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FLORIDA JEWIS EWS EdRofials ................................ 4A Op-Ed ..................................... 5A Calendar ................................. 6A Synagogue Directory ............... 7A B'nai Mitzvah .......................... 8A Scene Around ......................... 9A Classified ................................ 2B Teen shares his bridge skills Serge Attai/Flash90/JTA lsraelis on a motorcycle piquing the interest of haredi Orthodox Jews in the haredi Jerusalem neighborhood of Mea Shearim. By Ben Sales Israel facing uphill battle over religious pluralism JERUSALEM (JTA)--Natan Sharan-, sky's proposal,ast week to expand the space for non-Orthodox prayer at the Western Wall could be historic. But for most Israelis, changes at the Western Wall are of only trivial interest. Far more pressing are state restrictions on marriage and conversion, Sabbath bans on public transit, and haredi Ortho- dox exemptions from Israel's mandatory draft. The haredi draft exemption was a central issue in January's elections for the Knesset, and it has been a hot topic of debate for the last year or so. A comprehensive bill is now in the works to draft haredi men, providing financial incentives to those who enlist and penal- izing those who don't. A few political parties--notably the Creative Commons/Graphics by Uri Fintzy An illustration of Natan Sharansky's proposal, which will expand the Western Wall and create a permanent egalitarian space in the Robinson's Arch area. large, centrist Yesh Atid--have promised reforms on marriage, conversion and public transportation, too. But with the government's coalition agreement giving each party veto power over any change in the state's religious policy, sweeping changes on marriage and conversion are unlikely because the nationalist Jewish Pluralism on page 13A Boston Marathon attack victims and suspects treated by Israeli doctors U -=: - . 0 z By Yoni Hirsch Many of the injured in the Boston Marathon bombings last week were rushed to the Beth Israel Deaconess Medi- cal Center. Several days later, on Friday, the two suspected bombers, Tamerlan and Dzoh- kharTsarnaev, wereadmitted, separately, to the hospital's emergency room after sus- taining wounds from their shootout with the police. The older brother, Tamerlan, later succumbed to his wounds. Jewish immigrants found- ed the Beth Israel Hospital in Boston in 1916. Eighty years later, it merged with the nearby Deaconess Hospital. Two of its most senior staff members are Israelis, both of whom were actively involved in the unfolding drama of the Wikimedia Commons Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center of Boston, where many of the injured in the Boston Marathon attack were treated, and where two Israelis are senior staff members. past several days. Associate professor Kevin (Ilan) Tabb has served as the medical center's president and chief executive officer since September 2011. Tabb studied medicine at the Hebrew University, where he also got his bachelor's degree. According to the Beth Doctors on page 13A Bernice Ronske (1), Henry Adams, Spencer Dyen and Nick Laugen play bridge at Chambrel as Anissa Dyen looks on. of the players Dyen is learning If you are a teenager, you have probably laughed at some of the reasons people tell you why you should learn to play the card game bridge: "It will increase your math and logic abilities!" Great, so will Madden... "It will keep your mind sharp when you're 70!" Great, that's a long time from now... "Bridge is cool, the ACBL (American Contract Bridge League) said so!" Hahahaha, good one. A common misconception about bridge is that there are not that many teenagers who play the game. Spencer Dyen is a 13-year-old bridge cham- pion who lives in Maitland. He finds many teens, some older and even some younger, at the many bridge tournaments he enters each year since he was 8 years old. No matter the age great skills including shmooz- ing with senior citizens. Dyen is a seventh grader at Maitland Middle school and recently became a bar mitzvah at Congregation of Reform Judaism. When he was in third grade at Bear Lake Elementary, he would join with other gifted students weekly for further enrichment. One way the students were enriched was by learning to play bridge with Bernice (Bea) Ronske. Every week of the school year the students.spent a portion of their school hours learning the practices and strategies of bridge. Bridge is not known as a popular card game for young children and teens, but Dyen took a strong in- terest in it and began to play Bridge on page 13A What Boston learned from Israel By Ben Sales Hospital teaching hospital TEL AVIV (JTA)--Minutes after a terrorist attack killed three at the finish line of the Boston Marathon, doctors and nurses at the city's hospitals faced a harrowing scene-- severed limbs, burned bodies, shrapnel buried in skin. For Boston doctors, the challenge presented by last week's bombing was un- precedented-but they were prepared. Many of the city's hospitals have doctors with actual battlefield experience. Others have trauma experience from deployments on humanitar- ian missions, like the one that followed the Haitian earthquake, and have learned from presentations by veter- ans of other terror attacks like the one at a movie theater in Colorado. But they have benefited as well from the expertise devel- oped by Israeli physicians over decades of treating victims of terrorist attacks--expertise that Israel has shared with scores of doctors and hospitals around the world. Eight years ago, four Israeli doctors and a staff of nurses spent two days at Massachusetts General staff the methods pioneered in Israel. According to the New Yorker magazine, every Bos- ton patient who reached the hospital alive has survived. "We had periods where every week we had an attack," said Dror Softer, director of the trauma division at the Tel Aviv Medical Center, who participated in the delegation. "It becomes your routine." Techniques that were"rou- tine" in Israel by 2005, and helped save lives in Boston last week, began evolving in the 1990s, when Israel experi- enced a spate of bus bombings. Israeli doctors "rewrote the bible of blast trauma," said Avi Rivkind, the director of surgery at Jerusalem's Hadas- sah Medical Center, where 60 percent of Israeli victims have been treated. Much of what Israel has learned about treating attack victims was done on the fly. In 1996, a 19-year-old soldier ar- Boston on page 13A 61111!!!!!ll!!!!Ulllls