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HANDYMAN SERVICE Handy man and General Maintenance Air Conditioning Electrical Plumbing Carpentry Formerly handled maintenance at JCC References available STEVE'S SERVICES Call Steve Doyle at (386) 668-8960 By Joe Berkofsky NEW YORK (JTA)--Amid protests from Conservative and Reform leaders in the United States, Jewish Agency for Israel officials will recon- sider budget cuts to the Israeli branches of the liberal move- ments, The Jewish Agency had pro- posed slicing some 18 percent off each movement's nearly $2 million allocation from the agency's $320 million total budget, liberal movement leaders said. But Jewish Agency officials now say they will debate the cuts at the Jewish Agency's Board of Governors meeting Feb. 23 in Jerusalem. Richard Pearlstone, an As- pen, Colo developer who chairs the agency's Budget and Finance Committee, said he could not predict whether the agency would restore the money. "Everybody in the Jewish Agency took cuts," Pearlstone said. "I'm not sure what the outcome will be." The issue came to a head in December, when 18 Conservative and Reform officials wrote to the heads of the United Jewish Communities protesting the cuts. The UJC, the umbrella organization of North Ameri- can Jewish federations, fun- nels money raised by the fed- erations to the agency. The letter went to UJC Presi- dent and CEO Stephen Hoffman, UJC's chairman of the board, James Tisch, and Robert Goldberg, chairman of the Executive Committee. unity Do You Have Pre-Paid Funeral Arrangements With Another Funeral Home? We Can and Will Accept All Other Pre-Paid Plans I" "1 i , 10% Discount on Ii [services and merchandise Ii ' on any new t I I Pre-need contracts. I I L J 640 Lee Rd. Orlando, Florida W.E. "Manny" Adams, LFD Marilyn J. Glenn, LFD, James R. Cardinal, Executive Director Michael Meyer, Family Pre-need Counselor Tzvi Halikman, Ritual Director reconsl "If we allow this problem to fester, we are fearful that the unity of spirit and commonal- ity of purpose that have char- acterized our efforts in North America during the past two years will begin to break down," the religious leaders wrote. The cuts amounted to some $300,000 per movement. While the money would likely have only slightly hurt pro- grams such as religious edu- cation and teacher training, liberal religious leaders pro- tested the move for symbolic reasons. Rabbi Eric Yoffie, president of the Reform movement's Union of American Hebrew Congregations and one of the officials who signed the letter, voiced fears thatthe plan sig- naled deeper cuts to come in the liberal movements' pro- grams in' Israel. Some feared"this would just be a precursor to eliminating these funds" entirely, Yoffie said But Shoel Silver, the Toronto-based president-elect of the United Israel Appeal Federations Canada and co- chair of the Jewish Agency's subcommittee on alloca- tions-which initially pro- posed the cutbacks---denied any such plans. "We're dealing with a tri- age, a situation where you have limited resources. The Jewish people are suffering over there," Silver said, "and all of us are trying to find a way to, make it work." Silver also said the cutbacks might not reach 18 percent, because of a quirk in the agency's budgeting pro- cess. Jewish Agency budgets are figured in dollars but are allo- cated in shekels, and the ex- change rate fluctuates. The higher percentage mentioned might apply in the case of a weaker dollar, but ultimately "the impact in shekels is about 7 percent," Silver said. In addition, Silver noted, federation donors long have been encouraged to give di- rectly, "over and above" their usual contributions to such programs as the liberal move- ments, and those added dona- tions could fill the allocation gap. Conflicts over the budget surfaced when the Board of Governors met last November to vote on the agency's 2003 budget of about $320 million, down from $420 million in 2002. That budgetwent from sub- committees for the agency's various departments to the Budget and Finance Commit- tee, which made its recom- mendations to the full board in November. But the letter to UJC offi- cials alleged that the liberal movements' representatives to the Jewish Agency were not privy to the final debate on the budget, and that the move- ments were blind-sided by the November recommendations. "It was a shock," said Rabbi Jerome Epstein, executive vice president of the United Syna- gogue of Conservative Juda- ism. How such a twist could oc- cur remains unclear. The lib- By Naomi Segal JERUSALEM (JTA)--Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon lashed out at Yasse r Arafat this week after the Palestinian Au- thority president called for a halt to terror attacks until af- ter the Israeli elections. The latest salvo in the war of words came as the ongoing cycle of violence on the ground claimed both Israeli and Pal- estinian lives. In northern Israel on Sun- day, two Palestinian terrorists killed one Israeli and seriously wounded another after infil- trating a farming community Sunday in northern Israel. Israeli forces arrived at Moshav Gadish shortly after the shooting occurred to carry out extensive searches of the area. They later killed the two infiltrators. At least two border police officers who. resp, onded to the attack were wounded, one of them moderately, in a clash with the infiltrators. Moshav Gadish is located near an area where the local regional council recently be- gan building a fence to pre- vent terrorist infiltrations from the West Bank. In another development Sunday, an Israeli was killed by terrorists who crossed the Israel-Egypt border, accord- ing to the Israeli dailyHa'aretz. Two of the terrorists were later killed by Israeli troops. It was unclear if the two were Egyptian or Palestinian. Se- curity forces searched for a third man who fled the scene. Following yet another deadly incident Sunday, Israeli and Palestinian officials dis- agreed about who was killed after an Israeli helicopter fired missiles at a car in the Gaza Strip. Israel said two members of Hamas were killed, a claim confirmed by a Hezbollah TV station in Lebanon. Palestinian hospital officials said the two victims were a 14- year-old and a 19-year-old, adding they were not mem- bers of any terrorist group. In another disputed inci- dent, a Palestinian was killed when gunmen opened fire on an Israeli truck near Hebron. Security guards escorting the truck returned fire, killing the Palestinian. The army said the Palestin- ian was a Hamas member, but Palestinian sources said he was an innocent bystander. Earlier Sunday, two Israelis were lightly wounded when Palestinians fired three rock- ets from northern Gaza to- ward the Negev town of Sderot. Hamas claimed responsibil- ity for the strike, saying it came in retaliation for Israeli mili- tary incursions Saturday night in Khan Yunis and Beit Hanoun. During those Gaza opera- tions, Palestinian sources said, two people were killed and some 20 others injured dur- ing exchanges of fire with sol- diers. In Khan Yunis, Israeli troops destroyed metal workshops the army said were used to manufacture weapons. In Belt Hanoun, troops de- molished the home of a Pales- tinian who carried out a sui- cide attack three months ago against an Israeli naval boat off the Gaza coast. Three crew eral movements hold seats ill~his past the agency's hierarchy a~tudent is~aa graue, members of the World Ziont~. .steers Organization, and several or their represen~tives attende~niBt~ the budget deliberations, h. - r~nlva Un But Silver admitted, me was 'some confusion ovel~!sh En: o,~lclpate~ whether an appropriate qu ~i ,-,aocaust rum was present wnen tl~,~ . . J,S~lngs of~ budget reached the Doaru 1 floor for discussion, ipr gres~ istructe~ In the wake of the vote, Ul,h. liberal religious leaders turne~n n sod - ,~rhis scul to the UJC, which also ho~ seats in the agency's governS, rkof] ing structure, to~uents Officials at UJC's New York ugh ar headquarters did not respon ntly en " -Tp.De out tolnterviewrequeststrom~ t . " p[eted Epstein also flew to Jerusa'[n -ai[ness wi lem to meet with Sail mo Meridor, chairman of the Jew' I, . ish Agency's executive, and~,~partic. this week said agency officialsL'ane ,e ject was seemedtobekeeping anop ~'st mind about the budget. I: mere The behind-the-scenes ma.i neuvering reflected efforts 1 avoid a new budget showdow$v [] in February, when theagency' -- board is due revisit the issue. The cuts would be terproductive and severel damaging to our purpose, ter to the UJC said. But Pearlstone, a of the UJC's board and national president of one the UJC's precursors, the angrily to such talk. "Their letter has not toward compromise," "I don't take very kindl See "Funding" on page members were wounded il that incident. Meanwhile, as the cycle of violence Sharon on Sunday rejected issued the calling for a halt to ian terror attacks until the Israeli elections. As the Jan. 28 gets closer, we appeal to our people to straint," the statement said. Speaking at the weekl net meeting Sunday, said the statement "what Israel has for the past two years - Yasser Arafat has established, is responsible for and leads coalition of terror, which can leash or unleash and as helc .the Arafat statement that the murder of Israelis is a "constant and ! goal" of the Palestinian leader. "Before the elections, it OK to commit murderf Sharon said."Close to the elec-~~ tion date, it's better not After the elections, it's OK continue ~ . etfaY Meir Here, we clearly see xass ~ ' Arafat's true face,which is s0~l~r" Edl well known to us. The prim ~h~ minister added: "One cannot~ e you~ negotiate with such a man"!. .w,is h ,lllted Sta since any attempt to do so;: "0~ in lsr~ will only harm our ability t o thre, achieve security and peace i ~ " relPes and this land All those who aspi ~'e" st~a 115, ar to peace between peoples mu ~n, understand that Yasser Arafat[ur ~ wo nt3, an is an obstacle to peace wh ~o~,:, . 1~ lille 117 must leave the pohtical" stage, e~;~r'~anoc " Also.Sunday, Sharon told th kn . el tlnclu British ambassador to Isra ~ ~vtOrKIa 5 at th See Conflict on page 1