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4A Op-Ed ..................................... 5A Calendar ................................. 6A Synagogue Directory ............... 7A B'nai Mitzvah .......................... 8A Scene Around ......................... 9A Oren Teichmann/Sussex Friends of Israel A recent event of Sussex Friends of Israel's "Pies Against Lies" initiative, launched to counter Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) protests at the Israeli-owned Ecostream store in Brighton, England. By Jenni Frazer JNS.org In August 2012, a Chris- tian and a Jew bumped into each other in Brighton, the =x _:! languid seaside resort on Britain's south coast that has become the hub of Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) protests at the local Ecostream store. The Israeli- owned shop has attracted weekly demonstrations from the BDS crowd, angry that products made over the Green Line should be sold in the United Kingdom. Simon Cobbs, a passion- ate Zionist who had lived in Israel for three years by the time he was 17, was walking past the Ecostream store when he spotted BDS dem- onstrators inside the shop. By chance, he also spotted Daniel Laurence, who lived in the apartment upstairs and was an equally passion- ate Christian Zionist. Cobbs and Laurence, like bouncers, threw the BDS demonstra- tors out of the store. "Then we turned to each other and said, see you next week? I'll bring some friends," says Cobbs. Oren Teichmann/Sussex Friends of Israel Sussex Friends of Israel organizers hold up signs, giving customers a choice: Buy from the store or get "your free propaganda" pamphlet. into anti-Semitic rhetoric and abuse. At least four grandmothers make regular appearances on the picket lines. SFI's calling card has been most successful when-- candidly--it has mocked the BDS protesters with cheerful humor and a friendly local saxophonist playing for the entertainment of Brighton's Saturday shoppers. While the BDS movement tries to hit Israel in the wallet, SFI's anti-BDS efforts hone in on the stomach. A recent SFI campaign has been the "Pies Against Lies" initiative. Oth- ers have been "Cakes Against Hate" and "Bagels Against Bigotry." "We ran an event saying 'we bring pies, they bring |ies' and offered food to the passers-by," Duncanson says. "For me, the best part of the day is after the shouting stops and the ordinary person in the street has the chance BDS scored a notable vic- tory in London where sus- tained protests forced the Israeli cosmetics store, Ahava, to close down in the summer of 2011. But in Brighton, a different story emerged. Itwas what local pro-Israel activist Dr. Winston Pickett describes as akin to the moment from the movie "Network" when the famed British-born actor Peter Finch says, "I'm mad as hell and I'm not going to take this any more." Sussex Friends of Israel (SFI), born from that first accidental meeting between Cobbs and Laurence, has grown so successfully that it employs a part-time director, Neil Duncanson. The group now has 6,200 "likes" on Facebook and 1,200 follow- ers on Twitter. Most of its supporters are local Jews, often people who had dropped out of mainstream activities but were galvanized by the anti-Ecostream protests that have frequently degenerated Grassroots on page 14A By Pamela Ruben "Elaine Gamson is an extraordinary woman who has tirelessly supported the Orlando Jewish community over the past 50 years," said Nancy Ludin, executive direc- tor of the Jewish Pavilion. "We are thrilled to honor her at our annual 'Spring into Fashion' show on May 1st for holding the Jewish Pavilion and its mission close to her heart, and generously offering her time to enhance the lives of our seniors." Elaine Gamson (nee Gaes- er) is a member of the Pavil- ion's board of directors, as well as an active volunteer. On the first and third Friday of each month Elaine can be found assisting Pavilion Program Director Julie Levitt with Shabbat services at Horizon Bay in Altamonte Springs. "My mother, Rebecca Gaes- er was a resident at Horizon Bay until she passed away last summer at the age of 98. After she was gone, I con- tinued attending services on Fridays. Her friends became my friends, and helping out with the Pavilion helps honor time spent with my mom." Gamson shared. "At first I went as my mother's daugh- Herman Gluck The Southwest Orlando Jewish Congregation (SOJC) will honor the lives and mem- ories of victims and survivors of the Holocaust at a Yom Hashoah commemoration open to the public on Sunday, April 27, at 11 a.m. at SOJC, 11200 SouthApopkaVineland Road, Orlando, FL 32836. As part of the commemo- ration, Holocaust survivor Herman Gluck, 88, will be interviewed. Gluck is one of the 40 survivors featured in the Holocaust Memorial at Southwest Orlando Jewish Congregation displayed in the synagogue's lobby. The Memorial is an Eagle Scout Project by Max Waldor that was chosen as Boy Scouts Elaine Gamson ter, now I visit as a volunteer and as a friend." Pavilion seniors have found a true friend in Elaine Gam- son since she began visiting her mother in 2005. When Horizon Bay resident, Anne Goby, was looking for a Mah Jong game, Gamson put one together. When she was unable to find enough Mah Jong players in residence, she brought them to the facility from the outside. After a few months one of the regu- lar players moved out, and Gamson would dutifully pick Gamson on page 14A Alice Herz-Sommer of America's Central Flori- da Council's Grove Adam's Award. Mr. Gluck's story can be found on the website:www. sojc.org/HolocaustMemorial/ stories/Herman_Gluck. Following, the recent Acad- emy Award winner for Short Film Documentary, "The Lady in Room 6: Music Saved my Life," will be shown. The film documents Alice Herz- Sommer, atage 109, the oldest pianist and Holocaust survi- SOJC on page 14A III1!!!!!11!!!UUIIII5 tt~ oO