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FLORIDA JE ISH NEW S Editorials ................................ 4A Op-Ed ..................................... 5A Calendar ................................. 6A Synagogue Directory ............... 7A B'nai Mitzvah .......................... 8A Scene Around ......................... 9A Classified ................................ 2B Patrick C, via Creative Commons Gas and oil fields near Ahwaz, Khuzestan province, lran, April 2008. New sanctions approved by the U.S. Congress target third parties who deal with Iran's energy sector. Administration gets some of the leeway it sought in new Iran sanctions By Ron Kampeas wrapped into the $662 billion Defense and instead could backfire. WASHINGTON (JTA)-- New sanctions targeting Iran's financial sector and its sale of crude oil give President Obama leeway to moderate their possible impact on oil markets and to use carrots as well as sticks to sway third parties into isolat- ing the Islamic Republic. The sanctions target any foreign entity that deals with Iran's financial system or trades in oil with the country. The legis- lation notably names the Central Bank of Iran as a target. Existing law already bans such dealings for U.S. entities and individuals. The sanctions amendment was Authorization Act, a comprehensive mechanism that authorizes defense spending and helps shape policy. The act was approved last week by the U.S. House of Representatives and the Senate, and is almost certain to be signed into law by the president. Weeks of tense negotiations between the Obama administration and Congress preceded the adoption of final language for the Iran sanetioRs,/IJouse-Senate conference, negotiators modified lan- guage to address administration con- cerns that the tough language would inhibit its ability to influence other countries to ratchet up Iran's isolation The legislation would allow Obama to delay its implementation for six months at a time if he determines that its provi- sions would unsettle oil markets. Before applying sanctions, the president would determine that"there is a sufficient sup- ply of petroleum and petroleum products from countries other than Iran to permit a significant reduction in the volume of petroleum and petroleum products purchased from Iran by or through foreign financial institutions," the leg- islation says. Such language addresses administra- Sanctions on page 18A QB's signature pose has Jews and gentild00s 'Tebowing' By Jessica Leader NEW YORK (JTA) -- The biggest story in the NFL this season is Tim Tebow, a devout Christian quarterback who doesn't throw very well but has helped the Denver Broncos --=_ ,,q --$z : 8z -_ : -  , t--i r.D pull offa string of last-second victories. But the rugged Tebow's signature move comes when play has stopped -- taking a knee in prayer after scoring a touchdown. The pose has become a popular Internet meme, with fans "Tebow- ing" all over the world. That includes Jewish fans. "In Denver, people see football as religion; Tebow unites people of all faiths," said Jared Kleinstein, creator of the website, in an interview with JTA. Kleinstein, a Jewish Colo- radan, created the site after watching Tebow's TD cel- ebration and being inspired to re-create the now iconic pose. Although some may think of it as nothing more than a sports-oriented version of planking, an analogous practice in which one lies face down in an odd place, Klein- stein believes that Tebowing is a physical manifestation of how football fans are inspired by the quarterback. Tebowing, Kleinstein said, "is the prime example of some- one not having any shame and Tim Tebow's signature move has Jews and Gentiles alike 'Tebowing' in odd locations. inspiring people to be OKwith whatever religion they follow." Tebowing has become a popular way for young fans to express pride in their be- loved hero. Kleinstein says he receives an average of 10,000 pictures per day of people Tebowing and has to sift through piles to find the exceptional ones. While many of the pictures are silly, such as Tebowing in the office or m front of the LI.S. Capitol, many have inspired others. " is 100 per- cent pride," Kleinstein says proudly. "If you're Jewish and you see this, I think you can be inspired to be as open about your religion as he is." During a recent trip to Israel, the 10th-grade class at Denver's Jewish Day School -- Kleinstein's alma mater, incidentally -- was photo- graphed Tebowing in front of the Western Wall. Tebow on page 18A Hidary shares her unique voice By Jill Cousins Special to the Heritage Vanessa Hidary loves her job. As a self-proclaimed "solo performer," she gets to tour the country reciting poetry and telling stories about her colorful upbringing in the culturally diverse Upper West Side of Manhattan. Hidary will offer a taste of her one-woman show "Culture Bandit" to Central Florida's Jewish community when she performs at Choices, the annual fundraiser for the Women's Division of the Jewish Federation of Greater Orlando. Choices 2012 will be held on Jan. 26 at Congrega- tion Ohev Shalom. "I am a Sephardic Ashke- nazi smoothie," Hidary said. Her mother comes from a family of Sephardic Jews from Syria; her father comes from a family of Ashkenazi Jews from Russia. Throughout her life, Hi- dary has heard the com- ments, "You don't look Jew- ish; you don't act Jewish." She grew up in a neighborhood that included blacks, Puerto Ricans, Dominicans and Jews. She loved hip-hop mu- Eric Yoffie: Vanessa Hidary sic, and her friends came in all colors. She never thought it was a big deal, until she went to graduate school in Providence, R.I. "I had never met a WASP before," Hidary said. "One of the first shows I wrote was about meeting my first WASP in New England." While Hidary worked on a master's degree in acting at Trinity Repertory Company, she discovered that she had a unique way of writing and expressing herself. Hidary, Hidary on page 18A p The exit interview By Uriel Heilman NEW YORK (JTA)--At the end of this year, Rabbi Eric Yoffie, the president of Union for Reform Judaism, will be stepping down after 16 years at the movement's helm. Yoffie sat down recently with JTA managing editor Uriel Heilman at the URJ's offices in New York ahead of the Reform biennial, which was held Dec. 14-18 outside Washington. JTA: What are you proudest about your time leading the movement? Yoffie: My first biennial I talked about Torah at the center. That was less of a programmatic initiative than it was a theological and cultural assertion. We had to operate with a consciousness of Torah being fundamental to all we do. It was an important cultural change. Second, there has been an extraordinary worship revo- lution in the Reform move- ment of joyful, enthusiastic Jewish worship built around participatory Jewish music. It has dramatically changed the worship experience in the movement, and you really see it everywhere. I certainly didn't create this, but we saw the sparks of this and then tried to support it, accelerate it. That's Reform Judaism at its best. And camps. In the last 15 years we've added five camps and more than doubled our Courtesy Union for Reform Judaism Rabbi Eric Yoffie says "an extraordinary worship revo- lution in the Reform move- ment of joyful, enthusiastic Jewish worship built around participatory Jewish music ... has dramatically changed the worship experience in the movement." camping population. JTA: Any regrets? Yoffie: I have lots of regrets. I'm not one of those people who say I have no regrets. Are all Reform Jews study- ing Torah? Celebrating Shab- bat? Performing mitzvot? Until such a time that that's happening, we need to askwhy Yoffie on page 19A ilI!l!l!!ll!!!!l!lllU