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Eight years ago, at the 18th World Maccabiah Games in Israel, Team USA swimmer Tina Sobo decided she wanted to become a rabbi. This July, Sobo returned to Israel for the 20th World Maccabiah Games as the assistant rabbi for Team USA. “When I went on that trip in 2009, I was deciding if I wanted to go to a Jewish education master’s program, rabbinical school, or both,” says Sobo, who was ordained last year at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in Cincinnati, and went directly to her position as Temple Israel’s rabbi/educator. In 2009, the Connecticut native was an undergrad working on a bachelor’s degree from Jewish Theological Seminary and one from Columbia University. A returning Maccabiah competitor, Sobo spent time in Israel with Team USA’s rabbi and talked at length with him Temple Israel’s Rabbi Tina Sobo at the 20th about her future. World Maccabiah Games in Jerusalem Before an evening service for the team that included Torah readings, Sobo they were comfortable putting together prayer minyans, and saw to it they had a mentioned to the rabbi that the Torah Torah and anything else they needed. passage was her Bat Mitzvah portion. On the whole, Sobo says the U.S. “The team rabbi looked me in the athletes aren’t the youths who show up eye,” Sobo recalls, ”and he said, ‘So this at synagogue each week. is your Bat Mitzvah portion and you’re “Many of the athletes identify as Jewat JTS? You must still be able to read it. ish but in a more cultural-ish way,” she You’re reading Torah tonight.’ In that says. “Many of them have not had a Bar moment, all of the stars aligned. That or Bat Mitzvah and/or have not been to was the moment I decided I wanted to Israel.” be a rabbi. And eight years later, to be Team USA athletes arrive in Israel back, a part of the ceremony reading the at least a week ahead of the games for Torah for it again, really brought things training and Maccabi USA’s Israel Confull circle for me.” nect program of touring the Jewish state Sobo and the 2017 team rabbi served each afternoon. as chaplains for Team USA’s approxi“I was with them for the Israel Conmately 1,200 athletes, whose ages ranged nect program, and managed to walk from 12 on the junior team, through down from Masada with the team at five college age. months pregnant,” Sobo says, laughing. “They’re away from their parents in One afternoon, they visited Yad a foreign country for three weeks,” she Vashem, Israel’s Holocaust memorial says. Her job was to meet the varying museum. “On that day, the role of chapspiritual needs of the athletes. lain/spiritual guide is much more in“Maccabi USA looks for rabbis that have experience in multiple movements, tense,” Sobo says. “Some of the athletes haven’t been engaged in the Holocaust, because it’s not a Reform trip or a Conand some of them have family members servative trip,” she says. “I led a Friday or relatives that survived — or didn’t night Shabbat service for about 400 athsurvive. It kicks up a lot of emotions.” letes, some of whom have never been to The team’s Torah service offers a Bar a Friday night service in their life, some and Bat Mitzvah ceremony for those of whom go to Hillel on a regular basis who never had one, and for those who or camp or other Jewish experiences.” have, as a way of affirmation. Her hope was that all could connect “They’re just taken up in this moment with at least parts of the service, to instill a feeling “of doing Shabbat together as a and in this experience,” Sobo says of the ceremony. “We had 200 athletes particiteam, creating a sense that we can all be pate in the B’nai Mitzvah program this Jews differently, but we can all be Jews year. The ceremony is hugely impactful, together.” For the dozen Orthodox athletes in powerful, and just incredible.” her Shabbat group, Sobo made sure — Marshall Weiss
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‘Caring for the sick and wounded extends beyond borders.’ By Marshall Weiss, The Observer On a night in 2013, two years after the start of the Syrian Civil War, Syrian families placed their injured relatives on donkeys and approached the border fence with Israel. At a section where they found breaches in the fence, they left the wounded, with the hope that an Israeli patrol would eventually find and help them. The families disappeared. An IDF patrol found the badly injured Syrians lying in the middle of a dirt road. Physicians with the IDF medical corps sent to examine them saw they were in agony. And unless the Syrians were evacuated at once to a proper hospital for surgeries and intensive care, they would die. Israel’s minister of health called Dr. Masad Barhoum, general director of Galilee Medical Center, in Israel’s north, and asked if he would agree to accept the Syrians for treatment in his hospital. Barhoum, a Christian Arab, immediately accepted. That night, the first seven injured Syrians arrived at the hospital. All were treated, survived, and were Mendy Fedotowsky sent back to Syria. “That was the first encounter ever that we had with Syrians,” Dr. Arie Eisenman said at his June 28 lecture for the Boonshoft School of Medicine at Wright State University and its Medicine and the Holocaust class. Eisenman, head of internal medicine in the emergency department at the Galilee Medical Center, also met with medical and crisis Dr. Arie Eisenman, head professionals at Dayton of internal medicine, Children’s Hospital, Miemergency department, ami Valley Hospital, and Galilee Medical Center
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Daybreak during his visit here, sponsored by the Partnership2Gether program of the Jewish Federation. Since that night in 2013, Israel has treated approximately 3,000 injured Syrians — 71 percent of them at Galilee Medical Center near Nahariya. At first, the IDF set up a field hospital on the border with Syria, but because of the severity of the injuries, 53 percent of the Syrians are evacuated to Israeli hospitals. Galilee Medical Center, six miles from the border with Lebanon, is 100 miles west of the Syrian border. “What happened next is a constant ritual,” Eisenman said. “It is happening every night: There are wounded coming on donkeys’ backs to Israel. They are crossing the fence, they are found by the Israeli patrol, they are evacuated to the field hospital up there in the Golan Heights, then, in cases where they are not capable of treating them there, they are transferred from the Golan Heights to Nahariya by a convoy of military ambulances, accompanied Continued on Page Five
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If there is a Hell on Earth, it is Syria. The U.N. estimates that 400,000 Syrians have been killed since the start of the multi-party Syrian Civil War in 2011. In an act of desperation, some Syrians began leaving their most severely wounded at Marshall the border with Israel in 2013. Since then, Weiss Israel has treated 3,000 Syrians, 71 percent of them at Galilee Medical Center. On a visit to Dayton in June, Galilee Medical Center’s Dr. Arie Eisenman shared the story of a Syrian woman who regained consciousness after several weeks in the hospital’s ICU. When she woke up, she was screaming and crying, cursing at the medical team: “Why did you help me? Why did you save my life? I want to die. I lost all my family. I am the only survivor. How can I go on with my life?” A few months later, Eisenman learned that two Syrian girls in the pediatric surgery department lamented that they were left orphans, and their mother was killed. “We asked ourselves, perhaps there is a connection between them,” Eisenman said. The woman was their mother. “You cannot imagine how happy it was, when they found out that despite the wounds and misfortune they underwent physically, at least they found each other.”
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organ failure and require intervention from doctors in numerous specialties. Head trauma is the most common injury. Eisenman told the story of one Syrian patient whose scalp and half of his jaw were blown out by a sniper. “This is not at all rare. He was very severely wounded. He couldn’t eat, he couldn’t swallow, his aesthetic appearance was completely destroyed, and he had facial paralysis. Fortunately enough for him, he was operated on by a Syrian doctor before coming to Israel, who made a small cut in his throat to Israeli soldiers attend to wounded Syrians at the border, April 6 enable him to breathe.” Surgeons at Galilee Medical Center operated on him serving.” Galilee Medical Center’s staff — at 2,600, the largthree times: first to clean the wounds, then to temporarest employer in the Galilee — reflects the diversity of ily reconstruct his lower jaw with bone from his leg. the community. Half of the employees are Jewish, half The third operation marked a medical first. “That was a reconstruction of an implant out of mea- non-Jewish. When injured Syrian women and children arrive at surements taken from a photograph of a CT scan made the hospital, local Arabs bring them clothes, toys, and by a three-dimensional printer,” Eisenman said. “We managed to reconstruct his jaw and recreate the kind of moral support. Oftentimes, the victims arrive at the hospital unconscious; they don’t know they’re in Israel. prosthesis that was implanted.” “Then one day, they wake up, and you cannot Once the wounded Syrians arrive in Israel, no one imagine how they look when they find out they are in asks for their names. Israel,” Eisenman explained. “All of a sudden, they are “We don’t want to know what they are called, to which militia they belong,” Eisenman said. “First of all, afraid of what might happen to them by the Israelis, we don’t want to intimidate the Syrians. And secondly, and even more, by the Syrians once they go back.” To help the injured Syrians keep their treatment in we are afraid that once we know who they are, there will be many on the staff that will hesitate before treat- Israel a secret, Galilee Medical Center buys all of their equipment and medications from foreign countries. ing these patients.” “Most patients, when they are discharged, are sent To date, 90 percent of Syrian patients have been diswith wheelchairs, crutches, medication as needed charged to be sent home and eight percent have been because there is no way to procure these in Syria,” transferred to other Israeli hospitals for more specialEisenman said. “Normally, all this equipment is labeled ized treatment. The mortality rate is two percent. in Hebrew. It’s made in Israel.” The decision to discharge the Syrians factors in the In cases where the Syrian patient is an unaccompaabsence of follow-up or recovery centers in Syria; these nied minor, Israel’s ministries of Health and Justice must take place at Galilee Medical Center. have decided the hospital must contact a Muslim When patients are considered capable to go back religious leader to appoint a Muslim in the Galilee as home, they are returned to Syria Mendy Fedotowsky the child’s temporary guardian. Once unaccompanied the same way they arrived: the minors are discharged, they too, are brought to the Red army transports them via ambulance to the border. There, they are Cross on the Syrian border. The commitment to treat wounded Syrians has met on the Syrian side by the Red put significant strain on the hospital as a whole. Staff Cross, which attempts to locate suffer from burnout and meet with counselors. Israeli their family. “But once they cross the border, locals wait months for elective operations which are we lose contact with them,” Eisen- continually pushed back. Although the Israeli government promised it would pay for the Syrians’ treatment, man said. So far, no Syrian has Eisenman said the hospital has received nothing from asked to remain in Israel. the government over these four years, though the Red The 800-bed Galilee Medical Cross, U.N., and U.S. government help out. With no Center is a teaching hospital for end to the Syrian Civil War in sight, the hospital’s budBar-Ilan University’s medical school. The hospital serves a popu- get deficit continues to expand. “Is it a reason to stop saving the Syrians? We didn’t lation of about 600,000 people, 50 percent Jews, 50 percent non-Jews, do that. We cannot do that,” Eisenman said. “We cannot look at patients in such bad condition and not do unlike in the rest of Israel where anything. We are doctors, after all.” Jews comprise 80 to 90 percent of Eisenman cites the hospital’s motto, posted throughthe population. out the Galilee Medical Center: Adam l’adam — adam, A “The non-Jewish communiperson — to a person — is a person. ties live in small clusters, in small “Caring for the sick and wounded extends beyond communities of Arabs, both Shiite borders,” he says. “But we do hope that one day they and Sunni; Christians, Greek Galilee Medical Center’s Dr. Arie Eisenman (2nd from L) tours CareFlight will remember exactly who was the saving angel. And Orthodox, Catholic; plus we have operations at Miami Valley Hospital on June 28 with (L to R) CareFlight Dir. Beth Druze, Bedouins,” Eisenman said. when there will be an opportunity, they will be goodCalcidise, Premier Health System VP & Chief Government Affairs Officer Julie Liss-Katz, and CareFlight Outreach Mgr. Mandy Via “These are the populations we are will ambassadors.”
Continued from Page Three by medical staff of the army, directly to our trauma room.” Each morning, the trauma room is filled with badly wounded Syrian soldiers and civilians. “Mass casualties take place every night,” Eisenman said. “They have to be stabilized to be treated in emergency operations. All doctors are called immediately to come to the hospital to take care of these patients.” With an estimated 400,000 Syrians dead, 6 million internally displaced, and 5 million who have fled Syria, Eisenman described the civil war there as a holocaust. He said approximately 10,000 doctors have fled Syria. Eisenman called the thousand doctors who remain there heroes. “They are capable of doing emergency operations. What they aren’t capable of is taking care of these patients after operations, and hospitalization. They hand the wounded over to the family to take care of them.” But the families must flee from place to place to survive. Hospitals are either full or destroyed. More than 20 percent of the hospitals can’t pay their employees and 25 percent have no pharmacies. Relief organizations such as the Red Cross and Doctors Without Borders have field hospitals and clinics throughout Syria, but Eisenman said Syrians can’t reach them because of the fighting. Until 2013, the idea of Syrians seeking help from Israel wasn’t considered a reality. It would be akin to Syrians making a pact with the Devil. “They were brought up with the notion that Israelis are monsters,” Eisenman said. “It takes them quite a long time until they make their decision to hand them over to the Israelis. They are afraid of what will happen to them if it is found out that they did such a thing.” That time lag, he said, goes against the chances for the injured to survive. “Because it is their habit to lie them on the ground, they are being infected by very resistant bacteria,” Eisenman added. “They come to Israel super-infected with all kinds of bacteria that we have never heard about. It doesn’t react to any kind of antibiotics that we know of.” At first, the Syrians were treated alongside Israeli patients, but this led to high cross-contamination. Now, out of necessity, they are sent to a special sector of the hospital. Most Syrians come in suffering from multiple
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Fed-up Reform leaders are thinking twice about their donations to Israel By Ben Sales, JTA NEW YORK — Daryl Messinger knows she’s going to visit Israel again. But the next time she flies there, it won’t be on El Al. Messinger, the chair of the Union for Reform Judaism, will be boycotting Israel’s national airline as part of her protest of the Israeli government’s two votes in June that empowered its Orthodox sector at the expense of more liberal groups. She’s also going to make a point of buying non-kosher wines produced in Israel — a show of support for Jews who don’t observe traditional kosher laws. “I want to make sure my dollars are working for my needs and for a pluralistic Israel,” Messinger, of Palo Alto, Calif., told JTA. “The Israeli economy is the place where our American dollars are really impactful, so we need to be really clear about what goods and services we want to support and see thrive in Israel.”
Levy will not be suspending his giving to Israel, but he and Messinger are two of several active Reform Jewish donors who will be reapportioning their Israel philanthropy. A handful of members of URJ’s — from tourist attractions to Like many liberal Jewish Oversight Committee — a hospitals — and its national leaders, Messinger is angry 35-member body mostly elected carrier. And Reform officials about the recent Israeli Cabinet votes to suspend the expansion have called on their members to from among the organization’s 253-member board — told JTA redirect their money to groups of a non-Orthodox prayer area that they would be giving more that advance their at the Western Wall URJ to nonprofits that champion ideals. and to give Israel’s pluralism rather than large, American Jews Chief Rabbinate may not vote in Israel, general-interest Jewish fundsole authority over but they do give mon- raising bodies. official Jewish conURJ officials aren’t the only ey there. According versions performed ones to publicly question their to a 2014 analysis by in the country. the Forward, American giving to Israel. The votes have Isaac “Ike” Fisher, a board Jewish groups give outraged American member of the Israel lobby nearly $1.8 billion to Jewry’s organizaAIPAC from Coral Gables, Fla., Israel each year. tional elite, which threatened to suspend his Israel “My original gut sees them as a philanthropy and wrote in an reaction when I read betrayal of JewUnion for Reform email to JTA that he hopes “Jews about what hapish pluralism and Judaism Chair Daryl in the Diaspora will recognize pened was to say, Messinger of Israel’s sym‘The heck with this,’” the threat that a creeping theocbolic obligations to racy can have on a democratic said Henry Levy IV, treasurer non-Orthodox Jews around the state.” of the Union for Reform Judaworld. Steven Nasatir, president of ism. “Why should I give my With limited leverage, Jewthe Chicago Jewish federation, money to Israel if they don’t ish leaders and pundits are told The Times of Israel that any want to recognize me as a Jew, now suggesting that they use much less believe in egalitarian lawmaker who votes for the the power of the purse to get conversion bill is not welcome their point across. Pundits have prayer? My only vote is with in his community. (Bowing to my pocketbook. I don’t have a dared American Jews to stop such outrage, Israel’s Cabinet vote as an Israeli.” giving money to Israeli causes
agreed to postpone the conversion law for six months. It has not taken further action on the Western Wall deal.) Nasatir later put out a statement with his federation's chairman saying “we and our fellow Jewish community leaders will continue to actively engage with Israeli officials, lawmakers, civic and religious leaders, to raise our voices and our concerns.” Usually wary to wade into Israeli controversies and alienate any of their diverse donors, North American federations were nonetheless quick to criticize the Israeli government decisions. “We are outraged at two Israeli government actions today that would destroy the fundamental principle that Israel, our Jewish homeland, is a place where all Jews can and must feel at home,” the New York Jewish federation, the country's largest, said in a statement. Like other federations, it warned Israel that the issue could rupture the relationship between Diaspora Jews and Israel, which is often measured in dollars and cents. “There’s been a remarkable change of stance by federations
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THE WORLD in North America backing away from what had previously been an unconditional support of the Israeli government,” said David Baskin, a URJ board member from Toronto. “Everyone is worried that liberal Jews in particular will stop giving to federations, to the extent that federations are supporting Israel, and that’s a well-founded fear.” Other Reform donors demurred from the idea of withholding money from mainstream Jewish groups as a pressure tactic. URJ Vice Chair Jennifer Kaufman said she would not ask anyone to stop giving to federations — just to consider giving to other organizations as well. “I'm not about to suggest that someone shouldn't be giving money to where they've been giving money,”
she said. “I think that's something everyone has to decide for themselves. I would not be comfortable telling people what they should do with their philanthropic donations.” Even as they spoke of pressuring Israel financially, Reform donors denied any parallel to the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement, or BDS, against Israel, and in its official form is anti-Zionist. Instead of isolating Israel economically, these donors are considering increasing their giving — but changing which Israelis get it. “This is about redirecting funds strategically,” Messinger said. “It’s not about spending less. It’s about investing in areas where it’s clearly promoting democratic, pluralistic Israel — an Israel we’d like to all be part of.”
U.S. Orthodox rabbis ambivalent about Western Wall controversy By Ben Sales, JTA NEW YORK — Reform, Conservative and non-Orthodox Zionist leaders have decried the June 25 votes to suspend the agreement to expand the Western Wall’s non-Orthodox prayer area and to advance a bill that gave Israel’s Chief Rabbinate more power over Jewish conversions. They’ve also criticized the rabbinate’s so-called “blacklist” of Diaspora rabbis it does not trust to confirm the Jewish identities of immigrants to Israel. But when it comes to the crisis swirling between Israel and U.S. Jewry, America’s most prominent Orthodox organizations have remained mostly quiet. The Orthodox Union and Rabbinical Council of America both told JTA they are not commenting on the matter. The RCA will be meeting with the rabbinate regarding the list of rabbis, having received assurances that the “blacklist” may have been misconstrued. Rabbi Haskel Lookstein, a prominent modern Orthodox leader, was sympathetic with his non-Orthodox colleagues — up to a point. “I’m disappointed in the modern Orthodox for not responding strongly, because of the divisive effect that this has on the Jewish people,” said Lookstein, the rabbi emeritus of Kehilath Jeshurun, a modern Orthodox synagogue on Manhattan’s Upper East Side. “And I am concerned about some of the overreactions of liberal groups who are calling for all kinds of boycotts and actions on the part of American Jewry to punish Israel for these decisions. That kind of response will be more dangerous than the actions of the Israeli government itself.” Haredi Orthodox Americans, meanwhile, insist that the Jewish communal organizations criticizing the rabbinate do not speak for them. Rabbi Avi Shafran, the spokesman for the haredi Orthodox Agudath Israel of America, told JTA that the Chief Rabbinate is a “bulwark” against eroding and multiplying standards for Jewish observance and identity. Shafran views the rabbinate as a regulatory agency for Jewish matters along the lines of the Food and Drug Administration. All three elements of the controversy — the Western Wall, conversion and the rabbis’ list — affect Orthodox Jews. The conversion bill — which has been shelved for six months — sought to strip legitimacy from private Orthodox conversions in Israel. The list of rabbis included a range of Orthodox as well as non-Orthodox leaders. And under the Western Wall deal, the Women of the Wall prayer group agreed to move its services from its current meeting place in the Orthodox women’s section of the site — a frequent flash point between feminists and haredi Orthodox — to the expanded non-Orthodox prayer space.
Intersectionality excludes & includes. Jews must learn the difference. By David Bernstein Few Jews over the age of 30 have ever heard of the term intersectionality. Coined in the late 1980s, intersectionality posits that various forms of oppression — racism, sexism, classism, ableism and homophobia — are all interconnected. According to the theory, a black female is doubly marginalized by racism and sexism, for example. As a result, it is necessary for activists to connect these multiple forms of oppression in their advocacy. Rising in popularity in the wake of the protests in Ferguson, Missouri, over the fatal shooting of a black man by a white officer, intersectionality made it easier for Israel’s detractors to connect the dots between their cause and other causes — to blame, somehow, the behavior of Missouri police on the example of the Israeli military, or to reduce the IsraeliPalestinian conflict to a clash between whites and “people of color.” I have argued that to counter this growing problem, supporters of Israel must do more to join the conversation and engage other groups susceptible to outreach from anti-Israel groups. Numerous proponents of intersectionality have spoken out against my assessment, arguing that I simplify an important theoretical framework for understanding prejudice and exploit it for advocacy purposes. In its original form, intersectionality is a perfectly legitimate way to understand discrimination and power, and can bring people together. I call this “inclusionary intersectionality.” In its more malevolent form, however, it is used to purge social justice causes of anyone who doesn’t agree with the entire package of ideologically extreme views. I call this “exclusionary intersectionality.” It’s critical that we know the difference. Many college students, including young Jews, embrace inclusionary intersectionality. Think not of a raucous rally but of a dorm room discussion. The intersectional conversation allows students to map themselves with other students onto a Venn diagram reflecting
their multiple identities. In their intersectionality in excluding discussions, they recognize Jewish students. For example, both overlapping and divergent Students for Justice in Palestine experiences. at Brown University managed A college student intern in to get transgender activist Janet my office told me that “thinking Mock to cancel her scheduled intersectionally means apprespeech at Hillel. Drawing on the ciating our association with intersectional vocabulary, they diverse identities. It allows us argued that “Brown/RISD Hilto recognize the potential for lel, through its association with empathy beneath surface-level Hillel International, has a clear differences and develop greater policy of supporting…Israel’s opportunities for cooperation.” racist and colonial policies... These concepts should not Indeed, queerness does not lie be all that alien to us. The in isolation from other forms Jewish community relations of identity; rather, it explicitly field, which for decades has interacts with other identities been building bridges to other including race, gender, class minority communities in order and ability.” to create a more just society, Faced with such hostile operates under what could be exclusion, some in the Jewish considered a form of inclusioncommunity would just as soon ary intersectionality. condemn all intersectionality Increasingly, and be done with it. A more however, a more But not all uses of exclusionary exclusionary intersectionality are discourse has been discourse has equal: The Human used to divide Rights Campaign, been used to people and target, the largest LGBTQ divide people in particular, Jews rights organizaand supporters of tion, responded and target, in Israel. The detracparticular, Jews to the incident at tors use the same the Chicago Dyke framework of inter- and supporters March by tweeting, connected identities of Israel. “Marches should to limit, not expand, be safe spaces to the scope of human empathy. celebrate our diversity and our In June, for example, three pride. This is not right.” Jewish women were ejected Indeed, the LGBTQ rights from the Chicago Dyke March group took aim at the march orbecause they were carrying a ganizers for excluding the Jewrainbow flag with a Jewish star ish marchers, thereby practicing on it. One of the women said inclusionary intersectionality. she was told by a march orgaDiaspora Jews must learn, nizer “your flag looks too much not shun, intersectional dislike Israeli flags because of the course in all its forms and be star, and that it is triggering to part of the discussion while people and it makes them feel not being afraid to challenge unsafe.” instances of exclusionary interOrganizers of the Chisectionality. cago Dyke March themselves Condemning all intersectiontweeted, “QUEER AND ality won’t make it go away. TRANS ANTI-ZIONIST JEWWe — and the larger society — ISH FOLKS ARE WELCOME have a major stake in the more HERE,” a clear example of exinclusionary form winning out. clusionary intersectionality. The tweet makes it explicit that you David Bernstein is president and can only be part of the cause if CEO of the Jewish Council for you agree with the organizers Public Affairs, the representative on every issue. Those with a voice of the Jewish community different perspective need not relations movement. apply. On too many college campusSo, what do es, political activists embrace you think? exclusionary intersectionality. Send your letters (350 words Jewish students have reported max., thanks) to: feeling unwelcome in certain The Dayton Jewish Observer, social justice coalitions. In such 525 Versailles Drive instances, anti-Israel students have become gatekeepers Dayton, OH 45459 for campus coalitions, citing MWeiss@jfgd.net
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Media watchdogs fight anti-Israel bias By Richard and Diann Bromberg “Shabbat Shalom to my loving friends,” 23-year old Israeli Border Police Officer Staff-Sgt. Maj. Hadas Malka messaged along with a smiling selfie minutes before she was stabbed to death by a Palestinian terrorist outside Damascus Gate on Friday evening, June 16. In the hours that followed, The Jerusalem Post released details: The three terrorists, already known to the Shin Bet, staged a coordinated attack against two sites of border police. Two of the terrorists, armed with a knife and an automatic weapon, preyed upon Malka and four others. The terrorists were killed by officers before they could accomplish further carnage. Both the Islamic State and Hamas proudly claimed Malka’s murder, describing the terrorists as “martyrs” and the Israeli response as “a war crime.” Immediately following the terror event, BBC News (World) released the headline, “Three Palestinians killed after deadly stabbing in Jerusalem.” The report omitted pertinent facts. Media watchdog organizations that monitor for accurate and unbiased reporting regarding Israel reacted. Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu ordered the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs to reproach the BBC. Donald Trump Jr. tweeted: “You mean after they stabbed a female Israeli police officer to death…right? This is as close to being misleading as possible.” The BBC apologized and changed the headline to: “Israeli policewoman stabbed to death in Jerusalem,” claiming “no intention to mislead our audiences.” This was not the first time BBC had been confronted about biased reporting. Last year, a warning was given by Israel’s Government Press Office when a terror attack claiming the lives of two Israelis was reported with the headline: “Palestinians shot dead after Jerusalem attack kills two.” Following protests it was changed to: “Jerusalem: Palestinian kills two Israelis in Old City,” according to The Jerusalem Post. A quick scan of the websites of Israelfocused media watchdogs shows that inaccurate and even fabricated reports about Israel are frequent and plentiful. With the help of concerned laypersons the world over, these watchdog NGOs monitor the media 24/7 for bias, holding reporters accountable, and seeking corrections. Their websites offer a telling history of examples of biased reports confronted and corrected.
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Such watchdogs include: BBC Watch, correspondents, editors, and bureau chiefs from more than 30 countries. CAMERA (Committee for Accuracy MediaCentral maintains active conin Middle East Reporting in America), tact with journalists, offering accurate FLAME (Facts and Logic About the Middle East), HonestReporting, MEMRI information, and encourages balanced perspectives. Perl described how at (The Middle East Media Research Instileast 17 pro-Palestinian organizations tute), Palestinian Media Watch, and UK operate within Israel with sophisticated Media Watch. social outreach to engage journalists. On an HonestReporting mission to These organizations aim to “fix” jourJerusalem in May, HonestReporting nalists’ perspectives to an anti-Israel CEO Joe Hyams told our group that narrative that can easily become the the nations of the world persistently standard position from which their rank Israel as fourth or fifth on negareports are then written. tive opinion, just below France and just Michael Oren, deputy minister for above North Korea. diplomacy in the Prime “The world is not Minister’s Office, responding to the former Israeli ambasreal events in Israel,” sador to the United Hyams said. “It is States, and author of responding to the the definitive history of description of these the Six-Day War, dates events by the news orthis modern propaganganizations. Journalists da war against Israel are storytellers who are to 1970 and to Yasser often looking for a face Arafat. or a headline to tell “From 1967 to 1970 a story already writno one was writing ten with conclusions about Palestinian Aralready determined.” “If it bleeds it leads Diann and Richard Bromberg at the abs,” Oren said. “Then Arafat launched some is the old media adWestern Wall, Jerusalem during age,” Emmanuel Nah- HonestReporting’s May trip to Israel high profile terrorist attacks and now he’s getshon, spokesman for ting the world’s positive recognition.” the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Arafat’s plan to “drive the Jews into the reminded us as he described Israel’s frustration from its inception that media sea” through propaganda rather than traditional warfare has been described reports are typically negative and ignore Israel’s continuing flow of positive by Barry Rubin in his book, Arafat: A Political Biography. accomplishments. “The Palestinians have the advantage “Stories of Israel’s conflict with Palesover us. Their messaging has always tinians are the most popular stories and been extremely emotional and devoid there is a lack of interest and curiosity of context,” Nahshon said. “A dead about anything else,” Nahshon said. Palestinian child gains sympathy.” “There are 250 to 300 foreign correThe Palestinian narrative, and now spondents living in Israel. Pressured to the narrative of many in the mainstream submit articles to justify their existence, media, according to media watchers, is they write about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict although it is nothing compared counter to the facts of history. The false narrative is also counter to the real conflicts in the region, such to the facts of warfare and the facts of as the slaughter of civilians in Syria.” international law, says Prof. Eugene Today, Twitter, Instagram, Facebook Kontorovich, a senior researcher with messages, and captivating smartphone images can be relayed around the world the Kohelet Policy Forum in Jerusalem. in minutes, setting world opinion before Yet false facts continue to be propagated as truth and go relatively unchallenged, Israel has the opportunity to respond, he said. according to D. J. Schneeweiss, director Complicating these issues is the of Israel’s digital diplomacy. “People check social media for an ini- reality within the Palestinian and Arab worlds that positive truths about Israel tial interpretation of an event and their cannot be told without consequences, minds are made up about a story long according to Oded Revivi, mayor of before it hits TV or print,” Schneeweiss Efrat in the West Bank. said. “Everyone with a cell phone and In his beautiful and thriving Gush everyone who uses a social networking Etzion “settlement” town, Revivi forum is now a member of the media.” describes how he must work with Through social networking, stories and Palestinian leaders in secret for their images negative for Israel — without protection from Hezbollah. Even when context or verification, or even fabriaccomplishments are positive for the cated — can be quickly picked up by a Palestinian residents, public meetings biased media, he added. are predictably reported by Al Jazeera “We are at war. We believe accuracy as “Arab leaders refused to fall into the is Israel’s best ally,” said Jonny Perl, Israeli trap.” head of MediaCentral, a JerusalemKhaled Abu Toameh, award-winning based project that serves more than 400
Israeli Arab journalist and West Bank and Gaza correspondent for U.S. News and World Report, agreed that Palestinians and Arab Israelis are not going to tell the media positive things about Israel. “Gazans are under the complete control of Hamas and Palestinians are monitored by the Palestinian Authority,” Toameh said. “There is a lot of double talk from the Palestinians, and in the West, people don’t want to pay attention to it. In the Arab world, the more anti-Israel you are and the more hatred you show, the more popular you are and the more secure you are in this world.” Oren added that Israel would get “killed in the press” with its coverage of the 50th anniversary of the Six-Day War. “It will be ‘50 years of oppression and occupation,’” Oren said. “Wars in history become wars of history. This battle will be fought in the media and will be about truth. We’ll all fight this war.” Having endured the Inquisition, the Protocols of the Elders of Zion, and Nazi propaganda, Jews are no strangers to “fake news” and its potentially devastating impact. Media watchdogs are courageous fighters on the front lines of today’s version of the propaganda war. They encourage all who care about the survival of Israel to help them by alerting them through their websites when we observe media bias and inaccuracies against Israel. HonestReporting’s Pesach Benson has published Red Lines: The Eight Categories of Media Bias as a guide. By checking watchdog websites regularly and receiving their Tweets and emails, we can quickly arm ourselves with information that enables us to feel confident when showing our support for Israel with our friends and co-workers. Facts may not be our most helpful approach, however. Neil Lazarus, who offers practical Israel advocacy training through AwesomeSeminars.com, suggests that when someone criticizes Israel to us, being able to express genuine confidence in Israel and reassurance that we share their concerns may be the most helpful response. Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram at #LoveIsrael are quick and easy ways to connect with Israel and stay personally involved. Schneeweiss says that Israel’s number of Facebook followers continues to grow and that 1 million follow in Arabic. He encourages us to check out the three new videos he posts every week at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs website, mfa.gov.il, and to enjoy the ever-changing wealth of positive news from Israel. Richard and Diann Bromberg share a psychological assessment practice in Centerville.
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THE WORLD First medic to respond to Temple Mount terror attack was Muslim By Andrew Tobin, JTA JERUSALEM — When Nedal Sader first heard the crackle of automatic weapon fire the morning of July 14, he couldn't believe it was coming from the Temple Mount. As a Muslim, he regarded the complex just outside his apartment as a sacred and peaceful place. He prayed there nearly every week. But as a seasoned first responder, he knew Nedal Sader what gunshots sounded like echoing off the stones of the Old City. He finished dressing, threw on his medic’s jacket and raced to the scene. Sader, a 37-year-old nurse and father of five, was the first medical professional to arrive at the Temple Mount following the attack in which two Israeli Druze police officers were shot dead. The three Arab-Israeli gunmen were then killed by police on the scene. Amid the carnage at the politically and religiously fraught complex, Sader said he simply tried to save whomever he could. “It doesn’t matter who the person is,” said Sader, a Muslim volunteer with United Hatzalah, the Orthodox Jewish-run ambulance service. “Whoever needs help most gets help first.” Sader joined the mostly haredi rescue service in 2012, soon after his father died of a heart attack while waiting for an ambulance. He said he hoped to improve emergency medical care in the Arab quarter of the Old City, which like other Arab neighborhoods in eastern Jerusalem, has long suffered from lack of services. It is illegal for Jewish medics to enter Arab villages or neighborhoods without a police escort because of security concerns. “I had to do something,” he said. “I didn’t want the same thing to happen to anyone else in my neighborhood or in Israel.” United Hatzalah has about 300 Muslim, Druze and Christian volunteers EMTs, paramedics and doctors, who account for about 10 percent of the total.
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As scandals mount, Netanyahu launches Trumpian attacks against ‘fake news’ and ‘leftists’ By Andrew Tobin, JTA JERUSALEM — Facing mounting scandals, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu accused the “fake news” media and “leftists” of trying to take him down with a campaign of lies. In a hastily organized meeting with political allies July 13, Netanyahu denied any wrongdoing in two erupting controversies involving his associates, the Hebrew media reported. The prime minister reportedly said he was the victim of “a coordinated campaign of leftists who want to undermine my government.” At the gathering in his office here, Netanyahu rallied the members of his Likud party to defend him from the alleged campaign, which he said includes politicians and members of the news media, according to leaks. Channel 2 reported that the purpose of the meeting was to prepare a “media blitz” in the coming days. Meanwhile, authorities moved ahead that day with their investigations into the affairs. Police interrogated Netanyahu's personal lawyer for the fourth time on suspicion of corruption in Israel's multibillion-dollar purchase of German submarines. And the Israel Securities Authority, or Shin Bet, questioned the Communications Ministry's directorgeneral, who is suspected of fraud. Netanyahu until recently was acting communications minister. The prime minister has not been implicated in either case and has adamantly denied any wrongdoing. Hours after the meeting, Netanyahu posted on Facebook an image of the logos of seven of Israel’s leading news publications under the English words “Fake news.” Included were TV Channels 2 and 10, the newspapers Yediot Acharonot and Haaretz, and the Walla web portal. In text accompanying the post, Netanyahu said the news media were trying to indoctrinate the public but would fail because of the enlightening power of social media. “The fake news method is simple: They paste a picture of the prime minister on bombshell headlines with baseless accusations and expect this brainwashing will do the work on public opinion,” he said. “To their dismay these days, this doesn’t go for them because the people of Israel have the chance to say their opinion and the truth — and expose their lies on social media.” Donald Trump — the U.S. president at the center of various legal and ethical controversies — has used similar rhetoric to fend off criticism. He brought the term “fake news” — originally referring to intentionally bogus articles shared on social media — into mainstream dis-
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course and has hurled it repeatedly at the media, singling out CNN, The New York Times and the Washington Post. Like Trump, Netanyahu is known to carefully monitor his media coverage, and reportedly he was dismayed to see his name in a battery of unflattering headlines in July. Even Yisrael Hayom, the broadsheet owned by American Jewish billionaire philanthropist Sheldon Adelson that traditionally has been deferential to Netanyahu, has seriously covered the scandals. In the “submarine affair,” David Shimron, Netanyahu’s personal attorney and cousin, is suspected of trying to sway Israel’s purchase of subs in favor of the German shipbuilder ThyssenKrupp, which he represented. Netanyahu pushed for Israel to buy the vessels against the wishes of the Israel Defense Forces and then-Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon. Yaalon, who is forming his own political party to challenge Netanyahu, called Netanyahu “corrupt” and said he should resign over the scandal. Yair Lapid, the head of the opposition Yesh Atid party and a top political rival of the prime minister, said it was “undoubtedly the biggest corruption case in the history of the state” and questioned how the prime minister could have not know that his lawyer represented ThyssenKrupp. In the probe involving the Communications Ministry, the director-general, Shlomo Filber, is suspected of ethics violations and securities fraud in a case involving the national telecommunications giant Bezeq. On July 12, Israel’s State Comptroller released a report that accused Netanyahu of failing to originally disclose his close ties with Bezeq head Shaul Elovitz, and raised suspicions that the prime minister and Filber made decisions at the Communications Ministry in favor of the company. Netanyahu also faces separate investigations about receiving gifts from billionaire friends and negotiating an illicit deal with Yediot publisher Arnon Moses to get better coverage in his newspaper.
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Friday, August 18, 10:30AM–NOON @ Temple Israel (130 Riverside Dr., 45405) Lilac Girls by Martha Hall Kelly. RSVP to Judi Grampp at 937890-6271.
› Early Childhood Preschool First Day Monday, August 21, 9AM @ Boonshoft CJCE
A TASTE OF JEWISH LIFE IN ECUADOR Join us for a taste of Ecuador with light appetizers followed by the film An Unknown Country at 7PM. Dr. Felix Garfunkel will briefly share his 10 year experience living in Ecuador. No cost. This film is underwritten by Felix and Erika Garfunkel. RSVP by July 27 at jewishdayton.org or 937-610-1555.
› Celebrate 5778 with Friends and Paint Thursday, September 7, 6–9PM @ Raise Your Brush (169 N Main St, 45459) See ad on page 19.
HEALTH & WELLNESS › Aerobic Conditioning Tues/Thurs @ 9–9:50AM
Summer Session ends August 3. Fall session begins August 25. $25 per session for all classes. Through Sinclair Lifelong Learning.
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Happy "mommies", happy babies! Savannah Dahling and Claire Sierschula are all smiles as they take care of their own "babies" in the Malachim room. PHOTO CREDIT: ROSEMARY KANE
JCC early childhood
JEWISH FEDERATION of GREATER DAYTON AGENCY NEWSLETTER | AUGUST 2017
Karen Jaffe is delighted to be the new full-time JCC Administrative Assistant. Her former experience with the Dayton Literary Peace Prize Foundation and in corporate meeting and event planning is already lending itself well to the preparations for the Cultural Arts and Book Fest and Film Fest. You might even recognize her from her past two years’ stand-up comedy performances during the CABF. She’s very excited to reimmerse herself in Dayton’s wonderful Jewish community, and the JCC is very happy to have her as a new member of their team! Welcome Karen!
TOP: Camp Shalom Gadol campers
enjoyed an overnight at Camp Livingston with other JCC campers from Cincinnati and Louisville. BOTTOM: Aidan Farrell test drives a car at Carillon Park as Camp Shalom explored “America-Now & Then.” PHOTO CREDITS: NOELIA POLANCO, PETER WINE
August 8 is National Happiness Happens Day!
There are numerous articles and resources that emphasize the importance of happiness. Those who are happy enjoy many benefits, including, but not limited to: better health, better relationships, and more creativity. And, there is good news...people get happier as they age! This may be attributed to the fact that people are "emotionally wiser" as they get older. Each individual defines happiness differently and his or her happiness is influenced by attitude, thought, and behavior. Don't wait for August 8. Find what makes you happy! (AARP Bulletin, June 2016. http://www.aarp. org/health/healthy-living/info2016/sonja-lyubomirsky-behappy.html)
What goes on behind the scenes at the Schuster Performing Arts Center? On June 21, the Active Adults and friends from Cedar Village enjoyed an amazing tour of the behind the scenes world of the Schuster Performing Arts Center. Our incredible tour guide, Betty Gould, escorted us through the center and the staff answered questions about how the intricate and fabulous performances we delight in come to be. We were fascinated by the many stories and connections to Dayton that the building represents. We were all truly mesmerized! We then enjoyed a relaxing lunch at Uno’s Pizzeria & Grill. PHOTO CREDIT: SHERI POCH
Where are you? We need you!
Did you come to Dayton from the former Soviet Union? If so, we want to hear from you! In August 2017, the Jewish community will celebrate the 28th anniversary of Operation Exodus and the Soviet Jewry resettlement in Dayton. A committee, chaired by Joe and Elaine Bettman, is planning a reunion to bring together those who came to Dayton for a new beginning and those volunteers who welcomed them. Please contact Shay Shenefelt at 937-401-1551 or email@example.com with your contact information: name, phone number, mailing address and email - if you either: › Arrived from the former Soviet Union in the late 1980s or early 1990s – a new Daytonian! › Are a child, grandchild, or great grandchild of a “new Daytonian.”
Jewish Family Services Jewish Foundation ofof GREATER DAYTON GREATER DAYTON › Active Adults Annual Brunch Sunday, August 13 10:30AM @ Dayton Woman’s Club (225 N. Ludlow St., 45402)
$15 per person. Your payment is your reservation. See the ad on page 8 with information about this event. RSVP by August 4.
› 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? While the Network for Jewish Human Service Agencies is working to update its website, it may be difficult to access the Senior Resource Connect portal. Please do not hesitate to contact JFS to find services and supports provided by Jewish agencies nationwide. › Don’t know what to donate in the Food Barrels? How about non-perishable, nonexpired fruits & vegetables? CANNED FRUITS: PEACHES, PEARS, PINEAPPLE, APPLESAUCE, FRUIT COCKTAIL CANNED JUICES: APPLE, CRANBERRY, TOMATO AND VEGETABLE
We want to invite all generations to participate in this wonderful celebration!
Где Вы? Вы нужны нам! Вы приехали в Дейтон из бывших республик
CANNED VEGETABLES: GREEN BEANS, PEAS, CORN, TOMATOES, POTATOES
В августе 2017 года еврейское сообщество будет отмечать 28-ю годовщину организации Operation Exodus и переселения советских евреев в Дейтон. Комитет во главе с Джо и Элейн Беттман планируют провести общую встречу всех, кто приехал в Дейтон, чтобы начать жизнь заново, а также волонтёров, которые тепло встретили переселенцев.
are greatly appreciated!
Советского Союза? Если да, мы хотим связаться с Вами!
Пожалуйста, обратитесь к Шей Шенефелт по тел.: 937-401-1551 или firstname.lastname@example.org и сообщите свою контактную информацию – полное имя, номер телефона, почтовый адрес и адрес электронной почты, если Вы
› приехали из бывших республик Советского Союза в конце 1980-х – начале 1990-х – новый житель Дейтона! › сын/дочь, внук/внучка или правнук/правнучка «нового жителя Дейтона». Мы хотим пригласить представителей всех поколений принять участие в этом замечательном праздновании!
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JEWISH FEDERATION of GREATER DAYTON AGENCY NEWSLETTER | AUGUST 2017
Barbara Flagel Playground Fund ›Mamaloshen
A little bit of Yiddish to share with friends, courtesy of the JFS Yiddish Club, in memory of Lynda A. Cohen.
Shenken \ SHENK-en \ Verb To gift, give, grant, present, donate; pardon, forgive. Expression with Shenken: › Got, shenk mir an oysreyd! God, give me an excuse! › Es iz nisht azoy lib dos geshank vi der gedank. It's the thought that counts (lit., The gift is not as beloved as the thought). › Az der tate shenkt dem zun, lakhn beyde; az der zun shenkt dem tatn, veynen beyde. When a father supports his son, both laugh; when a son supports his father, both cry.
The Jewish Foundation of Greater Dayton accepted every child is pleased to announce the creation of a new for who they were. endowment fund. The fund was established She was a wonderful in memory of Barbara Flagel and will honor teacher and was a Barbara’s passion for children’s education. great addition to our Through this endowment, Barbara’s team.” commitment to the Jewish community will Recognizing continue for many years to come. Barbara’s dedication A proud graduate of The Ohio State to the education of University School of Education, Barbara was children, Barbara’s always passionate about children’s education. family and friends established the Barbara As a preschool teacher in Dayton for many Flagel Playground Fund. The fund will provide years, Barbara’s interest in teaching and her classroom and playground equipment to give students never ended. She continued to follow students in the JCC her students’ Barbara was very empathetic and the Early Childhood progress children just loved her because they knew she Care & Education through life was always right there with lots of love and programs the best by looking and most enriching in The concern.... She was a wonderful teacher and experiences possible. Dayton Jewish was a great addition to our team. The Jewish Observer for Foundation of Greater Dayton and Barbara’s mentions of her students’ names in the Kvelling family would like to recognize and thank Corner. Her passion for her students will not Barbara’s husband Jerry Flagel and good friends soon be forgotten. Marni Flagel, Bernie Rabinowitz, and Bella Barbara’s former colleague, Pat Jones, shared Freeman for their dedication to the creation of fond memories of Barbara and their time this endowment. teaching together. Pat recalled, “Barbara was Memorial donations can be made through the very empathetic and the children just loved Jewish Foundation of Greater Dayton. For more her because they knew she was always right information on this fund or to make a donation, there with lots of love and concern. If someone please contact Foundation Director Janese R. needed a little extra attention, they went to Sweeny at 937-401-1542. Barbara. She knew what they needed and
ANNUAL CAMPAIGN IN HONOR OF › Retirement of Dr. Robert Goldenberg Mary and Dr. Gary Youra IN MEMORY OF › Chuck Kardon Gayle and Irv Moscowitz Judy and Mel Lipton THE TALA ARNOVITZ FUND IN HONOR OF › Birth of Beverly Saeks’ greatgranddaughter Cicely Nathan and Family
about PJ Library or PJ Our Way or to get a child enrolled in either of these great programs, please contact Juliet Glaser at email@example.com or 401-1541.
Lindsey Slanker is excited to join the Jewish Federation of Greater Dayton as Foundation Coordinator and Jewish Community Relations Council Coordinator. Lindsey recently received her Master’s from Wright State University. She is excited to help build a better future through Foundation and establish connections through the Community Relations Council. She thanks the Federation for their warm welcome. The Federation is proud to have Lindsey join our team!
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PJ LIBRARY FUND IN HONOR OF › Retirement of Marcia Kress Rosanne Dowville Debra Jamison Michael Harrison Marlene McCommons Lisa Saylor Carol Dittoe Hallie Greenfield Megan Kreill Mary Allen Marcia Watts Heather and Tom Bridgeman
CAROL J. PAVLOFSKY LEADERSHIP FUND IN MEMORY OF › Marjorie Kest Wendi and Ervin Pavlofsky
LINDA RUCHMAN FUND IN MEMORY OF › Chuck Kardon Judy and Marshall Ruchman DOROTHY B. MOYER YOUNG LEADERSHIP FUND IN MEMORY OF › In Yahrzeit memory of Nettie Dennis Felman › In Yahrzeit memory of Sam Cohn › In Yahrzeit memory of Hyman Dennis › In Yahrzeit memory of Dorothy B. Moyer Marcia and Richard Moyer JCC
EARLY CHILDHOOD PLACEMENT FUND IN HONOR OF › Birth of a son to Rebecca Bernstein and Dustin Atlas Cathy Gardner IN MEMORY OF › Betty Goldberger Celia and Jeff Shulman
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BARBARA FLAGEL PLAYGROUND FUND IN MEMORY OF › Barbara Flagel Joan Isaacson Bernard Rabinowitz Kristy and Jeffrey Flagel Marlene Flagel Eva and Fred Izenson
CAROLE RABINOWITZ YOUTH JEWISH EXPERIENCE FUND IN HONOR OF › Speedy recovery Lynn Goldenberg › Birth of Marc Katz and Julie Liss-Katz granddaughter › Speedy recovery of Art Shone › Wedding of Carrie Burick Bernard Rabinowitz IN MEMORY OF › Chuck Kardon Bernard Rabinowitz JFS
JEWISH FAMILY SERVICES IN MEMORY OF › The aunt of Tara Feiner Helene Gordon › Chuck Kardon Claire and Oscar Soifer
JEREMY BETTMAN B’NAI TZEDEK FUND IN HONOR OF › Heath Gilbert’s 50th birthday Jean and Todd Bettman IN MEMORY OF › Barbara Flagel Jean and Todd Bettman › Chuck Kardon Jean and Todd Bettman Elaine and Joe Bettman ADDISON CARUSO B’NAI TZEDEK FUND IN MEMORY OF › Chuck Kardon › In Yahrzeit memory of Ann Barry Cohen Donna Holt SAMMY’S RAINBOW BRIDGE FUND IN MEMORY OF › “Lucy” Rabinowitz Laura and John Ryzenman Judith, David, Josh and Ari Bernstein “Misty” Lieberman Jean, Todd, Michael and Jeremy Bettman
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CALENDAR OF EVENTS Classes
Temple Israel Torah Study: Saturdays, 9:30 a.m. 130 YAD @ Dragons: Mon., Aug. 14, 7 p.m. Fifth-Third Riverside Dr., Dayton. 496-0050. Field. Free. R.S.V.P. by Aug. 4 to Cheryl Carne, 6101778.
Sinclair Lifelong Learning Aerobic Conditioning: Tues. & Thurs., 9-9:50 a.m. Beginning Aug. 25 through Dec. 7. $25 for all sessions. 525 Versailles Dr., Centerville. R.S.V.P. to 610-1555.
JCC Book Club: Fri., Aug. 18, 10:30 a.m. Lilac Girls by Martha Hall Kelly. Temple Israel, 130 Riverside Dr., Dayton. R.S.V.P. to Judi Grampp, 890-6271.
JCC Early Childhood Preschool Open House: Thurs., Aug. 17, 6:30-8 p.m. For enrolled families. Boonshoft CJCE, 525 Versailles Dr., Centerville. 6101555.
Chabad Camp Gan Izzy: Ages 5-11. Through Aug. 11. R.S.V.P. to 643-0770 ext. 1 or cgidayton.com.
PJ Library Shabbat in the Park: Fri., Aug. 25, 5:307:30 p.m. at Activity Center Park, 221 N. Main St., Centerville. Casual potluck. Kosher vegetarian course, challah & grape juice provided. Bring a vegetarian dish to share. Bring swimsuit. For info., call Juliet Glaser, 610-1555.
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JFS Active Adults Annual Brunch: Sun., Aug. 13, 10:30 a.m. Dayton Woman’s Club, 225 N. Ludlow St., Dayton. $15. R.S.V.P. to 610-1555.
JCC Screening of An Unknown Country: Jews of Ecuador: Thurs., Aug. 3, 7 p.m. Boonshoft CJCE, 525 Versailles Dr., Centerville. Followed by discussion w. Felix Garfunkel. Free. R.S.V.P. to 610-1555. Shabbat Under The Stars: Fri., Aug. 11, 7:30 p.m. At the home of Diane & Ralph Williams. R.S.V.P. by Aug. 8 to 293-9520. Temple Israel Torah on Tap: Mon., Aug. 14, 5:30 p.m. Drinks & discussion with Rabbis Bodney-Halasz & Sobo. The Barrel House, 417 E. 3rd St., Dayton. For info., call Temple Israel at 496-0050. Jewish Federation Annual Meeting: Wed., Aug. 16, 6 p.m. Boonshoft CJCE, 525 Versailles Dr., Centerville. 610-1555. Temple Israel Kiddush Lunch: Sat., Aug. 26 following 10:30 a.m. service. No R.S.V.P. required. Free. 130 Riverside Dr., Dayton. 496-0050. Beth Abraham Synagogue Opera Afternoon: Sun., Aug. 27, 2 p.m. Screening of Carmen introduced by Cantor Jerome Kopmar. 305 Sugar Camp Cir., Oakwood. Free. 293-9520.
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Awe inspiring Turning to Spirituality, a new series “Let’s go on an adventure!” my grandchildren clamor, having picked up my daily refrain. Some days we’ve scouted out all the produce of a specific color in the market, picking one to take home for a taste. Others have involved baby chicks at the farm feed store, spin-art projects, a new playground, or gourd picking for the sukkah.
Candace R. Kwiatek Recently, we went to a teacher’s store where we found child-sized magnifying glasses. Proudly wielding their treasures throughout a nearby park, the children intently examined tree bark, rubber mulch, and crawling insects with much awe. Dr. Caryn Aviv tells a very different story about her college undergrads. Despite being surrounded by the gorgeous natural views and “purple mountain majesties” ringing Boulder, Colo., they’re all glued to smartphone screens as they cross the campus. “I wondered whether my students were suffering from an emerging form of ADD: Awe Deficit Disorder,” she writes. When gently encouraged to “Look up, look at the sky, it’s awesome!” most students would look up — and then return to their phones. “But one student looked me right in the eye, and said,
‘OMG. You’re right,’” Aviv recounts. “Then she looked up at the sky, smiled, and put her phone in her pocket.” We can see it in young children, that natural ability to experience awe. Why do so many of us seem to lose it by the time we’re adults? “As we grew, did we substitute certainty for wonder?” asks Rabbi David Wolpe. Or maybe we’ve simply become oversaturated. “How many times did you use the word ‘awesome’ today?” asks comedian Jill Shargaa in her hilarious TED talk. Awesome now describes everything from a Panera salad to a new bike, a business pitch to a Disney vacation. None of which are awesome. Inspired by that which is grand, powerful, or unknown, awe is an overwhelming feeling of admiration, respect, or reverence mixed with surprise, wonder, or fear. It’s an awareness of being in the presence of something vast and greater than the self, something that we can’t entirely grasp or explain. Psychologists consider awe one of the self-transcendent emotions like compassion and gratitude that draw us out of our self-absorption and egocentric worldview. Individuals who experience awe are more likely to exhibit generosity and helpfulness, an increase in volunteering and altruistic behavior, and
decreased entitlement, reports Positive Psychology essayist Birgit Ohlen. Thus, awe-filled experiences are likely fundamental to building the skills for social interaction — for relating to others, for developing relationships. An awesome experience is a little like step- The Flatirons, Boulder, Colo. ping into outer space: Be in the moment. With all so vast, so extraordinary that their senses, children dwell it involuntarily adjusts our unfully in the moment, absorbderstanding of the world and ing every aspect of the experiourselves. ence. And the most important As reported by psycholmoment is now. They can’t be ogy professor Jesse Graham rushed. Like children, be a porand science writer Sarah trait in mindfulness. Hide the Estes in their essay, Awe and calendar, turn off the phone, the Experience of and ignore the clock. Awe apSelf-Transcendence, pears only when you’re fully numerous scienpresent. tific studies have Don’t multitask. Children shown that awe focus intently on whatever obreduces people’s ject or experience has captured tolerance for their interest. They use their uncertainty and, senses, their brain, and their logically, increases imagination to make sense of the perception that another one thing at a time. Children author’s hand — human or don’t multitask. How can you divine — is involved in what we experience. Awe is therefore have an awestruck moment when you allow other stimuli foundational to spirituality, to redirect your attention? God, and religion. Practice gratitude. Children Children have a natural abilsee beauty and find the aweity to be awestruck. What can some in the ordinary. Discover we learn from them, and how things to appreciate about the can we enhance a sense of awe world you live in. Make a daily in our lives as well as theirs?
habit of identifying three things for which you are grateful and say them aloud. Learn the Shehecheyanu, the gratitude blessing, and use it regularly. Invent your own words of blessing and gratitude. Cultivate wonder. Even as they seek to understand the world, children cherish it: every pebble, every bug. Before we can experience awe, we first have to cultivate a sense of wonder by cherishing the world. Rabbi David Wolpe cautions, “If we aren’t careful, growing up can mean…neglecting to notice that the world is charged with magic.” Contemplate in silence. Children are often silent for long periods after which they are likely to share a discovery or new insight. There’s purpose for the bench in the garden, the stroll through the park, the drive into the country. Don’t ignore the power of contemplative silence. Go on an adventure! Invite your children to come along with you. Either they will teach you about awe, or you will learn together. Experience awesome a little more. Use “awesome” a little less. Put your phone in your pocket and look up.
Put your phone in your pocket and look up.
WITH FRIENDS AND PAINT Thursday, September 7, 6–9PM @ Raise Your Brush Centerville Studio (169 N Main St, Centerville, OH 45459)
Literature to share Journey through Jerusalem by Amanda Benjamin. Follow the journey of four lively cats as they explore some of Jerusalem’s most notable sites. The combination of whimsical captions, cartoons kittens, and photographic images creates an introduction to this special city that is especially inviting for the early childhood set. After Anatevka by Alexandra Silber. What happens after the Jewish townsfolk are evicted from Anatevka? Hodel, Tevye the milkman’s second-eldest daughter, takes center stage in this well-crafted and thoroughly delightful imaginative sequel to Fiddler on the Roof and Sholem Aleichem’s Tevye stories. Infused with historical reality, populated by memorable characters, and enhanced by evocative soliloquies and flashbacks, this tale is as much about heroism as it is about love. Highly entertaining, and a must for those who love the original.
Get artsy for the high holidays! Together we’ll paint Rosh Hashanah themed art as we get ready to ring in 5778. 21 and up only. Alcoholic beverages for purchase at the studio, nonalcoholic drinks and noshes provided. Alcohol sales end when painting begins at 6:30PM. $40 per person. Your payment is your reservation. RSVP AT jewishdayton.org OR TO KAREN STEIGER @ 610-1555. A WORLD OF CULTURE » jewishdayton.org
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Jared & Ivanka do their own thing as observant Jews. And that’s normal. By Ben Sales, JTA Apparently Jared and Ivanka play golf on Shabbat. Cue the hand-wringing. The New York Post reported in June that the president's Jewish daughter and son-in-law like to hit the links on the holy day, and stay within the bounds of the Sabbath rules by walking the course (instead of driving a cart) and tipping the caddie the next day (instead of handling money). The newspaper also noted that even according to the “less strict” Conservative movement, merely playing the game is a violation of Shabbat. Articles of this type are premised on the idea that if “Javanka” are Orthodox Jews, they should observe Jewish law, halachah, strictly by the book. Anything less is hypocrisy or blasphemy. On the surface, that assumption seems to make sense. But it’s wrong. That's because Jared and Ivanka have never claimed to strictly observe halachah. And among Jews who identify with Orthodoxy and belong to Orthodox synagogues, they are far from alone. In general, Orthodox Jews structure their lives around obligations and restrictions called mitzvot (commandments), from observing the Sabbath and praying three times a day to making sure their clothes don’t include a mix of wool and linen. But a broad spectrum of observance exists among the country’s half-million Orthodox Jews, according to the Pew Research Center’s 2013 Portrait of Jewish Americans. Unsurprisingly, haredi Orthodox Jews — the fervent “black hats” who populate enclaves like Monsey, N.Y. and Lakewood, N.J. — abide by halachah. Indeed, a whole subculture has grown around adopting chumrahs, more stringent ways to observe Jewish law. But among self-identified modern Orthodox Jews, the picture is more diverse, says Pew. Nearly a quarter say religion isn’t “very important” in their lives, more than a fifth aren’t certain of their belief in God, and 18 percent hardly attend services. When it comes to Judaism’s legal particulars, nearly a quarter of modern Orthodox Jews don’t light candles on Friday night, 17 percent don’t keep koPAGE 20
service before heading off to the the Shabbat. During this time, sher in the home, and about a we disconnect completely — no fifth handle money on Shabbat. golf course or the garden. emails, no TV, no phone calls, Jared and Ivanka undoubtOrthodoxy is theoretically no internet. We enjoy uninteredly adhere more to traditional centered around halachic obrupted time together and it’s Jewish customs than most ligation, and today’s modern wonderful.” American Jews. Pew says only Orthodoxy is represented by A 2016 New Yorker profile of one in seven Jews avoids hanstrictly halachic institutions like the couple did call them shomer dling money on Shabbat; only Yeshiva University and the OrShabbos, a term that denotes full thodox Union. So what to make 25 percent of Jewish parents halachic observance, but never say they have a child who was of these apparently non-Orthoquotes them to that effect. Like enrolled in a yeshiva or Jewish dox Orthodox Jews? Actually Jared and Ivanka themselves, day school in the past year. it’s not all that strange. There the article mentions unplugBut despite the swirling are any number of reasons to ging and family time. affiliate with Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images rumors, they’ve So let’s break that down. never actually a movement Jared and Ivanka say they claimed to fully whose rules unplug for Shabbat: no phone, observe halyou occasionno computer, no television. achah. Ivanka ally or even Nowhere do they mention forhas discussed often break. going sports (or not flying in a her Shabbat Maybe it’s how plane). Nowhere do they menobservance at you grew up. tion Jewish commandments. length at least Maybe you Instead, they talk about the twice in the past appreciate Orthing many observant Jews couple of years, thodoxy’s aesvalue about Shabbat: the chance and neither thetic of rigor to disconnect from work stress time did she and tradition. Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump and their numerous devices, say the family Maybe you and reconnect with family. like the local Orthodox rabbi or observes Shabbat in the most Yes, Jared grew up in Orthotraditional sense. synagogue. dox institutions. Yes, the family In a 2015 Vogue profile, Or maybe, when you do now attends an Orthodox synaIvanka said “We’re pretty observe Jewish customs, you prefer to do so in what feels like observant, more than some, less gogue. Yes, they play golf on Shabbat, eat at non-kosher resthan others." a more traditionalist atmotaurants and don’t dress in “OrShe went on to say: “Yeah, sphere — praying a full service thodox” garb. And yes, there we observe the Sabbath...From in Hebrew with a text mostly are many other observant Jews Friday to Saturday we don’t do unchanged for centuries. anything but hang out with one like them: you can find them “A lot of people really enjoy living in Jewish communities another. We don’t make phone the intensity of commitment in from New York to California calls…We don’t do anything the Orthodox community, but to Jerusalem. Frum-shaming except play with each other, they would provide confidenpeople like this doesn’t really hang out with one another, go tially that they don’t agree on walks together. Pure family.” make sense when they’ve never with the doctrines or dogmas,” actually claimed to be frum (piJared added that they both said Rabbi Moshe Grussgott of ous adherents to halachah). “turn our phones off for 25 Congregation Ramath Orah, “Orthodox rabbis have to hours. Putting aside the relian Orthodox synagogue in have that balance,” Grussgott gious aspect of it; we live in New York. “They socially find said. “We uphold what halsuch a fast-paced world.” meaning in that community. achah and observance should Ivanka repeats this descripEvery Orthodox rabbi knows be in the abstract — we don’t such people exist, but there’s an tion in her new book, Women compromise on that — but we openness. We don’t check to see Who Work, writing that “From have to be accepting of everysundown Friday to Saturday who believes what.” night, my family and I observe body.” Chabad, the sprawling Chasidic outreach movement, has built a global empire on the idea that Orthodox ritTorah ual and affiliation Portions can appeal to nonTisha B’Av, Orthodox Jews. Ninth Day of Av August 5 Shabbat Chabad emissary August 1 Vaetchanan (Deut. 3:23-7:11) couples accept Candle The day of fasting to that many of those Lightings commemorate the August 12 who attend their destruction of the First Ekev (Deut. 7:12-11:25) August 4, 8:28 p.m. synagogues are and Second Temples, picking and choosthe loss of Jewish August 19 August 11, 8:20 p.m. sovereignty, and ing among the Re’eh (Deut. 11:26-16:17) numerous other tragedies mitzvot, perhaps August 18, 8:10 p.m. said to have fallen on this enjoying a Friday August 26 day. The Book of Eicha night meal and the August 25, 8 p.m. Shoftim (Deut. 16:18-21:9) (Lamentations) is read. Saturday morning
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. BethAbrahamDayton.org 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. BethJacobCong.org Temple Anshe Emeth Reform 320 Caldwell St., Piqua. Call Eileen Litchfield, 937-5470092, firstname.lastname@example.org. Correspondence address: 3808 Beanblossom Rd., Greenville, OH 45331. ansheemeth.org Temple Beth Or Reform Rabbi Judy Chessin Educator/Rabbi Ari Ballaban Summer lay-led services Fridays at 6:30 p.m. with ‘preneg’ at 6 p.m. 5275 Marshall Rd., Wash. Twp. 435-3400. templebethor.com Temple Beth Sholom Reform Rabbi Haviva Horvitz See Web site for schedule. 610 Gladys Dr., Middletown. 513-422-8313. thetemplebethsholom.com 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. tidayton.org Temple Sholom Reform Rabbi Cary Kozberg Fridays 6 p.m. 2424 N. Limestone St., Springfield. 399-1231. templesholomoh.com
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OBITUARIES It is with sadness that we report the death of Edward (Ed) Hammerman, son of the late Anne (former editor and publisher of the Dayton Jewish Chronicle) and Ben Hammerman, brother of Miriam (Mimsy) Hammerman Goodman (Martin) and Stanley Hammerman (Cheryl). Mr. Hammerman died on June 23 (29 Sivan) in Chicago following a long fight with cancer. Mr. Hammerman was predeceased by his first wife, Doris Hammerman. In addition, Mr. Hammerman is survived by his beloved wife, Arlene Gitles; his children, Deborah Lindley (Matthew) and Joel Hammerman; and his grandson, James Edward Lindley, three stepchildren and five stepgrandchildren. Mr. Hammerman was buried at Memorial Park in Skokie. Memorial contributions may be made to the Hammerman Family Lecture Fund, c/o Valley Beit Midrash, 4645 E. Marilyn Rd., Phoenix, AZ 85032. Zichrono livracha — may his memory be a blessing. Helen (Teres) Jacobson died peacefully on July 12 in Denver. Born on Feb. 11, 1936 to Julius and Minnie (Haves) Teres of Cincinnati, Mrs. Jacobson arrived a few minutes ahead of her identical twin sister, Sandy. The family moved to Dayton six months later. The twins enjoyed a close relationship with each other, with younger sister Flora, and with their uncle Manuel Haves, who lived with the family for part of their childhood. Mrs. Jacobson was a proud graduate of Roosevelt High School, where she was a cheerleader and class officer, and of Ohio State, where she majored in education. After graduation she married Jerry Jacobson, and taught first grade at Jefferson Elementary School for two years before welcoming sons Jeff and Dan. Using her teaching skills, she taught her sons to read and unlocked in them a lifelong love of learning. An active member of Beth Abraham Synagogue, she fondly recalled the two great years when she and Mr. Jacobson were youth group advisors. The couple took up tennis, once playing three times in a single day. When her sons grew up and started their own families, she doted on each new addition and was immensely proud of her grandchildren, visiting Columbus and Denver often
and sharing their latest news with her friends. Her twin sister was her lifelong best friend, marrying just a week apart, frequently visiting each other’s homes in Dayton and Columbus with children in tow, and talking by phone virtually every day for their entire adult lives. She became involved in Republican politics in the late 1970s, at first to support her son Jeff but stayed because she enjoyed it, serving as a precinct captain and ward leader in Harrison Township for three decades, as well as being president of the Harrison Township Republican Club. Her political career culminated with her several years as an employee and unofficial “social director” for the Montgomery County Board of Elections. Mrs. Jacobson was known for her sense of style and expertise on fashion. An accomplished seamstress (winning blue ribbons at the Ohio State Fair), she later became an image and color consultant and sold jewelry at local festivals, wearing her signature colorful hats. She had many shopping adventures including a highlight trip to London and Paris to visit the fashion houses. She brought a discerning eye to her purchases and was known for trying on all available items in her size to compare cut, because “each one fits slightly differently.” Mrs. Jacobson had a natural friendliness and a radiant smile. She loved daisies and sunflowers, made her famous Russian tea cookies for every occasion, and fountain diet Coke, but never Parmesan cheese. She could make friends while volunteering at the Schuster Center or while introducing herself to the person standing next to her in the grocery checkout line. She is survived by her husband of 59 wonderful years, Jerry, and their children, Jeff and Dr. Dan (Bev), and grandchildren, Alex, Olivia, and Max. In addition, she is survived by sisters Sandra (Alan) Katz and Flora Russ, sister-in-law Ina Jacobson, five nieces and their families, and a host of friends, each of whom had a special place in her heart. The family wishes to thank the staff at Juniper Village at Aurora, Colo., and is grateful to Kristle Haywood for her kindness and patient attention to Mrs. Jacobson during the past year. Interment was at Beth Abraham Cemetery. Donations may be made in
Mrs. Jacobson’s memory to Beth Abraham Synagogue or your favorite charity. Melvin Wiviott, age 90 of Centerville, passed away on June 30. Mr. Wiviott was born in Milwaukee on May 5, 1927. He was preceded in death by his mother, Sylvia Wiviott; father, Benjamin Wiviott; and brothers Wilbert Wiviott and Arnold Wiviott. Mr. Wiviott is survived by his sons, Jeffrey Wiviott, Gary Wiviott; daughter, Sheryl (Mike) Erlichman; grandchildren, Dr. Robert Erlichman (Blair), Brian Erlichman, and Adam Erlichman. Mr. Wiviott had a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering and law degree (JD) both from the University of Wisconsin, where he was a member of Legal Aid and recipient of the Knapp Scholarship. Mr. Wiviott’s work career was varied and included working at AllisChalmers Manufacturing Company as a patent attorney; A-C Electronics Division of General Motors in a variety of positions supporting the NASA Apollo Spacecraft Program; Astronautics Corporation of America, where he was corporate counsel and general manager of Mark II (F-111 Aircraft) contract administration; and a professor at The Ohio State University. Mr. Wiviott retired as a full
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Did you come to Dayton from the former Soviet Union? If so, we want to hear from you! In August 2017, the Jewish community will celebrate the 28th anniversary of Operation Exodus and the Soviet Jewry resettlement in Dayton. A committee, chaired by Joe and Elaine Bettman, is planning a reunion to bring together those who came to Dayton for a new beginning and those volunteers who welcomed them. Please contact Shay Shenefelt at 937-401-1551 or firstname.lastname@example.org with your contact information: name, phone number, mailing address and email - if you either: - Arrived from the former Soviet Union in the late 1980s or early 1990s – a new Daytonian! - Are a child, grandchild, or great grandchild of a “new Daytonian.” We want to invite all generations to participate in this wonderful celebration!
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Jews & baseball exhibit comes to Cincinnati
Hank Greenberg hits a third inning homer against the Philadelphia Phillies, April 29, 1947
By Marc Katz Special To The Observer If your legs go wobbly every time you see a historic baseball exhibit — and you’re especially interested if the exhibit is about Jewish players — the Skirball Museum at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in Cincinnati should be on your list for a visit this summer. Highlighted with two-foot-tall polyclay sculptures of Hank Greenberg, Sandy Koufax and Al Rosen by artist Philip Ratner (some of his work is on
display at the Statue of Liberty), the museum has a fascinating collection of memorabilia anyone of a certain age — as well as youngsters — would enjoy. Called Chasing Dreams: Baseball & Becoming American, the exhibit originated at the National Museum of American Jewish History in Philadelphia. It defines how baseball “has played a crucial role in understanding, and sometimes challenging, what it means to be American.” Cobi Weissbach, director of development at the Philadelphia museum,
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The Skirball Museum of Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion presents Chasing Dreams: Baseball & Becoming American, July 30-Oct. 22, 3101 Clifton Ave., Cincinnati. Hours are Tuesdays and Thursdays, 11 a.m.-4 p.m.; Sundays, 1-5 p.m. Free. For a complete list of talks and films scheduled for the exhibit, go to huc.edu/research/ museums/skirball-museumcincinnati or call 513-487-3098.
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changed their names so they wouldn’t be identified as Jewish, while today, the opposite is happening. “Baseball helped make Americans out of Jews,” Abramowitz said, “and now we have the opposite. It’s a way for American Jews to become more Jewish.” In addition to the Ratner sculptures, the exhibit includes such artifacts as signed Cal Abrams and Al Rosen bats, signed baseballs by Rosen, sportscaster Mel Allen, pitcher Saul Rogovin and catcher Mickey Owen, and a series of plaques from the Jewish Sports Hall of Fame, featuring Koufax. A section is dedicated to Cincinnati’s Mayerson JCC, with photographs and art detailing the history of its youth and adult softball leagues, and information provided by the Reds on Lipman Pike. The exhibit is free to the public, as is the rest of the three-story museum, which traces Jewish history, primarily in this country, with an emphasis on the Cincinnati area.
said the “pop-up” exhibit traveling the country is a segment of a larger baseball exhibit offered to larger museums and includes interactive information panels with pictures and video. “We currently have two pop-up exhibits touring,” Weissbach said. “One is on baseball, the other on Bat Mitzvahs. We have a third one (about to tour) on Soviet Jewry.” Asked about the Jewish love of the game, Weissbach said, “some of it has to be that Jews were part of baseball from the earliest days. Lipman Pike was the first Jew to play for money — and one of the first professionals — and managed the Cincinnati Reds in 1877. Barney Dreyfuss, who owned the Pirates, created the World Series.” While the Philadelphia museum is providing the packaging and story panels for the Skirball exhibit, most of the artifacts come from Skirball’s collection and items obtained when B’nai B’rith closed its museum space at the Klutznick National Jewish Museum in Washington, D.C., a few years ago. Don’t be surprised to see a robust collection of baseball cards featuring Jewish players. Several years ago, Martin Abramowitz of suburban Boston, founded Jewish Major Leaguers, a collection of baseball cards featuring every major leaguer with some type of Jewish background. He is currently working on The Jewish Baseball Card book, which will be released in time for Chanukah. While Abramowitz can’t pinpoint the exact draw of Jews to baseball, he does point out some of the early players
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Yetta Zipporah Krummel-Adkins With pride and joy, Drs. Miriamne Krummel and Matthew Adkins announce the Bat Mitzvah of Yetta Zipporah Krummel-Adkins on Aug. 5 at Beth Abraham Synagogue in Dayton. Yetta attended Hillel Academy of Greater Dayton from grades one to six, and will be a seventh-grade student at Oakwood Junior High School in the fall. She is the granddaughter of Rifke and William Krummel of Norwalk, Conn.; Marguerite Adkins of Cary, N.C.; and the late Gregory Adkins of blessed memory. Her maternal greatgrandmother and namesake, Yetta Pomeranz, immigrated to the United States from Belorussia, and became one of the first women to complete a pharmacy degree at Fordham University in New York. Yetta Zipporah plays violin with the Dayton Philharmonic Junior Strings, and dances ballet for the Dayton Ballet Junior Company. She is an avid reader and creative writer, loves swimming, bicycling, and listening to classical music. Yetta is also a world traveler. In her young life, she has visited many places in Canada, the United Kingdom, Iceland, Italy, and Jamaica. Because her Bubbie, Rifke, was diagnosed with lung cancer last fall, Yetta decided to bake cookies and donate the money from their sale to the Miami Valley Comprehensive Cancer Center for cancer research and treatment.
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Lessons my son learned during his Bar Mitzvah year services, pay attention. Don’t By Randi Mazzella talk (or whisper) or play on kveller.com your phone. Don’t be destrucMy son is in the middle of tive — even if you think you his Bar Mitzvah year. In addiare just “goofing around,” it’s tion to preparing for and havnot OK. Congratulate the B’nai ing his own Bar Mitzvah, he’s Mitzvah and let them celebrated the B’nai know they did a Mitzvah of many great job. Be an friends. active party Of course, guest: dance, he’s had a lot eat, and of fun attendengage with ing the parBar & Bat Mitzvahs friends (again, ties. But beyond stay off the phone). that, this year has When you arrive or leave, if allowed him to learn valuable you can, thank the host for inlife lessons including… viting you. And after your own big day, send timely, handwrit1. The satisfaction of ten thank you notes. accomplishing a goal Many take for granted that 4. Supporting friends our children will become B’nai On the Friday night before Mitzvah because so many chilour son’s Bar Mitzvah service, dren have accomplished this goal. But it’s still pretty awesome. Our kids learn a foreign language and then speak (and chant) in this language in front of a large audience. My son had doubts when he started this process and voiced concerns over embarrassing himself publicly. But with a lot of hard work and the support of a great tutor, he was able to confidently lead the service and beautifully read from the Torah. My husband and I were incredibly proud of him, and even more important, he was really proud of himself. 2. Prayers and blessings My son has spent more time at temple over the past few months than he did in the last 13 years combined. In addition to attending services during the High Holy Days, my son has been there for his friends’ Saturday services as well as a few Friday nights. He also went weekly for his own Bar Mitzvah lessons and studied Torah at home daily. While Hebrew school teaches kids the basics, my son will learn more this year because he is submerged in prayers and blessings on a regular basis. This should make him much more comfortable in temple and willing to participate. 3. Manners The year has been a great opportunity for me to teach my son about manners. We have discussed at length how to be a good guest. When you get an invite, respond on time. If you accept an invitation, show up. If you have to arrive at the service late, walk in quietly. In
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a handful of his close friends came to support him. Seeing them in the audience made my son smile. As his family, my son knew we would be there to watch him. But his friends gave up their Friday night, put on dress clothes, and sat in temple for more than an hour just because he is important to them. That was pretty powerful. The next day I was pleasantly surprised by the number of kids who attended the service — especially since the party wasn’t until the evening and a lot of them missed other events (like sports) to be there. Friendships at this age can change, but throughout the weekend, my son felt truly supported by his friends. It is a feeling he wants to pass on as he attends the B’nai Mitzvah of his peers.
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On trying to find the right tallit for my daughter By Linda Pressman this one too. But by now, through the kveller.com elderly travails of car accidents, falls, I’m standing in a Judaica store in the and dementia, she will not only leave middle of Scottsdale watching as my the shopping to me, she will not be daughter searches the store from top able to place the prayer shawl on my to bottom for the right tallit, or prayer daughter’s shoulders, either. I’ve been shawl. Finding the right one is apparflipped by the aging process into being ently somewhat akin to finding the right the mother of my mother; I don’t plan to wand in Harry Potter or the right wedtake her money. ding dress on Say Yes to the Dress. She But as high school starts and then must be at one with the prayer shawl; moves toward its close, as my daughthe prayer shawl must feel at once like ter continues growing and changing it was meant for her, like it grew out of and comes out, suddenly there are two her. And while she doesn’t have that new prayer shawls that show up in the “aha” moment, she does finally pick a drawer unexpectedly. crinkly, beige, silky prayer shawl with a Apparently, the old girly one won’t matching kipah (skullcap). do any longer. What she remembers is This isn’t our first prayer shawl; the day we ran from store to store, just it’s actually our third on our us, no Bubbie, a rush job — way to a total of six for almost like we knew that four people. prayer shawl would be First, there was one temporary. prayer shawl in our Today, still growing house: my husband’s, into her identity as a which was his father’s person, my daughter Bar & Bat Mitzvahs before him. A venerable isn’t quite sure if she’s a prayer shawl in the standard blue standard-size prayer shawl-wearing and white, it sits alone in our designated kind of woman or a huge prayer shawldrawer for years. wearing kind of woman. Thirteen years to be exact. Until our So we end up buying both. Wrapped son becomes a Bar Mitzvah. He has in either, there is a feeling that these are carte blanche from his grandmother, the ones that would have fit perfectly my mother, to get any prayer shawl he that day shopping so long ago; and that wants from her, and so we shop at one had her grandmother been able, these of the three Judaica stores dotting our would have been the ones that would Jewishy section of town, and he picks have fit around her shoulders perfectly one out. At 78, my mother doesn’t have the morning she became a Bat Mitzvah. the stamina for the shopping, just for And so, now there are five prayer the paying, but she places it upon his shawls. The drawer will barely close. shoulders on that particular Saturday We go to services and my husband morning in 2008. and children put theirs on while I stand Four years later, there are only there, unbedecked, the one person in the two Jewish stores on that corner, one family lacking a proper Jewish educaChabad-owned, and another at which tion. The children are aware of this — a dour lady works. She doesn’t hide having raised them to be better than me the fact that she thinks prayer shawls in this area, they now look down at me are only for boys, and so she watches for lacking it. my daughter try them on with a baleful But then, finally, years later, after glare. Finally, we give up and go across raising both kids Jewish, after getting the street. both of them to the bima (stage of the My mother fully intends to pay for synagogue), years after their Torah portions have been tucked away in their memories, after the final hora has been danced, it is finally my turn, when I prepare to become a Bat Mitzvah. I get not just my own tallit — teal with embroidered flowers — but I also get my daughter’s rejected girly one. Two where I once had none. And though my mother is gone by now, I can feel her loving arms open 2313 Far Hills Ave., Oakwood 937-293-1196 it, say the prayer over it, and place it www.oakwoodflorist.com around me, as I prepare to ascend the family owned and operated bima. military discount
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By Rachel Levy Lesser kveller.com On the Sunday evening after our son’s Bar Mitzvah, the Bar Mitzvah boy very honestly and curiously asked me, “Mom, how come you cried at my Bar Mitzvah?” I tried as best I could on the spot to explain to my boy-turned-man what I felt at services the previous morning. I gave him a canned answer about loving him and being proud of him and missing my own mother. He nodded and went back to the business of being a 13-year-old boy: checking fantasy football scores, Snapchat messages, and finishing up his homework. As the days and weeks have passed, I’ve had more time to process that question. Here’s my real answer for him, or at least as best I can figure out: I cried at your Bar Mitzvah for the pride that made my heart swell. As I sat watching you lead the service with such ease and confidence, I felt prouder of you than I had ever felt before. I thought back to our family vacation nearly a year ago when I listened from the slightly ajar door in the adjoining hotel room as you struggled to put together the words to the Hebrew prayers you studied. I stayed up late that night wondering if you would be able to pull it all together. How wrong I was back then, and how good it felt to see that before my very own eyes. I cried at your Bar Mitzvah for all the people we love who gathered together that morning for a truly happy occasion. When Dad and I stood next to you on the bima (stage), looking out to the seats below, my mind flooded with memories of the people who filled them — people who have been a part of your life, of my life, of Dad’s life for so many years. I thought of the birthday parties, the soccer games, the funny stories, and all the laughs we shared together. I also recalled the sleepless nights, the long talks, and the tears that we shared with those very same people. I felt a bit like I was floating outside of my own body, seeing so many people I love in one place, all Celebrate with us for you and for Your place or ours. our family. I cried at your Bar Mitzvah for the people we love who are 903 East Dixie Drive no longer with West Carrollton us. I thought Private Dining 859-8229 • elmeson.net of your greatfor up to 100
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