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Editorials ................................ 4A Op-Ed ..................................... 5A Calendar ................................. 6A Synagogue Directory ............... 7A B'nai Mitzvah .......................... 8A Scene Around ......................... 9A Classified ................................ 2B The Jewish Channel Steven L Weiss interview with Republican primary candidate Newt Gingrich on The Jewish Channel stirred a media buzz and some criticism from GOP rivals over Gingrich's remarks on Dec. 9, 2011. Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Betsy Knapper/U.S. Navy The aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush, part of the 5th Fleet, transits through the Strait of Hormuz, Oct. 9 2011. Iran has threatened to shut off the strait, through which much of the world's oil travels, if it faces new sanctions. By Ron Kampeas Adm. Habibollah Sayyari, threatened to Adler said that a direct confrontation close the Strait of Hormuz if Western between the U.S. and Iran may be in- WASHINGTON (JTA)--The Obama sanctions intensified. The threat to close evitable, and that the two countries-are administration is engaged in a full-court the strait--the passageway for oii from headed down that road in"slow motion." presstopersuadeIsraelthatIran'snucle- the Persian Gulf states--could presage "Don't underestimate what the ar threat can be contained short of war. a war, experts said. Americans have been saying," he said, The U.S. lobbying has received a "We may be further along the road referring to the longstanding U.S. line mixed reception from Israel, where the to war than most people believe," said that all options for dealing with Iran are Netanyahu government has not ruled Michael Adler, an Iran scholar at the on the table. out a unilateral strike on Iran. Woodrow Wilson International Center Stephen Rademaker, a former top Iran, meanwhile, is taking an aggres- for Scholars. nuclear arms negotiator in the admin- sive stance in response to mounting Experts are divided as to the serious- istration of President George W. Bush, sanctions, ness of the threat to cut off the strait and TwoweeksagotheIraniannavalchief, whether itwill lead to war. Tension on page 17A O By Pamela Ruben Special to the Heritage Fifteen years ago when Lake Mary resident Penny Gold began collecting Con- verse gym shoes, she never imagined she would own more pairs than anyone else on the globe. As of last week, the retired teacher owned a record break- ing 733 pairs, which were displayed and counted to a full house at the Jewish Academy of Orlando in Maitland, where By Dan Klein Jewish Television Network, knows better than most. NEW YORK (JTA)--It is a"There's been dozens of at- strange irony: Jews have been temptsand dozens of failures," successful in the television said Sanderson, nowthepresi- businessmbut Jewish TV, not dent of the Jewish Federation so much. of Greater Los Angeles. "It's a It's not for lack of trying, cycle that's been happening Right now, no fewer than for30-plusyears.Peoplewant three Jewish-focused national it to happen." cable channels are trying to The current Jewish televi- carveoutaviablenichewithin sion channels--The Jewish the already small niche for Channel, Shalom TV and Jewish TV. Jewish Life Television--have It's aroad others have taken scored some successes. They in the past, only to reach a all launched in the past five dead end. years. Jay Sanderson, who served for 21 years as CEO of the Media on page 18A 6! t~ By Ron Kampeas WASHINGTON (JTA)--@ JewishWhiteHouse is back. President Obama on Mon- day announced that Jack Lew, his director of the Office of Budget and Management-- a Cabinet-level position-- would replace William Daley as White House chief of staff. Lew, 56, was chosen for his long years in government and his reputation as a skilled mul- titasker--he was top-budget cruncher for Bill Clinton before reprising the job for she has taught for the last Obama--but Jewish officials WhiteHouseChiefofStaff 20 years. Once "The Guin- were offering a sigh of relief Jack Lew ness Book of World Records" for a subsidiary reason: Their verifies the tally, her collec- who-we-gonna-callpleaswere always been accessible. tion will appear in the 2014 answered. , Still, Hoenleinadded,"Jack edition, and will be "one for Penny Gold with her record-breaking shoe collection of Since Dennis Ross, Obamas being there will be beneficial, the books." As of today, Gold Converse All Stars. . top Iran adviser, announced itwill foster communication." officially has 734 pairs, as the his departure late last year, Obama launched his ad- Converse outlet employees She was drawn to all the new a stage for reader's theater community officials won- ministration with a strong brought their best (and most colors and designs, and liter- complete with costumes, and dered who was left to call in a contingentofJewishadvisers: celebrated) customeranextra ally shopped 'til she dropped, her science center flourished White House that has hemor- In addition to Ross, David pair to add to the count. Gold has always had an eye with life--from meal worms rhaged top Jews over the last Axelrod was his top political "IstartingbuyingConverse for color. Growing up above to a garden from which the year or so. Lew, an Orthodox adviser, Rahm Emanuel was shoes because they were a her father's dress shop-- vegetables would be donated Jew, is close to the community his chief of staff and Daniel ~ reminderoftheonesIworeas where he was also a tai- to theneedy, andisago-topersonforJewish Shapiro handled the Levant '~ teenagergrowingupinBrook- lor--in the Brooklyn inner "Since I retired last year, I events in the capital, desk at the National Security ~ ~ lyn," Gold said. "Back then, city, influenced her sense of miss my'school family," Gold "Thereportsthatthere'sno Council. they only came in black, white fashion. Her father designed said."Sharing my crazy shoes one to talk to havealwaysbeen Emanuel quit in late 2010 ~ and red. As a kid I only wore or retro-fitted much of the with my students was always exaggerated," said Malcolm to run for Chicago mayor, 'Chucks' (designed by Chuck clothing in the store, giving part of the fun. I'm so happy Hoenlein, the executive vice Axelrod left soon after to help ~ Taylor), so the 'All Stars' are her a taste for originality, that they are counting with presidentoftheConferenceof i the only ones I collect now." Her classroom at the Jewish me today for one last math PresidentsofMajorAmerican Lew on page !8A 8 outlets opened in the Orlando "All Star" creation in itself. It Each pair of Converse is Hoenlein pointed to Peter ..~ areaseveral yearsago, she featured three-dimensional asuniqueassheisherself,Rouse, acounselortoObama stepped up her efforts, and bulletin boards adorned with who has served as acting chief began to collect in earnest, photos and class projects, Converse on page 17A of staff, as someone who has