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Editorials 4 Op-Ed 5 Calendar 6 Synagogue Directory 7 B'nai Mitzvah 8 Scene Around 9 Classified 21 "lly Richard H. Gleick "he ballroom of the Rosen Plaza tel filled to capacity with 800 ests Thursday, March 20, as the olocaust Memorial Resource & 'uucation Center honored former L President and founding mem- r Judy Albertson for her outstand- ng leadership and for giving so gen- tus. iY of her time, talent and sup- In her formal introduction Albertson Tess Wise, executive " :ector of the Holocaust Center, . ressed the importance of Y lunteerism, something that has been the cornerstone of Albert.son's life since moving to Central Florida [torn Oklahoma. Ot er organizations Uenefiting from her volunteerism are the University of Central Florida, the Orlando Science Center, the Orlando See "Albertson" on page 17 liy Rim Langweiler Fischer celebration of its 85th anni- on March 16, by honoring and Mardi Shader, whose ser- the synagogue and the extends more than 30 years. Shader's were truly touched Outpouring of love they felt evening," which began with , Arnie Sagery. their long time master of ceremonies, style, he joked that the the recipients of a in Chemistry for devei- a formula that "turned dairy nto mini warehouses." gee "Shader" on page 18 photo by Richard H. Gleick TESS WISE (i) and JUDY ALBERTSON pose with the artwork presented to Judy as honoree of the Dinner of Tribute. photo by Enrique Fux MICHAEL and BETH SHADER (i) with RON and MARDI SHADER. Three young Israeli adults from "Israel at Heart" will be visiting Cen- tral Florida, March 31 through April 2, to help promote a better under- standing of Israel and its people. Ayala Cohen, 24, served in the Is- raeli Army for two years. She is cur- rently the assistant to the director of the Steinhardt Family Foundation which funds welfare projects for chil- dren and youth at risk and in need. Cohen is also a student at Hebrew University in Jerusalem. Dafna Harel, 24, lives in Holon. She is a graduate of Hebrew Univer- sity, Jerusalem and served in the Is- raeli army as an instructor of Human Resources personnel. Asaf Ofrat, 27, is from Ramat Hagolan. He is in his final year at Ben Gurion University. He spent four years in the Army where he served as second in command in operative tank company in the armor force. The Israelis speak English fluently. They carry opinion sets and life sto- ries that demonstrate the diversity within Israeli society - one of its gl, eatest assets. By simply telling the stories of their lives, they hope they can begin to change the way people see Israel and its people. They will be visiting the Patricia R. Selznick Middle School, Belt Hamidrash, the University of Central Florida, and Hillel. On Tuesday, April 1 a luncheon, open to the community, will be held at the Jewish Community Campus, Maitland, from 11:45 a.m. - 1 p.m. The cost of the kosher meal is $11 per person; reservations may be made by calling 407-645-5933, ext. 224. Wednesday, April 2, a community forum is being held at the Congrega- tion of Liberal Judaism in Orlando at 7:30 p.m. Israel at Heart in an independent entity whose single concern is the well being of Israel. The members are not part of any Jewish organiza- By Matthew E. Berger WASHINGTON, D.C. (JTA)--For months, Jewish groups have been workingtirelessly to separate the Iraq issue from Israel, lowering their voices of support for the war. But next week, close to 5,000 pro- Israel activists - many of whom strongly support the U.S.-led war on Iraq and its benefits to Israel's secu- rity - will meet in the nation's capital for the annual policy conference of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee. It's likely that they won't want to keep quiet any longer. But the fact that the March 30-April 1 conference is taking place in wartime presents uncomfortable dilemmas about how to discuss aspects of the Bush administration's Middle East policy. "I believe that we don't have to choose between being pro-Israel and being a patriotic American," said Amy Friedkin, AIPAC's president. In a perfect world, AIPAC would highlight the role Israel has played in U.S. efforts against Iraq, and the job the United States has done to protect Israel from possible attacks from Baghdad. Israel @ Heart tion, do not represent any govern- ment agency or political party and are, therefore, free to express them- selves about their views and visions for the State of Israel. The group believes that Israel has been unfairly portrayed in the media. It is not simply that it has gotten a bad deal from the world press, but more importantly, its significance as the only free democratic society in the Middle East has not been con- veyed to the public at large. The hope is that if Americans truly understood what their Israeli coun- terparts are going through, they would be more supportive of Israel's struggle. Financed by a New York based Jewish philanthropist, more than a dozen groups are traveling through- out the United States to speak to as many people as possible to share some of the reality of what is happening in Israel today. The program was extremely well received in its inaugural year and now in its second year they hope their efforts will get more people to take trips to Israel, study after high school there, do a junior year abroad program at one of its many universi- ties, call a friend to let them know they care, buy an Israeli product, and most importantly, educate them- selves about the conflict, so they can defend Israel against verbal attacks by its enemies. For more information call the Jew- ish Federation at 40%645-5933. In the real world, however, the United States has tried to downplay Israel's role - even keeping it off the list of countries in its 'coalition of the willing" - to prevent a potential backlash from the Arab world. Some figures have Suggested that American Jews, and especially Jew- ish neoconservatives in the Bush administration, were pushing the country toward war. As a result, many in the Jewish world have been trying to keep their support for the Bush administration's agenda, in Iraq and in Israel, to a whisper. "The war inhibits your desire to want to trumpet the relationship at a time when the United States and Israel are downplaying it," said Doug Bloomfield, a former legislative di- rector for MPAC. But conference attendees "can highlight common values and com- mon issues," he said. There also are questions as to how AIPAC will express its concerns about some aspects of administration policy. See "AIPAC" on page 18