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I S Ihh,l,h,ll,Ih,lh li.hlll h,h,hl,lh,I.II 12*2~MIXED ADC 320 TO: SMALL TO~'VN PAPERS 17270 F 5026 CALIFORNIA AVE SW SEATTLE ~,%~A 98136-1208 Editorials 4A Op-Ed 5A Calendar 6A Synagogue Directory 7A B'nai Mitzvah 10A Scene Around 11A Classified . 2B By Ron Kampeas Brian Hendler/JTA Israeli flags cover a memorial made up of the remnants of gatyusha rockets to 12 soldiers killed by a direct hit in Kfar Giladi during Israel's war with Hezbollah, Aug. 28, 2006. WASHINGTON (JTA) The flags dipped at half-staff over the Capitol, the warm remembrances flooded e- mail inboxes, the "Have you heard?" phone calls took a solemn tone. U.S. Rep. Tom Lantos (D-Calif.) earned all these tributes. He died Monday, Feb. 11 of esophageal cancer at the age of 80. The mourning was not just for a man but for the unique voice of the only Holocaust survivor ever elected to Congress "We lose avoice for human rights, which was in his case unique," Elie Wiesel, the novelist whose own writ- ings'have become icons of Holocaust remembrance, told JTA. "He spoke always against oppression, against persecution, against racism." Lantos died at the Naval Medical Center in suburban Bethesda, Md surrounded by his wife, Annette, two daughters and many of his 18 grandchildren and two great-grand- children. "As the only Holocaust survivor to serve in Congress, Tom was a living reminder that we must never turn a blind eye to the suffering of the Tom Lantos innocent at the hands of evil men," President Bush said. "Having lived through the worst evil known to mankind, Tom Lan- tos translated the experience into a lifetime commitment to the fight against anti-Semitism, Holocaust Lantos on page 15A By Roy Eitan Iranian sponsors, blamed Israel's of Mughniyeh's death arrived. Some spy services for the killing and many suggested the Israeli prime minister TELAVIV (JTA)---The mysterious Lebanese called for revenge, was glad to have the public think his assassination 0f an Arab terrorist Israeli embassies and airlines were administration, after beingcensured who topped America and Israel's put on high security alert, and the for the faulty handling of the 2006 "Most Wanted', lists for a quarter military's deployment along the Lebanonwar, finallyhadhitHezbol- century is being cheered in Jerusa- Lebanon border was boosted as a lah hard. lem and Washington precaution. The consensus among Israeli ImadMughniyeh, thelong-stand- Israeli Prime Minister Ehudcommentators was that the Mossad ingterroristleaderofHezbollah, was Olmert, perhaps wary of sparking likely was behind the assassination, killed by a car bomb in Damascus a new flare-up less than two years though some suggested the United on Tuesday night, Feb. 12. Such after the Lebanon war, issued an States might have been involved as was the depth of secrecy around his unusual denial, part of a goodwill gesture by Olmert movementsthatittooktheLebanese "Israel rejects the attempt by toward President Bush. Shi'ite militia 12 hours to publicly terrorist elements to ascribe to it Channel 10 television commen- identify him as the sole fatality, any involvement whatsoever in tator Ofer Shelah said that if the Israeli military experts said this incident," his office said in a MughniyehkiitingwasIsrael'swork, Hezbollah's "chief of staff" had been statement, it might have served as an "elegant" eliminated, dealing the militia a ButpoliticalreporterssaidOlmert strategic blow. Hezbollah, like its appeared elated in public after news Hezboilah on page 15A Joshua Shapiro (1) and Chasyn Rance reinacted the story of Ma- sada at Masada on a past Central Florida Hillel Taglit-Birthright Israel trip. By Andrew Stein Israel, the one you typically don't see on television, CentrakFlorida Hiilel, along with The first part of the sign-up will Taglit-BirthrightIsraeltripproviders requireapplicantstogivetheirbasic Jewish Family Services' execu. nationwide, opened up registration contact information tobe submitted live director Barry Kudlowitz in- on Tuesday, Feb. 12 for those plan- to Taglit-Birthright. Once submit- vites the community to join in the ning on going to Israel this summer, ted, applicantswiil receive sign-on agency's celebration of 3O years of This free trip for young adults under information to complete the reg- communRy-building on May 8. the age of 26 isfinanced completely istration process via the Internet. by private donations, therefore funds A $250 deposit is required when Since 1978, Jewish Family Set- are not infinite; for this reason, applying, but will be fully refunded vices of Greater Orlando has been the program runs on a.first-come, whenreturninghomeuponaproper fferingsupp rtandh pet c unt- first-served basis. Certain criteria completion of the trip. less individuals and families. This must be met regardless of how early Those who have additional ques- year marks its 30th anniversary of one signs up; the program requires tions about trip dates and departure providing essential programs and those who go on the trip to be Jew- locations, oraresimply interested in services, from the youngest to the ish, between the ages of 18-26 and signingup, canvisitwww.freeisrael- most senior of clients residinginthe to have never been on a peer-group Central Florida Community. trip to Israel. about the trip as a whole, as well Mark your calendar for Thurs- Several trip options are available as common safety and procedural day, May 8, as JFS celebrates its based on the sort of experience concerns, will be available online as manysignificantaccomplishments. planned. There are general cam- well. Spaces are limited, so Taglit- Hosted by Millenia Art Gallery in pus trips, national trips and even Birthright recommends that those Maitland, festivities begin at 6:30 trips specific to certain graduate interestedsignupassoonaspossible pm. The evening will include light students who study in certain U.S. toavoidschedulingconflictsorrejec- appetizers, wine, desserts, music cities. The most commonly chosen tion of trip admission, and a chance to win a variety of trip is the "Campus Explore Israel Contact Central Florida Hillel's prizes. Trip," which is set up to explore the Director of Jewish Student Life, At its inception, Jewish Family major sites of Israel and to meet Bennie Cohen, for further informa- Services was staffed by a volunteer Israeli peers. Those attending this tion at 407-382-2658 or bennie@ directorandvolunteerprofessionals trip will get a true sense of the real, under the leadership of a volunteer Jewish Family Service Task Force and a $25,000 grant from the Jew- ish Federation of Greater Orlando. Its mission was determined " to enhance family life and to meet the human service needs of individuals and families." Many years later, the mission has remained the same. JFS has grown to include a staff of professionals under the direction of a full-time professional executive director and a diverse volunteer board of directors. JFS is "enhancing family life" in the Orlando community through the Center For Counseling, Growth and Development, Emergency Services, Community Services and a variety of other programs. The Jewish Federation of Greater Orlando continues to be a major contributor. In addition, the Heart of Florida United Way, grants, and endowment funds supplement its budget. The members of the com- munity, "our family" as JFS says on its Web site, generously contribute all year long. They make it possible for expanded programs to reach the people JFS serves every day. "This is a very exciting time for JFS as they celebrate 30 years of providing help to those in need. I hope the community will join us as we celebrate this happy occa- sion," says committee member Amy Lefkowitz. "It's a great opportunity to show our support for the remark- able programs and services provided by JFS." Proceeds from the event will benefit Emergency Services, which includes the Pearlman Food Pantry. Invitations to the eventwill be mailed inMarch. Sponsorship opportunities to help "light the candles on the cake" are available. For more information, call Es Cohen, Director of Develop- ment, at 407-644-7593.