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FLORIDA JEWIS Editorials ................................ 4A Op-Ed ..................................... 5A Calendar. ................................ 6A Synagogue Directory ............... 7A B'nai Mitzvah .......................... 8A H N E W S Scene Around ......................... 9A Classified ................................ 2B 14 Mmmn Livni's fall follows meteoric rise Gavin Rabinowitz A child takes part in the weekly Kabbalat Shabbat ceremony at the Athens Jewish Kindergarten. Crisis-hit Greek Jews fear for their future By Gavin Rabinowitz ATHENS, Greece (JTA)-- Patricia Alcalay, 24, has been unemployed since she finished her nursing degree in Decem- ber 2010. Her father lost his job four months ago, a year shy of retirement. Her older sister, who was studying abroad, meanwhile, foundwork in the Netherlands and is not coming back to Greece anytime soon. Stories like these have become common among the Jewish community in Greece, which like the rest of theC.k population is struggling to stay afloat in a country engulfed in the fifth year of an economic crisis that shows no sign of abating. Greek on page 18A Rabbi Kay leads Hunger Seder Rabbi David Kay of Con- gregation Ohev Shalom led a Hunger Seder April 2 at the Jewish Academy for Belt Hamidrash students and several community leaders. The Jewish Federa- tion organized the event as part of the 4th An- nual MAZON/JCPA Hunger Seder mobilization, which includes more than 50 Hunger Seder events tak- ing place in communities across the country around the Passover holiday. The Hunger Seder is an adaptation of the tra- ditional Passover seder, telling the story of the Exodus with emphasis on the moral imperative to end hunger in America. t 'q "'q The Hunger Seder was Passover begins with an invitation to "Let all who are hungry come and eat," and recounts the story of freeing the Jews from bondage. By raising aware- ness about the prevalence and severity of hunger in America, the Hunger Seder symbolically extends that invitation to the 1 in 6 Americans who struggle to put food on the table every day. The Hunger Seder also encourages participants to act to free hungry people from the bondage of food insecurity by supporting SNAP in the next Farm Bill. Kay took time to adapt the special Hunger Seder Haggadah, which put a spin on tradition in many ways. Beit Hamidrash students sipped the tradi- tional four cups of grape juice but were taught new information about food insecurity in their own led by Rabbi David Kay of Congregation Ohev Shalom. community. Rather than filling their matzah with charosets and bitter herbs, their sandwiches were empty to remind them that many families in Orlando and around the world are without food. The four questions did not ask just why this night was different from all others, but also included questions like "Why are so many people hungry when there are government pro- grams to support them?" and "How is it possible that, in the United States, hunger and obesity are connected?" Beth Davalos, MSW LCSW of the Child Devel- opmental and Diagnos- tic Center, attended the event. She has more than 20 years of experience in social service programs and works to improve the welfare of homeless chil- dren and families. Other community leaders in at- tendance included Barbara Weinreich, representing the Community Relations Committee of the Jewish Federation, and Adrienne Cooperman, Emergency Services Program Manager at JFS. Startling lessons were learned by all including the fact that approximately 197 pounds of food per person are uneaten and go to waste each year. In light of this, students were asked to bring food to this event for the Pearlman pantry. Their donations completely filled the SUV that Adrienne Cooperman brought to transport the food to the pantry. For more information on Hunger Seders contact Karen Cohen at the Jewish Federation at kcohen@ jfgo.org. Gideon Marknwicz/Flash90/JTA Tzipi Livni, the outgoing leader of Israel's main opposi- tion Kadima Party, speaks to the media after losing to Shaul Mofaz in the March 27 primaries. By Mati Wagner JERUSALEM (JTA)--Tzipi Livni's resounding fall in the leadership vote for Kadima, Israel's largest political party, was as dramatic as her rise to political power. Ahead of the recent vote, most polls were predicting that Livni would defeat Shaul Mofaz, a former Israel Defense Forces chief of staff. Most also showed that Kadima headed by Livni would fare at least slightly better in next year's general elections than it would with Mofaz at the helm. And just last month NewsweekandThe Daily Beast counted Livni as one of the 150 Women Who Shake the World and called her one of the most powerful women in the country. Yet on March 27, in a low turnout of 40 percent of Kadima's 95,000 members, Mofaz trounced Livni, tak- ing 61.7 percent of votes. Now Livni's political future is unclear. Last week, Livni told a reporter camped outside her Tel Aviv home that "I am on vacation, sweetheart." And she was conspicuously absent from Kadima's first faction meeting since the leadership primary. Livni on page 19A Israel Independence Festival returns Yarden Kalmar and Noa Gabbai rock out to last year's Israel Independence Day concert. Join the Jewish Community Center of Greater Orlando on Sunday, April 29 from 3-8 p.m. at Cranes Roost Park in Altamonte Springs for Israel Independence Day 64. The eventwill feature Middle East- ern food, shopping activities, rides, and live entertainment including Israeli pop singer, Shany Zamir. The event is free and open to the public, with certain activities and food available for purchase. Forvolunteer, sponsor, ven- dor or event information, visit www.israeldayorlando.org.