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= FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, MAY 7, 2(~04 PAGE 7 By Michael Gamson dly Israel online website of the Israeli in America has al- ',en a great resource ws. It recently erican L. Last year, the ionof y for En- given a vir- "Srulik", a Israeli cartoon guides the tour. are invited to learn languages, ge- CUrrency, and food. site opens with a animation of a plane flying from America to Israel. The land of Israel is seen from above. When the plane lands, Srulik is wel- comed by a banner and flow- ers. At the bottom of the main page there are navigational buttons, which lead to inter- esting sections of the children's site. Kids learn about currency by visiting a street scene with clickable objects.Each object displays a price in shekels so that visi- tors can see the relative value of shekels to dollars. Children are also told about the his- torical significance of the shekel and its references in the Bible. This is part of the "Symbols" section that also contains an audio of "Hatikvah," and information about the flag and national emblem. Here one also finds audio recording of Ben- Gurion's Declaration of Inde- pendence accompanied by an English translation. The "History" section is laid out like a giant game board. Kids are encouraged to click on various spaces on the board to learn about dif- ferent periods of Israeli his- tory. Each period is accom- panied by animations and description. The "Tour Israel" section starts off with an interactive map of the State of Israel. There are five major land- marks highlighted: The Dead Sea, Eilat, the Sea of Galilee, Tel Aviv, and Jerusalem. Clicking on any of these land- marks starts a brief animated illustration with a description of the area. The Jerusalem part of the tour is compre- hensive and extensive. It has descriptions of the holy places for Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. Alongwith the descrip- tions are photographs of each location. The site's use of colorful interactive media will cer- tainly entertain and educate young visitors. The informa- tion contained in each sec- tion should prove useful for older students doing research on the State of Israel. Al- though it is not meant to be a comprehensive research des- tination, it is a great place for students to start their studies of Israel. If you would like to visit Israel with your students or children, this site is a great place to start. You can find the Israeli Embassy children's page at: kids/Enjoy your virtual tour, and have a virtual falafel on me. Sher and Lefkow the "judge with the followers, Benjamin Smith, deaths of two individuals five Block, JUF News Jew surname." Tapes played went on a shooting rampage yearsagoastheresultofHale's during the trial documented targeting minorities in the leadership and incitement," (JTA)--White thehate-filledviewsthat, pros- Chicago area. Messing said. leader Matthew ecutors said, provided a con- He began the spree wound- "Hopefully, complete jus- rhetoric of"ra- text for Hale's intent to corn- ing six Jewish residents who rice will be met [by] his exten- War" was tied to a mit violence, were walking from synagogue sire prison term." Messing "It is not surprising that a on a Friday evening in the usu- addedthat"thissendsastrong Other minoritiesperson possessed by the kinds ally tranquil and heavily reli- message to anti-Semites and ago in Chicagcr-- of beliefs that Hale has ac- gious Jewish Chicago neigh- bigots that their hateful and last Monday tively promoted for years borhood of West Rogers Park. evil activities will not go un- punished." During the ram- murder of a fed- page, Smith shot Gidon Sapir "It is not surprising that a person possessed by in the lower back. Sapir, an o had been the di- the Mnds of beliefs that Hale has activelypro- Israeli who had been studying former Illinois- in Chicago, responded to group World moted for years would ultimately act on them," Hale'sguiltyverdictbysaying Creator, was thaU'he is glad that justice is ofthefive working." He invoked an Is- him---one of wouldultimatelyactonthem," By the time law enforce- raeli proverb, which roughly for murder and according to Michael C.merit officials caught up with translates,"Anythiefwilleven- ustice. Kotzin, executive vice presi- Smith two days later in down- tually be punished." Jewish a.ry's verdict, an- dent of the Jewish United state Salem, Smithhadinjured leadership around the coun- tn the downtown Fund/Jewish Federation of nine people and shot to death try applauded the guilty ver- of U.S. Metropolitan Chicago. two people--former North- diet as a step against hatred James Moody, The judge was never physi- western University basketball and prejudice. days ofdelib- cally harmed. Kotzin up- coach Ricky Byrdsong, anM- "It is a testament to our plauded law enforcement and rican American man killed American justice system that prosecutors "for successfully while walking in his Skokie a miscreant like Hale has the murder of taking action against Hale for neighborhood with his chil- right to his beliefs but not to fudge Joan the crimes which he did corn- dren; and Won Joon Yoon, a use intimidation and violence because mit and for preventing the graduate student from South infurtheranceofthosebeliefs," him to stop crimeswhichhewasplanning Korea who was fatally shot said Ethan Felson, assistant Church to commit." Moody did not outside his church in executive director of the Jew- announce a sentencing date. Bloomington, Ind. ish Council for Public Affairs an Oregon- Halecouldreceiveamaximum Smithapparentlyshothim-in New York. "With anti- with no of up to 50 years in prison, self to death after a short po- Semitismandanti-Zionismon Hale's defense will appeal lice chase in southern Illinois. the rise around the globe, the Lefkow is not Jew- the case, according to chief Michael Messing, the first United States must continue e-mail letter to his defense counsel Thomas An- individual targeted but nothit to set an example by leading thony Durkin. by Smith, called the verdict thefightagainstprejudiceand le refers to In July 1999 one of Hale's "incomplete justice given the hate-motivated violence." Central Florida Synagogue Service Schedule and Directory Celebration Jewish Congregation (Rec), Navigator SChool, 607 Celebration Avenue, Celebration, 407-596-5397, 7 p.m. first and third Fridays each month. Congregation Ahavas Yisrael/Chabad (O), 708 Lake Howell Rd Maitland, 407-644-2500; Services: Sunday, 8 a.m Mon-Fri, 7 a.m Fri 6:30 p.m Sat. 9:30 a.m. Family Service 4th Friday of the month. Congregation Bet Chaim (R), 1033 Semoran Blvd Suite 151, Casselberry, 407-830-7211; Shabbat service, 8 p.m. Congregation Beth Am (C), 3899 Sand Lake Road, Longwood, 407-862- 3505; Shabbat service, 8:15 p.m.; Saturday: 10 a.m. Congregation Beth El (C), 2185 Meadowlane Ave West Melbourne, 321- 779-0740; Services, 8 p.m. 1st & 3rd Fridays; 9:30 a.m. 2nd & 4th Saturdays. Congregation Beth Emeth (R), 2205 Blue Sapphire Circle, Orlando, 40% 855-0772; Services once a month, 8 p.m Congregation Beth Shalom (C), 315 North 13th St Leesburg, 352-315-0770 Congregation B'nai Torah (C), 445 S. Nova Rd Ormond Beach, 32174, 386-672-1174; Services Friday, 8 p.m.; Saturday, l0 a.m. Congregation Chabad (0), 1301 S. Patrick Dr. #62, Satellite Beach, 321-777- 2770. Congregation Chabod Luhavitch of Greater Daytona (O), 1079 W. Granada BIvd Ormond Beach, 386-672-9300; Shabbat services Fri. 7:30 p.m Sat. 10 a,m. Congregation of Liberal Judaism (R), 928 Malone Dr Orlando, 407-645- 0444; Shabbat service, 8 p.m.; except Ist Friday, Family services begin 7 p.m. Saturday: 10 a.m. Congregation Match Chalm (R), P.O. Box 060847, Palm Bay, 32906, 321- 768-6722. Congregation Obey Shalom (C), 5015 Goddard Ave Orlando, 40%298- 4650; Shabbat service, 8:15 p.m.; Saturday: 9 a.m.; Junior Cong 10:15 a.m. Congregation Shalom Aleichem (R), 3501 Oak Pointe Blvd Kissimmee, 407-935-0064; Shabbat service, 8 p.m 1st and 3rd Fridays of the month. Congregation Shalom, Williamsburg(R), P.O. Box 691081, Orlando, 32869: Friday night services once a month at 7:30 p.m. at the Rosen Centre, 9840 International Drive, Orlando. 407-238-7943. Congregation Sinai (C), Jenkins Auditorium, West Montrosc St Clermont: Services on last Friday of the month at 8 p.m. 352-243-4890. Southwest Orlando Jewish Congregation/Ohalei Rivka (C), 11200 S. Apopka-Vineland Rd Orlando, 407-239-5444; Shabbat service, 7:30 p.m.; Saturday: 9:30 a.m. Temple Beth El (R), 579 N. Nova Rd Ormond Beach, 386-67%2484. Temple Beth Shalom (R), P.O. Box 031233, Winter Haven, 813-324-2882. Temple Beth S om (C), 40 Wellington Drive, Palm Coast, 386.445-3006; Shabbat service, 8 p.m.; Saturday 9 a.m. Temple Beth Sholom (C), 5995 N. Wickham Rd. Melbourne, 321-254-6333, Temple B'nal Darom (R), 49 Banyan Course, Ocala, 352-624-0380; Friday Services 8 p.m. Temple Israel (C), 555 Markham Woods Rd Longwood, 407-647-3055; Shabbat service; 6:15 p.m.; Saturday: 9:30 a.m. Temple Israel (R), 7350 Lake Andrew Drive, Melbourne, 321-631-9494. Temple Israel (C), 1400 S. Peninsula Ave Daytona Beach. 904-252-3097; Shabbat service, 8 p.m.; Saturday: 9 a.m. Temple Israel (C), 1001 E. New York Ave l)eLand, 386-736-1646; Shabbat service, 7:30 p.m. Temple Shalom of Deitona (R/C), 1785 Elkcam Blvd Deltona, 904-789- 2202; Shabbat service, 10 a.m. Saturday. 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