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THOSE WHO CAN’T SEE CAN STILL “GO TO THE SHOW.� Aviva Krainess, 12, from Bet Shemesh, lost most of her sight five years ago, but she never stopped dreaming of enjoying stories. Together with her father, they started Aviva Productions and Mind Theatre, where “viewers� create the pictures in their own minds. ISRAELI KIDS GROW FOOD FOR AFRICA. Pupils at the Herzliya Hebrew Gymnasium are perfecting a growth system for spirulina, an algae that’s been dubbed the “superfood� because it contains 70 percent protein. The algae-growing system was developed in Kibbutz Ein Shemer with a goal of wiping out malnutrition in Africa. FRESH WATER DISTILLED WITH THE POWER OF THE SUN. Israel’s SunDwater harnesses the sun’s energy to heat and distill polluted or salty water and turn it into safe, clean drinking water. Solar mirrors heat the water and turn it into steam, which is then re-circulated back into a holding tank as pure distilled water. ARAB-ISRAELI WINS “THE VOICE ISRAEL.� Nineteen-year-old Arab Christian Lina Mahoul, from the northern town of Acre (Akko), won “The Voice Israel� television singing contest with a touching version of Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah.� The three other finalists were all women and included a religious Jew and an Ethiopian. ANTHRAX HITS TEL AVIV. It’s OK – it’s just the legendary U.S. heavy metal band Anthrax, who will give a concert at the Nokia Arena in Tel Aviv on Aug. 13. The band has sold more than 15 million records worldwide and is considered one of the founding four of the thrash metal genre alongside Metallica, Megadeth and Slayer.

ISRAEL’S SWEETS ARE GOOD FOR YOU! Israel’s Carmit Candy Industries has launched some innovative confections to help shed pounds, boost the immune system and promote bone health. They include a weight-management wafer bar and chocolate coins with calcium, vitamin D and vitamin K. THE JEWISH STATE CELEBRATES ITS “ENERGY INDEPENDENCE DAY.� March

31 will forever be known as the day when Israel’s natural gas began flowing into Israel’s pipes. Gas flow from the Tamar natural gas field should end Israel’s natural gas shortage, reduce electricity prices and improve the standard of living and the environment. YOU CAN SHOP FOR ISRAEL! UKbased charity Myisrael has launched a free phone app to collect donations

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pril is Genocide Prevention and Awareness month in Georgia and an opportunity for activists, from our state to California, to raise their collective voices about the 10 years of genocidal conflict in Darfur, Sudan. Today, the bridge to peace is still barely under construction. We as Jews appreciate President Obama’s speech in Israel two weeks ago which connected Passover, freedom, peace and security. But we also strongly and respectfully urge the President to provide the same level of support and action for the people of Sudan, who are struggling to survive and claim their own freedom from a brutal regime.

We note that the President said:

“[Passover] is a story about finding freedom in your own land… [The story of the Exodus] spoke to a

yearning within every human being for a home…” With respect to security, he stated: “I think about children…the same age as my daughters, who went to bed…fearful that a rocket would land in their bedroom simply because of who they are and where they live…”

And regarding tyranny, he said:

“[T]he world cannot tolerate an organization that murders innocent civilians…and supports the massacre of men, women and children in Syria…America will…insist that the Syrian people have the right to be freed from…a dictator who would rather kill his own people than relinquish power.” As we approach Yom HaShoah, we recall the President spoke similar words about Darfur and other current genocides in each “Days of Remembrance” speech during his first term, but he did so without taking

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• The U.S. actively lead the international community in facilitating arrest of those for whom the

ICC has issued arrest warrants; and • U.S. aid resources support strengthening the capacity of the marginalized leaders and civil society in Sudan which could lead the country to democracy. Credible reports indicate that Sudan is hosting Mali jihadists in Darfur. Meanwhile, the alliance between Iran and Sudan continues to strengthen; Iranian weapons, including some for Hamas and Hezbollah, are made in Sudan. We urge a revised U.S. policy as the current regime in Sudan, a supporter of terrorists, is also a threat to security in the region, in Israel, and to the national security of the United States. Many challenges faced by the Jewish people are common to all who struggle against brutality and tyranny and for justice, dignity and freedom. We are all Jews, Palestinians and Syrians, and we are all Sudanese as well – during Passover, on Yom HaShoah, and every day. We prayed at our seders that peace, freedom and security in Sudan become an immediate priority of the President’s second term. As we commemorate the 70th anniversary of the Warsaw Ghetto uprising, we honor all those who perished and those who saved others. We also recall President Obama’s statement six years ago, already a part of his legacy, that the Darfur genocide “is a stain on our souls.” We urge the President that by Yom HaShoah next year, his legacy also will include having taken effective action to help end genocide in Sudan and advance the reality of peace, freedom and security for the Sudanese. Melanie Nelkin is the Chair of The Georgia Coalition to Prevent Genocide (GC2PG). Gerri Miller is Founder and Coordinator of Dear Sudan, Love Marin and a director of the SF Bay Area Darfur Coalition (SFBADC). Martina Knee is also a director of the SFBADC. You can become a friend of these organizations on Facebook to participate in activism and advocacy at and


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n April 7, 2013, the Marcus Jewish Community Center of Atlanta (MJCCA) invites the community to remember the victims of the Holocaust with a Yom HaShoah (Day of Holocaust Remembrance) commemoration at the beautiful Besser Holocaust Memorial Garden, one of the preeminent Holocaust memorials in the Southeast. The program, set to begin at 4 p.m., will include a lighting of the torches; a special musical presentation featuring Cantor Daniel Gale of Temple Beth-El, Birmingham, Ala.; and address by keynote speaker Dr. Jerome Legge, a Holocaust scholar and Associate Dean of UGA’s School of Public and International Affairs.

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The afternoon’s proceedings – free of charge and open to the community – are sponsored by the Atlanta Rabbinical Association and the MJCCA. The Besser Memorial is located at the MJCCA (5342 Tilly Mill Road, Dunwoody). Event is set for rain or shine. For more information, contact Rabbi Brian Glusma ( or visit

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Illuminate Your Iyar ACCENTUATE THE POSITIVE BY Terry Segal

AJT Contributor


pril 10 marks the beginning of the Hebrew month of Iyar. During this month, we are to consider our inborn character traits and begin to purify and enhance them. Through introspection, we balance our primitive animal souls with our spiritual selves in order to bring about a refinement that prepares us to receive the Torah in the month of Sivan.

Iyar is a time for the body-oriented aspects to appear. These are the energies of the physical body that include passions, desires, dietary cravings and health. They can get misaligned and negative qualities such as selfishness, hedonism and judgment – in addition to behaviors that are out of control – can dominate. Fittingly, Iyar coincides with Taurus, the bull, in the Zodiac. Sometimes, in words or actions, we can become like bulls, crashing through the china shop and destroying everything around us.

That is when we must corral these internal powers and bring in G-d’s illumination. We need to temper the base urges and move the energies upward. The positive spiritual qualities of humility, compassion, respect and love balance out the negative ones. Note also that the word “Iyar” is an acronym for alef-yud-resh: “I am G-d Your Healer.” Thus, we look to G-d to shine divine light upon us and through us.

There is a beautiful Kabbalistic

teaching that says G-d created the world with a klippah – a husk or veil – over G-d’s presence. Our job is to find ways to remove the klippah so G-d’s essence will be revealed in our lives. To further illustrate this point: In her book “Miraculous Living,” Rabbi Shoni Labowitz addresses the four klippot that challenged Ezekial – chaos, confusion, misplaced passion and illusion. The idea is that by doing mitzvah and living exemplary lives and following the Torah, we will see G-d in the world. And speaking of mitzvoth: We continue and eventually complete the counting of the Omer during the month of Iyar. For seven weeks – the 49 days from the second night of Pesach to the night before Shavuot – we are to do deep spiritual cleansing. In Kabbalah, this practice is connected to sephirot, which represent 10 aspects of the Divine will (in a fashion similar to the concept of chakra). Much like meridians of energy contained within and around our physical bodies, our focus must be on aligning and clearing negativity away from all aspects of our being. Important dates in the month of Iyar include Lag B’Omer (the 18th, or April 28 this year, and also the anniversary of the death of Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai); Yom HaShoah (Holocaust Remembrance Day, April 7); Yom HaZikaron (Israel Remembrance Day, April 14); and Yom Ha’Atzmaut (Israeli Independence Day, April 15; the first holiday added to the Hebrew calendar in more than 2,000 years). Meditation Focus Consider the four klippot that Ezekial faced: chaos, confusion, misplaced passion and illusion.

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How might these aspects show up in your life? What negativity needs to be cleared? How can you create a crack in the darkness to allow G-d’s light to shine through?


Dr. Terry Segal is a licensed marriage & family therapist, Ph.D. in energy medicine, hypnotherapist and author of “The Enchanted Journey: Finding the Key that Unlocks You.”


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ast week, I opened up my Facebook after the Yom Tov part of the Pesach holiday ended and was overwhelmed by a “sea of red” in my newsfeed. Many of my friends had posted, shared or personalized the new Human Rights Association’s slogan for marriage equality. The image consists of a red solid background and a big equals sign in a lighter shade of red in the middle. The colors resemble the those used by the Red Cross, I believe, to highlight the humane aspect of the marriage equality fight.

Sea for a life of half-baked freedom. We crossed to have a chance for everyone – and I mean everyone – to have a chance at their own life.

whom they choose; it means unconditional equality for all people. And, for once, all means all – not just all upper class, heterosexual white men.

We’re out of Egypt, we’re out of slavery. Let’s not give up fighting for human equality just yet.

The other side means v’ahavta lere’echa kamocha, “love thy neighbor like thyself.”

We’ve built another Red Sea. The other side means a land where adults have freedom to marry with

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I’m ready to cross. Are you?

There’s something else symbolic, though, in the color of this new propaganda. And it’s no coincidence – at least not to those of us who believe in G-d’s hand in the world – that the Supreme Court decided to take up this issue the week of Passover. In the story of Passover (which was of course composed thousands of years ago, before there was a marriage to equalize), the Jews crossed a Red Sea. They crossed this sea guided by G-d, both literally and figuratively, to freedom: away from slavery in Egypt to a land flowing with milk and honey, a land of freedom. Today, we have another Red Sea in our lives. It is a virtual sea – a sea of pictures and slogans in the different realms of social media. It is a sea that we have created ourselves, one that we physically shaped with the clicks of our own buttons: it is a sea that the entire global population - leaving no one behind - will have to cross to get to freedom.

Thus, if we can have a hand in giving Americans their full rights to freedom in their own land of opportunity, isn’t that special? Today, slavery is all but unheard of, yet some still do not have fullfledged freedom. Are we going to give up now?

I don’t think we crossed the Red

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The circumstances are different, obviously, but the journeys are alike. The Jews crossed the sea to get to Israel – their promised land, their home of hope and life and freedom, a place to be a Jew with no boundaries, only simcha (joy). Similarly, America is a land of freedom for many, a place of redemption.



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One Last Glance at Passover THE REVIVAL OF A TRADITION BY Arlene Appelrouth AJT COLUMNIST


I haven’t changed much since. My children are in their 30s, and I’m still relaxed when it comes to housekeeping standards.

ousekeeping has never been my strong suit. As a matter of fact, when my children were small, if I said, “It’s time to clean up,” one would invariably ask:

“Who’s coming to visit?”

As a matter of fact, a small rectangular throw pillow sits on my living room sofa has the following words –

which perfectly explain my philosophy of housekeeping - embroidered:

from the Haggadah, and have the little ones repeat what he read.

My idea of housework is sweeping each room with a glance.

Watching the growth and development of all of our children brought pride and joy to all of us. It was interesting to listen to their comments about Passover as they became more sophisticated in their understanding of what it meant to be American Jews celebrating the most celebrated of all Jewish holidays.

The fact that someone created a pillow with that sentence is comforting; it lets me know I’m not alone. It goes hand in hand with my lackadaisical habit regarding putting things away. “People who are organized are just too lazy to look for things,” are the words on one of my many refrigerator magnets. On the opposite end of the spectrum, “A place for everything, and everything in its place,” is a motto you have probably heard as the true secret for keeping an orderly home. But I just can’t integrate that into my lifestyle. Of course, that means that periodically, things get out of control. Passover is one of those times. If I only sweep my kitchen and dining room floors with glances during this eight-day holiday, the matzah crumbs end up blanketing the floors. This is one holiday I’ve learned to keep my broom and dustpan nearby so I can see and use them often. On one of the last days of this past Passover, I was discussing said matzah crumbs with my 5-year-old grandson, Elliott. “Every time anyone eats matzah, we end up with crumbs everywhere,” I said. I asked if he could think of a solution. “We could skip the holiday or just not eat so much matzah.” Passover without matzah would cause a major change in our family tradition, but it wouldn’t be the first.

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Back in the ’80s, we celebrated almost every Jewish holiday with friends (who, in truth, had become like family). It was a total of three families – all of us Temple Emanu-El members – that always contributed delicious food for the occasion.


My friend Bobbi would bring homemade gefilte fish; Jackie brought mouth-watering desserts; and one side dish I always made was a kugel with farfel, chicken and the vegetables from my chicken soup. Back then, there was always lots of giggling around the seder table. My husband Dan loved to conduct the proceedings – before the children learned how to read, he would read

Then, when my son David graduated from high school, instead of heading off to college and fulfilling the expectations of our family and most families we knew, he told us he wanted to study in Israel to deepen his understanding of Judaism by learning in a Yeshiva in Jerusalem. That year, when he returned for Passover, he insisted we conduct our seder following the procedures his rabbis in Israel had taught him. The three families came together for the seder, as we had been doing for many years, except we began the seder much later than usual – it was 11 p.m. before we arrived at the place in the Haggadah where the instructions said to serve the festive meal. It was so late by the time we were done eating, our friends left right then, before we actually completed the seder. This was in 1997, and it was the last time our three families celebrated Passover together. But this year, I decided to invite the three families for a Passover reunion. On the Sunday of Chol Hamoed, I invited everyone for a Passover brunch. It was wonderful. As the now-adult-age children arrived, each one asked how they could help: One offered to finish cutting up fruit for a fruit salad, and another sliced the kugels and placed them on platters. There were lots of helping hands. It was heartwarming to reminisce about the old days, great to talk about what’s going on in everyone’s life now and especially wonderful to get to know the new generation. We spent time with each other’s grandchildren and took lots of pictures. And the matzah crumbs didn’t bother me at all. 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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Good Gardening 101 GROWING VEGGIES AT HOME BY Phil Paley

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Many of us remember our grandparents planting some summer vegetables; tomatoes, cucumbers, maybe an herb or two. I myself remember as a child going to my grandparents’ house and seeing several large containers on their deck with tomato plants in them; to this day, my grandm o t h e r says: “ T h e summer tomatoes are just so luscious!”

Interestingly, the First Lady and her kids have also gotten into vegetable gardening. It’s a pastime that, in general, is in vogue; not only does it produce healthy, tasty foods, but you’ll also save money in the long run. And what’s more, you don’t need to be Martha Stewart to grow some vegetables. The few minutes a day you will spend with your spouse and kids tending to the plants will be priceless! The first thing you need to do is pick a nice sunny location in your yard. I suggest you call the Georgia Dig hotline at #811 before you dig. For free, they will come out and locate all the underground utilities, just to make sure you’re digging in a safe spot. Once you’ve accomplished those two tasks, go to your local garden center and buy some potted “crops,” like tomatoes, watermelon or spicy peppers (they say variety is the spice of life). You should also get a bag or two of dirt and some fertilizer. Now use a shovel to dig up the top layers of your chosen area. Now that you’re at bare dirt, this is the really intense part: Dig a hole two to three times the size of the pot that your plant is in. Then add some of the good dirt to the hole you just dug out, carefully remove your new plant along with

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Q & A: Atlanta Artist Steve Steinman “BROKEN CIRCLES” AT MASON MURER STARTING APRIL 5 BY Elizabeth Friedly Assistant Editor


ven if you’ve never set foot in a gallery or purchased a piece of art, chances are you’ve seen Steve Steinman’s work. His largest piece can be admired by simply looking out the window of your Marta train window: His piece “Endless Journey” adorns the entirety of the Buckhead station, totaling the length of two football fields.

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AJT: And how are these disposables incorporated into the series? SS: It [Broken Circles] is full of these things that we’ve tossed away, whether it be shaved parts or whether it be oil parts or anything. The only specification is metal, but that tends to be very wide.

A graduate of both the Rhode Island School What I’ve been doing of Design and the Pratt is rescuing, in a sense, Institute, Steinman these thrown-away spent a large portion pieces that are old and of his career simultarusty – taking them neously serving as the Steve Steinman and taking the rust off Dean of the American them and using sculpInterContinental Uniture, particularly the versity and working as circle, as a metaphor. an artist. He moved to Atlanta from It’s more or less to say that we need New York in 1979 without a place to to come full circle back to where we live and has since flourished with the were, taking pride in what we do – fledgling Southern scene. recycling materials or getting back His work – including the Monument to Slain Police Officers in Woodruff Park – has enhanced outdoor and indoor spaces alike. Now he is set to unveil his latest collection at the Mason Murer Gallery.

into manufacturing.

The Atlanta Jewish Times spoke with him about his career and the power of art in community.

SS: Probably about 12 to 15.

Atlanta Jewish Times: Congratulations on the opening. Are the pieces all part of your recent “Broken Circles” collection?


throw it out and buy new.

Steven Steinman: Yes; basically, I’m making a statement about my thoughts, my concerns and my interests in the direction of our country and where we are in terms of recycling and manufacturing. As a result, it’s changed our consciousness, and we have evolved into what is referred to as a “disposable society.” We manufacture cheap products and use cheap products, and nothing is ever really made to last like it used to be. In the past, if something broke, we would spend time or money fixing it. Instead now we tend to

AJT: How many pieces are in the exhibit?

AJT: Would you say that this is your most political series? SS: Yes, I would. You know, in the past I’ve done a lot of different things that harken to Continued on next page

This piece and more than 10 others are featured in “Broken Circles” at Mason Murer Fine Art.


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AJT: What was it like designing for Marta? SS: We spent almost a year designing and redesigning the artwork that would cover the entire station. That had never been done before. I was fortunate enough that, at the time, the Atlanta campus for AIU was right next door. The university supported me, so I would do what I had to do in the mornings, and then – with the help of my students who would come with me – we would do this piece.

you’d like to add about the opening? SS: You know the gallery [Mason Murer Gallery] is considered to be the largest gallery in the city of Atlanta. They are interesting in the sense that they also use the spaces to serve the community. They do a lot of public meeting and functions. They support projects; you know, my last show there was at Christmas time, and they asked everyone to bring a toy for a charity. So they’re always doing stuff to support the Atlanta community. I think it’s great. Editor’s note: Visit for more on the artist and his works. “Broken Circles� is a part of the Mason Murer Fine Art Gallery’s Spring Show, opening April 5; visit for location, hours and info.

We did shifts, and we painted it all. It was a lot of work and a lot of fun. It [the project] represented the things I was passionate about, my career and education, so the students came and worked with me and learned. It was a win-win situation for everybody. Some of Steinman’s work at the Buckhead MARTA Station. AJT:


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tigious New England private school Deerfield Academy, who moved his office to the school hallway. In this way, Boyden did not wait for students to come to him. Instead, he was visible at every class change, and he used these faceto-face encounters to engage students in conversation about how the school day was going, about their plans for later in the day, about life in general. Boyden thought out-of-the-box to come up with the right solution, and his educational strategies made Deerfield one of the most successful high schools in the United States. Recent Oscarwinner “Argo� is all about that same sort of creativity – finding a solution to a problem that defies conventional analysis. The film centers around the real-life events of the so-called “Canadian Caper� of 1979. Iranian militants have taken over the U.S. embassy in Tehran as payback for the United States giving refuge to the recently deposed Shah. We learn that six Americans have found refuge in the home of the Canadian ambassador. The challenge is how to extract them from the country without being discovered. Tony Mendez, an extraction expert at the CIA, has to devise a rescue plan in a matter of days. His unique solution: create a fictitious movie company that wants to shoot a science-fiction/fantasy flick using Iranian locations, but smuggle the Americans out of Iran on regular commercial aircraft under the guise of being movie professionals exploring location possibilities. The idea is preposterous; but it is the best option among a range of other bad choices, and so the ruse begins. Mendez contacts John Chambers, a Hollywood make-up artist, who has previously worked for the CIA, who in turn connects him with film producer Lester Siegel. Mendez and Siegel then together establish a phony film company, publicize their preliminary work on the film, and

successfully create the illusion of developing “Argo,� – a film similar to “Star Wars� – to lend verisimilitude to their efforts. Meanwhile, the escapees inside the ambassador’s residence are growing frantic at the possibility their hiding place will be revealed at any moment and they will be executed. Thus, “Argo� is realistic, tense, and ultimately cathartic as it details the nervewracking and precise maneuvers that the trapped hostages will use to find their way to freedom. On the topic of efforts to overcome obstacles, Jewish tradition encourages such creativity. Looking at Talmudic discussions and arguments gives us a window into the inventive thinking of the intellectual giants who populate the pages of this magnum opus; it is a place where we can observe firsthand the development of higher order thinking skills. Also, the Ethics of the Fathers – a centerpiece of Jewish wisdom – describes the intellect of a number of great Talmudic sages. It praises the serious student, who retains everything he learns, and it also lauds the one whose mind is a bubbling stream growing stronger and stronger each day, the master of innovation who can always come up with a new perspective on an age-old problem. Conventional wisdom is good, the Talmud suggests, but creativity also has its proper place in Jewish learning. “Argo� too reminds us that whenever we are faced with what we perceive to be an insurmountable problem, we should not give up and reconcile ourselves to abandoning our mission or goals. On the contrary, this is the time to use our mental potential to create new and innovative paradigms 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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The show follows the relationships and everyday mishaps of an atypical family – several generations helping to care for the titular Hope, the unexpected consequence of 20-something Jimmy’s one-night stand with a serial killer. The episode “Burt Mitzvah – The Musical” opens on the Chances preparing for an Easter feast when Jim-

my’s father (Burt, played by actor Garret Dillahunt) receives the news from his mother that she has discovered their long-lost Jewish origins. He’s now forced to confront his new identity, summing it up with the line:

feel Jew-ish.”

“But I don’t feel Jewish. Maybe that’s why they call it Jewish; because people find out and they don’t feel full Jew, they

As suggested by the title, three musical numbers divide up the plot, all based around Burt’s Jewish journey. One features deli patrons “explaining” Judaism to a clueless Burt; another takes place as the family

shops for their first seder; and the last is an ’80s rock anthem about “rocking the Torah,” belted out the night before Burt’s big day. Each tonguein-cheek number goes willfully and gleefully over the top, resulting in some truly funny moments. As Burt attempts to understand his new way of life, a parade of familiar faces – a young man in a frizzy orange wig and glasses, an Orthodox rabbi and an outspoken older woman, to name a few – sing about bagels, lox and Streisand. Obviously, overdone archetypes – as the crowd sings, “overbearing mothers, movie-making brothers, fathers who earn money, schlubby sisters who are funny” – play into the



laughs. This certainly isn’t the first time a television show has played off Jewish culture, and it won’t be the last. Inflated stereotypes and misrepresentations have propagated TV and film since the mediums’ creations. While we’re sure “Raising Hope” was only looking for a laugh, there’s still something to be said for a balanced portrayal. We can all still chuckle at parodies and caricatures on SNL or a CollegeHumor video clip, but one-dimensional characters need two-dimensional counterparts if we hope to one day move past our differences and start seeing each other as people.





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itchell Marks, 11 and in the sixth grade at the Epstein School, earlier this year donated his hair to the Pantene Beautiful Lengths program, which makes free real-hair wigs for cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy. He was personally inspired by his mother.

“I was diagnosed with breast cancer in November 2011. I underwent a double mastectomy and chemotherapy. “[Throughout], my children were so supportive of me and my moods and needs. Mitchell watched me lose my hair and decided that he wanted me to wear a wig made of his hair. “He did not realize it would take a year to grow his hair the length necessary for this to happen. When my hair started to grow back in, he still wanted to donate his hair to someone in need. This was a very hard task for an 11-year-old boy to accomplish. Towards the end, people referred to him as a girl, and he could no longer wait to cut his hair.

The following are short letters written by Mitchell and his mother Lisa:

“I am especially honored that he would continue to grow his hair out for me in my name.”

“The day my mom told us she had breast cancer was a big day. My brother and sisters cried, but I stayed strong. That was when I decided to grow my hair. I wanted my mom to make a wig out of my hair.

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“It took a year for my hair to grow. I Mitchell grew his hair to nine inchhad to grow my hair nine inches long, and es, then had it cut and donated his by the time I grew out my hair, my mom’s locks to Pantene Beautiful Lengths. hair was back. I decided to continue to grow my hair for someone else. It was a tough year because some people confused me for a girl. “Finally, it happened. I got to cut my hair. As you can see, I grew my hair out for a donation because I love my mom.” - Mitchell Marks

Mitchell: Before

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Bar Mitzvahs Adam Sturisky

Robby Tohar



he bar mitzvah ceremony of Adam Wolf Sturisky of Sandy Springs was held Feb. 9, 2013 at Congregation Or Hadash.

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Adam is the son of Selwyn and Lauren Sturisky and has a sister Ilana, 15, and a brother Ryan, 10. He is the grandson of Hessel and Julie Sturisky of Atlanta and the late Raymond and Phyllis Wilenzick, who lived in Roswell.


He is a seventhgrader at the Epstein School. For his mitzvah project, Adam coordinated a sports day for underprivileged children in conjunction with Creating Connected Communities.

he bar mitzvah ceremony of Reuven “Robby” Tohar was held Dec. 21, 2012 at Congregation Beth Shalom. Robby is the son of Wendy Kalman and Daniel Tohar and has two brothers, Avi, 21, and Gil, 17. He is the grandson of Hermine and Richard Kalman of Boynton Beach, Fla. and Hannah and the late Reuven Tohar of Jerusalem, Israel. He is a seventh-grader at Hightower Trail Middle School, where he is on the math team, in band and in chorus. For his mitzvah project, Robby has been collecting pull tabs from soda and soup cans for Ronald McDonald Houses since fifth grade. Robby enjoys playing soccer and the trumpet. He shared his special Shabbat with his family – that Friday was his oldest brother’s 21st birthday, and that Saturday was his grandparents Hermine and Richard’s 49th anniversary.



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eshiva Atlanta, in partnership with the Hebrew Order of David (HOD), will be hosting star Mayim Bialik as she comes to town to support an expansion of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) instruction at the school. As part of her trip, Bialik will be the featured speaker for a program on May 5 (2 p.m.) at the Georgia Tech Scheller Atrium and Auditorium. A preceding reception will feature display stations from several STEMbased companies and organization. Bialik, who is best known for her portrayal of the young Bette Midler in 1989’s “Beaches” and currently appears as Amy Farrah Fowler on “The Big Bang Theory” (for which she was recently nominated for an Emmy), also holds a Ph.D. in neuroscience and is active in education advocacy nationwide. Bringing her to Atlanta is the cornerstone of a joint effort by the HOD and YA to raise funds to support new STEM programs, which have been identified as critical for the school’s future growth. Studies reveal that the most desirable and most sought-after careers in the 21st century are increasingly technology- and math-oriented and include engineering, medicine, actuarial science, robotics, healthcare, computer science, geophysics and more. For this reason, Yeshiva has embraced as an overarching goal to ensure that our students will be getting the education they need to fill these critical, well-paying jobs. The funds raised from the May 5 program and other future events will be used to improve the science classrooms, train teaching professionals, acquire new lab equipment and upgrade the overall academic quality of YA’s STEM program. The HOD, a 100-year-plus-old Jewish fraternal organization with lodges in South Africa, England, Canada and Israel as well as the USA, is dedicated to providing assistance to the Atlanta Jewish community. Past efforts have benefited JF&CS, the ML-4 Foundation, the Jack & Jill Foundation, Temima Girls High School, the Hatzalah (first response and rescue in Israel) and other organizations.






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he gentle pat always came first, interrupting my sleep only long enough to hear my dad whisper, “10-minute warning.” I would let out a tired moan, a confirmation that I’d heard him, and then pull my blankets tight around me and fall back asleep. Sure enough, 10 minutes later, I’d hear my mom’s voice in the doorway: “Time to get up, Rach.” She’d turn the light on, and I’d reluctantly toss aside my blankets and pillows. Our days tend to begin the instant we put two feet on the ground. We have a checklist of things we have to finish before heading out the door, a list of tasks to accomplish before returning home, and, sometimes, an ongoing list of things we need to remember to put on our other checklists. We mumble these lists to ourselves and share them with our parents, friends and, occasionally, strangers just passing by. Even in middle school, I ran through lists over and over again in my head:

“Science test tomorrow. Basket-

ball game tonight; okay, so that means I have to make sure to grab my jersey. I think it’s downstairs. And if the test is tomorrow…well, okay, I should be home by 8 tonight, so that’s fine…” The revving noise would start up downstairs; it always sounded like someone was starting a lawnmower in my kitchen, but it was just the coffee grinder. Vrmmmmm! I’d be at my sink by then. The methodical brushing noise of bristles on teeth would join the background melody of the coffee grinder, and I’d continue with my list: “Okay, so basketball, science… what about other classes? I have nothing big in social studies right now, and just the regular vocab test in English on Friday…”

Clunk, clunk, clunk!

When the coffee finished grinding, my dad would always bang the little machine against the granite to gather all the coffee grounds in one place before opening it. My dog, thinking the little black coffee grinder was a knocking house-guest, greeted it with a series of barks and growls.

So at 7:30 in the morning, every morning, my dog barked at my dad’s banging, my brother ran his shower, my mom blared the updates from Good Morning America while simultaneously blow drying her hair, and I brushed my teeth while reciting to myself the schedule for the day. The truth is that such mornings are probably pretty similar for most average families; and mind you, the example my family provided included only two kids – both old enough to get ready on their own. I imagine a household with younger children might also be filled with all that I’ve described, plus the jarring ambiance of whining and cartoons. Regardless of family size, though, our morning rituals can sometimes be filled with stress: a nasty blend of haste and noise. In this week’s Torah portion, Shemini, we focus on an important lesson of silence. Shemini means “eighth,” and is representative of the eighth day of the Temple’s existence. On that day, Aaron would be anointed as the kohen gadol, the high priest. Following Moses’s instruction, Aaron and his sons brought three offerings before G-d: one sin, one meal and one burnt. The parshah reads, “And fire went forth from before the Lord… and all the people saw, sang praises, and fell upon their faces (Leviticus 9:24).” But immediately after the sacrifices were made, tragedy struck. With no backstory and no explanation, Aaron’s sons Nadab and Abihu burnt incense, sending a “foreign fire” up to the heavens, and their impulsive decision to bring another offering before G-d, resulted in their immediate deaths.

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The lesson here comes not from the incident itself, but from the following responses:


Moses said to Aaron, “This is what the Lord spoke, when He said, ‘I will be sanctified through those near to Me, and before all the people I will be glorified.’” And Aaron was silent (Lev. 10:3). Aaron’s two sons had just died. There’s no doubt that his mind was consumed with grief, anger and frus-

tration. Moses’s response was neither affectionate nor comforting, and yet, Aaron didn’t lash out. He was silent. The Baal Shem Tov, a Jewish mystical sage, teaches in the Mekor Mayim Chayim that only when one is silent can one cling to the world of thought, which is real wisdom. Silence gives us time to really think. Eliminating distractions sets the mind free to go where it wants, and the exercise may even bring the peace and courage to venture to places previously avoided Aaron thought for a long while; he remained silent for the duration of the chapter. Moses instructed him on the sin offering, and G-d sent down the laws of purity, and still, Aaron said nothing. It wasn’t until Moses confronted Aaron about his improper sacrifice that Aaron responded. Aaron explained himself, reasoning that he could not eat the sin sacrifice because he was in mourning. He had fulfilled his duties as the kohen gadol by eating the meal offering, but he could not, as a man in mourning, eat the sin offering. He offered his defense, and both Aaron and Moses fell silent. The Torah reads, “Moses heard this, and it pleased him (Lev. 10:20).” And from that point, neither of them speak for the rest of the parshah. They listen as G-d reveals to them the extensive laws of kashrut, and there are no sounds and no distractions. They listen, hear and understand. We can only truly process one thing at a time, so this week I challenge you to do just that: Be silent, and devote your attention to the task in front of you. Listen. Rachel LaVictoire (rlavictoire@wustl. edu) is a graduate of the Davis Academy and Westminster High School, recipient of the prestigious Nemerov Writing and Thomas H. Elliott Merit scholarships at Washington University of St. Louis and an active member of Temple Emanu-El and the Marcus Jewish Community Center of Atlanta. She was recently named to the board of St. Louis Hillel.


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n the beginning of this week’s parsha portion, Shemini, the Torah lists the sacrifices that the Israelites were to bring before the Tent of Meeting. It is stated that these sacrifices must happen at this specific time, “For today the L-rd will appear to you,” and the people complied with Moses‘s request by placing their sacrifices on the altar.

ence in our lives by filling the Bible with stories of miracles wrought by a supernatural being breaking into the natural order. But in the 21st century – in a post-Holocaust world – these accounts of G-d breaking into the natural world simply do not cohere with our lived experience; or, for that matter, with the lived history of our world. There are countless other ways that G-d shows His presence to us. Does not nature itself proclaim the signature of G-d?

Have you ever been fortunate enough to feel the touch of an infant grasping your finger? Have you not gazed in awe at the unspeakable beauty of a sunrise and sunset? Along with Heschel, have you not been amazed that we are amazed?

manifests in our lives, making for practically infinite evidence of our Creator’s presence surrounding us. We need only look beyond the miracles offered us in our scriptures. Just open your eyes and behold them with gratitude…

Have you not held the hand of someone you loved? Have you ever felt the joy of a wagging puppy tail, marveled at the melody of a singing bird? Have you ever seen the waddle of a toddler taking her first steps?

Editor’s note: Rabbi Alvin Sugarman is rabbi emeritus at The Temple and a member of the Atlanta Rabbinic Association.

There are myriad ways that G-d

In accordance, Aaron’s sons helped their father carry out the sacrificial rituals. Afterward, Aaron blessed the community of Israel before the Tent of Meeting, before he and Moses entered the Tent. Leviticus 9:23-24 describes their exit: “…when they came out, they blessed the people; and the Presence of the L-rd appeared to all the people. Fire came forth from before the L-rd and consumed the burnt offering… And all the people saw, and shouted, and fell on their faces.” Immediately following this description of G-d making known His presence, the Torah says that two of Aaron’s sons, Nadab and Abihu, made an offering before the L-rd which G-d had not instructed them to do. This action on their part must have really made G-d quite angry, for “…fire came forth from the L-rd and consumed them; thus they died at the instance of the L-rd (Leviticus 10:2).”

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I am going to assume that many of you reading these words live your lives informed by the dictates of human reasoning. Of course, that is not to infer in any way the absence of faith, for I believe that faith in something beyond us is what gives our lives ultimate meaning.

We have no need whatsoever for G-d to make His presence known by showing off His power with magical, consuming fires issuing down from the heavens – much less fire that kills two of Aaron’s sons who had offended G-d by offering a sacrifice that He did not ask for. Perhaps the biblical authors felt it necessary to proclaim G-d’s pres-

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But I also believe that many of us struggle when our rational selves honestly confront some of the words of our Torah. I think a portion of us can no longer accept many of the actions attributed to G-d in our scriptures.



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Fri., April 5 Shabbat on the Rocks, Bourbon Tasting, Shabbat Networking and all-youcan-eat vegetarian hors d’oeuvres; Shabbat blessings with Rabbi Glusman. Fri., April 5, 6 p.m. $15/person. City Club of Buckhead.

at Emory University. Info via (678) 812-3723 or Fri., April 12 Friday Night Fever, sushi and scotch after service; a spirited night of singing and dancing. Fri., April 12, 6:15 p.m. Congregation Beth Tefillah. (404) 843-2464.

Sat., April 6 An Evening of Mixing and Mingling presented by Ray Alyssa Rothman, for those 40-plus, Jewish and single. Sat., April 6, 6 p.m. $18, includes two drinks and appetizers. Jerry Farber’s Side Door. rayrothman@aol. com or (404) 403-3690.

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Food Roots with Farmer ‘D’ and Souper Jenny; growing, cooking and sharing healthy foods. Sun., April 14, 2 p.m. Free for members, $12/ non-members, $8/seniors, $6/kids. The Breman Museum. RSVP via

Greenwood Yom HaShoah, the 48thannual community-wide Holocaust commemoration with speaker Benjamin Hirsch. Sun., April 7, 11 a.m. Rain or shine, Greenwood Cemetery. Info via (678) 222-3707 or MJCCA Yom HaShoah, community commemoration with the Atlanta Rabbinical Association and remarks from Dr. Jerome Legge and music from Cantor Daniel Gale. Sun., April 7, 4 p.m. Besser Holocaust Memorial Garden. (678) 812-4000. “I Survived” Holocaust Speaker, a personal account of guest speaker Leo Rosner’s experience being enslaved for three years as a teen. Part of the Chabad lecture series. Sun., April 7, 8 p.m. Chabad Enrichment Center of Gwinnett. (678) 595-0196. Tues., April 9

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Joseph Soriano Game Dedication, Weber School baseball game Rams v. The Heritage School honoring the memory of late alumnus Joseph Soriano. Tues., April 9, 4:30 p.m. Marks Field. RSVP by April 4 to (404) 9172500 x121 or An Evening for Women with Lori Palatnik, presented by the Dunwoody Mikvah Society. Tues., April 9. $36/ person. Congregation Ariel. Info via (678) 478-0244 or Thurs., April 11

Friday, April 12, 2013 Light Candles at: 7:48 pm Shabbat, April 13, 2013 Shabbat Ends: 8:45 pm

“What Does the New Knesset Mean for World Jewry?” second of the “Celebrating Israel at 65!” four-part series, featuring speaker Rabbi Russ Shulkes. Thurs., April 11, 7 p.m. $10/ per session. Marcus Hillel Center

B’nai Torah Artist Market, local artist display and sell original works; Goodfriend’s BBQ available for purchase. Sun., April 14, 11 a.m. Congregation B’nai Torah. (404) 257-0537.

Memorial Day for Israel’s Soldiers and Victims of Terror, a memorial service by the Consulate General of Israel to the Southeast. Sun., April 14, 7 p.m. Ahavath Achim Synagogue. (404) 355-5222. Tues., April 16 10th-Annual Jack Hirsch Memorial Breakfast, also celebrating Israel Independence Day; presented by the JNF. Tues., April 16, 7:30 a.m. RSVP required. The Temple. (404) 2368990 ext. 851. Israel at 65 Celebration, celebrating Israel’s independence; kids’ activities, choir performances, Israeli dancing and more, with food available for purchase. Tues., April 16, 5 p.m. Free. MJCCA. (678) 812-4000. Young Professionals Yom Ha’Atzmaut Celebration, a community-wide event hosted in part by AJC Atlanta; kosher food provided by Pita Palace. Tues., April 16, 7 p.m. $10/registered, $15/at door. W Hotel in Buckhead. Wed., April 17 Wednesday Night Live, presentation on Jewish communities from the Indian sub-continent with Emory’s Gil Ben-Herut. Wed., April 17, 7:30 p.m. Congregation Shearith Israel.



Lillian Bodner

Marion R. Sobelson



Lillian Bodner, age 98, of Atlanta died on March 24, 2013. Born and raised in Brooklyn, N.Y., Lillian and her husband Irving moved to Salisbury, N.C. in 1940 to run a textile factory. They later moved to Helfin, Ala., where they raised their family and owned and operated a chicken farm, Bodner and Son Eggs, to produce eggs. Lillian was a member of Temple Beth El in Anniston, Ala. A loving wife and mother, she was preceded in death by her husband Irving Bodner. She is survived by her sons and daughters-in-law, Arthur and Rita Bodner, Atlanta, and Allen and Sally Bodner, Anniston; grandchildren, Cheryl and Phil Yagoda, Allison and Jason Smith, Steven and Jennifer Bodner, Becky and Damon Paolozzi and Jennifer and Mike Aaron; and great-grandchildren, Arly, Sophie, Ian, Abigail, Jordan, Riley, Scarlett, Max, Reagan, Jackson and Fletcher. Sign online guestbook at edressler. com. Graveside services were held on Mon., March 25 at the Temple Beth El portion of Hillside Cemetery in Anniston. The family requests donations be made to the Temple Beth El Cemetery Fund, P.O. Box 1364, Anniston, AL 36202 or Weinstein Hospice, 3150 Howell Mill Rd, Atlanta, GA 30327. Arrangements by Dressler’s Jewish Funeral Care.

Marion R. Sobelson died March 24, 2013, just a few days shy of her 91st birthday. She was born in 1922 in Indianapolis and moved to Atlanta as a teenager. She graduated from Girls’ High and thereafter attended the Marjorie Webster Junior College in Washington, D.C. She was confirmed at The Temple, for which she maintained a lifelong love, dedication and membership. Marion was a lifelong volunteer. During World War II, she worked for the Red Cross. In later years, she served as a mentor and reader to children, taught English to Jewish Russian immigrants and served meals to the homeless at the Zaban Shelter. Independent, ambitious and entrepreneurial, Marion enjoyed a lengthy career as a real estate agent and broker, most recently at Harry Norman Realtors. In 1958, long before the advent of disposable diapers, Marion envisioned, designed and patented a stretchable, absorbent cloth diaper. She was a patriotic and astute follower of politics and never missed a debate or an election. She was a voracious reader and an accomplished bridge player, and she never tired of learning new things. In her last months of life, she learned to play pinochle with her circle of new friends at Huntcliff Summit, where she lived for the past year and a half. She enjoyed painting, sewing, working with stained glass and Braves baseball. Even with a career, Marion’s pride and joy was her family. She was predeceased in 1996 by her adored and adoring husband, Dr. Bert Sobelson, whom she lovingly remembered as “the handsomest man in Atlanta.” She is survived by her sister, Harriet Frankel, as well as three children and their spouses, Elaine Rubin, Roy and Bonnie Sobelson, and Paula and Roy Swartzberg; six grandchildren and their spouses, Larry and Gidgette Rubin, Kim Rubin, Jared and Robyn Sobelson, Bari and Daryn Snipes, Adam Swartzberg and Emily Thornton, and Jenna Swartzberg; and four great-grandchildren, Lexi and Nikki Rubin, Devin Rubin, and Braxton Snipes. Graveside services were held at noon on Mon., March 25, 2013 at Crest Lawn Memorial Park, 2000 Marietta Boulevard. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to The Temple, 1589 Peachtree St., Atlanta, GA 30309,, or to any organization that supports the search for a cure for Parkinson’s Disease. Arrangements by Dressler’s Jewish Funeral Care.

Joel Cohen

73, OF ATLANTA Joel Cohen, 73, of Atlanta, and formerly Dalton, Ga., passed away peacefully on March 26, 2013. He was born in Brooklyn, N.Y. He graduated from UGA as a member of Alpha Epsilon Pi, where he earned the nickname “Most.” Joel was the VP of Marketing and Sales for Queen Carpet. He was a board member of Temple Beth El in Dalton. Mr. Cohen enjoyed community service. He was a member of the Alexis de Tocqueville Society of the United Way, acted as co-chair of UJA fundraising and was on the board of Israel Bonds. He was preceded in death by his brother, Leslie Cohen. Joel is survived by his loving wife of 45 years, Sheila; his daughters, Shari Allen (Gary) and Amy McCracken (Stuart); and his grandchildren, Zachary and Kailey Allen. An online guestbook is available at In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations be made to The University of Florida, Glycogen Storage Disease Program Research Fund, PO Box 100296, Gainesville, FL 36210. Please mark your donation as “In memory of Mr. Joel Cohen.” The funeral service was held Thurs., March 28, 2013 at 1 p.m. at Temple EmanuEl with Rabbi Joseph Prass officiating. Interment followed at Arlington Memorial Park in Sandy Springs. Arrangements by Dressler’s Jewish Funeral Care.

Abraham Freeman 86, OF ATLANTA

Abraham Freeman, 86, of Atlanta, passed away peacefully on Sat., March 23, 2013. Born in New York, N.Y. to Benjamin and Anna, of blessed memory, he will be remembered as a wonderful, devoted and generous family man and friend. Abraham is preceded in death by his first wife, Leona; his second wife, Florence; and his sister, Jessie. A lover of Broadway musicals, the New York Giants and dining out, he is survived by his daughters, Alysa Freeman (and her husband Gunnar Hillert) and Bonnie Tepper (and her husband Art); his son, Scott Wolfson; his adored grandchildren, Leah and Franz Hillert and Cindy Dickinson (and her husband Gary); and his great-granddaughter, Ayla Dickinson. Abraham was loved by all who knew him. An online guestbook is available at In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be sent to Temple Beth Or, 56 Ridgewood Rd., Washington Township, NJ 07676; the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research; or Doctors Without Borders. Services were held at noon on Wed., March 27, 2013 at Temple Beth Or in Washington Township, N.J., with burial following at Cedar Park Cemetery in Paramus, N.J. Arrangements by Dressler’s Jewish Funeral Care.

Rabbi Raphael Gold Rabbi Raphael Gold, age 86, of Atlanta and previously of Savannah, died March 26, 2013. He was preceded in death by his wife of nearly 60 years, Naomi Gold, of blessed memory. He was beloved by many, having served congregations in Atlanta, Savannah and Montgomery, Ala. He is survived by two sons and their wives: Rabbi Hillel Gold and Dr. Ruth Gershen Gold of Teanneck, N.J. (and their children Tziporah, Tamar, Avraham, Merav, Akiva and Elisheva), and Dr. Sam and Julie Gold of Atlanta (and their daughter Aliza). Sign online guest book at Funeral services were held at Ahavath Achim Synagogue on Thurs., March 28, 2013, officiated by Rabbi Neil Sandler. Interment followed at Greenwood Cemetery. Arrangements were by Dressler’s Jewish Funeral Care.

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JEWISH PUZZLER by David Benkof

APRIL 5 ▪ 2013

Across 1. Junkie 5. Where to find “Curb Your Enthusiasm” 8. French jurist Rene 14. More laborious 16. “’s ___ it’s Superman” 17. Kibbutz worker 18. Teapot features 19. Not as much 20. Alan Dershowitz, e.g. 21. Motor City (abbr.) 22. Like still-wet cement 25. “Let’s Make a Deal” host Monty 27. Ventilates, with “out” 28. Socialist Zionist writer 31. Al Jolson’s real first name 32. A Pa. airport code 33. “ ___ the ramparts...” 34. B’nai Brith ___ 40. ___ Vegas (where Carolyn Goodman is mayor) 41. Israeli cable company 42. Marcel Marceau’s alter ego 44. 2008 Adam Sandler flick 49. High Holy ___ 50. MAD Magazine cartoonist Drucker 51. Exotic fruit 52. 2003 Ed Asner film 53. “You know I got rhymes like ___ Vigoda” (Beastie Boys line) 54. Bothers 56. Carefree and joyous 58. Overly preoccupies 62. Do some lawn repair 63. Woody Allen’s instrument


64. Birthplace of democracy 65. Letter after chet 66. Israel, to the U.S. Down 1. Golden Gate City inst. of learning 2. Dallas-based carrier (abbr.) 3. Always 4. City on the road from Cairo to Damascus 5. Absorption agy. 6. Jersey Homesteads Mural painter 7. California’s historic Fort ___ 8. ___ Garden (entry spot replaced by Ellis Island) 9. Abbr. on a doctor’s schedule 10. Lead-in for pitch or mo 11. Country with no significant rivers or lakes 12. Monica Lewinsky, famously 13. Bird shelters 15. Campus letter 20. Abbr. on a key 22. A, in Argentina 23. Sanhedrin president 24. Postmodernist scholar and New York Times contributor 26. Soother 27. “V’imru ___”

29. Where Nina Totenberg reports 30. “Whoever Slew Auntie ___?” (1971 Shelley Winters movie) 35. Philanthropist Taube and others 36. Atlantic coast zone letters 37. Like some hypotheses

38. Follower of Marx? 39. Actor Schreiber (“Defiance”) 43. Bible book, briefly 44. Jerome Robbins specialty 45. Places in cement, say 46. “The Catcher Was a Spy” subject Berg

47. Eyeballer 48. Efrem Zimbalist’s birthplace 49. “Will & Grace” co-star Messing 53. “Two owls and ___”: E. Lear 55. “___ alone because of Thy hand” (Jer. 15:17) 57. A caddie might hold it 58. Sukkot mo., often 59. Seth Meyers’s show, for short 60. “Unagi” at the sushi bar 61. Digs for pigs

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