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Editorials ................................ 4A Op-Ed ..................................... 5A Calendar ................................. 6A Synagogue Directory ............... 7A B'nai Mitzvah .......................... 8A Scene Around ......................... 9A Classified ................................ 2B Jim Riola JoanneWe~s Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin General Assembly, Sept. 27. By Ron Kampeas WASHINGTON (JTA)-President Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Ben- i~ jarnin .Netanyahu ~did not meet, but they ~'~ ~ ......... en~[e~d ~up s0undin~g not :So far apart, Netanyahu's address to the U.N. Gen- eral Assembly last Thursday in many ways echoed Obama's speech there on Tuesday, with both ratcheting up the heat on Iran over its nuclear program. The themes that echoed in each speech suggest that despite the bickering between the two Netanyahu showing a cartoonish diagram of a leaders, they may be converging on policy. Obama reiterated that"containment" of a nuclear-armed Iran is not an option, a stance that is in accord with Israel's position. Netanyahu, meanwhile, articulated a red line-something Obama has been reluctant to do, beyond saying that Iran should not be allowed to develop a nuclear weapon. But the Israeli prime minister set that red line in a spot that allows the United States some more time to give di- plomacy and sanctions a chance to work. UN Photo/J Carrier bomb during his address to the U.N. The speeches reflected a joint effort to see if a coordinated strategy is possible which, if successful, could make clear to the Iranians that the United States and Israel are aligned, said David Makovsky, a senior analyst with the Washington Institute for Near East Policy. The key is that the U.S. and Israel eventually arrive at common thresholds, Makovsky told JTA. "If that is conveyed to Iran publicly, that would be effective," he Bibi on page 18A Simchat Torah is one of the most joyous days in the Jewish year. On this day, synagogues and Jewish communities throughout the world study the closing words of Deuter- onomy and immediately recite the openingwords of Genesis. Acknowledging that the study of Torah is endless the last aliyah with its theme of the death of Moses is followed immediately by the first aliyah with its theme of Creation. The highest congregational honor one can receive is to be called to the Torah for the "last" aliyah or for the "first aliyah." An honoree for these aliyot is referred to as Hatan/ Groom or Kala/Bride. Congre- gation Beth Am has chosen two exceptional members to receive special Simchat Torah honors this year. For each of them, Congregation Beth Am has become deeply entwined in their lives and Congregation Beth Am had benefitted greatly from their contributions. Jim Riola was the impetus and energy behind the devel- opment and completion of Beth Am's Education Center. As president of the congrega- tion, he set an example for positive thinking as the con- gregation built towards the ~.~- future. The Education Center Honorees on page 19A By Steve Lipman and Gary Rosenblatt (N.Y. Jewish Week)--The announcement that Wayne Firestone is stepping down as president and CEO of Hillel: The Foundation for Jewish Campus Life next spring has set off a flurry of speculation as to why the 48-year-old professional would leave the top post he has held since 2006. There appears to be no dramatic single answer, but based on conversations with a number of insiders at, or familiar with, the international organization (most of whom insisted on anonymity), it seems that the move was somewhere between voluntary and encouraged. And it under- scored the strains and pres- sures involved in moving Hillel forward with a steep budget deficit, which has persisted for five straight years. The shakeup also comes at a time when about half of those who identify as Jewish on college campuses have a parent not born Jewish, and when many students are uninterested in engaging in Jewish life. Given that reality, Fire- stone is widely credited for holding the line and instituting several major initiatives, including a new five-year program he advocated that involves Alliance of Latinos and Jews. Pictured is the summer 2012 celebration of the Chicago- based Alliance of Latinos and Jews, which marked its 18th Jonathan Pollack HiUel President Wayne Firestone, third from left, has year of existence. announced that he will be stepping down. He is seen here By Alina Dain Sharon followthe rules, you shouldn't speaking with Syracuse University student outreach leaders be rewarded for it." at the Hillel Institute, hosted by Washington University in According to estimates by St. Louis, August. Meet Alex Halberstein. A the American Jewish Corn- swing voter in a swing state, mittee (AJC)'s Latino and paying students who are building rather than in- the registered Independent's Latin American Institute; little involved in Jewish house programming, family moved in 1938 from Halberstein is one of roughly life oncampusto reachout The costly program has Vienna to Peru, and then 100,000 Latino Jews resid- and engage other students more than 1,200 peer out- immigrated to Miami follow- ing in the U.S. Leading up with little involvement in reach interns operating on ing the Peruvian revolution to November's presidential Jewish life. more than 100 campuses,of 1968. 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