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HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, JULY 27, 2012 PAGE 17A Pride From page 1A the American team at the 2004 Athens Olympics, will be representing Israel. Some touted Jewish ath- letes didn't make the cut this time. They include swimmers Dara Torres (five Olympics, 12 medals), Garret Weber-Gale (two gold medals at the 2008 Beijing Games), Andrea Murez (2012 NCAA champion in the 200- and 400-yard freestyle relays), Daniel Madwed~ (2012 Big Ten champion in four events) and Eric Friedland. Also not heading to London to compete are soccer player Yael Averbuch and gymnast David Sender. For Robert Dbver, ~vho won. four medals whi.le competing in equestrian events in six Olympics for the United States, the road to Olympic glory began on Grand Bahama Island in 1969, where he celebrated his bar mitzvah. The event became unforgettable when his parents arranged for a horse to be flown in as the boy's present. "It was a great first horse for me. His name was Ebony Cash," said Dover, who grew up in Chicago and Toronto and is now heading to his seventh Olympics--for the first time as a coach and this time for Canada's equestrian team. Like Lezak, Gelman is heading to his fourth Olym- pics, all as a coach. He taught fencing to elite athletes in his native Kiev, then moved to New York in 1991. He couldn't find work in America in his field, so Gel- man spent a year-and-a-half selling doughnuts at a flea market along a New Jersey highway. Gelman would go on to serve 17 years as the fencing coach at St. "John's University in New York, and in 2007 he opened l he Manhattan Fenc- ing Center. Morehouse and three other Gelman proteges qualified for London, where the fencing events will begin on July Sunday. "I'm very proud of our group, and we'll try our best," said Gelman. The Brooklyn resident does not belong to a syn- agogue or other Jewish groups, which he attributes to the Soviet repression that affected his late parents, Wolf and Malvina. Both were loath to introduce Judaism to their children because of the nega- tive repercussions, he said. "In the Soviet Union, we weren't religious. It was prohibited," Gelman said. "The Kiev synagogue was pretty far from where I lived. My parents never talked about it." Wolf and his sister were the only ones in their family to survive the Nazi massacre of Jews in the village of Gaisen, Ukraine. Gelman remembers his maternal grandmother, Esther Krakovitch, bring- ing matzah to their home for Jewish occasions, but. he didn't know anything about the Passover holiday to which, he later learned, the food correlated. Dover does sometimes at- tend synagogue services in Wellington, Fla the horse country where he lives most of the year. He says he is proud to be a member of the National Jewish Sports Hall of Fame and Museum. "There are many more Jews in the sport than people know of," Dover said. In a best-case Olym- pics scenario, Dover said, Canada's performance in Greenwich Park's dressage. arena will continue an up- swing that saw the country attain seventh place at the world championships two years ago--its highest finish since 1988. Earning a bronze medal in London might take "almost a miracle," he said, with England, Germany and either Denmark or the Netherlands the favorites. Even while coaching Canada's, three equestrians, Dover's heart will remain Stateside. His parents, who live in AUstin, Texas, are ailing. So before heading oversaas, he will visit his father, Herbert, 89, who lives in a treatment facility for Alzheimer's patients. His mother, Jean, 84, has seen her body ravaged by the breast cancer she first fought four decades ago. Dover believes that his mother, who lives nearby with his sister, is hanging on to watch her son compete one final time--this time on tele- vision instead of in person. "My m0m--I believe it will be the last time I will see her," he said from his summer home in Fire Island, N.Y. "She'll watch on TV. It'll be live-streamed. That's why she's still here. She's here until the Olympics." He adds, "It's probably the hardest time in my life right now. They've both been quite amazing for me. They came to all but one of my Olympics and all but one of my world championships." Dover, who served as U.S. equestrian captain at each of his six Olympics, recalled meetings with captains of the sPorts teams to select the country's flag bearer for the opening ceremonies. "The stories you hear about the various people and what they've done and their hardships--it's -something that leaves your mouth hanging open," he says. "They are extraordinary people." For his part, Lezak also is one of many Jewish Olympi- ans-including nine-time gold medalist Mark Spitz-- who have competed in Is- rael's Maccabiah Games. A member of Temple Isaiah in Newport Beach, Calif Lezak lit the torch to start the 2009 Maccabiah near Tel Aviv. He has followed reports of the International Olympic Committee's refusal to honor the memories of the 11 Israeli Olympians murdered at the Munich Games 40 years ago with a moment of silence. Lezak is still hopeful that the IOC will make what he called the "right decision" in London. "It would be nice, in my opinion, to have that mo- ment of silence; but there are also people out there who would hate for that to hap- pen," he said, adding that the IOC "would have to weigh all the positives and negatives of both sides. I cannot make that decision. [The IOC is] in a no-win situation." Kadima From page 1A that quit the government in protest over proposed reforms that it said did not go far enough. At a news conference July 17 announcing Kadima's deci- sion to leave the government, Mofaz said he had rejected Netanyahu's proposal of defer- ring national service until age 26; Kadima wanted the draft " deferral to end at age 22. "It is with deep regret that I say that there is no choice but to decide to leave the govern- ment," Mofaz told a closed- door meeting of Kadima on July 17, according to the Israeli news site Ynet. Only three of Kadima's 28 members voted in favor of staying in the coalition. "Netanyahu has chosen to side with the draft-dodgers," Mofaz told reporters after the meeting, according to Haaretz. "I have reached "an understanding that the prime minister has not left us a choice and so we have responded." In a letter to Mofaz from Netanyahu's office, the prime minister responded, "I gave you a proposal that would have led to the conscription of ultra-Orthodox and Arabs from the age of 18. I explained to you that the only way to implement this on the ground is gradually and without tearing Israeli society apart, especially at a time when the State of Israel is facing many significant challenges. I will continue to work toward the responsible solution that Israeli society expects." With just two weeks to go before the Tal Law expires, it's not clear where Kadima's departure leaves the future of Israel's military draft. What seems certain is that Kadima has been weakened by the episode. Two months ago, polls showed Kadima stood to lose two-thirds of its Knesset seats in new elec- tions. Government opponents harshly criticized Mofaz when he then decided to hitch his centrist party to Netanyahu's right-wing Likud Party. "Unfortunately, everything I warned about two months ago and everything I expected to happen, happened," said -Haim Ramon, a Knesset member who quit Kadima when Mofazjoined the govern- ment. "Netanyahu's allie.s are the haredim and the settlers. Anyone who thinks otherwise is deluding himself and the public, This move has bropght on Kadima's demise and Shaul Mofaz is the one accountable," Ramonsaid, accordingtoYnet. If new elections were held today, Kadima likely would implode, With the biggest chunk of (ts s ats going to Likud (Kadima originally was created as an offshoot of Likud) and others to a new centrist party, Yesh Atid, or to left-wing parties. On Tuesday, Yesh Atid's chairman, Yaii Lapid, called for Netanyahu to declare new elections immediately. "We are ready for elections, and it's time to rid Israel of this bad government," Lapid said, according to Ynet. For now, analysts are pre- dicting that Netanyahu will call for new elections in early 2013. unity Call on Central Florida's Exclusively Jewish Funeral Home for Details Regarding: Traditional Jewish Funerals Non-Traditional Services Interstate Shipping Pre-Arranged Funerals (Shalom Assurance Plan) Headstone, Grave Markers (Cardinal Memorials) 640 Lee Rd. 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