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N Editorials ................................ 4A Op-Ed ..................................... 5A Calendar ................................. 6A Synagogue Directory ............... 7A B'nai Mitzvah .......................... 8A Scene Around ......................... 9A Classified ......................... ... ... . 2B L-R: Dawn Chamu, Steve Chamu, Paul Sebag, Rabbi Yanky Maje ky, Rabbi Chaim Pape, the sofer (scribe). By Pamela Ruben Chanshy Majesky addressed the crowd, noting the celebratory theme of thq Gov. Rick Scott declared Sunday, July morning's ceremony, "One people. 21, 2013 tobe" TorahDay."The proclama- community. OneTorah." Sh ,noted,"The tion honored the North Orlando Chabad Rebbe explains that every Jew, every soul community and the inauguration of the is a letter in the holy Torah... In 1981 the congregation'sfirsttorahdedicatedbyZvi Rebbe wanted to unite Jewish children and Dawn Shamu and Paul Sebag. Scott under bar and bat mitzvahi' t orah was "extendedgreetingsandbestwishesupon" written so that every single letter was Rabbi Yanky Majesky and wife Chanshy dedicated by another child. Great em- on their commitment "to bringing the phasis was placed that the child should joy of Judaism" to residents of Sanford, pay one dollar from his own money--so Longwood, and Lake Mary (since 2010). itwas truly his or her letter in the Torah." A crowd of approximately 200 mem- Chanshy shared that the Rebbe's mes- bers of the Jewish community from all sengers from all over the globe gathered backgrounds gathered at the Westin "child by child, letter by letter, dollar by Hotel in Lake Mary to celebrate the dollar for this special project. Jewish historic moment as scribe Chaim Pape children from the U.S., Israel, Europe began the year-long process of writing and all over the world joined together the community torah, to write a torah scroll." She stated that statistic of six million Jewish people, including one and a half million children, dead. Holocaust education, par- ticularly as expressed through fine arts, acknowledges that within that unimaginable number one can see that it is one personwho died, then an- other, then another, millions Since its founding more than 30 years ago, the Holo- caust Center in Maitland has been using fine art as avehicle to remind visitors of the im- portance-and the human- ity--of victims of genocide. Holocaust history is wrapped around the unfathomable Dr. Michael Zerivitz and Mike Stricke Chanshy Majesky, (MC) David Shames. Sitting: Chabad of North Orlando would carry on the tradition of uniting the community under one torah. Bar mitzvah student Cameron Wag- onfler served as spokesperson for the children of Chabad of North Orlando. Wagonner expressed his gratitude for the inaugural torah, explaining the impact on the youth of the congregation. He stated, "(Today) I fee ortant because I'm speaking to th J wish community on behalf of all the Jewish children in our community. And finally, I feel important because of what you adults are doing for my generation." He continued, "So dear adults: On behalf of the children in our community, I want to promise to you that we will continue doing our best to Chabad on page 18A By Ron Kampeas Congress members just days before the relaunch of peace WASHINGTON (JTA)--Is- talks between Israelis and raelisettlerleaderDaniDayan Palestinians. has made it his mission over The intensive cultivation of the years to warn members of relationships on Capitol Hill Congress, particularlyRepub- appears to be bearing fruit. licans, of the perils of Israeli- Within days of talks kicking Palestinian peace talks, off in Washington last week, Dayan has been a regular Rep. Matt Salmon (R-Ariz.), visitor to Washington, his a freshman who attended the trips often coinciding with June meeting with Dayan, developments in the peace drafted a letter asking the process.DuringtheAnnapolis U.S. attorney general to hin- talks in2007-08, Dayanwould der the release of Palestinian watch Israeli officials as they prisoners--a move approved met with the media in the by Israel to help kick-start lobby of the venerable May- negotiations. flower Hotel, just blocks from Dayan didn't ask Salmon to the White House, and then write the letter. That request move in to offer his own spin. was made by the Endowment In June, Dayan met with for Middle East Truth, a con- GOP House leaders in a meet- servative lobby funded in part ing organized with help from bygamingbiUionaire Sheldon the Zionist Organization of Adelson. America. The meeting was Butthecongressionalmea- followed by a Washington sures now being undertaken Jewish Week report that to impact the trajectory of- another settler leader, Ger- shon Mesika, met with 20 Talks on page 18A Long before Magic and @hael, before Kobe and LeBron, there was Ossie, the first scoring leader in the National Basketball As- sociation-at least for a few seconds. Ossie Schectman, a Knicks guard and a onetime all-American at Long Island University in Brooklyn, died on July 30 at 94. According to The New York Times, he was remembered as a central figure in the NBA's creation tale. He scored the first 2 points in the league's history and became something of a celebrity when the distinction was uncovered, 42 years and 5 million points later. His pioneering layup in- spired the title of "The First Basket," a 2008 documen- tary by David Vyorst about the prominence of Jewish basketball players in the first Wikipedia Ossie Schectman in 1946. later joined the Philadelphia Sphas of the American Bas- ketball League, a team once sponsored by the South Phila- delphia Hebrew Association, and then became an original of times over, as families and half of the 20th century. "The Knick. He was among players communities were savaged First Basket" is available on fromtheinauguralNBAgame and destroyed. Amazon and Netflix, among wh0were honored when the In planning its events in other locales. Knicks played the Toronto commemoration of the 75th Oscar Schectman (every-Raptors at Skydome in 1996 anniversary of Kristallnacht one called him Ossie) was onthe50thanniversaryofthe - in November 2013, the HolD- born on March 30, 1919, in league's debut. ---F'i caust Center searched for an New York City, one of five Schectman, whose death =- exhibit thatwouldspeakto the children of Jewish immigrants was announcedby the Knicks, =_ meaningofthatworld-chang- "Never Again," art submitted by Helen Zajkowski. from Russia. He learned to had retired to Delray Beach, =