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H ! FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS Year 38, No. 03 ber 27, 2013 23 Tlsh, 64 P Editorials ................................ 4A Op-Ed ..................................... 5A Calendar ................................. 6A Synagogue Directory ............... 7A B'nai Mitzvah .......................... 8A Scene Around ......................... 9A Classified ................................ 2B Orlan00i JCC Watch/AFSI Richard Allen (center), head of JCC Watch, holds a burning check at a rally on Sept. 12 during which his group as well as Americans for a Safe Israel urged the cessation of Jewish donations to the UJA-Federation of New York, due to federa- tion's lack of funding guidelines on Israel. Where do Jewish federations draw the 'red line' on opinions a.out Israel? By Jacob Kamaras Fein, the founder of organizations including the National Coalition for Jewish Literacy, MOment Magazine, and The "red li ......... :.d ,,,;h wn, MAZON:AJewishResponsetoHunger.In nuclear prog I,i tl, ll,,,11, t I1 ,I II calweaponsl II11 I.l I lilt11111 II I .lltl I IIll l l ternational cL and Diaspora Jews have made their vomes heard. But a debate that hits closer to home for American Jews is about where Jewish federations in their communities draw the line on funding programs asso- ciated with varying opinions about Israel. Boston In the Boston area, a recent test case for the local Jewish federation--Combined Jewish Philanthropies (CJP)--revolves around its relationship with Leonard lSraell-lau u H.o.., ,, ..... "Specifically, I believe American Jews visiting Israel should stay away from [Ariel], treat it as an offense against peace," Fein wrote. and regarding whether CJP is willing to continue to invite Fein as a speaker, Shrage said, "Sure." "Certainly an argument about settle- nd how to protest settlements i to support settlements, is part ily life of the Jewish community a healthy ongoing debate about important issues," Shrage told While Shrage believes Fein's call for a boycott of Ariel was "a very poor tactic," stressed that Fein is"a highly respected Fein has been a guest speaker for CJP rmber of our community." and has a long-term relationship with " "We'd be so much poorer a commu- that federation'sleadershipgroups.Asked nity if we drive out people like Leonard if that relationship would change due Fein," Shrage said. "The future of the to Fein's stance on Ariel, CJP Executive Director Barry Shrage said it would not, Red line on page 15A Arab Knesset memJ}er claims Temple Mount for Muslims only ( Arab Member of Knesset Ahmad Tibi (Ra'am Ta'al) said in a televised r"- m .'4 u U 1 - i interview with Arab media that Jews will not be al- lowed to "contaminate" the Temple Mountand theAI-Aqsa Mosque. "The Al-Aqsa Mosque is a place of prayer for Muslims alone. Period! Not for oth- ers," said Tibi, a member of the Ra'am Ta'al party, Israel National News reported. "We repeat: the occupation of Al-Aqsa by the Crusaders was long, but it ended; the same was true of the British Mandate, and the same will be true of the Israeli occupation of AI-Quds (Jerusalem) and Al-Aqsa," he said. Tibi's comments come after Arab riots in and around the Temple Mount throughout the Jewish holiday period this month. Israeli police were at- tacked Sept. 18 during a patrol of the Temple Mount before Sukkot, following the arrest of about 30 Arabs for violence at the holy site before and during Rosh Hashanah weekend. Wilson44691 via Wikimedia Commons The A1-Aqsa Mosque. Jews will not "contaminate " A1-Aqsa and the Temple Mount, said Arab Knesset member Ahmad Tibi (Ra'am Ta'al). "The police think [Ar- abs] defending the AI-Aqsa Mosque is 'disturbing the peace.' We think it is sacri- fice and defending the most holy places to us, which are under attack from the right and from Jewish extremists who want taway our rights," Tibi = special sukkah m for seniors r Jewish Pavilion volunteer Susie Stone blows the shofar in the first sukkah to be erected at a senior facility in Orlando. While this may look like an ordinary sukkah, it is an ex- traordinary one. Due to their ongoing partnership with the Jewish Pavilion, the folks at Atria at Lake Forest wanted to provide their residents with all the traditions of their faith. For Rosh Hashanah they provided a lovely holi- day meal where a volunteer from the Jewish Pavilion led a beautiful service. When Activities Director Donna Hilliker talked to Pavilion leadership about Sukkot, she decided to arrange for a sukkah to be erected. This is the first sukkah ever to be erected at a senior facility in Orlando. This sukkah wasn't built in a day. First the Atria Senior Living maintenance staff built it, then the resi- dents decorated it with the assistance of Jewish Pavilion volunteer Judy Suberman, then Jewish Pavilion volun- teer Jerry Liebman recited the blessings. Everyone had a chance to shake the lulav and smell the fragrant etrog. Before the conclusion of the program Susie Stone blew the shofar; apples, challah and wine was served in the sukkah followed by a delicious Shabbat dinner enjoyed in the dining room at Atria Senior Living. 'Jewish Hammer' on Bucs' offense By Bob Fryer Jewish Press Tampa Bay Bucs offensive lineman Gabe Carimi usually fasts on Yom Kippur, but this year, the day before the team's Sept. 15 home opener against the New Orleans Saints, he decided not to. In past seasons he has observed 25 hours of fasting for the holiday of Yom Kippur; even if it came during the day before a game, as it did this year-- sundown tonight to sundown Saturday. But this year he decided to postpone it because he has been battling a cold. "I've fasted on the day before a game, but it was dif- ferent circumstances. It was a night game in Wisconsin rather than a 4 o'clock game in Tampa." Carimi told the Tampa Bay Times. He said he would observe the holiday sometime after the game. At 6-foot 7-inches and weighing 316 pounds, one might think going without food or water for 24 hours would be difficult, "but it is tougher for those with less body mass," Carimi said in an interview with the Jewish Press prior to the start of the regular season. "I've always fasted, even Gabe Carimi wears No. 72 for the Tampa Bay Buc- caneers.A former first- round draft pick, he was traded from Chicago in the off-season. when I was young," he ex- plained last year in a JTA news service story. "It's a moment of clarity to kind of take the focus off the whole world and everything you have to do-- just focus on trying to make yourself a better person." Hammer on page 14A