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HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, JULY 31, 2009 Davis Cup From page 8A the special excitement... Team Israel proved that names have no influence, ranking is meaningless when the Davis Cup or Federation Cup is at stake," wrote Haaretz sportswriter Lior Mor. "It was difficult to ignore the enormous power of Team Israel, which is unified in its unrestrained desire to be called into national service, and represent the country. Erlich admitted, though, that headline writers let their excitement get the best of them. Despite the victory, Israel still is far from being a tennis superpower. Countries like France, Spain and Russia are the true su- perpowers, he noted. How long it will take for Israel to reach that status, he said, is hard to tell. "You can't be a super- power when you have one player in the top 100, but we've gotten to the top four teams this year, and that's an achievement," he said. Two days after, theATP rank- ings had singles ace Dudi Sela at No. 30, boosted by reaching the round of 16 at Wimbledon. In the post-match cel ebrations, the team sang (shouted) songs of praise to "our father in heaven" and wailed Mizrachi ballads. A day later, Israelis got a dose of reality when de- fending champion Spain beat Germany in the quar- terfinals and advanced as Israel's next opponent. And the tough Spanish team will have home-court advantage in September's semifinal set for Sept. 18- 20. It's unclear whether the injured Spanish superstar Rafael Nadal, who missed the quarterfinals, will suit up in the semis I Ran already knows a bit of strategy for the matchup with Spain. "We don't want to sit on the baseline and ral- ly throughout the match," he said. "We are going to look to be aggressive and change the pace. We are not going to beat the Spaniards at their own game." But that sobering chal- lenge hasn't diluted the momentary giddiness. The Israeli tennis team believes that with a little mix of luck PAGE 23A and good preparation there are no limits. "Everything is possible, everything starts at zero- zero," said Erlich. "Obvi- ously it will be very difficult, especially playing there on clay. We do our best, we give our hearts and more than that we cannot do." Joshua Mitnick is the Israel correspondent for the New York Jewish Week from which this article was reprinted by permission. Roundup From page 10A following questioning by po- lice; some returned to Israel after posting large bonds. Others, considered "persons of interest," were forbidden to leave the country. The Israeli owners of the clinic have been remanded for 29 days, Ynet reported. The Israelis were caught during a raid on a Bucharest fertility clinic that was al- leged to have been operating without the necessary per- mits, according to reports. Other reports suggested that the clinic was trafficking in human eggs and stem cells. Israeli women suspected of selling their eggs were questioned, as were Israeli doctors involved in the clinic. Under Romanian law, egg donation is permissible as long as the donor does not get paid and the egg extraction takes place in an authorized clinic, Ynet reported. Demjanjuk trial date set BERLIN (JTA)--The Mu- nich trial of alleged Nazi war criminal John Demjanjuk is set to begin in mid-October, according to the German online magazine Der Spiegel. Demanjuk, 89, is charged with being an accessory to the murder of some 27,900 Jews in the gas chambers at the Sobibor extermination camp in Poland. Nazi-saluting gnomes being probed BERLIN (JTA)--Nurem- berg prosecutors are investi- gating whether an art exhibit of garden gnomes giving a Nazi salute is against the law. The "Dance with the Devil" exhibit by Nuremberg art professor Ottmar Horl fea- tures an army of gold-painted gnomes. An outraged visitor to the gallery of Erwin Weigl in Nuremberg triggered the probe with an anonymous complaint suggesting that the figures violate the law prohib- . iting anti-constitutional sym- bols. The Heil Hitler salute is banned in Germany unless it is part of an educational, pro-democratic project. Horl described his work as purely satirical, and reported that he has received many requests for the sculptures from around the world-- including from American Jewish collectors--since the controversy erupted. His work is part of a trend of what some call "trans- gressive art," designed to break taboos. The trend was given a boost by a New York Jewish Museum exhibit in 2002, called "Mirroring Evil: Nazi Imagery, Modern Art," which included French artist Alain Sechas' white plastic kittens with Hitler moustaches. Two years later, in Dachau, Germany, German-Amer- ican art professor Walter Gaudnek ran into trouble for displaying cartoon-like works depicting Hitler as a "pop- icon," including swastikas and other Nazi symbols. Theater apologizes for can- celing Israel event LONDON (JTA)--Univer- sity College London offered a Jewish group its apologies and compensation over the cancellation of an Israel In- dependence Day event. The Zionist Federation in April had to find an alterna- tive venue for its annual Inde- pendence Day event after the college-owned Bloomsbury Theatre in central London bowed to pressure and can- celed the event. Anti-Israel activists had complained to the theater following the publication of the event's promotional material, which included pictures of the Israel Defense Forces' entertainment troupe in uniform. But even after the Zionist Federation offered to exclude the group from the program, the protests continued and the theater canceled the event. The theater claimed that the use of the picture of the soldiers in uniform constituted a breach of the contract, which specified that the event was cultural and not political. However, the same theater hosted an event in April 2006 to commemorate the killing of residents of Dir Yasin in 1948. The event was titled "How Palestine Became Israel." University College London agreed this week that the the- ater was "not contractually" entitled to cancel the event and posted on its Internet site an apology to the Zionist Federation. Funny From page 13A comics such as Jim Carrey and Garry Shandling. "I couldn't believe they would hang out with me, much less do any of my jokes," Apatow said. "I wanted to write about that fondness I had for them, but it took me a long time to create a scenario in which I could talk about comedians, why people feel the need to be funny--and is there a way to be funny without being really f- .... up?" "Funny People" opens with a home movie Apatow shot of the real Sandier making crank calls in the apart- ment they shared in North Hollywood in the late 1980s. "That's actually my voice di- recting him to do the phony phone call," Apatow said of the home movie. In the clip, Sandier sounds like an elderly Jewish woman as he calls Jerry's Famous Deli and complains of gastric distress from eating too many of the restaurant's roast beef sandwiches. "I myself feared the confrontation of the pho- ny phone call, so I didn't like doing them myself," Apatow explained. "But Adam was really into it, mainly because he was unemployed and had no other outlet to be funny other than his 20 minutes at the Improv every night." The scene in which Ira sits at George's bedside was also inspired by Apatow's time living with Sandier. "Adam would always have me talk him to sleep--although he would never call it that," Apatow recalled. "He would say, 'Hey, man, I'm goin' to bed, you wanna talk to me?' And he had this chair that he had found on the side of the road that he brought into our little apartment, and I would sit in this chair and he would go like, 'Yeah, it was a great night [onstage], and I would inevitably ask him how it went with some girl--I was always fascinated by how he'd get girls, because it was not working for me at that time-- so I was like, 'What happened, and then what happened, and did she do it?' and then slowly he would fall asleep. "[Over the years], I thought that was something that was kind of lonely, because clearly Adam didn't want to have any quiet time in his head before going to sleep," Apatow added. "Adam has gotten over that, but the other day, as I was falling asleep with my iPod on, listening to some Deepak Choprah book on tape, I was like, 'Holy s---, I'm doing the same thing with my iPod.' So I thought the bedside chat would be a sweet way to have my characters connect for the first time." The film also includes real video of the precocious, 13-year-old Rogen perform- ing stand-up at a professional nightclub, where his entire bit revolves around his Jew- ish grandparents--the clip is supposed to represent Ira's early standup efforts. Will Apatow continue to cast Rogen, Jonah Hill and the other Jewish Apatowniks (or members of the "Jew- Tang Clan," as they are also known) because their shared heritage helps the onscreen chemistry. "Maybe," Apatow mused. "It's just a sensibility that's almost an unspoken, uncon- scious thing. You can't quite put your finger on why. I'm not a religious person, but I couldn't be more Jewish," he added, without a trace of irony. Reprinted by permission of the Jewish Journal of Greater Los Angeles. Rachel From page 15A Harris faced a tough audi- ence before the screening. When he called Corrie's death an accident, a collective hiss snaked the crowd. A few shouted "lies." One man said, "Get off the stage, you're notwelcome." Awoman yelled back, "Let him speak." Harris spoke about eight other Rachels who also died young--at the hands of Is- lamic and Palestinian suicide bombers. "All of these Rachels, in- cluding Rachel Corrie, should be alive today," Harris said. "As you watch this film, remem- ber the other Rachels, and remember how much context is missing." The audience was more quiet during the film itself. Directed by Simone Bitton, an award-winning documen- tarian and a French-Israeli Jew, "Rachel" explored what lead Rachel Corrie to become involved in the International Solidarity Movement and to travel to Israel and Gaza in January 2003. Bitton featured interviews with ISM activists who worked with Corrie in Gaza, Pales- tinians who hosted the ISM activists, the Palestinian man whose home Corrie was pro- tecting when she was killed, soldiers with the Israel De- fense Forces, military police investigators, Corrie's college professors and parents, and the director of Israel's Na- tional Forensic Center, who conducted Corrie's autopsy. Much of the film dissected how and why Corrie died on March 16, 2003. Bitton featured Israeli soldiers read- ing the transcripts of their testimonies from that day. The five ISM activists on site when Corrie died shared their memories of that day. Photos and videos of Rachel in Gaza peppered the film, but what really moved the story forward was narration courtesy of Corrie's idealistic and heartfelt journal entries and correspondence, read by her fellow ISM activists. She wrote often of the violent and inhumane conditions of life in Gaza, and about her deep com- mitment to the people there. After the movie, Cindy Cor- rie took the stage, with Stein and then the audience asking her questions. "I'm surprised by the con- troversy" my appearance has caused, she said."I think it has less to do with me and Rachel than the discourse within the Jewish community." Harris said after the screen- ing that if Cindy Corrie had not been invited, the Jewish community's response to screening"Rachel" in the S.F. Jewish Film Festival would have been wholly different. "But, now that I've seen the film, I can certainly say it was appalling for it's near complete lack of context," Harris said after the screen- ing. "The filmmaker clearly had an agenda. I think she made an effective piece of film making to promote that agenda. Which makes it dif- ficult for someone using just spoken word to counter the power of images on a screen." Rachel Masters, of Palo Alto, was stunned and sur- prised by the audience reac- tion to Harris' speech and to the movie. She described herself as a "liberal Jew." A member of Berkeley's Beyt Tikkun and the New Israel Fund, she was eager to learn more about Corrie's death and supportive of the Film Festival's choice to screen it this year. "I never expected such an anti-Semitic and anti-Israel atmosphere," Masters said. "That really tainted my abil- ity to take in the movie. I wish I could have watched it at home." Faith Meltzer, a member of SF Voice for Israel, sur- mised the large number of anti-Israel audience members were alerted to the film by a notice on IndyBay.org posted by the International Jewish Anti-Zionist Network. The announcement asked people to come and "oppose the Zi- onists who are trying to shut the movie down and prevent Cindy Corrie from speaking." "That's ridiculous--the Zionists are in the audience," Meltzer said. Still, a majority of the crowd seemed to have pro- Palestinian views. More than two-thirds of the audience gave the movie a standing ova- tion; each time someone said something supportive of the Israeli army or government, the hisses and boos nearly buried their comments. Tzena was disheartened by such a dismissive audience. She likes to call the Jewish Film Festival "Jewish Pride Week." Yet such a scene gave her little to feel proud of. "The issue for me is not whether or not to show the film, but how do we treat dif- ferent points of view, on any side?" she asked. "As a Jew, respect for diverse opinions is vital." Reprinted with permission from j. the Jewish news weekly of Northern California, www. jweekly.com.