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Title from caption.
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"The Jewish newspaper at the University of Florida"--Masthead.
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Latest issue consulted: Vol. 1, issue 3 (Mar. 21/Apr. 3, 2006).

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THE SHPiEL
VOLUME 6 ISSUE 1
25 Av 5768 8 Elul 5768 August 26, 2008 September 8, 2008


Following in

Jesus' foot-

steps just

got a whole

lot easier
BY MATT COOPER
SHPiEL contributing writer
Three years ago, a Jewish man named
Maoz Inon boldly opened a hostel in
Nazareth, an all-Arab city. Today, the Fauzi
Azar Inn is thriving and Maoz is among the
most popular men in Nazareth. Now, he is
focusing his entrepreneurial energies on a
new project: the Jesus Trail.
The Jesus Trail is a 40-mile path that
begins in Nazareth and connects many
of the historical sights from Jesus' life,
including Cana, where Jesus turned water
into wine, and the Mount of Beatitudes.
The trail passes fields and forests,
modern churches and roman ruins, Arab
villages and Jewish kibbutzim. It passes
Capernaum on the Sea of Galilee and
returns to Nazareth via Tiberias.
The trail will hopefully increase
tourism in the Galilee region, stimulating
local economies on the way. Maoz is
working with local Arabs and Jews to
SEE TRAIL, PAGE 4

Big donation to further
Holocaust studies at UF
BY BEN CAVATARO
SHPiEL staff writer
UF's Center for Jewish Studies was
given $1 million in May for establishing an
endowed chair of Holocaust studies. The
funds will allow the center to hire a senior
professor to research and teach about the
Holocaust. A national search to fill the new
position will begin this fall after a drive to
get the state to match donated funds, said
center director Jack Kugelmass.
Finding a professor to fill the chair
will be a matter of "many phone calls and
emails and some luck," said Kugelmass,
who said the gift had been in the works
for some time. Because Holocaust studies
is interdisciplinary, the new hire-who
will both research and teach-won't
necessarily be a history professor.
The donation is among the largest given


SEE DONATION, PAGE 2







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Shorts Briefs
BY BEN CAVATARO


{Obama camp plans Jewish outreach for convention,
campaign)

Democratic presumptive nominee Sen. Barack Obama has
appointed a new Jewish outreach coordinator, the campaign
announced Aug. 19. Daniel Shapiro, a former aide to Democratic
Sen. Bill Nelson of Florida; will also act as a senior policy adviser to
Obama. Shapiro has been part of the campaign since 2007.
A Jewish presence is also expected at the
Democratic National Convention in Denver.
Rabbi David Saperstein, the director of Union for Reform Judaism's
advocacy arm, will give the invocation before a crowd of 70,000
at Invesco Field at Mile High, where Obama formally accepts the
Democratic nomination on Aug. 28, the Jewsih Daily Forward
reported.
Three other rabbis will lead prayers and make address at the
convention, including Mark Schneier, an Orthodox New York
rabbi who. directs the Jewish-Muslim Foundation for Ethnic
Understanding. Protestant, Catholic and Muslim leaders will also
take part in the convention.

{Thousands rally to protest Israel's end to Ethiopian
migration}
Some 5,000 Israelis protested in front of the offices of Prime
Minister Ehud Olmert in Jerusalem Aug. 19, the Jerlisalem Post
reported. Demonstrators, some with photos of relatives left behind
in Africa, demanded that 8,700 Ethiopian Jews who were promised
new lives in Israel in 2005 be allowed to immigrate. Nine protesters
were detained in connection with mass demonstrations on behalf
of the Falash Mura, Ethiopians with ethnic and cultural roots to the
Jewish people.
An estimated 8,700 Jews in the Gondar region in Ethiopia have
been barred from immigrating. The Israeli government pledged
that 17,000 Falash Mura would be able to make aliyah in 2005, but
the final official flight took place last month. Israeli Chief Rabbi
Shlomo Amar called for the government to allow the Falash Mura
to immigrate, and a Knesset member introduced legislation that
would allow those waiting in camps to settle in Israel as part of the
country's sixtieth anniversary celebrations.
Falash Mura is a subgroup of the Beta Israel community, the
Ethiopian community of Jews sometimes known as "Falasha,"
Amharic for "exiles." The Falash Mura are descendents of Falash
Mura whose ancestors converted to Christianity in the past but
have since returned to Judaism.


summer seminar and $1M donations lead

to SHIFT in Holocaust education


DONATION, FROM PAGE 1

to the center, which was founded in
.1973.
It matches the $1 million given
by Rite Aid founder Alex Grass in
2001, which was used to establish
the endowed chair currently held
by associate professor of history
Mitchell Hart.
Norman and Irma Braman of
Miami, the billionaire owners of the
Braham Motors auto dealership and
the former owners of the Philadelphia
Eagles football team, donated the
money. The philanthropist couple
gave $5 million to establish a breast
cancer research institute at the
University of Miami in 2002 and $1
million to the U.S. Holocaust Memorial
Museum in Washington in 2007.
A**
Florida schoolteachers descended
on Gainesville for a one-week
Holocaust teaching program in June.
The five-day Summer Holocaust
Institute for Florida Teachers (SHIFT)
took place the week of June 16.
Teachers, mostly from high schools,
came from around the state to
conduct workshops and training on
how to teach the Holocaust, with a


specific focus on ways to present
disturbing materials to students and
how to create lesson plans that relate
the subject to tolerance and civic
education.
Participants visited the Florida
Holocaust Museum in St. Petersburg
and heard a Holocaust survivor speak
about his experiences.
"There is nothing that will ever
replace listening to a Holocaust
survivor," said education professor
Linda Leonard Lamme, an expert
on children's Holocaust literature
who co-directs SHIFT with history
professor and Holocaust specialist
Geoffrey Giles. "By now over the
years I have heard many, and each
time there is an awe over the- event
that is hard to describe. [The speaker]
was little more than a child during the
Holocaust, but it is so very powerful
to listen to his story."
The program allowed teachers to
fulfill professional development and
continuing education requirements.
Those who registered as nondegree-
seeking students were eligible for
graduate credit as well. The Florida
Legislature passed a law mandating
public schools to teach the Holocaust
in 1994.


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the newest, greenest

bike service, sort of


BY JOSH FLEET
SHPiEL staff writer


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Want to go green but can't fathom
going cold turkey on gas? Introducing
the new green: the YellowBike.
As classes get cranking this August,
UF students can rent yellow Vespa
scooters to get around Gainesville for
less than $10 a day.
It's for freshmen who don't have a
car on campus.
It's for the guy who can't wait three
hours for SNAP to arrive from across
campus to take him back to his frat
house.
It's for the anxiety-ridden who feel
utterly overwhelmed by Gainesville's
behemoth-of-a-bus schedule.
YellowBike was started by two
twentysomething UF students as an
affordable way to get around a town
that is already filled with scooter-sized
parking spots. It was launched this fall.
Justin Fung, a fifth-year business
student, spent a \jar doing case studies
and crunching numbers before starting
the program with his business partner
\ ijay Nanduani, \ho recently graduated
from iUF.
"We sat% a need, Fung said.
Though UiF's campus offers a similar
ser ice through Zipcar. Fung said his
company's prices are more affordable
for college students.
YellowBike covers repairs and safety
equipment, and the \ello \ Vespas get
around 80 miles per gallon.
Through the program's Web site,
yellowbikeuf.comn,students can rent a
scooter for about $9 a day. or they can
pay close to $500 for a semester rental.
Normally, a purchased scooter is a
nearly I2.000 investment after ta\ts.
registration fees and parking decals are
paid. Fung said
"As soon as school starts." he said,
"people are gonna see Yellot\Bike all
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And it was called yellow Justin Fung above) and Vijay Nandwani began the
concept of YellowBike 8 months ago as an affordable and convenient means of
transportation. YellowBike's service package with a scooter includes registration.
gas, repairs and anything in between for a fixed price. Photo by Da id Cumming.



Cycling for soiree's sake


A new network for pedalers


BYl ERIC KAPLAN
SHPiEL contr illttuinq it riter


Instead of lending \ourself to the
potential ridicule of creating a JDate
account, \ou can disguise your need
for a Jewish counterpart \ ith a passion
for...bicycling?
A Jewish environmentalist group
called Hazon is launching a program
called JBike by the end of this year. JBjke
will be an online Jewish cycling network
that will serve as a national forum for
program ideas and events.
Hazon, which has operated charitable
events since 1999, is creating JBike to
allow members to build community
among Jewish cyclists in their own
cities. The network is supposed to give
people a a place to plan trips, foster
ideas and promote cycling in the Jewish
community.
Once logged in, users will be able to
utilize JBike to find either a potential
romantic rendezvous or just a friend to
enjoy a ride through a park.
In Hebrew, Hazon means "vision," and
the hazon of this program is to create a
healthier and more sustainable Jewish
community: a step toward a healthier
and more sustainable world for all.
JBike hopes to foster people's Jewish
journeys, enable them to reframe Jewish
life and tradition in unique ways, and
draw upon Jewish tradition to engage


with the wider world.
Nigil Savage, executive founder
of Hazon. believes that through
JBike. he can enrich people's lives
through engagement and challenge.
"Engagement across difference, and
to challenge both intellectually and
physically can be a wonderful catalyst
for learning, growing and acting."
Savage said.
Hazon's next event is a Jewish bike
ride through New York Cit\. The ride
has two parts. It begins with a Shabbat
retreat held on Friday. Aug. 29 and
the following Saturday. Then the
ride begins. starting in Fdlls Village.
Conn., on Sunda\, Aug. 31 and ending
in Manhattan on Monday. Sept. 1.
The ride raised neari\ 1350,000
in 2007. which was disbursed to
more than 2' different organizations
throughout the United States and
Israel. Worst comes to worst. if \ou
don't find \our celesnal soul mate
on a 100-mile bike ride through quiet
roads and gardens, hope is not lost
* not onl\ ha\e you helped make a
difference in the world, but 100 miles
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If you are interested Fil particlipotr inai
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sweat and Manishevitz, please conltaic
nyrider@'hazon.org.


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UF student blazes biblical trail, crosses cultural paths


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to the intense,
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Hermon snow-capped in the distance.

On another occasion, two volunteers and I
were camped along the trail outside the village
of Wadi Musa. We heard loud music emanating
from the town center, and upon exploring,
I found an Arab wedding. The locals of this
small village weren't desensitized to tourists
like the Arabs in big cities like Nazareth.
Curious and eager to meet foreigners, they
quickly handed me some coffee and invited
me to join the festivities.
Following the AP story and other press
we received, Maoz's office was flooded with
e-mails. After learning about the trail, many
people booked vacations to the Galilee to hike
the Jesus Trail in the fall and spring. It seems
that, like Maoz's Fauzi Azar Inn, the Jesus trail
will be another great success.


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Queer as Frum: Orthodox


BY FARYN HART
SHPiEL staff writer

"Orthodyke" is not a pretty word.
But since the success of Sandi
Dubowski's documentary "Trembling
Before God," a film about Orthodox and
Hasidic homosexuals, it's become less
slanderous and more powerful.
In May, a community of observant,
or "frum," queer women entered the
World Wide Web and announced they
are Orthodykes, and they are proud.
They created Tirtzah, a blog and e-mail
discussion group named for the Hebrew
phrase, "she is my delight."
The site is designed so lesbian,
bisexual or queer women who are
religious, Orthodox and/or observant
may find an outlet of support or take
part in dialogue about the exploration
of Judaism and ritual observance while
honoring their sexual orientation.
Many frum lesbians emerged from


the closet about five years ago with the
conception of Bat-Kol. This religious
lesbian organization, which operates
out of Israel, is designed to promote
equality for homosexual women in the
religious community.
It provides a network for schmoozing
among its members as well as support
groups for member's mothers to
kvetch.
While Bat-Kol is joining the ranks
in gay pride parades over the ocean,
its adopted child Tirtzah is organizing
events for GOJ Gay Orthodox Jewish
- singles in New York City.
Excited members who have joined
the site's mailing list have already
blogged about issues like coming out
at shul, creating a queer frum home,
dealing with homophobia and the
difficulty of belonging to a millennia-old
tradition that regards homosexuality as
nonkosher as a cheeseburger.
In 2004, Rabbi Chaim Rapoport


lesbians


released a book called "Judaism and
Homosexuality: An Authentic Orthodox
View."
He was one of the first Orthodox
rabbis to speak about combining
halacha, or Jewish law, and
homosexuality.
In the book, he stresses the
importance of an inclusive Jewish
community but also advises that frum
homosexuals remain single and not
practice their sexuality if they wish to
keep in line with Orthodox tradition.
However, he advocates their freedom
to connect with Judaism and express
devotion to Jewish ritual.
A blogger who writes under the name
"queeryeshivameidel" commented last
month as the traditionally mournful
Nine Days of Tisha B'Av approached
- about the concept of baseless hatred
among the Jewish people; a hatred
that caused the destruction of the
Beit Hamikdash, or the Holy Temple,


come out online


thousands of years ago.
"The Gemara in Yoma teaches
us that in the time of the second
Beit Hamikdash, the Jewish
people observed the Torah
and the commandments, and
performed kindnesses, but they
hated each other for no reason,
and as a result of that Sinat
Chinam (baseless hatred), which
is equal to idolatry, murder,
and sexual immorality, the Beit
Hamikdash was destroyed."
We are taught "ivdu et Hashem
besimcha," or "to live in happiness." To
express this teaching, we must continue
to rely on the dynamism of Judaism in
modern times and practice freedom
and acceptance.
For more information about the
Orthodox lesbian community, please
visit'tirtzah.wordpress.com and bat-kol.
org.


Keeping it Kosher in the Dirty South


BY JACKIE AZIS
SHPiEL contributing writer

Finding it difficult to keep kosher
on and around campus? Beginning
this fall,. eating kosher meals will
come a little easier to University of
Florida students.
UF Hillel and Gator Dining Services
are joining to offer kosher dining
options, including the new kosher
meal plan and kosher products in
on-campus stores. An optional
kosher upgrade is available for
any Gator Dining mmmeal plan as
well, according to the Gator Dining
Services Web site.
Similar to the other meal plan
options, students can choose
between purchasing a 5 or 10 meals-
per-week plan. The meals are served
at The Olam, which is in the UF Hillel
building, located across from Ben Hill
Griffin Stadium.
Students can also add an upgraded
option, which allocates 40 extra meals
per semester at The Olam, according
to the Web site.
Currently, less than 20 people
have signed up for the kosher meal
plan, according to a Gator Dining
representative.
As for hew drinking options, UF
Hillel just opened a new coffee bar,
the Community Java Connection, so
students can enjoy delicious coffee
in time for the semester to start, said
Rabbi Yoni Kaiser-Blueth of Hillel.
Initially, there was discussion of
bringing in a Starbucks to Hillel, but
the final decision was to have the
Community Java Connection, said


Kaiser-Blueth. The coffee bar will be
managed by Avie Friederwitzer, who
is also the owner of The Olam dining
hall.
Friederwitzer is the owner of
All Star Caterers and also manages
mw.coop.r@gmail.com the Hillel
sports bar, which opens in
September, Kaiser-Blueth said.
In addition to coffee, Friederwitzer
will provide an ice cream bar, a soda
fridge and a health bar with nuts and
dried fruit, he said.
Several times in the past, Hillel
has tried to open a coffee bar.
Until Community Java Connection,
however, these attempts never
worked, he said. Kaiser-Blueth
believes the appeal of a coffee bar
compliments Hillel's overall vision
for the student center.
"We're here to serve students, and
we know that students are looking
for a cool, hip place to hang out in
and study," Kaiser-Blueth said. "We
offer wireless through the building
and I think adding the coffee bar will
add a nice flair to the building and
hopefully increase the foot traffic."
Although the hours of operation
for Community Java Connection
are not finalized, the coffee bar is
expected to be open from 7:30 a.m.
until at least midnight Monday-
Thursdays.
Most likely, it will close when
Shabbat starts around sunset and
will reopen on Sundays at a time yet
to be determined, he said.

For information about menus, contact
Avie Friederwitzer at 954-662-6702.


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Check out those mugs.Joshua
Porter brews a batch of iced tea at
Community Coffee-a new kosher
coffee bar at Hillel-as part of
its new dining plan. "To hear of
something new like Community
Coffee is refreshing," Porter said.
"It's good to see people not go
for the major label and try ours
out. It will open up people's minds
and tastebuds." Photos by David
Cumming.


Challot being baked in The
Olam kitchen before shabbot.
Photo courtesy of UF Hillel.


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BY
MIKA TURIM-NYGREN
SHPiEL contributing writer

It is hard to forget a visit to
Avraham Loewenthal's Kabbalistic art
gallery in Tzfat, Israel. On the door hangs a
wooden sign that reads: "If the gallery is closed
I will be happy to open for you if I can-I live
downstairs below the gallery."
This sign embodies Avraham's welcoming nature.
Whether he is explaining the spiritual significance of
his artwork or sharing insights into Kabbalah, an ancient,
mystical form of Judaism, Avraham remains irresistibly open
and inviting.
Avraham works as an artist in Tzfat, an intensely spiritual city
in the north of Israel. Traditional texts proclaim that the Messiah
will pass through Tzfat on the way to Jerusalem, and residents
paint their mantels blue and inscribe prayers on city walls to hasten
the Messiah's coming. Every street, every corner, is filled with visual
reminders of their belief.
Avraham calls Tzfat "the world center of Kabbalah."
His works are mostly paintings on wood, and range from simple
prayers to visual maps of the sounds of the Shofar.
Avraham often gives talks to Birthright groups and other interested
visitorss about his work and the nature of Kabbalah. He has a gift for
transferring his joy and enthusiasm for the subject to listeners, proclaiming
Kabbalah to be "awesome, awesome, awesome!"
However, Avraham didn't always envision leading a life so closely
linked to mystical Judaism. Before he ever dreamt of immigrating to Israel,
Avraham was a University of Michigan student
by the name of Robert. An interest in Eastern
meditation led him to a book by Aryeh Kaplan,
Jewish Meditation. Avraham recommends this
book as a starting point for anyone interested
in learning more about Kabbalah.
"Reading this book changed my life," he said.
Over the next few years, Avraham absorbed
"the deepest and most meaningful ideas [he] had
ever encountered" from more of Kaplan's books. The
study of Kabbalah fascinated him.
While attending the School of the Art Institute of
Chicago, Avraham participated in a one-month program
in a Jerusalem yeshiva, or traditional Jewish house of study.
Then, after art school, Avraham attended a six-month artist-in-residence
program in Arad, which is in the Negev desert, in southern Israel.
During this program, Avraham visited Tzfat and was deeply moved.
"I knew that this was what I had come to Israel for," he said.
Now, Avraham has lived in Israel for about thirteen years.
Though he says he could have "never imagined" making aaliyah
(a term that describes settling permanently in Israel) back in
college, he finds himself rewarded by-a "most. beautiful
community" of spiritual individuals and Kabbalah teachers.
"If we are open to it then anything is possible,"
Avraham said.
To current Jewish college students, Avraham says,
"I can't imagine what could be more meaningful
for a Jewish person today than to spend time in
Israel."
His name "change" came about after
a sort of revelation. Although he has
carried both the English name
Robert and the Hebrew name
Avraham since birth,
he went only by
Robert


Holy art. Avraham Loewenthal creates a unique combination of prayer, Jewish
Mysticism and contemporary artwork. Ain Ode Milvado is one of many
pieces of kabbalistic art featured in the Tzvat Gallery of Mystical Art. Photo
by David Cumming.

through much of his life.
One day, he realized that his "deepest name" was
Avraham; that although he liked the name Robert, it
could never compare to the richness of meaning
associated with his Hebrew name. Avraham says
that the name came from his great-grandfather, who
had received the name from an older ancestor, who
had himself received it from a still more ancient
forebear, leading back "for four thousand years."
Avraham says that the Kabbalah teaches a
link between soul and name, a link between "our inner
spiritual work" and "the inner meanings of our names." Clearly, for
Avraham, finding this personal connection to the most ancient Jewish
forefather reflects his long quest to reconnect with his own roots.
As for his art, Avraham says that his main inspiration is the "deep
spiritual consciousness" the Kabbalah teaches. More specifically, he
tries to express the idea that "at the root of all our spiritual work in
this world" is the effort "to truly care for one another as we care for
ourselves."
One of his favorite paintings is a quote from the Torah, a colorful
line of Hebrew calligraphy rounding in on itself, which can be
translated, "There is nothing but God." Avraham favors this
piece because he believes it illustrates the Kabbalistic idea that
everything happens for a reason, "including all the difficult
and painful things."
"Everything... actually [helps] our souls come to the
place that will be ready to finally experience infinite
goodness in the place of eternity," he said.

Check out www.kabbalahart.com,
Avraham's Web site, for more info
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BY DOUGLAS SHARF
SHPiEL staff writer

One click, and you hear about The
Church of Black Communism, a group
formed by young Russian artists in
Tel Aviv. Another click, and a woman
named Esther is expounding on Ekev,
last week's Torah portion. The next
click of the remote control could take
you anywhere in the realm of Shalom
TV, America's first nationwide, Jewish
cable television network.
President and CEO Rabbi Mark
Golub maintains Shalom TV is a service
covering all aspects of the Jewish
culture and identity. And this president
is actually telling the truth.
Surprisingly, no agenda or affiliation
with a movement or organization is
apparent within the wide array of
programming.
Perhaps it is this crazed variety which
makes the channel so unexpectedly
appealing.


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MEYERSON
SHPiEL
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writer

Petr Ginz was
a young Jewish
artist living in
Czechoslovakia
when the Nazis
invaded in 1938.
He also was one
of the 1.5 million children killed in the
Holocaust.
More than six decades later, the UF
Documentary Institute in the College
of Journalism and Communications is
making "The Last Flight of Petr Ginz,"
a documentary about his life as an
artistic prodigy who inspired others
affected by the Holocaust.
Ginz wrote five novels, produced
more than 120 drawings and paintings,
and helped establish an underground
newspaper called Vedem all by age
16,. according to the Institute's Web
site.
His accomplishments gained
international attention after the
Columbia Space Shuttle tragedy in
2003. In an effort to honor Holocaust
survivors, staff at the Israeli Holocaust
Museum Yad Vashem recommended
that Ilan Ramon, Israel's first astronaut
and son of an Auschwitz survivor, take
a piece of Ginz's artwork into space.


Observant Jews can view
conversations about Torah and debates
about religious movements. The more
cultural ones among us have plenty of
films and edgy documentaries at their
fingertips.
Many of the network's shows are
based on lectures and discussions,
but Shalom TV is keen on keeping it
interesting.
One such show is 92nd Street Y,
which brings leaders in arts and politics
to speak on salient issues in front of a
live audience.
Luckily, this program does not stand
intellectually alone. The bulk of Shalom
TV's offerings provide entertainment
for any thinker with a Jewish identity,
regardless of the viewer's age.
The channel is in a menu format
similar to other On Demand channels
with the categories News & Israel,
Movies and Judaism & Culture.
Its programs are updated every
Sunday, but there is enough content


Ramon brought "Moon Landscape,"
which is a lino print, or a print made
out of linoleum.
Ginz made his famous lino print
while living in the Theresienstadt
ghetto. He was 14 at the time, and
he was soon transferred to the
Theresienstadt concentration camp.
Ginz, who was born in Prague in
1928, was transported to Auschwitz in
1944, where he was immediately sent
to the gas chamber. He kept a diary
that may have never surfaced if not for
the Columbia Space Shuttle tragedy.
Documentary Institute Co-Director
Churchill Roberts said Ginz is the male
equivalent to Anne Frank, but they are
very different people as well.
The shuttle tragedy gained
international press and the attention
of Jiri Ruzicka, who recognized the
lino print as being very similar to a box
of notebooks and papers he had found
in his attic.
Ruzicka called Yad Vashem and
offered to sell them the notebooks
that contained the diary. The museum
was able to negotiate the return of the
notebooks on behalf of Ginz's surviving
sister, Chava Pressburger, born as Eva
Ginzova. and the museum itself.
Four years later, when the Institute
was looking for a follow-up project to
Angel of Ahlem, a story of a former Gl's
friendship with Holocaust survivors he
helped liberate, they did not have to
look far.


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They competed with several
other production companies to
get the sole production rights
to the diary. Pressburger chose
the UF Documentary Institute
because they were an academic
institute, Roberts said.
The institute hopes to
complete "The Last Flight
of Petr Ginz" in about one
year, resulting in a "high-end
documentary," he said.
The Jerome A. Yavitiz
Charitable Foundation pledged
$200.000 to the project, but it Chava
still needs about $400,000. The being i
Institute has been invited by court
several foundations to apply
for project funding.
Roberts said it is most important to
the Institute that the documentary is
done properly.
Production has started this summer
in Israel after a year of research and
negotiations. While m Israel, the
Institute worked extensively with
Pressburger, who lives in Beersheba,
Israel. She has been very cooperative
during the entire process, he said.
The Institute's team also met with
Niv Goldberg, manager of the Holocaust
Art Archive and Art Collection Database
at Yad Vashem to examine and
photograph Ginz's extensive collection
of artwork the museum houses.
While viewing the artwork, the
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find a way to bring it to life, Roberts
said. The Institute is working with
Portland Studios, which is known for
its animation of last year's Academy
Award Nominated Documentary
Feature, "Operation Homecoming:
Writing the Wartime Experience."
Beyond bringing Ginz's artwork
to life, members of the Institute plan
to continue production by traveling
to Prague and Theresienstadt this
November. They may also return to
Israel to do some additional work.
Roberts said he hopes the
documentary will showcase Ginz's
legacy through his writing and
artwork.
"His artwork was away of escaping,"
Roberts said. "his therapy."


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thousands of freshmen
to enter the college rank
their first steps into
and independence. It i:
of passage that gives
opportunity to decide
and inwardly the type of p
will become. This is a pi
does not start in college
graduation, but those
are uniquely suited for
growth. There is one abs
for a student who steps
campus: you will chang
you achieve gushpan-kah
According to the Be:
dictionary, gushpan-ka


By seal from a ring; a permit or
Rabbi certification." Achieving gushpan-
Yoni kah was required if a person
Kaiser- wanted an audience with a king or
Blueth nobleman. In other words, a person
who has achieved gushpan-kah is
UF Hillel someone who is comfortable in
Rabbi his or her skin and has honourable
qualities in the eyes of others.
It is an internal and external
e words, achievement.
are about The rabbis in the Talmud
s and take (Berachot 6a) teach us that people
adulthood are surrounded by demons that
s this rite are not visible to the naked eye. If
people the we could see the demons in front
outwardly of us, we would collapse in fright.
person they The rabbis say these demons
process that outnumber and surround us. Our
or end with knees become tired as we walk
four years from the force of pushing against
r personal these unseen monsters. Then the
olute truth rabbis provide instruction on how
onto any we can tell whether these demons
s onto any
e. But will are in fact present:
I? If a person wants to be
n Shoshan aware of their presence,
.h is "a let him take sifted ashes


that have been reduced
to a fine powder, and
spread them around his
bed before going to sleep.
In the morning he will
see marks in the layer of
powder like the footprints
of a rooster...He should
place the remainder of the
ash in an iron tube and
seal it with an iron seal
(gushpan-kah).
The rabbis explain that the
demons have no power over
something that is wrapped up or
sealed.
So what do demons, ashes and
seals have to do with us? And
how can it instruct us in achieving
gushpan-kah? Life is a series of
choices laid out in front of us on a
daily basis. Each of these choices
comes with consequences both
good and bad. Do I study for my
exam the following day or should I
go to the party tonight? Do I rush
into a fraternity or sorority, and
which one? Who are my friends,


and who do I choose to associate
with? What are my passions in life,
what is important to me or not so
important to me?
The answers to these questions
and the decisions we all make on a
daily basis are the sum total of who
we are and who we will become.
They will coalesce into a cacophony
of gushpan-kahness if we bring our
authentic voices to the table.
Demons of all varieties exist
around us whether we choose to
see them or not.
College is an amazing journey,
but it's just a small window into
life. It is a huge window into the
person you will become. Know who
you are and know where you are
going.
If you don't stand for something,
you fall for anything. In your
mind'seye you must first anoint
yourself with the status of gushpan-
kah by being your authentic you,
and only then will you be seen by
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BY ZAHARA ZAHAV
SHPiEL contributing writer

Most synagogues are built like
minivans.
For the average drive around town -
or the typical Shabbat service you've
got seating for the few people who come
along for the ride. But when something
exciting is going on say a camping
trip or Yom Kippur both shuls and
minivans are built to accommodate a
rare and sudden need for more space.
Synagogues have been the hub of
Jewish communal activity for thousands
of years, but the last century showed
a significant trend of Jews attending
services only for major life cycle events
and High Holy Days, said UF Jewish
studies director Jack Kugelmass.
The Conservative Jewish movement
appears to be most affected by declining
membership and participation because
its members are not held to their faith
by rigid observance like Orthodox Jews
or allowed the freedom to express their
faith in any way they choose like in the
Reform movement, he said.
"You don't have to sell orthodoxy


to the Orthodox," he said. "And
Conservative practice is much harder
to sell to an assimilated Jew than
Reform."
But, both the Reform and
Conservative movements are seeing
some effects of American culture on
members, whether it be soccer games
on Saturday or movie nights on Friday
instead of Shabbat services, he said.
Does the American synagogue
have a prayer in what appears to be a
competition between two cultures?
Kugelmass said yes, but the solution
may be for congregations to evolve
with society and combine aspects of
American and Jewish traditions rather
than compete.
STAR, Synagogues: Transformation
and Renewal, is a nonprofit group
that gives American shuls the tools to
initiate that evolution through a project
called Synaplex.
Established in 2003, Synaplex
was inspired by the idea behind how
a movie theater, or cinaplex, offers
people a variety of choices, said senior
program officer Marsha Rothpan.
A Synaplex Shabbat service will


customarily involve several different
programs either simultaneously or
through Friday. evening and Saturday.
The programs are designed to give
congregants alternative ways to relate
to Judaism and spirituality, Rothpan
said.
For some synagogues, this could
mean yoga and meditation services or
a trivia-based game about the weekly
Torah portion.
Synaplex Shabbat programs are
meant to rejuvenate the traditional
service and attract members of the
Jewish community who feel their
modern lifestyles are disconnected
from ancient traditions, Rothpan said.
Dianne Kieffer, program director
at Temple Beth Zion, a member of
Synaplex in Royal Palm Beach, Fla.,
said attendance always at least doubles
at her synagogue's Synaplex Shabbat
services.
The idea of addressing changing
societal interests is a very Jewish
concept, Kieffer said.
One program Kieffer helped
organize as a part of Synaplex was a
Shabbat service done entirely in English


but sung -in traditional Ashkenazi,
European-Jewish, melodies.
"Sometimes hearing the Hebrew
words in a siddur just don't hit you,"
she said. "But, if you shake up your
routine a bit and maybe come back
to those words, you may hear it
differently, experience it differently."
Kieffer said one of the best changes
to Temple Beth Zion's congregation is
increased participation and interest
from younger Jews in the community.
Synagogues that participate in
STAR's Synaplex initiative also benefit
from the connections with the more
than 190 cross-denominational
congregations, she said.
Synaplex allows activity directors
across the country and in Canada to
share ideas about what programs work
to invigorate members and increase
membership, so planning for Shabbat
becomes more effective.
"The concept is having multiple
choices," Kieffer said. "Not everyone
relates to religion in the same way,
and they shouldn't have to. We can't
let synagogue become just a place to
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The SHPiEL: Volume 6, Issue 1


New York City's Zionest:

An interview with Kitat Konenut New York


BY ELAINE WILSON
SHPiEL staff writer

'group of well-trained, armed Jews waving
a banner of anti-terrorism gives a somewhat
controversial impression. Yet, members of Kitat
Konenut, which means "readiness team" in
Hebrew, said they are not looking to do much
more than ensure community safety.
This American Zionist group is modeled
after Israel's rapid-response teams in the West
Bank, which are often the first to arrive after
terrorist attacks and other emergencies. Scott
Brown, the head of Kitat Konenut New York, or
KKNY, talked to The SHPiEL about defending
Judaism in the streets of New York City.
Why the need for a Jewish accessory to
regular law enforcement?
According to Brown, "It's not really an
accessory force, and [Kitat Konenut] happens
to be Jewish because I am Jewish and I live
in a Jewish neighborhood, but it should and
would and could work throughout the entire
United States. What I'd like to propose is that
if everyone were trained in search and rescue,
firearms and safety and police tactics, an
individual could protect himself and his block.
We're trying to recruit ex-military and people
who are retired, not 18 year olds looking to
carry guns."
Brown further emphasized that KKNY is not
an action-hungry Semitic S.W.A.T. team.
"I really want my members to also be
members of groups like Hatzolah, the Jewish
amateur ambulance squad. New York City
ambulances are something close to between 8
and 10 minutes to respond and [Hatzolah] has a
3-minute response time. I myself am an EMT. If
Sone of [my] children falls down on Sabbath and
cuts himself on the face, there's a lot of blood,
but I know it's not fatal. If you have these skills
you don't have to call 911 or break the Sabbath
either. It's doing something immediately to
deal with the situation. We focus on the safety
of individual people and individual families.
My organization is not a gang or squad, it's
about any community protecting itself."
For a group of Zionists, the thought of a
comparable Islamic paramilitary group may
seem like a sticky subject, but when asked how


KKNY would regard a Muslim counterpart, Brown
offered that it wouldn't be any different.
"The truth is again it doesn't matter. If
I'm going to use firearms what's stopping the
Muslims? If their goal was to go out and take
care of things when shit hit the fan, that's fine.
If they go out and buy one gun and take care of
their communities I have no problem with it."
Even so, Kitat Konenut's anti-terrorist stance
is still very strong. Brown discussed how his
feelings about Israeli-Arab relations played into
the group's outlook.
"The people living in this country are
obviously living the good life. They're very
noble people. It's just the single, radical
individuals. I'm asking that people take these
classes and understand the radical Muslim
mindset."
Belonging to Kitat Konenut requires a
weeklong training camp that involves weapon
training and religious studies. The camp even
includes guidance in Krav Maga, a self-defense
technique created in Israel. Although the camp
includes Shabbat services and an emphasis on
Judaism, Brown said the course is open to non-
Jews.
"We're not trying to push religion here. The
classes aren't mandatory," Brown said.
KKNY insists that members are means to
legal and conventional ends.
"The FBI can't investigate somebody unless
there's suspicion of a crime. If you can show
them evidence, you get the information to the
proper authorities."
Brown admits his ultimate goal is "someone
in the federal government will bite on this
concept, and we'll have enough people to
augment the FBI and other federal agencies. The
firearms part is just the absolute last resort."
Kitat Konenut believes in a rather universal
application of their practices.
"The cities should give more license for
people to go out and get trained; not pay for it,
but do what they do with security guards. They
are licensed and have background knowledge."
Brown admitted he didn't feel too certain
that the philosophy of Kitat Konenut will spread
to a federal level, at least not anytime soon.
Still, he advocates the training of common
individuals and vigilance.


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