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PAGE 14A HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, NOVEMBER 29, 2013 Typhoon From page 1A brought 100 tons of equip- ment and supplies. Merin says the local offi- cials and residents, as well as the medical staff of the local hospital, "greeted us warmly." "We are workinghand in hand with the Filipino people," he said. Merin, a cardiac surgeon and deputy director of Shaare Tzedek Hospital in Jerusa- lem, says the Israelis also have performed surgeries in the local hospital in concertwith local doctors "to give them some of our knowledge." Despite the death toll of more than 3,000, which-is expected to climb thousands higher, and the nearly 2 mil- lion displaced, Merin says the wounded are not wandering the streets like he saw in Haiti following the 2010 earth- quake. He also was part of the Israeli team that traveled to Japan in the aftermath of its 2011 tsunami; the Japanese infrastructure was better able to withstand a disaster, Merin said. At about 4 a.m. Sunday, a man who had been stabbed in the chest was brought to the Bogo City field hospital by friends. Doctors put in a chest drain, which Merin says was beyond the capabilities of the local hospital. "I am not sure what would have happened if we had not been around," he said. Mobilizing and operating the field hospital has cost Israel millions of dollars, Merin says, as well as lost manpower. The medicines and much of the equipment brought in will remain when they leave in about two weeks, he adds. Merin, who is volunteer- ing, believes the IDF is able to mobilize so quickly in the wake of natural disasters be- cause it operates as an army unit, sending an advance team that allows the unit to deploy quickly upon arrival. One of the logistics officers left with the team for the Philippines two days after his wedding, despite being on leave from the army for the occasion. Israelis, Merin says, are "ready to drop everything and come and assist anywhere in the world that we need to be." His team in the Philip- pines, he adds, is "really treating [the patients] with all their heart." Pavilion From page 1A truly exceptional. Focusing on the positive and treating every day as a gift became a priority following a breast cancer diagnosis in 2007. Today Novick says, "if it's not cancer, I'm not going to get stressed about it." After helping with logistics involving more than 90 ven- dors during October's, "Walk, Novick commented, "I love working with the vendors, and I have learned a lot over the years (like placing coffee and food tables at each end of the walk). The vendor's success helps the Pavilion fund services like the senior help desk." She added, "The new senior help desk offers an amazing resource to those seeking assistance." In addition, Novick served as a companion to Pavilion senior, Myra Gordon, who resided in a memory care center until her death last November. Though Myra suffered from Alzheimer's disease, Novick felt her visits made a difference. "It was always a joy to see Myra,~' she said. "I really miss her. ThoughAlzheimer's took hermemory, I always felt her spirit was still there." Novick's zest for life mo- tivated her to pursue acting classes since 1999; she even was in a commercial, which aired in Canada. She noted that, "acting is a rare oppor- tunity to walk in someone else's shoes." Toby Vandemark has been active in the Orlando Jewish community since she relo- cated in 2008, serving on the Federation board as well as serving in various capacities with the Pavilion. Her travel agency business, Cruise Trips for Two, prepared her to be the Pavilion's treasurer, a position she continues to hold, while broadening her involvement to include "Walk" co-chairwoman and serving on the gala committee. After her parents down- sized to an assisted-living fa- cility out of state, Vandemark came to appreciate the need for the Jewish Pavilion. "When I visited my parents, my mom would say something like 'let's visit Sophie downstairs, she never gets any visitors,'" Vandemark noted. "I feel that the mission (of the Pavilion) is so worthwhile--no senior should grow old alone. If I can make even a small dif- ference in their lives then I have done something good with my time." Vandemark volunteers at Savannah Court Happy Hours, where she sings, visits, and offers companionship to the Pavilion's seniors. "The times when, at Savannah Court, I get to sing along with the residents, I watch them smile. They may not remem- ber their family or even who they are, but with the music they can remember the songs and it brings smiles to their faces and to mine." Vandemark raised her fam- ily in New York and North Carolina, and values time with her children, Aaron and Lauren, as well as grandchil- dren, Henry (4) and Mabel (1). Vandemark and husband, Robert, celebrated their 43rd wedding anniversary at the end of November. Both Novick and Van- demark are humbled to be recognized by an organization they hold very dear to their heart. Nancy Ludin, executive director of the Pavilion said, "We are blessed to have such wonderful volunteers like Toby and Faye. Much of what Faye and Toby do is behind the scenes and makes the Pavilion run as smoothly as it does. We are honored to be able to show these twowonderful ladies the recognition they deserve and put them at the forefront of our luncheon." Hollande From page 2A Achilles' heel: His perceived indecisiveness, even among members of his own Social- ist Party. "Hoilande is more of a gray- ish leader. He's not a star like some of his predecessors, in- cluding Francois Mitterrand and Nicolas Sarkozy," said Daniel Shek, who served as Israel's ambassador in Paris during Sarkozy's term from 2007 to 2012. Along with this perception of weakness, Hollande is contending with a worrisome financial crisis and a large rise in the unemployment rate, which has reached 26 percent among the young-- more than triple the rate in Germany. Earlier this month, the Standard & Poor credit agency cut France's rating for the second time this year, exposing Hollande to the charge that he is not deliver- ing the growth andwelfare he promised. Indeed, popular Support for Hollande is at a record low. A poll released Sunday by the market research firm IFOP found that Hollande's approval rating had plunged to 20 percent, a dramatic falloff from the 54 percent he enjoyed following his election in May 2012 and two points below the previous all-time low set by Mitterrand in 1991. But on issues of particu- lar importance to French Jews, Hollande has a stellar record. Since his election, hundreds have been arrested and dozens convicted for anti-Jewish violence and incitement. And last year, the president cleared his schedule unexpectedly to accompany Netanyahu to Toulouse for a memorial for the four victims of a French Islamist attack on a Jewish School there in 2012. Such overtures may make French Jews more forgiving of Hollande's shortcomings on other fronts--but probably not much. "It would be incorrect to call Hollande popular among French Jews, who also worry about the economy as all French citizens do," said Roger Cukierman, president of the CRIF umbrella group of Jewish communities in France. On Israel, Hollande re- versed France's objection to the European Union black- listing of Hezbollah's mili- tary wing. Then, earlier this month, France blocked a deal between world powers and Iran, taking a harder line than the United States over the terms of an accord. "These moves were not born of any desire to curry favor with Israel," Shek said, "[but] the French position was nonetheless appreciated in Jerusalem." This was not expected of Hollande when he first sought to replace Sarkozy, a right- leaning leader seen as more Sharkansky From page 4A Jews also should enjoy hu- man rights. The Palestinians can deal with any who continue with the hateful themes by drop- ping them from the roof of Ramallah's tallest building, in the manner of how Hamas has dealtwith those who resist its rule in Gaza. Viewpoint From page 5A Our basic position should be: "We've got them by the short-and-curlies." This is no time to let go. We need to squeeze hard and long and without much give. Iran is being severely hurt and isn't going to go all the way to a nuclear weapon without knowledge they will be at- tacked. We're in the strongest position we'll ever be in. We must take maximum advan- tage. Being "good interna- tional partners" is nafve and counterproductive. We should use every advantage (includ- ing additional congressionally mandated sanctions) at our disposal. Handy man and General-Maintenance Air Conditioning Electrical Plumbing Carpentry Formerly handled maintenance at JCC References available STEVE'S SERVICES Call Steve Doyle at (386) 668-8960 Israel must admit to its own problem of individual violence. The latest incident was the nighttime burning of a Pales- tinian home in the outskirts of Ramallah. Thanks to an alert mother, two children escaped with their lives before the total destruction. Israeli security forces claim to be frustrated in identifying those responsible, perhaps loosely allied, and said to be under the guidance of char- ismatic rabbis. A fair comparison of vio- lence and the efforts of police would find Israel scoring high- er on measures of civilization than Palestine. However, the differences are not absolute. Israel is a lighter shade of gray. It's hard to escape the conclusion that some well placed Israelis view Price Tag as giving an appropriate mes- sage to Palestinians about the costs of their own violence. The Obama administra- tion has been as responsible as anyone else for the recent increase in violence. Its obses- sion with forcing Israelis and Palestinians to a table falls into the category of making things worse. Participants in the talks appear to be doing nothing more than accusing one another of preventing any accomplishment. Such a message filters out to the street, and contributes to whatever other incitement provokes individuals to take up a knife, throw stones at a passing car that looks Jewish, or make a fire bomb. John Kerry's warning that Israeli stubbornness will contribute to a third intifada deserves special attention. Whoever gives licenses to diplomats should remove his. Ira Sharkansky is a profes- sor (Emeritus) of the Depart- ment of Political Science, He- brew University of Jerusalem. Rosen From page 1A example of the kind of phi- lanthropist who does the most good," Kancher said. "He gives from his heart, and empowers the group he serves. We are honoring him at our dinner in hopes that others follow his example." The dinner will be Wednes- day, April 30, 2014, at The Rosen Plaza 9700 Interna- tional Drive, Orlando. It will feature live entertainment and auction in addition to the dinner. Reservations are now being accepted through the Holocaust Center's website (www.holocaustedu.org) or by calling the Center at 407- 628-0555. responsive to Jewish con- cerns than his predecessors. Some French Jewish lead- ers-including Cukierman's CRIF predecessor, Richard Prasquier--warned that a Socialist in the Elysee Palace may hurt Franco-Israeli rela- tions because of a perceived anti-Israel bias among the French left. "So far, the opposite has been the case," said Yaron Gamburg, a media adviser at the Israeli Embassy in France. "If anything, there has been a deepening of the sturdy part- nership that existed during the term of Sarkozy." In addition to his political support, Hollande has been willing to advance bilateral trade with the Jewish state-- something his predecessors limited, many believe, to avoid angering Arab states. French exports to Israel currently~ stand at $1.5 billion--33 per- cent lower than Britain and nearly half the volume of Italy. Joining Hollande in Israel are dozens of French business- men, and several bilateral trade agreements are expected to be signed during the visit. In his Knesset speech, Hol- lande said he has decided to jump-start scientific, cultural and commercial exchange with Israel. Though Hollande has con- tinued France's condemna- tions of Israeli construction in eastern Jerusalem and the West Bank, in his visit Mon- 7921 3 34598 1 8624 81 745 56372 92436 27861 63957 45189 day to Ramallah he said the Palestinians should give up their call for a return of refu- gees to Israel in exchange for a freeze on Israeli settlement construction. Hollande in the seat of the Palestinian Authority said it was "urgent" that Israel reach an accord that creates a Palestinian state with "joint control" in Jerusalem. "The Palestinian issue is the one area where France and Israel differ--and even there, under Hollande the French partners are very open," Gamburg said. "There are no surprises." Some argue that such open- ness is an improvement to relations under Sarkozy, who despite vowing to improve Franco-Israel relations, cast a surprise vote in favor of UNESCO membership for the PalestinianAuthority in 2011. Still, Sarkozy is generally seen as a major improvement over Chirac, who had declared former Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon persona non grata in France. Sharon urged French Jews to immigrate to Israel. "Sarkozy, who raised many hopes, ended up disappointing Jews and Israelis because he was unreliable," said Joel Ru- binfeld of the Brussels-based European Jewish Parliament. "Hollande's presidency began amid doubts, but ended up instilling trust that Sarkozy never had." 6854 7126 5397 9263 8941 1785 4539 2418 3672