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Editorials ..................................... 4A Op-Ed .......................................... 5A Calendar ...................................... 6A Scene Around ............................. 9A Synagogue Directory ................ llA JTA News Briefs ........................ 13A Tu B'Shevat is celebrated annually memories to share~regarding this Jew- "Trees" by Joyce Kilmer. Many elders at senior communities in Orange and ish Earth Day other than the collections had to memorize this poem for school ~.j~ Seminole counties. The seniors enjoy .~ey did for Jewish National Fund. For andeventhosewhoappear tobe sleeping participating in the Tu B'Shevat se~er ..... many, their favorite pa-rt of time-JeWish .... du~ringtheservic~llperkupandbegin service. Unlike other holidays, few have Pavilion service is reciting the poem their recitation. Trees By Joyce Kilmer I think that I shall never see / A poem lovely as a tree. A tree whose hungry mouth is prest / Against the earth's sweet flowing breast; A tree that looks at God all day, And lifts her leafy arms to pray; A tree that may in summer wear / A nest of robins in her hair; Upon whose bosom snow has lain; Who intimately lives with rain. Poems are made by fools like me, But only God can make a tree. Joyce Kilmer was an American writer and poet mainly remembered for a short poem titled "Trees," which was published in the collection "Trees and Other Poems" in 1914. On Sunday, Feb. 26, Con- gregation Ohev Shalom, 613 Concourse Parkway South, Maitland, will honor Amy Geboff, director of Youth and Family Education, for her 21 years of service to the syna- gogue. The Gala Celebration will begin with a cocktail reception and silent auction at 5 p.m. followed by a dinner and program at 6:30 p.m. A native of Philadelphia, Geboff came to Orlando with her husband, Eric, and their daughters, Sara and twins Alana and Rebecca. Prior to joining Congregation Ohev Shalom, Amy worked as youth director and pro- gram director of the JCC in Youngstown, Ohio, for nine years. After helping out at the Central Florida JCC for a brief period, she was asked to take on the job of educa- tion director at COS. Geboff brought a unique perspective to her job, with an emphasis on the religious school as a means of developing Jewish community and relation- ships--between students and teachers, teachers and parents, teachers and Mad- richim (teenage aides) and students and Madrichim. At times, parents are given the opportunities to learn alongside their children as well. Weekend Shabbaton programs throughout the Amy Geboff year facilitate bonding and learning. These bonds con- tinue after bar mitzvah age as dozens of teenagers stay on to assist as Madrichim. Besides the religious school program, Geboff has overseen the growth of youth programs of Olim, Kadima, and USY covering the age range from elementary stu- dents through high school. Youth dramatic productions give the opportunity to de- velop talent and especially teamwork. A one-week sum- mer day camp called Mach- aneh Ohev serves nearly 200 children from the entire Jewish community. Geboffon page 15A On Friday night, March 3, members of West Volusia County's Jewish community will gather at Congregation Beth Shalom in an unparal- leled display of Jewish revi- talization and Jewish unity. --" O m "'- mR m m m i I Cq CO o m -- ca Conceived and organized by the National Jewish Outreach Program (NJOP) in 1997, Shabbat Across America/ Canada represents a united effort by the entire Jewish community to renew inter- est in the fourth of the Ten Commandments--observing a weekly day of rest (Shabbat in Hebrew). Congregation Beth Shalom will be one of approximately 700 synagogues across the continent thatwill simultane- ously open its doors to prac- ticing and non-practicing Jews alike, so they may join together to experience and re- joice in a traditional Shabbat service. Over 600,000 people have participated in Shabbat Across America/Canada in the past. Led by Rabbi Weilheimer, attendees will experience an interactive Friday night Ex- planatory Service with all the rituals explained. The event will take place at 7 p.m. "We just cannot accept the common perception that North American Jewry is an endangered species," commented Rabbi Ephraim Rabbi Ephraim Buchwald Buchwald, founder and di- rector of NJOP. Shabbat Across America/Canada is an exciting and modern way of reintroducing friends and family members to a practice that has been with, and uni- fied, our people for over 3,300 years, and which we trust will be with us for at least 3,300 more." Designed to teach about the beauty and significance of the Jewish Sabbath, Shab- bat Across America/Canada is the first nationally orches- trated program to appeal to members of all major Jewish denominations. It is also the first and only program aimed at uniting Jews across the United States and Canada through one single event. Shabbat Across America/ Canada will take place in every city where there is a Jewish presence--from major Jewish geographical centers, such as New York, Los Angeles, and Toronto, to cities with smaller Jewish populations such as Deltona, Florida in West Volusia County. Congregation Beth Shalom is located at 1308 E. Nor- man@ Blvd., Suite D, Deltona, FL 32725. Please RSVP before Feb. 25th to Gale Barr via email or 386-789-0999. For more information, please call Gale Barr at 386.789.0999 or Rabbi Winston Weilheimer at 386.804.8283 and see our website www.mybethshalom. com. (JTA)--At least 11 Jewish community centers across the United States were targeted with bomb threats in the third wave of such mass disruption this month. David Posner, director of strategic performance at JCC Association of NorthAmerica, whose role involves advising local JCCs on security poli- cies and practices, issued the below statement: "Today, a thirdwave of bomb threats called in to Jewish com- munity centers has caused 14 centers in 10 states plus one Canadian province, to quickly carry out practiced security protocols to ensure the safety of their participants and facilities. While the situation is develop- ing, most have already received the all-clear from local law en- forcement and resumed regular operations, with a heightened level of security. "Safety is our top priority. JCC Association is coordinat- ing security trainings for JCC executives and staff, to ensure that our community of profes- sionals across the country is prepared with critical tools, resources and contacts. Paul Goldenberg, the di- rector of Secure Community Networks--an affiliate of the Jewish federations of North America, which advises Jew- ish groups and institutions on security--said the threats were called in late Tuesday morning. It was not clear at the time whether the mes- sages were live or recorded, or the gender of the caller. "[I]n the past we know that the numbers can grow exponentially," he said, adding that perpetrators have been "leveraging technologies to make mass calls." He said his organization was instructing the JCCs to be in touch with local police to determine if they should evacuate. "In light of the newest bomb threats, we must remain a resilient community, and we need to ensure that we are back at our JCCs as soon as lo- cal police advise the all-clear," Goldenberg said. Posner stated: "This is the third time this month that multiple JCCs have received phoned in bomb threats in a single day; on Jan. 18, 27 Jewish community centers in 17 states received threats, and Threats on page 15A