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PAGE 14A HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, FEBRUARY 24, 2017 From page 1A this program a success. I really hope that the faculty, alumni and greater Orlando Jewish community will be able to participate as well, helping to create a greater sense of Jewish community." "To see hundreds of Jewish students from all walks of life come to spend Shabbat together is very inspiring and renews your faith in the future of the Jewish people! The only way to experience Shabbat 1000 is to be there," said Rivkie Lipskier, program director of Chabad at UCF "Each year Chabad at UCF hosts an incredible mega Shabbat for the entire campus community! With this year's theme of unity, it is going to the biggest and most exciting one yet!" said Gal Cahlon, president of the Chabad Jewish Student Group. In addition to the unity inspired by the mega Shabbat, Chabad will donate to three dance groups participating in Knight Thon that bring students to Shabbat 1000. Knight Thon is a yearly fundraiser/dance marathon organized by UCF students. All the funds raised go directly toward the Children's Miracle Network. Thousands of UCF students are involved. "I think it is amazing that Chabad at UCF has taken the initiative to help benefit Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children and support Knight-Thon for their Shabbat 1000 Event," said Brandon Kraut, director of Knight-Thon. Shabbat 1000 is co- sponsored by Student Government Association, Judaic Studies at UCF, UCF Hillel, Alpha Epsilon Pi, Alpha Epsilon Phi, Zeta Beta Tau, Gamma Phi Beta, Knight Thon and Knights for Israel. The Shabbat 1000 website is shabbatl000 This event is open to the entire UCF community if you would like to reserve a seat please RSVP at www. 1000 For more information please contact Rabbi Chaim Lipskier at rabbi@jewishucf. com, or 407-310-8876. From page 1A be able to strengthen the connection to one's Jewish peers in such a musical way, as well as to create lifelong friendships through HaZamir, that is priceless," Rawiszer told the Heritage last September. Vicki Geismer is excited about the coming experience. "I really enjoy being exposed to new Jewish choral pieces. I'm looking forward to meeting hundred Jewish teens, as well as hearing how beautiful we all sound together." Maya Milsom agrees with Geismer, "My favorite thing about being in Hazamir Orlando is being able to have a musical, Jewish, and personal connection to high schoolers in my area. I most look forward to seeing our small scale efforts as a single chapter pay off when all 400 or so singers come together to create beautiful art through singing." HaZamir is not just a choir. It is also a dynamic and charismaticyouth movement, offering participants a pluralistic environment in which to interact with other teens from all streams of Judaism. "I think that being able to develop my Jewish identity and socialize with my friends simultaneously is what I really enjoy about being in Hazamir Orlando," said Harrison Burke. "I'm really looking forward to the sense of accomplishment of singing amazing music in a world renown concert hall as well as seeing some of my long distance friends." HaZamir singers learn Jewish choral repertoire as they build community, develop leadership skills, connect to Jewish culture, and receive a Jewish education During a three-day retreat and a shared Shabbat leading up to the concert, the singers from all the HaZamir chapters in the States and Israel gather for a four-day retreat in upstate New York for rehearsals, a choice of prayer services, and social activities arranged by HaZamir Teen Leaders. "I enjoy seeing a close group of diverse Jewish friends and learning to actually sing," said Alexa Schein. "I'm most excited to meet hundreds of people bound by at least two things in common:singingandJudaism." Andrea Burke serves as parent coordinator of the Orlando Chapter. The chapter was founded with the support of Dr. Alan Mason (conductor HaZamir Miami), Vivian Lazar (director of HaZamir) and The Roth Family JCC in Maitland. From page 2A mode and start acting like a peace partner. This would be good for them and could begin to rebuild some trust on Israel's side." Rabbi Abraham Cooper, associate dean of the Simon Wiesenthal Center, told it was "extremely important that President Trump's immediate reaction was to recognize the problem for what it is." Cooper said, "If you inculcate children with hate, you will lose another generation--if you don't get rid of the mindset of glorifying terrorism and using anti- Semitism and denying Jewish history in the Holy Land, there is zero chance for peace." Roz Rothstein, CEO of the pro-Israel education organizationStandWithUs, told that the problem of incitement did not begin with the creation of the PA in 1994, but rather has been "an ongoing problem since before Israel became a state in 1948." She said that "a just arid lasting peace between Israelis and Palestinians will be impossible" unless the U.S. "takes steps to hold Palestinian leaders accountable on this issue." One unresolved question is what mechanism could be used to verify claims by the PA that it has revised the books. Sarah Stern, president of the Endowment for Middle East Truth (EMET), a pro- Israel think tank and policy center, pointed out that the Trilateral Committee to Monitor Incitement, which was established following the Oslo Accords, "turned out to be a miserable failure, because you can't have the PA involved in the monitoring, when it's the PA that is the problem." She urged the Trump administration to establish a U.S. commission to determine if the PA has changed the school books. "A respected figure with substantial knowledge of the Middle East, such as [former U. S. Ambassador to the United Nations] John Bolton, should chair the commission," Stern said. Conference of Presidents leader Hoenlein called the commission proposal "a valid idea." He suggested that members of Congress and officials of the Department of Education be included in such a commission, "so they can reach hard conclusions about what is happening and whether they have changed the textbooks." The Rabbinical Assembly's Meyers agreed that "a monitoring committee to review the school curriculum could be a help in this direction." 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Throughout the years, Kamenoff has served on the boards of numerous local and civic organizations. Even today in her 90s, she continues to work in her Temple and the community. She is in charge of Temple Israel Sisterhood Kitchen Hostesses eachweek, and she helps to oversee the High Holiday Flower Fund, and the High Holiday Break- fast. Kamenoff is the proud mother of her three children, grandmother to six grandchildren and one great- grandson. Where could you find two more dynamic and creative people, who are highly motivated and bring out the best in people around them as Mollie Savage and Phyllis Kamenoff? To support the 2017 8 Over 80's event with tickets or sponsorships, call Leslie Collin at 407-425-4537. 93 54 67 35 2 6 18 79 41 82 2674185 8193276 1825349 7412698 9758431 4369527 3541862 6287953 5936714 From page 13A adding: "When he apologizes, I'll gladly accept his apology." During the hearing, Sen. Ben Cardin, D-Md., pressed Friedman also about past statements that appeared to oppose a two-state solution addressing the Israeli- Palestinian conflict and noted his backing for settlements, including some deep inside the West Bank. Friedman replied that he had been skeptical of a two-state solution, but would welcome any solution arrived at by the Israelis and Palestinians that ended suffering for both peoples. On Thursday, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley, said her country "absolutely supports a two-state solution, but we are thinking out of the box as well, which is--what does it take to bring these two sides to the table, what do we need to have them agree on?" she said. The previous day, Trump at a White House news conference with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu diverged with the official line of several previous presidents when he implied that he had no preference for that solution. "I'm looking at two-state and one-state, and I like the one that both parties like," the president said. Patir, who began running the Israel activities of the liberal Middle East policy group in 2012, doubted Friedman's sincerity, saying "He'd say anything to receive the confirmation." Her organization is among several left-of-center Jewish groups in the United States and in Israel fighting the nomination. During the interview with Army Radio, Patir fielded critical questions about her organization's pro-Israel credentials but provided no answer beyond saying she was not familiar with the cases cited and that she would study them. One question concerned J Street pulling out from a 2014 Boston rally in support of Israel's retaliatory strikes on Hamas in Gaza, which Haaretz reported on. In informing the Boston Jewish federation of J Street's decision to quit the rally, Northeast Regional Director Shaina Wasserman wrote: "There was no voice for our concerns about the loss of human life on both sides." Patir said "reports about J Street are often shaped by the political tendency of the media doing the reporting" and reaffirmed her organization's "commitment to stand by Israel and stand up for its security." She was also asked to explain J Street's stated objection to lobbying by the American Israel PublicAffairs Committee for U.S. support for Israel amid rebuke over the slaying by Israel troops of nine Turkish pro-Palestinian activists aboard a Gaza-bound ship. The troops opened fire after being attacked by the activists. Patir said she was not familiar with J Street's response to the AIPAC push. J Street President Jeremy Ben-Ami wrote in 2010 that AIPAC's move was "primarily for domestic political consumption rather than to advance the U.S. interest." January tally of terrorist attacks in Israel bloodiest in 6 months (JTA)--Five Israelis were killedinJanuarybyPalestinian terrorists, making the month the deadliest since June, according to Israel's security service. The Shin Bet recorded a total of 100 attacks in January, which left 16 wounded, according to its monthly report published earlier this week. Four of the victims were killed in Jerusalem on Jan. 8 when the assailant drove his truck into a crowd of soldiers. One man was killed the previous week in Haifa. Of the attacks documented last month, 81 involved the hurling of firebombs. The previous month had seen 98 attacks. January 2016 also had five fatalities. Separately, on Thursday, Palestinians accused a driver they claim is an Israeli settler of deliberately hitting with his car a Palestinian man at the entrance to the West Bank town of Belt Ummar, near Hebron. RafatMuhammad Shihdeh Abu Arrar Masalmeh, 36, was hit while approaching the parked car of his brother on the shoulder of the road, according to a report by the Palestinian Maan news agency. The report did not specify his condition or name the driver. The report quoted a man described as a"local activist" of saying the settler hit Masalmeh deliberately and then fled the scene. According to the report, Israeli police later questioned the driver, who reportedly said he hit Masalmeh by accident.