The Dayton Jewish Observer, June 2017

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Temple Israel’s 7th Cultural Festival experiences. Speakers include Temple IsWith a goal of sharing Jewish tradirael Senior Rabbi Karen Bodney-Halasz, tions with the Jewish and non-Jewish communities, Temple Israel will hold its Rabbi/Educator Tina Sobo, Martha Moody Jacobs, and two sessions with seventh Jewish Cultural Festival fundraiser on Sunday, June 11 from 11 a.m. to Hana Bendcowsky, program director 7 p.m. of the Jerusalem Center for JewishChristian Relations in Israel. New to the enterA Jewish Israeli, Bendcowsky tainment stage this leads groups of Israeli Jews on year will be blues study tours of Jerusalem’s Christian guitarist Noah WothQuarter. The Jerusalem Center for erspoon. In 2015, Jewish-Christian Relations aims Wotherspoon received to combat prejudices and create a the Best Guitarist spirit of cooperation drawing on Award at the Internashared values. tional Blues Challenge, Bendcowsky’s sessions are preand his band’s debut sented through album, Mystic Mud, rethe Israelity series ceived the Jimi Award of the Jewish for Best Blues/Rock Community RelaAlbum of the Year tions Council. from Blues411. Prior to the Indyklez, a klezmer Noah Wotherspoon festival, at 10:30 band based in Indianaa.m., walkers and polis, returns to the festival this year, runners can join the along with the Dayton Jewish Chorale Oy Vey 5K. Judaica, and The Shimmy Cats dancers. jewelry, and clothing Hana Bendcowsky Festival food vendors will include vendors will sell their Bernstein’s Fine Catering, El Meson, wares from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., and a petPasha Grill, Smokin’ Bar-B-Que, and ting zoo will be on site. Graeter’s. Temple volunteers have Inside the temple, festivalgoers will baked and will sell challah, cookies, find a café featuring acoustic music, and other items. Schmaltz Brewing will with food and drinks for purchase. offer its selection of kosher beers for For more information about the festipurchase. Learning sessions throughout the day val, call the temple at 496-0050 or go to will focus on interfaith relations and Marshall Weiss

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Beth Abraham Synagogue’s Sisterhood held its Seventh Women of Valor luncheon on May 3. Shown here are this year’s honorees. Standing (L to R): Debbie DiSalvo, Rena Beyer, Beverly A. Farnbacher, and Leslie Stein Buerki. Seated: Linda Horenstein, Susan Joffe, and Esther Feldman. The luncheon honors local Jewish women who have worked for the betterment of the Jewish and general communities.

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The rabbi who launched our local Red Cross 100 years ago Montgomery, Greene, and By Marshall Weiss Preble Counties. The Observer Lefkowitz was a wellAs part of its yearlong cenestablished social reformer in tennial celebration, the Dayton Dayton’s Jewish and general Area Chapter of the American communities in 1917. Red Cross will unveil a mural B’nai Yeshurun congregain mid-June at its headquarters, tion (now Temple Israel) hired 370 W. First St. in Downtown him after his ordination from Dayton. It also hopes to raise Hebrew Union College in Cinthe remaining $10,000 toward cinnati in 1900, its $150,000 goal to Temple Israel where he was a fund a new emerstudent of Rabbi gency response Isaac Mayer Wise, vehicle by June 30. the architect of And at its Reform Judaism in annual meeting America. on June 20, the In 1907-08, chapter will presLefkowitz chaired ent some brief the Dayton Citiskits to celebrate zens’ Relief Comits founders. Acmittee to assist the tors will portray unemployed. He three community served on the first leaders explaining executive commitwhy they estabtee of the Dayton lished the local Rabbi David Lefkowitz NAACP when it chapter. The leadwas established in 1915. ers are John Patterson, KathaHe was also vice president rine Wright, and Rabbi David of the Montgomery County Lefkowitz. Humane Society, vice president The rabbi served as the first of the Dayton Vacation School permanent chair of the MontAssociation, chair of Dayton’s gomery County Chapter of the Playground Committee, and on American Red Cross from 1917 the educational committee of to 1920. Laura Seyfang, who retires as the Dayton Chamber of Comexecutive director of the Dayton merce. The Rev. Augustus Waldo area chapter on June 30, says the Drury wrote of Lefkowitz in his performance will give people 1909 History of the City of Dayton a quick history lesson “about and Montgomery County, “He who really was the key person does not feel any narrow racial involved there. We’re going or sectarian boundaries but to be recognizing Lefkowitz’s contributions during our annual is a man of broad humanitarian spirit who has been a close meeting.” student of the vital questions of The chapter now serves The Adventures of

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the day.” In 1910, Lefkowitz brought together leaders of his German-Jewish Reform congregation to organize Dayton’s Jewish charities into the Federation of Jewish Charities of Dayton, now the Jewish Federation. Lefkowitz was the guiding force behind the Jewish Federation’s key decisions, the subtle hand that helped Federation’s leaders navigate politics in the Jewish and Rabbi David Lefkowitz (arrow) of B’nai Yeshurun (now Temple Israel), the first general communities. chair of the Montgomery County Chapter of the American Red Cross, from 1917 Under his advisement, to 1920, shown with volunteers in 1920 in front of chapter headquarters at 28 W. the Federation estabSecond St., between Ludlow and Main Streets in Dayton lished the structure and standards for providing Jews in need with loans and tangible relief such as food, clothing, and coal. He personally handled the most difficult cases. Two years after the Great Dayton Flood of 1913, when 694 Isaac Prugh Way – 937.297.4300 Jews in Dayton were still unable to repay loans the Federation had issued to them as flood relief, it was Lefkowitz who urged the Federation to set aside those loans “on which payment would be a hardship.” He urged the loan committee to “act on its best judgment.” With the United States’ entry into World War I in April 1917, several local chapters of the American Red Cross went into operation across the country. Two months before the United States joined the war, the National Board of the Red Cross Continued on next page


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Do U.S. and Israeli flags belong in a Jewish sanctuary? The issue has come up again in our community, and we report on it this month. While we’re on the topic, how do America’s largest religious denominations handle the issue, if only Marshall for the U.S. Flag? There are no regulaWeiss tions about displaying flags in Roman Catholic Churches according to the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. Though the CCB Committee on the Liturgy has encouraged pastors not to place flags in sanctuaries, the decision is left to the diocesan bishop, who often delegates it to the pastor’s discretion. The United Methodist Church has no policy about flags in the sanctuary, but their use in worship “has been discouraged over the years.” The Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty advises against displaying the flag routinely in worship centers as it “sends an unfortunate signal to believers and unbelievers alike from around the world that somehow the Kingdom of God and the United States of America are either the same or are on equal footing.” The Mormon Church’s policy is that the flag may be displayed on special occasions such as patriotic programs, but adds, “Genuine patriotism does not require displaying the national flag continuously at places of worship.”


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DAYTON Rabbi launched local Red Cross Continued from previous page in Washington, D.C. appealed to the women of Montgomery County to organize a local chapter. The immediate aim was to ease the suffering of women and children in war-torn Belgium and France. By April, women here had raised money, purchased materials, and knitted 9,705 surgical dressing items. Eleanor Hamilton, a nurse with Miami Valley Hospital, brought 100 people together to form the local chapter on April 18, 1917. JFGD Ferdinand J. Ach, a member of B’nai Yeshurun, was named temporary chairman. Ach and Lefkowitz had already worked together on several projects. A coffee roaster and purveyor by trade, Ach was the first president Ferdinand J. Ach of the Federation of Jewish Charities, and served as B’nai Yeshurun’s president from 1915 to 1917. For the Red Cross, he would focus on civilian relief work, along with Katharine Wright and NCR founder John Patterson. When the local Red Cross asked Patterson to become its first permanent chair, he declined. The chapter then turned to Lefkowitz to oversee the mobilization of volunteer committees to provide much-needed medical supplies and nursing care for U.S. soldiers in Europe. After the war, Lefkowitz led the chapter in its transition to local services for those in need, and the comfort and welfare of returned soldiers. Six months after the armistice, in a report about its work during the war, the Dayton chapter wrote of Lefkowitz: “With a heart full to overflowing with love to humanity, wise in judgment, seeing always the bright side, when perchance, a little discouragement or apprehension crept in among the workers, sparing neither time nor strength in forwarding the work, the success of the Montgomery County Chapter of the Red Cross is largely due to its devoted chairman.” Alongside Lefkowitz, Ach, and other Jews on Red Cross committees was attorney Sidney G. JFGD Kusworm, president of B’nai Yeshurun from 1917 to 1919, and successor to Ach as president of the Jewish Federation. Kusworm helped the Red Cross chapter with publicity. In 1921, Kusworm established the national B’nai B’rith Commission on Citizenship and Civic Affairs, which he would chair from that year until 1962. Sidney G. Kusworm Kusworm would spearhead a national B’nai B’rith project in 1954 that would gain thousands of members for the American Red Cross. After 20 years in Dayton, Lefkowitz, his wife and children moved to Dallas in 1920 where he would serve as rabbi of Temple Emanu-El. In a dissertation for the University of North Texas, Rabbi David Lefkowitz of Dallas, Jane Guzman writes that when the rabbi announced he was leaving B’nai Yeshurun, “Dayton civic leaders tried hard to persuade him to remain, and 47 nonJews even offered to join his congregation if he would stay.” In Dallas, Lefkowitz publicly stood down the Ku Klux Klan in the 1920s, and would gain a reputation as the community’s rabbi until his retirement in 1948; he died in 1955.

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Yom Hashoah Observance April 23 • Temple Beth Or

Mark Gordon holds Temple Beth Or’s Holocaust Torah scroll, flanked by Jewish Federation President David Pierce and Temple Beth Or Rabbi Judy Chessin

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Holocaust Education Committee Chair Renate Frydman listens as Northmont Middle School student Julie Ann Dale reads from her entry in the Lydia May Memorial Holocaust Writing Contest

Hillel Academy Co-Principals Dr. Kathy and Dan Mecoli light a flame on the candelabra

Give Me Your Tired by Chaminade-Julienne High School 9th grader Claire Armstrong, Division II Award for Originality, Max May Memorial Holocaust Art Contest

Lydia May Memorial Holocaust Poetry and Prose Contest Division I, Prose Group A 1st Place: Colin Hoyng, Northmont M.S. 2nd Place: Julie Ann Dale, Northmont M.S. 3rd Place: Priya Armour, Northmont M.S. Hon. Men.: Arika Hanson, Northmont M.S. Hon. Men.: Angie Stukey, Northmont M.S. Division I, Prose Group B 1st Place: Lauren Bivens, Northmont M.S. 2nd Place: Billy Pickrell, Northmont M.S. 3rd Place: Yetta Krummel-Adkins, Hillel Academy Hon. Men.: Samantha Street, Northmont M.S.

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Division II, Prose 1st Place: Kennedy Bailey, Stivers School for the Arts 2nd Place: Erin McGraw, Chaminade-Julienne H.S. 3rd Place: Kelsey Dickey, Chaminade-Julienne H.S. Division I, Poetry 1st Place: Jaden Peeks, Northmont M.S. 1st Place: Jayla Peeks, Northmont M.S. 2nd Place: Benji Ray, Hillel Academy 3rd Place: Yetta Krummel-Adkins, Hillel Academy Hon. Men.: Antonio Fuenzalida, Hillel Academy Division II, Poetry 1st Place: Aubrey Trimbach, Chaminade-Julienne H.S. 2nd Place: Eliana Ling, Stivers School for the Arts 3rd Place: Kelly Carmody, Chaminade-Julienne H.S. Hon. Men.: Hillary Vaughn, Chaminade-Julienne H.S.

Max May Memorial Holocaust Art Contest Division I 1st Place: Grace Turner, Warner M.S. 2nd Place: Antonio Fuenzalida, Hillel Academy 3rd Place: Melanie Kase, Hastings M.S. Hon. Men.: Emma Wang, Hastings M.S. Hon. Men.: Lindy Blackwell, Hastings M.S. Award for Originality: Alexandria Montessori and K12 Gallery Collaborative Project, grades 5-9 Division II 1st Place: Natalie Davis, Chaminade-Julienne H.S. 2nd Place: Morgan Bennett, Stivers School for the Arts 3rd Place: Haley Kraft, Chaminade-Julienne H.S. Hon. Men.: Madeline Hofstetter, Chaminade-Julienne H.S. Award for Originality: Claire Armstrong, Chaminade-Julienne H.S.




For 3rd time in 13 years, temple votes down flags in sanctuary Story And Photos By Marshall Weiss, The Observer In a vote of 46 to 44 on May 7, Temple Israel congregants decided to keep the flags of the United States and Israel in the lobby of its building, rather than move them to the front of the main sanctuary. The vote marks the third time since 2004 that Temple Israel’s membership has rejected a formal request to bring the flags to the main sanctuary, where they would be visible during worship services. All three times, that request was brought by Temple Israel member Franklin T. Cohn, a U.S. Marine veteran of the Korean Conflict. Not a shrinking violet, Cohn, 83, was a driving force behind the Ohio Korean War Veterans Memorial, which opened in 1995 on Riverside Drive, adjacent to Temple Israel; the temple had moved there the previous year. “To me, arguments against the flags are so insignificant for the people who have given their lives for this country,” Cohn says. “It’s our flag, it’s Israel’s flag. I also feel that the Jewish people were given a deed to Israel — given the land, and it’s written in the Torah.” At Temple Israel’s annual meeting in 2004, Cohn moved that American and Israeli flags be placed on the bima (stage of the sanctuary) at Temple Israel; the motion was defeated by a two-thirds margin. This was after Cohn had first brought his request to the temple’s worship and music committee, where it was rejected; the committee’s recommendation to reject his request was then approved by the full board. In October 2007, with a By a vote of 46 to 44, Temple Israel congregants decided petition signed by more than 20 on May 7 to keep the flags of the United States and Israel congregants as per the temple’s in the lobby of its building (shown here, surrounding the Temple Israel Rabbi bylaws, Cohn called a congretemple’s portable Torah ark) rather than move them to the Karen Bodney-Halasz gational meeting to vote on his front of the main sanctuary motion for flags on the bima. That time, the congregation voted against the motion The worship and music committee recommended 56 to 48, with one abstention. the board vote to approve Cohn’s revised petition, Rabbi Karen Bodney-Halasz was the congregation’s which would have avoided a full congregational vote. director of education at the time of the 2004 and 2007 Prior to the board’s vote, Bodney-Halasz explained votes. She remembers how divisive and emotional the the nature of the compromise to her congregants in the process became. temple’s newsletter. Now, as Temple Israel’s senior rabbi, she hoped to “As is the case with consensus, this proposal is not broker a compromise between the parties, and above ideal to anyone in those groups, but so far, everyone all else, keep the civility and peace of her congregation. has agreed that they would be able to live with and “The question needs not to be whether the flags berespect this position,” she wrote. long there (in the sanctuary), but how do we live with Days before the board vote, Bodney-Halasz also each other when we have differing two scholars from the ‘The question needs brought opinions? That’s the way I’ve tried to Reform movement to talk with not to be whether frame it,” Bodney-Halasz says. congregants about flags in Reform congregations. Members learned that the flags belong Attempted compromise within the Reform movement, each there, but how do When Cohn submitted his latest congregation must decide this issue petition in August 2016 requesting for itself, and that both positions are we live with each another congregational meeting and equally acceptable. other when we have vote, the rabbi worked with him When Temple Israel’s board voted and the temple’s worship and music differing opinions?’ on the revised compromise recomcommittee to identify an option both mendation, it split nine to nine. could live with. Because of the temple’s bylaws, the Rabbi Karen The committee members and Cohn decision went to the full congregaBodney-Halasz ultimately agreed that placing a flag tion. next to each side of the bima would “There were no inflammatory be acceptable. remarks,” Bodney-Halasz says of the May 7 congregaWith that, Cohn withdrew his original petition for tional meeting and vote. “We began the meeting with a the flags on the bima and submitted a revised petition prayer and discussion of what it means to have disto have them on either side of the bima. agreements or arguments for the sake of Heaven, and “She was trying to create peace, so I agreed,” Cohn reminding ourselves to be respectful.” says of Bodney-Halasz. “Even if I compromised, they One congregant who spoke against placing the flags would be up front. I said, ‘Rabbi, if that will create in the sanctuary at the May 7 meeting was Joel Shapiro. peace, then I’m all for it.’” “I did advise at the beginning that it was not a major PAGE 6

issue,” Shapiro says. “First of all, I don’t see why patriotism is better served with flags in the sanctuary as when they are not. There is a question of distractions. If you’re looking at flags, that detracts you from the purpose for which you are there.” Shapiro says another issue would have been the “atrocious placement” of the flags at the far ends of the front of the sanctuary, “in the corner, by the garbage.” “The interesting thing about this is that it didn’t divide along liberal or conservative views, it didn’t divide between those who study and those who don’t,” Shapiro adds. “There was really no segment that you could say: this type of people voted this way, and that type of people voted the other way.” Among those who spoke at the congregational meeting were two temple members who had escaped Nazi Europe: one spoke for flags in the sanctuary, the other against. “I said that I am an immigrant, and during my life, I’ve been stateless twice,” Dr. Felix Garfunkel says. “Therefore, the flag is significant to me. It’s hard to understand that people have difficulty worshipping when the flag is there. And I was wondering if this could be a touch of religious zealotry or extremism.” He also said the design of the Israeli flag represents a tallit (prayer shawl), and that is significant in the synagogue. Eleanor Must also told the gathering that she was a stateless refugee of Nazi Europe. “I strongly value the separation of church and state that we have in this country and I don’t think at a time of worship that it’s appropriate to have national flags in the sanctuary,” Must said at the meeting. Cohn disagrees. “As far as church and state is concerned, there is no Constitutional prohibition against mixing religion with governmental symbols when the location is a private entity,” he says. “Here’s something else I don’t understand: You’ve got Beth Abraham Synagogue that has the flags. You’ve got Beth Or, which has the Israeli and American flag. You’ve got Beth Jacob, which has the Israeli and American flag. I even made a trip to Hebrew Union College (the Reform movement’s semi- Temple Israel member Franklin T. Cohn nary in Cincinnati) to see what they’re teaching their rabbinic students. And the flags are right next to the ark, right on the bima.” Though it doesn’t call itself a synagogue, Chabad of Greater Dayton conducts worship services and doesn’t display flags. As Chabad’s Rabbi Nochum Mangel has previously said, “The synagogue transcends all nationalities.” Bodney-Halasz notes that over the 14 years she’s been at Temple Israel, families have been able to request that the flags be brought into the sanctuary for a loved one’s funeral or memorial service. According to Temple Israel’s incoming president, Carol Finley, who just attended a conference for new temple presidents hosted by the Reform movement, approximately 80 percent of Reform congregations display flags in their sanctuaries. When Temple Israel was located at Salem and Emerson Avenues, the U.S. flag was displayed on the bima of its “community house” sanctuary before the congregation built a new main sanctuary on the campus in 1953. Finley theorizes that neither the U.S. nor the Israeli flag were displayed in the 1953 sanctuary as not to draw attention to the absence or presence of the Israeli THE DAYTON JEWISH OBSERVER • JUNE 2017

DAYTON flag. tion away from precedent. A strong segment of Reform “The fact that we’re a congreJews didn’t support Zionism gation that grows and changes in the early years of the Jewis a positive thing. It’s OK for ish state. In 1954, the Reform us to examine our position on movement’s Central Conferthings from time to time,” she ence of American Rabbis issued says. a responsa that stated, “...the “Three other Reform congreIsraeli flag is quite out of place gations in North America have in an American synagogue,” a just gone through the same flag position CCAR didn’t rescind issue as Temple Israel,” Finley until 1977. says. “In each case, the effort With Temple Israel’s move to was led by veterans and was Riverside Drive voted down.” in 1994, it contin- When Temple One Temple ued the custom Israel congreIsrael moved established in gant whose view 1953 of no flags in to Riverside on the flag issue the sanctuary. In Drive in 1994, has changed 2004, they were since 2007 is it continued placed in the Richard Saphire. lobby. “I felt less the custom When Cohn restrongly about turned to Dayton established in the need to keep in 1956 after his 1953 of no flags a flag out than discharge from I thought the in the sanctuary. proponents felt the Marines, he says he menabout the need tioned the absence of flags on to keep it in,” Saphire says. “If the bima to rabbis occasionally, there were flags in the sanctubut didn’t do anything about it. ary it wouldn’t bother me, I’d “At that particular time, I probably get used to it. It was didn’t have the feeling,” he better to work out some sort of says. “Later on, as I grew older, compromise for the peace and things happened. I felt that harmony of the congregation. when a veteran died in any war, We have enough stuff to deal that even the comfort of having with in Reform Judaism and the the American and Israeli flags in Jewish community in Dayton the sanctuary, to me, was mean- rather than spend a lot of time ingful. The families shouldn’t dealing with stuff like this.” have to request that the flags be Cohn likens the outcome of there for a funeral.” the May 7 vote rejecting flags in Bodney-Halasz says she atthe sanctuary to the turnout for tempted to move the conversaa zoning meeting.

Loving dependable care, when you’re not there “The people who were against flags in the sanctuary came to the meeting,” he insists. “The people who were for it stayed at home. To me, it’s laziness.” He says he’ll continue on as a lifelong member of Temple Israel; at some point, he’ll bring up the flag issue again, though he gives no time frame. “I’m sure there are a lot of people who are going to think of me in a different way, and they’re probably not happy with me,” Cohn says.

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An air of civility

A consensus among those interviewed for this story is that this time around, the proceedings were civil. “The rabbi handled this with so much tact and diplomacy throughout the whole thing,” says Linda Novak, who sits on the worship and music committee and is its incoming chair. “She tried very much to avoid having any disruption in the family of the congregation.” Saphire says Bodney-Halasz did all that she could have done to keep the peace. “I think she deserves a lot of credit and so does Bart (outgoing temple president Bart Weprin), for handling this in the most sensitive way, and trying to make everybody feel as if they mattered in this, that their voices were heard. In that sense, it makes her come out of this stronger.”

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By Alyssa Schmitt, Cleveland Jewish News A former Butler County magistrate has sued the county and a common pleas court judge, alleging she was required to use vacation days to observe Jewish holidays, and was also discriminated against for being Jewish. Kimberley Edelstein of Cincinnati filed a discrimination lawsuit May 5 claiming Judge Greg Stephens terminated her employment when she asked to take off eight days to celebrate Jewish holidays in October 2016, according to the lawsuit. She is seeking more than $1 million in damages. “At this point, all I can say is there is no merit to the allegation she is saying,” Stephens said. He declined further comment. Butler County does not have a policy that accommodates holiday time off for members of non-Christian faiths. Prosecuting Attorney Mike Gmoser and Assistant Prosecutor Dan Ferguson also are named in the suit. According to the lawsuit, Gmoser and Ferguson spoke poorly about Edelstein with Stephens and to prospective employers. Gmoser said he was not Edelstein’s direct supervisor, but that his office often works with Stephens’ office. “If people have a gripe about something, I want to know about it,” Gmoser said. “If there’s a problem, we talk it out. This goes to the core of who we are, we do not discriminate. I do not discriminate against race, religion, sex or politics.” Stephens hired Daniel Gehr to fill Edelstein’s position. “I wouldn’t be working here if I felt any discrimination,” said Gehr, who is Jewish. He declined further comment citing of pending litigation. Edelstein was employed as an attorney and magistrate for more than eight years by Butler County and served on the staff of Judge Patricia Oney, according to the lawsuit. When Oney retired, Stephens took the position and hired Edelstein as his magistrate in February 2016, according to the lawsuit. They both agreed to a three-month notice if either party wanted to end the employment relationship. After talking to Stephens about requesting time off, Edelstein informed the staff on July 28 in an email she would be taking off days in October, according to the lawsuit. Two business days later, on Aug. 1, Stephens informed Edelstein of her termination and told her to clean and leave the office by noon. When Edelstein looked for employment, Stephens provided false and negative comments about her, she said in the lawsuit. Edelstein seeks $300,000 each for compensatory and punitive damages of loss of income, liquidated damages and for emotional distress, according to the lawsuit. She is also seeking $25,000 each for malice by Gmoser and Stephens; $25,000 for defamation by Stephens; $5,000 for unlawful termination; $25,000 for unlawful termination based on religious discrimination; and $16,709 for breach of contract. In February, Edelstein filed a charge of discrimination with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, which was unable to resolve the problem issuing a notice of the right to sue. Attempts to reach Edelstein by email and telephone for comment were unsuccessful. PAGE 8

1967 collected funds for Israel. By Cnaan Liphshiz, JTA Radical changes also happened in Sweden, where IsAMSTERDAM — Shortly after the outbreak of the rael was so popular in the 1960s that it was a preferred Six-Day War in 1967, Ronny Naftaniel was soliciting donations on the street and putting a lot of money into destination for thousands of volunteers to kibbutzim and for decades to come. Last year, Israeli Prime Minisa box emblazoned with the words “for Israel.” An Amsterdam Jew who was 19 that year, Naftaniel ter Benjamin Netanyahu declared that Sweden is “not a noted friend of Israel” after its foreign minister, Margot was one of many pro-Israel activists across Western Wallstrom, blamed Israel for “executing” Palestinians Europe who collected the equivalent of hundreds of who tried to kill Israelis and accused Israel of motivatthousands of dollars from individuals supportive of ing terrorist attacks in Europe. Israel in its fight against Arab neighbors who were Kohn traces the change in attitude on Israel primarwidely perceived as the more powerful aggressors. ily to how “Israeli governments were dragging their In Holland especially, the war triggered a popular feet” in reaching a peace agreement with the Palestinmobilization by ordinary citizens that featured masians, he said. Kohn advocates applying equal pressure sive blood drives, group prayers at churches, solidaron Israel and the Palestinians to make peace, but in ity rallies and a bumper sticker campaign that was so Norway Israel is “not perceived as having done what successful that for a time it rendered ubiquitous the slogan “I stand behind Israel.” Dutch corporations and they could to fulfill the Palestinian national aspiratrade unions mobilized their members to raise millions tions,” he added. Across Western Europe, activists critical of Israel for Israel. have called the Jewish state on its “There was a genuine anxiety in Thomas Samson/AFP/Getty Images treatment of Palestinians, includsociety for Israel’s fate and relief ing in exhibitions held in churches when it prevailed,” recalled Nafabout the detention of children, taniel, the longtime head of the alleged torture and the slaying of Hague-based Center for Informacivilians during rounds of fighting tion and Documentation on Israel with Palestinian and other terrorist until his retirement in 2012. “Both groups. led to extraordinary affection and But the Dutch chief rabbi, goodwill, also in the media. It was Binyomin Jacobs, who was 18 in universal and unifying.” 1967, sees the changing attitudes to Today, however, Israel is a diviIsrael as owing also to demographsive issue in the Netherlands and ic changes inside Western Europe across Western Europe, where the that have little to do with Israel. mainstream media occasionally The increase in anti-Israel and question Israel’s very right to exist antisemitic sentiment in Western amid criticism over its perceived Protesters in Paris demonstrate against a Europe cannot be understood, occupation of Palestinian land Jacobs argued, without taking into captured in 1967. On the street, ex- new Israeli settlement in the West Bank, account the arrival there since the pressions of solidarity with Israel April 1 often invite attacks by pro-Palestinian Muslims and the 1970s of millions of Muslim Arabs and Turks. “The people who riot at anti-Israel rallies, who left, and are dwarfed by mass demonstrations against throw firebombs on houses with Israeli flags, who Israel that regularly feature antisemitic chants. Meanwhile, the continent’s east has made the oppo- chant ‘Hamas, Hamas, Jews to the gas’ on the street, site journey: Whereas in 1967 merely mentioning Israel they do not act out of frustration with this or that policy,” he told JTA. “They are often immigrants from could lead to imprisonment, the Jewish state is now Muslim countries where anti-Israel sentiment and antiwidely cherished in Eastern Europe and Russia as an semitism is just a normal part of upbringing.” ally and model for success. In 2014, demonstrators at an anti-Israel demonstraThese profound shifts, which may affect the future tion in Belgium shouted about killing Jews in Antwerp. of European Jewry, are rooted in changes far wider The Hague in the Netherlands, France, Germany and than merely how certain societies view the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Indeed, they reflect dramatic develop- many other places saw other anti-Israel events. That year, as Israel was fighting Hamas in Gaza, a woman ments in the value systems, demographics and econowho flew an Israeli flag in her Amsterdam home had mies both of Israel and of the continent to which it has firebombs hurled at her balcony. Nine synagogues in strong cultural ties. France were also attacked during hostilities. Ervin Kohn, the leader of the Jewish community of While public attitudes toward Israel have soured in Norway, was preparing for his Bar Mitzvah when the Western Europe, they have improved beyond recogSix-Day War broke out. “In my family we were deeply worried about Israel’s nition in the formerly communist east, according to future before and during the war, and this anxiety was Jehoshua Raskin, a Chabad rabbi who works in Russia and was born in 1948 in Nizhny Novgorod east of something shared across Norwegian society,” he said. Moscow. “Today, it would be different.” Raskin and his mother were called traitors by KGB At the beginning of May, Norway’s largest workofficers who threatened to have them jailed in 1967 ers union escalated its anti-Israel rhetoric to include a over the Raskins’ request to leave Russia for Israel. call for a total boycott of the country. And in Holland, “Now Israel, which was demonized during comwhere trade unions in 1967 donated millions to Israel’s munism as an archenemy of ‘our Arab brothers’ and as defense, members of the Dutch Federation of Trade a capitalist villain, is synonymous with success in RusUnions in January debated boycotting Israel during a sia,” said Raskin, who was 18 when the war hit. workshop (no decision was made and the federation Last year, Russian President Vladimir Putin and has no policy of boycotting Israel). Meanwhile, proPalestinian demonstrators regularly hold rallies calling Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu celebrated for a boycott of Israel opposite the main entrance of the 25 years of diplomatic relations at a festive event at the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow. Upon his arrival in the Bijenkorf department store in Amsterdam, which in THE DAYTON JEWISH OBSERVER • JUNE 2017

THE WORLD Russian capital, Netanyahu was greeted with a red carpet and marching band. His wife, Sara, was given pink flowers. “We have a solid foundation of trust and understanding to rely on as we make plans for the future,” Putin said during the visit. Under Putin, “Jewish communities that once distanced themselves from anything Israeli to stay safe are now celebrating cultural events with Israeli flags,” said Chaim Chesler, founder of Limmud FSU, a Jewish educational group that has been working in the former Soviet Union since 1992. Soviet hostility to Israel also has made Israel popular with enemies of Russia across Eastern Europe, Chesler said. The same applies to Finland, added Gideon Bolotowsky, a former leader of that country’s Jewish community. Widespread sympathy for Israel exists to this day in Finland, he added, where pro-Israel rallies organized by Christian supporters of the Jewish state typically dwarf anti-Israel events. “You have to remember that in comparison to other European countries, Finland has very few Muslims,” Bolotowsky noted. (According to a U.S. State Department report from 2016, Finland has 65,000 Muslims, constituting about 1 percent of the population). In Western European countries with larger Muslim populations, hostility toward Israel is being adopted increasingly by politicians seeking Muslim votes. In the Netherlands, the general elections in March saw a radical pro-Islam party win parliament representation for the first time. The party, DENK, supports a blanket boycott of the Jewish state, and its leader last year refused to shake Netanyahu’s hand during a visit to the Hague. And in France, the current leader of the Socialist Party, Benoit Hamon, spoke with surprising candor about the need to factor in Muslim sensibilities in devising a policy on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. In a 2014 interview, Hamon said that supporting the establishment of a Palestinian state was the Socialists’ “best way to recuperate our electorate in the suburbs and the neighborhoods” — code for Muslim voters — “who did not support the pro-Israeli position taken by President Francois Hollande.” In Sweden, Israel was popular in ‘67 because it was perceived as the underdog, according to George Braun, the leader of the Jewish community of Gothenburg. “Then, when Israel emerged as a powerful and robust entity, the Palestinians took on that role,” he said. Additionally, “the media in Sweden have become biased against Israel.” Yet Braun says he does not miss the days when Israel was more popular in Sweden. “It was nice to have everyone on your side, of course,” he said, “but I prefer a heavily criticized Israel that is strong and viable than a weak and uncertain one that is universally loved.”

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Bank policy, Trump made no reference By Andrew Tobin, JTA to Jewish settlements in the territory. JERUSALEM — President Donald Nor did he mention the Palestinian state Trump must have felt like he was back that the United States and Israel officialbehind his desk at Trump Tower. ly support establishing there, but which During his whirlwind visit to Israel Netanyahu has ceased referring to. and the West Bank on May 22-23, the On May 22, responding to a request U.S. leader was treated with the deferby Education Minister Naftali Bennett at ence befitting a CEO. His words were Ben Gurion Airport to recognize Jerugreeted with rapturous applause and salem as Israel’s capital, which would vows of support. reverse decades of U.S. neutrality on the After one of multiple standing ovacity, Trump replied simply, “That’s an tions during his speech May 23 at the idea.” Israel Museum in Jerusalem, a beaming Trump did, however, subtly repeat his Trump joked with the crowd, “Thank admonition of the Palestinian Authority you. I like you, too.” to stop encouraging terrorism, telling And instead of headlines describing Abbas, “Peace can never take root in an the latest twist in the Russian elections probe or his firing of FBI Director James environment where violence is tolerated, funded and even rewarded. We must Comey, he woke up to the front pages be resolute in condemning such acts in a of Israel newspapers celebrating his single unified voice.” visit to the Western Wall. Trump even And he seemed to reject Netanyahu’s made a photograph of his brief moment preferred plan to normalize Israeli-Arab of solitude there the cover image on his relations as a step toward a peace agreeTwitter page. ment with the Palestinians, describing Beyond the niceties, Trump won the reverse chronology: “I also firmly some real concessions during the trip. believe that if Israel and the Palestinians As he noted repeatedly, both Israeli can make peace, it will begin a process Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of peace all throughout the Middle and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas pledged to work with East.” Shapiro said that Trump has already him toward his “ultimate deal” — without mentioning preconditions. But there said enough to make clear his vision of peace is not much different from is little faith in either leader’s ability to Obama’s: direct Israeli-Palestinian peace deliver much for peace and no specifics talks toward a two-state solution, with were announced. Arab support from the outside. Speaking ahead of Trump at the IsraWhile Trump benefits from growing el Museum, Netanyahu said, “President Arab interest in working with Israel Trump, working with you, I believe we to counter Iran and the can advance a durable Islamic State group, Shapeace between Israel and Trump made it piro said, not much could its Arab neighbors, as relatively easy be inferred from Israeli well as the Palestinians, and Palestinian acquiesbecause of the common for his hosts to to talks. danger that the Arab agree with him by cence “The parties are very world and Israel face well practiced at making from Iran, and because demanding little generally positive noises of the leadership that during the visit. without really changing you bring to this protheir behavior,” he said. cess.” “It’s possible the president and his team In Bethlehem hours earlier, Abare going through a learning process bas said he hoped Trump “will go in where that’s the nature of the conversahistory” as the president who finally tion they’re having.” achieved Middle East peace. Shlomo Brom, the head researcher Daniel Shapiro, the U.S. ambassaon Israeli-Palestinian relations at the dor to Israel under President Barack Institute for National Security Studies, Obama, said both leaders appeared said if and when Trump presents a more eager to accommodate the new presiconcrete peace plan, Israel and the Paldent — partly in fear of how he would estinians would likely go along — each react to rejection. “Because he’s an unusual person and waiting for the other to play spoiler. But ultimately, he said, they would struggle unpredictable, he has some leverage,” to summon the necessary political will. Shapiro told JTA. “Nobody wants to Netanyahu, who leads a pro-settler get caught saying no, and they haven’t. They haven’t necessarily said yes, but it government, struggled much of May 21 to get his ministers to approve even explains why the initial resistance othmodest measures aimed at improving ers have encountered, that we encounthe Palestinian quality of life. Bennett tered, may not be as strong this time.” and Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked, Trump made it relatively easy for his both of the pro-settlement Jewish Home hosts to agree with him by demanding party, voted against a measure to boost little during the visit. Apparently satisPalestinian building in Area C of the fied with recent tweaks in Israel’s West


Israeli President Reuven Rivlin guiding President Donald Trump at Ben Gurion Airport near Tel Aviv, May 22

West Bank, which Israel fully governs. It does not help that Netanyahu is under police investigation for alleged corruption, which he denies. For his part, Abbas is historically unpopular with his people and, at 82 years old, likely in the twilight of his presidency. Popular discontent in the West Bank has taken the form of violent protests on behalf of a mass hunger strike of prisoners in Israeli jails that has now gone on for six weeks. Oded Eran, a former Israeli ambassador who served as the deputy chief of the Israeli Embassy in Washington, D.C., said Netanyahu and Abbas are not the only ones who are perceived as weak. He said Israel and the Palestinians do not expect Trump to be around for long given the investigations into potential collusion between his associates and Russia. “If I put myself into the shoes of the ministers or MKs (Knesset members) right now, why should we get excited?” he said. “The clock is ticking, the countdown has begun and all we have to do is wait and see — and not get into too many confrontations with the administration.” But Brom and Shapiro agreed that Trump’s domestic situation does not affect his clout with Israel and the Palestinians. They said if Trump managed to convince each side to call the other’s bluff for long enough, he might just end up making significant progress toward peace. But that would require skillful diplomacy. “When the United States has a serious policy and people who are good at moving forward this policy, to some extent it can move the two sides to agree on things they didn’t previously agree on,” Brom said. “So far there is no reason to be optimistic that this administration is capable of doing that. We’ve seen complete chaos.”



Confessions of a once-distant Zionist Recalling when Israel seemed farther away than it does today By Gary Rosenblatt The 1967 Israeli-Arab war broke out on the eve of finals week, in early June, when I was a student at Yeshiva University. I admit that one of my first responses to the dramatic radio bulletins I listened to in my dorm room was a fleeting prayer — that exams be canceled. Don’t misunderstand. Of course I was concerned about the fate of my fellow Jews. I had been following the dire news for several weeks as Egyptian President Nasser ramped up his threats to drive the Jews into the sea. With the prospects of an imminent war growing, I had marched with pride at the especially large and fervent Israel Day parade down Riverside Drive the Sunday before, and joined my fellow students in prayer in the tense days leading up to the conflict. But at the time, I didn’t really think of Israelis as my brothers and sisters. More like distant cousins. I didn’t personally know anyone who lived in Israel. I had met very few Israelis. And I didn’t know many people who had ever been to Israel. While thousands of young people around the country were inspired by religious and secular Zionist camps and youth groups, I don’t think my experience was that unusual 50 years ago for many American Jews, especially those of us who grew up outside of major Jewish communities like New York. In those days, our “flat,” interconnected world was very round. Long-distance travel was arduous and less common. When I was very young, the voyage to Israel was still made by ship and measured in days, not hours. Air travel became more popular in the 1960s, but trans-Atlantic flights were costly. And growing up in a small town in Maryland, I was far removed from a robust Jewish community. The Israel I was familiar with was more ancient than contemporary. It was the yearning for a restored Jerusalem of my daily prayers. But that was a call for the restoration of the Temple and its ritual sacrifices, not something I related to, and it was the Israel of the biblical stories I read in Hebrew school, where wars were fought with spears (and a timely slingshot) rather than tanks and artillery. The only taste of modern-day Israel I had was from the World Over, the Jewish equivalent of The Weekly Reader, with illustrated stories about children in shorts and kova tembel hats (the Israeli national symbol), often shown discussing events while kicking a ball in

LETTER TO THE EDITOR I appreciated Steve Markman's article about the Jewish War Veterans. When my daughter Rachel graduated from Stivers in 2007, we heard of a scholarship offered through JWV. The process was one of discovery — finding the discharge papers, history of membership in the JWV, photos, stories of my father’s service in World War II — for a grandfather whom she had never met (except in a portrait of him painted by a prisoner of war in Italy). After writing an essay, she did receive a small scholarship from the Ohio JWV. Far more important was her awakening to a Jewish heritage that included military service and patriotism as part of the Jewish-American experience. — Phyllis Pavlofsky Allen, Dayton PAGE 10

under threat of extinction from far larger forces on three fronts — prevailed and subdued the enemy, the events seemed nothing short of miraculous to me, and to millions of others. When we heard that IDF soldiers in Jerusalem had secured the Old City, and saw photos of Rabbi Shlomo Goren sounding the shofar at the Kotel (Western Wall), the significance of that new reality was profound. Israel had not just won the war, it had done so overwhelmingly, taking on new land and reunifying Jerusalem for the first time in many centuries. It had also won the hearts of Diaspora Jews in a new and deeper way. The problematic aspects of such a lopsided victory — the consequences of the humiliation of and responsibility for so many Arabs and the acquisition of additional land — were little considered in the euphoric aftermath. Suddenly, Israel was a source of great pride and admiration, and not just for Jews. Major U.S. newspapers and magazines described Israel’s victory enthusiastically in David vs. Goliath terms, and its soldiers and leader were perceived as Super Jews. American Jews had supported Israel generously in financial terms in its founding and early years. During the Six-Day War, they responded in unprecedented ways. At night, YU students would take the subway to Times Square and unfurl a large Israeli flag on the sidewalk as theatergoers, emerging from Broadway shows, emptied their wallets on the spot. But the response transcended dollars; it went to a more intense, emotional level with renewed interest in Israel and an inner sense of connection for countless Diaspora Jews, stirred by the drama of the war and the realization of how close Israel came to being Israeli paratroopers (L to R) Tzion Karasenti, Yitzhak Yifat and destroyed. Chaim Oshri at the Western Wall after Israel captured the Years later, when I visited Israel for the first time, Temple Mount in Jerusalem, June 7, 1967 at 27, as part of a mission for Jewish journalists, I felt a part of me was coming home. Since then, having the fields. made the trip more than two dozen times, I cherish I couldn’t relate. I preferred baseball — the game the strong bonds to the land and the people that are and the caps. personal as well as professional, and my commitment Even when I left public school after sixth grade and to Israel is an integral part of who I am as a Jew. attended a yeshiva in nearby Baltimore, the rabbis Still, for American Jews today, whether as supportwere more fluent in Yiddish than Hebrew, and spoke ers or critics, Israel is a reality in their lives, and an of their native European countries, not indicator of their Jewish identity, no Israel. Modern Zionism was not part longer the distant dot on the map it was It was the of the curriculum and not part of the when I was growing up. 1967 War that discussion. By now, largely through the success The one childhood experience that of Birthright Israel, about half of all profoundly made Israel real for me was when I was Diaspora Jews between the ages of 18 changed my about 14 and my parents made their and 26 have visited Israel — a remarkfirst trip to the Jewish state as part of a identity as a able achievement. But Israel, once the rabbinic convention they attended. great unifier in our society, has become They came back talking about their Jew, and how I a source of division and debate, chiefly experience — the first time I recall Isra- related to Israel. over its policies regarding the Palestinel as part of our conversations at home ians. — and with scores of color slides my In the Orthodox community, the Dad took of Israeli scenes and landmarks. My parents ties to Israel are stronger than ever. But in the liberal began inviting groups of congregants to our house for denominations, and especially among the young and scheduled showings of the slides, since hardly any of unaffiliated, the perception of Jerusalem’s policies as the members had been to Israel, and I began to learn illiberal are cause for concern and frustration, if not about places like the Knesset, the Jerusalem Windmill opposition. and the King David Hotel. (Remember that the Western Wall was in Jordanian hands and off limits then.) Gary Rosenblatt is editor and publisher of The New York What struck home, though, were shots inside a Jewish Week. makolet (small grocery store) with Hebrew writing on the jars of jelly and boxes of cereal. I began to think of Israel as a bustling, real-life society, not just a reposiSo, what do you think? tory of biblical relics. Send your letters (350 words max., thanks) to: But it was the 1967 War that profoundly changed The Dayton Jewish Observer, 525 Versailles Drive my identity as a Jew, and how I related to Israel. Dayton, OH 45459 • During those dramatic six days, as tiny Israel — David Rubinger/GPO


How Dayton helped in ‘67 With the armies of Egypt, Jordan, Syria, and Iraq about to attack and invade Israel, the Jewish state launched a preemptive air strike on their airfields on June 5, 1967, beginning the Six-Day War. The late Louis Goldman was at the head of the record-breaking Jewish fund-raising support for Israel in Dayton — and across North America — at that time. In 1967, Goldman was the youngest national chair of United Jewish Appeal. He also chaired Dayton’s Israel Emergency Campaign. In 2007, Goldman shared his memories of the Six-Day War campaign with Observer freelancer Renate Frydman to commemorate its 40th anniversary. “Dayton became the highest city per capita in giving for that campaign in all the country,” Goldman told Frydman. “We started setting up meetings and fund-raising affairs. There was a big fund-raiser at Meadowbrook (Country Club) and smaller groups at private homes. Even Christians gave. I called people and they were very willing (but), I asked them to give even more. I wasn’t afraid to ask. Right after the war started, we filled Temple Israel (then on Salem Avenue) to overflowing.” On the evening of June 11, the Jewish Federation — then called the Jewish Community Council — held the CityWide Emergency Community Rally for the Israel Emergency Fund.

Council President Robert A. Shapiro told those present, “We are gathered here — Orthodox, Conservative, Reform, Zionist, non-Zionist, members of all Jewish organizations — to speak in a single voice of our determination to safeguard the right of a small nation to live in peace.” Because Israel’s survival was uncertain, the council’s leadership decided to divert money to Israel that it had raised to build a new home for the aged, Goldman recalled. Those who worked on the emergency campaign with him included Arthur Beerman, Solly Frank, Harry Green, Ed Levi, Milton Marks, Elmer Moyer, Joe Patterson, and Gene Thal. “We were going after the big dollars as fast as we could get them,” Goldman said. The June 19, 1967 issue of Newsweek reported about the national UJA Israel Emergency Fund and noted that in the “relatively small” city of Dayton, “seven men contributed $500,000.” In the middle of the campaign, Goldman received a call that his father was dying. “I went home to see him. I saw him for a while and went back to Bob’s office,” he said, referring to the late Robert Fitterman, executive director of the Jewish Community Council. In his role as a national chair of UJA, Goldman traveled nationwide from city to city to raise dollars with Israel’s treasurer, Pinchas Saphir, who led the U.S.


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Dayton’s Louis Goldman (L), with the victorious IDF Chief Of Staff Yitzhak Rabin in Israel shortly after the Six-Day War. Goldman was a national chair of United Jewish Appeal and chaired Dayton’s Israel Emergency Campaign.

war’s cease-fire and Israel’s resounding victory, Dayton Jewish Chronicle Editor Anne M. Hammerman wrote, “Our community has become a beacon for Jewry throughout the country. So immediate and great was our response that we are the example for many communities.” — Marshall Weiss

emergency fund-raising. In total, UJA raised $322 million for the Six-Day War Israel Emergency Campaign. For its part, Dayton raised more than $1.1 million for the emergency campaign; adjusted for inflation, this would amount to $8.1 million in 2017 dollars. On June 15, 1967, four days after the





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Israeli paratroopers of iconic photo to tour U.S. on 50th anniversary of Six-Day War By Andrew Tobin, JTA JERUSALEM — The late David Rubinger’s iconic photograph of three paratroopers at the Western Wall is the defining image of the 1967 Six-Day War. The men in the photo — Dr. Yitzhak Yifat, Tzion Karasenti and Chaim Oshri — have served as symbols of the historic Israeli victory for five decades. But in an interview with JTA, they said the war for them was just as much about loss. “To liberate the Kotel was something amazing,” Yifat said, referring to the Western Wall. “But we never celebrated. What was there to celebrate? We had

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lost many of our friends.” Between June 5 and 15, in honor of the Six-Day War’s 50th anniversary, the three former paratroopers, now in their 70s, will tour the United States for their first time, sponsored by Friends of the IDF, with stops in Cleveland, Detroit, San Francisco, Chicago, Atlanta, Boston, and Baltimore. On June 5, 1967, the 55th Paratroopers Brigade was deployed to Jerusalem by bus. The official mission was to protect supply convoys headed to Mount Scopus, the only enclave in eastern Jerusalem that Israel had managed to hold on to in

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(L to R) Tzion Karasenti, Yitzhak Yifat and Chaim Oshri at Tel Aviv University, May 7

the 1948 War of Independence. But there was talk in the High Command and among soldiers about taking the Old City in Jordanian-controlled eastern Jerusalem. As they approached the divided city, Yifat recalled being surprised by how loud the sounds of Jordanian shells hitting Jewish neighborhoods were. He, Karasenti, and Oshri were reservists in their early 20s and had never seen serious combat. Following some hurried planning, the paratroopers crossed into no-man’s land after midnight. Dozens were wounded by Jordanian fire before they even entered eastern Jerusalem. Through the night and the next day, the paratroopers fought their way to Mount Scopus and the outskirts of the Old City. The 66th division — to which Karasenti, Yifat, and Oshri were assigned — faced the hardest fighting, hand-to-hand combat against elite Jordanian troops in the trenches at Ammunition Hill. Yifat narrowly avoided being impaled by a Jordanian bayonet, and still has a scar on his face to show for it. “It was like a hell. The trenches were filled with bodies, and you couldn’t tell if they were friends or enemies,” Yifat said. Nearly 100 of the paratroopers were killed and 400 wounded before they paused for the night. The next morning, June 7, the paratroopers found that most of the Jordanian troops had retreated from Jerusalem. Israel’s Cabinet, long divided about whether to capture the Old City, finally gave the goahead. The paratroopers rushed forward amid sniper fire from remaining Jordanian soldiers and rammed their way through the Lions’ Gate of the Old City. From there, they made their way through narrow stone alleys and up to the Temple Mount and the Western Wall. “The Temple Mount is in our hands,” Motta Gur, the paratroopers’ famed commander, reported.


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Sunday, June 11 During Jewish Cultural Festival NOON | Learn with Hana 2PM | Keynote

There is no cost for this event.

Brittany Sussman, Brandon Schwartz, Rachel Shon, and Abby Gillet enjoyed a night at the opera with other young adults when they attended a sneak peek of Carmen on Wednesday, May 17.

› PJ Library Grandparents Monday, June 26 @ 7PM

Boonshoft School of Medicine White Hall, Gandhi Auditorium An evening with the emergency room head of internal medicine at the Galilee Medical Center in Israel.

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: 937-610-1555,

Keynote speaker Bob Kahn shared his story on April 23 at Temple Beth Or. PHOTO CREDIT:

@ Temple Israel (130 Riverside Drive, 45402)

The Greene Community Room (4450 Buckeye Lane, 45440) Pizza, beer, and a discussion with Sarah Wilschek from the Youngstown Jewish Federation about the importance of Partnership2Gether and living Jewishly. RSVP to Cheryl Carne at 937-610-1778 or

› Partnership2Gether Medical Seminar with Dr. Arie Eisenman Wednesday, June 28 @ 7PM

minorities and the Jewish majority in the everyday realities? Who are the Christians in Israel and what does it mean to be a Jew in Israel? What kind of relationship do we expect to create? And in what way is it different from Jewish-Christian relations in other places?


› YAD: Partnership, Pies and Pints (ages 21–35) Tuesday, June 6 @ 6:45PM

Dayton Metro Library, Wilmington-Stroop Branch (3980 Wilmington Pike, 45429) Join us for an in depth discussion of PJ Library books available to grandparents, as well as a closer look at the PJ Library book selection process and new parent and grandparent book choices from PJ Library. Dessert and coffee served. No cost.

about “A Star and a Cross in Israel”. For the first time in history, after two thousand years of Jewish minorities living in Christian lands, Israel creates the unique situation of a Christian minority in a Jewish country. What are the challenges facing both the Christian


PETER WINE Janese Sweeny joins JFGD as Director of the Jewish Foundation Janese graduated from Capital University Law School and was an attorney for five years with WilmerHale law firm. Janese and Dan have a son, Leyton, and twins, Lily & Parker. This is Janese’s first opportunity to work as a Jewish communal professional after having served on both the JCC Board and Early Childhood’s PTO. She “feels grateful to have the chance to help further strengthen the Dayton Jewish community.”

Legacies, Tributes, & Memorials FEDERATION

ANNUAL CAMPAIGN IN MEMORY OF › Fern Noyes Christine Rudwall › Brother of Barbara Sanderow › Ronnie Wasserman Harlan Suzanne and Dr. Norman Schneiderman LINDA RUCHMAN MEMORIAL FUND IN HONOR OF › Esther Feldman receiving the Beth Abraham Women of Valor Award Nicki Caplan IN MEMORY OF › Barbara Flagel Judy and Marshall Ruchman

THE TALA ARNOVITZ FUND IN MEMORY OF › Barbara Flagel › Gail Mayerson Beverly Saeks and Family

IN MEMORY OF › Esther Vandersluis Marcia and Ed Kress

CAROL J. PAVLOFSKY LEADERSHIP FUND IN HONOR OF › Esther Feldman receiving the Beth Abraham Women of Valor Award Marlene Miller IN MEMORY OF › Barbara Flagel Marlene Miller

FILM FESTIVAL IN HONOR OF › Rena Beyer receiving the Beth Abraham Women of Valor Award › Beverly Farnbacher receiving the Beth Abraham Women of Valor Award Ruth and Dr. Edward Meadow IN MEMORY OF › Esther Vandersluis Jane and Dr. Gary Hochstein

PJ LIBRARY FUND IN HONOR OF › The marriage of Cindy Pretekin and Jeffrey Froelich Marcia and Ed Kress


EARLY CHILDHOOD FUND IN HONOR OF › The marriage of Cindy Pretekin and Jeffrey Froelich Pat Jones IN MEMORY OF › Barbara Flagel Pat Jones Linda and Jeff Albert Lisa and Howard Spector JOAN & PETER WELLS AND REBECCA LINVILLE FAMILY, CHILDREN, AND YOUTH FUND IN HONOR OF › The marriage of Cindy Pretekin and Jeffrey Froelich Ellie and Bob Bernstein


JEWISH FAMILY SERVICES IN MEMORY OF › Dr. Jill Rosset Bobbie Kantor Beverly and Jeffrey Kantor FOUNDATION

JEREMY BETTMAN B’NAI TZEDEK FUND IN HONOR OF › Speedy recovery of Donald Green Elaine and Joe Bettman IN MEMORY OF › Barbara Flagel Elaine and Joe Bettman › Marcy Wiener › Esther Vandersluis Jean and Todd Bettman


chan Yar k Jewish Community Center of GREATER DAYTON › First day of Camp Shalom Monday, June 5 @ Boonshoft CJCE

Camp K'tan: ages 18 months through entering kindergarten Camp Gadol: grades 1–7, with counselors in training grades 8–10

HEALTH & WELLNESS › Aerobic Conditioning Tues/Thurs @ 9–9:50AM

Through August 3. $25 for all sessions. Through Sinclair Lifelong Learning.

Shu chan Yar k Green Table: A Jewish CSA Looking for fresh, local produce? Interested in schmoozing with other Jewish foodies? Would you like to know your farmer? Join Shulchan Yarok, a CSA for the Jewish community! CSA stands for Community Supported Agriculture, and connects local communities to local farmers. Pickups will be Thursdays from 4-5:30pm at the CJCE.

Share: (5–6 vegetables/week) $375 for 20-week season

(approx $18/week) Deposit: 50% ($187.50) due by first pick up. Balance

due by July 21. Add a dozen locally raised eggs to your CSA box for an additional $3.50/week. Kosher challah and other baked goods also for sale at each pickup. YOM HA'ATZMA'UT: Schneur Mangel

shows off his stained glass in the style of Marc Chagall, while modeling his chef's

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Green Table: A Jewish CSA

hat in honor of Israeli James Beard award winner Michael Solomonov. PHOTO CREDIT: PETER WINE


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

Batln \BATL-en\ Verb

Hickory, Dickory, Dock, TWO mice and a clock! Charlie Lyle and Mitzvah Lead

Teacher Cindy Turner show off their creative costumes at Early Childhood’s Mother Goose Picnic to celebrate the end of another wonderful school year! PHOTO CREDIT: KALEIGH CONROY

Owen Dinsmore and Evie Polk help plant the camp vegetable garden at the Camp Shalom Gadol Family Night. PHOTO CREDIT: MERYL HATTENBACH

(i.e., all of his efforts go

Thank you, Film Festival Chair Gayle Moscowitz and co-chairs Mike and Rochelle (not pictured) Goldstein for a wonderful festival!

into feeding himself, a play


on botl-beshishim above).


To cancel, waste. Expression with Batln: › Biz vanen men lernt zikh oys zayn a mentsh, iz men shoyn oyver-botl. By the time you learn to be a human being, you're already senile. › Baym oreman, vert alts botl beshisl. With respect to a poor man, everything becomes nullified in his bowl


RIGHT: JFS Thanks Its Volunteers On April 24, JFS celebrated its volunteers with a spring-themed brunch, Thank You for Your Thyme! JFS is grateful for the volunteers who serve on our board, serve on the Active Adults Committee, and visit and keep our clients safe. We are also thankful for those who joined us for our intergenerational mitzvah events.

Jewish Family Services Jewish Foundation ofof GREATER DAYTON GREATER DAYTON

These are new events and we are excited to have the community participate and help JFS grow! PHOTO CREDIT: TARA FEINER

LEFT: On Monday, May 8, the Active Adults, joined by a few new friends from Cedar Village Retirement Community, toured The Helix Innovation Center by Emerson on the University of Dayton campus. Our tour guide, Rajan Rajendran, was FANTASTIC! We were fascinated as we toured the facilities and Rajan detailed how Emerson tested its commercial and residential solutions at the Helix Center. After the tour, we enjoyed a lunch meeting at Butter Cafe. PHOTO CREDIT: TARA FEINER

BELOW, LEFT: On Sunday, April 30, JFS and the Hadassah Dayton Chapter partnered

and brought Downsize, Declutter, Donate to the community. Presenters Lori Firsdon, owner of Forte Organizers, and Allen Nelson, Senior Transition Specialist at Next Steps Senior Transitions, motivated us to start our spring cleaning and declutter our lives! Visit our Facebook page for a list of local nonprofit organizations to which you can donate non-cash items. PHOTO CREDIT: TARA FEINER BELOW, RIGHT: Victory Day! Victory Day commemorates the victory of the Soviet Union over Nazi Germany. For this joyous day, JFS visited our friends at Covenant Manor and brought them red carnations. Sofiya Perel enjoyed her visit! PHOTO CREDIT: SHERI POCH

› Active Adults Backstage Tour of the Schuster Center Wednesday, June 21 10:15AM @ Schuster Center (1 W. Second St., 45402) Behind the scenes tour of the Schuster Center followed by Dine Around at Uno Pizzeria & Grill. Lunch cost on your own. RSVP by June 14.

› Third Thursday Speaker Series at Cedar Village Thursday, June 15

See the ad on page 12 with information on this event and how to RSVP

› 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, nonexpired breads, cereals & pasta? HOT AND COLD CEREALS, including oatmeal and cream of wheat BAKING MIXES: pancake, corn bread, cake mixes/icing, quick breads PASTAS & CANNED SAUCES are greatly appreciated!



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KVELLING CORNER Alexandra Fuchsman earned her master of social work degree from The Ohio State University. She will be at OSU for one more year to complete her dual degree in public affairs. Jack Fuchsman graduated from Bowling Green State University with a degree in communications. He will spend next year in Israel as part of the Masa Israel

Libby Schear graduated summa cum laude from the University of Miami. She will attend the London School of Economics in the fall for a master’s program in international studies. Libby is the daughter of Patti and Lee Schear.

H.R. Downey graduated from Wright State University’s master of humanities program. His thesis was Removing Homosexuality from Sodom: Contextualizing Genesis 19 with Other Biblical Rape Narratives. He’s enjoying being newly married and teaching with the JCC’s Early Childhood Care and Education Department.

Sam Nicholaisen, a freshman at Oakwood High School and a Scout Rachel with Troop 236 since first Haug Gilbert grade, has completed his Eagle project. He Boy Scout Troop 236’s Sam Nicholaisen with the made commemorative commemorative plaque display he created for his Eagle project, at Oakwood High School plaques honoring all of Teaching Fellows program. Alex and the Oakwood High School Jack’s parents are Randi and David Marching Band field commanders for Daniel Martin Weisel, grandson of Fuchsman. the last nearly 100 years. He raised the Shirley Gotlieb Frankowitz, graduates funds himself and worked with local from Washington University Medical Rachel Rosen graduated from Sinclair School in St. Louis in June. He will Community College with an associate’s business owners, the Oakwood Alumni Association, and the Oakwood Band complete his internship in California. degree in political science. She will Parents Association, among others. The Daniel is the son of Marsha Gotlieb and continue her studies at Wright State plaques are displayed in the hallway Dr. Larry Weisel of St. Louis. University. Rachel is the daughter of Suzanne Rosen and the late Ron Allen. outside the Oakwood High School band room. They were unveiled in a Meaghan Malloy was appointed to the ceremony on May 13. Sam is a member U.S. Women’s Volleyball Team for the Michael Nalepka graduated of the OHS Marching Band and wanted 20th Maccabiah in Israel. This is her from Purdue University with a to leave a legacy that touched on that second appointment in Israel. She was a major in statistics and a minor in member of the U.S. team for the Pan Am communications and economics. He will experience. He is the son of Debbie and Norbert Klopsch and Craig games in Chile in 2015. Meaghan is the pursue a master’s degree in economics daughter of Elisheva Malloy. at Wright State University. Michael is the Nicholaisen. son of Sharon and Joe Nalepka.

Amy Ostrow, daughter of Ann and Mitch Ostrow, graduated from the University of Cincinnati with a degree in biology. She will intern at WrightPatterson Air Force Base this summer. Greg Feingold graduated from the University of Southern California with a bachelor’s degree in business and cinematic arts. While at USC, Greg was captain of the rowing team, started a virtual reality company, held various internships with movie and television production companies, studied abroad in China, and had his own radio show on USC’s station. Greg will work in the virtual reality industry. He is the son of Carol Vician and Mark Feingold. Among the high schoolers on The Miami Valley School Quiz Bowl teams to compete in the Small School National Championship Tournament in Chicago Continued on Page 19


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Temple Beth Or Classes: Wed., June 14, 1 p.m.: Chai Mitzvah Series, Judaism & The Environment. 5275 Marshall Rd., Wash. Twp. 435-3400. Temple Israel Classes: Saturdays, 9:30 a.m.: Torah Study. Wed., June 7, 14, 21, noon: Talmud Study w. Rabbi Sobo. Wednesdays, noon, June 19-Aug. 28: Biblical Hebrew, $85 non-members; $80 members, plus $18.95 for the book. 130 Riverside Dr., Dayton. 496-0050.


classes including book or $15 per class, $15 for book. 2001 Far Hills Ave., Oakwood. 643-0770. Register at


Cedar Village Trip Lunch & Learn: Thurs., June 15, 10:45 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Transportation from Boonshoft CJCE, 525 Versailles Dr., Centerville to Mason. Free kosher lunch at Cedar Village & program, Stay Safe In Your Home & When You’re Out. R.S.V.P. to 610-1555. JFS Active Adults Backstage Tour of Schuster Center: Wed., June 21, 10:15 a.m. 1 W. 2nd St. Followed by Dine Around at Uno Pizzeria & Grill, 126 N. Main St. R.S.V.P. by June 14 to 610-1555.

Sinclair Lifelong Learning Aerobic Conditioning: Tues. & Thurs., 9-9:50 a.m. through Aug. 3. $25 for all sessions. 525 Versailles Dr., Centerville. R.S.V.P. PJ Library Grandparents: to 610-1555. Mon., June 26, 7 p.m. Dayton Metro Library Wilmington-Stroop Children Branch, 3980 Wilmington Pike, JCC Camp Shalom: Begins Kettering. Learn about PJ Library June 5. Ages 18 months-7th books available to grandparents. grade. Boonshoft CJCE, 525 Versailles Dr., Centerville. R.S.V.P. Dessert & coffee. Free. R.S.V.P. to 610-1555. to 610-1555.


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YAD Partnership, Pies & Pints: Tues., June 6, 6:45 p.m. The Greene Community Room, 4450 Buckeye Lane. Pizza, beer & learn about Partnership2Gether with Sarah Wilschek. R.S.V.P. to Cheryl Carne, 610-1778.


Chabad Rosh Chodesh Society Class: Simple Truths 7-part series. Sundays, 9:45 a.m. beginning June 4. $99 for all

Chabad Shavuot Dinner: Wed., May 31, 5:30 p.m. Free. 2001 Far Hills Ave., Oakwood. 6430770.

Community Events

Beth Jacob Congregation Rabbi-In-Residence Weekend: With Rabbi Adam Rosenthal. Fri., June 2, 6:30 p.m. dinner followed by 7:45 p.m. service. $18 in advance for dinner. Sat., June 3, 9:30 a.m. services. 7020

N. Main St., Harrison Twp. 2742149. Temple Israel 7th Jewish Cultural Festival: Sun., June 11, 11 a.m.-7 p.m. OyVey 5K Run at 10:30 a.m. 130 Riverside Dr., Dayton. 496-0050. For schedule, Isreality - A Cross and a Star in Israel: With Hana Bendcowsky, Jerusalem Center for JewishChristian Relations. Sun., June 11, noon & 2 p.m. Free. Presented by Jewish Community Relations Council in conjunction with Temple Israel Jewish Cultural Festival. At Temple Israel, 130 Riverside Dr., Dayton. For info., call 610-1555. Temple Anshe Emeth Shabbat Shira: Fri., June 23, 7:30 p.m. With Mary Wyke & Steve Wyke. 320 Caldwell St., Piqua. For info., call Eileen Litchfield, 937-5470092. Partnership2Gether Medical Seminar: with Dr. Arie Eisenman, Galilee Medical Center emergency room director of internal medicine. Wed., June 28, 7 p.m. Boonshoft School of Medicine, White Hall, Gandhi Auditorium. R.S.V.P. to Jodi Phares, 610-1555. Temple Beth Or Annual Picnic: Fri., June 30, 6:30 p.m. With Shabbat service. Main dish & drinks provided, bring a side dish. 5275 Marshall Rd., Wash. Twp. R.S.V.P. to 435-3400.



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KVELLING CORNER Continued from Page 17 April 28-30 were A Team Captain John John Groger and his brother William Groger, sons of Drs. Kaili Fan and Richard Groger; and Max Mader, son of Jenifer and Joe Mader. John John and William finished as Top 10 Individuals in the tournament and were named Tournament All-Stars. John John also placed third in the National History Bee and Bowl’s freshman-sophomore division on April 23 in Washington, D.C.

Bennett-Mikutis Suzi and Jeff Mikutis of Dayton and Beth Huppin and David Bennett of Seattle announce the engagement of their children, Joshua Robert Mikutis and Anna Michelle Bennett. Joshua received a bachelor’s degree in history and religion from Haverford College. He is a fifth year rabbinical student at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion and an intern at the 92nd Street Y. Anna received her bachelor’s degree in Hebrew and Judaic studies and journalism from New York University. She also received a master’s in social work from Columbia University. She is a planning associate for the Jewish life department at the UJA-Federation of New York. Joining in the couple’s happiness are their siblings, Amanda Mikutis and Helen and Naomi Bennett, as well as many aunts, uncles, cousins, grandparents, and friends. The couple reside in Brooklyn, N.Y. and are planning an August wedding in Seattle.

Mira Francesca Emanuel With much pride and joy, Rabbi Ilan and Randi Froug Emanuel announce the Bat Mitzvah of Mira Francesca Emanuel on June 3, at Congregation Beth Israel in Corpus Christi, Texas. Mira is a seventh-grade student at Kaffie Middle School, in Corpus Christi. She is the granddaughter of Phyllis Froug of Dayton, Ron Froug of California, and Rabbi and Mrs. Charles Emanuel of London. She is the great-granddaughter of the late Frieda and Jack Leet and Bess and David Froug, all of Dayton. Mira has traveled extensively, visiting England, France, and Portugal; she attends Green Family Camp in the summer. She loves swimming and enjoys surfing on Texas’ wonderful beaches. In addition, she is passionate in her love of all dogs, especially those in need of rescue. Mira is also an avid reader. Because of her love of reading, Mira will collect children’s books to donate to needy children through Half Price Books’ donation program.

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Adam Fried, son of Claudia and Bill Fried, has finished filming a movie on a cruise ship titled Happiness Adjacent, expected to be released this fall. When that film wrapped, he began filming the pilot of a series that he co-wrote, Dirty Laundry. He recently cofounded Chrysalis Pictures, a non-profit film company, which held its first film festival — The Moving Parts Festival — at Studio Stage in Hollywood on April 15 with premieres of four collaborative short films with social justice themes. Adam lives in Los Angeles. Debbie and Art Altman’s daughter and sons — Mandy Lin, Brett Altman, and Perry Altman — recently achieved milestones. Mandy, of San Carlos, Calif., has been promoted to vice president of marketing at SAP. Brett, of Birmingham, Mich., has become a partner in his law firm, now called Harris Altman. And Perry, also of Birmingham, is finishing his residency in orthopedic surgery and will become a hand and shoulder fellow at The Ohio State University.

Cantor Jerome B. Kopmar, cantor emeritus of Beth Abraham Synagogue, received the Max Wohlberg Award for Composition at the Cantors Assembly Convention in Atlantic City on May 22. The award is given periodically by the assembly to a person who distinguishes himself in the writing of Jewish music, both liturgical and secular. The assembly has also released the publication of Cantor Kopmar’s latest book of music, Hod V’zamru, a collection of solo works for voice and instrumental accompaniment of biblical texts. The compositions in this volume are works that Cantor Kopmar composed for his students over the years. This is the fourth volume of music the Cantors Assembly has published of Cantor Kopmar’s music. The Cantors Assembly is the Conservative movement’s international association of cantors.

Cadi Polk won The National Outstanding Small Town Comprehensive Plan Award for her Jefferson Township Future Land Use Strategic Plan. She received the award at the American Planning Association’s National Planning Conference in New York. Jackie Pavlofsky graduated with honors from Indiana University with a major in political advocacy. She plans to move to New York this summer. Jackie is the daughter of Wendi and Erv Pavlofsky. David Pierce was elected first vice president of the Dayton Bar Association. He is an attorney with Coolidge Wall Co. and currently serves as president of the Jewish Federation of Greater Dayton. Dr. Michael Leffak, professor in Wright State’s Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology and vice chair of research, hosted the 19th Annual Midwest DNA Repair Symposium, held at Wright State on May 13 and 14. This was the first time the symposium has been held in Dayton. More than 100 graduate students, postdoctoral fellows and faculty scientists from more than 25 universities around the United States attended. Speakers at the symposium included internationally-known professors in their fields and included presentations about approaches to understanding DNA damage and repair, the roles of inheritance and environment in DNA damage, cellular mechanisms for the repair of DNA damage and molecular approaches to cancer chemotherapy.

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Sivan/Tammuz Candle Lightings Erev Shavuot, May 30 8:39 p.m. First Eve Shavuot, May 31 9:46 p.m. Shabbat, June 2: 8:42 p.m. Shabbat, June 9: 8:46 p.m. Shabbat, June 16: 8:49 p.m. Shabbat, June 23: 8:50 p.m. Shabbat, June 30: 8:51 p.m.

Torah Portions June 3: Naso (Num. 4:21-7:89) June 10: Behalotecha (Num. 8:1-12:16) June 17: Shlach (Num. 13:1-15:41) June 24: Korach (Num. 16:1-18:32; 28:9-15)



Life lessons: stories of sages By Rabbi Levi Simon Chabad of Greater Dayton Chapter Six in the Mishnah of Ethics of Our Fathers, or Tractate Avot, is customarily read on the Shabbat afternoon before the holiday of Shavuot.

by many different rabbis. Covered in snow and freezThese ethics are a guide to ing cold, Hillel suffered from how we can live our lives with hypothermia and lay uncona spirit and enthusiasm that scious on the skylight. goes beyond the letter The next mornof the law. ing, when the rabbis The following story noticed that there from the Talmud illuswas no light shining trates just such a level through the skylight, of enthusiasm. they climbed up and Hillel was one of the discovered Hillel. Shavuot is the holiday that famous Mishnaic sages They quickly commemorates the giving of who lived around 100 brought him down and the Torah by God to the Jewish revived him, kindling people, and this year will be on B.C.E. Rabbi Levi Simon One Friday, Hillel a fire to warm him up, May 31 and June 1. had not earned any money even though it was Shabbat. The chapter we read confrom his work As we approach the holiday tains many sayLet us value and, therefore was of Shavuot, the time of the ings and parables unable to pay the Giving of the Torah, let us take the precious about the greatentrance fee when a lesson from the great sage ness of the Torah. gift of Jewish he came to the Hillel and his outstanding love The Mishnah study hall. for learning Torah. is the first major learning and Instead of This year on Shavuot, let us written work of make a firm returning home, relive the Giving of the Torah the Oral Torah, commitment to he climbed the and brighten our homes and compiled and families with our heritage, written by Rabbi study each day. roof and listened through the skymaintaining the golden chain Yehuda Hanasi in light to the Torah that began on Mount Sinai. the second cenclass being taught by the two Nowadays, when we have tury of the Common Era. The easy access to hundreds of most famous of the 63 tractates great teachers, Shmaya and Avtalyon. online Torah sites and classes, is Avot, Ethics of Our Fathers. So focused was Hillel, that let us value the precious gift Tractate Avot is not a comhe did not realize that the of Jewish learning and make a pilation of laws like the other firm commitment to study each books of the Mishnah, but rath- temperature had dropped and snow had begun to fall. day. er ethics and teachings shared


Peter Wine


Festival of Weeks, Giving of the Torah May 31-June 1/6-7 Sivan Marks the end of the counting of the Omer, a 49-day period that begins on the second night of Passover, and recalls the giving of the Torah at Sinai. In Israel, it falls at the end of the spring harvest. An all-night study session called a tikun, originally a mystical practice, is held at some synagogues.


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Hillel Academy Jewish day school presented Tales Told ‘Round The World as the culmination of the school's study of world cultures, on May 4. Each play conveyed a Jewish value. Here, acting out A Polish Cinderella Story, Chaya Simon as Cinderella learns from her zaydie (grandfather), Ranon Ginsberg, that ‘learning is more precious than rubies, more lasting than gold.’ In this tale, rather than fitting into a glass slipper, Cinderella charms the prince by answering a riddle based on Torah study.

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 Rabbi In Residence Adam Rosenthal 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 Fri., June 23, 7:30 p.m. 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.

College students and recent college graduates who grew up at Temple Anshe Emeth in Piqua returned for a homecoming Shabbat service and dinner on May 12 with their teacher, Judy Feinstein (center). Shown here (L to R): Jason Schmidt, Cory Bargemann, Mara Cull, Dan Feinstein, Rachel Cull, Rabbinic Intern Sara Otero, Seth Shuchat, Jack Bargemann. Not pictured: Sami Cull, Ella and Steve Shuchat.

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.



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maintaining personal dignity, trying something new, and other responses to personal or societal challenges. While some individuals are naturally courageous, science, tal or moral strength enabling psychology, and religion all enone to venture, persevere, and dorse the notion that courage withstand danger, fear, or difcan be cultivated. Here are five ficulty,” according to Merriamhow-tos for building courage. Webster. Courage is action 1. Just like being happy is based on inner principles, not a choice, decide to be courafeelings or external pressures. geous. There really is no excuse The Bible is filled with “profor not being courageous; the files in courage.” Abraham aronly requirement is the willgued with God, Joseph forgave ingness to pursue it. From the his brothers, Moses challenged Coaching Institute: “Courage Pharaoh. Zelophehad’s daugh- doesn’t turn up in the mail. ters faced the Israelite elders to You got to show up first. Invite claim inheritance rights. David courage. Seduce it. Coax it.” single-handedly Instead of “I can’t” confronted Goliath, Science, or “I’m not couand prophets castirageous,” say “I gated kings. Exiled psychology, don’t yet have the in Babylon, the and religion all courage,” changHebrews resisted ing impossible to endorse the assimilation, built potential. notion that flourishing Jew2. We may be ish communities, unwilling to act courage can and dared to create courageously benew expressions of be cultivated. cause we fear what Jewish ritual and people will say or identity. think. We worry about the loss Ask “Who is courageous toof approval, friends, income, day?” and you’re likely to hear or advancement opportunities. about ordinary citizen Tom However, not showing courage Beamer of the 9/11 Flight 93, comes with a cost as well. Over commercial pilot Chesley Sultime we become less couralenberger, who landed on the geous, and our ability to imHudson, or Japanese diplomat prove our character, influence Chiune Sugihara whose visas others to do good, and make saved Lithuanian Jews during the world better decreases. the Holocaust. Although most fears are unHowever, the perception that founded, view them as opporcourageous people are bigger than life, innately courageous, and impossible to emulate is wrong. “Courage is subjective and relative,” writes Rabbi Zelig Pliskin, and doesn’t necessitate being a superhero. Courage can also include coping with hardship, being assertive,

Back to Basics Series While shopping at a local lingerie store, my friend J observed another patron slipping items into her oversize handbag as she went from display to display. J pointed at the woman and called out, “You are stealing! You stop that stealing right now!” As the shoplifter marched defiantly out of the store, J

Candace R. Kwiatek turned to the cashier and demanded, “Aren’t you going to do anything?” The cashier shrugged, “This goes on all the time, but our staff has been instructed not to interfere.” Courage — or its absence — has the power to transform individuals and societies. “Courage is the least common of all the good traits,” commentator Dennis Prager observes. “But without courage, goodness cannot prevail.” Although often used interchangeably, courage is not the same as bravery. Brave, connoting readiness to face and endure danger or pain, has etymological roots in defiant, daring, valiant, bold, rash, untamed, and possibly savage or cutthroat. From the Latin root cor, meaning “heart” (originally the seat of intellect, morality, emotion, decision-making, and identity), courage is the “men-

Literature to share How the Moon Became Dim by Ruth Wiseman. Although the moon makes a case for being the “greater light” of Creation, she learns that she is to be the smaller, dimmer light of the nighttime sky. Disappointed, she eventually discovers her own special features and unique role in the world. Bringing an ancient midrash to life, the prose and beautiful illustrations in this book communicate the notion that each of God’s creations is perfectly designed to play its own essential role in the universe. Explore the summer’s nighttime sky while enjoying this lovely young children’s book. My Jewish Year: 18 Holidays, One Wondering Jew by Abigail Pogrebin. This standout addition to books about the Jewish calendar presents a wholly new view of all 18 of the annual holy days and commemorative historical days in a witty conversational manner that reads like a novel. Woven throughout are history, traditions and their significance, modern perspectives, inspirational rabbinic commentary, and lots of humor that painlessly builds the reader’s Jewish holiday literacy. Highly recommended.

tunities for personal growth. Ask yourself: Do I want to be guided by peer pressure or personal conviction? Replace fears that demoralize with an ennobling one, as the psalmist wrote, “The beginning of wisdom is the fear of God.” View courage as a key ingredient for repairing the world. 3. Do you have a motto, a statement of your core values? “Only when you know your values can you live them,” Rabbi Daniel Cohen teaches. Decide what kind of character and reputation you want, and align your decisions accordingly. Be willing to stick with your decisions even in adversity. Rabbi Dianne Cohler-Esses encourages parents to begin early, teaching even young children to be advocates for themselves and their values. Developing the confidence and

ability to stand up for oneself takes practice. 4. Repetition is the mother of invention. Act and speak as if you have courage. Mentally revisit your moments of courage. Make small courageous decisions regularly. “One positive, life-affirming choice inherently energizes us to make further such choices in the future,” Cohen points out. Courageous choices build fortitude and self-confidence. Acknowledge your courageous actions. Celebrate each success. 5. Heroes inspire us, help us figure out how to live, and move us to action. “They are especially important for children,” Cohler-Esses notes. “The more we expose our children to those who act from an internal sense of right and wrong, the more our children will develop their own internal moral compasses.” Share stories of courageous acts, from the Bible to modern life, every day. Why should we aspire to be courageous? In the words of C.S. Lewis, “Courage is not simply one of the virtues, but the form of every virtue at the testing point.” Only courage prevents virtues — foundational principles for goodness and morality — from yielding to danger, peer pressure, ideology, convenience, laziness, or emotion. Thus, without courage, goodness cannot prevail.

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How Liev Schreiber’s Jewish grandpa inspired him By Curt Schleier, JTA Liev Schreiber has trained as a boxer on and off for 18 years. He’s a fan of the sweet science and has played numerous tough guys on the screen — notably the prizefighter Mischa in the concentration camp movie Jakob the Liar and, of course, as Ray Donovan, the enforcer on the eponymous Showtime series. So he seems a logical choice to play the title role in the biopic Chuck, about heavyweight Chuck Wepner. For those thinking “Chuck who?,” you’re not alone. Not even Schreiber was entirely familiar with the boxer known as the “Bayonne Bleeder” — and that's precisely what attracted him to the role. “As a fight fan, I was kind of surprised and a little embarrassed that I didn’t know Chuck’s story,” Schreiber, 49, said in a telephone interview with JTA. “It’s one that I wanted to tell for the last 10 years, since I got the script.” “It is a cautionary tale of fame and celebrity,” he said. Wepner was a club fighter, a palooka who could take a punch. He managed a series of victories that got him ranked. After Muhammad Ali’s unexpected victory over George Foreman in Zaire, promoter Don King wanted the new champ to fight a white boxer. Suddenly Wepner had the opportunity he’d been dreaming of and an international stage. Ali was expected to dispatch Wepner quickly, but the New Jerseyan nearly lasted the entire 15 rounds, becoming the first fighter to knock down Ali (Ali claimed he was tripped), if not out. The champ got up and pummeled Wepner, earning a technical knockout with 19 seconds left in the fight.










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Wepner's quick rise to fame life savings to help Heather started a downward spiral that win custody. was exacerbated when SylvesSchreiber and his mom ter Stallone's Rocky movies, moved to New York. based on Wepner’s career, won “We lived in a squat on the accolades. He got caught up Lower East Side, and she bein the fast celebrity lifestyle lieved in teaching her children that included willing women that money wasn’t the most and cocaine. He lost his wife, important thing,” he said. “She Phyllis, and daughter, and did what she could to make ultimately served 26 months of ends meet.” a five-year prison sentence for Heather drove a cab, and at drug distribution. times they lived in apartments Celebrity is a heady mistress, without electricity or running and I wondered how Schreiber Liev Schreiber as Chuck Wepner in the film Chuck water. But there were always had avoided her siren call. books, he remembers. “I don’t know,” he said. “I think I was fortunate Milgram was a huge influence on Schreiber's life. to have a gradual career. I started off on the classical “He pretty much raised me as if he was my father, stage, and people were just not interested (in classical and in many respects he was my dad,” Schreiber said. actors).” It was through his grandfather, an “old-fashioned Schreiber recalled “some pretty amazing reviews socialist Jew,” that Schreiber connected with his roots. and unamazing reviews, too." He remembers annual Seders at the Milgram house. “I realized that if I believed the amazing ones, I’d “Those were some of the best times of my life,” he have to believe the unamazing ones,” he said. “That said. “We’d all get together, and me and my brothers led to a healthy kind of skepticism about fame. It’s would fight for the afikomen.” an all-powerful, powerful pill. And I felt like Chuck’s I ask Schreiber about any other memories he may years down the rabbit hole were as profound, if not have of his grandfather. more so, than the 15 rounds he spent in the ring with “I think what you’re reminding me of is that every Ali.” role I’ve ever played is some extension of my daySchreiber also attributes his ability to avoid swaldreaming about my grandfather," he said. lowing that pill to the grounding he received from his Schreiber recently ended his 11-year relationship mother, Heather, and his maternal grandfather, Alex with the actress Naomi Watts, with whom he has two Milgram. children. Their relationship is amicable enough that Schreiber's parents divorced when he was young, she stars in the film as Linda Wepner, Chuck’s second and Milgram, who was a meat distributor, spent his wife.

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Cuban knishes By Jennifer Stempel, JTA When I think of knishes, I think of New York Jewish deli-style discs of creamy potato or savory meat enveloped by a flaky crust. Potato knishes are my favorite because they act as a vehicle for as much good, grainy mustard as I see fit. The last time I enjoyed a potato knish, the dough reminded me of the empanada, a classic Latin dish. Each Latin country has its own version of empanadas, and the variety of fillings are endless. With that in mind, I set out to create a Cuban-inspired knish that pays homage to both the New York Jewish delis of the past and the aromatic flavors from my family’s kitchen. In Cuba, and many other Caribbean countries, green plantains are often used interchangeably with potatoes as the starch component of a meal, so adding them to a knish felt like the natural thing to do. Of course, it is written in the laws of Cuban grandmothers everywhere that all savory dishes must contain at least a hint of garlic, and thus smashed plantains covered in a citrusy garlic mojo sauce seems like the perfect filling to a Cuban-inspired knish. Feel free to dunk these knishes in mustard if you’re more traditional, but keep in mind that even this mustard-loving girl can’t resist the pull of a good Cuban mojo sauce. The special filling inside these savory discs has just a hint of sweetness that makes them a winner for the dinner table. For the dough: 21/2 cups all-purpose flour 1 tsp. baking powder 1/2 tsp. table salt

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over low-to-medium heat. Fry the garlic until it becomes slightly golden, stirring constantly (this step can happen very quickly, so don’t take your eyes off it), and quickly add the onions before the garlic has For the filling: a chance to burn. Sweat the 2 green plantains and 1 semionions until they are transluripe plantain, peeled and cent, and add the fresh juices, sliced into 1-inch rounds oregano, sugar, salt and pepper. 1 lemon, juiced Stir to combine, and let simmer 1 cup of mojo sauce (recipe for 10 minutes. Reserve one cup below) for the filling and the rest as a Jennifer Stempel's recipe was inspired by the salt and pepper to taste dipping sauce for knishes. similarities between a knish — pictured here Next, prepare the plantains. from New York's Yonah Schimmel Knish Bakery — and an empanada For the mojo sauce: In a large pot, cover plantain 1/2 cup vegetable oil slices with cold, salted water, 8 cloves of garlic, finely minced add the lemon juice, and bring to a boil. Cook until 2 small sweet onions, chopped plantains are fork tender. Drain the plantains, and 1 heaping Tbsp. of fresh chopped oregano return to the pot. Using a potato masher, smash the 3/4 cup of fresh squeezed orange juice (about 3 plantains until they make a thick paste. Stir in mojo navel oranges) sauce, and season with salt and pepper to taste. Let sit 1/2 cup of fresh squeezed lemon juice (about 3 until it is cool enough to handle. lemons) Preheat oven to 375 degrees. On a floured surface, 1/2 tsp. sugar roll out half of the dough mixture into a large rectKosher salt and freshly ground black pepper to angle shape, approximately 9 by 12 inches in dimentaste sion (it does not have to be perfect). Spoon half of the plantain mixture along the bottom edge of the dough, To make the dough, combine all dry ingredients forming it into a log. into a large bowl and stir. In a separate bowl, combine Roll the dough over the filling, jelly roll-style, and all wet ingredients and whisk to combine. Carefully pinch the dough to close the seam. Cut off the excess stir in the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients (you dough on the two edges and slice into 12 even pieces. can use a stand mixer for this), and once the dry Place on a parchment-lined baking sheet. Gently pull ingredients are moistened, knead about one to two up the sides of the dough and twist to cover the filling. minutes, or until the dough is smooth. Cover and set Using the palm of your hand, press down on the aside for one hour. knish to form into the shape you want. Brush dough Meanwhile, make the mojo sauce, which you will with egg wash, and bake for 25 to 30 minutes or until need for the filling. In a medium saucepan, heat oil golden brown. Eric Hunt/Wikimedia Commons

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937-293-9565 3159 Encrete Lane Dayton, Ohio THE DAYTON JEWISH OBSERVER • JUNE 2017

The Class of 2017

Celebrating our high school graduates across the Miami Valley Parents: Lisa & Todd Harlan Grandparents: The late Freda & Joseph Bienenfeld & Norman Harlan School: Miami Valley Activities: Basketball, Association of Students Advocating Politics President, Fairmont Baseball, Buckeye Boys State, OLAB Business Camp Volunteering: Intern for Rob Portman Campaign, St. Vincent de Paul Congregation: Beth Jacob After Graduation: Butler University, finance

Bryce Sethan Lindsay

Parents: Karen & Matt Lindsay Grandparents: Richard & Numa Lavy, Tom & Marie Lindsay School: Oakwood Activities: Trumpet in Marching Band, Wind Ensemble, Pit Orchestra, BSA Troop 320, Rowing Honors: Eagle Scout Congregation: Temple Beth Or After Graduation: University of Vermont

Elizabeth Anne Knoll

Parents: Karen & Dr. Aaron Knoll Grandparents: Dr. Herman Charles & Joan Knoll, Herbert & the late Anita Hiestand School: Oakwood Activities: Speech & Debate, Girl’s Varsity Golf Team, Varsity Swim Team, Varsity Volleyball Team, Principal/Superintendent Advisory Council, Academic Team, Oakwood Giving, Alternative Diet Club, French Club Volunteering: Junior Leadership Dayton, House of Bread, Jewish Cultural Festival, CARE Walk Honors: National Honor Society, Yearly Honor Roll, Scholar Athlete, Commitment to Service Award Congregation: Temple Israel After Graduation: University of California, Davis, nutrition & food science, concentration in public policy.

Deborah Liberman

Parents: Scott & Ann Liberman Grandparents: Harvey & Marilyn Liberman, Conrad & the late Annette Rennemann Jr. School: Centerville Activities: Girls Cross Country, CHS Unit Assembly Rep, Elk Connector, French Club, BBYO Dayton Area President Volunteering: Dayton Juniors Running Club Volunteer Coach, Safetyville Square, Spirit Chain, Key Club, Girl Scouts Honors: National Honor Society, Scholar Athlete Award, French Honor Society Congregation: Beth Abraham After Graduation: Indiana University, early childhood education

Zoe Claire Waldman

Parents: Julie & Adam Waldman Grandparents: Rachel & Steve Jacobs, Ann & Barry Waldman, Stephanie Waldman School: Miami Valley Activities: Sinai Scholar, Varsity Tennis Captain, Model U.N. Pres., Internship with Ohio Senator, BBYO, MVS Student Ambassadors Pres., Investment Club Pres., Student Government Sec. & Treas. Volunteering: Clothes That Work, Victoria Theatre Assoc., Wayne State Univ. Center for Peace & Conflict Studies, Detroit Jews for Justice Honors: Spanish Honors Society Congregation: Beth Jacob After Graduation: The George Washington University

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