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AG FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS ditorials ................................ 4A Op-Ed ..................................... 5A Calendar ........................... .. . ... 6A Synagogue Directory ............... 7A B&apos;nai Mitzvah .......................... 8A Scene Around ......................... 9A Classified ................................ 2B Flash90/JTA Pope Benedict XVI praying at the Western Wall in Jerusalem, May 12, 2009. Benedict's papacy: a period {}f close Jewish relations with some bumps By Ruth Ellen Gruber ROME (JTA)--Pope Benedict XVI's eight-year reign as head of the world's 1 billion Catholics sometimes was a bumpy one for the Vatican's relations with Israel and the wider Jewish community. But it was also a period in which relations were consolidated and fervent pledges made to continue interfaith dialogue and bilateral cooperation. Both elements were evident in the tributes that flowed from Jewish leaders following the surprise an- nouncement Monday that due to his advanced age and weakening health, Bumps on page 18A Marcie Katzen to be horn}red By Pamela Ruben Special to the Heritage The 1970's jingle for Enjoli perfume epitomizes Jewish Pavilionvolunteer and honoree Marcie Katzen. The ubiquitous jingle requires just a few "ko- sherizing" modifications: "I can bring home the (turkey) bacon, fry it up in a pan, and never, ever forget my whole clan, 'cause I'm a Jewish woman...." Katzen will be honored by the Jewish Pavilion at its annual Spring Into Fashion at Bloomingdale's Orlando at 10:45 a.m., March 7. Marc and Henrietta Katzen and family and the Slotsky-Kramer family will sponsor aMimosa Brunch. Katzen has served as sec- retary on the Friends of the Jewish Pavilion Board for four years. She has been integrally involved with Pavilion events =_-_ i : <g , at Bloomingdale's and has enlisted her entire family in entertaining seniors in residential facilities. "Marcie has made the Jewish Pavilion a priority since 2008," states executive director Nancy Ludin. Marcie is one of the most organized people I know. Several years ago, the role of re- cording secretary needed to be filled, and I knew that Marcie would jump at the invitation. The notes of our meetings are the Pavilion's history, and we often look back to recall the details of an event, or a decision that was made." Katzen adds, "As recording secretary, I am aware of every detail of the 'Friend's Board.' I am in awe of the all the behind the scenes work that makes this organization run for the benefit of Jewish seniors. I enjoy including the good and welfare in my notes, in which I get to share the simchas--the weddings, babies and bless- ings--of our board." Katzen's highly developed organizational skills have been priceless in her roles as working mom, wife, volunteer and committed daughter, as well as daughter-in-law. In addition to her role with the Jewish Pavilion, Katzen is an involved mother to her three sons (Alex, Max and Mason), business partner in Markay Management with her hus- band, Hank, busy family mem- ber, not-to-mention hostess extraordinaire. She remains close with her own mother and stepfather, Bobbee Slotsky Kramer and Elliott Kramer of Pittsburgh, as well with in- laws, Marc and Henrietta Kat- zen of Orlando. She has been active in the Orlando Jewish community since herarrival in 1993, where she is a member of Congregation Ohev Shalom. The Katzen family, from left: Hank, Alex, Marcie, Max and Mason, pictured here outside the summer palace of the Romonovs in St. Petersburg, Russia in June, are active in the Orlando Jewish community. Katzen was involved in the Jerome Bornstein Leadership Program, was a past member of Federation's National Young Leadership Cabinet, is a Life member of Hadassah, served on the Holocaust Center Din- ner of Tribute committee and served on the board of the Jewish Academy of Orlando. Katzen says that keeping organized notes, lists and calendars has allowed her to juggle the many facets of her life. In fact, she has an organized calendar that she keeps in her head. According to Ludin, "Ask Marcie, a future upcoming date, she will know the day of the week to match." Marcie and Hank Katzen are deeply committed to Central Florida Hillel, where Hank is president. Currently, Hank is focused on the building of NorthView, which will provide Central Florida Hillel with a permanent home, as well as adding housing to the campus. Every year Marcie will single- handedly make a Shabbat meal for Hillel students. "My goal is to provide these kids with the Marcie Katzen taste of Jewish home," she says. Her Shabbat dinners for her family are a hit as well. "When sons, Alex and Max, return from Penn State they often request special dishes," she says. "My father, Malcolm Slotsky, and I were very close. His legacy is the love of Juda- ism, and the Jewish life I have shared with my family." To receive an invitation or for more information contact WendyLevine@JewishPavil- or call 407-678-9363. Obama's trip for peacemaking? By Ron Kampeas WASHINGTON (JTA)--Is President Obama's plan to visit Israel a sign that he's ready to take another shot at Israeli- Palestinian peacemaking? The White House an- nounced Feb. 5 that Obama would visit Israel in the spring, his first trip there as president. He did visit in 2008, when he was a candidate for the Oval Office. This trip also will include meetings with Palestinian Authority leaders and a trip to Jordan, the White House said. Obama spoke of the visit in a conversation with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Ne- tanyahu on Jan. 28. The White House did not announce dates. The announcement ap- pears to be a signal that the president is serious about peacemaking, said David Makovsky, an analyst with the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, which has close ties with the Obama and Netanyahu governments. "Part of the problem is that on all sides, there's dis- belief that peace is possible," Makovsky said. "He wants to engage both societies about Official White House Photo by Pete Souza/Wikimedia Commons Barack Obama why you can't give up. He wants to engage on the gut level with Arabs and Israelis in away he hasn't until now." In a region where optics are important, Obama's fail- ure to visit during his first term as president was cast by his opponents as a sign that Israel was not a high priority for him. It did not help Obama's popularity in Israel when he omitted the Jewish state from a June 2009 visit to the Middle East that included a major Trip on page 18A A Purim directive: Laugh it upl oo Yoel Ben-Avraham/Creative Commons These lsraelis are following the edict for Purim revelry. By Dasee Berkowitz that we don't indulge often NEW YORK (JTA)--Little kids will laugh at anything. The simplest knock-knock joke or a tickle fest--even the threat of one--can so easily end in hysterics. They laugh because they are surprised by something unexpected in a world they are constantly discovering. If only that kind of laughter came as easily as we got older. While the laughter of child- hood is characterized by the element of surprise, the laughter in adulthood becomes a way of managing stress (filmmakers know this well and skillfully employ any element of comic relief during an action thriller to release some of the tension). Laughter becomes a coping mechanism to get us through difficult times. Paradoxically, many of us are so loaded down with responsibility and worry enough in this emotional and physical release. It's a good thing Purim is nearly here. Purim is a holiday that isn't ripe with laws and ritual ob- ligations save for reading the Megillah, giving mishloach manot (gift packages) to friends, matanot l'evyonim (gifts to the poor) and having a festive meal. However, there is one directive for observance that is very clear: "they (The Jews) should make [Adar 14 and 15] days of feasting and joy..." (Scroll of Esther 9:22). We each might experience this commandment on a dif- ferent level. For 5-year-olds, Laugh on page 18A IIll!!!!!ll!!!U!lllJs