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Editorials ................................ 4A Op-Ed ..................................... 5A Calendar ........................... ...... 6A Synagogue Directory ............... 7A B&apos;nai Mitzvah .......................... 8A F L O R I D A J E W I S H N W S Scene Around ......................... 9A www.herita r, 5774 75 Teens in grades six through 12 participate in Orlando J-Serve 2014. Orlando J-Serve: The Ripple Effect On Sunday, April 6, nearly 90 Jewish teenagers arrived to the Roth Jewish Community Center in Maitland to par- ticipate in a day of community service called J-Serve, an International Day of Jewish Youth Service. Since 2005, J-Serve has been a part of Youth Service America's Global Youth Service Day weekend. Orlando's J-Serve, titled "The Ripple Effect"was one of over 100 international projects in which sixth- through 12th- grade teens explored Jewish values of gemilut chasidim, acts of loving kindness, tzedakah, just and charitable giving, and being divided into groups where the Task Force led discussion questions in order to frame the day. Teens discussed why they were there, why community service is Jewish, and how the idea of helping just one person can have a ripple effect on a larger community and the greaterworld. "This year's J-serve event was so mean- ingful because we worked so hard on it starting in August and seeing everything work out and the kids come and have fun was just amazing to see," said Jonah Goldberg, Task Force leader and 10th grader at Lake Mary Preparatory School. tikun olam, the responsibility to repair "I was so happy I was able to be involved the WOrld. Across the giobe, teens , in the planning of this." nuaily join together for J-Serve to make their community and theworld a better  place. J-Serve 2014 was in partnership with Repair The World, Youth Service America, and Rock the Vote, and is gen- erously underwritten by the Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation. In the greater Orlando area, teenagers were led by a J-Serve Teen Task Force that planned and facilitated the entire day. The Task Force greeted all of the participants, signed them in, and led games while everyone was arriving. The program formally began with the teens For service, the teens led a carnival for children from underprivileged back- grounds. The Task Force and adult staff reached out to agencies such as Devereux, Hope Helps, Inc, Community Based Care of Central Florida, Hungerford Elemen- tary School, Jewish Family Service, New Hope for Kids, Seminole County Families in Transition, and Children's Homes So- ciety. These agencies and organizations helped spread the word through their listservs, newsletters, and meetings. The children that attended got to play on inflatable rides, carnival games, and enjoy popcorn and sno cones. "I liked ending in discussion groups at the end of the day because it allowed us to share our ideas and experiences from the day with one another, and it helped me realize that what we are doing is affecting more than just the community," said Tamara Zishuk, high school senior. "Our actions are a ripple effect that are of global im- portance, and the ending discussions really emphasized that." To wrap-up the program, the Task Force led small group discussions in order to help everyone process the expe- rience they just had. Then, to conclude the event, JCC Youth & Camp Director, Abby Paulson, brought all of the teens together as one group for the teens to share about their experience, the con- nection to Judaism, and the potential of a ripple effect of community service occurring after J-Serve was over. To apply for the 2015 J-Serve Teen Task Force, please contact Robby Etzkin at robbye@orlandojcc.org. The applica- tion will be ready during the first week of August. J-Serve in 2015 will occur on Sunday, April 19, 2015. J-Serve on page 15A After peace talks collapse, experts counsel a wait-and-see approach By Ron Kampeas WASHINGTON (JTA)--The best move for the Obama administration on the Middle --= o .o< w =_.- _ -" ,ql- t'l rJ East peace front may be to take a few steps back. That's what some observers are advising in the wake of the collapse of Israeli-Palestinian negotiations. The Palestinian unity talks mean that President Obama and U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry have little choice but to take a wait-and-see approach, according to the Israeli and American experts interviewed by JTA. "The time has to be taken to see if the Fatah and Hamas reunification takes place," said Michael Oren, who until last year served as Israel's ambassador to Washington. "If it does succeed, we will be in one place. If it does not, we will be in a different place." The agreement signed last week between the Fatah-led Palestine Liberation Orga- nization and Hamas sets a five-week deadline to come up with an interim government that in turn would set the stage for new elections. "If they are seriously in- Abed Rahirn Khatib/Flash90 Head of the Hamas government Ismail Haniyeh (right) and senior Fatah official Azzam A1-Ahmed (left) attend a news conference as they announce a reconciliation agreement in Gaza City on April 23, 2014. terested to see what of value could emerge to reconstitute the process, then all they can do is monitor," Aaron David Miller, a veteran U.S. peace negotiator and now a vice president at the Wilson Center think tank, said of the Obama administration. Obama himself suggested that a break from the process may be necessary. "There may come a point at which there just needs to be a pause and both sides need to look at the alternatives," he said from South Korea, a leg on his Asia trip. Talks on page 16A J Street rejected by umbrella group By Alina Dain Sharon and Sean Savage JNS.org In what many observers will see as the de facto ex- pression of mainstream U.S. Jewry's outlook on J Street, members of the Conference of Presidents of MajorAmerican Jewish Organizations voted 22-17 (with three abstentions) to reject the membership ap- plication of the self-labeled "pro-Israel, pro-peace" lobby. J Street secured the votes of only about a third of the Con- ference's 50 members. The 42 Conference mem- bers in attendance in New York exceeded the 75 -percent quo- rum needed to hold the vote, but J Street fell significantly short of the required thresh- old of a two-thirds affirmative vote from the Conference's full membership. The result that 25 organizations either voted against J Street or abstained meant that half of the Confer- ence's members declined to support J Street's application. "The Conference meticu- lously followed its long-estab- lished Process and Procedures Guidelines in considering J Street's application... The present membership of the Conference includes organi- zations which represent and articulate the views of broad segments of the American J Street Facebook J Street Executive Director Jeremy Ben-Ami. Jewish community and we are confident that the Con- ference will continue to present the consensus of the community on important national and international issues as it has for the last 50 years," said Conference of Presidents Chairman Robert G. Sugarman and Executive Vice Chairman/CEO Malcolm Hoenlein. J Street said in a state- ment, 'rhis is a sad day for us, but also for the American Jewish community and for a venerable institution that has chosen to bar the door J Street on page 14A Leno to host O0 Genesis ceremony LOSANGELES--Jay Leno, the legendary former Tonight Show host, will be the official emcee at a star-studded event where former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg will be honored as the inaugural Genesis Prize laureate. Leno will host the May 22 ceremony at the Jerusalem Theater in Jerusalem, where more than 400 international dig- nitaries will be in attendance including Nobel laureates, world's leading philanthro- pists and global business lead- ers. Grammy award-winning pianist Evgeny Kissin, a new Israeli citizen as of late last year, will be the featured musical performer. "Jay Leno is a comedic icon who has entertained millions of people around the world for over 20 years," said Stan Polovets, chairman of the board of the Genesis Prize Foundation. "What many don't know, however, is that he is also a great friend to Israel. We are delighted that he will join us and hundreds of global influencers in cel- ebrating the achievements of the inaugural Genesis Prize laureate Michael Bloomberg." Leno is the acclaimed former host of the Emmy win- ning The Tonight Show, where Wikipedia Jay Leno he dominated TV ratings for more than two decades. A multi-talented performer, he has also dedicated his time and talents to a number of philanthropic causes. Each year, he does numerous ben- efit performances, including shows for those whose lives were devastated by the 9/11 tragedy, the tsunami in Thai- Leno on page 14A