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FLORIDA- JE ISH NEW S Editorials ................................ 4A Op-Ed ..................................... 5A Calendar ................................. 6A Synagogue Directory ............... 7A B'nai Mitzvah .......................... 8A Scene Around ......................... 9A Classified ................................ 2B Engel among 'Wise Guys' on radio Tsafrir Abayov/FLASH90/JTA The wreckage of an Egyptian military vehicle after militants burst through a security fence Aug. 6 into Israel at a military base along its Egyptian border. Sinai border att;lcl00 seen as test in Egypt-Israel relationship By Marcy Oster JERUSALEM (JTA)The attack last week along the Israel-Egypt border poses dilemmas both for Israel and for the new Egyptian president. Should Israel accede to pressure to modify its 1979 peace treaty with Egypt and allow more Egyptian troops into the Sinai to quell the unrest there? For Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi, who hails from the Muslim Brotherhood, will his crackdown on militancy in the Sinai be seen domesti- cally as his offering a helping hand to Israel, a country much of his constitu- ency still views as an implacable foe? After the attack, Egypt's Mus|im Brotherhood and Gazan Prime Min- ister Ismail Haniyeh of Hamas, which is affiliated with the Brotherhood, blamed Israel's Mossad intelligence agency for the attack. Hamas claimed it was an attempt to disrupt Morsi's new Islamist government, and the Muslim Brotherhood reportedly called for a review of the Egypt-Israel peace treaty. But it's not clear that Morsi endorsed that statement; rather, he ordered the Egyptian army to take "control" of the Sinai. Israeli defense and government officials are saying that the Aug. 5 at- tack--in which militants in the Sinai Peninsula killed at least 15 Egyptian soldiers before breaching the Israeli border and being stopped by deadly Israeli fire--is an important moment in the Israel-Egypt relationship. Ehud Barak, the Israeli defense minister, called the attack a "wake-up call" for Egypt. As part of the 1979 peace treaty, Attack on page 17A Glatt kosher hotel to open in Orlando By Richard A. Ries Heritage Florida Jewish News A glatt kosher hotel in Orlando? Probably you're either in the Catskills--or you're dreaming. Maybe it's time to wake up. The World Gate Hotel and Conference Center in Kissimmee is about to turn glatt kosher in time for the - - .q z -- [.. =  . Jewish New Year, which falls in mid-September. A ceremony to affix the initial mezuzot on public entranceways is slated for some time this month. The idea is the brainchild of Justin and Angela Cohen, owners of Cohen's Kosher Dell in Clermont, and World Gate. Chabad Rabbis Yosef Konikov and Sholom Dubov are each taking on roles in consulting and supervision of the project. This will not be the first attempt at a kosher hotel in Orlando. The Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress boasted a kosher kitchen through the 1990s, and one Holiday Inn briefly flirted with the concept of a "Mickey Shalom" hotel. This will, however, be the first major resort with separate meat and dairy restaurants. The management's vision is to ultimately feature three res- taurants, one of which will not be kosher. Mashgiachs (trained kashrut inspectors) will be on the premises at all times, even staying over at the hotel during Shabbat and holidays. A series of cages will actually separate the kitchens in the back. The resort's vision is to simplify kosher travel to Orlando and Plans are for the World Gate to become a glatt koser hoteL consequently attract more tourists. The restaurants are slated to be glatt kosher by the Rabbinate of Central Florida (RCF), including for Passover travel. "Glatt," a Yiddish word, technically means "smooth." An animal that has smooth lungs upon inspection after slaughtering is considered to be acceptable and kosher; if the lungs were damaged the animal is discarded. However, the term has come to mean "strict" and is today often associated with Ortho- dox Judaism. Most people today use the phrase "glatt kosher" to mean a high level of scrutiny and supervision, and some Jews will not eat foods that are not certified as "glatt kosher." Although the moniker "kosher" invariably con- jures up the term "Jewish," other Americans look for kosher products, including Muslims and vegetarians. Some Americans simply perceive that kosher inspec- tors are more thorough than FDA ones can afford to be. Keeping kosher as a tour- ist to Orlando is possible Glatt on page 17A The Rev. Bryan Fulwider, Muhammad Musri Did you hear the one about the rabbi, the rev- erend and the imam? It's no joke. It's a new radio show called "Friends Talk- ing Faith" co-hosted by the "Three Wise Guys." The show has aired since April and the topics have been varied, from genetic engineering and in-vitro fertilization, to the role of women in religion to the place of money in religion, to people with disabilities, to the religion in the public square. Over the next few months the show will focus on the place of religion in politics and the upcoming presidential election. Guests thus far have included Catholic Rabbi Steven Engel and Imam Bishop John Noonan, au- thor Mark Pinsky, three representatives of the millineal generation and the Reverend Joel Hunter. Future guests include ma- jor national personalities. The show airs on Public Radio Station WMFE 90.7 on the first Sunday of every month from 6-7 p.m. or is available archived at www. thethreewiseguys.com un- der the listen tab. Who are "The guys?" They are all local Central Florida religious leaders. The rabbi is Steven Engei, the senior rabbi of Congre- gation of Reform Judaism. The reverend is Bryan Radio on page 17A Wallenberg still a mystery Courtesy of the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children - Horace Heafne and The International Raoul Wallenberg Foundation From left: Raoul Wallenberg at a young age; at age 32 with an aged-processed photo in the smaller box; and an FBI sketch of how Wallenberg may have looked in the 1980s. By Cnaan Liphshiz (JTA)--Chatting with fel- low inmates in the yard of a Soviet detention facility in 1963, Marvin Makinen from Michigan had limited interest in Raoul Wallenberg's fate. Freshly sentenced to So- viet prison for espionage, the young American student had problems of his own. He feared he might never return home. Yet it was precisely that traumatic experience that set Makinen on the path to becoming an expert in the disappearance of Wallenberg, the Swedish diplomat who saved 100,000 Hungarian Jews from the Nazis and later vanished behind the Iron Curtain. Makinen, 73, and other Wailenberg scholars are look- ing on with ambivalence this month as Sweden, Russia and other countries celebrate the hero's actions on the occasion of his centennial birthday. A former key member of the Swedish-Russian Work- ing Group for Determining the Fate of Raoul Wallen- berg, Makinen believes that Sweden and Russia have no interest in exposing the truth about Wallenberg. Other members of the group, which has disbanded, say they share his opinion. Makinen's research origi- nated in his chats with fel- low prisoners from Soviet Mystery on page 18A ll!lm!lq!LILIIIIl00