcomes all new and returning families and invites unaffiliated members of the community who are seeking a diverse Reform synagogue to come and have their children experience our school. How wonderful it is that in our dynamic Orlando community, CRJ offers an op portunity to build enduring friendships in a setting that inspires strong family and synagogue partnerships as they connect through Jewish learning. The Steinmetz Family School of Chai seeks to inspire each student with a comprehensive Jewish education in a caring, innovative, and vibrant community. In all that they do, they take great pride in their inclusive and accommodating school. Through engaging learning for students in grades Pre-K through 6th grade, they combine compelling and interactive Hebrew and Judaic studies with fun Camp Chai specials, which include art, music, cooking, sports and drama. They seek to inspire students and their families to connect to their Jewish heritage while building a sense of Jewish identity that is relevant and meaningful in todays world. Within the classrooms, through family programs, and in the community, CRJ hopes to guide its students in understanding the richness and tradition of the Jewish religion along with the ability to make informed life decisions. Back to school special for new membersenroll as a new student in the religious school and receive a complimentary CRJ membership from August 2018 through December 2019. For more information on the Steinmetz Family School of Chai, please contact Director of Education Dr. Sheryl Sacharoff at (407) 645-0444 or email at ssacha email@example.com. There are so many new changes coming this year to Orlando Torah Academy. OTA has grown into a full Jewish preschool and K8th elementary and middle school, the only school of its kind in Orlando. Known for its strong, dual-curriculum, educational program and its warm environment, OTA has established itself as the premier destination for Jew ish education. Always looking to make its program even better, Orlando Torah Academy welcomes Shari Wladis to its administrative team. Wellknown in Orlando, and with extensive experience in the field of education, Wladis will be working closely with the staff, teachers, parents and students on innova tive and forward-thinking programming including curriculum development, staff development and using advanced technology inte gration to differentiate for the needs of every student. Another addition to the team, Rabbi Gavriel Wittlin, will be joining the adminis tration as assistant princi pal. Wittlin will help bring an even greater focus on the individual needs of each childs educational, social and emotional needs both in and out of the classroom. Orlando Torah Academy is home to families from all different Jewish back grounds and affiliations. Please visit www.orlando torah.com for more infor mation. If you think OTA may be the right choice for your family contact the office today for a tour at 407-270-4936 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Exciting additions at Orlando Torah Academy Paintings From page 4A Italian museum association) and the Israeli Embassy in Italy to mark modern Israels 70th anniversary. They gave me a free hand to do whatever I wanted, Barkat tells ISRAEL21c. When they showed me the exhibition space in Rome, I decided to bring the differ ent landscapes of Israel into that room. Those landscapes project a history much longer than 70 years. I went back 3,000 years and started investigating about the tribes, finding old maps, working out exactly where each tribe lived and what they did there physically to sustain themselves, she explains. The tribes were descended from the 12 sons of biblical patriarch Jacob: Reuben, Simeon, Levi, Judah, Dan, Naphtali, Gad, Asher, Issa char, Zevulun, Joseph and Benjamin. Most of the tribes received dedicated parcels of the Holy Land. The Levites lived among the other tribes and carried out their religious duties in Jerusalem, which straddled the zones of Judah and Benjamin. When the tribes came to Jerusalem for the festivals they all came together as one, so there was a dynamic of being one and being in dependent and finding their own voice, says Barkat. And so, for example, the painting representing Asher features aquamarine resin matching the light green of Ashers breastplate gem and darker green pastel powder symbolizing the olive trees this tribe tended in the West ern Galilee. The tribe of Joseph, later divided into the tribes of Ephraim and Menashe, is represented by a crisscross of soils from across Israel, creat ing a likeness of his legendary technicolor dreamcoat and hinting at his central role among Jacobs children. Children arguing These children of Israel became the children of Bar kat as she brought them to life on two sides of the PVCone textured and the other smooth. Each painting I do is a continuation of me, says Barkat, 52, who emigrated at age 10 from South Africa with her artist parents and in recent years developed an original style of painting based on the dynamic move ment of horses and humans. Her critically acclaimed Evocative Surfaces exhibi tion permanently installed at Museo di Palazzo Grimani during the 2017 Venice Art Biennale established her place on the contemporary arts scene. I started working on PVC because it gives me such a variety of brushstrokes and possibilities for putting on and taking off as you do in drawing, she tells ISRAEL21c. At some point the paint ing says, Okay, leave me alone now. It takes over and tells me to stop. And Ive learned to listen to that voice. Its exactly like raising children. You have to release them. During the six months she researched, collected and ground together materials to create After the Tribes, she sensed the paintings arguing: His is much nicer than mine! How come his painting is more developed than mine? And then I would go back to the other painting and see what it needed to push it that step further. When I finished the last one, Gad, suddenly it was as if the fighting had stopped and they had come together as one family. They fit together, the colors were properly balanced and they just calmed down and I was finished, Barkat relates. Working in harmony On July 6, she brought the 12 artworks to blacksmith Yuval Telem in Mattat and secured them in the fourmeter frame he fashioned from her instructions. Even though the exhibit stands alone I wanted to keep that dynamic of hanging, so I came up with the idea of using cables. Each paint ing is hung by three cables running through the metal frame using an innovative technique of stretching the cable inside the frame, Barkat says. The real essence of the project is enabling each tribe to respect the other tribes as equals and thats why they have to work together in harmony. The framed spheres were taken to picturesque loca tionsthe caves of Beit Gu vrin, a vineyard and Achziv Beachto be photographed for the exhibition catalog be fore being shipped to Rome. Also included in the show will be old tribal maps, a documentary of Barkats creative process, and a glass vitrine displaying raw mate rials she collected through out Israel with the help of her husband, Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat. Curated by Giorgia Cal and supported by the Nomas Foundation and the Embassy of Israel in Italy, After the Tribes will be exhibited from October 10 to December 31, 2018 at Museo Boncompagni Ludovisi, once the site of Ju lius Caesars villa and today housing the Boncompagni Ludovisi Decorative Arts Museum of the National Gal lery of Modern Art of Rome. The show will go on the road and eventually head back to Israel for permanent display. Apart from its specific backstory, After the Tribes is intended to portray a worldwide dialogue of ac ceptance, says Barkat. You have the right to be who you want to be and I have the right to be who I want to be, enabling the enhance ment of one another. The story comes together with the artwork and makes its dimensions bigger.
PAGE 8B HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, AUGUST 3, 2018 Central Florida Hillels Student Board. By Dan Samuels Director of Development Central Florida Hillel Walking on to a college campus is one of the most overwhelming and exciting times in a young adults life. For many of these students, this is the first time they have lived on their own and have had the opportunity to choose their own path. One of the first things students look for is a place where they can make meaningful connections and find a sense of belonging. They are looking for a community to call home. For the more than 6,000 Jewish students at the University of Central Florida, Rollins College, Valencia Col lege, Seminole State College, and Beacon College, Central Florida Hillel provides them with a home away from home. Central Florida Hillel pro vides students of all back grounds and religious beliefs with an opportunity to create their own Jewish journey. Each week students are able to connect with their peers through a Wednesday night social program called Hump Day Nosh and a student-led Shabbat celebration on Friday evening. As an organization focused on student empow erment, the student board organizes programs reflective of the needs of the Jewish com munity. These programs often focus on social experiences, Jewish holidays, and connect ing to the state of Israel. This coming year Central Florida Hillel is thrilled to offer the Jewish Learning Fellowship, a cohort experience where students have the opportunity to learn through in-depth conversations with a Jewish educator as well as their peers. For students seeking a more immersive experience, Central Florida Hillel offers travel to Israel through Birthright, Masa, and Onward Israel, as well as scholarships to at tend conferences across the nation including AIPAC, the Federation Global Assembly, and the Jewish National Fund Collegiate Summit. These experiences provide students with a hands-on opportunity to explore their connection to Israel and the Jewish com munity. Todays college students will be tomorrows synagogue leaders, organization board members, and active mem bers of the Jewish community. The work that Hillel does on campus today enriches the lives of Jewish students so that they may enrich the Jewish people and the world. For more information on Central Florida Hillel, visit www.CentralFloridaHillel. org. Hillel helps students create their own Jewish journey Central Florida Hillels booth during Inclusion Week on campus. Aaron Weil, Hillel CEO (center) with members of AEPi rfntbb tnn btfrfr tt tfn rfntb