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C c3 Editorials 4A Op-Ed 5A Calendar 6A Scene Around 9A Synagogue Directory 11A News Briefs 13A Y Local students from CTeen Altamonte Springs, CTeen Longwood, CTeen Maitland and CTeen South Orlando converge with thousands of teens at the 11th annual CTeen International Shabbaton in New York. They were accompanied by Rabbi Mendy Bronstein of CTeen Altamonte Springs and Rabbi Nissan ZibeU of CTeen South Orlando, Thousands of teens from around the world celebrated Jewish unity, heritage, and pride at the 11th annual CTeen In- ternational Shabbaton. The convention, which drew in over 2600 participants, was the most electrifying and meaningful event to date. From world class guest speakers, to a life changing closing cer- emony with a surprise guest appearance by Adam Neumann, founder of WeWork, CTeen left the teens exhilarated and ready to share their Jewish pride with the world. The inspirational weekend included a traditional Shabbat experience in the heart of Crown Heights, the Hasidic neighborhood of Brooklyn; meaningful hands on workshops and lectures about Judaism; and the ever popular Times Square takeover, featuring world re- nowned Jewish popstar, Yaakov Shwekey. The theme of the historic Shabbaton was I-Matter. The aim of the theme was to empower teens to recognize and use their inherent, true value that is not de- pendent on achievements or status. It is a message that resonatedwith thousands of teens who have found their voices and personal missions through their involve- ment in CTeen. "Thereare things that every teenager goes through, but that we rarely talk about. Watching my fellow CTeeners on stage was like a breath of fresh air. Hearing their stories reminded me that I am not alone; none of us are," shared 12-grader Meira Borsody. "The Times Square concert was amaz- CTeen on page 14A For the first time ever in our community, two Jewish organizations are coming together to create a unified fundraiser to support both o - g:-z Central Florida Hillel and Jewish Academy of Orlando. The organizations will com- bine forces to host what will be the largest Casino Night and Lady Luck event in Or- lando history. Central Florida Hillel and Jewish Academy of Orlando are both nonprofit organizations supporting students throughout our community This incredible night out on the town will take place at MLounge (2000 N Orange Ave, Orlando FL 32804) on April 4 at 6:30 p.m. The night will include a Poker Tourna- ment, cocktails, food catered by Arthur's, casino games, shopping vendors, a silent auction and much more. The poker tournament grand prize, generously do- nated by Luxury Trips is a fabulous five-star, five-day trip to Spain, including luxury hotel stays, customized pri- vate tours, cooking classes for the discerning palate, and much more. An assortment of sought-after other prizes will Alan Rusonik, JAO head of school, practices his gambling game with previous participants of Lady Luck. be awarded to the additional nine other final poker tourna- ment winners. Both CFH and the JAO know the importance of nurturing Jewish communi- ties throughout the ages, from preschool to college, and beyond. Your support of this event will ensure that Orlando's Jewish community will thrive, from preschool to college, and beyond. Students that went to JAO are now active students at UCF and Rollins College, and others Casino Night on page 14A Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is facing cor- ruption charges as he gears up for his re-election. By Ben Sales (JTA)--Israeli Prime Min- ister Benjamin Netanyahu is going to court on corruption charges--he says he's in- nocent. Netanyahu was indicted in three cases Thursday pending a court hearing. It's the first time in Israel's history that a sitting prime minister faces criminal charges. Oh, and elections are in fewer than six weeks. What exactly is Netanyahu accused of? How is he defend- ing himself? Does this mean he'll lose the election? Who is Benjamin Netanya- hu, andwhat is he accused of? Netanyahu, Israel's prime minister for a decade, is up for re-election on April 9. He's running for his fifth term. He was first elected in 1996 for one term, then returned to office in 2009 and hasn't left. He leads the right-wing Likud party. But he could be in trou- ble. After years of investiga- tion, his country's attorney general charged Netanyahu in three separate corruption cases. Two have to do with Netanyahu buying himself positive press, and the third alleges that he received illegal gifts from a rich donor. The Israeli Police have numbered them Case 1000, Case 2000 and Case 4000. (Don't worry about 3000--that investiga- tion was dropped.) Case 1000: Netanyahu is accused of accepting ille- gal gifts from Hollywood producer Arnon Milchan, including Cuban cigars and pink champagne. The gifts totaled about $200,000. In return, Netanyahu allegedly helped secure a U.S. visa for Milchan and supported a law that would give tax breaks to the billionaire if he moved back to Israel. Case 2000: Netanyahu is accused of advancing a law that would have hurt one newspaper in exchange for positive coverage from a rival paper. In Israel, the two lead- ing papers are Yediot Achar- onot and Israel Hayom. Yediot is generally anti-Netanyahu. Israel Hayom is almost always pro-Netanyahu--and it's also free, thanks to funding from the American casino mogul Sheldon Adelson. Case 2000 alleges that Ne- tanyahu made this deal with Yediot's publisher: Netanyahu would support a law banning free daily papers--that would hurt Israel Hayom. In return, Yediot would give Netanyahu positive coverage. Case 4000: Netanyahu is accused of supporting looser regulation of Israel's telecom giant, Bezeq, in exchange for favorable coverage from a news website Bezeq owns called Walla. Sounds like Netanyahu really wants positive news coverage. Allegedly. But Netanyahu and the Israeli press don't really get along. Like his ally, President Donald Trump, Ne- tanyahu says the local press is out to get him. He accuses the media of being left-wing and dishonest, and likes to use the term "fake news" a lot. He doesn't translate it: He just says "fake news" while speaking Hebrew. That's a big part of his de- fense: Since the investigations began a couple of years ago, he has attacked the media again and again for accusing him of corruption--seeking to. depose him in court because he keeps winning elections. Netanyahu does have a few allies in the media, including Israel Hayom, which has con- sistently supported him since it was founded by Adelson, a Netanyahu ally, in 2007. (Yes, this is the same paper he al- legedly said he'd hurt through legislation. Kind of ironic.) And this year, as part of his re-election campaign, Adelson launched a pro- Netanyahu TV channel. How else is Netanyahu defending himself? Defiantly. Since the in- vestigations began in 2016, Netanyahu has insisted that "Nothing will happen--be- cause nothing happened." Bibi on page 14A