WWW.HERITAGEFL.COM YEAR 43, NO. 02 SEPTEMBER 14, 2018 5 TISHREI, 5778 ORLANDO, FLORIDA SINGLE COPY 75 Editorials ..................................... 4A Op-Ed .......................................... 5A Calendar ...................................... 6A Scene Around ............................. 9A Synagogue Directory ................ 11A JTA News Briefs ........................ 13A Israel children from the Gaza border region enjoy games, face-painting and balloon animals at a crisis-relief event in Jerusalem. By Rachel Kontorovich (JNS)For five months now, since March 2018, Israeli communities bor dering Gaza have sustained ongoing terrorism and arson from hundreds of rockets and incendiary devices, causing constant stress and chaos for the 50,000 people who call this region home. Resi dential and commercial damage, along with some 10,000 acres of land, including forests and agricultural plots, have been destroyed. Just as the worst seemed to be over, this month more than 200 rockets struck the Eshkol and Shaar HaNegev Regional Councilsa vast area sharing 37 miles of border with the Gaza Strip, also known as the Gaza Envelope. There was no mistaking that families and children were being targeted, as rockets landed within feet of the new JNF playground in Sderot, an Israeli town located less than a mile from Gaza that has been in the crosshairs for decades. Jews from around the world have been sending prayers and thoughts to the families living amid the terror. But for Jewish National Fund-USA, the escala tion of violence prompted a call to action. Kids get a time out from the unrest near Gaza What can we do for these kids, right now? asked JNF CEO Russell F. Robin son. In the span of a few hours, JNF took action by declaring a Yom Kef, or day of fun, for children in the Gaza-area communities. Except that wasnt enough. JNF de cided to turn one day of fun into two weeks, providing a much-needed respite for these kidsa chance just have fun, as all children should during their sum mer vacation. Mobilizing its network of partners Members of Kehilat Yonatan celebrating Simcha Torah last year. Recently, JTA reported that a Reform congregation won a legal battle to build a synagogue building in the central Israeli city of Hod Hasharon, a wealthy city located several miles north of Tel Aviv. Former Orlando resident Lori Stein Erlich and her Israeli husband, Moshe Reform congregation wins landmark legal battle to build synagogue Erlich, are members of this congregation. Back in 2014, the Erlichs visited the Heritage office to share their vision of having a building for their Reform/ Conservative congregation, Kehilat Yonatan (see the article titled They have comeits time to build in the Sept. 26, 2014 issue of Heritage). The couple was in town visiting Loris parents, Arnold and Nira Stein. The trip wasnt meant to become a fund raising campaign. How ever, after talking with Rabbi Steven Engel, they decided to share their communitys need for a building. After four years, the Lod District Court ordered the municipality of Hod Hasharon to halt delays on the project and to allow the synagogue to build on the parcel of land initially allocate to it in 2013 after repeated requests for a parcel of land on which to build the synagogue and education center. The Court ruled in our fa vour! The Judge (an Orthodox Jew himself) criticized the mayor and the town council. In his ruling he stated: I am saddened by the behavior of the towns representatives, including that of the mayor, who tried to avoid fulfilling their duty, primarily that of behaving decently, stated a congregant on Kehilat Yo natans website. The court also ordered the municipality to pay about $8,500 in legal fees to the synagogue. Kehilat Yonatan was found ed in 2001 as an independent Progressive congregation. It is named after the son of its spiritual leader, Rabbi Michael Boyden, who moved with his family to Israel from England in 1985. Israel Defense Forces paratrooper Yonatan Boyden was killed in 1993 in southern Lebanon. The congregation was represented by the Israel Reli gious Action Center, the Israel advocacy arm of the Reform movement. It alleged that the project had been subjected to excessive red tape because it involved the Reform move ment, according to Haaretz. It first submitted a request for land for a synagogue building 15 years ago. By World Israel News On Thursday, U.S. Presi dent Donald Trump told Jewish leaders that the Pales tinians would not receive any more aid from the U.S., unless they made a deal with Israel. Trump made the remarks during a conference call placed in anticipation of the Jewish New Year in which the president communicated with a number of American Jewish leaders. Trumps remarks arrive on the heels of his administra tions decision to cut funds both to the Palestinians dedi cated UN agency, UNRWA, and direct aid to the Palestinians. To that end, Trump noted dur ing the conference call that the funding would only be reinstated if the Palestinians reach an agreement with the Jewish state. What I will tell you is I stopped massive amounts of money that we were paying to the Palestinians and the Palestinian leaders, Trump said in a recording of the call aired by Israels Channel 10. The United States was paying them tremendous amounts of money. And I say, Youll get money, but were not paying until you make a deal. If you dont make a deal, No deal with Israel? No Palestinian aid were not paying, Trump explained in the recording. In response to a question posed by legal expert and Har vard law professor Alan Der showitz, Trump responded, I dont think its disrespectful at all to use aid as a tool to incentivize the Palestinians to negotiate. I think its dis respectful when people dont come to the table, he added, according to a transcript published by Jewish Insider. When Dershowitz asked if the Jewish community should feel optimistic that [Trump] could help bring about a peaceful resolution to the conflict that we all pray for all the time, Trump replied, I think the answer to that is a very strong yes. I really do believe we are going to make a deal. I hope so. It would be a great thing to do. On a personal note, Trump added, I am a very proud father of a Jewish daughter, Ivanka, in addition to refer ring to the calls host, his son-in-law Jared Kushner, a senior adviser. A depiction of the Tabernacle in the Wilderness. By Christine DeSouza More than 40 years ago a small group of Christians, under the leadership of Pastor Ken Garrison, chose to step away from traditional Baptist practices and began to learn about the biblical feasts found in Leviticus, and to be a sup port to Israel by following the calling to comfort His people. Over the years, Fellowship Church in Winter Springs, has led Passover seders to teach fellow Christians about how Christian beliefs tie into the celebration that the Jewish people have observed for more than 2,000 years. Church members, now under the leadership of Pastor Roger Diaz, observe Shabbat and hold services on Friday nights as well as on Sundaythe first day of the week. There are sprinklings of churches across the country that observe the festivals Sukkota feast for all people in part, coming away from staunch Christian traditions. Organizations such as Chris tians United for Israel and the International Christian Embassy, Jerusalem have enlightened Christians about the importance of supporting Israel; and at Sukkot, millions of Christians flood Jerusalem to celebrate the feast. This year, Fellowship Church will present the Feast of Tabernacles in a unique way in order to teach Christians the significance of Sukkot. The church members will erect a nearly-full-sized model of the Tabernacle in the Wilderness. Beginning Tuesday, Sept. 25, and run ning through Saturday, Sept. 29, tours of the Tabernacle in the Wilderness will be led by two men of the congregation dressed as Aaron the high priest. Elder Larry Dorcik, Sukkot on page 14A Kids on page 15A Reform on page 14A
PAGE 2A HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, SEPTEMBER 14, 2018 The Atlantic Institute and the Holocaust Memorial Re source & Education Center of Florida are partnering on a program titled Respond ing to Hatred and Extrem ism: Solutions from Faith Traditions. This event will be held Sept. 20 at 6 p.m. at the Holocaust Center at 851 N. Maitland Ave., Maitland, Fla.. Through this panel, the Center aims to respond to hatred and extremism by examining solutions used through the different faith traditions. We hope to pro vide education to those who may be unfamiliar with these faiths and set an example of coexistence. Through this, we can break down the bar riers that exist between us and build a better, more harmonious community together. Holocaust Center hosts panel discussion on hatred and extremism Oakmonte Village resident with a therapy dog. Pet therapy is a widely used practice that helps a per son overcome physical and mental challenges. Bonding with an animal can reduce blood pressure and release endorphins that calm, de crease stress, alleviate pain and improve ones overall psychological state. The Jewish Pavilion pro vides opportunities for the residents living at Oakmonte Village to interact with small animals brought from Pet Rescue by Judy. Each month on the third Tuesday, Cheryl Zambrano, along with her helpers, Carol and Jackie, bring several dogs and cats to brighten up the day and bring smiles to the faces. The positive health benefits, as well as the pure joy from holding or petting a dog or cat, is obvious as we watch our seniors interacting with Judys pets. Susan Bernstein, pro gram director Jewish Pavilion provides pet therapy for residents Participants in the Teen Israel Leadership Institute held last April. The Atlanta-based Center for Israel Education and the Emory Institute for the Study of Modern Israel invite Jewish 10thand 11thgraders to apply to attend the Teen Israel Leadership Institute during the weekend of Oct. 26 to 28. The institute will feature a series of learning activities to expand students knowl edge and understanding of Israel and Zionism while they experience Jewish life on a college campus (Emory University) and forge friend ships with peers from across the country. The inaugural Teen Israel Leadership Institute was held in April and drew 24 Jewish teens from nine states plus Israel. The students learned about Israeli history, politics, innovation and culture, the Israeli-Arab conflict, and Zionism. They participated in Shabbat services and had Friday dinner at the Emory Hillel house. They visited the National Center for Civil and Human Rights. They discussed what Israel means to them and had a Choppedstyle food competition with hummus. Aliza Reinstein, 17, of Po tomac, Md., now a senior at Wootton High School, said the hummus competition was her favorite part of a weekend that enriched her understanding of modern Israel and the Israeli-Pales tinian conflict. Hearing from both sides and different perspectives was one of the best things I got out of the program, she said, praising the impartial presentations and adding that the civil rights center provided an overall human perspective. Perhaps most important, the institute showed students how to apply their knowledge to the benefit of their home communities. The teens at the October retreat will work on educational projects they can bring back to their schools, synagogues or other organizations. The cost of $100 for the three-day program includes double-occupancy lodging and kosher food. Travel subsidies of up to $200 are available. The institute is part of a year-old, national CIE initiative to provide more impactful education on Israel to Jewish teens. Leading the program are CIE President and ISMI Director Ken Stein, who has taught the modern Middle East at Emory since 1977; CIE Vice President Rich Walter, a former director of Hebrew high schools in New A weekend of Israel and leadership for teens at Emory University Haven, Connecticut, and Providence, Rhode Island, who was the New England regional director of March of the Living for a decade; and Steve Kerbel, an educational consultant in the Washing ton area who spent 14 years as a synagogue education director. Partners in the institute include Emory Hillel and the North American Association of Community & Congrega tional Hebrew High Schools. A grant from the Legacy Heritage Fund is supporting the program. The deadline to apply for the institute is Oct. 1. Each applicant must describe a proposed Israel learning projecta course, a teen program for Yom HaAtzmaut, a film series, a websiteand include a letter of support from a rabbi, an educator or another person who can ex plain why the student would be a good fit for the program. More information and the online application can be found at israeled.org/teens. Everyone should apply, Aliza said. I got so many awesome experiences out of it. It was amazing. Find more comments from institute participants and their parents at israeled. org/educators/youth-andteen-israel-enrichmentprograms/youth-programcomments. La Ahlers Survivor Geanne Share, Temple Israel congregant and volunteer Comptroller. As part of Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October, Temple Israel will be having a special Shabbat service, Sisterhood & Sharsheret: Empowering Jewish Women, on Saturday, Oct. 6, at 9:30 a.m. in the Rein Sanctuary. According to its mission statement, Sharsheret is a national not-for-profit orga nization supporting young Jewish women and their families facing breast cancer. Our mission is to offer a com munity of support to women, of all Jewish backgrounds, diagnosed with breast cancer or at increased genetic risk, by fostering culturally-relevant individualized connections with networks of peers, health professionals, and related resources. The special service will feature guest speaker and survivor Geanne Share. Temple Israels Sisterhood will be donating proceeds to Sharsheret from the sales of an original Pink Shab bat T-shirt, which can be purchased for $10 online at www.tiflorida.org/pinkshabbat-t-shirts/ or by calling 407-647-3055. Shirts can be picked up Temple Israels Sisterhood & Sharsheret: Empowering Jewish Women at the Temple Israel office, 50 S. Moss Road in Winter Springs, from Wednesday, Oct. 3 to Friday, Oct. 5, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Temple Israel hopes the greater community will come together for this special Shabbat and show support by wearing the shirts at the service. More information on Sharsheret is available at www.sharsheret.org. rfnrtb when becomesI DO I' M D ONE.
HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, SEPTEMBER 14, 2018 PAGE 3A Salmonella in Empire Ko sher chicken has led to one death and 17 illnesses, the Centers for Disease Control said. Eight people have been hospitalized. The outbreak of the foodborne infection in the leading kosher chicken seller has shown up in Maryland, New York, Pennsylvania and Virginia, according to a CDC notice Wednesday afternoon. The death occurred in New York. JTA has reached out to Empire Kosher and to the CDC for comment. The CDC began investigat ing after the New York state Department of Health re ported that several people who were sick said they had eaten kosher chicken. The illnesses began as early as September 2017; the most recent reported one was in June. The CDC notice said that some kosher chicken prod ucts are contaminated with Salmonella. One dead, 17 sick from salmonella in Empire Kosher chicken Joseph Del Valle/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images Neil Simon on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Car son, June 26, 1980. issues that plagued them. The themes of his plays include romance, adultery, divorce, sibling rivalry, cancer and fear of agingbut with a knack for one-liners that kept audiences laughing through the pain. Simon began his career in television, on the writing staff for Sid Caesar for Your Show of Shows, working with future Jewish comedy leg ends Mel Brooks, Carl Reiner and Larry Gelbart. He later wrote for The Phil Silvers Show. In 1961, his first play, Come Blow Your Horn, hit Broadway. It was a modest success, but was the start of something big. The Odd Couple would have a wildly successful run, would be adapted into a smash movie with Walter Matthau and Jack Lemon in the roles of a slovenly sportswriter and his fastidious roommate, and inspire a sitcom that ran for years on ABC. In 1966 he had four plays running on Broad way at the same time. During his career he wrote more than 30 plays and about the same amount of movie screenplays, some original and most adaptions of his plays. The Goodbye Girl won an Academy Award for Richard Dreyfuss, playing the role of a an incorrigible actor; The Heartbreak Kid, starring Charles Grodin and Cybill Shepherd and directed by Elaine May, has been described as a worthy suc cessor to Hollywoods classic screwball comedies and a dis paraging, overly stereotypical portrayal of marital discord among suburban Jews. The Sunshine Boys (1976), about another pair of bickering frenemies, earned an Oscar for the then-elderly George Burns, playing one half of a legendary, estranged and fatally dysfunctional vaudeville duo. Simon gained addition al fame in the 1980s with his semi-autobiographical trilogyBrighton Beach Memoirs (1983), Biloxi Blues (1985), and Broadway Bound (1986)which critics agreed brought gravitas and fresh life to a career that had begun to flag after the huge hits of the 60s and 70s. In 1991 he won both the Tony Award and the Pulitzer Prize for Lost in Yonkers, another autobiographical comedy. Simon was born in New York to Irving Simon, a gar ment salesman, and Mamie (Levy) Simon, a homemaker. His parents had what he described as a tempestuous marriage, in which his father left the family at least eight times. Simon said he took refuge in movie theaters to escape his troubles at home. Those troubles also inspired him to become a writer, which he said helped him to become independent of emotional family issues. An interviewer once asked Simon what effect his being Jewish had on his humor. Thats a tough question, Simon replied. Humor is a way of expressing your pro test and being able to laugh, too. What Jews do is laugh at their predicament, and its what blacks do, too. I do my funniest writing when Im in a predicament. If a play is out of town and needs work, Ill do my best work. When Im in an elevator thats stuck, I can keep everyone laughing. The other thing about Jewish humorI dont know if it was always this way; I dont know if the Jews in Egypt were making jokes about Pharaohis that it takes a great deal of intel ligence. It takes an adventur ous mind. He and his older brother, Danny Simon, in addition to cranking out sketches for comedians like Caesar, Jerry Lewis and Jackie Gleason, wrote summer revues for the Tamiment resort located in the Pocono Mountains. He was married five times: to dancer Joan Baim, who died of cancer (19531973), actress Marsha Mason (1973 1983), twice to actress Diane Lander (198788 and 1990 1998), and to actress Elaine Joyce (1999-2018). Neil Simon, Broadways giant of bickering, wise-cracking couples, dies at 91 By JTA (JTA)Playwright Neil Simon, known for such Broad way hits as The Odd Couple, Barefoot in the Park and Lost in Yonkers, has died. Simon, who earned a Pulit zer Prize and a Tony Award, died Saturday, Aug. 26, at New York-Presbyterian Hospital in New York City from complica tions with pneumonia at the age of 91. No writer of non-musical comedies was more success ful in the second half of the 20th century, and no one else so frequently, success fully nor wittily, plumbed the anxieties of middle-class American Jews and the family By Ron Kampeas WASHINGTON (JTA) Princeton Lyman, the Jew ish American diplomat who played a critical role in or ganizing Operation Moses, the stunning 1984 airlift of Ethiopian Jews, has died at 82. Lyman died Friday at his home in the Washington sub urb of Silver Spring, Maryland, the Washington Post reported. He died of lung cancer. The Post obituary celebrat ed the role of Lyman in helping to midwife the transition in South Africa from apartheid to democracy in the early 1990s when he was the U.S. ambassador to the country. Lyman had the trust of F. W. DeKlerk, the last apartheid president of the country, and Nelson Mandela, who led the African National Congress. But he also played a criti cal behind-the-scenes role a decade earlier, when he was deputy assistant secretary of state for Africa, in organiz ing the airlift from Sudan to Israel of thousands of Ethiopian Jews who had fled their famine-ravished country only to face indifference and starvation in Sudan. In a 1999 oral history for the Association for Diplomatic Studies and Training, Lyman said he was one of only two U.S. diplomats who was fully apprised of the operation, in volving secret flights from Sudan to Israel. He helped coordinate logistics between Israel and Sudan, which did not have diplomatic relations, and strove to keep at bay Ethi opian Jewry advocacy groups in the United States who were scrambling for information, as well as the media. We had to keep the press quiet, he said in 1999. The Boston Globe, the Washington Post, the New York Times, The Wall Street Journal all had the story. Peter Jennings at ABC had the story. I had to go to every single one of them to beg them to sit on the story. I told them that if the operation were to go public, the Ethiopians would be in serious danger. I must say that every one of the media outlets suppressed the information they had; I dont think that today that would be possible. It was an Israeli official, Arieh Dulzin, the chairman of the Jewish Agency, who re vealed the operation at a press conference, and it was Israeli media that made it public. Unfortunately, the Israeli media was not so disciplined as the U.S. media, Lyman said. Once the word was out in Israel, a Washington Jew ish newspaper reported the storyignoring Lymans pleasand the U.S. media felt free to publish. Sudan suspended the operation after 9,000 Jews had arrived, leaving 500 stranded. Vice President George H.W. Bush then got involved. Bush went to Khartoum to see [Sudanese President Gaafar] Nimeiri and to tell him that we wanted the last few hundred Ethiopians taken out, Lyman said. Nimeiri agreed, but it too was to be a secret operation. So American C-130s were to fly from Europe to the Sudan, take them on board, fly them up through the Red Sea, avoiding Egyp tian radar, and deliver them to Israel. That was done. It was a magnificent operation which I monitored from the Pentagon war room listening to the radio broadcasts as the planes landed and took off. In a 2007 account of the rescue, Blacks, Jews and Other Heroes, Howard Len hoff said other U.S. officials eagerly seized credit for the operation. Lyman remained silent, Lenhoff reported. Always the consummate professional, Princeton Ly man is an unsung hero of the Ethiopian Jews. Lyman was born in 1935 to immigrant Jewish parents from Lithuania. Asked to ex plain his unusual first name, he explained in 1999 that he had brothers named Yale, Harvard and Stanford. I guess it was an extraor dinary example of immigrant Princeton Lyman, Jewish diplomat who helped plan Operation Moses, dies at 82 parents determined that their children would go to universi ties, he said. Of course, being very practical, we all ended up in the University of California, not the expensive schools we were named after. He added: My brother El liott, who was the only son not named for a university, indeed did not go to college. Lyman was married for 50 years to the former Helen Ermann, who died in 2008. He is survived by his second wife, Lois Hobson, and three daughters, Tova Brinn of Israel, and Sheri Laigle and Lori Bruun, both of Maryland. 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PAGE 4A HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, SEPTEMBER 14, 2018 By David Bornstein The Good Word 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 Eighteen and a half years ago, when our third and last child was born, I remember thinking, Im going to be 62 when he goes to college. Thats so old! Now that time has come, as has Rosh Hashanah, a new year, a pause, a moment to look back and evaluate who we are and where weve been. Our youngest child has left the nest for college, and we new empty nesters are moving into the inevitable next phase of life, not the last phase but a very different one, an older one, one that has long been expected and in many ways, dreaded. Nearly three decades of child rearing have come to an end. And I, for one, am sad to see them go. Now for all those out there who are itch ing to say, Wait a minute. Being an empty nester is great! Youll adjust. It gets better and better, Im asking you to swallow your placating, soothing remarks. They wont work. Ive loved having our youngest around. The house feels big and empty without his up and down the stairs, his trumpet, his laughter shared with friends, and while I know theres no way around this hole, Im allowing myself the time to mourn and look back on what has been the greatest adventure of my life: parent ing. And our baby is off on a great adventure of his own: four years at a great university in a great college town. I have no real concerns for him other than the standard away from home for the first time. Hes like many a special child: bright, mature, centered, and for those of you who know him, you know I speak the truth. My concerns, shallowly and selfishly, are for myself. I am in the position many housewives have found themselves in over the yearsrais ing the kids and then suddenly finding that responsibility, that purpose, gone. I work out of our house, and my wife (who works full time in an office) has wondered if Im semi-retired (to which Ive said no). I have been the point person for our kids. Ive made the lunches, scheduled the doctor appointments, and made sure life proceeded as it should. That is past, and a future with more free time, less kid management, looms ahead. Im pretty good at filling that time with personal interestswriting, music, working out, but nothing, Ive realized, is as satisfying as a smile from my boy. And what Ive also real ized is this: life isnt a circle. Theres nothing neat and tidy about it, with the ends meeting and completing in a perfect shiny gold ring. If anything, life is more like a double helix, a twisting ladder spiraling upward as it narrows and expands, changing and forcing us to deal more with goodbyes than hellos, more with letting go than holding onto, more with com ing to grips with the hard fact that the more we love the more we undoubtedly hurt. And thats the rub. Were born crying and isolated into a strange world, separated from a mothers heartbeat, trying to figure out how to manage this solitary shell, and if were lucky we find ourselves in a nurturing family surrounded by love. And our world expands. But one by one we leave and are alone and on our own until we find someone to share our lives. We grow our own family, increasing in numbers and love, until our children take flight and we are reduced once again. If were lucky there will be other phasesgrandchildren, second careers, a child who moves nearby. And maybe we even start to enjoy that empty nest. And maybe we dont. I think most of us never completely do. Hes only called home once (at our insis tence) and thats a good sign. And hes already making friends, learning the town, settling into classes, a new life, a new sense of excite ment and discovery. And I am looking ahead to a new year, trying to figure out what comes next even as I realize I cant possibly know or predict what that will be. And that, my friends, is really what life is all about, isnt it? Not be ginnings or endings but changes. Not the tidy package were told about, but a messy, sloppy pile of heartbreak and love, inextricably linked, inexplicably thrown our way one day and taken away the next. Its about what we feel, how we heal, and how we deal with and reconcile ourselves to that next surprising phase. May the coming New Year be one of deep feeling, healing, and above all, love in all its mysterious forms for you and your ever expand ing, ever contracting world. And thats the good word. Feel free to pass your thoughts and com ments on to the Heritage or email me at email@example.com. The empty nest By Moshe Phillips and Joshua Goldstein It can be claimed that no single day in the Jewish liturgical calendar is clearly meant to showcase the unity of the Jewish People than Yom Kippur. And during Yom Kippur no single service symbolizes that unity more than the famous Kol Nidre. A short declaration made with a call that we all stand together is made near the start of the service: By the authority of the Court on High and by authority of the court down here, by the permission of One Who Is Everywhere and by the permission of this congregation, we hold it lawful to pray with sinners. So, all Jews, regardless of the religiosity and regardless of their mistakes are all to stand together, in prayer together, as one united congregation at Kol Nidre. And if that is not clearly a goal of the day than why are so many of the pronouns used in the liturgy in the plural? We and Our including the well-known, and beloved, Avinu, Malkenu (Our Father, Our King) prayer. We are each praying for ourselves and for each other: for all Jews, everywhere in the world. Also on Kol Nidre night we plead: May all the people of Israel be forgiven, including all the strangers who live in their midst... We in Herut North America, as part of the Herut World Movement, conduct a Jewish Unity Challenge that comes to mind again as we celebrate the High Holidays. This Chal lenge is a personal call to all Jews, including you, to start reaching out across the aisleto create one united Jewish people. Just because Jews come from many different backgrounds and hold different beliefs, doesnt mean that we cannot show love and respect for one another. Our diverse types, colors, and traditions should be seen as a strength for all of us, rather than foster exclusivity, elitism, selectiveness and even superiority. Ahavat Yisraelthe unconditional love of our fellow Jewsshould not be seen as some unattainable dream. In our time, we can make it a reality. We should not have to rely on the threat of anti-Semitism and impending dangers affecting Israel as the only things. The lack of love and unity was considered by the ancient Jewish sages of the era of the Mishnah to be the root cause of the destruc tion of the Second Holy Temple in Jerusalem. The Temple that we plead with G-d to allow us to rebuild throughout the High Holidays. If we can re-introduce ourselves and start the process of accepting one another, in the spirit of Ahavat Yisrael, we can again grow as individualsand as a collective nation. The Jewish Unity Challenge is designed to spark a conversation between the diverse types of Jews, so that we can achieve greater things for the State of Israel and the Jewish People. It is time to put aside differences that we may have with other Jews, and focus on the wonderful, time-honored things that unite us as Jews. This is your individual chal lenge. And this is our collective challenge as a community. What we are talking about is simple, yet we call it a challenge because it is not so easy. When it comes down to it, many of us have a knee-jerk reaction to leaving our comfort zone. It is time to look at the bigger picture, to let go a little, and to reach across the table. The High Holidays force us to re-examine our biases and to change our thinking. The Herut World Movement is dedicated to the values of Zeev Jabotinsky (1880-1940), who was a key leader of world Zionism before World War Two; he was a mentor of Menachem Begin, and a champion of Jewish unity. And in Jabotinskys honor, we conduct this campaign. Let us discuss what we believe may be best for Israel and the Jewish People. Let us argue, but as we discuss these opinions and we must remember that all Jews are responsible one for anotherno matter our backgrounds, beliefs, colors, etc. Late last year we marked the 30th anniver sary Freedom Sunday for Soviet Jews. That Dec. 6, 1987 rally saw more than a quarter million American Jews unite on the National Mall in Washington, to stand up for Soviet Jews at what was the single largest gathering of Jews in U.S. history. In decades past U.S Jews instinctively knew that High Holiday period was the time to concentrate on Jewish unity. On Oct. 6, 1943, three days before Yom Kip pur, 400 rabbis marched in Washington, D.C. to call for Allied action to save European Jews. Organized by Jabotinsky movement activist leader Hillel Kook (under his pseudonym Peter Bergson) it was the only effort of its type dur ing the Holocaust in America. Later in the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s an an nual Simchat Torah Rally for Soviet Jewry was organized throughout the U.S. includ ing in Philadelphia and Washington, D.C. For example, in 1968 and 1971 rallies were held at the Washington Monument. In 1973 a memorable rally was held in Philadelphia. Natan Sharanskys Philadelphia speech at the rally in 1986, just half a year or so after his release from the Soviets, was a remarkable highlight of these rallies. Let us show that we can all love each other in Jewish unity during this High Holiday sea son and always. The Talmud Bavli introduces the Aramaic phrase, Kol Yisrael arevim zeh bazeh, meaning all of the People of Israel are responsible for each other in Shevuot 39a. Let each of us meditate on that idea, grow from it, and take action. The authors are leaders of Herut North America. Moshe Phillips is national director of Herut North Americas U.S. section and Joshua Goldstein is chairman of Herut North America. Herut is an international movement for Zionist pride and education. Kol Nidre and Jabotinsky: The season for Jewish unity By Jonathan S. Tobin (JNS)A demonstration last month in Washington consisting of two-dozen rightwing extremists set the world on its head. The event on the anniversary of last years Charlottesville rally by neo-Nazis and the Ku Klux Klan was a pathetic flop, but it still gener ated massive coverage from the mainstream media. Many pundits, especially those from the Jewish community, urged us not to be deceived by the proof of their insignificance. After a year-and-a-half of touting the notion that the radical right was gaining influence, nothing could be allowed to distract from the narrative that these extremists posed a genuine threat to the American Jewish community. But many of the same people barely noticed when one of the countrys leading anti-Semites was on stage at the nationally televised funeral service for music legend Aretha Franklin. The honoring of the Nation of Islams Louis Farrakhan in this fashion generated virtually no coverage in the mainstream media. The fact that a man who leads an extremist hate group with a mass followingand who has spewed hate against Jews throughout his careersat on the stage as cameras rolled largely escaped notice on the networks that either broadcast the service/concert or played excerpts later. Nor was there much commentary about why former President Bill Clinton thought there was nothing wrong with sharing the stage and shaking hands with Farrakhan, who was seated alongside Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton, two prominent political activists with their own histories of anti-Jewish incitement. Many loved Franklin, and the event served as a feast for music lovers of a variety of genres. But the fact that few thought it odd or inap propriate for Farrakhan to be there next to music stars and political luminaries was more than just a misjudgment by the organizers and a bizarre faux pas on the part of President Clinton. It illustrates the double standards about anti-Semitism in this country, as well as the foolish complacency about certain kinds of Jew-hatred by those who sound the alarm about far more insignificant threats because their partisan loyalties blinds them to other problems. Who failed the Farrakhan test? The torchlight parade of right-wing extrem ists in Charlottesville chanting anti-Semitic slogans last year deeply frightened Jews and seemed straight out of our nightmares from the Nazi past. But as deplorable as that event, which led to the death of a counter-demonstrator, wound up being, it was still a mistake to treat the extremists as if they were a mass move ment that represented a significant trend in American politics or culture. President Trump erred greatly with his ambivalent reaction when he conflated those who opposed the removal of Confederate statues with Nazis. But the idea that their views had any influence in his administration or that we are living in the moral equivalent of the last days of the Weimar Republic was an absurd and profoundly mistaken analysis of events. Yet while so many Jews, as well as much of the mainstream media, are straining to connect the dots between Trump and hate mongers that have no real connection, open Jew-hatred from another far more popular and potent source doesnt seem to bother the same people very much. Unlike the Nazis and the Klan, Farrakhans Nation of Islam is not an isolated or tiny band of nutcases. It has a mass following in the African-American community that, when you count his many sympathizers, may number in the hundreds of thousands. Moreover, as the Franklin funeral dem onstrated, Farrakhans fans are notas is the case with the alt-rightisolated. Their leader is feted and applauded by members of Congress, the leaders of the anti-Trump resis tance Womens March group and other sectors of society, and treated as a celebrity by many in the arts. A documentary about Farrakhan that was made by his son and which celebrated him as an amateur musician included appear ances by many prominent musicians, including Chaka Khan and Stevie Wonder, both of whom sang at the service for Franklin. When a man who speaks about the syna gogue of satan and who routinely spews hate against Jews is treated as not merely a celebrity but one worthy of honor, there is something seriously wrong about American society. Tobin on page 15A
HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, SEPTEMBER 14, 2018 PAGE 5A By Richard D. Heideman (JNS)Perhaps more than any other issue in the Middle East today, the situation in Gaza under the control of Hamasa designated for eign terrorist organization dedicated to the destruction of Israel and aspiring to the genocide of world Jewryis one of the greatest obstacles to regional peace, security and prosperity. Since Israels unilateral withdrawal from Gaza in 2005, and after Hamas bru tally seized control from its Palestinian rival Fatah in 2007, conditions for residents have dramatically wors ened. Hamas has stolen vast amounts of money, humani tarian goods and building supplies designed to aid Gaza and repurposed them for weapons like rockets, terror tunnels and kite bombs that Hamas has used to terrorize Israeli civilians, and burn lands, nature preserves and forests. Rightly so, current propos als from the White House focus on Gaza First. U.S. President Donald Trumps senior adviser Jared Kushner, special envoy to the Middle East Jason Greenblatt and U.S. Ambassador to Israel David Friedman wrote a July 19 op-ed in The Washington Post, condemning Hamas for needlessly prolonging the suffering of the Palestinian people in Gaza and calling for Hamass leadership to renounce terrorism or relin quish control of Gaza. Hamas responded to the White House: Hamas (which is the Islamic Resistance Move ment) ramped up its terror attacks, launching hundreds of rockets at Israel from Gaza, many of which landed in or near kindergartens, summer camps and homes in southern Israel. Yet the world focused on Israels response rather than Hamas terror. Little attention was paid to the plight of those living in Gaza or Israel, who are subjected to Hamass reign of terror. The world must stop treating Hamas, which uses residents of Gaza, including children, as human shields, differently than it treats other terrorists. No country would tolerate hundreds of rockets being launched into its sovereign territory. Israeli families were again forced to huddle in bomb shelters, an unac ceptable and unconscionable condition ignored by the world media. Although Hamas and Israel have agreed on a one-year ceasefire that will allow humanitarian relief to flow into Gaza, the question must be asked: Will Hamas use the money and aid for the people of Gaza, or will they continue sy phoning resources to rebuild their arsenal for their next round of terror launchings against the Israeli people? It must be remembered that Hamas is dedicated to the destruction of Israel and the continued rejection of Israel as a member of the family of nations. In spite of these factors, the Jewish state appears ready to begrudgingly accept Hamas as the de facto leaders of Gaza, but only as long as Hamas terrorism can be constrained. The Kushner, Greenblatt and Friedman op-ed called for Hamas to stand down and for the Palestinian Author ity to resume control over the administration of Gaza. Gaza needs a governing body dedicated to a better future. It is questionable if the P.A. can, or even has the will, to do so. At the United Nations, UNRWA, which utilizes bloated numbers to clas sify Palestinian refugees, has failed in its educational responsibilities, and can no longer be vested or trusted with the authority to moni tor education to ensure the children of Gaza are taught a hate-free curriculum. It is essential to establish a terror-free government for Gaza that can assume responsibility for education while helping create jobs and providing welfare to those who are desperately in need, Gaza needs a new solution giving the people of Gaza the chance for a new future. Israel can be an important ally to a terror-free Gaza by sharing its desert conversion technologynot only to make the desert bloom, but also to ensure a 24/7 flow of stable electricity, gas, clean water, irrigation and economic de velopment. Moreover, as Gaza is lo cated on the Mediterranean between Israel and Egypt with its southern border adjacent to Egypts sparsely populated Sinai Peninsula, parts of the Sinai could be leased or ac quired from Egypt to alleviate the population density in the coastal strip. This land could be used for new construction of housing and community institutions for the people of Gaza as a terror-free govern ment works to rebuild Gazas crumbling infrastructure. Justly compensating and supporting Egypt, while en suring that radicals do not expand into that country, is crucial to enabling the international community to begin rebuilding neighbor hoods and perhaps even a New Gaza City as they work towards helping Gaza become governable, democratic, free and no longer a terror threat to any of its neighbors. Expanding Gaza into the Sinai and establishing a government supported by democratic countriesfree of Hamas terror and control could help push Gaza into being part of the solution in truly establishing a terror-free region and achieving a durable peace, stability and economic development. Richard D. Heideman is senior counsel of Heideman Nudelman & Kalik, P.C., which represents American Victims of Terror; author of The Hague Odyssey: Israels Struggle for Security on the Front Lines of Terror and Her Battle for Justice at the United Nations; and is president of the American Zionist Move ment. The opinions expressed in this article are his own and not attributable to any organization. By Clifford D. May (JNS)In this topsy-turvy world, if youd like to see Palestinians living in peace, gainfully employed, with ac cess to quality medical care and reason to believe tomor row will be brighter than today, youre denounced as anti-Palestinian. If, by contrast, you prefer that Palestinians remain im poverished and on the dole of America and other donor na tions, hating their next-door neighbor and bequeathing that hatred to their children, viewing themselves as victims while aspiring to martyr dom in an endless war, you get to call yourself a champion of the Palestinian cause. I share this observation because last week PepsiCo an nounced plans to buy SodaS tream for $3.2 billion. Perhaps I need to explain. SodaStream makes devices for making sparkling water at homeno plastic bottles to schlep home and then throw away or send for recycling. Its CEO, Daniel Birnbaum, is an Israeli entrepreneur and visionary who came up with a wild idea: Open a factory on the West Bank and hire Pal estinians. Give them Israeli wages, which are about four times higher than the aver age in the territories. Provide them and their extended fami lies with medical insurance, a benefit few employers in the West Bank provide. Also, hire Israeli Arabs and Israeli Jews and let them all work together, learn about each other, maybe develop mutual respect and even friendships. What an achieve ment it would be if the experi ment succeeded! Succeed it did. By 2014, with more than 500 workers, SodaStream was among the largest private employers on the West Bank. Unsurprisingly, champi ons of the Palestinian cause denounced Birnbaum as anti-Palestinian. In particu lar, advocates for BDS (the campaign to delegitimize and demonize Israel through boycotts, divestment and sanctions) accused him of stealing Palestinian land, profiting from the occupa tion, and exploiting Palestin ian workers. Suddenly, Birnbaum re counted to me over dinner in Tel Aviv three years ago, Im a walking war criminal! BDS lobbyists were particu larly effective in Europe. They persuaded retailers in Sweden to tell Birnbaum not to send them SodaStream products from the West Bank. Those retailers had no problem receiving merchandise made in China, a country where about a million Muslims are right now incarcerated in re-education camps; that occupies Tibet (offering no two-state solution); and where persecution of Chris tians and other minorities continues to worsen. When Birnbaum needed a new and bigger factory, he decided not to build in the West Bank but instead to relo cate to the Negev Desert, well within the armistice lines, the temporary borders drawn in 1949 when the war between the fledgling Jewish state and the Arab nations surrounding it came to a halt. The new factory employs 1,400 Bedouins, many of whom have never before had regular jobs with regular pay checks. BDS social warriors began attacking Birnbaum again, this time accusing him of exploiting the Bedouins. The local Bedouin sheikh told them to pound desert sand. The news of PepsiCos pur chase of SodaStream makes one thing abundantly clear: While the BDS campaign managed to deprive Palestin ians of good jobs, it failed to prevent the company that had provided those jobs from becoming an enormous inter national success. Also significant is the fact that PepsiCo is the buyer: Years ago, it was one of the companies complying with the Arab League boycott against Israel. The sparkling waters of the West Bank Omar Barghouti, a cofounder of the BDS campaign, is livid. He issued a statement declaring that the PepsiCo purchase notwithstanding, SodaStream is still subject to boycott, and claiming that the factory in the Negev is displacing the indigenous Bedouin-Palestinian citizens of Israel. How employing people can be interpreted as replacing people, he didnt explain. No matter: On NPRs Here & Now and other left/progres sive media outlets, SodaS tream was portrayed as the villain in this drama, with no hint that there might be another side to the story. BDS has lost other signifi cant battles. Hannah Brown, movie critic of The Jerusalem By Evelyn Gordon (JNS)With the Trump Administration reported ly planning various steps against UNRWAthe U.N. aid agency devoted solely to Palestinian refugeesIsraeli defense officials have leaped to UNRWAs defense. A rapid cutback of U.S. funding would create a vacuum in basic services, especially in Gaza, that Hamas might fill, and could even spark violence, they warned. But their argument is wrong on at least three counts. First, U.S. cutbacks wont actually cause a finan cial crisis. Second, forcing Hamas to provide basic ser vices in UNRWAs stead would be a plus, not a minus. Third, their policy would sacrifice long-term strategic interests for minuscule tactical gains. As Ive written before, Id support plunging UNRWA into financial crisis, since that might force it to reform. But Washington cant cut its donations much more than it already hasfrom $360 million last year to just $60 million this year. And judging by the results, it hasnt caused a crisis at all. Admittedly, you wouldnt guess this from listening to UNRWA CommissionerGeneral Pierre Kraehenbuehl or from reading the numerous media reports that uncriti cally parrot his claims. Krae henbuehl has repeatedly said the organization faces its worst crisis ever, a genu inely existential danger. He even threatened not to open UNRWA schools this year, though he later backtracked. But in real life, the agency has laid off 113 workers in Gaza, 154 in the West Bank and around 100 in Jordan about 370 in total. If that sounds like a lot, then you havent read UNRWAs web site, which proudly declares the agency one of the largest United Nations programs, with over 30,000 personnel. In short, these extensive cutbacks, as one media re port termed them, total a little more than 1 percent of UNRWAs enormous staff. Thats not something most organizations would label a crisis. Moreover, UNRWA wouldnt have any crisis at all if it werent outrageously over staffed. It has almost three times as many employees as the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees, though the lat ter agency, which cares for all non-Palestinian refugees and displaced people worldwide, serves 12 times as many peo ple. In other words, UNRWA has one employee for every 167 refugees, while UNHCR has one for every 5,200. Nor would UNRWA have any problem if it didnt endlessly expand its refugee rolls by including every refugees de scendent for all eternity, even though most arent refugees at all, since theyre either citizens of other countries or residents of the West Bank and Gaza, which the United Nations itself deems the State of Palestine. The agency doesnt even bother delisting many who are dead. In short, it has many ways to cut costs without causing a crisis. Defense officials second fallacy is that Hamas pro viding services in UNRWAs stead would somehow be bad. In reality, if Hamas had to provide services to the people it governs, it would have less money to spend on its endless military build-up, which would improve Israels security. Thats exactly what hap pened last year, when the Palestinian Authority, which had previously financed all civilian services in Hamasrun Gaza not provided by UNRWA, stopped doing so. For the first time, Hamas had to pay for civilian needs like fuel for Gazas only power plant out of its own pocket. Consequently, according to Israeli intelligence, it slashed Sacrificing Israels long-term interests for short-term gains its annual military budget from $200 million in 2014 (the year of the last Hamas-Israel war) to $50 million last year. Even $70 million in military aid from Iran, then still flush with cash from the 2015 nuclear deal, couldnt make up that shortfall. UNRWA cutbacks would force Hamas to spend even more on civilian needs in order to preserve its rule in Gaza. And that would further reduce its ability to invest in rockets and cross-border tunnels. Granted, Hamas-run schools and summer camps would indoctrinate children in anti-Israel propaganda. But so do UNRWA-run schools and summer camps. UNRWA text West Bank on page 15A Gains on page 15A
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GOBOR Community Minyan at Jewish Academy of OrlandoMondayFriday, 7:45 a.m.8:30 a.m. Temple IsraelSunday, 9 a.m., 407-647-3055. FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 14 Ahavas YisraelKabbalat, 30 minutes before sundown. SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 15 Torah PortionVaylelech: Deuteronomy 31:1-30; Haftarah: Hosea 14:2-10; Micah 7:18-20 SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 16 The Holocaust Memorial, Resource & Education CenterExhibit: Heroes of Warsaw, illustra tions of Bill Farnsworth that highlight the courage of Irena Sendler and Janusz Korczak. On exhibit through Dec. 28. MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 17 Israeli Folk Dancing7:30-8:15 p.m. instruction, 8:15-10 p.m., requests. Cost: Free for JCC members, $7 nonmembers. Info: 407-645-5933. Congregation Beth AmMommy and Me class with Cantor Nina Fine, 10 a.m.-11:30 a.m. $7 per family; free for CBA members Info: 407-862-3505. TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 18 Erev Yom Kippur Congregation Beth AmPages & Pastries Book Club, 7 p.m. at Panera Bread on 434 across from Publix at Springs Plaza. Info: 407-862-3505. WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 19 Yom Kippur THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 20 Grief SupportJFS Orlando and The Jewish Pavilion, in cooperation with The Hospice of the Comforter and VITAS Healthcare, host a gridf support group, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at Congrega tion Ohev Shalom, 613 Concourse Pkwy S., Maitland. Registration: call 407-644-7593, ext. 247. $5 per session contribution suggested. A Nosh of YiddishClasses in Yiddish the third Thursday of each month sponsored by the Jewish Pavilion, held at Brookdale Island Lake, 160 Islander Circle in Longwood 10:30 a.m. Info: 407-678-9363. Coffee and refreshments served. Holocaust CenterResponding to Hatred and Extremism: Solutions from Faith Traditions panel discussion, 6 p.m. at the Center. Free and open to the public. FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 21 Ahavas YisraelKabbalat, 30 minutes before sundown. The Kinneret Council on Aging, a nonprofit agency that provides ongoing programs and services to residents of Kinneret Apartments, has launched their new, rede signed website, www.Kin neretLiving.org. We are thrilled to launch our new website which has a new look and feel, said Sharon F. Weil, director of Pro gramming and Development, KCOA. The website is clean, bright and much more easily navigated, she continued. The idea to update the site was brought forward at a board meeting when members noticed that as the needs of the Kinneret residents have changed, so had the functionality and content of the website. A team of board members including Carol Feuerman and Ronda Pearl man met numerous times to discuss the overall look of the website as well as content and navigation. The new site has larger fonts to better serve the ag ing population as well as updated content to reflect new programming and major fundraising events, the 8 over 80 Gala and the Senior Health Fair. The new site also includes additional information on Kin nerets history and the support from KCOA which continues to fund the twice food pantry, onsite activities including a continental breakfast and ex ercise classes as well as offsite excursions to local grocery stores and cultural activities. Kinneret Apartments, lo cated in downtown Orlando, provides subsidized housing to 280 independent seniors. For information on the facil ity or to find out how you can donate to KCOA, please go to www.KinneretLiving.org or contact Sharon Weil at 407425-4537. KCOA launches new website
HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, SEPTEMBER 14, 2018 PAGE 7A Ten Jewish Day schools from around the country, as well as the leaders, mentors and teachers from the Teacher Institute for the Arts at Camp Ramah in Ojai, California. Represent ing Jewish Academy of Orlando are Alan Rusonik, head of school, Fanny Sernik, Judaic Studies teacher, and Penny Goldstein, Art teacher. The fine arts program continues to grow at Jewish Academy of Orlando. This summer, JAO was one of 10 schools selected to partici pate in a grant by the highly prestigious Teacher Insti tute for the Arts program, sponsored by Kol HaOt Art Institute of Jerusalem. This program is run under the auspices of American/Israeli artist David Moss. Teach ers were trained to utilize cutting-edge techniques to integrate art and Judaic studies. Exploring Jewish texts and values through the vi sual arts is one of the most effective ways to cultivate creativity and to instill in-depth connections to Judaism, said Alan Rusonik, head of school. The Teacher Institute for the Arts was established to train and empower day schools to in tegrate the visual arts into formal Jewish education. The program consists of a summer Institute followed by a year of mentoring and prac tical implementation. Teams of 1-2 Jewish Studies teachers along with 1-2 art teachers from day schools across North America are provided with the tools to integrate the arts into the Jewish Studies curricula at their schools. Each school team is assigned a mentor to work with them throughout the program to create and implement a creative arts based project. The training to integrate fine arts with Jewish Stud ies was an incredible and transformational experience, added Morah Penny Goldstein, Jewish Academy of Orlando Art teacher. We have grown our toolbox exponentially and we are very excited to imple ment these new strategies, said Goldstein. Jewish Academy of Or landos mentor is Rabbi Matt Berkowitz, a cofounder of Kol HaOt. Rabbi Matt has synthesized his diverse roles as rabbi, educator and artist. Formally trained in Jewish scribal art, he is a ketubah il luminator, and has created the limited-edition artist port folio Passover Landscapes: Illuminations on the Exodus, which is part of major library collections. David Moss, the found of the program, has implemented his inspired, visionary ap proach to Jewish studies in schools, camps, and Fed erations across the US. His projectswhich range from creating imaginative books, prints, ritual objects, and educational programs, to designing communal build ingsare all deeply based in Jewish texts and traditions. Mosss work has been dis played throughout the world, but he is probably best known for his Hagaddah, which was originally created in 1983 as a unique private commission that took three years to pro duce. He is a much sought after lecturer and artist-inresidence. Rusonik attended the train ing. It was a remarkable and once-in-a-lifetime opportu nity to study with David Moss and to collaborate with col leagues around the country, said Rusonik. We are delighted to offer our students yet another unique opportunity to inte grate multiple disciplines to augment their love of learn ing, added Rusonik To learn more about the Jewish Academy of Orlando, please visit https://www. jewishacademyorlando.org or follow us on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/ JewishAcademyOrlando. Jewish Academy of Orlando teachers participate in year-long fine arts initiative
PAGE 8A HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, SEPTEMBER 14, 2018 Stephanie Flax and Craig Oppenheim Announcement Engagement Nina and Ron Oppenheim of Maitland announce with pleasure the engagement of their son Craig Oppenheim to Stephanie Flax, daughter of Jill Flax of Potomac, Maryland, and the late Howie Flax. Stephanie is a graduate of Emory University and is employed in production and marketing by radio stations WTOP and Federal News Radio in Washington, D.C. Craig is a graduate of Northeastern University and holds a masters degree from The George Washington University. He is employed at the United States Treasury Department. A spring wedding is planned. area senior living facilities and is always in need of volunteers who have the rare skill of shofar blowing. Now, depending on sched uling, Stone blows shofar at four to six Jewish Pavilion High Holiday events every year. Most of the Jewish resi dents she serves have no other opportunity to observe the holidays and hear the sound of the shofar. It brings tears to a lot of peoples eyes, Stone said. It is especially moving to see the reactions of seniors who may be ailing or memory-impaired. It brings them a touch, know ing that the High Holidays are here, and its something that they remember. Stone, an Orlando resident since 1984, volunteers year round at Westchester and several other facilities the Pavilion serves. She has an upbeat and warm presence and quickly wins the hearts of the people she meets, and the seniors look forward to her visits. As a Friends of the Pavilion member Stone has co-chaired several Pavilion galas, and she and Mark have been past gala honorees. The couple is origi nally from Baltimore, Md., where they met when Susie was on Thanksgiving break as a student at University of Maryland. Her father-in-law, Sy Stone, passed away several years ago, but her mother-in-law, Sylvia Stone, is still at Westchester and is nearing 92. Stone makes sure that she brings her shofar each year to the Pavilions High Holiday cel ebration at Westchester so Sylvia has an opportunity to hear its sounds. Said Stone, I can remem ber my mother-in-law, when she first heard it, I saw tears coming out of her eyes. To me, to do that, and touch them, and bring that happiness to them for the High Holidays, its pure joy. Volunteerswith and with out shofar-blowing skills are always needed during the Jewish Pavilions busy High Holiday season. And your generous donation will help the Pavilion make the holidays special for Jewish seniors in living facilities. For more information, call the Jewish Pavilion at 407-678-9369 or go online at JewishPavilion.org. Susie Stone blows the shofar at a Jewish Pavilion High Holidays program. Susie Stone brings seniors the joy of the shofar By Lisa Levine Each year for the High Holidays, the plaintive, soulstirring sound of the shofar rings out in synagogues all over the world, and congre gants are moved by that an cient tie to their ancestors. For the past several years, Jewish Pavilion volunteer Susie Stone has made sure that Jews in area senior living facilities are not left out. In many Jewish homes, a shofar is proudly displayed on a shelf or mantle, more an object of Judaica than an instrument used during High Holiday prayer. Maybe once or twice a family member picks it up and tries to get a sound from it. It isnt easy to do, and most people soon give up. Then it goes back to its place, moving only when its time to dust. Stone had a shofar like that in her Longwood home, a long and gracefully twisted kudu horn from the Yemenite tradi tion. Many years ago, she had asked Cantor Allan Robuck of Congregation Ohev Shalom to bring her back a shofar from a trip to Israel and was surprised and pleased by the beauty of the one he chose. Stone gave her new shofar a place of prominence in her home for all to see. And there it sat for years. Then one day about seven years ago, for reasons she cant quite explain, Stone picked up the shofar and tried to get a sound from it. To her amazement, a sound came out, much like the soulful shofar sounds she knew so well from decades of High Holiday services. I could never play an instrument in my whole life other than a little bit of piano, Stone recalled. I said, Wow! I can do this! So she got out her High Holidays prayer book and started practicing the various calls: Tekiah! Teruah! Shevarim! And the extended blast of Tekiah Gedolah! Then she showed her new skill to Mark, her husband of 46 years, and to others. I was astounded, because Mark tried to do it and he couldnt do it, and I tried giving it to my friends and nobody could do it, said Stone, And I said, This is easy! Theres nothing to it! Stone knew that she could use her newfound skill to do some good in the world. She had been volunteering with the Jewish Pavilion since Marks parents moved to Westchester of Winter Park Assisted Living in 2010. 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Also, never to be forgotten by my family... Cousin Alan Feinberg who died in the collapse of one of the Twin Towers in New York City on Sept. 11, 2001. He was a firefighter, a devoted husband, wonderful father and a hero! A country full of Nazis and infidels?... I read this recently in the World Jewish Congress (WJC) digest High Holiday edition: Ninety percent of Argen tinian Jewish leaders, and 65 percent of Latin American Jewish leaders overall, fear their community could be targeted in another terrorist attack, according to a survey conducted on behalf of the Latin American Jewish Con gress, a WJC affiliate. Argentina has already suf fered two terrorist attacks: in 1992 on the Israeli embassy in Buenos Aires, which killed 29 and injured 242, and in 1994 on the AMIA Jewish Center in Buenos Aires, which killed 84 and injured more than 300. And in spite of that disturbing news, I think I should bring you greetings from Ambassador RONALD S. LAUDER, presi dent of WJC. He wishes everyone LShanah Tovah. And adds, May the New Year bring you and your loved ones happiness, health and peace. That is his wish for all the Jewish people around the world and he is hoping for a much better year as this one was marked by too much tragedy, violence, fear and continued uncertainty for the global Jewish community. A Jewish Pavilion Mensch... A real mensch, JASON MENDELSOHN is a Jewish Pavilion board member who has done a remarkable job in spreading the word about all the good the Pavilion does. Senator John McCain Raised in Altamonte Springs with his brother and twin sisters, and married for almost 22 years to RONNI (who also grew up in the area... they met as kids at Temple Israel!) Jason is a tireless Ambassa dor for the Pavilions mission and accomplishments. I love the concept of the Pavilion, said Jason. Its volunteers giving of their time to care for people who otherwise could be forgotten. They bring these se niors the Jewish experience. Jason will be honored at the Jewish Pavilions Gems & Jeans 2018 Gala on Oct. 28 at the Hilton Orlando North along with outgoing board president and longtime board member and volunteer, PAUL STENZLER. Come celebrate their achievements and help support the Jewish Pavilion by attending the Gala. Phone 407-678-9363 or go to for more information. Wiggle and Giggle... (I cant help it. Thats the way I walk!) On Sunday, Sept. 16, 2018 from 10 a.m.11:30 a.m., there will be a free concert for babies, toddlers, young children, and their families. It is called Wiggle and Giggle. It is sponsored by the Jewish Academy of Orlando and will be held at the Roth Family Jewish Community Center of Greater Orlando, 851, N. Maitland Avenue, Maitland, FL 32751 Please contact KAREN DUNCAN at 407-645-0923 for details. (Babies, toddlers, young children? What about old ladies?????) JCC 39ers Meet & Mingle Mondays... On Sept. 17 at 1 p.m. in the Maitland JCC in the Senior Lounge, there will be daily exercise for seniors presented by BRENDA BOYD. (Oooh, that sounds more like it, especially because they follow the exercise with tasty refreshments and social time. All 39ers and JCC members are welcome. (The chocolate cake is mine!) A nice surprise!... The other day in the mail I received a terrific magazine that I had never seen nor heard of before. Its called Chal lah Connection and its filled with High Holiday ideas and gifts, etc. You can receive one too. Just phone 866-242-5524 or on the internet, go to . One for the road... Shlomo and Moshe are out hunting in the woods of New Jersey when Moshe suddenly collapses. Shlomo rushes over to him but he doesnt seem to be breathing and his eyes are all glazed. Shlomo is in a panic. He takes out his phone, calls emergency services and shouts, Help, please help me. My friend Moshe is dead! What on earth should I do? The operator tells Shlomo, Sir, please calm down. I can help you. First of all, lets make sure hes really dead. After a short silence, the operator hears a shot. Then Shlomo gets back on the phone, OK, now what? Jason Mendelsohn Alan Feinberg AP/Majdi Mohammed Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas By World Israel News Israels Channel 10 News published a report on Tuesday based on comments from a senior Fatah official demonstrating Palestinian Authority President Mah moud Abbas intense hos tility toward any potential deal between Israel and the Hamas terror group in the Gaza Strip. According to the report, the Fatah official told Chan nel 10 that Abbas was furi ous with the Egyptians for mediating the agreement, which the PA chief referred to as treachery and defiance against the leadership. The official also claimed that Abbas acknowledged that the supposed recon ciliation process between his party and Hamas was disintegrating. 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PAGE 10A HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, SEPTEMBER 14, 2018 By Ben Harris (JTA)For North American Jews, the Jewish year 5778 began with tensions between Israel and the Diaspora over egalitarian prayer at the Western Wall and ended with more tension over a controversial nationality law. In between, North American Jews grappled with the impact of the #MeToo movement, the Trump administration relocated the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem from Tel Aviv and actress Natalie Portman made headlines for turning down a chance to collect a top prize in Israel. September 2017 Edie Windsor, whose landmark Supreme Court case paved the way for gay marriage in the United States, dies at 88. Wind sors 2013 lawsuit resulted in the courts overturning part of the Defense of Marriage Act that had defined marriage for federal purposes as the union between a man and a woman. Rabbi Ari Berman is installed as the fifth president of Yeshiva University. A graduate of the university and its rabbinical semi nary, Berman succeeds Richard Joel, who had led the Modern Orthodox institution through a turbulent economic period. Disgraced former congressman Anthony Weiner is sentenced to 21 months in prison for transferring obscene material to a teenage girl. The former House of Representatives member from New York had pleaded guilty in the case, which followed multiple instances of sharing sexually explicit material online. October 2017 The United States announces its intention to withdraw from the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization over its anti-Israel bias. The decision, which will go into effect at the end of 2019, reflects concerns about the general need for reform of the organization as well as continuing anti-Israel bias at UNESCO, the State Depart ment says. Harvey Weinstein is fired from the film production com pany he founded in the wake of multiple allegations of sexual misconduct against him. Weinstein, who co-founded Miramax (later The Weinstein Company) with his brother Bob, also is expelled from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sci ences, the organization that awards the Oscars. The Weinstein revelations spur similar allegations against numerous powerful men, leading to the #MeToo movement. S.I. Newhouse Jr., the billionaire media mogul who ran dozens of magazines and newspapers, dies at 89 in New York. The grandson of Russian immigrants, whose initials stand for Samuel Irving, since 1975 had run the magazine division of Advance Publications, known as Conde Nast, which publishes Vogue, GQ, Vanity Fair and The New Yorker. Monty Hall, host of the long-running television game show Lets Make a Deal, dies at 96 in Los Angeles. Born Monte Halperin in Winnipeg, Canada, Hall hosted thousands of episodes of the show over more than two decades. November 2017 Alex Bregman stars as his Houston Astros win their first World Series championship. The Jewish infielder hits two home runs and in Game 5 becomes the first Jewish player to win a Series game with a walk-off hit. On the losing side, outfielder Joc Pederson of the Los Angeles Dodgers breaks the record for most homers in a Series by a Jewish player with three, beating the mark of two set by Hall of Famer Hank Greenberg in 1934. Eight months later, Bregman is named the All-Star Game MVP for slugging the tie-breaking homer in the American Leagues victory. The umbrella group of North American Jewish federations demands Israel reverse its divisive and damaging steps to freeze an agreement on egalitarian prayer at the Western Wall, warning that ignoring the concerns of non-Orthodox Jews could undermine the Zionist vision. A resolution slamming Israels moves on pluralism is adopted by the board of trustees of the Jewish Federations of North America at its annual General Assembly in Los Angeles. Israeli actress Gal Gadot is named GQ magazines 2017 The Jewish year in review: #MeToo, the embassy move, and a growing gap between Israel and the Diaspora Woman of the Year. Gadot soared to international celebrity as the star of the blockbuster film Wonder Woman. Stephen Bannon, the former chief strategist for Donald Trump, calls himself a Christian Zionist in an appearance at the Zionist Organization of Americas annual dinner. Bannon had long been the target of liberal Jewish protests due to links between the alt-right movement and Breitbart, the rightwing news website that Bannon led before joining Trumps presidential campaign and rejoined after leaving the White House. Bannon received a standing ovation at the ZOA dinner. The U.S. Department of Justice begins distributing $772.5 million in recovered funds to some victims of Bernie Madoffs Ponzi scheme. The sum, which was returned eight years after the Jewish investment adviser pleaded guilty to committing one of the largest fraud schemes in U.S. history, represents only a fraction of the more than $4 billion in assets that U.S. law enforcement is able to recover for Madoffs victims. Far-right marchers in Warsaw, Poland, shout Jews out and other racist slogans at an Independence Day march by 60,000 people, constituting one of the largest nationalist gatherings anywhere in Europe. December 2017 President Trump commutes the sentence of the former chief executive of the kosher meatpacker Agriprocessors, who had been convicted of bank fraud and money laundering. Sholom Rubashkin had served eight years of a 27-year sentence. In making the move, Trump cites appeals from across the politi cal spectrum as well as former top-ranked Justice Department officials. Sen. Al Franken announces he will resign from Congress following accusations of sexual misconduct by several women. The Minnesota Democrat had faced increasing calls to step down by leading members of his own party. Trump signs a proclamation recognizing Jerusalem as Israels capital and directing the State Department to begin planning for a U.S. Embassy in the city. Soon after, the president signs a waiver delaying the embassy move for another six months. Billionaire philanthropist Barry Sherman and his wife, Honey, are found murdered in their Toronto-area home. Sherman, chairman of the drug maker Apotex, was the 15th richest Canadian with an estimated net worth of over $4 billion Canadian. The Shermans gave tens of millions of dollars to Jewish causes and sat on the boards of several Jewish groups. A Brooklyn woman and three of her children are killed in a house fire sparked by a Chanukah menorah. Aliza Azan, 39, and children Moshe, 11; Yitzah, 7; and Henrietta, 3, are bur ied in Israel. Yosi, three other children and a cousin sustain injuries in the blaze. January 2018 A Pew Research Center poll finds that the split between Democrats and Republicans over Israel is the greatest since 1978. The survey reports that 79 percent of Republicans and 27 percent of Democrats sympathize with Israel over the Palestinians. Singer Neil Diamond announces he will cease touring fol lowing a diagnosis of Parkinsons disease. The Jewish singer and Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee has 10 No. 1 singles to his credit and starred in the 1980 remake of The Jazz Singer, in which he played a synagogue cantor who pursues a pop music career. A photograph of former President Barack Obama with the Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan surfaces, prompting the Anti-Defamation League to ask Obama to again denounce Farrakhan, who has drawn regular criticism for anti-Semitic rhetoric. The photo was taken in 2005 during a Congressional Black Caucus meeting in Washington, D.C., when Obama was a senator representing Illinois. Polands parliament passes a controversial law that criminal izes blaming the Polish nation for Nazi crimes. The law triggers a diplomatic row with Israel, prompting the laws amendment to remove criminal charges against would-be offenders. Anti-Semitic incidents reach a record high in Britain and Ukraine. February 2018 The Anti-Defamation League reports a spike in anti-Semitic incidents in the United States in 2017. The 1,986 acts recorded in the U.S that year represents a 57 percent increase over the 1,267 in 2016, representing the largest one-year rise ever. The ADL says the jump is due in part to an increase in people reporting incidents of anti-Semitism. Ten Jewish organizations urge the Trump administration not to reinstate a question about citizenship in the 2020 Census, saying it will raise fears among immigrants. Among the signers of a letter sent to Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross are the Anti-Defamation League, the Union for Reform Judaism, Jewish Federations of North America, Hadassah and the Jewish Council for Public Affairs. Iceland and Denmark each draft precedent-setting legislation proposing a ban on nonmedical circumcision of boys under 18. Amid protests and intense lobbying by international Jew ish organizations, politicians from the ruling parties in each country express opposition to both projects. March 2018 The president of the World Jewish Congress issues a rare rebuke of Israeli government policies. In an op-ed in The New York Times, Ronald Lauder excoriates Israeli actions that threaten the two-state solution and enshrine Orthodox control of various aspects of Israeli life, including marriage and organized prayer at the Western Wall. The Canadian House of Commons unanimously passes legislation establishing the month of May as Canadian Jewish Heritage Month. The bill had previously passed the Senate. The heads of 139 Jewish day schools sign an open letter urging Trump and federal and state legislators to take action on gun violence following a deadly shooting at a Florida high school. The letter calls for common sense legislation that addresses all factors contributing to a safe and secure educational com munity, including restrictions and safeguards related to guns. Tens of thousands of Gaza demonstrators approach the Israeli border in the so-called March of Return, launching months of protests on successive Fridays that turn violent and result in the deaths of some 156 Palestinians and one Israeli soldier shot dead by a sniper. In one protest in May, 62 protesters are killed; Hamas claims 50 as members. Israels actions prompt international outrage, with the U.N. General Assembly condemning Israel for an excessive use of force. Gaza Palestinians later turn to sending incendiary airborne objects into Israel, resulting in the destruction of thousands of acres of farmland and natural forest. April 2018 Bnai Brith Canada reports a record number of anti-Semitic incidents in 2017. Its annual audit shows 1,752 incidents of harassment, vandalism and violence, which is a 1.4 percent increase over the 1,728 from the previous year. The vast majority take place in Ontario and Quebec, the nations two largest provinces. Dov Hikind, an outspoken New York state assemblyman who has represented Jewish neighborhoods in Brooklyn for more than three decades, announces his retirement. A former follower of the right-wing Rabbi Meir Kahane, Hikind, a con servative Democrat, was first elected in 1983. Hikind did not give a reason for his retirement. Josef Schuster, president of the Central Council of Jews in Germany, publicly advises Jews to avoid wearing kippahs in some urban settings following the assault of an Arab-Israeli man who is trying to prove to his friend that wearing a yar mulke is safe in Germany. May 2018 Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images Alex Bregman makes a play in Game 7 of the World Series at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, Nov. 1, 2017. Yonatan Sindel/Flash90 Jared Kushner speaking while U.S. Ambassador to Israel David Friedman looks on at the opening ceremony of the U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem, May 14, 2018. Tomer Neuberg/Flash90 Netta Barzilai, the winner of this years Eurovision con test, performing at Rabin Square in Tel Aviv, May 14, 2018. In a speech he deems a history lesson, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas says that Jews caused the Holocaust with their social behavior, including money lending, prompt ing swift condemnation from both liberal and conservative groups in Israel and across the Diaspora. President Trump declares he will not waive sanctions on Iran, effectively pulling out of the 2015 nuclear deal reached by his predecessor, Barack Obama. Israel had been pressing Trump to withdraw from the agreement, which trades the removal of economic sanctions for a rollback of Irans nuclear program. Germany, France and the United Kingdom all urge Trump to remain in the deal. Philip Roth, the towering literary figure and legendary chronicler of the American Jewish experience, dies at 85 in New York. An immensely celebrated novelist, Roth won vir tually every major literary accolade, including two National Book Awards, two National Book Critics Circle awards, three Year on page 15A
HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, SEPTEMBER 14, 2018 PAGE 11A OBITUARY Orlando Weekday Morning Minyan (Conservative/Egalitarian ), services MondayFriday 7:45 a.m. (9 a.m.national holidays); 2nd floor ChapelJewish Academy of Orlando; 851 N. Maitland Ave., Maitland. For information call 407-298-4650. Celebration Jewish Congregation (R) services and holiday schedules shown at www. JewishCelebration.org ; 407-566-9792. Chabad Lubavitch of North Orlando (O) 1701 Markham Woods Road, Longwood, 407-636-5994, www.jewishorlando.com; services: Friday 7:00 p.m.; Saturday at 9:30 a.m. Chabad of Altamonte Springs (O) 414 Spring Valley Lane, Altamonte Springs, 407280-0535; www.jewishaltamonte.com Chabad of South Orlando (O) 7347 Sand Lake Road, Orlando, 407-354-3660; www. jewishorlando.com ; Shabbat services: Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. and 10 minutes before sunset; Saturday, 9:30 a.m.; Sunday, 8:15 a.m. Chabad of the Space & Treasure Coasts (O) 1190 Highway A1A, Satellite Beach, 321-777-2770. Congregation Ahavas Yisrael/Chabad (O) 708 Lake Howell Rd., Maitland, 407-6442500; www.chabadorlando.org ; services: Sunday, 9 a.m.; Monday-Friday, 7:30 a.m.; Shabbat services: Friday, 6:30 p.m.; Saturday, 9:30 a.m.; Family service, 4th Friday of the month. Congregation Bet Chaim (R) 181 E. Mitchell Hammock, Oviedo, 407-830-7211; www. betchaim.org ; Shabbat services: Friday, 8 p.m. Congregation Beth Am (C) 3899 Sand Lake Road, Longwood, 407-862-3505; www. congbetham.org ; Shabbat services: Friday, 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, 9:30 a.m. Congregation Beth El (C) 2185 Meadowlane Ave., West Melbourne, 321-779-0740; Shabbat services, 1st & 3rd Friday, 8 p.m.; 2nd & 4th Saturdays, 9:30 a.m. Congregation Beth Emeth (R) 2205 Blue Sapphire Circle, Orlando, 407-222-6393; Shabbat service: monthly, 8 p.m. Congregation Beth Israel (Rec) Collins Resource Center, Suite 303, 9401 S.R. 200, Ocala, 352-237-8277; bethisraelocala.org; Shabbat service, second Friday of the month, 8 p.m. Congregation Beth Sholom (R-C) 315 North 13th St., Leesburg, 352-326-3692; www. bethsholomflorida.org ; schedule of services on website. Congregation Beth Shalom (Progressive Conservative) Orange City congregation holds services at 1308 E. Normandy Blvd., Deltona; 386-804-8283; www.mybethshalom. com ; Shabbat services: Friday, 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. Congregation Bnai Torah (C) 403 N. Nova Rd., Ormond Beach, 32174, 386-672-1174; www.mybnaitorah.com ; Shabbat services: Friday, 8 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. Congregation Chabad Lubavitch of Greater Daytona (O) 1079 W. Granada Blvd., Ormond Beach, 386-672-9300; Shabbat services Friday, 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. Congregation of Reform Judaism (R) 928 Malone Dr., Orlando, 407-645-0444; www.crjorlando.org : Shabbat services, 7 p.m. 1st, 2nd and 3rd Fridays; 6 p.m., 4th and 5th Fridays; Saturday: 10 a.m. Congregation Mateh Chaim (R) P.O. Box 060847, Palm Bay, 32906, 321-768-6722. Congregation Ohev Shalom (C) 613 Concourse Parkway South, Maitland, 407-2984650; www.ohevshalom.org ; Shabbat service, Friday, 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, 9:30 a.m. Congregation Shalom Aleichem (R) 3501 Oak Pointe Blvd., Kissimmee, 407-9350064; www.shalomaleichem.com ; Shabbat service, 1st and 3rd Fridays of the month, 8 p.m. Congregation Shomer Ysrael (C) 5382 Hoffner Ave., Orlando, 407-227-1258, call for services and holiday schedules. Congregation Sinai (C/R) 303A N. S.R. 27, Minneola; 352-243-5353; congregationsinai.org; services: every Friday, 7:30 p.m.; Shabbat Service evert Saturday, 10 a.m. Orlando Torah Center (O) 8591 Banyan Blvd., Orlando; 347-456-6485; ShacharisShabbos 9 a.m.; Mon.Thurs. 6:45 a.m.; Sun. and Legal Holidays 8 a.m.; Mincha/Maariv Please call for times. Southwest Orlando Jewish Congregation/Ohalei Rivka (C) 11200 S. ApopkaVineland Rd., Orlando, 407-239-5444; Shabbat service, Friday, 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, 9:30 a.m. Temple Beth El (R) 579 N. Nova Rd., Ormond Beach, 386-677-2484. Temple Beth Shalom (R), P.O. Box 031233, Winter Haven, 813-324-2882. Temple Beth Shalom (C) 40 Wellington Drive, Palm Coast, 386-445-3006; Shabbat service, Friday, 8 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m. Temple Beth Sholom (C) 5995 N. Wickham Rd. Melbourne, 321-254-6333; www. mytbs.org ; Shabbat services: Friday, 7 p.m.; Saturday: 9:30 a.m. Minyan, Tuesday, 7:30 p.m.; Thursday, 10:00 a.m. Temple Beth Shalom (R) 1109 N.E. 8th Ave., Ocala, 352-629-3587; Shabbat services: Friday, 8 p.m.; Torah study: Saturday, 10:00 a.m. Temple Bnai Darom (R), 49 Banyan Course, Ocala, 352-624-0380; Friday Services 8 p.m. Temple Israel (C) 50 S. Moss Rd., Winter Springs, 407-647-3055; www.tiflorida.org ; Shabbat services: Friday, 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, 9:30 a.m.; Sunday 9:00 a.m. Temple Israel (R), 7350 Lake Andrew Drive, Melbourne, 321-631-9494. Temple Israel (C) 579 N. Nova Road, Ormond Beach, 386-252-3097; Shabbat service, Friday, 7 p.m.; Saturday: 10:30 a.m. Temple Israel of DeLand (R) 1001 E. New York Ave., DeLand, 386-736-1646; www. templeisraelofdeland.org; Friday Shabbat service, 7 p.m.; Saturday, 10:00 a.m. followed by Torah study. Temple Shalom (formerly New Jewish Congregation) (R) 13563 Country Road 101, Oxford, 352-748-1800; www.templeshalomcentralfl.org ; Shabbat services: Friday, 7 p.m.; last Saturday of the month, 9:30 a.m. Temple Shalom of Deltona (R/C) 1785 Elkcam Blvd., Deltona, 386-789-2202; www. shalomdeltona.org; Shabbat service; Saturday: 10 a.m. Temple Shir Shalom (R) Services held at Temple Israel, 50 S. Moss Rd., Winter Springs, 407-366-3556, www.templeshirshalom.org ; Shabbat services: three Fridays each month, 7:30 p.m. Traditional Congregation of Mount Dora (T) Mount Dora, 352-735-4774; www. tcomd.org; Shabbat services: Saturday, 9:30 a.m. sharp. (R) Reform (C) Conservative (O) Orthodox (Rec) Reconstructionist (T) Mehitsa PAUL A. GROSSMAN Submitted by Paul Gross mans family Paul A. Grossman of Long wood passed away Sunday, July 29, 2018, at the age of 83. He was born in Jersey City, New Jersey. He was prede ceased by his mother, Sylvia Schluger Grossman, who died when he was six years old, and his parents, Henry and Sylvia Schwartz Grossman, who raised him. After graduating from Washington University in St. Louis, Mo., he moved to Pla inview, N.Y., where he pursued a career in sales. In 1969, he relocated to Maitland, Fla. Paul was a strong supporter of Jewish Family Services, as well as his temple, Congre gation of Reform Judaism, where he served two terms as president. He is survived by his wife, Barbara Grossman; children, Sandy Grossman (Richard Berkowitz) of Miami, Felecia (Brent) Ziegler of Orlando, Jennifer Kahn of North An dover, Mass., and Jeremy Kahn (Jennifer Marin) of Pittsburgh, Pa.; and 10 grand childrenBari Pasternack; Louis and Hannah Berkowitz, Eli and Brian Ziegler; Michael, Naomi and Owen Raizin; and Aaron and Sophie Kahn, all of whom will miss their Poppie. He also will be missed by his family and friends and everyone in the community who knew him. Ilia Yefimovich/Getty Images Orthodox Jewish girls performing the kapparot ceremony in Jerusalem, Oct. 10, 2016. By MJL Staff (My Jewish Learning via JTA)Yom Kippur, the Jew ish Day of Atonement, starts at sundown on Tuesday, Sept. 18. Traditionally one of the most somber days on the Jewish calendar, its known for fasting and repentancenot to mention killer caffeine withdrawal headaches. However, the holiday has some lesser-known associa tions as well. 1. The word scapegoat originates in an ancient Yom Kippur ritual. Jews historically have been popular scapegoatsblamed for an array of ills not of their creation. But, and were not kid-ding, they really do deserve blame (or credit) for the term scapegoat. In Leviticus 16:8 (in the Torah portion Achrei Mot), the High Priest is instructed on Yom Kippur to lay his hands upon a goat while confessing the sins of the entire commu nityand then to throw the animal off a cliff. 2. Another animal ritual, swinging a chicken around ones head, has sparked con siderable controversy, and not just from animal-rights activists. In 2015, the kapparot ritual, in which a chicken is symboli cally invested with a persons sins and then slaughtered, spurred two lawsuits in the United States: one by tradi tional Jews claiming their right to perform it was being abridged by the government and another by animal-rights activists. Centuries earlier, the ritual drew criticism from notable sages like the Ramban (13th century) and Rabbi Joseph Caro (16th century), whose objections had less to do with animal welfare than with religious integrity. 3. Yom Kippur once was a big matchmaking day. The Talmud states that both Yom Kippur and Tu bAv (often described as the Jewish Valentines Day) were the most joyous days of the year, when women would wear white gowns and dance in the vine yards chanting Young man, lift up your eyes and see what you choose for yourself. Do not set your eyes on beauty, but set your eyes on a good family. Given the aforementioned caffeine headaches and the difficulty of making a decision on an empty stomach, were glad this particular tradition is no more. 4. Food and drink are not the only things Jews abstain from on Yom Kippur. Other traditional no-nos on 9 things you didnt know about Yom Kippur Yom Kippur include bathing, wearing perfume or lotions, having sexual relations and wearing leather shoes. The less-than-attractive aroma resulting from the first two restrictions (not to mention the romantic restrictions imposed by the third) may explain why the day ceased to be an occasion for finding true love. 5. In Israel, Yom Kippur is the most bike-friendly day of the year. Although many Israelis are secular, and there is no law on the books forbidding driving on Yom Kippur, virtually all the countrys Jews avoid their cars on this day. With only the occasional emergency vehicle on the road, bikers of all ages can be seen pedaling, even on major highways. 6. Eating a big meal before the holiday begins will make your fast harder rather than easier. Traditionally, the meal eaten before beginning the fast is supposed to be large and festive, following the Talmu dic dictum that it is a mitzvah (commandment) to eat on the eve of Yom Kippur, just as it is a mitzvah to fast on Yom Kippur itself. However, eating extra foodparticularly in one last-minute feastdoes not help to keep you going for 24 hours, says Dr. Tzvi Dwolatzky of Israels Rambam Health Care Campus. He sug gests eating small amounts of carbohydrates (bread, potato, rice, pasta), some protein (fish, chicken) and fruit. 7. On Yom Kippur in 1940, Londons Jews kept calm and carried on. In the midst of the Battle of Britain, the relentless Nazi bombardment of London that began in September 1940, the citys synagogues went on with their Yom Kippur services. According to JTA, while air raid warnings twice disturbed the morning ser vices on Oct. 12, 1940, most synagogues carried on regard less and a large proportion of the men attending services wore uniforms of the various forces. 8. Yom Kippurs Kol Nidre services are the only night of the entire Jewish calendar when a prayer shawl is worn for evening prayers. According to the late Rabbi Louis Jacobs, the tallit (prayer shawl) is worn during Kol Nidre as a token of special reverence for the holy day. It is traditional to wear a tallit or a white garment for the entire holiday, with the color white symbolizing both our spiritual purity and our removing ourselves from the vanities of the material world. Many people actually wear a white robe called a kittel. 9. A Virginia rabbis procivil rights movement sermon on Yom Kippur in 1958 riled up local segregationists and sparked fears of an antiSemitic backlash. JTA reported that Virginias Defenders of State Sover eignty group demanded that local Jews move quickly to refute and condemn Rabbi Emmet Frank of Alexandrias Temple Beth El for his sermon criticizing the states massive resistance to school desegre gation and said that if he had intended to destroy ChristianJewish relations, he could not have been more effective. While a leading member of the Reform temple reportedly said a considerable num ber of congregants worried Franks stand might result in increased anti-Semitism, others sided with the rabbi, holding that he held a spiri tual and moral duty to speak out for social justice. The congregation stood by Frank, and The Washington Post pub lished an editorial calling him a courageous clergyman.
PAGE 12A HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, SEPTEMBER 14, 2018 SYNAGOGUE SERVICE SCHEDULE The following synagogues provided information about their High Holiday services to the Heritage by press time. For in formation about services at other local synagogues, contact the individual congregations. Most synagogues require tickets for admission, and their cost varies from congregation to congregation. Some may open one or more of their holiday services to the community. For tickets or information, contact the individual synagogue. Celebration Jewish Congregation (Reform) Celebration Jewish Congregation members have received an invitation from Rabbi Robert Lefkowitz of Congregation Beth Emeth to attend High Holy Days Services this year. Congrega tion Beth Emeth is a Reform congregation that conducts High Holy Days services at the Rosen Plaza Hotel, 9700 International Drive, Orlando, FL 32819. Rabbi Lefkowitz has graciously invited CJC congregants to worship with Beth Emeth with out the formality of paying annual dues. Like CJC, attendees should consider an appropriate donation to help defray costs of conducting services. Please go to Beth Emeths website at www.congregationbethemeth.com for specific service schedule and other information. Chabad House, Center for Jewish Life (Orthodox) Rabbi Yossi Hecht All services take place at 13030 CR 103 Oxford, Fla. 352-330-4466 www.ourchabad.org Services are free of charge. Please RSVP Tues. Sept. 18, Kol Nidre, 7:15 p.m. Wed. Sept. 19, Yom Kippur morning services 10 a.m.; Torah reading, 12:30 p.m.; Yizkor, 1 p.m.; Mincha, 6 p.m.; Neilah, 6:45 p.m.; Fast ends 8:04 p.m. Breakfast and refreshments, ~ 8:04 Chabad-Lubavitch of North Orlando (Orthodox) Rabbi Yanky Majesky All services held at Noahs Even Venue, 720 Currency Circle, Lake Mary, Fla. 406-636-5994 www.jewishnorthorlando.com At Chabad, no one is turned away die to lack of funds. Reserva tions are appreciated. Tues. Sept. 18, Yom Kippur eve, Kol Nidrei, childrens program, 7:30 p.m. Wed. Sept. 19, Yom Kippur morning service/childrens program, 9:30 a.m.; Mincha, 5:30; Neilah/childrens service/BreakFast, starting 6:45 p.m. Chabad of South Orlando (Orthodox) Rabbi Yosef Konikov Services will be held at: The Sheraton Lake Buena Vista 12205 Apopka-Vineland Rd. Orlando, FL 32836 www.jewishorlando.com No membership fees or tickets required. Donations recom mended. Tues. Sept. 18, Erev Yom Kippur, Kol Nidre, 7:10 p.m. Wes. Sept. 19, Yom Kippur morning service, 9 a.m.; Yizkor, 11 a.m.; Mincha, 5:30 p.m.; Neilah, 6:30 p.m.; Fast ends, 8 p.m. Congregation Ahavas Yisrael/Chabad (Orthodox) Rabbi Sholom Dubov Chabad Jewish Center 708 Lake Howell Road Maitland, Fla. 407-644-2500 www.chabadorlando.org Tues. Sept. 18, Erev Yom Kippur, Kol Nidre, 7 p.m. Wes. Sept. 19, Yom Kippur morning service, 9:30 a.m.; Yizkor, noon; Neilah, 6:30 p.m.; Fast ends, 8:01 p.m. Congregation Bnai Torah (Progressive Conserva tive) Rabbi S. David Kane 403 N. Nova Rd. Ormond Beach, Fla. 386-672-6834 www.mybnaitorah.com No tickets required. Tues. Sept. 18, Kil Nidre, 7 p.m. Wed. Sept. 19, Yom Kippur service, 9 a.m.; Jonah & the Whale, Neilah, 5:30 p.m., followed by Break Fast Congregation Bet Chaim (Reform) Cantorial soloist, Jillian Marini Services will be held at: The Figland Event Center 220 Alafaya Woods Blvd. #1004 Oviedo, FL 32765 407-830-7211 www.betchaim.org Tues. Sept. 18, Erev Yom Kippur 8 p.m. Wed. Sept. 19, Yom Kippur morning service, 10 a.m.; Afternoon service, 2:30 p.m.; Yizkor, 4:30 p.m. Congregation Beth Am (Conservative) 3899 Sand Lake Rd. Longwood, Fla. 407-862-3505 www.congbetham.org Services are open to the community Tues. Sept. 18, Kol Nidre, 6:30 p.m. Wed. Sept. 19, Yom Kippur, 9:30 a.m.; Family Neilah, 6:30 p.m.; Glowstick Havdalah and shofar, 7:58 p.m. Congregation Beth Israel (Progressive) Rabbi Goldie Milgram (via a live, interactive streaming broadcast) Services to be held at: Brentwood Assisted Living Facility 4511 48th ave. Ocala, Fla. 352-307-3662 www.mybethshalom.com Tues. Sept. 18, Erev Yom Kippur, Kol Nidre, 7:30 p.m. Wed. Sept. 19, Yom Kippur, 10 a.m.; Study session, 4 p.m.; Yizkor, 4:30 p.m.; Neilah, 5 p.m.; Break Fast, 7 p.m. Congregation Beth Shalom (Progressive Conservation) Rabbi Winston Weilheimer 1308 E. Normandy Blvd, Deltona 32725 Deltona, Fla. 386-804-8283 www.mybethshalom.com Tues. Sept. 18, Erev Yom Kippur, Kol Nidre, 6:30 p.m. Wed. Sept. 19, Yom Kippur, 9 a.m.; Yizkor, noon; Neilah, 6:30 p.m.; Break Fast, 7 p.m. Congregation Beth Sholom of Leesburg (Reform/ Conservative) Rabbi Karen Allen 315 North 13th St. Leesburg Fla. 352-326-3692 Bethsholomflorida.org Tues. Sept. 18, Kol Nidre, 7 p.m. Wed. Sept. 19, Childrens service, 10 a.m.; morning service, 10:30 a.m., Yiskor, noon, Afternoon service and Neilah, 5:15 p.m. Congregation of Reform Judaism (Reform) Rabbi Steven W. Engel Cantor Jacqueline Rawiszer 928 Malone Dr. Orlando, Fla. 407-645-0444 www.crjorlando.org Tues. Sept. 18, Kol Nidre, 8 p.m. Wed. Sept. 19, Yom Kippur morning service, Youth service and Babysitting 9:30 a.m.; Meditation service, 12:45 p.m.; Family service, 2 p.m.; Yizkor, 3:45 p.m.; Healing service, 5 p.m.; Neilah, 6 p.m. Break Fast, 6:15 p.m. Congregation Ohev Shalom (Conservative) Senior Rabbi David Kay Cantor Allan Robuck 613 Concourse Pkwy. S., Maitland, Fla. 407-298-4650 www.ohevshalom.org Tues. Sept. 18, Mincha, 6:30 p.m.; Kol Nidre, 6:45 p.m. Wed. Sept. 19, Yom Kippur, 9 a.m.; Yizkor, 1:30 p.m.; Mincha, 5:30 p.m.; Neilah, 6:45 p.m. Congregation Shalom Aleichem (Reform) Rabbi Rafi Cohen 3501 Oak Pointe Blvd. Kissimmee, FL 34746 407-935-0064 Tues. Sept. 18, Kol Nidre, 8 p.m. Wed. Sept. 19, Yom Kippur, 10 a.m.; Neilah, 5 p.m. Congregation Sinai of Minneola (Conservative/Reform) Spiritual leader Joseph Goldovitz and Lynn Goldovitz 1200 West Broad St. Groveland, Fla., 34736 352-243-5353 www.congregaton-sinai.org Tues. Sept. 18, Kol Nidre, 6:30 p.m. Wed. Sept. 19, Yom Kippur, 9:45 a.m.; Yizkor, noon; Closing service, 5 p.m.; Break Fast following closing service Southwest Orlando Jewish Congregation (Conserva tive) Rabbi Hillel Skolnik Cantor Doug Ramsay 11200 S. Apopka Vineland Rd. Orlando Fla. 407-239-5444 www.sojc.org Tues. Sept. 18, Kol Nidre, 6:45 p.m. Wed. Sept. 19, Yom Kippur service, 9 a.m.; Afternoon services, 5 p.m. Temple Israel (Conservative) Rabbi Joshua Neely Cantorial soloist Debbie Meitin 50 S. Moss Rd. Winter Springs, Fla. 407-647-3055 www.tiflorida.org Tues. Sept. 18 Kol Nidre, 7 p.m. Wed. Sept. 19, Yom Kippur, 9 a.m.; Yizkor, 11:50 a.m.; Mincha, 5 p.m.; Neilah, 7 p.m.; Maariv, 7:50 p.m., Shofar, 8:15 p.m. Temple Shir Shalom (Reform) Rabbi Kim Singer All services held at the First United Methodist Church of Oviedo. 263 King St. Oviedo, Fla. 406-366-3556 www.templeshirshalom.org Tues. Sept. 18, Kol Nidre, 7:30 p.m. Wed. Sept. 19, Yom Kippur, 10 a.m.; Family service, 3 p.m.; Yizkor, 4:30 p.m.; Neilah, 5:30 p.m.; Break Fast, 6:30 p.m. Traditional Congregation of Mount Dora (Traditional) Rabbi Hayyim Solomon 848 North Donnelly Mount Dora, Fla. 352-735-4774 www.tcomd.org Tues. Sept. 18, Kol Nidre, 6:45 p.m. Wed. Sept. 19, Yom Kippur, 9 a.m.; Mincha, 2 p.m.; Neilah, 7 p.m.; 8:02 fast ends. written five thrillers under his own name and satirical comedies under the name Simon Nolan, on Sunday in a tweet called Jewish outrage over Labour leader Jeremy Corbyns 2013 comments indicating that Zionists do not understand British culture patently synthetic outrage, and called on a Jew ish tweeter to Explain your deep and wounding sense of injury. Rowling, who is not Jew ish, tweeted in response: How dare you tell a Jew that their outrage is patently syn thetic? How dare you demand that they lay bare their pain and fear on demand, for your personal evaluation? What other minority would you speak to this way? Maginn then called on Rowling to explain, noting that Corbyn has said that his comments did not refer to Jews but was a rather complicated joke about the Palestinian ambassadors fluency in English. The opening salvos set up a back and forth that lasted throughout Sunday. Rowling tweeted several quotes from Jean-Paul Sartres Anti-Sem ite and Jew, a famous essay on anti-Semitism by the phi losopher, and lambasted him for demanding that a British Jew explain how he feels under anti-Semitic attack when there are literally hundreds of accounts currently online explaining how British Jews currently feel? Maginn accused Rowling of libel for publicly calling him an anti-Semite in one of her tweets, but tweeted that Im not going to mount a legal action against you because I havent got any money and youve got a lot, but false + defamatory = libellous. What a class act you are. What a nasty vicious little bully. Blocked. Early Monday morning he continued his harangue, opening with a tweet read ing: BREAKING NEWS: From today, any statement by Jeremy Corbyn or his sup porters is now *automatically antisemitic*, unless cleared by a panel comprising Dan Hodges, J K Rowling, Stephen Pollard and (wild card entry) David Baddiel. Dan Hodges is a columnist for the Daily Mail who has accused Corbyn supporters of overt anti-Semitism. Pollard is the editor of Londons Jew ish Chronicle newspaper, and Baddiel is a British comedian and activist who campaigns against anti-Semitism in Brit ish soccer matches. Maginn called on Rowling to apologize for a sickening personal accusation against a complete stranger who dis agrees with you politically, also tweeting that your fol lowers surely deserve better than this kind of behaviour from you. So do I. I deserve an apology. Rowling, who has 14.4 mil lion followers on Twitter, did not respond. Maginn has tweeted against Jews in the past. In July, in response to the Labour Party rejecting the complete international definition of anti-Semitism, he wrote: As tounding isnt it, that a group which claims to be silenced, oppressed, powerless man ages to keep the story running day after day, week after week, month after month, in every Tory paper and on the Tory BBC. Must be terrible to be so oppressed, so silenced. It is not the first time that Rowling has debated antiSemitism on Twitter. In April, she posted a screen grab of a non-Jew attempting to explain what Judaism isJudaism is a religion not a raceand explained why this is hardly relevant to defining antiJewish bias. She tweeted: Most UK Jews in my timeline are currently having to field this kind of crap, so perhaps some of us non-Jews should start shoul dering the burden, she said. Anti-Semites think this is a clever argument, so tell us, do: were atheist Jews exempted from wearing the yellow star? #antisemitism. She also responded when someone argued that Arabs cant be anti-Semitic because they are Semites. The Arabs are semitic too hot takes have arrived, she tweeted. J.K. Rowling calls out writer over Jeremy Corbyn and anti-Semitism J.K. Rowling (JTA)J.K. Rowling went head to head with a fellow Brit ish writer on Twitter over his criticism of Jewish complaints about anti-Semitism in the Labour Party. Simon Maginn, who has
HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, SEPTEMBER 14, 2018 PAGE 13A Weekly roundup of world briefs from JTA Trump said Jared Kush ner should not serve in White House (JTA)President Donald Trump last year agreed with a former aide that Jared Kushner should not serve in the White House due to poten tial complications involving Kushners business dealings, the new book by journalist Bob Woodward claims. According to a story in Newsweek, Fear: Trump in the White House says that Trump contemplated the li ability posed to him by Kush ner, his son-in-law and senior adviser, following reports that Kushners business interests were being looked into by U.S special counsel Robert Mueller. Mueller is heading an investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election and any involvement by Trump and his campaign. The Washington Post report ed that Mueller had requested more of Kushners business records and that Kushner had hired a top Washington crimi nal defense lawyer. Then-White House chief of staff Reince Priebus decided to escalate, make a big play of the June 15, 2017, Washington Post story headlined Special Counsel Is Investigating Jared Kushners Business Dealings, according to the book, which is scheduled for release next week. Priebus could see the fires building around a string of troubled investments Jared was involved in, Woodward writes. He told Trump that Jared should not be in the White House in an official ca pacity. Nepotism laws existed for a reason, Woodward con tinued, paraphrasing Priebus. The Mueller investigation was going deeply into Jareds finances. And it will jump to your finances if it hasnt already, Priebus told Trump, according to the book. Trump would normally ignore or dismiss such attacks on Kushner, Woodward wrote. This time he paused, slowed down, and became reflective. He looked at his chief of staff, the book says. The response was jarring, so different. Youre right, Trump is quoted as saying. Priebus apparently contin ued to tell the president that Kushner should not hold an official position in the White House or have an office. But this suggestion would ricochet right back and get him in trouble with Jared, who wanted to stay, Woodward writes. Jared remained a mission Priebus failed to ac complish. The president did nothing to remove his son-in-law. Just over a month later, it was Priebus whom Trump ousted, replacing him with John Kelly, who had been serving as sec retary of the Department of Homeland Security. The book means nothing, Trump told reporters at the White House on Wednesday, when asked about a passage about Syria. Its a work of fiction. Iran fighting to sur vive, Trump says on Rosh Hashanah greeting call (JTA)The U.S. pullout from the nuclear deal with Iran triggered a European desertion of that country that is threatening its regimes survival, President Donald Trump said. Trump spoke about the is sue Thursday during a Rosh Hashanah phone call with rabbis and Jewish leaders. Taking part in the 20-minute call were his son-in-law and adviser Jared Kushner; U.S. Ambassador to Israel David Friedman; the attorney and law professor Alan Dershow itz; and former U.S. Sen. Norm Coleman of Minnesota. Trump did not invite ques tions from listeners, although Coleman and Dershowitz both asked questions. Last year, leaders of the Reconstruc tionist, Reform and Conser vative streams declined to organize the annual pre-Rosh Hashanah call in the wake of Trumps comments sur rounding the Charlottesville white supremacist rally. This years invitation list leaned heavily toward Orthodox and hawkish pro-Israel groups, the Forward reported. Now the Europeans are finally leaving. Theyre finally saying, All right, look, this is just not working. You know, they tried to play hardball for a little while, but theyre now leaving and theyre do ing the right thing, Trump said about Iran. In June, the French au tomaker Peugeot-Citroen said it intended to leave the Iranian market for fear of U.S. sanctions. Other European corporations that said they would leave Iran following the deals termination in May include the French energy firm Total; the Danish ship ping giant Maersk; the Ger man conglomerate Siemens; and the Russian energy firm Lukoil. American corporations including General Electric, Honeywell and Boeing also announced that they were leaving Iran following the U.S. pullout from the deal. The Asian conglomerates Reli ance, Mazda and Hyundai sus pended contracts with Iran. Trump has said that Iran did not live up to the spirit of the deal it reached with the United States and six other powers under former president Barack Obama in 2015. It offered Iran sanc tions relief in return for its scaling back of parts of its nuclear program. Israel and Saudi Arabia opposed the deal, arguing it was too soft and that its 10-year time limita tion period meant Iran could build nuclear weapons once it expires. But Obama, leaders of the European Union, which was a party in the deal, and other advocates said it was the best way to block Irans path to developing a nuclear bomb. When the United States pulled out, it exposed Euro pean and other firms that do business with Iran to U.S. sanctions, forcing several of the firms to leave Iran. These developments, compounded by low oil prices, sent the Iranian currency into a freefall. The rial hit a record low this week of around 150,000 against the dollar, compared to about 3,500 rial for one dollar in September 2016. In the phone call Thurs day, Trump said he did not anticipate the full scope of his actions on Iran. It turned out to have a much bigger impact than I thought. I did it primar ily because of nuclear, but I knew it wouldnt be great for their economy. I had no idea how devastating it would be, he said. In 2016, Trump said, It was a question of when will they [Iran] take over the entire Middle East. And that prob ably includes Israel, in the mind of a lot of people. Yet today, they are now really looking to survive. He said the United States would be prepared to negotiate a new agreement with Iran if the latter seeks talks. Trump also said that his former secretary of state, Rex Tillerson, didnt like termi nating the deal. I played the game for a while; I wish I did it sooner, the president said. But I played that little game for a while, and then ultimately I decided Im just doing it. And I did it. In the talk, Trump and his interlocutors revisited major policy changes vis--vis Israel since he took office, including moving the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem from Tel Aviv. The speakers thanked Trump for making the move. Trump said he encountered so much resistance from world leaders that he stopped taking their calls over the issue. He also noted the U.S. announcement that it would pull out of the United Na tions Human Rights Council over its anti-Israel bias and the decision to permanently stop making contributions to UNRWA, the U.N. aid agency for Palestinians. Trump reiterated his belief that moving the embassy to Jerusalem took the subject off the table, clearing a path to peace negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians. The Palestinian Authority has said it will not engage in such talks, saying the United States is not an honest broker. I think its disrespectful when people dont come to the table, Trump said about the issue. Regarding Rosh Hasha nah, Trump said: I send my warmest wishes to the Jewish people in the United States and around the world as we approach the High Holy Days. I want to express my deep ad miration and gratitude for the extraordinary contributions of the Jewish people to the United States and to the world. Over the centuries, he said, The Jewish people have suffered unthinkable persecu tion, yet you have not only endured, you have thrived and flourished as an example of humankind. His own connection to Judaism is also personal, Trump said. I am the very proud father of a Jewish daughter, Ivanka, and my son-in-law, who Im very proud of alsoI will say that very loudlyJared, and my several Jewish grandchildren, namely three beautiful Jewish grandchildren that I love. Twitter permanently bans Alex Jones (JTA)Twitter has per manently banned right-wing conspiracy theorist Alex Jones and his Infowars show for abusive behavior. Twitter says Jones wont be able to create new accounts on Twitter or take over any exist ing ones, The Associated Press reported Thursday. Jones posted a video on Wednesday that is in violation of the com panys policy against abusive behavior, the firm said. The video in question shows Jones shouting at and berating CNN journalist Oliver Darcy for some 10 minutes during congressional hearings about social media. Jones, a Dallas-born radio show host, had about 900,000 followers on Twitter. In fowars had about 430,000. Twitter had suspended Jones for a week, but until now had resisted further muzzling him. Other tech companies have limited Jones by suspending him for longer periods, as Facebook did, and by taking down his pages and radio stations. Jones has promoted numer ous conspiracy theorists, in cluding that the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting attack never happened and that the U.S. government was involved in the 9/11 terror attacks. The parents of Jew ish Sandy Hook victim Noah Pozner, 6, sued Jones for deny ing that the attack took place. Some of Jones conspiracy theories involve Jews, such as that leftist Jews may have impersonated Nazis to discred it white supremacist protesters in Charlottesville, Virginia, in August 2017 and that there is a Jewish mafia run by George Soros. In the past, Jones has denied that he is anti-Semitic, saying he reserves his attacks for Jewish liberals. In December 2015, Donald Trump appeared on The Alex Jones Show, where the thencandidate for the Republican presidential nomination told the host that your reputation is amazing and promised he would not let you down. Moe Berg, catcher who became a spy, gets an exhibit in Baseball Hall of Fame (JTA)Moe Berg is go ing into the Baseball Hall of Fameas a spy, not a catcher. The shrine to the national pastime in Cooperstown, New York, recently opened an exhibit on the Jewish player, who gained more attention for his espionage than a 15-year career in which he finished with a batting average of .243 and six home runs. Berg, following his baseball days in the 1920s and 30s, worked for the Office of Stra tegic Services, or OSSa pre cursor to the CIA. He went on missions in then-Yugoslavia, where he tracked resistance groups, and Italy, where he interviewed physicists about the German nuclear program. The Cooperstown exhibit, titled Moe Berg: Big League Spy, looks at his exploits in both worlds through baseball artifacts and wartime docu ments. A New Yorker who spoke more than 10 languages (seven fluently) and gradu ated from Princeton, Berg was the subject of the film The Catcher Was a Spy, released in June. Jewish actor Paul Rudd portrayed Berg, who died in 1972 at 70. Budapest synagogue reopens after centuries of disuse (JTA)A former synagogue in Hungarys capital city that had not been used as a place of worship in centuries reopened as a Jewish house of worship in a ceremony attended by the countrys president. President Jnos der at tended the rededication and opening ceremony of Buda Castle Synagogue on Thurs day as a guest of the Chabadaffiliated EMIH federation of Jewish communities, the or ganization said in a statement. The synagogue on Tncsics Street, which used to be a Jewish museum, was opened especially in time for Rosh Ha shanah, the Jewish New Year. Budapest, whose name is a mashup of the two parts of the city comprising the metropo lis, has dozens of synagogues. But a vast majority of them are in Pest, which is the bustling part of the city east of the Danube River. Placid and hilly Buda, by contrast, contains most of the citys foreign em bassies, many churches and museums. But it has only a handful of synagogues. Buda had many more Jews before the Holocaust, but those who survived the genocide were all moved to Pest, with few returning to Buda. Some 100,000 Jews live today in Hungary, mostly in Budapest. Seeing this place 70 years after the Holocaust, seeing hundreds of people celebrating this special event in the Buda Castle with their heads held high, in the presence of the honorable president, I can hear the footsteps of Israels final redemption, Rabbi Shlomo Koves, who heads EMIH, said in a speech at the ceremony. A Budapest-born rabbi, Asher Faith, will lead the syna gogue, which sits near one of the main city gates built in the Middle Ages and is still known as the Jewish Gate. It is also near the Hungarian National Gallery inside the Buda Castle Palacean imposing 13thcentury structure. Others attending the cer emony included Dutch Chief Rabbi Binyomin Jacobs, who represented the Rabbinical Centre of Europe, an Ortho dox umbrella body. Chabad Hungary joins Holocaust museum proj ect boycotted by other Jewish groups (JTA)Hungarys contro versial Holocaust museum will open next year despite opposition by some in the Jewish community to its premise and staff, according to a government statement. Gergely Gulys, the head of the Prime Ministers Office, said Friday at a news confer ence that the House of Fates will open in Budapest in 2019, four years after the building for the new institution was completed. The local Chabad community has replaced the countrys other Jewish federation of communities as a partner in the museum, according to the report. The horrors of the Nazi and communist dictatorships of the 20th century must never be forgotten, Gulys said, according to the MTI news agency. The fact that Hungarys Jews were shipped off to death camps after the German invasion of March 19, 1944 doesnt absolve the state... of the crime of failing to protect its citizens. Theres no collective guilt, only state responsibility. The Simon Wiesenthal Center and other Jewish groups consider equating Nazism and communism a form of Holocaust distor tion. Hungarian troops and officials under Nazi collabora tors Miklos Horthy and later Ferenc Szlasi actively hunted hundreds of thousands of Jews during the Holocaust, at times killing them brutally without German involvement. The museum cost the Hungarian government $22 million. It will add another $6.1 million for its opening, Gulyas said. Part of the reason for the delay in opening is the refusal of the Mazsihisz federation of Jewish communities and the Yad Vashem Holocaust muse um in Jerusalem to cooperate with the museum, according to an expose published last year by the news site 444. The two organizations criticized the appointment of historian Maria Schmidt to head the House of Fates. Schmidt has said Nazism was no worse than Soviet communisma narrative favored by nationalists across Eastern Europe. But the state museum will works in cooperation with another Jewish Hungar ian federation, Gulyas said, naming the Chabad-affiliated EMIH umbrella group, the MTI news agency reported. Relations between Mazsi hisz and EMIH have dete riorated in recent years amid tensions over relations with the right-wing government of Prime Minister Viktor Orban. Mazsihisz broke its ties with the government over the un veiling in 2014 of a sculpture commemorating the victims of Nazi occupation that shows an eagle attacking an angel. Mazsihisz said this suggested, falsely, that Hungary was a victim of Nazi Germany rather than a collaborator. EMIH, however, maintained its rela tions with the government. Mazsihisz has also ac cused the government of fomenting anti-Semitism with its billboard campaign against George Soros, a Hungary-born Jewish billion aire with whom the govern ment clashed over his plan to increase immigration to Europe. EMIH said there was nothing anti-Semitic about the billboards, which featured a picture of Soros laughing and the slogan dont let him have the last laugh. Rabbi Slomo Koves, who runs EMIH, addressed Mazsi hiszs criticism at the news conference. Some chose the easier path, to protest and to get of fended, whereas others chose to work together toward a common goal, he said. We have to look at what is being established and not whos establishing it, Koves said. The gesture by the state to build a Holocaust museum which it will entrust to the Jewish community is a call to cooperate. In a statement, Mazsihisz wrote that EMIH does not represent Hungarian Jewry. The governments deci sion brought us disappoint ment, the statement said. This was not the promise made neither for us nor for the Israeli government. We want to make it clear irrespectively of the House of Fates that no governments in the world decide who shall represent a religious community.
PAGE 14A HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, SEPTEMBER 14, 2018 S 1 E 2 P 3 T 4 M 5 E 6 G 7 A 8 F 9 O 10 R 11 A 12 Y 13 A14W R Y T15I O S I16N A N E K17E E P I18N G T H E19F A I T H T20I S H21Y E N A S22O U T23H24E F A S25T A N D T26E N D A27R E Y O U S28H29A R I A B30E N M31E32S33A34 E35R S O S A36T37O N E M E38N T T39H40A41N E E42R I C A43P44T45H46A M A N S47 R48A49M50M E D E51R A S T52H53E54F55U R I O U S A56D D N57A O M I C58C R T59W E N60T Y F I F T61H H O U62R63R64O U S H F65L E A A66U T O E 67 N S U E A 68 S S N L 69 S A T Flash90 An Ultra Orthodox Jewish man prays at the Western Wall in Jerusalems Old City, at the end of Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement, and the holiest of Jewish holidays. Israel came to a standstill for 25-hours during the high holiday of Yom Kippur when observant Jews fast and Israelis are prohibited from driving. by fasting an equal number of days or by giving charity to those in need. This sacred month com memorates the first revelation of the Koran to the Prophet Muhammad. Its a time when Muslims work on their dis cipline and moral character, and increase their almsgiving. God places much emphasis on being good during Ra madan, said Albaz. People give charity for each person in their home, plus an ad ditional 2 percent [or so] for every major asset, including sheep and camels. He said that like the month of Elulduring which Jews work to make amends with man and Godthroughout the month of Ramadan, all good deeds and charitable donations are considered doubled in Gods eyes. You want to do as much good as possible so at the end of the month, when God does an accounting to see how many good deeds you did versus bad deeds, you will skew positive, said Albaz. By Eid Al-Fitr, the holiday that marks the end of Ramadan, it is expected that Muslims have become improved versions of themselves. In addition to Ramadan, Muslims also fast on Monday and Thursdays, as well as 13th, 14th and 15th of each lunar month. Other volun tary fasting days include the Day of Ashura (10th day of Muharram); Day of Arafat (ninth day of Dhu al-Hijja, the month of the Hajj pilgrimage to Mecca); and six days during the month of Shawwal, which follows Ramadan. Fasting in Christianity Fasting in Christianity varies much more than in Islam and Judaism. Roman Catholics, for instance, define fasting as the reduction of food intake for one full meal and two small meals with solid food intake prohibited between meals. They have two obligatory fast days: Ash Wednesday and Good Friday, though voluntary fasting is encouraged and practiced. The late American evan gelist Bill Bright, who is considered a major catalyst for the modern-day resurgence of the discipline of fasting in the Christian church, said fasting is a way to align our hearts. I am convinced that when Gods people fast with a proper biblical motiveseeking Gods face, not His hand with a broken, repentant and contrite spirit, God will hear from heaven, Bright wrote in his guide to fasting and prayer. He will heal our lives, our churches, our communities, our nation and world. In the Eastern Orthodox tradition, fasting is an im portant discipline to protect oneself from gluttony, and is generally defined as avoiding meat, dairy products, oil and alcoholic beverages. It is ac companied by almsgiving and prayers; without such acts, it is considered worthless. Both Catholics and Or thodox Christians observe the Lenten season, which lasts 40 days, starting on Ash Wednesday and ending about six weeks later before Easter Sunday. Lent remembers the fasting of Jesus in the wilder ness, and involves atoning in preparation for his death and resurrection at Easter. In the past, Protestants frowned on fasting, but now it is acknowledged and encour aged as an important spiritual experience among Protestant churches, according to Rich ard Bloomer, director of the School of Health Studies at the University of Memphis and co-author of The Daniel Cure, a restricted 21-day vegan diet based on a fast in the biblical book of Daniel. He told JNS that in Chris tianity, the purpose of fast ing is to achieve mastery of spirit over body. Today, many churches are integrating it into their worship, especially in January, to begin the new year through fasting and prayer. The Daniel Fast involves dietary modifications like a purified vegan dieteating unlimited fruits, vegetables, whole grains, legumes, nuts, seeds and oil while eliminat ing refined foods, white flour, preservatives, additives, sweet eners, flavorings, caffeine and alcohol. It is derived from the biblical story of Daniel (1:8-14) in which he resolved not to defile himself with the royal food and wine, and requested permission to consume noth ing but vegetables and water for 10 days. Later in the book (10:2-3), Daniel again observed a 21-day period of fasting, during which time he had no meat or wine. Because individuals tra ditionally follow the Daniel Fast for strict religious purposes to become closer to God during a time of extended prayer, findings have indi cated excellent compliance, said Bloomer. Bloomer believes that while fasting is often a time of spiritual growth, it can also improve ones physical health. He said investigations exam ining the health-related ef fects of religiously motivated fasts have found favorable health outcomes, including weight and body fat loss, reductions in blood pressure and improvement of fasting blood sugar and insulin lev els, which are important for metabolic health. The author said it remains unclear whether the people of the Bible knew of the health benefits of fasting, but that in the book of Daniel, it is noted that those who did not eat the food from the kings table performed and looked better, and were healthier. Fasting, first and fore most, it should be about spiritual growth and not nec essarily about health, he said. But getting in great physical condition... is a wonderful side effect. Faith and fasting: A look at the practice ahead of Yom Kippur By Maayan Jaffe-Hoffman (JNS)Fasting is the most commonly known Yom Kip pur ritual. According to a 2016 Pew survey, 40 percent of American Jews and 60 percent of Israeli Jews fast on the Day of Atonement. Of course, fast ing is not exclusive to Judaism. It is an ancient practice whose purpose and benefit span across the three Abrahamic faithsJudaism, Christianity and Islam. Fasting is mentioned in the Bible and the Koran, and although its practices differ across these religions, they each use food restric tion and/or abstinence as a means of growing closer to God through repentance, in creased gratitude, mourning and study. Fasting is broadly defined as the partial or total absti nence from food. In Judaism, one refrains entirely from eating or drinking on major fast days (Yom Kippur and Tisha BAv) and on the four minor fast days (the Fast of Gedaliah, the Fast of the 10th of Tevet, the Fast of the 17th of Tammuz and the Fast of Esther, right before Purim). Aliza Bulow, a Coloradobased Jewish educator, and the author and founder of WICK (Women in Chizuk and Kiruv), told JNS that fasting in Judaism generally centers around atonement for previous wrongdoings, mourning or gratitude, in that by abstaining from food, one realizes his/her dependence on God and appreciates the sustenance God provides. Fasting that is not on Yom Kippur is so we will feel a sense of lacking, she explained. The lacking of food will lead us to feel we are lacking a closeness to Hashem, and we want to get it back. She said that the Jewish people see the physical as a gateway to the spiritual. On Shabbat, we wear pret ty clothes, clean the house, enjoy delicious food... because we want to create a physical environment that helps shift our spiritual perceptions, she said. Fasting is no different. Except on Yom Kippur. This 25-hour fast from sunset to nightfall is solemn, humbling and repentant, but also happy in that repentance brings redemption, said Bulow. On Yom Kippur, which is spent mostly in prayer, fasting aims to elevate Jewish souls to the exalted level of malachay hasharait, or ministering angels. Yom Kippur is our aesthet ic day, said Bulow. On Yom Kippur, we suffer physically to achieve a spiritual height. Fasting in Islam Islams Ramadan, though 30 days, is akin to Yom Kippur, according to Khalil Albaz, the imam of Tel Sheva in southern Israel. Ramadan is mandatory for every Muslim man and woman above the age of puberty. Albaz added that if a person is sick, elderly, pregnant or nursing, he or she can have permission not to fast, but will need to make it up later Sukkot From page 1A Reform From page 1A dressed as Moses, will give introductions. Explaining the purpose of the tours, Dorcik said, The purpose of this program is Hundreds of area residents attend High Holiday services at the synagogue and thou sands attend lectures and other programs throughout the year, Haaretz reported. We provide a home for thousands of Jews who want to develop a modern Jewish lifestyle in a country crying out for religious plural ism and alternatives. Our educational campus, un like any other in the area, attracts Israelis not only from Hod Hasharon but from all over the region. Through our creative ap proach we have been suc cessful in connecting old and young, families and singles with their heritage, the congregation says on its website. It says that it has raised $1 million of the $2 million needed to build and furnish the 13,000 squarefoot synagogue. Christine DeSouza con tributed to this article. are based on whole biblical truth, not long-standing church teachings, doctrine or structure. G-d has shown His great plan of redemption for the whole earth through all of the biblical writings. Jesus, Paul and the early church observed all of G-ds festivals and we count it as a joyful service to G-d to observe them as well. In addition to the tours, Fellowship will offer a wide range of activities: a spe cial Friday evening ser vice followed by an outdoor celebration complete with food, fellowship around a campfire and camping; a special brunch on Saturday followed by tabernacle tours and other Sukkot-themed activities, ending with a special dinner, procession and worship service. Why does Fellowship want to do this? We want to share the truth and joy of celebrating G-ds festivals with other local churches and the Jewish community, Dorcik stated, explaining that there is a real need, in the church at large, to recapture our Hebraic roots and allign ourselves with G-dly, biblical principles. Dorcik explained that through this Sukkot festival the church will draw closer to G-d and learn to properly identify with the people of Israel and local Jewish com munities so that His great purposes will be fulfilled. Although Fellowship Churchs Sukkot 2018 is geared toward teaching Christians about the festival, this event is open to everyone. Reservations are required for the camp-out, Saturday brunch, dinner buffet and celebration in the Tent of David. For information about costs, please call the church office at 407-699-1011. to first, be biblical. Fellow ship church serves the G-d of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob and we make no distinction between Torah, prophets and the Christian gospels and let ters. Our position and actions HEALTHY EYES WEAR SUNGLASSESEvery day that youre outside, youre exposed to dangerous, but invisible, ultraviolet (UV) sunlight. Left unprotected, prolonged exposure to UV radiation can seriously damage the eye, leading to cataracts, skin cancer around the eyelid and other eye disorders. Protecting your eyes is important to maintaining eye health now and in the future. Shield your eyes (and your familys eyes) from harmful UV rays. Wear sunglasses with maximum UV protection. 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HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, SEPTEMBER 14, 2018 PAGE 15A Alexey Nikolsky/AFP/Getty Images Russian President Vladimir Putin, right, greets Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the Jewish Museum and Tolerance Center in Moscow, Jan. 29, 2018. PEN/Faulkner Awards, a Pulitzer Prize and the Man Booker International Prize. Israel wins the Eurovision song contest, with the song Toy by Netta Barzilai securing the victory in the finals in Portugal. You have brought the State of Israel a lot of pride. Next year in Jerusalem! Netanyahu writes on Twitter, referencing Israels duty as the previous years winner to host the 2019 competi tion. It is Israels fourth Eurovision victory. The United States dedicates its newly established embassy in Jerusalem in a high-profile ceremony attended by Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and Trumps daughter and son-inlaw, Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner. The embassy move, mandated by a 1995 law but delayed on national security grounds by successive presidential administrations, is widely condemned by other world leaders. Shoshana Cardin, the first woman to chair the powerful Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organiza tions, dies at 91. Cardin, a Baltimore philanthropist, also was the first female president of her citys federation and the first woman to lead the national umbrella body of Jewish federations. Rabbi Aaron Panken, the president of the Reform move ments rabbinical seminary, dies while piloting a small aircraft in upstate New York. Panken, a licensed commercial pilot, was 53 and had led the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion since 2014. Ken Livingstone, a former mayor of London and harsh critic of Israel, resigns from Britians Labour Party amid a review of his claims that Adolf Hitler supported Zionism. Livingstones membership exposed the party to allegations that it tolerates anti-Semitism under the leadership of its hard-left leader, Jeremy Corbyn. June 2018 Twenty-six Jewish groups sign a letter calling the U.S. policy of separating children from their migrant parents unconscio nable. The signatories included three major Jewish religious movementsConservative, Reform and Reconstructionistas Year From page 10A well as the American Jewish Committee, the Anti-Defamation League, HIAS, Jewish Womens International, the Jewish Council for Public Affairs and Uri LTzedek, an Orthodox social justice organization. The Bands Visit, a musical based on an Israeli film about an Egyptian band stranded in a hardscrabble Negev town, dominates the 72nd annual Tony Awards, winning 10 awards, including best musical. The play also takes home trophies for best actor in a musical, best direction of a musical and best original score. An Israeli court convicts a 19-year-old American Israeli of making hundreds of bomb threats against Jewish community centers and schools across the United States. Michael Kadar is convicted on several counts, including extortion, conspiracy to commit a crime, money laundering and assaulting a police officer. Kadars threats in the first three months of 2017along with eight made by a St. Louis manhad forced widespread evacuations of American Jewish institutions and sparked fear of resurgent anti-Semitism. The United States withdraws from the U.N. Human Rights Council, citing the bodys bias against Israel. Nikki Haley, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, says the council is not worthy of its name and that the decision to withdraw had come after a good faith effort to reform the body had failed. Czech President Milos Zeman announces that he will work to move his countrys embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusa lemthe first such public pledge by a European head of state. July 2018 Continued incendiary kites and balloons launched from Gaza by Palestinian protesters ignite countless fires in Israel, with one of the largest burning in southern Israels Kibbutz Or Haner. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu travels to Moscow to meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin. The leaders discuss Syria, Iran, Israels security needs, and the 2018 World Cup. The Knesset passes a controversial nationality law that cements Israel as the nation-state of the Jewish people and recognizes Hebrew as the sole official language, among other proclamations. The measure prompts anger from Jewish and Arab groups in Israel and Jewish groups in the Diaspora that view the bill as discriminatory. Israeli police detain a Conservative rabbi in Haifa for perform ing a non-Orthodox wedding under a 2013 law that deems all weddings performed outside of the haredi Orthodox-dominated Chief Rabbinate. Rabbi Dov Haiyun tells JTA that he is disap pointed that this is whats happening in my country. JTAs Europe correspondent Cnaan Liphshiz and editorial fellow Charles Dunst also contributed to this report. Tobin From page 4A Normalizing or excusing hate diminishes everyone. That ap plies not just to Clinton, who should have known better, but for every artist who consented to appear with him on the same stage. Farrakhan is no different from former KKK leader David Duke, except for the West Bank From page 5A Gains From page 5A Post, reports in the current issue of Commentary that Israel has become a global force in television, one of the worlds most prolific exporters of formatsin dustry jargon for concepts and programs. BDS warriors recently at tempted to persuade Netflix books teach that Jews have no right even to pre-1967 Israel, that all Jewish holy sites are actually Muslim, that Molotov cocktail attacks on Jewish ci vilians are a barbecue party. UNRWA summer camps teach that even pre-1967 Israel be longs to the Palestinians, and they should seek to liberate it through force of arms. Thus on this score, Israel would be no worse off than it is now. Kids From page 1A across Israel, more than 1,000 children and parents from the Gaza Envelope were bused to Ammunition Hill in Jerusa lem to kick off the events. A renowned historical site, the area boasts sprawling green lawns and a built-in recre ational campus. Its just such a gift to us This summer has been especially challenging, said Einat Eliyashir, a mother of three from Moshav Yesha. To go out from the Gaza Envelope, suddenly these The final fallacy is defense officials desire to postpone conflict at any cost. Obviously, preventing war is usually desir able. But war with Hamas isnt an existential threat, and in any case, virtually all Israeli analysts consider it inevitable at some point. The refugee crisis, in con trast, remains a potentially existential threat. Should the Palestinians ever suc ceed in mobilizing interna tional support behind their demand that all 5 million refugees relocate to Israel, this would eradicate the Jew ish state. Hence Israel has a major interest in defusing this crisis by taking most of these refu gees off the rollswhere, as noted, they dont belong in any caseand perma nently shuttering UNRWA, whose main mission in life is to endlessly expand those rolls. Since no previous U.S. administration has ever been willing to address this issue, Israel would be foolish not to take advantage of the Trump administrations apparent de sire to do so, even at the price of war with Hamas. But thats especially true given that defense officials think war will happen anyway. They merely seek to postpone it so that Israel can finish building its anti-tunnel bar rier. And for a few months (or even years) of delay and the minor tactical advantage of an anti-tunnel barrier, theyre willing to sacrifice an existen tial Israeli interest. Its foolish beyond belief. But unfortunately, its not surprising. As Einat Wilf and Adi Schwartz argue in a new book, the defense establish ment has been UNRWAs top lobbyist for decades. All this merely proves a point Ive made before: Military men are good at solving militarily problems, but theyre no better than anyone else, and often worse, at understanding political problems. Yet their facade of expertise often cows politi cians into deferring to them. Lets hope Israels cur rent government resists this temptation and takes full advantage of the Trump administrations plan. Its an opportunity that may not recur for a very long time. Evelyn Gordon is a journal ist and commentator living in Israel. to cancel plans to broadcast a second season of Fauda, a series about an Israeli special-forces unit operating on the West Bank. Featuring sympathetic characters on both sides of the conflict, its become what Brown calls a guilty pleasure for Palestin ian viewers. In March, a BDS group sent Netflix a letter threat ening nonviolent grass roots pressure and pos sible legal accountability. Among the responses that evoked: A Hollywood or ganization called the Cre ative Community for Peace urged Netflix to reject this blatant attempt at artistic censorship. The shows second season was released in May as planned. (Minireview: Its spectacularly good TV.) For all that, the menace BDS poses remains. The Nazi slogan of the 1930s that presaged the Holocaust was Dont buy from Jews! BDS proponents have updated that to Dont buy from the Jewish state! Leaders of the campaign do not hide their own exterminationist inten tions. If that means innocent, peaceable and hardworking Palestinians end up as collat eral damage, cest la guerre. Meanwhile, anti-Israelism and anti-Semitism are on the rise throughout much of Europe. And on American campuses, where left/pro gressive doctrines dominate, BDS sophists convince credu lous undergraduates that the freest and most tolerant nation in the Middle East is singularly oppressive. By doing so, they get to call themselves champions of the Palestinian cause. As I said, we live in a topsy-turvy world. Clifford D. May is president of the Foundation for Defense of Democracies and a col umnist for The Washington Times. fact that he has many more followers. Still, you dont need much of an imagination to know what the reaction would be (and rightly so) from the same media that ignored Farrakhan at the Franklin funeral if Duke were em braced by prominent figures in another music genre or wound up sharing the stage with a former president. The outrage would be immense and immediate, as well as completely justified. Anti-Semitism of any kind is not to be ignored. But the fact that so many prominent cultural and political figures, including the mainstream media, failed the Farrakhan test while going overboard about marginal figures on the right illustrates a serious problem with our thinking about the issue. Ours is a time when Farrakhan is treated as a legitimate leader, and anti-Semitism disguised as anti-Zionism and hate for Israel has become an en demic problem on American college campuses. It is also starting to be tolerated by some on the left wing of our political spectrum. Yet mainstream media talking heads and many in the Jewish community still prefer to ob sess about a tiny right-wing movement with no influence because they think they can establish a false connec tion to Trump. We can and should oppose hate whether it comes from the right, the left or a minority commu nity. But inflating one threat while ignoring another far more important one is not merely foolish, its a danger ous game whose potential consequences shouldnt be underestimated. Jonathan S. Tobin is edi tor in chief of JNSJewish News Syndicate. Follow him on Twitter at: @jona thans_tobin. concerns fade away. It warms our hearts to know that there are so many JNF supporters who are thinking about us and helping us to have such an incredible day of fun for the whole family. I dont have enough words to explain how much this means to us. For Eliyashirs 11-year-old daughter, Meitar, this break made all the difference in the world. This summer has been a little scary, she said. This is our summer vacation, and if I want to go outside to play, I always have to be close to the bomb shelters. It is so important to all of us to be able to get out and have fun during our summer break, and it is amazing that there are people who care about us to give us this op portunity and understand our situation, continued Meitar. It is so much fun to be able to come to a safe place and enjoy ourselves for a day. Clowns, balloons, games, climbing walls, obstacle courses, zip lines, live music, food and drink, and many other activities served as a way to relieve the stress these families face. Kids were also offered a VIP tour through the site by Israel Defense Forces veteran soldiers who fought in the Ammunition Hill battle during the 1967 Six-Day War. With their faces covered in face paint and hands grasping balloon animals, the children had time to be ... children. Its fun to come out to a place like this, said Shay Sagiv, one of the girls from Kibbutz Sufa. Ive known about donors supporting us in the past, but not like this. Its just such a gift to us to have a day like today. Gal Beinart, a mom from Moshav Sde Nitzan, explained that she has four boys between 5 and 14, and moved to the re gion 12 years ago for its strong sense of community. The only thing is that life can be stressful, she acknowledges, but we are so lucky to be out here on this beautiful day with our boys, and participating in all the activities and sports. Her 12-year old son, Roi, said, Our summer has been fun, but there were a lot of alarms and bombs that have made it very difficult. We ap preciated being able to come out to places like this to just have fun. This feels normal, and its awesome. Maayan Nochomovitz, a mother from Moshav Ein Hasof, said its not good for the kids to hear the rockets all the time and to run for the shelters. The kids always ask if they are able to go outside or what to do in an emergency; its not an easy situation at all. Amid stories of what the families endured back home, the smiles on so many faces didnt go unnoticed by the ex ecutives, staff and volunteers managing the event. This right here is the spirit of the Jewish people, of the Jewish nation, said Eric Michaelson, JNF chief Israel officer, as he looked across the field packed with children. In good times and bad, we are there to stand with and support them.
PAGE 16A HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, SEPTEMBER 14, 2018 Sharona Jacobs 2015 was the last year that Temple Bnai Brith families were allowed to use bread at the traditional tashlich ceremony at the Blessing of the Bay Boathouse in Somerville, Mass. story was the result of years of collaboration between Somerville and other local communities, the EPA, the Commonwealth of Massachu setts and the nonprofit Mystic River Watershed Association. The 7-mile-long Mystic River flows through 22 towns just north and west of Boston. From Somerville, it goes downstream through the Amelia Earhart dam through Everett, Charlestown and into Boston Harbor. The appropriately named Blessing of the Bay boathouse where Temple Bnai Brith holds tashlich services is named after a 17th-century wooden ship, the first ocean going vessel built in Mas sachusetts, according to the Mystic River Association. In September 2015, before the start of the High Holidays, the city granted a one-year waiver to the synagogue, acknowledging its longstand ing tradition of using bread during the tashlich ceremony. The congregation assured the city that it would educate members about the issue and evaluate environmentally ac ceptable options ranging from birdseed to earthworms to small pebbles. After some rabbinical consideration, Jacobowitz concluded that for tashlich, small pebbles had greater resonance than birdseed. Pebbles will sink to the bottom of the river, an echo of the last verses of the prophet Micah (7:19), that is the textual basis for the tashlich ritual, she explained: God will take us back in love; God will cover up our iniquities. You will cast all their sins into the depths of the sea. The change brought mixed emotions. There was a bit of com munal grief, acknowledged Jacobowitz, who was ordained in 2010 at the pluralistic Hebrew College rabbinical school. Many people had a strong attachment to the bread tossing, she said, and a few synagogue members have a tradition of saving bits of matzah from Passover for tashlich. There was this element of planning long in advance, the rabbi said. In a touch of irony, Jaco bowitz pointed out that in her native Israel, bread is not used during tashlich. She said Israelis more commonly stroll to the sea or other body of water and turn their empty pockets inside-out, reflecting the idea that you are not bringing your sins with you into the new year. As a resident of Somerville, Jacobowitz said the environ mental improvements along the river in the past few years are noteworthy. Its lovely. The water is bet ter, she said. Sometimes she visits the area to think about her High Holiday sermons and I see that it is being transformed. Amid the challenge to create an environmentally friendly tashlich, Jacobowitz has created a new tradition for Temple Bnai Briths younger tashlich-goers: She brings a bed sheet to the river and invites them to write some thing that they are sorry for and hope to change in the new year. They use pens with ink that dissolves after 24 hours. She returns the sheet to the synagogue on Yom Kippur and the kids see that their regrets have disappeared. From the perspective of modeling what we want to see in the world, I do feel proud of our community for taking that step, especially in the [High Holiday] season when we are thinking of how we can do better in the world, Jacobowitz said. After much reflection, the rabbi has concluded that This is not about bread versus pebbles, but rather about exchanging a ritual that has content with another that is just as compelling. Over time, she anticipates the newer ritual will take hold in a meaningful way. Its about replacing the spiritual experience with another practice that will feel equally spiritual, she said. A Jewish atonement ritual gets an eco-friendly makeover By Penny Schwartz SOMERVILLE, Mass. (JTA)On the first after noon of Rosh Hashanah, Rabbi Eliana Jacobowitz led her congregation on a walk to the Blessing of the Bay Boathouse on the Mystic River for tashlich, a centuries-old ritual when Jews symbolically discard their sins from the past year into a moving body of water. But instead of the cus tomary bits of stale bread, breadcrumbs or even bits of matzah saved from last Passover, congregants tossed small pebbles. Members of Temple Bnai Brith, a non-affiliated con gregation in this Boston suburb with historic ties to the Conservative movement, have likely been tossing bits of bread into the Mystic dur ing tashlich for well over a century. The congregation, which has been this reporters Jew ish home for more than a quarter-century, was founded in 1904 by immigrants from Eastern Europe who settled in Somervilles Winter Hill neighborhood, less than one mile uphill from the river. The recent shift in the tashlich practice from bread to pebbles follows the citys new environmentally friendly rules that no longer allow bread to be tossed into the river, a measure to protect river wildlife and address other concerns. Yes, our congregation is environmentally conscious and this was an appealing rea son [to change] something we care about on a social justice level, Jacobowitz said. The challenge of creating an environmentally friendly tashlich is emerging beyond this city. An article in Reform Judaism magazine last year highlighted newer practices, including one congregation in Ontario using untreated wood chips instead of bread. Whatever they use, congre gants arent meant to think that the ritual is a substitute for the hard work of teshuvah, or repentance, which extends from Rosh Hashanah (it starts this year on Sunday night) to Yom Kippur (Sept. 18-19). In Somerville, the subject was first raised three years ago when its Parks and Rec reation Department notified the synagogue that tossing bread violated guidelines from the Environmental Protec tion Agency and local efforts to protect the environment. The city said feeding wildlife is harmful to their nutrition, leads to poor water quality and disrupts the ecosystem. In addition to the potential harm to birds, feeding animals brought an unintended invi tation for animals around the boathouse, including issues with geese on the docks, Jill Lathan, the Parks and Recreation director, wrote in a recent email to JTA. At the time, efforts to clean up the river from decades of relentless pollution from industry, development and storm drainage were paying off. 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