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PAGE 14A HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, OCTOBER 31, 2014 The skeleton of a woman with a dove-shaped pendant was discovered under the tiles of a collapsed roof by archeologists from the Uni- versity of Haifa during this excavation season at Hippos- Sussita. They also found a large muscular marble leg and artillery ammunition from some 2,000 years ago. "The data is finally beginning to form a clear historical- archaeological picture," said Dr. Michael Eisenberg, head of the international excava- tion team. The past 15 excavation seasons at Hippos-Sussita, run by archeologists from the Zinman Institute of Archaeol- ogy at the University of Haifa, have not stopped providing a constant flow of fascinating findings. The team digging at the city site -- situated east of the Sea of Galilee in the Sussita National Park, which is under the management of the Israel Nature and Parks Authority -- has grown over the years, with more and more teams and excavators from various countries joining them. This time, the security situation in the south of Israel "sent" them a Canadian team, led by Dr. Stephen Chambers, as reinforcement. The city of Hippos-Sussita, which was founded in the sec- ond century BCE, experienced two strong and well-docu- mented earthquakes. The first was in the year 363 CE and it caused heavy damage. The city, did, however, recover. The great earthquake of 749 CE destroyed the city which was subsequently abandoned completely. Evidence of the extensive damage caused by the earthquake of 363 was found in earlier seasons. None, however, was as violent, thrill- ing and eerie as the evidence discovered this year. To the north of the basilica, the largest building in town that served as the commercial, economicandjudicial centerof the city, the dig's senior areasu- pervisor Haim Shkolnikandhis team unearthed the remains of several skeletons that had been crushed by the weight of the collapsed roof. Among the bones of one of.the women lay a gold dove-shaped pendant. This year, evidence was found for the first time that the gre t earthquake of 363 CE had destroyed the Ro- man bathhouse, which was uncovered by the team run by Arleta Kowalewska from Poland. Like the basilica, it too was not rebuilt. According to Dr. Eisenberg, the evidence found so far shows that the earthquake was so powerful it completely destroyed the city, which took some twenty years to be rebuilt. Among the wreckage from the bathhouse, an excellent Roman marble An excellent Roman marble it was too early to determine sculpture of a muscular right leg of a man leaning against a tree trunk was found. "It is too early to determine who the man depicted in the sculpture was. It could be the sculpture of a god or an athlete; it was Carlyne Gilbert presents The Beat Goes On band, featuring Robert Whittaker, at the Clermont Community Center on Montrose Avenue. The Beat Goes On band is ava- riety dance band with legend- ary songs by Nell Diamond, Barry Manilow and the Bee Gees, big band and country music. The band also plays classic rock, standard ballads, Latin beat, and 50s, 60s, 70s, and 80s tunes. In addition to singing, Robert and his partner Mar- tha perform exhibition and ballroom dances. The event is a fundraiser for Congrega- tion Sinai on Saturday, Nov. 22, at 7 p.m. Tickets are only $10 per person. For more information call Carlyne at 352-242-2119. Robert Whittaker and his band, The Beat Goes On. ~iiiii!iiiiiiiii!iiiiii~iiiiii !iii!iii!iii!i!iiii!iii iii!iiiii!ii!!i!i!i iiiiiiiii!ii Dr. Michael Eisenberg, University of Haifa sculpture of a muscular right leg of a man leaning against a tree trunk was found, however, who the man depicted in the sculpture was. more than two meters tall. We hope to find more parts of the sculpture in the coming sea- sons to shed some light on his identity," said Dr. Eisenberg. Excavations were resumed in the bastion, the main de- Every day that you're outside, you're exposed to dangerous, but invisible, ultraviolet (UV) sunlight. Left unprotected, prolonged exposure to UV radiation can seriously damage the eye, leading to cataracts, skin cancer around the eyelid and other eye disorders. Protecting your eyes is important to maintaining eye health now and in the future. Shield your eyes (and your family's eyes) from harmful UV rays. Wear sunglasses with maximum UY protection. I THEVISIONCOUNCIL fense postofthe Roman period hadbeen a magnificent colon- citybuiltonthesouthernedge naded street similar to those of the cliff, where the work fo- of the Roman East cities that cusedonthe fortifiedposition were built at the peak of the of a projectile machine that Pax Romana -- the Roman propelled/launched ballista era of peace during the first stones.Thecatapultwassome few centuries CE. eight meters long according to While working on the dig thesizeofthechamber.Sofar the team also invested a lot the archeologists have found ofworkonthe site's conserva- a number of ballista balls tion. "I am extremely proud that fit the massive catapult, that we were able to organize as well as smaller balls that a sizable conservation team were usedon smaller ballista thisyearaswell, fromourown machines. These machines internal budgets and with the were positioned above the help of the Western Galilee bastion'svaultsandwereused College in Acre. Twenty-two to launch basalt ballista balls students from the college's slightly smaller than soccer Department of Conservation balls as far as 350 meters, togetherwithfiveexperienced A section of the western conservators under the di- part of the city's main colon- rection of Julia Burdajewicz nadedstreet, which traversed from the Academy of Fine its entire length of600 meters Arts in Warsaw conducted fromeasttowest(thedecuma- the conservation work. This nus maximus)was excavated is one of the major tourist this year with the help of a destinations in the northern Canadian team, after their part of the country, and as planned dig in the south was such I see this as a national cancelled. The archeologists mission, even if the budget uncovered another original comes primarily from our piece of the wall that sup- ownsources, withoutgovern- ported the street columns, mentsupport,"concludedDr. confirming the theory that it Eisenberg. Beth Am From page 1A some cases, put their lives on the line. Veterans Day is the the veterans service organi- perfect time to show them zations, struck out the word and their families how much "Armistice" and inserted in we appreciate them." its place the word "Veterans." All military personnel, On June 1, 1954,Nov. 11thbe- past and present, the Ladies cameadaytohonorAmerican Auxiliary of the Jewish War veterans of all wars. Veterans Veterans and spouses of Day continues to be observed veterans will be honored on Nov. 11, regardless of what during this service. A "Kad- day of the week on which it dish" prayer, vhich will be falls. The restoration of the honoring the memory of the observanceofVeteransDayto departed men and women Nov. 11 not only preserves the who served with courage and historical significance of the sacrifice in the many wars date, buthelpsfocusattention of the United States, will be on the important purpose of offered. Those serving in our Veterans Day: A celebration military deserve the recogni- to honor America's veterans tion of their service and their for their patriotism, love of willingness to fight for the country, and willingness to idealsthatmakeourcountry serve and sacrifice for the the beacon for freedom in common good. the world. Simon Mendel, a Beth Am Beth Am is located at 3899 member who served in the Sand Lake Road in Long- United States Air Force in wood, Seminole County. A Southeast Asia added, "We map with directions to Beth owe adebt of gratitude tothose Am can be found on the con- who have stepped forward to gregation's web site at www. serve our country and, in CongBethAm.org.