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N Editorials ..................................... 4A Op-Ed .......................................... 5A Calendar ...................................... 6A Scene Around ............................. 9A Synagogue Directory ................ llA JTA News Briefs ........................ 13A t Chabad of South Orlando. Avraham Edery By Christine DeSouza ment departments from across the state, thattheJewishAcademystudentsandthe which have assisted in the evacuations children in the Early Childhood Learning In just one week, four bomb threats and clearance of the facilities impacted Center were evacuated to a designated were called in to two Jewish centers here by these calls. We value our freedoms and evacuation site where parents came to in Central Florida, three were called inclusiveness in this country. We hope pick up their children. The Maitland into the Tampa JCC pre-school and Fed- law enforcementwiil findtheindividuals Police Department closed off Maitland eration, and one was called into Jewish responsible for these cowardly acts and Avenue and portions of Maitland Bou- Community Alliance in Jacksonville. bring them to justice." levard as the buildings were checked by , lditionally, threats were called in to Wednesday morning, Jan.4,theJewish bomb-sniffing K-9s. the Galbut Family Jewish Community Academy of Orlando received a phone After about an hour, the campus was Center in Miami Beach and the Dave and call stating that there was a bomb in the reopenedafter no suspicious deviceswere Mary Alper Jewish Community Center building. The specific message from a found.TheJewishAcademyre-openedon in Kendall. distorted voice said "There is a bomb in Thursday, Jan. 5. According to The Roth Family JCC's the Jewish Academy." Keith Dvorchik, The Roth Family JCC security director, An@ Brennan, about 15 A second bomb threat was called in to CEO, stated that it was very obvious that JCCs across nine states received similar the JCC campus on Monday morning, those who called wanted to terrorize the threatening calls. Jan. 9, and once again the entire campus Jewish community. He also stressed that The Anti-Defamation League is also was evacuated, he ispleasedwiththe relationshipthe JCC troubled by the many threats. ADL This kind of threat is takenvery seri- campushaswiththeMaitlandpoliceand Florida Regional Director Hava L. Hol- ously. The Maitland police were called commented them on the promptness of zhauer issued the following statement: andthey acted quicklyto contact the FBI their response and the thoroughness of "It is disheartening to begin 2017 with and other local law agencies. According their investigation. hate being called into Jewish Institu- to the campus's emergency response Brennan, who just started his job as tions. Make no mistake, these are terror procedures, the entire campus, including security director on the JCC campus acts intended to intimidate and disrupt The Roth Family JCC and Holocaust Me- on Jan. 3, thanked the entire Maitland the everyday lives of Jewish members of morial Resource and Education Center Police department for their diligence and the community. We are grateful for the were immediately evacuated. Head of quick response of various law enforce- School Alan Rusonik told the HeritageThreats on page 15A the Choices, the Jewish Fed- eration of Greater Orlando's largestwomen's philanthropy m m w - O event of the year, is set for ish community central to MemoriatResource&Educa- Thursday, Feb. 9, at Con- her lifesince 1988, when she tion Center, and serves as a gregation Ohev Shalom in began working as the mem- volunteer for multiple initia- Maitland. Formal invitations bership director of The Roth tives in the community. have arrived in mailboxes Family Jewish CommunityWendi Harris, Rosen over the past few weeks, and Center in Maitland. Six years JCC online registration is now live later, she and her sons, Jus- Wendi Harris' involve- at, tin and Matt, dedicated the ment with the Rosen JCC Traditionally, the Fed- Shayna Cai Presser Parent- began several years ago, but eration chooses to honor ing Center, now known as her Jewish identity has been one Woman of Choice each Shayna'sVillage, inmemoryof deeply rooted in her from a year, a woman who embodies her young daughter, Shayna, veryyoungage. Sheattributes the values of philanthropy, who had passed away three thattohermother'sguidance volunteerism, service and years earlier from a brain as the true matriarch of her leadership thatareattheheart tumor. Today, Shayna'sVillage family, instilling Jewish faro- of the Greater Orlando Jewish provides young children and ilytraditions in everyway pos- community, their parents the opportunity sible. Harris says her mother, This year, Federation is to learn creativity through a Gail Garfinkel, was her best honoring eight Women of unique schedule of enrich- friend. Tragically, Garfinkel's Choice, each nominated by ment classes, life was cut short by a hor- and representing one of the InfoundingtheShaynaCai rific car accident just three eight Jewish agencies serving PresserParentingCenter, Co- weeks before Harris's son AJ Greater Orlando. hen saw the opportunity to was born. Harris felt an even Here's a closer look at the express her family's gratitude greater needtostayconnected eight women who will be to the JCC while also creat- to a Jewish community and honored at Choices on Feb. 9: ing a loving memory of her keep her mom's memory and Es Cohen, The Roth daughter. Since then, Cohen Jewish identity alive. Family JCC has gone on to work at Jewish Harris had served as execu- Es Cohen has made Family Services of Greater strengtheningOrlando'sJew- Orlando and the Holocaust Choice on page 15A A screenshot of a security camera footage capturing the moment before a truck-ramming terror attack in Jerusalem Sunday, which killed four Israeli soldiers. ( truck-ram- ming attack that killed four Israeli soldiers in their early 20s and injured at least 16 people at a Jerusalem bus stop Sunday was likely carried out by a supporter of the Islamic State terror group, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Ne- tanyahu said. "We know the identity of the attacker, and according to all the signs he is a supporter of Islamic State," Netanyahu said while visiting the scene of the attack, adding that the Israeli soldiers: Yael Yekutiel, 20, Shir Hajaj 22, Shira Tzur, 20, and Erez Orbach, 20. The terrorist, who was shot dead at the scene, was later identified as Fadi al-Qanbar from the eastern Jerusalem neighbor- hood of Jabel Mukaber, which borders the Armon Hanatziv neighborhood where the at- tack took place. "We will overcome this ter- ror, just as we overcame other attacks," Netanyahu said. "There are a number of actions that we will not specify at this terrorist act was similar to time, which we will have to truck-rammings in Eu e " take to ensure that incidents such as m Nice and -Ae do o.o_[Lecur." during the past year. ..... A large truck, captured on estinian terror group Hamas security camera footage, is quickly praised Sunday's seen plowing into a group of car-ramming attack, saying Israelisoldierswhohadexited Hamas "welcomes the brave a bus in Jerusalem's Armon and heroic operation in Jeru- Hanatziv neighborhood, then salem" and calling the attacka reversing direction and run- "naturalreactiontotheIsraeli ning the bodies over again, crimes and violations against Killed in the attack were four ourpeople, landandholysites." Evan Dvorchik (1) with instructor Chris Rubio. By Christine DeSouza Georgia, on Sunday, Dec. 18. If his name sounds familiar Perhaps one day, Winterit is because he is the son of Park High School long snap- Keith and Alison Dvorchick per Evan Dvorchik's namewill of Winter Park. (Keith is The be listed with wide receiver Roth Family JCC CEO.) JulianEdelmanofthePatriots Dvorchik, class of 2018 or quarterback Jay Fiedler or (he is a junior), competed offensive tackle/guard Kyle with approximately 100 par- Kosier--all three of whom are on the list of 10 greatest Dvorchik on page 14A Jewish football players accord- ing to the American Jewish Historical Society. Dvorchik [lll[l[l!lIJI]ll!!!!l!lIII was named one of the top performers at the Rubio Long Snapping Camp in Kennesaw, 5