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PAGE 38 5764 Continued from page 27 was thinly veiled anti-Semi- tism because so many neo- conservatives were publicly identified as Jews. Hollings, who will retire from the Senate this year, was unapologetic about his remarks; he later added in a Senate speech that Bush agreed to the war plan to secure Jewish votes for his re-election campaign. Some of Bush's Middle East policies doubtless will earn him Jewish votes. The president's warm reception at AIPAC's annual'policy conference in May was a telling sign of Jewish en- thusiasm for Bush's policies on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. But domestic issues, and Part-Time Heritage Florida Jewish News 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 FIRST WE LISTEN THEN WE DELIVER! LET MY 38 YEARS OF INSURANCE EXPERIENCE REVIEW YOUR COVERAGES AND DESIGN A PACKAGE THAT PROTECTS YOUR BUSINESS BY MEETING YOUR SPECIAL NEEDS! 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Jewish groups came out against the Partial-Birth Abortion Ban, which passed in late 2003, opposed a pro- posed constitutional amend- ment defining marriage as an institution between a man and awoman and continued to rail against perceived dangers to the separation of church and state. Bush Continued from page 35 that judges should not seek to legislate from the bench. He has repeatedly decried the pace of confirmation of his nominees in the U.S. Senate, saying judges deserve a simple floor vote and should not be held up through procedural tactics (speaking to reporters in Raleigh Durham Interna- tional Airport, July 7). Some Jewish groups have strongly opposed some of Bush's nominees, saying they would roll back abortion rights and church-state separation. Religious freedom: Bush has made freedom of religion a centerpiece of his administration, and On each of these issues, at least some Orthodox groups took the opposite stance. On the matter of security, however, the Jewish commu- nity was unified. Jewish groups joined in supporting a bill for fund- ing from the U.S. Depart- ment of Homeland Security to help provide security for synagogues and other Jew- ish institutions. They also pressured the administration to take a tougher stance against the Syrian regime because of its support for terrorism. The president enacted sanctions against Syria in May, follow- ing months of lobbying by Jewish groups. For all their worries about security, however, Jewish groups increasingly voiced concerns about the erosion of civil liberties in America after the passage of the USA Patriot Act, which gave federal has repeatedly used it to explain his foreign policy. "It is not an accident that freedom of religion is one of the central freedoms in our Bill of Rights. It is the first freedom of the human soul--the right to speak the words that God places in our mouths. We must stand for that freedom in our country. We must speak for that free- dom in the world" (Speech to the American Jewish Com- mittee, May 4, 2001). Faith-based initiatives: Bush favors transferring some of the role of render- ing social services from the federal government to religious institutions. Some Jewish groups worry that his investigate rorist Alon and global: on their the bi year were curred off of news~ the halls the They stories and about and Hebrew s children and God, about new Jewish and the foregone customs. They tions against hiring and money to continue our, fend the org charities have vide services, just group. You ment So I have si a level playir tion, June 15), Washington this report. Bette Robertson---President and The Executive Boards of RISHONA CHAVEROT Rita Weissmann---Co-President Barbara Becker---Co-President SABRA Ricki Wieselthier---Co-President Ilene Sabulsky--Co-President With Every Good Wish For a Happy & Healthy New Year Struggle Continued from page 38 Israel make the Jewish state's case in the media and other forums. She launched the effort because she became convinced that none of the established organizations-- or Israeli spokesmen--was filling the role properly. As The Israel Project gained prominence, it began to work closely with large or- ganizations. In April, Cardin agreed to chair The Israel Project's new Press Ambas- sadors program. "The grass roots have been so concerned and anxious to participate in something that they have spurred the establishment to engage in very clear Israel advocacy ef- forts," Cardin said, stressing that The Israel Project is only one such example. UJC's senior vice president of communications, Gail Hy- man, said grass -roots startups often develop programs and ap - preaches that the established organizations like and adopt. Indeed, some grass-roots ef- forts have been absorbed by established groups. The downside of grass-roots efforts, however, is that some good ideas may not be able to sustain themselves without the support of larger groups, and may fade away. Some observers say there's a delicate balance between de- pendence and independence: If a large organization em- braces a startup and lends support, it can flourish--but if it absorbs the startup alto- gether it can lose the passion and vision that made the idea successful. Beyond the ideas that grass-roots groups develop, they also attract people who might not feel comfortable in more institutionalized efforts. Stand With Us, a Los Ange- les-based startup that teaches people how to advocate for Is- rael, has provided a framework for Allyson Rowan-Taylor to express her newfound passion for Israel. The interior designer said she had been content to live on the fringes of Jewish life untii a 1999 visit to Israel changed her life. "Being involved with Stand With Us has put me in touch with how I feel as a Jewish woman," she said, and she has become a frequent lec- turer on Israel throughout Southern California. Hoenlein said large orga- nizations should be doing more to open themselves to community participation. "We're always looking for ways to reach people," he said. "I do not think we should diminish local initia- tives, because theygive people satisfaction. There are incredible re- sources in our community. They have to be involved." Hoenlein, who was one of the prominent advocates on behalf of Soviet Jewry, sees a major difference between that struggle and the current ac- tivism on behalf of Israel. "We did not have organi- zations then; we had a move- ment," he said. "It touched people's hearts and souls in away I don't think we are doing today. We should be equally proud to pie the Berkeley see a risk of In June, she birthri than ever. issue, rather t filled with their daily Returning she Hebrew look for time in Israel. Cardin emulating. Once powered, she achieve a lot. "The determine the Jewish ing Amerid concluded. with performinga children dren." SimOn,: sees the she has central--and of her life. "I don't she said. "Ever their life's I've found Funding provided by Jewish thy and Institute on ish-Israeli PhilanthropieS: