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Editorials ..................................... 4A Op-Ed .......................................... 5A Calendar ...................................... 6A Synagogue Directory .................. 7A B'nai Mitzvah .............................. 8A SceneAround ............................. 9A Rabbi Rick Sherwin with Mark Waldman, national director of AIPAC Synagogue Initiative. O O On Wednesday, Sept. 3, Rabbi Rick Sherwin of Congregation Beth Am in Longwood joined 300 pulpit rabbis from around the country for the American-Israel Public Affairs Committee's 3rd National Rabbinic Symposium, a one-day symposium on U.S.- Israel relations that featured top thinkers and influential policy makers. AIPAC advocates pro-Israel policies to the Congress and Executive Branch of the United States. The mission of AIPAC is to strengthen, protect and promote the U.S.-Israel relationship in ways that enhance the security of both nations. The intense programming for this day of rabbinic support, focused on this sum- mer's war with Hamas, the rise of ISIS and the proliferation of radical Islamic groups worldwide, allowed Rabbi Rick and the other attendees the opportunity to inform their congregations in their High Holy Day messages. Howard Kohr, AIPAC executive direc- t~,~t~Ctcl-t he rabbis that both S audi Arabia and Egypt are opposed to Hamas and both countries distrust the Palestinian Authority. There is support for Israel's call to demilitarize Gaza and to moni- tor the import of building materials so that Gaza residents will have hospitals and schools as opposed to terrorist tunnels. Kohr asked rabbis to help their congregations to continue to focus on the northern border where Islamic factions are at war, kidnapping peace forces from the Philippines and Fiji. ISIS is supporting Jordanian citizens to topple the government, and Hezbollah forces in the north have ten-times the numbers of rockets stockpiled by Hamas. Finally, he shared the good news/bad news that Iran is growing stronger as a nuclear force and the Arab world is uniting against Iran. Ilan Fluss, director for Policy Plan- ning and External Relations in MASHAV, Israel's Agency for International Develop- ment, emphasized Israel's tremendous humanitarian endeavors in Gaza during the war with Hamas and in developing countries throughout the world. Israel provides technology the West African nations of Sudan, Ethiopia, Cameroon, Sherwin on page 15A By Christine DeSouza Assistant Editor In the Heritage Florida Jewish News' Rosh Hashanah issue, the Jewish Federation of Greater Orlando ran an ad with pictures of various jars labeled different types of Jews: Orthodox, Federa- tion, Reform, Conservative, etc. Below the picture was the phrase: "Now more than ever, it's time to look beyond our labels." The point being made is that Jewish unity is what is important. A unified Jewish community is a strong community. It isn't just the Federation advocating this thought. Re- cently, three young families-- Gabi and Sarah Gittleson, Menachem Zev and Shoshi Kramer, and Michoel and Elisheva Rennert--moved here from New York and formed J.O.IN. Orlando (Jew- ish Outreach INitiative), a community-focused organi- zation emphasizing Jewish continuity in the Orlando area. During a meeting with Heritage publisher JeffGaeser, Gabi Gittleson explained his view of what community is and its importance. "Com- munity is a concept that is The J.O.IN. Orlando founders, (l-r) Michoel Rennert, Gabi Gittleson and Menachem Zev Kramer. the backbone and bedrock of every town, every city, every metropolis. It lies at the core of every tragedy and triumph experienced by a group of neighbors and friends. "But when one is Jewish," he continued, "the word takes on a whole new meaning--a tradition, a purpose, a way of life. A Jewish commu- nity is a place where kind- ness abounds, where guests are plentiful, where peace- ful neighborly relations are vitally important. A Jewish community makes meals for their neighbors during dif- ficult and happy times, gives charity willingly to those less fortunate, and ensures the well being and comfort of those we love. A Jewish com- munity is a place where our Outreach on page 15A Founders of CampedUP, (l-r) Dana Selznick, Brittany Prell and Arielle Ditkowich. By Pamela Ruben Dana Selznick has been listening to the needs of deaf and hearing impaired children since she was just a kid herself at Lake Mary High School (LMHS class of '05). Selznick befriended a deaf teen during her fresh- man year, and advocating on her behalf became second nature throughout her high school years. Selznick studied sign language at LMHS, and decided to pursue a career in deaf education. She received an undergraduate degree in deaf and hard of hearing education from the Univer- sity of North Florida, then moved to New York City and attended Columbia University where she received her M.A. and M.E d in deaf and hard of hearing education and elementary education. She currently works on the Upper CampedUP on page 14A By Itamar Marcus and Nan Jacques Zilberdik Palestinian Media Watch Bulletin A positive article in the Palestinian Authority's of- ficial daily, Al-HayatA1-Jadida, (Sept. 21, 2014), lauded Israel and Israeli employers of Pal- estinians for their positive employment ethics towards their Palestinian workers. At the same time, the article condemned Palestinian em- ployers for taking advantage of their workers. The article explains that Palestinian workers get their full rights when employed by Israelis directly and that the only time they do not get their full rights is when there is a Palestinian middleman: "The only cases in which a Palestin- ian worker does not receive the salary his Israeli [employer] determined for him are those cases in which the middleman is Palestinian." Some of the critical find- ings of the PA daily included: "Whenever Palestinian workers have the opportunity to work for Israeli employers, they are quick to quit their jobs with their Palestinian employ- ers - for reasons having to do with salaries and other rights." "The salaries of workers employed by Palestinians amount to less than half the salaries of those who work for Israeli employers in the areas of the [Israel-acquired Judea and Samaria]..." "The [Israeli] work condi- tions are very good, and include transportation, medi- cal insurance and pensions. These things do not exist with Palestinian employers." "Israel has forced its em- ployers in the West Bank to pay [Israeli] minimum wage, which is 23 shekels an hour, to Palestinian work- ers. However, the PA passed a law, but does not force the employers in the PA areas to implement it, thereby expos- ing the worker to potential exploitation." The article quotes Pales- tinians employed by Israelis as well as by Palestinians and compares the conditions between the two: "Muhammad Al-Hinnawi, a construction worker, says, 'I receive a daily salary of 70 shekels, without pension, and I have no other choice.' By contrast, Thaer Al-Louzi, who used to work for an Israeli concrete factory, notes, 'I re- ceived a salary of 140 shekels a day. Now, after I was injured, I receive a salary through the insurance.'" Visit http://palwatch.org/ main.aspx?fi=157&doc_ id=12696 to see other ex- amples of Israel portrayed in a positive light exposed by Palestinian Media Watch.