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Editorials Op-Ed Calendar Synagogue Directory B'nai Mitzvah Scene Around 4 5 6 7 8 9 Classified 19 photo by Brian Hendler/JTA puts up an anti-Sharon poster in front of a polling station during a Likud party referendum plan, in Jerusalem, May 2. Prime Minister Ariel Sharon touted his Gaza pullout plan ~ature in a last-ditch appeal to doubtful members of his Likud party voting on his initiative on Sunday. plan and about 40 percent in favor, triumph, however, was tempered by according to preliminary results, grief at news of the shooting Sunday (JTA)--On its own, "I think this is a bad day for the that left five of Gaza's Jewish resi- of a pregnant Israeli country," Israel's absorption minis- dents dead. her four daughters in ter, Tzipi Livni, said after the vote. Hatuel, 34, who was eight months considered a tragedy. Livni was among the Cabinet min- pregnant, was driving with her four isters backing the plan, which called daughters down the main road that and her young for a unilateral Israeli withdrawal connects Gush KatifandamainGaza Sunday, the from the Gaza Strip and parts of the border crossing when her station- Likud Party voted northern West Bank, including the wagon came under fire from Pales- Minister Ariel Sharon's dismantling of Jewish settlements in tinian gunmen in a car nearby. rom those areas. The hail of bullets forced the ve- gave the killings a"It indicates that Likud members hicle off the road, and the two terror- , as well. are against any concessions, and this ists thenapproached the carand fired ~olitical defeat tothreatens to make the party irrel- at the family at close range. Hatuel championed the evant," Livni said. and her four daughters---Hila, 11, Plan as the right thing But in Gush Katif, the largest Is- Hadar, 9, Roni, 7, and Merav, 2-- raeli settlement bloc in Gaza, there were killed immediately. the was some relief. The two gunmen were killed soon ~hose who "Now the plan has to be stopped," afterward by Israeli troops, the Is- said Ezra Eldad, who lives in the raeli army said. eligible voters-- Gaza settlement of Ganei Tal. "We Percent voted against the have won the struggle." Any sense of See "Likud" on page 16 The Board of Directors of Congre- gation Beth Am in Longwood has approved an agreement to engage the services of Rabbi Rick Sherwin begin- ning on July 1. Rabbi Sherwin comes to Beth Am with 25 years of experience as a pulpit Rabbi. He is a graduate of the Univer- sity of California at Los Angeles and was ordained by the Jewish Theologi- cal Seminary in New York. He has been the spiritual leader of congrega- tions in Arizona, Tennessee and" Florida, and served most recently at Temple Israel in Longwood. Rabbi Sherwin is well known to the Jewish community of Central Florida. He serves as an adjunct professor of Ju- daic Studies at the University of Cen- tral Florida. He is a member of the Greater Orlando Board of Rabbis and serves as their community-wide Kashrut representative. Rabbi Sherwin describes his phi- losophy of the synagogue as being in the spirit of "Cheers." Fans of this 1980s television comedy will remem- ber Sam Malone's bar as the place where "everybody knows your name." Rabbi Sherwin's goal is to create this atmosphere at Beth Am, %vhere ev- eryone who walks through the front door will be greeted with the warmest spiritual hug!" Congregation BethAmwas founded in 1975 by a few devoted families who sought to bring an alternative to estab- lished synagogues in the area. Their philosophy epitomized total family in- volvement and participation. Congre- gation Beth Am is affiliated with the United Synagogue of Conservative Ju- daism. Rabbi Sherwin will be only the second fill I-time Rabbi engaged by Beth Am in its 29-year history. "This marks the beginning of a new and exciting era for Congregation Beth Rabbi RICK SHERWIN Am," said Dr. Neal Silverstein, presi- dent of Beth Am. "Rabbi Rick is pas- sionate about bringingruach into our congregation. We are thrilled to have him, Eiissa and their family as a vital part of our Beth Am family." Mark Schulman, Chairman of Beth Am's Rabbinic Search Committee, said, "We believe that we found the best match for Beth Am in Rabbi Rick; and this will be the perfect shidduch." Rabbi Sherwin said,"Mywife Elissa and I are very enthusiastic about our election to Beth Am." Congregation Beth Am is located at 3899 Sand Lake Rd. in Longwood. Friday night services begin at 8:15 p.m.; Saturday morning services be- gin at 10 a.m. For more information about Congregation Beth Am's ser- vices, programs, or membership, call 407-862-3505, or visit the congregation's website at er receives photo by Richard H. Gleick ~DICK~ WEINER, recipient of the 2004 George Wolly Award, spends a few minutes with MADELINE program begins. IL Gieick Sunday, April 25 to"Celebrate 2004," ~Urnber of guests gath- to help raise money for Jewish Fam- ily Services and to watch I. Richard Rosen Centre Hotel on "Dick" Weiner receive the George Wolly Community Leadership Award. Emceed by WFTV Sports anchor Zach Klein, the evening began with the honoring of Sid Brown, Anita Hara, David Pearlman and Anne and Stan Shader with the title of Direc- tors Emeritus. After dinner and entertainment from mentalist Mark Stone, Madeline Wolly, widow of the man for whom the award and the JFS building on Lee Road are named, ~vas called upon to make the presen- tation. In doing so, she said of Weiner that he was receiving the award for his outstanding work in the Jewish community as well as the Orlando area at large. She went on to note that Weiner and her late husband had many similar interests--the Florida Gators, tennis, the Jewish Federation of Greater Orlando as board members, the Tampa-Or- lando-Pinellas Foundation as trust- ees, and JFS. She noted that her daughters and granddaughter had come from as far as Long Island, N.Y. to see Weiner See "Weiner" on page 17 MOR SHOSHAN (1),JOSH BURCHHARDT and ELIANA KARR (r) have fun on water tubing day at Camp Gan Israel in South Orlando. Camp Gan Israel is preparing for its third year of providing a summer camp experience for the children of Central Florida's Jewish community. Camp Gan Israel is a camp dedi- cated to enriching the lives of chil- dren from diverse Jewish back- grounds and affiliations, through a stimulating camping experience. The camp puts great emphasis on both child safety and program quality. Camp Gan Israel strives to trans- mit to the campers a deep sense of pride in their Jewish heritage and love for the land of Israel. The coun- selors and instructors are chosen for their personal warmth and ability to understand and care for each child as an individual. Counselors have prior camping experience, and the camp maintains a low camper-to-staff ra- tio. See "Camp" on page 17