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Editorials ................................ 4A Op-Ed ..................................... 5A Calendar ................................. 6A Synagogue Directory ............... 7A B'nai Mitzvah .......................... 8A Scene Around ......................... 9A /S By Linda Gradstein The Media Line Israel's 120 -seat parliament today chose long-time Likud member Reuven Rivlin as the country's next president who will succeed the popular Shimon Peres, who retires next month at the age of 90. Rivlin, who served two terms as speaker of the Knesset, has been a member of parliament for almost 20 years. He won on the second round of voting after none of the original five candidates, including Nobel chemistry laureate Dan Schectman, failed to achieve an overall majority. Rivlin beat out rival Knesset member Meir Sheetrit in the second round. He said that he will serve the entire public. D ,( . t~. W "This (Likud) party was my home as I said itwould be until I was legally obligated to leave it. Now, I am no longer a party man, I am no longer a faction man. I am everybody's man. A man of the people," Rivlin told the Knesset. "We have reached the end of a difficult election campaign, the faith of the public in the office of president received a harsh blow and it is our duty to rehabilitate it and restore it," Rivlin said. He also expressed his thanks to the Knesset for chosing him. "The Knesset is the spice of life of the Israeli democracy. From this moment I begin a personal process of separation from the place that has been my home." Although Rivlin is from Prime Minister Binyamin Ne- tanyahu's Likud party, there has been tension between the two men since Rivlin report- edly made a nasty remark about Netanyahu's wife. Jewish Family Services Orlando is hosting a chef's challenge dining event that will test well-known chefs in Central Florida to pre- pare a four-course dinner by using ingredients found solely from JFS Orlando's Pearlman Emergency Food Pantry. Contestants in the Pantry to Plate: A Chef's Challenge Event, emceed by celebrity Chef Cat Cora, Yonatan Sindel/Flash90 Likud Knesset member Reuven Rivlin meets with children at a Jerusalem school on May 30, 2014. His election came after a nasty campaign, which lasted for the past two months. One candidate, Labor's Binyamin Ben Eliezer, was forced to drop out over allegations of corrup- tion after some $500,000 that he had not declared to income tax authorities was found in his safe deposit box. He said it was money that his son, who lives abroad, had given him to hold until he bought an apartment in Israel. Israeli analysts say Rivlin is a logical choice as president, and may be less intervention- ist than his predecessor. Rivlin on page 15A are Kathleen Blake of The Rusty Spoon, Hari Pu- lapaka of Cress Restaurant and John Rivers of 4 Rivers Smokehouse and The COOP. Their culinary cuisine will be judged on taste, presenta- tion, and creativity. The event will be held at B.B. King's Blues Club 9101 International Dr. Orlando on Sept. 18, with cocktails at 6 p.m., dinner from 7 to 9 p.m., followed by live entertainment until 10 p.m Tickets are $125 per per- son, $1,000 for a table of 10. All proceeds from Pantry to Plate will go to support JFS Orlando. For more informa- tion or to RSVP, contact Michael Cooper, Mar- keting and Development Manager, at 407-644-7593 Web link: pantrytoplatechal- lenge.org Moshe Pelli, professor and program director of the Judaic Studies Program, is the 2014 winner of the AJL Judaica Bibliography Award. The award, funded by Eric Chaim Kline of Los Angeles, was established to encourage the publication of outstanding Judaica bibliographies. The Association of Jewish Libraries honored Pelli for his recent book. "The Journals of the Haskalah (Hebrew Enlightenment) from 1820 to 1845," which includes mono- graphs and annotated indices to eight Hebrew periodicals published in Holland, Galicia, Germany and Lithuania in the 19th century. According to the awards committee, Pelli's work "has opened up the world of Haska- lah periodicals to readers" and enables researchers to find articles in archaic Hebrew. The monographs analyze the phenomena of the He- brew Enlightenment press, addressing major develop- ments in the history of the Haskalah, such as the emergence of the scholarly study of Judaism in Hebrew, and the emer~ng centers of Haskalah in Holland, Galicia, and Lithuania. The mono- graphs study the journals and their editors, contribut- ing authors, and the subject matters included in them, and examine their scholarly and literary qualities. By Joshua Levitt The Algemeiner Elie Wiesel, humanitar- ian, Nobel Prize laureate and chairman of The Aigemei- ner's Advisory Board, said he turned down an offer from Israeli Prime Minister Ben- jamin Netanyahu to succeed Shimon Peres as president of the State of Israel, Israeli daily Yedioth Ahronoth reported. In an interview, Wiesei said he was flattered, but didn't think the job was for him: "Why should I be president? Leave me alone. I write books. I wasn't meant to do that." Wiesel said Netanyahu had telephoned him in New York three times: "You will be the president of the State of Is- rael," Netanyahu said. "I have finalized itwith everyone. Just say yes." "I'll consider it," Wiesel replied politely. Yedioth Ahronoth, a news- paper that Wiesel worked for as correspondent in Paris and New York, wrote: "Wiesel is an amazing person. At the age of 85 he writes, lectures, fosters a foundation with his wife Marion which funds, among other things, two institutions Professor Moshe Pelli The indices to the eight journals published in this book are cross-referenced, annotated, alphabetized, and author-and-subject listed. They cover all articles, essays, and scholarly studies on a vari- ety of topics in Jewish Studies, such as biblical and Talmudic criticism and commentary, questions regarding the Hal- achah (Jewish legal system), and studies on the Hebrew language, Jewish history, and Jewish education. They also cite newly discovered medieval Hebrew manuscripts, their critique and studies of their authors. Also included are various genres in belles lettres: poems, stories, fables, satires, aphorisms, andotherwritings: biographies, editorial com- ments and announcements. 9 for children in the southern Israeli cities of Ashkelon and Kiryat Malachi. In the time he has left he does quite a lot, verbally and in writing, for the Jewish people and the State of Israel." "He has never resided in Israel, apart from his short visits here, usually during the holidays. He never asked to become a citizen. He always thought that his decision to live far away carries a price: he avoids lecturing the Israelis on how to live and who to elect, and he strictly avoids criticizing Israel evenwhen he doesn'tapprove of its actions." Yedioth Ahronoth wrote that last Tuesday night Netanyahu had declared a "Wiesel alert." "Until close to midnight, the deadline for closing the list of presidential candidates, [Netanyahu] begged the min- isters of the Likud, Yisrael Beiteinu and Bayit Yehudi Wiesel on page 15A J