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FLOR v IDA JEWISH NEWS -E.. ............. 5A 00eod00iiiil..iiiiiiii.i ..... I..IIIIII.6A Synagogue Directory ............... 7A B&apos;nai Mitzvah .......................... 8A Scene Around ......................... 9A The Class of 2014 are (from l-r) Leah Silver, Nathalie Toledano, Eric Sugarman, Whitney Kuvin, Sabrina Kalish, Yeosh Bendayan, Rebecca Anders, Natalie Lauber, Jay Kohler, Leigh Schwartz, Danielle Krise, and Jacob Hara (not pictured, Haley Forest). Congratulations to the Jerome J. Bornstein Class of 2014 graduates On Tuesday, May 27 the 13 members of the Jerome J. Bornstein Leadership Program participated in a graduation ceremony at the home of Judy Kahan. The members of the class brought family members to celebrate their graduation from this prestigious leadership program. The evening began with Roz Fuchs giving a history of the program she helped create 22 years ago. Fuchs was pleased to see the program continuing to thrive and produce leadership for the Jewish community. The group nominated two speakers, Leah Silver and Eric Sugarman, to rep- resent them at the ceremony. Both spoke about the strong bonds they had formed with members of the class. Silver told of her desire to get more involved in the Jewish community, and the path she had taken to get to this point. She especially enjoyed the time spent learning about leadership through a Jewish lens. Sugar- man, too, expressed his desire to become more involved in the Jewish community, and was pleased to have gained skills to help him realize his goal of making the Jewish community more open and welcoming to young Jews. Michael Soll, president of the JFG0 Board, shared some thoughts about the qualities of great leaders that the group had clearly embraced. He shared the thought that each of these leaders showed capability, continuity, shared a vision of community and had mastered communication. After handing out cer- tificates and gifts, Olga Yorish, executive director of the Jewish Federation, closed the program with the shehechehyanu. The group enjoyed a beautiful reception prepared by Judy Kahan, chairperson of the Bornstein Leadership Program, lingering over shared stories of their Shabbat retreat and their many other sessions. The Jewish Federation will be taking nominations for the next Bornstein Leadership class beginning in late June. For more information, please contact Lisa Sholk, 407-261-3175, or Netanyahu defends security barrier By Algemeiner staff ALGEMEINER--A day af- ter Pope Francis was pictured praying at Israel's security barrier on Sunday, beneath a slogan that compared Pales- tinians with Jews under the Nazi regime, Israel's Prime Minister Netanyahu explained to him in no uncertain terms why the wall was erected in the first place. At a Jerusalem memorial for terror victims, Netanyahu -" 't :-- <C -x told the pope, "When my son was 10 years old, his best friend was a girl, a beautiful Ethiopian girl, who sat next to him in class. One day she didn't come. She was blown up in a bus not far from here because there was no fence, no wall." After the pope responded with prayers for peace and a harsh condemnation of ter- rorism, Netanyahu elaborated further. "I'm grateful foryourwords today. Israel wants peace. Here we have a hospital, Hadassah Hospital. Palestinians come to this hospital. With the wall, they come. We cannot go to their hospitals, they come to our hospitals," he said. "We don't teach our children to plant bombs. We teach them peace. But we have to build a wall against those who teach the other side. But it cannot prevent the incitement to hate and terror and the destruc- tion of Israel that permeates so much of the society on the other side of the fence. If that changes, then the walls could come down and we will have peace." The pope's unscheduled visit to the security barrier on Sunday drew harsh criticism, especially as a result of the imagery that emerged from the trip showing the pope in the same frame as graffiti Nour Shamaly/POOL/Flash90 Pope Francis touching the wall that separates Israel from the West Bank on his way to celebrate a mass in Manger Square in Bethlehem, May 25, 2014. that read, "Bethlehem look like Warsaw Ghetto." Jewish human rights group the Simon Wiesenthal Center said the pictures were a result of a "slick and sick cut-and- paste job by the PA propa- ganda machine manipulating the pope to stand next to a 'big lie.'" "When Pope Francis visits (Holocaust museum) Yad Vashem, his media entourage should reflect on their experi- ences in Bethlehem today as they view the horrific images of the Warsaw Ghetto during the Nazi Holocaust," SWC As- sociate Dean Rabbi Abraham Cooper told The Algemeiner on Sunday. Popular commentator Rabbi Shmuley Boteach wrote, "When the pope prays at an Israeli security bar- rier in front of graffiti that compares Bethlehem to the Warsaw Ghetto, he has taken neutrality to an extreme and risks being party to trivial- izing the Holocaust." Citing the pope's wall visit among other examples, pro-Israel blogger Elder of Ziyon said that the "Arabs are politicizing this trip to the hilt." The barrier was erected by Israel 10 years ago after a spate of suicide bombings and terror attacks left over 1000 Israelis dead. Since its construction, deaths from such attacks have diminished significantly. COS OKs same-sex unions At its May meeting, Senior Rabbi Aaron D. Rubinger ad- vised the full Board of Trustees of Congregation Ohev Shalom in Maitland, of his decision-- in consultation with the other clergy and lay leadership--to authorize same-sex Jewish unions at the synagogue, and Torah honors for same-sex Jewish couples. The state of Florida does not recognize same-sex mar- riages or civil unions. How- ever, the Committee on Jewish Law and Standards--the body which interprets Jewish religious law for Conserva- tive Judaism, Ohev Shalom's denomination--adopted a ruling in 2006 which normal- ized the status of gays and lesbians. A follow-up in 2012 by the authors of that ruling introduced model rituals and documents for same-sex couples. "The time has come," Rabbi Rubinger wrote in a letter to Ohev Shalom congregants, "to allow for same-sex Jewish unions within our synagogue [and] same-sex Jewish couples to have aliyot to the Torah." The proposal had already been brought to the syna- gogue's Ritual Committee, which supported it unani- mously. An open question session for congregants drew about 20 people and no objections. The synagogue's Executive Committee was advised and gave unanimous consent before the matter was presented to the full Board of Trustees. The other clergy at Ohev Shalom--Rabbi David Kay and Cantor Allan Robuck--stand firmly behind the decision. Rabbi Kay had previously of- ficiated at a same-sex Jewish ceremony off the synagogue premises. "When two adult Jewswant to commit their lives to one another and to sanctify that commitment before God and their community," Rabbi Kay said, "it makes no logical sense to close the door of the synagogue on them." Same-sex unions have not been the same sort of flashpoint in the Jewish com- munity that they have been in some other faith communi- ties. According to 2010 data from the Pew Research Reli- gion and Public Life Project, Jews have the highest support for (76 percent) and lowest opposition to (18 percent) same-sex marriage among all major faith traditions. The 2006 ruling adopted by the Committee on Jewish Law and Standards cites the principle of human dignity as the foundation in Jewish law for removing the historical stigma on homosexuality. Ohev Shalom's president, Loft Brenner, sees the new policies as an extension of the same principle. "It's the right thing to do," she said. Congregation Ohev Sha- lom is the Orlando area's original and oldest continuing synagogue. Founded in 1918, Ohev Shalom is a member of the United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism. Torah on the moon project is a go By Shiryn Ghermezian Algemeiner An Israeli team hopes to send a Torah scroll to the moon's surface in an effort to preserve a part of Jewish cul- ture in case of an apocalypse, Britain's Daily Mail reported on Friday. The scroll would travel out- side Earth's atmosphere with other Earth artifacts as part of the Google Lunar XPrize mission, a competition among private companies to send vehicles to the moon with the goal of maintaining Earth's relics beyond a world-ending event, such as a nuclear war. The sacred text would be transported in a capsule enabling it to survive on the moon for more than 10,000 years, the Daily Mail noted. The project has been named 'Torah on the Moon.' The Tel Aviv-based team behind the idea is hoping to later send the Vedas (Hindu scriptures) and the I-Ching (an ancient Chinese philo- sophical work). Each would be transported in the same type of capsule used for the sacred Jewish scroll so that they too Can survive on the moon. "This is an incredible, beautiful project," said group founder Paul Aouizerate. "These three texts are among Earth's most ancient docu- ments, created over 3,000 years ago. They are significant to billions of people." Aouizerate and his team are hoping to raise up to $20.5 million for their Torah mis- sion by having scribes write each of the 304,805 characters contained in the sacred text. The group's efforts to create a capsule that can withstand the extreme temperatures on the moon may prove difficult, the Daily Mail reported. In sunlight, the lunar surface can reach 253F, but at night it plummets to-279F. 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