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HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, AUGUST 11, 2017 PAGE 15A From page 1A "I worked very hard to raise this money, and now there is a plaque at JTS that has COS's name on it!" she beamed. During her first term as COS president, Stern served on the Blue Ribbon Commit- tee. She was the only woman on the committee. "We had to determine what the people wanted. Was there enough financial support? We were navigating to see if we were ready to move forward with this project. The dream was to be right in the center of Jewish Orlando." Stern then chaired the Building Committee during her first term as COS president (2008 to 2010). "This was a huge part of my presidency. And don't forget, this was in 2008 during the housing crash," she shared. "Getting the money part in order and getting all the contracts--I learned a lot!" With Bob Yarmuth and Rabbi Rubinger, who were pivotal to the fundraising effort, and the chairs of the Capital Campaign--Jeff Bornstein, Burt Chasnov and Bill Sholk--they raised over $11.2 million for a new building. Alan Ginsburg was instru- mental in getting the prop- erty, as well as the building blue prints. According to David Bornstein, who also served on the committee, Ginsburg arranged for the entire committee to fly to Detroit, Michigan, to look at a new synagogue there. "I was the only woman to go to Detroit--that was earlier in the process when the committee was smaller," Stern shared. This was when Bornstein saw Stern's abilities. "I got to know Sara dur- ing the early stages of con- struction for the new Ohev Shalom sanctuary. I honestly didn't know why Sara came along. She wasn't a builder, a designer, or a million dol- lar donor. What I discovered quickly was that she didn't need to be. All she needed was to be herself: smart, aware, insightful, open-minded. In other words, all the qualities you want your best leaders to embody. I came to trust Sara's judgment and opin- ions as much, if not more, than anyone else's during the course of the new Ohev Shalom synagogue construc- tion, and I feel lucky today to call her a friend." As Stern's second term as COS president came to an end, Roz Fuchs and Irwin Feldman mentioned to her that COS's 100th anniversary was coming up. She got right on it. "I formed a steering com- mittee and asked different individuals to chair different aspects of it, and now they've just taken off!" she said. As this committee was planning COS's centennial, it occurred to Stern and Fuchs, who co-chaired the project, that this also marked the anniversary for the entire Jewish community. The Kehillah Exhibit idea caught on. Fuchs took over the plan- ning of Kehillah and Stern continued with the COS Centennial, while also doing research and editing for the Kehillah project. "She shares her many skills and talents willingly and has been a great partner in this tremendous Kehillah project. I really think she's just a fabu- lous person in every regard," Fuchs stated. Stern has also been very involved with Junior League Of Greater Orlando. Through the League, she became a docent for the Anne Frank In The World: 1929-1945 exhibit, which ran from November 1993 to January 1994 at the Orange County Historical Museum (as it was called then). She was also vice chair of Green Circle, a program she facilitated in half a dozen Orange County public schools to promote inclusion of everyone. As Stern spoke about this program, her face lit up. "It was more than being about tolerance. It was a wonder- ful experience going into the classroom and talking to the children about being inside and outside the circle and how can we bring people into the circle." What makes Stern a great and sensible leader is her ability to place people in the right job. "I thinkyou need to thinkof people and what their talents are. If you can ask them to do something that you know they will be successful at-- you know, the perfect job for them--they will want to do it because it's what they want to do. It's a great experience for them and for the organization because they're successful. Butwhen you ask somebody to do something that's not really them--not a good fit--it's not good for anybody." Then she added, "Let them do their thing--you don't tell them what to do!" Space does not allow for all of Stern's accomplishments to be listed in this article. Jeff Gaeser, publisher of the Heritage, will share more of Stern's accomplishments when he presents her with the Human Service Award at the Annual Federation Board Meeting, Aug. 27, 11 a.m. at The Roth Family JCC. Kehillah: A Century of Jewish Life in Greater Or- lando will be on display at the Orange County Regional History Center this coming November. The COS Cen- tennial will take place Feb. 9-10, 2018. From page 1A She explained that she is focused on creating a "safe and creative environment for campers and staff to be who they are, grow and develop, try new things and make friend- ships that last a lifetime." She wants parents to know that "regardless of where you come from, or your back- ground, I will do everything I can to find a place for your child in our programming, whether it be after school in our J University program, at a School's Out Day, on the weekend for Saturday Night Out, during the summer at Camp J, or over a winter or spring break." Parents interested in learning more about what The Roth Family JCC offers children and families can contact Zemel at 407-621- 4038 or KacieZ@orlandojcc. org. From page 3A In describing recent events, Kushner displayed a pro-lsrael stance--unsur- prising given that he was raised in pro-Israel Jewish day schools and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanya- hu once slept in his childhood bed. Palestinian officials have criticized Kushner for siding with Netanyahu "during his June meeting with Pales- tinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas. Kushner did not speak of the two-state solution in his answer. He defended Israel's decision to erect metal detectors as "not an irratio- nal thing to do," although Palestinians decried the move and said the security measures made them feel like suspects at their own holy site. He criticized a Palestinian imam for for- bidding worshippers from passing through the metal detectors. And in recounting fatali- ties during the weekend of violence that followed the detectors' placement, Kush- ner listed only the Israelis-- including three members of an Israeli family stabbed to death in their home by a Pal- estinian terrorist--and did not mention the Palestinians. Miller said that while Kushner is clearly pro- Israel, he is not the first American negotiator who is partial to Israel's interests due to longtime associations with the country. "It's clear that emotion- ally, by virtue of his back- ground and his association with Israel and the prime minister, there's a high de- gree of sensitivity" toward Israel, Miller said. "That's hardly new in the wonderful world of peacemaking. You could have said that about any number of individuals who participated in this process over the past 20 years." Israeli-Palestinian peace efforts have been largely stalled for well over a decade. Four years ago, then-Secretary of State John Kerry poured his en- ergy into starting negotia- tions that ultimately went nowhere. The same goes for negotiators under the George W. Bush and Clinton administrations, including Bill Clinton himself. The Oslo Accords, however, were signed during his presidency. The difference is that those negotiators all at least sounded optimistic as they were beginning their quests. Kushner, at least in this would-be private briefing, sounded at times like he was already close to giving up hope. "You have some people who don't want to see and achieve an outcome of peace," he said. "And other people sometimes thrive in the chaos... And that's not new to politics, and it's not new to that conflict. It's just the way it is." From page 4A done in response to violence from West Bank or Gazan Palestinians. One of the latest incidents of Arab violence resembles a chronic US problem. Arabs in normally peaceful Jaffa rioted for several hours this past weekend (after the problems with Jordan and the Temple Mount seemed to be resolved) in response to the police kill- ing of an Arab fleeing arrest. Even if we recognize le- gitimate grievances of African Americans, Israeli Arabs and Palestinians, at least some of their rioting seems to have been rioting for its own sake, with deaths, injuries, and property destruction fueled by enthusiasm. An insightful comment came from one of the Ar- abs participating in a panel discussion on Israeli TV. He said that the vast majority of young people demonstrating, throwing stones, and chant- ing for the sake of Islam and in defense ofal Aqsa were people who seldom if ever prayed, and may never had visited the mosque on the Temple Mount. That recent demonstra- tions continued for a day after Palestinian and Muslim religious authorities urged a renewal of calm adds to the impression that much of the commotion was done for the sake of runningwild and chal- lenging authority. Among the sharp dif- ferences between the two countries' minority-majority relations has been the will- ingness of African American political leaders to play by the rules of the political game, and trade political support for personal and community benefits. African Americans have reached high office in fedelal and state govern- mens, and city halls. One mayargue as to whether Barak Obama qualifies as an "Afrian American" or if he or otheindividuals did enough to adance the community. Pa stinians and Israeli Araboliticians have in most case:clung to the status of angroutsiders. Individual Is- raeli rabs (including Druze) have;eached high positions in g ernment, the military, polic, and courts. However, Kneset Members affiliated with political parties that most Arabs support limit their role to chronic criti- cism of governments, and the Arab one-third of Jerusalem's population hasalmostent!rely refrained from voting in mu- nicipal elections. In both countries the en- mity between minority and majority populations runs deep, and is vulnerable to occasional crises provoked by incidents that begin as individual or local, but have the potential for igniting tensions. Both countries' majority- minority relations have also proven to be manageable, with routines for dealing with outbursts and getting back to acceptable, if tense, levels of accommodation. Yet one only has to note what comes from Black Lives Matter or the chants of Mus- lim demonstrators claiming the injustice of "occupation" or alleged actions against al Aqsa, to realize that the po- tential for further crises and bloodshed are not far under the surface. Comments welcome. From page 5A ers, Ehud Barak and Ehud Olmert, came up with "so- lutions," too. Prodded and pressured by the State De- partment, Barak (in 2000) and Olmert (in 2008) offered the PalestinianAuthority (PA) massive concessions. The Pal- estinians stillwouldn'taccept. Anybody remember Den- nis Ross's "solution" in 2010? He claimed more Palestinian housing would lead to peace. He pressured Israel to let Hamas import cement. "I argued with Israeli leaders and security officials, telling them they needed to allow more construction materials, including cement, into Gaza so that housing, schools and basic infrastructure could be built," he later wrote in The Washington Post. "They coun- tered that Hamas would mis- use it, and they were right," Ross admitted--Hamas used the cement to build "a laby- rinth of underground tunnels, bunkers, command posts and shelters for its leaders, fighters and rockets." But the State Department just won't give up. Martin Indyk and his assistant David Makovsky came up with a "solution" of their ownwhich, as usual, would have involved Israel making sweeping terri- torial concessions and the Pal- estinans getting an armed, sove~ign state that would be ja~nmed against Israel's thro~. Israel needed to re- lease104 terrorists (who had kille 70 Israelis) just for the "privlege" ofnegotiatingwith the PL But then right in the midde of the 2013-2014 Indyk talks the PA's Abbas suddenly annomced the creation of a PA-~mas unity government. The [ndyk-Makovsky "solu- tion"was left in tatters. Anybody notice a pattern here? Isn't it obvious by now that any "solution" involving the permanent existence of a Jewish state of any size will never be sincerely accepted by the Palestinians? All the professional peace processors and self-appointed Middle East "experts" still don't seem to grasp a simple fact that an unassuming real estate developer-turned-pres- idential son-in-law evidently understands: the conflict between Palestinian Arabs and Israel has no solution. A century of bitter and bloody experience has made that painfully clear. Stephen M. Flatow, a vice president of the Religious Zionists of America, is an attorney in New Jersey. He is the father of Alisa Flatow, who was murdered in an Iranian-sponsored Palestin- ian terrorist attack in 1995. From page 7A in Israel with a candle--her American boyfriend mistakes it for romantic lighting. More recently, Israel has also laid out financial incen- tives to draw expatriates back, including a program set to launch later this year called "Returning at 70," a reference to Israel's 70th Independence Day in 2018. The Immigrant Absorption Ministry will pro- vide returning Israelis with financial assistance for six months, and will even cover a portion of their salaries in order to ensure they can find work in their old-new home. The government is also offer- ing free professional develop- ment courses and consulting Israelis who have opened busiresses stateside, mean- while, will receive about $14,000 for the costs of relocating the business. And Israeliswho move to the country's underdeveloped northern and southern regions are eligible for grants as well as loans with low interest rates. But Milstein says that even with these programs, Israeli officials still understand that it's better to embrace expatri- ates than shame them into coming home. "By trying to raise our guilt feeling, it backfired," he said. "The State of Israel is getting to the realization that [our] being here, they can't do too much about it... We can help the State of Israel a lot. They understand we can be their strategic asset."