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FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, AUGUST 8, 2003 PAGE 3 summer Silver At first all she saw was that she them before, and she was able was the only white face in the to shed light on people's preju- Three Orlando area Jewish crowd, dices. me this summer Of course she stayed, and At a workshop about reli- theirJewishvalues discovered that, notonlywere gion, Amar helped the group (charity) and there other white faces in the learn about Judaism, as she olam (repairing the group, therewasevenanother learned about the manyother It's no surprise that Jewish girl. More importantly, religions represented at camp. Daniel Ludin and Amar learned that the group A key aspect to the group ex- was full of people from all dif- perience at "Anytown" is the Part of their summers feint backgrounds and cul- pledge ofconfidentialitymade about Israel, and tures. Perhaps the gist of the by everyone who participates n the world who experience was learning not in the camp. Amar was very different and, in some to judge others at first glance carefulnottodivulgeanything as fortunate, by the color of their skin. she learned about others at Arnar, a recent gradu- "We got to know each other the camp, so as'not to violate the Selznick Middle better in six days than any- herpledge. of the Hebrew Day where else I've ever experi- Amar intends to build upon mteringfresh- enced. I've never been in a her experiences at camp by at Lake Brantley High setting where people cried as remaining a member of the spent a week at much and learned as much," NCCJ Youth Advisory Board. ,thediversitycamp saysAmarofherexperienceat Their first activity will be a the Confer-camp. sleep over at Rollins College, and Jus- One of the exercises was to where the discussionswill con-- n Haynes City, Fla. When name stereotypes about other tinue. The group intends to first arrived at camp, cultures. Amar's reaction to stay in touch and help others get back in the the negative stereotypes about dad and go home. Jews was that she had heard See "Teens" on page 17 Greater Orlando Board ,is sponsored a trip to past summer. The which consisted of from Congregation and,the South- Congre- Ohalei Rivka, around Israel from 22-July 1. the groups experi- a tour of the old Jerusalem a jeep trip ,an evening a swim at the and a tour of Masada. in Israel before and toa so- t cowering in and surviv- ' favorite memory the people at the on Ben Yehuda night after night laugh- making music celebrating," a par- on the trip. Rubinger, co- gious Shalom, con- Shown here (l-H: DAVID FITZER, DR, PETER MOODY, CHARLOTTE MOODY, BETH MOODY, CAROL LEFKOV, LORALEE BRODY, DONNA RUBINGER, RABBI AARON RUBINGER, RABBI DANIEL WOLPE, and PAULA FITZE. curred."I was very surprised people!" Rubinger corn- and greatly excited in seeing mented,"Thirteenmonthsago so many fellow tourists in Is- I walked down the outdoor rael. I expected that the ho- mall on Ben Yehuda Street in tels, streets and restaurants downtown Jerusalem and it would be empty much like wasutterlydeserted.Thisyear, when I traveled to Israela little on Saturday evening, June 28, over a year ago, in May 2002. I could barely walk on those Yet, I was delighted to see in- same st.reet as tens of thou- stead busloads of people from sands attended an outdoor fes- Europe, from the Unitedtivalthatwasfulloflife, laugh- States, from synagogues and ter, food and excitement." federations across the coun- try, and so, so many young See "GOBOR" on page 16 Holocaust Memorial Central Florida, an- he opening of the October the Jews exhibit will be on dis- Center, located at , through There is no admis- and to sur- or the refugees to the Germans. :ue operation was to transfer the Jews haven in Sweden. ffforts, some Jews were ar- Theresienstadt. Through con- tinued Danish efforts the Dan- ish Jews were not deported to Auschwitz and were included in a Swedish Red Cross opera- tion in which Scandinavian Nationals were transferred from concentration camps to Sweden in the spring of 1945, before the war came to an end. 'q'his exhibition holds many lessons for every visitor. Per- sonal responsibility, which leads to collective actions assured in Denmark, almostuniquely, that life could and would be pro- tected. This exhibition shows how an entire people can dem- onstratein the midst of the deep- est moral darkness in a war fraught with cruelty and geno- cide that opposite outcome people who were being exter- minated elsewhere in Europe." - from the exhibit The exhibit is presented by Project Judaica Foundation, Inc. of Washington, D.C Mark Talisman, president. The showing of the exhibit is made possible with the sup- port of the Jewish Federation of Greater Orlando, the Florida Humanities Council and Darden Restaurants. This project is also funded in part by the United Arts of Central Florida, Inc. and by the State of Florida, Depart- ment of State, Division of Cul- tural Affairs and the Florida Arts Council and the National Endowment for the Arts. For information call 407- and sent to could and would result for a 628-0555. 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