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PAGE 16A HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, AUGUST 14, 2009 By Ami Eden NEWYORK(JTA) Follow- ing Cambridge police officer Jim Crowley's arrest last month of Harvard professor Henry Louis Gates. both men found themselves locked in a public feud and under attack from various ideologues. Some called Crowley a bigoted cop, others tagged Gates as a race-baiter. In the end, however, they both took President Obama up on his offer to make peace last week over beers at the White House--a development that probably should not have come as a shock for those in the Jewish community who know either man. On the eve of the July 30 beer powwow, TheWall Street Journal's SpeakEasy blog re- ported that in 2007 Crowley attended a three-day program for police officers on racial profilin~at the Simon Wi- esenthaT Center's Museum of Tolerance in Los Angeles. The Journal quoted museum officials as saying that the Gates, Crowley and the Jews staff was so impressed with Crowley that they invited him back a year later for an advanced seminar, museum officials say. "He stands out to me," said Sunny Lee-Goodman. direc- tor of the Simon Wiesenthal Center program that Crowley attended."He was one of those people who really engaged in sessions, who really showed a high level of understanding of the issue." As it turns out, according to the Jourfial..Gates is also "prominently featured" at the center's law enforcement training programs: "At the center's New York tolerance center, etched on a wall near inspirational words from Gandhi and the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., is a quota- tion from Gates: 'There is no tolerance without respect. There is no respect without knowledge.'" Of course, a two-sentence quote on a plaque is unlikely to impress Gates' critics. But Gates has previously drawn praise for a much-talked- about opinion piece that he wrote in 1992 in The New York Times criticizing black anti-Semitism and some of its main purveyors at the time, including Louis Farrakhan and Leonard Jeffries. In par- ticular, Gates took aim at the scholarship and underlying racist world view behind the Nation of Islam's "The Secret Relationship Between Blacks and Jews." a discredited but popular tract asserting that Jews played a disproportionate role in the slave trade. "Many Jews are puzzled by the recrudescence of black anti-Semitism in view of the historic alliance." Gates wrote. "The brutal truth has escaped them: that the new anti-Semitism arises not in spite of the black-Jewish al- liance but because of it. For precisely such transracial cooperation--epitomized by the "historic partnership between blacks and Jews is what poses the greatest threat to the isolationist movement. In short, for the tacticians of the new anti-Semitism, the White House/Pete Souza President Obama toasts with Harvard professor Henry Louis Gates Jr. (1), and Cambridge police Sgt. James Crowley at the start of their meeting July 30 in the White House Rose Garden. original sin of American Jews was their involvement--truly 'inordinate,' truly 'dispropor- tionate-not in slavery, but in the front ranks of the civil rights struggle." More recently, Gates wrote a blurb for Alan Dershowitz's "The Case for Israel," describ- ing the 2003 book as "indis- pensable reading for those of us who are deeply disturbed by the rise of anti-Semitism in American society, even on college campuses." This article was adapted fromJTA's The Telegraph blog: By Stewart Ain New York Jewish Week NEW YORK Although she has been to Israel many times--nearly a half-dozen in the last two years alone the prospect of quitting her job and moving alone to Israel was daunting for Ilana Rabinoff of Forest Hills. Queens. "I don't have a family there, which makes it harder to go," For singles, comfort in numbers Israel. It's called the New York City Aliyah Coffee Group, and it meets once a month on a Sunday usually at a Starbucks. "I wanted to meet other people who were making this same decision and going by themselves." she said. "There are a lot of steps you have to go through, and it's nice to have someone you can speak with. share advice and tips and dis- cuss the whole process with." said Rabinoff, 34, a lawyer for a Jewish not-for-profit orga- nization here. "The process is overwhelming--moving to another country with another language." So with help of the Jewish Agency and Nefesh B'Nefesh, which together assist those making aliyah, Rabinoffspread the word that she was starting agroup for single young profes- sionals preparing to move to High Holiday Community Services 5770/2009 Canto i Kri~r RABBI HOWARD SCHWARTZ and CANTOR ISAAC KRIGER (formerly with the Israel National Opera) along with their Professional High Holiday Choir invite you and your family to attend beautiful and inspiring High Holy Day services where family and community come together in a spirit of prayer and love. " Services will be conducted in a modern comfortable air-conditioned building located at the Scottish Rite Center, 1485 Grand Road, Winter Park, FL 32792. Erev Rosh HaShana- Friday, Sept. 18th at 8 p.m.; Rosh HaShana- Saturday, Sept. 19th at 10 a.m.; Kol Nidre - Sunday, Sept. 27th at 7:30 p.m.; Yom Kippur - Monday, Sept. 28th at 10 a.m. Tickets: Adults $100 (includes all services); Students $75. High Holiday prayer books available for $15 each. Seating is limited so please make reservations early. Reservations: Call Cantor Isaac Kriger at 407.482.5723 Tickets are payable by check, Visa or MasterCard PayPal also available Rabinoff started the group in February for those who were planning to move to Tel Aviv and its suburbs. But it merged in May with another group, of people planning to move to Jerusalem. Members of the new group are part of a record-breaking 4,000 North American Jews expected to make aliyah this year. a 25 percent increase over last year. Many attribute the surge to the bleak economy in the U.S. "This is more beneficial thanjustone city," said Lauren Gelnick. 24, of the Pelham Parkway section of the Bronx who is planning to move to Jerusalem. "I'm sure I'm go- ing to end UP in Tel Aviv and that some of those in Tel Aviv may end up in Jerusalem. Who knows where people will move?" In all, about 10 single young professionalsjoinedthe group. They include the Modern Orthodox, Conservative and secular, and nearly all plan to take an ulpan course to improve their Hebrew. Although they are meeting here. they plan to keep in touch with each other and meet again in Israel. Two in the group have already made aliyah: another 10 young singles went last year and have been in touch through the Internet. "Everyone is in the same boat--we are all single and have degrees and we have no clue what we are going to do when~we get there." Gelnick said. A licensed occupational therapist in the New York City public schools, Gelnick said she would like to do the same work in Israel. She had planned to make aliyah this summer but delayed the move for six months to "learn some more Hebrew." "I have occupational thera- py papers in Hebrew because I need to learn the terminology in Hebrew," she said. "And I want to save a little more money here, because I don't know if I will pass the Israeli [licensing] exam on the first try. I can't take the exam until I make aliyah." Rabinoff said she would like to continue her legal career in Israel working for a nonprofit, but she said she was told '~you can't do anything from here to get a job." She is scheduled to leave Aug. 10. "I've done some business development and marketing, and I have a lot of experience with grants and contract work." Rabinoff said. "I also co-run a fellowship program." Nevertheless. she said she would be "going with little money, and I have two years of student loans left. Most of the people in the group are going with substantial loans, and that definitely is a con- cern paying them off from there. Salaries are significantly less there, and Tel Aviv is one of the most expensive cities in the world. But if you are young and single, the place to be is Tel Aviv or Jerusalem. if you are religious." Nachum Lamm, 33, of Kew Gardens Hills, Queens, said he too is a lawyer and has distrib- uted his resum6 to different places in Israel. He is planning to leave Aug. 18. "The JewishAgency is going to have an online job fair and it is helping to facilitate con- nections," he said. "I want to get admitted to the bar there if I can." DanaNaim, 25, of the Upper West Side of Manhattan, said that although she does not have a job, she is an English teacher "and I'm told they are desperate for English teachers." Naim said her mother will fly with her Aug. 25 to help find an apartment; she will stay with an aunt in themeantime. Naim said she has been flying to Israel by herself each summer since the age of 5 because of the large family she has in Israel. "My dad has four sisters and a brother, and my mom has three sisters and all of them have a dozen kids," she explained. "So there are a lot of cousins my age and a large support network. They have been calling me asking what they can do to help, and they are very excited." Asked why she joined the singles support group, Naim said: "I wanted to go knowing that there are some familiar faces that are experiencing the exact same thing. I wanted to know people here who I could continue meeting over there. After a while. I looked to Ilana as a guide she knows the answers to everything." Naim said she is hopeful thatherparents Israeliswho came to the United States 35 years ago and were 7so im- pressed that they stayed" will move back to Israel at least part of the year. "They have a business here and it's hard for them to leave." she said. "They always thought they would go back. but they started a business here and had kids and they considered themselves stuck here. I'm hop - ing my going will push them." Helping to make up her mind about moving now, Naim said, is the failing health of her two grandmothers in Israel. "Both are very sick, and that was the No. 1 thing that convinced me to go now before I regret it," she said. "Both of my grandfathers are deceased." Although Rabinoff said her motherwould fly overwith her to help her settle in, her parents have not made any plans about moving to Israel. "My morn is sad, biJt very happy for me and thinks it's a wonderful idea," she said. Gelnick said making aliyah is something she has dreamed of since taking a Birthright Israel trip in June 2003. "I really, really loved the country," she said. "I felt very comfortable from the mo- ment I got off the plane. I had gone to Zionistic schools, and Israel was so much a part of my education." Lamm, who said he plans to move to Jerusalem, said he hopes his parents will one day also move to Israel. He noted that one of his three married siblings is already living there. "The fact that she is there brought it [aliyah] more to the forefront and made me think about it." Lamm said. "It's something I've wanted to do." Reprinted with permis- sion from the New York Jewish Week, www.jewish-