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HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, MAY 8, 2009 ! St. Johns advocate to speak at Flagler temple Neil Armingeon has be- come a major advocate for the protection of the integrity and the beauty of the St. Johns River. He will be the guest speaker at 5 p.m. May 17 at Palm Coast's Temple Beth Shalom Men's Club Annual Spaghetti Dinner. Armingeon is a member of St. Johns Riverkeeper, a private nonprofit organiza- tion that serves as a full-time advocate and a "watchdog" for the St. Johns River, its watershed and the public to whom it belongs. The role of the Riverkeeper organization has become central in the "water wars" that are expanding following a permit issued to Seminole County to withdraw water from the St. Johns for ir- rigation use. This decision impacts many different areas. but especially the residents of the regions surrounding the St. Johns, including Flagler County. Armingeon previously served as the environmental director of the Lake Pontchar- train Basin Foundation in New Orleans. For over 10 years, he galvanized diverse coali- tions of citizens in support of a clean, sustainable Lake Pontchartrain Watershed and developed and directed grass-roots campaigns that integrated science, advocacy and public policy. Prior to his work with the foundation, he was project director for the North Carolina Coastal Fed- eration, one of the state's larg- est environmental groups, where he directed advocacy and hands-on regulatory edu- cation programs. Armingeon has a bachelor of science degree from North Carolina State University and a master's degree in environ- mental management from Duke University. Riverkeeper works to im- prove water quality in the St. Johns River and its tributar- ies, to protect critical habitat in the St. Johns River water- shed, to provide meaningful public access to our waterways Neil Armingeon and to educate the public about the river and the issues that impact its health. Riverkeeper is a member- ship-based organization that does not receive any govern- ment funding but must rely on the support of businesses and concerned citizens that recog- nize thevalue and importance of the St. Johns River. The spaghetti dinner is open to the public. Tickets mustbe purchased in advance through the synagogue office or at the door. The cost is $10 for adults. Children accompa- nied by an adult are free. For further information and for tickets contact Temple Beth Shalom at 386-445- 3006. The Palm Coast Syna- gogue is at 40 Wellington Drive, off Pine Lakes Parkway. Justice Dept. will try to prove genocide in citizenship case 'By Eric Fingerhut United States doing this kind of work." The Justice Department's Office of Special Investiga- tions, which for the past 30 years has prosecuted Nazi war criminals living in the United States, will handle the case. A U.S. official with knowl- edge of the case, who asked not be identified, explained that while previous OSI cases have dealtwith those who had participated in the genocide of Jews during the Holocaust, the law that created the of- rice only required proof that a U.S. citizen or resident had participated in "perpetrating acts of persecution on behalf of Nazi Germany" or its allies from 1933 to 1945. This case, said the official, is the first OSI prosecution since the office's responsibili- ties were expanded in 2004 to revoke the citizenship of any naturalized citizen who par- ticipated in genocide abroad. (A 2007 federal statute allows for the prosecution of anyone residing in the United States on charges of genocide, but the law is not retroactive WASHINGTON (JTA)--For the first time, the U.S. govern- ment will attempt to prove genocide in a federal court. Lazare Kobagaya was charged last week with il- legally obtaining U.S. citi- zenship by covering up his involvement in the Rwandan genocide. In making their case, Justice Department prosecutors will have to show that the 82-year-old Kansas man participated in the mas- sacre of Tutsi by Hutus. Human rights experts called it an important mo- ment in ensuring that perpe- trators of genocide would not be able to live out their lives in freedom. "It's asignificant step," said David Crane, aprofessoratthe Syracuse University College of Law and the founding chief prosecutor for the Special Court for Sierra Leone, the international war crimes tribunal in West Africa that indicted former Liberian President Charles Taylor. "It's really important to see the Answers from 05/01/2009 and thus cannot be used in this case.) The indictment, which was handed up in January and unsealed last week, cites five separate incidents in which Kobagaya, of Topeka, either allegedly participated in the killing of Tutsi or directed others to do so. For instance, the indictment states that on April 15, 1994, Kobagaya at a marketplace called Birambo "directed a gathering of Hutu to commit arson as part of the genocide against the Tutsi," making "derogatory remarks" and directing "the Hutu who were present to burn the houses of local Tutsi'--or- ders, the indictment notes, that were carried out. The next day, the indict- ment states, Kobagaya ordered "IndividualA" to participate in killing Tutsi. Individual A refused and Kobagaya stabbed him in the leg. In response, Individual A murdered an "unknown individual." Then, from April 16 to 19 of the same year, Kobagaya allegedly tookpart in multiple attacks against hundreds of Tutsi who had fled to escape the genocide. The defendant "mobilized attackers and ordered and coerced them to continue their participation of those Tutsi," the indict- ment states, with hundreds eventually being murdered. Asked when he was applying for citizenship and an alien registration card in 1997 whether he had committed "a crime for which he had not been arrested," Kobagaya did not disclose any of this infor- mation, the indictment says. Kobagaya's family says he is innocent of the charges and was too old and ill to have committed the crimes with which he is charged, accord- ing to The Associated Press. Following Kobagaya's first appearance in a U.S. District Court in Wichita on April 24. during which he did not file a plea, one of his sons said his father was in Rwanda at the time alleged, but he was actu- ally a refugee from Burundi. His family also charged that the Rwandan governmentwas retaliating against Kobagaya, who was due back in court April 29, for giving a statement in support of another Rwan- dan genocide suspect under investigation in Finland. Crane cautioned that geno- cide is a "difficult charge to prove." One must prove a"spe- cific intent" of terminating an entire group of people, and some kind of "written direc- tions" are usually necessary, the Syracuse professor said That can get complicated, said Pamela Merchant, who as executive director of the San Francisco-based Center for Justice and Accountability brings civil suits against hu- man rights violators living in the United States. She noted that sometimes so many other political opponents have been killed, it's hard to demonstrate that a specific group was the actual target. "It seems easy, but some- times the evidence doesn't quite get you there," Crane said. That standard of proof is a reason, he said, why the United States has declared the Darfur situation a genocide. but the international com- munity has yet to follow suit. Just bringing the case is "enormously significant." said MichaelAbramowitz, director of the U.S. Holocaust Memo- rial Museum's Committee on Conscience. Abramowitz returned ear- lier this month from a 15th annwersary commemoration of the Rwandan genocide, where he met with survivors and attended memorials. "It says there's no statute of limitations" for genocide," Abramowitz said. "It's never too late t8 try to hold people accountable for genocidal actions in the not-so-distant past." PAGE 7A. Central Florida Synagogue Service Schedule and Directory Celebration Jewish Congregation (R), Services and Holiday schedules shown at www.JewishCelebration.org; 407-566-9792. Chabad of South Orlando (O), 7504 Universal Blvd., Orlando, 407-354- 3660; Shabbat Services Friday 7 p.m. and Saturday 9:30 a.m. Monday and Thursday 8 a.m. Chabad of the Space & Treasure Coasts (O), 1190 Highway A1A, Satellite Beach, 321-777-2770. Congregation Ahavas Yisrael/Chabad (O), 708 Lake Howell Rd., Maitland, 407-644-2500; www.ehabadorlando.org.; services: Sunday, 9 a.m.; Monday-Friday, 7:30 a.m.; Friday, 6:30 p.m.; Saturday, 9:30 a.m.; Family service 4th Friday of the month. Congregation Bet Chaim (R), 426 Lakeport Cove, Casselberry, 407- 830-7211; www.bet-chaim.org; services: Friday, 8 p.m.; family service 1st Friday of the month, 7:30 p.m.; 2nd Saturday of the month, 10 a.m. at SummerviUe Assisted Living Facility. Congregation Beth Am (C), 3899 Sand Lake Road, Longwood, 407- 862-3505; Shbbat service, 8:00 p.m. (7 p.m. on Fourth Friday of the month); 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, 407-855-0772; Services once a month, 8 p.m. Congregation Beth Shoiom (R-C), 315 North 13th St., Leesburg, 352- 326-3692;www.BethSholomFlorida.org; schedule of services onwebsite. Congregation Beth Shalom (Progressive Conservative), Orange City congregation holds services at Social Hall of Our Lady of Lakes Church, 1310MaximillianSt.,Deltona;386-804-8283;wwwanybethshalom.com; services: Friday, 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. Congregation B'naiTorah (C),403 N.NovaRd.,ormondBeach, 32174, 386-672-1174; Services Friday, 8 pan.; Saturday, 10 a.m. Congregation Chabad Lubavitch of Greater Daytona (O), 1079 W. Granada Blvd., Ormond Beach, 386-672-9300; Shabbat services Fri. 7:30 p.m., Sat. 1Q &m. Congregation of Reform Judaism (R), 928 Malone Dr., Orlando, 407- 645-0444; Shahbat service, 7 p.m. 1 st Friday; 8 p.m. 2nd and 3rd Fridays; 6 p.m.4th and 5th Fridays. Saturday: I0 am. Congregation Match Chaim (R), P.O. Box 060847, Palm Bay, 32906, 321-768-6722, Congregation Ohev Shalom (C), 5015 GoddardAve., Orlando, 407"-298- 4650; Shabbat service, 7:30p.m.; Saturday: 9 aan.;JuniorCong., 10:00a.m. Congregation ShaiomAleichem (R), 3501 Oak eointe Blvd., Kissimmee, 407-935-0064; Shabbat service, 8 p.m., 1st and 3rd Fridays of the month. Congregation of Shaarei Yerushaiyim (O), 9869 Kilgore Rd., Orlando, 107-928-8972; Services: Monday - Friday, 7:30 &m. and 7:30 p.m., Friday Minim 7:30 p.m.; Kahbalat Shabbat 8 p.m., Saturday 9:30 a.m. Congregation Sinai (C), Jenkins Auditorium, West Montrose and 7th St., Clermont: Services on second and last Friday of the month at 8 p.m. 352-243-5353. New Jewish Congregation (R), 13563 Colmtry Road 101, Oxford, 352- 748-1800; Shabbat Services every Friday of the Month: 7:30 p.m. Southwest Orlando Jewish Congregation/Ohalei Rivka (C), 11200 S. Apopka-Vmeland Rd., Orlando, 407-239-5444; Shahbat service, 7:30 p.m.; Saturday: 9:30 ann. Temple Beth El (R), 579 N. Nova Rd., Ormond Beach, 386-677-2484. Temple Beth Shalom (R),P.O. Box 031233,Winter Haven, 813-324-2882. Temple Beth Shalom (C), 40 Wellington Drive, Palm Coast, 386-445- 3006; Shabbat service, 8 p.m.; Saturday 9 a.m. Temple Beth Shalom (R), 1109 N.E. 8thAve.,Ocala, 352-629-3587; service Friday, 8 p.m.; Torah study: Saturday, 10:00 a.m. Temple Beth Shalom (C), 5995 N. Wickham Rd. Melbourne, 321-254- 6333; Shabbat Services 6 p.m.; Saturday: 9:30 a.m. Temple B'nai Darom (R), 49 Banyan Course, Ocala, 352-624-0380; Friday Services 8 p.m. Temple Israd (C), 50 S. Moss Rd., Winter Springs, 407-647-3055; www. tifiorida.org; services: Friday, 7 p.m.; Saturday, 9:30 a.m. Temple Israel (R), 7350 LakeAndrew Drive, Melbourne, 321-631-9494. Temple Israd (C), 1400 S. PeninsulaAve., Daytona Beach, 386-252-3097; Shabbat service, 8 p.m.; Saturday: 9 a.m. Temple Israd of DeLand (R), 1001 E. New York Ave., DeLand, 386- 736-1646; Social Hour, 6 p.m.; Shabbat service, 7 p.m. Temple Shalom of Deltona (R/C), 1785 Elkcam Blvd., Deltona, 386- 789-2202; Shabbat service; 7:30 p.m.; Saturday: 10 a.m. Temple Shir Shalom of Oviedo (R); Shabbat service, 7:30 p.m. Most Fridays at Carillon Elementary School, 3200 Lockwood Blvd., Oviedo. Call 407-366-3556 for information. (R) Reform (C) Conservative (O) Orthodox 0lec) Reconstructionist