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PAGE 16 HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, APRIL I Taxes mental and public affairs for should the tax court ban tax the appellate level or a Su- Agudah, says Stern is invok- breaks for religious activity preme Court ruling. Continued from page 2 ing a stereotype of wealthy generally. Right now "it's a Talmudic prep school families, while in "If the Scientology deduc- exercise," he says, noting that with our opposition to gov- fact the Catholics and Jews tion is barred, what about Sklar's argument invokes a ernment funding, directly or who make up the bulk of the the seat in shul?" he asks. "If non-Jewish group that origi- indirectly, of religious educa- religious school population the notion is that participa- naily cited Jews as a bench= tion." If the court ruled for are not wealthy, tion in churches and syna- mark. Still, "the benefits of Sklar, "that's a deduction for Furthermore, legislators gogues is not deductible, it this will be much more tan- people who can afford to send also could revise the tax code would create mass uproar." gible than spiritual." Agudah their kids to private schools tobenefitlower-incomefami- Ultimately, Zweibei expects is keeping a close watch on and reduces tax revenue for lies who want to send their the case to "percolate"the case and likely will file public education that serves children to religious schools, through various state courts another brief supporting the poorest," Stern adds. he adds. as separate challenges to the Sklar should he return to the But David Zweibel, execu- Yet Zweibel also warns of tax code surface, either forc- appellate courts, Zweibelsays. tivevice-presidentforgovern- "mass upheaval" in America ing a judicial consensus at Also keeping close tabs is the United Synagogue, the position on tax credits congregational arm of the particular case. Conservative movement, Sklar's battle could which represents some 70 of an even wider the 200 Jewish day schools in attorney, North America. Until now, the Conserva- tackled wasSklar's tire movement has opposed deduct the costs of government aid for private c school through such mecha- rah classes as well. nisms as tuition vouchers Should the court because they violate the con- could open the door for! stitutional separation of Jews whose children church and state, spokes- supplementary woman SarraeCranesays.The Sunda movement has yet to take a education as a UJC Continued from page 2 the Jewish Agency and the the correct relationship be- He's very hardworking,""differentdynamicsatworkin merger and as JDC--"we're able to produce tween professionals and lay Hoffman said. each of our communities." the publications encouragement from within" additional resources that can leaders is.""One of the great "I would just advise him to During his time at the Pitts- mittee of the to establish the working rela- meet the needsand dolt cre- failures in the ONAD pro- keep in shape because he's burgh federation, Rieger National Jewish tionshipstomakethe national atively." While the system has cess" was that professionals gonna run just a little faster," helped lead a slew of local ef- Survey. organization as prominent as scored some achievements in "were the ones making key joked Hoffman, referring to forts, including an annual the local federations are con- the past few years, the real decisions and lay leaders the paceofthenationalscene, fund-raising campaign that earned a Ph.D. in sidered, challenge is to create a collec- were for a variety of reasons Infact, Hoffmansaid,'Syou tops $25 million, a $15 mil- "I think the real issue for us tion of members working "in left out," said Klinghoffer, a need the ability to laugh at lion campaign to resettle Jews University and a B.A. more than anything else is to sync," he said. lay leader from the yourself" at the helm of UJC. from the former Soviet Union, liticalscienceanda say how do we create a reality According to Steven Metrowest federation in New "You need to understanda $60 million campaign to of public that says that there's a tre- Klinghoffer,whoheadedthe Jersey. howdifferentpartsofthecoun- renovate local agencies and an from Chica mendous value-added to the UJC's politically charged Hoffman said he was try and different community effort to restructure services system by the existence of the Overseas Needs Assessment "thrilled" to hand over the sizes come at issues differ- for the community's elderly, eration system UJC?""Itcomesoutofamodel and Distribution committee, reins toRieger, ently," he said. Rieger also has served in year stint as an that says together with our Rieger'has what UJC needs: "Howard is a great people "Yet we're all working for national roles, as adjunct staff professor at the partners"--the federations, a "very good sense of what person and he's very smart, the same end," he added, with to help orchestrate the UJC's versity of New York. Tobin Continued from page 5 oftheancientNearEastemprac- and conjured up a vision of the nalize even the most barbaric the leaders of terrorist organi- Pesach, which tice of human sacrifice, which horrors that preceded what we of crimes, zations -- such as Hamas thatas long Death that mercilessly passes monotheistic religions were call modern civilization. Incidents such as the exploi- founder Sheik Ahmed Yassin among the homes of Israel's supposedtohaverejected.Ironi- Those who struggle for a tation of Hussam Abdu and -- that is the crime, not the indefinitel contemporary foes needs no cally, just as Jews around the peacesettlementtothisbloody other Palestinian kids like him sacrificeofchildreninthename fulprayer, signposts. The Palestinians world try to foster feelings of war are loathe to confront the are routinely swept aside by the of Palestiniannati nalism. JonathanS. Tobinis8 have chosen to deliver their identification with the past ugliness of such tactics. We makers of world opinion. For Inthe face ofsuchdepravity children into the hands of the through their seders, Israel's are all more comfortable with themoralpygmiesoftheUnited and hypocrisy, ailwe can do is nent in Angel themselves, opponentshavetakentheirown the language of moral relativ- Nations, it is Israel's willing- to embrace our own children be reached via This is a modern-day revival tripbackintothetimemachine, ism, which allows us to ratio- ness to use force to strike down and hold fast to the message of Susser Continued from page 5 porting the plan: that Israel control border crossing points to prevent arms from flowing into Palestinian areas; that the United States recognize a route for the West Bank security fence that puts more Jewish settlements on the Israeli side; prime minister, he will be able met, or choose his moment to and that the United States to keeparight-wingcoalition confront Sharon if they are publicly back Israel's position together while negotiating not. that no Palestinian refugees with the United States on his In both his disengagement be allowed to return to Israel conditions for disengage- plan and in targeting Hamas, proper, ment. Sharon has been playing for Insiders say this stance If Sharon survives, high stakes. gives Netanyahu maximum Netanyahuwilibeabletoclaim Some critics even imply a flexibility: If he becomes the credit ifhis conditions are connection between his bold moves and the burgeoning le- and disengaging gal case against him. Palestinians Indeed, Sharon's critics on the both the right and the left ac- flict. cuse the prime minister of To make those playing with fire. work, however In contrast, his support- more time. And as ers say that his twin policy of sesses the evidence cracking down on terrorism time could Boxer Continued from page 7 Ethiopian synagogue in LOd and the security apparatus for public buses, with millions of dollars donated by Christians 'hsho seek simply to bless Israel." l has an opening for someone to help bundle newspapers on a once-a-month basis, must be able to lift 30 lbs. Please call Jeff at: 407-834-8787 Sharon's Power Struggle I met the next prime minister of Israel. That's how Moshe Feiglinwas introduced at the second annual dinner of Manhigut Yehudit held at the Hewlett-East Rockaway Jewish Center. "We have a vision," he said, "that the next prime minister of a Jewish state of Israel will have a yarmulke and beard." Under a banner that proclaimed"Turning the State of the Jews into the Jewish State," Feiglin outlined his plans to challenge Ariel Sharon for leadership of Likud. He talked about the failed secular Zionist regime and replac- ing it with a Jewish state "based on authentic Jewish values." Feiglin and Shmuel Sackett founded Manhigut Yehudit as an umbrella group representing both secular and religious seg- ments of the Israeli population. "The Israeli state will have to be a Jewish state," Feiglin said. "All Israelis, left and right, understand that. So we must have Jewish leadership - as opposed to Zionist leadership." The Zionist dream of building a place among the nations is the dream of the secular camp, he said. "That is not enough to keep the Jewish state alive. We want to be a Jewish nation in our promised land." Feiglin told a prominent evangelical leader, well connected with the Bush administration, that America has a problem with Israel, be- cause ' vithout Oslo, the Twin Towers would still be standing." "This is the kind of Jewish leader we need in Israel," the evangelical cleric said. "Oh God," Feiglin said to himself, "now I'm getting a bracha [blessing] from a minister!" True Humanitarians "Rabbanim and friends, I'm thrilled to be here for the fifth year," said former Buffalo congressman Jack Kemp at Chai Lifeline's dinner at the Grand Hyatt. "There's a mohel in the house," David Colburn announced, "so in case Jack wants to be more than an honorary Jew, he's got a shot." More than 1,000 guests turned out as executive vice president Rabbi Simcha Scholar honored IDT honcho Howard Jonas as man of the year and presented awards to Michael J. Romersa, Baruch A. Glaubach and Harvey M. Krueger. "This is a great turnout," Colburn remarked. "Reminds me of mincha services at IDT." Romersa said when he first visited Camp Simcha, which Chai Lifeline maintains for cancer-stricken kids, he expected to find sickly children sitting around and moping. "Instead, I saw children with life-threatening diseases sing- ing, swimming and playing sports. LARRY SPIEWAK (1), member of the sidium, congratulates honoree HOWARD JONAS DEBBIE. "This award should go to the camp counselors and who take such good care of the children. They are t humanitarians." It's About Time Conductor Zubin Mehta and violinist Itzhak shared the stage in 13 years, so when the two winter in a concert with the Israel Philharmonic Carnegie Hall, Mehta called and I used to play 30 concerts in New York, you how pleased me how proud he was to be able to play as a three observant men of the 92-member orchestra with his brilliant white beard and black yarmulke. He came to Israel 30 years ago from Ukraine to join the IPO the very next year. Following the performance, Lily Safra presided for the American Friends of the Israel at the Plaza with such guests as Dr. Ruth and Mrs, Burton Resnick, who were celebrating anniversary. Board chairwoman Lynn Syms the evening raised $2 million. Tim Boxer is editor