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Editorials ................................ 4A Op-Ed ..................................... 5A Calendar ................................. 6A Synagogue Directory ............... 7A B&apos;nai Mitzvah .......................... 8A Scene Around ......................... 9A o Todd Jacobs Members of the Aitz Hayim Center for Jewish Living in Glencoe, Ill., show U.S. and Israeli colors at the 2012 Fourth of July parade in nearby Highland Park. Kabbalat Kaboom: Celebrating the Fourth on a Friday By Edmon J. Rodman works, or seeing them explode in the gation sings "God Bless America," "The sky, I wonder how the verse "Awake and Star Spangled Banner" and"America the LOSANGELES (JTA)--Part"GodBless arise to greet the new light, for in your Beautiful," he plans to ask, "What are America," part "Shabbat Shalom," the radiance the world will be bright" will we celebrating? Barbecues, watermelon FoiJrth of July this year falls on a Friday. resonate. Could it apply to celebrating and a big beach day? Or are we thinking In this land of religious freedom, how do the birth of a nation? about how and why our families came we plan to observe both? The folks at Temple Emanu-El in to America?" Asthesunsetsoverthe"fruitedplain," Dothan, Ala., will discover how the day's The rabbi says he wants his congre- will we be lighting Shabbat candles and two liturgies relate. First they'll gather gants to think about their connections fireworks? How will the Sabbath Queen in the garden ofa congregant's home for to the U.S., about "Who in their families look in red, white and blue? a sht Shabbt service before enjoying were the first born in America." Those who traditionally observe the whathe synag0gue s website calls an :LuSki recalls his own roots-g grand- Sabbath by not kindling fire surely will old-fashioned picnic." parents who moved to Cuba from Russia- take a pass on the"rockets' red glare."But "Wear red, white and blue and bring Poland, and parents who immigrated to for many U.S. Jews and congregations, your lawn chairs," the site urges. America. the day represents an opportunity to "No alcohol please," an accompanying "I appreciate being accepted in the U.S. integrate Jewish themes into a national flyer says. as an immigrant," he says. day of celebrating our freedom. I suppose that means grape juice for Perhaps with that journey in mind, As a kid, like many boomers, I remem- Kiddush. Luski offers a unique connection between ber the Fourth as a day of firecrackers, CongregationB'nai Israel of St. Peters- the Statue of Liberty and a mezuzah. spark-shooting fountains, backyard burg, Fla., is having a"Musical Kabbalat "Just as a mezuzah welcomes you into barbecues, parades and family picnics. Shabbat honoring U.S. independence," your home with the values of the Torah, Several synagogues this year will in- according to the synagogue website. Its the Statue of Liberty reminds us to treat corporate the same elements into their Cuba-bornrabbi, JacobLuski, willdeliver everyone with friendship, compassion congregational programming, a message on a "patriotic theme." and justice,' he says. On that Friday, when singing "Lecha Luski, who moved to the United States Dodi" and hearing the boom of fire- whenhewasll, saidthatafterthecongre- Kaballat on page 14A Israeli searchers find the bodies of the three kidnapped teens The bodies of the three Israeli teenagers--Eyal Yifrach, 19, Gilad Shaar, 16, w O D Oo9 -= I-< ..JI- m -= z 0 -r" o9 and Naftali Frenkel, 16-- who'd been kidnapped from a hitchhiking post south of Bethlehem on June 12 were found in a field north of Hebron in Judea-Samaria. Reports started coming in from The Algemeiner, Israel's Channel Two and Channel Ten, CNN, The Jerusalem Post and The Jewish For- ward around 1 p.m. EDT on Monday, citing sources in the Israeli military. "They were under a pile of rocks in an open field" be- tween Halhul and Beit Kahii, according to IDF spokesman Peter Lerner. IDF Kfir Battallion forces discovered the lifeless bodies at about 5 p.m.; it is unclear, as of this post, when the three were killed, although sources said they may have been murdered soon after their abduction. "...three bodies were discov- ered in the area north-west to Hebron, north of the corn- munity of Telem," the army said in a statement. "The bodies are currently going through forensic iden- tification," the army said, "adding that the families of the abducted teens have been notified." Israeli Prime Minister Ben- jamin Netanyahu called an emergency Security Cabinet meeting about the issue. Last week, the Israel Se- curity Agency said it believed two "Hamas activists from Hebron" were behind the teens' disappearances. Israeli security forces con- ducted an extensive search for the teens. Within days after their disappearance, Israeli soldiers had detained more than 150 Palestinian suspects. The military said Hamas lead- ers and operatives were among the suspects. Teens on page 15A Presbyterian boycott of Israel By Yvette Alt Miller Aish Hatorah Resources They're divesting from three companies for the crime of selling products to Israel security forces and Jews in Judea and Samaria. "In no way is this a reflec- tion of our lack of love" for the Jewish people. So assured Heath Rada, the Presbyterian Church (USA)'s moderator, at their annual Assembly on Friday, June 20, 2014, moments af- ter his church voted to divest from three companies. Their crime: selling products to Israel security forces and Jews living in Judea and Samaria. Supporters of divestment erupted in tears when the results were read out. It had taken 10 years--previous votes had come close but didn't receive enough sup- port to pass--but on June 20, the Church voted'---by a margin of seven votes--310 to 303, to single out Israel as the one nation on earth so uniquely evil that it merited the Presbyterian Church's special condemnation and divestment of funds. The vote has split the Church. One pastor confided afterwards "when I went to prayer after the Presbyterian General Assembly voted for 'divestment', I almost shouted to the Lord, 'I am NOT a Presbyterian!" After the vote, Rev. Paul deJong of First Presbyterian Church in Fort Myers, Florida, deplored his Church's double standard: "One must question the mo- tives of anyone who vilifies Israelwith greater fervor than any other nation, especially when we consider the numer- ous places inwhichviolence is being reported continuously." Zionism as evil Others, however, cheered the results. One group that has been working toward divestment is the Israel/ Palestine Mission Network of the Presbyterian Church (USA). The group, which features a segment called "Boycott 101" on its website, urging the boycott of various Israeli goods, issued a study Boycott on page 14A Taglit-Birthright 400K participants (L-r), Gidi Mark, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Sara Netanyahu and Ryan Hunter. NEWYORK--Taglit-Birth- right Israel has passed a sig- nificant milestone with the designation of the program's 400,000th participant: Ryan Hunter, 20, a student from Syosset, N.Y. (Long Island). By reaching this milestone, Taglit-Birthright Israel turns a corner and has now provided a free heritage trip to half of the young Jewish adults who are eligible every year. Hunter is the group cap- tain for the 'Amazing Israel Lacrosse' Taglit-Birthright Israel special interest group tour, in which he and ap- proximately 40 other top collegiate athletes will travel through Israel experiencing the full 10-day program while teaching Lacrosse to young Israeli athletes, and training and competing in exhibition games against the Israel men's and women's national teams. Hunter plays Division 1 La- crosse at Ohio State University in Columbus, OH, where he is majoring in communications. Hunter was inspired to apply to Birthright Israel when his older sister returned from her trip with a restored faith in Judaism. "Ryan was chosen for this honor because he embodies the Taglit-Birthright Israel applicant," said Taglit-Birth- right Israel CEO Gidi Mark. "He represents the best and brightest of the future of the Jewish people, and is someone who might not have chosen to connect with Israel had it not been for Taglit-Birthright Israel. It is our hope that par- Tayllt on page 14A i