WWW.HERITAGEFL.COM YEAR 42, NO. 51 AUGUST 24, 2018 13 ELUL, 5778 ORLANDO, FLORIDA SINGLE COPY 75 Editorials ..................................... 4A Op-Ed .......................................... 5A Calendar ...................................... 6A Scene Around ............................. 9A JTA News Briefs ........................ 13A By Gerald Rutberg, her son Myrtle Rebecca Skop Rut berg, who loved all things American, and all things Jewish, passed away Satur day evening, Aug. 8, 2018, one month shy of her 107th birthday. Her achievements in life were many. She sometimes founded and was a member of numerous civic and reli gious organizations, and was named person of the year at Congregation Ohev Shalom, where she worshiped for over Myrtle Rutberg dies at age 106 80 years. Her honors over a lifetime were many and varied. Myrtle learned to drive at age 40, and drove well into her 90s. She graduated from Rollins College. She was a mentor and teacher for 90 years of public education, and Jewish education. Besides regular classes she specialized in preparation of special needs boys and girls for bar and bat mitzvahs exhibiting patience and perseverance reserved for the chosen few. Most often Christine DeSouza Son Gerald Rutberg with Myrtle. Fire in Southern Israel near Ofakim, about 20 kilometers west of Beer Sheva. On Sunday, Aug. 26, Jewish National Fund and The Roth Family JCC will host a town hall meeting about the Gaza border crisis. JNF is bringing three residents of Gaza border communities to Florida, to share their personal stories of living under attack, with hundreds of incendi ary kites, balloons, and rockets steadily raining down on them. While there will not be a live event in Orlando, JNF will be live-streaming the event from Miami at The Roth Family JCC, 851 N. Maitland Ave., from 6:30 p.m. 8:30 p.m. Attendees will hear about the needs in their communities and the issues they face on the ground: their experiences running to bomb shelters and sleeping in safe rooms, their fears of a ruined economy, and their challenges dealing with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder both their childrens as well as their own. The Israeli speakers are: Michal Uziyahu, the assistant to the mayor of the Eshkol Regional Council, which shares some 65 kilometers of border with Gaza. She has witnessed firsthand the effects of trauma stemming from rocket fire and terrorism. Israelis share firsthand accounts of life on the Gaza border Sarit Khanoukaev, a 21-year old young professional who was born and raised in Sderot, less than a mile from the Gaza border. Today, she works in her hometown for counseling at risk-youth as well as young children impacted by PTSD. Yedidya Harush, a representative from the Halutza communities and the entire Gaza Envelope region. Harush was born and raised in the community of Atzmona in Gush Katif and his family relocated to Halutza after Israel withdrew Joe (with guitar at bima) and Lynn Goldovitz provide unique spiritual leadership. Since 2003, Congregation Sinai has been serving the Jewish Community of Central Florida. After providing very successful community service over the past 15 years, they have now moved to 1200 West Broad Street in nearby Grove land at the edge of Clermont. Congregation Sinai will soon move into their new location with a special grand opening Torah procession, Mezuzah placement and a Kabbalat Shabbat service this evening, Congregation Sinai moves to a new location Aug. 24 from 7 to 9 p.m. The entire community is invited. Congregation Sinai pro vides a warm spiritual envi ronment for observance of Jewish traditions and cel ebration of our members life cycle events. They offer a full and comprehensive education program with an active Sister hood and Mens Club. They regularly supply donations of food and supplies for the local schools as well as food and clothing for Puerto Rican and U.S. Virgin Islands relief. While the local Jewish com munity attends prayer ser vices and special events, they have opened their doors to the entire community, regardless of faith. They hold ongoing food drives for the needy and interfaith activities to pro mote understanding among our different cultures. They welcome all with open arms and hearts to their services. This is one of the few temples with active spiritual leadership here in Central Florida. Sinai has steadily grown to serve over 150 Central Florida members from 6 to 96 years old. All members help to pray for each other as a family. Sinai has a very active Sisterhood with special events and annual fashion shows that often host 250 women from across the community. They also host various womens outreach programs inviting all area churches. Their Mens Club is very active with monthly movie and pizza nights, charitable programs as well as their annual golf tournament. Most Sinai members live in the Clermont, Minneola and Groveland areas. By Lisa Levine As it gears up to celebrate its milestone 18th anniversary at its Gems and Jeans Gala on Oct. 28, The Jewish Pavilion and its Friends of the Pavil ion Board are looking back with nostalgia and gratitude on the many dedicated and hardworking volunteers who have given so much of them selves since its earliest days. Two of its longest serving and most devoted volunteers are Elise Schilowitz and Gloria Newberger. Schilowitz has been an active member of Orlandos Jewish community since she moved here with her husband and young children in 1971. Born in Brooklyn and raised in Forest Hills, Queens, she married Henry Schilowitz in 1962, having graduated col lege a year early so she could work as a teacher while he was in medical school. After her husband com pleted his residency at Moody Air Force Base in Valdosta, Ga., during the height of the Vietnam War, they visited Orlando and decided to settle Appreciating volunteers here. Schilowitz raised her childrentwo sons and a daughterand worked as the office manager in her husbands private practice in obstetrics and gynecology. When her husband closed his practice in 2004 and went to work for Orlandos VA hos pital (he retired in March at the age of 80), Schilowitz was looking to volunteer, and her friend Ruth Bernstein rec ommended that she join the Friends of the Jewish Pavilion Board. She jumped in with both feet and has been integral to the Pavilions operations ever since, including joining the board of directors and serving a term as its president. Schilowitz has made many individual visits to residents and also helped with Shabbat and holiday programs, espe cially during the many years her mother was a resident at Rutberg on page 13A Volunteers on page 15A Gaza on page 15A Sinai on page 14A
PAGE 2A HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, AUGUST 24, 2018 JFS Orlando is pleased to announce the addition of Dor rit Ram to their JFS family. Dorrit Ram, LCSW earned a masters in social work from the State University of New York at Binghamton. She is a licensed clinical social worker experienced in providing psychotherapy to teenagers and adults with depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, ADHD, PTSD, dissociative disorders, addiction, autism, and intellectual disability. She specializes in working with people who have experienced childhood trauma. We are thrilled to have Dorrit join our team. As a therapist, she brings unique skills and specialties to our Counseling, Growth and De velopment Program. Dorrit utilizes an eclectic therapeu tic style and a little humor to help people regain a lost connection to themselves, said Ashlyn Douglass-Barnes, clinical supervisor for JFS Orlando. She offers habit reversal training for common body-focused repetitive disor ders such as nail biting, skin picking, and trichotillomania (hair pulling). Hebrew-speaking therapist joins JFS Orlando team By Ronald Scheiman The 2018 Hanukkah stamp will be issued sometime in late September or early October. The word Hanukkah is not on the stamp. The explanation given by the USPS is Though the word Hanukkah is not on the face of the stamp, the words Happy Hanukkah are printed at the top of the stamp sheet. They go on to say The USPS has received many public recom mendations over the years to do a Hanukkah stamp without the word Hanukkah thus giv ing the Jewish community could choose to use the stamp beyond Hanukkah. With the beautiful and meaningful design of the 2018 Hanukkah stamp we decided to take this public recommendation and gauge the response. I have been campaigning to the USPS for a new Hanuk kah stamp, every year, since 1993 and Ive never been asked about leaving the word Hanukkah off the stamp. Per sonally, I use the Hanukkah stamp all year long with the word on it. Now the USPS says they are listening to us, the Jewish community. Please ask your readers and/or members to send an email to the USPS and tell them you want a new Hanukkah stamp every year and that it should have the word Hanukkah on it. Let USPS know we want a Hanukkah stamp every year Send the email to Roy.A.Betts@usps.gov (he is the manager of Stamp Services) and, cc to Post master General Megan Brennan pmgceo@email. usps.gov. Mark Stone The summer is coming to an end and Orlando Hadas sah is gearing up for another season of exciting programs and fundraising events. We open the season on Sept. 4 at Congregation Ohev Shalom at 11:30 a.m. with a very special guest. Nationally known mentalist Mark Stone will present Mentalmania, a program of mind-reading and ESP, mixed with comedy that has amazed audiences all over the world. Stone became interested in ESP while in college where he began learning his skills. He developed a short program during his senior year and started performing for small groups of friends and family. He was encouraged to move to lounges and small venues with performances at openmikes. As his performances became more widely known, he was called upon to perform for dinner parties and other special events. This led to appearances at larger venues, where he was discovered by television scouts. He became a popular attraction on late night TV and his career took off from there. Stone now performs his show Mentalmania for all kinds of audiences. Those who have seen him on one of his many television appearances or on one of the many thou sands of shows he has done Orlando Hadassah opens the 2018-2020 season Sept. 4 for corporations, colleges, or casinos all agree. Stones show is the most amazing and entertaining demonstration of mental gymnastics you will ever see. Orlando Hadassah is ex cited to bring this amazing performance to its members and friends. Seating begins at 11:30 a.m. Lunch will be served promptly at 11:45 and tables will be cleared immediately after. The doors will be closed for Stones per formance. Reservations are required. RSVP before Friday, Aug. 31 to Nancy Greenfield Nancyg357@yahoo.com or call 407-415-6892. The couvert is $14. This event is open to the public. One of Bill Farnsworths illustrations from the upcoming exhibit Heroes of Warsaw. Sept. 1Dec. 28, 2018. Using the illustrations of Bill Farnsworth, Heroes of Warsaw highlights the courage and bravery of Irena Sendler and Janusz Korczak. This is the first time that all of his illustra tions will be presentedonly half of this collection has been on display before. Using the childrens books A Hero and the Holocaust: The Story of Janusz Korczak and His Chil dren and Irena Sendler and the Children of the Warsaw Ghetto this exhibit highlights the impact these heroes had on the children in the Warsaw Ghetto. My approach was to be brutally honest yet with a win dow of hope. The heroes like Korczak, and Sendler showed the world that during tragic times a few had the courage to rise above and do whats right, stated Bill Farnsworth. A reception for this exhibit will be held on Sept. 16 at 2 p.m. This program will serve as an opening reception for the Heroes of Warsaw exhibition and will include a talk from illustrator Bill Farnsworth about his work and inspiration. My approach was to be brutally honest yet with a win dow of hope. The heroes like Korczak, and Sendler showed the world that during tragic times a few had the courage to rise above and do whats right, stated Bill Farnsworth. Dates, times, and locations are subject to change. Please consult The Holocasut Cen ters website, holocaustedu. org, for the most up-to-date information. New exhibit coming soon to the Holocaust Center The next exhibit that is part of the Holocaust Memorial Re source and Education Center Fall 2018-2019 Cultural Sea son is titled Heroes of Warsaw, which will be on display from Dorrit is a great addition to our already diverse group of professional counselors at JFS, added Eric Geboff, exec utive director. We are proud to be able to offer counselors who are fluent in English, Spanish, Hebrew and Creole. 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HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, AUGUST 24, 2018 PAGE 3A By Jackson Richman, JNS and United with Israel US President Donald Trump signed the National Defense Authorization Act on Monday, which includes $550 million in assistance to Israel and temporarily halts the sale of F-35 fighter jets to Turkey. This comes amid tensions between Washington and Ankara, which is currently holding an American pastor hostage, among other politi cal moves. The $717 billion Act in cludes a bipartisan measure honoring a decade-long Memorandum of Understand ing between America and Israel, with the US giving $3.8 billion annually to the Jewish state. The NDAA, titled the John S. McCain National Defense Authorization Act for 2019, authorizes funds for research and development pertaining to weapon-defense systems, including the Iron Dome, Davids Sling, Arrow 2 and Arrow 3 that help Israel defend against missile and rocket threats. Additionally, the law pro vides $50 million for joint US-Israeli work on countertunnel technology, which has emerged as a major security threat to Israel in recent years from the Palestinian Gazabased terror group Hamas. Facing constant threats on its borders, Israel is forced to spend more on defense as a percentage of GDP than any other nation in the industrial ized world. The vast majority of the security assistance is spent purchasing American prod ucts, and therefore the aid is essentially an investment in the US economy. The annual military blue print also temporarily blocks the US delivery of the F-35 fighter jets to Turkey in response to the detention of American pastor Andrew Brunson, whom the country accuses of participating in the failed 2016 coup against Presi dent Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Trump approves largest-ever aid package to Israel A hostel in Jerusalems Old City has published a list of haters of Israel who have been banned because of crimes committed against the Jewish people, drawing derision and ridicule from those blacklisted. The Jerusalem Heritage House describes itself as an in stitution that provides warm and comfortable accommoda tions for Jewish travelers in the heart of the Old City for a nominal fee. It boasts of hav ing hosted more than 60,000 guests since 1985. Posted on Twitter by jour nalist Jacob Kornbluh, the list includes figures such as comedian Jon Stewart, politi cian Bernie Sanders, former Obama administration am bassador to Israel Dan Sha piro and actress Bette Midler. Also banned are members of the media including the staffs of The Times of Israel, Haaretz, CNN and The New York Times, as well as the heads of the Anti-Defamation League and the Reform move ment. The Jerusalem Heritage House hung up when con tacted by a Jerusalem Post reporter. Members of the Israeli press corps responded with sarcasm, with The Times of Israels Judah Ari Gross tweet ing Shucks, no Jerusalem Heritage House for me and The Jerusalem Posts Amy Spiro joking that Bette Midler has been banging on the doors of the Jerusalem Heritage House for hours begging to be let inside. In response, Daniel Sugar man of the Jewish Chronicle tweeted at Spiro to be quiet, jokingly inquiring if she wanted to get the Jerusalem Post on the list too. Finding that his outlet was listed above other organiza tions on the list, Times of Israel Deputy Editor Joshua Davidovich sarcastically tweeted Were #8 Wooooh! Suck it, @haaretzcom and @ ADL_National. Jerusalem hostel blacklists Jon Stewart and others Hydrox celebrated its 100th anniversary in 2008. I still vividly remember when, shortly after they became kosher certified, my mom snagged a sleeve of Oreos from a Jewish event. We gobbled them up. Hydrox stopped produc tion in 2003, giving Oreo 12 years of a monopoly, give or take a 100th anniversary promotion by Hydroxs then maker, Kelloggs. A Pax Oreana, if you will. But in 2015, Hydrox, now part of Leaf Brands, sprang back like a phoenix and has been try ing to duke it out with Oreo, David and Goliath style. And now its taking that battle to the government. Hydrox posted on Facebook that it has filed a formal complaint with the Federal Trade Commission accusing employees of Oreos parent company, Mondelez, of block ing Hydrox from view when it stocks Oreos on supermarket shelves. The Facebook post says Mondelez uses a system called direct store distribu tion in which employees of the brand, rather than su permarket attendants, stock the food. This allows the Oreo stockers to push Hydrox aside when they place Oreo boxes on the shelves. Loyal Hydrox customers have sent in pictures of the cookies being boxed out by Oreos, moved behind Hydrox, the original kosher sandwich cookie, is accusing Oreo of sabotage other products or otherwise obscured from customers. Hydrox claims a major super market chain brought up the problem at a meeting. We believe in competition and choice but we firmly be lieve the folks @Mondelez (the owners of Oreo) have been un dertaking a national program to damage our brand and stop us from competing, Hydroxs posts says. Many of you over the last few years have been great at taking pictures when you see #hydroxcookies being moved or blocked from store shelves and we really appreci ate your help. Mondelez sounds uncon cerned about the complaint, telling Gizmodo that it is confident that this accusa tion has no merit. The OREO brand is an iconic one, with a proud and rich history of delivering great tasting products and exciting in novations to our consumers for more than a century. This focus, and our commitment to operating with integrity, has made OREO Americas favorite cookie. So who will win, the origi nal kosher sandwich cookie or the giant its fighting? Only time, and maybe a govern ment agency, will tell. By Ben Sales (JTA)You know what Ore os are. Theyre two delicious chocolate cookies sandwiched around a creme filling. Oreos also come in Double Stuff, vanilla, birthday cake and pumpkin spice (really). There is debate on how they should be eaten, but everyone knows theyre best when dunked in milk. What you might not know is that Oreos are just a copycat of Hydrox, a sandwich cookie first sold in 1908, four years before Oreos appeared on shelves. Even though (or maybe because?) they were second, Oreos came to domi nate the market, becoming a fixture in Americas grocery stores. But for most of the past century plus, Hydrox has held on. And at least in part its because of the Jews. Until a glorious day in 1998, Hydrox was the pre miere kosher sandwich cookie on the market, while Oreos remained treif, lack ing a kosher heksher, or seal of approval. Growing up, I genuinely thought Hydrox cookies were knockoff Oreos produced specifically for religious Jews. Oreos were the forbidden fruit, and By Jackson Richman (JNS)U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo an nounced on Thursday the founding of the Iran Action Group, which will be respon sible for directing, reviewing and coordinating all aspects of the State Departments Iran-related activity. For nearly 40 years, the regime in Tehran has been responsible for a torrent of vio lent and destabilizing behav ior against the United States, our allies, our partners, and indeed, the Iranian people themselves, said Pompeo. Our hope is that one day soon we can reach a new agreement with Iran. But we must see major changes in the regimes behavior, both inside and outside of its borders. The Iranian people and the world are demanding that Iran fi nally act like a normal nation. He added that the Iran Action Group will drive daily progress on these objectives and I hope do much more. Benham Ben Taleblu, an Iran analyst with the Founda tion for Defense of Democra cies (FDD), told JNS that he views the creation of the group as a positive sign that the United States is prioritizing the Iran issue. The need for an Iran ac tion groupor any entity specializing in streamlining, coordinating and implement ing Iran policyis due to the challenge of balancing the myriad threats posed by the Islamic Republic, as well as the attention the president and other administration officials have rightly given to that threat, explained Ben Taleblu. He added that there have been White House czars be fore, study groups, as well as unconfirmed reports about Secretary Pompeo having a similar group to deal with the North Korea problem set in his previous government position [as CIA director]. The most important takeaway here is that its a good thing when the U.S. prioritizes as sets and resources towards a problem set. Hopefully, the Iran Action Group will strive to empower and better stand with the Iranian people as they contest the clerical regime in Tehran, said Ben Taleblu. Brian Hook, who had served as director of policy plan ning under Pompeo and his predecessor, Rex Tillerson, will lead the initiative as the Special Representative for Iran, reporting directly to the secretary of state, Pom peo said. Since the presidents deci sion to withdraw from the Iran deal in May, Brian has played an important role in shaping our strategy of maximum diplomatic and economic pressure, said Pompeo. We are going to continue to rely on him and his team to lead our efforts to counter the Iranian regimes malign activ ity, to support Iranian voices and to galvanize international support for our efforts. Hook accused Iran on Wednesday of being a force for instability and violence, and said he would be open to talks, but added that Ameri can efforts to sanction Tehran economically and diplomati cally would continue until its leadership changed course. The move by Pompeo also comes as America reimposed sanctions on Aug. 6 after U.S. President Donald Trump pulled out of the Iran nuclear deal in May. The creation of the Iran Ac tion Group indicates that the Trump administration seeks to mobilize all of Washingtons institutional resources to ad vance its maximum pressure campaign against the regime in Iran, Tzvi Kahn, senior Iran Analyst at FDD, told JNS. At the same time, it also sends a resolute message to Tehran that the United States will remain unrelenting in its ef forts to change the mullahs behavior. Kahn added, In other words: Dont underestimate us. Iran Action Group created Publication Date: September 7, 2018 Advertising Deadline: August 29, 2018
PAGE 4A HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, AUGUST 24, 2018 THE VIEWS EXPRESSED ON THIS PAGE ARE NOT NECESSARILY THE VIEWS OF HERITAGE MANAGEMENT. CENTRAL FLORIDAS INDEPENDENT JEWISH VOICE ISSN 0199-0721 Winner of 46 Press Awards HERITAGE Florida Jewish News (ISN 0199-0721) is published weekly for $37.95 per year to Florida ad dresses ($46.95 for the rest of the U.S.) by HERITAGE Central Florida Jewish News, Inc., 207 OBrien Road, Suite 101, Fern Park, FL 32730. Periodicals postage paid at Fern Park and additional mailing offices. POSTMASTER: Send address changes and other correspondence to: HERITAGE, P.O. Box 300742, Fern Park, FL 32730. PHONE NUMBER (407) 834-8787 FAX (407) 831-0507 MAILING ADDRESS P.O. Box 300742 Fern Park, FL 32730 email: firstname.lastname@example.org Editor/Publisher Jeffrey Gaeser Editor Emeritus Associate Editor News Editor Gene Starn Kim Fischer Christine DeSouza Account Executives Kim Fischer Marci Gaeser Contributing Columnists Jim Shipley Mel Pearlman David Bornstein Ed Ziegler Production Department David Lehman Gil Dombrosky Joyce Gore Society Editor Gloria Yousha Office Manager Paulette Alfonso By Yisrael Medad (JNS)There is two-stage subversion proj ect at work against Israel and its Zionist-base ideology. The first stage seeks to cozy up, in a sense, and to equalize, falsely, two movements: Zionism and Palestinianism. If we are equal, then we are the same. Here is a first-stage formulation: ...you [Israel] will never be free until the Palestinians are... That has an emotional as well as philo sophical/moral message. We are just like you. And for you to be really you, we must be we. If that reads a bit confused, that is the point. Who among our younger generation of students and young adults will not be taken by that phraseology? The second stage, pushed after they have confounded and weakened the support for Israel and Zionism, is the type of freedom/ liberation they intend to achieve? Having unmoored their target audience from Jewish history, our religion and eth nic community national identity and the chronicles of the Jewish connection with Eretz-Yisrael (the Land of Israel) they move in for the kill, literally. They are talking about eliminationism. This is the prologue from the National Committee for the Heads of the Arab Local Authorities in Israels recent The Future Vision of the Palestinian Arabs in Israel. We are the Palestinian Arabs in Israel, the indigenous peoples, the residents of the States [sic! we dont have two states yet] of Israel, and an integral part of the Palestinian People and the Arab and Muslim and human Nation. It continues: Israel is the outcome of a settlement process initiated by the Zionist-Jewish elite in Europe and the west and realized by Colonial countries contributing to it and by promoting Jewish immigration to Palestine, in light of the results of the Second World War and the Holocaust. Are they truly indigenous? Where else are there Palestinian people? Or are those the refugees from 1948? How many nations are there? Arab, Muslim and human? Isnt all that, though, an echo of the Pales tine National Covenant? Article 1: Palestine is the homeland of the Arab Pal estinian people; it is an indivisible part of the Arab homeland, and the Palestinian people are an integral part of the Arab nation. Article 2: Palestine, with the boundaries it had dur ing the British Mandate, is an indivisible territorial unit. To highlight how they first establish equal ity between Zionist and Palestinian, ask yourselves if you could imagine the Knesset adding to that Jewish Nationality Bill this, from that Palestinian Covenant (original wording crossed out): Article 7: Jews Non-Jews of Palestinian Land of Israel origin are considered Palestinians Is raelis if they are willing to live peacefully and loyally in Palestine Israel. What is prohibited to we Jews/Zionistsand labeled imperialist, colonialist, etc.is quite permitted to the Arabs-called-Palestinians. That the Arabs in the seventh century were imperialists, colonialists, and yes, even oc cupiers, is ignored. And therein lies the deadly trap. First, they attack ideologically. Then they present a false history and reality. And after that, they make their seemingly logical de mands, which are but a repeat of the Mufti and Arafats denial and destruction program. Another declaration of national essence of the Arabs of Israel, the Haifa Document, refers to their identity truncated into a misshapen Israeli Arab one. Composed by so-called elite intellectuals, they cannot break free from a century-old misreading of Jewish national identity as well as a corruption of the historical record: Towards the end of the 19th century, the Zionist movement initiated its colonial-settler project in Palestine. Subsequently, in concert with world imperialism and with the collusion of the Arab reactionary powers, it succeeded in carrying out its project, which aimed at occupying our homeland and transforming it into a state for the Jews. They, too, engage in revolutionary progres sive language, writing of an historic reconciliation that requires... Israel to recognize the historical injustice that it committed against the Palestinian people through its establishment, to accept responsibility for the Nakba... recognizing the Right of Return... and recognizing the rights of Palestinian citizens in Israel, which derive from being a homeland minority. And by homeland, they mean Israel is really Palestine. And it will eventually, they intend, replace Israel. Our Jewish university student, our young adult and all too often our Jewish-establish ment lay leadership are lured by such language and cannot grasp what is developing. And they are quite upset at Israels chutzpah not to be, in any verbal formulation and in any practi cal sense, to yield before such eliminationist programming. And if you fellow Jews feel uncomfortable or even betrayed by our behavior, well forgive you in the end. Yisrael Medad is an American-born Israeli journalist and author. Its all about eliminationism By Marc Dollinger SAN FRANCISCO (JTA)In a dramatic scene, word reaches local officials that the leader of a militant black organization com ing to town is intent on stirring up trouble. An undercover operation ensues when an African-American attends the event, taking copious notes and reporting his findings back to his Jewish colleague. In this moment, it seems, the black-Jewish relationship stood strong. Racists and bigots, no matter what side of the racial or religion divide, will face blacks and Jews working to gether in pursuit of justice. It sounds like an early scene from Spike Lees BlacKkKlansman, when African-American detective Ron Stallworth (played by John David Washington) surveils a speech by Black Power founder Stokely Carmichael. Instead, its the true story of a 1959 speech by Nation of Islam leader Elijah Muhammad at a mosque in Newark, New Jersey. Years before the events in the movie, in which a black detective and his Jewish part ner go undercover to infiltrate the Ku Klux Klan, the American Jewish Committee joined with African-American civil rights leaders to investigate the threat posed by Muhammad and his call for black militancy. Even as Jewish leaders concluded that Muhammads speech proved more anti-white than anti-Semitic, the episode painted a picture of black-Jewish cooperation that anticipated the partnership between Stallworth, Colorado Springs first black police officer, and the detective who in the film is called Flip Zimmerman (Adam Driver). On the surface, Lee presents a classic tale of black-Jewish cooperation. In this understand ing of interracial relations, two historically oppressed groups joined forces to confront the racism and anti-Semitism of the Ku Klux Klan. Jews, committed to the mandates of prophetic Judaism, reached across the divide and leveraged their religious ideals to demon strate the equality of all Americans, regardless of racial status. In the civil rights movement that predated the events of the film, Jews comprised a ma jority of white volunteers and offered gener ous funding to the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. and his allies. Most contemporary news reports and even historical accounts offered this idealistic and filiopietistic analysis. The black-Jewish story line of BlacKkKlansman offers a needed challenge to that simplistic historical understanding. Even as Lee and script writers David Rabi nowitz, Charlie Wachtel and Kevin Willmott treat the Jewish detective sympathetically, they are careful not to fall into the trap, so prevalent in much of the historical literature, of moving white Jews into the center of what was a move ment created and led by African-Americans. Instead, Stallworth enjoys agency. He is the one who finds an ad in the local paper advertis ing a meeting of the KKK. Despite the racism within his police department and in the com munity at large, he launches an investigation, determining its course throughout the film In a break from the classic interracial motif of more-powerful Jews helping less-powerful blacks, BlacKkKlansman places Jewish de tective Zimmerman, as well as the other white police officers in his unit, in supporting roles. Stallworth, acknowledging white privilege as he impersonates Zimmermans voice in tele phone calls with the KKK, lobbies his Jewish colleague to impersonate him in face-to-face meetings with Klansmen. By redefining the black-Jewish relationship in this more Afrocentric way, Lee corrects a historical literature that all too often margin alized African-Americans in their own social BlacKkKlansman recalls the possibilities, then and now, of a black-Jewish alliance justice movement. He takes an approach similar to Selma director Ava DuVernay, who was unfairly criticized by many Jewish viewers when she did not include an iconic image of Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel in her movie. Lee and his team go a step further in rebal ancing the black-Jewish relationship by show ing the ways that Stallworth inspired his Jewish colleague to strengthen his own religious identity. When Zimmerman downplays his Star of David necklace, remarking that he did not identify strongly as a Jew, Stallworth pushes back. And when he asks, Why you acting like you aint got skin in the game?, Zimmerman realizes that his Jewishness matters. Later in the film, he faces virulent anti-Semitism from members of the KKK when he is told to take a Jew lie detector test and to lower his pants to see if he had been circumcised. Zimmermans heritage mattered; it took his African-American colleague to wake him up from his Jewish slumber. My own research has shown how, taking their cues from the Black Power movement, young Jews were indeed inspired to seek a more serious engagement with their ethno-religious identity. The deepest evidence of this films invest ment in exploring black-Jewish relations comes from the surprising fact that the real detective Zimmerman was not Jewish. Lee and the creative forces who wrote and produced the film, including Get Out director Jordan Peele, took license to frame this story in blackJewish terms. With this decision, they offer a 21st-century re-creation of the postwar civil rights alliance. BlacKkKlansman teaches us that in a nation so fraught with racism and antiSemitism, blacks and Jews offered a model of cooperation built on equity and respect between communities. In a riveting conclusionI wont detail it here for those who have yet to see the filmLee connects the history of white supremacy and the KKK to the contemporary political cli mate. With heart-wrenching cinematic detail, viewers are left to wonder how much progress has been achieved since the emancipation of African-Americans in the mid-19th century. Yet in his crafting of a renewed black-Jewish relationship that demonstrates the ways in which Jews learned, grew and benefited from their interactions with blacks, Lee offers a model of hope. With this reframe, we have a vision for blacks and Jews, as well as for other communities, to rally once again. Marc Dollinger holds the Richard and Rhoda Goldman Chair in Jewish Studies and Social Responsibility at San Francisco State University and is author, most recently, of Black Power, Jewish Politics: Reinventing The Alliance In The 1960s. The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of JTA or its par ent company, 70 Faces Media. By Jonathan S. Tobin (JNS)When security breaches threaten airports, theres not much doubt about who is usually called in to deal with the situation. Israels prowess in dealing with threats to its borders, and especially its air-transportation system, is legendary. What makes their methods so reliable? Leaving aside the reputation for tough ness, smarts and facial-analysis techniques that the Jewish states security services have cultivated both inside airports and during covert operations, its actually something that doesnt require much derring-do: a willing ness to be politically incorrect. In stark contrast to methods used in the United States, the Israelis practice what Amer icans call racial profiling without apology. Which is why the current dustup about the questioning that liberal American Jewish writer Peter Beinart got when entering Israel recently made no sense. That said, however foolish the questioning of groups and indi viduals critical of the Jewish state may be, it shouldnt, as Beinart clearly intends, cause Israel to re-examine its approach to security. In this context, racial profiling means security personnel are trained to look for the types of people and behavior that raise red flags. While personnel from the Transporta Protect Israel from terrorists, not its critics tion and Security Agency at U.S. airports are as likely to single out an elderly grandmother or a mother with a baby for special scrutiny as anyone else, the Israelis focus their attention on the types of people who are more likely to be terrorists. Israelis ask pointed questions of all visitors to the country to ensure that they are who they say they are. Inevitably, that also means they single out people based on ethnicity and ageto take just two of the most prominent indicators of possible troublefor question ing or searches. In practice, that means that younger males who are Palestinian Arabs and/ or Muslims are a lot more likely to get the third degree from Israeli security personnel than that proverbial harmless grandmother or nursing mother. That strikes some as unfair. But Israels results, especially when compared to that of other security services that dont follow the same procedures, are outstanding. Palestinian terrorists continue to strike whenever they can at vulnerable Israeli targets. But Israels transportation system, which is normally the weak point in any nations defenses, remains secure. Thats because trained security people have learned how to spot problems and are unashamed Tobin on page 11A
HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, AUGUST 24, 2018 PAGE 5A FROM THE EDITORS DESK Wheres the Establishment Clause? By Christine DeSouza How would you feel if your child came home from school and said that he/she had to memorize and recite the Apostles Creed? The Apostles Creed is a statement of faith that many Protestant Chris tians recite in church every Sunday. What if your child was re quired to make rosary beads for a class art project and recite the Hail Mary prayer, commonly called the Ave Maria or Angelic Salutation, a traditional Catholic prayer asking for the intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary? By refusing to do the art project or recite the creed or prayer in class, your child would receive a failing grade on that portion of the course. My hope is that you would be furious and youd call the teacher, the superintendent, the school board, the media and demand to know why these religious beliefs are be ing taught in a public school. After all, we do have the pro tection of the Establishment Clause, dont we? The establishment of re ligion clause of the First Amendment concerning pub lic schools, simply put means this: Neither a state nor the federal government can force nor influence a person to... profess a belief or disbelief in any religion. Let me explain that it is constitutionally permissible for public schools to teach about religions. In fact, reli gion plays a significant part in world history. Many cultures were developed based on religious valuesour United States was founded on JudeoChristian beliefs. However, it is unconstitutional for public schools to promote religious beliefs. The Clause explains that schools may expose stu dents to a diversity of re ligious views, but may not impose any particular view: Teaching religion amounts to religious indoctrination or practice and is clearly prohibited in public schools. Teachers must be extremely sensitive to respect, and not interfere with, a students re ligious beliefs and practices. Students must not be encour aged to accept or conform to specific religious beliefs or practices. A program intended to teach religion, disguised as teaching about religion, will be found uncon stitutional. So, we can relax. Right? Public schools cant make stu dents create prayer beads or memorize the Apostles Creed or make Muslim prayer rugs. That would be forcing chil dren to entertain a religious belief. To be clearchildren in public schools are not making prayer beads or reciting the Apostles Creed. But waitwhat has been going on in public schools for a number of years? Tenth graders in Seminole and Or ange counties are being told to recite the shahadathe Muslim profession of faith. They are learning the Five Pillars of Islam. They are not learning about the history of Islam or its spread across the Middle East. Students used to have to make a prayer rug, but from what I understand, they no longer are required to do that art project (thanks to parents outrage). Back to the shahada, this is a serious problem. Muslims take this statement of faith very seriously. I will not state it (ever) but in explanation, it says that their god is the only god and their messenger is the only messenger. This is a statement said by those who wish to convert to Islam. Students in Seminole and Orange county must recite this for a grade. If students refuse to recite it and object because they do not believe this statement, a failing grade can be incurred. Ask someone on the Semi nole School Board about this, and the topic is down played. And if students in 10th grade are being taught Islam, where is the balance with other religions? Oh, they learn about Judaism and Christianity in seventh grade. So, if a student wanted to do a religious comparison, hed have to recall what he learned in seventh grade? Libby Hilsenrath of New Jersey is boiling mad at the Chatham School District and Board of Education, and she is suing because of the teaching of Islam (not as a belief but as facts) to her seventh-grade son in his World Cultures and Geography class. Hilsenrath had a more serious problem. Her son was required to view two videos on YouTube, Intro to Islam Video and The 5 Pillars of Islam, that she claimed were an explicit and direct call to the children for conversion to the religion of Islam. Were talking about public schools here! The Chatham School Dis trict tried to have the claim dismissed, but federal Judge Kevin McNulty refused to dis miss the lawsuit, stating the untested scenario merits further exploration. https://gellerreport. com/2018/06/islam-isschool-lawsuit.html/ I shared this news article because this study of Is lam isnt happening only in Florida. It is across the coun try through the distribution of textbooks published by Pearson Education, a Britishowned education publishing company. Laurie Cardoza-Moore, founder of the nonprofit orga nization Proclaiming Justice to the Nations, recently spoke in Orlando about corruption in school textbooks. She enlightened the audience comprised of Christians and Jews about the world history, geography and social stud ies textbooks distributed by Pearson Publishers to public schools across the country. The mission statement of this publisher is to change the way America thinks, by indoctrinating children to globalization standards. Do parents have a say in what their children are being taught in public schools? One drastic measure would be to have a tort lawsuit brought up to the school board stating this teaching of Islam must be removed, as Hilsenrath is doing in New Jersey. Another measure, certainly doable by all parents right now, is to read your childrens textbooks, see what they are being taught. Discuss the material and re inforce your views and beliefs with your children. There is a lot at stake here. By Ilana Cowland and Rabbi Jamie Cowland Aish Hatorah Resources Hold on to whats important and let go of the super detailed image you have in your mind. One day they tell you youre young and beautiful. You have a bright future ahead of you, they say. Then the next day, with no warning, they say you are being too picky, that youre not getting any younger, and you need to think more seri ously about settling down. That day happens at differ ent ages and stages depending on your culture and commu nity as if theres an expiry date stamped on your forehead for all to see. Very few things are more painful for an older single than being told that theyre being too picky. You wonder which one of your dates you were be ing too picky about? Was it the one with abusive red flags? Or the divorced one who claimed no responsibility for any of the three failed marriages? Or perhaps the one with whom you had absolutely nothing in common whatsoever. They tell you its a blind date, but they dont tell you blind, deaf and mute. Would any of the people accusing you of being too picky have married any of your previous disaster dates? I highly doubt it. That being said, there is a small kernel of truth to the picky myth and with the permission of you wonderful courageous singles Im going to lay it out in the hope that you will remain pickyif picky means youre not go ing to settle for anything less than the wonderful life you all deserve. We imagine. We picture. We dont always realize that we do, but we do. For example, ever read a book before you saw the movie (which is always a disappointment after the book, apart from The Help) and spent the entire movie irritated at the choices of the casting director because that character was so different from how youd imagined them? Ever work with somebody and then later on met their partner and found yourself saying, Good gracious, thats so not who I imagined? Ever have a phone conversation with someone you havent met in person and then when you meet him or her you think to yourself, Hey, youre tall! I pictured you short! Our mind is always con juring images and thats normal. Except sometimes it can create a problem. Think of the following scenario: Youre looking for the perfect shoe to match the perfect outfit. You walk into shop number one, scan the shelves and theyre not there, so you walk into shop number two. You scan the shelves and nope, theyre not there either. All day long you look for your shoes and theyre nowhere to be found. But heres the thing. There are two parts to the evolution of the shoe. First, theres the shoe profile. For example, shoes that fit; shoes that are the right color; shoes that look good; shoes that make you feel good; shoes that match the outfit. Then theres the image of the shoe that you conjure up in your mind. Ladies: black, pointed, opaque 3-inch heel. Gents: charcoal loafers, thick sole, perhaps a contrast rim. You get it. We all have our picture. But there may be a whole variety of shoes that fit your profile. If you have imagined the perfect shoes down to the last detail, chances are youll spend your time looking for that exact pair. And its un likely youll find it. Youll leave the store empty handed, even Am I being too picky? though you passed over a few pairs that do fit the profile. The next day you walk into a different shoe stores and the shop assistant says, Dont tell me what your picture is; tell me your profile. Size, color, basic style. The shop assistant pulls out a pair and theyre different than what you imagined. You instantly want to say no because these are not the shoes youve been envisioning. But then you re mind yourself to take the shop assistants advice and you drop the detailed picture of your shoes and focus instead on the essential profile that youre looking for. Taken from that perspec tive, the new shoes have everything that you need and are looking for. Youre just a bit surprised. You try them on. It takes you a minute, but guess what? They look good. Even better than the shoes that you had imagined! Ask happily married people if the person they married took them by surprise. Many people will say yes. This doesnt mean that they were hoping to marry someone good andsurprise!they married an axe murderer! It means they shifted their picture. Hold on to whats impor tant. That overall profile is your guide. And let go of your detailed picture. Holding tight to what youre specifically envisioning needlessly limits your options. Chances are that the partner thats out there waiting for you is not the one youve pictured to the T. Let go of the details and hold on to whats genuinely important. Youll find yourself open to finding the better ver sion of the partner you seek. By Evelyn Gordon and JNS.org Aish Hatorah Resources Arabs came to the protest in Tel Aviv because they oppose the very existence of a Jew ish state, including its most innocuous symbol. Ever since Saturday nights demonstration against the nation-state law in Tel Aviv, which was organized by Is raels Arab community, people have been talking about the presence of Palestinian flags. But too little attention has been paid to something even more disturbingthe en forced absence of Israeli ones. Certainly, demonstrators who wave Palestinian flags while chanting slogans like With blood and fire, we will redeem Palestine merit at tention. As Jonathan S. Tobin noted earlier this week, those protesters clearly werent seeking to reform Israel, but to eradicate the Jewish state. Nevertheless, the dem onstrations organizers ex plicitly asked people not to bring Palestinian flags since they hoped to attract Jewish moderates rather than just the usual far-left fringe, and understood that Palestinian flags would make Jewish moderates uncomfortable. Nor is it their fault that some people ignored this request; at any demonstration with tens of thousands of participants, some people will disregard the organizers instructions. So while the chants and Palestinian flags certainly say something about the intentions of those particular demonstrators, they dont necessarily indicate the views of the majority. Whats far more telling is that the organizers also banned Israeli flags at the protest, arguing that they would make Arab demonstra tors uncomfortable (here, too, some people disobeyed). They did this knowing that it would undermine their goal of strong Jewish participation since many Jews opposed to the nation-state law would still feel uncomfortable at a protest where Israeli flags were unwelcome. And this wasnt a decision by a few rebellious protesters; it was made by the Arab commu nitys most representative bodythe Higher Arab Moni toring Committee, which consists of elected mayors, Knesset members and other community leaders. In other words, the orga nizers believed that Israeli flags were unacceptable to most of their community. So they informed Jews that no partnership was possible, even over an ostensibly major shared concern, unless the Jews agreed to forgo even the most basic symbol of their Israeli identity. If this doesnt immediately strike you as outrageous, try imagining, say, a protest against U.S. President Donald Trumps immigration policy at which protesters were forbid den to wave American flags. It would be ridiculous. After all, most of the policys opponents consider themselves proud Americans who object to the policy precisely because they The missing Israeli flags think it contradicts Americas best values, and most of the immigrants themselves would like to become proud Americans. So why would anyone mind if American flags were present? For the same reason, Israeli flags were much in evidence at the Druze communitys protest against the nationstate law the previous week. Those demonstrators, Druze and Jews alike, considered themselves proud Israelis, nor did they have any objec tion in principle to Israels Jewish identity. They merely Flags on page 14A
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HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, AUGUST 24, 2018 PAGE 7A By Charles Dunst Spoilers for BlacKkKlans man below. NEW YORK (JTA)In 1965, two young Jewish men, Andrew Goodman and Michael Schwerner, were murdered along with black activist James Chaney by Ku Klux Klansmen in a Southern horror memorial ized in the 1988 film Mis sissippi Burning. My own Jew-adjacent summer camp showed the film to us when we were about 12, with a non-Jewish camp director adding in an impassioned speech that while the days of the violent Klan had passed, it was our responsibility, as well-meaning white people, to eradicate casual racism. Spike Lees BlacKkKlans man initially shares his well-meaning optimism be fore dashing it in favor of a grimmer reality. The film, in which two copsa black and a Jewgo undercover to infil trate the Klan, is based on a true story whose racial hijinks may remind viewers of Dave Chappelles famous black white supremacist skit. Alec Baldwin opens BlacK kKlansman, set in 1972, with a surprise cameo as a white supremacist filming an infomercial. Dressed like a B-list Colonel Sanders, he repeatedly fumbles his con demnations of blacks and the Jewish justices of the Supreme Court. Lulling the viewerperhaps only the na ive white viewerinto a false state of comfort, Lees opening implies that organized white supremacy, as embodied by Baldwins character, is an antiquity of our American past to be laughed at rather than a contemporary movement to be feared. The first hour or so of the film, chock full of racial quips and legitimately funny moments, continues the pur poseful misconception. Lee portrays white supremacists as sloppy and ignorant. It is only when Klan Grand Wizard and National Director David Duke (Topher Grace) arrives in Colorado Springs that the proverbial comedic hood comes off of BlacKkKlans man, revealing a bleaker plot indicative of a disquieting reality. The film, as Jewish writer David Klion put it, is surpris ingly fun for a while and then not fun at all. BlacKkKlansman be comes not fun at all when Duke, speaking at a private KKK banquet, embarks on a campaign speech of sorts, telling his followers exactly what they want to hear about blacks, Jews and the like. The Klansmen and their wives and girlfriends soon watch, en thusiastically, D.W. Griffiths The Birth of a Nation, the 1915 film that Richard Brody of The New Yorker calls a racist fabrication which had the immediate practical result of reinvigorating the Klan nationwide. Lee intercuts the banquet scene with a visit to the Colo rado College Black Student Union from a man named Mr. Turner (Harry Belafonte), who tells, in agonizing detail, the story of a lynching of his friend, Jesse Washington, not ing that he hid in the attic to avoid being found while locals sold Washingtons body parts and celebrated his murder in postcards. (The lynching, which took place in Waco, Texas, is a true story). Ron Stallworth (John David Washington), the black cop ironically assigned to protect Duke against death threats, is, like Mr. Turner once was, hiding in an attic of sorts at the banquetin a raised space, behind a small window, watching the disturbing scene unfold. Its difficult to imagine any Hebrew school graduate watching the scene without thinking briefly of Anne Frank and her own temporary attic refuge from white supremacy. As the film grew darker, its references to President Donald Trump drew fewer laughs and more collective despondency from the soldout theater where I saw the film. Anachronistic cries of America first and Make America Great Again mark nearly every Klan gathering, while every Klan space is plastered with Richard Nixon campaign paraphernalia. In the most obvious allu sion to Trump, Stallworths white sergeant (Ken Garito) suggests that Dukes attempts to mainstream white suprem acy could eventually result in an American president who, through immigration, affir mative action and tax reform, will embody Klan values but make them palatable to the American public. Politics, Sergeant Trapp notes, is another way to sell hate. America would never elect somebody like David Duke president, Stallworth says. Trapp responds: For a black man, youre pretty naive. Lee wants to shatter this naivete. People become delusional and think theyre not black anymore because they are acceptedits the okey-doke, Lee told Time magazine. You can say that now, but they still think yous a nigger. Just as even the most naive viewer recognizes that Americas racist past is not separate from but directly tied to its present and future, so does the Jewish cop, Flip Zimmerman (Adam Driver). Earlier in the film, Zim merman refuses to admit to Stallworth that he has skin in the game. Later he realizes that no matter what he does or how culturally accepted he may be, to the Klan hes still a Jewstill a kike. I never thought about it before, Zimmerman con fesses to Stallworth, reflect Adam Driver plays Flip Zimmerman, a Jewish cop in Colorado Springs, and John David Washington plays Ron Stallworth, the black cop assigned to protect David Duke. Why Spike Lees BlacKkKlansman is a cautionary tale for 21st-century Jews ing on the fact that he was not raised particularly Jewish. After spending time with the Klan, who repeatedly refer ence yarmulkes and circumci sion, even casually asking if a situation is kosher, he now admits Im thinking about it all the time. While Stallworth, perhaps embodying contemporary black Americans, needs no reminder of his own vulner ability, Zimmerman, perhaps embodying contemporary Jewish Americans, does. As indicated by anti-Sem itisms central place in the Unite the Right rally in Char lottesville and the movements behind it, contemporary Klan types havent forgotten about American Jews. In the closing moments of BlacKkKlansman, Stall worth and his love interests collective cozy contempla tions of their future are interrupted by a Klan cross burning nearby. Moments later, viewers contemplation of Americas future is inter rupted with disturbing reallife footage from the Charlot tesville rally, complete with participants chants of Jews will not replace us and cut aways to Trump equivocating on the white supremacist vio lence Eventually Lee provides a memorial to Heather Heyer, killed by a white supremacist who drove his car into a crowd of counterprotesters. Lee ends the film by filling the screen with an upsideLee on page 15A
PAGE 8A HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, AUGUST 24, 2018 The first mention in JTA of the Hebrew word has barah was in 1988, at the height of the first intifada. The article focused on Israelis and American Jews and their deep concern that the media were distorting the unrest and showing the Israeli military in a bad light. The answer, interview ees agreed, was better hasbaraha Hebrew word, explained the author (OK, it was me), whose meaning falls somewhere between informa tion and propaganda. Israel has never actually looked at hasbarah as an in tegral part of policymaking, said Dan Pattir, a former press secretary to prime ministers Yitzhak Rabin and Menachem Begin. Fast forward 30 years. Writ ing last week in the Los Angeles Times, Noga Tar nopolsky makes a convinc ing case that Israels public diplomacy efforts are flawed, unprofessional, scattershot and out of touch. Critics tell her that Prime Minister Ben jamin Netanyahu relies too much on social-media videos to defend Israel. They say its military spokespeople are ill prepared to answer questions about controversial events, like Mays deadly riots on the border with Gaza. There is... no single authority that coordinates and supervises these various activities, complains Michael Oren, who is (wait for it) Israels deputy minister in charge of public diplomacy. The critics, however, dont make a convincing case why any of this matters. Complaints about Israels hasbarah efforts are as regular and ritualistic as the Jewish holidays. Without answers from a strong PR campaign, the theory goes, the litany of anti-Israel charges gains traction. But among whom? Israel re mains hugely popular among the American public. Accord ing to Gallup, 64 percent of the U.S. population sympa thizes with the Israelis over the Palestinians, and only 19 percent say they sympathize more with the Palestinians. Congress remains firmly pro-Israel. Yes, a Pew survey in January showed a wide partisan divide over Israel, with 79 percent of Republi cans and only 27 percent of Democratic sympathizing more with Israel than with the Palestinians. But the poll questions forced respondents to choose between Israelis and Palestinians (why not both?), and the results may have reflected only the deeply partisan nature of American politicsnot anything you can hasbarah away. Despite wide publicity and Jewish consternation, the Boycott, Sanctions and Divestment movement hasnt taken root outside the far left. As of June, 25 states have en acted anti-BDS laws. In fact, If Israel has such bad PR, why does it remain so popular? the whole point of BDS is that Israel has a positive image that needs to be undermined. You wouldnt know about BDS if celebrities didnt regularly include Israel on their world tours. The charge of pinkwash ingthat Israel touts its relatively progressive record on LGBT rights to distract the world from the occupa tiontargets what the BDS folk think is a positive and effective means of hasbarah otherwise, why would they bother? And paradoxically, every charge of pinkwash ing only reminds the casual reader of Israels strong LGBT record. Two kinds of critics, often overlapping, criticize Israels hasbarah. The first is convinced that the media have in it for Israel. Such critics also hold the mistaken notion that the medias role is to tell a story as they would have it told. Cover age of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is hardly perfect, and examples abound of stories becoming stories only when Palestinians are the victims, or headlines that ignore cause (a terror attack) for effect (the Israelis response). In general, however, Palestinians have a point when they complain that the media often shape the narrative according to an Israeli point of view, depict ing Palestinian life with an PR on page 14A Beth Shalom Memorial ChapelProudly Serving Our Community For Over 35 YearsLdor vdor ... From Generation to Generation Traditional Jewish Funerals Non-Traditional Services Interstate Shipping Pre-Arranged Funerals Shalom Assurance Plan Headstones, Grave Markers407-599-1180 W.E. Manny Adams, LFD Samuel P. (Sammy) Goldstein, Exec. Directorwww.bethshalommemorialchapel.com
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As recently reported in the La Croix International, (and passing it along to you), some 300 leading French public figures signed a manifesto denouncing what they see as the new wave of anti-Semitism in their country. The manifesto was published recently in Le Parisien newspaper and was signed by politicians, as well as Jewish, Muslim and Catholic leaders. Among the signatories were two leading Catholic officials: JOSEPH DORE, Bishop-emeritus of Strasbourg, and Father PATRICK DESBOIS, responsible for relations with Judaism at the French Bishops Conference. Others included actor GERARD DEPARDIEU, singer, CHARLES AZNAVOUR, and former president NICHOLAS SARKOZY. We demand that the fight against this democratic failure that is anti-Semitism becomes a national cause before its too late. Before France is no longer France, reads to manifesto. French Jews are 25 times more at risk of being attacked than their fellow Muslim citizens. In our recent history, 11 Jews have been assassinated and some tortured by radical Islamists because they were Jewish. The murders date back to 2006 and include the 2012 fatal shooting of three schoolchildren and a teacher at a Jewish school by an Islamist gunman in Toulouse. Three years later, an associate of those who massacred cartoonists at the satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo killed four people at a Jewish supermarket in Paris. In April 2017, an elderly Orthodox Jewish woman was thrown out of the window of her Paris apartment by a neighbor shout ing Allahu Akbar. And the latest shocking attack took place a few months ago when an 85-year-old Holocaust survivor was stabbed 11 times before her body was set on fire. The statement urges prominent Muslim religious leaders in France to denounce anti-Jewish and anti-Christian references in the Quran as outdated so no believer can refer to a holy text to commit a crime. As the widow & mother of U.S. Military veterans... I want to protect veterans, especially, from the following scams: VA Loan Scam: Someone offers to refinance your loan at a lower interest rate. Tech Support Scam: You get a message or email saying that there is a virus on your computer and you need to pay to remove it. Phishing Scam: You receive a call or email about a program for vets that pays thousands in benefits, but they ask for your personal information. Credit Card Scam: You get a call from a robocaller saying you can lower your interest rate. IRS Tax Scam: Someone calls or leaves a message saying they work for the IRS and that you owe them money. Charity Scam: You are asked to make a donation to support veterans but the charity is not a legitimate organization. JCC39ers... Cinema Sundays next feature will be shown on Aug. 26, 2 p.m. in the Maitland JCC Senior Lounge. The movie featured is The Florida Project with Willem Dafoe. Refreshments will be available. Meet & Mingle Mondays will feature The Jewish Ameri Sheldon Brook can presented by SHELDON BROOK. It takes place at 1 p.m. in the Maitland JCC Senior Lounge on Aug. 27. Refreshments will be put out after the program and will be plentiful! Shout Outs... Calories make it taste good, said LAURA RUSAKIE WICZ, a waitress at TooJays Restaurant in Altamonte Springs. That was Lauras re sponse to my request to take all the calories out. She is a wonderful waitress and very pleasant. And at Bagel King in Cas selberry, always on the ball, JOSH DOBB saw that I was feeling a little light-headed and rushed me over my dessert! Also at the same Bagel King, waitress SUZANNE LIPTAK, a lovely looking, fast and efficient waitress, took good care of me and my guest. (We enjoyed the service and especially the food that had NO calories!!) Art at the JCC... On Wednesday, Aug. 29 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Roth Family JCC in Maitland, a program titled Jewish Can vas Art will take place. Work with Bonnie Morgan, JCCs art teacher and Ringling College alum, to create a oneof-a-kind, piece of Judaic art. You will be guided through the painting process step-by-step to help you create your own unique masterpiece. Be sure to phone the JCC at 407-6455933 to register. I saw this on a t-shirt... The worlds best antide pressant has 4 legs, a wag ging tail, and comes with unconditional love. (I wholeheartedly agree!) While on my recent visit to Chicago, I bonded with my niece, KASEY, a 9-year-old German Shepherd mix that is an important part of one of my sons families. While there I noticed that we had an uncanny family resemblance! (Check for yourself!) One for the road... Izzy has taken to flying kites, but hes not very good at it. In fact, today hes having trouble controlling his kite its bobbing and weaving all over the sky. His wife Sarah, observing the scene from the window, calls out to him, Izzy, I think it would be better if you had a piece of tail. Izzy replies, When I asked you for that a little while ago, you told me to go fly a kite. Kasey Sean Gallup/Getty Images Ronald Lauder speaking next to a lit menorah at a memorial to the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising in Poland, April 19, 2018. Israels turn to the nationalist right is betraying its, and the Jewish peoples, commitment to democratic, humanistic ideals. The Jews of the new era have fused our national pride and religious affiliation with a dedication to human progress, worldly culture and morality, Lauder wrote. Conservatives and liberals, we all believe in a just Zion ism and a pluralistic Judaism that respects every human being. So when members of Israels current government unintentionally undermine the covenant between Juda ism and enlightenment, they crush the core of contempo rary Jewish existence. Its the second time Lauder has taken to the pages of The Times to lambaste Ne tanyahus agenda. In March, he lamented the demise of the two-state solution under Netanyahu and the power of Lauder helped make Netanyahu prime ministernow hes opposing him Orthodox parties in Israel, warning that [b]y submitting to the pressures exerted by a minority in Israel, the Jewish state is alienating a large seg ment of the Jewish people. Lauder may fear Netanya hus policies now. But without Lauders support, Its possible Netanyahu never would have been prime minister at all. In 1996, the first time Ne tanyahu ran for the office, he was a major underdog facing a 30-point deficit to incumbent Shimon Peres. Yitzhak Rabin, Israels prime minister, had been assassinated months earlier by a Jewish extremist opposed to the Israeli-Pales tinian peace process. Beyond the national sym pathy for Rabins Labor Party, some saw Netanyahu as complicit in the incitement that led to the assassination. A month beforehand, he By Ben Sales (JTA)Its gotta hurt when the guy who used to fund your political career writes two op-eds criticizing you in The New York Times. Benjamin Netanyahu would knowthats whats happening to him right now. On Monday, Netanyahu was the target of a scathing column by Ronald Lauder, the cosmetics heir who heads the World Jewish Congress. Lauder lamented Israels re cent nation-state law, which Netanyahu defends as a safe guard of Israels Jewish char acter but critics see as a slap in the face to the countrys minorities. Lauder wrote that Lauder on page 14A
PAGE 10A HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, AUGUST 24, 2018 feel there should be a rec ognized egalitarian section at the Western Wall, its not something they are passion ate about. He points out that 100,000 Israelis joined a rally in Tel Aviv in sup port of surrogacy rights for male gay couples last week, but asks rhetorically, How many would come out for a rally in support of Reform/ Conservative rights at the Kotel [Western Wall]? Maybe a couple dozen. Oren adds that while many in Israel took issue with vari ous aspects of the recently passed Nationality Law, including wording when it comes to Jewish settlements and minority rights, there wasnt any real discussion in Israel over Article Six, which discusses non-Israeli Jews. The third bullet point in Article Six states that the State shall act to preserve the cultural, historical and religious heritage of the Jewish people among Jews in the Diaspora, implying that the rights of Diaspora Jews while in Israel werent covered under the law. Oren explains that the original text didnt say Dias pora, but included the phrase among Jews wherever they are. It was revised to include the word due to pressure from ultra-Orthodox Knesset parties. He says there was no interest [in fighting] to make a change back to the original text, proving Israeli indifference on these issues, including prayer the Western Wall for non-Israelis, most whom are affiliated with the non-Orthodox movements. Oren feels that it is his responsibility to awaken the Israeli public on the importance of these topics, though he realizes his goal is difficult; the divide between Israelis and Diaspora Jewry on many issues is currently wide. There is resentment here on core Israeli issues, such as the Iranian nuclear deal and the U.S. moving its embassy to Jerusalem, because they [U.S. Jews] backed the first and opposed the second, he says. Oren gives several other examples supporting this schism, but feels passionately that Israelis have a responsi bility and should be working with Diaspora Jewish move ments from all streams to strengthen Jewish identify and promote aliyah, among other issues. Changing what they know is unacceptable Rabbi Ken Spiro, a histo rian and a licensed tour guide from the Israel Ministry of Tourism, says that the bottom line regarding the attitude of the majority of Israelis about prayer at the Kotel and why there isnt a significant out cry for change is that Is raelis, in general, are more traditional than Jews in the Diaspora. Yonatan Sindel/Flash90 Jewish worshipers cover themselves with prayer shawls as they pray in front of the Western Wall, Judaisms holiest prayer site, in Jerusalems Old City, during the Cohen Benediction priestly blessing at the Jewish holiday of Sukkot, Oct. 8, 2017. Why Israelis arent as worked up about the Western Wall as Diaspora Jews He explains that the major difference between Israel and the Diaspora is that in the Jewish state, there is a large population of Sephardim (Jews from the Arab world) who are generally more tra ditional and historically have had no exposure to Reform or Conservatism Judaism movements that originated in Western Europeanas well as American Ashkenazi Jew ish communities of the 19th and early 20th centuries. Spiro says most tradi tional or Orthodox Israelis want to preserve status quo; thats whats normal for them. Changing what they know is unacceptable, as it is a departure from the long-accepted practices of the past. He believes that having separate sections for gen ders in synagogue is a longaccepted practice, noting the old joke about Israelis and synagogue attendance: The shul I dont go to is Orthodox. Ran Baratz, former di rector of communications for Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, says the reason Israelis are less interested in creating change at the Western Wall is due to the Orthodox or traditional attitude of most Israelis. He cites anecdotal proof in the fact that the large majority of the visitors to pray separately, By Josh Hasten (JNS)The future of prayer at the Western Wall has become one of the most contentious issues among Diaspora Jewry in the past year, mainly as a result of the Israeli governments June 2017, suspension of a plan, which would have changed the status quo at one of Juda isms holiest site. Leaders of Diaspora Jewry from the non-Orthodox streams, along with the Women of the Wall organi zation, a group that holds monthly controversial prayer services at the Western Wall, were enraged by the last-minute shelving of the proposal. The plan had suggested enlarging and solidifying the current temporary egalitarian prayer section constructed in 2013 near Robinsons Arch on the south side of the wall, while creating a common opening from the main West ern Wall plaza to make the en trance more prominent. At the same time, a joint committee of Reform, Conservative and non-Orthodox female repre sentatives was established to oversee the area. Yet while the issue of Western Wall prayer gener ated such strong emotions in the Diaspora and within sectors in Israel that work directly with Diaspora Jewry, why has the Israeli public as a whole been substantially less committed toin fact, downright unenthusiastic aboutchanging the status quo? The American Jewish Com mittees 2018 groundbreak ing survey on the attitudes of American and Israeli Jews shows that while 73 percent of American Jews, a strong majority, favor providing a space near the Western Wall for mixed-gender prayer, with just 21 percent opposed, within Israeli Jewry that sta tistic was 42 percent in favor with 48 percent opposed. Resentment on core issues Knesset member Michael Oren, deputy minister in the Prime Ministers Office, says that he is in the midst of a ma jor undertaking, researching why the issue of prayer at the Western Wall isnt a burning issue for average Israelis. He tells JNS that while he believes that most Israelis Diaspora on page 14A r fntbb r n r rr r fntbb r b fbnb rfnft nbnbr rrrff rfrntbn rfnrnrtbr t r rfntbn ff bt n bt n r rr fn rr rr rr r rr rf r r n r rr tbtb bt
HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, AUGUST 24, 2018 PAGE 11A OBITUARIES ALAN BERMAN By Bradley Berman Alan B. Berman, an archi tect responsible for scores of prominent Central Florida buildings, passed away on Aug. 10, 2018. For nearly four decades, starting in 1960a period of rapid growth in Central FloridaBerman designed homes, office build ings, shopping centers, and hotels. His keen sense of de sign was put to use by several of the regions most successful real estate developers. Alan was a very talented architect and human being, said James Russell, a retired developer. He made great use of space. His work and his life were honest. Berman was born in Brook lyn, N.Y., on April 18, 1930. He was the son of George Berman and Myra Gingold, Jewish immigrants from Belarus. Berman became an only child at that age of four after his nine-year-old sister, Gloria, died. As a young man, Berman developed a keen interest in photography and jazz. His trips as a teenager into Man hattan to see the popular mu sic stars of the day, including Frank Sinatra and Peggy Lee, inspired Bermans lifelong love of jazz crooners. Berman also was an avid photographer throughout his lifedelight ing family and friends with images from his travels. Berman enrolled as an un dergraduate in engineering at Bradley University in Peoria, Ill. When his parents retired to Miami Beach, Berman transferred to the University of Florida, where he graduated with a degree in architecture in 1952. Soon after gradu ating, Berman served as a captain in the United States Air Force in San Antonio, Texas, and Biloxi, Miss. As he was preparing to deploy to the Korean War, the conflict ended in July 1953. After his discharge from the Air Force, Berman moved to Miami Beach to start his architectural career. One of Bermans first jobs in 1954 was to design the roadside sign for the Ocean Palm Motel, which was developed and owned by his father. Ber mans mid-century modernist sign became a beloved local landmark. In August 1957, Berman met Marcia Gibbs of DeLand, Fla., when their parents set them up on a blind date. He proposed marriage to Gibbs, then a student at Emory University, just six weeks after their first date. The couple married on Feb. 17, 1958, at the Elinor Beach Country Club in Ormond Beach, Fla. In 2018, Marcia and Alan celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary. In 1960, the couple relo cated to the Orlando area. Ber man opened his architectural firm in downtown Orlando. In the ensuing four decades, Berman designed numer ous award-winning build ings, including the Sheraton World Hotel at SeaWorld Or lando, hotels in Atlantic City, N.J., and Durham, N.C., and many iconic, modern, custom homes in the area. Bermans triplex on Park Avenue, where he lived for the past 15 years, won a Grand Aurora Awarda design competition of the Southeast Building Conference, a pro gram of the Home Builders Association. Berman also designed the Home Builder Associations Central Florida headquarters. Berman was an active member of the American Institute of Architects. In 1981, he represented the Or lando branch in an exchange program with the Swiss In stitute of Architects, which brought Berman on a tour to Switzerland, including Zurich and Geneva. The couple raised their three children in Maitland. Vicki, an attorney, and Reid, a real estate developer and investor, live in Winter Park. Bradley, who lives in Berkeley, Calif., is a writer. Berman retired in 2005, after which he traveled ex tensively throughout Europe, the Baltics, Iceland and South America with his wife and close friends, Marvin and Myrna Newman. His wit and his goodness were contagious, said New man, a retired attorney and professor at Rollins College. Berman is survived by his wife, Marcia; three children Vicki, Reid, Bradley and his wife, Angela; brother-in-law, Gus and his wife, Arlene; and five grandchildrenJoey, Nadira, Sasha, Isaac, and Oliver. Funeral services were held at Congregation of Reform Judaism with Rabbi Steven W. Engel officiating. Interment followed at Palm Cemetery in Winter Park. In memory of Alan Berman, the family requests contribu tions to The Jewish Pavilion, 421 Montgomery Road, Suite 231, Altamonte Springs, FL 32714. Arrangements were en trusted to Beth Shalom Memorial Chapel, 640 Lee Road, Orlando FL 32810. 407599-1180. ZACHARY LEONARD FARBER Zachary Zach Farber, age 85, of Apopka, passed away at Life Care Center of Altamonte Springs on Saturday, Aug. 11, 2018. Born in Scranton, Penn., on July 25, 1933, he was the son of Julius and Lila Seidman Farber. Zach was a graduate of the University of Scranton and served in the United States Army. He was the owner of Short Stop Servicesa transportation company. He was a former member of the Central Florida Chevra Kaddisha and a regu lar attendee at the morning minyan. The family has been long time members of Temple Israel. Zach is survived by his wife, the former Cynthia Stone; his son Jay (Lindsey) Farber; and daughters, Ronni (Jason) Mendelsohn and Faye (Victor) Bosch. He is also survived by his grandchildrenLauren, Ryan, Adam, Ava, Levi and Victor and his sister, Velma. A graveside service, with military honors, was held at Temple Israel Cemetery with Rabbi Joshua Neely officiat ing. In memory of Zachary L. Farber, the family requests contributions to the Jewish Pavilion, 421 Montgomery Road, Suite 231, Altamonte Springs 32714. Arrangements entrusted to Beth Shalom Memorial Chapel, 640 Lee Road, Orlan do FL 32810. 407-599-1180. JOAN GALIN Joan Galin, age 94, of Herndon, Va., and formerly of Orlando, passed away at her residence on Monday, Aug. 13, 2018. Mrs. Galin was born on Aug. 13, 1924, in Umarra, New South Wales, Australia, to the late Frederick Walter Johnson and Edna Moore Johnson. She was a home maker and the widow of the late Arthur H. Galin, who passed away in 1984. Mrs. Galin is survived by her daughter, Deborah Lynne Sanders (David A Radtke) of Herndon, Va.; and her sons, Gregory Bruce Galin of Cape Canaveral and Nelson D. Flack of Hawaii. She is also survived by her grandchil drenSarah, Rachael, Lisa, Katherine and Arthur; and step-grandchildrenChris tine, Candace and Jacob. She is further survived by her great-grandchildren Jonathan, Leilani, Killian, Ivar, Benedict, Ezekiel, Luke, Camren and Conner. A graveside service was held at Congregation of Re form Judaism Cemetery with Rabbi Moe Kaprow officiat ing. In memory of Joan Galin, the family requests contri butions to Alzheimers As sociation, 378 CenterPointe Cir, Suite 1280, Altamonte Springs FL 32701. Arrange ments entrusted to Beth Shalom Memorial Chapel, 640 Lee Road, Orlando FL 32810. 407-599-1180. MELVYN RONALD GOLDSTEIN Melvyn R. Goldstein, age 78, of Delray Beach, passed away at his residence on Saturday, July 28, 2018. He was born in Brooklyn on Aug. 29, 1939, to the late Walter (Wolf) and Evelyn Glickman Goldstein. He was a 1957 graduate of Miami High School. On Oct. 15, 1958, in Lindenhurst N.Y., he married the former Lynn Bolotin, his wife of nearly 60 years who survives him. An entrepreneur, he owned Bol tins Formal Wear and Travel, a family business in New York from 1972 to 2002, when he retired to South Florida. Dur ing his years in Lindenhurst, he served several terms as president of the Linden hurst Hebrew Congregation; president of the Lindenhurst Rescue Company; and was a lifetime volunteer fireman. In addition to his wife, Mel is survived by his son, Walter (Helene) Goldstein of Water ford Lakes and his daughter, Penny (David) DAgostino of Tavares. He is also survived by his grandson, Bradley, and his brother, Marvin Goldstein (Linda Chaiken). A graveside funeral ser vice was held at Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Pompano Beach with Cantor Eric Lin denbaum officiating. In mem ory of Melvyn Goldstein, the family requests contributions to the Jewish Pavilion, 421 Montgomery Road, Suite 231, Altamonte Springs 32714. Arrangements entrusted to Beth Shalom Memorial Cha pel, 640 Lee Road, Orlando FL 32810. 407-599-1180. LOIS G. PARNESS Lois G. Parness, age 75, of Clermont, passed away on Aug. 2, 2018, at Cranes View Lodge Assisted Living in Clermont. A native of Fall River, Massachusetts, she was born on May 24, 1943, to the late William and El eanor Meirowitz Gitlin. After receiving her nursing degree she worked as a registered nurse for many years. In May 1964, in Fall River, she married Bruce Parness, her husband of nearly 51 years when he passed away on May 15, 2015. Lois and her family relocated to Central Florida from South Windsor, Conn., in 1997. She is survived by her daughter, Stephanie (Robert) Hitchings of Bridgewater, Mass., and two grandchildren, Evan and Brandon. Her son, Andrew, passed away in Febru ary 2017. A graveside funeral service was held at Temple Israel Cemetery, Gotha, with Rabbi Arnold Siegel officiating. In memory of Lois Parness, the family requests contribu tions to the American Cancer Society, PO Box 22718, Okla homa City OK 73123-1718 or Alzheimers Association, 378 Center Pointe Circle, Suite 1280, Altamonte Springs 32701. Arrangements entrusted to Beth Shalom Memorial Cha pel, 640 Lee Road, Orlando FL 32810. 407-599-1180. PHYLLIS M. ROSENFIELD Phyllis Muriel Rosenfield, age 95, of Longwood and formerly of Munster, Ind., passed away on Aug. 3, 2018, at her residence at Brookdale Island Lake. She was born in Chicago on June 6, 1923, to the late George and Bess Fienberg Katz. A college graduate, she was predeceased by her loving husband and partner of 47 years, Bernard Rosenfield, and is survived by her loving daughters, Adrian Selig of Indianapolis and Leslie (Tom) Johnston of Altamonte Springs. She was also the adoring grandmother of Gary Selig, Ira (Christina) Selig and Sarah Johnston and great-grandmother to Julian Selig. Graveside services were held at Evergreen Cemetery in Evergreen Park, Ill. In memory of Phyllis M. Rosen field, the family requests contributions to the Jewish Pavilion, 421 Montgomery Road, Suite 231, Altamonte Springs FL 32714. Arrangements entrusted to Beth Shalom Memorial Cha pel, 640 Lee Road, Orlando FL 32810. 407-599-1180. LAURA JEAN WINTON Laura J. Winton, age 88, of Winter Springs, passed away at Arden Court ALF in Winter Springs on Aug. 6, 2018. Born in Canton, Ohio, on July 24, 1930, she was the daughter of the late Morris and Sylvia Rubin Cooper. Laura received her BBA from the University of Southern California, and in Las Vegas on Nov. 21, 1951, she married Paul Winton, her husband of nearly 50 years when he passed away in Abpril 2001. They relocated to the Oralndo area from Marin County, Calif., in 1972 and became members of Congregation of Reform Judaism. Laura is survived by her son, Mark (Elizabeth Rash) Winton of Winter Park, and her brother, Marvin Cooper of California. A cryptside service was held at Hillside Memorial Gardens in Los Angeles. In memory of Laura J. Winton, the fam ily requests contributions to Congregation of Reform Juda ism, 928 Malone Dr., Orlando, FL 32810. Arrangements were en trusted to Beth Shalom Memorial Chapel, 640 Lee Road, Orlando, FL 32810. 407-599-1180. realities of the Middle East, as well as staggering selfregard, Beinart is no security threat. The same is true of Zimmerman, even though her views are odious. While Beinarts account of an hour spent answer ing questions from what appears to have been a notterribly-bright Israeli official when he arrived to attend a family simcha was overly dramatic, its equally obvi ous that the only purpose of such encounters that focus on politics is intimidation, not security. These incidents are likely the result of an ill-advised law passed last year in which Israel banned BDS activists from entering the country. The legislation did nothing to enhance Israels security, but it does allow people whose ill intent is plain to play the martyr. Keeping them out in this manner does the Jewish state more harm than letting them wander about the country they want to boycott. It is far from unprecedentedeven for democraciesto keep out people who advocate their overthrow, such as Americas longstanding ban on Communists. But terror ism is the work of terrorists not peddlers of bad or even repugnant ideas. Thats why Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu is right to take notice of the Beinart incident. What happened to the liberal journalist was wrong. And if publicizing it leads to a crackdown on outof-control security person nel who have been playing the inquisitor with American liberals who dont like the countrys democratically elected prime minister and government, instead of just worrying about potential terrorists, Israel will be the better for it. The problem here is that in writing about his ordeal, Beinarts real purpose is not just to avoid similar incidents. To the contrary, he understands thatpetty harassment asidehe was in no dan ger of being locked up for his beliefs because as an American Jew and a wellknown journalist, even the dimmest of border officials understood he posed no threat. As he put it, his na tional, religious and class privilege was such that he was never frightened. What Beinart wants is to ensure that Palestin ians also arent subjected to tough questioning, no matter whether they fit the racial profile of a potential terrorist. That is where he should lose the argument with anyone who cares about protecting Israel. While this incident plays into left-wing narratives about Netanyahu and U.S. President Donald Trump trashing democracy, there is a difference between wrong ful harassment of political foes and smart policies that focus on actual threats. While Beinart likes to complain about the decline of Israeli democracy, his real beef with Israel is that Israelis who share his views about the peace process havent won an election in 20 years. Moreover, the majority of Israelis not only disagree with him, they also sleep better knowing that those who are given the job to protect them are doing it without worrying about be ing politically correct. Thats why Netanyahu should make sure that those who have that job stop play ing politics, which inadver tently gives the countrys detractors undeserved pub licity. Instead, they should stick to ferreting out actual terrorists by using profiling techniques that ought to have reminded them that Beinart wasnt a threat, whether the writer likes it or not. Tobin From page 4A to single out the types who are most likely to commit mayhem. And they have continued doing so, even though it has earned the country a reputation for be ing unfriendly to Palestinian and Muslim passengers and tourists. It also puts the controver sies engendered by Israeli officials who have subjected people like Beinart or Sim one Zimmerman, the cofounder of the anti-Zionist IfNotNow group to inter rogations when entering the country, in a different context. Israeli security is smart enough to know that even if his views demonstrate a shocking ignorance of the
PAGE 12A HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, AUGUST 24, 2018 By Christine DeSouza This article ran in the Nov. 18, 2016 issue of the Heritage shortly before Myrtle turned 106. She passed away on Aug. 18, 2018. As I pulled into Myrtle Rut bergs driveway at the house she has lived in for 30-some years, her son, Gerald, greeted me at the door. My mother likes visitors to come in through the front door, he said as he led me to the front porch. Myrtles dear friend Karnine greeted me at the door. Karnine stays with Myrtle and their relationship is like a mother and daughter. Myrtle was standing on her back patio, gazing out into her backyard. She wore a royal blue dress. Her straight white hair was combed in a fashion able side sweep. She is very pe tite, and because of her height, she said people always thought she was younger than she was. She usually hung around with younger people, and her husband, Albert, was younger than her. Karnine and I teased her, telling her that women who marry younger men are called cougars. She laughed hardily. And even as I was talking with her, she seemed younger than her 105 years. I kept forgetting her age as she shared so many stories in such detail. She has a gift for storytellinglike painting a picture. Myrtle Skop was born Sept. 17, 1911, in St. Louis, Mo., and she had a twin brother, Arthur, whom they called Archie. I have three older sib lings, Myrtle shared. My mother gave birth one and a half years apart for all three elder children. Then three years later God gave her two! Myrtle gave a youthful giggle, which she often did as she talked about her life. Archie was born 10 minutes before she was, making her the baby of the family. Myrtles oldest brother, Morris Skop, became Con gregation Ohev Shaloms first seminary rabbi in 1937. Two years later, when Myrtle came to Orlando, he introduced her to the congregation as his baby sister. When I came in, my broth er announced here comes my baby sister! Everybody turns around expecting to see a baby (she gleefully laughs) and here they see a 28-year-old lady! Myrtle treasures living in the United States. People clamor to get into the United States. Theyll do it every which way they can. I was very fortunate that my parents came here in 1904 from a small shtetl in Poland. Her parents arrived in New York on July 4. My mother saw those firecrackers go off and they got her very, very nervous. She said, Is this what Americas all about? Her parents settled in Cleveland, Ohio, where the first three children were born. They moved to St. Louis, Mo., then back to Cleveland after the birth of the twins. Myrtle lived in Cleveland until she came to Orlando in 1939. These are all stories in themselves and its hard to tell you individual stories because Id be talking all night! she repeatedly said throughout the interview as we changed from topic to topic. Myrtle had just turned 18 when the Depression struck in September 1929. We counted every penny we had because without that extra penny we couldnt buy certain items. Those werent good memories. The song they were singing was Brother Can you Spare A Dime, and they were selling apples in downtown Cleveland to make five cents. I was lucky to have a job. Men were being paid $8 a week, as was I, believe it or not. Later, to get her to move to Florida, her brother helped her get a job at The Lerner Shop in Jacksonville. She ar rived Nov. 10, 1939 and her brother contacted someone in Jacksonville to watch over her. I was walking down the street and someone came up behind me and tapped me on the shoulder, asking if I was Myrtle Skop. How did you know? I asked. He said because no one wears a coat and hat in Florida! After training in Jackson ville, she became the assis tant manager and window decorator in The Lerner Shop in Daytona Beach, and soon transferred to a Lerner Shop in Orlando. Orlando was called the City Beautiful. And it really was the city beautiful. There were lakes all around, and wherever we went, I thought we were riding around in circles because I was forever seeing a lake! When her parents came to Orlando, they bought a house on Park Lake Avenue. We used to catch the bus on Hyer Street to go downtown or we would walk. Orange Avenue was a beautiful avenue. Her father moved a business that her twin brother owned on Park Avenue in Winter Park to the corner of East Church St. and Division St. It was called The Myrtle Shop (after me, she interjected). Myrtle remembered The Le rner Shop was next to Yowell Drew Ivey on the corner of Central and Orange. On the other side of Lerners was But ler Shoe Store. Rutlands was on Jefferson and JC Penneys was across the street. What else do I have to remember? she suddenly asked. Oh, the stores were open 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. I asked, Dont they have labor laws in Florida? We had labor laws in Ohio! We were not allowed to work more than 40 hours a week! Some of her happiest mem ories of Orlando include becoming part of the Jewish community. We had Jewish organiza tions like the Bnai Brith, women and men, two different organizations. Hadassah, and what they refer to as the Ladies Auxiliary of the Synagogue. All three were important to any Jewish person who came to Orlando. And we would join all three. Ive been active in the Jewish community all through the years. In February 1941, Myrtle met her husband-to-be, Albert Rutberg. I was part of a young people groupeight girls and eight boys. We called ourselves the Stags and Does. We were plan ning a Valentines Party and each committee had jobs. I was on the decorating com mittee, making Valentine hearts to string up. Orlando was a popular place for Jewish kids. COS was downtown on Church Street and the party was open to all the Jewish young people from all over. Albert lived in Day tona and had just purchased a car. He and some friends drove to Orlando, knowing there was to be a party at the synagogue later that evening. However, they arrived early. As Myrtle was still deco rating, a girlfriend of hers introduced Albert to her as Myrtle Skop. Are you the rabbis wife? asked Albert. No! Im the rabbis sister! I said. He put two and two together and figured I must be single. He asked if he could bring her to the dance. As it turned out, Myrtle already had a date with a lieutenant from the base and she was double dat ing with her girlfriend, but she told Albert they could mingle together. My girlfriend and I, we walked into the synagogue looking like a million bucks. We were dressed to the hilt and the rest is history! Albert wanted to take her home. I said no. I came with this lieutenant. I better let him take me home. But we exchanged phone numbers. Albert asked if she would go for coffee with him around 10:30. Oh no, I cant do that. I have to stay until the end when the lieutenant will take me home. As it turned out, the lieu tenant had to be back at base by 11 p.m. Well, said Myrtle laugh ing, I was sorry I didnt tell him to come to the house and pick me up afterwards! Albert was not dissuaded. The very next day Myrtle received a seven-page letter from him. What did it say? Karnine and I pressed her. It was a real love letter, believe me. He had fallen for me hook, line and sinker, she said straightforwardly, then added,I think that he was more interested in the fact that I was the rabbis sister! she said giggling. That impressed him! But none-the-less ... It was a long-distance courtship. Albert came over twice a week from Daytona to see her. A short while later, he proposed. The way he proposed to mewe were at Lake Estelle by the Florida Hospital and Sanitarium, and we sat on the seats along the shore of Lake Estelle. He asked me, How would you like to be a June bride? Myrtle didnt want to be a June bride. She really wanted to get married in September. So, when he proposed the way he did, I didnt know whether to say yes or no! You didnt want to be a June bride, but you wanted to get married? I asked. Thats exactly what hap pened! Myrtle stated. So, when did you get mar ried? I asked. I got married in June, she said matter-of-fact. We all laughed like school girls. On June 15, 1941only four months after they met Albert and Myrtle got married at her parents home on Park Lake Avenue with her brother, Rabbi Skop, performing the ceremony and five other rab bis in attendance. The couple moved to Day tona and Myrtle came back to Orlando to stay with her parents when Albert was drafted into the Army. After he returned from duty after only six months (thats a story in itself), the Rutbergs moved back to Daytona. During the war, the Rut bergs experienced black outs in Daytona Beach. We used a room that was blacked out. We feared the enemy could see the smallest twinkle of light. Myrtle recalled standing on the beach and seeing oil on the sand. It was a reminder that ships had been blown up close to shore. Such a rude awaken ing, she solemnly said. One of her happiest memo ries was when her twin, Ar chie, returned from the war. He served under Gen. Mark Clark, who came to promi nence with the planning and execution of the North African invasion of November 1942 and led the capture of Rome in 1944. We always got together for our birthdays or we called each other. My son was eight months old when my brother came home and saw him for the first time. I was so glad to have him home. The son whom Archie saw was Gerald who was born at Orange Memorial, now Orlando Regional Medical Center. We had a circumcision in a downstairs room, Myrtle recalled. It was during Pass over. They dressed up my baby on the eighth day of his life, which is when the circumci sion takes place. And my mother had bought him a little bonnet for a boy. I still have that in my possession. Archie died in 1995. Uncle Archie was electric! said Gerald. During the last 20 to 25 years of his life he was a TV actor and in commercials. When I would drive to Tampa, Id see billboards with my Uncle Archies picture! Eventually the Rutbergs moved back to Orlando. They bought their first home on Yates Ave. Gerald was five years old. Reluctantly, Myrtle had to ride in a car or take a bus to COS, which was on the corner of Church Street and Eola Drivetoo far from Col lege Park. Her parents moved to Anderson St. It was a lovely two-story house, she remem bered. Later the house was moved because the east-west expressway came through. Eventually the family moved to Kennison Drive in Orlando, and Myrtle was able to walk to shul again. COS was only about eight blocks away. My husband drove, I walked! she said with laughter. I would walk every Friday night and Saturday morning and on holidays. I did a lot of walking in my lifetime, she said, attributing all this walking to the possibility of her longevity. Mom enjoyed walking, said Gerald. She would take in all the scenery and talk with people. When Myrtle first met Albert, he was working in his brother Joes deli in Daytona. Everybody knew Joe and everyone thought he had an interest in the business which he didnt. He was just a waiter. What kind of work did Albert do? Thats a story in Myrtles storywalking through 105 years of life Myrtle Rutberg celebrating her 106th birthday, show here with caretaker Jessica (l) and longtime friend Karnine, at Chabads annual Mega Challah Bake. itself, Myrtle said. He bought a general merchandise store on Broadway Street in Oviedo. There was a refrigerator for sale on the porch, and he bought the store! It was 16 miles away. Today its simple [to get there] from UCF its a straight line, but at that time there was just a dirt road and my husband was up at 5:30 to get on the job by 6:30. Most customers were up early because they worked the fields. That was also the first time Myrtle saw women wearing pants. I laughed, she said. They were wearing pants under their dresses. Id never seen anything like it! But it wasnt too long before I was doing the very same thing because you needed to cover up, especially early in the morning and you have to wear a dress to be presentable. That became the regular style at the time. In 1972, COS broke ground to build a new synagogue, and in 1974, the new building on Goddard Street was dedicated. When the synagogue moved, my mother moved, said Gerald. It took a while, but she did move to Alfred Street in the late 70s, a few years after Albert died in March 1975. That was quite a walk from Alfred Street, Gerald stated, explaining that she had to cross Lee Road to get to the shul. Rabbi Rudolph and Rose Adler, who lived close by, would walk with her to ser vices. The Adlers and Rutbergs were very close friends. Thats a story in itself, Myrtle prefaced telling of first meeting Rabbi Adler. Al picked up Rabbi Adler at the airport when he first came to town. He stayed with us until the family moved here. We were close to the Adlers to the very end. My husband was his second hand and we got in on all the bar and bat mitzvahs because of the Adlers. Rabbi had three children ages 9, 6 and 3. My husband picked them up on Saturday mornings and brought them to the house and we had lunch. Gerald was like a big brother to the Adler children. What people remember most about Myrtle was learn ing their Torah portions for their bar or bat mitzahs from her. There are people in the community who studied Hebrew with Myrtle whose parents and grandparents also studied Hebrew with her. She even had an adult class at Win ter Park High School. When that class was terminated, she continued to teach adults in her home. She would have the lessons and afterward have coffee or cake and ice cream for every one to enjoy, said Karnine, explaining that the custom was that when children used to finish learning a page in the Torah the rabbi would put a drop of honey at the bottom of a page to make learning sweet. That was before my time, quipped Myrtle. But she still made learning sweet, said Karnine. Myrtle learned Hebrew when she lived in Cleveland. She was playing out in the yard with Archie when their mother came out and told Archie he was going to Hebrew School. They were 8 years old. Myrtles mother looked at her and asked, Do you want to come along? Yes! Myrtle replied. When they got to the school, Myrtle noticed a classroom full of girls and told her mother she wanted to attend Hebrew school too. Mother had saved enough money to enroll my brother and told me to wait until she saved enough send me, she said. Mother sold real estate and she got $50 for selling a house, and the builder told her he would give her $50 for each house she sold. Thats how Myrtle got to go to Hebrew school. Teaching was a joy for Myrtle and she learned quite a few important things: Silence is gold. Sweets are gold and silence is silver or visa versa. And for every expression there is a counter expression and Ive found that is very true. Myrtle stopped talking and sat quietly. Would you like a sip of water? Karnine asked. Myrtle sipped the water and remained quiet. Im gonna have to take a break, she said. I cant talk anymore right now. Wed been talking for over an hour. Karnine tried to encour age her to continue. Do you want me to give her the whole 105 years in five minutes? responded Myrtle to Karnine. It was an honor to sit and listen to Myrtle Skop Rutberg share much of her life with me that day. And no, there is no way a whole 105 years of life can be shared in five minutes! Some of Myrtles memories came from the Orange County Library Systems oral history profiles. JTracy interviewed Myrtle on Jan. 8, 2012, when she was 100 years old. For more of Myrtles memories, visit www.orlandomemory.info.
HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, AUGUST 24, 2018 PAGE 13A Weekly roundup of world briefs from JTA Rutberg From page 1A done in the setting of her home, desserts accompanied every lesson ever given. She was born in St. Louis, Missouri, on Sept. 17, 1911, together with her twin brother Arthur Usher Skop, who pre deceased her in 1995. They were the youngest children of the family. Myrtle moved to Orlando from the familys long-time home in Cleveland, Ohio, in 1938 as her brother, Rabbi Morris A. Skop, had become the first full-time in residence rabbi to Congregation Ohev Shalom. He predeceased her in 1985. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Albert Louis Rutberg, who passed away in 1974, and by infant son Rutberg, her first-born. She was also preceded in death by her parents, Abraham Louis Skop, who passed away in 1964, and by Flora Necha Pienick Skop, who passed away in 1959. She was also preceded in death by another brother, David Leon Skop, who passed away in 1988, and by her older sister, Miriam Leah Skop, who passed away in 1964. Myrtle Rutberg is sur vived by a son, Gerald Sheldon Rutberg, Orlando, Florida, and by a grandaugh ter, Leah Allison Rutberg, Rochester, Minnesota. She is also survived by nephews and nieces Dennis Mason Skop, Tampa, Florida; Renee Skop, Tampa, Florida; Adena Skop Konigsburg, Coconut Creek, Florida; Eli T.Skop, Coral Springs, Florida; and Shirah Penn, Cooper City, Florida; and by greatnephew Dr. Neal F. Skop, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; great-niece Bonnie F. Skop, Plantation, Florida. She is also survived by greatnephew Joel Garson, Ana heim Hills, California; and great-niece Leslie Garson Wright, Parker, Colorado. Funeral services were held at Congregation Ohev Sha lom, on Wednesday, Aug. 22, 2018. If you wish, please give to a worthy cause. Funeral services were en trusted to Beth Shalom Me morial Chapel, Orlando, Fla. 407-599-1180. Heritage has reprinted the article written in November 2016 about Myrtle Rutbergs life, Myrtles storywalking through 105 years of life, on page 12A. Trump says Israel will have a prime minister named Mohammed if there is a one-state solu tion JERUSALEM (JTA)Israe lis eventually will have a prime minister named Mohammed if there is a one-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian con flict, President Donald Trump reportedly told King Abdullah of Jordan. According to Axios, Abdul lah informed French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian of Trumps remarks during a meeting in Amman earlier this month, recalling how he told his American counterpart that many young Palestin ians dont want the two-state solution anymore, but would rather live together with the Israelis in one state with equal rights for all. Such an outcome, the king said, would mean that Israel would lose its Jewish character. Abdullah described Trump as replying, somewhat sarcas tically, that his observation made sense and that in such a case, the prime minister of Israel in a few years will be called Mohammed. Support for a two-state so lution among Israelis and Pal estinians recently dropped to a historic low. According to a new poll conducted by Tel Aviv University and the Palestinian Center for Policy and Survey Research in Ramallah, only 43 percent of both Israeli Jews and Palestinians back such a negotiated end to the conflict, a decline of 9 and 8 points since 2016, respectively. In his public statements Trump has remained some what agnostic regarding the outlines of a final agreement between Israel and the Pales tinians. During a joint news conference with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in February 2017, the presi dent expressed ambivalence about the form that a final settlement would take, saying that he was looking at twostate, and one-state, and I like the one that both parties like. Im very happy with the one that both parties like. I can live with either one, Trump said. Subsequently asked wheth er he had backed away from the two-state concept, Trump said, No, I like the two-state solution. But, he added, I ultimately like what the both parties like. This position sharply di verged with that of previous U.S. presidents, who said two states is the only viable solu tion for resolving the conflict. The Trump administration has yet to reveal its muchtouted Middle East peace plan, which is being developed by Jared Kushner, his son-inlaw and senior adviser; Jason Greenblatt, a special represen tative for international nego tiations; David Friedman, the U.S. ambassador to Israel; and Nikki Haley, the U.S. envoy to the United Nations. Except for Haley, all of the administra tion officials working on the proposal are Orthodox Jews. The team did release a joint statement last week saying that no one will be fully pleased with our proposal, but thats the way it must be if real peace is to be achieved. Peace can only succeed if it is based on realities. We were the first to fight against it and we will continue to fight against it until it falls, Palestinian Authority Presi dent Mahmoud Abbas said of the administrations plan last week during a session of the PLO Central Council. This is the slap of the century. Responding to Trumps purported comments, IsraeliArab Knesset member Ahmad Tibi jokingly tweeted that he would be the next prime minister. Mr President, you are also confusing the names, he tweeted. Ahmad, not Mohammed. Ahmad. Nettas Eurovision win ner Toy tops Billboard dance club chart JERUSALEM (JTA)Netta Barzilais Eurovision-winning single Toy hit No. 1 on the Billboard dance club chart the first time an Israeli artist has topped any of the music industry magazines popu larity lists, according to the Israeli media. Its an impressive achieve ment for a singer who was practically unknown outside of her home country before this year. This is very exciting for me, Barzilai said in a state ment quoted Monday by The Times of Israel. I just got off the plane and this is the first message I got when I turned on my phone. I am grateful for everything happening around me. This is an amazing year and the experience Im having is just nuts. Barzilai is on tour in the United States. In May, she de livered Israel its fourth victory in the Eurovision song contest with Toy, a song about female empowerment that features staccato vocals and a driving rhythm. She has said the song was inspired by the #MeToo movement. Speaking last week to Billboard, Barzilai said it was also an empowerment song for everybody. She went to say: Its for everybody whos been told that theyre not good enough and theyre not smart enough. I decided to listen to my own voice and to be my own self, and when you do that, you inspire people. You make a difference because you feel good with yourself and you spread happiness outside. Ynet reported recently that Barzilai is close to a deal with the Universal Music Group, which has alleged that Toy stole from the White Stripe song Seven Nation Army. White House fires staffer who hobnobbed with white nationalists (JTA)The White House has fired a policy aide and speechwriter with ties to white nationalists after reporters began asking questions about his employment. According to CNN, Darren Beattie, a former professor and immigration hardliner, was fired after reporter An drew Kaczynski asked about his attendance at the 2016 H.L. Mencken Club Confer ence at which he delivered a speech. White national ist figures such as Richard Spencer, John Derbyshire and Robert Weissberg frequently attend the Mencken Club Conference. In 2016 I attended the Mencken conference in question and delivered a stand-alone, academic talk titled The Intelligentsia and the Right. I said noth ing objectionable and stand by my remarks completely, Beattie told CNN. It was the honor of my life to serve in the Trump Administration. I love President Trump, who is a fearless American hero, and continue to support him 100 percent. I have no further comment. In a tweet, Kaczynski wrote that he had asked the White House last week about a speechwriter who was listed as speaking at a conference that included white nationalists Peter Brimelow, Jared Taylor and a host of VDARE writers. Friday evening they told me he was gone. VDARE is an anti-immigration website. Trump has struggled to shake off accusations of rac ism. After last years clashes between white supremacists and counterdemonstrators that left one dead in Char lottesville, Virginia, Trump issued a statement saying there were very fine people on both sides. His former chief strategist, Steve Bannon, is affiliated with the far right Breitbart News, which he has called a platform for the alt-right. Israel loosens gun laws for army combat veter ans JERUSALEM (JTA)Is rael eased restrictions on gun ownership Monday in a move intended to increase the number of weapons in circulation, allowing Israelis to more effectively respond to Palestinian terrorism. According to the Israeli news site Ynet, the Ministry of Public Securitys new licensing policy will open up gun ownership to hundreds of thousands of veterans, although they will still be required to pass the same rig orous screening procedures in place. Only those living in the West Bank or working in professions that required weapons, such as security guards, had been eligible for ownership. Many civilians have saved lives during terror attacks, Minister of Public Security Gilad Erdan was quoted as say ing. In an era of lone-wolf ter ror attacks, the more armed and trained civilians there are, the larger the chances of disrupting an attack and decreasing casualties. This is not the first time that Erdan has worked to loosen Israels strict gun laws. In the wake of a series of lone wolf terrorist attacks carried out by Palestinians across Israel in 2015, he allowed local authorities in what are deemed high priority areas to grant weapons permits rather than require appli cants to deal directly with his ministry. He also expanded the number of areas that fell under that designation. Citizens with firearms training are a multiplying force for the police in their fight against terrorism and therefore I will take measures to ease the restrictions at this time, he said at the time. Responding to Erdans announcement on Monday, Meretz chairwoman Tamar Zandberg tweeted sarcasti cally that there is no doubt that what is missing in Israel is more weapons in the streets. It is amazing to see how the Ministry of Public Se curity is solving problems, instead of dealing with the huge quantities of illegal weapons that are circulating in the streets and endanger ing human life, it is simply expanding the number of weapons licenses, she wrote. We are speaking about a tool of death whose use needs to be minimized as much as pos sible, especially for civilians. Iranian ballistic missile program tops agenda as Bolton meets Netanyahu JERUSALEM (JTA)Irans ballistic missile program and its military presence in Syria topped the agenda as U.S. Na tional Security Adviser John Bolton met with Prime Min ister Benjamin Netanyahu in Jerusalem over the weekend. Bolton, a defense hawk and Iran hardliner, has been a long-time supporter of Israel and has visited the Jewish state many times over the years. This was his first trip in an official capacity since being named to his current position in March. He and U.S. Ambassador to Israel David Friedman met with Netan yahu and Israeli Ambassador to the U.S. Ron Dermer at the Prime Ministers residence on Sunday. Touting Bolton as a tre mendous friend of Israel [and the] American-Israel alliance, Netanyahu praised the Trump administration for moving the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem and get[ting] out of the terrible Iran deal. I look forward to discuss ing with you a whole array of topics, but the most important one is how to continue to roll back Irans aggression in the region and to make sure that they never have nuclear weap ons, Netanyahu said. Many other things, but I think this is a good starting point. According to a statement put out by Netanyahus office, Bolton agreed, saying that [i] ts been an exciting year and a half in the Trump administra tion with some of the things youve mentioned. Obviously weve got great challenges, for Israel, for the United States and the whole world. The Iran nuclear weapons program, the ballistic missile programs are right at the top of the list. So Im delighted to be here, and look forward to our discus sions. In an interview with ABCs This Week prior to his visit, Bolton stated that Israel, the United States and Russia all had a common objective of making sure that Iranian forces get out of Syria. Well I think the certainly the objective of the United States, of Israel, President Putin said it was Russias objective is to get Iran Ira nian forces, Iranian militias, Iranian surrogates out of the offensive operations theyre in in both Syria and Iraq and frankly, to end Irans support for Hezbollah, he said. I think the presidents decision to withdraw from the Iran nuclear deal has put a real crimp into the Iranian economy. I think theyre feel ing it in their capability for the Quds Force or the Ira nian Revolutionary Guards to conduct offensive operations in in the region here and in Yemen as well, he continued. But I think this is part of the problem with the Iranian regime generally and why its such a threat to peace and security not just because of its nuclear program, but because of its military operations and its support for terrorism. Israels Supreme Court doubles sentence of policeman who killed Palestinian rioter JERUSALEM (JTA)Is raels High Court has doubled the prison sentence of a border policeman who shot and killed an unarmed Palestinian teen ager during a Nakba Day riot outside of Ramallah in 2014, Haaretz reported. He had previously been sentenced to nine months incarceration and a 50,000 shekel ($13,600) fine under a plea deal. On May 15, 2014, Ben Dery and other members of his Border Police unit were sent to the Beitunia checkpoint outside Ramallah to contain Palestinian demonstrations. Despite being under orders to use rubber bullets, Dery switched to live rounds and shot 17-year-old stone-throw er Nadim Nuwara in the chest, killing him. Both Nuwaras parents and Derys attorney expressed opposition to the plea agree ment. Nuwaras father derided the ridiculous sentence, comparing Derys sentence to that of Ahmed Mansara, a thirteen-year-old Palestinian who received nine and a half years in jail for stabbing a Jewish boy in 2015. Dery attorney Zion Amir, meanwhile, said that while he was happy about the moder ate punishment, he was not in complete agreement with my clients desire to reach a plea bargain. We believed that the totality of evidence in this case should have resulted in complete acquittal. Israels State Prosecutor appeared to agree with the Palestinian boys parents, and in July appealed the sentence, stating that the district court was mistaken in sentencing Dery to a punishment that does not adequately express the value of protecting hu man life, nor the severity of his actions or the degree of his guilt. The case before us does raise a difficulty in exam ining the verdict that was given, wrote High Court Justice Noam Solberg, ac cording to Haaretz. This is because we are dealing with a case where he value of human life and the value of preserving purity of arms collide with considerations regarding Derys personal circumstances and the back ground leading to his ac tions. Taking the rule into ones own hands, consciously deciding to cause injury fac ing no dangerthis must absolutely not be done. Derys degree of negli gence was significant and warranted prison time, stated Justice Daniel Tepperberg. This case stands in stark contrast to that of Israeli infantryman Elor Azaria, who was convicted of shooting and killing an injured Palestin ian terrorist as he lay on the ground on March 24, 2016. Following a public outcry, Az arias 14-month sentence was eventually reduced by onethird and he was released from prison after nine months. The case divided Israeli society on the issues of the Palestinians and the military. Israeli police rejected Az arias request for a gun license last week, stating that he posed a danger to the public, Ynet reported
PAGE 14A HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, AUGUST 24, 2018 V1A2E3I4R5A6 H7E8R9B10S11 P12H13S14I15S R A E L A16C O M A I17O U P18H I L H A R19M O N I C A20N N S21I N E22Q U A L A23N O N W24E S T S I D25E26S27T O R Y V28I29V30A L A I31L I A D A32D I R A33T34W35O O D U36B37U38L39E O N A40R41D B E R N S T42E I N S43A L B44O O S T S I45T B E I46D47E A L P48T49O S I S W50O51N D E R F U52L53T54O W N I55R I S N56E A T O F57I58E59L60B S G61R62A63M M Y A W A64R D S L65I T P66A N A M T67A M A L E S68T S S69P I N E O70Y S T E R PR From page 8A Israeli gaze. If you want to see what coverage of the conflict would look like otherwise, read a pro-Palestinian website like Electronic Intifada or a far-left Israeli site like +972. Its nothing like the Israel coverage you see in the main stream media. The other kind of critic blames unpopular policy Lauder From page 9A participated in an anti-Rabin rally where some people waved photos of Rabin in an S.S. uniform and chanted that he was a traitor. It was Peres election to lose. Enter Lauder, a Netanyahu ally since the man nicknamed Bibi was Israels ambassador to the United Nations in the 1980s. Lauder reportedly was a major donor to Netan yahus 1996 run. More cru cial, he brought Republican campaign strategist Arthur Finkelstein to work on the campaign. Flags From page 5A thought the law as currently worded contradicts Israels best values as a Jewish and democratic state. By banning Israeli flags, the Arab communitys protest sent the opposite message. Arabs didnt come as proud Israelis who felt that Israel was betraying its best values; they came because they oppose the very existence of a Jewish state, up to and including its most innocuous symbol: the flag. And they object to the na tion-state law not because of any infelicitous wording, but precisely because it enshrines aspects of Israels Jewish iden Sinai From page 1A Joe and Lynn Goldovitz provide distinctively unique spiritual leadership. This organization serves as a house of prayer, assembly and study in which the spec trum of Jewish expression is cultivated, protected and Diaspora From page 10A while the mixed [egalitarian] section is mostly empty. This leads Baratz to state that this means that the drama [about the Western Wall] is in essence symbolic rather than real, and people are more tolerant to real-life problems and less tolerant in regard to symbolic battles. It is practically empty 365 days a year One Jerusalemite who feels that it is unnecessary to change the status quo is Joshua Wander, a publicrelations consultant and Temple Mount activist who lives on the Mount of Olives in the eastern side of the city. Wander has shared videos on social media of a completely empty egalitarian section of the Western Wall, entirely free of worshippers. It is practically empty 365 days a year he says. If you go there any day of the year, you will find it abandoned, he says. To be fair, the entrance can often be overlooked, and many visitors simply dont know its even there. Wander adds that those who want to change the arrangements, will never be satisfied with what they are given. Their goal is to breakdown what they refer to as the Orthodox monopoly of the Kotel. Wander has also been to the wall during the monthly prayer sessions held on Rosh Chodesh (the new month) by the Women of the Wall, whose members often don phylacteries and wear prayer shawls, and at tempt to sneak over Torah scrolls from the mens sec tion to be used in their ser vices. Sometimes, those gatherings lead to verbal confrontations and scuffles with others at prayer, along with conflicts with the authorities in charge of keeping the peace. He says that what they are doing is making a mockery of the Western Wall. This is clearly a publicity stunt. Wander tempers his word by adding, Im sure there are members of the group who are sincere, but its clear from the scene that they are trying to make a statement. Unfortunately, that state ment is very offensive to the vast majority of visitors to the Kotel, who are not interested in a fight, but in a spiritual uplifting experience. Their [Women of the Walls] scene takes away from that. While the full government plan for the Western Wall remains frozen, earlier this month Netanyahu himself was approved to head a ministerial committee to implement part of the plan to expand the current egalitar ian site thus creating a per manent mixed prayer space. As JNS reported, Minister of Culture and Sport Miri Regev, who originally headed the panel along with Minister of Justice Ayelet Shaked, both resigned from the committee in protest over its mission. But as Rabbi Susan Silver man, a member of Women of the Wall, has said: Whether Miri Regev stays on the com mittee or leaves the commit tee is incidental. Silverman, an American native who lives in Jerusa lem, says Regev is part of the problem in the sense that the people in power in our government are doing everything they need to do to keep themselves in power without a sense of vision for the active, liberal, vibrant democracy that we could be. While the resignation of the ministers from the com mittee caused further uproar among the non-Orthodox spiritual leaders of the vari ous branches of Judaism in the Diaspora, once again, the reaction by the average Israeli was muted. Netanyahu may or may not succeed in fulfilling the committees mandate, but it seems that for now, most Israelis wont be actively lobbying for change. Finkelstein came up with the slogan Peres will divide Jerusalem in peace negotia tions and it worked. A stark attack ad, complete with a black screen, red text and ominous narration, warned that Peres had failed while a Netanyahu victory would mean a secure peace. A string of suicide bombings in the weeks before the election damaged the publics faith in Peres, and Netanyahu won in a shocking upset, beating Peres by 1 percent. Lauder remained in Netan yahus corner for more than a decade, at one point even offering to buy every unsold copy of one of Netanyahus books. In 1998, Netanyahu enlisted Lauder to pass on sensitive messages to thenSyrian President Hafez Assad in a failed attempt to broker a peace pact. During Netanyahus 1999 re-election campaign, when Lauder chaired the Confer ence of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organiza tions, the mogul praised Ne tanyahus economic policies in a speech to the Shalem Center, which some took as an endorsement of his candidacy. Police investigating Netan yahu for corruption report edly questioned Lauder last year about gifts he has given the prime minister. So why the falling-out? In 2011, Israeli Channel 10 aired an unflattering investigation into Netanyahus wife, Sara, accusing her of an inappro priately extravagant lifestyle. Lauder has a partial stake in the channel, but refused to pressure Channel 10 to drop the segment. In the meantime, Bibi got a new benefactor: Sheldon Adelson. In 2007, the casino mogul and Republican megadonor threw his heft behind Netanyahu. Adelson funds Israel Hayom, a free daily newspaper that supports the prime minister. Adelson also donated to President Donald Trumps campaign, helping bridge the two leaders. Since Trump took office, Lauder reportedly has tried to use his rapport with Trump, Netanyahu and Palestinian Authority President Mah moud Abbas to restart peace talks. But the effort so far has gone nowhere. So now Lauder has taken twice to the op-ed pages of The New York Times, slam ming the man he once helped bring to power. Israel is a miracle, Lauder wrote on Monday. The Jews of the diaspora look up to Israel, admire its astonishing achievements and view it as their second home. However, today some wonder if the nation they cherish is losing its way. on bad hasbarah. Good hasbarah, they insist, could presumably have forestalled the brouhaha over the Israeli nation-state law (a brou haha, Id wager, that most Americans never even heard about). That story got legs not because of a bad market ing rollout, but because the law was a policy decision that fed directly into a percep tion that Israels right-wing government was growing less democratic and more nationalistic. Passage of the law capped a week in which the Knesset allowed the education min ister to bar groups critical of government policies from speaking in public schools, made it harder for Palestin ians to win land disputes and blocked single men and gay couples from having children through surrogacy. More broadly, Netanyahus close ties with President Donald Trump may be under standable and justifiable, as is his outreach to European nationalists, but there is a political and PR price to be paid for such embraces. Netanyahu has good in stincts for English-speaking audiences, and sometimes he realizes that a positive pitch can only get you so far. In the past few weeks, left-wing activists have complained that Israeli airport security have detained them and asked spe cifically about their activism and their political beliefs. On Monday, after the liberal Zion ist writer Peter Beinart said he was stopped and interrogated, Netanyahu issued a statement saying it was an administra tive mistake, adding that Israel is the only country in the Middle East where people voice their opinions freely and robustly. The latter statement is a staple of pro-Israel hasbarah. Its a terrific policy, as long as it has the added benefit of being true. But when actions prove unpopular, PR wont save you. The root meaning of hasbarah is explanation, not alchemy. tity in a quasi-constitutional law, thereby making it harder (at least theoretically) for the Supreme Court to continue eroding this identity by inter preting Jewish at a level of abstraction so high that it be comes identical to the states democratic nature (to quote former Supreme Court Presi dent Aharon Barak). In other words, Arab demonstrators were dismayed because they fear the nation-state law will impede their decades-long effort to erode Israels Jewish identitywhich, of course, is precisely why the laws sup porters favor it. Lest anyone think Im reading too much into a flag ban, the Higher Arab Monitor ing Committee said all this explicitly in a document it commissioned in 2006. The first operative paragraph of The Future Vision of the Palestinian Arabs in Israel reads as follows: Israel is the outcome of a settlement pro cess initiated by the ZionistJewish elite in Europe and the west and realized by Colonial countries contributing to it and by promoting Jewish immigration to Palestine, in light of the results of the Second World War and the Holocaust. In other words, Israel is an illegitimate colonialist enterprise that has no right to exist. The document then pro posed various mechanisms for eradicating Israels Jew ish identity, such as de manding that the Arab minority be given veto power over any policy adopted by the Jewish majority. This, incidentally, would also destroy Israels democratic character: Countries where ultimate decision-making power rests with the minor ity rather than the majority arent generally classified as democracies. Nevertheless, over the past decade, theres been a slow, grassroots movement toward greater integration in the Arab community. So one could simply argue that more time is needed before this sentiment trickles up to the communitys leadership. But its never been clear whether this integrationist movement represented grow ing acceptance of a state thats both Jewish and democratic, or merely a growing belief that efforts to erase Israels Jewish identity were gaining momen tum. After all, many Jews feel that the states Jewish identity is under siege, which is pre cisely why many supported the nation-state law. Thus it wouldnt be surprising if many Arabs had reached the same conclusion. Unfortunately, the Israeli flag ban at Saturdays dem onstration indicates that the pessimistic interpretation may be more accurate. The worrying part isnt that Arab demonstrators didnt want to wave Israeli flags themselves; nobody has to wave flags at a demonstration. Its that any Jew who wanted to do so was declared persona non grata. In short, the Arab community wasnt willing countenance any form of Jewish-Arab coop eration that didnt include the Jews completely abdicating their identity. That is the real message of the missing Israeli flags. And its one that anyone dreaming of a glorious new era of JewishArab civic partnership should keep in mind. Because no such partnership is possible as long as the price of entry for Jews is abandoning Israels Jewish identity. Evelyn Gordon is a journal ist and commentator living in Israel nurtured. With adult educa tion, bible study groups, bar/ bat mitzvah study programs and group tours to Israel; they strive to educate adults and children in Judaisms rich heritage with contem porary significance, while sharing Jewish culture, ritu als, traditions and values. They hold Shabbat Services every Friday Night with To rah readings, Bible & Bagel study workshops, Healing Services; many very creative service events as well as spe cial services for every major Jewish Holiday. For more information about their Friday night and the upcoming High Holiday services, member ship, and special events, contact Congregation Sinai at 1200 West Broad Street, Groveland, FL 34736 and phone 352-243-5353. Email email@example.com and visit www.congregationsinai.org.
HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, AUGUST 24, 2018 PAGE 15A Construction, Remodels, Additions, Handyman does most anything Available in Central Florida Area References AvailableRicardo Torres Handyman407-221-5482 Gaza From page 1A from the Gaza Strip in 2005. He served in one of Israels elite military units, the 890th Paratroopers Brigade. By Russell F. Robinson They say that silence is golden. Yet, now is a time that we cannot stay silent. For over four months, com munities facing the Gaza border in Southern Israel have lived through a daily barrage of incendiary kites, balloons, and rockets. For these families, one night of silence would be welcome. Instead, they are woken up each night by the sound of sirens blaring as they gather their children and rush to bomb shelters. Children are afraid to take a shower in case a siren goes off. Farmers watch their liveli hood burn as hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of crops meant to support their family are gone in an instant. This is what normal life is like for close to 30,000 people living in these com munities. These are people who moved here to farm the land before 1948 and others who were seeking refuge from Yemen and other Arab coun tries and brought in 1949 and 1950 to make a home in Southern Israel during Operation Magic Carpet. Among these communities are also families who moved during the disengagement from Gaza in 2005, who are not filled with anger, but in stead they moved on to build new lives. They are filled with the passion to build the State of Israel, for the Jewish people everywhere. Modern day pioneers who see the Negev through the same eyes as David Ben-Gurionthe place that holds the future for Israel. We cannot sit silently by while thousands of men, women, and children have their physical and mental wellbeing put in jeopardy. At Jewish National Fund we are standing up and call ing attention to what has not made it into the headlines. We are gathering our voices together to share the story of these families. From Aug. 19 through Aug. 30, Jewish National Fund is bringing a farmer, a mother, and a student to share firsthand accounts of what life is like. The true story. This caravan will travel to communities across the United States and together we can make a sound that is louder than the sirens. Join us, invite your friends and family, share these stories on social media, and reach out to your local representatives. Together we can make sure that what is happening is no longer silent. Jewish National FundUSA has also launched an emergency campaign to fur ther relief efforts and support the communities affected by this terrorism. In addition to funding trauma resilience centers and the JNF Sderot Indoor Recreation Center, we are also planning to add bomb shelters, paint 20 bomb shelters already in place to make them child-friendly, provide new fire trucks and firefighting wagons, pur chase life-saving equipment, and fund special activities for children of the region. Russell F. Robinson is CEO of Jewish National Fund. Weve come too far to stay silent any longer This barrage of terror has destroyed nearly 10,000 acres of agricultural land and forests in Israel that people rely on as their main source of income and economic development for the region. Families and their children have been confined to bomb shelters, and PTSD is im pacting residents throughout the region. Unfortunately, as the dan ger increased over the last 3.5 months, the Gaza Envelope residents watched their region become largely reduced to an ecological disaster area. They are running to bomb shelters and safe rooms as rocket alerts blare and its evident that the work of our Task Force is more important than ever, said Betsy Fischer, chair of the Gaza Envelope Task Force. We are thrilled that Jewish National Fund-USA is taking on the bold move to bring residents from the region who will cross the country and share their stories about what life on the border with Gaza is like during this most difficult time. Please note that for security purposes, government-issued photo identification will be required for entry. All bags are subject to search and ab solutely no backpacks or large bags will be allowed. Volunteers From page 1A Brookdale Lake Orienta and later at Oakmonte Village. She helped with programs at Savannah Court for a long time and has substituted as service leader at other living facilities. She tends to make light of her contributions, but Nancy Ludin, the Pavilions executive director, knows how much she brings to the seniors whose lives she touches. Shes the life of the party, said Ludin. She comes in, she smiles, she gives everybody kisses. Shes really warm and she makes people feel good about things, and she brings this light wherever she goes. For many years, Schilowitz chaired the Pavilions annual gala, an enjoyable evening of food, friends and fun, as well as an important source of fund ing for the organizations work in the community. Bringing together all the elements for such a big event takes hard work and long hours, but its a job Schilowitz very much enjoyed. Its fun! she said. Youre making parties and having a good time. In the Pavilions early days, before it was well known in the community, she and Friends Board member Corinne Brail worked together to get ads for the tribute book and organize the donations for the auctions. We had very few things that were donated, Schilowitz recalled. In their effort to put those items in the most ap pealing light, we made poems up for all the things that we were going to auction off. Each year for many years, Schilowitz has stored the items for the Galas auction at her home as they were col lected over several months, devoting most of a little-used room to the growing piles. Ludin appreciates the work Schilwitz puts into docu menting and organizing the items, saying that when it comes time for Gala Com mittee members to finalize and wrap the items, it makes that big job so much easier. Along with longtime Friends Board member Mir iam Josephs, Schilowitz also chaired the Pearls of the Pavil ion Luncheon for many years. The annual event invites the Pavilions significant donors for a fun afternoon of food and culture. Under the guidance Elise Schilowitz (l) visits with a senior. Gloria Newberger (l) celebrates at a Jewish Pavilion Rosh Hashanah party. of Schilowitz and Josephs, past themes have included an Antiques Roadshow-like experience, a jewelry designer, and a formal tea served on antique china. Schilowitz enjoys her in volvement with both Jewish Pavilion boards because she finds the meetings to be so pleasant. The board mem bers enjoy what theyre doing, she said. And theyre just nice to be with. Ludin is thankful for Schilowitzs dedication to The Jewish Pavilions mission. Lots of her wonderful friends have bowed out from volun teering as theyve aged, said Ludin, but shes continued to serve diligently and keep up wonderful relations with everybody. For her part, Schilowitz finds her commitment to The Jewish Pavilion to be a satisfy ing part of her life. You make peoples lives happier, she noted, especially for the many people who dont have family living in town. And as she ages, she realizes that its likely that someday, Im going to very happy when they visit me. Thats something that Gloria Newberger can attest to. A volunteer and Friends of Jewish Pavilion Board mem ber since almost immediately after she moved to Orlando in 2004, she moved to Oakmonte Villages independent living building about 2 years ago and is a regular attendee ofand helper forthe very popular and well attended Jewish Pa vilion programs there. Newberger grew up in a small town in Ohio until age 12 and then in Philadelphia until college. After she mar ried, she and her husband, Edward, moved around with their two sons to New York and the Chicago area before settling in Philly, where their daughter was born. That daughter is Nancy Ludin, who at the time her mother moved to Orlando was the campaign director at the Jewish Federation of Greater Orlando and was an avid Jew ish Pavilion volunteer. Inspired by the Pavilions mission and its potential to reach many seniors who need a friend, Newberger quickly became active in the organization. Recalled Ludin, some of the seniors she visited at the very beginning had not been visited by the Jewish community ever. The first person Newberger was sent to visit, Shirley Sonne, had been very active in the Jewish community before moving into senior living. Newberger vividly remembers the first time they met. When I walked in the door, she said, I thought the Jewish community had completely forgotten me. Newberger was determined to make Sonne feel like part of the community again. My mom came every week, Ludin said. Whatever Shirley asked for, my mother brought her. She said, I like gefilte fish, my mother brought her gefilte fish; she said I like chopped liver, she brought her chopped liver. She did that with many people over the years. Newberger began visiting Regent Park several days a week to visit with Sonne and other residents. Then she started going to Savannah Court. For over 10 years, every Monday I did a happy hour, Newberger said. Other Friends Board members be gan helping as well, including Susie Stone, Shirley Schoen berger and Corinne Brail. We would visit with the residents, sing some songs, and serve re freshments, Newberger said. Newbergers sunny person ality is a big asset as she makes these visits. Ludin was often at the Savannah Court and other events and is very proud of her mothers impact: Shed walk in the building and people who were dozing would wake up with big smiles on their faces. Shed walk around and hug everyone when she got there. When it was time to sing, said Ludin, her mother would face each person as she sang and sing with them, then shed move to the next person and sing with them, so they were getting individual atten tion. She was just wonderful with making people feel really special. Knowing her mothers wonderful warmth, Ludin en couraged her to be a greeter at Jewish Pavilion events, along with another especially warm volunteer, Riva Shader. They took that role very seriously, said Ludin. They thanked peo ple for coming as they came in the door, and they hugged them and kissed them, even if they had no idea who they were, Ludin said. They even did that at the Pavilions Annual Fashion Show, standing at the top of the escalators at Blooming dales to greet guests as they arrived at the second floor. But our fashion show wasnt the only thing going on at Bloomingdalessome of the people were just shopping, laughed Ludin. And these two older ladies would hug and kiss them when they got off the escalator. And they must have thought, Bloomingdales must be the nicest store in America! I cant believe Im being hugged and kissed just to shop here! Even when some of the people told them they werent there for the fashion show, Newberger and Shader were unfazed and continued to treat them warmly. Said Ludin, We really miss them doing that job. Nobody does it they way that they did itit takes a special talent to hug a stranger. Although Newberger no longer drives since moving to Oakmonte, her volunteering continues. She walks over to Oakmontes assisted living and memory care buildings twice a month to help with Shabbat programs and looks forward to those days. In memory care, they dont have that much to say some times, she said. But when you start singing songs like Ain Keloheinu, they do come around, and they seem to look forward to it. Newberger has enjoyed her Jewish Pavilion volunteering very much and values the time she has devoted to it. Its why I havent played cardsI was so busy going to these various things, she laughed. I felt very good about it. down American flaga signal of distress. Its an unmistak able comment: Everything in America is not OK, not only for blacks but also for Jews and countless others. It is perhaps a surprising gesture of solidar ity with Jews from a director whose past portrayals of Jews were criticized as stereotypi cal and unflattering. Nevertheless, BlacK Lee From page 7A kKlansman is an alarm clock, telling Jewswho still need police protection at their places of worshipto wake up. If I am not for myself, who will be for me? If I am only for myself, what am I? And if not now, when? And if not me, who? asks black radical Kwame Ture (Corey Hawkins) at a rally during the film. The line is a paraphrase of Hillel the Elder.
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