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PAGE 16A HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, MAY 9, 2014 Teen Heroes: For Daniel Rosenthal, magic-induced laughter is the best cure Daniel Rosenthal Daniel Rosenthal: "I saw how magic could make worry disappear for just that moment and bring happiness to the saddest of all people." By Suzanne Kurtz Sloan WASHINGTON (JTA)-- When he was 3 years old, Daniel Rosenthal's Uncle Joe taught him how to make a quarter disappear and reap- pear from behind his ear. Eager to learn more, he begged his uncle to teach him other tricks as well. "The sense of amazement and mystery," said Rosenthal, now 17. "I fell in love with magic; it's so amazing." By the time he was 5, he was performing professionally at parties, "and I was teaching my uncle tricks." At 8, Rosenthal began volunteering and perform- ing magic shows in the chemotherapy ward at Kaiser Hospital in Santa Rosa, Calif. After a patient told him that he'd heard laughter in the wing for the first time during the magic show, Rosenthal formed Magic is Medicine, an organization that matches professional magicians with volunteer opportunities. "I saw how magic could make worry disappear for just that moment and bring happiness to the saddest of all people." Currently a junior at Maria Carrillo High School in Santa Rosa, Rosenthal was awarded a DillerTeen Tikkun Oiam Award for Magic is Medicine in 2012. The $36,000 award helped the organization ex- pand and purchase therapeu- tic magic kits for hospital staff to give to patients. The oldest of four siblings, Rosenthal also serves as an officer for his local Leo Club chapter, a community service organization for youth. Every day that you're outside, you're exposed to dangerous, but invisible, ultraviolet (UV) sunlight. Left unprotected, prolonged exposure to UV radiation can seriously damage the eye, leading to cataracts, skin cancer around the eyelid and other eye disorders. Protecting your eyes is important to maintaining eye health now and in the future. Shield your eyes (and your family's eyes) lrom harmful UV rays. Wur sunllasse= wilh maximum UY prolection. Spring into Action with 00OrlandoAc .corn "Bikkur cholim, visiting the sick, is a huge mitz- vah," said Rosenthal. "It's something that I've taken upon myself to do more of, especially through Magic is Medicine, and inspiring oth- ers to do the same." Recently JTA spoke to him about his favorite Jewish holi- day, one of his magic heroes and what he'd like to do when he grows up. Who or what have been the biggest influences in your life so far? Definitely, my uncle for getting me started in magic. He's always been my mentor, not just with magic, but a life mentor. Also my family, because they have always encouraged me to do the best that I can. Can you share with us a meaningful Jewish experience that you have had? When I performed in Israel at a hospital and at a center for developmentally disabled adults. It was amazing to see so many Jews united in one place. What's your favorite Jewish holiday? Chanukah. My grandma makes outstanding latkes, and every year my family gets together. If you could have lunch or coffee with anyone and tell him or her about Magic is Medicine, who would it be? Harry Houdini. He was the world's greatest magician and also performed for children in hospitals. He's one of my magic heroes. Also Patch Adams: He also visited the sick and did clowning in the hospitals. What do you thinkyou want to be doing when you "grow up," or what would you like to be doing professionally in 10 years? I'd love to be a doctor. I'd love to work with patients, maybe as a pediatric surgeon. What kind of things do you like to do for fun? I am almost a black belt in Tae Kwon Do, and I've played the violin since the fourth grade. I also like hanging out with my friends and playing with my siblings. The Teen Heroes column is sponsored by the Helen Diller Family Foundation, which is dedicated to celebrating and supporting teens repairing the world. To learn more about the foundation's $36,000 Dil- leffI'een Tikkun Olam Awards, visit http://dillerteenawards. org. Please tell us about teens who deserve attention by sending an email to teens@ S ta rb u cks in talks to buy stake in Israel's SodaStream ( American global coffee giant Starbucks is reportedly in talks with the Israel-based SodaStream beverage-carbonation com- pany to buy a 10-percent stake in the company, Globes reported. Sources indicate that both sides are close to announcing the deal, which would value SodaStream at $1.1 billion, 30 percent above its current market price of $850 million. According to the report, SodaStream is looking for a partnership similar to the one between coffee machine maker Green Mountain Coffee and Coca-Cola, where the two companies are collaborating on their own home carbon- ated beverage machines. "Collaboration with Star- bucks would give SodaStream a distribution platform and marketing incentives, such as sales campaigns and special flavors for Starbucks custom- ers," the Globes report said. Talks From page 1A Israel suspended talks with the Palestinians in the wake of the agreement. The Israeli government insisted that Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas could not negotiate with Israel while uniting with Hamas, which is committed to Israel's destruction. The integration of Hamas into Palestinian governance would be problematic, the experts agreed, although there were differences as to what would be acceptable outcomes and what outcomes would further undercut the prospects for returning to the peace process. "Right now, all they can do is sit back and watch and see if there emerges a Palestinian technocrat government," said Yossi Alpher, an Israeli strate- gic affairs analyst and adviser on peace talks to past Israeli governments. Alpher said that a govern- ment of technocrats without direct Hamas involvement but with its backing would allow the Obama administration to pressure Israel to get back into talks. He noted that Israel technically is negotiating not with the PalestinianAuthority butwith the PLO, which under this formula would not have a Hamas component. Miller said such arrange- ments would amount to a "winks and nods" arrange- ment that Israeli Prime Min- ister Benjamin Netanyahu would likely be loath to accept. "I don't know to what de- gree this Israeli government is willing to accommodate itself to winks and nods," he said. The Palestinians say they are still committed to negotia- tions with Israel, which were supposed to have ended on Tuesday with an agreement of some sort. But Israeli officials say that a Hamas role in the Palestinian government in any capacity is unacceptable. "It does not matter to Israel if the Palestinians establish a technocratic government to serve as a front thatwill say all the right things," Ron Dermer, Israel's U.S. ambassador, said Monday in an address here to theAnti-Defamation League's annual National Leadership Summit. "If Hamas is in the back office, Israel will not be at the negotiating table." Jonathan Schanzer, a vice president at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies who has written extensively on the Palestinian Authority, said it would be critical for the United States to encour- age and maintain lower-level Israeli-Palestinian contacts, particularly in terms of secu- rity cooperation. "There's been good security cooperation," Schanzer said. "There's an understanding on both sides about how each society functions, there's a modus vivendi. I would expect things to drop back down to that level." Ziad Asali, the president of the American Task Force on Palestine, also said that main- taining low-level contacts was critical, if only to better prepare the ground for the resumption of talks. "One of the problems they never paid much attention to is Plan B, what to do if people fail," he said. "What should be Plan B is improving condi- tions for Palestinians on the ground." Asali said it includes plans already underway to increase outside investment in the Palestinian economy and facilitating new elections, which have not taken place since 2006. Heather Hurlburt, a senior fellow for national security at Human Rights First, said Kerry ultimately could make good on a threat he made in a private meeting over the weekend to hand the sides a framework agreement and leave it up to them to take the next steps. "There is a set of parameters an American leader could present publicly to both sides and say, 'We know this is hard for you to swallow, how about your people vote on them,' " she said. Oren said if anything, the Obama administration should avoid delving into far- reaching recommendations, arguing that its tough line on Israeli settlement building had undercut the process. "One thing that can be done is stop making statements that increasingly narrow the latitude of negotiators on both sides," the former Israeli envoy said. "By equating longstand- ing Jewish neighborhoods in Jerusalem like Gilo with outlying settlements like Yizhar, Washington is putting immense pressure, is limiting the latitude of Prime Minister Netanyahu to show greater flexibility. It strengthens the extreme right wing in Israel. It also limits Mahmoud Ab- bas' latitude because he can't be less Palestinian than the White House."