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HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, MAY 18, 2018 . PAGE 7A IS are a David Cohen/Flash90 An anti-rocket missile batter# seen on a mountain near the Northern Israeli city of Tzfat, May 9, 2018. By Ben Sales preparedon its northernfront than it was in 2006, when the TEL AVIV (JTA)--When month-longconflictwithHe- war broke out on Israel's zbollah ended in a draw that northern border in 2006, was seen as a failure by most Avigdor Guy remained calm. Israelis. Recently, he says, He lived in the northern port Israel has been appropriately city of Haifa, but he didn't focused on threats coming think the war would hitfrom Syria. home--until, that is, it did. "I'm pretty optimistic that "Twelve years ago, theyeverything will be calm," he asked me if I was worried, said."Ithinkthatallinali, our and I said no, of course I'm government is taking Iran's not worried," Guy said. "And deepening presence in Syria then missiles began to fall in seriously." Haifa, and it felt really bad." Israelis who spoke with Now, as fears of a war on JTA echoed Guy's feelings on Israel's northern border heat Wednesday, a day after Presi- up once more, Guyagain feels dent Donald Trump's deci- fine. But this time, he says siontowithdrawfromtheIran his confidence is justified, nuclear deal sparked height- He thinks that Israel is better ened fears of conflict between Israel and Iranian forces in Syria. Israelis expressed no desire for war, but said that if one breaks out, they trust their army to protect them. As Trump was preparing on Tuesday towithdraw from the deal, which rolls back Iran's nuclear program in exchange for sanctions relief, Israel alerted residents of the Golan Heights to open their bomb shelters. The Golan, which Israel captured from Syria in the 1967 Six-Day War, has en- dured fire from forces in Syria, and could bevulnerable ifIran or its proxies attacked Israel. "I believe in our army, our strength," said Gracia, who declined to give her last name, a 52-year-old resident of the northern city of Nahariya, which was hit hard in 2006. "We're stronger. Even if it comes to war, everything will be all right. We'll get along. We're not weak and we'll be OK." On Wednesday, Israel De- fense Forces Chief of Staff Gadi Eizenkot visited Israel's north for a situation assess- ment. The front page of Ye- diot Aharonot, one of Israel's leading papers, had a split headline: Above a picture of Trump, it read: "Shut the door." Next to that, above a picture of a bomb shelter, it read: "Opening the shelters." But the government has urged Israelis to keep calm and carry on. Schools in the Golan opened as normal on Wednesday. And in Tel Aviv, far from the threats up north, country, it has reached the ing a military base across the there was no sign of impend- brink of clashes with Israel. Golan border. ing conflict: People strolled In February, an Iranian drone "It feels like something is the boulevards, sipped their was shot down over Israeli about to happen," said Amit coffee and rode their bikes, territory And Israel has al- Hagin, 30, a native of Haifa Fears of conflict have been legedly conducted countless who has lived in Berlin for the buiidinghereformonths.Iran airstrikes in Syria, including past three years. "Obviously is a principal ally of the Syr- a reported one Tuesday night, it's not yet at this point [of ian government, and as it has Israeli leaders have vowed to entrenched its forces in that prevent Iran from establish- Calm on page 15A Jewish Pavilion strives to match volunteers with elderly individuals residing in senior living communities. Why offer such a service when people live amongst others with daily activities and community din- ing, you ask? Without individual atten- tion and meaningful stimu- lation that social interaction and friendship provide, an isolated elder can experience poor health, a lack of strength and energy, depression, and other physical, emotional, and mental health problems. Visits from the Jewish Pavil- ion's friendly volunteers can change all that. While daily activities calendars display an assortment of exciting programs and parties the individual attention, com- panionship and community involvement is not always present. Jewish Pavilion friendly Randi Cunningham shares her time with Oakmonte Vil- lage in Lake Mar# resident, Judy. visiting is fun for both the orrugelachandsingasongor volunteer and recipient. Re- familiar prayer. cently, several community Thank you to those volun- members have been paired teers who visit on a regular up with seniors in assisted- basis. It's a mitvah for sure! living communities to share Call Jewish Pavilion 407- conversation, adeliciousbagel 678-9363 to get involved.