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HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, JUNE 1, 2018 PAGE 13A Philip Roth won't be having a Jewish funeral NEWYORK (JTA)--Philip Roth forbade any Jewish ritu- als from being performed at his funeral. The prolific Jewish-Amer- ican author, who died on Tuesday at the age of 85, will be buried on Monday at the Bard College Cemetery, his biographer, Blake Bailey, told JTA. Roth had originally looked into being buried next to his parents at the Cornel Chesed Cemetery in Newark, New Jersey, Bailey said in a phone interview on Friday. However, the area surround- ing the Jewish burial ground had in recent years become rife with crime, and Roth was unable to find a plot next to his parents, Bailey said. Instead Roth decided about 10-15 years ago to be buried at the Bard College Cemetery, where he could be near his friend Norman Manea, a Romanian-Jewish author who works as a profes- sor at the college, Bailey said. Roth was also friends with Bard College President Leon Botstein, who is also Jewish. "He said he wants to be buried near Jews so he has someone to talk to," Bailey said. Jewish author and phi- losopher Hannah Arendt is also buried in the Bard Col- lege Cemetery, next to her husband Heinrich Blucher. Roth "expressly forbade" any religious rituals from being part of his funeral, according to Bailey. "There was no metaphysi- cal dimension to Philip. He just flatly refused to believe in it. He thought it was fairy tales," Bailey said. Though Roth "was bored out of his mind when he had to attend Hebrew school as a boy," he was happy to be Jewish, Bailey said. "He liked Jews as hu- man beings. He liked their warmth, he liked his male friends' filial piety, which he made a lot of fun of too, in 'Portnoy's Complaint' especially," Bailey said, ref- erencing Roth's 1969 novel that depicts the therapy ses- sions of a sexually frustrated Jewish man. Early in his career, Roth drew outrage from some in the Jewish community who feared his harsh portrayals of Jewish life would stoke anti- Semitism. In more recent years, however, Roth was em- braced by American Jews. In 1998 he won the Jewish Book Council's Lifetime Literary Achievement Award and in 2014, the Jewish Theological Seminary, Conservative Ju- daism's flagship educational institution, bestowed him with an honorary doctorate. "I welcomed the honor," Roth told a friend after the ceremony, suggesting that for all his aversion to religion he still felt a strong Jewish bond. "Who takes Jews more seriously than the J.T.S and what writer takes Jews more seriously than I do?" Britain's Prince Wil- liam to make historic visit to Jerusalem in June (JTA)--Prince William will come to Jerusalem at the end of June, the British royal family said, during the first visit to Israel by a senior British royal. The announcement Friday about the visit sometime between June 24 and 28 was the first confirmation that William, whose official title is the Duke of Cambridge, will visit the Israeli capital, according to a report by The Associated Press. The visit to Israel, Jordan and the Palestinian Au- thorities was announced in March, but it did not contain specific dates or mention Jerusalem. It did say that the prince's visit "is at the request of Her Majesty's Government and has been welcomed by the Israeli, Jordanian and Palestinian authorities." William will also visit Tel Aviv, according to the report Friday. In Jordan, he will go to Amman and Jerash, and in the Palestinian Authority he will visit Ramallah, the seat of the government in the West Bank Like most of the world, the United Kingdom does not formally recognize Je- rusalem as Israel's capital, pending the resolution of peace talks with the Pal- estinians, whose leaders also claim Jerusalem as the capital for their future state. The British foreign office's official map of Israel lists no capital, describing both Jerusalem and Tel Aviv as an "administrative center." Unlike the March statement about William's arrival, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office refers to the West Bank and the Gaza Strip as "occupied Palestinian ter- ritories," or OPT. Earlier this month, the United States, Guatemala and Paraguay moved their embassies to Jerusalem from Tel Aviv and recognized Jeru- salem as Israel's capital. In December, President Donald Trump made the decision to move the embassy, and the Latin American countries followed suit. The European Union, of which the United Kingdom is a founding member, has condemned the transfer as damaging to peace efforts. No senior member of the Royal House has visited Isra- el in their official capacity in what many observers believe is a policy adopted following the Zionist movements' use of violence against British nationals when the United Kingdom ruled the Mandate on Palestine--an area com- prising modern-day Israel, Jordan and the Palestinian Authority. Whereas members of the British royal family, includ- ing Queen Elizabeth, have made state visits to Kenya and other countries where acts perceived as terrorism were committed against Britain and its citizens by anti-colonialist combatants, they have stayed away from Israel in their official capac- ity since the country was established in 1948. In March, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel said in a statement: "We welcome the announce- ment on the arrival of Prince William to Israel. This is a historic visit, the first of its kind, and it will be greeted here with great affection." Harvey Weinstein turns himself in to face rape charges (JTA)--Harvey Weinstein turned himself in to police custody in New York on rape and sexual abuse charges. The disgraced movie mo- gul, who is Jewish, surren- dered in Manhattan on Friday on charges that he raped one woman and forced another to perform oral sex on him, the officials told The New York Times on Thursday. The charges follow an avalanche of accusations against him that following their publication in October led women around the world, some famou' and many who are not, to cone forward with accounts of being sexually harassed and assaulted by powerful men. Weinstein, who has denied engaging in nonconsensual sex, will be charged with first-degree rape and third- degree rape in one case, and with first-degree criminal sex act in another, law enforcement officials told The Times, speaking on the condition of anonymity. Weinsteia is suing to obtain docunents and files belonging t(The Weinstein Co.--a firm he helped es- tablish but ~hich dismissed him in Ocbber following the account of his alleged sexual explo~.ation of wom- en. He said he information in the paper will help clear his name. The compay has declared bankruptcymd its assets have been pt on sale. Eurovlslomays reports of tensionmver Israel serving as :ontest host are just 'Sleculation' AMSTER)AM (JTA)-- Eurovision cganizers have dismissed a: "speculation" reports of pditical tensions over Israel'shosting of the song contest next year. The orgarizers said this week in an enail to JTA that they are finaizing the event with Israeli officials. They declined to explain why on Tuesday, they warned followers of the official Eu- rovision Twitter account not to book flights to Israel "just yet" and instead "keep an eye out for announcements on our official channels." "We have no more to say on the matter at this time," organizers wrote in the email in response to a question on the unusual move, which they did not make in previ- ous years. The message touched off reports, which the organiz- ers in the email dismissed as "speculation only," of disagreements between or- ganizers and Israeli officials over various aspects of the competition, including matters connected to the Israeli-Arab conflict. "No decision on the location or dates for the Eurovision Song Contest 2019 have been taken," organizers wrote to JTA. "Work has begun on agree- ing the specific logistics for hosting the competition, including where and when it will take place. The final decision will be taken by the host broadcaster in con- junction with the European Broadcasting Union and its members." Israel won the 2018 con- test on May 19 with the song "Toy" by Netta Barzilai. Ac- cording to the annual com- petition's rules, the winning country hosts the following year's contest. Israel has hosted the Eu- rovision contest twice before in Jerusalem, a city that most countries do not recognize as Israel's capital. Prime Min- ister Benjamin Netanyahu said the Eurovision will be hosted in Jerusalem. The dozens of countries competing in the Eurovision include ones with bloody territorial disputes and al- leged occupation, including Azerbaijan and Armenia, Russia and Ukraine and Turkey, Greece and Cyprus (Turkey left the European Broadcasting Union, and the competition, in 2013). The disputes seldom af- fect Eurovision events pro- gramming. Israeli planes strike Syrian airport manned by Hezbollah, militia says (JTA)--Hezbollah said that Israeli warplanes struck a military airport in Syria manned by its fighters. A1-Akhbar, the official newspaper of the Shiite Islamist group, reported Friday tl-mt the previous night's attack near Horns occurred as Syrian anti- aircraft missiles engaged the planes launching missiles at the airport. Israeli aircraft returned fire, according to the report. Earlier this month, Israel said it struck Iranian rocket launchers in Syria after more than 20 of them were fired toward Israel. The Al-Akhbar report did not say whether anyone was killed in the strike. It said some missiles exploded at the airport, but did not specify which facilities or areas that were hit. The base is under the control of forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar Assad, whose army has been fighting Sunni rebels since the outbreak of a civil war in 2011 that has claimed 500,000 lives. Russia in recent years joined the fight on Assad's side. Iran also supports his regime and provides logisti- cal assistance. According to the Syrian Center on Human Rights, six missiles were fired at the Edbah Airport, destroying Hezbollah weapons caches. Israel has declined to com- ment on the strike Thursday. Hezbollah overtook the area from Sunni rebels in 2013. Top Democrats want to know why Israeli firm was hired to spy on Obama officials WASHINGTON (JTA)-- The top Democrats on the House Oversight and Foreign Affairs committees want an Israeli spy firm to share data on its alleged campaign against Obama administra- tion officials associated with the Iran nuclear deal. "We are writing to re- quest documents relating to reports that Black Cube conducted a 'dirty ops' cam- paign against former Obama Administration officials Ben Rhodes and Colin Kahl at the behest of associates of President Donald Trump," said the letter sent Thursday by Reps. Elijah Cummings, D-Md the top Democrat on the Oversight Committee, and Eliot Engel, D-N.Y his counterpart on Foreign Af- fairs. "If these reports are accurate, they raise grave questions about how and why a foreign entity was engaged to attempt to secretly influ- ence the foreign policy of the United States." The letter was mostly symbolic: As the minority, Democrats do not have sub- poena powers, and even with such powers, congressional authority over a foreign en- tity would be limited. Black Cube, a company also alleged to have tracked alleged victims of movie mo- gul Harvey Weinstein, who was arrested Friday on rape charges, does not comment on its cases. At the time of the revelations that it was behind spying on Rhodes and Kahl, the firm said "It is Black Cube's policy to never discuss its clients with any third party, and to never confirm or deny any specula- tion made with regard to the company's work." Separately, a spokesman told The New York Times that "Black Cube has no relation whatsoever to the Trump administration, to Trump aides, to anyone close to the administration or to the Iran nuclear deal." The Guardian first report- ed that Trump administra- tion officials were behind the operation to dig up negative information about Kahl and Rhodes, who were among dozens of Obama adminis- tration officials who helped shape the Iran deal, which swapped sanctions relief for a rollback in Iran's nuclear program. According to that reporting, the operation supposedly was a bid to help justify Trump's decision this month to pull out of the deal. Other reporting said Black Cube was hired by an entity with commercial interests in quashing the Iran deal. Cummings and Engel, both notably pro-Israel, said they were not taking on face value Black Cube's claim that it has no ties to the Trump administration. "Your firm has denied these reports ohly in the broadest terms, stating--in the present tense--that 'Black Cube has no relation whatsoever to the Trump administration, to Trump aides, to anyone close to the administration, or to the Iran nuclear deal,'" they wrote. "You have not denied the operation itself, you have not explained who was aware of it, and you have not identified the clients who funded it." White powder sent to Manhattan lawyer who insulted Spanish speak- ers (JTA)--A lawyer who was filmed berating employees of a New York City eatery for speaking Spanish received a letter with suspicious white powder, police said. Aaron Schlossberg and another person were exposed to the unknown substance at the lawyer's office in Mid- town Manhattan at about 4 p.m. Thursday. Police say the two were being evaluated, NBC reported, citing police sources. Police were testing the substance to see if it is noxious. Last week, Schlossberg became incensed at hearing workers speak Spanish in a Manhattan restaurant. In the rant caught on video and reported on national news outlets, he threatened to call Immigration and Customs Enforcement to have the workers kicked out of the country. Critics hired a mariachi band to play outside his apartment and demanded he be disbarred. Schlossberg, who is Jew- ish, later apologized for the incident, saying it was "unacceptable." 1520-1533; Annual/allocated From page 36B 191,o09 Points for use by the Grantee in Each year(s). LASHONDA SMITH, Notice of MARK E. WHITLOW and Default and Intent to Foreclose KIMBERLY M. WHITLOW, sent via Certified/Registered Notice of Default and Intent to MaiVpublication to: 1129 Rlta Foreclose sent via Certified/ Ave, Statasville, NC 28677- Registered MaiVpublication to: 76 Hickory Bend Dr, Cabot, AR 72023-8183; Mortgage recorded on June 23, 2016; O.R. Book 7268 at Page 3634 Public Records of Volusia County, FL. Total Due: $22,978.80 as of November 13, 2017, interest $9.35 per diem; described as: A 191,000/273,994,000 undivided interest in Units 1320-1333, 4832; Mortgage recorded on September 13, 2016; O.R. Book 7301 at Page 3197 Public Records of Volusia County, FL. Total Due: $19,408.34 as of November 13, 2017, interest $7.80 per diem; described as: A 128,000/123,274,000 undivided interest in Units 2520-2522, 2524, 2526, 2528- 2533; Annual/allocated 128,000 Points for use by the Grantee in lienholder shall have the right Each year(s), to mdsem its interest up to ALL, of FAIRFIELD DAYTONA the date the trustee issues the BEACH AT OCEAN WALK II, CertificafaofSalebypayingthe A CONDOMINIUM, together amounts duo as outlined in the with all appurtenances thereto, ("Condominium"), as further defined in the Declaration of Condominium for Fairfield Daytona Beach at Ocean Walk II ("Declaration") as recorded in Official Records Book 5279, Page 541, et. seq Public Records of Volusia County, Florida and all amendments thereof and supplements thereto, if any. Obligers shall have the right to cure the default and any junior preceding paragraphs. Dew II NJ NOS 0618 - NOS May 25; June 1,2018 L t 66527 NOTICE OF TRUSTEE'S SALE NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN, that Gasdick Stanton Early, P.A 1601 W. Colonial Dr Orlando, FL, 32804, as Trustee in the Appointment recorded at O.R. Book 6937 at Page 2648 of the Public Records of Volusia County, Florida, will sell at public Auction to the highest bidder of U.S. funds, in cash or certified funds only, on June 20, 2018 st 9:05 am, at Downtown Executive Center at 120 S. Woodland Boulevard, Suite 200, Deland, FL 32720, all right, title and interest in the properties listed below in Volusia County, Florida for continuing nonpayment of the periodic payments due under the mortgagesdescribed below, as follows: LYLE LIRE'CFE and MARGARET LIRETi-E, Notice of Default and Intent to Foreclose sent via Certified/Registered MalV publication to: 9685 E Main St, Houma, LA 70963-5485; Mortgage recorded on April 30, 2013; O.R. Book 6851 at Page 1160 Public Records of Volusia County, FL. Total Due: $7,404.84 as of November 13, 2017, interest $3.09 per diem; described as: A 64,090/79,704,500 undivided tenant-in-common fee simple interest in the real property commonly known as Units 1412--1419 of OCEAN WALK RESORT, A CONDOMINIUM ("Property") as recorded in Official Records Book 4670, Page 1341 et seq public records of Volusia County, Florida, together with all appurtenances thereto and the Declaration of Vacation Plan for Fairfield Daytona Beech at Ocean Walk, as recorded in Official Records Book 4673, Page 2462 et seq Public Records of Volusia County, Florida, together with any and all amendments and supplements thereto. The property described above is a/an Biennial Ownership Interest as described in the Declaration for the projects and such ownership interest has been allocated 128,000 Points as defined in the Declaration for use in Even year(s). Obligers shall have the right to cure the default and any junior iianholder shall have the right to redeem its interest up to the date the trustee issues the Certificate of Sale by paying the amounts due as outlined in the preceding paragraphs. DOW NJ NOS 0618 - NOS May 25; June 1, 2018 L 166526