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PAGE 14A From page 1A ties, which promotes women's and minority rights in Iran, and serves as its director. "Marjan herself escaped from her native Iran after the Islamic Revolution when this ancient country that once championed tolerance instead forged a political ideology in the toxin of anti-Semitism," Greenblatt said Thursday in a speech delivered after the announcement, according to a transcript of remarks pro- vided by the ADL. "Like my grandfather decades earlier, my wife had to flee the land of her birth and came to this country with the help of HIAS as a political refugee because of her Jewish identity. And so our lives and those of our children are shaped by this pernicious force, this longest hatred." At the White House, Green- blatt serves as director of the Office of Social Innovation and Civic Participation in the Domestic Policy Council, where his portfolio includes national service, civic engage- ment, impact investing and social enterprise. A veteran of the Clinton administration, Greenblatt has been a serial social entre- preneur. Ethos, the bottled water company he and a business school classmate launched in 2003, donated a portion of its profits to finance water programs in developing countries. After Starbucks bought the com- pany, Greenblatt continued to promote clean-water funding in the d'eveloping world as the coffee com- pany's vice president of global consumer products. He went on to serve on the board of the nonprofit Water. org, which was co-founded by the actor Matt Damon. Greenblatt also started an open-source platform for volunteers called All for Good, served as CEO of the media company GOOD Worldwide and founded the Impact Econ- omy Initiative at The Aspen Institute. He has a master's degree in business from North- western University's Kellogg School of Management. In the Jewish world, Green- blatt has served on the board of the .Jewish Community Foundation of Los Angeles, and he was one of the judges in the 2011 "Next Big Jewish Idea" contest of the Los An- geles Jewish federation. "I have enjoyed a varied career that has spanned busi- ness, nonprofit and public service, but the common thread linking these experi- ences has been a commitment to tikkun olam, to repair the worldl whether by building businesses, creating products, driving policy or forging part- nerships," Greenblatt said in his speech Thursday. As ADL succession commit- tee members winnowed down their top candidate choices from 25 to 15 to eight and then to three, Barry Curtiss- Lusher, the chairman of the committee andADL's national chairman, said he realized that, while "a number of people could be great leaders of the ADL, Jonathan Green- blatt was the best choice." Curtiss-Lusher also told JTA that while Greenblatt has not been a Jewish communal professional, he is a com- mitted Jew who maintains a kosher household and is an active member of his Conser- vative shul. Foxman will formally hand over the reins to Greenblatt on July 20. HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, NOVEMBER 14, 2014 Foxman has been a singular leader for the organization. A child survivor of the Holo- caust, he started'at the ADL in 1965. Under his leadership, ADL expanded its reach with 30 regional offices across the United States and an office in Israel. In 2011, the last year for which data is available, the ADL reported nearly $54 million in revenue. But Foxman's role tran- scends that of leader of an organization that monitors anti-Semitic activity, offers discrimination-sensitivity training and runs anti- bigotry programs, including for law enforcement. He has become the leading global arbiter for what constitutes anti-Semitism, the go-to person for apologies and exculpation when public figures make anti-Semitic gaffes or missteps; and a favorite hated figure of anti- Semites worldwide. He also has been a staunch advocate for Israel. "I'm confident thatADLwill continue to thrive and grow under Jonathan's leadership," Foxman said in a statement. "I look forward to working with him to ensure a successful and smooth transition." Greenblatt said he is deeply honored to have been chosen for the post. "The threats that face our community today - includ- ing the expanding specter of global anti-Semitism, the continued legitimization of anti-Zionism, and the spread- ing infection of cyber-hate, are serious and sinister," Greenblatt said Thursday. "Fighting this scourge and advocating for the rights of all is not just an intellectual pursuit= it's personal for me, a deeply held value, one that has been seared into my soul." From page 13A Kristallnacht event OVeF sponsoFs AMSTERDAM (JTA)--A senior official from the Dutch Protestant Church pulled out of a Holocaust me- morial event co- organized by Socialists who commemo- rated a Hamas leader. Arjan Plaisier, secretary of the PKN umbrella of DutchProtestant churches, announced Friday that he would neither be speaking nor attending the Kristall- nacht commemoration event organized by the Platform Against Racism and Exclu- sion. The platform lists among its Kristallnacht commemo- ration partners the Inter- national Socialists, which in 2004 held a ceremony in memory of Ahmed Yassin, HANDYMAN SERVICE Handy man and General Maintenance Air Conditioning Electrical Plumbing - Carpentry Formerly handled maintenance at JCC References available STEVE'S SERVICES Call Steve Doyle at (386) 668-8960 a former spiritual leader of Hamas whom Israel killed that year. Another sponsor was the Dutch Palestine Committee, which supports the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement against Israel, and far-left groups. The Kristallnacht event is funded by Kerk in Actie, the PKN's aid organization. Likoed Nederland and other pro-Israel groups , protested Plaisier's planned attendance as a speaker at the event,-which took place at the same time Saturday as the Jewish community's official commemorative ceremony for the victims of the 1938 Kristallnacht pogroms in Germany and Austria, which many histo- rians regard as the opening shot for the systematic ap- plication of violence against Jews by the Nazis and their helpers. "After intensive dialogue, Arjan Plaisier decided not to speak at the event planned by Every day that you're outside, you're exposed to dangerous, but invisible, ultraviolet (Ub0 sunlight. Leftunprotected, 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 UV protection. I THEVISIONCOUNCIL the platform," a PKN spokes- man told Likoed N6derland. "We must respect the voices that we are hearing," he added in reference to the protest. The spokesman added that Plaisier decided "as a sign of good will" to attend the official ceremony organized by the Central Jewish Board, or CJO, at the Portuguese Synagogue of Amsterdam. Plaisier told the Neder- landse Dagblad newspaper, "I had not realized there were two commemorations, each sounding adifferent voice." Venezuela to give 1,000 Palestinians free univer- sity education (JTA)--At least 1,000 Palestinians will receive a free university education in Venezuela. Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro on Nov. 6 welcomed 119 Palestinian students who will be trained in the field of medicine through the new Yasser Arafat Scholarship Program. "We will train at least 1,000 doctors, quickly, now," Maduro said in an address to the students in Caracas, the SouthAmerican nation's capital. "It is a hard goal but we can't fail on this, we have no excuses." Maduro also announced the expansion of the program to engineering, architecture "and every field of knowl- edge." The scholarship program is named for Arafat, the former head of the Palestine Liberation Organization and the first president of the Palesti .nian Authority. Maduro said he cried when he saw the images of Palestinian students danc- ing in their first minutes in Venezuela. "We want to see you dance again," the president said. The Palestinian students obliged by dancing for Madu- ro, who received from them a keffiyah, or Arab headdress. More than 20 of the students are from Gaza; the rest are from the West Bank. They were picked up in Jordan by a plane sent from the Venezu.elan government that also brought 10 tons of humanitarian aid for Gaza. In August, Maduro pub- licly accused Israel Of pursu- ing "a war of extermination against the Palestinian people" and has compared Gaza to Auschwitz. Three months earlier, Venezuela announced that it would supply oil to the Palestinians. Venezuela in 2009 recognized the State of Palestine. 7S-year-old assaulted in Warsaw anti-Semitic attack (JTA)--Police in Warsaw arrested the alleged per- petrator of an assault on a 78-year-old man while shouting anti-Semitic slurs. . The suspect, identified in Polish media as a 30-year- old man named Pawel L., allegedly struck the victim outside a store on Friday, causing him injuries that required hospitalization. Police found Pawel being subdued by passers-by who intervened after witnessing the attack, according to the news website The report did not say whether the victim was Jewish, but prosecutors intend to charge Pawel with perpetrating a hate crime along with as- sault. Pawel was taken into custody immediately at the scene. If convicted, he could face a jail term of up to 10 years. Austria's national rail- .way opens exhibit about its Holocaust complicity BRUSSELS (JTA)--Aus- tria's national railway com- pany opened an exhibition at the European Parliament about the firm's complicity in the Holocaust. Titled "The Suppressed Years," the exhibition opened last week at a cer- emony attended by members of the European Parliament, European Jewish Congress staff and Austrian Fed- eral Railways executives, including the firm's CEO, Christian Kern. "When we first discussed bringing this exhibition here, some from our mar- keting team feared it would hurt the brand," Kern said. "But we need our brand to be clean. And showing what happened in the Holocaust is necessary for that." The exhibition features a confined space the size of a cattle wagon of the sort that was used in transporting tens of thousands of Austrian Jews and other groups perse- cuted by the Nazi regime in Austria to concentration and death camps across Europe. It also tells the story of foreigners who were forced to work for the Austrian railway and the story of the railway's rapid absorption, within a few days, into the German railway system after Nazi Germany merged with Austria in 1938. For decades after World War II, Austrian politicians argued that Austria was an occupied nation and officials at first resisted offering restitution to Holocaust victims. But in 1991, then- chancellor Franz Vranitzky apologized for Austria's role in the murder of 90 percent of the country's pre-Holocaust population of over 200,000 Jews. "The exhibition tells not only the story of what happens in the Holocaust, but also the background - the process of nazification among the railway's workers, the rooting out of dissidents, the severe oversight that existed," said Milli Segal, an Austrian Jew who is curator of the exhibition. 9132756.48 8263491 75 745168329 174682593 598437216 362951487 6-57824931 23-97 1 6854 481 593762