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FL ORIDA ;No, - f JEWISH NEWS January4,2013 Editorials ................................ 4A Op-Ed ..................................... 5A Calendar ................................. 6A Synagogue Directory ............... 7A B&apos;nai Mitzvah .......................... 8A Scene Around ......................... 9A Classified ................................ 2B Single Copy 75 Dedicating "riett's Park Among those in attendance when Temple Israel dedicated Harriett's Park, front row, from left: Rebecca Kira, Nathan Jacobs and Justin Langman; back row: Rabbi Joshua Neely, Temple Israel president Arlene van de Rijn, chairwoman of the Harriett's Park Committee Jo Ann Farb and Phyllis Kamenoff. Serge Attal/Flash 90/JTA Secular Israeli man standing among haredi Orthodox men praying at the Western Wall in Jerusalem. Fight for women's equality at Western Wall fails to move secular Israelis By Ben Sales TEL AVIV (JTA)--Few American tourists to Israel forget their first visit to the Western Wall. They put notes in the cracks, whisper prayers and take photos against the backdrop of Judaism's holiest site. But Kobi Bachar of Tel Aviv can't remember the last time he visited. "I was there maybe 10 years ago," said Bachar, who is secular. "It doesn't interest me." For years, American Jewish organi- zations have railed against the haredi Orthodox restrictions placed on religious expression at the Western Wall that prohibit egalitarian prayer and bar women from singing out loud and donning religious articles. In response to the criticism, which has amplified in recent months in the wake of several highly publicized confrontations between Israeli po- lice and female activists at the wail, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu asked Natan Sharansky, the chairman of the Jewish Agency or Israeil to revie=w th xaH's policies and recommend changes. But among the Israeli secular ma- jority, such restrictions rank near the bottom of a long list of church-state issues they would like to address. The prohibitions are "something we need to be done with, but there are other issues that affect larger Equality on page 18A Israel-EU tension: By Jacob Kamaras, Alina Dain Sharon and Sean Savage JNS.org This month some of Is- rael's strongest friends in Europe--Britain, France, and Germany--summoned ,q =: _-=- $ < -" - .  The view from Europe their ambassadors to protest the Jewish state's construc- tion decisions. As a result, then Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman said that European governments are willing to abandon Israel in a similar fashion to the way they gave up Czechoslovakia to the Nazis before World War II. Gabriel Goldberg, direc- tor of youth services for the Umbrella Organizations of the Jewish Communities of the North-Rhine Region in Ger- many, disagrees with Lieber- man's actual comparison, but told JNS.org, "The frustration that lies behind his statement is absolutely understandable." At the European Union (EU), officials seem to have had a singular focus of late-- and it isn't their continent's ongoing economic crisis. The EU's 27 foreign minis- ters first condemned Israel's construction plans in the E1 area between Jerusalem and Maale Adumim. More recently, EU High Represen- tative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Catherine Ashton called construction plans in the southern Je- rusalem neighborhood of Moshe Milner/GPO/FLASH90. Catherine Ashton, High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy of the European Union, meets with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at Netanyahu's office in Jerusalem on October 24, 2012. Givat Hamatos and the ultra- Orthodox northern Jerusalem neighborhood of Ramat Sh- lomo "extremely troubling." Britain, France, Germany and Portugal--the EU's four UN Security Council members-- asked the Israeli government to rescind its recent construc- tion approvals. EU criticism of Israel hasn't been limited to building. On its website, the EU insisted that Israel process its tax transfer to the Palestinians because of "contractual obligations." But 14 of 27 EU countries--by vot- ing in favor of"Palestine" as a nonmember observer state at the UN--effectively approved the Palestinians' violation of their contractual obligation under the Oslo Accords to reach a final status agreement with Israel only through direct negotiations. Not all has been sour in recent Israel-EU relations. Tension on page 17A The Temple Israel kids love the slide. A new playground, Harri- ett's Park, which was named in honor of Harriett Lake was officially dedicated at Temple Israel on Dec. 16. Harriett's Park joins Harriett's other most recent project at Temple Israel, Harriett's Kitchen, in making Temple Israel an even better place for pray- ing, learning, mixing and mingling said a Temple Israel leader. Temple Israel thanks Lake for her ongoing philanthropic efforts that have so positively changed the Jewish commu- nity of Central Florida. Also receiving thanks was Fabienne Kaplan who made latkes for the congregation's Chanukah party in which the religious school children sang and performed a skit. Temple Israel is at 50 S. Moss Road in Winter Springs. For more information, call 407-647-3055. Warming to Kerry as Se00:retary of State By Ron Kampeas WASHINGTON (JTA)--On a wintry day at a small Iowa shul in November of 2003, John Kerry got all verklempt. The man whose opponents had taken to depicting as aloof and patrician, whose cam- paign for the 2004 Democratic presidential nomination had been all but written off by that point, leapt onto the dais at Tifereth Israel synagogue in Des Moines. Kerry delivered an emotional account of his then-recent discovery that his grandfather was Jewish and recalled how, on a visit to Israel standing atop Masada, he had cried out, "Am Yisrael Chai!" The bond Kerry has forged with the Jewish commu- nity because of his roots and because of his interest in the Middle East has helped U.S. Embassy, Kabul, Afghanistan Sen. John Kerry smooth over rough patches when he has criticized Israel. "We've had disagreements Kerry on page 18A FL ORIDA ;No, - f JEWISH NEWS January4,2013 Editorials ................................ 4A Op-Ed ..................................... 5A Calendar ................................. 6A Synagogue Directory ............... 7A B'nai Mitzvah .......................... 8A Scene Around ......................... 9A Classified ................................ 2B Single Copy 75 Dedicating "riett's Park Among those in attendance when Temple Israel dedicated Harriett's Park, front row, from left: Rebecca Kira, Nathan Jacobs and Justin Langman; back row: Rabbi Joshua Neely, Temple Israel president Arlene van de Rijn, chairwoman of the Harriett's Park Committee Jo Ann Farb and Phyllis Kamenoff. Serge Attal/Flash 90/JTA Secular Israeli man standing among haredi Orthodox men praying at the Western Wall in Jerusalem. Fight for women's equality at Western Wall fails to move secular Israelis By Ben Sales TEL AVIV (JTA)--Few American tourists to Israel forget their first visit to the Western Wall. They put notes in the cracks, whisper prayers and take photos against the backdrop of Judaism's holiest site. But Kobi Bachar of Tel Aviv can't remember the last time he visited. "I was there maybe 10 years ago," said Bachar, who is secular. "It doesn't interest me." For years, American Jewish organi- zations have railed against the haredi Orthodox restrictions placed on religious expression at the Western Wall that prohibit egalitarian prayer and bar women from singing out loud and donning religious articles. In response to the criticism, which has amplified in recent months in the wake of several highly publicized confrontations between Israeli po- lice and female activists at the wail, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu asked Natan Sharansky, the chairman of the Jewish Agency or Israeil to revie=w th xaH's policies and recommend changes. But among the Israeli secular ma- jority, such restrictions rank near the bottom of a long list of church-state issues they would like to address. The prohibitions are "something we need to be done with, but there are other issues that affect larger Equality on page 18A Israel-EU tension: By Jacob Kamaras, Alina Dain Sharon and Sean Savage JNS.org This month some of Is- rael's strongest friends in Europe--Britain, France, and Germany--summoned ,q =: _-=- $ < -" - .  The view from Europe their ambassadors to protest the Jewish state's construc- tion decisions. As a result, then Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman said that European governments are willing to abandon Israel in a similar fashion to the way they gave up Czechoslovakia to the Nazis before World War II. Gabriel Goldberg, direc- tor of youth services for the Umbrella Organizations of the Jewish Communities of the North-Rhine Region in Ger- many, disagrees with Lieber- man's actual comparison, but told JNS.org, "The frustration that lies behind his statement is absolutely understandable." At the European Union (EU), officials seem to have had a singular focus of late-- and it isn't their continent's ongoing economic crisis. The EU's 27 foreign minis- ters first condemned Israel's construction plans in the E1 area between Jerusalem and Maale Adumim. More recently, EU High Represen- tative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Catherine Ashton called construction plans in the southern Je- rusalem neighborhood of Moshe Milner/GPO/FLASH90. Catherine Ashton, High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy of the European Union, meets with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at Netanyahu's office in Jerusalem on October 24, 2012. Givat Hamatos and the ultra- Orthodox northern Jerusalem neighborhood of Ramat Sh- lomo "extremely troubling." Britain, France, Germany and Portugal--the EU's four UN Security Council members-- asked the Israeli government to rescind its recent construc- tion approvals. EU criticism of Israel hasn't been limited to building. On its website, the EU insisted that Israel process its tax transfer to the Palestinians because of "contractual obligations." But 14 of 27 EU countries--by vot- ing in favor of"Palestine" as a nonmember observer state at the UN--effectively approved the Palestinians' violation of their contractual obligation under the Oslo Accords to reach a final status agreement with Israel only through direct negotiations. Not all has been sour in recent Israel-EU relations. Tension on page 17A The Temple Israel kids love the slide. A new playground, Harri- ett's Park, which was named in honor of Harriett Lake was officially dedicated at Temple Israel on Dec. 16. Harriett's Park joins Harriett's other most recent project at Temple Israel, Harriett's Kitchen, in making Temple Israel an even better place for pray- ing, learning, mixing and mingling said a Temple Israel leader. Temple Israel thanks Lake for her ongoing philanthropic efforts that have so positively changed the Jewish commu- nity of Central Florida. Also receiving thanks was Fabienne Kaplan who made latkes for the congregation's Chanukah party in which the religious school children sang and performed a skit. Temple Israel is at 50 S. Moss Road in Winter Springs. For more information, call 407-647-3055. Warming to Kerry as Se00:retary of State By Ron Kampeas WASHINGTON (JTA)--On a wintry day at a small Iowa shul in November of 2003, John Kerry got all verklempt. The man whose opponents had taken to depicting as aloof and patrician, whose cam- paign for the 2004 Democratic presidential nomination had been all but written off by that point, leapt onto the dais at Tifereth Israel synagogue in Des Moines. Kerry delivered an emotional account of his then-recent discovery that his grandfather was Jewish and recalled how, on a visit to Israel standing atop Masada, he had cried out, "Am Yisrael Chai!" The bond Kerry has forged with the Jewish commu- nity because of his roots and because of his interest in the Middle East has helped U.S. Embassy, Kabul, Afghanistan Sen. John Kerry smooth over rough patches when he has criticized Israel. "We've had disagreements Kerry on page 18A