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PAGE 8A HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, JANUARY 11, 2019 (JNS)--Residents of an illegal Bedouin outpost adja- cent to Maskiyot were served with demolition orders. But instead of pulling up stakes, they are carrying out a take- over through agricultural projects on state land--land that is registered to the state, straddling the area's major traffic artery, in an area under military closure orders. The Bedouin residents of the illegal outpost, which has grown significantly in recent years thanks to the dinatorforJudeaandSamaria. support it receives from the "Accordingtothesystemoflaw Palestinian Authority and in force in Judea and Samaria, a consortium of European agricultural use enables squat- organizations, have begun to ters to establish certain legal cultivate a huge tract of land, rights to the land. In this case, using heavy equipment, in an . asinothers, despitethe factthat attempt to establish facts on the ground that will be very difficult to reverse. "It should be clear that seem- ingly innocent agricultural activity has significant legal ramifications," says Yishai Hemo, Regavim's Field Coot- ena ose TCo[in Dena Rose Kolin, daugh- ter of Lawrence and Karen Kolin of Orlando, will be called to the Torah as a bat mitzvah on Saturday, Jan. 19, 2019, at Congregation Ohev Shalom in Maitland. Dena is in the seventh grade at Lake Highland Preparatory School. She is a member of Kadima and has participated in many student produc- tions through the Youth Program at Ohev, The Roth Family JCC and school. Dena also studies dance. Sharing in the family's simcha will be Dena's sister, Abi; her father's brother, Marc and his family from Los Angeles; her mother's brother, David and his family from Atlanta; and grandmothers Shelley Kolin of Winter Park and Barbara Klaus of Atlanta. Friends and relatives from California; Miami, Ohio; Washington, D.C.; and New York will also attend the joyous occasion. the land in question is state- owned and is registered as such inthe LandRegistry, if the Civil Administration fails to enforce the law at the earliest stage, the resultwill most likely be a long, drawn-out, exhausting legal battle which, the government often simply does not bother fighting." The agricultural takeover at Maskiyot is only one of many such cases. "The Roots of Evil" report, released by Regavim in December, con- tains a detailed survey of the full extent of the methodical program of agricultural land- seizure being carried out by the PalestinianAuthority and its foreign supporters. This program, the P.A.'s The Congregation Sinai Sisterhood will host their annual Tu B'shvat holiday celebration service starting at 7:30 p.m. on Friday night, Jan. 18. Congregation Sinai will host a special Rebbe's Table service welcoming Shabbat with a special focus Beth Shalom Memorial Chapel Froucll Servin Our C ommuni Por Over Years Land seizure at Maskiyot. Regavirn "Roots Project," aims to dis- rupt the territorial contiguity of Israeli control in Area C, and to enable the P.A. to claim ownership of the land under the current system of law. Each individual tract of state land that is overtaken by P.A.-sponsored agricultural work is part of the larger Arab vision of mass-scale seizure of Israeli-controlled territory. Every olive tree that is planted, every terrace that is built, strengthens the Arab hold on the territory and establishes facts that may become im- mutable down the line. on Tu B'shvat. This open participatory service will be filledwith music, special foods and a celebration. Everyone is welcome. Tu B'shvat is a Jewish holiday occurring on the 15th day of the Hebrew month of Shevat each year; Tu B'shvat is also called "Rosh HaShanah La'Ilanot," literally meaning "New Year of the Trees." In contempo- rary Israel, this holiday is celebrated as an ecological awareness day and trees are planted in celebration. Tu B'shvat officially begins at sundown on Sunday, Jan. 20, 2019. Tu B'shvat is one of four "New Year's" mentioned in the Jewish Mishnah. The 15th of Shevat was marked as the new year for calculating the age of trees for tithing. In ancient days, there was a custom of plant- ing a cedar tree for a baby boy and a cypress tree for a baby girl. As the children grew, they tended the trees, so the trees would grow along with the children. When they married, they often used the tree wood for the poles in their wedding chuppah. This carried the tradition for lov- ing trees from generation to generation in a concrete and loving way. Congregation Sinai has been serving the Jewish Com- munity of Central Florida since 2003. Most Sinai mem- bers live in the Clermont, Minneola and Groveland areas. Joe and Lynn Goldo- vitz provide unique spiritual leadership. This organization serves as a house of prayer, assembly and study in which the spectrum of Jewish ex- pression is cultivated, pro- tected and nurtured. With student education programs for children, adult education, Bible study groups, bar/bat mitzvah study programs and group tours to Israel; they strive to educate adults and children in Judaism's rich heritage with contemporary significance, while sharing Jewish culture, rituals, tradi- tions and values. They hold Shabbat Services every Friday Night with Torah readings as well as ongoing Bible & Bagel Study Workshops and Heal- ing Services. They also hold many very creative service events for every major Jew- ish Holiday. Sinai has a very active Sisterhood and Men's Club with numerous special events. They also hostvarious women's outreach programs inviting all area churches. Congregation Sinai regu- larly supplies donations of food and supplies for the local schools as well as food and clothing for Puerto Rican and U.S. Virgin Islands Relief Fund. While the local Jewish Community attends prayer services and special events, they have opened their doors to the entire community, regardless of faith. They hold ongoing food drives for the needy and interfaith activities to promote understanding among our different cultures. They welcome all with open arms and hearts to their ser- vices. They provide a warm spiritual environment for observance of Jewish holidays, traditions and celebration of our members' life cycle events. For more information about Sinai's Friday night Tu B'shvat service and all other holiday services, member- ship and special events, call 352-243-5353. Email info@ congregation-sinai.org. Visit www.congregation-sinai.org. 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