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ITA FLORIDA JEWISH Kitra Cahana Parh'cipants at a candlelight vigil in Washington on Aug. 3 remember two Israelis slain at a Tel Aviv LBGT youth center. Gay Israelis reeling after shooting attack By Joshua Mitnick New York Jewish Week TEL AVIV Amid beefed-up security outside a gay community center where two young Israelis were shot and killed, the shock that greeted the attack was replaced by sobriety--and even a sense of opportunity. Gay Israelis said the murders on Aug. 1, in which a masked gunman not only killed two but wounded about a dozen others before fleeing--robbed them of a sense of security in Tel Aviv's otherwise gay-friendly cocoon. It also has stoked anger at fervently By Sue Fishkoff Orthodox groups in Israel accused of distribute information aboutlsrael's gay inciting hatred against gays. community. Etai Pinkas, the founder and chairman A day after the shooting, hundreds of of the gay community center, said that gay Israelis marched through central the tragedy, whichsomehavecitedasthe~t Aviv. Some pointed fingers atthe worst hate crime in Israel's history, has given Israel's gay community a "teach- ing moment." "We received some focus, unfortu- nately," Pinkas said. "And the focus is that we don't have equal rights. Maybe something will start because of this." Pinkas was planning a gay solidar- ity rally for Aug. 8 in Tel Aviv's Rabin Square consisting ofsongs and speeches. Activist groups were to set up booths to Orthodox Shas Party, whose leader, Eli Yishai, has referred to homosexuals as "sick people." "Years of continuous incitement by Knesset members, rabbis and public figures have exacted a terrible price," said Nitzan Horowitz, an openly gay Knesset member from the Meretz Party. "We won't forget and we won't forgive." Shooting on page 21A Subway is largest U.S. kosher restaurant chain branches. Dunkin' Donuts, the world's large'st coffee and baked goods chain, has 33 kosher franchises, mostly in New York, according to company spokesman Andrew Mastrangelo. They serve dairy breakfast sandwiches, but not full meals. Subway, the second larg- est fast-food franchise in the world, didn't set out to be No. I in the kosher market. Staff- ers at company headquarters in Milford, Conn., seemed bemused by the news. "Really?" laughed Kevin Kane in the marketing de- partment. Sure, 11 kosher stores pales in comparison to the 22,000 non-kosher Subways in the United States, or to the hundreds of halal Subways in England and the Arab world. But it's more than anyone else is offering. And it's a creative solution for Jewish community centers that want to offer kosher food but don't want to take the financial risk themselves. Some would rather offer no food than violate kosher law. "There are very few JCCs that run successful food SAN FRANCISCO (JTA)-- What's the largest kosher restaurant chain? Mendy's? Six branches, seven if you count the meat and dairy counters at New York City's Grand Central Station. Dougie's? Five branches in New York and New Jersey. D6n't even bring up Na- than's Famous--it stopped making kosher hot dogs altogether. The dark-horse winner is Subway, the made-to- order sandwich giant poised to open its ninth kosher franchise Aug. 18 inside the Michael-Ann Russell Jewish Community Center in North Miami Beach. New Subways opening in Indianapolis and Skokie, Ill., will make it 11 by the end of the year. Five more are planned for next year. Subway is not the only fast-food chain with kosher lll[ll!l!!l! lll Courtesy Doctor's Associates Customers line up at the Subway inside the Jewish Com- munity Center in Cleveland. It was the only kosher one in the world when it opened in 2006. establishments," says Eric in 1986, but none lasted very Koehler, directorofthe JCC of long. When Michael Hyman Northern Virginia, which has arrived in 2004 as the center's never provided food services in its building. "In this economy, it doesn't make sense to have something that loses $20,000 to $30,000 a year." That's why the Mandel JCC in Cleveland rented space to the country's first kosher Subway in May 2006. The center had offered only kosher dining options since it opened new director, he closed the building's last struggling cafe without knowing whether he could replace it. In stepped Ghazi Faddoul, a Lebanese Christian who had opened 100 Subways in Cleveland and was willing to give kosher a try with Subway on page 20A Pavilion Gala to honor Shader family By Reva Shader Jewish Pavilion The Shaders, the Meitins, the Wittensteins... a huge clan comprising a large portion of our Jewish community, and which stems back to their migrating to the sleepy town of Orlando in 1912. During the many years since their settlement here, this endur- ing population has made enormous contributions to every domain of society, and now The Friends of the Jew- ish Pavilion will honor them all at the next Gala to be held May 2, 2010. The Shader family has been extremely supportive and ac- tive in the Jewish Pavilion. Mardi Shader is a Pearl level supporter who attends all JP events. Her daughter, Kim- berly, has been volunteering for many years at Madison House. The residents adore Kimberly and her dog, Shom- er. Reva Sha~ter has also been an active volunteer for years. She helps at the registration table at most of the Jewish Pavilion events and visits seniors at Consulate Health on all of the Jewish holidays. Israel Shader Her daughter, Suzan Shader, won the Volunteer of the Year Award in 2008. Suzan is very active in all facets of the Pavil- ion, including serving as the vice-president of fundraising on the Friends of the Jewish Pavilion Board and as Gala chair for several years. While she currently visits residents at Consulate Health, Suzan formerly visited at several facilities and worked as an RN administrator for the Jewish Pavilion when the agency had Gala on page 21A Israel supporters rip White House honor By Eric Fingerhut WASHINGTON (JTA)---The White House is facing mount- ing criticism over its decision to give a prestigious award to the former United Nations official who presided over the infamous 2001 Durban conference and has a history of criticism of Israel. The Anti-Defamation League, the Zionist Organi- zation of America and AIPAC were the latest to slam the pick of Mary Robinson, the former U.N. high commissioner for human rights, as one of 16 recipients of the Presiden- tial Medal of Freedom--the highest civilian honor in the United States. On Aug. 4, AIPAC joined a spate of initial criticism from conservative pro-Israel blogs soon after Robinson's name was announced July 30. A day earlier, the ADL and ZOA had come out with statements repudiating the choice. AIPAC said it was 'deeply disappointed' by the choice of Robinson. "AIPAC respectfully calls on the administration to firmly, fully and publicly repudiate her views on Israel and her long public record of hostility and one-sided bias against the Jewish state," the pro-Israel lobby said in a relatively rare public statement. The ADL called the pick"ill advised" and said Robinson was "undeserving of the hon- or" because of her "animus Acumen Fund/Jori Klein The White House's deci- sion to award the Presiden- tial Medal of Freedom to former U.N. High Commis- sioner for Human Rights Mary Robinson is under fire from some supporters of Israel. towards Israel." The ZOA in attacking the selection called Robinson "viciously critical" toward the Jewish state. Even before the statements by the Jewish groups, the White House was defending the pick in a call to JTA. "Mary Robinson has dedi- cated her career to human rights andworking to improve an imperfect world," White House spokesman Tommy Vietor said the day after the selection. "As with any public figure, we don't necessarily agree with every statement Supporters on page 22A