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HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, NOVEMBER 26, 2010 90 Days From page 2A Abbas and Netanyahu. The Palestinian leader report- edly is seeking his own assurances from the United States before returning to the negotiating table, including a freeze on build- ing in eastern Jerusalem-- something that has been rejected emphatically by Netanyahu. Other factors that could inhibit an accommodation are a resurgence of terror- ist attacks engineered by Hamas, and the economic and political realities in the United States now preoc- cupying President Obama after massive Democratic losses in the U.S. House of Representatives. U.S. Rep. Eric Cantor (R- Va.) already told Netanyahu in a separate meeting that a Republican majority would "serve as a check" on the Obama administration. A Cantor spokesman clari- fied later to say that the lawmaker was speaking broadly, but the context of the statement suggested that it would include mat- ters of U.S.-Israel relations. It was clear even before the Clinton-Netanyahu meeting that the Obama administration was going out of its way to smooth a path for Netanyahu back to the talks. When Israel announced a major building start in eastern Jerusalem on Nov. 8, just as Netanyahu came to the United States for a visit, Obama's response was much more muted than in March, when a similar announcement occurred during Vice President Joe Biden's visit to Israel. In- stead of the tough language Obama administration of- ficials had used in March, Obama merely said the announcement was "un- helpful" and called on both sides not to make unilateral moves. In a phone call Nov. 12 with Jewish organizational leaders, Daniel Shapiro, the most senior National Security Council official dealing with Israel and its neighbors, took pains to reassure his listeners that all of Netanyahu's meetings with U.S. of- ficials--including Biden and Clinton--had been "excellent." There were signs also that with the delays and suspicions still besetting the process, the adminis- tration was trimming its hopes for a settled outcome within a year. PAGE 23. A. State Department spokesman P.J. Crowley admitted Nov. 15 in a brief- ing that the administration was no longer as confident in the 12-month "clock." "As you know, when the process started, we said this could be accomplished within 12 months," he said. "Hard to say at this point, given the delay over the issue of settlements, where we stand on that clock. But the first step in the process is to get them back to the bargaining table." Beck From page 2A Beck used the Nov. 12 edition of his radio show to defend himself against claims of anti-Semitism by describing himself as a "friend of the Jews." He also argued that itwas ridiculous to accuse him of playing up anti-Semitic stereotypes since he has spoken out against efforts to demonize bankers. Besides, Beck said, Soros is anti-Israel. Beck's co-host, Pat Gray, added that Soros was "probably anti-Jewish." During the same broad- cast, Beck mistakenly claimed that the ADL was accusing him of anti-Sem- itism regarding the com- ments about Soros. In fact, Foxman and the ADL never used the A-word, instead calling Beck's comments about Soros "completely inappropriate, offensive and over the top." Unrelated to the flap over Soros, Foxman sent Beck an Oct. 22 letter apologizing for an ADL direct-mail piece that included Beck in a list of celebrities who had made anti-Semitic remarks over the past year. "Even though we may disagree from time to time," Foxman wrote, "I know that you are a friend of the Jewish people, and a friend of Israel." During his Nov. 12 radio broadcast, Beck also dis- cussed having directed his staff to investigate whether any of Soros' foundations or organizations had given money to the ADL. As it turns out, the ADL has de- nied receiving money from Soros. The organization did, however, recently orga- nize a fundraising dinner to honor Beck's boss, Rupert Murdoch, the chairman of News Corp., which owns Fox News. This is not the first time that Beck has found himself being criticized by Jewish groups over comments relating to the Holocaust. Several Jewish leaders con- fronted Beck after he said during the recent election season that terms like "so- cial justice" lead to death camps. In response to those corn- plaints, Fox News president Roger Ailes and vice presi- dent Joel Cheatwood met in August with three Jew- ish organizational leaders: Simon Greer, the director of Jewish Funds for Jus- tice; Rabbi David Ellenson, president of Hebrew Union College; and Rabbi Steve Gutow, president of the Jewish Council for Public Affairs. Subsequently Beck sent Greer a note saying that he understood "the sensitivity and sacred nature of this dark chapter in human history." Two weeks ago, in response to the broadcasts about Soros, Greer said that Beck and Fox had made a "mockery of their professed understanding." Greer sparked contro- versy following the meeting with Fox officials by claim- ing that they had sided with Jewish leaders. Fox officials and other sources familiar with the meeting disputed Greer's account, saying that Aries and Cheatwood simply expressed sympathy for their concerns but never criticized Beck. Honorees From page 3A tions and temples. Lefkowitz is also an astute business- man and entrepreneur, and he has dedicated himself to advising and helping small business owners and other entrepreneurs to be success- ful. He recently was honored by SCORE, a nonprofit who dedicates itself to free busi- ness counseling to small businesses for his 25 years of service. Lefkowitz is known as a man of his word and is Inspiration From page 5A ent well-known journalists. The seminar that affected me the most was given by Yoav Tzur, the editor-in-chief of Maariv, one of the biggest, most successful newspapers in Israel. Yoav is what I imagine a model journalist to be. Yoav, like me, is someone who searches for a challenge and expects nothing less from those who work for him: "A real reporter interviews someone that doesn't want to be interviewed. I can send a five-year-old to interview someone that wants to be interviewed." Listening to Yoav describe the amount of success he has Order From page 5A After all, the next day we only need to come up with one fewer. And that'swhen the trouble starts: night two, when we start taking away light. Like politicians haggling over budgets, we find it's hard to cut back. "But Mommy or Daddy, last night we lit eight candles," the child in us might ask, "why tonight only seven?" At the moment we feel compelled to explain our Chanukah deficits, the bills considered the "patriarch" of his large, extended family. Phyllis Kamenoff: Kame- noff, 86, is a caring, dynamic and creative personwith inex- haustible energy. She was one of the earliest Jewish residents to come to Orlando, arriving in the 1940s. She is a cancer survivor and often counsels others going through treat- ment. She is a 55-plus year member of Temple Israel, a founder of the Jewish Com- munity Center, a longtime supporter of The Holocaust Center, JFS, Kinneret and Historical Society of Central Florida. Esther Gluskin: Gluskin celebrated her 85th birthday earlier in November and will become a bat mitzvah April 16, 2011. She is a retired reading specialist and is now in her 12th year as a volunteer with the Orange County school system teaching and tutoring third graders at Waterbridge Elementary. She does water aerobics three times a week, does yoga, sings with the Williamsburg singers and is currently president of her Hadassah group through Southwest Orlando Jew- ish Congregation. She has mastered the computer and not only plays daily Scrabble games, but uses e-mail and facebook to keep up with her friends and family. She is ac- tive in her temple, SOJC, the Chai Steppers and Hadassah. Berny Raft: Raft, 83, is a longtime volunteer at Con- gregation Ohev Shalom. He has been president of the COS earned for himself simply by doing what he loves reaf- firmed my goal of becoming a journalist. It also showed me that I can and will become suc- cessful doing what I love, and that I can make a difference in the way people view things that matter the most to me, such as the importance of the Jewish state of Israel. As a child, I had always heard stories about Israeli heroes. While at the GA, I was given the privilege of listening to two of the few remaining Israeli heroes. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu gave a speech to the entire General Assembly. Natan Sharansky, a prominent Is- raeli politician and a former prisoner of conscience in the Soviet Union, gave not only a speech, but also a private lecture to the members of"Do the Write Thing." I was star-struck at the sight of these men, and greatly inspired by listening to them speak about how they have dedicated themselves, and even risked their lives, to help Israel and the Jewish people. Due to the effect lis- tening to their speeches had on me, all the doubts I had ever had about pursuing a career in journalism vanished. Although it has only been two weeks since I left New Orleans, I can confidently say that "Do the Write Thing" has inspired me in many dif- ferent ways. I now have the confidence to not only write about things that interest me, but I also have the courage to reveal my opinions within my writing. Unlike many students my age, I am certain about what career is right for me. Also, as cliched as it may be, I now know not to doubt or second-guess myself, and to pursue anything I can in order to succeed, regardless of my initial fear of failure. And of course, being able to listen to and meet genuine Israeli heroes--people I'd thought I could only hear about in stories--capped a wonderful event. Arielle Ozery is a first-year journalism student at the Uni- versity of Central Florida, and is active in Central Florida HilleL for the Shammai plan begin to come due. This year especially, orga- nizations that heavily employ Jews--the Jewish federations in San Francisco and Phoe- nix, The Jewish Theological Seminary in New York, even the Council of Jewish Poverty in Metropolitan Chicago, to name a few--may have to look at many days with less light. As reported in the Phoenix Jewish News, the Phoenix Jewish Federation recently announced that it would be laying off more than half of its staff. "As difficult as it may be, sometimes scaling down is what you have to do," said the Phoenix federation board chairman, Steve Gubin. "This is the time, more than ever, that we need the volunteers to step up to the plate," he said, suggesting gamely a way to fill the void. Taking away the light is tough. I'm changing my Shammai ways and putting up a lawn sign: Vote Team Hillel! Even the moon supports my change. It waxes and wanes, and Jews celebrate the new month when there is just a sliver in the sky. We watch it grow, adding light. Our natural inclination, one would think in terms of candle lighting, would be to follow the moon. But in the midst of a pe- riod of financial and political tumult, when the economy dreidel has landed on nun, or at best, hay, as followers of Hillel, we may be stuck in the aftermath of the order of Shammai. Edmon J. Rodman is a JTA columnist who writes on Jewish life from Los Angeles. Seniors for 20 years. Ohev's religious school children know Raft, as he has fed them every Wednesday for the past 25 years. He also works on the monthly bulletin. Raff begins and ends every day with a smile and touches the lives of every person he meetswith his positive attitude and dedica- tion. He is a devoted husband to his wife, Eleanor, whom he visits daily in a nursing home. Jean Dolen: Dolen is a Kinneret resident and will be 90 in April. She was part of the first graduating class of Queens College in New York in 1941. Dolen is very active in the community and at Kin- neret. She volunteers weekly for Retired Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP); OTTER (older teachers teaching early readers) by reading to ayoung child in a Head Start program, and volunteers one day aweek at the Florida Blood Center. She works in the Kinneret Boutique and the Kinneret Co-op. She is active in the JCC and the Sisterhood of Congre- gation Ohev Shalom. She has the ability to transcend gen- erations and is adored by her children and grandchildren. The 8 over 80 honorary dinner will be held in the Delaney Dining Room at Kinneret Apartments and will benefit the Kinneret Council on Aging, which pro- vides programs for residents that are not included in the resident's monthly rent. These programs include: A hot meal program where residents receive a nutritious five-course meal, served table- side Monday through Friday at 5 p.m. Residents pay $6 a meal and the rest is subsidized by the Kinneret Council on Aging; The Congregate Hous- ing Services Program, which provides transitional care to residents after an illness or injury that enables them to stay in their home as they regain their independence; Jewish programming including weekly Shabbat services, High Holiday and Passover meals; Community Outreach and volunteer programs that bring educational and cultural programming to residents. For ticket and sponsorship information, contact Leslie Collin at 407-425-4537. The Kinneret Apartments are the Jewish community's twin resi- dence towers for low-income senior citizens located in downtown Orlando. Sudoku solution from page 7 218957643 543681792 976324158 137895426 894762315 652413879 461239587 789546231 325178964