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HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, AUGUST 15, 2014 PAGE 9A By Gloria Yousha--Call 407-657-9405 or The tunnel of love... Memories of Coney Island in Brooklyn, N.Y.? Sure... but now what thoughts come to mind when I say tunnels of Hamas? Not love, rather hate and death! It is rumored that Hamas was pledged $47 million for humanitarian aid. (Gee, each of the 40 tunnels found by Israel are estimated to cost $1 million each.) Here are some comments written (in part) by MORDECHAI BEN MENACHEM inthe Israeli press. Mordechai Ben-Menach- em is a former rese archer/lecturer at Ben- Gurion University and an author of 30 books ranging from engineering to poetry. He is also an ordained clergyman and a former soldier. He wrote: "Multiple media outlets report that Hamas's offensive tunnel network - now known to have been composed of over 40 attack tunnels dug underneath Israel's border with the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip--was set to be activated during the Jewish High Holidays (Sept. 24th) as a mass terror attack. The attack was meant to generate as many as ten thousand casualties, men, women and particularly children and hundreds of captives. Explosives were particularly placed underneath kindergartens to make certain that these 'institutions' would be the first struck, even before anything else. Israeli security sources, citing information acquired in interrogations of captured brigands, described a scenario under which hundreds of heavily armed Hamas fighters would have spilled out into Israel in the dead of night and within 10 minutes been positioned to infiltrate essentially all Israeli com- munities surrounding the Gaza Strip. Waiting then in hiding until schools and kindergartens were occupied, the terrorists would then attempt to kill the children first, and then kill and kidnap as many Israelis as possible. 'It's like the Underground, the Metro or the Subway,' Israeli military spokesman Lt. Col. PETER LERNER said. 'These tunnels are all connected. I would describe it as Lower Gaza.' Israeli Economy Minister NAFTALI BENNETT said, 'A whole city of terror tunnels had been found. Without the ground operation, we would have woken up one day to an Israeli 9/11. Except, the actual objective was to be five times 9/11.' Israeli military officials reported that the tunnels were stocked with tranquilizers, handcuffs, syringes, ropes and other materials used for subduing abductees, civilians and soldiers. The tunnels also had fantastic quantities of explosives and ad- ditional military materiel meant to be used in the up-coming mega attack, Much of these explosives had already been placed underneath Israeli kindergartens. Some of these tunnels were as deep as 30 meters under- ground. Sources say the Gaza Strip war, Operation Protective Edge, could serve as a prelude for a more extensive underground war with the Iranian-sponsored Hezbollah. Perhaps, not just in the Middle East. Who supplied these quantities of material? Who planned what would be needed? How did Hamas acquire thousands of ampoules of tranquilizer, syringes and other, additional drugs to be used? These are far beyond the quantities and variety of what is needed by any civilian medical service. How was all this brought in to the Gaza Strip? The logistics of this planned attack are the work ofawell-organized military, not that of a militia or club. This was no amateur plan." (True, Israel claims they destroyed all the tunnels.., but couldn't this happen again? Couldn't this happen here? At- tention: United Nations... wake up!) "Girls gone wild"... Okay... so we're not girls anymore, rather old ladies! (And we didn't go wild, except maybe for the food.) Recently, former Longwood resident, ETHEL GOLDBERG, was in town for a few hours and took the opportunity to dine with some old friends, me included. (Well... I said OLD!) Ethel, her sons KEITH and JONATHAN, and grandson, COREY, 23, lived in Longwood for many years. Her husband and the boys dad, Larry, owned a profitable business there. Larry, former Longwood mayor, Shown here (l-r): Ann Taylor, Ethel Goldberg, Evelyn Cohen and Hilde Sands. deputy mayor and city councilman, died in August of 200). Jonathan has since remarried to ANA, and they are the parents of DAKOTA, almost 3. They make their home in Merritt Island, where Ethel, now a resident of St.Petersburg, visits quite often. Getting back to the area, Ethel, knowing she was to be in Orlando, phoned a few gals to get together. Long time friends, ANN TAYOR, EVELYN COHEN, HILDE SANDS and Yours Truly, gathered with Ethel sat a Smokey Bones Restaurant for a reunion and a chance to "catch up" on girl talk. We laughed and had fun.., and, of course, ATE! (It's all about food with me.) A JFGO Mensch... A recent Mensch of the Week chosen by the Jewish Federa- tion of Greater Orlando was SHOSHANA BUCHANAN. This is what they wrote: "This week we honor Shoshana Buchanan as our mensch of the week. Shoshana is a graduate of the Jewish Federation's 2012 Jerome J. Bornstein Young Leadership program. She has been involved with the Jewish Community Center's Jack & Lee Rosen Southwest Orlando Campus for several years and has been instrumental in organizing the annual Winter Festival. Shoshana is a dedicated volunteer of the Jewish Academy of Orlando, where her children attend school. For the past two years in a row, Shoshana has led efforts for the Women's Multi- Faith Iftar. The event, celebrates diversity by bringing together women from different religions, races, and backgrounds to share traditions and make community connections. The Iftar is hosted in association with the Muslim Women's Organization. It has become a much anticipated event and this year, sold out far in advance thanks to Shoshana's hard work and dedication. We are grateful to have Shoshana as part of our incredible Jewish community." (Congratulations, Shoshana, on all the good work you do!) One for the road... Sadie is arrested for shoplifting. During her trial, which her husband, Sidney attends, the judge asks her, "How old are you?" "I'm 60, your Honor," replies Sadie. "And what did you steal?' he asks. Sadie replies, "A tin of peaches, your Honor." "Why did you steal this tin?" asks the judge. "Because I was hungry," replies Sadie. The judge then asks, "And how many peacheswere in the tin?" 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Osceola Pwy (522), Kissimmee • Lower East Side Dell 8548 Palm Parkway, Lake Buena NEW YORK (JTA)--Rabbi Elimelech Meisels, who runs four religious seminaries in Israel for young Orthodox women, is being sued for sexual assault and fraud. The civil suit was filed last weekwith the U.S. Dis- trict Court for the North- ern District of Illinois on behalf of four parents with daughters signed up for Meisels' haredi Orthodox seminaries for the 2014-15 school year. The parents are seeking to recover their tuition deposits. The suit alleges that Meisels would lure girls under his charge "into late night coffee meetings and other private settings and then sexually assault them." It says he threatened to ruin girls' mar- riage prospects if they told and would "intimidate his victims by telling them that no one would believe that a rabbi and author with his reputation would have done such a thing." Meisels denies the allega- tions. "The allegations are com- pletely false," Meisels told JTA in an email. "My attorney has advised me to pursue legal action against all those who are wronging myself and the seminaries." The seminaries named in the suit are Peninim, Binas Bais Yaakov, Chedvas Bais Yaakov and Keser Chaya. The complaint said that seminary attendance has had negative impacts on the marriage prospects of the Or- thodoxwomen who have gone there. The parents involved in the lawsuit allege that Meisels is committing fraud by mis- representing the seminaries as institutions that help Or- thodoxgirls become upstand- ing Jewishwomen. Aside from Meisels, other administrators at the seminaries are named in the suit. The matter was initially brought to the attention of the Chicago Belt Din, a Jew- ish religious court, which concluded that "students in these seminaries are at risk of harm and it does not recommend that prospective students attend these semi- naries at this time," accord- ing to the lawsuit. Following the Belt Din determination, two institutions that offered college credits to students attending Meiseis' seminaries suspended their affiliation with them. Though Meisels claimed to have sold his seminaries following the Belt Din ruling, the Belt Din did not accept the sales as legitimate, according to the complaint. Though the schools are based in Israel, Meisels and the other defendants named in the suit are U.S. citizens, and the non-profit organiza- tion that processes funds for the seminaries--Peninim of America--is a nonprofit charity in the United States, according to the complaint.