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JEWISH NEWS, FEBRUARY 14, 2003 PAGE 3 ltYSara M. Crusade handedout flowers to mourn- and rocket boosters gave ers who did not bring their peopleacloserviewofhowthe of the Colum- own. Columbiacrewmayhavelived accident, and the loss of Television crews and pho- and worked in space, and pro- Seven crewmembers, the tographers lined the green in vided a reminder about the )pened front of the ebony space mir- human quest to create and gates, free of charge, to ror engraved with the names explore. mourn of astronauts who died in the The Greater Orlando Board in the sadness. Sun- line of duty. Journalists be- of Rabbis and the Jewish Fed- day after learning friended the grieving to ask eration of Greater Orlando fate, ap- questions about how people held a memorial at the Con- 3000visitorslined were coping, and where they gregation of Liberal Judaism )PaY their respects at the were at the time they heard to honor the crew of Colum- that had been cre- the news. The steel fence that bia on Thursday, Feb. 6. It was memorializing protectstheAstronautMemo- open to the any one in the ~r and her crew. rial from confrontations was community who wanted to people came baring covered with flowers woven pray and reflect. of flowers, and through the metal strands, and The Service of Remem- cards and signs. American and Israeli flags flew brance and Hope was offici- serVice to visitors to the nestled among the flowers. To ated by rabbis from the local )lex at Kennedy theleftoftheMemorial, alife- r, staff members size replica of a space shuttle See "Memorial" on page 18 dwid in of Col bia astronauts YORK--Jewish Na- Ronald Russell F. are traveling to Is- to hand-deliver of llan Ramon of tree certifi- Jewry is planting in y. televised conver- on Jan. 21, while the space shuttle was earth, Ilan Ramon, tronaut, told Prime Minister Ariel apon "ev- to plant a tree in the during the coro- t on the anni- of the launching of the mission he would see "at least 13 or 14 new trees planted in In the wake of the Shuttle Columbia tragedy, Jewish Na- tional Fund is experiencing an all-time record of unsolicited tree orders. "Ilan Ramon, sitting with the six other astronauts aboard the Columbia, looked down upon the earth and expressed his wish for Jews everywhere to plant trees in Israel," says JNF President Ronald S. Lauder. "In the aftermath of the tragedy the world is com- ing together to respond to his request and I am so proud that JNF is their central address to help realize Mr. Ramon's dream." In the week following the Columbia disaster, orders to JNF's 800 number for memo- rial trees nearly tripled, hit- tinga record high. Tree orders made through JNF's Web site,, more than qua- drupled and the orders have been steadily increasing. An analysis of these orders indi- cates that while some indi- viduals are planting one tree, many are planting seven trees, one for each astronaut. In a Feb. 6 interview with The New York Times, Nily Falic of Miami, whose family bought 18 trees (18 is the symbol for life) in memory of Ilan Ramon and the Columbia team, said: "We planted trees in their memory to symbolize the con- tinuity of the goodness of man- kind, the bonds between Israel and the United States, having an Israeli astronaut in space for the first time and, finally, hope for the future because trees are hope, our hope." See "Trees" on page 18 Shuttle exploded. then waking to the 'f the double "sonic I Woke to the news Shuttle was "lost." fog of sleep Scientific naivet6 I or perhaps hoped it Shuttle it happen to you? Do immediately tragedies that came moment in remember exactly Was and what I was t was different for me [ had to think about of Ilan Ramon thinking and "devastating," every call, e-mail there were mine. 1 for the Heritage e- Was doing my voi- the Orange Office Park- Satur- when a woman and asked if I had Columbia had thought crazy but I immedi- OREN UNDER ately turned on the radio and heard the news. My first thought was, "What was the altitude of Columbia when it was lost?" Not putting it past one of the many groups that hate Americans, Israelis or both to bring it down with a missile. Later, when I heard the altitude was approximately 200,000 feet, that possibility lost a lot of credence. Never- theless, it is a tragedy on a par with Challenger and I pray that the families of all seven astro- nauts can be comforted at this terrible time. The fact that I was present for the launch makes it doubly tragic for me." While waiting for our daughters at Sunday school, Jay Gewolb shared, "It is a ter- rible tragedy for the Jewish people and the State of Israel as well as the United States of ARNON KAHANI /iii! i ALLISON SYKORA America. I think in trying times like this a successful mission would have kept the people in a more upbeat mood See "Columbia" on page 19 photo by Michael Pastor RABBI STEVEN ENGEL (at the podium), and seated (l-r), Rabbi RICK SHERWIN, Rabbi AARON RUBINGER, Rabbi DANIEL WOLPE and ERIC GEBOFF on the bimah at the Community Service of Remembrance and Hope held on Thursday, Feb. 6 at the Congregation of Liberal Judaism. PAT LEVY Full Service Family Relocations (407) 862-9700 / 800-600-1178 Residence (407) 869-0154 EmaU: Testimonials available from my buyers & sellers. Pg.ESENT THEIR WINTER. MUSICAL February 6 - 23, 2003 Thurs. Fetx 6 at 7-.30 pm Sat. Feb, 8 at 8. 0 pm Sur Fetx 9 at 2. 30 pm Thurg Fel 13 at 7".50 pm Sat. 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