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Editorials 4 Op-Ed. 5 Calendar 6 Synagogue Directory 7 B'nai Mitzvah 8 Scene Around 9 Classified 23 and injuring more than Schleifer (JTA)--Turkish Jew- shocked by the force of the bombings synagogues here during Jewish community was tar- l iliba, bound to happen," said executive vice president community. .The rOftruck bombs exploded outside ~of Istanburs largest synagogues at least 23 and injuring more than 300. dead were known to dosion occurred at 9:30 main entrance of the city's synagogue, Neve Shalom. special fundraising drive in- to enhance and strengthen Judaic Studies Board has announced. drive has accomplished the more than $100,000 members of the commu- ng gifts to the UCF. of the advisory board, took the initiative ing the drive in May 2003. have contributed the total, and were force in finding friends to participate in the Judaic Studies reach result of the drive, an En- p in Judaic Stud- in honor of Tess and Abe be established in the Judaic the dean of the Col- ~ciences, Dr. Kathryn ~!i, iiii!i!iiiii!i!iii~!~,i~/ iiiii!!r photo by Yigal Schleifer/JTA ~ynagogue, shortly after a terrorist bombing Nov. 15, 2003. Saturday morning, killing at least 300. At least six of the dead were known to be Jewish. The second took place a few min- the rubble looked out on the scene of utes later at the back side of the Belt destruction, holding a handkerchief Israel synagogue, in Istanbul's Sisli to his face to keep out the strong neighborhood, about three miles smell of ammonia that filled the air away. after the explosion. The bombs were The blasts were heard from miles made of ammonium sulfate and ni- away and left the streets surround- trate, a Turkish security officer told ing the synagogues littered with CNN. shards of broken glass. It's still not "What kind of peaceful Sabbath is clear if the explosions were set off by this?" the congregant asked. suicide bombers driving by or if they Condemnations poured in from were ignited by remote control, in around the world, including from trucks parked near the buildings, such unlikely sources as Iran and Turkish authorities have said they Malaysia, both Muslim nations. believe they were suicide attacks. Israel's foreign minister, Silvan An usher working in Neve Shalom Shalom, flew to Turkey on Sunday to said it was filled with close to 400 visitthebombingsitesandmeetwith people celebrating a Bar Mitzvah. his Turkish counterpart, Abdullah "We were in the middle of reading Gul. the Torah when we felt a big explo- Turkish Prime Minister Recep sion. Everybody ran out," said the Tayyip Erdogan also toured the site usher, who asked not to be named. Anothercongregantstandingatop See "Turkey" on page 19 mg an TESS and ABE WISE Seidel, wrote in a letter to Wises: "Allow me to express my deepest gratitude for the generosity you have shown for your gift to the Judaic Studies Special Endowment Fund. The establishment of Endowed Pro- fessorship in Judaic Studies will en- hance the reputation of the program and allow us to honor a prominent scholar in this area." The dean has now taken steps to establish a second faculty position in Judaic Studies and has authorized to start a process of appointing a full- time tenure-earning assistant pro- fessor in Judaic Studies. Dr. Moshe Pelli, director of Judaic Studies, thanked Abe and Tess, say- ing, "We are grateful to you for initi- ating the fundraising drive, and in effect for contributing over half of the total. In addition, you were in- strumental in getting friends and supporters to participate in the drive and helping us reach our goal. Your vision, commitment to Je~0ish higher education, and as builders of com- munity institutions will impact the See "UCF" on page 19 The Holocaust Center of Central Florida announces the opening of the exhibit Bittersweet Legacy: Cre- ative Responses to the Holocaust on Sunday Dec. 21. The exhibit will re- main until Feb. 29, 2004. A reception with artist Cynthia Moskowitz Brody and honoring local artist, Wolf Kahn, whose art is in- cluded in this exhibit, will take place on at 4 p.m. The reception is open to the public at no charge. The book Bittersweet Legacies, edited by Cynthia Moskowitz Brody will be available for sale. Brody is the child of two Holo- caust survivors. Her mother lived through six months in Auschwitz as well as other camps, and her father survived much trauma as a forced laborer in Russia. Eighty-six mem- bers of her family died in Auschwitz. That legacy of sadness and survival has carried the fervent desire to cre- ate change through her work. She has been an exhibiting mixed media artist for more than 15 years, writes poetry and is a licensed marriage and family therapist in the San Francisco Bay Area. She has passed on this bittersweet legacy to her daughter Julie and son, Jonathan. In June 1994, Brody joined a group for Holocaust survivors and children of survivors. They had had created poetry, stories, music and art in re- sponse to their experiences. She felt that much of the materials might By Richard H. Gleick Former Mosaad agent and captor of Adolf Eichmann Peter Z. Maikin was the keynote speaker at this year's Kristallnacht observance on Sunday, November 9 at the Jewish Commu- nity Center. Originally scheduled to be held, as usual, at the Holocaust Memorial Resource & Education Center, the proceedings had to be moved into the JCC's auditorium to accommodate the more than 200 people who came to hear him. Holocaust Center Executive Di- rector Tess Wise began the program with an explanation of Kristallnacht ("Night of Broken Glass"), the gov- ernment-organized attack on the Jewish community of Germany, dem- onstrating the deeply anti-Semitic intent and destructive goals of the Germans. Jennifer Ritter, associate execu- tive director of the Holocaust Cen- ter, introduced Malkin, noting that he used his talents as an artist as his cover while he was in Argentina pur- suing Eichmann. He tracked down Nazi rocket scientists working for Egypt and repeatedly foiled both So- viet and Arab terrorists, she said. "Even if he had done nothing else," she continued, "Peter Malkin's place in history would be secure because of his action on May 11, 1960, the night he physically captured Adolf Eichmann, the most hunted and notorious of war criminals." Malkin began his career at the age of 12, when he was recruited into the Palestine Jewish underground. In 1950, he joined Mosa'ad and contin- ued there until his retirement as chief of operations in 1976. Dr{ring that time, he was twice awarded the Prime Minister's Medal, Israel's high- WOLF KAHN never be seen because of its private nature and realized the need to bring these creative expressions into the world. Many of those artists are repre- sented in Bittersweet Legacy. Be- sides Brady the exhibit includes works by Lisa Kohn, Barbara Milman, Sharon Siskin, Barbara Leventhal- Stern, and Wolf Kahn. Kahn, whose three sculptures are on display and whose design is af- "fixed to the main doors at The Holo- See "Kahn" on page 19 PETER MALKIN est honor for service. "Peter Malkin always acted through his conscience," Ritter con- tinued, "He respected his opponents. To him, the intellectual challenge of the mission was as rewarding as achieving the result. [Hel is notAgent 007; he never carried a gun and he says instead, it was his ability to talk and to influence people that served as his primary weapons." Today, he devotes his time to artis- tic pursuits and his Argentina Jour- nal exhibit is now on display at the Holocaust Center. In addition, he has written five books, ably assisted by Orlando resident Patty Ambinder (see sidebar), and is an international consultant on anti-terrorism. The one who was most responsible for sending Jews to the concentra- tion camps, Malkin began, was Adolf Eichmann. The order to capture him, he said, came directly from then- Prime Minister David Ben-Gurion. "I remember the operation like it hap- pened today," he said, even though it took place almost 44 years ago. See "Malkin" on page 21