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Editorials ................................ 4A Op-Ed ..................................... 5A Calendar ................................. 6A Synagogue Directory ............... 7A B'nai Mitzvah .......................... 8A Scene Around ......................... 9A Classified ................................ 2B Sy and Debra Israel Uriel Sinai/Getty Images) Israeli child trying on a gas mask at a distribution center in Tel Aviv, Aug. 26. By Ben Sales Gan. "I don't trust the government or U.S.officialshadharshwordsfollowing the army. They say we're prepared, but theallegedchemicalweaponsattackthat TEL AVIV (JTA)-- Daniela Hayoum theHome FrontCommandwon'tanswerkilled hundreds in a Damascus suburb. arrived at a Tel Aviv post office at 7 a.m. the phone." Secretary of State John Kerry called it and took a number. For two days, Israelis have been de- a "moral obscenity" and accused Syrian The line ofpeoplewaitingforgas masks scending on centers like this to receive President Bashar Assad of attempting a waslongandHayoumsteppedawaytorun free government-issued gas masks in cover-up after carrying out the attack. errands. She returned in the afternoon to preparation for a possible Syrian chemi- The White House reportedly has begun find hundreds of Israelis crowding under cal weapons attack. On Thursday, citing preparations for a strike on Syria in co- a hot sun on the building's wide steps, the long lines, the government extended ordination with European allies. someholdingumbrellasandothersfood, the hours of distribution. AlthoughtheUnitedStatesappearedto On the street below, medics treated Thegasmaskfrenzysignifiesastriking tone down its rhetoric on Thursday, the a woman suffering from the heat. On mood change here. An alleged chemical fear in Israel is that Assad will respond the sidewalk, men sold cold water and weapons attack last week by the Syrian toanAmericanstrikebybombingIsrael. bagels. Hayoum began to push her way government and subsequent murmur- On Monday, a government official in through, ings ofapossible U.S. strike have focused Iran, which backs the Assad regime, told "They want me to stand for four hours Israeli attention on the Syrian civil war here," said Hayoum, of nearby Ramat like never before. Gas mask on page 15A Caryn and Mark Israel The Jewish National Fund JNF Orlando board president. (JNF) will honor two genera- "The Israel family's commit- tions of the Israel family at its mentto JNF and to Israel over annual Tree of LifeTM Award the past few decades is truly Dinner. Sy and Debra Israel, admirable." and Mark and Caryn Israel Sy Israel founded Universal will receive the Guardian of Engineering Services in Mer- Israel Award. rit Island, Fla., in 1964. Since "The Israel family is a true then, he has led its growth testament oftwo generations from a small engineering that embrace the genuine firmtooneofthelargestgeo- meaning of tzedakah (char- technical and environmental ity) and making the world a better place," said Jim Riola, JNF on page 14A 9 On Wednesday, Aug. 21, the Jewish Federation of Greater Orlando presented its annual meeting at the Maitland campus. The festive event was themed as a 'Night at the Movies' and delivered big results at the box office. Community members entered to a red carpet and celebratory fanfare. The stagewas set, the lights were lit and soon the emcees called 'Action!'. The room was filled with agency executives and com- munity members eager to learn more about the Federa- tion's vision for the next year. The meeting was emceed by Jeremy Udell, outgoing Fed- eration Board treasurer and Jeannie Leavitt, incoming Olga Yorish, Ryan Lefkowitz, Michael Soil with the Jewish Communal eration of Greater Orlando, Taglit-Birthright Israel Taglit-Birthright Israel trip participants with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. By Alina Dain Sharon JNS .org day Jewish women who made such a strong contribution to Federation Board secretary, Service Professional Award presented a"State of the Fed- the Jewish people," Kaiser- who entertained the crowd for 31 years of exceptional eration'addressandkickedoff Shira Kaiserman remem- man told She was all evening long. service to the Orlando Jewish the2014"ShapingtheFuture" bersher2010Taglit-Birthright so affected by the Birthright Three awards were given Community. campaign. The Jewish Fed- Israeltriplikeitwasyesterday. experience that she left a outaspartofthemeeting.The Jeff Gaeser, editor of the eration of Greater is excited While the New Yorker's group career in advertising for Jerome J. Bornstein Leader- Heritage Florida Jewishfor the upcoming campaign was visiting Mount Herzl, the Jewish nonprofit work, now ship Award was presented to News, presented its Human year and the impact to be guide began to tell them the serving as the director of InaPorth for her outstanding Service Award to Nina Op- made on the Orlando Jewish story of Hannah Senesh, an leadership in the commu-penheim. Her husband, Dr. community. Israeli national heroine who Birthright on page 14A nity. Jeremy Udell received Ronaid Oppenheim proudly For more information was caught and killed by the Byron B. Selber Young accepted the award on her about the Jewish Federation the Nazis after parachuting - Leadership Award for his behalf as Nina is currently of GreaterOrlandovisitwww. into Europe to help rescue dedication to the community, out of the country, Holocaust refugees in 1944. OutgoingJCCSportsDirector Olga Yorish, executive See page 15,4 for more "As a woman you don't really Eli Bercovici was honored director of the Jewish Fed- photographs, hear about a lot of modern-