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the Levin Family By Michelle Tedford Foundation, has atSpecial To The Observer tracted beekeepers, Karen Levin stood scientists and educabeside a field of yellow tors into a hive of bee wingstem with flower advocates. heads stretching shoulder Among her initiahigh, her outstretched tives is working with arm motioning to the researchers who are blooming prairie around breeding better bees, her. “This is a paradise for ones that survive bees,” she said. cold winters, pests, Levin is the “queen and disease. bee” — as her son, Ryan, Wells and Purdue describes her — of the University genetiPropolis Project. Founded cist Greg Hunt have in 2013, the local nonteamed up to field profit not only protects test different breeds, pollinators such as the including one dehoney bee; the project’s scribed as Indiana collaborators want to enLeg Chewers. sure our source of healthy, As the name fresh food, including the implies, these bees honey that symbolizes the sweetness of Rosh Hasha- Levin Family Foundation Exec. Dir. Karen Levin at the chew the legs off an nah, the new Jewish year. Fifth & Williams Food Forest in West Dayton, a program invasive pest — the of the Propolis Project Varroa mite — which The honey bees that can literally suck the pollinate crops and cide spraying, habitat destrucgardens followed a long path to tion and too few food sources all energy and life out of a hive. These better bees are part the United States. They are an contribute to something known imported variety, descendants as colony collapse disorder and of the Propolis Project and can be found flying around Huffof an Asian stock brought over the death of bees. man Prairie, where the Wright from Europe in A retired auto Levin has brothers perfected powered 1622 after the Pilindustry project grims couldn't get attracted engineer, Wells also flight more than a century ago. Behind a chain link fence to proAmerica's native knows the power beekeepers, bees to pollinate of problem solving tect the hives stand green and scientists and through collabora- orange bee boxes stacked near their imported flowering purple Joe Pye weed apple trees, said educators into tion; when he reDwight Wells, a ceived an invitation and brilliant orange coreopsis. regional director of a hive of bee two years ago from There’s fresh water nearby to help the bees keep cool on hot the Ohio Beekeep- advocates. Levin to attend days. ers Association. a meeting of the The three colonies, with Wells, who started keeping Propolis Project, he accepted. 40,000 bees each, sit on land bees in 1954, knows his bee his“I had no idea what I was managed by the National Park tory — and the current threats walking into," he said. “Karen Service and owned by Wrightto a species responsible for knows how to get things done, Patterson Air Force Base. pollinating a third of our food so I decided to join the force.” “We call them the Wright Bee crops. Pests, diseases, insectiLevin, executive director of

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Flyers,” Levin said of the breed. In 2014, President Barack Obama issued an order that the Department of Defense support habitat restoration for pollinators. Levin reached out and secured the site for the hives, a mutually beneficial arrangement: the prairie provides forage, the bees provide pollination, and the wildflowers produce more seeds for further restoration of the prairie. There’s also a natural connection between the Wrights and the bees. Craig Campbell, National Park Service guide,

said the first journalist to provide an eyewitness report of the Wrights’ flights was Amos Root in Gleanings in Bee Culture in 1905. Campbell shares this fact when he takes visitors on tours of Huffman Prairie Flying Field. “As I talk about the bees, I get to share Wright brothers’ stories and Dayton history in that modern beekeeping was born in Dayton,” he said. The partnership with the Park Service touches on three areas where the Propolis Project is making strides: bee habitat Continued on Page Four


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From the editor’s desk

Several months ago, I began conducting interviews about Black/Jewish relations spanning the riots of the late 1960s through the desegregation of Dayton Public Schools in the mid 1970s. Marshall I was certain there was enough Weiss material for a feature article in The Observer. What I found was a breadth and depth of stories, reflections and ideas to comprise a three-part series in these pages. Any less, in my opinion, would be a disservice to our community. In our September issue, we presented the story of the West Side riots and how the Jewish community was impacted and participated in Civil Rights causes. In this issue, you’ll find recollections of the attempt to desegregate Dayton Public Schools. In our November issue, we’ll conclude this series with observations from key players of the times about what we did and didn’t learn, and how we might go forward to repair societal fissures that are still with us today.

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and forage, research to reduce hive threats, and education. Education will be a big part of what Levin calls the “Taj Mahal of bee hives,” to be set up at the Fifth & Williams Food Forest. Another National Park Service collaboration with the Propolis Project, this hive of an estimated 15,000 bees will be buzzing in the coming year at a National Park Service yard in West Dayton. It will be two blocks from a Propolis Project food forest sprouting on formerly vacant lots near Williams Street, three blocks from the National Park Service WrightDunbar Interpretive Center, which has planted its own pollinator garden. The hive will include an infrared camera and Internet connection so researchers and novices alike can learn from the activity of the hive. “If we're lucky, we'll see leg-chewing activity," Levin said, “and the kids love watching it, ripping off the mite legs. You have to get kids in the mindset that if they want to save the earth, they have to save the bees. If they’ve just saved the earth and the pollinators, they’ve just saved themselves.” Education partnerships include a grant to second-graders in Piqua to put in a pollinator habitat. Propolis runs the observation hive at the Boonshoft Museum of Discovery, and it partnered to put on a summer bee festival at Aullwood Audubon Farm. Hillel Academy Jewish day school and the Jewish Community Center’s Camp Shalom also participate in the Propolis Project. As executive director of the Levin Family Foundation, Levin collaborates with agencies, researchers, educators and volunteers, and awards grants to ensure access to health care and healthy food for Dayton's underserved populations. What she calls her “second full-time job” started after her son, Ryan, heard a news report and alerted his mother to the decline of Ohio's honey bee population. He said he had the idea of increasing the bee population through more backyard hives. She took a considered look and saw in the honeybees a synergy with her foundation work for healthy communities. “We do a lot of work with public health, and the bee problem is a public health issue,” Levin said of the foundation. “If we do not have bees pollinating our fruits and vegetables, we're going to have fewer of them, and they will become more expensive. Even though you want to eat healthy and have a healthy diet, you may not be able to have it if you don't have the bees.” Continued on next page

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DAYTON Continued from Page Four The Levin Family Foundation funded the Propolis Project's first endeavors, and since then Levin has worked with other organizations to match funds to expand the project’s impact. The Fifth & Williams Food Forest is located in a “food desert,” which the USDA identifies as neighborhoods where citizens lack access to affordable, healthy food. In addition to feeding the bees, the produce grown there is harvested and sold at Wright Stop Plaza bus stop by formerly homeless Daytonians through the nonprofit Homefull. The food forest and another urban farm project run by the Foodbank will be in the flight radius of those “Taj Mahal” bees. And more requests are coming in all the time, Levin said, for education, garden and hive projects. This year, Propolis is looking to add hives in East Dayton to the urban farms of the Mission of Mary Cooperative. The bees do more than pollinate gardens — they make honey. Honey itself is an important food, packed with energy, vitamins and minerals. While a hive needs honey to maintain a colony, a healthy hive with good forage can produce an excess, which Wells is taking off to be sold to support Propolis. Honey is also a food full of story and ritual, said Rabbi Judy Chessin of Temple Beth Or. “It’s all over the place in Jewish lore,” Chessin said. Honey represents sweetness and goodness, Chessin said. At Rosh Hashanah, apples are dipped in honey to celebrate the sweetness of the new year. For Levin, supporting the pollinators means allowing what is sweet and good in life to thrive. As she's come to understand the plight of the bee, she's also discovered how much bees are misunderstood and confused with their aggressive cousins, the hornets and wasps. Propolis is also about repairing the image of the honey bee and educating others to protect rather than harm them, she said. And repairing — the bees’ reputation, habitat and rightful place as queen of food pollinators — is an apt metaphor for the collaboration’s continuing work. Levin said she named the project “propolis” after the resin made by the bees to seal and protect the hive. “We’re trying to repair what has happened,” she said. “And you cannot do this by yourself if you want to make an impact. This is why I started Propolis.”


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One area that wasn’t restricted to minorities was Dayton View, the neighborhood where most of Dayton’s Jews lived at ven before Melissa Sweeny that time. began high school at Individually and as a comColonel White in 1970, she munity, Dayton’s Jews supportheard about tensions in the ed integration and the formal building between white and process to desegregate Dayton black students. Public Schools. “There were what they were But as the desegregation calling riots,” she recalled. “I order was carried out, the qualcan’t say that it was full-blown ity of public education in the riots. But it was definitely turbulence in the schools, where district declined overall. With crime and vandalism at their the kids would be fighting.” She remembered her mother, doorsteps, Jews were not immune to white flight. Elaine Bettman, telling her to “There were an awful lot of get inside because a crush of disciplinary problems. People high school students were runweren’t used to getting along,” ning down the street. said U.S. District Judge Walter “And we were a good mile H. Rice, whose children atfrom school,” she said of their tended Dayton Public Schools at home on Harvard Boulevard, across from United Theological the time. “I remember my older child Seminary in Dayton View. being afraid to go to school,” “When I was in high school, Rice said. “There was an arts I remember the same kind of program that served as a magthing happening, and I had to net school. It brought people escape into a doctor’s office on from all over the community, my way home,” Sweeny said. and my son in fifth and sixth “And there was a day when grade was simply afraid to atstuff was going on in the high tend, not because of the black school, and someone lit a girl’s Afro on fire. And she’s running students and not because of through the halls with her Afro the white students, but because there was so much black-white on fire.” tension and fights that he In the years after the West simply didn’t want any part of Dayton riots of ‘66, ‘67, and this.” ‘68 — and the destruction and Mike Emoff lived three exodus of several businesses along West Third Street — those houses down from Fairview High School. In 1974, when he in the black community who could afford to move elsewhere was a sophomore, he remembered Dayton started a busing did so.


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program. Halfway through his high school years, Emoff’s parents didn’t want to disrupt his education. Though his younger brothers would attend The Miami Valley School, a private, non-sectarian prep school in Washington Township, he remained at Fairview, with approximately 15 Jewish kids in his grade. “It was probably one of the best things that happened to me personally because I learned how to deal with a world that wasn’t all perfect,” Emoff said. “My parents went to Fairview, my grandparents went to Fairview. It was mostly Jewish at one point. And it’s gone today.” At Colonel White, Sweeny said there wasn’t busing, since the student body was already integrated, nearly 50-50 by the time she graduated. Four or five of her classmates were Jewish; most Jewish students went to Fairview in Dayton View or to Meadowdale in Northwest Dayton. “The white kids that didn’t want to be with the black kids had their side of the high school,” Sweeny said of Colonel White. “They hung out on Wabash. And then you had the black kids, who were hanging out in front of the high school, and they never mixed.” Sweeny said she was part of a middle group that went either way. “There was actually a group



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that I started talking to about that — there were probably about 25 of us — to go on little mini retreats,” she said. “The thought was if those of us that were involved in this could spread it to the rest of the school, then maybe it would calm things down,” Sweeny said. “Of course that didn’t work, because there were too many opinions on how this should be going. The white kids that were on the Wabash side were not interested in becoming friends with the black kids, so that really wasn’t going to go anywhere. We really thought we were going to be doing something, but it didn’t help anything.” Emoff said he was pretty close with the dozen or so Jewish students in his grade at Fairview. “We had that Jewish connection, so we were in that tribe-ish kind of mode, I suppose,” he said. As Fairview students were bused out and students from other neighborhoods were bused in, they formulated their own tribes as well. “They had their tribe from Roosevelt, guys that knew each other and they came in and we were taking their turf,” Emoff said. “All the Jewish guys stayed on the sidelines and didn’t get in the middle of any race relations stuff. It was kind of an opportunity for me to learn how to deal with a lot of different kinds of people. I was friends with the new kids, I was friends with the old kids, I wasn’t intimidating to anybody.”


wen Nalls, a lawyer and realtor, grew up on Dayton’s West Side. She recalled that as a black girl in Dayton’s public school system, her second-class education ill prepared her for higher education. Nalls graduated from Dunbar High School in 1972. She and her husband, Dan Baker, are the authors of Blood in the Streets: Racism, Riots and Murders in the Heartland of America, which chronicles Dayton’s racial struggles from 1966 through 1975. “My teachers would talk to us, not necessarily as a class. They would tell me that at Belmont they have these kinds of labs, they have these kinds of instruments, they have these kinds of resources,” Nalls said. “And then you come over here and you get hand-me-downs if you have anything. There was

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always this dual system. “What really manifested itself was when you went to college, when you had to do entrance exams, when you have to try to compete or even keep up, you realized, we never had that. We weren’t taught that.” In the late ‘60s, Dayton’s school board and its superintendent were at odds. Superintendent Wayne Carle was an active champion of desegregation. The school board was not. As a way to help keep a watchful eye — and the peace — at schools that were experiencing natural integration, Carle recruited a network of mothers to volunteer as teacher’s aides. Among them was Joan Knoll, through the Council of Jewish Women. “There was an African-American group that was analogous to the Jewish women,” Knoll said. “A lot of people didn’t like us because we were too close

to Wayne Carle,” she said of the Jewish mothers who volunteered in the schools. “Because we were too liberal and he was too liberal.” Frustrated with Dayton’s segregated schools, minority families and the Dayton Chapter of the NAACP filed a federal suit against the district in 1972. U.S. District Court Judge Carl Rubin initially approved the Dayton plan to bus students voluntarily for limited sessions at environmental science centers. “It wound up being a good move, even though it was not intended to be that,” said Dayton City Commissioner Jeff Mims of the initial science centers. Mims began his career in 1970 in Dayton as a teacher’s aide through a Model Cities program. “They were looking for miContinued on Page Eight

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The attempt to desegregate Continued from Page Seven norities who lived in the community and who were veterans to become potential teachers, because it was evident at that time that Dayton Public Schools did not have a high number of minority teachers, and the number of minority students was increasing.” In 1973, Mims was hired to teach art in relation to science at an environmental science center at Eastmont Elementary School. “The students got a total of 16 days per year in that environment,” he said. “The first year, we had some challenges. We had a group of parents from Ruskin School (on Dayton’s then Appalachian East Side) that actually came to Eastmont attempting to shake the bus. They got carried away and slowly they were about to turn the bus over, and then one parent said, ‘Oh! The kids are still on the bus.’ And so they stopped for that reason.” When Mims was assigned to teach social studies at Belmont High School, he already knew 80 percent of the students — black and white — since he had taught them at the science center as elementary school students. “I ended up in a situation where the kids would be fighting or doing some crazy

Desegregation specialist Dr. Charles Glatt, murdered by Neal Bradley Long in 1975

things,” Mims said, “and I’d walk up to them and ask them to stop, and they’d look up and say, ‘OK, Mr. Mims.’ And the principal said to me, ‘Who the hell are you?’” The NAACP appealed Dayton’s limited magnet approach and the plan was eventually deemed insufficient. By the summer of 1975, Rubin assigned Ohio State desegregation expert Dr. Charles Glatt to devise and implement a comprehensive desegregation plan for Dayton. Irate at the thought that his children on the white East Side of Dayton would be bused to go to school with black children, racist Neal Bradley Long had begun his killing spree in the summer of 1972, randomly shooting blacks on the West Side in the early hours of the morning. For the next three summers, he would continue to shoot at least 30 black men, killing seven.

Serial killer Neal Bradley Long confessed to shooting 30 AfricanAmericans on Dayton’s West Side

When Glatt was assigned to desegregate Dayton’s schools, Long killed him at point-blank range in his Dayton office. It was Dan Baker, a Dayton police officer at the time, who took Long’s confession to 30 previous shootings. Glatt’s murder, Mims said, gave the mission of desegregation more purpose.


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DAYTON reporting to her.” Peter Wells, retired executive vice president of the Jewish Federation of Greater Dayton, arrived here in 1973 as assistant to the Federation’s executive director. “Where we were mostly involved in the desegregation process was as observer members of the Metropolitan Churches United, the interdenominational organization,” Wells remembered. “The churches took a role in trying to pull the community together: corporate, labor, the religious community, the non-profit community, the black community, and the police. Church leaders went to the corporate people and said, ‘You may live in Oakwood but you work in Dayton. If Dayton burns, you burn.’ And that led to a peaceable segregation.” “I knew what they were feeling,” Baker said of the Jewish community. “When the big fights would happen at Colonel White all those years ago, a lot of Jewish families lived right there on all those streets around there,” said Baker, who lived in Dayton View at the time.

“It was a shame. And they spoke out, wanting and trying to lead peaceful resolutions to those things, and put tremendous pressure on the school board and the police department, as they should have, to try to come to some resolution.” “We had rallies and we had meetings,” Joe Bettman said. “We once rented a yellow school bus and they had a parody song of Yellow Submarine, and we’re all in this yellow bus, going around the neighborhood, trying to rally some support.” Desegregation activists weren’t just going for Dayton’s schools; they attempted to convince suburban districts to become part of the plan. They knew it was the longest of longshots. Joe Bettman was invited to a Kettering PTA meeting to debate a vice president of the Kettering Board of Education about the pluses and minuses of desegregation. “The hall was filled,” Bettman said. “Well, they really gave me a hard time, and a few shouts here and there.” If there were Jews who Continued on Page 10

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“The national director of the NAACP at the time, you could call him in the morning and that evening, with no money, he’d have a lawyer in Dayton,” Gooding said. “I can remember three or four Jewish guys he sent down here. He’d send them to Dayton, overnight.” Before the federal appeals court insisted that Dayton Public Schools get on the track to real desegregation, members of Dayton’s Jewish community were actively involved in trying to get levies passed and desegregation-friendly candidates elected to the school board. One of those who ran in 1973, unsuccessfully, was Ellen Faust. “By then, the school board had a large representation of people who were for segregation and the continuation of it,” Faust said. That side called itself Save Our Schools, SOS. The business community in town formed a group called CBS, Citizens for Better Schools.” A key desegregation leader in the Jewish community at that time was Carol Pavlofsky. “She was just out there recruiting women,” Knoll said. “She had a crew of women


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Continued from Page Nine didn’t support desegregation, they kept it to themselves. “Jewish leaders knew what it was like to be disenfranchised and second-class citizens in the eyes of many,” said Robert Weinman, an assistant superintendent of Dayton Public Schools when desegregation took place. “So how could we, with our backgrounds and our history stand in the way?” “A lot of the young people who were from the area where a lot of Jewish families lived, they were more amenable and understanding in accepting the different cultures,” Mims said. Even so, there were incidents. But incidents brought the potential for teachable moments. When one of his Jewish students disrupted his class, Mims told her to move her seat. At first she refused. “I said, ‘move to this location,’ and so, as she picked up her books to move, she said, ‘black f---er.’ I took my pen out and I’m saying this out loud to the whole class as I’m writing her up, ‘I asked student to move to newly assigned seat. In the process of moving, she called me a black f---er.’ I said to her, ‘Here, take this to the office.’” She returned to school after her three-day suspension when Mims’ class was creating jewelry. “And so I sit down with her, I was working with her because she was making this necklace and earring set that she wanted to wear to the prom,” Mims

said. “And all the kids are looking, because they think I’m going to be mad at her. And so we got along fine. And after about three days, she apologized. She said, ‘I’m really sorry.’” At Fairview High School, Emoff recalled trouble that came “from all the white jocks who were there. They were competing for different status levels at the school, like the football team and the basketball team. “Some of the white kids that came in came from the north Dayton area, the rough white kids, were the ones who were bumping heads with the black kids.” Emoff said some students were killed in the fights. “Somebody shot himself in my back yard,” he said. “It was a white guy who was just depressed because he was stressed with school. There were five suicides, black and white, in those last two years, not all at school. And there were a lot of drug-related things that were happening at school.” Emoff and other honors students at Fairview were bused three afternoons a week to participate in the district’s high school honors program, at the YMCA downtown. “Fairview had dropped its honors programs, because that wouldn’t have achieved the objective within the school,” he said. Another dimension to Emoff’s perspective was the kidnapping and murder of his grandfather, furniture store owner Lester C. Emoff in 1975. “My grandfather was kidnapped by three black guys, one of whom is still alive and

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still in prison; the other two have died in prison. And they shot and killed him. That did not sit well with me, obviously. But I didn’t let that seep into anything at school. I just kind of stayed to myself.”


long with other members of the middle class, the Jews began moving out of Dayton View to Northwest Dayton, suburbs north of Dayton, and a few to areas south of town, for an amalgam of reasons. “Kids would start stealing their bikes,” Dr. Charlie Knoll said when he and his wife began thinking of moving. “Aaron got a new bike, someone stole it off the front porch. We had a Thunderbird. People came along and threw bricks through the windshield.” Weinman said some families that chose to remain in Dayton boosted enrollment at private schools such as The Miami Valley School and Hillel Academy Jewish day school. “As I look at my fellow religionists, we’re a strange group,” Weinman said. “We’ll give our money, in fact sometimes we’ll give even our life to help. But when it comes to our own families, we want the best education for our youngsters. Because of deseg, you’re bringing in a less well-educated group, which can (academically) harm those that are ahead.” Nalls said white flight was a self-fulfilling prophecy. “The schools are going down, and when you pull your kids out, yes, it went down.” “I can relate to what their feelings were,” Baker said of the Jews of Dayton View, “the mixed feelings about being in an area you feel is a progressive area, an accepting area. That’s what Dayton Triangle was clearly all about. I have to admit, I was a real sucker for believing all that for a long time too — the urban pioneer. Until my house was broken into twice, my car stolen three times, and my teenage daughter was abducted at gun point by a drug addict at her morning school bus stop in ‘84. Thank God she was recovered by police five hours later. I said, that’s enough. Get out. So you say to yourself, ‘How much social consciousness do you have?’ But what you do is protect your family.”

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Israel tackle terrorism prevention. Both first identify suspicious behavior patterns, then narrow the range of suspects by considering a number of demographic factors, including ethnicity or religion. Trump, however, would start with a blanket profile of a huge religious or ethnic group, and then use the hammer of the state to intimidate the community and extract suspects from within. Law officials say that method risks tarring — and alienating — entire communities and is far slower and less practical than focusing first on behavior. In the aftermath of a bomb attack in New York City and several other aborted attacks in the vicinity, Trump on Sept. 19 proposed that U.S. law enforcement adopt what he believes is Israel’s system of profiling. And it wasn’t the first time. “You know, our police are amazing,” he said, speaking to the Fox News Channel as law enforcement closed in on the alleged perpetrator of the New York attack. “Our local police, they know who a lot of these people are. They’re afraid to do anything about it because they don’t want to be accused of profiling, and they don’t want to be accused of all sorts of things. “You know, in Israel, they profile. They’ve done an unbelievable job, as good as you can do.” Trump did not mention “Muslims” in the interview, but he acknowledged it’s who he meant the last time he cited Israel as a positive example: in June, following the massacre at an LGBT club in Orlando. In that instance, CBS interviewer John Dickerson asked the candidate directly about whether, when Trump said “profiling,” he meant Muslims in America. Trump agreed and drew the Israel comparison. “Well, I think profiling is something that we’re going to have to start thinking about as a country,” he said. “Other countries do it, you look at Israel and you look at others, they do it and they do it successfully,” Trump said. But they don’t do it by scrutinizing every member of an ethnic religious group, say


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experts. “They will tell you they do not do that,” said Steve Pomerantz, the counterterrorism expert at the Jewish Institute for National Security Affairs and a retired FBI agent, referring to Israel’s security establishment. Instead, he said, they look for behavioral patterns, or what some call “predictive profiling.” In both his professional capacities, Pomerantz has worked with Israeli law enforcement. (JINSA brings together Israeli and American police for brainstorming.) Focusing on an entire community instead of individuals gets it backwards, he said. “If I was looking at gathering intelligence on the threat of terrorism, would I be looking at that community more than others? You bet,” Pomerantz said, referring to Muslims. “But treating an individual based solely on their ethnicity is another issue altogether.” Gathering intelligence on ethnic communities where terrorists might proliferate means cultivating sources within that community, according to U.S. law enforcement officials who have tracked terrorism in recent

eavesdropping capabilities, that Americans would reject, said Shoshana Bryen, an analyst at the conservative Jewish Policy Center. In both countries, however, the willingness to consider ethnicity and faith among a range of factors in identifying threats has led to allegations of excess and abuse. The U.S. State Department has decried the “unequal treatment” of Arab and Muslim Americans traveling to Israel, and Israel’s civil rights community continues to track employment and housing discrimination afflicting Israeli minorities. Civil liberties groups have said that the New York Police Department’s monitoring of Muslim activities is overly intrusive. But there is no equivalent to Trump’s proposal that the state presume an entire community guilty until proven otherwise. Israel facilitates visits by Muslims from overseas to holy sites and for treatment in its hospitals, often in the absence of diplomatic relations. Muslims serve in Israel’s parliament, on its judicial benches and in its diplomatic corps.

years. That means risk management establishing trust who has praised with community Israel’s practice of and religious leadtraining airport seers. curity personnel to Identifying an identify suspects entire commuthrough anomanity as suspect, lous behavior. He Trump’s preferred said that law enmethod, would forcement, as soon likely crush any as the bomb went inclination toward off in Manhattan cooperation. on Sept. 17, likely After a Muslim focused on white couple carried out supremacists as a massacre in San well as Muslim Bernardino, Calif., New York City Police stand guard in Manhattan’s Herald Square radicals. on Sept. 18, near where a bomb was set off the previous evening in December, Singling out Trump charged radicals within that members of the area’s Mus- month on conservative talk ethnic or religious communities radio, Trump said he would lim community knew the pair makes sense, but generalizing were radicals but failed to notify pressure entire communities to about broad communities does hand over those they believed to not, Wagner said. authorities. be planning nefarious acts. “When you look at, when “The issue here is when peo“We have a real problem, and ple are scared and fearful, they you look at people within the Muslim community and where it has (to) start, and it has to stop start to contemplate things they people are living and they don’t with the Muslim community, wouldn’t otherwise contemturning in the bad seeds, turning plate,” he said of support for report, and a good example of that would be San Bernardino,” in the bad apples,” he said on broad ethnic profiling. “Trump The Wayne Dupree Show. “And he told CBS in June. is playing on people’s deepest if they don’t do that, then we’re darkest fears.” BuzzFeed has debunked the gonna have to do something claim that the Muslim comThere are differences between because we can’t live like this.” munity in San Bernardino was how the U.S. and Israel pursue Including ethnicity or religion terrorists. Law enforcement aware of what the couple were as a factor makes sense, said planning. agencies in Israel have means Daniel Wagner, a consultant on Speaking later the same available, including broader

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How all sides view Netanyahu’s ‘ethnic cleansing’ remarks “In a final resolution, we would not By Andrew Tobin, JTA see the presence of a single Israeli — JERUSALEM — Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu argued Sept. 9 that civilian or soldier — on our lands,” Palthe Palestinian leadership is supporting estinian Authority President Mahmoud “ethnic cleansing” by refusing to accept Abbas said in July 2013, just before the latest peace talks. Israeli settlers in its future state. Chief Palestinian negotiator Saeb “Yet the Palestinian leadership actuErekat reiterated his boss’s position in ally demands a Palestinian state with January 2015, explaining that Israeli one precondition: No Jews. There’s a phrase for that: It’s called ethnic cleans- settlements in the West Bank are illegal under international law. ing,” he said in a video. “And this Erekat later told the official Palestindemand is outrageous. It’s even more ian Authority daily Al-Ayyam that the outrageous that the world doesn’t find stance on settlers had nothing to do with this outrageous.” singling out Jews. The reaction from critics was swift. That same day, Hanan Ashrawi, a Later the same day, the State Departmember of the Palestine Libment strongly disagreed with eration Organization’s ExecuNetanyahu’s characterization tive Committee, told The Times of the Palestinian position, of Israel that “Palestine” could calling his remarks “inappronot accept “ex-territorial Jewpriate and unhelpful.” ish enclaves” where residents United Nations Secretarymaintained Israeli citizenship. General Ban Ki-moon called But, she said, Jews would be the analogy “unacceptable free to apply to become Palesand outrageous.” tinian citizens. So who’s right? Palestinian Akiva Eldar, a columnist for leaders have indeed insisted Israeli Prime Minister the website Al-Monitor, sugtheir state, if it were to become reality, be free of Jewish Benjamin Netanyahu gested in 2014 that the Palestinians don’t want to get stuck settlers. But the vast majority with the “troublemakers” most likely to of settlers don’t want to stay behind in stay behind. a future Palestinian state anyway, and Still, Palestinian opposition to the many Israeli politicians are opposed to idea has not always been so firm and letting them. could soften again. The settler movement was founded Back in 2009, then-Palestinian Prime with the goal of extending Israeli Minister Salaam Fayyad said Jews who sovereignty over the Gaza Strip and stayed behind in “Palestine” would Judea and Samaria, its preferred terms enjoy the same rights as other citizens. for the area known as the West Bank. And there was the Palestinians’ 2008 Some 400,000 Israelis live in the West offer to take sovereignty over some Bank, excluding eastern Jerusalem, and especially for an ideological core group, settlements. Critics of the “ethnic cleansing” analrelinquishing their homes and Jewish ogy also say it distorts the mechanisms sovereignty would be a personal and of the kinds of peace deals that have political catastrophe. been discussed — namely that any deal Still, only a small minority of settlers will include land swaps involving Israel from the political fringes would stay retaining territory that includes large without the protection of Israeli secusettlement blocs. rity forces. Such settlers would prefer “Netanyahu is well aware of the to remain on the land rather than living necessity to provide security to settler within Israel. communities,” Jonathan Greenblatt, While many settlers would resist CEO of the Anti-Defamation League, efforts by Israel to expel them, as they wrote in an essay critical of Netanyahu’s did in the Gaza disengagement of 2005, few would likely remain in a Palestinian comments. “That concern has led those involved in negotiating a resolution to state once a deal was struck. the Israeli-Palestinian conflict to favor Nachum Pachenik, a settler who including the majority of settlers within heads the coexistence group Land of Israel. Territorial compromise presents Peace, said he is among those who less of a challenge than creating a large would join a future Palestinian state. minority of Jewish residents in a PalesIn a 2014 interview with the Forward, tinian state.” Pachenik estimated that up to 10,000 Supporters of a two-state solution settlers would stay if they were given note that it is predicated on the separathe option. A 2011 survey by Land of Peace found tion of two mutually hostile populations. 3.5 to 4.5 percent of settlers, or some Retaining Jewish outposts “in the 16,000, would stay. Palestinian leaders have flatly rejected heart of the Arab population,” wrote Ben-Dror Yemini, a political columnist the idea of any settlers remaining on for Yediot Acharonot, “is the antithesis of the territory of their future state, while the idea of self-determination.” insisting it is not an issue of religion. THE DAYTON JEWISH OBSERVER • OCTOBER 2016


Obama’s $38B aid package to Israel comes with caveats: It’s generous, but on his terms

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By Ron Kampeas, JTA President Barack Obama’s near parting gift to Israel, a guarantee of $38 billion in defense assistance over a decade, distills into a single document what he’s been saying throughout eight fraught years: I have your back, but on my terms. The agreement signed Sept. 14 in the State Department’s Treaty Room increases assistance for Israel over the prior Memorandum of Understanding signed in 2007 under the George W. Bush administration and guaranteeing Israel $31 billion over 10 years. But it also substantially shrinks the role Congress plays in a critical forum shaping U.S.-Israel relations, defense assistance, and in so doing diminishes the influence of the mainstream pro-Israel community, a sector that at times has been an irritant to Obama. Wrapped into the $38 billion memorandum is $5 billion in missile defense funding, with

clauses placing tough restrictions on Israel’s ability to ask for supplements from Congress. Under Obama and Bush, that’s been an arena where the pro-Israel lobby has flexed its muscle over the last decade or so, consistently asking Congress for multiples of the missile defense appropriations requested by each president — and getting it. “The MOU as it’s constructed seems to obviate the need for Congress’ traditional role in recent years,” said Jonathan Schanzer, the vice president of the Foundation for Defense of Democracies. Democrats in Congress praised the deal unequivocally, but Republicans had caveats. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, RFla., the chairwoman of the U.S. House of Representatives subcommittee for the Middle East, led passage of a congressional resolution urging an extension of the defense assistance —

coincidentally, just hours after the sides announced a deal was in the offing. Ros-Lehtinen said she intended to subject the agreement to congressional scrutiny. “It is important for Congress to conduct its oversight authority and examine the MOU closely in order to ensure that this agreement is mutually beneficial and meets the needs of both the U.S. and Israel,” she said in a statement. Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., the chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee’s subcommittee dispensing foreign aid, was infuriated by the arrangement. “We can’t have the executive branch dictating what the legislative branch will do for a decade based on an agreement we are not a party to,” he told The Washington Post, and pledged to push more funds for Israel through Congress. Jacob Nagel, the acting Israeli national security adviser who

Jacob Nagel (L), Israel's acting national security adviser, signs a Memorandum of Understanding for $38 billion of U.S. defense assistance over 10 years with Undersecretary of State Tom Shannon, Sept. 14

led talks ahead of the agreement, told reporters before the formal signing, that the Israelis had asked Graham to back off. “Senator Graham is one of the greatest supporters of Israel in Congress,” he said. “But everyone who spoke with him” on Israel’s team in the talks “said it was not a good idea — Israel is a country that honors its agreements.” Continued on Page 40

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Campus Zionists Fighting campus antisemitism don’t need safe spaces. isn’t just a good idea. It’s the law. They need self-confidence. By Seffi Kogen They're all true, all those stories you've heard. The Jewish student questioned about whether her Judaism and involvement in the Jewish community would disqualify her from serving in student government. The Israel bashers who besieged a movie night put on by a pro-Israel group, forcing Jewish students to escape under police protection. The man from Students for Justice in Palestine who stood up at a rally of campus rape survivors and their allies and used his time to attack Israel. And the swastikas scrawled in dorm rooms, scratched into elevators, spray-painted on fraternity houses. It's all true. And it’s become so bad that some suggest that college students be warned to “brace yourselves for insane antisemitism.” Respectfully, I beg to differ. In fact, there has never been a better time to be a Jewish college student. Jews were not fully accepted into American higher education until the 1950s, when the quota system finally came to an end. In the 1960s and '70s, civil rights and anti-war activism often led to contentious relations between Jewish students and campus administrations. And how could anyone argue that life was better for young Jews before the turn-of-the-century advent of Birthright? No, there's no disputing that recent years — with Hillel active at more than 500 colleges and universities, Birthright bringing 40,000 people to Israel each year and hundreds of millions of dollars pouring in to support Jewish life on campus — have afforded American Jewish students opportunities never before imagined. And yet: the swastikas. And the hatred directed at Jewish students (but only, we're assured unreassuringly, because they are Zionists, as if it were possible to cleave Zionism from Jewish identity). Other oppressed and marginalized groups have called for trigger warnings, altered curricula and “safe spaces” to congregate and convalesce. This is understandable. We want college students to feel

secure as they enter this pivotal time in their lives. No matter how nobly intentioned, these measures do more harm than good. Academic freedom and the marketplace of ideas have allowed Jews to thrive on the American college campus. We as a community would be poorly served by efforts to diminish those values. As Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis wrote so many years ago, “Fear of serious injury cannot alone justify suppression of free speech. Men feared witches and burnt women. It is the function of speech to free men from the bondage of irrational fears.” Anti-Zionism is a liberal orthodoxy in vogue in progressive activist circles today. It is commonplace to find antiZionism enforced in groups concerned with LGBT rights, sexual assault prevention, climate justice and more. But antiZionism is deeply offensive to the majority of Jewish students who are moved as Jews to support the Jewish state. Yet students need not be sheltered from anti-Zionist opinions. We have nothing to fear from them. We must have confidence that the arguments for Zionism are compelling enough to survive — even thrive — under intellectual scrutiny. So, college students, don't “brace yourself.” Prepare yourself, instead, to encounter ideas at odds with your own. Don't simply accept those ideas. Examine them carefully and critically before determining whether they are worth incorporating into your worldview. And take care to look after your own Judaism. Get involved in Hillel. Enroll in a Jewish studies course. Educate yourself about modern Israel. The best defense of the Jewish state is not ratcheting up the rhetoric, it's seeking out a strong Jewish community, enhancing your knowledge and identity, going on a Birthright trip. Experiencing the marketplace of ideas at a university is a great privilege. Don't waste it. Seffi Kogen is the American Jewish Committee's assistant director for campus affairs.

By Morton A. Klein and Susan B. Tuchman In September, the chancellor of The City University of New York released a report by CUNY-hired outside counsel investigating allegations of campus antisemitism. The investigation was triggered by a 14-page letter from the Zionist Organization of America to CUNY’s leadership, which noted, among other incidents, how during a rally last November held by Students for Justice in Palestine and allied groups at Hunter College, protesters were heard chanting “Long live the intifada!” and calling Jewish student onlookers “racists,” “Nazis” and “supporters of genocide." The report confirmed that antisemitism is a serious problem at CUNY, causing Jewish students to feel threatened and unsafe. But it disappointingly failed to recommend how to address the problem. Four steps are crucial — not only at CUNY, but also at the many other universities where Jewish students are being targeted. Remedial steps are required under federal law. With bipartisan congressional support, the ZOA led a successful six-year battle to ensure that Jewish students would be protected from antisemitic harassment and intimidation under Title VI of the Civil Rights Act. Title VI requires federally-funded schools to provide Jewish students with a learning environment that is physically and emotionally safe. First, that means administrators must enforce their own rules of conduct and hold violators accountable. They don’t hesitate to do so when other groups are targeted, even when the wrongdoing is limited to hateful and offensive speech. For example, at the University of Oklahoma, after members of a fraternity were caught on video chanting the “N word" and referring to lynching, the university president immediately expelled two

fraternity leaders, disciplined more than 20 other students and shut down the fraternity. At Yale, after fraternity members chanted “No means yes! Yes means anal!” the fraternity was suspended for five years and individual students were punished for violating university rules against harassment, intimidation and “imperiling the integrity and values of the University community.” CUNY has similar rules. They affirm students’ right to advocate their pro-Israel views without fear of physical or verbal abuse from others who disagree. And they prohibit “any action or situation which recklessly or intentionally endangers mental or physical health.” The actions attributed to SJP in the report show that SJP violated these rules. At the SJP-organized rally at Hunter College, for instance, protesters chanted “Jews out of CUNY” and “Death to Jews.” In recent years Jewish students at Brooklyn College have been harassed and threatened for disagreeing with SJP’s Israelbashing views and for even refusing an SJP flier. CUNY’s SJP chapter should be suspended for its conduct, or at least be placed on supervised probation, in the same way that Northeastern University’s SJP chapter was after the ZOA alerted the president to antisemitism on his campus. Second, university leaders must clearly and forcefully condemn antisemitism whenever it occurs on campus, and they must condemn the perpetrators by name and shame them as a disgrace to the university community. That includes antisemitism expressed as anti-Zionism. The State Department provides excellent guidance on how to determine when criticism of Israel becomes antisemitism. Demonizing Israel by comparing it to Nazi Germany and denying Israel’s right to exist are examples of contemporary antisemitism, according to the U.S. government guidelines. University

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leaders should be using the government’s definition to help students — and especially SJP, which denies that anti-Zionism is antisemitism — understand that antisemitism is more than a swastika or an ethnic slur, and that every form of Jew-hatred is hurtful and dangerous. Third, universities should have mandatory educational programs about antisemitism, using the State Department’s definition as guidance. These should not be just for students. Administrators, faculty and staff also need to appreciate what antisemitism is today and that on campus, it typically includes vicious attacks on Israel. Finally, universities must investigate where student groups are getting their outside support and funding. In April, former U.S. Treasury Department terrorism analyst Jonathan Schanzer testified at a congressional briefing and documented that at least seven leaders and supporters of American Muslims for Palestine were officials of American “charities" that were implicated in funneling money to the U.S.-designated terrorist group Hamas. Schanzer described American Muslims for Palestine as “arguably the most important sponsor and organizer for SJP,” providing its chapters’ speakers, training and printed materials, including a so-called “Apartheid Wall” display that is the centerpiece of many SJP protests. Student groups must not have ties to terrorism. CUNY’s investigative report confirmed numerous antisemitic incidents and SJP’s responsibility for many of them. It acknowledged that Jewish students feel threatened and are even afraid to identify openly as Jewish. Yet it made no recommendations, suggested no consequences and held no one accountable. Let’s hope that CUNY’s recently appointed working group on these issues, and leaders at other universities, incorporate at least these four steps, which will help make them a safer and more tolerant place to learn.



The heart of a son toward his father By David Esrati


here were times when I felt cheated for neither having a middle name nor a middle initial. Dad’s middle initial was G. for Gideon, which wasn’t pronounced Gidi-on, but the Hebrew way, Gee-don. It took me a long time to realize it was the same name. His father, a scion of a wealthy family, had his Ph.D. and M.D. by age 21. Dashing, with a dueling scar on his face, he reportedly had a white horse in college where he was quite the big man on campus. A son of the owners of a German mining locomoClippings and photos of crucial tive company, my grandfather married a socialite with times in the life of Stephen Esrati great legs and an eighth-grade education: my grandmother, the daughter of a Berlin lumber baron. mouth and some kid “little Joey” tagging along. She In 1948, he and a bunch of Betarim (members of a In 1933, my grandfather realized that Germany made her way over to talk to him at the dining hall. pre-state Zionist paramilitary unit) had loaded onto wasn’t going to be a good place to be Jewish. So he They began a conversation that lasted days. He went a former troopship, the Marine Carp, to fight in the scouted out a way to get out of the country and found to get the ring back from Lily after day four or so. Israeli War of Independence, in violation of the U.S. a restaurant on the Swiss border where the window Nina and Stephen moved in together. Neutrality Act. The ship was stopped in Lebanon. It of the men’s room was in Germany. He made this trip Nina became his wife, several times. They married was demanded that the men of military age leave the multiple times, smuggling out my 6-year-old father, on the kibbutz, on the ship to England, and then for ship. This was the day after Israel declared its indeStephen; my grandmother; and later, in 1939, her sisthe family in England. When he died, they were short pendence. Sixty-nine, including 41 Americans, were ter and her daughter. Some of the family jewelry was just three days of 62 years. escorted off the ship at gunpoint. smuggled out inside a small pillow. My arrival on planet Earth changed my father’s life My father volunteered to go first. My father’s wealthy grandparents wrongly astrajectory. He was a journalist with The Cleveland Plain On my recent, first trip to Israel, I sat in the kitchen sumed that the Nazis wouldn’t have any reason to Dealer for most of my childhood. He instilled in me a with former Israeli Defense Minister Moshe “Misha” bother with them. His paternal grandmother, the last reporter’s curiosity. Dad would never drive the same Arens and his wife, Muriel. She was on that ship, and of them, died in Theresienstadt on March 4, 1943. She way twice, instead looking to learn a city. Misha had organized the trip. She told me that she was deported from Berlin on Aug. 17, 1942 in the first Some of that came from him driving a cab to put was absolutely sure they were going to be shot on the transport of elderly Jews. The German’s meticulously dock. When they instead loaded them onto trucks, she himself through college at Boston University, where documented her death as “enteritis,” which my father he earned both undergraduate and master’s degrees thought they were being taken somewhere noted in his genealogy software He was an MP, else to be shot, and that the 69 would never in political science. It was also where he used to lunch as a fancy way of saying she on Thursdays with a doctoral student and debate with be seen again. starved to death. trying to cut him about peaceful protest versus armed rebellion. That’s when my father became one of The survivors in my famThat student was named Martin, later known as Dr. the first hostages in the modern Middle ily made their way to Palestine off Nazi escape East, long before the Iranian Embassy siege. Martin Luther King Jr. where my grandfather practiced routes. But he My Dad, Steve Esrati, passed away on Aug. 18 at They were released after two months in medicine and terrorism. Trying to expel the British put him in was also stealing captivity. Dad lost almost 30 pounds. Never the age of 89 at the Dayton VA Hospice. He left his one to follow the crowd, he jumped ship in body to Wright State University Boonshoft School of esteemed company. According to weapons and Medicine. the Azores on the trip home, which ended my father, Golda Meir was one Dad wrote three books: The Tenth Prayer, a story of up being a slight delay. When he eventuof the people who frequented my helping smuggle Israel; Comrades Avenge Us, historical fiction; and Dear ally returned to the states later in ‘48, his grandfather’s clinic; weapons them to Palestine. passport was confiscated for six years. Dad Son, do you really want to be an American? He wrote the frequented his clinic too. last one for me on my 18th birthwas deemed a security risk It was there that my family day. We were living in Canada switched its name from Hirsch to Esrati, the name of a and kicked out of ROTC; he was also from 1968 to ‘70, and the book’s held in “pipeline” instead of being sent laundress. Dad liked the name, and since it happened intent was to help me make up to Korea. to be Sephardic — which matched my grandfather’s my mind on citizenship since back When the Freedom of Information lineage — they adopted it to ditch the unpopular then, dual citizenship wasn’t alact was passed in 1971, he requested German roots. A translation gaffe happened when my lowed. It was an unfiltered version his files. They were at least two inches grandfather arrived at Ellis Island in 1939. Dr. Esrati of American history as seen from thick, with lots of black redactions. spoke no English, so his German way of phonetian immigrant to his first generacally spelling the Hebrew made our family, as far as I tion son. That book, although only know, the only Esratis on the planet. s soon as he got his passport back about 80 pages, helped me underThere are Ezrattys and Isradis and other variations, in 1954, he returned to Israel. While stand that we get the government but I’ve never met another Esrati. In the travels of living on a kibbutz, he became engaged we fight for, not what is given to my youth, I’d scour the white pages phone books in to a woman named Lily, whose father us. hotels, and now Google seems to have confirmed our was excited about having an American name’s uniqueness. son to help his export business expand David Esrati owns The Next Wave in the States. ad agency and is active in local My future mother, Nina, showed up ad enlisted in the U.S. Army and was sent to the Dayton politics. He follows in his at the kibbutz looking for a husband Italian-Yugoslavian border after the war had father’s footsteps, doing citizen-driven and saw him as she stepped off the bus ended in Europe but was still going in the Pacific. He journalism on his blog, in Hasolelim. He was marching across was an MP, trying to cut off Nazi escape routes. But the field in khakis and a white sleevehe was also stealing weapons and helping smuggle Undated photo of Stephen Esrati in He is still searching for his own Mrs. Esrati. less T-shirt, a cigarette hanging from his Baalbek, Lebanon them to Palestine.





KVELLING CORNER With a Western hoedown theme, CARE House, Dayton’s advocacy center for abused children, will hold its first fund-raiser on Nov. 4 at Top of the Market. The event will feature live music, raffles, a silent and live auction, and even a mechanical

Rachel Haug Gilbert bull. Members of the event committee include Andrea Abrams, Cathy Brown, Patty Caruso, Melinda Doner, Stacy Emoff, Laurie Friedman, Dale Goldberg, and Angela Frydman, chair of Friends of CARE House. “CARE House provides help, hope and healing to abused children and their families through a coordinated and effective team approach,” Angela explains. “During my career at the prosecutor’s office, I tried many, if not most of the child sexual abuse cases that were brought to our office. I did so without the benefit of CARE House and I can tell you firsthand what a difference CARE House makes. Before CARE House, victims of child abuse were at risk of getting lost in the system or even worse, being further traumatized by the system designed to help them.” Falls Church (Va.) High School biology teacher Brian Schwenk was chosen by the Knowles Science Teaching Foundation as a member


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2 0 1 6 Annual Meeting Row 1, left to right: Members of the Leadership Institute class unveils their culminating project; Outgoing past president Gary Youra and Immediate past president Judy Abromowitz Row 2, left to right: Federation president David Pierce addresses the audience; Outgoing JFGD board members Ann Sherbet and Melinda Doner; JCC Board Past Chair Alan Gabel awards Heath Gilbert JCC Volunteer of the Year. Row 3, left to right: Debby Goldenberg recognizes Susie Katz, our 2016 KipnisWilson/ Friedland award winner; Our past Kipnis-Wilson/ Friedland award winners. Row 4, left to right: Rick Carne awards the Robert A. Shapiro Award to Melinda Doner, Staff members Rosemary Kane (10 years), Emily Snyder (5 years), and Marshall Weiss (20 years) are recognized for their service; Bernie Rabinowitz presents the Past Presidents’ Award to Joel Frydman. Below: Retiree Janice Kohn shares her feelings about being honored. PHOTO CREDIT: MARSHALL WEISS



Jewish Federation of GREATER DAYTON › PJ Library in the Aisles Sunday, October 2 11AM–1PM @ Whole Foods

(1050 Miamisburg Centerville Rd., 45458) Stop by Whole Foods on Sunday morning and say hello to staff from PJ Library Dayton! We will sign up kids for PJ Library and share some holiday activities and recipes!

› Bubbles in the Sukkah Thursday, October 20 10AM @ Boonshoft CJCE

Join PJ Library and JCC Early Childhood for a special Sukkot story time. We will share some Sukkot stories, and blow bubbles of all sizes, even super giant bubbles! Open to children and their caretakers, ages 0 and up!

› Women's Philanthropy Brunch Sunday, October 30 10AM @ Boonshoft CJCE

A celebration of women’s philanthropy including our Lions of Judah, Pomegranates, and Pearl Society with guest speaker Jennifer Korach.

› Intro to Judaism Tuesdays, 7–8:30PM October 25–February 21

Organized and taught by the rabbis of The Synagogue Forum of Greater Dayton. The course offers an in-depth look at Judaism from Conservative, Orthodox/Traditional, and Reform perspectives along with guest speakers who offer their insights and broaden exposure to the Jewish community. $75 for books & materials (per unit, couples or singles). Contact Rabbi Judy Chessin at 4353400 for more information.

RSVPs are due at least 1 week before event. Events with no price listed are free. PLEASE CONTACT KAREN STEIGER REGARDING ALL EVENTS UNLESS NOTED: 610-1555,

Women's Philanthropy Brunch Guest Speaker:

Jennifer Korach

Living in Paris, Cleveland native Jennifer Korach planned on giving her family an exciting and fulfilling year abroad. Only 6 months into their stay in France, the terrorist attack on Charlie Hebdo and a local kosher market, Hyper Cacher, shook the foundation of Paris’ Jewish communities. Jennifer joins us to reflect on her experiences – and why now more than ever, as women, we need to say yes to our Jewish communities, and participate in the compelling work of repairing the world. See Jennifer speak about her experiences at the Women's Philanthropy Brunch on Sunday, October 30, at 10AM at the Boonshoft CJCE. For more information, contact Alisa Thomas at 610-1796.

Our pledge to the Federation helps bring the best movies to Dayton for Film Fest and promotes a committed relationship between Dayton and Israel through Partnership2Gether. —Irvin and Gayle Moscowitz Irvin and Gayle Moscowitz are devoted to our Jewish community through many meaningful programs such as the Dayton Jewish Film Festival as well as our Partnership2Gether program, which connects Dayton and the Western Galilee region in Israel. Partnership2Gether encourages joint efforts to foster interaction through programs that strengthen Jewish identity in the US and Israel.

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A NOTE from CABF CHAIR Beverly Louis

Jewish Community Center of GREATER DAYTON › Camp Shalom Reunion Sunday, October 9 2–4PM @ Poelking Lanes

(1403 Wilmington Ave., 45420) Open to all in grades K–9! RSVP is required to Meryl Hattenbach at No cost.

› Children's Theatre Tryouts Thursday, October 20 6:30–7:30PM Wednesday, October 26 4:30–6:30PM

Greetings! I’m Beverly Louis, the JCC’s 2016 Cultural Arts and Book Festival Chair. Every year the committee works hard at establishing a festival line-up that is diverse, educational, inspirational, and entertaining with something for everyone. This year, we begin with a sneak peek on September 26 with Dr. Steven Windmueller, author of The Quest for Power: A Study in Jewish Political Behavior. He is an expert on the Jewish perspective from both Democrat and Republican perspectives. Join us for this informative evening and stick around to watch the presidential debate with Dr. Windmueller!

The CJCE transforms into a nightclub as we officially kick-off the 2016 season on Thursday, October 27. Co@ Sugar Camp (400 Sugar Camp median Karen Jaffe will be our emcee Circle, Oakwood) as we celebrate Seinfeld with Jennifer Grades 2-12 are invited to Audition for Annie Jr.! Callbacks Keishin Armstrong, author of New York are October 30 1:30–4:30PM. Times best seller, Seinfeldia! You don’t Production dates: February 18-19, 2017. have to know anything about Seinfeld › CABF OPENING NIGHT to enjoy this evening that will be filled What's the Deal with Seinfeld?! with laughs. Noshes and a cash bar Thursday, October 27 will be available. Then join us the next 7PM @ Boonshoft CJCE day at 11AM at Centerville Library, Get ready to laugh with local comedian Karen Jaffe and New York Times best selling author Jennifer Armstrong as we delve into the TV show embedded in the American psyche: Seinfeld! Armstrong shares the hilarious behind-the-scenes story of the guys who went out for coffee and dreamed up the cultural sensation that changed television and bled into the real world. No need to steal a loaf of rye, or double dip a chip - we'll have plenty of noshes with a cash bar. $10 in advance, $15 at the door.

as Armstrong shares even more funny anecdotes followed by Q & A and a book signing. The festival continues on Monday, November 7, with a special dinner at El Meson restaurant with author Dawn Lerman, My Fat Dad: A Memoir of Food, Love and Family with Recipes. This book is thought-provoking and funny. “Dawn reminds us that eating is about much more than protein and carbs and nutrients—it’s about family, history and identity. Dawn’s grandmother put it best: ‘I can find my heritage in a bowl of soup.’”—A.J. Jacobs, journalist and New York Times bestselling author of Drop Dead Health. On Wednesday, November 9, 7PM at the CJCE, we are delighted to host author Uri Bar-Joseph as he discusses his recent book, The Angel: The Egyptian Spy Who Saved Israel, chronicling the sensational life and mysterious death of Ashraf Marwan, an Egyptian senior official who spied for Israel. Rabbi David Eliezrie, author of The Secret of Chabad: Inside the World’s Most Successful Jewish Movement, joins us

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› Art Appreciation Fridays, Oct 7–Dec 16 10AM @ Boonshoft CJCE

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The Art of Japan: Past and Present; The Art of America. $50 per student.

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work has sweet rewards! Noah and

Luke Miller have a smashing good time crafting their sundae toppings during Early Childhood's annual Ice Cream Social in September. PHOTO CREDIT: MOLLY WATERWORTH


on Thursday, November 17, to discuss what makes a successful business model. He reveals the secrets of how a small group of Chassidim created the largest Jewish movement in the world! New York Times bestselling author, B.A. Shapiro, joins us at the Wright Memorial Public Library on Tuesday, December 6, at 7PM, to talk about her gripping new novel, The Muralist. Shapiro is author of The Art Forger, The Safe Room, Blind Spot, Seen No Evil and more. On Thursday, December 8, join us in the intimate setting of the Dayton Woman’s Club at 7pm. Author Ayelet Tsabari discusses her award-winning debut collection of stories. The Best Place on Earth won the Sami Rohr Prize for Jewish Literature. Her characters grapple with love, violence and faith and the challenges of balancing old traditions with modern times. Finally, throughout the festival, check out the beautiful artwork from our local Dayton artists as well as from Partnership2gether. You won’t want to miss this amazing festival! —BEVERLY LOUIS, 2016 CABF CHAIR

Jewish Family Services Jewish Foundation ofof GREATER DAYTON GREATER DAYTON Thursday, October 6 › Off to a Sweet Start 1-2:30PM @ Friendship Village,

Susan Gottschalk and Jane Keiffer from the Artemis Center joined us for the Mega Challah Bake! PHOTO CREDIT:

Convocation Room (5790 Denlinger Rd, 45426) No cost. RSVP by Thursday, September 29.


Wednesday, October 19 › L'Chaim 2016: Companionship is Ageless 10AM–Noon @ The Neon


Thank you, PFLAG, for partnering with JFS on September 8, 2016 for Putting a J (Jewish Values) in LGBT Conversations. It gave our community the opportunity to have educational, open and insightful conversations. Thank you to our special guests and panel members: Pat Davis, PFLAG Support Chair; Jan Couchman, President PFLAG Dayton; Rabbi Joshua Ginsberg; Dakota Saul and Marc Rossio. Not pictured:Rabbi Karen Bodney-Halasz and Rabbi Judy Chessin. The Active Adults had an absolutely BEAUTIFUL day for their picnic at Hills & Dales on Sunday, September 11, 2016. We enjoyed a kosher barbecue, friends, and Bingo! PHOTO CREDITS: SHERI POCH IT'S THAT TIME!

(130 E 5th St, 45402) Free of cost. RSVP by October 7.

› Active Adults Dine Around 12:30 PM @ Thai 9

L’Chaim 2016:

Companionship is Ageless As we approach L’Chaim 2016: Companionship is Ageless, which will include the screening of the documentary “The Age of Love” followed by a panel about the importance of companionship, we thought we would share 8 tips for senior dating. Below are excerpts from an article provided by "The Age of Love" Press Kit. Emotional growth and socialization are hot topics in today’s 'healthy aging' world.

ANNUAL MEDICARE ENROLLMENT PERIOD: While filming The Age October 15–December 7, 2016 of Love, his eye-opening Medicare's Annual Enrollment Period is when people on Medicare can review their current prescription drug and/or Medicare Advantage Plans and decide whether to retain those plans or select different ones. Any newly selected plans will go into effect January 1, 2017. If you are on Medicare, the annual review is encouraged because plans can and will change, as will your medical and prescription drug needs. Three "Medicare Check Up" days will be offered here in Montgomery County to help you with this plan review and selection process. Medicare counselors from the Ohio Department of Insurance will be on hand to meet individually with people and help them review their needs and decide on a plan. This is a free service offered by Medicare and OSHIIP, the Ohio Senior Health Insurance Information Program. Please see the ad on page 8 for information about the Medicare Check Up days. Other than Check-Up Days, anyone seeking additional Medicare information or help with plan selection can contact Connie Blum, OSHIIP's County Coordinator, at 274-4717,


documentary on seniors who go speed dating, director Steven Loring spent months observing the ins and outs of the dating scene through the adventures of his 70-and-older subjects. And he discovered that, while bodies and times have changed, emotions have not. “Once we were past the jokes and stereotypes,” Loring says, “It’s clear that speed dating brought out the same hopes and same butterflies most had felt the first time around. “The truth is, there’s an active, booming older generation eager to seek new companionship. But while that desire has not dimmed with age, it can be daunting to get back in the game.”

And so, as this comic and poignant film screens in dozens of communities this summer, Loring shares ‘8 Top Tips’ on dating again when you’re older: 1) Health issues are not a topic for conversation. 2) Show you’re happy with who you are now, no matter your situation. 3) Don’t focus on past relationships. Former partners will be mentioned, but don’t go into detail. 4) Review your wardrobe. Be your best with someone new—looking good means you care about others. 5) Be confident, curious, lively. 6) Don’t involve your children right away. 7) Take your time before getting physical. 8) Be willing to step outside your comfort zone.

(11 Brown Street, 45402) Please RSVP by October 7. Note: Following the 10 AM screening of “The Age of Love” and panel discussion at The Neon

Wednesday, November 9 › Active Adults Dine Around 5:30 PM @ MCL Cafeteria

(4485 Far Hills Ave., 45429) RSVP by November 1. Preceding CABF event featuring author Uri Bar-Joseph.

› Need Assistance Finding a Food Pantry Near You? Call the United Way Information & Referral Line, 225-3000 or Dial 2-1-1. › Are you caring for a loved one who is not in the Greater Dayton area? Visit http:// to find supports and services provided by Jewish agencies nationwide. › Don’t know what to donate in the Food Barrels? How about non-perishable, basic foods? For example: HEARTY SOUPS, STEWS, CHILI, PEANUT BUTTER AND JELLY, MACARONI & CHEESE. Thank you for helping fight hunger across the Miami Valley! PLEASE CONTACT KAREN STEIGER REGARDING ALL ACTIVE ADULT EVENTS: 610-1555


in the Community ›Mamaloshen

A little bit of Yiddish to share with friends, courtesy of the JFS Yiddish Club, in memory of Lynda A. Cohen.

Hut \HUT\ Noun\Pl. Hutn\ Hit A hat, cap. Expression with hut: › Zol ikh vern a hitlmakher, voltn ale kinder geboyrn gevorn on kep. If I became a hatter, all children would be born without heads ( - that's how bad my luck is!) › Dos hitl past; der kop iz nor a bisl tsu kleyn. The cap fits; it's only the head that's a little too small (a good example of blaming disappointment on the wrong thing). › Fardrey mir nisht dos hitl. Don't confuse me! (lit., Don't twist my hat around!).

Sunday, October 23 › Lynda A. Cohen Yiddish Club 1:30PM @ Starbucks (2424 Far Hills Ave, 45419) RSVP to Judy Woll at 470-0113.

PJ Library in Dayton continues to grow with new programs and exciting community partnerships. Currently, over 150 children from 6 months to 11 years old are receiving free PJ Library books or CD’s once a month. These books are a gift to children from the Jewish Federation of Greater Dayton and the Harold Grinspoon Foundation, as well as local donors, Marcia and Ed Kress. The Jewish Federation of Greater Dayton is expanding PJ Library in Dayton to include more programs and events for families and children. Along with PJ Library programs, community partnerships are integral. PJ Library in Dayton is reaching out to community organizations and synagogues to collaborate on programs, events and

initiatives. Hillel Academy of Dayton and JCC Early Childhood Care & Education have hosted presentations on how to use PJ Library resources in their classrooms and schools. Along with book based curriculum and using age appropriate PJ Library books, PJ Library and the schools will be collaborating on upcoming programs, including holiday and Shabbat programs, and “Meet the Author” events. The Jewish Community Center is collaborating with PJ Library for holiday celebrations and cultural events down the road. The JCC’s Camp Shalom hosted weekly PJ Library activities this summer, and is including PJ Library in its Winter Camp. Jewish Family Services and PJ Library are working together to create inclusive programs that will celebrate the diversity of the Jewish

Community in Dayton. PJ Library and local synagogues are building partnerships that can expand family and children’s programming across the community. “Tot Shabbat” Hops, a PJ Library Shabbat program that’s in the works for young families, travels to a different synagogue each month and is designed to strengthen the connections between families and showcase the dynamic synagogue communities here in Dayton. There's so much in store for PJ Library in Dayton as our participating family numbers continue to grow, with more young families moving here. PJ Library looks forward to expanding programming for families and children, in collaboration with the amazing community partners that make up the Dayton Jewish Community.

Legacies, Tributes, & Memorials FEDERATION

ANNUAL CAMPAIGN IN HONOR OF › Meredith Moss Levinson’s superlative story reporting and enjoyable reading of community happenings Gert and Bob Kahn › Susie Katz receiving the Kipnis-Wilson Friedland Award Sue and Don Zulanch › Speedy recovery to Ralph Heyman › Speedy recovery to Helene Gordon Alisa Thomas › Angela and Joel Frydman’s new granddaughter › Debbie and Bruce Feldman’s new grandson Bernie Rabinowitz › Angela and Joel Frydman’s new granddaughter › Charlotte Golden’s new granddaughter › Jim Jacobson’s new granddaughter Mary and Dr. Gary Youra IN MEMORY OF › Elias Vandersluis › Father of Jodi Pollock-Blazar Bernie Rabinowitz › Walter Ohlmann Marc Scher LINDA RUCHMAN MEMORIAL FUND IN HONOR OF › 50th wedding anniversary of Marlene and Terry Pinsky Helen and Dr. Allen Ross HOLOCAUST PROGRAMMING FUND IN HONOR OF › Speedy recovery to Helene Gordon Cathy and Mark Gordon IN MEMORY OF › Walter Ohlmann Melinda and Bill Doner PJ LIBRARY FUND IN HONOR OF › The birth of Lillian and Parker Sweeny Marcia and Ed Kress

CAROL J. PAVLOFSKY LEADERSHIP FUND IN HONOR OF › Retirement of Janice Kohn › Susie Katz receiving the Kipnis-Wilson Friedland Award -Cissy Ellison BOARD OF DIRECTORS DISCRETIONARY FUND IN MEMORY OF › Walter Ohlmann Cathy Gardner JCC

JOAN & PETER WELLS AND REBECCA LINVILLE FAMILY, CHILDREN, AND YOUTH FUND IN HONOR OF › Speedy recovery to Ralph Heyman Joan and Peter Wells IN MEMORY OF › Steve Bernstein Renee and Les Sandler EARLY CHILDHOOD FUND IN HONOR OF › The birth of Lillian and Parker Sweeny Jane and Dr. Gary Hochstein CULTURAL ARTS AND BOOK FAIR IN HONOR OF › Speedy recovery to Edith Pequignot Jane and Dr. Gary Hochstein CHILD PLACEMENT FUND IN HONOR OF › Angela and Joel Frydman’s new granddaughter › The birth of Lillian and Parker Sweeny Cathy Gardner IN MEMORY OF › Steve Bernstein Cathy Gardner



JEWISH SENIOR SERVICES IN HONOR OF › Renee and Dr. Frank Handel’s new granddaughter › Maxine Rubin’s new great-granddaughter The Kantor and Meadow Families › Special birthday of Marilyn Scher Bobbie Kantor Dorothy Engelhardt Bea Harris IN MEMORY OF › Sidney Alter The Kantor and Meadow Families ACTIVE ADULTS PROGRAMMING IN MEMORY OF › Louise Tanis Roslyn Mosrow Sharon Mosrow FOUNDATION

JEREMY BETTMAN B’NAI TZEDEK FUND IN HONOR OF › Speedy recovery to Ralph Heyman Elaine and Joe Bettman IN MEMORY OF › Walter Ohlmann Jean and Todd Bettman Elaine and Joe Bettman ADDISON CARUSO B’NAI TZEDEK FUND IN HONOR OF › Angela and Joel Frydman’s new granddaughter Patty and Michael Caruso & Family


Intro. To Judaism: sponsored by the Synagogue Forum of Greater Dayton. 16 sessions, Tuesdays, 7 p.m. beginning Oct. 25. $75 for single or couple. Register to Jodi Phares, 610-1555 or Rabbi Judy Chessin, 435-3400. JCC Art Appreciation Class: Fridays, 10-11 a.m., Oct. 7-Dec. 16. Art of Japan: Past and Present, The Art of America. R.S.V.P. to Karen Steiger, 610-1555. JCC Fitness: Aerobic Conditioning. Tues. & Thurs. through Dec. 8, 9-9:50 a.m. $25 for all sessions. Tai Chi Beginners w. Debra Stewart. Thursdays, 4-5 p.m. Tai Chi Advanced w. Debra Stewart. Thursdays, 5-6 p.m. $5 per class. Boonshoft CJCE, 525 Versailles Dr., Centerville. R.S.V.P. to Karen Steiger, 610-1555. Temple Beth Or Classes: Sat., Oct. 8, 10 a.m.: Torah/Talmud Study & service w. Rabbi Ballaban. Thurs., Oct. 13, 1 p.m.: Socrates Café. Sat., Oct. 15, 10 a.m.: Tanakh Study w. Rabbi Chessin. Sun., Oct. 16, 10:30 a.m.: Domestic Violence Awareness w. Artemis Ctr. Sun., Oct. 23 & 30, 1 p.m.: Adult Hebrew w. Rabbi Chessin. Sun., Oct. 23, 10:30 a.m.: Tanakh Study w. Rabbi

Chessin. 5275 Marshall Rd., Wash. Twp. 435-3400. Temple Israel Classes: Sat., Oct. 8, 15, 22 & 29, 9:30 a.m.: Torah Study followed by service. Sat., Oct. 22, 9:30 a.m.: Exploring Prayer w. Rabbi Bodney-Halasz. 130 Riverside Dr., Dayton. 4960050.


Temple Israel Ryterband Lectures: Sundays, 9:45 a.m. breakfast, 10:15 a.m. lecture. Oct. 30: Rabbi David M. Sofian, It Seems To Me... $7. 130 Riverside Dr., Dayton. 496-0050.

Children & Teens

JCC Havdalah & Haunt: Grades 6-8. Sat., Oct. 15, 8:30-10:30 p.m. Tom’s Maze & Pumpkin Farm, 4881 Germantown Liberty Rd., Germantown. Meet at CJCE, 525 Versailles Dr., Centerville for Havdalah ceremony and snacks, then travel to Tom’s for bonfire & corn maze. Drop-off & pick-up at CJCE. Bring flashlights, dress for weather. $10. R.S.V.P. to Karen Steiger, 610-1555. JCC Children’s Theatre Auditions for Annie Jr.: Thurs., Oct. 20, 6-7:30 p.m. & Wed., Oct. 26, 4:30-6:30 p.m. 400 Sugar Camp Cir., Oakwood. For

grades 2-12. Callbacks Sun., Oct. 30, 1:30-4 p.m. Show dates Feb. 18 & 19, 2017. Contact Meryl Hattenbach, 401-1550.


Jewish Federation Women’s Philanthropy Brunch: Sun., Oct. 30, 10 a.m. w. guest speaker Jennifer Korach. $36. Kosher. Boonshoft CJCE, 525 Versailles Dr., Centerville. R.S.V.P. by Oct. 20 to Alisa Thomas, 610-1796, or at

JCC Cultural Arts & Book Fest

Seinfeldia Author Jennifer Keishin Armstrong: Thurs., Oct. 27, 7 p.m. at the Boonshoft CJCE, 525 Versailles Dr. With comedian Karen Jaffe. $10 in advance, $15 at door. R.S.V.P. to 610-1555 or Fri., Oct. 28, 11 a.m. Armstrong will lead Q&A at Washington-Centerville Library, 111 W. Spring Valley Rd., Centerville. Register at wclibrary. info.


JFS Active Adults Off to a Sweet Start: Thurs., Oct. 6, 1-3 p.m. Friendship Village, 5790 Denlinger Rd., Trotwood. Refreshments served. Free. R.S.V.P. to 610-1555.

JFS Lynda A. Cohen Yiddish Club: Sun., Oct. 23, 1:30 p.m. Starbucks, 2424 Far Hills Ave., Oakwood. R.S.V.P. to Dr. Judy Woll, 470-0113. JFS L’Chaim - Companionship is Ageless: Wed., Oct. 19, 10 a.m.-noon. Screening of The Age of Love at The Neon, 130 E. Fifth St., Dayton, followed by 12:30 p.m. lunch at Thai 9, 11 Brown St., Dayton. Movie is free, lunch pay your own way. R.S.V.P. by Oct. 7 to Karen Steiger, 610-1555.


Old Jews Telling Jokes: Thurs., Oct. 20, 7:30 p.m. Historic Plaza Theatre, 33 S. Main St., Miamisburg. $49.95. Tickets at 844-448-7469 or playhouseinfo. com. Dayton Playhouse & MVSO’s Fiddler on the Roof: Fri., Oct. 28 & Sat., Oct. 29 at 8 p.m. Sun., Oct. 30 at 2 p.m. At the Dayton Masonic Center, 525 W. Riverview Ave., Dayton. $25 adults, $20 seniors & students. Tickets at

Rosh Hashanah

Chabad Erev Rosh Hashanah Dinner: Sun., Oct. 2, 7 p.m. 2001 Far Hills Ave., Oakwood. 6430770.


Beth Abraham Sisterhood Sunset In The Sukkah: Wed., Oct. 19, 6 p.m. Drinks & hors d’oeuvres. $10 non-sisterhood members. 305 Sugar Camp Cir., Oakwood. R.S.V.P. to 293-9520. Chabad Men’s Night Out in the Sukkah: Wed., Oct. 19, 6:30 p.m. Steak dinner, cigars, bourbons. $59. 2001 Far Hills Ave., Oakwood. R.S.V.P. to 643-0770. Chabad Pizza in the Hut: Thurs., Oct. 20, 5:30-7 p.m. 2001 Far Hills Ave., Oakwood. 643-0770.

Simchat Torah

Beth Abraham Synagogue Simchat Torah Celebration: Mon., Oct. 24, 6:30 p.m. 305 Sugar Camp Cir., Oakwood. 2939520. Simchat Torah Live @ Chabad: Mon., Oct. 24, 7 p.m. Hakafot, Yom Tov meal, kids’ program. 2001 Far Hills Ave., Oakwood 643-0770. Temple Israel Share Simchat Torah Dinner: Sun., Oct. 23, 6 p.m. Followed by consecration and Simchat Torah service at 7:15 p.m. 130 Riverside Dr., Dayton 4960050.

The Power of Oui

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One woman’s experience living in France during 2015’s terrorist attacks, and how saying “oui” – yes – can make a positive impact in the Jewish community.

Sunday, October 30, 10AM–NOON Boonshoft CJCE (525 Versailles Drive, Dayton, OH 45459) Parisian-style kosher dairy brunch by Bernstein’s Fine Catering $36 per person. Your payment is your reservation. To RSVP call Alisa Thomas at 610-1796, or register online at by October 20. THE DAYTON JEWISH OBSERVER • OCTOBER 2016



Begin a Sweet New Year With Us.

The new year is a time to say ‘thank you’ to interfaith families

See for our complete High Holy Days service schedule.

Sunset In The Sukkah Wednesday, Oct. 19, 6 p.m. Beth Abraham, Dayton’s only Conservative synagogue, is enthusiastically egalitarian Beth Abraham is Dayton’s and isConservative affiliated with only the United Synagogue of synagogue, affiliated with Conservative Judaism. of the United Synagogue Conservative Judaism. Daily Minyan Schedule Mon.-Fri., 6:50 a.m. & 5:30 p.m. Sunday, 8:30 a.m. We are an enthusiastically egalitarian synagogue. For a complete schedule of our events and times, go to We also have an energetic Keruv program that reaches out to intermarried couples and families in our synagogue and in the Dayton Jewish community. For a complete schedule of our events go to

An evening of socializing, camaraderie & Sisterhood

Drinks & Hors d’Oeuvres $10 non-Sisterhood members. R.S.V.P. to 293-9520.

Simchat Torah Celebration Monday, Oct. 24, 6:30 p.m.

Join with our Beth Abraham Band as we sing and dance our way around the synagogue with our Torah scrolls.

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By Melinda Mersack, JTA Thank you: two words with tremendous meaning. Thank you for being part of our community. Thank you for raising your children with us. Thank you for being with us. While the Jewish community has struggled with welcoming interfaith families, the High Holy Days present the perfect opportunity for us to put our values into action and express our gratitude to interfaith families for investments they make in the Jewish future. Interfaith families are a growing part of our community. Many seek meaning in a Jewish context. Many expose their children to Jewish customs and rituals, and do their part to transmit Jewish values and traditions to their children. Many are active members of our congregations. For such a family that chooses us and asks only to be accepted in return, why shouldn’t we extend that acceptance? The High Holy Days beckon us to examine ourselves. This is our annual accounting to determine if we have lived up to our potential. We engage in teshuvah (repentance), tefillah (prayer) and tzedakah (righteous giving) to keep us on the path to be our best selves, to make our society and world a better place. These themes translate to how we may welcome interfaith families this new year. Teshuvah: An opportunity to open our hearts and our

doors widely to truly welcome all families who wish to be part of our communities. Too often I hear stories of how people have felt rejected, and denied a place within a Jewish community because they fell in love with someone who isn’t Jewish. Teshuvah is a way for us to mend our past communal mistakes. Welcome those who wish to be welcomed and support them on their personal journeys as they explore Judaism in their own way. Tefillah: The chance to acknowledge with blessings that every member of a Jewish family is valued. Many rabbis invite those members of our community who aren’t Jewish — and are a link in the chain of transmission of Jewish values and traditions to their children — to rise and receive a blessing to honor their commitment to Jewish life and heritage. This has a profound impact and speaks volumes about the type of community we are, and can reinforce why someone would choose to be affiliated with us. Tzedakah: Working for justice in our world is a Jewish priority that’s shared with people of many faiths. As we strive to help those who are vulnerable in our communities by performing acts of tzedakah, let’s actively engage every member

of our community, Jewish or not. A sincere, personal invitation says the person who isn’t Jewish is respected. It says to their Jewish partner that we value both their participation in and contributions to our community. Thousands of families come together to observe Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. What better time for synagogues and communities to reflect their intent to be welcoming and inclusive by publicly acknowledging and thanking the members of interfaith families who join them? ”For the sin we have committed against You.” As we recite these words asking forgiveness for our transgressions of the past year, may we also be mindful of how we have missed the mark by alienating interfaith families. As we seek to begin anew, may our hearts be big enough to embrace all God’s children, recognizing their contributions to our communities and our world, and may we be humble enough to tell them, “thank you.” Rabbi Melinda Mersack is the director of jHUB, which provides ways for interfaith couples and families to explore Jewish culture in Cleveland.

GRADE S 2–12!

AUDITIONS THURSDAY, OCTOBER 20 @ 6–7:30PM WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 26 @ 4:30–6:30PM @ 400 Sugar Camp Circle (across from Beth Abraham Synagogue) Sing your heart out at this year’s auditions for Annie Jr. Children grades 2–12 are asked to prepare a broadway-style song and a one minute monologue for auditions. Callbacks: October 30, 1:30–4:30PM PAGE 26

Show dates: February 18 & 19, 2017

Contact Meryl Hattenbach at (937) 401-1550 or to schedule an audition and for more information regarding theatre program fees.



CONGREGATIONS Beth Abraham Synagogue Conservative Rabbi Joshua Ginsberg Cantor/Dir. of Ed. & Programming Andrea Raizen Monday through Friday 6:50 a.m. & 5:30 p.m. Fri., 5:30 p.m. Sat. 9 a.m. Sundays at 8:30 a.m. 305 Sugar Camp Circle, Oakwood. 293-9520. Beth Jacob Congregation Traditional Saturdays 9:30 a.m., Sundays 8 a.m., Sunday through Friday, 7 p.m. 7020 N. Main St., Dayton. 274-2149. Temple Anshe Emeth Reform Rabbinic Intern Sara Otero-Eiser 320 Caldwell St., Piqua. Call Eileen Litchfield, 937-5470092, Correspondence address: 3808 Beanblossom Rd., Greenville, OH 45331. Temple Beth Or Reform Rabbi Judy Chessin Educator/Rabbi Ari Ballaban Fridays 7 p.m. Saturdays 10 a.m. 5275 Marshall Rd., Wash. Twp. 435-3400. Temple Beth Sholom Reform Rabbi Haviva Horvitz See Web site for schedule. 610 Gladys Dr., Middletown. 513-422-8313. Temple Israel Reform Senior Rabbi Karen Bodney-Halasz Rabbi/Educator Tina Sobo First Friday each month 6 p.m. followed by Share Shabbat meal. All other Fridays, 6:30 p.m. Saturdays 10:30 a.m. 130 Riverside Dr., Dayton. 496-0050. Temple Sholom Reform Rabbi Cary Kozberg Fridays 6 p.m. 2424 N. Limestone St., Springfield. 399-1231.


A festival of life


By Rabbi Karen BodneyHalasz, Temple Israel Every year, as I prepare for the High Holy Days, I turn to familiar texts to help me refocus on their meaning. For the past few years I have enjoyed rereading Rabbi Alan Lew’s book, This is Real and You are Completely Unprepared. This year, however, I chose Rabbi Dr. Reuven Hammer’s book, Entering the High Holy Days, which explores the history, prayers, and themes of the season. What drew me in was

Just as we are accustomed are indeed a large part of the to thinking of our misdeeds holidays, so is the importance of choice and choosing to live a during the Yamim Noraim (Days of Awe), we also must take the good life. time to celebrate With the barlife by evaluatrage of news ing it. this year about We should use mass shootings, this pause from xenophobia, and our everyday ISIL, it’s easy to lives to apprecilose sight of the ate the enormity awesomeness of having been of the world in given such opwhich we live. portunities and As I reread ask if we have Hammer’s book, made the most I was drawn to of our time and the idea that we have desensitized Rabbi Karen Bodney-Halasz our gifts this past year. And if not, the following section from the ourselves to the how will we improve upon book’s preface. awesome nature of this auspiourselves in the year to come? “Certainly we should cious time and the potential We need to re-sensitize celebrate life each day, but it within it. ourselves to awe and wonder, is difficult to overcome the The more we are exposed to remember that along with routineness of daily activities to how humankind has fallen that can all too easily dull our short, the more we begin to put our misdeeds, we are just as responsible for those things we awe. Unfortunately, we come blinders on everyday miracles. could have done this past year to take even the greatest gift Our tradition teaches us that and didn’t. for granted, and that is why Ju- we should recite at least 100 We are told that on Rosh daism has set aside these speblessings a day, acknowledging Hashanah our fate is written cial days so that with thanksgivThe more we are ing all that God and on Yom Kippur it is sealed. we can focus But sometimes we forget that on celebrating upon exposed to how bestows ultimately, we choose our own life. The High us. humankind has destiny. How we will be judged Holy Days are These our own hands. a festival of life prayers, such as fallen short, the Modeh Ani and is inThis year, rather than simply during which asking, “What have I done to we can resensi- more we begin the morning be worthy of the gift of life?” tize ourselves blessings, help to put blinders we should ask, “What are the and renew our keep this awe gifts God has given me? How commitments.” on everyday burnout from may I use them to determine Over the past happening. miracles. my character, my actions, my few years, I Every day fate?” have engaged in when we thank May such questions inspire High Holy Days conversations God for the many parts of our us to achieve more holy living. directed more on making teshu- existence that allow us to live May you and yours choose vah (repentance) and attaining freely in this world — whether to be written and sealed in forgiveness than on appreciatit is by opening our eyes or the Book of Life. Shana tova ing and celebrating the gift of stretching out our arms — we u’metukah, a good and sweet life. This struck me, for while come face to face with our own year. repentance and forgiveness potential.


ADDITIONAL SERVICES Chabad of Greater Dayton Rabbi Nochum Mangel Associate Rabbi Shmuel Klatzkin Youth & Prog. Dir. Rabbi Levi Simon. Beginner educational service Saturdays 9 a.m. adults, 10 a.m children. Sundays 9 a.m. 2001 Far Hills Ave. 643-0770. Yellow Springs Havurah Independent Services 1st & 3rd Saturdays, 10-noon. Antioch College Rockford Chapel. Contact Cheryl Levine, 937-767-9293.

Candle Lightings

Shabbat, Oct. 14: 6:40 p.m. Erev Sukkot Oct. 16: 6:37 p.m. First Eve Sukkot Oct. 17: 7:34 p.m.

Erev Rosh Hashanah Oct. 2: 6:59 p.m.

Shabbat, Oct. 21: 6:30 p.m.

First Eve Rosh Hashanah Oct. 3: 7:55 p.m.

Erev Shemini Atzeret Oct. 23 6:27 p.m.

Shabbat, Oct. 7: 6:51 p.m.

Erev Simchat Torah Oct. 24: 7:25 p.m.

Erev Yom Kippur Oct. 11: 6:45 p.m.

Shabbat, Oct. 28, 6:21 p.m.

Torah Portions Oct. 1 Nitzavim (Deut. 29:9-30:20) Oct. 8 Vayelech (Deut. 31:1-31:30) Oct. 15 Haazinu (Deut. 32:1-52) Oct. 29 Bereshit (Gen. 1:1-6:8)


Rosh Hashanah

Jewish New Year Oct. 3-4/1-2 Tishri Celebration of the beginning of the Jewish calendar year. Begins the Days of Awe, a 10-day period of repentance and prayer that ends on Yom Kippur. Celebrated with festive meals, including apples dipped in honey.

Yom Kippur

Day of Atonement Oct. 12/10 Tishri The holiest day on the Jewish calendar, marking the end of the Days of Awe, spent fasting and in prayer. The sounding of the shofar, the ram’s horn, signals the end of the holiday.


Festival of Booths Oct. 17-23/ 15-21 Tishri Named after the huts the Jews lived in while wandering in the desert after the Exodus from Egypt. Marked by building sukkot to eat meals in during the festival, and in the synagogue by processions with the lulav (palm branches with myrtle and willow) and etrog (citron fruit).

Shemini Atzeret

Eighth Day of Assembly Oct. 24/22 Tishri Either the final day of Sukkot, or a distinct holiday immediately following Sukkot, depending on interpretation. Historically, it allowed an extra day in Jerusalem for Jewish pilgrims on their journey to the Temple. Tefillat Geshem (the prayer for rain), Hallel (Psalms of thanksgiving and joy), and Yizkor (memorial prayers) are recited.

Simchat Torah

Rejoicing of the Torah Oct. 25/23 Tishri Annual cycle of reading the Torah is concluded and a new cycle begun. Celebrated in the synagogue with singing, dancing and Torah processionals.


At the High Holy Days, Remember the Past, Share Joy in the Present. Rosh Hashanah starts at sundown Sunday, Oct. 2. Yom Kippur starts at sundown Tuesday, Oct. 11.

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5 reasons why Sukkot is great for kids By Larry D. Bernstein, JTA Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur are boring. There, I said it. Seriously, what do Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur offer from a child’s perspective? Rosh Hashanah’s selling points are the shofar and raisins. Kids are hustled into the sanctuary and told to be absolutely silent while listening to the shofar. Keeping my kids silent without electronics in their hands is as difficult as finding a honey cake that I would actually eat. And as for raisins, my younger son doesn’t like them and pulls them out from the challah — so much for his sweet new year. And then there’s Yom Kippur. Children spend the whole day in the basement of the synagogue. Their group leader is some bored teen willing to make 20 bucks for four hours while dealing with kids who don’t have electronics. Now even if your darling has friends at the synagogue and is content to play with them for hours, it’s not memorable. My children would just as soon be home than hang out at temple. But then we have Sukkot, the forgotten holiday. You would think it would be hard to get psyched up for yet another holiday, but Sukkot rocks for children. It is a 10 out of 10 on the child-friendly meter. Here’s why.

Sukkot provides family fun with the sukkah, lulav and etrog

1. You get to build a sukkah. My boys love climbing the ladder and using the mallet. OK, they end up using the mallet on each other half the time, but there’s never been any blood yet. No harm, no foul. 2. You get to decorate the sukkah. For those children who are into arts and crafts, the sukkah is a great place to show their work. My children are not the crafty type, but even they enjoy hanging up their decorations from preschool days. 3. You get to eat in the sukkah. Doesn’t every child love a cookout? My children end up outside the sukkah and in our backyard. They go back and forth between eating and playing, except for dessert time. They are seated during dessert time — don’t have to request that one. 4. You get to sleep in the sukkah. Children love camping. My boys and I spend one night each Sukkot sleeping in the sukkah. The best thing about this campout is you can run into the house in 18 seconds if it starts raining in the middle of the night. Trust me.

Sukkot rocks for children. It is a 10 out of 10 on the childfriendly meter.

Happy New Year

5. In addition to the sukkah, you have the lulav and etrog. Kids get to walk around the synagogue and shake plants and fruit. That’s just weird and fun. For children, they don’t have to sit down. They don’t have to sit still. Instead, it’s shake, shake, shake — shake your lulav. And how does Sukkot end? With the granddaddy of them all — Simchat Torah. If you look hard enough, I’m sure some biblical commentator says Simchat Torah means no shushing. Either that or one of the 613 mitzvahs is let children be loud on Simchat Torah. Simply put, shuls rock on Simchat Torah. There’s dancing and singing and mosh pits. My children turn off whatever volume control they have and go to town! Plus, there’s the junk food. You may remember a simple apple and flag from your days celebrating Simchat Torah as a child. Nice, but far from thrilling. Well, Simchat Torah has changed. Today it’s candy. So much candy. My children end up with a bag full of candy so big we have to negotiate their limit for the day. So I hope your children enjoy Sukkot and Simchat Torah. They need it after the High Holy Days.

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OCT 27 What’s the Deal with Seinfeld?! with

author of SEINFELDIA, JENNIFER KEISHIN ARMSTRONG and comedian KAREN JAFFE 7PM @ Boonshoft CJCE (525 Versailles Dr., Centerville) Get ready to laugh with local comedian Karen Jaffe and New York Times bestselling author Jennifer Armstrong as we delve into the TV show that remains embedded in the American psyche! Armstrong shares the hilarious behind-the-scenes story of the guys who went out for coffee and dreamed up the cultural sensation that changed television. There’s no need to steal a loaf of rye, or double dip a chip - we’ll have plenty of noshes with a cash bar. $10 in advance / $15 at the door

Sponsors: Washington-Centerville Public Library, Friends of WCPL, and Ohio’s Hospice of Dayton

Q&A with Seinfeldia’s Jennifer Keishin Armstrong

OCT 28

11AM @ Centerville Library (111 W. Spring Valley Rd., Centerville) New York Times bestselling author of Seinfeldia joins us for another round of laughs at Centerville Library, followed by a Q&A session and book signing. No Charge. Please register in advance at


Sponsors: Washington-Centerville Public Library and Friends of WCPL


Author and NYT health blogger DAWN LERMAN author of MY FAT DAD: A Memoir of Food, Love and Family, with Recipes


6:30PM @ El Meson (903 E. Dixie Dr., Dayton) Dawn’s childhood was defined by a struggle for attention that was only fulfilled by a nurturing relationship with her maternal grandmother that took place in the kitchen.

$36/person includes book, dairy dinner, gratuity and non-alcoholic beverages. Limited seating available. RSVP required by Tuesday, November 1. Payment is required to confirm your reservation. Strictly kosher meal available upon advanced request.


Author URI BAR-JOSEPH author of THE ANGEL: The Egyptian Spy Who Saved Israel 7PM @ Boonshoft CJCE (525 Versailles Dr., Centerville) In a gripping feat of reportage, The Angel exposes - for the first time in English - the sensational life and mysterious death of Ashraf Marwan, an Egyptian senior official who spied for Israel, offering new insight into the turbulent modern history of the Middle East.

$5 in advance/$8 at the door

NOV 17

Author and Rabbi DAVID ELIEZRIE author of THE SECRET OF CHABAD: Inside the World’s Most Successful Jewish Movement 7PM @ Boonshoft CJCE (525 Versailles Dr., Centerville) What makes a successful business model? Rabbi David Eliezrie reveals how a small group of Chassidim in Brooklyn created the largest Jewish movement in the world.



$5 in advance/$8 at the door Sponsor: Chabad of Greater Dayton


New York Times bestselling author B.A. SHAPIRO author of THE MURALIST 7PM @ Wright Memorial Public Library (1776 Far Hills Ave., Oakwood) New York Times bestselling author B.A. Shapiro is a master at telling a gripping story while exploring provocative themes. Alizee Benoit is a budding American painter working for the Works Progress Administration (WPA) in New York City in 1940, while her family remains in Nazi occupied France. Seventy years later, her niece uncovers enigmatic paintings hidden behind recently found works that she believes may be the work of her great aunt. Shapiro weaves her story among historical characters such as Eleanor Roosevelt and famous Abstractionist artists including Rothko, Pollock and Krasner. No Charge. Sponsor: Wright Memorial Public Library



CABF TICKETS HOW TO ORDER: BY PHONE: Karen at (937) 610-1555 ONLINE: Credit Card Orders Only IN PERSON: Boonshoft CJCE, 525 Versailles Drive Centerville

7PM @ the Dayton Woman’s Club (225 N. Ludlow St., Dayton)

AT EVENT: Evening of Event

Absorbing, tender, and sharply observed, The Best Place on Earth infuses moments of sorrow with small moments of grace. Through these eleven spellbinding stories, Tsabari focuses on Israel’s Mizrahi Jews, all searching for their place in the world.

$5 in advance/$8 at the door



Dayton Playhouse Miami Valley Symphony Orchestra and


Dayton Masonic Center October 28 - 30, 2016

Ticket Information: 937-424-8477 Based on Sholem Aleichem stories by special permission of Arnold Perl.

Book by

JOSEPH STEIN Music byJERRY BLOCK Lyrics by SHELDON HARNICK Produced on the NewYork Stage by Harold Prince

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Delicious autobiography and cookbook Nutritionist & NYT health blogger to explore connections of food and memory over boutique dinner at El Meson ment her book so richly. But it was the By Jonathan Kirsch, Jewish Journal lesson of love that mattered most. “My of Greater Los Angeles only glimpse into a nourishing, normal Food can be a weighty issue, literally environment, my only model of healthy and figuratively, as we discover in My eating, was the weekFat Dad: A Memoir of Food, ends I spent with my Love, and Family, with Recipes beloved grandmother,” by Dawn Lerman (Berkley), Lerman writes. “It was which began as a blog on The in her kitchen where I New York Times website and learned what love and has emerged in print as a happiness were — one fully realized autobiography, recipe at a time.” a work of joy, candor, insight The story of how and poignancy. her grandma got her Although the book’s title name tells it all. Every may strike the ear as a bit Friday night, Lerhurtful, Lerman allows us man showed up at her to see that her father figured grandparents’ house, crucially in her coming of age where her grandmother and her chosen profession as would greet her: “My a nutritionist and nutrition little beauty, my little educator. beauty!” Young Dawn Lerman will talk about her Dawn Lerman jumped to a conclusion relationship with food, over that was not entirely wrong. “I thought dinner on Nov. 7 at El Meson as part of when I heard her say ‘beauty’ over and the JCC’s Cultural Arts & Book Fest. over again, she was trying to tell me her Indeed, she surely inherited some of her own gifts as a writer from her father, name — so Beauty is what I called her. The name stuck, and soon everyone in an advertising copywriter responsible for coining such her small neighborhood of West Rogers Park in Chicago knew my grandmother immortal slogans as “Fly the as Beauty.” And Beauty was a source of Friendly Skies” inspiration for her granddaughter’s love and “Leggo My of cooking and writing. It is a measure of Lerman’s honesty Eggo.” But her that she evokes the pain as well as the father’s eating issues were just pleasure of childhood. A childhood baby as influential on young Dawn. “My dad felt in order to create a good sitter scolded her: “You are a bad girl. I am going to tell your grandmother that campaign, you needed to believe in the product you were selling,” she explains. you are always hurting your sister. You are an evil child.” Young Dawn had an “And he was always the best customer acute sense of family politics: “Beauty for the products he was fond of Bubbe Mary” — her paadvertised, testing ternal grandmother — “even though them excessively she thought she was a little bit of a — especially when phony.” Not surprisingly, childhood working on Kentucky fears manifested as stomachaches and Fried Chicken, Schlitz an occasional incident of vomiting. beer, Sprite and PrinA move to New York coincides gles potato chips.” with Lerman’s coming of age. Along Lerman’s mother, too, the way, she bravely recalls the most conveyed a troubling difficult moments in her family hismessage about food. tory and always comes up with an “My mom was never appropriate recipe to underscore the good with certain narrative. That’s why My Fat Dad is words, like ‘I love you’ and ‘I am sorry,’ but when she wanted to both a rich and evocative memoir and a apologize, she would dash out in her red fully functional cookbook, a reading experience that is pleasurable in itself, but Mustang and appear shortly after with also invites the reader into the kitchen the massive chocolate chip cookie from again and again. Old Town.” The real hero of My Fat Dad is the author’s maternal grandmother, an The JCC’s Cultural Arts & Book Fest unforgettable woman with a thematipresents My Fat Dad author and cally appropriate nickname: “Beauty.” nutritionist Dawn Lerman at El Meson, The author shows us how much she 903 E. Dixie Dr., West Carrollton at learned from Beauty, including many of 6:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 7. $36 includes the traditional Jewish recipes that ornadairy dinner, autographed book, and non-

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Seinfeldia author examines how the show about nothing changed our culture forever By Amy K. Rosenthal, Times of Israel Seinfeld officially ended in 1998, but its 180 episodes featuring the four self-absorbed characters Jerry, George, Kramer, and Elaine remain seemingly alive and perpetually relevant. Examining the show’s history and steadfast appeal is journalist Jennifer Keishin Armstrong with her new book, Seinfeldia: How a Show About Nothing Changed Everything. Armstrong will lead two programs for the Dayton JCC Cultural Arts & Book Fest, Oct. 27 and 28. I caught up with Armstrong at her home office in Manhattan to discuss how the sitcom continues to mesmerize today.

weird. Elaine wasn’t in the pilot. It’s very quiet and definitely slower. It’s just what they had originally pitched, which is two guys talking. Jerry and George are talking about stuff and there are no interlocking plot lines. I don’t even think there’s a B plot much less a C and D plot in those first episodes. Kramer was a very different character. He knocks before he comes in. He’s a shut in. Even George is playing a Woody Allen-like character and he’s giving Jerry advice about women, which is very strange. We all know that Jerry later becomes this ridiculous ladies man and George is completely clueless. It definitely took some time for them to figure out what they were doing, but at least a couple of executives at NBC at the time led by Rick Ludwin, who was in charge of late night and specials, really believed in the show even though the network decided not to pick it up after the pilot got poor reviews. Ludwin really liked Jerry and his sensibility. He thought there was something funny with Seinfeld. The way he got the next season was

What propelled you to write a book about Seinfeld? There seem to be more people who have come to love the show in syndication than when it was on the air. Yeah, we all know that it’s made a gazillion dollars in syndication and it doesn’t seem like it’s going to quit anytime soon. That’s extraordinary because usually something goes into syndication and then people get tired of it and it fades out rather quickly. The JCC’s Cultural Arts & Book Fest will open with Seinfeldia author Jennifer Keishin Armstrong and local comedian Karen I was surprised to Jaffe on Thursday, Oct. 27 at 7 p.m. at the Boonshoft CJCE, discover in your book that initial reception to 525 Versailles Dr., Centerville. $10 in advance, $15 at door. R.S.V.P. to 610-1555 or at Seinfeld wasn’t so hot. If you watch the early episodes, especially the pilot, it’s very

Armstrong will also lead a Q&A on Friday, Oct. 28 at 11 a.m. at the Washington-Centerville Library, 111 W. Spring Valley Rd. Register at

that he gave up a Bob Hope special that was scheduled for the year in order to get the budget for Seinfeld. A special is two hours and he used that budget to make four halfhour Seinfeld shows. They put them on the following summer and Jennifer Keishin Armstrong that’s when Seinfeld started to show some promise. That’s when they were seeing that people who had tuned in to watch Cheers reruns, which were running immediately before the new Seinfeld shows were staying to watch Seinfeld. That’s when they went, “Hmm…maybe there’s something here,” and then they gave them a 13-episode order for the following mid-season. So, it was a very uphill slog, but it was also made possible by the faith of some network executives. The character of George is often said to be close to writer Larry David’s real personality. Why didn’t David play the role of George? I don’t think it even occurred to Larry David at the time. He had enough with writing the scripts. By the way, David was always freaking out about whether he had enough material, which is funny considering they eventually made more than 100 Seinfeld episodes. Also, David wasn’t a star then. Yes, he was a stand-up comedian, but he wasn’t as much of a star as Jerry. Continued on Page 39



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My Grandmother Beauty’s Chicken Soup with a kick By Dawn Lerman In My Fat Dad: A Memoir of Food, Love, and Family, with Recipes, New York Times wellness blogger and nutritionist Dawn Lerman shares her food journey, and that of her father, a copywriter from the Mad Men era of advertising. Recipes include some of her grandmother’s traditional Jewish dishes, and healthier versions. Growing up, I always looked forward to the Jewish holidays, even though my family was not very religious. Those were pretty much the only times we had real food in our house. After my family moved from Chicago to New York when I was 9 years old, my maternal grandmother, Beauty, would send me a recipe card every week with a $20 bill. “If we cook the same dish at the same time, we will always feel connected,” Beauty would say. While my mother normally had an aversion to spending time in the kitchen, she enjoyed the holiday preparations and loved filling our home with

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A young Dawn Lerman with her grandmother, Beauty

guests, food, entertainment and music. My parents always had an exotic group of friends. My mother said most people looked at the religious days as holy days, but she looked at them as a festive gathering. Anyone who did not have plans was invited, religious or not. It was only when I was invited to spend a holiday weekend with my best friend that I realized how unusual my family’s holidays really were. During dinner, classical music played softly in the background, and the table was set with fine linen and gold-rimmed plates. Before we ate, we held hands and my friend’s dad made a prayer in Hebrew over the wine and challah bread. I loved how her father spoke, as he explained the meaning of each ritual. The blowing of the shofar, the throwing of bread in the water, the dipping of the apples in the honey, and the reason we would soon be fasting for Yom Kippur. When I told my mom about my wonderful weekend, she said it reminded her of her own holidays growing up. She remembered how Beauty would iron the tablecloth, polish the silverware, grate the potatoes for the latkes by hand, and debate for weeks whether to make a sweet kugel with raisins or a savory kugel with broccoli. She remembered how Beauty would hold her hand as they stirred and tested the chicken soup with her big wooden spoon that hung over the stove, and how my grandfather, Papa, would get so excited when he walked in the door and smelled all of the food. My mom’s face softened as she spoke, and I began to cry. I was not sure why I cried. I am not sure if I cried because

my mother seemed so different at that moment, or if I cried because I wanted her to hold my hand and love cooking with me as much as my grandmother did with her. I wanted my mom to understand the things that were so important to me, and I wanted her to nurture me in a way that maybe she couldn’t. But it was the beginning of a Jewish New Year; so instead of wanting my mom to be someone other than who she was, I passed her one of Beauty’s recipe cards before we both recited in unison Beauty’s famous words, “You know, you can find your heritage in a bowl of chicken soup!” 1 chicken (3 1/2-lbs.), cut into 8 pieces, most of the skin removed 4 medium carrots, peeled and cut into 1/4-inch pieces 4 ribs celery, cut into 1/4inch pieces 2 medium parsnips, peeled and cut into 1/4-inch pieces 1 large sweet potato, peeled and diced 1 medium yellow onion, quartered 4 cloves garlic, chopped 1-inch piece fresh ginger, finely grated Handful of fresh dill, chopped 2 tsp. ground turmeric Kosher salt Freshly ground black pepper Garlic powder Add four cups of cold water to an 8-quart stockpot; set over high heat and bring to a boil. Add the chicken and cook until foam comes to the top. Spoon off the foam, reduce the heat to medium-low, and add the carrots, celery, parsnips, sweet potato, onion, garlic, ginger and dill. Simmer the soup for two hours and add 8 cups of cold water, a cup at a time, as needed. As the soup cooks, the liquid will evaporate and the soup will thicken. Check the soup every 30 minutes to remove any film that rises to the top. Stir in the turmeric, salt, pepper and garlic powder to taste, and remove the pot from the heat. Remove the chicken and the vegetables from the soup, and pull the chicken meat off the bones. Ladle the broth into bowls and add the desired amount of chicken and vegetables to each. Yields 12 servings.


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potatoes. You can keep your preparations and flavors simple while serving up a sweet, delicious and deceptively impressive spread for family and friends. Apple Pomegranate Sangria Sangria is the perfect drink to serve for Rosh Hashanah — it’s supposed to be sweet and is perfect paired with two traditional flavors of the holiday. You can use whatever wine you have lying around, or change things up with red wine if you prefer.

Place sliced apple and lemons in a sealable container. Add a half cup pomegranate juice, half cup wine and vodka (optional). Allow to sit overnight in the fridge. When ready to serve, place fruit and liquid in a large carafe. Add remaining wine and pomegranate juice. Top with ginger ale or club soda to your liking. Serve chilled or with ice. Optional: For an extra special presentation, make pomegranate seed ice cubes by adding a few seeds into each section of an ice cube tray. Fill with water or pomegranate juice and freeze overnight. When ready to serve, add one or two ice cubes in each guest’s glass, or all the ice Continued on next page


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1 bottle white wine such as sauvignon blanc or pinot grigio (or moscato if you like very sweet wine) 1 cup pomegranate juice 4 oz. vodka (optional) 1 lemon, sliced 1 apple, cored and sliced 1 1/2 cups ginger ale or club soda Pomegranate seeds (optional)

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Recipes And Photos By Shannon Sarna, JTA Some people take great pride and pleasure in planning their Rosh Hashanah menus for weeks or months in advance, chugging away at kugels and cakes and soup to put in the freezer. I know my grandmother and Aunt Ruth both did their High Holy Days cooking all summer so they would be “ready.” But not everyone cooks for 20 people or enjoys the toil and preparation of holiday cooking for weeks on end. And for those people, this simple menu is for you. Traditional Jewish New Year flavors of apple and pomegranate can show up in unexpected places — like sangria, which is a perfect, easy choice for entertaining, since you can make a large batch and chill until ready to serve. And even a simple roast chicken becomes special for the holiday with an apricot mustard makeover and crispy, roasted



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Sheet Pan Apricot Dijon Chicken With Brussels Sprouts And Potatoes Sheet pan dinners are all the rage this year and with good reason: Throw all your ingredients on one large sheet pan and then pop it in the oven. Your cleanup is reduced without sacrificing any deliciousness. This recipe can easily be doubled to feed a larger crowd.

Puff Pastry Baked Apples Growing up, baked apples were a tradition in my house. This dessert looks impressive but is actually easy to execute. Serve with pareve sorbet or ice cream for an extra sweet start to the new year.




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2 sheets puff pastry 4 Gala apples 1/2 cup brown sugar 1/4 cup margarine or butter 1/2 tsp. cinnamon 1/4 tsp. ginger Pinch fresh nutmeg Pinch fresh ground cloves 1/4 tsp. salt 1/4 cup raisins 1 egg, beaten Sanding sugar (optional) Take puff pastry out of freezer and allow to sit at room temperature 30 minutes. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. In a medium bowl, mix together margarine (or butter), brown sugar, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, clove and salt. Add in raisins and mix. Peel and core each apple, leaving apple intact but with a cavity for stuffing. Stuff sugarmargarine mixture inside each apple. Cut each sheet of puff pastry in two pieces (there should be four pieces in total). With a rolling pin, roll each rectangle piece gently, stretching puff pastry so it is slightly larger. Sit each stuffed apple in middle of puff pastry. Fold puff pastry up and over apple until completely covered, trimming excess pieces. Optional: Using extra puff pastry, carve decorative small leaves to place on top.


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Harvest-style desserts for break-the-fast, Sukkot Apple and Honey Pie Pops By Sheri Silver, JTA The High Holy Days bring to mind certain traditional food customs, the most well-known being the dipping of apples in honey. And while a classic apple pie or cake is a lovely way to mark our hopes for a sweet new year, I thought it would be fun to change things up a bit. These pops are a cinch to make, and even more fun to eat. They can be assembled (and frozen) in advance, and are especially nice to serve for a crowd. No cutting or forks needed. Sweet indeed!

15 minutes 1 egg, beaten with 1 Tbsp. water raw or “sanding” sugar, for sprinkling

Pumpkin Crumb Cake

Special equipment: 2 to 3-inch cookie cutter (or drinking glass) lollipop sticks

Apple and Honey Pie Pops

2 Granny Smith apples, peeled and diced 2 Tbsp. sugar 2 Tbsp. honey ¼ tsp. cinnamon ¼ tsp. salt 1 package (2 crusts) refrigerated pie crusts, set out at room temperature for

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In a medium pan combine the apples, sugar, honey, cinnamon and salt. Bring to a simmer and cook over low heat for about 10 minutes or until the apples have softened and the juices have thickened. Remove from heat and let cool. Preheat oven to 400 degrees; line two baking sheets with parchment paper. Unroll one pie crust on a work surface. Use your cutter to make as many circles as you can; place on your prepared baking sheets. Put a lollipop stick in the center of each circle, press down lightly to secure. Place a teaspoon of cooled filling on each circle. Use a pastry brush to brush a bit of the beaten egg around the edge of each circle. Unroll the second pie crust and cut out an equal number of circles to the first crust. Place on filled crusts, press lightly to seal. Crimp the edges with a fork, and make a few small incisions in the center to allow steam to escape. Brush tops with the egg and sprinkle with the raw sugar. (Pops may be frozen at this point. Reheat directly from the freezer, adjusting baking time by a few extra minutes). Bake pops for 20 minutes; transfer trays to wire racks to cool completely. Serve warm or at room temperature (pops may be kept tightly sealed, at room temperature, for 3-5 days). Yields 12 to 16 pops.

Pumpkin Crumb Cake By Miriam Pascal, JTA Who can resist a crumb cake? The only thing better than the dense cake on the bottom is the thick layer of cinnamon crumbs on top. This one’s perfect to serve in the sukkah: full of spices, pumpkin, but no sour cream, so it’s pareve, and just a touch less caloric than traditional coffee crumb cake. Note: Be sure to use canned pumpkin purée, not canned pumpkin pie filling, as it has ingredients not needed here. You can also use homemade pumpkin purée. Plan Ahead: This cake freezes well in an airtight container. For best results, freeze the whole cake and cut into squares just before serving. For the crumb topping: 1/3 cup sugar 3/4 cup brown sugar 3 tsp. cinnamon pinch salt 13/4 cups flour 3/4 cup vegetable oil For the cake: 1 cup vegetable oil 1 cup sugar 1/2 cup brown sugar 2 eggs 1 cup canned pumpkin

purée 11/2 tsp. vanilla extract 2 tsp. cinnamon 1 tsp. baking powder 1 tsp. baking soda 1/2 Tbsp. salt 21/2 cups flour Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Grease and flour a 9-X-13-inch pan; set aside. To prepare the crumbs: Combine sugars, cinnamon, salt and flour in a small bowl. Add oil and mix until combined and crumbs form. Set aside. To prepare the batter: In the bowl of an electric mixer, beat together oil and sugars on medium speed until smooth. Add eggs, pumpkin purée, vanilla, cinnamon, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Beat until combined. Reduce mixer speed to low. Add flour gradually, beating until just combined. Do not overmix. Pour batter into prepared pan. Cover entire surface of the cake with prepared crumbs (there will be a very thick layer of crumbs). Bake for about one hour, until a tester inserted into the center comes out clean. Yields 10-12 servings.

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“Can Jews & Christians Pray Together?” “The Origins of Rabbinic Liturgy” Featuring Dr. Ruth Langer, Professor of Jewish Studies Associate Director, Center for Christian-Jewish Learning Theology Department, Boston College Lectures at 3:30 and 7:30 pm The Annual Ryterband Symposium is co-sponsored by The University of Dayton, Wright State University and United Theological Seminary. This program is free and open to the public.

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— from Rock Band to thumb wrestling to unstructured play — decreases “stranger stress” while increasing the trust, positive emotions, and bonding necessary for emotional contagion. So what exactly constitutes stranger because “you were The Sydney Morning Herald strangers in the land of Egypt.” play? Dr. Scott Eberle, a scholar reported that a Jewish couple How does science explain the on the topic of play, writes, who asked about getting a train “Play is a moving target. We connection between play and home late one night overheard may know it when we see it… empathy, ultimately validating the CityRail customer service manager telling his staff, “They the ethical wisdom of the Bible? (but) play is problematic of defi“Smile and the world smiles nition.” While the possibilities won’t mind getting a taxi because they have plenty of mon- back” contains some truth at the for empathy-building play are cellular level, according to new endless, here are some starter ey. They live in Bondi where a ideas for pairs or groups of discoveries in neuroscience. lot of rich Jewish people live.” Mirror neurons, unique brain children, adults, or seniors who In response to the passengers’ are not all acquainted. cells triggered when an indicomplaint, the manager was • Imaginative or pretend vidual performs an action, can given a six-month suspension play. “Dress up” or have a cosalso be ignited by just watchtume party to try on different ing others perform actions or express emotions. Furthermore, interests, personas, and experiCandace R. these cells appear to be key in ences. Make up a story and act it out. Get involved in theatre or psychologically identifying Kwiatek bibliodrama. Engage in brainwith or vicariously experiencstorming and imagineering. ing the feelings or thoughts of Join the Pokémon others: emotional GO craze. Share a contagion or emwithout pay. play or movie. pathy. The Jewish couple hoped • Storytelling However, he had “learnt his lesson,” but or word play. Tell neurobiology has when asked if he regretted his favorite family also demonstrated statements, the manager said: anecdotes. Play that emotional “I’m just happy it has all been road trip games contagion is not sorted out now.” like I Spy, the an automatic Was the lesson learned a Alphabet Game, response, but is sense of shared humanity or and license significantly influempathy for stranded strangplates. Use the enced by relationers, as the couple might have mobile app Words with Friends. hoped, or simply what one can ships between people. Join a storytelling or book club. According to a landmark and cannot say aloud? Make up stories as a round study at McGill University, I have to wonder if the humans tend to experience less robin (each person adds a part) manager’s answer would have or fractured fairy tale (different been different had he, instead of empathy for strangers because being punished, been invited to they elicit stress. Reducing that viewpoint). Tell jokes. Connect on Facebook. stress — making the stranger play with the Jewish couple. • Social play. Rough and Play? Absolutely. “Scientists “less strange” or “more like tumble play. Team or pick-up us” — increases empathy, a report that playing a game like sports. Ice breakers and team modern discovery that echoes Rock Band (cooperative music the ancient biblical command to building exercises. Playvideo game) can make you love the stranger by remember- grounds. Fort-building. Campmore caring — and the reaing, hiking, traveling, exploring we too had the experience son touches the core of what ing. Yoga or racquetball. Water of being strangers. it means to be Jewish,” writes cooler conversation. Museums Surprisingly, generating Rabbi David Markus. or science centers. Dancing. That core, the most-repeated empathy is not complicated. • Object play. Pull out some ethical principle in the Hebrew Numerous studies have demonstrated that even a short play board or card games. Get busy Bible, is empathy expressed as with an upended tub of Legos experience among strangers “love” or “do not oppress” the

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Rosh Hashanah is Coming by Tracy Newman. Published just in time for the holidays, this whimsical board book uses clever images and rhymes to illustrate key rituals of Rosh Hashanah for the preschool set. Its focus is on the sensorial experiences rather than the meaning of the season, which could easily be introduced while reading. Make sure to have the ingredients on hand so the book’s sights, sounds, and tastes come alive.

Literature to share Bubbe Isabella and the Sukkot Cake by Kelly Terwilliger. All of the features of Sukkot are woven into this delightful tale about a cake, a parade of animals, and making flags for Simchat Torah. It’s easy for young children to learn about these fall festivals when their celebrations are woven into a story.

The Bible Doesn’t Say That by Joel Hoffman. In the introduction, Hoffman describes five ways in which the Bible is frequently distorted, even by thoughtful readers. He then examines 40 familiar texts, exploring their original meanings and the ways in which they have been read through history, and the resultant historical and religious consequences. This is a fascinating book for those who enjoy studying and debating the Bible and its implications.

or buttons. Create a homegrown Chopped (cooking) event. Play a video game with others. Collect and share for hobbies. • Creative play. Sculpt or paint with found items. Scrapbook. Jam with a band or sing karaoke. Explore technology tools. Try something new — a class, an activity. Doodle. When commanding us to love the stranger, God is not expecting something outside of our capabilities. God even tells us how to do it: recognize that we are alike in sharing the experience of being a stranger. It took more than 2,000 years

for science to reach the same conclusions. Mirror neurons give us the biological capability for empathy, but emotional contagion is triggered only when we reduce “stranger anxiety” by discovering we have something in common. Unexpectedly, one of the most simple and successful strategies to make strangers “more like us” is a shared play experience. In this season of introspection, perhaps we might consider improving ourselves and the world around us by adding more play with strangers to all our lives.

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How was Elaine introduced to the show? When they came back from the pilot the big stipulation was that they had to add a woman. This was one of the few things that was imposed on them and happened. It seems like it was a good idea, I think, because Julia Louis-Dreyfus’ energy really adds something. Tell us more about the show’s “Jewish sensibility.” Would you say it’s quintessentially a Jewish sitcom that became mainstream? Oh yeah, for sure. They weren’t going to synagogue every week or anything, but they started to sneak Jewish things in. It gets more apparent as they get more confident. It’s more of a cultural thing than a religious thing on the show, but they do have an episode about Elaine’s shiksa appeal that comes from them going to a Bar Mitzvah. It comes into play more and more as the show goes on. There’s also this strange disconnect with George Costanza. His last name is Costanza but his parents come off as pretty Jewish. Jerry Stiller, who plays his dad, is Jewish. There are implications that maybe his mother is Jewish and his father is Italian. That’s how they kind of bridge that gap eventually. What do you think makes all four characters on Seinfeld so lovable and relatable? Relatable, absolutely and that’s what makes them lovable. It’s not their sweet characters, but that we get what they’re going through. They give voice to what we go through everyday. I think the key to the characters is that they kind of do and say the things that we wish we had the guts to say or do. I’m not sure I want to go around acting like George Costanza, but he’s giving voice to that side of us. One of my favorite things that the writers told me when I interviewed them was that Larry David had told them to use stuff that happened to them in their real lives as inspiration for their story lines. He wanted them to have the characters do what they wish they had done in a particular situation. To me that encapsulates Seinfeld’s appeal. They’re doing things we wish we had the guts to do or say in annoying situations. I’d add that the characters, especially George, are constantly posing the question “why” and addressing social mores.

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Arts&Culture Fiddler on the Roof at Masonic Center This is the second Dayton Playhouse staged concert musiand the Miami Valley cal for Dayton PlaySymphony Orchestra house and MVSO; the will present a fullyfirst was Les Mistaged concert version sérables in 2014 at the of the musical Fiddler Masonic Center. Brian on the Roof on Friday, Sharp, who directed Oct. 28 and Saturday, Les Mis, is also direcOct. 29 at 8 p.m.; and tor for Fiddler, with a Sunday, Oct. 30 at 2 cast of more than 70 p.m. at Dayton MaMarshall Weiss and Pam McGinnis actors. MVSO’s 80sonic Center. will portray Tevye and Golde in Dayton plus musicians will Based on Jewish Playhouse/ Miami Valley Symphony be conducted by the folklorist Sholem Orchestra’s Fiddler on the Roof ensemble’s music diAleichem’s stories of rector, David Deitrick. Tevye the dairyman Tickets are $25 for written more than a adults, $20 for secentury ago, Fidniors and students, dler on the Roof was and are available at originally produced, or on Broadway in 1964, at wordpress.thedaywith revivals nearly every decade since. box-office/fiddler-onReturning to the the-roof. role of Tevye is MarDayton Masonic shall Weiss, who has Fiddler director MVSO Music Dir. Center is located at played the part three Brian Sharp David Dietrick 525 W. Riverview Ave. times in area commuBecause tickets to the 3,000-seat thenity theatre productions. Pam McGinatre are general admission, patrons are nis, a local community theatre veteran, encouraged to arrive early. will portray Golde, Tevye’s wife.

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On the eve of Rosh Hashanah, a young African-American soldier knocks on the door of the apartment where a young boy, Gabriel, lives with his parents, who are struggling to hang on to their small antiques shop. The solider explains he is going overseas and has no one to care for his special horn that once belonged to his grandpa. Gabriel convinces his reluctant mom they can care for the horn. The name on the soldier's uniform says Tishbi — the birthplace of the Little Red Rosie: A prophet Elijah, who is Rosh Hashanah Story said to appear mysteriby Eric A. Kimmel; ously on Earth, often illustrated by Monica disguised as a beggar Gutierrez who leaves behind him Apples & Honey Press; blessings of good forages 3-7 tune or health. A confident young Gabriel's family selfgirl enlists the help of lessly shares its sudden her numerous feathered good fortune through friends to bake challah acts of kindness and for the neighborhood Rosh Hashanah dinner. In one of Gutier- generosity. Page after page, kids will rez's illustrations — sure to tickle young wonder along with Gabriel if their newones — poppy seeds fly through the air found luck is related to the soldier and his tarnished, mysterious horn. and land all over the kitchen table and floor. Sky-High Sukkah by Rachel Ornstein “Who will help me clean the kitchPacker; illustrated by Deborah Zemke en?” Rosie asks. Apples & Honey Press; ages 3-8 They all pitch in, and Rosie prevents Friends Leah and Ari dream of having a hornbill from toppling a teetering a sukkah of their own — but living in tower of dirty dishes. When the lovely the city poses too many obstacles, their loaves are baked, Rosie and her friends recite the blessing over the challah, and parents tell them. The kids reveal their sad predicament to Al, the neighborthe neighbors who gather around the hood grocer, and explain that during the festive table all enjoy the bread. seven-day holiday, Jewish families build a hut that they decorate with fruits like Maya Prays for Rain by Susan Tarcov; the ones Al sells. But will Leah and Ari's illustrated by Ana Ochoa dreams be answered when Ari's picture Kar-Ben; ages 4-9 of a sky-high Sukkah wins a Hebrew It’s a warm fall day, and a spunky school drawing contest for a free sukyoung girl greets her neighbors in her kah? town. It seems like everyone is taking advantage of the sunny, How It's Made: Torah dry weather. But when Scroll by Maya learns that the Allison Ofanansky; evening's synagogue photographs by Eliyahu service for the JewAlpern ish holiday of ShApples & Honey Press; emini Atzeret includes ages 3-8 a prayer for rain, she This fascinating photo warns her neighbors to essay is perfect for Simcancel their plans. Much chat Torah, the holiday to Maya's relief, howthat marks the end of the ever, she learns from cycle of weekly Torah her rabbi that the prayer readings and the beginis for Israel, where the ning of the new cycle, rainy season is needed giving kids and grownfor crops and trees. The ups a behind-the-scenes back page includes an look at what is involved in this ancient explanation of the lesser-known holiday that comes at the end of the Sukkot Jewish tradition. The author and photographer break down the many people, celebration. steps and materials involved, from hand-stretched parchment, special inks, Gabriel's Horn by Eric A. Kimmel; and feather and reed pens to the meticuillustrated by Maria Surducan lous rules for the calligraphy. Kar-Ben; ages 4-9 By Penny Schwartz, JTA A new Jewish year means a fresh crop of top-notch Jewish books for kids. This year, not one but two new Rosh Hashanah books are penned by Eric A. Kimmel, the master storyteller whose popular award-winning children's classics include Hershel and the Hanukkah Goblins and Simon and the Bear. There are also fresh reads about Sukkot, Shemini Atzeret, and Simchat Torah.


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