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HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, NOVEMBER 21, 2003 PAGE 17 I I photo by Brian Hendler/JTA North American Jews participating in the North American Jewish federation system's annual General Assembly wave a variety of flags during a march through Jerusalem, Monday, Nov. 17, 2003. photo by Brian HendlerlJTA North American Jews participating in the North American Jewish federation system's annual General Assembly walk through the Machane Yehuda market during a march through Jerusalem, Monday, Nov. 17, 2003. By Dina Kraft and Rachel Pomerance JERUSALEM (JTA)--Wav- ing Israeli, American and Ca- nadian flags and hoisting signs naming their hometowns, thousands of delegates at the Jewish federation system's General Assemblywound their ~ay through the back alleys, markets and main streets of Jerusalem, vowing to stand by Israel. Some 4,300 North Ameri- Cans and 2,000 Israelis have gathered in Jerusalem this Week for the annual assembly of the United Jewish Commu- nities, the umbrella organiza- tion of North American Jew- ish federations. Under the theme ' With Is- rael, In Israel: Shaping Our Common Future," the 2003 aSsembly featured a welcome by Israel's president and prime ainister. Delegates were Scheduled to tour the coun- try, visiting a range of sites from immigration and absorp- tion programs and high-tech Companies to programs to aid needy Israelis. On Monday's solidarity arch through Jerusalem, Soldiers and delegates linked hands and danced the hora, Vendors at the Mahane Yehuda raarket cheered, Israeli folk usic and shofars blared, and blue and white balloons bObbed overhead. Security was tight. Police JudyRosenofNewYorkalso heart," said Ami Mizrahi, a teacher from New Haven,tion system might provide fi- and soldiers manned street was glad the event was being policeman who helps oversee Conn who has been to Israel nancial aid to Israel to help cornersalongthemarchroute, held in Israel. It "shows the securityat MahaneYehuda. some 25 times, said she was absorb some 20,000 Falash whichhadbeenblockedtotraf- centrality of Israel and how "We roll out the red carpet appalled that more North Mura still in Ethiopia who tic. Pedestrians were searched important it is for the spiritu- to them,"Mizrahisaid."Ifonly American Jews do notvisit the want to immigrate. before being allowed to enter ality of the Jewish people," more would come." Jewish state. The IsraeliCabinetvoted in partsofdowntownJerusalem. Rosensaid. Mahane Yehuda, "In our time we have had February to expedite their Delegates said coming to David Ben-Porat agreed.Jerusalem's main open-air people whocrossedthedesert immigration, but critics ac- Israel was a matter of prin- Porat, a 29-year old Israeli, food market, has been a fre- to get here. Some have been cuse the government of foot- ciple, has helped clean upafter ter- quent terrorist target, and sent to jail," Silverman said. dragging. "IsraelneedsAmericanJews rorist attacks in downtown many people now fear to shop "And all we need to do is spend "The General Assembly has to come at this time to show Jerusalem as a volunteer for there. $1,000 and get on a plane." been a tremendous success it's a perfectly safe country to the Hatzolah emergency re- Ahead of the march, police Caught up in the spirit of becauseoftheenergyandcom- enjoy yourself in," said Robert sponse service, swept the market area, banned the parade, Marian Frankston mitment to care for every Jew, Michael, part of a seven-per- Monday night was his first cars and motorcycles from and David Weisberg of Harris- wherever they may be, in the son delegation representing time patrolling thestreets on parking and did security burg, Pa burst into the spirit of one community the800JewsofPeoria, Ili."It's a happy occasion, he said. checks on shoppers. "mummers strut," a typical united," said Rabbi Eric our home. It gives a "good feeling for 'Tmnotatall nervous,"said dance from their home state. Lankin, director ofUJC's reli- We need to show our soli- every person here,"said Ben- Dov Altman of Toronto,"If someone asked how gious and educational activi- darity." Porat, marching on behalf of marchingwithaCanadianflag long" the parade was, "I ties. As the four-day gathering his in-laws from Minnesota. draped around his shoulders, wouldn't be able to tell you in The march ended in down- opened Sunday, Israeli Prime David Cohen, 59, closed his Being here "shows they are time or distance," Weisberg town Jerusalem'sZionSquare, MinisterArielSharontolddel- photo shop along the march never going to shut us down. said, explaining that the at the bottom of the Ben- egates that the Jewish people route so he could watch "our We are going to continue to event's power had made it feel Yehuda pedestrian mall. would not be deterred by ter- brothers coming together" in live and grow," he said. like a "single moment."That area also has been a rorism, support of Israel. "This is the At spice shops and stands of "When you're here, you live target of suicide bombings in "Our enemies have got to Jewishhomeofalltheworld," figs, mangos and oranges, in a moment, but you're also recent years, and stores and understand that the Jewish he said. "We know that the marchers stopped to buy food living with such history," restaurants in the area have people cannot be broken," Jewish people ofthe world are and exchange greetings with Frankston added, struggled to stay open. Sharon said. with us." vendors, who waved flags and Among those marching Delegates were urged to For many General Assem-AIong the march route, del- shouted boisterouswelcomes, were several dozen Ethiopian spend the rest of the evening bly participants, Monday's egates paused to embrace Is- "They should come everyJews. They carried framed pho- shopping and dining in the march epitomized the raelis standing by the side of day," fruit vendor Yossi Chai tographs of relatives still in city center. conference's feel-good spirit, the road, exchanging greet- said. Ethiopiaandpostersthatread, DoritHoja, asecretaryfrom At most General Assem- ings in a mixture of Hebrew Israel's touristindustryhas "Our Brothers in Ethiopia Jerusalem, was among the Is- blies--typically held in North and English. been devastated by the three Love Israel Too: Bring Them raeli delegates in the march. America--thecustomaryques- Delegates thanked soldiers years of violence since the Pal- Home." She said the sight of so many tionis,'qNhenwasthelasttime and policemen for protecting estinian intifada began. Con- At the conference, Stephen Diaspora Jews in the streets you were in Israel?" said Fred the country, flashed wide ferenceorganizerssaidthevis- Hoffman, the UJC's CEO,gave her hope. Zimmerman of Nashville,smiles and posed for pictures, iting delegates would pour urged Israel to bring descen- "Wearesohappytheyarein Tenn. Here in Israel, "it just Soldiers and police clapped in some $15 million into the Is- dantsofEthi0pianJewsknown Israel," she said. "They make feels right, and it's something return, raeli economy, as Falash Mura to Israel. mefeelliketheyareourpeople, that defies words," he said. Such support "warms theIna Silverman, an English Hoffman has said the federa- that we are not alone." 'e survivor By Wendy MargoHn IUF News Ifi ] . CHiCAGO--Andrew Grove L:I i o-founderandchairmanof the board of Intel Corpora- tioa, a company that has been the forefront of developing /| ' puter technology, and he Ill T;me magazines 1997 J!~l|~ of the Year. Though he is all the most respected E l| ,9 inessmen of today, what akes this distinguished AI| i ericansuch a success story the greatest accomplish- /i :i nt of his youth-survival. /I ef reacaptivated audience ii { nearly 2500 Chicagoans at li o.s. Ho|ocaust Memorial /l seums Risa K. Lambert l|: k-and-Author Luncheon, l| described the horrors ll yaced living in .ungary l1 the Nazi regime and the ,l ressive Communist rule mat ensued. p~Pl 8orn in 1936 to a middle- I Class family in Budapest, Andris Grofwitnessedthe Nazi others who fled to the West the two years she spent in hid- "The Chicago community merit officials, the judiciary, occupation of Hungary and then sailed to America. ing. "How can I possibly de- has been extraordinarily re- the military, the civic lead- through the lens of a young Though today Grove's story scribe what it was like, lyingin sponsive from the first too- ers." Museum Director Sarah child, a lens he later uses to is encapsulated in a book, he, a hole underneath a barn for ments of dreaming about the Bloomfield, who spoke at the tell his story in the book like many survivors, kept his two years, not knowing what concept of a Holocaust me- luncheon, said, '5'oung stu- "SwimmingAcross:AMemoir childhood hidden from the day, what month, what year it morial museum. People dents in surprising numbers By Andrew S. Grove" (Warner publiceye."Allofthatchanged was? We were always in the graspedthevisionandwanted were saying things like, 'Be- Books). His father was con- when T/me magazine chose me dark, and all I could do was to be involved," says Jill inganAmericanisreallynoth- scripted to do forced labor for to be Man of the Year in1997, fanaticize that should I sur- Weinberg, the museum's Mid- ing that special, and then 9/ll the Hungarian army, and and in the process of collabo- vive, I will have all the food I west regional director,came along and certainly we Andris and his mother found rating with the magazine staff want. All I thought about was With an average of 2 rail- f und utthatbeinganAmeri- refuge among Christian fami- onaprofiletheywrote, Ifound survival." The luncheon in lion visitors each year-only 28 can was very special. And lies. When theywere reunited it very difficult to resist their Chicago is the United States percentofwhomare Jews, the clearly the truths we thought afterthewar, they realized they inquiries into my childhood HolocaustMemorialMuseum's U.S. Holocaust Memorial Mu- wereself-evidentwerenotself- were among the few fortunate years," says Grove."What hap- latest regularly attended seum has become one of the evident elsewhere. People be- ones to survive. "The casual- pened usa result surprised me. event, and thisyear's success is top sites for tourists, students gun to ask questions about the ties that those of us from Once I broke the boundary attributed largely to the popu- and dignitariesvisitingWash- meaning of freedom and the Budapest experienced were, separating my personal history larity of Andrew Grove and to ington, D.C. meaningofeviI.Andweatthe interestingly, at the hands of from my public messages, I the efforts of the event chairs, Now in its second decade, Holocaust Museum, we know roving bands of largely young found myself not only willing, Frieda and Judd Weinberg. chairman of the museum that truth, that evil is not an Hungarian fascists-our neigh- but also intrigued about delv- The Museum's Midwest re- council, Fred Zeidman, told eradicable disease, thatthepo- bors,"he said. ing into my youth." Grove was gional office, located in Chi- the Jewish Telegraphic tential for evil is part of the AS Hungary remained oc- not alone in sharing his story cago, assists the museum in Agency, the museum's focus human DNA. And hence we cupiedbySovietsafterthewar, at the 8th Annual Book-and- educatingthepublicaboutthe is on education and outreach, must always be vigilant and freedom was limited and life Author Luncheon in honor of Holocaustandservesthecom- "We've got to take it to the responsible." For moreinfor- in Budapest oppressive. Itwas the museum's 10th anniver- munity with music, lecture people with the greatest po- mation about the Holocaust after Soviet troops and tanks sary. FriedaWeinberg of Chi- andfilmseries, travelingexhi- tential to impact society, the Memorial Museum's Midwest quashedthe1956uprisingthat cago, as the first survivor to bitions and scholarly ex- caretakers of democracy, the regional office, call 847-433- Andris joined thousands of chair the luncheon, described changes, educators, the law enforce- 8099.