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W S Editorials 4 Op-Ed 5 Calendar . 6 Synagogue Directory 7 B'nai Mitzvah 8 Scene Around 9 Classified 18 left, Rev. discuss the Presbyterian Iman tg ago, man- do something most Jewish can only dream of: It Jewish unity. .~dwhen on calling for divesting t do business in Israel. is sticking to its posi- here last Tuesday ewish religious leaders and officials, who aired face to face with time decision in July. opposition to the move, said they were ea- the Jews on and expressed regret that had not taken place they also insisted that the of the Isaac Bashe- the University Libraries and the program are pre- .a program on Singer's life on Thursday, October21, p.m. in the main library on campus, Room 223. Henry associate and Judaic stud- rsity, wiii "Singer in the Shtetl, The B in the of a Nobel Laureate." The is free and open to the pub- due to limited seating, istration is requested by October 19, by calling the the most famous Yiddish of the twentieth century, Singer was the sev- to be awarded the which he inger was born in Leoncin, Poland. His family (The Jewish WorldWarI. writerand for the Daily Forward), community as a as of Clifton Kirkpatrick, center, and Rabbi Eric Yoffie Church's recent call to divest from Israel. photo by Uriel Heilman/JTA meet Sept. 28, in New church, representing 3 million- plus members, would not back away from the decision, which passed by a 431-62 vote at the group's General Assembly. "We're looking forward to this be- ing the first of a number of meetings," Rick Ufford-Chase, moderator of the General Assembly, said at a news conference following last Tuesday's meeting in New York. "It's clear to us this conversation should have taken place some time ago." Rabbi Paul Me- nitoff, executive vice president of the Reform movement's Central Confer- ence of American Rabbis, told JTA after the meeting that fundamental differences remained. "There's a natural divide in terms of perspectives. We see things through radically different lenses," he said. "We put on the table very clearly our concerns." The bulk of the meeting was devoted to the issue of divestiture, participants said, with the Jews arguing that the decision was Patently unfair and the Presby- terians arguing that it is meant to promote peace in the region. The Presbyterian Church USAhas about $7 billion in assets, most of it earmarked for pensions. Church officials could not say how much of their assets are invested in compa- nies that do business in Israel. "The conversations crossed each other," David Elcott, U.S. interreli- gious affairs director for the Ameri- can Jewish Committee, told JTA. "The Jewish community vented all of the arguments in support of the State of Israel and explained the failures of the Palestinians. The Pres- byterians spoke of the powerlessness of the Palestinians and the power of Israel over the Palestinians." No accord was reached, except to step up dialogue efforts. While this hardly is the first con- flict between Jews and Presbyterians, even on issues relating to Israel, the decision to divest from Israeli corn- See "Vote" on page 15 and postwar Jewish immigrants in America, provided the subject mat- ter for many of his stories. In the 1970s he reached international celebrity and was recognized as the most famous Yiddish writer of the twentieth century. Singer continued to write into the late 1980s, and in March 1986 received an honorary degree from UCF. In 1991, after failing health, he died in Surfside, Florida at the age of 87. The speaker, Dr. Henry Abramson, received his Ph.D. in history from the University of To- ronto. He has held post-doctoral positions at the Hebrew University 5f Jerusalem and Cornell Univer- sity, and was the first westerner to receive a diploma in Ukrainian Studies from Kiev State University. His publications include "A Prayer for the Government: Ukrainians and Jews in Revolutionary Times, 1917-1920" (Harvard, 1999) and "The Art of Hat red: I mages of I ntol- erance in Florida Culture" (Jewish Museum of Florida, 2001). He was part of the team that produced the award-winning documentary, "The LostWooden Synagogues of Eastern Europe" (FAU, 2000). He has been awarded many prestigious prizes for his teaching and research, includ- ing the National Education Associ- ation's Excellence in the Academy Award, the FAU Researcher of the Year Award. The Singer Centennial includes the release of a new three-volume hardcover edition of Singer's col- lected stories. The UCF Libraries are one of 60 libraries from 32 states to receive the collection through a nationwide competition. Some of the stories in the collection include: "The Slave" - a story about Jews and their struggle in Europe as one ex-slave returns to marry a Christian woman he has fallen in love with. "Enemies: A Love Story" - the story of a Holocaust survivor who finds himself in New York with three wives. "In My Father's Court"- a poignant memoir of Singer's childhood and of the world, now gone, that formed him. The Singer centenary is sponsored by The Library of America and fea- turesamultifacetedprogramofpub- lic readings, panels, exhibitions and workshops at cultural institutions nationwide exploring Singer and the immigrant literary experience. This program is made possible by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities in cooperation with the American Library AssO- ciation. Further information about the centenary can be found at http: Bloomingdale's one-day eventtolearnessential ,~ "The Shopping Benefit" will take cop!ng skills and place on Tuesday, October 26, from to share feelings 10 a.m.-10 p.m. at The Mall at Mille- with kids going U nia.Participantswhopurchasea$10 through simi- ticket from Jewish Family Services lar situations. THF: will automatically be entered in a KidsKonnect drawing for a $100 gift certificate gives children of SHOPP]NG toP.F.Chang's.Thisdrawingisbeing divorce a voice [~[:;NI::[::]T offered only by Jewish Family Ser- to say, "It's not vices. Presentpre-purchasedtickets my fault!" at Bloomingdale's on the day of the The KidsKonnect program has event and JFS will receive an addi- helped over two thousand children tional $5. All proceeds from ticket of divorce since its inception. There salesgodirectlyto JFS' KidsKonnect are over thirty schools participating program, in the KidsKonnect program with The KidsKonnect program was additional schools on a wait list specifically developed for children for the program until more funds of divorce and other unique family become available. Purchasing situations. Through the KidsKon- Bloomingdale's"TheShoppingBen- nect program, children work out efit" tickets from JFS is one way to their confusion about divorce with support the KidsKonnect program. a trained counselor in the familiar Bloomingdale's has planned a day surroundings of their school. Same- aged children are grouped together See "Shopping" on page 14 6 The 2004- 2005 Holocaust Memo - fia! ~rce~d Education Center's Annual Film Series will begin With a special screening of"Secret Lives: Hidden Children and Their Rescuers DuringWorld War II." The screening will follow the annual membership meeting to be held at the Center at 851 North Maitland Avenue, Mait- land, on October 19 at 7 p.m. President Patty De Young will preside over a short business meet- ing preceding the film. This film tells the story of Jewish children hidden from the Germans by non-Jewish families. Before the Second World War, more than a million and a half Jewish children were living in Europe. By the war's end, fewer than one out of ten had survived. In extraordinary acts of defiance, humanity and bravery, the rescuers, ordinary men and women, hid the children in their homes at great risk to themselves and their families. The film is produced and directed by Academy Award win- ner Aviva Slesin, herself a former hidden child. This deeply moving documentary explores the intricate relationships between these children and their rescuers and shows how these experiences affected both sets Of lives. "Secret Lives" presents hidden chil- dren, now in their fifties and sixties, on theiremotional and physicaljour- Hidden child Moana Hilfman (dark-haired child in the middle) with her rescuers, the Vos family. Moana was passed off as the twin sister of blonde, blue-eyed Bar- bara Vos, the family's youngest daughter. ney back to Holland, Belgium, Poland and France to find their rescuers and learn, finally, what they had meant to each other. Through interviews, historical footage, childhood pho- tographs and home movies, ',Secret Lives" shows that, whether hidden for months or for years, hidden children and their rescuers were all affected, profoundly and forever. Everyone is welcome at the An- nual Meeting. There is no admis- -sion charge. For information, call 407-628-0555. Pearlman Pantry urgently needs food The recent hurricanes have created an immediate crisis for families. The Jewish Family Services Pearlman Pantry desperately needs help in order to meet increased demand for food and services. J FS requests that all who are able to help, "Please bring the following food items ASAP, or send cash donations which help us buy food from Second Harvest at a discounted rate. Please help." Tuna Fish, tuna lunch packs, Peanut butter, Jelly, Ravioli, Pop-top soups, Spaghetti-o's, Canned stew, Chicken and dumplings, Canned vegetables and fruits. JFS is located in the George Wolly Center at 2100 Lee Road, be- tween Interstate 4 and Hwy. 17-92. For additional information, call 407-644-7593.