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PAGE 2A HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, FEBRUARY 24, 2017 I (L-r), Sarah Mizrachi, Holocaust survivor Irene Hizme, and The Blue Card Executive Director Masha Pearl. NEW YORK--The Blue Card, a national nonprofit organization dedicated to providing ongoing, direct aid to Holocaust survivors in the United States, has been selected to receive a grant of $120,000 from the Jewish Federations of North America (JFNA). Overall, JFNA through its Center for Advancing Holocaust Survivor Care will distribute $2.8 million in grants to 34 organizations in 18 states, which when combined with matching funds required by the grant, will result in over $4.6 million in funding for new programming. The Jewish Federations of North America launched the Center for Advancing Holocaust Survivor Care in the fall of 2015, following an award from the United States Department of Health and Human Services for up to $12 million over five years to advance innovations in Person-Centered, Trauma- Informed (PCTI) services for Holocaust survivors in the United States. PCTI care is a holistic approach that promotes the dignity, strength and empowerment of trauma victims by incorporating knowledge about the role of trauma in victims' lives into agency programs, policies and procedures. The Blue Card program, "PCTI Training for Healthcare Professionals," will educate dental and medical providers on identifying and treating the unique needs of Holocaust survivors. Through face-to- face workshops, webinars and follow-up teleconferencing sessions, the organization will work with dentists who are part of Alpha Omega International Dental Fraternity and physicians and nurses in New York City who serve large numbers of Holocaust survivors. "The Blue Card is proud to be selected to receive a grant from the JFNA's Center for Advancing Holocaust Survivor Care," said Masha Pearl, Executive Director of The Blue Card. "For many Holocaust survivors, the prospect of being institutionalized or facing an extended hospital stay means that even a routine visit to a dentist or doctor can cause the trauma they experienced in childhood to be relived. We hope this effort helps to educate healthcare providers to recognize the specialized needs of survivors, so they can help this dwindling population live their remaining years in dignity." The Center for Advancing Holocaust Survivor Care promotes innovative service delivery models together with the expertise of partner organizations including the Network of Jewish Human Service Agencies and the Claims Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany. The grant money is a combination of federal dollars and philanthropic dollars raised by Jewish Federations as part of JFNA's National Holocaust Survivor Initiative, which seeks to raise $45 million to support the Survivor community. "Meeting the needs of Holocaust survivors is a critical mission, and we are excited to partner with the federal government for the second year of this project, which will help us improve the lives of this fragile community," said Mark Wilf, Chair of the JFNA Fund for Holocaust Survivors. "(I) and my fellow Alpha Omegans are honored to participate with The Blue Card to provide needed dental services to our precious Holocaust survivors. To paraphrase the late ElieWiesel 'for it only takes a moment to tell your fellow man that you love him and by doing so you have won a certain victory over destiny: This victory is won each and every time we restore a Holocaust Survivor to function through oral health," said Allen Finkelstein, DDS. "The Alpha Omega-Henry Schein Cares Holocaust Survivors Oral Health Program is heartened to hear that The Blue Card has received support for their efforts to train health professionals to provide the highest quality care to this most vulnerable population. Most critically, sensitizing health professionals to the importance of oral health for Holocaust survivors--who have suffered so much for so long--will exponentially enhance the overall care they are able to provide," said Steven Kess, President of Henry Schein Cares Foundation and Co-Chairman of AO- HSC Holocaust Survivors Oral Health Program. "The elimination of pain, socialization and the ability to eat nutritious foods are critical to an individual's health and self-esteem. Congratulations to The Blue Card for your exceptional work, and to JFNA and others who support vital efforts to improve the lives and well-being of Holocaust survivors." By Rafael Medoff JNS.org WASHINGTON-- American Jewish leaders are enthusiastically applauding President Donald Trump's call on the Palestinian Authority to remove anti-Jewish hate material from its school books. At his press conference with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu Feb. 15, Trump said "the Palestinians have to get rid of" the anti-Israel and anti- Jewish material that appears in PA school texts. "They're taught tremendous hate," he said. "I've seen what they're taught.., it starts at a very young age and it starts in the school room." Malcolm Hoenlein, executive vice chairman and CEO of the Conference of Presidents of MajorAmerican Jewish Organizations, told JNS.org, "The U.S. government should use all leverage at its disposal to do something about changing the Palestinian school books, especially when the U.S. provides the Palestinians with over $350 million in aid each year. It's an outrage that the incitement continues." Speaking from Morocco, where he received an award for fostering friendly relations between American Jewry and the Moroccan people, Hoenlein emphasized that "ending the incitement should not be a result of negotiations, but rather must be a prelude to negotiations." The Anti-Defamation League and the American Israel Public Affairs Committee also applauded the president's statement. ADL National Director and CEO Jonathan Greenblatt said the Palestinians "need to reform their school curricula to remove the anti- Israel content." In addition, Greenblatt pointed out, "some Palestinian textbooks contain anti-Semitism, incitement against Jews and stereotypes about Jews, and this content needs to be reformed as well. These kinds of actions certainly do not suggest that the Palestinians are preparing to make peace." Greenblatt told JNS.org that "it is most important for the U.S. government to raise this issue in all meetings with the Palestinians." AIPAC spokesman Marshall Wittman said, "We are pleased the President has publicly called attention to this ongoing problem...We believe the Palestinian Authority should take firm action to halt any incitement to violence. Incitement of terrorism has posed a serious impediment to peace?' "The president is to be praised for speaking out so forcefully against the continuing drumbeat of hatred toward Israel which emanates from the Palestinian Authority," Rabbi Joel Meyers, executive vice president emeritus of Conservative Judaism's Rabbinical Assembly, told JNS.org. "I am glad President Trump believes it is time for us to become more forceful in our efforts to force change," he added. "The road to peace cannot be achieved by teaching hate to generation after generation in school curriculum or by publicly praising killers of Israelis." Farley Weiss, president of the National Council of Young Israel, said Trump's remarks were "a big step in the right direction" and "a welcome reversal of the previous administration's policy." Roger Jacobs, vice president of the New Jersey State Association of Jewish Federations, agreed that Trump's comments about Palestinian schools were"very constructive." Jacobs, whose cousin, Boaz Aluf, was killed in a Palestinian bus bombing in Jerusalem in 2002, told JNS. org that"there is no question that constant incitement does encourage people to commit violent acts." Then-Secretary of State John Kerry said in 2014 that the attack on a synagogue in Jerusalem's Har Nof neighborhood was "a pure result of incitement" by Palestinian leaders. The terroristskilledanIsraelipolice officer and five rabbis, four of sney severs ties a PewDiePie, aka (Israel Hayom/Exclusive to JNS.org) The Walt Disney Company severed ties with the world's biggest YouTube star Tuesday following a series of anti-Semitic videos. PewDiePie, whose real name is Felix Kjellberg, has 53 million fans worldwide, and his videos have amassed some 14.7 billion views. The Felix Kjelberg. 27-year-old Swede usually focuses on video games, and his huge fan base has allowed him to turn his YouTube channel into a lucrative business, earning more than $14 million a year from advertising, sponsorships and appearance fees. According to reports, a key part of Kjellberg's them American citizens. The Obama administration also criticized the PA's incitement on several other occasions, but did not take any publicly known steps to curb it. The key issue now is enforcemeat, according to Rabbi Irving (Yitz) Greenberg, vho chaired the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Council from 2000-2002. He noted that "the U.S. in the past verbally urged the P.A. to stop incitement, but there was no enforcement." Greenberg said "if this was enforced, it would push the Palestinians to shift from the victimhood Focus on page 14A empire is a joint venture with Disney's Maker Studios, which he inked in 2014. This gave him co-ownership of a multichannel network called Revelmode that produces videos, mobile apps and merchandise. But Kjellberg recently shocked fans when he released a series of videos containing anti-Semitic jokes and Nazi imagery. Kjellberg posted nine offensive videos during the past six months. A video posted Jan. 11 featured two men holding abanner reading, "Death to all Jews," and avideo posted Jan. 22 featured a man dressed as Jesus saying, "Hitler did absolutely nothing wrong." "Although Felix has created a following by being provocative and irreverent, he clearly went too far in this case and the resulting videos are inappropriate," a spokesperson for Maker Studios told the Wall Street Journal.