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Page 4. HERITAGE. Florida Jewish News: A_ugust 15.  1980 I I' Editor's Desk By Gene Starn, Editor & Publisher American Jews and Politics As this is bein written, the _ Democrats are in the throes of their political convention in New York and it reminds us of the impact that Jews have had on the American political scene. The first American Jewish community was founded in 16:54, but it took 123 years-- 1777--before New York became the first state to completely enfranchise Jews. New Hampshire, the last holdout of the original colonies, didn't permit Jews to vote until another 100 years had gone by. Today, one in every 38 Americans is Jewish. Compare this to the year 1800 when only one in 500 was Jewish. But the number of Jews who vote is staggering. Some 80 to 90 percent of the Jewish electorate casts their ballot on an important Election Day. That has brought rise to the importance of the "Jewish vote." Another factor is the Jewish people's activities in the electoral process. Not only do they vote, but they actively support candidates -- with their time, money and influence -- they feel are worthy of help. President Carter's campaign manager, for example, is Robert Strauss of Texas. Some say it is because American Jews fully appreciate the freedoms they enjoy here, realizing and respecting that the U.S. is one of the few nations that has permitted this equality during the Jews' 5000 year history. The impact of Jewish voting on election outcomes can be seen "in just the last presidential election in 1976. It can be said that it was the Jewish vote that elected Jimmy Carter four years ago. He carried the electoral votes in New York, Pennsylvania, Maryland and Ohio. Without 75 percent of the Jews voting for Carter, he would not have carried these states and would have lost to Gerald Ford. For the past 40 years, Jewish voters have been a reliable source of the Democratic presiderttial vote. The " smallest share of Jewish votes--70 percent--went to Adlai Stevenson in 1956. But it has not always been that way. From the time of Abraham Lincoln through Calvin Coolidge, only Woodrow Wilson in 1916 won the Jewish presidential vote. Jewish voters do not necessarily vote for Jewish candidates. Sen. Jacob Javits of New York knows this. He often lost the majority of the votes from his fellow Jews to Democratic opponents. Yet, a black, Protestant Republican--Sen. Edward Brooke of Massachusetts-- regularly won that state's Jewish precincts. Although this is an off-year election for gocernor in Florida, it is interesting to note that since 1789, most of our nation's govemors--87.5 percent--have been Protestants. A little more than 12 percent have been Catholics. Only one govemor in every thousand has been Jewish. It should be interesting to Bob Shevin, who lost his bid to become Florida's first Jewish governor two years ago, to note that the first elected Jewish governor wa in 1915--Idaho's Moses Alexander. Oregon's Arthur Seligman and New Mexico's Julius Meyer followed suit il 1930. All three were elected by the Jewish vote since those states havea insignificant number of Jewish And even New York, the state nation's largest concentration of voters, did not elect a Jewish until Herbert Lehman in 1932. But Jews have been active in politics even before it became a 1845. The very first U.S. Senator Florida was a Jew, David Levy. He been the very first Jew to serve in Congress when he was elected Congressman-at-large from the territory in 1841. There have been, are presently, many Jews in the U.S, Senate, including Florida's Richard Stone, and in the House of Representatives, including North Beach's William Lehman. In local politics, too, Jews have their mark. Lee Chira is presently an Orange County commissioner and are several Jewish candidates in on Primary Election Day on Se 9. Judges, mayors, commissioners, school board members and other county and city offices throughout Florida are served by members of Jewish faith. DATELINE: America ... Jewish News Briefs from Coast to Coast A synopsis of news and happenings compiled by the staffof HERITAGE, Florida Jewish News, from Jewish newspapers in the U.S. and Canada. Arab Mayors at Synagogue 'Outrages' Washington JCC Board WASHINGTON -- The executive board of the JCC has expressed their outrage over the appearance this summer of two West Bank Arab mayors at Temple Sinai here. The Arab mayors, who had been deported by Israeli authorities who accused them of inciting the murder of six orthodox Jews by terrorists last May, were brought to Temple Sinai by an ad hoc committee for Middle East Dialogue and the American Friends Service Committee. The JCC executive board, at a closed meeting, passed a resolution urging Jewish organizations and synagogues "to refrain from allowing their facilities to be used for programs that feature the publicity proclaimed enemies of Israel and the Jewish community." -- The Jewish Week Long Island's 'Shul with a Pool' Recruits among 8,000 non-Affiliated LONG ISLAND -- In a move to recruit the 8,000non-affiliated Jews of Brookhaven Town, Rabbi Joseph Langner has moved his synagogue onto the grounds of a 15-acre country club. "The shul with the pool," as he calls it, looks out over a 3,600 sq. ft. swimming pool that has become the main attraction of his Brookhaven Jewish Center. Rabbi Langner says 80 percent of the Jews in the community do not belong to any synagogue and admits that his "approach" has been met with skepticism and hostility by his rabbinic colleagues. Langner rents the country club, which was originally built as an amenity to an unsuccessful condiminium complex, for $4,500 a month. There is also an option to buy the condominiums and additional property. One barometer of the program's success is the fact that 400 youngsters reportedly signed up for summer camp, compared HAV]I YOUR INTMRNATI000 ]IDITION i lroll#1110Ull 011 . 00,nmH, n THE JERUSALEM POST INTERNATIONAL EDITION 110E 59th St New York, N Y 10022 [] Please deliver 52 issues of THE JERUSALEM POST International Edition for one full 3eRar, and send me the NEW Y BONES Book My check for $3500 iS enclosed [] Please deliver 26 issues for six months My check for $19 00 | is enclosed I E 184 NAME ADDRESS CITY STATE ZiP LiJ, with only I I last year. One couple, who joined the "'swim club" and affiliated with the synagogue for another $]00, including High Holiday tickets, said, "It's great here, just to be able to relax is a nice feeling." -- Long Island Jewish World Lubavitch Rabbi Answers Call From Denver Prison Inmates DENVER -- Lubavitch Rabbi Yisroel Popack was quick to arrange Tisha B'av services in the Federal Correctional Institution at nearby Englewood after five Jewish inmates wrote a letter to the Intermountain Jewish News deploring the lack of a rabbi's visits in more than a year. The letter asked "for any help you could lend us in our endeavor to practice our religion. It is important to each of us, and any interest shown in us by our fellow Jews could only strengthen our faith and enrich our courage." -- Intermountain Jewish News Philadelphian 'Fails' Further; Again Gagged on 'Gong Show' PHILADELPHIA -- Although he received heavenly praise from his mother, six-foot 264 pound Ira Flitter, was gang- gonged on "The Gong Show" in March ] 978 when he appeared in the guise of an angel. On his second appearance on the same show that was rebroadcast here last month, Flitter met a similar fate. "They made me gong myself," he said proudly. Flitter, a graduate of Temple University's School of Communications and Theater, wants to break into show business. Raised in a Reform family, his only hope at this point is a wing and a prayer. -- The Jewish Exponent Deportation Proceedings in Queens Begins for Alleged War Criminal NEW YORK -- The Justice Dept. has begun denaturalization proceedings against Michael Dercacz, .an alleged Nazi war criminal now living in Astorie, Queens. We Donate 10%1 to YOUR Synaoooue (or favorite charity) YOU can enjoy beautifully clean, bright, lustrous looking I carpets again in your home or place of business. s Shampoo * Steam * Showcase And we will donate 10% of the entire bill to the synagogue or charity of your choice! This offm also applies Io any Free Furniture Cleaning Estimates Drapery Cleaning 0rl lhe pl enllsefi call 422-4701 Repr. Elizabeth Holtzman, in announcing the said the Cercacz case is the 18th filed against alleged criminals since 1978. Dercacz, an American citizen since 7954, was a the Ukraine Police Command during World War II participated in beatings and executions of unarmed civilians," said the Justice Dept. -- Long Island Jewish BRIEF BRIEFS... COLUMBUS -- B'nai B'rith Lodges here have Children's Home Day at the Ohio State Fair for the 15th the largest event at the Fair sponsored b bringing over 2,000 children and their chaperons throughout the state as guests of B'nai B'rith men's -- Ohio Jewish DAYTON -- Dr. Harold Rosenberg has received Air I: Award for Meritorious Service in recognition of his polymer chemistry. Dr. Rosenberg, who retired from Force in January after 3 ! years of government service, patents and has coauthored a book on -- Dayton Jewish SEATTLE -- The first Conservative congregation HerzI-Ner Tamid --is celebrating the 75th anniversary founding this year. The synagogue began as a "Zionistiche shur' group of orthodox Jews who believed strongly in the Zionism. -- The Jewish i FT. WORTH -- Congressional Majority Leader Jim was the principal speaker at a testimonial dinner h and Mrs. Isadore Garsek of Congr. Ahavath Sholom month. Ft. Worth's Mayor declared the day as "Rabbi Isadore ( Day." -- Texas Jewish Post CHICAGO -- CHUTZPAH UNLIMITED is directory of Jewish singles this fall. Listings will be coded, but the directoR/ will allow singles to make initial contact by letter when mailed tc post office box. Jewi,h OSl Influencinq 21,000 Jewish readers each weekin the, Orlando, Daytona Beach and Space Coast cities of Florida. Published by Heritage Central Florida JewL, Inc., 207 O'Brien Rd., Fern Park, Fla. 2rid class at Fern Park and other mailing offices. Subscriptions: $ I 1.00 per ($ I.(30 more to the rest of the CI.S.) and thet Palter. Mailing Address: P.O. Box 742, Fern Park. FL 32730. 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