Monday, September 04, 2006

FLORIDA DIGEST September 4, 2006


For Immediate Release

For More Information Phone (954) 564-9232

Congregation Etz Chaim's Rabbi Caminker reports on World Pride in Jerusalem
(Sept. 13)

On August 6-11 Rabbi Harold F. Caminker, DD, the spiritual leader of Congregation Etz Chaim, attended the second World Pride events in Jerusalem:"I was truly honored to represent Congregation Etz Chaim and the LGBT community of South Florida at World Pride in the Holy City," says Rabbi Caminker. "During World Pride, there were dozens of successful, diverse and symbolic events. It was a unique experience - a week filled with manyhistorical moments that will move our LGBT community forward and contributeto the further building and advancement of our cause." On Wednesday, September 13, at 7:30 p.m., Rabbi Caminker will report on his World Prideexperiences at a multi-media presentation to be held at the Synagogue,located at 1881 N.E. 26 Street in Wilton Manors. Rabbi Caminker's WorldPride presentation is free and open to the public. All are welcome!


That's all, folks, for early voting

Without complaints of long lines or ''glitches,'' voters trickled into 20polling sites around Broward on the final day of early voting beforeTuesday's primary.


If there is such a thing as a voter's utopia, it might have been at PembrokePines City Hall Sunday afternoon on the final day of early voting.

It took under five minutes for most who visited the site -- one of 20 inBroward -- to fulfill their civic duty.

''There is no wait and you just slide right in,'' said an almost giddySheila Bush, 43, of Pembroke Pines. She was prepared for a line but foundnone.

At poll sites across Broward, voters were greeted by campaign volunteershanding out fliers and postcards promoting their candidates -- a muchfriendlier alternative to the many TV attack ads at the state level, whereDemocrats and Republicans are trying for their parties' nominations forgovernor.



Rising costs of living putting strain on South Florida's job market

By Marcia Heroux Pounds and Harriet Johnson Brackey
South Florida Sun-Sentinel

September 4, 2006

South Florida's sun and fun are no longer enough to keep or attractemployees. Better pay and benefits are being forced on South Floridaemployers, many spoiled by years of almost effortless recruiting.

"It used to be fairly easy to recruit people to South Florida," said DavidFischer, co-founder of Goodwin Biotechnology, a Plantation manufacturer. ButGoodwin, like other employers, has lost job candidates in recent years oncethey've seen the price of South Florida's housing, insurance and other costsof living.


Only 10,000 cast early ballots in Palm Beach County before weekend

By Leon Fooksman
South Florida Sun-Sentinel

September 4, 2006

Early voting for Tuesday's primary and nonpartisan election ended Sunday inPalm Beach County with lackluster voter turnout results, despite a majorvoter registration push from county election officials.

About 10,000 of the roughly 760,000 registered voters went to the 15 votinglocations during the 14-day early voting process, according to Supervisor ofElections estimates based on Friday's figures. Weekend numbers were notimmediately available on Sunday. Absentee ballot estimates were notavailable.

Elections Supervisor Arthur Anderson said Sunday that he hoped as many as20,000 voters would have participated in early voting.

The elections office staff and volunteers this summer aggressivelyadvertised the advantages of early voting and went door-to-door and heldforums to register voters in areas with low-voter participation, Andersonsaid.

"We'll keep working on it," he said. "We won't have a defeatist attitude."


Election Day help would be greatly appreciated by every candidate with a primary, as well as the School Board and judicial candidates who are trying to get elected Tuesday.

Here are a couple of specific requests for help:

Jeremy Ring for State Senate, District 32

The Jeremy Ring for State Senate campaign is seeking volunteers to assist at polling locations in District 32. The polls are open from 7 AM to 7 PM and various cities are included in District 32 (Parkland, Coral Springs, Margate, Coconut Creek, Tamarac, Pompano Beach, Lauderhill, North Lauderdale, Sunrise, Oakland Park), so we can accomodate any schedule. If you are interested in helping distribute Jeremy Ring flyers at polling locations, please contact the Ring headquarters at 954-343-2425.

Barry Sacharow - Florida House, District 99

Thanks to all who have worked hard to help ELECT BARRY SACHAROW to the Florida House, District 99. We are in need of volunteers in Hollywood and Eastern Pembroke Pines willing to work the polls on Election Day. Team ELECT BARRY SACHAROW is asking for volunteers who are willing to work for BOTH Barry Sacharow and other candidates supported by the PDA/Progressive Caucus on Election Day, and distribute the now famous "Green Cards." We will be joining other Grassroots, Peace and Social Justice volunteers, friends and candidates greeting voters and offering real change through positive
grassroots political campaigns. For more information or to volunteer call 954-687-4800.

Stephanie Kraft for Broward School Board, District 4

Stephanie Kraft needs your help! Volunteers needed at polls in Coral Springs, Tamarac and Margate on Tuesday, Sept. 5th for shifts starting at 7:00 am running until 7:00 pm. Please email Stephanie's volunteer coordinator at with times you are available and a cell phone to reach you. Thank you!

Jennifer Gottlieb for School Board, At Large, Seat 8

We need to have people at the busiest polling places on Election Day, Tuesday Sept. 5. We're also looking for people to work at volunteer headquarters, 726 Tyler St. in Hollywood.

If you can help in any way, please contact volunteer coordinator Sandra Coleman at 954-927-7130 or SandraScoleman@ bellsouth. net.

Randy A. Fleischer for County Court Judge, Group 32

Webmaster's note: Many of you know Randy for his work as co-founder of Grassroots Patriots, the "Feet-on-the- Street Democrats" group. Although he has resigned his partisan positions to run for judge, he has a lot of friends pulling for him, and he would appreciate your help at the polls on Tuesday.

Randy A. Fleischer, Esq.
(954) 472-8401

Campaign Listings

These links will take you to the BlueBroward. org campaign listings for candidates who are on Tuesday's ballot (if your favorite candidate is not listed, it's because they never submitted their information) .

U.S. House

District 17
Du Neree fo US Congress
Kendrick Meek for Congress

Attorney General
Skip Campbell for Attorney General

Jim Davis for Governor
Rod Smith for Governor
State House

District 91
Christian Chiari for House District 91

District 93
Campaign of Mr. Randy Smith
Sallie Tillman-Watson

District 95
Amy Rose for State House
Jim Waldman for State Representative, District 95

District 97
Martin David Kiar, State Representative, District 97

Walter Birch for State House, District 97

District 99
Barry Sacharow for FL House Dist 99 Hollywood/Pembroke Pines
Elaine Schwartz for Florida State House, District 99

District 105
Henry A. Rose for State House, District 105
Joe Gibbons for State Representative, District 105

State Senate
District 30
Ted Deutch For State Senate District 30

District 32
Jeremy Ring for State Senate, District 32

County Commission

District 4
Ken Keechl for Broward County Commission, District 4

District 8
Barbara Sharief for District 8 Broward County Commissioner
Diana Wasserman-Rubin for County Commission, Dist. 8

School Board of Broward County

District 4
Stephanie Kraft for Broward School Board, District 4

District 6
Phyllis Hope for Broward County School Board District 6

District 8
Jennifer Gottlieb for School Board, At Large, Seat 8
Ruth Roman Lynch for School Board At Large #8

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Democratic Victory in '06


The New York Times

September 4, 2006

In Days Before Primary, Hackles Start Rising in Race for Florida Governor

MIAMI, Sept. 3 - The generally ho-hum race to succeed Gov. Jeb Bush has turned caustic in the final stretch before the primary election on Tuesday, with each of the leading Republican candidates scrambling to prove himself the most kindred to Mr. Bush and the Democrats trading charges of racism and devotion to special interests.

Not one of the four main contenders has the presence or pedigree of Mr. Bush, the president's younger brother, who cannot seek re-election because of term limits and whose fame has helped sustain his popularity over the past eight years. In his shadow, the candidates have struggled to persuade voters that they should bother going to the polls.

Election officials predict that turnout among the state's 3.9 million registered Republicans and 4.2 million Democrats could be as low as 20 percent, partly because the primary is the day after Labor Day.

Perhaps because support from conservative religious voters helped President Bush win Florida in his re-election campaign in 2004, one of the Republican candidates, Tom Gallagher, the state's chief financial officer, has painted himself as the most socially conservative choice, assailing abortion, gay marriage, stem cell research and amnesty for illegal immigrants.


The Dolphins are looking for a Tidy Up Crew for the
GOTV Office at 1700 N. Andrews Ave.

(directly across the street from GLCC)

Tidy Up Crew

sweep and mop, vaccumme,
some serious floor cleaner like lysol to kill someof that stale odor.
bathrooms cleaned
all surface areas need to be cleaned in the rooms we will use as they all
have a layer of dust/dirt
painting after all is cleaned
doors around entrance
trim hedges maybe and clean up the grounds (looks like they keep it mowed)
clean up the public are immediately around the property so we leave a good
impression on the hood.
forget the windows! too many

Needs for Tidy Up crew-
dust pans
vaccumme cleaners
cleaning rags
cleaning chemicals (products)
hedge trimmers
extension cords

Wish List -

Folding Chairs
Big coffee pot


For Immediate Release

For More Information Phone Jeff Stern at (954) 567-8599

Congregation Etz Chaim holds Selichot Pot Luck & Services (Sept. 16)

Congregation Etz Chaim, a spiritual home for gay, lesbian, bisexual andtransgender Jews and their friends in South Florida, will usher in the HighHoly Days season with a Selichot Pot Luck and Services on Saturday,September 16, at the Synagogue: 1881 N.E. 26 Street in Wilton Manors.Selichot, which literally means forgiveness, are a series of penitentialprayers recited in preparation for Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. SelichotServices, which begin at 10 p.m. will be preceded by a dairy/vegetarian pot
luck at 8 p.m. Those who wish to attend the pot luck are asked to bring aveggie/dairy dish big enough to serve 8 or more people. Please e-mail Jeff Stern, Chair of the CEC Social Committee, at or phone himat (954) 567-8599, to let him know what you plan to bring to the pot luck.The Temple does not have facilities to re-heat food.


Forwarded by Michael Rajner:

Florida GLBT Democrats and Dolphin Democrats in Broward County are definitely defenders of the HIV/AIDS community. Their membership embraced Rev. Charles King and I as we partook at the State Caucus in Tallahassee and the membership embraced the need for candidates to endorse the End AIDS Now Pledge.

As part of the candidate questionnaire, the membership asked two questions pertaining specifically to HIV/AIDS, those questions are:

Ø Age appropriate education concerning HIV/AIDS should be available in public schools
Ø I pledge to work to develop, fund and implement a plan to End AIDS including universal access to prevention, treatment, care and support by 2010.

To see how candidates responded, please visit:

These compassionate democrats have restored my faith that there are caring people in this world that demand our elected leaders and administrators to take action and discuss issues that others would otherwise want swept under the carpet.A big thumbs up for the Florida GLBT Democrats & Dolphin Democrats!

This week, it was announced at the Broward County HIV Planning Council that there are an estimated 23,000+ people living with HIV and AIDS in Broward County. Approximately 6,000 of those people remain out of medical care and our HIV Planning Council just voted to tighten eligibility and essentially build the barrier for care and services for those with no other alternatives. This is not compassionate nor effective government.

When the Mayor of Broward County was recently questioned by The Independent on HIV/AIDS issues in Broward County, he responded, "Tell Michael to get over it!" The Mayor; a practicing physician, has turned his back on the HIV/AIDS Community while HIV infection and prevalence rates continue to soar. Is this the bedside manner we want from our elected officials that chose by self-acclamation to serve on the Broward County HIV Health Services Planning Council that acts as custodian of an approximate $15m and yet has made no effort to participate at meeting in over 2.5 years and failed to participate in last year's World AIDS Day? It's a shame, as there are County Commissioners in Broward that would wish to do more to respond to Broward County's AIDS crises.

From my perspective as a person living with AIDS, one of the largest AIDS Service Organizations in our county is headed up by a city commissioner that on appearance spends more time on city/county politics and yet is rarely seen or heard in the HIV/AIDS arena. With that kind of power and relationship with our city and county officials, that elected official; should he decide, could single handedly change the face of AIDS in Broward County! AIDS Service Organizations were established years ago to respond to populations that were ignored by government. Since that time, some ASO's have violated this premises and adopted the "AIDS, Inc." mentality. While running a lean, mean operating machine is good business, you must still remember to hold the people you serve as priority.

Despite advancements in HIV treatment, people are still dying of AIDS. In the past year I lost two dear friends and I have seen the tears of those that have as well. As an AIDS Activist I am outraged!

Broward County continues to rank to number 1 in the nation with the highest HIV infection rate!Perhaps Broward County should issue condoms and HIV/STD warning advisories to visitors of the United States Conference on AIDS in September.

Where is the voice of our elected officials on HIV/AIDS? Stand up and demand that your elected officials endorse the End AIDS Now Pledge.


For Immediate Release

For More Information phone (954) 564-9232


The Board of Directors of Congregation Etz Chaim has announced plans for the Synagogue's Annual Food Drive to benefit the Poverello Food Center. The Congregation organizes the Food Drive each year as part of its observance of the Jewish High Holy Days. The Poverello Food Center, located on Wilton Drive in Wilton Manors, serves the Nutritional Needs of People Living with
HIV/AIDS. Those who would like to contribute to the Food Drive should bring non-perishable foods to CEC's Kol Nidre or Yom Kippur Services, which are being held at the Religious Science Center, 1550 NE 26th Street in Wilton Manors, on Sunday, October 1, 2006 at 8:00 p.m. or Monday, October 2, 2006, at 10:00 a.m.

This Annual Food Drive is coordinated by the Synagogue's Tzedakah and Tikkun Olam Committee, which in Hebrew mean Charity and Repairing the World. Lyn Saberg, Chairperson of the Committee, is hoping that this year's collection will exceed 200 bags of non-perishable food: "This year we will celebrate our thirty-third historic year as a spiritual home for GLBT Jews in South Florida. With the guidance of Rabbi Harold F. Caminker, our Spiritual Leader, we look forward to a promising new era of growth and development, and we are asking the members of our wonderful Congregation, and the Community to be generous in their donation of food for this worthy Agency." For additional information about Etz Chaim's High Holy Day Services, please contact the Synagogue Office at 954-564-9232.