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PAGE 2A HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, MARCH 21, 2014 "Joodse emigranten van de Red Star"--Jewish immigrants on the Red Star line train from Belgium. Join the Jewish Genealogi- cal Society of Greater Orlando (JGSGO) on Tuesday, April 1, for a program featuring widely acclaimed lecturer from Antwerp, Erwin Joos, who will speak about the "Red Star Line, Gateway to the New World from Antwerp (Bel- gium) to Philadelphia, New York, Boston, & Baltimore 1873-1934." The program will held at Maitland Public Library, 501 S. Maitland Ave., Maitland, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. (6:30 p.m. for networking and mavens). It is open and free to the public. Nearly 3 million passen- gers emigrated from Eastern Europe on the Red Star Line. Erwin Joos's lecture is part history of the Red Star Line and the Eastern European emigrants that departed from Antwerp to North America and part story of the artist, Eugeen Van Mieghem, who captured the emigrants in his beautiful paintings. Many were Jews escaping the pov- erty and pogroms of Eastern Europe. Exhausted from the ordeals of illegal border cross- ings, endless train rides and travel by foot, those who had to travel in steerage--which meant most--were subjected to dockside inspections and the disinfection of their lug- gage. Those who couldn't be given a clean bill of health were turned back. Those sent on were examined more exhaustively on arrival. En- grossed by the scene, Van Mieghem caught it all: moth- ers with babies, children, bent old women, bearded men, as well as the people of the port: stevedores, sailors, ship cap- tains, prostitutes, womenwho stitched bags for grain. Most of us with Eastern European roots will find the story of the Red Line and the Van Mieghem paintings and what they depict are related to our personal family histories. You also will have the opportunity 'to purchase Erwin's beautiful artbook, The Missing Images. Prior to the program, Philadelphia, and aboard the Queen Mary II sailing between Southampton and New York. Joos is the author of seven art books and 12 albums and organized 15 major exhibitions in Belgium (The Municipal Printroom and the Museum Mayer van den Bergh in Antwerp, In Flanders Fields in Ypres), the United States(New York: Ellis Is- starting at 6:30 p.m,, there land Immigration Museum will be time for newcomers and South Street Seaport to network and to receive Museum, Philadelphia: Gers- ifree consulting assistance manYCenter, JCCsMemphis or mentoring from a Jewish genealogy maven. Erwin Joos has been cu- rator of the Eugeen Van Mieghem Museum (www. since 1993 and director since 1986 of the Eugeen Van Mieghem Foundation, a non-profit organization with approximately 1,000 members. He has given more than 100 lectures in Dutch, English and French in An- twerp, Amsterdam, Paris, New York, Washington, D.C., London, Geneva, Bordeaux, and Norfolk), France (Paris, Institut N~erlandais), Eng- land (Londen), Switserland (Fondation Neumann, Ge- n~ve), Holland (Amsterdam: Rembrandthouse and the Jewish Historical Museum; Markiezenhof in Bergen Op Zoom; Schielandtshuis in Rotterdam) and Germany (Barlach Haus in Hamburg, Castle of Wernigerode and the K~ithe Kollwitz Museum in Berlin). Erwin studied applied economics at the University of Louvain and post-graduate Financial Theory. By Cathy Swerdlow On March 22, the Jewish Federation of Greater Orlando will be hosting an Israeli Film Night screening"ABottle in the Gaza Sea" at the Orlando Sci- ence center. I was able to screen the film in advance and found it quite enjoyable to watch. The movie is centered around two young adults, Tai and Naim. Tai is 17 years old, Naim is 20. She's Israeli. He's Palestinian. Tai lives in Jeru- salem and Naim lives in Gaza. They were born in a land of scorched earth, where fathers bury their children. They must endure an explosive situation that is not of their choosing at an age where young people are falling in love and taking their place in adult life. Abottle thrown in the sea and a cor- respondence by email nurture the slender hope that their re- lationship might give them the strength to confront this harsh reality to grapple with it, and thereby ever so slightly change it. Only 60 miles separate them but how many bombings, check-points, sleepless nights and bloodstained days stand between them? What struck me about the movie is that Tai and Naim connect on the basis of a shared interest. Naim is study- ing French in Gaza and loves it. He is a good student and sees it as his way out of Gaza. Tai emigrated to Israel from France. When their tenuous relationship at the beginning is threatened by the realities of their situations, it is this as the basis for the continua- tion of their email exchanges. The movie effectively shows the realities of the conflict from each point of view with- out vilifying either side;or falling into the trap of moral equivalencies. At the same humanity of each. But don't take my word for it. Join us at Israeli Film Night and decide for yourself. "A Bottle in the Gaza Sea" will be shown at JFGO's Israeli Film Night on March 22 at 8:30pm at the Orlando Sci- time, it points to the potential ence Center, 777 E. Princeton of individuals to rise above Street. Tickets are $12 and the conflict when they meet include film screening with each other on a person-to- dessert reception. Reserve common ~terest that serves persombasis~respectingthe yourseat atwww.JFGO, org. OR O PRE ERE OF A RLM A UT: THE ERI N jEWISH COMMU Y, IS L & TNE TIVE AL OF IN OUR TIME The J Street Challenge examines the rise of a well-funded activist organization with a powerful marketing effort and an idealistic message that appeals to many who are frustrated by the Middle East conflict. The film presents commentary and analyses from a wide political spectrum including: Harvard Professors Alan Dershowitz & Ruth Wisse Rabbi Daniel Gordis of the Shalem College in Jerusalem Caroline Glick of The Jerusalem Post Bret Stephens Pulitzer Prize winning columnist for The Wall Street Journal [ Sunday March 30, 2014 I at 2:00 p.m. [ Sponsored by Zionistas t Congregation Beth Am | See] 3899 Sand Lake Road | for more information Suggested donation: $10.00 at the door for those with reservations, $15.00 for others - free for students with vafid ID Contact Sand/Solomon at or call (407) 575-9899 for reservation An atmosphere of intrigue and adventure await all who attend the Hadassah meeting on Tuesday, April 1 at 11:30 a.m. at Congregation Ohev Shalom. A trip back in time will take those in attendance into the fascinating world of a family of southern Jews during the Civil War. Certified genealogist and Hadassah life member Gladys Friedman Paulin will bring to life the Levy Family of Charleston, S.C., and their often notorious escapades on the side of the South during the Civil War. Declare Your Freedom Israel logo. On Sunday, April 6, Knights for Israel will host the University of Central Florida's first Declare Your Freedom Israel Festival on campus on Memory Mall. Paulin is a past president of the Jewish Genealogical Society of Greater Orlando and a former trustee of the International Associa- tion of Jewish Genealogical Societies (AIJGS). She is a regular speaker at annual conferences of the IAJGS and the National Genealogical Society (NGS) in the United States. Reservations for lunch and the program are a must. Email all reservations to by Friday, March 28, 2014. Cou- vert is $10. Admission is free, and the festival will begin at noon. DYF is a pro-Israel festival will represent the solidarity between America and Israel, all the while showcasing the common values these two nations share. The event will highlight the pro-Democrat- ic values of Israel and show the beauty of Israel's culture and open society. Knights for Israel's goal is to bring the UCF and the Orlando community together united for Israel. Educational speakers who will share various topics about Israel include Benja- min Anthony, Elad Seker, Gladys Paulin Simon Deng, and Rabbi Ye- hoshua Soudakoff. Bringing the musical entertainment will be Shi 360, Nosson Zand, Ari Lesser and Pep Love. "Knights for Israel will also be partnering up with several groups on campus to make them a part of this festival. Each group we are reaching out to will have some sort of connection to the State of Israel," said Ari Hoffman, vice president of Knights for Israel. For more information about Declare Your Freedom Festival, visit https://www. rael Orlando, Florida.