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PAGE 16 Ralph Meiiin of Longwood, Fla. died Friday, April 23, 2004. He was 90 years old. Mr. Meitin was born in Pitts- burgh, Penn. He came to Or- lando with his parents when he was four months old. He met his wife, Bluma, in Daytona Beach, Fla. and mar- ried her in 1940. The couple had three children. Mr. Meitin was a member of Temple lsrael in Longwood. He was a citrus grower, har- vester and processor, and was president of Zellwood Fruit Distributors. He was a board member of the Winter Garden Citrus Products Co-Operative. Mr. Meitinwas awell-known philanthropist whose contri- butions encompassed both the Jewish and secular communi- ties. He established a Perpetual Annual Campaign Endowment (PACE) benefiting the Jewish Federation of Greater Orlando. That gift established the Ralph and Bluma W. Meitin PACE to provide campaign contribu- tions to the Federation's An- nual Appeal. He endowed Temple Israel, the Jewish Corn- RALPH MEITIN munity Center, the Holocaust Memorial Resource and Edu- cation Center, Jewish Family Services and Kinneret. He was a past president of the Jewish Community Council (now called the Jewish Federation of Greater Orlando), past presi- dent of Congregation Ohev Shalom, past chairman and founder of the Elks Tangerine Bowl, founding board member of the Florida Symphony and former board member of WFTV Channel 9. He was also a mem- ber of the Masons, the Shriners and the Elks. Funeral services for Mr. Meitin were held on Sunday, April 25, at the Jacob '5'ank" Frank Pavillion at Temple Is- rael Cemetery in Gotha, with Rabbi Rick Sherwin officiating. Mr. Meitin is preceded in death by his wife, Bluma Wise Meitin. He is survived by his sons, Julian R. (Sheryl) Meitin of Maitland, Fla. and Samuel R. (Deborah) Meitin of Altamonte Springs, Fla.; daughter, Judith (William) Cope of Falls Church, Va.; sis- ter, Evelyn M. Streifer of Mi- ami, Fla.; six grandchildren, Dara, Jason, Ross, Jennifer, Joshua and Rebecca; four great-grandchildren, and a large extended family. Contributions in memory of Mr. Meitin may be made to The ATID Fund at Temple Is- rael, 555 Markham Woods Rd Longwood, FL 32779. Services were entrusted to Beth Shalom Memorial Chapel, Orlando. photo from the collection of The wedding of Ralph Meitin and Bluma Wise with all Wise brothers and Back row, from left: EVELYN STREIFER, HARRY WISE, ZELIG WISE, SHALLY WISE, and AB WISE. Front row, from left: PEARL WISE, WISE, 0~ WISE, Mrs. PROGER and Mr. PROGER. Orlando, Florida, 1940. Likud Continued from page 1 were born,' " he said at their dicted in recent days that sup- was met with a round of boos "We cannot drag this out funeral. "You were my flowers portfortheplanhaddwindled, andaggressiveshovingtoward forever," he said, referring to vote against his Hatuel was believed to be and I will not forget you," he with opponents gradually him by opponents of the plan. Israei'soccupationofGaza."It lead to the end ofhisl onherwaytoprotestSharon's said. gaininga majority. Families from Gush Katif is a difficult situation and it ment. withdrawal plan. Two soldiers and an Israeli The margin of defeat for were among those who ap- will not be easy to dismantle A blood-soaked baby seat civilian also were wounded in Sharon's plan in voting Sun- proachedvoters trying to con- settlements, but it looks as if somberly and children's books were the incident, day was larger than polls had vince them not to support the thereisnochoice."Opponents determine the found in the car, which dis- Hamas, Islamic Jihad and predicted the weekend before plan. of the plan took pains to say which Israel played a bumper sticker read- the Popular Resistance Corn- the referendum. Hila Volberstein, who lives they were voting not against "This is a fateful ing, "Uprooting the settle- mittees claimed joint respon- The campaign against the in the Gaza settlement of Sharon, but against his with- ments, victory for terror." The sibility for the attack, saying it plan had been fierce. Atzmona, was there with her drawal plan. five were buried Sunday night was carried out to avenge At the sprawling plaza out- eight children. "We Love Sharon. Vote No," Israel will in a funeral attended by thou- Israel's recent assassinations side the convention center in "We are here so people can read signs posted around the areas--in securitY, sands. David Hatuel stood over of HamasleadersSheikAhmed Jerusalem where some Likud see us, so we can stay in our country, economy, in the bodies of his wife and YassinandAbdeiAzizRantissi. members cast their ballots, homesandkeeplsraelstrong," Sharon had hoped to clinch dustry, in our daughters, sobbing. He had Later Sunday, Israel banners were strung between she said. "As soon as we with- supportfortheplanafter Presi- the United been away from home a lot in launched a counterattack, trees warning that approval of draw, an endless spiral will dent Bush endorsed it last backward," Sharon : recent weeks, helping cam- withahelicopterstrikeagainst the plan amounted to a"prize begin," she said. "Arabs will month. Bush also said that paign against Sharon's pull- a Hamas-aligned radio station for terrorism." Teenagers also want" all the Land of Israel. Israel had the right to retain each person must out plan. in Gaza. passedoutbumperstickersand Rami Shalom, a75-year-old some West Bank land in a fu- On Friday, the girls "drew Itwasnotimmediatelyclear pamphlets against the plan. retiree, was among the few ture peace deal and that Pales- children and his meapictureandwrote'Daddy, if the Palestinian attack influ- Omri Sharon, the prime voters at the convention cen- tinian refugees from Israel's and vote for m, we are proud of what you are enced Likud Party voting el- minister's son, voted at that ter who openly said he sup- 1948 War of Independence the vote, it was doing for the home where we therway. Many observers pre- Jerusalemiocation.Hisarrival ported the plan. shouldnotbegrantedtheright the non-binding to return to their former, would impact O~ TOUr homes inside Israel.the Likud ' Goi.9 "'" they can live in a minister's Wet'~r future Palestinian state, the Aides president indicated, thing was certain: Sharon had warned Likudwould not resign. "I'M I CLARA M. GARTNER Clara M. Gartner of Jack- Rachel B. sonville, Fla died on Friday, Longwood, Fla. o i ,orso, Mrs. Gartner was a mem- Rachel was a naeJ Wowle, Ma.a. he haMge l [ ber ofthe Jacksonville Jewish Congregation of Li Center and its Sisterhood. She ism. She was an hol was a life member of dent at Lake HighlX "l 'S I "adassah" tory Shewasacho' "[ ~O~~~,~'~J///// I~OSS~B ~-~ I M rs.Gartnerisprecededin and a me mber of ,'Fresh Funny T~ ~~1" death by her husband, SamuelGartner. TrooPRolann #1592,s Schoolan(0 I ~~.~~/ ~t S, .m~, .U ' "v eW yo~T, mesI She is survived by herTurning Point DanCe lerriflc hel4 daughters, Linda Gartner Rachel is surV a Gale Force I Ginsberg (wife of the late Dr. mother, Lory L I ~/'~ ~ /) llJ~J ~ ",~ MurrayGinsberg),andKaren Longwood; brol ] Entertainment' I'lnal" AltamonteG" (David) Watzman of LabenskyofLong~springs, Fla.;sons, parents, Harry Weeks HarveyJ.(Elizabeth)Gartner, Labensky of San l and Brian L. (Cheryl) Gartner; uncle, StevenLabel I r eK ra-,o7 sl, zl rh, Fun great-grandchildren.ninegrandchildren'andthree Barryingt n'andD'C';Nan~ lqaUnC ~ for'~ ~'g Contributions in memory i,k/'i kiGk bti @; -n-aiesi&iiab/e Too Latel of Mrs. Gartner may be made to Hadassah, Jacksonville of Milwaukee Wis. Jewish Center Preschool, or Services were the Hebrew Day School of BethSh~ Central Florida in Maitland. Orlando.