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FL ORI DA JEWISH NEWS Editorials ................................ 4A Op-Ed ..................................... 5A Calendar ...................... ....... .. .. 6A Synagogue Directory ............... 7A B'nai Mitzvah .......................... 8A Scene Around ......................... 9A Year 38. No. 27 March 14i 14 12 Adar 11,5774 68 Pages Orlando, Florida Single Copy 75 Missiles found on ship bound for Gaza By Gidon Ben-zvi Joshua Finkelstein Sophie Lipow Jordan Greenberg Shira Weiss Rachael Henig Six00! JAO00 s tuden mduct00d" ..... into AHA Honor Society By Chris DeSouza Assistant Editor The American Hebrew Academy re- cently extended invitations to six Jewish Academy of Orlando eighth-graders for admittance into its Honor Society. Now in its fifth year, the American Hebrew Academy Honor Society is an interna- tional honor society that acknowledges exceptional students who have demon- strated excellence in academics, athletics, the arts, leadership and service to their communities. These six academians are Joshua Finkeistein, Jordan Greenberg, Rachael Henig, Sophie Libow, Estrella Varnagy and Shira Weiss. EstreUa Varnagy "To be named a member of the Ameri- can Hebrew Academy Honor Society is a great achievement," said Mark Spielman, director of the Honor Society. "We look forward to meeting each of the honorees and following their successes as they make great contributions to our society." JAO on page 15A Chabad at UCF shines with Shabbat 613 By Justin Garfield UCF sophomore enormous gathering? On Feb. 21, Chabad at the University of Central Florida reached this accomplishment when their premier event, "Shab- bat 613," took place in the Pegasus Grand Ballroom of the Student Union. Just a year after complet- ing a similar annual affair, "Shabbat 500," Chabad at UCF's Rabbi Chaim Lipskier and his wife, Rivkie Lipskier, wanted to increase their goal of attendees to 613. In this case, each person who showed up would represent one of the 613 commandments in the Torah. "The idea started at the State University of New York (SUNY) Binghamton in 1994; it's an amazing concept. We get about 150 to 200 people in attendance every Friday, so we wanted to bring together as many Jews as possible for one big Shabbat," said Rivkie Lipskier. "There was a lot of enthu- siasm." added Rabbi Lipskier. "the room was charged with energy. The smiles on people's More than 613 students and faculty attended 'Shabbat 613.' faces, and the sparkles in their eyes showed that they were very excited to be there." The rabbi and Rivkie were not the only ones who were impressed by the turn out of Shabbat 613; the students in attendance were blown away, as well. There were hundreds of Jews from all different back- grounds that joined together for this massive celebration. The event was co-sponsored by all Jewish organizations at UCF including Alpha Ep- silon Phi sorority, Zeta Beta Tau fraternity, Knights for Israel and Hillel. The Student Government Association gave funding for this event and many senators were in attendance. In addition to the hun- dreds of students from UCF, Valencia, Seminole, Rollins, Barry, and Full Sail, Shabbat 613 had quite a few faculty in attendance. Dr. Michael Chabad on page 15A Whatwouid happen if more than 600 Jewish college stu- dents came together for an co J oO (The Algemeiner)--Israeli naval commandos intercepted an Iranian ship in the Red Sea weighed down with mis- siles that was en route to the Gaza Strip, the IDF said in a statement. The boat, named KLOSC, was stopped by the elite naval commando unit Shayetet 13 as it was heading to Sudan, 1,500 miles from Israel. Once on board the KLOSC Israeli soldiers found cement bags, behind which were hid- den dozens of M-302 missiles, which, the IDF said, were loaded onto the boat in Iran. Had the boat reached the Port of Sudan, its next stop would have been the Gaza Strip. The M-302 missile is made in Syria and is based on Iranian technology, Israel's Walla re- ported. M-302 missiles have a range of up to 200 kilometers and were used during the Second Lebanon War in 2006 to bomb several Israeli cities, including Haifa. IDF Chief of Staff, Lieuten- ant General Benny Gantz, oversaw the operation and gave the order to Major Gen- eral Ram Rothberg, head of the Israeli navy, to seize the KLOSC, the IDF said. According to a senior Israeli military official, the comman- dos encountered no resistance A missile found on board the ship. from the crew of the KLOSC, Walla said. The IDF said the success of the mission was "due to the combination of in-depth intelligence and enhanced operational capabilities." "This shipment, meant to reach the hands of terrorist organizations in Gaza that are waging an ongoing armed conflict against Israel. These terrorist organizations sys- tematically use such weapon- ry against the Israeli civilian population," the IDF added. "Iran was behind the ship- ment," said Brigadier General Moti Almoz, spokesman for the Israeli Navy, at a special Gaza on page 15A Haredim protest against IDF Miriam Alster/Flash90 Hundreds of thousands of haredi Jews on Sunday attend a massive protest in Jerusalem against a proposed plan to introduce compulsory military service to the haredi com- munityo By Alex Traiman JNS.org Close to half a million members of Israel's haredi public rallied in Jerusalem on Sunday, shutting down roads in and around the city, to pro- test a proposed bill that would mandate them to participate in the Israel Defense Forces and would criminalize those that refuse conscription. Some political parties--led notably by Finance Minister Yair Lapid's Yesh Mid--have made the issue of religious enlistment a focal point of their agendas, while religious leaders, who are conspicu- ously absent from the cur- rent governing coalition, are digging in their heels to fight the impending change in the status quo. "What we are witnessing is the politicization of an important social process," Protest on page 15A D