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F I iN . dr32, .12 November 9,-i ' 28 Cheshvan5768 Editorials 4A Op-Ed 5A Calendar . 6A Synagogue Directory 7A B'nai Mitzvah 10A Scene Around 11A Classified . 2B The USS Harry S. Truman, commanded by Captain "Herin" By Jonathan S. Tobin Jewish Exponent PHILADELPHIAIThe one thing that is constant about life on an aircraft carrier is the noise. The con- stant roar of jet aircraft engines on the deck is complemented by other sounds heard throughout the ship and below deck: the explosive booms coming from the catapults launch- ing planes and the reverberations of the restraining wires on the steel deck that enables others to land. Yet the sound t~at seems to garner the most attention on board the USS Harry S. Truman is, ironically, among the softest they will hear: the even tones of the voice of Capt. Herman "Herm" Shelanski. "I've never heard him even raise his voice," confides one of Shelanski's officers, who admits that this low- key style is hardly typical of naval behaviorwhen it comes to the person in charge. "But he's always in com- mand of the situation. He's the sort of a person who makes you want to meet or exceed his expectations." As another officer put it, refer- ring to the captain's average height (approximately 5 feet 7 inches), "His physical stature isn't so big. But his presence is huge. Everyone on board feels it." Shelanski, a native of Wynnewood, Pa is a veteran of 27 years of naval service, during which he has risen from a young aviator piloting E-2 Hawkeyes to now being the com- manding officer of one of the Navy's elite weapon systems: a Nimitz-class nuclear aircraft carrier, whose air wing of more than 80 tactical and support aircraft (including squadrons of the latest F-18 Hor- nets and Super-Hornet jets) can project America's strength around the world. Shelanski, who is married and : : ~ :~:i ~i ; ;? iiiU Brian Hendler An armed Israeli guard stands outside heavily reinforced bomb proof compartments through which goods and fuel from Israel are transferred to Gaza, Tuesday June 13, 2006 at the Karni crossing. By Leslie Susser attacks on Israeli towns, cities and kibbutzim near the Gaza Strip, JERUSALEM (JTA)--Criticsmay Israeli leaders ~pproved the new be describing Israel's controversial policy to reducefuel and electricity policy of cutting fuel supplies to Gaza to the territory as the most humane todeterPalestinianrocketattacksas way of trying to persuade Gaza's collective punishment, but govern- radical Hamas leadership to keep ment leaders in Jerusalem see it as the peace. something else: humane. Critics at home and abroad ac- In the face of unceasing rocket cused the government of ulterior Courtesy of the U.S. Navy Shelanski. the father of two teenagers, took command of the Truman in the spring of this year. In the Atlantic, some 200 miles from its home port of Norfolk, Va the Truman will put to sea and sail to the Persian Gulf, where its aircraft and pilots will be flying missions providing support for U.S. troops fighting in Iraq. Shelanski's role is to be, as he put it, "mayor of the city"-- of a floating airport that's home to more than 5,000 sailors and aviators. As long as the Empire State Buildin~all, the Truman is an enormous vessel whose maze-like compartments below decks can take sailors weeks to find their way around. While its namesake's trademark "Give'Em Hell'slogan is emblazoned around the ship as a symbol of its crew's fighting spirit, another of the 33rd president's favorite sayings is Truman on page 13A 9 9 By Richard H. Gieick ine. When he tells you he's going to do something, he will do it." Attended by more than 600 guests, "I can't think of many people like the Tree of Life Award dinner, spon- him," Steinmetz continued. "He is sored bytheJewishNational Fundon logical, practical, pragmatic and Tuesday, Oct. 23, honored business- always honorable." men Malcolm R. Kirschenbaum and In accepting the award, Kirschen- TomYochumfortheircontributions baum referred to the Tree of Life to the community. In his introduc- Award asanoverwhelming honor. He tory remarks, emcee Aaron Gorovitz said that he had to share it with his said he expected the evening to raise family: his wife. Jane. and children $300.000 for JNF. Josh and Jennifer. Kirschenbaum swims in many He went on to note that it was Central Florida business pools. Ac- the. people and organizations with cording to his biography, he built whom he has been associated that a highly successful law practice in giveshimtheinspirationtocontinue Brevard County, later merging with his endeavors in life and the busi- the firm of Gray Robinson: he began ness world. a property development corpora- Concluding, he said. " It is my tion in the 1970s with Jim Swann hope tonight that the fruits of your and the late Jack Eckerd, founder efforts for this evening, for Tom of the Eckerd drug store chain; he Yochum, for JNF and for me and all serves as vice chairman of Ron Jon of the generous financial support of Surf Shops. all of our friends wilt make up the His current philanthropic effort difference that I missed giving as a centers on the Freedom Forum, kid to JNF. I hopeyou'll share in my where he serves as chairman of the satisfaction and certainly gratitude finance and investment committee when the final tally fills up hundreds and serves on the board of directors of these blue boxes for JNF." of the Newseum. The other honoree, Tom Yochum, Presenting Kirschenbaum, Chuck is the retired chairman, president and Steinmetz, a 2002 Tree of Life hon- chief executive office of Sun Trust oree himself, said, "It's because of Bank, Central Florida and currently who he is that he's done so much He's completely honorable and genu- JNF on page 15A motives and blasted the policy as immoral and counterproductive. They say the policy's real aims are to prepare the way for a large ground invasion of Gaza to destroy Hamas' burgeoning military infrastructure, to start a process of separating Gaza from Israel economically and to maintain a wedge between Hamas- Jewish young professionals socialize and network with other corn- dominated Gaza and the Fatah-led munity members at an Or Hadash Happy Hour in Winter Park on Oct. WestBank, whichisadministeredby 11 at Urban Flats, the Palestinian Authority. Israeli critics warn the policy will By Melissa Zuckerman "Or Hadash puts a priority on rally Gazans around Hamas and lead Next Generation/Or Hadash planning different types ofprogram- tomorerocketattacksbyPalestinian Correspondent ming. We want to bring everyone terrorists, not less. together across the board of age Defense Minister Ehud Barak On Saturday, Nov. 24, members andfamily. Thiseventisforsingles, approved the policy two-weeks ago, of Or Hadash will be VIPs at the Or- couples, and families," said Or Ha- after the army's top brass had urged lando Magic vs. Miami Heat game. dash advisor Eric Norber. further sanctions on Gaza followinga The game is expected to sell out The cost of this event is $35. RSVP particularlyheavyrocketandmortar because it is considered one of the and pre-pay online, as the gamewill attack by Gaza terrorists on Israeli bestgamesoftheseason.Therewill sell out, at www.orhadashorlando. civilian populations nearby, beaspecialOrHadashVIPreception com. For more information about Last Tuesday, Barak appeared to before the game starts at 7:30 p.m. Or Hadash or the Magic Game event, confirm some critics' suspicions. The reception include dinner, cash call 407-645-5933, ext. 233 or e- "The time is approaching when bar, a meet and greet .with some moil we'll have to undertake a broad Orlando Magic players and other Or Hadash is dedicated to involv- operation in Gaza," Barak told VIPs, and much more. ingactiveindividuals, ages21to40, Army Radio last Tuesday. "We are This event will be held over the inabroadrangeofsocial, education- not happy to doit, we're not rush- Thanksgiving holiday weekendal, philanthropic, and leadership ing to do it and we'll be happy if and will be open to all who are activities as a means of enhancing in town, including visiting family their commitment and connection Gaza on page 14A members, to the Jewish community.