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PAGE 18A , HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, MARCH 22, 2013 By Debra Rubin "If I were to go back to So- Rutgers by Hillel as part of help people make a change New Jersey Jewish News malia, I'mprettysureIwould its annual push to counter and to make peace around die," said Dhudy, a member "Israel apartheid week," an the world." He is temporar: After most of Daher of a minority tribe from the annual effort by pro-Pales- ily working for a moving Dhudy's family was mur- country's southern region, tinian supporters on campus, company." dered in a bloody civil war in where"it is notwhere you are Similar activities take place The brothers first fled to Somalia, the teen fled with from but who you are from." on campuses across the na- Egypt, where they stayed for his only survivingbrotheron As many as 60,000 African tion the first week in March. more than five years. Helped a perilous journey through refugees, mostfromwar-torn Dhudy's talk was fundedby aCatholic church, Dhudy Egypt, reaching safety only Sudan and Eretria, have fled with a grant from Hasbara learned English, although when they crossed the border to Israel over the last eight Fellowships, a national pro- after five years in Israel he into Israel. years. The influx has placed Israel group, was never quite able to master "Inever found any racism a strain on resources, lead- Dhudy acknowledged there Hebrew. or discrimination" in Israel, ing to the erection of a fence were problems within the In Egypt, Dhudy said, the27-year-old, who is black along the border with the Si- refugee community, includ- Somalians were routinely and Muslim, told a March nai and deportation of small ing the inability of some to discriminated against. He 7 gathering at the Rutgers numbers in recent months, find jobs and homelessness, recounted an incident in University student center in . Interior Minister Eli Yishai But, he said, "overall there which amemberofhisgroup New Brunswick, N.J. has tried to imprison-and has been a lot of positive of friends leaned against an Dhudy spoke of an Israel expel some asylum seekers, stuff." Egyptian's car, prompting where he was able to find a prompting a fierce national Dhudy came to New York an attack that left two dead safe haven, work, andreceive debateover the Jewish state's City at the end of September and his brother and a friend acollegescholarship, earning responsibility to non-Jewish with the hope of earning a hospitalized. a degree in government and refugees, second degree and eventu- The hostile atmosphere diplomacy. Dhudy was brought to ally returningtoSomalia"to convinced him to seek a safer refuge for himself and Able to obtain refugee his brother, status, Dhudy found work at "I did my researa:h," ex- a restaurant and his brother plained Dhudy, "I read about at a hotel. Israel at Heart, a Israel. In Egypt all you hear nonprofitseekingtopromotea are bad things about Israel." better understanding of Israel That research led the and its people, provided him young refugee to realize Is- with a scholarship to the In- raelis "weren't the bad guys." terdisciplinary Center college Faced with the prospect inHerzliyathroughitsAfrican of Moammar Khadafi's hu- Refugee Scholarshipprogram. manitarian abuses in Libya, During that time he devel- a Sudan teeming with refu- oped a wide circle of Jewish gees desperate to escape, or friends with whom he spent remaining in Egypt, Dhudy Jewish holidays and Shab- said he,choseIsrael"because bat, which he admitted to it vas the best place to be." missing. He hired Bedouin smug .... I am not very religious," glers in 2007 to take them on said Dhudy. "I don't pray and a weeklong journey to cross have never read the Koran." illegally over the border into DebraRubin is theMiddle- Israel. Taken to a detention sex bureau chief for The center for several hours, they New Jersey Jewish News, were transferred to a police from which this article was station and given food. reprinted by permission. By Ruth Ellen Gruber an unfamiliar with the Jewish Asitturnsout, Pope Francis, people and the weighty legacy 76--nee Jorge Bergoglio of ROME (JTA)--When the of the Holocaust? Would he Argentina--was from outside white smoke rose last week carry on the legacy of his im- Europe and had a long his- at the Vatican, signaling to mediatepredecessorsandwork tory ofint.crfaith outreach and the world that the College of to further Jewish-Catholic good relations with the Jews. Cardinals had Chosen a new relations? He's the first pope from the pope, Catholics weren't the After the new pope appeared Americas, as well as the first in only ones waiting with bated before the massesin St.Peter's more than a millennium from breath. Square, it didn't take long for outside Europe. Jews, too, were eager to see him to signal that he would The new pontiff "is no whetherthenewpontiffwould maintain the church's out- stranger to us," World Jewish besomeonefamiliarwiththeir reach to Jews. Nor did it take Congress President Ronald concerns, long for the Jews to sing his Lauder, who met with Ber- Would he be a non-Europe- praises, goglio in Buenos Aires in from your friends at Park Maitland School 1450 Soulh Orlando Ave Maitland 407-647-3038 Grades PreK through 6th www.parkmoitland.orq ] FLORIDA Call us 24 hours 7 days a week. We always provide a C.N.A. I Laundry Range of Motion Exercises Walking Assistance Companion Services Light housekeeping Meal prep and clean-up Medication Reminders Errands & Transportation Alzheimer's & Dementia Care Bathing/l"ransferring/Toileting Get 10 hours of care FREE,. Call us TODAY for details... State of FL ARCA License # NR 30211467 State of FL AHCA Licer~se # 231012 ~r~sured anu Donuec~ 2008, said in a statement. "He always had an open ear for our concerns. ' By choosing such an expe- rienced man, someone who is known for his open-minded- ness, the cardinals have sent an important signal to the world," Lauder said. "I am sure that Pope Franciswill continue to be a man of dialogue, a man who is able to build bridges with other faiths." Like Benedict before him, Francis in one of his first of- ficial actswrote to Rome's chief rabbi, Riccardo Di Segni. He invited Di Segni to the papal inaugural Mass and said he hoped "to be able to contribute to the progress that relations between Jews and Catholics have experienced" since the Second Vatican Council in the 1960s. The'election of Francis, Di Segniwrote back. "'gives us the hope that the path of friend- ship, respect and productive collaboration will continue." On Saturday, the pope went out of his way to acknowledge non-Catholics in a blessing offered to news media. "Given that many of you do not belong'to the Catholic Church and others are not believers. I give this blessing from my heart, in silence, to each one of you, reSpecting the conscience of each one of you, but knowing that each one of you is a child of God," Francis said in his address, according to The New York Times. "May God bless you." Pope John Paul II had made outreach to Jews one of the pillars of his papacy. His successor, Benedict XVI, continued dialogue with the Jews but also made several policy decisions that angered Jews. including lifting the ex- communication of a renegade bishop who turned out to be a Holocaust denier. Francis projects a "man of the people" style in sharp con- trastto Benedict.whowas seen as removed and cold. Francis is known for living simply, taking the subway and answering his own phone. He spent virtually his entire career in Argentina, away from the intrigues of the Vatican's Roman Curia--the central governing body of the Catholic Church--and other scandals that dogged the pa- pacy of his predecessor. However. within days of the new pope's election, the Vatican faced questions about what Francis did anddidnot do to oppose the military Courtesy B'nai B'rith Argentina Pope Francis, then-Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio, speaking at a B'nai B'rith Argentina event commemorating Kristallnacht, Nov. 12, 2012. junta that ruled Argentina "Bergoglio is a master," from 1976 to 1983. Critics Bergman wrote in the Argen- have said the church did not tinian media after Francis' do enough to oppose the election. "True to my Jewish military dictatorship's Dirty roots and rabbinical vocation, War, includingthekidnapping, inside my home community of two Jesuit priests in 1976. and the entire Argentine soci- Francis has said he worked ety, IfoundinFrancisateacher behind the scenes to free the who heard me, guided me and priests and shelteredothers by advised me on how to deploy hiding them at a Jesuit school, my vocation to serve both the The questions about Fran- Creator and his creatures in cis' past carry echoes of the defiance of common good." Ho.locaust-era controversy Last December, Bergoglio surrounding Pope Pius XII. joined Bergman and other Many Jews charge that Pius Jewishleadersandrepresenta- did not do enough to oppose tives of other faithsin lighting the Nazis, but the Vatican and Chanukah candles. Pius'proponentssayheworked Francis is cited with par- behind the scenesto save Jews. ticularwarmth byArgentinian While a staunch conserva- Jews for showing solidarity tiveonsocialissuessuchasgay with the Jewish community marriage, female priests and following the 1994 bombing abortion, Francis spent years of the AMIA Jewish commu- working among the poor and nity center in Buenos Aires made interfaith outreach one that left 85 dead. The attack, of his priorities. Francis told the Argentinian "The Latin American Jewish media, was "another link in the Congress has had a close rela- chain of pain and persecution tionship with Monsignor Jorge that God's chosen people has Bergoglio for many years," said suffered throughout history." Claudio Epelman, executive In2005,hesignedapetition director of the congress. "We for justice in the AMIA bomb- know his virtues and have no ingcaseandadocurn'entqalled doubtwhatsoeverthathewilldo "85 victims, 85 signatures." anexcellentjobforthechurch." In June 2010, he visited the As archbishop of Buenos rebuilt AMIA building to talk Aires, his relationship with with Jewish leaders. ArgentinianJewswaspersonal "The closeness between as well as institutional. Francis and the Jewish com- His only book,'"Regarding munity is special and pre- HeavenandEarth,"isthetran- cious,, Rabbi Gary Bretton- script ofwide-rangingconver- Granatoor, vice president of sations between himself and theWorldUnionofProgressive Rabbi Abraham Skorka, the Judaism, told JTA. rector of the Latin American Bretton-Granatoor, who is Rabbinical Seminary. Francis based in New York but has and the rabbi also shared bill- met Francis a couple of times, ing on an Argentinian TV talk " called the new pope"a mensch" show on religious issues, who "gets the importance of a FrancishasreferredtoSkorka relationship with the Jewish as his "brother and friend." The community, who understands then-cardinalattendedservices the meaning of the Shoah and at Skorka's synagogue and also has a heart in the right place arranged for Skorka to receive on a number of issues that an honorary doctorate from the concern us as well." CatholicUniversity of Argentina. Obviously, headded,"wewill Francis also wrote thevigorously disagree with him foreword to a book by another on many fundamental issues Buenos Aires rabbi and civic aswell--but that is part of the activist, Sergio Bergman. game, isn't it?"