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FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, FEBRUARY 14, 2003 PAGE 19 i motions to double quote) these kind of tragedies. The from page 3 immediate move from hap- wlwl j piness to sadness in seconds o~ obviously another trag- is what we know every L ,added to what is goingon year we have a couple of o rael, with the people of events in the middle ofholi- 0i l dthe United, States at day, Pesach or Purim or n tirne is not what s needed, something else and then ti~hke the Shuttle operation there is a terror attack and l r Utine in the U S A. obvi- also here every body felt a :"l~.lyattimes like ihiswe re- lot of pride something p thatthesebravemenand unique and in two sec- iu~. n are putting their lives onds you turn on the TV to MP k.', - see the landing you saw the aext day I went to the tragedy. sbCommunity Campus I think you have to con- ; Pture the feelings of stu- tinue, this is what we do back el[ t!lttand teachers at the He- home, after every tragedy we Day School and adults don't close the bus stops, or l ' . icipating in JCC pro- the market, we continue to ~]r,uo$. speak about it, we have to ] Justin Fischer (seventh learn from it, remember it; tIe) and Shira Brown we have to continue. ra .g, grade) talked about I think NASA should go mitial excitement of the from the point that it and how the news of stopped and put another Is- hLl din l Xplos,on f .ts e ie ad raeliastronautononeofthe astate,next flights in the memory %?:as sittin in a special nl i : area when they took of Ilan Ramon. I am sorry for the fami- " e,Could feel the ground lies; I feel for the Isra, elis, it said Arnon Kahani, is a national tragedy.' h grader who came to I asked Linder, "In Israel e,United States from Is- the children face devasta- Just five months ago. visibly shaken student :1can't on, "I was in shock be- se lie was the first Israeli l tnaut. I was sorry to hear ! happened during the eoverage, referring to n Ilan Ramon's father .SPeaking about how he was and how he ecl as the cameras were "then one of the re- ~,a~,~rts from NASA said, 'We a problem' and we - toned. I couldn't believe ,#! "tat! r (eighth grade), Israel, lived in returned home moved back to expressed concern friends in Israel, call all of them they were doing e more dev- the fact that I the Israeli went up." Linder a Selznick School teacher who his family to the of this school Said, "As Israelis, of we were very [ as a human being I is an individual the families. ding Ilan Ramon, I m Israel when they the festivities before nch and I not now. I think Is- Very 'used to' (hand tion at least once a month; how do the schools and the families try to help them cope with the pain caused by the terrorists and now after this what would have happened the next day in the schools? His answer, "After events, if it is some- thing that has any straight connections with the place, with classmates or people you know, it is handled in- dividually by psychologists, but in general they speak a lot about it. We let the kids talk about their feelings and express their emotions. We speak about what we can do from this point and look to the future and not look back or stay with the sadness or close ourselves." He continued, "I think Zi- onism, and this is what I am trying to teach here, through history has ups and downs and every rise is higher than the one before. And I hope where we are now, here and the situation in Israel, gen- erally and particularly today, the only place to go is to up again another goal, an- other mission, another dream." The younger children were shaken. My third grade son's class had an- other connection; a Chan- nel 6 news crew filmed them watching the launch. When I told him the Shuttle CARLY SHAPIRO MARGE PARISER MILDRED WANG exploded, as if he knew him personally he asked me, "Was Ilan killed?" His classmate, Allison Sykora said, "I thought it was a horrible thing that hap- pened. I am sad that the first Israeli didn't make a success- ful trip there and back." Carly Shapiro (second grade) moved me to tears when she told me, "I was thinking that the families were sad and crying a lot. A lot of people were sad be- cause he was Jewish and I was sad too." Her expression reflected her feelings but the camera shook as I snapped her picture - it was blurry. When I asked her dad for a substitute photo, without a smile, he couldn't find one where she wasn't grinning ear to ear. Moving to the Senior Lounge at the JCC I found Mildred Wang, "I was devas- tated and I still cannot stop crying, my best friend called me and asked me ifI had the television on, I said no, I turned it on and found out the shuttle exploded. This is the third time she called me, the first time was when the Challenger exploded, the morning of 9/11 and now this - hopefully it is the end of the bad jinx." Marge Pariser said, "I went to exercise this morning; we bowed our heads for a mo- ment of silence, the same thing happened in the next class. I want to think about the families that are left be- hind; those are the people who have to cope and deal with the future." I was in the second grade at P.S. 213 in New York when Mrs. Stoitz told us JFK was shot watching our little black and white TV in my parent's bedroom when Robert Kennedy and then Martin Luther Kingwere as- from page 5 people be persecuted and be what the rest of the Arab held captive, deprived of world won't, isn't. ;OUnds arrogant, liberty and the most basic There won't be a Palestin- was it arrogant of human rights, ian democracy until there is the Marshall The hard truth is that the Arab democracy. There lhe United Nations only thing the Arab world won'tbe Palestinian respect that our occupa- understands is power and for human rights, Palestin- pan and Germany,the only thing they respect ianaccountability, Palestin- ,brought are those who use it effec- ian civility, Palestinian de- tively. And the only way they sire to live in peace until for good is re- will change is if confronted that permeates the Arab that good, and forced to. worldaxoundthem.Andthat it involves Jews shQuld -pport warwon't happen in the Arab rce. To not spread with Iraq because Jews, like worlduntil the United States is evil is to America, are a shining light comes in and makes it hap- d so we of good in this world, pen. for too long. And Jews should SupportNo one eight years ago time for us to dowarwith Iraq because Israel could have seen George W. will only live in peace when Bush as president of the eing evil and do-the neighborhood in which United States.And yet he is. I it. it lives, changes, never would have believed don't, no It is now abundantly clear George W. Bushwould be the gill. And if Jewsthat trying to make peace onetobringthemightofgood why the world with the Palestinians is not to the rancid Middle East and six million going to work. Period. For make it free. But so it is. Perish, we cannotthey do not exist in a God truly does work in by and let a billion vacuum. They can't do, can't mysterious ways. JAY GEWOLB sassinated in the lunch- gogue when the rabbi told Day School Book Fair on room of Nathaniel us about the Yore Kippur Sept. 11 Hawthorne Middle SchoolWar getting a haircut in It seems to me, as I get older, when the Kent University Longwood when the Chal-itisn'thardertorememberthese studentswerekilled Syna- lenger exploded Hebrew events, it's harder to forget. II II gracious retirement living At The Tremont retirement residence, you can rent your own apart- ment in a setting of elegance and beauty. 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