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FLORIDA JE ISH WS Editorials ................................ 4A Op-Ed ..................................... 5A Calendar ................................. 6A Synagogue Directory ............... 7A B'nai Mitzvah .......................... 8A Scene Around ......................... 9A Classified ................................ 2B Kobi Gideon/GPO/FLAS H90/JTA Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu visiting soldiers in the Golan Heights near the Israeli-Syrian border, Jan. 13. As Syrian regime teeters, Israel prepares for security threats after Assad By Ben Sales other borders occasionally have exploded 70,000 lives, according to U.N. officials, KATZRIN, Israel (JTA)--For nearly 40 years, Israel's border with Syria has been, perhaps improbably, its quietest. The two countries technically have been in a state of war since the cease-fire that ended the 1973 Yom Kippur War. But over the past four decades, while Israel's with missile salvos, intifadas, shooting incidents and cross-border terrorist at- tacks, the Syrian frontier on the Golan Heights has stayed largely peaceful. With Syria now entering a critical phase in its bloody, two-year civil war, however, the years of quiet may end. The Syrian fighting has claimed an estimated and recently spread to Damascus, Syria's capital city. Analysts warn that the regime of President Bashar Assad could collapse in a matter of months or even weeks. In its place may come Islamist terrorist Threats on page 19A Hillel at Florida State University builds its new home On Feb. 3, more than 100 of Florida State University students, community lead- ers, and alumni gathered at Hillel at FSU's AI Block Jewish Student Center in Tallahassee for a monthly bagel brunch. However, this bagel brunch differed from all others held during the past 30 years at Hillel at FSU. This brunch celebrated the groundbreak- ing of an all-new student life building. There has been a Jewish student group at FSU since the 1940s. In the 1960s, the - e'-I r r-, .  it , --- , , - . SZ student group developed into a group called Hiilel and af- filiated with the national organization. In the 1980s, supported by faculty, local businessmen and the B'nai Brith organization, Hillel at FSU moved into a brick home at the corner of Pensacola and Woodward Streets. Here students celebrated holidays, studied Torah with rabbis, undertook mitzvot, and engaged the ever-growing Jewish student population. In 1982, Al Block, a Tallahas- see philanthropist, stepped forward and paid off the mortgage. Now, the Al Block Jewish Student Center at Hillel at FSU is one of more than 200 similar foundations on college campus across the globe. Hillel's mission is "to enrich the lives of Jewish undergraduate and graduate students so that they may enrich the Jewish people and the world." This coming Fall, FSU Hillel will move into its new center for Jewish student life. Former student board members--now with Hiilel- participating grandchildren of their own--alumni, com- munity members, former staff and current students say they will miss the memories of the old building. However, they fully welcome the opportuni- ties and excitement that a sig- nificantly larger student life center offers. Matthew Poser, The new building scheduled to be ready for Fall 2013. Students and community members gather to celebrate. current FSU student and Hil- lel Leadership Board director said, "Hillel is a place where I know I can come weekly for a Jewish program or just to hang with friends. Our new building will celebrate and signify what it means to be a Jewish college student today." The new Jewish student life center doubles the former space to nearly 6,000 square feet and encompasses two-floors. A fo- cal point of the new center is the first floor studentloungewhere, just as in the current building, impromptu gatherings, study sessions, small group meet- ings and evening activities take place. This is flanked by HUlel on page 19A Israeli films fall short again LOS ANGELES (JTA)--Two Israeli documentaries in conten- tion for the Oscar for best docu- mentary failed to bring Israel its first coveted golden statue. "The Gatekeepers" and "5 Broken Cameras" lost out to the Swedish-British pro- duction "Searching for Sugar Man" on Sunday night when the Academy Awards were handed out in Los Angeles. Directed by Dror Moreh, "The Gatekeepers" features a series of interviews with six former leaders of Israel's Shin Bet security service arguing that Israeli policy in the Palestinian territories is ultimately futile and self- defeating. They say that Israel must try to negotiate with the Palestinians and find a path to a peace settlement--even if it means negotiating with terrorist groups. "5 Broken Cameras," which was co-directed by Palestin- Jan Emad Burnat and Israeli Guy Davidi, tells the story of a Palestinian village resisting the encroachment of a nearby Israeli settlement. A Palestinian farmer from the village of Birin, Burnat began collecting the footage that would become the film in 2005 following the birth of his fourth son, Gibreel. At about that time, the nearby settlement ofModi'in Illitwas established, and Burnat found himself chronicling the skir- mishes between the villagers protesting the settlement's blocking of land access and the Israeli soldiers brought in to protect it. With financial help from Davidi and the Is- raeli government's film fund, Burnat turned his raw footage into a documentary. No Israeli film has ever won an Academy Award, though several films by the American- born director Joseph Cedar have been nominated in the Best Foreign Language Film category. Israel's nominee, "Fill the Void," was eliminated this year in the first cut. Daniel Day-Lewis became the first actor to win three Oscars for best actor with his performance as Abraham Lincoln in "Lincoln," a film that had been an early front- runner in the Oscar race but lost out to "Argo" for best film. Day-Lewis is the son of Jew- ish actress Jill Balcon, whose parents immigrated to Britain from Latvia and Poland. "Lincoln" director Steven Spielberg and screenwriter Tony Kushner went home empty handed. "Argo" chronicles the res- cue of six American hos- tages during the Iranian Revolution. Grant Heslov, the picture's co-producer with George Clooney and star Ben Affleck, accepted the golden statuette and film editor Wil- liam Goldenberg did likewise in his category. On Oscar night, in the absence of Billy Crystal and other Jewishly attuned hosts of previous years, first-time master of ceremonies Seth MacFarlane stayed away from the typical Jewish Hollywood jokes during the introduc- tory monologue. But in the second part of the evening, Ted, the X-rated stuffed teddy bear of the same titled movie, "revealed" in a skit that his birth name was Theodore Shapiro and he actually was born Jewish, which he figured would assure his acceptance into Hollywood's ranks. MacFarlane followed up later with a joke about Hit- ler. and shtick involving the von Trapp family of "Sound of Music" fame and a black- uniformed SS man. Meanwhile, Barbra Strei- sand delivered a soulful rendi- tion of "The Way We Were" in a tribute to the late composer Marvin Hamlisch. Heritage launches new website and Facebook page The Heritage Jewish Nmvs has just launched a new websit fatured at www.heritagefl.com. It has also designed d Florida Jewish rlll!!!!J!n!!!!l!llll