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O Editorials 4 Op-Ed 5 Calendar 6 Synagogue Directory 7 B'nai Mitzvah 8 Scene Around 9 Classified 14 photo by Richard H. Gleick 7"~88 WISE (!) introduces ALAN DERSHOWITZ at this year's Yom HaShoah observance. H. Gleick ers over the years, he felt that it will present threat for the foreseeable be impossible to have peace in the future for all of us." Alan Dershowitz, lea- Middle East as long as Hamas main- Wise excoriated the Ford Founda- Holocaust Me- tains its anti-Israeli stance, tion for funding the Durban (South and Education In her introductory remarks, Ho- Mrica) Conference against Racism Hashoah observancelocaust Center Executive Director in 2001, which, she charged, "was April 18, was such an Tess Wise expressed concern over ablaze with blatant anti-Semitism, people packed waves of anti-Semitism, displayed Nazi icons and Jewish carl- of the Hotel Orlando "I fear this new anti-Semitism," catures and organized anti-Ameri- room was so she said, "because it originates from can agitation." The Ford Founda- David Manuel of the ranks ofyouth. It's an indication tion, she continued, has funded 19 Department had that it is not the anti-Semitism of the Palestinianorganizations, according not block the past but anti-Semitism of the future, to a Palestinian program director carried on the shoulders of the who called the Foundation their big- interviewwith younger generations, gest funder. Dershowitz, who "I fear that the wave of anti- In introducing Dershowitz, Wise of being the Semitism of the last few years proves quotedElieWieselassaying,"Ifthere professor hired onto that it is impossible to eradicate such had been a few people like Alan University Law School a deep-seated, irrational attitude, Dershowitz in the 1930s and 1940s, on the recent because anti-Semitism today is alive, the history of European Jewry might Hamas leaders, noting active and violent after more than have been different." for the half a century of countless educa- Dershowitz began bystressing the to have a "se- tion, interfaith dialogue, United Na- dangers in today's world, not only in that, "as soon as tions reparations, dozens of muse- the United States but abroad as well. who it was, urns and memorials, hundreds of In France, for instance, parents are an eleventh and he bills, thousands of books dedicated Like so many oth- to exposing its evils. It is real and a See "Dershowitz" on page 24 .sh women ra E. Berger (JTA)--Barbara halfway across the reproductive she says it was to stand up and be who came for Sun March icagowith daynight that the Women of held on the eve of rally, with the incandle- L joined American of men-- rights at the know what it means rights and lib- Rkind, "R lly, on page 12 photo courtes~ of Hadassah Members of Hadassah rally for reproductive rights April25 in Washing- ton. Shown here (l-r): Marge McMahon, Carry, NC; Lee Gryll, Nashville, TN, atOI Ungar, New Orleans, LA; Ecette Ungar, New Orleans, LA; Harriet Good~'ch, Nashville, TN Dana Wader, Chattanooga, TN; Susan Pankowsky, Nashville, TN ;Susan Leininger, Chattanooga, TN; Bertha Miller, Chatta- nooga, TN; Gloria Kahn, Memphis, TN; Diane Gold, Memphis, TN; Rose Ellen, Memphis, TN; Debi Shendelman,Dunwoody, GA. On June 1, Rabbi Richard Chizever will become the new spiritual leader of Temple Israel, Longwood. Rabbi Chizever is a native of Los Angeles and graduated from U.C.LA. in 1991 with a BJ~. in economics. After graduation, he worked in the entertainment industry, where he was a manager of actors and directors. During his three years in that career, he realized that he wanted to learn more about Judaism. In the summer of 1994, he left the entertainment industry and decided to enter the Con- servative rabbinate. Rabbi Chizever spent the first two years of his rabbinic education at the University of Judaism in Los Angeles. After earning his master's degree in Jewish Letters, Rabbi Chizever con- tinued his studies at the university's belt midrash (the Schechter Insti- tute) in Jerusalem. He graduated in May 2000 from The Jewish Theologi- cal Seminary's New York campus with a concentration in Prayer and Bible. Rabbi Chizever was a rabbinic in- tern at Congregation Habonim, lo- cated on the Upper-West side of Man- hattan. He also chaired the Rabbini- cal School's Student Placement Com- mittee, where he was responsible for placing rabbinical students into pul- pits and related Jewish communal jobs. Rabbi Chizever was a New York City auxiliary police officer, whose duties included patrolling the Upper- West Side of Manhattan, recruiting, and teaching the first-aid class to his fellow officers. He also served as the Jewish chaplain for the Cobb County Police Department. In his spare time, Rabbi Chizever loves to travel, exercise, and go to the movies. Presently, Rabbi Chizever is Assistant Rabbi at the Aventura Turnberry Jewish Center in Miami, where he is involved in all facets of the The Jewish Community Center's third annual SPORTSNITE fundraiser will be held on Thursday, May 6, at 7:00 p.m. at the Expo Cen- tre in downtown Orlando. The evening's master of ceremonies will be WKMG Channel 6 sports anchor Lee Goldberg. The featured keynote speaker will be sports legend and NBA Hall of Famer Bill Walton. Part of the evening's lineup will be a high- end live auction with numerous one- of-a-kind items, such as passes to the Pepsi 400 NASCAR Race on July 4; Jaguars football box seats, sports packages with tickets to the Mets, Jets, Bucs and Dolphins; and golf for two at Black Diamond Club. The 2004 SPORTSNITE honor- ees--Sy, Mark and Caryn Israel from Universal Engineering and the law firm of Lowndes, Drosdick, Doster, Kantor & Reed, P.A.--embody the spirit of this "Community Celebra- tion of Sports and Leadership." "We are very excited to be honor- ing these highly-regarded commu- nity leaders," says Marvin Friedman, JCC executive director. "Combining this honor with raising money for those less fortunate will certainly make this a very memorable experi- ence for everyone who attends." Rabbi RICHARD CHIZEVER congregation and Jewish communal life. He serves on the board of directors for the Miami Chapter of The Ameri- can Jewish Committee, and founded the popular"In Style Shabbat" for Jew- ish singles in their 20s and 30s. Before working at Aventura Turnberry, he served as assistant rabbi at Congrega- tion Etz Chaim in Marietta, Georgia. When he assumes the pulpit of Temple Israel in June, Rabbi Chizever will continue to share his passion for Judaism, spiritual insights, and the importance of making Judaism mean- ingful to contemporary Jews. Join Rabbi Chizever at Temple Is- rael, 555 Markham Woods Road, Longwood, for his first Shabbat week- end June 11-12. Friday night services begin at 6:15 p.m.; Saturday morning services begin at 9:30 a.m. For Temple Israel membership in- formation, ca.I1407-647-3055, or visit the congregation's web site at BILL WALTON Lowndes, Drosdick, Doster, Kantor & Reed, P.A. is widely recognized for its service to the community through involvement with numerous civic and charitable organizations as well as through its commitment to pro bono legal work. The firm's attorneys par- ticipate in leadership positions as See "Sportsnite" on page 12