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PAGE 22 Ill I I I I Glickstein, Level, Carris, Levitt, Loomis & Dantuma CERTI~|ED PUBL|C ACCOI~N~TANTS Wish Our Clients and Friends a Happy Passover 850 CONCOURSE PKWY. S. STE. 150 PHONE: (407) 645-4775 MAITLAND, FL 32751 FAX: (407) 629-1606 THE i=EATHER 'N' I=UR SITTER: Military Continued from page 2 Every day, Rubin and his wife, Linda, send their son Daniel, 21, a postcard that in- dudes the phrase, "another day, no word." That's because they have not heard from Daniel since January, when he shipped out from Camp Pendleton, Calif with the Light Armored Vehicle 1st Battalion of the 1st Marine Division, to Kuwait and points ,'.r tt.'ll ' ' Secluded and Secure, Yet Located in the Et, /i am Lake Mary's Premieri ! Assisted Living & Alzheimer's Community Custom Built To Meet The Needs of Today's Seniors : Lake Mary, FL 32746 Located Directly Behind the Lake Mary POst Office HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, APRIL 11,200~ what he thinks is his son's their families sometimes have unit. different perspectives on the While he's worried, Rubin war. says, "I know he's trained well One member of the Brave and I know he's doing all the listserv who has not yet been right things, so in that respect, my heart is settled with him." The Rubins also feel buoyed by the support of friends and family. Their synagogue, Tiferet Israel in Dallas, says a misheberach (prayer for good health) for Daniel every Shabbat. All of these families have turned to the Brave, a listserv deployed is Philip, 40, a mem- ber of the army reserve in Massachusetts. Philip fully supports the war's aims and sees no small irony in that U.S. troops are battling Iraqi soldiers in abri- gade with the name Nebuchadnezzer, the ruler of ancient Babylonia, part of modern-day Iraq. still dreads leaving his wife and children behind. "I don't mind going- I mind leaving," he says. Unlike many whose kin are in the military, Becky O'Brien, of Lafayette, Colo opposes the war. Her husband, Chris, 37, who is not Jewish, is with the Air National Guard somewhere in the war theater. To find solace, O'Brien at- tended a recent peace service at her synagogue, Congrega" tion Har HaShem. largely in response iocaust. The studentS know that Israel is "a America," the only free ( try !n the Middle East. don t know that Israel i tuaily next door to Iraq, In their travels in United States countered, on spectrum, a Tulane sity professor ern studies of suicide bombin At the other end reached out to who have said to ther~ didn't know you suffer do." When asked rather live in say they would their home, where it is comfortable to be ) They believe that come. As Harel says, a matter of time." Call for Passover Orders Cell (407) 346-3793 Toll Free 1-877-406-GOLD Supervised by the Orlando Rabinical Council Bar and Bat Mitzvahs and any other Special Event. We Cater Weddings, Birthday Parties, Specializing In Handmade Truffles, Marzipans and Fruit Candies The Perfect Touch for Any Special Occasion. Kosher Pareve Mehadrim Year Round All our Products are Kosher Pareve for Passover Including our Famous Chocolate Covered Matzah vice. She counseled young people from impoverished between the ages of 22 and 31, were killed in that attack. Fifty-four more were injured, many with life impairing in- juries from the nails and metal shards that the Pales- tin|an terrorists pack in the bombs. Cohen spent the night with a youngwoman who lived just across the street, who she did not know, but who was dis- traught because she could not locate her boyfriend. After a long night, in which some- one reported that the boy- friend was seen on television helping others at the scene of the bombing, they learned that the boyfriend was indeed one of those murdered. Cohen continues with her story. For a week, she said, she could not go out, but then, she realized that if she stopped living, the terrorists would have won. Cohen continues her studies and works for a non-profit foundation that funds welfare projects for needy, at-risk young people. Asaf Ofrat, 27, was second in command of a tank battal- ion in the IDF. He served in all the"hot spots" - Lebanon, Gaza, the West Bank. He grew up in a moshav, a farming village on the Golan Heights. His father has a dairy farm and grows mangos. Ofrat would have been embar- rassed if he had heard the ninth grade girls whisper, "he's so cute." rorism. .The ninth grade Lake Mary High School, will be Holocaust, did world-wide battle against [ to Israel. These young people only a generation from the caust. They, and all are on the front lines Harel's other from Rumania was Exotic Birds Are My Specialty beyond - kind of an e- mail bulletin For Philip, it's all about "Judaism teaches you t0| "It's a little hard,' Rubin board - that the Conservative Sept. 11. question God, your rabbi, it's| says, his voice breaking. "He's movement's United Syna- "People had a choice of therabbinictradition.Youca~| Affordable, Dependable, Loving Care just a wonderful young man. gogue is sponsoring to help jumping out of that building have one text and 30 interpre" | - -r'" r Daniel, a mechanic and tech- Jewish military families con- orbeingincinerated,"hesays, rations, she says. "You shouldI .~ orA. iYOU . . nician, isverylikelynearBasra nect. "Did we forget what werebe able to question the presi'| fur ano Peamereo I-rlenos in southern Iraq, from what Jewishmilitaryofficialsand fighting for?" Meanwhile, he dent/' l Rubin has gleaned from news ! reports and an ABC News re- Carolyn F. MeCn rving Orlando, Winter Park porter who is embedded withIsraelis ----- 407-859-7981 end South Orange County Continued from page 3 homes so that they could fully Ofrat's grandfather was a| participate in the military, survivor of the HolocauSt| cludingfiveAmericanstudents The IDF uses the term of Ofratcarrieshisgrandfather'5[ who had just arrived to spend mandatory service to educate words with him, that the crr[ a year studying in Israel. underprivileged young ationandsurvivaloftheStat ! Harel had considered He- people and teach them avo- of Israel is the Jew's bigg~i victory." I brewUniversitytobe"hersafe cation, froI ar onse to a question| place." She and her friends at Cohen, like Hard, Ofrat and Hebrew University from all all Israel|s, has her own sto- Fstudent, Ofrat~| over the world, including Ar- ties of death and loss. One plains that his most powerfd| abs, saw the campus as their year ago, justafter Purim, she experienceinthe militaryW~| , eel/ nut i refi ge, received a phone call that her seeing the difference betw for lsr Tt,e Intifad a, the Palest|n- |an of te "ror against Is- rael, had now pierced Harel's The Intifada, the Palest|n- mother's friend had been ordinaryPalestinianciviliat [ s'- aC ' wet, d Jan war of terror against Is- killed by Palestinian terror- whoonlywanttoliveinpe i doo rael, had now pierced Harel's ists on the road from their asdothe Israelis, and theter| "safe haven." Despite calls town, Efrat, to Jerusalem. She rorists - whose goal is to wil,v.ny t o first from her mother telling not was the mother of four chil- out the Jews and des r y,erYbod, to go to school the next day, dren, the oldest of whom was State of Israel. tion is' Harel and her friends re- 24andAyala'sfriend.Thefam- Hard, Cohen, Ofrat I lat" victory against violence, house. "What the terrorists want After attending the funeral is for us to abandon our ordi- and spending a day of mourn- nary life. If we did that, the ing, she received anothercall. terrorists would win, and we An IDF officer was killed in won't let that happen," Hard Gaza. She was friends with explained to rapt audiences the officer's wife, and so she " bomb shelter as SCUDS hi near her home outside 3,! l .J? .' at the high school, UCF and went to her second funeral in le other venues around Central two days. Aviv. HJail e: Florida. That Saturday, she re- When she was 17, -:J U ler- AyalaCohen, also 24, is one turned from her parent s escaped death or injury W~ eesS,~ of sixsiblings. Herfatherwas home to her apartment in ~g!~!:iaa~dbl~r thTeoa~!~l~lTh~: born in Israel to American Jerusalem, and heard the parents who made"aliyah" in bomb explosion at Caf6 Mo- 1950 to the then new State of ment, just steps from her p Israel. Cohen s mother was apartment in the old Rehavia Harel'sgrandparents SLle born in Turkey. neighborhood, just yards to Israel from Poland in lg~. o, ' ' Cont Cohen served as a socialfrom the Prime Minister's leaving justintin re| . worker during her army ser- house. Ten young people, all the horrors of the ~"