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WWW.HERITAGEFL.COM YEAR 42, NO. 50 AUGUST 17, 2018 6 ELUL, 5778 ORLANDO, FLORIDA SINGLE COPY 75 Editorials ..................................... 4A Op-Ed .......................................... 5A Calendar ...................................... 6A Scene Around ............................. 9A Synagogue Directory ................ 11A JTA News Briefs ........................ 13A Congratulations to the 2018 Bornstein Leadership graduates The Jewish Federation of Greater Orlandos Annual Meeting served as a graduation ceremony for the 10 newest members of the Jerome J. Bornstein Leadership Development Program, which is designed to help train and prepare the next generation of local Jewish leaders. Program co-chair Patricia Bornstein (far right) introduced the new alumni: (l-r) David Zissman, Toni Turocy, Mike Schneider, Emily Raij, Abby Nelson, Dana Meyer, Shannon Mel nick, and Rachel Kropp. Not pictured: graduates Jennifer Culumber and Joey Korman; and co-chair Rachel Gebaide. Leadership was the word of the day when friends and supporters of the Jewish Federation of Greater Orlando gathered Aug. 5 for the non profits 2018 Annual Meeting. New leadership for the Fed Federation celebrates 70 years, looks ahead to next 70, at Annual Meeting Loren London and Rhonda Forest. Eric Lightman and Rhonda Forest. Roz Fuchs receives Human Service Award from Sara Stern. eration Board of Directors was approved, 10 newly minted Bornstein Leadership Devel opment Program graduates were introduced, and four of the communitys outstanding Jewish leaders were honored with awards during the event on the Maitland Jewish Com munity Campus. The program was emceed by board members Jeannie Leavitt and Ming Marx. In a unanimous vote, the following individuals were elected to serve as officers of the Federation board for the 2018-2020 term: President: Brad Jacobs; Vice President: Ming Marx; Treasurer: Dani elle Krise; Secretary: Carol Feuerman At-large board member Yeosh Bendayan was elected to another term. Rhonda Forest will assume the role of immediate past president upon completion of her current role as JFGOs acting executive director. In his 2018 Presidents Report, Jacobs announced that the Federation, work ing in conjunction with The Roth Family JCC, is launch ing a community-wide de mographic study and needs assessment. This will be the first com prehensive analysis of our Jewish community in more than two decades, Jacobs said. The study is being funded exclusively by donors who are enthusiastic about vi sion planning and our future. Jacobs also reported that JFGOs Campus 2020 Debt Retirement Campaign re mains on track to eliminate the Maitland campus debt by 2020. As of August, the debt stands at $2.8 million, he said, compared with $5.8 million when the campaign began. Federation is still working on the sale of a vacant campus building to a memory-care Meeting on page 15A By Mark I. Pinsky The Torah teaches, You shall not curse a deaf person. You shall not place a stum bling block before a blind person. (Leviticus 19-15) Imagine coming to ser vices, but not being able to participate because you use a wheel chair, and the sanc tuary is not accessible? Or if your child or grandchild has some special need that keeps him or her from attending Sunday school, young peoples services, or from preparing for bnei mitzvah. In hopes of avoiding situa tions like this, the Congrega tion of Reform Judaism has launched an ambitious new inclusion initiative. It is aimed at removing all barriers to physical access to the campus, Task Force makes CRJ accessible to all as well as any impediments to participation of people with psychological, emotional and intellectual challenges. It also includes outreach to the wider disability community. The CRJ task force is made up almost entirely of people with disabilities, or immedi ate family members of those who do. This complies with the national advocacy slogan: Nothing About Us Without Us! Why a task force? Most houses of worship are not covered by the Americans with Disabilities Act. Its important for people in the community to know there is a place to enjoy services and activities and to be part of a religious family should IDF soldier at the scene of a fallen rocket in Southern Israel. By World Israel News As of early Thursday morn ing, Hamas has fired about 150 rockets at Israel from the Gaza Strip, the IDF stated. The IDF retaliated by tar geting a number of sites used by the Hamas and other ter ror organizations operating in Gaza. Since Wednesday evening, the Iron Dome has intercepted 25 rockets. The Eshkol Regional Coun cil said early Thursday morn ing that a 30-year-old woman was seriously injured when a rocket hit a greenhouse where she was working. Prof. Yochanan Pfizer, deputy di rector of Soroka Hospital in Beersheba, told Army Radio that her life is in danger. An other person was moderately injured. A senior IDF officer told Haaretz that Israel is on 150 rockets from Gaza hit Israel the verge of a major military operation in Gaza. The end of another night of escalation is not in sight, the unnamed officer said. Hamas chose to step away from the [ceasefire] arrangement and now it will pay the price for its violations over the past four months. Hamas is about to be dealt a major blow for its decision. The officer did not rule out the possibility that a number of communities in the south would be evacuated up to four kilometers from the border. The Palestinian health ministry in Gaza said that a CRJ on page 14A Rockets on page 14A


PAGE 2A HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, AUGUST 17, 2018 Kinneret I (KI), Kinneret II (KII) and Kinneret Council on Aging (KCOA) recently held its annual meeting and also inducted a new board member. The annual board meeting was held on May 9, 2018 at Kinneret Apartments, 515 South Delaney Avenue, Orlando, Florida. The annual board of direc tors meeting included the approval of the budget for the 20182019 fiscal year and board member elections. Nominated and approved to join the KI, KII and KCOA Board of Directors was Joanne Kane, a long-standing resident of the area and former assistant executive director of the Jewish Federa tion of Greater Orlando. Kane has been active throughout the community including at Ohev Shalom, Super Sunday and Jewish Family Services. Kane came to know Kinneret through her posi tion at the Federation and after an 8-year hiatus from engagement, was looking to get involved where she could be part of a legacy that continues to bring services and programs to seniors in Central Florida. I wanted to make an impact on the overall community, get my hands dirty and make a difference, Kane stated. Her interest was peaked when she understood the hands-on dynamics of the KI, KII and KCOA boards and its reach into the community, beyond just the Jewish community. We are excited to have Joanne join the KI, KII and KCOA boards, stated Rhonda Pearlman, KI/KII president. She is a pillar in our commu nity and brings her knowledge and forward thinking to our boards, said Carol Feuerman, KCOA president. Kane is married to Stephen Kane and has two daughters, Erika and Aly. She is also an avid cyclist, having enjoyed many rigorous bike trips around the globe. Kinneret Apartments, lo cated in downtown Orlando, provides subsidized housing to 280 independent seniors. For information on the facil ity or to find out how you can donate to KCOA, please go to or contact Sharon F. Weil at 407-425-4537. KCOA Board members (l-r), Scott Zimmerman, Neal Blaher, Joanne Kane, Carol Feuer man, Ali Polejes, Dick Appelbaum, Lynn Fenster, Sharon Weil, Rhonda Pearlman, Larry Gutter, Mark Silverberg and Don Levin. Kinneret Council on Aging adds to its board of directors Attending Michele Velezs graduation from Winter Springs High School, where she trans ferred to from Lyman High School are (l-r)), Amalia Velez, Michele Velez and Vicky Countess. awarded a computer, as well as an opportunity to attend a three-day workshop each year. Of course, Countess was there when Velez received the award in Tallahassee. She added, Michele was grinning from ear to ear when she had an opportunity to meet the governor. The opportuni ties available to these kids from Take Stock in Children are amazing. Through the Leaders for Life scholarship, the TSIC scholarship, Bright Futures program, and other funds, Velez will leave college with no outstanding debt. Countess proudest mo ments were being with Velez when she learned of her college acceptances during her senior year. After four years together, the pair and Velezs mom, Amalia, had grown close, and developed a familial-like bond. With a 3.96 GPA and host of high school activities, Velez was accepted to each college to which she applied. As Velez learned of each acceptance, screams and hugs rang through the corridors as mentor and stu dent celebrated four years of commitment to one another, as well as the teamwork that helped create a college bound success story. Ultimately, Velez chose to attend FIU in South Florida because of their strong nursing program and international flavor. Over the years the word mentor has gained a new meaning for me, said Velez. After knowing Vicky, I con nect it to friendship, laughter, success, and guidance. Vicky reflects all the values of Take Stock in Children and I have never been gladder in my life Taking stock in childrens lives Vicky Countess (l) celebrates Michele Velezs induction into the National Honor Society. to be assigned to a program with her as my mentor. This fall the mentor-student relation between the Countess and Velez families will carry on, this time through the next generation. Vickys eldest son, Julian, lives nearby FIUs campus, and along with his girlfriend, Ada, who is a nurse anesthetist, has promised to lend a guiding hand to Velez. Take Stock in Children is looking for mentors for the Class of 2022. Mentor recruit ing is well under way for 25 incoming scholars. If you know someone who would make a great TSIC mentor, Beth Arrigo would love the opportunity to tell them about Take Stock. Referrals for the next great mentor can be sent to Beth Arrigo at arigobz@ Take Stock in Children of Florida was established in 1995 as a nonprofit organiza tion in Florida that provides a unique opportunity for deserving low-income youth/ students, many from minority families, to escape the cycle of poverty through education. TSIC offers students college scholarships, caring volunteer mentors and hope for a better life. Comprehensive services start in middle school, con tinue through high school and include the transition into college. For more information visit http://www.takestockin Pamela Ruben is man aging director of Ruben Writes, a specialist on aging in the media, a grant writer, teacher, college essay special ist, and author. Contact Pam at PamelaWritingTeacher@ By Pamela Ruben When Longwoods Vicky Countess sent her third and youngest son off to college in 2013, the full-time mom and part-time educator/of fice manager felt she had more to give. Fortunately, her husband, Ken, was an avid volunteer with Take Stock in Children, a nonprofit Florida organization that provides deserving low-income stu dents with opportunities for success. Countess learned the program, which offers students college scholarships and volunteer mentors, was recruiting volunteers to men tor freshmen students for just one hour per week. Countess realized that her background as a commit ted parent and community volunteer made her a perfect candidate for mentorship. She knew the layout of Lyman High School, her youngest sons alma mater, as well as a good number of the teaching as well as guidance staff. As an involved mother, Countess was familiar with the college preparatory process, includ ing when to sign up for the PSATs, as well as when to start preparing college registration forms. Ensuring she had the abil ity to commit the time was Countess only hesitancy in joining the program. Then she took stock in the three sons she and Ken raised to gether. There never had been a doubt that university life was in their future. Without further hesitation, Count ess picked up the phone and got in touch with a TSIC supervisor who helped match her with a student from Lyman High. The mentorstudent couple was paired based on similar interests, geographical convenience and familiarity. Countess attended an orientation pro gram that gave her additional readiness for addressing the general needs of her student: improving grades, preparing for college, career planning, and developing life skills. Not long after her train ing, Countess was paired with Michele Velez, who was being raised by a single mom, and would be the first generation in her family to attend college. Countess recalled the first meeting as being somewhat awkward. Though Velez was respect ful, she was extremely shy and hesitant to open up. It was almost a full school year before a natural rapport was built, commented Countess. I realized that relationship building was a process, and that good relationships take work. I just kept showing up, and eventually the walls came down. Four years later, Michele and I regularly text, phone and even video confer ence to keep in touch. Velez agreed that though some moments were slow go ing, each time the pair met, a connection was formed. In a heartwarming letter to Countess, Velez penned, I re member, since the first day we met, you welcomed me with open arms and I always felt comfortable sharing how my day had gone and never hesi tated in asking you for help with something. You helped ease my transition into high school, making sure I was on track since the very first day. Countess describes her role as guiding hand, with a dose of Jewish mom sprinkled in. While Velez had a loving mother, Amalia Velez, men torship made room for an additional listening ear, as well as personalized guidance counseling. With English spoken as a second language at home, Countess helped make sure that necessary in formation didnt slip through the cracks. In the first few years of our relationship, we would regularly review her grades online, Countess com mented. I helped monitor her progress and attendance, and together we made sure Michele was gaining the cri teria necessary for the (TSIC) program requirements as well as for college acceptance. Understanding that Velez would need volunteer hours to qualify for the Floridas Bright Futures Scholarship, Countess encouraged her to spend her community service hours in a place where she might have career interest. Florida Hospital Altamonte accepted Velezs application to volunteer, and after donating her time over several years, the high schooler decided she would like to become a registered nurse. Countess continued to en courage Velez by introducing her to additional opportuni ties offered by TSIC. With stellar grades, membership in the National Honor Society, and a strong volunteer back ground, Countess encouraged her to apply for a scholarship through Leaders for Life, a fel lowship program that enables highly motivated TSIC schol ars to excel in a university en vironment with scholarships and other awards. After a very selective pro cess which included the mak ing of a personalized video and submitting an original essay, I was so proud when Michele was chosen for this prestigious award, Countess shared. Sponsored by the Asofsky Family Foundation in partnership with Take Stock in Children, the Leaders for Life program will help Michele leave college unburdened by debt. The young winner was also rfnrtb when becomesI DO I' M D ONE.


HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, AUGUST 17, 2018 PAGE 3A Abed Rahim Khatib/Flash90 Members of the Ezzedeen Al-Qassam Brigades attend the funeral of six Ezzedeen AlQassam Brigades fighters at a cemetery in Deir Al Balah refugee camp in the central Gaza Strip, May 6, 2018. By Yaakov Lappin (JNS)The security esca lation in southern Israel and the Gaza Strip over the last 24 hours shows that Hamas is prepared to take the region to the brink of war, and that it believes it can force new rules of conduct on Israel while paying a minimal price for its aggression. Its actions have placed the region in danger of a major new conflict. Hamass leadership is dan gling the option of a long-term truce before Israel with one hand and firing barrages of rockets at southern Israel with the other, terrorizing hun dreds of thousands of Israelis and risking the security of the Gazan civilians it rules over. Why is Hamas doing this? Essentially, its because its leadership wants to signal to Israel, Egypt and the Palestin ian Authority that it is willing to go all the way in its quest to end Gazas isolation, and that if it cannot get enough money into Gaza to save its regime and military wing, it is willing to drag the area into a new war, whatever the consequences. The latest round of fighting began when a Hamas live-fire demonstration of snipers in Gaza was seen, apparently by mistake, as an attack by the Israel Defense Forces, drawing Israeli tank fire that killed two Hamas gunmen. Hamas swore to revenge their deaths and began rocketing the Is raeli south. But the tank-fire incident is more of a second ary catalyst, which acted as a spark in a powder keg. Hamas is gambling on the assumption that Israel, preoc cupied with greater threats to the north in the form of Hezbollah and Iranian forces in Lebanon and Syria, will make due with responding with limited airstrikes and seize on the opportunity to de-escalate in Gaza. Hamas is also using this latest escalation to broadcast a dangerous message to the rest of the region: that it is able to control the rules of the game, and that it can exchange blows with Israel the strongest regional power aroundflood the Israeli south with rockets and walk away to tell the tale. This, Hamas likely believes, will strengthen its narrative and credibility on the Pales tinian street. Hamas is also using these events to push other actors into answering its demands to end Gazas isola tion and get money pouring into Gaza again, thereby pre venting an economic collapse. But Hamass brinkmanship can fail for many reasons and blow up in its face. It might push too far, and compel Israel to seize the initiative and launch a major military operation that will end when Jerusalem, not Hamas, de cides. Whether or not this happens will be up to the Israeli cabinet and its various, complex calculations over such a maneuver. In addition, Hamas may fail to secure funds for Gaza because it is unable to reach an agreement with its internal en emy, the Palestinian Authority, which in many ways holds the keys to Gazas economy. As long as the P.A. views Gaza as a renegade rebel Islamist province, which is under an illegitimate govern ment that rose to power in a coup in 2007, it will block efforts by the international community or regional actors to invest in Gazas economy. The P.A. can get in the way of Egyptian efforts to reach a long-term arrangement to stabilize the situation. The P.A. is demanding that Hamas disband its mili tary wing firstsomething Hamas will never accept, meaning that the situation is stuck in a stalemate. Hamass military wing in Gaza, which has evolved into a terrorist army specializing in urban warfare and rocket attacks, is its top priority. Hamas would rather go to war than contemplate the option of disarming. This is one of the signals it appears to be send ing through recent incidents. It wants to continue investing Hamas is taking the region to the brink of war (JNS)A new poll of Pal estinians shows that more than 60 percent agree that the Palestinian Authority should not engage in nego tiations with Israel mediated by the United States, accord ing to results published on Monday. Overseen by the Jerusa lem Media and Communica tion Center, the poll, which was conducted among 1,200 Arabs from Judea, Samaria and Gaza from June 26 to July 7, revealed that 45.6 percent of Palestinians op pose renewing negotiations with Israel. If presidential elections were held on the day of the survey, more than a third said they would vote for current P.A. leader Mahmoud Abbas, while almost one out of every five people said they would vote for Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh. If Abbas were not on the bal lot, almost 12 said they would vote for Marwan Bargouti, a Fatah terror operative serving five life sentences in Israel for five murders of Israelis. Almost 12 percent said they would vote for Haniyeh. A significant number of Palestinians said they felt that the Oslo Accords, heralded as a peace solution by U.S. Presi dent Bill Clinton and signed by Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin and Palestin ian Liberation Organization head Yasser Arafat, had done more harm than good. While 48.3 percent opposed the deal in March 2013, more than 61 percent disapproved of Oslo in the latest poll, with just 24 percent in favor. Palestinian disinterest in negotiations with Israel (JTA)Following Swed ish pro-Palestinian activists failed attempt to reach Gaza by sea, a Christian supporter of Israel from Sweden an nounced he would take dozens of pro-Zionists to Israel on his yacht. Stefan Abrahamsson an nounced Thursday on Face book that his yacht, Elida, will set sail from Sweden on Aug. 25 to Israel to show solidarity with the Jew ish state and Middle East Christians. We want to break the si lence of the severe persecution and cleansing of the Christian population that is taking place in this region, he wrote. As the only democracy in the Middle East amid dictator ships, Israel welcomes us on this show of solidarity with human rights, freedom of ex pression, freedom of religion and fundamental democratic values. In turn, we are taking a stand for the values that Israel stands for. On Aug. 24, Abrahamsson wrote, he will organize a send off party at the Gothenburg marina from which his yacht, carrying about 40 activists, will set sail for Herzliya, Israel. Elida is expected to reach Is rael in October and dock there for several weeks. The sendoff will feature a discussion on precisely these important issues, he wrote. Lars Adaktusson, a law maker from Sweden in the European Parliament, is scheduled to speak at the event. Seven Swedish activists detained by the Israeli Navy while attempting to breach its blockade of Gaza have been deported to Sweden, the orga nizers of the Ship to Gaza ac tivist flotilla said Wednesday. Israel imposed the blockade following the rise to power in Gaza of Hamas, which is internationally recognized as a terrorist organization and whose charter speaks about killing Jews and destroying Israel. Palestinian terrorists have launched more than 150 rockets at Israel from Gaza in recent days. Among the activists aboard the Gaza-bound ship was actress Oldoz Javidi, whose remarks about Israeli Jews during the sail to Swedish media caused an uproar. She said her fantasy was to see Israeli Jews transferred to the United States and the land being given to Palestinians, whom she said owned it. Amid accusations of antiSemitism, Javidi, who is a candidate for the Feminist Perspective radical party, retracted the statement, explaining it could be misin terpreted or misunderstood. huge sums in the military wing, and have others foot the bill for Gazas civilian needs. Hamas is trying to black mail Israel and others into accepting this setup. Israel, for its part, will soon have to make critical decisions. Its leaders will either need to decide that the status quo has become intoler able, and that a strategy is neededbased on a com bination of military force and diplomacyto restore calm and restore Israeli deterrence, which has been badly eroded. Alternatively, it may decide to go for a long-term truce. Hamass aggression is a signal that the middle-ground option of a limited truce that is violated with increasing frequency and severity is becoming untenable. Swedish Christian Zionists to sail to Israel on solidarity mission Tura winery grape harvest. (JNS)An incendiary kite landed in an Israeli vineyard in Samaria on Monday, starting an arson fire. The kite landed in the Tura Winery near Mount Gerizim in Samaria, close to the Tomb of Joseph, the biblical son of Jacob whose bones were buried in Israel following the Jewish exodus from Egypt. Though a fire was started, it was quickly extinguished and harm to the vineyard was prevented. According to Hadashot news, Palestinians in Judea and Samaria have begun utilizing the terrorist ploy in vented by their counterparts in Gaza. In the last four months, hundreds of terrorist arson fires have been started by Gazans inside Israel through the use of flaming kites and balloons. More than 7,400 acres of agricultural and na ture preserve lands have been burned, causing millions of shekels in damage. Just this week, 200 beehives belonging to Israeli farmers were destroyed and the bees killed, causing the loss of all their honey just weeks before the Rosh Hashanah holiday, in which honey is featured prominently. Palestinian arson kite starts fire in Samaria winery Last month, a fire balloon was found in the Gilo neigh borhood of Jerusalem, next to the Palestinian Authoritycontrolled Beit Jala and Beth lehem. NATHALIE TOLEDANO Owned And Operated By NRT LLC (407) 488-2763 CELL (407) 647-1211 EXT 3685 BUSINESS (407) 628-1210 FAX REALTOR RESIDENTIAL REAL ESTATE 400 Park Avenue South, Suite 210 Winter Park, FL 32789 Construction, Remodels, Additions, Handyman does most anything Available in Central Florida Area References Available 407-221-5482


PAGE 4A HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, AUGUST 17, 2018 THE VIEWS EXPRESSED ON THIS PAGE ARE NOT NECESSARILY THE VIEWS OF HERITAGE MANAGEMENT. CENTRAL FLORIDAS INDEPENDENT JEWISH VOICE ISSN 0199-0721 Winner of 46 Press Awards HERITAGE Florida Jewish News (ISN 0199-0721) is published weekly for $37.95 per year to Florida ad dresses ($46.95 for the rest of the U.S.) by HERITAGE Central Florida Jewish News, Inc., 207 OBrien Road, Suite 101, Fern Park, FL 32730. Periodicals postage paid at Fern Park and additional mailing offices. POSTMASTER: Send address changes and other correspondence to: HERITAGE, P.O. Box 300742, Fern Park, FL 32730. PHONE NUMBER (407) 834-8787 FAX (407) 831-0507 MAILING ADDRESS P.O. Box 300742 Fern Park, FL 32730 email: 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 Love is not the antidote to hate By Mel Pearlman When did the idea take hold in public policy conversations that every American was at first morally bound, and now legally required to love every other American? Love is not a legal term and as best I can tell, not being a religious scholar, religious texts only seem to deal with the concept of love as an emotional factor between and among individuals who are familiar with one another, such as spouses, children, relatives, neighbors and friends. Love of the divine is beyond the scope of this column. Psychology concepts broaden the use of the love emotion to mean extreme like, such as love of tangible art, sports, music, theater, etc. The overriding concept associated with love is that every love relationship is completely voluntary. I am not aware of any mandatereligious, ethical or legalthat demands or requires group love. In fact, the first European settlers to America came here seeking freedom, and to practice their own cultural and religious heritage unimpeded by hateful forces on the continent. Each colony was different in heritage, culture, religion and motivation for coming to the New World. The founders recognized and respected this pluralism as an indispensable factor to bring the colonies together in their quest for independence from England. In my repeated readings and study of the Constitution, I found no reference to an ob ligation of citizenship for every American to love every other American or any other person who is within the jurisdiction of the United States of America. No article or provision in the Constitution requires good taste, common sense or civility in the public discourse, but a thorough search through its hallowed words reveals nothing in the document that would prohibit such behavior either. What the Constitution implicitly does re quire is respect for one another and the rule of law. Liberty cannot exist without respect for one another and for our fellow citizens freedom. Liberty can only thrive if every American puts his fellow Americans freedom ahead of his or her own freedom. Even the Torah recognizes the relationship between liberty and respect: Proclaim liberty throughout all the land unto all the inhabitants thereof. Leviticus 25:10. These very words are engraved on the Liberty Bell. Liberty does not float in the air, but is only manifested by the respect of each inhabitant throughout the land for the rights of each other inhabitant throughout the land. To quote a Tina Turner song lyric, Whats love got to do with it? It has been said that the opposite of love is hate and that the cure for hate is love. That may be true in individual relationships, but since love is irrelevant in the hateful public debate that is infesting our land, thrusting the obligation to love our fellow citizens into the debate as the cure for our cur rent political ills is ineffective. In fact, it is counter-productive because the reaction to compelling involuntary love is to encourage more hatred. In the context of our current societal struggle the only antidote for the hatred and division permeating our country is respect for one another as human beings. Respect for one another honors our freedom, protects our liberty and recognizes our Constitution which brought 13 disparate states into union, and which for more than 242 years has been the envy of the world. In you wish to comment or respond to any of the contents herein you can reach me at 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 Stephen M. Flatow (JNS)In recent weeks, a handful of Ameri can Jews have loudly complained about being questioned by the Israeli police over their contacts with Palestinians. They would have us believe that the Israeli authorities are a bunch of iron-fisted totalitarians who are trying to suppress dissent. I dont buy it. The latest complainers are Simone Zim merman and Abby Kirschbaum, who spent last weekend in the Sinai (that is, Egypt) and were questioned upon their return. Zimmerman is one of the founders of the Israel-bashing organization IfNotNow. Her hostility to Israel is so extreme that she was too much even for Vermont Sen. Bernie Sand ers, himself a harsh critic of the Jewish state. She was fired from the Sanderss presidential campaign after using obscenities to describe the prime minister of Israel. Kirschbaum works for what she calls a dual-narrative travel company dedicating to exposing the many faces and places of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. In other words, regular travel companies are not sufficiently sympathetic to the Palestinians, so Kirsch baums group steps in to provide the other narrative. Its not hard to understand why the Israeli police might want to ask them a few questions. Whats so awful about that? A more high-profile case was that of philan thropist Meyer Koplow, who complained that he was aggressively questioned by the police as he was leaving Israel recently. One had to read deep into the news-media coverage of the incident to discover that he was questioned for all of 10 minutes. The police wanted to know why Koplow had taken a tour of Palestinian areas in Judea-Samaria, and why he had a Palestinian pamphlet in his suitcase. What exactly is wrong with the police want ing to know more about that? Are they supposed to have a special list of prominent donors to Yes, Israeli police should ask questions Brandeis University, like Mr. Koplow, who have the privilege of being in the no-questioning category, no matter what is found in their lug gage? Even as the parent of a victim of terror that took place on Israeli soil, I get handled just like everyone else when I fly. And what exactly was the aggressive ques tioning that so troubled Mr. Koplow? In his own words: The best way I can describe it is a badgering form of questioning where before you finish giving one answer, youre being asked the same question again as if what you said is not credible. She asked what purpose could possibly be served by people visiting the territories. She asked that several times. Well, thats a shocker! The behavior of some Israelis, including security screeners at the air port, occasionally is ruder than that which we Americans are accustomed to. Meyer Koplow has visited Israel many times. Hasnt he ever interacted with any real live Israelis? He continued: Why would you do that other than to send a message that the government doesnt welcome your engaging in any kind of inquiry...? The answer to Meyer Koplows question is not hard to find. Just look at the news of the past week. It reveals that the government is not trying to suppress any kind of inquiry, but rather is grappling with the daily reality of Palestinian Arabs trying to stone, burn and shoot Jews to death. In Jerusalem, Arabs threw rocks and fire crackers at Israeli policemen on the Temple Mount. (The Mufti of Jerusalem, Sheikh Mo hammad Hussein, told the official Palestinian WAFA news agency they staged a peaceful march. I guess we have different definitions of peaceful.) In Gaza, more than 7,000 Palestinians threw rocks, burning tires, pipe bombs and other explosives at Israeli soldiers near the border fence. Another mostly peaceful gathering. Near the Jewish town of Oranit, two Pales tinian teenagers were caught with machine guns on their way to carry out a massacre. A cluster of flaming balloons landed on a street in eastern Beersheva. Near Mount Gezirim, a flaming kite set the fields of the Tura Winery on fire. News reports about these attacks mentioned that a flaming balloon also recently reached the Jerusalem neighborhood of Gilo. But you didnt read about that in The New York Times or hear it on CNN. Near the town of Rimonim, three Jewish shepherds were injured by Arab rock-throwers. And at Dehaishe, near Bethlehem, an Israeli border policewoman was struck by a Molotov cocktail. It was only a miracle that she was not completely consumed by the flames. All of this took place in just the past week. So thank goodness for the Israeli police of ficers and security officials who spend a few minutes questioning people when there is even the slightest reason for concern. The extremely minor inconvenience involved helps save the lives of Jews every day, including Jews like Meyer Koplow, Abby Kirschbaum and Simone Zimmerman. Be cause rocks and machine guns and flaming kites dont distinguish between Orthodox and Reform, or between hawks and doves. They are aimed at us all. Stephen M. Flatow is a vice president of the Religious Zionists of America, an attorney in New Jersey and the father of Alisa Flatow, who was murdered in an Iranian-sponsored Palestinian terrorist attack in 1995. His book, A Fathers Story: My Fight for Justice Against Iranian Terror, will be published later this year. By Yisrael Medad (JNS)Increasingly, I perceive Diaspora Jewish communities inexorably moving into a self-destruct mode on several fronts. David Rothkopf, a senior fellow at the Johns Hopkins University School of Ad vanced International Studies, has published this government of Israel and what it stands for must be opposed in every way possible, including, given the absence of other effec tive options, boycotts... [as] its acts have not only undermined its legitimacy... ...[it is a] country part of one of the most dangerous movements afoot on the planet today. In the past, there were Jews who rejected any national Jewish identity, preferring to be but a religious community, albeit quite non-Orthodox. Their anti-Zionism had nothing to do with what Jews were doing in Eretz Yisrael; rather, they saw them there as just another Diaspora community, even worthy of philanthropic help, though they could make no demands on the rest of world Jewry. There were ultra-Orthodox whose theology rejected any human-created nationalism. Today, there are Jews who have shed their Judaism for political and ideological substitutions for both religion (theirs is liberalism) and any form of nationalism, preferring a globalization orientation. Israel, asserting rights to a territory and more than willing to use its military power to actively defend itself and Jewish lives, is confronting another presumptive nationalidentity narrative, what I term Palestinian ism, a false narrative that unnerves them in the cultural and social circles they move in. Faced with this over the past decade, the Jewish establishment has collapsed, permit ting more and more corrosive machinations to control campus life, communal activities and the institutions that run them. This was published in 2008, and while specific to Toronto, my reading over the past decade indicates that a similar malaise has spread all across the American college campus system. It includes the canceling of Deputy Foreign Minister Tzipi Hotovelys appearance, which was a nadir: Hillel at the University of Toronto has a key influence on Jewish campus life. The lo cal Jewish Federation, United Jewish Appeal, which is the principal financial benefactor of Hillel, permits a non-confrontational non-approach to the annual event [Israel Apartheid Week]. Hillel does not actively Jews in self-destruct mode respond to accusations against Israel, or to the protests on campus. Instead, the campus group creates feel-good programming about Israel which, while obviously important, does not directly address the dissemina tion of misinformation on campus which directly target Israel. And when a group takes up the cudgels to push back, we have The Forward expos ing the Canary Mission and other antiBDS efforts in a negative, put-down tone. It was reported that Barnard College was due to host members of the Ramallahbased Addameer group with apparent ties with the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, a designated terrorist orga nization. How do supposedly smart and intelligent people permit the poisoning of student mindsall students and not just Jewish ones? However, it is not just on the IsraelZionism front that I perceive a self-destruct mode. Here is Deborah Dash Moore, a professor of American Jewish history at the University of Michigan, commenting on what should now be the emphasis on sociological polling now that Stephen Cohen is out: Stop assuming that there are gradations of being Jewish that make one better than the other, that intermarriage is a bad thing or that intermarriage is a good thing. Judaism is simply being de-Judaized. Dropping links with Zionism and Israel while at the same time adopting forms of Judaism that insist on contemporary forms of behavior not necessarily linked to tradition and moral values created from post-modern philosophiesare but acts of assimilation. Add to that a distinct unwillingness to en tertain educational, and yes, hasbara-based programs dealing with Israels post-1967 reality, basically accepting that Israel and Jews are engaged in wrongful behavior in Judea and Samaria; after all, Birthright does not travel to the Jewish communities or discuss Jewish national rights to its historical homeland, and Hillel rarely hosts such a speaker. In this light, the funders, lay leaders, rabbis and educators are digging their own graves and those of the younger generation for which they are responsible. This self-destruct vortex is feeding it self, and the Jewish establishment seems incapable of pulling itself and the com munity out. Worse, they have found whom to blame: Israel. Yisrael Medad is an American-born Israeli journalist and author.


HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, AUGUST 17, 2018 PAGE 5A By Sherwin Pomerantz I think I have read almost every commentary on the Nation-State Law that the Knesset passed last week by a slim margin (62 in favor, 55 against). Most of the com mentary has been by people with more experience than I have in analyzing such laws and perhaps even more intel ligence. And the arguments on both sides, for and against, all make sense given the differing perspectives of the writers. But without going into the merits of the law, or the lack thereof, once again the passage of the Nation-State Law demon strates the governments inabil ity to look down the road and consider what the fallout could be from the passage of such a bill, and how best to minimize that fallout. Its almost as if the government doesnt care about the reaction. For example, anyone with half a brain could have predict ed that downgrading Arabic from an official language of the state to one with special status was going to cause a great deal of angst among the 21 percent of Israels citizens who are Arab. And it should. Yes, this is Israel, the na tional language is Hebrew and the government has a right to determine the national language. That would have been a cogent argument in 1948 when Israel declared its independence. But hav ing had Arabic as an official language for 71 years to now say it has special status is a downgrade, and has taken something away from the Arab population of the country. There is no other way to see this and the Arab population has a right to be upset about it. Similarly, a thinking per son who cares about the future of this country and all its citizens could have predicted that omitting a phrase guaranteeing equal ity for all its citizens would generate disappointment and frustration among those nonJewish citizens of Israel who also pay taxes, serve in the military (some of them), and are generally quite content living in a Jewish state. So it is then entirely un derstandable that the Druze community feels somewhat disenfranchised by the new legislation, and rightfully so. After all, as has been pointed out so many times in the past week, their cemeteries full of their sons, fathers and husbands who have fought for Israel for the last 71 years should have guaranteed them the right to serious consid eration. The prime ministers at tempt to mollify that portion of the population with a spe cial set of benefits, thereby creating three classes of citizenship in Israel (i.e. Jews, Druze and Arabs) is a red flag for those concerned about the demise of democracy here. While it well may be true that there are no substantive issues that have been changed by this law because other basic laws provide alterna tive coverage, the fact is that when perception and reality are in conflict, the perception becomes the reality, which is what happened here. So could this brouhaha have been avoided and could the vote have been more heavily in favor of the law? No doubt by addressing both issues, more members of the Knesset would have voted for Reflections on the Nation-State Law... Once again bad planning it. It is also quite amazing that after deliberating on the text for six years the result was not something palatable to more members of the Knesset. While no one would expect that the Arab members of the Knesset would ever vote for a Nation-State Bill no matter its text, a vote in the Knesset on such a bill should certainly not have been one that divides the Jewish members into Zionist and non-Zionist factions. But, planning in general is not our strong point and the events of the past week bear testimony to the truth of that statement. At the end of the day the issue is not whether the law is a good one or not, but rather why the govern ment could not have figured out how to handle it better. Unless, of course, it was all concocted by the leadership to create an us and them mentality in the run-up to the next election. Should that be the case, we are all worse off as a result, whether we agree or disagree with the law itself. Sherwin Pomerantz is a 34year resident of Jerusalem, President of Atid EDI Ltd., a Jerusalem-based business de velopment consultancy and former National President of the Association of Americans & Canadians in Israel. By Andrew Silow-Carroll (JTA)This is Leonard Bernsteins centennial sum mer, and the Tanglewood Music Center in the Berk shires is staging a series of outdoor performances to celebrate its favorite son. Im not saying that everyone who goes to Tanglewood is Jewish, although I always think a typi cal evening there is what the High Holidays would look like if the Israelites had enjoyed picnics and white wine. Last month I had lawn tickets when the Boston Sym phony performed Bernsteins score of West Side Story live while the film was shown on large screens. The effect was sort of magical and almost distracted me from my usual activity, which is basically contemplating the fate of the Jewish people. I say almost because theres an unmistak able gap between the message of the musical about forbidden love and the normativeor should I say, once norma tiveJewish preference for Jews marrying other Jews. Ive joked before that Ameri can Jews are the only group that roots against Romeo and Juliet getting together. This was just a few days after The New York Jewish Week reported on sexual miscon duct allegations against the influential Jewish sociologist Steven M. Cohen. Cohens persistent question has been how many Jews are doing Jew ish. He studied the impact of interfaith marriage on Jewish continuity and vitality, and became associated with a camp of social scientists who believe that intermarriage, late marriage and lifelong singlehood hold disturbing consequences for Jewish community. A generation of Jewish communal profes sionals was galvanized by studies showing the ways that Jewish connections and behavior diminish among the children and grandchildren of intermarriage. Cohen has already stepped down from some of his key roles and been removed from some others. Longtime critics of his research and advocacy are already stepping into the breach: The Forward pub lished two op-eds decrying Cohens emphasis on fertility and statistics; three female scholars accused him and the Jewish communal establish ment of making patriarchal, misogynistic, and anachro nist assumptions about what is good for the Jews. Cohen and his colleagues in Jewish sociology have made mistakes. As Jane Eisner at the Forward pointed out, Cohen had license, perhaps unusual for a social scientist, to be an advocate for specific policies. In championing traditional modes of Jewish engage mentsynagogue atten dance, attachment to Israel, a sense of peoplehoodhe and his colleagues could appear dismissive of new ways that Jews were experiencing their Jewishness. Sometimes they shifted blame, intentionally or not, onto women and the choices they make about career, marriage and child bearing. Thats the feminist critique of the communal obsession with continuity. More fa miliar is the cultural critique, which you are less likely to find in academic journals than in the Wedding section of The New York Times. Jewish kids marry kids of other faiths The non-misogynist, non-hypocritical case for Jewish continuitywith music By Judith Bergman (JNS)A recording that aired on Israeli TV channel Arutz 20 this past week re vealed the tactics employed by the New Israel Fund when it disapproves of legislation proposed in the Knesset, such as the recently passed nationstate law. In the recordinga con versation between NIFs Is rael director Mickey Gitzin and NIFs U.S. CEO Daniel SokatchGitzin described how the NIF and its benefi ciaries organize opposition in the Knesset (tackling the system, as Gitzin called it), demonstrations on the Israeli street, and the recruitment of academics, celebrities and other high-profile individu als to speak out against the unwanted legislation. Gitzin also mentioned the NIFs will ingness to petition the Israeli Supreme Court should other tactics fail. Since its establishment in 1979, the New Israel Fund an American nonprofit or ganization with offices in the United States, Canada, Europe, Australia and Is raelhas sought to shape Israeli society in a progres sive image of what it claims to be equality, tolerance and social justice. To this end, the NIF has for decades been patiently working on chang ing the face of Israeli civil society. Thirty years ago, Is raels NGO sector consisted of small groups that were mostly partisan and allied with po litical parties, and charitable organizations dominated by traditional cultural, educa tional and religious institu tions. Today there are more than 27,000 citizen-action groups, hundreds of which are helped each year by the New Israel Fund, writes the NIF on its homepage. Also there, Widely credited with build ing Israeli progressive civil society, we have provided over $300 million to more than 900 organizations since our inception in 1979. As its name suggests, what NIF wants is a new Israela progressive Israel marked by social justice. But to understand what that really means, its helpful to look at some of the organizations that it funds. These include 29 advocacy NGOs that are active in political campaigns against Israel, such as the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement; BTselem (whose director has repeatedly appealed for international ac tion against Israel, comparing Israeli policies to crimes against God and man); Break ing the Silence (which collects anonymous and unsubstanti ated allegations against the Israel Defense Forces from low-level soldiers in order to promote war crime charges against Israel); Coalition of Women for Peace (a major player in international BDS campaigns against Israel, especially through its Who Profits project, a database that identifies targets for anti-Israel divestment and boycotts); and Adalah, which seeks to defame Israel by falsely claiming that the country passes anti-Arab laws, and whose director played an active role in the NGO Forum of the U.N. World Conference Against Racism, Racial Dis crimination, Xenophobia and Related Intolerance held in Durban in 2001, which quickly devolved into a veritable hate fest against Israel. NIFs grantees also include Mossawa and Baladna, both of which refer to the founding of the State of Israel as a nakba (the Arabic word for catas trophe) and promote the Palestinian right of return, which would mean the end of Israel as a Jewish state. It is therefore of little surprise that the NIF and organizations it funds in Is rael have contributed to the recent hysteria against the nation-state law. Daniel Sokatch, NIFs California-based CEO, has called the law tribalism at its worst and a danger to Israels future. He has also said that the law asserts Jewish supremacy, while he simultaneously admits that the law wont change much about day-to-day life in Israel. Sokatch has vowed that no matter what extremist politi cians do, the New Israel Fund and our grantees will stand up for the democratic, equitable and shared society all Israelis deserve. There is nothing demo cratic or equitable about funding organizations that want Israel boycotted, sanc tioned and divested from, its Jewish character erased, and its soldiers dragged in front of international courts. Affirming the Jewish character of Israel is not a danger to Israels future. On the contrary, such a provision is meant to protect the state from the constant attacks upon it by organi zations such as NIF. The affirmation, however, does constitute a danger to NIFs and its grantees disturbing agendas for Israel. No one in Israel elected the NIF and its radical grantees to patronize and lecture Israeli citizens and their democrati cally elected government on the democratic merits of their society. It is supremely ironic that NIFa foreign, unelected body with no democratic mandate whatsoeverwhile intensively meddling in the democratic, political pro cesses of a sovereign country (Israel) claims to be the guard ian of democracy when its activities can only be de scribed as the very antithesis of what democracy means. Judith Bergman is an Israeli writer and political analyst based in Jerusalem. She is a fellow with the news and public-policy group Haym Salomon Center. New Israel Funds undemocratic meddling in Israels democratic process because Americans marry Americans. The idea that you should stick to your own kind, as Anita spits at Maria, goes against a liberal grain that embraces multicultural ism, diversity and tolerance. Tribalism is the enemy. That was Michael Chabons point in a speech he gave this year at Hebrew Union College in Los Angeles. The novelist called Jewish-Jewish marriage a ghetto of two, which he further likened to a gated community, a restricted country club and the heav ily guarded Jewish enclave of Hebron. I am for mongrels and Continuity on page 15A


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HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, AUGUST 17, 2018 PAGE 7A Sam Sokol Hasidim walk past a modesty sign in Beit Shemesh. Hayarden, the neighborhoods main thoroughfare, chased by what appears to be dozens of men in black hats and black coats who could be heard screaming about her allegedly immodest attire. Less than a week later, shortly after the end of the Tisha bAv fast, a second in cident led to clashes between residents and several dozen teenagers who had gathered in the neighborhood. The police were called and several teens were arrested. I saw the girls come to the square and the extrem ists were here and suddenly I heard yelling and saw the haredim chasing the girls, recalled Rudi, a 17-year-old dropout who hangs out on the corner of Rival Street. The cops didnt do anything. They call the cops every time we sit. Others had a different perspective on that evening. It was like a pogrom, said Avner Steinhalt, one of the small number of non-haredi residents left in Ramat Beit Shemesh Bet. It was one of the worst nights in this neighborhood. He recalled how tensions rose higher and higher dur ing the days leading up to the Tisha bAv fast day in July. Several days before the fast, a fight erupted between haredim and the teenagers, leading to the hospitalization of one of the teens. Finally, on the evening after the fast, some 60 young people gath ered to have revenge on the haredim. They found a small syna Haredi dropouts battle Orthodox extremists in a divided Israeli city Sam Sokol Local residents spray-paint smiley faces on top of modesty graffiti painted by extremists. gogue on Rival Street and de stroyed everything, Steinhalt said. Then they went out and started to hit some people in the road even though they did nothing. Videos of that evening posted online show a thin line of police separating howling mobs of teens and haredim. It wasnt the first time. Ac cording to Steinhalt, a month and a half before the big Tisha bAv brawl, the local modesty patrol attacked a group of teens hanging out outside a local falafel shop. The trigger that started it? They [the teens] had a dog, a small dog that barks, and they said something wrong to one of the ladies in the neighbor hood and the husband came and challenged them and it escalated, Steinhalt said. While not afraid himself, Steinhalt said that his wife and daughters no longer walk alone at night because they are afraid that something could happen to us. The teens can be aggres sive, too. They [usually] sit on the bench there near the falafel place, he said The main problem is shouting at night. They speak loudly and speak to girls, harassing the haredi girls passing by. The city, 19 miles west of Jerusalem, has long been known as a flashpoint. It rose to national prominence in 2011 when local extremists began harassing and spitting on young national-religious girls attending a school on ter ritory they claimed belonged to the haredi community. The differences between the camps may not be apparent to outsiders: Both are Orthodox, but haredi Orthodox tend to be more insular, non-Zionist and less forgiving of even slight By Sam Sokol BEIT SHEMESH, Israel (JTA)Built in the 1990s in part to ease crowding in haredi Orthodox neighbor hoods elsewhere in Israel, Ramat Beit Shemesh Bet is both an Orthodox boom town and a site of ongoing tensions between different streams of religious Jews. National-religious Jews have long complained of harassment by members of the haredi community, who style themselves as enforcers of strict codes for dress and conduct. Now there is another front in the simmering battle: sev eral dozen haredi dropouts, young men and women who shed their Orthodox identity in their teenage years and are rejected by many in their former communities. Long simmering tensions between haredim and teenage dropouts recently erupted in violence, necessitating police intervention in a city known throughout Israel as a microcosm of the religious kulturkampf being waged across the country. Most of the teens hang out in a shopping center on Rival Street, a few minutes walk from the more religiously moderate and Americanized Ramat Beit Shemesh Aleph. On July 16, a haredi mob attacked a teenage girl. In a video of the incident posted online and shared widely on social media, the girl could be seen running down Nahar deviations from their strict interpretation of Jewish law, including street attire. Haredi men, who are often but not exclusively members of vari ous Hasidic movements, wear distinct black garb and hats. The women wear skirts, longsleeve tops and head coverings that leave neither their hair nor much more than their hands and faces uncovered. Deputy Education Minister Meir Porushs car was mobbed in Ramat Beit Shemesh Bet in April. Several months earlier a soldier driving through the city crashed into a lamppost after his car was pelted with stones and trash. Last month, a local extremist was ar rested for breaking a womans iPhone. Haredi residents complain that the teens have caused problems, harassing local Divided on page 15A


PAGE 8A HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, AUGUST 17, 2018 Bar Mitzvah Jonah Ruben Podberesky Jonah Ruben Pod beresky, son of Daniel and Lesley Podberesky, will be called to the Torah as a bar mitzvah on Saturday, Aug. 25, 2018, at Congregation Ohev Shalom in Maitland, Fla. Jonah is in the seventh grade at Lake Highland Preparatory School where he is a member of the wres tling team, Junior Thespi ans, and is on the Honor Roll/Presidents List. His hobbies and interests include acting, singing and wrestling. He also is a member of Kadima and is cur rently on the Kadima board. Sharing in the familys simcha will be Jonahs sister Arielle; grandparents, Samuel and Rosita Podberesky of Riva, Md., and Ronald and Sandra Krellen of Greensboro, N.C.; as well as friends and relatives from Ohio, Indiana, New York, New Jersey, Georgia, North Carolina, Mary land, Florida and Costa Rica. just another man who wan dered in and out of so many lives, leaving so many hearts touched with smiles and joy. He was my father, and those are the words I spoke at his funeral following his passing this week. My father truly was a great man. He had a way of being intimate with everyone he befriended. He was a big man, but he was also a large presence touching thou sands of lives. He saved lives, delivered babies, mentored people, helped them thru difficult times and loved them all. Understand my family is Jewish and traditional, but often we are much more than the conventional definition of those words. The reason for it was my father, and his infectious zeal for life. The man would simply never miss a party. Tell him there was a get together of friends and family, or even if he heard about one, he was right there. If there wasnt one coming up, hed cre ate one to fit the mood. He loved to cook, eat, entertain, and have people and music around him. In the end, it was music that gave us what will always remain some of the most cherished and memorable moments of our life with him. On Friday, July 20, we were told that there was nothing that could be done to prolong his life. Doctors werent even sure how or why he was still conscious. As a family, we were prepared for news of Penny Goldstein DAgostino (standing) with her parents, Mel and Lynn Goldstein. Mel Goldstein bid farewell his way By Penny Goldstein DAgostino He loved. He loved to sing. An accomplished vocalist before his teens, he sang his whole life. He loved his Sigma Rho brothers at Miami High School. He loved his fellow congregants at the Lindenhurst Hebrew Con gregation where he served several presidential terms. He loved the Lindenhurst Fire Department where he served several terms as captain of the Rescue Company. But mostly, he loved his friendsall of you! He loved his daughter, Penny; and son, Walter; daughter-in-law, He lene; son-in-law, David; and his grandson, Bradley; and most of all he loved his wife, Lynn. They would have been married 60 years on Oct. 15. And because of him, we had someone to love back. He will be remembered and missed, because he loved. His name was Mel (Not Mr. Goldsteinhe would say that was his fathers name), and he was much more than this nature, as this wasnt the first time hed been told that he had limited time. He was given 6 months to live some 17 years ago, but he was stubborn, strong and resil ient enough to answer back every time with a not me, and not this time because I still have things to do and life to live. What made him so unique in the medical world was his status as one of few men who fought diabetes, structural issues, infection and breast cancer and won, time and time again. In 2017, he was in a nursing-center for 7 months, and few of us be lieved he would ever see his beloved home again. Even then, he proved us wrong and wrung his fist at fate. Three weeks after he went home from the facility, he performed the Heimlich ma neuver and saved a womans life in a restaurant. Thats the man he was. However, in 2018, things would be different. In our world, he was everything. He was indestructible, the Superman who could, and would, defeat this foe every time. Although, even those with superhuman traits must reach the end, and we prepared for his final battle. The traditional Jewish mourning period is known as Shiva. In this generation, it is usually observed after the funeral for 3-7 days. We were all prepared to sit Shiva, but we missed something. This was Superman. He wasnt about to fly away so quickly. When doctors told us he needed hospice immediately, we called in VITAS. They are an amazing team of individu als, who provided palliative care in the most respectful of ways. My fathers oncologist said to call my brother and at least get him on the phone with my father. This despite she didnt believe he would even be able to recognize his family at this stage. It was out of our hands, and we had no idea if he would last a day, two days, or perhaps much less. Yep. Superman had some thing else in mind. He wanted to go home. OK, we said, lets go home. We set up a hospital bed in the living room so he would be right where he wanted to be. He wanted friends and family around. Within min utes, there were 30 people bustling in and out of my parents small villa. He wasnt done, and had one more surprise in store. He said, You have no idea what Id give for my children to sing to me. My brother wasted no time. He broke out his com puter, attached it, and the thousands of songs he had stored to perform in eldercare facilities, to the TV in the living room so that we could see the words to sing along, and the music started to flow. We sang for the next 5 hours. We only slept when our eyelids became too heavy and we had to grab a few hours to rejuvenate. On Saturday, he awoke and flatly stated Today is not the day. What time does the concert start? Again, in and out paraded friends and family, each wanting a moment to per sonally say to him how much they loved him, and hear him tell them the same. The music started at 7 p.m. and went nonstop for another five hours before we had to rest. Sunday, he opened his eyes and proclaimed, Today is not the day. Whos coming and are we starting music at 7? We gladly struck up the band yet again. Monday started the same. The cousins drove in. The neighbors came by. We could see he was getting weaker, but there was still plenty of fight remaining. We were singing Youll Never Walk Alone from Carousel. He was dozing on and off, but when it came to the high note at the end, he wasnt going to pass up an opportunity to be part of the show. Then Tuesday dawned. We all knew something was different. My brother Walter and his wife Helene had to return to Orlando and ful fill numerous obligations. They reluctantly said their farewells, and hit the road. Mel was waiting for them to go. By Tuesday evening, he no longer had the strength for music, or much else. He was fading. By Wednesday, he was becoming agitated, mostly sleeping, and didnt say much. The incredible hospice nurses helped keep him calm and out of pain. By Thursday he woke with a rally, saying he wanted to ride his motorcycle (a street-legal, medicare power rider he used to get to the therapeutic pool down the block). He said he felt good. Sadly, that lasted only about 45 minutes, and he was rarely lucid at all after that. Friday, we all said our final farewells. On July 28, 2018, Super man returned to Krypton around 6 a.m., quietly, comfortably and in no pain. My mother was with him. Undoubtedly when he ar rived, he took a chair set out for him and started playing poker with his family. Were sure hes sharing plenty of smiles and plenty of tales that were his hallmark. For many people, all they sadly have are memories of a loved one bidding fare well in a somber and quiet manner. For our family and friends, we experienced the love and joy of a man who simply wasnt ready to go, and wasnt ready to leave behind anything but smiles. This was his week. This was his way of bidding farewell. He got to be at his own Shiva. We spent a week telling stories, remembering him, surrounded by food, love and an outpouring of emotional support. Mel never missed a party. He certainly didnt miss this final one. We, and he, did this his way. Please make memorial tribute donations to The Jewish Pavilion. www.jew Aug. 29, 2018 would have been his 79th birthday. We are honoring him with a me morial concert from 2 p.m.-3 p.m. at Brookdale Lake Ori enta in the Garden Room. Penny Goldstein DAgostino and Walter Goldstein (Sky Walters) will be performing. The address is 217 Boston Ave. Altamonte Springs, FL 32714. For more information please contact The Jewish Pavilion at 407-678-9363. This is a free event open to the public. Maitland 9001 N. 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I feel very honored to be part of such a special mission in Guatemala to express our gratitude to President Mo rales, said Ehrenberg. We are here working together with the Latin Coalition for Israel, the American Jewish community and Jewish and Christian leaders, celebrating understanding and mutual respect, and hoping that there are more countries that will follow the example of Gua temala. Guatemala was among the first countries to recognize the State of Israel in 1948 and was the first Latin American country to establish diplomatic relations with the new nation. The Guatemalan Embassy was formerly located in Jerusa lem, until the U.N. Security Council called upon all member states to move their diplomatic missions to Tel Aviv in 1980, following Israels passage of a law proclaiming Jerusalem its indivisible and eternal capital. Remembering Jewish history... On July 25, 1994, the first public meeting between King Hus sein of Jordan and Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin took place in Washington, D.C. Out of this meeting emerged the Washington Declaration, signed by both parties and witnessed by U.S. President BILL CLINTON. The major achievements of the Washington Declaration were a series of agreements and concrete steps symbol izing the new era: the state of belligerency between Jordan and Israel was terminated; both states agreed to seek a just, lasting and comprehen sive peace based on UN Reso lutions 242 and 338; Israel will respect the special role of the Hashemite Kingdom over Muslim holy shrines in Jerusalem. JCC39ers Cinema Sunday... On Sunday, Aug. 19 at 2 p.m. in The Roth Family JCC Senior Lounge, the movie Maos Last Dancer, with BRUCE GREENWOOD will be shown. Refreshments will be available. More JCC39ers... On Monday, Aug. 20 at 12:30 p.m. in the Senior Lounge, there will be an indoor picnic. This long-time favorite event will feature a menu of Kosher hot dogs, potato salad, cole slaw, an assortment of appropriate condiments, dessert and hot & cold beverages. The cost for 39ers is $5, guests of 39ers, $7. Your payment is your reservation. Contact DORA at 407-830-5192 or CLAIRE at 407-699-0956 to sign up. Dont miss this event which will bring back memories of the good old summertime (but minus the heat, ants and rain!) (Dont forget the lightning and thunder!) A great guy... HOWARD FRIEDMAN is running for Circuit Court Judge in Orange and Osceola County and needs your vote! Early voting begins Aug. 18-25th. Election Day is coming soon on Aug. 28, 2018. Howard has a wealth of experience having been an attorney for over 30 years serving the last 13 years as an award-winning general magistrate and previ ously serving on CRJs Board of Trustees. The son of ELAINE and the late Herbert Friedman (who helped establish Temple Beth Am), Howard has been married to his lovely wife, ANNETTE SCHULTZ, for 25 years and they have 3 terrific children, AUSTIN, ALLY and DYLAN. (Howard is a great guy and a devoted member of our Jewish community.) And speaking of Great... The description greatalso belongs to a gal Ive known for many decades (Im not that elderly... or maybe I am?) I wrote about JOY GOFF-MARCIL, Candidate for FL House District 30, recently but forgot to include her website Joy was raised in Maitland where she attended Lake Sybelia Elementary, Maitland Junior High, and graduated from Winter Park High School. She received a Bachelors Degree in Political Science from Florida State University and played flute with the world renowned Marching Chiefs during her four years at FSU. Joy received a juris doctorate from the Stetson University College of Law, and has been an active member of the Florida Bar Association since 1993. Her private law practice focuses mainly on wills and probate. Working as the District 8 regional coordinator for the Com munities Putting Prevention to Work program through the Florida Department of Health, she implemented, and was the lead coordinator of, the Walking School Bus program at Lake Sybelia Elementary for four years. The Walking School Bus promotes physical health and traffic safety as the children walk through neighborhoods to school. Her work with the state helped inspire her to run for Council in 2013, and she was re-elected in 2016 unopposed. Joy has been a member of the Parent-Teacher Association for years and has volunteered hundreds of hours of service to Orange County Public Schools. She is a founding member and served on the Executive Committee of the Learning and Cultural Committee of the Maitland Public Library. Working with the Maitland Public Library and the Winter Park Health Foundations Healthy Central Florida program, she helped develop the Healthy Maitland Thursday morning walks. These walks are sponsored and promoted by the Maitland Public Li brary. She is a Democrat running for Florida House District 30. Joy is married to RICH MARCIL PhD, licensed psychologist, and together they have three children with one each at Edge water High, University of Central Florida, and University of Florida. Joy enjoys spending time with family and friends, walking, and cheering her children on at chorus concerts, video production events, and softball games. (I love Joy and for good reason. She is simply the best!) Speaking of politics... I recently received this message from BILL KAHN and pass it along to you: Gloria, I thought your readers might be interested in my video series, since lying seems to have become the norm for many people. Unfortunately, what they say can significantly affect ones life. Consequently, I have put together a five-part video series on how to detect people who are lying, by analyzing the statements they make, how they use words and what their face and body reveal. In Youtube enter the words Recognizing Deception Series and then search for it. (Lying seems to be the order of the day.) One for the road... Abes father is a widower and a multi-millionaire. He also has a terminal illness and is likely to pass away soon. Abe, a single man, decides he needs a woman with whom to enjoy his soon-to-be-received fortune and where better to find one than in a singles bar. With luck, on his first visit, Abe meets Rifka, a woman whose beauty literally takes his breath away. Im just a standard kind of a nice guy, he says to her, but in a week or twos time my dear father is expected to die and Ill inherit over $20 million. Rifka goes home with Abe and the following day becomes his stepmother. (Think about it!) 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PAGE 10A HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, AUGUST 17, 2018 Gal Gadot (JTA)Gal Gadot is close to a deal to star in a limited series about Hedy Lamarr, the film actress who also was an inventor. The Israeli star of the 2017 megahit Wonder Woman also will executive produce the limited series, reportedly for Showtime, with her husband and producing partner Yaron Varsano, according to Variety. Lamarr, a Jewish native of Austria, was credited with creating a prototype for a frequency-hopping signal during World War II that could help the Allies disrupt radio-controlled torpedoes. Gal Gadot nears deal to portray actress and inventor Hedy Lamarr She is better known for her acting in films such as Algiers (1938), Boom Town (1940), I Take This Woman (1940), Come Live With Me (1941) and Sam son and Delilah (1949). A documentary film about the actress, Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story, ran on PBS in May. Lamarr, born Hedwig Eva Maria Kiesler, is the daugh ter of a Ukrainian Jewish father and a mother from an upper-class Jewish fam ily in Budapest, though her mother said she converted to Catholicism. She had a brief early film career in Czechoslovakia starring in the controversial Ecstasy, in which she ap peared nude. The film was banned in the United States. Sarah Treem and Warren Littlefield also would ex ecutive produce the Lamarr series. Gadot is filming Wonder Woman 1984, which is sched uled for release in November 2019. She will star opposite Dwayne The Rock Johnson in a new action-comedy heist thriller called Red Notice about an Interpol agent who sets out to find the most wanted art thief in the world, scheduled to be in theaters in 2020. Gadot also has been linked as star and producer to a film based on a recent Politico ar ticle by Peter Kornbluh titled My Dearest Fidel: A Journal ists Secret Liaison With Fidel Castro, which details how ABC journalist Lisa Howard helped establish a secret channel between Cuba and Washington after the Cuban missile crisis. Hedy Lamarr 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 A public service message from The Vision Council. HEALTHY EYES WEAR SUNGLASSES


HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, AUGUST 17, 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. ; 407-566-9792. Chabad Lubavitch of North Orlando (O) 1701 Markham Woods Road, Longwood, 407-636-5994,; 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; Chabad of South Orlando (O) 7347 Sand Lake Road, Orlando, 407-354-3660; www. ; 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. Congregation Ahavas Yisrael/Chabad (O) 708 Lake Howell Rd., Maitland, 407-6442500; ; services: Sunday, 9 a.m.; Monday-Friday, 7:30 a.m.; Shabbat services: Friday, 6:30 p.m.; Saturday, 9:30 a.m.; Family service, 4th Friday of the month. Congregation Bet Chaim (R) 181 E. Mitchell Hammock, Oviedo, 407-830-7211; www. ; Shabbat services: Friday, 8 p.m. Congregation Beth Am (C) 3899 Sand Lake Road, Longwood, 407-862-3505; www. ; Shabbat services: Friday, 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, 9:30 a.m. Congregation Beth El (C) 2185 Meadowlane Ave., West Melbourne, 321-779-0740; Shabbat services, 1st & 3rd Friday, 8 p.m.; 2nd & 4th Saturdays, 9:30 a.m. Congregation Beth Emeth (R) 2205 Blue Sapphire Circle, Orlando, 407-222-6393; Shabbat service: monthly, 8 p.m. Congregation Beth Israel (Rec) Collins Resource Center, Suite 303, 9401 S.R. 200, Ocala, 352-237-8277;; Shabbat service, second Friday of the month, 8 p.m. Congregation Beth Sholom (R-C) 315 North 13th St., Leesburg, 352-326-3692; www. ; schedule of services on website. Congregation Beth Shalom (Progressive Conservative) Orange City congregation holds services at 1308 E. Normandy Blvd., Deltona; 386-804-8283; www.mybethshalom. com ; Shabbat services: Friday, 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. Congregation Bnai Torah (C) 403 N. Nova Rd., Ormond Beach, 32174, 386-672-1174; ; Shabbat services: Friday, 8 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. Congregation Chabad Lubavitch of Greater Daytona (O) 1079 W. Granada Blvd., Ormond Beach, 386-672-9300; Shabbat services Friday, 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. Congregation of Reform Judaism (R) 928 Malone Dr., Orlando, 407-645-0444; : Shabbat services, 7 p.m. 1st, 2nd and 3rd Fridays; 6 p.m., 4th and 5th Fridays; Saturday: 10 a.m. Congregation Mateh Chaim (R) P.O. Box 060847, Palm Bay, 32906, 321-768-6722. Congregation Ohev Shalom (C) 613 Concourse Parkway South, Maitland, 407-2984650; ; Shabbat service, Friday, 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, 9:30 a.m. Congregation Shalom Aleichem (R) 3501 Oak Pointe Blvd., Kissimmee, 407-9350064; ; 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;; services: every Friday, 7:30 p.m.; Shabbat Service evert Saturday, 10 a.m. Orlando Torah Center (O) 8591 Banyan Blvd., Orlando; 347-456-6485; ShacharisShabbos 9 a.m.; Mon.Thurs. 6:45 a.m.; Sun. and Legal Holidays 8 a.m.; Mincha/Maariv Please call for times. Southwest Orlando Jewish Congregation/Ohalei Rivka (C) 11200 S. ApopkaVineland Rd., Orlando, 407-239-5444; Shabbat service, Friday, 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, 9:30 a.m. Temple Beth El (R) 579 N. Nova Rd., Ormond Beach, 386-677-2484. Temple Beth Shalom (R), P.O. Box 031233, Winter Haven, 813-324-2882. Temple Beth Shalom (C) 40 Wellington Drive, Palm Coast, 386-445-3006; Shabbat service, Friday, 8 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m. Temple Beth Sholom (C) 5995 N. Wickham Rd. Melbourne, 321-254-6333; www. ; Shabbat services: Friday, 7 p.m.; Saturday: 9:30 a.m. Minyan, Tuesday, 7:30 p.m.; Thursday, 10:00 a.m. Temple Beth Shalom (R) 1109 N.E. 8th Ave., Ocala, 352-629-3587; Shabbat services: Friday, 8 p.m.; Torah study: Saturday, 10:00 a.m. Temple Bnai Darom (R), 49 Banyan Course, Ocala, 352-624-0380; Friday Services 8 p.m. Temple Israel (C) 50 S. Moss Rd., Winter Springs, 407-647-3055; ; Shabbat services: Friday, 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, 9:30 a.m.; Sunday 9:00 a.m. Temple Israel (R), 7350 Lake Andrew Drive, Melbourne, 321-631-9494. Temple Israel (C) 579 N. Nova Road, Ormond Beach, 386-252-3097; Shabbat service, Friday, 7 p.m.; Saturday: 10:30 a.m. Temple Israel of DeLand (R) 1001 E. New York Ave., DeLand, 386-736-1646; www.; 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; ; 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.; Shabbat service; Saturday: 10 a.m. Temple Shir Shalom (R) Services held at Temple Israel, 50 S. Moss Rd., Winter Springs, 407-366-3556, ; Shabbat services: three Fridays each month, 7:30 p.m. Traditional Congregation of Mount Dora (T) Mount Dora, 352-735-4774; www.; Shabbat services: Saturday, 9:30 a.m. sharp. (R) Reform (C) Conservative (O) Orthodox (Rec) Reconstructionist (T) Mehitsa ALBERT ELMAN Written by family Albert Elman, age 84, of Longwood, passed away on Sunday, July 29, 2018, at Florida Hospital Altamonte. Al was the beloved and adored husband of Cyndie Elman (nee Cynthia Tulip) for only 46 years, and step-father to Beth Reinstein-Atkins, Lynn Reinstein and Karen Rein stein, as well as grandfather by choice to Zoe Atkins. He was the brother to Hilda Frish man (nee Elman) and the late Florence Klosky (nee Elman), and the son to the late Julia (nee Lefkowitz) and the late Benjamin Elman. Al was a graduate of Brook lyn College, long before it became part of SUNY, with a degree in economics. For many years after that, he worked as a systems analyst for American Express Com pany, and was instrumental in beginning their online shipping program. After leav ing American Express, Al was with AT&T in Florida as part of their corporate breakup. As the breakup was completed, there was no desire to return to cold, icy, snowy, and hot humid, rancid New York City so he and Cyndie remained in Altamonte Springs for over 35 years. They eventually moved to Brookdale Island Lake where they enjoyed a relaxed worry-free lifestyle. Arrangements entrusted to Beth Shalom Memorial Cha pel, 640 Lee Road, Orlando FL 32810. 407-599-1180. CELIA FELDMAN Celia Feldman, age 95, of Bexley, Ohio, passed away at Bickford Assisted Living in Columbus, Ohio, on Monday, July 30, 2018. She was born in Cleveland on Nov. 28, 1922, to the late Louis and Ethel Goldenberg Fierman. A home maker, she was the widow of the late Morris Feldman, her husband of nearly 70 years when he passed away in March 2015. They lived in Cleveland, Buffalo and Birmingham be fore moving to Ormond Beach in 2004. Following Morris passing, Celia relocated to Columbus to be closer to her daughters, Fran and Linda. A devoted and loving wife, mother and grandmother, Celia is survived by her daugh tersFran (Ron) Golden of Columbus, Ohio, and Linda (Michael) Marlin of Grove Point, Ohio. She is also survived by her grandchil drenEric (Leslie), Steve (Staci), Evan (Kim), and Jennifer (Paul) and four greatgrandchildrenJackson, Samantha, Griffin and Kyle. A graveside service was held at Temple Israel Cemetery with Rabbi Mendy Bronstein of Chabad of Altamonte Springs and Rabbi Avi Goldstein of Beth Jacob Congregation in Columbus. In memory of Celia Feldman, the family requests contributions to Chabad of Altamonte Springs, 414 Spring Valley Lane, Altamonte Springs 32714. Arrangements entrusted to Beth Shalom Memorial Cha pel, 640 Lee Road, Orlando FL 32810. 407-599-1180. Folksbiene, objected to her appearance at the venue. Absent a public reassess ment by Ms. Ocasio-Cortez of her unfair and extremist position [on Israel], she dis honors both the Immigrant Summit and the museum by her scheduled appearance, Jeffrey Wiesenfeld said in a statement reported by The New York Jewish Week. But aside from a few pro testers from the far-right Jewish Defense League who stood outside the building, Ocasio-Cortez was given a warm welcome. The approxi mately 100 people at the event cheered after each time she spoke. And former Manhat tan Borough President Ruth Messinger, a fellow panelist, praised her. Messinger, who is also the former president of American Jewish World Service, a global aid group, said she met with Ocasio-Cortez before the primary and told her she had no shot at unseating Crowley. But at the panel, she called the candidate an example of moral courage. We need to test our own ca pacity for not just leadership, but for some of what Alexan dria has already displayed in interviews, and that is moral courage, she said. Where do you stand? How do you put yourself forward knowing there will be consequences? Messinger told JTA following the event that Ocasio-Cortez should be given time to clarify her positions on specific is sues, but that she possesses the qualities to be a successful member of Congress. She made very powerful statements in the campaign on a range of issues, but the in-depth thinking that she brings to it is exactly what will make her a great mem ber of Congress, Messinger told JTA. And so for any commu nity, the question is to give some space and time to find out what she thinks. If you think, whoever the you is, that she ought to hear your point of view, shes the kind of person who will be open to doing that. William B. Plowman/NBC/NBC NewsWire via Getty Images Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez appears on Meet the Press, July 1, 2018. Ocasio-Cortez cheered By Ben Sales NEW YORK (JTA)Alex andria Ocasio-Cortez, the Democratic congressional candidate and rising progres sive star, was cheered at an event at a Jewish museum that did not touch on Israel or the Jewish community. Ocasio-Cortez appeared at a conference here hosted by the Immigrant Arts Coali tion at the Museum of Jewish Heritage, participating in a panel focused on women in the arts. While politics did frequently come up, none of the panelistsincluding Ocasio-Cortez, who has been critical of Israelmentioned Jews or Israel. Ocasio-Cortez, 28, is an ac tivist who shocked the political establishment in June when she defeated longtime Rep. Joe Crowley in the Democratic congressional primary in New Yorks 14th Congressional District. She ran on staunchly progressive positions and her background as a young His panic woman in the largely Hispanic district straddling Queens and the Bronx. At the event, she talked about deciding to run, her work as an activist, her campaigns graphic design and the need for Democrats to assertively take the moral high ground in the upcoming midterm elections. I look at my politics as, what is the right thing to do and how do we get closer to that, she said. We have to be the ones that have that voice of moral clarity because if we let it slide, we let this country slide. In May, Ocasio-Cortez tweeted that clashes on the Gaza border, in which Israeli soldiers killed 60 Palestinians, mostly members of Hamas, were a massacre. In a July interview on PBS, she said I believe absolutely in Israels right to exist and was a pro ponent of a two-state solution. She also criticized Israels conduct in the West Bank. I also think that what people are starting to see at least in the occupation... of Palestine [is] just an increas ing crisis of humanitarian condition and that to me is just where I tend to come from on this issue, she said, adding later that I think what I meant is like the settlements that are increasing in some of these areas in places where Palestinians are experiencing difficulty in access to their housing and homes. Her comments drew criti cism from both the right, for criticizing Israel, and the left, for supporting its right to exist. In the weeks prior to the museum event, the chairman of one of its co-sponsors, The National Yiddish Theater


PAGE 12A HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, AUGUST 17, 2018 205 North Street Longwood, FL 32750 Bring in this ad and receive 18% DiscountInvitations & AnnouncementsBrochures & Booklets Forms & Letterheads Business Cards C ustom Pri nting Direct Mail Services Envelopes 407-767-7110 By Steve North (JTA)Despite a career of more than two decades kvetching incessantly about lifes absurd little annoy ances, comedian and actor Orny Adams insists hes an optimist whos always been an early riser, eager to tackle anything that confronts him. When I wake up, he says, I find myself to be a very happy person, excited for the day. I love to forge ahead; I love a challenge. After a perfectly timed pause he adds, And by 2 p.m., I just want to curl up and get into a fetal position. Adams truly believes the world beats us down. Every. Single. Day. Born Adam Jason Oren stein, Adams concedes his worldview is shaped by being Jewish. We Jews find pain in every thing! he says with a laugh. And we dont forgive You hear people of other religions say, You murdered my kid, but I forgive you, thats what God would want. Jews? We never forgive. We dont even forgive a bad meal! Adams is currently shar ing his insightful, rapid-fire observations at Montreals prestigious Just For Laughs festival, where he debuted as one of the new faces of comedy in 2000. On his 18th anniversary, hes head lining the events popular Ethnic Show, which runs until July 26. His comedy mentor was the late Garry Shandling, and Adams first came to na tional attention in the 2002 documentary Comedian, which contrasted superstar Jerry Seinfeld with the thenstruggling younger comic. Seinfeld remains supportive of Adams career, which has since included appearances on Late Night with David Letterman, The Tonight Show and Conan. Younger audiences know him from his six seasons as Coach Finstock on the MTV series Teen Wolf. Orny Adams is headlining the Ethnic Show at Montreals prestigious Just For Laughs festival. Comedian Orny Adams talks about his Jewish background (just not on stage) Hes done specials for Netflix and Comedy Central, and his 2017 special More Than Loud is airing on Showtime. The Ethnic Show in Mon treal features Maz Jobrani, an Iranian American; Gina Brillon, a Latina; Loyiso Gola, a black South African; and Matteo Lane, who is gay and Italian. Each is expected to poke fun at their tradi tions, customs and cultures, although Adams is more likely to do that in an interview than on stage. For example, despite a re cent trip to Israel, dont expect to hear the comics thoughts on peace in the Middle East. I go completely the other way, he says. Adams jokes about the mo tor vehicle bureau, about fad diets, about the decreasing softness of Q-tipsthe small things that bother us every day, he says. And within 10 minutes, in a comedy club or theater, people start looking around and realizing were all laughing at the same things. Were more similar than dis similar. Some comedians try to divide the audience, he says. I go up there and use comedy to bring us closer together. The 47-year-old comic grew up with two sisters in Lexington, Massachusetts, in a Conservative Jewish home, attending Camp Tel Noar in nearby New Hampshire every summer. His father conducted market research and focus groups; his mother was a kindergarten teacher. Were very close; we speak daily, Adams says. My sisters are married with kids, but even though I dated the most, Im still single. I fell in love with comedy, and it takes a devotion and selfishness that I couldnt and wouldnt put somebody through. His parents still call him Adam (or boychik), but he decided to change his pro fessional name early in his career. Orny was always my nick name, but also, I didnt want an audiences first impression of me to be hes Jewish, Adams says. Id rather they hate me for something else first, then hate me for being Jewish! Although he jokes about Jew-hatred, Adams felt it early in life. I grew up in a community with a lot of Irish Catholics around us, he recalls. From a young age, I would hear people say Youre a cheap Jew. And Im like, Im only 8 years old; I dont even have any money yet! Turning serious, Adams says, As Ive gotten older, Ive become more secure with being Jewish, and I couldnt care less. Im proud, and I have the tools to defeat that sort of in-your-face anti-Semitism. Adams was subjected re cently to the newest iteration of online Jew-hatred when his family took their first trip to Israel. He has 370,000 follow ers on Instagram. I couldnt even post a pic ture saying Im on a beach in Israel without tons of posts from people writing Thats not Israel; thats occupied Palestine, he says. Im not political, nor am I smart enough to understand the politics and complexity of that region... but that was sad. The trip, however, was a lifelong dream come true for his dad and an eye opener for Adams. They were flying F-15s about 10 feet above my hotel, he says. The entire building was shaking. I live in Los An geles with earthquakes and I never felt anything like this! The family took a guided tour along the Syrian border, just as the United States, Brit ain and France were attacking suspected chemical weapons sites in Syria. Adams relates the conversa tion with his guide: I asked, are we safe? He said, Of course, this is Israel, safest place in the world! I said, In America we dont hear bombs like this. That feels safer to me! The guide said, No, no, no. Were safe. We eat falafel every day on the beach. They always change the subject! Adams was impressed with the Jewish state in various ways. Israelis have so much pride and love for their country, and they want you to love it. That is genuine, he says. Its a much tougher culture, but I allow that. I dont live under those conditions, and cant imagine living in a place surrounded by other countries that would love to see them eliminated. He was pleasantly surprised even before arriving in Israel. When you announce youre going there, 50 people on Facebook give you names of people youve never met who will drop everything to take you out for a night in Tel Aviv, Adams says. I think thats amazing. As for his appearances in Montreal, Adams expects he will continue to craft and hone and tighten every joke he tells, as hes always done. I even eliminate syllables in my bits; thats how impor tant the rhythm is to me, he says. Will he have time to grab a bite at Schwartzs Deli, the citys legendary cathedral of smoked meat? I dont think so, he says with a smile. You eat a sand wich at Schwartzs, its so salty you cant talk on stage for three nights. By Yaakov Lappin (JNS)Under the expert guidance of IDF Home Front Command, Israeli hospitals across the country are shoring up their ability to shift into war mode should a sudden conflict erupt without prior warning. In such a scenario, hospitals could, like the rest of the country, find themselves under heavy fire, yet still must be able to provide life-saving care for existing patients and the war-wounded. On Thursday, the Ziv Medi cal Center in Tzfat in northern Israel held an intensive drill, simulating a situation in which it came under heavy rocket fire from Hezbollah and still had to function as a hospital. The exercise came weeks after Haifas Rambam Health Care Campus held a similar drill. Maj.-Gen. Merav ShaviSultan, head of the Hospital Preparations Department in the Home Front Com mand, told JNS that work goes on year-round to prepare the civilian healthcare system for such emer gencies. The readiness of the State of Israel, in light of incidents in past years, causes us to always think about emergen cies, she said. Hospitals are inseparable part of this event. They understand where they are and the reality in which this is an issue that we deal with all of the time. We hope this scenario never materializes During the exercise, which Ziv personnel spent eight months preparing for, the medical center practiced re ceiving 50 patients injured by enemy fire while the city sustained rocket barrages. All the while, the hospital experienced power failures Israeli hospitals drill the transition from routine to war and infrastructure crashes as part of the simulation. The essential point of the training is to see how effec tively the hospital can transi tion from routine operations into war mode. This includes testing how quickly it can transfer patients and equip ment away from departments that do not have rocket-rein forcement protection to those that do, how able it is to create a situation assessment of its resources, and whether or not they know what their red lines are when their resources deplete? explained the officer. As soon as the hospital es tablished that the country was in a state of war, it began send ing away patients who could be cared for elsewherefor example, at home or in their communities. This cleared beds ahead of the arrival of dozens of incoming patients Transition on page 15A Publication Date: September 7, 2018 Advertising Deadline: August 29, 2018


HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, AUGUST 17, 2018 PAGE 13A Weekly roundup of world briefs from JTA Stephen Millers uncle calls him an immigra tion hypocrite (JTA)The uncle of Ste phen Miller, a senior adviser to President Donald Trump, has accused his nephew of being an immigration hypo crite who supports policies that would have condemned his own Jewish family to death if they had been enacted a century ago. Writing in Politico, Millers maternal uncle David Glosser described how Millers greatgreat-grandfather Wolf-Leib Glosser fled the Belarusian shtetl of Antopol, arriving in the United States in 1903 with $8 to his name. In the span of some 80 years and five decades, this family emerged from poverty in a hostile country to become a prosperous, educated clan of merchants, scholars, profes sionals, and, most important, American citizens, wrote Glosser, a longtime volunteer with the Jewish-run refugee agency HIAS. Miller, an immigration hardliner, has been instru mental in the administra tions crackdown on immi grants, including last years travel ban targeting seven Muslim-majority nations and the separation of migrant children from their parents at the border. Earlier this month, he was said to be be hind a Trump administration proposal that would make it more difficult for legal im migrants to obtain a green card or become citizens if they have used public welfare programs. I have watched with dis may and increasing horror as my nephew, who is an educated man and well aware of his heritage, has become the architect of immigra tion policies that repudiate the very foundation of our familys life in this country, Glosser said. I shudder at the thought of what would have become of the Glossers had the same policies Stephen so coolly espouses... been in effect when Wolf-Leib made his desperate bid for freedom. The Glossers came to the U.S. just a few years before the fear and prejudice of the America First nativists of the day closed U.S. borders to Jewish refugees. Had WolfLeib waited, his family would likely have been murdered by the Nazis along with all but seven of the 2,000 Jews who remained in Antopol. I would encourage Stephen to ask himself if the chanting, torch-bearing Nazis of Char lottesville, whose support his boss seems to court so cavalierly, do not envision a similar fate for him. Glosser went even further, comparing Trump, and by ex tension his nephew, to Nazis. Trump and my nephew both know their immigrant and refugee roots, he wrote. They repeat the insults and false accusations of earlier generations against these refugees to make them seem less than human. Trump publicly parades the griev ing families of people hurt or killed by migrants, just as the early Nazis dredged up Jewish criminals to frighten and enrage their political base to justify persecution of all Jews. This is not the first time that critics have pointed out the immigrant history of Miller, who has said that he believes in favoring im migrants who already speak English over those who do not. Earlier this year, amateur genealogist Jennifer Mendelsohn posted data from the 1910 census showing that Millers great-grandmother did not speak English. Her post was retweeted 17,000 times. Journalist Peter Beinart detained and questioned at Israeli airport (JTA)Peter Beinart said he was detained at Ben Gurion Airport for an hour and questioned by an Israeli security official about his political activism. Beinart, a prominent lib eral Zionist journalist and commentator, was interro gated Sunday at the Tel Aviv airport, according to an op-ed he wrote in the Forward. He was visiting the country with his wife and children for a family affair. According to the op-ed, the security official asked wheth er Beinart had participated in violent protests or events that promoted anarchy or opposed Israeli democracy. The official also asked Beinart about his involve ment with the Center for Jewish Nonviolence, a group that organizes actions to protest Israels occupation of the West Bank. Then the political ques tions began, Beinart wrote. Was I involved in any orga nization that could provoke violence in Israel? I said no. Was I involved in any orga nization that threatens Israel democracy? I said nothat I support Israeli organizations that employ nonviolence to defend Israeli democracy. Beinart, a Forward colum nist and contributing editor at The Atlantic, has been one of the leading proponents of liberal Zionism, which criti cizes Israels treatment of the Palestinians, among other right-wing policies, because it says they threaten the states Jewish and democratic character. He opposes the movement to boycott Israel but has promoted a boycott of products produced in Israeli settlements. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said in a statement Monday that he had spoken with Israels se curity forces about Beinarts detainment and called it an administrative mistake. Israel is an open society which welcomes all crit ics and supporters alike, Netanyahus statement said. Israel is the only country in the Middle East where people voice their opinions freely and robustly. Beinart responded on Twitter that Netanyahu halfapologized for my detention yesterday, and thatIll accept when he apologizes to all the Palestinians and Palestinian-Americans who every day endure far worse. Beinart is the latest pro gressive American Jewish activist to be detained and questioned upon entering Israel. Simone Zimmerman, a co-founder of the progressive Jewish group IfNotNow; Abby Kirschbaum, who works for an Israeli-Palestinian tour company; and the novelist Moriel Rothman-Zecher were all recently detained and questioned about their protest activity. In early July, the Jewish pro-boycott activist Ariel Gold was denied entry into Israel. A law passed last year allows Israel to bar supporters of the BDS movement, which en courages boycott, divestment and sanctions against Israel. Now, it seems, the Knesset wants me to choose, Beinart wrote in a 2017 column criti cizing the entry law. Either stop visiting Israel or stop opposing the occupation. In a variety of ways, thats the deal Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has been offering American Jews for close to a decade now. Embrace Israel at the cost of your principles or embrace your principles at the cost of Israel. Daniel Sokatch, the CEO of the New Israel Fund, which supports a range of progressive Israeli organiza tions, called the questioning of left-wing activists mor ally unacceptable and antidemocratic. The Netanyahu govern ment has shown once again that it is now a matter of policy to use border crossings as interrogation chambers, Sokatch said in a statement Monday. The government is demonstrating that the test for entering the country is a political oneeither you agree with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahus ultraright wing coalition or youre subject to questioning, intimi dation, or refusal. Israelis caught dancing naked at former death camp JERUSALEM (JTA)Two Israeli students were caught on video dancing naked at the Majdanek concentration camp in Poland over the weekend. Workers at the camp made the video and the students were subsequently expelled from their trip by their school, Haaretz reported. It was the latest in a series of incidents involving bad behavior by Israeli students, according to Haaretz, includ ing a case of vandalism at Auschwitz last year and the raising of a flag calling for death to leftists at a mass murder site the year before. The Israeli Education Min istry told Haaretz in a state ment that it viewed with great severity any behavior that could harm the status and values represented by the trips to Poland. In the case in question, due to the students improper and inappropriate behavior, disciplinary actions have been taken against them to the fullest. It is not the first scandal in volving nudity at a concentra tion camp. In 2015, the Simon Wiesenthal Center protested a controversial performance art installation at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Krakow that featured a video of group of unclothed men and women playing tag in what appeared to be a gas chamber. The piece was removed from the mu seum following a public outcry but was later reinstated. The same video has also been displayed in an Estonian art museum but was also removed. On Charlottesville anniversary, Trump condemns all types of racism, Ivanka homes in on white supremacy WASHINGTON (JTA) President Donald Trump marked the anniversary of the deadly neo-Nazi march in Charlottesville, Virginia with a tweet that did not single out white supremacists as responsible, while his Jewish daughter named the racist ideology and condemned it. The riots in Charlottesville a year ago resulted in senseless death and division, Trump said Saturday on Twitter, without noting that most of the violence, including a car ramming that killed coun terprotester Heather Heyer and injured at least 20 others, was committed by neo-Nazi marchers. The tweet was on the eve of the Aug. 12 anniversary. We must come together as a nation, he said. I con demn all types of racism and acts of violence. Peace to ALL Americans! The Tweet appeared to echo his equivocations after last years violence when he blamed many sides for the violence and said there were very fine people on both sides. Those statements drew widespread condemnation from Jewish leaders, Demo crats and Republicans. Ivanka Trump, a senior adviser to her father and an observant Jew, posted a thread of tweets just after Shabbat in which she singled out the white supremacists and neoNazis. While Americans are blessed to live in a nation that protects liberty, free dom of speech and diversity of opinion, there is no place for white supremacy, racism, and neo-Nazism in our great country, Ivanka Trump said. Ivanka Trump and her hus band Jared Kushner, who also advises Trump, reportedly pressured her father to single out white supremacists and neo-Nazis immediately after the violence last year, and he didand then reversed him self within a day, once again blaming both sides. She has more recently staked out a difference with her father on his repeated at tacks on media as the enemy of the people, saying she rejects the appellation. Trump earlier this week returned on Twitter to one of his favorite themes, calling on the NFL to penalize football players who kneel during the national anthem to protest police violence against blacks and other inequities. Mitt Romney, the Republi can presidential nominee in 2012 who is now running for Senate in Utah, took Trump to task on Friday for his com ments last year. The President opined that there were good people in both groups, a statement for which he was widely criticized, he said on his website. My viewthen and nowis that people who knowingly march under the Nazi banner have disqualified themselves as good people. Romney has at times been a caustic critic of Trump, who is also a Republican The white supremacists who planned last years rally are reconvening Sunday in Washington, D.C. after fail ing to obtain a permit to appear in Charlottesville. Counterprotests are planned, and the Jewish community in the Washington area has taken the lead in helping to plan them. The state of Virginia and the city of Charlottesville have declared a state of emergency in the city to prevent violence this year. Man charged with fraud for fixing synagogues bingo game (JTA)The caller at a suburban New York syna gogues bingo game has been charged with fraud for fixing the games. Neil Simon Gross, 71, turned himself into police last week after being charged with gaming fraud, according to, a local news site. Gross, who calls out the numbers at the Yorktown Jewish Center in Westchester County, allegedly took advan tage of the position to change the outcome of games. Police were tipped off to the alleged crime and investigated Gross along with the New York State Gaming Commission. While the commission did not reveal the extent of Gross al leged crime, the felony charge implies that the value of the stolen cash exceeds $1,000. Gross is due in court in September. The Yorktown Jewish Cen ters website said the bingo game was canceled this week. Palestinian flags fly in Tel Aviv as Arabs protest controversial nationstate law TEL AVIV (JTA)Tens of thousands of Israeli Arabs, some waving Palestinian flags, gathered in Tel Avivs Rabin Square on Saturday evening to protest the recent passage of Israels nation-state bill enshrining the states Jew ish character. At a protest organized by the Higher Arab Monitoring Committee, an umbrella group representing IsraeliArab civil society organiza tions, speakers railed against what they described as a law that formalized a racial hier archy among Israeli citizens in which Arabs enjoyed a diminished legal status com pared to Jews. Arabic, previously defined as an official language, is designated under the law has having special status. Defenders of the law coun ter that it does not undercut guarantees of equal status for all citizens enshrined in Israels Basic Laws, the functional equivalent of a constitution. Some protesters waved Palestinian flags, while oth ers carried signs protesting apartheid and sang chants describing the law as fascist. The Higher Arab Monitoring Committees chairman, Mo hammad Barakeh, called the green, red, black and white banners as flag[s] of a proud nation and declared that there would be another Nakba, or catastrophe, the Palestin ians term for the 1948 Israeli War of Independence. Barakeh told The Times of Israel that while he had asked the public not to bring [Palestinian] flags, he cant control what people do. While many protesters declared that Jews and Arabs refuse to be enemies, others affiliated with the Arab Balad party were reported to have chanted with spirit and blood we will free Palestine. Zionism has no meaning if it does not intend to create a society that strives for peace, Hebrew University professor Eva Illouz, a Moroccan Jew, told the crowd, The Jerusa lem Post reported. Today is a historical moment because Jews and Arabs together are stating that they are protest ing together for equality. Knesset member Ayman Odeh, head of the Joint List, told the Israeli news site Ynet that the protesters had a democratic and ethical mes sage and that a democratic state must be a state for all its citizens. Jewish politicians across the political spectrum, in cluding opponents of the bill, expressed opposition to the use of Palestinian flags. I cant go to a protest where they are calling for the right of return, said Labor chair Avi Gabbay Yair Lapid, head of the centrist Yesh Atid party, likewise questioned the flags, asking on Twitter what would happen to those who would try to march in the center of Ramallah with Israeli flags. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu held up the flags as an example of why the law was needed in the first place. Speaking at the weekly Cabinet meeting on Sunday morning, Netanyahu said that yesterday we saw PLO flags in the heart of Tel Aviv. We heard the calls: With blood and fire we will redeem Palestine. Many of the dem onstrators want to abrogate the Law of Return, cancel the national anthem, fold up our flag and cancel Israel as the national state of the Jewish people and turn it as their spokespersons said into an Israeli-Palestinian state, and others say: A state of all its citizens. It is for precisely this that we passed the nation-state law. We are proud of our state, our flag and our national anthem. Israel is a Jewish and democratic state. The individual rights of its citizens are anchored very well in the basic laws and other laws. Now it is clearer than ever that the nation-state law is also necessary. Senior representatives of Israels Druze minority also panned the flags, Ynet re ported. We are against the wav ing of the Palestinian flag. I think that its unnecessary, said former Druze Knesset member Shachiv Shnaan. If you protest because you want equality in your country, why wave flags of another state? But it isnt anything new that Arab Israelis have a continued identity problem. They are torn between the national Palestinian identity and their real lives in Israel in partner ship with the state. More than 50,000 Druze and their supporters gathered in Tel Aviv last weekend for a protest against the law. Many members of the Druze com munitywhose members, like Jews, serve in the Israeli army and security forcesfelt betrayed by the law, which they said fails to give them equality despite their loyalty to the state.


PAGE 14A HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, AUGUST 17, 2018 CRJ From page 1A Rockets From page 1A 23-year-old woman and her one-and-a-half-year-old baby girl were killed by an IDF attack in the center of Gaza Strip, according to Haaretz. The father was seriously injured. In all, the health ministry said that three Pal estinians have been killed as of early Thursday morning. IDF strikes back Early Thursday morning, IDF fighter jets targeted over 100 of Hamas strategic military sites. The strikes took place in 10 Hamas military compounds throughout the Gaza Strip, including manu facturing facilities, training complexes and advancedweapons and capability sites. Among the targets were: Hamas headquarters in Jabalia, including dozens of military sites; a military compound used by the commander of northern Gaza City, which included a maritime tunnel; a Hamas outpost used by the Jabalia Battalion for ur ban warfare and underwater training; a military compound of the Zaytun battalion used to store weapons and for terror tunnel digging; a military compound of the East Jabalia Battalion they choose, said inclusion task force member Marsha Freeman, professor at Barry University School of Law. CRJ wants to make families and children with special needs welcome and comfortable in a temple setting, including being able to participate in a relaxed environment. For another task force member, David Bottomley, a disability activist who has used a wheel chair for more than 25 years, inclusion means, acceptance with the limitations that I have. It gives me the opportunity to learn and educate others about differently-abled people. This Task Force is dedicated to the concept that CRJ should be accessible to all as well as provide opportunities for in clusion for all, said Zena Sul kes, a veteran Jewish educator and activist, both locally and nationally. We seek to create an exemplary environment that can include all participat ing in worship, education, and social activities. used for training in urban warfare and the site of a shaft leading to an terror tunnel complex; a Hamas base in the northern Gaza Strip used for urban warfare training and rocket launching; a compound of the Jabalia Battalion used for training and meetings of senior bat talion commanders; a military compound used by Hamas to store weapons and explosives. The site used to be home to rocket launch ing dugouts; and a Hamas military com pound used by the Deir al-Balah Battalion, which is the site of a current tunnel digging operation. Hotel becomes terror cen ter The IDF said that these strikes were conducted in re sponse to the rockets launched from the Gaza Strip at Israel over the course of the evening and into the early morning hours. Hamas is responsible for the events transpiring in the Gaza Strip and emanat ing from it and will bear the consequences for its actions against Israeli civilians and sovereignty, the IDF said. The IDF condemns terror activity and is prepared for a wide variety of scenarios while continuing to fulfill its mission to defend Israeli civilians. According to the IDF, a factory used to manufacture parts for terror tunnels was intended to be used as a ho tel but was overtaken by the Hamas terror organization in 2012. The factory manufac tures parts for terror tunnels under the guise of civilian infrastructure. The IDF spokesman said that in 2012, during Opera tion Pillar of Defense, senior Hamas members used the building as shelter, believing the IDF would not target a civilian hotel construction site. In this building, Hamas terrorists continued to plan fighting and command rocket launching units. Months later, in 2013, Hamas took over the site entirely, blocked the entrance and began establishing a con crete factory under the guise of a civilian construction site. The factory manufactured concrete parts designed ex clusively for terror tunnels, including reinforcements, flooring, and concrete arches, which have no civilian use. Hamas operated engi neering vehicles in the site, and loaded the parts clandes tinely onto trucks covered with tarp, to be delivered to digging sites across the Gaza Strip. The factory stopped producing concrete during Operation Protective Edge (2014), but continued serving Hamas war effortsrocket launchers were placed in its vicinity and Hamas opera tives resided in the site during the fighting. The launch sites were dug adjacent to the structure, again believing it would not be an IDF target due to its civil ian appearance. During the operation, four rockets were launched at Israel. Immedi ately after this, the factory re sumed its regular activity and has continued to be a source of concrete parts for Hamas terror tunnels. The open areas around the factory were also considered a closed military zone and Hamas used them to practice short and medium range rocket launching and briefly operated a tunnel dig ging workshop there. The IDF strike was con ducted in response to the shots fired at civilian engi neering vehicles earlier today, and the multiple rockets launched from the Gaza Strip at Israeli territory this evening. The Hamas terror organization continues to target IDF troops, security infrastructure, and Israeli civilians. These issues, Sulkes said, should include accessibil ity throughout and around the building complex, from parking to all programming planned within the temple, and sponsored by the con gregation. All students in CRJs edu cation programming are entitled to appropriate accom modations, planned and led by appropriately trained staff. In CRJs Hebrew Help Resource Room, Sulkes tutors students with special needs in Hebrew reading. Programs like these are consistent with CRJs goals, said the congregations director of education, Dr. Sheryl Sacharoff. We pledge to add whatever supports for all students who are in need, she said. Task force members ac knowledge that they have set a high bar for themselves and for CRJ. So they have begun in modest increments, includ ing some suggested measures that entail no cost, and may seem small. For example, opening a side entrance for up coming High Holiday services will shorten the walk from the handicapped parking lot. One of the first orders of business has been to develop a statement of accessibility to be reprinted in all worship service bulletins; Chai, the congregations newsletter; and new membership and social event packets. It reads: Congregation of Reform Judaism strives to project a warm and welcom ing environment, physically and emotionally, for all ac tivities, including religious services, school functions and special events. Having a safe, accessible and inclusive environment for congregants and guests is a major part of this undertaking, and allows CRJ to play a prominent role in the religious and familial events in our community. We welcome your help in identifying areas of concern re accessibility or inclusion of any kind. In addition to determining what is needed for the CRJ campus and new programs, the task force is also prepar ing an inventory of services and accommodations already available, which congregants may not be aware of. These include an audio loop in the main sanctuary that enables those with hearing challenges to follow the service. Because CRJ is on one floor, it is largely barrier-free, except for door thresholds, and there are ac cessible bathrooms. On the task forces wish list: new, automatic doors. Congregations of all faiths around the country have found that, by making ac commodations ostensibly for people with disabilities, they also have unforeseen benefits in making their facilities ac cessible for young parents with children in strollers and grandparents. And congre gants who may be able-bodied now may need assistance in hearing, seeing and getting around as they age. Every Jew has a right to a welcoming and accepting congregation where their spiritual needs can be met, said Sacharoff. Similarly, each Jewish student, as our teachings say, has the right to an education. Here at CRJs Steinmetz Family School of Chai, nothing has been seen more clearly than in our He brew Help class. Within this structure, we have been able to more adeptly prepare youth who have different learning needs to feel more confident in their abilities. Hearing the positive feedback from both students and their parents has demonstrated that we are heading in the right direction. From our classrooms to our congregation as a whole, CRJ is meeting the diverse needs of its congregants. Worship may also require some accommodations. Us ing darker, large type fonts, with sharper contrast, on overhead screens, can make the difference in the quality of the services. But there are other needs as well, some that dont readily come to mind for able-bodied people. In addition to worship, rituals and customs must also be made accessible to all, said CRJ Senior Rabbi Steven Engel. For example, we do not use wine, but grape juice so those who are in recovery can participate in the bless ing. At Bar and Bat Mitzvahs we sometimes pass the Torah through the family not from the raised bima, although it has a ramp, but from the floor so that those differently abled, very often great grandparents, can participate in this impor tant tradition. Weddings have been performed including other languages and even signed to accommodate. The task force is being guided by advice from Vir ginia Thornburgh, a national authority on religion and dis ability. As you address archi tectural barriers, remember the more challenging barriers are barriers of attitude, said Thornburgh, editor and coauthor of That All May Wor ship: An Interfaith Welcome to People With Disabilities, published by National Orga nization on Disability. Rabbi Engel agrees: Juda ism teaches us that A human being mints many coins from the same mold, and they are all identical. But the holy one, blessed by God, strikes us all from the mold of the first human and each one of us is unique. (Mishnah Sanhedrin 4:5). This means that we were Divinely and intentionally cre ated differently-abled which should be seen as a strength for us to learn from one another, to assist each other, and to create a world where we celebrate this in each and every one of Gods creation. CJR Task Force member Mark I. Pinsky is author of Amazing Gifts: Stories of Faith, Disability, and Inclusion. JERUSALEM (JTA)A team tasked with formulating a plan to address the Druze communitys discomfort with the nation-state law has presented its recommenda tions three days after it was assembled. The findings presented Wednesday will be turned over to a newly established min isterial committee chaired by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu that will oversee its advancement and imple mentation. The controversial law with quasi-constitutional status passed last week enshrines Israel as the nation-state of the Jewish people. The law identifies Arabic as a language with special status. In the wake of backlash from the Druze commu nity, Netanyahu has met with Druze political, community and religious leaders. An Arab-Israeli lawmaker from the Labor Party and three Druze officers from the Israeli army have resigned in recent days over the law. A statement from the Prime Ministers Office called the plan an historic outline that constitutes a revolution in the legal status of minority community members who serve in the security forces, particularly the Druze com munity. The outline calls for An choring in law the status of the Druze and Circassian communities. The law will esteem the contribution of the Druze community to the State of Israel in building up the country, strengthening security and fashioning the face of Israeli society as an equal and varied society. It also calls for support for com munity religious, cultural and educational institutions; the strengthening of Druze towns and villages, including solu tions for residential construc tion and the establishment of new communities as neces sary; and the preservation of the Druze heritage. Also, the outline says the government must anchor in a basic law recognition of the contribution of thoseof all faiths and communities, including the Druzewho take part in the defense of the state. The law also would enshrine the eligibility for benefits of minority com munity members of all faiths and communities who serve in Israels security forces in order to help them achieve social equality. A group of Druze lawmak ers who filed a lawsuit with the Supreme Court against the law told Ynet that they would drop their petition if the plan moves forward. It allows us to be proud and equal citizens among our nation and country, Kulanu party lawmaker Akram Has son told Ynet on Wednesday evening. All we wanted is to be one people and one state. If the plan we received is indeed implemented, we will absolutely stop everything. The team included repre sentatives from the Prime Ministers Office, the Druze community, Druze and nonDruze lawmakers, and a forum of senior reserve of ficers, according to the Prime Ministers Office. 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HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, AUGUST 17, 2018 PAGE 15A Brad Jacobs, JFGO president. Meeting From page 1A facility. That sale is now in the contract stage, he said, and a completed sale would signifi cantly reduce the remaining campus debt. Jacobs also went into detail about JFGOs programmatic activities in the community over the past year as outlined in the Federations 2018 Impact Report. A copy of the report is online at www.jfgo. org/impact. As previously announced in the Heritage, Roz Fuchs was honored as this years Hu man Service Award winner. In presenting the award, last years honoree, Sara Stern, outlined Fuchs myriad ac complishments in service to the Greater Orlando Jew ish community, including her work spearheading the successful 2017-18 Kehillah exhibit at the Orange County Regional History Center. Loren London was the win ner of this years Jerome J. Bornstein Leadership Award in recognition of the decades of volunteerism and fund raising she has done for the Federation and for the wider community. London was Emcees Jeannie Leavitt and Ming Marx. the driving force behind the creation of Choices, which has become JFGOs largest annual fundraiser. Another of Londons signature accom plishments, the RAISE work and social-skills program for adults with special needs, continues to have a growing impact on Jews and non-Jews in Orlando. Presenter Forest lauded London for all she has done to lift up, inspire and empower so many, adding that RAISE has created the culture of inclusion and acceptance that was Lorens goal from Day One. This years Jewish Com munal Professional Award was presented to Eric Light man and Robby Etzkin, executive directors of the Rosen and Roth Family JCCs, respectively. Lightman accepted on behalf of both men. (Etzkin was unable to attend due to an out-of-state commitment). Lightman and Etzkin were honored for their col laborative work in creating the Israel Independence Day Celebration in April at Lake Eola Park in downtown Orlando. Thanks to the inspiring work of these two men, we are already talking about creating more events that expand our reach beyond the Jewish community, For est said, inviting all of our Orlando neighbors to learn more about who we are, what we believe, and what we have in common. The final segment of the meeting was devoted to a discussion about JFed, a group composed of com munity members and board members of JFGO and The Roth Family JCC that has been meeting regularly to discuss and evaluate poten tial areas of collaboration between the two organiza tions. The groups leader, who also led the Annual Meeting discussion, is Dick Appelbaum. Appelbaum said the JFed discussions, which have been taking place for several months but ramped up in early 2018, have been pro ductive, and the group has identified some areas that are suitable for collaboration between the two organiza tions, such as marketing and some office staff management duties. Appelbaum said the possibility of a full merger between the Federation and JCC has also been discussed in detail, although such a major undertaking would require the approval of both organiza tions boards and would likely be a years-long process. Transition From page 12A suffering from mock-war injuries. The hospital also had to check on its ability to function under a cyber attack, which could disrupt blood laborato ries or patient records. It then began testing its Divided From page 7A residents and making noise late into the night. Some families in the area dont take care of their kids. Theyre problematic, said Alexander, a local Hasid who claimed that the teens have broken windows, scared chil dren with dogs and sit around and yell in public squares until 3 in the morning. They cause both spiritual and material problems, he said. They dont act haredi. People pay a lot to live in a haredi neighborhood and they dont behave well or act haredi in the street. Moshe, a short Hasid with a bushy blond beard, agreed, telling JTA that residents have worked hard to create an envi ronment free of smartphones and the internet. The teens, he said, sit around watching movies and showing what he believed to be inappropriate content to religious children. Continuity From page 5A hybrids and creoles, for syn cretism and confluence, for jazz and Afrobeat and Thai surf music, for integrated neighborhoods and open borders and the preposterous history of Barack Obama, Chabon whitmanized in de fense of intermarriage. I am for the hodgepodge cuisines of seaports and crossroads, for sampling and mashups, pastiche and collage. But where I usually agreed with Cohen and his school of sociology was when, re sponding to declining Jewish numbers and engagement, ability to move patients to rocket-proof protected zonesin this case, an auditorium fitted ahead of time with power supplies, water, gas and all of the necessary medical equip ment. The auditorium housed 100 beds. When the day of the drill arrives, we check the ability of the hospital to run many si multaneous incidents within a short period of time, said Shavi-Sultan. The drill included the sce nario of direct rocket strikes on the hospital and the need to evacuate potentially dam aged departments. Patient evacuations from higher floors, involving rescue efforts by the fire service, were also practiced. During these move ments [that] Tzfat was under fire [as part of the drill], the hospital declared a mass-casualty incident, said Shavi-Sultan. Every Israeli hospital now has instructions and prepa rations on how to move patients away from areas prone to rocket strikes and into rocket-proof reinforced areas. Last month, we carried out an exercise at Rambam that can set up 2,000 beds in an underground parking lot. The underground lot already has its own generators, said the officer. Ziv had an excellent drill; it is very well-prepared, she stated. We see that hospitals are ready for emergencies. We do all we can to prepare and hope this scenario never materializes. We are fighting for our neighborhood, he said. According to Shlomit Kapach, founder of UVneh, a group dedicated to fam ily rehabilitation, the local municipality has hampered efforts to reach out to the citys street kids. She accused the head of the local welfare department of refusing to refer young men to Meitar, a Welfare Ministry program run through her group that is aimed at providing them with activities and treat ments. Eventually, Kapach said, she gave up on the citys cooperation. One of the primary teenage rioters in Ramat Beit Shemesh Bet was a former participant in her program, she said, de scribing him as very broken by the lack of continuing help. The continued decline to the street was an inevitable step, Kapach said. Down the block from Alex ander and Moshe, Nachman, a young man wearing skinny jeans, a T-shirt and Hasidic sidelocks, sat on a bench outside the falafel store play ing with his smartphone. He was skeptical of the Hasidic mens claims. The extremists are look ing for problems, he said. They are angry that there is a family with a dog. There are some teens who make problems that come here, but most are quiet. While the haredim claim that the teens are the big gest problem, some parents contend that the main issue is the extremists among the former. Sivan Ruschinek is a mem ber of the Chabad Hasidic movement who fled Ramat Beit Shemesh Bet two years ago after years of harassment by extremists. Hasidim from other movements would follow her daughters down the street screaming about modesty because the girls were wearing skirts they considered not long enough and declined to tie their hair in a ponytail. This went on for three years that they were harass ing us. And each time it got worse and worse to the point that they put glue in our lock so we couldnt close or open our door, Ruschinek said. They wrote on our entrance next to our door get out of our neighborhood. She recalled one incident in which an extremist behaved so aggressively that her 8-yearold daughter fainted in the street. We left to save our family and the sanity of the kids, Ruschinek said. Her 19-year-old daughter Shaina told a similar story, describing her time in Ra mat Beit Shemesh Bet as torturous. It was like going out of the house and feeling like Im in Gaza, Shaina said. I dont have words to tell you how bad it felt living there. There was always fear. The fear came out as soon as I went out the door. Will he scream at me or spit or hit or run after me? All the time. Since last months up heaval things have mostly calmed down, although the underlying tensions are still bubbling under the surface. Rudi, the 17-year-old dropout, believes it can be partly attrib uted to the vandalism of the synagogue. While he denied taking part in the incident, Rudi did voice a certain level of approval, stating that the haredim now understand they cant do what they want with impunity. According to Steinhalt, the non-haredi living in Ramat Beit Shemesh Bet, the local haredi-dominated municipal ity has done nothing for the teens, failing to engage them in programs that would get them off the street. A city spokesman, Mati Rozensweig, contests the claim. In a statement to JTA, Rozensweig asserted that the residents of Beit Shemesh live with great security and quality of life, and that the municipality was working on a number of levels to fix the problem, although he declined to offer any details. Steinhalt believes that the very nature of the haredi com munitys separatist lifestyle virtually ensures continued conflict. The problem isnt haredim or Zionists, he said. Its a problem between two ways of living, one in which we dont want someone who isnt like us and one where we welcome everyone even if he [doesnt follow] in our ways. Most of the secular kids arent doing anything that bad, Steinhalt said, but even sitting on the street is bad to the haredim. they would champion Jewish literacy and distinctiveness. The goal was not to shame people into sticking with the tribe but to identify and pro mote what it is about Jewish life that is worth preserving in the first place: a textual in heritance; a particular moral and ethical language; a series of distinct and meaningful rituals; a living awareness of a Jewish past, in all its glories and horrors; a profound sense of connection with people who share that story. Thats not tribalism; thats not Bubbe saying shell sit shiva if you marry out. Thats a deep kind of cultural engage ment that even Chabon should appreciate. And if the Jewish world created too few places that promote that affirmative vision of Jewish continuity, thats not the researchers fault. But those who are com mitted to this kind of Jewish continuity face a dilemma. It is what Ross Douthat, writ ing Sunday in The New York Times, calls liberalism with out/conservatism within. Liberal Jews are prone to embrace a world with fewer borders, more diversity, the whole Maria-and-Tony thing. At the same time, the Jewish community maintains a certain conservatism about its own patterns of marrying and begetting and cultural transmission (and, in the case of Israel, the safety of its lonely nation-state). Does that make many of us hypocrites? I suppose. But it is hypocrisy with a purpose. Yes, West Side Story is it self collage: of classical music and jazz, ballet and modern dance, Shakespeare and New York slang. It was originally conceived in fact as a clash not between Americans and Puerto Ricans, but Jews and Catholics. Its creatorsfour gay Jewish menwere at least doubly outsiders. But like a lot of American hybrids, it wouldnt have come about at all without something distinc tive in the upbringings of its creators. Chabon wants syncretism without explaining where the distinctiveness of the ingredients comes from in the first place. Theres no Afrobeat without the West African musical traditions out of which it grew. Collages would be pretty bland unless the elements were distinct in one way or the other. Id flip it around on Chabon. If there was a small, distinct indigenous culture and its millennia-old folkways were about to be swept away by a tide of colonialism or cul tural appropriation, would he celebrate that as syncretism and confluence? His call for an open-source Judaism sug gests that tradition has run its course, and deserves to be subsumed by the mainstream. There are many, many Jews, however, including Jewish liberals, who see themselves as that besieged indigenous culture. And they are willing to fight to preserve itnot as a museum piece but a liv ing, breathing, ever-growing thing. Andrew Silow Carroll is editor in chief of the Jewish Telegraphic Agency.


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