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HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, SEPTEMBER 15, 2017 PAGE 21A From page 2A onstrate outstanding work on the job, they are presented with a special certificate at a Lunch and Learn meeting. Recognition is an integral part of the program. When they secure jobs in the outside world, they enjoy a special farewell with desserts and beverages and receive a framed official plaque at- testing to their successful experience. Their empty seats will not remain unoccupied for long. New employees will eagerly claim them. Every August marks a new cycle for RAISE. The word is sent out to prospective employees and their families by Heritage Florida Jewish News, organizations with RAISE connections and word of mouth. RAISE's staff reviews submissions for ad- mission, conducts interviews and selects a new group. Then RAISE begins again this ex- traordinary journey, shining light on a new beginning for these young adults with spe- cial needs and their families. From page 3A part of the admission. What a fabulous experience sitting in Mozart's living room and listening to this performance. Afterward, we rushed back to our tour bus and were on our way to Vienna, which included a Viennese concert that evening. I so loved the ornate sum- mer and winter palaces in Vienna and all the wonderful cafes, parks, and shops tovisit. Best of all was the Vienna Opera House in all its glory where we took a private tour. But alas, Rosh Hashanah was fast approaching. We were a bit apprehensive about attending services in Europe with the terrorism threats, but were determined to go anyway. Luckily, a Chicago relative who was born in Vienna gave me his friend's name as a contact. As it turned out, he was the gabbai (rabbi's assis- tant) of the Stadttempel (City Temple), the main synagogue of Vienna, which opened in 1826. When I told Bogdan that we were going there for services, he said we wouldn't be able to get in, but we tried anyway. We nervously left our hotel, found the subway station and took the comfqrtable modern train to the Jewish neighbor- hood. We had no trouble find- ing this synagogue because as soon as we turned off the main street, there were Polizia with machine guns guarding at each end of the block. The entire street was blocked off from traffic, but I still didn't see the synagogue. That is because itwas the only one left after the war. Hitler never found it since the front appears to be an apartment building. We came upon an entrance that had five people outside asking for credentials. One man interrogated me for five minutes asking if I was Jewish, if my room was Jewish, what was the name of my synagogue and rabbi and we had to show him our passports. Upon giving him a letter showing my member- ship at Beth Am and telling him we were guests of their gabbai, we were admitted. After hanging up our coats in a huge foyer, my husband, Scott, followed a man into the main sanctuarywhere the men sit and I was escorted up a narrow spiral staircase to the balcony for the women. I sat next to a lovely young woman who was bilingual and helped me as the service and prayer books were not only all in He- brew, but German as well. The sanctuary was gorgeous with a circular blue dome ceiling, which you would never know from the outside. The next day, I googled Stadttempel and learned its history, which included a bombing at a bar mitzvah in the 80s. That helped explain the high security and why we were told itwas next to impos- sible to visit as an outsider. Our tour guide was quite impressed with our adventure. Driving to the other coun- tries, we visited Bratislava, Slovakia; Cesky Krumiov, Czech Republic; and Dres- den, Germany, where we saw more Jewish memorials. In Prague, we visited the Jewish Quarter, which dates from the 13th century and has the oldest preserved synagogue in central Europe along with a Sephardic one and four others thatare on the Jewish Quarter Walking Tour. The old Jewish cemeterywith the tombstones all thrown together was quite eerie. Evidently, Adolf Hitler decided to leave the area alone as a "museum of an extinct race." In Berlin, just south of the Brandenburg Gate, we visited the huge outdoor Holocaust Memorial that opened in 2005 and consisted of vertical cement slabs reminiscent of headstones that you can walk through. The highlight for me in Paris was the Paris Opera House with its ornate walls and ceilings of gilded gold and art. The grand staircase was where the Parisians, still to this day, went to be seen. When the tour guide showed us where the Phantom of the Opera sat in the balcony and asked if anyone knew how he would appear and disappear, my hand was the only one up. She was impressed that I knew it was a secret passageway in the pillar to the basement. Our European tour cer- tainly met my expectations and more. My mother, who was my piano teacher for many years and left me her Steinway grand piano, would have been impressed. I also gainedabetter understanding ofWorldWar II and the migra- tion of the Jews from Europe. All in all, it was another trip to be treasured. Rhonda Levin Des Islets lives in Orlando and St. Pete Beach, Florida. She is a member of Congre- gation Beth Am, Hadassah, and The Jewish Pavillion. From page 10A is much more important at his stage of life than what he stood to lose by resisting. To many of their contempo- raries, fellow comrades and superiors, Pfeffer was one of many "Moishes" in the Dias- pora of the last two thousand years, competent and skilled but unable or unwilling to take final responsibility for a decision that could only have been taken by embracing their Jewish identity. What we know for sure is that Pfeffer followed a time- honored strategy of many assimilationist-oriented Jews in Europe who converted to Christianity to protect their career. Sylvia, who came from a predominantly Jewish environment in Brooklyn, simply blindly ignored her background in an attempt to identify with what she consid- ered a much larger cause that would benefit all of humanity. In so doing, both of them tried the patience and "tolerance" of their superiors who either doubted their effectiveness (Pfeffer) or made costly allow- ances for it (Agaloff). Myriam, pushed by her parents, took the plunge and came to realize where she belonged without apology. She avoided the dilemmas, contempt or pity that would have been her lot by remaining in a Muslim majority France. She made the right choice, leaving Francois to self-pity and envying her sense of fulfillment in Israel. From page 18A grow their grapes on numer- ous short vines. "It's contrary to all tradi- tions-from the Greeks, the Arabs, the Italians, the North Africans," Jiji said of his verti- cal vine. The wine is a dry white, made from Niagara grapes that are native to New York. Though often found in su- permarkets, the grapes are uncommon in wineries. And while the taste fluctu- ates from year to year, the one constant descriptor is "fruity," Jiji said. As each summer nears its end, Jiji begins to measure the sugar content of the grapes on thevine. Once he has collected enough data, he determines the prime 10-day period to harvest the grapes, usually in mid-September. After the harvest, the grapes go to the basement, which houses the wine cellar, the machinery that Jiji uses to process the grapes into juice, as well as a one-of-a-kind refrigerator that he built himself. The juice ferments there, eventually becoming wine. It takes up to two weeks for the sugar in the juice to turn into alcohol, and another nine to 12 months for the sediment to settle and the liquid to clear and begin to look like wine. During this fermentation pe- riod, the gases created during this process escape through a special valve that lets air out but not in. And now, as the days short- en and the nights grow cooler, Jiji's house will again come alive with activity. Friends and family will gather to pick the grapes from Jiji's vine and crush it into juice to begin the fermenta- tion process. After a day's labor, they will gather for a home-cooked meal and enjoy some of last years' vintage of Chateau Latif. "It's avery unusual activity, the harvest, but people always enjoy it," Jiji said. "This is our 33rd year, and there are people who have been with us for 30 years." From page 20A off. One of its biggest annual events is the global "My Fam- ily Story" competition, in which Jewish schoolkids ages 12 to 15 from more than a dozen countries create visual representations of their own families' Jewish histories. Thanks to a generous gift from Kuky and Sergio Gross- kopf, Jewish institutions from nations as varied as Argen- tina, Germany, Italy, Turkey and Venezuela send their two best competitors to Israel for an on-site ceremony at the museum where the winning projects are crowned. "It's inspiring," Kuky Grosskopf said in a phone interview from Buenos Aires. "There are so man different kinds of Jewish stories." Avnon-Benviste calls Beit Hatfutsot, and by extension the ISJPS, the only institu- tion in the world focused on Jewish peoplehood- what it means to be a pi e of the massive, sweeping tory that is the Jewish peop . As the Museum of the Jewish People kicks off its renewal with four new ex- hibitions, it is also working behind the scenes to expand and invigorate ISJPS's cur- riculum. The plan is to double the number of students it reaches, as well as introduce a new training program for educators focused not just on how to be Jewish but how to be a member of the Jewish people as a whole. The museum is also hiring international representatives who will tout the school's values and curriculum, full- time, in Jewish communities across the globe. "There are so many differ- ent approaches to Jewish liv- ing, and Beit Hatfutsot really puts together all those colors that reflect the diversity and beauty of the Jewish people," Avnon-Benviste said. "My story really began here. I'm so glad I had the opportu- nity to come back to Beit Hatfutsot as a professional because I owed the place the so much." 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