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PAGE 14A HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, MARCH 8, 2019 From page IA ing!" said Sarah Glasser, who is in ninth grade. "I felt a much deeper connection with my Judaism than I ever have because I was surrounded by so many Jewish teens that were proud of who we are as a nation." Fifteen teen speakers shared personal stories of struggle, triumph, and strength in the face of adversity. The stories-- ranging from students who fought for Jewish rights at school, dealtwithalopeciaand subsequent bullying, to teens who lost family members to drug addiction--captivated the crowd, leaving a deep impression on the audience. Priest turned rabbi Yaakov Parisi, captivated the teens with his animated story dur- ing Shabbat dinner, sharing his inspiration for living a Jewish life. Professor Binyamin Abrams, who lectures on chemistry at Boston Univer- sity, left an indelible impres- sion on the teens, resolving questions about Torah and science, and inspiring the teens to seek knowledge while living Jewishly. "The secret of my life and success is keeping Shabbat," Adam Neumann shared in a powerful, electrifying sur- prise appearance. "Discon- necting from the world for 25 hours and connecting to something greater than my- self makes me who I am. There has never been a more relevant time in history to celebrate being Jewish. If you come away with one thing today, I hope it's that you disconnect to connect." "Our intrinsic worth is not based on achievements. Every individual can con- nect to G-d, no matter the circumstances. It is because of this connection that every individual, in any situa- tion, can make a significant difference," shared Rabbi Mendy Bronstein of Chabad of Altamonte Springs. "That is what CTeen is all about." Indeed, a brave teenager from the Cteen Las Vegas chapter went up on stage, and shared his inspiring message of finding his self-worth despite constant bullying about his appearance. After his speech, he was surrounded by kids giving him high-fives, hugs, and thanking him for inspir- ing them to be stronger. "You may find yourself alone, the only Jew in your public school, you may feel like a minority, but remem- ber: there is no such thing as a small Jew," shared Rabbi Moshe Kotlarsky, chairman of CTeen. "I hope you take the energy you gained this weekend and carry it into every aspect of your lives back at home." There were four Orlando chapters that joined, includ- ing CTeenAltamonte Springs, CTeen Longwood, CTeen Maitland and CTeen South Orlando. With over 500 chapters in 23 countries, CTeen creates a nurturing environmentwhere giving to others encourages self discovery. The network's mission is to empower tomor- row's next generation of lead- ers through Jewish education, and by providing a strong Jew- ish network across the globe. Teens develop awareness and confidence, while connect- ing with individuals shar- ing similar experiences and beliefs, becoming an integral part of a group that focuses on building core values and stresses positive character development. CTeen is open to Jewish teens regardless of affiliation. For more information on future programming for your teen, please contact your local Chabad. Casino Night From page 1A are already making their mark in our community as alum of both organizations. Orlando's Jewish future is a safe bet with you at our table. We hope you can join us in strengthening our Jew- ish community, and enjoy an incredible night out on the town. Tickets and sponsorships can be directly purchased at night2019. Couple tickets are also available at a dis- counted price. Those who purchase their tickets prior to March 15 will be entered to win a $200 gift certificate to Ruth's Chris Steakhouse in Winter Park. For sponsor- ship opportunities, or for more information, please contact either Jennifer Wald- holtz, Jennifer.Waldholtz@ or Summer Simmons, ssim- From page IA In a speech following the announcement of the in- dictment Thursday, Netan- yahu didn't give an inch. He called the criminal proceed- ings a left-wing conspiracy and said he would beat the charges. "For three years, they've gone after us politically--an unprecedented hunting ex- pedition, with one goal--to depose the right-wing gov- yahu's opponents--have said that he should resign for the good of the country. They say a sitting prime minister can't be tied up in court while he has to run the country. But Netanyahu is standing his ground, and legally, it looks like he's within his rights. A final hearing, probably after the election, will determine whether the charges go for- ward. Has this ever happened before? ernment led by me," the Yes and no. Netanyahu is prime minister said. "The the first prime minister to be primary goal is to influence the elections, even when they know this house of cards will completely collapse after the elections." But wait--Netanyahu is facing criminal charges. Will he have to step down? Nope. There's no law that forcesa sitting prime minister to resign if indicted. Plenty of people--including Netan- indicted for corruption--but that's only because previous prime ministers have resigned before the process got this far. In 2008, Ehud Olmert resigned amid allegations of bribery, even before police recommended that he be indicted. Olmert eventually was convicted and served time in prison. And in 1977, Yitzhak Rabin resigned after it became public that he and his wife held illegal foreign bank accounts totaling $10,000. Rabin ran again 15 years later and won. He would sign a historic peace treaty with the Palestinians but two years later be assassinated by a Jewish extremist. Netanyahu, though, hasn't backed down, staying in of- rice even after police recom- mended that he be indicted, and after the indictment came through. That's never happened before; we're in uncharted waters now. What does this mean for the election? Unclear. Netanyahu is in a tight race with a new centrist party called Blue and White (the colors of Israel's flag), which has a narrow lead in the polls. And a poll by The Times of Israel published Thursday says the indict- ment could hurt Netanyahu at the polls, moving some right-wing voters over to his rival. But here's where it gets complicated: Even if Netan- yahu wins fewer votes in the election on April 9, he could still win the election. Israel has a parliamentary govern- ment, so what matters is which party can get a majority in the Knesset, Israel's parlia- ment, to back them. So even if Netanyahu finishes second, he will stay as prime minister if there is a right-wing major- ity overall--and it's willing to back him. So Netanyahu could still serve another term, even under indictment? Maybe. Let's talk on April 10. From page 3A meeting here. Its fruits will be reaped in the economy through joint action." Zimmerman, however, emphasized that he wants to move away from the model of government handouts. "We need to engage the business community. Yes, we need to have further development, but we have to do itbecause we are strong," he said. "We have the ability and prerogative to do support in Hebron. The street is with us. There are many businessmen who are ready to work with Israelis." Jabari said such dialogue and communication was the only way forward for Israelis and Palestinians in the West Bank. "We need to break the fence between Israelis and Palestinians, and to know that there's no other way but to work together," he said. "We can't keep going like we have over 25 years and wait- 'The way of the future' Heather Johnston, founder and executive di- rector of USIEA, told JNS, "The whole idea of this eco- nomic forum is to take what they have done so far in the way of the success with the businesses and showcase that, as well as show the economic outlook of where the future is going." She noted that since its founding, the economic fo- rum has had the experts of being able to highlight this for the U.S. Congress and the U.S. administration to help them understand what is hap- pening inside this grassroots movement," she said about her particular role. Johnston pointed to the Palestinian Partnership Fund Act of 2018 as an example of bipartisan support in both the U.S. House and Senate that supports Jews and Palestinian doingjointbusiness together. The legislation has now been 3 A 6W ? 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