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PAGE 2A HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, AUGUST 22, 2014 WaY In David Buimovitch/Flash 90 An Iron Dome missile defense battery near the southern Israeli town of Ashdod. Each interceptor missile cost Israel $50,000. By Ben Sales TEL AVIV (JTA)--After the missiles have stopped, after the troops have come home, even after most of the wounded are out of the hos- pital, Israelis will still be feel- ing the burden of Operation Protective Edge--this time in their pockets. With the recent expiration of a temporary cease-fire, the operation may not be over. (Another temporary cease- fire was put in place starting at midnight Monday.) But through last week, including both direct military expenses and indirect hits to the Israeli economy, the total cost of the four-week conflict is estimated at $2.5 billion to $3.6 billion. The government has main- tained radio silence on the war's military costs and estimates vary, but Israeli media report that they range from $1.2 billion to $2.3 bil- lion. Lost economic activity amounted to an estimated $1.3 billion, with the tourism sector in particular taking a massive hit. "Along with soldiers, we won't spare a shekel in reim- bursements to residents of the south and reservists," Israeli Finance Minister Yair Lapid said at a news conference Thursday. "From our perspec- tive they're all soldiers, and all deserve special treatment from us." Ever the populist, Lapid promised not to raise taxes. But he admitted the money will have to come from somewhere and predicted the 2015 budget deficit would rise. Here's a partial look at how all those shekels were spent. Israel's pricey weaponry Iron Dome: The U.S.-funded star of the war, the Iron Dome missile defense system limited Israeli civilian casualties to three while shooting down 90 percent of the rockets headed toward Israeli cities, accord- ing to the Israeli military. Of the 3,460 rockets fired at Israel during the war, Iron Dome intercepted 584 of them--at $50,000 a piece. That comes to of $29 million, or about $1 million per day. Last week, the Congress approved another $225 million in fund- ing for Iron Dome. Smart bombs: Israeli war Cost on page 14A By Anthony Weiss (JTA)--It is now open season for those who would like a chunk of Mayor Michael Bloomberg's change and think they have a big idea up their sleeves. On Tuesday, the Genesis Prize Foundation announced the launch of the Genesis Generation Challenge, a com- petition offering 10 awards of $100,000 each to teams that can successfully present innovative projects "guided by Jewish values to address the world's pressing issues," according to a foundation statement. Teams must have approximately 10 people and be led by someone aged 20 to 36. The money for the prize, which originally was an- nounced in May, had been awarded to Bloomberg as the inaugural Genesis Prize recipient. Bloomberg, a billionaire and the former mayor of New York, promptly regifted the money to Genesis. He set on the competition model after first pledging the money to encourage Israeli- Palestinian trade, changing his mind at the urging of the Genesis Prize Foundation. The Genesis Generation Challenge is the latest in a series of prizes aimed at coax- ing a"big Jewish idea" in some form or another. In 2007, philanthropist Charles Bronfman launched a competition for an innovative Jewish idea, with the reward of a book deal and a two-year appointment as the Charles R. Bronfman Visiting Chair in Jewish Communal Innovation at Brandeis University, with a six-figure salary. The first winner, to great fanfare, was Yehuda Kurtzer for "The Sa- cred Task of Rebuilding Jew- ish Memory." The academic position has since lapsed due to lack of funds. In 2011, the Jewish Federa- EDUCATED AND Orlando Sentinel Kevin Weiss ... is the most qualified candidate in this two-man race for an open seat. He's a top-rated lawyer who managed his own successful law firm and still found time to be active in legal and community groups. It's notable that [State Attorneys] Lamar and Ashton chose to endorse Weiss in this race ... We do, too. --Orlando Sentinel, July 22, 2014 tion of Los Angeles started a competition to select the Next Big Jewish Idea, awarding the $100,000 prize to Batsheva Frankel for the LaunchBox, a toolkit designed to provide materials to encourage Jew- ish practice and exploration. Frankel currently is attempt- ing to raise funds for a second iteration of the LaunchBoxvia crowdsourcing. Jonathan Sarna, a professor of American Jewish history at Brandeis University and the chair of the selection committee for the Bronfman "big idea" competition, said the recent focus on major transformative ideas in the Jewish world was elicited by the success of Birthright Israel--what he called "Birth- right envy." Sarna also argued that the focus on innovative breakthroughs was spurred by the modern culture of rapid technological change. NEWYORK (JTA)--Lauren Bacall, a film legend best known for her sultry onscreen presence and her Hollywood romance with actor Hum- phrey Bogart, has died. Bacall, the daughter of Jew- ish immigrants from Poland and Romania, died Tuesday, AUG. 12, 2014, in New York. She suffered a massive stroke in her apartment on Manhat- tan's Upper West Side, TMZ. com reported, citing sources in Bacall's family. Bacall was 89. Born Betty Joan Perske in Brooklyn, Bacall was a first cousin of former Israeli President Shimon Peres (nee Szymon Perski), although they did not meet until they were both famous adults, according to the L.A. Jewish Journal. Peres has stated, "In 1952 or 1953 I came to New York... Lauren Bacall called me, said that she wanted to meet, and we did. We sat and talked about where our fami- lies came from, and discovered that we were from the same family.., but I'm not exactly sure what our relation is... It was she who later said that she was my cousin, I didn't say that." After her parents' divorce, when she was 6, she took the Haim Zach/GPO/Flash 90 Michael Bloomberg, right, receiving the Genesis Prize from Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu as Genesis Prize Chairman Stan Polovets looks on, May 22, 2014. "People got used to the idea that there are big things--a cellphone, the iPhone--that would truly change our world," said Sarna. "I do think there is a sense that the world is changing faster than it used to change. It may not be true, but that's the view." Wayne Firestone, presi- Genesis on page 15A 89 Wikipedia Lauren Bacall second half of her mother's maiden name, Bacal, later adding an "l." Her big break was a role, at age 19, in the film "To Have and Have Not," where she played opposite Bogart. The two married in 1945. Bacall was 20 and Bogart was 45; thus, she was nicknamed "Baby". They remained married until Bog- art's death from esophageal cancer in 1957. Bacall went on to perform in more than 40 films, in- cluding "The Big Sleep" and "How to Marry a Millionaire." She also performed on stage, winning Tony Awards for her starring roles in the musicals "Applause" and "Woman of the Year." Her 1980 autobi- ography, "Lauren Bacall: By Myself," won a National Book Award. According to her New York Times obituary, Bacall wrote that she felt "totally Jewish and always would." However, she wrote that she and Bogart, an Episcopalian, had their two children christened in an Episcopal church in deference to Bogart's concern that"with discrimination still rampant in the world, it would give them one less hurdle to jump in life's Olympics." The Times reported that during her romance with Bogart, Bacall asked him if it mattered to him that she was Jewish. His answer, she wrote, was "Hell, no--what mattered to him was me, how I thought, how I felt, what kind of person I was, not my religion, he couldn't care less--why did I even ask?" Four years after Bogart's death, Bacall married actor Jason Robards, with whom she had a son. Lauren Bacall is survived by her three children, Stephen Humphrey Bogart, Leslie Howard Bogart, and Sam Robards.