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Obamaitwasthecontinuationoflast the spokesman said the meal was When the first night of Passover year's tradition, with the president served "kosher style." (The White lastyearfelljustthreedaysbeforethe inviting everyone who attended the House kitchen was made kosher Pennsylvania Democratic primary, campaign-trail Seder over to the during the Bush administration for a group of Obama staffers held an White House on April 9, the second Chanukah parties, the first time impromptu Seder in the basement night of Passover. in 2006.) of a Harrisburg hotel. A White House spokesman saidThe macaroons, though, almost Then-candidate Barack Obama the 20-person group used Maxwell didn't make it to the Seder, said attended, and after the traditional House Haggadahs and dined on a one guest. "Next Year in Jerusalem," he and menu that included matzah ball Susan Sher, the White House others added, "Next Year in the soup, brisket, roasted chicken, noo- White House!" dle kugel and macaroons. Recipes Next year on page 19A Delayed Gratification/Creative Commons A poster in Damascus of Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah, who acknowledged that his group has operated a ring in Egypt. By Leslie Susser in Egypt and reports of an Iranian plot to assassinate President Hosni JERUSALEM (JTA)--The discov- Mubarak have left already strained ery ofa Hezbollah terrorist network relations between Egypt and Iran in tatters. The developments have far- [[]l[[!]!l!![]! !! [[![[j[[ reaching implications for the region and for Israel's conflict with Hamas in Gaza. 6 5 They highlight the divide between the pro-Western moderates in the Middle East, led by Egypt, and the Iranian-led radicals. The revelations have exposed the lengths to which the radicals are prepared to go in the struggle for regional hegemony and led to a severe deterioration in Egypt's relations with Iran's main proxies, the Lebanese-based Hezbol- lah and the Hamas regime in Gaza. Cairo's chief prosecutor is con- sidering indicting Hezbollah leader Sheik Hassan Nasrallah for promot- ing seditious activities on Egyptian soil, and Egyptian forces have begun clamping down on arms smuggling into Gaza in a way they never have before. According to the Egyptian media, the Hezbollah network in Egypt had been active for approximately two years. It was divided into three cells, each with a different assignment: one recruited Palestinians, Egyp- tians and other Arabs for terrorist attacks on Israeli tourists in Sinai; one focused on arms smuggling from Egypt to Gaza; and one aimed to destabilize the Egyptian regime. A fourth group in Iran ostensibly was being trained to assassinate Interests on page 19A The Orlando community will celebrate Yom Ha'Atzmaut, the 61st anniversary of the State of Israel's Independence, on May 3 at Cranes Roost Park in Altamonte Springs from 3-8 p.m. Now in its fifth year, the free event is presented by the Jewish Community Center of Greater Orlando. The event will feature a wide variety of Israeli entertainment, foods, activities and educational programs. Children from the JCC's Early Childhood Learning Center, as well as the Hebrew Day School of Central Florida, will perform aselec- tion of Israeli songs. Headlining the entertainment will be Kova Tembel, a performance troupe from Kiryat Motzkin, Orlando's partner city in Israel. The daylong celebration will culminate in a fireworks display. Revelers will also have the oppor- tunity to enjoy a variety of kosher Middle Eastern food, including falafel, shawarma, kabobs, hamburg- ers, hot dogs, as well as an array of desserts, cotton candy, popcorn and ices. Visitors also will be able to browse an Israeli shuk featuring authentic Israeli goods. Making the event educational as well as entertaining, representatives from several education agencies such as the Jewish National Fund and Hadassah: The Women's Zion- ist Organization will be present to help visitors of all faiths learn about Israel's history and present reality. The celebration also features a children's amusement area with a rock climbing wall, inflatable bounce houses, an interactive toddler area, arts and crafts, camels and a safari tent. Children will also be able to get their faces painted and climb aboard an ambulance belonging to Magen David Adom, Israel's Red Cross organization. Throughout the day, sponsors and vendors will offer raffles, door prizes and contests. Certain activities will require the purchase of tickets, which will be available at the event for $1 each. Tickets also will be available for advance purchase at the JCC in Mai- tland and Southwest Orlando from April 20-May I at a discounted rate of 25 tickets for $20. For additional information visit www.israelday- or contact the JCC at 407-645-5933. Yom Ha'Atzmaut is the national Rock climbing will be one of the many activities available at the Is- rael Independence Day celebration at Cranes Roost Park in Altamonte Springs on May 3. Independence Day of Israel, celebrat- ing the declaration of its.~depen~ dence in 1948. .~ebrated annually on the 5th of the Jewish month of Iyar, it centers around the declara- tion of the State of Israel by David Ben Gurion in Tel Aviv on May 14, 1948 (5 Iyar, 5708) and the end of the British mandate of Palestine. The JCC of Greater Orlando is a non-profit organization that pro- vides programs and activities for all members of the family from infants through school-aged children, teens, adults and seniors. The JCC has served the community from its Maitland location since 1973 and will be opening a second location in August at the Jack & Lee Rosen Southwest Orlando Jewish Commu- nity Campus. Programs include early childhood education, after-school activities, summer camp, sports and wellness facilities, as well as recre- ational and cultural programming. The JCC provides approximately $350,000 in scholarship aid to area families in need thanks to the sup- port received from Heart of Florida United Way, local businesses and individual donors. Along with other Jewish Family Services' volunteers, the Patterson family--Erica (1), Alix, Ashley and Amanda--loaded up their cars with packages of food and helped deliver Passover and Easter dinners to homebound seniors. JFS delivered 69 holiday meals. If you would like to volunteer with JFS, contact Marni S. Chepenik at 407- 644- 7593, ext.227.