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r 17 1 ......... M XED ADC 320 TO: S/TALL TOf PAPERS "I7270 F 5026 CALIFORNIA AVE SW SEATTLE WA 98f36.-i20e FLORIDA --[ JEWISH NEWS Editorials ................................ 4A Op-Ed ..................................... 5A Calendar ............... 6A eeeeeeeeeeoeeeeeeo Synagogue Directory ............... 7A B'nai Mitzvah .......................... 8A Scene Around ......................... 9A Classified ................................ 2B Ben Harris Hundreds rallied Feb. 2, at the Venezuelan Consulate in New York to protest the vandalizing of a synagogue in Caracas. Protesters in N.Y. finger Chavez for Caracas attack By Ben Harris NEW YORK (JTA)--Ruben Kliks- berg awoke last Saturday morning questioning everything he had once assumed about the security of the Jewish community in his native Venezuela. The Caracas-born, American- educated hedge fund employee says the country's Jews, like theirAmeri- can counterparts, are well integrated and contribute "massively" to their society. His father was awarded a government honor for his work combating poverty. "I woke up on Saturday morning and all of that had changed in six hours," Klisberg told JTA. The six hours in question had begun late the night before, on Jan. 30, when 15 armed men invaded the Tiferet Israel Synagogue in the Venezuelan. capital Caracas. In an apparently weltoganized operation, they overpowered the synagogue's security before proceeding to scrawl hostile messages to the Jewish com- munity on the walls and desecrate religious objects. Kliksberg, now a New York resi- dent, spoke during a rally Monday opposite the Venezuelan Consulate here. Like several American Jewish groups, he pointed a finger at the government of Hugo Chavez, ac- cusing the Venezuelan president of imperiling the Jewish community with rhetoric that has fostered an atmosphere of intimidation. Both Kliksberg and American Jewish leaders said they were alarmed about the possibility of future attacks because the intruders stole computers and administrative documentation. David Harris, executive director of the American Jewish Committee, sounded a vague warning about the intentions of the vandals. "They wanted information from the synagogue about the Jewish com- munity," Harris said in his speech at the rally. "They wanted names and addresses. Why? Why? Why in Chavez on page 19A JFGO's Group of Chai looks to the future Multi generational conversation: Dick Weiner, Elaine Gamson, Bob Gamson, Amy Schwartz and Dick Appelbaum share their ideas about how to strengthen the Central Florida community. The Jewish Federation of Greater Orlando is looking into the 21st century. Jacob Stuart, leader of the Central Florida Partnership, spoke with some of the Federation's philan- thropists about the future of Central 5 Florida at the inaugural meeting of the Group of Chai. The Central Florida Partnership works with seven counties, 86 cities and 3.5 million people to envision the Orlando community as it continues to grow over the next 40 years. The Partnership has spent $1 million identifying demographic trends. Those studies predict a population growth of three million people in the next 10 years. The Partnership's intensive study of the local community and future trends identified that the environ- ment and connections, whether they are virtual and real, are two of the fundamental concerns of the "creative class," young, highly edu- cated and committed to family and place. Central Florida is home to the University of Central Florida--the sixth largest university in the United States. Many of the young people who come to UCF stay and make Central Florida their home. The local telecommunications network, space coast, world class airport and environmental treasures all are as- sets that fuel the area's growth. The Jewish Federation's goal is to re-shape itself to be the catalyst for building the world class Jewish community that will continue to enhance Central Florida's growth, A group of community leaders and philanthropists, with a "head for business and a heart for philan- thropy," have been invited to share their skills and commitment to help JFGO play a major role in leader- ship development and connecting newcomers to Jewish community involvement and commitment. The JFGO on page 19A Jewish educator is CRJ scholar in residem,:e Rabbi Jan Katzew. Ph.D.. will be the scholar in residence Feb. 20-22 at the Congregation of Reform Judaism in Orlando. Since his appointment as director of the Union of Reform Judaism Divi- sion of Lifelong Jewish Learning in 1997. Katzew has used his abilities as a teacher, scholar and adminis- trator to develop new educational resources for congregations across North America. As director he has worked with a network of regional educators and developed an array of Jewish educational resources including the creation of a number of new URJ publications designed to teach Torah to Reform educators, parents and volunteer leaders. In addition, he has authored numerous scholarly and popular articles whose topics range from Jewish-Christian relations to Jewish ethics and moral philosophy. Katzew also works with many URJ groups to collaborate on developing innovative educational ideas and programs. The Scholar in Residence program is sponsored by the Sidney R. Geist Memorial Scholar in Residence Fund. The schedule: Friday, Feb. 20 at 8 p.m. Guest Speaker at Shabbat Shirah service. Rabbi Jan Katzew is scholar in residence Feb. 20-22 at the Congregation of Reform Judaism in Orlando. Saturday, Feb. 21 at 7 p.m. Open to the community: Havdalah service followed by a presentation on "Why it's So Jewish to be Compassionate: Compassion in an Age of Coldness." Dessert reception follows. Sunday, Feb. 22 at 9:30 a.m. Open to the community. Rabbi Katzewwill Topic:"What's So GreatAbout Being...speak with parents and students in a Reform Jew?" .... ........ grades 6 and above about Jewish eth- Saturday, Feb. 21. Board of Trust- ics in their lives. Bagels and drinks ees dinner at 5:30 p,m. Rabbi Katzew will be provided. will discuss:"The Ethical ChoicesWe For more information: 407-645- Have to Make as Board Members." 0444. HMREC presents 'The Monster Among Ur' A graveyard scene from The Holocaust Memorial Resource and Education Center of Florida will screen the film"The MonsterAmong Us" on Sunday, March 1 at 2 p.m. There is no admission cost. Following the film there will be a discussion and a question-and- answer session with professor Terri Fine. Dr, Fine is professor of political science at the University of Central Florida. She has taught at UCF for 20 years and published or presented more than 100 articles, book chap- ters, conference papers and other publications. The film, by Allen Mondell and Cynthia Salzman Mondell from Me- dia Projects, examines the current wave of anti-Semitism against Eu- ropean Jews and their institutions, mainly from the point of view of those who have directly experienced the violence or live every day with the threat. 'The Monster Among Us." The film includes excerpts from almost 200 hours of footage shot in Germany, Hungary, France, Eng- land, Holland and Belgium. Anti-Semitism has surfaced on university campuses, in the media, on the streets, on the Internet, at po- litical demonstrations and in seem- ingly innocent social situations. A U.S. State Department report to congress in March 2008 stated "Today, more than 60 years after the Holocaust, anti-Semitism is just not a factor of history, it is a current event." Charles Stone, professor at CUNY & Brooklyn College says "Watch "The MonsterAmong Us," and then, when the first European Pogrom (Holo- caust) of the 21st century happens, you will not be able to say you are shocked. You will be outraged and HMREC on page 19A