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Year 37, No: Editorials ................................ 4A Op-Ed ..................................... 5A Calendar ................................. 6A Synagogue Directory ............... 7A B'nai Mitzvah .......................... 8A Scene Around ......................... 9A Classified ................................ 2B The new mixed-use building at the Hillel facility. Uriel Heilman University of Central Florida includes 600 luxury dorm rooms and a 20,000 sq.-ft. ( ( By Uriel Heilman spiral staircases and two-story atriums. The Jewish philanthropists behind Thereisaresort-style swimmingpool, this unique arrangement aren't simply (JTA) - Real estate developer Hank 24-hour fitness center, sauna and game giving the 15-year-old Hillel at UCF a Katzen has a conviction: If you build it, room. The parking garage is seven sto- building; they're giving it a permanent they will come. ties, ensuring that no student will have income stream. Except this is no baseball field in to take an elevator or brave the Florida "This is a remarkable gesture of phi- an Iowa cornfield. It's a $60 million, elements on the way from their cars to lanthropy--the university desperately 600,000-square-foot luxury dormitory their dorm rooms, needs the beds, and Hillel could use this at the nation's second-largest college But what makes Katzen's new facility funding," said Sidney Pertnoy, a Miami campus, the University of Central noteworthy isn't so much the lavishness businessman and philanthropist who is Florida. as the idea behind it: to create America's chairman-elect of Hillel International. WhenitopensinAugust, thenewdorm first self-sustaining Hillel. The ground "There are some Hillels connected will push the bounds of cushiness. Every floor of the seven-story building will to some housing, but nothing even room has en-suite bathrooms and fiat- includea20,000-square-footHillelcenter remotely resembling this model. It's a screen TVs. Suites have island kitchens with operations to be be funded in large unique cash-flow model and we're super with stone countertops, washer-dryers part by rental income from the 600-bed andwalk-in closets. Duplexunits feature dormitory. Model on page 18A U.S. State Department Secretary of State John Kerry, right, delivering a joint statement April 29 with Qatari Prime Minister Sheikh Hamad bin Jassim bin Jabr A1-Thani in Washington. By Ron Kampeas sive peace. Instead, Hamad proposed WASHINGTON (JTA)-- "comparable and mutual When it comes to the latest agreed minor swaps of the Arab peace initiative, two land"--a formulation that questions are circulating in opens the door to Israel's re- Washington: Why Qatar? And tention of several major settle- why now? ment blocs. Hamad also did Thethreeanswers: Because not mention the Palestinian Qatar is rich; it is scared; and "right of return" and the divi- why not? sion of Jerusalem, elements Sheikh Hamad bin Jassim of the original Arab initiative bin Jabr AI Thani, the Qatari that had led to its rejection by prime minister and foreign the Israeli government. minister, in recent weeks has Qatar, the fabulously driventherevivificationofthe wealthy Persian Gulf state 2002 Arab Peace Initiative, that is host to the forward moderating it slightly to hew headquarters of the U.S. Cen- closer to the outlines touted tral Command, hasn't been by the Obama administration known until recently for grab- since 2011. bing onto thorny diplomatic The updated version, out- challenges. So what does lined by Hamad in remarks Hamad hope to gain? to reporters following his TheQatariEmbassydidnot meeting April 29 with Secre- respond to multiple requests tary of State John Kerry and for comment, but experts Vice President Joe Biden in and officials say that Qatar is Washington, pulls back from wealthy enough to do what the 2002 demand that Israel it likes and, as an autocracy withdraw to the 1967 borders in exchange for comprehen- Qatar on page 18A U'- By Gil Shefler NEW YORK (JTA)--Yosel Tiefenbrun looked in the mir- ror and he liked what he saw. The 23-year-old Chabad rabbi and apprentice at Mau- rice Sedwell, a bespoke tailor's shop on London's Savile Row, was wearing a vintage double-breasted jacket with gold buttons, tasseled Barker shoes, a claret bow tie and matching handmade hat and square handkerchief. Then he ran out the door to attend the"Oscars oftailoring'--the Golden Shears Award cer- emony honoring the best in British fashion. Several of his colleagues were in the running for a prize. They came back empty, but Tiefenbrun did not. Nick Carvell, the online fashion editor at British GQ, snapped his picture and posted it the following day on the magazine's website, nam- ing Tiefenbrun"best in show." Within days, the photograph of the hasidic rabbi and his natty attire was picked up by Jewish publications around the world. "This is a very important message," Tiefenbrun told JTA. "You can be a [religious] man and still be successful in whatever you do if you are constantly working on your- self and keeping your Jewish life alive." Hasidic Jews are well known for flouting the conventions of contemporary fashion, adher- ing to a strict dress code that originated in Eastern Europe and emphasizes modesty and David Nyanzi Yosel Tiefenbrun, an apprentice tailor at Maurice Sedwell's and an ordained Orthodox rabbi, modeling an outfit he put together. piety. For men, the uniform Scheiner and his wife, Esty, a mandates a black hat, coat Chabad couple who run the and pants with a white shirt. "boutique" SoHo Synagogue But in recent years, some in Lower Manhattan, were haredi Orthodoxwomen have named among the BigApple's sought to push the limits of 50bestdressersbyStylecaster, tznius, or modesty, wearing a fashion news website. The more elaborate and, in some 36-year-old rabbi posed for cases, slightly more revealing the online outlet sitting on a clothes. Now a group of young velvet chair wearing a smart menaffiliatedwiththeChabad gray suit and laceless Con- hasidic movement are doing verse sneakers. thesame, insomecasesbreak- Meanwhile, Men@ Sacho, ing dramatically with their a South African designer community's sartorial codes. Last year, Rabbi Dovi Fashion on page 18A Hal Bookbinder, a world- renowned expert in genealogy, will be the guest speaker at the next monthly meeting of the Jewish Genealogical Society of Greater Orlando (JGSGO). "The Changing Borders of Eastern Europe" will be presented at 1 p.m. Sunday, May 19 at the Social Hall in the Southwest Orlando Jew- ish Congregation, 11200 S. Apopka Vineland Road, Or- lando. The event is open to the public at $5 for nonmembers and free for members. Few Jews lived in Eastern Europe 1,000 years ago. Yet, it was to become the home of 80 percent of the world's Jews. As Russia expandedwestward, more and more Jews came within the Russian Empire. This talk examines Rus- sia's efforts to limit the Jews in its midst and the Eastern European border changes, which frequently resulted in ancestral towns coming under the rule of several countries overtime. Recognizingwhich governments were in control Hal Bookbinder at various times can help in understanding the environ- ment inwhich ancestors lived, events that stimulated mi: gration, languages in which records were kept and likely locations where these records might be found. Bookbinder has served Borders on page 19A 6 Illl!!!!!ll!!!!UIlll