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PAGE 36 HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, SEPTEMBER New HDS building Dr. EDWARD and PHYLLIS ZISSMAN, holding the Torah for the ceremony. LINDA BRENNER (l) and GALE, MILGRIM, co-chairs of the evening, welcome attendees. Dr. ZENA SULliES makes opening remarks. New York, N.Y.--The Mandell L. Berman North American JewishData Bank, a project of United Jewish Com- munities, has been relocated to Brandeis University in Bos- ton, Mass under the auspices of the Maurice and Marilyn Cohen Center for Modern Jew- ish Studies. The North American Jew- ish Data Bank, the principal repository for demographic studies of the American Jew- ish community, will become the central electronic archive of social scientific studies of American Jewry. The Data Bank, which had resided at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York since its founding in 1986, will distribute the National Jewish Population Survey 2000 - 2001 data set to inter- ested researchers when it is released by UJC. "The new partnership with Brandeis University will help to promote the utilization of NJ PS and other data sets," said Mandell Berman, founder of the Jewish Data Bank. "Data from NJPS and local Jewish community studies will in- form planning and policT de- velopment in the Jewish com- munal system." Professor Leonard Saxe, Ph.D director of the Cohen Center, said Brandeis Univer- sity would use the Data Bank to provide systematic data about the Jewish community to scholars and community planners. "Understanding the charac- teristics of the American Jew- ish community is important, both for communal leaders fomily-oriented, P-- orm temple in the lost-growing Oviedo area. kX/here music and ruoch fill "fine oir. innova -ive l:2,eligious School where fun ond leorning go hond in hond. XK/here unoFnlicYred ond in rer{oith omilies ore welcome in our worm, supportive Temple {emily. High Holiday services, 5ocical ec rivities, communVry projects, adult educo on, ploygroup $ more. 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Charles Kadushin, Ph.D a distinguished scholar at the Cohen Center and a leading authority on the design and analysis of survey research, will direct the Data Bank. velopment in Jewish Philan- thropy Dr. Sheingold will direct the Data Bank's train- ing program. The Data Bank will be oper- ated in partnership with UJC, the umbrella organization of North American Jewish fed- erations. Berman will serve as chair- man of the advisory board. Lorraine Blass, UJC senior planner, will serve as liaison to the Data Bank. Those interested in more "The new partnership with Brandeis University will help to promote the utilization of NJPS and other data sets. Data from NJPS and local Jewish community studies will inform planning and policy development in the Jewish communal system." "I look forward to giving quantitative, high-quality re- search a central place in mod- ern Jewish studies," he said. The Data Bank will be co- directed by Dr. Saxe and Carl Sheingold, Ph.D manage- ment professor in the Hornstein Program in Jewish Communal Service and direc- tor of the Fisher-Bernstein Institute for Leadership De- information about the Data Bank can contact Benjamin Phillips, research fellow, at or at 781-736-2060. The archives will be avail- able in early September and. can be accessed by visiting United Jewish Communi- ties represents 156 Jewish Federations and 400 inde- Commandments Continued from page 1 They also worry that public response to the Ten Com- mandments case might cause some federal j udges to let other unpopular orders go unen- forced. "What is symbolic about any discussion is the depths of feel- ings on both sides," said Marc Stern, the American Jewish Congress' general counsel. "These two sides really don't understand each other." Jew- ish groups were active while the case was in the courts, supporting efforts to force Moore to remove the monu- ment, which he installed one night two years ago. -But since the federal court ruled in their favor last year, Jewish groups have taken a less active role -- waiting and watching as Moore defied the court order. State officials took action Wednesday to move the monu- ment from the building's ro- tunda to a private area, while Christian religious activists who support Moore prayed outside. "We've been happy to just let Judge Moore self destruct," Stern said. Despite often taking a reli- giously conservative stance on church-state issues, the fer- vently Orthodox group Agudath Israel of America has not taken a position on the Ten Commandments case. "God and the concept of morality does not violate the church-state separation," said Rabbi Avi Shafran, Agudah's director of public affairs. "But something that is blatantly in support of a particular reli- gion would be very clearly unconstitutional." Other Jew- ish organizations filed briefs seeking the monument's re- moval last year, claiming it violated the Constitution's ban on government promotion of religion. The briefs argued that the monument not only en- dorsed religion, but also backed a particular religious perspective. "The display of the Ten Com- mandments sends a message of exclusion to those who do not share the Judeo-Christian religious tradition and a mes- sage of favoritism to those who do," said a brief filed by ADL, the American Jewish Commit- tee and the Commission on Social Action of Reform Juda- ism, among other interfaith groups. The brief went on to argue that the monument was also offensive to many within the Judeo-Christian tradition, as there is no universally ac- cepted version of the Ten Com- mandments and Moore's court therefore is "endorsing par- ticular sectarian beliefs." The debate has highlighted the fact that not everyone shares Jew- ish groups' definition of the separation of religion and state. Lauter said she repeatedly has had to explain the differ- ence between a tablet of the Ten Commandments in a courthouse and the words "In God We Trust" on American currency. "'In God We Trust' is not saying, 'This is a Christian nation,' "she said. "The statue, with Judge Moore's rhetoric, is saying, 'This is a Christian nation.' " Stern said he also has been concerned by sup- port Moore received in Con- gress. A measure earlier this year in the U.S. House of Rep- resentatives Appropriations Committee would have pre- vented the government from using federal funds to enforce Ten Commandments rulings like the one in Alabama. The measure passed the House, but itwas not included in the Senate version of the spending bill. pendentcc UJA Federation UJC provides life-enhancin assistance to those and translates into social action of millions of Jews! dreds of North America the former: 60 countries aroU world. The Maurice ish Studies arly work that understanding of community. The multi-disciplinary institute and Brandeis guished programs Research Center focuses on American institutions seminated. tute at Brandeis engages in ing, research and development to ceptual and Jewish leaders sional, as they adaptive communal life. introduced a thatwould to display the Ten ments or~ erty. "These are no cally Stern said. "The opposition is However, they have been the of other's iJ includin the j, Court, remove the One of those colades is Alaba~ General Bill Pryor, been working to federal court believed to ingby out of respect On other issueS, Pryor -- a U.S. Court llth Circuit of Jewish groups. In a letter two chairman of the ,~ ciary Committee, outlined their Pryor's Their concerns promotion of a tion of American position to opposition to gays and lesbians tion of eral law. Lauter said lieve that Pryor's the would ports the idea the Ten government "Pryor has through his he will said. But, she olog~