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Editorials 4 Op-Ed 5 Calendar 6 Synagogue Directory 7 B'nai Mitzvah 8 Scene Around 9 Classified 19 iiilil ~'~'~' ~ ~;:i~ i:ill iiiiiii ,S photo by Lower Manhattan Development Corp. O~iel Libeskind design, selected to rebuild the World Trade Center site. By Toby Axelrod --Daniel Libeskind back to New York to help created on Sept. 11. Won't be working with words but with stone, cement, hopes are that out of the trag- from the depths ground, something will soar the life of New York that reaf- the values we share: democ- and and freedom and whose the World Trade Center, in the Sept. 11 decision, announced Feb. 27 York, means both a home- Libeskind and the weav- of themes that wind through much of his work: open- ness, contrast of dark and light, the interplay of memory and dreams for the future. While Libeskind's Jewish Museum in Berlin is a sprawling zigzag that hugs the earth, his main tower in Manhattan would soar toward the heavens. Yet the two designs have some- thing in common: Both contain ele- ments of sadness and hope. "I have learned many things" through working in Berlin, includ- ing that "one has to believe the fu- ture holds something better than the past," Libeskind, 57, told JTA. Like his Jewish Museum, which contains a space for meditation on the destruction of European Jewry, the design for lower Manhattan in- See "Ground Zero" on page 14 liy Naomi Segal that (JTA)--Israel has its assassination of a political leader rep- of its war on the same, the killing of Makadme, one of the ers of Hamas, in a helicopter strike Saturday in the Gaza Could lead to an escalation estinian terror. Hamas declared Israeli "open targets" after assassination. wake of the Hamas threat, was tightened around se- officials. developments took place" during a weekend when the Pales- tinians took the first tentative steps toward creating the post of prime minister. Palestinian Authority President Yasser Arafat named his deputy for the post, but it remains to be seen whether a Palestinian prime min- ister will have any real powers. Makadme and three other Hamas members were killed when the mis- sile struck their car. Defense Minister Shaul Mofaz described Makadme as the "ulti- mate arch-terrorist" and vowed that Israel would target more ter- rorist leaders. "None of the heads of terrorism, See "Hamas" on page 13 Jewish Family Services of Greater Orlando will host a reception and dinner on April 27 beginning at 5 p.m. at the Rosen Plaza Hotel, 9700 International Dr in Orlando. The theme of this year's event is "25 Years - Celebrating the Mosaic of Life", a celebration of the many people whose lives have been helped and enriched by this Agency's efforts. This event will benefit Jewish Fam- ily Services, a social service organi- zation.providing programs for the hungry and to the needy of Central Florida. Last year's tribute more than $ 100,000.00. The money raised at this event helped Jewish Family Ser- vices provide its many programs, such as the Pearlman Pantry which has seen a dramatic increase in the need to provide food for many hungry fami- lies, counseling programs to help people cope with the challenges in their lives such as aging, family break ~ups and domestic violence, enabling seniors to remain in their homes by providing home visits and sponsor- ing the KidsKonnect program, which helps children deal with the stresses of separation or divorce in their fam- ily units. Robert Weissmann, president of Jewish Family Services, recently commented on the importance of this annual event for Jewish Family Services and its many clients: "These are difficult and trying times for many people. Jewish Family Services is do- ing all it can to help those in need. We need the help and support of this community to be able to continue to offer this invaluable assistance. We Patrons of the Jewish community will be thanked for their contribu- tions at a Cocktail Gala chaired by Susan Bierman. The hors d'oeuvres and wine reception will take place on Saturday evening, March 22, be- ginning at 7 p.m. in the beautiful lobby of the Renaissance Center on Lake Ivanhoe. All couples and indi- viduals who donate $1,000 or more annually to the Combined Jewish Appeal are invited and encouraged to attend. Bierman is very fortunate to be co-hosting the party with other Jew- ish residents of the building; they include Ethel Gibbs, Sy and Marsha Israel and James and Valerie Shapiro. George Sherzer will be playing the piano throughout the evening. There will be no solicita- tion of funds. By Jacqueline Rawiszer A community wide Women's Seder is being planned for April 3/1 Nissan. This model Seder will be co-spon- sored by Jewish Family Services Rosh Hodesh Group and Congregation of Liberal Judaism Sisterhood and is open to all generations of women within the community. The seder will draw from a num- ber of sources, but primarily The Open Door - A Passover Haggadah, a beautiful edition published last year by the Central Conference of Ameri- can Rabbis and The Journey Contin- Dr. MIRIAM (Mimi) HULL promise a night of fun and entertain- ment for all who join us!" In addition to a cocktail reception and dinner, the celebration will include a great performance by Jay Marder and the Orlando Klezmorim featuring Jacqueline Rawiszer, the cantorial solo- ist at the Congregation of Liberal Juda- ism and an incredible silent and live auction with many great items. The event will also include the pre- sentation of the second annual George Wolly Community Leadership Award to Dr. Miriam (Mimi) Bernstein Hull. This award is named in memory of George Wolly, a long time leader and supporter of Jewish Family Services and the community, who continues to be a role model for all. Donors may either come at seven and stay all evening or just drop by some time during the event to social- ize with other members of the Jewish community. "The purpose of the event is to simply thank our donors," explains Nancy Ludin, Campaign director of the Jewish Federation of-Greater Orlando. She adds, "We want con- tributors to realize how much we value their support." Funds contributed to the Jewish Federation help build a vibrant Jew- ish community in Orlando. They also support vital health and humanitar- ian services for Jews around the world. For more information or to make a donation, please contact Nancy Ludin at nancyl@orlandojewish or call 407-645-5933, ext. 239. ues- The Ma 'yan Passover Haggadah which many in the community may remember from April, 2001. This model seder is intended to be inclusive of new words and images that help to empower Jewish women of the 21st century through the sto- ries of your ancestors and to help find the feminine voice within the story of Pesach. At the same time, it will be an opportunity to blend the traditional with the new, to explore ways in which you can all enrich your own Seders. "Each year, the seder challenges us to change our perspective. The young, the no-longer young, and the HARVEY and MARA LEVITT The Co-Chairperson of Celebrate 2003, Mara Levitt, says, about this gala event, "We have planned a great night. The food at the cocktail recep- tion and dinner will be exceptional and we are truly lucky to have great local talent entertain us. The silent and live auction will have great items for bid. I look forward to spending a wonderful eveningwith all our friends and supporters." Jewish Family Services is a Heart of Florida United Way Agency serving the entire Central Florida Commu- nity and a Constituent Agency of the Jewish Federation of Greater Orlando. For more information about Celebrate 2003, including sponsorship oppor- tunities, call 407-644-7593. SUSIE BIERMAN old - all of us change our positions around the table, drawing chairs closer, pushing them away. Some of us sit at the table, but we might as well be in another room. Yet, year after year the words and songs of the Haggadah draw us back (it) helps us reframe ou r people's ancient story, distilling it and expanding it until it becomes our own," according to the The Open Door - A Passover Haggadah, by Sue Levi ElweU, edi- tor, Central Conference of American Rabbis, New York. See "CLJ" on page !4