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Beth Abraham Synagogue’s Sisterhood held its Eighth Women of Valor Luncheon on May 9. Shown here are this year’s honorees. Standing (L to R): Patricia Saphire, Stacy Emoff, Elaine Arnovitz, Melissa Sweeny. Seated: Charlotte F. Golden, Cherie Rosenstein, and Carol Graff. The luncheon honors local Jewish women who have worked for the betterment of the Jewish and general communities.

Beth Jacob tribute dinner June 24 Beth Jacob Congregation will honor the memory of Jack Edelman and Joe Hollander at a tribute dinner on Sunday, June 24 at 5 p.m. at the synagogue, located at 7020 N. Main St. in Harrison Township. Edelman, of Richmond, Jack Ind., died Oct. 24 at age Edelman 92. A longtime member of Beth Jacob, he owned and operated the Recycling Center in Richmond, Franklin Iron and Metal Corp. in Dayton, First Street Recycling in Dayton, and Springfield Recycling. He and his wife, Debra Edelman, have

provided major annual contributions to Beth Jacob Congregation through their Richmond-based foundation. Hollander, who lived in Springboro, died Nov. 27 at age 70. A lifelong member of Beth Jacob, he Joe was a partner of HolHollander lander Industries and later founded Materials Management of Ohio. The cost of the kosher dinner, prepared by Bernstein’s Fine Catering, is $50 per person. R.S.V.P. by June 17 to the synagogue office, at 274-2149.


In the photo at right, which ran with the article, How 1948 changed American Jews (May Observer), the man second from the right was incorrectly identified. He is Dayton Jewish Community Council President Charles Goldswig, on the rostrum at the Biltmore Hotel when council leadership provided Golda Meir with a $300,000 check for Israel on June 8, 1948.

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Dayton’s new klezmer band & Israeli Bus Stories highlight Temple Israel’s annual Jewish Cultural Festival, June 10 By Marshall Weiss The Observer Along with the nosh, drink, vendors, and live animals we’ve come to expect at Temple Israel’s Jewish Cultural Festival, this year’s version will feature a new klezmer band — based here in Dayton — and a talk with one of Israel’s most seasoned broadcast journalists. Now in its eighth year, the festival will be held on Sunday, June 10 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on the campus of Temple Israel, 130 Riverside Drive, Dayton. Admission is free. Not even a year old, the Miami Valley Klezmer Ensemble will take the stage at the

outdoor entertainment tent at 1 p.m. New York native Rich Begel — a trombonist with the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra since 2003 and low brass instructor with several local schools and colleges — started the ensemble because of his personal interest in klezmer, Jewish folk music of Eastern Europe. Begel, who lives in Kettering, said his first concert with the group was at his synagogue, Beth Adam, a Humanistic congregation in Loveland. The ensemble also played at Beth Abraham Synagogue’s Mother’s Day brunch on May 13 and will perform for Dayton Porchfest at St. Anne’s Hill on Aug. 25. “My interest was always a thread in the back of my mind,” he says of the klezmer genre. “I started doing it alone. Being in Ohio, not New York anymore, for the Jewish music, it seemed like something I had to do alone.” Musicians who will perform with the klezmer ensemble for the Jewish Cultural Festival are Cantor Jenna Greenberg on accordion, Centerville High School Jazz Ensembles Director Bill Burns on clarinet, and Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra trombonist Rich Begel founded and leads the new Miami Dayton Philharmonic Violinist John LardiValley Klezmer Ensemble

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nois. ministers, from Begel has Yitzhak Shamir other profesto Benjamin sional musicians Netanyahu. lined up to play His latest venviolin, clarinet, ture is a podcast, and accordion to David Ze’ev in ensure all parts Israel: News, Poliare covered, givtics, and People. en performers’ On Monday, busy schedules. June 11 at 12:30 “There are p.m., Jablinowitz so many difwill present the ferent kinds,” Veteran Israeli broadcaster David talk, Israel and Ze’ev Jablinowitz Begel says of the U.S.: Where klezmer. “It’s a Politics and world where there’s say, a few Diplomacy Meet, at the Daythousand tunes. It’s big enough ton Metro Library, 215 E. 3rd to take a lifetime to study, St., Dayton, for its Brown Bag and small enough to want to Lunch Discussion series. The know them all. I feel like with a program is free. Both of his talks couple of years, I can sort of get are sponsored by the Jewish to know all of these, like I can get to know the jazz standards.”

Federation of Greater Dayton’s Community Relations Council. Food vendors for the June 10 festival include Bernstein’s Fine Catering, El Meson, Pasha Grill, Smokin Bar-B-Que, and Graeter’s, with beer provided by The Dayton Beer Company. Also performing at the festival will be the Dayton Jewish Chorale led by Cantor Jenna Greenberg, Miami Valley Music Men, Miami Valley Symphony Orchestra Chamber Players, The Boxcar Suite, JCC Children’s Theatre, The Shimmy Cats, Grant Halasz, and Pam Schwartz. For more information about the festival, call the temple at 496-0050 or go to tidayton.org/ festival.

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Veteran Israeli radio journalist David Ze’ev Jablinowitz will present Israeli Bus Stories: Dayto-Day Life In The Jewish State at 3 p.m. inside the temple. A New York native, Jablinowitz has covered Israel on a daily basis since his arrival there in 1981. For 36 years, he anchored newscasts and conducted ground-breaking interviews for Kol Yisrael English Radio, including the Demjanjuk trial, massive immigration of Ethiopian Jews, political and diplomatic upheavals, peace efforts, and terror attacks. Jablinowitz has interviewed seven consecutive Israeli prime

From the editor’s desk One aspect of the opening of the United States Embassy in Jerusalem on May 14 seems intentionally downplayed in general and Jewish media news coverage, as well as in Marshall the words of those who celebrate the move, and those who denounce Weiss it. The embassy, formerly a U.S. consular building, is located in west Jerusalem, which has been in Israel’s hands since the 1948 War of Independence, and within the Green Line, the 1949 armistice border. This is only contested territory to those who would claim Israel has no right to exist. Yes, previous U.S. administrations have put off moving the U.S. Embassy as voted into law by Congress in 1995, awaiting final-status agreements between Israel and the Palestinians. But the deliberate choice of the involved parties — the United States, Israel, and the Palestinians — not to emphasize the embassy’s location in west Jerusalem has further ratcheted up emotions on all sides.

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Chabad programs for teens, college students, & young adults in hands of new young couple Chabad of Greater Dayton has hired a third couple, Mussie and Rabbi Elchonon Chaikin, to oversee its programming and outreach for Jewish teens, college students, and young adults in the Miami Valley. Mussie, 22, is from Crown Heights, Brooklyn, headquarters of the ChabadLubavitch movement. She

most recently worked in a life insurance office. Before that, she taught and tutored teenagers at a Chabad Jewish school in Crown Heights. A native of Beachwood, Ohio, Elchonon, 24, pursued his higher-level rabbinic ordination — studying to be a rabbinic judge — while he taught seventh-grade boys in Crown Heights. He’s also taught at

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yeshiva high schools in Chicago and Miami. Mussie and Elchonon have been married for 17 months and arrived here with their 7-month-old daughter, Esther, in April. “We both worked with teens before, and we thought it was a great opportunity, so we hopped along for the ride,” Mussie said of their move to Dayton. They’ll lead the Sinai lunch program at Miami Valley School while it continues for the next two years, are in charge of the Sinai Sunday program for high schoolers, and plan to establish a chapter of the Chabad Teen Network here. “Though we have a strong focus on teens, we will have an equally strong focus on any Jewish student in any university locally, and definitely with a big focus on young adults and young, new families,” Elchonon said. “Another thing we want to do for the college students is have them have a home away from home, make them feel comfortable, and that they have some place to go, for those who are not local,” Mussie added. This is the second time Dayton’s Chabad has hired a third couple to oversee teen, college, and young adult programming; Pesha and Rabbi Hershel Spalter oversaw those programs from 2014 to 2016. — Marshall Weiss

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Cincinnati’s Swastika found on candidate’s Jewish senior yard sign in Licking County been really supportive in saying Becky Raspe living campus By that it’s ridiculous.” Cleveland Jewish News Because of the rural location A swastika was found defacto be sold of the sign, Cohen said he isn’t ing a yard sign for Lawrence

Cedar Village’s board of trustees announced April 18 that it will sell its campus in Mason to an independent operator of senior living and skilled nursing facilities. “The agreement will enable all current residents to stay at Cedar Village, regardless of their insurance or payment strategy; the agreement also includes a rent control provision,” Cedar Village announced in a statement. Jewish Federation of Cincinnati CEO Shep Englander wrote in a blog post April 20 that Cedar Village’s board decided to sell the Jewish senior living campus “to invest these proceeds in new programs and services that will serve Cincinnati’s Jewish seniors for future generations.” “Many of us will experience this change as a loss,” Englander wrote. “However, changes in the needs and preferences of older adults, and in health care reimbursements, have accelerated to the point that the Mason campus is no longer financially sustainable as a stand-alone entity.” Cedar Village added it will continue providing Jewish programs to campus residents, including Shabbat and holiday observances, Jewish art displays, pastoral care, and that it will continue “to make highquality, freshly-prepared kosher meals available to residents whose level of Jewish observance requires kosher food.” According to Englander, Cincinnati’s Jewish community organizations and its leaders have convened the Aging 2.0 Task Force “to understand needs, current gaps in meeting those needs, and national best practices” for Jewish older adults. Through the Cincinnati Jewish Senior Service Coalition, the organizations have formed AgeWell Cincinnati as the point of connection to all resources for the elderly in Cincinnati’s Jewish community. The program is modeled after AgeWell Pittsburgh. Cedar Village opened in 1997, the result of the merger of Glen Manor Home for the Jewish Aged and the Orthodox Jewish Home. — Marshall Weiss

Cohen, a Jewish candidate who hopeful in finding the suspect. ran for Ohio’s 12th Congressio- But he found this incident a ponal District on May 6 in Licking tential learning opportunity for the community and country. County, the Licking County “Part of this is education,” he Sheriff’s Department said. said. “There are still people out The sign, which was visible from State Route 161, east of the there that think this is OK. As we know, there are people out Franklin County and Licking County border, was at the cross- there that still deny the Holocaust. Unfortunately, there are roads of Jersey Mill Road NW and Burnside Road NW. Licking people in major political posiCounty is about 40 Lori Dill Cohen miles east of Columbus. Cohen, who lives in the Columbus suburb of New Albany, did not receive the Republican nomination in his race. He said he found the sign after driving around checking for damage after storms came through the area. The swastika found on a yard sign for Lawrence Cohen in Licking County, May 6 He saw the sign bent on May 4, but since it was Shabbat, tions and parties that haven’t he left the sign without further necessarily supported this beinvestigation until May 6. havior but haven’t discouraged “We went by Sunday to fix it it either. We need to get with and that is when we saw what those people and talk about had been done,” he said. “My how damaging this divisiveness first reaction was a mixture of can be. It’s a problem for us in shock, disbelief, and anger...I’m this country.” still trying to process it. You A statement from the Jewish don’t believe it and then you Federation of Columbus noted try and figure it out. (May 8) swastikas serve “as the ultiwas the last day of campaignmate symbol of hatred and its ing. How do you get your mind appearance locally is extremely back into place to do that? There disturbing. Hate, bigotry and is just a whole host of emotions antisemitism in all forms are that you go through and none of unacceptable and unwelcome in them were really good.” Central Ohio. We call upon all Cohen said this kind of incandidates and officials to decident hasn’t happened to him nounce this hatred and behavbefore in the sense of targeting ior and thank those who have his campaign, but his children already spoken out.” have experienced “several isAnita Gray, Anti-Defamation sues” at school. League Cleveland regional “It’s not as uncommon as director, said the frequency of we’d like to think,” he said. these events is “frightening.” In light of the incident, Cohen “There was also one sign in said the community has come Geauga County that had (was together. defaced with a swastika),” she “I received several calls said. “The man was running from people at my synagogue, for commissioner. There are so including our rabbi,” he said. many swastikas out there, it’s “I’ve posted the picture on frightening.” social media and many people, Cohen, who attends Congreincluding people on both the gation Tifereth Israel in ColumDemocratic and Republican bus, grew up in Shaker Heights primaries, have voiced their and graduated from The Ohio support. Unfortunately, there State University. are a few Republican candi“For me, it couldn’t have hapdates that haven’t come out pened at a worse time,” he said. and denounced it and that’s a “The day I should’ve been out little disappointing. Besides a there hitting it hard and going few outliers on social media into the community, it’s hard that think I’ve done this myself to go back and do that when for publicity, most people have you’re trying to process this.”

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At US embassy dedication, a day for marking history and praising Trump “on my direction, the United May 14 a “great day for peace.” By Sam Sokol, JTA States finally and officially “The truth and peace are JERUSALEM — Israeli leadrecognized Jerusalem as the true interconnected. A peace built ers and citizens responded capital of Israel.” on lies will crash on the rocks of with euphoria as the Trump Likely responding to PalMiddle Eastern realities and the administration moved the U.S. estinian assertions that such truth is that Jerusalem will alEmbassy to Jerusalem on May recognition hampers efforts at ways be the capital of the Jewish 14, designating a pre-existing state,” he said. “May the truth consular building as the official a negotiated settlement to the conflict, Trump asserted that the advance a lasting peace between U.S. diplomatic mission to the United States was “committed us and our neighbors.” Jewish state. to facilitating a lasting peace Both administration figures Hundreds of revelers, many agreement” and to the mainteand Israeli politicians heaped wearing Trump’s signature red nance of the status quo on the praise on the president in baseball caps commemoratTemple Mount. response to the embassy move. ing the move, sat on bleachers Israeli Prime Minister BenAt a reception organized by outside the new embassy in jamin Netanyahu thanked his the Orthodox Union at JerusaJerusalem’s Arnona neighborlem’s Waldorf Astoria hotel that hood that afternoon as an honor American counterpart effusively, saying that Israel had “no morning, former Sen. Joseph guard of U.S. Marines paraded the national colors and Treasury better friends in the world” and Lieberman, I-Conn., one of the that “by recognizing history” architects of the 1995 Jerusalem Secretary Steve Mnuchin and Trump had “made history.” Embassy Act, told JTA that it First Daughter Ivanka Trump “Thank you, President Trump had been “very frustrating and unveiled the building’s seal for having the courage to keep disappointing every time a carved into an outer wall. your promises,” he continued. president of the United States The crowd, which included “Thank you for making the alli- suspended the implementation both Chief Rabbis, the IDF ance between Israel and Ameri- of that act” and that he was Chief of Staff, the mayor of ca stronger than ever.” “thrilled” by Trump’s decision. Jerusalem, and the head of the The Jerusalem EmJewish Agency, stood Flash90 bassy Act recognized and applauded for at Jerusalem as the capital least half a minute after of Israel and called for U.S. Ambassador to the relocation of the emIsrael David Friedman bassy from Tel Aviv to welcomed them, in a Jerusalem, but Trump’s booming voice, “to the predecessors declined dedication and opento implement it, citing ing of the United States foreign policy concerns. Embassy in Jerusalem, Asked if he believed Israel.” that Trump’s involveInevitably, perhaps, ment would turn Israel the images of pageantry vied with darker news Thousands of Palestinians protest by the border fence, into a partisan issue, as seen from the Israeli side, on the day the new U.S. Lieberman replied that out of Gaza, where at Embassy opened in Jerusalem, May 14 his bill had been bileast 50 Palestinians partisan and “support died during violent Despite the violence accomfor Jerusalem as the capital of clashes with the Israeli military panying the embassy move, Israel is broadly supported by along the border. members of both parties.” The West Bank and east Jeru- Trump adviser and son-in-law Others present were unresalem were mostly quiet on May Jared Kushner told attendees at the ceremony that “previstrained in their praise. U.S. 14; outside the new embassy, ously unimaginable alliances Ambassador to Israel David dozens of demonstrators, inare emerging” and that the U.S. Friedman extolled the presicluding several Arab members dent’s “courage, vision, strength of Knesset, held up signs calling would support a peace agreement in which “both sides can and moral clarity.” Jerusalem the capital of Palesget more than they give.” The O.U.’s Mark Bane called tine. Fourteen protesters were A week before, Saudi Arabia, Trump “God’s messenger on arrested following skirmishes the United Arab Emirates and this important day.” Citing his with police. At the ceremony itself, mean- Bahrain welcomed Trump’s de- decision to pull out of the Iran while, local politicians vied with cision to pull the U.S. out of the nuclear deal, Justice Minister Iran nuclear deal and reimpose Ayelet Shaked called Trump each other to see who could of“the (Winston) Churchill of the fer the most expansive plaudits sanctions on Tehran. Kushner also laid the blame 21st century.” as their constituents posted This rhetoric was off-putting memes on social media describ- for the fighting in Gaza squarely to some attendees, who decried ing the president in almost mes- on the Palestinians, stating that “those provoking violence are what they saw as excessive. sianic terms. part of the problem and not part While there was no question Addressing the dedication of the solution.” that the embassy move was ceremony via video, President Likewise, Netanyahu, who significant, “the focus needs to Donald Trump asserted that juxtaposed Trump’s Embassy be on the essence and not about “for many years we failed to decision with the Balfour Decla- Trump,” opposition MK Pnina acknowledge the obvious, the plain reality that Israel’s capital ration promising British support Tamano-Shata of Yesh Atid said. for a Jewish homeland, called “To compare him to Churchill is Jerusalem.” He bragged that PAGE 6

Steven Mnuchin, U.S. Secretary of the Treasury, and Ivanka Trump, adviser to and daughter of Pres. Donald Trump, present the dedication plaque at the opening of the U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem, May 14

or to Balfour is a little exaggerated. The state of Israel and the people of Israel know that our capital is Jerusalem and the transfer of the Embassy is (correct) but let’s take things in proportion. I am for our nation celebrating but we also need to be careful that we don’t excessively praise in an exaggerated sense of euphoria…and not to raise up a man in an exaggerated way,” she said. Asked about how Israeli leaders were addressing Trump, Dan Shapiro, who served as U.S. ambassador to Israel under President Barack Obama, told JTA that it was understandable that they were engaging in “hyperbole” because “it’s become accepted in international circles that the way to gain favor with President Trump is to engage in excessive flattery.” Shapiro said he supported the embassy move but harbored reservations about how it was implemented. He explained that Israel was doing “everything possible to have the best possible relation with the president of the United States” and that this was “completely legitimate.” However, he cautioned, “it would be advisable to bear in mind the significant number of Americans deeply who are alienated from this president on other issues” and to work on “maintaining the historic bipartisan nature of this relationship.” MK Ayman Odeh, an Arab Israeli who heads the Knesset’s Joint List, linked the killing of Gaza protesters — who are engaged in a six-week series of demonstrations to coincide with Israel’s 70th anniversary celebrations — to the embassy dedication. “The opening of the American embassy in Jerusalem and its grand ceremony is part of the same policy that has claimed the lives of dozens of

Gazans,” Odeh said in a statement. “Today, there is nothing to celebrate. The opening of the embassy is yet another provocative step that signals the destruction of the notion of peace. The Netanyahu-Trump alliance continues to deepen the conflict.” Meanwhile, in east Jerusalem, the mood was subdued. Near the Damascus Gate, tourists and Arab shoppers mingled, watched by dozens of police officers clad in body armor and carrying automatic weapons. Local residents, while unhappy with the American decision, seemed apathetic in the face of a reality they couldn’t change. Inside the Old City’s Arab market, a man who identified himself only as Yassir sat in his dress shop, watching news footage from Gaza. “Trump is playing with fire,” he said. “There could be war all over. The people of Gaza don’t care if they die.” Asked why there wasn’t any significant unrest in east Jerusalem, Yassir replied resignedly that it was “very difficult living directly with the Israelis” and that any young man who went out in the street would end up with a police record that would follow him for life. “It’s different in Gaza, the authorities support the protests,” he said. In a nearby restaurant, a man named Tawfik expressed a similarly fatalistic attitude, asserting the Israelis had Egypt, Saudi Arabia, and the Gulf states in their pockets. Trump, he said, was “more Jewish than the Jews.” The Palestinians “have to be smart,” he continued, claiming that if Jerusalem residents took to the streets “the Jews will kill us and say we are against peace.” “I’m not ready for my son to go out and die,” he said.



Why leave the Iran deal now? 3 reasons from supporters. position in which America is out By Ron Kampeas, JTA but nothing clearly happens on WASHINGTON — Donald the ground,” Amidror said. Trump may have expected Still, search a little and you fanfares when he announced the could find folks who were U.S. would be leaving the 2015 defending the pullout wholeIran nuclear deal, and certainly heartedly. Here's a sampling of Israel, Saudi Arabia, a number the reasons they gave for pullof Jewish groups and some foring out now. eign policy hawks exulted. But some of that support was America can fully tempered by Republicans and flex its muscles Democrats who agreed with Despite what the deal’s opTrump that the deal was a bad ponents said, the United States one, but were wary about leavwas able to continue to sanction ing it with no backup plan. Iran for non-nuclear activities, Ed Royce, the California and did so. Both Republican who Obama and Trump chairs the U.S. House — Trump, more of Representatives robustly — continued Foreign Affairs Comto impose sanctions mittee, said May 8 at on Iran’s missile a hearing that he worprogram and on its ried that a withdrawal proxy in Lebanon, “would actually Hezbollah. set back” efforts to But those who are toughen the existing eager to thwart Iran deal and add pressures on Iran. Indeed, Pres. Donald Trump say the nuclear deal robbed the United according to The AsStates of its most effective sancsociated Press, European allies were ready to ink an agreement tion target, Iran’s Central Bank. While it was not clear from with the United States to fix the the deal if the United States deal when Trump pulled out. Sen. Charles Schumer, D-NY, could reinstate sanctions on the Central Bank for non-nuclear who opposed the deal made activity, that ambiguity is gone, under President Obama, irked said Rich Goldberg, who as a Trump by criticizing the decisenior Republican Senate aide in sion to withdraw. He said that the first part of this decade, was “(u)ndoing this agreement an architect of Iran sanctions. makes it harder to deal with” “By reimposing our toughest non-nuclear threats from Iran sanctions, now including sanc“because we need new sanctions on Central Bank that lock tions aimed at those threats, down Iran's foreign reserves, we which are not addressed in the might accelerate Iran’s currency original agreement.” crisis to the degree the regime Reporters pressed administration officials on what it meant will face very soon a stark choice of economic collapse or to leave the deal and whom Trump had consulted. The Euro- behavioral change based on President Trump’s demands,” peans say they’ve been getting said Goldberg, a senior adviser radio silence from the Trump at the Foundation for the Deadministration, one reporter fense of Democracies. said. That was what Israeli Prime “That’s not true. That’s not Minister Benjamin Netanyahu true,” the senior Trump offiwas getting at when, in thankcial said. “I have already had, ing Trump for pulling out of since the president finished his the deal, he reiterated his claim remarks, two calls with foreign that the sanctions relief allowed counterparts. I have one today Iran to spend big on regional at 6:00. It’s just not true.” mischief. At the Jewish Institute for “The removal of sanctions National Security Affairs, a under the deal has already reliable opponent of the Iran produced disastrous results,” he deal, analysts were baffled. JINSA held a conference call the said. “The deal didn’t push war further away, it actually brought evening of May 8 with two figures who were against the deal: it closer. The deal didn’t reduce Iran’s aggression, it dramaticalYaacov Amidror, the former Israeli national security adviser, ly increased it, and we see this across the entire Middle East. and Stephen Rademaker, who Since the deal, we’ve seen Iran’s handled the Iran nuclear issue aggression grow every day — in for President George W. Bush. Iraq, in Lebanon, in Yemen, in “We don't want to be this

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you need to do to get President Trump to get sanctions relief — I’m willing to deal.’”

A strong signal to North Korea

Trump is entering denuclearization talks with North Korea, According to reports, includ- and he needs to show he’s serious about ending the prosing AP’s, Europe was ready to play ball with Trump on increas- pect of nuclear arms, not just rolling them back, said Harley ing pressure on Iran to curb its Lippman, the president of the missile program and to loosen Institute for the Study of Global restrictions on inspections of nuclear facilities. The stumbling Antisemitism and Policy. block was the “sunset” clauses, which would allow Iran to resume fissile material enhancement within a decade. The Europeans were not willing to break a provision baked into the deal, and noted that Iran, Russia and China — also parties to the deal — would adamantly refuse. Pulling out of the deal returns the parties to zero and may facilitate getting the sunset clauses removed, Goldberg said, noting that businesses in the three European countries in the deal — Germany, France and Britain — want their governments's help in doing business in Iran. “European businesses no longer have those investments available, their trade is winding down,” he said. “And the businesses are coming to their governments and saying ‘What do

“It sends a strong signal visà-vis North Korea, that Trump is serious about denuclearization,” said Lippman, who recently met with the foreign ministers of the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia, countries that like Israel backed Trump's pullout. “He’s been saying he’s unhappy about it, a lot of people think he’s blowing a lot of smoke, (but) there comes a point that Trump is being very credible, he’s very serious, he’s acting on his words.”

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Young Jews have created an online community for kvetching – Jewbook By Lev Gringauz, New Voices Young Jews are increasingly not affiliated with mainstream Jewish institutions and those institutions are panicking. But some aren’t lost at all. They’re just expressing their Jewishness elsewhere: at Facebook. They’ve built their own institution of sorts: Jewbook, a term referring to a community of Jewish Facebook groups. “I think there are several different Jewbooks — ‘the one I used to go to, the one I go to, and the one I’d never set foot in,’ like the old Jewish joke about the man on the island,” Noah Butsch explained. There’s a more religious Jewbook, spearheaded by discussion groups like God Save Us From Your Opinion, and an actively anti-Zionist Jewbook, though the Jewbook Butsch is actively involved in is largely neutral on Israel. Butsch is a co-creator of sounds goyish but ok (or SGBOK), the Facebook group said to have started the Jewbook phenomenon. The group has more than 11,000 members and a description that simply reads, “Post things that sound goyish but ok.” Group members deliver, posting the oddball comments about Judaism and Jews that non-Jews make in passing, from comical to scary. “It blew my mind these stories I’d hear from members,” Noah said. “People confusing Jews with Muslims, thinking Jews worship Jesus, claiming that goyim means cattle and is a slur against non-Jews.” When SGBOK was still new, a member also posted about a “Facebook group of ‘magic users’ who believed that Jews were ‘particularly powerful’ wielders of magic.” SGBOK itself grew out of Leftbook, a collection of leftist and social justice-oriented groups. People used Leftbook to share frustrating experiences related to their left-wing identities, though the group quickly became a space where many Jewish members experienced their own frustrations. Jewish members tired of being told what was and wasn’t antisemitic by non-Jews — or being held accountable for the existence and actions of Israel — left Leftbook and started their own groups like SGBOK. Thus, Jewbook was born.


Jewbook members frequently discuss feeling like major Jewish organizations don’t represent them.

Motivated largely by exasperation

Now boasting myriad Facebook groups connecting thousands of Jews around the world, Jewbook has become an unprecedented Jewish social media institution, motivated largely by exasperation. As Deassimilation Education administrator Ilana, who also preferred not to use her last name, put it, “The Youth Are Angry!” The group exists for members to ask questions and teach each other about Judaism. She’s noticed mixed emotions of “anger and confusion and pride and shame about Jewishness in general.” Though there is no hard data available about the makeup of the Jewbook population, Ilana estimates that most participants are between the ages of 18 and 35, with the largest subset in their early to mid 20s. “We’re seeing a lot of struggle with identity, especially in the context of leftist politics and identity poli-

tics vis-à-vis race/ethnicity in North America,” she said. “People are trying to figure out what it means to be a young Jew, and Jewbook is one way a lot of them are trying to engage and grapple with those questions.” Jewbook has become an avenue for conversation on complex intra-Jewish issues: intermarriage, Ashkenormativity, the marginalization of groups like queer Jews, Jews of color, Jews with disabilities, and problems within mainstream Jewish institutions. These discussions thrive in the more inclusive, anonymous, and accessible platform Facebook provides in comparison to brick-and-mortar communities and take their flavor from the young age and largely left-leaning makeup of group members.

An educational tool

As a result, Jewbook has also become an educational tool for young Jews wrestling with assimilation and the many trends mainstream Jewish institutions are worried about. “Jewbook helped me get in touch with my Jewish cultural and ethnic identities, whereas before I’d thought of my Jewish identity only in terms of religion,” said Sarah, who preferred not to use her last name for privacy reasons. She is an administrator of Deassimilation Education. Many of her preconceptions about Jewish life have been challenged by other members active in Jewbook. For example, Sarah said she’s now more aware of the barriers some people face to involvement in synagogue life — from finances to work schedules to mental health — and has shifted her anti-intermarriage stance over time. Sarah has come to see metrics such as synagogue engagement and intermarriage rates as poor ways of understanding American Jewry. Jewbook encapsulates the biggest trend frightening our parents’ generation: the disconnect of young Jews from the institutions that have traditionally defined mainstream Jewish life. Jewbook members frequently discuss feeling like major Jewish organizations don’t represent them.

Left behind by the left

Beyond their frustration with Federations or Hillels, young Jews in Jewbook feel left behind by traditionally Jewish-left organizations and publications like the Forward. “The tendency of the Forward to try to have a ‘balanced’ op-ed page, having completely abandoned its old leftist tradition, is a great example of this,” Butsch said. “Now it runs articles suggesting that we befriend Nazis. A lot of us find this baffling and alienating.” Jewbook members vent about this trend through a group called Is The Forward OK?, where members post Forward pieces they find silly, pointless, or frustrating. Israel is another point of disconnect between much of the Jewbook crowd and Jewish institutions. Many members of Jewbook are frustrated with the Jewish world’s heavy effort on advocating for the Jewish state, and Butsch connects this to waning Jewish support for social justice issues. He says that while many members of Jewbook are left-wing Zionists, “It is not despite that belief, but because of it, that it is so upsetting there has been this shift away from a Jewish focus on social justice.” He said Jewish institutions often reference Jewish participation in the Civil Rights movement “but instead dedicate their resources to defending American foreign policy toward Israel.”

In real life

Some of the virtual education, community building, and concern with the Jewish world that transpires on Jewbook has led to group members meeting IRL (in real life) at social justice marches, meet-ups, and Shabbat dinners. Through some groups, people have fallen in love, dated, and have even married. Ironically, in a grassroots fashion over social media, Jewbook is hitting all the major goals mainstream Jewish organizations are struggling to fulfill offline: Jewish education, Jewish continuity, community organizing, and social justice work. However, Jewbook members seem to have no clear vision for mobilizing more in real life, and Jewbook may be reaching a contraction point as some grow tired of constantly interacting with young Jewish frustration. Sarah said that for her, “Jewbook is primarily an online experience,” though she worries that it’s also a distraction from the real world. “I’m glad Jewbook has helped me be more aware,” she said. “On the other hand, sometimes I wonder if my mental health wouldn’t be better if I were less aware.” Butsch doesn’t look at it as seriously. To him, Jewbook is “just a place that we have happened to congregate together to joke and let off steam,” he said, “to have a sense of community in light of our inability to connect with traditional Jewish institutions.” Lev Gringauz is a New Voices reporting fellow studying journalism at the University of Minnesota.




The moral challenge of Gaza By Donniel Hartman Late last night, on May 14, as the death toll in Gaza neared 60 human beings, my daughter called me with one simple question. “Abba, what are you writing about Gaza?” Before her call, I hadn’t intended to write. Gaza paralyzes me into silence. When I read reports or hear discourse about Israeli Army use of lethal force against demonstrators, I cringe. To call what is happening at the Gaza border a demonstration, is a perversion of reality as I know it. The inhabitants of Gaza have every right and reason to demonstrate against the tragedy which is their life. Not only do they live under unforgiveable and deplorable conditions, no one is taking responsibility either for their predicament or for the path to rectify it.

What is happening on the Gaza border is not a protest against the reality of life in Gaza, but an attack against the sovereignty of Israel and its right to exist. Palestinians have every right to view and experience the formation of Israel as their Nakba (catastrophe). They have every right to view the Six-Day War and Israel’s reunification of Jerusalem as a deepening of this Nakba. When tens of thousands of people, civilians interspersed with thousands of Hamas and Islamic Jihad terrorists, march on our border with the intent to destroy it, and penetrate into Israel, and allow the terrorists to murder Israelis, it is not only not a peace demonstration, it is not a demonstration at all. It is a battlefield, where anyone who approaches the fence is a combatant. While Palestinians have

LETTER TO THE EDITOR It has taken me months to take issue with several statements in a Letter to the Editor from The Dayton Jewish Observer in the October 2017 issue by a reader from Springfield. Sometimes silence is golden but in this case, silence would be anything but. It is dangerous for history to accept untrue assertions because the uninitiated reader can easily assume them to be factual. Therefore, it is important that significant historical events are portrayed with strict correctness and not with questionable opinions. Hitler’s fiery speeches, slogans, and the following of fanatics long before he became chancellor made no secrets of his contempt and hatred of Jews, and his virulent plans to destroy them. Evidence his book, Mein Kampf, published 1925. Because Jews in Germany took his rantings and sinister antisemitic speeches seriously, they hoped that in time the German people would create a political uprising to change the regime. Hitler did not become chancellor because of a majority of votes. Even after he was appointed chancellor on Jan. 30, 1933 by then President Paul von Hindenburg, the German people voted only 39 percent for the Nazi Party in March 1933. The historian Stephen Lee indicates that no one has ever researched how many Jews may have voted for Hitler. The letter writer attempts to mislead readership by giving the impression that the German Jews were partially responsible for bringing about their own suffering and final demise in the Shoah. The item in the referenced article, namely that 6 million Jews plus died in the Shoah because they were not vigilant is not only a shameful opinion but an inversion of history, an affront to those who were eyewitnesses to the Holocaust and those whom we memorialize on Yom Hashoah. Historians would be shocked to read this objectionable opinion, while others like myself are offended by this reckless inference. Still others are insulted knowing that those who were murdered died heroically fighting in vain against unrelenting brutality. The truth should never be fictionalized since it will only lead to gross misstatements by those who savor propaganda to claim that Jews are to blame themselves for bringing about the Holocaust. — Robert B. Kahn, Dayton PAGE 10

every right to their narrative of Nakba, my people have every right to celebrate our independence and our victory in 1967, and to express joy at being home in our country, whose capital is Jerusalem. And we have every right to defend our rights. The challenge is that when it comes to Gaza, for Israelis, our moral conscience is by and large, silent. We argue that our unilateral withdrawal from Gaza, including its setting of the precedent of dismantling Jewish settlements, should have inspired Gazans to embrace or at the very least explore, the possibility of peace, instead of the path of war. It should have inspired the trade of goods and the fostering of economic ties, and instead it led to missile fire and the resulting partial blockade. We hold the Gaza population personally responsible for the choices they have made. We hold the leadership that they have chosen, a leadership that regularly declares its desire for my destruction and acts on it, as responsible both for the tragedy of Gaza and its rectification. And as a result, most Israelis believe that from this moment henceforth, our moral responsibilities are limited to our efforts at self-defense. The plight of Gazans is taken out of the equation of our moral discourse. Gaza paralyzes me into silence, for I am like most Israelis. I am not only saddened by the choices they have made and by the paths that they have chosen not to take, I am angry. I am a devout two-statist, who believes in the right of the Palestinian people to sovereignty in their own state, living side-by-side with Israel in peace and security for both of us.

I am angry, because I believe that the hatred and violence spewing out of Gaza has possibly buried Israelis’ belief in the viability of the two-state solution in our lifetime. Any discourse about a Palestinian state in Judea and Samaria (the West Bank) is immediately rejected under the counterargument: “It will just become another Gaza.” And this Gaza will be able to shut down all of Israel with mere mortar fire. But as my daughter’s phone call reminded me, we cannot allow ourselves to be paralyzed, and to create a moral black hole in our society. I do not believe that Israel is principally responsible for the reality which is Gaza, but it does bear some responsibility. I do not believe that our soldiers on the border of Gaza are firing on demonstrators, but are engaged in a war. I do not believe that the Hamas-inspired action on the border poses an existential threat to the state of Israel. It does, however, pose a life-and-death danger for many Israelis. At the same time, 60 human beings were killed and thousands were injured in one day. While 60 human beings lost their lives, and Israeli soldiers were engaged in the horrific challenge of protecting our border, tens of thousands of Israelis converged on Rabin Square in Tel Aviv to sing and rejoice with Netta Barzilai on her and our victory in the Eurovision contest. When the Egyptians were drowning in the Red Sea, our tradition recounts that the angels in heaven began to sing a song of praise to God. God silenced them with the words, “My creation is drowning in the sea, and you want to sing a song of praise?” The Book of Esther recounts a particularly chilling moment. After Ahashverus and Haman send forth the pronouncement decreeing the murder and destruction of all Jews throughout the kingdom in one day, it states, “And the King and Haman sat down to drink and the city of Shushan was in chaos.”

Gaza paralyzes me into silence, for I am like most Israelis.

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We do not need to take moral responsibility for the reality which is Gaza, but at the same time we cannot allow our humanity and moral conscience to be so inert as to sit down and drink, not to speak of dancing in our city squares, when we are causing, justifiably or not, death and chaos. We can believe that the events in Gaza are a war against Israel, support our soldiers, and still desire a public debate over the means necessary to win this war. I don’t value Monday morning moral philosophers, nor expressions of “concern” for loss of life. I do value serious moral reflection on how to ensure that we live up to our military moral code, which demands that even when force is used in self-defense, we only use the amount of force necessary and in proportion to the danger that we face, and that we do everything in our power to avoid civilian casualties. I do desire an Israeli society which welcomes and engages in this discourse. I do not believe that our soldiers are violating international law, yet I am interested in a public discourse about what our soldiers on the front lines in Gaza are experiencing. I am interested in defending our soldiers from being placed in situations where their orders are not clear, and thus placing our soldiers in morally compromised situations. Gaza paralyzes me, because human beings are dying at my hands, and I do not know how to prevent it. Gaza frightens me, because it is so easy to forget it and sing, regardless of what is happening there. Gaza challenges us, for it is in Gaza that our commitment to the value of human life is and will be tested. We may not be principally responsible for the reality which is Gaza, but like all moral human beings, we must constantly ask ourselves whether and how we can be part of the solution. As Jews, we are commanded to walk in the way of God, a God who declares, “My creation is drowning, and what are you doing about it?” Rabbi Donniel Hartman is president of the Shalom Hartman Institute in Jerusalem, Israel. Reprinted with permission from The Times of Israel.




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and perhaps a megalomaniac.” But after that week, “these are Netanyahu’s great days,” By Cnaan Liphshiz, JTA Verter added. “His rivals seated Union and Russia’s silent apOn Sunday, May 6, Benjamin proval — a punishing strike on around the political poker table Netanyahu began his week by are mere holograms.” Iranian bases in Syria. It was meeting his Cypriote and Greek a retaliation for the firing into Avishai Ivri, a senior journalcounterparts to finalize the ist with the Israel Broadcasting Israel of a barrage of rockets commercial export to Europe of that did not hit thanks to Israel’s Corporation, wrote on Twitter: Israeli gas that he has pushed to advanced projectile interception “Never in history was a head exploit for about a decade. systems — and even Iran’s allies of state quoted one day by the On Tuesday, May 8, Presipresident of the United States failed to come to its defense. dent Donald Trump’s decision in a crucial speech to the nation All in all, a pretty good to withdraw the United States buildup for Netanyahu’s grand about an essential foreign policy from nuclear deal with Iran shift, and the next day walked prize: The inauguration of the was widely seen as a coup for next to the Russian president U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem on Israel’s prime minister, a fierce on Red Square at a major state May 14, which Netanyahu has opponent of the deal. event. These things just don’t celebrated as a historical moOn Wednesday, May 9, he ment since Trump announced it happen.” Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu after delivering a speech on was the only Western leader Ivri was referring to Trump’s Iran's nuclear program at Israel's defense ministry in Tel Aviv, April 30 in December. at the annual May 9 military statement about Israel in his This streak of successes for him. His diplomatic and milihu harvested from policies that parade in Moscow as a personal Netanyahu has wowed his speech May 8, in which he anfor years he has been promoting tary achievements pushed deep guest of President Vladimir nounced that he was taking the critics and supporters alike, are especially poignant because into the background the corrupPutin — a patron of Syria and of who see it as a huge return on United States out of the 2015 tion charges that police believe Iran with whom Netanyahu has several of his most controversial nuclear deal with Iran. It offered of the fierce opposition that those policies provoked in Israel merit a criminal indictment. nonetheless cultivated a benefi- long-term strategies. Tehran international sanctions One case involves him receiving and beyond, Verter wrote. cial partnership. relief in return to its scaling “In poker terms, Netanyahu gifts worth north of $250,000 Indeed, Netanyahu’s big And on Thursday, May 10, back of parts of its nuclear prolanded a royal flush,” Yossi from businessmen he is said to week blunted attacks by his riNetanyahu ordered — with gram for 10 years. Verter, a frequent critic of Nevals, such as Yair Lapid and Avi have helped as prime minister. backing from the European Trump said Iran was not tanyahu, wrote in a column in Eretz Nehederet, the Israeli Gabbay of the centrist Yesh Atid Haaretz — perhaps Israel’s most living up the deal, citing intelcounterpart of Saturday Night and left-wing Labor parties, ligence material that Netanconsistently anti-Netanyahu Live and a biting critic of Netanrespectively. publication. “What a respectable yahu unveiled on April 30 yahu, referenced this in a sketch Lapid had warned that Neyield in just seven days. 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Obama were a security threat And while many Israelis feel (a view held by a majority of Netanyahu won credit fair and respondents to several polls at square, some on both sides of the time). s ts the political divide fear it will Lapid also accused Netanyat embolden him to indulge in hu of harming Israel’s security s t s s t t what they perceive as his flaws by revealing the cache of docus t as a leader, as listed by Verter. ments that Trump said had a Netanyahu supports legisladecisive role in convincing him tion meant to curtail the powers to drop the deal. of the Supreme Court, which Dogged by various corruphas obstructed several of his tion probes over the past year, coalition’s right-wing policies. Netanyahu saw his poll numSeen together with other laws bers soar even before the May with a nationalistic agenda, lib10 strikes in Syria — the most erals in Israel and beyond warn extensive carried out by Israel that Netanyahu is dismantling in years. After Trump made key parts of Israel’s democracy. his Iran announcement, Netan“I call him Dr. Netanyahu yahu’s approval ratings grew and Mr. Bibi,” said Uri Heitner, by five to points, according to Screening & Discussion, several major opinion polls. The a historian from Kibbutz Ortal Sunday, July 8, 2 p.m. in the Golan Heights. polls suggested that Gabbay, After a spirited service with our “This week was certainly a recently seen as the left’s great Verdi’s Il Trovatore Beth Abraham Band, enjoy an Oneg. Dr. Netanyahu week,” added hope, would crash with 10 Presented by Mike Jaffe Heitner, a senior scholar at the seats in parliament if elections Call for location. All are welcome. Shamir Institute for Research in were held now. Lapid, who Katzrin. “But Mr. Bibi and his last year topped Netanyahu is Service Schedule: Mornings, Mon. & Thurs., 7:15 a.m.; Tues., Wed., Fri., 7:30 a.m.; Sunday, 8:30 a.m. some polls, now trails him by 17 cult of admirers are Dr. NetanEvenings, Mon.-Fri., 5:30 p.m. Sat. Morning Service, 9 a.m.; Youth Service, 10:30 a.m.; Kiddush lunch following. yahu’s worst enemies. With points. unconditional support, how will In terms of internal politics, Dr. Netanyahu ever reign in his Netanyahu’s aces could not powerful lusts and passions?” have come at a better time for

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One of many sell-out crowds at this year's Dayton Jewish Film Festival, which concluded on May 10. Additional screening of Sammy Davis Jr.: I Jewish Family Services delivered bags to Russian seniors around Dayton including Sophia Beyderman to celebrate Victory Day.

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Expressions with gleybn:  1 Az di velt zogt, muz men gleybn. If everyone says so, you'd better believe it. 2 Zog nisht altz vos du veyst,

gloyb nisht altz vos du herst. Don't tell everything you know, and don't believe everything you hear. 3 Tate-Mame darfn a kind nisht loybn vayl keyner vet zey nisht gloybn. Parents shouldn't praise their own children; no one will believe them.

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ANNUAL CAMPAIGN IN HONOR OF › Get well wishes to Mike Shane Mary and Dr. Gary Youra › Melissa Sweeny receiving the Beth Abraham Women of Valor Award Sweeny children and grandchildren IN MEMORY OF › Gertrude Phillips, mother of Marni Flagel Maureen and Dr. Marc Sternberg HOLOCAUST PROGRAMMING FUND IN HONOR OF › Sam Heider’s Bar Mitzvah › Felix Garfunkel’s Yom Hashoah Remembrance Speech Beverly Farnbacher Cathy Gardner IN MEMORY OF › Dr. Ed Meadow Beverly Farnbacher › Allen Seymour Helene Gordon LINDA RUCHMAN MEMORIAL FUND IN HONOR OF › New Granddaughter of Marla and Dr. Stephen Harlan Judy and Marshall Ruchman

PJ LIBRARY FUND IN HONOR OF › New grandson of Margy and Dr. Otis Hurst › New granddaughter of Marcia and Ed Kress Lynn Foster IN MEMORY OF › John Breidenbach Margy and Dr. Otis Hurst JFS

ROBERT L. AND RITA Z. CLINE BIKUR HAVERIM ENDOWMENT FUND IN MEMORY OF › Bruce Pinsky › Larry Katz, father of Eddie Katz and Stanley Katz Cathy Gardner JEWISH FAMILY SERVICES IN HONOR OF › Pat Saphire receiving the Beth Abraham Women of Valor Award › Elaine Arnovitz receiving the Beth Abraham Women of Valor Award Margy and Dr. Otis Hurst IN MEMORY OF › Bruce Pinsky › Larry Katz, father of Eddie Katz and Stanley Katz Beverly and Jeffrey Kantor › Dr. Ed Meadow › Robert Stein Claire and Oscar Soifer

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JEREMY BETTMAN B’NAI TZEDEK FUND IN MEMORY OF › Bruce Pinsky › Larry Katz, father of Eddie Katz and Stanley Katz › Allen Seymour › Lyova Sadikov Jean and Todd Bettman › Allen Seymour Elaine and Joe Bettman


CAROLE RABINOWITZ YOUTH JEWISH EXPERIENCE FUND IN MEMORY OF › Ed Zawatsky › Izabella Hertz, mother of Ellie Bernstein › Linda Greenberg, mother of Jenna Greenberg › Ed Meadow Bernie Rabinowitz

SAMMY’S RAINBOW BRIDGE FUND IN MEMORY OF › “Jenkins” Pierce › “Shelby” Doner Jean and Todd Bettman

HERTA G. AND EGON F. WELLS CHILDREN’S FUND IN MEMORY OF › Allen Seymour Joan and Peter Wells JOAN & PETER WELLS AND REBECCA LINVILLE FAMILY, CHILDREN, AND YOUTH FUND IN MEMORY OF › Gertrude Phillips, mother of Marni Flagel › Dr. Ed Meadow › Izabella Hertz, mother of Ellie Bernstein Joan and Peter Wells

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Mysteries of Jewish Dayton History, Part 2: A Legacy of Caring Sunday, July 1 @ 2:30–3:30PM Dayton Metro Library—Main Branch (215 E. 3rd St., 45402) Dayton Jewish Observer Editor and Publisher Marshall Weiss will continue where he left off in January sharing stories of social justice and social services in Jewish Dayton, beginning in the early 20th century through today. Light noshes and drinks provided. No cost. RSVP at jewishdayton.org or 937-610-1555 by June 25. MARSHALL WEISS’S BOOK, IMAGES OF AMERICA: JEWISH COMMUNITY OF DAYTON, WILL OFFICIALLY BE PUBLISHED ON JULY 17. WATCH FOR A CULTURE ARTS & BOOK FESTIVAL EVENT IN THE FALL!



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Israel overcame politics in winning the Eurovision song contest By Cnaan Liphshiz, JTA Hours before the Eurovision song contest’s kickoff, Rafi Kishon posted on Facebook a sobering message and a picture of himself wearing a head of lettuce for a hat. Israel’s entrant, he said, didn’t stand a chance of winning in antisemitic, anti-Israel Europe. “I’m sorry to disappoint you,” the Israeli veterinarian wrote in Hebrew May 12. Netta Barzilai’s “excellent” song could not win Eurovision. Kishon, a political hawk and the son of the late humorist Ephraim Kishon, failed to predict the future: Barzilai’s unconventional song Toy won the contest, earning the fourth-highest score in the pan-European song competition’s 63year history. But his prediction nonetheless illustrated how many Israelis apparently overestimate the politicization of Eurovision, the prevalence of anti-Israel sentiment in European societies — or both. Like the American Idol-style song competitions that it resembles, this annual pageant of novelty pop songs, outlandish costumes and sugar-coated nationalism is judged by in-house juries from each participating country and by viewers watching at home.

At this year’s contest, Israel would have come in third if it were solely up to the official juries of the 43 countries that participated. But the juries, which gave Israel 212 points, determine only 50 percent of the scores. Callers gave Israel another 317 points to bring their total to 529 — nearly 100 points more than the next closest contestant, Cyprus. A breakdown of voting for Israel both by juries and viewers belies any assumption of politicization or antisemitic bias. For example, Israel was the top vote-getter from juries both in France — which many consider emblematic of Europe’s antisemitism problem — and the Czech Republic, which is a historic and contemporary bastion of support for Israel and Jews in Europe. And the countries where callers gave the highest number of perfect scores to Israel included France, Azerbaijan — a Shi’ite Muslim nation — and Spain, where Catholic antisemitism for centuries has been rife and has more municipalities boycotting Israel than any other country in Europe. It might not have hurt that during the contest’s final, Wonder Woman star Gal Gadot encouraged her nearly 20 million Instagram followers to vote for her fel-

low Israeli. Even though Israel won this year’s contest, the organizers were still accused of politicizing the event after its Portuguese hosts did not mention Jerusalem when asking the Israeli jury to announce their score. Instead of the typical greeting “good evening” followed by the jury’s capital city, the Jerusalem-based Israeli jury received only “Shalom Israel.”

Netta Barzilai, the winner of this year's Eurovision contest, performs at Rabin Square in Tel Aviv, May 14

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Chabad Classes: Sundays, 8:15 a.m.: Deep Chassidus. 10:15 a.m.: Maimonides’ Mishnah Torah. Mondays & Wednesdays, 8 a.m.: Talmud Class. 8 p.m.: Torah Study (Call for location). Saturdays, 8 a.m.: Prepare for Prayer Class. 2001 Far Hills Ave., Oakwood. 6430770. Temple Beth Or Classes: Sundays, 1 p.m.: Advanced Adult Hebrew w. Rabbi Chessin. 5275 Marshall Rd., Wash. Twp. 435-3400.

Temple Israel Classes: Tuesdays, 5:30 p.m.: Musar w. Rabbi Sobo. Wednesdays, noon: Talmud w. Rabbi Sobo. Thurs., June 14, 21, 28, 5:30 p.m.: Torah Trope w. Rabbi Bodney-Halasz. Saturdays, 9:30 a.m.: Torah Study. 130 Riverside Dr., Dayton. 496-0050. Tuesdays @ The J: 6:15-7:15 p.m.: Zumba. $10 to drop in. Instructor: Shelly Joiner. 6:307:30 p.m.: Krav Maga. $50/4week session beginning June 5. Register w. instructor Tim Tharp at israelisurvivaltraining.com/

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JCC Camp Shalom K’tan: Early Childhood ages 18 months to entering K. Mon., June 4 through Fri., July 27. Boonshoft CJCE, 525 Versailles Dr., Centerville. Contact Audrey MacKenzie, amackenzie@jfgd. net for info. JCC Camp Shalom Gadol: Grades 1-10. Tues., June 5 through Fri., July 20, 8:45 a.m.-3:45 p.m. Boonshoft CJCE, 525 Versailles Dr., Centerville. Contact Meryl Hattenbach, mhattenbach@jfgd. net for info.


Jewish Federation Lion of Judah & LOJE Appreciation Event: Thurs., June 28, 6 p.m. Elizabeth Diamond Co., 7245 Far Hills Ave., Wash. Twp. R.S.V.P. to Juliet Glaser, 6101555.


JCC Book Club: Fri., June 15, 10:30 a.m. The Weight of Ink by Rachel Kadish. At the home of Lynda Cohen. R.S.V.P. to Judy Schwartzman, 477-7685.

Versailles Dr., Centerville. Tues., June 19, 7 p.m. at Temple Beth Or, 5275 Marshall Rd., Wash. Twp. Tues., June 26, 10 a.m. at Beth Jacob Congregation, 7020 N. Main St., Harrison Twp. R.S.V.P. to Jewish Federation at 610-1555.

JFS Lynda A. Cohen Yiddish Club: Sun., June 24, 1:30 p.m. Beth Abraham Synagogue Starbucks, 2424 Far Hills Ave., Oakwood. Learn about Ladino & Shabbat Under The Stars: Fri., June 15, 7:30 p.m. Service w. Yiddish through words & song. Beth Abraham Band & Oneg. Call for location. 293-9520. Community Events Jewish Federation Presidents Dinner: w. Lior Raz. Sun., June JCC Shulchan Yarok Farmer’s Market: Tues., June 19, 3:303, 5 p.m. Boonshoft CJCE, 6:30 p.m. Boonshoft CJCE, 525 525 Versailles Dr., Centerville. Versailles Dr., Centerville. R.S.V.P. required. 610-1555. Temple Israel Jewish Cultural Festival: Sun., June 10, 11 a.m.-7 p.m. 130 Riverside Dr., Dayton. 496-0050. JCRC Presents Israeli Journalist David Ze’ev Jablinowitz: Sun., June 10, 3 p.m.: Israeli Bus Stories: DayTo-Day Life In The Jewish State. Temple Israel Jewish Cultural Festival. 130 Riverside Dr., Dayton. Mon., June 11, 12:30 p.m.: Israel & the U.S.: Where Politics & Diplomacy Meet. Dayton Metro Library Brown Bag Discussion Series. 215 E. 3rd St. Dayton Dreams Big Town Hall Meetings: Wed., June 13, 5:30 p.m. at Boonshoft CJCE, 525

JCC Day @ the Dragons Game: Sun., June 24, 2 p.m. Fifth Third Field, 220 N. Patterson Blvd., Dayton. $10 includes stadium seat & hat. Food on your own. R.S.V.P. to dragons@daytondragons.com. Beth Jacob Congregation Tribute Dinner: In memory of Jack Edelman & Joe Hollander. Sun., June 24, 5 p.m. 7020 N. Main St., Harrison Twp. $50. R.S.V.P. by June 17 to 274-2149. Temple Beth Or Annual Picnic: Fri., June 29, 6:30 p.m. Outdoor Shabbat service, picnic to follow. Main dish & drinks provided. Bring a side to share. 5275 Marshall Rd., Wash. Twp. 435-3400.

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affairs. Alexandra’s parents are Randi and David Fuchsman. Lauren Sweeny graduated from Xavier University with a master of health services administration degree and an MBA. She is continuing a two-year national administrative fellowship at BarnesJewish Hospital in St. Louis. Lauren’s parents are Melissa and Tim Sweeny.

through East End Community Services for the summer and is seeking a position as a high school history teacher. Rachel Westerkamp graduated from Illinois Wesleyan University, where she was captain of the women’s soccer team, president of the German club, and was on the Dean’s List. Rachel was also named College Conference Of Illinois And Wisconsin Newcomer of the Year, played on the second team of the all CCIW, and was an NCAA D3 National Semi-Finalist. She’ll now begin her graduate school studies in electrical engineering/quantum optics at the University of Colorado. Rachel is the daughter of Lori and John Westerkamp, and the granddaughter of Joyce and Thomas Westerkamp, and Lillian and the late Morton Ohlbaum.

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Congregation Etz Chaim in Cincinnati honored Candace and Dr. Kim Kwiatek for Rachel their commitment Celebrating the dedication of the Mimi and Stuart Rose Haug Gilbert and dedication to Auditorium at the Dayton Art Institute on May 9: (L to R) DAI Board Chair Julie Liss-Katz, Stuart and Mimi Rose, Cheering on Michael, the synagogue at its and DAI Director and CEO Michael R. Roediger Alexandra, and donor luncheon on Lauren are their proud Leadership Honors Program. April 22. A longtime grandparents, Elaine and Joe the principal at Strategic She’ll recruit students for educator, Candy has served as Bettman. the program, mentor them The Observer’s family education Opportunities in Columbus, which resolves social problems through law school, and columnist for 22 years; Kim Levi Weiss, son of Donna and through creative solutions. present programs to help the has been with Kettering Marshall Weiss, graduated honor students develop their Health Network in emergency from Wittenberg University Rachel Bloom graduated from leadership talents. Bonnie is medicine since 1981. Kim’s with a bachelor of arts degree the Fisher School of Business a 1979 graduate of UD’s law parents, the late Lottie and Birthday greetings go to Dr. in history and an education at The Ohio State University school and recently retired after Jack Kwiatek, were among Mort Levine, who turned 90 in minor. Over spring semester with a degree in finance and 22 years as magistrate in the the founders of B’nai Tzedek, March, and Harold Prigozen, of his junior year, Levi studied a minor in entrepreneurship Vandalia Municipal Court. a predecessor congregation who turned 100 in May. comparative histories of and innovation. She has a Marshall Weiss to Etz Chaim. education, German culture, position lined up at Key Bank’s University of B’nai Tzedek and German history in headquarters in Cleveland as Dayton Associate is also where Wittenberg, Germany. He’ll join Send your Kvelling items to a corporate finance rotational Prof. of English Candy and Kim Miracle Makers youth program kvellingcorner@gmail.com. analyst. Rachel’s parents are Miriamne Ara met. Kim was Julie and Rob Bloom. Krummel served also just named as editor and an American Addison J. 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Trump’s faithbased initiative removes barrier to proselytizing By Ron Kampeas, JTA WASHINGTON — Flanked by clergy — including a priest, an imam and an Orthodox rabbi — President Donald Trump revived the White House Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives, a system that since its 2001 launch has delivered humanitarian assistance to Americans through religious organizations. Buried in legal speak in the May 3 executive order, however, was a clause that left liberalleaning Jewish groups aghast: Trump removed a section that required religious groups using government money to refer applicants to appropriate alternatives if the applicant did not want a dose of salvation with their relief. Marc Stern, the counsel for the American Jewish Committee, said the now moot requirement protected the starving man from having to listen to a sermon before entering a soup kitchen for a meal. “It’s always been thought that the provision of an alternative is an essential element of preserving religious liberty,” Stern said in an interview. “Dropping it is more than a step backward. Forced sermons remind us” — Jews — “of efforts at various times to make us listen to conversionary sermons.” Orthodox groups welcomed the re-establishment of the faith-based initiative office. The office steers funding to faith-based groups to carry out humanitarian interventions, including delivering food to the needy and administering addiction rehabilitation programs. It had been limited to White House initiatives. Now other government agencies will be expected to launch faith-based initiatives. Agudath Israel of America, a haredi Orthodox umbrella group, welcomed Trump’s order. Abba Cohen, Agudah’s Washington director, said in an email that the removal of the protection made sense to religious assistance programs that chafed at having to identify alternative providers — a job he said was best left to government authorities. “Federal or local offices are often better situated, have more Continued on Page 24 PAGE 20


A gift for Father’s Day By Rabbi Haviva Horvitz Temple Beth Sholom, Middletown “Avinu Malkeinu, Our Father, Our King” . . . OK, it’s not Yom Kippur yet, and although a rabbi may begin to prepare sermons for the High Holy Days early, that’s not my focus here. But rather, I would like to highlight the fact that we rarely refer to the Lord, Our God, as our mother. As a matter of fact,

Perspectives we don’t. There are a number of references in Jewish literature that do use what we might consider “motherly terms” when describing some of God’s actions in a vocabulary we can understand, but that is as close as we get. For example, in the book of Isaiah, Chapter 66, Verse 13, it says: “Like a man whose mother consoles him, so will I console you, and in Jerusalem, you shall be consoled.” There is no question that we are taken under God’s wings, as it were, and we are cared for, comforted and fed, as a mother would tend to her young. But fathers are capable of doing all that as well. We do reach out to God’s more feminine side when we are asking for healing, but, for the most part, God is “Our Father, Our King.” So what gift should we get for God for Father’s Day? The history of Father’s Day is a bit confusing. There are a number of different people who have tried to claim credit for starting the idea of honoring our fathers with a special day dedicated to celebrating fatherhood, paternal bonds, and the influence of fathers in society. Some were concerned that it was becoming too commercialized and therefore was not being observed for the right reasons. However, finally, in 1972, approximately 58 years after President Woodrow Wilson made Mother’s Day official, the day honoring fathers became a nationwide holiday in the United States. It is hard for me to conceive of a time before Father’s Day, even though it is truly a relatively new holiday. When we are taught the Ten

united or individually, is beCommandments, we discover tween people. that we are instructed to honor Although the answer is more each our father and our mothcomplex, since there may be er. If every word in the Torah times when it is not easy to was carefully chosen, and honor one’s parents, and some something is to be learned by parents may not so these word choices, obviously deserve then why separate such honor, we are mother and father; to honor them for why not simply God’s sake. charge us to “honor Personally, I was your parents?” a very fortunate I remember learnchild, although I ing as a young child may not have apthat the preposition preciated it as much in the Hebrew sepaas I do now, as a rating the words Rabbi Haviva Horvitz parent with my own father and mother children. There was is not necessary and never a doubt that my parents is intended to represent the teachers who are also supposed loved me, loved my brothers, and loved each other. to be honored. However, I also They each made every efremember feeling that it was fort to be a consistent part of probably a teacher who started my life, celebrating birthdays, that interpretation. graduations, and even just Now, as an adult, and a ordinary days when I needed mother, I believe that even them to be there for me. though parents I continue to call my parents work together often, just to say hello, to hear with the same goal in mind, they their voices, to hold on to what I know is only temporary. I apeach have their preciate every moment, every own distinct, visit I can sneak into my busy personal methschedule, every text and email, ods and touches, every Facebook post. which need to be honored and By being the best me that respected, individually. I can be, helping and caring Similarly, there is a tradition for others, taking the time to that the first five commandbe there for my children, this ments are between people and is the best way to honor my God, while the second five are mother and my father. between people. Perhaps, honoring my parIf that is so, then why is ents is the best Father’s Day honoring your father and gift that I am able to give to mother included in the first God. It was the fifth item on his half? It seems obvious that our wish list. relationship with our parents,

So what gift should we get for God for Father’s Day?

Beth Abraham Synagogue Conservative Rabbi Joshua Ginsberg Cantor/Dir. of Ed. & Programming Andrea Raizen Mornings, Mon. & Thurs., 7:15 a.m.; Tues., Wed., Fri., 7:30 a.m. Evenings, Mon.-Fri., 5:30 p.m. Sun., 8:30 a.m. Sat. , 9 a.m.; Youth Service, 10:30 a.m. 305 Sugar Camp Circle, Oakwood. 293-9520. BethAbrahamDayton.org Beth Jacob Congregation Traditional Saturdays 9:30 a.m., Sundays 8 a.m., Sunday through Friday, 7 p.m. 7020 N. Main St., Dayton. 274-2149. BethJacobCong.org Temple Anshe Emeth Reform Rabbinic Intern Taylor Poslosky Sat., June 16, 10 a.m. 320 Caldwell St., Piqua. Call Eileen Litchfield, 937-5470092, elitchfield@woh.rr.com. Correspondence address: 3808 Beanblossom Rd., Greenville, OH 45331. ansheemeth.org Temple Beth Or Reform Rabbi Judy Chessin Educator/Rabbi Ari Ballaban Fridays 7 p.m. Saturdays 10 a.m. 5275 Marshall Rd., Wash. Twp. 435-3400. 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. All other Fridays, 6:30 p.m. (no evening service June 22) 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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Torah Portions June 2, Behalotecha (Num. 8:1-12:16)

June 1, 8:41 p.m.

June 9, Shlach (Num. 13:1-15:41)

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June 16, Korach (Num. 16:1-18:32)

June 15, 8:48 p.m. June 22, 8:50 p.m. June 29, 8:51 p.m.

June 23, Chukat (Num. 19:1-22:1) June 30, Balak (Num. 22:2-25:9)

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Proverbial wisdom The Bible: Wisdom Literature A New Series When Solomon ascended to the throne of Israel, God appeared to him in a dream and offered to give him whatever he desired. Solomon chose wisdom: an understanding heart to discern between good and evil. Solomon’s wisdom became known as greater than that of all men, and legends

Candace R. Kwiatek describe his fame as a wise man throughout the known world. What is wisdom? Is it, as today’s dictionaries describe, teachings of ancient wise men? Scholarly knowledge or learning? Sensible decisions or actions? The qualities of knowledge and experience applied to decision-making? Deciding what is true or right and acting accordingly? Or, in the 1828 definition from Webster’s Dictionary of the American Language, “judging what is most just, proper and useful, and the right exercise of that knowledge, the choice of laudable ends, and the best means to accomplish them”? Modern researchers on the topic are stymied: “Wisdom is like a mosaic that is composed of so many different facets,” writes endurance athlete and coach Christopher Bergland. The contemporary world has an increasingly nebulous grasp of wisdom. This confu-

sion may even partly explain the declining use of the word wisdom in English language literature from across the past two centuries, according to Google’s Ngram Viewer online search engine. It may also explain the results of a 2016 study, The Many Faces of Wisdom, to explore how people understand wisdom. Participants from the U.S. and Canada identified three separate categories of “wise reasoning”: practical, benevolent, and philosophic. Researchers found that “practical wisdom — insight into real-life issues and work to strategically deal with specific social problems, exemplified by Lincoln and Franklin — resonated most strongly with the majority of study participants.” In the entire study, there was no indication of any attempt to identify a universal or overarching wisdom principle. Bringing this shortcoming into focus is Pastor Robert Deffinbaugh’s story about teaching high school classes in prison. “One of my students was honest enough to inform me that he planned to use what he learned when he was released…to become a consultant of crime,” Deffinbaugh writes. “He would charge a fee for engineering specific criminal acts…only charg(ing) a commission for successful crimes.” The pastor concludes,

“I experienced the difference between ‘knowledge’ and ‘wisdom.’ Knowledge…when applied with wisdom could prove profitable. But that same knowledge could be used in a way that would be both criminal and cruel.” Rabbi Yonason Goldson elaborates, observing that wisdom — whether understood as cultural maxims, intellect or scholarship, experience or the practical-philosophic-benevolent reasoning of the wisdom study — must be properly channeled to avoid becoming twisted and corrupted through rationalization. The foundation of wisdom must be virtue, a faithful commitment to uprightness, to moral and ethical principles in one’s life and conduct. So what does this all have to do with the wisest man in the world? In the 2016 wisdom study, philosophic wisdom was rated as the wisest, but it was the least preferred, and Solomon was the exemplar. Although he is the author of the philosophical books of Ecclesiastes and Song of Songs, Solomon is also credited with speaking 3,000 proverbs, hundreds of which are recorded in the Book of Proverbs. His adages, parables, and short memorable observations are designed to educate young and old on how the world works, how to discern what is just and fair, and how to attain wisdom and discipline. Proverbs is largely a book of practical wisdom: a universally applicable, commonsense approach to a virtuous life. Proverbs addresses a multitude of topics — personal

The foundation of wisdom must be virtue

character and companions, work and wealth, poverty and the power of the tongue, family relationships, and more — with an underlying theme of virtue. It’s a wisdom text that may be more familiar than you think. • Pride goes before destruction, and a haughty spirit before a fall. • Death and life are in the power of the tongue. • Go to the ant, you lazybones; consider its ways, and be wise, which having no chief, overseer, or ruler, provides her bread in the summer and gathers her food in the harvest. • A generous man will prosper; he who refreshes others will himself be refreshed. • He who walks with wise companions will be wise, but the companion of fools will suffer harm. • A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger. • Train children in the way

they should go, and even when they are old, they will not turn from it. There’s even a Proverb in the Torah service: “It is a tree of life to all who hold fast to it, and those who cling to it are happy.” One of the first verses traditional Jewish preschoolers learn is from Proverbs: “The beginning of wisdom is fear of the Lord.” But biblical scholar J. Webb Mealy asks, what is the end of wisdom? “The end of wisdom is not to fear God, but is to join God in fearing what God fears, in hating what is harmful: behaviors and attitudes that tear down rather than build up,” he concludes. “The goal is to hate what is harmful to my own well-being and to the well-being of all that God has made.” Knowledge and virtue: together they are the foundation of wisdom. Proverbs is a good place to start.

Literature to share Strangers in Budapest: A Novel by Jessica Keener. Who exactly are the strangers in Budapest? Annie and Will who move there with their infant son just after the fall of communism? Elderly Edward who lives in hiding? Ex-pat Stephen who poses as a translator? The ever-present but marginalized Roma? Or the Hungarian citizens themselves? Part mystery, part modern history, part character study, Keener’s multilayered tale reveals the power of the past to haunt the present. It’s mesmerizing; I couldn’t put it down. The Knish War on Rivington Street by Joanne Oppenheim. Delightful images in pen and watercolor complement the engaging text and dialogue in this illustrated children’s book. Based on a true story, The Knish War introduces young readers to Jewish life in the early 20th century: knishes, immigration, pushcarts, and police wagons, along with great vocabulary words such as Victrolas and oompahpah bands. It also explores rivalries and finding solutions along with a good dose of business economics. The author includes a bit of background on the historic knish war and recipes for the knishes. Delightful!

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By Aly Miller, thenosher.com Using tahini instead of peanut butter is one of my classic moves, and I know I’m not the only one. Tahini adds a nutty flavor with a hint of bitterness that goes perfectly with a smooth, dark chocolate. Sometimes, sesame seeds themselves are called for. While in Amsterdam last year, I became obsessed with Lindt’s sesame dark chocolate bar. The texture of crunchy, toasted seeds encased in velvety dark chocolate had me at “hello.” With these flavor visions in mind, I began recipe testing tahini cream pie with a dark chocolate crust and a hidden layer of chocolate ganache at the bottom. It would be dairy free, perfect to serve after any meal. I’ve always loved the challenge of making rich, decadent desserts without dairy. My discerning roommates and neighbors enlisted themselves every weekend as taste testers for months, happily devouring each version. In the end, the recipe with the simplest ingredients and easiest directions won out. You won’t find any tricky gluten-free ingredients or dairy substitutes in here — you might even have these items ready and waiting in your pantry. Since the directions are so easy, I think you’ll find that the hardest part is waiting for it to chill. Crust: 11/2 cups walnuts 1 heaping cup pitted dates, soaked for 10 minutes 2 Tbsp. raw sesame seeds 1/3 cup cocoa powder 1 tsp. salt, more to taste

Dairy-Free Cream Pie with Tahini & Chocolate refrigerator 1 cup tahini 4 Tbsp. maple syrup or powdered sugar 1 tsp. vanilla Ganache: 6 oz. semi-dark chocolate 4 Tbsp. almond milk or dairy-free milk 3 Tbsp. sesame seeds Materials: Either an 8-inch springform pan lined with parchment paper or a 9-inch pie plate.

Hand mixer or stand mixer and a food processor. First, chill a tall glass or metal mixing bowl in the refrigerator for at least 20 minutes. Meanwhile, make the crust: In a food processor, blend the walnuts, drained dates, sesame seeds, cocoa powder and salt until the mixture looks blended throughout. Walnuts should be processed into small pieces, and dates should be smooth like a paste. Press the crust mixture into the bottom of your pie pan of choice. If you want to use a springform pan (to display the pie without a plate), be sure to line it as best you can with parchment paper. Use your fingers to press the crust in an even layer on the bottom and sides. Next, make the chocolate ganache: Place chocolate in a double boiler and let it melt for a minute or two. Then add milk, whisking until your ganache has a smooth, even consistency. Spread ganache onto the bottom of the pie and top with sesame seeds. Place in the refrigerator or freezer to firm up. Last, make the filling: Remove the cans of coconut milk from the refrigerator and open them. Carefully scoop out the hardened, creamy top layer (about half the can) into your chilled bowl. Try not to scoop any of the coconut water that sits below the cream into the bowl. Pour the coconut water into another container to use in smoothies. Next, with the mixer turned off, break the chunks of coconut milk into smaller pieces by pressing the blender into the hardened coconut cream. Mix on the lowest setting until it comes together as a stiff, whipped cream texture, gradually mixing faster. Add the tahini, vanilla and powdered sugar or maple syrup. Blend until smooth, about 30 more seconds. Remove the pie from the refrigerator and spread the filling atop the ganache. Refrigerate for two to three more hours and serve.

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Arts&Culture Disobedience aims to accurately portray lesbian love — and the Orthodox Jewish community Agatha A. Nitecka/Bleecker Street

By Naomi Pfefferman, JTA main characters. LOS ANGELES — Sebastian Lelio, the director who The role is a noted recently won the Academy Award for best foreign departure for McAdams, film for A Fantastic Woman, grew up Catholic in Chile who often plays lively knowing almost nothing about observant Jews. characters and sex symbols So when the Jewish actress Rachel Weisz apin blockbuster comedies proached him a couple of years ago and suggested and dramas. he co-write and direct Disobedience, a film that depicts Lelio has made a name how a lesbian relationship affects a close-knit Orfor himself through multhodox Jewish community, he had some trepidation. tiple acclaimed films that Actually more than some. involve female characters “I was terrified,” Lelio told JTA in a telephone inter- struggling on the margins view from Santiago. “I didn’t know how I was going of society. His 2013 film to deal with Disobedience because it takes place in such Gloria spotlights a divorcee a specific and often secretive world.” who feels invisible in her But Lelio was deeply intrigued by Naomi Aldermiddle age (an upcoming man’s 2006 novel of the same name. He eventually English-language remake sought the advice of 10 rabbis and other consultants will star Julianne Moore). before writing a script with the acclaimed playwright A Fantastic Woman reand screenwriter Rebecca Lenvolves around Rachel McAdams (L) and Rachel Weisz in Disobedience Lelio has made a kiewicz, who co-wrote the 2016 Unlike Lelio, Weisz is no stranger to Judaism: Her a transgender foreign film Oscar winner Ida. Hungarian-Jewish father fled the Nazis in 1938, and woman mourning the death of her lover. name for himself The result is a nuanced portrait “It’s intuitive, but I really connect to the her Austrian-born mother, a Catholic, also escaped of lesbian love, religious devotion, through multiple stories of strong female protagonists defy- Hitler and later converted to Judaism. She also grew and what happens when those up close to Golders Green, a London neighborhood ing the establishment somehow, and willacclaimed films worlds collide. with a large Orthodox population. ing to pay the price to be who they really that involve In the film, Ronit (played by Nivola, 45, who has appeared in films such as are,” Lelio said. “I like to explore these Weisz) is a photographer and American Hustle and A Most Violent Year, was raised female characters characters from every possible angle; to daughter of a rabbi who flees her Catholic but has his own go through the emotional spectrum, to Agatha A. Nitecka/Bleecker Street struggling on the childhood Orthodox community connection to the world see them fall and then stand up again and margins of society. survive.” in London for New York. When depicted in the movie. the lapsed Jew learns that her His paternal grandmothAs for why, he said, “I grew up surfather has died, she returns home for his funeral, but er, Ruth Guggenheim, rounded by strong women, and that was a very strong not without hesitation. The rav’s congregants had rehailed from an observant influence.” jected Ronit as the black sheep of the community, and Jewish family in FrankDisobedience — Lelio’s first film in English — struck the rabbi himself had disowned her. furt, Germany that fled him as a story in which “the contrast between the When Ronit returns to North London, she is greetHitler to Milan, Italy in eternal values of Judaism and the in-flux condition of ed mostly with suspicion — except by her childhood the 1930s. the characters creates tension.” friend, Dovid (Alessandro Nivola), now a rabbi and To research his role in But he insists the film does not promote disrespect her late father’s protege. Disobedience, Nivola read for observant communities. Tensions flare when Dovid’s wife, Esti (Rachel books such as Raymond “I discovered that there is a beauty to this ancestral McAdams) — with whom Ronit had a teenage lesbian tradition, and while it is old, it remains so alive,” he P. Scheindlin’s A Short romance — rekindles their relationship. Their torrid History of the Jewish People said. “I didn’t want the community to be the antagoAlessandro Nivola as Dovid affair has a profound impact on the lives of all three and met with Orthodox nistic force...If you watch the film carefully, you’ll see in Disobedience residents near his home that what’s really stopping Agatha A. Nitecka/Bleecker Street in Brooklyn as well as in London. They taught him each character from moving how to pronounce Hebrew blessings and prayers, as into the next level is not the well as other nuances of observant life. community; it is something Along the way, Nivola also met actor Geza Rohrig, within themselves.” who portrayed a concentration camp sonderkommanUnlike other Hollywood do in the Oscar-winning foreign language film Son of films that portray observant Saul (2015). Nivola produced the upcoming film To Jews in a more negative Dust, which stars Rohrig and Matthew Broderick and light, such as A Stranger revolves around an Orthodox cantor dealing with the Among Us and A Price Above untimely death of his wife (which premiered at this Rubies from the 1990s, year’s Tribeca Film Festival). Disobedience depicts a more Lelio said he has not received any complaints from human and detailed portrait Orthodox viewers about the depiction of his film’s of an Orthodox community fictional enclave — nor the explicit sex scene between whose members do not apthe two female protagonists that has been making pear as the villains of the headlines for its portrayal of desire from a female perfilm. spective. (Weisz thought the original cut of the scene The project launched contained “too many orgasms.”) when Weisz optioned the “The tension between law and desire is at the center rights to Alderman’s book of that sequence, which is also what I think the film some years ago — she had is about,” the director said. “It was so important that warmed to the story feathat scene was extremely sensual, extremely physical. turing two strong female Through that, it paradoxically becomes spiritual.” characters. Sebastian Lelio on the set directing Disobedience THE DAYTON JEWISH OBSERVER • JUNE 2018


OBITUARIES Aileen Marcia Adams, 74, formerly of Dayton, passed away on April 19. She was the beloved mother of Scott Adams (Allison Glatfelter) and Sarah Adams; sister of Helen Leviton (Alan); cherished grandmother of Henry, Charlie and John Adams. Ms. Adams was known for her caring spirit, her ability to have fun in any situation, and for being an amazing grandmother to her three grandsons. Memorial contributions may be made to Team RWB or a charity of your choosing. Rivka R. Britain, age 70 of Dayton, passed away April 21. Interment was at Beth Jacob Cemetery.

multiple patents. Interment was at Evergreen Cemetery, Barrington. The family asks that donations be made to Lily and Max’s education. Checks should be made payable to Shirley Nelson c/o Merrill Lynch, 510 East 96th Street, Suite 500, Indianapolis, IN 46240. Lyova Sadikov, age 88 of Dayton, passed away April 25. Interment was at Beth Jacob Cemetery. Allen Seymour, partner of Renate Frydman, passed away on April 22.

Lawrence Tomchin, age 90 of Naples, Fla. and Beavercreek, passed away April 29. Mr. Adam Charles Nelson, age Tomchin was born in the Bronx, 52 of Barrington, Ill., formerly N.Y. on March 26, 1928 to the of Centerville, Ohio, passed late Harry and Betty Tomchin. away on May 4 after a long He served in the U.S. Army battle with cancer. Mr. Nelson in Japan during World War II was the beloved husband and was the recipient of the and best friend of Shirley, nee Victory Medal. Mr. Tomchin Bonk. Loving father of Lily and worked hard all his life. Always Max. Devoted son of Myrna the consummate businessman, L. Nelson and Ronald (Susan) he started his long career at Nelson. Dear brother of Laura Rex TV and Radio as a clerk. (Matt) Burton. Adored brother- He rose through the ranks in-law of Carolyn (John) and ultimately became the Wagner and Ralph Bonk. Fond president. Mr. Tomchin retired stepbrother of Rachel (Heath) in 2004 from Rex American Gilbert and Dan Haug. Loving Resources Company and nephew of Sherwin Landerman, then served on the board of Diane Nelson, and Alan Nelson. directors. He was a longtime Proud uncle of Zev, Tova, and member of Temple Israel. Ezri Burton; Ted, Laura, and Mr. Tomchin was a strong Julianne Wagner; and Avi, role model and had many Chava, and Zeke Gilbert. Will friends. Besides his parents, be missed by many extended he was preceded in death family and friends. Mr. Nelson by his brothers, Milton and was an attorney by training but Herbert Tomchin, and sister, most recently was an associate Evelyn Chudde. Mr. Tomchin partner in IBM’s Global Data is survived by his beloved wife Privacy practice, where he held of 30 years, Maureen; sons, Eric (Susan) Tomchin and Jason Tomchin; grandchildren, Emily, Connor, Ashley, and

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Rabbi Aaron Panken remembered as joyful leader who embodied ‘best of the Reform movement’

al Transportation Safety Board. By Josefin Dolsten, JTA NEW YORK — Rabbi Andrea Panken was a licensed pilot. Prior to serving as HUC Weiss, an associate professor of president, the native New Bible at the New York campus Yorker held senior positions at of Hebrew Union College-Jewthe school, including vice presiish Institute of Religion and its incoming provost, remembered dent for strategic initiatives, dean of the New York campus, the joy that Rabbi Aaron PanJoseph O. Weinreich, age 82, ken brought to his work. Weiss and dean of students. of Centerville, passed away Panken worked to expand recalled how Panken would May 9 at Bethany Village. the HUC rabbinical program in pop into his colleagues’ offices Mr. Weinreich was born on asking if they were having fun. Israel and its Jerusalem campus March 31, 1936, the only child and recently ordained “He had this very of the late Arthur and Leona its 100th graduate. serious position as (Oscherwitz) Weinreich. He was president of a very He started several a 1954 graduate of Fairview Israel-related prolarge institution, High School and attended The grams, including one and he approached Ohio State University. Duplicate it with such joy and that brings Israeli bridge was his passion, often rabbinical students with kind of a boyish playing five times a week at the enthusiasm. He reand graduates to visit Miami Valley Bridge Center. the U.S. to learn more ally loved his work,” He attained the rank of Gold about Jewish life here. she said. Life Master in the American Friends and colRabbi Aaron Panken Another program, Contract Bridge League. He in partnership with leagues of Panken, was a member of Temple Israel the president of HUC who died the Foreign Affairs Ministry of for many years. Mr. Weinreich May 5 in a plane crash, remem- Israel, strengthens ties between is survived by his cousins young Reform Jewish leaders bered him as a strong leader and Kay Price, his best friend who was passionate about Isra- and Israeli political and key and companion for 21 years. el and, above all, loved what he cultural figures. He also created Interment was at Riverview a program that brings Jewish, did as the leader of the Reform Cemetery. Contributions in Christian and Muslim schoolmovement’s flagship seminary Mr. Weinreich’s memory may teachers in Israel to the HUC and its campuses in New York, be made to Bethany Village Jerusalem campus to learn Jerusalem, Cincinnati and Los Employee Gratuity Fund, 6430 about tolerance. Angeles. Inner Mission Way, Centerville, Panken lived with his famJean Bloch Rosensaft, the OH 45459 or the charity of your school’s assistant vice president ily in Scarsdale, N.Y., and was choice. for communications and public a member of the Westchester Reform Temple, where he had affairs, said Panken embodied previously served as a rabbinic “the best of the Reform moveintern. ment.” He is survived by his wife, “The college was his whole Lisa Messinger; his children; life. He was a real product of Eli and Samantha; his parents, the Reform movement, and Beverly and Peter; and his he was proud of it,” Rosensaft sister, Rabbi Melinda Panken of said. Congregation Shaari Emeth in Panken, who had led HUC Manalapan, N.J. since 2014, was killed while The New York Jewish Week repiloting a small aircraft near ported May 14 that Rabbi David Wawayanda, N.Y., near the New Jersey border. A passenger, Ellenson, chancellor emeritus of HUC, has been appointed as Frank Reiss, a flight instructor, interim president by the HUC’s was injured in the crash; its cause is unclear pending inves- board of governors. Ellenson tigation by the Federal Aviation served for 12 years as HUC’s UNERAL OME Administration and the Nation- president, from 2001 to 2013.



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Faith-based initiative Continued from Page 20 resources and less limitations than faith-based providers have in regard to find accommodations for objectors,” he said. Rabbi Levi Shemtov, executive vice president of Friends of Lubavitch (Chabad), who delivered a prayer at the signing, said he would raise the removal of the protection with the administration.

“Any time somebody doesn’t feel comfortable religiously in the context of humanitarian assistance it’s a cause for concern and review, and I definitely intend to be in touch with the administration as appropriate to learn what implications this might have,” he said. “At the same time, I would doubt that a religious institution offering humanitarian help would be crass in this regard if the person needing this help objected.”


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Parents: Mark Feingold & Carol Vician Grandparents: Martin & Carole Feingold, the late George & Jean Vician School: Centerville Activities: Wind Symphony, Marching Band, Volleyball Volunteering: Spirit Chain Honors: National Merit Commended Scholar, National Honor Society Congregation: Beth Abraham After Graduation: The Ohio State University, Engineering

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Jack Nicholaisen

Parents: Debbie (Kirschman) & Norbert Klopsch; Craig Nicholaisen Grandparents: Eddie & Rachel Kirschman, Pearl Kirschman, Judy & the late John “Jack” Nicholaisen School: Oakwood Activities: Dayton Boat Club, Boy Scouts of America Troop 236, French Club, Eco Club Employment: Domino’s Pizza Driver Volunteering: Eco Club, Concours d’Elegance, Jewish Cultural Festival Honors: Eagle Scout Congregation: Temple Israel After Graduation: Milwaukee School of Engineering, Civil/Architectural Engineering, Varsity Rowing Team

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Celebrating our high school graduates across the Miami Valley Sara Pierce

Parents: David & Lisa Pierce Grandparents: Marlene & Sonny Pierce, Helene & Bill Sedwick School: Oakwood Activities: Varsity Field Hockey Captain, Varsity Lacrosse, Speech and Debate President, Ohio Model United Nations, Temple Israel Madrichah Volunteering: Humane Society of Greater Dayton, Math Tutor Honors: Salutatorian, National Merit Finalist, National Honor Society, National Speech and Debate Association Honor Society With Superior Distinction, Debate ThreeTime State Qualifier & Two-Time National Qualifier, Field Hockey Second Team All Conference And Team MVP Congregation: Temple Israel After Graduation: Washington University, St. Louis

Jonah Daniel Simpson

Parents: Brian & Jessica Simpson School: Miami Valley Activities: MVS Soccer, Plays Guitar In Two Bands, NFTY Financial VP, BOTY President Volunteering: Community Service In Ghana Congregation: Temple Beth Or After Graduation: Miami University, Ohio

Jacob Westerkamp

Parents: John & Lori Westerkamp Grandparents: Thomas & Joyce Westerkamp, Lillian & the late Morton Ohlbaum School: Beavercreek Activities: Varsity Soccer Honors: Ohio Boys Soccer State Champions, Honors Student Congregation: Temple Beth Or After Graduation: Ohio Northern University, Computer Engineering, Soccer

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Maxwell R. Zawatsky

Parents: Sheryl Zawatsky Grandparents: Roberta & the late Edward Zawatsky School: Miami Valley Activities: Varsity Cross Country, Varsity Track, Theatre, Sinai Scholar Volunteering: MVS Greenhouse, MVS Community Service Honors: Cross Country Rookie of the Year; Metro Buckeye Conference Coaches Award; Metro Buckeye Conference Sportsmanship Award; Maxwell Award for Passion, Dedication & Commitment; Regional Qualifier in Cross Country Congregation: Beth Abraham After Graduation: Kent State University, Nutrition Major, Athletic Coaching Minor




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