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FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS Editorials 4A .......... .,........, ................ Op-Ed ............... i, y . ......... 5A i / Calendar ............ :...i ..................... 6A Synagogue Directory .................. 7A B&apos;nai Mitzvah .............................. 8A Scene Around ............................. 9A New Israel Fund (L-r), Leo Gotlib, Isabel Kilman, Jamie Chepenik, and Caroline Rush look forward to having fun at The Roth JCC's Hanukarnival. See other area Chanukah celebration events on page IOA. Celebrate at the Roth JCC's Hanukarnival Join the Roth Jewish Community Cen- ter of Greater Orlando on Sunday, Dec, 7 from 1-4 p.m. at its Maitland location for Hanukarnival- an outdoor event the JCC is billing as a"dreideltastic, menorific family celebration." The event, which is free and open to the public, will feature inflatables, Chanukah-themed arts and crafts, Maccabee sports competitions, as well as musical performances by chil- dren from the JCC's Richard S. Adler nixed by Birthright ALGEMEINER--Birth- right Israel, the American organization that organizes visits to Israel for participants from 66 different countries, has terminated a partnership with the controversial New Israel Fund (NIF,) resulting in the cancellation of a Decem- ber visit to the Jewish state assembled by the two groups. In an email to trip partici- pants, Stephanie Ives, the New York director for the NIF, said that "we have been cut from the trip for three reasons that have been communicated to us: (1) Birthright Israel de- termined that our marketing of the trip was in violation of their policy because our NIF logo was slightly larger than the Birthright Israel logo; (2) Birthright Israel NEXT has determined that it can no longer partner with NIF in any way because we seek to influence policy in Israel, and they have a rule against partnership with organiza- tions that seek to influence policies in Israel or the United States; and (3) Birthright Israel decided to cancel a Early Childhood Learning Center, tunity for area Jewish organizatioffsand number of the New York UJA theewish Academy,ofdaJl,,axtd,   t,up, a,r-, se of recruitment area synagogues. Hmukarniva[witf' raffle at I-Iali so this Cdebra- concerns," Ires added: "I wish this were cuhninate with a featured perfor- mance by Samantha Trattner, Camp J's song leader. In addition to the performances and children's activities, families and guests will also have the opportunity to have a complimentary professional Chanukah- themed portrait taken. "The JCC has also provided the oppor- tion is also a great opportunity to learn more about our community," said Robby Etzkin, the Roth JCC's assistant execu- tive director. Food will be available for purchase. For more information, please contact Robby Etzkin at (407) 621-4031 or Rob- byE@OrlandoJCC.org<mailto:RobbyE@ OrlandoJCC.org. U.S. museums must deal fairly with Nazi-looted art claims By Gideon Taylor Hitler's main art dealers, once again has thrust the issue of Holocaust art restitution into the headlines. The announcement by the Kunstmuseum Bern under- scores the ongoing quest for the transparent restitution of Holocaust art, but we should remember that the problem is not Europe's alone. Here in the United States, our own mu- seums still have much to do. A painting by Camille Pis- sarro, "Shepherdess Bring- ing in Sheep," now sitting in a museum in Oklahoma after making its way from France more than half a cen- tury ago, illustrates the point. The painting, originally owned by a French Jewish businessman, was seized by the Nazis in 1941 and traf- ficked through a Swiss art dealer known to have been a Nazi collaborator in art looting. Unbeknownst to the businessman's family, the painting was brought to New York, where it was sold to an American couple in 1956. In 2000, the University of Okla- homa's Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art received the painting as a bequest from that couple. wikiart 'Shepherdess bringing in sheep' by Camille Pissarro. The daughter of the origi- nal owners finally discovered the location of the painting in 2012. After the museum decided not to return the painting, the daughter be- gan pursuing legal action to secure return of the painting. The museum has raised a series of technical defenses Art on page 15A NEWYORK (JTA)--ASwiss museum's pledge this week to conduct a full search into the provenance of some 1,600 works of art it plans to accept from the estate of Cornelius Gurlitt, the son of one of " tD m m "- o -- q m "= O a | 0 Stephanie Ives not the case. We were truly excited to participate and hon- ored to have been recruited to do so by Birthright Israel NEXT. More importantly, we think participation by pro- gressive Israel organizations is crucial to allow Birthright Israel to continue having the kind of impact on the next generation America-Israel relationship that it seeks and that we seek." The NIF has often courted controversy because- of its funding of radical groups in Fund on page 15A Program makes camp affordable NEWYORK-- The Founda- tion for Jewish Camp (FJC) has launched BunkCon- nectTM (BunkConnect.org), a new, national program that matches eligible families with high-quality nonprofit Jewish summer camps at a more affordable price. This philanthropic business ven- ture has been developed in collaboration with forward- thinking business executives and leading philanthropists. "BunkConnect marries best practices from the busi- ness world, new technologies and learnings from the hos- pitality industry, and takes a fresh approach to addressing affordability in Jewish life," said Michael Leven, president and COO of the Las Vegas Sands Corp., former camper and counselor, and key pro- gram funder. "I am very excited to bring this program to a national stage and see how we can help more kids have a summer experience like those thatwere so meaningful to me many years ago." Jewish overnight camp offers children the opportu- nity to discover who they are and build connections to the Jewish future while having the time of their lives. The experience is widely viewed as an essential part of fostering Jewish identity in children and creating a robust Jewish community. BunkConnect is an easy to use online system. After income-eligible families of all Jewish backgrounds sup- ply some basic, confidential information into the new tool, BunkConnect matches them with available camp sessions at low introductory rates (40 percent-60 percent off list prices). This initiative is modeled after the success of FJC's One Happy Camper program--a need-blind grant initiative for first-time camp- ers. "Families want to send their children to Jewish camp. By matching their desire with available summer experi- ences, we are opening new av- enues of access," said Jeremy J. Fingerman, CEO of FJC. "BunkConnect is changing how we look at scholarship, affordability, and capacity for Jewish camp and beyond." Len Leader, former presi- dent of the Venture Group of AOL Time Warner Invest- ments and BunkConnect funder, said, "By using sound economic principles and le- veraging market dynamics, we are seeing in BunkConnect an exciting new philanthropic business form. This is a model Camp on page 14A