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Ed,tr 1 o ia s 4A Op-Ed 5A Calendar 6A SceneAround . 9A Synagogue Directory 11A News Brie 13A @ Dr. Reuben L. Romirowsky, an accomplished executive with three decades of leader- ship roles at Jewish commu- nity organizations in New York and New Jersey, has been named chief executive officer of The Jack and Lee Rosen Jewish Community Center. Previously, Joel Berger was the executive directorand Eric Lightman was the assistant director. Both are no longer at the Rosen JCC and no reason was given for them leaving. Dr. Romirowsky joins the Rosen JCC from New York's Metropolitan Council on Jewish Poverty, where his efforts included elevating annual giving to $5 million, developing new branding and messaging and the launch of a new website. "We're delighted to wel- come Dr. Romirowsky to Orlando," said Rosen JCC President Brett Spector."With Dr. Reuben L. Romirowsky decades of service to Jewish communities and great suc- cess developing strong finan- cial support, his leadership and wisdom ensure a bright future for our organization." JCC on page 14A pros, cons By Christine DeSouza Almost every year during Passover, Raft Layish's family would watch "The Prince of Egypt," an animated movie about the Exodus. He loved it. "It was a really cool movie all around for animation, soundtrack," said Layish. It was also the inspiration for what he wanted to do with his future. He loved the newspaper comics, too. "Pearls Before Swine" was one of his favor- ites. When he was a child, he and friends would spend hours drawing pages and pages of comics. And even today if he thinks of a funny gag that O can be done in three or four panels, he'll draw it. As animation changed from free-hand drawings in Disney cartoons to digital formats, Layish's interest grew. "The movie 'Spiderman: Into the Spider-Verse' was a real game changer for me because it presents anima- tion in a different way," he said. Now 21, Layish is in his fourth year at UCF, majoring in experimental animation. He hopes to one day be in- volved in the pre-production process--planning, sketching and story boarding for films and television. It always helps to have a paying job doing what you love while on your way to your goal, or as Layish says it, "It's not the X on the map, but like the compass, something to follow, putting me on the track to where I'm going." Layish is the illustrator of a just published book, "Hidden Wings of the Time Keeper" by Briana R. Gilbert, the first in "the Contrary Collection" series. Author Gilbert found him through Facebook. "She was Rafi Layish looking for an illustrator for her book and I applied!" said Layish. "I like to create and Layish on page 15A The mural RaFl designed that is on a wall in the HiUel building at UCF. By Jackson Richman (JNS)--U.S. President Donald Trump's pick to be- come attorney general has elicited mixed reviews from Jewish groups. William Barr, who served in the same role under the late President George H.W. Bush, is scheduled to face the Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday and Wednesday. "We endorse his nomina- tion for attorney general. We know that he has exhibited sensitivity to protecting reli- gious rights in the workplace," National Council of Young Israel president Farley Weiss told JNS. "He is clearly very well-qualified having previ- ously been attorney general. We look forward to working with him." Progressive groups such as Bend the Arc: Jewish Action and the Jewish Democratic Council of America expressed opposition. "The attorney general must be an independent voice for the rule of law, a role that is more important today than ever before given President Trump's authoritarian behav- ior," Rabbi Jason Kimelman- Block, Washington director of Bend the Arc, told JNS. "Wil- liam Barr's deeply troubling views on executive power, racial justice, immigrant rights, religious freedom, re- productive justice and LGBTQ rights raise serious doubts about his commitment to equality under the law." "As the Senate begins confirmation hearings this week, JDCA has deep con- cerns with William Barr's nomination as U.S. attorney general," the organization told JNS. "Specifically, we are t~ G~ William Barr speaking to the Senate Judiciary Com- mittee on June 15, 2005. concerned about his lack of transparency with Congress and willingness to adhere to rule of law as it relates to holding President Trump fully accountable for possible violations of the law. The in- dependence of the attorney general and the Department of Justice must be paramount." However, organizations such as the Republican Jew- ish Coalition and Agudath Israel disagreed, and instead applauded the nomination. "The RJC congratulates William Barr and the presi- dent on this fantastic choice," RJC spokesperson Neil Strauss told JNS. "Mr. Barr is highly qualified, having served with distinction as President George H.W. Bush's attorney general. Barr has received Barr on page 15A ~llU!l!!~!!k!fill~