WWW.HERITAGEFL.COM YEAR 43, NO. 26 MARCH 1, 2019 24 ADAR I, 5779 ORLANDO, FLORIDA SINGLE COPY 75 Editorials ..................................... 4A Op-Ed .......................................... 5A Calendar ...................................... 6A Scene Around ............................. 9A Synagogue Directory ................ 11A News Briefs ............................... 13A Alan Ginsburg On Monday, Feb. 25, the Holocaust Memorial Resource & Education Center publicly launched its campaign to raise funds for a new museum in Downtown Orlando, an nouncing it has already garnered $10 million in gifts. Local benefactors who have made significant contribu Jim Pugh $10m raised for new Holocaust museum in Orlando tions include the Ginsburg Family Foundation with $4 million, hotelier Harris Rosen with $1 million, longtime Central Florida philanthro pists Jim and Alexis Pugh with $1 million and community leaders Jim and Valeria Sha piro with $1 million. The announcement of the capital campaign follows the Centers presentation Mon day, Feb. 18, to the Orange County Tourist Development Tax Application Review Com mittee (ARC), seeking an ad ditional $10 million in tourist development tax dollars. Located in the nations number one tourist destina tion with a record-setting 72 million annual visitors, a museum of this caliber will provide a world-class venue that ensures the Holocaust is understood and forever remembered, said Harris Rosen, whose hotels have hosted the groups annual Dinner of Tribute since 1991. The dream for a new mu seum came closer to reality just a year ago, when Mayor Buddy Dyer and the City of Orlando offered to lease the site of the former Chamber of Commerce Building and adjacent Senator Beth John son Park to the Holocaust Center for $1 per year. Plans are for the Holocaust Center to move from its current Maitland location in 2023. The Center will be renamed the Holocaust Museum for Hope & Humanity. Early donations form a sizable amount of the $35 million needed to fund renovations and expansion of the old Chamber build ing, create new permanent exhibits and add $5 million to its endowment for ongoing programs. The new museum is ex pected to draw 150,000 visi tors annually and contribute millions in economic impact to Central Florida. Spearheading the fund raising effort, as he did for the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts, is long time Holocaust Center board member, Jim Pugh. I am wholeheartedly committed to ensuring future generations have an understanding of the Holocaust, said Pugh. I ex Standing in front of the Mitzvah Cards are Lauren Saslov (l) and Dani Kraut. By Gabrielle Edrich First person Earlier this month, I and a few other Stoneman Douglas graduates, had a meeting at Chabad at UCF. As we knew that the first anniversary of the Stoneman Douglas shooting was coming up and that Feb. 14 would be a difficult day for many, we wanted to create an event that would not only spread positivity and growth, but that would also bring the community together. Within minutes, we thought of a great idea: Lets give students the opportunity to do mitzvotgood deeds. We came up with several meaningful mitzvot that people could perform, and let the students choose which good deeds they would like to do. This is how The Stoneman Douglas Mitzvah Marathon came about. On Feb. 14, Chabad set up a tent in front of the Student Union, the heart of the UCF campus. The tent featured stacks of Mitzvah Cards in memory of the 17 victims. Each Mitzvah Card listed nine different mitzvot that anyone could perform such as lighting Shabbat candles, gifting flowers to a friend, or do nating food items to our universitys food pantry. Each time someone checked off a mitzvah that they committed to perform, a Mitzvah Card was pinned to a string around the tent so that people could see how many good deeds were being done. When I came by the tent after my class, I was so excited to see more than 50 cards on the string. At Chabads Shabbat dinner that Friday eve, the Mitzvah Cards were displayed on the wall, and all I could do was smile at the amount of love and sup port that the UCF community had offered in commemoration of this tragic event. A mitzvah marathon in remembrance The SpaceX 9 lifting off as seen on TV Channel 9. By Christine DeSouza At exactly 8:45 p.m. EST a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket lifted off the Florida coast at Cape Canaveral carrying the SpaceIL Lunar Lander, named Beresheet. The night launch was easily seen from Altamonte Springs as it rose into the atmosphere. In Israel, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu watched the lift off with his wife, Sarah, South African philanthropist Morris Kahn and a host of others at the Yehud Command Center. At 9:25 p.m. EST, Beresheet separated from the Falcon 9 rocket, deployed its landing legs and headed for the moon under its own power. It will take the spacecraft seven weeks to reach the moon. Landing date is set for April 11. For related story, see page 16A. We have lift off! to leave the country because I didnt have any means to ap ply for college because I was undocumented. Shortly before, though, President Barack Obama instituted Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, a policy that allowed undocumented immigrants who had come as children, like Boloa, to stay in the United States. DACA recipients can get drivers licenses, attend school and work. So Boloa was able not only to go to college, but rise to the top. He is now the student government president at the University of Central Florida, the biggest undergraduate program in the country, with more than 50,000 students. The Student Government Association there manages a budget of nearly $19 million. Ive always had a passion for servant-leadership and problem solving, he said. I figured that in SGA, thats really what you do: You lead a group of fellow classmates not with authority, but more with vision, which was nice. And ultimately you get to solve issues for students. Sitting at the UCF library, Boloa looks and sounds like any student. The campus is buzzing with students at 9 p.m. on a balmy night in Feb ruary. Many are wearing the school colors, black and gold, while displaying their pride in the Knights elite football team. The library is crowded and not that quietthat is to say, like a normal college library. Boloas social media feeds feature plenty of photos of him looking official at Ben Sales Josh Boloa, pictured sit ting in his campus library, is the president of the Student Government Association at the University of Central Florida. Meet the Jewish DACA UCF student By Ben Sales ORLANDO (JTA)Hes not just a student at the University of Central Florida, he is the student president. Growing up, Josh Boloa was just like a lot of kids in South Florida: He was a Latino immigrant, from Ecuador, in an area with a lot of Latino immigrants. He was a Jew ish kid in an area with many Jews. He was a soccer player in a place where plenty of kids played soccer. Then he tried to get his drivers permit. Boloa had an inkling a year earlier that his immigra tion status was complicated. Before he turned 15, his par ents explained the issue: He was an undocumented im migrant. A week before my birthday, I asked my parents to get it and they again said I cant, he said about the permit. So then they started explaining more in depth my status and saying what I can and cant do. Then, the following year, we were thinking I would have DACA on page 14A Museum on page 14A
PAGE 2A HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, MARCH 1, 2019 Join with other Jewish women from Orlando for a special Ladies Night Out on Monday, March 4, 7:15 p.m. Enjoy refreshments and fine wines, guest speaker Sigy Laredo in Montreal, explore your Jewish identity as you hear about the message from Queen Esther and the Purim story and how they resonate with Jewish women today. Also prepare Mishloach Manot for the residents of assistedliving facilities visited by the Jewish Pavilion. This event, hosted by Gesher South Orlando and Mkva USA, will be held at the Orlando Torah Center, 8613 Banyan Blvd., Orlando. For ladies for whom He brew is a more comfortable language, the Ladies Night Out will also be held in He brew on Tuesday, March 5 in a home in the Dr. Phillips area. Please email Elisheva at elishevaRennert@gmail. com for the location address. This even is hosted by the Orlando Torah Academy, Orlando Torah Center and MikvaUSA. Tickets are $25 at the door, $18 in advance. For more information, visit https://gesherladiesnight. eventbrite.com. A gathering of ladies (two nights!) for mitzvos By Christine DeSouza Actor Hal Linden (of Barny Miller fame) has never been to Orlando, but he has been all up and down the east coast of Florida as the national spokesman for the Jewish National Fund, a position he has held since 1997. He came into the world with a father who was a Zionist before World War I. He remembers always putting nickels and dimes into the JNF Blue Box as a kid, but didnt really grasp his fathers passion at that time. He also stars in the film The Samuel Project, which opens today in Regal theaters in Central Florida. Linden spoke with Heritage about the film and his role as JNF spokesman. The Samuel Project has a three-dimensional storyline. Its the story of a 17-year-old boy who hopes to win a scholarship to an art school by creating an animated video about his grandfathers past surviv ing the Holocaust. Reluc tant at first, the grandfa ther, Samuel (played by Linden), agrees to tell his story when his grandson, Eli (Ryan Ochoa), proposes to work for free in his drycleaning shop. It is a common reac tion, Linden said of Holo caust survivors not talking about their past. Its diffi cult to talk about it. Lives are contextual. The now is determined by the then. We are always effected by then, whether we like it or not. Linden will tell you that The Samuel Project isnt really a Holocaust movie. It started as a Holocaust film, but we have enough of those and it is not the point of the picture. It really is a relationship movie. Art is the vessel for the family to come together, he said. A seasoned actor and musicianhe won three Emmys for his lead role in the 1970s television hit Barney Miller, a Tony award for his Broadway performance in The Roth childs, and toured with big bands during the 1950s Linden had the opportunity to work with director Marc Fusco on the script, more than any project he has been with, he said. We re alized the story isnt about Samuel, as it started out. Its the story of Eli. He is the star and central char acter to the project. From Lindens perspective, The Samuel Project is about Eli creating an animated short story, which just so happens to be about his grandfather surviving the Holocaust. Lindens parents were immigrants from Europe in the early 1900s. His father came from Lithuania as a teen, his mothers family came from Belarus when she was an infant. Linden grew up in the Bronx where he had many Italian and Irish friends. At that time, he said he had no need for Hal Linden as Samuel in The Samuel Project. Talking with Hal Linden about JNF, The Samuel Project and life movie, this is the art project of a 17-year-old, not a profes sional artist. The director showed great restraint to remember that aspect and kept it in the perspective of the young boy. Linden is right, the final animated project is a bit juvenile. However The Samuel Project video still captured my heart. Back to Lindens role with JNF. He leads tours for those 50+ every year to Israel (not as much climb ing, he said)the next one is in November. As for his passion for Israel, he asked his wife, Francis (who is not Jewish), what she wanted for their 50 th wedding an niversary. She said, I want our grandchildren to see your passion, he said. Through JNF, Lindens family of 19their kids, their grandkids and one mother-in-lawtraveled throughout Israel for 10 days. Wed spend one day do ing fun stuff, then a day doing something serious like reading history in Yad Vashem. He continued, Its in teresting, my 11-year-old grandson read the Who is a Jew in Yad Vashem. He read that Jews have brown eyes. He has brown eyes and he was taken by that. He came home and said he wanted to be bar mitzvahed, and since then two others have been bar and bat mitzvahed. Also while in Israel, his family dedicated a reservoir to his parents through JNF. Oh! One more thing. Hal Linden will be in Central Florida at The Villages on March 12, starring with Barbara Eden in the play Love Letters, the late A.R. Gurneys most fa mous Broadway produc tion. Show times are 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. at The Sharon Performing Arts Center, 1051 Main Street, The Vil lages. Tickets for the show or the Meet and Greet can be purchased at https:// thesharon.com/events. For The Samuel Project show times, visit www.reg movies.com/theatres. For information about the Linden trips to Israel, visit www.jnf.org Pictured from Purim 2018 are volunteers extraordinaire Michele and Wayne Bilsky at Cascade Heights in Longwood. Its time for Purim with the Jewish Pavilion! Everyone in the commu nity is welcome to attend the Jewish Pavilion Purim parties. For more information, please call 407-678-9363. Here is the Purim schedule by program director Judy Appleton March 8 @ noon Allegro Senior Living March 8 @ 3 pm Mayflower (Upstairs, Country Kitchen) March 8 @ 4:15 pm West minster Winter Park March 12 @ 3 pm Palmetto Landing (formerly Brookdale Tuskawilla) March 14 @ 10:30 am En core at Avalon Park Julie Levitt 3 0 The F amily Gourmet Feast rrf nftrb fntb n bbbb n rbbbr n bbb n r fbbb bbbrbbtr ff t Combo Price $4 999 r Give a littleTENDERNESSbbrbbbrtbbbbtbbbtrbn btbbtbbbbbbbb bbtbbttbbtbbtr bttbtbbbrtbbttbbbrtbbbbrt btttbbtfbbbrt nFREE n March 8 @12noon Grand Villa (no entertainment... just play and sing songs) March 10 @1:15pm Brook dale Lake Orienta (entertain ment TBD) March 19 @3:30 Life Care (Penny entertaining) March 21 @10am Savannah Court (JAO Kindergartners performing) Penny Goldstein DAgostino Monday, March 18th Merrill Gardens at Solivita @ 11am Windsor Celebration @ 2 pm Walter Goldstein Susan Bernstein March 1 @ 1:30 pm Brook daleSusan March 8 @ 3 pm Village on the GreenGary March 15 @ 1:30 pm Way man PlaceSusan March 15 @ 3 pm Siena/ Oakmonte VillageRandi/ Susan March 18 @ 3:30 pm Ser enades by SonotaSusan/ Nancy Price March 19 @11am Long wood HealthCareSusan/ Melanie/ Lila March 19 @ 3:30 pm Opis Island LakeSusan March 22 @ 4 pm Cascades Heights-Stephen March 22 @ 4 pm AtriaJudy Suberman March 22 @ 4 pm Cordova/ Oakmonte VillageSusan March 22 @ 5 pm Valencia/ Oakmonte VillageSusan another country. Until after WWII. What turned the cor ner for me was the way the British acted after the war. They closed off access to Palestine and didnt let the displaced persons into Israel. They shipped them to Cyprus. In the film Samuel de scribes himself as a DP displaced person. He had been a child who survived the Holocaust through the loving kindness of a young woman who found him, but he lost his entire family. He explains to Eli what a DP is. As the storyline in the film progresses, viewers see how disconnected this three generation (grandfa ther, father and son) family is and how through Elis art project the family comes to gether, as each sees whats important in life. As the film progressed, I kept hoping to see a glimpse of this art project, how Eli interpreted through anima tion his grandfathers story. It isnt until the end that we see the completed project. I mentioned this to Lin den who told me that he didnt see the completed art project either until he saw it in the completed movie. When you are acting, you only see the parts that you are working on, he explained. So, he saw it as I saw it, and he was impressed. You have to remember though, he shared, in the
HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, MARCH 1, 2019 PAGE 3A By Israel Kasnett (JNS)When anti-Israel organization Combatants for Peace announced recently that it would protest Israels alleged annexation of Area Cthe Israeli-controlled part of Judea and Samaria the Sovereignty Movement, an offshoot of Women in Green and headed by Yehudit Katsover and Nadia Matar, immediately responded to the provocation. They mobilized a large group of people to attend a lecture by veteran journalist and Knesset candidate Caro line Glick, of the New Right Party, at the Oz veGaon nature reserve in Judea, outside of Gush Etzion, to prevent the continuing Arab takeover of Area C. Katsover and Matar told JNS, If we had sovereignty in Judea and Samaria, these types of incidents would not happen. Glick said it was shocking that, after four-and-a-half years of Zionist education and tourism work done at Oz veGaon, there are still groups working to expel Jews from their own land. Shortly after the announce ment by the Sovereignty Movement, the Israel Defense Forces declared the entire area a closed military zone in order to prevent the anti-Israel activists from entering. Oz veGaon is a nature pre serve in the heart of Judea, established in the summer of 2014 by Women in Green in reaction to the murder by Arab terrorists of three teenage boys: Gilad Shaer, 16; Eyal Yifrach, 19; and Naftali Fraenkel, 16. Combatants for Peace falsely claimed that a new access road was opened to Oz VeGaon on the lands of the nearby Palestinian village of Beit Ummar. Organizers called on activists to plant trees on the access road together with the village residents, with the objective of perpetuating the owner ship of the village residents over the lands and the right to cultivate them. The anti-Israel organiza tion called on the activists to express nonviolent op position to the daily, creeping annexation of Area C. In a message sent to fol lowers, the Sovereignty Move ment wrote: The new access road to the outpost as defined by the provocateurs who plan to come on Friday, is not a road, is not new and is not on the land of Beit Omar vil lage. This is an escape route on state lands... that we were forced to open after Arabs ... threw a Molotov cocktail at the preserve... It is this path that has so enraged the Arabs and the Jews of the Combatants for Peace. Katsover and Matar ex plained that the land of Oz veGaon is approximately 300 dunams [about 74 acres]. It is state land zoned for the Gershon Elinson/Flash90 Journalist and New Right party candidate Caroline Glick, speaks at the Oz VeGaon reserve in Gush Etzion, on February 8, 2019. Sovereignty Movement stands up to anti-Israel activists construction of vacation cot tages. The zoning permit was temporarily delayed in order to undergo small changes because of the security fence that was supposed to be placed there. Katsover and Matar empha sized that when Israel extends its sovereignty over Judea and Samaria, such things will not happen. It will be clear this is Israeli land. But they also emphasized that there needs to be some one who will actually imple ment this sovereigntynot only in Judea and Samaria, but also in the Galilee and the Negev. As long as there is no sovereignty in Judea and Sa maria, it gives the Arabs and the Bedouins in the Galil and the Negev the idea that they will also be able to take over Judea and Samaria, they said. Oz veGaon has withstood yet another attempt by antiIsrael provocateurs to deny its right to the land on which it is situated. As Katsover and Matar con cluded: This was a victory. By Marcy Oster (JTA)Nation of Is lam leader Louis Farra khan blamed the wicked Jews for the crisis over antiSemitism and the Womens March. The most beautiful sight that I could lay eyes on [was] when I saw, the day after Trump was elected, women from all over the world were standing in solidarity, and a black woman is the initiator of it, said Farrakhan, refer ring to Tamika Mallory, a leader of the Womens March who has lionized Farrakhan and refused to condemn his pervasive anti-Semitism. The wicked Jews want to use me to break up the womens movement, Far rakhan continued on Sunday during his address at the Nation of Islams Saviours Day conference in Chicago. It aint about Farrakhan, its about women all over the world (who) have the power to change the world. He also praised Mallorys co-organizers Linda Sarsour, a Palestinian American who has been highly critical of Israel, and Carmen Perez, who reportedly made anti-Semitic comments at Womens March planning meetings. Celebrities, activists and community leaders, Jew ish and non-Jewish, have distanced themselves from the march and called on the national organizers to step down over claims that they have not done enough to disavow anti-Semitism. During his four-hour key note address, Farrakhan returned to anti-Semitic tropes and bashed Israel, saying Jews dont let blacks use the term holocaust to describe the slave trade and he criticized Jews for believing that the suffering of six million Jews is worth 7 billion human beings. He explained that Moses taught the Jews tricknology, that the Jewish scholars came up with the Talmud, and that Talmudic Jews are culprits who see themselves as gods. As reported by the Jewish News Service, he claimed that sharecropping and the enslavement of blacks are justified by the Talmud, and that the Jews have exploited the American people through predatory lending practices because the Talmud permits Jews to cheat non-Jews. In addition, Farrakhan said that the Federal Reserve is a family of rich Jewish people, and that things such as pedo philia, sexual perversion, rape culture, casting couches, gay marriage, abortion, sex traf ficking, prostitution, anal sex and certain sexual practices that he said are common in Hollywood can all be traced The St. Augustine Jewish Historical Society is mourn ing the Feb. 16, 2019, death of Al Vorspan, a giant in the movement for Social Justice among Reform Jews. He was 95. Vorspan was arrested here in St. Augustine, Florida along with 16 rabbis making for the largest mass arrest of rabbis in U.S. history. Although not a rabbi himself, Vorspans credentials were consider able. He was a founder of the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism and served as the longtime director of the Union for Reform Judaisms Commission on Social Action. Ultimately, Vorspan rose to be come Senior Vice-President of the Union of Reform Judaism. Early in the second week of June 1964, while the Civil Rights Act of 1964 was being filibustered in the U.S. Senate, Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. called, through his friend Rabbi Israel Dresner, for assistance in St. Augustine, asking to get as many rabbis down here as possible! Sixteen rabbis and Albert Vorspan answered the call and were ultimately arrested for disturbing the peace while praying with AfricanAmericans at the Monson Hotel on Avenida Menendez along St. Augustines bayfront on June 18, 1964. From their cell in the St. Johns County Jail, they wrote a letter explaining their ac tions, declaring We came as Jews who remember the millions of faceless people who stood quietly, watching the smoke rise from Hitlers crematoria. We came because we know that, second only to silence, the greatest danger to man is loss of faith in mans capacity to act. Rabbi David Saperstein, RACs director emeritus, in a statement issued after Vorspans death, called him one of the gdolei hador, or great ones of Jewish social justice work. A true icon, Vorspan shaped much of social justice work of the Reform Jewish Movement, ensuring it lives at the very heart of Reform Judaism, said Saperstein, who is currently a senior adviser to the Union for Re form Judaism. Beginning in 1953, he helped inspire the creation of congregational social action committees across North America, en couraging Reform Jewish synagogues to partner with their local communities in pursuit of tikkun olam, repairing the world. Saperstein said Vorspan play a pivotal role in found ing the Religious Action Center. A mentor, friend, and in spiration to all who knew him, Al Vorspan was, to many, the personification of Reform Ju daisms social justice efforts, said Saperstein. URJ President Rabbi Rick Jacobs described Vorspan as one of the towering giants of Jewish social justice. Al blazed a trail of courage and conscience that so many of us have walked, Jacobs said in a tweet. Not since the bib lical prophets Amos, Hosea, and Micah walked the earth have we been led by such an inspiring justice leader. Our Reform Movement and our world are bereft, for he cannot be replaced. The St. Augustine Jewish Historical Society is currently gathering funds to mark the site of the arrest with a plaque commemorating the actions of Al Vorspan and the sixteen Rabbis. The plaque is sched uled to be dedicated on June 18, the 55th anniversary of the arrest. Vorspan was the author of many books, well-known to Jewish students who came of age in the turbulent 1960s. Among his best known works are Justice and Judaism, Searching the Prophets for Values; Tough Choices: Jewish Perspectives on So cial Justice; and Jewish Dimensions of Social Justice: Tough Moral Choices for our Times, which provides Jew ish perspectives and moral Al Vorspan Jewish Historical Society mourns the passing of Al Vorspan policy analysis on issues ranging from abortion to capital punishment and from the Mideast peace process to religious freedom in Israel and the United States. Albert Vorspan Vorspan was born in St. Paul, Minnesota on February 12, 1924. He fought in the US Navy during World War Two. His memory inspires many in the St. Augustine to move from the complacency of the past with regard to Civil Rights to action in defense of the integrity of all human beings. He and his wife, Shirley, were married for 72 years until her death on Aug. 27, 2018. Louis Farrakhan accuses wicked Jews of many things at Nation of Islams Saviours Day conference to the Satanic influence of the Talmudic Jews. He added: The Talmud [and its] influence on the Supreme Court in the laws of this land must ultimately be challenged. There were several thou sand people in attendance at the speech, which also was livestreamed. Farrakhan was preceded by a known Holocaust denier Michael A. Hoffman II, who suggested that ancient Jew ish texts are equivalent to teachings from the church of Satan, according to the ADL. The Saviours Day is a Nation of Islam event that commemorates the birth of Wallace Fard Muhammad, the founder of the Nation of Islam. Every day that youre outside, youre exposed to dangerous, but invisible, ultraviolet (UV) sunlight. Left unprotected, prolonged exposure to UV radiation can seriously damage the eye, leading to cataracts, skin cancer around the eyelid and other eye disorders. Protecting your eyes is important to maintaining eye health now and in the future. Shield your eyes (and your familys eyes) from harmful UV rays. Wear sunglasses with maximum UV protection. For more information, visit www.thevisioncouncil.org/consumers/sunglasses. A public service message from The Vision Council. HEALTHY EYES WEAR SUNGLASSES
PAGE 4A HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, MARCH 1, 2019 THE VIEWS EXPRESSED ON THIS PAGE ARE NOT NECESSARILY THE VIEWS OF HERITAGE MANAGEMENT. CENTRAL FLORIDAS INDEPENDENT JEWISH VOICE ISSN 0199-0721 Winner of 46 Press Awards HERITAGE Florida Jewish News (ISN 0199-0721) is published weekly for $37.95 per year to Florida ad dresses ($46.95 for the rest of the U.S.) by HERITAGE Central Florida Jewish News, Inc., 207 OBrien Road, Suite 101, Fern Park, FL 32730. Periodicals postage paid at Fern Park and additional mailing offices. POSTMASTER: Send address changes and other correspondence to: HERITAGE, P.O. Box 300742, Fern Park, FL 32730. PHONE NUMBER (407) 834-8787 FAX (407) 831-0507 MAILING ADDRESS P.O. Box 300742 Fern Park, FL 32730 email: firstname.lastname@example.org Editor/Publisher Jeffrey Gaeser Editor Emeritus Associate Editor News Editor Gene Starn Kim Fischer Christine DeSouza Account Executives Kim Fischer Marci Gaeser Contributing Columnists Jim Shipley Mel Pearlman David Bornstein Ed Ziegler Production Department David Lehman Gil Dombrosky Joyce Gore Society Editor Gloria Yousha Office Manager Paulette Alfonso By Itzhak Levanon (JNS)After eight years, the Foreign Ministrys director general decided to keep Israeli embassy staff in Egypt over the weekend instead of returning them home. This was a welcome decision; the staffs permanent pres ence in Cairo allows it to develop and maintain continuous diplomatic work, as expected of any embassy. The attack on the embassy by an enraged mob in late 2011 and the staffs consequent hasty withdrawal left Israel without a build ing for its embassy, with a very minimal team in place, and diplomats who return home to Israel every weekend. As a result, Israels diplomatic mission in Egypt has taken a hit. This unacceptable reality has persisted, as stated, for eight years. And although the For eign Ministrys decision is a step in the right direction, the embassy will still only function on a semi-normal basis. Maj. Gen. (res.) Amos Gilad, an authority on Egyptian affairs, says it isnt viable to lean the countries relations on one leg (securityintelligence), and that two legs are needed to ensure stability. The current Egyptian regime, headed by President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi, doesnt hide its good relations with Israel and is fostering a positive atmosphere. This provides a window of opportunity to imple ment full-fledged, proper diplomatic relations. The Egyptian parliaments decision to extend El-Sisis term in office for many more years opens the window even further, allowing the country time to stabilize its relationship on more than just the one leg. To restore diplomatic relations to pre-2011 normalcy, Israel must quickly find a new building for its embassy and staff, including a consular services department working to encourage mutual tourism and promote Israeli interests in Egyptprecisely as the Egyptian Embassy in Tel Aviv operates. The staff has to be the same size as before, to pursue and strengthen the countries diplomatic ties. In the stormy Middle East, close relations between Israel and Egypt are vitally important. The Foreign Ministry, to be sure, always has to contend with complex challenges across the globe, but Israels relations with Egypt need to be prioritized. We must not miss this window of opportu nity or squander the current regional climate to re-establish the Israeli presence in Cairo, as it was before 2011. The Israeli-Egypt peace accord includes agreement on fully operational embassies. With El-Sisi firmly in power for a long time to come, we must move forward with determination to bring this to fruition. Itzhak Levanon is the former Israeli ambas sador to Egypt. A window of opportunity in Egypt By Yoni Ben Menachem (The Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs via JNS)According to senior figures in the Fatah movement, the Palestinian Authority and Jor dan have begun cooperation in anticipation of the announcement of the new U.S. peace plan known as the deal of the century. This new collaboration is based on under standings reached between Jordans King Abdullah and Palestinian Authority leader Mahmoud Abbas in August 2017 after the crisis of the metal detectors that were set up at the gates to the Temple Mount. King Abdullah, for his part, made a special visit to the Muqata in Ramallah and agreed with Abbas on setting up a joint committee for strategic coordination on the Mount. The first step was already taken a few days ago and is connected to the Mount. At the behest of King Abdullah, the Jordanian government Jordanian-Palestinian collaboration against the deal By Jonathan S. Tobin (JNS)Last week former Israeli foreign minister Tzipi Livni announced that she was dropping out of politics. Livni came as close to being prime minister as you can get without actually having the job more than once. But only a decade after leading her party to a firstplace finish in the 2009 Knesset election, she is finally giving up. Insiders put her down as a difficult political partner. Thats the generally accepted answer to the question of why, after being part of so many coalitions, she was left standing when the music stopped in the game of political musical chairs this year. Yet with a rsum that included a stint in the Mossad and service as a competent minister in charge of various departments, hers was an impressive career. But the explanation for her rise and fall ought to be of particular interest to American observers. If Livnis political career fizzled, its because those Israelis who stake their claim to leadership on the basis of support from liberal Americans and an ability to negotiate with Palestinians are always doomed to failure. Livni was subjected to a lot of abuse for be ing an inveterate party switcher. She began in the Likud, her familys political home. Her parents were both members of the Etzel (Irgun Zvai Leumi) and her father, Eitan Livni, served three terms in the Knesset for the Likud. He insisted that the symbol of the Irgun (a map of Israel that included the West Bank and Jordan) be engraved on his gravestone. But his daughter ultimately rejected his belief in Greater Israel and dedicated her career to trying to create a Palestinian state alongside Israel. While she ran for the Knesset for Likud, Kadima, Hatnua and the Zionist Union before finally giving up on another try under the Hatnua banner, instead of being a pure opportunist, she was always looking for a political home that could accommodate her beliefs. She seemed to be on an unstoppable path to the prime ministers office when she fol lowed then Prime Minister Ariel Sharon and Ehud Olmert out of the Likud, along with some leaders from the Labor Party into a new centrist party called Kadima. Its goal was to separate the Jewish state from the Palestinians. Their platform centered on the withdrawal from the Gaza Strip, an experi ment that ultimately most Israelis judged a failure because it wound up putting Gaza in the hands of Hamas. When Sharon was felled by a stroke in Janu ary 2006, Olmert led Kadima to victory in an election held just two months later. But his incompetent leadership during the Second Lebanon War and corruption charges that eventually sent Olmert to jail marred his prime ministership. As foreign minister, Livni split her time between efforts to force Olmert to resign and a failed attempt to hand almost all of the West Bank, as well as part of Jerusalem, to the Palestinians as part of a two-state deal backed by the George W. Bush administration. The Palestinians gave the same negative an swer to that offer that they gave to previous at tempts to make peace. But she was undaunted when, due to an unexpectedly strong showing by the parties to Likuds right, Kadima, with Livni at its head, won the most seats in the 2009 election. But Livni was unable to form a government since the majority of those elected wanted no part of a prime minister whose goal was to keep offering the Palestinians what theyd already rejected. It was during this period that Livni became Americas favorite Israeli, as magazines like Newsweek and Forbes acclaimed her as one of the worlds most important women. Livni was the toast of American Jewry, which, for the most part, infinitely preferred what they considered to be her moderation and belief in a two-state solution to Netanyahus views. Even more to the point, the Obama administration spent much of 2009 and 2010 ginning up fights with Netanyahu and plotting to either depose him in favor of Livni (as Atlantic editor and Obama whisperer Jeffrey Goldberg reported at the time) or bring her into his cabinet. The latter actually occurred after Netan yahus election victory in 2013, when Livni joined his government and was given respon sibility for negotiating with the Palestinians. But her failure in that role was primarily due to the Palestinians again refusing to negotiate in good faith, despite the efforts of the United States to skew the talks in their favor. What followed for her was another political turnabout as Livni joined forces with the Labor Party, which was renamed the Zionist Union. Four more years in the opposition ended with Labor leader Avi Gabbay gracelessly dumping Livni without prior warning in a speech while she sat next to him. When polls showed that she would fail to make the Knesset if she ran on our own, Livni gave up and withdrew from politics. Thats quite a fall after reaching so high. But while some commentators focused on how disliked she was by the leaders of the centrist and left-wing parties that she tried in vain to unite this year, the verdict on Livnis career is more of a commentary on the two-state solution than about her personality. Instead of carping about her particular qualities, those assessing her time on the stage need to see her as one more victim of a peace process that destroyed political careers in Israel and also led to greater violence. Like her or not, Livni sincerely believed Israels future depended on creating a Palestin ian state. If, despite her efforts and those of Obama and his predecessors, it didnt happen, it wasnt because of her flaws or even bad luck. Had the Palestinians been able to accept the peace she offered, she would be in Netanyahus office preparing for re-election. Instead, her descent into obscurity isnt so much the fault of bad political skills, but of a Palestinian politi cal culture built on hatred that destroys every Israeli who thinks it doesnt matter. Jonathan S. Tobin is editor in chief of JNSJewish News Syndicate. Follow him on Twitter at: @jonathans_tobin. Why the almost Israeli prime minister never made it The expanded councils first meeting, which was held in the Old City of Jerusalem, saw the participation of senior representatives of the Jordanian Wakf Ministry, who discussed ways to strengthen control of the Al-Aqsa Mosque. Who are the P.A.-connected figures who were added to the new council? The most senior representative is Adnan al-Husseini, who serves officially as the P.A.s minister for Jerusalem affairs. Also added to the council were former P.A. Health Minister Dr. Hani al-Abedin and former P.A. Economy Minister Mazen Sonkrut. Other new members include Khatam Abdel Kader, a senior Fatah figure in Jerusalem and Abbass adviser for Jerusalem affairs; Dr. Imad Faik Abu Kishk, dean of Al-Quds University and an associate of Jibril Rajoub; and Dr. Mahdi Abdel Hadi, a senior Fatah figure and head of the Passia Institute. The new Jordanian-Palestinian move is approved the expansion of the Council of the Islamic Wakf and the Holy Places in Jerusalem from 11 to 18 members. For the first time, the council, which was manned by pro-Jordanian figures, will include senior figures connected to the Palestinian Authority and Fatah, a move that Jordan has avoided since 1994. Senior elements in Fatah call Jordans agreement to the measure a his toric change aimed at enabling joint control of the mount. Jordan has special status on the mount, and the 1994 peace treaty with Israel makes it the custodian of the Jerusalem holy places. According to senior Fatah sources, the Jordanians and the Palestinians fear that Trumps Mideast peace plan seeks to transfer responsibility for the Holy Basin in eastern Jerusalem, including the Temple Mount, to joint Arab administration and to give Saudi Arabia a special status at the Al-Aqsa Mosque. To scuttle the move, the first step was taken on Feb. 14: the above-mentioned expansion of the Council of the Islamic Wakf and the Holy Places in Jerusalem. It will now include both Jordanian and Palestinian representatives, thereby establishing facts on the ground and signaling to the United States and Israel that Jordan will not relinquish its special status in Jerusalem and will cooperate with the P.A. in administering the Temple Mount. Who are the Palestinian figures in the Wakf? a clear violation of the Oslo Accords, which prohibit P.A. governmental activity in eastern Jerusalem. Israel can counteract this move, but so far no measures have been taken. At the end of the month, Trump administra tion senior adviser Jared Kushner and special envoy Jason Greenblatt are slated to visit several Arab states to promote the economic aspects of the plan, which will be announced after the Israeli elections. Abbas has already launched contacts to scuttle the new American plan. He rejected the invitation to the Warsaw Summit and went to Saudi Arabia to enlist King Salmans opposi tion to the deal of the century and demand adherence to the 2002 Arab peace initiative. The Jordanian-Palestinian collaboration on the Temple Mount issue, alongside the estab lishment by Jordan and the P.A. of the joint Islamic council to administer the Jerusalem holy places, is a move that spells danger for Israel and compromises its sovereignty in Jeru salem. Israel should act against it immediately, before the U.S. administration publicizes its new plan. Yoni Ben Menachem, a veteran Arab af fairs and diplomatic commentator for Israel Radio and Television, is a senior Middle East analyst for the Jerusalem Center. He served as Director General and Chief Editor of the Israel Broadcasting Authority. ...Livni became Americas favorite Israeli, as magazines like Newsweek and Forbes acclaimed her as one of the worlds most important women. Jordan has special status on the mount, and the 1994 peace treaty with Israel makes it the custodian of the Jerusalem holy places.
HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, MARCH 1, 2019 PAGE 5A By Meyer Habib (JNS)These are dark days for France... days that are giv ing rise to questions about the future of its Jews. For months, we have wit nessed the yellow vests popular protests. The dem onstrations, which began because of justified claims against the government, are becoming more radical from day-to-day, and sadly, along with the calls against the establishment and for social justice, we are hearing shouts we never thought we would hear in the streets of Paris in 2019. Some of the yel low vests protests are based on myths and stories that wouldnt shame The Protocols of the Elders of Zion. And not a week goes by in which French President Em manuel Macrons former work with the Rothschild Bank isnt mentioned, hinting at links between wealth, power and the Jews. According to a recent poll, almost half of the yellow vest activists believe in an inter national Zionist conspiracy. I am calling on the movement to take a look at itself and clean house. The abduction and murder of the late Ilan Halimi, the at tacks in Toulouse and at the Hyper Cacher supermarket, the murder of Sarah Halimi, who was thrown out of the window of her Paris apart ment, and Mireille Knoll, who was burned to death in her home: we are becoming used to shouts, attacks and violence. They have become routine. Universities are seeing more and more anti-Se mitic threats and graffiti. On the Internet, we are witnessing a tsunami of hatred. Just as an example, I receive dozens of death threats on a daily basis. I file complaints with the police, as is my civil duty, but without results. Is it reasonable for a member of parliament to need security just because hes a Jew? The numbers are aston ishing. Figures indicate a 74 percent rise in anti-Semitic incidents in 2018 after a 26 percent rise in 2017. Seventy-five years after the Holocaust, not much has changed. The only thing that is different is the existence of Israela true defense for all Jews in the Diaspora and a lifeinsurance policy. As a member of the French parliament and a Jew, I am worried mainly for France itself. Too many are unwilling to call a spade a spade when they talk about anti-Zionism. It doesnt matter if its the left or the extreme righthatred of Israel has become a calling card for those who hate Jews. The hypocrisy reaches new heights when we hear far-left parties defending the recent anti-Semitic incidents. These are the same parties that Anti-Semitism draped in yellow vests advocate boycotts of Israel and laud terrorists in street demonstrations. All this is happening as France boycotts the Warsaw summit, which is effectively a meeting about countering Iran. Where is the logic? How can we roll out the red carpet for a regime that espouses hatred of Jews and hatred of Israel, while at the same time condemning anti-Semitism at home? Our leaders are right to worry about the rise in anti-Semitism, but paradoxically, they are trying at all costs to normalize our relations with the Islamic Republic of Iran, a jihadist regime that unceasingly calls to wipe Israel off the map and seeks to perpetrate a second Holocaust. Meyer Habib is a French parliamentarian. By Ruthie Blum (JNS) The Israeli security cabinet decided on Sunday to put into effect a law passed in July to deduct half a billion shekels (approximately $138.2 million) from the annual tax revenues it transfers to the Palestinian Authority each year. The purpose of the legis lationlike its precursor, the Taylor Force Act, which was approved by the U.S. Congress in Mayis to coerce the P.A. to cease rewarding terror ists with hefty pay-for-slay stipends. Initially, Israeli security officials opposed cutting the funds on the grounds that doing so could endanger security cooperation between Jerusalem and Ramallah, and lead to an escalation of terrorist attacks. But after 19-year-old Ori Ansbacher was raped and murdered earlier this month by a Palestinian wannabe martyr for Allah, public pressure on the gov ernment to crack down on the P.A. caused Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to say that he would begin implementing the law to withhold funds as soon as he received the green light from the security cabinet. Which he finally did. The P.A. was quick to issue an incensed response. The Palestinian Author ity views the approval of the decision to deduct funds as a robbery of the Palestin ian peoples money and as a unilateral violation of the agreements signed between the two sides, such as the Paris agreement, P.A. chairman Mahmoud Abbass spokesman Abu Rudaina said in a state ment. This decision will have dangerous consequences on all levels. Rudaina was referring to the 1994 Protocol on Eco nomic Relations, part of the Oslo Accords, a peace treaty that the Palestinians have used since then as an excuse to wage war. Inverting reality by accus ing Israel of violating agree ments is par for the Palestin ian course, so the P.A.s cur rent outrage at being told to stop remunerating Jew-killers was to be expected. It is ironic, however, that Abbas himself not only acknowledges paying terrorists for their service, but boasts about it. In fact, when Israel passed the bill in July to withhold P.A. funds, Abbas announced: Even if we have only a penny left, we will give it to the mar tyrs, the prisoners and their families. We view the prison ers and the martyrs as planets and stars in the skies of the Palestinian struggle, and they have priority in everything. According to a report on Monday by Palestinian Media Watch (PMW), which first revealed the exorbitant sums that the P.A. spends annu ally on terrorist prisoners, released prisoners and fami lies of dead terrorists, Abbas reiterated this message in October, declaring: I say this to everyonethe salaries of our Martyrs, prisoners, and wounded are a red line They [Israel] try by all means, and exert pressure by all means, and they continue to exert: It cannot be that you will pay. And theyll even deduct our money thats in their hands. Theyll deduct from it the amount that we pay to the Martyrs. We have said that this is a red line and we will not allow [it]. From 1965 until now, this matter is sacred to us. The Martyrs and their families are sacred, [and so are] the wounded and the prisoners. We must pay all of them. If one penny remains in our hands it is for them and not for the living. As if this werent proof enough that the P.A. leader and his henchmen consider death of both Israelis and the terrorists who murder them more valuable than the lives of his people, Abbas conveyed an official message last week, through his civil affairs min ister, that if Israel deducts even one penny from the tax revenues, he will refuse to receive any money at all. Though this might sound like a peculiar, even childish, form of cutting off his nose to spite his face, it is actually a cal culated move with two aims. The first is to show the Palestinians that he is just as tough as his rival terrorist counterparts in Hamas when it comes to annihilating the Jewish state. The second is to arouse international condemnation of Israel for the financial plight of the Palestinian populace. Sadly, he is likely to have greater success with the latter than the former. Even more distressing is the fact that, with or without the funds to keep P.A. civil society afloat, the terrorists will continue to be in clover. It is a no-win situation both for Israel and any Palestinian who would prefer to earn a liv ing than die in order to do so. Ruthie Blum is an Israelbased journalist and author of To Hell in a Handbasket: Carter, Obama, and the Arab Spring. Palestinian pay-for-slay policy will go on, despite Israels new law By Stephen M. Flatow (JNS)The precise details of the forthcoming Trump administration Mideast peace plan are not yet known, but the basic principle was declared by senior adviser and presidential son-in-law Jared Kushner at last weeks Warsaw conference. Both sides will have to make compromises, he said. Kushners statement fol lows numerous similar state ments by American officials, including the president him self. In his Feb. 9, 2017 in terview with Israel Hayom, U.S. President Donald Trump said: I think that both sides will have to make significant compromises in order for achieving a peace deal to be possible. That was followed by a report in The Jerusalem Post on Feb. 20, 2018, quoting Kushner and the adminis trations other top Mideast envoy, Jason Greenblatt, saying that both sides are going to love some of [the plan] and hate some of it. And then-U.S. ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley said in a Feb. 22, 2017 speech in Chicago: The plan wont be loved by either side. And it wont be hated by either side. Lets take a closer look at what the both-sides-haveto-compromise approach means, both in principle and in practice. In principle, the idea that Israel should have to make additional compromises is outrageously unfair. Since the day the Oslo Accords were signed in 1993, all Israel has done is make compromises to appease the Palestinian Authority: Israel allowed the cre ation of an almost-sovereign P.A. regime in 40 percent of Judea-Samaria. Israel expelled all Jews from Gaza (and four Jewish communities from Samaria), leading to the establishment of a de facto Hamas state in Gaza. Every Israeli government has refrained from authoriz ing the creation of even a single new Jewish commu nity in Judea-Samaria (except for a still-planned town to house Jewish refugees from other communities). Prime Minister Netanya hu froze all Jewish construc tion in Judea-Samaria for ten months, and has repeatedly limited Jewish construction in the territories during other periods. Israel has refrained from actively challenging the P.A.s wanton violations of the accords, such as the P.A.s refusal to disarm, outlaw and extradite terrorists. In exchange for all these compromises, what has Israel received? Twenty-five years of suicide bombings, rockets and flaming kites. Twentyfive years of firebombing, stonings and lynchings. Twenty-five years of antiSemitic incitement. An entire generation of young Palestin ian Arabs raised to hate and kill Jews. Thus, the TrumpKushner-Greenblatt demand that Israel should now make additional compromises is absurdly unfair. Now lets consider what more Israeli compromises will mean in practical terms. Right now, the P.A. has total control over the cit ies in Judea-Samaria that contain 98 percent of the Arab population. Tulkarm is the third largest of those cities; Qalqilya is the fifth largest. Im singling those two out because if you look at the map, you see they are located on the far western edge of P.A. territory. They are a little more than nine miles from the Mediterranean Sea. In other words, there are just nine miles of Israel between Tulkarm and the Mediter ranean Sea. Obviously, the P.A. is never going to agree to those cit ies becoming part of Israel. Tulkarm and Qalqilya will be under Palestinian rule forever. The only question is whether that will be under the current P.A. regime, or in a full-fledged State of Palestine. We dont know exactly what Israeli compromises the Trump plan will demand. But they obviously will involve moving closer to a Palestin ian state. Because theres nothing else left on which Israel could compromise. And theres nothing else the P.A. would ever consider. Cer tainly, Trump and Kushner are not going to put forward a plan if there is zero chance the Palestinians will even consider it. All of which means that according to simple logic, Israeli compromises must involve Israel moving closer to the creation of Palestine, which will include Tulkarm and Qalqilya, and which therefore would reduce Is rael to nine miles wide at its mid-section. Thats not even as wide as Washington, D.C., or the Bronx. A country that size could be cut in two by an enemy army in a matter of minutes. Planes landing at Ben-Gurion Airport would be within range of a terrorist with a shoulder-fired rocket, stand ing inside the border of the new Palestinian state. And The Kushner compromise? Israeli mothers strolling with baby carriages in Jerusalem could be targeted by Arab snipersas they were before June 1967. Which is why American Jewish and Zionist organi zations should not be sit ting quietly on their hands, waiting to see what exactly the Trump Mideast peace plan will say. All one needs is a little logic and common sense to understand that whatever the details, the essence of Trumps plan will pose a great danger to Israel. We need to speak out now to stop the plan from being put forward at allbecause once it is unveiled, there will be a steamroller of pressure that could be impossible to stop. Stephen M. Flatow, an attorney in New Jersey, is the father of Alisa Flatow, who was murdered in an Iranian-sponsored Palestin ian terrorist attack in 1995. His book, A Fathers Story: My Fight for Justice Against Iranian Terror, has just been published.
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Our Shabbat evening service led by Rabbi and Cantor Karen Allen starts at 7pm. Socialize with our members and enjoy refreshments at the Oneg Shabbat following the service. The Rabbis Roundtable Discussion Group on Thurs day, March 14 at 11 a.m. with Rabbi and Cantor Karen Allen of Congregation Beth Sholom, will be held inside the library at the Sumter County Administration and Library Building (with the golden dome) at 7375 Powell Rd. (near Pinellas Plaza and 466A), Wildwood. The Rabbis Roundtable series explores the current Torah Portion and how it affects our daily lives. The roundtable provides a unique opportunity to talk with the rabbi as she leads an informal and interactive discussion focusing on top ics of contemporary Jewish interest. Shabbat Morning Service on Saturday, March 23 at 10 a.m. is led by Rabbi and Can tor Karen Allen. Socialize with our members and enjoy refreshments at the Kiddush following the service. Celebrate Passover with Congregation Beth Sholom. The public is invited to attend our second night Seder, led by Rabbi and Cantor Karen Allen, on Saturday, April 20th. A traditional Kosher Seder dinner will be served. The reservation form is avail able on our website: http:// bethsholomflorida.org For more information call Burt Kraft at 352-513-3517. The synagogue is located at 315 North 13th St. in Leesburg, with the entrance on Center Street. More in formation is available on the synagogue website: http:// bethsholomflorida.org/ or by calling the synagogue at 352-326-3692. Congregation Beth Sholom March schedule MORNING AND EVENING MINYANS (Call synagogue to confirm time.) Chabad of South OrlandoMonday Friday, 8 a.m. and 10 minutes before sunset; Saturday, 9:30 a.m.; Sunday, 8:15 a.m., 407-354-3660. Congregation Ahavas YisraelMonday Friday, 7:30 a.m.; Saturday, 9:30 a.m.; Sunday, 9 a.m., 407-644-2500. Congregation Chabad Lubavitch of Greater DaytonaMonday, 8 a.m.; Thursday, 8 a.m., 904672-9300. Congregation Ohev ShalomSunday, 9 a.m., 407-298-4650. 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, MARCH 1 Ahavas YisraelKabbalat, 30 minutes before sundown. The Samuel ProjectOpening at Regal Pointe Orlando 20, Regal Oviedo Mall 22 and Regal Pavilion 14. See theater listings for times at https://thesamuelprojectmovie.com/home. SATURDAY, MARCH 2 Torah PortionVayakhel: Exodus 35:1-38:20; Haftarah, Kings II 11:17-12:17. SUNDAY, MARCH 3 COS SeniorsSpecial meeting, 2 p.m. at Congregation Ohev Shalom. Complimentary nosh. Admission $5 for COS Seniors; $8 nonmembers. Entertainment by Peter Charles. Kinneret Council on Aging8 Over 80 Dinner in Delaney Dining Room. Info: 407-425-4537, ext. 211. MONDAY, MARCH 4 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, MARCH 5 Rohr Jewish Learning InstituteSix-session course on Crime and Consequences, at Nates Shul, 1701 Markham Woods Rd, Longwood, 7:30 p.m.-9 p.m. 407-636-5994. Chabad of Altamonte Springs, at 414 Spring Valley Lane, 7:30 p.m.-9 p.m., 407-280-0535 Chabad Center of Jewish Life, at 7347 W. Sand Lake Rd, Orlando, 7 p.m.8:30 p.m., 407354-3660. Visit www.myjli.com for registration and information. WEDNESDAY, MARCH 6 Rohr Jewish Learning InstituteSix-session course on Crime and Consequences, at Nates Shul, 1701 Markham Woods Rd, Longwood, 11 a.m., 407-636-5994. Chabad of Orlando, 708 Lake Howell Road, 7:30 p.m.-9 p.m., 407-644-2500. Visit www.myjli.com for registration and information. THURSDAY, MARCH 7 AIPAC Pre-policy meetingFor those attending the AIPAC Conference and plan to lobby. 7 p.m. at the Roth Family JCC.. 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HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, MARCH 1, 2019 PAGE 7A Only one Israeli commander was killedLt. Col. Yo natan Netanyahu. They all returned to Israel. Almog shared with the gala attendees, which filled Congregation Ohev Shaloms sanctuary, that he lost his brother at age 22 during the Yom Kippur War. Later he learned that his brother had been thrown from his burning tank, yet lived seven days alone by the tank. He had been left behind and when he was found, he was already dead. This burned in Almogs soul. He learned that not only should you not leave any soldier behind, never leave the weakest behind. He was referring to someone very close to himhis son. In 1984 his child was born with brain damage. At 8 months of age he was diagnosed with autism/retardation (the doc tors words). How do you continue when your child wont be suc cessful? Almog asked. But this child, who has never said Abba or Ema taught Almog about valueslove, never to discriminate but to break down the stigma and shame. They are blood from our blood. An integral part of our people, Almog said in his soft, strong voice. Almost as if his son was speaking to him, Almog shared his sons thoughts: Im a hostage every single day of my life. You saved 106 from being hostages for one week. He continued, They are the mirror of ourselves. So, we are for the disabled and must establish the best standard of living for them. We will never forget our disabled. The evenings honorees, Fuchs and Seymour, are people of action, and just like them, Almogs words became actions. In 2003, Almog founded ALEH-Negev. He does not take a paycheck. Half of the money for the facility comes from the gov ernment, the other half from donations, of which JNF has contributed $23 million. In addition to a full staff of professionals, there are more than 200 volunteers at ALEH-Negev who help care for more than 750 children with disabilities and medi cal conditions. They receive medical, educational and rehabilitative care in ALEHs four residential facilities, lo JNF shares in the inclusion of those with special needs in Israel Roz Fuchs and Thad Seymour, Jr., holding their Tree of Life awards Marc Smith, JNF Orlando Board of Directors, moderates a conversation with Major General Doron Almog. cated on 25 acres in southern Israel. ALEH also provides rehabilitation for soldiers and more than 45,000 out patient treatments yearly. Almog encouraged the au dience to send their children and grandchildren to volun teer at Aleh-Negev when they come to Israel. It will make them better people, he said. This is not just about raising dollars. It is about creating a better society. To learn more about ALEH-Negev, visit http:// aleh.org To learn more about JNF, visit www.jnf.org. By Christine DeSouza If you thought that the Jewish National Fund only planted trees, you are way behind the times. JNF was founded in 1901 to buy and develop land for Jewish settlements well before Israel became a nation in 1948. By 2007 it owned 13 percent of the total land in Israel and the nonprofit has planted over 240 million trees. Now JNF is invested in many other ways to support the land and the people of Is rael through water solutions, research and development, education and most recently, becoming a key partner in making Israel more inclusive for adults and children with disabilities. Every year, the JNF Or lando chapter chooses two community members to receive the Tree of Life Award. This year, Rabbi Aaron Rubinger eloquently introduced honoree Roz Fuchs, who is truly dedicated to the Central Florida Jewish community. Following her acceptance speech, Tree of Life Award Gala co-chairman Joshua Brown began his introduction of honoree Thad Seymour, Jr. by say ing that when it comes to giving a speech Dont ever follow Rabbi Rubinger or Roz Fuchs. The room burst into laughter. Seymour, who is vice president for Partner ships and chief innovation officer at UCF, didnt skip a beat as he took the mic. I want to thank JNF for giving me the last half hour to talk, he joked. The keynote speaker at the JNF Tree of Life Award Gala this year was Major General Doron Almog, founder of ALEH-Negev, a rehabilita tive center in the Negev that will be home to over 200 adults with disabilities and serve 12,000 children with disabilitiesthe special needs kids. In his talk, Almog shared that one important law woven into the hearts of IDF soldiers is to never leave anyone behind. He knows this well. While in the IDF, he commanded the first force to land in Entebbe airport to rescue 106 Israeli hos tages right out from under the Ugandan armed forces noses. I was the first soldier to land, and the last to leave, he stated. Of the 106 hostages held, 102 were rescued alive. Three died in the mission and one died later in the hospital. Maitland 9001 N. 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She and her husband, Wayne, who live nearby, leave their jobs early one Friday a month and meet at Cascade Heights to lead the service, which is offered weekly with different leaders. Good Shabbos, everyone! Nice to see you all again, she said as she began the service with Shalom Aleichem, the traditional song to welcome the ministering angels of Shabbat before the formal Friday night prayers. The residents in attendance, some with family members in tow, joined in with gusto. Bilsky has been leading at Cascade Heights (formerly Brookdale Island Lake and also Chambrel) for about 4 years, at first intermittently, then monthly for the last 2 years, with Wayne joining her for at least the last year. But her association with the Jewish Pavilion began long ago and has evolved in many ways. A native New Yorker, Bilsky moved to Orlando in 1987 as a transfer student at the University of Central Florida. She moved to South Florida for a job in 2000 but returned and settled in the Markham Woods area of Longwood in 2005, with her oldest daugh ter about to become a bat mitzvah. They joined Temple Israel, which was then located near their home, and their search for a mitzvah project led them to connect with the Jewish Pavilion. Bilsky began driving her daughter around to deliver challah for the Pavilion and continued with her second daughters mitzvah project. Bilskys search for a parttime job while the family was getting settled also connected her with the Jewish Pavilion, as she worked for a short time in the office as a bookkeeper Connecting with others as a Jewish Pavilion volunteer leading the monthly Shabbat programs at Lutheran Tow ers, where she has worked as director of human resources since February 2018. At that time, Jewish Pavilion program director Walter Goldstein led them. I would go and listen to Walter sing. Hes wonderful and so uplifting, said Bilsky. When he got sick [late last summer], I just kind of slipped in there and said, OK, lets just keep going. A handful of Jewish resi dents gathered there for a Shabbat lunch of pastrami and latkes on a recent Friday, with Bilsky bringing freshly baked challah from her home, a feathery-light recipe learned from her grandmother that she makes each week and that the residents very much look forward to. Sandy, who lives in the independent living building with her husband, Dick, appreciates the opportu nity to share a Shabbat meal with other Jews. Its so nice because I dont have family here, she said. As at the Cascades Heights program, Bilsky began the short service with Shalom Aleichem, singing with her eyes locked with those of a nursing home resident named Jenny. Bilsky has strongly bonded with the 103-year-old Jenny, who grins broadly and nods her head in time as she joins in the ancient song, her eyes alight. Jenny has not been well recently and her hearing has been affected. When she can hear and shes comfort able, she tells us stories about how she grew up, said Bilsky. They share a connec tion of heritage, as Bilskys paternal great-grandparents emigrated to the U.S. from Romania at around the same time as Jenny did. Its such connections that Bilsky has made through the Jewish Pavilion that have meant the most to her. Its just the people that you meet, she said. Thats really been a blessing for me. By Josefin Dolsten (JTA)With the announce ment last month that it had picked Robert Kraft as its 2019 laureate, the Genesis Prize seemed poised for a calmer year. Last year the foundation that awards the Jewish Nobel, as its called, picked actress and director Natalie Portman as an example of someone who provides inspiration to the next gen eration of Jews through their outstanding professional achievement along with their commitment to Jewish values and the Jewish people. The selection backfired, however, when Portman refused to attend the prize ceremony in Israel because of her objections to the policies of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Netanyahu would have handed out the prize, which is given jointly by the Prime Ministers Office, The Genesis Prize Founda tion and the Jewish Agency for Israel. Portman was able to keep the honor, but the $1 million in prize money, which recipi ents are expected to donate to causes of their choice, was distributed instead by the foundation to womens em powerment programs of their choosing. Meanwhile, the year before, the prize ceremony was can celed after the 2017 winner, artist Sir Anish Kapoor, said it would be inappropriate to hold a festive ceremony in Jerusalem with the civil war in Syria raging so close by. For this years selec tion, Kraft seemed like a safer choice when the foundation an nounced its choice last month. The New England Patriots owner, who with a net worth of $6.6 billion is the 79th richest American, accord ing to Forbes, is a generous giver to Jewish causes. The 77-year-old businessman is close with Netanyahu, having attended the prime ministers 2015 speech to a joint session of Congress about his opposi tion to a nuclear deal with Iran. Kraft is close, too, with President Donald Trump, who in turn has forged a strong working relationship with Netanyahu. Kraft had previously launched the Israeli Football League and the Passport to Is rael program, which provides subsidies for students in the Boston area to travel to Israel. He and his late wife, Myra, would often take Patriots play ers to Israel in the offseason. The Genesis Prize Founda tion said at the time that Kraft was given the award for hav ing spoken out publicly and donated generously to organi zations combating prejudices, including anti-Semitism and the de-legitimization of the State of Israel, and that he would be giving the money to initiatives fighting antiSemitism, prejudice and at tempts to delegitimize Israel. But things again didnt go as the foundation wished. On Friday came news that Kraft is being charged with soliciting a prostitute in Florida, one of about 100 men charged in a human trafficking inves tigation in Martin County. The charges concern visits by Kraft to the Orchids of Asia Day Spa in the city of Jupiter, near where he keeps a home. Jupiter Police Chief Daniel Kerr told WPTV that there is video evidence of all the men who are being charged. A spokesperson for Kraft denied the allegations. We categorically deny that Mr. Kraft engaged in any il legal activity. Because it is a judicial matter, we will not be commenting further, the representative said in a state ment issued to media outlets. It was not immediately clear what would happen to this years award or the prize ceremony, which is scheduled for June. The investigation involves a number of massage parlors in Florida that, ac cording to law enforcement, were used for prostitution and human trafficking. Although Kerr said there is video evi dence of Kraft patronizing a massage parlor on two occa sions, the legal machinery could grind on for months. As of Friday afternoon, a photograph of Kraft and congratulations to him and the New England Patriots on their sixth Super Bowl win earlier this month was still the main image on the Genesis Prize Foundation home page. The Genesis Prize Founda tion did not return requests for comment by the Jewish Telegraphic Agency. The Genesis Prize was founded in 2013 by a team that included three Russian-Jew ish businessmenMikhail Fridman, Petr Aven and Ger man Khan. Past recipients include former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, violinist Yitzhak Perlman and actor Michael Douglas. Kraft prostitute scandal is another PR headache and clerical staff member in the early days when the or ganization was led by Arlene Van de Rijn and housed in the Altamonte Springs offices of co-founder Julian Meitin. As the Cascade Heights ser vice continued, Bilsky invited a resident to lead an English prayer for the congregation and another to lead a prayer for Israel. One resident read a poetic homily, I Will Never Be Lost, by Abraham Joshua Heschel. After weekly Jewish Pavilion volunteer Shirley Schoenberger led her custom ary Bim Bom to close the service, Bilsky walked among the tables and chatted with everyone as baked goods were passed around. They really are like family, Bilsky said of her friends at Cascade Heights. My grand mother passed away, and my aunt, over the last couple of years, and the residents are just so wonderful. Theyre so supportive. For her, the monthly Shabbat programs are a fulfilling way to unwind after a sometimes stressful week. Just everything goes away, she explained. I get as much, if not more, out of it than they do. She and her husband some times bring their grandson, Caleb, with them, beginning when he was just a baby. The residents have seen him grow into a toddler of 4 and will con tinue to see him as he grows up. Their four children, ages 20 to 26, have been joining in to help at holiday and other programs for years as well. Recently, Bilsky began 205 North Street Longwood, FL 32750 www.elegantprinting.net Bring in this ad and receive 18% DiscountInvitations & AnnouncementsBrochures & Booklets Forms & Letterheads Business Cards C ustom Pri nting Direct Mail Services Envelopes 407-767-7110
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When I was a kid growing up in Brooklyn, New York, if a gate (or a wall) was around a school playground, locked on weekends and too high to climb over, we dug under... not quite a tunnel but enough to get through. (Just saying) According to the Federal Bureau of Investigation ... A Jewish Telegraph Agency article highlighting data recently released by the FBI noted that hate crimes against Jews in America rose by more than a third in 2017 and accounted for 58 percent of all religion-based hate crimes. The FBI report covered jurisdictions in 49 states and the District of Columbia. The data showed that overall, hate crimes increased by 17 percent in 2017, with a total of 7,175 hate crimes reported, up from 6,121 in 2016. It noted that some of the increase over the previous year may be attributed to the fact that there was a 6 percent increase in police departments reporting their hate crimes data to the FBI. The number of hate crimes based on religion is the second highest ever, behind only 2001 in the wake of the 9/11 attacks. The report noted a 23 percent increase in religion-based hate crime in 2017 to 1,564, representing about 20 percent of all hate crimes. There was a total of 938 hate crimes committed against Jews in 2017, up from 684 in 2016. In addition, some 58 percent of all hate crimes in 2017 were based on race, including 28 percent against African-Americans. There was also a 5 percent rise in crimes directed against LGBT individuals. More that 4,000 crimes in 2017 were against people, includ ing threats, intimidation, assault and murder. More than 3,000 were crimes against property, such as vandalism, robbery, and arson. (I am heartsick to learn this.) Remembering Jewish history... On Feb. 11, 1986, NATAN SHARANSKY arrived in Israel. The former Soviet Refusnik, Israeli politician, author and human rights activist was arrested in 1977 and convicted of treason and spying for the United States. He was sentenced to thirteen years imprisonment in a Siberian forced labor camp. Admission is $5, COS Seniors; $8, nonmembers. Everyone is welcome. Following the nosh, there will be a special entertainment program featuring PETER CHARLES. Peter is a talented singer, guitarist and one-man band. He plays the good music... none of that Rap (spelled with a silent C), and also does vocal impressions. Hes not to be missed! A Jewish Pavilion Mensch... Kudos to BARRY RUBENSTEIN, also known as Uncle Barry. As a Jewish Pavilion volunteer, Barry visits several elder care communities. He is especially friendly with BILL FRIGIN at Brookdale Lake Orienta. When Barry goes to Brookdale for their monthly Shabbat service, he visits Bills room and takes his dog, Sphinxee, for a walk. Recently, Barry received a thank you note in the mail from his favorite canine. To Uncle Barry I appreciate letting me take you for a walk. Love, Sphinxee (Dogs are soooo smart...and funny!) A Shout-Out... Speaking of dogs, my dog CHLOE has a fabulous doctor, Dr. CHANTAL JONES, of the McAbee Veterinary Hospital in Winter Park. Dr. Jones is loving, car ing and on the ball when it comes to diagnosing and treating the precious animals in her care. Shes so good in fact, I WANT HER TO BE MY DOCTOR! (Woof!) Another reminder... The Roth Family JCC, Maitland, is holding a Party of 8 dinner experi ence for young adults on Saturday, March 2, from 7:30-11 p.m. Its a way to meet other young adults with The Tribes Party of 8, and ex perience some of Orlandos best restaurants. You will be matched with 7 other young adults (or 3 other couples). Just send your details on your dinner reservation. Then show up! (Att: Robby: Can I be considered a young adult?) One for the road... My cousin Moishe owned one of the biggest and fastest-growing businesses in Miami, a furniture store. I convinced him that he needed to take a trip to Italy to check out the merchandise himself and because he was still single, he could check out all the hot Italian women, and maybe get lucky. As Moishe was checking into a hotel, he struck up an acquain tance with a beautiful young lady. She only spoke Italian and he only spoke English, so neither understood a word the other spoke. He took out a pencil and a notebook and drew a picture of a taxi. She smiled, nodded her head and they went for a ride in the park. Later, he drew a picture of a table in a restaurant with a question mark and she nodded, so they went to dinner. After dinner he sketched two dancers and she was delighted. They went to several nightclubs, drank champagne, danced and had a glorious evening. It had gotten quite late when she motioned for the pencil and drew a picture of a four-poster bed. Moishe was dumbfounded, and to this day remarks to me that hes never been able to understand how she knew he was in the furniture business. (He must have been clueless.) Natan Sharansky Dr. Chantal Jones A campaign for his release waged by his wife, AVITAL, and intense diplomatic efforts and public outcries were unsuccessful until 1986, when Sharansky was released as part of an EastWest prisoner exchange. Sharansky became the first political prisoner ever released by Mikhail Gorbachev. A reminder... On Sunday, March 3, the COS Seniors will hold their next special meeting in the Congregation Ohev Shalom Synagogue, 613 Concourse Parkway South, Maitland, beginning at 2 p.m. There will be a complimentary nosh for all who attend. Maitland Chamber donates to Jewish Pavilion Congratulation to Kevin Stewart, chairman of the Maitland Chamber Health Expo on his successful event. A portion of the proceeds were generously donated to the Jewish Pavilion for their support of seniors in elder-care communities. Pictured are board members of the Maitland Chamber of Commerce presenting a check for $950 to Nancy Ludin, CEO of the Jewish Pavilion Shown here (l-r): Micheleen Raines, Patti Gutter, Mary Penn, Nancy Ludin, Kevin Stewart, Brian Weber and Scott Hall.
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Berrie, short for Beresheet, is a fictional likeness of SpaceILs 180-ki logram spacecraft that to launched to the moon on Feb. 20. Her story of defying the odds is told in The Little Spacecraft, a picture book written by StellarNova cofounder and COO Dr. Mom, aka Yael Schuster. People who have read it have fallen in love with the story in an emotional and educational way. They see Berrie and learn what were trying to teach them about the spacecraft, Schuster told JNS. Considering the plethora of knowledge that can be found through space exploration, the StellarNova team hopes the SpaceIL launch and their work can help spark interest for budding scientists across the country. Its not just aerospace, but its mechanical engineering, botany, chemistry... it touches on every part of science. I think riding on the coattails of this big launch is an oppor tunity to get kids excited about space again, said Schuster. That enthusiasm was evi dent recently on a Sunday evening in Tel Aviv, when young kids eagerly gathered to hear the story read out loud to them. With Berries vibrant blues and purples emblazoned on the childrens cheeks thanks to a face painter, they oohed and ahhed at Berries preparations for her journey that is literally out of this world. The message of dreaming big resonated with the chil dren whose ages ranged from approximately 2 to 7 years oldthe perfect age when children are not so beholden to societal expectations and are easily impressionable. We believe in showing kids that they should follow their dreams and science can be exciting. We were looking for a way to reach children and this is the age, research shows, that can really make an impact, Kfir Damari, SpaceILs co-founder said of their partnership with Stel larNova and the genesis (pun intended) of Berries story. As a mother of three boys, Schuster is dedicated to teach ing her kids that science is exciting and open to everyone. She, along with her partner Margot Stern (who has two children of her own), launched StellarNova with the idea of having children in Israel and beyond fall in love with the wonders of sciences infinite universe. For Schuster, Magic School Bus protagonist Ms. Fizzle is a personal inspiration. I definitely have a crush on Ms. Frizzle! Schuster gushed. I have earrings like Ms. Frizzle. Her enthusiasm, which made so many kids fall in love with her and science, is something Id like to share. I know shes a fictional char acter, but to me, shes real. A for-profit company, they have several product lines tar geted to children from grades three through 12. Their lesson plans, for example, which are aligned with common-core curriculum standards, have been adopted by 12 schools in Montgomery Countyan economically and racially diverse suburb outside of Washington, D.C. An allegory for the country The all-women-led start-up is a rarity in the high-tech world both in Tel Aviv and Sili con Valley, where, according to Bloomberg News, a dismal 10 percent of women have snagged leadership positions Berrie exciting! A story based on Israels launching a spacecraft to the moon in an industry that is notori ous for being an all-boys club. Why such a gender dispar ity? I think a lot of it comes down to some fundamental attitudes and biases that we have about who should be doing what jobs, Schuster says, which is why she believes the StellarNova message of science for all is critical for the next generation. This is a global problem, Stern lamented. There are many women professional groupswe are a part of a number of themand now youre seeing this movement where women are starting to speak up and go after these leadership positions. Its great that people are finally waking up. Because when you have a balanced team with women at the table, let alone multiple women, it makes a big impact. And StellarNova has made its own impact since 2016, when it won the Diamond Award in MassChallenges annual startup competition and scored NIS 300,000 in zero equity prizes. The company was selected over hundreds of others in MassChallenges highly selec tive annual competition that looks for startups striving to make a big splash in their respective fields. Our primary focus is look ing for startups that will have a serious impact, but its up to the startup to define what that impact will be, said Josh Gottesman, MassChallenges Senior Product Manager in Jerusalem. As such, StellarNovas goal of empowering children of all ages and backgrounds to reach for the stars was a natural fit for the MassChal lenge vision. Their mission is some thing we totally align with bringing more women into innovation, tech and entre preneurship, and creating positive role models for young girls and boys. The goal of the company is clear and power ful. In the long-term, who knows? Maybe they could very well be producing Saturdaymorning cartoons at a TV near you, Gottesman mused. While there are no plans for her to be a cartoon yet, Berries innovative re sourcefulness will be tested as SpaceILs spacecraft read ies itself for its launch to the moon from Cape Canaveral, Fla., on Feb. 20. Should the landing go as planned, Israel will join the elite club of only three countriesthe United States, Russia and China that have made it to the moon and back. But in many ways, Ber ries story is not just about Israels journey into space, but is an allegory for the country itself: Despite its size, it has managed to accomplish feats far beyond what anyone could have imagined. Im Jewish and made aliyah by myself, said Stern. The miracles that have hap pened in this incredible place in such a short amount of time are incredible. I continued to be awed that this is my home every day. If my small company can in any way even remotely be connected to those things, then that is very gratifying. major milestone, and it hap pened at a shiva, no less. Cyrus Goodman (Joshua Rush) is the first openly gay main character in a Disney Channel series (yes, another first!). The series had previ ouslyand sensitively handled his coming out to his best friends, first Buffy (Sofia Wylie), then Andi (at his bar mitzvahsensing a theme here?). In both instances, Cyrus spoke about having a crush on their friend Jonah Beck (Asher Angel), but he didnt actually use the word gay. At his grandmothers shiva, how ever, he regretted never telling her, so he decided it was time to come out to Jonah. At the buffet table, he was explaining all the food itemskugel, lox and so onthen simply said, Thats gefilte fish. Skip that. And Im gay. Thats the first time a char acter on a Disney Channel ever said the words. This article originally ap peared on Kveller. Disneys Andi Mack is seriously groundbreaking By Linda Buchwald If you and your tweens still arent watching the Disney Channel show Andi Mack, you must start ASAP. It deals with so many kinds of identities, including Jewish, in a way not usually seen on TV aimed at the pre-teen set. Andi Mack the first Disney Channel show to focus on an Asian-American fam ilyhas broken new ground for the channel time and again. The premise is that Andi (played by Peyton Eliza beth Lee) discovers that Bex (Lilian Bowden), the woman she thought was her sister, is really her mother, and the people she thought were her parents are her grandparents. Though the show doesnt talk about premarital sex outright, the fact that it has a character who was a teen mom already gave this series game-changer status. In its three seasons, Andi Mack has dealt with every thing from sexuality to gun safety to anxiety. A recent episode, One in a Minyan (even the episode titles are smart!), achieved another Joshua Rush (l) playing Cyrus Goodman, and Jonah Beck as Asher Angel in a scene from Andi Mack.
HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, MARCH 1, 2019 PAGE 11A OBITUARIES Orlando Weekday Morning Minyan (Conservative/Egalitarian ), services MondayFriday 7:45 a.m. (9 a.m.national holidays); 2nd floor ChapelJewish Academy of Orlando; 851 N. Maitland Ave., Maitland. For information call 407-298-4650. Celebration Jewish Congregation (R) services and holiday schedules shown at www. JewishCelebration.org ; 407-479-8377. 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 MARVIN MANDELL Submitted by the family Marvin Mandell, 92, passed away peacefully in his sleep on Friday, Feb. 15, 2019. He lived a great and healthy life that was filled with lots of love and laughter from his family and friends. He never stopped joking. Marvin was born Aug. 10, 1928. He entered the military when he was 18 years old, served for two years as a private first class with Company F 110th Infantry Regiment during WWII, and participated in the Battle of the Bulge. During his years in the Army, he received the WWII Victory Medal, the American Service Medal, the European African Middle Eastern Service Medal with two Bronze Stars and the Good Conduct Medal. After returning from the war, he moved to Florida and attended the University of Miami and earned both bachelors and masters de grees in English. He met his wife, Pat, on a blind date and they were married for almost 66 years at the time of her passing in 2015. Marvin was a teacher, guid ance counselor and principal until 1968 before moving his family to Orlando so he could join the family busi ness (Greater Construction) as a builder. In 1975, at the age of 50, he decided to go to law school and after passing the bar, practiced law until he retired. During his lifetime, he participated in many sports, including basketball, high diving, jai alai, snow skiing, racquetball and craps (to him it was a sport), but his great est passion was golf (he had 8 holes-in-one), even taking a lesson two months before he passed so he could maintain his single digit handicap. His golfing buddies nicknamed him Marvelous. Marvin is survived by his three daughters, Robin Ferr ara (Dominick), Lisa Mandell and Melanie Schreiber (Ron); as well as four grandchil drenBrooke Rosenberg (Todd), Brian Himot (Tricia), Ryan Schreiber (Shadai) and Mallory Schreiber; five greatgrandchildrenWilliam, Noah, Rex, Ellis and Theo; brother, James Mandell, MD (Valerie MD); and many nieces and nephews who adored him. He was preceded in death by his wife, Pat; brother, Lester; and sister, Gloria. All who knew him say, Hats off to you Marvelous. We were blessed to call you father, Gramps, husband, brother, uncle and friend. Graveside services and internment were held at Temple Israel Cemetery with Rabbi Arnold Siegel of Jewish Family Services officiating. In memory of Marvin Mandel, the family requests contributions to Vitas Hos pice (vitas.com) or a charity of your choice. Arrangements entrusted to Beth Shalom Memorial Chapel, 640 Lee Road, Orlan do FL 32810. 407-599-1180 www.bethshalommemorial chapel.com. BERNARD SOMMERS By Mara Beth Sommers We are mourning the passing on Jan. 25, 2019, of a beloved husband, father and zayde. Born Bernard D. Schnipper on May 9, 1928, he was predeceased by his wife of over 60 years, Arlene Sommers, on April 4, 2017. My dad was an amazing person. He was brilliant, kind, loving and giving. He had three degrees. He wanted to be an engineer but his parents wanted him to be an accountant, so he got an accounting degree. When I was a toddler, he went back to NYU and got an engineering degree. After he sold a busi ness, when I was in college, he went to the University of Florida law school. As a law yer, he was more concerned about helping people than billing them, and he did a lot of pro bono work. He gave generously and was involved in the community. He was instrumental in the building of Kinneret, low rent apart ment housing for seniors in downtown Orlando, by the Jewish Community in 1968. He was clever and creative. He could fix almost anything (usually with duct tape), and always was tinkering with things on the workbench that he kept in the garage. He was talented. He could hear a song, sit down at the piano and play it by ear. He was an avid bridge player up until the day he left us. He loved a good joke, and he had some great ones. When I was at the Mayflower taking care of his final business, so many people stopped me and told me how much they loved him and my mom. They talked about his jokes, his songs, his cute names for them, and his love of the Florida Gators. He gave great bear hugs and always gave a high five to the children he encountered. He stood by my mom and supported her in her career and other endeavors. When she was unable to go places and do things due to her back injury, he stayed by her side. He raised two successful children. He will be missed immensely and remembered lovingly. Bernard Sommers (JNS)Jordan has ex panded a council that admin isters Muslim institutions on the Temple Mount, giving Palestinians 40 percent of the seats for the first time in a body previously reserved for trusted individuals close to the monarchy of Jordanian King Abdullah Hussein. According to a report by Haaretz on Monday, the Jor danian government enlarged the Waqf religious trust to include Palestinians, who will now have a significantly larger say on the sight of two Jewish Holy Temples: the Dome of the Rock and the Al-Aqsa mosque. The seven Palestinians appointed to the council will increase the body from 11 to 18 seats, and includes reli gious and political leaders from Arab neighborhoods in eastern Jerusalem. The new members include the Palestinian Authoritys illegal governor in Jeru salem Adnan al-Husayni; P.A. official Khatem Abdel Kader; controversial Mufti of Jerusalem Muhammad Hussein; President of AlQuds University in eastern Jerusalem Imad Abu Kishek; and Sheikh Ekrima Sabri, a religious leader with ties to the ruling Turkish regime. The expanded group met on Feb. 14 on the Temple Mount near Shaar Ha Rachamim (the Gate of Mercy), which was sealed off in 2003 by Israeli security officials due to illegal con struction by the Waqf and management by individuals tied to Hamas that allegedly led to the destruction of rare and priceless antiqui ties from the time of the Temples. They subsequently entered the restricted area and prayed, without any injunction from Israeli au thorities, except for calling Waqf head Sheikh Azzam al-Khatib al-Tamimi in for questioning. The interrogation was subsequently canceled due to pressure from Jordan, according to Haaretz. On Monday, the Waqf called on Muslims to con verge on the building adja cent to Shaar HaRachamim for a mass-protest prayer rally. Several Arab men pro ceeded to kick down the gate and illegally infiltrate the building, upon which Israeli police rushed the building and arrested five people in the resulting clashes. In response, Israel closed the Temple Mount on Mon day afternoon, a move that resulted in a letter from the Jordanian foreign ministry chastising Israel, and de manding the reopening of the gate and the removal of all Israeli security per sonnel. Palestinian Authority leader Mahmoud Abbas ac cused Israeli occupation authorities of temporal and spatial division of the mosque, and said he was warning it against its continued repressive and arbitrary policies, which will only lead to repercussions and fuel the feelings of the Palestinian people. Jordanians give substantial control to Palestinians
PAGE 12A HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, MARCH 1, 2019 rff n r tb t tr b tt t f rbt rr f nnnrf AC_Logo_CMYK.epsCCC_CMYK_V.aiEKG_grid_HPage.psd 111 ppi n t n rrf f rfnf Dont let your heart quit on you. If you are living with high blood pressure, just knowing and doing the minimum isnt enough. Uncontrolled high blood pressure could lead to stroke, heart attack or death. Get yours to a healthy range before its too late. Find out how at heart.org/ BloodPressure Check. Change. Control. Dear Sam, The pressure youre putting me under is too much. I QUIT! Sincerely, Your Heart I QUIT! Sincerely, Your Heart ttrrnn By Steven J. Kessler PHILADELPHIA (JTA) During Black History Month, we recognize the historical importance of President Abra ham Lincoln as the foremost figure in the battle to abolish slavery. But even as Lincoln, whose 210th birthday we mark on Feb. 12, is widely known for his role fighting for equality, he may still be underappreciated. In fact, as a moral compass and a role model for liberty, his influ ence extends far beyond the specific events for which he is most well-known. In Lincolns time, like to day, the issue of equality was relevant to many minority groups. While Jews had been living in America for centu ries by the time of Lincolns presidency, anti-Semitism was widespread, even among the abolitionists. While the Civil War raged in late 1862, Union Gen. Ulysses S. Grant wanted to stop the trade of Southern cotton. A number of Jews were involved in the cotton trade, including some in black market activity, and on Dec. 17, Grant issued a shocking order calling for the expulsion of all Jews from a wide swath of the South. Fortunately the order had little impact because of faulty army communicationsand to President Lincoln. When Lincoln heard that Grant was attempting to banish Jews, he quickly reversed the order. To condemn a class is, to say the least, to wrong the good with the bad, Lincoln said. I do not like to hear a class or nationality con demned on account of a few sinners. To Lincoln, prejudice was abhorrent, and expelling one minority while fighting for the rights of another was unthinkable. Its noteworthy that Grant, who made the order banishing Jews from the area he commanded, regretted his actions later in life. In fact, when he served as president, Grant actively worked to promote Jewish interests in the United States and abroad, bringing Jews into the federal government at an unprecedented rate. Grant later indicated that he had issued the order without fully thinking it through, but his pro-Jewish actions later in life can perhaps be attributed in part to the moral leadership Lincoln displayed in rejecting the order. On a deeper level, Lincoln can also be seen as the man who truly deserves credit for upholding the idea that all men are created equal. While Thomas Jefferson first expressed the sentiment in the Declaration of Independence in 1776, for some 90 years the principle was selectively applied at best. But Lincoln didnt just speak this value, he practiced it. In the famous LincolnDouglas debates of 1858, Lincoln emphasized how applying exceptions to the phrase all men are created equal is a logical fallacy. If one man says it does not mean a Negro, why not another say it does not mean some other man? If that declaration is not the truth, let us get the Statute book in which we find it and tear it out! he said. The notion of limiting equality was, to Lincoln, a clear rejection of the phrases keyword: all. The message of equality that Lincoln fought for was instrumental in abolishing slavery. But it was also a major factor in shaping America into a country that held freedom as a value worth fighting for. And over the following de cades, generations of Ameri cans absorbed the values that Lincoln championed and Grant came to appreci ate: That oppression against minorities was intolerable, regardless of the minority. The fight to defeat the Axis powers in World War II is often called The Good War because of the atrocities com mitted by the Nazis and the widespread understanding that the war was a battle for justice. While its true that the America of the 1940s was far from reaching true equality, the underlying values Lincoln stood for were embedded in the hearts of American soldiers. Take the story of Leon Bass, an African-American native of Philadelphia, who served in a segregated unit during World War II. He was conflicted about being asked to risk his life for a country where he only held second-class status. But when Bass liberated the Buchenwald concentration camp with the American troops, he felt compassion for the prisoners he encountered. I began to realize, Bass later said, that human suffer ing is not relegated just to me and mine. Human suffering touches everybody. Meeting victims of Nazism transformed Leon Bass from a man who was understand ably conflicted about his situation to a leader who advocated for social justice for all oppressed people. After the war, Bass spent decades lecturing to audiences about his experiences in the war and the importance of defeating tyranny and hatred. When the Horwitz-Was serman Holocaust Memo rial Plazaa new public plaza devoted to Holocaust remembranceopened in Philadelphia several months ago, Bass story was included on its Six Pillars, which con trast themes of the Holocaust with American constitutional protections and values. Just one foot away from the pillar devoted to Leon Bass and Liberation stands another pillar, which is in scribed with the Declaration of Independences powerful statement that all men are created equal. In the 1850s and 1860s, President Lincoln served as a bridge between the Declaration and Ameri cans who fought the Nazis in the 1940s. In the 19th cen tury, Lincoln underscored the 18th-century Declarations call for equality, giving 20thcentury American soldiers the passion to fight to liberate the oppressed. While many Holocaust survivors may not have heard of President Lincoln when the war ended in 1945, there is no doubt that they benefited from the great strides he took in the cause for liberty. Lincoln may already have his place on Mount Rushmore, but we should also be sure to include him in the pantheon of global leaders who per sisted in the cause of freedom. Because if we embrace the spirit of Lincoln, we can hold out hope that government of the people, by the people, for all people, will not perish from the earth. When President Lincoln fought for the Jews By Israel Kasnett (JNS)Uri Akavia, a re searcher at Kohelet Policy Forum, recently published a new paper titled Is UNRWAs hereditary refugee status for Palestinians unique? In it, of course, he details the origins of the issue since 1948, the year Israel was established, and its ensuing state of af fairs. People have finally real ized that UNRWA [U.N. Relief and Works Agency], is a very large and important organi zation that is perpetuating a problem that should not have even existed after 70 years, he told JNS. When U.S. President Don ald Trump announced last year that he would pull $300 million in funding for UNRWA, which is in charge of resolving the Palestinian refugee problem, Jerusalems Mayor Nir Barkat realized that he now had an opportunity to kick UNRWA out of Shuafat, a Palestinian neighborhood in Jerusalem the body considers to be a refugee camp. The U.S. decision has created a rare opportunity to replace UNRWAs services with the services of the Jeru salem Municipality, he said. We are putting an end to the lie of the Palestinian refugee problem and the attempts at creating a false sovereignty within a sovereignty. For Akavia, Barkat and those who have followed the situation closely, UNRWA, tasked with resolving the Palestinian refugee problem, has only perpetuated and not solved the refugee problem. They argue, and many Israelis agree, that it has utterly failed in its mission. According to Dore Gold, president of the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs, UNRWA has so many prob lems, he told JNS. The fact is that so many of the worst Hamas terrorists were edu cated in UNRWA schools, and UNRWA was used as a place where Hamas could store its weaponry in violation of all kinds of U.N. resolutions that prohibit conversion of refugee camps to military facilities. However, Gold pointed to what he thinks is UNRWAs worst sin: The conversion of the Palestinian refugee problem to a challenge locked into perpetuity. In other words, he said, if you look at other refugee situ ationsEurope after World War IIall those refugees have been settled. Whereas, in the case of the Palestinian refugees who are taken care of by UNRWA, the numbers have only increased from about half a million in 1948 to what UNRWA claims is over 5 million today. That represents a total failure of UNRWA as a refugee organization. Other refugees around the world have been repatriated. Of the millions displaced after World War II, not one is a refugee today. The 15 million Hindus and Muslims forced to move when India and Pakistan split, are no longer refugees. Bosnian and Kosovar Muslims kicked out of Serbia are no longer refugees. Not a single one of the 850,000 Jewish refugees from Arab lands is today a refugee. So why are Palestinian refugees treated differently than other refugees? Palestinian Authority leader Mahmoud Abbas has answered this question him self. He has referred to Pales tinian refugees everywhere as guests waiting to return to their homes and has refused to allow Palestinians to be repa triated in their host countries so as not to give up their right of return. And P.A. spokesman Nabil Abu Rudeina has said, The is sue of the Palestinian refugees and their right of return is one of the issues in a permanent arrangement, and no one can make changes to it... The Palestinian leadership themselves, together with other Arab states as well as UNRWA, refuse to allow any repatriation of Palestinian refugees outside of Israel. The responsibility for a just and lasting solution for the Palestinian refugees, as per UN resolution 194, has been laid squarely on Israels shoulders, while ignoring the responsibility of the Arab states that refuse to absorb the Palestinian refugees al ready residing within their borders. According to many welldocumented statements by Palestinian and Arab leaders themselves, the Palestinian refugees have been used as pawns and a weapon in the fight against Israel. In addition, the automatic majority against Israel at the UN has ensured that UNRWA retains the sole responsibility for Palestinian refugees and that the body helps perpetuate the problem. In his report, Akavia ex plains that there are two sepa rate U.N. agencies in charge of aiding refugees: the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and UNRWA. UNHCR is respon sible for all refugees except the Palestinians, who fall within UNRWAs exclusive jurisdiction. A political actor aimed at perpetuating the problem Akavia compared UNRWAs methods of classification with that of UNHCR to demon strate how the formers meth ods perpetuate the problem. There is only one case in the world of a refugee problem that has lasted over 70 years so far. And there is only one case in the world where the sons and grandsons of a refugee automatically are recognized as a refugee, even if he is a Jordanian citizen, he said. However, Akavia explained that there are indeed cases in which the UNHCR recognizes the children of refugees, but only when the children are de pendent on their parents and need support. This is called derivative refugee status and, according to Akavia, is a fair thing to do. What UNHCR doesnt do, Akavia emphasized, is allow for other family members to acquire this derivative refugee status. So if a representative of UNRWA tells you they arent the only ones recognizing children of refugees, he is telling the truth, said Akavia. But he is also misleading you because UNHCR recognizes only those who really are in need, that have a humanitar ian problem and they dont recognize them after the age of 18. UNRWA, meanwhile, recognizes them automati cally for second generation, third generation and so forth. Akavia pointed out other key differences in his report between the two organiza tions and the clear bias to wards Palestinian refugees. UNHCR does not define as refugees people who acquired new citizenship. The Refugee Convention of 1951 has a ces sation clause, which clearly says that a person ceases to be a refugee if he acquires a new citizenship. UNRWA acts differently: More than 2 mil lion Palestine refugees hold Jordanian citizenship. According to Akavia, as per the rules applied by UNHCR, most of the Palestinians are not refugees. UNRWAs claim that their policy is identical to UNHCRs is a lie and shows that they are not a neutral humanitarian organization, but rather a political actor aimed at perpetuating the Palestinian refugee problem. So is UNRWAs hereditary refugee status for Palestinians unique? The answer is yes, replied Akavia. He believes that today the atmosphere has changed, and people are more aware of the issue. We really have an opportunity to change some thing, he said. The fact is that refugee organizations are supposed to reduce the scale of refugee problems, and in the case of UNRWA, they have only increased, said Gold. As long as UNRWA is making the refugee problem worse, some fundamental thinking has to be done about the future of that organization. New report highlights how UN gives singular treatment to Palestinian refugees
HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, MARCH 1, 2019 PAGE 13A Weekly roundup of world briefs Thousands protest antiSemitism in marches across France By Josefin Dolsten (JTA)Thousands partici pated Tuesday in demonstra tions against anti-Semitism across France. Protesters took to the streets in some 70 marches only hours after nearly 100 gravestones at a Jewish cem etery in the eastern French village of Quatzenheim were discovered vandalized with swastikas. Some protesters held posters saying Thats Enough. Whoever did this is not worthy of the French republic and will be punished, Presi dent Emmanuel Macron said at a visit to the vandalized cemetery on Tuesday. The marches follow a wave of anti-Semitic incidents in Paris, spurring 14 political parties to urge a protest rally in response. Interior Minister Christophe Castaner said last week that anti-Jewish acts rose by 74 percent in 2018 over the previous year. Last Monday, a tree planted in memory of Ilan Halimi, a young Jewish man tortured to death in 2006, was cut down, and earlier this month antiSemitic epithets were painted around the city, including on a local bagel shop. France is home to some 550,000 Jews, the largest Jewish community in Europe. KFC set to relaunch in Israel By Marcy Oster JERUSALEM (JTA)The American fast food chain KFC is recruiting staff ahead of a planned reopening in Israel, the business daily Globes reported. The company announced six months ago that it would relaunch in Israel for the fourth time. Kentucky Fried Chicken opened and closed in Israel in the 1980s and the 90s, and then remained open between 2003 and 2012. In KFCs last incarnation in Israel, franchise owner Udi Shamais eight loca tions went kosher after the company allowed him to switch the milk powder in the crispy coating to soy and to use kosher-killed chickens instead of those provided by the company. The moment we switched to kosher, sales began to plunge and it was no longer economically viable. The product was less good, where as things had gone fine with un-kosher chickens, Shamai told Globes. KFC has 45,000 outlets in over 135 countries. It has six outlets in three West Bank Palestinian cities. Man shot by air rifle outside Paris-area syna gogue By Cnaan Liphshiz (JTA)French police ar rested two teenagers in a suburb of Paris on suspicion that they wounded a person while firing an air rifle at a synagogue on Shabbat. The two teenagers, who were being investigated as suspects in an anti-Semitic hate crime for the incident, lightly wounded a passerby near the synagogue of Sar celles on Friday by shooting a lead projectile into his calf, the AFP news agency reported Tuesday. The two alleged shooters are ages 15 and 16, the Le Parisien newspaper reported. They had staked out the synagogue from a balcony overlooking the building on Friday night, as worshipers began to gather there. Mose Kahloun, the presi dent of the Jewish community of Sarcelles, said he does not believe the attack was antiSemitic. This is not an antiSemitic attack, just kids who shot at random. Pro-BDS Tlaib uses Israeli web-development platform for campaign website (JNS)Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.), a supporter of the anti-Israel BDS movement, just so happens to have used the Israeli web-develop ment platform Wix to create her campaign website. I personally support the BDS movement, said Tlaib in December,following the lead of Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.). Democratic Majority for Israel applauded Tlaib for utilizing a product from a country she seeks to boycott. We congratulate Con gresswoman Tlaib for her decision to use the best products she can find, instead of discriminating against Israel in way that increases hostility, thereby making peace between Israelis and Palestinians more difficult to achieve, said the groups president, Mark Mellman. We need to foster economic cooperation between Israelis and Palestinians instead of encouraging boycotts. We hope Congresswoman Tlaibs use of Israeli products indi cates she has changed her mind on boycotting Israel. Tlaibs office nor Vanguard Public Affairs, which designed the website, immediately responded to a request for comment. Kinneret reaches best water levels in two years and rising (JNS)Despite dour sum mer predictions by Israeli weather experts that Israel would suffer a sixth year of insufficient rainfall and an ecological disaster at the Sea of Galilee, officials are now announcing that the water level in the Kinneret would rise above the lower red line for the first time in two years, easing restrictions on pumping from Israels largest natural freshwater source. A particularly rainy winter has raised the level of the Kinneret by nearly 4.9 feeta relief given that it dropped by 4.1 feet during the summer of 2018, leaving the critical water source just 7.5 inches from the black line, below which the Kinneret would become impotable. Water Authority officials reported that the waterline is expected to rise above the lower red line by the begin ning of March, and noted that this years heavy snowfall on the Hermon is also expected to raise the water level by dozens of centimeters. The Kinneret waterline decreases between 0.5 centi meters and 1 centimeter daily during the summer due to water evaporation. Former Iraqi prime minister: Zionist Jews brought us ISIS, terror ism, sectarianism (MEMRI)Former Prime Minister of Iraq Nouri AlMaliki said in a meeting with educators that aired on Afaq TV (Iraq) on Feb. 12, 2019 that Iraqi society is under a dangerous attack in the form of moral depravity that is tak ing place in the universities and elsewhere. He said that this is a result of a plot by the Zionist Jews. He further said that they brought ISIS, terrorism and sectarianism to Iraq in an attempt to bring down Iraqi society. Following are excerpts: Nouri Al-Maliki: Let me tell you in all honesty: Our Iraqi society is under a danger ous attack. We hear certain information about cases of moral depravity at the univer sities and elsewhere. Instead of becoming schools for the leaders of the future, they have become agents of destruction. This is all the result of plots... The Zionist Jews head those who plot to bring Iraqi society down. [...] They are exerting efforts to thwart everything we have achieved in Iraq. When they saw that we had escaped from the bottleneck, they brought us ISIS, the terrorists and the sectarians. Egyptian researcher: We should erect statue of Hitler (MEMRI)Egyptian re searched Mohamed Gad El-Zoghby was asked in a Feb. 9 interview on Safa TV (Saudi Arabia/Egypt) who was worse: Adolf Hitler or Imam Khomeini? He an swered: Objectively speak ing, Hitler wins. But as far as were concerned, we should erect a statue of Hitler for what he did to the Jews. El-Zoghby accused Imam Khomeini of collaborating with the Jews and praised Hitler for supporting the Arab cause in Palestine. A researcher and a poet, he has a masters degree in Sharia and law from Ain Shams University. Inter viewer: Who was worse, ideologically and in practice, Hitler or Khomeini? Mohamed Gad El-Zogh by: Objectively, or just as far as we are concerned? Objec tively speaking, Hitler wins. But as far as were concerned, we should erect a statue of Hitler for what he did to the Jews. Khomeini allied himself with the Jews, whereas Hitler was their enemy and fought them. In addition, Hitler met with the Mufti of Jerusalem, Amin Al-Husseini, and he completely supported the Arab cause in Palestine. We must never forget this. $55 million to be in vested in Jewish Quarter of Old City of Jerusalem By Yori Yalon (Israel Hayom)The Com pany for the Reconstruction and Development of the Jew ish Quarter in the Old City of Jerusalem has several projects underway at a total cost of 200 million shekels ($55 million). The initiative seeks to improve public spaces in the Jewish Quarter and adapt them to the needs of residents, as well as tourists. The project entails making infrastructure accessible; outdoor improvements such as shaded areas and recre ational areas; the installation of uniform outdoor furniture and advanced lighting; and laying out clearly marked tourist routes, including ex planatory signs at important points and signs leading to the Western Wall. The first stage of the project was carried out at Resnick Square on Hayehudim Street, a main tourist route that runs parallel to the Byzantineera Cardo, where the Burnt House, the home of a wealthy Jerusalemite from the Second Temple period, has been re furbished. The new site was scheduled to be inaugurated on Sunday in a special cer emony led by Jerusalem Mayor Moshe Lion and Jerusalem Affairs and Heritage Minister Zeev Elkin. Under the auspices of the project, the Company for the Reconstruction and Develop ment of the Jewish Quarter has also started renovating the Tiferet Yisrael Synagogue, which was destroyed in 1948. Work is expected to take a few years, and the completed building will reach a height of 25 meters (82 feet). Another issue the company is addressing are the staircas es that lead from the Jewish Quarter to the Western Wall plaza, which are not accessible to the disabled. The company has launched a project to build an elevator and tunnels that will lead directly to the plaza. The elevator and passageway encompass a total of 2,000 square meters (21,500 square feet), with the project to be completed at an estimated cost of 57 million shekels ($16 million). The elevator is expected to be operational by January 2022. In addition, the company plans to renovate the exterior of the Wohl Archaeological Museum, one of the largest and most important sites in the Jewish Quarter. The mu seum includes the remnants of homes that belonged to the citys aristocracy from the time of King Herod to the destruction of the Second Temple in 70 C.E. Company CEO Herzl Ben Ari said, I hope that every one who comes to the Jewish Quarter of Jerusalem will feel that we have fulfilled a dream for them and that every guest and tourist who arrives from all over the world will sense the uniqueness and the eternal values of the capital of Israel. CNN and NBC agree to air ad for Oscarnominated documentary about NY Nazi rally By Marcy Oster (JTA)CNN and MSNBC have each agreed to broad cast an ad that Fox News rejected in its original form for a documentary about a Nazi rally held in New York in 1939. The filmmakers of A Night at the Garden, which has been nominated for an Oscar in the category of documen tary short, confirmed to The Washington Post on Friday that the 30-second ad spot would air during The Situa tion Room with Wolf Blitzer on CNN and The Rachel Maddow Show on MSNBC on Monday. The documentary contains footage of the Nazi rally. We decided to dig deep and pay for television ads we werent planning to buy because we wanted to make the point that Fox News is out of the mainstream, the movies director, Marshall Curry, told The Post, adding that he believed the networks rejection of the ad was politi cally motivated. NBCUniversal said the company had initially rejected the ad for MSNBC because an NBCUniversal standards group deemed the content too provocative, so the filmmak ers added context with a title card that explains the footage is part of an Oscar-nominated film, the Post reported. Fox declined to run the original ad because it was full of disgraceful Nazi im agery regardless of the films message and did not meet our guidelines, ad sales president Marianne Gambelli had said in a statement. It is not known if Fox would have agreed to run the ad as reworked for MSNBC. The rallys 80th anniver sary was on Feb. 20. Israeli directors film takes top prize at Berlin International Film Fes tival By Marcy Oster JERUSALEM (JTA)A film by an Israeli director won the top prize at the Berlin Inter national Film Festival. Nadav Lapids Synonyms on Saturday was awarded the Golden Bear Award. The film, about identity, is the semi-autobiographical story of a young Israeli man who moves to Paris and tries to become thoroughly French. The festivals jury was head ed by French actress Juliette Binoche. The film competed against 15 other entries for the top award. Lapid is the director of The Kindergarten Teacher, which recently was remade in English in the United States. Israels President Reuven Rivlin on Sunday congratu lated Lapid on his success. One doesnt have to agree with every point or every position expressed in the film to recognize the importance of daring, smart and beauti ful Israeli cinema gaining international recognition. It has always been and always will be a great source of pride. Mazal Tov, Nadav! he said in a statement. Ruth Bader Ginsburg re turns to Supreme Court for 1st time since cancer operation By Cnaan Liphshiz (JTA)Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has returned to her place of work for the first time since cancer surgery in December. Ginsburg, 85, on Friday at tended a private conference at the Supreme Court in Wash ington D.C., CNBC reported. Following the surgery in December to remove cancer from her lungs, Ginsburg was declared cancer-free. She has had two other bouts of cancer. Abbas wont accept Palestinian tax revenues collected by Israel By Josefin Dolsten (JTA)Palestinian Au thority President Mahmoud Abbas said he would not ac cept tax that Israel collected on its behalf. The move announced Tues day came after Israel said Sunday it would not distribute part of the revenues, amount ing to more than $138 mil lion, because the Palestinian Authority pays terrorists families, The Times of Israel reported. Under the current agree ment, the Jewish state collects taxes from the West Bank and Gaza on behalf of the finan cially struggling Palestinian Authority. We refuse to receive all of the tax funds. We dont want them. Leave them over with them, Abbas told a delegation of U.S. Congress members and representatives from the liberal Mideast policy group J Street in Ramallah. I tell you honestly that if we only had 20 or 30 million shekels, which is what is paid [monthly] to families of mar tyrs, we will give them to the families of martyrs. I mean if the [Palestinian] Authority doesnt have anything other than that [amount], I will pay it to the families of martyrs and prisoners and wounded persons. This needs to be un derstood, he said, according to The Times of Israel. The Palestinian Authoritys policy of paying terrorists who kill Israelis or their families has been decried by Israel and the United States. Reports about Jewish cemeterys desecration in Poland are false By Cnaan Liphshiz (JTA)Reports in Poland and beyond about the desecra tion of a Jewish cemetery near Wroclaw are incorrect, Polish officials and Jewish commu nity representatives said. Marek Magierowski, the Polish ambassador to Israel, told the Jewish Telegraphic Agency that the deputy mayor of Swidnica told him that re ports about the destruction of 15 headstones in that suburb of Wroclaw were made up. The municipality has not replied to JTAs requests for information. On Tuesday, JTA reported about the incident based on reports by the news sites Publiszer and Wmeritum. The reports said 15 headstones had been smashed and others had graffiti painted on them. Earlier this week, Poland pulled out of a diplomatic conference over remarks by Israels acting foreign minis ter, Israel Katz, who said Poles get anti-Semitism with their mothers milk. Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki called the statement racist. Polands pulling out of the conference led to its cancel lation. Alleged attacker of French philosopher Alain Finkielkraut ar rested By Marcy Oster (JTA)Paris police ar rested a man for shout ing anti-Semitic epithets at French philosopher and writer Alain Finkielkraut. The incident on Saturday was captured on camera, with Yellow Vest protesters yelling Dirty Jew, youre a hater, youre going to die, youre going to hell, Dirty Zionist, France is ours and return to Tel Aviv. Police intervened to protect Finkielkraut,69. The man was taken into custody on Tuesday night. Police said he is a salesman from the eastern Alsace re gion, France 24 reported. He is under investigation for public insult based on origin, ethnicity, nationality, race or religion.
PAGE 14A HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, MARCH 1, 2019 L1I2P3S4 S5T6E7P8 O9B10A11M12A13A14V I A V15E T O C16U B A N M17E L B O18U R N E A19D A R S B20R E A D M21A T H22 A23T I E B24O T25S A26P27P E A L N28E29W30A R K G31I32J O E A33M I S34T A35R S E36S S37E38S39D40I S C41 S42E O U L43 T44E S T A45T E A M46 P47A S U K48 A49A A P50A L51I N B52E I53R U T P54A55R56E V E W57E B S H58E A T O59M60A61R A62S E63A64T65I66T Y O U67 E68D I N69B U R G H S70N O W S N71A T E E72U R O H73A N N A D74Y E D D75V A R DACA From page 1A Museum From page 1A school events, with a jacket and tie. On this Wednesday night, though, he is wearing a black-and-gold T-shirt from Phi Delta Theta, his fraternity. Like many senior men about to graduate, he has a beard. A day earlier, Boloa was lobbying with other student officials in Tallahassee for internship opportunities. Now hes on his way to a study group upstairs ahead of a test the next day. He doesnt make a big deal of his immigration status or what it means for a DACA recipient to become student president of the biggest school in one of the most politically divided states. If people should know one thing, Boloa says, its that DACA recipients are regular. If you really look at it from a logical way and you really try to understand who these people are, there really is no reason for it to be used as politics rather than fixing what should be fixed, which is the immigration system, he said. If you want to talk about pect many Central Floridians will proudly step up to join us to make it a reality. Alan Ginsburg, whose foundation made the largest investment in the museum to date, echoed those com ments. This is a responsibil ity we must pass on to the next generation. We believe this museum will not only educate the history of the Holocaust but communicate a relevant message to the human rights issues we all face today. Added Jim Shapiro, This is a pivotal moment in the life of the Holocaust Center and its place in our commu nity. It promises to be a most transformational force in combatting all kinds of hate and prejudice. The Holocaust Museum for Hope & Humanity is expected to become a major landmark destination for Orlando. Exhibit spaces are being designed by the worldrenowned firm of Ralph Ap pelbaum Associates, creator of the galleries for the National Museum of African American History and Culture in Wash ington D.C. The planned 40,000 squarefoot facility will include a permanent gallery, temporary exhibit space, staff offices and more, allowing for an array of cultural and educational experiences. The architect for the project is awardwinning local firm Hunt onBrady Architects. Major Holocaust museums can be found throughout the U.S., including Dallas, Chicago, Los Angeles, Detroit, Houston and Washington, D.C. For a long time, weve been telling a very big, impor tant story in a small space, explained Pam Kancher, executive director of the Holocaust Center. What makes this especially impor tant now is that the world is starting to forget. A recent survey showed 66 percent of millenials didnt know what Auschwitz was. Founded in 1980 as a series of lectures on the Holocaust, the Center opened its cur rent museum in 1986. It was founded by Holocaust survivor and local icon, Tess Wise. For more information on the Holocaust Museum for Hope & Humanity or the capital campaign, contact Pam Kancher, pkancher@ holocaustedu.org, 407-6280555. To learn more about the Holocaust Center, visit www. holocaustedu.org. it, lets do it. With our genera tion, I know Republicans that support things like DACA. Boloa is originally from Guayaquil, a city of more than 2 million people. His father was born in Ecuador, too, and his mother in Venezuelahis three older brothers also were born there. The family moved to the United States just as he was about to turn 7, Boloa said. His involvement in politics started in high school, where he served as junior class presi dent of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High in Parkland, graduating four years before the mass shooting that took place there last year. Boloa has fond memories of the school, and attended the student-organized March For Our Lives against gun violence last March in Wash ington, D.C. Hes pushed for a safety feature on the UCF student app. Aside from security, Bolo as priorities as president have been expanding mental health care and career oppor tunities for students, as well as broadening legal counseling for students to include immi gration questions. He and his running mate, Jad Shalhoub, won a runoff election last year against another DACA recipi ent, Karen Caudillo, with 56 percent of the vote. Shalhoub, who like Boloa is an industrial engineer ing major, met Boloa in a statistics class when Boloa was soliciting signatures for a student senate campaign. Boloa maintains a crammed schedule. The day after our interview, he would attend a UCF pedestrian safety meeting with county officials, an interview with a candidate for the chief justice of the stu dent court, a senate session, meetings with a school sena tor, an engineering group and the Student Athlete Advisory Counciland class. He does find time to unwind, playing the video game Mario Party with Shalhoub or watch ing anything from science programming to sports on TV (he calls himself an addict). Hes also found time to meet every few weeks with Yisrael Abisror, an Orthodox rabbi at the schools Hillel, and discuss Jewish ethical texts. Shalhoub and Abisror both describe Boloa the same way: levelheaded, thoughtful, laid-back, easy to get along with. After graduation, Boloa will take a job with Accen ture, the consulting firm, in Atlanta. I heard he was a guy to know, Abisror said. He lis tens, hes able to take ideas and state them clearly. Hes patient. Boloa occasionally goes to Hillel and Chabad, and said that being Jewish has provided him with a moral framework in leadership and life. Its also given him guidance in specific ethical dilemmas, like when his roommate found a few hundred dollars in cash and called Boloa to ask what to do. Boloa relayed a lesson he remembered from Hebrew school. He was like, What do I do? Boloa recalled. I was like, First, try to see if some ones around, whose it may bemaking sure its actually theirs. If not, its all right to keep it for yourself. If you want to do a mitzvah, feel free. By Naomi Pfefferman (JTA)In one of the pivotal scenes of Spike Lees Oscarnominated film BlacK kKlansman, Ron Stallworth, the first black cop on the Colorado Springs police force, Spike Lee: The Jewish character in BlacKkKlansman added a lot of complexity to the film tries to motivate his Jewish detective partner Flip Zim merman to finish their task at hand: infiltrating a local Ku Klux Klan chapter to thwart some dangerous schemes. Youre Jewish, Stallworth says. Why you acting like you aint got skin in the game? I was always just another white kid, he tells Stallworth. But after seeing and expe riencing the KKKs virulent anti-Semitism firsthand as an undercover agent, he had begun to think about his Jew ish background all the time. BlacKkKlansman was based on a true story and loosely adapted from the reallife Stallworths 2014 memoir, Black Klansman: Race, Hate and the Undercover Investiga tion of a Lifetime. In the real story, however, Stallworths partner wasnt Jewishthe screenwriters who wrote the first draft of the script, Charlie Wachtel and David Rabinowitz, decided to invent the Jewish character of Zim merman to raise the stakes of the story. When Lee and his own screenwriting partner, Kevin Willmott, revised the draft, they purposely kept the char acter Jewish, realizing that it would bring much more complexity to the role and to this black-white detective relationship. We did not want [it] to become another black-white kind of buddy film, which has been done a million times, Lee told the Jewish Telegraphic Agency. Jewish people are No. 2 on the list as far as the Klan goes. So... when he goes undercover, when hes face to face with these antiSemitic racists, its just a lot more dramatic. You have two people who were both hated by the Ku Klux Klan. BlacKkKlansman has earned six Oscar nominations, including for best picture, director and supporting ac tor for Adam Driver, the non-Jewish star who plays Zimmerman. Its the first nomination for best picture and best director for the out spoken Lee, 61, whose other films include Do The Right Thing, Shes Gotta Have It and Malcolm X. When one of the films pro ducers, Jordan Peele (known for his own film about race, Get Out) first sent Lee a draft of the screenplay, he was drawn by the infamous six-word pitch: black man infiltrates the Ku Klux Klan. Lees initial thought: The premise sounded like a Dave Chappelle skit. How did that happen un less the guy was albino or pass ing for white? he wondered at the time. Lee has had a complicated history with the Jewish com munity dating back to his early years as a director in the 1980s. His third film, Mo Better Blues, sparked cri tiques for its portrayal of Jew ish businessmen exploiting African-American musicians. The response was so heated that Lee wrote an op-ed piece in The New York Times titled I Am Not an Anti-Semite. As he wrote in 1990: Im not a racist; Im not a bigot; I am not an anti-Semite. What I try to do with all my characters is offer what I feel are honest portraits of indi viduals with both faults and endearing characteristics. I have criticized stereotypical images in other films, and I dont deny others the right to voice such concerns about my work. Lee doesnt regret writing the piece, even though he said it was the idea of his attorney at the time, who warned him that he might never work in this industry again if he didnt. I understood why I had to, the filmmaker said. I wrote that piece because I wanted to continue to make movies. I didnt want to take [any] chances. But as he said earlier in the interview, I want you to tell me, in the history of the music industry, theres never been any Jewish people who exploited black musicians? Ever? Is the Zimmerman charac ter possibly another belated peace offering to Jews? Anyone who says that Spike is trying to get back in the good graces [of the Jew ish community] by making Flip Jewishthats a totally false narrative, Lee said. It was done for no other reason than to make this a better story to tell. Nevertheless, the Zim merman character prompted some commentators to see the film as a possible start ing point for a new dialogue involving the black and Jew ish communities, especially after the scandal surrounding Womens March co-founder Tamika Mallory further frayed ties between them. Lee, however, chose not to wade into that issue. [The film] might start some discussions, but ask me how I can mend black-Jewish relationsI cant speak to that, he said. David Lee/Focus Features Spike Lee on the set of BlacKkKlansman with Adam Driver, who plays Jewish detective Flip Zimmerman. 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HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, MARCH 1, 2019 PAGE 15A By Emily Paster Sufganiyot bursting with dulce de leche and pumpkin cream. Savory babkas swirled with roasted poblano peppers and crema. Mexican-inspired Jewish pastries from a new, online-only bakery are bring ing exciting new flavors to Chicagos Jewish food scene and Chicagoans of all back grounds are already addicted. Founded by two Mexico City natives, Masa Madre offers a limited selection of made-toorder treats, many of which draw on co-founder Tamar Fasja Unikels Jewish heri tage. Among Masa Madres offerings are several flavors of babka, challahs and a ro tating selection of seasonal treats that change with the Mexican, American and Jew ish calendarsfrom Pan de Muerto for the Mexican Day of the Dead to Thanksgiving pecan pies to rugelach and Hanukkah sufganiyot. Mexicans, Americans, and Jewish people are all very excited because there is some thing that they can relate to, but still try something new, Unikel says. Indeed, although the busi ness is only a few months old, Masa Madre has attracted lots of attention and loyal custom ers with its unique flavor combinations and personal, artisanal approach to baking. We do everything [to] order, Unikel says. We make every order by hand. Its a different experience. You get a special treat that was pack aged just for you. Not only do Unikel and her partner, Elena Vzquez Felgueres, make everything by hand, they put their hearts and their heritage into each of their unique creations. Both women have day jobs Felgueres teaches yoga and Unikel teaches kids cooking classes as well as maintains a food blog called Ssugarpill but they get up early and stay up late to bake for their customers. The longtime friends met at university in Mexico City when both were studying fashion design, but Elena soon switched gears to at tend culinary school and then cooked in restaurants in Spain and Mexico. Unikel worked in fashion for a time but eventually moved to Chicago where her husband was pursuing a doctorate in biblical studies. When Elena ended up in Chicago a few years later, the two friends were determined to find a way to work together. They launched a business sell ing sourdough bread and bab ka, which Unikel had learned to bake when living in Israel. The sourdough soon fell by the wayside and the friends honed in on a highly curated menu of pastries anchored by the babka. Why babka? My grandmother is a baker and she is Ashkenazi, and I re ally felt like it was part of my heritage, Unikel says. Babka is something that people here didnt really have. I had tried it in New York and Boston and I loved it and I couldnt really find it in Chicago. Not only is Masa Madres rich, not-too-sweet babka arguably the best in Chicago, like all of Masa Madres other offerings it reflects Unikel and Felgueress Mexican roots. Unikel grew up in Mexico Citys thriving Jewish com munity with both Ashkenazi and Sephardic ancestry. My grandparents came from Syria on my dads side and Poland on my moms side, Unikel says. Theyve been in Mexico for over a hundred years, so of course theres a lot of mix in the food culture. From the beginning, Unikel and Felgueres knew they wanted Masa Madres treats to mix Mexican and Jewish cuisine. Were both Mexican; were not both Jewish, Unikel says. Elena has shown me the reci pes that she grew up with and I [showed her] mine. When I tell her about a holiday or a Jewish thing I want to do, she is quick to understand it. Felgueres professional training and extensive work experience in the pastry field has helped as well. She has a lot more expe rience in baking than I do, Unikel says about her partner. And she brings a lot of the Mexican flavors. Mixing Mexican flavors into traditional Jewish dishes, at least on the savory side, has been happening in Mexico for centuries. But not in dessert. This isnt something that is happening in Mexico that much, Unikel notes. Among Masa Madres diverse clientele, This babka is among the limited selection of made-to-order treats from Masa Madre, an online bakery based in Chicago. A Mexican Jewish babka is taking over Chicago Jewish Latinos, in particular, have been very excited to see the mix of the two [cuisines]. Even Unikel was surprised to learn how many Jews from Latin America, or with Latin American roots, are in Chicago. The bakers also were influ enced by their shared Chicago neighborhood, Pilsen. Unikel calls it amazing. Its mostly Mexican. The interesting thing is that it was started as a Polish neighbor hood, Unikel says. So I feel like what we are doing is a mix of those two: an Eastern Eu ropean and a Mexican thing. In return, the neighbor hood has embraced Masa Madre. So far, [the residents of Pilsen] have been very recep tive, Unikel says gratefully. Unikel is keeping mum on what unique treats Masa Madre will offer for spring holidays. We think about [holiday items] about a week in ad vance, Unikel says with a laugh. We are going one step at a time. There is one secret that Unikel is willing to share: She and her husband are expecting their first child in June. But she plans to keep baking. I dont know what is go ing to be happening with the business then, Unikel says. But I am happy I will be able to keep working from home. Chicago-area babka lovers are counting on it. This article originally ap peared on The Nosher. Emily Paster writes the widely admired blog West of the Loop, which is primarily about food but with forays into parenting and family life. She is the co-founder of the Chicago Food Swap and is a national leader in the growing food swap movement (community get-togethers where handmade foods are bartered and exchanged). She is the author of the book Food Swap [Storey 2016]. She has appeared numerous times on food and cooking segments for the major TV network affiliates in Chicago. By Emanuelle Lee Along with the start of a new year comes long, cold, tiring days and withdrawal symptoms from holiday excess. We can all use a little refresh when its time to step back into reality, and this soup is all I ever want to eat on a winters day or night. The ginger and turmeric add a nice spicy kick to it, keeping up the energy levels and helping the immune system ward off anything that might be going around. The lemon takes clas sic chicken soup to another level with a burst of freshness. And perhaps the best part of this soup is that its made with a remaining chicken carcass, so you can take bones from a chicken you have cooked and upcycle them into an entirely new dish. You can also roast a whole chicken and remove meat to add back into the soup later or make into chicken salad. Please note that roasting time will be longer for raw chicken. Make a big batch of this stuff for yourself, family and friends to keep you all going through the week. Ingredients: 1 chicken carcass 3 chicken giblets 3 large white onions, quarters 2 cloves garlic 2 large carrots, chopped 2 stalks celery, chopped 1/4 inch piece fresh ginger Ginger and Turmeric Chicken Soup Recipe 1/2 inch piece fresh turmeric (can substitute with 1/4 teaspoon dried turmeric) Juice of 1 lemon (keep the lemon after squeezing) 3 bay leaves 1 spring onion, finely chopped (for serving) noodles of your choice chili flakes (optional) Directions: 1. Preheat the oven to 400 F. Place the carcass and giblets on a roasting dish and roast for 20 minutes, or until they start to brown. 2. Transfer them to a large pot with any of the residual liquid. Add the remaining ingredients, along with the squeezed lemon. Cover all of the ingredients with cold water and bring to a boil. 3. Once boiling, cover and reduce the heat to low and leave to cook for 5-6 hours. Season with a pinch of salt if needed. Drain the soup through a colander, catching the broth in another pot. 4. To serve, add another squeeze of lemon juice, some of the carrots (if you prefer your carrots more firm, you can cook some freshly chopped ones in the soup 10 minutes before serving), a handful of noodles, and a sprinkle of spring onion and chili flakes. Serves 4-6. This article originally appeared on The Nosher.
PAGE 16A HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, MARCH 1, 2019 called it the Uber of space travel. More like UberPool, the car pool option: Whereas Apollo 11s 1969 trip to the moon took three days, SpaceILs will take about two months. Thats because its riding shotgun on another rocket and cannot propel itself directly to the moon. Instead it has to use orbiting to align itself, only meeting up with the moon at the beginning of April. About four minutes after launch, the SpaceIL craft, named BeresheetHebrew for Genesiswill separate from the rocket. It will send a first communication to Spa ceILs ground control in the central Israeli town of Yehud and go into orbit around the Earth. Over the course of about a month-and-a-half it will hurtle through space at a maximum speed of more than 22,000 miles per hour. Its thrusters will push the craft in progressively wider and wider orbits around the Earth, and closer to the moons orbit. Then it will enter one of the riskiest steps of the mission. Once it gets near the moon, the craft must suddenly slow down enough to be pulled into orbit around the moon. If it goes too fast, it will pass right by, speeding directly into space. Then, after about a week of traveling around the moon, the craft will slow down again, dropping toward its landing spot on the Sea of Serenity. About 16 feet up, it will cut the engine entirely and free-fall to the moons surface, making a soft landing. SpaceILs founders are con fident that the mission will be successful. But Winetraub ac knowledged that its fraught. There are many things that can go wrong and only one thing that can go right, he said. You really cant test everything. The atmosphere is different on the moon, the gravity is different on the moon, so you have to have some simulations, some edu cated guesses about how its going to work. There were early hiccups. At the news conference, Winetraub wanted to show an inspiring video about the history of moon landings. Except the sound wouldnt work. Then the sound came on, but the screen went blue. Can we have the sound? Winetraub asked, chuckling. The sound is more difficult than getting to the moon. Well give it one more try. To even reach this point was an unlikely journey for SpaceIL, whose story is a quintessential Israeli startup tale. It was founded to compete in Googles Lunar XPrize, a contest to see who could build the first private spacecraft to reach the moon. The co-founders submitted their application right at the deadline, Dec. 31, 2010, and went through a few failed experiments before building the right craft. The first model was the size of a Coke bottle. When that didnt work, the team made the craft the size of a dishwasher. Now theyre up to a car. It is rocket science, Wi netraub said, explaining the difficulty. If it doesnt work the first time, thats OK, but the second time around you expect it to work, so that was hard. We did it again and the design you now see on the launchpad is the third or fourth iteration. The XPrize shut down without a winner last year, but along the way SpaceIL received enough funding to keep going. Its working in partnership with Israel Aerospace Industries, and its donors include the U.S. bil lionaire casino mogul Sheldon Adelson, South African-Israeli billionaire Morris Kahn and Canadian-Israeli real estate mogul Sylvan Adams. The mission has also be come a kind of cause celebre. Buzz Aldrin, who knows something about getting to the moon, tweeted his best wishes Wednesday. His Apollo 11 mission landed on the lunar surface nearly 50 years ago. The spacecraft will raise an Israeli flag once it reaches the moon. It will carry a time capsule with the entire Bible printed in microscopic text on a coin, along with hundreds of other documents compressed onto small discs: dictionaries, encyclopedias, and Jewish and Israeli texts like the Israeli national anthem and the traditional Jewish prayer for travelers. The mission also will in clude scientific research. In partnership with NASA and The Weizmann Institute, an Israeli university, the craft will test the moons magnetic field in addition to taking photos and video. After two days the craft will be shut off and the mission will be complete. But SpaceIL doesnt think its work will end there. The organization also hopes to inspire Israeli kids to go into science and engineering by showing them that space exploration is achievable. Its educational programs have already reached a million children, whom SpaceIL engages by asking them to help solve certain problems the craft might face, like how to stabilize with fuel sloshing around inside. The crafts time capsule also will include draw ings from Israeli kids. And SpaceIL is hoping to engage the Israeli public in the mission. There is even a Spotify playlist of Israeli songs appropriate for the launch fea turing Space Shuttles by the Israeli singer Berry Sakharof. Its the first Israeli space craft, but hopefully not the last, Damari, another cofounder, said at the news conference. When kids ask him if the craft will return, he says, We tell them no, it stays there with the time capsule and all sorts of interesting things inside. Its your job to reach the moon and bring it back. SpaceIL co-founders, from left, Kfir Damari, Yonatan Winetraub and Yariv Bash insert a time capsule into their spacecraft. Will Israel be the fourth country to land on the moon? By Ben Sales (JTA)Hes spent eight years trying to land a space craft on the moon, but when Yonatan Winetraub stood on the launchpad this month at Floridas Cape Canaveral, he was still in shock. I stood right next to the rocket, and its pretty big, Winetraub said in a phone interview Wednesday. In the video, you dont see how big the rocket is and how power ful it is. But when you stand up close its pretty powerful. If Winetraub sounds like a kid marveling at the thought of space travel, thats because he kind of is. He and two friends, all in their 30s, are on the verge of doing something extraordinary: They intend to make Israel the fourth country to land a spacecraft on the moon. Only the United States, the Soviet Union and China have done it. Winetraub and his part ners, Kfir Damari and Yariv Bash, arent doing it with bil lions of dollars from a super power government. In 2011 they co-founded SpaceIL, an Israeli nonprofit that has a budget of $100 milliona pittance in the space biz. If their mission is successful, it would be the first time any private spacecraft landed on the moon, at lower cost and with a smaller craft than previous landings. Kfir, Yariv and myself sat in a bar in a suburb of Tel Aviv and thought, Why not get to the moon? Winetraub said at a news conference Wednesday. I always thought were going to get to the moon, but now its actually happening, and its quite incredible. SpaceILs squat, circular, three-legged craft is roughly the size of a compact car: 5 feet tall, 6 1/2 feet in diameter and weighing about 1,300 pounds, most of which is fuel. At 8:45 p.m. Eastern time Thursday, barring bad weather or unforeseen prob lems, the craft will launch into space from Florida hitched to one of Elon Musks SpaceX rockets. 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