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Calendar ...................................... 6A Synagogue Directory .................. 7A B'nai Mitzvah .............................. 8A Scene Around ............................. 9A Family fun event coming---the Waldflowers BBG, a girls youth group in Orlando will be hosting ai~usic festival on Nov.-23 from I to 4 p.m. at the Roth Jewish Community Center of Greater Orlando. This must'c ~estival has the spirit of Woodstock, which is where the name Waidstock stems from. The festival will feature loca! music a~ists, games, food, entertainment, and art. Waldstock is open to the entire Orlando community. .... The fesHval costs $5 to attend, and children under 10 get in free. Proceeds ~ll benefit a nonprofit organization caUed To Write Love on Her Arms, which helps to bring hope to those s~ing with depression, eating disorders, addic~tion, and self-injury. For more informatl~Qnabout Walds~c~ con~ ~ieile Coh~ atArie!leecohenn@gma~.com. i By Abraham Foxman NEW YORK (JTA)-- Each year on the anniversary of Kristallnacht, we recall the opening salvo of the violent assault on Jews that foreshad- owed the Holocaust and ask ourselves what should have been done at that moment. In thinking about Kristall- nacht, we shouldalso consider the outpouring of violence against Jewish communities in Europe this summer and draw the right lessons for today. It is rightly said that the Holocaust began not with gas chambers but with words. The significance of Kristallnacht in the history of the Holocaust is the passage from anti-Jewish legislation and anti-Semitic rhetoric to violence against Jews. And therein lies the lesson for today. To be clear, in today's demo- cratic Europe, there is no risk of a new Holocaust. Invoking such a possibility obscures rather than illuminates the serious situation of Euro- pean Jewry. Comparisons to Kristallnacht, however, are apt. This summer we saw in France, Germany and else- where in Europe, anti-Semitic rhetoric followed by assaults Lessons on page 15A Anti-Defamation League Jonathan Greenblatt Geraldine Thompson and Dr. Bernard Kahn JCRC President Ina Porth and author Brad Herzog -= - O0 -=" 0 --~ 04 -- CO = 0 ---- t) -- < "= ta O -i --- t- = - ~1 .D Sunday's Bagels and Grits programwas avery enlighten- ing program. Hosted by the Jewish Community Relations Council of the Jewish Federa- tion of Greater Orlando, the event was a featured part of the community's 50th an- niversary commemoration of the Civil Rights Act. Featured speaker, Brad Herzog, spoke about the book "My Mantelpiece," which he coauthored with Carolyn Goodman, who was the moth- er of Andy Goodman, one of three Civil Rights workers killed in the "Freedom Sum- mer" of 1964. Herzog worked with Good- man for many years, collect- ing her stories, and getting to know her and her family. She passed away at the age of 91 without completing the book. Herzog and his wife self-published the book on the anniversary of Andy's death. Herzog became very close with the family, and during his talk, it was obvi- ous that he is still moved by Goodman's story today. He shared with the 150 at- tendees that gathered stories of Philadelphia, Mississippi where Andy Goodman, 20, Mickey Schwerner, 24, and James Earl Chaney, 19, went missing on June 21, 1964. The three were in Mississippi as volunteers working on the "Freedom Summer" project of the Congress of Racial Equality (CORE) to register blacks to vote in Mississippi. While Goodman knew how dangerous this could be, she just couldn't tell her son not to go, due to her own commit- ment to justice throughout her life. Herzog went on to tell the painful history of the years that followed the death of these three young men, and the overall inability to bring their murderers to justice. The story he tells is more than just a memoir, but a wakeup call to all that there is still work to be done. After Herzog spoke, the program continued with a panel discussion moderated by UCF Professor Terri Fine. The panel members were Judge Emerson Thompson, Commissioner Samuel Ings, Professor Scot French and Rabbi Steven Engel. Each was given time to speak about the history of the civil rights movement, the relationship of the Jewish and African- American communities or theirview of what still needs to Equality on page 15A By Uriel Heflman NEW YORK (JTA) - The Anti-Defamation League's new national director will be social entrepreneur Jonathan Greenblatt--a special as- sistant to President Obama who earlier in his career co-founded the bottled water brand Ethos. Greenblatt, 43, will suc- ceed Abraham Foxman, who announced in February that he would be stepping down ef- fective July 2015. Foxman, 74, has been the ADL's national director since 1987. The news was first reported by JTA on Thursday and fol- lowed shortly afterward by a formal announcement at the ADL's annual meeting in Los Angeles. The ADL said the unani- mous selection of Greenblatt by the 16-member succession committee was the culmina- tion of a two-year nationwide search led by the Atlanta- based executive search firm BoardWalk Consulting. The firm reviewed hundreds of prospective candidates from the fields of business, law, academic and nonprofit man- agement, according to anADL news release. Greenblatt, a grandson of a Holocaust survivor who escaped Nazi Germany but lost nearly all his family in the war, interned for the ADL while in college at Tufts University and later partici- pated in an ADL professional leadership program. His wife, Marjan Keyp- our Greenblatt, an Iranian- American Jewish immigrant, worked as an associate director at ADL's Los Angeles office for about eight years. Until last December, she was acting director of the Israel on Cam- pus Coalition. She went on to co-found the new nonprofitAl- liance for Rights of All Minori- ADL on page 14A