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1! :? i illJ !:,i  !: FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS Gigi Ibrahim via CC Protesters in the aftermath of deadly riots march in Cairo on Feb. 3. The increasing chaos in Egypt, including the recent arrest of U.S. democracy activists, has raised questions about how it factors into U.S. and Israel security considerations in the region. Threats to cut Egypt assistance could impact Israel, U.S. influence in Mideast charges on Feb. 6 against 43 American and other foreign pro-democracy activ- ists who worked in the country, leading members of Congress issued stern warn- ings about a possible cutoff in U.S. aid to Egypt. If that aid disappears, it could have significant implications for Israel- Egypt relations and U.S. influence in the region--the aid has been a crucial moderating lever keeping the peace between Israel and Egypt for more than three decades. By Ron Kampeas WASHINGTON (JTA)--The future of a key pillar of Israeli security could rest with the fate of a few dozen pro- democracy activists in Egypt. After Egyptian authorities filed Threats on page 15A Orlando Jewish teens join hundreds from around the i,0000orld in New York Among those attending Havdalah service in Times Square are, from left, front row: Eliana Karr, Roy Araky-Cohen and Joe Berger; back row: Gabe Shames, Emilee Dreifus, Reizl Halikman and Rabbi Ed Liebowitz. -- ..2._-  [-- eq r, It was a riveting weekend for the 320 teens from 54 commu- nities from Las Vegas to Vienna attending the International CTeen Shabbaton in Crown Heights, N.Y., two weekends ago. The convention combined trips, icebreakers, discussions and speakers, inspiring the attending teens to take on new resolutions and get more involved in their local CTeen chapters. The convention featured former Super Bowl champion Alan"Shlomo"Veingrad's story from "Super Bowl to Super Jew." Veingrad accompanied teens throughout the weekend, sitting at their tables during meals, chatting in Times Square and posing with the teens on a festive boat ride on the Hudson River. Aside from the more spiritual side oftheweekendwhere teens Some of the Orlando group get together for a group photo. They are, from left, top row: Yonel Cohen, Charles Lazimi, Malkie Lessel, Rabbi Ed Liebowitz, Rabbi Yosef Konikov, Rabbi Yanky Majesky, Tamir Galili, Ori Bekerman, Roy Araky-Cohen and Elad Galili; bottom row: Andrew Tarken, ton, Joe Berger, Mazal Fernandez, Gabriel Shames, Aviram Vaknin, Reizl Halikman, Emilee Dreifus, Chana Knapp, Jamie Sheer, Anna Lazimi, Mushky Paris and Eliana Karr. visited Lubavitch World Head- quarters, a matzah bakery, and many more traditional Jewish sites, the convention included a trip to a number of New York City's more famous attractions, including the Statue of Liberty, the Empire State building, Ground Zero, Saks Fifth Avenue and more. CTeens from across the globe are raving about the incredible weekend. "I am so glad I decided to go," said CTeen Emilee Drei- fus of Sanford. "Meeting all the new people from all around the U.S., Canada and even Vienna was amazing. I hope everyone had as great of a time as I did." But the teens aren't satis- fied with the Shabbaton alone; they want more. Rabbi Yanky Majesky's teen group from Orlando is already begging for a CTeen summer camp, he said. Not only are the teens look- ing forward to more group events, but dozens of teens made personal resolutions to increase in their Jewish observance as a result of the Shabbaton. It goes to show that the weekend wasn't merely a good time, but also a powerful experience that touched the teens on a deeper level. "The effect that this Shab- baton has had on our teens is beyond description," expressed Rabbi Yosef Konikov. "The fun-packed--yet meaning- ful--weekend far exceeded all of our wildest expectations." For more information about CTeen events in South Or- lando, contact Rabbi Yosef Konikov at 407-354-3660 or For CTeen in North Orlando contact Rabbi Yanky Majesky at 407-878-3011 or Rabbi@ 00,o00.cos00o glamour and gwmg The singing group, 42Five Come to Red Carpet on the Concourse for an evening of glitz, glamour and giving at Congregation Ohev Shalom on Sunday, March 4 at 5:30 p.m. Walk the Red Carpet! Be greeted by the paparazzi! Be interviewed in Oscar style as the star you are! This celebration in Ohev Shalom's new building and ballroomwill feature Master of Ceremonies Scott McKenzie of Mix 105.1 and a live musical performance of the fabulous 42Five. A big screen video display will include photos and commentary from and about some of the Orlando community's greatest stars. The entire Orlando com- munity is buzzing about who will be receiving an Oscar or Emmy? The Nominating Committee has been hard at work deciding who will win the most coveted awards. "There are so many deserving individuals," states commit- tee member Sharan Schwartz, Harriett.  "  "it is almost impossible to choose only one for each category." The Academy has decided this year to give its spe- cial "Lifetime Achievement" award to the deserving Har- riett Lake, for her gracious philanthropic attitude and Glitz on page 15A Exploring I s:00,ms learned from Israel By Jill Cousins Special to the Heritage When the media reports news from Israel, the stories are almost exclusively about the country's problems with terrorist attacks and political unrest. But what we don't see on TV or read online or in newspapers is that Israel is also aworld leader in areas like science, technology, finance, and medicine. To get an inside look at some of Israel's success stories and how they can impact the Jewish community, register for the Israel Symposium at Congregation Ohev Shalom on March 11, from 2-5 p.m. The Jewish Federation of Greater Orlando's Dor Shalom and Israel and Overseas Com- mittee are partnering to bring this unique event to Central Florida. The Israel Symposium will feature a panel discus- sion with local, national, and Israeli personalities, followed by breakout discussions with each panelist. Coffee and sweets will be served during registration and in between the discussion and breakout sessions. "We can learn so much from Israel," said Rhonda For- est, who is chairing the event. "We haven't had anything like this is the community before. You're not just going to be listening to a speaker. After you listen, you get to sit down [with one of the speakers] and have intimate interactive con- versations. You become part of the discussion. It's going to be very hands on." The event will kick off with registration and snacks from 2-2:30 p.m. The panel discussion, moderated by philanthropist Bruce Gould, will feature Gary Kenzer, executive director of Honest Reporting; Matan Hodorov, chief financial correspon- dent for Israel's Channel 10 News; and Meagan Buren, senior project director for Lessons on page 15A IIII!!!!!II!!!UUIIIIs