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FLORIDA "IT JE ISH NEWS Pitching to Florida's Jews ADL ADL Vandalism reading "Jews Did 9111" scrawled at Temple A swastika spray-painted on a window of Temple Beth Beth Israel in Hackensack, N.J., Dec. 10, 2011. Israel in Hackensack, N.J., Dec. 10, 2011. After attacks on Jews in New Jersey, heightened security--0000nd anxiety By Jessica Leader NEW YORK (JTA)--As Jews in some northern New Jersey communities made their way to synagogue Jan. 13-14, the scene was slightly different from the typical day of rest. Extra police cars were on patrol near synagogues. At Bnei Yeshurun in Teaneck, a new buzzer system had been installed. And at Ahavath Torah in Englewood, a phalanx of security guards stood sentry. The heightened caution comes after a month ofincreasinglyworrisome attacks against synagogues in Bergen County, an affluent part of New York City's suburbs with a sizable Jewish population. "There was a profound sense of unease this past Shabbat in Bergen County," Etzion Neuer, the acting regional director of the New Jersey branch of the Anti- Defamation League, said last week. "It's largely anecdotal, but in conversations I've had with individuals and community leaders, there is a strong sense of unease and real anxiety over what's happened lately." What's happened is a string of attacks against Jewish institutions. The attacks began on Dec. 10, when the exterior of Temple Beth Israel in Maywood, N.J., was spray-painted with swastikas and the phrase "Jews did 9/11." Eleven days later, Temple Beth El in neighboring Hackensack, N.J., was similarly defaced with graffiti. On Jan. 3, an arsonist targeted Con- gregation K'Hal Adath Jeshurun in Paramus, N.J., which borders Hackensack Attacks on page 17A Lapid eyes force of socioeconomic protests in entering I00rl"aeli politics By Linda Gradstein ward, none of Israel's political JERUSALEM (JTA)--One of the big open questions after Israel's social protests last summer was whether or not the one-time mass movement would be able to translate its newfound clout into lasting political power. During the weeks of pro- tests and for months after- t--- Y" 3 w - @ parties seemed able to capture the demonstrators' voice or allegiances. But that could change with the entry into politics of one of Israel's most popular jour- nalists and TV personalities, Yair Lapid, son of the late Shinui Party leader Yosef "Tommy" Lapid, who also was a journalist. Polls show that the younger Lapid, who is expected to form a new centrist secular politi- cal party, could receive up to 20 seats in Israel's 120-seat Knesset, making him a potent political force. While Lapid has refused to give interviews since his Jan. 8 announcement, a column he penned in Israel's daily Yediot Achronot offered a glimpse of what his platform will be: "Where's the money?" "This is the big question asked by Israel's middle class, the same sector on whose behalf I'm going into poli- tics," Lapid wrote. "Where's the money? Why is it that the productive sector, which pays taxes, fulfills its duties, performs reserve service and carries the entire country on its back, doesn't see the money?" Lapid's political gambit IDF Spokesperson Noam Shalit, shown hugging his son Gilad, will run for a seat in the Knesset after saying he wants to give something back to Israel forworking so hard to free his son from captivity. 1:3 constitutes an assault on Israel's politically powerful haredi Orthodox minority at a time of heightened tensions between secular and haredi Israelis. In his column, Lapid had harsh words for haredim, few of whom serve in the army but many of whom are recipi- ents of government largesse. "For many years now, the State of Israel has been subju- gated to extortionist, shame- less interest groups, some of them non-Zionist even, which misuse our distorted system of government in order to rob the middle class of its money," Lapid on page 17A Yair Lapid's official Facebook page Yair Lapid, a longtime Israeli television anchor, is quitting journalism to enter politics. Gage Skidmore via Creative Com- mons Newt Gingrich By Ron Kampeas WASHINGTON (JTA)-- Barack Obamawon't show up on the vote tallies after polls close in Florida's Republican primary on Jan. 31, but the president's supporters already are waging a fight for the Sunshine State. Democrats are rolling out a campaign to rival any of the GOP candidates, with a particular focus on the state's substantial Jewish community. Democratic officials said that volunteers in Florida already had made nearly 600,000 calls to supporters and conducted thousands of training sessions, many of them focusing on the Jewish community, 10 months before the general election. The Obama campaign has opened nine offices in the state. "Florida is the most signifi- Gage Skidmore via Creative Com- mons Mitt Romney cant battleground state, and will be in 2012," said U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.), the chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee, in a conference call Monday with the Jewish media. "We're taking nothing for granted. We're in the pro- cess of using these primaries as an organizing tool." Wasserman Schultz said Jewish surrogates were tar- geting communities across the state, defending Obama's Israel record as well as empha- sizing differences on health care and social issues, like abortion. The rollout was planned months ago, well before Newt Gingrich's stunning upsetwin Saturday in the South Caro- lina GOP primary buried the notion of Mitt Romney, the former Massachusetts gover- Pitching on page 18A Honoring Dr. King Leaders of the interfaith walk are, from left." the Rev. Dr. Michael Rygugen Moriarty, Rabbi David Kay, Imam Ashiq Kermali, Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer and the Rev.Jim Coffin. By Pamela Ruben Special to the Heritage On Sunday, Jan. 15, the dream of Martin Luther King became a reality in Orlando, for approximately two hours as religious leaders of the Interfaith Council of Central Florida, members of the may- oral office, including Buddy Dyer, and hundreds of Central Florida residents of all back- grounds marched from City Hall to Shiloh Baptist Church. The event commemorated Dr. King's message of "turn- ing darkness into light," from his 1967 speech at the South- ern Leadership Christian Conference in Atlanta. Rabbi David Kay, executive member of the Interfaith Council and chair of the evening's events, stated, "The path to Shiloh Baptist Church is histori- cally significant. As we walk from East to West and cross Division Street, which was the literal division between the African-American and white communities in the Honoring on page 18A 6 IIII!!l!lll!ll!!!!l!llll r--.