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www.heritagefl.com E Year 28, No. 16 December 19, 2003 24 Kislev 5764 32 Pages Editorials 4 Op-Ed 5 Calendar 6 Synagogue Directory 7 B'nai Mitzvah 8 Scene Around 9 Classified 19 Orlando, FloridaSingle Copy 75 photo by Brian Hendler/JTA Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, right, congratulates the U.S. ambassador to Israel, Daniel Kurtzer, on the capture of Saddam Hussein during a meeting in Sharon's office in Jerusalem, Dec. 14, 2003. By Dan Baron to bring to justice all terrorists re- sees almost daily fighting between sponsibleforkilling, destructionand Palestinian gunrunners and Israeli RAMAT GAb/, Israel (JTA)--Mter anarchy," Defense Minister Shaui troops, a rally to mark the 16thanni- surviving the Holocaust and five Mofaz wrote in a telegram to his versary of Ham, s' funding quickly MiddleEastwars, Ze'ev is a hard man American counterpart, Donald becameashowofsupportforSaddam. to impress. But news of Saddam Rumsfeld. Children bore posters showing Hussein's capture Sunday managed On Sunday, Prime Minister Ariel Saddam in better days: uniformed, to move the Israeli retiree to tears. Sharon also phoned Bush to offer smiling, an unabashed patron of the "It is good to see Israel a little bit congratulations. Palestinian cause. Safer," Ze'ev said in his hometown of The Arab leaders who still battle Israeli strategic expertsagreed that Ramat Gan as footage of the Iraqi Israelwere more circumspect, while a quick trial and sentencing for tyrant-turned-prisoner played on While PalestinianAuthority Presi- Saddam might calm Iraq, it was un- television screens at roadside snack dent Yasser Arafat, a Iongtime a likely to affect the Palestinian front. stands. Saddam ally, mulled an official reac- Terrorist attacks against Israel Ramat Gan, where Iraqi Jewish tion to the news of the capture in continued even though Saddam's .emigrgssettled en masse in the 1950s, Tikrit, Hamas and Islamic Jihad cau- payments to the families of Palestin- Ironically was a main target of tioned the West not to rejoice too ian suicide bombers stopped after he 8addam's Scud missiles in the 1991 soon. was deposed in March. Persian Gulf War. "The Americans need to be the And unlike Saddam, Arafat still ThecaptureoftheonlyArableader lords oftheworld by eradicating all enjoys the status of international to perpetrate an unanswered strike resistance against them,"saidAdnan statesman in most places except againsttheJewishstategeneratedan Asfour, a Hamas leader in the West Washington. Upbeat reaction in Israel, buoying Bank. "I say to the Iraqi people: Ob- "What amazes me," said Yuval the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange and serve whatthePalestinianpeopledo. Steinitz, chairman of the Knesset's resonating at the Defense Ministry. Our leaders are assassinated and ar- Foreign Mfairs and Defense Corn- "The capture of the Iraqi dictator rested every day by the Israeli occu- mittee, "is that Saddam can now sit is additional proof that the policies piers and that does not stop us from in shackles for his support of terror- the free world led by U.S. Presi- continuing our fight." In the Gaza dentGe rgeW'Busharedetermined Strip border tow of Rafah, which See "Capture" on page 17 By Dina Kraft TEL AVIV (JTA)--Spewing anti- Israel vitriol was one of Saddam ussein's specialties. Of all the leaders in the Arab world, addam seemed to have the most to say against Israel and he seemed to Say it the most often. Now that he has been captured faces possible trial, experts are asking whether or not the Jewish state will again be his target of choice. "It will be interesting to see if he Chooses to attack Israel this time, with Scuds but verbally," said Kramer, a research fellow at Aviv University's Dayan Center. when he found himself Up against the wall, his usual method ~Vas to divert and deflect attention to Isra ', l el. After attacking Israel in the 991 Gulf War, Hussein became fond of saying that the Iraqi people repre- sented 22 million missiles against on Iraq's nuclear facility at Osirak, Israel. outside of Baghdad. It was Hussein's rhetoric against Israeli officials defended the strike Israel that"was the main glue for the in the face of worldwide condemna- Iraqis for developing national Iraqi tion, arguing that Saddam's regime feelings, and remained so until the was attempting to develop nuclear very end," said Ofra Bengio, aprofes- weapons. Years later, some of the sor of Middle East history at Tel Aviv same voices that condemned Israel University. "Hussein wanted to be in 1981 said the strike had been the able to mobilize the population correct move. around Israel as the symbol of evil." Out of all the Iraqi-Israeli recrimi- In 1969, soon after Saddam was ap- nations, Hussein was proudest of pointed Iraq's vice president, the Iraq's firing of Scud missiles on the government hanged 17allegedspies, Jewish state. Casualties and damage 11 of whom were Jewish, in what is from the attacks were minimal, but perceived as Saddam's first message the rain of missiles caused Israelis to Israel that he was a force with trauma. which to be reckoned. For the first time in the country's The animosity continued in the history, Israel did not strike back 1970s, when Israel provided covert when attacked. Instead, the Israelis, militarytrainingandsupportforIraqi many of them survivors of persecu- Kurds in their struggle against the tion elsewhere, hid in their sealed regime in Baghdad. The enmity in- tensifiedin 1981 withIsrael'sairstrike See "History" on page 17 With growing recognition that early childhood education is integral in overall student success, solid aca- demic and developmental programs are essential ingredients for mod- ern-day preschools. "A high-quality preschool program builds the foun- dation for success in elementary school," said Dr. Beth Sharpe, Prin- cipal of Wekiva Elementary School. Currently, 42 states, including Florida, have adopted early interven- tion programs to help fund preschool or head-start education programs. Florida economists estimate that the state will spend roughly $400 mil- lion to $650 million in funding the recently approved Pre-K program, but feel it's money well spent. "Every time a child enters the school system not ready to learn everyone in Florida suffers," said Florida Governor Jeb Bush. "Many children currently ar- rive in kindergarten with underde- veloped learning skills, and our Just Read Florida program is one impor- tant step in addressing this issue. We recognize that a home is a student's first school and a parent a child's first teacher. By providing parents with the tools they need, we are creating a culture of life-long learning. The Pre- K initiative will be another key com- ponent of making sure our children enter kindergarten ready to learn." With raised expectations/comes the need for higher-quality preschool programs that offer developmentally appropriate experiences in the areas of social, emotional, academic, physi- cal and cultural experiences. "Kin- dergarten readiness involves the Orlando Friends of High School in Israel have given a wonderful Chanukah gift to the entire commu- nity. They have made the gift of Jew- ish learning possible for anyone who wants to participate during the month of January. Because of their generosity, everyone in Orlando will be able to experience a sample of the unique and exciting teaching that takes place at the Alexander Muss High School in Israel. Most of those who have made the Community Scholar in Residence Program possible are parents of alumni or alumni themselves. They know first hand how HSI can impact the Jewish identity of young adults. For 30 years, the Alexander Muss High School in Israel has touched the lives and souls of thousands of young American Jews and strength- ened their Jewish identity and com- mitment to Israel. Those underwriting "Jewish Edu- cation in January" Scholars in Resi- dence include: Bob and Lisa Feldman, Joe and Anita Hara, the Jewish Fed- eration of Greater Orlando, Steven and JoAnne Kane, Hymen and Harrier Lake, Bruce and Janet Udell, Bob and Elaine Gamson, Alien and Sandy Saft, Charles and Amy Schwartz, Steve and Karen Selznick, Ron and Mardi Shader, Congrega- tion Ohev Shalom, Roz Fuchs, Jim and Barbara Grodin,'Harold and Rosalind Kaplan, Ed and Susan Kleiman, Debra Simms, Temple Is- rael, South Orlando Jewish Congre- gation, Edward and Phyllis Zissman, Eli and lna Porth, Ron and Nina Oppenheim, Gerald and Lois Tannenbaum, Kevin and Rona Weiss, preparation of the whole child- emo- tionally socially, and academically," said Dr. Zena Sulkes, Hebrew Day School head of school. "The child needs to learn these skills in a pre- school where they focus on develop- ing all of these areas in tandem." The re are a number of state-funded and private Pre-K programs avail- able for parents to choose from when considering what's best for their children's future. Central Florida is fortunate to have a number of won- derful programs, including The Jew- ish Community Center's Early Child- hood LearningCenters."Ahigh-qual- ity preschool program provides a low student-to-teacher ratio and an en- riching academic program that sup- ports a child's social and emotional growth," said Carol McNally, director of Early Childhood at the JCC. "It also lays the foundation.that enables chil- dren to function successfully within a See "Preschool" on page 17 YOSS! KA TZ Scott and Marci Greenberg and Ri- chard and Ilene Heller. Aside from the traditional eight- week school program for high school students, AMHSI is also the provider of many innovative programs. In- cluded in these new programs are Birthright Israel; Day School Part- ners; Living History Community Seminars; Alliance Partner Programs with Pardes, WUJS, Nesiya, Shorashim, Livnot U'Lhibanot; Inno- vative Partnerships with CLAL; Je v- ish History Trips to Europe and Israel and Adult Education Seminars. Yossi Katz, the Community Scholar in Residence will be arriving from Israel Jan. 6 and programs be- gin on Jan. 7, 2004. A complete list- ing of classes and lectures will be published in a future issue of Heri- tage. The entire calendar of classes will also be available at synagogues, the Federation office and JCC.