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NASA pioneer Silverstein to be posthumously inducted to National Aviation Hall of Fame Mechanical engineer Dr. Abe Silvergood news. stein, the architect of NASA’s space “I’m very proud of him,” David, 57, program and the “Father of Apollo,” will says of his late father. “He was never rebe posthumously inducted to the Naally one to draw attention to himself. He tional Aviation Hall of Fame at its annual was very intense about what he did, and enshrinement dinner, on Friday, NASA he was very focused Oct. 2 at 6 p.m. at the National on what he did. And Museum of the U.S. Air Force. he always had that Also to be inducted this year picture in his mind will be the late Robert N. Hartzell of where he wanted of Hartzell Propeller, NASA Flight to end up.” Director Gene Kranz, and test pilot He says that intenBrig. Gen. (Ret.) Robert L. Cardesity came through in nas. his father’s parentBorn in Terre Haute, Ind. in ing style when David 1908, Silverstein began his career and his younger at the National Advisory Combrother and sister mittee for Aeronautics (NACA) in grew up in Cleve1929 at Langley Research Center in land’s Fairview Park Virginia. He led aerodynamic reneighborhood. search there which would improve “He got involved Dr. Abe Silverstein the high-speed performance of in our upbringing. I combat planes in World War II. expressed an interest in golfing and he Silverstein settled in Cleveland in 1943 set it up so that not only me, but anyone when he was transferred to the Lewis else at the lab who had kids could come Laboratory, where he served as chief of out, and he got the golf pro from Westthe wind tunnel and flight division, and wood Country Club to give all the kids led propulsion aerodynamics research. lessons.” From 1958 to 1961, he was transferred David recalls there were only two or to NACA headquarters in Washington, three Jewish families in Fairview at that D.C. to help organize NASA, becoming time. the first director of its office of space “But because it was close to the lab, flight programs. Dad liked that. He never really discussed He returned to Cleveland’s Lewis work when he was home. He was out of Research Center — now John H. Glenn town quite a bit. Like a lot of families of Research Center Lewis Field — as its that generation, the mom was at home to director until his retirement from NASA take care of us.” in 1969. Silverstein died in As David grew up, he gained a 2001 at the age of 92. Among better understanding of his father’s the numerous honors he role as the lab’s director. received during his lifetime “He was the ultimate administrawas the Guggenheim Medal tor. He could organize a group to get from the American Institute it to where other people could enjoy, of Aeronautics and Astronauor where it would do other people tics in 1997. some good.” A leader in Cleveland’s David himself worked as a NASA Jewish community, SilverDavid Silverstein contractor for three years, but says stein was one of the foundhe wasn’t one to mention his father ers of Beth Israel-The West Temple, and in passing. served as president of the Cleveland “They would pick up on the name, Council on Soviet Anti-Semitism. but I wasn’t looking to brag about anyFor Silverstein’s oldest son, the induc- thing.” tion announcement was a case of good David’s sister, Judy, lives in Columbia timing. David Silverstein, also an engiVa. and his brother, Joe, lives in Thouneer, moved to Fairborn last September sand Oaks, Calif. Their mother, Marion, from Maumee to work for Peerless died in 1998. Among the siblings are five Technologies at Wright-Patterson Air children. Force Base, site of the National Aviation For more information about the Hall of Fame. enshrinement dinner, go to nationalaviaA few months after David arrived tion.org or call 256-0944. here, the hall of fame let him know the — Marshall Weiss

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Together in healing, parenting, and love Temple Beth Or congregants become first to hold same-sex Jewish wedding in Dayton By Marshall Weiss The Observer Dr. Melissa Hanna and Dr. Naomi Sandor met in 1998 when they were first-year medical students at Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine.

“We got together a year later,” says Naomi, a native of Cleveland. Melissa and Naomi — both primary care physicians with a practice in Enon — became the first same-sex couple to have a

Jewish wedding in the Dayton area on Aug. 1, at Benham’s Grove in Centerville. Rabbi David Burstein of Temple Beth Or officiated.

Waiting until it was legal

“We talked about getting married very early on in our relationship,” says Melissa, a Maslov Photography native of northwest Pennsylvania. “I was active duty for the Air Force, so I was directly forbidden from getting married. And then we decided that we wanted to wait until it would mean something legally before we got married. And we wanted to have the girls involved too, with the planning.” Melissa and Naomi are the mothers of Julia (7) and Eileen (3). From 2002 to 2005, Naomi completed her residency training at Clinton Memorial Hospital in Wilmington while Melissa’s residency was at WrightPatterson AFB. The couple lived south of Dayton. They joined Temple Beth Or in 2009, when they returned to the area after four years in Biloxi, Miss., where Melissa completed her Air Force commitment. “Right now, we job share, so one of us is in the office, the other one is home with the girls,” Melissa says. When the girls are with only one of their parents, they call that mother Mommy, Naomi says. When they’re all together, the girls call Melissa “Other Rabbi David Burstein of Temple Beth Or envelops newlyweds Dr. Melissa Mommy” and Naomi “Masik Hanna (L) and Dr. Naomi Sandor and their daughters, Julia (L) and Mommy.” Masik means other in Eileen, in his prayer shawls before he offers the Priestly Benediction at Hungarian. their wedding ceremony, Aug. 1 at Benham’s Grove in Centerville

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Not only do we enter the Days of Awe with the Jewish New Year in September, but Congress will take up a most complex task when it votes on the nuclear deal with Iran. These are truly days of awe. As we end the year 5775, we say Marshall goodbye to two longtime guardWeiss ians of Dayton’s Jewish history. Dr. Leonard Spialter, founder of the Dayton Jewish Genealogical Society, died July 18 at the age of 92. Leonard established the non-profit society in 1987, based on his own meticulous research into Montgomery County records. The society’s key resources are his compilation of records of local Jewish deaths from 1850 to 1999, and its records of area Jewish marriage licenses from 1845 to 1968. Longtime member Marcia Jaffe, who also served as president of the society, died on July 2 at the age of 76. It was Marcia who launched the society’s participation in JewishGen.org’s Worldwide Burial Registry, a photo record of gravestones at Jewish cemeteries. To those searching out their Jewish family history in Dayton, both of their memories will surely be for a blessing.

Naomi is the granddaughter of Holocaust survivors who fled from Hungary and Romania. Melissa, who is not Jewish, is all in when it comes to raising their daughters as Jews. “I attend services regularly and get a lot out of being there,” Melissa says of Temple Beth Or. The girls’ drawings of Jewish symbols are proudly displayed on the inside of the front door of their Beavercreek home. With the start of the school year, Julia will be in second grade and Eileen will start preschool at Beth Or’s religious

school. It was a patient of Naomi, a Temple Beth Or member, who suggested she bring Julia to the temple’s High Holy Days children’s service six years ago. “And so I took Julia and walked into the temple and there was Rabbi David (Burstein) wearing his rainbow bracelet, and he was this magnanimous, friendly man and since then we’ve been hooked on the temple. He’s really been an advocate for us,” Naomi says. After a federal judge in PennContinued on next page

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Continued from previous page sylvania struck down that state’s ban on same-sex marriage in May 2014, Melissa and Naomi were ready to become legally-recognized spouses. David, his son, Coby, and Melissa, Naomi, Julia and Eileen left for a weekend at Nemacolin Woodlands Resort near Pittsburgh in August 2014. After a three-day wait to obtain their marriage license from the county court house, Melissa and Naomi were married in a Jewish ceremony that David led outdoors at the resort. Coby served as photographer. David had already officiated at same-sex marriages for his friends in Massachusetts. “It’s something that I feel passionately about,” he says. “It was so great to be able to do that.” Despite the idyllic mountainous setting, Melissa and Naomi’s oldest daughter wasn’t When it was time content. for Hava Nagila, “Julia was a little each bride sat bit upset,” Naomi says. Julia asked, “Are on a chair with a we going to be OK daughter on her when we go back to Ohio? If it’s OK with lap; they were the president (same- raised high on sex marriage), why the dance floor. isn’t it OK in Ohio?” That, Naomi says, is why they decided to hold a Jewish wedding ceremony in Ohio. She says Melissa and Julia planned the August ceremony and party; eventually Naomi got on board. “And it was such great timing,” Melissa adds. “It was planned over a year ago. We had no idea that the Supreme Court was going to have their ruling.”

Getting ready for the Ohio ceremony

One of the first steps toward their Ohio wedding in the presence of their family and friends was dress shopping on Valentine’s Day 2015. “Julia drew pictures of what she wanted us to look like,” Naomi says. “It was February and it was snowing, blowing, horrible weather. And I was not in the mood to shop for a wedding dress. So we walked in and Julia showed the picture to the young lady, who was very happy to help us, and she’s like, ‘I think I have something.’ She ran into the corner of the store. She came back with three dresses and we picked two. And then the girls got their dresses there as well.” On Aug. 1 at Benham’s Grove, the weather was picture-perfect as each bride walked down the Continued on next page

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DAYTON Continued from previous page aisle, escorted arm-in-arm by her parents. Under the chupah (wedding canopy), each bride circled the other three times. Then they circled with their daughters, all holding hands. “We stomped on the glass together,” Naomi says of herself and Melissa. “She got my foot, though,” Melissa adds. “I was trying hard not to,” Naomi says. “But I did it anyway. And then David circled us with his prayer shawl. And then he brought out a tie-dye rainbow tallit (prayer shawl) and just wrapped us in that as well. That was a surprise.” “I’ve had a rainbow, tie-dye tallit for a long time,” David says. “I just threw it in my bag that day. I thought, this would be something that I would want the kids to see, for the kids to look back at their parents. Just the reaction of the girls was worth it to me. As a rabbi, it’s such an honor to be part of those moments in people’s lives anyway, and to have been a part of a couple that I love so much and a family that I love so much, we were doing something that was so right and so — it’s about time.” After the ceremony, the DJ started the dancing with Let It Go, the mega-hit anthem from Disney’s Frozen, sung by Idina Menzel. “So all the kids and the moms were out there twirling,” Naomi says. “It was fabulous. It was such a nice icebreaker.” When it was time for Hava Nagila, each bride sat on a chair with a daughter on her lap; they were raised high on the dance floor. “The girls threw our bouquets too, to all the kids under the age of 10,” Naomi adds. David recalls that at the wedding celebration, Naomi said, “These are the people who love us. And they’ve loved us for who we are, our whole relationship.” “From my perspective,” Naomi says, “everywhere that we’ve been in the Jewish community in Dayton — whether it was temple or the Federation, we’ve been to Hillel — everyone that we have ever met has been nothing but nice to us. And that’s meant a lot to me. I’ve felt that I’ve been connected more to my Judaism since I’ve been an adult and happened to be able to settle down and make a home here in Dayton than anywhere I’ve felt in my life, which is very nice. It makes me feel very good.”

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Christian Zionist group holds event at Schuster to honor Israel With a rightward evangelical pull, CUFI program aimed at Christians to support and raise funds for the Jewish state hook up with.” To educate churches He came back to Trenum decided to bring Victory Christian A Night To Honor Israel to Church, which he Dayton when he was in Israel had founded in 1995, in the summer of 2014 as part and began to rally his of a national CUFI solidarity flock around the Jewmission during the war with ish state. Gaza. About six years “It’s one of the greatest ago, the church tools to educate churches started contributing a about the nation of Israel,” he portion of its offersaid of the event. ings to CUFI. In November, he held a Every year, the breakfast to interest local church also collects To love Israel clergy in the project. About 70 Trenum said he grew up with money to bring Jews pastors showed up; 12 agreed a love for Israel. Born in Virginia from Europe to make to help plan the night. in a Pentecostal home, his father aliyah (immigrate to On the planning team are was an Assembly of God pastor. Israel), through the clergy from Abundant Love “He always taught us to love On Wings of Eagles Christian Center, Christ Comproject of the Interna- Mary and Pastor Gary Trenum of Victory Christian munity Ministries, Dayspring Israel, to pray for the peace of Church in Kettering. The Trenums organized the tional Fellowship of Jerusalem. And for most of my Church, Lifepointe Church, life, really until the last 10 years, Christians and Jews. first Dayton & Cincinnati Night To Honor Israel Progressive Baptist Church, “We have now that’s all I knew, was to pray for and Xenia Christian Center. “One of the mythologies brought back to Israel about 25 the peace of Jerusalem. I didn’t Also on the planning team is know a Jew. I didn’t know how to 30 Jews,” Trenum said. “Pro- about evangelical support of Is- David Gershuny, a member of phetically, we believe that’s part rael is that it is solely grounded the Jewish National Fund (JNF) to touch Israel. I didn’t know in an end-of-times theology,” of God’s plan.” anything.” Cincinnati executive board. Trenum said the Christian Zi- Felson said, “that the reason That changed when he and In May, Trenum held another onist love for Israel comes out of for the support for Israel is to Mary were visiting relatives breakfast; 130 pastors turned Scripture. He refers to Gen. 12:3 concentrate the Jews in Israel to out, as did Rabbi Shmuel Klatzin Virginia and Trenum heard as the “foreign policy of Heaven hasten the end of time. That’s about the first national CUFI kin of Chabad. a small segment of Christian conference, taking place nearby toward Israel.” “He and I are brothers and Zionists. For most Christian This is the verse in which in Washington, D.C. Trenum have become friends,” Trenum Zionists, the land is promised to said of Klatzkin. “I ask him God tells Abraham: “I will hasn’t missed one since. the Jews, and there’s a promise about his understanding of bless those who bless you, and CUFI was established a decade ago by San Antonio-based whoever curses you I will curse; of a blessing to those who bless Scripture. He’s come here to my and all peoples on earth will be Israel. That’s the primary reaPastor John Hagee. facility and talked to the team son. Then there’s that whole set that I have that’s putting this blessed through you.” “When I saw the passion of of issues around shared demoEthan Felson, senior vice fellow Christians for the nation on. And he taught us from the cratic values, abhorrence for president and general counsel of Israel that I had, I felt the Jewish perspective. We want to terrorism, and alignment with of the national Jewish Council connection,” Trenum said. “I learn.” the modern state of Israel that had found the cause I wanted to of Public Affairs (JCPA), said There is no charge to attend you find among many people this verse is the main reason the Night To Honor Israel and on the conservative end of the Christian Zionists are staunch seating is general admission. spectrum.” supporters of the Jewish state. lobby opposes Iran pact, P. 9 Doors open at 5 p.m. and an offering will be taken to support the work of JNF as well as CUFI on Campus, which combats antisemitism and the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement on college campuses. According to Trenum, JNF will earmark its funds for Nefesh B’Nefesh, a nonprofit DAVID L. ROER, M.D. that facilitates aliyah from the GARY M. YOURA, M.D. United States. MARY B. CHITWOOD, M.D. He said the planning team KATHERINE H. WINGATE, M.D. aims to hold the Night To Honor JOHN M. 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By Marshall Weiss The Observer Auschwitz survivor Irving Roth, a noted speaker who founded the Holocaust Resource Center in Manhasset, N.Y., is slated to give the keynote speech at the Night To Honor Israel, on Sunday, Aug. 30 at 6 p.m. at the Schuster Center. Roth will be joined on the program by Temple Beth Or’s Rabbi Judy Chessin, chair of the Dayton Synagogue Forum, who will offer the invocation. Yaron Sideman, Israel’s consul general to the Mid-Atlantic region — which includes Ohio — will deliver remarks on behalf of the Jewish state, and at the conclusion of the event, major donors will gather in a private lounge at the Schuster Center to enjoy a kosher reception. It may come as a surprise to members of Dayton’s Jewish community that this signature event is not sponsored by any Jewish organizations. The program — replicated in similar fashion in hundreds of cities across America each year — is a project of CUFI, Christians United for Israel. With 2.2 million Christian Zionist members, CUFI is the largest pro-Israel organization in the United States. The Aug. 30 event, billed as the Dayton and Cincinnati Night To Honor Israel, is the first to be held in either city. It came about

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through the determination of Gary Trenum, senior pastor of Victory Christian Church in Kettering. He and his wife, Mary, are now CUFI’s Dayton city directors. “CUFI is not a denomination,” Trenum said. “It’s not a group of people that have the same theology. But there’s one thing that they all have in common — they have a love for the nation of Israel.”

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DAYTON tionships with CUFI,” Felson know that there is a group in said. “A reality of coalition this city that will not try to politics is that you work with change them, that will love different groups on aligned them and will support them.” interests, and sometimes opHe emphasized that it is pose them on other issues.” not a conversionary meeting. Temple Beth Or’s Rabbi “I am trying to build a Judy Chessin, who will offer solidarity with our Jewish the invocation for the Daybrothers and sisters,” he said. ton event, said, “while we “I realize there’s skepticism may have different politics, and I accept it because I unrhetoric, theology, here is an derstand history. I understand organization (CUFI) which the Spanish Inquisition and provides unquestioning supthe pogroms and the Holoport to Israel and the Jewish caust. We’re going to stand up people. I want to support and speak up for the nation of their efforts.” Israel.” Trenum said he has dediThe pastor is also aware cated hours and hours each that Christian Zionists — who tend to come from evangeliYaron Sideman, Israel’s Consul General week to planning the event. “I pastor this church, but cal churches — lean heavily to the Mid-Atlantic Region, will be a guest to the right, while the Ameri- speaker for CUFI’s Night To Honor Israel during the week I have had meetings with so many pascan Jewish community leans therefore I don’t need to convert tors. I met with a pastor a couheavily to the left. Jews. Convert to what? They’re ple of weeks ago who pastors a One of the key speakers at large church. His first question following God. the Dayton event will be Gary to me was, ‘Why should I, as a “I realize there are secular Bauer, founder of the take-noand agnostic, I understand that. Christian, support Israel?’ And prisoners conservative Family rather than go through my list, But if we’re talking about the Research Council, who is now I just looked at him and said, director of CUFI’s new lobbying theology of Judaism, which is ‘Because we love God, and what arm, CUFI Action Fund. Trenum the basis of who and where we God loves, we love.’” are (as Christians), then those said Bauer will likely be the By mid-August, Trenum pastors do great damage. I beonly speaker to talk about Iran. said he had received “sevenlieve that God’s covenant with “I don’t think it should eighths” of the $40,000 needed Israel is still in be partisan,” to put on the event. “I have not ‘We just feel force. Forever.” Trenum said of taken up any offerings, not even Yaron SideCUFI’s makeup. that when in this church for that event,” he man, Israel’s “I wish it was more diverse friends invite us consul general to added. “To us, that’s a miracle.” this region, said because it would he’ll speak at the remove that parti- over, we ought For more information about the Dayton event because san side. I’m not to be there.’ and Cincinnati Night To Honor Israel, Israel doesn’t trying to meddle go to daytonforisrael.com. take friendship in Israel’s politics. Israeli Consul General and support for They should have to the Mid-Atlantic the right to deter- Region Yaron Sideman granted. “Christians mine their own United for Israel is an organizaborders. They should have the tion that is highly supportive of right to determine if Jerusalem Israel,” Sideman said in an inbecomes the capital. Our position is to say we stand with you terview with The Observer. “We just feel that when friends invite (Israel) to have that right. And us over, we ought to be there.” then let them choose.” Sideman said he’s attended Trenum also knows that Jews can be put off by the notion that several CUFI and Christian Zisome Christians believe they are onist events in the Mid-Atlantic region since he’s taken over as damned to Hell because they consul general. don’t accept Jesus. JCPA’s Felson said that Jew“I don’t believe it, and I beish communities at the local lieve it’s a detriment,” he said. level have been partnering with “God doesn’t tell us everything about the future,” Trenum pro-Israel Christians for decades. said. “When it comes to Israel, “And many have close relaHe has a plan for Israel. And

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CUFI’s new evangelical lobby opposes Iran pact presidential nomination, stated in front By Nathan Guttman, Forward of a cheering crowd at the Washington Reinforcing their standing as the right-wing marker of the pro-Israel com- convention center. CUFI, established a decade ago by munity, Christian Zionists are now setting up their own lobbying arm. It heads the pastor John Hagee, has grown to 2.2 million members, most of them evanto Capitol Hill with a much harsher gelicals, and has a budget that exceeded message than other Israel groups, as activists battle over confirming the Iranian $7 million in 2014, making it the largest pro-Israel organization in America. nuclear deal in Congress. But until recently, despite its size, At its annual conference, held in CUFI has focused on grassroots operaWashington in mid-July, Christians tions, deferring to the more established United for Israel demonstrated that it pro-Israel lobbyists such as the Amerihas found a strong independent voice can Israel Public Affairs and a Republican political body willing to embrace it. Unlike AIPAC, Committee and other Jewish groups to lead in Statements onstage and CUFI’s new political advocacy efforts in discussions veered far in Washington. from the pro-Israel main- lobby arm has Now, as CUFI enjoys a stream — in both rhetoric a distinctly surge in membership and and substance — with warnings that the Obama partisan flavor. in funding, and with the Iran deal making it clear administration’s Iranian that political differences nuclear deal could lead to with AIPAC are becoming more proa “second Holocaust” and a lineup of nounced, the Christian Zionist group is Republican politicians and presidential charting its own political path. candidates openly dismissing the idea The new lobbying arm, called CUFI of a two-state solution to the IsraeliAction Fund, is run by Gary Bauer, Palestinian conflict. former president of the conservative “There is no such thing as a two-state Family Research Council and a member solution,” former Arkansas governor of CUFI’s board. The fund, Bauer said, Mike Huckabee, who is now one of will have a multimillion-dollar budget 15 Republicans vying for the party’s

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Pastor John Hagee, CUFI’s founder, warned politicians to heed his group’s 2.2 million Christian Zionist members

and a dozen staffers who will focus on pro-Israel lobbying among members of Congress and presidential candidates. “Every person running for office (in 2016) is going to be aware we have 2.2 million households,” Hagee told The Washington Post. “If I were a candidate, especially in the Republican Party, I’d be aware of how many voters will cast their vote principally on Israel.” Hagee’s message resonated with some of the presidential candidates who took a detour from their campaigns to speak to CUFI members.

Six candidates participated in the group’s presidential forum (including two prerecorded interviews), and all voiced positions that sounded supportive of a hawkish view of Israel, mostly to the right of Benjamin Netanyahu’s government. Senator Lindsey Graham stated that “there will never be a two-state solution” because of the Palestinians’ partnership with Hamas. Former Pennsylvania senator Rick Santorum declared plainly, “I am not for a two-state solution,” adding that America should support “a process led by the Israelis to achieve some kind of accommodation (for the Palestinians.)” Former New York Governor George Pataki said that the United States should not expect Israel to go back to its pre1967 boundaries, while Texas Senator Ted Cruz argued that America should not tell Israel how to shape its relations with the Palestinians. Former Florida governor Jeb Bush was the only candidate to speak favorably about a twostate solution, a concept endorsed by his brother and father when they served as presidents, and one that has been part of the Republican position on the Middle East for decades. Continued on next page

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Continued from previous page Despite the clear voices heard from guest speakers dismissing the two-state solution, CUFI has made clear in the past that it holds no position regarding the preferred outcome of Israeli-Palestinian negotiations and that it will not tell the Israeli government how to act on this issue. The tough language heard during the CUFI conference on the Palestinian conflict is not the only issue that now separates the Christian Zionist organization from AIPAC and other pro-Israel advocacy groups. CUFI has also positioned itself as a group willing to tolerate statements that other pro-Israel groups would view as beyond the pale, such as Dennis Prager’s attack on Pope Francis, or Rep. Louie Gohmert’s portrayal of the United Nations as a “den of vipers.” But the most substantial political issue now setting apart CUFI from the Jewish Israel lobby is its partisan nature, which stands in contrast to AIPAC’s belief that pro-Israel activism should be kept bipartisan, since that is the only way to maintain U.S-Israel relations in the long term. Speaking at the conference, Graham joked that AIPAC is bipartisan but CUFI “not so,” a comment received with a nod of approval by some in the audience. Officially the group reaches out to both sides of the political aisle, but the core of CUFI’s support comes from Republican voters and is directed at Republican politicians.

it.” Since its immediate goal is CUFI did not allow reporters to ensure a veto-proof majordirect access to participants in ity that will oppose the nuclear the conference, and it restricted deal with Iran, CUFI Action interviews to attendees selected Fund is likely to have little by the organizers. impact on the final outcome But Gerald Bennett, a gradubecause it has less clout among ate student at Liberty UniverDemocrats, whose votes will sity who chose not to attend determine the future of the the conference, holds a differdeal. ent approach toward Israel. While CUFI asserts its inThe 33-year-old self-described dependence through political action, it also seeks to ensure its moderate evangelical believes own continuity. Anecdotal poll- that his faith requires a more ing and comments by Christian evenhanded worldview. “As a millennial, I feel that we should Zionist leaders in recent years be doing as much as we can have suggested that younger to help both sides,” he said. “I evangelical Christians are less feel like the younger generation committed to the Christianis more for peace, more about Zionist pro-Israel philosophy how both Israelis and Palestinthan their parents’ generation ians can live in peace with each was. other.” CUFI brought 500 students Bennett believes this point of to its Washington conference to view is gaining traction among encourage them to participate and become future activists. For young Christians like himself. Jeremy Washington from Butler But hundreds of activists attending the CUFI conference University in Indiana, this was his second conference. CUFI see no such trend. “There may be some He got involved in prowho haven’t had the Israel activity thanks to opportunity to show a pastor in his church. their support,” said “We always knew 23-year-old Kassandra to pray for Israel,” he Ropp, a CUFI activsaid, but he noted that ist from El Dorado only after joining CUFI Hills, Calif. Her group had he taken on Israel is working with local as a political cause. He Campus Maccabees Dir. pastors to “help them speaks out on behalf of David Brog show how pro-Israel Israel on campus and they are.” makes a point of going to proA survey published July 14 Palestinian gatherings to ask indicates, however, that the tough questions, “and usually perception of Israel as God’s they stumble,” he said. favorite nation is loosenWashington doesn’t believe ing its grip among younger there is a generational gap Christians of all denominaamong evangelicals in suptions. The poll, conducted by port for Israel. At most, he LifeWay Research, found that sees a lack of outreach to some younger Christians are less younger Christians. “It’s not likely to believe that God has that millennials do not share our message, they do not know a special relationship with Israel or that the formation of modern Israel is a fulfillment of biblical prophecy. Younger Christians are also less likely, the poll found, to attribute their support for Israel to a biblical command. CUFI’s new emphasis on political lobbying will be overseen by the group’s new executive director, once he or she is chosen. David Brog, who built CUFI from a small church group into a national organization, is leaving to become the first director of the Campus Maccabees, funded by Sheldon Adelson and Haim Saban to counter the boycott, divestment and sanction movement on college campuses. CUFI has yet to announce Brog’s successor but the organization made clear he will remain a part of its executive board. THE DAYTON JEWISH OBSERVER • SEPTEMBER 2015


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Can U.S. trust Europe to punish Iran should it violate nuclear deal? By Cnaan Liphshiz, JTA Among his rationales for opposing the nuclear deal with Iran, U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer said that he did not trust the three European Union partners to punish Iran should it violate the terms of the accord that offers the Islamic Republic sanctions relief in exchange for scaling back its nuclear activities. The New York Democrat’s assertion served as a reminder that while Washington has been the driving force behind the deal, which was reached July 14 between Iran and six world powers, the agreement is an international one. Its implementation, therefore, will be determined in part by the foreign policies and interests of Britain, France, Germany, China and Russia. “It is reasonable to fear that once the Europeans become entangled in lucrative economic relations with Iran, they may well be inclined not to rock the

boat by voting to allow inspections” that would bring about renewed sanctions, Schumer wrote in an Aug. 6 statement. Russia and China are unlikely to introduce new obstacles to trade with Iran, judging by their apparent eagerness to sell arms to Tehran. Qasem Soleimani, an Iranian defense official who is still the subject of a United Nations travel ban over his country’s nuclear activities, reportedly traveled to Moscow to discuss, among other matters, the sale of air defense missiles. China, meanwhile, has agreed to provide Iran with 24 fighter jets in exchange for access to Iranian oil fields for the next 20 years, Taiwanese media reports have said. Schumer, the highest-ranking

Jewish Democrat in the Senate, has said that he would vote against the deal in Congress, where it is expected to fail. President Barack Obama has vowed to veto any bill of disapproval, for which both houses of Congress would need a twothirds vote to override. Schumer’s stated concern about the European Union partners echoes warnings by critics of the deal who say that Europe’s fragile economies lack the discipline to cut trade with Iran should it violate the terms of the deal. But European supporters of the agreement argue that Europe has already proven its willingness to cut trade, and that Iran’s economic dealings will work to increase compliance, not diminish it.

Europe’s recent track record suggests it has the discipline to walk away from Iranian money.

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Foreign ministers from the six world powers negotiating with Iran, the European Union and Iran in Vienna, Austria, Nov. 24, 2014

“The resumption of an economic cooperation with the West will boost the gradual liberalization of the Iranian regime and allow it to respond to demands for democracy from civil society,” JCall, Europe’s liberal pro-Israel lobby, similar to J Street in the United States, wrote in a statement. Europe’s recent track record suggests it has the discipline to walk away from Iranian money. When the European Commission first imposed sanctions against Iran in 2007, it cut a booming trade of 25 billion euros (then worth some $42

billion) between Iran and EU member states to around $7 billion last year. Promoting stricter sanctions against Iran was easier for the United States, whose trade with Tehran — just $318 million in 2007 — is in any case limited by legislation set in place in the 1980s. U.S. trade with Iran has gradually decreased since then to less than $1 million in imports and $186.5 in exports last year. But the economic situation in the European Union has worsened since 2007, with the Continued on Page 18

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What can Iran hide in 24 days? Answering the questions posed by the nuclear deal By Ron Kampeas, JTA WASHINGTON — Congress has until mid- to late September to consider whether to reject the nuclear restrictions for the sanctions rollback deal reached by Iran and six major powers on July 14. Some of the debate is over the meaning of certain provisions in the accord. Here’s a breakdown of differences in how the sides interpret parts of the deal.

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All sides agree that the deal has a rigorous inspections regime for Iran’s known sites: “24/7” scrutiny, as President Barack Obama has put it, with inspectors and video monitoring. But what happens when intelligence agencies suspect nuclear weapons activity at an unmonitored site? Under the agreement, Iran has 14 days to work out terms to check the site in question with a joint commission composed of its own representatives along with those from the United States, Britain, France, Germany, the European Union, Russia and China. If after 14 days terms are not agreed upon, the commission has up to seven days for a majority of its members to decide on terms of inspection. Iran must comply within three days — a total of 24 days. Obama and his Cabinet have said that detectable signs of nuclear enrichment activity outlast 24 days — by centuries, even. But critics say there are other activities related to nuclear weaponization that can go undetected, such as computer modeling for nuclear devices, explosives testing and the building of nuclear warheads, said Mark Dubowitz, director of the Foundation of Defense of Democracies. “That kind of activity may not involve actual enrichment where there would be traces of uranium to detect,” he told JTA. Additionally, a small centrifuge plant with advanced centrifuges in a containment system could be rapidly moved without leaving traces, according to Senate testimony given Tuesday by David Albright, a former U.S. nuclear inspector who is now president of the Institute for Science and International Security. Deal proponents say the mining and transportation of the uranium needed for a contained enrichment site would be impossible to hide, given the numerous monitoring and verification choke points. Additionally, Iran has little to gain from such small-scale cheating like testing explosives, said Alireza Nader, an Iran analyst with the Rand Corp.

U.S. Energy Sec. Ernest Moniz testifies to the Senate Armed Services Committee about the Iran nuclear deal, July 29

security threats, including sabotage, as well as to enable effective and sustainable nuclear security and physical protection systems.” Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., who is running for president, argues that this provision sets the United States and its traditional allies in the Middle East on a collision course by requiring the United States to help Iran defend itself against Israel, Egypt, Saudi Arabia and other U.S. allies in the region. But Daryl Kimball, president of the Arms Control Association, says that is not the intention of the provision. Rather it’s meant to maintain security at civilian nuclear sites so terrorists can’t access them or steal equipment for other countries. The provision does not oblige the United States to avoid sabotage operations like Stuxnet, the computer virus believed to have been designed by Israel and the United States that wrecked Iran’s centrifuges in 2010. But Dubowitz says the wording may give Iran legal cover to solicit assistance from other countries, such as China, in stopping cyber attacks. “It’s not clear from the agreement,” he said.

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Soleymani, the general in the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps whose Quds force is believed to have trained Hezbollah and helped carry out some of the worst Assad regime atrocities during the ongoing Syrian civil war, has appeared on a broad array of sanctions lists since 2007. In the agreement, he appears on a long list of entities and individuals to be removed from “nuclearrelated” sanctions lists. Critics say that this and other delistings open up the floodgates to global financial activity by the Revolutionary Guard. Deal defenders note that Soleymani Preventing sabotage still appears on multiple lists, in the Among the agreement’s provisions United States and elsewhere, sanctionaimed at ensuring nuclear safety is ing him for terrorist activity. “cooperation through training and “The United States has a lot of leverworkshops to strengthen Iran’s ability to age on that person,” Kimball said. protect against, and respond to nuclear THE DAYTON JEWISH OBSERVER • SEPTEMBER 2015


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Iran debate devolves: charges of ‘dual loyalty’ and ‘dog whistles’ ally has looked to its Jewish caucus, By Ron Kampeas, JTA some 27 members, for leadership on WASHINGTON — The dredging Israel-related issues. Six have declared up of the dual loyalty charge — that against the deal and 10 have declared lawmakers who reject the Iran nuclear agreement and the American Israel Pub- for it. But Schumer’s coming out in lic Affairs Committee, which is lobbying opposition was seen as a watershed against it, are more closely aligned with because he is line to succeed Sen. Harry Reid, D-Nev., the party’s leader in the Israel than the United States — illustrates just how tense the debate over the Senate who is retiring next year. MoveOn, the liberal activist group, deal has become. The charge came to the fore after Sen. immediately launched a drive to defund Schumer, headlining one email to supCharles Schumer, D-N.Y., the highestranking Jewish Democrat in the Senate, porters, “Unbelievable. Schumer. War.” Andrew Burton/Getty Images In an interview, Ilya announced that he was Sheyman, MoveOn’s opposing the deal reached executive director, repudiJuly 14 between Iran and ated antisemitism in the six world powers. A weekdebate, but said likening ly cartoon on Daily Kos, a Schumer to those who liberal website, depicted want war was justified. Schumer as a woodchuck, Sheyman, who is Jewish, and in the course of a said Schumer’s JewishTV interview, the flag in ness was not a factor in the the woodchuck’s office MoveOn campaign. changes from American “Part of the reason to Israeli and the moderayou’re seeing this is Chuck tor, a basset hound, calls Sen. Charles Schumer (D-NY) Schumer is the first and so Schumer a traitor. The cartoonist, Eric Lewis, has had drawings far only Senate Democrat to come out against the deal and he is likely to be the published in the New Yorker. next leader,” Sheyman said. (Sen. Robert The cartoon has drawn outraged Menendez, D-N.J., has indicated he will responses. “There is room for a legitimate debate oppose the deal but has yet to formally declare.) “Siding with those who would on the Iran deal, however charges” of disloyalty “against Sen. Schumer — and take us into another war in the Middle East is not a comfortable path to be on.” any other members who articulate on AIPAC’s president, Robert Cohen, fact-based but alternative views — are beyond inappropriate,” Jonathan Green- in an email to supporters pushed back against what he said were the Obama blatt, the new national director of the Anti-Defamation League, told the Times administration’s misrepresentations of his pro-Israel lobbying group’s policy. of Israel. The differences arose in an exchange With most Republicans against the deal, Democrats have become the battle- between Lee Rosenberg, an Obama ground — and Schumer has been under backer and a past AIPAC president, and especially intense scrutiny. Congress has Obama at a meeting the president convened with Jewish leaders at the White until late September to decide whether House. At the meeting, attendees said, to reject the agreement. Obama noted TV ads paid for by an afThe Democratic caucus generally defers to those within the party with the filiate of AIPAC, Citizens for a Nuclear Continued on Page 39 biggest stake in an issue, and tradition-

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a port in Cyprus, where they would be By Ben Sales, JTA examined by either Turkish or NATO TEL AVIV — After more than a decade of failed diplomacy, Israel could be authorities. The agreement also would close to signing a major agreement with include permits for thousands of Gazan day laborers to work in Israel, and in the Palestinians. exchange Hamas would commit to ceasThey’re just not the Palestinians you ing all rocket attacks and tunneling into thought. After years of vowing not to negotiate Israel, according to the Times of Israel. The deal reportedly has been apwith Hamas, which rules the Gaza Strip, proved by the Shura Council, Hamas’ Israel may be finalizing a deal with the terrorist group that reportedly would lift legislative bod. Former British Prime Israel’s blockade of Gaza in exchange for Minister Tony Blair is said to be mediating between the sides. a cessation of Hamas rocket attacks and Gershon Baskin, who helped negotiate tunneling into Israel for at least eight the 2011 Israel-Hamas prisoner exchange years. that freed Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit, Israeli officials have flatly denied the said he was inclined to believe Netanyareports. On Aug. 17, Prime Minister hu’s denials and doubted that an agreeBenjamin Netanyahu’s office released ment was close. Israel has no incentive to a statement saying that its policy of sign an agreement that would strengthen non-negotiation with Hamas had not changed. Abed Rahim Khatib/Flash90 Hamas while weakening Pales“Israel would tinian moderates in like to officially the West Bank who clarify that it is not oppose Hamas, holding any meetBaskin said. ings with Hamas, “It’s insane for neither directly, nor Israel to even think via other countries, about entering nor via intermediinto that kind of aries,” the stateagreement,” Baskin ment said. said. “It’s a victory But there may be for Hamas, and the some truth to the question is: You’re reports, which have giving Hamas a appeared in the victory as Hamas Arabic-language Senior Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh continues to build press and have at a Liberation Youths summer camp its soldiers and its received consider- arriving organized by the Hamas movement in the army. For what? able attention in Gaza Strip, Aug. 1 It’s not a plan to the Israeli media. demilitarize Gaza.” A senior official in Turkey, an ally of If negotiations are taking place, it Hamas, told the Hamas daily al-Resalah that an agreement was near, the Times of would be a major reversal for a govIsrael reported. The official, Yasin Aktay, ernment that previously considered Israel-Hamas talks anathema — at least is an adviser to Turkish Prime Minisofficially. Last year, Israel called off peace ter Ahmet Davutoglu and said Hamas talks with the Fatah-controlled Palestinpolitical chief Khaled Meshaal came to ian Authority when the Fatah faction Turkey to brief the Turkish leadership and Hamas signed a unity pact. about the agreement. “Instead of choosing peace, Abu MaAfter three wars in the past six years, zen formed an alliance with a murderous Israel and Hamas may have a mutual terrorist organization that calls for the interest in securing a longer-term truce that will stave off another round of fight- destruction of Israel,” Netanyahu said at the time, using P.A. President Mahing. Hamas would be able to rebuild moud Abbas’ nom de guerre. “Whoever Gaza — and perhaps restock its arsenal — while the Israelis would get a reprieve chooses the terrorism of Hamas does not want peace.” from Hamas rockets that is longer than Israel, however, has negotiated with two years. “It seems to me that Hamas absorbed Hamas indirectly in the past. Mediated talks in 2012 and 2014 ended Israeli some (Israeli military) operations, and military operations in Gaza. At the end they’re interested in getting to an arof August 2014, an Egyptian-mediated rangement that will allow them to live pact ended a Gaza conflict that saw in Gaza in quiet,” said Ephraim Inbar, more than 2,000 Palestinians and 70 the director of Bar-Ilan University’s Begin-Sadat Center for Strategic Studies. Israelis killed. The cease-fire also called for restarting indirect talks on easing “Israel is also interested in a long-term the blockade of Gaza and disarming the cease-fire.” Arabic news sources reported that the territory. An Israel-Hamas agreement may be agreement could include the construcespecially opportune now as Israel aims tion of a port in the Gaza Strip. Ships en route to Gaza would pass through Continued on Page 37 THE DAYTON JEWISH OBSERVER • SEPTEMBER 2015


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lies removed from Gaza remain manently settle. But according By Ben Sales, JTA to Eliaz, some families may not unsettled, with many living in NITZAN B, Israel — Ask even be able to afford the price temporary houses in Nitzan B, Aviel Eliaz and Itzik Wazana an artificial town meant to func- the government is asking for about their evacuation from those temporary homes. tion something like a halfway Gaza 10 years ago in August Nitzan B, meanwhile, looks house. and both will tell you it’s like a almost like a ghost town. Ap“The state needs to get us tree. out as fast as possible from this proximately 300 of the 500 famiFor Eliaz, it’s an olive tree sitting in a large pot in his front site,” said Malka Mordechai, 60, lies who landed there initially have moved into permanent who was among Gush Katif’s yard. He planted the tree in houses, many in nearby Beer founders and still takes antide2000 at his former home in the Ganim, a town founded specifipressants daily to handle the Gaza settlement of Nisanit, cally to house Gaza evacuees. trauma of leaving. “We’re left only to uproot it when Israel The houses of the families were withdrew from the coastal strip. here without friends. Just as torn down, leaving their lots they took us off of our home Uprooted, too, were the strip’s abandoned and full of weeds. and our land, they should take 8,000 residents. The houses that are still us off this land to stability.” His family was resettled inhabited are slowly deterioratComplaints of mismanagealong with hundreds of others ing, their metal frames showing in this city of cheap plaster pre- ment have long dogged the through the worn-out exterior, fab houses further up the coast. process of resettling the Gaza forming brown streaks on the Eliaz stuck the tree in a pot, fig- evacuees. In 2010, a scathing government investigation found walls. Power lines are down and uring he would replant it once that the state’s initial budget for sewage pipes routinely back up. he moved into the permanent house the government promised the resettlement, roughly $1 bil- When missiles fall from Gaza, lion, was only a fraction of what instead of bomb shelters or him. Ten years later it’s still reinforced rooms, resithere, its growth stunted and Ben Sales dents make do with large its branches thin. open-ended concrete “This is an ongoing pipes at the end of each trauma of 10 years of temposmall street. rary life,” said Eliaz, head of The town’s offices are the local council that governs adorned with mementos Nitzan B. “We live in waitfrom the Gaza settleing. That’s how my kids feel. ments — a road marker They’re waiting. They don’t pointing to Gush Katif, have roots. When will we get the cluster of Jewish a home? Will we get a home? settlements that once We see the light at the end stood across the strip’s of the tunnel, but there were coast, or an old sign from times we didn’t.” a produce store. Inside For Wazana, the tree is one of the buildings is metaphorical. He had come an art exhibition markto Netzarim, in southern ing the evacuation’s 10th Gaza, to help build a comAviel Eliaz still lives in temporary housing 10 anniversary. One piece munity and settle the land. years after he was evacuated from Jewish shows the Israeli flag After the evacuation, he settlements in the Gaza Strip with one of its six points knew that if he didn’t find a renewed purpose, his sense was necessary. At the time, only cut off. Another depicts a house at the end of a seemingly insolvof mission would wither. So 160 families had moved into able maze. he and a group of 20 Netzarim permanent housing. “It’s very hard to live here families swapped one settleSince then, the bulk of the and raise kids here when you ment for another, founding a evacuees have been resettled, new neighborhood in the West but roughly 330 families remain see your neighbor moving to permanent housing and the Bank city of Ariel. without permanent homes “We wanted to see where we mostly due to bureaucratic tan- state comes with a bulldozer,” Eliaz said. “There’s a feeling of could take what we had to bring gles, personal troubles or some abandonment, that they forgot from Netzarim, in ideology, in combination of the two. Some us here.” Torah,” said Wazana, who runs had to wait years for housing Eliaz will soon move down a Jewish learning program for lots and didn’t have the money local college students. “It’s like a to build on them once they were the road, to Beer Ganim. The town looks like a huge constructree that’s uprooted. It shouldn’t ready. Others were short on tion site, as families trickle into dry out. We should replant it to cash from the start. Still others keep bearing fruit.” claim the government promised new houses while others are being finished. Eliaz and Wazana reflect the them a lot, only to renege. But difficulties remain there, two diverging paths that evacuFriends of Gush Katif, a too. There are few public buildees have taken since the Gaza nonprofit that acts on behalf of disengagement. Many have the evacuees, says the process is ings, some streets lack sidefound new homes elsewhere in finally nearing its end thanks to walks and no permanent synagogue has been completed for Israel, in some cases channeling a government plan that would the largely religious town. The their sense of loss into foundplace temporary homes on the residents also lack a community ing new communities. 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Obama ‘dog whistling’ about Jews? Ridiculous By Alan Solow Debaters know that when they are losing an argument, a good tactic is to change the subject. So it goes with the current accusations, completely untethered from reality, that President Obama is resorting to anti-Jewish “dog whistles” in his defense of the nuclear deal with Iran. Let’s begin with the facts. The president has continuously requested that opponents of the deal present an alternative that actually stands a chance of being implemented. None have been forthcoming. The mantra that more pressure will cause Iran to shut down its nuclear program is belied by the country’s history of proceeding full steam ahead in spite of severe economic hardship from existing sanctions. It also ignores the fact that the most effective sanctions, those enforced by the international community, are soon to be abandoned. More recent suggestions, that Iran will be well-behaved even without a deal because it fears

the consequences of nuclear de- is nothing anybody identifies velopment, reflect an abandon- that the president actually said ment of the underlying motiva- that singles out Jews. But since a Jewish-identified organization tion for negotiating with Iran is openly leading the campaign in the first place. Overall, the call for “a better deal” is empty against the deal, the argument is that the president’s defense in the absence of a credible explanation of what it means and of his position could unfortunately be misinterpreted as how we get there. These are among the reasons antisemitic. Really? This is a classic instance why so many If you enter the of the child who Americans, murdered his including Jewish ring, prepare to parents begAmericans, bebe hit and don’t ging for mercy lieve Congress because he is an should approve complain that a orphan. the JCPOA. blow to the body Nor has the So what’s an opponent is below the belt. president claimed that opponents of of the deal to the deal are “wardo? Change the mongers.” In fact, the president subject. has said that while those workGo to a meeting with Presiing to upend the JCPOA might dent Obama and, instead of engaging him on the substance not desire war, the rejection of the deal substantially increases of the deal, complain that his language in pointing out — ac- the likelihood of armed conflict because our diplomatic options curately — that opponents of will have been exhausted. The the deal plan to spend at least $40 million and send hundreds president raises the possibility of military action because he to Capitol Hill to lobby against has the awesome responsibility it is antisemitic, or could be viewed as such. Note that there to live up to his commitment

to do whatever is necessary to prevent Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon. In the face of this argument, the opponents resort to character smears to avoid exposing the weakness of their position. I have been actively engaged in our community for years, having served as chairman of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations from 2009-2011, among many other positions. I have also known President Obama for decades. His administration has had an open door at the White House for Jewish advocates, including many who have opposed various of the president’s initiatives. More than a few of the president’s aides and appointees who have played leading roles in the effort to reach a nuclear deal are Jewish. The notion that this president would denigrate Jews is absurd. Instead of criticizing the president for imagined slights, we should be pointing to his record of continual engagement with the Jewish community, to say nothing of his unprecedented

support for Israel’s security. It’s time for our community to mature. I have no quarrel whatsoever with Jewish individuals and organizations speaking out against the Iran deal if that is their position. If they do speak out against the deal, however, they should not hide behind manufactured accusations based on a false sense of victimhood. If you enter the ring, prepare to be hit and don’t complain that a blow to the body is below the belt. The irony here is that this fight proves that Jews are Americans just like our fellow citizens, able to engage fully in heated political discourse and be treated just like everyone else. This should be a moment of appreciation of how far we have come in this country rather than an excuse to claim that we are immune from the ordinary political rules that apply to all of us alike. Alan Solow was chairman of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations from 2009 to 2011.

Lobby hard on Iran deal, but ditch stereotypes By Jonathan Greenblatt Congress and the American people are focused on what everyone agrees is a historic, serious and consequential foreign policy decision — the fate of the nuclear deal with Iran. While we all hope for a debate based on substance and conducted with civility, the truth is that political debates today are often characterized more by slogans and fearmongering than by evidence-based deliberations. Some of the rhetoric around the debate over the Iran deal has been far from edifying and downright worrying. Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee, a former Arkansas governor, went so far as to accuse President Barack Obama of leading Israel “to the door of the ovens.” Other opponents of the deal have attacked the character of the president and Secretary of State John Kerry directly, with one even stooping so low as to suggest that Kerry is an agent of Iran and another saying the president is effectively declaring war on Israel. These are preposterous claims that should be rejected outright. On the other side, I am deeply troubled by rhetoric that characterizes opposition to the deal as motivated by disloyal attachments to other countries or by the religious affiliation of those against the agreement. A number of liberal advocacy groups have impugned the reputation of Sen. Charles Schumer, who is Jewish, describing the New York Democrat as a warmonger, a puppet of the Israeli prime minister and a traitor. Such

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accusations are baseless and unhelpful. In this environment, the Obama administration is waging a vigorous campaign for the deal’s approval. Part of any campaign is to define your opponent and do it in a sound bite. Having worked in the Obama White House, I have the extra benefit of knowing the president and his staff, what motivates them and the values they hold. They are not antisemites, and in fact have a record of standing with the Jewish community and supporting Israel even when they have felt pressure not to. Yet as the debate over the Iran deal has gone forward, the administration has at times waded into characterizations that in the eyes of many members of the Jewish community recall malicious accusations about Jews. References to money and the well-funded opposition, while factually accurate, resonate negatively in a Jewish community that has been targeted for centuries as using its wealth for sinister purposes. This anxiety only is bolstered when one realizes that no one has raised issues about the finances and organizations of the deal proponents. Moreover, claims that opponents of the proposed agreement are “the same folks who brought us the war in Iraq” remind many Jewish Americans of tired accusations against the “Jewish lobby” that has supposedly pushed for every failed policy in the Middle East. Yet there was no unified Jewish community position on the Iraq war, and the community was in no way a major factor in the Bush administration’s decision to launch the war. In fact, many Jewish Americans who are concerned about this deal with Iran actually were opposed to the Iraq war and bristle at accusations that imply “they got it wrong before, don’t listen to them now.” At best, this assertion is simply inaccurate. At worst,

it can foster a hostile climate for the American Jewish community as the debate intensifies. Long after the dust settles it may also leave lingering questions about the Jewish ability to partake in public debate. This situation is exacerbated by framing opponents of the deal as simply advocating for war. Opponents of the deal in the Jewish community hear this as a suggestion that Jews are seeking yet again to drag the United States into conflict, possibly against American interests or to serve only Israeli ones. Agree or disagree with the deal, it is unfair to suggest that those who oppose it are advocating for war. Some sincerely believe in maintaining sanctions or the need to achieve a deal that addresses Iran’s human rights violations, sponsorship of terrorism and belligerence in the region. To be clear, we do not believe that the administration is buying into these canards. What we do believe is that this rhetoric is poisoning the political debate. Political leaders, commentators and advocates on both sides need to be aware of the painful history of antisemitism and how statements can both wound those who have experience with it and incite those looking for any opportunity to foster hostility toward Jews. Our message to both sides is clear: Debate this policy on the facts, without engaging in personal attacks on the intent or character of our leaders. Stick to your arguments and lobby hard. Express concerns without demonizing your opponents. Realize that accusations may linger long into the future. Let all of us, liberal or conservative, hawk or dove, commit to reject personal attacks and to avoid innuendo and stereotypes, whether intentional or not. Jonathan Greenblatt is national director of the AntiDefamation League.

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OPINION

Will Iran follow the Soviet example? By Ben Cohen The nuclear deal with Iran has, inevitably, been accompanied by a large amount of crystal ball gazing among its defenders and opponents as to how the legitimization of Tehran’s nuclear capacity will impact its behavior. Will the Iranian regime emerge from the deal as a responsible international actor — an outcome on which President Barack Obama himself is betting — or will it seek to rub salt into the wounds of its gullible Western interlocutors by fanning existing regional conflicts and launching new ones? Predicting politics is a notoriously difficult business. Only the very brave or the extremely foolish approach it with any confidence. With history serving as a rough guide, it is tempting to err on the side of caution by not forecasting earth-shattering future developments. At the same time, caution closes off our willingness to imagine radical, unexpected potential outcomes — which is what happened with the Soviet Union, whose example has been much invoked in recent weeks. In 1980, when president Ronald Reagan entered the White House a few months after the

invasion of Afghanistan triggered renewed fears of wider Soviet aggression, few thought to suggest that the USSR would cease to exist early on in the next decade, because the prospect seemed so outlandish. At most, it was granted that the period of détente that began at the end of the 1960s had exposed Soviet society to a modest, if unprecedented, awareness of the advantages of Western democracy. “Soviet young people crave blue jeans and rock music, while their elders try to ape the latest Western fashions,” noted one contributor to the Foreign Affairs journal in 1980. “None of this promises a new Russian Revolution, but it does guarantee the growing significance of both consumerism and cynicism in Soviet life.” Will the same fusion of “consumerism and cynicism”— hallmarks of Western life — lead Iran to become a more open society? Put another way, will the lifting of international sanctions mean that economic considerations, rather than ideological ones, are given priority when it comes to the Iranian regime’s foreign policy? Even if the answer to that question is in the affirmative,

LETTER TO THE EDITOR As a Polish Jew and a Holocaust survivor, I am outraged with the Administration for the way they have handled the Iranian situation. How can a country like the United States be so naïve by trusting Iran, relying on a signature on a piece of paper? It brings back memories of 1938 when Mr. Chamberlain came back from Germany and he showed the world a piece of paper with Hitler’s signature. We all know what that piece of paper was worth. He gave up the Sudetenland for peace. And what happened a year later? Hitler invaded Poland and the Second World War started. I hope history doesn’t repeat itself. I’d like to ask our president: How can you trust a country that seeks to destroy the state of Israel and denies that the Holocaust ever happened? If the current leaders of Iran had been in Auschwitz and Dachau, I wonder if they would still deny the Holocaust. Mr. Chamberlain of Great Britain made the mistake of giving up part of Czechoslovakia to Hitler. President Roosevelt made a mistake by not going to war in 1939 together with Great Britain and France, along with Stalin. Mr. President, don’t make the same mistake as those leaders made who trusted Hitler. It took Hitler only six years to build an arsenal of weapons to conquer Europe and his plans for a Thousand Year Reich, and he almost succeeded. Mr. President, don’t make the same mistake as our previous leaders made — it might be too late. Don’t trust Iran. — Sam Heider, Dayton

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that doesn’t necessarily mean that Iran will naturally orient toward more openness and democracy. Fifty years of resistance to communist repression — in Budapest in 1956, in Prague in 1968, across Poland in 1981, in Beijing in 1989 — proved conclusively that authoritarian regimes will spread fear and bloodshed to retain power, even when they ultimately end up the losers. Given the brutal crushing of Iran’s student-led democracy movement in 2009, in the face of American and Western indifference, one should not be surprised if ordinary Iranians are reticent about participating in a rematch. Even so, it can still be argued that there are elements within the Iranian regime who believe it would be wise to launch a reform process from above, in order to head off the eventuality of a 2009-style uprising. But these elements — foremost among them President Hassan Rouhani and Foreign Minister Javad Zarif — have earned the title of “moderates” without even dipping a toe into the waters of political reform. Additionally, the lifting of sanctions will immediately benefit the most bellicose components of the regime, like the Revolutionary Guards Corps, which controls 20 percent of the companies trading on the Tehran stock exchange, and the office of the Supreme Leader, which runs a private portfolio named for Ayatollah Khomeini valued at $95 billion. In their eyes, the coming windfall is a reward for the Islamic Revolution, not reform. Finally, the Soviet experience could turn out to be more of a hindrance than a help, insofar as it provides a salutary lesson to authoritarian regimes about the lethal dangers of conceding too much power to those over whom you rule. That should lead us to look more closely into the circumstances which led to the Soviet Union’s demise. There is something of a myth floating around that the détente policy of President Richard Nixon led organically to the opening of Soviet society and the subsequent dismantling of Soviet power. A closer reading of the history shows us that there were, basically, two phases involved. Under Presidents Nixon, Ford, and Carter, détente enabled the Soviets to stabilize their

military strength, by working under the assumption that the Soviet Union was a superpower entitled to expect military parity with the U.S. and NATO. Following the Afghan invasion of 1979 and the repression of Poland’s independent “Solidarity” labor union in 1981, Reagan reversed this policy with a profound boost to America’s nuclear superiority. It was from this position of strength that he successfully negotiated with the Soviet Union’s final leader, Mikhail Gorbachev. It may be, then, that the nuclear agreement reached in Vienna in July is merely the first of two or more phases in the evolution of post-deal Western policy toward Iran. And if the Soviet Union is any guide, then the secret to its direction lies in what Tehran does. The Soviet invasion of Afghanistan buried many of the assumptions that underlay the détente policy. A similar action by Iran might, then, lead to a comprehensive rethinking of its own case. The problem is that the Iranians are, in some ways, ahead of the Soviets. We have launched a policy of détente after their invasions, through proxy militias and Iran’s Qods Force, of Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, and Yemen. We have no mechanism to restrain their support of proxy allies like Hezbollah. Secretary of State John Kerry has pointed to a U.N. resolution that prohibits Iran from militarily supplying Hezbollah, but given there’s another resolution still on the books ordering the disarming of Hezbollah, it’s not of much use. We have no control over how they spend their sanctions relief windfall. Any attempt on our part to tighten the screws on Iran will be countered by armies of lobbyists representing the European and American business interests itching to get back into the Iranian market. From this vantage point, it seems fanciful to believe that Iran will be a dramatically different state 15 years from now, when the “sunset clause” sets in. Sure, one cannot discount the ability of human beings to produce wildly unexpected results. But we shouldn’t bet on those things either. Ben Cohen, senior editor of TheTower.org and The Tower Magazine, writes a column for JNS.org on Jewish affairs and Middle Eastern politics.

Can the U.S. trust Europe to punish Iran? Continued from Page 11 union having been badly hurt by the global financial crisis the following year and struggling to maintain the integrity of its financial bloc and currency. European leaders, including German Chancellor Angela Merkel, vowed to renew sanctions if Iran fails to comply. But with two of the three EU partners suffering from stagnant economies and rising unemployment, many share Schumer’s skepticism on whether this will actually happen. “The sanctions are toast,” said Emanuele Ottolenghi of the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, a right-leaning think tank. Britain, France and Germany, he said, “are in no condition, economically speaking, to agree to implement sanctions once they are lifted.” Even if they agree to lift such sanctions, the deal’s terms mean that such punitive steps would not apply to contracts signed before the sanctions’ reintroduction, Ottolenghi said, noting: “The result is a rush in Europe to sign contracts now, even if they are not immediately applied, just to make them sanctions-proof. In 2007, Germany’s gross domestic product grew at a rate of 3.3 percent. It now stands at 0.1 percent. France went from a GDP growth rate of 2.4 percent in 2007 to 0.2 percent in 2014. Of the three EU partners, Britain alone has managed to restore its 2007 growth rate of 2.6 percent after the 2008 crash. The deal does allow for the re-implementation of sanctions through the U.N. Security Council, even over the objections of other veto players. But doing so, analysts warned, could alienate allies and complicate the creation of a new coalition to impose sanctions — making the snapback option anything but snappy. But in defense of the deal, J Street has maintained in statements that “the EU and US can snap back their own sanctions at any time if Iran does not meet its commitments.” The left-leaning pro-Israel lobby insisted that the terms of the deal mean sanctions will be snapped back “automatically” at the Security Council if Iran violates any part of the agreement and provided the United States and EU partners demand it.

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KVELLING CORNER One. Their parents are Todd and Gabriele Leventhal.

Bernstein’s Fine Catering has been selected to manage the Leo Bistro restaurant at the Dayton Art Institute. Bernstein’s has served as one of The Dayton Art Institute’s preferred catering partners for the last three years. Bernstein’s is owned and operated by Steve Bernstein and Adam and Lauren Baumgarten.

Rachel Haug Gilbert Jeremy Klaben has opened a restaurant in Chicago’s Loop. The eatery, Brightwok Kitchen, features a cafeteria-style format where patrons can customize healthy stir frys and salads with an Asian flair. Brightwok Kitchen focuses on fresh, local sourcing of ingredients, using as much organic as possible, and is vegan friendly and gluten-sensitive. The restaurant is close to The Art Institute of Chicago, and Jeremy has incorporated local artists’ work in the space. Jeremy is the son of Marilyn and Larry Klaben. In Wright State University’s Summer Travel League, Matthew Diamond bowled a high series of 790 (245-245-300), including his third sanctioned 300 game bowled at Poelking Lanes on Wilmington Avenue on May 20. At the end of season league tournament at Poelking Woodman Lanes, Matthew won the tournament in match play earning the 2016 Junior Gold Tournament entry in Indianapolis next summer. Matthew continues his studies and bowling at the University of Pikeville. His brother, Andrew Diamond, held a summer internship with the New York Theatre Festival. He returns to UC-CCM for his senior year in theatre design and planning, and lighting design. Their parents are Rob and Susan Diamond.

LIFECYCLE

Eiffel Tower, multi-color photo art by Sam Lauber, was displayed at the Louvre in Paris

The Louvre museum in Paris, France displayed one of photographer Sam Lauber’s images, entitled Eiffel Tower. The photo art is of a multiimage floating Eiffel Tower on the Seine River. Sam is a selftaught photo enthusiast. “What an honor,” Sam said. “I am indeed elated.” The image will also be published in a Louvre photo book soon. Miami Valley School Senior Asa Leventhal took second place in Western Michigan University’s Best Midwestern High School Writing Competition. Asa received a $250 prize and his piece will be published in ScholarWorks, a digital showcase of the research, scholarly and creative output of members of the Western Michigan University community. Asa submitted a nonfiction term paper on the Salem Witchcraft Trials he wrote for his AP U.S. History course. Asa’s brother, Quinn Leventhal, a graduate of Antioch School and Yellow Springs High School, recently graduated from the Arts and Sciences School of Washington University in St. Louis. Quinn graduated magna cum laude with majors in economics and mathematics. Quinn has relocated to Washington, D.C. to begin his new job as a business analyst for Capital

L’Shanah Tovah from The Sandler Family

The Dayton Chapter of Hadassah held its board installation this summer at the home of Julie and Dr. Rob Bloom. Installed for the new board are: President Cherie Rosenstein, Administrative VP Vicki Kemmerer, Treasurer Julie Bloom, Recording Secretary Dena Briskin, Corresponding Secretary Edith Pequignot, Health VP Phyllis Levine, Zionist Affairs VP Lorraine Kotler, Fund-raising Committee Members Paula Gessiness and Sis Litvin, Program Committee Members Julie Bloom, Connie Blum, Beverly Horwitz, Vicki Kemmerer, Myrna Nelson, Sandy Zipperstein, Jewish National Fund Liaison Bernice Brant, HMO Fundraising Letter Writer Dr. Judy Chessen, Blue Box Chairpersons Eleanor Felman, Judy Schwartzman, Newsletter Editor Vicki Kemmerer; Associates Liaison Sandy Schoemann, Book Club Chair Peggy Crutchfield, Film Festival Liaison Connie Blum, Photographer-Historian Eileen Nieman, Share Shoppers Stock Club Chair Vicki Kemmerer, At-Large Members Charlotte Braverman, Shirlee Gilbert, Sandy Zipperstein, Past Presidents in advisory roles Rena Beyer, Beverly Farnbacher, Myrna Nelson and Linda Novak.

DuBro-Kwait Ronna and Michael DuBro of Centerville are pleased to announce the engagement of their daughter, Mandy, to Benjamin Kwait, son of Eliot and Sandy Kwait of Cleveland. Mandy is the granddaughter of Beatrice and the late David DuBro of Dayton, and Donald and Edith Shear of Wyoming, Ohio. Mandy received her bachelor of science in social work from Miami University and her master’s of science and social administration from Case Western Reserve University. Mandy works with children and families as a mental health clinician and guidance counselor. Ben is the grandson of Bess and the late Philip Kwait of Cleveland. Ben earned his bachelor of science from The Ohio State University. Ben is employed as a software engineer supervisor. A July 3, 2016 wedding is planned in Cleveland. Send lifecycles to: The Dayton Jewish Observer • 525 Versailles Dr., Centerville, OH 45459 Email: MWeiss@jfgd.net. There is a $10 charge to run a photo; please make checks payable to The Dayton Jewish Observer.

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2 0 1 5 Annual Meeting Row 1, left to right: Peter Wells honors JCC retiree Pat Jones; Peter with honoree Hyla Weiskind and Sandy Zipperstein Row 2, left to right: Mary Rita Weissman recognizes staff members Michelle Holbert (5 years), Nancy Bernhard, Todd Bishop, & Rochel Simon (10 years), and Cindy Turner (20 years) for their service for the Federation. Row 3, left to right: Dan Sweeny presents the Alan L. Wasserman Young Leadership Award to Brian O’Koon; Meredith Moss Levinson presents WINNERS the Jack Moss Creativity Award; Howie Biegelman awards the Robert A. Shapiro Award to Rick Carne. Row 4, left to right: JCC Board Past Chair Shirlee Gilbert awards Scott Goldberg JCC Volunteer of the Year, JFS Board Chair Wendi Pavlofsky awards Irv and Sandy Zipperstein JFS Volunteers of the Year; JFGD CEO Cathy Gardner addresses the community. Below: Mary Youra (JFGD), Vicki Heumann (JCC) and Joan Marcus (JFS) are recognized as outgoing board members. PHOTO CREDIT: MARSHALL WEISS

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Jewish Federation of GREATER DAYTON

Boonshoft CJCE will be closed the following dates: »»September 14 & 15–Rosh Hashanah »»September 23–Yom Kippur »»September 28 & 29– Sukkot »»October 5– Shemini Atzeret »»October 6– Simchat Torah

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

2015 HAS SEEN MANY CHANGES FOR OUR JEWISH FEDERATION OF GREATER DAYTON, ONE OF WHICH IS OUR NEW CAMPAIGN INITIATIVE – 100 DAYS OF TIKKUN OLAM. AT THE HEART OF FEDERATION IS ONE COMMON GOAL – TO REPAIR THE WORLD. DURING THE 100 DAYS OF TIKKUN OLAM, WE SHARED STORIES OF HOW FEDERATION HAS IMPACTED THOSE IN OUR LOCAL COMMUNITY AND AROUND THE WORLD. WE’VE ALSO INCLUDED PHOTOS OF COMMUNITY MEMBERS ON OUR FACEBOOK PAGE WITH REASONS WHY THEY GIVE TO CAMPAIGN. WE’LL CONTINUE TO FEATURE THESE PICTURES ON FACEBOOK. IF YOU’D LIKE TO PARTICIPATE BY HAVING YOUR PICTURE TAKEN, CALL CARYL SEGALEWITZ (937-401-1558). IF YOU HAVEN’T LIKED OUR FACEBOOK PAGE, PLEASE GO TO FACEBOOK.COM/JFEDDAYTON – AND LIKE US. YOU’LL GET THE MOST UPDATED INFORMATION ABOUT YOUR JEWISH COMMUNITY WITH JUST ONE CLICK!

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August 9th brought friends, food and the very first rock concert to

Friday, September 18 › JCC Book Club 10:30-NOON @ Boonshoft CJCE The Bridal Chair by Gloria Goldreich Hostess: Sandy Lobsenz 461-7154

the Dayton Jewish Community Center. Afterwards, Moshav members chatted with the BBYO group.

The Jewish Community Center thanks the HEALTH & WELLNESS CLASSES › TAI CHI Thursdays 4–5PM September 17–December 17 Instructor Debra Stewart. Cost: $5 per class › YOGA Thursdays 5–6PM September 17–December 17 Instructor Debra Stewart. Cost: $5 per class. › INSANITY Mondays & Wednesdays 5–6PM September 21–December 17 Instructor Lauren Baumgarten.

JCC EARLY CHILDHOOD Select Spots Available for 2015–2016 school year Call Audrey at 853-0373 for more information.

Holiday Inn Express & Suites Dayton South I-675 for their support of the Moshav Community Concert, and for graciously hosting the members of Moshav at their beautiful property!

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JCC Family Welcomes Newest Team Members The JCC family welcomes the newest members of our team: Program Manager, Mary Wyke; Program Assistant, Casey Owens; and Health and Wellness Coordinator, Ehud Borovoy. MARY WYKE comes from many years of marketing, event planning and community relations. She has volunteered and worked for JCC’s Camp Shalom for three years, providing music entertainment and education to our young campers. Among Mary’s daily adventures at the JCC, she will head up the Dayton Jewish Film Fest, as well as working with the Cultural Arts and Book Fair team, Children’s Theatre, and many more family-oriented events here at the JCC. Mary’s interest include leading the music department/choir at Temple Beth Or, playing Blues and Folk songs on her guitar, gardening, community cat rescue, and her continued religious education through local Tanakh/Torah and Hebrew classes. We look forward to having Mary on our team! CASEY OWENS joins our staff as Program Assistant. Casey is passionate, energetic, and he has experience working with youth who have diverse cultural backgrounds. His experiences include coaching, sports and recreation, and academic experience helping youth of all ages attain their goals. He will have a variety of responsibilities which include: City Director for BBYO, Camp Shalom Director, children’s programming and some administrative duties. We are also excited to announce EHUD BOROVOY as the JCC Health and Wellness Coordinator. Ehud has previous experience as trainer for the Israeli Police Academy and he attended a top fitness school, Wingate in Natanya, Israel. In addition to teaching Hebrew words through learning skills and having fun, Ehud will continue teaching gym class for our preschool with an Israeli flavor. We will utilize his background as he focuses on adding adult health and wellness programs. He will also coordinate the existing Wellness Programs, which began last year.

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Here’s to another great summer at Camp Shalom! Camp Shalom Preschool campers and staff join with Camp Shalom for an all-camp photo on the last day of camp 2015. All attended a celebratory cookout afterward in the JCC.


› Mamaloshen A little bit of Yiddish to share with friends, courtesy of the JCC Yiddish Club, in memory of Lynda A. Cohen.

Licht: \LICHT\ Noun A light, candle. Expression with licht: › Zol er/zi lichtik ruen un lang vartn. May he/she rest in peace and have a long wait (‘till I die and join him).

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› Oyb er volt gehandelt mit licht, volt di zun nisht untergegangen. [He has such terrible luck that] if he were to deal in candles, the sun would not set.

Thursday, September 10 › OFF TO A SWEET START… L’Shanah Tovah 5776 2 PM @ One Lincoln Park, Oakwood Room (590 Isaac Prugh Way, 45429) Please RSVP by 9/8.

› Er tut es a minut far lichtbentshn. He does it at the eleventh hour (lit., a minute before lichtbentshn).

On July 13, the Active Adults enjoyed a perfect evening with a delicious dinner at The Treasure Island Supper Club. PHOTO CREDIT: Janice Kohn

Helping You Deal with Grief during the Holidays Grieving the loss of a loved one is difficult at any time of the year, but your sense of loss can often be magnified around the holidays. Gatherings with family and friends can be painful reminders of the loss of your loved one; however, these gatherings can also be a time to share memories, including traditions and rituals, which may provide comfort. With Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur around the corner, here are a few important tips to keep in mind. » ONLY DO WHAT FEELS RIGHT. Be realistic. Accept how you feel. It’s OK to cry, feel joy, and feel anger. Recognize that everyone takes his or her own path in grief. » TAKE CARE OF YOURSELF. Eat right, get plenty of sleep and take time to exercise. Consider keeping a journal. » CALL ON YOUR FAMILY AND FRIENDS. Surrounding yourself with positivity can be helpful. Communicate how you feel. Share stories and look at photo albums together. Seek professional support from a therapist. Find a local support group. » GIVE. Sometimes there is comfort in giving to others. Volunteer to help others by giving of your time and talents. Adopt a needy family or make a donation in a loved one’s name to a favorite charity. » SCALE BACK. It is OK to avoid some gatherings, but try not to isolate yourself. Allow yourself some alone time to remember, but balance it with activities with others. » DO SOMETHING DIFFERENT. Acknowledge the loss of your loved one. Things have changed and the holiday season will never be the same. Create new traditions and new memories which can be incorporated into your usual routines. Remember that there is no right or wrong way to grieve. There is no right or wrong way to observe the holidays. It is important to take care of you and allow others to support and help you. Find more information at: AARP.org.

Come out and join Jewish Family Services in celebrating the New Year! Please see the ad on page 36 for more information about our OFF TO A SWEET START: L’Shanah Tovah 5776 events at One Lincoln Park and Friendship Village.

Thursday, September 17 › OFF TO A SWEET START… L’Shanah Tovah 5776 1:30 PM @ Friendship Village, Convocation Room (5790 Denlinger Road, 45426) Please RSVP by 9/8. UPCOMING ACTIVE ADULTS: Thursday, October 1 › Dine Around NOON @ Mimi’s Cafe, (4402 Walnut St, 45440) Please RSVP by 9/25.

Tuesday December 1 › L’Chaim 2015: The Arts Come Alive in Dayton 2–4:30 PM @ Boonshoft CJCE In partnership with the CABF Speaker: Eddie Shapiro, Author, Nothing Like a Dame: Conversations with the Great Women of Musical Theater Exhibitors: Local Arts Organizations Thursday, December 10 › Chanukah Party & Brunch 10:30 AM–12:30 PM @ Temple Israel (130 Riverside Drive, 45405) › Are you caring for a loved one who is not in the Greater Dayton area? Visit http://www.ajfca. org/senior-resourceconnect/ to find supports and services provided by Jewish agencies. PLEASE CONTACT KAREN STEIGER REGARDING ALL ACTIVE ADULT EVENTS: 610-1555

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Legacies, Tributes, & Memorials Jewish Foundation of GREATER DAYTON

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FEDERATION

UNITED JEWISH CAMPAIGN IN HONOR OF › Bar Mitzvah of Marianne and Dr. Harley Ellman’s grandson Judy and Dr. Mel Lipton › Speedy recovery of Dr. Mel Lipton Sue and Don Zulanch IN MEMORY OF › Marcia Jaffe Donna and Marshall Weiss › John Coit, brother of Mary Rita Weissman Mike, Mickey, Spenser and Hadley Shuey › Harriet Moscowitz Susan and Dr. Nat Ritter › Ellie Brown Mary and Dr. Gary Youra › Al Youra Penny and Dr. Jerome Spiegel Judy and Dr. Mel Lipton Donna and Marshall Weiss Jody and Dr. Todd Sobol & Family Renee and Dr. Frank Handel & Family Susan and Dr. Nat Ritter PJ LIBRARY IN HONOR OF › Birth of a granddaughter to Marcia and Ed Kress Renee and Dr. Frank Handel & Family IN MEMORY OF › Harriet Moscowitz Marcia and Ed Kress LINDA RUCHMAN MEMORIAL FUND IN MEMORY OF › Harriet Moscowitz Nicki Caplan THE TALA ARNOVITZ FUND IN HONOR OF › Sandy Zipperstein receiving the Beth Abraham Women of Valor Award › Connie Blum receiving the Beth Abraham Women of Valor Award › Maryann Bernstein receiving the Beth Abraham Women of Valor Award Judy and Dr. Mel Lipton DOROTHY B. MOYER YOUNG LEADERSHIP FUND IN MEMORY OF › In Yahrzeit memory of Dorothy B. Moyer › In Yahrzeit memory of Hyman S. Dennis › In Yahrzeit memory of Nettie Dennis Felman › In Yahrzeit memory of Sam Cohn Marcia and Dick Moyer MIRIAM SIEGEL MARKS AND MILTON A. MARKS PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT FUND IN HONOR OF › Hyla Weiskind’s retirement Cindy Bank and Richard Marks Rhona and Andrew Smulian IN MEMORY OF › Rebecca Linville Cindy Bank and Richard Marks Rhona and Andrew Smulian

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JOAN AND PETER WELLS FAMILY, CHILDREN, AND YOUTH FUND IN HONOR OF › Speedy recovery of Deb Char Jane and Dr. Gary Hochstein › Speedy recovery of Dr. Mel Lipton › Speedy recovery of Richard Marks › Retirement of Hyla Weiskind › Retirement of Pat Jones Joan and Peter Wells IN MEMORY OF › Rebecca Linville Melissa and Tim Sweeny & Family Judy and Dr. Mel Lipton Cindy Bank and Richard Marks Rhona and Andrew Smulian › John Coit, brother of Mary Rita Weissman Joan and Peter Wells › Charlie Schiffman Laurie and Marc Friedman Mindy and John Harrison FILM FESTIVAL IN MEMORY OF › Harriet Moscowitz Jane and Dr. Gary Hochstein FAMILY SERVICES

ACTIVE ADULTS IN MEMORY OF › Ellie Brown Sylvia Linsker JEWISH SENIOR SERVICES IN HONOR OF › Hyla Weiskind and all her hard work Judy and Dr. Mel Lipton › Retirement of Hyla Weiskind Rosalind Badiner IN MEMORY OF › Harriet Moscowitz Bea Ballas Beverly and Jeff Kantor JEWISH FAMILY SERVICES IN HONOR OF › Thank you to Marci Vandersluis › Thank you to Hyla Weiskind › Retirement of Hyla Weiskind Gayle and Irvin Moscowitz › Speedy recovery of Larry Klaben Renee and Dr. Frank Handel & Family IN MEMORY OF › Ellie Brown Jane and Dr. Gary Hochstein Cissy Ellison and Family Richard Lichaw Marilyn Lipp and Family Shelly Charles Claire and Oscar Soifer Melissa and Tim Sweeny Ann Laderman Marlene and Art Carne Judy, Don and Karin Zauderer Laura, Grant and Aaron Baldwin Margit W. Lieberman

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Jody and Dr. Todd Sobol Sylvia and Hy Blum Renee and Dr. Frank Handel & Family Helen Halcomb Joyce and Jim Anderson Dale Goldberg and Mark Dlott Al Youra Marcia Jaffe Jane and Dr. Gary Hochstein Marcia Jaffe Judy and Dr. Mel Lipton Naomi Schottenstein Judy and Dr. Mel Lipton Harriet Moscowitz Rachel and Dr. Heath Gilbert Shirlee and Dr. Ron Gilbert Dr. Marc Gilbert Becky, Alan, Larry and Abbie Elovitz Marlene and Art Carne Renee and Dr. Frank Handel & Family Donna and Marshall Weiss Helen Halcomb Al Youra Helene Gordon Shirlee and Dr. Ron Gilbert Larry Shpiner Mother of Scott Goldberg of Columbus, Ohio Judy and Dr. Mel Lipton

CANTOR JEWISH FAMILY SERVICES FUND IN MEMORY OF › Harriet Moscowitz Cathy Gardner FOUNDATION

JEREMY BETTMAN B’NAI TZEDEK FUND IN HONOR OF › Wedding of the Julie Moscowitz Jean and Todd Bettman › Speedy and complete recovery of Dr. Mel Lipton Elaine and Joe Bettman IN MEMORY OF › Marcia Jaffe › Harriet Moscowitz › Ellie Brown › Rosalyn Hosenball, sister of Don Green › Gail Rouda › Al Youra Jean and Todd Bettman › Marcia Jaffe › Rosalyn Hosenball, sister of Don Green › Al Youra Elaine and Joe Bettman ADDISON CARUSO B’NAI TZEDEK FUND IN MEMORY OF › Harriet Moscowitz Patty and Michael Caruso & Family › Rosalyn Hosenball, sister of Don Green › Harriet Moscowitz › Larry Shpiner › Al Youra › Marcia Jaffe Donna Holt


CALENDAR OF EVENTS

Seniors

JFS Off To A Sweet Start: Thurs., Sept. 10, 2 p.m. at One Lincoln Park, 590 Isaac Prugh Way, Kettering. Thurs., Sept. 17, 1:30 p.m. at Friendship Village, 5790 Denlinger Rd., Trotwood. R.S.V.P. to JFS by Sept. 8, 610-1555.

Community Events

Dedication of Sobol-Stein Torah Scroll: Thurs., Sept. 10, 5 p.m. Inscribe letter, dancing, refreshments, children’s Torah Factory. Chabad, 2001 Far Hills Ave., Oakwood. 643-0770.

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

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JCC Book Club: The Bridal Chair by Gloria Goldreich. Fri., Sept. 18, 10:30 a.m. Boonshoft CJCE, 525 Versailles Dr., Centerville. Free. R.S.V.P. to Sandy Lobsenz, 461-7154.

Chabad Rosh Hashanah Dinner: Sun., Sept. 13, 7:30 p.m. 2001 Far Hills Ave., Oakwood. R.S.V.P. to 643-0770.

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Chabad Pre-Rosh Hashanah Kosher Day at Whole Foods Market: Sun., Aug. 30, 2-4 p.m. Sample kosher food, apples & honey, round challah making, Shofar Factory. 1050 Miamisburg-Centerville Rd., Wash. Twp. For info. call Chabad, 643-0770.

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Temple Israel Classes: Sundays, 9 a.m.: Tanakh. Mondays, 1:15-2:30 p.m.: Learn to Crochet or Knit. Tuesdays, 5-6 p.m. beginning Sept. 8: Beginner Hebrew. Wednesdays, 10 a.m.: Lattes & Legends, Dorothy Lane Mkt., 6177 Far Hills Ave. Wednesdays, 5-6 p.m. beginning Sept. 9: Intermediate Prayerbook Hebrew. Saturdays, 9:30 a.m.: Torah study. 130 Riverside Dr., Dayton. 496-0050.

High Holy Days

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A father always loves his children Elul/Tishri dren. We are called his beloved on these most holy days, we can By Rabbi Hershel Spalter cry out to our heavenly king, friends. But a grudge may be Chabad of Greater Dayton “Avinu, Malkeinu, our Father, held against a friend, while a I come from a large family, our King! True, you are our mother will always love her and growing up, we behaved king, you are now prepared to children. as children often do, pass judgment upon us. Surely This is emphasized testing boundaries you are aware of our transgresnow to bring to light and pushing our parsions, you know our thoughts, a hidden detail in ents’ limits. One story you know that we may have our High Holy Days — repeated often in services. With the High rebelled against your will. Do my family — has us not forget, that though you are Holy Days so close, knowingly breaking Jews around the world our king, you are our father. the rules only after are preparing to start a And a father always loves his careful deliberation new year. On Rosh Ha- children.“ over whether the con- Rabbi Hershel We then raise the majestic shanah we crowd the sequence was worth Spalter synagogues, sometimes shofar, and we blow the prethe risk. scribed notes, notes which are paying top dollar to ensure No matter what we did designed to mimic the crying of we have a prime place to sleep wrong, however, one thing a child — and who can listen to through the rabbi’s sermons. a child’s cries without feeling On Yom Kippur we fast to ensure a quick judgment in our his own heart crying out as well? favor. These days of awe and which we heard over and over The truth is, there is no need judgment require preparation, again was that our parents to wait. The time before Rosh as any legal proceeding might. loved us. We knew that every Hashanah is considWe approach these punishment we received was Who can ered the best time to coming from a sincere desire to Holy Days, knowreach out to God. In ing that there will be listen to a help us, raise us, and teach us these days of prepaa decision handed morality and righteousness. And we knew that regardless down based on our child’s cries ration, we are told that the Almighty is of how far we would stray from past performance as without more available than our parents’ direction, their love Jews. ever, waiting for us At this time, our feeling his would never cease. Over and to call and cry to life and livelihood over, we heard that “a mother own heart him. are decided on high. and a father always love their In the month of Preparations vary, child.” crying out Elul, we blow a with some choosing A few weeks ago we read shortened version of to dedicate the time as well? in the weekly Torah portion the blasts blown on before to pray, others that “banim atem la’Hashem Rosh Hashanah. Many have the through deep personal introElokeichem, You are children to custom to ask forgiveness from spection, or through simply Hashem, your God.” friends for any wrong they may There are times we are called focusing on the material needs have done them. of the day. God’s nation, even called His With tearful eyes we make Regardless of preparation, chosen nation, but in the Jewish we all have a trump card. There amends for hurting others, and month of Elul a new, deeper, declare our intentions to do betis a claim which can be made more powerful connection to in the heavenly court, to which ter in the future. Hashem then Hashem is revealed. listens, and cries along, and inthere is no refutation, to which A leader can be distant from scribes us in the supernal book the heavenly accuser will find his nation, can close his ears of life, of good, because a father no counterargument. and mind to their plight. But a always loves his children. When standing before God, father will always love his chil-

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Waiting for an apology that won’t come one. I was a High Holy Days By Nina Badzin, JTA superfan. I used to have the right idea This year, however, I’ve for Yom Kippur. I liked the notion of an entire month to clean found it difficult to focus solely on my faults, my wrongdoings up my messes from the past and my petty behavyear, and I worked It’s hard ior. Enough about hard to deliver me, I’ve found myself carefully-worded to forgive thinking. Let’s talk apologies. about you. The promise of a someone I realize it’s not in clean slate appealed who cannot the “High Holy Days to my resolutionspirit” to preoccupy making personality. shoulder And I appreciated any blame myself with the ways I’ve been wronged, that the obligation to but I can’t stop thinkmake life improveing about the few relationships ments deeper than, say, eating better, differentiated the Jewish in my life that could use some healing. New Year from the secular

One friend, in particular, I’ve drifted apart from due to so many layers of back and forth “offenses” through the years that I’m not even sure how the tension started or why. I’m willing to do my part, but I refuse to take all the responsibility. Knowing it was time to get some guidance, I asked one of my rabbis in Minneapolis the central question bothering me: “As I prepare for Yom Kippur, am I supposed to offer some kind of universal catchall forgiveness even to people who have not asked for it?” According to Rabbi FredContinued on Page 31

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Rosh Hashanah

Jewish New Year Sept. 14-15/1-2 Tishri Celebration of the beginning of the Jewish calendar year. Begins the Days of Awe, a 10-day period of repentance and prayer that ends on Yom Kippur.

Yom Kippur

Day of Atonement Sept. 23/10 Tishri The holiest day on the Jewish calendar, marking the end of the Days of Awe, spent fasting and in prayer. The sounding of the shofar, the ram’s horn, signals the end of the holiday.

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

Candle Lightings Shabbat, Sept. 4: 7:45 p.m. Shabbat, Sept. 11: 7:34 p.m. Erev Rosh Hashanah Sept. 13: 7:31 p.m. First Eve Rosh Hashanah Sept. 14: 8:28 p.m. Shabbat, Sept. 18: 7:23 p.m. Erev Yom Kippur Sept. 22: 7:16 p.m. Shabbat, Sept. 25: 7:11 p.m. Erev Sukkot Sept. 27: 7:08 p.m. First Eve Sukkot Sept. 28: 8:04 p.m.

Torah Portions Sept. 5/21 Elul Ki Tavo (Deut. 26:1-29:8) Sept. 12/28 Elul Nitzavim (Deut. 29:9-30:20) Sept. 19/6 Tishri Vayelech (Deut. 31:1-31:30) Sept. 26/13 Tishri Haazinu (Deut. 32:1-52)

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sheni (second/repeatable) and yashan (old). “Tishri represents a system that never changes,” says Schwartz. “You wake up in the morning and it is just another day. You know you drive on the right side of the street, put clothes on your body. You know who you are. It’s a ‘blah’ feeling sometimes, but there is a benefit to that.” On the other hand, Nisan relates to the moon, which is changing daily, if not more frequently. Nisan is therefore the “head of the months,” and is “all about renewal” and change, Schwartz says. Tishri and Nisan also are tied to the seasons in which they fall. Schwartz believes that at different times of year, there are different energies in the world. Tishri falls in the autumn, a time of great material beauty,

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namely the changing of the colors of the leaves. Nisan, on the other hand, falls in the spring, a time when beauty is only budding — renewing or resurfacing fresh off the winter. Rabbi Jessica Minnen, resident rabbi of New York’s OneTable initiative — which brings together Jews in their 20s and 30s for Shabbat dinners — takes this idea a step further. She says Nisan is the planting season, and Tishri the harvesting season. She says that a recent course she taught examined the differences between the two creation narratives in Genesis 1 and 2, which many modern scholars believe are competing stories. “In Genesis 1, God is breathing into Adam, into the Earth, the ground, the shape that is formed into a human being. In Genesis 2, God physically shapes Adam out of the ground,” Minnen says. “This is the planting and the harvesting, this is Nisan and Tishri. We need both creation narratives, and we need Nisan and Tishri to form a complete sense of who we are and who we can be.” “God created the world in Tishri. But when did God start thinking about creating the world? That was Nisan,” notes Rabbi Mendy Wineberg, program director of the Chabad House Center of Kansas City. Wineberg says that while the first man was fashioned by God in Tishri, the Jewish people became a nation in Nisan, when God took them out of Egypt and ultimately gave them the Torah and its mitzvot, commandments. “God became king of the people on Rosh Hashanah. God became our personal king in Nisan,” says Wineberg. Minnen says the main message of all the Jewish new years — Tishri, Nisan, Shevat, Elul — is one of continuity. “You have these four opportunities to start over, to redefine who you are now and where you want to go,” she says. “Every day can be your New Year.”

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During days of introspection, how to get back on the proper path silent ritual and prayer. This atone for them? We are always By Rabbi Steve Bayar is the essence of teshuvah, the in need of repentance and My Jewish Learning “return to one’s tradition.” This We live with a practical tradi- atonement. is one way, and it is a good way. We learn from the Midrash tion. We begin the Jewish New But it is not the only way. (Mishle 6:6): Year with 10 days devoted to Another way to achieve this The students of Rabbi Akiva introspection. Between Rosh goal is to immerse oneself in Hashanah and Yom Kippur we asked him, “Which is greater, tzedakah. I have experienced teshuvah or tzedakah?” are asked to review our past moments of spiritual delight He answered, “Teshuvah, failures and victories, to evaluwrapped in my prayers and because sometimes one gives ate our relationships and how turning toward God, when the tzedakah to one who does not we can make things better for door opened and my path was ourselves and those we care for. need it. However, teshuvah comes from within (it is always illuminated. We take stock of our lives and But I have also experienced needed).” try to put ourthe intensity of giving a bag of The students selves back on Ritual and said, “Rabbi, have school supplies to a child who the right path. prayer are vital has never had them before, of we not already Chet is the delivering 20,000 pounds of found that tzeHebrew word expressions of food to a shelter in Mississippi dakah is greater commonly my identity and or building a house in Appalathan teshuvah?” translated as chia. I found these experiences In this text, sin. It is derived form the basis of equivalent ways of becoming Rabbi Akiva from the term my observance, places emphasis close to God. that means “to I can tell you this: When I miss the target.” but my humanity on the necessity am alone and feel in the dark, of teshuvah — The assumpcomes from when I am scared and aware of we are always in tion is that sin my mortality, or when I am in need of repenis a mistake; an tzedakah. pain, it is the tzedakah experitance and atoneaction we would ences that I dust off and recall. ment. Yet the correct, if possible. It is human students refuse to accept his an- They bring me back. to make mistakes — it is brave Ritual and prayer are vital swer. The text doesn’t provide to try to correct them. This expressions of my identity and makes teshuvah — translated as a resolution to the debate and seemingly leaves the matter for form the basis of my obserreturn — an attainable task. vance, but my humanity comes us to decide. We are not expected to be from tzedakah. This text identifies some of perfect, but we are expected to the most important issues in clean up the messes we have our community today: How made. does one explore Judaism and Our tradition identifies two derive deep meaning from it? categories of relationships: What if you want to strengthen those we have with each other your Jewish identity? and those we have with God. One way is through introThe mistakes we make fall into spection and to find yourself these categories as well: the in intense moments that ways in which we hurt others and the ways in which we hurt you can create through God. Isn’t it incredible that we can hurt God? Some may disagree and ask, “How can a perfect The family of Marcia Pailet God be concerned with our sins?” Abrams Jaffe wants to express In my opinion, it is a measure of God’s love for us that its deepest thank-you for the God created a relationship in which God is affected by our love and support that this actions. While some may say this is community has given to us only a metaphor, I’m not so sure. If one truly believes in the during these trying times. concept of tikun olam (repairing the world), and recognizes our responsibility to fix the world, how can God not be disappointed and hurt when we fail? This interplay between teshuvah and chet, our relationship to others, creates a very involved dynamic and ideally forces us to face our frailties and responsibilities. We have made mistakes — how can we

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Waiting for an apology that won’t come Continued from Page 27 man, we are not obligated to forgive those who do not ask. However, Jewish law requires that we engage someone in dialogue if we feel we’ve been wronged. “If you are able to mend the relationship,” Rabbi Fredman said, “you should try.” I was afraid I would get that kind of answer. It’s the worstcase scenario. I’m not obligated to forgive someone who doesn’t ask, yet I’m not supposed to hold a grudge. What’s worse, I have to do the work of starting the conversation even if the other person has made no move to discuss where we stand. I told Rabbi Fredman that I found the task unrealistic. Let’s say I gently bring up the issue so I can put the negative feelings behind me. How do I move on from my anger if my friend still won’t acknowledge any wrongdoing? Certainly the time I’ve wasted going over the same details and telling myself that I’m justified in my point of view

has added nothing positive to my life. Nevertheless, it’s hard to forgive someone who cannot shoulder any blame. Thinking that perhaps a woman would better understand my need to obsess a bit this year, I asked my friend Rebecca Einstein Schorr, a Reform rabbi, to advise me as if I were a congregant. I gave her the same shpiel: “How can I move forward in a relationship when I’m owed an apology, but it never comes?” Rebecca agreed that the responsibility for teshuvah (repentance) lies with the one who has wronged another individual. “However,” she continued, “waiting for another person to recognize his or her role in causing you pain can shackle you to the past. While the onus still resides with the person who has hurt you, there is nothing constructive about holding onto grudges.” “But how am I supposed to

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get rid of a grudge?” I asked. “The best advice I can give someone is to act as though the other person has asked for forgiveness. Aside from extreme examples of physical or emotional abuse, it can be more productive to release others and move forward with the relationship in cases where no apology is forthcoming.” I admitted that I had no extreme situations to report, but I was still apprehensive about starting a new year devoting any time to a friend who is unable to recognize her role in a rift. I continued the conversation with my friend Rivkie Grossbaum, who also happens to be a teacher at Chabad Minneapolis. There are three levels of forgiveness in Judaism, she told me. In the first level, “We might still be upset, yet we find it in ourselves not to hope for the person’s downfall.” I could manage level one, as I don’t tend to imagine revenge

schemes. “At the second stage,” Rivkie said, “we might not be ready to relate to the person as we did before, but we are able to stop carrying feelings of resentment.” I liked that Rivkie differentiated between moving on from resentment and being close to the person again. “The third stage is restoring the relationship. At this level not only have we forgiven the individual, but we’re now ready to be close again. The Talmud explains that we’re expected to find the strength to forgive on the first level. Absence of any forgiveness whatsoever is a sign of cruelty.” There’s no doubt that the toxic nature of a grudge has allowed me to overly focus on the few problematic relationships in my life instead of the many that are going well. I do not want to become the kind of person who is always feeling offended. And I think it’s safe to say if you’re perpetually waiting for an apology from friends and family, the

problem is likely you and not everyone else. Another friend of mine, Tzipporah Leah Kalatsky, gave me a final way to think about the apologies I might be waiting for. “What you learned from the negative aspects of these relationships is a gift,” she said. “An apology would be nice, but maybe it’s unnecessary.” The truth is, even if I decide to bring up the issues with the few people I have in mind, the exact apology I’m hoping for is probably not coming. By the time Yom Kippur begins, I’m going to force myself to stop obsessing about it, which is a decent form of forgiveness, albeit the most basic one. I hope that the people I’ve hurt will release me on that level, too. Maybe in another year I can improve my capacity for a higher form of forgiveness, or at the very least spend more time worrying about who I’ve hurt rather than the other way around. Nina Badzin is a columnist for The HerStories Project and Tcjewfolk. com.

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Allow to sit in the fridge By Shannon Sarna, JTA covered in plastic wrap a We love to kvetch few hours if you have the about how early or late time. Rosh Hashanah falls — Heat a few tablespoons as if we have any control of olive oil in a large or say when the holidays pan over medium-high will appear. heat. Sear the short ribs But this year, the Jewon all sides until brown. ish New Year falls on the You will want to do this early side for us Ameriin batches depending cans, right after Labor on how many ribs you Day. So there’s no time make. to agonize over menus When all the ribs have or prep for weeks, which Crock Pot Short Ribs With Pomegranate Molasses been seared, place them can sometimes be a good into the bottom of your thing. 1/4 tsp. dried coriander slow cooker. If you haven’t been menu 1/2 tsp. sweet paprika Drain off all oil in pan, except planning since July, don’t fret. Pinch red pepper flakes for around two or three tableYou can still put together an 1 or 2 tsp. salt spoons. Add onion and celery elegant but time-conscious 1/2 tsp. pepper to the pan and sauté until transmeal for a deliciously sweet Olive oil lucent, about four to six minNew Year. 1 onion, diced utes. Add garlic and continue 3 garlic cloves, minced to cook. After a few minutes, Crock Pot Short Ribs With 3 ribs of celery, diced add one heaping tablespoon of Pomegranate Molasses 1 heaping Tbsp. tomato tomato paste and cook until the Yield: six servings paste tomato has incorporated into 11/2 cups chicken, beef or the vegetables. Short on time but still want veal stock Add the cooked vegetables to to make a beautiful main dish? 11/2 cups red wine the slow cooker with the stock, Break out your slow cooker. 3 Tbsp. soy sauce wine, soy sauce and pomegranThese short ribs taste like you 1/3 cup pomegranate ate molasses. Set your slow were slaving over a hot stove molasses, plus extra for cooker for six hours on high all day, when in fact you just serving and allow to cook, ensuring threw it all in your slow cooker Fresh parsley (optional) the short ribs are completely and then poured yourself a big Pomegranate seeds covered with liquid. glass of wine. (optional) When short ribs are finished The pomegranate molasses cooking, garnish an extra adds a traditional, sweet flavor Mix together the cinnamon, drizzle of pomegranate molasperfect for the New Year. For an coriander, paprika, red pepses, fresh chopped parsley and extra festive presentation, garper flakes, salt and pepper in a pomegranate seeds, if desired. nish the short ribs with colorful small bowl. pomegranate seeds and fresh Place the short ribs on a large Baba Billie’s Potato Kugel parsley. plate and rub the spice mix all This recipe can easily be over the ribs, covering all sides. Yield: 10-12 servings doubled or tripled for a Shannon Sarna This kugel is renowned larger crowd. I do not recin my husband’s family, ommend skipping the step but the real credit goes to of browning the meat and his grandma, Baba Bilveggies before putting into lie Goldberg, of blessed your slow cooker. It will memory, whose cooking add depth to the meat and was legendary. vegetables and the overall What I have learned richness of the sauce. from my husband about making potato kugel is that 3 1/2 lbs. short ribs on it is essential to heat the oil the bone in the pan before adding 1/2 tsp. cinnamon Baba Billie’s Potato Kugel the potato mixture. This step will ensure a crispy outside on the bottom and top. This is not a recipe for anyone watching their waistline, so “No One Sells Beer and Wine for Less” take a deep breath, embrace the indulgent nature of this • Extensive Selection of Kosher Wines traditional dish and enjoy the • 10% Discount on Cases (12 bottles Mix & Match)) fat-laden ride.

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2 medium-large onions, coarsely shredded 5 large eggs 1/4 cup matzah meal 1/2 Tbsp. salt 2 tsp. freshly ground black pepper 2 tsp. garlic powder Paprika for sprinkling Thick sea salt 1/3 cup olive oil Preheat oven to 375 degrees. When oven is preheated, add one-third of a cup olive oil to a 9-by-13 Pyrex dish and put into the oven to heat. Whisk eggs together in a large bowl. Add shredded potato, onion, matzah meal, salt, pepper and garlic powder. Mix until combined. When oil has been heating about 10 minutes, remove from oven. Add a small spoonful of the potato mixture and if it starts sizzling, it is hot enough. If not, put it back in the oven for a few minutes. When oil is ready, add the entire potato mixture and spread in an even layer using an offset spatula or large spoon. Sprinkle sweet or hot paprika on top and a sprinkle of thick sea salt. Bake for 40 to 50 minutes until crispy around the edges and golden brown on top. Allow to cool slightly before cutting into squares. Serve warm or at room temperature.

Apples And Honey Punch By Brittany Fishman Pais No family gathering would be complete without a proper cocktail to mellow everyone’s mood, right? This recipe is a family favorite from Brittany Fishman Pais, whose mother likes to serve this punch to prevent the family “crazies,” as she calls them.

And who doesn’t want to enjoy a festive drink that incorporates the traditional New Year flavors of apple and honey? Brittany recommends serving this drink with a honey swizzle stick and a thin slice of apple as garnish.

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Chill apple cider, ginger ale and bourbon (if using). Pour the apple cider, ginger ale and bourbon into large pitcher or punch bowl and add ice and apple slices. Garnish individual glasses with an apple slice and honey stick, if desired.

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Shannon Sarna

By Shannon Sarna, JTA By the time the fast is over on Yom Kippur, the last thing you want to do is patchkie in the kitchen to prepare lots of food. As much as I can’t wait to shove a bagel and cream cheese with all the fixins in my face, I also like to enjoy something sweet, something salty and something a little fresh with my traditional post-fast carbs. I recommend preparing the quinoa salad ahead of time, and when the fast is over, serve it on top of labne (strained Greek yogurt) for an easy and Homemade Gravlax is easier than you think healthful salad. Lemon Dill Caper In a bowl, combine the salt, The rich, sweet coffee cake Cream Cheese sugar, peppercorns, and junichallah can also be baked Yield: six to eight servings per berries. Line a glass dish ahead of time. And the flaWhat’s better than serving that will fit your salmon fillet vors of the custom dill lemon your bagels with capers and with two large pieces of plastic caper cream cheese will only dill and slices of lemon? Addwrap and sprinkle half of your intensify when you let them sit salt and sugar mixture onto the ing them into one tasty homeovernight in the fridge. made cream cheese to serve bottom. Note: If you plan to make with your bagel spread. This Lay half of your dill sprigs your own gravlax, you must can be made one or two days down, then cover with your start at least four days in ahead of time salmon fillet. Sprinkle the advance of serving, or up to a remaining mixture on top of week, otherwise the fish will 12 oz. cream cheese, at room the fillet, then cover with the not be ready to eat. temperature remaining sprigs of dill and 2 tsp. lemon zest your shots of alcohol, and then Homemade Gravlax 1 tsp. fresh lemon juice wrap everything as tightly as By Vered Meir 2 tsp. whole capers, you can in the plastic. This recipe for homemade chopped roughly Leave it in the dish, as the gravlax from California blog1 Tbsp. fresh chopped dill salt will create a brine for the ger is simple to make and Pinch of salt and pepper fish. Refrigerate for three or presents so beautifully on a four days, depending on the platter. The first time I made Add all ingredients to thickness of your filet. this recipe I couldn’t believe a bowl. Mix together until The lox is finished when the how easy it was and why it flavors are incorporated. Place salmon’s hue has transitioned had taken me so long. It is the in a glass bowl and cover with from pink to deep orange. perfect accompaniment for plastic wrap. Refrigerate 24-48 Before serving, discard the dill your bagel platter after Yom hours until ready to serve. and rinse the fillet of the brine, Kippur or on top of latkes at Garnish with additional dill if peppercorns and juniper berChanukah. desired. ries. Slice thinly against the grain 2 lbs. fresh center-cut wild Coffee Cake Challah with a sharp knife. Serve with salmon fillet, skin on Yield: to large loaves sliced lemon and capers. ½ cup kosher salt Coffee cake is one of my Variation: Try a layer of ½ cup sugar shredded raw beets on the non- weakness foods, and I love 2 Tbsp. peppercorns an indulgent slice after fastskin side of your fillet before 2 tsp. crushed juniper ing on Yom Kippur. This year wrapping. berries (can be purchased I decided to combine two of After the lox is finished at Whole Foods or specialty my favorite things to bake into curing, each of your slices will food stores) one beautiful and delicious have a purple or dark pink 7-8 large sprigs fresh dill treat: coffee cake challah. This edge to it. 1-2 shots of gin or vodka makes two large loaves, so it is enough to serve for a large crowd or freeze one to save for later. If you freeze one, wait to add glaze until you defrost it and are ready to serve.

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FOOD ½ Tbsp. salt 2 tsp. vanilla 2 large eggs For the crumb topping and filling: 1¾ cups all-purpose flour 1 cup packed light brown sugar 1 heaping tsp. cinnamon ¼ tsp. coarse sea salt 1½ sticks cold butter or margarine, cut into small pieces 1 cup chopped pecans 1 egg, beaten For the glaze: 2 cups powdered sugar 1 tsp. vanilla 4 Tbsp. milk or almond milk In a small bowl place yeast, one teaspoon sugar and lukewarm water. Allow to sit around five to 10 minutes, until it becomes foamy on top. In a large bowl or stand mixer fitted with whisk attachment, mix together 1 1/2 cups flour, salt and sugar. After the water-yeast mixture has become foamy, add to flour mixture along with oil and vanilla. Mix thoroughly.

Add another cup of flour and eggs until smooth. Switch to the dough hook attachment if you are using a stand mixer. Add another 1 to 1½ cups flour and then remove from bowl and place on a floured surface. Knead remaining flour into dough, continuing to knead for around 10 minutes (or however long your hands will last). Don’t add more flour then the dough needs — the less flour, the lighter the dough. Place dough in a greased bowl and cover with damp towel. Allow to rise three or four hours. To make the crumb topping: Combine flour, sugar, cinnamon and sea salt in a large bowl. Add cold butter or margarine and mix using a pastry cutter until mixture resembles crumbles. Refrigerate until ready to use. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. After the challah is done rising, split the dough evenly in half. Divide each half into three pieces. Roll each piece into a snake and then flatten. Sprinkle crumb topping inside, then pinch sides up to close. Gently roll again to seal in filling.

Repeat with all pieces and then braid, forming into a circle and pinching together each end of the braid. Repeat with second half of dough. Place each challah on a parchment paper (or Silpat) lined baking sheet. Allow challah to rise another 30 to 60 minutes, or until you can see the size has grown and challah seems light. Whisk the egg in a small bowl. Brush on top of each challah. Top each challah with remaining crumb topping. Bake for 25 to 26 minutes, or until crumbs are golden brown. Allow to cool 10 to 15 minutes. Whisk together powdered sugar, vanilla and milk (or almond milk) in a small bowl. Drizzle on top of challah using small spoon. Red Quinoa Tabouleh with Labne I was never much of a quinoa fan until I tried the red quinoa salad at Mish Mish in Montclair, N.J. I fell in love with the salad and have been recreating my own version ever since. This is a refreshing and yet hearty salad to serve as a

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Rinse quinoa well. Place quinoa and 11/4 cups water, 1 teaspoon olive oil, 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper into a small pot. Bring to a boil and then reduce heat to low for 10 minutes. Remove from heat, fluff with a fork and cover again for another 5 to 10 minutes. Mix quinoa with cucumbers, tomatoes, lemon Shannon Sarna juice and zest, mint, parsley, and salt and pepper to taste. This step can be prepared a day ahead and placed in the fridge. When ready to serve, spread labne all over a large plate. Top labne with the quinoa tabouleh. Drizzle with additional good-quality olive oil and an extra squeeze of lemon juice. Serve immediately.

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Thursday, October 8 Join us in Columbus for an incredible day to tour the Ohio Statehouse, visit the memorial on the Ohio Statehouse grounds and end with a delicious deli lunch at Katzinger’s. If you keep kosher, a boxed lunch may be pre-ordered. › Guided tour of the Statehouse will begin at 10AM. › Hear from Howie Beigelman, Executive Director of Ohio Jewish Communities, to learn the story behind the Holocaust and Liberators Memorial.

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Guide to shofar blowing & listening the heartbreaking story of how a rabbi risked his life to sound a shofar in Auschwitz for hundreds of doomed children (bit. ly/shofar6). And then there’s the story of how some Conversos — Spanish Jews who officially converted to Christianity — were able to listen to the shofar on Rosh Hashanah without provoking the ire of the Inquisition (bit.ly/ shofar7). Sure, you can buy a shofar at your local Judaica shop or Mark the web but why not Mietkiewicz through make one yourself (bit.ly/ shofar9)? All you have to do is get your hands on a horn from a kosher animal: day that commemorates the goat, ram, antecreation of the world and it is lope, gazelle, bigdescribed as the ‘coronation’ horn sheep or ibex. of God. As it is customary to No cows please; sound a trumpet at a king’s too much of a coronation so we blow the shofar on Rosh Hashanah. By blow- connection to ing the shofar we recognize the Exodus’s golden ‘purpose’ of the creation (http:// calf and the sin of idol worship. Then get an elecbit.ly/shofar1).” tric drill, soft wire, Borax and Yvonne Alt Miller takes a slightly different tack to decode a coping saw. Presto! Your the power of the shofar: science. own home-made shofar. Watch master shofar She argues that the sound of the maker (and retired psyshofar elicits a primal “fight or chotherapist) Maurice Kamins flight” response. When we are startled by a blast, our brain im- go through the drill (bit.ly/ mediately starts producing hor- shofar10). If you don’t have an ibex mones, making us more alert. handy but want to see what its “On Rosh Hashanah,” she shofar would look like, downwrites, “these moments are invaluable. The energy we gain as load Rabbi Natan Slifkin’s we hear the shofar’s loud blasts Exotic Shofars. This 18-page booklet has photos of shofars gives us — for a moment — a new, sharper state of conscious- (some kosher, some not) from an incredible menagerie (bit.ly/ ness, and a different way of shofar11). looking at the world (bit.ly/ If you are lucky enough to shofar3).” have your own shofar, you may For the Jew, the urge to hear marvel at its beautiful craftsthe shofar can be extremely manship and appreciate its powerful. Rabbi Eli Hecht tells A hush falls over the congregation. The shofar is raised and the first blast — Tekiah — is sounded. The shofar is one of Judaism’s most famous symbols, responsible for some profound religious writings. Rav Saadiah Gaon gives 10 reasons for blowing the shofar on Rosh Hashanah. Among them: “Rosh Hashanah is the

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evocative tones. But you may also come to the realization that it smells. How to clean a shofar? All its needs is some vinegar or baking soda and a good soaking. Just don’t expect perfection “Most shofars retain a slight, lingering reminiscence of their humble origin, the ram (bit.ly/ shofar12). There are numerous videos online offering shofar-blowing advice. By far the best one is by trombonist Haim Avitsur. Some tips: • Before putting lips to shofar, make sure the mouthpiece is clean and deep. The shofar’s length does not make much of a difference. • Hold off on that shofar a bit longer. While blowing out, make a “free buzz,” a kind of vibration with your lips. • Then gently rest the shofar against your face. If you press, “You are hurting your chances to finish the 100 sounds.” • And as is the case with any musical instrument, practice, practice, practice (bit.ly/shofar13). Once you’ve mastered the technique, Alistair Cohen demonstrates the three standard sounds, plus an awesome Tekiah Gedolah (bit.ly/shofar14). All of this was no problem for the students of Associated Hebrew Schools of Toronto who trumpeted their way to a Guinness World Record in 2011. They blew a deafening 1,406 shofars for five minutes, demolishing the previous record of 790 shofars (bit.ly/shofar15). And if you can’t master it, don’t fret. Marc Weissensteinburg points out that it’s a mitzvah (commandment) to hear the shofar blown, but not to blow it (bit.ly/shofar16). Long before American Idol, way before the X-Factor, generations of shul-goers have been informally judging their shofarblower’s musical performance. Too soft! Too sharp! Too staccato! If those comments remind you of a reality TV talent show, then take a gander at Shofar Idol to see how three animated judges (including one sporting a black T-shirt and a British accent) review a High Holy Day routine (bit.ly/shofar17). Mark Mietkiewicz writes about resources for Jewish life to be found on the Internet. Contact him at highway@rogers.com.

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A question of faith Jew in the Christian world

Behind them, a hostile army. Before them, an impassable sea. Moses calls upon God, who reprimands him, “Why do you cry to me? Tell the Children of Israel to journey forth.” According to ancient midrash (rabbinic commentary on the

Candace R. Kwiatek Jewish Bible), Nachshon, the tribal prince of Judah, strode into the sea and the people followed. Was Nachshon a man of faith? According to the early 20th century minister Oswald Chambers, “Faith is deliberate confidence in the character of God whose ways you may not understand at the time.” By Chambers’ description, Nachshon appears to have been a man of faith. But is faith an immutable system of belief or a situational choice? Orthodox Rabbi Irving Greenberg writes that after Auschwitz, “We now have to speak of ‘moment faiths’…The

Hamas & Israel Continued from Page 14 to strengthen ties with neighboring countries that share its fears about the Iran nuclear agreement. Saudi Arabia reportedly wants to create a broad, Sunni-based alliance that includes Hamas to counter Iran’s regional ambitions. Hamas, however, has received funding and weaponry from Iran. For Israel, another positive side effect of an accord could be improved relations with Turkey, which supports Hamas. Relations between Turkey and Israel deteriorated in 2010 after nine Turks were killed when Israeli soldiers stormed a Turkish boat, the Mavi Marmara, trying to break Israel’s naval blockade of Gaza. Since then, Turkey and Israel have negotiated over Israeli compensation for the victims. An Israeli pact with Hamas could make Turkey more amenable to an agreement of its own with Israel. But on Aug.

difference between the skeptic and the believer is frequency of faith and not certitude of position.” If Nachshon lived today, would his boldness be described as a moment faith? Exactly what does faith mean in Christian and Jewish traditions? The New Testament Greek word pistis, translated as faith in English, connotes “knowing,” as in epistemology, the study of knowledge. At the core of Christian tradition is the understanding that faith is a gift of unique insight from God to those who accept Jesus, an affirmation that is required to be considered a Christian. Generally included in this acceptance is belief that Jesus is the messiah, and that through him the believer is absolved of guilt and the penalty of sin, is the recipient of holiness, and is promised eternal life after death. “With pistis, you can talk about ‘having faith’ because there is a cognitive element of knowing to the word,” write Zalman Schachter-Shalomi and Netanel Miles-Ypez in A Heart 17, a statement from the Israeli Prime Minister’s Office said, “As for relations with Turkey, agreement is still far off.” Even if an Israel-Hamas accord does strengthen Israel’s regional position, it could harm Israel’s relationship with the Palestinian Authority, signaling to moderate Palestinians that violence pays, Baskin said. “It destroys the Palestinian Authority, it destroys Palestinian moderates,” he said. “It gives the Palestinians the message that you only get concessions from Israel through violence or force.”

Afire. foremost among them, Moses; However, Rabbi Samson Thus, in Christian tradition, the divinely-given, unchangRaphael Hirsch argued that faith is a Divine gift, a personal ing, and enduring Torah; and Judaism has no formal mandaknowledge of God resulting the coming of the messiah and tory beliefs at all, only the 613 from the acceptance of Jesus. resurrection. commandments found in the However, the Hebrew Bible’s “Almost every country Torah, a view that is generally emunah, also translated as faith, where Jews lived has produced accepted today. more accurately expresses faith- a poem or prayer based on It’s incomprehensible to most fulness or loyalty. these principles of faith,” writes Christians that a Jew without The connotation of emunah is Philip Birnbaum in A Book of faith can still be a Jew. action, as can be seen in words Jewish Concepts, including the But Judaism isn’t only a that share the same linguistic sacred hymn Yigdal and the religion: it’s a people, a land, a roots: amen, a response of consong Ani Ma’amin, famously history, and a culture. firmation or sung to a Jewish identity is defined by agreement; It’s incomprehensible haunting birth or conversion; expressed oman, artist; Chasidic through religious ritual and and immun, to most Christians melody. prayer; and affirmed whether practice. In keepliving secular lives in Israel, that a Jew without faith Emunah ing with the engaging in tikun olam (repair can still be a Jew. is somehumorous of the world), affiliating with thing you adage “two Jewish organizations or causes, do — “faith-ing” — rather Jews, three opinions,” later and celebrating Jewish histhan intellectual acceptance philosophers criticized Maitory, languages, traditions, and or Divine gift. In the Hebrew monides, variously reducing cultures. Bible, faith-ing is even ascribed the doctrines to six, then three For the Christian, identity is to God, as in El Emunah, faithful (the existence of God, revelation defined by faith. For the Jew, God, and Melech Ne’eman, faith- of the Torah, and future reward identity is a question of faith: ful King. and punishment), and then one How do you express your This biblical recognition (the divine origin of the Torah). loyalty? of emunah’s active nature is echoed in the Talmud. The Sages were concerned almost Literature to share exclusively with behavior as The Marriage of Opposites by Alice Hoffman: By the bestsella demonstration of loyalty ing author of The Dovekeepers, this family saga traces the to God, to the point that not story of Inquisition refugees, whose new roots on the tropical even a single Talmudic tractate island of St. Thomas become entwined with the family tree was “dedicated to the topic of of impressionist painter Camille Pissarro. This historically required beliefs,” notes Natan accurate novel of unexpected friendships, family obligations, Slifkin in a commentary on forbidden love and scandal is one that won’t soon be forgotMenachem Kellner’s Must a Jew ten. Riveting. Believe Anything? During this classical era, The Misadventures of the Family Fletcher by Dana Levy: A there was no systematic theolocontemporary version of Sydney Taylor’s All-of-a-Kind Famgy; the focus was, “faith in God ily, Levy’s humorous and heartwarming story for the middle rather than…faith that particugrades includes the Fletchers, with two dads and four adlar propositions are true.” opted kids, a grumpy neighbor, and various real and imagiInfluenced by the rationalism nary friends and classmates. The joys and trials of family life of medieval and Muslim philosare memorably (and messily) woven together with kindness, ophy, Jewish scholars attempted compassion, and loyalty. Engaging. to intellectually define Judaism by identifying the doctrines underlying emunah. The most well known are Praying for Peace the Thirteen Fundamental Principles (or Articles of Faith) in The New Year codified by Moses Maimonides in the 12th century. They include belief in the Creator God — one, incorporeal, and MRINetwork Management eternal — Who knows all deeds Recruiters of Dayton and thoughts, Who justly rewards and punishes, and Who Noble Staffing Solutions alone is to be worshiped; the Jeff Noble truth of the prophets and the

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Rosh Hashanah - beginning of the year nah is tekiat shofar, the blowing of the shofar, an ancient wind instrument made of a ram’s horn. The word shofar is related to the Akkadian word Dr. Rachel sapparu meaning wild goat. The Zohar Dulin shofar is blown in the synagogue many times during the autumn holidays, reminiscent of the biblical custom to declare Rosh Hashanah, which cona holiday season (Lev. 25:9). jures a mood of contemplation It is also a reminder of the and self-examination, gives the biblical Yom T’ruah, the day of tone to the observance of the blowing the shofar, the antecedholidays. ent to Rosh Hashanah, which It sets the stage to a short, yet was observed on the first day of intensive period of a personal the seventh month of the biblispiritual voyage, which leads to cal calendar (Num. 29:1). teshuvah, the returning to faith Last but not least, the oband forgiveness. servance of Rosh Hashanah The name Rosh Hashanah brings to mind the prayer and befits the day which begins the hope to be inscribed in Sefer the year. The first word, rosh, Hachayim, the Book of Life, for a means head or beginning. good and healthy life. There are many terms in The reference to this celestial Hebrew where rosh is at the book was already mentioned in the Bible (Ps. 69:29), but not in connection with the new year. It is only later in Jewish tradition the hope to be inscribed other Jewish groups are counContinued from Page 13 in Sefer Hachayim became an seling war with Iran. Free Iran, and appeared to integral part of the holiday supObama in his speech at conflate them with other ads plications. American did say that “many that liken Obama to Neville The traditional blessing Chamberlain, the British prime of the same people who argued l’shannah tova tikatevu, may you for the war in Iraq are now minister widely seen as having making the case against the Iran be inscribed to a good year, is appeased Hitler. rooted in this hope. nuclear deal.” The CNFI ad addresses the Yet he also explicitly distinsubstance of the deal and “does guished opponents whose skep- Dr. Rachel Zohar Dulin is a not single out the president in professor of biblical literature at ticism for the deal stems from any way,” Cohen said in the support for Israel from Republi- Spertus College in Chicago and email. can partisans, whom he accused an adjunct professor of Bible and Online, some Obama critics Hebrew at New College of Florida. of beating the drums for war, lost no time in drawing a line and he expressed sympathy for between the Daily Kos cartoon the pro-Israel outlook. and Obama’s rhetoric defend“I do think it is important to ing the deal. “The president’s dog whistles acknowledge another more understandable motivation behind are heard by the president’s the opposition to this deal, or at dogs,” David Frum, a former least skepticism to this deal,” he speechwriter for President said, “and that is a sincere affinGeorge W. Bush and now a ity for our friend and ally Israel. senior editor at The Atlantic, An affinity that, as someone tweeted. who has been a stalwart friend A number of conservative commentators had already said to Israel throughout my career, I deeply share.” that Obama was insinuating Notably, the distinction antisemitic tropes about dual between pro-Israel and partisan loyalty in addresses he has deRepublican opposition to the livered defending the deal. deal came a day after the White Elliott Abrams, a deputy national security adviser under House meeting with Jewish Bush who is now a fellow at the leaders. Temple Anshe Emeth Those attending the meetCouncil on Foreign Relations, Piqua, OH ing said Obama had agreed to said that Obama in an Aug. 5 make the distinction clear going address at American University insinuated that AIPAC and forward. Like every year at this season, we observe the fall holidays starting with Rosh Hashanah, the first day of the Jewish year, continuing with the observance of Yom Kippur and ending with the happy celebrations of Sukkot and Simchat Torah.

head. For example, rosh chodesh means the beginning of the month, and rosh memshalah the head of the government, the prime minister. Yoshev rosh is a chairman and keev rosh is a headache. Koved rosh, literally heavy head, implies seriousness and kalut rosh, light-mindedness, implies frivolity. The second word, shanah, means year. It is based in the verb shanah meaning change and may have originally referred to the change of seasons. Shanah, too, is at the center of many concepts. For example, shanah beshanah means annually, yom hashanah means anniversary, and luach shannah means calendar. Beginnings are often marked with ritual. A ritual that comes to mind related to Rosh Hasha-

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OBITUARIES Brian W. Appel, age 66 of Englewood, passed away unexpectedly Aug. 5 at his residence. Mr. Appel was a talented, lifelong artist who enjoyed music and sports. He was a kindhearted soul who loved his family and friends. He was a lifelong member of Beth Abraham Synagogue and a graduate of the University of Dayton. Mr. Appel was preceded in death by his parents, Bert and Carmen Appel, and brother-in-law, Charles Frydman. Mr. Appel is survived by his beloved sister, Renate Frydman; nephews, nieces and their spouses: Joel and Angela Frydman, Farley and Linda Frydman, Charlotte and Bret Golden, Melinda and Bill Doner; many great-nephews and nieces and great-greatnephews and nieces, also other relatives and friends. Interment was at Beth Abraham Cemetery. If desired, memorial contributions may be made to Beth Abraham Synagogue or the charity of your choice in Mr. Appel’s memory.

husband of 29 years, Louis, and her son, Rick. She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law Paula and Don Mikneus, of San Antonio, her son and daughterin-law Alan and Cathy Brown of Dayton; grandchildren Allison (Matt) Albery, Stacey (Andrew) Murray, Julie Brown, Stephanie (Simon) Karlsson and Brandon Mikneus; great-grandchildren Isla and Maxwell Albery. Interment was at Beth Jacob Cemetery. If desired, memorial contributions may be made in memory of Mrs. Brown to Dayton Jewish Family Services: 525 Versailles Dr., Dayton, OH 45459.

William Cofone of New Jersey and his two children. Interment was at Beth Jacob Cemetery.

Harriet F. Moscowitz, age 89, of Dayton, passed away July 17 at Friendship Village. Mrs. Moscowitz was a longtime member of Beth Jacob Synagogue and its sisterhood, served on the Covenant House Women’s Guild, was a member of Hadassah, past president of B’nai Brith, was a volunteer at Good Samaritan Hospital for many years, and an avid golfer. She was preceded in death by her husband, Milton J.; and parents, Harry and Sarah Feldman. Mrs. Moscowitz is survived by her daughter John L. Milling, age 81 of Dayton, formerly of Edgewater, and son-in-law, Elaine and Marc Tenzer of St. Louis; N.J., passed away July 14. sons and daughters-in-law, Mr. Milling was a retired Irvin and Gayle Moscowitz, lawyer and a former member Alan and Myrnie Moscowitz of New York and New Jersey all of Dayton; brother and Bar Associations, a graduate sister-in-law, DeNeal and of Columbia College and Columbia Law School, receiving Esther Feldman of Dayton; grandchildren, Meredith (Joe) his law degree at the age of 21, Berger of St. Louis, Andrew and was an Army veteran. He was an avid reader and pianist. (Lori) Skor of New York, Marissa Moscowitz of Chicago, He is preceded in death by Katie Moscowitz of New York, Eleanor S. “Ellie” Brown, age his parents, Harry and Celia Julie (Jason) Grindstaff of 92, of Dayton, passed away Milling and sister, Francine July 16. Mrs. Brown was a Cofone. Mr. Milling is survived Nashville, Andrea Moscowitz of Chicago; great-grandchildren, retired nursery school teacher, by his daughter, Dr. Cassandra secretary for Diet Workshop, Milling-Jacobs and her husband, Oliva and Zoe Berger, Leo Skor; many nieces, nephews, other and a sales person at ElderDr. Bradley Jacobs and their relatives and friends. Interment Beerman. She grew up in three children of Dayton; sons, was at Beth Jacob Cemetery. New York, and was a Dayton Harry M. Milling of California resident since 1968. Mrs. Brown and Brandon Milling of Shirley B. Schulman, age 80, was preceded in death by her Massachusetts; brother-in-law, of Dayton, passed away Aug. 11 at Cypress Pointe. Mrs. Schulman was a member of Beth Abraham Synagogue, We wish to express our heartfelt gratitude for the Hadassah of Dayton and Coconut Creek, Fla. She was love and support shown to us on the passing of our also active in City of Hope in beautiful daughter, Jennifer Marwil Cohen. Coconut Creek. She is survived by her beloved husband of 55 years, Stanley; daughter, Robin Frances and Bill Marwil Schulman of Clayton; daughter and son-in-law, Ellen and Dennis Dibley of Englewood; son and daughter-in-law, Edward and Nancy Schulman of Mason; brother, Morton Hibel Wishing You A Happy, Healthy New Year of Huntley, Ill.; grandchildren, Brittany Sussman, Samuel Sussman, Benjamin Schulman, LICKLER UNERAL OME Jonathan Schulman, Kristen (Steve) Dibley, Megan (Mark) Dibley; great-granddaughter, REMATION ERVICE Alaina; other relatives and friends. She enjoyed raising her children and being there for her grandchildren and foster grandchildren. Interment was at Beth Abraham Cemetery. If desired, memorial contributions Larry S. Glickler, Director may be made to Hadassah, Dayton’s ONLY Jewish Funeral Director Hospice of Dayton or City of Hope Cancer Research in Mrs. 1849 Salem Avenue, Dayton, Ohio 45406-4927 Schulman’s memory. (937) 278-4287 lgfuneralhome@gmail.com

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Leonard Spialter, age 92, formerly of Dayton, passed away July 18 in Columbus. Dr. Spialter was born in Newark, N.J. in 1923. He held a Ph.D. in chemistry from Rutgers University, where he also earned a bachelor’s degree, as well as a master’s from Brooklyn Polytechnic. He was a research chemist for the United States Air Force’s Division of Aerospace Research at WrightPatterson AFB from 1951 to 1976. After his retirement from the Air Force, he worked for many years as an independent computer consultant. Dr. Spialter was a longtime member of Beth Abraham Synagogue and helped organize the Jewish Genealogical Society of Dayton. He is survived by his wife, Ruth (Cohen), two children, Eila (Phillip) Sherman and David (Ellen) Spialter, and three grandchildren, Leia Spialter, Jennifer Sherman and Benjamin Spialter. Interment was at Beth Abraham Cemetery. Donations are preferred to Beth Abraham Synagogue or Zusman Hospice at Wexner Heritage Village.

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Tamar’s Sukkah (Kar-Ben; ages 3-8) By Ellie B. Gellman; illustrated by Katherine Janus Kahn Bursting with the colors of fall, this upbeat story emphasizes simple living, gratitude, and welcoming friends and strangers. Tamar, the spunky heroine of the tale, is on a mission to make her plain family sukkah just right; older kids in the neighborhood are invited, one by one, to lend a hand. The award-winning artist Katherine Janus Kahn, whose books include the hugely popular Sammy Spider series, brings the action to life with bright illustrations that depict a pleasant, suburban multiracial neighborhood filled with squirrels, puppies and bunnies. In the final double-page spread, the kids gather to admire their handiwork and share a snack. “A sukkah full of friends is just right,” Tamar exclaims.

Shanghai Sukkah (Kar-Ben; ages 5-9) By Heidi Smith Hyde; illustrations by Jing Jing Tsong Heidi Smith Hyde, an award-winning author (Feivel’s Flying Horses, Emanuel and the Hanukkah Rescue) and Jewish educator, delivers another intriguing tale of historical fiction that introduces older kids to Jewish life in less familiar settings and cultures. This Sukkot story imagines the experiences of a family that fled Nazi Germany to Shanghai in the 1930s. Despite their overcrowded neighborhood, young Marcus is eager to build a sukkah in his new Talia and the Very Yum Kippur (Karcountry. Marcus and his Jewish pals, Ben; ages 4 to 8) By Linda Elovitz helped by their new friend Liang, build Marshall; illustrated by Francesca a simple rooftop sukkah using ingenuAssirelli The endearing Talia makes a return in ity and bamboo. But without fresh fruit available to decorate the sukkah, Marcus Linda Elovitz’s funny, charming encore is disappointed that it is too plain. to Talia and the Rude Vegetables (2012), To cheer him up, Liang invites Marcus featuring a young girl who sometimes to the Chinese Moon Festival, China’s confuses grown-up words that sound traditional autumn harvest festival. A like others. puzzling riddle that Marcus finds inside It’s Yom Kippur and Talia is visiting a glowing paper lantern leads to an her grandparents, who live on a farm. unexpected act of kindness by his new She helps her grandmother prepare a friend. Even better than adding beauty noodle kugel for the family’s “break fast,” gathering eggs from the hen house to the sparely decorated sukkah, Marcus discovers a deeper meaning to the and milking the cow with her grandholiday. father. Kids will be tickled by the bit of Illustrations by the noted Hawaiian merry mayhem that follows when Talia artist Jing Jing Tsong vividly portray mistakes the Hebrew word yom (meandaily Jewish life in Shanghai in shades ing day) for yum — and she begins to of browns and grays — in contrast to grow impatient for her family’s “breakfast” as she wonders why a “fast day” is the reds, gold and orange that pop on two double-page spreads depicting the moving so slowly. holidays, both Jewish and Chinese. An Grandma comes to the rescue by author’s note explains the heroism of explaining that on Yom Kippur, people pray, fast and ask for forgiveness for any Japanese diplomat Chiune Sugihara, wrongdoings, leading to a heartfelt set of who helped thousands of Jews escape apologies between Talia and Grandma. A Nazi Germany, obtaining visas so they truly yummy “break fast” with her fam- could travel through Japan and eventually settle in Shanghai. ily ends the tale — and there’s a kugel — Penny Schwartz, JTA recipe at the back of the book. THE DAYTON JEWISH OBSERVER • SEPTEMBER 2015


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Kroger wishes you a

Happy Rosh Hashanah Kroger is pleased to help you and your family enjoy the tastes and traditions of Rosh Hashanah. With a complete selection of Kosher foods, you can stock up on all your holiday favorites for less.

It’s important to you. It’s important to us.

Come in and check out our wide selection of Aaron’s Best, Alle and Empire Kosher meats and poultry.

A large selection of Kosher items are available to serve your needs at the following Kroger locations:

Blue Ash Kroger

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(Full Service Kosher Department)

Stroop Road fresh fare by Kroger

4100 Hunt Road

530 E. Stroop Road

Cincinnati, OH 45242

Kettering, OH 45249

Centerville Kroger

Harper’s Point Kroger

1023 S. Main Street

11390 Montgomery Road

Centerville, OH 45459

Cincinnati, OH 45249

We invite you to stop by our Blue Ash Kroger Store and meet our Mashgiach, Elizar. He and his staff are happy to assist you, providing the special attention and service you and your holiday events deserve! ELIZAR

Mashgiach

Blue Ash Kosher Service Hours:

SUNDAY-WEDNESDAY 9am-8pm; THURSDAY 9am-8pm; FRIDAY 9am-4pm; SATURDAY CLOSED Fresh Packaged Meats Available 24 Hours Daily VAAD HOIER

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