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HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, NOVEMBER 20, 2009 Enzian From page 1A "Dr. Octopus" in "Spider Man 2," "An Education"), a unique friendship develops between these two "enemies" as ten- sions escalate and friends and neighbors (including a cameo byTheodore Bikel) grow suspi- cious and are quick to judge. Nominated for seven Is- raeli Academy Awards and a major award winner at the Moscow, Cinequest, and Sofia Film Festivals, Dror Zahavi's thriller "For My Father" is the story of a young Palestinian man forced on a suicide mis- sion in Tel Aviv to redeem his father's honor. Given a second chance when the fuse on his explosive vest fails to detonate, Tarek must spend the week- end living the people he was planning to kill as he awaits its repair. To his surprise he connects with several Israelis on the outskirts of society, including the beautiful and rebellious Keren, who has cut offcontact with her Orthodox family. But with the deadly load of explosives still strapped to his body, Tarek finds him- self caught between the men that sent him (who can blow up his bomb remotely), the Israeli police patrolling the streets, and his new-found friends. Discovering a new spark to his life, a decision must be made as the 48 hours come to a close... "The Debt" was nomi- nated for four Israeli Academy Awards and called"One of the best Israeli films of the year" by Channel 1 Television in Is- rael. AssafBernstein's unique psychological cat-and-mouse espionage thriller was a box- office hit in its native country. In 1964, three young Mossad agents are on a mission to capture "The Surgeon of Birkenau," a monstrous Nazi war criminal now working under a false identity as a gynecologist in a small clinic in Berlin. But when things don't go as planned, a lie is perpetrated and now, more than 30 years later, they must protect themselves when the Surgeon suddenly resurfaces in the Ukraine, determined to confess his crimes against humanity. But how do you terminate a man already thought dead, and how do you find redemption for misdeeds of the past? Handsomely filmed on location and fea- turing a stellar international cast, "The Debt" already has an English-language remake in the works from Miramax starring Helen Mirren. Nominated for 13 Israeli Academy Awards (including Best Picture, Actor, Director, and Screenplay) and winner of three including Best Actress and Best Supporting Actress, "A Matter of Size" is a "hilari- ous yet moving comedy," part sports drama and part love story--a sweetly absurd tale of forlorn blue-collar guys pursuing a difficult goal and in the process learning to accept themselves. Fed up with dieting, four overweight PAGE 23A friends in the Israeli city of Ramie--including shy former chef/now Japanese restaurant dishwasher Herzl, who lives with his mother--decide to start a sumo wrestling club. Butwill the 340-pound Herzl's commitment to the sport in- volving "two fatsos in diapers and girly hairdos" ruin his budding relationship with sympathetic plus,size social worker Zehava? It's a"coming out" story of a different kind. For showtimes and tickets, visit, or call 407-629-0054. The Enzian Theater is located at 1300 S. Orlando Ave. in Maitland. Honors From page 3A of Israel's populationwith pre- hospital emergency medical and ambulance needs, as well as to provide blood services. The MDA National Blood Services Center provides 100 percent of the blood require- ments of the Israel Defense Forces and 97 percent of the blood needs of Israel's hospitals and the general population. MDA's fleet of 800 MDA ambulances and mobile intensive care units are on call 24/7, operating from over 100 emergency medical stations and 11 dispatch stations throughout Israel, logging almost 10 million miles and taking care of more than 520,000 patients annually. For more information or to make a donation, call321-277-8890 or mail a check to AFMDA, 2420 Beman Court, Winter Park, FL 32792. AFMDA supporters Robert and Judy Yarmuth (1) and Harold and Charlotte Rotenberg join Rene and David Brent at the AFMDA brunch. AFMDA supporters turned out in force for the tribute to the Brents. At this table are, front row left to right, Rebecca Maxwell, Michael Maxwell, Adrian Share, Geanne Share, and Winston Schwartz; and back row, left to right, Ava Maxwell, Arnold Stein, Rachel Sachs Tippit and Charlotte Schwartz Survivors From page 3A lack of food, the living condi- tions and the labor, all the while shaping their survival skills by taking risks and using their wits. Not only did these six survive physically, but they survived emotionally as well. They created "camp families," encouraging and protecting each other, hop- ing to survive long enough to tell the world what they experienced. Of course, the survivors' struggles did not end when they were liberated from Auschwitz. Many were sent to labor camps throughout Poland and Germany and thousands more were sub- jected to the notorious death marches. True freedom did not come until much later; for some survivors, the struggle to find the sense of peace that freedom suggests has lasted a lifetime. The goal of the Third Reich and its "final solution" was to fully dehumanize and exploit victims before killing. The women in this film are a liv- in g embodiment of the failure of those policies. Try as they might, the Nazis could not kill the spirit that lived within these and thousands of other survivors, and this is the story that cannot be forgotten. Music From page 3A ordination and a master of arts degree in Jewish educa- tion. Prior to attending JTS, Rabbi Kay was one of the original three students at the founding of the experimental Hebrew Seminary of the Deaf in Skokie, Ill. Born and raised in Chi- cago, Rabbi Kay was active in United Synagogue Youth (US) in high school, serving as Chicago regional president. He went on to perform music solo, and with the original band "Buffalo Trout." In vari- ous combinations, he opened shows for Don McLean, Three Dog Night, David Grisman, Bill Cosby, and others. In rabbinical school, the future Rabbi Kay continued to pursue his love of musical performance, singing with the seminary's a capella group Note-Nim. "Joyful Noise," a gospel-style piece Rabbi Kay wrote, adapting words from the book of Psalms, was a popular num- ber for the group and is the title of its "best of" CD. He frequently shares his musi- cal gifts with the Orlando community, including per- forming with COS Cantor Allan Robuck as "The Clergy Boys," and as leader of the a capella group Kol Ram. Rabby Kay, his wife Joanne Goldman Kay, and their son, Jonah, live in Orlando. Carol Stein was born in Miami but grew up in Orlando. She began her classical piano studies at age 4. She received her master's degree from the University of Florida with her dissertation on "Special Dental Considerations for Musicians." Stein lived in Zurich, Swit- zerland for many years while traveling and performing throughout Europe. She has appeared at Carnegie Hall, the Playboy Club of Japan, and the New World Harbour View in Hong Kong. She has been a musician for the Walt Disney Com- pany since 1990 and is now performing at the Rose and Crown English Pub at Epcot. She is known as "the Hat Lady." Members of Rishona- Chaverot will participate in their traditional Chanukah candlelighting ceremony at this meeting. To make a reservation, call Bunny Rosen at 407-331-8367 or Shelly Gross at 407-737- 0450. The cost of the luncheon is$8.50,which mustbe received by Nov. 27. Guests are welcome. ) Health From page 5A may be most remarkable is that the U.S. manages to spend $6,714 per capita, while Israel and Japan each spend less than 40 percent of that amount. In addition to these ter- rible inefficiencies, the inequity and injustice of our system leads many in Obama From page 5A istration focused on limiting the legitimate growth of Jew- ish communities. Ignoring these outposts' role in our common struggle against ter- rorism and extremism, they sought to decide for us how and where our families could build and develop their towns. We have no doubt that these statements and positions we re motivated by a legitimate desire for progress, but they ignored realities and created obstacles between us and the Palestinians rather than removing them. Israel is facing a genuine, grave threat. The American administration must under- stand that such an existential challenge commands our focus and resources. I refer the Jewish community to believe there is a moral component to health in- surance reform. More than virtually any other issue, there is broad consensus for reform--from Agudath Israel of America to the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism. Stan Dorn, a National Jewish Democratic Council senior fellow, was right when he wrote, "The Torah con- tains more laws command- ing justice and kindness towards the stranger...than it addresses to any other sub- ject, including the Sabbath, the festivals, or even honor- ing G-d." Dorn points out that our tradition "teaches that a society is measured in G-d's sight largely by how its most vulnerable members fare." It is a matter of justice, no matter where you fall on the Jewish denominational spectrum. I am lucky to be alive to- day. Moreover, I am doubly lucky that my medical emer- gency did not bankrupt my family. But I am reminded that my episode demon- to the very real threats of an Iranian despot who repeatedly has declared his commitment to our destruction. Dismiss- ing historical truths of the Jewish people's past tragedies and our legitimate rights to our own hard-earned home- land, this madman rants and rails and seeks to call into question--with classic anti- Semitic chutzpah--our very existence. As a man of peace who will soon hold the title of Nobel Peace laureate, President Obama surely knows that the land of Israel and the Jewish people always have and always will be commit- ted to true peace. Yet true peace requires concessions by all sides. And it must come with real commit- ments and sacrifices by those bodies who today bitterly oppose us. As the president's predeces- sors and hundreds of equally well-intentioned diplomats who have come before you can attest, most of our day-to-day realities cannot be appreci- ated from afar. The land of Israel and the tensions in our cities and on our borders are not easily understood from intelligence reports or maps or briefings alone. This is a region that needs to be seen and felt. One need to hear the sounds and speak with the people to genuinely comprehend the challenges-- and opportunities--inherent in this volatile area. So I appeal to the president to revisit this land and see j ust how much has changed in the past 12 months. President Obama agreed recently to attend a majorAmerican Jew- ish gathering in Washington [but had to bow out to attend a memorial for the victims of the shooting at Fort Hood] but this cannot and must not be a substitute to speaking to the people of Israel directly in Jerusalem. I am confident that such a experience will deepen his understanding immeasur- ably. Certainly itwill help him better formulate America's vital positions concerning Israel and our neighbors. But most of all, it will help us renew our faith that the White House and the Ameri- can people truly understand our plight and are committed to helping us overcome it. Danny Danon is deputy speaker of the lsraeli Parliament and chairman of World Likud. strates just how broken our system is. After all, I am a Jewish organizational CEO with a high-quality health insurance plan and a mas- ter's degree in business to figure out how to maneu- ver through private sector health insurance's broken bureaucracy. All of us, no matter which political party we are from or who we we voted for last November, are living with the consequences of this broken system. The passage of the health care bill out of the House of Representatives was a step toward fixing this system, but there is still much further to go. While we may not all agree on the exact solution, we must all agree that the time has fi- nally come to comprehensive reform of our health insur- ance system. Ira N. 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