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HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, OCTOBER 3; 2014 PAGE 15A From page 1A privileged heritage is high- lighted and treasured, where our customs are appreciated and celebrated, where our past becomes our present and our present becomes our future." Gittleson, Kramer and Rennert believe that the Orlando Jewish community embodies these ideals, and thrives by keeping Jewish identity ingrained in daily life. So when these three young families from New York were looking for an ideal location to settle with their growing families, upon hearing of Orlando's superlatives from mutual friends living in the area, it became an obvious choice. But these three fami- lies wanted to do more than just reap the benefits of living in such a community; they wanted to devote their ener- gies and skills to the further- ance of a Jewish Orlando, they wanted to become meaningful and impactful contributors. In fact, J.O.IN. Orlando has already made an impact in the community. J.O.IN. Orlando co-sponsored and organized a Jewish Family Fun Day the first week in September, bringing together over 200 Jews from the greater Orlando area (see Heritage's Sept. 19, Rosh Hashanah issue). They have held study sessions with individuals and groups throughout the community, shared Shabbat meals, and given food assistance. The mission of J.O.IN. Or- lando is straightforward--"To strengthen and support the Orlando Jewish community, by helping all individuals, regardless of background or affiliation, to develop a deeper relationship with their privi- leged heritage through Torah and socio-religious events." Also of importance to Git- tleson, Kramer and Rennert is making connections, de- veloping interpersonal rela- tionships and to raise Jewish pride and identity. This can be accomplished through home study groups or simply having a chat at Starbucks. The Heritage would be remiss if this article did not mention that Gittleson, Kramer and Rennert are Or- thodox rabbis. However, like the labeled jars, they drop the labels in order to fulfill their emphasis on Jewish continu- ity in Orlando. "We were nervous that if someone reads 'three Or- thodox rabbis' are starting a Jewish organization, they will stay away if they think we are different than them," said Gittleson. "I really want to focus on the fact that we as individuals, and J.O.IN. as an organization, accept with love and warmth any and all individuals, regardless of background or affiliation." Kramer also wanted to em- phasized that they are not here to compete with any established synagogue or to proselytize anyone. "We are not looking to build a synagogue," he said. "The J.O. IN. staff is always avail- able to talk about Judaism, to discuss life-cycle events--aU at no cost to anyone." J.O.IN. Orlando, tempo- rarily located at 8975 Royal Birkdale Lane in Southwest Orlando, is presently search- ing for a permanent location to act as their base of opera- tion. In the meantime, J.O.IN. Orlando has partnered with many national organizations to create programming for the entire Jewish family. "Many thrilling events will be arranged throughout the Jew- ish year, keep your calendar open," said Rennert. One upcoming event is The Shabbat Project, a worldwide initiative for every Jew, from all walks of life, to come together and spend one Shab - bat together. The event, to be held Oct. 23-25, will also consist of a community-wide Challah bake and Saturday night concert / Kumzitzs. More to come on this event in the next issue of The Heri- tage. However, to read more about The Shabbat Project, visit communityeventcalendar/ the-shabbos-project. For more information about J.O.IN Orlando's vari- ous programs, or to set up a learning session, explore any area of Judaism or just to shmooze, call the J.O.IN. office at 407-569-8840. From page IA and Ghana, along with pro- viding major humanitarian knowledge to such powers as India and China. Rabbi Rick found this session particularly helpful as few people speak about Israel's outreach to these countries. The featured speaker, Mosab Hassan Yousef, son of Hamas co-founder and leader Hassan Yousef, shared with the rabbis his incentive to reject his family's destiny and to join Shin-Bet, the Is- raeli equivalent of America's CIA. He allowed the rabbis to see Hamas through insider's eyes, and to offer insight on the psyche of Hamas. The closing speaker, Ant- ony Blinken, assistant to the president of the United States and deputy national security adviser for President Barack, was instrumental in obtain- ing bipartisan support for allocating $250 million for Iron Dome. Itwas Mr. Blinken who stood in the Oval Office when President Obama said, "Let's get it done." In retrospect, Rabbi Rick enjoyed sharing thoughts, experiences, frustrations and fulfillments with other pulpit rabbis including Rabbi Susie Tendler of Chattanooga, Tennesseewhere he began his rabbinic career. Rabbi Rick added, "I am looking forward to bringing the awareness of what I learned at the APIAC Rabbinic Symposium to my congregational family at Beth Am during the High Holy Days. And I am excited to attend the AIPAC Policy Con- ference in Washington, D.C. in March, 2015 where 12,000 attendees will participate in the pro-Israel community's largest and most important advocacy day." For more information on Rabbi Rick and Congrega- tion Beth Am consult the synagogue web site at www., call the synagogue office at (407) 862-3505 or "friend" Beth Am at CongBethAm. From page 4A Should we conclude from this that nationalism is inevitably inconsistent and hypocritical, and that we should therefore dispense with all of its expressions, including Zionism? The answer, to my mind, is a resounding no. Nationalisms are formed in response to the surrounding conditions that nurture them. For the Jews of Europe, Zionism was a means to ensure sur- vival in the physical sense of that word. For the Jews of Israel, Zionism reinforces the sense of a common des- tiny, of flourishing as an independent society even as too many of their neighbors question their right to be there in the first place. How- ever disadvantaged Scotland has become in the decades since Margaret Thatcher's government was in power, no one has ever challenged the existence of a country called Scotland. Mercifully, the Scots have never expe- rienced the sheer barbarism of a modern-day genocide. Zionism, moreover, was always a practical, outward looking movement. Its lead- ers negotiated with interna- tional leaders as varied as the Ottoman Sultan and the British prime minister. It aspired to "normalize" the Jews as part of the commu- nity of nation-states, rather than endlessly dwelling on past centuries of Jewish victimhood. It envisaged close cooperation, rather than conflict, with the neighbors of an eventual Jewish state. What can we learn from this? Simply, that tensions between political identity and political arrangements are not pre-ordained. The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ire- land, to give it its full name, is a fundamentally decent, civilized idea that demon- strates how different nations and communities can live together and share sover- eignty. Many Israelis have wished for a similar system in the Middle East, in which they would participate-- fully and securely--in some sort of regional federation with economic and political benefits for all members. As of now, though, there is precious little sign of such an entity emerging. Perhaps, then, the slogan of the "No" campaign in Scotland--"Better Togeth- er"--carries an important message for the MiddIe East. We are better together when we participate together as sovereign equals, instead of conferring greater rights on one particular nation on the basis of a highly dubious reading of history. Of course, Israel and its neighbors are arguably further from that goal now than at any other time--but it's precisely at desperate mo- ments like these that a grand vision is needed for what a sustainable peace might look like. Hence, the Scottish in- dependence referendum may yet have a positive impact on the wider world. Just not in the manner that the nation- alists intended. Ben Cohen is the Shill- man analyst for and a contributor to the Wall Street Journal, Com- mentary, Haaretz, and other publications. His book, "Some Of My Best Friends:A Journey Through Twenty-First Century Anti- semitism" (Edition Critic, 2014), is now available through Amazon. From page 4A journalists who report about them. Political scientists and journalists who contribute to the field of policymaking and the subfield of policy implementation provide nu- merous insights that support both skepticism and cynicism about the power of any one donor or policymaker. The slippage between policy preferences, formal declara- tions by authoritative bodies, and the actual implementa- tion of programs is likely to be considerable. Sometimes it is 100 percent. That is, nothing may get done, even about an issue that a key policymaker describes as most important. Among the reasons are that other policymakers or key administrators succeed in foiling the effort. Getting back to Indyk, his appointment suggests the naivete or duplicity of Obama and/or Kerry. No one should have thought that a leading J Street activist would be a good fitwith Benyamin Netanyahu. There are lots of other reasons for the failure of the Obama- Kerry process to broker an agreement between Israel and Palestine, but if Indyk contributed to the failure or the nastiness of the post- mortem, those looking for an explanation had best look at his initial appointment. Ira Sharkansky is a profes- sor (Emeritus) of the Depart- ment of Political Science, He- brew University of Jerusalem. From page 5A The Federalist, to truly dry up the swamp feeding IS, it is necessary to take the war to its state sponsors - first and foremost Turkey and Qatar. In his words, "The first strike against the IS must be aimed at its sources of material support. Turkey and Qatar are very much part of the global economy... If...the United States decides to kill the IS, it can simply inform Turkey, Qatar, and the world it will have zero economic dealings with these countries andwith any country that has any economic dealing with them, unless these countries cease any and all relations with the IS." Yet, as we saw on the ground last weekend with U.S. Secre- tary of State John Kerry's failed mission to secure Turkish support for the U.S. campaign against IS, the administration has no intention of taking the war to IS's state sponsors, without which it would be just another jihadi militia jockey- ing for power in Syria. And this leaves us with the administration's plan to assemble a coalition of the willing that will provide the foot soldiers for the U.S. air war against Islamic State. After a week of talks and shuttle diplomacy, aside from Australia, no one has commit- ted forces. Germany, Britain and France have either re- fused to participate or have yet to make clear what they are willing to do. The Kurds will not fight for anything but Kurdistan. The Iraqi Army is a fiction. The Iraqi Sunnis support IS far more than they trust the Americans. Egypt, Saudi Arabia and Jordan will either cheer the U.S. on from a distance, or in the best-case scenario, provide logistical support for its operations. It isn't just that these states have already been burned by Obama whether through his support for the Muslim Brotherhood and the over- throw of Hosni Mubarak and Muammar Gaddafi. And it isn't simply that they saw that the U.S. left them hanging in Syria. They see Obama's "strat- egy" for fighting IS- ignoring the Islamic belief system that underpins every aspect of its existence, and expecting other armies to fight and die to ac- complish the goal while the U.S. turns a blind eye to Tur- key's and Qatar's continued sponsorship of Islamic State. They see this strategy and they are convinced America is fighting to lose. Why should they go down with it? Islamic State is a challeng- ing foe. To defeat it, the U.S. must be willing to confront Islamism. And it must be willing to fight to win. In the absence of such determina- tion, it will fight and lose, in the region and at home, with no allies at its side. Caroline Glick is senior contributing editor of the Jerusalem Post. From page 7A "I ate so much; I'm going to plotz," causing her classmates to nod in agreement. The Yiddish word "ge- schmack" came up, which was unfamiliar to some. Pohl said it meant "tasty or delicious ." A discussion began about what foods from their past would be considered geschmack. Pohl shared that she loved her mother's traditional Lithu- anian soup, yojeck. Newman recalled her grandmother's tzimmes (carrot and brisket stew) and matzo balls to be geshmack. While Chambrel resident Helen Tishman found her grandmother's stuffed cabbage or holishkes to be especially tasty. The lesson ended with a feast for the ears, as Yiddish student and accomplished pianist Mimi Shader played a repertoire of old favorites. Mimi expressed that she loves collaborating with Pohl, a beloved friend. "When people hear me play 'My Yiddishe Mama' on the piano their eyes glisten with tears. It reminds them of their own mothers. Joan connects to the Yiddish stu- dents through her thoughts and I connect through my fingers, as the age-old mu- sic flows through them," Shader said, adding that the Yiddish class greatly benefits her husband, Stan, as well. "When I come to Yiddish class, I never have to schlep my husband. He always comes happily. It is a great opportunity for him to get out and socialize." "Life is but a series of memories connecting what we have done. We give these magical memories and con- nections back to our seniors, and help them continue to live a meaningful life with a sense of purpose," Pohl concluded. The magic of old memo- ries became apparent as an older gentleman appeared out of nowhere during the recital and began to dance beside Shader's piano. The man snapped his fingers, and clapped rhythmically with wide, outstretched arms. The upbeat music and rhythm became infectious. The seniors began to sway in their seats, walkers, and wheel-chairs, moving as one to a familiar, age-old Yiddish tune. This article is part of an ongoing series titled Beyond the challah: Healthy aging with the Pavilion.