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What you see first is a college-age the stress experienced by all active- Peretz himself just got back from crowd of young men andwomen in duty soldiers. Earlier this month, fightingintherecentOperationCast sunglasses, snappingdigitalcameras the FIDF's Legacy Program, which Lead in Gaza. The soldiers aren't and cavortingwith each other, leap- specifically helps~ereaved soldiers, permitted to reveal many details of ing onto statues of Mickey Mouse brought 30 of them to Orlando's military operations, buthedescribed and Donald Duck. But they've seen Walt Disney World for some much- one specific order he'd been given things most oftheirAmerican coun- needed R&R. about ivilian~; "'Commandera tellus terparts neverwill. Each ofthemhas Elyasaf Peretz, a 22-year-old ser- to honor and respect the life of the seen death, geant from Jerusalem, was 12 when Arabs. To be human and sensitive." In Israel, everyone knows some- brother, an officer commanding His unit shared their rations with a one who has lost a loved one in the 50 other troops, was killed in Leba- Palestinian family who had no water army or to a terror attack. But this non. Peretz serves in the same unit or food. "Half for us and half for is a special group-within-a-group: as his late brother, and his sister them/' although the Israelis didn't Israelis currently in the Israel De- {and another brother are also in the have back-up supplies. fense Forces whose loved ones died IDF. Until yet another brother was Uriel Wachsman, also 22 and a in IDF service, discharged, the three surviving boys The Friends of the Israel Defense served together in the golani Bri- IDP on page 18A The HolocaustMemorial Resource and Education Center of Florida's annual free communitywide ob- servance of Yore HaShoah, the Day of Remembrance of the Holocaust, will be held on Sunday, April 19. at 4 p.m. in the gymnasiUm of the Jewish Community Center, Maitland. The Yom HaShoah commemora- tion honors the memory of the six million Jews who perished during the 12-year reign of German Nazi terror. Yitta Halberstam, co-author with Judith Leventhal, of"Small Miracle of the Holocaust" (Lyons Press, 2008) will be the guest speaker. They have published the Small Miracle series of which there are over 2 million copies in print. The series has been translated into 14 languages. Halberstam is the daughter of Holocaust survivors. She pursued graduate studies in American lit- erature at New York University and taught literature of the Holocaust at Baruch College. She has worked as a newspaper reporter and has been published in numerous magazines. She is the author of"Holy Brother: Enchanted Tales and Inspiring Tales About Rabbi Shlomo Carlbach." In her book Halberstam reveals that there were some rays of light during the Holocaust: inexplicable events in which human lives were spared, families brought back to- gether, and the human spirit and faith somehow endured because of chance occurring at just the right moment. Honorary Chair is Lou Frey, Jr., former U.S. Congressman from 1969-1979. Chair of the Yore HaShoah corn- Yitta Halberstam, co-author of "Small Miracle of the Holocaust," will be the guest speaker at the Holocaust Center's communitywide observance of Yore HaShoah. mittee is Mike Nebel. Also serving on the committee is: Irena Dolinskiy, Lisa Feldman, Dr. Lisa Ferrigno, Dr. Terry Fine, Helen Greenspun, Pau- line Korman, Father Larry Lossing and Dr. Laurence Ruggiero. On display at the Holocaust Me- morial Center will be the exhibition "Wedding Tales" by Leora Wise of Jerusalem. At the Yore HaShoah observance, awards will be presented to the win- ners of the Holocaust Center's An- nual Student Creative Arts Contest. The theme for this year's contest, IIalberst~m on page 18A By Eric Fingerhut WASHINGTON (JTA)--More than 100 Jewish community organiza- tions are backing President Obama's 2010 budget while expressing "sig- nificant concerns," but not opposing, aproposed decrease in the taxdeduc- tion for charitable contributions. In a letter sent l~st week to Con- gress members, the organizations highlighted four specific Jewish communal priorities, including "comprehensive health care reform" that reduces costs while improving quality and access, and the reautho- rization of child nutrition programs. The groups also declared their support for various discretionary spending programs--including the Low Income Home Energy Assis- tance Program and the Community Development Block Grant, the Com- munity Services Block Grantand the Social Services Block Grant--and urged the inclusion of funding for Hadar Susskind said there was "no community consensus" on the charitable deduction proposal. the National Housing Trust Fund to build, rehabilitate and preserve housing for low-income families. "Now, more than ever," the let- ter asserted, "this economic crisis requires a federal budget that bal- ances the need for long-term fiscal discipline with the need to sustain critical services in this time of eco- nomic crisis." The March 19 letter also raised questions about one Obama admin- istration proposal. "Many in our community have sig- nificant concerns" with the Obama administration's plans to partially finance healthcare reform by re- ducing the deduction for charitable contributions, the letter said. It urged the administration to consider the impact of the measure on nonprofit organizations. Signatories to the letter, which was organized by the Jewish Council for PublicAffairs, included the United Jewish Communities, American Jewish Committee, B'nai B'rith International, National Council of Jewish Women and the Conserva- tive, Reform and Reconstructionist movements, along with dozens of local community relations councils. One group that did not sign was the Orthodox Union. Public policy director Nathan Diament said the OU supported the measures endorsed in the letter but B d et on page 19A Brian Hendler Avigdor Lieberman, seen on Election Day, Feb. 10, has forged his popu- larity with a tell- it- like-it-is approach, regardless of politicai correctness. By Leslie Susser JERUSALEM (JTA)--With Ben- jamin Netanyahu unable to take the gtepg neeeggar to draw gzil i Livni into his government, the tough-talking Avigdor Lieberman is almost certain to be named foreign minister--and to emerge as the strongman of Israeli politics. On March 15, Lieberman's Yisrael Beiteinu party became the prime minister-designate's first official coalition partner. The agreement gives Lieber- man's hawkish, mainly Russian- immigrant party no less than five ministries--foreign affairs, internal security, infrastructure, tourism and immigrant absorption--as well as Lieberman-al l roved candidates for justice minister, deputy foreign min- ister and chair of the Knesset Law, Constitution and Justice Committee. Some analysts already are calling the emerging government the "Bib- erman administration" acombina- tion of Netanyahu's nickname, Bibi, and Lieberman. Who is Avigdor Lieberman, what Lieberman on page 18A