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FLORIDA Year 38, No. 19 JEWISH NEWS January 17, 2014 16 Sh'vat, 5774 60 Pages White House photo by Paul Morse President George W. Bush and Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon laugh together during their joint press conference in the Rose Garden Tuesday, July 29, 2003. Ariel Sharon, one of Israel's last warrior statesmen, dies at 85 By Ron Kampeas (JTA)--Ariel Sharon, one of Israel's last warrior statesmerr, whose military and political careers were woven into his nation's triumphs and failures, has died. : Sharon, 85, died Saturday at the Sheba Medical Center near Tel Aviv after eight years in a coma. "He went when he de- cided to go," said his younger son, Gilad, who has become the fierce guardian of his father's legacy. He was among the last of Israel's founding fathers, fighting in every Israeli military conflict in the first three decades of the state. As a military general, Sharon helped turn the tide of the Yom Kippur War with Egypt in 1973. As defense minister, he plunged his nation into the crucible of Lebanon in 1982, an engagement that nearly cutshort his career after he was found to bear indirect responsibility for the massacre of Palestinian refugees at the Sabra and Shatila refugee camps in Lebanon. But Sharon would rise from the ashes of that calamity to effect an astonishing about-face as prime minister, orchestrat- ing the evacuation of thousands of Israeli settlers from the Gaza Strip after spend- ing the bulk of his career championing the settlement enterprise. As prime minister, Sharon began the construction of Israel's controversial security fence in the West Bank. His overriding concern, Sharon always said, was to protect a nation built on the ashes of thedestruction Of European Jewry. , "I arrived here today from Jerusalem, the capital of the State of Israel, the only place where Jews have the right and capability to defend themselves by themselves," he said in a May 2005 visit to Auschwitz to mark 60 years since the Holocaust. He forged affectionate bonds with Diaspora Jewish leaders, interspersing his English with Yiddishisms and often urging them to emigrate to Israel. "Sharon worked his entire life for the unity of the Jewish people," said a state- Sharon on page 15A Retiring London Fletcher lauds a Jewish couple for NFL success By Hillel Kuttler BALTIMORE (JTA)--The rain dripping from his uni- form provided an unceremo- --- q 8z nious end to London Fletch- er's career as the Washington Redskins linebacker headed to the locker room following a recent road loss to the New York Giants. His team's last-place fin- ish was hardly the idealized final walk off the gridiron for Fletcher as a professional player. But his 16-year National Football League career might never have launched were it not for Charlotte Kramer and Leonard Schwartz. The Cleveland philanthro- pists first met Fletcher when he was a sixth-grader in the city's East Madison Elementa- ry School--one of 71 towhom the Jewish couple promised college tuition assistance. He would be the student they got to know the best. Fletcher would graduate from John Carroll University; make the NFLas an undrafted free agent; start as linebacker for the St. Louis Rams, Buffalo Bills and Redskins; win one Super Bowl and compete in courtesy Washington Redskins An enthusiastic London Fletcher being introduced as a starter for the Washington Redskins. He holds the NFL record for consecutive starts by a linebacker with 216 while playing for three teams. another; and play 256 con- secutive games, fourth most in league history. "I had the drive and deter- mination, but the resources and opportunity they provided made it a lot more feasible," Fletcher, speaking of the couple, told JTA in an inter- view two days after his final game. "Some of the things they exposed me to gave me more of a drive and hunger to succeed. I knew the way of life Fletcher on page 14A 4A 5A Calendar ................................. 6A Synagogue Directory ............... 7A B'nai Mitzvah .......................... 8A Scene Around ......................... 9A Classified ................................ 2B Odando, Florida Single Copy 75 Hadassah president to visit Orlando Hadassah members are excited that Marcie Natan, na- tional president of Hadassah, will visit Orlando on Jan. 30. This "meet and greet" event will take place at Sawyer Lake Pavillion in Heathrow in Lake Mary, beginningat 10:30 a.m. Zionism and love for Is- rael are in Marcie Natan's heart, and Hadassah is in her DNA. She has served the organization with her quiet strength, profound integrity and generosity of spirit since her early 20s. Natan joined Hadassah and rose to president of the Eastern Pennsylvania Re- gion. A former national vice president, she has also served as chairwoman of Planned Giving & Estates, Major Gifts, Unit Assessment, and Hadassah College. Her posi- tions have included national president's training chair- woman, national secretary, and national treasurer. Natan has traveled to Israel more than 50 times, including visits both during intifadas and the 2006 Lebanon War. Her time in Israel has intensified her passion and honed the perspective she has brought to Hadassah's National Board and Executive Committee, and Hadassah's Foundation Board. Natan's adventurous nature Marcie Natan has taken her to other exotic locations, as well--from Ma- chu Picchu to India and be- yond. But as much as she loves to travel, Natan is happiest when she's with family--and hers is a four-generation Life- member family. All the men in her life are associates, and she and her husband, Eli, and their daughter, Heidi, and son, David, are proud to be Hadas- sah founders. While there is no charge for this event, reservations .are. required-due to limited seating. For more informa- tion, reservations or for direc- tions, email Sharyn Lazare at Interfaith Grandparenting As part of the continuing series on the Federation of Jewish Men's Club's Keruv ini- tiative, which was launched to address the most profound change affecting the Ameri- can Jewish community in the 21st century--interfaith relationships, Temple Israel's Men's Club Keruv consultant and immediate past president of the Florida region of the Federation of Jewish Men's Clubs, Elliott Davis, will speak on "Grandparenting in an Interfaith Relationship." The event will be held in Temple Israel's Roth Social Hall, 50 S. Moss Rd., Winter Springs, on Sunday, Jan. 19, 2014 at 10:00 am. Where interfaith mar- riages and relationships are involved, religious heritage is a delicate subject that should be approached carefully and with a healthy dose of diplo- macy. Quite often the mere discussion can easily bring resentment in children and confusion in grandchildren. Conflicts arise when the par- ent, who has made marital choice independent of his or her family desires, resents any intrusion on the part of the grandparent. Davis, who has been a Keruv consultant since 2007 and has trained lay leaders across the United States and Elliott Davis, Keruv consultant Canada to introduce a Keruv program in their synagogues, will discuss how to deal with trying to create a meaning- ful relationship with their interfaith grandchildren, and how to keep children and grandchildren of inter- faith marriages involved in Judaism. There is no charge to at- tend this event and it is open to the community. Bagels and coffee will be provided.