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HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, AUGUST 22, 2014 PAGE 15A J-Serve onAugust29,2014.TheTaskevent, from marketing to Force is an application pro- fundraising to outreach to From page IA cess to build agroup of teens programming. Local profes- who share the desire to be a sionalswill speakto the Task withinOrlandoandsurround- part of community service, Force about their expertise ingareas.TheTeenTaskForce with a variety0f different and Judaic components hoped to build upon the suc- skills and interests, and are woven throughout the cess of the April 2014 event representallOrlandoJewish planning. to reach more teens, more youth groups. The beginning For more information on agencies, and more opportu- planning months in fallwill Orlando's J-Serve, please nities to make a difference in focus on teambuilding and visit thecommunityforJ-Servein creating a vision or theme orlandojserve. For specific 2015.SavethedateforJ-Serve for J-Serve 2015. Withadult questions about the J-Serve in 2015-April 12! staff support, teens will be TeenTaskForce, pleaseemail The J-Serve Teen Task involved in the planning Robby at RobbyE@orlando- Force applications are due and leading of the entire Taylor Harris, leader on the Teen with teens attending J-Serve 2014. Task Force, leads a discussion about Jewish values Genesis From page 2A NYC BigApps competition, target answers," Firestone will be given out annually, is purpose of inspiring young the innovation space, you which triggered the creation told JTA. awarded to an accomplished, Jews, the Generation Chal- will find young Jews," said dent of the Genesis Prize of smartphone apps using The Genesis competitioninternationally renowned pro- lenge is open to applicants of Firestone, noting that the Foundation, said the com- city data to locate high- alsowillfocusonencouraging fessional who is a role model all backgrounds, and teams competition's online portal petition's focus on big ideas qualitychildcare, encourage collaboration and communi- in his or her communityare encouraged to address already was attracting one of came in part from looking at teacher collaboration and cation among the competing and can inspire the younger global problems. But Fires- its strongest concentrations Bloomberg's own experience trade information aboutteams, and on offering men- generationofJewsworldwide, tone was confident that the of visitors from Tel Aviv. "We in starting competitions subway service, torship, supportandexpertise accordingtotheGenesisPrize competition would nonethe- thinkyou'regoingtofindlots to attract the attention of "Bloombergsawthebenefitto teamsas they develop their Foundation website, less attract the interest of of Jewish individuals, but not young talent. Firestone not- of reaching into the target proposals. Although the prize was young Jews. only by asking people 'are you ed the Bloomberg-initiated population to come up with The Genesis Prize, which launched with the explicit "When you go looking inJewish?'" Sharkansky From page 4A tention. Surely someonewill be hard pressed to pull cover with a well-written consultation, and apleathat A hundred young Ameri- will tell Lapid that it is too outwhenitbecomesapparent explanation. European gov- the Iraqi prime minister not cans and Canadians have ity (i.e.,MahoudAbbas),Saudi early to count Saudi Arabia, that their ideas are less than ernmentsareditheringabout standinthewayofdemocracy, arrived at the airport with Arabia, Jordan, theU.S.,E.U., Jordan, and Egypt as firmly desirable, military or humanitarian Syriaisfarfromafinalbody plans to enlist in the IDF. UN and Israel. in the camp of those likely to Another crap shoot is aid to the Kurds, currently count. Ukraine is also clog- All told there are close to Lapid's aspirations are assure a future for Gaza that further away, but has already the best bet for stopping ging the media, the Muslims 3,000soldierswhocame from that the conference will de- will benefit Israel, and the produced casualties that ISIS. Pressures on the Iraqi of Europe and the U.S., along overseas. militarize Gaza in exchange E.U., UN, and present U.S. dwarf the numbers in Gaza. government to become more with a few others, are calling Our own small circle in- for resources to restore hous- administration are, at the Initial U.S. military ef- representative are flounder- for death to the Jews. cludes an American brother ing and infrastructure, and least, shaky in that regard. It forts to halt the progress of ingontherefusaloftheprime Others can parse the de- and sister and a Korean investments to assure a rosier is hard to believe that such a ISIS barbarians proved more minister, with his policy of tails. Israeli officials have brother and sister in IDF economicfuture.Itallsounds collectionofgovernmentsand symbolic than helpful, andled goodiesforShiitesonly, tostep reminded the Jews that they uniforms. great, butthereassuringnews international organizations the president to say that the down.JohnKerryhasweighed canavoidthelocalcrapshoots IraSharkanskyisaprofes- is that the prime minister is will accept an invitation from processwouldtake time.Read in with the term "genocide" by coming here. sor (Emeritus) of the Depart- not enthusiastic and Israeli Israel for such a forum. And that as a preview of Obama's against the actions of ISIS, a Not all is material for cyni- mentofPoliticalScience, He- media are scarcely paying at- if they do, Israel as organizer escalation or scurrying for commitmenttointernational cism. brewUniversityofJerusalem. Rosenblatt From page 5A world, and everyone wants to many when she said thatotheraboutIsrael.Alltoor~e such discussions. Cummings: take it away from them." when she sees scenes of suf- an exercise these days. said the ongoing challenge for read and agree to, noted that Another, wh0describedher fering in Gaza she turns off RabbiCohenoftheJCClater ' Israel Talks is "to'have people dialogue is not debate. "three-day-a-year Reform" the television, aware that said the feedback from par- listen and try to understand The talk at our table was upbringing, saidshevisitedIs- "I've turned off some of my ticipants was positive. "People someone else's views," a prob- respectful throughout, with raelalone lastyear and"cried sensitivity; I just don't want found it cathartic, and ap- lem magnified and intensified somepoignantmoments.One every day," becoming deeply to go there." preciated the structure of the intheageofsocialmedia, with woman spoke of how annual attached."Wecan'ttakeIsrael In the end there were no conversation,"shesaid, adding itshostileblogsandanonymous visits to Israel in recent years for granted," she said, and great revelations or dramatic thattheJCC hopesto continue rants. with her husband, who had worries: "Will Israel exist in breakthroughs, atleastatour to sponsor Israel-oriented pro- TheJCRCprojectiscontinu- once lived there, had trans- 15 or 20 years?" table, butthatwasnotthegoal grams in various forms, ingtoexpanditsworkinthefall formed her politics on the But she added, about the of the evening. Itwas, rather, One of my tablemates had withaseriesofongoingdiscus- subject from dove to hawk. current fighting: "Why do to show that safe, guided suggested that future Israel sions in several Brooklyn and "Israelis have to persevere," they strike at hospitals? Their discussions can be a way for dialogues include members of Manhattan neighborhoods, she said. "They have the only mistakes are so painful." membersofourdeeplydivided the Palestinian community, bringing together members of Mideast country that is flour- A third woman captured community to sit down and though another voiced skepti- synagogues and other institu- ishing and giving back to the the internal struggle for talk--and listen--to each cism about the lasting effect of tions. It's aShamethat we've come to the point where we need a communal organization to fos- ter respectful dialogue among Jews discussing Israel, which has become such a hot-button issue. But that's the reality, so let's hope the Israel Talks efforts are supported and bear fruit. If we can't talk to each other, how can we communicate with the rest of the world? Gary Rosenblatt is editor and publisher of the New York Jewish Week, www.jewishweek. corn, from which this column is reprinted with permission. Fighting station, effectively trapping Getting such people out is "You have to understand, drivers with an envelope full remain in a war zone seems From page IOA much of the population--in- acomplexandriskyoperation the rebel-held area and its of cash for bribes, incomprehensible. But it's "So now even if the fight- cluding hundreds of elderly that requires traversing a surroundings are totally "Lucklly, we'retalkingabout no mystery to Natan Sharan- ing stops, I expect there will Jews--in a city that many circuitous route through Rus- lawless," Gopin told JTA. bribes at around the $50 or sky, the Jewish Agency's be very little for me to come warn is the site of a looming sianterritoryandgreasingthe "So the car could get $70, so that's still affordable," chairman, who was born in back to," Alexander said. "I humanitarian catastrophe, palms of forces encountered stopped and detained orsaid Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein, Donetsk. stayed here because this was Currently there are 47 ur- along the way. Using his con- turned back by rebels, sus- founder of the International "The Jews that stayed, they my place, my business. Now gent cases of Jews in need of tactswithrebelleaders, Gopin picious government forces Fellowship of Christians and are the hardcore," Sharansky there's no point." rescue, accordingtoEleonora has established an escape or even thieves preying on Jews, the Jerusalem-based told JTA. "They've watched When Alexander left the Groisman, the founder of a route in which a driver picks the helpless--complica-organization that has spent friends and family leave city late last month, public nonprofit that maintains a up the evacuees in Lugansk, tions that increase expo- millions providing relief to throughout the 1990s and transportation was still oper- database of Jews seeking res- crosses the border into Russia nentially what is already a Jews in Ukraine. after, choosing every time to ating. But rail traffic ground cue.Among them is awoman and then returns to Ukraine serious risk." To outsiders--and even to stay. But there comes a time to a halt on July 26 follow- in her 80s trapped inside her farther north in an area not To deal with such pos- some Ukrainians--the deci- when reality trumps even the ing the shelling of the train Lugansk apartment, held by separatists, sibilities, Gopin provides his sion by thousands of Jews to hardcore." Tales From page 11A stop, saying it "could interfere ofcoffee, breakfasts and other Aliza Lavie of the Yesh Mid withoperationalalertnessorthe treats, also by strangers, party said this week. Edge, Israelis went above fighters'health."Thedonations Looking out for the women The Israel Defense Forces and beyond in sending food, weredirectedtotheAssociation left behind and the Defense Ministry goodies and toiletries to the fortheWellbeingofIsrael'sSol- Two soldiers who were show support and tend to the soldiers at the front--even diers or the Libi Fund.killed last week in the Gaza families of the fallen soldiers, socks and underwear! The Some $4.6 million was operation were to be married and must do the same for the public also sent thousands donated to the association in the coming weeks. Their fianceesandgirlfriends, Lavie of pizzas and bottles of soda. throughout the operation, fiancees stood with the sol- asserted in aletter to Defense Communities, municipali- and $725,000 to other funds, diers' families at the funerals MinisterMosheYaalon, whose tiesandvolunteercommittees Wounded soldiers were and shivas, cousin, Hadar Goldin, was delivered challahs or flowers swampedwithlove, including Several other slain soldiers engaged to be married. or cakes to the thousands of an overwhelming number of left behind longtime girl- Lavie said officers should families who had a father or hospital visitors who were friends who were devastated visit the women to tell them soncalledupforthewareffort, mostly unknown to the deaths, oftheirlovedone'sdeath, just In fact, so much stuf was Soldiers in uniform Thesewomen deserve rec-as they do for the immediate sent that the Israel Defense throughout the country also ognitionandsupportfromthe family, and employers should Forces called on the public to reportedbeingtreatedtocups Defense Ministry, lawmaker berequiredtoprovidetimeoff to attend the shiva. Psycho- Gaza operation are soldiers logical assistance should be themselves, Lavie noted, and provided as needed, too. should have had an official Twenty-seven of the girl- escort from their company friends offallensoldiers in the to the funeral. HANDYMAN SERVICE Handy man and General Maintenance Air Conditioning Electrical Plumbing Carpentry Formerly handled maintenance at JCC References available STEVE'S SERVICES Call Steve Doyle at (386) 668-8960