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Editorials 4A Op-Ed 5A Calendar 6A Scene Around 9A Synagogue Directory 11A JTA News Briefs 13A Happy anniversary, Israel! @ (JNS)--South Carolina became the first state to pass legislation to protect students from anti-Semitic acts. The State Senate over- whelmingly approved the legislation, H3643, in a 37-4 vote on Thursday aspart of a larger spending package. The bill passed the State House of Representatives in March in a 116-2 vote. South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster has ex- pressed support for the bill and is expected to sign it into law. "Anti-Semitism, and the forces that have led to its resurgence, are not represen- tative of the values of South Carolina," said State Repre- sentative Alan Clemmons, who authored the legislation. The South Carolina bill will help break down the barriers in the fight against anti- Semitism by providing educa- tors and administrators with a clear and uniform definition to recognize anti-Jewish big- otry, according to the Louis Alliance's Working Definition of Antisemitism that has been adopted by 31 countries. That definition states: "Anti-Semitism is a certain perception of Jews, which may be expressed as hatred toward Jews. Rhetorical and physical manifestations of antisemi- tism are directed toward Jew- ish or non4ewish individuals and/or their property, toward Jewish community institu- tions and religious facilities." The legislation comes amid an uptick in anti-Semitic inci- dents in the United States and on college campuses. According to the Anti-Def- amation League, anti-Semitic incidents inAmericaincreased by 60 percent in 2017, and nearly doubled on American college campuses. The same report found that anti-Semitic incidents at non4ewish el- ementary, middle and high schools increased 106 percent in the same period. "We have been dismayed D. Brandeis Centerfor Human by the rise of anti-Semitism, (ISRAEL21c)--Takeajourneythrough Operation Magic Carpet beglns in time. The nine recipients represent the Rights Under the Law. including harassment, intimi- the last 70 years to discover how Israel 1949 fields of Jewish studies, literature, edu- "There has been an alarm- dation and vandalism against has become one of the most creative and Some 49,000 endangered Yemenite cation, social science, medical science, ingincreaseinanti-Semitism Jewish students," StandWi- innovative countries in the world. Jews,andsomefromcountriesincluding finearts, exactsciencesandlifesciences, nationwide, and particularly thUsCEO Roz Rothsteinsaid rael was founded on May 14, Saudi Arabia, are airlifted to Israel in a The Conquest of the Desert world's on our, nation's college cam- in a statement. 1948. secret operation involving 380 flights by fair opens in Jerusalem, focusing on the puses,' stated LDB's director "This bill adopts the State In the Hebrew calendar, it was 5 Iyar, British and American transport planes themes of reclamation and population oflegalinitiativesAvivaVogel- Department definition of 5708 (which is on April 20 this year), taking off from Aden. of desert area. Some 600,000 people stein. "This bill gives South anti-Semitism and gives law Israel is founded a few hours before The Law of Return is formally visit the fair. Carolina the tools to protect enforcement an important the British Mandate is due to expire,enacted--1950 Israel pledges to help the develop- Jewishstudents'andallSouth tool for protecting students Eleven minutes later, the United States Israel s Law of Return, approved by iag world--1957 Carolina students' right to a against unlawful acts mo- becomes the first country to recognize the Knesset on July 5, entitles anyone MASHAV, Israel's Agency for Inter- learning environment free tivated by prejudice," she the Jewish state when it grants Israel of Jewish matrilineal descent, or a Jew- national Development Cooperation, is of unlawful discrimination.' said. "With a clear definition de facto recognition. On May 15, Egypt, ish convert, to immigrate to Israel and founded by Golda Meir after a visit to The definition included in of anti-Jewish bigotry, law Iraq, Jordan and Syria invade Israel. The obtain full citizenship, the newly independent African states, the bill is similar to the one enforcement andadministra- War of Independence lasts 13 months. The law was later amended to state to share Israeli expertise with develop- used by the U.S. State Depart- tors will be better equipped to The Supreme Court of Israel is that the same rights are also vested in ing nations. Since its establishment ment and the International prosecute and prevent hate inaugurated, the Israeli lira replaces a child and a grandchild of a Jew, the within the Foreign Ministry, MASHAV Holocaust Remembrance crimes." the Palestinian pound, the Israeli flag spouse of a Jew, the spouse of a child of has trained close to 270,000 course participants from approximately 132 countries in Israel and abroad and has developed dozens of demonstration projects. MASHAVprovides technical and emergency assistance across the globe. O becomes the state's official flag. EIAl, Israel's new national airline, op- erates its maiden flight, bringing Israel's first president, Prof. Haim Weizmann, home from a diplomatic visit to Geneva. The new country's population num- bers 806,000. a Jew and the spouse of a grandchild of a Jew, except for a person who had been Jewish and voluntarily changed his or her religion. Conquering the desertm1953 The Israel Prize, the state's highest cultural honor, is awarded for the first Arts It is that time of year once again when Heritage Florida Jewish News is putting out feelers for one outstanding person in the Jewish com- munity who has given his or her time or talent or monetary and long-lasting contribu- tions to the Jewish commu- nity. Nominees for the 2018 award are individuals who do not look for recognition, but perform tikun olan--repair- i ng the world---out of internal Timeline on page 15A gifts to better the Orlando Jew- motivation." ish community. Nominations Nominations should be for the 2018 Heritage Human emailed to news@orlando- Service Award are now being heritage.comwiththe subject acceptedandtheawardwillbe Human Service Award, or presented at the annual meet- typed on 8 1/2" x 11" paper ing of the Jewish Federation and sent by mail to Heritage o of Greater Orlando in August. Florida Jewish News, Human "For more than 28 years, Service Award, 207 O'Brien .--= eor individuals who have made Road, Suite 101, Fern Park, major, voluntary contribu- FL 32730. Included should -- tions of their talent, time, be the name and phone < energy and effort to the Cen- number of the nominee, a been honored with the selec- accomplishments, and the tion and presentation of this name and phone number of Shown here are the children who are the winners of this year's Yore HaShoah Creative award," said JeffGaeser, editor the nominator(s). Arts Contest. The awards were presented at the annual Yore HaShoah commemoration andpublisheroftheHeritage. The Heritage is accepting ceremony on April 8. Last year's recipient was Sara nominations until Friday, Stern. Former recipients have June 8. z Each year the H l caust dents wh enter the c ntest C ntest' Remembering the included Bernie Raff (2015)' Center sponsors a student receive a certificate and Hoiocaust, provides students Loren London (2014), and O creative arts contest that's prizes are awarded to win- an opportunity to explore Nina Oppenheim (2013). o open to all students (public, ning entries. The Holocaust various themes from the According to Gaeser, "Each C',l ~.d v- -.~- I- private, and home schools) Centers theme for the 2018 Holocaust through artistic recipient chose their own in Central Florida. All stu- Yom HaShoah Creative Arts representation, path, but made considerable @