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Editorials ................................ 4A Op-Ed ..................................... 5A Calendar ................................. 6A Synagogue Directory ............... 7A B&apos;nai Mitzvah .......................... 8A Scene Around ......................... 9A Classified ................................ 2B 17 TMt,00004 Copy @ 7'. 0000e24: Orlando's Jew00sll party of the year other on, an otherwise, slow night where most others are home with family." Fox compared this year's Twelve24 party to the Challah-Day Party of the recent past Christmas eves. "The party is always a blast, but the best part is be- ing with other young Jewish adults and making connections." The cost to attend Twelve24 is $5 when paying in advance, or $10 at the door. Elixir is located at 9 W. Washington Street, Orlando. For more information, please con- tact Etzkin, at robbye@orlandojcc. org<> or call 407-621-4031. organizers encourage guests to spend the night dancing, socializing, and playing games in the bar with other Jewish young adults in Orlando at Twelve24. The Roth JCC is excited to bring different forms of entertainment to the party by incorpo- rating dancing, board games, and photo opportunities. "I am definitely looking forward to joining the party at Twelve24 this year at Elixir," said Brie Fox, a volunteer who is helping coordinate the event. "It's such an important need to host this kind of event where friends, old and new, can get together around the holiday time to meet, mingle, and catch up with each The Roth Jewish Community Center of Greater Orlando is hosting Twelve24: Orlando's Jewish Party of the Year on Tuesday, Dec. 24 at 9 p.m. at Elixir in downtown Orlando. The event will provide an exciting option of something to do for young Jewish adults on a night when other establishments are typically closed. "We are very excited to host this party," said Robby Etzkin, assistant execu- tive director at the Roth JCC. "This is something for which the Orlando Jewish community has really shown a need." Instead of eating Chinese food and watching a movie on Christmas Eve, ' 00,'a000000ework'agreement000000iling Palestinians By Ron Kampeas WASHINGTON (JTA)-- Amid simmering tensions over Iran policy, the Obama and Netanyahu governments appear to have quietly forged common ground in recent weeks on Israeli-Palestin- ian talks, with the United States accepting that a pos- sible "framework" agreement might not address every outstanding issue in the ne- gotiations. Such an agreement, the United States and Israel seem to agree, would maintain a role for Israel in providing for its security, presumably by maintaining some form of military presence in the West Bank. What's not clear is if the Palestinians will go along. As recently as October, Mar- tin Indyk, the lead American peace negotiator, told J Street that an interim agreement was not in the cards. The objective, he told the liberal Israel policy group, was a final- status agreement. Yet over the weekend, ad- dressing the annual Saban Fo- rum in Washington, President Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry each suggested there would be a middle phase aimed at addressing Israel's lingering security concerns. "I think it is possible over the next several months to ar- rive at a framework that does not address every single detail but gets us to a point where everybody recognizes better to move forward than move backwards," Obama told the annual forum on Saturday. "We have spent a lot of time working with Prime Minister Netanyahu and his entire team to understand from an Israeli perspective what is re- quired for the security of Israel in such a scenario," he said. Netanyahu's comments to the forum, delivered the next day via satellite, reiterated Israel's longstanding position that under any agreement, it must retain the ability to provide for its own security. "I think that any kind of peace we'll have is likely, initially at least, to be a cold peace," Netanyahu said. "So there must be ironclad secu- rity arrangements to protect the peace, arrangements that allow Israel to defend itself by itself against any possible threat. And those arrange- ments must be based on Israel's own forces." For years, the question of Israel's long-term security presence in the West Bank has dogged attempts by Israel and the Palestinians to return to peace talks. Israel has long maintained that it must retain a security corridor in the JordanValley. PalestinianAu- thority President Mahmoud Abbas has said that keeping Israeli forces in place would fatally undermine a deal. The Obamaadministration appears to have sided with Is- rael on this point by accepting thatat least initially, Israel will have a role in securing borders and fighting terrorism in Pal- estinian areas, among other security responsibilities. "Needless to say, for a period of time this will obviously Framework on page PBA r-q co) --- q | --< = Anne Frank had a stepsister! Here is a special oppor- tunity to hear a first-hand account from someone whose life intersected with one of the most compelling figures in recent history. On Feb. 9, 2014, Chabad of Orlando will host an evening with Holocaust survivor Eva Schloss,who will share her experiences as the childhood friend and stepsis- ter of Anne Frank, including accounts of the publishing of Anne's famed diary. The presentation will be suitable for teenagers and families of all faiths. In 1938, Germany invaded Austria, causing many Jew- ish families to flee Austria to avoid persecution. Among the emigrants was 8-year- old Eva Geiringer, who with her mother, brother, and fa- ther moved first to Belgium and then to Holland, where one of her neighbors was a German Jewish girl of the same age. Her name was Anne Frank. The two girls became friends and playmates. They passed the time by skip- ping, playing hopscotch and marbles, and drinking lem- onade that the Anne's mother prepared. Ultimately, both girls and their families were deported to the Auschwitz concentration camp. Eva's father and brother did not survive the ordeal, nor did Anne Frank, but she and her mother were freed in 1945 by Russian troops. They returned to Amsterdam, where Eva Eva Schloss continued her schooling and then studied art history at the University of Amsterdam. She moved to England, where she married Zvi Schloss and raised three daughters. She worked as a studio photographer and - ran an antique shop. Her mother EIfriede Gei- ringer married Otto Frank, father of Anne Frank, in November 1953. Since 1985, Eva Schloss has devoted herself to holo- caust education and global peace. She has recounted her wartime experiences in more than 1,000 speaking engage- ments. She has written two books and has had a play written about her life. In 1999 Eva signed the Anne Frank Peace Declaration along with United Nations Secretary Schloss on page 15A Choices gives its regards to Broadway In celebration of the 20th anniversary of the Women's Division event, the Jew- ish Federation of Greater Orlando is shaking things up at this year's Choices by showing the Jewish women of Orlando how important they are in shaping the Jewish community. To commemorate an ex- traordinary 20 years, JFGO has hired a world-class pro- ducer to create a one-of-a- kind Broadway-style revue celebrating Jewish life in Cen- tral Florida. With more than 100 performers, the program will showcase amazing talent, including Yow Dance, Central Florida's modern dance com- pany; SAK Comedy Lab, fea- turing Orlando's top improv performers; and Laura Hodos, Carbonell Award nominee and frequent performer with the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra. All women, including their daughters and mothers, in the community past bat- mitzvah age are invited to this showcase event on Feb. 1, 2014. The entertainment will be inspiring for women of all ages. The production also will feature local talent from the Jewish community including Tony Moreno, Carol Stein, Andra London, Hillary Brook, Kevin Kelly and Central Florida Hillel's Chai Pitch a capella group. The producer, Tim Evanicki, is the owner of Starving Artist Studios, a multidisciplinary perform- ing arts training facility in Aitamonte Springs. His extensive resume as a per- former, show writer, music director and director spans the globe. He has written shows that have enjoyed suc- cessful runs in London, Paris. Montreal, as well as regional tours in both the United States and Canada. Students of Evanicki have been seen on the stages of Broadway, Lincoln Center, the West End and several national tours. He is a graduate of the Juilliard Choices on page 15A 61111!!!!!ll!!!!!lllls