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On some issues, judging from inter- views with conference delegates and assessments by J Street officials of par- themselves Zionists andsayingthatwhile ticipants' viewpoints, there appeared to they back more U.S. pressure on the par- be broad consensus, like the belief that ties, they reject cutting aid to Israel if it the Palestinians deserve national rights does notaccede to U.S. demands. or the United States needs to do more to push the Israelis and Palestinians toward negotiations. On other issues, however, a stark generation gap was apparent. Older conference goers appeared to be virtually unanimous in expressing support for a two-state solution, calling But a number of delegates under 40, especially college students and recent graduates, appeared to be much more equivocal on the idea of two states for two peoples. Some were hesitant about identifying as Zionists, and-some Were Divide on page 22A Sam Glaser, world-re- nowned Jewish composer, vocalist, pianist, educator and cantorial soloist will perform at Temple Israel in Winter Springs at a Chanukah event Friday, Dec. 11 and Saturday, Dec. 12. He will share his talents with the congregation on Friday evening, Saturday morning and Saturday night. Glaser tours internation- ally to more than 50 cities each year. Considered one of the top 10 Jewish artists in the United States by Moment magazine and an ASCAP Award winner, Glaser's music has become part of the fabric of Jewish life in communities nationwide. He says, "I feel like I have a continuous stream of music flowing through me. I really strive to live Jewishly 24/7, to utilize rnitzvot to keep me in a God conscious' place. So much ofrny material reflects this parallel universe." On Friday evening, a Cha- nukah Shabbat dinner will take place in the social hall prior to the beginning of services at 7 p.m. During Shabbat on Friday evening (the first night of Chanukah) and Saturday morning, Rabbi Gary Perras will welcome Glaser to share the bimahwith him to lead the congregation in services and song. A Kid- dush luncheon will follow the Saturday service. Saturday night at 6:30 p.m., Glaser will be center stage at the synagogue as he performs his Rockin' Chanu- Sam Glaser will perform at Temple Israel Dec. 11-12. kah Revue. Temple Israel's religious school children will be featured with him as they perform three songs: "Un- breakable Soul," "My Letter in the Torah" and "Across the River." A live auction will take place during the festivities. The community is invited to attend the Saturday eve- ning event. The concert will be free with your reserva- tion. Reservations can be made at www.tiflorida.org/ orderglaser.htm or by calling the synagogue office at 407- 647-3055. Glaser's appearance is being made possible by donations from the following: TheErnest and Tillie Lefkowitz Philan- thropic Fund, The Hannah Rosenblum Children's Educa- tion Fund and The Elaine Farb Memorial Choir Fund., By Jacob Berkman NEW YORK (JTA)--The relative calm that annually settles in over the Jewish non- profit world during the High Holidays season ended with a bang last week, as the Jewish communal world landed two big gets. President Obama agreed to speak this month at the Gen- eral Assembly of the Jewish Federations of North America to be held in Washington--his first speech as president to a Jewish audience. And one of the country's richest men, Google co-founder Sergey Brin, made his first major charitable gift to a Jewish organization. Both developments provide a boost to a Jewish philanthropic world facing tough times. Brin, the 36-year old pro- gramming whiz who is worth $15.3 billion according to the recently released Forbes 400 list, announced Oct. 25 that he would give $1 million to the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society, one of the aid groups that helped his family when they emigrated from the Soviet Union to the United States 30 years ago. 6 5 Gillat/Flickr/Creative Commons Warren Taylor Sergey Brin (!), co-founder of Google, and President Barack Obama will be speaking at the General Assemb~ of the Jewish Federations of North America nextweek in Washington, D.C. The announcement, made on the 30th anniversary of the Brin family's arrival in America, came as a welcome surprise to a Jewish nonprofit world that has been speculat- ing for years on whether or not the Google co-founder would become engaged phil- anthropically in the Jewish @orld as he ramps up his giving. For the Jewish Federa- tions, which recently changed its name from United Jew- ish Communities, landing Obama could provide a boost to a North American chari- table network coping with sagging fund-raising cam- paigns and other significant challenges. Federation officials had been trying for nearly a year to convince the president to deliver an address at the G.A. But as of early October, when the Jewish Federations an- nounced that Vice President Joe Biden would speak, it appeared as though he had de- clined to address the meeting of several thousand leaders of the billion-dollar network of local Jewish charitable federations. erations would not comment, but according to other insid- ers, major federation donors who are close with Obama from his days in Chicago helped put on the full-court press to bring him to the G.A., which will be held Nov. 8-10 at the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel. Speculation centered on two longtime Obarna allies: Penny Pritzker, the chair of Classic Residence by Hyatt Jewish Journal of Greater Los Angeles Rabbi Abraham Cooper (I) associate dean of the Simon Wiesenthal Center, LAPD Deputy Chief Michel Moore and LA. Mayor Antonio Villa~aigosa at a press conference fol- lowing the L,4. synagogue shooting last week. , By Adam Wills Avi Barkay, a nephew of Jewish Journal of Mat Yeshurun's Rabbi Am- Greater Los Angeles ram Gabay, identified the victims as Maor Ben-Nissan, LOS ANGELES--The Los 37, and Allen Lasry, who was Angeles Police Department is- said to be in his late 40s. Both sued an alert to all Jewish day menwerewoundedinthelegs. The victims were taken two men were shot early last :to Providence Holy Cross Thursday morning, Oct. 29, in Medical Cefiter and Valley theparkinglotofAdatYeshurun Presbyterian Hospital, said Valley Sephardic synagogue in North Hollywood, Calif. Shooting on page 23A and the national, finance schools and synagogues after chair of Obama's presidential Apparently, however, fed- " campaign, and Alan Solow, eration lay leaders would not chairmanofthe Conference of take no for an answer. Officials at the Jewish Fed- Speaitcrs on page 23A =I am . / q i