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PAGE 20 Fence Continued from page 2 with the Palestinians, later endorsed in the "Clinton pa- rameters" of December 2000. Those proposals recom- mended that Israel annex land belonging to about 80 per- cent of settlers--in effect, drawing the border to encom- pass them--and removing Israeli settlements on the other side. Some analysts go further, predicting that the fence in- evitably will lead to the estab- lishment of a Palestinian state. They paint the following scenario: The fence succeeds as a security barrier, making attacks inside Israel difficult to carry out. The Palestinians turn against the settlers out- side the fence, and the Israeli soldiers defending them. Pressure mounts in Israel for the soldiers to be withdrawn and the settlements evacu- ated, as it did in the last years of Israel's occupation of its southern Lebanon security zone. The international com- munity pressures Israel to withdraw, asking what the army is doing in the West Bank now that terrorist at- HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, OCTOBER 17, 2003 tacks on Israel proper have ceased. Under enormous domes- tic and international pres- sure, the IDF redeploys be- hind the fence, the govern- ment dismantles all the settlements on the other side and the Palestinians estab- lish an independent state. The two sides then enter ne- gotiations over residual Pal- estinian demands. In other words, according to this scenario, Sharon's fence could bring the parties back to the parameters of the Oslo process--even though Sharon rejects that deal as a historical blunder. China Continued from page 3 in 1949 was Kehillat Beijing. Its origins date back to 1979, the year Deng Xiaoping's "Open Door" policy went into effect. Kehillat Beijing's founders and current leaders, Elyse Silverberg and Roberta Lipson, say that in the early days their efforts focused on getting together for Passover and the High Holidays, which were usually celebrated at the homes of members. The community's first seder took place in 1980. In 1995, the community coalesced. While Kehillat Beijing receives some edu- cational and spiritual sup- port from the World Union, the congregation is mostly self-led, holding regular Fri- day night services and Shabbat meals in the Capi- tal Club of Beijing. Before Chabad opened here, the number of wor- shipers on Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur would reach close to 200. Chabad, which is active in Asia, came to its newest out- post in Beijing in 2001. Led by Rabbi Shimon Freundlich and his wife, Dini, formerly of Chabad Hong Kong, the Orthodox Chasidic syna- gogue operates out of the rabbi's home. After every Shabbat and holiday service, the large liv- ing room is swiftly trans- formed into a dining room, where strictly kosher multicourse meals are served. The rabbi says that two or three times a year he brings a shochet, or ritual slaughterer, from Australia and a western-style butcher from Beijing to Inner Mongolia, where they slaughter cows and chick- ens to provide kosher meat for the communities of Beijing and Shanghai. "I prefer this method to Hong Kong's importation o/ frozen kosher meat from Australia," Freundlich says. "I want Beijing to be as self- supporting a Jewish commu- nity as possible." Freundlich says Chabad has come to Beijing not to displace the liberal Jewish community but to comple- ment it. "We are here to pray to- gether as one unified com- munity," Freundlich de- clared at Tashlich services celebrated Sunday jointly by both congregations on the afternoon of the second day of Rosh Hashanah. Blacks Continued from page 13 Cape outreach arm, Ncapai has trained over 500 teachers in education technology. Ncapai spent the first six years of her life in a Jewish home, where her mother was a domestic worker. She re- calls fondly the Jewish family's financial assistance, which enabled her to attend a prestigious boarding school. "They made sure that my school fees were paid in ad- vance, saving me from the embarrassment of being sent home," she said. Now, she said, "ORT has empowered me to be a confi- dent teacher." Tikkun also works in South African schools, operating after-school programs for students in dis- advantaged areas. The pro- grams include the teaching of life skills and leadership train- ing, but also help blacks un- derstand Jewish history, high- lighting commonalities be- tween Jews and blacks. At one participating high school, Langa, students were quick to sing Tikkun's praises. Student Portia Mbele said that the Tikkun program had helped her "understand the world differently." "I didn't know that Jews were as badly treated as we were," she said after a visit to the Cape Town Holocaust Centre. Like many of the other Jew- ish social programs, the schools program also benefits Jews, particularly when it comes to cultural education. Kim Feldman, a Jewish eighth-grader who partici- pates in some of Tikkun's cross-cultural programs, said she enjoys meeting disadvan- taged students, as at a recent camp that Tikkun organized. "We felt welcomed and comfortable," she said. "We made friends and took phone numbers. It was an amazing and awesome experience." Nozipho Gqomo, of Langa high school, said the camp gave her self-confidence. "Since then, my life has been absolutely amazing," she said. Langa's principal, Poobalan Murugan, said he was im- pressed with Tikkun's pro- gramming. "It is one of the few that has demonstrated consistency, continuity and sustainability," he said. "I can see the difference in indi- vidual students." A black Tikkun facilitator, "ME" Mgobozi, said that when he was in school he didn't have the chance to meet children from other cultures. "It's very important for the future of this country that young people grow up know- ing each other," Mgobozi said. Speaking during last month's World Jewish Con- gress meeting in South Af- rica, educator Franz Auerbach said that despite the fact that Jews "on the whole" didn't support blacks' struggle for liberation, blacks "on bal- ance" are well-disposed to- ward the Jewish community. But the liberation movement's close ties to the PLO also have engendered substantial sympathy in the black community for the Pal- estinians, he said. Nevertheless, Auerbach characterized relations be- tween blacks and Jews in the country as "reasonably good." It was an inclusive gath- ering as men, women and children gathered together to figuratively cast their sins into a Chinese lake sur- rounded by willow trees and stocked with brightly col- ored goldfish. Readings in Hebrew and English were divided equally among mem- bers of both congregations. "Events like Tashlich, Chanukah and Purim are easy to celebrate together," says Lipson, one of the Kehillat Beijing leaders. "The issue of equality of women does not enter into the picture on those occa- sions. Although we celebrate these opportunities for unity of the whole Jewish com- munity of Beijing, I'm afraid there will always be issues of belief and practice on which we differ." The two congregations each drew a share of the com- munity on Rosh Hashanah. Kehillat Beijing drew a smaller than usual crowd of approximately 100 worship- ers, while Freundlich re- ports that about 150 at- tended services held at an expanded venue, the Sheraton Hotel, which ca- tered kosher food for the third consecutive year. Some 130 Israelis re- mained apart from the com- munity, as the newly con- structed Israeli Embassy hosted a Rosh Hashanah din- ner, without services, on Fri- day night. The new preschool is also a unifying force. Children ages 3 to 6 play and learn together in the school, called Ganeinu--Hebrew for "our kindergarten." Moreover, Freundlich and Lipson are contemplating the rental or purchase of a large house that could be converted into what they say would be the first Jewish community center in the world sponsored jointly by Chabad and a liberal con- gregation. Meanwhile, 650 miles to the south, Chabad is the only game in town for the Jewish community in Shanghai, the mainland Chinese city with the richest Jewish heritage. According to Rabbi Sha- lom Greenberg, who arrived in Shanghai with his wife Dina in 1998, more than 200 people attended Rosh Hashanah services, held at a hotel opposite the syna- gogue, which is in a spa- cious villa on the western edge of the sprawling me- tropolis. The small local Jewish community of permanent residents and frequent busi- ness visitors, many of whom are Sephardi, has appointed the Chabad rabbi as their community rabbi. The demand for kosher food is great in Shanghai as well, and the Greenbergs oversee a thriving kosher meal service providing lunches or dinners seven days a week. The food is not inexpen- sive by local standards, and upon request, a Chinese driver will deliver meals by van to offices and homes even at some distance from the Shanghai Jewish Cen- ter. While most of Shanghai's historical synagogues have been demolished, two re- main. Ohel Moishe, the most prominent Ashkenazi syna- gogue in the Jewish ghetto during World War II, is now a museum. Ohel Rachel, similar in ar- chitecture to many Sephardi synagogues throughout south Asia, is being lovingly preserved by the commu- nity, which opens up the house of worship on special occasions. Last week, it was opened for the dedication of a new Torah, held amid great festivity and to the strains of Jewish melodies performed by Chinese musicians from Nanjing, of an American Jewish band leader who once played with Shlomo Carlebach. The building itself, trally located closer to down, town, is in such dire need of repair that the We ments Fund, a nonprofit: group that preserves monu- ment sites worldwide, in cluded the synagogue on its recently published endan- gered structures list. Greenberg told JTA he was pleased the international community had recognized the needs of Ohei Rachel. "We hope the magnificent synagogue can be restored to its original beauty, and most important, to its origi- nal purpose: to be used as an active and thriving Jewish: center for Jewish people cur- rently in Shanghai." Tobin Continued from page 5 Orlando Sentinel's Manning Pym, who meekly admitted that "the horse is out of the barn on the labeling of Al Qaeda." He understands his readers would be outraged by the paper's calling the 9/11 killers "militants," as it does to those who kill Jews in Is- rael. From this frame of refer- ence, when it comes to their reporting of Ai Qaeda and Hamas, American journalists are merely provincial rather than biased. Ironically, one of the few who dispute this nonsense works for The New York Post, a paper whose news pages are notorious for their lack of ob- jectivity. Post columnist Eric Fettman recently asserted that the media's take on terrorism is a pretense that suggested "ter- rorism doesn't really exist and that words aren't important. They are, and using the word 'terrorist' is not unfairly taking sides--it's acknowledging the reality of a genuine and dan- . gerous ongoing threat." He's right. Hypocrisy over terrorism gives the lie to the cult of objectivity that ani- mates so much of the Ameri- can media's puffed-up self- image. Those who defend the double standard have no hon- est answers for their critics. They will tell you that "yel- low journalism" is confined these days to tabloids like the Post, but the truth is that bias is just as virulent at the Times and at its lesser cousins, like the Inquirer. That this is so is an ongoing scandal American journalists ignore at the peril of their profession s standing with the public. Jonathan S. Tobin is execu" tire editor of the Jewish Expo- nent in Philadelphia. He can be reached at jtobin@jewish Read the Jew- ish Exponent on-line at, Scene Around Continued from page 9 He is so sweet and beautiful (see photo) and I wish him well in the competition. The events are open to the public and spectators are welcome. For information on events and for tickets, call TERRY GOLDMAN, 813-855-2299, call the Wyndham Orlando Resort at 407-351-2420 or go to the websites: . To see my gorgeous granddogs, go to And to Merrell and O.P. I say "Go for the Gold! You can do it! Woofl" While on the subject of dogs Whole Foods Market on Aloma Avenue, Winter Park, will be Great Dane OJ on teeter. holding its second Annual Dog Wash and this one benefits' Friends of Fleet Peeples Park. O.P. and Merrell are often at that beautiful park, a virtual "Disney World for Dogs." (Muffin loves when I take her there too!) The event is scheduled for Saturday, Nov.1, from 10 am until 2 pro. There will be dog baths for a donation of $10; Toenail clipping for $10; or a combination of services for $15. LoOk There will also be prizes for Longest Tail, Pet/Parent Alike, Best Kisser and Cutest Smile. (My Muffin can win for Best Kisser!) All proceeds will go to the Fleet Peeple's Park fence fund, dog dock, and clean up supplies. To volunteer or for further information, call 4074 I Let me leave you with a smile There was a documented case in one of our area hospital's Intensive Care Wards where patients always died in the bed on Sunday mornings at about 11 a.m re medical conditions. This fact puzzled the doctors and hospital staff so much that folks were even beginning to think it might have something to do with the supernatural. No one could solve the mystery as to why the deaths occurred around 11 a.m. on Sundays. Finally, a world-wide team of experts was assembled to investigate the cause of the incidents. The next Sunday morning, a few minutes before 11 a.m doctors, nurses, and medical see for themselves what the terrible phenome (Some were holding Crosses, some Stars of David, beads and bibles to ward off evil spirits j ) Just as the clock struck 11 a.m the entered the ward. He unplugged he could use the vacuum cleaner.