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JEWISH NEWS, DECEMBER 24, 2004 PAGE 7 of in Y By Rachel Pomerance NEW YORK (JTA)--On a cold rainy Friday at Co- umbia University, students clutch copies of the day's Campus newspaper--with front-page story, again, alleged intimidation in the Middle East Studies department. The latest development? Charges that members of committee appointed by the university to investigate hether pro-Palestinian fac- ulty have intimidated pro-Is- rael students are themselves biased. Since late October, when the David Project, a pro-Is- rael advocacy group, screened Unbecoming," a documentary featuring stu- allegations of intimida- the issue has become a ajor controversy. University president Lee ltollinger two-weeks ago ~nnounced the formation of a committee to inves- igate allegations in the Jch as the charge that assistant professor JOseph Massad asked an Is- raeli student who served in the army, "How many Pal- eStinians have you killed?" Ited an outcry from those concerned about possible pressure on Students and from the pro- fessors charged with intimi- dation and their supporters, ? photo courtesy of the David Project The documentary, "Columbia Unbecoming." whoclaimacademicfreedom case is the idea that Jewish In appointing a committee, is under attack, students could feel intimi- Bollinger "didn't provide an Infact, the backlash to the dated at a university that answer to either the Jewish film has become so hostile has a robust Jewish life and faction who feels oppressed that some say it underscores is located in a city steeped in or the so-called teachers the antagonistic culture the Jewish culture, who are doing the oppress- pro-Israelstudentshadques- In the middle of it all, ing,"he said. tioned to begin with. Columbia students are riled The committee hopes to The focus ofthe debate ap- up--but many say the con- provide answers early next pears to have moved from the troversy is overblown, even year. actual charges at hand to the if they're unclear about the However, some have raised issue of freedom of speech in facts, concerns about the fitness of academia. "I totally, 100 percent be- committee members who Columbia's controversy is a lieve in academic freedom," signed a petition calling on microcosm of events taking said Walker Young, 23, a Columbia to divest its hold- place on college campuses senior, working checking ings in Israel, or who have across the country. ID's at a first-year dorm. close relationships with Since theviolent Palestin- But making students feel faculty members under in- ian intifada began more than uncomfortable--"that's not vestigation. fouryearsago, campuses have academicfreedom.That'sjust In addition, the David become abattleground of de- kind ofbullying." "My take on Project questions the valid- bateonthe Israeli-Palestinian it is, it has become a'he said, ity of an internal probe when conflict. Charges ofanti-Israel she said' kind of thing," said the university conducted an activity often are countered Young, who has followed the investigation into anti-Israel with charges of censor- issue fairly closely, bias last year and concluded ship--which, at a university, At the same time, Youngthere was none. is akin to blasphemy, and others are disappointed The irony in the Columbia by the university's response. See Speech on page 16 Hadassah members kindle the lights of Chanukah--and friendship The members of Rishona-Haverot Hadassah met on Dec. 7 at Congregation of Liberal Judaism to enjoy the glow of the menorah and the warmth of friendship. Canto- rial Intern Jacqueline Rawiszer of CLJ and pianist Carol Stein provided musical accompaniment for this special celebration of Chanukah. (Top) CAROL STEIN (1) and JACQUELINE RAWISZ- ER. (Middle) Shown here (l-r): BERNICE DIAMOND, BETTY STEIN, BUNNY ROSEN, FAYGE COHEN, ES- THER ASHER, RUTH ZEMEL, SHERRY WRIGHT, ISA- BELLE SEIKEN, LEAH LA VINSKY and narrator MARGE PARISER. Esther Asher acted as the shamash, and Ruth Goldhar and Marge Pariser were the co.chairs. (Bottom) Four generations of Hadassah members were represented at the Chanukah celebration: SARA FLA TOW (1), RUTH GOLDHAR, and SHARON FLATOW; Sara Flatow holds a photograph of her great-grandmother, Naomi Lehman. Ruth Goldhar, co-chair of the day's celebration, moved to Orlando with her husband in 1956. Goldhar's family was originally from Chicago. Her mother, Naomi Lehm- an, moved to Orlando in the 1970s and was a Kin- neret resident and active Hadassah member until her death. Just before she died, Naomi Lehman requested that her granddaughters, Sharon Flatow and Jackie Eibaz, be made life members of Hadassah. Ruth Goldhar subsequently surprised her two daughters with their life memberships in the name of their grandmother. At this year's celebration, Goldhar also surprised her granddaughter, Sara Flatow, with a life membership. Sara Flatow, who now lives in Los Angeles, had grown up in the Orlando area and was visiting during the holiday. Goldhar had previously made her other granddaughter, Shuli Mesa, a life member; Mesa is a member of Central Florida's Sabra chapter. Goldhar recalls that her mother, who loved surprises, had surprised her with a life membership, and says that she hopes her granddaughters will continue what has become a family tradition. Goidhar recalls that her parents were ardent Zionists who were active in Chicago-area Zionist organizations. Naomi and Joseph Lehman had a strong interest in provid- ing nursery school care for Israeli children whose parents worked outside the home. Joseph Lehman sold bonds to Support a then-new State of Israel, and was honored for his work by the president of Israel in 1958, on the occa- t photos by Judy Godorov sion of Israel's tenth anniversary. Central Florida Synagogue Service Schedule and Directory Celebration Jewish Congregation (R), Services and Holiday scedules shown at; 407-566-9792. Congregation Ahavas Yisrael/Chabad (O), 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. Family Service 4th Friday of the month. Congregation Bet Chaim (R), 1033 Semoran Blvd Suite 151, Casselberry, 407-830-7211; Shabbat service, 8 p.m. Congregation Beth Am (C), 3899 Sand Lake Road, Longwood, 407-862-3505; Shabbat service, 8:15 p.m.; Saturday: 10 a.m. Congregation Beth El (C), 2185 Meadowlane Ave West Melbourne, 321-779- 0740; Services, 8 p.m. 1st & 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 Ormond Beach, 32174, 386-672-1174; Services Friday, 8 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. Congregation Chabad (O), 1301 S. Patrick Dr. #62, Satellite Beach, 321-777- 2770. Congregation Chabad Lubavitch of Greater Daytona (O), 1079 W. Granada Blvd Ormond Beach, 386-672-9300; Shabbat services Fri. 7:30 p.m Sat. l0 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 Chalm (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 ShalomAleichem (R), 3501 Oak Pointe Blvd Kissimmee, 407- 935-0064; Shabbat service, 8 p.m Ist 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. 352-243-5353. New Jewish Congregation (R), Oxford United Methodist Church, Rt. 466 just west of Rt. 301, The Villages, 352-751-3109; Shabhat Services fourth Friday of the Month: 7:30 p.m. Southwest Orlando Jewish Congregation/Ohalei Rivka (C), 11200 S. Apopka-Vineland Rd Orlando, 407-239-5444; 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 031233, Winter Haven, 813-324-2882. Temple Beth Shalom (C), 40 Wellington Drive, Pahn Coast, 386-445-3006; Shabbat service, 8 p.m.; Saturday 9 a.m. Temple Beth Sholom (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), 555 Markham Woods Rd Longwood, 407 -647 -3055; Shabbat service; 6:30 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. Ist and 3rd Fridays of the month at Carrillon Elementary School, 3200 Lockwood Blvd Oviedo. 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