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Editorials ..................................... 4A Op-Ed .......................................... 5A Calendar ...................................... 6A Scene Around ............................. 9A Synagogue Directory ................ llA JTA News Briefs ........................ 13A O1 Shown here (l-r): Eliana Smith, Dylan Sachs, Sarah Cooper, Aviv Kotler, Seth Pisano, Sami Kuperberg, Daniel Nabatian. By Christine DeSouza What is JSU? The Jewish Student Union is an after-school club that provides any high school student--regardless of Jewish affiliation--a Jewish experience through programs that strengthen their Jewish identity and connection to Israel. Run by the teenagers, a club can be established in a school simply by being requested (JSU does not barge in and establish itself). Last year, a student at Oviedo High School experienced anti-Semitism at the school. She'd heard about the Jew- ish Student Union and reached out to the organization, asking what she could do. The result was the establishment of JSU at Oviedo High School through a partnership with JOIN Orlando. At relatively the same time, Rabbi Gabi Gittleson of JOIN wanted to start JSUs in Central Florida public and private schools and he was looking for a director to run the program. Daniel and Aliza Nabatian JSU on page 14A Showing now at the Jew- ish Museum of Florida-FIU is the exhibit Evil: A Matter of Intent. This timely exhi- bition features the work of over 30 contemporary and modern artists addressing the many faces of inhuman- ity. This pertinent group show features artists hailing from around the worldwith diverse backgrounds, including He- lene Aylon, Judith Glickman Lauder, Grace Graupe-Pil- lard, William Sharp, Tamar Hirschl, John Lawson, Paul Margolis, Mark Podwal, Trix Rosen, and Arthur Szyk. The exhibition is on view through Oct. 1. The museum is located at 301 Washington The Board of Directors of the Jewish Federation of Greater Orlando (JFGO) has announced that Executive Director Olga Yorish will be leaving to pursue other profes- sional opportunities effective Aug. 31, 2017. The Federation will unveil key initiatives of its path forward at its Annual Meeting scheduled for Sun- day, Aug. 27, at the Maitland Jewish Community Campus. Supporters of JFGO's Campus 2020 Debt Retirement Cam- paign will be honored at the meeting. Yorish joined the Federa- tion in 2013 at an extremely challenging time for the Or- lando Jewish community. In the aftermath of the national economic downturn, the Federation found itself with diminished resources and saddled with debt associated with the Maitland campus. During her tenure Yor- ish re-engaged key donors and implemented innova- tive programming with an added focus on community- building and young family outreach/engagement. Her leadership helped to grow the annual campaign and stabi- lize JFGO's finances, in part through a significant reduc- tion in overhead expenses. She was also instrumental in launching the Campus 2020 campaign and implementing security upgrades on the Maitland campus. "The Orlando Jewish com- munity has been fortunate to be in the guiding hands of Olga since 2013, which has posi- tioned us to take bold new steps into the future,"said Federation President Rhonda Forest. "We are grateful for her service and wish her the very best." Olga Yorish Forest will oversee the day-to-day operations of the Federation along with the JFGO Transition Task Force, a group of 10 board members that has been established to carry out the Federation's ongoing strategic planning initiatives and provide sup- port to JFGO staff as the search for a future executive leader is conducted. The Federation's Board of Directors is composed of a dynamic group of young and veteran community leaders and professionals dedicated to serve the Jewish commu- nity. The Board welcomes the opportunity to refine the Federation's strategic direction and identify a new executive leader in parallel. As the Federation prepares to address the future, it has the needs of a new generation in mind. The organization will focus on functions that are essential to the community and can be executed most effectively by the Federation, JFGO on page 15A ( mili- Syria, while other Syrian tary forces have replaced the military units will remain Syrian regime's militarypres- there, AI Mayadeen reported. Avenue in the heart of South ence in Daraa and Quneitra Further, the Lebanese media Beach'sArtDecoDistrict, and in southern Syria, and have outlet said Russia has built a is part of FloridaInternational built abase in the area, Syrian militarybase between the city University. opposition sources reported of Damascus and the suburb As the title reminds us dur- this week. of Daraa. ing these precarious times, The move indicates thatIsraeli officials remain con- acts of evil are premeditated Russia intends to create cerned regarding the presence - ~ and intentional, motivated a more permanent mili- of the Syrian army as well as -- co by selfishness and the desire Gallery image showing, the installation of a KI(K King tary presence near Israel's Hezbollah and Iranian forces -~_ ~ to gain at the expense of oth- Kleagle robe andhat (circa 1940s, from the museum's per- northern border, and comes in southern Syria. In July, ers. On loan from the Hebrew manent collection).A Kleagle is an officer of the Klan whose after the implementation of Prime Minister Benjamin ca Union College Jewish Institute main function is recruiting new members. The KingKleagle a Syrian cease-fire agreement Netanyahu said the cease- of Religion in New York, this is the head of all Kleagles in a geographic area. brokered by the U.S. and Rus- fire brokered by the U.S. and exhibition features more than sia in July. Russia perpetuates the pres- -- ~ [] ~ 70 artworks that span from the violation of our common TheartistsinEvil:AMatter TheLebanon-basedandHe- ence of Iranian forces near ~ 1940 to the present, includ- humanity." of Intent demonstrate how zbollah-affiliatedAIMayadeen Israel. America and Russia [ ~ ing mixed media paintings, The work of these artists evil is reinforced by indiffer- media network corroborated responded to Netanyahu's I works on paper, photography shows how evil manifests in ence, bullying, cruelty and the reports, stating that Rus- criticism by saying Israel's i ~ ~ and sculptural works, many forms including geno- denial.Terroristacts, murder, sian forces have been deployed interests would be taken into ~,~ "Evil is not a cosmic ac- cide, torture, slavery and fear rape, destruction of culture in the region and are stationed account in Syria. O z cident, it does not just hap- of "the other." The on-site and knowledge, pogroms,in military posts shared with curatorofthe originalversion of this exhibition was created tage, child abuse, poisoning The Syrian army's 4th divi- " of this traveling exhibition, by Jacqueline Goldstein, the of the earth and water, and sionauxiliary force istheonly Laura Kruger."Evil is a delib- curatorattheJewish Museum regime unit due for complete erateactionorinaction.Evilis of Florida-FIU. FIU on page 15A withdrawal from southern