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N Editorials 4A Op-Ed .5A Calendar 6A Synagogue Directory 7A B'nai Mitzvah 8A Scene Around 9A Classified 2B Israefi analysts say that signals from for an unequivocal commitment from the administration against Iran, led by President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. Photos by Creative Commons, design by Uri Fintzy Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his leadership are showing a call of President Obama to come to Israel's aid in case of a strike By Ron Kampeas nounced signals from their country's Israeli leadership is trying to signal leadership in recent days that it is to the administration that unless WASHINGTON (JTA)--How much readying for a strike against Iran are there is a change of tack on the part noise does Israel's leadership have to less an immediate call to arms than a of Washington concerning the Iranian maketogettheObamaadministration call for an unequivocal commitment nuclear program, Israel may have to to say what it wants to hear about Iran? from the Obamaadministration to take decide to make its own military move." It's a question now preoccupying the lead in such an attack or to come The signals have included: Israel, along with its corollary: How to Israel's aid if it goes first. an interview in Haaretz with a top much noise is too much and risks pre- "We are at a serious juncture," said Israeli official, whom is widely believed cipitating a crisis between Jerusalem Ehud Yaari, an Israel-based fellow for to be Israeli Defense Minister Ehud and its closest ally? the Washington Institute for Near East Some Israeli analysts say that pro- Policy. "The way I understand it, the Message on page 17A By Ron Kampeas WASHINGTON (JTA)-- Anointing Paul Ryan as his running mate, Mitt Romney attached a name and face to his fiscal policy. Jewish Republicans, in- cluding the House majority leader, say they are thrilled with Wisconsin's Ryan emerging as the ticket's fresh face, hailing the law- maker as a thoughtful and creative budget guru bent on taming out-of-control federal spending. Ryan's name is well known to Jewish community lead- ers who have been grappling with the Republicans' chief budget shaper since the party retook the majority in the U.S. House of Repre- sentatives in 2010. The Sunshine State is set to host one of the country's most influential conferences on Is- rael-Jewish National Fund's (JNF) National Conference, tak- ing place in Orlando Oct. 21-22. The conference will be held at the Hilton Orlando and will feature sessions involving Is- rael's environmental leadership, JNF's vital work for the land and people of Israel and recent developments in the Middle East. More than 500 commu- nity leaders from around the country will hear from some of the world's leading think- ers during the two-day event described as "the highlight of the year." Presenters include Israel's Minister of Environmental Protection Gilad Erdan; the Jerusalem Post's editor in chief Steve Linde; Beersheva mayor Ruvik Danilovich; Cen- tral Arava mayor Ezra Ravins; professor Eilon Adar, director of the Zuckerberg Institute of Water Research, Ben Gurion University, among others. The conference will also include special programming for high school and college students. Last year's conference in Cincinnati featured Speaker of the House John Boehner and TV and radio host Larry King. "This is the first time that the state of Florida has hosted the JNF National Conference and we are honored to have it in Orlando," saidJNF Florida Zone president and Orlando resident Bruce Gould, who is co- chairing the conference. "We have such a dedicated, loyal and engaged community here in Central Florida and throughout the rest of the state. As always, this year we have an exceptional panel of distinguished speakers and expect record attendance, especially with regard to our audience of young adults and JNFuture members." Negev Nights will be the theme for the annual Sunday evening gala, held at the Hilton Bruce Gould Orlando. Attendees can expect to spend the evening with Broadway and Hollywood ac- tors Ilana Levine and Dominic Fumusa, of the hit Showtime series "Nurse Jackie," who will emcee the event, with entertainment by author and comedian Joel Chasnoff. JNF's Major Donors will be honored at a dessert reception at 8 p,m. Saturday, hosted by the exclusive Isleworth Country Club. Guest speaker Ambas- sador Ido Aharoni, consul gen- eral of Israel in New York, will address the audience on Israel: Broadening the Conversation. Said Gould: "We look forward to kicking off the 2012 JNF National Conference with a JNFuture event on Sept. 9 in Orlando. JNFuture, a gateway for the next generation to Jewish National Fund, has expanded and grown throughout the United Statesoverthe lastthree to four years. As president of the Florida Zone, my board mem- bers and I are excited to grow our Orlando chapter. We are very lucky to have such remarkable community leaders to get the group off the ground." Registration for the 2012 National Conference is avail- able online at JNF.ORG/NC. For more information, contact Hindy Komen at hkomen@jnf. org or 212-935-9305, ext. 295. It's just not one they're happy pronouncing. The Washington groups CongregationOhevShalom what we need to do now to that deal with budget policy ~ : andtheRothJCCareplanning rediscover America and rise have had many interactions another"nottobemissed"se- to this moment. Friedman, ~ of the House Budget Corn- Y. 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