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HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, JULY 27, 2018 PAGE 15A From page 1A changing Jewish lives in to- day's Orlando," said Chasnov. "Itwas an interesting time," Fuchs reflected, "because all of a sudden I was on commit- tees with people like Abe and Zelig Wise, who were close family friends. I knew them as a child! And now I'm sit- ting around a table as adult to adult. It took me a while to get comfortable with the change." Her portal back into com- munity was through her children. She enrolled her son, Sam, in the Hebrew Day School--and went on to serve as president from 1988 to 1990. FuchsjoinedTemple Israel, where her parents had been founding members, and her middle child, Jill, was bat mitzvahed there. A few years later, Fuchs switched to COS where Jill attended confirma- tion classes, and she began serving on the COS board as an officer and trustee. Fuchs has served as the chairman of the Women's Division, and admits that she has probably served on every Federation committee! "Without question, Roz Fuchs is the most determined human being and detail- oriented person that I have ever met," said Rabbi Aaron Rubinger. "I never want to be on her committee because she expects that same com- mitment from everyone!" he added jokingly. But that's the thing--no one ever says no to Fuchs! "When Roz asks for help I always say yes," Bornstein st ed, "n6t Out of ob| gation but because I know she will make it a success. And then I step out of the way and let her do her magic. Perfectly, of course, with unrivaled execution and outstanding leadership." "Every organization wants a Roz Fuchs on their com- mittees-that's how they are successful," Rubinger added. "She is incredible. People who know her know this is true. She is remarkable." Chasnov concurs, "If she is on a committee or chairing a project, there's no doubt in anyone's mind that it will be successful." One of the very successful Federation programs founded by Fuchs is the Jerome J. Bornstein Young and Senior Leadership Programs. "I chaired the human resources development com- mittee for strategic planning," she explained. "Out of that came a recommendation that we should have an emerging leadership developmentgroup and a senior leadership group every other year." In true Fuchs fashion, she and her committee went to every agency and synagogue and asked what kind of things they want their leaders to know. Agencies and organiza- tions then nominated people to be selected. "At the time, my Uncle Jerry had just passed away and my parents decided to make an endowment for the program and we named it for Jerry," Fuchs said. "The first group loved it so much, they didn't want it to end, and so instead of being from August to May, we added six months, but then realized that was too long." The Young Leadership ProgramSettled down to a nine-month course every other year. She directed the program for 14 years. "I'm very proud of that," Fuchs expressed."Itwas avery rewarding experience for me, not only did I make a lot of friends, which was great, but then to see the group gel and become a team and the par- ticipants became presidents of synagogues or agencies or chaired committees." Fuchs vision for the Lead- ership programs was broader then just training people for leadership roles. She explained in her well- reasonedway, "The otherpart of our philosophy was that by having people that came from all different areas in the community, they realized that the JCC alone doesn't make a community. A synagogue by itself doesn't make a com- munity. That there's value and importance in everything that everybody is doing. As people got to know each other, they were able to cross boundar- ies. Somebody active at the J could call up somebody active at JFS and say 'I'm working on such-and-such commit- tee, how about joining me?' Cross-pollination is really important. People burn out staying with the same agency or organization. So it was re- ally good." The Senior Leadership program was to take place on alternate years. It never developed. Fuchs was disap- pointed, but her vision for this program is still hopeful. "Maybe have four fabulous programs a year. Have a re- treat and meetwith somebody outstanding and talk about important issues of the day and do a mission to eastern Europe and Israel, have a scholar-in-residence," 'she envisioned. "I still think it's a great con- cept. Itwould be to keep people from burning out--refresh them, get them reinvigorated and I think that's important." One program, again chaired by Fuchs, that uni- fied community was the Dorothy Morrell Cultural Series, which brought many famous speakers and enter- tainers to Central Florida-- Wolf Blitzer, Joan Rivers and Alan King to name a few. Morrell had run a cultural series in earlier years. "It was phenomenal and very s!gnificant in the commu- r ty," Fuchs recalled. So hen Morrell died, Fuchs vas hoping something would done in her memory. She md her morn, Bea, started tiinking and together they ome up with the idea of a cfltural series for the JCC. Kichs approached Marvin Friedman, executive director d the JCC at the time, and te agreed with the idea, but endowment was needed, aich was happily provided b Morrell's children. Most people probably don't how or remember that be- fee Kehillah, Fuchs was the p'oject coordinator of "Our S:ory," a community history fDm 1947 to 1999 for JFGO's 5)+ anniversary. She did the rsearch and much of the iting of this 82-page docu- mntary of the Orlando Jew- in community. "Our Story" is this editor's go-to book for information about the Orlando Jewish community's p st. And it paved the way to t|e three years of work that into creating a 100-year hstory of the Orlando Jewish community. "The 100 Years of Jewish Comm/mity proje' t began with Roz seeing something that could be bigger than was originally imagined," said Bornstein. The exhibit was presented to the community for 100 days, and coincidedwith Ohev Shalom's 100th Anniversary yearlong celebration. "Although she has given so much of herself over the years, I believe the most meaning- ful gift that she gave to our community was the Kehillah Exhibit at the Orange County History Center," said Chasnov. "The exhibit was conceived and delivered by Roz's pure determination and will to make it happen. There were so many moving parts, commit- tees, research, cataloguing, editing, and coordination to put this project together. It was her knowledge and love of Orlando and the historical memory of the Jewish com- munity that drove her each day to keep the project on track to its conclusion." "I am truly blessed to have worked closely with Roz on the COS Centennial and Kehillah exhibit and to have acquired her friendship along the way," said Stern. "When I volunteered to work with Roz as the Kehillah exhibit curator, I instantly gained a close friend for life. Roz is a"doer"--agem,"stated Zerivitz. "When I first saw the exhibit, 1 literally cried with emotion to see what Roz first dreamed and then became a reality. It was so meaningful as every word, photo, and detail was thought out to perfection," Chasnov recalled. For Fuchs, the Kehillah exhibit revealed all the con- tributions the Jewish com- munity has made to help make Orlando what it is today, and she is proud of what she Sees. "We know our communi- ties faults, but we don't praise all the good things," Fuchs commented. "[The commu- nity] is filled with generous, talented people. When you add up all the different or- ganizations and the amount of dollars raised for all the good things--it's a lot to be proud of!" Her vision for Kehillah is not over. Currently, Fuchs is working on creating awebsite of the exhibit--completewith a 360 video of the exhibit, the catalog and merchant map--to be used for research purposes and preserve the his- tory of this community The driving force behind Fuchs is her unwavering belief that the life-blood of organiza- tions is the volunteers. Asked what she sees as the greatest need in the Jewish community today, she responded (after much thought) that she'd like to see the Senior Leadership program revived. Perhaps she could be in the first group to be invigorated and refreshed in order to continue giving to the Jewish community she loves so dearly. "Roz is a treasure to our community," Chasnov ex- pressed, "and I can only hope, that she goes from strength to strength as we all are the recipients of her passion and love for Orlando and the Jew- ish people around the world." Space does not permit the listing of all of Fuchs' awards throughout her years of ser- vice to the Jewish community. However, Sara Stern will share much more about her as she presents the Human Service Award to Roz Fuchs at the Federation Annual Meeting on Aug. 5 (held from 10 a.m. to noon) at The Roth Familly i JCC, From page 3A In reaction to the ruling, DovWeinstein, Adam's father, told JNS that he welcomes "anything that can stop the killing." He added, "The most im- portant thing to understand is that the leaders of Hamas and the PLO don't really care about their own people. Everything they do is to make themselves rich, while both Israelis and Palestinians pay the price." Weinstein noted that his family's case against Hamas in a separate legal proceed- ing has been going on for 17 years for bureaucratic and po- litical reasons, and that their concern isn't whether or not they see the money from the sale of the ships. "The point is that we have to do a lot more to stop [terror groups] from money-laundering and stop the support they get from other countries," he said. "By taking away the ships, we are taking away their power." In 2006, the Gavish family won a 90 million NIS ($25 mil- lion) ruling against Hamas, but even so they have yet to receive any compensation. Darshan-Leitner however is optimistic that as a result of this ruling, the ships will be sold and the families will in fact receive reparations. From page 4A Trump is being con- demned for adopting a conciliatory tone towards Putin while employing a combative tone towards the Europeans and particularly Germany at the NATO sum- mit. This criticism ignores how Trump operates in the international arena. Trump views his exchanges with foreign leaders as sepa- rate engagements. He has goals he wishes to advance with China; with North Korea; with Russia; with Canada; with Mexico; with Europe; with Britain; with US Arab allies. In each separate en- gagement, Trump employs a combination of carrots and sticks. In each engagement he adopts a distinct manner that he believes advances his goals. So far, unlike Obama's for- eign policy by this point in his presidency, none of Trump's exchanges have brought di- saster on America or its allies. To the contrary, America and its allies have much greater strategic maneuver room ao'oss a wide spectrum of tlTeats and joint adversaries than they had when Obama left office. Trump's opponents' obses- sion with bringing him down has caused great harm to his presidency and to America's position worldwide. It is a testament to Trump's com- mitment to the US and its allies that he met with Putin this week. And the success of their meeting is something" that all who care about global security and preventing a devastating war in the Middle East should be grateful for. Originally published in The Jerusalem Post. From page 6A with a clean sheet even if it means paying a price on other fronts," Dayan wrote in an email to Koplow on Tuesday. "That price includes sometimes our image being damaged. The total and com- plete security of our aviation and its passengers is and will continue to be our first prior- ity. All other considerations are subordinated to that." But Dayan wrote he re- gretted how Koplow was treated. "I wish to express once more my sorrow for the inconvenience and embar- rassment caused to you," he wrote. "I hope your next departure from Ben Gurion Airport will be more pleas- ant." Koplow told JTA that the incident will not deter him from visiting or engaging with Israel in the future. His story first appeared in a Twitter thread about tl-e incident written by his sin, Michael Koplow, policy di'ector at the Israel Policy Forum, a group that advo- c~es for a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian cmflict. The younger Ko- pbw wrote that his father's st)ry "is a perfectly sad microcosm of everything wrong with the way Is- rael treats information as a threat and American Jews as objects of suspicion." "We have moved from Israel being worried about tangible security threats, to treating BDS advocates and protestors as if they are security threats, to treat- ing any evidence of basic engagement with Palestin- ians as security threats," Michael Koplow wrote, us- ing an acronym denoting the movement to boycott, divest from and sanction Israel. "Simple information is treated as dangerous." From page 9A of the Hamas terrorist group, which encouraged its follow- ers to breach the border fence. Hamas has acknowledged that at that May demonstration, 50 of the 61 killed were its members. "Yes," Ocasio-Cortez con- ceded, adding, "But I also think that what people are starting to see at least in the occupation of Palestine [is] just an increasing crisis of humanitarian condition and that to me is just where I tend to come from on this issue." When Hoover, a former aide to President George W. Bush, asked Ocasio-Cortez to clarify what she meant, Ocasio-Cortez paused and answered: "I think what I meant is like the settlements that are increasing in some of these areas in places where Palestinians are experiencing difficulty in access to their housing and homes." After Hoover asked Ocasio- Cortez to expand on her comments, the candidate said: "I am not the expert on geopolitics on this issue," and "I just look at things through a human rights lens and I may not use the right words Middle Eastern politics is not exactly at my kitchen table every night." Her comments on Israel have prompted criticism from the right and left. "Alexandria Ocasio-Cor- tez is doing a great service. Her argument is twofold: Isael a colonizing occupier of Palestine, and that she d(esn't know anything about tl-e conflict," wrote Seth Mmdel, op-ed editor of the New York Post, on Twitter. "Accurate: those who think this have no ideawhat they're talking about. At least she's honest." The Republican Jewish Co- alition tweeted: "Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez bashes Israel while admitting she is clue- less about what is going on there. She simply toes the far- left, radical agenda. Elected Democrats are endorsing this when they endorse her." Asad Abukhalil, a profes- sor in political science at California State University, Stanislaus, lamented that Ocasio-Cortez's comments about a two-state solution and support for Israel's right to exist are "a sign that you have become an already mainstream Democratic candidate." "'Israel's right to exist' is a euphemism for Israel's right to occupy Palestine," Abukhalil added. "@Oca- sio2018 should have known that." Although the Democratic Socialists of America endors- es the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement, Ocasio-Cortez has not dis- cussed her position on the boycott. Tom Perez, the chairman of the Democratic National Committee, has called Oc- asio-Cortez the "future of our party."