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HE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS Editorials ........................... ' .... 4A Op-Ed ........ , ............................ 5A Calendar ................................. 6A Synagogue Directory ............... 7A B'nai Mitzvah .......................... 8A Scene Around ......................... 9A Classified ................................ 2B The world's best- pro tected b u ildin g? Amy Schwartz The JCC Renovation Project committee consists of, from left: Andrew Kleiman, Daniel Coultoff, Jodi Krinker, Mark Chaet and David Wayne. JCC launches renovation project with help from Jewish Capital Alliance As the Roth Jewish Community Center of Greater Orlando approaches its 40th anniversary, it has set its sights on updat- ing its facility. Referred to as the Roth JCC Renovation Project by organizers, the fundraising campaign aims to improve the aesthetics and functionality of its Maitland facilities, enhance the overall experience for As a result oftheir fundraisin6 organizers hope to resurface the courtyard playground with synthetic grass, replace the room dividers in the Harriett & Hymen Lake Cultural Auditorium, resurface and add shade structures to the two outdoor swim- ming pools, renovate the outdoor locker rooms, resurface the outdoor basketball the members and attract more participa: ..... andnnis courts, andupdate the entrance tion as the center continues to serv as a ":6f'the rd S. Adler E Childhood community hub. "Having a vibrant JCC serve as a hub and gateway to the Jewish community will increase Jewish affiliation and community involvement. The renovation needs are criticaltosustainingthevibrancy oftheJCC and the campus,', said Daniel Coultoff, one of the campaigj co-chairs. "We'd like the JCC to continue to be a vibrant center for our family and for other families. Led by Coultoff and fellow JCC board member Andrew Kleiman, the Roth JCC Renovation Project has set a goal to raise $500,000 in order to update a number of areas of the JCC. Additional committee members include Marty Berman, Dr. Mark Chaet, Jodi Krinker and Tomer Taggart. projects are accomplished. A key partner in the JCC's efforts is the Jewish Capital Alliance of Central Florida, which was created to provide financial sup- port, business direction and low-interest loans for new capital and programming needs in the Jewish community. 'q'he JCC program epitomizes JCPs mis- sion,,  H Lo Leflcowitz, e president of  fihCap JUhance. neJCCap- I,earnC.enter.  proacheduswithathoughfful, conservative "Growii up in Orlardo, the JCC was a and intelligent assessment of their needs, place for Jewish families and people of all goals and capabilities. The JCA Board is agestomeet, learn, playandstayconnected, pleased to inaugurate its lending program IwanttheJCCtoalwaysbethatspecialplace with such an important and worthwhile for my family, and for our community," said Kleiman. "The n JCC of Maitland needs to be updated and renovated to meet the growing needs of our community, to be the gathering place for our children, our families, our seniors, now and in the future." Work will be completed in phases based on need, function and best return on investment. Many of the projects have been packaged to ensure the best results. Organizers have their sights set on future enhancements once these high priority projecL" "I hope people pick up their phone and contact David, An@ or me--or any of our committee members---to ask any questions and contribute to our community's future" said Coultoff. The JCC is currently seekiug financial pledges and in-kind services and products to make this dream a reality. To help or for more information, contact David Wayne, executive director, at DavidW@orlandojcc. org or 407-645-5933. For new Israeli coalition, haredi army exemptions issue is front and center By Uriel Heilman ter Jerusalem's strategy (JTA)--Israel's new unity government may not al- -o - .m, e,l r/l for curbing Iran's nuclear weapons program or do much to revive the Israeli- Palestinian peace process. It could, however, dra- matically change something at home about which a huge number of Israelis care deeply: haredi Orthodox exemptions from military service. For years, haredi issues have been something of a third rail in Israeli politics. Nearly every government in recent years has needed the haredi parties to cobble together a governing co- alition, rendering haredi entitlement programs like the military exemption po- litically untouchable. This long has irritated Israelis who serve in the army and resent that the haredim, by and large, do not serve yet draw all sorts of entitlement payments from the state. Yonatan Sindel/FLASH90/JTA A harediOrthodoxman watchingIsraelisoidiers atan army ceremony at the Western Wall in Jerusalem, Feb. 22, 2012. But with Shaul Mofaz's decision to bring his Kadima party and its 28 seats into the ruling coalition, Prime Minister Benjamin Netan- yahu no longer needs the haredi parties to keep his government in power. They could pull out, and it would make no real difference--at least until the elections that are scheduled for October 2013. How far will Netanyahu Haredi on page 16A The Knesset By Gideon Allon Joint Media News Service Each month, Israel's Knes- set building attracts about 18,000 visitors. These include Jews, Arabs and tourists from abroad. At the very same time, wandering through the building's halls are the prime minister, ministers, MKs and senior officials from Israel's most sensitive institutions, including the Israel Defense Forces, the National Secu- rity Agency, the Mossad and the police. This human mix creates the need for the most stringent security measures, including hundreds of secu- rity cameras, barriers and special security teams. Credit: James Emery The Knesset Guard is charged with overseeing these security needs. The number of employees in the Knesset Guard has increased from 100 in 1998 to about 200 today. Employees include Druze and Bedouin officers, as well as approximately 20 women. The Knesset Guard has a total budget of NIS 56 million per year. In addition to the rigor- ous security checks that thousands of invited visitors undergo near the Knesset's Palombo Gate, there are two elite security unitswithin the Knesset Guard that are in charge of special operations. Bu//d/mgV on page 17A Jewish candidates might face off Gage Skidmore Adam Hasner By Ron Kampeas WASHINGTON (JTA)-- Democrats and Republicans are readying for a tough fight in Florida's 22nd Congres- sional District in coastal Palm Beach and Broward counties--a potential bell- wether race that could end up pitting two prominent local Jewish politicians against one another. Its national import not- withstanding, it's also a race homey enough that two of its principals lapse after a few minutes into referring to each other by their first names. "Adam and I are so different in how we should go about tackling challenges," said Democrat Lois Frankel, refer- ring to likely GOP nominee Adam Hasner. "I have better solutions than Lois," Hasner said in a separate interview. Both have deep roots in local politics. Frankel is a for- Lois Frankel mer West Palm Beach mayor and before that served in the Florida House of Representa- tives, where she rose to the position of minority leader. Hasner's own tenure in the State Legislature began as Frankel's was ending, and he eventually rose to majority leader. But there are reasons for their familiarity: Hasner's mother, Judy, ran Frankel's first campaign, for the State Legislature, back in 1986. For their part, the can- didates play down the fact that Frankel, 63, has known Hasner, 42, since he was a Republican teenager needling his Democratic room over her politics. Candidates onpage 17A