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PAGE 8A 00ngqgement . 00tlnnouncement00 Beth Worman and Dustin Rose The families of Beth Worman of Ormond Beach, Fla., arid Dustin Rose of San Diego, Calif., are pleased to announce the engagement of Beth and Dustin. The bride-elect is a graduate of Seabreeze High School, Daytona Beach, and the University of Central Florida with a Bachelor of Science degree in Event Management. The bridegroom-elect is a graduate of Steamboat Springs High School, Steamboat Springs, Colo., and has a Bachelor of Science degree in Aviation Business Administration from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. The couple arepresently4iving in Little Rock, Ark., where Dustin is employed by Air Transport Ihterna- tional and Beth is employed by the Peabody Hotel. The wedding is planned for March 2013 in Lake Mary. B&apos;nai Mitzvah Mack Fishman, son of Lisa and Craig Fishman of Heathrow, Fla., will be called to the Torah as a bar mitzvah on Saturday, June 2, 2012 at Congregation Beth Am in Longwood. Mack is an A student in the gifted program at Markham Woods Middle School. He currently plays baseball in the Major Divi- sionat Longwood Babe Ruth Baseball. His hobbies and interests include play- ing USTA team tennis, music, playing golf and spending time with family and friends. Sharing in the family's simcha will be Mack's brother, Jake; grandmother, Barbara Hochman of Smithtown, N.Y.; grandparents, Burt andLois Fishman of Deer Park, N.Y., and family and friends from around the country.. Joseph Thomas Gins- burg, son of Diane and the late Jeffrey Ginsburg of Maitland, Fla., will be called to the Torah asa bar mitzvah on Saturday, June 2, 2012 at Congregation Ohev Shalom in Maitland. Joseph is in the seventh grade at Trinity Prepara- tory School, where he is on the bowling team and is a member of the Chess Club. He is also a member of Boy Scouts of America and is a member of the Florida Hospital For Children Teen Advisory Council. Sharing in's simcha will be Joseph's great- grandmother, Winifred Koss ofBethesda, Md.; grandpar- ents, Alan and Kelly Ginsburg of Winter Park; uncles, Ronald Ginsburg and Santiago Corral of Washington, D.C.; aunt, Jamie Ginsburg of Fern Park; aunt, Sharon Ginsburg of Winter Park; aunt, Marianne De Jose of Lakeland; uncle and aunt, Thomas ind Caryn Digiose of Rockville Centre, N.Y.; and family and friends from around the country. HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, MAY 25, 20i2 Michael Tilson Thomas keeping the Thomashefsky story alive "Ladies and gentlemen, welcome T, Tonight we're here to tell you a story. It's the story of Boris and Bessie Thomashefsky, two kids from little shtetls in the middle of the Ukrai- nian nowhere who came to America and became the founders and pioneers of the American Yiddish Theater... they also happened to be my grandparents." So begins "The Thom- ashefskys: Music & Memo- ries of a Life in the Yiddish Theater" written, hosted and conducted by Michael Tilson Thomas that was broadcast nationally on PBS "Great Performances" in March and released on DVD and digitally on April 24 by New Video. Recorded in April 2011 at the Frank Gehry-designed New World Center in Miami Beach, the performance of The Thomashefskys for the March 29 broadcast and DVD stars Judy Blazer as Bessie Thomashefsky and Shuler Hensley as Boris Thorn- ashefsky. It also features Ronit Widmann-Levy and Eugene Brancoveanu and the New World Symphony, and is directed for television by Gary Haivorson. The DVD features extras including additional music performances, an interview with MTT about the Thom- ashefskys and a feature on the New World Symphony, America's Orchestral Acad- emy <>. The New World Symphony was founded in 1987 by Michael Tilson Thomas and Ted Ari- son, and has launched the careers of more than 800 musicians. Boris and Bessie Thom- ashefsky, immigrants from the Kiev province of the Ukraine, becme two of Yid- dish Theater's biggest stars, dominating center stage not only as performers but also as entrepreneurs who drew countless authors, com- posers, actors, musicians, producers and designers into their creative circle. Through musical comedy and drama,-they created a repertoire of new works based on the experiences of immigrant Jews in America. This repertoire was first performed in the theater houses of New York City's Lower East Side between 1892 and 1927--including Thomashefsky's People's Theatre on the Bowery and Thomashefsky's National Theatre on Houston Street and Second Avenue--great- -ly influencing American popular culture, The Thomashefsky name even became an idiom of the day. If you were doing something dramatic or over- the-top, someone might say: "Look at him, he's a real Thomashefsky!" Their plays also addressed social issues. Those produced by BesSie Thomashefsky when she became manager of People's Theatre in .1915 were often about women's rights. Her wildly popular wise-crack- ing-in-the-know characters have had a lasting impact on generations of comedian. As a living link to the Thomashefsky legacy, Thomas's personal recol- lections were drawn from the many hours spent with his grandmother Bessie up until her death when he was 17, his father Ted Thomas, and Uncle Harry. Thomashefsky, absorbing the stories and humor of the Yiddish Theater in its hey- day. (Boris Thomashefsky died in 1939, before Michael Tilson Thomas was born.) "My grandparents be- came mega-stars and found themselves smack in the public eye," says Thomas. "They were subject to adula- tion and relentless scrutiny. Legions of crazed fans were obsessedwith every detail of their work and their lives." "The Thomashefskys: Music & Memories of a Life irl the Yiddish Theater" was created in association with The Thomashefsky Proj- ect, which was founded by Thomas in 1998 to rescue and preserve the story of the Thomashefskys. Israel's defense establishment: overmanned? By Arieh O'Sullivan The Media Line Israel is 3ne of just a few countries that subjects its women to mandatory draft and has a female major- general sitting on the army's general staff. Until recently, the chief justice of the Su- preme Court and the head of the parliamentary opposition were both women. From appearances, it would seem that women have a respectable role in Israeli establishment. But appear- ances can be misleading. "Israel has the lowest representation of women out of any Western country in strategic leadership positions in the field of security and conflict resolution," says Julia Chazkel, the co-founder of the Israeli branch of Women in In- ternational Security (WIIS). A dozen years ago, the Unit- ed Nations Security Council passed Resolution. 1325 call- ing on member states to increase the representation of women "at all decision- making levels in national, regional and international institutions and mechanisms for the prevention, manage- ment, and resolution of conflict." It also urged for. states to include women as special envoys, participants in peace negotiatiofis and in military peace keeping operations. Is- rael adopted this into law over a decade ago, but has yet to fulfill any of.the requirements under the re solution, Chazkel .' told The Me..dia Line. "There are very few women who are in the strategic posi- tions that they said they were going to. There is yet to be a woman who is on the front lines of peace negotiations with the Palestinians. This is a promise that they have been making for over 10 years that hasn't been fulfilled," says Chazkel. Chazkel founded the Israeli chapter of WIIS in September 2010 with Lea Landman with the declared aim of boosting the influence of women in foreign and defense affairs in Israel and the Middle East. "They were teaming up with the mother organization sitting in Washington DC, which was established in 1987 and today boasts some 5,000 members in nearly 50 countries. Chazkel comes from a background in counter-ter- rorism analysis and inter- national law. Landman, a former Israel Air Force intel- ligenc'e officer, is a research fellow on national security and economic affairs at the Herzilya Interdisciplinary Center (IDC). " To its credit, Israel is one of a handful of countries where women have served as prime minister. Golda Meir did so during the tumultuous 1973 Yom Kippur War. Until last month, the head of, Kadima, the largest political party in Israel, was Tzipi Livni, a former Mossad agent and foreign minister under the government of Ariel Sharon and Ehud Olmert. Livni lost out in a leadership contest in March to her rival, former army Chief of Staff and De- fense Minister Shaul Mofaz. But Meir and Livni are the exception. In its 64-year history, only 10 women have served as ministers, (includ- ing Meir and Livni) and there are currently three female minister out of Binyamin Netanyahu's unprecedentedly large 29-member Cabinet. These include Minister of Ag- riculture Orit Noked, Minister of Immigration Absorption Sofa Landver and Minister of Sport and Culture Limor Livnat. Ironically, one'of the major leaders in last summer's so- cial protests by huge swaths of Israel's middle class was a Daphni Leef, a 25-year-old videographer. Based at IDC, the WIIS helps students and young professionals prepare their resumes and hone their inter- viewing skills. They also hold monthly lectures on security, women's rights and conflict resolution. Chazkel said the group has three main target groups: students, mid-level career women and Women in senior positions. Students are given mentors and help in career opportunities and linked in to entry-level job opportunities in the security sector. With women at mid-level careers, Chazkel said they help them earn promotions by various training. "These training programs fit perfectly in institutional barriers in the places that they already work to help them achieve higher and reach leadership positions in the security sector," she said, but did not elaborate. "And then we work "with networking opportunities for women at the highest levels to get them to know each other and to really build an All Girls Club the and counter the All Boys Club," Chazkel said. "We are doing major re- search to find outwhat are the institutional barriers. I think a lot of them have to do with sexual harassment, feelings of a lack of role models - which is why we think the mentor- ing opportunities are the most important thing, so t-hat women that are coming into the field know that there is someone there to help them," she said. ' Politics and the defense establishment are male -dom- inated. There were those who saw the option to changing this by presenting an alterna- tive.!n Israel, there are today over 50 registered women's organizations, the majority of which are devoted to providing solutions, such as preschool daycare, assistance to single mothers, and legal counsel- ing, to the problems women face. Others are focused on issues such as peace, security, and social welfare, such as The Women in Black, Rachelim Women and Four Mothers. Interestingly enough, pub- lic opinion surveys, usually show no differences between the views of Israeli men and women on issues related to peace making. "Women don't necessarily think differently than men when it comes to peace nego- tiations and security, but the perception of women is that we do," said Chazkel. Acdording to a disserta- tion written by Fania Oz- Salzberger, who now teaches at the University of Haifa, Palestinians were more will- ing to accept women on their peace negotiating teams than Israelis. "This isn't necessarily be- cause women are more in- clined to peace, but rather because the perception of us is that we are," Chazkel says. "So I personally believe, and believe strongly, that these are reasons thatwe need to putwomen into strategic positions. Because we have a unique thing that we bring to the table and we have something that adds to the table and it's important to bring women into strategic positions." Chazkel believes that Israel is progressing, albeit, slowly. "If we want to continue progressing ourselves as a Western society that's mov- ing toward democratic, and equal opportunities, we need to make sure we represent ourselves at the level the European's are and the level that the Americans are. So, in order to do that, we need to make sure there are more women in leadership posi- tions-because that's the future," Chazkel said.