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N]E Editorials .......................... A 18"1 ................. MIXED ADC 320 TO: SMALL TOWN PAPERS 17270 F 5026 CALIFORNIA AVE SW SEATTLE WA 98136-1206 u'ound ......................... 9A Classified ................................ 2B ,!!!ii Excited Jewish Academy students rush through the ribbon and into the school building to meet their new teachers. By Dori Gerber Jewish Academy of Orlando There is an old Jewish saying: "Every new beginning comes from some other beginning's end." And, on a sunny Au- gust morning, a new begirining dawfiec[ for the area's only Jewish kindergarten through eighth grade day school. On Aug. 16, the Hebrew Day School in Maitland officially became the Jew- ish Academy of Orlando through a ceremony that welcomed neighbors, community leaders and friends toIn addition to Shefsky's remarks, celebrate the occasion. U.S. Congressman John Mica and When head of school Lynne Shefsky Maitland Mayor Doug Kinson greeted took the podium to address the crowd, the invited guests. Both politicians she said, "I think it's fair to say that gave inspiring speeches praising by now, our name change has been Jewish Academy for its outstanding o'ne of the town's worst kept secrets, academic and technology programs, But, the reality is, something much greater is happening here. We made the decision to change our name so that the school better reflects all that it stands for: accelerated academics with a focus on the Jewish way of life." as well as its commitment to com- munity and the Jewish heritage. Also in attendance representing local gov- ernment were Steve Wolfram, a com- New Era on page 21A O By Lyn Payne Associate Editor There was never a room more filled with life. Twenty-eight Israeli kids-- half of them Arab, and half of them Jewish--laughed, clowned, swayed to the music and sang along as popular Israeli and American talent serenaded them in English and Hebrew from the stage Aug. 12 at Trinity Prep in Winter Park. There was only one difference between this and any other concert--all of these kids had cancer. The Israelis were flown to Orlando for some rest and recreation courtesy of LEV, an Israeli nonprofit group set up to help them and their families, and with the help of Orlando-based Last Minute Travel and its principal, Uri Argov. LEV ("heart" in Hebrew, and also an acronym for "Le- hilachem B'yachad," "fight- ing together") is composed of an all-volunteer cadre of parents of current and former patients, former patients themselves, and others who care. The Israeli kids were Lyn Payne Friendship knows no boundaries of ethnicity or religion, as the Jewish and Arab Israeli kids from LEV crowd the stage after the concert. accompanied by medical professionals, assistants, and an Israeli TV crew preparing a documentary. Beloved Israeli-Romanian comic Nanssi Brandes told jokes--mostly in Hebrew, though his forays into Eng- lish also entertained the crowd of about 200 Hebrew- and non-Hebrew-speaking Orlandoans. Brandes also played backup piano for Is- raeli pop star Aviva Avidan, whose new album is sched- uled for release around the time of the Jewish New Year next month. Avidan told the Heritage she couldn't refuse the invita- tion to sing to the LEV kids, even though it meant leaving the studio in Israel midway through recording. Brandes and Avidan were joined by The Wellspring, the new duo composed of Orlando-rasied Talia Osteen (best known here as one-third of the vocal trio Visions) and Dov Rosenblatt, formerly of Blue Fringe. Osteen and Rosenblatt sang tunes from their new self-titled EP, and Osteen joined Avidan for beautiful and heartfelt harmonies singing of "the bitter with the sweet" in "Al Kol Eleh." Alan Ginsburg as master of ceremonies set awarm but lighthearted tone by letting all the young people know Love on page 21A Moshe Milner/GPO Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (r), seen here with U.S. special envoy to the Middle East George Mitchell in Jerusalem on Aug. 11, welcomed Mitchell's announcement of new direct talks between Israel and the Palestinians. By Ron Kampeas WASHINGTON (JTA)--It's a peace conference where nothing is off the table--or on it, for that matter. The Obama administra- tion's invitation to Pales- tinian and Israeli leaders to launch direct talks on Sept. 2 attempts toreconcile Israeli demands for no pre- conditions with Palestinian demands that the talks ad- dress all the core issues: final borders, the fate of Jerusalem and the fate of Palestinian refugees. The administration does this by calling on the sides to "resolve final-status is- sues" without saying when and how these issues should come up, if at all. The vagueness of the in- vitation issued last Friday underscored the distance between the two sides, as well as the immediate political and regional pressures that have lit a fire under U.S. efforts to restart the peace process. Whether or not the peace talks will be able to move m vague outlines to concrete resolutions re- mains to be seen. For now, merely having direct talks is an achievement, particularly for the United States and Israel. For the United States, having the talks gives Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu a reason to con- tinue a partial settlement Talks on page 22A p ece Courtesy of Jewish National Fund The dedication of the Galina. Ask most Jews in America if they know about the thou- sands of ma'apilim (illegal immigants) that came to Palestine between the end of the Holocaust and the begin- ning of the State of Israel, and they'll probably say that they have seen the movie "Exodus," starring Paul Newman. But that's usually as far as it goes. Sy Israel, an Orlando busi- nessman, is helping to bring this unwritten part of Jewish history into the Jewish con- sciousness. With the support of Jewish National Fund and the Society for Preservation of Israel Heritage Sites, Sy Israel helped fund the transport and refitting of the Galina, a boat similar to the vessels that carried the ma'apilim to the Atlit "Illegal" Immigrant ///story on page 22A