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; I -F Ji ;lli!iil PAGE 14A HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, JANUARY 13, 2012 Adelson gives $5 million to Super PAC supporting Gingrich (JTA) Casino and hotel magnate Sheldon Adelson donated $5 million to a group supporting Newt Gingrich for the Republican presidential nomination. The Washington Post re- ported last weekend that Adelson gave the money on Jan. 6 toWinning Our Future. an independent committee, or Super PAC. run by former Gingrich associates. An unnamed source close to Adelson, a longtime Republi- can donor, told the newspaper that the billionaire planned to spend another $5 million during the campaign. The first $5 million check is meant to keep Gingrich competitive in the Jan. 21 primary in South Carolina, according to the newspaper. Adelson and his wife have given the maximum $2,500 to Gingrich's campaign. Super PACs can raise un- limited sums from corpo- rations, unions and other groups, aS well as individuals. and indirectly support a politi- cal candidate. Adelson, chairman and CEO of the Las Vegas Sands Corp., is worth more than $21 billion, according to Forbes magazine. He is a major giver to Birthright Israel, which provides free 10-day trips to Israel for Jews aged 18 to 26. Katy Perry's preacher father slams Jews in sermon (JTA)The father of pop star Katy Perry, a preacher at an Ohio church, ranted against Jews during a sermon. "You know how to make the Jew jealous? Have some money, honey," Keith Hud- son, 63, said during a recent sermon at the Church on the Rise in Westlake. "You go to L.A. and they own all the Rolex and diamond places. Walk down a part of L.A. where we live and it is so rich it smells," he said. "You ever smell rich? They are all Jews, hallelujah. Amen." Perry's mother, Mary Hud- son, also is a minister at the church. Sheldon Adelson ADL to Santorum: Leave religious appeals out of campaign (JTA)--The Anti:Defa- mation League called on Republican presidential can- didate Rick Santorum to avoid religious appeals to voters. Santorum on Jan. 5 told listeners of a Boston radio show that "We.always need a Jesus guy" in the campaign, in response to a caller who had commented that the economy was the main issue of the campaign. "We don't need a Jesus can- didate; we need an economic candidate." the caller said. "We need someone who believes in something more than themselves and not just the economy," Santorum said. "When we say God bless America, do we mean it or do we just say it?" Abraham Foxrnan, theADL's national director, said in a state- ment that Santorum's "Jesus candidate" remark was "inap- propriate and exclusionary." "It essentially says that those of other faiths or of no faith whether Jews, Muslims, Buddhists, non- believers or others do not belong," he said. Foxman said that religious appeals to voters "are simply unacceptable and un-American." The statement added that the ADL"has long maintained that candidates should feel comfortable explaining their religious convictions to vot- ers, but that there is a point at which an emphasis on re- ligion in a political campaign becomes inappropriate and even unsettling." / Jewish i~mate files lawsuit over kosher meals (JTA)~A Jewish prison inmate ~as filed a complaint aileginl~ that the Nevada De- partment of Corrections is refusing[ to serve him kosher meals. he second time that Ackerman has taken ion to ensure that he kosher food. In a law- lastweek, Ackerman, ae was transferred to son. where he cannot er food. in retaliation Lrst lawsuit. The ~irst suit, filed last June. f( llowed reports that the Nevada Department of Correct Lons would be dis- continting kosher meals. Ackerm m. an Orthodox Jew who is s ~.rving a life sentence for kidr apping, complained then th, Lt the prison system It is t Howard legal ac! receives suitfiled 50, said a new pr get kosh for the f would I~e violating the First Amendment's protection of his free After system its meal disconti meals. Right-w rested fl troops JERU right-w indicted ing the ~ractice of religion. he lawsuit, the prison ~aid it was changing plan but would not aue inmates' kosher ing activists ar- ,r tracking Israeli ~ALEM (JTA) Five ing activists were on charges of track- novements of Israeli army base in the northern West Bank. Report: Iran enriching its own uranium (JTA) Iran has begun enriching uranium, a news- paper in the Islamic Republic reported. The work is being conduct- ed at a well-protected under- ground facility, according to the Kayhan newspaper, which reportedly is well connected to Iranian leaders. In contradiction to the report. Iranian nuclear chief Fereidoun Abbasi said last weekend that the enriching of uranium will begin "soon." Reportedly it was to take place at the For[o nuclear facility, which is built inside a mountain. Israel's Cabinet approves free pre-K education JERUSALEM (JTA) Is- rael's Cabinet voted to approve free education for children starting at age 3. On Sunday, the Cabinet by a vote of 21 to 8 approved the implementation of the Law on Free Education for Children from Age Three. The measure was the main recommenda- tion of the Trajtenberg com- mittee, the 14-member panel of academics and economists appointed by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu follow- ing mass protests last sum- attack on Israeli credit card records is akin to a terrorist attack. Israeli leaders said after hackers published a third file of credit card details of thousands of Israelis. The file posted last Friday on the Internet reportedly also contained a virus, according to the Israeli media. A hacker who reportedly belongs to the same Saudi- based group XP as the original hacker is believed to have made the new posting. The latest list reportedly contains mostly the same numbers found in the previous two postings. The original hacker, who identified himself as OxOmar. said last week in an tnternet message that he has hacked some 80 Israeli websites and will release a total of 1 mil- lion credit card numbers with personal information. The cyber attacks are "a breach of sovereignty compa- rable to a terrorist operation, and must be treated as such," said Deputy Foreign Minister Danny Ayalon. according to Reuters. "The violent infiltra- tion of Israel's cyberspace is an act of terror and that's how it should be treated. Anyone who has harmed or wants to harm Israel, not excluding its cyberspace, will be harmed and not be immune from ances from the party with regard to their commitment not only to universal hum~in rights, but to the interna- tional obligations that the government of Egypt has undertaken," VictoriaNuland told reporters in Washington. In an interview published Sunday, Rashad Bayoumi, the party's deputy leader, said the group will not recognize Israel "under any circumstance." Asked about Bayoumi's comment. Nuland said he was but one member of the Muslim Brotherhood and that the party would be judged by what it does. Cantor vows to raise Iran issues on Middle East'trip WASHINGTON (JTA)-- Rep. Eric Cantor (R-Va.), the U.S. House of Representatives majority leader, shid he will raise the dangers posed by Iran duringaMiddle Easttour. The delegation of nine law- makers--eight Republicans and a Democrat--will head next week to France, Qatar, Saudi Arabia. Turkey and the United Arab Emirates. "I look forward to discuss- mg a wide-range of issues, including the very concern- ing threat posed to the entire world by Iran's continuing support for terrorism and its pursuit of nuclear capability," Cantor said in a statement. troops i0 the West Bank. mer to look at the economic Israeli responses." Amongthetripparticipants The men also were charged problems facing Israel and OnSunday, police in north- are top congressional foreign Sunda) by the Jerusalem come up with solutions,ern Israel arrested an 18-year- policy decision-makers Rep. Prosecutor's Office with pos- Manuel Trajtenberg of the oldmanandchargedhimwithIleana Ros-Lehtinen (R-Fla.), sessing classified military IsraelCouncilforHigherEdu- using some of the illegally the chairwoman of the For- I documents and planning an cation and a former Tel Aviv posted credit card numbers to eign Affairs Committee, and l attack o~ an Israeli army base. University economics profes- makemajoronlinepurchases. Rep. Kay Granger (R-Texas), ,They, were from Yitzharsor chaired the committee. Muslim Brotherhood offered the chairwoman oftheforeign and Machrasha in the West Bank and from Jerusalem, according to reports. They were arrested three weeks ago in Jerusalem. The men are alleged to have set up a large network of informants, including active servicemen in the Is- rael Defense Forces, to track troop movements in order to determine when they might be planning to demolish il- legal West Bank outposts. The group is alleged to be responsible for the Dec. 12 at- tack on the Ephriam Brigade Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman, head of the Yisrael Beiteinu party, opposed the bill, saying that only parents who served in the Israel De- fense Forces should benefit from the law, which would exclude the Arab and much of the haredi Orthodox com- munities. The Cabinet on Sunday also approved financial assistance for afternoon day care for fami- lies in which both parents work. Credit-card ha~kers are ter- rorists, Israeli leaders say JERUSALEM (JTA)--An assurances on treaty, State Dept. says (JTA) The Muslim Broth- erhood assured the United States it would not break Egypt's peace treaty with Israel, according to the U.S. State Department. AState Department spokes- person said Jan. 5 that the Islamist political party had offered assurances it would not break Egypt's 1979 accord with!srael, despite statements to the contrary by a party leader. "We have had other assur- operations subcommittee of the Appropriations Com- mittee. Ros-Lehtinen said she would push back against at- tempts by the Palestinians to achieve statehood recognition in the absence of talks with Israel. Other members traveling include: Rep. Diane Black (R-Tenn.), Rep. Shelley Moore Capito (R-WNa.), Rep. Mike Conaway (R-Texas), Rep. Mike Kelly (R-Pa.), Rep. PeterWelch (D-Vt.) and Rep. Todd Young (R-Ind.). By Helen Chernikoff New York Jewish News In the fall of 2010, Suk- kot became a national topic of conversation when Reboot, the Jewish cultural organization, engineered an architectural competi- tion around the temporary shelters used to celebrate the holiday. "Sukkah City," as it was called, will have a slightly different sensibility when it is staged again in 2012, and the organization will have a new leader. The average J~w couldn't have built any of the ear- lier sukkahs, but this time around, each sukkah will come with a blueprint, said executive director Yoav Schlesinger, 32, who came on the job just weeks ago. Of course, the market is al- ready full of simple sukkahs, and that fact encapsulates a tension between insider and outsider that is central to Reboot. Schlesinger was hired in part for his ability to help Reboot negotiate that tension. "The director has to be a person who fits in both worlds," said David Katznel- son, a board member who is himself both a record producer and a director at the Jewish Community Federation in San Fran- cisco. "He needs to be able to talk to our funders... and he needs to be able to talk to Rebooters, and they have no ties to traditional organizations." The group convenes Jews detached from their heritage but at the top of professions like entertain- ment and media at a posh annual summit in Park City, Utah. There, it nurtures conversations about how to rework traditions--like thesukkah to makethem more relevant to those who don't already find them so: hence. Sukkah City. Jenji Kohan, the creator of Showtime's "Weeds" and Ben Greenman. an editor at The New Yorker, are part of the Reboot network of about 380. The theory is that such efforts will have a kind of multiplier effect, pulling for me to be in the Jewish interest the network more Reboot's impact is hard inmore of the unaffiliated, community. How do I stayas members marry and have. to measure, Schlesinger | "Reboot brings more connected wtien I'm out- children, acknowledges. Slingshot',s i people to the table,,than side, even if Em not doing Co-founded by Roger Ben- guide highlights Reboot s almost anybody else, said Shabbos or g~iving to the nett, whoalso co-authored Sabbath Manifesto, theproj- Will Schneider, the execu- federation?" ! the cheeky examination of ectthatencouragesaweekly tive director of Slingshot, Schlesinge~, who will Judaism's rite of passage day of "digital'detox" as a which publishes a donors' replace Lou ~ove, will be "Bar Mitzvah Disco," Reboot major achievement. Reboot guide to nonprofits thatthe first ReboOt head not to took some of its original in- has also tackled the Days includes Reboot in its "standard-bearer" category of consistently strong orga- nizations. Schlesinger offers the neat combination of es- tablishment bona tides, and a certain amount of alienation from them that will enable him to connect with the Reboot network members. His father is a Conservative rabbi, and Schlesinger went to a Solo- mon Schechter day school. But his own journey has involved angst around ob- servance and some donning and then abandoning of kipa and tzitzit, the prayer fringes. "Reboot's great for me be- cause I totally understand the problem," he said. "It's not always comfortable emerge from the network. He is a veteran organiza- tional and fundraising con- sultant--clie ts included Wikipedia and!University of California, Berkeley--who sees his job as facilitating the execution of the ideas that "bubble up" out of the network. I+Ie graduated from Stanford University. An expansion of the tweaked Sukkah City to San Francisco and Los Angeles is on the agenda, as are album releases from the Idelsohn Society, the group's record label. It just sponsored a "pop-up" store in San Francisco that attracted about 25.000 visi- tors. Katznelson said. The group is also contemplating "reboots" of the lifecycle events that have come to spiration from the scholar- ship of Brandeis University historian Jonathan Sarna, who has shown that people have repeatedly remade Jewish life and even become leaders from the margins. "Roger argued that cul- ture was the key," to attract- ing those people, Sarna said. Reboot also has prec- edent in the Esalen In- stitute of California, said University of Oregon soci- ologist Marion Goldman. Her newly published book "The American Soul Rush" documents the encoun- ters in the early 1960s of both liberal Protestant and Jewish clergy seeking to revitalize ritual with "cul- tural innovators" like Allen Ginsberg and Joan Baez. of Awe with 10Q, a website with questions designed to elicit personal reflection. The organization has no way to track how many people "unplugged" but says that 50,000 people visited the 10Q website in 2010. The Jim Joseph Foun- dation, one of Reboot's funders, has done a study of Reboot's influence but is not yet ready to share the results. In 2010, the group reported revenue of about $2 million. Other major funders include the Andrea and Charles Bronfman Phi- lanthropies and the Jewish federations of Los Angeles and of San Francisco. Helen Chernikoff is a staff writer for The New York Jewish News, from which this article is reprinted by permission.