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FLORIDA YearU, No. 9 JEWISH NEWS !i!ii!ii!iiii!i!i!iiii!i!iiii00i!ii!iiiiii!!ii!!iii!!ili!ii!00 Editorials ................................ 4A Op-Ed ..................................... 5A Calendar ................................. 6A Synagogue Directory ............... 7A B'nai Mitzvah .......................... 8A Scene Around ......................... 9A Classified ..................... 2B Single Copy 75 Official White House Photo by Pete Souza President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama embrace Vice President Joe Biden and Jill Biden just after the election was called in their favor, at the Fairmont Chicago Millennium Park in Chicago, Nov. 6. Obama's second term: More of the same, at least until Iran flares By Ron Kampeas the attention of Jewish voters: Tussling with Republicans WASHINGTON(JTA)--The domestically on the economy day after the election looks and health care, and dancing a lot like the day before for gingerly with Israel around President Obama, particularly the issue of a tree.lear Iran. in areas that have attracted With Obama's victory over By Ben Harris NEW YORK (JTA)When Rabbi Avremel Okonov ar- rived last Tuesday morning at the school he co-founded 10 years ago in the Brighton Beach section of Brooklyn, the water in the basement had already receded from the high water mark. It only came up to his knees. Everywhere he looked around his school, MazelAcad- emy, there was destruction. On the wails of the school's lower level, which sits several feet below the street and just blocks from the Brooklyn waterfront, he could see the Republican challenger Mitt Romney, the Senate remain- ing in the hands of Democrats and the U.S. House of Repre- sentatives staying Republican, thaLmeans more of the same, said William Daroff, who di- rects the Washington office of the Jewish Federations of North America. "What's amazing from a political point of view is that Obama on page 17A Devastated communities left in Sandy's wake =. .%.  r- Ben Harris At Mazel Academy in Brooklyn, Torah scrolls were unrolled to dry after being damaged by the floodwaters from Hurricane Sandy, Oct. 31. mark where the water level had risen. It was at head level. Four pumps had run for sev- eral hours to rid Mazel Acad- emy of water. LastWednesday, as the cleanup effort began to make headway, several puddles of water remained and the stench of seawater was inescapable. Hundreds of waterlogged prayer books were laid out on tables in the vestibule and piles of black trash bags lined the sidewalk filled with papers, books and other supplies destroyed by the surge of Hurricane Sandy. But it was in the main sanctuary of an old synagogue now used by the school that the most poignant image was on display. Six Torah scrolls, stored during the storm in a safe on the lower level, were fully unrolled to dry, their parchment blotched and black lettering distorted by the floodwaters. "We're drying them out," said Okonov, the school's executive director. "But I'm looking closely--a lot of these pages, it's not reparable. This is just heartbreaking to look at." Across southern Brooklyn last Wednesday, residents took stock of the devasta- tion wrought by the most destructive natural disaster in memory to hit New York. Downed trees blocked count- less roads, and the sound of generators powering pumps could be heard on virtually every block in Brighton Beach as residents labored to dry out their basements. Without electricity to power signal lights, traffic was per- petually snarled. And with temperatures predicted to drop with the sun, residents were bracing for another cold night without heat. In the nearby Brooklyn neighborhood of Manhattan Beach, where the storm had left streets covered with sand Sandy on page 17A Roth JCC appoints Robby Etzkin ByAmy Schwaz JCC The Roth Jewish Commu- nity Center of Greater Orlando is pleased to announce the appointment of Robby Etzkin as its new assistant executive director. As the assistant executive director, Etzkinwill be respon- sible for the day-to-day activ- ity of the center, supervising department directors, work- ing on special events, budget oversight, and building and growing the center's current and future programs. The last person to hold this second-in- command position was David Wayne, who was promoted to the position of executive director in 2009 upon Marvin Friedman's retirement. "Our staff is thrilled to have someone with Robby's profes- sional experience, creative programming talents, and commitment and passion to the Jewish community as part of our JCC family," Wayne said. "And, I know Robby will have a tremendously positive impact on the JCC's ability to Amy Schwartz Robby Etzkin continue to meet the growing needs of our community, and add value to our JCC members' overall experience." Etzkin could be considered both homegrown and an im- port. Most recently, he served since 2006 as the director of Youth & Teen Programs and Cultural Arts at the JCC in Austin, Texas. He led its summer camp program with Etzkin on page 18A What to do about Egypt? By Ron Kampeas WASHINGTON (JTA)-- Jewish groups looking for sig- nals from Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi regarding his views were appalled when one finally came--in the form of a nod and what appeared to be a muttered "amen" to an imam's call for God to "deal harshly" with the Jews. Morsi's nod at Friday prayers Oct. 19 and a separate call from the Egyptian Mus- lim Brotherhood's top leader for Muslims to unite and use force against Israel in a "holy jihad" have drawn expressions of alarm from Jewish groups. The Anti-Defamation League released a statement expressing its "deepening concern over the anti-Semitic rhetoric coming from the highest echelons of Egyptian society." The Zionist Organi- zation of America and the Si- mon Wiesenthal Center called on the Obama administration to cut off ties with the Muslim Brotherhood, the movement behind Morsi's Freedom and Justice Party, though the new Egyptian president formally resigned as the party's head after his election. The American Jewish Com- mittee said it is reaching out to Egyptian officials for further clarification. "AJC has a longstanding relationship with the Egyp- tian government, we are determined to maintain that relationship throughout his transition," said Jason Isaa- cson, the AJC's international UN Photo/Marco Castro Egyptian President Mo- hamed Morsi addressing the U.N. General Assembly, Sept. 26. affairs director. "Whatever the views of Egyptian leaders, the fact remains Egypt is a neighbor of Israel, maintains a peace treaty with Israel and requires constant attention." Morsi, who assumed office in June, has done little since then to assuage concerns that his Muslim Brotherhood background would severely alter the most populous Arab nation's relationship with the West and, more particularly, its peace with Israel. "Anyone who thought the Muslim Brotherhood would moderate simply because it Egypt on page 19A Irll!!!!!ll!!!!!lllr