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HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, JUNE 14, 2013 ..... PAGE 15A Shefsky From page 1A Human Service Award win- ner) was a wonderful mentor for me." The following year Shefsky became a first-grade teacher. Three years later she became assistant head of school, and four years later she was asked to be the head of school, a posi; tion she held for eight years. While maintaining the warm, nurturing environ- ment that she found when she arrived, Shefsky was able to create a 21st century school that integrates tech- nology into all aspects of its curriculum and is based on Jewish values. One way to measure Shef- sky's students' success is how they are doing now. "Most of my students are recent college graduates or college stu- dents," she says. "They have all been very successful in high school and beyond. They have attended the top colleges and universities in the country. Several are in medical and law school, while others have become accountants or are in the businessfield." Shefsky grew up in a Jewish household. "I was raised in a Conservative Jewish home, We kept kosher, walked ~to synagogue and spent holidays celebrating with my entire family." She received a bachelor of science in elementary educa- tion from Temple University and did graduate work at Penn State. ' : To make retirement official, the Shefskys sold their home and are moving into Solivita, a 55-plus active adult com- munity. Now that she is retired, Shefsky plans to travel and spend more time with Bruce, her husband of 42 years; daughter Geri and her hus- band Brian, who live in Philadelphia with their two sons, Logan, 9, and Evan, 5; and son Michael and his wife Crystal, who live in Tampa with their two sons, Taylan, 7, and Gavin, 4. Shari Wladis, assistant head of school, has been named interim head of school while the Head of School Search Committee continues its hunt for a replacement. Isolation From page 1A legal relationship between Israel and the European Union," he said. Reinicke said the European establishment overwhelm- ingly opposes actions that isolate Israel as a whole, not- ing for instance the decision by British physicist Stephen Hawking to boycott a confer- ence in Israel this summer. "The vast majority," he began, then corrected him- self. "Everybody is against this," he said, referring to the boycott and divestment movement. Nonetheless, he acknowl- edged that the policies distin- guishing settlement products from Israeli products rein- force the movement to isolate and delegitimize Israel. "The danger is there," he said. "I don't think it's a good development." Reinicke suggested that the labeling policy would soon be adopted. "The number of foreign ministers who are supporting this are increasing," he said. "This is a development we should look at, which is not a good development. "It is almost impossible to explain to any European why settlement is continuing all the time. It is difficult to explain to Europeans why in- creased settlement activities mean an increase of security for the State of Israel." The pessimistic scenario outlined by Reinicke echoed similar warnings this week from John Kerry, the U.S. secretary of state, and from the foreign minister of the Czech Republic, one of Is- rael's staunchest friends on the continent. "Yes, the United States of America will always have Israel's back," Kerry said in remarks June 3 to the American Jewish Committee. "We will always stand up for Israel's security. But wouldn't we both be stronger if we had some more company?" Also addressing the AJC, Czech Foreign Minister Karel Schwarzenberg described an erosion of support for Israel in Europe. "Alarm among Israel's for- eign partners about the con- tinued expansion of Jewish residential areas beyond the Green Line, steadily eroding the size and contiguity of the residual non-Jewish territo- ries, often seems to be felt in Israel as a political nuisance to be overcome rather than a serious questioning of Israel's political credibility," he said. The Czech Republic was the only European nation to join the United States and Israel last year in opposing the Palestinian Authority's successful bid to enhance its United Nations status to non-member state ob- server. Most of the other 27 mem- bers of the European Union abstained on the vote. Asked why Europe does not treat the Palestinian Authority's quest for statehood recognition ab- sent negotiations with Israel with the same seriousness that it opposes settlement expansion, Reinicke said it was hard for European na- tions to adamantly oppose a diplomatic maneuver. "We think that the Pales- tinians should come to the negotiating table without preconditions," he said. "We had a strong discussion and very, very intensive discus- sions among the Europeans about how to move. But the bottom line, it is a sort of dip- lomatic activity. It is peaceful, not a violent one." He expressed coolness about a plan advanced by Kerry to seek $4 billion in private investment for the Palestinian areas, noting that economic conditions-- in particular the ability to move people and goods about freely--are more important than money. Kerry's investment plan, which a number of Repub- licans in Congress have rejected, won a hearty en- dorsement last week from the American Israel Public Affairs Committee. Reinicke suggested that Europe would soon join the United States in designating Hezbollah--0r at least its military wing--as a terrorist entity, which would curtail the Lebanon-based terrorist group's fundraising on the continent. "If you see the public state- ments of the major foreign ministers," he said, "I think there is a move in this direc- tion." Problem From page 4A policy should be based on "giving out cookies" and "gold stars" rather than pun- ishing Bashir. In 2010, Gra- tion told the Senate Foreign Relations Committee that the U.S. now supports hav- ing Bashir judged by a local Sudanese court rather than by the ICC (even though that would increase the chances of an acquittal or a light sentence). In 2011, Gration's successor, Princeton Lyman, told an interviewer, "We do not want to see the ouster of the [Bashir] regime, nor regime change." Meanwhile, Bashir was brazenly flaunting the ICC indictment by traveling openly to various Arab and African countries. Even though some of those coun- tries were major recipients of U.S. aid, such as Egypt, Iraq, and Libya, neither Obama nor advisers like Dr. Power publicly criticized them. Bashir had become the least- wanted most-wanted man in the world. In the face of all this, disheartened Darfur advo- cates were given new hope by the president's dramatic Tournament From page 7A could assist others. I became chairman of a golf society in the U.K., which raised money for the Jewish Care Society, an umbrella organization that looks after the infirm, both young and old, in the Jewish community. Over the next decade it became the biggest golf charity in the country thanks to tremendous com- munity support. I hoped to replicate the efforts here in Central Florida." Last fall Green was golfing with friend and fellow Ohev Shalom congregant, Ken Davis, when he enquired about charitable events benefitting Jewish seniors. "I told Ken that I had experience running 2012 announcement--from the podium of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum--that he was cre- ating an Atrocities Preven- tion Board, with Power as its chair. The most optimistic among us were tempted to see parallels to the remark- able lifesaving work under- taken by the War Refugee Board, after pressure by con- gress and Jewish activists forced President Franklin Roosevelt to establish that agency in 1944. And there was substantial public support for President Obama's initiative: a poll by Penn Schoen Berland found 69 percent of Americans be- lieve the U.S. should "prevent or stop genocide or mass atrocities from occurring in another part of the world." With public opinion on its side, would the Obama administration finally turn a corner in its genocide policy? Unfortunately not. When U.S. Rep. Frank Wolf (R-VA) introduced a bill in 2012 to suspend non-hu- manitarian aid to countries that host visits by Bashir, the State Department worked behind the scenes to bury the measure. A petition by 70 leading Holocaust and geno- cide scholars to Dr. Power, urging her to back the bill, went unanswered. (Ironi- cally, Power, in her book, had urged the U.S. government to use "economic sanctions" and pressure on its allies to combat genocide--a fact noted in the petition.) Asked by a Fox News in- terviewer in January 2013 why the U.S. had been silent over a recent Bashir visit to Egypt, outgoing Secretary of State Hillary Clinton acknowledged that Bashir "does need to be held ac- countable for what happened on his watch as president" (Curiously. she made him sound like a bystander rather than a perpetrator). But, she emphasized, the U.S. had to "prioritize" and focus on maintaining good relations with Egypt. Last month, the Obama administration announced that a delegation represent- ing the Bashir regime would soon visit the U.S. Heading the delegation will be Bashir adviser Nafie Ali Nafie, a prominent participant in the Darfur massacres. A petition by 107 genocide scholars to Obama, urging him to can- cel the visit, has so far gone unanswered. Ironically, countries far smaller and weaker than the United States have shown much more backbone on this issue. Uganda, South Africa, and even tiny, deeply impoverished Malawi have threa.t ned: to arrest B ashir if he attempts to take part in international conferences in their countries. The presi- dent of Brazil stormed out of a banquet rather than sit next to Bashir. Yet the U.S., apparently worried about an- gering Bashir's allies in the Arab League, continues to stand idly by as the Butcher of Darfur travels freely. And the Atrocities Preven- tion Board under Samantha Power? Thirteen months after it was established, it still has no office, noweb site, no phone, no public record of action, not even a single statement issued about Bashir's travels or other issues related to atrocities in Sudan or anywhere else. No wonder the major news media seem unaware of the Atrocities Prevention Board's existence. In report- ing Power's nomination as U.S. ambassador, the New a golf charity in the U.K., and that I was interested in helping Jewish seniors," Green said. "Ken asked me ifI was familiar with the Jewish Pavilion. Ken shared that the Pavilion had provided Shabbat services and visitation for his late mother- in-law, Lillian Spiegel, while she was a resident at Cham- brel Assisted Living Home in Longwood. Ken and his wife, Joy, were grateful for the personal care and atten- tion Lillian had received, and suggested that the Pavilion would be a good cause. Thus, the Pavilion Golf Society was formed." On the morning of the golf event, the security guard at the gated Alaqua community in Longwood was in for a surprise as dozens of golfers lined up to gain entrance. Green served as golf captain at the Sunday morning tourna- ment, patrolling the grounds atAlaquaLakesCountry Club in a golf cart, welcoming par- ticipants and supporters with a warm greeting. Green and Davis, alongwith their committee, had spent months planning, and were thrilled with the crowd of Pavilion supporters and golf enthusiasts that descended upon Alaqua Lakes Country Club. Green said, "For a first-time event I am thrilled we raised awareness and enthusiasm about the Jewish Pavilion and the Pavilion Golf Society Tournament, while creating an experience that involved the entire Jewish community. Thanks to our participants and our generous sponsors, Florida Hospital, Fifth Third Bank, and Vitas Hospice, we have raised $16,000 for the Pavilion's Senior Help Desk." The tournament winners were: First Place, Pavilion Golf Society Tournament, Con- tinuous Care with Rick Humphery, Brent Brown, Joe NorwoodandJohn Scame- horn. Longest Drive, Andrew Meirs Winner of the Dixon Golf Raffle, Hank Katzen Winner of the Porsche for the Weekend Raffle, Daniel Best. York Times mentioned only that she "worked on human- rights issues on the National Security Council during Mr. Obama's first term." The Washington Post described her as "Obama's adviser for multilateral affairs and hu- man rights before resigning can resolve this mystery at her confirmation hearing. In the meantime, while Obama named Susan Rice to replace outgoing National Security Adviser Tom Do- nilon, and Samantha Power to replace Rice, there was no mention of who will be re- earlier this year." Has the Atrocities Preven- tion Board been preventing atrocities on the sly? Pre- sumably Obama would not have chosen such a high- profile setting for the an- nouncement of the Board's creation had he intended it to be some kind of top-secret operation. Hopefully Power placing P er a kead of.the Atrocities Prevention Board. But given the Board's inac- tivity, does it even matter? Dr. Rafael Medoff is found- ing director of The David S. Wyman Institute for Ho- locaust Studies. 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