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port and further endanger Israel.
Jews from a r ound . the country to •
Among U.S. Jews and their leader-
deliver a_nieSs4,e!Of0 .4ar. ity with
ship,
"You see signs of despair and panic
Israel eO:?Ot-h : . jerUls`Aleirii and
all
over
the place, some of it with good
than
a
-less
.
:
in
Washingeori.''OigAh4 O
reason," said Rabbi Brad Hirschfield,
Week,' if was the latestjeWish demon-
44,7
vice president of CLAL-The National
stration. in- wsrl. ingtoq since the
Jewish Center for Learning and
Vfdit S oviet Jewry.
Leadership. "But there's also a rhetoric
Jewish activism and events on the
of demise, a lot of us-versus-them lan-
ground seemed to make an impres-
guage, and people running around say-
sion: The Bush administration came
ing it's just like Germany in 1939. It's
to aligqiitself rrigre and more with
not Germany in 1939. I think they're
`Carne
despite
e
s:31i:S.
O
liti-
-
ShatOhS.:- 1;.
Bush's call for a two - state solution and sincere, but scared to death."
"As the year wore on, there was less
his explicit 'refeierice': .0 "Palestine," a
attention
paid to Jewish unity and
first fat. a U.S..p. teSiderit .
more
attention
paid to Jewish unifor-
The White House also issued occa-
mity,"
Rabbi
Hirschfield
said. "Very
sional criticism of Israeli actions, such
few
people
are
out
there
looking
for
as the April battle in the Jenin refugee
new ideas, and that's never a recipe for
camp — a nest of Palestinian terrorists
community vitality."
— in which some 50 Palestinians
In the end, despite the extraordi-
. died, or the July bombing of Hamas
nary
focus on terrorism and Israel,
terrorist leader Salah Shehada, which
communal life — and
also - killed . 14 civilians.

its lingering concerns
Jewish leaders were

went on almost as
relieved:and delighted
normal.
Few issues
24
jt.irie.
wheri..B44=1:•on.
were
shelved
altogeth-
the'"histotic"
step
took -
r, er; they only received
of calliq fOr the replace-
less attention.
ment ofPaleStinian
Rabbi Baruch
Authority leader Yasser
Lanner,
a former pro-
Arafat and democratiza-
fessional
in the
tion of the P.A.
Orthodox
Union's
"To me, the single
f.-1- youth group, was con-
most important event of
victed of sexual abuse
the year is the unbeliev-
Slain
Wall
Street
Journal
in a case that critics said
able friendliness and
reporter
Daniel
Pearl.
exposed the Orthodox
affinity of President
communal leadership's
Bush and the major part
insensitivity
to
the victims.
of his administration toward Israel and
Meanwhile,
the
Orthodox communi-
the Jewish state," said Dr. Mandell
ty applauded the U.S. Supreme Court
Ganchrow, executive vice president of
verdict that school vouchers — which
the Religious Zionists of America and
the community had lobbied for — did
former president of the Orthodox
not breach the constitutional barrier
Union. "He looks at the issue of sui-
between church and state. "We are not
cide bombers with a vision of what's
moral and immoral, and acts on it. He a uni-dimensional community," Dr.
Ganchrow said. "Despite the fact that
has done what's right for Israel."
our community grieves unbelievably for
Zuckerman was more surprised.
"That an American president, whether Israel, this has in no way lessened our
efforts and dedication to all the things
you agree with him or not politically,
we
believed in and worked for before."
had the political will to be as clear and
Similarly,
Rabbi Yoffie said, "Building
outspoken both on moral and political
and
strengthening
our synagogues, edu-
grounds, is unprecedented," he said.
cating
our
children
and adult education
While mainstream Jewry reveled in
— those concerns are still there."
Washington's support for Israel, Jews
But, he added, "Matters of life or
more critical of Israel's policies felt
death, war or peace, they take priority."
their voices were being muzzled. By
Added Hoffman: "We have a chron-
summer's end, however, the Jewish left
ic
problem in the Middle East, not an
appeared to be gaining strength.
acute
problem. Just as the Israelis have
Their dissent was,felt primarily
gotten
adjusted to living with it, so
through newspaper ads and petitions cir-
too,
we're
finding that we're going to
culated via e-mail, demanding Israel "end
its occupation." The movement hoped to have to live with it.
"That doesn't mean we ignore it —
crack the veneer of Jewish unanimity
we'll maintain our support and
successfully projected.onto Washington,
activism. But you don't just put Jewish
which some say was done out of concern
life on hold everywhere else." O
that disunity might jeopardize U.S. sup-

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