The Dayton Jewish Observer, October 2015

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The Stein and Sobol families dedicated a new Torah scroll at Chabad of Greater Dayton on Sept. 10. Shown here (L to R) seated: Florence and Dr. Arnold Sobol, and Sofer (Ritual Scribe) Rabbi Moshe Klein. Standing: Ellen Stein, Dr. Warren Sobol, Dr. Alvin Stein, Jody and Dr. Todd Sobol. As part of the celebration, community members were able to inscribe the final letters in the Torah scroll.

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Beth Abraham NCCJ Annual Friendship Dinner accepting Women of The National Conference for Community and Justice will host its 38th Annual Friendship Dinner on Monday, Oct. 26 at Sinclair Community College’s Ponitz Center. Among the honorees for this year’s dinner are community volunteer Dr. Martha Moody Jacobs and attorney Dr. Martha Dennis Lieberman. The program begins Moody Jacobs with a reception at 5:30 p.m., followed by dinner at 6:30 p.m. NCCJ’s mission is to eliminate all forms of discrimination. According to NCCJ Executive Director Mary Tyler, the Friendship Dinner provides the organization with approximately onethird of its operating revenue each year. “Without it, we Dennis couldn’t offer our youth Lieberman activities, provide our educational programs for adults, or continue our advocacy work designed to build an inclusive community,” Tyler said. To R.S.V.P. for the dinner, call NCCJ at 222-6225.

Valor nominations

The Beth Abraham Synagogue Sisterhood is now accepting nominations for its 2016 Women of Valor Luncheon, to be held on May 4. Eligible for nomination are Dayton-area Jewish women who make significant contributions to their Jewish and/or secular communities. Chairs for the 2016 event are Maryann Bernstein and Marlene Pinsky. Nomination forms are available at and at the synagogue office. The deadline for nominations is Nov. 8. For more information, call the synagogue at 293-9520.

Beth Or goes for Simchat Torah laughs

Temple Beth Or will present its Second Annual Stand-Up Comedy event, featuring a beer garden in the sukkah, on Sunday, Oct. 4 at 5 p.m. Touring comedians who will perform on the program to celebrate Simchat Torah are Karen Bergreen, Shaun Eli, and Jon Fisch. The cost is $50 per person and includes light hors d’oeuvres, beer and wine. R.S.V.P. to the temple at 435-3400. Comedian Shaun Eli

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Blood, Shvitz & Tears with rocker Steve Katz

The JCC will open its Cultural Arts & Book Fest with Steve Katz on Wednesday, Oct. 14 at 7 p.m. at the Dublin Pub, 300 Wayne Ave., Dayton. Tickets are $10 in advance, $15 at the door, and are available at, by calling 6101555, or at the Boonshoft CJCE.

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Ronk, who Katz writes was “a walrus of an Irishman” who taught Katz how to back-pick Candy Man. Katz will perform Green Rocky Road live in tribute to his early teacher. Among the other songs he’ll perform are Richland Woman Blues by Mississippi John Hurt, Sometimes In Winter from Blood, Sweat & Tears and, from Blues Project, Steve’s Song, along with the story behind how the song got misnamed. The next 20 years of his life are filled with the biggest names in music: Bob Dylan slept on the couch where Katz took guitar lessons; he produced Lou Steve Katz Reed’s bestselling LP Rock ‘n’ Roll Animal; Jimi Hen“If anyone has any questions, I drix asked if he could borrow can carry it around and look it Katz’s horn section; Katz sat up.” naked in a hot tub with Joan It could also free him from Baez; and as a rep for Mercury having to make small talk at Records, he passed on signing a dinner parties, he said. Instead, young Irish band named U2. he can simply answer: “You Katz isn’t the only one with should read the book— and stories. While he jokes that even pass the salt.” his mailman doesn’t recognize Like his live performances, him now, people do: couples tell the book takes audiences on a him they were married to You’ve musical journey with a young Jewish boy from Queens. We tag Made Me So Very Happy; a young girl came backstage to say her along with him and his brother favorite song was Blood, Sweat on a trip to Greenwich Village, where Katz will meet Dave Van & Tears’ recording of Laura Continued on next page


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By Michelle Tedford Special To The Observer Is Steve Katz a rock star? The founding guitarist of Blood, Sweat & Tears and threetime Grammy winner wrote his memoir to answer that question. His conclusion: Who cares? Speaking by phone from his home in Connecticut, Katz said that “Who cares?” was the original last line of his book, Blood, Sweat and My Rock ‘n’ Roll Years: Is Steve Katz a Rock Star? But his editor talked him out of it. He’ll share stories and songs on a tour that will bring him to Dayton’s Dublin Pub on Oct. 14 to open the JCC’s Cultural Arts and Book Fest. Katz, 70, said it was time to put down on paper all he has experienced — including how his Jewish humor helped him survive rock ‘n’ roll. “As soon as my brain starts going, it’ll be great to have an index,” he joked about his age.

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Continued from previous page Nyro’s And When I Die. “To affect people like that is a fabulous thing,” he said. “To go through life and know you’ve touched them with music — especially so.” For the last 30 years, he hasn’t cared about the rock life, saying that his next memoir could be titled, My Cars Were Always Slow and My Drugs Not So Great. “Living a normal life — it’s more fun than the rock star life of drugs, infidelity and fast cars,” he said. Today, he lives with his wife of 27 years, Alison Palmer, a ceramist. His days are filled with both her visual arts business and his music, which he said are great complements in their lives. “She sees things in a certain way, and I hear things in a certain way, and we match notes,” he said. On the book jacket, a quote by Chrysalis Records co-founder Terry Ellis says that Katz was a nice Jewish boy who became a star who became a nice Jewish gentleman. Katz said that while he hasn’t been religious since he was a child, his Jewishness has been a defining influence. “I’ve taken it with me all my life, mainly through my humor and my sit-down-on-my-kneesonny-boy, Al-Jolson, tear-in-my-eye sensibility,” said Katz, who is known for his ballads. But is he a rock star? Even at the height of his stardom, a visit to his parents’ home to eat overwrought pot roast and get clean linens would put doubt in his mind, he said. “I didn’t know if I was a rock star or a kid who never grew up,” he said. But on Oct. 14, when he picks up his guitar and stands again before the mic under the lights, there will be no doubt — a bit of both makes for great stories and songs.

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Beth Jacob Congregation and Jewish War Veterans Post 587 will host a veterans Shabbat on Saturday, Nov. 7 at 9:30 a.m., with Rabbi Adam Rosenthal leading services. All U.S. military and allied nation veterans are invited to attend and to stay for kiddush lunch. Jewish veterans who would like to receive aliyah honors during the services are asked to contact the Beth Jacob office at 274-2149.

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One of the last vestiges of Dayton’s old Jewish neighborhood, Rinaldo’s Bake Shoppe at 910 Fairview Ave., closed its doors on Sept. 13 — the eve of Rosh Hashanah — at the start of the Jewish New Year. Co-owner Anna Stolfo told The Observer that Dayton’s only kosher bakery held on until the beginning of the Jewish New Year to provide baked goods for its longtime Jewish customers. “We appreciate all the years of support, but it’s just become too difficult to keep running the bakery,” Anna said. She and her husband, baker Rinaldo Stolfo, established the bakery in 1970. In its heyday, police would direct the heavy traffic at the bakery when members of the Jewish community would pick up their orders for the High Holy Days. As the Jewish community has shrunk in size and shifted to the suburbs south of Dayton over the past decade, Rinaldo’s has struggled to stay open. Anna said their son, John, recently suffered a third heart attack and wasn’t able to return to work. “For us, it’s a well-deserved retirement,” she said. — Marshall Weiss John and Rinaldo Stolfo at their bakery

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Inside the Iran deal battle: hugs, pink kaleidoscopes, Trump By Ron Kampeas, JTA WASHINGTON — Inside the congressional offices, there were soft-spoken recriminations, tears, even the occasional consoling hug. Outside, under a blazing sun, there were whoops, full-throated cries against appeasement and condemnation of President Barack Obama’s “pink kaleidoscope.” The final throes of the battle over the Iran nuclear deal were delivered with volume, fury and in the quiet agonies of friendships riven by the deal. On Sept. 9, meetings in congressional offices between American Israel Public Affairs Committee activists and staffers for Democrats who had supported the Iran nuclear deal often devolved into tears, according to those present. In at least one case, an AIPAC staffer was so inconsolable that a congressional staffer reached out spontaneously for a hug. The message from AIPAC, staffers said, was one of “disappointment.” AIPAC would not comment on the content of the meetings. Some 300 Orthodox Unionaffiliated rabbis joined the 1,000 or so AIPAC activists in the lastminute lobbying effort against the deal.

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Orthodox Rabbi Marc Penner speaking at the Orthodox Union’s rally against the Iran deal on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., Sept. 9

“When you have an opportunity to scream in dissent and you are silent, you have done wrong,” Rabbi Shalom Baum, the president of the Rabbinical Council of America, said at a news conference. Meanwhile, on the West Lawn outside the Capitol, several hundred demonstrators at a rally organized by the Tea Party Patriots vocally protested the deal in 90-plus degree heat. The headliners included Donald Trump, Sarah Palin and Phil Robertson, the patriarch of reality TV’s Duck Dynasty show. Palin, the former Alaska governor and onetime Republican vice presidential nominee, drew cheers when she slammed Obama for negotiating with Iran, “the No. 1 braggadocious sponsor of state terrorism,” by her accounting. “Only in an Orwellian Obama world full of sparkly fairy dust blown from atop his unicorn as he’s peeking through a pretty pink kaleidoscope would he ever see victory or safety for America or Israel in this treaty,” she said. Trump, the front-runner in Republican presidential polls, sounded some similar notes. “They rip us off, they take our money, they make us look like fools, they don’t want Israel to survive,” he said of the government in Tehran. Of the government in Washington, Trump said, “We are led by very, very stupid people. Very, very stupid people.” Trump’s remarks, however, focused less on the deal and more on himself and his cherished achievement of not losing: “We may have so much winning if I get elected that you may get

bored with winning,” he said. By the afternoon of Sept. 10 it was over: Senate Democrats blocked a vote on the deal, effectively handing Obama victory on his signature foreign-policy initiative. Republicans failed to garner the 60 votes necessary to end debate on the measure and bring it to a vote. Voting against the motion to end debate were 42 Democrats — one more than needed. Implementation of the agreement announced in July between Iran and six major powers to limit Iran’s nuclear program in exchange for the easing of sanctions is likely to begin in the coming weeks. “This vote is a victory for diplomacy, for American national security, and for the safety and security of the world,” Obama said in a statement. AIPAC tried hard to find some victory amid the failure of the effort to kill the nuclear deal. “While the American people deserved a direct up or down vote on the resolution of disapproval, the 58 senators who spoke out against the agreement and voted to invoke cloture succeeded in their effort to express opposition to the deal,” AIPAC said in a statement following the Senate vote. AIPAC appears ready to move to the next step and assume a posture of watching implementation of the nuclear deal like a hawk. “Congress and the executive branch must now maintain constant vigilance concerning Iranian compliance with the deal and be ready to move quickly against any Iranian effort to advance its nuclear quest,” AIPAC’s statement said.



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Arab-American commuBy Jacob Wirtschafter nity,” he told JTA in an and Ron Kampeas, JTA interview. ANAHEIM, Calif. — Responding to lobArab Americans advocatbying from HIAS, the ing on behalf of Syrian administration moved refugees have found in February to provide some unlikely allies in exemptions for people their effort to resettle who provided limited families from the waror insignificant support torn nation: influential to Syrian rebels who do Jewish groups. not pose a danger to the Over the last few United States. weeks, HIAS, the Hebrew But more recently Immigrant Aid Society, Hossino has tracked an has launched a petition uptick in opposition to drive calling on President bringing Muslim imBarack Obama to swiftly migrants to the United open America’s gates to States — especially an additional 100,000 Syr- Migrants walking along a motorway near the southern Hungarian village of Roszke, Sept. 7 among Republican canians, and the president didates and members of of the Union for Reform congress. Judaism wrote to the president can open its doors to 800,000 In television appearances, asylum seekers, the U.S., with a and congressional leaders callRepublican presidential canpopulation four times the size ing for a coordinated internaof Germany’s and a history as a didate Carly Fiorina said the tional response. United States has “done its fair nation of immigrants and refu“Our great nation must reshare” when it comes to the gees, can take 100,000.” spond immediately by providHetfield appealed to regional refugee crisis. Sen. Rand Paul ing safety, food, shelter, refuge, asserted that the U.S. “can’t and dignity,” wrote the Reform Jewish groups to act on the accept the whole world” and grassroots level to help absorb leader, Rabbi Rick Jacobs. should adopt a cautious stance refugees. “How can a nation built by toward resettlement. “The Jewish voice is very refugees from political persecuHetfield, in the conference influential here, very important tion turn our back on refugees call, said concerns about the and very much needed,” Hetfleeing religious and political Muslim and Arab identity of field said. persecution?” the refugees are misplaced, Akram Abusharar, a GazaOmar Hossino, the Washborn U.S. immigration attorney reminding listeners of similar ington-based Syrian American reasoning when some nations Council’s public relations direc- who handles approximately 80 Syrian asylum cases per month, in the 1930s blocked Jewish imtor, singled out HIAS as being said HIAS’s involvement was a migration from Germany. particularly helpful. “To confuse the refugees with “HIAS has been consistently boost to his cause. the people that they’re fleeing,” “The Jewish community calling for more resettlement he said, “is to make the same has more capacity to move the and pushing back against the politicians on this issue than the mistake that kept Jews out.” discriminatory rhetoric opposing opening the doors to Syrian refugees,” he said. On Sept. 10, HIAS president Mark Hetfield held a conference call with American Jewish organizational officials to talk about his agency’s decision to join with Arab-American leaders in critiquing U.S. policies that limit the numbers of refuKEVIN A. BRESSLER, CFP®, MBA gees settled in the United States Financial Advisor to about 70,000 per year. CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ practitioner Only about 1,500 Syrian refugees have been admitted • 29 years of experience since the start of the civil war in • Ameriprise Hall of Fame 2011. Obama announced Sept. • Ameriprise Exceptional Client 10 that the United States soon Satisfaction Award, 2014 would take in 10,000 refugees, but Hetfield said that number 10050 Innovation Drive, Ste 310 was inadequate. Miamisburg, OH 45342-4933 “We are dealing with a global 937.312.8008 humanitarian crisis to which the entire world must spond,” he said in a statement CA Insurance: #0823959 issued within hours of Obama’s announcement. “If Germany

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Most Orthodox Jews are Republicans and 11 other findings from Pew By Uriel Heilman, JTA NEW YORK — Ever since the Pew Research Center released its landmark 2013 survey of U.S. Jewry, the study has become central to debates about everything from intermarriage to Jewish education. Now comes a new treasure trove of data from Pew about Orthodox Jews, extrapolated from the data amassed for the 2013 study (from 3,475 interviews with Jews conducted that year). Though Orthodox Jews comprise only 10 percent of all American Jews, their share of the U.S. Jewish population is growing rapidly. And the implications are profound. “If the Orthodox grow as a share of U.S. Jews, they gradually could shift the profile of American Jews in several areas, including religious beliefs and practices, social and political views and demographic characteristics,” the new study says. Here are some of the top findings in Pew’s new report, A

Portrait of American Orthodox Jews. Thirty-seven percent of Jews. modern Orthodox Jews report Orthodox Jewry is growing household incomes of $150,000 rapidly. Among parents who or more per year, compared have children, the Orthodox to 29 percent of Reform Jews, birth rate is 4.1 children per 24 percent of haredi Jews, 23 family, compared to 1.7 among percent of Conservative Jews the non-Orthodox. And almost and 22 percent of Jews of no dehalf of all Orthodox parents nomination. On the poorer end have four or more children (48 of the spectrum, 43 percent of percent), compared with just 9 haredim report less than $50,000 percent of other Jewannual income for ish parents. their household, Orthodox Not everyone becompared to 30 lieves in God with Jewry’s percent of modern absolute certainty. share of the Orthodox and 31 perOrthodox Jews repcent of other Jews. resent the only Jew- U.S. Jewish Orthodox Jews ish denomination in population are mostly Repubwhich a majority of licans. The share of is growing members believe in those who identify as rapidly. God with absolute Republicans or lean certainty (96 percent Republican was, as of haredim and 77 of 2013, 58 percent of percent of modern Orthodox). haredim, 56 percent of modern Among Conservatives the figure Orthodox, 27 percent of Conseris 41 percent and among Reform vative and 17 percent of Reform. 29 percent. Some Jews who call themModern Orthodox Jews selves modern Orthodox skip make more money than other key rituals. Ten percent of mod-

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ern Orthodox Jews in the survey said they did not fast on Yom Kippur, 22 percent don’t always or usually light Shabbat candles, and 17 percent don’t regularly keep kosher. On the question of whether they attend religious services weekly or more often, 67 percent of modern Orthodox Jews responded in the affirmative, compared to 60 percent of haredim and only 6 percent of all other Jews (13 percent among Conservative, 4 percent among Reform and 3 percent among Jews of no denomination). Higher educational degrees are rare among haredim. About

38 percent of haredim have a high school diploma or less, and only 25 percent have a bachelor’s degree or higher. By contrast, 60 percent of nonOrthodox Jews have a bachelor’s degree or higher. Among modern Orthodox, levels of education are more similar to other Jews than to haredim: 65 percent of the modern Orthodox have a bachelor’s degree or higher, and 21 percent a high school diploma or less. Only 11 percent of haredim live outside the Northeast. Overall, 43 percent of America’s Jews live in the Northeast, with

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THE WORLD 23 percent in the South, 23 percent in the Midwest, and 11 percent in the West. The Northeast has 61 percent of the modern Orthodox population, 43 percent of the Conservative population and 36 percent of America’s Reform Jews. Only 1 percent of haredim live out West. Orthodox Jews marry relatively young. Three-quarters of haredi Orthodox Jews marry by age 25 (75 percent), about half of modern Orthodox Jews marry by then (48 percent), while only about one-quarter of Reform Jews and 32 percent of Conservative Jews marry by that age. They send their kids to Jewish schools. Four out of five Orthodox Jewish parents with kids at home have at least one child in yeshiva or Jewish day school, and about threequarters of Orthodox Jewish adults (73 percent) attended a Jewish day school or yeshiva as children (81 percent among haredim, 57 percent among the modern Orthodox). By contrast, only 17 percent of other Jews went to yeshiva or Jewish day school growing up. Haredim hardly have any non-Jewish friends. About 97 percent of haredim say all or most of their friends are Jewish, compared to 65 percent of modern Orthodox and 26 percent of other Jews. Jews of all denominations are proud to be Jewish. In all denominations, at least 93 percent of adherents say they’re proud to be Jewish, compared to 87 percent among Jews of no denomination. However, while 99 percent of Orthodox Jews say they have a strong sense of belonging to the Jewish people, the figures are 92 percent for Conservative, 78 percent for Reform and 53 percent among Jews of no denomination.

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Survey: broad dissatisfaction with Israeli religious policy Covering a broad spectrum By Ben Sales, JTA of questions on religious policy TEL AVIV — Secular and and identification, the Hiddush haredi Orthodox Israelis differ survey reported large majorities on many things, but there’s of Israelis supporting religious one thing both sides agree on: policy change, as it has every When it comes to religious afyear since the poll began in fairs, the government is failing. 2009. Sixty-four percent of JewThat’s one of the findings ish Israelis support recognizof an annual survey of Israeli ing Conservative and Reform religious identification and atconversions — not just titudes toward religious Orthodox, as is curpolicy released Sept. 11 rently the case. by Hiddush, a 6-yearNearly three-quarters old organization that of Israelis want public promotes religious transit on Shabbat. And freedom in Israel. 86 percent of responThe survey found dents support haredi that 95 percent of men performing milisecular respondents are tary or civilian national dissatisfied with the government’s handling Rabbi Uri Regev service. Sixty-four percent of religious issues, with of Jewish Israelis want Israel large majorities favoring civil to enact civil marriage or civil marriage or civil unions and unions, though 63 percent said official recognition of nonthey would still choose an Orthodox conversions. Orthodox ceremony for themBut the survey also reported selves — including three-quardissatisfaction with religious ters of Conservative Jews. policy among 81 percent of “There is clearly a growing, haredi Orthodox Israelis, solid, overwhelming majority despite the fact that haredi parof Israelis who are unhappy ties regained control over the about the way religion and Religious Affairs Ministry and state are linked and impacting the powerful Knesset Finance the lives of individuals and the Committee following the March elections. Since then, the state,” Regev said. “The public clearly does not like what the parties have set about rolling Israeli government has proback several reforms adopted vided it with.” by the previous government, The survey also found a removing the teeth from a law rise in support for same-sex drafting haredi men into the marriage — with 64 percent military and repealing a conversion reform passed last year. in support, compared to 56 percent last year. The jump “When the haredim are follows national legalization unhappy, they’re unhappy of gay marriage in the United about something different than States and a stabbing attack at why the secular (Israelis) are unhappy,” Rabbi Uri Regev, the the Jerusalem gay pride parade in July that killed a 16-year-old Hiddush CEO, told JTA. “To girl. But a substantial portion many of them, Israel is not giving them enough, not enforcing of Israel’s governing coalition opposes same-sex marriage, their prerogatives enough, not enforcing Shabbat observance.” making its passage unlikely.

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Israelis’ long-held desire for religious reform hasn’t led to corresponding government action. According to Regev, that’s because Israelis, when voting, place less of a priority on religion than security or economics. That was especially true ahead of this year’s election following a war in Gaza and much public discussion about skyrocketing housing prices. Religious issues didn’t even register in a March pre-election poll that asked about the country’s most pressing concerns.

Nor have issues like marriage and conversion been subjects of major public protest. In 2013, religious policy briefly rose in prominence as Yesh Atid became the Knesset’s second-largest party, promising to draft haredim and push for civil unions. But those issues faded as Israel entered last summer’s war in Gaza. In this year’s elections, the new kingmaker was Kulanu, a party largely focused on economics. Yesh Atid lost eight seats and joined the opposition.

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Does Iran deal rift mean Jews will go GOP in 2016? By Ami Eden One conspiracy theory making the rounds is that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s various Iranrelated confrontations with President Barack Obama are part of a Sheldon Adelson plot to turn American Jews into Republican Party voters in 2016. Even if one rejects this theory out of hand, the question still stands: Will Obama’s championing of the Iran deal trigger a significant realignment, with Jews jumping to the GOP in 2016? The answer is maybe — but probably not, judging from the latest annual Jewish survey from the American Jewish Committee. (Before jumping in, keep in mind that the survey’s margin of error is 4.7 percent — more than some of the shifts discussed.) Let’s start with Obama and the Iran deal. The survey would seem to give Jewish GOPers reason for optimism. Yes, the majority of American Jews back the deal, but only by a sliver — 50.6 percent approve and 47.2 percent disapprove. And the level of disapproval is much more intense: 16.4 percent approve strongly and 34.2 percent approve somewhat, versus 27.4 percent disapprove strongly and 19.8 percent disapprove somewhat. About 63 percent of American Jews are not confident that the deal will prevent Iran from developing nuclear weapons and 42.8 percent believe Israel will be more threatened because of the deal. The numbers get really small when it comes to seeing a best-case scenario: Only 4.9 percent are very confident that the deal will prevent Iran from developing a nuclear weapon and 17.9 percent believe Israel will be less threatened. About 53 percent approve of the way Obama is handling United States-Israel relations, with only 8.9 percent saying they approve strongly — low numbers in light of the 70 percent or so of the Jewish vote that he won in 2012. You’d think all that would open the door to big Republican gains in 2016. Sure enough, AJC’s 2015 survey found 37.4 percent of American Jews backing a Republican presidential candidate. So if that number holds, GOP Jewish donors and activists will have plenty to smile about — that would amount to the best Republican showing since Ronald Reagan took 39 percent of the Jewish vote against Jimmy Carter in 1980. On the other hand, that’s not much of a GOP boost considering Obama and Netanyahu are in the middle of a full-frontal, existential slugfest. Obama won’t be on the ticket. Odds are it will be Hillary Rodham Clinton, with her deep bench of longtime Jewish backers, validators, donors, etc. She talks tougher on Israel than Obama. If you believe Michael Oren, her chemistry with Netanyahu is better. Clinton was by far the most popular presidential candidate among Jews — 39.7 percent identify her

as their first choice. Next up was Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., with 17.8 percent. The socialist in the race almost doubled the top Republican, Donald Trump, who registered 10.2 percent. (Side note: The Donald is in a tighter race when it comes to Jewish Republicans than Republicans overall — Jeb Bush is a close second in the Republican field with 8.7 percent.) Dig a little deeper and you find that the underlying data hasn’t shifted much. In the 2013 survey, 47 percent of American Jews identified as liberal, 35 percent as moderate/middle of the road and 20 percent as conservative. This time around it was 45.1 percent liberal, 33.8 moderate/middle of the road and 20.9 percent conservative. There is a little more movement on the Democrat-independent-Republican question, with those identifying with the GOP jumping from 15 percent to 19 percent. Those identifying as Democrats dropped from 52 percent to 48.6 percent and independents stayed the same at about 32 percent. The more pertinent question behind all of these numbers is how much any Republican Jewish gains are attributable mainly to the growing numbers of Orthodox Jews and their gradual two-decade shift to the GOP column as opposed to a wider Jewish realignment. The survey data also suggest that Israel-Iran issues are unlikely to be the main decision point for Jewish voters. About 75 percent identified a domestic issue as their top concern, with nearly 42 percent citing the economy. National security finished second at 12.3 percent, barely beating out health care (12 percent) and income equality (11.6 percent). U.S.-Israel relations (7.2 percent) edged out Supreme Court appointments (5.6 percent). Republicans can hope that they can make inroads via these various domestic issues. But previous polling results suggest that Jews skew relatively liberal on these issues — hence why previous Republican efforts to flip the Jewish vote have generally focused on Israel and the Middle East). Assuming that the GOP nominee is someone with solidly conservative positions, once again a domesticbased case to Jewish voters will likely be a hard sell. One final survey topic that might shed light on where the kishkes of American Jews are at: antisemitism in Europe. About 90 percent said it was a problem, with 45.5 percent calling it a very serious problem. Where it gets interesting is the follow-up question, about the extent of the problem on the far right versus the far left. Twenty percent agreed that most people on the far right were antisemitic — double the 10 percent who said the same about the far left. In short: There is just enough here to fuel another election cycle-worth of speculative articles on whether this is the year that Republicans finally make major strides with Jewish voters. But if you’re looking to bet some money, you’re better off playing the odds at one of Adelson’s casinos.

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What I saw on the migrants’ road to Budapest By Julia Kaldori BUDAPEST — As our car rolled slowly toward Budapest, we saw a huge group heading in the opposite direction on the highway just outside the city: Hundreds of people quietly walking in the breakdown lane, marching toward freedom and peace. I couldn’t tell if the other drivers were lifting their heads or not, but I couldn’t look away, paralyzed by a scene that reminded me of the stories my grandfather told me about his march from Budapest to the concentration camp at Mauthausen. Barbed wire fences are again being built in Europe to stop the flow of refugees. Thousands of men, women and children drowned at sea on their way to Europe across the Mediterranean. In Budapest, refugees were led to trains they were promised would bring them to the West, but instead were taken to a so-called registration camp. In the Czech Republic, refugees had identification numbers written on their hands until the process was stopped amid a public outcry, the procedure too reminiscent of the tattooed numbers on concentration camp prisoners. And European political leaders, foremost among them Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban, warn of the refugees overflowing Europe with their “different” cultures and religions. These scenes from Europe in 2015 sound like echoes of the Holocaust. But Europe’s biggest humanitarian crisis since World War II makes many Europeans blind in their historical eye, which in turn provokes concern among European Jewish leaders. At a recent demonstration in Budapest against the inhumane handling of this crisis by the Hungarian government, antisemitic insults where shouted by right-wing counterdemonstrators. When a group of people is stigmatized and isolated in refugee camps and abused for the political purposes of right-wing parties, we are not far from the images of Auschwitz and Theresienstadt. Recent events pose a challenges to the Jewish communities of Europe, so it is perhaps not surprising that many Jewish leaders and individuals are actively involved in providing aid to the refugees. Personally, when I see how people are fished out of trains on the basis of their racial profile, or locked up in camps behind barbed wire, or used as scapegoats to maintain political power, I’m on the one hand grateful for my own life, for my healthy child, warm home, and the love of family and friends. But I also can’t sit at home and look away. As a journalist, I try to raise as much awareness as I can. And as a private person I try to extend a hand, helping the refugees find a peaceful moment in the railway stations or on the highway from Budapest and Vienna. Since August, when I joined the volunteers — many of them Jewish — helping refugees in Budapest, I’ve come to realize how many of them need someone to listen to them as much as they need the medicine, blankets and kosher (hence, also halal) food that we distribute among them. When you look into their eyes, their plight stops being a demographic issue. I know they come from countries where anti-semitism and terrorism are rampant. But the people determined to kill Jews don’t need this stream of refugees to infiltrate Europe. They were doing just fine before it started. The refugees are mostly fleeing ISIS barbarism, our common enemy. If we Jews help them, our actions could build bridges to a more secure future. Maybe I’m being naive, but I need to be if I am to help make a bright future for my 6-year-old son. Julia Kaldori is the editor of Wina, a monthly magazine serving the Viennese Jewish community. She was born in Hungary. THE DAYTON JEWISH OBSERVER • OCTOBER 2015


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Temple Israel Ryterband Brunch Series: Sundays, 9:30 a.m.-noon. Oct. 11: Wright State Prof. Dr. Mark Verman, Innovative Chasidic Biblical Interpretations. Oct. 18: HUC Asst. Prof. Dr. Jason Kalman, Medieval Jews & the Biblical Account of the Creation of the World. Oct. 25: Hadassah VP Vicki Kemmerer, The Life of Henrietta Szold. $5 per brunch. 130 Riverside Dr., Dayton. 4960050.


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JFS Active Adults Dine Around: Thurs., Oct. 1, noon. Mimi’s Café, The Greene. R.S.V.P. to Karen Steiger, 6101555.

Guitarist Steve Katz: Wed., Oct. 14, 7 p.m. The Dublin Pub, 300 Wayne Ave., Dayton. $10 in advance, $15 at door. Purchase online at or call 610-1555.

JFS Yiddish Club: Sun., Oct. 18, 1:30 p.m. at Starbucks, 2424 Far Hills Ave., Oakwood. The Melody of Yiddish in Our Speech w. Rachel Steindel Burdin. R.S.V.P. to Judy Woll, 470-0113.

Novelist Susan Jane Gilman: Tues., Oct. 20, 7 p.m. Boonshoft CJCE, 525 Versailles Dr., Centerville. $5 in advance, $8 at door. Purchase online at or call 610-1555.

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Rabbi Sherre Zwelling Hirsch: Wed., Oct. 28, 7 p.m. Wright Memorial Public Library, 1776 Far Hills Ave., Oakwood. Free. 610-1555 for more info.

Chabad Men’s Night Out in the Sukkah: Thurs., Oct. 1, 6:30 p.m. Steak, Scotch, cigars. 2001 Far Hills Ave., Oakwood. R.S.V.P. to 643-0770.

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Chabad Sushi in the Sukkah: Wed., Sept. 30, 5 p.m. 2001 Far Hills Ave., Oakwood. R.S.V.P. to 643-0770.

Temple Anshe Emeth Simchat Torah Service: Fri., Oct. 2, 7:30 p.m. 320 Caldwell St., Piqua. Call Eileen Litchfield, 937-547-0092. Temple Beth Or 2nd Annual Simchat Torah Stand-Up Comedy: Sun., Oct. 4, 5 p.m. 5275 Marshall Dr., Wash. Twp. $50. R.S.V.P. to 435-3400. Chabad’s Simchat Torah: Mon., Oct. 5, 7:30 p.m. Dinner,

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LIFECYCLES Sussman-Prince Janis and Philip Sussman of Richmond are pleased to announce the engagement of their daughter, Robin Sussman, to Avi Prince, son of Suzanne and Dr. David Prince of Teaneck, N.J. Robin graduated from Harvard University, where she earned a doctorate in chemistry. She works for the bio-pharmaceutical company Biogen in the Boston area. Avi is a graduate of the University of Maryland, where he earned a bachelor of science in computer engineering. He is employed by Microsoft as a software engineer in Cambridge, Mass. Robin is the granddaughter of the late Mildred and Leo Fox, and the late Sylvia and Rudolph Lehman, and the late Meyer Sussman. Avi is the grandson of Sheila and Dr. Jack Prince of Boca Raton, Fla., and the late Marilyn Prince and the late Vivian and Robert Freund. Sharing in the couple’s happiness are Robin’s sister, Margo Sussman-Ramp, her brother, Jack Sussman, and Avi’s sister, Leora Prince-Shamouilian, and brother, Eitan Prince. The couple met at the Harvard Hillel and currently lives in the Cambridge area. The couple is planning a November 2015 wedding in New York.

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Sophie Ilene Skolnick Sophie Ilene Skolnick, daughter of Larry Skolnick, will celebrate her Bat Mitzvah on Oct. 24 at Temple Israel in Memphis, Tenn. To mark this occasion, Sophie will conduct the worship and Torah services, read from the Torah, chant her Haftorah and deliver a Bat Mitzvah message to the congregation. Sophie is a seventh grader at Hutchison School and is a Duke TIP Scholar. She is passionate about dance, and studies both advanced ballet and pointe at the Markell School of Dance in Memphis. Sophie spends her summers at Camp Sabra in Missouri. For her Bat Mitzvah project, Sophie has been working with young dancers, ages 3 to 7, and volunteered her time as an assistant dance instructor for the past six months. Sophie is the granddaughter of Arlene and Dr. Judah Skolnick of Louisville, Ky.

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Charlie, Rebecca, and Laila Blumer qualified for the Ohio State Fair with their 4-H projects. Charlie completed projects on beekeeping, American foods, and laundry; Rebecca worked on Growing With Others; and Laila was

Rachael and Jan Siegelman of Atlanta. Temima arrived 10 days after the Blum’s 60th wedding anniversary.

Dayton Children’s Hospital will host Taking Control: Managing IBD Decisions, a program of Dersu Jay Goorskey the Southwest Chapter of the Dersu Jay Goorskey, son of Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation, Chao and David Goorskey, will on Thursday, Oct. 15 from 6 be called to the Torah on Oct. to 8 p.m. Specialists for the Rachel 10 as a Bar Mitzvah at Beth free, informational panel will Haug Gilbert include Dr. Kelly Sandberg of Abraham Synagogue. Dersu is a seventh-grade student at Watts Dayton Children’s Hospital, Middle School in Centerville, Dr. Michael W. Gorsky of where he participates in Science involved with Fun With Clothes Dayton Gastroenterology, and and Growing On My Own. Olympiad. He has a good ear Dr. Anjali Morey of Digestive for music and has been learning Their parents are Jeff and Specialists. Crohn’s and Colitis Molly Blumer. violin since he was 5 years old. are prevalent in Jews of Eastern He is starting his second year European Ashkenazi descent. Connie and Stanley Blum as a member of the Dayton To register, call 513-772-3550. are delighted to announce Philharmonic Youth String Ensemble. In his spare time, he the arrival on Aug. 24 of Send your Kvelling items to their first great-grandchild, is often found reading a book, or to Temima Lebovic, born to their drawing cartoons, making Rachel Haug Gilbert, The Dayton granddaughter Rina and her stop-motion Lego animations, husband, Mickey, in Baltimore. Jewish Observer, 525 Versailles computer programming, or Drive, Centerville, OH 45459. Maternal grandparents are doing an electronics project. THE DAYTON JEWISH OBSERVER • OCTOBER 2015

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Deena Raquel Green Deena Raquel Green, daughter of Esther and Jeff Green, will be called to the Torah as a Bat Mitzvah on Oct. 10 at Temple Israel. She is the sister of Adam Green and granddaughter of Sylvia and the late David Singer of Toronto, and the late Glenna and Lowell Green of Enon. Deena is in seventh grade at McKinney Middle School in Yellow Springs. She plays club soccer, basketball, and softball, and is the only girl in her recreational baseball league. Awards include MLK Peacekeeper of the Year, and a highly-competitive calendar art contest open to all Dayton area schools. Deena’s hobbies are piano and fiber arts including weaving, sewing and knitting. For her mitzvah project, Deena knit and crocheted more than 50 hats for babies in neonatal care.


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Robeson-Horwitz Jon and Beverly Horwitz are pleased to announce the engagement of their son, Brian, to Deena Robeson of Chicago. Deena is a 2010 graduate of the University of WisconsinMadison, and is employed as an account manager with Newco Media in Chicago. She is the daughter of Menucha and Nosson Robeson of West Rogers Park, Chicago. Brian, a 2010 graduate of Miami University in Oxford, is a senior account executive with Career Builder LLC in Chicago. His paternal grandparents are Charlotte Vangrov Horwitz and the late Dr. Alan Horwitz of Dayton. Maternal grandparents are the late Fannie and Richard Nierenberg of Dayton and Sarasota, Fla. The couple is planning to be married in Chicago in October 2016.


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Boonshoft CJCE will be closed the following dates: »»October 5– Shemini Atzeret »»October 6– Simchat Torah

Thursday, October 8 › Holocaust Liberators Memorial & Statehouse Tour 7AM @ Boonshoft CJCE 7:45AM @ Englewood Meijer The JCRC invites you to join us on a tour of the Ohio Statehouse, visit the memorial on the Statehouse grounds and end with lunch at Katzinger’s (cost on your own). If you keep kosher, a boxed lunch may be pre-ordered. Transportation by Buckeye Charters. RSVP by September 25. $15 per person. Sunday, October 11 › Hadassah Opening Event 2–4PM @ The Flower Shoppe (Far Hills Ave 45419) In partnership with JCRC. Guest speaker Bob Feferman, Outreach Coordinator for United Against Nuclear Iran (UANI), will be talking about the Iran nuclear issue and the impact on Israel. Dessert reception.

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partnered with the passionate and committed leadership of Mary Ann Bernstein, Helene Gordon and new JFS chair Wendi Pavlovsky on the development and implementation of a strategic planning process. Look for a renewed, strong, and responsive Jewish Family Services, guided by these strategies, in the coming year. The changes in personnel occurring in the Jewish Community Center gave us In the first seven months a chance to find new talent of 2015 we experienced in our community. What five retirements and two resulted is the hiring of staff moving on to other two new professionals who organizations. Our gratitude bring creativity, talent and for the contributions of excitement to the robust these individuals has been programs and activities of expressed and will continue the JCC. Casey Owens is to be felt for many years focused on building our to come. Their legacy has summer camp program and helped us grow. strengthening the activities Whether by design or of our teens. Mary Wyke has necessity, these activities taken the reins of a vibrant have prepared the Jewish Cultural Arts program and Federation of Greater will be adding her touch of Dayton for the New Year creativity. ahead. With the guidance Adding to the changes in and wisdom of our JFGD the JCC is the leadership of board, JCC and Jewish the board. We welcome the Family Services leadership, insightful and engaging input we responded with renewed strength to the changes of the of Alan Gabel. One other change was past year. obvious as we look to a The transformations in successful year ahead. Jewish Family Services Fundraising is primarily the began early in the year as building of relationships we embarked on a close with our donors. Not only is review of our activities in it important to understand order to align programs to why someone gives, but our mission. We continued reinforcing the significance with a multi-dimensional of this mitzvah is a continual strategic planning process. process. In a changing world, In the meantime, we found in our community a resource with critical and somewhat different needs to sustain that would guide us in the our Jewish communities, we years to come. Tara Feiner, looked at how we should the new JFS director, has

change to meet those needs. The New Year will be filled with promise as Cheryl Carne takes on this important task of donor relations. Her continued commitment to this community is evident each day, and together with our donors we can only grow stronger. Adding to the strength of our fundraising efforts over the past year was our new development director, Caryl Segalewitz. Her impassioned and visionary leadership helped us achieve a significant success for our first President’s Dinner, chaired by Debby Goldenberg. Caryl will continue to guide our development strategies towards a vibrant annual

campaign as well as a robust corporate sponsorship program in the coming year. Finally, preparing for the future rests on the gains of the past. We thank the outgoing chairs of our JCC and JFS boards for their incredible service and leadership. We also know that Shirley Gilbert (Immediate Past JCC Chair) and Helene Gordon (Immediate Past JFS Chair) will continue to guide us in other capacities, and we recognize how much they did to build our tomorrow.


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Thursday, October 8 › BBYO Jumps for Joy 6–8PM @ Sky Zone Dayton (976 Senate Dr, 45459) $15 per person.

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ONGOING CLASSES › TAI CHI Thursdays 4–5PM September 17–December 17 Instructor Debra Stewart. Cost: $5 per class › YOGA Thursdays 5–6PM September 17–December 17 Instructor Debra Stewart. Cost: $5 per class. › INSANITY Mondays & Wednesdays 5–6PM September 21–December 17 Instructor Lauren Baumgarten. Cost: $5 per class. › RENAISSANCE ART Fridays 10AM–NOON October 2–December 17 Instructor Barb Stork. Cost: $50 per person.

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Fun and fall go together at JCC Early Childhood! We have made some fantastic additions to our already strong curriculum for this school year. Children now enjoy bi-weekly sessions with music and dance specialists, Ms. Mary Wyke, who visits the classrooms with her guitar, and Ms. Jennifer Mollenhauer, who meets children in our multi-purpose room to teach Israeli dancing. We also made an exciting change in our 4 and 5 year old classroom, combining the two to form the Mishpacha (family) class. Our four dedicated teachers collaborated on this innovative adventure to allow children to take advantage of three separate spaces throughout the day, allowing for learning centers that are larger and more enriched than before and the children are thriving in their new environment! » IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN EXPLORING OUR CENTER FOR YOUR CHILD, please contact Audrey L. MacKenzie, Early Childhood Director at 853-0373 or



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Sam holds a BA degree in sociology from State University of New York at Buffalo and a masters degree in social work from the University of Michigan. Sam is a self taught amateur photographer. He has won numerous photography contests including 1st, 2nd, and honorable mention both in the States and on military installations in Europe, e.g., Germany and Holland. Published work includes: » Photographers Forum Magazine – Best in Collage Photography – 5 times » The Ohio State Fair, 2009 and 2012 » International Library of Photography » The Exposure Award, Louvre Museum, Paris, France


Sam Lauber’s artwork will be on display at the JCC until December 18.

CABF OPENING EVENT Wednesday, October 14 › Steve Katz 7PM @ Dublin Pub (300 Wayne Ave., 45402) $10 in advance / $15 at the door Sponsor: 10 Wilmington Place » MORE CABF EVENTS ON PAGE 21


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This year Dayton’s BBYO teens are gearing up for an awesome fall full of friends and activities, starting with a trip to Sky Zone Dayton on October 8 from 6-8PM, $15 per person. Jump to your heart’s content and make new friends! And don’t miss a chance to score some strikes with BBYO at Poelking Woodman Lanes in Kettering on October 28 from 6-8PM, $5 per person.

›A littleMamaloshen bit of Yiddish to share with friends,

L’Chaim 2015: The Arts Come Alive in Dayton Save the date!! On December 1, JFS is coordinating with the Cultural Art & Book Fest. L’Chaim 2015: The Arts Come Alive in Dayton will feature exhibitors from various arts organizations in Dayton followed by speaker Eddie Shapiro, author of Nothing Like a Dame: Conversations with the Great Women of Musical Theater. Keep an eye out for more details about this amazing event.

courtesy of the JFS Yiddish Club, in memory of Lynda A. Cohen.

Toyb: \TOYB\ Noun A dove, pigeon Expression with toyb: › Ven dos meydl iz eydl, iz dos vaybl a taybl. If the girl is refined, she will be a dove of a wife. › A vaybele iz a taybele un a tayvele. A wife can be either a little dove or a little devil. › Zey lebn vi di toybn un raysn zikh vi di kets They live like doves and fight like cats.

JFS Strategic Plan Update:



Medicare’s Annual Enrollment is when people on Medicare can review their current prescription drug and/or Medicare Advantage Plans and decide whether to retain their current plans or to select different ones that will go into effect January 1, 2016. This review process occurs between October 15 and December 7 and is encouraged because plans can and will change, as will individual’s medical and prescription drug needs. Three “Medicare Check Up” days will be offered here in Montgomery County to assist you with this plan review and selection process. Medicare counselors from the Ohio Department of Insurance will be on hand to work with people individually to determine their needs and select a plan. This is a free service offered by Medicare and OSHIIP, the Ohio Senior Health Insurance Information Program. Dates for Montgomery County’s Check Up Days are: NORTH


» Friday, October 30, 9 AM–3 PM » Tuesday, November 17, 10 AM–3 PM Vandalia Senior Center Recreation West Enrichment Center (forJFS wants to say THANK 21 Tionda Drive (off Dixie Drive in Vandalia) merly Hithergreen Senior Center) YOU to those who particiCall 898-1232 for an appointment. 965 Miamisburg-Centerville Road pated in our online survey. & Call 433-0130 for an appointment. The Association of Jewish » Friday, November 6, 9 AM–3 PM Family and Children Agencies (AJFCA) is working with Earl Heck Center JFS and the JFS Board to an- 201 N. Main Street, Englewood Call 836-5929 for an appointment. alyze the survey data, along Please bring a list of current prescription drugs with you to your appointment. with interview results, and Other than Check Up Days, anyone seeking additional Medicare information or asto develop our strategic plan sistance with plan selection can contact Connie Blum, OSHIIP’s County Coordinator, at for moving forward to bet274-4717, In addition to the above locations, people can be seen by ter support our community. Keep an eye out for updates appointment at Kettering Connection at Town and Country Shopping Center (296-3330) in the November issue of The and at locations in Huber Heights and Beavercreek. Connie Blum Dayton Jewish Observer. OSHIIP CERTIFIED MEDICARE COUNSELOR


Talking about GRIEF Are you dealing with grief and need to talk about it? Do you feel you need to begin to live your life once again?

October 8 October 22 November 5

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There is no charge for the group, but space is limited. Please call Tara Feiner at 610-1555 to reserve your place.

ACTIVE ADULTS: Thursday, October 1 › Dine Around NOON @ Mimi’s Cafe (4402 Walnut St, 45440) Please RSVP by 9/25.

Sunday, October 18 › Yiddish Club 1:30 PM @ Oakwood Starbucks (2424 Far Hills Ave.) “The Melody of Yiddish in Our Speech.” Rachel Steindel Burdin will present her linguistic research to our Yiddish Club members. Contact Judy Woll, 470-0113. Tuesday December 1 › L’Chaim 2015: The Arts Come Alive in Dayton 1:30–4:30PM @ Boonshoft CJCE In partnership with the CABF 1:30 PM – 3:15 PM Exhibitors: Local Arts Organizations 3:30 PM – 4:30 PM Speaker, Eddie Shapiro Thursday, December 10 › Chanukah Party & Brunch 10:30 AM @ Temple Israel (130 Riverside Drive, 45405) In partnership with the Yiddish Club, Jewish War Veterans, and Hadassah › Need Assistance Finding a Food Pantry Near You? Call the United Way Information & Referral Line, 225-3000 or Dial 2-1-1.

JFS is offering its Bereavement Seminar again this fall. This seminar is an opportunity to talk about your experiences and feelings in a safe, confidential, nonjudgmental environment. This program is designed to offer guidance and emotional support with informative, structured time as well as time for participants to share. Rabbi Bernard Barsky is facilitating the 5-session Bereavement Seminar. All sessions are on Thursdays, 3–4PM and meet in the private room at Graeter’s Ice Cream in Oakwood (2412 Far Hills Ave, 45419).

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On August 21, Daniel Ravitch presented his experiences, Behind the Iron Dome, to residents of One Lincoln Park and members from the community at large. There was a great turnout and all were engaged in the presentation and the conversations that followed. PHOTO CREDIT: Caryl Segalewitz

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Rabbi counseling those at life’s thresholds shares wisdom By Jonathan Kirsch, Jewish Journal of Greater Los Angeles The word rabbi is derived from the Hebrew term meaning my master, which leaves a lot of room to describe what a rabbi actually does. A rabbi is trained to be the spiritual leader of a Jewish congregation, of course, but he or she may also serve as a teacher, a judge, an administrator and a pastoral counselor. And now Rabbi Sherre Zwelling Hirsch adds spiritual life consultant and motivational speaker to her rabbinical portfolio, as we discover in Thresholds: How to Thrive Through Life’s Transitions to Live Fearlessly and Regret-Free. Hirsch, who has family ties to the Dayton area, will talk about her new book as part of the JCC’s Cultural Arts & Book Fest, on Oct. 28. She borrows from anthropology the notion of liminal moments, that is, the moments when we stand at a threshold or — as she puts it — “those moments The JCC’s Cultural Arts & Book Fest will present Rabbi Sherre Zwelling Hirsch on Wednesday, Oct. 28 at 7 p.m. at the Wright Memorial Public Library, 1776 Far Hills Ave., Oakwood. The program is free and open to the public. For more information, call 610-1555.

when we are standing no longer exclusively between the way we Jewish. “And I have were accustomed to since discovered that living and a new way while the challenges of thinking, feeling and fears of my clients and being.” The birth are absolutely not of a baby, the death uniquely Jewish, they of a loved one, the are uniquely human.” beginning and the end So Hirsch steps of a marriage — all of away from the forthese are examples of mal teachings of all what Hirsch regards as religions. While she the thresholds of life. invokes Talmud and “Crossing threshTorah, she also cites olds, even anticipated wisdom she finds in ones, is complicated medical and psyand challenging…,” chological journals, Rabbi Sherre Zwelling Hirsch she writes. “And even including one tellingly when they are some of the most exciting titled Pain. She quotes Moses and Maya moments we’ll ever experience, they can Angelou, the Book of Ruth and Dr. Sestill be difficult, because they activate uss. And she explicitly rules out our deepest doubts about our choices the authority of religion over and ourselves.” the decisions we must make in The wisdom Hirsch offers is not allife. “I want you to stop turnways or necessarily rooted in Judaism. ing to the so-called gurus and “When I was training to become a experts,” she exhorts the reader. rabbi, I incorrectly assumed that most of “I want you to become your my congregants would come to me for own rabbi, minister, priest, advice about how to lead a Jewish life,” guide, and guru.” Indeed, she explains. “And once in a while they she embraces a vigorous and did. But most of the time, they came to uplifting humanism: “This isn’t talk to me not when they were seekabout having faith in God,” she ing answers about Judaism, but rather writes. “It’s about having faith in the when they were facing a transition, a most important person: you.” liminal moment.” Now that she has left Thresholds is less interested in texts the pulpit, the people she counsels are than in the emotions and experiences

of real people — herself, her family and the many people she has counseled. Their problems become teaching moments for the reader, and Hirsch generalizes from the intimate personal issues on which she was consulted by “Gwen” and “Mark,” “Kevin” and “Alexis” and many others. Some of them face lifeshattering crises, others are coping with issues that are annoying, rather than tragic. “No matter what the threshold in front of you is,” Hirsch writes, “it is not insignificant.” Some of her best ideas, in fact, are prosaic and practical. To avoid writing or saying something she might come to regret, Hirsch created a file on her computer that she calls the Wait Box. “Whenever I am tempted to react viscerally to a person or a situation, I write my response — holding nothing back — and file it in the Wait Box. There my emotional response sits for 24 hours and marinates.” More often than not, she writes, “it gets dumped in the trash and later replaced with something much more thoughtful, logical and productive.” Hirsch is not your father’s rabbi. But she is an authentic embodiment of the many other roles that rabbis have come to play in our lives, both inside the synagogue and far beyond it.

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An icy ice cream queen: rags to riches on the Lower East Side Review By Gloria Kestenbaum New York Jewish Week From the reeking slums of the Lower East Side to the rarefied air of Park Avenue and Palm Beach, Susan Jane Gilman’s The Ice Cream Queen of Orchard Street is a tart page-turner

across the 20th-century Jewish American experience. New York Times bestselling novelist Gilman will discuss her book on Oct. 20 as part of the JCC’s Cultural Arts & Book Fest. Lillian Dunkle (née Malka Treynovsky), the picaresque heroine handicapped by poverty and a

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crushed leg, is neither pretty nor likeable, but in the tradition of the hardscrabble American rags-toriches entrepreneur, she’s smartly indomitable and emboldened by obstacles. A combination of Leona Helmsley, Tom Carvel and Becky Sharp, with a hint of Joan Rivers, our heroine embodies the best and worst traits of each. We first meet the self-described “weisenheimer,” now the elderly doyenne of an icecream empire, in the booming 1980s. Reviled by the press and under indictment for a series of charges, some trumped-up, some true, the titular Ice Queen reviews her life, from escaping the pogroms in 1913 to meeting President and Mamie Eisenhower at the White House. But Lillian is no Forrest Gump; she’s sometimes admirable, often despicable, but always smart and interesting. The author’s research is meticulous. Gilman’s Dickensian description of the Lower East

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The Lower East Side is part of our American mythology as much as the Wild West. Gilman’s talent is taking sentimental stock characters and turning them inside out. Instead of the loving and sacrificing parents of, for instance, my favorite childhood book, All-of-a-Kind Family, Malka’s parents are hateful and abandoning. The exigencies of the American melting pot have dissolved Susan Jane Gilman traditional ties; the newly Side of the early-20th century christened Lillian adopts the conjures up the intensity of Catholicism of her new Italian such classics as The Rise of David family with few glances back. Levinsky or Call it Sleep. She’s Lillian’s admirable toughalso done her homework on the ness hardens into an unpleasant history of the ice cream indusshrillness as she ages; a frosty, try; from a formula in the jourmarcelled cliché, her speech nals of a Renaissance polymath is sprinkled with venom and to passages about selling meltunconvincing Yiddishisms, and ing ice cream from a brokenGilman allows her character to down truck (the real Carvel evolve on her own dislikable story), the historical references terms. It’s a bold move and are seamlessly woven into the one that pays off in this mythstory and add an extra topping debunking story of a fully lived to an already delightful tale. life. The JCC’s Cultural Arts & Book Fest will present author Susan Jane Gilman on Tuesday, Oct. 20 at 7 p.m. at the Boonshoft Center for Jewish Culture and Education, 525 Versailles Dr., Centerville. Tickets are $5 in advance, $8 at the door, and are available at, by calling 610-1555, or at the Boonshoft CJCE.

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Phoenix builds a fable of identity, memory from Berlin’s rubble Movie Review By Michael Fox Special To The Observer Battered by the camps, the female protagonist of German director Christian Petzold’s Phoenix returns to Berlin after the war like a ghost back from the dead. The film purposely depicts Nelly (played by the filmmaker’s regular muse, Nina Hoss) as a specter not entirely of this world. She’s ephemeral and almost invisible, her presence sensed and acknowledged only by a blind street musician. Even her (non-Jewish) husband Johnny fails to recognize her, a jarring confirmation of Nelly’s non-existence that punctures her dubious and frankly delusional hopes of returning to the life she had. With economy and understatement, Petzold has evoked the absence of the thousands of Jews snatched from German cities, never to return. He expresses another hard truth in postwar Germany with those same few brush strokes: Living Jews have no place in Berlin, either. A riveting drama that neatly raises profound existential questions in the guise of a small-bore thriller, Phoenix opens Oct. 2 at the Neon. Phoenix is both redeemed and transformed by the best ending of any movie this year, which sweeps away the viewer’s skepticism about the plot’s

contrivances and engenders a discussion about — among many other things — how life can go on following a genocide. Nelly’s face is shattered as the film begins, and she is kindly provided with reconstructive surgery. What an opportunity for reinvention, except she wants to look exactly as she did before. The surgeon doesn’t nail it a hundred percent, which provides a semi-plausible explanation as to why Nelly’s husband doesn’t recognize her. For his part, Johnny (played by Ronald Zehrfeld with a veneer of violence and sleaze) denies his previous identity and now wants to be called Johannes. The ashamed Germans dearly want to obscure their involvement in the recent past, and hope a coat of paint will do the trick. So what will happen when the weak, wounded Nelly gets together with the brutal, calculating Johnny? Two crucial developments propel Phoenix from flat schematic concept into the realm of action and suspense. A friend discovers and informs Nelly that Johnny clandestinely divorced her just before she was arrested in 1944. It’s also suggested, though not proven, that he tipped the SS to Nelly’s hiding place. We can believe that Johnny had to be a conniver of some kind to survive the war, and

the appearance of this desperate woman who resembles his late wife launches a new scheme. He’ll teach her to impersonate Nelly in order to collect her assets (now substantial, because they include those of her murdered family members, but out of Johnny’s reach because he divorced her). Talk about adding insult to injury, and multiplying the levels of irony. In any event, we now have a cat-and-mouse game in which Nelly and Johannes each have a secret. Brooding and claustrophobic, Phoenix is a beautifully etched examination of the powerful hold of memory and the

Ronald Zehrfeld (Johnny) and Nina Hoss (Nelly) in Phoenix

tenuous nature of identity. The fun is the degree to which the film tests the viewer’s belief in memory and identity as driving forces in a person’s life. Ultimately, Phoenix doesn’t seek to impress us with its cleverness but to lure us, through its unexpected scenario, into thinking about the Germans and the Jews in a fresh way.

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Phoenix opens Friday, Oct. 2 at the Neon (German with English subtitles, 98 minutes, unrated).

37th Annual Ryterband Symposium • Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2015 United Theological Seminary • 4501 Denlinger Road, Trotwood

“Jewish Scholarship of the New Testament” Featuring Professor Amy-Jill Levine, Vanderbilt University Lectures at 3:30 pm and 7:30 pm The Annual Ryterband Symposium is co-sponsored by United Theological Seminary, The University of Dayton, and Wright State University. This program is free and open to the public.

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Sukkot Festival of Booths

Sept. 28-Oct. 4/15-21 Tishri Named after the huts the Jews lived in while wandering in the desert after the Exodus from Egypt. Marked by building sukkot to eat meals in during the festival, and in the synagogue by processions with the lulav (palm branches with myrtle and willow) and etrog (citron fruit).

Shemini Atzeret Eighth Day of Assembly

Oct. 5/22 Tishri Either the final day of Sukkot, or a distinct holiday immediately following Sukkot, depending on interpretation. Historically, it allowed an extra day in Jerusalem for Jewish pilgrims on their journey to the Temple. Tefillat Geshem (the prayer for rain), Hallel (Psalms of thanksgiving and joy), and Yizkor (memorial prayers) are recited.

Simchat Torah Rejoicing of the Torah

Oct. 6/23 Tishri Annual cycle of reading the Torah is concluded and a new cycle begun. Celebrated in the synagogue with singing, dancing and Torah processionals.

Candle Lightings Shabbat, Oct. 2: 7 p.m. Erev Shemini Atzeret Oct. 4: 6:57 p.m. Erev Simchat Torah Oct. 5: 7:53 p.m. Shabbat, Oct. 9: 6:49 p.m. Shabbat, Oct. 16: 6:38 p.m. Shabbat, Oct. 23: 6:28 p.m. Shabbat, Oct. 30: 6:19 p.m.

Torah Portions Oct. 10/27 Tishri Bereshit (Gen. 1:1-6:8) Oct. 17/4 Cheshvan Noach (Gen. 6:9-11:32) Oct. 24/11 Cheshvan Lech Lecha (Gen. 12:1-17:27) Oct. 31/18 Cheshvan Vayera (Gen. 18:1-22:24) PAGE 20


RELIGION By Sarah Chandler, JTA You might not know it, but Shemini Atzeret is the pinnacle of the High Holy Days season. Not Rosh Hashanah, when our fates for the year are traditionally written, nor Yom Kippur, when they are sealed. Shemini Atzeret, the oftforgotten coda that comes at the end of the Sukkot festival, trumps them all. That’s not just my opinion. The rabbis and ancient Israelites knew it, too. According to the agrarian roots of the Jewish calendar, the date of Shemini Atzeret is timed to the start of the rainy season in Israel. In the holi-

bring rain, but because it reminds us of the delicate balance necessary for life to thrive on this planet. Our petitions to God are more than requests to act on our behalf. A responsible, modern religious ethos serves two seemly contraproduce — we set it down and wait for the ultimate judgment. dictory functions: On the one It makes sense that Diaspora hand, our request that God reward our weeks of repenJews tend not to focus on the tance with the blessing of rain agricultural roots of the High affirms our lack of dominion; Holy Days. As citizens of an on the other, calling out to God industrialized society, praying implores us to act by remindfor rain tends not to be at the ing us of our responsibilities. top of our to-do lists. Most of In modern times, we need us simply take it for granted both scientists and activists that substantial food will be telling us what to do as well as shipped in from wherever it the faith that there are systems can grow. beyond our control. It is both a Theologically, we’ve moved recognition and a release of our away from this as well. Most power. contemporary religious ideoloAt this season, a renewed gies no longer equate followrecognition of ancient Judaing God’s laws with receiving ism’s relationship to the earth enough rain for our crops to has great potential to bring survive. us closer to the The Reform movement has It reminds us rhythms of the and in even removed of the delicate seasons, turn can lead to from its prayer a more sustainbooks the second balance able future for the paragraph of the necessary for planet. Shema, which The countlinks observance life to thrive down to Shemini of the commandon this planet. Atzeret can be an ments to the awakening for us provision of rain, to recognize the sanctity of our to make the bold statement that as modern Jews, we do not planet’s resources. Through honoring this often believe we can influence God overlooked day, by calling out to change the weather. loud that rain should fall, we And yet, scientific research ask that our community be increasingly points to the fact that human actions can have an aligned with the natural cycles of the earth — for blessing and effect on the climate — and, in not for curse. turn, the weather. Moreover, no matter how Sarah Chandler is the manager of technologically advanced our Farm Forward’s Jewish outreach society becomes, life as we campaign, which supports Jewish know it will continue to deorganizations in promoting pend on sufficient rainfall. conscientious food choices, And so we should continue reducing farm animal suffering to say Tefillat Geshem — not and advancing sustainable because we believe that fastagriculture. ing and chest pounding will

Praying for rain on Shemini Atzeret

Perspectives day’s Musaf (additional) service, we recite Tefillat Geshem, the prayer for rain, in which we ask God not only for rain but for the right amount of rain, “livracha velo liklala, for a blessing and not a curse,” rain that will sustain a people with fertile crops, not drown them in torrential floods. Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur merely functioned as preparation for this precarious time. In the Yom Kippur Avodah service, the following prayer of the high priest is recited: “When the world is in need of rain, do not permit the prayers of the travelers with regard to rain to gain entrance before You.” The prayers and sacrifices of the High Holy Days were meant to prove our worth so that the harvest season continued smoothly and we merited rain once it was time to plant again. In ancient times, Sukkot opened with a water-drawing ritual which, by pouring out the remains of last year’s water, symbolized faith that the coming year’s rains would fall just in time. Today we still beat willow branches on the last day of Sukkot, Hoshanna Rabba, pleading for salvation in the form of rain. Then, having completed a full week of waving the four species on Sukkot — each of which requires a significant amount of water to

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Rochelle Caplan, age 76 of Dayton, passed away Aug. 28. Mrs. Caplan was a loyal ElderBeerman employee for 52 years. She was preceded in death by her beloved parents, Benjamin and Blanche Caplan. Interment was at Riverview Cemetery. A million thanks to the staff at The Suites at Walnut Creek who have become her family for the last four years. Stuart A. Enfield, age 81 of Dayton, passed away Aug. 22. Mr. Enfield was a graduate of The University of Arizona. He worked for Dayton Public Schools and volunteered at the Harrison Twp. Sheriff’s Office and Good Samaritan Hospital. Mr. Enfield is survived by his wife, Lillian Winnegrad; two stepsons, Jim and his wife Jan, and Ken and his wife Lorrie; four grandchildren, Melissa (Taylor) Manns, Emily, McKenzi and Kody Winnegrad; great-grandson Zane Manns, brother George Enfield. Herman Eugene Miner of Chicago, formerly of Dayton, passed away Sept. 3 at Northwestern Hospital. Mr. Miner served in World War II in the U.S. Army Air Forces. Thereafter, he attended college and was one of the first in his family to graduate. He was employed much of his life as a civil engineer at WPAFB. Mr. Miner is survived by his loving wife of 63 years, Jacqueline; son, Martin Miner (Julie Wilson) of Rhode Island; daughters and sons-in-law, Lisa (Steven) Miner Rosner of Cincinnati, Susan Miner and Mark Greenberg of Chicago; grandchildren, Sam Miner, Margo Rosner, Liam Miner, Stephanie Rosner; sister-in-law, Minnette Weiss of Cincinnati; nieces, nephews and great-nephews; and



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many other loving relatives and friends. He will be missed by all and his memory will be for a blessing and live on forever. Interment was at Beth Abraham Cemetery. If desired, memorial contributions may be made to the charity of your choice in Mr. Miner’s memory. Allan Rinzler, age 74 — noted Dayton real estate developer, philanthropist, civic leader, mentor, husband, father, grandfather, uncle and friend to so many — passed away peacefully Aug. 19, surrounded by his entire family and his loving friends. Born in Atlanta on May 18, 1941, Mr. Rinzler grew up in Columbus, Ga. and then attended Emory and then The Ohio State University, where he met his greatest partner, his wife of 53 years, Brenda. After graduating from Emory Law School and then also becoming a CPA, they settled in Atlanta where he went to work for the Arthur Anderson Company. After the birth of their two sons, Harley and Barrett, they moved to Dayton and began a life that has touched so many. Mr. Rinzler’s presence, wherever he went, whatever he did, was indelible — as is the legacy he leaves behind. A lifelong supporter of Downtown Dayton who continually advocated for the growth and development of its business community, Mr. Rinzler participated in the leadership of many of the city’s institutions through the years. He was an owner of the Talbott Tower, a board member of the Downtown Dayton Partnership, Citizens National Bank, Chapel Electric and at his cherished Wright State University, Mr. Rinzler served as a member of the Presidents Club, a member of the Heritage Foundation, Chairman of the Nutter Center Building Committee and the president of the Board of Trustees. Mr. Rinzler was an active member of the Jewish community of Dayton as well, as a past president of Hillel Academy, a leading contributor to making the Miami Valley Mikvah a reality, and bringing Beth Abraham Synagogue to Sugar Camp. Mr. Rinzler was preceded in death by his father, Harry Rinzler; mother, Florence Rinzler; and his sister, Elaine Forman. Mr. Rinzler is survived by his wife of 53 years, Brenda Schear Rinzler; his sons, Harley and Barrett; his daughters-

in-law Alison, Tracee and Karen; his beloved grandsons Baron and Dane; his many nieces and nephews and cousins including his beloved cousins Bobby and Renee Rinzler; and his many friends including his beloved friends Sandy and Bonnie Mendelson. Memorial contributions may be made to the Rinzler Education Fund at Beth Abraham Synagogue or the charity of your choice. Leonore Rothschild Zusman, age 88, died in Columbus on Aug. 20. She was preceded in death by her husband, Larry Zusman, of blessed memory. She is survived by her daughters, Marilyn (Stuart) Cole and Francie (Avner) Sina; grandchildren Sara (Ilan) Pearlman, Ely (Talia ) Cole, Rena (Adam) Gardin, Shani, Jenny, Barak and Nadav Sina; and four great-grandchildren, Meital, Nadav, David and Moshe. Mrs. Zusman was born in Reichensachsen, Germany and immigrated to the United States in November 1938 with her parents. Graduating from The Ohio State University in 1949 with a bachelor of science degree in business, Mrs. Zusman and her late husband were the owners of Price Stores, a men’s clothing and formal wear rental store in Downtown Dayton, as well as the owners of many commercial real estate properties in the Dayton area. The Zusmans were also involved in numerous Jewish philanthropic projects in Dayton, Columbus and Israel flourishing today. Mrs. Zusman moved to Columbus 12 years ago to be closer to family. Interment was at the new Beth Jacob Cemetery in Columbus. Donations can be made to the Zusman Hospice at the Wexner Heritage House or Torat Emet Synagogue.

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Worldly matters Jew in the Christian World

The most widely-known images of the afterlife are ancient Egypt’s impressive mummies, statues, and tomb paintings. Their purpose was to maintain, nourish, and guide the human’s spiritual essence — still attached to the body — in an afterlife that mirrored earthly existence. They hint at elaborate rituals surrounding preservation of the dead

Candace R. Kwiatek body and regular offerings of food and drink for the blissful eternal life limited to pharaohs and nobles. In early Egyptian culture, average persons were doomed to a shadowy, bleak eternity, but long before Moses, Egyptian beliefs about the hereafter evolved to include everyone. The ancient Egyptian bible, the Book of the Dead, describes a perilous underworld journey, a final judgment known as the “weighing of the heart,” a lake of fire or crocodile-faced devourer of the condemned; and an Eden-like “Field of Rushes” where the worthy live forever with the gods. Unlike the Egyptian notions of the afterlife, Western religious traditions about what comes next are not detailed in their foundational religious texts. Heaven and Hell are nowhere mentioned in the Torah: biblical rewards and punishments are concrete and immediate events in the real world, not abstract futuristic ones. At the same time, it describes the righteous as “gathered to their people” and sinners as spiritually “cut off” from their people — events separate from death or burial — biblical evidence of some sort of existence after death. The earliest mentioned biblical afterlife destination is Sheol. A nebulous place where all the dead congregate, cut off from God and humankind, it is variously described in the Hebrew Bible as a dark, dusty, sleepy place of forgetfulness deep in the earth. There, people are shadows without knowledge or feeling. While a possible precursor to

the notion of an underground Hell, Sheol is not a place of judgment or retribution as in the modern concept. According to some scholars, it may represent the traditional family grave. The New Testament adds little beyond a few scattered descriptions of Hell as fire, pits of darkness, and torment. It turns out that Western culture’s conceptions of Heaven and Hell were fueled by medieval and early Renaissance art. Because the Church was their most frequent patron, the visual and sculptural arts of these eras reflected Christian teachings — primarily the promise of life after death and the consequences of sin — targeted to the largely illiterate populations. Abundant depictions of Heaven as an ecstatic place in the clouds where holy figures, family members, and all the redeemed eternally reside with God provided an incentive for moral behavior and acceptance of Jesus as one’s personal savior. The counterpoint was initiated by Dante’s 14th-century Divine Comedy, which sparked an explosion in apocalyptic representations of the tortures awaiting wrongdoers. Among the most famous are Fra Angelico’s imagery of Satan eating sinners in The Pains of Hell, Hieronymus Bosch’s triptych of sins and retribution in Garden of Earthly Delights, and Rodin’s sculptural Gates of Hell.

tence in which the righteous if wicked. bask in the light of the Torah In Kabalistic literature, the and the radiance of the Divine wicked soul is punished in Hell Presence (Berakhot 17a). and then reincarnated until it Elsewhere in the Talmud, completes its assigned task, scholars described the righafter which it returns to God. teous soul’s reward as paradise Jewish folklore offers some or Gan Eden humorous views Western culture’s on the afterlife. (Garden of Eden), and the In Heaven, one conceptions of evil soul’s punstory recounts, ishment as Hell Heaven and Hell Moses sits and or Gehinnom, the were fueled teaches Torah fiery Jerusalem all day long. For valley of ancient by medieval the righteous child sacrifice, a and early this is heaven; temporary stopfor evil people it Renaissance art. is Hell. ping place for all but the most Another wicked. tale describes the afterlife as a The Jewish philosopher perpetual banquet where the Philo explained that the guests cannot bend their elsoul, imprisoned bows. In Hell the guests are alin an earthly ways starving, while in heaven body until it the guests feed each other. dies, returns Although seldom apparent to God if it in biblical literature, infreis righteous, quently discussed by the rabbis or suffers of the Talmud, and unregulated eternal death by doctrine, belief in an afterlife has always been integral to Jewish theology. Perhaps the limited attention Literature to share reflects a rejection of the deathQuiet by Susan Cain: My new favorite non-fiction work, Quiet centered culture of Egypt. Or explores the undervalued traits and strengths of introverts, maybe it’s just a reminder that illustrating the challenges and opportunities that face them this world matters. in our culture that celebrates the extrovert. Engaging and eye-opening, this award-winner is a must-read if you want to understand yourself and the people around you better.

Such images were warnings about the consequences of sin: punishment in the afterlife and possible eternal damnation. While Judaism has always accepted the notion of an afterlife, Jewish concepts of Heaven and Hell began to develop during the reign of the Maccabees (1st and 2nd centuries BCE), offering hope in an otherworldly life beyond that of physical defeats, destruction, and exile. Influenced by Hellenistic views of a separate body and soul, some rabbis of the Talmud portrayed the afterlife as a spiritual exis-

The Apple Tree’s Discovery by Peninnah Schram and Rachayl Eckstein Davis: Based on a Jewish folk tale, this charming story for preschoolers explores the ageless desire to be like others and the importance of recognizing and being grateful for one’s unique gifts and strengths. This perfect autumn read suggests myriad apple-related activities, from picking to tasting to cooking and even crafting. Note: A short but fascinating slide show describing the influence of art on Western traditions of heaven and hell can be found at

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Business ethics: ancient ideas, modern applications Is there a Jewish way to lay off workers? Is it kosher to declare bankruptcy? Is it ethical to tap into your neighbors’ Wi-Fi? What if they give you permission? Although you may not think Judaism has much to say about these things, you might be surprised. Contemporary

Mark Mietkiewicz rabbis and other thinkers have studied the “thou shalts” and “thou shalt nots” found in the Torah, Talmud and traditional sources and have applied them to the business dilemmas of modern-day life. But why do we need to go to sources? Can’t we just weigh each situation and wing it according to what feels Jewish? That’s where this anecdote comes in. A shochet (ritual slaughterer) once approached Rabbi Yisroel Salanter with a dilemma. The shochet said that he was getting older and becoming fearful of making mistakes that may cause others to eat non-kosher meat. He wished to stop slaughtering and go

into business instead. Salanter asked if he was an expert in the Jewish laws of slaughtering. “Of course, Rebbe.” Salanter then asked, “Are you an expert in the Jewish laws of business?” The student laughed, “Of course not, very few people learn those laws.” Salanter replied, “You are not making any sense. If you are prepared to stop slaughtering because of your fear of sinning, even though you are an expert in the laws, how much more so should you fear sinning in business, in which you have no expertise (” The Business Ethics Center of Jerusalem outlines some principles which may not necessarily align with modern business practices: • The imperative of integrity demands honesty even when it is contrary to business advantage. • Greed, while being an important motivation for economic activity, is also a source for unethical behavior. • Judaism recognizes that self-interest plays a major (but not sole) role in ensuring ethical standards. Love your neighbor as yourself offers the positive and negative aspects of this principle. Unlike other traditions, Judaism has never viewed

poverty as a virtue. Wealth, however, has always been seen as a challenge ( Rabbi Yizchok Breitowitz has examined whether declaring bankruptcy is a kosher choice under halachah, Jewish law. He points out that, “the Torah considers the obligation to pay debts as absolute... and there is no mechanism in halachah that is tantamount to escaping your debts by filing a bankruptcy and obtaining a discharge.” But since we live in a secular country, are we allowed to file bankruptcy and get a discharge? Although the answer seems to be yes, the fascinating part of the article is the reasoning which the rabbi uses, and his explanation of the rights of lender and debtor in secular and Jewish societies — as well as the role of the Jewish community toward individuals who find themselves in financial distress ( Is there a Jewish way to

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beyond the letter of the law to not only pay him an enhanced severance fee but also assist him to find another job “in order ‘to do that which is just and good (’” And the Wi-Fi? What if your neighbor has unlimited access and won’t notice or doesn’t care? That’s not the point, says Rabbi Dr. Asher Meir. “The problem with this reasoning is that the service provider charges a certain price for unlimited access based on the knowledge that the average subscriber uses a certain amount of bandwidth (amount of wireless information). It’s like an all-you-can-eat buffet; a person is allowed to eat as much as he wants, but if diners were allowed to ‘piggyback’ on a single meal then the restaurant would find it pretty hard to break even (” Mark Mietkiewicz writes about resources for Jewish life to be found on the Internet. Contact him at


Yareach, moon It is hard to believe that the High Holy Days are behind us. However, the luminaries in the sky attest to the rapid pace of time, as the sun rises and sets and the moon appears in the night’s sky orbiting the earth.

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lay off workers? An article in Forward tells the story of someone who had worked almost 25 years for a Jewish institution and was laid off two years short of retirement. Rabbi Elliot Dorff feels that “it’s just mean, frankly, to fire people at that stage.” Dorff says that Jewish texts and tradition are filled with discussion about the importance of work — and the responsibility that employers have to employees. When his own institution, the American Jewish University, faced cutbacks, staff elected to take salary cuts as a group rather than allowing any individuals to lose their jobs ( I came across a fascinating case heard by the Bet Din (rabbinical court) of Haifa about a school maintenance worker who was dismissed after 12 years of service. The court ordered the employer to go

Let us direct our attention to the small luminary, the moon, the orbit of which around the Earth marks months and Jewish holidays. The most common word for moon in the Bible is yareach, mentioned about 30 times in a cosmological context. The yareach, the sun and the stars were perceived as symbols of the permanence of the universe (Ps. 72:5) and their disappearance was a metaphor for radical change at the end of time (Isa 13:10; Joel 2:30). Moreover, they had the power to strike (Ps. 121:6) and the strength to affect the growth

of the crops in the field (Deut. 33:14). And, since the luminaries were considered deities in pagan culture, the biblical writers set their creation by God to the fourth day, charging them to “serve as signs for the set time” and thereby minimize their importance (Gen 1:14). The term yareach is probably derived from the verb arach, meaning wandering, reflecting the moon’s journey across the sky. Its cyclical orbit reveals different phases of the yareach, from the crescent to a full moon, to even a brief disappearance from the sky. This cycle determined the calendar in general, the celebrations of holidays in particular (Ps 81:3) and even affected daily business (Prov 7:20). The constant orbit of the moon was used to mark a block of time in the yearly cycle, called a yerach or a chodesh, a month. Yerach is derived from yareach, reflecting the orbit of the moon and chodesh is based on

the adjective chadash meaning new, pointing to the moon’s renewed reappearance in the sky. Another biblical name for yareach is levanah, which appears only three times in the biblical text. In Isaiah, the levanah is a metaphor for shame (24:23) and also redemption (30:26). However, in the Song of Songs the levanah describes beauty and conjures romance (6:10). There are a few Hebrew phrases where yareach and levanah are incorporated. For example, Kiddush Levanah, the blessing of the moon, is the Jewish ritual to mark the reappearance of a new levanah in the sky at the beginning of each month. The poetic modern phrase leyl yareach, literally a night’s moon, implies a lovely bright night when the yareach is seen on the horizon. Yareach melakhuti, an artificial moon, is Hebrew for satellite. And yerach d’vash is the Hebrew term for honeymoon. Dr. Rachel Zohar Dulin is a professor of biblical literature at Spertus College in Chicago and an adjunct professor of Bible and Hebrew at New College of Florida.


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Taste of autumn in the sukkah Crowd-pleasing recipes for leisurely meals outside By Shannon Sarna, JTA Sukkot is such a beautiful holiday: eating outdoors, decorating the sukkah, and enjoying the flavors of fall with family and friends. The fasting is over, and the craziness of the New Year rush has passed. You can leisurely enjoy long holiday meals outside. Even though the holidays fall a bit early this year, I still enjoy bringing autumn flavors into my menu. These recipes are beautiful crowdpleasers, sure to further liven up your sukkah. Butternut Squash and Sage Challahs Yield: 2 large loaves If butternut squash challah sounds a bit bizarre, it’s actually quite similar to a pumpkin or sweet potato challah, which may be more common. The texture of this dough is smooth, slightly sweet and pairs perfectly with savory sage. It is equally delicious slathered in butter for breakfast or dipped in a hearty bowl of soup or stew for lunch or dinner.

¼ cup vegetable oil 5-6 fresh sage leaves 1½ Tbsp. dry yeast 1 tsp. sugar 1¼ cups lukewarm water 5½-6 cups all-purpose unbleached flour (I prefer to use King Arthur) ¾ cup sugar ½ Tbsp. salt ½ cup butternut squash puree (fresh or frozen) 2 eggs 2 egg yolks plus 1 tsp. water Additional fresh sage leaves for garnish Thick sea salt Place vegetable oil and fresh sage leaves in a small saucepan over lowmedium heat. Heat through until sage becomes fragrant, around five minutes. Remove from heat and allow to sit 25-30 minutes. Strain sage leaves but do not discard. Finely chop leaves. In a small bowl, place yeast, one teaspoon sugar and lukewarm water. Allow to sit for around 10 minutes, until it becomes foamy on top. In a large bowl or stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, mix together 1½ cups flour, salt, butternut squash and

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can see the size has grown and challah seems light. This step is very important to ensure a light and fluffy challah. In a small bowl, beat two egg yolks with one teaspoon water. Brush egg wash liberally over challah. Sprinkle with chopped


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fresh sage and thick sea salt. If making one large challah, bake around 27-28 minutes; if making two smaller challahs, bake 24-26 minutes. Jeweled Veggie Orzo with Wheatberries Yield: 6-8 servings This easy side dish screams autumn, and is my way to feel like I am eating a nice bowl of pasta while also getting in a serving of whole grains and veggies. Add any combination of colorful fall vegetables that you like. The sweetness of the dried cranberries and the crunch of the pepita seeds is delicious outdoors in the sukkah on a crisp, sunny day. 1 cup dry orzo pasta 1/2 cup wheatberries 1/2 medium butternut squash 2 purple carrots or 1 large beet 1/4 cup cooked peas (fresh or frozen) 1/4 cup dried cranberries 1/4 cup homemade or storebought pepitas (you can also use slivered almonds or sunflower seeds)

olive oil salt and pepper Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Peel butternut squash and carrots. Dice each into half-inch cubes. Place butternut squash and carrots separately on a baking sheet, drizzle with salt and pepper. Roast for 15 to 20 minutes, tossing once, until caramelized. Note: If replacing the carrot with beet, wash the beet gently and place in tin foil. Roast in oven at 400 degrees for around 45 minutes or until soft. Allow to cool and remove skin. Once beet has cooled, dice into halfinch cubes. While vegetables are roasting, bring a pot of salted water to a boil. Cook orzo around 11 minutes and drain. Drizzle with olive oil and place in a large bowl. Cook wheatberries according to directions on package (for a half cup wheatberries, you will need around one cup of water. Bring water to a boil and then simmer covered for around 15 minutes). In the large bowl with orzo, add cooked butternut squash, carrots (or beets), peas, wheat-

berries, cranberries, pepitas and another one tablespoon olive oil. Mix thoroughly. Add salt and pepper to taste. Serve room temperature or warm. Paprika Roasted Chicken and Potatoes Yield: 4 servings You don’t have to cut the potatoes into slices if you don’t want, you could just cut them into quarters and toss with paprika, salt, pepper and olive oil. For me, there’s something about chicken fat dripping onto potatoes while they roast that gets me a little excited. 4-5 medium Yukon gold potatoes 4 chicken thighs and/or drumsticks 2 Tbsp. smoky paprika ½ Tbsp. hot paprika 1 tsp. dried oregano 1 tsp. fresh lemon juice 1 tsp. fresh lemon zest 4 garlic cloves ¼ cup olive oil Salt and pepper Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Slice potatoes into half-inch slices. Grease the bottom of a

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FOOD Pyrex dish. Lay potatoes on bottom of pan. Sprinkle with salt and pepper and a drizzle of olive oil. Whisk together spices, lemon juice, zest and olive oil. Spread all over the chicken including underneath the skin. Allow to marinate for 30 minutes if you have time, though not necessary. Place chicken and whole garlic cloves on top of potatoes. Roast for 50 to 55 minutes, or until juices run clear and a meat thermometer reads 160 degrees. Remove chicken and set aside. If you want your potatoes crispier, you can place back in the oven for another 10 to 15 minutes or until desired doneness. Oatmeal Cookies with Chocolate and Dried Cherries Yield: 1 dozen cookies I love chewy oatmeal raisin cookies. But when you combine tart, dried cherries with dark chocolate chips, you get a truly unique cookie that your guests will rave about. These cookies are great pareve or dairy and can be made a few days ahead of time. Tip: To bring out the sweetness of cookies, don’t forget the salt. Combine a half tablespoon of thick sea salt with a half tablespoon of sanding sugar and sprinkle just a pinch on each cookie. The sanding sugar will make the cookies look beautiful and the salt will really add a depth of flavor and bring out the cookie’s sweetness.

13/4 cups old-fashioned rolled oats 3/4 cup flour 3/4 tsp. cinnamon 1/2 tsp. baking soda 1/2 tsp. salt 11/4 sticks unsalted butter or margarine, softened 1/3 cup packed light brown sugar 1/3 cup granulated sugar 1 egg 1/2 tsp. vanilla 1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips 1/2 cup dried cherries 1/2 Tbsp. thick sea salt (optional) 1/2 Tbsp. sanding sugar (optional) Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Combine oats, flour, cinnamon, baking soda and salt in a medium bowl. Beat butter or margarine and sugars with a mixer until light and fluffy. Add egg and vanilla. Add dry ingredients to wet ingredients until just combine. Fold in the chocolate chips and cherries (or other add-ins). Don’t overmix. In a small bowl combine sanding sugar and sea salt. Using a cookie scoop, drop cookies on a baking sheet two inches apart. Lightly flatten cookies with moistened fingers. Sprinkle a pinch of sea salt and sugar on top of each cookie. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes or until golden. Let cool for two or three minutes on baking sheet and then transfer to cooling racks. Shannon Sarna is the editor of The Nosher.

Take Control: Managing IBD Decisions Join the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation for a free informational panel discussion by local adult and pediatric experts, including Dr. Michael Gorsky, Dayton Gastroenterology. The risks and benefits of various therapies for inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) and ways to advocate for optimal care will be discussed.

Michael W. Gorsky, MD, FACP


This event is open to IBD patients, their families, caregivers, and anyone affected by these digestive diseases.

Thursday, October 15, 2015, 6 – 8 PM

Where: Dayton Children’s Hospital Maurice Kogut, MD Auditorium One Children’s Plaza, Dayton, Ohio 45404 Free parking and light snacks provided.

Register today!

Call (513) 772-3550 or visit or email to reserve your seat.

Coming to a neighborhood near you! September 27 - October 3, 2015 Plan a weeklong sukkah hop around town or choose your favorite night to party in the hut. Decorate the sukkah, enjoy crafts, and share a potluck dinner. For exact locations and reservation information, contact Temple Israel.

Temple Israel • • 937.496.0050 130 Riverside Drive, Dayton, OH 45405 A Reform Synagogue open to all who are interested in Judaism. Childcare provided during Friday services and Sunday school. THE DAYTON JEWISH OBSERVER • OCTOBER 2015


Introducing the Class of 2022, Hillel’s new kindergarteners

“The world continues to exist only because of the words of study of schoolchildren.” -Talmud

Nurturing confident and successful learners • Exemplary secular and Judaic education • Art and science professional residency programs • Project-based learning and critical thinking • Hebrew language immersion via Tal-Am Hebrew Curriculum

To learn more visit Or, contact Dan or Kathy Mecoli 937.277.8966 •

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