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HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, MARCH 21,2014 PAGE 15A JOFEE From page 1A reason for reconnection in the study (followed by "new Jewish friends or community" at 22 percent). Eighty-four percent of respondents said JOFEE experiences increased their sense of hope for the Jewish people. Seventy-three percent of participants in JOFEE pro- grams considered themselves to be a leader in their Jewish community, with 67percent of that group saying their JOFEE experience influenced their leadership. Eighty-sixpercent agreed with the statement, "How I relate to the outdoors, food, or environment is an expression of my Jewishness." "I think that most of the headline numbers in Pew seem to be pointed fiat to down, in terms of rates of synagogue affiliation, giving to [the Jewish] Federation, attachment to Israel, and this study is kind of fascinating because it shows in a sense that underneath the radar of organized Jewish life over the last dozen years, this new field of Jewish food education, Jewish outdoor education, and Jewish environmental educa- tion has grown really sharply, and is having a positive impact pretty much everywhere it goes," said Nigel Savage, presi- dent of Hazon, whose mission is "to create a healthier and more sustainable Jewish community, and a healthier and more sustainable world for all." Though the Jim Joseph Foundation, Leichtag Foun- dation, Morningstar Foun- dation, Rose Community "Fotlild~iti0tn, ~ Schusterman Family Foundation, and UJA- Federation of New York funded the JOFEE study, there isn't"a sort of single billionaire tooth fairy out there who suddenly decided to fund" the broader JOFEE movement, Savage told "It has really happened on the ground, as person by per- son around the country has said, 'You know, I really care about food or the environment or being outdoors on the one hand, and on the other hand, I actually really care about Jewish life, and I really want to Hazon Nigel Savage (front), president of the Jewish nonprofit Hazon, rides through the Hudson Valley on Hazon's New York bike ride. put these two things together with intellectual integrity," he said. Savage said he is looking for JOFEE's trajectory to mirror the rise of the Jewish Food Movement, which was also initiated by Hazon. He noted that while a Google search of "Christian food movement" in quotes yields only two results and "Catholic food movement" produces three, "Jewish food movement" gen- erates about 80,000 because the movement was formally named. "I think that naming some- thing is very powerful," said Savage. He said JOFEE is now the "shorthand that we're go- ing to use to try and broadly describe the space" of Jewish outdoor, food, and environ- mental education. Jakir Manela, executive di- rector of the Maryland-based Pearlstone Center--whose retreat center, farm, and programs aim to "enable and inspire vibrant Jewish life," according to the center'sweb- site--echoed Savage's senti- ment that encouraging the use of the JOFEE acronym is beneficial for the movement. "Farming on its own is just one tool of the JOFEE world, and may or may not speak to a particular institution, a particular demographic of the greater community," he told "But taken as a whole, the JOFEE world is made up of very closely related parts--farming, environ- ment; food, outdoors-Jand all of these things are obviously related, integrated." Manela said he thinks a growing number of funders believe that some combina- tion of JOFEE's components is "relevant and applicable in almost every, if not every, Jewish community across the country, and is worthy of con- sideration as a pillar of what a dynamic, impactful Jewish education should look like in the 21st century." "People care about their health, the environment, and social justice as well as non- Hazon Staff and participants of the Adamah Jewish farming program wash the harvest in Falls Village, Conn., in 2012. traditional and meaningful ways to connect with other Jews and the community," Leichtag Foundation Execu- tive Vice-President Charlene Seidle said in a statement. The JOFEE survey had a median respondent age of 32, and a summary of the study said such a figure "demon- strates the appeal of immer- sive JOFEE programs to a younger population than the Jewish population nationally." "Our experience with young adults has shown that they are eager to create and participate in meaning- ful Jewish experiences that are relevant to themselves and their peers, and JOFEE programs are no exception," said Lynn Schusterman, chair of the Schusterman Family Foundation. ' Manela told, "My sense is that synagogues and federations, and in general, the Jewish world, is really hungry and excited to see young people coming out of programs like this and saying, 'I'm ready. I'm ready to participate. I'm ready to contribute. I'm ready to make an impact. I'm ready to lead. I have a vision for what Juda- ism can be, how I want it to be part of my life and part of the community.'" The JOFEE movement "will play a really critical, prominent, and positive role in defining the Jewish future, and really in healthy ways, in nourishing ways for the Jew- ish people," he added. While the Pew study and other reports confirm that "not everything in the Jewish community has worked or is working," the JOFEE study results spotlight "an arena of Jewish life that is new, that is young, that is just growing in leaps and bounds and bur- geoning," Manela explained. What is behind the opti- mism created by JOFEE ex- periences? Savage said Jewish life "comes alive when you're outdoors." For instance, he said, "When you connect to Israel on the seat of a bike, or when you go across the country learning about food, it's incredibly exciting to draw the lines of connection between Torah, and Jewish tradition, and Jewish history, and the people of the state of Israel today." Regarding the study's findings on those who were alienated from Jewish life but reconnected through a JOFEE experience, Savage said the Jewish community-- especially those re-entering the community--is rethink- ing traditional parameters of affiliation such as synagogue membership or keeping kosher. "We're starting to see an- ecdotally, that one example of being Jewish is having dinner with friends on Friday night in somebody's home, and cook- ing dinner together, whether you lit candles or not or made Kiddush or not," he said. "We often informally talk about people who are 'af- filiated' or 'unaffiliated' as if these were fixed and straight- forward categories," Savage added. "But actually, you only have to think of your own life and any 15 people you know to realize that it's not simple as that." With Jewish life at least on some level "up in the air" right now, and both older and newer Jewish organiza- tions "creating the Jewish community of the future," Savage said the JOFEE study shows that anybody run- ning a Jewish institution or event should be asking themselves, "What do we have going on in our com- munity or our institution about Jewish food, Jewish outdoor education or Jewish environmental education, and what could or should we be doing?" "To know that there is this arena of Jewish life that is so full of hope, so full of promise, so full of potential, it gives us all greater hope in the Jewish future," said Manela. A1 Jazeera From page 4A for the Sept. 14 assassination of Bashir Gemayel, Lebanon's Christian president-elect. The Phalange was tasked with rooting out terrorists. Sharon, as defense minister, erred in underestimating the depth of hatred by Christian Lebanese for Palestinian Arabs and letting them enter the camps. Likewise misleading was Darwish's assertion that the 1967 Six-Day War was about drinking water and irriga- tion. The war actually began after Egypt's closure--in violation of international law--of the Red Sea Straits of Tiran to Israeli shipping, Egyptian expulsion of U.N. peacekeepers from the Sinai Peninsula, the mobilization of hundreds of thousands of Egyptian and Syrian troops and thousands of tanks on Israel's borders, and Arab threats to destroy the Jew- ish state. From Dec. 24-25, 2013, the network's Christmas report- ing from Bethlehem promoted the "Israeli Grinch that stole Christmas" cliche. The seg- ments distorted the impact of Israel's security barrier on Bethlehem and failed to deal with the reasons for construc- tion of the security barrier and "occupation." One of these reports dealt with a Christian Arab resident of Bethlehem, Claire Anastas, and her fam- ily. Al Jazeera America corre- spondent Nick Schifrin cited Claire's complaint that the barrier, harming her souvenir business, had caused hardship for the family. At one point, Schifrin asks Claire, "Were you able to buy your children presents?" "No, no, I couldn't," she answered. "I couldn't buy them. There's just not enough money for the gifts this morn- ing, I apologized to them." Schifrin omits far too much from this tear-jerk- er. Attractive, fashionably dressed Anastas also runs Claire's Bed & Breakfast, in addition to a sophisticated Web site that contains an on- line souvenir purchase facil- ity and solicits contributions. The Web site is well sprinkled with anti-Israel propaganda. A2008 Associated Press story by Dalia Nammari noted that Anastas was "using the wall [Israeli security barrier] to make money" and "before getting into the souvenir business, she often hosted foreign solidarity [anti-Israel] groups in her home, which became a draw for political tourists because of its set- ting." Secondly, the report fails to provide viewers with any con- text about Israel's West Bank security barrier, a fence in most places but a wall around parts of Bethlehem. Israel constructed the Bethlehem portions after terrorists from the area simply walked into adjacent Jerusalem neighbor- hoods to stage bomb attacks during the second intifada, from 2000-2005. Hardship faced by the Anastas fam- ily as a result of the security barrier is the consequence of Palestinian terrorism. In its reporting, A1 Jazeera America never mentions the fundamental problem underlying the Arab-Israeli conflict: the difficulty, if not impossibility, of making peace with a Palestinian Arab leadership and society whose dominant culture insists that Jews are not a people, do not deserve a state, and have no historical ties to the land of Israel. Hatred fueled by a steady stream of anti-Semitic, anti-Israel incitement from Palestinian media, mosques, and schools underlies and typifies the conflict. Meanwhile, Palestinian ter- rorism proceeds apace. Pales- tinian Arabs, during January and February, perpetrated 20 firebomb attacks (in addition to numerous rock-throwing incidents) against Israeli ve- hicles traveling on Route 443, one of only two roads linking Tel Aviv to Israel's capital of Jerusalem. The Palestinian Authority (PA) also continues to reward terrorists. In February, the PA announced it would "be giv- ing an additional $46 million a year to released prisoners, a category which includes hundreds of murderers of [Israeli] civilians," according to Palestinian Media Watch. Pervasive cradle-to-grave brainwashing of Palestinians is reflected in opinion polling through the years. For exam- ple, the Jerusalem Post in 2011 reported on joint Israeli/Arab polls showing that a majority of Palestinian adults in the West Bank and Gaza support suicide bombings against Jews in Israel and agree with a quote from the Hamas charter (and the Hadith, or tradi- Not that viewers of Al Jazeera America--which promises "unbiased, in-depth, fact-based" coverage--would know. Myron Kaplan is a se- nior research analyst with CAMERA, the Boston-based 65,000-member Commit- tee for Accuracy in Middle East Reporting in America. Eric Rozenman is Washing- ton director of CAMERA. 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