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HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, JUNE 30, 2017 PAGE 15A From page 1A and husband, Aaron, who is the executive director and CEO of Central Florida Hillel, she ran the annual fundraiser for Hillel in Pittsburgh which was the largest fundraiser in the Pittsburgh Jewish com- munity in terms of attendees and dollars raised. Prior to event management for Hillel in Pittsburgh, Weii ran her own professional organizing business where she assisted clients in the organization of their homes and/or small office operations, and created "a safe place" for individual clients to go through the emo- tional process oftransitioning and separating from their ac- cumulated life "clutter." Prior to that, Weil lived in Israel for a decade with her familywhere she worked in the high-tech sector organizing international trade shows on three continents. She has a BA in social work with a minor in business administration from The University of Maryland where she graduated Magna Cum Laude in 1991. History and background of KCOA Constructed between 1968 and 1972, the Kinneret Apart- ments provide housing for over 300 seniors with very- low to low income. The apartments were built with federal funding through the U.S. Department of Hous- ing and Urban Development (HUD) spearheaded by lead- ing members of the Jewish community. One bedroom and efficiency apartments are available and include ap- pliances, air conditioning and 24-hour security. The cost of utilities is included except telephone and cable. Specific eligibility requirements for Kinneret I and Kinneret II are covered by the U.S. Depart- ment of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). Later formed as a separate 501C3 nonprofit organiza- tion in 1985, the Kinneret Council on Aging (KCOA) is specifically tasked with funding and supporting the supportive services for the residents of the Kinneret Apartments. KCOA provides, oversees and manages the apartments' independent liv- ing community lifestyle, with amenities, social activities, and programming. Kinneret offers an extensive lineup of ongoing programs aimed at enhancing residents' quality of life. These include onsite weekly exercise classes, cul- tural activities and holiday celebrations. Excursions in- clude trips to Publix, Walmart and area restaurants and an optional meal delivery program is offered during the week for a nominal fee. KCOA is continually looking to better serve the need of the diverse, resident population. While Kinneret was found- ed on Jewish traditions and values, all programs and services are provided to our low-income residents on a not-for-profit and non-dis- criminatory basis. Kinneret residents are low-income seniors from all backgrounds, all walks of life and who have limited resources beyond their ability to pay rent. No other federally or commu- nity-funded housing facility in Central Florida can boast the array of services that are available to the residents at Kinneret. From page 2A In 2002, Hezbollah's leader, Hassan Nasrallah, said Israel's creation was the expression of Allah's will to "gather the Jews in one place" for "the final and decisive battle." The United States, Israel, Australia, New Zealand, the Netherlands and several other countries regard all of Hezbol- lab's organs as belonging to the same terrorist entity. The refusal by police and the City of London to ban the march, and their action against counterprotesters, drew harsh condemnations by critics from the Jewish corn- munity in an apparent reflec- tion of growing exasperation. Hezbollah"seeks the geno- cide of Jews worldwide," Gideon Falter, chairman of the Campaign Against An- tisemitism watchdog, wrote in a scathing statement. "As Britain mourns those we have so recently lost to Islamist terrorism," he added, police "permitted Hezbollah sup- porters to mount a show of force through the heart of London. This is the reality of the supposed crackdown on extremism and terrorism." Jack Mendel, a journalist who covered the march for the Jewish News of London, made light of the situation on Twitter, where he wrote about a photo he took of three march- ers draped in Hezbollah's flag. "Awkward! Three people came in the same terror flag," he wrote. Mendel also noted in a column published Monday that whereas police ignored the flags, one officer advised him to be careful not to hurt his toes after noticing Mendel was wearing flip-flops. "There's a certain sense of helplessness when Hezbol- lab's terror flags fly in my city, and police are more concerned with my well-being," Mendel wrote. From page 5A and I've witnessed person- ally how hyper-politicization can inflict damage to the cause--with supporters of this relationship "colluding" to turn it into a wedge issue when they hammer each other as only fair-weather friends. Since the mission of both the NJDC and the RJC is to help elect members from their own parties, they almost have a vested interest in undermin- ing the bipartisan foundations of U.S.-Israel relations. This same spirit of polar- ization has also consumed much of the cohort advocat- ing on behalf of America's alliance with Israel. AIPAC's commitment to providing a warm bipartisan home for this community is being assailed by less politically inclusive outfits on both flanks. For the past eightyears, J Street's decidedly pro-Obama bent challenged the kumbaya of pro-Israel orthodoxy. And today, promi- nent Jewish funders and evan- gelical groups are calling for a more hard-hitting approach than AIPAC's, one attuned to the sensibilities of Trump's America. How to square this circle when bipartisanship is indis- pensable but politics is king? Friends of America's part- nershipwith Israel mightbest consider performing triage to stem the bleeding. If the relationship is to recoup its "unifier" status, the most immediate order of business should now be to neutralize the acrimony. AIPAC's pro- fessionalism will remain a formidable asset--but only if the organization is not trans- formed into a boxing ring where political rivals come to exchange blows without regard for the injury it causes to bipartisanship Unless supreme efforts are invested to insulate this neutral ground, it could con- ceivably implode. Participants in last week's AIPAC joint trip to Israel for Republican and Democratic campaign opera- tives' officials--reportedly it "helped them dial down the bitter partisanship of current- day Washington"--would be the first to vindicate this approach. At the same time, the current environment has prescribed an increasingly important role for tapered and cohesive silos of the like- nded. Enjoying the cachet of intellectual traction among their natural allies, partisan groups are equally potent messengers on issues rang- ing from foreign aid to the Iranian nuclear threat that they can cast skillfully in the vernacular of their particular guild. Ideally this task would be performed without too much emphasis on why the opposing team is "weak" on the issue; rather the mutual objective would be for all sides to be "strong." Psalm 133 is correct: It is good and pleasant for broth- ers to dwell together. But to ensure that Democrats and Republicans keep forging ahead to advance the alliance between the United States and Israel--a "best interest" of both countries--parallel inclusive and exclusive tracks of communal activism might just be a sign of the times. Per- haps it's time for Bipartisan- ship 2.0. "Bipairtisanship," if you will. Shalom Lipner is a non- resident senior fellow of the Center for Middle East Policy at the Brookings Institution. From 1990 to 2016, he served seven consecutive premiers at the Prime Minister's Office in Jerusalem. From page 5A a Jewish world conspiracy to control humanity for nefari- ous ends. And in 1949, it was the KGB that created the anti- Semitic conspiracy that has animated and controlled Western discourse on Israel ever since. It was then that the Soviets invented the term "anti-Zionism," and began referring to Jews as Zionists. And this brings us to the second noteworthy aspect of Putin's discussion of anti- Semitism. The KGB rebrand- ed Jews as "Zionists" and anti- Semites as "anti-Zionists" to rescue anti-Semitism as a tool of political warfare from the ruins of Auschwitz. Until then, it was socially unacceptable to hate Jews. After the KGB moved to pan Zionism as a form of colonialism and imperialism, it became fashionable again. What Putin explained in his remarks is that conspiracy theories are not accidental occurrences. They are delib- erate, premeditated acts of political warfare that serve specific political purposes for their creators. Anti-Zionist conspiracies, like their tra- ditional anti-Jewish anteced- ents are particularly attractive because Jews are such an easy target. Their small numbers and the ease with which they can be singled out makes them natural targets of conspiracy mongers. After all, who will stand up for Israel and the Jews? Jews, of course, have no credibility as defenders of the Jewish state, because, well, they're Jews. As for non-Jewish de- fenders of Israel--they can dismissed as hired guns or re- ligious fanatics or discredited in any number of other ways. Sadly, while Putin has no com- punction about standing up to the anti-Russia conspiracy spinners, with each passing year, the American Jewish community has had more and more difficulty recognizing that they are the target of a conspiracy theory and acting appropriately. Rather than stand up for Israel and against its detractors, more and more American Jews have joined them. And those who do not join them try to get out from under the conspiracy web by pretending that it is a ratio- nal argument, rather than a conspiracy. Indeed, increasingly, American Jewish organi- zations make distinctions between Israel and Judea and Samaria. They don't take their tours beyond the 1949 armistice lines. They say that boycotts of Jewish products made beyond the lines are legitimate. They try to "dialogue" with anti-Israel activists and blackball Israeli conservatives. And lo and be- hold, it doesn't work. It doesn't work because it cannot work. Because the conspiracy mongers are not interested in compromising, they are interested in dele- gitimizing the very notion that Jews can argue with them. The toll this has taken on the American Jewish com- munitywas clearly in evidence this week at the Israel Day Parade in New York. Fifteen years ago, some 100,000 area Jews marched in the parade. This year, official counts put the number of marchers at 40,000. A disproportionate number of them were Or- thodox. Fifty years after the Six Day War, Israel has become a hard subject for American Jews to discuss not because it is hard on the merits to defend, but because the conspiracy theories which have taken control of the non-Jewish discourse on Israel have captured the American Jewish discourse as well. The most pressing duty of the American Jewish community then is to finally recognize the nature of the battle they are beset by and fight it as hard as they can. The long-suffering Pales- tinians will no doubt thank them for doing so. Originally published in The Jerusalem Post. Caroline Glick is the senior Middle East Fellow at the Center for Security Policy in Washington, DC, the deputy managing editor of The Jerusalem Post and a contributor to the Jewish World Review. From page 12A Thanks to the PCTI model, more Holocaust survivors are receiving the care and support they need, like the 80-year- old man in California who is discovering the wonders of yoga for relaxing his mind and easing his back pain. Or the survivors in Kansas who are spirited away to happier times with concerts of old Yiddish songs. Or the man in Florida who, thanks to the therapy he received, was able to recognize that his anxiety attacks were being triggered by fears that his declining vision left him vulnerable to capture by wartime enemies. PCTI care can help survivors deal with the triggers associ- ated with aging. Innovative programs sup- ported by the center, shared with a vast social service net- work, are also helping people beyond our community. Besides Holocaust survivors, PCTI techniques can help other aging traumatized peoples such as veterans, refugees andvictims of abuse. Though we celebrate the center's tremendous impact over its first two years, we dare not rest. As co-chairs, we are deeply aware that for every survivor we help, there are dozens more who need these services. Of the 100,000 to 130,000 survivors in the U.S., many are in their upper 80s or older and one in four lives in poverty. As a group, survivors are at a significantly higher risk for depression, social isolation, declining health and the negative outcomes associ- ated with institutionalization where unfamiliar showers, uniforms, accents and regi- mented schedules can trigger traumatic experiences. The center's proven effec- tiveness in helping survivors is why Congress recently approved funding for a third round of grants guaranteed to keep this work going for another two years--but it isn't enough. And thrilled as we are that federations have successfully met the prelimi- nary $45 million fundraising goal, it must only be the be- ginning. Holocaust survivors in poverty need food, medical help, dental care, hearing aids and housing assistance, none of which the federal grant is authorized to provide. And as survivors grow older, their needs grow greater with each passing day. As Jews, we are charged with respecting the elderly and caring for the most vulnerable. Especially with Holocaust survivors, who have known unfathomable cruelty, it's on us to let them know they will never be forgot- ten or abandoned. Each of us has something to contribute. Contact your local Jewish family services or nursing home for volunteer opportu- nities to work with Holocaust survivors. We know that for many survivors, nothing makes their day like a visit or a phone call from a friend. Contact your local federation or family service agency to learn about your commu- nity's Holocaust survivor fund, or consider donating to the Center for Advancing Holocaust Survivor Care. The center is currently accepting applications from local service providers. These heroes deserve to live with dignity. It's up to us to act quickly. Todd Morgan and Mark Wilf are the co-chairs of the Jewish Federations of North America National Holocaust Survivor Initiative. 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