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HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, MAY 5, 2017 PAGE 15A From page 1A ment specialist Antonela from Two-6 Resources job place- ment center was confident of Caitlin's abilities and also helped her during the job search process. "Caitlin now has a job in the community," Vicki stated. "She proudly owns her ac- complishments but everyone at RAISE participated in those accomplishments. We shout out a resounding 'thank you' to everyone at RAISE!" "We at RAISE look back and are proud of our effective team- work, clear communication and collaboration with partnering agencies, Central Florida Hil- lel and The Roth Family JCC. At the end of the day, one very kind, thoughtful woman like Jenny Porter opened the door for Caitlin," said London. Another recent transition is that of Stuart, who was in the RAISE program for six months also. He was offered a temp position at a local law firm and the past few weeks have been wonderful for Stuart. His mother, Dorothy, shared with RAISE some of her thoughts about the program. "The first thing that came to mind was 'all in good time.'... The RAISE program did not ex- ist five years ago--timing for this idea to grow and become a reality in the community just to serve at this very time. As young adults who are participating in the program [they] had to be ready--time to mature, time to develop an attitude of acceptance, desire to want more for [themselves]. Dorothy continued, "The other word that came to mind was hope... RAISE is aprogram of hope, true to their mission statement of 'offering a work and social skills training pro- gram that builds confidence and support to adults with special needs.' The entire team at RAISE beatwith one heart to provide an environmentwhere participants in the program can grow easily." As with Caitlin, Stuart at- tended the Lunch & Learn programs where he improved his social skills and practiced with his peers. Through Social Bridges, which Dorothy says is one of the key components that make this program work so well, Rachel Slavkin, as the RAISE director of Employ- ment and Education, creates the curriculum for the par- ticipants that help them with their verbal and nonverbal communication skills and appropriateness of behavior in the workplace. "What a remarkable pro- gram," Dorothy stated. "The RAISE participants begin their job searchwith skills and training above and beyond that of the average person search- ing for their first job! All the young people in this program and their families will never forget this experience, it will guide us always." Vicki described the program best with this: "It does take a village and RAISE is such a village and this village is filled with people whose sole purpose is to invest their time and ener- gies into positively impacting the lives of these young adults and their families." The Central Florida Jew- ish community is also that "village." Do you have an op- portunity in your business for a special needs adult? Do you know a special needs adult that could benefit from the RAISE program? Do you want to volunteer once a week as a RAISE Job Coach? To find out more, please contact RAISE Program Co- ordinator Loren London by calling JFGO at 407.645.5933 ext 236 or going online at jfgo. org/RAISE. (L-r), Renee Friedman, owner of FastSigns Orlando Central, with new employee Caitlin and Kayla Bratager, FastSigns marketing coordinator and Caitlin's boss. According to Friedman, Kayla 'has really embraced this program and I couldn't do it without heW' From page IA he grew up in Orlando and attended Congregation Ohev Shalom--this love for documentary film-making began at the University of Miami where he met Bier- smith. He is the EVP of production at Media Meld Studios based in New York and Los Angeles and has produced two other fea- ture documentaries, and is executive producer on the reality show "LogHeads." "Our filmmakingjourney is almost as miraculous as our subjects both living safely in St. Louis at the close of the film," said Bell- inkoff. "Because they speak about Al'Shabaab publicly in the film, we had to get them out of East Africa. I believe my Jewish educa- tion and empathy for those who've been wrongfully persecuted were driving factors for my passion for this project." "Men in the Arena" was an "Official Selection" at the 2016 Heartland Film Festival award and the St. Louis International Film Festival, and received the Bronze Award at the Mexico International Film Festival. With film festivals and a college tour completed, the film has now been released by the distributor, Gravitas Ventures, on VOD with most cable providers, iTunes, and Amazon. The story has also been featured in Sports Illustrated, BBC and NPR. From page 2A brance message in Janu- ary. An old acquaintance of Trump's, the cosmetics executive has for decades been deeply involved in Holocaust remembrance. The message: Flattery may work better with Trump than confrontation. Stephen Bannon in the shadows The adviser to Trump most in sync with the "air-right," the loose-knit assemblage of anti-establishment con- servatives where soft denial of the Holocaust has found a home, is Stephen Bannon, who is believed to have been behind the January state- ment. Trump recently demoted Bannon, pulling him off the National Security Council, and is said to be frustrated by Bannon's hard-line ideologi- cal fixations, believing they are obstructing his efforts to pass legislation through an ideologically diverse Con- gress. Moreover, Bannon has clashed with Kushner, and Trump always sides with family first. Who needs the headache? Fairly or not, another Trump adviser, Sebastian Gorka, has been driven to dis- traction by allegations of his associations with the Hun- garian iar right. He stormed off a Georgetown University panel after students at the university confronted him with questions about those allegations. As Trump scrambles to name accomplishments in his first 100 days in office, distractions about what the Holocaust means is exactly what h~ does not need. TensDns between Trump and th, wider Jewish corn- munity will not likely disap- pear anytime soon. A key lesson of the Holocaust for many Jews--one Dermer mentioned--is that they should keep their eyes wide open for any likelihood of genocide against any people. Other presidents marking Holocaust remembrance have noted contemporary threats; Trump spoke only vaguely of "stamping out prejudice." "This spirit should not be restricted to Holocaust Remembrance Day," Green- blatt said in his statement. "We very much hope the president will continue to use his bully pulpit to speak out against anti-Semitism, bigotry, and hatred in all forms. We urge the president and his administration to act to protect targeted communi- ties against hate crime and discrimination." From page 5A stronger as philanthropists invest more funds, the Jew- ish Agency deploys more emissaries, Hillel increases its Israel-related activities, Birth- right takes more students to Israel and groups such as StandWithUs, Hasbarah Fel- lowships, AEPi, and others train activists. Attendees to AIPAC's annual Policy Confer- ence were also treated to the sight of approximately 4,000 students--including many non-Jews--committed to supporting Israel. Pro-Israel students are countering the anti-Semites and, more im- portant setting a positive agenda on many campuses. These significant advances are ignored by those perpetuating the "campuses are on fire" narrative. Rather than counting swas- tikas, the focus should be on the academic malpractice committed by faculty using their classrooms to push per- sonal anti-Israel agendas and the continuing double stan- dard in the way administrators treat offenses against Jews as opposed to other minorities. The deral of the right of Jews to speahnd students to listen to pro-Irael lectures is also a growint concern. The cmpus challenges that AIPAC escribed back in the 1960s rcnain. Israel's detrac- tors are.not going gently into that godnight. Like the shom- rim of ysteryear, we must be constar]y vigilant, fighting when neessary, ignoringwhat we can and setting a positive agenda whenever possible. As I've said many times, to the chagrin of the hysterics, the situation on the overwhelm- ing majority of campuses is quiet and hospitable to Jews. Those campuses where the situation is more problematic deserve attention, but it serves no one's interests to suggest, graphically or otherwise, that any campuseswarrant associa- tion with the Nazi flag or that anti-Semitism is engulfing the nation. Dr. Mitchell Bard is the author~editor of 24 books including the 2017 edition of "Myths and Facts: A Guide to the Arab-Israeli Conflict," "The Arab Lobby," and the novel "After Anatevka: Tevye in Palestine." From page 7A Similar to the Ice Bucket, he challenged teens to make a video completing a task in less than 15 seconds. The goal is to raise awareness about Tzeva Adorn--how much can you accomplish in the 15 seconds it takes to find shelter from an incoming bomb? Olga Yorish, Jewish Fed- eration of Orlando executive director wrote to Krudo and Exelbeird: "I've heard much about StandWithUs but have never seen the organiza- tion in action. I was very impressed with Ron Krudo and Rayna Exelbierd who made difficult concepts easy to un&rstand and relate to and ~ith their ability to engage with the audience, especially with teenagers. It was an excellent program. I look forward to working with them afain in the future." StandWithUs is honored to work with the Orlando community. "We believe that education is the pathway to peace and look forward to many more produc- tive events," said Krudo. For more information about the The High School Internship and college Em- erson Fellowship program, please contact: raynae@ and www. From page 12A you become affected, can look at the genetic makeup of the tumor you have." The study of these three "Jewish cancers" are a major component of the work of the Israel Cancer Research Fund, which raises money in North America for can- cer research in Israel. Of the $3.85 million in grants distributed in Israel last year by the fund, roughly one-quarter were focused on breast cancer, ovarian can- cer or melanoma, according to Ellen T. Rubin, the ICRF's director of research grants. The organization's Rachel's Society focuses specifically on supporting women's can- cer awareness and research. A significant amount of the organization's grants is focused on basic research that may be applicable to a broad spectrum of cancers. For example, the group is supporting research by Dr. Varda Rotter of the Weiz- mann Institute of Science into the role played by the p53 gene in ovarian cancer. P53 is a tumor suppres- sor that when mutated is involved in the majority of human cancers. Likevise, Dr. Yehudit Berg- man oflhe Hebrew University Hadassah Medical School is using an ICRF grant to study how the biological mecha- nisms that switch genes on and off--called epigenetic regulation--operate in stem cells and cancer. "Only through basic re- search at the molecular level will cancer be conquered," said Dr. Howard Cedar of the Hebrew University Hadassah Medical School. "Hopefully, one day there will be easier and better ways to detect and destroy the cancerous cells that lead to these diseases. But until those research breakthroughs, medical experts say that Jews, as members of a special high-risk category, should make sure they get genetic screenings and regular testing necessary for early detection and prevention. This article was spon- sored by and produced in partnership with the Israel Cancer Research Fund, which is committed to finding and funding breakthrough treat- ments and cures for all forms of cancer, leveraging the unique talent, expertise and benefits that Israel and its scientists have to offer.