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PAGE 2A HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, AUGUST 9, 2013 Courtesy United Independent Party Massachusetts gubernatorial candidate gvan Falchuk of the United Independent Party speaking with voters at the Independence Day Celebration in Lowell, July 2013. Steve Grossman campaign Massachusetts gubernatorial candidate Steve Gross- man greeting a spectator at the Bunker Hill Day Parade in Charlestown, Mass., June 2013. Don Berwick Campaign Massachusetts gubernatorial hopeful Don Berwick meeting with a campaign volunteer at the University of Massachusetts campus in Lowell, July 2013. By Ron Kampeas andanaviationentrepreneur, grams who did not respond breakanynumberofways, and Grossman, Falchuk and also knows a bit about repair, to requests for an interview, the Democratic Party has a Wolf all actively tout their WASHINGTON(JTA)--The "This is about giving back A fourth Democrat, Joe history ofprimary candidates Jewish community involve- election for Massachusetts and repairing the world," he Avellone, also declared his feeding off one another," said ment, but none more so than governor is still 16 months said of his run. candidacy.NoRepublicanhas oneinsiderwhohasworkedfor Grossman, a past president away--too soon to know Evan Falchuk, who is run- declared yet. theJewishcommunityandonof the American Israel Pub- what the issues are or who ning under the banner of a Massachusetts has never political campaigns, lic Affairs Committee and a the viable candidates will be. new third party, United Inde- had a Jewish governor, and On the other hand, Mas-major fundraiser for Jewish But apparently it's never too pendent, rootshisquixoticbid the proliferation of Jewish sachusetts residents would causes both in his state and soon for tikkun olam. to buck the two-party system candidates this early in the hardly raise an eyebrow at the nationally. Four of the declared candi- in--you guessed it--world race is no guarantee it's about number of Jewish hopefuls in Grossman, 67, takes pride dates are Jewish, and all are repair, to get one. Heavy hitters such the race, the insider said. in his role reconciling AIPAC grounding their campaigns "There's so much to meas state Attorney General AccordingtoAmericanJew-to the Israeli-Palestinian in the religious imperative to aboutthat story which is very Martha Coakley, U.S. Rep. ish Year Book statistics cited peace negotiations launched repair the world, commontoJewsinAmerica," Mike Capuano and Juliette by the Jewish Virtual Library, under Israeli Prime Minister Steve Grossman, the state Falchuk said, describing his Kayyem, a former Homeland thestate'sJewishpopulationis Yitzhak Rabin in the early treasurerandapastchairman grandfather's journey from Security assistant secretary 277,000, or 4 percent--more 1990s. of the Democratic National Russia to Venezuela and his and Boston Globe columnist, than twice the national per- "Rabin's exact words were, Committee, quotes from Isa- father's from Venezuela to areallconsideringbids forthe centage. And Jews also have 'AIPAC is the most important iahindescribinghisambition the United States. "What is Democratic nomination, figured prominently in state American Jewish organiza- to close the gap between rich common is this notion of a On the Republican side, policy debates in recent years, tion and I need your help,' " and poor. stubborn insistence to make Scott Brown, the Republican including helping to shape Grossman recalls of his 1993 "I received my Jewish the world a better place.! who won the late Edward health care reform during the meeting with the late Israeli heritage, my background, in Wolf and Gr0ssman are Kennedy's U.S. Senate seat in governorship of Mitt Romney leader. beingthatpersonwhocanbea Democrats who declared at 2010 andwasoustedlastyear, from 2003 to 2007. Grossman immedialtely repairerofthebreachbetween the state party convention and GabrielGomez, aformer "Barney Frank was in convenedaphoneconference those who are well-to-do and earlier this month along Navy SEAL who unsuccess-Congress for, what, ahundred with the AIPAC board, and it those who lack the things with another Jewish candi- fully vied for a U.S. Senate years? He was an active Jew," became the first U.S. Jewish people aspire to," he said in date, Don Berwick, a former seat this year, may take shots theinsidersaid."Nooneunder group to endorse the talks. an interview, administrator of the federal at the governor's job. 35 would even think twice "That was probably as Dan Wolf, a state senator Medicare and Medicaid pro- "It's far too early, it can about it." meaningful a conversaLtion Alex Wong/Getty Massachusetts state Sen. Daniel Wolf testifying at a hearing before a U.S. House committee in Washington, July 10, 2012. I've had with any leader," Grossman said. "I felt I was participating in a small way in Jewish history." Mass. on page 19A By Abdulrahman Shamlan/The Media Line SANA'A, Yemen- Sam (not his real name), an American photographer and editor for an English-language local newspaper, lives in one of the tall historic buildings in the city. With increased kidnappings of Westerners in Yemen, he has grown more cautious. The number of kidnappings has increased recently, with tribesmen or A1-Qa'ida terrorists using hostages either as bargain- ing chips for the release of imprisoned members or as a way to get a lucrative ransom. Several foreigners have been abducted this year by either AI-Qa'ida gunmen or Although they refused to they can, and believe reports that carrying around such disgruntled tribesmen. Last giveanexactnumberofWest- ofviolenceinYemenareexag- worry or concern is neither month a Dutch couple was erners living in the country, gerated by the media, helpful nor healthy." abducted here.Their location Yemeni foreign ministry of- Sam, 31, who arrived inSam says he tries not to is still unknown. In May, gun- ficialssaidthatthenumberof 2011, says the situation has think about the fear of kid- menabductedtwoSouthAfri- Westerners here has plunged taken a toll on him. "There's nappings. cans in the southern province in recent years, no denying that as a foreigner, "I live mylife as normally as of Taiz.Threemembersofthe FortheWesternerswholivein particular a 'Westerner,' Ican,'hetoldTheMediaLine. Red Cross, including a Swiss here despite the threats, the you stick out in Yemen. But "The fact that so many of the citizen were also briefly held fear is always there, but they while such news is certainly captive as well that month, try to live as normal a life as disturbing, it is clear to me Yemen on page 19A Palestinian Prisoners Palestinian protesters holding pictures of prisoners in their release in the West Bank city of Ramallah. Issam rimawi/Flash90/JTA Israeli jails demanding for Yonatan Sindel/Flash90/JTA Relatives of lsraelis killed in terror attacks holding signs as they demonstrate ahead of Cabinet vote on Prime Minister Netanyahu's proposal to free 104 Palestinian prison- ers as a gesture to Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas outside the prime minister's office, Jerusalem.