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H FLORIDA Year 38, No, 21 TAG JEWISH NEWS January 31, 2014 30 Sh&apos;vat, 5774 72 Pages Amy Schwartz/Roth JCC Lance Gegerson, a happy camper from Camp J 2013, looks forward to what is in store for 2014. Camp J to kickoff2014 season On Sunday, Feb. 2, the Roth Jewish Community Center of Greater Orlando will kick off its Camp J summer camps from 1-4 p.m. at its Maitland location. The Camp J Kickoff will feature an op- portunity to find out more information about everything that Camp J has to offer--from their specialty camps, such as magic, theater, Mad Science, LegoRobotics, and pottery; to their sports camps, such as Edgerrin James football, scuba, TGA golf and sports journalism camps. Coming off of a successful 2013 summer, organizers expect the event to be full of a lot of energy and a lot of smiling faces. "Last summer we went back to a more traditional Jewish day camp model, and I was excited to see all of the positive feedback from research we conducted with our participants," said Abby Paulson, Camp J director. "Our new camp committee has been work- ing hard to ensure the highest quality camp programs for 2014, and they are so excited to present the new plans for this summer to the community," Paulson added. The kickoff will feature activities for children by the specialty camp provid- ers, demonstrations by Mad Science, Starving Artist Studios, and See Magic Live, and a song session with a very special guest. The kickoff event will New this summer, rising kindergart- ners (Sameach) will be participating in Camp J, or what a lot of them call "Big Kids Camp." The campers will remain with early childhood staff from Camp J Jr. and will be taking trips every day to Camp J to participate in age-appropriate experiences including the energetic morning flag program, afternoon song session, specialist activities, Shabbat, and even weekly field trips. This year they are offering a num- ber of discounts and everybody who registers for Camp J by March 31 is eligible for some type of discount. There is a returning camper discount be the first time to get the 2014 camp. for anybody who attended Camp J in brochure and to see what's new at Camp J this summer. Camp J on page 15A Canada will stand by Israel 'through fire and water' ( Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper made history last Monday by becoming the first Canadian leader to address the Israeli r _--  < n, 4 _ : Knesset, saying Canada will stand by Israel "through fire and water." Harper, who is making his first-ever trip to Israel, arrived on Sunday at Tel Aviv's Ben- Gurion Airport to a lavish cer- emony. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu praised Harper's courage and said he is a "great friend of Israel and the Jewish people." In his speech to the Knes- set, Harper explained why it is important that Canada stand with Israel. "Canada supports Israel because it is right to do so. This is a very Canadian trait, to do something for no reason other than it is right even when no immediate reward for, or threat to, ourselves is evident," said Harper. "Support today for the Jew- ish state of Israel is more than a moral imperative. It is also of strategic importance, also a matter of our own long-term interest," he said. Harper criticized world leaders who single out Israel Flash90 Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (right) with Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper during a welcom- ing ceremony for Harper at Netanyahu's office in Jerusalem on Jan.19, 2014. Harper took a four-day trip to Israel and the Palestinian territories. because it is the popular thing to do. "It isatl too easy 'to goalong to get along' and single out Israel," Harper said. "This is really something we have not seen before, a prime minister of Canada taking a really strong position at a great political cost. He knows that this could really hurt him in some areas, but he doesn't care, because this is what he really believes," Rabbi Philip Scheim of Toronto's Beth David Synagogue, part of Harper's delegation to Israel, told Celebration Section B Oda; F/odda Single Copy 75 COS, Roth JCC present 92Y Live Stimulating conversation, enlightenmentabout current events, some adult learning, and a nice evening out with friends are what Congregation Ohev Shalom and the Roth JCC bring to the community in the upcoming spring series of the 92Y Live. "Congregation Ohev Sha- lom and the Roth JCC consis- tently bring the best and the brightest to our doorstep for the cost of going to a movie. Once again, the new series promises to be enriching and interesting," said Lisa Schwartz, chairwoman of Adult Programming at Ohev. The series will open Tues- day, Feb. 4, at 8 p.m. with Amy Chua (author of "Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother") and Jed Rubenfeld talking about success in America. It may be taboo to say, but some groups in America do better than others. Mormons have recently risen to astonishing business success. Cubans in Miami climbed from poverty to prosperity in a generation. Nigerians earn doctorates at stunningly high rates. Indian and Chinese Americans have much higher incomes than other Americans; Jews may have the highest of all. The husband-and-wife team-- both Yale professors--discuss their new book, "The Triple Package," and expose the three unlikely traits that explain the rise and fall of cultural groups in America. Tuesday, Feb. 11, at 8 p.m., journalist and author Warren Kozak will tackle the difficult topic"The United States, Iran and Israel: What next?" in an interview with acclaimed Middle East expert Dr. Michael Doran. The United States embarked on a historically unprecedented engagement with Iran at a moment when the Middle East has never seemed more volatile and unpredictable. What has it achieved? Dr. Doran has served as assistant secretary of defense and senior director at the National Security Coun- cil. He writes and lectures widely the Middle East. What is a Jewish lecture series without some Jewish history? On Monday, March 9, 92Y on page 14A Kinn eret presents 8 over 80 dinner Tickets are now available and plans are well underway for"An Evening at the Oscars ," the Kinneret Council on Aging's 8 over 80 Honorary Dinner that will be held on Sunday, Feb. 23. This year's honorees are Ruth Billie Gold- har, Bill Kahn, Don Kaplan, Gordon Kotzin, Robert Petree, Rose Savage, Helen Tishman and Barbara Weinreich. The event will start at 5 p.m. with hors d'oeuvres and cock- tails served in the Jessie Ren- der Social Hall. At 5:45p.m., guests will move into the Delaney Dining Roomwhere a gourmet sit-down dinner will be served. The Kosher dinner choices include Chicken Flo- rentine Roulade, Asian Glazed Salmon or Vegetarian Baked Polentawith roastedseasonal vegetables. The on-site staff of Brown's New York Deli will be catering the dinner. The highlight of the evening will be the introduction of the honorees and viewing of a commemorative video of the 8 over 80 honorees, produced by David Basher of A Magic Moment. There are several ways for the community to support KCOA and celebrate this year's 8 over 80 honorees. For information about tickets, please contact Leslie Collin at 407-425-4537 or by email at Seat- ing will be limited. In addition, congratula- tory ads and messages can be placed in the 8 over 80 Tribute Ad book. Ads must be received by Feb. 15. Contact Leslie for information on the Tribute book or check the website at www.kinneretapartments. com. The Kinneret Council on Aging provides programs for residents that are not included in the resident's monthly rent. These programs include: A hot meal program where residents receive a nutritious five-course meal, served table- side Monday- Friday at 5 p.m. Residents pay $5 a meal and the rest is subsidized by the Kinneret Council on Aging. The Congregate Housing Services program provides transitional care to residents after an illness or injury that enables them to stay in their home as they regain their in- dependence. Jewish program- ming includes weekly Shabbat services, High Holiday and Passover meals, community outreach, and volunteer pro- grams that bring educational and cultural programming to the residents. The Kinneret Apartments are the Jewish community's twin residence towers for low income senior citizens located in downtown Orlando. For more information, contact Leslie Collin, executive ad- ministrator, at407-425-4537. I",, xo