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R 27, NO. 19 JANUARY 17, 2003 14 SHEVAT 5763 28 PAGES ORLANDO, FLORIDA SINGLE COPY 75 To photo by Stuart Simons/Connecticut Jewish Ledger Joseph Lieberman's (D-Conn.) alma mater, Stamford High School, principal Carmine Limone Lieberman as the senator was about to announce his bid for the White House on Monday, Jan. 13, Lieberman's left are wife Hadassah, daughter Hana and son Matthew. By Matthew E. Berger STAMFORD, Conn. (JTA)--When for class president of Stam- School in 1960, Sen. Joe (D-Conn.) says he faced ' because he was Jewish. ow, as a candidate for president United States, he's hoping for Same treatment and the same from a national audience. officially entered the r the presidency Monday, an- g papers to Democratic nomination in enters a strong field Includes two fellow senators - h the possibility of a third enter- - a former Democratic leader a liberal Northeast gov- and a civil rights activist. is one of the first Jew- U.S. history to seek House - and the only one who is considered to have a real shot. I have for our nation's future and Among American Jews, he has al- how to make it better," he said at his most an angelic status, considered a high school alma mater. ground breaker for others to follow. "I'm not running on my faith," But he has also been a controver- Lieberman said. "But the fact is my sial figure at times, taking stands faith is at the center of who I am and thatbucktheviewsofthemajorityof I'm not going to conceal that." American Jews and liberals, and con- Abraham Foxman, national director sistently evoking faith in his cam- of the Anti-Defamation League, said paigns, he does not think Lieberman will be While many in the Jewish com- seen as a Jewish candidate the way munity say Lieberman's candidacy the Rev. Al Sharpton, who also in- representsanimportantachievement tends to run, will be seen as an Afri- for Jews in the United States, there is can American candidate. confusion over exactly how to view "I think outside the Jewish com- him. munity, the only ones who will look Is he the Jewish candidate or just at him as a Jewish candidate are the another political candidate who hap- bigots and the anti-Semites, who are pens to be Jewish? And will Jews see a minority," Foxman said: it differently than the rest of the Foxman chastised Lieberman American population? when he ran as the Democratic nomi- At his news conference on Mon- nee for vice president in 2000 for day, Lieberman held himself up as oftenreferringtofaithandGodinhis the man for all Americans. "I'm running because of the ideas See "Lieberman" on page 14 is calling all members of the to sign up and connection at the Super Phonathon on March 2. rarethisyear's ' co-chairs for the sec- rile. ask? Maybe it's the it's the sense of md fulfillmentthey they've helped with repairing the world. Or role models they want to as for their children, teaching the importance of being involved F COmmunity they live in. an ia- or all of these reasons they would out t to invite the entire community ide bo . join them, their family and their crow ends at Super S cr W.t l unday 2003. VOlunteer there s g Y ;r~!i,U~i,l~ ~ lot of fun to be had with old Aviv'57" -us and new ones. pn. RACHEL and ROBERT GEBAIDE are two of the volunteers expected at this year's Super Sunday. The Super Sunday Planning com- Come be a part of it all. We need mittee is being formed now as well. your help. We need schleppers, gophers, and For more information or to sign phoners to help make this year suc- up to be a Super Sunday volunteer, cessful. There are many small jobs call the Federation office at407-645- you can do, andyou can do them in 5933, ext. 225 or e-mail Sindia@ a time that fits into your schedule, orlando jewishfed.org. Recognizing that retail business in Israel's main cities has been devas- tated by the continuing terror at- tacks; the Jewish and Christian com- munities of Central Florida have joined together to promote the "Is- rael Vendors Caravan." "Since tourist traffic has slowed down so dramatically to Israel," ex- plained Rachel Shipley, chairperson of the Israeli Vendors Caravan in Central Florida, "the Ministry of Tourism in cooperation with Tal Tours has decided to bring the mer- chants to the U.S. to show off their wares and to encourage us to travel to Israel once again." "The Caravan is visiting just 35 cities in the U.S. and only one other in Florida," Shipley continued. "Due to my long relationships with the Ministry and Stuart Katz of Tal Tours, we convinced them that Orlando would be a worthwhile stop for the business to be done by the Caravan." Shipley stated that she was sur- prised and gratified at the response of the Christian community to this effort. "They have embraced it be- cause of a love of the land," she said. "These people love Israel and want to help in any way they can. It is an exciting and worthwhile project in which the Jewish and Christian com- munities can cooperate on some- thing of mutual interest." Last Thursday, at an initial plan- ning meeting, 44 people- some from as far away as Ocala - came to the first strategy meeting. The group was composed of a mixture of Christians from a variety of churches and mem- bers of the Jewish community. When asked how many had been to Israel, By Gil Sedan JERUSALEM (JTA)--Contrary to the hopes of the Israeli left, the old adage that terrorism helps the right seems to be holding true in this elec- tion. Scandals involving the Likud and its leader, Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, had allowed Labor to climb out of a deep hole ahead of Israel's Jan. 28 election. Suddenly;Labor and its left-wing allies began to hope that they might prevent the Likud and its allies from winning the 61 Knesset seats needed to form a right-wing coalition. This week, however, Labor's up- ward trend seemed to have peaked, and showed signs of reversing. The main reason may have been that a financial scandal, in which Sharon was accused of taking an ille- gal $1.5 million loan to pay back earlier illegal loans to his political campaigns, has exhausted its impact. But another important factor seemed to be continuing Palestinian terrorism -- despite a call by Pales- tinian Authority President Yasser Ararat for terrorist groups to stop killing Israel civilians until after the elections. At the weekly Cabinet session on Sunday, Sharon said Arafat's call showed that he "was in control of terrorism." Sharon accused Arafat of DOTTLE RACHEL BLOOD SHIPLEY ERIC Rev. KEN GEBOFF GARRISON only a few "didn't" raise their hands. What was clear throughout the morn- ing was that everyone was there in support of Israel and wants this project to be very successful. In each city that they have already visited the shoppers have numbered into the thousands. The hope is that Central Florida will show their sup- port as well. Eric Geboff, executive director of the Jewish Federation of Greater Orlando stated, "The Israel Caravan to be held at the Jewish Community See "Caravan" on page 14 ARIEL SHARON trying to swing the election to the Labor Party, whose dovish chairman, Amram Mitzna, has pledged to nego- tiate with Arafat if elected. Since tak- ing office in March 2001, Sharon has refused all contact with Arafat and has convinced the Bush administra- tion that Arafat must be replaced for Israeli-Palestinian peace to have a chance. Arafat's ability and desire to con- trol terrorism is, as always, a matter See "Sharon" on page 14