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HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, APRIL 11, 2014 I Brown's Dell will be open nd kosher for Pass0000,er PAGE 3A Yes... that's right. Brown's Deli will be open throughout Passover serving from a special -Kosher for Passover menu. Obviously there will be no bread for dell sandwiches, but all the house specialties such as brisket, stuffed cab- bage, and chicken-in-a-pot will be available using slightly modified recipes. To add to the flavors of the holiday, there also will be lamb stew, eggplant napoleon, tzimmes, potato kugel, farfel stuffing, charoset, matzo brei, and much more. While Brown's is a rela- tively new restaurant, they are not new to Passover. This is their third year'of Passover catering and pro- ducing kosher for Passover foods for sale. Year one was accomplished through the rental of a local synagogue kitchen. Year two involved subcontracting with a pre- mier caterer from. South Florida, and now this year in their kosher restaurant in Maitland. "There is a tremendous amount of preparation in ko- shering a kitchen for Pesach. Since we have to completely overhaul the operations to prepare seder foods for our catering and retail custom- ers, why not just stay open for the week and keep serv- ing?" explained owner Lauren Brown. While most of the custom- ers are not Jewish, they might find the unique menu to be an interesting change of pace. In order to satisfy the requirement of certifica- tion by the Greater Orlando Vad Hakashrut, all regular serving and cooking items are removed or rekoshered. All the tables in the dining room will be covered and glass tableware will replace the regular dishes. Every- thing is purchased new and certified for Passover...table ketchup bottles, honey, sugar substitutes, coffee creamer, sodas, etc. Other than that, it is business as usual. During the week of Pass- over, Brown's will close the kitchens it operates for Jewish Academy of Orlando and the JCC Lobby Caf. However, the nightly dining services at Kinneret Apartments will continue with kosher for Passover meals. Brown's Dell offers gift certificates, business, con- dolence, and social catering. Open daily from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m., they recently launched online ordering for individu- als and groups. For more information about Brown's Deli, visit or call 407-690-6999 or email Lauren Brown in the Brown's Deli Passover Pantry. By Chris DeSouza Assistant Editor Take the J-Street challe:nge, it is an eye opener It's important to be well- informed about current events--especially events concerning Israel. Since day one of Israel's independence, this little na- tion that inhabits only one percent of the Middle East has been fighting for its piece of ground and its peace. There are so many Ameri- can organizations, many called NGOs(nongovernment organizations) that say they are pro-Israel and/or pro- peace. They all say they want peace in the Middle East, but at what cost? And who is footing their bills? These are questions everyone should ask of any organization that says they support Israel. Recently the documentary film "The J-Street Challenge: The Seductive Allure of Peace in Our Time"was shown in the Orlando area. This 64-minute film exposes hypocrisies in the J-Street organization. Founded in 2008 by Jeremy Ben-Ami and others in re- sponse to AIPAC as the only voice for American Jews, its goal is to "provide a home for pro-Israel, pro-peace Americans who believe that a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is essential to Israel's survival as a nation." It is a good premise to form an organization. Everyone wants peace. However, no one should walk into any peace agreementwith blinders on-- not knowing the backstory, the dangers. This is part of what the film brings to light. And this is what each and every person who professes to want peace in the Middle East needs to understand. This is notan Israeli-Arab conflict. It is an Arab war against Israel. The three major wars and two intifadas were not started by Israel. As Harvard professor Ruth Wisse says, "It is the conflict of over 20 countries, with an enormity of land, more land than they know what to do with, that refuse to allow one people its sliver of land." No Israeli leader has as yet said he would annihilate the Palestinian people. And yet, Arab leaders have boldly stated that they will push Israel into the sea. When Israel pulled out of Gaza and gavethat parcel of land completely over to the Palestinian people, the rocket fire intensified. Greenhouses left by Israelis were trashed. How does one make peace with people who do this? J-Street has taken its mes- sage to college campus with JStreet U, where many Jew- ish students are embarrassed about being Jewish these days. J-Street U emphasizes pro-peace, rather than pro- Israel. What college student is opposed to peace? Adults today were the col- lege students of the 60s--the demonstrators against the Vietnam conflict, the young people who were the flower children, the ones who said Hollywood screenwriter David N. Weiss coming to Orlando Award-winning screen- writer, David N. Weiss ("Shrek 2," "The Smurfs" movies, and "Rugrats") will present an entertaining evening of personal and professional stories in "From Hollywood to Holy Hood." Weiss's hilarious and in- spiring tale centers on his wacky journey from secular Jew to dynamic Christian youth leader to Modern Or- thodox/blockbusting screen- writer. Says Weiss, "When you find yourself under a chupah in a Presbyterian Church being married by a Jews for Jesus rabbi, you know something has to give." Weiss will be speaking on two dates and two locations in Orlando: North Orlando location on Wednesday, May 7, 7:30 pm in the Longwood Commu- nity Building, 200 W. Warren Ave., Longwood, (Sponsors of $180 are entitled to 2 tickets and a private party with the David Weiss speaker before the event.) For tickets and information: call 407-878-3011, www. or, 407- 644-2500. South Orlando location on Thursday, May 8, 7:30 p.m. at Chabad Center, 7504 Universal Blvd., Orlando. For information call 407-354- 3660 or visit www.JewishOr- Weiss also co-wrote "Clock- stoppers," "Are We There Yet?" and Academy Award-nomi- nated "Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius." He was nominated for an Emmy as co-head writer for the "Rugrats" series and has various other filmandTVcred- its, including the MGM classic "All Dogs Go to Heaven." Having directed several awarding-winning shorts, Weiss has also written three children's books, is a mem- ber of the Motion Picture Academy, and former vice president of the Writers Guild of America. He lives in Los Angeles with his wife, Eliana, and two children, plus two cats, two birds, a tortoise nd Sandy the dog. On the side, he enjoys traveling the world to teach and lecture on writing and religion. The fee for this event is $15 before April 30, and $20 after April 30. "Make love not war." It feels good to get along with every- one. It is good to treat people with kindness. It feels good to try to create bonds with those who have opposing views. However, several points come out in the film that reveal that J-Street reeks of double-talk and promotes "moral narcissism," a phrase coined by Richard Landes. "This is an overwhelming concern for being a nice person... In this way, you J-Street on page 22A Dedicated To Serving Our Jewish Community Call on central Florida's Exclusively Jewish Funeral Home for Details Regarding: Traditional Jewish Funerals Non-Traditional Services Interstate Shipping Pre-Arranged Funerals (Shalom Assurance Plan) Headstone, Grave Markers (Cardinal Memorials) 407-599-1180 640 Lee Rd. Orlando, Florida W.E. "Manny" Adams, LFD Samuel P. (Sammy) Goldstein, Executive Director