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PAGE 2A HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, SEPTEMBER 19, 2014 a NOW MORETHAN EVER, IT'S TIME TO LOOK BEYOND OUR LABELS With the crisis in Israel foremost in our minds, this Rosh Hashana takes on an even deeper significance. And so does our unity. Because no matter how we may label ourselves-we are all Jews. That's what matters. Now more than ever. So this Rosh Hashana, let's make it a sweeter new year by standing together. You can do that by giving generously to Federation. Your gift helps support our brothers and sisters in Israel and in our entire global community. PLEASE DONATE NOW. YOUR IMPACT IS IMMEASURABLE. www.jfgo.org ~, }~-t:;~,}~ ]'~-,i~.~ :~t i(:,~~, III U No one wants to be forgotten... It is the mission of the Jewish Pavilion to enhance the lives of our elders and their families and strengthen their connection to the community. Join us for our Fall Festival/Walk on Sunday, October 26th at 9:30 a.m. at Cranes Roost. Free breakfast, live entertainment, vendors, health fair, walk and prizes. The Jewish Pavilion's professional staff and 400 volunteers wish the community a happy and healthy New Year! Call (407) 678-9363 421 Montgomery Road Suite 131 Altamonte Springs, FL 32714 Visit our new websites www.jewishpavilion.org and www.orlandoseniorhelpdesk.org B'nai B'rith is troubled that a gathering in Washington, D.C., to support Christians persecuted by radical Is- lamists has been overshad- owed by a display of animosity toward Israel. During the "In Defense of Christians" (IDC) summit, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) was shouted down when he spoke positively about Israel. During a speech at an evening gala, Cruz noted that some urge differentiat- ing between "ISIS, al-Qaeda, Hezbollah, Hamas"--and rejected this approach, assert- ing, "Hate is hate, and murder is murder." He continued: "Christians have no greater ally than Israel." In response, some members of the audience loudly booed the senator, shouting "go home" and "get off the stage." Cruz retorted that "Those who hate Israel hate America. Those who hate Jews hate Christians. If those in this room will not recognize that, then my heart weeps. If you hate the Jewish people you are not reflecting the teachings of Christ.And the very same people who persecute and murder Christians right now, who crucify Christians, who behead children, are the very same people who target Jews for their faith, for the same reason." In the face of hecklers dis- regarding appeals for civility from a conference leader and some other attendees, Cruz concluded, "If you will not stand with Israel and the Jews, then I will not stand with you." Organizers urged the con- ference to continue its fo- cus on the plight of Middle East Christians and issued For over 10 years Congre- gation Sinai, a full-service progressive congregation, which considers itself"a little bit Conservative and a little bit Reform," has been hold- ing services, social events, adult education classes, Torah study, and youth education classes leading to bar and bat mizvah ceremonies. The Mens Club and Sisterhood are very active arms of the synagogue life. Beside the weekly Torah Israel Hayom (JNS.org) Oscar-winning actress Gwyneth Paltrow is "quietly converting to Juda- ism," The New York Post reported. The outlet's gossip col- umn, Page Six, reported that Paltrow is converting after following kabbalah for years. Many non-Jewish celebrities have adopted or followed the teachings of kabbalah, most notably Madonna. Paltrow's late father, Bruce Paltrow, who died in 2002 of cancer, was Jewish. Her a statement reporting that "a few politically motivated opportunists chose to divide a room that for more than 48 hours sought unity in op- posing the shared threat of genocide, faced not only by our Christian brothers and sisters, but our Jewish broth- ers and sisters and people of all other faiths and all people of good will. Tonight's injec- tion of politics when the focus should have been on unity and faith, momentarily played into the hands of a few who do not adhere to IDC's principles. They were made no longer welcome." B'nai B'rith shares concern for Christians and other mi- norities facing severe threats and violence in the Middle East. One senior cleric sug- gested at the IDC dinner that media representatives present "keep it in the room"--refer- ring to the outburst of hate and hypocrisy. However, these sentiments must be recognized and addressed by Christian leaders. Among the prominent Middle Eastern clerics visiting the United States to advocate for the region's Christians is Gre- gorios III Laham, the Mel- kite patriarch of the (Greek Catholic) Church of Antioch, who has a history of vitriolic statements about Zionism and the national homeland of the Jewish people. Just as the entire interna- tional community must rally to protect the fundamental rights and dignityofChristians in places like Iraq and Syria, Christian leaders and faithful, along with others, are morally obliged do the same for Jews in the Middle East. There can be study every Saturday, theywill continue the Adult Educaiton program on Tuesdays at 10:30 a.m. Currently, they are study- ing the First Book of Samuel. Spiritual leaders Joe and Lynn Goldovitz conduct ser- vices, teach Hebrew School and lead the adult educa- tion classes. They embellish services with their songs, accompanied by their gui- tars. They do this at regular services, healing services and mother, Blythe Danner, is Christian. The actress has said she was raised with both religions. Paltrow was featured in NBC's "Who Do You Think You Are?"--a show that looks into the ancestry of its partici- pants. Documents uncovered in the program showed Pal- trow's relationship to Rabbi Simcha "Simon" Paltrovich, who immigrated to the U.S. in the 19th century. The actress has reportedly said she wants to raise her two children, 10-year-old Apple and 8-year-old Moses, in a Jewish environment. no condoning or belittling the Islamistextremists doctrinally committed to the violent de- struction of the Middle East's democratic Jewish state. Fortunately, so many Chris- tians stand firmly with Israel and the Jewish people. But decades of anti-Israel animus, and centuries of anti-Judaism, have made a very significant imprint in the Middle East, and this moral disfigurement is not limited to components of the region's Muslim popula- tion. If efforts for peace, and to protect Middle Eastern Christians, are to succeed, there must be recognition that "love your neighbor as yourself" applies to the people of Israel as much as to any other human beings. Some 1,000 attendees at the first IDC summit were joined by an array of senior Christian clergy from the re- gion. Along list of Democratic and Republican members of Congress addressed the con- ference, including Rep. Brad Sherman (D-Calif.), Rep. Ted Deutch (D-Fla.), Rep. Chris Smith (R-N.J.) and Sen. Deb- bie Stabenow (D-Mich.). Also in attendance: the prefect of the Vatican's Congregation for the Oriental Churches, Cardinal Leonardo Sandri, and the Catholic archbishop of Washington, Cardinal Donald Wuerl, and prominent public figures including former U.S. Attorney General John Ashcroft. The theme of the gathering was a unified ap- peal for the safety of Middle Eastern Christians--and for religious freedom for ali--a cause broadly embraced by speakers and attendees at the conference. the monthly Rock Shabbat service. Congregation Sinai will have a scribe, Rabbi Bialo from Sofer on Site, to examine their Torah scrolls before the High Holidays arrive. Congregation Sinai, located in Minneola, welcomes new members, whether snowbirds or year rounders. For more in- formation about the congrega- tion, visit www.congregation- sinai.org or call 352-243 -5353. Wikipedia Commons Gwyneth Paltrow