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Editorials 4A Op-Ed 5A Calendar 6A Scene Around 9A "[%T Synagogue Directory llA JTA News Briefs 13A srr8 Joe Raedle/Getty Images A look at the aftermath of the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla Feb. 14, 2018, By Ben Sales and Josefin Dolsten (JTA)--They volunteered. They played soccer. They went to camp. They were sweet, mature and easygoing. They were just beginning their lives, or helping others on their way. And one died so that others could live. Jewish students and staff were among the 17 people who were kille d when a gun- man entered Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, on Wednesday afternoon and began shoot- ing. Among the Jewish victims are first: ~ -Jessewere students at Stoneman Douglas year students Jaime Guttenberg, Alex HighSchool.Whileherbrothermanaged Schachter and Alyssa Alhadeff, senior Meadow Pollack and Scott Beigel, a geography teacher who saved students' lives by closing a door as he was shot. "It's chaos here and devastation," Rabbi Jonathan Kaplan of the local Temple Beth Chai told JTA on Wednesday on his way to console bereaved parents in his congregation "Everyone is just waiting and praying. No words can describe what happened here." Jaime Guttenberg and her brother to escape the school, Jaime was killed. "My heart is broken. Yesterday, Jennifer Bloom Guttenberg and I lost our baby girl to a violent shooting at her School," her father, Fred Guttenberg, wrote on Facebook. "We lost our daughter and my son Jesse Guttenberg lost his sister. I am broken as I write this trying to figure out how my family gets through this." Guttenberg and her brother were Victims on page 15A sh fi By Christine DeSouza There are four Democratic contenders for governor of Florida and one of them is Jewish. His name is Philip .-~ O - LI I 0 Levine, and he optimistically sees a lot of opportunity for Florida. He is the former may- or of Miami Beach, a wealthy businessman, and a member of Temple Beth Sholom, a Re- form congregation in Miami Beach, but he said his personal faith does not play a part in his campaign. And although he is proud to have been a prominent surrogate for Hilary Clinton's presidential campaign, he sees himself as someone running for gover- nor who can reach across the partisan lines. "I am not right, not left. I'm forward," he confidently stated. Levine was in Altamonte Springs recently to speak at a standing-room-only Young Democrats of Semi- nole County meeting. He had just arrived from an NAACP meeting in Hilisborough County (Tampa), wearing relaxed jeans, sports jacket, open-collared shirt and full of energy. Levine has been touring Florida, talking with Florid- ians in their homes, at grass- roots meetings, and investing in TV ads (two of them--one in English and one in Span- ish). He is getting his name out there. According to a University of North Florida poll, Levine is unknown by 73 percent of Floridians. That's better than his Democrat opponents: Gwen Graham is unknown by 78 percent and 81 percent have never heard of Andrew Gillum (the poll did not show figures for Chris King). All the traveling invigorates him. He loves meeting people and encouraging them to pursue their dreams. Levine believes in the American dream because he has proven it. After graduation from the University of Michigan, he went to work as a lecturer on Royal Caribbean cruise lines. Later, with only $500 capital, he built a business that grew to $400 million providing magazine and TV program- ming on cruise ships. He sold that company and is now CEO of Royal Media Partners. Democratic gubernatorial candidate Philip Levine. Aside from his personal growth, Levine hasa passion for the State of Florida. He is a firm believer that Florida is the future and can be an international leader--not just in climate change and sea level rise--but also in solar and renewable energy. "As goes Florida, so goes the Levine on page 15A What does a retired clini- cal chemist with two grown children and no formal Jew- ish education know about the Talmud? As it turns out, a lot Maggie/,nton grew up in a secular Jewish household, and had little investment in her Judaism until she was married. In 1992, she joined a women's Talmud class at the home of Rachel Adler, now a professor at Hebrew Union College in Los Angeles. Surprised by how much she loved engaging in the Hebrew and Aramaic text, she delved even deeper into the text and its commentaries. She learned that Rashi, the 11th century French scholar famous for his com- mentary on the Torah and the Talmud, had no sons, but several daughters. Intrigued by tidbits from tradition--like reports that Rashi's daugh- ters wore t'filin--she began researching his family and his time. The result was the award-winning series of Jew- ish historical novels, "Rashi's Daughters." Her next project was a two- part series on life among the Rabbis of the Talmud in the 3rd century, including the prevalence of magic, titled "Rav Hisda's Daughter." Most recently, she published "50 Shades of Talmud: What the First Rabbis Had to SayAbout You-Know-What," a light- hearted look at our Sages' surprisingly progressiveviews on sexuality. Anton will be Congregation Ohev Shalom's Edwaa, d S.Ack- erman Scholar-in-Residence during the weekend of March 2-3. At services on Friday night, which will begin at 6:15 p.m she will speak on "Break- ing Barriers: The Making of a Talmud Student"; a Shabbat dinner (paid RSVP required) will follow. On Shabbat morn- (JNS)--The annual fund- ing Israel receives from the United States may be in- creased by $200 million in 2019, according to President Donald Trump's fiscal year budget request. Israel is ex- pected to receive $3.3 billion in 2019. The requested funds are the result of a $38 billion 10-year memorandum of un- derstanding signed between Israel and the United States at the end of President Barack Obama's term in office. The additional proposed funds are being apportioned to provide "assistance to bolster Israel's capacity to defend itself and maintain its qualitative mili- tary edge." Part of the funds will go toward "prioritizing funding for a U.S. Embassy facility in Author Maggie Anton ing, services begin at 9:30 a.m and Maggie will speak on "How Women Shaped Rashi's Community." Following ser- vices and Kiddush lunch, she will present "Jewish Magic? Believe It!" The weekend concludes on Saturday evening at 7:30 p.m with Havdalah and apresenta- tion on"50 Shades of Talmud." Anton will be available to sell and sign her books. Sponsorship opportunities are available, and all sponsors receive a signed copy of the Maggie Anton book of their choice. For more information, including RSVPs and reserva- tions for Shabbat dinner, call 407-298-4650 or email Of- fice@OhevShalom.org. Jerusalem which will begin once design and construction plans are finalized," accord- ing to a fact sheet released by the State Department. The administration has an- nounced that the embassy will officially move from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem in 2019, while a new facility in the capital will take years to complete. Israel's eastern neighbor, Jordan is also scheduled to receive an increase of $275 million, to $1.275 billion in 2019. The budget request re- quires congressional approval before being finalized.