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March 14, 2003 Tidewater Jewish Foundation News Great Giving By Philip S. Rovner, CPA, CLU TJF Executive Director Philip Rovner ver the years at the Tidewater Jewish Foundation we have received numer- ous planned gifts. These include will bequests, Ezra Charitable Gift Annuities, life insurance, charitable trusts and outright gifts of stock, real estate and other assets. Each one of these gifts has been received with sincere and enthusiastic appreciation. Though every gift has a special quality, we have learned that some gifts stand out from the rest as extra special. And interestingly, it's not the size of a gift that makes it particularly special, though we are "always encouraged when a larger asset comes our way. What makes a gift extra special are the circumstances surrounding it, including the attitude of the donor. As we look back over the many gifts, certain common character- istics emerge that combine to make a good gift great. See if you agree. h great gift is motivated by a desire to support our communi- ty for generations to come. Something intangible, yet valuable, is added to a gift when it addresses the ongoing needs of our community. The donor identifies with our vision and mission. His or her planned gift reflects a sense of ownership and partnership. Such a gift warms and inspires us. A great gift is well planned. Great giving requires time and effort. One must consider a variety of factors and options and select the right asset for the right gift vehi- cle at the right time - and do it in a manner that will appropriately address one's overall estate plan, as well as one's philanthropic desires. As the saying goes, anything worth doing is worth doing well. Great giving may require more work, but the rewards are worth it. A great gift pleases the donor. That is, the donor is convinced his or her gift will make a positive difference. It has been well planned and there are no regrets. A sense of fulfillment prevails and crowns the gift with added value. The gift is made greater by the glow of satisfaction. Donor delight is right up there at the top of our list, and we work hard to make it happen. When our donors are happy, we are happy. As you consider what kind of planned gift you would like to give to the Tidewater Jewish Foundation, please contact me at 671-1600. I am well versed in the various gift arrangements ,and am dedicated to helping our donors make "great" gifts. You can also fred out more information about the Foundation mad any of our gift vehicles by vis- iting us online at Support Our Advertisers. They Support Southeastern Virginia Jewish News 3 At Plenum 2003 - Feb. 22-25 JCPA discusses "Global anti-Semitism" (Editor Note: "Meeting the Chal- lenge: Community Relations in Times of Turmoil" was the JCPA Plenum 2003 theme Feb. 22-25, which met in Baltimore, MD at the Hyatt Regency Baltimore. Five members of the Tidewater community attended: Laura Miller, Mark Solberg, Helen Sonenshine, Rabbi Israel Zober- man and Betsy Karotkin, CRC Director. Among the speakers was Pro- fessor Irwin Cotler, a member of the Canadian Parliament, who spoke on "Global Anti-Semitism and International Human Rights." Due to the timely nature of the subject and its urgency, it is being discussed in the article which follows by Helen Sonen- shine, Chairman of the Communi- ty Relations Council.) By Helen Sonenshine Chairman of the Community Relations Council "We are wit- nessing a new, virulent, escalat- ing, global, and lethal anti-Jew- ishness," said Professor Irwin Cotler, at the JCPA Plenum in Helen Baltimore on Sonenshine Monday, Febru- ary 24th. Profes- sor Cotler, a member of the Canadian Parliament and a pro- fessor of law at McGiU Universi- ty in Montreal, then proceeded to build a compelling case to demonstrate the validity of his depiction of genocidal anti- Semitism in the world today. What is new about the current form of anti-Semitism? This is not just discrimination against Jews, which is the more tradi- tional form of anti-Semitism. What is intrinsic in this new form is the denial of the right of the Jewish people to live as an equal nation among the nations. Israel is consistently being denied due process of law in the internation- al arena, including the United Nations, the International Crimi- nal Court, and the Geneva Con- vention. This anti-Jewishness takes the following forms: Genocidal anti-Semitism is manifested in the public call for the destruction of Israel and the killing of Jews. This call for the destruction of Israel is publicly stated in the covenants of Hmrtas; Islamic/ihad, Hezbol, lah, and other terrorist organiza- tions, which also calls on their members to commit terrorist acts to fulfill the covenant. A religious Fatwa, compara- ble to the fatwa calling for the murder of Salman Rushdie, calls for Muslims to perform their reli- gious duty by killing Jews. State sanctioned calls for one member of the international community to destroy another member of the international community flies in the face of the purpose of the United Nations and the rule of interna- tional law. Other states, through their silence, acquiesce in this public pronouncement. Israel is depicted as the repos- itory of all that is evil in the world, "the little Satan." There is an assault upon the very raison d'etre of the Jewish people and Zionism by calling for the dismantfing of Israel because it is a Zionist state. By characterizing Zionism as apartheid, it is one step further to then characterize Israel as a Nazi state. All of this came into clear view at the U.N. Conference Against Racism, held in Durban in 2001. Under the banner of the language of human rights, atten- dees used the United Nations sponsored conference to call for the dismantling of Israel as the incarnation of evil in the world, as the new "anti-Christ" of our time. Again, at the meeting of the U.N. Commission of Human Rights, Israel was the only nation singled out as a human rights violator. And, in December 2001, the contracting parties to the Geneva Convention accused Israel of violating the provisions of the Geneva Convention, which deals with the treatment of civilians during wartime. In the 52 years since the Geneva Con- vention was first contracted in response to the Holocaust, not one state has been accused until now, and that state is Israel. The totalitarian nature of the anti-Semitism that emanates from the Arab and Muslim states is new in its simultaneous con- vergence of the following ele- ments: CONTINUED ON PAGE 8 At the Plenum - Congressman E.d Schrock. 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