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Florida State House Candidate Apologizes to the ADL

Sunday, July 15th, 2012

A son of Holocaust survivors, who is running for reelection in the Florida statehouse, has apologized to the Anti-Defamation League after labeling the group “despicable.”

The ADL had criticized Sheldon Lisbon after he sent out an email to supporters in June with the subject line, “A vote for Shelly Lisbon is a vote for the Jewish community,” according to the Miami Herald.

In a response letter to Lisbon, the ADL wrote that “appealing to voters along religious lines is divisive,” according to the newspaper. Lisbon then told the editorial board of the Miami Herald that the ADL’s comments were “despicable.”

Lisbon, who had sent the email to members of his synagogue, is challenging state Rep. Joe Gibbons, who is African American, in the state’s newly drawn District 100. Redistricting put the two in the same district.

The new district puts only 43 percent of the voters in Broward County, the rest being in Miami-Dade County. The state’s Democratic primary is Aug. 14.

In an email to the Miami Herald Thursday night Gibbons wrote, “I used a term that is far removed from what the ADL represents. What I did was totally inexcusable and as a son of Holocaust survivors who was born in a Displaced Persons camp in Germany, my statement was reprehensible.”

Surfside Welcomes New Commissioner Sheldon Lisbon

Thursday, April 5th, 2012

Sheldon “Shelly” Lisbon was sworn in recently as a new commissioner in the town of Surfside, Florida.

Lisbon was born in 1946 to Holocaust survivors in a displaced persons camp in Germany. At the age of three he sailed from Europe with his parents, starting a new life in America.

Sheldon Lisbon being sworn in as Surfside commissioner.

Lisbon is the quintessential American success story. He graduated from Boston Lubavitch High School, going on to study at Yeshiva University, the University of Maryland and Catholic University where he received advanced degrees.

He and his wife, Miriam, ran a successful Judaic gift and bookstore in Maryland for 25 years. They have a married son and daughter and seven grandchildren.

Lisbon is also an educator and has taught AP United States government, world history and economics since 1970. The couple moved to Surfside in 2006. They both teach in yeshivot in North Miami Beach.

Lisbon had served on Surfside’s planning and zoning board since 2010. The only negative effect of his new position is that the popular president of Young Israel of Bal Harbour has had to resign his position in the shul. It could have been construed as a conflict of interest.

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/sections/community/south-florida/surfside-welcomes-new-commissioner-sheldon-lisbon/2012/04/05/

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