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HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, DECEMBER 24, 2004 PAGE 8 | By Lyn Payne saw their highest number in linedwhatis"new'aboutthis Assistant Editor 12years, withWesternEurope "newanti-Semitism.'Sheex- leading in the number of in- plained that, while"Jew hate" On Dec. 1, Jennifer Ritter, cidents. Ritter also described is an over 2,000-year-old executivedirectoroftheHolo- the FBI's annual report on phenomenon, and while the caustMemorialResourceand hate crimes; for 2003, the old Nazi propaganda against Education Center of Florida, report shows that aboutJews still exists and fuels spoke to an audience of sev- 7,500 hate crimes have been anti-Semitic activity today, eral dozen members of Jew- reported. Two-thirds involve the proponents of that hate ish Professional Women at a intimidation or vandalism; are new. Conspiracy theories dinner held at the Holocaust the other one-third are vio- about Jewish world domina- Center. lent crimes, including tour- tion, denial of the Holocaust, Speaking of"the new anti- der. Anti-Islamic hate crimes and the ancient "blood libel" Semitism,"Rittersaidthatitis stayed at about the same level (the slanderous myth that nowasbad, ifnotworse, than in 2003 as the year before, a originated in the Middle itwasin the 1930sintheyears total of about 149 incidents. Ages and said that Jews killed leading up to the Holocaust, But, said Ritter, "By far, the Christian children and used and referenced a new book most hate crimes based on their blood to make matzah) by Professor Phyllis Chesler religion in the United States are stillused byanti-Semites. called "The New Anti-Semi- of America were directed at These are the expected tools tism."Auniversityreportcites Jews. In 2003 there were 927 of neo-Nazis and white su- thatin2003anti-Semiticacts incidents." Ritter then out- premacists. "But today, what photo by Elaine Silver JENNIFER RITT R we're seeing is a worldwide consensus about what Hitler had to say about the Jews." Today's anti-Semitism, said Ritter, is a worldwide coali- address the problem as it tion of right wing fascists, affects Europe, and two lines neo-Nazis, Islamic extrem- of thought have emerged. ists, "and, most suprisingly, One says that anti-Semitism leftwingidealogues,whohave is a response to the current all joined together to blame military conflict. Directed the Jews and Israel for the at Jews globally in response world's current ills." Ritter to the Arab/Israeli conflict, said that Professor Chesler it is largely perpetrated by had identified four current immigrants to Europe from "intifadas" against Jews: one Arabic countries. The second in Europe, one in the Muslim line of thought is "a mutated world, one on NorthAmerican version" of the anti-Semitism college campuses, and one thathastormentedEuropefor directed at American and centuries.Thesituationbyfar Western democracies, is the worst in France, whose In Europe, there have re- population contains6 million cently been major conferences Arabs and only 600,000 Jews. dealing with anti-Semitism. The SimonWiesenthal Center Prominent figures such as reported that last year there Colin Powell and Elie Wi- esel, have come together to See Rifler on page 16 Jewish Arts Week is a series of programs celebrating the rich diversity and quality of Judaic Art. Under its banner, a variety of arts events will be scheduled in the Orlando area, including exhibitions, lectures and workshops in galleries, libraries, syna- gogues, community centers, and schools. Tying in with the Torah portion Vayakhel, which discusses beautifica- tion of the Ark and Sanctu- ary, Jewish Arts Week offers art lovers of all ages the op- portunity to learn more about Judaic arts. The dates for 2005 are February 27 - March 5. In 2004, the Orlando Jewish community formally joined, for the first time, in the Jew- ish Arts Week celebration, a national event sponsored an- nually by the American Guild of JudaicArt. This pastyear, in addition to successful exhibi- tions, workshops and lectures, On April 7, 2005, the Orlando Jewish community will make "Bubble" proud at Temple Israel in Longwood ~vhen it celebrates Central Florida Hillel. As a result of a successful run of the "Make Bubble Proud" promotional cam- paign by Hillel students at the University of Central Florida, Central Florida Hillelwill seek to make Bubble proud at its second annual Celebration Dinner in April. The "Make Bubble Proud" campaign made headlines as the top story on the interna- tional Hillel web site in Sep- tember. Such diverse media as the World Jewish Congress Web site, the "Central Florida Future," the "Heritage," and the "Houston Jewish Herald- Voice" also featured the cam- paign, which branded Hillel as fun and engaging. "Since the Celebration Dinner is used to highlight and showcase the success of Hiilel throughout the year, it is fitting to keep with a theme that has been successful on campus," said Joshua Katz, interim executive director of Central Florida Hillel. "The purpose of the first Celebration Dinner was to recognize thehard work and success of Hillel volunteers, staff, and students in estab- J[IWISH HgART I over 750 children participated in designing a quilt square based on the Jewish holidays. The squares were assembled into sixteen stunning quilts, which were displayed at the Hebrew Day School during the closing event of the week - a Havdalah service led by musi- cal artist Beth Schafer. Some of the events planned for Jewish Arts Week 2005 in- clude a children's art project, which would involve over 1,000 Jewish children mak- ing tzedakah boxes. The boxes would then be used as sculp- tural elements to form a wall resembling the Western Wall. A community-wide program would be held to showcase this unique installation of Judaic art, and prayers could be in- serted into the "wall." Also in the planning stages are exhibitions at the Holocaust Memorial Resource and Edu- cation Center, Congregation of Liberal Judaism and the Jewish Community Center. One of the most exciting programs to be considered See Arts on page 16 Central Florida HiUel students "party" with their "Bub- ble." iishing a great program, and provides college students with also to thank the Central opportunities toexplore their Florida Jewish community Jewish identity regardless of for supporting Central Florida their background, affiliation, Hillei,"said Nina Oppenheim, or level of observance. past president of CFH's board Tickets to the Celebration of directors and a member of Dinner will cost $136. CFH is the Celebration's planning also creating a pledge book committee, with purchasable advertis- According to Oppenheim, ing space. To RSVP for the this year's dinner will be di- event, or to purchase an ad, rected more toward getting call Joshua Katz at 407-362- volunteers, staff, supporters, 3317 or e-mail him at katz@ and student leadership to- To gether, and to gain funding learn more about Central for CFH's ambitious plans. 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