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HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, AUGUST 14, 2009 PAGE 11A Rachel Suberman, 17, occasionally leads Shabbat services at The Heritage at Lake Forest. Teen volunteer has l'dor v'dor spirit L'dor v'dor, from gen- eration to generation, the idea that each generation learns from the one before, is evident in many facets of Judaism. It is a recurrent theme in our liturgy and a guiding principle in how we live our lives as Jews. At the Jewish Pavilion, it is evident in the care and respect that is shown by the volunteers to the residents and in the pro- grams and services offered. But there is also another illustration of this theme that is perhaps the most profound: it is seen in the volunteer spirit of Rachel Suberman, the 17-year old daughter of Judy and Ron Suberman of Maitland. Rachel is a volunteer with the Jewish Pavilion and often volunteers with her mother at The Heritage at Lake Forest, a senior com- munity that accommodates independent living, assisted living and secured dementia located onW. S.R. 46 in San- ford. Rachel has grown up visiting her grandmother, Madeline Behn, who is currently a resident at The Heritage. At the beginning of the summer, Rachel con- tacted the Jewish Pavilion to offer her time during her summer vacation. She has led Shabbat services in the memory care unit, visited with residents and socialized at the monthly Shabbat dinner. Rachel is a young woman who is poised and gracious beyond her years. Her loving nature is evident in her in- teractions with the seniors she visits. Her mother, Judy, has been an example to her throughout her life. As Rachel says, "Because my mother has so much experience with the elderly, from her own family to the residents she interacts with in nursing homes, I go to her whenever I need advice with this volunteering experi- ence. She is a key asset to me" and I am very appreciative of sharing this experience with her." Growing up in a multi- generational family is a benefit that many people do not experience as families have spread out across the country. It has become more difficult for one generation to learn about and respect the next. Both Rachel and her mother recognize the unique blessing that they have. "My children have been surrounded by their great-grandmother, (she lived for 99 years), and my parents, who were becoming infirm by the time Rachel, and my son, Jacob, were go- ing into their late elementa- ry and middle school years," says Judy Suberman. "The next generation is learning what it means to give like I learned from my mom and dad and grandmothers. I am grateful for Rachel's desire to give of herself and to be able to see the effects of her visits." Rachel's perspective re- flects the fact that sharing and learning occurs in both directions. "When I think about what it means to be three generational, I think of my nana teaching my mother, my mother teach- ing me and how I, in return, teach them. Each genera- tion has a lot to learn from each other, and I am very grateful to be part of this." The joy and beauty of l'dor v'dor is not limited to family relationships only. There are many opportuni- ties for intergenerational programming through the Jewish Pavilion. For more information about volunteer opportuni- ties contact Joy Clark, coor- dinator of volunteer services at 407-678-9363 or visit Land reform to privatize parts of Jewish state By Daniella Cheslow TEL AVIV (JTA)--Efrat Avigzer, 37, lives in a three- bedroom house with no bomb shelter in Ofakim, a town of 25,000 people in the Negev. When she and her hus- band signed up for a housing lot more than two years ago, the municipality said they could build as soon as the Israel Land Administration approved development on its land. Avigzer, who manages two branches of a national bookshop, was still waiting when Israel went to war with Gaza last December. She rushed her three children to improvised bomb shelters at night and later went to E ilat and Beersheba for safety. She's still waiting for the ILA to approve her develop- ment plan. "We said we'll wait a year more, or a year and a half," said Avigzer, who checks in with the city once a week. "If they don't release the land, we'll leave." On Monday, Aug. 3, the Knesset approved a con- troversial land reform law strongly backed by Prime Minister Benjamin Netan- yahu that would privatize ILA-administered lands and reduce the bureaucracy sur- rounding leasing land in the Jewish state. Established in 1960, the ILA administers 93 percent of Israel's land. Under the new reform, 200,000 acres--compris- ing 4 percent of the ILA's holdings--will be sold to private buyers, including homeowners, developers and kibbutzim. The idea is to speed development plans for the properties and, backers say, bring more housing quickly to market and give a boost to the Israeli economy. "We think if a developer has a financial interest, then he will make every ef- fort to get his plan passed quickly," ILA spokeswoman Ortal Tzabar told JTA. Critics, however, worry that the reform will allow big developers to gobble up land and develop it quickly, with an eye toward profit rather than public benefit. Unlike in the United States, which does not have a land-lease law, most Israelis don't actually own their homes. While they say they own them, they are actually leasing from the state the land on which their homes sit. This has resulted in an obstructive bureaucratic process in which homeowners must seek approval from the ILA as well as their local munici- pality for changes as minor as building an enclosure for an apartment balcony. They also must renew their leases every 49 years. The reform will allow homeowners to take title to their land. Opposition to privatiza- tion of the ILA has brought together an unlikely alli- ance of Jewish nationalists, Arabs and environmental- ists. Uri Orbach, a Knesset member from the right- wing Jewish Home Party, said privatizing land vio- lates a core principle of Israel's founding, including a biblical injunction from Leviticus 25:23 "And the land shall not be sold in perpetuity." Theodor Herzl pro- claimed at the fifth Zionist Congress in 1901 that land purchased by the Jewish National Fund, later sub- sumed into the ILA, would be "the perpetual property of the Jewish People." Orbach voted against the reform even though his party is in Netanyahu's coalition. "This is a Zionist, reli- gious and social issue for me," Orbach said. On the other side of the political spectrum, many Arabs say ILA land includes property confiscated from Arabs in 1948. Yosef Jabareen, a Haifa- based urban planner, said the ILA seized thousands of dunams -- about a quarter of an acre -- of his family's land in Israel's early years. The land, in the vicin- ity of present-day Kibbutz Megiddo, was planted with wheat, olives and other crops, he said. Arabs like Jabareen are concerned that the priva- tization of such land could eliminate any chance of negotiating a settlement with the government. "We had a sort of tiny hope all the time that one day this land will be returned to its owners," Jabareen said. Gil Yaacov, director of the Green Course student environmental group, part of a 13-organization anti- privatization coalition, says the government's plan relinquishes control under the cover of efficiency. "Out of the total 800,000 dunams, 550,000 are open spaces--places that are not built yet," Yaacov said, citing coastal areas, among others. "Once you privatize those open spaces, the gov- ernment loses control over the conflict between private investment and the public interest." Strip malls already have cropped up across Israel's open spaces, Yaacov said. North of Tel Aviv, a con- glomeration of brightly signed warehouses and low- slung shopping centers built on rezoned farmland marks Kibbutz Shfayim. Without the ILA bu- reaucracy, developers may be able to railroad similar plans through weaker lo- cal planning boards, he warned. "In Shfayim, this is an ex- ample of how local commit- tees don't handle developer pressure," Yaacov said. "And now the problem is that it's using the open space. You take the commerce out of the cities." Amiram Gonen, a geog- rapher and researcher of suburbanization at Hebrew University, said that selling ILA property to developers will drive upper-crust sub- urbanization. "If you sell it to private owners, forget about allo- cating land on the perimeter to affordable housing," he said. "They will try to max their profit by selling it to the suburbanizing rich." Tzabar said the ILA only will sell land to developers whose plans have been ap- proved by planning boards. However, no map of lands to be sold has been released. In what should have been an earlier voting session two weeks ago, eight coali- tion members hid in the Knesset cafeteria and their offices rather than make a decision on the vote, forcing Netanyahu to postpone the voting for fear of defeat. But by Aug. 3 the rebel- lious coalition members, in- cluding Labor Party chair- man Ehud Barak, joined his side. The reform passed 61 to 45. It goes into effect in January. Mirian Alster/Flash90/JTA Knesset votes by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and other Israeli Parliamentarians Aug. 3 ensure passage of the new land reform bill. er ber.s and prospective mcr er8 we|come! Sunday, August U-- IhOO am - bOO pm Fun for all ages with adult programming~'~ .... Auailable inside and outside Inflatable fun, water fun, food, & games (bring your bcrLhing suits) .... IhOO am - Noon Meet the teachers and uiew classrooms. Mingle with Rabbi Perros, Membership Committee & Leadership in the Social Hall. Noon. "Blma BaSics" by Rabbi Peeeas Join Rabbi Perras for the grand reopening and blessing of our chapel where he will shore all the ins, outs, and whys of o bima. Bring oil your "ash the Rabbi" questions! 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