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PAGE 14A HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, SEPTEMBER 21, 2018 From page 1A our generator and had to go to seven or eight places before I could get any." Preparations for assls- tance are underway As Hurricane Florence approached, Chabad- Lubavitch centers outside the range of the storm began preparing to help victims in every way Just a year ago, Chabad brought relief to victims of Hurricane Harvey, truck- ing in supplies as 50 rabbis from a dozen states joined the clean-up and aid efforts. Soon after, Hurricanes Irma and Maria cut a swath of devastation through the Caribbean islands and the southeastern United States. In the Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico and the Florida Keys, Chabad emissaries picked up the pieces, organizing much-needed relief efforts and leading High Holidays services in the most trying of circumstances. As North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper warned about this year's first major hurricane: "Disaster is on the doorstep, and it's coming in." In the coastal, tourist town of Myrtle Beach, S.C where there was mandatory evacuation orders in place, the Aizenman family left their home and head inland to ride out the storm with family members. They took with them the community's five Torah scrolls. Rabbi Doron Aizenman, director of Chabad of Myrtle Beach with his wife, Leah, not- ed that everything in the town was closed--the shops, the businesses and the schools, including the Chabad Jewish Academy. They said they kept in touch with congregants as the storm developed. "We just installed new windows and a new roof, and it's a strong structure, so we are hopeful there won't be any damage," he said, noting that "20 years ago, we had a roof fall off when we were in the middle of Shabbat prayers during another hurricane, but since then the roof has been sturdy and we've had other storms." Said the rabbi: "We have a job to do, and as long as people are here and we can help out, if it's safe to do so, we will be there." This story originally ap- peared on From page 2A Cues, Inc an Orlando firm that designs robotic systems for maintaining pipelines, Stenzler is now retired, stud- ies guitar, and is an active runner and soft martial arts practitioner in addition to his extensive volunteer work with the Pavilion. Stenzler became aware of the Jewish Pavilion when volunteers visited his mother and then followed her to sev- eral facilities over the years as her care needs changed. He started bringing his gui- tar to the Pavilion's Sabbath services at his mother's resi- dences, and his involvement increased from there. "I love this organization," Stenzler said. "It is a true outreach at the grassroots level. And sooner or later, all of us, if we're local, will need the services of the Jewish Pavilion in one way or another." Nancy Ludin, the Pavil- ion's executive director, commends Stenzler's effec- tive board leadership over the last two years, noting that he has also served the Pavilion in a number of capacities over many years. "He has been an active volunteer leader for years leading Sabbath services, memorial programs and musicales," said Ludin. "His band, Rhythm Release, has performed gratis at most of the Jewish Pavilion galas." Mendelsohn is a Jewish Pavilion board member and a strong voice for the Pavilion in the Orlando community. An almost lifelong Central Florida resident, Mendelsohn moved to Orlando with his parents, Herb and Toby, and From page 3A cooperation on technology development." The American-Israel Public Affairs Committee praised the House for following in the Senate's footsteps, saying it "applauds the U.S. House of Representatives for adopting the Ileana Ros-Lehtinen U.S.- Israel Security Assistance Authorization Act of 2018." According to AIPAC, "This key legislation seeks to ensure that Israel has the means to defend itself, by itself, against growing threats--most sig- nificantly Iran's presence on its northern border. This bipartisan bill authorizes agreed-upon increases in Israel's security assistance. It encourages expanding U.S. weapons stockpiles in Israel and advancing U.S.-Israel co- operation in anti-drone tech- nologies and space." brother, Jon, in 1972 from Washington, D.C. His twin sisters, Jamie and Jill, were born here. The family became very involved in Orlando's Jewish community, and Mendelsohn met his future wife, Ronni, as teens when they were mem- bers of United Synagogue Youth, where he served as president and Ronni suc- ceeded him. Ronni's family, the Farbers, are also longtime Central Floridians. The couple has three children: Ryan and Lauren, 17, are seniors at From page 4A explaining why she declined to condemn Farrakhan, said earlier this year. "So if you can show me that Minister Farrakhan has taken his posi- tion and used his position to create inequity and inequality for Jewish people, then I will denounce that tomorrow." By embracing this defini- tion of racism and relegat- ing anti-Semitism to some lesser form of bias, the left has enabled the continued normalization of bigots like Farrakhan within their ranks. "If Jews are seen as 'white' (which, in this permutation of progressivism, they are), and 'whites' cannot be subjected to racist attacks, then anti- Semitism becomes a trivial Edgewater High and Adam, 11, is a Maitland Middle student. Mendelsohn is president of Ashar Group, a family- owned national life settlement brokerage firm. He started the business with his father, an area dermatologist, and brother almost 16 years ago. Mendelsohn's sister Jamie also joined the firm. His involvement with the Pavilion stems in part from seeing what the visits and programs meant to his father-in-law, a resident of Life Care Center of Al- tamonte Springs who passed away this summer. "I love the idea of caring for people that need to be cared for," said Mendelsohn. "The Pavilion helps Jewish residents of these facilities maintain their dignity and maintain their connection to Judaism when it's easy for them to be forgotten." Ludin praises Mendelsohn's deep commitment to the or- ganization. Said Ludin,"Jason Mendelsohn is full of ideas. He has served diligently on the Jewish Pavilion Board for the past two years. He has gotten manyyounger people involved with the organization, and he and his wife are hosting our annual board get together in November." The Gems and Jeans 2018 Gala will be held Oct. 28, 2018, beginning at 5 p.m at Hilton Orlando North, 350 S. Northlake Blvd A1- tamonte Springs. Tickets are $118/person prior to Oct. 15; $136/person after Oct. 15; call 407-678-9363 to make reservations. concern," K.C. Johnson, a history professor at Brooklyn College, former Fulbright instructor at Tel Aviv Univer- sity and regular Washington Post contributor, told me in August. Jews in Great Britain have had a taste of that dynamic this year amid accusations that the Labour Party has crossed the line from deeply critical of Israel to outright anti-Semitic. Jews who have cried foul over party leader Jeremy Corbyn's cozy rela- tionship with Palestinian ter- rorists and heated anti-Israel rhetoric have been told that they are both too powerful and too comfortable to have any real complaint. "Astounding, isn't it," Brit- ish novelist Simon Maginn tweeted in July, "that a group which claims to be silenced, oppressed, powerless man- ages to keep the [Labour anti-Semitism] story running day after day, week after week, month after month, in every Tory paper and on the Tory BBC. Must be terrible to be so oppressed, so silenced." While the Trump White House has been and should be excoriated for encouraging white supremacist and far- right groups in the pursuit of far-right votes, it goes without saying that the left should be similarly condemned for frat- ernizing with and continuing to legitimize Farrakhan and his ilk seemingly in the pur- suit of black votes. Of course, Aretha Frank- lin's family had every right to invite whomever they saw fit to her funeral. Nobody, however, forced Clinton to appear on the stage itself. Clinton could and should have opted not to attend without a change in the dais, thereby refusing to share a stage with, and implicitly elevating, a bigot. Charles Dunst will soon begin as an intern reporter at Southeast Asia Globe in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. He is a former editorial fellow at the Jewish Telegraphic Agency and his writing has appeared in The Washington Post, The American Prospect and The Hill, among other publications. The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of JTA or its parent company, 70 Faces Media. m m 2 3 R E 0 V C E 23 24 L O E S I B 37 S O U R R N E E 55 56 A T L L A V m i 6R7E O L A M D S 31 O K 1- 38 H O AN V A 57 D O m m 62 ED I E P I 46 D I E D ZZI 43 I D S 47 Z E E 5 1 E R G III 58 59 60 U U T S ZT H2 U E SE E Oslo From page 5A following the failure of the July 2000 Camp David sum- mit and the conflict following the withdrawal from Gaza, Israelis have every right to be concerned about security. These concerns, however profound, need not stifle con- versations and initiatives by Golan From page 6A "I really can't see that hap- pening, no matter what party is in control," he said. "In or- der for an administration to reverse this, they would have to conclude that Jerusalem is Israel that could strengthen forces within the Palestinian community toward actual- izing the concept of Israel's legitimacy. Nor should steps be taken that would make an ultimate two-state solution a practical impossibility. And Palestin- ians, following in the path of Salam Fayyad, the former Palestinian prime minister, need to take practical steps to build up Palestinian institu- tions and infrastructure to help convince Israelis that the ideas embodied in Oslo are not dead. Twenty-five years after the White House lawn cer- emony, cynicism about Oslo is understandable. However, it could still be celebrated as a watershed moment in the eternal conflict if its con- ceptual breakthroughs are reinvigorated and translated into steps that could create movement for a secure peace on both sides. Kenneth Jacobson is dep- uty national director of the Anti-Defamation League. that there is any American politician of any party--of no party--who would take a position that is completely contrary to reality. So I don't think that's going to happen." 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