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The fear is that with polarization in- tensifying in America, extremists might mark the lOth anniversary of Sept. 11 with a major attack, said Heidi Beirich, the research director of the Southern Poverty Law Center, which tracks extrem- ists in the United States. And Beirich said the July 22 mass killing of 77 people by Anders Behring Breivik, an anti-Muslim extremist in Norway, "raises considerable fears that something similar could happen here in the United States." Asked about homegrown threats, an FBI spokeswoman pointed JTAto anApril 14 speech by Mark Giuliano, the assistant director of the FBI's counterterrorism division, at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy. In his speech, Giuliano outlined four areas of focus. Three have to do with Mus- lim terrorism or its potential: al-Qaeda, homegrown Islamists and the changes roiling the Arab world. The fourth was identified as domestic terrorism. "The FBI continues to maintain a robust effort against domestic terror- ism," Giuliano said in the speech. "The domestic terrorism movement continues to remain active, and several recent do- mestic terrorism incidents demonstrate the scope of the threat." Giuliano cited as examples three recent successes for the FBh the March 2010 indictment of nine members of a Michigan militia who planned to kill police; a pipe bomb found before it exploded at a Martin Luther King Day pa~-ade in Spokahe, Wash., t~is year and the arrest of a suspect; and the arrests of three suspects in Fairbanks, Alaska, on weapons charges. After the attacks in Norway, U.S. of- ficials offered assurances that they are paying close attention to the homegrown potential for violence, including from white extremists. A White House strategy published Aug. 3 on encouraging authorities to use community outreach to prevent terrorism recruitment focused mostly on the Islamist threat, but made clear that anti-government extremists still posed a danger. "In recent history, our country has faced plots by neo-Nazis and other anti-Semitic hate groups, Norway on page 19A Joe Lieberman scaled political heights, but wants his legacy to be the Sabbath By Ron Kampeas WASHINGTON (JTA)-- Call Joe Lieberman the un- likely evangelist. The Independent senator from Connecticut--and the best-known Orthodox Jew in American politics--is prob- ably more cognizant than most of his Jewish congres- sional colleagues about rab- binical interdictions against encouraging non-Jews to mimic Jewish ritual. Yet here he is, about to release a book advising Chris- tians and others not to drive to church, to welcome their Sab - bath in the evening, to cut off 6 rli!!!!!ll! ! ! !VI Ill the wired world and to, umm, enjoy your significant other. Upon meeting with Lieber- man in his Senate offices last week, before the Aug. 16 release date of his new book, "The Gift of Rest: Re- discovering the Beauty of the Sabbath," he laughed at the term evangelical. But he also embraced it. "In a way it is" evangelist, he said. Not that he wanted to convert anyone, Lieberman emphasized. "This gift, I wanted not only to share with Jews who are not experiencing it, who haven't accepted it, but also in some measure to appeal to Christians to come back to their observance of their Sabbath on Sundays," he said. Lieberman does so in a surprisingly engaging read-- Sgt. Lizette Hart, U.S. Military Public Affairs, via Creative Commons Sen. Joe Lieberman, right, shown visiting special opera- tions forces in Afghanistan on July 4, says his strong Jew- ish faith leads him to forge an independent path, striking alliances with both parties. surprisingly because books by politicians fronted by photos where they pose in studied, open-collared casualness are usually a recipe for a surfeit of encomiums packed with feel-goodness but bereft of intellectual nourishment. Lieberman on page 18A JFS welcomes new executive director Jewish Family Services welcomes Eric Geboff as its new executive director. Geboff assumed the role on Aug. 1, succeeding Barry Kudlowitz, who, after nearly 19 years of service, announced his retirement. When approached by a col- league about the opening at JFS, Geboff was in a secure position as the executive director at the Foundation for Seminole County Public Schools. Leaving the job he held for the last six years at the foundation was not foremost on his mind. Essentially, he would be giving up a comfort- able position for the unknown. But it was not a difficult decision for Geboff to make. Although he was satisfiedwith his job and the ability to help improve the quality of public education, his passion for working in the Jewish com- munity was still in his heart. Geboff had previously served as the executive direc- tor of the Jewish Federation of Greater Orlando for 10 years and is very familiar with the Jewish community in Central Florida. He values the concept of tikkun olam--helping to make the world a better place--and feels his true call- ing is serving others. For Geboff, the move to JFS was an opportunity to recon- nect his love of working in the Jewish community, while implementing his profes- sional skills. He has always felt that JPS was "a phenomenal social service provider" and the idea of being directly in- Eric Geboff volved with decision-making at the agency was a lure. He accepted the challenge. JFS board president Tayler Gold is thrilled that Geboff accepted the position and believes he is a good match for the agency. According to Gold, "Geboff brings 25 years of non-profit development, planned-giving and financial management experience to the position at JFS." Geboff feels that JFS has been steadily growing in a pos- itive direction and intends to expand upon the foundation built by his predecessors. "My journey has brought me here, to a place where I can use my skills to do the most good. I look forward to bringing the agency in a new direction for the challenging times that currently exist," Geboff said. To learn more about JFS, visit jfsorlando.org or call 407-644-7593. HiUel to launch tents for Israel Jonathan Pollack Students preparing for the new school year partici- pating in simulation exercises in areas such as Israel education, peer engagement and grass.roots organizing at Hillel's annual conference at Washington University in St. Louis, Mo. By David Ba,gher ST. LOUIS, Mo. (St. Louis Jewish Light)--The tent movement is spreading. In Israel, tent cities are popping up throughout the country as part of a broad social protest against high housing prices in the Jewish state. In America, Hillel just an- nouncea it is planning, to set up tents at 20 campuses across the country this fall as places for respectful dialogue about Israel and Middle East issues. "The purpose of the tent is to grapple with the challenges that Israel is facing and that will play out on college cam- puses," said Sharon Ashley, Hillel on page 19A