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FLO RIDA JEWISH N Year 38, No. 13 L December 6, 2013 3 Tevet, 5774 EWS 40 Pages Editorials.. ..................... 4A Op-Ed ..................................... 5A Calendar ................................. 6A Synagogue Directory ............... 7A B&apos;nai Mitzvah .......................... 8A Scene Around ......................... 9A Classified ................................ 2B Orlando, .Florida Single Copy 75 Brooklyn Je00s targeted in 'knockollt" attacks courtesy of the Paradigm Project Children learn in small groups with a teacher at Temple Beth Shalom in Needham, Mass. *" Free tuition? Jewish preschool leaders say money's the problem By JulieWiener revitalization plan with tuition-free national organizations that work with NEW YORK (JTA)--At the federation movement's General Assembly in Jeru- salem in early November, the chairman of the network did something unusual for Jewish power gatherings: He devoted the bulk of his speech to nursery school. Calling Jewish preschool the "seedbed of our community," the chairman of Jewish Federations of North America, Michael Siegal, pledged to raise $1 bil- lion over the next decade for a Jewish Jewish preschool as its centerpiece. By offering free Jewish preschool to every Jewish child in America, Siegal said, "We would be opening ourselves to generation upon generation of more active, more connected, more Jewish Jews." But many Jewish early childhood professionals don't see free tuition as a viable or effective strategy. At a meeting last week in Washington of the Alliance for Jewish Early Childhood Education, representatives of several Jewish preschools discussed how best to leverage Siegal's pronouncement. Cathy Rolland, director of early child- hood for the Union for Reform Judaism and co-chair of the alliance, said the free preschool proposal has "ignited an important conversation" about the best way to support and engage Jewish youngsters and their parents. In interviews with JTA, numerous Money on page 14A Freshman nets free tuition with half-court heave By Hillel Kuttler BALTIMORE (JTA)--The basketball goal that Ellen Schneeweis bought for her <3 four sons as a Chanukah pres- ent in 2008 drew Andrew, the second oldest, to practice shot after shot. Some attempts came from a pretty fair distance--like the sidewalk in front of his neighbors' house in Engle- wood, Colo., on the other side of East Berry Drive. His diligence paid off: On Aug. 24, Andrew Schneeweis, now 18, swished a half-court shot at Colorado State Uni- versity's Moby Arena to earn a free year of tuition. The reward for constant practice was well needed. Money has been tight, Ellen Schneeweis said in an inter- view, since she and the boys' dad divorced five years ago. Between bar mitzvah savings and student loans, they had somehow cobbled together some of the funds for college. "I really don't know how," Ellen told Andrew as they ate lunch after her son had settled in at his dormitory in August. She recalled, "I told him not to think about the loans, John Eisele/CSU Photography Colorado State University freshman Andrew Schneeweis sinks a half-court shot at a pep rally to win a year's free tuition. to just enjoy the four years-- take any class, meet new people." While room, board, books and other expenses--a to- tal Andrew estimated at $14,000--aren't covered by the contest-winning shot, Ellen Schneeweis says she's plenty grateful for what the family will be receiving. "It's like money that came from the sky. It feels like God sent it," she said. "I feel that Tuitlom on page 14A By Julie Wiener NEWYORK (JTA)--Chava, a student at a Chabad semi- nary, has lived in the Crown Heights section of Brooklyn for six years, but it's only in the past few days that she started carrying pepper spray in her handbag. Her younger brother gave her the deterrent after news hit of a string of recent attacks against Orthodox Jews, seven of them in Crown Heights. The assaults, believed to be part of a national wave of so-called "knockout game" attacks in which black teens punch random white strang- ers for sport, are unnerving Jews in the racially mixed neighborhood still haunted by the days of rioting there in 1991. The latest attack came last Monday, when a 72-year-old Russian-speaking Jewish woman was punched in the East New York neighborhood, according to the Daily News. "I've definitely been more cautious since [the attacks] started/' Chava told JTAas she waited to pick up a hot drink at Chocolate, a kosher cafe inside the Jewish Children's Museum. "I've been hear- ing about it, and I saw the footage. I'm looking around. I'm always aware of my sur- roundings." In other American cities, knockout victims have been Julie Wiener Crown Heights resident Pinchas Woolstone says the neighborhood is "light years away" from the era of the riots. non-Jewish whites. In New York, the victims of all nine punching attacks reported so far appear to be Jewish, and the New York Police Depart- ment's Hate Crimes Unit is investigating. It is unclear whether the attacks, none of which have in- volved robberies, are linked. A police spokesman interviewed last Friday declined to share details about the incidents but said that eight of the Brook- lyn attacks fall into the hate crimes category. For the time being, the NYPD has deployed more Knockout on page 14A Survivors in IsJ ael say gov't must do more By Ben Sales TEL AVIV (JTA)--Break- fast costs Dov Jakobovitz $2. Lunch costs him $2.25. Both are served in the public old- age home in south Tel Aviv where he lives. But the food is not to his liking. Jakobovitz longs for the dishes he ate as a child in Transylvania--gefilte fish, goulash, chicken wings-- rather than the rice -and-salad fare more typical of the Israeli diet. A restaurant he enjoys in the center of the city serves such Ashkenazi fare, but he can't afford it. For dinner, he eats leftovers from lunch. But Jakobovitz knows it could be worse. Born in the Romanian town of Satmar in 1928, Jakobovitz was deported with his family to Auschwitz at age 14. The memory of watch- ing his mother sent to the left in the selection line, to the gas chambers, still haunts him. "In the concentration camp, we ate the shavings of carrots and vegetables," he recalls. "We had wooden shoes. We ate from our hands, from our hat. We'd be satisfied with enough to eat from that. That was in Auschwitz." Jakobovitz made it to pr- estate Israel in 1947 and was immediately drafted into the Ben Sales Dov Jakobovitz, 85, lives in an old-age home in a poor neighborhood of Tel Aviv. He survived Auschwitz and fought in two Israeli wars, but now he doesn't have enough money for food. Haganah, the Zionist military organization. He fought in Israel's 1948 War of Indepen- dence and in the 1967 Six-Day War. Today he can't meet basic monthly expenses. Survivors on page 14A