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N Octo r 22,2004 7 Cheshvan 5765 ' 28Pages Editorials 4 Op-Ed . 5 Calendar 6 Synagogue Directory 7 B'nai Mitzvah 8 Scene Around 11 Classified 15 Orlando, Florida Single Copy 75 { ~ ~ ~ 4~ iI ~3 . photo by Brian Hendler/JTA . ~n Israeli father hugs his son happily at the Taba border crossing as Israelis stream back to Israel, Oct. 9, ~ the Sinai, Egypt. Car bombs ripped through the Hilton Hotel and two beach resorts packed with Israeli " on the Red Sea coast of Egypt s " " . " y- " " ~rtsts ' Sinai desert Thirt two people were kdled, 12 of them Israelis, and ~n~e 120 wounded in the bomb attacks. By ban Baron and ponder how a Sukkot trip to the "This was intended to be a mega- Red Sea could have gone so tragi- attack that was supposed to topple (JTA)--The dustcallywrong, the entire hotel and kill hundreds of ~inai'sbombed- "A guy goes with his girlfriend to people," Shalom told Channel Two but Israelis now have totravel in Sinai for the High Holidays television on October 9. This sort of ~aida'sappar- and comes back in a box," Reuven attack, he added, "is usually carried their very doorstep. Avisaf said at the funeral of his son out by a certain organization called efforts at Taba and Ras Roy, 27, one ofthree Israeli backpack- AI-Qaida." Egypt, which allowed in called off October 10. ers killed by a double blast at Ras Israeli emergency teams and vowed extraction teams that had Satan. "It is simply inconceivable." totighten counterterrorist tieswith around the clock at the Nine other Israelis died at the Taba Jerusalem, balked at this notion. the Oct. 7 blasts went Hilton, which lost an entire wing Mindful of Israel's ongoing mill- and Egyptian investigators whenatruckloadedwith450pounds tary sweep of the Gaza Strip, some for tracks of the terrorists of TNT rammed into the lobby, unnamedofficialsinCaimsuggested ruthlessly. Foreign Minister Silvan Shalom the Sinai attacks could have been or the family members of the 32 said the synchronicity and carnage specifically pro-Palestinian locals, in the coordinated car- bomb- were likely the signatures of Osama t remainedwas to mourn bin Laden's terror network. See A1- Qaida on page 13 ll~ Dan Baron ~JI~RUSALEM (JTA) '---Israel's Pest,ever incursion into the i~za. Strip since the intifada began r0~!truck a bMw against Palestinian ~tet Crews. ~--~- ut even a sis rael vowed to re - en - p r. ~;az~ should rocket fire resume, rlrl) . ~ e Minister Ariel Sharon was c~Ur.king to quell another potential q~, this one among Israelis. . ~uaron met with Yesha Council ~t!ler leaders on Sunday--three "~ys ~fter he and Defense Minister ShauI Mofaz ordered Operation Days dire process," the chairman of the of Repentance to wind down--in a Yesha Council, Benzi Lieberman, bid to defuse rightist rancor at the told Israel Radio. slated withdrawals from Gaza and Indeed, the Yeshaleaders stormed parts of the West Bankthatare at the angrily out of the meetingwith Sha- center of his disengagement plan. ron, saying there had been no prog- To his credit, Sharon could cite the ress and vowing to torpedo his bid to 17-dayoffensiveinGazathatkilledat get the disengagement plan ratified least44 Hamas terrorists, including in the Knesset on Oct. 25. eight field commanders. Yet that was "We found the prime minister to be little comfort to settlers who accuse inscrutable, refusing to answer our hisunilateralismofjeopardizingna- questions and determined to bring tionai security, about a rift in the nation," said Yesha "We believe the prime minister is about to take Israel into a very See Sharon on page 10 Beth Am will host ish tradition and teaching valuable first of many Shabbat programs that lessons for today." will be conducted in the Oviedo and 29, in the Activities Room This Shabbat event is part of Beth Winter Springs areas. Tremont in Oviedo. As the Am's ongoing efforts to serve the The Ka-BOO-lat Shabbat service this special service hints, Jewish families in the growing com- willbeginat7p.m.andisopentothe will be full ofallsorts of munitiesofeasternSeminoleCounty, entire Jewish community. Children to Rabbi With the success of the Beth Am Re- of all ages are encouraged to attend. ligious School at the Fellowship Hall There will be stories and songs and has its own tales of inCasselberryandtherecentSukkot prayers and, of course, candy. All ~,nd superstition. We know dinner at the home of Marissa and are invited to wear "funky" kippot stories are ancient, with Philip Kaprow in Winter Springs, in a casual setting. The Tremont sources dating back to the theleadershipofBeth"Amisstrongly is at 7015 Red Bug Lake Road in sOftheTalmud2,000yearsago, committed to providing a Conserva- Oviedo. For more information, visit produces newtales, tire Jewish presence in the area. This Congregation Beth Am's Web site at on the values of Jew- Ka-BOO-lat Shabbat service is the The Dr. P. Phillips Foundation has tendered a $250,000 grant to the Jewish Community Center of Greater Orlando to build an infant and toddler center at the new JCC South Community Campus, which is scheduled to begin construction in 2005. The childcare center will be an integral part of the JCC's Early Childhood Learning Center, which in turn will be a cornerstone of a multi- faceted JCC campus on South Apopka-Vineland Road. "We are so grateful to the Founda- tion's director, Dr. Ann Manley, and to the entire Dr. Phillips Foundation Board, for their tremendous sup- port," said South Campus Build- ing Drive co-chair Valerie Denner. "Receiving such a generous gift is one of the highlights of our effort." "The Dr. Phillips Foundation is one of Central Florida's most important philanthropic organizations," said Dr. Phillips area resident Rick Geller, who co-chairs the Building Drive with Denner. "Its commitment to high-quality education and care for our youngest children truly warms the heart." Southwest Orlando's youngest children stand to benefit most from the Foundation's gift. "Infants and toddlers will be able to learn and play in a safe, nurturing and stimulat- ing environment, strengthening each child's quest for independence and self-confidence," said Brenda Sher, director of the current JCC South preschool, an award-win- ning institution that is in temporary housing. "The JCC recognizes the im- portance of each child's first three years of life," Sher added. "We prac- tice the 'whole baby' approach to child care. This approach views the physical, cognitive, emotional and social needs of our children in an integrated fashion." The JCC is a Heart of Florida United Way Agency and welcomes all families to participate. When it opens, the Dr. Phillips Infant and Toddler Center will admit children without regard to race, color, religion or national origin. The South Campus Building Drive is a grass-roots effort to build a com- munity campus that is planned to feature a preschool, a childcare center, Jewish Federation offices, a social center, a fitness center and much more. For more information, call Jill Garcia, project director, at 407- 299-2998, or visit www.BuildSouth Former New York City Mayor Ed Koch will speak at Congregation Ohev Shalom on Wednesday, October 27 from 5:30 p.m.- 7 p.m in an event sponsored by the Republican Jewish Coalition. Koch will speak on issues concerning Jewish Americans today, including the increasing problem of anti-Semitism throughout the world. Koch, a lifelong Democrat, will explain why he is supporting President George W. Bush's policies on the issues important to Jews in the U.S. Tickets are not necessary, but there will be limited seating. For more information about the Re- publican Jewish Coalition, visit the group's Web site at ED KOCH Peaflman Pantry urgently needs food The recent hurricanes have created an immediate crisis for families. The Jewish Family Services Pearlman Pantry desperately needs help in order to meet increased demand for food and services. JFS requests that all who are able to help, "Please bring the following food items ASAP, or send cash donations which help us buy food from Second Harvest at a discounted rate. Please help." Tuna Fish, tuna lunch packs, Peanut butter, Jelly, Ravioli, Pop-top soups, Spaghetti-0's, Canned stew, Chicken and dumplings, Canned vegetables and fruits. JFS is located in the George Wolly Center at 2100 Lee Road, be- tween Interstate 4 and Hwy. 17-92. For additional information, call 407-644-7593.