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ZO FLORIDA JEWISH N Year 36, No. 10 November 11, 2011 14 Cheshvan 5772 EWS 48 Pages Editorials ................................ 4A Op-Ed ..................................... 5A Calendar ................................. 6A Synagogue Directory ............... 7A B'nai Mitzvah ........................ "8A Scene Around ......................... 9A Classified ....................... ...... . 19A Orlando, Florida Single Copy 75 Former Orlando rabbi heads WRJ Jewish Federations of North America Israeli opposition leader Tzipi Livni speaking at the Jewish Federations of North America's 2010 General Assembly. Federations make strides in improving its record on women, but kinks remain By Dan Klein to put in its official announcements?" The snafu over the speakers embodies NEW YORK (JTA)--When the Jewish Federations of North America sent out a news release recently promoting the top speakers at this year's General Assembly, not a single woman made the list. The oversight caught the eye of critics. "Can it really be that the largest meet- ingoftheorganizedJewish communityin North America can't find a single female Forward newspaper editor Jane Eisner wrote in a blog post. "At a time when women remain sorely missing from the American Jewish establishment leader- ship, this oversight is telling." In fact, however, half of the VIP speak- ers at the General Assemblywere women, and 43 percent of all slated speakers at the conference, which ran Sunday through Tuesday in Denver, were women. both the gains made by the federation system on women's issues in the past year or two, as well as the distance it still has to go. The federation thought to ensure major female representation at the GA, but the news release showed how attention to women's issues still doesn't seem to be instinctive. Federation on page 18A From the JTA archive: Kristallnacht was different from the beginning By Adam Soclof gogues across Germany and NEW YORK (JTA)--Before it was called Kristallnacht, it was known simply as "the pogrom." Designated "the night of broken glass," the 14-hour wave of Nazi violence on Nov. 9-10, 1938 left hundreds of Jewish storefronts and syna- u .q -  z parts of Austria in shards and splinters, and many Jews dead. Tens of thousands of Jews were arrested over the next few days, among them a number of prominent Jewish communal leaders. It was one of numerous key events in the lead-up to the Holocaust that were closely covered by JTA. In the early 1930s, JTA reporters in Europe detailed how German Jews were get- ting their licenses revoked, their jobs eliminated and their property rights taken away. In reports from November 1938, it's clear that what set Kristallnacht apart from the anti-Jewish incidents of the preceding years was the violence. Historians differ over the extent to which the violence was premeditated. At the Adolf Eichmann trial in 1961, Berlin Zionist Organization member Benno Cohn testified that Hitler ordered the main syna- gogue in Munich destroyed by order of Hitler five months before Kristallnacht. Regardless, the calamity was immediately precipitated by the fatal shooting of Ernst von Rath, secretary of the H. Frederick, Hanover A destroyed Jewish clothing store in Magdeburg, Germany, after Kristallnacht, Nov. 11, 1938. Reich Embassy in Paris. Von Rath died on Nov. 9, two days after being shot by Herschel Feivel Grynszpan, a recently deported 17-year-old Polish Jew. JTA reported on Nov. 7, 1938: Grynszpan, a mild-looking youth speaking fluent French and German, appeared at the Reich Embassy this morning and asked to see the Ambas- sador's secretary to submit a "document of considerable importance," according to the embassy's official ac- count of the incident to the press. Ushered into Von Rath 's presence, the young man de- livered a brief speech on Reich persecution of Polish Jews, then whipped out a 6.35 mm. revolver and fired two bullets into the secretary's body. The ensuing anxiety of European Jewry proved pre- scient. Archive on page 18A NEW YORK--Rabbi Marla Feldman, who served as as- sociate rabbi at Congregation of Reform Judaism (then Con- gregation of Liberal Judaism) in Orlando from 1987-1990, will become executive director of Women of Reform Judaism, beginning January 2012. Feld- man is a Reform rabbi, lawyer, and certified fundraiser and is currently the director of development of the Union for Reform Judaism. Previously she served as the director of the Commission on Social Action of Reform Judaism and the URJ Social Action Department. Under Rabbi Feldman's leadership, the URJ made significant progress in its development efforts, help- ing to secure funding for the URJ's Campaign for Youth Engagement, to which WRJ is deeply committed. Rabbi Feldman facilitated the Reform movement's di- saster relief efforts for the past nine years, raising more than $8 million for disaster relief in North America and throughout the world, includ- Courtesy of Rabbi Maria Feldrnan Rabbi Marla Feldman ing the movement's Nothing But Nets Campaign to provide life-saving mosquito nets to refugees in Africa. Feld- man helped lead the Reform movement's relief efforts after Hurricane Katrina, not only providing support to congre- gations in the region but also raising millions of dollars for general relief and collect- WRJ on page 17A Cain stresses pro-Israel bona tides George Lange Studios Danny Danon, a Knesset member and a leader of the settlement movement, makes a point to Herman Cain dur- ing his visit to Israel in August after leading the Republican presidential candidate on a tour of the tunnels beneath Jerusalem's Western Wall. By Ron Kampeas WASHINGTON (JTA)-- Call Herman Cain the crash- course pro-Israel candidate. Since stumbling in May on a question about Palestin- ians and the right of return, the one-time pizza executive who recently rocketed to the top of GOP presidential polls has visited Israel and read up about the Jewish state. "Mr. Cain is a firm sup- porter of Israel," said Imri Eisner, who was just named Cain's point man for Jewish outreach. "He's made it well known that as president, he will know who our friends are andwho our enemies are." Cain,-65, who made his professional reputation turn- ing around the Godfather's Pizza chain and later headed the National Restaurant As- sociation, a national lobby- ing group, has embraced his outsider status among the battery of candidates hoping to challenge President Obama next year. Speaking off the record, a number of the Republican Party's establishment Jewish figures say they were barely aware of him before his can- didacy. Eisner, a New York lawyer who was active in the 2008 presidential campaign of U.S. Sen. John McCain (R- Ariz.) and has lived in Israel, said he is readying a list of Jewish endorsements and surrogates but that it was too soon to name them. Washington Post blogger Jennifer Rubin, a promi- Cain on page 18A