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FLORIDA J Editorials ................................ 4A  lhl,J.h.,lh,ll.ll.,.lh,l,lll,.l.l.d,hll,.h,ll I 16"1 MIXED ADC 320 i TO: SMALL TOWN PAPERS 17270 F 5026 CALIFORNIA AVE SW EWISH Classified ................................ 2B Orlando teens in Israel as part of the third annual Greater Orlando Summer Israel Experience program. Orlando teens visiting Israel A group of teens from Orlando just returned from Israel as part of the third annual GOSIE (Greater Orlando Summer Israel Experience) program. GOSIE is an initiative developed by the Jewish Fed- eration's Partnership 2000 Program. In its third year, this three-week visit (July 6-27) took participants to the heart of the Israeli society and to Orlando sister . .. d2ty Kiryat Motzkin. The Orlando-area teens spent several days with their host families in Kiryat Motzkin, and then spent the rest of the time touring Israel with some of their new-found Israeli friends. The "experi- ence" part of the program title is really the focal point. The Partnership 2000 Program (P2K) is an initiative of the Jewish Federation of Greater Qla0do. Mpoy lifelong friendships have been forged among the members of the Central Florida community and members of the Kiryat Motzkin community. Earlier this spring, a contingent of teens from Kiryat Motzkin spent a few weeks in Or- lando, where they performed in several shows and visited several schools and community events. For more on GOSI E, see page & Jerusalem crisis reveals U.S.-Israel communications breakdown By Ron Kampeas WASHINGTON (JTA)--The summoning of an ambassador usually signifies a crisis. So what does it mean when the ambassador isn't summoned? That's the question that had U.S. officials scratching their heads after last week's mixed signals over whether the State Department had summoned Michael Oren, Israel's new ambassador, for a dressing-down over a Jewish plan to build 20 apartments in Sheik Jarrah, a Palestin- ion neighborhood in eastern Jerusalem. ': Israeli officials had leaked the reports of a "summons" to the media--except Oren was never summoned, JTA has confirmed. Oren was at the State Department on July 17 for a routine, and mostly friendly, getting-to-know-you meet- ing. U.S. officials did raise the Jerusalem matter, but as part of a broader exchange. So why leak a crisis when none is brewing? Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu suggested the answer two days later with a forceful defense of the Jerusa- lem settlement plans. "United Jerusalem is the capital of the Jewish people and of the State of Israel," the Israeli leader said in a White House Michael Oren, center, and his family meet President Obama at the White House on July 20 after Israel's new U.S. ambassador formally presents his credentials. statement issued after the treme circumstances in hopes he was repeating what he weekly Cabinet meeting."Our of moving the line of what they told the president when they sovereignty over it cannot be think the United States might met in D.C." in May, a senior challenged. This means, inter agreeto,'Atallahsaid, suggest- Israeli official toldJTA."Israel alia, that residents of Jerusa- ingthatWashingtoncouldend is willing to be flexible and lemmaypurchaseapartments up moving "far away from its place severe limitations on in all parts of the city." original position." West Bank settlementbut Netanyahuwasusingguer- U.S. officials handling the Jerusalem is offthe table." rilla leaking tactics to score negotiations have complained The latest exchange, ac- points" against an Obama offtherecordtoJewishgroups cording to some leaders of administrationthathasmade about the leaks campaign, major Jewish organizations, freezing settlement build- Ma'ariv reported earlier this underscores the need for bet- ing--in the West Bank and monththatSecretaryofSt'ate tercommunicationsbetween eastern Jerusalem--an em- HillaryRodhamClintonmade the two administrations. phasis of its efforts to advance settlements a front-and-cen- "There's a question of trust peace negotiations, according ter issue in part because she and maybe even respect, to Amjad Atallah, the co- felt cornered by a campaign which leads to leaking and director of the Middle East to the effect that the Obama leads to the public state- Task Force at the liberal New administration was not hon- ments," Abraham Foxman, America Foundation. oring earlier commitments the national director for the Atallah, a former Palestin- to allow limited settlement Anti-DefamationLeague, told ion negotiator, speculated expansion. JTA."It'snothealthyforeither that the leaks were part of a Israeli officials deny aleaks side; it undermines the nature Netanyahugovernmenteffort campaign, but confirm that of the relationship." to influence U.S.-Israeli talks Netanyahu wants to make it Foxman and Malcolm on settlements as they enter clear that building in Jerusa- : Hoenlein, the executive vice the final stages, lem is off limits, chairman of the Conferenceof "They're playing hardball, "When the prime minister they'repushingforthemostex- spoke on Sunday [July 19], Cr/./s on page 22A 'Buenos dias!' 'Bonjour! ' 'Shalom/' Two weeks ago, 150 new immigrants arrived in Is- rael from South America on a first-ever chartered flight, for olim, with some 50 new immigrants from Brazil. 50 from Argentina and the rest from Uruguay and Peru. Two hundred twenty new immigrants from France ar- rived last Tuesday in Israel. and received their new Israeli ID cards at a special ceremony at the Western Wall hosted by Jewish Agency Chairman Natan Sharansky and the ministers of Interior and Im- migrant Absorption. Among the new immi- grants are a group of realtors who already received training and certification in France to work as real estate agents in Israel. Over the' summer some 5.000 new immigrants are expected to arrive in Israel, many of them on 20 special olim flights, run in partner- ship with Nefesh B'Nefesh in North America and the AMI organization in France. The Jewish Agency anticipates an increase of 15 percent in the number of immigrants compared with 2008. Here are some of the sup- port services provided by Brian Hendler/Jewish Agency A young new immigrant from Argentina at the West- ern Wall. Nefesh b'Nefesh, as listed on its Web site Absorption services Nefesh B'Nefesh's Absorp- tion Departmentworks close- - lywith a host of governmental arid institutional bodies such as the Ministries of Interior and Immigrant Absorption. The Absorption Depart- ment coordinates and stream- lines the Aliyah processing in order to ease the complicated and time-consuming pro- Buenos on page 22A JFS pantry in immediate need In December 2008, JFS Barry Kudlowitz, executive placed an emergency call to director at JFS. "We are look- the community asking for ing at reducing the number help for the pantry, whichwas of families wesee on a daily at a critically low level. The basis to 12 so that we can get community responded posi- through the week," tively and more than 1,400 How can the community pounds of food was donated help? Nonperishable and can wilhin two weeks, goods can be delivered di- Now, JFS must ask the rectlytoJFS, 2100 Lee Road in community again for it sup, Winter Park, Monday through port. This summer, JFS has Friday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. reached an all-time high in the "Cash donations are also vital," amountoffooditis dispersing Kudlowitz says. "Last week to individuals and families in JFS spent more than $2,500 need. In the first six months to purchase aone-weeksupply of 2009, JFS dispersed 22 of food from Second Harvest percent more food and most Food Bank. Although it's very likely will break the record difficulttohavetoaskforhelp, number of 90,000 meals by Iamconfidentourcommunity the end of the year. will be there for us." Onadailybasis, JFSsched- For more information on ulesappointmentsfor18fami- how you can help, contact lies or individuals to pick up Adrienne Cooperman, Emer- food. "We can no longer keep gency Services Manager at up with this demand," states 407-644-7593, ext. 243. JFS is asking for help to fill its pantry. The shelves were nearly empty when this picture was taken on July 23.