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PAGE 2A HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, APRIL 4, 2014 Wikipedia Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter By Joshua Levitt (The Algemeiner) Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter confused Israel's demand for the Palestinian Authority to recognize itas a'Jewish state' for meaning that all Arabs living there would need to convert. In an interview with the Associated Press, Carter said, "Israel can claim "We are a Jewish state.' I don't think the Arab countries will contradict that Jewish statement. But to force the Arab people to say that all the Arab people that they have in Israel have to be Jews, I think that's going too far." Carter continued, incor- rectly implying that the 1.5 million Arab-Israelis citizens would either have to convert to Judaism or leave, rather than recognize that the essence of the country, it's laws, calendar, legal structure, would be based, as they are, on Jewish tradi- tion, rather than Muslim or Christian ideals. "I don't see how the Pal- estinians or the Arab world can accept that premise, that Israel is an exclusively Jew- ish state," Carter said. "This has never been put forward in any of the negotiations in which I was involved as president, or any president, before (Benjamin) Netan- yahu became prime minister this time. And now it has been put into the forefront of consideration." Blogger Elder of Ziyon, who flagged the former president's statement on Tuesday, also pointed out that, in fact, the question of declaring Israel the 'Jewish state' far precedes Netany- hau's government. Elder of Ziyon wrote: "Carter accepts the absurd premise, being spouted by Palestinian Arabs as well as others across the Arab world, that if Israel is recognized as a Jewish state then it means that only Jews can live there. He even goes further than the idiot Arabs who keep repeating this, by claiming that it means that Arabs 'have to be Jews' to live in Israel. Given this level of cluelessness, it is hardly worth pointing out that Carter is also wrong in saying that Netanyahu is the first to demand Israel be recognized as a Jewish state." NEW YORK--Hundreds of young Jewish adults from across the country are ex- pected to re-imagine, create, and host Passover seders with friends with help from NEXT: ADivision of Birthright Israel. To host, Birthright Israel alumni register with NEXT up until April 14 to receive resources and a small stipend designed to empower them to host personally meaning- ful and unique seders. Since 2011, more than 1,000 NEXT Passover seders have been hosted for thousands of young Jewish adults. Ben W. from Washington, D.C., hosted his 2013 NEXT Seder for his coworkers at the NAACP (National Association for the Advancement of Col- ored People). "My colleagues really enjoyed learning about the ties between the story of Jewish slavery and African- American slavery in the United States," he said. "We used a progressive haggadah that also discussed modern slavery and quoted Anne Frank and Nelson Mandela." NEXT Passover Seders em- power Birthrighters to build a Jewish experience from the ground up. As part of these efforts, NEXT will provide a special guide this year to help young adults create and reinvent Passover rituals. The guide highlights rituals that Birthrighters have created at past NEXT Seders, as well as resources for customizing them. "We know that young Jew- ish adults crave opportunities to create unique and person- ally meaningful Jewish expe- riences," says Morlie Levin CEO of NEXT. "By making opportunities and resources like this more readily avail- able, we can help Birthright- ers continue the journey they started on their Birthright Israel trips. NEXT Passover Seders tap into the creativity and passion of the Birthright Israel Generation--and the desire to engage in Jewish experienceswith their peers." Many of those who have hosted NEXT Passover Sed- ers in the past say they enjoy the traditions of the holiday and have fond memories of celebrating when they were younger. Now, they note, they want to "own" and share that experience with peers--last year, more than 50 percent of those who signed up said it was their first time ever hosting a Passover Seder. From new takes on old traditions to the beginnings Nisht Community 5eder Temple Israel ril 15 - 6: oo pm led by Rabbi Joshua Neely Discover the taste of freedom & experience spiritual liberation Hosted in our newly renovated Roth Social Hall RSVP Friday, April 4 by 3:oopm Kosher catering by Brown's New York Deli Building Community Since 1954 Phone: 407.647.3055 Fax: 407.647.8542 Email: Online Reservations: Scan for ticket info :[] J01N Us ON Birthrights in Washington, D.C., fill the table at NEXT Passover seder. NEXT of new traditions, Birth- righters' Seders reflect their unique Jewish journeys and identities: "Some friends and I wanted to have a Seder where each guest brought something to share about the [Passover] story in modern times," says past host Norah K. of Seattle, Wash. "We went around the table and talked about in- stances of slavery around the world, or oppression, and reminded ourselves to be vigilant of those things and work towards peace." Another previous host, Vanessa R of Brighton, Mass., NEXT on page 15A By Michael Elkin Jewish Exponent It may be time to retire the old joke about one of the slimmest books in the library being Jewish Sports Heroes-- thanks to a new set of baseball cards designed for the fans who have made trading facts and figures about the sport's ever-expanding Stars of David a league of their own. Previous editions of Jew- ish Major Leaguer Baseball Cards proved to be such a hit that they precipitated the launch of the series' sev- enth edition (Jewishmajor-, which has just arrived with an expanded lineup of players. Attesting to the cards' popularity, Martin Abramow- itz, the creator of the series, quipped: "We are the first candidate for 2014 Comeback of the Year." And they've come back in a big way. First started in 2003, last released in 2010, the card set--expanded to 50 in the new edition--was released in March. Why the grand slam in interest now? "I wouldn't say there is a renewed interest in Jewish baseball cards," mused Abramowitz. "It's been there for years, but we didn't have the resources to produce an- other set until a donor came along with a generous gift. "The larger phenomenon, of course, is the renaissance of interest in Jews in baseball, which has been gaining steam for about 15 years." The 2014 edition has up- dated information on such key figures as Ian Kinsler of the Detroit Tigers; Kevin Youkilis, now playing in Japan; and Scott Feldman and Josh Zeid, both of the Houston Astros. The cards also contain pictures of objets d'baseball currently being shown in "Chasing Dreams," the new exhibit at the National Mu- seum of American Jewish History, where the seventh edition of the set is available in the gift shop. So why exactly has there been a sudden spurt in Jewish players? "In a way it's a reflection of our society," posited MartyAp- pel, the cards' publicist. More and more kids are coming from intermarried families, he said, giving rise to a growing number of kids playing sports who may be identifying as Jewish. But even the creator of the cards wonders the same thing. "Your guess is as good as mine." said Abramowitz. "I suspect it has something to do with the fact that this is an extremely lucrative sport," in contrast to the way it used to be. "When I was a kid, players like Phil Rizzuto and Roy Campanella worked in cloth- ing or liquor stores during the off-season," he said. "Also, college is now the major recruitment source for MLB, and our guys are more likely to go to college." As for the fan base of the cards, Abramowitz predicted that the biggest buyers won't be kids, but rather adults who still have a keen interest in the game and memories of Jewish stars from long ago. "The cards have always appealed essentially to older adults more than kids," he said, as he reflected on the evolution of the connection between Jews and baseball. "You know, it used to be that baseball was the way for Jews to become American," Abramowitz said. "In more recent years, however--and this is a paradox--I think it's become a way for American Jews to be more Jewish!"