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Editorials 4A Op-Ed 5A Calendar 6A Scene Around 9A Synagogue Directory 11A JTA News Briefs 13A By Elizabeth Kratz (JNS)--Several camp counselors from: Habonim Dror were present at an IfNot- Now Jewish summer camp counselor training session in Boston on May 27. An organization that seeks to promote sympathy for the Pa[estinian narrative by encouraging fellow Jews to oppose the Israel "occupation," IfNotNow states on its website that its members "do not take a unified stance on BDS, Zionism or the question of statehood." Yet its criti- cal statements against Zionist-aligned organizations, such as Camp Ramah, tell another story. Its overt and covert actions have been divisive in many circles, and criticized as subversive and Camp staff at Habonim Dror. counter-productive to the great majority of American Jewish organizations. ~Eitan Goldstein, director and spokes- man for Habonim Dror Nort~America-- a network of six summer camps and part of awider worldwide Labor Zionist youth movement--said he was aware that Ha- bonim Dror ~mp counselors were at the event, but .ll firmed that IfNotNow will not be part 0f ny programming at their camps this Shmmer. While explaining Habonim Dror's unique, immersive version of Israel and Zionist education, Goidstein was exceed- ingly clear on one point: "Israel's right to self-determination remains affixed in our ideology and how we educate," he told JNS. "It's clear to kids from day one that they are at a Jewish and Zionist camp, ,and that is central to the experience, whether they are singing Jewish songs or dancing. That is the entry point it terms of who we are and our shared history. We have a foundational starting point, which is important before we enter into discussing the conflict with a multiplicity of perspectives," he said. "In terms of balancing out and bring- ing different perspectives into the room," Goldstein continued, "and maintaining our Zionist stance and identity, the way the conversations are framed is not with 'who's right' and 'who's wrong,' 'who's Occupation on page 14A Harrier Lake By Christine DeSouza An icon of the Jewish community has passed away. Harriett Lake, born Harriett Tuck on April 7, 1922, in Lebanon, Pa died on Tues- day, July 10, 2018. Harriett was a special lady. She was (Hello) Dolly Levi, Cher, Lady Gaga and Elton John all rolled into one. From the top of her hat-covered head to the tips of her designer-shoe- clad toes, she was always impeccably dressed "to a (second) t"--like her name. In fact, the only thing that tops her fashionable ward- robe was her extremely generous spirit. Both she and her late husband, Hymen Lake, have given financially to many Jewish organizations, including Kinneret, JFS Orlando, and the Holocaust Center, as well as the Orlando ballet, the Orlando Shakespeare Theater and the new Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts. Life wasn't always so easy for her. Growing up one of seven children in Lebanon, Pa Harriett was a child of the Great Depression. She often wore hand-me-downs from girl friends who lived across the street. And that's where she fell in love with lavish outfits. "It was my first contact with quality clothes," Har- riett told the Heritage in an interview a few years ago. "The two girls' grandmother Lake on page 15A Albert and Elsa Einstein ~b The Jewish Federation of Greater Orlando will hold its 2018 Annual Meeting the morning of Sunday, Aug. 5, on the Maitland -,=- - = F , z 0 -- Jewish Community Cam- pus. The meeting is set to begin at 10 a.m. and will wrap up at noon. Coffee and bagels will be provided. Those who attend will hear a comprehensive update on what has been a year of great transition for the Federation, which saw the departure of its executive director, the appointment of an interim ex- ecutive director, and ongoing refinement of the Federation's role so that it can best serve local Jewish organizations and the larger Central Florida Jewish community. While the Annual Meet- ing always tries to provide a glimpse into the future, there will be a least a little reminisc- ing, as the Orlando Federa- tion, like the State of Israel, marked its 70th birthday in the past year. (The modern- day Federationwas established as the Central Florida Jewish Community Council in 1947). Getting down to business, the following names will be placed into nomination as of- ficers for the 2018-2020 Board of Directors: President: Brad Jacobs Vice President: Ming Marx Treasurer: Danielle Krise Secretary: Carol Feuerman At-large board member Yeosh Bendayan also will be re-nominated for another term. Of course, Federation's Annual Meeting is also syn- onymous with community awards, and three important ones will be presented Aug. 5: This year's Jerome J. Born- stein Leadership Award win- ner is Loren London. A long- time Federation volunteer, supporter and Lion of Judah, London is the director of Federation's RAISE program for adults with special needs. The Jewish Communal Professional Award will be presented to RobbyEtzkin and Eric Lightman, of the Roth Family and Rosen Jewish com- munity centers, respectively, for their successful collabora- tion in organizing the Israel at 70 community celebration in April at Lake Eola Park in downtown Orlando. The Heritage Florida Jew- ish News will present its an- nual Human Service Award. The winnerwill be announced in an upcoming edition of the Heritage. Federation will also honor the 10 members of the current Jerome J. Bornstein Leader- ship Development class with a brief graduation ceremony during the meeting. Program co-chair Patricia Bornstein is scheduled to speak. The final segment of the Annual Meeting will be a presentation and question- and-answer session about the Federation and The Roth Family JCC collaborating on key operations, as well as a dis- cussion of a potential merger between the organizations. You can RSVP for the meeting online at www.jfgo. org/meeting or by calling Federation office manager MarisaWest at 407-645-5933, ext. 236. (JTA)--A letter written by Albert Einstein on the day he renounced his German citizenship, after realizing he could not return due to the rise of the Nazis, was sold at auction for $30,250. The letter written on board the S.S. Belgenland and dated March 28, 1933, sold at the Nate D. Sanders Auction House in Los Angeles. Bidding started at $25,000. A second letter from Ein- stein written in 1938 in which he discusses helping Jewish refugees escape Nazi Ger- many sold for $31,250. The 1933 letter was writ- ten with his wife, Elsa, to his sister MajaWinteler-Einstein about the dire situation in Germany, just minutes be- fore they docked in Antwerp, Belgium, where Einstein renounced his German citi- zenship. Later that day, Ein- stein handed in his passport at the German consulate in Antwerp. After the Nazis seized power in January 1933, they raided Einstein's home when he and his wife were traveling to the United States. They also re- portedly put a bounty on his head. The day the letter was written, the Einsteins were traveling back to Germany, intending to live at their sum- mer home in Caputh, before discovering that the home also had been raided. This led Einstein to decide to renounce his citizenship. "We will now look for a hiding place for the summer," Albert Einstein wrote in con- cluding the letter. In the 1938 letter, also to his sister, Albert Einstein discusses helping Jews and other persecuted people flee German-held countries in Europe, including using his own funds to do so. He asks his sister to leave Switzerland and visit him in the United States. i i, iiiLii.i.liH ; ,