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L O Editorials 4 Op-Ed 5 Calendar 6 Synagogue Directory 7 B'nai Mitzvah 8 Scene Around 9 Classified 17 :om Year 28, No. 20 January 16, 2004 22 Tevet5764 24 Pages Orlando, Florida Single Copy 75 ,no supporters demonstrate in Tel Aviv's Rab in Square, Jan. 11, 2004, olan to dismantle some settlements. photo by Brian Hendler/JTA against Prime Minister Ariel bina Kraft AVIV (JTA)--Israeli settlers Tel Aviv's Rabin Square this Lo send a strong message to Sharon: dismantle Israeli settlements and Gaza Strip. Whether Sunday night's rally unfurled across the podium reading "Israel will not bend." Several speakers sat underneath the banner, including several gov- ernment ministers. A few Knesset members from Sharon's Likud Party attended the rally, despite pressure from the prime minister not to do so. Settlers, who were bused in from "Things are decided not by dem- onstrators but by the government, my government, which adopted the road map," Sharon told reporters in Jerusalem. "Although my government will make every effort to implement the road map, if we do not succeed we will have to take unilateral steps of estimated 100,000 people has the West Bank and Gaza Strip for the disengagement under which we effect on the Sharon raily, sayitistheirbiblicalbirthright would have to relocate some Jewish lrnent', plans remains to be to settle in the disputed territories, communitiesandredeployourarmed r~ fatherofthe which they claim as part of the Land forces in order to provide more secu- settlement of Israel. rity for the State of Israel." move- ~,~t, ~haron recently announced a The international community, in- Spirits were defiant but festive at ~t disrnantle or move some Jew- cluding the U.S. government, agrees the rally, which was held in the same ~,~'wns in the West Bank and Gaza with the Palestinians that the settle- squarewhere Prime MinisterYitzhak ~Ofa plan to unilaterally disen- ments are a major stumbling block Rabin was assassinated in 1995. The progress square is the site of frequent left- ~l~emr the Palestinians if to peace efforts. th- negotiations is not made in Effi Eitam, the head of the Na,- wing gatherings. ~.~t Several months, tional Religious Party and Sharon s The rally included loudspeakers ille~ron also pledged to remove housing minister, vowed to pull his blasting an unofficial anthem of the f~ ~ settler outposts in the near party out of the government should Israeli left, "The Song of Peace,' ~retofulfillisrael,s commitments Sharon follow through on his plan to which Rabin sang shortly before he "'uerth l~ ~, ~ u.~.-sponsored road map dismantle settlements, was shot. - ~ ~ ~tan "There is no capitulation in the Psalm-reading booths were set up e li " ~a, ehelicoptersbuzzedoverhead battlefield," Eitam told the demon- on street corners, young men wear- ~aeli flags flapped in the wind strators. "Capitulation is defeatest, ing large knitted yarmulkes tapped th-7?~ nstrators hoisted signs at and our red line is made from the out a steady rhythm in a drum circle i~t~llY reading "To divide our land blood ofthosewho have been killed." and teenagers danced to Israeli folk r~,~o ue~ Cod" and "Settlers are the Yet the prime minister's resolve in tunes. Ar:yurity fence." " carrying out his ~lans appears to be g blue-and-whitebannerwas strong. See "Settlers" on page 14 ; 2004," the largest Com- Barcelo Hotel, the Renaissance Or- will be provided for those in south- Appeal Women's Divi-lando Resort at Sea World, and west Orlando at the Southwest Or- will be held on Jan. 27. Antonio'sLaFiamma, tonamejusta lando Jewish Congregation. Seat- lg begins with a Silent few.Andcateredmealsarealsoupfor ing is limited, soplease call Joanne Iwith gifts and services bid from Arthur's Catering and The Kane 407-645-5933, ext. 237, at the merchants and Healthy Chef. Jewish Federation of Greater Or- along with national Dentists and physicians, too, are lando for reservations or more in- donating their highly skilled profes- formation. g, sionalserviceswithteethwhitening, "Choices 2004," celebrating its ~ring, jewelry, crystal, art, facials, microderm abrasion treat- tenth anniversary, is taking place at gift certificates, theatre ments, and botox, the new Temple Israel in Longwood and even two Even Tiffany and Company has on Jan. 27, at 5:30 p.m. A kosher dge Camp in West donatedover$2,500injewelry, along dinner will be served by Arthur's viii be up for auction, with Goldsmith's Jewelry, Maitland Catering, with entertainment pro- generously Jewelers, Gay Harrison's Queen B'd, vided by comedienne Annie Korzen passes, valued at Joanne Berman, and more from "Seinfeld," performing her off- or $800 total, for trans- Day spas have contributed their Broadway, one-woman show,"Yenta between any two cities in professional services and facilities, Unplugged Excuse Me I'm Talk- system, while the Rosen which include facials, massages, fit- ing." Duringthe evening, the Harriet supplied a three-day, ness sessions, manicures and pedi- Ginsburg Woman of Choice Award including dinner forcures, whileTim Kelly has donated a will be presented to Harriett Lake. Cift c fine portrait gift certificate, and Robb For more information about"Choices ~11 ertificates from restaurants & Stuckey has donated two hours of 2004," please call chairwomen, Marci t~vO~r Orlando offer comMimen- design consultation. Greenberg at 407-644-3137 or - meals, including the Radlsson For the first time, transportation Jeannie Leavitt at 407-578-9993. The annual Martin Luther King candlelight march is scheduled for Sunday, Jan. 18 beginning at 5:30 p.m. at Orlando City Hall, 400 S. Orange Avenue in Orlando. Tradi- tionally, all faiths in the Orlando com- munity play a part in this very special tribute to the courage and vision of Dr. Martin Luther King. And this year is no exception for Orlando's Jewish community. At 5:30 p.m marchers will as- semble at Orlando City Hall where t- shirts and penlights will be distrib- uted in preparation for the annual candlelight march to Shiloh Baptist Church, a few blocks from City Hall. Participants are allowed to march with their own banner identifying their organization or group. As in years past, the Orlando Jewish com- munity has participated on many lev- els in this tribute. Last year's march began with blasts from the shofar, by Stuart Farb of Temple Israel in Or- lando. The Community Relations Committee of the Jewish Federation of Greater Orlando has been actively involved this year in the planning and recruiting of this tribute. Bar- bara Weinreich, Chair of the Build- ing Bridges subcommittee states, '"We want to emphasize how important it is for our Jewish community to be very visible in interfaith and inter- religious events. We hope to have a large turnout on Jan. 18." Following the conclusion of the march, an interfaith service featur- ing six religious leaders will com- mence at 6:30 p.m. at Shiloh Baptist Church. Representing the Jewish A Search Committee has deter- mined that the South Orlando Jewish population has grown about 44 per- cent over previous estimates, which pegged the population at about 2,000 families. The Search Committee thus far has found 2,894 Jewish house- holds in the South Orlando area, re- flecting the area's enormous growth. The Search Committee was estab- lished to identify South Orlando's Jewish families to find volunteers and potential supporters of a new JCC-South, and to invite all to a Des- sert Cala kick-off, which officially launches the new South Campus Building Drive. The Building Drive is tapping into broad community support to con- struct a JCC-Jewish Community Campus on land owned by the Jewish Federation of Greater Orlando in Dr. Phillips. The Gala will take place on Saturday, Feb. 7, 7:30 - 10 p.m. at the Rosen Centre Hotel on International Drive. The Search Committee consisted of co-chairs Sandy Sheiber and Sharon Greenholt and committee members Susie Klein, Yael Miller, Eve Marsel, Weslee Baumgarten, Rella Bindel], and Shelly Blatt. South Campus Building Drive assistant Marge Stanilla provided administra- tive support during the search. The Search Committee analyzed data providedby the Federation, area congregations, and cross-checked the information with telephone calls to MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR. community will be Rabbi Steven Engel of the Congregation of Liberal Judaism, whose message last year was met with a standing ovation by all participants. This interfaith pro- gram will include music by the youth choir from the Congregation of Lib- eral Judaism, directed by Cantorial soloist Jackie Rawiszer, violinists from A Gift for Music as well as music by other ar~a youth groups. The Orlando Jewish community has been actively involved in this annual program for many years in support of Dr. King. We invite you and your children to join the march and teach them life-long lessons See "King" on page 14 VALERIE DENNER hundreds of households and research with the Orange County Property Appraiser. In 1992, a similar Search Commit- te,consisting of residents who were establishing the Southwest Orlando Jewish Congregation found about 900 Jewish households in the South, ac- cording to Valerie Denner. The new information from 2003 indicates that the South Orlando Jewish population's size has more than tripled in eleven years. Denner, a long-time Southwest See "Population" on page 14