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HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, JUNE 13, 2014 PAGE 15A Alyssa Goldberg Sam Goldberg, left, and Joshua Levine jam together to help Leket Israel. By Suzanne Kurtz Sloan GoldbergandJoshuaLevine, seventh-graders at The Mo- embarked on a melodic act riah School in Englewood, WASHINGTON (JTA)-- of chesed. N.J., met with their music With their bar mitzvahsOver thewinter, Goldberg teacher and spent a collective soon approaching, Sam and Levine, both 13 and75 hours in a local studio to Rivlin From page 1A handshake from the political professor of political science arena," Ungar said. at Hebrew University, and the "Rivlin represents the This campaign focused former civil service commis- old artistocracy in the Li- on economic issues, as well sioner told The Media Line. kud,'politicalcommentator as politics. After Ben Eliezer "Candidates for any public Amiel Ungar told The Media dropped out over financial position should make clear Line. "I think he will walk issues, there was pressure on details about their healthand back some of Peres's inter- the candidates for full finan- their finances." ventionism." cial disclosure. According to Theelectiontookplacejusta The presidency in Israel is a Israeli law, candidates need to few days after Peres traveled to symbolic, but important, posi- report their income and assets theVatican for ajointprayer for tion. As Israel is a parliamen- tothe Knesset ethics commit- peace with Palestinian presi- tarydemocracy, voters choose tee but it is not publicized. In dentMahmoudAbbas.Galnoor parfy not individual this case, all of the candidates says that as Knesset speaker, candidate. The party with publiclydisclosedtheirassets. Rivlin was scrupulously fair. the largest number of votes "Lately we have looking"Judging by his behavior, I usually forms the governing closely into the financial ties think he will be on guard for coalition, of our elected politicians and Israeli democracy," Galnoor "I believe the presidency we know that a link between said. "He will put aside any should go back to the origi- government and business is ideological inclination and nal model of an intellectual, not healthy in any democ- will be the president of all moral leader, not a golden racy," Yitzhak Galnoor, a Israelis." record an album they titled "Tikun Olam." The goal of the album, they said, was to raise money for Leket Israel, an organization that serves as Israel's national food bank and food rescue net- work. In 2013, Leket reached more than 140,000 people weekly by redistributing food that otherwise would have been wasted to 180 nonprofits that work with the needy. "I thought this was a good thing to do to help," said Goldberg. "People should have the right amount of food to be healthy and get through the day, and ]food] shouldn't go to waste." Goldberg and Levine are hoping to raise $45,000 from album sales so Leket can lease a much-needed 15-ton refrigerated truck for a year. To date they have brought in nearly $14,000. On the album, Goldberg sings and plays piano; Levine is on guitar. It features 11 songs ranging from the prayer Na'ar Hayiti to Billy Joel's "New York State of Mind" and "Sweet Child of Mine" by Guns N' Roses. "It was a great experience and a lot of fun," Levine said. "It was an honor, and Sam and I knew we were doing a big mitzvah." Wiesel From page 1A not to endorse Reuven Rivlin, t ec'ause Wiesel had said yes," the newspaper said. "Knesset Speaker Yuli Edelstein, Ne- tanyahu claimed, had agreed to postpone the deadline by one day. Within 24 hours he would get Wiesel an Israeli citizenship and Wiesel would be everyone's candidate." JTA spoke to Goldberg and Levine about the biggest influences in their lives, the meaningful Jewish experi- ences they've had recently and what they like to do for fun. JTA: Who or what have been the biggest influences in your life? Goldberg: Musically, Billy Joel, Chris Martin and Bono. Generally, obviously my par- ents. They push me to do the best that I can do. Levine: My siblings, all of them. If you could have lunch or coffee with anyone and tell him or her about the album, who would it be? Goidberg: Chris Martin be- cause he's the coolest guy ever. Levine: My great-grandfa- ther. He's not alive, but if I told him, he'd be very proud of me. He was a chazan. Can you share with us a meaningful Jewish experi- ence that you've had? Goldberg: This past No- vember, I went to Israel with boys from my grade and their fathers. We went to see a lot of cool places that I'd never seen before. It was really meaning- ful and I enjoyed it. Levine: This year I went to Hebron the weekend when Chayei Sarah was the Torah portion. It was very inspira- tionalvisiting [Sarah's] grave; it was a great experience. What 's your favorite Jewish holiday? Goldberg: Chanukah. It's really fun and my grandma makes really good latkes. Levine: Pesach, because every year I go to Florida and have a lot of fun. What do you think you want to be doing when you "grow up"? Goldberg: Something pro- fessionally in music, either a sound engineer or performing. Levine: I want to be a doc- tor. If someone's hurt, I want to help. What kind of things do you like to do for fun? Goldberg: I play music and play hockey, with a little fight- ing in the rink. Levine: I play guitar, play basketball, any sport, watch TV. I do normal stuff. The Teen Heroes column is sponsored by the Helen Diller Family Foundation, which is dedicated to celebrating and supporting teens repairing the world. To learn more about the foundation's $36,000 Dil- lerTeen Tikkun Olam Awards, visit http://dillerteenawards. org. Please tell us about teens who deserve attention by sending an email to teens@ But Wiesel didn't bite. "He telephoned me three times," Wiesel said. "When he failed to receive a fa- vorable answer, he pres- sured me through mutual friends. The pressure was heavy, you have no idea how heavy, but I know how to face pressure. One of those who pressed me said, 'Your father in Heaven will see you being elected as the president of the State of Israel. Don't you want to make him proud?'" Wiesel said that's when he responded, "'Leave me alone. I write books. I wasn't meant to do that.'" "Nevertheless, it's a great compliment," Wiesel said. "I was glad to have so many friends who want me." Foxman From page 4A ments about Jewish power with any one statement. But survey, it is not clear whether nificantlyhigheranti-Semitic The conversations that will and influence, Jewish loyalty agreeing to six or more of the Middle East conflict is the attitudes overall than do ensue, in governments and in Third, over the years ques- and personal traits, these age-old anti-Semitic causeor, rather, the excuse for members of other religions, civilsociety, willultimatelybe tions have been raised about The index we used in the assertions makes clear one's anti-Semitism.Eitherway, the If, however, we only look at the test of the impact of this ADL's methodology in assess- Global 100 is based on these biased attitude toward Jews. high numbers of those who the countries outside of the worldwidepoll.Wetrustitwill ing attitudes through similar 11 stereotypes. Our analysis Fourth, there is the question harbor anti-Semitic attitudes Middle East andNorthAfrica, provide a better understand- polling. ADL polling is based restsontheideathatifanindi- of the relationship between in the Middle East and North the numbers foranti-Semitic ing of global anti-Semitism on an index of anti-Semitism vidualagreeswithsixor more attitudes toward Israel and Africa are a challenge to the attitudes for Muslims are still and its reach, and will lead to developedbackinthe 1960sby ofthesestereotypes, he or she attitudes toward Jews. It is region--andtheinternational higher than those amongserious efforts to address this academicsfromtheUniversity isdeemedtohaveanti-Semitic evident that the Middle East community--going forward. Christians but not signifi- worldwide problem. of California, Berkeley. They attitudes.Thestrengthofthis conflict matters with regard When it comes to religious cantly so. Abraham H. Foxman is looked at 11 classic stereo- methodology is its high bar: to anti-Semitism. However, factorsaffectinganti-Semitic For the ADL, this survey national director of the Anti- types about Jews--state- It does not rest on agreeing from our findings in the attitudes, Muslims have sig- is an important beginning. Defamation League. JFNA From page 5A would seek to break the cycle vocates are deeply supportive, ("Be Free Israel"), the Masorti rael and solidify the essential change--or preserve--a of poverty in specific Israeli insisting thisisavitalissuein (Conservative) movement, bonds between world Jewry controversial Israeli policy. an initial vote at the June 9 communities throughaholis- terms of strengthening Jew- the Reform movement, Ma- and Israel," according to an Andonadeeperleveltheissue JFNA meeting, tic system of education, from ish identity in the diaspora, voi Saturn (which deals with official there who spoke off exposes the often discussed One is called JQuest and early childhood through high Others, including some who agunot and divorce issues), the record, but littleacted-onconundrum is designed to create an im- school, aswellassocialservice agree with its goals, feel it and New Israel Fund's op- Recognizing the need for of maintaining both a Jewish mersive experience for Jews and counseling for families would be a tough sell. The erating arm, Shatil, which a nuanced approach, Butler and democratic state, played in their 20s and 30s from and community-building initiative would likely be advocates social change. A noted: "We have to be care- outthroughthelivesofIsraeli around the world for a period programs, viewed, according to critics, number of additional groups ful not to poke anyone in the citizens and, by ripple effect, of two weeks to five months. Butler said there is much as inappropriate for JFNA are expected to join in the eye, but rather to emphasize Jews everywhere. In this case Modeled in some ways after enthusiasm among donorssince it would be funding next few months, that this is meant to broaden the issue is who and how they an American Jewish World and professionals for both programs seen as attempting 'ACoalition Of The Willing' religious expression in Israel." marry. Serviceprogram, itwouldtake JQuest and the Israel Chii- to counter Israel's status quo Sensitive to the issues at Similarly, JFNA CEO Sil- Preserving Jewish identity groupsoutoftheirlocaleand dren's Zone; the two would on matters of religion and hand, the GTP has designated verman explained: "We are is at the core of our religion have them do social service start with pilot programs at personal status, iRep a"voluntary project, not trying to build bridges of and the Zionist cause; equal somewhere else, anywhere a cost of under $5 million a Inpracticalterms, though, a signature project initia- understanding, to create rights and freedoms are at where they are needed--the year, with the hope that they Orthodox Jews, who are most tive--it's a coalition of the something that is not chal- the heart of our sense of U.S., Israel or another coun- will grow and expand based likely to take exception to willing," according to Butler. lenging halachic standards justice. Findingways to avoid try. It would include a Jewish on their success, the initiative, represent a He added, though, that a of Orthodox Jewry but at the choosingbetweenthemisthe learning component as well HeacknowledgedthatiRep,relatively small percentage of significant number of corn- same time creates opportuni- challenge at hand. as pre-training and a post- the plan to fund a coalition major donors to federations, munities are interested in ties for the non-Orthodox." Gary Rosenblatt has been program, of Israeli groups working to The Israeli partners insupporting its modest budget It won't be easy. In part theeditorandpublisherofThe The second project, the liberalize personal-status the "freedom-to-marry" of $2 million ayear, because the project could Jewish Week for 2O years and Israel Children's Zone, is issues under the control of coalition include Hiddush UJA-FederationofNewYorkput federation profession- haswritten more than 1,000 based on the success of the the Chief Rabbinate, is "not ("For Religious Freedom and will support iRep as a means als in a tight spot, between "Between TheLines'columns Harlem Children's Zone, and a simple matter." Some ad- Equality"), Yisrael Hofshit of "helping to strengthen Is- donors who want to either since 1993.