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HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, MAY 18, 2018 PAGE 15A From page 1A Havdalah with people from around the country." Everyone on the trip stayed in the homes of observant families. Lavish said it made for a"truly tranquil Shabbat." Dr. Bruce Hoffen highly recommends Shabbat in the Heights. He, too, "experienced a beautiful and meaning- ful Shabbat with wonderful people, inspired learning and elegant meals." Hoffen had heard how beau- tifulShabbat in Crown Heights was from his eldest daughter, Sara. In November 2017 she attended Pegisha, a Chabad Shabbaton for Jewish college students in New York City. "After her trip," he stated, "I knew I had to go to Crown Heights and see for myself how amazing a Shabbat weekend could be." The weekend included speakers, spirited worship and a Shabbat lunch with 45 people, hosted by Rabbi Majesky's parents in their home. The group also had the opportunity to visit the Rebbe's house (Rabbi Men- achem Mendel Schneerson) and grave "It was a truly Jewishly transformative experience," said Hoffen. For Akiva Anderson, the most meaningful part of the weekend was going to 770 Eastern Parkway (central headquarters of the Chabad- Lubavitch Hasidic movement) and the Ohel (The Rebbe's resting place). "I have learned so many of the Rebbe's teachings, heard so much about his love for every human being and been touched and inspired by Chabad Shluchim - the Reb- be's emissaries," he said. "It was very moving to visit 770, andwas touching to watch and hear the Chassidim singing ancient melodies at the end of Shabbos in 770. One can feel very close to Hashem at these holy places." For Layish the trip also meant spending quality time with old friends and make new friends. "I would go back again in a heartbeat!" For more information on how to join this trip next year or learn of other JLI pro- grams, please contact Rabbi Yanky Majesky at Rabbi@ or 407-636-5994 But don't wait until next April, the Majeskys will be leading a local group to the National Jewish Retreat in Rhode Island this August The Central Florida group posing in front of 770 Eastern Parkway. back row (l-r), Akiva Anderson, Dr. Bruce Hoffen, Staci Layish, Dr. Dan Layish; front row (l-r), Jerry and Susan Lewin, Chanshy and Rabby Yanky Majesky (holding baby Menny), and Happy and Arnie Frank.Not present for the photo were Ken Feldman and Dr. Michael and Ody Zerivitz. for a luxurious vacation, both body and soul. For Retreat, please visit www. uplifting and fulfilling for more information on the ! From page 1A years later, they moved to Israel for ayear so Rabbi Kay could study in Jerusalem, and then returned to New York to complete prepara- tions for his ordination. Rabbi Kay's first pulpit was in a newly formed small congregation in Naples, Fla where he spent a student year and continued as rabbi for two years. When the opportunity arose to join awell-established congregation in Orlando as assistant rabbi, Rabbi Kay was intrigued. He recalls that the day he came as a candidate to meet the COS leadership and professional staff was a Wednesday--a busy day for the religious school and youth programs. He was very im- pressed with the vibrant and engaged congregation he was introduced to that day, and the people he met were impressed with him. It was clear from the beginning that this would be a good fit. His nearly 14 years of service to Ohev Shalom have given him important insights that will serve him well in his new role, Rabbi Kay noted. "Jo and I already know what it's like to raise a child, navigate B'nei Mitzvah and teen years, and be empty nesters in this community," he said. "We experience so many of life's joys and losses, suc- cesses and failures, here-- we're not only community leaders, we're community members, too." Of his new position as spiritual leader of COS, Rabbi Kay said, "I'm honored and humbled to step into this role just as Ohev Shalom cel- ebrates its 100th anniversary. Our second century begins in a rapidly changing world, with challenges that past generations never imagined and potential that past gen- erations never dreamed of. Meeting the challenges and tapping into the potential are the keys to our continuing success in serving the Jewish community." From page 5A "play music, accept awards, attend exhibitions, festivals or conferences, run master classes or workshops" any- where in the Jewish state, Rowling refused to sign on to these hateful letters demon- izing the Jewish state. Instead, she joined 150 other British writers and artists pledging to resist pervasive calls to boycott Israel. "Israelis will be right to ask why cultural boycotts are not also being proposed against North Korea and Zimbabwe, whose leaders are not gener- ally considered paragons by the international commu- nity," Rowling and her fellow signatories wrote in their Oct. 23, 2015 letter: "Cultural engagement builds bridges, nurtures freedom and positive movement for change." France Manifesto A few days after Rowling's recent twitter exchanges at- tacking anti-Semitism, hun- dreds of French cultural and political figures wrote their own manifesto denouncing the wave of extreme violence that has seen Jews murdered and attacked in France over the past several years. The letter appeared in French newspapers on Sunday, April 22, 2018. Over 300 French celebri- ties and politicians, includ- ing former President Nicolas Sarkozy and the actor Gerard Depardieu, noted "In our recent history, 11 Jews have been assassinated - and some tortured - by radical Islamists because they were Jewish." The signatories decried this horror and declared that a "new anti-Semitism" char- acterized by"Islamist radical- ization" is sweeping France, endangering the country's half a million Jews. "We de- mand that the fight against this democratic failure that is anti-Semitism becomes a national cause before it's too late. Before France is no longer France." Their letter appealed for the French public to stand side by side with their nation's Jews. Kippah Walk in Berlin A similar move to show solidarity and support for a Jewish minority was also announced this week in Germany. On April 17, 2018, a 21-year-old Israeli Arab named Adam Arush was visiting Berlin and decided to conduct an experiment after a conversation with a Jewish friend. "My friend told me that wearing Jewish symbols in public is not safe in Berlin," Arush later explained. Arush couldn't believe it was really so dangerous, so he put on a kippah and headed out for a walk in Berlin to see what would happen. Soon, a 19-year-old Syrian asylum seeker set uponArush, hitting him with a belt and screaming "Jew" in Arabic. Arush had to be rushed to the hospital, but not before film- ing his attack, which quickly went viral. Berlin's Jewish commu- nity organized a "Kippah Walk" on Wednesday, April 25, 2018. The community handed out thousands of kippahs, aided by a broad group of religious, political and academic organizations who urgedBerliners to don a kippah in . lidarity with the Jewish conmunity. Similar walks are being planned other German towns too. A kippah walk in the eastern German city of Erfurt will end at a local synagogue."Ifyou can't make it to Erfurt, then wear a kippah wherever you happen to be at that time," the organizers are explaining to the many Germans who plan to walk in solidarity with their na- tion's Jews. In Frankfurt, Deputy Mayor Uwe Becker called on his city's residents to don kippahs on April 25, as well - and even posted a picture of himself online wearing the Jewish head covering to help moti- vate his city. It's not always simple to stand up for our principles. J. K. Rowling put it well in her bestselling Harry Potter series: the kindly headmaster Aibus Dumbledore tells his students, "We must all face the choice between what is right and what is easy." Rowling's stirring opposition to anti-Semitism is an inspi- rational example of standing up principles, no matter how unfashionable they might seem. And this week, luminar- ies including J. K. Rowl- ing, French celebrities and German officials are making it clear they stand with the embattled Jewish minorities within their midst. Let's all heed their example and start standing up in opposition to anti- Semitism and Jew-hatred wherever it exists. Yvette Alt Miller earned her B.A. at Harvard University. She completed a Postgraduate Diploma in Jewish Studies at Oxford University, and has a Ph.D. In International Rela- tions from the London School of Economics. From page 5A refuse to give up. Seeing a Jew drift away from our heritage and traditions, away from our people, hurts me. It is like watching a sibling walk away from the family--I'll do what I can to stop it and make him return. We are losing millions of Jews, and history will judge our efforts to reverse this dangerous trend. Giving up simply is not an option. From page 7A the Lebanon War] but it can definitely get to this point. If it's awaragainst Iran it means it's going to get quite crazy." Despite the tensions, most of the Israelis who spoke with JTA said they supported Trump's decision. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Ne- tanyahu has made opposing the deal--and Iran's nuclear ambitions--the centerpiece of his tenure. When the deal was passed in 2015, both the Over the past five years, we have invested unprecedented resources into creating an infrastructure capable of working with Jewish leaders to save a generation of Jews. Through Project Momentum, Campus Engagement and other projects, we will do everythingwe can to keep our family intact. As we celebrate Israel's 70th Independence Day, we find ourselves at a crossroads: One path leads to a utopian situ- ation, the other to an almost dystopian reality. If we make the wrong choice, in 50 years we will find ourselves with a small U.S. Jewish community feeling anything from apathy to disdain toward Israel. They won't feel connected to us, and we won't feel connected to them. The right choice, however, will help ensure that 50, 100 and 500 years from today, the world Jewry Israeli governing coalition and its opposition came out against it. "Even if there are tensions, it's important for us to have security," said Yogev Yosef, 56, of Tel Aviv. "In general I think we needed to cancel the agreement. I don't trust Bibi at all, but Bibi isn't relevant to whether there should be an agreement." Israelis also said that threats of war are nothing new. Terror groups have existed on Israel's border for decades, so the possibility of conflict is always there. This, they said, was just another one of those times. "We're already used to ten- sion, so it hasn't crossed the line where I really start to worry," said Moria, 34, a Tel Aviv resident who declined to give her last name. "Every so often there's something it seems like we need to be wor- ried about, and we've already become jaded. So in some ways, yes, it's troubling, but I don't feel existential angst." communitwill be large, with a strong Jewish identity and open embrce of Zionism. Such a lath, in my vision, also leads o the communi- ties in Isrgl and the world working bgether to fulfill the Jewist destiny--doing good and r, pairing a broken world. Thisisn't a simple task; it will take effort and time. But it must be done. In 2018, unlike 1948, Israel is a strong country, and while we greatly appreciate andwel- come the support of Diaspora communities, we no longer depend on it. After 70 years of the Diaspora Jews helping Israel, it is time for Israel to help Diaspora Jews. Naftali Bennett is Israel's minister of education and Diaspora affairs. The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of JTA or itsparent company, 70 Faces Media. From page IA support and helping me along every step of this journey. I'd also like to thank all the coaches that have helped me get to this point, especially Coach Eli, Coach Elvig and Coach Caret. I also want to thank Chri:Rubio, I wouldn't be where I am today without you. Thank you to all my amazing teammates and any- body else who has helped me along the way. With that being said, I'd like to announce my commitment to further my academic and athletic career at the University of Central Florida!" Don't be surprised to find one day Dvorchik's name listed with wide receiver Ju- lian Edelman or quarterback Jay Fiedler or offensive tackle/ guard Kyle Kosier--all three of whom are on the list of 10 greatest Jewish football play- ers according to the American Jewish Historical Society. From page 4& and nuclear domains, the above scenarios illustrate the range of options available to the regime. By ending its adherence to the JCPOA--a move this author advised against--the U.S. must be prepared to offset any of the above responses by Iran. Behnam Ben Taleblu is a Research Fellow focusing on Iran at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies in Washington, D.C. The opinions expressed in this article are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of JTA or its par- ent company, 70 Faces Media.