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PAGE 14A HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, FEBRUARY 23, 2018 Talia Newfield (1) and Zoe Saldinger at Masada in Israel. By Penny Schwartz BOSTON (JTA)--A syna- gogue, a Jewish summer camp and the wider Boston community are mourning two teenage best friends who died Feb. 10 after being struck by a car. Talia Newfield, 16, who is Jewish, andAdrienne Garrido, 17, were killed late Saturday afternoon while they were crossing a street near Need- ham High School, where the two were juniors, in the sub- urb about 20 miles southwest of Boston. Friends and family remembered the girls as ener- getic track athletes who were well liked by their wide circle of friends and peers. Newfietd died in a nearby hospital Saturday evening. Garrido's death, at a Boston hospital, was announced Sunday evening. No arrests have been made and the case is under investigation, ac- cording to a Needham police lieutenant. Two cars were involved in the accident but no further details have been released, pending the State Police and local district attorney's investigation. A funeral for Newfield, the youngest of four siblings, will be held Tuesday afternoon at Temple Aliyah, a Conservative synagogue in Needham, where Newfield's family have been longtime, engaged members, according to friends of the family.Amemorial observance will be held at a later date. Rabbi Carl Perkins met with the family Monday morning, he told JTA in an email. "This is the worst time of our lives," Newfield's father, Craig, told the Boston Globe. He made the remarks when he stopped by a makeshift me- morial where friends placed bouquets of flowers at the intersection where the teens were hit. "We want everybody to know that Talia and Adrienne were best of friends. Theywere unique, they were beautiful people, they were loved by ev- erybody," Craig Newfield said. He and his wife, Lisa, are desperate to know the details of the fatal incident, according to the Boston Globe. "We don't understand how two beautiful young women can get taken from us in the space of about 20 feet on a clear evening on a flat, straight street in Needham. We just don't understand," Craig Newfield said. In a letter to the school community shared Monday night on the school depart- ment's Twitter account, the Newfield family thanked friends, family and their syna- gogue for their outpouring of support. They said Adrienne and Talia had "their lives and the world ahead of them." The letter closed with the Hebrew words "yehi zichra baruch. May her memory be for a blessing," traditional Jewish words of comfort. Word spread quickly of Talia Newfield's death through the Camp Tevya community. Talia had been a camper for many years at the overnight New Hampshire Jewish summer camp. Last summer, Talia traveled to Israel with the camp's Dor l'Dor program, ac- cording to Mindee Greenberg, the camp's director. She was hired recently as a counselor for this summer, Greenberg wrote in a letter emailed to the camp community that she provided to JTA. "There are no words for what we have to share with you," Greenbergwrote."Losing Talia will have an incredible impact on her friends, her counselors, and her campers and on the entire Tevya community." Talia loved to laugh and could be goofy, according to her camp friend, Zoe Salding- er, who lives in Connecticut. In a phone conversation with JTA, Zoe recalled sharing a camel ride with Talia last summer on their camp trip to Israel. "She was laughing the whole time," joking that the camel behind them was going to bite them. But she was a serious and dedicated artist as well. During their two-week counselor-in-training ses- sion, Talia spent time drawing the camp's natural surround- ings, capturing the lake through avista between trees, Zoe recalled. "She had a cool way of seeing the world and finding ways to put that on the page," she said. Zoe's mother, Cathryn, told JTA that she has been watching the friends grow up together since they were 11-year-old camp bunk mates. A photo of the two taken one summer at Good Harbor beach in Gloucester, Mas- sachusetts, captures their infectious smiles and joy, Cathryn Saldinger said. "Talia was really very bril- liant, energetic and fun," she said. Camp friends have been in touch through phone calls, text messaging and FaceTime, Zoe said, but she anticipates that being together with Ta- lia's family and camp friends at the funeral will provide comfort. Grief counselors and other school staff consoled students at the high school on Sunday and Monday, when schools re- opened. The entire Needham community is mourning the loss of the students, accord- ing to the district's super- intendent, Dan Gutekanst, who described the teens as "energetic, athletic, caring, and loving daughters, sisters and friends." Garrido ran track during all three athletic seasons, the Globe reported. Newfield joined the cross-country team this fall. Team members chose to take part in a scheduled competition Sunday and wore black and white ribbons read- ing "TN & AG" to honor Talia and Adrienne. Friends of the Newfield family gathered at their home throughout Sunday, according to Pam Putprush, a family friendwhose daughter, Alex, was one of Talia's closest friends. "There were a lot of people there supporting them. Itwas good for them to not be alone," Putprush told JTA. The Congregational Church of Needham, the Putprush family church, held a community vigil. Many of the girls' school friends at- tended, Putprush said. She said her daughter, Alex and Talia were friends since their early elementary school years and shared clothes and hung out at each others' homes. Talia had a similarly close relationship with Adri- enne, Putprush said. She said that while they were of different religious faiths, Talia and Alex shared many interests and the fami- lies are close. Growing up, Talia enjoyed many Christmas decorating parties at the Put- prush home andAlex has been to many Friday night Shabbat dinners at the Newfield home, Putprush said. In addition to her par- ents, Talia is survived by her siblings, Jake, Jessica and Michael. 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In "The Number on Great- Grandpa's Arm," Holocaust survivor Jack Feldman and his American-born great- grandson Elliott bond as the 10-year-old (he's now 12) prompts his ancestor to speak about his Holocaust experiences. Feldman emigrated after From page 13A questioned in connectionwith the case, Haaretz reported; he not been named as a suspect in the case. Chabad security footage shows Florida school shooter 'casually walking by' after attack (JTA)--A Chabad center in Coral Springs, Florida, may have evidence that can help police bring the Parkland high school shooter to justice. When Rabbi Hershy Bronstein of the Chai Cen- ter Chabad saw in a report from the local sheriff's of- rice that a suspect had been arrested at a McDonald's across the street from his building, he checked secu- rity camera footage to see if it contained any evidence that could help police, reported. The camera footage showed the war and settled in Roch- ester, New York, where he opened a fish market. He ran the business successfully, though with one quirk. As an African-American customer notes, "Jack has known what hunger is, so he gives free fish to a customer too poor to pay." Veteran documentary film- maker Amy Schatz was at- tracted to the project because, she said, there is hardly any material on the Holocaust suitable for children and their families. Her goal was to trans- mit the survivor's experience "gently and with clarity." Catch the short on HBO, which began showing on Jan. 27. "116 Cameras" "116 Cameras," which is one of 10 films on the Oscar shortlist for best short docu- mentary, gives a behind-the- scenes look into the filming of a Holocaust survivor's testimony. It shows how film- makers preserve the memo- ries of Eva Schloss, Anne Frank's surviving stepsister, in the form of an interactive, 3-D, holographic image. The projectwas a product of Steven Spielberg's Shoah Foundation at the University of Southern California. You can watch the film now on The New York Times website. suspect Nikolas Cruz, 19, walking down the street and into McDonalds after the Feb. 14 shooting at Marjory Stone- man Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. Cruz reportedly had pur- chased a drink at a Subway located in aWalmart along the route before going entering the McDonalds. "My heart skipped a beat when I saw it," Bronstein told the Jewish news website Vos Iz Neias of reviewing the security camera footage. "You see him in our parking lot, casually walking by, looking over his shoulder." Bronstein shared the foot- age with the FBI, as well as news media outlets. "They told me it could be an important part of the case," Bronstein told VIN. "If he takes an insanity plea, the confident way he is walking could prove otherwise." EPA administrator Scott Pruitt cancels Israel trip over criticism of flrst- class travel (JTA)--Environmental Protection Agency Adminis- trator Scott Pruitt cancelled a trip to Israel after criticism of his travel expenses. Pruitt had been expected to arrive in Israel for a five- day visit and stay at the five-star King David Hotel in Jerusalem, the Washington Post reported, citing people in Israel briefed on his plans. Israeli officials confirmed to the newspaper that Pruitt's trip was official state busi- ness. Support staff from the E.S. Embassy in Tel Aviv were scheduled to accompany him on his travels within Israel. "We decided to postpone; the administrator looks for- ward to going in the future," EPA spokeswoman Liz Bow- man said in a statement emailed to media outlets. Confrontations with mem- bers of the public caused Pruitt to switch to flying first or business class whenever possible, at the recommen- dation of the head of his security detail. Some of the confrontations were threaten- ing and Pruitt's security felt they could not protect him appropriately, according to the EPA. Pruitt's travel has cost taxpayers hundreds of thou- sands of dollars, according to the Post. Pruitt asserted that he did not make the decision to switch to more expensive flights. "I'm not involved in any of those decisions," he told the New Hampshire Union Leader. "Those are all made by the [security] detail, the security assessment, in addi- tion to the chief of staff."