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FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS Back To School Section B Miriam Alster/FLASH90 An Orthodox woman blows a whistle in protest against efforts to promote women's prayer at Jerusalem's Western Wall. At Western Wall, showdown between two women's groups By Ben Sales haredi Orthodox boys shouted at them, . hey were done, they leftwithout raising called them Nazis, blew whistles, waved JERUSALEM (JTA)--Early in the signs and raised a primal scream. A few morning o, ' ' k,i,nln ,f th threw es. Hebrew mont I I ,,I,,, ,I tl p00azawasac00 l!00'lltl[[l[tl"00ll['l 't[' tl Ill I I Illll[l[llil Women ofl .......... that holds women's prayer serv]ce edc, ,, ,,, ....... j,., ...... , --- month at the site known as the Kotel, brouhaha and inaudible and invisible loudly sang festive prayers at a spot far from where Women of the Wall were fromthewallitself.Policehadbarricaded praying. Filling the women's section them there, ostensibly for their own and spilling out into the wider plaza, the protection. A few feet away, a group of girls each prayed on their own. When their voices. "Our goal is to give voice to the hun- dreds of thousands of women who call --  their spiritualhome,"said Leah a founder of the group, called or the Wall, which helped orga- )rthodox women's prayer. "They have a voice. They're not subjugated, ignorant women." Founded less than three months Wall on page 15A Heritage receives two Florida Press Association Awards The Heritage Florida Jew- ish News recently received two awards from The Florida Press Association/Florida Society of News Editors' Bet- ter Weekly Newspaper Con- test. Competing against 64 :,.. weekly newspapers and 1,641 entries, The Heritage took home third place for General Ecellence and third place for Feature Story: Profile. "I am very happy that we were fortunate enough to win two awards this year and I am especially proud that we received an award in the General Excellence category, which is considered one of the highest awards of the compe- tition. Heritage was the only Jewish newspaper in Florida to receive any awards," said Jeff Gaeser, publisher. The awards were an- nounced during the FPA/ FSNE annual convention held at the JW Marriott at Grand Lakes in July. Newspapers considered for the General Excellence award were judged by experi- enced editors and publishers from Pennsylvania and New York who evaluated each papers' general and depart- ment news; the mechani- cal excellence; advertising enterprise; editorial page; general appearance; makeup and style and promotion of Chris DeSouza Winning two Florida Press Association awards are freelance writer Pamela Ruben with third place certificate for Feature Story: Profile - "Son of Nazi hero converts to Judaism and tells his story", publisher Jeff Gaeser, and associate editor Michael Etzkin with third place General Excellence certificate. community interest. Com- ments given by judges who chose The Heritage for this award said they "enjoyed reading the variety of timely topics, and that it was very well written." Freelance writer Pamela Ruben's story "Son of Nazi hero converts to Judaism and tells his story" (Heritage, Nov. 9, 2012 issue) won third place for Feature Story: Pro- file. Associate editor Michael Etzkin shares the award with her. Feature stories were judged on local appeal, origi- nality and quality of writing. One judge commented that he was "interested all the way through. Itwas almost like I was at the event." Peace prize for Jewish and Muslim leaders ByAbigail Klein Leichman ISRAEL21c When Jerusalem resident Eli Beer implemented a neigh- borhood-based volunteer emergency response system to Israel in 2006, he wasn't dreaming of prizes, only of saving lives. But in recognition of the fact that United Hatzalah of Israel has brought together some 2,100 trainedvolunteers from every sector of Israeli society to respond to medical emergencies in Arab and Jew- ish neighborhoods without discrimination, Beer and Arab-Israeli United Hatzalah- East Jerusalem leader Murad Alyan were chosen to receive the 2013 Victor J. Goldberg lIE Prize for Peace in the Middle East from the New York-based Institute of International Education. The award, which includes a $10,000 prize that the men intend to donate to their organization, was presented during a ceremony at the U.S. Embassy's American Center in Jerusalem. The close friendship be- tween Beer, a religious Jew working in real estate, and Alyan, a religious Muslim working as a registered nurse and medical translator, began in 2007 when Alyan ap- proached Beer about ex- tending United Hatzalah's neighborhood-based services to largely Arab East Jerusa- lem. He recruited the first 34 volunteers for the unit, and now oversees more than 100. Both had been involved in voluntary emergency re- sponse since the late 1980s and knew that ambulances from Israel's national Magen David Adorn often get delayed because of traffic, security checkpoints and unmarked streets in some areas. Hav- ing a crew of local volunteers ready to respond by foot, moped or ambucycle, until further help arrives, has cut initial response time to three minutes at most. When ISRAEL21c spoke with them before the cer- emony-with their beaming wives and children looking, on in pride--the men's arms were draped around one an- other and they even finished each other's sentences. "If you share a common love, you'll overcome ... " begins Beer. "... all the barriers," Alyan concludes. Prize on page 15A . p-. Israeli Cabinet votes to release prisoners Linda Gradstein The Media Line Mika Bromberg stood out- side the Israeli Prime Minis- ter's office holding a black- and-white poster of Avraham Bromberg, her brother-in-law and an Israeli soldier who was killed while hitchhiking in 1981. The attackers shot him, stole his gun, and pushed him out of the car. Hewas found on the side of a highway, and died of his wounds two days later. Maher and Kareem Younis, two Arab citizens of Israel, were tried and found guilty of the murder, and received a sentence of life imprisonment, later reduced to 40 years. In an ironic twist, one of the at- tackers even knew Avraham, as they had attended high school together in the north- ern Israeli town of Hadera. Now, the Younis brothers, who have been in jail for 30 years, are among the 104 Palestinian prisoners set to be released in a goodwill gesture tied to US Secretary of State John Kerry's efforts to broker a peace deal between Israel and the Palestinians. "These men are terrible murderers--how can they be let go?" Bromberg asked The Media Line as Israel's parliament was considering the release. They eventually voted 13-7 in favor after many hours of debate. "This is our last struggle for those killed. This morning my husband was so upset he collapsed." Soon after the attack, Bromberg became pregnant, and gave birth--exactly on the one-year anniversary of the killing--to Avi, named after his uncle. "The state of Israel is betray- ing the people of Israel," Avi Bromberg, 32, told The Media Line angrily. "This will lessen the motivation of soldiers who capture these terrorists and then they see the political establishment release these terrorists." Nearby, Pnina Karamani Hillel holds a poster of her older brother, .Ronen Kara- mani, who was killed in 1990. "One of the terrorists [re- sponsible for his death[ was released in the deal to free [captured soldier[ Gilad Sha- lit," she told The Media Line, referring to the 2011 exchange of 1,000 prisoners tied to the Islamist Hamas organization in exchange for the freedom of Shalit, who was held for five years. "That was acceptable because it was to save a fel- low Jew. But in this case, it's Release on page 15A 6 IIIl!!!!!rJ! ! ! U!r 1115