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H ERffAGEFLiCOM : YEAR 42, N0 27 MARCH 9, 2018 22 ADAR, 5778: Editorials 4A Op-Ed 5A Calendar 6A Scene Around 9A Synagogue Directory 11A JTA News Briefs 13A Itzik Roytrnan/Cteen In center, with the red beard, Rabbi Shaya Denburg, co-director of CTeen in Coral Springs, Fla with Rabbi Moshe Klein on his right; Chayale Denburg, co-director of CTeen in Coral Springs, Fla who is standing and second from right; and some survivors of the Parkland, Fla. school shooting. The survivors were in New York this weekend for Chabad's CTeen conference. By Ben Sales York City by CTeen, the teen arm of the had taken part in previous local Chabad Hasidic outreach movement. CTeen, activities, said they appreciated the op- (JTA)--Seven survivors of the Park- which has 100,000 members worldwide, portunity to grieve and be comforted. land school shooting were among thou- has eight chapters in the South Florida "We all have been feeling better be- sandsofJewishhighschoolstudentswho area surrounding Parkland. cause we've been with other teens who attended the annual conference of the Theshooting, whichkilled17students havebeensupportingus,"MarcSusskind, Chabad movement's youth group,and staff at Marjory Stoneman Douglas 14, told JTA. "They've been checking in Responding to the Feb. 14 shooting High School, has galvanized ayouth-led on us, keeping us company." became an impromptu theme of the movement for gun reform. But the stu- conference, which was hosted in New dents at the conference, each of whom Parkland on page 15A Anti-Semitic graffiti. (JNS)--The number of anti-Semitic incidents in the United States soared in 2017, according to the annual re- port by the Anti-Defamation League. There were 1,986 acts clas- sified as anti-Semitic in 2017, up 57 percent from 2016 at 1,267 and more than double the 2,015 total of 941. That makes 2017 the second-most anti~Semitic year since the ADL~b~an tracking IEhe in- cidents almost 40 years ago, and the highest-ever single- year spike. "It had been trending in the right direction for a long time," Jonathan A. Green- blatt, CEO of ADL, told The New York Times. "And then something changed." However, included in the figures are the 160-plus bomb threats to Jewish community centers and Jewish institu- tions in the early part of 2017, which were discovered to be mainly carried out by a Jewish teenager in Israel. Even without those threats, anti-Semitic incidents in-. creased by 43 percent in 2017, with seven Jewish cemeteries vandalized, 19 anti-Jewish physical assaults, and 457 non-Jewish elementary and high schools exper%~ anti-Semitic incidents, ~:?,~ pardi to 235 in 2016 an:-~ in 2015. The states reporting: the~ most anti-Semitic incidents were those with large Jew- ish populations, including New York, New Jersey and California. The24thannualpresenta- Federation staff and the venues for Choices, theMait- transformed by their experi- tion of Choices on March 26 volunteer Choices co-chairs, land campuswas not initially ences here. It's the perfect is subtitled "Women Trans- Judy Kahan Davis and Shira at the top of the list--in fact venue." forming Lives," and that Spector. it wasn't on the list at all. But Of course, there's plenty of theme rings true, right down "In the fall, whenwe began that changed during a pivotal work to do between now and to the venue chosen for the considering ideas for a Choic- meeting in December. March 26 to transform the Jewish Federation of Greater estheme, we kept returningto "The more we explored the JCC gym into the elegant but Orlando's largest fundraiser theideaoftransformationand concepts of transformation festive setting women have of the year. the crucial role that women and growth as they relate to come to expect from Choices, Choices 2018 will be held have played in transforming ourcommunity, theMaitland butForestsaidtheFederation in the gymnasium--yes, the our Jewish community," said campus suddenly became the is up to the challenge gymnasium--of The Roth Federation's Rhonda Forest. obvious choice," Forest said. "Thiswillbeabreathtaking Family JCC in Maitland. The Thatthemewastrulyapropos, "This campus has been a hub transformation," she said. "I ideaofselectingsuchaunique Forest said, as the Federation for Jewish life locally for the can'twait untilwomen arrive venue evolved from several itself has been undergoing a better part of the past half- atChoicesonthe26thandsee brainstorming sessions by significant transformation century.Ithasgrown, evolved what we've accomplished. I over the past few years, and transformed right along believe it will set the tone for When it came time for the withUs.Thosewhohavespent the entire evening." women to discuss potential timeonourcampushavebeen The Federation is able to [ 6 9 Chmces Lights of Empowerment ceremony Co-chairs of the upcoming Choices 2018, Shira Spector o,In response to feedback ~ Gall Gold and Judy Kahan Davis. =---- ~ [ from previous attendees, ~.~ Past Women of Choice,bring its vision to life thanks can also bring a "first-timer" J Choices 2018 will place a ~- represented by Loren Lon- tothegenerosityofthisyear's (someone who has never at- ,greater emphasis on social- (--I IChIC- ~(=~~1~ don Choices sponsors. The Pre- tended Choices) for free. ] lzmg than m years past, wo~N ~ ~ ,~, ~, ,~ Philanthropists, ep e-senting Sponsor for Choices The Federation is providing ~ ~ - - - ~! ! ~ I ~ ~ L~ kJ~,L ~ - " r r ~ ~ I allowing women ample sentedby Debbie Meitin 2018 is Harriett's Charitable complimentary valet parking -~- ~ ~ co,time to connect and cel- The Arts, represented by Professionals, represented Trust. The Diamond Sponsor on the Maitland campus for- .= ~ ~,ebrate. The highlight of the Henrietta Katzen by Susan Flower isAVMedia, whichwillbe han- all attendees. -= i ~ cu,brief formal program this Caregivers, represented Social Service/Nonprofit dlingthelightingandproduc- Choices begins at 6 p.m. =-,year will be the "Lights of by Margo Lightman Professionals, represented tion, and Orlando Health is a Monday, March 26, on the ,Empowerment" ceremony, Educators, representedby by Karen Broussard and Ruby Sponsor. Maitland Jewish Community ~ ~ I-- o~ ] duringwhichallofthecom- Carol McNally and Phyllis Sasha Hausman Choices tickets are now on Campus,851N.MaitlandAve. [ munity's women in 13 cat- Bochman Survivors, represented by sale for $54. You can purchase for Z,egorieswilibehonoredina Entrepreneurs, repre- Helen Greenspun details. "- - O .O ] candle-lighting ceremony, sented by Amy Imber Volunteers, represented or call the Federation at 407- i ~ ~ ~ ~,The categories, and the Jewish Organizationby Sara Stern 645-5933, ext. 236. Everyone - :,women scheduled to rep- Professionals, represented In Memory of, presented who purchases a ticket by IIIIIIIIEIIHIIIIII IIItl - * ~ ~ eq O,resent them during the by Amy Geboff by Judy Kahan Davis andMarch 16 will receive a free III|IIIIIIIIMIIIIIII II IIIII [ event, are: Mothers, represented by Shira Spector Choices raffle ticket, a $25 II1|1111 IIIIll]]lllllll II II]]] value.Womenwhobuyaticket 6 ""8 9 0 7 6"94 4 3 3' 5