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Editorials ................................ 4A Op-Ed ..................................... 5A Calendar ................................. 6A Synagogue Directory ............... 7A Simchot .................................. 8A Scene Around ......................... 9A Classified ................................ 2B The Arak IR-40 heavy water reactor in Iran. Nanking2012/Wikimedia Commons By Alina Dain Sharon JNS.org While the American public is being told that existing sanctions are crippling the Iranian economy, International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) reports continue to show the Islamic Republic progressing on its nuclear program. For newly proposed sanctions, the following question arises: Will they, unlike their predecessors, be able to actually alter Iran's behavior? Chairman of the House ForeignAffairs Committee U.S. Rep.,Ed Royce (R-CA) and the committee's ranking member U,S. Rep, Eliot Engel (D-NY) on Feb. 27 introduced a bill that would tighten sanctions on Iran. The legislation was announced just as Iranian leaders met in Kazakhstan with the P5+1 the U.S., Russia, China, France, Germany and Britain, and received an offer of eased sanctions in return for reducing uranium enrichment. The new legislation "is an effort to close loopholes that exist and tighten the noose even further," Middle East expert Ilan Berman, vice president of the American Foreign Policy Council in Washington, D.C.,toldJNS.org.Ifpassed, these sanctions will probably have more tactical success than previous ones, but it is "unknown if this legislationwill provide Sanctions on page 19A "In this economy 30,000 meals means a lifeline for struggling families, single parents, the unemployed and under-employed," expresses Michael Cooper, develop- ment director of JFS. This year, in partnership with the Feinstein Challenge, Jewish Family Services of Greater Orlando; 333 square foot .=_ m m z g pantry would like to make a huge impact in the Central Florida community. A lot of people have never heard of Alan Shawn Fein- stein, but this is the 16th year Rhode Island philanthropist, through his Feinstein Foun- dation, will divide $1 million among hunger fighting agen- cies nationwide. Donations of food, cash, checks and pledges during March and April qualify for the Chal- lenge. The more donations received, the more Feinstein money JFS will receive to help any Central Florida individual or family in need. "Last year during the Fein- stein challenge JFS beat a record," exclaimed Adrienne Cooperman, FSP case man- ager. Through partnerships with local entities such as Carny B. Schwam-Wilcox, P.A., Attorney and Counselor at law, Chabad of Greater Orlando, Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, JCC of Greater Orlando, Jewish Academy of Orlando, Personal Mini Storage and the University of Central Florida School of Social Work, JFS expects to exceed all expectations and gather enough food and donations to provide 30,000 Jewish Academy of Orlando "s Dori Wolgel's 5th grade class takes an educational tour, brings in 126pounds of food and learns how to check expiration dates meals or more. In 2012 JFS provided 12,312 meals in two months and over 80,000 in the course of one year! Everything donated is sorely needed and greatly appreciated. For every $1 donated JFS has the ability to purchase $6 worth of food. "By collecting nonperish- able items, canned goods and cash donations for the Pearlman Emergency food pantry we can meet the growing number of families that visit us for assistance," says Eric Geboff, execu- tive director of JFS. Your donation will make you a partner in the local 30,000 meal effort to alleviate hunger. For more informa- tion about the Feinstein Challenge go to: http://www. feinsteinfoundation.org. Monetary donations can be sent to: The George Wolly Center, JFS 2100 Lee Road, Winter Park, FL. Donations of food can be brought on-site Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Please visit JFS online at www.jfsorlando.org Debbie Meitin By Reva Shader Jewish Pavilion volunteer Hear Ye! Hear Ye! Hear Ye! The Jewish Pavilion's Cel- ebration of Traditions will be held at 5 p.m. Sunday, April 21 at the Orlando Marriott Lake Mary. Don't miss this outstanding opportunity to participate in an evening of delight, as well as supporting this extraordinary organiza- tion that brings love and By Ben Cohen JNS.org WASHINGTON, DC-- From the second one arrives at the Washington Convention Center, the AIPAC spectacle is all-encompassing. From the anti-Israel demonstra- tors clustering around the entrance to the sparkling, multi-screen plenaries in the main hall, there is a both a sense of showmanship and a sense that this is, for two days, the only show in town. Even so, the razzmatazz at this year's AIPAC policy con- ference couldn't quite mute the background murmurs about the organization's de- clining influence. There was Chuck Hagel's confirmation as Defense Secretary, and there is the ongoing debate about the impact of sequestra- tion on Israel's defensive ca- pabilities. When Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) complained that the Obama Administra- tion still had not delivered ad- vanced F-35 fighter aircraft to Israel, he inadvertently invited his audience to ponder, "All powerful Israel Lobby? What all powerful Israel Lobby." Away from the podium speeches that restated, to standing ovations and thun- derous applause, the criti- cal talking points of Israel advocacy--"Israel is the only democracy in the Middle East," "all options must remain on the table con- cerning Iran," "there is no genuine Palestinian peace partner," and so forth--there was serious reconsideration of Israel's current strategic Cathy Swerdlow comfort to those in need... our elderly and disabled. On this special occasion, we will also be honoring two remarkable women who have devoted themselves to service of their communities, and to supplying sunshine and loving tender care to those who can no longer care for themselves... Debra Dorskey Meitin and Cathy Swerdlow. Gala on page 18A position in the Middle East. Senator John McCain (R-AZ) memorably summarized the stakes involved when he told the AIPAC crowd, "I have not seen the Middle East and the world in a more dangerous situation in my lifetime." What, perhaps, is distinc- tive about this "dangerous situation" is that it contains a complex of conflicts in which Israel is not an active participant, but a nervous bystander waiting on a series of uncertain outcomes. The much-vaunted Arab Spring, more accurately described by the Israeli journalist Amos Harel as "the Arab upheaval," has taken different forms in different countries, but the common denominator is that, in not a single instance, has a democratic, open society emerged at the other end. In the Arab Gulf region in particular, long-established repressive and corrupt re- gimes, most obviously in SaudiArabia, remain in place; as the American columnist Bret Stephens pointed out, much as we might wish for an end to the Saudi monarchy, in all likelihood what fol- lows them will be worse. Old certainties--like the position of Turkey as a friend of both Israel and the western pow- ers-have been dramatically undercut, as demonstrated AIPAC on page 18A