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FLORIDA JEWISH EWS Editorials ................................ 4A Op-Ed ..................................... 5A Calendar ................................. 6A Synagogue Directory ............... 7A B'nai Mitzvah .......................... 8A Scene Around ......................... 9A Classified ................................ 2B Werthman named Mark Wilson/Getty Married couple Michael Knaapen, left, and John Becker kissing June 26 outside the Supreme Court Building after hear- ing that the high court ruled the Defense of Marriage Act was unconstitutional. Jewish groups ride roller-coaster week of Supreme Court rulings By Ron Kampeas WASHINGTON (JTA)--A slight bump up on affirmative action, a plunge on voting rights, and on gay marriage, the mountaintop: federal leitimacv. Sammie Moshenberg, the director of the National Council of Jewish Women, one of several groups that had weighed in on the recent cases with friend-of-the- court briefs. The sarn tnn---vicsilnrp nn nfin It's been aweek of r, andlowsatthe Suprer ,l!:!! t!J!!ll,l:ll!!l!!l'l!ll!l|l!"!l""!!!!!'fl!l[ll!l[ Jewish groups. Their Stick it out. ,. Ju.e , ue court oruerea lower "These are critical decisions and it's courts to more stringently scrutinize the goingtobeafight"onvotingrights, said University of Texas' affirmative action practices but did not otherwise reverse its earlier decision upholding the right of universities to make race a factor in accepting students. Jewish groups praised the decision, Aifh tho Ipfnrm movement's Religious ebrating it for upholding native action, the prin- and the understanding mat race conscious remedies may be Rulings on page 18A Israeli doctors saving Syrian lives By Viva Sarah Press ISRAEL21c In critical condition with severe shrapnel injuries to their torso and limbs, bullet wounds from head to toe and open fractures--this is how Syrian patients arrive at Is- raeli hospitals in the north of the country. And they are all treated like any other patient. "It's our duty as a regional hospital, where we are located along the Lebanese border on _= - m  j A Syrian one side and the Syrian border on the other side," Dr. Amram Hadary, director of the trauma unit at Ziv Medical Center in Safed, tells ISRAEL21c. "We cannot ignore that the Syrian conflict is happening behind our door. We cannot close our eyes, ears and hearts to what is happening there. It's a catastrophe." World interest was piqued earlier this year when the first seven Syrian civilians crossed the border into Israel to re- ceive medical treatment at Z iv. Although Israel and Syria are officially enemies, since that initial humanitarian gesture in February, different reports cite between 50 to 100 victims of the bloody civil war have been admitted to Israeli hos- pitals for life-saving surgeries. "We treat patients regard- less of religion, race, nation- ality, and give the best care war victim arrives at Ziv Medical Center. we can provide," Ziv Medical Center director Dr. Oscar Embon tells ISRAEL21c. Some 30 patients (80 per- cent of the total) have been treated at Ziv, and the remain- ing Syrian victims have been cared for by Western Galilee Medical Center in Nahariya, Rambam Medical Center and Poriah Hospital near Tiberias. "For me, they are human beings in need of treatment. I'm not thinking of them as enemies," says Embon. "I'm glad as a physician that we have the opportunity to ex- ercise humanistic principles. I'm very glad to be able to do what we're taught to do." The Israeli medical staff has no idea who the Syrian patients are. They could be civilians caught in cross-fire, part of the military or mem- bers of the rebel forces. Hadary says: "We don't know who we're treating, armed or not armed, wear- ing uniform or not wearing uniform. Because of the critical condition in which many of them arrive, we don't question who they are. It is irrelevant. They are patients and are treated with the best measures we have in the hos- pital. Everyone gets the same treatment." Throughout Israel's his- tory--pockmarked with nu- merous conflicts--doctors have treated people regardless of their ethnicity, even if their country was atwarwith Israel. Ziv doctors cared for enemy soldiers and a Syrian pilot as far back as the 1982 Lebanon war, hospital officials said. "One of our raisons d'gtre is not only to treat the civilian population here but everyone Doctors on page 19A new spiritual leader Richard H. Gleick Rabbi Thorn Werthman By Richard H. Gleick Larry Marini, president of Congregation Bet Chaim (CBC), has announced the appointment of longtime Central Florida resident Rabbi Thomas (Thorn) Werthman as spiritual leader of the Reform synagogue in Casselberry. A native of Pittsburgh, Rabbi Thom, as he is known, graduated in 1970 from Clari- on (Pa.) State Universitywith a degree in education, although his final credits came from studying abroad during his final year at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and Yeshiva Shomrei Emunim. During the early '70s, he studied in both New York City and Israel andwas ordained in 1974 at the Yeshiva Chassaday Shamaym. Rabbi Thom brings to Bet Chaim a colorful rabbinical background. From 1970 to 1972, he taught Hebrew in Orangeburg, N.Y., and was the associate rabbi at the Conservative congregation in Riverdale. He was offered the pulpit and moved to Congre- gation B'nai Sholom in Boro Park, where he served for four years, during which he was ordained. Simultaneously, he was the principal of the Regional Hebrew High School of Union-Essex Counties, New Jersey. In the late 1970s, he was the spiritual leader of Congrega- " tion Beth Shalom in Olean, N.Y., then left the rabbinate to raise his sons. "I am a Jew by choice," Rabbi Thorn has written. "Being born of the seed of Werthman on page 18A Why aren't Irish eyes smiling? p-. Sliman Khader/FLASH90 Irish Foreign Minister Eamon Gilmore gestures while talk- ing with Palestinian demonstrators at the weekly gathering in the mostly Arab neighborhood of Sheikh Jarrah in eastern Jerusalem on Jan 27, 2012. Within an Irish government that frequently condemns Israel for its treatment of the Palestinians, Gilmore is one of the most outspoken critics of the Jewish state. By Sean Savage The Irish and Jewish people share a common history of both suffering cruel persecu- tion and achieving national redemption against immea- surable odds. But tody, Ire- land is one of Europe's fiercest critics of Israel. The Irish government and prominent Irish NGOs frequently con- demn Israel for its treatment of Palestinians, and they are pushing a boycott of the Jew- ish state. Countering this trend is a small, yet passionate, contin- gent of pro-Israel Irish groups seeking to create more posi- tive relations between these similar nations. "On a national level, since the late 1950s, Ireland has considered a solution to the conflict in general, and asolu- tion of the Palestinian refugee issue in particular, as one of its top foreign policy priorities in the Middle East," Irish-born Professor Rory Miller, who is director of the Middle East and Mediterranean Studies Program at King's College in London and author of Ireland and the Palestine Question 1948-2004, told Smiling on page 18A