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FLORIOA JEWISH NEWS, OCTOBER 8, 2004 PAGE 7 TIM BOXER'S Traveling with the Stars In The Reich first day of Rosh Hashanah, four smartly uniformed Community Center) of Berlin. They marched down Fananen Strasse toward an urban stream. Watchedin amazement as they cast Jewish sins into Ger- nWater. I was unnerved by the thought that similar groups cast their sins and all, into the crematorium. ' the guarded gaze of the Reich polizei, Rabbi Yehuda led his flock - some with tzitzit fluttering in the air in the streets to the words of"Am Yisroei Chai" [the people lives]. a recent two-week tour of eastern Germany, I did not much normative Jewish life had returned to the Berlin is the site of a burgeoning revival extinct Jewish community. You want to live a full Jewish life, you could," said Rabbi Rozwaski, formerly of Suburban Park Jewish Center Long Island, and now rabbi of Synagogue in the heart of Berlin. a cultural life and adult education. I came here ,school for the Lauder Foundation. College, which I helped bring here, is starting its Year this semester." organized kehilla, called the Jewish Community of has 12,000 registered members out of an estimated population of 25,000. prominent real estate lawyer and president Community, said the federal government con- Euros toward his budget of 27 million. The COmes from the Jewish members who are each taxed 8 ;. As many are poor and unable to pay their there is always a deficit. Jewish population is divided," Meyer said. "There are and there are the immigrants from Russia. newcomers separate themselves. They act like they're still They speak Russian, read newspapers in Russian, to integrate." anti-Semitism, Meyer said there is no problem with There may be individual attacks by skinheads but nothing organized Germans are not anti-Semitic. Anti-Semitism is im- It's a reflection of the Middle East conflict. Physical the street are committed by Arabs." synagogues I visited were well protected with police and metal detectors and security guards at the en- ~ile Jewish vitality is evident in Berlin, there is not much in other parts of the former East Germany. a boat ride exploring the Spreewald, that lush blooming ~axony, we spotted one of the few synagogues not torched on Kristallnacht. Our gondolier told us photo by Tim Boxer ALBERT MEYER(l), president of the Jewish Community of Berlin, and Chabad Rabbi YEHUDA TEICHTAL. The white round synagogue originally served the 400 Jews of Dessau (today only 50 Jews are here). When a Nazi mob arrived on that fateful night of Nov. 9, 1938, the faithful non- Jewish caretaker locked them inside the synagogue and said, "Do what you want, but we're staying inside together." The Nazis sat down, drank beer and then left. In the Spreewald town of Lubbenau I met Count Rochus Graf zu Lynar. He returned from Portugal, after the 1990 demise of Communist control of East Germany, to regain the family castle that had been confiscated first by the Nazis and then the Communists. The family had fled after his grandfather, Wilhelm Friedrich, was implicated in the failed Hitler assassination plot of 1944 - and hanged. Rochus is using what remains of the family fortune to transform the well-manicured grounds and magnificent pal- aces into a tourist hotel, restaurant and facilities for business conferences. In Dessau, birthplace of the Bauhaus movement of design and architecture, a Kurt Weill Festival is being planned for Feb. 25-Mar. 3 to honor one of the town's greatest Jewish celebrities. Weill, composer ofthe"The Three-Penny Opera" in 1928 (with playwright Bertolt Brecht), fled the Nazi terror five years later. He made his home in New City, N.Y until he died in 1950. In 1993, three years after reunification, Dessau reclaimed its former scorned countryman by establishing the Kurt Weill Center, today a popular tourist attraction. Dresden, a city that was bombed almost out of existence by British and American planes, has reinvented itselfmiracuJously. Of the 11,000 Jews in 1933, today there are only 500 - mostly immigrant Russians. There is a memorial at the site of the Great Synagogue, destroyed in the 1938 Reichspogromnacht. Interestingly, Dresden's world famous 14th century Frauen- kirche, or Church of Our Lady, was restored in June with a contribution from a British Jew. Anisch Papur, originally from India and now living in London, designed the elaborate altar. The official opening and consecration will take place next year on Oct. 13. Tim Boxer is editor of Central Florida Synagogue Service Schedule and Directory Cdebration Jewish Congregation (R), Services and Holiday scedules shown at www.JewishCelebration,org; 407-566-9792. Congregation Ahavas Yisrad/Chabad (O), 708 Lake Howell Rd Maitland, 407-644-2500; Services: Sunday, 8 a.m Mon-Fri, 7 a.m Fri 6:30 p.m Sat. 9: 30 a.m. Family Service 4th Friday of the month: Congregation Bet Chalm (R), 1033 Semoran Blvd Suite 151, Casselberry, 407-830-7211; Shabbat service, 8 p.m. Congregation Beth Am (C), 3899 Sand Lake Road, Longwood, 407-862-3505; Shabbat service, 8:15 p.m.; Saturday: 10 a.m. Congregation Beth E! (C), 2185 Meadowlane Ave West Melboome, 321-779- 0740; Services, 8 p.m. 1st & 3rd Fridays; 9:30 a.m. 2nd & 4th Saturdays. Congregation Beth Emeth (R), 2205 Blue Sapphire Circle, Orlando, 40%855- 0772; Services once a month, 8 p.m. Congregation Beth Shalom (C), 315 North 13th St Ix, esburg, 352-315.0770 Congregation B uai Torah (C), 445 S. Nova Rd ormond Beach, 32174, 386-672-1174; Services Friday, 8 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a m. Congregation Chabad (O), 1301 S. Patrick Dr. #62, Satellite Beach, 321-777- 2770. Congrt~ation Chabad Lubavitch of Greater Daytona (O), 1079 W. Granada Blvd Ormond Beach, 386-672-9300; Shabbat services Fri. 7:.30 p.m Sat. 10 a.m. Congregationof Liberal Judaism (R), 928 Malone Dr Orlando, 407-645- 0444; Shabhat service, 8 p.m.; except 1st Friday, Family services begin 7 p.m. Saturday: 10 a.m. Congregation Match Chaim (R), P.O. Box 060847, Palm Bay, 32906, 321- 768-6722. Congregation Ohev Shalom (C), 5015 Goddard Ave Orlando, 407-298-4650; Shabbat service, 8:15 p.m.; Saturday: 9 a.m.; Junior Cong 10:15 a.m. Congregation Shalom Aleichem (R), 3501 Oak Pointe Blvd Kissimmee, 407- 935-0064; Shabbat service, 8 p.m 1st and 3rd Fridays of the month. Congregation Shalom, Williamsburg (R), P.O. Box 691081, Orlando, i2869: Friday night services once a month at 7:30 p.m. at the Rosen Centre, 9840 International Drive, Orlando. 407-238-7943. Congregation Sinai (C), Jenkins Auditorium, West Montrose St Clermont: Services on last Friday of the month at 8 p.m. 352-243-5353. New Jewish Congregation (R), Oxford United Methodist Church, Rt. 466 just west of Rt. 301, The Villages, 352-751-3109; Shabhat Services fourth Friday of the Month: 7:30 p.m. Southwest Orlando Jewish Congregation/Ohalei Rivka (C), 11200 S. Apopka-Vineland Rd Orlando, 407-239-5444; Shabbat service, 7:30 p.m.; Saturday: 9:30 a.m. Temple Beth El (R), 579 N. Nova Rd Ormond Beach, 386-677-2484. Temple Beth Shalom (R), P.O. Box 031233, Winter Haven, 813-324-2882. Temple Beth Shalom (C), 40 Wellington Drive, Palm Coast, 386-445-3006; Shabbat service, 8 p.m.; Saturday 9 a.m. Temple Beth Shalom (C), 5995 N. Wickham Rd. Melbourne, 321-254-6333. Temple B nai Darom (R), 49 Banyan Course, Ocala, 352-624-0380; Friday Services 8 p.m. Temple Israel/C), 555 MarkhamWoods Rd Longwood,407-647-3055; Shabbat service; 6:15 p.m.; Saturday: 9:30 a.m. Temple Israel (R), 7350 Lake Andrew Drive, Melbourne, 321-631-9494. Temple Israel (C), 1400 S. Peninsula Ave Daytona Beach, 904-252-3097; Shabbat service, 8 p.m.; Saturday: 9 a.m. Temple Israel (C), 1001 E. New York Ave DeLand, 386-736-1646; Shabbat service, 7:30 p.m. Temple Shalom of Deltona (R/C), 1785 Elkcam Blvd Deltona, 904-789-2202; Shabhat service, 10 a.m. Saturday. Temple Shir Shalom of Oviedo (R); Shahbat service, 7:30 p.m. Ist and 3rd Fridays of the month at Carrillon Elementary School, 3200 Lockwood Blvd Oviedo. Call 407-366-3556 for information. (Check With individual synagogues for the dates and times of services if not listed) (R) Reform (C) Conservative (0) Orthodox (Rec) Reconstructionist fly Eli N. Evans ethnic groups that are guar- anteed in our Constitution, YORK (JTA)--The and by the core beliefs ofour ~ng celebration of the founding fathers. anniversary of JewsIt must proclaim what is tug to America musttrue--that Jews and other ~Uch more than the minorities are not guests in self-congratu- thiscountrybutblood-and- for the achievements bones part of its history, its and institu- culture, its hopes and its dreams. i.nterpreting the Professor Jonathan Sarna Jewish story is of Brandeis University has -a-generation pointed out that, unlike to commemo- Europe, "persecution, ex- U~d reinvigorate the pulsion, tragedy, and mass Jewish narrative murder are not the central the lens of all that themes of American Jewish in our ha- life and never have been, make ita time of Instead, American Jewish a period of reflec-history offers us the op- self-examination, portunity to explore how moment of resolve Jews have flourished in a future of the most free and pluralistic society and successful Jewish where church and state are ltmity in history, separated and where reii- world, Jews gion is entirely voluntary." rstand that America's And as Robert Rifkind, the ary answer to a trou- chairofthe350celebration, WOrld is religious free- declared: "The values that .and its mirror image, have been precious for us, tolerance, have also been the Safe- nmustface guard of all other minori- ~rdtoa troubled world ties of which the nation is ,peand comprised." American Jews East and Latin are fortunate to have two ca---and echo the special precedents s of minorities andus: the records ofthe 250th anniversary at the turn of the 20th century and the generation of Americans 300th anniversary in mid- and all civilized people for century, years to come. In the first, in 1904, the This celebration must leaders were in the midst of not just be an insular con- the great wave of immigra- versation among ourselves tion thatbroughtmorethan but, with the strength of a 2 million Jews to America. mature and confident corn- The second celebration, in munity, must speak to and 1954, was almost a decade engage all Americans in after the end of the World proclaiming the lessons in War II victory over Nazi the American Jewish story brutality; it also occurred to the world. in the somber memory of After all, it is American the Holocaust, and in the values, not just military optimism embodied in might, that stand against the creation of the state the onslaught of religious of Israel. fanaticism. Each celebration oc- Whatatimelymessagefor curredwithin the stream of all Americans and freedom- history and was influenced loving people everywhere by its perceptions of the to hear--that freedom to present conditions of the worship, that bedrock value community and its future that shaped our nation by prospects, proclaiming that no one The next celebration of faith is more true than an- the American Jewish story other--canshapeanational will be our 400th anniver- purpose and that pluralism, sary in 2054 and we must which provides the fertile ask ourselves how we want ground for tolerance, is to be remembered, necessary to build a safer Consider this answer: As and more secure world. 21stcenturyAmericanJews, Eli N. Evans, author of this celebrationwill o~cur in "The Provincials:A Personal the aftermath ofthe collapse History ofJews in the South" of communism and in the and "Judah P. 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