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I--IE FLORIDA JE ISH EWS Editorials ................................ 4A Op-Ed ..................................... 5A Calendar ................................. 6A Synagogue Directory ............... 7A B'nai Mitzvah .......................... 8A Scene Around ......................... 9A Federation launches Nati Shohat/Flash90 Rockets fired by Gaza Palestinians can be seen in the night sky over southern Israel, July 8, 2014. Will Israel's third Gaza conflict emergency fund As Israel is entering the second week of constant bar- rage by rockets and missiles, the emotional and physical toll on the Israelis, especially the children and the elderly, is rising. Approximately 37,000 children live within 25 miles of Gaza. Today, many more thousands of children are impacted as other areas of the country have come under attack. With only 15 seconds to get to safety, families must keep close to their bomb shel- ters. Three hundred children suffering from severe PTSD syndrome have already been identified as victims of terror. We must help them. The Jewish Federations of North America has launched a $13.2 million emergency campaign to support Israeli children and families who have been affected by the war. A gift of $125 will provide a day of relief for a child living in the zone of fire with a trip to a safer area of the country. Includes day camps and spe- cial activities. Knowing that their children can get a break from the stress and boredom of daily life in the shelters will be a relief for the whole fam- ily. A gift of $1,000 will help a family in Sderot whose home has been destroyed and who had to be evacuated to a ho- tel. Help Israeli children and families now. Donate to the Jewish Federation of Greater Orlando. Donate online at www.JFGO.org, by phone at 407-645-5933 or Mail your gift to: JFGO Israel Emer- gency Fund 851 N. Maitland Avenue, Maitland FL 32751. 100 percent of your donation will go directly to relief efforts in Israel. in six years end any differently? 'The Best By Ben Sales for each side--a bolstering of credibility Edge, began in the early hours of Tues- of Enemies' TELAVIV (JTA)--Get used to conflict. aurs the message Israeli officials ity experts are relaying as the ISI)efense Forces conducts its third operation in six years against Hamas in the Gaza Strip. Israel's missile defense capabilities have grown significantly since previous rounds of fighting in Gaza--Operation Cast Lead in 2008-09 and Operation Pillar of Defense in 2012--while Hamas has expanded its capability to strike deep at population centers in the Israeli heartland. But experts say the core objectives among Palestinians for Hamas, a quiet border for Israel--were only temporarily achieved in previous rounds of fighting and are unlikely to be secured for the long term by this one. "There's no military solution, so there will be another round," said Yiftah Shapir, head of the Middle East Military Balance Project at Tel Aviv University's Institute of National Security Studies. "We need to restore Israeli deterrence for a year, two, three. In between the rounds they'll get new weapons and develop more clever ways to hurt us. They can't beat us, but they can anger us and hurt us." The IDF's latest operation, Protective day morning. Since then, Hamas and Islamic Jihad have fired 360 rockets at Israel, according to the Israeli military, and Israel has launched more than 700 airstrikes on Gaza. "Today we expanded our operations against Hamas and the other terrorist groups in Gaza," Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said in a statement Wednesday. "We will continue to protect our civilians against Hamas attacks on them. "This could take time," he added. Hamas has been shooting rockets Gaza on page 14A Jewish summer camps grappling with murders of Israeli teens By Hillel Kuttler (JTA)--On the morning of June 30, the children began arriving at Camp Solo- m "--- co t - _= - o '> I-- d't'- qfJ mon Schechter in Olympia, Wash., ready for a fun-filled summer. But shortly before the first little feet descended the bus steps, the sleepaway camp's Israeli counselors learned from back home about the discovery of the bodies of three teens kidnapped in the Judea-Samaria 18 days earlier. The news about the teens' fate challenged administra- tors at Jewish camps like the Conservative movement-affil- iated Schechter to deal with the tragedy: what information to present, how to tailor their words to campers' varied maturity levels and how to mourn the youthful victims while not alarming children for whom camp represents happiness and escape. Then there was tending to Israeli campers and counsel- ors, for whom the trauma was more personal. At Schechter, the dilemma for administrators was com- pounded by the campers being so young--second- through Camp Moshava Camp Moshava's director, Alan Silverman, and its head counselor, Chanah Spiegelman, posing at the camp in Hon- esdale, Pa., with a banner expressing hope for the return home of three teenage Israelis who later were found to have been murdered. seventh-graders. The teenage cohort wasn't due until later in the summer. So nothingwas announced that day and no mention ap- peared on the camp's website. "It's not really a great topic for kicking off camp and hav- ing a great summer," said the camp's executive director, Sam Perlin. "Getting off to a good start is extremely important." Only at the next morning's daily assembly at the flagpole to sing "Hatikvah," Israel's national anthem, did Perlin tell campers that the three Camp on page 15A Orlando Shakespeare The- ater in Partnership with UCF announces a collaboration with the Holocaust Memorial Resource & Education Center of Florida. Coincidingwith the 50th anniversary of the pas- sage and signing of the Civil Rights Act, the two organiza- tions will partner to present "The Best of Enemies" from Oct. 15--Nov. 16, 2014 on the Goldman Theater stage. The powerful new play, based on a true story by Mark St. Germain, exposes the poison of prejudice and the beauty of friendship. Single tickets to the play are available now by calling (407) 447-1700, visit- ing www.orlandoshakes.org, or in person at the John and Rita Lowndes Shakespeare Center (812 East Rollins Street). Based on the bestselling novel by Osha Gray David, son, "The Best of Enemies" is a true story about the relationship between C.P. Ellis, a Grand Cyclops of the KKK, and Ann Atwater, an African-American civil rights activist, during the court-ordered desegregation of the Durham, N.C., schools in 1971. Forced to co-lead a steering committee that represents all community viewpoint, Atwater and Ellis must face each other, and in doing so, are forced to face the best and worst in themselves. A special performance of "The Best of Enemies," spon- sored by Solomon F. Schick & Associates and Orlando Hard Rock Caf6, will take place on Oct. 26, at 7:30 p.m., with all proceeds benefitting the Ho- locaust Memorial Resource & Education Center of Florida. This ticketed event includes pre-show hors d'oeuvres and drinks beginning at 6 p.m. General admission tickets i" ($100) can be reserved by calling (407) 447-1700 or purchased online at www. orlandoshakes.org. In addition to its part- nership with the theater, the Holocaust Center will offer films, community presentations, and other programming that provide opportunities to remember the history of our struggles for equality. The special programming began with an Orlando Kick-Off event on Monday, June 30 in the City Hall Rotunda, co-sponsored by the Office of Community Affairs and Human Relations for the City of Orlando. For more information and a com- plete schedule of events, visit www.centralfloridacivil- rights.org. "The Holocaust Center has long recognized the parallels between Jews op- pressed under Nazi Ger- many's Nuremberg Laws and African Americans who were kept in second-class citizenship by a series of Jim Crow laws in the United States," said Jeffrey Miller, Holocaust Center president. "While much has changed since 1964, there are still inequalities that must be addressed. This performance is part of a community-wide collaboration to educate, commemorate, celebrate, and act upon the lessons of this important history." "The Best of Enemies" is presented in partnership with the Holocaust Memorial Re- source & Education Center of Florida through the generos- ity of Valerie and Jim Shapiro. 5