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HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, JUNE 28, 2013 PAGE 3A i .i The cease-fire that ended the 1967 Six Day War left Israel in possession of territo- ries roughly twice the size of the country at the time. Since then, those territories--the Sinai Peninsula, the Gaza Strip, the West Bank and the Golan Heights--have been the subject of negotiations, the keys to peace treaties and the flashpoints for war. Israel returned the Sinai to Egypt tinder the 1979 peace treaty, and disengaged from Gaza in 2005. However, her presence in the" other ter- ritories continues to spark emotionally charged debate. Are these territories "oc- cupied?" If so, what exactly does that mean? "The concept of,terri- tory captured during armed conflict has developed and changed dramatically• in the last century," explains Rabbi David Kay, who will facilitate a three-part series in July entitled "The Straight Dope on Israel, Part II: Territories, Occupation and Sovereignty" as part of Congregation Ohev Shalom's daytime adult edu- cation program, Mondays at 1:00. "As late as the mid-19th century, there was re'ally no such thing as 'occupation.' If you lost a war, you were conquered, You lost your sovereignty, too." The Mondays at 1:00 series is designed "to shed light, not create heat," Kay says. "This won't be a policy discussion or a political debate. The goal is to lay out the basic facts of a very complicated concept. We'll be applying the Inigo Montoya Princ!ple to 'oc- cupation'," Kay continues, referring to the character in the popular book and film, "The Princess Bride." "You keep using that word--I do not think it means what you think it means." "Territories, Occupation, and Sovereignty" will meet at I p.m. July 8, 15 and 22 at Congregation Ohev Shalom, 613 Concourse Parkway S., Maitland. The series is olden to the public at no charge. RSVPs are encouraged but not required. For more infor- mation or to RSVP, contact Susan Sparrow at Clerg- yAsst@OhevShalom.org or 407=298-4650, or visit the Ohev Shalomwebsite atwww. OhevShalom.org. The Southern Christian Leadership Conference, the St, Augustine Accord Freedom Trail and the Civil Rights Museum of St. Augus- tine all were present in force as the St. Augustine Jewish Historical Society (SAJHS) led a commemoration of the largest mass arrest of rabbis in the United States on June 18, 1964. SAJHS came only to help create a place of sacred memory on the site where 16 rabbis, 49 years ago stood up for the ethics and behavior mandated by Jewish tradi- tion. The Jewish community of St. Augustine left richer because of the partnerships created with the local Afri- can-American community and those who seek to keep the flame of the memory of the civil rights movement alive along Florida's First Coast. The Southern Christian Leadership Conference was represented at the noontime ceremony across Avenida Menendez from the Bayfront Hilton Garden Inn--the Monson Hotel in 1964 bya group seeking aid in creating a more solid presence in the First Coast. They reminded participants of the efforts of Stanley David Levison. the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr's attorney at the time of the formation of the SCLC in January, 1957. The St. Augustine Accord Freedom Trail's mission is to remember, recognize, and honor all of those who risked their lives to attain civil rights for all and to celebrate St. Augustine's pivotal role in the passage of the Landmark Civil Rights Act of 1964 including the ar- rest of rabbis attempting to integrate the lunch counter and swimming pool at the Monson Hotel. Accord has already created a Freedom Trail with over 30 marked sites around St. Augustine explaining the history of the St. Augustine Civil Rights Ceremony commemorating largest mass arrest of rabbis in the United States Museum and is recruiting representatives of the Jewish • community to attend its 7th Annual ACCORD Freedom Trail Luncheon where Civil Rights heroes Congressman John Lewis and Dr. Kathryn Fentress will speak. The Civil Rights Museum of St. Augustine hopes to include the episode of the rabbis' srrest in its Resource Gallery designed to promote civil and human rights worldwide through education, to be housed at 79 Bridge St. in the historic district of the historic city. The Roth Jewish Com- munity Center of Greater Orlando will honor commu- nity leaders Keith and Julie Levitt at this year's 30th An- nual Beat-the-Heat 5K Road Race. This year's event will take place at 7 p.m. Wednes- day July 24, beginning and ending at the Roth Jewish Community Center campus. When one mentions the Levitt family, three thoughts come to mind: the JCC, running and helping chil- dren. Keith, who grew up in Maitland (son of Ken and Jackie who have also been extremely active in the JCC), has been a member of the Roth JCC since its inception and attended summer camp throughout his younger years. Keith and Julie met at Ohio State University and have been active in the Jewish community since they moved back to Central Florida as newlyweds in 1995. They continue to stay active in various JCC events and always look to do more for the community. Keith, as well as his father and brothers, own Oakley signs and Graphics, a national manufacturer of real estate signs. Keith, a seasoned runner, has orga- nized the JCC Beat-the-Heat 5K for the past 15 years, and it continues to be one of his biggest passions. Last year he completed an 11-year quest--a marathon in each state. Julie has embraced run- ning as part of her life, as well, by running several half marathons and supporting Keith through his amaz- ing accomplishment. Julie The 30th Annual Beat the Heat 5K Road Race is honor- ing community leaders Keith and Julie Levitt, shown here With their children, Brook and Brandon. served on the JCC board of directors for several years, as chairwoman for the Richard S. Adler Early Childhood Learning Center and as vice president of Children Services. She has also co- founded and chaired Maj Madness, the JCC's annual mah jongg tournament, for the past 10 years. She is pres- ently a program director for the Jewish Pavilion and an advisor for the Alpha Epsilon Phi sorority at UCF. Keith and Julie's children. Brook and Brandon. are both Richard S. Adler Early Childhood Learning Center graduates and attended the JCC camp for many years. Brandon is involved in the JCC Rebels basketball program, AZA. BBYO and most recently served on the teen task force for J-Serve. Brooke says she is looking forward to her bat mitzvah this November. This year marks the 30th anniversary of the Beat-the- Heat Road Race. Founded in 1983 by Dr. Eli Porth and Eli Bercovici, the race event Continues to be One of Cen- tral Florida's most popular road races. "The race is open to the en- d[ire community and is geared for all participants from seasoned to novice runners of all ages," says race chair Keith Levitt. "We encourage everyone to enjoy the spirit of completion and camaraderie of a group race and poolside family style festivities/award ceremonies that will take place afterwards." The 5K starts from the Jewish Academy of Greater Orlando parking lot with the race course running around parts of Lake Sybelia and finishing• back at the JCC. The costto participate in the 5K is $23 before July 24 and $28 on race day. The quarter-mile kid run is free. The registration fee includes race registration, race shirt while supplies last, plus pizza and• sodas. Beer is available for all registered runners 21 years and up. Guests who are not participating in the race can enjoy dinner for $5. All proceeds from this race event benefit the Marvin Friedman Children Scholar- ship Fund. This fund enables individuals and families with financial limitations to participate in a wide variety of JCC programs. The JCC has provided more than $1,000,000 in the past four years to ensure that no child was turned away due to financial hardship. For sponsorship opportu- nities contact, sports direc- tor Eli Bercovici at 407-645- 5933, ext. 259 or email elib@ orlandojcc.org. You can register to run by logging on at www. rlandojcc.org. E Part-time editor Approximately 22 hours per week, Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, from 1 - 5 p.m. Wednesday 11 - 5 p.m. Responsibilities will include editing, writing, page layout, photography and some misc. clerical. Knowledge of the Jewish community and computer experience helpful. Please send resume to : jeff@orlandoheritage.com or call Jeff at 407-834-8787. Laundry Range of Motion Exercises Walking Assistance Companion Services " Call us Today 407-4 Caring for you in your "home or facility part-time or 24 hours 7 days a w k. 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