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Observer editor honored for Covid keeps Temple Israel Understanding best feature writing in Ohio senior rabbi from leading Israel series High Holy Days services Ohio Society of Professional Journalists Awards announced that Dayton Jewish Observer Editor and Publisher Marshall Weiss has received the 2021 first-place award for Best Feature Reporting in its small newspaper category (circulation below 60,000). The awards are presented by the Cleveland, Cincinnati, and Columbus SPJ chapters.

Judges’ comments wrote of Weiss’ feature stories that they “provide depth, education, and emotion” and that his stories “are interesting and relevant.” Weiss has been editor of The Observer since he established it as a publication of the Jewish Federation of Greater Dayton 25 years ago. This is The Observer’s 11th first-place Ohio SPJ Award and the sixth for Weiss.

Because of a break“I’m sad not to through Covid infechave been at Temple tion, Temple Israel’s with you for the holisenior rabbi, Karen day,” Bodney-Halasz Bodney-Halasz, was posted at her Faceunable to lead Temple book page after Rosh Israel’s Rosh HashaHashanah. “We are nah and Yom Kippur getting by and I am services this year. getting a lot of rest — Although the rabbi far away from everyand her husband, one else. I am grateful Scott Halasz, had each Rabbi Karen Bodney- to have already been been vaccinated, they Halasz in quarantine when both contracted Covid prior to I got this.” She added that she the High Holy Days. encourages anyone who is still Temple Israel’s Rabbi Tina unsure about the getting the Sobo and Music Director Court- vaccination to get it. ney Cummings — who already “Scott and I are both glad we lead significant sections of the were vaccinated, as our sympHigh Holy Days services — led toms would be much worse.” the services in full. — Marshall Weiss

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How to build resilience, wisdom Rabbi Amy Eilberg, an instructor of Mussar, a Jewish system of spiritual development, will lead Jewish Family Services’ Zoom program, Building Resilience and Wisdom in Challenging Times, at 6:30 p.m., Monday, Oct. 11. Based in the San Francisco Bay Area, Eilberg is the first woman to be ordained as a Conservative Rabbi Amy Eilberg rabbi by Jewish Theological Seminary. She recently served as coordinator of Jewish engagement for Faith in Action Bay Area, a multifaith, multi-racial social justice organization. Eilberg is the author of the 2014 book, From Enemy to Friend: Jewish Wisdom and the Pursuit of Peace. R.S.V.P. for the free program at jewishdayton.org/events. Arts & Culture.......................20 Calendar.............................18 Family Education.................22 Obituaries.......................23 O p i n i o n . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 7 Religion..........................19

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won’t ever meet survivors in person. And The Nancy & David Wolf Holocaust & Humanity Center’s museum at Union Terminal in Cincinnati is one of only 10 museums in the world to exhibit these virtual conversations, Dimensions in Testimony, an initiative of the USC Shoah Foundation. The world-class museum, which opened at Union Terminal in August 2019, is at the site of the train station where so many of Cincinnati’s Holocaust survivors arrived to rebuild their lives. Sarah L. Weiss, the Holocaust & Humanity Center’s CEO since 2007, knew she wanted to incorporate Dimensions in Testimony into the museum’s new space. “We decided, though, not to

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do it as part of the opening, because everything was so new,” she said. The plan was to open the Dimensions in Testimony gallery in the summer of 2020. Because of the Covid pandemic, she postponed the opening until February 2021. For that virtual opening, the real Fritzie offered greetings from her home in Chicago. She died in June 2021 at the age of 91. “We are fortunate that we still have survivors that go into schools and speak — virtually at this moment (due to Covid) — but we know there will be a day when we won’t have that,” Weiss said. Dimensions in Testimony is a way to continue that personal interaction with survivors, albeit through artificial intelligence. Continued on next page

From the editor’s desk To be sure, it seemed awkward at first to pose questions to the digitized version of late Holocaust survivor Fritzie Fritzshall at the Wolf Holocaust & Humanity Center at Union Terminal in CincinnaMarshall ti (see story above). But according to the center’s CEO, Sarah L. Weiss, that’s not Weiss so for children. “Kids are so used to talking to their computer and interacting with things,” she told me. She said that in the USC Shoah Foundation’s initial research for Dimensions in Testimony, it had a group of children interact with a survivor, and another group interact with the virtual version of the same survivor. Children asked more questions of the virtual version than the real person. “Their hypothesis, from talking to the kids is that the kids thought there was less of a barrier,” she said. “They felt more comfortable asking certain questions that they might not feel comfortable asking: they might think they wouldn’t ask it right. It took away their vulnerability. For especially a 12-year-old, 15-year-old, asking a survivor a question, it can be intimidating.”

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Continued from previous page The USC Shoah Foundation, which has recorded more than 55,000 video testimonies, has completed about 20 of these AI recordings of survivors for its Dimensions in Testimony project. Weiss said each of the 20 was recorded in California over oneweek periods using dozens of cameras. Each survivor answered more than 1,000 questions about their Holocaust experiences and lives. She estimated the cost to produce each Dimensions in Testimony survivor presentation at approximately $200,000. Of the 20, Weiss and her team have selected five for the Cincinnati exhibit in rotation. Fritzie recorded hers in 2015; it’s the only one Weiss has shown to the public so far. “Our plan is to, every so many months, change the survivor story featured in this gallery,” Weiss said. “Fritzie will be up for several more months.” In January, the museum will present survivor Eva Schloss, Anne Frank’s stepsister. “Her mother married Otto Frank The two-dimensional interactive display of Fritzie Fritzshall at the Wolf Holocaust & after the war. And she and Anne Humanity Center is programmed to answer grew up together. She is hoping to more than 1,000 questions come in for that opening when we tion. I tried another way. “Were you introduce her testimony.” raised in an Orthodox household?” Weiss said two obstacles stand in the way of localizing the exhibit with This time, a different response, still not related to the question. survivors from the Cincinnati area: Then I asked Fritzie “Do you bethe expense, and that the complex lieve in God?” technology still requires participants Her reply: “I was raised in an to travel to California to be recorded, Orthodox home, Jewish, Orthodox a challenge for the frail elderly. home. I remember my grandfather “There is a survivor in Florida right now who has been interviewed laying tefillin every morning while I by the Shoah Foundation through this visited him. And the Jewish tradition is the belief in God. And I went into process, and he and his wife actually concentration camp like everyone lived for most of their life after the else that was raised in a Jewish home. war in Cincinnati,” she added. “We Did I know much about God at that may eventually integrate his testipoint? No. I was a child, I don’t know mony.” that much about the Torah, I didn’t Over the 20 minutes I took to ask have a Jewish education. But the Fritzie questions, she appeared to subject of God has come up a lot with take them in and consider them. She students. I believe that if there was a responded in a conversational way. God in Auschwitz, God did not speak I asked her questions I’ve heard up. God sat on a fence looking at his students ask Holocaust survivors, and questions I’ve put to survivors in people and wasn’t there to help his people. And so, I have my issues with interviews over the years: that question.” • How did you come to America? When I asked Fritzie why she • Do you hold all Germans responagreed to be recorded for this project, sible for the Holocaust? she said, “Every time I stand up and • Do you feel guilt because you I tell my story, it opens the wound. It survived the Holocaust? brings back the past, and I see it. Why • What were your favorite foods do I do it? I ask myself often, why do growing up? I do this to myself, why do I do it? • How did you survive the death I feel that I have an obligation as a march from Auschwitz? • How did you get out of Europe? survivor to tell the world what hap• Do you think there could ever be pened. I have an obligation to teach. I have an obligation to remember that another Holocaust? These, she answered patiently and it’s important to me to leave my story behind so that the next generation in detail. can learn from me what I have gone One question she couldn’t quite through. And maybe, it might touch answer: I asked if she was raised in one child. I need for the world to a traditional Jewish household. Her know. And this is why I do it.” reply didn’t correspond to the ques-

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Virtual tour of Temple Israel’s Outsmarting Design Museum Thinking About antisemitism class at Chabad of Holon exhibit God course

Yarra Keydar, curator of Israel’s Design Museum Holon’s popular new exhibit, The Ball, will lead a virtual tour on Thursday, Oct. 28 at 9 a.m., in partnership with the Dayton Sister City Committee. The Ball features 120 ball gowns representing historical and contemporary designs, with 50 accessories created for the exhibition by Israel’s top designers. Holon is one of Dayton’s six Sister Cities. R.S.V.P. for the virtual tour to Marcy Paul at mpaul@jfgd.net.

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Rabbi Karen Bodney-Halasz will lead Temple Israel’s new lunchtime class, Thinking About God: Part I, at noon on Thursdays, Oct. 14 and 21, Nov. 4, 11, and 18. The course explores the book Thinking About God: Jewish Views by Rabbi Kari H. Tuling, beginning with Part I: Is God the Creator and Source of All Being — Including Evil? Participants will examine the question through biblical, liturgical, rabbinic, medieval, and modern texts. Temple Israel is located at 130 Riverside Dr., Dayton. Register at tidayton.org or 937-496-0050.

Chabad’s Jewish Learning Institute will present the course Outsmarting Antisemitism in person and via Zoom in two sections: four Mondays at 7 p.m. beginning Oct. 25, and four Fridays at 10 a.m. beginning Oct. 29. The course will present historical analysis, Talmudic sources, Jewish mysticism, and contemporary analysis. The cost of the course, including a textbook, is $42. Scholarships are available. Chabad is located at 2001 Far Hills Ave., Oakwood. Register at chabaddayton.com or 937-643-0770.

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A private investigator observed a Cleveland-area synagogue during the High Holy Days. Its worshippers are outraged. By Jane Kaufman, Cleveland Jewish News The city of University Heights hired a private investigator to observe Jews entering and exiting a local synagogue on the first day of Rosh Hashanah as evidence for an ongoing lawsuit, outraging Orthodox Jews there and further inflaming tensions in a local dispute over worship protocols. University Heights officials said the investigator, who had been hired by the mayor at an undisclosed cost, was there to monitor the number of people entering the Aleksander Shul to determine if the congregation was adhering to court-ordered rules on maximum occupancy. The city also said the community outrage was the result of miscommunication stemming from the local Jewish federation’s failure to alert the synagogue to the investigator’s presence. The Aleksander Shul has had a long, drawnout dispute with University Heights, an area with a large Jewish population and many synagogues. Operating out of a private residence, the synagogue was cited in 2019 for not complying with local code and zoning ordinances that prohibit a private residence from serving as a “house of assembly.” Earlier this year, the city tried to block its operation and fined the shul’s owner $65,000 over building code violations — he has appealed the fine — as a prelude to suing the Aleksander Shul in June. In addition to operating unlawfully as a house

of assembly, the suit alleges the synagogue also performed work and construction without building permits or city inspection. Lawyers for the Aleksander Shul countered that the mayor was discriminating against Orthodox Jews. After attempting to shut down the shul in July, the city’s order was temporarily stayed July 27 by a Cuyahoga County judge, who issued an amended order that allowed the Aleksander Shul to continue operations on Shabbat and the High Holy Days through Sukkot, provided maximum occupancy in the building was limited to 36. But the city said the worshippers violated the occupancy limit on Rosh Hashanah. “The investigator observed 50 people entering the house, in seeming violation of the court’s order limiting capacity to 36,” University Heights Mayor Michael Dylan Brennan told the Cleveland Jewish News in a Sept. 13 email. Yet it was the investigator’s presence that drew the ire of the local community. At a Sept. 9 City Council meeting, Rabbi Eric “Yitz” Frank, executive director of Agudath Israel of Ohio, which represents Orthodox families and day schools, called the incident “an absolute outrage.” “Mothers walking with their children to synagogue...were deeply traumatized by this event,” he said at the meeting. Michele Weiss, vice mayor of University Heights who is Jewish, criticized Brennan and Continued on Page 23

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Oct. 14, 21, Nov. 4, 11, & 18 at noon Rabbi Bodney-Halasz leads us on a journey through Rabbi Kari H.Tuling’s book “Thinking About God: Jewish Views,” beginning with Part I: Is God the Creator and Source of All Being—including Evil? We will examine this question through biblical, liturgical, rabbinic, medieval, and modern texts.

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Covid has turned South Florida into a promised land for Orthodox New Yorkers Sharon Brandt, a local realtor, said the housing market has never been tighter in Hollywood. ‘It’s just been insane,’ she said.

Story and Photos by Shira Hanau JTA HOLLYWOOD, Fla. — When Orthodox Jewish clients approach local real estate agent Sharon Brandt looking for a home in this South Florida area, she tells them to make sure they have spots for their children in school before they buy. When Rabbi Yoni Fein, head of school at the Brauser Maimonides Academy in Hollywood, gets inquiries from prospective parents from out of state, he asks them to make sure they can find a house before enrolling their children. This Catch-22 of a simultaneous housing shortage and wait lists at area schools is no coincidence: Hollywood may be one of the fastest growing Orthodox Jewish communities in the country. “It’s very rare that a house comes up,” Brandt said of the housing market here. “The real shortage started in January, February, March of 2021. It’s just been insane.” Throughout the pandemic, South Florida’s Orthodox Jewish communities from Miami all the way north to Boca Raton have experienced a major pandemic-driven population boom. And Hollywood, once home to a small Modern Orthodox community with just one Ashkenazi synagogue and one small Jewish day school, is quickly becoming one of the fastest growing Orthodox communities in the country. While the community has been growing over the past five years or so, the pandemic has proven to be a major driver of growth for South Florida. New and longtime residents of the area

say the newfound flexibility of remote work, combined with frustration over Covid restrictions elsewhere, has driven people toward the more freewheeling Florida. That migration is changing Florida’s demographics from a retirement hub for aging Jews to an exciting place to live for young families. Rabbi Arnie Samlan, chief Jewish education officer at the Jewish Federation of Broward County, called the phenomenon the “Orthodox aliyah to Florida,” using the Hebrew term for moving to Israel. “That joke about Florida being God’s waiting room? It’s not true anymore,” Samlan said. While jobs have long been a major factor holding people back from moving to Florida — the state lacks a major hub for jobs in industries like finance and marketing that often attract Orthodox Jews in the New York area — the opportunities for remote work during the pandemic have changed that. Some companies have even moved their entire operations to Florida, bringing their employees and their families. Max Klein moved with his wife and three children from New Milford, N.J. to Hollywood at the end of June following his investment firm’s relocation from New York to Miami. For Klein, the fact that his job was moving made the decision a natural one. But the perks of living in Florida sweetened the deal. “It’s taxes, it’s more free during Covid, year-round good weather, everything just adds up,” he said. Leora Cohen hadn’t fully bought into her new Florida lifestyle after moving

That migration is changing Florida’s demographics from a retirement hub for aging Jews to an exciting place to live for young families.

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to Hollywood from Manhat“There’s a bit of saturation,” Weinstock tan’s Upper East Side in 2019. said of the Emerald Hills neighborhood But when she saw her friends where the Hollywood Orthodox commuin New York stuck inside with nity had been based since its founding in their kids during the pandemic the 1980s. while her own kids played One perk of that saturation is the explooutside throughout the winter, sion of the kosher dining scene in Holshe realized she could never lywood and other parts of South Florida. go back. In Surfside, a small beachside community, “I miss my family, but I’m several blocks are dominated by upscale never leaving Florida,” Cohen kosher restaurants ranging from steaksaid. She later added: “The houses to barbecue to Japanese to Italian. joys of summer in New York In Hollywood, several large kosher grocery are our entire life in Florida.” stores offer shelf after shelf of prepared Even at a time when Covid foods and freshly made sushi daily. deaths are at a record high in Part of the growth in recent years had to Florida while mask mandates do with the popularity of South Florida as continue to be rejected, the a vacation spot among Orthodox Jews, acstate’s relaxed approach to cording to Dani Klein, who runs the kosher containing Covid has proven a restaurant site YeahThatsKosher.com. Once draw for some. large numbers of Orthodox Jews started “There are definitely a num- An extensive wine selection at The Grove, one of several kosher grocery stores in Hollywood moving to Florida full time, that created ber of political reasons people even more demand for top-quality kosher move here, the lockdowns and the way in which restaurants, which in turn draw more people to move moved to the area but have yet to join the synagogue. different states might have handled Covid,” said Fein, With housing stock limited in the existing Orthodox there. the principal of Brauser Maimonides Academy. “And “Over the last 10 years or so, we went from having neighborhoods, newcomers have been purchasing they ended up staying. I know a bunch of families lots of kosher restaurants to lots of good, really top homes farther out, leading to the creation of satellite who moved here because they didn’t know when quality restaurants,” Klein said of the kosher food synagogues in the new neighborhoods. Covid was going to be over, so they came here.” scene in South Florida. “We’ve In Boca Raton, the local Rabbi Yosef Weinstock of the Young Israel of Holseen Surfside emerge as the Orthodox synagogue has two lywood said the size of his synagogue had more than second best corridor of kosher new outposts — to the west and doubled in the past 15 years, but the past 18 months restaurants after probably Crown the east — to accommodate the have been a period of unprecedented growth for the Heights (in Brooklyn) in the communities springing up. The community. country.” Young Israel of Hollywood has a “On the books now we’re over 650 families, but At Brauser Maimonides satellite location in West Hollythat’s just the starting point,” Weinstock said, noting Academy, the mass migration to wood with its own rabbi and rethat the synagogue’s membership has grown by more Florida has led to waiting lists in cently hired another rabbi at the than 60 families since the beginning of the pandemic. every grade. main location to meet the needs He believes there are still 200 families or so who have Continued on next page of the growing community.

One perk of that saturation is the explosion of the kosher dining scene in Hollywood and other parts of South Florida.

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Continued from previous page Fein had moved to Hollywood from New Jersey to lead the school in 2017. He has seen dozens of friends follow, turning a favored vacation spot for Orthodox Jews in the New York area into a home. With the growth of communities across South Florida in recent years, Fein said, newcomers no longer have to sacrifice the amenities they expect, like the many kosher restaurants and grocery stores and highquality Jewish day schools they had in New York. From a student body of about 450 when Fein started four years ago, Brauser Maimonides now has about 650 students from pre-K to eighth grade — with a wait list in every grade. While Florida’s approach to Covid containment may prove to be a short-lived draw for Orthodox families, the economic benefits of the move, particularly when it comes to paying for Jewish day school, are likely to have a longer shelf life. Fein said Florida’s recently expanded state-funded scholarships for private schools were a “major driver” for families who send their children to Jewish day schools. In May, Gov. Ron DeSantis signed into law a bill that would allow families earning up to $100,000 to access state-funded school vouchers. (The amount of the scholarships depends on a number of factors, including income and number of children.) The scholarships, he said, “essentially solve the

tuition crisis for a lot of families.” For families who don’t qualify for the state-funded scholarships, the fact that Florida has no state income tax can spell a very different bottom line for families coming from high-tax states like California, New York and New Jersey. Allan Jacob, chairman of Teach FL, the Orthodox Union’s school-choice advocacy organization, and a member of DeSantis’ transition team, wrote an opinion piece recently for The Wall Street Journal touting Florida’s benefits for day school parents. “Beyond school choice, Jewish families who are moving like The Young Israel of Hollywood has seen a period of unprecedented growth over the past the idea of living in a 18 months, its rabbi said, as the area has become one of the fastest growing Orthodox state with no income Jewish communities in the country tax and a government “You have a large infrastructure, kosher restaurants, with a lighter touch,” Jacob wrote. choices of schools and shuls, a lot of friends in the Even with the widespread expansion, several area, but it’s also more affordable to buy a home,” he longtime residents said the larger community has maintained the feel of a smaller one — some- said. “I couldn’t afford a home in New York and New Jersey. Here I was able to buy my first home.” thing that many craved during the pandemic Samlan, who moved to Miami eight years ago and when so many felt isolated from friends and recently moved to Hollywood, is renting an apartment family. while he waits for the right house to come up. He “There’s a very palpable warmth, not just the temperature, in our community,” Weinstock said. “It’s understands the appeal to his fellow Orthodox Jews coming from out of state. very family oriented.” “If you enjoy coming here for Pesach and Sukkot,” Fein said “you kind of have the best of both he said, “why not work here remotely?” worlds.”

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Building Resilience and Wisdom in Challenging Times with Rabbi Amy Eilberg Monday, October 11 6:30–8PM, via Zoom As we continue to live with the challenges of COVID, we can turn our attention from survival to learning and growing from the difficulties we continue to encounter. Drawing on teachings from the Mussar tradition (ancient Jewish system of spiritual development), we will explore what can be learned from the struggles of this time. How can we be better, wiser, and more resilient people when this is over? Rabbi Amy Eilberg Spiritual Director, Peace and Justice Educator, Teacher of Mussar, Author

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MIRIAM SIEGEL MARKS AND MILTON MARKS PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT FUND IN HONOR OF › Ronnie and Andrew Smulian’s 50th anniversary Bobbie and Jack Myers DAYTON JEWISH OBSERVER IN HONOR OF › Marshall’s 25 years as editor Bobbie and Jack Myers PAST PRESIDENT’S FUND IN MEMORY OF › Lita Saul Sylvia and Ralph Heyman IN HONOR OF › Mark Gordon receiving the 2021 Past President’s Award Cindy and Larry Burick JCRC IN HONOR OF › Bonnie Beaman rice receiving the JCRC Volunteer of the Year Award Cindy and Larry Burick HOLOCAUST EDUCATION FUND IN MEMORY OF › Marcy Paul’s mother Helene Gordon

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JOAN & PETER WELLS CHILDREN & YOUTH FUND IN HONOR OF › Jane Hochstein’s retirement Bonnie Parish › The recovery of Peter Wells Beverly Louis › Marni Flagel receiving the Robert A. Shapiro Award Cindy and Larry Burick

JEREMY BETTMAN B’NAI TZEDEK YOUTH PHILANTHROPY FUND IN HONOR OF › Jane Hochstein’s retirement › Cheryl Carne’s retirement Jean and Todd Bettman THE RESILIENCE SCHOLARSHIP FUND IN MEMORY OF › Dan Weckstein Caryl and Don Weckstein ADDISON CARUSO B’NAI TZEDEK YOUTH PHILANTHROPY FUND IN MEMORY OF › Lita Saul Donna Holt IN HONOR OF › The wedding of Alexa and Sander Altman Patty and Michael Caruso and family Donna Holt

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October JEWISH FEDERATION of GREATER DAYTON & ITS AGENCIES PJ Library Grandparents Grandparents play an important role in the lives of their grandchildren. They pass down tradition and heritage through the values they’ve taught their children and the family history they share with future generations.

To be added to our PJ Grandparents mailing list, contact Kate Elder, PJ Library and Outreach Coordinator at kelder@jfgd.net.

A Series of Education, Advocacy & Action Educating the Jewish community on what antisemitism is, how it impacts our daily lives, and what we, as individuals and our community can do to become upstanders and dismantle hatred toward the Jewish people. Sunday, October 3 @ 10-11AM, via Zoom Words Matter — We don’t know what we don’t know…and then some with Marcy L. Paul, PhD, Senior Director, JCRC & Tara Feiner, Senior Director, JFS No cost, RSVP required.

ISRAEL 101 Scholar-in-Residence — Keren E. Fraiman, PhD

Down on the Farm with Camp Shalom & PJ Library Calling all Camp Shalom campers and their families! Calling all PJ Library and PJ Our Way families!

Three Sessions via Zoom: Sunday, October 24 @ 10-11:30AM Wednesday, November 3 @ 7-8:30PM Thursday, November 18 @ 7-8:30PM

Sunday, October 10 @ 5:30-8:30PM, No cost. Lucas Brothers Farm (3229 Ferry Rd. Bellbrook, 45305)

Cost is $36. Register online at jewishdayton.org

Wander through the straw maze, watch the farm animals and run around at the children’s play area. Bring a flashlight to explore the 6-acre corn maze at sundown. After a hayride through the farm, roast s’mores by the campfire! Hayrides are from 6-7PM. Each person will receive a pumpkin to take home. There is no cost for this event. Masks required for ages 2 and up. RSVP requested at jewishdayton.org/events Questions? Contact Kate Elder at kelder@jfgd.net or Meryl Hattenbach at mhattenbach@jfgd.net.

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Sunday, October 17, 10AM–NOON @ Boonshoft CJCE (525 Versailles Dr., Centerville, 45459) Back by popular demand, JFS is hosting another Drive Thru Mitzvah Mission! Help us feed guests at St. Vincent de Paul’s shelters and provide donations of high need items for Daybreak. Prepare frozen, unbaked macaroni and cheese casseroles following the required recipe and directions on our website. Purchase items from the high needs list for Daybreak (list can be found at jewishdayton.org/events). Drive thru the Boonshoft Center for Jewish Culture and Education (CJCE). JFS will take your donations of frozen casseroles and/or Daybreak donations and provide you with a sweet treat in return. Questions? Contact Jacquelyn Archie at jarchie@jfgd.net or by calling 937-610-1555.

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Plan to attack German synagogue on Yom Kippur was foiled, police say Roberto Pfeil/picture alliance via Getty Images

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By Toby Axelrod, JTA German police said they thwarted a planned Islamist attack on a synagogue in Hagen on Yom Kippur after receiving a tip from an unnamed foreign intelligence service. Officers took a father of Syrian background and three sons into custody for questioning on the morning of Sept. 16, according to the newspaper Die Welt. All but one son — a 16-year-old with ties to Islamists abroad — were released. The synagogue in Hagen, a city near Dusseldorf in western Germany, was under police protection Sept. 15, and Yom Kippur services were canceled the following day. In a statement, the Central Council of Jews in Germany thanked the security authorities and said the apparent plan to attack a synagogue “on the highest holiday...shows that the increase in security measures at many Jewish institutions was and is necessary.” Herbert Reul, minister of the interior for the state of North-Rhine Westphalia, told the German media that police had received a concrete tip, including the time and location of the planned attack, and the name of the suspect.

The 16-year-old, a Syrian national, reportedly had made comments on the internet platform Telegram to someone named “Abu Hab” about attacking the synagogue on a Jewish holiday. Focus magazine reported that the contact had shared bombmaking instructions with the teen. The suspect told investigators that he had not planned such an attack. While police confiscated phones and hard drives, no bombmaking materials had yet been found. Investigators reportedly are working with terrorism authorities on the case. The Hagen community had 264 members in 2020, according to Germany’s Jewish communal welfare organization. The synagogue was built in 1960. On Yom Kippur in 2019, a right-wing extremist tried to shoot his way into the synagogue in Halle. Unable to breach the door, he shot and killed two passersby. The gunman is serving a life sentence. One year ago, Germany pledged an increase of about $26 million to its Jewish umbrella organization to cover the costs of drastic improvements to the physical security of synagogues and other communal buildings.

On Yom Kippur in 2019, a right-wing extremist tried to shoot his way into the synagogue in Halle.

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MAZEL TOV! Martin Gottlieb’s new book, Lincoln’s Northern Nemesis: The War Opposition and Exile of Ohio’s Clement Vallandigham, has just been published by McFarland & Co. It’s the story of Dayton’s representative to the U.S. Congress when the Civil War broke out. A retired longtime Dayton Daily News editorial writer and current advisor to this publication, Martin describes Vallandigham as the most prominent opponent of the war. “In 1863, Abraham Lincoln threw him out of the country because of his views,” Martin says. “That made Vallandigham a martyr for the Democrats, who proceeded to nominate him for governor in that year’s election, at the insistence of thousands of members of ‘the base’ who flooded Columbus for the party

performances in Cincinnati on Sunday, Sept. 26 to mark the rededication of Chestnut Street Cemetery in conjunction with the bicentennial celebration of Cincinnati’s Jewish community. After the rededication, the klezmorim will play while marching over to the Jewish community’s Ish Festival in Washington Park. The Ish Festival celebrates Jewish and Israeli arts and culture. Rich will also join the Anatevka Band on the Ish Festival main stage at about 2:25-ish p.m. The Miami Valley and Anatevka Klezmer Bands played together Sept. 2 in Cincinnati for the press conference to promote the Sept. 26 events. Headlining the Ish Festival is Matisyahu at 6 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 25. Local actor Saul Caplan takes on the role of Herr Schultz, the Jewish fruit-shop owner, in Dare 2 Defy’s production of Kander and Ebb’s musical about Weimar Germany, Cabaret, Oct. 13 to 16 at the PNC Arts Annex.

Ian Gossett just became the third member of the Rosen family to teach at the college level, joining his uncle Larry Rosen and his sister, Rachael. Ian, who recently graduated from Wright State University with a master’s degree in political science, is currently pursuing his doctorate and teaching at St. Leo University in Florida. Rachael, Ian, and brother William are the children of Judy Rosen Gossett and the late Randy convention and couldn’t be safely denied. So, in the resulting extraordinary Gossett. Judy is very proud of every one of her children and sees a bright future campaign, one candidate could not enter the country. The election generated for her four granddaughters as well. hyper-bitter polarization, violence, The Dayton Art Institute has put unprecedented enthusiasm, huge, together a virtual exhibit of selected innumerable rallies and higher turnout entries from the 2021 Max May and (over 80 percent) than presidential Lydia May Memorial Holocaust Art and elections of the day, which was as Writing Contest. Each year, the contest stunning then as it would be now.” offers students in grades five through 12 Martin is also author of the 2006 book across the Miami Valley the opportunity Campaigns Don’t Count: How the Media to express what they’ve learned about Get American Politics All Wrong. the Holocaust. To view the online exhibit, go to daytonartinstitute.org/ Mathew Klickstein unleashes his exhibits/max-may-lydia-may-memorialcomedic, offbeat look at coming of age holocaust-art-writing-contest. with his newly released middle-grade audiobook, So Good to Be Bad, from Black Stone Publishing. Read by Cary Hite, its Do you know Jewish singles ages 30-49 here in the Midwest? The Dayton Jewish main character Observer is partnering with tcjewfolk. is 101/2-yearcom of Minnesota to co-host Midwest old Moishe Jewish Speed Date, Wednesday, Oct. “Mushy” 6 at 9 p.m. EDT. Nudge those singles Lutfmensch. to look at the Midwest Jewish Speed Date “I snuck in a Facebook page or go directly to tinyurl. little Yiddish com/MidwestJewishSpeedDate. Event here or there registration is only $5. The event code throughout to sign up is YIDWEST. It’s a great as well, along opportunity to virtually meet potential with a lot of dates who actually live within driving old-school distance. Genevieve Parker, tcjewfolk’s vaudevillian Jewish/borscht community engagement manager, says 100 people showed up for the first belt-style comedy, one-liners and tone,” Midwest Jewish Speed Date back in Matt says. “It was written very much in June. “They went on 285 (speed) dates, the classic Jewish comedy idiom.” and 76 pairs decided to keep talking Trombonist Rich Begel, founder and after the event.” leader of the Miami Valley Klezmer Band, will sit in with the Anatevka Send your Mazel Tov! announcements to Klezmer Band of Indianapolis for its jewishobserver@jfgd.net.

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No one lost their Jewish last name at Ellis Island. But we gained a safe haven. By Andrew Silow-Carroll Shortly before he died, my Dad gave me a trove of family documents, some dating to the 19th century. For the first time I had confirmation of what our family name was before a great-uncle changed it to Carroll when he and his brothers immigrated to America. My father’s parents moved from Russia to Paris before coming to the United States. Among the papers is a yellowed French immigration document signed by my grandfather on March 13, 1913; there he spells his last name Karoltchouk. On my grandmother’s “Permis de sejour a un etranger,” issued in Paris in 1914, it’s spelled Karolchouk. A cursory web search locates Jews with variations like Korolczuk and Karolchuk, which I am told is a common Polish surname. My father was always ambivalent about his last name. His uncle was probably right that a deracinated name like Carroll made it easier for a family of Polish Jewish immigrants trying to gain a foothold in America (although my dad’s parents didn’t quite get the memo in naming my father Irving). On the other hand, Dad always felt the name suggested that he was trying to hide something or pretend to be something he was not. The dilemmas of Jewish namechanging form a powerful chapter in novelist Dara Horn’s new collection of essays. People Love Dead Jews is an examination — deeply reported, at times brilliant and often bitter — on the persistent hatred aimed at Jews, even in their absence. A recurring theme of the book is the way antisemites, philosemites, and Jews themselves rewrite and distort the past, and how Jewish identity is “defined and determined by the opinions and projections of others.” Our last names are a case in point. Horn explodes the old myth that Jews’ names were changed at Ellis Island by clerks too lazy or malevolent to spell them right. In public lectures and a 2014 essay, Horn would explain that “nobody at Ellis Island ever wrote down immigrants’ names.” Instead, she’d cite works like Kirsten Fermaglich’s A Rosenberg by Any Other Name, a deep dive into the data showing the “heartbreaking reality” of Jewish immigrants changing their own names “because they cannot find a job, or because their children are being humiliated or discriminated against at school, or because with their real names, no one will hire them for any whitecollar position.” Genealogists like Jennifer Mendelsohn and Philip Sutton and Ellis Island officials like Peter Urban have confirmed this over the years. What Horn didn’t count on was the anger of her audiences, who insisted that their grandparents and great-grandparents were passive victims of a clerk’s pen. Horn explains this denial as a “deep pattern in Jewish history,” which is “all about living in places where you are utterly vulnerable and cannot admit it.”

Instead of fessing up to that vulnerability and their culpability in bowing to it, many Jews prefer to invent more benign “origin stories,” either to exonerate their non-Jewish neighbors or spare themselves and their children the “humiliation” that the new country is no more friendly to Jews than the one they left. If Jews were to tell the truth about why Karolchouk became Carroll, or (in my mother’s case) Greenberg became Green, they’d be “confirming two enormous fears: first, that this country doesn’t really accept you, and second, that the best way to survive and thrive is to dump any outward sign of your Jewish identity, and symbolically cut that cord that goes back to Mount Sinai.” Horn ends up saluting the “enormous emotional resources” displayed by the Jews who cling to the Ellis Island myth, but I felt hers is an overly harsh assessment of the survival strategies employed out of necessity by a previous generation of Jews. I can’t prove that my great-uncle and his brothers weren’t humiliated by the name change, but I am guessThe author's grandmother’s French residence permit from 1914 includes ing that it went down easier than a spelling of her husband’s original name, Karolchouk, before he and his Horn imagines. A new country, a new brothers changed it to Carroll language, a new alphabet. So much and Goldie Myerson traded one kind of Jewish name was lost in translation. for another. I think given the choice between the misery Besides, what we consider “Jewish” last names they left behind in the Old Country and the are often themselves “un-Jewish” place names and opportunities available to them even in an intolerant America, their generation felt losing the last name was occupations, adopted after state legislation in Yiddishspeaking lands required hereditary names instead a palatable trade-off. of the patronymics the Jews had been using. They History bears out their choice. Within a generacertainly didn’t go back to Sinai. tion or two, the name-changers’ children were able Name changing wasn’t a humiliation but a strategy, to assert their Jewishness in countless ways. The and one that, in the American context, has paid off prosperity that came with “passing” allowed them to handsomely. build public Jewish lives, worship as they chose and Like my Dad, I sometimes wish our last name climb the ladder of success unthwarted by the twisted sounded more Jewish. I fret that Carroll undercuts imaginations of antisemites. what little authority I have as a “public” Jew, or reinHaving achieved success, these Jews would build forces my own occasional feelings of inauthenticity forward-facing Jewish institutions, proudly attach (which I define as “not having gone to Jewish summer their names to dormicamp”). tories and concert halls, But of course, to even think of reclaiming a “Jewand send their children to ish” name is a privilege that would have been unJewish day schools withimaginable to so many Jews living in truly hostile out fear that they would lands. And the notion of what is and isn’t a “Jewish” be denied admission to name is itself being complicated – and enriched — the top universities. by conversion, interfaith marriage, and all the other Horn’s book, by factors that have diversified the Jewish community in contrast, is haunted by recent years. the killings of Jews in Still, as Horn wrote in her original article about the Pittsburgh, Poway and Ellis Island myth, the internet has become a “toxic Jersey City, but those atsea” of antisemitic misinformation, and “that makes it tacks remain the excepall the more important to get Jewish history right.” tions. Despite the beefed-up security at American We should all recognize the Ellis Island story for the synagogues in the wake of 9/11, and the renewed myth that it is, and embrace the real stories of courage feelings of vulnerability they instilled, those attacks and adaptation that brought us to this place and time. don’t reflect the lived reality of most American Jews 100 years removed from Ellis Island. Andrew Silow-Carroll is the editor in chief of The New Jewish survival and adaptation have often deYork Jewish Week and senior editor of the Jewish pended on shape shifting, from first-century Yavneh Telegraphic Agency. to 20th-century Tel Aviv, when Jews like David Grün

Name changing wasn’t a humiliation but a strategy, and one that, in the American context, has paid off handsomely

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JCRC’s Dismantling Antisemitism Series: Sun., Oct. 3, 10 a.m.: Words Matter w. Tara Feiner & Marcy Paul via Zoom. Sun., Oct. 24, 10 a.m. Israel 101, Part 1 w. scholar-in-residence Keren Fraiman via Zoom. Register at jewishdayton.org/events. Beth Abraham Synagogue CROP Hunger Walk Team: Sun., Oct. 3. 11 a.m. learning sessions at Beth Abraham, 305 Sugar Camp Cir., Oakwood. 1 p.m. walk at Shiloh Church, 5300 Philadelphia Dr., Dayton. For info., contact Cantor Andrea Raizen, 937-293-9520.

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The bitter and the sweet By Rabbi Haviva Horvitz Temple Beth Sholom, Middletown Have you ever noticed that in the Torah, the Hebrew names that are familiar to us for the months are not mentioned? For that matter, most of the time, only numbers are used. Passover is celebrated on the 15th day of the first month; Rosh Hashanah (as we call it), Yom Truah (the day of shouting or blasting, as in the shofar), is observed on the first day of the seventh month; and so on. The actual naming of the months came about during the

Perspectives Babylonian time period (approximately 626-539 B.C.E.). Therefore, it is not surprising that the month following Tishri has two and a half different names: Marcheshvan, Cheshvan, and Bul. The prefix mar can be translated to mean bitter, so since no one wants a bitter month, it is frequently removed, and the month is simply referred to as Cheshvan. Mar can also be interpreted as drop, as in a drop of water, which is appropriate because the prayers for rain begin annually during this month (after those who went to Jerusalem for Sukkot are assumed to be safely home). Similarly, the name Bul may be a shortened name stemming from the longer word mabul, which means flood. The belief is that The Flood, as in Noah and the ark, both began and ended during this month. It was the first explanation above, the idea of the bitter month, that I was taught as a child. This month has no holidays or special mitzvot (commandments) associated with it.

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us over Rosh HashaFollowing a month nah, Yom Kippur, and that is overwhelming even Sukkot. with events, a rollerPerhaps, as we coaster of emotions, return to routine, we and a great deal of can do so with some food, it can feel annew insights. But ticlimactic to have a what is routine these bare month. days? We are still far But perhaps it is from what we rememnecessary to reestabber as normal, and lish routine. As I have Rabbi Haviva Horvitz we don’t know when grown older, I have or even if that will come to appreciate happen again. For that matthe down time, the time off ter, this constant not knowing — a month to reorganize and what is the best way to create a refocus, especially so early in new routine is frustrating and the year. It gives us the opportunity to causes other issues and more stress for everyone. plan, and to review our plans; As rabbi of Temple Beth to make changes as necessary Sholom of Middletown, I have and to reflect on where we found it necessary to look at want to go and how we intend the big picture. I am available to get there. What do we want for my congregation and my to do during this new year? community, but Rabbi Ari decisions were Goldwag of Ramat How we made this past Beit Shemesh, interact with High Holy Days Israel explains in each other season and these an essay at Aish. decisions were com: “The mesmust change, not easy. sage of Cheshvan as we are all It was a lastis that despite the darkness, and even adjusting to the minute choice, for example, to keep because of the strange world the services in darkness, there is the building, but future growth that around us. to require masks. awaits us. We have The members of Temple Beth the opportunity to nurture that Sholom agreed on these safety right at this moment. It is now precautions. I realize that not that we gather the seeds from everyone sees things the same. the holidays of the month of Last year, according to some, Tishri, plant them, and carejust when the community confully water them through the nection of the synagogue was winter months. With God’s help, we will soon marvel at the needed most, some congrebeautiful spring bounty that we gations were forced to close people out, both figuratively merit to cultivate.” and literally. But this past year, thanks to Perhaps that was a mistake, Covid, has been different, so how we begin 5782 will need to be different. We have been given this wonderful opportunity to reflect on the lessons which have been presented to

but it is usually better to err on the side of caution. This pandemic is not normal, and we are all still learning how to react and how to respond. What we need now is to learn to be patient with others and try to listen and understand other viewpoints. How we interact with each other must change, as we are all adjusting to the strange world around us. If we have learned anything from this Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, I would hope we have learned to apologize and to forgive — not because of something that we have done or that was done to us that was necessarily wrong — but because of how we made others feel. Did we really listen to others? Did we accept that maybe there is more than one right way to feel? As the quote from Rabbi Goldwag alludes, how we handle ourselves during these empty and difficult times are the seeds which will determine what is grown in the future. If we can learn to work together, united to make this world a better place, then the future will be full of forgiveness and understanding. There are those who believe that when the time eventually comes, the Third Temple in Jerusalem will be completed and celebrated during the month of Cheshvan. Rather than a bitter month, think of Cheshvan as a month full of hope, potential, and possibilities. As a friend recently posted on Facebook: “Maybe it’s not about deciding who needs extra kindness, but knowing everyone does.” May 5782 be filled with patience, understanding, and acceptance.

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By Alan Zeitlin, JTA As NFL beat writers go, Jori Epstein is likely among the more unique: Start with being a woman, she doesn’t work on Shabbat, and she has penned a Holocaust survivor’s biography. The Dallas resident, who attended Jewish day schools and camps, is only 26, too. Epstein covers the Dallas Cowboys for USA Today. Her debut book, The Upstander: How Surviving the Holocaust Sparked Max Glauben’s Mission to Dismantle Hate (Post Hill Press) — about a fellow congregant at her Dallas synagogue — was published earlier this year. Epstein will talk about the book via Zoom Oct. 26 as part of the Dayton JCC’s Cultural Arts & Book Series. She launched her sports journalism career with an internship at Sports Illustrated in New York while a student at the University of Texas. Epstein landed on the NFL beat when an editor at the Dallas Morning News, where she worked as a digital sports producer, understood her religious needs and gave her Saturdays off. New sports writers often cover high school or college football, which would require work on the Sabbath as games typically take place on Friday night or Saturday. The NFL was a more practical option for her, since the games are mostly on Sundays. Epstein acknowledges that she needed to bone up on football rules and proved to be a quick study. Covering the Cowboys hasn’t been a problem for her as a female reporter. “I’m so blessed to work with management, coaches and players who respect me as a woman,” she said. “There will always be challenges for women in a male-dominated industry. I don’t think that is unique to sports.” Epstein said the Cowboys owner, Jerry Jones, “is great.” “He looks you in the eye and is very sincere. The whole team The JCC Cultural Arts & Book Series presents Jori Epstein via Zoom, 7 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 26. Free. Register at jewishdayton.org/ events or call 937-610-1555.

Jori Epstein with Holocaust survivor Max Glauben. Epstein wrote a book about his story after meeting at a Dallas synagogue

is very respectful,” she said. The players have shown interest in her being Jewish and the book. Wide receiver Amari Cooper asked her about Hebrew, she recalled. The book took her about five years to write and was mostly concluded before the Covid outbreak, though she did some follow-up interviews in person with masks and socially distanced. Some were on the phone or on Zoom. At 17, Epstein had heard Glauben, now 93, speak on a March of the Living trip in Poland nearly a decade ago. Both had attended Congregation Shearith Israel, where she occasionally was the Torah reader and he was at the bima (stage) for a blessing next to her. On the trip, Epstein had taken notes on Glauben’s address to his teen audience — details in some cases that he had never disclosed. The book idea would stem from those notes, but it was only in 2016 when the two confirmed she would write the book. Why did Glauben, who was 15 when he survived Majdanek and several other death camps, trust Epstein to write his story? “It’s a good question,” said Epstein, who graduated from the Yavneh Academy of Dallas. “He could see I was sincere and I cared. I think neither of us trusted each other 100 percent when we first started, but as we got to know each other better, we built a great trust.” Epstein infuses the book with horror and humor, tears and laughter, while taking an inside look at her steely subject. Glauben related details about a

decapitated head that fell in his lap, and being taken to a room by a Nazi where others have said they were sexually assaulted. His parents and brother were killed. Despite these atrocities, Epstein said Glauben tries to let go of the hate and aims to educate. He has spoken at many colleges and other schools about his experiences. His audiences are mostly non-Jews. “He can’t change that the Holocaust took place, but this is a way of creating purpose out of the past, by teaching his story to other generations,” Epstein said. “I think the first March of the Living empowered him as he saw he could take the worst chapter of his life and use it for good by educating people.” The book doesn’t end with his liberation. Glauben went on to marry a woman named Frieda, who liked the way he danced — he once taught the tango at a dance studio. He had a number of jobs, including owning a garment supply firm. Glauben is among a select group of survivors to take part in holographic technology that allows viewers at a Holocaust center in Dallas to ask “him” questions. A response is provided by one of his 1,146 prerecorded answers. Epstein interviewed all seven of Glauben’s grandchildren for the book. They consider him a hero — and wonder how he may have been different if not for his Holocaust experience. “He’s committed to being an inspiration and motivation, not just a commemoration,” his granddaughter Sarah, 36, said in the book.

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Battling the Memory Monster Review by Ellis Shuman Times of Israel Holocaust studies have been mandatory in Israeli high schools since the 1980s and 11th graders are regularly taken on educational trips to the German extermination camps in Poland. According to the study Shoah Education in Israeli State Schools 2007-2009 presented by Bar Ilan University, “The journey to Poland is among the most important and effective aspects of Shoah education, highly valued by students, teachers, and school principals.” But what about the longterm effects of these journeys on those who guide the students through the camps? Are they able to bear the emotional burden of walking under the iconic Arbeit Macht Frei sign (work makes you free) at Auschwitz’s gate time and time The JCC Cultural Arts & Book Series presents Yishai Sarid via Zoom from Israel, 12:30 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 20. Free. Register at jewishdayton.org/events or call 937-610-1555.

next generation, the again? historian states in the The subject of Holoreport, despite their caust education from marching through the the viewpoint of concamps wrapped in the centration camp tour Israeli flag, singing guides is at the center the national anthem. of The Memory Monster They cry momentarily, by Yishai Sarid, transhe notes, but he also lated by Yardenne wonders how deep Greenspan (Restless the memory of what Books). The short but Yishai Sarid happened to the Jewpowerful novel raises ish people has sunk into their the question of how far we let the horrors of the past infiltrate bones. Retelling the horrors of the our present-day lives. Holocaust in an endless loop The book’s narrative is pretakes an enormous toll on the sented as a report by a namehistorian and he struggles to less historian to the chairman transfer memories of what of Yad Vashem, the official happened to the youths he representative of Holocaust guides. In describing his work memory in Israel. The report to his young son, he says details the historian’s career, he is battling a monster, a how he at first considered HoMemory Monster, and only by locaust studies a burden and thought himself immune to the the book’s end will we learn whether he manages to survive emotional stress. The histothat battle. rian prepared his Ph.D. disThe Memory Monster is not sertation on the process of the an easy book to read Nazis’ extermination but its message is techniques — a topic important to hear. covering the details The story of the Hoof mass murder, gas locaust must be told, chambers, and cremathe memories must toriums — while supbe kept alive, and porting himself and we must find ways his family by guiding to handle those high school students memories without in Poland. losing our grip on It’s hard to squeeze reality. out a tear from the

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The Power of Stories. A New Series. During high school, my husband lived for a short while with an Israeli family in Rehovot. The patriarch, Aharon Krumer, was the son of a rabbi and thus had a story for every occasion. A frequent Talmudic favorite was just two sentences: “Rabbi Meir found a pomegranate. He ate the insides and threw away

Candace R. Kwiatek the peel.” Aharon would invariably add, “Get the point?” Stories can awaken memories, trigger ideas, and arouse emotions. They effectively and efficiently convey everything from information and complex ideas to culture and values. They are a powerful tool for teaching, influencing, and inspiring. Words in stories, like words in speech, have immense power. The biblical story of Creation itself asserts the power of words. Unlike the cosmologies of other ancient civilizations, in Genesis, God speaks the world into being. “God said, ‘Let there

be light’ and there was light.” Is human speech similarly powerful? The answer may be found in the Targum (written Aramaic translation of the Bible that reflects midrashic interpretations), which describes God breathing into Adam “the breath of a speaking spirit.” In other words, as Rabbi Eliyahu Safran explains in his essay The Art of Speech, “speech is that which epitomizes the Divine gift inherent in each of us.” It is also the one remnant from Eden that retains eternal life: “our words, and the power of our speech live forever.” In the next three stories, Jewish tradition explores the power of words and how we are to use our divine gift of speech. A folktale from the old country tells of a man with a habit of telling tales and passing along rumors about other people. One day the man’s neighbor approached the town rabbi in great distress, having heard a story being passed around about him that was threatening his business and ruining his good name and reputation. Approached privately by the rabbi, the talebearer at first protested, saying he meant no harm, it was just a little tale, and

after all it was true. But when he heard about his neighbor’s distress, he wanted to make amends. The rabbi deliberated, then told the man to bring a feather pillow to the top of the town clocktower. When he arrived, the rabbi instructed him to cut open the pillow and shake out the feathers. After the wind carried them all over the town, the rabbi ordered the man to collect every one. The man gasped.“That’s impossible!” The rabbi agreed. “That’s the way it is with rumors, stories, and secrets. Once they leave your mouth, you can never call them back.” A Talmudic narrative relates that certain hooligans in Rabbi Meir’s neighborhood caused him a great deal of anguish. So he prayed for God to have mercy on him, that they should die. Rabbi Meir’s wife, Beruriah, said to him, "What makes you think such a prayer is permitted? Is it because the verse states, ‘Let sins cease from the land,’ which you interpret to mean the world would be better if the wicked were destroyed?” “But,” she continued, “is it written, let sinners (chotim) cease? It is written, let sins (chata’im) cease. One should pray for an end to their trans-

granted, he visited a classroom where he Words can be asked, “Have any of you ever met a Jew?” powerful enough One little girl raised her to realign our hand. “Yes. My mother.” Stunned, the shaliach moral compass. thought to himself, “What do I say to this girl? She's the only Jewish child in this school, these are the only Jews in the entire town, and they’re unlikely to leave. What can I say to this girl now that will lead her to stay Jewish?” And this is what he did. He asked her to light Shabbat candles every Friday eve. And then he told this story. gressions, not for the demise of “I don't know if you know this, the transgressors themselves. but Alaska is the most westerly Furthermore, the end of the place in the world where there verse continues, ‘…and let the are Jews. It is the last place in wicked be no more.’ Since the the world where Shabbat comes. sins will cease, there will be no And when every Jew lights more wicked men!” Shabbat candles, they bring “Rather,” she concluded, light and peace to the world. So “pray for them that they should every Shabbat the whole world repent, and there will be no is waiting for your Shabbat more wicked people.” Rabbi candles — the last of all to be Meir saw that Beruriah was cor- lit.” rect and prayed for them, and Words can inspire. That little they repented. girl had a task to perform for Words can be powerful the whole Jewish people, for the enough to realign our moral whole world. That is how words compass. can change lives. Rabbi Jonathan Sacks retold The Baal Shem Tov taught a story he heard about a shaliach that every person is allotted a (emissary) who, upon arriving certain number of words for in a little town in Alaska, asked their lifetime. Once they are at the town hall about the Jewspoken, we depart from the ish community. world. “The next time you are Learning there were no Jews about to utter a word,” Rabbi there, the shaliach asked if he Rami Shapiro cautions, “ask could give a talk to the children yourself whether this word is at the local school. Permission worth dying for.”

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The Memory Monster by Yishai Sarid, translated from the Hebrew. The unnamed narrator of this controversial novel is a promising young Israeli historian and favored guide for Holocaust remembrance trips to Poland. Fixated on the details of life and death in the camps, he struggles to connect with students distracted by their iPhones, with dignitaries and tourists encumbered by time and exhaustion, and a filmmaker whose agenda is unsettling and obscure. Written as a report to the chairman of Yad Vashem, The Memory Monster powerfully recounts the narrator’s frustration and inner turmoil as his job becomes an obsession and he begins questioning the messages we’re really giving in our attempts to memorialize the past. Be prepared to read this short but unforgettable novel in one sitting. The Mysterious Mr. Mensch: 3 Unforgettable Lessons in Ethics by David Slater. Reminiscent of the ever-popular Magic Schoolbus series, this trio of tales pairs whimsical adventures with ethics and Jewish history. The easy-to-read chapters are perfect for young readers, filled with friendly characters and memorable lessons about treatment of strangers, tzedakah, and repairing the world. A novel approach to learning ethics, this clever series is delightful fun for primary grades.

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Private investigator Continued from Page Seven the law firm that authorized the move at the council meeting. “A city should not be spying on its own residents ever, especially during one of the holiest days of the year for our Jewish residents,” Weiss said at the meeting. “It’s unconscionable that if this was Easter or Christmas that this would even be contemplated. City Council is shocked by the behavior of the mayor and the outside law firm and will look at our options in dealing with the situation.” Weiss said the situation could have been handled in ways that would not have inspired fear. She added she first heard about the investigator when neighbors came to her house Sept. 7, the first day of Rosh Hashanah, to inform her. “Wednesday evening I was just fielding phone calls and texts all night,” she said. Weiss said she spoke with the police chief and law director on the morning of Sept. 9 “to understand what this meant.” In a Sept. 13 email to CJN, Brennan laid the blame on the Jewish Federation of Cleveland’s security contractor, JFC Security. Brennan and other city officials said they had alerted the federation’s security director that an investigator would be present outside services at the Aleksander Shul. But the contractor, Brennan wrote, “did not disseminate word of this to those working in the field, resulting in the confusion the city expressly sought to avoid.” A federation spokesperson responded, “JFC Security, LLC’s job is to work with law enforcement to help provide security to Jewish Cleveland. When we were notified of a suspicious vehicle, we responded promptly as the community expects us to do.” Brennan, who wasn’t present at the Sept. 9 City Council meeting because of the sudden illness and death of his father, said, “the city nevertheless remains willing to go to mediation to bring about a mutually agreeable resolution.” At the council meeting, Frank said it was incumbent on the city to foster a community feeling. “We have a responsibility to take overt steps to promote our sense of community, sense of safety and unity, and this is just one sad example of that breakdown,” he said. “I’d like to make sure that this type of activity never happens again. And if residents continue to feel targeted or threatened, that in itself is a breakdown.”

Martin Howard Beerman, age 68, was a much-beloved husband, father, son, brother, friend, and physician caring for many patients over his long career exclusively in the greater Sandusky area. His life was tragically cut short on Aug. 20 while flying his plane, which he loved to do. Dr. Beerman was the first child and soon-to-be big brother, born in Camden, N.J. and living briefly in California before arriving in Dayton to become a lifelong Buckeye. He attended Cornell Heights grade school and briefly Fairview High School, then Meadowdale High School. Pre-med followed at Miami (of Ohio) University, and medical school at The Ohio State University. He interned at Yale New Haven Hospital, then returned to OSU for residency in internal medicine, and fellowship in gastroenterology. After completing his medical education, he moved to Sandusky to join a practice in gastroenterology, and never left. He was an avid fitness buff, running almost every morning before doing procedures and seeing patients. He also loved being on the water in Sandusky Bay and the pond, for water skiing (barefoot and otherwise), windsurfing, kite-boarding, swimming, cycling, and anything that would get him moving in the wind and water. Wintertime brought many years of alpine skiing, then he never looked back after being converted to a full-time snowboarder by his little brother. Dr. Beerman was also a true foodie and gourmet cook, and could always be found puttering around in the kitchen with exotic entrées, his famous Caesar salad, and delicious desserts. He loved to travel and trying new restaurants, but most of all, he enjoyed spending time with his family. He is survived by his wife, Karlynn Beerman; daughters, Brooke Durnwald and Katie Campbell; son, Trevor Durnwald; mother, Joyce Kardon; brother, David Beerman; and sisters, Nancy Tashman and Beth Pomerantz. And also by Parker, his faithful furry companion, who was always curled up in his office. He was preceded in death by Stanford Beerman and Charles M. Kardon. Interment was at Riverview Cemetery, Dayton. Memorial contributions may be made to Erie County Humane Society, 1911 Superior St., Sandusky, OH 44870 or Back to the Wild, 4504 Bardshar Rd., Castalia, OH 44824.

It is with broken hearts and immense sorrow that we announce the passing of Theodore S. Jarvis, DDS. He passed peacefully surrounded by his loving family in Scottsdale, Ariz., which became his second home. Dr. Jarvis grew up in East Liverpool, Ohio as the only child of Elizabeth and Ray Jarvis and he was the joy of their lives. He attended Ohio Northern University and then The Ohio State University College of Dentistry. It was there that he met his wife, Linda, and they were together ever since. He served as a captain in the Army and they spent two years in Fort Benning, Ga. before settling in Linda’s hometown of Dayton. Dr. Jarvis opened his dental practice with Linda as the office manager in 1974 and he treated patients with kindness and excellence until his retirement in 2011. They had two children, Stephanie and Daniel, and provided them with a lifetime of happiness and great memories. Dr. and Mrs. Jarvis became snowbirds after retirement, escaping Midwest winters for the sunshine and warmth of Arizona. Dr. Jarvis enjoyed reading, good television, travel, road trips, cars, and the occasional glass of Macallan, but most of all, he enjoyed being with his family. He is survived by his wonderful wife of 51 years, Linda; his daughter, Stephanie; his son, Daniel and Daniel’s fiancée, Liz. He is also survived by his brother-in-law, Leonard Gerson and his girlfriend Carole Kelly; his sister-in-law, Sylvia Gerson

and her children, Lisa and Sam; his sister-in-law, Nancy Gerson and her children, David and Debra. He is preceded in death by his parents, William (Raymond) and Elizabeth Jarvis, his brothers-in-law Bob and Don Gerson; and Bagel, the beagle who was the best dog in the world. No husband and father was ever more loved, and no husband and father ever loved his wife and children more. The world was a brighter and better place with him in it. The family asks that donations be made in Dr. Jarvis’ name to SICSA of Dayton, sicsa.org/give/ notification name Linda Jarvis address 7860 E. Camelback Rd., #204, Scottsdale, AZ 85251. Two days after cycling his favorite bike path, Glenn Pequignot of Kettering died Aug. 21 at the too-young age of 61. Decency and compassion were his lodestars; feeding the hungry with his limited income was his passion. He marched for justice, had a wild and zany sense of humor, danced an even wilder unique jig, and was a loyal and fun-raising friend. Mr. Pequignot loved movies, sci-fi, baking, pizza, gardening, and above all, his family and dear friends. His sometimes tempestuous spirit was more than balanced by the most tender and nurturing of souls, and one could hardly ask for a more devoted son and sibling. He took his mother, Edie, on walks to boost her stamina, volunteered eagerly when help was needed, grilled burgers for family and friends even

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