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E d toria,s Op-Ed 5A Calendar 6A Scene Around 9A Synagogue Directory 11A JTA News Briefs 13A By Christine DeSouza and thoughtful approach to all that Jeffrey Ettinger, and niece of Flossie she does is extraordinary," said Sara Gluckman, Jerome Bornstein, Doro- "In Judaism, prophets were con- Stern, last year's recipient of the Hu- thy Morrelland Rita Levy, Fuchs was sidered visionary not because they manServiceAward."Herimpeccable raised surrounded by Jewish com- predicted the future, but because taste, thoughtful consideration and munity activists. Five members of they saw possibilities. Roz has always exemplary work ethic make all that her family had served as Federation been someone with the ability to she touches turn to gold. This com- presidents before she served from both see possibilities and then take munityis fortunate to havesomeone 1996 to 1998. that all-important step and make who is so dedicated to its well being "Her mother, Bea Bornstein them happen," said David Bornstein and the preservation of its history. Ettinger, I feel, set the example of his cousin Roz Fuchs, this year's Roz is a remarkable person and so and standard of how you can be a recipient of the Heritage Human deserving of the Heritage Human devoted wife and mother and still Service Award. Service Award." make a difference by caring for those From an array of multi-colored To mentioneverythingthat Fuchs who often didn't have a voice," said glass vases arranged neatly on a has been involved in would prob- Chasnov. bookcasetotheartworkonthewalls ably take up the entire newspaper. Asayouth, FuchsjoinedBBG,was andthesimplearrangementofchairs Her close friend Barbara Chasnov a founding member of the first USY and couches all brought together by said it best, "When asked to write Chapter in Orlando, and spent her a 1920's-era area rug, handed down something about my dear friend, summers at Camp Blue Star--all of throughthe family, Roz Fuchs'home Roz Fuchs, for her most deserved which fed her love for Israel and the is a reflection of the woman herself HumanServiceAward, I didn't know Jewish community. --elegant, unassuming, organized, where to start. Not because I didn't Fuchs left Orlando for college in down-to-earth, strong and gentle, have anything to say, but quite the Madison, N.J. She got married and Talking with her, one instantly feels opposite. There's so much to say moved to Kinston, N.C. Orlando's she is a good friend to have, and that about my amazing friend!" loss was North Carolina's gain. is exactly how so many others feel "I am thrilled that my dear"Rozisadrivenleader, intelligent, about her. friend Roz is being recognized for cognizant of the community and Kehillah exhibit curator Marcia her humanitarian work," said Ina world around her and the needs-- Jo Zerivitz said of her, "(Roz) keeps Porth from Hadley, Mass. "Roz is a and she springs into action," said track of people, makes each feel in- very special woman and part of an Zerivitz. dispensable and is concerned about extraordinary family. Doing good, It seems that wherever Fuchs their personallives. Choosing Roz for always compassionate, always ready goes, if there isn't a Jewish group or this award is brilliant. Fervent about to help is in her genes. She did not organization that is needed, she will Jewish values, she genuinely cares fall far from tree, citrus at that. Any start one, Case in point, she was a about our heritage and continuity, job she takes on is done with a full founding member of Congregation I don't know how she juggles all the heart and done in only a way Roz Bayt Shalom, a conservative syna- piecesinthemidstofherownintense can do completely, correctly and gogue in Greenville. life. Roz is a 'doer'--a gem!" with full measure." "Four couples started it," she said, "If you want a job done and done Daughter of Leon and Bea Et- "and it is still there." well, ask Roz. Her attention to detail tinger, sister of Marilyn Crotty and She was also volunteer education Roz Fuchs director of Bayt Shalom from 1978 to 1984. While living in North Carolina, Fuchs became a key contact in AIPAC. A key contact is a person who has a personal relationship with legislators, and it just so hap- pened that one of her neighbors was a state senator and his wife taught her children how to swim. She was also a member of the NC AIPAC Cabinet. "The way North Carolina was organized at that time, we had a cabinet made up of Jewish people from all over the state who would come together," she explained. "My days with AIPAC started a long time ago," she said. "The first policy conference I went to had maybe 500 people--now it is over 18,000 people!" In Orlando, Fuchs was a commu- nity chair of AIPAC from 2001-2006, and served on the AIPAC National Advisory Board from 2005-2006, and she was awarded the AIPAC Leadership Award in 2006. Fuchs also served on Gov. Jim Hunt's North Carolina/Israel Scholar Exchange Advisory Board. Because the tobacco industrywas transition- ing in North Carolina, the governor saw that NC could benefit from the agricultural industry in Israel. He formed a Cabinet that figured a way for research professors from Israeli universities to come and work here while NC professors went to Israel. But enough of Fuchs changing the Jewish world and agricultural industry in North Carolina! She returned to Orlando in 1985 and this community has been blessed with her endeavors ever since. "When Roz returned to Orlando with her young family, it didn't take her long to become involved with the Jewish Federation of Greater Orlando, her synagogue, Congrega- tion Ohev Shalom, and the Bornstein Young Leadership Training program. She never tired of giving back to her Jewish community that certainly influenced her love of Judaism and Israel, and to this day, she is always thinking of ways to improve our Fuchs on page 15A 9 By Yossi Lielmpkowiez (EJP via JNS)--A member of the European Parliament has called on the European Union to recognize Israel's sovereignty over the Golan Heights. "It is in the interest of the European Union to stop con- sidering the Golan Heights as an 'occupied territory' and to recognize Israel's sovereignty over this territory," said Fulvio Martuscello, Italian MEP who Heritage Florida Jewish News founder, Eugene"Gene" Starn of La Posada, Palm Beach Gardens, Fla passed away peacefully on Saturday, July 14, 2018, surrounded by family and friends in the Palm Beach Gardens Medical Center Hospice Unit. Starn was born May 17, 1924, in Youngstown, Ohio. He was the son of Harry and Helen Starn. Starn had journalism in his blood at a young age. When he was 14, Starn published the Hobby News, a neighbor- hood "scandal sheet." At 17, he was editor of the Voice of Gene Starn -7 South High. While in col- lege at Ohio University in the radio-TV News Director Hadas Parush/Flash90 An old Israeli tank with a flag overlooking the Syrian town of Quneitra in the Golan Athens, Ohio, he originated Association's distinguished Heights. a Cinderella Ball, featuring achievement award, now i Alvino Rey's Orchestra. He known as the Edward R.Mur- = chairs the European Parlia- athirdofIsraerswatersupply. "In a time where the E.U. was also instrumental in rowAward. ment delegation for relations Despite its official neutral- is receiving refugees escap- starting WOUB-AM/FM, the At 32, Gene and his wife, with Israel. ity in the Syrian conflict, the ing the war in Syria it is time campus area radio station, Elaine, moved to Denver, Col- - The E.U. considers the State of Israel has provided to take a clear position and which thrives today, orado, andopenedALWESCO, i Golan Heights as "occupied humanitarian aid to Syrian recognize the importance of Afterbeingdraftedinto the which grew into a prosperous territory" by Israel since the war victims, an effort that having Israel as the de jure armyduringWWII, Starnwas wholesaledecorativebuilding - country took over the region has been drastically geared sovereign of this territory," trained as a tank mechanic, material distributor. After !-= from Syria in the closing up since June 2016, but it has he added. "On arrival in New Guinea, selling the business, Starn, stages of the 1967 Six-Day also strongly opposed the For Martusciello, the Eu- he was informed that he was now 50, and Elaine retired War. The Golan Heights has presence of Iranian military ropean Union "needs to rein- nowarefrigerationmechanic, to Orlando to golf, play ten- -- the country, as it gives Israel According to MEP Mar- State of Israel." about! Being Gene, he figured Starn on page 14A an excellent vantage points tusciello, recognizing Israel's "We have seen a turbulent it out!" said his nephew Joel "" = ments. The topography pro- Heights "will give trust to the anoasisofdemocracydespite,At 26, Starn became the vides a natural buffer against E.U. as a broker in the Middle the tensions with the Pales- news directoratYoungstown's any military thrust from Eastpeaceprocessandevena tinians and the situation in new CBS-affiliate WKBN- Syria. The area also provides potentialtouseitasleverage." Gaza," he said. AM/FM TV, and twice won