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FLORIDA JEWISH MARCH 21 PAGE7 TIM BOXER'S Traveling with the Stars C~tting Into Uniform Not Easy Mara Tamaroff left suburban Philadelphia for a year of study at Hebrew University, arriving two months before the current Conflict broke out. She also waitressed at La Piato, just of Ben Yehuda Street. In fact, she worked alongside an Israeli Arab, two Palestinians and a Russian woman. Suddenly the second intifada changed her life. 'Don't call it intifada," she corrected me. "In the first intifada they used rocks. Today they're shooting bullets, throwing grenades, and firing missiles. This is a war." Customers stopped coming, the Arab waiters disappeared, and the restaurant closed. At the end of her year at Hebrew University, Mara joined the array. beShe wanted to be in a fighting unit, but they rejected her Cause in high school gymnastics she broke her back and had SUrgery. . I said I'm "I started to cry. not leaving until you put me in the arnay The IDF can rack up success in the battlefield, but when they dixie d/a/us What time is it? By Gail Simons It happened again Satur- day I was scrambling around, like a mad woman, trying to getdressed Shirts were flying i rOUnd the room; pants were Umg up on the bed; shoes ere strewn all over the floor. 1 Was having one of my, "I've Nthing to wear in my closet, and I'm n " ot leaving the house ~Pisodes. Pinallv I dartedout thedoor ,~d tool~'off. I hate running there's nothing fashion- able about it! J, It has been saio that, Time I lie.s, but the good news is - ~re the pilot!" ~ertain people are clueless out time You know, the ~efchallenged types? ~ley re the ones who think ~i}Y can ~et clear across the u ~:[~ during rush hour in less ~n 10 minutes. They use their driving time thinking of excuses to explain their late- ness. When they finally arrive, they are overeager to bore you with the details. If you do keep others wait- ing, the only valid excuses they want to hear are the ones out of your control - like a flat tire. Most people are not really in- terested in the fact that you were having a bad hair day. One gentleman, Tommy, has a rule of thumb regarding tardiness. He clearly states his guidelines: "I don't tolerate habitually late dates. Recently, I waited for my date. She called me from her cell to say she was running behind--yet again. The same thing happened on our previous dates too. This time, I told her I understood, but not to bother showing up. I hung up the phone and left the restaurant." Whatever happened to the came up against Mara, steeled with determination in her eyes and strength in her heart, the recruiters wilted. They sent her to basic training with other people with disabilities, some of whom were in wheelchairs. These people had normal hours from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m as many had to get home for medication and treatment Of course, that did not satisfy Mara. So they placed her in the army spokesman's unit. Still they treated her with kid gloves, insisting she take a desk job as a translator. She balked. "I just took a camera and went out with combat units to shoot pictures," she said. Mara told me her story at the Palace Hotel where Israel Bonds had assembled 13 military and police officers fresh from Mid- east turmoil. They were preparing to embark on a North American speaking tour to convey first-hand accounts of their experiences with Palestinian terrorists. As a combat photographer, Mara began documenting mili- tary operations in dangerous areas like Jenin and anti-terrorist actions elsewhere, going where civilian press were barred. "In the photography unit," she said, "we send out photos to the media." Last month she accompanied a patrol searching hundreds of houses in Hebron for illegal weapons. In one house they ripped up the floorboards. They found bomb making material and a terrorist cowering under the floor. One day Mara befriended a girl from the military court in Tel Aviv. After Mara left her she heard an explosion. She grabbed her Nikon and ran out to the old central bus station. Her dramatic photo of the carnage was blasted on the front page of the Jerusalem Post. See "Boxer" on page 12 GAlL SIMONS old saying, "Good things come to those who wait?" Left alone, waiting for an- other person, seconds begin to feel like minutes, and min- utes start to feel like hours. Maybe a friendly explanation to the person about how his or her unintentional tardiness affects you would open their eyes. Tardiness is only one side of this coin. Perhaps you are pre- cisely prompt instead. Thomas said he believes in punctuality. He explains: "It was my first date with this girl, and I was going to pick her up. I wasn't familiar with her part of town, but my date assured me the directions to her place were easy to follow. "Guestimating the amount of driving time needed, I left to get my date. I wound up find- ing her house quicker than I anticipated. I got out of the car and knocked on her door. My date opened the door and greeted me with a surprised, but unhappy, look on her face. Talk about trying to be punc- tilious, I was an hour early!" She might not have known what to think about his early arrival, but my take is he prob- ably should have gone for a drive around the neighbor- hood and arrived on time. After all, an hour before the expected date, she could have been having a hair or clothes crisis, and then she would have been forced to deal with an embarrassing situation on top of it all. The ideal situation is just to be on schedule. Characterized Grandma, Grandpa Come with me to a Seder! Sunday, April 6 -- 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. RSVP: 407-644-7593 Grandparents Connect- a project of Jewish Family Services See "Simons" on page 21 Central Florida Synagogue Service Schedule and Directory Celebration Jewish Congregation (Rec), Navigator School, 607 Celebration Avenue, Celebration, 407-596-5397, 7 p.m. first and third Fridays each month. Congregation Ahavas Yisrael/Chabad (O), 708 Lake Howell Rd Maitland, 407-644-2500; Services: Sunday, 8 a.m Mon-Fri, 7 a.m Fri 6:30 p.m Sat. 9:30 a.m. Family Service 4th Friday of the month. Congregation Bet Chaim (R), 1033 Semoran Blvd Suite 151, Casselberry, 407-830-7211; Shabbat service, 8 p.m. Congregation Beth Am (C), 3899 Sand Lake Road, Longwood, 407-862- 3505; Shabbat service, 8:15 p.m.; Saturday: 10 a.m Junior Cong 10:45 a.m. Congregation Beth El (C), 2185 Meadowlane Ave West Melbourne, 321- 779-0740; Services, g p.m. 1st & 3rd Fridays; 9:30 a.m. 2nd & 4th Saturdays. Congregation Beth Emeth (R), I016 Yorkshire Ridge Ct Orlando, 407-855- 0772; Services once a month, 8 p.m. Congregation Beth Shalom (C), 315 North 13th St Leesburg, 352-315-0770 Congregation B'nai Torah (C), 445 S. Nova Rd Ormond Beach, 32174, 386-672-1174; Services Friday, 8 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. Congregation Chabad (O), 1301 S. Patrick Dr. #62, Satellite Beach, 321.777- 2770. Congregation Chabad Luhavitch of Greater Daytona (O), 1079 W. Granada Blvd Ormond Beach, 386-672-9300; Shabbat services Fri. 7:30 p.m Sat. l0 a.m. Congregation of Liberal Judaism (R), 928 Malone Dr Orlando, 407-645- 0444; Shabbat service, 8 p.m.; except 1st Friday, Family services begin 7 p.m. Saturday: l0 a m. Congregation Mateh Chaim (R), P.O. Box 060847, Palm Bay, 32906, 321- 768-6722. Congregation Ohev Shalom (C), 5015 Goddard Ave Orlando, 407-298- 4650; Shabbat service, 8:15 p.m.; Saturday: 9 a.m.; Junior Cong 10:15 a.m. Congregation Shalom Aleichem (R), 3501 Oak Pointe Blvd Kissimmee, 407-935-0064; Shabbat service, 8 p.m 1st and 3rd Fridays of the ~honth. Congregation Shalom, Williamsburg (R), P.O. Box 691081, Orlando, 32869: Friday night services once a month at 7:30 p.m. at the Rosen Centre, 9840 International Drive, Orlando. 407-238-7943. Southwest Orlando Jewish Congregation/Ohalei Rivka (C), 11200 S. Apopka-Vineland Rd Orlando, 407-239-5444; Shabbat service, 7:30 p.m.; Saturday: 9:30 a.m. Temple Beth El (R), 579 N. Nova Rd Ormond Beach, 386-677-2484. Temple Beth Shalom (R), P.O. Box 0313, Winter Haven, 813-324-2882. Temple Beth Shalom (C), 40 Wellington Drive, Palm Coast, 386-445-3006; Shabbat service, 8 p.m.; Saturday 9 a.m. Temple Beth Sholom (C), 5995 N. Wickham Rd. Melbourne, 321-254-6333. Temple B'nai Darom (R), 49 Banyan Course, Ocala, 352-624-0380; Friday Services 8 p.m. Temple Israel (C), 407-647-3055; Shabbat service; 6:15 p.m.; Saturday: 9:30 a.m. Temple Israel (R), 7350 Lake Andrew Drive, Melbourne, 321-631-9494. Temple Israel (C), 1400 S. Peninsula Ave Daytona Beach, 904-252-3097; Shabbat service, 8 p.m.; Saturday: 9 a.m. Temple Israel (C), 1001 E. New York Ave DeLand, 386-736-1646; Shabbat service, 7:30 p.m. Temple Shalom of Deltona (R/C), 1785 Elkcam Blvd Deltona, 904-789- 2202; Shabbat service, 10 a.m. Saturday. Temple Shir Shalom of Oviedo (R); Shabbat service, 7:30 p.m. 1 st Friday of the month at Carrillon Elementary School, 320 Lockwood Blvd Oviedo. Friday night service held at 7:30 p.m. 3rd Friday of the month in the Commu- nity Roo at The Tremont Apartment Residences, 7015 Red Bug Lake Rd Oviedo. Call 407-977-5172 for information. (Check with individual synagogues for the dates and times of services if not listed) (R) Reform (C) Conservative (O) Orthodox (Rec) Reconstructionist By Michael Gamson Spielberg on the very screen Spielberg is well archived and catalogued in a his Jewish philan- searchable database.The films He is even better are broken up into many dif- for hisdecades of pro- ferent categories including: Early Zionism and The State s. He might not be as of Israel, Jewish Communi- for sending us ties, Holocaust, and collec- ! of world Jewry's tiniest tions donated by various film- online at the Steven makers. A large part of the i FilmArchive. organizations work includes trchive was actually restoration and preservation in the early sixties of these films. The main users :the time was funded by of this archive are researchers anian businessman and documentary filmmakers Abraham F, Rad. Thewho use this older material as Is of the He- a historical reference source. of Jerusalem. However the archive is not was renamed limited exclusively to re- ~-Iberg after his gener- searchers and those in close continuing proximity to the University. A ,in 1987. recent initiative has made 112 of these films available online p films to the general public. The online project uses Internet Explorer and Windows Media player to stream content to the World Wide Web. If you have ever used streaming video, you know it has its limi- tations, such as a very small screen size and less than per- fect picture resolution. How- ever for those curious docu- mentary lovers with good eye- sight, the online archive is an interesting site to visit. The Online archive is located at kv/index.htm. The online films are laid out to simulate the experience of entering an old theatre. Upon arriving at the main page visitors see a screen descend from the ceiling and a brief introduction appears in black and white. The next page plays the kind of music you would hear in old newsreels and takes the visitor to a screening room with different choices of col- lections available to view online. My first choice of collec- tions was Jewish Communi- ties. Here I found 21 films available. There are films about Jewish life in Vilna, Chassidic music, Soviet Jewry during the cold war, and many others. Mter choosing a film, visitors are taken to a new page de- signed to look like an old time theatre. You hear the sounds of the audience entering the theatre and then the lights dim and a very small screen ap- pears and the movie begins. I watched a kitschy Hadassah recruiting film from 1954. Later 1 chose the story of Chassidic music. Did I men- tion the very small screen? One trick I tried with moderate success was to right click on the control panel and then zoom the picture to full screen. I don't think this adventure in streaming films will replace anyone's regular primetime television habits, but it is worth a visit, The films here are a history unto themselves. They . document the documenting of modern world Jewry. In a way they can give us hope during these troubled times. When we look back and see the poverty of Jewish Ghettoes, the oppres- siveness of the Soviet system or even the hopefulness of post Israel independence films, we are reminded thatwe as a people have overcome great chal- lenges in the past. May it be God's will that we shall over- come them in the future. Join David and Shelly Sokol - Owners your Florida friends at OF CENTRAL FLORIDA Register Now For Our 33rd Summer For Boys & Girls 6-15 A magnificent 1OO acre Air Conditioned camp in the hills near Ocala National Forest. Beautiful, Sandy Beach with Spring Lake, swimming pool, boating, fishing, canoeing, Wave Runner, and water skiing. 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