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HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, AUGUST 22, 2014 PAGE 9A By Gloria Yousha---Call 407-657-9405 or ELIEZER"ELIE"WIESEL, is a Romanian born Jewish American professor and politi- cal activist. He is the author of 57 books, including "Night," a work based on his experiences as a prisoner in the Auschwitz, Buna, and Buchenwald con- centration camps. A Nobel Peace Laureate, Wiesel has accused the mili- tant Palestinian movement Hamas of child sacrifice for its practice of launching rockets against Israel from within heavily populated parts of Gaza during the recent conflict. In a full page, paid Erie Wiesel advertisement in Toronto, Canada's The Globe and Mail newspaper, he argues that Jews rejected the practice of child sacrifice. A similar ad has appeared in major United States newspapers, but a British version is causing controversy, with the London Times refusing to publish it. (I wonder who could be putting "pressure" on the London newspaper?) When asked about the situation, Israeli Prime Minister, BEN- JAMIN NETANYAHU said, "Every civilian casualty is a tragedy, a tragedy of Hamas' own making." Netanyahu blames Hamas for embedding its fighters among civilians in residential areas. "Israel," he said, acted to protect the citizens from thousands of rockets fired from Gaza and from attacks by "death squads," he said, "through tunnels running under the border into Israel." (We also know that Israel gave warning to Palestinian civilians before returning fire. But will the United Nations acknowledge that or are they also under "pressure" not to?) A fabulous speech... Prime Minister of Israel, Netanyahu, made this speech to the Knesset recently. I think it is one of the best I've ever read. Here it is in part: "To Ismail Haniya, and the leaders and operatives of Hamas: We, the people of Israel, owe you a huge debt of gratitude. You have succeeded where we have failed. Because never before, in the history of the modern State of Israel, has the Jewish people been so united, like one person with one heart. You stole three of our most precious children, and slaugh- tered them in cold blood. But before we could discover the horrible truth, we had 18 days of pain and anxiety while we searched for them, during which our nation united as never before, in prayer, in hopes, in mutual support. And now, as you continue to launch deadly missiles indiscriminately, intended to maim and murder as many civilians as possible, while you take cowardly refuge behind your own civilians - you continue to inspire us to hold strongly onto our newly discovered unity. Whatever disputes we Jews may have with each other, we now know that we have one common goal: we will defeat you." Welcome to the Jewish Pavilion... This is directly from the latest Jewish Pavilion bulletin: "The Jewish Pavilion is thrilled to welcome our new office manager, SUSAN SPARROW. Susan previously served as an administrative assistant at Congregation Ohev Shalom (COS). She is competent and personable and has a special passion for seniors." (Great, cause I'm a senior now! Okay! Okay! I was a senior then too!) Speaking of COS... Sadly, last week my spouse and I attended the funeral service of a much beloved member of our community, Eddie Halpem. There was quite a turn-out for Eddie, as he was so very special.., so funny.., so well liked. And, of course, so is his widow, LISETTE HALPERN. We have known the Halpern family for almost half a century here in Central Florida. The devastating loss, combined with the extremely hot day and leaving my home without eating L/R: Berny Raff of COS and Susan Sparrow. breakfast, proved too much for me and I fainted. Luckily, those attending (especially members of the Halpern family) were on the ball and phoned 911 for me. I am okay, and thank you for all the well-wishers who phoned with their concerns. I saw so many folks in attendance that I hadn't seen in years. One in particular, SANDI SOLOMON, is running again for a third term to be Casselberry commissioner. Sandi has served the citizens of Casselberry for the past eight years. During that time Casselberry has come a long way, 2500 trees planted, new sidewalks, resurfaced roads, major music and art events, bike and walking trails, and two new parks. Sandi hopes to be re-elected for three new projects she is working on - bringing Seminole State Center for the Arts to Casselberry, a new City Center adjacent to City Hall, and making sure the City buys the Casselberry golf course. (I must move to Casselberry so I can vote in their election on Aug. 26!) A reminder... Attention jazz lovers.., and all lovers of good music: Don't forget that on Sunday, Aug. 31, there will be a special concert at the Altamonte Chapel featuring CHRIS ROTTMAYER on piano; CHUCK ARCHARD on bass; KEITH WILSON on drums and special guests, JOHN DEPOLA on trumpet and DAN JORDAN on sax. The music starts at 12:30 p.m. and is emceed by our own wonderful ALAN ROCK of WUCF fame. It ends at 2:30 p.m. and the second set is always a sit-in welcome for all professional musicians and vocalists. The Altamonte Chapel is located at 825 East S.R. 436 in Altamonte Springs. The phone number is 407 339 5208. A special shout-out... For our recent 54th wedding anniversary (Irv's and mine), one of our sons arranged a special "romantic" night out with a candlelit dinner at Pannullo's Restaurant overlooking the beautiful park on Park Avenue in downtown Winter Park. The food was great as was the service... I don't know about the "romantic" part as we are married for 54 years! (He's old too!) The beautiful restaurant is run by RICHARD PANNULLO and our very own MICHAEL SCHWARTZ. One for the road... (Beware... this joke is X rated!) Three senior citizens, Sarah, Becky and Estelle, are sitting on a park bench near Lake Eola having a quiet conversation about bargains and such, when a flasher approaches. He walks up to the bench, stands right in front of them and all of a sudden, with a loud shout "AHA," he opens his raincoat to reveal his naked body. Sarah immediately has a stroke. Becky also has a stroke. But Estelle, who is much older and feebler than the other two, couldn't reach that far! can be purchased at the following locations: ORANGE COUNTY JCC, 851 N. Maitland Ave., Maitland * JCC South, 11184 South Apopka-Vineland Rd., Orlando • Kinneret, 515 South Delaney Ave., Orlando * SOJC, 11200 S. Apopka Vineland Rd., Orlando • Brown's New York Dell, 156 Lake Ave., Maitland • Most Publix Supermarkets • All Winn Dixie Supermarkets SEMINOLE COUNTY Heritage News, 207 O'Brien Rd., Fern Park • Barnes and Noble Booksellers, 451 E. Altamonte Dr. Suite 2317, A1- tamonte Springs & 1260 OviedoMarketplace Blvd., Oviedo • Bagel King, 1472 Semoran Blvd., Casselberry • Kosher Kats, 744 W. S.R. 434, Longwood • Central Florida Hil- lel, 4250 Alafaya Trail, Ste. 212-363, Oviedo Most Publix Supermarkets • All Winn Dixie Supermarkets VOLUSIA COUNTY Federation~of Volusia/Flagler, 470 Andalusia Ave., Ormond-Beach • Most Publix Supermarkets • All Winn Dixie Supermarkets • Barnes & Noble, 1900 W. International Speedway Blvd., Daytona Beach • Perrys Ocean Edge Resort, 2209 South Atlantic Ave. Daytona Beach • Debary City Hall • Debary Library • Vienna Coffee House, 275 Charles Richard Beall B1 • Starbucks, 2575 Enterprise Rd • Orange City City Hall • Orange City Library • Dunkin Donuts, 1296 S Woodland • Stetson University Carlton Union • Deland Chamber of Commerce • Deland City Hall • Sterling House, 1210 Stone St • Temple Israel, 1001 E New York Ave • Beth Shalom, 1310 Maximilian St • Deltona City Hall • Deltona Library • Temple Shalom, 1785ElkamDr. • Temple Israel, 1001 E New York Ave, Deland • College Arms Apt, 101 Amelia Ave, Deland • Boston Gourmet Coffee House, 109 E. New York Ave, Deland • Stetson University Carlton Union, 421 N Woodland Ave, Deland • Family Bookstore, 1301 N Woodland Ave, Deland * Deland Chamber of Commerce, 336 Woodland Ave, Deland • Deland City Hall, 120 S Florida Ave, Deland • Beth Shalom, 206 S. Sprng Garden Ave, Deland • Orange City Library, 148 Albertus Way, Orange City * Boston Gourmet Coffee House, 1105 Saxon Blvd, Deltona * Deltona Library, 2150 Eustace Ave, Deltona • Temple Shalom, 1785 Elkam Dr., Deltona • Deltona Community Center, 980 Lakeshore Dr, Deltona • Debary City Hall, 16 Colomba Rd, Debary • Debary Library, 200 Florence K. Little, Debary OSCEOLA COUNTY Cindy M. Rothfield, P.A., 822 W. Bryan St., Kissimmee • Most Publix Supermarkets • Verandah Place Realty, 504 Celebration Ave., Celebration • All Winn Dixie Super- markets • Cloud City Hall, 1300 9th St, St. Cloud • St. Cloud Library, 810 13th St, St. Cloud • Southern Oaks ,3865 Old Canoe Creek Rd, St. Cloud • Plantation Bay, 4641 Old Canoe Creek Rd, St. Cloud * Osceola Chamber of Commerce, 1425 Hwy 192, St. Cloud • Valencia Col- lege, 1800 Denn John Ln, Kissimmee • Kissimmee City Hail, 101 Church St, Kissimmee • Kissimmee Library, 211 E. Dakin, Kissimmee • Robinson's Coffee Shop, 114 Broadway, Kissimmee • Osceola County Courthouse, 2 Courthouse Sq, Kissimmee • Barnies, 3236 John Young Pwy, Kissimmee • Reily's Gourmet Coffee, 3831Vine St, Kissimmee • Shalom Aleichem, 3501 Oak Pointe Blvd, Kissimmee • Books-A-Million, 2605 W. Osceola Pwy (522), Kissimmee • Lower East Side Deli, 8548 Palm Parkway, Lake Buena Israeli rights group loses national service slot (JTA)--Israeli human in the Occupied Territories. said national civilian service According to The Jerusa- rights group B'Tselem is B'Tselem is Hebrew for "in would be available "only to lem Post, Jerbi's letter also no longer eligible for Israeli the image," a reference to bodies that do not subvert criticized B'Tselem for refus- national service volunteer the Bible saying that humans the existence of the state as a ing to call Hamas a terrorist placements because it has were created in God's image. Jewish and democratic state." organization. acted "against the state and During the war it sought In his letter to B'Tselem, B'Tselem told Haaretz that its soldiers." unsuccessfully to broadcast Jerbi added that "there is a Jerbi's move "increases the Inaletter toB'Tselem, the the names of Palestinian clear line separating a le- flames of intolerance" and head of the national service children killed as a result of gitimate political opinion in he "joins the dubious club of program, which coordinates Israeli missiles, the Israeli political discourse those inciting to harm any- placements for young Israelis The national civilian ser- and the dissemination and one who expresses opinions doing national civilian service vice program places vol- publicationofliesandslander that could be interpreted as as an alternative to military unteers in organizations in Israel and worldwide ... criticism." service, said he objected to across the political spectrum. Therefore I see no possibility The Association for Civil thegroup'sactionsduringthis B'Tselem has received one ofcontinuingtoapproveyour Rights in Israel sent a letter summer's Gaza war, Haaretz volunteer each year through organization as a participat- to the national service chief reported, the program since 2012, ac- ing body in the national civil- warning that if he did not B'Tselem's full name is cording toHaaretz, ian service, which receives reverse his decision, thegroup B'Tselem:TheIsraeliInforma- Earlier this year, national assistance from the State of would challenge it before the tion Center for Human Rights serviceheadSar-ShalomJerbi Israel." High Court of Justice.