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4A Op-Ed ..................................... 5A Calendar ................................. 6A Synagogue Directory ............... 7A B'nai Mitzvah .......................... 8A Scene Around ......................... 9A Classified ................................ 2B Orlando, Florida Single 75 By Claudia Green Special to the Heritage U.S. Olympic gymnast and gold medalist Aly Raisman cabiah Games at Jerusalem's Teddy Stadium, July 19. lighting the torch during Yonatan Sinde|/Flash90/JTA the opening ceremony of the 19th Mac- By Hillel Kuttler The attire was more befitting a reli- ebrating the traditional rite of passage. gious ceremony--in this case, his bar That's because Maccabi USA, the NEVE ILAN, Israel (JTA)--Luke mitzvah. _American branch of the international Rosener removed his orange T-shirt, Rosener, 22, of Cupertino, Calif., had sports movement, brings participants changed into a white dress shirt and never had a bar mitzvah, owing to his to Israel a week before the competition alighted from a chartered bus. family's financial situation and his early for a mandatory program of touring The garb was a far cry from the uni- struggleswithdyslexia.Butaspartofthe and discussions rich in Jewish content. formRosenerwillwearwhileplayingfor 1,200-member U.S. Maccabiah delega- In recent years the program, known as the U.S.volleyball teamat the Maccabiah tion, Rosener encountered a ready-made Israel Connect, has featured a mass bar Games, the78-nationsportscompetition opportunity to become a bar mitzvah that began this week in Israel. alongside scores of new friends also cel- Maccabiah on page 14A By Ron Kampeas Agency evidence reinforcing Israel's longstanding claim that its 1967 air attack on the USS Liberty spy ship was a mistake. The attack killed 34 American personnel. Oren, a preeminent histo- rian of the Six-Day War, was not suffering gladly those at the State Department confer- ence who continued to insist, despite all evidence to the WASHINGTON (JTA)--Mi- chael Oren was deep inside the State Department, relaxed and taking on all comers: He had the facts on his side. Itwas 2004 and the depart- ment was reviewing newly declassified National Security Three months into her position as executive director of the Jewish Federation of Greater Orlando, Olga Yorish is even more determined to make a positive impact on our lives. Born in St Petersburg, Russia, the former refusenik has selflessly dedicated the past 20 years to Jewish Federa- tions, having recently spent 5 years serving as executive director in Greater New Bed- ford, Mass. "It was a very tired, old fashioned organization that had lost its way. It's now not the same Federation I found when I arrived," Yorish is proud to say of the legacy she left behind in Massachusetts. For most people, the chal- lenge of taking on a job within the Jewish community of Orlando, which is 10 times the size of Greater New Bedford, would be far too daunting a prospect. Not for Yorish though, she is relishing the opportunity, even though it is a huge challenge for her. "I look forward to building relationships and being a part of the greater community," Olga Yorish Yorish says. "This is what I love to do. It's a young com- munity. This is what attracted me here." With an estimated 30,000 Jewish people across the Greater Orlando area, the vast majority of whom are unaffili- ated with synagogues, it might appear that Yorish has set herself a mammoth task. She is, however, very pragmatic about the challenges that lie ahead for her. Being fully aware that the Jewish community in Orlando Yor sh on page 14A By Linda Gradstein The Media Line Gunmen in Sinai have stepped up attacks on Egypt's police there, killing three policemen in separate attacks July 18. Earlier lastweek three cement workers were killed in a similar incident. Now Egyptian police are massing for an offensive in Sinai, with Israel's tacit support. Israel has already allowed two infan- try battalions to be deployed near the towns of AI-Arish and Rafah. Over the past few years, the Sinai has become increas- ingly lawless with Bedouins, Sinai, the Egyptian military is hesitant to launch an all-out attack on gunmen in Sinai. "The army knows there is a big problem in Sinai but with all the other problems the country faces, it does not have the resources to confront this one," General Adil Suleiman of the General International Center for Future Studies told The Media Line. Others say that the military will launch an attack in Sinai soon. "Once the situation stabi- lizes, the army will launch operations in the Sinai," Gen. Samih Sif al-Yazm a military specialist at the AI- contrary, that Israel intended Palestiniansandother groups Jumhuriyya Center for Stra- to murder the Americans. using Sinai for smuggling tegic Studies told The Media Both sides, Oren said, were weapons and drugs into both Line."Theproblemisnotafew guilty of negligence. Israel and Egypt. Some of the Bedouin in a hut anymore. It Israel's accusers sputtered groups are believed tied to al- has become serious." and then erupted into shouts. Qaida, others are criminals. Israel has long been con- Orensatbackinhischair, sur- Egyptian media reports cernedaboutgrowinglawless- veyed the room and smiled, say the army is gearing up ness in Sinai. Gunmen have It may have been the last for a widespread operation usedhundredsoftunnelsdug time Orenwas completely at in Sinai, which would be between Israel and the Gaza ease in the halls of the State us. Embassy Tel Aviv quietly supported by Israel. Striptobringeverythingfrom i Department. MichaelOren, left, lsrael'sambassadortotheUnitedStates, Israel has long had ties with car parts to guns into Gaza. Oren became Israel's am- greets UoS. Secretary of Defense Charles Hagel, right, with the Egyptian army and intel- Those weapons could be used ligence, whichwereextremely against Israeli soldiers in a bassador to Washington in Israeli defense official Udi Shani upon Hagel's arrival in closeduringformerPresident futureconflictbetweenIsrael i 2009 and has since beenAprilat Ben Gurion Airport in Israel. in the hot seat at the State Hosni Mubarak's tenure and and Hamas. Department multiple times, portunity to represent the enjoyed aspecialrelationship continued even after he was In recent weeks, the Egyp- ~ summoned to provide"clari- State of Israel and its govern- and, throughout these years forced to resign in 2011. ! fications" following some ment, under the leadership of of challenge, I was privileged Egypt hasfrequentlymedi- Egypt on page14A controversial Israeli action. PrimeMinisterBenjaminNe- to take part in forging even ated between Israel and the It's a function he has been tanyahu, to the United States, firmer bonds. Islamist Hamas movement, called upon regularly to per- President BarackObama, the His successor will be Ron which controls Gaza, most i formduringhistenure, which Congress, and the American Dermer, atopaidetoNetanya- recently after Operation Pil- ~ herecentlyannouncedwould people," Oren, said in a July huwholikeOrenisU.S.-born, larofDefenselastNovember. -. wrap up by the fall. 5 statement. ' Israel and the Some analysts in Egypt say _ rq "I am grateful for the op- United States have always Oren on page 14A thatdespitetheextratroopsin