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We Israeliand Palestinian leaders has been talking for months industrial zone, coexistence are building an industrial park argue about the conditions about the need for an "eco- projects and a sports league thatwillprovideemployment that must be in place for a re- nomic peace." thatwould bring together the for 15,000 Palestinians and turn to the negotiating table, Some local Israeli and region's Israeli and Palestin- 2,000 Israelis." theyarestrikingsirnilartones Palestinian officials aren't Jan children. The plan is unusual not on the need for economic waiting for the rhetoric to "We believe that life in the only because it represents a development, translate into action. They're Middle East can be different," coordinated effort between Palestinian Authority taking matters into their own said Danny Atar, the Jewish local Israeli and Palestinian Prime Minister Salam Fayyad hands, mayor of the Gilboa Regional officials, but also because unveiled an economic plan Last week, the Jewish Council, a mountainous area it involves the Palestinian two weeks ago intended to mayor ofa region in northern of Israelf22,000 people be- bringaboutastable, indepen- Israel adjacent to the West tweenJeninandtheIsraelicity Project on page 23A By JTA Staff Not unusual for a head of state, Ehud Olmert hankered for a legacy, and the contours of an Israeli-Palestinian peace agreement may yet bear his mark. But another first attached to Olmert may be one both he and his nation probably could do without: the first Israeli prime minister to spend years fighting charges of corruption and then spend his golden years behind bars. Israel's attorney general on Aug. 30 indicted Olmert on three charges that could land him in jail. Olmert was charged with defrauding the government and overseas Jewish groups for about $90,000 by double- and sometimes triple-billing travel charges; withaccepting up to $600,000 in bribes from a New York businessman, Morris Talansky; and for 6 impropriety in maintaining a relationship with a business partner while he was minister of trade and industry. All of the charges relate to allegations predating his 2006-09 term as prime min- ister. Olmert's lawyers say they will vigorously contest the charges, noting that the former Israeli leader already had refused a pre-indictment hearing that might have resulted in some sort of a plea deal. "We have no doubt that when it gets to court we will have a real opportunity to mount a defense, which we haven't had until now," Ol- mert spokesman Amir Dan told JTA last month. "Unlike the complaints that led to the resignation of the prime minister, the court can look at things objectively. And Oimert intends to defend his innocence." If convicted, Olmert, 64, could spend a long time in prison. He might find some familiar faces there: Abra- ham Hirchson, who served as finance minister under Yossi Zamir/Flash90/JTA Morris Talansky (center), shown making his way to a Jerusalem court on June 28, is at the center of bribery al- legations that led to the indictment of former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert. Olmert, enteredprisonSept.1 victory in April 2006, the for a conviction on embezzle- longtime Jerusalem mayor ment and fraud. And Shlomo appeared poised to lead Is- Benizri, aShasPartymember rael into a new era of peace whoservedashealthminister and security--even if it had and labor and social welfare to be accomplished through minister in different govern- unilateral withdrawals in the ments, started a four-year West Bank. prison term the same day for Earlier in his career, Olmert taking bribes, was better known as a deal- Olmert was catapulted maker. Never popular with into the premiership by Ariel his party's rank and file, he Sharon's debilitating stroke, but after a decisive election Notorious on page 23A Few sounds are more mys- Following the presentation, tical and breathtaking than MarleneandNormanLevinwill the sound of the shofar heard host a pre-Selichot Oneg and dailyduringthemonthofElul. Social. Event organizers say And no shofar blast is perhaps the Selichot service will begin more awe-inspiring than the at 11 p.m. with the uplifting blast heard at midnight at- chanting of Norman Levin the conclusion of the Selichot and the Beth Am choir under Service. Congregation Beth thedirectionofEllenJewell.As Am in Longwood invites the the clock strikes midnight, Dr. entire Central Florida Jewish Neal Silverstein will sound the community to a very special shofar to herald the coming of Selichot program and service Rosh Hashanah and awaken on Saturday night, Sept. 12. oursoulsinpreparationforthe This unique "Selichot for High Holy Days. the Senses" promises to be a RabbiRickSherwin, spiritu- night to remember, says event al leader of Congregation Beth organizers. Am, shares this insight, "The Havdalah, marking the end Selichot service takes place at of Shabbat with the aroma of the end ofShabbat, theoneday spices, the sweet taste of wine, eachweekwepicture theworld the light and warmth of the as it should be, and consider flame and the sound of joyous waystobringtheworldoneStep prayer, starts at 9:30 p.m. Fol- doser to the way itshouldbein lowing Havdalah, participants the comingweek. The purpose will explore their Jewish musi- of the Selichot service is to cal heritage, inspire us to bring ourselves Cathy Swerdlow, Congrega- one step closer to the way we tionBethAmvice-presidentfor should be in the coming year." education and youth, explains, Dan Williams, President "Selichot begins the period of of Beth Am says, "The only t'shuva, turning back to reflect 'charge' associatedwithattend- on the past. We will take those ing this year's Selichot service in attendance back to a time at Beth Amwillbe the spiritual when Y-~ddisl~song~were found charge those in attendance will on America's Hit Parade." This feel at the end of what prom- special program will feature ises to be an entertaining and Dr. Rick Knapp, psychiatrist, inspiring evening." klezmer and jazz musician FormorebTforrnationonthis and Jewish scholar, and his event and the High Holy Day wife Dr. Susan Cohn Lackman, service schedule at Beth Am, composer and Rollins College consult the synagogue's web music professor, site at www.CongBethAm.org. John Citara's health has been ruined because of his efforts to rescue survivors of the Sept. 11, 2001 terror attacks at Ground Zero in New York City. As Rabbi Aaron Rubinger wrote in a moving Viewpoint column in the Heritage's Rosh Hashanah issue, Citara's ever-increasing health prob- lems include respiratory problems, digestive isst~-$, post-traumatic stress and chronic pain. Because of the medical bills resulting from these problems, Citara and his four-year-old son Shayne are moving to Orlando with little more than the clothes on their backs. The Heritage joins Rabbi Rubinger in urging read- ers to do whatever is in their power to assist this American hero and his son as they seek a fresh start in this community. Money, grocery store gift cards, household goods, and school clothing, books and toys for four-year-old Shayne are all needed. Bring donations of items to Congregation Ohev Shalom at 5015 God- dard Ave. in Orlando, or to the Heritage office at 207 O'Brien Rd. in Fern Park. 9 John Citara and his son Shayne Monetary donations may be made out to Rabbi's Discre- tionary Fund and mailed to Congregation Ohev Shalom, marked "For John Citara" in the memo line. For more information, call 407-298-4650. ;1 il