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HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, AUGUST 24, 2012 PAGE 19A Series From page 1A is a passionate and articulate defender of the State of Israel. His resume as a historian is impressive, but he is also an award-winning, best-selling author, and a veteran of Is- raers Defense Forces. Oren is the author of "Six Days of War and Power, Faith and Fan- tasy." Thane Rosenbaum will be the conversation host. He is a novelist and law professor at Fordham University and the director of the Forum on Law, Culture and Society. At 7:30 p.m. Nov. 8 there will be a program of "Relevant Octogenarians," featuring Mayor Ed Koch, Rupert Mur- doch and Paul Volcker with Leonard Lopate as moderator. Dr. Deborah Marin, scientific advisor, and Dan Kaplan, pro- ducer, will also be on hand. The American population is aging because of advances in health care and pharmaceu- tical technologies, a retire- ment age of 58 may become the norm, and longevity is projected to exceed 83 years. Hear the panel share relevant information and wisdom for "young retirees." Koch was mayor of New York City from 1978 to 1989. He is a partner in the law firm of Bryan Cave LLP and hosts a call-in radio program on Bloomberg AM. He is the author of 17 books. Murdoch is the founder, chairman and CEO of global media holding company News Corp the world's second- largest media conglomerate. Volcker is the former Federal Reserve chairman and former chairman of the President's Economic Recovery Advisory Board. Lopate is the host of "The Leonard Lopate Show" on WYNC. Marin is a geriat- ric psychiatrist and associate professor of geriatrics and palliative medicine at Mount Sinai. Kaplan is former chair- Thomas Friedman Michael Oren Ed Koch Leonard Lopate Amos Oz Daniel Libeskind Rupert Murdoch Paul Volcker Deborah Dash Moore Jonathan Sacks man and president of 92Y. pends on written words and have been ages when religion country. It is truly amazing we bring the best and the This programis a rebroadcast ongoing conversation among triedtodominatescience.And andawonderfulexperience. If brightest to Orlando. We wel- due to a local conflict on the the generations. Oz is the there have been ages when youhaven'tcometooneofthe come the entire community original air date. authorofnovelsandessayson science tried to dominate programsbefore, doyourselfa to join us for these thought "What is Jewish Culture?" politics, literature and peace, religion. Fiatow, hostofNPR's favor and check it out." provoking discussions on the Amos Oz, Daniel Libeskind, Libeskind is the architect for "Science Friday," and Sacks The series of five programs issues and events that affect James E. Young, Deborah the World Trade Center site. explorethewaysinwhichreli- will go on sale Sept. 3, and our lives." Dash Moore and Fania Oz- Young is a professor of Eng- gionandsciencecomplement may be purchased in advance Committee members that SalbergerwiUtacklethistopic lish and Judaic studies at the each other in our lives. This for $40 a person by calling made this program pos- at 7:45p.m. Nov. 28. Central to University of Massachusetts. program is being rebroadcast Ohev Shalom (407-298-4650) sible are: Linda Amon, Eddl the understanding of Jewish Dash Moore is a professor of inordertobringittoOrlando, and paying by credit card, or Brenner, Es Cohen, Susa culture and civilization is a history at the University of "These satellite programs cash payment at the Roth Drukman, Irwin Feldmar:, grasp of its many expressive Michigan. Oz-Salzberger is are a great example of being JCC. Tickets for individual Steve Newman, Eli Portt, forms--religiousandsecular, a writer and professor at the part of a global community," programs are $10 in advance ReneeRoberts, Claire Sandier, high and low, elite and popu- University of Haifa. says Roz Fuchs Schwartz. or $15 at the door. Roz Fuchs Schwartz and lar--in areas of the written The faliserieswillconclude "Here we are in Orlando, "We feel so good about our telle Wheeler. word, the visual arts, and the at7:30p.m. Dec. 13withChief seeing and hearing in real coilaborationwithourneigh- The committee members performing arts. Explore the Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks time some of the top mov- bor Congregation Ohev Sha- want to thank Mark Grube words at the heart of Jewish and Ira Flatow discussing ers, shakers and thinkers of lom," says Linda Amon, vice for tech support and MeB'I culture and make the case "Science, Religion and the our time, with another 40 or president of Adult Programs Poweski and Phil Wolgel fe: that Jewish continuity de- Search for Meaning." There 50 communities across the at the Roth JCC. "Together their administrative supporl. Hillel From page 2A Nonetheless, it is taking as politics, socialchange, biol- know anyone who was going root and Hillel has reams of ogy and God. to be there or didn't think the low-key Firestone, who statistics, studies and plans Launched last year on 13 they'd like the people there," can rattle off statistics one that it says shows the push is campuses, the initiative has said Graham Hoffman, Hil- momentwhileretellingstories worthwhile, involved 72 fellows building lers associate vice president ofastudent'sprofoundshiftin Some in the Jewish world relationships with 3,574 stu- of strategy. "By cultivating Jewish identity the next. are taking note. Rabbi Rick dents, according to Hillel. relationshipswiththesepeople Speaking of students like Jacobs, president of the Union The engagement agenda we can overcome that." Moskowitz, Firestone adds, for Reform Judaism, spent beganinearnestin2008when To figure out how to push "When we get them to talk two days at the conference the Jim Joseph Foundation forward with its new vision, about and understand what it in St. Louis to study how the gave Hillel $10.7 million that Hillel hired the Monitor In- means to be Jewish, we have engagement effort could help wasusedinparttocreate 10se- stitute, the consulting firm a force multiplier. We think his movement, niorJewisheducatorpositions thathelpedTeachforAmerica about them as 'prosumers; "What everyone sees at onvariouscampuses.Theyset plot a blueprint for achieving notjustpeopleweareservicing Hillel is an incredibly smart, to work with 12 campus en- its goals. Even with a well- but people who are building transformative process to trepreneurinterns--students researched plan, implemen- communities." literally re-create a whole dif- whose goal was to speak one tation will not be easy--it The goal is being imple- ferent kind of campus Jewish on one with their peers about requires recruiting, training mented by retraining staff, life," Jacobs told JTA. "It's where they might fit into Jew- and retaining staff, says Scott putting senior Jewish educa- really remarkable to watch, ish life offerings on campus. Brown, a Hillel executive vice tors on some key campuses, certainly for someone in the By Hillel's calculations, president. putting Israeli shlichim, or midst of our own refocusing those educators and interns "We need more investors envoys, on others and inject- and realignment." took part in a combined 746 and resources to do this," ing a mantra of engagement Also taking notice is the personal encounters with Brown said. "If it's about rela- into all things Hillel. Costs University of Toronto. Hillel's students in one year. About tionships and strategies, you for the effort remain elusive, Ask Big Questions initiative a third of the students said need more hands on deck to and privately some staffers hasbeenadaptedcampus-wide they never or rarely went to do all this at a higher level." worry about the new thrust by the university's president, the Hillel building. Hilleldirectorswhobuyinto sapping resources from exist- David Naylor. The push fosters "The No. I reason students the concept say the bottom ing programs as well as how conversations around"practi- told us they didn't participate line remains making students theirresultswillbemeasured, calandexistentialtopics"such in Hillel was that they didn't comfortable enough to talk i Jonathan Pollack Hillel President Wayne Firestone, third form left, speaks with Syracuse University student outreach leaders earlier this month at the Hillel Institute, hosted by Washington University in St. Louis. about their emerging identi- University. ties as young adults. That's "Theheartandsoulisthere what Rabbi Danya Ruttenberg lationships," she said. "Peopl says is her focus as the su- who previously had no reaso pervisor of the Northwestern tocareaboutJudaismorthinl University Hillel's Campus ing it didn't have anythin Rabbi & Questions That Mat- for them, once they began t ter program and the previous trust me or my interns, thei threeyears as the senior Jewish willingness tobe opentoane ' educator at the Hillel at Tufts experiencewasextraordinar Music From page 4A he also was a performer. A racist skinhead himself, he played in two white power music bands, End Apathy and Definite Hate, affiliated with the Hammerskins. The recent tragedy should be awake-up call for all of us, including the Jewish com- munity. It is important for us to be concerned about this subculture that celebrates hateful music, hateful lyrics, and messages of hate and anti-Semitism. Our concerns should be heightened by the reminder we have just received that this hate does sometimes lead to violence and murder, including occa- sions when Jewish individuals and Jewish institutions have been targeted. For example, in 1999 white supremacist Buford Furrow went after children at the Los Angeles JCC. Three years ago, another white supremacist, James premacist Danny Lee Warner get? One solution is to shir vonBrunn, targeted the U.S. reportedly told his wife that a light on the hateful lyri, Holocaust Memorial Mu- he was setting out to kill as and music, as ADL does, seum in Washington, D.C many Jews as possible. For- that more people will spe murdering a museum guard, tunately, in the Warner case, out and reject their distur In April 2011, two white he was apprehended before ing and sometimes viole supremacists assaulted and he could carry out his plan. message. seriously injured a Jewish What can be done about Mark Pitcavage is direct man in Southern California, this subculture of hate and of investigative research , andlastDecember, white su- the violence it seems to be- theAnti-DefamationLeagu,