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FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS Editorials ................................ 4A Op-Ed ..................................... 5A Calendar ................................. 6A Synagogue Directory ............... 7A B'nai Mitzvah .......................... 8A Scene Around ......................... 9A Ben Sales The entrance hall of Hadassah's new Sarah Wetsman Davidson Hospital Tower. The tower has cutting, edge facilities, but it has opened during a time of financial crisis for the hospital. Hadassah crisis opens divisions between the hospital and women's organization By Ben Sales Both the Israeli government and the HadssahWomen's Ziorfis Oration JERUSALEM (JTA)--The Sarah Wets- 0f,erica, which bltflibpital and man Davidson k)sDital Tower strehes al,inds it, have agreed to provide 223 feet skywarlcoming visitoj in emergency funding to help bright, expansive lobbystrungwithian- Wearier the crisis. Amid the financial ners celebrating both the State of Israel and its premier hospital, the Hadassah Medical Organization. Opened in late 2012 at a total cost of $363 million, the tower is the largest building project undertaken at Hadassah in 50 years and a symbol of the hospital's ambitions for the future. Now that future is in peril as the hos- pital, saddled with nearly $370 million in debt and an annual deficit exceeding $85 million, struggles to chart a course back to solvency. Last month, Hadassah hospital de- clared bankruptcy after two large Israeli banks cut off its credit lines. The Jeru- salem District Court gave the hospital a 90-day stay of protection from creditors, after which the medical organization will be restructured or liquidated. tumult, the hospital staff went on strike for two weeks. "This is a crisis that had its origins a long time ago," said Avigdor Kaplan, who became the hospital's director-general lastyear."Now it's gotten to a pointwhere it can't go on." Founded in 1939, Hadassah is widely regarded as one of Israel's finest health care facilities, pushing the boundaries of medical research while providing first-rate treatment not only for Israelis, but often for patients from arourld the Middle East, including citizens of coun- tries technically in a state of war with the Jewish state. The institution, which employs 6,000 people and doubles as the main teach- ing hospital for the Hebrew University medical school, is a symbol of both the best in Israeli medicine and theAmerican Jewish contrlbut1 to building the s. But with the budgetary woes impos sible to ignore any longer, rifts have opened among the hospital, the Israeli government and the women's organiza- tion. All the parties agree that the hospital must change the way it does business, but they remain deeply divided on the source of the crisis, who is at fault and how best to move forward. The government has pointed to employee salaries, which it says are "significantly higher" than typical pay at Israeli hospitals. The women's or- ganization blames long-term financial mismanagement, describing hospital administrators as children who expect that someone will always be there to bail them out. Hospital officials blame government regulations that they say penalize them for providing the country's best care. Diagnosing the problem will be criti- Hadassah on page 14A uD "--- I' m " o -- o m a m m E , W Post-Army travelers or Dead Sea scammers? J By Ron Kampeas WASHINGTON (JTA)--The battle between members of Congress and the State De- partment over tourist visas for Israelis features two compet- ing archetypes of the young Israeli traveler. " The lawmakers paint a picture of a world traveler, matured by service to country, who deserves a break from the stresses of the Middle East. U.S. consular officials, meanwhile, have warned of lawbreakers hawking dubious Dead Sea beauty products in malls and at rest stops. The debate surfaced pub- licly with a March 6 letter from Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) to Secretary of State John Kerry and James Ragsdale, the cting director of U.S. Imlration and Customs E_knt,' In his letter, Scll re.ssed concern abol[/spike in the proptiofl'-O "1raelis being denied visas tovisit the United States. Prior to Schumer sending his letter, the American Israel Public Affairs Committee had been raising the issue of visa denials on Capitol Hill. "We are concerned about the issues that have been raised about the treatment of visas, and we will be working with the administration and Congress to address them," Marshall Wittmann, AIPAC's spokesman, told JTA. In addition, AIPAC has been backing a broader legislative effort to get Israel into the U.S. visa waiver program, which al- lows travelers from designated countries to visit the United States without a visa. One of the principal ob- stacles to joining the visa waiver program has been Is- Travelers on page 14A Addressing North/ South disconnect Temple Israel Sisterhood presents An Evening with Mary Glickman, National Jewish Book Award finalist for "One More River," as its second annual author event, which will take place on Wednesday evening, April 2, at 7 p.m. in the newly renovated Roth Social Hall. The cost is $10 per person and includes a dessert reception. Glickman is the author of three books that address the "disconnect" between South- ern and Northern attitudes about the South. "I've found that most Northerners view the South as a Hollywood stereotype, which is a denial of the complex layers andvariety of Southern experience." Hav- ing lived in Charleston where she found "an ease of relations between the races.., in a way I didn't find up North," she was upsetwhen a Boston Globe op- ed appeared years ago deni- grating the approach to race at a Charleston museum. Given Boston's checkered history, "it rankled to be lectured" that way. A huge percentage of Northerners who came South during the civil rights erawere Jews, whose aim was "to travel Mary Glickman south, perhaps be arrested, perhaps beaten, even killed but once their protests were complete, they went en mass back to the safety of the North. Meanwhile, they'd stirred up enmity against Southern Jews who until that time were get- ting along pretty well." She felt a good way to illustrate the tension in her first novel, Home in the Morning, which is in development for film was to have a Southern Jewish Glickman on page 13A Yom time of remembrance The Holocaust Center in Maitland will host guest speaker Joanie Holzer Schirm, author of"AdventurersAgainst Their Will," at its annual Yom HaShoah program. This an- nual International Day of Re- membrance commemorates the lives of the six million Jews who died during the Holocaust and honors the survivors, lib- erators, and rescuers who keep their memories alive. Schirm will share the lessons learned from the Holocaust-era letters she inherited from her father, Dr. Oswald A. Holzer. Through her father's correspondence, including copies of letters he sent from the relative safety of Chinawhere he sought ref- uge from his native Czecho- slovakia, Schirm learned firsthand about the struggles of her father's friends and family as they faced fear, betrayal, deprivation, isola- tion, and victimization. Honorary chairwoman for the event will be Orlando City Commissioner Patty Sheehan. Also participating in the interfaith service will be Rev. Willie Barnes of the MacedoniaMissionary Baptist Church and A Gift For Music Chamber Orchestra. The Yore HaShoah pro- gram will include traditional music, prayers, and candle lighting by area survivors as well as the presentation of awards to winners of the Yom HaShoah Student Creative Arts Contest. Joanie Holzer $chirm The event will take place Sunday, April 27, in the gym- nasium of the Jewish 'Com- munity Center, 851 N Maitland Ave (next door to the Holo- caust Center) and will begin at 4 p.m. No admission is charged, and reservations are not required. The Center's programs and events are made pos- sible through generous grants and sponsorships by the United Arts of Central Florida, Inc., and Florida Department of State--Di- vision of Cultural Affairs, and the Center's generous corporate and individual supporters.