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Editorials ..................................... 4A Op-Ed .......................................... 5A Calendar ...................................... 6A Scene Around ............................. 9A Synagogue Directory ................ 11A JTA News Briefs ........................ 13A Seminole County School Board member Abby Sanchez ; LBHS student Alana Halperin; teacher Dan Smith; guest speaker Gene Klein; Rabbi Mendy Bronstein of Chabad of Altamonte Springs; LBHS students Jordon Greenberg, Tuval Basher, Ofree Basher, Elie Basher and WPHS student Lily Gaber. Asaresponsetorecenteventsofanti- clear testament to how important this Jamie and Lauren Benghiat; and Ella Semitism at Lake Brantley High School, topic is to people today. Colley. agroupofJewishteenswhoaremembers Rabbi Mendy Bronstein opened the The keynote speaker was Gene Klein, of Club L'chaim at Lake Brantley and evening, sharing a message that when who shared his life story and a message their teacher, Dan Smith, partneredwith faced with hate and anti-Semitism, one that we must never remain silent in the ChabadofAltamonteSpringsandhosted can'thidefrombecomingprouderoftheir face of hate. an evening of awareness and education, heritage and who they are. He encour- The evening endedwith student Jackie Seminole County Public Schools were aged everyone present to add a mitzvah Gerber thanking the school administra- also a sponsor of this event. (a good deed) to their lives, and together tion and the school board for all they've They expected 50 people to come, and make the world a better place, done to deal with the anti-Semitism at planned on holding it in the community Then a few members of Club L'chaim Lake Brantley, and for their assistance room at Lake Brantley. Over 750 people ~Sh'~red a few words about learning in putting together the event. joined the event, which had to be moved from the Holocaust and hate in general People left the event feeling empow- to the auditorium to accommodate the throughout history, and the lessons we ered, with a message that hate will be crowd, and there was standing room could learnforcurrentevents.Theteens stopped with love and kindness, and only.Organizersandattendeesalikewere whospokewereAlanaHalperin, president discussions for hosting the next event astonished with the turnout, which is of ClubL'chaim;OfreeandTuvalBasher; have already begun. The past three years, Brian Bellinkoff has been produc- ing, shooting and editing in Kenya, Somalia and the United States a passion project called "Men in the Arena," a film by J. R. Biersmith. It is the story of two Somali national team soccer players--Saadiq and Sa'ad--chasing their dreams of playing profession- ally against impossible odds. The film's mission is to shine a positive light on the most D -- C~ ----- O -= C) ---