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But there's a thorn in the bouquet: Poland is seen as having the world's worst record on the restitution of Jewish property lost during the Holocaust. Officials of Jewish groups seeking restitution say they will be making a renewed push to put the restitution issue on Congress' agenda and expect Dilema on page 14A Current parents of Jewish Academy of Orlando, as well as alumni families, members of the board of directors, teach- ers, colleagues and members of the community joined together May 19 at the Winter Park Racquet Club to honor Lynne Shefsky, the institu- tion's head of school. In June, Shefsky will be retiring after a 16-year tenure at Orlando's only K-8th grade Jewish day school. Eight of those years were spent as the head of school, where making =_ < --" * sure that every Jewish child who wanted to attend the school was able to do so, was a priority of hers. Therefore, in her honor, and in efforts to continue her mission of providing a Jewish education to the children in the com- munity, the Lynne Shefsky Scholarship Fund has been established. Shefsky says, "The week- end's event was a tremendous honor and special time to celebrate the many years I have spent at Jewish Academy. However, the scholarship fund established in my name is a gesture that I will always remember, and I hope that the community will support this fund so that the school can continue to provide academic excellence infusedwith Jewish values to the children in the Orlando area." Shefsky's daily interaction with the students, as she greets them at carpool each morning, will be one of the things she will miss the most once she retires. She also says that her proudest accomplishment as head of school has been leading and supporting the academic excellence at JAO and offering the students the tools for 21st century learning. Differentiated learning has be- come the mantra at JAO, and fostering each student to be successful at their individual, Lynne Shefsky addresses the guests at her retirement celebration, and thanks them for their support during her years as Jewish Academy's Head of School. Alumni parent and former board member Barry Render addresses the guests who gathered to honor departing Head of School Lynne Shef- sky, and to tell them of the importance of supporting the scholarship fund in her honor. Karen Moreno, an HDS/ JAO alum, former board president and alumni parent, shares a special message with Lynne Shefsky and her guests during the celebration. developmental level gives her much pride. To support the Lynne Shefsky Scholarship Fund, please visit www.myjao.org and click on Giving, or call 407-647-0713, or send in your donation to JewishAcademy of Orlando, 851 N. MaitlandAve., Maitland, FL 32751. By Sean Savage JNS.org Bordering the attention- grabbing countries of Israel, Syria, Iraq and Saudi Arabia, Jordan is sometimes over- looked by the media and by policy experts because of its peace with Israel, its close alliance with the United States, and its relatively lib- eral socio-economic system. Underneath this faade of stability, however, is a country plagued by a number of eco- nomic and social issues that threaten to plunge Jordan into the chaos of the "Arab Spring" upheavals. "If there is to be another country, other than the ones that are already in play, and I include Yemen in that, and Bahrain... if there is to be a new country in play [in the "Arab Spring"], it is most likely to be Jordan," Dr. Daniel Pipes, president and founder of the Middle East Forum, told JNS.org. Jordan has long been a unique country in the Middle East, an aberration of sorts in a chaotic region and a hold- over from a different era in the region's history. Jordan was established by Great Britain post-World War I from the original Mandate of Palestine. In return for the support of Ali bin Hussein, the leader of the Hashemite tribe from the holy cities of Mecca and Medina, during the British-led Arab Revolt against the Ottoman Empire in World War I, the British installed his sons, By Uriel Heilman NEW YORK (JTA)--Now that it's clear that the top lead- ers of the Claims Conference were involved in investigating an anonymous accusation of restitution fraud in 2001, the question is who bears the responsibility for failing to detect that a broad fraud scheme was under way. The person at the center of the 2001 allegations, Semen Domnitser, turned out to be the ringleader of the $57 mil- lion fraud; he was found guilty at trial on May 8. For most of those who played a role in two botched probes in 2001, the question is academic. Karl Brozik, the director of the Claims Conference's Ger- man office who oversaw the initial internal organizational probe in June 2001, died in 2004. Gideon Taylor, the then- chief of the Claims Conference who commissioned a second, independent probe of the anonymous allegations, has quit Jewish organizational life and now works in real estate. Chatham House King Abdullah of Jordan. JNS.org examines whether Jordan's monarchy will hold on, or become the next casualty of the Arab Spring. Abdullah and Faisal, as kings of British-controlled Transjor- dan (later Jordan) and Iraq. But when Jordan was- formed in 1922, the coun- try was largely desolate and populated by Bedouin or "East Bank" tribes. With the support of the British, King Abdullah formed a close al- liance with those tribes that became the foundation of the modern state of Jordan. According to Professor Asher Susser, a senior fellow at the Moshe Dayan Center for Middle Eastern Studies at Tel Aviv University, it is precisely this unique history that has given Jordan's mon- archy more ethnic stability and legitimacy than some of Jordan on page 14A Yeshiva University Julius Berman But Julius Berman, who as counsel to the Claims Con-" ference in 2001 oversaw the second probe, is now the res- titution group's chairman--a position he has held for more than a decade. Berman on page 15A