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HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, AUGUST 8, 2014 PAGE 15A London From page 1A notes. Loren did not want to take a chance that she might confuse her many projects and meetings. I was always amazed at how many different things she had going on. "When our Visions project began, she and the other morns took on the responsi- bility of manager, publicist, traveling secretary, sales coordinator, website devel- opment, recording coordi- nator and group scheduling. This became increasingly difficult as the girls moved from Oralndo to begin college in different places. Nevertheless, Visions was always at their destinations on time and fully prepared." "Visions was one of the greatest joys I could possibly have as a Jewish mother and I cherish the memories," London said. For those who may not know, Visions was a singing group of three childhood friends--one of whom was her daughter Andra. For more than a decade, the trio inspired Jewish communities in con- cert performances around the country. London loved her Jewish show biz years, learning new management skills and sharing in the joy with the other two mothers. "I knew even back then, this would be a short experience that would be everlasting in my heart," London said. London is not a do-it- herself person. She has the ability to see a need and inspire others to become involved in each project she has chaired. "Loren inspires, cajoles, and convinces other to share hervision," said Carol Miller, director of Social Bridges and one of London's nomi- nators for this award. "Anyone who has worked with Loren will say she keeps us all on our toes," said Kane. "She brings out the best in us all, making us work beyond our full potential." Her latest accomplish- ment, "the cr~me de la cr me," as Kane expressed, is RAISE--Recognizing Abilities and Inclusion of Special Employees--a work training program administered by JFGO for adults with special needs, providing part-time, paid, supported employment at partnering agencies. Nominators Miller and Rachel Slavkin, job coach supervisor of Social Bridges and RAISE, had this to say of London in their nomination letter, "RAISE your glass in appreciation of all that Loren London continues to contribute as the consum- mate volunteer within the Jewish community." Loren "sold" (as Miller put it in her letter) the concept of RAISE to the Federation and then networked to find professionals to volunteer their time and expertise to bring her vision into being. Miller and Slavkin wrote, "Incredible passion, drive, organization, and commu- nication skills enabled Loren to not only solicit funds from generous donors but to convince 10 community members to volunteer three hours of time per week to serve as job coaches. Loren spearheaded the creation of a community program many did not know was needed. She educated herself and created a comprehensive program from the ground up including structure, poli- cies and procedures, forms, evaluations, and training. This unique program can be shared with other fed- erations nationwide and has the potential for application in other faith-based com- munities." Mention RAISE to Lon- don and she replies, "This is the most amazing team of bright, giving profes- sionals. I feel as though I have earned an advanced degree in special education through osmosis just work- ing with Carol, Rachel and Ken Schneider. Nobody is wearing an ego hat. We all know our roles and work together seamlessly to get it done. "My legal background, experience on boards, my involvement in the Jewish community prepared me to be able to take on a project of this magnitude." "To RAISE employees, she has given the gift of feeling productive and belonging; that is her greatest gift of all," said Miller and Slavkin. With all that is going on at this time in the Middle East and concerns here about this Jewish commu- nity, London shared her dynamic optimism and what she won't give up: Feeling positive about the Jewish Federation. "There really is a lot of opportunity, a lot of support and the ability to help feel a part of this com- munity. I think it is time to stay the course. With strong leadership that we have now and sound decision making, there will be a new normal and I'm along for that ride." Jeff Gaeser, Heritage publisher, will present the Human Service award to Loren London at the annual JFGO meeting, Sunday, Aug. 24, 3:30 p.m. at the JCC. JFGO From page 1A Rollins College, Valencia Community College on Ho- locaust studies. During her 60-plus years in Orlando, Wise has dedi- cated herself to helping and teaching others. Since 1981, she has traveled around the country and overseas to par- ticipate in conferences and make presentations about the Holocaust. She was a member of the JFGO Board of Di- rectors and in 2007 she was awarded the Harriet Ginsburg Women of Choice distinction for her remark- able service and legacy en- riching the community. In 2012 she was the recipient of JFNA's Kipnis-Wilson/ Friedland Award at the International Lion of Judah Conference. Wise's message to others is simple, "Get involved! Be active! Give meaning and a larger purpose to your life! Do it for yourself and future generations, including your children." Wise will be honored at the Jewish Federation of Greater Orlando Annual Meeting on Sunday, Aug. 24, at 3:30 p.m. in the JCC auditorium at the Maitland Jewish Community Center. All members of the community are welcome to attend the annual meeting. To RSVP, visit or call Becca Ginns at 407- 645-5933. Peace From page 2A A recent Pew Research Center study of Muslim world perceptions of Hamas found that support for the terrorist organization in general was on the decline. But Jasser said the study should be taken with a grain of salt. "This is no silver lining Sharkansky From page 4A The extremism of both ISIS and Hamas gains them support from anti-western Muslims, many of them living in western countries. One also senses a cultural boundary between us and the Americans, or at least the President and his Secretary of State. Their efforts to exploit the connections of Qatar and Turkey with Hamas, and to accommodate their demands, makes us wonder about which sandbox the Americans are choosing for their play. unless we find an alterna- tive to Hamas--not just we [as] Muslims, but the West. President [Barack] Obama has been missing in action, and if a vacuum is created it will be filled with Arabism or Islamism," said Jasser. "This is the beginning of change, but Arabs that think like I do, they are very few," Hamid saod. "That does not mean these views could not one day dominate, but they need to be empowered." Hamid's www.facebook. com/ModernQuranInterpre- tation webpage has 2 million "likes." He surmises that 10 years ago, that number would have been only 200. "If we can support this momentum, it can change," he said. For now, though, Opera- tion Protective Edge contin- ues, and in the end, Israelis and Palestinians, are likely both to lose, said Ahmed. "Israel is fighting an im- possible battle, on one front with nihilist political Is- Here's how the car- toonist at the left-of-cen- ter Ha'aretz views the Ameri- can President. Barack is telling Bibi, "Stop that im- mediately." The substantial US military base in Qatar, and desires to keep Turkey happy within NATO, may provide part of the explanation. Wednesday morning we heard about an especially difficult conversation be- tween Obama and Netanyahu. According to one report, the President demanded an immediate, one-sided, and unconditional cease fire. He endorsed Qatar and Turkey as appropriate mediators, and said that Israel could not choose its mediators. The US defines Hamas as a terrorist organization, claims to avoid direct con- tact with it, but nonetheless views it as a player whose demands must be given considerable weight. Espe- cially worrying have been comments of Ban-Ki Moon that officials of both Israel and Hamas may be held to account for war crimes. We doubt that major inter- national actors will do what is necessary to assure the de-militarization of Gaza, or the re-import of munitions to replace and improve the stockpiles used in this con- frontation Israelis also question their own government. Why the dithering? Why not earlier movement against the tunnels, known to have threatened Israeli civilians long before this operation? Why the gradual escalation rather than the immediate heavy bombardment of areas where Hamas lead- ers and activists might be found? The best answers lie in lamists who willingly lead their populations to slaugh- ter in the interest of religion- ized war for fictionalized spiritual gain rather than true political solution," she said. "An on another front, waging other battles with an international media reflect- ing an increasingly ignored and biased public opinion." Ahmed added, "The soon- er media commentary can be broadened to explain political Islamism, diplo- matic and political powers globally can begin to plan the true long-term free- dom of the Palestinians... a lasting liberation from the stranglehold of Hamas's political Islamism.' Bibi's caution and a concern for international support. His style is to avoid risk. He's known as a greatspeaker, butasawafflerwhose speech- es often exceed by far the actions he is willing to take. From all the signs, he has wanted to accomplish enough damage to Hamas and Gaza to assure a reasonable delay until the next confrontation, at a minimum cost in Israeli casualties. He sought to build support for whatever Israel had to do by means of absorbing some damage and then escalating only gradually in response to Hamas attacks and its rejec- tions of cease fire proposals. His moderation and mea- sured increase in force have won him support from the Knesset opposition, and even from some further to the left. He is being badgered by colleagues in his own party and government who want to destroy Hamas. An unnamed general is quoted as saying that the IDF needs a clear decision, either to escalate or withdraw. Ira Sharkansky is a profes- sor (Emeritus) of the Depart- ment of Political Science, He- brew University o f Jerusalem. Goldenberg From page 5A they used to receive regularly, butwhich the U.S. cut off after 1981," Codevilla said. Codevilla explained that the U.S. had a long- standing, mutually benefi- cial intelligence exchange agreement with Israel. In 1981, Israel used some of the information it got from American satellites to strike and destroy Iraq's nuclear reactor at Osirak. This enraged Admiral Bobby In- man, at the time the deputy director of the CIA, who made the decision, along with Defense Secretary Caspar Weinberger, to--in the words of Codevilla-- "cut off a good chunk of the information flow." "Because of that strike?" asked the reporter. "Yes," Codevilla said. "I was in the U.S. Intelligence Committee hearing room when Bobby Ray Inman came in and told us how outraged he was that Is- rael had destroyed Iraq's nuclear reactor. He told us that the U.S. was engaged in a 'sophisticated and very successful effort' to turn Saddam Hussein into a pillar of American foreign policy in the Middle East. "The Israelis, in their blundering ways, as he put it, had misunderstood Saddam Hussein. They had figured this nuclear reactor posed a danger of Saddam building nuclear weapons. Our CIA 'knew better than that,' and was outraged that the Israe- lis had done this." Of course, before Reagan there was Jimmy Carter, who, to this day, seemingly rarely misses an opportunity to jump on any anti-Israel bandwagon and even align himself with radicals in the Muslim world. Simply put, there are nu- merous examples, through- out many presidential admin- istrations, where America's perceived national interests clashed with those of Israel, creating friction between the two countries--or at least between their leaders. At the same time, the present relationship with Israel is really not so different from that of other administra- tions going back to modern Israel's founding in 1948: a sometimes rocky marriage filled with challenges--yet, we as can all agree, a mar- riage nonetheless. Elliot Goldenberg is the author of"Spy of David: The Strange Case of Jonathan Pollard and the Two Decade Battle to Win His Freedom." He lives in Sunrise, Florida. Tips From page 7A bullying behavior and other kinds of mistreatment that may call for a different kind of intervention. Bullying is a repeated action that hurts, humiliates, or intimidates and requires an imbalance of power. Increased adult supervision in 'hot spots' where students have reported seeing bullying behavior can significantly lessen incidents. For mis- treated youth, the most help- ful adult actions are listening, providing encouragement, and checking in regularly. Too often, adults focus on the mean behavior or see bully- ing as a part of growing up rather than supporting the mistreated student. Providing a safe space for one-on-one conversation goes a long way. Tips for parents: With a rapid increase in technology use, parents play a key role in bullying prevention when it comes to monitoring the use of cell phones, the internet, and social media. Be sure to talk to your kids about internet safety and encourage them to avoid negative and inappropriate users. Encour- age your child to 'think before they post' and to always con- sider others' feelings. Young people have to understand that just because they cannot see the other person does not mean their words do not have an impact. If your child is the target of bullying, offer encourag- ing words to rebuild their self-esteem and check-in regularly. If the behavior is repeated and begins to negatively impact school performance, document the information and contact a school administrator. The Holocaust Memorial Resource and Education of Florida is an organization dedicated to combating anti-Semitism, racism and prejudice with the ultimate goal of developing a moral and just community through its extensive outreach of educational and cultural programs. Whether you are an educator, parent, or student, each of us plays a vital role in promoting a school where everyone feels respected and safe. For more information on bullying prevention and interven- tion, contact the Holocaust Center at 407-628-0555 or visit: www.holocaustedu. org/education/upstanders or