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Achim Academy Students Join Fraternity Friends

Wednesday, February 22nd, 2012

Students of Achim Academy Center for Education – the day school under the Neytz haChochma ESE umbrella in North Miami Beach – took a field trip to the Jesse Williams Ranch in Kendall Lakes to plant a tree on Tu B’Shevat. Meanwhile, a college fraternity chose to “adopt” the school for its community service project.

At the ranch, students visited some of the residents – including horses, a zebra, roosters, monkeys, Florida panthers and colorful parrots. The five-acre ranch has been in existence for 29 years, saving endangered species, breeding beautiful horses, and developing educational programs for children and families, including programs for children with special needs.

Back at school, six members of Alpha Epsilon Pi fraternity at Florida International University, and one friend, came to do a mitzvah. Led by Daniel Arshadnia, the young men jumped right in and participated in every school activity.

AACE students plant a grapefruit tree at the ranch for Tu B'Shevat. Left to right: Baruch W., Yakov S., Yeshaya F. and Brandon C.

In Reader’s Theatre the frat boys used the “amazing time machine” created by Neytz kids. The big silver box features a BK2TFTR license plate (Back to the Future), flashing lights and a book that opens to reveal a real person from the past who comes “alive” in the reading, which provides a historical lesson.

In another room with the younger students, Aaron “The Mike” Holder, who has an incredible bass voice, mesmerized the students, accompanying himself on his guitar. When the older boys came to join the younger ones, they grabbed their guitars and keyboards and jammed.

Outside, Rabbi Goldenberg and some of the students were playing a Team Building activity and some of the frat boys joined in. The goal was to keep three beach balls, each a different size, in the air for a few minutes. Sounds easy – but they couldn’t use their hands.

Daniel Arshadnia and his fraternity brothers Elijah Salver, Aaron Holder, Brian Green, Dany Raffoul and Benjamin Eisenman pledged to be back. Daniel Bloom also accompanied the fraternity brothers.

It’s My Opinion: Conduct Unbecoming An Officer

Thursday, December 15th, 2011

A recent scandal in South Florida has created quite a stir. An officer with the North Miami Beach police department has been accused of trying to cast a spell on the city manager. The action was allegedly engineered to make City Manager Lyndon Bonnet go away. Bonnet felt he had to trim the city budget. Some of the reductions would cut police jobs and funding. Apparently, everyone did not agree.

Officer Edith Torres reportedly tried to coax a janitor to help her sprinkle birdseed in a black-magic style hex. The birdseed was supposed to hold mystical power. The janitor balked and told her boss of the intended escapade.

As a result of the janitor’s report, Torres, a 24-year veteran of the police force, has been fired for “conduct unbecoming to an officer.”

South Florida is impacted by Afro-Caribbean religious practitioners. Many emanate from surrounding islands, including Haiti and Cuba. The practice of Santeria and voodoo are considered by many to be religious ceremonies. Both sects are loosely rooted in Catholic background, with a magical twist.

If the accusations against officer Torres are true, is she protected under the right of religious freedom? After all, isn’t this concept one of the most cherished privileges of our culture?

Yes, religious liberty is a cherished part of American ideology. However, the idea that everyone is entitled to pray and practice as he wishes does not include the right to hurt or harm others.

Law enforcement officials in the United States have an elevated obligation to protect the rights of citizens in our country. They swear to uphold these beliefs. We all are entitled to hold our opinions.

If the accusations against Torres are true, she is indeed guilty of conduct unbecoming to an officer.

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/sections/its-my-opinion-conduct-unbecoming-an-officer/2011/12/15/

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