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It honors leaders for their achievements and in- novations in industry, government, and education. Rabbi Rudolph J. Adler and his wife, Rose, came to Orlando from Cleveland, Ohio in 1960 to serve the Orlando Jewish community. Mishna Avot teaches that the world stands on three things: Torah, religious service, and acts of lovingkind- ness. These are the three activities that have occupied the lives of Rabbi and Rose Adler. Since 1990, Rabbi Adler has held the title of Rabbi Emeritus and continues to provide valuable assistance to COS. Always encouraging the growth and de- velopment of Jewish organizations, Rabbi Adler played a pivotal role in assisting in the establishment of Congregation OhaleiRivka, He has served nearly every Orlando Jewish communal organization. Learning and teaching, both within the Jewish community and within the community as a whole, have been a life's focus for the rabbi. A master of Talmud in his own right, Rabbi Adler became known for his classes in the community on Talmud, Tanach, the siddur, the works of the classic teacher Moses Maimonides, and many other topics. He developed an outstanding academic reputation as a teacher at the college level for 30 years at Rollins College and the University of Central Florida. Rabbi Adler provided religious ser- vices and personal support, not only to his synagogue, but, as the Jewish base chaplain, to the men and women in the armed forces stationed in Orlando. He has been a leader in ecumenical activities, and worked to build a good relationship between the Jewish community and the clergy of other faiths. After years of ac- tive service to the National,Conference of.Christen and Jews; he received their first Lifetime Achievement Award. Among their greatest contributions to the Orlando community were the many acts of chesed--lovingkindness---that Rabbi and Rose Adler carried out each day. Together, they visited the sick, comforted the mourners, welcomed the strangers, visited the shut-ins, fed the hungry, and provided for those who could JNP lto or on page 22A By Leslie Susser JERUSALEM (JTA)--The release of the video showing captive Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit alive and apparently healthy is likely to raise the pressure on the Netanyahu government to secure his release. The Shalit family and advo- cates for the soldier's release say they intend to launch an intensive public campaign to parlay public sympathy roused by the video to press the gov- ernment to go the extra mile for his release. But they're not getting their hopes up just yet. More than three years have passed since Shalit was captured in a Palestinian attack along the Gaza-Israel border, and the Shalit family is worried that the momentum created by the video will fizzle and the soldier's plight again will recede from the headlines. 6 In the video released Oct. 2, Shalit looks fit in a well- pressed uniform as he holds an Arabic newspaper dated Sept. 14, 2009. Besides dispelling any lin- gering doubts about his physi- cal well-being, the video's public release was intended to soften any public opposition in Israel to the idea of trad- ing hundreds of Palestinian prisoners--many involved in the worst terrorist attacks of the past decade--for a single Israeli soldier. It could help Hamas get the kind of deal it wants and the Netanyahu government sell such a deal to the Israeli public. The video has revived an intense debate in Israel over what price it should pay for Shalit's release. Opponents of a large pris- oner exchange argue that surrendering to terrorist blackmail onlywill encourage more kidnappings, and that if Shalit is released, terrorists with blood on their hands who will be set free from Is- raeli prisons could kill more innocent Israelis. An image of Gilad Shalit from a video of the Israeli soldier handed over Oct. 2 by llamas. Haaretz abducted Thirty-threeheadsofpre- the state and there are no military training academies "insurance policies." across Israel wrote recently BarakandtheIsraelDefense to Defense Minister Ehud Forces" chief of staff, Lt.-Gen. Barak strongly urging him GabiAshkenazi, counterthatto not to allow the release of boost motivation on the battle- terrorists with blood on field, soldiers should know that their hands. They argued thestatewilldoallitcantofree that all young recruits those who are captured. should know that army service is designed to defend Shallt on page 22A First-term Democratic Congressman Alan Grayson, who represents Orlando, may have become the most famous member of Congress over the past week. After saying on the House floor that Republicans want sick Americans to "die quickly," Grayson dished out more of the same medicine last Wednesday when he refused to apologize to his opponents, then called the U.S. health care system "a holocaust in America." It's the latter comment that had Central Florida's Jewish community buzz- ing last week. Rabbi Aaron Rubinger of Congregation Ohev Shalom, Orlando's old- est and largest Conservative synagogue, appeared on the local Fox News affiliate to denounce Grayson's use of the "The Media and Israel: Finding Common Ground" will be the topic of an Oct. 27 lecture by Gary Kenzer at the University of Central Florida as part of the Judaic Studies Distinguished Lectur- ers Series. Kenzer is national executive director of Honest Reporting. He will speak at the UCF main campus in the Classroom I Building, room 309, at 1:30 p.m. Honest Reporting was started by a small group of British university students hoping to help Israel by coun- teracting negative anti-Israel propaganda. They created a Web site (www.honestreport- ing.com) in 2001 with help from the Jerusalem Fund of Aish HaTorah. Later that year, the project, having grown to become a major organization in its own right, was established as a U.S. non- profit organization (501c3) with an independent board of directors. Kenzer has spoken at more than 500 locations for "Hon- est Reporting" since 2006. Prior to his current position, he was the national director for Magen David Adom USA. Other Jewish agencies he has worked with include the Jewish Community Centers of Chicago, and B'nai B'rith Youth Organization. He is also a founding lay leader of the Community Foundation for Jewish Education's Ta'am Yisrael, which takes post bar- and bat-mitzvah young people to Israel for their first experience every February for one week. Kenzer has recently pub- lished an article on Israel advocacy in the Jewish Edu- cators Journal. In addition, he has made presentations Alan Grayson word "holocaust," and Pam Kancher, executive director of the Holocaust Memorial Resource and Education Cen- ter, issued a statement con- demning Grayson's "regret- table" wording. The Heritage Graysonon page 22A Gary Kenzer at many regional, national and international conferences on Jewish communal issues for well over 15 years. He graduated in 1984 from the University of Illinois College of Social Work and is certified by the Academy of Certified Social Workers (ACSW). The Judaic Studies Pro- gram, now in its 25th year at UCF, offers the Distinguished Lecturers Series to the UCF and Central Florida com- munity. This lecture is co-spon- sored by the Community Rela- tions Committee of the Jewish Federation of Greater Orlando and Central Florida HiUel and is open to the public free of charge. Permits for parking should be secured through the yellow parking machines, available in the parking lots and garages, prior to the lec- ture. For campus maps and parking information, visit www.UCF.edu. For further information, contact Dr. Moshe Pelli, di- rector of the Judaic Studies Program at UCF at 407-823- 5039 or 407-823-5129.