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P HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, JUNE 1, 2018 PAGE 15A From page 1A The entire family has made diabetes education a priority, taking every opportunity to learn about managing this chronic condition where the body's ability to make insulin is impaired, and blood sugar levels can dangerously drop or rise. As time passes, Nate, who just completed his first year of law school, is getting closer to making diabetes a managed part of his life. Looking to make an impact in the life of his son and oth- ers afflicted with diabetes, Reiff did what he does best, he registered for an upcoming bike ride in the Lake Nona area sponsored by the American Diabetes Association. After signing up for the Tour de Cure, billed as the premier fundraising campaign of the American Diabetes Associa- tion (with cycling, running and walking options), Reiff reached out to friends, rela- tives, clients and business as- sociates for sponsorship and to create awareness. As in the past, he found widespread community support, raising almost $12,000 in under 14 days. Ultimately, Reiff raised the second highest amount for the 2017 Orlando area 'tour.' He remarked, "The local chapter of the American Diabetes Association sat up and took notice. Who is this guy who came in at the last minute and fund raised near the top?" Looking to make the great- est impact, the naturally competitive philanthropist set out to raise the highest dollar amount for the 2018 'tour,' which took place in late March. This time an entire crew rallied around Reiff, including wife, Karen, and daughter, Gabby, creating 'Team Reiff.' This dedicated group of more than 15 friends and fam- ily members ran/walked the 5K portion of the tour, helping raise money and rally support for Reiff, who once again biked 62 miles for the cause on his trusty old Trek. Loyal friends and supporters stepped up to the latest challenge with "in- credibly generous donations," helping the team bring in just under $20,000. Reiffis thrilled with the impact the funds will bring, changing lives by supporting diabetes research, education and advocacy. Karen noted, "When it was announced that Andy would win tickets to this past Super Bowl for his top-level donations, he passed the gift onto his largest donor. When the tickets were delivered to Andy's office by an actual Super Bowl referee, it was incredibly exciting, and we were all so proud. Giving the tickets away is just another way Andy makes everyone feel like they are part of the cause." Beyond winning the Super Bowl tickets and bragging rights as this year's champion, there have been additional ad- vantages to connecting with the American Diabetes Asso- ciation. Brandon Corsentino, manager of Development, Florida Region of the Ameri- can Diabetes Association, has helped the Reiff's navigate their way through the ups and downs, as the family adjusts to living a life with diabetes. Ways to give to the Ameri- can Diabetes Association can be found donate. Andy Reiff Pamela Ruben is man- aging director of "Ruben Writes," and a proud sup- porter of "Team Reiff" and the American Diabetes As, sociation. From page 2A "Do you mean in the war? Do you mean you killed a German soldier?" "Yes." "Daddy, if you didn't kill him, he would have killed you. And you never would have been married to Morn or had your daughters, your four grandchildren, and the great-grandchild you have on the way." This calmed him. Itwas also the last coherent conversation Diane had with her father. Hero's Way, the hospice unit of VA Hospital, provided the care the exhausted and haunted ex-GI needed in his remaining days. Seven weeks later, on Sept. 11, 2011, Mel- vin Weissman quietly passed away. His great-grandson Judah Benjamin Rome, who was given the Hebrew name Moshe Dov after Melvin and a paternal great-grandfather, was born Nov. 22, 2011. For several years, Congre- gation Beth Shalom had had a low-key breakfast on the Sunday before Veterans Day. Soon after his father-in-law died, Mark asked Diane if she wanted to honor her father by sponsoring the breakfast, Diane agreed, but only on her own terms. The danish and coffee were accompanied by huge plates of Diane's luchen kugel, homemade quiche, and fresh fruit. Be- tween 75 and 100 members of the congregation and their guests, many themselves vet- erans, attended the elaborate brunch for the next six years until the Silvermans moved to Connecticut in 2016. Diane still has the Ameri- can flag that was draped on her father's coffin, and she proudly displays it on the wall of her living room. "I brought it to every Veterans Day brunch, and I proudly display it on the walls of our home," said Diane. "It is my way of remembering an American Jewish GI, a former prisoner of war, and the best dad in the world!" Marilyn Shapiro lives in Kis- simmee. She writes regularly for the Jewish World in Sche- nectady, and published her book "There Goes My Heart," which is available onAmazon. You may also follow her on her blog, From page 4A leaflets and text messages to warn rioters to stay away from the fence), the deaths of these Hamas and PIJ terror- ists means that there is less danger'and less evil in the world. The Humus and PIJ fatalities prevented Hamas and PIJ from slaughtering thousands of innocent Jews. Thus, it is deeply disturbing that ADL and some Jews and others have been mourning these terrorists' fatalities. Such sympathetic proc- lamations only encourage more Hamas terror against Jews. Such proclamations also encourage the media to distort the truth of the Humus war against the Jewish State. US Senator Bernie Sanders (D-Vt) like ADL's Greenblatt, also mourned the "tragedy" of persons in Gaza (who were mostly in fact Hamas terror- ists) being killed. Sanders proclaimed: "The killing of Palestinian demonstrators by Israel forces in Gaza is tragic." Does Sanders really not un- derstand that these were not p~aceful demonstrators? Does he really not understand that it was Humus terrorists who were killed while trying to in- vade Israel and murder Jews? And then there's the elite Beacon school in New York City, which insisted that its students hold a "moment of silence" tribute to the "victims of violence in Gaza"--a/k/a Hamas and PIJ terrorists. Jew- ish students and their parents were rightly outraged: Parents noted that they did not send their children to school t6 pray for Hamas murderers. And incredibly, a group of about two dozen misguided leftwing Jewish young people gathered near the British Parliament and said the mourners' Kaddish for the dead Hamas and PIJ opera- tives--and bullied a woman who told them "Shame on You." No one should ever mourn the deaths of evil Nazis, al Qaeda terrorists, ISIS ter- rorists, or Nazi-like Hamas and PIJ terrorists who were killed while trying to murder Jews and others. If terrorists were attempting to breach America's Canadian or Mexi- can border to kill Americans, would we not use force to stop them? Would we ever mourn the deaths of such terrorists? It is a disgrace to call Hamas terrorists' deaths a "horrific tragedy." It is a disgrace to hold moments of silence, say the mourners' Kaddish for, or mourn the deaths of Hamas terrorists who were killed while trying to invade and destroy Israel and murder her people. From page 5A controversy. As far back as 1838, the now famous commencement address of Ralph Waldo Emerson to the Harvard Divinity School drew widespread ire as an "insult to religion"--primarily because of the context in which it was ddivered. We at HUC-JIR have n) desire to court controversy fc, r its own sake, and it pains us to have offended some in our audience. But neither are we willing to stunt the richness of our conversation for fear of controversy, even at gradua- tion, when so much is at stake. David Ellenson is the in- terim president and chancel- lor emeritus of Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion. Joshua Holo is the dean of the Jack H. Skirball Campus of HUC-JIR, Los Angeles. *Heritage changed refer- ences to the West Bank to say Judea and Samaria. From page 5A about Roth's writing. As many feminist critiques have noted, the misogyny pres- ent in "Portnoy" extended throughout his work, which focused on masculine desires and complexes. Women, when they appeared, were objects to pursue or threats to avoid. A woman is the protagonist in only one of his books, 1967's "When She Was Good." In a later book, "The Human Stain," two of the main character's foes are political correctness and a female c011eague. The picture he paints of the American Jewish experience, though, still rings true today. I see it in the endless debates over anti-Semitism, racism and Jewish privilege, in the discussion about whether Ashkenazi Jews should be called white. Do we belong in America, or don't we? What is our responsibility, as Ameri- can Jews, to the country, the community and ourselves? Even as I grew up in a confident and secure Jewish community, and wasn't wit- ness to the anti-Semitism Roth and his parents' experi- enced, those questions were always present somewhere in my mind. I too felt a little dif- ferent for being Jewish, even as I have lived in America for almost my entire life Roth's books brought that to life for me, and they helped me make sense of American Jews' shared history and collective identity. From page 12A strategic context in which we live in, and we learn from our mistakes." He described the IAF's missions of policing the region against the Iranian military buildup, and en- forcing Israel's red lines as requiring "complexity, sen- sitivity, professionalism and determination." "This active defense cam- paign is something we are doing because we have to be actively defending the State of Israel. It requires us to continually monitor and as- sess the risks in one of the most dangerous and sensitive places in the world. Why is it so dangerous? Every time you operate, there are operational risks. You can hit stuff you did not want to hit or personnel you did not want to hit. We are only trying to prevent offensive measures that are conducted by Iran." The source said it was too soon to know how Iran would respond to recent dramatic events in the Middle East, including the mass Israeli strike on its targets in Syria, America's withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal and other regional developments, such as election results in Iraq. "Iran needs to work things out with the world, not just with Israel. We are high on the list, but we are not the only one. Iran has its own aspira- tions as a regional player. It is expanding its physical forces around the region when its economy is crumbling. Does it make sense? Not to me, but that is its long-range deci- sion," said the officer. In confronting Israel di- rectly in Syria, Iran did "not weigh the risks in the right way," he continued. "I dare say, I think they will change their strategic decisions. It might take six months or a year everything happening together is pushing Iran back. If I stand in Iran, that's what I see. I have a feeling they are going to change. The question is: Which way? That, I do not know." When operating over Gaza, the IAF has developed singular "tunnel-busting" techniques, the source said, without pro- viding further details. Meanwhile, the F-35,which entered service in the IAF last year, is proving itself as a game-changing platform in Israel's ongoing missions. "The F-35 is really a re- markable platform It has many sensors on it which are very important to conducting missions," said the source, especially in areas with dense air defenses. "The first thing it brings is situational aware- hess." "The challenges around us are keeping the small F-35 squadron on their toes. They have to move fast," said the source. Israel has received nine F-35s so far, and is due to receive a total of 50--two squadrons--in the coming years. "Our operational temp is very high. It is very hard to explain how intense it is, and how unique our air person- nel are when they conduct their operations. They need to understand exactly what is going on, and who is shooting at them," he stated. Throughout this complex era, Israel and Russia have succeeded in avoiding unin- tended clashes. "The Russians know very well that the IDF hasn't come to attack Russia," said the source. At the same time, the ar- rival of advanced Russian ra- dars in the region means that the IAF has to work harder to remain out of sight. The IAF has learned to fly in "a way, that we won't be noticed," he said. These conditions have "actually made us better Things have developed much faster than we thought they would have." To Publish Legal Notices For Orange, Osceola, Seminole and Volusia Counties, Call Heritage Florida Jewish News at 407-834-8787 or email