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HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, OCTOBER 17, 2003 PAGE 3 By Rachel Pomerance RAMAT NEGEV, Israel 0TA)--Five years ago, Oren and Zohar Epstein fled the Tel Aviv crowds for a barren, wind- SWept plot of land in the desert. They couldn't be happier today. "The idea of having a big Piece of land always attracted us" Oren Epstein says, sitting on his back porch overlooking couple's 100-acre ranch, Which teems with horses and Vineyards. "You can't beat it." The move also was an oppor- tt.unity, the couple says, to help Ip the demographic scales in Negev Desert in southern The couple is one of about a dozen families receiving gov- i ?eminent land and funds from the Jewish Agency for Israel to aaintain large ranches across ISrael's desert. The program is part of particularly about how the Israel's mission tosettle Jews planwillaffectthearea'sgrow- in the Negev and the Galilee, ing Bedouin population. the latter in northern Israel, TheJewishAgency, aquasi- to offset the regions' growing governmental organization Arab populations, that handles immigration and "Possession is nine-tenths absorption in Israel, has helped of the law," says Michael finance development in these Jankelowitz, liaisontoforeign regions, improving educa- media for the Jewish Agency tional and resort facilities and for Israel, the chief overseas building residential commu- beneficiary of the NorthAmeri- nities. can federation system that is The Jewish Agency hopes to helpingIsraelfinancetheplan, take it a step further with a The goaris"aJewish major- special campaign, expanding ity in all parts of Israel," he its funding for development says. projects. The government plan, de- But the Israeli government vised by Prime Minister Ariel will bear the bulk of responsi- Sharon, is to construct about bility for the new communi- 30 new settlements over the ties' infrastructure, next severalyears in the Negev Jankelowitz says. and Galilee, both parts of Is- Inleavinghiscateringbusi- rael proper, ness for the agricultural life, The plan is not without its Epstein received land from the critics, who cite both environ- mental and political concerns, See "Majority" on page 19 chosen to receive Professional Achievement Award Karen Broussard, M.S.W L.C S W, program director for Jewis'l "Family Services of Greater Orlando, has been chosen as one of the Univer- sity of Central Florida 2003 Profes AW sional Achievement ard winners for the College Health and Public Mfairs. roussard will be honored at IJCF s Black & Gold Gala on TUesday, Oct. 21. In addition to her counsel- ing, program development d grant writing responsi- ilities, Broussard has been a key developer of a number of q r0grams directed at the di- :ing population. She co- a curriculum used 'courts for high-con- divorcing parents called on the Children-Or- developed the Coop- for .Your Kids pro- Family Services' nnect program, a KAREN BROUSSARD school based divorce support group for parents and their children. Barry Kudlowitz, executive director of JFS, said, "We are proud of Karen. She is an im- portant member of our JFS team. We are so pleased that the UCFAlumni Association is recognizing her professional- ism and her dedication to im- proving our community." Broussard was recently a presenter at JFS' The Women's Forum Divorce Workshop. She has been a speaker before the Orange County Bar Asso- ciation Family Law Commit- tee, the Florida Conference of Circuit Judges, and has been a presenter at a number of na- tional conferences. She has workedwith law students from Barry University and has also been a presenter for the UCF School of Social Work on a number of topics. Her profes- sional memberships include The Association of Families and Conciliation Courts, United Way Outcomes Com- mittee, National Association of Social Workers, and the University of Central Florida School of Social Work Advi- sory Council. Ry Buzzy Gordon (JTA)--Rosh over as holi- ~vhen Jews come crawl- of the woodwork to services. People's Republic of in 5764 is no different. ae number of Rosh celebrants in the ijing ;hanghai swelled signifi- this year, as individual remote cities like ing and Shijiazhuang with the Jewish resi- ; of mainland China's two cities to pray. ;hina, Jews had choice of con re- ch in each city, and which, while identifies with the. Union for Progressive no less important 'services milestones marked of the two communi- L the Sunday preceding the commu- first Torah to a synagogue in since Jews started The ark at Kehillat Belling, congregation. returning there after World War II refugees had departed. In Beijing, meanwhile, a mezuzah went up on the first Jewish preschool the city has ever seen. Jewish life indeed flourishes these days in mainland China, which enjoys the fastest rate of economic growth in the world. Hong Kong, whose Jewish community is larger than Beijing's and Shanghai's com- bined, is a special autonomous region. Photo courtesy Kehiltat Beijing Be~]ingYs progressive Jewish Expatriate businessmen, journalists, professionals and students--not to mention Is- raeli diplomats and company representatives--continue to pour into the bustling cities of Shanghai, with its 16 million people, and Beijing, the na- tional capital, whose popula- tion totals 14 million. 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