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HADASSAH CELEBRATES 100 YEARS Issue No. 2 MARCH 2012
What’s inside? Purim in Israel
Arts & Krav
7 Marcy’s Music
iFest @ NOVA
8 Soldier Shabbat
3 Editor’s Note
5 Knesset Update
Live and Become
10,11 Florida Loves Israel 28,29
Here and There 45 Stay Connected!
12-17 Campus Corner
Media Bias Today 46
18 Shabbat 54
Moment with Artist 47
Thank you 2
MARCH 2012 מרץ YALLA ISRAEL Brooke Weinbaum Publisher/Editor-in-Chief ______________________
Political Contributor Howard Rudnick Music Contributor Marcy Morris Fashion Contributor Rayna Rose Exelbierd Community Reporter Rose Morris Writers Reba Wahrburg Julianne Simson Rachel Sartini Jackie Klein William Jackson Katie Morris Jordan Robrish Lindsey Goldstein Corey Hamel
EDITOR’S NOTE: What a whirlwind month it has been. I don’t know about you, but I am certainly more aware of Israel than ever. Colleges across the nation are putting on Israel Awareness Months and Israel Peace Weeks for all to see that we are here, and we love Israel.
I was honored this month to host two girls from Israel on a delegation through the Jewish Federation. The first time I fell in love with Israel was before I event went; it was when I hosted someone from Israel that I realized there was a special group The first weekend of the month of people that I just connected with. was kicked off by an incredible group of Hosting the two girls made me students at FSU who put on the Florida understand in a whole new way, how Loves Israel conference, the first in the important it is for Americans of all state. The conference brought together backgrounds to know about Israel, and the people who make it such a vibrant all types of students to talk about the place they are so passionate about. There country. I am so lucky to live in a community that is able to bring people was something in the air that whole half way across the world to teach weekend, and it wasn’t the smell of others about something so special. hummus. It was the spirit of students who love Israel, and are constantly I want to thank everyone for seeking out new ways to share and making our first issue so successful. In spread their love. this digital age, it is with a few mouse February 10th marked a month clicks that people all over the country and world can know in an instant what since I have come back from Israel. an incredible place it is to learn about Without even realizing it, Israel has Israel in South Florida. popped up all over the place. On the way to a party in Miami, a friend and I stopped to take a walk in a park in Kendall. When we got out of the car the first thing I saw was outdoor gym equipment all around the park, just like in Tel-Aviv. My friend didn’t understand why I was so excited about gym equipment, but the idea that a piece of Israel was laying around in South Florida, and I wasn’t aware of it, showed me I have some more exploring to do.
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February brought in 63 years of the Knesset and new changes for Israel. On February 8th more than 4000 people visited the Knesset as part of an “Open House”
ceremony to celebrate the Knesset’s 63rd birthday.
The Knesset approved 1.3 billion NIS to build kindergartens all over the state of
implement free education. The President of Croatia spoke in front of Knesset to formally apologize to Holocaust
survivors and vows to restore properties owed to survivors in Croatian law.
For the first time ever, the Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee in the Knesset will
form a joint committee with the German Parliament. New water regulations are being looked at to ensure that every Israeli citizen will be able
to drink tap water.
The Economic Affairs Committee made it perfectly clear that lobbyists do not have any
significant influence in their committee.
The Constitution, Law and Justice Committee will be meeting to discuss Amendment #38, the Repossession Bill, regarding the foreclosure of properties.
The Defense Service Bill was up for discussion and it was made very clear that the
citizens who are exempt from civil or national service are to remain exempt. The Education Committee has requested PM Netanyahu to continue to fund the Ulpan
program in Israel, due to a 4 million NIS cut made by the Jewish Agency.
Knesset Speaker of the House Reuven Rivlin has extended a congratulations and
invitation to the new Egyptian Speaker of Parliament in hopes of continuing with the positive relationship the two nations have.
Howard is a junior studying poli2cal science at Florida Atlan2c University. Howard’s favorite memory of Israel is watching everyone get their errands done before Shabbat even during the intense heat of summer.
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ALMA I recently discovered the Israeli group Alma. They just released their 2012 album and I believe it could really be a new era of Israeli music. They bring an interesting mix of Israeli traditional and upbeat rock sounds. They transform Jewish prayer into beautifully written music with natural harmonies, giving the music a strong, emotional quality. At ﬁrst listen, the music is gloomy-‐-‐but the combination of a closer listen and understanding the words of the prayers gives the listener an intense music experience. Alma's new album Sha'ar, meaning "Gates" opens us to the future of Israeli music. This is quickly becoming one of my new favorite groups! SHWEKEY Shwekey-‐-‐a name we all know in the world of Jewish music-‐-‐is back with yet another album! His familiar voice is known worldwide. Some may be surprised to ﬁnd someone from Brooklyn, New York singing Israeli music, but Shwekey does it! Yaakov Shwekey is an Ashkenazi, Orthodox Jew, making fantastic music! Many would put this artist into a genre with groups such as the Miami Boys Choir and Yeshiva Boys Choir. It's upbeat, it's a little techno, it's a little pop, it makes you want to get on your feet and dance-‐-‐it's Shwekey!
Marcy is a junior studying health administra2on at Florida Atlan2c University. In her spare 2me she enjoys playing Jewish music for people of all ages. Marcy’s favorite part of Israel is hiking in the Negev.
Salute Your Soldiers Shabbat by Reba Wahrburg •••
Over fifty students attended the dinner, and all were interested in what Stern had to say. Many students who attend Hillel events regularly said they liked attending events because they learn so much about Israel that they didn't even know before. Alex Clayman says, “It looked interesting and Imagine going to a place thousands of miles away from where you informative. I didn’t even know what a lone soldier was until now.” grew up and from everyone you know. Shabbat proved to be not just You have to start over completely and delicious as usual, but also gave learn a brand new language. On top of that, the main reason why you are going students a new perspective on life as an to this country is so you can do an honor American serving in a foreign army. Today there are over five thousand lone and fight for their peace. This is why so soldiers in the IDF fighting for Israel’s many young people from American and other countries go to Israel and join the peace and security. This was a Shabbat that many students will be able to take military; so they can honor the country something away, and even think about they love so much. becoming a lone soldier themselves. For On Friday, February 17th Hillel of more information, visit Broward and Palm Beach hosted “Salute www.lonesoldiercenter.com Your Soldiers Shabbat”. Owls for Israel, brought in the guest speaker and lone soldier, Koby Stern to talk to students about life in Israel. Stern grew up in the United States, and when he was old enough, he decided to join the Israeli army. Not only was it difficult for him because he didn't know Hebrew, but also because he had no one there to support him while he was in the service. Things that seem so mundane like having laundry done during the weekend and a home cooked meal are luxuries that lone soldiers were First Lieutenant Koby Stern Company Commander Tank Officer and Executive Officer talking to students at Hillel not able to have. Shabbat Dinner about his experience as a Lone Soldier Stern talked about helping start in the IDF. the Lone Soldier Center in Memory of Reba is a sophomore at FAU studying English. She Michael Levin so lone soldiers would be can’t wait to visit Israel and ﬁnally see the Kotel. able to have more support and feel like they had a family there to support them.
STUDENTS CAME TO CELEBRATE SHABBAT AND LEARN ABOUT LIVING AS A LONE SOLDIER IN THE IDF
FLORIDA LOVES ISRAEL: ISRAEL CONFERENCE FLIES TO NEW HEIGHTS By Julianne Simson A few weeks ago, the inaugural Florida Loves Israel Conference was held at Florida State University. The conference sponsored by Noles for Israel and FSU Hillel, created a legacy that will be carried on for years to come. Nearly 130 college students from all over Florida created a unified voice in support and love of Israel. My story is a little bit different from the other hundred-something participants, as my campus delegation was just a party of one. In fact, my campus is non-existent as I was the only high school student at this conference. However, I, like most of the other participants, fell in love with Israel when I visited and decided it was my responsibility to keep the Jewish homeland safe and preserved. At this conference, I learned how to just take this support to a new level and become an even stronger Israel advocate than before. The conference was scheduled to be jam-packed, fitting in a ridiculous amount of curriculum over the course of four days and three nights. However, the coordinators made sure that there was a perfect balance between work and play as to not tire out the participants but to still make this experience meaningful. For example, on Friday we advocated at the State Congress and had breakout sessions throughout the day, but on Saturday, we relaxed at the FSU reservation and enjoyed Israeli cultural programs. This equilibrium was brilliant, because it is probably for this reason that I was able to get so much out of the conference. The participants enhanced our advocacy on Friday morning at the State Capitol regarding Florida’s Support of Israel Bill. I met with President Gwen Margolis of Dade County to thank her for her support of the bill. President Margolis voted in favor of the bill, as well as took up the leadership position of a co-sponsor. My group met with her legislative assistant--a former Seminole and actually the founder of the pro-Israel advocacy group on campus during his time-- for one of the longest advocacy sessions we have ever experienced, for almost an hour. It was truly an enriching experience for all of us. I have participated in a plethora of Israel advocacy conferences prior to FLI, but some things that set it apart were the educational and cultural aspects. Over ten pro-Israel organizations sponsored and attended the conference, including StandWithUs, which led an extremely
impactful session on the current-day BDS Movement. The BoycottDivestment-Sanctions Movement, as I have learned, is an anti-Israel, antipeace movement that was created to basically destroy Israel and is completely against negotiation. This is a rising problem in America and especially on all types of college campuses. The presentation was not only extremely resourceful but was very interesting and quite to the point. We learned how to counter the movement’s efforts in a positive way, which is important as college (and high school) leaders. While spending some time at the reservation, students were offered a variety of educational and cultural learning opportunities. The participants were fortunate enough to meet with former Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon’s Senior Advisor, Raanan Gissin. Students were also shown an Israeli movie about counter-terrorism and spoke with the director about their opinions. One of the more exciting activities of the day was Krav Maga, which is the self-defense taught in the Israeli army. Noles for Israel Vice President Terry Rydz and the Noles for Israel Krav Maga Instructor Harrison Dubosar taught students some of the techniques that soldiers learn while in the army. The history of FLI is probably one of the most interesting aspects. After Danny Ackerman (Noles for Israel President) and Terry Rydz (Noles for Israel Vice President) returned from a Jewish Federation gathering last summer, they really wanted to have a statewide conference on Israel. A lot of people had spoken about it in the past but nobody was actually doing anything about it. In September at the student involvement fair, Danny Ackerman met a student, Ron Krudo who said he really wanted to get involved with the Noles for Israel group. Only one month before the conference planning started, Ron started attending meetings, was appointed as a board member, and decided that he wanted to take initiative with this conference. “Let’s do it!” From then on, after only one month of attending meetings, Danny and Terry appointed Ron as the conference Director, and Noles for Israel took on a conference that would leave a huge mark in Florida pro-Israel history. “You never know what kind of person is going to walk into your life and change your world around. Think big, always, and you never know where you could take your
organization when you’re passionate about something and you have a solid group of people working towards that goal. It’s a very exciting journey,” says Noles for Israel President Danny Ackerman, junior. Director of FLI, Ron Krudo, junior, “never even attended a conference before this, but I did it anyway because I knew it was for a good cause. I was in charge of logistics, Danny had all the connections, and Terry was the backbone- he knew the fundamentals of how to be tactful and how to communicate in a mature way. Every person put in every effort that they could because the whole success of this conference was based on our efforts. I couldn’t have done a thing without them.” Ron is also Noles for Israel’s Head of Liaison, in charge of connecting with all other student groups on campus. The FLI team had found a $500 grant for the university that heads FLI next year, as these ambitious students have now created a legacy. The outcome of this conference, according to Ackerman, was solely a representation of their hard work and dedication--all of the hours that the team had put in for months. “We were not lucky, just passionate and hard working. The conference will be even bigger and better than last year. If we made it this great now, it will only be better next year.” And the results of this conference sure showed that the team’s hard work really did pay off. I’m sure everyone had heard too many times “We’re so excited to be here and come together!” from so many different participants throughout the weekend, then finding afterwards Facebook and Twitter blown up with positive statuses about FLI. (Not to mention the national AND international recognition for the conference, besides articles in the FSU newspaper for weeks on end). “It meant a lot to all of us, showed that all our work wasn’t for show but to make an impact in not just the community, but all of Florida,” says Krudo. But I believe that there is more than just this. I believe that the group of leaders that put this together not only made an impact for Florida, but for all of America and for pro-Israel students worldwide. They have set the bar in terms of pro-Israel advocacy and leadership, and the future looks even brighter.
Julianne is a senior at Booker High School in Sarasota.
FLORIDA STATE UNIVERSITY Students from across the state of Florida expressed their university pride during the third day of FLI held at the FSU Reservation. FLI was held on Febuary 2nd until the 5th in Tallahassee. Wearing their FLI t-shirts, all the students put aside their rivalries and were unified if only for a day!"
"The Krav Maga bi-monthly events are hosted by NFI at Hillel on Thursdays. Our instructor has been learning the Israeli martial art for over a decade. Krav Maga training includes rape defense, gun defense, and multiple attacker defense, as seen here."
"As of Febuary, the most amazing falafel is being sold in front of Hillel on Thursdays from 11:30 to 1:30 pm. The ingredients for the falafel balls are grown locally by Israel, the famous Tallahassee falafel man himself, and they're organic! Falafels are great for a quick lunch during a busy class-filled day." "On Febuary 22nd, Noles for Israel was joined by guest speaker and A.I.C.E representative, Jeff Dawson, who spoke on BDS (Boycott Divest Sanction) and how to combat anti-Israel sentiment on campus. It was an honor to have Jeff at FSU and to hear his words of encouragement. Jeff is pictured here with Noles for Israel President, Daniel Ackerman, prior to the start of the general body meeting." "The last event Noles for Israel is hosting in the month of Febuary will be the film showing and discussion of Israel Inside at Hillel. This event is sponsored by ZBT, CUFI, Hillel @ FSU, the Tallahassee Sustainability Group, and StandwithUs. Israel Inside has been cheered on as an insightful documentary that sidesteps the usual politics of Israel and focuses on the lives of Israeli people."
FLORIDA INTERNATIONAL UNIVERSITY Shalom FIU has been up to a busy spring semester. From representing at the Florida Loves Israel conference to hosting Israel Peace Week on campus, our members have been having fun and helping to spread support for Israel along the way. Shalom FIU at Florida Loves Israel: 6 students from FIU attended the conference. “It was a very interesting and informative event. It was great being able to share this pro-Israel feeling with students from around Florida and have some fun!”- Yonaton Goldstein, Sophmore, FIU.
Making the Case for Israel on University campuses: Discussion and Panel bringing over 90 students and community members together in an effort to end stop delegitimization of Israel on campus. Jan 31st-Feb1st- Israel Mania: Helping students get to Israel…because the best way to learn about Israel is to see it for yourself. We had a tabling event with information from many organizations with programs in Israel including Study Abroad, birthright, Hasbara, and MASA.
Israel Peace Week: 2/29-3/9 2/29 “Human Rights in a Multi-Cultural Democracy”- Lecture by Dr. Nili Cohen, Tel Aviv University 3/5 “Teach Kids Peace…” Tabling in GC 3/7 Peace Week meeting at 2:15 in GC305 3/9 “Dolphin Boy”- Film screening and Discussion with Co-Producer Judith Manassen-Ramon.
UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA Sandra Ziv, the Marketing Director at University of Haifa’s International School, spent the day at UF. At 7 pm there was a kosher dinner in Hillel’s library, and while students noshed Sandra explained all of the unique opportunities for studying abroad in Haifa. Chelsea, who just got back from a semester abroad at the university, also described her experience there.
UF was lucky enough to attend the first ever Florida Loves Israel Conference held by FSU. Jewish students from all throughout the state came together in their support of Israel as well as to learn from a multitude of speakers and organizations that came to participate.
We turned Birthright Registration into a social event by having students come to Gator City if they needed help registering or just wanted to hang out with the staff! Many laptops were provided as well as sodas and snacks.
UF Hillel joined with JNF and WZO for a delicious Tu B’shvat Seder with an assortment of fruit and even some party hats to celebrate the birthday of the trees. Part of the Seder focused on how Zionism and Tu B’shvat are intertwined and there was a raffle in which Pammie Shapiro and Kari Hochwald got trees planted in Israel in their names. Everyone got to plant something during the Seder, including parsley that will be used for Passover!
Children Beyond our Borders held a Zumbathon at UF Hillel to raise money for children in Colombia and part of the proceeds also went to Save a Child’s Heart, an Israeli based humanitarian project that helps children all throughout the world suffering from heart disease. Participants Zumba’d hard enough to make the floor shake and all enjoyed some freshly made smoothies
Avner Even-Zohar, a native of Israel, served in the Israeli army for 6 years as an officer and works to build bridges between the Jewish community and the GLBT community. He gave a presentation at UF about the Queer Liberation movement in Israel as well as how to be a successful advocate during and after college. He was brought to campus by the Pride Student Union, Caravan for Democracy, UF Hillel and the World Zionist Organization, and also spoke at two Lunch-and-Learn events with student leaders about coexistence and Zionism.
The Israeli Student Organization has its bi-annual paintball event, IDF style! A day of fun, food, and a little paint--but it is washable.
Islam Awareness Month, UF Hillel, and Jewish Awareness Month team up to present to a night of non-stop, non-political laughter- the critically acclaimed Laugh in Peace Tour, starring Bob Alper and Azhar Usman. A truly unique event that is sure to leave an impact on UF’s campus.
UNIVERSITY OF CENTRAL FLORIDA Every Thursday Students for Israel table and talk about the latest happenings in Israel and on campus from 11-3 in front of the student union.
UCF students attended Florida Loves Israel conference and learned many new ideas to bring back to campus.
President of Students for Israel is being carried â€œIDF Styleâ€? by another student.
UNIVERSITY OF MIAMI
In November of 2011 the University of Miami Israel Team Fellowship, otherwise known as the I-Team, hosted Israel @ HeART. The program was geared towards promoting Freedom of Expression in Israel through the use of Visual Art. We welcomed several Graffiti artists to do live art, as well as some artists from Israel. Partnerships were made with Amnesty International and U-DOODLE in order to further involve the campus in Israel related activities.Â This month, the group was featured in The Jerusalem Post as a unique example of advocating for Israel.
NOVA TAKES ON SHABBAT 54 By Noa Nijamkin The Hillel at Nova Southeastern has been more exciting than ever. Students involved have become a main contributor to the expansion of their campus activities. Along with this expansion, their biggest Shabbat dinner ever was this past month, titled “Shabbat 54” in an effort to bring Bifty four students to dinner. Dozens of students from Nova came to celebrate the tradition of Shabbat. While many students were unsure of exactly what Shabbat was, students still came out and supported the Hillel and were intrigued by a nice catered meal. From students who have never been to a
portion of that week ( Yitro). Scott made it easy to understand how the Torah portion could relate to our daily lives, how Moses was the one for the Jewish people to go to for advice and answers; positive delegating. Stephan Roberts was immediately interested in the Torah lesson Scott explained and how it could relate to his life when it wasn’t a natural interest of his, since he isn’t Jewish. This was Stephan’s Birst Shabbat dinner and plans on attending many more to further expand his interest in Judaism and the different life lessons he can Bind. Aaron Hackman was touched by the entire experience. Aaron really felt like he got an understanding of what Shabbat is from when he Birst walked into Shabbat 54. Even though Aaron isn’t Jewish, he was fascinated by the culture of the food and religious prayers before meals which he was never Hillel event, to those who were previously exposed to. Of dedicated members and interns for Hillel sat together and shared the night his experience, he was with laughs, stories reBlecting the hectic especially interested in learning more about Hillel week, and as we like to say and looking forward to “schmoozing”. With an Israeli inspired theme Israel Awareness Month events to help build his for Shabbat dinner, Director of Israel Programs, Hadar Raveh explained what great experience at was on the menu and encouraged us to Shabbat 54. It was easy to see the different try all of the different foods; ranging students interacting with each other from Israeli salad, schnitzel, burekas, and rich chocolate balls. Some students and taking a breather from a hectic were hesitant at Birst to try it, however, week, while enjoying their friends coming together. One of the many but once their eyes spotted the students at dinner was Johnny Rubino. unfamiliar foods, they immediately were interested in the authentic Israeli Speaking to him, I learned that he’s a Russian Israeli that was born in Miami. cuisine. Along with the delicious dinner, the Executive Director of Hillel, Johnny was active in Hillel in the early years of NSU, and can easily see an Scott Brockman shared the Torah
expansion of students from the beginning of its start up. Something that really made sense when I was
talking to Johnny is the reasoning of Shabbat-‐-‐ from Orthodox to reform— how it comes down to getting together with friends and family, being able to unwind from the week, laugh just about the “small things”, and being able to celebrate Shabbat with your friends is a different experience than what you are used to at home. Every month students look forward to the different Shabbat dinners held by Hillel. To be able to
appreciate the week, and reBlect on it really makes an impact on many students’ lives. As college students it is hard to take time out of your day to relax, but Shabbat lets us do that. President of Hillel at Nova, Florencia Schwarz was happy with the Shabbat dinner. The largest Shabbat yet, 45 students came out and celebrated the week with peers, ate Israeli food, and made new friends.
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ISRAEL CELEBRATES A CHAG PURIM SAMEACH Purim is celebrated according to the Hebrew calendar on the 14th day of Adar, this year falling on March 7th. This day is celebrated in honor of the story of Purim, which is read on Purim from the Book of Esther. Costume is the dress code on this holiday, similar to Halloween. Purim in Israel is an amazing experience that nobody would want to miss. By Rachel Sartini
Tel Aviv has an unimaginable nightlife and Purim is no excep9on. Located in the heart of Tel Aviv, Floren9ne Street has one of the biggest street par9es of the year. The party starts around 10pm and goes un9l the last one standing. Thousands of people aBend this party every year and dance though the Bars and DJs set up along the street. This year TFN (Trance For Na9ons) is hos9ng their annual Purim nature party on March 8th. The party will be at the Dead Sea, although the exact loca9on of these par9es is never announced un9l just a few hours before. To ﬁnd this party, all you have to do is follow the trance music (and get some good direc9ons). Like all nature par9es, this party will start at about 2am and ﬁnish the following aPernoon.
Jerusalem is an en9rely diﬀerent experience on Purim, and by far the city that really knows how to celebrate. The story of Purim takes place in the Ancient Persian city of Shushan, a walled city. The 14th day of Adar was the day following the triumph of the Jews over their enemies. Because of this, walled ci9es like Tzfat and Jerusalem will be celebra9ng Purim for two days. Me’a She’arim Street in Jerusalem will be partying all day March 7th and 8th, making it easy to celebrate Purim in two diﬀerent ci9es. As Purim gets closer more informa9on will be posted in the Nachlaot Facebook group at hBp://www.facebook.com/groups/ 2250576745/. This is one night you won’t need to worry about ge^ng lost; there will be a party wherever you end up in Israel this Purim.
Rachel grew up in Hollywood, Florida. A7er high school she moved to Israel to study at IDC in Herzliya. Following her studies, she made aliyah and now lives in Tel-‐Aviv.
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FASHIONFORWARD Colors, shapes, and prints OH MY! By Rayna Exelbierd
During February I mentioned the new and omnipresent styling technique color blocking; the styling of bold and bright colors together. As we get closer to spring, fashion trends have expanded from color blocking to incorporating pastel colors and funky vibrant prints along with it. Louis Vuitton recently released ads with models wearing suits that glamorize the cotton candy pastel shades. Light shades of violet, yellow, pink, and green are the popular pastel hues. I am a huge fan of pastel pants matched with a white tee or shorts paired with a black top. I prefer a black top with shorts because I think it makes the wearer look smaller and it provides a nice contrast for not a lot of material. Joe’s Jeans produces a sharp line of skinny cut pants in 55 different colors. For those of you who are too shy to wear a vibrant shade of bottoms, a colored or patterned belt is a nice way to vamp up an outfit. Belts matched with shoes, bags, nails, or jackets complete a polished soft look. While I may not be one to change my purse often, I like to have leopard on my
nails with corresponding shoes, or a sweater. The other day in the mall I saw the displays at Express with mannequins wearing bright clothing assortments head to toe. It’s a brave pallet, but so cool! I love a bright blue mixed with a bubble gum pink. For example, think pink blouse paired with a blue pencil skirt, or a blue dress with a pink sweater. Wearing a dress with a geometric pattern has a similar wow factor attached to it. Jewelry trends are showing spring is around the corner through floral colors and arrangements. Prada has designed some really exquisite “not your mama’s flower garden” pieces that are stunning. When shopping for jewelry consider some of the flower power inspired jewelry such as the chunky plastic flower pieces, or the strung flower patterns. WARNING! Israeli fashion trends are invading everywhere! The notorious platform sandal worn by a lot of Israelis is making an appearance this spring and upcoming summer! The shoes are comfortable and successful in making a lady feel fashionable. Although I’m not
a huge fan of the style, the shoes seem to becoming increasingly cuter! A great pair of sunglasses is essential for the South Florida and Israel sunshine. I suggest finding hidden treasures at discount stores like TJ Maxx or even the junior section of Nordstrom. I only advise buying an expensive pair if you’re sure they’re the Cinderella fit. Inexpensive watches are also great to pick up at places like Target and rotate throughout the warmer days, giving your more expensive pieces a break as you become more active. Most importantly, loving what you have on looks the best; don’t be afraid to try new things! Rayna Rose Exelbierd is a sophomore studying Interna7onal business. She works as the Hillel of Broward and Palm Beach Israel advocacy intern, aCer spending a year in Israel. When shopping in Israel, Rayna has developed a knack for hun7ng out fashionable ﬁnds at low costs. Rayna does the most damage in Tel-‐Aviv and Central Jerusalem.
Sunglasses, Nordstrom $12 Print Dress, Target $19.99
High rise Pants, Forever 21 $24.80
Platform sandals, Chloe $745
Dots Dress, Forever 21 $22.80
Skinny jeans, Joeâ€™s Jeans $158
MASADA SUNRISE With spring comes ďŹ‚owers, rain, and bright colors. Experiment on your face, lips, and nails with some wild oranges, hot pinks, and radiant reds. By Brooke Weinbaum
With the sun coming out even more than usual, it s time to splash some color on those cheeks. No time to lay out? Try NARS, Taos $28 with some added shimmer for those fun nights out.
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JOIN US FOR A FREE EVENT TO PROMOTE THE STATE OF ISRAEL FEATURING A DISCUSSION WITH: U Alan Dershowitz – Harvard Professor and Author U Robert Wexler – Former Congressman and current President of the S. Daniel Abraham Center for Middle East Peace U Wayne L. Firestone – Hillel President and CEO PRESENTED BY
SPECIAL SCREENING OF: “Israel Inside” – a film which explores the triumph of the Israeli people who have turned a desert into a flourishing and productive society. A dessert buffet, generously sponsored by Temple Emanu-El, will follow the program.
Step Up for Israel is an international grassroots Israel education campaign chaired by Alan Dershowitz and former Ambassador Dore Gold. The Ewa & Dan Abraham Project, funded by S. Daniel Abraham in cooperation with the Jewish Federation of Palm Beach County, is designed to broaden the scope of Jewish education and outreach in the greater Palm Beaches by creating programs for all ages and interest levels on Israel, current events, and Jewish traditions, holidays and culture. CO-SPONSORS
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Live and Become: A Review
Israeli Cinema Nights will be playing Live and Become Thursay, March 15 at 8 pm Frank Theatres 3701 NE 163rd Street North Miami Beach Call 305-932-4200
By Jackie Klein Live and Become is a portrayal of a true story that shares a part of a community in Israel that does not always receive much focus. Moreover it focuses in on one of the largest controversies surrounding the Ethiopian Jews in Israel- Ethiopian Christians who pretended to be Jewish in order move to Israel. The opening scenes show a Christian Ethiopian women send her son off with the Israelis during Operation Solomon when the Ethiopian Jews were airlifted to Israel. Her son was not any more Jewish than she was. A Jewish mother pretended that he was her own in order to save his life as well as giving him the Jewish name Shlomo. Shortly after the two of them made it into the Promised Land, she passed away from a sickness she had contracted back in Africa. Shlomo soon started acting out in the Bording School he attended. Because he could not be given the individual care that he so desperately needed, Shlomo was soon adopted by a French Israeli family. As we travel through his life we meet the people he considers family
including the leader of the Ethiopian
unlike African immigrants to other
Jews who has practically adopted him
countries including the U.S.
as his own son. We see both the internal and
The movie is over two hours long with multiple points where it could
external struggles that he encounters
have conceivably ended. However it
throughout his life in Israel. Shlomo is
ultimately ends at the most appropriate
constantly struggling against himself, as conclusion. You will have to watch it to he tries to decide if he should turn
find out for yourself, but I will share
himself in to the police. Ironically at
that the protagonist Shlomo finds peace
one point, he tries but the police man
with both himself and his surroundings
refuses to believe him and instead
by the end of this soul searching film.
assumes that the boy has given in to the rest of the communities’ thoughts about the black Ethiopian community. This inherently shows the external struggle he has as an Ethiopian “Jewish” immigrant. The Ethiopians were put under blatant racism not
Jackie is a junior studying Jewish Studies at FAU. A9er spending a semester at Tel-‐Aviv University, Jackie’s favorite thing to do in Israel is walk along the streets and take in the various sites and people.
Here and There:
Sweeping the airwaves around the
By William Jackson
both unify and destroy and ‘Hatufim’
world are television shows that deal with the effects of war on a national and individual level. Today’s world is largely reflective of a growing xenophobia in a time when the cohesions of a nation
does a wonderful job at conveying that. While Israel has first handedly dealt with the struggles of POW recognition, the U.S. populous has played a much less effectual role. In a
rely on the individual. The show in Israel, Hatufim, revolves around the lives of IDF soldiers who are captured during service in Lebanon. The fate of each POW is initially unknown, and as the show
society that renders the individual and recognizes physical beauty over intellectual or somatic heroism, how will such a show favor in the ratings. After its first weekend with a 1.71 million-viewer premiere, the show
progresses they each become fleeting symbols for their resilient nation. Seventeen years later, they return and the once ephemeral symbol turns tangible, and a posing threat on
continued to gain followers. Through its first season it has cemented itself as one of Showtime’s most favored shows of 2011, bringing in the highest ratings for a finale in Showtime history. The
national safety becomes internally plausible when information on a switched soldier reaches the government. After 17 years, the soldiers return home, and the preceding events start to illuminate the effects a previous
gripping thriller has not only shed light on U.S. foreign affairs but provided a source for the populous to gain a better understanding of the effects war has on whole families not just the individual.
operative had. War has the ability to
By Katie Morris Sometimes it seems that while many people are aware that Israel did indeed create instant messaging, drip irrigation, and cherry tomatoes..Israel is never praised on its remarkable achievement on making a cereal that has now made its way into the American society? Kariot ( )קריותis an Israeli cereal that has an American cousin. Kelloggs, has tried to recreate the cereal and make it their own, naming it “Krave”. Although I did not “crave” this cereal as much as I craved Kariot, it still looked very similar to this sweet morning wake up. Kariot
is a bit plumper and when I took a bite of it I could actually taste the chocolate that is delicately sitting inside of the puffed pillow of yumminess. On the other hand Krave was a bit airier, and unfortunately I did not get that burst of chocolate that I got after snacking on my Israeli favorite. I developed a weird taste in my mouth after eating Krave and it wasn’t the most pleasant of tastes yet when I digested my Kariot, it felt like I swallowed a bit of the holy land and everywhere I went that
day I had a little Israel in me. I know a lot of people say that everything is better in Israel and who wouldn’t agree with that? For right now, I am craving Kariot as my morning escape to Israel because I can’t hop on a plane to it at the moment. Either you can Kariot or you can Krave, but really, the choice is yours, so choose wisely. Ka7e is a freshman studying poli7cal science at FAU. Her favorite thing to do in Israel is try the diﬀerent falafel places on Ben-‐ Yehuda and ﬁnd new favorite places.
A VIEW THROUGH CAMERA Dor Dorim hosted Steven Stotsky from CAMERA to discuss media bias about Israel By Jordan Robrish On Sunday February 26th at Temple Dor Dorim in Weston an organization known as CAMERA, or the Committee for Accuracy in Middle East Reporting In America hosted guest speaker Steven Stotsky. Stotsky has been a Senior Research Analyst for CAMERA for the past seven years, as part of his job he monitors and researches the media looking for articles that contain inaccurate and biased information concerning the state of Israel. He has analyzed and documented inaccurate reporting on the state of Israel from such major news networks and publications as The British Broadcasting Corporation, French 2 TV, and The New York Times. Stotsky’s presentation to the packed house of guests at Temple Dor Dorim was an eye opening first-hand look at the very real threat of biased, exaggerated, and fabricated media coverage regarding the state of Israel in the American media today. Numerous examples of biased and fabricated media coverage were cited including the Al-
Durrah incident back in 2000. This international incident was captured on video tape by French Journalists filming in the Gaza Strip. The controversial video tape shows a father and his son pinned down by gun fire. The video tape goes on to presumably show the twelve year old boy being shot to death. The French media outlet France 2 originally reported that the boy had been shot to death by Israeli Defense Force troops, however; these reports were never verified and the accounts of the incident sparked international backlash and protests against Israel around the Arab world. The French television station France 2 had reported that the Israeli troops had killed 12 year old Jamal AlDurrah in clashes with Palestinian gunmen. The Israeli government changed its position on the incident as the why she attended the event Marjorie Rudolph responded “As a teacher at Dor Dorim I feel that it is very
important to know everything that is going on in Israel so I can pass the information on to my students”. When Steven Stotsky was asked at the event why he feels his work is so important and how people can help responded “The facts are on Israelis’ side if they are known, and ultimately you have to believe that the more information that gets out there the better Israel’s case to the world will be. I encourage citizen to contact us through our website at www.camera.org we currently have over 65,000 members, and CAMERA is always looking for more members to help with our letter writing campaigns.” Jordan is a senior studying english. His favorite part of visi7ng Israel was ﬂoa7ng in the Dead sea.
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A Moment with the Artist By Brooke Weinbaum
When I first met Michael Reiter last semester, he was anticipating his acceptance to go to Israel on Birthright. He told me he is the child of an Israeli and while he knows a lot, he didn’t know nearly a fraction of what he wanted to. While on Birthright, Reiter was inspired by the beautiful land, culture, and most importantly the people of Israel. When the opportunity arose to submit art based on ideas of Israel, Reiter jumped at the chance to submit his work. “The biggest inspiration for me was visiting Israel, meeting my Israeli family, and finally being able to appreciate my background. My grandparents went there as refugees to start life over again. I saw things in a different light when I was thereand it made me proud,” says Reiter of his
life changing experience. “I wanted to show people a new generation of Israelis. The girl came from my head, but the inspiration-that came from the soldiers I met because we just talked about our lives. They just want to live comfortably in peace. The girl is Jewish, living in Jerusalem and it is implied that she is a peace activist.” Reiter mentions the different parts of his art. “Watercolor is my favorite kind of art; I wanted to include lots of color and show a typical Israeli. She has typical middle eastern garb-tattoos, piercings, a headscarf, and she is playing music because she is inspired by Jerusalem. Her tattoo is in hebrew and Arabic and they both say peace.want to live and live comfortably in peace. The hamsas just remind me of the culture. Her poster in the background is also
in Arabic and Hebrew saying ‘We want peace’”. The girl in the picture seems to have a great piece of real estate, looking out at the Dome of the Rock. “Her window is supposed to be a view into Jerusalem; the Dome is identifiable and people know, oh that’s Jerusalem.” Reiter hopes to go back to Israel and continues to explore all types of art. Many people who attended the iArt event were inspired by the artist’s work. Who wouldn’t beit exudes so many feelings of the spirit of Israel.
Arts & Krav with Shakshuka on the side The final week of Israel Awareness Month at Hillel included two krav maga classes, one art gallery inspired by Israel, and four traditional Israeli dishes. By Brooke Weinbaum
While some may argue that the ﬁnal week of February was the most hec8c with midterms and awai8ng spring break, others would say it was the most fun. Hillel of Broward and Palm Beach made sure Israel Awareness Month ended with a bang. On a Tuesday night, more than twenty students showed up to learn techniques that soldiers learn in the IDF. Krav Maga, the Israeli self defense uses natural ins8ncts to defend yourself. “Self protec8on is the number one thing you can oﬀer yourself for safety,” says Jared Grunwald, lead instructor at Grenade Fitness in Boca Raton. Grunwald and two other instructors taught students prac8cal moves for real life situa8ons. “It is not a sport or a compe88on, it’s how to get home safe. In Israel everyone joins the army, but not everyone is 6’4 and 250 pounds. You have to teach something that
everyone can learn. It’s about safety and self-‐ awareness.” One of the students who came out joined the IDF seven years ago. “I did Krav Maga in the army and thought it’d be nice to meet other random people who were interested in Israel there. It diﬀered from the army because this was more about self defense. It was a good, fun class and even aYer being in combat, I learned some new moves,” says Ari BlaZ, senior at PBSC. The following day, Krav Maga was taken down to Nova Southeastern University to show more students a unique way to defend themselves. That evening was the highly an8cipated event, iArt Israel. Students had the opportunity to submit a piece of art whether it was a photograph, drawing, pain8ng, or even fabric covered box. “We wanted to give students a chance to express their love for Israel in visual form and also show others the feelings Israel gives them. We got so many view points, lots of color, and upliYing pieces,” says Isabella Torres, sophomore, who was the student in charge of the event. Students along with community members came to the Yaacov Heller Gallery in Royal Palm Plaza to see the various pieces of art, enjoy some hors d’oeuvres, and hear from diﬀerent ar8sts. Yaacov Heller, who lived in Israel, spoke about his career as a sculptor, and how Israel inspired him.
“Yaacov understands that Israel deserves to be put on a canvas or a photograph; it should be expressed visually. We were so lucky to have him support us throughout the process and share with other people his story,” says Torres. Following Heller, Owls for Israel, brought in Ruben Salvadori, a photojournalist on tour through CAMERA. “I think everyone was impressed with Ruben. He was so young and has accomplished so much. He really made me think about how I watch the news. I wish I could turn the camera 180 degrees and see all of the other cameramen there and how they are portraying the scene. It really makes you think about why people see Israel a certain way,” says Torres. Students and community members alike were both inspired and impressed by the students’ contribu8ons to the art world as well as the ar8sts’ telling their own story of Israel to the world. One of the ﬁnal events of the week was a cooking class lead by Hadar Raveh, the Director of Israel Programs, Noﬀar Keidar, and Liraz Segal, two girls from Israel sent on a delega8on through the Jewish Federa8on. The girls enjoyed bringing the Israeli cuisine to students, who were excited to taste what brings back great memories for them. Dishes included, Israeli salad, burekas with feta cheese, and p88m. Students were
impressed by how simple everything was to
make, even the hard to perfect shakshuka. “Just a dash of salt, pepper, and olive oil is how I like to make nearly everything in Israel, but especially the p88m,” said Segal. “I brought it all the way from Israel so it would be authen8c.” Students were excited to have learned how to create a few dishes, and leY with the Israeli treat, Krembo. A cream ﬁlled chocolate snack. The month of February provided students with many opportuni8es to learn about Israel from new perspec8ves. Through art, krav maga, and cooking, students learned that there is always a way to connect through Israel, even if it is with your stomach!
CELEBRATING 1! Y EARS WITH HADASSAH By Rose Morris
There was beautiful Klezmer music playing and we were spinning around in circles. Dozens of Hadassah women were laughing and smiling as we danced the Hora together. They all knew the same exact dance movements. I was uplifted to be with them. On Sunday February 12, 2012, the Florida Atlantic Region of Hadassah invited me to their beautiful Centennial Celebration at Indian Spring Country Club. The theme of the night was, ‘Carrying the Torch to Tomorrow.’ Throughout the night, I had the opportunity to meet with the Hadassah women, many whom whose Zionist parents and grandparents had been involved with Hadassah in its earlier years. While Hadassah has accomplished many goals and objectives in the past century in the fields of Education, Women’s Rights, and Health Care, I wanted to share with you the personal stories of dedication and involvement of the women that comprise the Florida Atlantic Region. Anne Lee Weiner has been a member of Hadassah for over 55 years. She was a chair of the Centennial Celebration. For her, Hadassah is a way of life. The establishment of Israel during her lifetime has given her much happiness and she is going to continue giving back to Hadassah, because from her hard work and dedication, people will be educated, have the opportunity to go to Israel, and learn about Zionism. Judy Greer is a life member of Hadassah, as well as a past President of the Florida Atlantic Region. She is part of the Nassau chapter and has helped start the
Hatikvah chapter in Palm Beach Gardens. She believes it is important to be involved with Israel, and to be aware of what is going on. She believes the ties between the United States and Israel is vital. Gladys Kleinman has met wonderful people through her experience in Hadassah. She was a past President of the Westchester chapter and helped to start the Valencia Pointe chapter. She is extremely proud of its women. Within two to three years, they grew to 300 members. She said that Hadassah gives you much more than you put into it. Lydia Krieg was an event chair of the Centennial Celebration. When she was 12 years old, Hadassah gave her a scholarship to a Young Judaea camp. At the time, she had no Jewish identity and has now been involved with Hadassah for over 50 years. She was on the Regional Executive Board and was a founder of the Kol Tikvah chapter in Bellagio, Lake Worth. She was the Programming Vice President of the region and organized major events. She hopes that more young people will have the opportunity to go to Israel and find their roots. Audrey Weinberg is a fivegeneration life member, and three generations of her family have been presidents. Throughout her childhood, she was so involved with Hadassah that she thought everyone else was involved as well. It was a way of life for her. She said the phone was always ringing in her house, they were constantly setting up rooms for meetings, and getting refreshments ready. She is extremely proud of the Tivoli Lakes chapter. They started with 40
women six years ago, and they have now reached 200 members. To her, Hadassah is one big family. Carole Kurtz is especially proud of the Sarah Wetsman Davidson Hospital Tower funded by Hadassah that will open this year. Her message to the young people is that they should learn about Hadassah and realize that the hospital does so much good for society, and for people of all nationalities. Anyone who comes through those doors will be taken care of, and they will never be turned away based on factors such as race or religion. Ruth Etkin informed me of the program, ‘Keepers of the Gate,’ which was started by Leona Brauser in the Florida Atlantic Region in 1996. Women, who become a ‘Keeper of the Gate,’ donate $1000 every year for five consecutive years, and for as long as they can after that. This initiative was so successful that it became a national program. The contributions support Hadassah College Jerusalem, Hadassah Medical Organization,Young Judaea, and Youth Aliyah/Children at Risk. After the five year commitment has been made, the Keeper’s name is inscribed on the Keepers of the Gate pillar in Ein Kerem, Jerusalem. The organization and members of Hadassah were inspiring to meet. Each member has a personal story of dedication and passion. At the event, it was stated that, “Hadassah and Israel are so connected that it is inconceivable to think about one without the other.” For more information about the Florida Atlantic Region of Hadassah, the contact number is (561) 498-1012.
Community Spotlight By Rose Morris
I had the opportunity to speak with Carol Weiss, President of the Florida Atlantic Regional Office of Hadassah. Of the 300,000 members that comprise Hadassah across the globe, the Florida Atlantic Region is home to the largest region with over 23,000 members in 66 chapters from Boca Raton to Vero Beach. What is Hadassah’s mission? HADASSAH, the Women's Zionist Organization of America, is a volunteer women's organization whose members are motivated and inspired to strengthen their partnership with Israel, ensure Jewish continuity, and realize their potential as a dynamic force in American society. Committed to the centrality of Israel based on the renaissance of the Jewish people in its historic homeland, Hadassah promotes the unity of the Jewish people. In Israel, Hadassah initiates and supports pace-setting health care, education and youth institutions, and land development to meet the country's changing needs. In the United States, Hadassah enhances the quality of American and Jewish life through its education and Zionist youth programs, promotes health awareness, and provides personal enrichment and growth for its members.
HADASSAH What initially drew you to be involved in this organization? Weiss: I grew up in New Jersey, and became involved in Young Judaea, which had been sponsored by Hadassah for the past forty years. Even though my household was very Jewish oriented, I got my Zionist spirit from Young Judaea. It was a youth group and I went to camp as well. When I was 17, I went on Young Judaea summer course in Israel. From that day on, I have been very Zionistic, have had a strong love for Israel, and I have done work for Israel ever since. Are there any specific programs sponsored by Hadassah that you connect with? Weiss: First of all, we are having our Centennial Celebration in Israel in October of 2012 and we are dedicating the Sarah Wetsman Davidson Hospital Tower, which is a new hospital because our hospital tower is 50 years old, and in the life of a hospital, that is very old. It is also overcrowded. We needed a new facility. It is a wonderful milestone to celebrate the Centennial year of Hadassah. Henrietta Szold, who originally went to Palestine on a trip with her mother, started the organization in 1912 after she saw the great need for medical care. She came back to the United States and had a study
group at Temple Emanu-El in New York City where she stated, “If we are Zionists… what is the good of meeting and talking and drinking tea? Let us do something real and practical-let us organize the Jewish women of America and send nurses and doctors to Palestine.” After getting sponsors for resources to deliver and use in Palestine, two nurses were sent to Palestine. With the high amount of malnutrition in the area, milk was delivered on donkeys in the program, ‘Tipat Chalav.’ We sponsor the camps and youth groups of Young Judaea, as well as Youth Aliyah, a program for children at risk in Israel. The children are able to be a part of live-in programs, as well as outpatient programs where children are able to receive therapy and help. We sponsor a few Youth Aliyah Villages, one Ramat Henrietta Szold and Ramat Ne’arim. In Ne’arim, where the children live, the Education is so strong there that the people in the neighboring areas want their children who are not a part of Youth Aliyah to attend as well. How many Hadassah regional offices and chapters are there? How many chapters are in this region? How do they support one another? Weiss: There are over 300,000 Hadassah members nationwide and 35 regions. This is the
Florida Atlantic Region, and we have over 23,000 members in 66 chapters. We have chapters from Boca Raton to Vero Beach. The chapters are autonomous, but the region helps them by providing leadership workshops, spring conference, and giving them support in whatever they need. The spring conference in May is where we have a workshop with speakers. The Israeli Consul General is coming to speak. We have a ‘Book and Author’ every March, which we have over 600 attendees, with a waitlist, to give education to our members. Chapters meet monthly. At the meetings, they have programs, a speaker, something of Jewish content, and discuss current events. The individual chapters raise funds. The regional office holds various fundraising initiatives throughout the year. What has been your most memorable moment in your involvement with Hadassah? Weiss: My most memorable moment was when I went on a President’s mission to Israel and we went in with hard hats to the Sarah Wetsman Davidson tower. We saw how huge the project was, and they explained where everything would be. It was overwhelming to see what our money and hard work has created. It took 330 million dollars just for the building. Now we have to equip the inside. What have you learned from Hadassah?
Weiss: Hadassah empowers women to do great things. Even though I was a teacher, and was educated, I learned to be a leader, to public speak, to organize, and it made an unbelievable difference in my life. I gave a lot, but I got so much more in return. The friendships that we have in Hadassah, the camaraderie, all the women that we work with, their amazing talent, their amazing passion, it is incredible to be with them. To think that women started this organization 100 years ago, when women couldn’t even vote! Women weren’t out of the house! They were not empowered at all, that to start something like this was truly amazing. What specific events does your region hold? Weiss: We hold ‘Book and Author’ in March, we hold a large fundraising event every year, this year we had the Centennial. Many years, we have something called, ‘Woman of Valor’ where we honor one woman from each chapter. Their families will come to honor them and Hadassah will put something in the Tribute book for her and it is lovely. We do leadership training all year round. There are two major workshops a year. A leadership team services the region. The chapters come and we teach them how to delegate and fundraise. We teach them how to engage their members. These events and initiatives are ongoing throughout the year.
How would you recommend involvement of university-age students and women of the community to Hadassah? Weiss: We have some young groups and they make the chapter their own and they do programs and initiatives that are interesting to them. In Boynton Beach, there is a Hadassah chapter of young women called, ‘Not Your Mother’s Hadassah.’ They have speakers who they like, govern their own chapter and programs, and raise their own money. They do what fits their particular group, with the focal point on Israel and Hadassah. Last year there was a trip to Israel for Young Leaders and we had someone go from this region to cultivate future leaders. We need young people to keep the support for Hadassah and Israel going strong from generation to generation. Rose Morris recently graduated from Florida Atlan6c University with a degree in elementary educa6on. Rose enjoys exploring new places and her favorite thing to do in Israel is walk around Jerusalem on Shabbat.
iFest @ Nova By Lindsey Goldstein
In honor of Israel awareness month, Hillel at Nova Southeastern University hosted iFest which consisted of collaborating with other clubs/ organizations on campus to
relate Israel to their various focuses. Some of the clubs and organizations that participated included the Nature Club who presented pictures and facts about animals found in the Negev Desert. Students learned about the hyrax which is a small furry creature about 20 inches long that resembles a rabbit with no ears. Surprisingly, the hyrax is the closest living relative to the elephant. Sophomore Samantha Gonzalez said “I didn’t even know species like this exist, it would be really cool to see them in Israel.” Another club that participated was the Relay for Life Committee who related Israel to their mission of Cancer prevention. They provided facts such as that about 4,000 people are diagnosed with breast cancer in Israel each year! Freshman Tara Seidman said “The Relay for Life table gave me a new
perspective. Although Israel may be really far away and the people there may have many differences than we have here, we are all human beings and are affected by things like cancer and are united to find a cure for it.” The winning table belonged to Alpha Phi Omega which is a co-ed service fraternity. They presented information about an organization in Israel called Save a Child’s Heart which they educated visitors about their mission which is to improve the quality of pediatric cardiac care for children from developing countries who suffer from heart disease and to create centers of competence in these countries. Alpha Phi Omega also turned their table into a fundraiser for the organization by selling handmade key chains that said Save a Child’s Heart, as well as giving out paper hearts to those who donated to decorate and display on a board. As a prize they received $150 from Hillel of Broward and Palm Beach. Alpha Phi Omega member Heather Cohen said “ I am so glad we found out
about Save a Child’s Heart, it is such a great organization, we love that they provide medical treatment regardless of the child's nationality, religion, color, gender or financial situation and we plan to continue to fundraise for them as one of our official philanthropies." Another component of iFest was a Krav Maga class taught by Grenade Fitness. Nova students got to learn firsthand how to defend themselves using this Israeli fighting technique. Student Michael Mateus said “The detailed thought process behind every move and overall method is brilliant and I can see why it really works!” The students of Hillel at Nova
worked hard to make this event a success. Nova Southeastern Hillel President Florencia Schwarz said “I am very proud of the success because of the internal effort and the support of the other organizations. My fellow Hillel members and I can’t wait to host iFest as an annual event.” Lindsey is a junior at Nova Southeastern University. Her favorite part of Israel was riding camels and looking at the stars in 40 the Negev desert.
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Combatting Challenges FIU, hosts panel to discuss issues relevant to pro-Israel community on and off campus By Corey Hamel
On February 13, Florida International University (FIU) hosted a discourse on the timely issues facing Pro-Israel student advocates on University campuses. With over 90 people in attendance, the event was successful in creating an
intergenerational dialogue between the students on the front lines and supportive community members. The evening began with an introduction by Shlomi Dinar, the Director of the Middle East Society at FIU addressing the need and purpose of the event as there have been growing “systematic campaigns to isolate Israel” and students in “South Florida and FIU have not been immune to these activities”. The keynote address and panel discussion included experts in the field from various civil rights and Jewish organizations and focused on the many strategies and many resources to support Pro-Israel activists. Several members within the audience were shocked to see the key tactics used by Israel detractors in a presentation by ADL FL Associate Director Robert Tanen. He gave the audience an introductory look into the rise of Anti-Israel activity at college campuses, featuring photographs of events and evidence of social media campaigns by groups like Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) and their recent activities within Florida. However, the FIU
students in the audience were already quite familiar with the scene as much of the presentation included events they had experienced firsthand. One FIU Student who moderated the panel, gave her personal account as president of Shalom FIU. Rebecca Sterling, a junior at FIU, discussed how she became a pro-Israel activist and how her campus has been directly affected by the rise of SJP. “In the past few semesters, the Anti-Israel movement at FIU has been increasingly vocal and active”, stated Rebecca. In one instance, SJP organized a lobby to protest the attendance of student government leaders going to the AIPAC national summit and “stating that AIPAC is a terrorist organization and ultimately intimidating 4 student officials from attending”. Israel Apartheid Week was also held at FIU and included an FIU professor leading the discussion of BDS on behalf of SJP. In order to combat the misinformation spread by groups like SJP, Shalom FIU decided to help their campus understand the complexities of the conflict and the efforts of Israelis to make peace with their neighbors. “We held Israel Peace week so that people see the values of Israeli society and coexistence. We want our peers to know that Israelis are seeking peace, share the values of democracy, and that Israel has a positive humanitarian influence around the world”. Rebeccaʼs concluding message was that “Students are the ones on the front lines and itʼs up to us to engage in this movement, lead positive discussion on Israel and stop delegitimization…so that eventually
both sides can sit down and have an honest conversation on solving the real issues”. The event ended with a question answer session with a very distinguished panel consisting of the ADL, AJC, Miami JCRC, and the Washington DC Jewish Federation. The panel answered several questions from students including how to encourage student leadership, how to deal with antiIsrael bias from professors, and how to successfully reach out to groups like Students for Justice in Palestine so that they know that pro-Israel groups are pro-peace and
not “anti-Palestinian”. Events like these are important and open the possibility for dialogue and the doors to education. By increasing understanding and communication, especially between the student and non-student community we can build a more unified movement. Corey is a freshman at Florida Interna3onal University.
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