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HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, JUNE 8, 2012 PAGE 9A By Gloria Yousha -- Call 407-657-9405 or 407-834-8787 A well deserved honor... Actually, there is no higher honor in the United States! I'm referring to the Presidential Medal of Freedom, comparable to the Congressional Medal of Honor. The Medal of Honor is the highest military decora- tion awarded by the United States government. It is bestowed by the president in the name of Congress, and is conferred only upon members of the United State Armed Forces who distinguish themselves through conspicuous gal- Jan Karski as a young man lantry and intrepidity at the risk of his or her life above and beyond the call of duty while engaged in an action against an enemy of the United States. Due to the nature of its selection criteria, it is often awarded posthumously, with more than half of all awards since 1941 given to individuals who were deceased. As the award citation includes the phrase "in the name of Congress", it is sometimes erroneously called the "Con- gressional Medal of Honor". The official title, however, is simply the "Medal of Honor". The Presidential Medal of Freedom is an award bestowed by the President of the United States and is, along with the comparable Congressional Gold Medal, bestowed by an act of U.S. Congress... the highest civilian award in the United States. It recognizes those individuals who have made an espe- cially meritorious contribution to the security or national interests of the United States, world peace, cultural or other significant public or private endeavors. The award is not limited to U.S. citizens and, while it is a civilian award, it can also be awarded to military personnel and worn on the uniform. Itwas established in 1963 and replaced the earlier Medal of Freedom that was established by President Harry S. Truman in 1945. This award was presented recently by President Barack Obama and was televised for all to see. One of the recipients was our own BOB DYLAN. Born Robert Allen Zimmerman on May 24, 1941, he is an American singer-songwriter, musician and artist. He has been an influential figure in popular music and culture for five decades The recipient who touched me the most, however, was not of our faith. He was raised and lived his entire life as a Christian. He was Jan Karski. Months before this televised awards ceremony President Obama announced at the United States Holocaust Memo- rial Museum in Washington, D.C., that he will award a posthumous Presidential Medal of Freedom to Jan Karski, a former officer in the Polish Underground during World War II who was among the first to provide eye-witness accounts of the Holocaust to the world. As I explained above, the Medal of Freedom is the Na- tion's highest civilian honor, presented to individuals who have made especially meritorious contributions to the security or national interests of the United States, to world peace, or to cultural or other significant public or private endeavors. President Obama said, "We must tell our children about how this evil was allowed to hap- pen because so many people succumbed to their darkest instincts; because so many others stood silent. But let us also tell our children about the Righteous Among the Nations. Among them was Jan Karski, a young Polish Catholic who witnessed Jews being put on cattle cars, who saw the killings, and who told the truth, all the way to President Roosevelt himself. Jan Karski passed away more than a decade ago. I'm proud to announce that I will honor him with America's highest civilian honor, the Presidential Medal of Freedom." Karski served as an officer in the Polish Underground during World War II and carried among the first eye-witness accounts of the Holocaust to the world. He worked as a cou- rier, entering the Warsaw ghetto and the Nazi Izbica transit camp, where he saw first-hand the atrocities occurring under Nazi occupation. He later traveled to London to meet with the Polish government-in-exile andwith British government officials. He subsequently traveled to the United States and met with President Roosevelt. Karski published Story of a Secret State, earned a Ph.D. at Georgetown University, and became a professor at Georgetown's School of Foreign Service. Born in 1914, Karski became aU.S. citizen in 1954. He died in 2000. The medal was received on his behalf by a distinguished Polish government official. More about good people... I received the following email from our own NANCY LUDIN, executive director of the Jewish Pavilion: "Three cheers for HANK and SUZANNE LANDER of Beth Chaim who have been chairing a committee for close to many years that has brought Judaism and so much happiness to several dozen seniors in long term care. Suzanne and Hank Lander "For many years, the Landers and their friends con- ducted monthly Saturday Shabbat service at Emeritus at Lake Mary. When their favorite couple, Arthur and Harriet Schott, moved to Savannah Court, they decided to move their services to Savannah Court. "What is especially unique about Beth Chaim is that the entire congregation is in on the project. Many families participate in the Shabbat and holiday services. When I attended a Hanukkah party organized by the Landers, it felt like the entire congregation participated. The part-time rabbi, who only works one Shabbat a month, was there to share in the festivities. The music teacher came with her students who performed an array of Chanukah songs that included funny dances and body motions. Several people played the guitar and everyone brought gifts for the residents. The food was all donated and home made. The celebration was truly spectacular! It is amazing to see what a little congregation with such devoted leader- ship can do to make a difference in the lives of our elders. The Jewish Pavilion will acknowledge the contributions of the Landers and their entire congregation at their Volunteer appreciation Luncheon on Sept. 6 at 11 a.m. at Maison and Jardin." (Ironically, while Nancy Ludin was typingthis informa- tion, Hank Lander stopped by the Jewish Pavilion office to install another phone line. Hank donated their entire phone system and then helped move it to their new offices. The Landers are truly an incredible couple who give of their time and talents.) I got a "kick" out of this... Each week I receive an email from the Jewish Federa- tion's EMELY KATZ. In them she names a "Mensch of the Week." I recently received one that named Moses. She also included the following information: "On the night of Passover, the Jews left on their exodus, from Egypt to Canaan led by Moses, 49 days later, they stopped at Mount Sinai. Moses went up the mountain and there was given the Torah by G-d himself directly and literally. G-d told Moses the 613 commandments (248 positive and 365 negative ones), as well as an explanation of how to fulfill them. These weren't written down until nearly half a century later, in the five books of the written Torah. Moses wrote them down on a scroll just before he died, just before the Hebrews entered the Promised Land. What a mensch, for passing on to us the principles that guide our Jewish life." I want to go too!... I'm talking about day camp. Just listen to all this day camp has to offer (in their words): "Camp Gan Israel is on a beautiful 20 acre camp site near Windermere, nestled between trees, a lake and fields. (You had me at the word "nestled.") The camp boasts a pool (got it), air conditioned dining hall (got it... but I'm the head cook, bottle washer and Waitress), a craft room (I pass), com- mercial kitchen (pass again), playground (well...), and lots of gorgeous outdoor space (oy!) The camp is accredited by the American Camp Association and has excellent programming. For instance: there are certified swim- ming lessons, Jewish themed activities, archery, water sports, music and drama, mad science, crafts.., etc. There are also many trips planned (which is great because all I ever get to go to with my spouse is the dollar movie!) This is a four-week camp (June 25-July 20) for kids ages 3 to 11 and a teen program for ages 12 to 15. (Nothing for folks over 65?) For more information and to sign up, go to www. One for the road... This is one of my all time favorite jokes: Three men are discussing their previous night's lovemaking. Alberto the Italian says, "My wife, I rubbed her all over with fine olive oil, then we make wonderful love. She screamed for five minutes. "Marcel the Frenchman says, "I smoothed sweet butter on my wife's body, then we made passionate love. She screamed for half an hour." Maurice Cohen says, "I covered my wife's body with schmaltz. We made love and she screamed for six hours. "The others say, "Six hours? How did you make her scream for six hours?" Maurice shrugs. "I wiped my hands on the drapes." can be purchased at the following locations: ORANGE COUNTY JCC, 851 N. Maitland Ave., Maitland • JCC South, 11184 South Apopka-Vineland Rd., Orlando • Kinneret, 515 South Delaney Ave., Orlando • SOJC, 11200 S. 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