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FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS www.heritagefl.com Year 38, No; 25 February 28, 2014 28 Adar I, 5774  60 Pages F ij Editorials ................................ 4A Op-Ed ..................................... 5A Calendar .................. 6A eee eeoooooo oo eo Synagogue Directory ............... 7A B&apos;nai Mitzvah .......................... 8A Scene Around ......................... 9A Odando, Florida Single Copy 75 AIPAC/Federation hosts and speakers (l-r): Roz Fuchs Schwartz, Marc Smith, Lucas Boyce, Barbara Weinrich, Alisia Adamson, and Jacki Alexander. AIPA C/Federation meeting: America's pro-Israel community is strong By Lisa Sholk On Wednesday, Feb. 19, The Ameri- can Israel Public Affairs Committee and the Jewish Federation of Greater Orlando's .,is,Coinmunity Rela- UnCfl hoted a community t the JCC Maitland campus. The program, "Expanding the Base: Biparfisan Pro-Israel Support Among African-Americans" featured two lead- ing activists from Orlando's African- American community, Alisia Adamson and Lucas Boyce. The goal of the program was to edu- cate the Jewish community about the strength of the American pro-Israel community. It is important for the Jewish community to feel they are not alone in their support of Israel. Alisia Adamson, founding partner at Hylton, Adamson Watson Law, and Lucas Boyce, director of Business De- velopment & Legislative Affairs at The Orlando Magic, both participated in an American-Israel Education Foundation seminar in Israel. They each spent aweek in Israel visiting historic, cultural and religious sites in the Jewish State. Both left Israel with new insight and respect for Israel's struggles in the Middle East, and passionate about their support for Israel. The audience was moved to hear their ability to connect to Israel's past and champion her future. They spoke about the influence of Israel's commitment to justice and how they witnessed it in every aspect of Israel's culture. Adamson expressed a deep appreciation that she was able to visit Christian sites freely, noting Israel's commitment to religious freedom, unlike her neighboring coun- tries. Boyce shared how moved he was by the youth villages in Israel, helping raise ,,nirom all.o.ve the world. It resonae'dle'ply wttI his own experi- ences of being welcomed into a foster home and later adopted by his family. Both speakers were equally moved by Yad Vashem, feeling similarities to the African-American community's struggles and understanding the need for a Jewish State. The program was an uplifting evening for all in attendance. Members of the Jewish community, AIPAC supporters and students from Bethune Cookman University all left feeling 'COnfident of their support for Israel. Chief rabbi of Ukraine urges Jews to flee Kiev after attack on students By Gidon Ben-Avi (Algemeiner)--One of Ukraine's chief rabbis, Moshe Reuven Asman, urged Jews -- ) .-q :- < =- to leave the capital city Kiev following a reported anti-Semitic attack on two Chabad yeshiva students in the city last month, Israeli daily Ma'ariv reported. "I told my community to get out of the city and if possible out of the state.., there are many warnings about planned attacks against Jewish institu- tions,"Asman said, adding,"We have been told by the Israeli Embassy to not go outside." Many members of Kiev's Jewish community live within walking distance of the main square in the city that has recently become the focus of anti-government riots, ac- cording to Ma'ariv. In recent days, chaos has gripped the area following the escalation of violence between government security forces and members of the opposi- tion, with institutions around the city closing and subways no longer operating. While Chief Rabbi Asman has been forced to close down the city's Jewish schools, he Wikipedia Protesters in Ukraine. continues to conduot three prayer services daily in his synagogue, Ma'ariv said. "The situation here is dire," said Yossi Asman, a Chabad yeshiva student and son of the chief rabbi. "We have been gathering up families and shuttling them out to safer neighborhoods." Edward Dolinsky, head of the umbrella organization responsible for Ukraine's Jews, said the city's dwindling food supply has provoked a state of panic among Kiev's inhabitants. "We have appealed to [Is- raeli] Foreign Minister Avig- dor Lieberman to please help us protect our community," Dolinsky added. Gidon Ben-Zvi, Jerusalem correspondent for the AI- gemeiner newspaper, is an accomplished writer who left behind Hollywood starlight for Jerusalem stone. Meet the Jewish Pavilion honorees By Pamela Ruben "Valerie Chestnut and Eve Homburger are two extraordi- nary women who have devoted themselves to our senior com- munity," said Nancy Ludin, executive director of the Jew- ish Pavilion. "We are thrilled to honor them at our gala on March 9 for giving back, both personally and professionally. Both honorees generously offer their time to the Jewish Pavilion, and share our mis- sion of enhancing the lives of Orlando's Jewish seniors." Dr. Eve Homburger is an active Pavilion volunteer, as well as a counseling psycholo- gist. Homburger, along with son, Marc, make a difference in the lives of seniors through weekly visits to its elder facili- ties. Valerie Chestnut BA MS has a background in gerontol- ogy, and impacts the lives of Orlando's seniors both in and out of the workplace. She is a member of the Pavilion's executive board, as well as a corporate sponsor through Vitas Hospice. Homburger was rais..:m "i! a household where giving back to th'e c0rrimfin'wis second nature. "My parents, the late Lore and Fred Horn- burger of Lancaster, Pa., were Holocaust survivors from Germany. They went from having everything to having nothing. They taught me the importance of being part of Eve Homburger Valerie Chestnut and giving back to the com- munity," she shared. Lore Homburger was a Lancaster Honorees on page 15A Co munity " m wtae celebration 'Israel Consul General of Israel to Florida and Puerto Rico, Chaim Shacham. Join the Central Florida community to celebrate Israel with"YouAre Israel" on March 23, from 1 to 5 p.m. at Con- gregation Ohev Shalom, 613 Concourse Parkway South, Maitland. Co-sponsoring the event are The Jewish Fed- eration of Greater Orlando, Jewish Community Center of Greater Orlando, Congre- gation Ohev Shalom, Hillel of UCF and Zionistas. On the evening prior, March 22 at 8:30, the Federation will screen the Israeli film "A Bottle in the Gaza Sea" at the Orlando Science Center, 777 E. Princeton Street. The "You Are Israel" pro- gram on Sunday includes side sessions and keynote speaker Chaim Shacham, consulate general of Israel to Florida and Puerto. Previous to his present ap- pointment, Shacham served as director of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Information and Internet Department. Shacham was born in Chi- cago and immigrated to Israel after completing high school. He served as an IDF armor company commander, and has a degree in international relations and political science from the State University of New York. He speaks English, Hebrew and Spanish. Subjects included in the side sessions are advances in Israeli medicine, life sav- ing developments of Magen David Adorn, Israel hi-tech development from Ben Gu- Celebration on page 14A 6 Illl!!!!!ll!!!!UrllJ