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HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, DECEMBER 19, 2003 PAGE 7 By Rachel Pomerance allocation of resources that ingwhich both agencies dem- Of the $20 million addi- has held steady for several onstrated their particular tional funds ONAD decided to NEW YORK (JTA)---One of years, needs to the ONAD commit- seek to split between the two themostheatedbattleswithin One proposal offered in the tee. groups, $6 million will be the North American federa- committee soughtan increase The UJC was created in part transferred from the elective tionsystem--howtofundJew- in funds to the JDC. to reverse a trend that saw funds and an additional $14 ish needs abroadmhas ended Advocates of the JDC had fewer federation dollars going millionwill be raised from the for now. argued that with decreasing overseas and ONAD was the federations, according to UJC But the struggle to raise aliyah, or immigration to Is- channel to do it. The UJC's officials. those funds is not over. rael, and increasing economic creation also was meant to Many view that prospect In a meeting in New York needs among Jewsaround the democratize the process by with skepticism, considering on Monday, members of the world, it was time to reassess employing a cross- section of the fact that federations have United Jewish Communities' spending priorities. North American federations to fallen short even of core rec- committee charged with rec- For its part, the Jewish review agency requests,ommendations in the past. ommending the distribution Agency says it has decreased Instead, it has failed to boost But officials from both the of funds f or Jewish needs over- its budget and is hard-pressed actual dollars overseas, with JDC and the Jewish Agency seas decided to maintain the to address the many absorp- several federations ignoring praised the effort and the sys- current split in allocations tionneedsofnewimmigrants, ONAD's recommendations,tern. betweenitstwochiefoverseas which has become a major fo- And UJC's overseas partners "It was as good and as fair a partners, cus of the Jewish Agency. have become embroiled in a decision as it can be," said Now, it's up to the federa- Pressure to keep the status maze of hostile politics, pitted Carole Solomon, chfiirman of tions to implement the quocamefromIsraeliofficials, against each other for dwin- the board of the governors of committee's decision, including Israeli Prime Minis- dling resources, the Jewish Agency, The Overseas Needs,Msess- ter Ariel Sharon and Labor While the UJC touted the "They've responded to the ment and Distribution Corn- Party leader Shimon Peres. decision in a news release Israelis by their decision to- mittee, known as ONAD, de- The allocations decision has Monday as an overall increase day," she said. "The decision cided to allocate $144 rail- pleased some federation play- in overseas allocations, each that was reached was not a lion---or 75 percent---of an ers and left others frustrated, individual federation has the ceiling; it was a floor." expected $187 million to be It also has raised questions power to determine its own "JDC heartily endorses the raised next year for overseas about whetherthe ONAD sys- overseas allocations. ONAD committee decision," needs to the JewishAgency for tern will live on. At least one federation that said the JDC's executive vice Israel, which runs immigra- "I think, based on abstained from the vote said it president, Steven Schwager. tion, absorption and Zionist yesterday's actions, the future had done so because it was not "The system produced a solu- education programs, accord- of ONAD is in doubt," said the readytocommittoanincrease tionwhich dealswith needsin ing to the UJC. chairman of the ONAD corn- in overseas funding. Israel, Argentina and the The other 25 percent---or mittee, Steven Klinghoffer. Marsha Hurwitz, president former Soviet Union." $43 million--will go to the Others disagreed. Larryand CEO of the ColumbusMany praised the capacity American Jewish Joint Distri- Jackier, president of the Jew- Jewish Federation in Ohio, of the relatively newsystem to butionCommittee, whichruns ish Federation of Metropoli- said her community supports come to a compromise. Some Jewish relief and welfare pro- tan Detroit and co-chairman the principle of generating others, however, seemed dis- grams abroad, primarily in Is- ofanONADcommitteeonso- more funds for overseasgruntled--especially those rael, the former Soviet Union cial welfare outside of Israel needs, but, she said, without who had supported a boost in and Argentina. said,"Idon'tthinkit'sindoubt, consulting others in the corn- funds for the JDC. In addition, the committee I do think that it's an evolving munity, "we felt we were not One member of the ONAD called for an ex.tra $20 miilion process and I think the people inapositiontomakethecom- committee said the analysis to be split evenly between the of ONAD recognize that." mitment that we could and work that went into the two groups. "You have to make painful, achieve that goal." decision largely was ignored The long-awaited decision difficult decisions all the time The UJC also has taken heat in response to political pres- by ONAD was a compromise about valid, competing, im- from federation leaders for its sure from the Jewish Agency. proposal put forth by Steven portant needs throughout the failure to create a mechanism But, the member allowed, Nasatir, president of the Jew- Jewish world. That requires to lobby federations for over- "Sometimespoliticalcompro- ish Federation of Metropoli- youtomakecompromisesandseas funding, despite a deci- raise is necessary to allow you tan Chicago. do the best you can under the sion to do so nearly a year ago. to take the next step." Intendedtocovertwoyears, circumstances," Jackier said. Stephen Hoffman, presi-Nasatir, whose federation in the decision is expected to be ONADismadeupoflScom- dent and CliO of the UJC, told Chicago is heavily oriented approved next month by the munities and representatives JTA after Monday's meeting toward the Jewish Agency, re- UJC's board of trustees, from the Jewish Agency and that the UJC has a plan to jected the idea that the corn- But the key question facing the JDC. Among committee promote the need for more promise came as a response to the federation system remains: members, 13 communitiesoverseas funding, political pressure. Will the individual federations voted for the compromise pro- "We intend to map out a"What I'm feeling is needs," comply with the recommen- posal, along with the repre- very personal tailored discus- he said."I thinkwe're not pro- dations or ignore them? sentativesoftheJewishAgency sion with each community viding enough money over- da~ s" in general." The compromise decision and the JDC. over the next 120 y, he seas comes amid increased scru- Boston was the only federa- said. He said Jews are telling fed- tiny of the ONAD process, tion to oppose the proposal. Hoffman said he thinks it's erations they want to send which was launched with the Thefour"large-intermediate" a sound strategy because the their money to Israel. inceptionoftheUJCfouryears communities represented on overseas picture is "driving "So how can we come up ago and is considered a bell- ONAD--Cincinnati, Milwau- campaign growth in this par- with any decision that wether of the federation kee, ColumbusandPhoenix-- ticular moment." doesn't result in more dol- system's success and effi- abstained. Apart from the $187 rail- lars for Israel?And by the ciency. Monday's meeting followed lion, known as core funding, same token, how can we It also caps a two-year pro- alengthyprocessthatincluded the system expects to allocate come up with any decision cess that sought to consider intense lobbying by the two an additional $32 million in that doesn't recognize the whether the changing situa- agencies, a mountain of pa- elective funds, which each in- hunger in the former Soviet tion of Jewish needs abroad perwork and a series of over- dividual community decides Unionand the breakdown in warranted a change in the seasfact-findingmissionsdur- how to spendoverseas. Argentina?" Central Florida Synagogue Service Schedule and Directory Cdebration Jewish Congregation (Rec), Navigator School, 607 Celebration Avenue, Celebration, 407-596-5397, 7 p.m. first and third Fridays each month. Congregation Ahavas Yisrael/Chabad (0), 708 Lake Howell Rd Maitland, 407-644-2500; Services: Sunday, 8 a.m Mon-Fri, 7 a.m Fri 6:30 p.m Sat. 9:30 a.m. Fatuity Service 4th Friday of the month. Congregation Bet Chalm (R), 1033 Semoran Blvd Suite 151, Casselherry, 407-830-721 I; Shabbat service, 8 p.m. Congregation Beth Am (C), 3899 Sand Lake Road, Longwond, 407-862- 3505; Shabbat service, 8:15 p.m.; Saturday: 10 a.m Junior Cong 10:45 a.m. Congregation Beth El (C), 2185 Meadowlane Ave West Melbourne, 321- 779-0740; Services, 8 p.m. Ist & 3rd Fridays; 9:30 a.m. 2nd & 4th Saturdays. Congregation Beth Emeth (R), 2205 Blue Sapphire Circle, Orlando, 407- 855-0772; Services once a month, 8 p.m. Congregation Beth Shalom (C), 315 North 13th St Leesburg, 352-315-0770 Congregation B'nai Torah (C), 445 S. Nova Rd Onnond Beach, 32174, 386-672-1174; Services Friday, 8 p.m.; Saturday, I0 a.m. Congregation Chabad (O), 1301 S. Patrick Dr. #62, Satellite Beach, 321-777- 2770. Congregation Chabad Lubavitch of Greater Daytona (0), 1079 W. Granada Blvd Ormond Beach, 386-672-9300; Shabbat services Ffi. 7:30 p.m Sat. 10 a.m. Congregation of Liberal Judaism (R), 928 Malone Dr Orlando, 407-645- 0444; Shabbat service, 8 p.m.; except 1st Friday, Family services begin 7 p.m. Saturday: 10 a.m. Congregation Mateh Chaim (R), P.O. Box 060847, Palm Bay, 32906, 321- 768-6722. Congregation Ohev Shalom (C), 5015 Goddard Ave Orlando, 407-298- 4650; Shabbat service, 8:15 p.m.; Saturday: 9 a.m.; Junior Cong 10:15 a.m. Congregation Shalom Aleichem (R), 3501 Oak Pointe Blvd Kissimmee, 407-935-0064; Shabbat service, 8 p.m 1st and 3rd Fridays of the month. Congregation Shalom, Williamsburg(R), P.O. Box 691081, Orlando, 32869: Friday night services once a month at 7:30 p.m. at the Rosen Centre, 9840 International Drive, Orlando. 407-238-7943. Congregation Sinai (C), Jenkins Auditorium, West Montrose St Clermont: Services on last Friday of the month at 8 p.m. 352-243-4890. Southwest Orlando Jewish Congregation/Ohalei Rivka (C), 11200 S. Apopka-Vineland Rd Orlando, 40%239-5444; Shabbat service, 7:30 p.m.; Saturday: 9:30 a.m. Temple Beth El (R), 579 N. Nova Rd Ormond Beach, 386-677-2484. Temple Beth Shalom (R), P.O. Box 0313, Winter Haven, 813-324-2882. Temple Beth Shalom (C), 40 Wellington Drive, Palm Coast, 386.445-3006; Shabbat service, 8 p.m.; Saturday 9 a.m. Temple Beth Shoiom (C), 5995 N. Wickham Rd, Melbourne, 321-254-6333. Temple B'nai Darom (R), 49 Banyan Course, Ocala, 352-624-0380; Friday Services 8 p.m. Temple Israel (C), 407-647-3055; Shabbat service; 6:15 p.m.; Saturday: 9:30 a,m. Temple Israel (R), 7350 Lake Andrew Drive, Melbourne, 321-631-9494. Temple Israel (C), 1400 S. Peninsula Ave Daytona Beach, 904-252-3097; Shabbat service, 8 p.m.; Saturday: 9 a.m. Temple Israel (C), 1001 E. New York Ave DeLand, 386-736-1646; Shabbat service, 7:30 p.m. Temple Shalom of Deltona (R/C), 1785 Elkcam Blvd Deltona, 904-789- 2202; Shabbat service, 10 a.m. Saturday. Temple Shir Shalom of Oviedo (R); Shabbat service, 7:30 p.m. 1st Friday of the month at Carrillon Elementary School, 320 Lockwood Blvd Oviedo. Friday night service held at 7:30 p.m. 3rd Friday of the month in the Commu- nity Room at The Tremont Apartment Residences, 7015 Red Bug Lake Rd Oviedo. Call 407-366-3556 for information. (Check with individual Q, nagogues for the dates and times of services if not listed) (R) Reform (C) Conservative (O) Orthodox (Rec) Reconstructionist Randy Ames, Ann, GRI REALTOR Watson Realty Corp REALTOR 1425 W. SR 434 Longwood, FL 32750 randyatWat @aol.com 407-622-8503 Exemplary Service & Superb Results Community Builder Arlene van de Rijn Arlene van de Rijn was born in Orlando, left the commu- nity for 28 years, first living in Manhattan and later in Win- ston-Salem, N.C. She is the second vice president of Temple Israel, overseeing per- sonnel issues and assisting the president in any way she re- quests; and, is also the admin- de Rijn has served as the Women's Cabinet co-chair of the Pomegranate Division. She also volunteered for the Jew- ish Family Services meal de- livery program. She is a life member of Hadassah. When asked why she has chosen to become active in the Jewish community, van de istrative vice president of Sis- Rijn replied, "Part of it is self- terhood. In addition, she co- ish. When I moved back here ordinated volunteer activities at the Jewish Pavilion and was recently hired as the outreach director, overseeing volun- teers at four facilities. She did similar work in North Caro- oot I lina. At the Jewish Federationvan four years ago, I knew very few people. One way to make friends is to join things. I did, and it worked. I have devel- oped many wonderful lifetime friendships through my in- volvement. The other part is because I have learned over the years that one has to make an effort to make things hap- pen. When I was a child grow- ing up in Orlando, there were no Jewish agencies. When I returned, I was amazed at what was here. I wanted to work to sustain this wonderful accom- ptishment by community lead- ers, to make it even better, and to take a part in helping it grow. When my parents died, 1 realized that nothing matters as much as the intangible legacy you leave behind. It doesn't matter if you live in a big house or drive a fancy car. Touching other people's lives is the only thing that's impor- tant. That's the kind of legacy I want to leave, even if it's a small one." She continues, "What do people not know about me? I'm very active in the Obses- sive-Compulsive Foundation, I'm active in the local Hu- mane Society as well as the Humane Society of the U.S and I've always wanted to be an Olympic ice dancer. "Her motto is "Take the straight and narrow. 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