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I Editorials 4 Op-Ed 5 Calendar 6 Synagogue Directory 7 B'nai Mitzvah 8 Scene Around 9 Classified 18 photo by USHMM, courtesy of National Archives U.N. may mark concentration camp liberation Dachau survivors cheer the arrival of American liberators on April 29, 1945. See story on page 14. Alan Ginsburg will host a Cam- paign celebration party at his new home on Saturday evening, January 15, at 7:30 p.m. Ginsburg recently bought the house owned by basket- ball player Horace Grant in Winter Park. Ginsburg's varied and highly- praised art collection includes works by Dale Chihuly, such as a ceiling that is a swirl of red, blue, green and other colors. The party will include food and live music. Donors to the 2005 Combined Jewish Appeal Campaign of $7,500 or more are being invited, and are encouraged to attend. Information will also be mailed to all former $1,000+ donors, in the hope that they will consider increas- ing their donations to $7,500 or more. There will be no solicita- tion of funds and no speeches at the event. Funds raised provide a safety net for Jews and non-Jews to help mend families and protect children. Every day, thousands of families and children in distress, single parents and others facing extraordinary needs, turn to the Jewish community for help. The Jewish Federation of Greater Orlando works with hundreds of local, national and international agencies in Central Florida and in Israel to transform lives and perform ALAN GINSBURG miracles. The Federation helps pro- vide counseling for the disabled and abused, food banks for the disadvan- taged and relief to anyone who needs it. The Jewish Federation of Greater Orlando provides hope to communi- ties around the world through this variety of services. To receive an invitation to the party, contact Nancy Ludin at nandyl @orlandoj or call her at 407-645-5933, ext. 239. TheHolocaustMemorialResource color of Balagura's paintings and and accompanying poems. Yet he is and Education Center of Florida, poems, not a witness, art was not his first 851 N. Maitland Avenue, Maitland The artist states, "I was born in career and English is not his first is pleased to announce the opening, 1943atthesametimethatthousands language.Thesefactswouldseemto on January 5, 2005, of the exhibit of EuropeanJewishsoulswerebeing mitigate against an audience being "Clinging to Humanity in Search of released into the skies in German brought to understanding by this Hope -Paintings and Poems by Saul concentration camps, their ashes non-artist outsider. Balagura" on loan from the Florida scatteredbythewindsencirclingthe Poetry is anchored in language, Holocaust Museum in St. Peters- world. Maybe some small element of but Balagura's work has a particu- burg. The exhibit will remain at the all those souls penetrated my con- lar sharp edge, perhaps because HMREC until February 27. science with my first breath giving of, rather than in spite of, English Saul Balagura was born in Call, me the directive that I should be a being his second language. Subtle- Colombiain 1943.Theartistdivided witness after their generation is no ties of language are abandoned, the his time between science and the more. The Holocaustwas committed themes and forms of his poems arts. He holds an M.D. from the under the cloak of silence, and will are raw, and the words wrenched University del Valle, a Ph.D. in be forgotten if covered by the same from an inspired experience yield a psychology from Princeton Uni- cloak Andso ldedicateaportion powerfulaccompanimenttotheart. versity, and a neurosurgery degree of my art to the memory of a people The artwork itself is edgy, explicit, from the Albert Einstein Medical and their suffering in the hope that and powerful and, like his poetry, Center. Since 1994, he has dedicated my voice, as uncomfortable as it may is drawn from collective as well as himself full time to the creation of be,joinstheeffortsofothersto [keep] personal experience. This exhibit is, hisartinhisstudioinTesuque, New this flame alive." innosmallpart, reflectiveofcurrent Mexico. The interaction of these Balagura brings viewers to the eventsandhumansuffering.Itshows two disciplines and multicultural brink of understanding through experience pervade the depth and his abstract expressionist paintings See HMREC on page 15 photo by Sa'ar Ya'acov/GPO Israeli Cabinet minister NATAN SHARANSKY. By Ron Kampeas Tyranny and Terror," as validation of his own case for reform in the WASHINGTON (JTA)--Listen- Arabworld. ing attentively to Condoleezza Rice Having left his copy dog-eared, describe President Bush's vision of Bush told his staff to read the book Middle East peace, more than a few as well. of the 14 Jews gathered at the White "When the president tells you, House felt a sense of deja vu. 'I want you to read this book,' you Talkingamongthemselveslater, it better read this book," Abrams was made sense why much of it sounded quoted as telling the Jewish organi- so familiar, zational leaders. When Rice spoke of"the stability In the book, Sharansky outlines of democracy"and"the fruitsoflib- a set of changes he believes Pales- erty" at the Nov. 30 meeting, shewas tinian society must undergo before echoing abookby Natan Sharansky, Israel or the United States agree to an Israeli Cabinet minister and for- any concessions toward Palestinian mer prisoner of the Soviet gulag, statehood. A conversation with ElliottThat idea, clearly enunciated Abrams, the National Security by Bush and his Cabinet in recent Council's top Middle East adviser, speeches, has run into resistance confirmed the impression: A month from European and Arab allies. earlier, Bush seized on Sharansky's Still, Sharansky can't help but book, "The Case for Democracy: The Power of Freedom to Overcome See Sharonsky on page 15 By Dan Baron HERZLIYA, Israel (JTA)---If, indeed, it was the Jewish state's version of the State of the Union address, then things are good and getting better. But there was more than just self-congratulation toAriel Sharon's closing address last Thursday to the annual strategy conference known simply as the Herzliya Conference: It also was the Israeli prime minister's chance to issue an appeal for rap- prochement ahead of upcoming Palestinian Authority elections. "The most genuine and great- est opportunity for building a new and different relationship with the Palestinians was created following the death of Yasser Arafat, who constituted the primary obstacle to peace," Sharon said in a speech carried live by most major Middle East news channels. "In light of the new opportunities and potential of a new Palestinian leadership, Israel will be prepared to coordinate various elements relating to our disengagement plan with the future Palestinian government," he told the policy forum's blue-ribbon audience. It was the clearest statement yet of Sharon's willingness to recast his unilateralvision of withdrawing from the Gaza Strip and parts of the West Bank next year as consensual. And though he did not mention anyone by name, the speech was aimed at the man almost certain to succeed Arafat as P.A. president in Jan. 9 elections--Mahmoud Abbas. The PLO chief's initial reaction was not promising. Asked on AI-Jazeera television photo by BP lmages/JTA Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon speaks at the Herzliya Conference near Tel Aviv, Thurs- day, Dec. 16. about Sharon's insistence that, under any final peace accord, Israel will keep some West Bank settlement blocs and refuse to allow in Palestin- ian refugees, Abbas said, "This state- ment is totally rejected." Though he seems certain to win the election, Abbas still is jockeying for position by trying to avoid alienating major Palestinian groups.He has called for an end to the intifada's terrorism, saying it doesn't serve Palestinian in- terests, but has refused to condemn attacks on Israeli soldiers serving in the Gaza Strip. After five Israeli soldiers were killed two weeks ago in an attack See Sharon on page 15