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PAGE 12A HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS' OCTOBER 17, 2014 i By Cnaan Liphshiz THE HAGUE (JTA)--For the tour guides that lead visi- tors through the Van Ostade Housing Project, Fabrice Schomberg's sukkah is one of the few signs of the neighbor- hood's Jewish roots. Built in the 19th century for impoverished Jews, the enclave today is surrounded by the largely Muslim neighborhood of Schilderswijk, an area that the Dutch media have taken to calling the "Sharia Triangle," referring to Islamic religious law. Fewer than 10 Jewish residents remain and, aside from Schomberg's sukkah, there are virtually no markers of the area's Jewish past. Now even the sukkah's fate is in doubt. After weeks of negotiation with the cit~, Schomberg was informed that he could build his sukkah only on condition that he dismantle it by 9 o'clock each night. According to Schomberg, the police had ad- vised the city against allowing a sukkah at all, since it might invite Muslim vandalism. To Schomberg and his sup- porters, the city's reluctance to allow a sukkah in Van Ostade is emblematic of the Dutch approach to the rise of Muslim fundamentalism--urging targeted communities to keep alow profile rather than stand- ing up for individual freedoms. But others fault Schomberg, alleging that he has used religion to stir conflict at the community's expense. "Resistance to my sukkah is not just about building Cnaan Liphshiz Fabrice Schomberg out- side his home in The Hague. permits," said Schomberg, a British-born artist who has erected a sukkah outside his door for the past thri e years. "There's a wider context." That context includes three demonstrations this summer, all featuring flags of the ISIS jihadist group; two included calls to murder Jews. A few dozen people attended each of the rallies. The city has since banned all demonstrations in Schilderswijk. Schomberg was himself verbally assaulted in Schilder- swijk while in the" presence of a film crew that he had invited to see what happens when he wears his yarmulke in public. "Advertising one's Judaism is dangerous here," said one Jewish resident who asked to remain anonymous to protect her safety. "I don't wear any Jewish symbol on the street and I installed my mezuzah on the inside." Despite these concerns, she supports Schomberg's fight to build a sukkah and said she plans to visit the sukkah over the Sukkot holiday. "Banning sukkot is like ban- ning Judaism," she said. Police and city officials would neither confirm nor deny Schomberg's claim that police had advised the city to deny the sukkah permit, nor would they answer questions about the level of risk facing Jews in Schilderswijk. The city also would not say why Schomberg must dismantle the temporary holiday dwell-' ing at night. Schomberg, who has ap- peared several times in Dutch media this summer because of the "kippah walks" against anti-Semitism that he orga- nized in Schilderswijk, says his sukkah helps build bridges to non-Jews whom he invites as guests. But some Jews who know Schomberg describe him as a troublemaker who is endan- gering the community, citing the invitation he extended to the stridently anti-Muslim Dutch politician GeertWilders to visit his sukkah. In September, the board of the Jewish Community of The Hague informed Schomberg that he was banned from enter- ing any of the city's Orthodox synagogues until 2016 because "his behavior has endangered the community." Schomberg said he was told by the Reform community that he was not welcome there either. In an attempt to reverse the ban, Schomberg launched an I"l'm lost 1 without it!" ./ I"My week is not complete without it!" \ without it!" in the world am I supposed know what's going on?" 7/----- T)he:e th:/ln~se fnthse c: 7SeHen/i~e rF~oC :ivdae frjewm he aNede:s What are you missing out on?... Subscribe today! I I I I I I l I l I i I I I l l I I I I I III I YES ! I want to be informed. Start my subscription at once. Please: O enter extend my subscription for: 1 year at $37.95 52 issues 2 yeats at $69.95 104 issues 1 year out:of-state at $46.95 or 2 years out-of-state at $87.95 MAIL SUBSCRIPTION TO: Nanle I I I I I I I Address City/State/Zip | # Phone I I expiration date I I I I I | Fill out coupon and mail, I with check or credit card information to: I HERITAGE Florida Jewish News I P.O. 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He insists "Mr. Schomberg's actions, week."In fact his behavior puts that his pariah status is born of past and present, as well as the entire Jewish community thefactthathesuffersfrombi- his constant media-seeking in the Hague (and the Nether- polar disorder and is intent ola behavior do not reflect any lands) at risk." countering the community's concern for the safety of any Other critics say they fear desire to keep a low profile. o ro Temple Israel Sisterhood group who participated in last Festival Flea Market in Pompano Beach. Calling all gals and guys! video and movie. It always Temple Israel Sisterhood will makes for a very pleasant be going on their fifth annual and fast ride. shopping adventure to the Shoppers can arrange to Festival Flea Market in Pom- meet their South Florida pano Beach, Fla., on Sunday, family and friends at the Nov. 2. They will be leaving Food Court, for additional on a new air-conditioned bus enjoyment. The cost is $45 from the Jewish Academy of per person. Orlando's parking lot at 8 a.m. On the way home, the bus and return at approximately will stop at Glick's Kosher 8 p.m. Market in Delray Beach. It During the bus ride, ba- is exciting to see the terrific gels, snacks and water will variety of kosher foods they be served, and for entertain- have available to take home. ment, there will be a comedy It will be a time to stock up on Congregation Sinai Religious School students year's shopping spree to the favorite items (don't forget a cooler for refrigerated/frozen items). Seating space is limited. Please call Shirley Gold at 407- 772-2899, to make reserva- tion or for more information. There are two ways to pay for a seat: online at tiflorida. org/events/sisterhood-an- nual-bus-trip-2014-11-02 or send a check to Temple Israel Sisterhood, 50 South Moss Road, Winter Springs, F1. 32708. Your payment is your reservation. in front of their sukkah. | Congregation Sinai, lo- with their guitars and sing- joyed decorating the con- I cated in Minneola, Fla., cov- ing following the festivities gregation's sukkah with live I ering the Greater Clermont in the sukkah, greens and handmade crafts. I area, celebratedSukkotwith Thesukkah gets built each For more information blessings, cocktails and ap- year by the Men's Club, and about Congregation Sinai, I petizers on Friday, Oct. 10. stands during the eight days please call 352-243-5353 or I Spiritual leaders Joe and of Sukkot. visit their website at www. .J Lynn Goldovitz led services The Religious School en- congregation_sinai.org.