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TAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS www, Year 38, No. 09 November 8, 2013 5 Kislev, 5774 56 Pages Editorials ................................ 4A Op-Ed ..................................... 5A Calendar ................................. 6A Synagogue Directory ............... 7A B'nai Mitzvah .......................... 8A Scene Around ......................... 9A Classified ................................ 2B Orlando, Florida Single Copy 75 Jewish Film Festival movie review A perfect day for a walk in the park The Jewish Pavilion's annual "Walk in the Park," held Oct. 27 at Crane's Roost Park in Altamonte Springs, was a resounding success, and the support of the community couldn't have been better. There was a balloon man, face painters, booths with jewelry, food and beverages, and entertainmentwenough for all to enjoy. These Jewish Acad- emy of Orlando 5. to 8.year.olds brought a smile to everyone's face as they sang several favorites. For more photos Of the event, please see page IOA. i i ii i iii i Beth Am commemorates Veterans Day Congregation Beth Am in Longwood invites all Jewish Veterans, our military men and women on active duty and their families to attend the Shabbat Morning service at 9:30 a.m. on Nov. 9 in recog- nition of Veterans Day. Included in the invitation are the surviving families of those who have served our country. This year Beth Am encourages the families of our young men and women currently stationed in American, Afghanistan, Iraq, and on military posts throughout the world to attend this special service. Rabbi Rick Sherwin believes that the Jew- ish community must acknowledge those who have served our country through the years in times of peace and times of war. Initially proclaimed as Armistice Day on Nov. 11, 1919 by President Woodrow Wilson, the day commemorated the ces- sation of World War I hostilities between the Allied nations and Germany on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month one year earlier. The original concept for the celebration was for a day observedwith parades and public meetings and a brief suspension of busi- ness beginning at 11 a.m. Armistice Day was primarily a day set aside to honor veterans of WorldWar I; but in 1954, after World War II had required the greatest mobilization of soldiers, sailors, Marines and airmen in the Nation's history and after American forces had fought aggres- sion in Korea, Congress, at the urging of the veterans service organizations, struck out the word "Armistice" and inserted in its place the word "Veterans." On June 1, 1954, Nov. 11 became a day to honor American veterans of all wars. Veterans Day continues to be observed on that date, regardless of what day of the werk on which it falls. The restora- tion of the observance of Veterans Day to Nov. 11 not only preserves the historical significance of the date, but helps focus attention on the important purpose of Veterans Day: A celebration to honor America's veterans for their patriotism, love of country, and willingness to serve and sacrifice for the common good. Simon Mendel, Beth Am treasurer, who served in the United States Air Force in Southeast Asia added, "We owe a debt of gratitude to those who have stepped Beth Am on page 14A Obama to Congress: Talk tough on sanctions, but don't do anything By Ron Kampeas WASHINGTON (JTA)--The Obama administration may be on a collision course with m "N- -" =' pro-Israel advocates over an intensified sanctions bill that the White House fears may scuttle negotiations to resolve the standoff over Iran's suspected nuclear weapons program. TheAmerican Israel Public Affairs Committee, the Jewish Federations of NorthAmerica and the Jewish Council for Public Affairs support a bill, passed in July by the House of Representatives, thatwould sanction entities facilitat- ing Iranian money transfers and increase the burden on financial outfits to ensure they are not dealing in money that originated in Iran. Is- rael's leadership also favors enhanced sanctions. But the Obama administra- tion, while urging Congress to continue its saber rattling, be- lieves the bill could derail talks that got underway in Geneva earlier this month and are due to resume in mid-November. That was the takeaway from a closed session held Oct. 24 by the National Security Council Spencer Platt/Getty Images The Obama administra- tion wants Congress to keep threatening intensified sanc- tions against Iran, but not actually adopt them. for senior staffers in the House and Senate. Participants said that the NSC unveiled find- ings showing that threats from Congress to enhance sanctions are keeping Iran at the negotiating table. But the NSC also argued that actu- ally advancing the bill could thwart progress toward a dip- lomatic resolution, according to participants. About 25 staffers were present at the briefing. Par- ticipants, who spoke on the condition that they not be identified or quoted directly, declined to provide more de- tail on the findings or about which officials provided them; the briefing was classified. On Tuesday, the NSC invit- ed on short notice top Jewish organizational leaders for a briefing on Iran--a signal of how it is parting ways on Iran strategy not just with Con- gress, but also with Israel and the pro-Israel community. Sen. Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) is leading efforts to advance the bill in the Senate. A source close to AIPAC said the lob- bying group also wants to the bill advance "in the near future," as does the Jewish Federations. But those pres- ent at the meeting said the Obama on page 14A By Chris DeSouza Assistant Editor The 15th annual Central Florida Jewish Film Festival, co-produced by Enzian and the Roth Jewish Community Center of Greater Orlando as part of the Cultural Festival Circuit and is supported by UnitedArts of Central Florida, is a cinematic celebration of Jewish life, culture, and his- tory. Using the power of film to inform, educate, and most of all entertain, the festival challenges conventional per- spectives on issues facing all of us. This year's festival will feature a newly expanded program with five films and an opening night program at the Orlando Science Center, 777 E Princeton St., Orlando. All other screenings take place at Enzjan Theater, 1300 South Orlando Avenue, Maitland. Tickets are sold in packages or individually as follows: Mensch pass--S70 for all five films, first priority seat- ing, doors open 30 minutes early Series pass--S45 for all five films, second priority seating Individual tickets--S10, third seating Group rates (20 or more)-- $1 discount on individual ticket Table reservations are not available for this event. Passes can be purchased online at, in person at Enzian's box office, or the Roth JCC in Maitland. Indi- vidual tickets are available at or Enzian's box of- rice only. For group inquiries, please contactAllison Estes at (407) 629-1088, ext. 234. The following is a review of the five films by Heritage movie "critic" Chris DeSouza. "Zaytoun," co-presented by Jewish Federation of Greater Orlando, Saturday, Nov.16, 7:30 p.m., at the Orlando Science Center. Directed by Eran Riklis, in English, Ara- bic and Hebrew with English subtitles. "Zaytoun" (pronounced "say-toon') is a nonprofit organization established to support Palestinian farming communities by helping to increase the market for olive oil products. It's good to know this. The title makes sense as one views this film, set in 1982 Beirut, Leba- non, during the Lebanese civil war. Young Fahed, a 12-year-old Palestinian boy stuck in a refugee camp, has never seen the land where his family once lived. He Festival on page 15A Pro-Israel groups told to back off Wikimedia Commons White House officials met with pro-Israel lobby groups to convince them to tone down calls to increase Iran sanctions ahead of global talks. ( The U.S. govern- ment is asking pro-Israel ac- tivists to reduce their public support for more sanctions on Iran just prior to another round of discussions on the issue between Iranian and world leaders. White House officials met with Jewish organizations including the American Israel Public Af- fairs Committee, the Ameri- can Jewish Committee, and the Anti-Defamation League last Tuesday. According to the Wash- ington Free Beacon, a pro- Israel official who attended the briefing said that the Obama administration does not "want the new [sanctions] to come out now." Additionally, the lobby group J Street said that "moving forward with new sanctions now could severely undermine prospects for a diplomatic solution." The statement "could have been written by the White House itself,"a source familiar with the meeting told the Wash- ington Free Beacon. Democrats in Congress have also drafted a bill de- signed to establish a panel to "review, assess, and make recommendations" regarding the prospect of increasing sanctions on Iran. 61111!Y!!!II!(!!!IIII00