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PAGE 18A HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, MAY 17, 2013 Alan Ginsburg, a real es- Model tate developer and Orlando From page 1A philanthropist, donatedabout $7 million to the project, in- excited about it. We' 'e hoping cluding the land, which was this is a prototype for other purchased six years ago and communities." is now valued at $12 million. The unusual project is an Katzen, whowasaTacoBeli attempt to address a peren- franchise owner before turn- nial problem faced not just by ing to real estate full time 20 Hillel Chapters by Jewish yearsago, isdonatinghistime institutionsaroundtheworld: and construction expertise, How to create a perpetual The university's nonprofit funding source, foundation will handle dorm "There are communities logistics, including collecting around the country where a rentalfees.ACatholicstudent powerful donor provided an center similar in size to Hillel agency with a building free will be housed on the site rent- and clear only to find shortly free for at least three years. thereafter that the agency After debt servicing on the was crushed by the operating 35,year loan and operations costs,"saidKatzen, theJewish costs, leftover rental income philanthropist spearheading will be divided between Hillel the project as well as the board and the university foundation president of UCF's Hillel. along a 60-40 sp it. All of "The capital crunch and which should deliver about the Bernie Madoff double $350,000 annually to Hil- whammy has emaciated lel thatisifthedorm, called the endowment model for NorthView, is ready and fully many organizations," Katzen occupied by the fall semester. said. "We were looking for Rentstartsat$800perstudent an economic machine that per month. would take advantage of the "Social media got word opportunities afforded by a around campus that we are large university to connect a the place to live, and the stu- student housing project and dents a 'e really knocking at our Hillel." our door," said Zan Reynolds, Thenewventurerepresents th[ executive director of real a collaboration among local estatefortheUCFFoundation. Jewish philanthropists, Hillei Initial financing for the and UCF. project came from Ginsburg, What makes the project who wanted to do something viable, the donors say, is the to memorialize his son, Jef- university's massive student frey, an active Hillel mem- body and limited housing bet at S etson University in supply. Over the last seven Florida who died in a plane years, UCF enrollment has crash about 10 years ago. ballooned by 50 percent, "If it works, there could to 60,000--second on|y to be a demand for this type of Arizona State University. An- structure on most large cam- estimated 5,000 to 6,000 UCF puses," Ginsburg said. "It's students are Jewish. a very nice way for Hillel or Uriel Heilman Orlando real estate developer and Jewish philanthropist Hank Katzen is aiming to create a perpetual funding source for the new Hiilel at the University of Central Florida. any faith-based organization to have a steady income and not have to rely on donors. Most donors are a pain in the ass even if you can find them today." Some other mixed-use Jew- ish dorms exist in America, but nothing on this scale. The Chabad house at Rutgers University in New Jersey has a dorm attached, but its 107-bed facility is exclusively Jewish, govei'ned by Orthodox rules and is a~ money loser. The Orlando project is expected to be cash-flow positive and will be open to Jewish and non-Jewish students. Ultimately, the success or failure of the venture will hinge not just on its financial viability but on what it does for Jewish life at the fast-growing Orlando campus. UCF has just a handful of Jewish student groups, there are no real kosher dining op- tions and Hillel's Friday-night meals typically draw no more than 50 students. That's a lot fewer than the local Chabad housez which regularly has 100 to 200 students on Fridays, accord- ing to its executive director, UCF campus that it had to give it up last October. Since then, the organization has been run from the dining room of its interim executive director, Sam Kauffman. "Hillel student leaders spend a lot of time now just trying to get room reserva- tions on campus," Kauffman "said. "Next year they'll have dedicated space for their events and can spend more time building their relation- Rabbi Chaim Lipskier. But . ships and Jewish campus the Chabad is more than three community." miles from UCFand also draws To anchor the project, a new from two other area schools, Hillel director hasbeenhired: Valencia and Rollins colleges. Aaron Weil, a 10-year veteran UCF's Hillel, which also oftheUniversityofPittsburgh serves the two other colleges, Hillel. Weil says he's excited had a one-room office on the to move from a job where he must raise 80 percent of his $1.1 million budget to one where 50 percent will be generated automatically. As dorm rental rates rise and the building's debt is paid off, Hillel's income should go up, too. "Most Hillel directors have to deal with the daily struggle to raise funds to run the pro- grams to sustain a vibrant Jewish campus life," Weil said. "What's unique about the UCF Hillei model is that it removes what I call the treadmill of soft money and replaces it with predictable income. Rather than consum- ingyour time andyour energy with existential fundraising, you're able to focus on stra- tegic fundraising." Having a gleaming new Hillel center won't hurt, either. The new facility will include a theater, a kosher cafe, an auditorium for 300, a game room, offices and plenty of conference rooms and hang-out space. The philan- thropists are planning a $2.5 million capital campaign to complete the interior of the Hillel space by the fall. During a recent hard-hat tour of the construction site, Katzen told JTA that having a new facility and a top-tier executive will enable Hillei to tap the Jewish potential at UCF: If you build it, the will come. It's a conviction based not on hope, he says, but on years of research, five years of planning and then a year of breakneck-pace construction. "It's more than a 'Field of Dreams' voices in our heads sort of thing," Katzen said. "We're changingsocial ar- chitecture on a broad scale." Fashion From page 1A PhotosofSchneersonfrom returning to London, wears is careful to note that his theperiodshowhimindapper sufts that are much more clothing choices are his alone basedinNewYork, has gained outfits that sharply contrast ostentatious than the subtly and not emblematic of any mainstream media attention with the conservative look augmented frocks sold by Chabad-specific trend. for his innovative take on he adopted later as Chabad's Sacho. On his Tumblr page, "ItY not like it's a Chabad kapotas, thelongblackfrocks leader. Tiefenbrun posts photos of thing, it's me," Tiefenbrun worn by hasidic men. Sacho SamuelHeilman, aQueens himself in outfits not corn- insisted. "I love art. I love invigorates the traditionally College sociologist and co- monly seen on hasidic men. quality clothing." drab coats by adding colorful author of a biography of His style favors boldly colored With its sprawling global linings and a sharper cut. Schneerson, said the rebbe's shoes, trendy hats, bow ties, network of emissaries work- Rather than seeing their followers have tended to sharplycutjacketsandpocket ing to inspire religious obser- sartorial sensibilities as a overlook those years in Paris, squares, vanceamongsecularJews, it's departure from traditional partially becauseoftheliberal Tiefenbrun spends a day- perhaps little surprise that dress, this new crop of fash- taste in clothes he exhibited, and-a-halfeachweeklearning . Chabadniks are practically ionable hasidim tend to see "[In his youth] he dressed his craft at Maurice Sedwell's alonewithinthehasidicworld being stylish and religiously ina much more cosmopolitan tailoring academy. The rest of in pushing the boundaries, if observant ascomplementary, fashion, Sometimes wearing the week he works the front gently, of their community's "Look at the rebbe," said a beret," Heilman said. "in desk, where he has waited on dress codes. Sacho, referringtoMenachem the absence of a living rebbe, sheiks, soccer players and TV "One can make the case Mendel Schneerson, the late there are capacities for all personalities. Chabad, m )re than any other spiritual leader of Chabad. these hasidim to project on One non-Jewish client, hasidic group, is in direct "When he was young, he was the rebbe all sorts of things noticing his yarmulke, asked contact with the non-hasidic a very well:groomed man. that would not be possible if him for a blessing for his world, sotheyhavearealgood The style he wore in the '50s he were alive." shirts. Another discovered feel for that world outside," in France is the style many Tiefenbrun, who served as they had a mutual acquain- Heiiman said. "They have Chabadniks are now adopt- a religious emissary in Sin- tance, the Chabad emissary learned how to recruit there." ing." gapore for two years before in San Diego. But Tiefenbrun Sacho said there is little interest in his stylish kapo- tas from members of other hasidic communities. Chabad men are selling "a product called Judaism" to the wider world, he said, and that tradi- tion impacts their choice of clothes. "People will listen and ap- preciate you more if you dress well and look presentable," he said. "Within the confines of the hasidic community, however, it's often a different story. Young customers come in looking for one thing, but then their mother arrives and "chews my ear off," Sacho said. Butlstill, Sacho insists the style-conscious community is growing in the Chabad world and someday kapotas l.ike his will be the norm. "There are quite a few of us,'' Saeho said. "All my clients are younger. It's the future." Men@ Sacho Yosel Tiefenbrun model- ing his kapotas, which have gained mainstream m~dia attention for their innovative take on the frocks. Qatar From page 1A have more resources." Just prior to unveiling the concerned for its survival in a revised peace plan, Hamad, a regionroilingwithrevolution, distant cousin of the Qatari is driven to make friends and emir, was honored by the demonstrate its usefulness. Brookings Institution's Saban "For a small country, Center for Middle East Policy, they're throwing money an organization that received around, organizing diplo- $2,5millionto$5millionfrom matic events, trying to shape the government of Qatar in a range of issues, much of 2012, according to Politico. it related to the Middle East TamaraCofmanWittes, the uprising," said Brian Katulis, Saban Center's director, said a senior fellow at the Center Qatar for years had accrued forAmerican Progress, athink influence through such uses tank considered close to the of"softpower"--thegenerous Obama administration. "It's dispensation of money and rich, it's small, it lacks the assistance--coupled with its inner turmoil of other coun- ownership of A1 Jazeera, the tries. It's one of the [Middle region's most influential news Eastern] countries ... that are outlet. When uprisings swept more internally stable and the Middle East at the begin- ning of 2011, Qatar was able on the ground floor, they'll to step into a vacuum left by be all the more influential," the toppled dictators, she said. he said. "It vaulted Qatar into a A State Department official mu h more prominent role played down Qatar's role in in regional politics because of reviving the Arab peace bid, thelossof[EgyptianPresident noting that the new plan Hosni] Mubarak,"Wittes told formally emerged from the JTA. "Its regional assistance Arab League. And yet he andAl Jazeera have allowed it emphasized that the Obama toplayalargerroleinhowthe administration is focused awakening is viewed." mainly on returning the Is- Backing winners, whether raelis and Palestinians to the the Muslim Brotherhood in negotiating table and hopes Egyptortheforcesthathelped the peace initiative can help topple Moammar Gadhafi them get there. in Libya, also lends cred- "It's a sign Chat the Arab ibility--andinsurance--toa Leagt e is a constructive regime thatis itself autocratic, member in the process," the Katulis said. offi~cial said. "The regional "If they win as many aspartners have a role, but friends as possible, get nearly our major focus is getting the Palestinians and Israelis back to the table for direct talks." So far, that doesn't seem to be happening. Israel is less than thrilled about the new initiative. An Israeli official confirmed that Netanyahu remains as unenthusiastic about the 1967 lines as a basis for negotiations as he was in 201!, when President Obama's proposal based on those lines precipitated a small crisis in U.S,-Israel relations. Israelis are also skeptical of Qatar because of its sup- port for Hamas, the terrorist group controlling the Gaza Strip. The country's emir, Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa AI Thani, became the first foreign leader to visit the strip last October. "On the diplomatic front, Qatar publicly claims to support Israeli-Palestinian peace while making certain to undermine it in every pos- sible way," Seth Mandel wrote last week in Commentary, the neoconservative journal. But Wittes said Qatar's re- lationship with Hamas could be seen as a benefit. Hamas is a mainstay of Palestinian politics, and Qatar could help influence the group to moderate. "If obstruction of peace was Hamas's role as spoiler," she said, "you have to look at the potential for Qatar as a posi- tive influence."