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rabbinic ordination from Jewish TheoBeth Abraham Synagogue will hold the installation for its new rabbi, Joshua logical Seminary. Officiating at the ordination will be Ginsberg, during Shabbat services on Cantor Wendi Fried, who serves Shaare Saturday, June 14 at 9 a.m. Tefila Congregation in Olney, Ginsberg began his work Md. An active member of the with Dayton’s Conservative Cantors Assembly, Fried was synagogue July 1. A native a member of the Zamir Choof Chicago, he came to Beth rale in New York and leads Abraham from Shaare Tikvah choirs at her synagogue. B’nai Zion in Chicago. He After services, the congrealso served as rabbi of Shaare gation will host a kiddush Tikvah and Nevah Shalom lunch in Ginsberg’s honor. Congregation in Bowie, Md., The installation and kiddush and was assistant director lunch are open to the comand campus rabbi at the munity. For more informaGeorge Washington Univertion, call the synagogue at sity Hillel in Washington, D.C. Ginsberg received his Rabbi Joshua Ginsberg 293-9520.

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Expressions of remembrance By Marshall Weiss The Observer Sam Heider was the only one out of his family of nine to survive the Holocaust. He made it through Auschwitz and Dachau. Heider met his wife, Phyllis, who survived BergenBelsen, in a DP camp in 1945. In 1949 they and their 21/2-year-old son arrived by train to settle in Dayton, their new home. In the early 1950s, Heider and other survivors who settled here held their first Holocaust commemoration, at Beth Abraham Synagogue. Each year after, they would come together to cry and remember. In 1964 this would become the Greater Dayton Yom Hashoah Observance. After the Heiders retired to Florida, they would return to Dayton to visit family and friends at the High Holy Days and from Passover through Yom Hashoah. At each year’s observance, when his health permits, Heider

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chants El Maley Rachamim — a prayer for the peace of the departed soul — in memory of those who perished in the Holocaust. On April 4, a week and a half before Passover, Heider’s wife of 69 years died. Three weeks later, in front of Beth Jacob’s full sanctuary of Jews and non-Jews, middle and high school students who won prizes in the Holocaust writing and art contests and their parents — and buoyed by the presence of members of the Israel Defense Forces — Heider recited El Maley Rachamim at this year’s Yom Hashoah Observance. “As long as we have the IDF, the Israel Defense Forces, with some of them here tonight, to defend Israel at any time, and as long as the gates to Israel are open, the doors to the crematoriums are going to be closed forever,” he said before reciting the prayer. Five Israeli soldiers partici-

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pated in the April 27 observance in conjunction with Partnership2Gether, a program of the Jewish Federation, the Jewish Agency for Israel, and Israel’s Western Galilee region. During the ceremony, they talked about how the Holocaust inspires their service to the Jewish state. Ari Rosenstein, a 26-year-old intelligence officer from Beit Shemesh, told of an IDF ceremony he took part in at Auschwitz. “As I stood at attention, the sound of the Israeli national anthem, and when the shofar sounded, my eyes were filled with tears,” the Brooklynborn grandson of Holocaust survivors said. “At that moment, I was shattered to the core. But suddenly I realized: I remembered I was not alone. We are not alone. The Jews are not alone. The state of Israel is reborn from the ashes of the Holocaust. And it’s here to stay. Continued on next page

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On the first Monday in June, Gov. Kasich will dedicate the Ohio Holocaust and Liberators Memorial for the Ohio Statehouse, making Ohio the second state in the nation to commemoMarshall rate the Shoah with a monuWeiss ment. Joining Kasich will be architect Daniel Libeskind, who designed the new memorial. Libeskind, the child of survivors, designed the Jewish Museum in Berlin and the master plan for the World Trade Center redevelopment. Turnout is expected to be so high that as of press time, the ceremony has been moved from the site of the new monument on the south lawn of the Statehouse to the Ohio Theatre. In this issue of The Observer, you’ll get a sense of how our community continues to honor the survivors in our midst, remembers those who perished in the Shoah, and educates area students and adults about the lessons we must absorb from the Holocaust.

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Left: Beth Abraham’s Rabbi Joshua Ginsberg leads the candlelighting ceremony at the Greater Dayton Yom Hashoah Observance, held April 27 at Beth Jacob Congregation. Jordan Vandersluis hands a candle to Scott Hochstein to light a flame on the Dayton Yom Hashoah Candelabra. Soldiers with the Israel Defense Forces spoke during the observance Right: IDF Captain Aviad Moshe and survivor Sam Heider after the program

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Continued from previous page It represents the Jewish triumph of life over death, and it’s here to stay. We’ll make sure of that. With God’s help, the IDF will make sure of that.” Second Lt. Shir Hoshkover, 20, is an education officer with the IDF Education and Youth Corps. “The education in the army is the education for values,” she said. “One of the biggest goals of the education corps in the army is to make the soldier a better person and a better citizen for later in life.” Hoshkover is a guide for commanders touring Yad Vashem. “One of the most important lessons that you can Out by Emilie Doebele, learn from the Holocaust is 10th grade, Archbishop the fact that the people who Alter High School did it — the Nazis — they were just people like me,” she said. “They weren’t monsters or aliens, they were people. They had families and were great fathers or grandfathers at home. But outside they lacked the values and the moral standards that each of us needs to have to make the world a better place. You don’t have to be a Jew to relate to that. Many commanders that I train are not Jewish.” Hoshkover said that when she was a little girl, her mother told her when she grew up she wouldn’t need to go into the army because there would be peace. “Well, I probably will say it to my kids one day,” she said. “But here I am in front of you, an officer of the IDF, so proud to be here and to say the Jewish people lives. Am Yisrael Chai.” Just before Heider chanted El Maley Rachamim, he said, “And to the six million Jewish brothers and sisters — including one and a half million Jewish children who perished during the Holocaust — let us say just two words, Never Again. They will hear our voices and they will sleep in peace.” After he intoned the prayer, Heider descended the steps from the bima. The program came to a halt. The audience remained on its feet. In silence, Heider walked to the soldiers. Tears streamed down their faces when they embraced him. Max May Memorial Holocaust Art Contest

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Poetry Kristina White, Div. 1, 1st Place, Warner M.S. Ellie Bloom, Div. 1, 2nd Place, Hillel Academy Sophia Ensey, Div. 1, 3rd Place, Warner M.S. Simon Kingston, Div. 2, 1st Place, Stivers Adrienne Bronner, Div. 2, 2nd Place, Stivers Rachel Craighead, Div. 2, 3rd Place, Chaminade-Julienne H.S. Shanna Harvey, Div. 2, Hon. Men., Stivers Prose Christian Fig, Div. 1, 1st Place, Warner M.S. Madison Caupp, Div. 1, 2nd Place, Warner M.S. Micah Adams, Div. 1, 3rd Place, Warner M.S. Nathan Brinegar, Div. 1, Hon. Men., Warner M.S. Marin Zumwald, Div. 2, 1st Place, Chaminade-Julienne H.S. Rebekah Ross, Div. 2, 2nd Place, Stivers Megan Barrett, Div. 2, 3rd Place, Chaminade-Julienne H.S. Luke Schumann, Div. 2, Hon. Men., Chaminade-Julienne H.S.

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Mother’s legacy of heroism serves as memorial tribute to Carol Pavlofsky Irena’s Vow by Dan Gordon, By Marshall Weiss first off-Broadway and then on The Observer Broadway the following year. The first time Jeannie OpSmith will share the story of dyke Smith heard her mother’s her late mother’s life at a Jewish story, she was 14. Federation program on June 19 “One evening in 1972 the phone rang while we were hav- in memory of Carol Pavlofsky, a longtime fund-raiser for the ing dinner and my Mom got Federation and mentor to genup to answer it,” Smith recalls. erations of Jewish women in the “On the other end of the line Dayton community. was a college student doing a Between 1979 and 1997, phone survey for a report at Pavlofsky raised more than $24 school and the topic was The million for the Federation in her Holocaust Never Happened, roles as director of the Women’s that it was just propaganda Division and the annual for the Jews to create United Jewish Camsympathy. And it just paign. She died in May shocked her so much 2013 at the age of 84. that she started telling Women who gained this story and I was formal and informal sitting at the dinner leadership development table the first time I training from Pavlofsky heard it.” over the years still refer Her mother, Irene to themselves as “CarGut Opdyke, hung ol’s Girls.” up the phone, crying. Carol Pavlofsky Smith, who grew up She told her daughter, in Southern California and now “All these years I kept silent, I’ve allowed the enemy to win. lives in Washington state, began If we who are firsthand eyewit- speaking about her mother after Opdyke’s death at the age of 85 nesses, if we don’t start speaking about it, history will repeat in 2003. “I had no interest in talking itself.” A Polish nurse who hid Jews publicly,” Smith says. “I’m kind of an introvert and it just never during the Holocaust, Opdyke would have happened.” began to speak about her exWhen Opdyke died, Smith periences. Israel’s Yad Vashem opened her mother’s appointwould name her Righteous ment book to find that she had Among The Nations and she would receive the Israel Medal nearly 60 speaking engagements lined up. She started callof Honor, the Jewish state’s ing the venues to highest honor. cancel the talks. Her story is “But there part of the permawere too many nent exhibit at the that were very U.S. Holocaust close and they Memorial Mujust felt like they seum, and in 1999 couldn’t be canAlfred A. Knopf celled, and asked published her me if I could memoir, In My do it,” she says. Hands, Memories “That was the last of a Holocaust thing I wanted to Rescuer. do but I did, and In 2008 Tovah I’ve been doing Feldshuh brought it ever since. So Opdyke’s story now it’s my joy to life in the play


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In Presidents Conference loss, did J Street win its fight for mainstream acceptance? By Ron Kampeas, JTA WASHINGTON — J Street wasn’t welcomed under the umbrella, but it hasn’t been left out alone in the rain. J Street’s failed effort to join the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations showed that many in the Jewish community still regard the dovish Israel policy group as beyond the pale. In a secret ballot April 30, 22 member groups of the Jewish community’s foreign policy umbrella body voted against admitting J Street, with 17 in favor, three abstentions and eight not present. At the same time, the membership bid elicited an unprecedented show of support from leading Jewish groups, some of which had previously clashed with J Street or kept it at arm’s length. The Presidents Conference’s rejection of J Street elicited loud protests from prominent Jewish groups and calls for reform of the conference. “J Street kind of won the popular vote,” said Rabbi Julie Schonfeld, executive vice chairman of the Conservative movement’s Rabbinical Assembly. “The folks who represent actually millions of


negotiations are taking place. Jews voted to say we believe the tent is Some of the groups supporting J big enough and the table wide enough Street’s membership bid said that they to continue to grow and to have diadid necessarily agree with its policy logue.” positions but felt that it represented a Groups that had called for J Street’s segment of the community and should admission to the Presidents Conference therefore be included. included the Anti-Defamation League, Groups voting against J Street said arms of the Reform and Conservathat its actions did not tive movements, and The membership merit admission. the Jewish Council Farley Weiss, the for Public Affairs, the bid elicited an community’s domestic unprecedented show of president of National Council of Young policy umbrella, among support from leading Israel, said that bringothers. Jewish groups, some ing in J Street would J Street has had a of which had previously render meaningless the complicated relationship with the rest of the clashed with J Street or Presidents Conference’s organized Jewish com- kept it at arm’s length. mission of presenting a unified Jewish voice munity, simultaneously to the government. He seeking acceptance while also dishing out criticism of other noted that J Street lobbies Congress and that its positions often were opposed to groups. those of the American Israel Public AfJ Street, which describes itself as “pro-Israel, pro-peace,” has criticized Is- fairs Committee, the pro-Israel lobbying raeli government policies and called for powerhouse. “They would go to Congress and say, U.S. pressure on Jerusalem, as well as the Palestinians. J Street has also backed ‘We’re critical of Israel and we’re members of the Conference of Presidents,’” the Obama administration’s opposition Weiss said of J Street. to additional sanctions on Iran while

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According to participants, the debate at the Presidents Conference boardroom was civil, with contributions by past chairmen of the conference, both for and against admitting J Street. Participants said that no one’s mind appeared changed by the debate. The rejection prompted calls from some Presidents Conference constituent groups for an overhaul of the body. “In the days ahead, Reform Movement leaders will be consulting with our partners within the Conference of Presidents to decide what our next


THE WORLD steps will be,” Rabbi Rick Jacobs, president of the Union for Reform Judaism, said in a statement. “We may choose to advocate for a significant overhaul of the Conference of Presidents’ processes. We may choose to simply leave the Conference of Presidents. But this much is certain: We will no longer acquiesce to simply maintaining the facade that the Conference of Presidents represents or reflects the views of all of American Jewry.” Before ascending to the URJ’s helm, Jacobs was a member of J Street’s Rabbinic Cabinet. Other major groups, including the Conservative movement’s Rabbinical Assembly and the Anti-Defamation League, also were calling for an overhaul. “The Conference of Presidents has 50 or so organizations, each one has one vote, the majority of those organizations are quite tiny,” Schonfeld said. “The fact that J Street did not pass today’s vote is reflective of structural anomalies of the conference.” Smaller members of the conference with similar outlooks to J Street, including Ameinu and Americans for Peace Now, also called for reforms. APN said it would “weigh its options” regarding its relationship with the conference. A source close to the Presidents Conference said that given the secret ballot it was not clear that J Street’s rejection was driven by the smaller groups and noted that many of the membership bid’s backers were also small. The source said that previous attempts to change the voting system to take into consideration the various sizes of the constituent groups failed in part because there was disagreement on what criteria should determine the proportional weight of a member organization. The expressions of support for J Street’s bid contrast with the cool reception the group often received in its early years. Most major Jewish groups kept away from its first national conference in 2009. Rabbi Eric Yoffie, Jacobs’ predecessor at the URJ, agreed to speak, but much of his speech criticized J Street for not backing Israel’s war with Hamas in Gaza earlier that year. Since then, more major groups have participated in J Street conferences as attendees and speakers. The growing warmth is in part the result of J Street

advocating for Israel to other liberals. JCPA officials have said that J Street proved critical in defeating divestment motions targeting Israel that were being considered by left-leaning mainline Protestant churches. Opponents of J Street’s bid said they were influenced by the group’s willingness to invite to its events supporters of the boycott, divestment and sanctions movement, though J Street opposes BDS. J Street’s founder and president, Jeremy Ben-Ami, said that his group would continue to engage with those with opposing views. “The whole point of debate is to actively engage with the people who disagree with you,” he said. But the Zionist Organization of America’s national president, Morton Klein, said that some viewpoints, such as support for BDS, do not deserve a Jewish platform. “To give them a podium so that others can hear their arguments, no, that gives them legitimacy and allows them the chance to convince other people,” he said. Ben-Ami said he was saddened by the vote. “We wanted to be in this tent, we belong in this tent, we’d be an important asset to this tent,” Ben-Ami said. But after it was rejected by the Presidents Conference, J Street quickly went on the offensive against the conference and its vice-president, Malcolm Hoenlein. “Dear Malcolm,” J Street said in a letter posted on its website for which it is seeking signatories. “Thank you

for finally making it clear that the Conference of Presidents is not representative of the voice of the Jewish community. We recognize the need for an open and honest conversation on Israel in the United States. We appreciate you being honest. Now we’ll work on the openness.” Representatives of various conference members said that Hoenlein appeared to keep out of the process. The ADL’s national director, Abraham Foxman, advocated for admitting J Street despite his disagreements with the group. “They infuriate me,” he said. Foxman said that J Street had undermined its own cause by criticizing other Israel supporters and emphasizing its differences from the communal consensus. He pointed to a defense posted on the J Street website of Secretary of State John Kerry’s recent warning that absent a peace deal, Israel could become an apartheid state. Kerry was strongly criticized by Jewish groups for the comment, and he later said that his use of the word “apartheid” was inappropriate. “Look what they did, right before the election, defending Kerry when Kerry would not defend himself,” Foxman said. But whether he liked J Street was beside the point, Foxman said. “We’re checking the tzitzis of those who want to celebrate Israel,” he said, using an expression that describes overly intrusive inspections of Jewish devotion. “We’re doing tzitzis checks of how deep is their love. That’s a troubling development.”

Fact-checking J Street and its critics By Ami Eden, JTA The vote is over, but the debate rages on over the recent rejection of J Street’s application to join the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations. Depending on where you stand, the 22-17 vote rejecting the application was either about J Street’s own missteps or the conference’s failure to live up to its billing as the Jewish community’s vehicle for bringing together organizations from across the political and religious spectrum to forge a strong pro-Israel consensus. With passions running high, it seems like a good time for some fact-checking: 1. Claim: J Street is beyond the communal pale J Street did not round up the votes, but in defeat it put to bed the argument that the group falls outside of the communal mainstream. If the Reform movement, the Conservative movement, the Anti-Defamation League and the Jewish Council for Public Affairs (a body bringing together the largest synagogue movements, several national organizations and scores of local community relations councils) say you belong in the Conference of Presidents, then by definition you are operating within the communal tent. You got a problem with that? Don’t shoot the messenger — take it up with all of the above, not to mention the prominent Jewish and Israeli figures as-

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sociated with J Street. 2. Claim: J Street is more left wing than the other dovish members in the Conference of Presidents I’ve heard the arguments, but I don’t see it. Yes, J Street has pushed for the U.S. government to exert pressure on Israel, but so have other groups in the conference. J Street hasn’t endorsed a settlement boycott, or (unlike conference member Americans for Peace Now) even sort of endorsed a settlement boycott. And in sticking by the Obama administration’s side on Iran through various policy shifts, J Street has at times found itself to the right of some of those on the left in the Conference of Presidents. 3. Claim: J Street is just like any other left-wing group Well, no. When it launched several years ago, J Street came out swinging — not just at Israeli policies it thought were dangerous but also at the Jewish establishment. The group has demonstrated a willingness to take aim at individuals and individual organizations, some of whom have long memories and sharp elbows. The group and its supporters are outraged by any suggestion that J Street is not pro-Israel but have no problem questioning others’ commitment to peace. J Street hosts BDS supporters at its conference in the name of fostering dialogue and maintaining a big tent but has Continued on next page

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Fact-checking J Street Continued from previous page publicly pressured others to boycott Pastor John Hagee and shun pro-Israel evangelicals. So, yeah, J Street might fall within the conference’s and the community’s existing political spectrum, but the group sure has a way of getting under people’s skin. If you’re looking for another example of why, just check out this statement from J Street in response to the vote: “So,” J Street declared in its statement, “join us in thanking Malcolm Hoenlein for clarifying this situation and revealing to all what we’ve long known: a new voice is needed to represent the true majority of American Jews — and non-Jewish supporters of an Israel at peace.” First off, why make it all about Hoenlein, the conference’s chief executive? By all accounts that I have seen or heard, whatever Hoenlein thinks about J Street, this process for better or worse was driven by the 50 member organizations, with plenty of openness and debate. Second, why not use the electoral defeat as a way to dispel the notion that you are a sanctimonious organization

that is incapable of playing nice with others (not an unimportant trait when you are trying to gain admittance to a politically and religiously diverse consensus-driven organization)? Maybe something like: “While disappointed that we failed to gain admission this time around, we appreciate the opportunity to apply and look forward to reopening the conversation at some point down the road. Meanwhile, we hope to find ways to work with our fellow Jewish groups as we devote ourselves to securing a peaceful and democratic future for Israel.” Even some of those who voted for J Street have expressed frustration and/ or disgust with the way the organization has at times conducted itself. Of course, I can think of one or two right-wing members of the conference who are similarly skilled at driving folks crazy. But J Street is the one currently on the outside looking in. 4. Claim: The Conference of Presidents no longer represents the full spectrum of the Jewish community You can argue that J Street belongs in the Conference of Presidents. You can argue that the existing voting rules are out of whack, giving too much influence to smaller groups on the right over larger left-lean-

So yeah, it’s complicated. What do you expect?

ing and centrist groups. But that doesn’t change the fact that with or without J Street, J Street’s views are represented in the Conference of Presidents, and the conference continues to serve as the most diverse and reflective platform in the Jewish organizational world. Period. Full stop. Plus, it’s worth noting that the process doesn’t need to be over. Other groups have fallen short and then made it in down the road. All that said, it’s easy to understand why, if someone is a member of J Street — or just identifies with the organization’s stated commitments — he or she might feel slighted, not wanted, disenfranchised. This vote took place in a wider context, where J Street and its members have been consistently, harshly and sometimes unfairly attacked, and their motives and loyalty (as opposed to their ideas) questioned, with some of the group’s loudest opponents all but saying there is no room in the Jewish community for those who would criticize Israeli policies. So, yeah, it’s complicated. What do you expect? After all, we’re talking about the Conference of President of Major American Jewish Organizations. Ami Eden is the CEO and editorin-chief of JTA.

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By Uriel Heilman, JTA NEW YORK — A lot of people around the world hate the Jews. That’s the main finding of the Anti-Defamation League’s largest-ever worldwide survey of antisemitic attitudes. The survey, released May 13, found that 26 percent of those polled — representing approximately 1.1 billion adults worldwide — harbor deeply antisemitic views. More than 53,000 people were surveyed in 102 countries and territories covering approximately 86 percent of the world’s population. “Our findings are sobering but, sadly, not surprising,” ADL National Director Abraham Foxman said at a news conference at ADL’s national headquarters in New York. “The data clearly indicates that classic antisemitic canards defy national, cultural, religious and

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economic boundaries.” Among the survey’s key findings: • Some 70 percent of those considered antisemitic said they have never met a Jew. Overall, 74 percent of respondents said they had never met a Jew. • Thirty-five percent of those surveyed had never heard of the Holocaust. Of those who had, roughly one-third said it is either a myth or greatly exaggerated. • The most antisemitic region in the world is the Middle East and North Africa, with 74 percent harboring antisemitic views. Eastern Europe was second at 34 percent. The least antisemitic region was Oceania (Australia and New Zealand) at 14 percent. • The three countries outside the Middle East with the highest rates of antisemitic attitudes were Greece, at 69 percent, Malaysia at 61 percent and Armenia at 58 percent. • About 49 percent of Muslims worldwide harbor antisemitic views, compared to 24 percent of Christians. • The West Bank and Gaza were the most antisemitic places surveyed, with 93 percent of respondents expressing antisemitic views. The Arab country with the lowest level of anti-Semitic views was Morocco, at 80 percent. Iran ranked as the least antisemitic country in the Middle East, at 56 percent. • The least antisemitic country overall was Laos, where 0.2 percent of the population holds antisemitic views. The Philippines, Sweden, the Netherlands and Vietnam all came in at 6 percent or lower. • Approximately 9 percent of Americans and 14 percent of Canadians harbor antisemitic attitudes. • Thirty-four percent of respondents older than 65 were deemed antisemitic, compared to 25 percent of those younger


THE WORLD pared to 26 percent unfavorable. Within than 65. Men polled were slightly more the Middle East, Israel’s unfavorable antisemitic than women. rating rose to 84 percent. “The ADL’s Global 100 index will The only other region where Israel’s serve as a baseline,” Foxman said. “For unfavorable rating outweighed its the first time we have a real sense of favorable was Asia: 30 percent unfavorhow pervasive and persistent antisemiable, compared to 26 percent favorably. tism is today around the world.” Asked how many Jews they believe The survey gauged antisemitism by there are worldwide, more than half of asking whether respondents agreed the respondents significantly overeswith an index of 11 statements that the timated the number. Some 30 percent ADL believes suggest anti-Jewish bias: David Karp said Jews comprise between 1 Jews talk too much and 10 percent of the world’s about what happened population, 18 percent said to them during the the figure was larger than 10 Holocaust; Jews are percent, and 9 percent said more loyal to Israel more than 20 percent of all than to the countries people are Jewish. The actual they live in; Jews figure is 0.19 percent of the think they are better world’s population, according than other people; to the ADL. Jews have too much After the Palestinianpower in international populated territories, the financial markets; Jews most antisemitic places were have too much power Iraq, where 92 percent harbor in the business world; antisemitic views; Yemen at 88 Jews have too much ADL National Director percent; Algeria and Libya at control over global Abraham Foxman 87 percent; Tunisia at 86 peraffairs; people hate cent; Kuwait at 82 percent; and Bahrain Jews because of the way Jews behave; and Jordan at 81 percent. Jews have too much control over the Israel was not included in the survey. U.S. government; Jews have too much “It is very evident that the Middle control over global media; Jews are reEast conflict matters with regard to antisponsible for most of the world’s wars; semitism,” Foxman said. “It just is not Jews don’t care about what happens to clear whether the Middle East conflict anyone but their own kind. is the cause of or the excuse for antiRespondents who agreed that a masemitism. There is no statistical data at jority of the statements are “probably this moment to support causality.” true” were deemed antisemitic. After Laos, antisemitism was lowest Over the years, the ADL has been in the Philippines at 3 percent; Sweden criticized for overstating what qualifies at 4 percent; the Netherlands at 5 peras antisemitism, with critics suggestcent; Vietnam at 6 percent; the United ing that some of the statements used to Kingdom at 8 percent, the United States measure bias actually are more indicaand Denmark at 9 percent; Tanzania at tive of admiration for Jews than anti12 percent; and Thailand at 13 percent. Jewish hostility. In Western Europe, the most anti-seFoxman addressed such criticism at mitic countries were Greece (69 percent) the news conference. and France (37 percent). In Eastern Eu“We frequently get rope, Poland (45 percent) accused of seeing antiThe margin of and Bulgaria (44 percent) semitism everywhere, topped the list, and the and we’re very conscious error is 4.4 Czech Republic was the about the credibility,” he percent in least antisemitic, at 13 said. “We were cautious, percent. we were conservative, to countries with In the Americas, understate rather than 500 interviews Panama (52 percent) and overstate.” and 3.2 percent the Dominican Republic The survey was over(41 percent) ranked as seen by First International in countries most antisemitic. In SubResources and conducted Saharan Africa, Senegal by Anzalone Liszt Grove with 1,000 was the most antisemitic, Research. It included interviews. at 56 percent. The least telephone and in-person were Uganda, Nigeria, surveys conducted in Ghana and Tanzania, all at between 16 96 languages between July 2013 and and 12 percent. February 2014. At least 500 adults were The most commonly held stereotype interviewed in each of the countries among the ADL’s list of 11 statements surveyed. The margin of error is 4.4 percent in countries with 500 interviews was that Jews are more loyal to Israel than to their home country — a view and 3.2 percent in countries with 1,000 held by 41 percent of respondents. More interviews. The study was funded by New York philanthropist Leonard Stern; than one-third agreed with the statements that Jews have too much power the ADL declined to say how much it in the business world and in internacost. tional financial markets, that Jews think The survey also questioned responthey are better than other people and dents about their attitudes toward that Jews don’t care what happens to Israel. Outside the Middle East, Israel’s anyone but their own kind. favorable rating was 37 percent, comTHE DAYTON JEWISH OBSERVER • JUNE 2014



Timeout to think about peace


something to swap at a later stage for a major concession. That may have been wishful Netanyahu appeared to thinking, but they never got a in several ways but “the priBy Douglas Bloomfield acquiesce, if not support Ariel’s chance to find out. Benjamin Netanyahu should mary sabotage came from the actions. If recognizing the Jewish be one happy fella. He is a hero settlements,” the source said. Netanyahu’s decision to restate was Netanyahu’s litmus “Netanyahu was using the to his far-right coalition partnege on releasing the prisoners test for Palestinian seriousness announcements of tenders for ners who threatened to topple convinced Kerry “an agreement to make peace, halting settlehis government if he got too se- settlement construction as a would not be reached.” But it ment expansion was Abbas’ rious about making peace with way to ensure the survival of didn’t close the door to resummeasure. Both men failed misthe Palestinians. For the second his own government” and to ing talks; that happened when erably, perhaps intentionally. allow “ministers in his governtime in five years he thwarted The Palestinians say that in ment to effectively sabotage the Abbas decided to form a unity an American-led peace initiasuccess of the talks,” the official government with Hamas, a ter- Netanyahu they did not have tive that neither he nor Palesror group that not only opposes a partner for peace, a view said. There were some 14,000 tinian leader Mahmoud Abbas apparently shared by many on construction tenders and in ad- peace with Israel, but the very wanted, and together they the American team. But Abbas dition Israel also was “expropri- existence of the Jewish state. probably ended chances for a The American official called himself was no candidate for ating land on a large scale.” renewed effort before a new Livni “a heroine” who “fought the Profiles in Courage award, That served to convince the administration takes over in Palestinians that Israel does not with all of her might to promote either. In the end, both leaders 2017, if then. emerged from the nine-month Secretary of State John Kerry intend to let them found a state, the agreement” and probably the only minister in Netanyaordeal with exactly what they the source said. may be reluctant to admit dehu’s government who actually probably wanted — an excuse Three Israeli officials were feat for his energetic effort to supported the peace process. to scuttle the talks and credible singled out as the main sabobring the two sides together, Netanyahu had constructed grounds for blaming the other teurs. Defense Minister Moshe but he once again proved that his cabinet to protect him from guy. we can’t want peace more than Ya’alon’s attack on Kerry as any pressure to make peace; by Kerry had repeatedly said the parties themselves, and the only looking for a Nobel prize this could be the last chance to was considered a “great insult.” deciding to go to the far right truth is neither Netanyahu nor rather than bring in centrist make peace. He warned that Yitzhak Molcho, Netanyahu’s Abbas took Kerry’s effort very parties he could argue that any Israel has a difficult choice to seriously. Kerry says he is going lawyer and relative, was apserious concessions to the Palmake between continued octo take a timeout to think about pointed by the PM as “babyestinians would bring down his cupation of 2.5 million Palessitter” for the nominal chief what went wrong. government. It left little doubt tinians or being a democratic, negotiator, Justice Minister That was answered by an that peace was not a priority for Jewish state. His use of the inTzipi Livni, and “repeatedly unnamed senior American ofhis government. cendiary word “apartheid” was ficial — believed to be the head undermined her. “ Abbas made some concesa poor choice, but the warning The most damaging was of Kerry’s negotiating team, sions, the source said, but not was right on target. Most IsraeMartin Indyk — in an interview Housing Minister Uri Ariel, enough to satisfy Netanyahu, lis support the two-state soluthe source said. His announcewith Israeli journalist Nahum tion, which Netanyahu pays ment of 700 additional housing who “wouldn’t move more Barnea in the Hebrew daily than an inch.” When Abbas felt lip service to but fails to act on, tenders just before the fourth Yediot Ahronot. The American the Israelis didn’t “appreciate” and if a peace agreement is not official focused most of his criti- and final prisoner release was his offers, he began “shutting possible, now may be time to due was “an intentional act of cism on the Israeli leadership. down, locking into his posiconsider unilateral disengagesabotage, one of many.” The talks were “sabotaged” tions.” ment. The American official, at least What next? as reported by Barnea, had little “As of now, nothing is stopcritical to say about Palestinping the Palestinians from turnian conduct that has soured the ing to the international commuIn support of Adelson Israeli public’s attitude toward nity. The Palestinians are tired Sheldon Adelson is a Jewish billionaire philanthropist who peace, including incitement, of the status quo. They will get consistently supports Israel and is the largest contributor to the glorification of terrorists, their state in the end — whether Jewish causes. Yet, lately he has been criticized and stereotyped insistence on maximalist posithrough violence or by turning by the Jewish media and journalists such as Thomas Friedman. tions and the failure to prepare to international organizations,” Sheldon Adelson is constantly attacked because he does not the Palestinian public for the said the American official. espouse the Jewish liberal mantra that is expected by the liberal difficult compromises essential Meanwhile, he added, “we’re Jewish community and therefore, they are threatened by him. to making peace. taking a timeout to think and The concern in the Jewish community should not be whether Netanyahu’s demand that reevaluate.” Kerry may present one has conservative ideas or liberal ideas but rather Jewish Palestinians recognize Israel as an American proposal or there ideas. The largest financial danger to the Jewish community the nation state of the Jewish will just be “a period of reasis not whether you are liberal or conservative but rather do people may not have been as sessment, reevaluation.” you support your Jewish community and Jewish institutions. much of a deal breaker as Israel It’s difficult to see what he Gary Tobin, president of the Institute of Jewish Community portrayed it, the source said. can achieve when neither party Research in San Francisco, unveiled a study tracking 188 The Americans were puzzled is really interested. mega gifts by 123 of the wealthiest Jews in the U.S. Out of $5.3 why Netanyahu brought it up The secretary of state has billion philanthropy by Jews, only $318 million or 6 percent at the outset because by pushbeen indefatigable in his went to Jewish institutions. Let’s leave Sheldon Adelson alone ing it so insistently he seemed quixotic quest but for the time since he is part of the 6 percent and lets start talking about to be using it to sabotage talks; being it seems the Israelis and the 94 percent and how we can motivate and inspire them they believed that Abbas’ oppo- Palestinians have decided to to support Jewish causes. Since the beginning of humanity, sition might have been tactical, kick the can down the road. The Jews have always believed in charity and helping others, trouble with that is it is a very yet somewhere along the way, American liberalism hijacked What do you think? dangerous road. But now he’ll that philosophy and has diverted a lot of the Jewish funds to have time to deal with some Send your letters other organizations at the expense of Jewish organizations. Is real crises. 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At Wright State’s spring commencement ceremony, held May 3 at the Nutter Center, the university presented an honorary doctor of humane letters degree to Debbie Feldman, president and CEO of Dayton Children’s Hospital.

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Parker Dylan Magrish Heidi and Dan Magrish of Pittsburgh have announced the birth of their son, Parker Dylan, on Dec. 19. Heidi is a former resident of Dayton. Parker weighed 7 lbs., 6 oz. and was 20 inches long. Welcoming him into the family is his brother, Logan, as well as his grandparents, Bari and Steven Blumhof of Dayton, and Joy Moravitz and Peggy Magrish of Pittsburgh. Parker Dylan (David Chayim ben Daniel v’Gitel) was named in memory of his paternal grandfather, David Magrish. Send lifecycles to: The Dayton Jewish Observer, 525 Versailles Dr., Centerville, OH 45459. Email: There is a $10 charge to run a photo; please make checks payable to The Observer.

Sam Nicholaisen Sam Nicholaisen, son of Craig Nicholaisen and Debbie (Norbert) Klopsch, will be called to the Torah for his Bar Mitzvah on June 21 at Temple Israel. Sharing in the simcha will be his brother Jack, sister Sara, uncle Dr. David (Keri) Kirschman of Dayton, grandparents Dr. Edward (Rachel) Kirschman of Centennial, Colo., Pearl Kirschman of Denver, and Judy (Jack, deceased) Nicholaisen of Thornton, Colo. Sam attends Harman School in Oakwood. He is a Boy Scout with Troop 236, and his hobbies include the arts, camping, biking, Tae Kwon Do, music, trombone and spending time with friends. For his mitzvah project, Sam raised funds and collected art and school supplies for Crayons to Classrooms.

Beth Abraham is Dayton’s only Conservative synagogue, affiliated with the United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism. We are an enthusiastically egalitarian synagogue. We also have an energetic Keruv program that reaches out to intermarried Beth Abraham is Dayton’s couples and families in our only Conservative synagogue andisinDayton’s the Dayton Beth Abraham synagogue, affiliated with Jewish community. only Conservative the United Synagogue of synagogue, liated with Conservativeaffi Judaism. the Synagogue ofof For United a complete schedule We are an enthusiastically Conservative our events, goJudaism. to egalitarian synagogue.

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Beth Abraham is Dayton’s only Conservative synagogue, affiliated with the United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism.


Cantor Wendi Fried Officiating Special Kiddush Lunch To Follow


We are an enthusiastically egalitarian synagogue. We also have an energetic Keruv program that reaches out to intermarried

Shabbat Services Saturday, June 14, 2014 9 a.m.

DAYTON: “I’m Listening” Jewish Federation of GREATER DAYTON Thursday, June 19 › Faith, Love, & Hope: An Evening Remembering Carol Pavlofsky 7PM @ Boonshoft CJCE Join us for an evening celebrating the memory of community member Carol Pavlofsky, featuring speaker Jeannie Opdyke Smith who will share the story of her mother, Irene Gut Opdyke, who risked her life saving Jewish lives during the Holocaust. $18/per person.

We all get a lot of blogs, emails, Facebook notifications, etc. I always take a few moments to see if there is something interesting to read. Recently, I found a real ‘humdinger” in my world. I love the concept of marketing. It’s how we relay a message through a plethora of medium. Now, there are more ways to do this than ever before. But, the real question that I am most curious about is WHAT should we be marketing? There is only one answer – “just listen” to what is being said. In the quote I have added below you, can see that “the Marketing Director of Amazon (the #1 brand in customer satisfaction) described his job as more than 50% listening.” As I move through the Dayton Jewish community and the Miami Valley in general, I am always listening to what is important to you. The more I listen, the better job


I can do to meet the needs of our changing world. I can also do a much better job at partnering with all of you to dream a vision of what can be. So please, if you have any ideas, comments, suggestions or dreams, give me a call or send me an email. I will always make time to listen.

Cathy L. Gardner

CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER Jewish Federation of Greater Dayton

“In the beginning was the Sales Department. Then about a hundred years ago the Advertising Department appeared, which eventually morphed into the Advertising & PR Department. It was only after World War II that we saw the introduction of the Marketing Department, initially among the Fortune 500. This represented a huge shift in how companies connected with their customers. No longer would they first develop a product and then try to figure out who it was for and how to sell it. The process would be reversed, using marketing intelligence, to work from the outside in. In 1952 General Electric explained how things were about to change. ‘The Marketing Department will establish for the engineer, the designer, and the manufacturing man what the consumer

wants in a given product, what price he is willing to pay, and where and when it will be wanted. Marketing will have the authority in product planning, product scheduling, and inventory control, as well as sales, distribution and servicing the products.’ It’s amazing to read this today, but Marketing was intended as the feedback loop to inform decisions affecting all areas of the company. An emphasis on evidence over guesswork, on understanding over propagating, is what made the Marketing Department different from Sales or Advertising. It introduced a focus on getting into the heads of customers, setting up listening stations, feeling the pulse of the marketplace. At a recent conference, the Marketing Director of Amazon (the #1 brand in customer satisfaction) described his job as more than 50% listening.”

ABOVE: Community members walk through the Lawyers Without Rights exhibit, currently on display at Temple Israel. LEFT: Attendees enjoy Israeli dancers, featured at the Community Relations Council’s Israel Independence Day celebration, hosted this year by Temple Beth Or. PHOTO CREDITS: MARSHALL WEISS

RSVPs are due at least 1 week before event. Events with no price listed are free. PLEASE CONTACT KAREN STEIGER REGARDING ALL EVENTS UNLESS NOTED OTHERWISE: 610-1555,

Partnerhip2Gether with Israel hosts Israeli teacher locally Partnerhip2Gether with Israel recently hosted Israeli teacher Nili Tishler. Nili was in the United States to participate in a Partnership teachers’ seminar in Omaha, Nebraska.

Nili’s school in Israel, Chofei Ha Galil, is a partner school with Hillel Academy. While in Dayton she taught alongside Hillel Academy teacher Rina Thau and participated

in a Seder held at Hillel. Nili also taught in a second grade class at DECA Prep school where the children were delighted to have her write their names in Hebrew and

spent time with the kindergarten class at the Jewish Federation.

Beth Adelman


Jewish Federation of Greater Dayton


Jewish Community Center of GREATER DAYTON Sunday, June 22 › Day at the Reds Game, Depart Boonshoft CJCE at 11AM, Game 1PM at Great American Ballpark (100 Joe Nuxall Way, Cincinnati 45202). Gear up for a day of family fun and baseball at Great American Ballpark in Cincinnati, special guest speaker Marc Katz will discuss Judaism and sports. $30 per person (includes ticket, kosher lunch, and transportation) or $20 (ticket only). Sunday, June 22 › Active Adult Ice Cream Social, 2PM @ Boonshoft CJCE Summer is finally here! Delight in a sweet treat & enjoy great company and entertainment by Dayton’s very own Belly Dance by Bronwen. $5 per person. Thursday, June 26 › Hollywood Casino Outing 9AM-5PM @ Hollywood Casino, Columbus. Join the Active Adults for fun at the Hollywood Casino! 9AM pickup at Boonshoft CJCE, 9:45AM pick-up at Meijer’s, (9200 N. Main, Englewood), 3:45PM departure from casino. $25 per person - pay directly to bus driver at pick-up. Fee includes $20 to play, $5 toward food.

REMINDER » Early Childhood

enrollment is open to new families for the 2014-2015 school year.

RSVPs are due at least 1 week before event. Events with no price listed are free. PLEASE CONTACT KAREN STEIGER REGARDING ALL EVENTS UNLESS NOTED OTHERWISE: 610-1555,

ABOVE: Pharaoh (Ehud Borovoy) and Moses (Yale Glinter) team up to teach the Brachot Cheder about the ten plagues of Pesach during the JCC Early Childhood Passover Experience. PHOTO CREDIT: LISA SIEGEL




Summer adventure awaits! Preschool Camp Shalom offers a wide variety of summer adventures and exploration for children ages 18 months to entering kindergarten.

WE LOVED SEEING EVERYONE AT THE MOVIES! TOP: A string quartet from the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra entertain guests at the JCC’s 2014 Film Festival opening night. MIDDLE: Film Fest committee members Ruthe & Ed Meadow keep the popcorn popping! BOTTOM: Dressed to the nines, community members Alice & Burt Saidel show Kim & Shelley Goldenberg a good time. PHOTO CREDIT: MARSHALL WEISS


›Mamaloshen A little bit of Yiddish to share with friends, courtesy of the JCC Yiddish Club,


in memory of Lynda A. Cohen.


For our 4 and 5 year old campers, this month will include field trips to Knollwood Garden Center, Loft Theater’s SummerStock performance, and Beth Abraham Synagogue. All of our campers will get to experience in-house guests including “Animals Alive!” from the Boonshoft Museum and a police officer and firefighter. Don’t miss out on the fun! Contact Audrey MacKenzie at or 937-853-0373 for more information. Got older siblings? Contact Yale Glinter at or 937401-1550 for Camp Shalom, grades 1-7.


Shrekn: \SHREK-en\ Verb To frighten, terrify (with the reflexive zikh - to be afraid of, fear). Phrases with Shrekn: 1. Dem Yidns simkhe iz mit a bisl shrek - A Jew’s joy is [always mixed] with a bit of fear. 2. Di shrek farn toyt iz erger vi der toyt aleyn - Fear of death is worse than death itself. Expression with Shrekn: Reboyne shel oylem, shrek mikh, nor shtrof mikh nisht! Master of the Universe, frighten me, but do not [actually] punish me!


To Life! R E I N V E N T I N G O U R S E LV E S T H R O U G H E N R I C H M E N T, E N G AG E M E N T, & E D U C AT I O N

Jewish Family Services will be sponsoring the first “L’Chaim, to Life!” Fair. This exciting event will take place on July 10th, 2014, from 10am- 2pm at Temple Israel, 130 Riverside Drive, Dayton, Ohio. Meredith Moss, Dayton Daily News columnist will be the keynote speaker moderating a panel discussion, highlighting reinvention stories. The Dorothy Lane Market Culinary School will sponsor a presentation on preparing nutritious budget friendly meals for one or two.

The Importance of Taking Medication Why is it important to take my medicine? Especially when I feel better? To sustain a healthy life, it is important to take your medicine and to take it accurately. Some people think they no longer need the medicine once they are better. Yet it is crucial to continue the medication, unless told not to by a doctor, to stay healthy. If you misuse your medication, you could experience dizziness, trouble sleeping, nausea, memory issues, and increased falls. Other symptoms may not be physically noticeable. It is also important to know the side effects of any drugs being taken, and how the different medication can interact with each other. Older adults who live alone are at a higher risk of

Experience the three E’s up close and personal! Become enriched, engaged and educated as you peruse the vendor tables that showcase the many volunteer and learning opportunities in our community.

misusing medication. Around 10 % of all hospital ad-

Please bring a canned good or staples for the Federation food pantry. A box lunch will be provided with reservation.

year die from not taking medication properly. To help

Reservations are mandatory by July 3rd. Please call Karen Steiger at 937.610.1555

missions are due to misuse of medication. The average senior takes around 7 different medications a day, so it is important not just to remember to take your medicine, but to take the right dose of each medicine. Taking more than the prescribed dosage can be dangerous, and could possibly lead to death. According to the CDC, Center for Disease Control, there are 125,000 people a remember to take your medication you could; keep a log of when you took the medicine, keep a pillbox with the days of the week on it, and to try to take the medicine at the same time every day. To maintain a healthy life, it is vital to take your med-

Jewish Family Services of GREATER DAYTON Tuesday, June 3 12:30PM @ Covenant Manor Musical Entertainment with Tim Cochlin, Pianist Friday, June 6 NOON @ Covenant Manor Fresh Friday- Enjoy a delicious home cooked meal prepared by Bernstein’s Fine Catering. Tuesday, June 10 12:30PM @ Covenant Manor Challah baking with the Camp Shalom campers Wednesday, June 14 12:30PM @ Covenant Manor Craft Circle Tuesday, June 17 12:30PM @ Covenant Manor Special Entertainment with Bill Figley Friday, June 20 NOON @ Covenant Manor Fresh Friday- Enjoy a delicious home cooked meal prepared by Bernstein’s Fine Catering. 12:30PM Bingo Tuesday, June 24 12:30PM @ Covenant Manor Bob Ford, Storyteller and Musician

ication every day, and the right amount of it. Also eating well and being active influences a healthy life. You need


to know what medicine you are taking, why, the correct

If you have the time, we have the job just right for YOU! We are looking for a few more good volunteers who can visit 1-1 with clients. Whether at home, a nursing home or an assisted living facility, your gift of time is the most meaningful and valuable gift! Please call Janice Kohn for more details at 401-1558.

help to keep you healthy and give you a higher quality

dose, and any side effects. Doing all of these things, will of life. For any additional information, please contact one of our qualified social workers who can come to your home to and assist you in finding the most appropriate resources. Contact Jewish Family Services at (937) 610-1555.

Jessica Leach, MSW Intern Jewish Family Services of Greater Dayton



PHILANTHROPY: Leadership Fund ANNOUNCEMENT OF CAROL J. PAVLOFSKY LEADERSHIP FUND The Jewish Foundation of Greater Dayton is pleased to announce a new endowment fund has been established. The Carol J. Pavlofsky Leadership Fund (created by Carol’s children Ervin, Gary, Howard and Marlene) will help provide speakers Jewish Foundation for leadership programs or provide a stipend to atof GREATER DAYTON tend a conference with a leadership component. Carol’s children said, “We are privileged to create this fund honoring our mother’s memory. Her tireless work with the Federation was something she Share Your Story & shared with everyone and this fund is the perfect Inspire Others tribute to her legacy. She mentored everyone she » If you or your family has worked with, giving them a close and lasting connection to the Federation and its mission. Those established an endowment, we who worked with her know her passion and love for invite you to participate in the Foundation’s Book of Life. Stories the things for which it stood. With this fund, it is our hope that not only her children but all of those who in the Book of Life are meant to get to know her legacy will understand how imporbeautifully convey the generosity tant the Jewish Federation is to our community. We and rich history of the Dayton thank you for your contributions and for helping to Jewish community, as well as promote her legacy.” inspire future generations to Carol J. Pavlofsky (of blessed memory) helped create a legacy of their own. If raise over $24 million for the Jewish Federation of you would like to be a part of this Greater Dayton between 1979 and 1997. Carol bemeaningful project, please contact gan her career as membership director for the JCC, Alisa Thomas at or 937-610-1796.

Legacies, Tributes, & Memorials FEDERATION CAMPAIGN IN HONOR OF › Judy and Dr. Howard Abromowitz’ new granddaughter › New home of Larry and Sophie Skolnick Debby and Dr. Robert Goldenberg › Judy and Dr. Howard Abromowitz’ new granddaughter Mary and Dr. Gary Youra › Debbie Feldman receiving an honorary Doctorate in Humane Letters from Wright State University Jeff Weiner IN MEMORY OF › Bob Emoff M.J. and Bella Freeman Judy and Dr. Howard Abromowitz Barbara and Jim Weprin › Sylvia Weissman › Phyllis Heider Judy and Dr. Howard Abromowitz LINDA RUCHMAN FUND IN MEMORY OF › Bob Emoff Marshall Ruchman Family › Joseph Braunstine Marshall Ruchman HOLOCAUST PROGRAMMING FUND IN HONOR OF › Harriet Klass receiving the Beth Abraham Women of Valor Award Marlene and Dr. Henry Maimon IN MEMORY OF › Phyllis Heider

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Hyla and Dr. Raymond Weiskind Kathy and Mark Gordon Helen Halcomb Evelyn Ostreicher Esther and DeNeal Feldman Marilyn and Larry Klaben Penny Spiegel The Body & OPS Groups in PED, Honda East Liberty Plant Yauching and Anthony Jasinski Sylvia Heyman Marlene and Dr. Henry Maimon Melinda and Bill Doner Pam and Wayne Driscoll Sandy Jacobson Nancy Polin Jeffrey Gordon Fred Weber Sandy and Irv Zipperstein Alice Dworkin Dr. Morton Nelson Roslyn Klein Nelson Janice Garfunkel Marvin Felman Marlene and Dr. Henry Maimon Bob Emoff CommonWealth Financial Network


“With this fund, it is our hope that not only her children but all of those who get to know her legacy will understand how important the Jewish Federation is to our community. We thank you for your contributions and for helping to promote her legacy.” ~ Carol’s children

Carol J. Pavlofsky (of blessed memory)

eventually serving as director of the Women’s Division of the Federation’s Annual Campaign and in 1990, Campaign Director. She also oversaw special resettlement campaigns, including Operation Moses, Operation Solomon and Operation Exodus. Carol influenced and touched the lives of many women in the community, and was instrumental in

JCC JOAN AND PETER WELLS FAMILY, CHILDREN AND YOUTH FUND IN HONOR OF › Judy and Dr. Howard Abromowitz’ new granddaughter › Graduation of Addison Caruso Cathy Gardner › Zachary D. Fasman’s new partnership Joan and Peter Wells › Thank you to Cathy Gardner for the Calligraphy Lesson Caryl Segalewitz and the Temple Class IN MEMORY OF › Sylvia Weissman Joan and Peter Wells HERTA G. AND EGON F. WELLS CHILDREN’S FUND IN HONOR OF › Judy and Mort Berkowitz’ new grandson Joan and Peter Wells FAMILY SERVICES SENIOR SERVICES IN HONOR OF › Debbie and Bruce Feldman’s new granddaughter › Marriage of Elizabeth Grimes › Aviva Katz’ engagement Susan and Jonas Gruenberg › Birthday of Claire Soifer Jean and Bert Lieberman IN MEMORY OF › Mother of Barbara Hollander Susan and Jonas Gruenberg


sharing the importance of tzedakah and establishing many of the Lions of Judah and endowments we have today. Through the Pavlofsky family’s generosity, Carol’s legacy will live on through future leaders. If you are interested in establishing an endowment in remembrance of a family member, or would like to establish one for yourself, please contact Cathy Gardner, CEO or Cheryl Carne, Chief Development Officer at 937-610-1555.

› Marvin Felman Esther and DeNeal Feldman SPECIFIC ASSISTANCE IN HONOR OF › Speedy recovery of Pam Feldman › Complete recovery of Pam Feldman’s brother, Richard › Good health to Bobbie Newman Hyla and Dr. Raymond Weiskind IN MEMORY OF › Joseph Braunstine Hyla and Dr. Raymond Weiskind FOOD PANTRY IN HONOR OF › Helene Gordon receiving the Beth Abraham Women of Valor Award › Susie Katz receiving the Beth Abraham Women of Valor Award › Melinda Doner receiving the Beth Abraham Women of Valor Award › Gayle Moscowitz receiving the Beth Abraham Women of Valor Award Helen Halcomb SOCIAL SERVICES IN HONOR OF › Marilyn Scher’s new great-granddaughter Renee and Dr. Frank Handel & Family › Speedy recovery of Bert Lieberman Sandy and Irv Zipperstein IN MEMORY OF › Bob Emoff Arleen and John Levine Steven Falknor Ellen and Alvin Stein Claire and Oscar Soifer Esther and DeNeal Feldman Promotional Consultants

Mary and Robert Brodbeck Porter, Wright, Morris and Arthur, LLP Patricia and Andrew Straus Shelly and Barry Igdaloff Wharton, Vail, Dunlap and Assoc. Andrew Davis FOUNDATION JEREMY BETTMAN B’NAI TZEDEK YOUTH PHILANTHROPY FUND IN MEMORY OF › Bob Emoff › Phyllis Heider Jean and Todd Bettman › Bob Emoff › Joseph Braunstine › Marvin Felman Elaine and Joe Bettman

Donating to an endowment fund is a wonderful way to honor someone. To make a contribution, call Sheila Myers at 937-610-5538. Let us know what fund you would like to donate to, or we will be happy to help you choose a fund.

The Class of 2014 Celebrating our high school graduates across the Miami Valley Alexander Africk

Rachel Bloom

Parents: Michael & Cynthia Africk Grandparents: Barbara & Irwin Zane, Allan & Judy Africk School: Centerville Activities: BBYO, Counselor at Camp Wise, Ultimate Disc Rec League Volunteering: Washington Township-Centerville Library Teen Advisory Board President Honors: National Honors Society, CHS Spanish Honors Society Congregation: Temple Israel After Graduation: Emory University, Atlanta, business

Parents: Julie & Robert Bloom Grandparents: Emily Loewenstein, Beverly Bloom, Marty & Laura Bloom School: Oakwood Activities: Guitar, Camp Wise Counselor & Song Leader, Singer & Songwriter, BBYO, Swim Team Volunteering: Chabad Friendship Circle, Peer Mentoring, Camp Wise Staff In Training Honors: National Honor Society, High Honor Roll Congregation: Temple Israel After Graduation: The Ohio State University, Politics, Society & Law Scholars

Michael Harrison Bettman

Josie Buchanan

Parents: Jean & Todd Bettman Grandparents: Elaine & Joe Bettman, Chit & Rody Bernardo School: Northmont Activities: Sales Associate for Life is Good, Assist with business activities for Shops By Todd Inc., fund raising and volunteering with various organizations through and representing the company Honors: Academic scholarships, Graduation With Academic Distinction Congregation: Temple Israel After Graduation: University of Tennessee, College of Business Administration

Adam Bloom

Parents: Amy & Michael Bloom Grandparents: Beverly Bloom, Susan & Wayne Myers, Marty & Laura Bloom, Butch & Teri Kabb School: Dublin School, New Hampshire Activities: Theatre, Crew Team, Sailing Team, Counselor at Camp Wise Volunteering: Writing Center Tutor, Chabad Purim Project, Habitat for Humanity Honors: Passion for History Prize, Chemistry Award, Rising Star in Theatre Award Congregation: Chabad After Graduation: Trinity College

Parents: Dennis & Bonni Buchanan Grandparents: Mel & Jan Berman, Joan and the late John Buchanan School: Northmont Activities: TIDY, Northmont Gymnastic Team, Camp GUCI Camper & Counselor, Madricha at Temple Israel, Peer Facilitation, Yearbook Volunteering: Food Pantry, Safety Kids Honors: Honor Society Congregation: Temple Israel After Graduation: University of Dayton, College of Engineering Technology

Addison J. Caruso

Parents: Patty & Michael Caruso Grandparents: Donna & Yale Holt, Joan & Jim Stark, Gerald & Sandy Caruso School: Oakwood Activities: Varsity Track, Cross Country, Clarinet, Saxophone, Marching & Jazz Bands, BBYO, NFTY, Principal/Superintendent Adv. Bd., MARV, Temple Israel Madrich, Sinai Sundays, Speech & Debate, Theatre, Academic Team, GUCI Counselor Volunteering: Dayton History Interpreter, JCRC, Thanksgiving Feast of Giving, Organizing for America, TEDx Dayton, Political Campaigns Honors: National Honor Soc. Pres., 1st Alt. Hearst Youth Senate, Buckeye Boys State Debate Rep., Scholar Athlete, Junior Leadership Dayton, Miami Univ. Scholar, Rotary Speech Winner Congregation: Temple Israel After Graduation: Miami University

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I am a

Sinai Scholar! Name / Congregation Michael Perevozchikov; Beth Abraham

Why I attend MVS I always felt comfortable at that school. The education I have received so far is such an asset to me, and I am just starting to appreciate that. It is the perfect combination of academics challenges, sports and social life. This school is truly amazing and a great choice for any student who wishes to excel in school and succeed in life.

My favorite thing about MVS

Michael Perevozchikov Class of 2018

I constantly feel like my teachers are always by my side supporting me through my work and looking to help me improve. Not only are the teachers some of the best in their field, they are so much more than just teachers of academic subjects. They are also life role models interested in helping their students in any way possible.

From Michael’s mother: I’m grateful to Sinai Scholars for providing Michael with an outstanding secular education enhanced by a strong sense of Jewish values. The Sinai program gives Michael that connection, that sense of who he is. It is the incorporation of Jewish heritage and secular learning into everyday experience. What an extraordinary gift!

What being a Sinai Scholar means I’ve had the chance to meet great friends through the Sinai program that I don’t know if I would meet otherwise. It is easy to find a group of kids with the same interest. Sinai Scholar promotes diversity and spirit. I found the Sinai program helps me and all MVS students to be welcoming, diverse, open-minded and supportive.

From Michael’s English teacher and advisor Ms. Shea Davis: “Michael is such a pleasure to have in class. He shows his creativity on a daily basis, whether we are creating sentences with new vocabulary words or crafting videos to illustrate rhetorical concepts. He combines his creativity with a genuine desire to truly understand each topic that we study.”

In my spare time I like hanging out with friends, spending time with my sister and playing with my dog.

Hobbies I love to play tennis. As a freshman I’m playing #1 seed for the varsity team at MVS. I started to play when I was five years old. Tennis taught me so many lessons. You are on the court by yourself and there’s no one to blame. I can win or lose and I have to be ready for both. That quality is important because it stays with you for the rest of your life.

The Sinai Scholars foundation provides scholarships for qualified Jewish students in grades seven to twelve to attend The Miami Valley School – an award-winning independent school noted for its academic excellence. Sinai currently supports 23 students at MVS with Judaics classes included as part of the curriculum.

Inspiration I need inspiration, motivation from different angles to keep me going. My parents inspire me in the everyday life, Roger Federer in tennis. I’m also inspired by people who have the courage to pursue their dreams and in return help others do the same. I hope I can do it someday.

Now accepting Miami Valley/ Sinai Scholar applications for 2014-15. Contact Susan Strong at MVS, 434-4444, or Patti Schear at Sinai, 367-8168.

In 10 years, I see myself In medical school. I like math and science, so I’m considering a bioengineering major.

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Tina Cohen Grandparents: Phyllis & Jerry DeVorkin, Elaine German, Chuck & Karen Cohen, Bonnie German School: Oakwood Activities: Oakwood Baseball, BBYO JCC Maccabi Games, Yearbook, Change for Water Club, work at German Orthodontics Volunteering: Maccabi Days of Caring & Sharing, BBYO, J-Serve Congregations: Chabad/Beth Abraham After Graduation: Indiana University

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Parents: Susan & Rob Diamond Grandparents: Renee & Ed Diamond, Tom & the late Judy Carsch School: Centerville Activities: League, Tournament & High School Bowling, BBYO, Business Professionals of America, Science Olympiad, High School Theatre Tech Crew Volunteering: Greater Dayton USBC Youth Leaders, H.S. Theatre Usher

Honors: CHS Bowling MVP, All-Ohio First Bowling Team, 3rd Place OSHAADiv. I State Tournament, Sycamore High School Coach’s Award for Good Sportsmanship, BPA Presentation Management, 5th Place Congregation: Temple Beth Or After Graduation: University of Pikesville, Ky., business management & bowling team

Melissa Lee Frydman

Parents: Angela & Joel Frydman Grandparents: Great-grandmother Carmen Appel, Renate and the late Charles Frydman, the late Carl & Connie Fasano School: Oakwood Activities: Varsity Tennis, Oakwood Speech & Debate, National Honor Society, Spanish Honor Society President, Choir & Ensemble Volunteering: B’nai Tzedek, Crayons for Classrooms, Dayton Food Pantry, Beth Abraham Social Action Honors: AP Scholar Award, Oakwood Speech Award, Speech & Debate 2-year National Qualifier, 4-year State Qualifier, 2014 State Finalist Congregation: Beth Abraham Synagogue After Graduation: George Washington University

Benjamin Weston Green

Parents: Stephen Green & Cheryl Levine Grandparents: Barry & Muriel Levine, the late Jim & Erika Green School: Yellow Springs Activities: Theatre Club, Art Competitions, Cello, Student Government Volunteering: Students Promoting Inclusion, Diversity and Equity through Education, President of Student Review Board, High School & Middle School Student Body President Honors: Graduating with Honors, Gold Medal at Nationals 2014 Scholastic Art & Writing Competition Congregation: Beth Abraham Synagogue After Graduation: The Ohio State University, pre-med

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Rachel Halasz

Parents: Teri & Michael Halasz Grandparents: Jerry & Maxine Halasz, Dan & Ruth Franklin, Bill Meister School: Centerville Activities: Competition Dance, Dance Teacher, Camp Livingston CIT Honors: BOTY President, Dance Team Captain Congregation: Temple Beth Or After Graduation: Univ. of Cincinnati

Zachary Adam Halpern

Parents: Alan & Julie Halpern Grandparents: Paula & Malcolm Milsten, David & Sue Halpern, the late Judy Halpern School: Oakwood Activities: Saxophone, Clarinet, Bass, Oakwood H.S. Marching Band Captain, Jazz Band, Concert Band, Spring Musical, OneAct Festival, Rocket Team Honors: Rotary Intl. Youth Exchange Student, Strasbourg, France Congregation: Temple Israel After Graduation: The Ohio State University, engineering

Grant Harlan

Parents: Lisa & Todd Harlan Grandparents: The late Joe & Freda Bienenfeld & Norman Harlan School: Miami Valley Activities: Varsity Track & Cross Country, Aviation Club Founder, Ram SAT Team Founder, helped design suborbital payload for national competition, Student Pilot Volunteering: Chinese Student Assistant Teacher, St. Vincent de Paul with Beth Jacob Congregation Congregation: Beth Jacob Congregation After Graduation: Purdue University, mechanical engineering

Levi Johnson

Parents: Donna & Marshall Weiss, Patrick & Heather Johnson Grandparents: Evelyn & the late Louis Barnett, Norman Weiss, the late Pearl Weiss, Terry and Jeanie Johnson, the late Virginia Johnson School: Miami Valley Activities: Lifeguard at Kettering Tennis Center, Cross Country, Track & Field, Chess Club, Trumpet & Guitar, Jazz Band, Camp Gan Izzy Counselor, Camp Shalom Counselor, MVS Technical Support Leader Volunteering: South Dayton Vet Clinic, St. Vincent de Paul, Dayton History Interpreter Congregations: Chabad & Beth Abraham Synagogue After Graduation: Wittenberg University, secondary ed. & history

Alexandra Rose Knoll

Parents: Dr. Aaron & Karen Knoll Grandparents: Dr. Charles & Joan Knoll School: Oakwood Activities: Academic Team, Teacher’s Aid Volunteering: Blue’s Mews Animal Rescue Congregation: Temple Israel After Graduation: Wittenberg University

D.J. Lieberman

Parents: Dennis & Debbie Lieberman Grandparents: Mitzi & the late David Lieberman, David & Dale Bowell School: Northmont Activities: Football, Mock Trial, Track, works at Kroger Volunteering: Food Bank, House of Bread, Political Campaigns & Elections Honors: Scholar Athlete Congregation: Temple Israel After Graduation: Miami University

Evan H. Sherbet

Parents: Ann & Steve Sherbet Grandparents: Fern & Bob Archer School: Centerville Activities: Centerville Marching Band, Science Olympiad, Boy Scouts Troop 316 Volunteering: Good Neighbor House Food Pantry Honors: Eagle Scout Rank, Order of the Arrow Boy Scout Honor Society, 3rd Place in Regional Computer Networking Competition After Graduation: Wright State University, Computer Science

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Gap years in Israel as Rx for Jewish alienation not connected to a nationalist conflict, By Gil Troy, New York Jewish Week but they also have the tools and motivaI recently led a periodic outside retion to become campus leaders in their view of the Young Judaea Year Course, Jewish and Zionist communities. the flagship gap-year non-yeshiva Many young Jews I meet are overprogram for American teenagers. I discovered a striking but not surprising whelmed by the tremendous pressure their parents and teachers impose to anomaly. Although most participants succeed academically to get into the describe this year between high school right college, and to get the right job to and college as a “miracle,” “magical,” “the best year of my life,” few American make enough money. It pains me that Jewish students often associate this Jews bother attending. Only 400 to 600 pressure with American Judaism — and non-Orthodox American Jews per year that many young Jews have absorbed choose to spend a year living in Israel that message to succeed more than the after high school. With all the anxiety more important message to live a good about Israel’s standing on college camlife. More parents need to instill in their puses and the next generation’s Jewish children Jewish ambitions, Jewish hoidentity, parents are overlooking an rizons, Jewish dreams, not just dreams obvious solution to the twin problems. of American-style success. Encouraging A great gap-year in Israel provides their children to take that year in Israel, many payoffs. Universities are encouraging students to defer admission for a to postpone college for a year (for those year, because students who take time off who are going), can help reorient the often arrive on campus more settled and Jewish community from materialism and more mature than most freshmen. Good careerism to spirituality and caring. Three decades ago, Orthodox Amerigap-year programs understand this is a complicated transition year, wherein the can Jews started sending their high school graduates en masse for a year or participants are both post-high school two of yeshiva in Israel. This now stan— needing some supervision — and dard ritual has solidified thousands of pre-college — meaning ready for freedom, too. Striking that balance in a safe, young Jews before entering the confusing world of American comfortable but exciting setting does wonders for With all the anxiety college life. More recently, breakyoung adults. about Israel’s through programs like Clearly, we are not just talking about matur- standing on college Birthright Israel and have proved ing in a random, safe, campuses and the MASA just how valuable Israel comfortable or exciting next generation’s experiences can be in setting, we are talking identity formation. The about Israel. Spending Jewish identity, Zionist prescription for a year in Israel has been parents are alienated Jewry works a constructive rite of — Israel and Ameripassage for thousands of overlooking an Jewish kids for decades. obvious solution to can Jewry both benefit when American Jewish It allows them, as they the twin problems. kids engage Israel fully, leave their homes, to intensely, constructively. embrace their tradition and homeland on their own terms. The With the Jewish Agency’s new strategic sociologist Robert Bellah lamented that vision putting Israel front and center in Jewish identity-building worldwide, it is modern America’s maturation process time for American Jewish parents to stop often entails cutting oneself from one’s grousing, stop worrying — and start family, one’s traditions, one’s anchors. encouraging their children to begin their Spending time in Israel — a sister democracy which is traditional, family-ori- adult post-high school lives with positive, inspiring transformational gap year ented, and rooted — challenges young Jews to think about their identities, and in Israel programs. As I travel around North America, I recalibrate them in ways that help resist the moral anarchy and identity nihilism am often asked, in worried tones, “What about the students?” We should start epidemic on college campuses. asking, “What about their parents?” — Students who attend college after what are they doing to ensure not only a year in Israel have a sophisticated, a strong Jewish communal future, but multidimensional view of Israel. They understand Israel as a living, breathing happy, satisfying, values-rich lives for their children? Making a gap year in country, in all its complexity. They are less likely to panic when faced with the Israel as routine a step as a Bar Mitzvah politically correct prejudice that targets and a high school graduation could revolutionize the Jewish future, in Israel Israel on many campuses — and in too and America as well. many Middle East courses. They not only have the seasoning to laugh off Gil Troy is professor of history at McGill the ridiculous caricatures of Israel as University and the author of eight books on racist or practicing South African-style American history. apartheid, which was race-based and THE DAYTON JEWISH OBSERVER • JUNE 2014




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consequence. So why does God By Rabbi Levi Simon command us to count each Chabad of Greater Dayton day? According to the Jewish The truth is that this mitzvah calendar we are now between teaches us a valuable the holidays of Pesach, lesson. Counting things Passover, and Shavuot, by the unit indicates the Festival of Weeks. the significance and This period has importance of each a special name and unit. When we count mitzvah associated day after day for 49 with it. It is called Sefidays it shows us the rat HaOmer or the time value of time. of the counting of the We must appreciate Omer. The word omer Rabbi Levi Simon the gift of each day and means a measure, in make proper use of it. this case, a measure The things we have to accomof grain. Each evening during plish today cannot be postthis 49-day period, we say a poned for tomorrow, for each blessing prior to counting of day gone is irretrievable. Although it is true that the flow of time is beyond our control because we can neither the Omer. Historically, after the Exodus slow it down nor speed it up, yet we can directly affect the from Egypt commemorated quality of time by filling it by the Passover holiday, the meaningfully. Jews counted the days in eager Just as time is not really anticipation of the receiving of the Torah which was to happen measured in quantity but quality, so too man’s efforts should exactly seven weeks later on be measured qualitatively. the holiday of Shavuot. Each Each day brings year we relive an opportunity this journey with for improvement our counting of and for self the Omer. betterment. We The Lubavitchmust never stay er Rebbe, of stagnant. We blessed memory are challenged — whose 20th each day to learn yahrzeit will ocsomething new, cur on the third to do something positive that of Tammuz, corresponding we have never done before. We to July 1 — teaches that the must fill our days and weeks commandments of the Torah with goodness and kindness are not merely to remind us of our history but to give ongoing until we reach the ultimate perlessons and life direction for all fection: a time when the world will be filled with only good. time. This will occur in the times of Since the flow of time is the Moshiach, the Messiah, may beyond our control, the countit happen speedily in our days. ing of time seemingly has no


We can directly affect the quality of time by filling it meaningfully

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Candle Lightings Erev Shavuot, June 3 8:41 p.m. First Eve Shavuot, June 4 9:49 p.m. Shabbat, June 6: 8:43 p.m. Shabbat, June 13: 8:47 p.m. Shabbat, June 20: 8:50 p.m. Shabbat, June 27: 8:51 p.m.

By Debra Rubin, The Shabbat of Memorial Day weekend will mark a first in American Jewish life: Three New York congregations representing the three major U.S. Jewish movements will daven from the same prayer book. Produced by the Jewish Welfare Board Jewish Chaplains Council specifically for the military, the Siddur that the trio of shuls will use for those services made its debut at the Jewish Community Centers of North America biennial in March. Distribution of the books to U.S. military bases worldwide began in April. JWB’s last military prayer book was issued after World War II. Although it was updated in the 1980s, many chaplains found the old military prayer book lacking. To the Orthodox, there were too many omissions; gender-specific language, meanwhile, bothered more liberal chaplains. “It was a small pocket edition, but it really wasn’t adequate to hold a full range of worship services,” Rabbi Harold Robinson, director of the JWB Jewish Chaplains Council and a rear admiral in the Navy Reserves, said. “A lot of the traditional liturgy just wasn’t there. You could do a service, but it wasn’t going to be a complete service, which was fine in the field,” explained Robinson, but not on established bases that hold services on a regular basis for service members and their families. The result was a mishmash


Sivan/Tammuz Shavuot

Festival of Weeks, Receiving of the Torah June 4-5/6-7 Sivan Marks the end of the counting of the Omer, a 49-day period that begins on the second night of Passover, and recalls the giving of the Torah at Sinai. In biblical times, it fell at the end of the spring harvest. An all-night study session called a tikun, originally a mystical practice, has become increasingly popular.

Torah Portions June 7/9 Sivan Behalotecha (Num. 8:1-12:16) June 14/16 Sivan Shelach (Num. 13:1-15:41) June 21/23 Sivan Korach (Num. 16:1-18:32) June 28/30 Sivan Chukat (Num. 19:1-22:1, Num. 28:9-15)

of prayer books at military installations. As chaplains of varying denominations came and went, service members found themselves adjusting to a new Siddur. “If you’re in the military, you’re not Reform, Conservative or Orthodox. You’re just Jewish, and a chaplain comes in and changes your whole world every two years, or you change bases every few years,” Robinson said. For service members, there was no continuity. In 2006, JWB set out to fix that. A program of the JCC Association, the JWB receives funding from the three movements’ rabbinical groups: the Conservative Rabbinical Assembly, the Reform Central Conference of American Rabbis, and the Orthodox Rabbinical Council of America, which all gave JWB “copyright of exception” to lift whatever it wanted from the movements’ prayer books in creating the military Siddur, Robinson said. Working with movement representatives, Rabbi Barry Baron, then JWB deputy director, prepared a draft that was vetted by the three rabbinic associations. “Everybody made changes,” Robinson said. He concedes that not everyone was happy with the final Siddur. “If you read it alone, you think, ‘my movement has gotten short shrift,’ but when everyone got together in one room, you realized that everyone had made adaptations,” said Robinson. The Siddur also includes readings specific to the military such as the Prayer for Loved Ones at Home. While the copyright permissions allow the book to be distributed solely within the military, the Memorial Day weekend Shabbat is an exception, coinciding with Fleet Week, which brings thousands of members of the Navy, Marines, and Coast Guard to New York. The Reform Central Synagogue will use the book for Friday evening services, while the Conservative Park Avenue Synagogue will use it on Saturday morning and the Orthodox Kehilath Jeshurun on Saturday afternoon.



Hello cheesecake Shavuot is almost here. For a people hooked on a holiday diet of meat and poultry, Shavuot is unique on our gastronomic calendar: a festival that celebrates dairy food. Shavuot is best known for the giving of the Torah so why the association with dairy? The Jewish Celebrations site lists six reasons. Two of the most famous: On Shavuot, the Jewish people received a new code of law, including the dietary restrictions that became part of their daily life. Since the new laws

Mark Mietkiewicz of separating meat and milk were still unclear, only dairy products were eaten on Shavuot to avoid transgressing the unfamiliar laws. And for those into Gematriah, Jewish numerology, “The Hebrew word for milk, chalav, has the numerical value of 40, symbolizing the number of days Moses was on Mt. Sinai. Chalav is spelled chet (numerical value, 8), lamed (30), and vet (2) ( shavcheese1).” Others look for allusions in the Torah which suggest we eat dairy to symbolize the “land flowing with milk and honey (Ex. 3:8).” Or that the Torah is compared to milk, as is written in Song of Songs: “Sweetness drops / From your lips, O bride; Honey and milk / Are under your tongue ( shavcheese2).” As for the recipes themselves, the JewishFood Blintz Archives has three dozen variations including Berry-Topped, New Mexico Kaese, and Asparagus and Cheese ( shavcheese3). And if you are tired of the same old chocolate cheesecake, the Jewishfood List has a gut-busting supply of 83 recipes including Pumpkin Swirl, Triple Threat and Etrog Zest ( shavcheese4). Of course, there’s more to Shavuot fare than blintzes and cheesecake. At Let’s All Eat Dairy, Rosalyn Manesse has prepared a menu with SephardicStyle Fish, Linguine Primavera and Dairy Scones ( At Kosher Delight, you’ll find dozens of other ideas including Chana’s Grated Cucumber Salad with Pistachios, Raisins and Yogurt and Michael Fierro’s Four-Cheese Herb Quiche (bit. ly/shavcheese6). The recipes sound mouth-watering

but what to do about all the calories, saturated fat and cholesterol? Marcy Goldman notes that “Shavuot is not congruent with some of the caveats of the American Heart Institute but you can always substitute low fat cream cheese, sour cream, or any other dairy item, so easily available these days. Shavuot is however, a fine occasion to boost your calcium, so enjoy ( shavcheese7).” While some people will be more than satisfied to pile on the blintzes and cheesecake, for others a Jewish holiday isn’t a holiday without a nice piece of chicken. So they dine on both — dairy and meat — only not at the same time. In Cheese Blintzes and Beef Wellington, Rabbi Moshe Donnebaum explains the Shavuot tradition of having a dairy meal shortly followed by a meat one, and the sometimes intricate rules governing all this dining ( shavcheese8). After coming across all these mouthwatering recipes, Linda Morel’s article In praise of a neglected Shavuot soup hit a nerve. “Schav, the khaki-colored soup once savored by Ashkenazic Jews, has fallen on hard times in recent decades,” writes Morel. I actually remember eyeing strange bottles in the back of our fridge and wondered who would drink that green liquid. Morel explains “schav is made from milk or cream, simmered with chopped sorrel leaves” and was seen as a refreshing alternative to the bland foods with which European Jews had to make do. The once popular food has fallen into disfavor of late. Maybe it’s time to rediscover the traditional soup as well as a recipe for Sorrel Potato Salad that Morel supplies ( The recipes mentioned above are undeniably delicious. But I believe that the tastiest part of any holiday is its memories. I’m sure that Cyndi and her beloved Auntie Rivka would agree. It seems that Cyndi’s family had mouse problems in their home and decided to set out some mousetraps. When Auntie Rivka dropped by to make some Shavuot blintzes, her niece quickly scooped the traps up and hid them in the freezer. When her aunt reached into the freezer to put away the cream cheese and — well, let’s just say “Auntie Rivka never went into Mother’s freezer again (bit. ly/shavcheese10).” Mark Mietkiewicz may be reached at






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coffee and college we need to begin with the basics, the coffee beans and core courses. There The Jewish Family Identity Forum are 12: a pair and a Decalogue. The most basic lesson about how to approach the Bible is found in the universally familiar response by Hillel. When asked to summarize the Torah while standing on one foot, he responded, “That which is despicable to you, do not do to your fellow. This is the whole of “triple venti sugar free, non I went to serve coffee to Torah; all the rest is commenfat, no foam, caramel drizzle guests recently and discovered tary. Go and learn it (BT Shabunder and over the whipped that much to my chagrin, I had bat 31a).” This is not “Do unto cream, caramel macchiato, forgotten to put in the filter beothers,” a kind of quid pro quo extra hot, double cupped.” fore brewing. You can imagine approach to relationships, but Higher education also exthe mess. There are just a few a simple admonition to do no hibits extreme offerings, such simple rules for using a coffee harm or unkindness to others. as Street Fighting MathematThis is the ethical foundaics (MIT), Arguing with Judge tion, the simple rule upon Judy – Popular Logic (UC which all the biblical stories and laws of interpersonal Candace R. Berkeley), and Conservation and Captive Management of relations are built. Rather than Kwiatek Raptors (Cornell). But for most getting caught up in the details, popular coffee shops and sucthis is one of two core values cessful colleges, the main menu we should seek in the text. starts with the maker: put in a filter, fill the This ethical To develop a foundation of basics. coffee and water, and plug it So what can in. Ignoring any one of those interpersonal character of coffee and college basic steps means a less-thanrelationships is teach us about satisfactory result. must balanced by a The coffee incident unexpect- engaging with the second core value, Bible? Too often, be built on a edly reminded me of an opinthe divine foundaion piece in The Denver Post that we approach foundation of tion of personal scripture as if it noted many top universities character implicit value were designed in the United States no longer in the challenge, only for the require their English majors to “You shall be holy, Starbucks extremtake a course on Shakespeare, for I the Lord your God am ist: those fluent in the vocabuincluding Yale, NYU, Penn holy (Lev. 19:2).” State, and OSU (Shakespeare, the lary, familiar with the details, In other words, we must and capable of meaningfully missing man on campus). That’s elevate our own personal like trying to make coffee with- combining multiple elements. character, not just our interacOr, like many universities’ out a filter. tions with others. We must Learning, like coffee-making, attitudes toward a core curricu- improve our individual selves lum, we view the Bible as an starts with a few simple rules, as fervently as we improve the archaic legalistic code, outdatthe most important of which is world. “begin with core subjects.” Not ed by relevancy and modern Qualities such as humility, sensibilities. doing so has led to the abyshonor, enthusiasm, gratitude, Both approaches keep us mal illiteracy of college grads, and integrity, encouraged by from seriously engaging with documented in the American the biblical stories and ritual Council of Trustees and Alumni the most interesting, relevant, laws, are the foundation of and universally influential wis- holiness. study, What Will They Learn? Of course, coffee making can dom literature ever written. This is the other half of the If we want to satisfactorily go way beyond the basics, as Torah, I would say to Hillel, engage with the Bible, like parodied in a Starbucks order but just the same, “all the rest is commentary. Go and learn it.” Without this pair — the Literature to share interpersonal and the intraThe Ten Commandments: How Our Most Ancient Moral personal, the ethical and the Text Can Renew Modern Life by David Hazony. What do holy — the biblical text seems the commandments really mean? How do they address the to suggest, we cannot be fully universal human fallibilities and provide the core of moral human. wisdom? And what was so revolutionary about their ideas? What about the other 10 cofWritten for the layperson, this volume combines scholarship fee beans and core courses or with practical application and is worth rereading every year basics of the Bible, the Decain this season. logue? According to tradition, the Ten Commandments (or The Littlest Mountain by Barb Rosenstock. The rabbinic tale better, declarations) function from the Talmud (Bereshit 99:1) about how Mt. Sinai was as categories for all the comchosen for the giving of the Torah is brought to life by the mandments in the Bible. Thus, dialogue and lively watercolor illustrations in this simple they too can be understood as picture book. A natural for dramatizing by young children, biblical basics. it is the perfect story for Shavuot and a must-have for the The Decalogue begins by family bookshelf. outlining what it means to be

Lessons in character from coffee & college A final thought in the Look at the Holy Book series

holy: recognize the Divine, the source of liberty; do not worship earthly gods (neither idols nor gods like power, wealth or fame); do not take God’s name in vain (through false oaths and promises or by belittling God in public); remember and keep holy the Sabbath (and sacred times, separating them from the secular); and honor parents (as well as other adults and teachers who act as God’s emissaries in the world). The remaining five highlight the key elements of ethics: do not murder (physical or emotional harm, such as embarrassing or degrading in public); do not commit adultery (sexual immorality); do not steal (including the theft of physical or intellectual property, unethical business practices, and kidnapping); do not bear false witness (perjury and all sins of speech, lashon hora); and do not covet


(wanting that which belongs to your neighbor to the point of conspiring how to get it for yourself). Together, the tablets of the Decalogue reflect the core principles of holiness and ethics. What can we learn about character from coffee and college? To develop a character of value, like excellent coffee or a worthwhile college education, it must be built on a foundation of value, one based on a few simple rules or basic principles. The rest is just commentary. Now go and study. Family Discussion: There are 5,888 verses in the Torah (Kiddushin 30a), working out to about 100 verses per week. If the Torah is largely commentary, as Hillel suggests, which basics — the pair or the Decalogue — are reflected in this week’s biblical reading?


OBITUARIES Robert M. Brackman, age 84 of Dayton, passed away May 17 at Good Samaritan Hospital after a lengthy bout with pneumonia and COPD. Born in Xenia to the late Celia and Bernard Brackman, Mr. Brackman is survived by Gloria, his devoted wife of 59 years, daughter Judith Martin of Dayton, and son Dr. David Brackman of Columbus. Mr. Brackman was a buyer for Rike’s and ElderBeerman, and a 30-year sales rep for Schwabb Inc. where he was fondly known as The Stamp Man. Mr. Brackman was a volunteer for more than 18 years at the Victoria Theatre and Schuster Center, an army veteran and a lifelong member of Temple Israel. Our grateful thanks to the ICU at Good Samaritan for their excellent care of Bob. Interment was at Riverview Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association or the charity of your choice.

her sister Berri, and her parents David and Belle Braunstein. She is survived by her caregivers: daughter Fran and husband John Hoover, who mom called “son,” daughter Cheryl Cooney, son Gary Gensler, grandchildren Michael and Benjamin Stempler and Laurel Cooney, Nick and Andrea Hoover, and great-grandchildren Essie and Audrina, best friend Rita Bennett, and her faithful dog Bandit. Mrs. Gensler worked for Elder Beerman for 42 years, and everywhere she went someone knew her. Mom was a longtime member of Temple Israel. Thank you to Suanne Montgomery for your loving care, Home Instead, and the staff at Hospice of Dayton. Mrs. Gensler generously donated her body to the Wright State Anatomical Gift program. Memorial services were held at Temple Israel. Please donate to the charity of your choice in Mrs. Gensler’s memory. May she rest peacefully.

Margaret H. Feldman age 93, of Dayton, passed away May 13 at The Hospice of Dayton. Mrs. Feldman was a member of Beth Abraham Synagogue. She was preceded in death by her husband, Jack E., in 1980; father, Max Hirsch; mother, Toba Strull Hirsch; stepmother, Esther Moscowitz Hirsch; sister, Lillian Schmidt. Mrs. Feldman is survived by her daughter, Toba Jeanne Feldman of Columbus; son, Barnett Robert Feldman of Dayton; nieces, nephews, cousins, and many other relatives and friends. Memorial contributions may be made to Beth Abraham Synagogue or The Hospice of Dayton in her memory.

Bernard Emanuel Tracht, 93, born Aug. 20, 1920 in Pittsburgh, passed away at Mountainview Hospital, Las Vegas on April 18. A longtime resident of Dayton, Mr. Tracht is survived by two sons and a daughter, Michael Jason Tracht of Columbia, Md., Cantor Avery Tracht of Willemstad, Curaçao, Dutch Caribbean, and Jo Ann Tracht-Rawson of Oakland, Calif. He is also survived by three granddaughters, one grandson and one great-grandson, Heather Staten, Joeie Tracht, Ariel and Evan Rawson and Nathaniel Staten. Mr. Tracht was co-founder of the former CPA firm Tracht, Solomon and Company. His late wife, Edith Silberman Tracht, died in Dayton in 1993 and is buried at Beth Abraham Cemetery. There were two memorials held in his honor, in Las Vegas and Curaçao. He and his wife were longtime members of Beth Abraham Synagogue of Dayton and Meadowbrook Country Club. Should you wish to offer condolences to his children, who all grew up in Dayton, they may be reached through the following e-mail addresses: Michael:, Avery:, Jo Ann:

Lila Gensler passed away on April 17, at Hospice of Dayton. Mrs. Gensler was born in the Bronx, N.Y., 85 years ago, before settling in Dayton in 1956. She was predeceased by her husband, Moe,

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Patricia Jo Wasserman, age 76, passed away May 12. After graduating fron Xenia High School, she went to work from 1955 to 1964 as a secretary at the Systems Engineering Group of Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, where she met her beloved husband, Reuben, of 56 years. Mrs. Wasserman worked in the Aircraft Laboratory Special Projects Division. She was preceded in death by her parents, Cloda and Harold Ramsey. She is survived by her loving husband, Reuben;

daughters Deborah Wasserman, Miriam Wasserman and her partner Victoria Reece; sister Joyce (Tom) Gustin, brother Bill (Nan) Ramsey, and many other relatives and wonderful friends. Throughout her life Mrs. Wasserman was a member of several organizations including the MG Car Club and Red Hats. She was a Brownie Troop leader; chairperson of Shoshana Chapter of B’nai B’rith Women and conducted Dolls for Democracy, giving presentations at local schools to combat bigotry and intolerance. She was a board member of Girl Scouts Buckeye Trails Council where she formed the Minority Presence Group to advocate for handicapped girls in Girl Scouts. She was co-chairperson of the Beavercreek Bicentennial Parade in 1976. She was also a member of Temple Israel. Through Mrs. Wasserman’s volunteer work and charitable contributions to various organizations, she touched the lives of many. She was an avid collector of teddy bears, which gave her much joy. Mrs. Wasserman was passionate about reading, enjoyed music and was a funny, caring, thoughtful person who was an animal lover and a dear friend to all. Mrs. Wasserman enjoyed traveling with friends to Hawaii, Alaska and Europe. Interment was at Riverview Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Dayton or SICSA. Mom, may you rest in peace. Charles William Weprin, age 90 of Jupiter, Fla. and Dayton, passed away May 10. He attended Georgia Military Academy and The Ohio State University before serving in the U.S. Army. He fought in Africa and Italy, landing on the beaches at both Sicily and Anzio. Mr. Weprin returned home and received his accounting degree from the University of Dayton. He and his brothers founded and ran Main Auto Parts Inc. for more than 40 years. He was a member of Temple Israel for more than 80 years and served on its board, and was a past president of Meadowbrook Country Club. Mr. Weprin was a loving husband of 58 years to Corrine “Pookie” Weprin, who preceded him in death, along with his seven brothers. He is survived by his sons; Bart (Linda), Stuart (Gail), Larry (Meryl), Michael (Karen), 20 grandchildren and 30 great-grandchildren who all cherished him and will miss him greatly, as well as many nieces, nephews and devoted friends. The family thanks the caregivers and especially Hospice of Dayton for their loving care. Interment was at Riverview Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the Pookie and Chuck Weprin Legacy Foundation at Temple Israel or Hospice of Dayton.

Imagining if Anne Frank had lived to tell her story

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Dutch actress Rosa da Silva portrays Anne Frank in the new play Anne, which had its world premiere in Amsterdam on May 8

By Cnaan Liphshiz, JTA AMSTERDAM — At a Paris café after the war, a young publisher is quickly falling in love with an adorable Jewish author he just met as she discusses her Arts&Culture still-unpublished book. It is an intensely private account based on a personal diary that recounts her amazing survival of the Holocaust in hiding with her parents and sister in Amsterdam, in a small annex on Prinsengracht 263. Her name is Anne Frank. This scene is the bold introduction of the play Anne, which premiered at the Dutch capital’s new Theater Amsterdam on May 8. Produced with a multimillion dollar budget in an 1,100seat theatre built for this show, Anne is the first play ever written based on the full archive of the Frank family. In reality, the Nazis caught the Franks after the family had spent more than two years in hiding. Anne died at the age of 15 at a German concentration camp along with her sister toward the end of World War II. Her mother perished at Auschwitz. Yet in the world premiere of Anne, the ghost of the person she might have become is an omnipresent character who guides spectators through an elaborate plot that is distinguished from previous adaptations by its breadth: It begins before the Franks ever went into hiding and extends past her death from typhus at Bergen-Belsen. The fantastical element of the fictional character of older Anne — the same Dutch actress, Rosa da Silva, juggles

both Annes, sometimes in a single scene — is a singular artistic liberty in a play that otherwise adheres rigorously to historical accuracy. “The principle of historical authenticity is one of the conditions we had for going ahead with this theatrical adaptation in the first place,” said Yves Kugelmann, a board member of the Anne Frank Fonds (foundation) in Basel, Switzerland, who in 2009 initiated the writing of the new script and the Amsterdam production. He noted that even the scene in Paris is based on entries from Anne Frank’s diary, in which she wrote that she dreamed of living in Paris. The play is produced by Kees Abrahams and Robin de Levita, a Tony Award-winning Broadway producer who worked on hits such as Chicago and Les Misérables. The show required a substantial initial investment by the for-profit Imagine Nation, founded by Abrahams and de Levita, and its sponsors. The company would not disclose the sum. The show is scheduled to play in additional locations in the future, according to Imagine Nation. Imagine Nation pays the Anne Frank Fonds royalties from tickets that cost between $50 and $100. The foundation will use these revenues exclusively for charity and educational purposes, in keeping with Otto Frank’s directive. To achieve authenticity, Kugelmann gave the creators of the play full access to countless documents that are the sole possession of the foundation. The foundation was set up in 1963 by Otto Frank, Anne Frank’s father and the editor


As the months in hiding ing platform that rotates the of the world-famous compilaprogress, the handwriting annex where the Frank family tion of his daughter’s writings, gradually matures from the hid, allowing viewers a simulThe Diary of a Young Girl, first taneous view of all inhabitants. hesitant block letters of a child published in 1947. to the flowing cursive style of Kugelmann calls this “lifeOtto Frank had already apan author who is gaining confiacted performance.” proved a script by playwrights dence as she hones her writing The effect is reminiscent of Frances Goodrich and Albert reality television shows like Big skills. Hackett — an American JewAuthenticity is further Brother in which participants ish couple — for a theatrical pursued through language. share a single building with production that premiered on The play itself is in Dutch with little privacy. Broadway in 1955. But their a bit of German. Simultaneous And that is no coincidence. adaptation was based on his translation into six languages is “Anne Frank’s story was a own selection of sources, which Big Brother show avant la lettre, offered to the audience through left out countless documents, earpieces. one where exile meant death,” letters and other accounts. De Winter, whose parents said Leon de Winter, the Dutch Based on those more expansurvived the Holocaust in Jewish novelist who co-ausive materials, the new play hiding, said that one of the tackles painful subjects, such as thored the script for Anne with predominant emotions he had his wife, Jessica Durlacher. Anne’s growing estrangement while writing the script was De Winter said he hoped the from her mother and sister Big Brother allusion would help anger. during their days in hiding. It “I worked with my anger, younger viewers connect to the also includes a scene in which my fury, over what was done play. she gets her first period. to her,” he said. Another technical innova“The theatre world evolved Durlacher, whose own father tion offers spectators real-time in ways that facilitate the drasurvived Auschwitz, said that footnotes to the scenes as they matization of situations which she drew inspiration for the are being acted out on stage. were more difficult to convey script from letters that Otto The footnotes — photographs in the past,” Kugelmann said. Frank had written to relatives “We wanted the play to evolve, of actual pages full of Anne after his return from the Nazi Frank’s handwriting — are too, but we wanted to broaden death camp. projected on side panels while the scope and set the Anne “In the beginning, he didn’t the cast portrays the situation Frank story in its historical know what had happened, he described in the text. Jewish context for educational was only then finding purposes.” Cnaan Liphshiz out. And that’s heartThe new play’s breaking,” she said, premiere, which was referring to Otto Frank. attended by King “It gave me the tools to Willem-Alexander of the write to my best ability Netherlands, took place so that the story of Anne on the 69th anniversary Frank would get reof Nazi Germany’s suradapted for generations render and shortly after in a way which better the 70th anniversary of speaks to contempothe death of Anne Frank rary viewers, in their and her sister, Margot. language. That’s what The new techniques include a giant revolv- A scene from the play Anne during its world premiere we’ve tried to do.”

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Detail of a ketubah on exhibit at the Columbus Museum of Art from the collection of The Library of The Jewish Theological Seminary

Thirty ketubot (Jewish marriage contracts) from the collection of the Jewish Theological Seminary Library in New York form the exhibit The Art of Matrimony, on display at the Columbus Museum of Art through June 15. Ketubot in this exhibit date from the 12th century to the present day and reflect communities across the globe where Jews were permitted to settle; they were chosen from JTS’s collection of more than 600 ketubot. The Art of Matrimony has been exhibited at New York’s Jewish Museum and includes ketubot from Iraq, Italy, the Netherlands, Morocco, Ukraine, and 11 other countries. Also on display at the museum will be a 19thcentury Iranian ketubah from the collection of the late Robert Shamansky, a recent gift to the museum, and a 19th-century Torah binder, purchased for the museum by private funders. For more information, go to or call 614-221-6801. — Marshall Weiss



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The fruit of the earth

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‘And you shall teach your children.’ WITH GRATITUDE Andrea Abrams Ehud Borovoy Rabbi David Burstein Deb Char Rabbi Judy Chessin Larry Frank Marsha Goldberg Scott Goldberg Melissa Guadalupe Becky Guttstein Andrea Kuperman Barbara Mendoza Renee Peery Jessica Simpson Joni Watson Jay Weiss

Temple Beth Or Thanks The Educators Who Diligently Teach Our Children.

On the sixth day of this month, the month of Sivan, we celebrate the holiday of Shavuot. In biblical times Shavuot was celebrated as an agricultural holiday. There is no reference in the Bible, which connects Shavuot with any historical event, including the giving of the Torah. On the contrary, the three names

generally means fruit. For example, pri haetz means fruit of the tree (Gen. 1:12), and pri habeten means fruit of the womb, namely children (Gen. 30:2). Dr. Rachel Also, pri means one’s labor as in pri Zohar Dulin yadeha, literally the fruit of her hands (Prov. 31:31). Later, in the Mishnah, pri also meant given to this holiday in the Torah point income or interest from investments to the centrality of agriculture in this (Tosefta Peah 1:20). lovely celebration. There are many phrases in Modern The first name, Shavuot, meaning Hebrew where pri is at the center. We weeks, marks the seven weeks of the will mention here that pri hadimyon count from Pesach to the day of the means fruit of the imagination, a fanholiday (Deut. 16:9), thereby connecting tasy, and pri haet is the fruit of the pen, the holiday with the end of the spring namely literary contributions. cyclical celebrations. As for adama, in Genesis The second name is Chag Three names tradition it means ground, Hakatzir, the harvest festival soil, earth or land. given to (Ex. 23:16), pointing to the Adama is probably deShavuot in the rived from adom meaning first harvest after Pesach. And the third is Yom HabiTorah point to red, denoting the red color kurim, the day of the first of the arable ground and the centrality connected to dahm, meaning fruits (Num. 28:26), referring to the first crops of the of agriculture blood. fields after Pesach. Since the biblical tradition in this lovely theInfirst agriculture is the focus of human being was celebration. the celebration of Shavuot, created from the adama, let’s direct our attention to and hence was called Adam. the phrase pri ha’adama, the fruit of the Adam also refers to all humanity (Gen. earth. 5:2). Interestingly, in English as well, the It is a Jewish custom to bless God for word human is derived from the Latin the food we eat and drink. For example, humus meaning ground or soil. before we drink wine we bless God On Shavuot, let us bless pri acknowledging that He is boreh pri ha’adama, acknowledging that it is not hagafen, “the Creator of the fruit of the pri hadimyon, a fantasy we celebrate vine.” And when we eat vegetables, on this lovely holiday, but rather, pri fruits or any kind of greens we bless yadeynu the fruit of our hands. Chag God with the words: boreh pri ha’adama, Sameach. “the Creator of the fruit of the earth.” The word pri, which means fruit, Dr. Rachel Zohar Dulin is a professor of product, profit and interest, is derived biblical literature at Spertus College in from the root prh meaning to bear fruit, Chicago and an adjunct professor of Bible fertilize and fecundate. In the Bible pri and Hebrew at New College of Florida.





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