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Year 34, No. 02 W H 1N Editorials ................................ 4A Op-Ed ..................................... 5A ..... ................................. 6A :?~C*~ ~ ~,T~* : ~ --~-~ ............... 9A ............... 2B August 2009 8Bu157 !: _. -Pages- These campers at the Jewish Community Center of Greater Orlando's 2007 summer camp had a great experience, and the JCC wants to keep creating great experiences for other kids in years to come. Every year, the JCC offers scholarships to needy children who otherwise wouldn't be able to attend camp, the Early Childhood Learning Center, and after schooi programs. But this year, the ~J~ and other local Jewish agencies are operating under strained budgets that have them making decisions that could doumsize the Orlando community's dreams. a new By Lyn Payne and about the Holocaust. An older adult grams, support and services provided Mike Etzkin with limited means who wants to live by the Jewish Federation of Greater in an apartment community with a Orlando and its seven agencies: The A child whose parents still can't healthydoseofJudaism.Asixthgrader Jewish Community Center, Jewish afford to send him to summer camp whose mind craves engagement with Family Services, The Jewish Pavilion, even when they work several jobs a stimulating curriculum combined theHolocaustMemorialResourceand between them. A single mother des- with Jewish learning. The citizens of EducationCenterofFlorida, Kinneret perately trying to keep the electricity an Israeli town who want to partner Council on Aging, the Hebrew Day turned on and the children fed. An with the Orlando Jewish community School, and Central Florida Hillel. elderly Russian Jew who speaks little to create bonds of commerce, learning But this year, things have changed English but looks forward to a visit andfriendship.Andacollegefreshman for the Federation and its agencies. every week from volunteers bringing" who hasn't been all that involved in Thanks to the economic disaster that challah and yiddishkeit. A teenager Judaism, butwhosimplywantstolight started a year ago, reduced funds have seduced by a neo-Nazi group's mes- Shabbat candles, forced Jewish Orlando's organizations sage of intolerance and now trying to They're all part of the rich mosaic break free and looking for the truth of people who benefit from the pro- Federation on page 22A By Lyn Payne Associate Editor "When Jimmy Carter stands up and says that Jews have too much power or AIPAC is not an organization that is interested in peace, what he's saying is that Jews don't have the right to speak up or speak out," Professor Kenneth W. Stein said in an interview with the Heritage on Aug. 17. But for Stein, "being Jewish" means "being able to speak your mind." Almost three years ago, that philosophy led him to a widely publicized break with the former presi- dent, with whom he'd worked closely for two decades. On Wednesday, Sept. 2, Stein will be in Orlando for a dessert reception sponsored Courtesy of AIPAC Ken Stein by the American Israel Public Affairs Committee at 7:30 p.m. (Members who have contrib- uted at least $1,500 toAIPAC's 2009 campaign are invited to the Washington Club Cocktail Reception at 6:30.) Stein is William E. Schatten professor of Contemporary Middle Eastern History, Politi- cal Scienceand Israeli Studies errors," anti-Israel bias and at Emory University, director distortions of the facts of the of its Middle East Research Israeli-Palestinian conflict in Program, and director of Carter's"Palestine:PeaceNot the Institute for the Study Apartheid." of Modern Israel. He served "My parents were ira- as Carter's first permanent migrants from Germany," executive director of the Stein said. "They had to leave Carter Center at Emory from because of their religious 1983-86. He was the center's identity in the late '20s and Middle East fellow until De- early '30s." cember 2006--a position in "Myreligionwassomething which he worked closely with that I came to learn to protect the former president, writing because my parents' experi- memoranda, taking notes at ence had been one in which virtually all meetings on the their lives had been dishev- Mideast that Carter attended, eled because of their religious and assisting in the writing beliefs. So there was a pride in of Carter's books. Stejn's who we were." own books include "Heroic And for him, that's the Diplomacy: Sadat, Kissinger, definition of being Jewish, Carter, Begin and the Quest which leads to the definition for Arab-Israeli Peace." of being pro-Israel: "Simply In the spring of 2007, he put, it boils down to being published "My Problem With able to believe what you want Jimmy Carter's Book" in the to believe without somebody Middle East Quarterly to elsetellingyouthatyoucan't. explain why he resigned his The contemporary, version position at the Carter Center in response to the "egregious AIPAC on page 22A On Sunday, Nov. 8 the Ho- locaust Memorial Resource and Education Center of Florida will host its annual community commemora- tion of Kristallnacht. The program will begin at 4 p.m. and will feature an ad- dress, "Shaping Holocaust Memory: The Second and Third Generations Respond," presented by Dr, Alan L. Berger, director of Holocaust and Judaic studies at Florida Atlantic University. This date is set aside to remember the night of Nov. 9, 1938, when Hitler initi- ated a planned outbreak of violence against Jews in communities throughout Germany and Austria. Using guns, clubs and torches, Nazi Stormtroopers and their allies ransacked homes, burned synagogues, vandal- ized business and rounded up over 30,000 men to be sent to camps. The name itself-- Kristallnacht, "the night of broken glass" refers to the shattered storefronts of some 7,500 Jewish businesses and stores. While this was not the first explicit act of hostility against Jews. it clearly set the stage for all that followed in the Holocaust. Dr. A/an L. Berger "The annual commemora- tion, held in communities throughout the world, stands as a reminder that we must all be vigilant in fighting against prejudice and hatred," says an event organizer. "Remem- bering the beginnings of the Holocaust can inspire us to create a community in which people of all backgrounds are welcomed and safe." The program will be held at the Jewish Community Center, 851 N. MaitlandAve,Maitland. It is open to the public, and no admission is charged. For further information contact 407- 628- 0555.