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HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, MAY 10, 2013 Syria From page 1A since the Yom Kippur War ended in 1973. And though the border since then has been largely quiet, Syria was Israel&apos;s only neighbor to pose a threat of conventional attack. But the weakening of the Syrian regime has raised the frightening prospect that its stocks of chemical weapons may fall into the hands of He- zbollah. Israeli officials have said for months that they would take action should Syria transport unconven- tional weapons to Hezbollah. In January, Israel bombed a Syrian weapons convoy near the Syria=Lebanon border. In 2007, Israel allegedly bombed a Syrian nuclear reactor. Syria and Hezbollah didn't respond to those attacks, either. But Hezbollah expert Eyal Zisser said Israel still needs to remain cautious. "Don't play with your luck," said Zisser, also from the Begin-Sadat Center. "There might be a response. Eventually something will happen. Everybody is taking precautions." Shlomo Brom, a senior research associate at Tel Aviv University's Institute for National Security Stud- ies, said the attack sent a message that Israel will act unilaterally if deemed necessary in this case, the transfer of long-rang e weaponry to Hezbollah. "There needs to be a rea son for these attacks," Brom Issues From page 1A the sad story of how the St. Louis, after being turned away from Cuba, hovered off the coast of Florida, hoping to be granted haven by President Roosevelt. But FDR denied their appeals, the book recounts, and "several U.S. Coast Guard cutters surrounded the ves- sel to make sure that none .of the would-be emigrees attempted to swim for shore." Forced to return to Europe, many of the St. Louis pas- sengers would ultimately perish in the Holocaust. Thanks to the museum's ef- forts, we now have a complete accounting not only of the tragic voyage itself, but also of what happened to those men, women, and children afterward. They were real people, not just statistics, and their stories matter. Clinton himself has spo- ken mov!ngly about the St. Louis. For example, at a dinner of Steven Speli- berg's Shoah Visual His- Sherman tory Foundation in 2005, Clinton--according to news reports--"recalled Presi- dent Franklin D. Roosevelt's refusal in 1939 to admit more than 900 Jewish refugees aboard the German ship St. Louis" and called it "one of the darkest chapters in United states history." Another important as- -pect of America's response to the Holocaust that has garnered the museum's attention is the work of the Bergson Group, the political action committee that used newspaper ads, marches, and Capitol Hill lobbying to' pressure the ' Roosevelt administration on the rescue issue. The Bergson Group's efforts were the subject of controversy both at the time and in later years, and the museum did not initially include mention of the group's activities when it opened its doors in 1993. But after appeals by a num- ber of historians and public figures, the museum in 2007 added to its permanent exhibition several panels, photographs, and artifacts chronicling the Bergson Group's successful efforts to alert Americans about the Holocaust and to change U.S. policy, albeit belatedly. Not every aspect of Amer- ica's response to the Ho- locaust is fully addressed in the museum; there is more work to be done in telling the story. Still, by confronting such key epi- sodes as the voyage of the St. Louis and the work of the Bergson activists, the U.S. Holocaust museum, in its first 20 years, has taken significant steps toward fulfilling Clinton's vision of a museum that will openly and honestly confront our country's past. Dr. Rafael Medoff is founding director of The David S. Wyman Institute for Holocaust Studies, in Washington, D.C. His latest book is "FDR and the Ho- locaust: A Breach of Faith," available from Amazon. Fro m page 1A some money. I ral to the car and gave him a blanket I had collected. I wish I had kept up with my bar mitzvah project. Now, I put that same energy into community service for teens." As a college student, Sher- man was ready for a change of scenery. His parents had divorced, and his father had relocated to Central Florida when he was 10. Sherman enrolled in UCF, where the avid storm chaser planned to enroll in meteorology. Like many college students, Sher- man had a change of plans when a course in education left him "thunderstruck." Sherman changed his ma- jor to English education and credits Dr. Denise Ousley- Exum as, "helping make me the educator I am today." Ousley-Exum took Sherman under her wing, and has served as a mentor, still con- necting with Sherman today through facebook. Sherman states, "She taught me to value student feedback and to really listen to my students." Sherman was hired by Lake Brantley High School in 2007, with a part-time job teaching English. The next year he was rehired fulltime, and also took on a position teaching leadership. He flourished in both posi- tions, and his leadership class has doubled into two sections for fall 2014. Leadership devel- oped into a curriculum entitled TBK or To Be Kind that pro- motes anti-bullying awareness for students throughout Cen-' tral Florida. "TBK grew out of our desire to make a difference concerning school violence," Sherman says. "Recently, I was speaking with a teacher from another school and she said, 'You developed TBK? We use that ih our school!" Then, I knew we were really having an impact." Sherman has also coor- dinated Challenge Day at LBHS for the past two years. He notes, "Challenge Day is an enrichment program that extends character develop- ment and toleration among large groups of students with hands-on exercises. It has helped us all get along better." Sherman was awarded the title of Lake Brantley Teacher of the Year in fall, 2012. He explains that he was honored to be nominated by his peers. Then, Sherman became one of three finalists for Semi- nole County Teacher of the Year. Sherman filled out the necessary paperwork, and was observed in the classroom by a group of administrators. LBHS principal Mary Wil- liams suggested he demon- strate a lesson in his intensive reading class. He says, "I chose a lesson about the Crucible and McCarthyism. I knew my students would love the use of political cartoons, so I tied in social studies and documents from the McCarthy era. I tried to think of how I would best learn if I were in this class." After a PTSA (Parent Teach- er StudentAssociation) meet- ing following the lesson, Misa Mills, Manager of Community Involvement for Seminole County Schools stated, "All of the candidates were excellent for Seminole County Teacher of the Year. Sherman's inten- sive reading class ran like an honors English class, and we were very impressed." Sherman anxiously awaited the results for Seminole Coun- ty Teacher of the Year. "I teach in avery quiet hallway. On the morning of March, 5 I heard heels clicking down my hall in the middle of class and knew something was up." Seminole County Superintendent of Schools Walt Griffith, along with school board members KarenAlmond, Dede Schafner and Tina Calderone burst into his 9 a.m. classroom, naming him Seminole County Teacher oftheYear onthe LBHS morn- ing news, broadcast to the entire school. Sherman accepted the award in his typical under- tated fashion, thanking "ev- eryon<" while sharing that he could not have won the award without them. What's next for teaching inggnue Adam Sherman? He plans on celebrating his upcoming 30th birthday with his girlfriend, Tiffany, in the Cayman Islands (a bonus awarded to him at the Teacher of the Year ceremony). In ad- dition, Sherman and his older brother, Michael, would like to bring his To Be Kind cur- riculum to a local synagogue. Adam is also in contention for Florida Teacher of the Year, 2014. Sherman has taken all his acclaim like a mensch, concluding, "At the award ceremony at the Altamonte Hilton, I brought a long list of people to thank, and would like to make sure no one was left out." He just did. said. "There was an attack because they crossed our red lines. If they stop cross- ing our red lines, we won't hit every weapons transfer." Brom added that Hezbol- lah may avenge the week- end's attacks several yars from now, noting that its deadly bus bombing last year in Bulgaria may have been a response to Israel's alleged assassination of a senior Hezbollah officer, Imad Mughniyah, in 2008. Israel reportedly did not notify the United States be- fore the strikes. On Saturday, President Obama said that Israel has the right to defend itself and that he will "let the Israeli government confirm or deny whatever strikes that they've taken." "What I have said in the past and I continue to believe is that the Israelis justifi- ably have'to guard against the transfer of advanced weaponry to terrorist orga- nizations like Hezbollah," he told the Spanish-language network Telemundo. "We coordinate closely with the Israelis recognizing they are very close to Syria, they are very close to Lebanon." The attacks, according PAGE 17A to Frisch, also showed Iran that Israel could bomb the Islamic Republic's suspected nuclear weapons program-- a possibility Netanyahu frequently raises. But Brom called an attack on Iran "a totally different story a lot harder and a lot more complicated." Whatever the attack's long-term implications, Zisser said Israel's Syrian border is likely to remain quiet during the coming days. "We are making too much of this," he said. "We need to be patient." LOPd DA Call us Today 407-478-5469] Caring for you in your home or facility part, time or 24 hours 7 days a week..We always provide a C.N.A. 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