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HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, NOVEMBER 11, 2011 Indek has gratitude in her attitude Dolores Indek has been named a Goodwill Ambassador by Jewish Family Services. She counts herself very lucky and says she has im- mense gratitude for the bless- ings she has received through- out her life. She comes from a working class family, has never considered herself rich, but was always taught to help others. She recalled, "My grand- father owned a restaurant in Miami that I used to help out at when I was young. One time I saw a family order hot water to their table. What I saw next, I will never forget: they mixed the water with ketchup to make tomato soup. They had no money and couldn't afford to order off the menu. My grandfather told them to order what they wanted free of charge. He was that kind of man, and I owe much of my spirit of giving to his kind actions. I often think of that family when I bring a bag of food to JFS' pantry." Her volunteer efforts with JFS began after a trip to Israel, along with Es Cohen, JFS' director of development. Their conversations about the need within the community lit a fire within Indek that compelled her to offer help. She devotes most of her time atJFS helpingwith fundraisers and serving on committees. "You don't have to be rich to help someone. Whenever an extra pair of helping hands is needed I am there. Every little bit counts." The clincher for Indek in realizing the strength and empowerment that JFS gave others, was when she heard a client's testimonial at a fund- raiser. Latrice was battling diabetes and ovarian cancer, while trying to parent four children on her own. Although the odds were against her, with the support of JFS, Latrice got back on her feet and set and met goals for herself in terms of career and education. "You could hear the renewed sense of confidence in this woman's voice. There was the sound of hope," Indek said. Indek has lived most of her life making a difference in the lives of others notso fortunate. From reading to under-achiev- ing second graders to teaching the economics of staying in school to teens in juvenile detention, she is committed to helpingwhere itmatters. Indek is a40-yearveteranwith Junior Achievement andwas awarded the Jefferson Award for com- munity service, a national recognition of volunteerism. Upon retiring from Lockheed Martin, where she worked for 48 years, the corporation Dolores Indek named a community service award on her behalf. To date, her proudest achievement she said was being given the honor of running with the Olympic torch in 1996. Shewas handed the burning torch by none other than George Wolly, whose legacy continues to live on at JFS. On a daily basis, JFS is mak- ing positive changes in the lives of individuals, children and families. If there is some- one that you feel is making a difference in the community and would like to nominate them as a Goodwill Ambas- sador, contact 407-644-7593, ext. 235. To learn more about JFS programs, visit its website at Egyptian blogger finally becomes a cause celebre By Joseph Mayton The Media Line Hewas Egypt's first prisoner of conscience after the fall of Husni Mu.arak in February. Until re(:ently, however, the story of Maikel Nabil was largely ignored by activists who were offended by his views on Israel. Now, inspired by his long hunger strike and angered by the authorities' decision to commit him to a psychiatric hospital twoweeks ago, Egyptian activists have catapulted the young man into the spotlight. Activists and observers say that by dispatching Nabil to a psychiatric institution, the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces, Egypt's interim military government, is using a tactic borrowed from the Mubarak era in dealing with the opposition or others of- ficials want to keep out of the public eye by avoiding a trial: Declare them insane. Basma Abdel Aziz, the director of media for Egypt's General Secretariat of Mental Health, said Nabil's transfer to a psychiatric institution is "a dangerous and unacceptable affair." She and others contend that the military is attempting to avoid responsibility for his death, if it happens, by moving him out of prison. Under the Mubarak regime, mental hospitals were used in the fight against sectarian violence. Following repeated attacks on Coptic Christians by Muslims in Upper Egypt in 2008 and 2009, the govern- ment deemed the perpetrators "mentally incapable" of stand- ing trial and packed them off to psychiatric hospitals. This, say activists, is what the mili- tary is attempting to do with Nabil now. George Ishak, a leading member of the National As- sociation for:Change, told The Media Line that the SCAF has overstepped the bounds with Nabil's case. "They are doing so many things wrong," he said at his downtown Cairo office while fielding phone calls concerning the case and the upcoming elections. "SCAF needs to un- derstand that they are hurting the country and free speech is one of those things." Nabil was among the first bloggers to find himself jailed for expressing his views, but other bioggers and activists have since met the same fate as the brief spring of freedom of expression Egyptians en- joyed has evaporated in recent months. Activists fear that others will share Nabil's fate if they won't stop it now. "They will let him die and then turn around and say he is crazy and this is why he died," said Amr Adel Radwan, a lead- ing activist and protester, who has joined the fight against military trials in Egypt. "We might not like what Maikel had to say about Israel, but he doesn't deserve what is hap- pening to him now." Nabil was sentenced to a three-year jail term for insult- ing the Egyptian military on his blog Son of Ra in a post published last March entitled, "The people and the military were never one hand." The title referred to a popular slogan during the heydays of the revolution when opposition leaders believed the army was on their side. A Copt, Nabil holds contro- versial political views. As such, he initially received little atten- tion from the activist and pro- rights community in Egypt. He supports normalization with Israel and last year came under fire when he evaded military conscription, saying he is a pacifist and didn't want to ever have to be in a position of confronting Israeli soldiers. "I don't want to point a weapon at a young Israeli, re- cruited into obligatory service, defending his state's right to exist. I think obligatory service is a form of slavery," he wrote in a blog post then. While Egyptians across the political spectrum disagree on many things, hostility to the Jewish state is nearly universal, even if polls show most aren't prepared to rip up the peace treaty Egypt signed with Israel in 1979. For many activists, support for Israel is a red line and the reason why Nabil had not received as much attention as other activists who have been summoned by the authorities in recent weeks. Take, for example, AlaaAbdel Fattah, a leading blogger and activist, who on Oct. 30 refused to part cipate in a military prosect, tion investigation into his involvement in the Maspero Square violence on Oct. 9. His refusal elicited massive support from the activist community, with activists on Twitter im- mediately calling for his release. They ensured that the"#FreeA- laa"hashtag had gone global by the evening of Oct. 30. But now human rights groups and activists are calling for Nabil's immediate release, declaring him a prisoner of conscience, held illegally. "The previous regime used to accuse mentally healthy individuals of being mentally disturbed and accuse them of crimes of conscience despite professional reports stating their sanity," said Abdel Aziz. "The incarceration of an individual whose charge is having a different view of the situation in the country is morally and professionally unacceptable." PAGE 11. 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