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The Young Israel Congregation of Bal Harbour hosted a screening of Jerusalem U’s “Crossing the Line 2” on the evening of January 19. The documentary is a stunning revelation of anti-Semitic rhetoric on college campuses in America. Tammy and Aaron Attias, Michelle and Bob Diener, and Evelyn and Shmuel Katz sponsored the event.

Tammy Attias spoke of the need for leadership on the college campus. Young Israel youth director Rabbi Avi Fried urged the crowd to get involved and become ambassadors for the cause. Matt Weissbaum, managing director of Jerusalem U, said the goal of the showing was not to “scare” but to empower.


The film was disturbing yet hopeful. The vitriolic demonstrations against Israel and Jewish students were raw and hate filled. It was a sobering experience for all.

Rabbi Raphael Shore, producer of the film, spoke of the Jews who merited to leave Egypt. Rabbi Shore said they had kept their Jewish names and identity. Jewish pride, he said, is essential.

Dr. Shmuel Katz, a noted philanthropist and Jewish leader who was instrumental in producing the film, said that what happens to Jews today will affect and impact what happens to the free world tomorrow. He urged the assembly to become more informed and to stand up and make a difference.

There are several films in the “Step Up For Israel” series. They are for everyone –middle and high school students, college students, and adults. For more information or to arrange a screening or make a contribution, visit or call 888-515-5292.


Rabbi Raphael Shore addresses viewers at Crossing the Line 2 screening at the Young Israel Congregation.

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Shelley Benveniste is South Florida editor of The Jewish Press.