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PAGE 2 HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, JTA Weekly Summary Followingare Jewish TelegraphicAgency's news briefs for Tuesday, August 31, 2004. U.S E.U. condemn attack The United States and the European Union con- demned Tuesday's bus bombings in Beersheba that killed 16 people. "We condemn these kinds of ter- rorist attacks in the strongest possible terms," said Scott McClellan, President Bush's spokesman. "There is simply no justification for the killing of innocent civilians." The E.U.'s foreign policy chief, Javier Solana, said the attack "seriously undermines all efforts to find a solution to the Middle East conflict." Hamas claimed responsibility for the attacks, but Israeli Foreign Minister Silvan Shalom placed the blame on Palestinian Authority President Yasser Arafat. P.A. officials condemned the bombing. GOP platform backs Israeli security The Republican Party Platform dedicates over 500 words to support for Israel. The platform commits the party to maintaining Israel's "qualitative edge in defensive technology over any potential adversaries" and reiterates President Bush's rejection of a "right of return" for Palestinian refugees and his endorse- ment of some Israeli claims in the West Bank. It also praises Bush's condemnations of anti-Semitism. Elsewhere, the platform calls for bans on partial birth abortion and expanded stem cell research and supports a constitutional amendment banning gay marriage. Hanegbi resigns, temporarily Israel's minister of internal security quit his post until a criminal probe against him is over. Tzachi Hanegbi's temporary resignation came Tuesday after Attorney Gen- eral Menachem Mazuz elected to investigate allegations that Hanegbi made illegal political appointments while he was environment minister from 2001 to 2003. Mazuz has also decided to investigate other senior civil servants in connection with the appointments. Prime Minister Ariel Sharon accepted the resignation of Hanegbi, who will serve as minister without portfolio during the investigation. Cover Photo Mordechai, 'the Wall man,' as he is known, practices blowing the shofar at the Western Wall in Jerusalem in preparation for Rosh Hashanah in September 2003. By Richard H. Gleick Editor's note: This story was originally scheduled for publication in the August 27 edition; however, Hurricane Charley and its aftermath forced postponement until now. The calendar has rolled over to September 1, the date of Tess Wise's official retirement as Executive Director of the Holocaust Memorial Resource and Education Center. The Heritage recently had the opportunity to sit down and chat with her and Jennifer Ritter, her successor. Looking back on more than 20 years of effort, had the Holocaust Center met her expectations? "Most definite- ly," Wise said, "but it exceeded all my expectations." In the beginning, she continued, we had no stra- tegic plan for obtaining the funding to implement the big ideas. The decision was finally made to hold fund- raising events and reach out to the corporate community, methods still in use today By Dan Baron TEL AVIV (JTA)---Televi= sion and radio stationsAn Is- rael cut away from their mid- day programming. News Web siteswere updated faster than even the nimblest of fingers could press "refresh." Itwasn't another terrorist attack in Is- rael~ but some good news for ic; nity Do You Have Pre-Paid Funeral Arrangements With Another Funeral Home? We Can and Will Accept All Other Pre-Paid Plans : 10% Discount on It [services and merchandiseI n on any new i Pre-need contracts. I I 640 Lee Rd. Orlando, Florida W.E. "Manny" Adams, LFD James R. Cardinal, Executive Director Michael Meyer, Family Pre-need Counselor Tzvi Halikman, Ritual Director along with contributions from the Jewish Federation of Greater Orlando (JFGO) and private donations. It all began in early 1981 with a conference sponsored by Valencia Community College and the Jewish Fed- eration. At that time, Louise Franklin was Director of the Holocaust Project and Tess Wise was but one of the volunteers. In 1986, the Holocaust Center moved onto the JFGO campus, doubled its space in 1994 and is currently build- ing archival space. Wise noted that it has created seven exhib- its of its own and will market them toother venues. She also pointed ~out that the scholar- in-residence program has created a field trip guide for students. Heritage: "What one thing would you have liked to ac- complish that you weren't able to do?" Wise: "I would like to be sure that we have integrated Holocaust education into every single school in Cen- tral Florida. I'm not so sure JENNIFER RITTER TESS any district has been able to ment were, do that but I would like to she would be know that this is a program her time that's accepted and practiced Florida and in every single educational her g institution." It came as quite She went on to note that then, when she there are now 80 teaching she was going to trunks available for all grade Holocaust levels, containingallthenec- Polish schools, essary materials to teach the already spoken Holocaust. istry of The Heritage asked Wise what her plans for retire- See "Wise" a change: Last Wednesday, inthechroniclesoflsraeliand the Jewish state entered the international sport.Youreally fraternity of Olympic gold- are a grand sportsman, and medal winners, the whole country rejoices "I felt as though the whole withyoutoday, and is proud of country was pushing me you--very, veryproudofyou." from behind," Gal Fridman But the nation's excitement told reporters after he took tookawhile to crest, perhaps the top score following the becausewindsurfing'salmost last windsurfing race at the leisurely pace and lack of an 2004 Athens Games. adversarial dynamic makes it It was the first gold medal less of a spectator sport. taken by an Israeli since the By contrast, when Ze'evi country began participating took the bronze medal for in the Games in 1952. Israel last week, cries of joy The medal was Israel's could be heard from salons sixth overall, and the second and cafes across the coun- photoby of Fridman's career: He won try. Israel's Gal abronzeatthe1996Olympics As the news ofFridman'scelebrates as in Atlanta. triumph spread in Israel, so the finish line "Our No. 1!" annov, nced did asense of satisfaction, mistral the Web site of Israel's biggest "It's about time," said Dedi at the 2004 newspaper, Yediot Achronot, Cohen, aTelAvivlawyerwhose in Athens, in its caption to a picture of office spent much of the day 25.Fridman Fridman, 28, on his board at watching live television cov- first ever the end of the mistral race. erage of the race. "Any sport Olympic Games. President Moshe Katsav thathaslsraeliinvolvementis congratulated Fridman on of interest, but toget thegold his achievement--and judo is a matter of pride for Israel pull him out competitor Arik Ze'evi, who andJewsworldwide.'Fridman Fridman's earlier won a bronze medal sailed consistently at Athens, ironically, said in Athens, expressed a pride never finishing lower than of the few who felt throughout Israel.eighth in the ll-race event, him win. "Like all Israelis, I was de- Afterthefinalrace, heju.rnped "I was too lighted to hear Hatikvah and intothewaterandthendraped watch," said see the flag raised. I did not himself in the flag. mother manage to get the gold, but Fridman's family watched much of the I am glad he did," Ze'evi told the race from its home in two Channel 10 television. Karkur, surrounded by press, described to Prime Minister Ariel Sha- His parents, Dganit and Uri, a good-luck ron called Fridman to con- clutched a Book of Psalms. which is gratulate him in a phone call "I don't have my glasses to On a somber carried live by Israeli media, read Psalms, but it's enough said he would "It was a joy to see you win to keep it close to our hearts," medaltothe 11 and raise the Israeli flag," Uri Fridman said. Sharon said."The confidence Uri Fridman saidhetrained at the 1972 and composure you evinced his son from age 6. "I'm sure throughout the competi-"I took him out first in us," he said. tion were extraordinary and boats, then on a'surfboard, their families in earned you an honorary place then on a windsurfer. I would be very happy." ah! Shevarim! ! the sound of the shofar on Each day of the month Havelaccomplishedallthat Communities, leading up to Rosh Hasha- I wanted to in the past year? "Listen to the nah, the shofar sounds at Havelshownenoughatten- to hear JI morning services. Our sages tiontothepeoplelcareabout? say it's a blessing to hear it Can l do more to help others? it call each of us each day, reminding us that Can I live generously? selves. these weeks are a time for Go to, the sweet, thoughtful reflection.Web site of United Jewish New Year." "