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Editorials ................................ 4A Op-Ed ..................................... 5A Calendar ................................. 6A Synagogue Directory ............... 7A B'nai Mitzvah .......................... 8A Scene Around ......................... 9A Classified ................................ 2B Cast photo of the 'Oklahoma' production in 1976, which features interviewees, Sherri Tarr (second row, third from left, in dark brown pigtails), Allison Levie (second row, fifth from left, in blond pigtails), and director Bonnie Freidman (in the back with long blond hair in front of the barn). This year marks the Jewish Com- munity Center of Greater Orlando's 40th year of building community, strengthening family life and promot- ing Jewish values. To help celebrate the occasion, the JCC embarked upon a social media retrospective of "Three O'Clock Throwbacks." Everyday for two months this spring, the JCC posted a "throwback" photo from sometime in the last 40 years at 3 p.m. on its Jewish Community Center of Greater Orlando Facebook page. "Our goal with posting the Three O'Clock Throwbacks on Facebook was twofold," explained Amy Schwartz, the JCC's marketing director. "First, we thought it would be a great way to publicly celebrate the JCC's history with a large number of people who may or may not still be connected to the JCC. And on a deeper level, we hoped that the process of posting and tagging photos would reconnect people with long-lost JCC friends." For Penny Gold, it did just that. "Our whole family loved the posted photos," said Gold, whose family history with the JCC is strong. She, her husband, Barry, and her sons, Hunter, Parker and Tayler, all have worked at the JCC, and The Teens on Wheels selections were also popular with a former teen camper and lifeguard, David Villegas, who went to Camp J as a teen in the late 1990s. Villegas works in music and entertainment in Miami Beach. "I miss the Teens on Wheels for sure," Villegas said. "Life moves so fast. So when you get to see a picture from your past, it's a!mgst~'J6e dgj~ vu. heryoungestson Landerwas a camper, All of the memories from that moment Now, two of her grandchildren, Mason and Layla, go to Camp J. "The throwbacks I loved the most were the Teens on Wheels. They brought back so many great memories of my boys participating in the pro- gram." As a result of the throwbacks, "we have reconnected with many of the former counselors and are working on a counselor reunion." come rushing back, and it's great to relive those experiences that helped make you who you are." While he's not currently involved with JCC life, "I am sure one day my kids will be going to JCC summer camp." Es Cohen, who served as the JCC's membership assistant and then direc- Throwbacks on page 13A By Maxine Dovere For 90 years, Hillel: The Foundation for Jewish Campus Life has provided what many call a "tent" welcoming students of ev- ery Jewish background and denomination on campus. But as Hillel prepares to nominate its next president and CEO, questions persist over how open that tent should be when it comes to opinions about Israel. Hillel was created in 1923 at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, and was adopted by B'nai B'rith International in 1924 until the 1990s. The organization has grown to more than 500 campuses across North America. In a search process char- acterized as "wide-ranging and open," Hillel has con- sidered candidates with academic, corporate and/or Jewish community leader- ship experience to replace outgoing President and CEO Wayne Firestone. Pub- lished reports detailing the search process indicate that 325 individuals have been considered, and that more than 200 were personally contacted. The official an- nouncement of Firestone's replacement is anticipated to come on July 29 during the 2013 Hillel Institute, Hillel's annual student and professional gather- ing, to be held this year at Washington University in St. Louis. National Hillel guidelines state that Hillel will not "partner with, house or host organizations, groups or speakers that delegitimize, demonize or apply a double standard to Israel." But leading up to the hiring of a new chief executive at Hil- lel, activist Natan Nestel has been voicing concern about how open Hillel's tent is. The former chairman of the Israeli Students Orga- nization in North America (which he founded as a student at the University of California, Berkeley), Nestel is concerned that Hillel has allowed proponents of the anti-Israel Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement to gather under Hillel's tent. Nestel has created a documentary he said details the activi- ties of pro-BDS groups on the UC Berkeley campus. Nestel told that groups that demonize Israel should be outside of the'big tent' on campus. "Nominally Jewish groups, including those who assist anti-Israel groups and speakers to come to campuses, should not be included [in the tent]," Nestel said. Nestel cited the self-labeled "pro-Israel, pro-peace" group J Street, which he said sponsored the appearance at Berkeley of Breaking the Silence, an Israeli group that defames the Israeli army for "war crimes," "crimes against humanity," "ethnic cleans- ing" and "violations of hu- man rights." Larry Sternberg, ex- ecutive director of Hillel at Brandeis University, responded to Nestel's criti- cism of Hillel by saying, "Unless he has specifics about how many people ascribe to specific move- ments, his broad statements are not necessarily factual." But Sternberg acknowl- edged that at a campus like UC Berkeley, "a student may feel besieged." "Nestel may feel that the battle is the center focus Debating on page 14A By Ron Kampeas WASHINGTON (JTA)-- When it comes to foreign assis- tance, American law couldn't be elearer: A coup d'etat suspends funding, period. But the directive, which has persisted for years in federal appropriations bills, is clashing with another congressional pri- ority: the apparent desire to fos- ter an alternative to Mohamed Morsi, Egypt's democratically elected Islamist president who was removed from power this week by the Egyptian military. In recent months, Congress has intimated that it would be happier if Morsi's secular foes in the military were running the country. But the law ties Congress' hands. On July 3, President Obama saidhewould"review"whatthe coup means for American aid. "We are deeply concerned by the decision of the Egyptian Armed Forces to remove Presi- dent Morsi and suspend the ayor Jewish National Fund (JNF) will host its annual Tree of Life Award Dinner at the Rosen Plaza Hotel on Wednesday, Nov. 6. The event will honor Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer with the prestigious Tree of Life Award. The Tree of Life Award is a humanitarian award given in recognition of outstand- ing community involvement, dedication to the cause of American-lsraeli friendship, and devotion to peace and security of human life. Orlando native Buddy Dyer is the dean of Florida's "big-city" mayors, having served Orlando's residents since 2003. Under Orlando's Strong-Mayor form of govern- ment, Mayor Dyer serves as the city's chief executive and also helps govern and oversee the operations and growth of the city-owned utility operations and the Orlando International Airport. "I am honored to receive the prestigious Tree of Life Award on behalf of Jewish National Fund," said Dyer. "The mis- sion of JNF shares my vision in bringing life and prosperity to communities and regions that need support." Prior to being mayor, Dyer served for a decade in the Florida Senate. His col- leagues elected him as their Democratic Senate Leader, a position he held for three years. Before he chose to serve in public office, Dyer worked as an environmental engineer. He has also practiced law for more than 20 years. He and his wife Karen, an attorney, have two sons, Trey and Drew. Orlando patrons Sy and Debra Israel, Mark and Caryn Israel, Lois Tan- Egyptian constitution," Obama said in a statement. "I now call on the Egyptian military to move quickly and responsibly to return full authority back to a democratically elected civilian government as soon as possible through an inclusive and trans- parent process, and to avoid any arbitrary arrests of President Morsi and his supporters. Given today's developments, I have also directed the relevant departments and agencies to review the implications under U.S. law for our assistance to the Government of Egypt." Following mass demonstra- tions from an increasing restive population, Morsiwas removed this week and replaced on an interim basis with the country's chief justice, Adli Mansour, in the latest development to roil Egypt and a region already on edge from Syria's ongoing civil war. The United States provides Options on page 13A Mayor Buddy Dyer nenbaum, Dick and Louise Weiner, and Ben and Maura Weiner will also be honored at the dinner with JNF's admired Guardian of Israel award. Stand-up comedian and writer Joel Chasnoff will entertain the crowd with his hip and clean come@ based on his own personal Jewish experiences. Chasnoff has performed at more than 1,000 colleges, clubs and Jewish organizations worldwide; including JNF's National Conference in Orlando last October and has been seen on NBC and ABC TV. The dinner will take place on Nov. 6, at 6 p.m. at the Rosen Plaza Hotel, located at 9700 International Drive in Orlando. For more infor- mation or to RSVP, please contact Laura Abramson at 800-211-1502 or RSVP- xO xO