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/ FLORIDA JEWISH NEW Year 35, No. 15 vember 26, 2010 19 Kislev 5771 60 Pages Editorials ................................ 4A Ihl,,h,h,,,li,,lll[..,Ih,hllh,,h,h.hhll.,h.II eA 14*l'**'"'***MIXED ADC 320 TO: SMALL TOWN PAPERS 17270 F 5026 CALIFORNIA AVE SW SEATI'LE WA 98136-1208 Classified ................................ 2B Odando, Copy 7S JCPA Hillei members from several New York City universities interacting with the homeless community during a resource fair in New York, Oct. 17. Lame-duck Congress jeopardizes school lunch program for poor, groups warn By Ron Kampeas WASHINGTON (JTA)--The framers of an interfaith effort with the grand goal of halving American poverty in the next decade had a small but focused message this week: Keep those school lunches coming. At a meeting Monday on Capitol Hill at an event attended by congressional staffers, the framers of the effort spoke of a pending vote to reauthorize the Child Nutrition Act, the program which brings school breakfasts and lunches to needy children. They are concerned that Congress in its post-election session will rush through an agenda to have lawmakers home in time to prepare for the new Congress in January and neglect to pass an act that must be reauthorized every five years. "It's a lame-duck Congress, but it has to be done," said Rabbi Steve Gutow, the director of the Jewish Council for Public Affairs, the Jewish public policy umbrella taking the lead in the Fighting Poverty with Faith initiative. "It has to be passed or else kids are going into Christmas hungry." Both houses of Congress have passed the reauthorization, but now the House must pass the Senate version in order for the act to reach President Obama's desk. Congressional insiders do not give re- authorization strong chances. Congress is expected to end its session this week and is grappling with funding unem- ployment insurance. Reauthorizing the act, although an immediate term goal, was emblematic of the broad measures envisioned by the Fighting Poverty with Faith initiative over the next decade. At the Capitol Hill event, which fol- Lunch on page 22A Wall to be honored by Florida Hospital and Sheba Medical Center By Mark I. Pinsky Special to the Heritage A little-known chapter of U.S.-Israel relations will be celebrated Friday, Dec. 3, from 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. in the Ginsburg Tower at Florida Hospital Orlando, when the U.S. Army and Orlando's Dr. Norman Wall will be honored for their participation in the establishment of what later became Israel's largest hos- pital, Sheba Medical Center at Tel Hashomer. Wall was a medical of- ricer with the U.S. Army in World War II when he was dispatched, along with the 24 th Field Station Hospital, to establish medical facilities in Tel Aviv. At the time, the main threat was from the German army attacking the British Mandate in Palestine. To support the Allied effort, the American hospital unit was sent to Tel Aviv, and later to other sites in the Middle East and North Africa. The U.S. Army established Dr. Norman Wall beside an a hospital, first known as Tel Litwinsky, named after the hill looking over the city of Tel Aviv. The American military forces remained for about one year, when they handed the hospital over to the British command. But before the Americans left, the Army--in the person of Captain Wall--donated surplus medical equipment and supplies to the Haganah and the legendary physician, Dr. Haim Sheba, who was treating patients in a crum- ambulance in Palestine, 1943. bling Ottoman-era facility in Tel Aviv. In 1948, with the found- ing of the State of Israel, Tel Litwinsky was turned over to the Jewish state, where Sheba led it to become Israel's largest hospital and research center. Today the renowned Sheba Medical Center at Tel Hashomer is both a leading hospital and Israel's version of the National Institutes of Health. "We are deeply appreciative of the role the U.S. Army had in planting the seeds that later became our great hospital," said Professor Ze'ev Rotstein, CEO of Sheba Medical Center at Tel Hashomer. "And we are happy to give recognition to our longtime friend, Dr. Norman Wall, for his participation in start- ing the hospital, and for his continued support and direct involvement in Israel's medi- cal achievements." "With this honor, my pro- fessional life comes full circle," said Wail, 96. "I began my medical career as a young Army doctor who was able to help build Israel's largest hospital. Now, after a 50-year practice in Pennsylvania, I am being recognized in Orlando, the community in which I have chosen to spend the rest of my life, by another outstanding facility, Florida Hospital." Wall, who moved to the Orlando area in 1995, had returned to the U.S. after WW II, to become a prominent physician, cardiologist and medical educator. He trained at the prestigious Lahey Clinic in Boston, then later took positions in Philadelphia and Wall on page 22A JCA, JFG 0 seek common ground By Lyn Davidson Associate Editor All parties to the Nov. 11 meeting between leaders of the newly-formed Jew- ish Capital Alliance and the Jewish Federation of Greater Orlando agree that, though it had its heated moments, it led to greater understanding. The meeting took place two weeks after the Heritage published an interview with CPA and community leader Burt Chasnov. JCA board members had been deeply concerned after reading Chasnov's statement that a $3.2 million windfall profit to JCA from the sale of its interest in the upscale senior housing project ShiraLago might have been used to help pay down the principal debt on the Jewish Community Campus in Maitland, thereby solvingwhat many in the com- munity have called a "crisis." JCA president Howard Lefkowitz, VP and treasurer Ed Kleiman and secretary Rhonda Pearlman joined Federation CEO Hope Kramer, president Ian Robinson and treasurer Michael Soil in Lefkowitz's office. The meetingwas"extreme- ly productive and positive," Lefkowitz told the Heritage. "We came very much to a meeting of the minds." Both the Federation and JCA said they are now look- ing into possible partnership opportunities to fund com- munity needs. The Jewish Capital Alliance of Central Florida, Inc., was incorporated in May of this year as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization out of what had been the Jewish Senior Hous- ing Council, which had started the ShiraLago project. The Senior Housing Council itself had been formed in 2001 as an arm of the Kinneret Council Common on page 21A Israeli ambassador to speak in Orlando By Jill Cousins Special to the Heritage 'When a catastrophic earthquake destroyed Hai- ti's capital and other sur- rounding cities back in January, leaving more than one million residents home- less and claiming more than 200,000 lives, Israeli Am- bassador of Administrative Affairs Danny Biran and his delegation were among the first on the scene to help put the pieces back together. Biran was the chief ad- ministrator in Haiti, where he helped coordinate a group of volunteers, doctors and soldiers who would provide the most effective on-ground rescue and relief efforts pos- sible. Just four days after the earthquake struck the Caribbean island nation, the Israeli Defense Forces had set up a completely operational field hospital, which included operating rooms, an inten- sive care unit, 40 doctors, 20 nurses and rescue workers. Next month, Biran will be in Orlando to discuss Israel's rescue effort in Haiti. He will address members of the Mai- monides Medical Society at a special dinner at a private Winter Park home on 7 p.m. Dec. 14. At 8:30 p.m. Dec. 15, Biran will give a second presentation at the offices of GrayRobinson, Attorneys at Law. That event is open to the public and costs $7. The office is at 301 E. Pine Street, Suite 1400, in Orlando. "The Israeli efforts in Haiti are a demonstration of the Israeli people's compas- Danny Biran sion as well as technological skill," said Dr. Mitch Maul- fair, D.O., co-chair of the Maimonides Medical Soci- ety member. Biran, a native of Israel, has served as Administrative Affairs ambassador at the Consulate of Israel in New York since August 2008. He is responsible for Human Resources and Administra- tive Affairs for all of Israel's embassies and consulates in the United States, Canada, and Central and South America. The Maimonides Medical Society is the Jewish Federa- tion of Greater Orlando's af- finity group for Jewish physi- cians, dentists, veterinarians, nurses, medical students and other professionals in the health care field. To RSVP and for more information on these events, contact the Jewish Federation of Greater O rlando at 407- 645 - 5933 or visit