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Editorials 4 Op-Ed 5 Calendar 6 Synagogue Directory 7 B'nai Mitzvah 8 Scene Around 9 Classified 15 Pages Orlando, Florida Single Copy 75 ~i i~ /i iii::~ ~'~i ~ iiii By Richard H. Gleick rt photo by Brian HendlerDTA practice for Remembrance Day in salute, as they rehearse on the Mount of Olives and A1 Aksa Mosque, on the v of Rmnembrance Day in Jerusalem. with a siren, followed by a memorial service. The total number of fallen, Israel, is 21,540. The number of soldiers ,on Mount HerM, of celebrations of Israel's 55th Independence Day. Elaine Silver Israel on Yom Hazikaron, the Remembrance the entire comes to a standstill at 11 stops. Everyone is silent of collective memory who have died de- than 20,000 soldiers have lives in defense of Israel the founding of the nation in riginally Yore Hazikaron- embrance of the men who died in the Israel Forces. In recent years the a remembrance for of terror. Hazikaron is observed the Yore Ha'atzmaut, Israel's Independence, which marks of the State of Israel. leaders of Israel decided of remembrance should I mediately before the day of so that everyone will the lives that were sacri- create and maintain the ceremony m ! A SHANi SCWARTZ, a young ls- raeli living in Orlando, gazes at the candles and flowers on the memo- rial site. In Jewish tradition life is so sacred that the death of each loved person is mourned by the entire community. The name, Yore Hazikaron to mark this day of memorial and remem- brance comes from another name for Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, which is also a day of remem- brance. In Orlando on Tuesday, May 6, at 7:30 p.m. about 75 Israelis and friends of Israel, Jewish and non-Jewish alike, gathered at the memorial to Victims of Terror on the Jewish Community Campus in Maitland to observe Yom Hazikaron. As the group gathered, talking softly together, mostly in Hebrew, Bob Petree arrived with flowers, which he placed on the stone memo- rial table inscribed with the words, "In Memory of The Victims of Ter- ror." The Jewish Federation of Greater Orlando contributed awreath that was placed on the memorial. Shai Amar and Avitai Kahani, both "Sabras" (the word for Israelis born in Israel, named for the cactus fruit which is prickly on the outside and sweet on the inside) whose families now live in Orlando and are both Hebrew Day School students, lit See "Yom Hazikaron" on page 10 back to the new Jewish Center of Greater Or- you will see deal of smilin from the ,students, pro- the and adult de- trative assistants, rins from ear-to-ear? ICC youth addition has and the finishing facilities. There :4000 square feet of new the JCC. ,deco- addition to Once the oldest section of the Center's facilities. The new space provides two enrichment rooms for music lessons, five JCC staff offices, a large multi-purpose room that can be subdivided into two separate meet- ing spaces, and bathrooms. "We were able to spread out and have more flexibility," says Liza Tarrani, Youth program coordina- tor, "It is really a pleasure, you can tell the kids are already enjoying their new surroundings." Eia Crespin, JCC Judaica special- ist and Mark Mannette, JCC Artistic director were thrilled to move into their new offices. "Until this point we were in converted closet space. We now have room to meet with mem- bers in comfort." "The dedicated space for lessons is great," added Mannette,"the students and the teachers are very happy." A teen lounge provides a welcome environment for teens to meet, share entertainment on a large screen tele- vision, work together on a brand- new computer center and grab some quick nourishment at the snack bar. This summer, for the first time, the teen campers will have a space to call their own throughout the day. Spe- cial evening and weekend programs are being planned for middle and high school students. "This is a welcome step in the capital campaign process," said Mark See "Smiles" on page 10 Author and former priest James Carroll was the featured speaker at the annual Yom HaShoah observance sponsored by the Holocaust Memo- rial Resource & Education Center on Sunday, May 4 at the Jewish Com- munity Campus. In introducing him, Tess Wise, executive director of the Holocaust Center, said of Carroll, "He's calling the (Catholic) Church to an account- ing with its past, claiming that there is still a reluctance to confront the horror done to Jews in the name of Christian faith. Mr. Carroll argues with surprising power that the Church will experience a revival, only to confront its relationship to Jews and the Holocaust with unstaring honesty and repentance." "I look upon James Carroll, having read his books, as a paragon of moral courage, pointing the way to a just and moral society and perhaps the world." Carroll began by looking at the Holocaust from the perspective of both Jews and Christians. " If Jews had reason to remember what hap- pened in the heart of Europe be- tween 1933 and 1945, how much more so do non-Jews? Your invita- tion to me, a Catholic writer, honors the interfaith tradition of moral reck- By Richard Allen Greene LONDON (JTA)--The phenom- enon of suicide bombing "is going to be around for a long time," a British professor predicts in a new paper. But despite the fact that two Britains ~vere responsible for a sui- cide bombing last week that killed three Israelis in Tel Aviv, Britain is not likely to produce a wave of sui- cide bombers, according to Mark Harrison, an economic historian at the University of Warwick. Harrison is the author of "The Logic of Suicide Terrorism," which argues that suicide often occurs when a person's identity becomes more important than his or her life. Under normal circumstances, such deaths can be seen as heroic or tragic, it says. "A mother perishes, entering a burning house to save her children, because if she did not she would have to live on without her identity as a loving parent," Harrison writes. "A witness to a faith accepts a death sentence rather than recant her faith, so valuable to her is her reli- photo by Richard H. Gleick JAMES CARROLL was honored to speak at the annual HMREC Re- membrance of the Holocaust. "Your invitation to me, a Catholic writer, honors the interfaith tradition of moral reckoning and reconciliation." oning and reconciliation." It is, he continued, a small but precious legacy of the Holocaust. He went on to opine that some good could come from the Holocaust by saying, " this encounter between See "Yore HaShoah" on page 11 gious identity." But in the case of suicide bombing, more sinister forces are at work. Harrison began studying suicide terrorism after the Sept. 11 attacks. As he struggled to understandwhat could motivate such terrorism, he expanded his research to include Palestinian suicide bombings against Israelis. He identified three critical factors that can lead to suicide bombing: the search for an adult identity; an op- pressive environment; and a terror- ist faction. Harrison's paper argues that the first two factors explain why so many terrorists are reasonably well-edu- cated, unemployed young men: Their circumstances limit the possible identities available to them. The third factor, a terrorist fac- tion, is then able to shape them into suicide bombers. The first British suicide bomber to strike Israel blew himself up in Tel Aviv on April 30. Asif Muhammad Hanif, 21, set off his explosives at a popular beachfront See "Suicide" on page 13