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FLORIDA JEWISH NEW www.heritagefl,com Year 33, No. 48 July 17,  25 Tammuz 5769 TO: SMALL TOWN pAPERS 17270 F 502 CALWORN|A AVE 5W SEA'I'/'LE WA 98136-1208 ....... .wge U,t'-IL Scene Around ......................... 9A Classified ................................ 2B 80 Pages Orlando, FIo Sidle Copy 75 Shader, Massey share award Rabbi Berel Lazar, director of Chabad-Lubavitch of Russia, shown in a meeting with Russian President Dmitry Medvedev, says he favors a diplomatic solution to securing the return of Lubavitch collections held by the Russians. Lubavitchers fight Russia for Schneersohn documents By Alastair Gee MOSCOW (JTA)--Itwas late 1939, and Rabbi Joseph Isaac Schneersohn was stranded in war-torn Poland. Germany had invaded. Warsaw was be- ing bombed. There seemed little hope for Schneersohn, the venerated sixth leader of the Chabad-Lubavitch movement, or his family and followers. Nor, too, for his valuable collection of historical and religious documents: lectures on Torah portions, treatises on Jewish practices, manuscripts and copies of correspondence, including recollections of how Lubavitch had provided Russian soldiers with kosher- for-Passover food. Schneersohn, the father-in-law of the seventh and last Lubavitcher rebbe, Menachem Mendel Schneerson, eventu- ally would escape to New York after an unusual back-and-forth between German officials, the U.S. State Department and Jewish leaders. But the collection was left behind; it fell into German and later Soviet hands. Now these documents, and another set that was lost at the time of the Rus- sian Revolution, are the subject ofa U.S. lawsuit. To recover them, Lubavitch is pursuing a case against Russia, which inherited the collection after fhe collapse of the Soviet Union. Lawyers for Lubavitch say that Russians have offered some items for sale on the black market. In the latest turn in the saga, Russia told the Washington court handling the case that it has no jurisdiction in the matter. The documents "are much more than just intellectual property," said Eliezer Zaklikovsky, who co-authored a history of Schneersohn's escape from Europe. "They have great spiritual significance for the movement as well. They're like a soul, you might say, to the books and manuscripts, and it's in exile." Officials at the Russian State Military Archive in Moscow, where the docu- ments left in Poland are stored, say they aren't very attached to them but that a lawsuit is the wrong way to determine ownership. Russian archives hold a treasure trove of materials that the Red Army seized as it traversed Eastern Europe and con- quered Berlin. They range from Reich Chancellery and Gestapo documents to Auschwitz construction records. The Soviets plundered records that the Nazis had looted from occupied na- tions, such as archives from destroyed Lubavitchers on page 19A Lieberman is being sidelined as foreign minister By Leslie Susser JERUSALEM (JTA)--IfAvig- dor Lieberman's appointment as foreign minister seemed odd when it was made, recent developments cast more doubt over his capacity to function as Israel's top diplomat. Israel's most acute foreign policy challenge--the show- down with the United States over building in West Bank settlements--is being handled largely by Defense Minister Ehud Barak following discreet signals from Obama adminis- tration officials that they prefer dealing with Barak rather than Lieberman. This week, President Shi- mon Peres was chosen to Miriam Alster/Flash90/JTA Israeli media criticism of Foreign Minister Avigdor Li- President Nicolas Sarkozy reportedly urged Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to dump Lieberman for the sake of Middle East peace- making. "You must get rid of that man," Sarkozy was quoted as saying. "Get him out and bring [Kadima leader Tzipi] Livni in. With her and with Barak you can make history." Kept at arm's length by the Americans, ostracized by the Arabs and spurned by some leading Europeans, Lieber- eberman, seen at a Knesset session June 29, has mounted man, who is reviled for what over his inability to advance Israel's foreign policy interests. many see as his anti-Arab, rac- istviews, soon may find himself represent Israel on a sensi- Silvan Shalom, theminister foreign ministerinname only. tire diplomatic mission to for regional cooperation, who As media criticism in Israel Cairo. Lieberman, who said " i s working to develop tieSwith of Lieberman's inability to ad- last November that Egyptian ,ttleArabworld, notLieberman, vance Israel's foreign policy President Hosni Mubarak Perhaps the most dramatic interests mounted, Lieberman could "go to hell" if he didn't rejection of Lieberman"aS cailedanewsconferenceinthe want to visit Israel, is persona foreign minister has come Knessetthisweektodownplay non grata in Cairo. from Europe. In a private con- And behind the scenes, it is versation in late June, French iebcrmcm on page 20A Jewish Family Services of Greater Orlando will recog- nize two outstanding com- munity leaders at its annual fundraising event, Evening of Valor, on Oct. 25 at the Orlando Lake Mary Marriott. The 2009 George Wolly Com- munity Leadership Award winners are Stanley "Stan" Shader and Harvey Massey. In announcing both Shader and Massey as this year's dual recipients, committee chairperson Madeline Wolly says, "George would have been delighted with the choice of this year's recipients, as he personally knew the good work both Stan and Harvey have contributed to make our community a better place to live. "Thankyou to all those that responded to our request for nominations. The nominat- ing committee was over- whelmed with the magnitude of extraordinary candidates submitted for the George Wolly Community Leadership Award." Stan Shader is no stranger to community involvement. Shader, and his late wife Anne, moved to Orlando more than 50 years ago and Stanley Shader Award on page 20A Harvey Massey Grandkids kickin' it for U.S. soccer By Marc Brodsky NEW YORK (JTA)--As the grandchildren of Holocaust survivors, Tracy and Josh Bienenfeld may be taking a little added pride to Israel from suburban Philadelphia for the 18th Maccabiah Games. "If they had not survived the Holocaust, I would not be here today," says Josh, 21, a member of the U.S. men's soccer team. "It's unbelievable that I can say that because of their survival, I can play in Israel, a Jewish free state." Tracy Bienenfeld, 24, who is making her second Mac- cabiah appearance on the U.S. women's soccer squad, says her grandparents' tribu- lations made her realize the importance of being Jewish when she was growing up. The trip to Israel, she says, allows her to combine "the two most important things in my life"--her Jewish heritage and soccer. Their grandfather, Henry Bienenfeld, lost his father and two siblings in the Ho- locaust, Tracy says. He spent some time in Auschwitz. His wife, Helen, spent the war in Siberia. Tracy, a former captain of the University of Pennsylvania women's soccer team, will Soccer on page 20A Jewish Exponent Tracy Bienenfeld will be making her second Maccabiah Games appearance, while brother Josh is making his debut in the Games.