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Editorials 4 Op-Ed 5 Calendar 6 Synagogue Directory 7 B'nai Mitzvah 8 Scene Around 9 I Classified 21 "make the connection" MARCH 2 and Assaf Ramon, widow and eldest son of llan Ramon, stand beside 4irforce Base outside Tel Aviv on Feb. 10, 2003. photo courtesy of: Pool photo/BP Images the astronaut's coffin during a BYMatthew Gutman we love." "Ilan, the son of a mother perfectlyinbombingtheIraqinuclear who survived the Holocaust, and a reactor in 1981 - long before he ~.VIV (JTA)--In a short but father who is a veteran of the War of reached the status of national icon - ceremony, Israel's leaders Independence, was a courageous Israel and indeed the world might this week at Lod Air Force combat pilot and an outstanding of- have been a far worse place. ' near Tel Aviv to pay their last ricer, and was among the best of our "He knew how to unify the na- to Israel's first astronaut, sons and warriors," said Sharon. tion," continued Katsav, noting in a Ramon was killed along with the quavering voice Ramon's reciting of at its best. six other members of the Columbia the Shemaas the shuttle passed over tight Monday as the crew Feb. 1 when the shuttle shat- Jerusalem, his decision to take along security services guardedteredasitre-enteredtheatmosphere, a miniature Torah scroll saved dur- of the upper echelons of News of Secretary of State Colin ingthe Holocaust andhisproudbear- political and military es- Powell'sU.N.SecurityCouncilspeech ing of the Israeli Air Force badge. past and present, who and the looming threat of an Iraqi The painthe familyenduredwould eulogized, chemical and biological attack have not be forgotten, Sharon said. ! memorial for a man whose blanketed Israel since last Wednes- Neither would the fate of Ramon's ,very newscast dayandwiped the shuttle crash from six crewmates. broadcast live on the headlines for a few days.Throughout the ceremony the of Israel's networks, and on Butthisweek, almost 10 days after American-Israeli bond was often re- its radio stations. In his the arresting images of the shuttle iterated."TheStarofDavid, the'blue Sharon catastrophe shook Israelis from the and white' of our flag, were interwo- nwithRamon's quiet of their Shabbat naps, wrench- ven with the American Stars and ing images of Ramon and his suffer- Stripes, and the common fate of the was the reflec- ing family again flooded the media, team poignantly strengthened the its best - Israel as we President Moshe Katsav added that d to see it - the Israel had Ramon not fulfilled his duty so See "Ramon" on page 18 Miller, formerly the Se- Nego- Department of State the president of the nonprofit organiza- Peace, will speak on ). 23 from at 4:30 p.m. Auditorium at Rollins address the current situa- East and the im- of Peace around the , in the Middle munity-at-large is in- Miller became the of Peace, on Jan. Stinguished career at the .of State. He joined the m 1978 where he helped policy on the Middle peace pro- s served as an adviser to of state, as the Deputy for ~gotiations, as a senior State Department's ng Staff, in the Bureau and Research and in AARON MILLER TRACY SHIPLEY AMAR the Office of the Historian. He has tory from the UniversityofMichigan received the Department's Distin- in 1977. In 1984 he served a tempo- guished, Superior and Meritorious rary tour at the American Embassy Honor Awards. in Amman, Jordan. Between 1998 Miller received his Ph.D. in Ameri- can Diplomatic and Middle East His- See "Miller" on page 17 The Merriam-Webster Unabridged Dictionary defines a "village" as "a settlement usually larger than a ham- let and smaller than a town" and a "community" as "a group ofpeople with shared interests within society." If, "It takes a village to raise a child," it is safe to say that it takes a commu- nity to not only raise a child, but to guide the education of it's children from pre-school to high school; to provide services to the elderly; to pro- vide vital services and programs to members of the Jewish community as well as programs in Israel and over- seas. When you give a gift of time to the Jewish Federation of Greater Orlando, you can feel comfortable that you have contributed to an overwhelming part of the Jewish community. By volunteering at the Federation's Super Sunday, on March 2, you are working for its seven constituent agen- cies- the Hebrew Day School, Hillel of Central Florida, Holocaust Memorial and Educational Resource Center, Jewish Community Center, Jewish Family Services and Kinneret Coun- cil on Aging and the global Jewish community. Think about it, during a very short, three-hour shift, you are helping to raise funds for hundreds of thousands of people. What an amazing equation, "1 person x 3 hours = an impact on thousands," a mathematic anomaly. The time goes by very fast because it is fun and because you know you're doing something positive. Super Sunday is an equal opportu- nity volunteer experience; everyone can participate and what you do dur- ing your shift is up to you. Volunteers are needed to make the calls or to By Matthew E. Berger WASHINGTON, D.C. (JTA)--David Waldner isn't going to let new warn- ings that terrorists might be target- ing U.S. Jewish sites change his rou- tine. "I'm not going to stop what I'm doing because someone said, 'It's orange today,'" Waldner said Sunday as his 21-month-old son, Dylan, played outside the District of Columbia's Jewish Community Cen- ter. The reference to "orange" reflected the increased state of alert that gov- ernment officials announced over the weekend. Waldner's sentiment was shared by other Jews who plan to live their lives as normal, despite the upgraded alerts and added security at Jewish institutions. Newsweek reported that FBI offi- cials began contacting Jewish lead- ers last Friday to warn them to be especially vigilant and to enhance security at Sabbath services and other weekend events, law enforcement sources said. Indeed, Abraham Foxman, na- tional director of the Anti-Defama- tion League, said the organization "received calls and visits around the country by law enforcement bureau staff." Their message: "Help us com- municate to the Jewish community" that "Jewish institutions may be tar- geted," Foxman said. "When we said, 'Is there anything specific?' they said provide support for those who do. Every job is important; no one is turned away. And in the long run you earn a great deal satisfaction, pleasure, fulfill- ment, and the assurance that you are working for the greater good. The rewards extend to the ruach, the camaraderie, babysitting, fun and nosherie that are an integral part of the Super Sunday experience. Volunteers staff phones from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Jewish Community Campus in Maitland and from 9 a.m. to noon at the Federation's South Campus located at the Southwest Orlando Jewish Congregation on Apopka Vineland Road. Super week continues, Monday through Wednesday, 6 to9 p.m. at the Maitland Campus. The strength of a community is in the thousands of volunteers who give tens of thousands of volunteer hours that enable the community to con- tinue to grow and thrive. Call 407-645-5933, ext. 225 today for more information or to sign up for Super Sunday 2003. Just three hours, it's worth it. ABRAHAM FOXMAN no." Foxman said it is the third time that the FBI has warned of a threat against Jewish groups, noting an alert in April following a terror attack on a synagogue in Tunisia that fuel trucks might target Jewish institutions. While there are no specific threats, Foxman said, "The fact that they reached out to us means that some- where, someone felt that there was a specific need to reach out to the Jewish community." An FBI spokes- man said he couldn't discuss which organizations or businesses were contacted, or what intelligence the See "Terror" on page 17