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PAGE 22A HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, SEPTEMBER 7, 2018 From page 5A Throughout the camp-- and particularly, inside the schools--pictures hang on walls glorifying Palestin- Jan shahids ("martyrs"), with messages encouraging youngsters to follow in their "noble" footsteps. Prominent- ly displayed is the ubiquitous map of Israel, of course labeled "Palestine." During the summer, young children attend a camp where they engage in military exer- cises, replete with walls they are taught to crawl under and firewalls they are taught to jump over, dressed in in military fatigues. Recently, Sen. James Risch (R-Idaho), asked for a General Accounting Office report of what is being taught in the UNRWA schools, but for some inexplicable reason, that of- rice insists on keeping the report "classified." Perhaps because the results are too damaging to UNRWA. According to a recent study conducted by CNEPR together with the Simon Wi- esenthal Center, in which 150 textbooks from kindergarten through 12th grade were examined, researchers found Israel and Jews depicted as "demonic," with violent libera- tion emphasized. A 2017 text even includes a disturbing text by describing a Molotov cock- tail attack on an Israeli bus as a "barbeque party," while another extols the virtues of Dalai Mughrabi, the female Palestinian terrorist who was responsible for the massacre of 38 Israeli civilians. All of this stands in stark contrast to the United Na- tions' Declaration of the Rights of the Child, which proclaims, among other things, that "the child shall enjoy special protection, and shall be given opportunities and facilities, by law and by other means, to enable him to develop physically, mentally, morally, spiritually and so- lhh LIFE & A We make giving easier, LIFE & LEGACY program and the LIFE & LEGACY logo are trademarks of the Harold Grinspoon Foundation. All rights reserved. cially in a healthy and normal manner and in conditions." Kids who are unfortunate enough to be educated in UNRWA camps enjoy none of the benefits of a normal childhood. Instead, they are indoctrinated to become nothing more than bullets in a war machine--in a war that they will inevitably lose. Sarah iV. Stern is the founder and president of the Endowment for Middle East Truth, an unabashedly pro-Israel and pro-American think tank andpolicy institute in Washington, D.C. From page 9A "As a first-time candidate, I am deeply humbled to have earned Seminole County'svote. As a lifelong fighter, I can'twait to get to Tallahassee and start championing our families." In addition to Ruth's List Florida, Kagan is endorsed by the Democratic Environ- mental Caucus of Florida, the Brady Campaign, Morns Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, Florida State Senator Linda Stewart, Former State Representative Dick Batchelor, Florida NOW PAC, former Florida Educa- tion Commissioner Betty Castor and former Florida State Representative (and newly elected Orange County School Board member) Karen Castor Dentei. Kagan is also very active in the Jewish community. Within the next month, Heri- tage plans to do an interview with her for our readers. From page IlA friends and I came out of the synagogue. We were very upset because we wanted to contribute, butwe didn't have any money. I clearly remem- ber that we decided that we would go to Israel and help them fight!" In Judaism, we are taught to look forward with a sense of hope and take personal responsibility--to be a part of the change. To this day, Ber- nice feels a strong connection and love for Israel, which she traces back to that moment at synagogue. At the young age of 12, she wanted to be part of the change. In the daily rush of life, we often forget our true selves and what really matters. Do we stop and question what memories we are creating today? Are we being true to who we are or want to be? According to Maimonides, the great 12th century Span- ish Jewish thinker, this is the purpose of the blowing of the shofar on Rosh Hashanah. That strong, piercing and simple blast serves as an awak- ening. It grabs our attention to remind us that something is happening. It is a day of judgment. This blastwakes up our memory, our expectations and our hopes. "Hearing the shofar makes me feel good," said Joan Rosenman. "I'm a history buff," added Bernice, "so I read a lot about ancient times. When you ex- perience the traditions that are still here today--that have been brought through thousands of years that's really something special." Sandy Erstling added, "It gives me a warm feeling. I al- ways look forward to another year in peace and harmony all over the world. It gives me hope." As we enter Rosh Hasha- nah, I encourage you to try to focus on memory and judgment. When you hear the shofar blast, perhaps you will experience that moment of awakening. Take a moment to connect with the past-your own memories and the collec- tive memories of the Jewish people. Then look forward and take personal responsibility for what you want to do dif- ferently this year. As the director of KCOA, I have the pleasure of spending my days with a special group of people who have far more wisdom than I do. I am lucky that they share their stories and memories with me. I wish you all a sweet and meaningful New Year. Carol Feuerman, KCOA Board president Rhonda Pearlman, KI/KII Board president Sharon F. Weil, KCOA di- rector of Programming and Development From page 13A exactly the way she had it--in fact, she even sat and cooked with them. And she was 90 years old!" At Oakmonte Village's Valencia building, an inde- pendent living facility with a sizable Jewish population, Pavilion volunteer and for- mer program director Cathy Swerdlow works closely with staff to make each holiday special. Oakmonte entertain- ment director Renee Court said that Cathy emails them menus and recipes and helps them arrange anything else that's needed. "Every time we get a new chef, she comes in and meets with them and explains to them what is expected and it's very helpful," Court said. Court and several other Oakmonte management staff members serve the meals at these programs, at tables set resplendently with holiday foods and d cor. Swerdlow's programs-- including bimonthly Shab- bats, monthly lunch-and- learns, and Jewish holi- day programs--draw large crowds, filling the building's performing arts center to capacity. For the holiday programs, said Court, they invite only Jewish residents because they don't have the space for everyone. "Of course the residents want to bring their families," she explained. And Jewish residents of Oakmonte's next-door Cordova assisted living building also come to these holiday programs. In all, about 30 special Jewish Pavilion programs are planned for the High Holiday season. The coordination among Pavilion staff, facility staffandvolunteers involves a great deal of careful planning that begins each year more than a month before Rosh Ha- shanah. Residents and their families are invited to join in, and the spirit of the High Holi- days is kept alive at Orlando's senior living facilities and in the minds and hearts of their Jewish residents.