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Rabbi Levi Shemtov, who directs American Friends of Lubavitch, rushed in a thanks to the performers before calling Emanuel to the stage. After taking the microphone, the Obama aide quipped that, "The U.S. Air Force Band, the Three Cantors and Dreidel Man--sounds a little like the title of a Fellini movie." Emanuel went on to make the lessons of Chanukah a paradigm for the collective responsibility for those not able to defend or care for themselves. "Standing up for what is right, even when it is hard, is not a job for some other people, some other time," he said. "It is a job for all of us." And still, expounding on the holiday miracle, he couldn't resist a dig at his former habitat, Congress. "The oil lasted longer than anyone expected--kind of like the health care debate," he said. Chanukah started on a Friday evening this year, which meant that as a result of Sabbath restrictions, the opening cer- emony had to wait until the holiday's third day. That left Emanuel in the unenviable position of having to light three candles from the wind-blown crane he shared with Shemtov; Shemtov's father, Rabbi Abraham Shemtov; a Secret Service agent; and a photographer. This involved stretching to extend the shamas to the far end of the candelabra-- the younger Shemtov was ready with a cigarette lighter when the shamas blew out--to the oohs and ahhs of a thrilled and apprehensive crowd. Apprehensive except maybe for Emanuel's wife, Amy Rule, who laughed and took pictures as her husband held on for dear life. The event, dubbed the "national me- norah" by President Ronald Reagan in the 1980s, filled all 4,000 free seats--and then some--despite mud-soaked fields. And add one more miracle to the Chanukah canon: Drizzling rain, which plagued the D.C.-area over the weekend, stopped just before the festivities started. This article was adapted from JTA's politics blog: Middle East s ch olar tells the s tory of 'freeing' the Dead Sea Scrolls "The True Story of Free- ing the Dead Sea Scrolls: An Insider's Account" will be the topic of the Jan. 19, 2010 lec- ture by Robert Eisenman at University of Central Florida as part of the Judaic Studies Distinguished Lecturers Se- ries. Dr. Eisenman, professor of Middle East Religions and Archaeology and Director of the Institute for the Study of Judeo-Christian Origins at California State University, Long Beach, will speak at the UCF main campus in the Classroom I Building, room 105, at noon. Eisenman has a Ph.D. from Columbia University in Middle East Languages and Cultures and Islamic Law. He is a Visiting Senior Member of Linacre College at Oxford University, a member of the National Endowment for the Humanities, and a Fellow at the Albright Institute of Archaeological Research in Jerusalem. He is also a Senior Fellow at the Oxford Center for Postgraduate Hebrew Studies. Eisenman has written many books, such as "James the Brother of Jesus: The Key to Unlocking the Secrets of Early Christianity and the Dead Sea Scrolls" (1998), "The Dead Sea Scrolls and the First Christians" (1996), "Islamic Law in Palestine and Israel: A History of the Survival of Tanzimat and Shari'ah" (1978), and is co- editor of "The Facsimile Edi- tion of the Dead Sea Scrolls" (1989) and "The Dead Sea Scrolls Uncovered" (1992). The Judaic Studies Pro- gram, now in its 25th year at UCF, offers the Distin- guished Lecturers Series to the UCF and Central Florida Courtesy of Robert Eisenman in the mouth of a cave during an ar- cheological expedition 1992. community. This lecture is co-sponsored by the Center for Humanities and Digital Research and Central Florida Hillel. The lecture is open to the public and is free. Per- mits for parking should be secured through the yellow parking machines available in the parking lots and ga- rages, prior to the lecture. For campus maps and park- ing information, visit www. For further information, contact Dr. Moshe Peili, director of the Judaic Stud- ies Program at UCF at (407) 823-5039 or 823-5129, or visit the program's Web site at judaic_studies. Congregation Ohev Shalom and the Roth Jewish Com- munity Center are once again offering a lineup of programs with their winter/spring cul- tural series "Live From NY's 92nd Street Y." "The fall programming series was outstanding," said LindaAmon, vice president of adult programs for the JCC. "We are encouraged by the tre- mendous response from our community and look forward to another successful series." According to Dick Wolff, COS adult program chair, "This new lineup is over the top and has something for everyone. The 92nd Street Y tag line, 'Great minds, great moments. Be part of it,' is the perfect description for what this upcoming series offers." Once again, all of the programs will be in the COS sanctuary, with satellite feed from the 92 Street Y in New York City. The series will kick off Thursday, Jan. 28, 2010, at 7:45 p.m. with Supreme Court Jus- tice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and moderator Nina Totenberg. Ginsburg was nominated by President Clinton as associate justice of the United States Supreme Court in June 1993. Prior to her appointment, she served on the bench of the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. She was a professor of law at Columbia University and earlier served on the law faculty at Rutgers. She also taught at many other law schools in the U.S. and abroad. Ginsburg holds a B.A. from Cornell University and re- ceived her J.D. from Columbia Law School. In 1971 she was instrumental in launching the Women's Rights Project of the American Civil Liber- Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg ties Union. Throughout the 1970s she litigated a series of cases solidifying a con- stitutional principle against gender-based discrimination. Ginsburg has written widely in the areas of civil procedure, conflictoflaws, constitutional law, and comparative law. On Monday, Feb. 15, at 7 p.m., the program will be "Women Come of Age" with Gail Collins with Nora Eph- ron. It is hard to believe that in 1960, American women need- ed their husbands' permission to apply for a credit card. New York Times op-ed columnist Gail Collins and author/screen writer Nora Ephron discuss the cataclysmic changes that have overhauled American women's lives during the past five decades. Collins' new book is titled "When Everything Changed: The Amazing Jour- ney of American Women from 1960 to the Present." Nora Ephron is the author of "I Feel Bad About My Neck" and the screenwriter of numer- ous films, including "When Live on page 22A CRJ ensemble lights up Orlando for the holidays The Shirim Ensemble of Congregation of Reform Judaism performed for the third gear in the City of Orlando's Holiday Lights Orlando" at l, xtke ola on Dec. 15. The group features Cantor Jacrlueline Rawiszer (front with guitar) and an intergenerational group of singers and musicians from CRJ. The Shirim Ensemble, from left: Alex Sacharoff, Justin Sacharoff, Judith Lukacs, Christy Caldwell, Kathy Slage, Alma Kerben, Jacob Niemi, Tim Niemi, Justice Milsom. I I i i