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PAGE 16A HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, SEPTEMBER 21, 2012 Protest From page 1A for peace, but it is a very important component in achieving it." The P.A. crisis began in earnest in July, when an aid shortfall caused by regional instability and a bad global economy threatened to leave it without enough money to pay that month's salaries. Even after a $100 million Saudi loan closed the P.A. budget gap, the authority received harsh criticism from the World Bank. In a July 25 report, the World Bank noted, "While the Palestinian Authority has had considerable success in build- ing the institutions of a future state, it has made less progress in developing a sustainable economic base." With protests expected to flare up again this week, economics experts say that Israel and the international community must do more to keep the Palestinian Authority afloat. They are particularly concerned about the shortfall in the Palestinian Authority's budget, which relies heavily on international aid. "If the Palestinian Author- ity is not going to get support from donors, itwill notbe able to survive six months from now." said Samir Abdullah. the director general of the Palestinian Economic Policy- Research Institute. P.A. Prime Minister Salam Fayyad, seen as an architect of the Palestinian economy, has been a target of the protests, but P.A. President Mahmoud Abbas has stuck by his side. Abdullah says that if Fayyad were to resign that would undermine the Palestinian Authority's relationship with its donors. "He's not going to resign," Abdullah said. "He's a good fighter and he can't leave this to others who have very little experience andvery little knowledge of how to have relations with donors." Ibrahim Azizeh. the Pales- tinian project manager for the Joint Palestinian-Israeli-In- ternational Economic Work- ing Group, says donations are not a long-term solution. "They should invest instead of lending money and giving money away," he said of the international community. "They should be the ones employing." Dan Goldenblatt. the co- CEO of the Israel-Palestine Center for 'Research and Information. said that respon- sibility for solving the crisis lies with Israel as well as the international community. He called for amending the 1994 Paris Protocol. which governs economic relations between Israel and the Palestinian Authority. Under the protocol, Israel collects taxes for the authority and then transfers the money. The Palestinian Authority's tax rates also cannot deviate significantly from Israel's. "There is consensus that it was more beneficial to Israel than to the Palestinians." he said of the Protocol. "Hope that it would be temporary (to) put pressure on the sides to sign." Goldenblatt also called for renewed negotia- tions between Israel and the Palestinian Authority. The two sides have not negotiated directly since 2010. An Israeli official who insisted on anonymity said that blaming Israel for the P.A. economic crisis was "ri- diculous." He noted Israel's recent $65 million transfer to the Palestinian Authority and added that in July, the P.A. and Israel agreed on an arrangement to crack down on tax evasion and to facili- tate movement of goods from Israel to the West Bank. "We have no intention of seeing a financial crisis in the P.A. and we are working behind the scenes in very tangible ways to help them." the official said. "This idea that Israel is responsible for the financial crisis, this is knee-jerk behavior for too many Palestinians. Obviously the international community is ready to help the Palestin- ians. but there's no doubt that some of their problems are homegrown." Al0dullah and Goldenb- latt fault Israel's West Bank policies, but neither sees this round of Palestinian popular unrest leading to violence against Israel. Goldenblatt said that a third intifada. following the first two in the late 3980s and early 2000s, is not "something that a vast majority of the Palestinians are even considering." Nor, Azizeh says, should IsraelworrythatHamas the terrorist organization that governs the Gaza strip-will step in to solve the Palestinian Authority's financial difficul- ties. because Hamas lacks the international recognition needed to facilitate economic development. Moreover. reports have surfaced recently that Hamas is considering declaring the Gaza Strip independent and severing its ties with the P.A.- controlled West Bank. Senior Hamas officials have denied these reports. But even if Israel need not worry now about a violent uprising, Abdullah said that it should not feel isolated from the unrest either. "These protests will turn against the real cause of the plight of the Palostinians,'" he said. "One. day, maybe not tomorrow or next week. it will turn against the Israeli occupation." Phones From page 1A media into the congrega- tional experience. At Congregation Or Ami in Calabasas. Calif., also a Reform temple, Rabbi Paul Kipnes had tentative plans to encourage congregants with smartphones to use Facebook to reflect on the shofar after it is blown for the second time during the service. "Maimonides says, 'Awake sleepers.' Most of us hear the shofar and continue sleeping throughit," Kipnes said. "It's a show, not an alarm clock. I'm saying OK, everybody, sit up, wake up, reflect." Given that so much of the High Holidays liturgy is in the collective "We have sinned"--Kipnes says it is appropriate for con- gregants to share their thoughts collectively dur- ing the service. "Prayer," he said, "is not supposed to be a spectator sport." A youth group at Temple Shalom in Newton, Mass., also used texting last year in its Rosh Hashanah service. Scott Kroll, the Reform syna- gogue's youth educator at the time, brought the idea to the teens from a digital media program he had taught at Kutz Camp in Warwick. N.Y. The campers incorporated texting into the session's final evening services in conjunc- tion with the Avinu Malkeinu prayer, expressing their hopes for the coming year. "High school kids are never told to take out their cell phones and use them during a service." Kroll said. "I thought it may be a little gimmicky, but it ended up being very meaningful." The New Year's wishes were projected on a screen in front of the chapel. "allowing them to create collective prayer." Kroll said. "Mobile phones, and texting is part of teenagers' everyday life," he said. "Being able to incorporate that into a holiday service is not odd to them." but rather helped "enhance their prayer expe- rience." 'Social media for teens and kids and young adults and increasingly for older adults is a way of com- municating and staying in touch." he said. Texting during services might not become common, but Kroll says he thinks "the norm will be integrating new forms of communica- tions and digital media into services, particularly in Re- form. It's obvious that most Conservative and Orthodox services would not embrace this." The Tribe. which is funded by Synagogue 3000's Next Dot. Temple Beth Sholom. the Woldenberg Foundation and other local groups, is composed of Jews across denominations. "The vision of out each is reaching people where they are." Dinar said. "This is the language of that generation." Richman From page 1A Coultoff and then Tomer Taggart. "This is my sixth year on the JCC board, and during that time I have had the opportunity to watch great presidents and past presi- dents like Jodi Krinker. Kevin Weiss, Dan Coultoff and Tomer Taggart lead the JCC.': Richman said. "From working with and learning from them. plus my experience working as a lawyer and fny other volunteer commitments. I think I am ready to take over the reins." Richman succeeds Tag- gart. who worked closely with him for the last several years. "Scott will make an excellent president." Tag- gart said. "He is intelligent. community-minded, and affable, and is a tremendous asset to our community." A product himself of the ,O ,; Cizt ocS/eeeze5 &7 ',.re are your source for: InvitQlions Brochures Lenerneoas Envelopes Bustness Cards Programs FIuers Post Cards - Forms Digital PhotographW Laoe~S Direct Mail 407.767.7110 www. 205 North Street Longwood, FL 32750 JCC movement, Richman grew up at the JCCs in Tampa and Dallas, where his mother served as the preschool director an ex- perience hesaid made him very familiar with the pur- pose of the JCC. All three of his children Jenna. Evan and Jaret have graduated t~rom the Early Childhood Learning Center at the JCC's Rosen campus. For the last seven years, his wife. Gwen, volunteered as an active member of the Parent Advisory Commit- tee, serving as the council's chair last year. As a result of that leadership role. as well as the numerous other things she does to help out at the JCC. Gwen was given the Volunteer of the Year Award last year for the JCC. Scott received the JCC's Leadership Award in 2010. "Scott is one of those ded- icated and special leaders ' Attorney Tom Olsen Host of Olsen on Law Radio Show for 26 years Saturdays at 11 a.m. on FM 96.5 WDBO Olsen Law Partners, LLP Orlando, FL who is committed to ensur- ing that-the JCC provides quality and well-rounded programs and activities." said David Wayne. the JCe's executive director. "Like others, he wants the JCC to serve as a community hub while focusing on our mission of building com- munity, strengthening family life and promoting Jewish values." Bonnie Rayman. who has worked closely with Rich- man as the branch director of the JeC's Rosen campus, agreed. "Scott has been an engaged and committed leader for the JCC for the past six years. The JCC and Orlando Jewish community are honored and privileged to have him as the president of our organization." The JeC is central to the Richman family. When the Richmang first had children, there was no decision to be made about where they "would attend preschool. "For us, the JCC was the only place we could go where we knew our children would get the best education and learn- ing experience possible. while also learning about what it means to be Jewish and with the opportunity to be around other Jewish children," Richman said. "We would not have moved to the Southwest side of town had the JCC preschool not been here back in 2003. For us, the JCC has provided our primary opportunity to meet other Jewish families and to allow both our kids and my wife and I to make friends with other Jew- ish families here in town. Also, it provides an outlet for us to give back to the community, both Jewish and non-Jewish, through the JCC's philanthropic and community activities." Although his children are now out of the preschool. they continue to attend Camp J during the sum- mers. and the family still regularly attends just about every community event the ICC sponsors. While he lives in South- west Orlando. Richman's ties to the Maitland area community are strong. "Having spent the past five years on the JCC board of directors, working and meeting people in the Mai- tland area. I have forged great relationships with the people here." Richman said. In addition, the Rich- man family also attends the Congregation of Reform Judaism off Lee Road. "so we are up here at least weekly foe services. Hebrew School and other activities. I believe that these strong personal ties to both com- munities provide me with a unique perspective that will serve the community well." Additionally, Richman works as an attorney and partner with the law firm of McDonald Toole Wiggins, P.A., a boutique civil litiga- tion firm, with a primary fo- cus of defending businesses in product liability, cata- strophic personal injury and complex commercial litigation matters. Rich- man spends most of his days taking depositions, attend- ing hearings and working with clie nts to defend these types of cases. "With the travel andstress of litiga- tion, it makes volunteering tough at times," Richman said. "But David Wayne is great and is working with my schedule to make sure it all goes smoothly." As president, Richman looks forward to helping see the JCC out of the economic downturn and into a more financially stable future. "We have some exciting things goiflg on at both campuses." Richmansaid. "The Roth JCC Renovation Project is in full swing, with some of the most significant capital improve- ments made to the Maitland campus in decades. At the Rosen campus, we continue to grow more and more with our Camp I and J Univer- sity after school programs bursting at the seams. My goals are to work with lay leaders, donors and staff at both campuses to use this momentum to ensure the success of these campuses long into the future." Above all, Richman rel- ishes the opportunity to give back to the community at a whole new level. "I'm looking forward to a more hands-on role in helping to guide the JCC into the future. There are tons of things going on at both the Maitland and Rosen campuses right now. and I'm excited to have a hand in seeing these to fruition." Richman is prepared for the challenge. "I'm ready to get to work with JCC leaders and the leaders of our sister organizations here in Orlando. I've met some of them already and see that we all have the same goals in mind. We are all leaders, giving our time to give back to the Jewish community, and with this common bond, I'm confident we help continue the great traditions of the leaders before us."