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HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, JUNE 20, 2014 Absolutely no surprise... The following comes directly from the World Jewish Congress Digest (WJC) and is very worth repeating (but no surprise). The headline read "Israel Ranked 3rd Largest Sci-tech Partner to U.S." Here is the story that followed: "The U.S.-Israel Science & Technology Foundation (USISTF) says that Israel last year placed third out of 16 nations deemed the world's heavyweight partners in science and technology with the United States. The foundation's 'innovation index' for 2013 used four key metrics (government relationships, human capital, industry cooperation and research and development) placing Switzer- land.., a pharmaceutical teacher...with its highest point grading and with Canada closely edging out Israel." (With all the medical breakthroughs in Junior Diabetes and many forms of cancer, among other things, I feel confident that for 2014, Israel will place number one!) Such nachas and such memories... Our own LAURENCE MORRELL and his family recently attended his 50th college reunion (class of 1964) at Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia. This is taken from his recent email to me: "My wearing of the gold gown and graduation cap represents 50 years of involvement with Emory University, induction into the Corpus Cordis Aureum, 'The Golden Corps of the Heart.' Our group also led the opening procession for the recent college graduation. In addition to the Class of 1964 reunion, I arranged a fraternity reunion for AE Pi. We had nine fraternity brothers from our class attend. All of our daughters and grandson attended the event. Pictured in the photo above, left to right: SUZANNE, Laurence, NATHAN, TAMI, DANA and ELLEN. Laurence Morrell and family. For 50 years I have continued to be involved in Emory University, especially the Athletic Department. As a student, I participated in intercollegiate soccer and track and field." (It was great to hear from Laurence. I am truly proud to know him.) One of the "Highlights" of my year... It's almost that time again.., the show that promises a great time and always delivers! I'm referring to The Dazzling Divas, of course. (I hate them because they have great legs... and great clothes.) Anyway, (in spite of my envy) I want to tell you all about the upcoming "Dazzling Divas Sizzling Summer Spectacular." The show takes place on Sunday, July 6th at the Jewish Commu- nity Center of Greater Orlando, 851 North Maitland Avenue, Maitland. Doors open at noon and the show begins at I p.m. Once again, Mr. KENNY LEE presents with Ms. B.J. STE- PHENS this truly spectacular show and gathering of Orlando's finest and "fun-est" group of folks (including me and my spouse.., well not so much my spouse. His nickname at work is "Grumpy." I can't even repeat what I call him at home.) The show features the talents of Kenny, B.J. and the rest of the "Divas," CRYSTAL VAHZZ, GERALDINE JONES, KAYE STARR, RAMONA and very special guest artist, LUCKZ. The ticket prices for the event are $15 per person in advance and $20 per person at the door. Tickets include the show and an all you can eat dessert buffet. (Food! Now you're talking!) Beer, wine, coffee and tea will be available as well. If you have any questions about this fabulous afternoon, phone Kenny at 407-670-4418. If you need directions to the Maitland JCC, phone 407-645-5933. (Looking forward to it and especially looking forward to seeing you there!) "Give my regards to Broadway"... Our own JILL SHARGAA is on her way to the great white way. I can't think of a more talented person to work the Big Apple. On Tuesday, July 8th, Jill will be featured at Joe's Pub, The Public Theater, 425 Lafayette Street in New York City. (Sounds like Greenwich Village to me. Agreatvenue, indeed!) The super-talented, super-clever Jill, was chosen over hun- dreds of other entertainers to perform on that night. Only a select audience will be in attendance but Jill believes the performances are going to be video taped and available online at a later date. If so, I will let readers know. (Okay, Jill... break a leg (not literally) and give my regards to Broadway.) A monthly pet tip... It's June and another hurricane season is coming. Be sure you have a safe way to transport your pets and a place to take them in case you have to evacuate. (I love animals and will include the appropriate pet tip each month.) One for the road... I received this joke in an email recently: Sadie Cohen lived in a diverse neighborhood on Long Island. Her neighbor was a very generous African-American woman who stopped in one Saturday and asked"Mrs. Cohen, I have to go into the city this afternoon to meet my daughter. Can I get you anything?" Sadie Cohen thanked her and exclaimed, "Listen, I have a monthly commuter pass for the train, and I don't use it on Saturdays. Why don't you use my ticket and bring it back tonight. After all, it's all paid for, why should you pay extra?" The neighbor thanked her, and later that day, got on the train. As the conductor came through the train, he happened to glance at the ticket and noticed the name Sadie Cohen. "Excuse me madam, are you Sadie Cohen, the person whose name appears on this ticket?" The woman smiled sweetly at him and shook her head af- firmatively. A little suspicious, the conductor stared at her for a few seconds and then asked, "Would you please sign your name?" The African-American woman turned toward him indig- nantly and snapped, "Man, are you crazy? You want me to write on Shabbos?" At Herzliya Conference, a split on importance of lsraeli-Palestinian conflict By Ben Sales HERZLIYA, Israel (JTA)-- Naftali Bennett and Tzipi Livni don't agree on much. Bennett, Israel's econo- my minister, sees the West Bank as an inseparable part of the Jewish state and wants Israel to annex its settlements there. Livni, the justice minister, says Israel can remain a Jewish democracy only by evacuat- ing settlements. But on one thing they agree: Israel must break its status quo with the Pales- tinians. Bennett and Livni were two of the five politicians who pre- sented a range of responses to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict last Sunday at the annual Herzliya Conference, an elite gathering of Israeli politicians, military officials and security experts weigh- ing in on the central issues facing Israel. Their debate exposes the cracks in Israel's diverse governing coalition. But the biggest division in Herzliya wasn't between hawks and doves; it was between the politicians who prioritized addressing the Israeli-Pal- estinian conflict and the military officials who all but ignored it. The assessment of the mili- tary leadership differed little from last year's conference, despite the recent collapse of Israeli-Palestinian peace talks and the subsequent unity agreement between the Fatah faction of Pales- tinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas and Hamas, which is regarded as a terror- ist group by most of the West. Those developments, which the politicians treat- ed as major changes, were mentioned only in passing by military officials, who focused instead on threats emanating from Iran, Syria, Lebanon and elsewhere. "We're in a Middle East that's undergoing a jolt," Israel Defense Forces Chief of Staff Benny Gantz said in a speech Monday that focused mainly on tensions on Israel's borders. "Dramatic instabil- ity is a constant in this region and we need to be ready." While the military officials were focused on missiles, strategic threats and regional alliances, the politicians were concerned mainly with Zion- ist values, domestic politics and international legitimacy. One after another, the leaders of five major Israeli parties put forward widely divergent proposals for how Israel should proceed following the failure of peace negotiations. Bennett suggested partial annexation of the West Bank. Finance Minister Yair Lapid advocated staged withdrawal. Livni and Labor party Chair- man Isaac Herzog called for a more aggressive approach to negotiations. Each speaker criticized the others. Lapid and Ben- nett, once political allies, called each other's proposals "delusional." "The era of Oslo has ended," Bennett said. "Now the time has come to admit that it simply didn't work. We need to think in a different way to create a better reality." 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