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- _I HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, MAY 22, 2009 First person by Heidi Alfonzo Jewish Pavilion volunteer Passover is a melting pot of memories, stories and miracles. I can tell you it is my favorite of all the high holidays, and, as you read this, you are probably digging deep in your past and you are find- ing that, perhaps, Passover has always been a favorite of yours too. And with good reason! We have eight glorious days to commemorate the lib- eration of our ancestors from slavery. We know better than to take this gift from God, our freedom, for granted. We find an urge in our hearts to keep the traditions alive and to pass on the deeds of our founding fathers and mothers to all of our fellow Jews from all walks of life. The Jewish Pavilion, now in its eighth year, has risen to the occasion once again and has taken its mission of enhancing the quality of life of our Jewish seniors very much to heart. No one is left behind during Passover. Celebrating our holidays alongside our residents in dozens of long-term care resi- dences is a highlight for our volunteers. What's notto like? On Tuesday, April 14. I had the opportunity, for the first time since I started pledging my time to this organiza- tion. to witness a marvelous Passover ceremony at Sum- merville at Oviedo, a residence that harbors three amazing seniors of our Central Florida Jewish community. I wasn't alone in my ad- venture. As a matter of fact. most of the credit is given to a highly dedicated volunteer of our organization, Hank Goldberg. Hank has been a volunteer at the Jewish Pa- vilion from the very start. He arrived at Summerville with his wife, Joan and a carry-on suitcase in which he kept safe all his Passover treasures and trinkets! The activity director and staff alike made sure our small seder took place in an organized manner and they single-handedly summoned our guests of honor so we all could meet at our small D By Leslie Susser JERUSALEM (~TA) Given the delicate state of relations between the new administrations in Wash- ington and Jerusalem. an American statement two weeks ago about the need for Israel to sign the nuclear non-proliferation treaty, or NPT, touched a raw nerve. The worst-case scenario is that it portends a "grand bargain" with Iran at Israel's expense. In this nightmare development, the American side will say to Tehran: Aban- don your nuclear weapons program and we will lean on Israel to dismantle its alleged nuclear arsenal. Few Israeli officials believe it will come to that~ However. there is genuine concern at the hint of a more subtle political linkage: That the U.S. could press Israel on the nuclear issue if it continues to resist a solution of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict on the basis of two states for two peoples. The American statement, bracketing Israel with India, Pakistan and North Korea, came during a U.N. meeting of the 189 signatories of the NPT on May 5. "Universal adherence to the NPT itself, including by India, Israel. Pakistan and --North Korea ... remains a fundamental objective of the United States." U.S. Assistant Secretary of State Rose Got- temoeiler declared. The State Department insists there is nothing new in what Gottemoeller said, pointing out that the United States has long supported universal adherence to the NPT. Indeed, the unwritten 1969 agreement on Israel's nuclear capabilities between Prime Minister Golda Meir and President Richard Nixon was based on the following principles: Israel would not conduct nuclear tests or make declarations about having nuclear weapons, and in return the United States would not insist on nuclear inspections or pressure Israel to sign the NPT--although it would ontinue to support the Answers from 05/15/2009 table, where Hank welcomed them with kind words and compliments. Believe me when I tell you that Hank is avery, very skilled storyteller. The Exodus is a story filled with very many historical details and sym- bolism, and Hank kept the attention of all of us present. Moreover, Hank made sure that all of us participants of the seder took an active role during the ceremony. Hank and Joan prepared a faux seder plate that he proudly passed around ex- plaining what each element represented. His Hebrew is impeccable and his passion- ate rhetoric moved us deeply. Most importantly, he touched the heart of three people whose Passover memories come a long way. That's why this activity was xuccessful. This is about our seniors. Our happiness as voltinteers is felt when we know we've reached out. Our seder could not be complete, of course, without the appropriate songs. Pass- over chants and melodies are joyful, exalting God and principle of universal adher- ence to the treaty. Still, Gottemoeller's state-. ment caught the Israelis by surprise. There was no prior coordination, and Israeli ()ffi- cials say they only heard about it on the news. In general, the Israelis complain that they are not being briefed by their American counterparts m the same intimate way they were during the Bush era, and they see the Gottemoeller statement as a case in point. Worse, they think the episode may presage a new American approach that sees Israel making major compro- mises in the interests of a more stable Middle East, especially when it comes to Iran. The fundamental American view is that the way to counter Iran's nuclear program is by building a strong coalition of Middle East moderates, and that this can be done only if progress is made on the Israeli-Palestinian track. In an interview May 10 with ABC television, Gen. James Jones, the national security adviser, made the linkage very clear. "We understand Israel's preoccupation with Iran as an existential threat. We agree with that," he said. "And by the same token, there are a lot of things you can do to dimin- ish that existential threat by working hard to achieve a two-state solution. "This is a very strategic is- sue. It's extremely important." The Israeli fear is that American linkage of all the big issues--Iran, nuclearweapons arid the Palestinians could translate into pressure on Israel on both the Palestinian and the nuclear issues. Strong regional voices are echoing Washington's mes- sage of linkage. For example, the day after Gottemoeler's statement. Egyptian Foreign Minister Ahmed Aboul Gheit said his country does not dis- tinguish between the dangers His miracles. We all sang together. And what's a Passover meal without delicious mac- aroons? Hank brought those too. and Surely we relished on those sweet treats. And we sang some more and soon, too soon, itwas time to wrap up our ceremony. Our seniors were getting ready to play the afternoon round of bingo. There were hugs and words of gratitude ~nd compliments and promises. It wasn't over for Hank and Joan. It wasn't over either for our beloved Ruth Darvin, yet another amazing volunteer from The Jewish Pavilion. You know why? There were other homes they were to visit that same afternoon. And so these three gifted pilgrims carried on their stories of miracles and their improvised seder and their songs and their wisdom and a macaroon or two. Off they went to touch other hearts. That's what we do. That's what being Jewish really means and we could not be prouder of it! posed by Israeli or Iranian nuclear capabilities. "Possession of any nuclear weapons in the Middle East is unacceptable to Egypt," he declared. Gheit wanted to emphasize the degree to which Egypt is opposed to the idea of an Ira- nian bomb, but in doing so he reiterated Egypt's longstand- ing and vociferous opposition to Israel's nuclear power. He also picked up on the linkage of the Iranian and Palestinian issues, arguing that since Iran was using the Palestinian is- sue to destabilize the region, an Israeli-Palestinian peace could do much to check Iran's regional march. Egypt and the other Arab countries have another card to play in the regional nuclear stakes--a veiled threat to go nuclear themselves if Iran acquires the bomb. In November 2006, six Arabcountries Egypt, Saudi Arabia, the UnitedArab Emir- ates, Algeria, Morocco and Tunisia announced that they intended to pursue "more robust" nuclear pro- grams, raising the specter of a multi-nuclear Middle East, with the attendant threat to world peace. Martin In@k, then the U.S. ambassador to Israel. at the time suggested offering those countries an American nuclear umbrella to stop them from actively pursuing nuclear weapons of their own. The Obama administration has not repeated the offer, but has committed itself to preventing Iran from acquir- ing nuclear weapons. If successful, the next step could be intensified calls for a nuclear-free Middle East. Of- ficially, Israel is in favor--but only after signing bilateral peace treaties with all the key Middle Eastern players, including Iran. Until then. Israel argues, it will need all the deterrent power it can muster. Central Florida Synagogue Service Schedule and Directory Celebration Jewish~Congregation (R), Services and Holiday schedules shown at; 407-566-9792. Chahad of South Orlando (O), 7504 Universal Blvd., Orlando, 407-354- 3660; Shabbat Services Friday 7 p.m. and Saturday 9:30 a.m. Monday and Thursday 8 a.m. Chabad of the Space & Treasure Coasts (O), !190 Highway A1A, Satellite Beach, 321-777-2770. Congregation Ahavas Yisrael/Chabad (O), 708 Lake Howell Rd., Maitland, 407-644-2500;; services: Sunday, 9 a.m.; Monday-Friday, 7:30 a.m.; Friday, 6:30 p.m.; Saturday, 9:30 a.m.; Family service 4th Friday of the month. Congregation Bet Chaim (R), 426 Lakeport Cove, Casseiberry, 407- 830-7211;; services: Friday, 8 p.m.; family service 1st Friday of the month, 7:30 p.m.; 2nd Saturday of the month, 10 a.m. at Summerville Assisted Living Facility: Congregation Beth Am (C), 3899 Sand Lake Road, Longwood, 407- 862-3505; Shabbat service, 8:00 p.m. (7 p.m. on Fourth Friday of the month); Saturday: 10 a.m. Congregation Beth E! (C), 2185 Meadowlane Ave., West Melbourne, 321-779-0740; Services, 8 p.m. 1st & 3rd Fridays; 9:30 a.m. 2nd & 4th Saturdays. Congregation Beth Emeth (R), 2205 Blue Sapphire Circle, Orlando, 407-855-0772; Services once a month, 8 p.m. Congregation Beth Sholom (R-C), 315 North 13th St., Leesburg, 352- 326-3692;; schedule ofservicesonwebsite. Congregation Beth Shalom (Progressive Conservative), Orange City congregation holds services at Social Hall of Our Lady of Lakes Church, 1310 Maximillian St., Deltona; 386-804:8283;; services: Friday, 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. Congregation B'naiTorah (C),403 N.NovaRd.,Orm0ndBeach, 32174, 386-672-tl 74; Services Friday, 8 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. Congregation Chabad Lubavitch of Greater Daytona (O), 1079 W. Granada Blvd., Ormond Beach, 386-672-9300; Shabbat services Ffi. 7:30 p.m., Sat. 10 a:m. Congregation of Reform Judaism (R), 928 Malone Dr., Orlando, 407- 645-0444; Shabbat service, 7 p.m. t st Friday; 8 p.m. 2nd and 3rd Fridays; 6 p.m. 4th and 5th Fridays. Saturday: 10 a.m. Congregation Mateh Chaim (R), P.O. Box 060847, Palm Bay, 32906, 321-768-6722. Congregation Ohe~,Shalom (C), 5015 GoddardAve., Orlando, 407-298- 4650; Shabbat service, 7:30 p.m.; Saturday: 9 ~m.; Junior Cung., t 0:00 a.m. Congregation ShalomAleiehem(R),3501 OakPointeBlvd.,Kissimmee, 407-935-00~; Shabbat service, 8 p.m., 1st and 3rd Fridays of the month. Congregation of Shaarei Yenlshalyim (O), 9869 Kilgor6Rd., Orlando, 407-928-8972; Services: Monday-Friday, 7:30 a.m. and 7:30 p.m.,Friday Minha 7:30 p.m.; Kabbalat Shabbat 8 p.m., Saturday 9:30 a.m. Congregation Sinai (C), Jenkins Auditorium. West Mon~ose and 7th St., Clermont: Services on second and last Friday of the month at 8 p.m. 352-243-5353. New Jewish Congregation (R), 13563 Country. Road 101, Oxford, 352- 748-1800; Shabbat Services every Friday of the Month: 7:30 p.m. Southwest Orlando Jewish Congregation/Ohalei Rivka (C), 11200 S. Apopka-Vineland Rd., Orlando, 407-239-5444; Shabbat service, 7:30 p.m.; Saturday: 9:30 a.m. Temple Beth El (R), 579 N. Nova Rd., Ormond Beach, 386-677-2484. Temple Beth Shalom (R), EO. Box 031233, Winter Haven, 813-324-2882. Temple Beth Shalom (C), 40 Wellington Drive, Palm Coast, 386-445- 3006; Shabbat service, 8 p.m.; Saturday 9 a.m. Temple Beth Sholom (C), 5995 N. Wickham Rd. Melbourne. 321-254- 6333; Shabbat Services 6 p.m.; Saturday: 9:30 a.m. Temple B'nai Darom (R), 49 Banyan Course, Ocala, 352-624-0380: Friday Services 8 p.m. Temple Israel (C), 50 S. Moss Rd., Winter Springs, 407-647-3055; www.; services: Friday, 7 p.m.; Saturday, 9:30 a.m. Temple Israel (R), 7350 LakeAndrewDrive, Melbourne, 321-631-9494. TempleIsrad(C), 1400 S. een~nsulaAve., Daytona Beach, 386-252-3097: Shabbat service, 8 p.m.; Saturday: 9 a.m Temple Israd of DeLand.(R), 1001 E. New York Ave., DeLand, 386- 736-1646; Social Hour, 6 p.m.; Shabbat service, 7 p.m. Temple Shalom of Deltona flUC ), 1785 Elkcam Blvd., Deltona, 386- 789-2202; Shabbat service; 7:30 p.m.; Saturday: 10 a.m. Temple Shir Shalom Of Oviedo (R); Shabbat service. 7:30 p.m. Most Fridays at Carillon Elementary School, 3200 Lockwood Blvd., Oviedo. Call 407-366-3556 for information. (R) Reform (C) Conservative (O) Orthodox (Rec) Reconstructionist