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he recent visit to Atlanta by eminent teacher and author Avivah Gottlieb Zornberg was cause for rejoicing by all those in our community who value masterful teaching, inspired inquiry into our scriptural tradition and the beauty of the spoken English language.

It is cause for rejoicing, too, that her brilliant lessons, would have been missed by many here if it were not for the unique partnership that was formed by a coalition of synagogues and community institutions to underwrite her four days with us.

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To the four synagogues at which she appeared, to the Marcus Jewish Community Center and to the Atlanta Rabbinical Association, we owe a profound debt. We are even more indebted to Rabbi Paul Kerbel, of Congregation Etz Chaim, whose considerable efforts brought these sponsors together.

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How Can G-d Be Moral? Dear Editor:


orgive me that I should argue with learnĂŠd professor emeritus Eugen Schoenfeld, but one line of his commentary in “Abraham the Hebrewâ€? [see the April 12 AJT] stands out for me:

“...if [G-d] demands us to be moral, we in turn can demand [G-d] also to be moral.�

I posit: Morality is a human quality. Therefore, how can G-d be moral?

G-d is not a person. G-d is not human. Only people have morality. Therefore, G-d can have no morality. Sincerely, L.W. Calhoun Atlanta





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Searching for the Past ANNIVERSARY FUN IN FUNCHAL BY Arlene Appelrouth AJT COLUMNIST


ave you ever noticed how much variety there is in the way people acknowledge or celebrate the passing of time? Some people enthusiastically broadcast each birthday and anniversary, inviting friends and relatives to party with them, while others let these special days pass quietly without words or fanfare. My husband Dan would fall into the former category. He has successfully planned many surprise birthday parties and often hosts events celebrating other milestones. This year, he wanted to take a cruise for our wedding anniversary. It isn’t a big anniversary, but he wanted to take a big trip; I agreed,

with one caveat.

“You plan it,” I said.

Most of the time, I’m the designated travel agent, but I didn’t want the responsibility this time around. I didn’t want to decide where to go, what ship to cruise on, how long to cruise or whether to book an inside cabin or one with an outside window.

“Surprise me,” I said.

And surprise me he did. He booked a 16-day trans-Atlantic cruise that would originate in Fort Lauderdale and end in a city in Italy (Civitavecchia, which I couldn’t pronounce). “We’ll stop in four ports and be in Funchal on our anniversary,” Dan said. This immediately triggered memories for me. Funchal is in the Madeira Islands, which are 600 miles from the Portuguese mainland. We had spent part of our honeymoon there – how special

and romantic it would be to revisit that magical place on our actual anniversary. We set sail in April. When the ship docked in Funchal, the view from our balcony was awesome. Looking out at the green cliffs and hills, I saw red-tiled rooftops on quaint houses, which dotted the landscape like a beautiful oil painting. I stood looking at the city, wondering if we would be able to locate the hotel where we stayed 42 years ago.

It wasn’t a bad idea, but I was determined to find the right hotel. We went to the concierge, Dulce, and shared our situation with her. She volunteered to help. “Could it have been the Grand Hotel?” she asked, and told us that it was at the top of the hill but had been converted to a school.

We both remembered looking out of the window during dinner and seeing clouds – not far off in the sky, but right outside the window where we ate.

rises. But I mentioned to her one key fact: I had no recollection of being able to see the ocean from our hotel. Dan added we didn’t have to drive far from the airport to the hotel.

The first thing I did was go online. I Googled “Madeira Islands hotels” and was astonished to find almost 200 listings.

“Could it have been fog outside the window, rather than clouds?” she asked.

We took a bus from the port to the center of town. I didn’t see any tall buildings, but there were cable cars that went to the top of the hillside. It made sense that if we were looking for a dining room in the clouds, a good place to start would be the highest point on the island.

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“Maybe we should pretend this is the right hotel,” Dan suggested.

But when had Neither of us reit been converted The Portuguese port of membered the name to a school? Dulce Funchal of the hotel. What I checked for us: 1961. did recall was that it Obviously, it wasn’t was a modern structhe Grand at which we’d stayed. And ture and a high-rise of 15 floors. I it wasn’t the Savoy, either, or any of was positive it was a white building, the other hotels she checked. and I knew that the grounds featured beautiful gardens and the dining Dulce honestly didn’t know any room was on the top floor. hotels in Funchal that were high-

So then I Googled “hotels in Madeira Islands more than forty years old,” but that didn’t help. By then, it was time to disembark for our sixhour stop-off, so the clock was ticking.


we discovered that the hotel had only three floors, but we went in anyway.

According to a brochure that I picked up, we traveled three kilometers in the cable car and on “a journey between heaven and earth.” Nice writing, I thought during the 15-minute ride. At the top, we found signs to botanical gardens, a church and a hotel. A taxi driver offered to drive us, but we opted to hike. When we got there,

Dan and I looked at each other. Maybe, we agreed. The three of us enlisted the help of another concierge. After giving him all the details, he said it was probably the old Atlantis Hotel, which had been demolished 15 years earlier in order to extend the roads to the airport. Dulce seemed as happy as we were to have solved the mystery. And even though we could not go back to the hotel, being in the Madeira Islands again and sharing our memories made the day extremely special. Arlene Appelrouth earned a degree in news-editorial journalism from the University of Florida and her career as a writer and journalist spans a 50-year period; she currently studies memoir writing while working on her first book.


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The Yiddishe Neshome WHAT IS A “JEWISH SOUL”? BY Eugen Schoenfeld AJT CONTRIBUTOR


lmost two decades ago, I went to St. Louis to visit my Aunt Ilona (whom we always called Aunt Ili). Although she was only 13 years my senior, and I was old enough to attend her wedding to my father’s brother in 1931, I nonetheless considered her a part of my parent’s generation and not my own.

tion, the question of whether a prospective convert can acquire a Jewish soul was a fundamental concern and had direct implications on the convert’s trustworthiness. How can one trust a person who does not have this mystical quality – a Jewish soul – that is considered to be the sine qua non for having empathy for other Jews?

The Jewish soul entails an historical unity of Jews, an unconscious force that has developed through millennia of persecution and torment. Jews feel for other Jews, regardless the country in which they reside. It is an internal force that compels Jews to support other Jews wherever they experience difficulties, and it is the foundation of Jewish morals.

As a young bride of 18, she came from Hungary to live in our town of Munkacs, where my mother befriended her. Ilona came from a family noted for their piety and learning, and even when she relocated here to the United States, she continued to keep a strictly kosher home and chose to send her son – a boy nine years my junior and also a survivor – to attend one of the yeshivot in Chicago.

How can a person who lacks a Jewish soul feel the pain of other Jews who are persecuted in other lands? And how can a convert acquire this ability for empathy, a condition necessary to be a true Jew?

Each year, we reinforce the idea that the departure from Egypt was a shared experience and that each person must consider himself freed from Pharaoh’s slavery. And all Jews – of the past, present and future – stood and experienced the Sinai event, and for that reason all Jews must consider themselves responsible for each other.

Over the years, I made a habit of traveling to see her in St. Louis so as to maintain my long-standing relationship with her. In the 1990s, my wife and I visited her in a senior dwelling complex; I came to congratulate her on her youngest grandson’s upcoming wedding, but she was not very happy about the shidduch, as the bride was not Jewish. “But Aunt Ili,” I said. “She is converting according to halacha and will become a righteous convert.”

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But my aunt would not be placated. She questioned the convert’s motives, as many old country European Jews would have at the time. She felt that no matter how much the convert studied, no matter how sincere the convert seemed to appear, there always was a nagging chshash (a doubt) about the real reasons behind the conversion. She wondered: Does the prospective bride seek conversion for intrinsic reasons or are her motives extrinsic? Does she seek conversion so as to make the necessary payment for being accepted and welcomed as a member of well-to-do family? “I know that she is studying, and she may even keep a kosher home,” Aunt Ili said. “But will she have a Yiddishe neshome [a Jewish soul]?”


For European Jews of her genera-

To Elaborate… As human beings, every Jew – and every member of every religion and/or ethnic group, for that matter – shares a collective universal soul that ties them to the rest of humanity. But at the same time, Jews are also endowed with a distinct soul that ties them to other Jews and integrates them into a common collective that we refer to as klal Yisrael. Of course, this unique quality being genetically transmitted, it is nighimpossible for a convert descended from non-Jewish parents to acquire. And in a world in which Jews were almost constantly persecuted by the members of the dominant culture, Jews of Ilona’s generation were understandably reluctant to trust those who were born and socialized into the majority – why would these people wish to convert and thus be in the minority? To Aunt Ili, it seemed illogical that a person who by birth was a member of the dominant culture (or religion, or ethnicity) would leave his or her “higher” status and its relative security so as to join a group that is persecuted and defined as outcasts and pariahs. And how, she asked, can people with a different history and experience ever develop a feeling of empathy for the Jews, especially when they may come from peoples who for centuries have been the enemy of the Jews?

Missing the Point Aunt Ili’s beliefs having been detailed, I personally contend that being Jewish consists of two dimensions: first, the Jewish religion, and second, the Jewish culture and history. I also contend that the present overemphasis on Judaism as a religion is resulting in a major decline in the historical Jewish identity – that is, the integrative force inherent in the Jewish soul.

“It is not religion, but peoplehood, that is the core of the Jewish soul”

The destruction of the Temples, the suffering by the hands of the crusaders and the injustices of the Inquisition are not events that are unique to those who experienced these misfortunes. Similarly, the Holocaust is not solely a tragedy of those who were in the camps – it is a collective burden, shared even by those who were born long before or after the mid-20th century. Thus, the Yiddishe neshome carries with it every Jew’s weltschmertzen (painful feelings brought on by a discordant and selfish world). I for one certainly know this burden: Each time that I see Jews clad in their large tallitot, standing and facing the holy ark and proclaiming Oy, Ribono shel Olam (“Oy! Master of the Universe”), I know that the simple utterance of oy is the manifestation of this historical pain. It is our national expression, something that each generation at one time or another expresses: Dear G-d, how long must we and the world suffer?

But it is the latter – not religion, but peoplehood – that is the core of the Jewish soul. I agree with Isaiah Berlin, former president of Wolfson College in Oxford, who proposed that “all Jews who are at all conscious of their identity as Jews are steeped in history.” Unfortunately, we in the U.S. are those most egregiously guilty of said overemphasis. For example: I recently visited a Jewish day school, and, to my sorrow, I found a tremendous disregard of Jewish history. Secularization is a modern force rising out of increased scientific information and which slowly erodes the influence that religion once exercised on its adherents. But we still have our culture and history, and those have always served as the infrastructure of our identity and moral development. I think that the rabbis must become aware that the continuity of Jews as a people is less dependent on prayer and more on the knowledge of our history. Eugen Schoenfeld is a professor and chair emeritus at Georgia State University and a Holocaust survivor.


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Feminism vs. Chauvinism FINDING THE RIGHT “-ISM” BY Rabbi Shlomo Pinkus AJT COLUMNIST


ortunately or unfortunately, the terms “feminism” and “chauvinism” have been kicked around in the media and used as tools to help explain groups or ideas. They have opened debates and shed light on new ways of thinking, but they have also hindered and separated.

sen for us different bottles, the light inside comes from the same source. We must shed our outer layers, be they feminist or chauvinist, conservative or liberal, and focus on the only “-ism” that should matter in our lives: Judaism. Why can’t we use that as the definition of self? We can fight the rac-

ism and “glass ceilings” of the world as a united people with one soul, recognizing that we may sometimes be separate or different on the outside, but we share the same light on the inside. There is no pride in things that we had no choice over, but we can take great pride in perfecting our

character to make the proper choices in life and using our true image, the one that represents the Creator and binds us all as one. Rabbi Shlomo Pinkus is a rabbinic field representative for the Atlanta Kashruth Commission.

It is no longer the accepted practice in society to be a chauvinist. Anyone who claims to be is seen as more of a Neanderthal than an educated person. On the other hand, being a feminist is in most circles still not only accepted, but a praised quality. It shows strength and the power to overcome. To many, feminism represents a free spirit and the willingness to speak up against injustices like racism and inequality. But why is this accepted? Why is any form of pride in a person’s gender considered a good trait? We should all speak up against racism; we should all break “glass ceilings” with our voices and our votes. Not because we were created one way or another, but for the simple facts that discrimination is wrong and we were created with the ability to change and to grow.

Our spiritual essence is who we really are; that is the part of us that is eternal and that lives on forever, not the physical shell that we are merely bound to in this world. So why take pride in something as empty as a peel? Does a wine maker take pride in the flavor of the wine, or in the shape of the bottle? As Jews, we must persevere to see deeper than our shells and recognize that while the Creator may have cho-

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Hashem created man in his image. This is not men – this is mankind. And this is not to say that Hashem is masculine or that he has any physical traits. It is to show us that just as Hashem is spiritual (and through the spiritual does good and creates), so too he has created us with pure spiritual souls that are capable of having huge positive impacts in this physical world.



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Anti-Semitism 2.0



n this past Holocaust Remembrance Day, Channel 2 in Israel aired a special about modern day antiSemitism. In a shocking segment, an interviewee made it clear that he thought Jews are to blame for all the world’s problems and that Hitler had been “too gentle.” I got goosebumps listening to him, but what really shocked me was that the fact the man wasn’t a rabid skinhead from Europe with a swastika tattooed on his head. No, he was a smallish, mild-looking guy from America. I realized that this, in fact, was the face of modern anti-Semitism; a guy who could easily be your nextdoor neighbor, your bus driver, your child’s teacher.

I imagine that many of you have come across anti-Semetic rants online; the stuff is everywhere, from news websites to forums, social networks and other such digital places. And even though I’m used to them now, the comments always hit me in the gut. “What a shame Hitler didn’t finish what he started,” one vile antiSemite wrote. “You’re a stinking Jew,” another offered. I received those comments months ago, but I can’t get them out of my head. I’ve always figured the writers were European bullies whose grandparents had been Nazis; I was certain they had been filled with hatred and terror from an early age.

But still, I felt reasonably safe traveling in Europe; as long as I was careful and hid my Judaism, I’d be okay.

could make such a move today – as we hurtle into the 21st century, information whips along at a pace that was unimaginable 70 years ago.

I also felt that I was safe because the world would protect me, that enlightened people would manage to keep the hatred under control. Good people simply wouldn’t let the Holocaust happen again, I said to myself.

Holocaust survivors are growing old and passing on, and the world of Holocaust deniers is growing bigger and stronger with each passing year. Today – as in the early years of the 20th century – the world is struggling to recover from a financial crisis that has lingered for nearly half a decade.

But all of this thinking blew up in my face afer watching the documentary. In the moment that the aforementioned interviewee spoke, hope turned to fear and horror. The mild-mannered guy seemed to be part of the “enlightened” world. He’s among those I was counting on to keep the world’s moral compass pointing “true north.” But what’s even more frightening is that this man isn’t alone. I’m certain there are millions like him around the globe: normal people with normal families, but who also actually believe that everything bad – poverty, violence, the world financial crisis, you name it – was caused by Jews. I know it all sounds ridiculous, even absurd. But it’s true. At the beginning of the last century, one man managed to convince a small group of people that all the world’s problems were easily fixable: Simply destroy the Jews. And these people started a movement that would eventually become a world power, Nazi Germany, that firmly believed that the “Final Solution” was the best solution.

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It’s not clear, even today, how so many were convinced that such nonsense was the way to go. How can normal people from normal families believe in the fetid concept of racial superiority?


Maybe there’s no logical explanation. Perhaps this is just the way humans react when facing massive problems. But whatever the reason, I know Adolf Hitler only needed a few years to take over an entire nation and its people.

Imagine how quickly a tyrant

It feels like a major war is just around the corner. People are once again in trouble and, as always, need someone to blame. It’s right about now that common sense takes a holiday and some people become willing to buy into just about anything… Even the notion that Jews are the blame for everything. It’s a belief that zips about the internet at the speed of light, and it’s a belief that is growing. That documentary opened my eyes and left me with little hope. Only a few days ago, I was certain anti-Semitism would never raise its ugly head again. But now, after hearing the man from America – small, shy, soft-spoken – I’m frightened.

So, my conclusion? Keep fighting.

Of course, I’m not at all certain that we can ever completely bury anti-Semitism – but we have to try. We need to recommit to the vow that was first voiced seven decades ago: to remember the Six Million and never forget. We also need to be willing to share our views, to help those who have forgotten the truth to recall the dark days during World War II. We need to keep anti-Semitism where it belongs – in hiding. Noga Gur-Arieh visited the U.S. to work at Camp Coleman after finishing her military service in the IDF. She is now back in Israel, working as a journalist.


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r. Ruth Caldron, Talmud professor at Hebrew University in Israel and Knesset member representing the Yesh Atid party, delivered a very impactful address a couple months ago. She told a Talmudic story and spoke of the Talmud’s importance to both her and the religion as a whole. Inspired by her example, I’d like to share a story that I found fascinating in my study and reflect on it with you. Note that this particular anecdote marks another appearance of the Talmud’s recurring warning that onions are dangerous. Random? Yes. Important? Apparently, very. Lo yochal adam batzal mipnei nachash. “A person should not eat onions because of sorcery.” We cannot quite understand what the word magic, or nachash, means in this context, but from the following story we can deduce that it is deadly. Thus reads page 29b of the Tractate of Eruvin: “And it once happened that Rabbi Hanina ate half an onion (and half of its poisonous fluid) and became so ill that he was on the brink of dying. His colleagues, however, begged for heavenly mercy, and he recovered because his contemporaries needed him.” You can, perhaps, see why this story fascinates me. Taking it literally or not (I prefer the latter approach), it seems to defy the laws of nature. What we know now to be a silly superstition – the magical poison of onions – is a deadly factor in the story. Even more interesting, however, is the last section. Having eaten half an onion, Rabbi Hanina was ill enough to die; but he lived. Why? Because his friends needed him. Now, I’m not going to make a generalization that people die because they are unneeded; that would be cruel. And I don’t think that’s what the Talmud is trying to say, either.

Tragically, we lose people when we still need them – sometimes when we need them most. No, this isn’t about the meaning of life or death; it seems to me that this is about the meaning of friendship. Rabbi Hanina was close to death, but his friends prayed for him because they “needed him.”

lives that you need, be it the president, a significant other, a friend, a family member, a teacher or a student. Let’s appreciate them. Because no one is unimportant and no one is unnecessary. Not ever.

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What does it mean, I ask, to pray out of need? It is not a particularly celebratory prayer; it does not praise G-d and G-d’s power, nor is it wishful. I like to think of the difference between want and need as the difference between an ice cream cone and the sun. To pray out of need is an acknowledgment; I need this, I’m turning to G-d because I’m a believer, but I recognize that there is an inevitable. Every human being is needed. Dr. Who himself famously said that “in 900 years of time and space, [he] never met anybody who wasn’t important before.” This is outlined throughout the show – how that must be true – and our religion accounts it as well. Everyone has a mission, however large or small, and their part in the world is important, though not always appreciated. I think the message of my Talmudic story is that Rabbi Hanina’s friends recognized they needed him – that he was a crucial part of their lives. We all have those people that we need, the people we see every day, talk to all the time, or even live with, and we need them – most of the time – but do we know it? We also have things that we need, whether we know it or not: inspiration, support, love. There are things that we pass everyday on the street and never look at twice, yet simultaneously keep us alive. The Talmud, too, is something people need – for their religion and for themselves. When I realized this for the first time, I thought of the people without whom my life would not be the same, and I saw without a doubt that I need them.

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“Israel has become the start-up nation and has developed the strong Israel Defense Forces, and all these changes could not have been possible without the United States of America,� he said. “The president, the U.S. Congress and the American people – together with them, we have built this ultimate alliance.� The Consul General continued by presenting Olens with an award to recognize his support for Israel and then introduced Reed to the podium. The mayor spoke of his own personal connection to both the local Jewish community and the Jewish homeland. “Friends, the Israeli narrative is one of strong families, constant resilience in the face of terror, unwavering courage in the midst of danger and undaunted determination when confronted with constant threats to its right to exist,� he said. “It’s important for you to know that I unequivocally stand with the people of Israel and with the nation of Israel.� Afterwards, the crowd filled the synagogue’s sanctuary to capacity to enjoy D’Or and his accompanying musicians. After an introduction from Rabbi Peter Berg, the artists launched into a diverse set, including original material as well as renditions of “Somewhere Over the Rainbow,� “Amazing Grace� and Whitney Houston’s “Greatest Love of All.�

A packed house listened to D’Or in the Temple’s Sanctuary.





n the evening of April 25, Christians United for Israel (CUFI) held a special “Night to Honor Israel� at First Baptist Church in Dunwoody. Dr. Charles Stanley of First Baptist and CUFI founder Pastor John Hagee came together for the first time to hold the event. More than 2,000 Christians and Jews – including many local rabbis, Jewish organization directors and a few Holocaust survivors – attended the celebration.

Left to right, Pastor John Hagee, Talia Aviran, Consul General Opher Aviran and Dr. Charles Stanley.

“CUFI’s Night to Honor Israel was an unbelievable event,� said Opher Aviran, Consul General of Israel to the Southeast. “I want to thank Dr. Charles Stanley for graciously hosting the event at First Baptist Church. I was amazed to witness such a clear outpouring of love by the Christian community for the Jewish people and Israel. “The presence of so many local rabbis and Jewish leaders was a testament to the strong alliance between Jews and Christians who support Israel. For me, one of the most profound moments happened when Pastor John Hagee proclaimed before an audience that included several Holocaust survivors his resolve to fight against anti-Semitism and stand up for the Jewish people now and forever. I thank CUFI for all it has done for Israel over the past several years.�

Rabbi Ron Herstik Retires



abbi Ron Herstik recently retired after years as the senior rabbi of Congregation Dor Tamid in Johns Creek and now plans to lecture, teach and conduct seminars and retreats. He also will be available to officiate at lifecycle events – weddings, baby namings, bar and bat mitzvahs – across the metro Atlanta area.

Rabbi Ron Herstik

A native of Israel, Rabbi Herstik is the son of Czechoslovakian Holocaust survivors. In 1983, Rabbi Herstik founded Congregation Dor Hadash in San Diego. He became known for his pioneering efforts in forming the synagogue’s havurot; creating educational programs for children and their parents; and starting services that included instrumental music, singing, discussion and meditation.

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he Hi-Tech Committee, one of the most important groups of the American-Israel Chamber of Commerce for the Southeast, is instrumental in fostering cooperation between U.S. and Israeli companies. Made up of 100 members, this vital body was formed by combing the Chamber’s software and communications committees. Adam Coffsky – managing director for Gartner, Inc. in Atlanta, the world’s leading information technology research and advisory company – serves as chair. A native of Akron, Ohio and a graduate of the University of Florida, he has served the Chamber for nine years and is currently a member of the group’s executive committee. Primary Goal The Hi-Tech Committee works with entrepreneurs and new companies in the U.S. and Israel to gain

market recognition, obtain introductions and provide organizational assistance and advice as to how they might expand and grow their services. Events (open to both members and the public) are held quarterly and typically focus on key sectors in which Israeli companies hold a strong technology position. At these gatherings, various Israeli executives offer corporate presentations, and case studies and industry white papers are reviewed, noting potential impact on business. The Process Over the years, the committee has developed a multi-step process for working with and aiding developing companies: • When inquiries for assistance are received by the AICC staff, compa-

nies are advised to complete a data sheet that describes the company’s products, services and the assistance being sought.

organizations with independent file-level surveillance and control, protecting sensitive data inside and outside the organization.

• Upon receipt of the data sheet, the AICC staff will review the submission and determine which companies are realistic candidates for the committee’s consideration.

• Dome9 ( makes application and OS vulnerabilities irrelevant by closing the service ports on your cloud server and making them accessible to only those you authorize, when you authorize.

• The Hi-Tech Committee will then review the screened candidates to determine where its efforts are best directed. • If it’s determined that the committee can be helpful, an individual member or team is assigned to be the point of contact. Often, this representative will meet personally with the prospect to learn about their business and needs. Once the committee has a better understanding the team will make suggestions and make available numerous resources, including outside experts. • Once the committee has done its best, a candidate’s progress is tracked. The eventual goal is for the candidate company to install facilities in the Southeast, employ locals, join the Chamber and extend a helping hand to other start-ups.

• Trustware ( delivers threat-free internet to home users and small businesses around the globe with a breakthrough virtualization technology called BufferZone, which resolves the conflict between usability and security. Future Improvements Coffsky thinks the Hi-Tech Committee has done good work in recent years but at the same time is hoping even more can be accomplished. “We have a great team and a welldeveloped process that has worked well and has done well over the past eight years,” he said. “So we want to continue to use those strategies that have been beneficial.” Here are a few improvements he’d like to implement:

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In early March, the Hi-Tech Committee held a breakfast event, “Israel, Innovation Impact (I3),” that focused on the broad area of cyber security. Held at IBM’s offices in Sandy Springs, the meeting featured comments from Jim Brennan, an IBM cyber-security expert, who mentioned the growing threat posed by cyber crime and IBM’s efforts to deal with this problem.


The breakfast also included presentations by three Israeli companies that shared their approach in defending against cybercrime. Here are some highlights: • Covertix ( is a developer of solutions to equip enterprise

• A more proactive effort in which the committee would seek out potential candidates both in the U.S. and in Israel. • An expanded reach, encompassing the general Atlanta business community. • The use of various social media applications to create a virtual hightech community. Al Shams is a former CPA, Sandy Springs resident and an investments professional with more than 35 years of industry experience. For additional information about the America-Israel Chamber of Commerce-Southeast, check out


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ompany J at the MJCCA continues its season of theater classics with a rendition of “Seussical,” running through May 5. Geared specifically to younger audiences, this one-act version of the Dr. Seuss musical is a fantastical, magical, musical extravaganza! Featuring well-known characters Horton the Elephant, The Cat in the Hat, Gertrude McFuzz, Lazy Mayzie and the story of little boy with a big imagination, Jojo. The Company J production is performed by adults, and running time is 85 minutes. “‘Seussical’ is a family musical that appeals to so many because it brings all the Dr. Seuss characters together into one big show,” Brian Kimmel, Company J’s Producing Artistic Director, said. “I think audiences will enjoy the charm, whimsy and playful sense of humor that are the immediate visual hallmarks of Dr. Seuss.”

Emma Yarborough as the Cat in the Hat and Elena Dollinger as Jo-Jo PHOTO/Katie Cathell/ KVC Photography

Popular songs include “Oh, the Thinks You Can Think!”; “Horton Hears a Who!”; and “The Circus McGurkus.” Based on the works of Dr. Seuss, and the book by Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty, “Seussical” was co-conceived by Eric Idle with music by Stephen Flaherty and lyrics by Lynn Ahrens.

Kimmel’s pick for the best part of the show, though, isn’t a particular tune.

“But my favorite element of the show is how ultimately the powers of friendship, loyalty, family and community are challenged and emerge triumphant,” he said. “Dr. Seuss has been ‘one true friend in the universe’ to millions of young readers for generations, and ‘Seussical’ wonderfully brings these valuable stories to audiences via a new medium.” Editor’s note: Productions take place at the MJCCA’s Morris and Rae Frank Theatre; shows include 11 a.m. (sensory-friendly), 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. on May 5. For more information, visit Company J online at; for tickets, call the Company J Box Office at (678) 812-4002 or visit atlantajcc. org/boxoffice.

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The annual 5K will for the first time be an AJC Peachtree Road Race Qualifier in this, its 20th anniversary year. Named for past MJCCA president, celebrated community member and children’s advocate Harris Jacobs, the run benefits the Center’s youth sports programs and also provides a fun outlet for families with activities after the finish. Also, as part of the race, Project GIVE is collecting gently used running shoes for Back On My Feet Atlanta, a nonprofit organization that promotes the self-sufficiency of homeless populations by engaging them in running as a means to build confidence, strength and self-esteem. Donations are taken every day (collection bins are located at the Zaban Park facility front desk), with the biggest collection days on the day of the Run.

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ore than 260 participants have already signed up for the Harris Jacobs Dream Run, set for May 5 at 7 a.m. Those interested can still get in on the action via or (678) 8124025.



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uring my career as a high school principal, I attended quite a few board meetings. The group was always a mixed bag of individuals, but I can recall working with a certain few individuals for whom the school’s enrollment was the most important – or the sole – measure of success. For these people, a low enrollment number for any given year was a catalyst for extensive discussions about what was wrong with the school and what we needed to do to fix it. Fortunately, most board members saw the big picture, the inherent complexity and difficulty of establishing a Jewish day high school in a city that had never had one before. Thus, I felt supported over the years in building Yeshiva High

School of Atlanta, now known as Yeshiva Atlanta. We were able to lay the foundation for a successful and long-standing institution because the majority of the board knew that panic was not the appropriate response in the face of adversity. I was reminded of this truth as I watched “Apollo 13,” a classic film about one of America’s early space flights in 1969. If the movie teaches viewers one thing, it’s that it’s key is to stay focused at moments of crisis. Rather than lose one’s cool, you concentrate on how to solve the problem. The tag line for the film is “Houston, we have a problem,” and the crew of the eponymous ship do indeed have a serious issue. After months of preparation, the group – led by Commander Jim Lovell and assisted by Fred Haise and Ken Mattingly – is scheduled to fly to the moon. But two days before the launch, Mattingly is

compelled to withdraw from the mission because he has been exposed to measles. The possibility that he could become ill during a crucial part of the flight disqualifies him, so Jack Swigert, an astronaut who has been out of the loop for many weeks, is asked to fill in for Mattingly. And while changing the makeup of a tight-knit team with so little time to go before the flight has its own complications, things get worse once the astronauts leave the earth. While in flight, Swigert performs the routine procedure of stirring the oxygen tanks, but by a stroke of bad luck, the oxygen tanks explode causing a mechanical failure. Thus, the mission quickly becomes not to land

JEWS MAKING NEWS Braff Raises $2 Million in Four Days Compiled by Elizabeth Friedly Assistant Editor


ach Braff, director and star of 2004’s “Garden State,” is set to begin production on his first directorial effort in nine years. The upcoming work, “Wish I Was Here,” was written by Braff together with his brother Adam. What’s getting the most press, though, is how the former “Scrubs” star has gotten the project off the ground.

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Inspired by the recent success of a “Veronica Mars” movie campaign on fundraising platform Kickstarter – the adaptation of the old UPN show recently became the most-supported project in the crowd-sourcing site’s history – Braff made a video-plea to fans in which he argued that to make a film true to his vision, he needed funds without the big-wigs calling the shots on final cut and casting.


Within a matter of days, the project reached its $2 million mark thanks to fan investments. As they have with many other Kickstarter projects, cynics claimed it was a scam for the well-off to simply tempt fans out of their money. But more and more big names have taken to the site, and “Wish I Was” now seems like a definite. Braff is the son of a Jewish father and Protestant-convertedJewish mother and was raised in the Conservative movement.

on the moon, but to get home safely. The two characters who stay focused and don’t lose their cool are Lovell and Flight Director Gene Kranz, working from Mission Control in Houston. Mattingly provides critical help by undergoing a simulation of what is going on inside the space capsule in order to give the Apollo crew the best advice for staying alive. These three very bright men are able to fully identify with the Apollo crew and also think creatively to come up with solutions that will enable the men to re-enter the earth’s atmosphere and arrive home safely. The characters – and the real people they portray – exhibit confidence and capability under pressure. In the same vein, the Bible is filled with examples of people who, when faced with negativity and bad karma, rise above the problem and find a way to succeed. Joseph, son of Jacob, is one role model. According to a Midrash, Joseph is left in a snake-filled pit by his brothers. He then is sold as a slave in Egypt, only to later find himself in prison, where he languishes for a number of years. But during all that time, he does not give up and surrender to his environment. Instead, he finds a way to survive, and eventually he is catapulted to the position of viceroy of Egypt. In the darkest moments, he does not look at the present as something that will last forever. Rather, he sees beyond it; he knows he has a mission, and in his own quiet and deliberate way works to actualize a bright future. “Apollo 13” affirms that same message. When things go awry, do not collapse. Instead, analyze the situation and develop a strategy for success. Rabbi Cohen, former principal of Yeshiva Atlanta, now resides in Beit Shemesh, Israel. Visit koshermovies. com for more of his Torah-themed film reviews.


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Q & A: Roberta Grossman, “Hava Nagila: The Movie” Director OPENING LOCALLY MAY 3 BY Elizabeth Friedly Assistant Editor

was the executive producer of my last film, “Blessed Is the Match: The Life and Death of Hannah Senesh.”

tory. It brought those things together for me.

I was talking to her for a long time about “Hava,” and she was like, “Eh, not so much.” Then finally one day, I knew enough about it, and I was on fire enough about it to convince her that it could be a really great film and to get onboard.

AJT: What was the atmosphere like at the AJFF Opening Night?

“Hava Nagila: The Movie” kicked off the Atlanta Jewish Film Festival’s Opening Night event at The Cobb Energy Center, but worry not if you missed it then. Starting May 3, film fans can enjoy “Hava Nagila” at Lefont Sandy Springs 8 or Plaza Theatre.

RG: Well, it was very surprising to find out – you think you’re making a story about a song, a Jewish song, and then realizing that you’re actually parsing your own identity.

Grossman spoke with The Atlanta Jewish Times about this personal undertaking and what “Hava” means to the community at large. Atlanta Jewish Times: Why “Hava Nagila”? Roberta Grossman: I grew up in L.A., in a very Jewish-identified but very religiously-assimilated household. But those “Hava” moments at weddings or bar mitzvahs, they felt downright religious – spiritual for sure, tribal definitely. Everyone would hear the first few notes and jump up and run to the dance floor, holding hands with relatives. Everybody’s so happy. And it wasn’t forced happiness; it sort of evoked people’s hope for the future of the bar mitzvah boy, the bat mitzvah girl or the married couple. AJT: How did you end up working with Marta Kauffman? RG: Our daughters ended up playing soccer together a long time ago, and we really got to know each other. She

AJT: Any other surprises?

AJT: How did you go about choosing these higher-profile interviews, like Leonard Nimoy? RG: Leonard Nimoy is kind of part of the klezmer story, because – well, two things – he’s very involved in Jewish music, and his family was a family of klezmer musicians. So he had something legitimate to say about “Hava Nagila.”

RG: The opening night of the Atlanta Jewish Film Festival was absolutely the highlight – or at Director Roberta Grossman least one of the highlights – of the the poster child of Jewish assimilafestival run of “Hava Nagila.” Atlantion. People can be getting married ta really knew how to throw a party, and have nothing Jewish in the cereand it was quite wonderful; huge aumony, but then during the party they dience, great response, good party – play a couple bars of “Hava Nagila” just class act all the way around. and say, “Ok, we’re done with the Jewish part.” AJT: And are you excited to see “Hava” finally getting a wider release? RG: My experience is that if you have a theater of individuals watching this movie and, within minutes, they’re a community having a communal experience. It’s really quite joyful to be a part of. It’s really a great film to see with an audience. AJT: What do you hope audiences take away from the film? RG: “Hava” can kind of be seen as

AJT: And have you always been interested in telling these stories through film? RG: Not as a kid growing up. I studied history in school, [and] I made my first documentary film right when I graduated from college. I had been thinking about becoming an academic, going on to get my Ph.D., before I realized that by making documentary films I could become an expert for a day in one subject. I could read a whole new curriculum of books, and meet the best scholars in the field that I was researching. So it seemed like the best of both worlds. Also, hopefully it’s more a popular way to convey his-

But for me – and what I hope people take away – is if you dive down through the layers, “Hava” is this incredible little snowball that’s been rolling through Jewish history, picking up all this culture and spirituality. It’s not about “Hava,” it’s about the Jewish people as a whole. So I hope people don’t just walk by the banquet, just picking up a cracker. Editor’s note: “Hava Nagila: The Movie” opens Lefont Sandy Springs 8 and Plaza Theater on May 3.

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early 30 years into her career as an acclaimed director and producer, Roberta Grossman is finally tackling “Hava Nagila” – the song looming in the background of every Jewish simcha since childhood. She teamed up with TV-elite’s Marta Kauffman, co-creator and executive producer of “Friends,” to tell the tune’s story, and what began as a curiosity unfurled into a three-year journey.




A Special Land


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or visiting Greenfield Hebrew Academy students, Israel turned out to be a special land, filled with ancient sites and modern cities.

many Holocaust survivors and refugees were detained following World War II. “The immigrants, though surrounded by barbed wire, were happy,” said Rose Karlin, “because they had made it to their Promised Land.”

The school’s The stueighth-grade dents next class recently zipped across returned from the northern the Jewish region of Israhomeland after el, stopping by a 16-day adan active tank venture that inbase hidden cluded touring away in the Gomilitary bases lan Heights beand kibbutzim, fore hanging a exploring the right turn and city of Safed, Greenfield Hebrew Academy students heading south boating on the experience life in Talmudic times, com- to the Dead Sea Kinneret, walkand Ein Gedi. plete with donkeys. ing through the “A group Jewish Market of Israeli girls in Jerusalem and riding donkeys in our age started talking to us,” Karen the desert. Asher said. “It was so cool to see how “Riding the donkeys gave me a we were able to find common intersense of how it was to travel a long ests…It made me realize that I do time ago,” said have a conSam Wilder. nection to the land of Isra Seeing a el, no matter Jewish burial where I am.” site, he added, also offered a special connection.

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A trip to Eretz B’reisheet, where the “We walked students exinto caves and perienced saw the graves life as it was where Jewish in the time people had been buried; it made Linsey Cohen and Karen Asher pose with of the patriarchs, fola relief of a menorah in a cave at K’far me happy that lowed. While Kedem. they were all riding camtogether.” els, they vis Students also stayed busy hiking ited the “tent of Abraham” and dined across Mt. Arbel, after which they and spent the night in a surprisingly arrived at K’Far Chassidim, a youth comfortable recreation of an ancient village near Safed, to observe Yom shelter. HaShoah. The next morning, the youngsters “Sirens went off, and everyone were off to Masada to climb the legstopped what they were doing and endary Snake Path to the summit, bowed their heads in silence for two where they davened Shacharit. Then, minutes,” said Shannan Berzack. there was the Kotel in Jerusalem. “The fact that we were in Israel… “When I touched the wall, I felt made it more powerful.” an instant connection, not just with Then it was off to Atlit, a British the Jewish people, but with my late 16 detention camp of the 1940s, where

grandfather,” said Ben Siegel. “This was the first time since his funeral that I actually began to believe he was gone…I kissed the wall and my grandpa goodbye…I will never forget that night.”

Etzion and touring a tank museum at Latrun. They then managed to both explore the ancient tunnels running alongside the Kotel and drop by the Knesset building.

Sadly, like all good stories, this one had to end. After ShabThe students bat, the stutraveled back dents made a to the U.S. tired visit to the City and glad to be of David, wadhome, but most ed through the were touched ancient underand maybe even ground watertransformed by way of Hezekitheir journey. ah’s tunnel and toured Ammu “Part of the nition Hill. Afexperience that terwards, they really moved attended a Yom A sunrise hike up to Masada culmime was simply HaZikaron cer- nated in a moving Shacharit service at talking to our emony at the the top. Pictured left to right: Dan Jutan, driver, Ilay,” Nathan Paull, Alex Smirin. Western Wall said Linsey Cobefore the day hen. “We quickwas wrapped ly discovered that up with an emoour family stories tional visit to were strikingly Yad Vashem, similar.” the world-re It turns nowned Holoout that both caust museum. their great-grand “At the end fathers were from of the museum, Poland. One man there is a beautraveled to Amertiful overlook of ica, the other to GHA girls can handle a tough hike Jerusalem,” Ari like Mt. Erbal with smiles on their Israel. Stark said. “It faces. Pictured left to right: Bella “ [ H e ] made me think Cantor, Maya Allen, Brooke Ratner, turned to me and of how we, as Zoe Bagel, Shannan Berzack. said, ‘With a little the next generachange in the cirtion of Jews, are responsible for the land of Israel, and cumstances, it could have been you that we need to carry on telling the growing up here, and me in your stories of the Holocaust so those who place.’ He was right,” Linsey said. “But what I also discovered from died will not be forgotten.” thinking about Ilay’s words is that Just a day later, the mood changed even though I did not originate in Isdramatically as the students joined rael, it doesn’t really change my conwith the rest of the country in cel- nection to the land. ebrating Yom Ha’atzmaut, Israel In “Israel is my home, regardless of dependence Day. where I was born and raised. Israel “Last night we had a dance party is a home to every Jew everywhere. – well, all of Israel did,” Isabella Can- To be here, and to feel that sense of tor said. “There was a band on stage, home for myself, is remarkable.” and the crowded street was either jumping up and down or circle-dancing.” Leah Levy is a paraprofessional at Finally, as the trip neared its con- GHA and the author of “The Waiting clusion, the students stayed busy vis- Wall,” a Sydney Taylor Notable Book iting a hidden bullet factory in Gush for 2010.



Davis, Marist Hold Interfaith Program SHARING, LEARNING SPECIAL FOR THE AJT


n April 19, the Davis Academy seventh-grade class hosted 150 of their peers from the Marist School for a morning of activities designed to forge friendships and encourage understanding more about each other’s religious traditions. The program featured a Jewish Sabbath service known as Kabbalat ShabMarist’s Claire Boerner with Davis bat, which is a weekly tradition at the Academy students Davis Academy. In a highlight moment, Jessica Mishkoff and Davis’s Rabbi Micah Lapidus, together Emily Binderow with Marist’s Father Ralph Olek, S.M., offered the priestly benediction blessing to a group of Davis and Marist students who celebrated their birthdays that week. “I thought the program was a great idea,” Davis Academy’s Jacob Lewis said. “Meeting the other kids showed us how we are actually alike in so many ways but different with our religions. We asked a lot about what they do in church, and they asked us about bar mitzvahs and speaking Hebrew. The two schools will continue to build on their relationship: Marist students are planning to host the Davis students in the fall for a shared community service project that may also be developed as part of this unique interfaith program.



he Davis Academy fourth-grade team finished in first place for their age group in the national Online Math League competition. With perfect scores in all testing rounds, Will Hopkins landed a first-place individual honor.

The winning Davis fourth-grade team, left to right: Jacob Frank, Zachary Nadel, Will Hopkins, Baila Blanchar and Tyler McMahon. Not pictured: Lily Fleischmann.

Other Davis students recognized included seventh-grader Kyle Newman and eighth-grader Levi Durham (each with third-place honors for their division) and seventh-grader Jared Coffsky (fifth place).

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More than 7,000 students from all over the country participated in the competition. Scores are compiled from three rounds of testing, taken in November, January/ February and March.




The Next Thomas Edison or Alexander Graham Bell? EPSTEIN’S INVENTION FAIR SPECIAL FOR THE AJT


ourth-graders at the Epstein School had their annual Invention Fair on April 26. Young budding inventors displayed their creative problem-solving devices and demonstrated undeniable ingenuity and science knowledge.

For example, Noam Friedman’s iPillow allows young iPad and iPhone users – who are often on the go and traveling in their parents’ cars – the ability to multitask in comfort with the ergonomic flexibility that a pillow can provide. Noah Goldklang, inspired by a six-month hospitalization when he was in the third grade, created the I.V. Pole Accessories Kit to enable patients on an IV to get their needed medicine while still enjoying the freedom of walking and have at hand conveniences such as a snack, glasses or important electronic devices. Rise & Remind, the brainchild of Jonah Glenn, allows users to record a reminder message that automatically plays when the built-in alarm clock goes off. Caleb Heller designed the L-Scope, a lighted telescope, so that amateur astronomers can go stargazing with the safety of a portable light. The Epstein School is proud of each participant and encourages all students to be independent thinkers, problem solvers and leaders for the future.

Noah Goldklang and the I.V. Pole Accessories Kit



he Jewish Educational Loan Fund, in conjunction with local media personality Steak Shapiro, will hold a special event on the evening of May 22 at the home of Rayne and Scott Garber. Included with ticket purchase ($36) are drinks, hors d’oeuvres, valet parking and program with Shapiro. Proceeds of the event go to the Fund, which provides interest-free loans for post-secondary study at accredited institutions to Jewish students from communities in Georgia, Florida, South Carolina, North Carolina and Virginia. JELF loans are “last dollar,” meaning they supply the final funds that a student needs to attend school. Shapiro is best-known for his work on 790 the Zone’s “Mayhem in the AM” and his restaurant show “Steak Tips.” Chairing the upcoming event are Scott Garber, Ned Montag and Faye Silverman. Editor’s note: Visit to purchase tickets or contact JELF at (770) 396-3080 or for more information. Event address furnished upon registration.

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Noam Friedman and the iPillow






or the 2013-2014 academic year, YA will be adding a number of new AP (Advanced Placement) courses: AP Biology, AP Environmental Science, AP U.S. Government and Politics and AP World History. This comes on the heels of the school adding AP Studio Art three years ago and AP English Language and Composition (its second AP English course) this year. To put this into perspective, AP course offerings at Yeshiva have nearly doubled since fall 2011 (from five during the 2011-2012 school year to nine during the 2013-2014 school year). And beyond its AP courses, Yeshiva Atlanta has also created a new English class – Creative Writing and Current Events – and will be introducing a new history class, International History of the United States through Film and Novels. “Expanding the AP course offering was a major objective of mine,” Dr. Paul Oberman, Head of School, noted with considerable excitement. “Next year there will be two AP classes offered in science, math, social studies, and English for the first time in YA’s history!”

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iverwood International Charter School announces the Class of 2013 valedictorian, Ariel Pinsky, and salutatorian, Hannah Weiss. Both will present speeches at the school’s graduation, set for May 24 at the Cobb Energy Center.

Weiss is an International Baccalaureate Diploma Candidate after adhering to a very specific curriculum from the beginning of her junior year. At this point, she hopes to major in political science at the University of Georgia in the Honors Program. As for extracurriculars, Weiss is very involved in a variety of community service organizations, Riverwood Interact Club (of which she is president), Bachman Youth Fund (a philanthropic organization) and serving on the Youth Advisory Board for Andee’s Army (a fundraising organization for Holy Innocents Episcopal School student and brain injury patient Andy Poulos).

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Pinsky, an Israeli citizen, not only has dual-citizenship status but also is a dualenrollment student, taking courses at Georgia Perimeter College for extra credAriel Pinsky (left) its. She hopes to attend the University of and Hannah Weiss Georgia this fall on the HOPE scholarship with plans to study pre-medicine. Outside of school, she works at Temple Emanu-El’s Schiff Preschool as a camp counselor.






oney is important. We love it, we hate it, and, ultimately, we need it.

at arguing – you speak clearly and you’re well organized. Maybe you’ll be a lawyer.”

In college, it’s on everyone’s minds. Whether graduating in four years or next month, most students are wondering what direction they should take to find financial security.

Over the years, he’s nudged me towards quite a few other “stable” professions, and though I didn’t see it at the time, I’m certain his intentions were good. He was simply trying to show me how to use my innate qualities and skills to make a living.

Forbes came out recently with an interesting list: “25 College Diplomas with the Highest Pay.” Here are a few highlights: Graduates from the School of Computer Science at Carnegie Mellon University earned an average of $84,400 annually; engineers from Stanford, $74,700; and NYU Nursing School grads, $70,200. It’s unfortunate, but some students might decide what profession to enter based on this report. The “bottom line” is often the bottom line when picking out a career. Rarely are students encouraged to learn simply for the sake of learning. It’s almost always about what we plan to do with what we’ve learned. Even at a young age, my Papa Jack taught me about using my personality to turn a profit. He’d say things like, “You’re already good

Last week, a friend (who I’ll call Ben) made a comment that reminded me of the conversations I had with Papa Jack. We were strolling back to our dorms, mostly making small talk about our families, friends and why we were attending Washington University. When I mentioned that I was at Wash U studying psychology and business, Ben commented that it was probably a good call to tack on a business degree, adding, “I guess there’s, like, therapy.” I didn’t really understand his point, and when I asked him to explain, he replied: “Well, of course you have to add on the B-School major to make money, but then I realized that therapists also probably make a lot – people

Shabbat Candle Lighting Times shabbat blessings Blessing for the Candles Baruch Arah A-do-nai,El-o-hei-nu Melech Haolam Asher Kid-shanu b’mitzvotav V’zivanu l’hadlik ner shel Shabbat Blessed are You, Eternal our God, Sovereign of time and space. You hallow us with Your mitzvot and command us to kindle the lights of Shabbat.

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Blessing for the Wine Baruch Atah A-do-nai, El-o-hei-nu Meelech Haolam, Borei p’ri hagafen


Praise to You, Eternal our God, Sovereign of the Universe, Creator of the fruit of the vine. Blessing for the Bread (Challah) Baruch Atah A-do-nai, El-o-hei-nu Melech haolam, Hamotzi Lechem min haaretz. Our Praise to You Eternal our God, Sovereign of the universe, Who brings forth bread from the earth.

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have a lot of problems.”

provide this incentive?

I told him that there’s more to a job than how much you’ll get paid.

Maimonides, a renowned Jewish scholar, offers the following explanation in the Mishnah:

“Well, right,” he said, “but isn’t that why we’re all here, because Wash U grads make a lot of money?” Ben added that he’d be attending a school that was “more fun” if he thought he could end up making the same money with a degree from such a place. I guess there’s some truth to what he had to say, but I tried to explain that money wasn’t the only reason I was attending Wash U and told him that I enjoy being surrounded by smart and driven students, being in an environment that allows me to be myself while also getting a fantastic education. It’s not about the reward, I told Ben, it’s about the process. I encourage readers to think of that message this week, as we read Behar-Bechukotai and finish the book of Leviticus, the section of the Torah so disproportionately focused on law. After 25 chapters, it’s in this closing section that a new controversy arises. The matter begins with G-d’s instructions on the sabbatical years and the year of Jubilee: It’s made clear that every seventh year, the Israelites must allow the land to rest; and on the 50th year, after seven sabbatical years, there will be a Jubilee. Then, for the first time, G-d strikes a deal with the Israelites. He promises them: “You shall perform My statutes, keep My ordinances and perform them…you will live on the land securely. And the land will then yield its fruit and you will eat it to satiety, and live upon it securely (Leviticus 25:18-19).” G-d had never before offered a reward for doing a mitzvah – it’s a commandment, and therefore doing it should not require reward. The Israelites were already bound to G-d through the covenant that G-d made with Abraham; they knew the importance of following mitzvot.

Why, then, would G-d suddenly

“G-d gave us this Torah, it is a tree of life…Yet G-d also promised us in the Torah that if we observe it with joy…He will remove from us all things that may prevent us from fulfilling it, such as illness, war, hunger…so that we need not preoccupy ourselves all our days.” So it would seem that Maimonides is suggesting that the reward is not actually a reward at all. G-d didn’t promise prosperous fields for the sake of incentives, but rather as a way to ease the worries of the Israelites. They can fully focus on Torah if they have no fear that they will go hungry. I feel that the same argument applies to the career dilemma. On the one hand, taking a job just for the salary won’t bring you happiness. But on the other hand, you won’t be able to enjoy the job you love if you’re constantly stressed out by financial struggles. Unfortunately, G-d can’t really provide financial stability. We can ask him for money, but it probably won’t fall from heaven like manna. We can, however, ask G-d for strength and guidance in recognizing our individual potential. We can use our G-d-given gifts to succeed and find financial success. We definitely can ask G-d to help us – to ease our everyday worries, as he did for the Israelites – so each of us can pursue what we love. Rachel LaVictoire (rlavictoire@wustl. edu) is a recipient of the prestigious Nemerov Writing and Thomas H. Elliott Merit scholarships at Washington University of St. Louis.

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Fri., May 3 Shimmy Into Shabbat, join dance department instructors and sample a variety of dance classes; Shabbat blessing to be led by Rabbi Glusman. Fri., May 3, 5 p.m. MJCCA’s Zaban Park. (678) 812-4161. Baccalaureate Shabbat Service, a special service and dinner honoring the OVS graduating high school seniors. Fri., May 3, 6:45 p.m. Congregation Or VeShalom. High school seniors, contact (404) 843-0872 or arogetib@ Sat., May 4 Celebrate Dawn and Fight Breast Cancer, a “Cuatro de Mayo” event featuring performances by the Nick Howrey Band, Revel in Romance and Bridge to Grace as well as food and silent auction. Sat., May 4. Donations (100 percent to go to Komen Race for the Cure and Building of the Datoles Legacy) accepted. Datoles Riding Academy in Alpharetta. (404) 643-7985. Sun., May 5 CDT Religious School Open House, prospective students can learn about the program while parents meet with the Education Director. Sun., May 5, 9:45 a.m. The Monarch School at Dor Tamid. Author Reading with Leah Levy, celebrate Yom Yerushalayim with author of “The Waiting Wall.” Snacks and activity provided. Sun., May 5, 10 a.m. OyToys. RSVP to (770) 9935432 or “Jewish Women During The Holocaust,” Sunday Salons with survivor Norbert Friedman, entitled “Pre-War Jewish Women’s Roles and Responsibilities.” First of a three-part series. Sun., May 5, 12 p.m. The Breman Museum. Rabbi Rav Moshe Shapiro at Ariel, program with one of the greatest Torah sages arriving from Jerusalem. Sun., May 5, 1:30 p.m. Congregation Ariel. (404) 202-2813. Kosher Day at Turner Field, Braves vs. Mets pre-game patio event with door prizes and refreshments for purchase. Sun., May 5, 1:30 p.m. $14/ upper box, $26/terrace pavilion. (404) 634-4063 or

Marian F. Perling Chesed Student Awards Ceremony, the Greater Atlanta Hadassah program honoring one outstanding Jewish teen from each area day school and synagogue religious school. Sun., May 5, 2 p.m. Free. Congregation Etz Chaim. RSVP by May 2 to “Bearing Witness,” with Eva Baron of Hungary, speaking on her time in Auschwitz. Sun., May 5, 2 p.m. $8/ seniors, $6/students, $12/adults. The Breman Museum. Mayim Bialik Speaker Event, HOD hosts actress to speak about her Jewish values and variety of topics; benefits science and math programs of Yeshiva Atlanta. Sun., May 5, 2 p.m. Georgia Tech Scheller Auditorium. (770) 451-5299 or alevinson@ Highlights from “Carmen” with Capitol City Opera Company, presented by CSI. Sun., May 5, 4 p.m. $5. Congregation Shearith Israel. ysmith@ CIC 5th Year Celebration, party with us. Sun., May 5. Chabad Israeli Center. (404) 252-9508. Mon., May 6 U.S.-Israel Neurotechnology Business Exchange, Israeli companies join U.S. stakeholders in neurotechnology to explore business and research relationships. Mon., May 6. Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, S.C. Tues., May 7 Dinner & Movie Preview, three-course meal courtesy the General Muir and long-form preview of “Deli Man” by Erik Greenberg Anjou. Tues., May 7, 6:30 p.m. $36/Breman Museum member, $50/non-member. General Muir. Wed., May 8 “Eat, Drink and Be Married!” Seminar, presented by the Jewish Marriage Initiative with an introduction to the Five Love Languages with Rabbi Mordechai Pollock. Wed., May 8, 7:30 p.m. $10/person, $18/couple. Congregation Shearith Israel. (404) 8731743.

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JEWISH PUZZLER by David Benkof

Across 1. Former SNL castmember Kattan 6. Jewish feminist Klepfisz 11. Jerry Bruckheimer specialty (abbr.) 14. Bird lodging 15. Tier at Teddy Kollek stadium 16. Ad ___ committee 17. Setting for Herb Gardner’s “I’m Not Rappaport” 19. “All Things Considered” reporter Shapiro 20. Orthodox rabbis Shafran and Weiss 21. “And ___ to every purpose...”: Eccl. 3:1 23. Talmudic tractate about oaths 27. Microsoft CEO Steve 29. Heartier than the rest 30. Parsha about a rebellion against Moses 31. Important island in Jewish history 32. Genesis name 33. Biblical verb ending 36. Barry Manilow hit “___ Now” 37. Katie of “Married...with Children” 38. Musician and Holocaust victim Nadel 39. Likely “Ishtar” review 40. Taba neighbor 41. “New York Jew” author Alfred 42. Former White House Chief of Staff Joshua 44. Wedding ___ (chupah) 45. Landzmann and Levi-Strauss

47. Yucky mucks 48. Battalion of barbarians 49. Fiddler’s place 50. “Raiders of the Lost ___” (Spielberg film) 51. “Master Builder” of mid20th century New York 58. Erev Shab. 59. “30 Rock” producer Michaels 60. “I could crush you like ___” 61. Former Republican National Committee leader Mehlman 62. Olden days 63. Jotted down

Fathers”) 22. Comforting letters 23. Abraham, Moses, and David all herded them 24. Sesame treat 25. “Diner” co-star 26. Sinew of the thigh-___ (forbidden item, as per Genesis) 27. Crazy Kazakh

28. Source of much Asian irrigation 30. Elena or Israel Meir 32. Actor Soupy 34. Ambush 35. “The Producers”’ dozen 37., e.g. 38. Texas ___ M University 40. Aged

41. Andy of “Taxi” 43. Symbol on Oreos packages 44. Blood flow stoppage 45. Bilingual Kashrut symbol 46. “Crime and Punishment” star Peter 47. Afflictions for Job 49. Civil libertarian Cassin 52. “Hollywood Squares” win 53. “I’m cold!” 54. Kiryat ___ 55. Acknowledged that the Torah was back in the ark 56. Opposite WSW 57. EST part: abbr.

Last week’s answers

Down 1. Midwest kashrut org. 2. “Green Acres” prop 3. Author Wolfson (“The Shabbat Seder”) 4. Follower of Zion? 5. Jeans magnate Levi 6. Modiin ___ 7. MKs, essentially 8. German-Jewish sculptor Hesse 9. Grandfather of Saul 10. Proto-Zionist Judah 11. Sixth president of Israel (1983-1993) 12. “Blame It on the Bossa Nova” singer Eydie 13. Comparatively unfriendly 18. Pirkei ___ (“Ethics of the

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