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IJ 1R.W Year 28, No. 07 October 17, 2003 21 Tishrei 5763 36 Pages Editorials 4 Op-Ed 5 Calendar 6 Synagogue Directory 7 B'nai Mitzvah 8 Scene Around 9 Classified 22 Orlando, Florida .Single Copy 75 i; By Kim Langweiler Fischer photo courtesy of Arnold Schwarzenegger campaigns during California's recall election. By Tom Tugend "This is akin to the Reagan revolu- there were enough high-level Jewish tion," proclaimed attorney Sheldon Republicans in LosAngelesandother ANGELES (JTA)--What's a Sloan, one of Schwarzenegger's ear- parts of the state that Jewish con- Republican son of liest Jewish backers."We're going to ceres would be heeded in the new Party member defeats themake big inroads into the Demo- administration. incumbent to become cratic hold on Jewish voters." That Urban analyst Joel Kotkin dis- popu- analysis was not shared by most agreed, saying he foresaw a "pretty Democrats orpoliticalanalysts, how- heavy gentile administration"with a t 'em, join 'em, say ever, who predicted that there would concomitant loss of Jec;ish clout. Republicans, hoping thatnot be any fundafnental changes in Experts said they doubted' Jews will flock to support the state's political culture--or in Schwarzenegger's victory would do Arnold the Jewish tendency to vote Demo- much to strengthen Republicans cratic, nationally. tobeinCaliforniathatwe Davis assiduously cultivated But "it's a big morale booster for inaroomful California's one-million strong Jew- the beleaguered White House," said now we're standing up ishcommunity duringhis fiveyears political scientist Raphael "the ecstatic chair- as governor. Sonenshein, of California State Uni- ~aliforniachap- Inaquick, informalelection-night versityin Fullerton. Jewish Coali- survey, experts and party activists The Republican victory could end Bialosky, said at weighed in on whether Jewish influ- up energizing Democrats, victory party last ence in Sacramento would wane un- Sonenshein said, because the Davis even the rabbis der the new governor, recallhas"enragedthousandsofJew- aging their sermons! I doubt it," Republican pollster ish and other Democrats, who will s enthusiasm was shared by Arnold Steinberg said. "There are so redouble their efforts to beat Bush at across the state many Jews in the entertainment in- the next election." Sonenshein pre- n.ight, minutes after Gov. dustry and on the west side" of Los dieted that the 2004 national elec- a Democrat, conceded Angeles 'Swho know Arnold, and he tion "will be the closest to a civil war recall election, and thewill be reaching out to the Jewish we've had since the Civil War." The action-movie star was community fairly quickly." Bialosky as his successor, and Sloan said they were certain that See "Governator" on page 36 I n were lt~ Edwin Black D.C. (JTA)--In thousands of human globe )urban, South Africa, conference that hoped would address plaguing humanity, to Sri Lanka to the more than a year of Chile, France and clear to Israeli .'wish organizational non-govern- ;, or NGOs, and had manipulated the U.N. World Confer- into a focused of Israel as an illegiti- Stt "Activists, on page 19 photo by Simon Wiesenthal Center An anti-Israel sign seen during a rally at the UdV. World Conference on Racism in Durban, South Africa in 2001. "The nature of the community is but the sum-total of what there is in the individuals.':-Yitzchak Levi Satanov The "Heritage Florida Jewish News" in cooperation with the Jew- ish Federation of Greater Orlando is launching a new column in this week's edition focusing on individu- als who are working towards mak- ing Central Florida, particularly the Jewish community a better place. In each issue readers will be intro- duced to someone who exemplifies the pursuit of the "larger social good." This week is unique because the "Community Builder" is Jason Toll. Although the information about Toll was gathered for the column before the Randall family tragedy, which JASON TOLL thrust him into the new~ the ac- count of his actions onl~ serve to in Maitland. It was also the day Toll emphasize why he was chdsen in the decided to do a littlefishing, but first place, ended up pulling the almost lifeless Jason Toll doesn't consider him- body of Regal out of the water. self a hero. In fact he is uncomfort- InarecentinterviewwiththeHeri- able with the reference. However, it tage Toll reviewed the morning's clearly depends on how the circum- timeline:At about 7:40 a.m looking stances and the facts are analyzed for a good place to fish, he first rode and what definition you use in trying by The Pond. Glancing at the water to decide if he fits the description, for signs of fsh he noticed that it was Toll feels that he did what anyone still, almost glasslike, except for a would have done when he pulled 4- rippling effect from a far corner; he year-oldRegal Randall fromalake in went on to a smaller lake but 10 Maitland on Sunday morning, Sept. minutes later returned to The Pond. 14. Casting off a few times from one side That was the day that Bryan Chris- he then decided to go to the Gazebo topher Randall threw his 2-year-old on the other side to get a better daughter, Yana, and youngest son, Regal, into "The Pond," a small lake See "Toll" on page 18 photo by Evan Schneider for UN/DP! Syrian representative to the UdV Fayssal Mekdad, addresses the Security Council in an emergency session Oct. 5, held at Syria's request, following an Israeli air strike against an Islamic Jihad base in Syria. By Ron Kampeas "Instead, they've shown poor states- manship." Israel's awareness of U.S. WASHINGTON, D.C. (JTA)--If angertowardSyriawasafactorinthe Israel's air raid on a terrorist camp in decision to bomb the terrorist train- Syria came as a shock to Damascus, ing camp some 10 miles from Dam- the awe followed closely when Presi- ascus, Israeli officials said. dent Bush said, "We would be doing "As much as Israel has had prob- the same thing." Bush's sympathy lems with Syria, the Americans have with an Israeli strike on terrorists had problems,"anlsraeliofficialsaid. outside its borders was unprec- "Andwhenourintelligenceagencies edented, analysts said. But, they say these people are using these added, Syria should have anticipated camps to train, Americans through it, given the United States' own post- their own resources know it's 100 Sept. 11 operations to combat ter- percent true." The attack Sunday on rorism, what Israel said was an Islamic Jihad "Syria had some opportunities to training camp came a day after the get on the right side of the United terrorist group, which is headquar- States after Sept. 11," said David tered in Syria, claimed responsibility Mack, a former deputy assistant sec- retary of state for Near East affairs. See "Syria" on page 18