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PAGE 16 HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH Hebrew U. ofstudentswhostiliwantedto I was just working on breath- come."With the recent abate- ing without a machine," she Continued from page ] ment in the intifada, there has said. "Six months after, I real- been a 10 percent rise in en- ized that there was no "It's a crazy attempt in this roilment for Rothberg's up- progress" with her legs "and difficult time," Magidor said. coming summer Hebrew lan- that I would have to stay in a "We're dealing with research guage classes. The school ex- wheelchair." Zusman said she and major university issues pects the rise to be reflected in harbors anger toward Arabs, while there is the feelingwe enrollment for the fall semes- and says tighter security at are in a war zone. But we can ter as well. the university could have pre- overcome such terrible shock Lipsky said there will be a vented the attack. and still go on producing big push to attract North Magidor admitted that the world-classeducationandre- -American students for the desiretomaintainanopenand search." Citing the tenacious spring 2004 semester, pluralistic feeling on campus, Israeli sprit, Magidor reported "There reallyisa feelingthat for students of all races and an increase in overall student wehaveturnedthecornerand religions, may have blinded applications this past year. that things are getting bet- administrators to the security The RothbergInternational ter," he said. risks. School is still suffering, how- "We'rehopingthatstudents "The first reaction was ever: Before the bombing, it will again say that Israel and shock," he admitted. '"We knew averaged 500 to 600 under- Jerusalem is a place that they we were not immune, but graduate overseas students would like to come to." As maybewethoughtnaivelythat each year, while fewer than muchastheuniversitypushes the campus should be im- 100came last year. forward, however, its roots mune."Theuniversityhaspro- "Many schools in North have been shaken perma-vided Zusman with an apart- America have issued a ban for nently, ment near campus, and she their students to come here Irma Zusman, 22, was one plans to return to her corn- because of the fear of danger, of the 80 people injured in the purer studies this fall. and" fear "that they will be bombing. She woke up from a "Life's surely going on but heldresponsible,"saidShimon comaamonthafterthebomb-in some ways it's a different Lipsky, Rothberg's vice pro- ing unable to breathe or walk life, not like before," she said. vost."Some schools have even on her own. "But the answer is not to stay put stumbling blocks in front "The first month and a half in the house and to be afraid." 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We ofstudentadministration.For partment, them to this," a year and a half Shapira had Despite her pain, Shapira Palestinians!'are livir served as head of human re- said she is not angry with Ar- ditions that sources at the university until abs in general, only with the beings.The) her sister-in-law, Levina particular people who planted homes, and there is nol Shapira-- who was the head the bomb. Of course blowing of student administration -- "We don't hate the Arabs, is not right, but the died in the bombing, we understand their needs," which Israel handles the "Twoweekslatertheyasked she said. "But they need to ation is also." me if I would take Levina's understand that killing us is Levin, an place, so I sat down with my not the way to achieve peace, student who describes husbandandmychildren, and We want peace, and my faro- selfasareligi with" Alex, Levina's husband, ily, we have paid our portion outside the Billy Shapira explained. "They for this peace." Rwan Harb, a 31 during his first all told me to take it, and Alex 19-year-old Arab student who on campus when said that this way things that just finished her first year at curred. Levinawasworkingforwillbe Hebrew University, agreesthat His determination t0i continued." The two families violence is not the right path, tinue hisstudies oftenhadspentsummerweek- but understands the terror- neverwavered ends together in a cottage near ists' logic, the experience may Haifa, where Billy and Levina "Killing people is not the strengthened his desire Shapira would discuss their way, and I pray for peace not in Israel during this goals and issues concerning just for myself, but for every- time. the university, one," Harb said. "But the "We see from From these conversations, bombs put pressure on the Shapira knew how eager Israeli government to search suade us from our Levina was to see a new and out peace." Another student, best thing we can do modern university center. Iran Ben-Ari, didn't go to class on," Levin said. Since taking her new posi- last July 31. Three friends who That's the lesson tion, Shapira -- who has a did were badly injured in the administrators draw pictureofLevinaoverherdesk blast. "Nowweare m -- has continued the univer- Ben-Ari, 24, still describes eventually sity center project. Scheduled himself as "extreme left," andweare still to open in October, the build- though many of his former that," Magidor said. ing will serve as a high-tech, political allies have changed saddened and centralinformationcenterfor theirviews sincethe Palestin- but this does not current and interested stu- ianintifadabegannearlythree resolve." Tour Continued from page 2 The attack has only height- us. They want to hel ened Shabo's attachment to can." One brother -- who sur-Israel. Within the vived the shooting but lost a "We're supposed to holdterrorvictims leg to a bullet -- is afraid to on very hard," he says, dem- lar-religious divide, sleep alone. Shaboand his fa- onstrating with a fist what says, giving a ther staywith him at night, he can't fully express in Turgman -- who Shabo, who has moved towords, wear a yarmulke -- Kedumim,anotherWestBankThe experience also hasingthatthe Israeli town, says, "You have heightened his sense of Jew- good friends. to keep going." ish peoplehood. Ultimately, Shabo Otherwise the Arabs will "All of the Jews are one big there win, explains Shabo, a gentle family," he says. "I meet Jews. survival: Maybe, he spiritwhowillleaveyeshivato I see the love they give us, "to help Am join the Israeli army in March. everything. They want to hug People Of Israel. Ad Continued from page 2 thodox Jews do not "think for For a Jew to believe themselves" is outrageous. people behind Jews for Jesus "These are people who dation. You have are not actually Jews, but would be spending hours a Christians. day studying the Torah. The dance al Steinberg said the ads were inference that they'! -- Jews There are a supposed to be funny, for Jesus -- "think and we registered charities who "It was done tongue in don't is such an affront," he cialize in targeting cheek," he said. "The only said. "It's absolute chutzpah conversion, he said. thing I can think is that Jews and that's what riles people-- "That are offended by the message, and they're entitled to be faith groups. We which is that you can be Jew- riled." gious authorities ish and believe in Jesus." In addition to the slogan, respectbetween reli But Rabbi Shmuel Arkush, Arkush said, the missionary argued. head of the U.K. anti-mission- movement is problematic. And he rej ary group Operation Judaism, "Let's call a spade a spade: argument that Jews said there are several reasons You have a group of publicity- upset had missed Jews are upset, seeking individuals who are "If he considers thiS, For starters, he said, the trying to peddle the impos- amusing, 'Arkush said, implication that fervently Or- sible," he said. I hope he has GOBOR Continued from page 3 so much larger than our own, how she grew I could not help but now won- the experience, Beth Rabbi Daniel Wolpe, reli- der why we from Central"Hearing Hebrew gious leader of the Southwest Florida were so few. We, as language, walking OrlandoJewishCongregation- rabbis and community lead- streets once traversed Temple Ohalei Rivka, agreed, ers, have our work cut out for "It was an amazing trip. My us." tory, and exchan one disappointment was that No one among the trip with m) out of four GOBOR syna- seemed to have any fear of the importance of nay gogues, only ten people were danger while in Israel. Char- tage. The underl onthistrip.Ithoughtthatwas lotte Moody, a member of tion our tour guide sad. But thistrip proved tothe SOJC who was on the trip, ing is that the land, people who did come, that Is- commented, "My anxiety was gion, and the politics rael is a thriving, living place, heightened prior to the trip linked -The im and not a dangerous death afterlisteningday-after-dayof water and other trap." news reports ofviolence. While sources, and tole Rubinger concurred with in Israel, I thought I would be amongst all peoples in Wolpe's statement. "I had felt dodging bullets, but I felt safe, even those of the - prior to our departure to Is- secure and proud to be there. Israel is a sacred rael - some sense of accomz I always had faith that we which coexistence is plishment thatwe in Orlando, " would be fine; an unexpected and necessary." had, at least managed to orga- calmness engulfed me during The entire group nize a small contingent of the trip." the trip was people. Yet, after seeing so Her husband, Peter and and )iritual. many others in Israel andwit- daughter, Beth, also accom- lotte nessingthe presence of groups panied Charlotte. When asked "After all, I