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FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, JANUARY 16, 2004 PAGE 1,~ ;urance Average life expectancy in chairman of the Conference matter,"spokeswomanEileen Israel is 78 years, compared of PresidentsofMajorAmeri- Larrabee said. page 2 to 77 in the United States. can Jewish Organizations. The Orthodox Union led the And even in the wake of the "People are not not going battle againstMetLifein 1996 Won't cover those Palestinian intifada, deaths to go to Israel because of it," whenMennoRatzker, anO.U. toacountry from accidental injury were he said. board member, wasdeniedlife the State Department about 11 per 100,000 in Is- The JCPA's Felson agreed, insurance because he fre- travel advisory but rael in 2002, compared to 17 "It's not in the nature of an quently visited Israel and re- look at past travel, per 100,000 in the United insurance company to make mainedtherelongerthantwo lirsch States. a financial investment in a weeks. Still, death from terrorism political statement," he said. Silver and then-Assembly- ltrythin~, rose to nearly 50 per million "They're led more by actu- man Jules Polonetsky pro- about risk assess-peopleinIsraelin2002,about arial tables than editorial col- posed legislation that insur- five times the U.S. rate. umns." ance companies not take would review the Allen Hixon, a managingFelson urged Jews who travel into account when de- someone who had consultant for State Farm, have been denied life insur- termining coverage. Shortly applied, that said the company's policy is ancebecausetheyplantovisit afterward, MetLife lifted its to travel to intended to prevent people Israel to "shop around." Even- ban. then did so withinfrom using life insurance like tually they'll find a company Today, MetLife spokes- said. a travel insurance policy, willing to underwrite them, womanHollySheffersaid, the mg as you were "When people make planshe said. company provides life insur- on the applica- to travel to hazardous areas, "This is a problem the free ance to Israel travelers. idn't plan to travel they tend to become more markets will hopefully deal Segal, meanwhile, said he and you go over life-insurance conscious," he with, rather than a regula- is seeking life insurance and Something hap-said. tory or legislative fix," Felson through other companies, to You---it would be If an applicant sought ala said. though he said one firm al- to your beneficia-expensive policy shortly be- But some ~wmakers are readywasaskingwhyFidelity said. fore traveling to a high-risk taking note of the insurance rejected him. insurers, country, they would be re- companies' policies. Among "This is a knee-jerk re- State jected, hesaid, but State Farm them is the speaker of the spouse to increased anti- they deny life in-wouldn't deny coverage if New York state assembly, Semitism, terrorism, Islamic those planning to someone wenttoIsraelunex- Sheldon Silver, who urged fundamentalism and other ~onthewatch pectedly. MetLife to lift its ban eight factors that contribute to a Such policies do not single years ago. perception outside the Jew- the risk ofbeing out Israel and thus are not "The speakerwouldbecon-ish community that it's not while visiting Israel discriminatory, saidMalcolm cernedaboutthepractice, and safe to visit Israel under any low Hoenlein, executive vice we will be looking into the circumstances," he said. HANDYMAN SERVICE Handy man and General Maintenance Air Conditioning Electrical Plumbing Carpentry Formerly handled maintenance at JCC References available STEVE'S SERVICES Call Steve Doyle at (386) 668-8960 Advertising Sales Full or Part Time Call Jeff at 407-834-8787 story from page 3 Wittenstein was the first wife, Sarah Shader Miller-- Beatrice Lieberman Lippton mohel in Central Florida EstherWittensteinandFannie was born. Bea's earliest regular OrthodoxLater, Rev Abraham Meitin's sister--came to Or- memory is being a flower girl services were held Leshinsky also became alandoin 1921. George was an inMorrisLevine'sweddingat 1917 Israel Shader shochet. Leshinsky taught electricalengineerandhelped Ohev Shalom. Bea's closest Myer, went to HebrewatCongregationOhev with the building of Congre- friend growing up was Hilda a Safer Torah. Shalom before they hired the gation Ohev Shalom on Cohen Saperstein, daughter ~v, tsa longone,first rabbi. "Someone was al- Church Street. of Jonas and Yetta Levine took turns holding it ways interrupting the lesson Ivan N. Burman, a Russian Cohen. Hyman and Esther pbecause because they needed a immigrant, came to Orlando also had a son, Orwin, bornin leftun- chicken," reported Bea with his wife, Minnie, and 1922. new Torah was Lippton, who was one (~f his daughter, Tybel, in 1918.Bur- Hyman Lieberman's first Levy grove ser- students. "Rev. Leshinsk)) man and a partner purchased jobwhenhecametoAmerica, s used for ser- would stop the lesson, and go the Orlando Steam Laundry was to sit on a roof to watch Congregation Ohev kill a chicken. I didn't get to in 1919; a 31-year-old corn- the Panama hats until they iearnmuchHebrew,"shesaid, pany founded in 1888. Then, were dry-and untilhelearned in the Levy Leshinsky also traveled to in1923Burmantookouta99-English. Whenthey movedto only the tell- the Shader farm, among oth- year lease on the San Juan Orlando, heandEstheropened early Jew- ers, to kosher slaughter beef. Hotelwith Samuel Yulee Way their own hat store. "The Hat but their socialRon Shader remembers, (later a mayor and a descen- Box"wasonS.OrangeAvenue :ll. The first Jewish one day he was watchingdant of David Levy Yulee, between Central and Pine. married in Or- Leshinsky kill chickens on his Florida's first U.S. Senator). Shortlybeforeopeningthehat jandRose father's farm; an uncoopera- "Tibby" Burman married Dr. store though, they purchased ~' The ceremony was tive chicken, with its throat Abraham Henry Spivack, a 15acresoforangegrovesat$8 r a chuppah on his already cut, flew into a tree. prominent Orlando surgeon, an acre. Abstracts, from that in Or- Ron said he had to climb the Dave Hillman, a Lieutenant time, show that others were retire Jew- tree to get it down! On an- Colonel in the Civil Air Patrol paying as little as $2.50 an attended the other occasion the Leshinsky andan Orlando businessman, acre,andin 1921, when Esther wascalledtoslaughteraheifer came to Orlando in 1924. He was visiting in New York and Wittenstein's farm being kept in an orange grove owned Hillman Dry Goodsheard the news, Hyman sent first place people in behind the Shader house, until 1943, when he, HyRoth, her a telegram telling her not Wentforkoshermeat. Therewereproblemswhenthe and Morris Lefkowitz bought toworry, but to enjoy herselP cow ran away after a car back- the Orlando Steam Laundry Things worked out for them, ritual kosher fired, andmoreproblemswhen from I.N. Burman. Hillman andtheLiebermansprospered. of animals for thecargotstuckinsand."The remainedmilitarymindedand They were actively involved in first in the area; wholeaffairtookalongtime," in CAP in1953, he created and transient aid (forerunner of COws to be slaugh- said Ron. "As Rev. Leshinsky promoted "Operation Mi-Jewish Family Services) and that purpose, left after it was finished, he crobe"toemphasizeOrlando's the Chevra Kadesha. Would sell the was overheard saying, 'Next unpreparedness for an enemy To be continued. to Hart Res- time, bring the cow to shul!"' air attack. He made a practice Reprinted with theperrnis- or to Perry Weinberg and Harry oftryingtoprovehistheoryby sion of Marcia Zerivitz, ex- Levy for his gro- and Hannah Stahlberg came taking area residents on air- ecutivedirectoroftheSanford. quarters herein from KeyWestin 1915. plane rides to show them the L. Ziff Jewish Museum of and used for Weinberg had a jewelry store area. Florida and the Jewish Fed- or sold to neigh- on Orange Avenue and In 1915, immigrants eration of Greater Orlando. stein also ko- Stahlberg opened Leader De- HymanandEstherLiebermanContributing researcher and partment Store with Natsettledin Orlando, and three writers, Roz Fuchs, Lee s. Berman.GeorgeMiilerandhis years later, their daughter BeynonandEdithSchulman. SAFE ROOF CLEANING HOME MAINTENANCE SERVICES SOUTH ELIMINATING MOLD & MILDEW SAFELY from page 4 money for candidates in the sort of nastiness as a neces- ugliness that partisan ex- 2002 Congressional elec- sary evil in a free country, tremists can inflict on our tions, the rise of the Internet cul- political discourse. No mat- or that the The cheapening of politi- ture makes this practice a ter how much we may dislike Iraqismerelyacal discourse did not begin little more frightening. We some leaders, partisanship world hege- with MoveOn or the right- live in a time where any idiot must have its limits. It is long ntoneo Marxist wingers who were prepared can post lies on the Web and past the time for responsible oil indus- to believe that Bill Clinton have them spread across the citizens -- be they Republi- was a Communist mole, aworld in seconds. Internet can or Democrat, conserva- drug-dealer or a murderer, urban legends can fester in tire or liberal -- to put the increasingly in Dirty politics in this country the public consciousness and crazies in their place. only did the can be traced back to the prove impermeable to those Jonathan S. Tobin is ex- Candidates seek scandalmongers that slung whoanswerthemwithtruth,ecutive editor of the Jewish primary mud at George Washington That's why it isn't enough Exponent in Philadelphia. sum- and Thomas Jefferson. to shrug our shoulders and He can be reached via e-mail itself hasYet as much as it would be say, "everyone does it" when at: jtobin@jewish a great deal of comforting to disrhiss this we are confronted with the exponent.com. 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