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JEWISH NEWS, AUGUST 6, 2004 PAGE 7 Free Estimates i Exteriors / Interiors J Pressure Cleaning Licensed / Insured i All Work Guaranteed 6 References Avaliabie ser AIRES (JTA)-- from coun- e of Israel and the ~will be notably es dur- Games. weightliftinglift- to table tennis, athletes will the colors of countries in gets under are some of DARIO LEC- Arfien- says he of his out at center in ,he discovered Spend a lot of e weightlifting many cute exercising says the 32- during an did not in love with the sport in be represent- at the upcom- Lecman the previous and Berger (JTA)--The Democratic up an all- the party's to convince Jews are not ballroom last Demo- operatives voters more comfort- t more must out to the Jewish com- Particularly about Israel Kerry's re- not only will be ," said Mel California will chair policy MarkMell- Ann Lewis nd Na- a )to- at agreed the Jew- of Greater Orlando for families year's iNeigh- place at 10: Corn- two Olympics. In the 1996 Atlanta Games, a last-min- ute sprain kept him out of the competition. Four years later, in Sydney, he competed, though residual pain from a wrist injury kept him from doing well. Still, Lecman, who says he hopes to finish in the top eight in Athens, has had success in previous interna- tional competition. He has won gold and silver medals in the Pan-American Games and was awarded Argentina's prestigious Silver Olimpias award five times. Born of Russian and Pol- ish Jewish roots, Lecman says that, unlike other more popu- lar sports where fame and for- tune are draws, weightlifters live in relative anonymity. "When you are young, the world shows you that the best tennis players are successful," he says. "They have money and fame. There is not the same image constructed from the weightlifting environment." Indeed, Lecman is neither famous nor a millionaire. Nevertheless, he says, his sport has offered him a wealth of life lessons, in- cluding "the philosophy of effort, the capacity of plan- ning, the humbleness, the perseverance." "Sometimes I feel bad when I meet first- world weightlifters who are with the overall premise that the majority of Jews will stick with the Democrats, But he also suggesting that Jews are crediting Bush for the greater empathy Americans now have for Israel. The rise in anti-Americanism around the world tras led more people in the United States to greater understand the plight of Jews, and he said Democratic interests in increasing ties with Europe could turn off some Jewish voters. Rock the Temples! Young Jewish Democrats attending a bash at one of Boston's best- known hot spots last Wednesday got treated to a sermon about Tisha B'Av, one of the most mournful days on the Jewish calendar. Rob Kutner, a writer for the award,winning comedy series "The Daily Show," warmed up the crowd at the Aria event with a few jokes trying to fig- ure out which Jewish holiday most resembles a political convention. He settled on Passover--in both cases, he said, "It takes a week for our digestive systems to recover." That got laughs at the event sponsored by the National Jewish Democrat Council and kid show mogul Haim Saban, but then Kutner slid into an earnest exegesis of a Talmudic tale related munity Campus in Maitland in the Hebrew Day School's All-Purpose Room. All newcomers to Orlando, or even old timers who are in- terested in learning what the Jewish community has to offer, are invited to meet other Jew- ish families and individuals. There will be entertainment not better than me, but just have a better infrastructure," Lecman says. "However, when I see the friends that studied physical education with me and I see my success, I feel lucky." Lecman's Jewish iden- tity includes fond memories of Passover seders at the home of his cousin in the Once neighborhood of Buenos Aires, a center for Argentine Jewish life. It also includes a Hebrew phrase he and his friends were taught during their days at the Maccabi center: chazak v'ematz: be strong and brave. In Athens, Lecman plans to be. GAVIN FINGLESON, Base- ball, Australia Twenty-seven- year-old Gavin Fingleson, of Sydney, Australia, has of late been playing baseball in the Unites States with the New Haven County Cutters, a team in the independent Northeast League. But during the Olympics, he'll be donning the uniform of Australia's national team to compete on an Athens baseball diamond. Fingleson, who is the Cut- ters leading hitter, arrived in Australia from his native South Africa when he was 11 years old and showed great baseball talent even before his Bar Mitzvah. to "sinat hinam," the reck- less hatred among Jews that tradition says helped bring down the ancient temples. He cautioned Democrats never to exhibit such hatred to their opponents, whatever the political season. There was some impatient talk during the mini sermon, and friends of Kutner tried to shush the crowd, but the comedy writer was not ag- grieved. "I'm on basic cable, I don't expect much. Cameron Kerry, the brother of the Democratic nominee, Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.), was also on hand, and regaled the crowd with the tale of his courtship of his wife, Kathy Weinman. "It was basic goy meets girl," he said. In fact, Kerry's marriage to Weinman 20 years ago led to his conversion to Judaism, and they are active members of Boston's Jewish corn munity today. He told the crowd that the only time he felt prouder than his brother's political rise was at the B'not Mitzvah of his daughters, Jessica and Laura. That led Kutner to quip that not only is John Kerry good for the Jews, he's so good he contributed his brother to the Jews." Looking to Florida. Florida voters know all eyes are on them. And Jew- ish activists are ready to make sure what happened in 2000 for young children, giveaways and a raffle. In addition to brunch, Central Florida's Jew- ish organizations, synagogues and agencies will have infor- mational tables. The Shalom Orlando Com- mittee is looking for names of newcomers to Orlando. Call the Federation at 407-645- He represented his state's junior team in baseball for four seasons before ultimately being selected for the senior team. He played for both Aus- tralia's under- 16 and under- 19 teams, eventually winning a baseball scholarship to Wal- lace State Community College in Alabama, where he earned a degree in science. Fingleson then won another scholarship, this time at the Southeastern Louisiana University, where he gained further degrees in health promotion and exercise science. He remained in the U.S. for three years thereafter, playing baseball profession- ally in Louisiana, New York and Minneapolis before being scouted and signed by a team in Taiwan. In Taiwan, he says, "there was so much pork being offered, I lost 22 pounds in weight, restricting myself to lots of protein shakes." Before returning to Sydney, Fingle- son took the time out there to learn to speak some Chinese. Feeling he had achieved his baseball goals, Fingleson gave the game up to focus time and effort on his newly founded training and fitness center in Sydney. But the lure of the game See "Games" on page 15 doesn't get repeated four years later. But while Jewish Demo- crats thought they would be running on a platform against the voting irregularities of 2000 this fall, they feel they are better able to showcase Kerry on the merits. "Fouryears ago, we thought all we would have to run on is anger and frustration," Stacy Ritter, a state representative in Northwest Bmward County and a delegate, said from the convention floor last Wednes- day evening. "Now, George W. Bush has handed us issues on a silver platter." Talk of hanging chads and butterfly ballots has been replaced by discussions of heaithcare and the war in Iraq, Ritter said, and she said she almost wants to thank Bush for making it easier to court voters. Rep. Peter Deutsch (D- Fla.), who is running for the Senate seat being vacated by Sen. Bob Graham (D-Fla.), said people are still think- ing about four years ago, but mostly because they are far from convinced that the problems will not be repeated this November. "It's the fact that there's not been progress," Deutsch said, noting that state Democrats had to go to court to ensure that voting rolls were re-ex- amined. 5933, Ext. 224, or e-mail jo to make a reservation to the Chai Neighbor Brunch and to inform the office of anyone new to the Orlando area. And check out the Jew- ish Federation of Greater Orlando's new website, Central Florida Synagogue Service Schedule and Directory Celebration Jewish Congregation (Rec), Navigator School, 607 Celebration Avenue, Celebration, 407-596-5397, 7 p.m. first and third Fridays each month. Congregation Ahavas Yisrael/Chabad (O), 708 Lake Howell Rd Maitland, 407-644-2500; Services: Sunday, 8 a.m Mon-Fri, 7 a.m Fri 6:30 p.m Sat. 9: 30 a.m. Family Service 4th Friday of the month. Congregation Bet Chaim (R), 1033 Semoran Blvd Suite 151, Casselberry, 407-830-72 l I; Shabbat service, 8 p.m. Congregation Beth Am (C), 3899 Sand Lake Road, Longwood, 407-862-3505; Shabhat service, 8:15 p.m.; Saturday: 10 a.m. Congregation Beth El (C), 2185 Meadowlane Ave West Melbourne, 321-779- 0740; Services, 8 p.m. 1st & 3rd Fridays; 9:30 a.m. 2nd & 4th Saturdays. Congregation Beth Emeth (R), 2205 Blue Sapphire Circle, Orlando, 407-855- 0772', Services once a month, 8 p.m. Congregation Beth Shalom (C), 315 North 13th St Leesburg, 352-315-0770 Congregation B nai Torah (C), 445 S. Nova Rd Ormond Beach, 32174, 386-672-1174; Services Friday, 8 p.m.; Saturday, l0 a.m. Congregation Chahad (O), 1301 S. Patrick Dr. #62, Satellite Beach, 321-777- 2770. Congregation Chabad Lubaviteh of Greater Daytona (O), 1079 W. Granada Blvd Ormond Beach, 386-672-9300; Shabbat services Fri. 7:30 p.m Sat. 10 a.m, Congregation of Liberal Judaism (R), 928 Malone Dr Orlando, 407-645- 0444; Shabbat service, 8 p.m.; except Ist Friday, Family services begin 7 p.m. Saturday: l0 a.m. Congregation Mateh Chaim (R), P.O. Box 060847, Palm Bay, 32906, 321- 768-6722. Congregation Ohev Shalom (C), 5015 Goddard Ave Orlando, 407-298-4650; Shabbat service, 8:15 p.m.; Saturday: 9 a.m.; Junior Cong 10:15 a.m. Congregation Shalom Aleicbem (R), 3501 Oak Pointe Blvd Kissimmee, 407- 935-0064; Shabbat service, 8 p.m 1st and 3rd Fridays of the month. Congregation Shalom, Williamsburg (R), P.O. Box 691081, Orlando, 32869: Friday night services once a month at 7:30 p.m. at the Rosen Centre, 9840 International Drive, Orlando. 407-238-7943. Congregation Sinai (C), Jenkins Auditorium, West Montm~ St Clermont: Services on last Friday of the month at 8 p.m. 352-243-5353. Southwest Orlando Jewish Congregation/Ohalei Rivka (C), 11200 S. Apopka-Vineland Rd Orlando, 407-239-5444; Shabl~t service, 7:30 p.m.; Saturday: 9:30 a.m. Temple Beth El (R), 579 N. Nova Rd Ormond Beach, 386-677-2484. Temple Beth Shalom (R), P.O. Box 031233, Winter Haven, 8 U-324-2882. Temple Beth Shalom (C), 40 Wellington Drive, Palm Coast, 386-445-3006; Shabbat service, 8 p.m.; Saturday 9 a.m. Temple Beth Shoiom (C), 5995 N. ~ickham Rd. Melbourne, 321-254-6333. Temple B nai Datum (R), 49 Banyan Course, Ocala, 352-624-0380; Friday Services 8 p.m. Temple Israel (C), 555 Markham Woods Rd Longwood, 407-647-3055; S habbat service; 6:15 p.m.; Saturday: 9:30 a.m. Temple Israel (R), 7350 Lake Andrew Drive, Melbourne, 321-631-9494. Temple Israel (C), 1400 S. Peninsula Ave Daytona Beach, 904-252-3097; Shabbat service, 8 p.m.; Saturday: 9 a.m. Temple Israel (C), 1001 El New York Ave DeLand, 386-736-1646; Shabbat service, 7:30 p.m. Temple Shalom of Deltona (R/C), 1785 Elkcam Blvd Deltona, 904-789-2202; Shabbat service, l0 a.m. Saturday. 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